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June, 2016

Richmond Flying Squirrels!

Honor Ali Fight Parkinson's With Jersey Auctions
Richmond Flying Squirrels

The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are proud to announce they will be honoring the life of the late Muhammad Ali at The Diamond starting on July 19th, marking the 20th Anniversary of Ali lighting the Olympic Torch. The Squirrels will be wearing unique jerseys featuring a butterfly and a bee on the front and boxing gloves with numerals on the back. The special Ali jerseys worn on July 19th will be available for auction online (auction details below) with all monies raised from the jersey auction donated to the Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center at VCU Medical Center. The Squirrels will then wear a similar Ali tribute jersey on September 1st against the Hartford Yard G.O.A.T.S. (to commemorate the Greatest Of All Time). Other Ali-themed promotions will take place during the game.

The Flying Squirrels organization has a special connection with the boxing community through President and Managing General Partner Lou DiBella. DiBella's name has become synonymous with boxing after an 11-year run at HBO sports. He created and orchestrated the highly successful series, "Boxing After Dark." Under his guidance, HBO experienced enormous success with some of the most high profile matches in boxing history. After leaving HBO, Lou formed DiBella Entertainment and has established it as one of the world's leading boxing promotional companies. During his career, DiBella has forged a friendship with the Ali family. In honor of the life of Muhammad Ali, the Squirrels will be adding a permanent tribute on the concourse with boxing gloves signage.

"Muhammad Ali was much more than a boxer; he was a person of principle and a kind and giving man," said Lou DiBella. "His positive impact on this world transcends sports and his legacy lives on. It's appropriate for us to honor Muhammad in the Greater Richmond Area by raising funds and awareness for VCU's Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center. It's also fitting that he be honored, like Arthur Ashe, with a permanent tribute in our ballpark."

Auction #1 Details

The first Ali jersey auction will begin exclusively online on Sunday,July 17th at 9:00 PM. The bidding will end on Sunday, July 24th at 9:00 PM. The July 19th jerseys will feature the butterfly and bee design on the front with a boxing glove silhouette on the back. The July 19th jerseys will also feature a special patch on the sleeve commemorating the 20th anniversary of Ali lighting the Olympic Torch.

Auction #2 Details

The second Ali jersey Auction will take place in-person at The Diamond on September 1st against the Hartford Yard Goats. The jerseys will have the butterfly and bee design on the front and the boxing glove silhouette on the back. September 1st jerseys will also feature a G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) patch on the sleeve. Bidding will end in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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Deontay Wilder & Chris Arreola!

Enlist VADA Program
Deontay Wilder & Chris Arreola

Heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder and two-time title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola have both enrolled with the world-renowned Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency ("VADA") to conduct the anti-doping program leading up to their Saturday, July 16 showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

"Despite the short lead time to Wilder vs. Arreola, I am happy to report that VADA is in place as the anti-doping agency in accordance with the WBC Clean Boxing Program," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "VADA is a preeminent and reliable service and its relationship with the WBC evidences a commitment to a cleaner sport."

This marks the second straight training camp in which Wilder has enrolled with VADA. VADA testing, in accordance with the WBC Clean Boxing Program, was in place for Wilder's scheduled May 21 defense versus Alexander Povetkin, which was canceled following Povetkin's positive test for Meldonium. In addition, Wilder has submitted paperwork to VADA and the WBC to participate in year-round anti-doping testing that is expected to commence later this summer.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with TGB Promotions and Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 and are on sale now. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

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Lee Baxter Promotions!

Teams Up With VonBets
Lee

Lee Baxter, CEO of Lee Baxter Promotions, has announced a partnership with VonBets in association with his “Next Generation” Boxing Series.

Set to kick off July 28 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, “Next Generation” will feature up and coming fighters who are aiming to get to the next level. Most of the fighters are from Canada but some will travel from different parts of the world for the opportunity to show off their talents. The debut card on the 28th is headlined by a ten round bout featuring junior lightweight prospect Alex Dilmaghani.

With nearly 1000 live casino games and more than 20,000 events offered monthly on their sportsbook, Vonbets is a full-fledged online casino. Known as the gaming site with class, VonBets is currently running a special for new sign ups courtesy of Lee Baxter Promotions and continues to grow daily.

“VonBets is proud to be an official partner of the Next Generation boxing series,” said Andrew Bryant, Director of Vonbets. “We look forward to providing early odds on most of the fights and helping in generate worldwide interest in this new series featuring Canadian and international fighters.”

Baxter is looking forward to working with VonBets and believes the global potential in their partnership is unlimited.

“VonBets posting odds on many of our fights will create a much broader interest than usual for this type of series,” said Baxter. “They're fully committed to boxing and people from all across the world use their website to place wagers. This will greatly help our series and put many additional eyes on the fighters.”

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM FOXWOODS
DBE

Luis Rosa, Jr. 123 lbs V Luis Hinojosa 123 lbs.

Jennifer Salinas 138 lbs V Angel Gladney 139 lbs.

Mykey Williams 148 lbs V Abdel Vera-Clemente 154 lbs.

Irvin Gonzalez 137 lbs V Gilvan Santos 139 lbs.

Charles Foster 174 lbs V Willie Williams 177 lbs.

TICKETS:On sale and priced at $125, $75 and $45, excluding applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and www.foxwoods.com or by visiting the Foxwoods' Box Office. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

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Oscar Bonilla V Nick DeLomba!

July 15th
CES

When Oscar Bonilla approached CES Boxing matchmaker Michael Parente about fighting the winner of the May 13thNick DeLomba-Freddy Sanchez title bout, he really only had one opponent in mind.

"I honestly thought Freddy Sanchez was going to win," Bonilla admitted, "but, hey, DeLomba's conditioning was phenomenal and he pulled it off. That's who I was really aiming for, but, you know, I'm a man of my word and I told you I wanted to fight the winner and DeLomba won, so that's my next opponent."

Staying true to his word, the Bridgeport, Conn., vet Bonilla (3-1-2) will face DeLomba (9-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout Friday, July 15th, 2016 on the undercard of CES Boxing's summertime spectacular at Twin River Casino for DeLomba's New England Super Lightweight Title. It will be DeLomba's first title defense since capturing the vacant crown May 13th by beating Sanchez via unanimous decision and Bonilla's first fight since last May, ending a 14-month layoff.

"I respect each and every fighter that gets in the ring with me," DeLomba said. "This isn't an easy game. It takes a lot of hard work, determination and guts to get in that ring and duke it out, so I respect anyone who wants to step up and take the challenge.

"[Bonilla] is a typical, come-forward, hard-working fighter. We're not taking him lightly because we know he's training for the title, so he's going to train his hardest and come for us. We're just going to get in the best shape we can and we're going to go out there and perform, have another fabulous night and come out on top."

DeLomba, a Cranston, R.I., native, fought most of his career at 147 pounds before dropping to a career-low 141 against Sanchez. He and Bonilla will fight at the super lightweight limit of 140, a major jump for Bonilla, who has never fought heavier than 135.

"I'm confident," Bonilla said. "It is a big difference from 130 to 140, but I fought at 135 before and I've sparred many, many heavier people. It's not something I've never experienced before. It's just another opponent."

While Bonilla may have been targeting Sanchez, he's more than familiar with DeLomba's body of work. Two years ago in just his fourth pro fight, the underdog DeLomba beat 12-fight vet and Bonilla's former stable mate Edwin Soto in Connecticut.

"That win against Soto was actually shocking to me knowing Soto from when we were younger," Bonilla said. "We grew up together and used to train together. Our amateur careers, we were growing up together, and I've seen how he's fought and I've seen his ability. To beat him, it was like, 'Wow, this kid is good.' That just motivated me even more to be the next opponent in front of him."

"I fought Edwin right in his backyard," DeLomba recalled. "It was a tough fight. I had big gash over my eye. I got head-butted twice. Accidental head-butts. Typical righty-lefty clash of the heads. From the third round onto the sixth, I had to battle him seeing out of one eye. That fight was a war."

Bonilla will get his wish July 15th, albeit as the self-proclaimed underdog against the veteran DeLomba, and it'll be a welcomed change for DeLomba, who considered himself the underdog two months ago against Sanchez and weeks before the bout said, "there are going to be a hell of a lot of people in the stands ... coming to watch me lose this fight." The reigning champ was coming off a knockout loss to Gledwin Ortiz while Sanchez entered with a perfect 7-0 record and five knockout wins.

"Even though I fought the tougher opposition and my record speaks for itself, coming off that last fight I was the underdog and everyone was thinking maybe I was on the way out and Freddy was going to be the new rising star," DeLomba said, "but we had 100 percent confidence we were going to win that fight."

The roles have reversed for July 15th. DeLomba is back on top while Bonilla is the one with something to prove.

"I do feel that I am the underdog," he said, "but ever since I started my pro career I've always been the underdog, so it's really not that surprising to me. I do know for a fact I am the underdog. I know I'm on the 'B' side, but, like I said, that's not taking anything from me.

"Once that bell rings, may the best man win. That's it. Like I said, I've spoken to Nick before. He really seems like he's a hell of a guy, but once the bell rings we don't know each other. When the bell rings again, we can celebrate together."

While DeLomba has turned his career around and found a permanent home with trainer Victor Fagnant, Bonilla has made several changes to his inner circle through the years, choosing now to stick with family first, namely his father, in addition to his trainer Carlos Nieves of Bridgeport.

"Me, my father, we're doing this alone," Bonilla said. "Carlos Nieves is actually giving me a hand, but, like I said, I told you I wanted to fight the winner. It's not like I had someone backing me up or helping me get this fight. This is something I did. We're doing this alone. We'll see what happens."

Undefeated Providence, R.I., native Angel Camacho Jr. (15-0, 5 KOs) headlines the July 15th card and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and New England Light Heavyweight Titles on the line in the 10-round main event against Willimantic, Conn., vet Kevin Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs).

The Camacho-Cobbs main event is one of three title fights July 15th; Cranston, R.I., super lightweight Nick DeLomba (9-1, 2 KOs) makes the first defense of his New England Title in a six-round bout against Oscar Bonilla (3-1-2) of Bridgeport, Conn.; and Thomas Falowo (14-3, 8 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., the reigning New England Middleweight Champion, returns to Twin River for the first time in more than two years and puts his belt on the line in an eight-round rematch against Jersey City, N.J., slugger Chris Chatman (13-5-1, 5 KOs), who beat Falowo at Twin River in 2013.

Tickets for the event are priced at $42.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

July 15th also features the return of newly-crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Middleweight World Champion Kali Reis (9-5-1), who captured the belt in April in New Zealand, in an eight-round bout against Atlantic City vet Althea Saunders (3-2-2), plus middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) and lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO), both from Worcester, Mass., and the professional debut of New London, Conn., welterweight Cristobal Marrero.

Also on the undercard, Ray Oliviera Jr. (4-0, 1 KO) of New Bedford, Mass., battles Worcester's Andy Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KOs) in a four-round junior middleweight attraction featuring two undefeated New England fighters.

CES Boxing Promotions

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SALITA PROMOTIONS!

DONATING PORTION OF TICKET PROCEEDS TO FORGOTTEN HARVEST

Salita Promotions is pleased to announce they will donate five charitable meals for each general admission and ten charitable meals for every VIP ticket purchased for their upcoming "Detroit Brawl" event to Forgotten Harvest, one of the nation's largest food rescue organizations.

Scheduled for Saturday, July 16, at the historic Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, the next "Detroit Brawl" will feature WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7 Mexican heavyweight contender Andy "The Destroyer from Mexicali" Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Sponsored by Greektown Casino and Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar, tickets for "Detroit Brawl" will be priced at VIP $123, Box Seats $100, Ringside $93, Reserved $63 and $38, and Balcony $28, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Tickmaster.com.

Based in Oak Park, Michigan, Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to relieve hunger and prevent food waste throughout the metro Detroit area. Forgotten Harvest "rescued" over 40 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from over 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources.

This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. Forgotten Harvest has been ranked as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years.

Also featured in the "Detroit Brawl" will be Detroit prospects Demetrius Banks (7-0, 4 KOs) in a cruiserweight six-rounder; middleweight Dorell Van Horn Jr (9-0, 6 KOs) in a six-rounder; and bantamweight Jarico O'Quinn (1-0, 1 KO) in a four-rounder. Super bantamweight Zach Shamoun (3-0-1, 3 KOs) of Royal Oak, Michigan and cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (3-0, 3 KOs) of Eastpointe, Michigan, will appear in separate four-rounders, while welterweights Giorgi Gelashvili (4-0, 2 KOs) Brooklyn via Georgia and Serdar Hadurbadyev (2-0, 2 KOs) of Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan, appear in other six-round bouts. Making his long-awaited junior middleweight four-round pro debut that night will be "Southpaw Prince" Gheith Karim, a three-time national amateur champion from Dearborn, Michigan

Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at www.forgottenharvest.org.

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Mario Barrios!

Training Camp Quotes
Mario Barrios

Undefeated super featherweight contender Mario Barrios (15-0, 8 KOs)is deep into training camp for his world title eliminator against former title challenger Devis Boschiero (39-4-1, 21 KOs)Saturday, July 9 in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $75, $55, $39 and $24, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased HERE, at the Sun National Bank Center box office or by calling 609-656-3234

Barrios will be taking on the most accomplished opponent of his career as he looks to put himself in the number two position for Jose Pedraza's 130-pound title. For this training camp, Barrios has moved part of his training camp from San Antonio to Las Vegas where he has sparred at the UNLV Gym and at the gym of former world champion Robert Guerrero.

Here is what Barrios had to say about his fight, training camp and more:

On fighting in his first 12-round main event...

"This is what I've worked my whole life for, to be fighting in main events on national television. I'm confident that I'll be able to the full 12-rounds if need be. My goal is to get the knockout though. I really want to make a statement in this fight."

On his matchup with Devis Boschiero...

"All I know about Boschiero is that he's got a lot of fights and he's a top contender. I know he's hungry so I'm not taking him lightly. I've seen some tape on him and I know he likes to come forward. Everyone can expect to see a lot of had punches being thrown by both of us. I'm expecting a war."

On the landscape of the super featherweight division...

"It's a very tough division loaded with a lot of great fighters. I would say Lomachenko, Pedraza and Vargas are the top dogs for now. Salido is also up there. It's one of the toughest divisions in boxing. I'm hoping I can become a champion in this division. A victory against Boschiero puts me right there to challenge for the title. I'm a hungry fighter and everyone will see that on July 9."

On hosting training camp in Las Vegas for the first time...

"Training in Las Vegas has been incredible. Running in high elevation is something new for me. I had to get used to it when I first got out here. It's been a tough camp but I know all the hard word will pay off."

On fighting on ESPN during primetime on Saturday night...

"I'm very happy to be fighting on ESPN during primetime on Saturday night. I have a lot of family, friends and fans back home who'll be tuning in. I just want to go out there and shine. I feel my style is explosive for television and I hope everyone enjoys what I bring to the table. Everyone will see a determined fighter in myself, who's going to leave everything in the ring."

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Sky's The Limit!

For Worcester Prospect Ortiz
Ortiz

Arguably the most decorated amateur boxer from New England to enter the professional ranks in quite some time, Jamaine Ortiz of Worcester, Mass., is on the fast track to success under the promotional guidance of CES Boxing.

He'll encounter obstacles and deal with inevitable change along the way, but there'll always be that one constant, that calming influence in his corner, his longtime coach Carlos Garcia, Worcester's world-renowned trainer and the heart and soul of the city's Boys & Girls Club, where so many fighters before Ortiz honed their craft.

The bond between Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO), 20, and Garcia, which began when Ortiz was just 7 years old, goes far beyond boxing.

"Carlos is a guy that teaches you more about life than he does about boxing," said Ortiz, who made his professional debut in May and will return to the ring Friday, July 15th, 2016 at Twin River Casino on the undercard of CES Boxing's summertime spectacular.

"He's a great coach. Everybody knows him. He's been in boxing forever. He teaches you discipline and he teaches you respect, so when you're in the ring and you're in the gym, it's serious. I've always looked at him like a father figure because he always gave me rides when I was walking home from the gym and fed me whenever I was hungry when I was younger.

"I could never, ever disrespect Carlos. He teaches you how to love. He teaches you about God. It's never about money with him. He'd give his last dollar from his wallet to someone who'd use it on drugs just because he has that kind of heart. You can't run away from that."

Thirteen years since Ortiz first stepped foot inside the Worcester Boys & Girls Club, where Garcia has been an instructor for more than three decades, he and his coach have been inseparable. The 66-year-old Garcia remains a father figure to Ortiz as the 5-foot-8 lightweight begins a journey many believe will take him to the top of his class.

"Not only do I want to be world champion," Ortiz said, "but I want to one day be pound for pound the best fighter. I want to break records. I want to do the impossible, whatever my body allows me and whatever God has in store for me, I'm willing to do and go as high as I can in boxing."

Ortiz's improbably journey began as a youth growing up in the Great Brook Valley Projects in Worcester, a neighborhood notorious for a series of riots in the late 1970s due to increasing racial tension between Latinos and police officers. Ortiz got into a lot of fights in elementary school, so his father told him to put on a pair of gloves instead of using his bare fists.

"One day, he had me outside in front of the house boxing everyone in the projects," Ortiz recalled. "Me versus everybody, one by one, taking turns."

Shortly thereafter, Ortiz's mother signed him up at the Boys & Girls Club, where he eventually met Garcia and began his amateur boxing career, a whirlwind journey that led him to a New England Golden Gloves championship in 2015 and a spot alongside the nation's elite at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Reno, Nev.

Ortiz made it to the fourth day of the trials, where he lost to eventual Olympian Gary Russell, the younger brother of current World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight champion and 2008 Olympian Gary Russell Jr.

After winning the Western New England Golden Gloves in February, avenging an earlier loss to Jeffrey Torres with a split-decision win in the rematch, Ortiz turned pro three months later on May 13th, stopping Josh Parker at the 3-minute mark of the opening round.

Fighting without headgear in front of a crowd of more than 2,500 fans didn't bother Ortiz, who also boxed without headgear at the Olympic Trials in Reno after the U.S. Olympic Committee announced all fighters at the 2016 Rio Games would box without headgear for the first time since 1980.

"It wasn't much to me," Ortiz said. "It was my first pro fight, but it wasn't my first time fighting without headgear. I had fought without headgear over 10 times already and I fought in there with more quality opponents, with the best, people who are going to the Olympics, people who've been ranked in the country without headgear, so I felt pretty confident going into the ring."

"I believe the amateurs were for me great because when you're fighting in the Nationals you're always fighting the best at all times," he continued. "The Olympic Trials, the Olympic Qualifiers, when it comes down to it, you're always fighting the best of the best and you don't have time to prepare for who you're fighting. You don't have time to prepare. You just go in there and do what you know.

"Now in the pros when you actually have time to train for one specific guy and you have two months ahead of knowing when you're going to fight, it's an advantage."

With his second pro fight less than three weeks away, Ortiz remains thankful for that one constant in his corner, Garcia, who has helped teach him right from wrong while making sure he stays on the path to success.

"Carlos, ever since I met him he always kept me on track," Ortiz said. "Anytime I was ever going to do something bad I just always thought about Carlos. 'Would Carlos be happy with the decision I'm making? What would Carlos say?' I would always have his picture in my head and his voice speaking and I would always hear him and it would always prevent me from doing anything bad when I would see his face."

The sky's the limit for Ortiz, whose improbable climb from Worcester to Nevada puts him in elite company as one of the city's -- and New England's -- most celebrated prospects.

"I always believed in myself," he said. "You can't get far in life without believing in yourself. I feel like I could've won the whole thing and gone to the Olympics. It was all in the making.

"When you work hard and you believe in God and keep having faith in yourself, anything is possible. That was always in my mind and is still in my mind to this day."

Undefeated Providence, R.I., native Angel Camacho Jr. (15-0, 5 KOs) headlines the July 15th card and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and New England Light Heavyweight Titles on the line in the 10-round main event against Willimantic, Conn., vet Kevin Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs).

The Camacho-Cobbs main event is one of three title fights July 15th; Cranston, R.I., super lightweight Nick DeLomba (9-1, 2 KOs) makes the first defense of his New England Title in a six-round bout against Oscar Bonilla (3-1-2) of Bridgeport, Conn.; and Thomas Falowo (14-3, 8 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., the reigning New England Middleweight Champion, returns to Twin River for the first time in more than two years and puts his belt on the line in an eight-round rematch against Jersey City, N.J., slugger Chris Chatman (13-5-1, 5 KOs), who beat Falowo at Twin River in 2013.

Tickets for the event are priced at $42.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

July 15th also features the return of newly-crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Middleweight World Champion Kali Reis (9-5-1), who captured the belt in April in New Zealand, in an eight-round bout against Atlantic City vet Althea Saunders (3-2-2), plus middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) of Worcester, Mass., and the professional debut of New London, Conn., welterweight Cristobal Marrero.

Also on the undercard, Ray Oliviera Jr. (4-0, 1 KO) of New Bedford, Mass., battles Worcester's Andy Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KOs) in a four-round junior middleweight attraction featuring two undefeated New England fighters.

CES Boxing Promotions

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Where There's A Will There's A Way!

For New Bedford's Granado
Boston Boxing Promotions

In another fight announced for the upcoming Boston Boxing Promotions show Saturday August 6th at The Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC), it will be a four-round super welterweight fight between New Bedford's Briam Granado (1-1-1, 1 KO) and Farmington, Maine's Zenon Herrera (0-2).

Granado, owner of All Out Fitness in the Whaling City of New Bedford, began his career in 2015 with a first-round TKO over Providence's Theo Desjardin before losing his second bout to then undefeated prospect Freddy Sanchez of Worcester and capped off the year with a hard fought draw with Matt Doherty, who recently challenged for the New England lightweight title.

"I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring", said Granado, "Cape Cod fight fans are gaining a reputation for being amongst the best around and I can't wait to fight in front of them while bringing a bunch of my friends and fans from New Bedford and nearby cities that I built over the years with my hard work and dedication. I want to cap off 2016 by getting back on track and head into 2017 full steam looking for big fights. Where there's a will there's a way and I hope Zenon Herrera brings his A-game because Briam 'Bam Bam' Granado will definitely give the fans what they are looking for - an exciting and explosive fight."

Herrera will be entering the ring for the third time as a professional and for the first time in his career, the man standing opposite will not be undefeated. He made his pro debut last year losing an entertaining bout to the the then undefeated Tollison Lewis and earlier this year was in a hard fought battle with former amateur standout Casey Kramlich. Both fights took place on his native state of Maine.

Tickets are on sale now at www.CapeCodBoxing.com. A very limited number of ringside seats are available for $60 each, while general admission costs $40.

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Jonathan Guzman!

READY FOR FIRST WORLD TITLE SHOT
Jonathan Guzman

IBF #2 super bantamweight contender Jonathan "Salomon King" Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) is hard at work preparing for the "fight of his life" with trainer Hector Bermudez at Peter Welch's Gym in Boston.

The 26-year-old KO artist from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will face IBF #1 contender Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) on Wednesday, July 20, at EDION Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan, for the vacant IBF World super bantamweight title.

Guzman, who stopped Mexico's tough Daniel Rosas in eighth round on April 29 to earn this fight, says his dreams are so close to coming true he can almost taste them. "I have waited my whole life for a world title fight and now it's almost here," said Guzman. "I can't wait to get in the ring and win for my family and my country."

Trainer Bermudez says Guzman has too many weapons to fall short in this fight. "Although Jonathan has never had to go the distance because his power is amazing, he can also box very well. He's just never had to thus far in his career. Jonathan is the complete package and soon the world will be learning all about him. There is no way that Wake can beat him."

Sampson Boxing Promotions

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RABCHENKO GETS WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR!

ON SANTA CRUZ V FRAMPTON CARD
RABCHENKO

SERGEY RABCHENKO will face Detroit’s Tony Harrison in an IBF super-welterweight title eliminator on the undercard of Santa Cruz v Frampton in Brooklyn on July 30.

As well as being a step towards a world title, the fight gives Rabchenko the opportunity to showcase his skills to a whole new audience.

The Belarussian puncher has been hoping to make a splash in the United States for some time, but his path has become much clearer since he inked terms with Al Haymon and Leon Margules in 2015.

“This is the start of realising my dream,” Sergey said. “America is the Mecca of boxing so it is a huge privilege for me to be asked to fight there.

“American fans like to see knockouts and I like to knock people out so I think they will like what they see. I think I can build a fanbase there.

“I am hungrier than ever. I want to get to the top. I wasn’t at my best when I went to Australia to fight Anthony Mundine, although I still think I won, but this time I will be at my very best.”

Harrison is certainly a formidable opponent. A product of the world famous Kronk Gym, the 25-year-old won 19 of his 23 victories by knockout and last time out he halted former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero inside six rounds.

He has also been a sparring partner of Gennedy Golovkin on a number of occasions.

“I have not seen much of Harrison, but I am ready for anyone,” Rabchenko said.

“People say he is a very good fighter with good power. I’m not worried. I have good power as well and I think I will have too much for him.”

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Edner Cherry Tops Lydell Rhodes!

Premier Boxing Champions
Edner Cherry

Former title challenger Edner Cherry (35-7-2, 19 KOs) defeated contender Lydell Rhodes (23-2-1, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93 X 2) in a 10-round super featherweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Cherry, of Wauchula, Fla. who trains out of St. Pete Boxing Club with welterweight champion Keith Thurman, got off to an early lead in the second round, landing a left that stumbled Rhodes briefly.

A former football standout and wrestler in high school, who has competed in both boxing and mixed martial arts professionally, Oklahoma City's Rhodes made the fight physical and ugly early.

Rhodes said, "He held and a lot which made it tough to get in a rhythm."

"He was slick," answered Cherry. "So I held because I didn't want him to get in those quick shots."

A sloppy round five saw both fighters slip to the canvas, but neither was ruled a knockdown. What became a wrestling match continued rounds six through 10, with clinching and grappling throughout.

Moments before the final bell, Cherry stunned Rhodes, cementing what would become his unanimous victory.

Cherry said, "I thought it was a great fight. I was in a tough fight tonight and I am glad to come out with the victory."

A discontented Rhodes expressed, "It was a heck of a fight. I wanted to back him up in the later rounds but he was strong. It was an ugly fight, but I believe I won. I don't agree with the decision. Nothing more, nothing less."

Cherry concluded, "Training and sparring with Keith (Thurman) was great. He's so strong and it helped me in this fight. We were both training for big fights at the same time and it helped me increase my strength and pick up this win tonight, without a doubt."

Televised coverage kicked off with unbeaten Omar "Super O" Douglas (17-0, 12 KOs) stopping Cuban Alexei "The Hurricane" Collado (19-2, 17 KOs) in the seventh round of their scheduled 10-round super featherweight bout.

A fast-rising star out of Wilmington, Delaware, Douglas jumped out to an early lead, controlling the action in the first frame. Douglas continued moving Collado around the ring in round two, forcing a frustrated Collado to clinch, which resulted in both fighters awkwardly stumbling to the canvas.

The Miami native Collado came out aggressive in rounds three and four, outworking Douglas and winning him the pair of rounds on all three judges' scorecards.

However, Douglas settled in throughout rounds five and six. His jabs to the body proving an effective deterrent to Collado's aggression and furious pace he displayed in the earlier rounds.

The end came in the seventh round as Douglas landed a left hook to Collado's head that stumbled Collado, forcing him to take a knee and never get back up.

"I noticed that he has his head in the middle and that is unusual for a tall guy," said Douglas. "So I was focusing on the right hand up the middle. I was able to finish him with a hard right, left, right combination."

Collado acknowledged, "He hit me with a good left hook and that broke my nose. I feel it was a close fight though, and I was in the fight up until he got me, but he is a good fighter."

Douglas agreed with Collado's assessment of the competition adding, "It was a tough fight, but I had a great camp and that showed tonight. I think I need one or two more of these kinds of fights and I will be ready for a title shot."

The second televised bout showcased unbeaten prospect Antonio Russell (7-0, 5 KOs) securing a unanimous decision (60-54, 59-55 X 2) victory over Jamaica's Rudolph Hedge (10-4-3, 4 KOs) in a six-round super bantamweight showdown.

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Jarico O'Quinn!

Signs With Salita Promotions
Jarico O'Quinn

Promoter Dmitriy Salita proudly announces the signing of decorated amateur boxer from Detroit turned extremely promising professional, Jarico "The Great Lakes King" O'Quinn, to a promotional agreement.

O'Quinn (1-0, 1 KO as a pro) started boxing in eighth grade at age 14 after realizing he could end up being paid for the fighting he was already doing in the rough streets of his West-side Detroit neighborhood.

He went on to rack up 130 wins against 18 losses as an amateur, while winning countless national tournaments including the USA Nationals as the number-one-ranked bantamweight in the country. He also travelled extensively with Team USA to fight internationally in places like Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Ukraine.

The confident 21-year-old is trained by Chad Jaquillard and Paul Soucy at Dynamic Boxing in Westland, Michigan. "I can be aggressive," said O'Quinn of his fighting style, "But my strongest ability is that I make adjustments in the ring. I might go in there with a game plan, but figure out in the ring changing up will work better. I adapt very well to whatever is in front of me."

O'Quinn, who has an older brother Robert who is also an undefeated professional at 3-0, says his eventual goal is to help Salita put Detroit back on the boxing map by putting on his own world championship fights there. "I want to take over the pros like I did the amateurs," he continued. "I want to win title belts and build a strong legacy. I'm ready to make a name for myself and help bring this city back to the good old days. I'm turning Detroit into the new Vegas. When I fight, I want people to come out from all over the world. I want to bring the city up and bring celebrities back to Detroit. Somebody has to."

Manager Mike Leanardi of Victory Sports & Entertainment, who helped set up the promotional agreement for his client, says he's very happy with the agreement. "Rico is a tremendous talent and now, with Salita Promotions, he has a promoter who really believes in him and has a plan to get him to the top. Salita Promotions also gives Rico the opportunity to fight regularly in Detroit, which was very important to us. I feel like this is the perfect fit and couldn't be happier about it."

The goal for this year, says Salita, is to keep O'Quinn busy and help him make the complete transition from amateur to professional against the kinds of opponents who will push his development.

"Jarico is a special prospect," said Salita. "The goal will be to help him reach his full potential and become Detroit's next boxing superstar. I'm happy he's decided to join my growing stable and look forward to helping him build his career from the beginning."

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Leo Santa Cruz V Carl Frampton!

Mikey Garcia Returns Against Former Champion Elio Rojas
Leo Santa Cruz V Carl Frampton

Undefeated former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia will return to the ring after a two-and-a-half-year layoff on Saturday, July 30 in an exciting night of boxing on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME that is one of the strongest cards ever assembled at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Garcia, who won world titles at featherweight and super featherweight, will fight former world champion Elio Rojas in a 10-round bout in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature of the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton event presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, once-beaten 154-pound contenders Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko will meet in a 12-round IBF Junior Middleweight Eliminator. Harrison and Rabchenko will square off for the No. 2 mandatory challenger spot to IBF titlist Jermall Charlo, who successfully defended his crown on May 21, and undefeated contender Julian Williams, who earned the No. 1 mandatory position on March 5, both on SHOWTIME. Harrison vs. Rabchenko is the sixth matchup in 2016 between top 154-pound fighters, a lineup showcasing three world title fights and three title eliminators in one of boxing's deepest divisions.

The combined record of the six fighters on the SHOWTIME telecast is an impressive 162-4-1 with 113 knockouts.

An all-Brooklyn showdown between welterweight technicians Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi and Gabriel "Tito" Bracero highlights the undercard action on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME. The 10-round welterweight bout is a matchup between a former two-division world champion, Malignaggi, and a fellow Brooklyn native, Bracero, coming off the biggest win of his career when he knocked out Danny O'Connor last October.

A 10-round matchup between once-beaten lightweight Ivan Redkach and streaking Tevin Farmer, a winner of 14 straight, will open the SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast live at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

The July 30 event at Barclays Center comes on the heels of last Saturday's potential Fight of the Year thriller between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, a back-and-forth slugfest at a that generated the top grossing live gate and second-highest attended boxing event in venue history.

"This is the strongest card from top to bottom, that I have promoted at Barclays Center," said DiBella Entertainment President Lou DiBella. "Every single fight is significant and competitive, and this is a great follow up from the tremendous success that boxing had with Thurman-Porter this past weekend."

"This will be our 19th boxing event, but from top to bottom it's arguably our best card yet," said Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CEO Brett Yormark. "We are excited to welcome undefeated Santa Cruz and Frampton to Brooklyn for the first time, a fight that could rival Barclays Center's epic Thurman-Porter bout for Fight of the Year. It's also a pleasure to welcome Brooklyn's own Paulie Malignaggi back to Barclays Center for the fifth time and to host the return of Mikey Garcia after a two and a half year hiatus. July 30 is going to be another big night for BROOKLYN BOXING."

"We are excited to be part of Mikey Garcia's return to the ring. Before the layoff he was among the top-10 pound-for-pound and among the most popular fighters in boxing. We know he is determined to reclaim his place among the elite," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "SHOWTIME has distinguished itself by delivering the most compelling matchups and, hands down, the most important events in boxing all year long. There is no other network as committed to the sport and the July 30 event, from top-to-bottom, is a prime example."

MIKEY GARCIA vs. ELIO ROJAS

"I expect to pick up right where I left off," Garcia told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray last Saturday on CBS. "I was a world champion, I was undefeated, and I still am. I didn't leave because I was injured. I think I'll come back even better. I'm hungrier now than I was before.

"I just have to get one fight in. This first fight with Elio (Rojas) will be somewhere between 135 and 140 pounds, but I want to fight at 135 and win a title there. I want to win a title there and keep going after champion after champion. Now that all that (uncertainty) is behind me I look forward to the next stage of my career. This next stage of my career will be what people remember me for."

"Mikey Garcia is a great fighter," Rojas said. "I want to thank him for this opportunity. We are both former WBC World Champions and I expect a great fight. However, all of the talk surrounding this fight has been about Mikey's comeback and his future plans. I am no tune-up. This is also about me coming back and fighting again. He may be looking past me, but I am fully focused on him and securing the victory. I will do whatever I have to do to win, so I can move on and regain my world championship."

Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs), of Ventura, Calif., is 28-years-old and in the prime of his career. Once considered one of the top young boxers pound-for-pound in the world, he will make his first ring appearance since he retained the WBO 130-pound title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Burgos on Jan. 25, 2014. Garcia, the brother of renowned trainer Robert Garcia, has been victorious by knockout in 10 of his last 12 fights and holds impressive victories over Roman "Rocky" Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Orlando Salido and Bernabe Concepcion.

Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs), of San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, won the WBC featherweight world championship in 2009 with a 12-round unanimous decision over defending champion Takahiro Ao in Japan. The 33-year-old successfully defended the title against Guty Espadas Jr. in 2010, before losing the belt via unanimous decision to Jhonny Gonzalez in April of 2012. Since the loss to Gonzalez, Rojas moved up to lightweight, where he defeated Robert Osiobe in August 2014.

TONY HARRISON vs. SERGEY RABCHENKO:

"I'm thrilled to return to the ring on this big stage for my first fight in Brooklyn, and I'm ready to put on a show," said Harrison. "Fighting for a world title is my dream and I know that I have a challenge in front of me. I'm working hard in camp to get another knockout and to make my mark on the division."

"This is the start of realizing my dream," Rabchenko said. "America is the Mecca of boxing so it is a huge privilege for me to be asked to fight there. American fans like to see knockouts and I like to knock people out, so I think they will like what they see. I think I can build a fan base there. I am hungrier than ever. I have not seen much of Harrison, but I am ready for anyone. People say he is a very good fighter with good power. I'm not worried. I have good power as well and I think I will have too much for him."

At just 25-years-old, Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) has showed tremendous promise. He manufactured a 10-fight knockout streak from 2013 to 2015 and proved he could recover from a loss when he dominated Cecil McCalla for 10 rounds in October 2015 and stopped Fernando Guerrero in impressive fashion in March.

Fighting out of Belaraus, Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) is looking to put himself squarely into world title contention when he makes his U.S. debut on July 30. The 30-year-old is coming off of stoppage victories over Walter Calvo in May 2015 and a Miguel Aguilar in February.

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PAULIE MALIGNAGGI vs. GABRIEL BRACERO:

"I feel truly blessed to have yet another opportunity to fight in Brooklyn," Malignaggi said. "I have known Tito a long time and I know he always comes to fight. We will give the Brooklyn fans a great appetizer before the terrific main event later that night in Barclays Center."

"I'm looking to make a statement by winning this fight," said Bracero. "Paulie and I have been friends since the amateurs and I'm thankful to have this opportunity, but he's had his run. Now it's time for me to have mine. This fight is going to change my life."

A former world champion at 140 and 147-pounds, the 35-year-old Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) will return to the ring to fight at Barclays Center for the fifth timel. He has faced a slew of big names throughout his career and has been victorious over the likes of Zab Judah, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano. Born and raised in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, "The Magic Man" was victorious twice fighting in his birth country of Italy last year after unsuccessfully challenging unbeaten Danny Garcia in August.

Another Brooklyn-native, Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) comes off of a sensational one-punch knockout of rival Danny O'Connor in their rematch last October. The 35-year-old owns victories over Dmitry Salita and Pavel Miranda in addition to his first triumph over the previously unbeaten O'Connor in 2011.

IVAN REDKACH vs. TEVIN FARMER:

"I am extremely happy to be back in the ring on a big show in New York," Redkach said. "There are so many Ukrainian fans in New York and I am thrilled to have their support and will put on a great show for them. I want to thank Leo Santa Cruz and his team for having me in their camp as we both prepare ourselves to put on tremendous performances come July 30.

"I couldn't be more excited about this fight," Farmer said. "This is my Barclays Center debut and it is going to be a spectacular performance. I have called out anyone and everyone in the 130 pound division to no avail, so now I'm moving up to 135 to take on Redkach, one of the most feared punchers in the division. Redkach is an aggressive guy and I know he is coming to fight, but there is no way I leave that ring without my hand being raised. This is a fight where I can and I will make a major statement. I'm willing to fight whoever they put in front of me to inch closer to a world title opportunity and July 30 is another step in that direction. I tip my hat off to Redkach for giving me this fight, but this is my time to shine."

Born in Ukraine but fighting out of Los Angeles, Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) began boxing at the age of six and has put together an impressive career since turning pro in 2009. The 30-year-old owns victories over Tony Luis, Sergey Gulyakevich and Yakubu Amidu. Mostrecently, Redkach knocked out Erick Daniel Martinez in October 2015 and fought to a draw with Luis Cruz in April.

Representing the fighting city of Philadelphia, Farmer (24-1-1, 5 KOs) has won 14 bouts in a row since dropping a contest to unbeaten world champion Jose Pedraza in 2012. The 25-year-old has come on strong in recent years, upsetting previously unbeaten fighters such as Emmanuel Gonzalez, Angel Luna and Camilo Perez. Farmer dominated veteran Gamaliel Diaz in March and will make his Barclays Center debut on July 30.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Cyclone Promotions, start at $38 and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

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Mykey Williams!

Signs With DiBella Entertainment
Mykey Williams

DiBella Entertainment has announced the signing of E. Hartford, Connecticut 18-year-old welterweight prospect Mykquan "Mykey" Williams (1-0, 1 KO) to an exclusive promotional contract.

Williams, who is currently finishing his junior year at A.I. Prince Technical School in Hartford, was a decorated amateur boxer with a 45-13 amateur record, highlighted by three gold-medal performances at the Ringside World Championships, in addition to winning the PAL Tournament and Silver Gloves Championships.

"I am thrilled to sign such a hungry, young prospect like Mykey Williams," said Lou DiBella. "Williams is an accomplished amateur and Jackie Kallen certainly has an eye for spotting great talent. He already has a growing fan base in the New England area and I am confident that he will quickly develop into a rising prospect."

"Signing with DiBella was the best move for me," Williams commented. "I'm excited to be fighting under the DiBella banner now. He's a great promoter who will help me get to the world-class level in this sport. I'm just happy that the ball is finally rolling!"

Williams has already overcome tremendous obstacles during his young life, including the shooting murder of his father when Mykey was only one week old, and then his house burned down 10 years later.

Paul Cichon, a 2014 Conn. Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, has trained Williams since he was seven. "If anybody had a reason to go the wrong way, it was Mykey," Cichon added. "But he's a great kid who is a hard worker and is always happy with a positive attitude. He's a boxer who can punch and when he sets up his opponent, watch out, because he's in big trouble. Mykey is a great finisher who moves well and has good defense. He's a left-hander who goes to the body to breakdown his opponent. Mykey's slick and hard to hit, but he's also unique because he's a naturally gifted athlete who could have excelled at any sport he chose."

Although Williams made his successful professional debut on April 16th at Foxwoods Resorts Casino in a card promoted by DiBella Entertainment, he will make his DiBella Entertainment debut this Thursday night (June 30) at Foxwoods in a four-round bout.

"I haven't been this excited about a fighter since I signed James Toney in 1989," famed boxing manager Jackie Kallen exclaimed. "Mykey Williams is the real deal. His future is unlimited and we are thrilled to partner up with DiBella Entertainment to make it all happen."

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Gonsalves Looking To Bounce Back From Loss!

Valenzuela Seeks Vengeance For Countrymen
Gonsalves V Valenzuela

The first fight announcement of the forthcoming Boston Boxing Promotions Show August 6th at The Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) will be an eight-round super middleweight fight between Harwich's Paul Gonsalves (9-8-1, 4 KOs) and Sonora, Mexico's Roberto "El Viejo" Valenzuela (69-72-2, 56 KOs).

"Happy to be back on the Cape for another show," stated Gonsalves. "Looking to get back on the winning track after losing to the number-two-ranked guy in the country in March. I want to put on a good show for the home crowd and show my boxing skills. Also looking forward to other action packed fights. That night include my boy Jesse Barboza and Vinnie Carita who both always bring it."

Just last year, Gonsalves went 2-0 on Boston Boxing Promotions shows in his home region of Cape Cod including a first- round TKO of Rafael Valenzuela last August. Rafael is Roberto Valenzuela's younger brother.

Roberto Valenzuela is a former Mexican Pacific Coast Champion and a battle-tested veteran who has fought the best boxing has to offer including former world champion Jose Luis Castillo on 3 different occasions, Andre Berto, former Irish national amateur champion Michael Mclaughlin, and most recently, New England prospects Brandon Berry and Russell Lamour. Valenzuela represents Gonsalves most experienced opponent to date with over 140 fights in his professional career.

"I look forward to coming to Cape Cod," said Valenzuela through the assistance of a translator. "I hear it is a beautiful place with great people from mi amigo Jose Humberto Corral y mi hermano Rafael who both fought there last year. Unfortunately for them, Paul Gonsalves was too much to handle. That will not be the case this time. I look at his record and see that he is not afraid to fight anyone, and I'm not afraid of a fight either. Bring it on, Paul. When I'm through with you, you will never, ever forget the name... of 'El Viejo!'"

Tickets are on sale now at www.CapeCodBoxing.com. A very limited number of ringside seats are available for $60 each, while general admission costs $40.

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Stephen Fulton V Christian Renteria!

Premier Boxing Champions On ESPN
Premier Boxing Champions

Unbeaten featherweight prospect Stephen Fulton (9-0, 4 KOs) takes on Mexico's Christian Renteria (5-2, 4 KOs) in a six-round featherweight attraction as part of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN & ESPN Deportes Saturday, July 2 from Santander Arena in Reading, PA.

PBC on ESPN & ESPN Deportes action is headlined by unbeaten lightweight contender Jamel Herring squaring-off against former title challenger Denis Shafikov in a 10-round bout. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features undefeated Polish prospect Patryk Syzmanski battling former title challenger "Silky" Wilky Campfort.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $20, $35, $55 and $75, and are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

Additional action will see local contender Frank DeAlba (18-2-2, 7 KOs) taking on veteran Colombian Jonathan Perez (35-14, 28 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout while former world champion Kermit Cintron (36-5-2, 28 KOs) takes on Puerto Rico's Carlos Garcia (10-15-1, 8 KOs) in eight-rounds of junior middleweight action and local prospect Erik Spring (7-1, 1 KO) against Pennsylvania's James Robinson (3-4-2, 1 KO) in a six-round welterweight battle

Rounding out the night of fights are unbeaten prospect Chordale Booker (2-0, 2 KOs) in a four-round super welterweight contest against Kevin Womack (7-11-3, 5 KOs), local super welterweight Miguel Martinez (1-1) in a four-round bout against Philadelphia's Antonio Allen (0-1), the pro debut of New Jersey's Kashon Hutchinson in a four-round super lightweight attraction against Robert Ramos (1-4-1, 1 KO) and the pro debut of New Jersey's Christian Carto in a four-round flyweight contest against Rahkeam Parker (0-2).

Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Fulton is coming off of a fourth-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Adalberto Zorilla in April. The 21-year-old is unbeaten since turning pro in 2014 and will be looking to make it a perfect 10 wins in 10 pro starts when he enters the ring on July 2. He will be opposed by the Tijuana, Mexico-native Renteria who enters the ring coming off of back-to-back knockout victories.

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Cobbs V Camacho!

Twin River Casino
Cobbs V Camacho

He's dealt with losses in and out of the ring. He's had to listen to outsiders question whether or not he's got what it takes to make it in the sport of boxing.

The road has been bumpy at times, but Kevin Cobbs is living proof that all roads eventually lead home.

"Sometimes you've got to go left," Cobbs said, "to find out you should've taken the right turn."

More than five years since his professional debut, the Willimantic, Conn., native may have finally found the path worth traveling.

With a new team behind him and a fresh outlook on his career, the 6-foot-2 Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs) returns to the ring Friday, July 15th, 2016 to challenge undefeated Angel Camacho Jr. (15-0, 5 KOs) of Providence for Camacho's Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and New England Light Heavyweight Titles in the 10-round main event of CES Boxing's stacked summer fight card at Twin River Casino.

Coming off a loss in January on national television, Cobbs, 32, is wasting no time jumping back into the mix. Training out of George Foreman III's Everybody Fights fitness gym in Boston (formerly known as The Club), where he also works as a personal trainer, Cobbs has surrounded himself with a new team that includes Foreman, trainer Chris Daveiga, strength coach Kirby Espinal and at least one familiar face in trainer / advisor Israel Santiago, who has been with him since Day 1.

"He's family," Cobbs said of Santiago. "He always will be."

Rather than work his way back into contention slowly, Cobbs instead decided to end his two-year absence from Twin River against arguably the toughest light heavyweight in the region in Camacho, who has beaten everyone in his path since returning to prominence late in 2014. It's a fight Cobbs has lobbied for since Camacho knocked out Rich Gingras last September.

"In this area I really, really think I'm one of the top light heavyweights, period," Cobbs said. "Some of the guys that have the belt or had an opportunity to fight for the belt and were called the best light heavyweights in the area, they never fought me. Technically, I strongly believe if you are the best you have to fight everyone to be the best."

Cobbs faced one of the best in January in red-hot prospect David Benavidez on a night when he admittedly wasn't at his best. Problems with his training camp, coupled with a difficult weight cut to 170 pounds, a weight he hadn't fought at since 2011, reached a boiling point on fight night when a mentally and physically drained Cobbs absorbed a second-round knockout loss on FOX Sports 1, the biggest fight of his career to date.

"I honestly feel like I was talked into that one really bad," Cobbs said. "A lot of things didn't play into my favor, like coming into my dressing room and telling me I've got 15 minutes before I'm on, but beforehand being told I'm the second to last fight when it takes 15 minutes just to wrap your hands alone.

"I walked out to that fight cold and I walked out to that fight under weight because I had never been there. I walked out to that fight weak. It just wasn't me."

Mired in a tug-of-war between remaining loyal to his camp and doing what was best for himself, Cobbs eventually decided it was time to reboot and invest in those who'd invest as much time into him.

"Deep down inside, I felt like something just doesn't feel right, you know? It really eats at you mentally, but the thing you're taught and you always grow up with is loyalty," he said. "Family first. Just sticking by people instead of sometimes you have to think about you. It really does eat at you because sometimes I'll stay somewhere and not leave because of my loyalty. Then it'll run me into the ground instead of stepping up and doing what I've got to do for myself.

"This time around, I literally shut everyone and everything and did things myself."

Cobbs' new boxing family at Everybody Fights has helped restore the feeling he first felt more than a decade ago when he stepped into the ring as an amateur fighting out of Burlington, Vt., one of many stops along the way on his wild journey.

"There's so much knowledge coming through this building," Cobbs said. "Now I've got my own personal trainer, conditioning and strength, nutrition -- everything is right here at home. It feels good. I don't have to search for help anymore. You know me. I was always searching for help and trying to find where I'm supposed to be. Even with a great trainer, one thing I've learned is that even if they're a great trainer, they still might not be for you."

Now he's less than three weeks away from the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to reestablish his footing as one of the top fighters in the region after more than two years away from his second home at Twin River.

"That's why we really wanted to figure out how to get back inside that arena and really start being with the fans, with the people that love me most. It just feels good to be back over there," he said.

"You've got to imagine I've been wanting this fight for so long, so there are no real nerves mentally. The only nerves that might come are from stepping in that arena where my career started, which I can break once I get out there and see some familiar faces.

"This is my way of proving that when things are done right you can really come out on top. I know Angel is a great fighter, but I really do believe that when my training is consistent we really have a great opportunity to bring back that belt. No matter what happens, I'm bringing my best that day. I can tell you that much."

The Camacho-Cobbs main event is one of three title fights July 15th; Cranston, R.I., super lightweight Nick DeLomba (9-1, 2 KOs) makes the first defense of his New England Title in a six-round bout against Oscar Bonilla (3-1-2) of Bridgeport, Conn.; and Thomas Falowo (14-3, 8 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., the reigning New England Middleweight Champion, returns to Twin River for the first time in more than two years and puts his belt on the line in an eight-round rematch against Jersey City, N.J., slugger Chris Chatman (13-5-1, 5 KOs), who beat Falowo at Twin River in 2013.

Tickets for the event are priced at $42.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

July 15th also features the return of newly-crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Middleweight World Champion Kali Reis (9-5-1), who captured the belt in April in New Zealand, in an eight-round bout against Atlantic City vet Althea Saunders (3-2-2), plus lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO) and middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (1-0, 1 KO), both from Worcester, Mass., and the professional debut of New London, Conn., welterweight Cristobal Marrero.

Also on the undercard, Ray Oliviera Jr. (4-0, 1 KO) of New Bedford, Mass., battles Worcester's Andy Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KOs) in a four-round junior middleweight attraction featuring two undefeated New England fighters.

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Premier Boxing Champions On FS1

Edner Cherry 131.7 vs. Haskell Rhodes 132.9

Omar Douglas 128.1 vs. Alexei Collado 128.4

Antonio Russell 117.1 vs. Rudolph Hedge 119.3

Chris Colbert 127.5 vs. Antonio Dubose 127.8

Milton Santiago 139.4 vs. Osumanu Akaba 139.9

Eric Newell 266 vs. Randy Easton 232

Mykal Fox 141.6 vs. Jose Valderrama 144.1

Victor Vazquez 135.1 vs. Seifullah Jihad Wise 136.5

Venue: Sands Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, PA

Promoter: King’s Promotions

TV: FS1

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Sergiy Derevyanchenko V Sam Soliman!

Premier Boxing Champions On ESPN
Sergiy Derevyanchenko V Sam Soliman

Rising middleweight contender Sergiy "The Technician" Derevyanchenko (8-0, 6 KOs) will take on former world champion Sam "King" Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN & ESPN Deportes on Thursday, July 21 from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a middleweight showdown between hard-hitting Ievgen Khytrov (13-0, 11 KOs) and California's Paul Mendez (19-2-2, 9 KOs) in 10-rounds of action.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to headline against an experienced former champion," said Derevyanchenko. "Soliman has accomplished a lot, but right now he is standing in the way of me being a world champion. You will see the best version of me on July 21 and I will show why I am a dangerous fighter in this division."

"This is a crossroads fight so I am leaving nothing to chance and will do every bit of training needed to win this fight," said Soliman. "We are both fighting for world title position and I know Sergiy will fight hard for this win. This all makes it a great contest."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $150, $75 and $45 not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and www.foxwoods.com or by visiting the Foxwoods' Box Office. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

"On July 21, PBC on ESPN will feature two Ukrainian amateur prodigies and former Olympians who are now tearing through the middleweight division," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Sergiy Derevyanchenko, just eight fights into his pro career, will meet the experienced former champion Sam Soliman in a world title eliminator. The explosive Ievgen Khytrov, known as the 'Ukranian Lion', will open the telecast facing contender Paul Mendez in the toughest test of his career."

"Foxwoods Resort Casino continues to offer the most compelling nationally-televised boxing events, featuring the very best fighters in the world," said Felix Rappaport, President & CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. "For nearly 25 years, Foxwoods has been considered the 'Fight Capital of the Northeast,' and our Summer Boxing Series will only build upon that fact. In true Foxwoods fashion, boxing fans can expect non-stop action and excitement from the moment the bell rings."

A highly decorated amateur who represented his native Ukraine in the 2008 Olympics, Derevyanchenko now lives and trains in Brooklyn. The unbeaten 30-year-old defeated a slew of experienced contenders in 2015 with wins over Elvin Ayala, Alan Campa, Vladine Biosse and a thrilling third-round stoppage of Jessie Nicklow. He began 2016 by stopping Mike Guy in March and will look to keep that momentum going on July 21.

An experienced fighter who was once a kickboxing champion, Soliman won his middleweight world title in 2014 when he defeated Felix Sturm in Germany. Representing Melbourne, Australia, Soliman owns a victory over former world champion Sakio Bika in addition to triumphs over veterans Enrique Ornelas, Les Sherrington, Giovanni Lorenzo and Sean Sulivan.

Another Olympian who represented his native Ukraine, Khytrov also won an Amatuer World Championship before turning pro in 2013. Since then, the 27-year-old has dominated on his way to stopping contenders Josh Luteran and Nick Brinson in addition to previously unbeaten fighters Maurice Louishomme and Aaron Coley. Now training out of Brooklyn, his last outing saw him dominate Kenneth McNeil in his first 10-round bout.

Fighting out of Delano, Calif., Mendez is undefeated in his last 15 bouts including four victories in 2015. A pro since 2009, the 27-year-old will be making his east coast debut on July 21 after stopping Andrik Saralegui in August and defeating veteran David Alonso Lopez.

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CHRIS BLANEY!

BLASTS HIS WAY INTO THE PRO RANKS

TEN-TIME Irish national amateur champion Chris “Ginja Ninja” Blaney made a seamless transition in the professional ranks on Saturday night, knocking out his opponent in just two rounds.

The Navan super-middleweight dropped David Bauza twice before a series of heavy hooks forced the Czech’s corner to throw in the towel.

“Chris took the pros like a duck to water,” said trainer Ricky Hatton. “He did everything we told him to before the fight and got the guy out of there quickly. I’m made up with his performance.

“Because he had such a glittering amateur career he’d been used to fighting in that whirlwind style, but we got him to take sit down on his punches more and he put our plan in place perfectly.

“Obviously this was only his first pro fight and there’ll be tougher fights down the road, but I think he’s given everyone a little taste of his potential. I’m expecting big things from him.”

An announcement on Chris’s next pro fight will be made in due course.

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Baranchyk Blitzes Cruz!

Witt-Morrison & Cook Win

Hot junior welterweight prospect Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk kept his perfect record intact following a three round thrashing of previously unbeaten Eliseo Cruz Saturday, June 25 in Miami, OK.

Topping an exciting fight card promoted by Holden Productions, Baranchyk fought his second consecutive match in the Sooner State. Backed by chants of “Beast, Beast, Beast” from the packed house at the Buffalo Run Casino, Baranchyk battered Cruz until his corner threw in the towel at 1:07 of the third round.

Baranchyk, a Russian based in Brooklyn, NY, is now 11-0 with 10 wins by knockout. Cruz, of Chiapas, Mexico, is 9-1-1 with 6 KO’s following his first setback.

“Four State Franchise” member Jesse Cook of Seneca, MO scored an impressive knockout of hard-hitting Balmaro Solis at 57 seconds of round three. After a slow opening stanza, Cook finished strong with a combination to cap the second. Early in round three, Cook connected with a picture perfect left hook to the body that sent Solis down for the count.

Cook improves to 17-1 (12 KO’s) while Solis of Kansas City, MO slips to 12-3 with all 12 wins by knockout.

Undefeated heavyweight Kenzie Witt-Morrison demolished previously unbeaten Robby Mendez in 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Witt-Morrison who fights out of Tulsa, OK and is the half-brother of Trey Lippe-Morrison, battered Mendez until the stoppage.

A member of the “Four State Franchise” who bears a striking resemblance to his late father Tommy Morrison, Witt-Morrison is now 9-0-1 with 8 knockouts. Mendez heads back to Topeka, KS with a 2-1 record.

Bartlesville, OK’s Jarrett “Legacy” Rouse (9-0-1, 4 KO’s) and Noel Esqueda of Wichita, KS (6-3-1, 3 KO’s) fought to a six round draw. The competitive bout could’ve gone either way as both men had their moments but the judges ultimately ruled it even.

In other action, Cuban cruiserweight Luis Garcia (14-0, 12 KO’s) stopped Kansas City, MO veteran Demetrius Walker (8-13-2, 4 KO’s) in the first round.

2012 Azerbaijani Olympian Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev debuted successfully by outpointing Wichita resident Brandon Phillips Black (1-1, 1 KO) in a middleweight contest.

Debuting World Series of Boxing standout Hurshidbek Normatov of Uzbekistan topped Wichita’s Ramon Barber (6-11, 5 KO’s) in a middleweight affair.

“This was an outstanding, talent rich card.” said Tony Holden. “Ivan Baranchyk is quickly building himself a nice fan base here in Oklahoma and two of the “Four State Franchise" members scored knockouts. We expect to have Trey Lippe-Morrison back shortly and continue to provide our ticketholders with outstanding cards.”

Holden Productions’ next fight card will be announced shortly.

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Laurén V Svensson!

Set For Swedish Super Fight
Laurén V Svensson

Sweden’s top female boxers Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) and Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) will go head-to-head in a huge domestic showdown on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm.

Following months of speculation, the bitter rivals have agreed to meet at the welterweight limit in an attempt to settle their differences and prove who is the country’s number one female fighter.

Their hotly anticipated bout will also act as an official WBC sanctioned final eliminator to face female pound-for-pound number one and Unified Welterweight Champion Cecilia Brækhus.

‘’I’m thrilled this fight is finally happening,’’ said Laurén. ‘’This is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time. It’s no secret that we don’t like each other, and now we can finally see who is the better boxer. This is going to be a huge fight for Sweden and for Swedish boxing. We haven’t had a big fight like this involving two Swedish fighters since Paolo Roberto fought Armand Krajnc, and I’m sure this is a fight that will capture the imagination of the Swedish public.

‘’I’m very confident I will beat her. I believe I’m too big and too strong for her and on September 10, I’m going to knock her out. There is no way she can last ten-rounds with me. I’m glad this fight is happening in Stockholm so that all my friends, family and fans can be there to watch me humiliate her.’’

‘’There is nothing fake about this fight,’’ says Svensson. ‘’Mikaela has done and said some things that I haven’t agreed with and I’m looking forward to getting in the ring and shutting her up once and for all. This isn’t about tabloids or headlines, or her kissing opponents or pouring water on them, it’s about boxing and who is the best, and I’m going to show her what boxing is really about. I'm not only going to outbox her, I will destroy her. Mikaela and her whole team are going to be in for a cold shower.

‘’I’m really looking forward to this fight. It has been building up for a long time and a lot of people are already talking about it. I think it’s going to be a really big event in Sweden and hopefully it can build a lot of interest in the sport.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’We’re delighted to have made this fight. It’s a genuine grudge match between two of the best female fighters on the planet. It will be a huge night for Swedish boxing and for the sport as a whole. I believe it can be as big in Sweden as Paolo Roberto versus Armand Krajnc.

‘’After their last fights, both Mikaela and Klara called me and told me this was the fight they wanted. There is a lot on the line and it’s going to be winner takes all with pride, bragging rights and a shot at Cecilia Brækhus’s World titles up for grabs. This is definitely not a fight you want to miss.’’

Per Nunstedt, Head of Sports, Viasat said: ‘’This is the fight Sweden has been waiting for. Without a doubt this is the biggest rivalry-fight in the history of Swedish female boxing. Its also one of the most prestigious fights we have seen between two Swedes. Both Mikaela and Klara have longed to get up in the ring and show who is the best. And to be able to have this fight on Swedish soil makes it even bigger.’’

Tickets for this blockbuster event, which will also feature a full undercard showcasing the very best in Swedish boxing, go on sale on Wednesday, June 29 at 12.00 and are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.axs.com or by calling 0771-31 00 00.

All the action will be available to watch live and exclusive in Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit www.viaplay.se.

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LaRon Mitchell!

Stops Epifanio Mendoza In Three
LaRon Mitchell

Undefeated heavyweight LaRon Mitchell continued his knockout winning streak by taking out rugged veteran Epifanio Mendoza in the third round on Friday night from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

The stoppage win extends Mitchell's (13-0, 13 KOs) consecutive KO win tally to thirteen.

"It's not something that I think about," said Mitchell, based in San Francisco and trained by Jimmy Ford. "I just try to get better with each and every training camp and each fight."

Mendoza (42-23-1, 36 KOs), by far, was the most experienced opponent Mitchell has encountered in his young career. The Colombian native's approach was to fight in close quarters, thus eliminating Mitchell's height and reach advantage. In the third, Mitchell strung a couple of combinations together and connected with a left hook to the body. Mendoza crumbled to the floor and was counted out at the :52 mark.

In the co-main event, featherweights Erick Ituarte (14-1-1, 2 KOs) and Daniel Ramirez (11-4, 5 KOs) put on a thrilling fight that saw three knockdowns and relentless back and forth action. Ramirez got things started in the first round - landing a left hook upstairs that put Ituarte on his wallet.

Ituarte shook it off and followed up with a right cross in the third that sent Ramirez flying to the ground. The action continued in the fifth, with Ramirez landing a counter left hook. Iturate never saw it and suffered a second knockdown. Most boxers would be out of the fight at this point, but Ituarte found an extra gear and rallied in the final three rounds to force the judges' hands. Ituarte won via unanimous decision with scores: 75-74, 76-73, 77-73.

One of the more exciting prospects in the Southern California boxing scene is the Joel Diaz-trained lightweight Manuel Mendez (10-1-2, 6 KOs) of Indio. Mendez, always a strong starter, dropped challenger Ricardo Maldonado (6-5-1) of Renton, Wash. in the first round with a counter right hook to the head.

In the second, Mendez continued his bruising style and battered Maldonado with powerful shots to the body. The two eventually bumped heads with Mendez suffering a nasty cut above his right eye. The ringside physician ruled Mendez unable to continue, consequently declaring the fight a technical draw.

Welterweight Eridanni Leon (3-2, 1 KO) of Los Angeles grabbed his first knockout win after routinely backing up Rasheed Lawal (1-4-1) of Ventura, Calif. The knockout came at the 1:31 mark of the fourth and final round. Referee Sharon Sands put a stop to the fight after Lawal looked deflated.

Opening the event were Los Angeles bantamweights Rudy Garcia (2-0, 1 KO) and Rafael Rivera (2-9). Garcia boxed his way to an efficient and one-sided unanimous decision win, sweeping it on all three scorecards (40-36).

"Locked n' Loaded" was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with LATV Networks.

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Top Prospects!

Shine On Premier Boxing Champions On NBCSN

Fast rising super welterweight prospect Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) dominated Junior Castillo rolling to an eight round decision by scores of 79-71, 78-72 and 78-72 in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN.

Drilling Castillo to the canvas in the third and sixth DeLoach put the junior middleweight division on notice that he is looking to become a world champion in the not-to-distant future.

"I'm very happy with my performance, did exactly what I wanted to. I'm ready for any of the big names in the junior middleweight division. Even my friend Erickson Lubin, I'd love to fight him," said DeLoach.

"I'm going to stay humble, stay focused, and keep working towards a world championship."

Unbeaten super lightweight Ryan "Cowboy" Karl (12-0, 8KOs) continued to impress with a one-sided eight round decision over Luis Solis (14-7-4, 12 KOs).

Dropping Solid in round, Karl went past the fifth stanza for the first time in his career enroute to victory by scores of 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73.

In the televised opener, Darwin Price (12-0, 11 Kos) stayed undefeated with a spirited eight round decision against the also previously undefeated Semajay Thomas, (8-1, 4 KOs) in a super lightweight scrap by scores of 80-71 (twice) and 79-72.

Dropping Thomas in the first round, Price set the tone, playing matador to Thomas' bull. Following the advice of his renowned trainer Ronnie Shields Price stayed on the outside, racking up points throughout the fight with a piston like jab setting up his combinations towards the wide points decision.

The event was promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions from the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.

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KEITH THURMAN OUTPOINTS SHAWN PORTER!

Jarrett Hurd Stops Oscar Molina
KEITH THURMAN

Prizefighting returned to CBS on Saturday with a Fight of the Year candidate as undefeated welterweight world champion Keith Thurman edged former world champion Shawn Porter in a close but unanimous decision scored 115-113 by all three ringside judges.

The 12,718 fans in attendance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the viewers across the U.S. watching the first primetime boxing event on CBS since Muhammed Ali-Leon Spinks in 1978 were treated to a slugfest between two of the brightest stars in boxing's glamour division.

Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) combined to throw over 1200 punches in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS event, presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The marquee showdown was a story of accuracy vs. activity, as Thurman landed 50 percent of his power shots, compared to 38 percent for Porter, and 44 percent of his total punches compared to just 36 percent for the challenger. While Thurman landed at a higher percentage, Porter was the busier fighter, throwing over 100 more punches across 12 rounds.

"One Time" and "Showtime" delivered as advertised, with the powerful sharpshooter buckling Porter multiple times, while the swarming and smothering Porter barreled forward to bully Thurman into the ropes. And while there were no knockdowns, the back-and-forth blockbuster never lacked action and culminated in a standing ovation in the second-highest attended boxing event in Barclays Center history.

"I want to thank Shawn Porter for a tremendous fight. He's a great warrior," said Thurman. "Defense is the key to victory. He smothers his punches a lot and makes it difficult for the judges to score. I was able to rock him with clear, effective blows and I believe that was the difference today.

"I would give him a rematch. It was great fight. He was a great opponent. Everyone was saying would he be my toughest opponent to date. I wasn't able to drop him but I did buckle him a few times."

The former world champion Porter, a perennial underdog but consummate gentleman, didn't complain about being on the losing end of his second close decision in a title bout.

"We worked hard, Keith is a great champion," Porter said. "My dad says to keep your head up. I think I won the fight, but I'm satisfied because the competitor came out tonight.

"We need that rematch. I know the fans want that rematch. If he gives me another chance, I'm going to work hard in the ring and leave with his title."

The opening bout of the CBS telecast featured a matchup of undefeated super welterweights as Jarrett Hurd graduated from prospect to legitimate contender in the stacked 154-pound class with a dominating 10th round TKO over Oscar Molina.

Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) got to work early, flooring Molina for the first time in his career in the opening round with a powerful counter right uppercut. The bigger and taller Hurd was the more active fighter from the outset, dismantling the previously unbeaten Mexican Olympian with a supremely effective inside game. Hurd threw nearly 750 punches over 10 rounds, compared to just 376 for Molina, connecting on 220 power shots at a nearly 40 percent clip.

Hurd put a stamp on his performance in the final round, closing the show by out landing Molina 33-7 in the final round. With Molina taking a brutal beating and seemingly defenseless in the final minute of thefinal round, Ricky Gonzalez stepped in to halt the contest at 2:02.

"This is definitely a big win for my career," Hurd said. "He was taking a lot of shots, but he knew how to survive. It was a big uppercut that knocked him down in round one. People know from my last fight that I have a great right uppercut. He was hurt a couple of times. I don't think it was a bad stoppage. Molina is a very tough guy who just kept coming through.

"This fight here puts me up with the top contenders in the division. I felt like I could have gone three or four more rounds. I was getting stronger as the fight went on. We're going right back to the gym so we can get in there again."

Molina (13-1-1, 10 KOs) protested, but barring a stunning knockout he was just seconds away from suffering the first loss of his career via a unanimous decision.

"I felt like Hurd was throwing a lot of punches in the tenth round but they weren't really hurting me," Molina said. "He was staying busy but he was never really hurting me.

"I went low and I had my head down and he caught me with that uppercut in the first round. He got me with a shot I wasn't expecting but it was definitely a flash knockdown. I wasn't hurt.

"I was supposed to use my footwork a lot more but I ended up smothering my shots. He had an awkward defense with a lot of bending down and I couldn't get into a rhythm.

"This was a big opportunity for me and I felt like I fought a good fight. I'm going to come back stronger. We're going to work on a lot of things and get back in there."

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, was promoted by DiBella Entertainment.

Earlier in the evening on SHOWTIME, undefeated heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua successfully defended his IBF Heavyweight World Championship for the first time with a seventh round knockout of previously unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale at The O2 in London.

Below are quotes from Joshua after Saturday's win on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL:

Many thought that Dominic Breazeale wouldn't be able to stand up to your power and speed, but were you grateful for the opportunity to work a little bit more of your boxing skills?

"Well, it's hard because you can see they're hurt with every shot - well not every shot - but when you start catching them flush, they can feel the shots with these ten ounce gloves on. So, it's just a matter of time, but in the process I didn't want to be receiving any haymakers on the way back.

"It's been tough I had two weeks off after my last fight, and got straight back in the gym so it was tough. I get a nice little break for once and then I can come back with recharged batteries."

We know Deontay Wilder was watching the fight. Have you got a message for him, the WBC Champion?

"Unbelievable inspirational person. He was patient, 30-odd fights [and] got his hands on the WBC [belt]. I'm following suit. I'm making my way into the U.S. with SHOWTIME backing me as well. So, he watched that.

"He can pick up whatever he wants to pick up from that, but it's so different when you're in the ring with each other. So one day we'll get to experience what each other's about."

Who do you want to fight next?

"Well I think it's gonna have to be the likes of [Joseph] Parker. I was really looking at Fury... I hope he gets better soon. He hurt his ankle unfortunately, which has postponed it because I was hoping to get that some time in the winter if everything went well July 9th like it did tonight, but we're gonna have to reschedule that and in the meantime, we can look at other opponents like Parker, if he's vacant, or anyone else that the people want."

What do you think that you still need to work on?

"Rest. I need to rest. I'm tired, I'm working hard and as I said, now i can get

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O2 In London
Joshua V Breazeale

Anthony Joshua - 243 1/4 Pounds V Dominic Breazeale - 255 Pounds

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Felix Diaz V Levan Ghvamichava!

On Fox Deportes
Felix Diaz V Levan Ghvamichava

Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs) will battle exciting brawler Levan Ghvamichava (16-2-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, July 12 from Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California.

Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and features undefeated prospect Malcolm McAllister (7-0, 7 KOs) battling Brazil's Gilberto Pereira (7-2, 4 KOs) in eight-rounds of super middleweight action while undefeated prospects Thomas Hill (6-0, 1 KO) and Marcos Hernandez (7-0, 2 KOs) compete in an eight-round super welterweight fight.

"I'm very excited to get back in the ring on July 12 in this tough matchup," said Diaz. "This is my first fight back since my close fight with Lamont Peterson but I'm looking forward to shining and getting back on track towards becoming a world champion."

"I have been making 140-pounds since I was 16-years-old and the move to 147-pounds is very welcome," said Ghvamichava. "Along with the hard work I've been putting in with my trainer Virgil Hunter, I should show a great deal of improvement against the very skillful Felix Diaz."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, start at $20 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets call the players club at (707) 262-4000.

A two-time Olympian representing the Dominican Republic, Diaz Jr. won a gold medal at his second Olympic games in 2008 in Beijing. Now fighting out of the Bronx, the 32-year-old increased the level of his competition with victories over Emmanuel Lartey, Adrian Granados and Gabriel Bracero before giving former champion Lamont Peterson all he could handle in losing a majority decision last October.

Ghvamichava will look to rebound from a defeat in his last bout after riding a five-fight win streak that had dated back to 2013. The 30-year-old took down previously unbeaten fighters Jonathan Garcia and Chris Singleton in 2014 and followed it up with triumphs over Cameron Kreal and Cosme Rivera in 2015. Originally from Poti, Georgia, Ghvamichava now trains out of Hayward, California.

Fighting out of Long Beach, California, McAllister turned pro in December 2014 and has knocked out every opponent he's faced. The 25-year-old stayed busy in 2015 as he picked up five victories before making his 2016 debut with a third round knockout of Tyrone Selders in January. He takes on the Goias, Brazil-native Pereira who will make his second start in the U.S. and most recently stopped Humberto Conceicao in March.

A 22-year-old from Milwaukee, but now fighting out of Las Vegas, Hill turned pro in August 2014 and has yet to be defeated. He began 2016 by defeating Tavorus Teague in a six-round bout in February. He takes on the 23-year-old Hernandez who turned pro in 2013 and has also yet to taste defeat. The Fresno-native picked up three victories in 2015.

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Adonis Stevenson V Thomas Williams Jr!

Premier Boxing Champions On Spike

Light heavyweight world champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) returns to defend his belt against hard-hitting challenger Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday, July 29 from Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 pm. CT and features former world champion "Bad" Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) against top light heavyweight contender Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.

Stevenson will be making his seventh title defense and his second straight defense on Spike. His latest challenge will be the young and hungry Williams Jr. who comes in with a straight-forward style and a ton of confidence after he knocked out Edwin Rodriguez in the second round of their April clash.

"I am very happy to return to the ring on July 29 in Quebec," said Stevenson. "I will demonstrate that like fine wine, I am even better with age. Even though I haven't boxed in 10 months, I've never left the gym and I'm willing and ready to defend my crown."

"There were many people who had lost trust in me two years ago after my loss, but here I am" said Williams Jr. "There were circumstances that led to that result, but I don't make excuses and that is in the past. I'm coming off of the best performance of my career and I'm ready to hold that belt on July 29. Stevenson has never faced a puncher like me."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Group Yvon Michel (GYM), start at $50, and are on sale now. Tickets are on sale at Videotron Centre, GYM (514) 383-0666 or at Champion Boxing Club (514) 376-0980.

"Adonis Stevenson has been a world champion since 2012 and we expect another great show on July 29," said Yvon Michel, President og GYM. "The fights on July 29 will include a group of ambitious and talented boxers, which promises a show with intense fighters making statements."

Stevenson won the world light heavyweight title in June of 2013 in Montreal, via a sensational 76-second, first-round knockout over the then-undisputed king of the division Chad Dawson. The impressive victory earned Stevenson "Knockout of the Year" and "Fighter of the Year" accolades. From there, Stevenson went on to record stoppage victories over Tavoris Cloud and Tony Bellew while winning a decision over Andzej Fonfara. Born in Haiti, but fighting out of Quebec, Stevenson defended his title twice last year as he defeated Sakio Bika and stopped Tommy Karpency in the third round.

Williams Jr., a 28-year-old from Fort Washington, Maryland, was introduced to boxing by his father, a former pro fighter. A dynamite puncher, his biggest victory came in his last bout when he knocked out Rodriguez in their fast-paced duel. However, the southpaw has also proven his endurance with unanimous decision victories over warriors like Michael Gbenga, Yusaf Mack and Otis Griffin. Prior to the showdown with Rodriguez he scored a second-round TKO over world-ranked contender Umberto Savigne last November.

A former world champion at light heavyweight, Dawson returns to the ring looking to earn another world title shot. The 33-year-old owns victories over former world champions Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver and Tomasz Ademek and is coming off of victories over Shujaa El Amin. The New Haven, Connecticut-native will be fighting in Canada for the fourth time in his career.

A 2008 Colombian Olympian fighting out of Montreal, Alvarez defeated fellow top contender Isaac Chilemba in November 2015 to solidify his spot amongst the top light heavyweights in the division. The 32-year-old owned victories over previously unbeaten Ryno Liebenberg and Andrew Gardner plus triumphs over veterans Edison Miranda and Alexander Johnson heading into 2015. Alvarez was impressive in stopping Anatoliy Dudchenko and giving Isidro Ranon Prieto his first loss leading up to the bout with Chilemba.

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Baranchyk V Cruz!

Meet In Battle Of Unbeatens

Junior welterweight powerhouse Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk puts his perfect record on the line when he faces fellow unbeaten Eliseo Cruz Saturday, June 25 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.

Raised in Russia, Baranchyk now fights out of Brooklyn, NY and has an outstanding 10-0 professional ledger with 9 wins by knockout. On March 5, Baranchyk sent shockwaves through the boxing world by brutally knocking out unbeaten Nicholas Givhan (16-0-1) in 21 seconds on ShoBox at the Buffalo Run Casino. Prior to that, Baranchyk needed just 2:38 to demolished undefeated Sadhi Shawareb (9-0-2).

Living and fighting out of Chipas, Mexico, Cruz is 9-0-1 with 6 victories via knockout. In December 2015, Cruz scored an eighth round knockout of Luis Zambrano. His bout against Baranchayk will be Cruz' fifth scheduled for eight rounds or more.

The “somebody's 0 must go” fight between Baranchyk and Cruz is scheduled for 8 rounds.

Popular 147 pound prospect Jesse Cook of Seneca, MO battles cement-fisted Bulmaro Solis in the six round co-feature. A member of Holden Productions' “Four State Franchise,” Cook is 16-1-1 with 11 victories by knockout. Solis, who hails from Kansas City, MO, scored knockouts in each of his 12 wins and only has 2 defeats.

Heavyweight Kenzie Witt-Morrison puts his 8-0-1 record on the line against fellow unbeaten Robby Mendez, 2-0, of Topeka, KS in a six rounder. The son of late Tommy Morrison and step brother of rising prospect Trey Lippe-Morrison, Witt-Morrison is a member of the “Four State Franchise” and continues to improve every time out.

Bartlesville, OK's Jarrett “Legacy” Rouse, 9-0 (4 KO's), meets Wichita, KS based Noel Esqueda, 6-3-1 (4 KO's), in a six round welterweight tilt. Like Cook and Witt Morrison, Rose is a member of the “Four State Franchise” and fought seven of his matches at the Buffalo Run. Esqueda, who has only been defeated by unbeaten opponents, scored a first round knockout last November.

2012 Azerbajani Olympian Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev makes his pro debut against Whichita, KS' Brandon Phillips, 1-0, and Hurshidbek Normatov of Uzbekistan enters the ring for the first time as a professional versus Ramon Barber, 6-10 (5 KO's), also of Wichita, KS.

Cuban standout Luis Garcia “El Leon” Garcia looks to improve his record to 14-0 when he squares off against Kansas City, MO based Demetrius Walker, 8-12-2 (4 KO's). Garcia was rated amongst the top prospects a few years back but was sidelined due to out of the ring issues. The Garcia-Walker match up is scheduled for ten rounds in the cruiserweight division.

“This card will be an exciting crowd pleaser,” said Tony Holden. “There are multiple fights where somebody's 0 must go and competitive match ups across the board with fighters from all across the globe showcasing their talent under one roof. The fans at the Buffalo Run are in for a special evening of boxing Saturday night.”

Tickets are on sale at the Buffalo Run box office or by calling 918-542-7140.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Weights From Ontario CA
LaRon Mitchell, 244 vs. Epifanio Mendoza, 230

Bay Area-based heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (12-0, 12 KOs) weighed in at 244 lbs., while Colombian veteran Epifanio Mendoza (42-22-1, 36 KOs) registered 230 lbs. Mitchell vs. Mendoza, scheduled for eights rounds, highlights an exciting night of boxing in California's Inland Empire.

Tickets for "Locked n' Loaded" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase at the will call booth starting tomorrow (Friday) at 5:30 p.m. local time at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

WEIGHTS

LaRon Mitchell, 244 vs. Epifanio Mendoza, 230 (8-rounds)

Erick Ituarte, 127.7 vs. Daniel Ramirez, 128 (8-rounds)

Manuel Mendez, 139 vs. Ricardo Maldonado, 139 (6-rounds)

Eridanni Leon, 147 vs. Rasheed Lawal, 146.4 (4-rounds)

Rudy Garcia, 119 vs. Rafael Rivera, 118 (4-rounds)

The action takes place at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave, Ontario, CA and can be reached at 909-937-0900. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time.

"Locked n' Loaded" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with LATV Networks.

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Keith Thurman V Shawn Porter!

Final Press Conference Quotes
Keith Thurman V Shawn Porter

Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their eagerly anticipated welterweight world title showdown this Saturday, June 25 in primetime as SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, comes to Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Live televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features undefeated super welterweights Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina in a 10-round rumble of rising contenders.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $49 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

The press conference took place at the Dream Hotel PHD Rooftop in downtown Manhattan. Here is what the participants had to say:

KEITH THURMAN

"It's an honor to be on this platform. I'm excited to be back at Barclays Center. My last fight at Barclays Center was the first time I felt the fans give me love and I felt like I made it.

"I'm excited to feel the energy in the arena. We're recovered and we're ready. We did what we needed to so that we're ready for Saturday night.

"As I think about this fight, these are dreams coming true for me. Sometimes I feel like I'm living a dream. I think about how I was raised by Ben Getty to this moment. Ben used to say that my moment was 'right around the corner,' and now it's here. He was a wise man and he knew what he was talking about.

"This is a great fight. This is what the boxing fans want to see. I truly believe you are looking at two of the best welterweights in the world.

"I'm here as an entertainer. I'm here for the love of the sport. The fans want to see these kinds of fights. It's obvious in the welterweight division that we are the two most exciting and devastating fighters in the division.

"Everybody kept talking about the sparring video, so I just decided to put it out. Sparring is sparring and fighting is fighting. This fight will be judged and this time I'll have eight-ounce gloves on.

"It's always been my dream to be the undisputed champion of the world.

"I'm looking forward to a great performance. I'm excited to a great challenge from Shawn Porter. There is a burning desire within myself to have a knockout victory. It's hard to make world-class fighters quit. The fans ultimately want to see that knockout victory.

"There are real stakes are on the line this Saturday night. Our careers are on the line. My title is on the line. My undefeated record is on the line. It's a great fight and a great matchup.

"I do believe that with each and every fight, you step up, you step up and you step up. So, thus the stakes are always higher and there are those times where you get a decent fight. But like I said, this is a great fight at a great moment of both athletes' careers. We are both in our prime. I'm 27-years-old, Shawn is 28-years-old, we've both accomplished many great things and a victory on Saturday night is just going to be another thing to add to the resume.

"This really is the best fight of the best. We're trying to satisfy the fans and we're trying to challenge ourselves, push ourselves, and see where we fit in and how great we really are. I'm going to show you Saturday night how great Keith "One Time" Thurman really is.

"Just like Ali said, Saturday night, I'm going to show you how great I am."

SHAWN PORTER

"It's here. It's been long anticipated and it's here. I have never been more excited to fight in my life. It's a blessing. Along this journey I've been able to learn the basics and excel in the basics and I found myself in a position where I've been able to be very successful.

"My hometown Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA title is definitely a motivation. It motivates me to be a winner. I want to bring this belt back to Ohio.

"I'm looking forward to this kind of moment to shine. That's how you gain notoriety and become bigger. There's no pressure, just excitement.

"I'm just looking forward to getting in there and getting that energetic feeling. I want to feel the excitement of getting into the ring and all the adrenaline that rushes through.

"This is the fight I wanted. I wanted to have fun training for a fight like this. Keith has made it possible. He's so good it pushes me to be better.

"This isn't the first time and it won't be the last time that two friends fight. I'm done talking about us being friends because it's time for us to start punching each other. My plan is to have great defense, avoid getting hit and win the fight.

"I didn't take much time off after the postponement. We tried to train and stay ready through the cancellation. You never know when the phone is going to ring. We just wanted to stay in shape, get better and be ready for anything.

"I feel like if Floyd Mayweather comes back, he should fight the winner of this matchup. I believe that will be me.

"I'm not going to go in there looking for a knockout and throw my hands wildly. I'm going to keep up the pace that I normally keep up. I'm a great boxer. People consider me a boxer, but I may surprise you."

JARRETT HURD

"I'm thankful for this opportunity. This is a great shot for me right now. In my last fight I had an opportunity similar to this. I was a fill-in for television and I did what I was supposed to do.

"Success is accomplished when preparation meets opportunity. I know things like this can happen. It doesn't change anything. We're going to go out and do what we trained for.

"You always get butterflies before getting in the ring but that's normal. Molina is very experienced and has good hand speed but I know what I can do. We're ready for this.

"I'm happy to be on this stage. This could be the biggest fight of the year and I'm extremely blessed to open it up.

"I'm going to go out there and put on another terrific performance. Molina, he's an Olympian and he has a lot of experience. He's a crafty fighter and we're going to do what we have to do to get the victory.

"We're ready to do what we're going to do. It's going to be a great fight on Saturday night."

OSCAR MOLINA

"I'm ready for this. I'm more than ready for this. These type of fights are what gets me up to train.

"This guy I'm fighting is young, undefeated and a prospect like myself. I know he's going to be ready and it's going to be a tough fight but I'm ready for him.

"This is a huge deal for me. I was already excited to be on this huge undercard. When they told me that I was moving up to CBS I knew how big of an opportunity it is for me and my career.

"Hurd is a tall and lanky fighter. I saw his last fight and I see that he does well with guys who are flat footed. My boxing skills and my footwork are something he's never seen before. Frank Galarza was tailor-made for Hurd and I think I'm going to be able to give him different looks.

"I'm a boxer-puncher and I can adapt to different styles. I also have power for big knockouts but my boxing skills are most important.

"Fighting in the Olympics taught me to adapt to different styles. I have a fan-friendly style and I'm excited to put on a show."

DAN BIRMINGHAM, Thurman's Trainer

"We're ready for this fight. Keith trains hard every day and we know Shawn and Kenny well. I've brought them to my gym and these two guys have gone a lot of rounds together.

"I think Keith Thurman is the most gifted guy in boxing. He does everything right. Saturday night we're looking for a great fight and I know in my heart that we will be victorious."

KEN PORTER, Porter's Father & Trainer

"It's great to be here. It's great to be on this stage with Shawn. This isn't something we just started getting ready for, this is something he's been getting ready for since birth. I always had a mindset to put Shawn in a position to excel in life. He has not disappointed.

"I know these guys are going to give it everything they have. It will be 100 percent for as long as it lasts. We're prepared to take the championship. These are great guys here to the right, but on Saturday we're bringing everything to the table.

"We're coming to deliver a great show. Enjoy yourselves on Saturday night."

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

"This is what it's all about. This Saturday night, the best is fighting the best. It's right here in Brooklyn on CBS. It's the first fight on CBS in primetime since Muhammad Ali fought over 30 years ago.

"This is a terrific card from top to bottom. There is a tremendous undercard, a great co-feature and a main event that boxing fans have been waiting for a long time.

"This is an undercard chock full of talent. You will want to get there early as there are evenly matched bouts all night.

"SHOWTIME has highlighted the 154-pound division in recent shows, so it makes sense that there will be another significant matchup in that division on CBS Saturday night with Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina.

"We're not going to talk about friendship and respect anymore with these two guys, that's in the past and the future. These guys know their future is dependent on beating up the other guy and a fight of this magnitude makes the stakes even higher.

"The best want to fight the best and it starts Saturday night. The winner of this fight wants to be the best in the world. Both men want to be an undisputed welterweight champion."

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

"June 25 is a very special day and night for us at CBS. It begins with the heavyweight world title being contested between Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale and then the return of boxing to primetime CBS for the first time in almost 40 years.

"This was an easy fight to make. Shawn and Keith, neither one hesitated for a second in taking this fight. All credit goes to them for taking this fight. It's a difficult fight for both on a big stage.

"Boxing takes criticism for not making the right fights at the right time. One of the bad habits we have is that we spend time thinking about fights that might get made. But now we have the right fight, at the right time and at the right venue. It's a disservice to not recognize that what is going on Saturday is very special and very exciting."

BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

"It's an exciting week at Barclays Center. Tonight we host the NBA Draft, the weigh-in tomorrow and our big event Saturday night. The momentum is building for this fight and we are on pace for the biggest crowd for a boxing event since we opened.

"We are excited about bringing a great night of fights to Brooklyn. We welcome Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter back to Brooklyn as they have both fought there once before.

"It's become tradition to have both of you fight in our ring and we know how popular you are with our fans and we love to have you back.

"This will be the first primetime fight on CBS since the first Muhammad Ali-Leon Spinks fight in 1978 and it's a big moment for the boxing community for sure. We look forward to hosting everyone on Saturday night."

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Anthony Ogogo!

Targets Big Names As He Vows To Stop Radnic
Anthony Ogogo

Anthony Ogogo (9-0, 5 KOs) is aiming for a stoppage victory against Frane Radnic (11-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The Olympic Bronze medallist returns to action following an impressive third-round technical knockout victory against Gary Cooper on May 28 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, and the 27 year-old middleweight is eager to build momentum as he targets the big names in the division.

‘’I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring,’’ said Ogogo, who looks in fine form having recovered from the shoulder and Achilles injuries that had kept him out of action for much of the last two years.

‘’Radnic is a good boxer. He’s had thirteen fights, he’s won eleven and he’s knocked out ten of his previous opponents, so obviously he can bang. It’s a very good record, and I think he would be a good test for any prospect; particularly one coming off a big injury lay off like me.

‘’He’s only lost two fights and both of those have been on points, so I want to be the first person to stop him, that’s my objective. Some people might look at his record and see someone who can bang, but I look at it and see someone whose never been stopped, and I want to stop him.’’

The Lowestoft boxer knows another victory will bring him closer to the big fights he craves. ‘’It’s all about building momentum,’’ he says. ‘’This is my second fight in two months and I want to keep busy. I’ve had some bad luck in my career so far, but that’s behind me now and I’m ready to move forward.

‘’I want to be involved in the big fights and I want the big names in the division. My goal has always been to become World Champion and I’m ready to fight anyone to make that happen. Chris Eubank Jr. has the British title, that’s something that I want, and that’s a fight I would love. He’s a big name and that would be a big showpiece for British boxing.’’

Ogogo’s fight is part of a massive night of action at The O2 as Joshua defends his IBF World Heavyweight title against unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale.

George Groves and Martin Murray meet in a mouth-watering domestic Super-Middleweight blockbuster and WBA World title eliminator bout, Chris Eubank Jr defends his British Middleweight title against Welshman Tom Doran, John Wayne Hibbert clashes with Andrea Scarpa for the vacant WBC Silver Super-Lightweight title, unbeaten British Super-Flyweight champion Kal Yafai continues his World title trail, Brixton Heavyweight Dillian Whyte returns to action, Conor Benn fights for the third time in the paid ranks and there’s a debut for Team GB star Felix Cash.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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All-Pro Boxing!

Returns To Cape Cod
All-Pro Boxing

Boston Boxing Promotions announced that the fight promotion would return to Hyannis Saturday night, August 8, 2016 with an All-Pro Boxing card. The event will be held at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC).

In 2015, the promotion put together two events in Hyannis. The first was held in August at the HYCC and the second on Thanksgiving weekend at Barnstable High School's gymnasium. Both shows were rousing successes and sold out. Hyannis's Jesse "Bad News" Barboza (11-1-1, 7 KOs) headlined each card with Harwich's Paul Gonsalves (9-8-1, 4 KOs) and Pembroke's "The American Nightmare" Vinnie Carita (12-1-1, 11 KOs) prominently featured on both undercards.

The fight card for the event will be announced in the weeks to come. Tickets are on sale now at www.CapeCodBoxing.com. A very limited number of ringside seats are available for $60 each, while general admission costs $40.

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George Groves!

Murray Will Not Hear The Final Bell
George Groves

George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) says Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) will not hear the final bell when the British boxers collide on Saturday night in a mouth watering WBA World title final eliminator at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Groves has been respectful of his opponent in the build up to their super middleweight contest, but at yesterday’s press conference, the ‘Saint’ shared his prediction for the outcome of their hotly anticipated clash.

‘’It’s a must-win fight and a fight I fully plan on winning,’’ he said. ‘’Martin is going to come with his game plan, he is going to try to be smart, he’s going to try and make me miss and hope that I tire so he can drag me into a dogfight in the second half of the fight, but it’s going to be difficult for him because I’m going to be landing big shots and he’s not going to be able to get past the first six-rounds the way he is hoping.

‘’Martin is a good fighter but he’s in with a better fighter, and a naturally bigger and stronger fighter. This fight wont just come down to who wants it more, it will come down to who is the better boxer. It’s not going to be easy, by any stretch of the imagination. I rate Martin and I like the way he fights, but I just don’t think he’s good enough to beat me.

‘’I think I will win and win well. It’s going to be exciting fight and the fans are in for a real treat. I expect Martin to show a lot of heart but my boxing ability will be too much for him. I always say my opponents aren’t going to hear the final bell, and I can’t see anything different on Saturday night.’’

The Hammersmith man also hit back at claims from Murray’s camp that he has been struggling at the weight. ‘’It seems like they are pinning their hopes on the misguided belief that I have issues at the weight and that this will have an effect on my performance and give them an inch into the fight,’’ he said. ‘’When the truth is, I do the weight more than comfortably. I have a very good and solid team around me who make sure of that. I’ve prepared fantastically for this fight and I’m in perfect condition.‘’

Groves and Murray clash on a huge night of boxing at The O2, as Anthony Joshua MBE defends his IBF World Heavyweight title against unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale.

Chris Eubank Jr defends his British Middleweight title against Welshman Tom Doran, John Wayne Hibbert clashes with Andrea Scarpa for the vacant WBC Silver Super-Lightweight title, Brixton Heavyweight Dillian Whyte returns to the fray, unbeaten Birmingham star Kal Yafai is in action, Olympic bronze medal man Anthony Ogogo continues his comeback from injury, Conor Benn fights for the third time in the paid ranks and there’s a debut for Team GB star Felix Cash.

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Deontay Wilder!

Sees Anthony Joshua V Dominic Breazeale Fight As 50-50

Unbeaten WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder can't pick a clear winner for this Saturday Anthony Joshua-Dominic Breazeale world title clash.

The undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) of Upland, Calif., on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME® at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT.

Just a few hours later in Primetime on CBS (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), Keith "One Time" Thurman will defend his WBA Welterweight World Title against former champ Shawn "Showtime" Porter in a welterweight blockbuster that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Wilder, who will be part of the in-studio SHOWTIME announce team covering the fight from New York City, is torn on who will triumph when Joshua makes the first defense of the world title he landed in April with a devastating second-round KO win over Charles Martin.

"I definitely see the fight as a 50-50," said Wilder. "You've got two big heavyweights, and the challenger wants what the champion has, and the champion wants to keep what he has.

"It's going to be interesting because we've seen Breazeale in a lot of wars. He's almost been taken out by some of the smaller heavyweights. He's been punched around, but he has always survived.

"We've seen Joshua (get) busted up as well, but he has kept his composure, and this fight is in his backyard amongst his people.

"I don't put anything past Breazeale because he's coming in hustlers' territory. I think that it'll be a good fight because of Breazeale - I think he really wants it."

Wilder makes the fourth defense of his WBC strap on July 16 against Chris Arreola in his hometown of Alabama. The 30-year-old says that Joshua will feel like a different fighter as he goes into his first fight as world champion - but that there's now an even bigger target on his back.

"Once you've got that belt, you feel like 'I'm the man,' " said Wilder. "After the first fight, that's when you really feel confident. You really feel you're the man, you're the champ. You're the ruler once you've had your first defense.

"For Joshua, this is his first title defense, so he should feel some kind of security about himself and confidence about himself. But he's going to find out that to continue his career and defend that title, these guys aren't going to lay down after one punch or after two punches.

"They're going to keep taking punches, they're going to keep getting knocked down and they're going to keep getting up. This is for a world title. This can bring you out of poverty, you know what I mean? For that reason, these challengers are hungry. That's one of the things that I had to realize.

"I put myself in their position. When I was a challenger, I was hungry and I already had the mentality that 'you're going to really have to kill me or hurt me bad to get me out of this ring.' So that's the mentality that these challengers have.

"It's going to be interesting when you have a guy with a big heart that really, really wants it and I think Breazeale really wants it. We're going to see where his heart is. I can't say what kind of heart he has, but we're going to see."

Breazeale is following compatriot Charles Martin into Joshua's Greenwich home area. "It takes a lot of courage, will and heart to fight in someone's backyard," said Wilder. "It takes someone that has confidence in themselves. And not to mention going to someone else's country, because then the environment has completely changed. It's a big difference and not a lot of guys are willing to travel outside of their country where they would be uncomfortable.

"Only a very few that really want to build their legacy, such as myself, will travel and have no problem. I don't like to worry about judges or nothing. You go do what you have to do. That's just my philosophy and mentality as a champion now. When you say the Heavyweight Champion of the World, that's why this is tough, we travel all over the world."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Luis Rosa Jr!

Headline June 30th Broadway Boxing Card
Luis Rosa

Undefeated world-rated junior featherweight prospect Luis "KO King" Rosa Jr. takes on former world title challenger Luis "Barcelo" Hinojosa in the eight-round main event Thursday night, June 30, in Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

The 25-year-old Rosa (22-0, 10 KOs), born in Puerto Rico and fighting out of New Haven (CT), is a rising star in the junior featherweight division, world rated at No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 12 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). He is a recent graduate of Gateway College in New Haven with an associates degree in business.

Hinojosa is a former Dominican Republic and World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin bantamweight champion who was stopped in the 11th round by Yonfrez Parejo in their 2014 interim WBA bantamweight title fight.

Rosa doesn't feel any added pressure in terms of risking his ranking and undefeated record against a veteran such as Hinojosa. "I'm hungrier knowing I'm so close to a major fight," Rosa said. "I'm working even harder, I'm right there, knocking on the door for a world title fight. I think that will take a little more than a year. I know it's hard to get a world title fight. I'm willing to fight any of the top 122-pounders. I'm ready to take them on, but I still take it one fight at a time. Eventually, they'll (world champions) will have to fight me, and then I'll take their belts."

In the eight-round co-feature event, Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) junior featherweight champion Jennifer "The Bolivian Queen" Salinas (18-3, 4 KOs), now fighting out of Providence (RI), faces off in a non-title fight against Hungarian challenger Gina Chamie (14-6, 6 KOs), a three-time world title challenger.

Unbeaten Irish junior welterweight prospect Noel Murphy (6-0, 2 KOs) faces Albanian invader Afrim Mema (5-3-1, 2 KOs), who fights out of Detroit, in a six-round bout.

Also fighting on the undercard is the newest DBE signee Mykey Williams (1-0, 1 KO), the 18-year-old three-time Ringside World amateur champion from East Hartford, in a four-round welterweight fight against an opponent to be determined.

Also scheduled to be in action are New Haven's highly decorated Foster brothers, light heavyweight Charles (10-0, 5 KOs) and junior lightweight William III (2-0, 1 KO), in six and four-round matchups, respectively, versus TBAs. Both brothers were National amateur standouts.

Worcester, MA featherweight Irvin Gonzalez, another decorated New England amateur who qualified for the 2016 USA Olympic Boxing Team Trials, will make his professional debut in qa four-round fight against TBA.

Tickets for the June 30th card are on sale and priced at $125, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and www.foxwoods.com or by visiting the Foxwoods' Box Office. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. ET, first bout at 7:00 p.m. ET.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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THURMAN V PORTER!

THOUGHTS FROM TOP WELTERWEIGHTS
PBC

Their peers in the welterweight division - world champions, former champions, contenders and top prospects - can't pick a definitive winner between defending WBA 147-pound king Keith "One Time" Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) and former world champion "Showtime" Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs).

The majority of the fighters polled - some of whom are potential opponents down the line for the winner - lean toward Thurman, but most all concede that Saturday's eagerly awaited main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS event, presented by Premier Boxing Champions (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) at Barclays Center is going to be an intense, exciting, tight fight from start to finish that could go either way.

Here's how the boxers see "Thurman vs. Porter":

Danny Garcia (WBC Welterweight Champion): "I think this is a great matchup. Thurman has the boxing ability and the movement while Shawn Porter is the aggressor and he's going to bring the heat. To be honest with you it's a 50-50 fight, but I would give the edge to Keith Thurman by a very close decision."

Kell Brook (IBF Welterweight Champion):"This is a great fight, one I can't wait to watch. If Shawn can stick to his boxing I think he can become world champion again on points, but Keith is heavy-handed and he could walk Shawn onto one - it's really a pick 'em fight for me."

Errol Spence Jr. (Undefeated Welterweight Contender): "I think this is a great fight between young fighters with good skill. Shawn throws a lot of punches while Thurman is a boxer who can punch too. I know Shawn will be aggressive and it should make for a great fight. If Keith can box and keep Shawn Porter on the outside I see Keith Thurman winning. If Shawn stays on the inside and stays in the chest of Keith, I see him winning."

Andre Berto (Former Welterweight Champion): "Shawn is going to come, but I think Keith will be on his toes and box but also drop hard shots as well when Shawn comes in. Keith can be very versatile in there and has a lot of great skills, while Shawn is more like a bull. Keith will hurt or knock Shawn down but will keep coming all night.''

Sammy Vazquez (Undefeated Welterweight Contender): "Shawn is a pressure fighter and Thurman used to be a pressure fighter but now he boxes. It's really hard for me to decide who is going to come out on top. Thurman has good power. It all depends on how Shawn is able to take Thurman's punches. I think Thurman because of the power but Shawn will bring it for 12 rounds."

Robert Guerrero (Former Welterweight Champion): "This is a fight the fans are going to love watching. Both Thurman and Porter bring exciting styles to the ring. I think if Porter can keep the fight on the inside he'll have a better chance to come out victorious. But Keith Thurman is a very smart and powerful fighter and will make the right adjustments. I just think Thurman is going to outbox Porter. I'm picking Thurman to win by decision in a very tough fight."

Luis Collazo (Former Welterweight Champion): "I'm not sure who the favorite is, but I'm going with Porter. I like his style and I think it's going to be interesting to see how Thurman holds up with the pressure Porter is going to bring."

Devon Alexander (Former Welterweight Champion): "It's a very exciting fight. Both fighters are come forward type fighters and they swing for the fences when they throw. I don't know who will come out on top because they have similar styles. Shawn Porter has decent power, but out of the two Keith has the more power. We'll see. This is boxing."

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Andy Ruiz!

Returns On Detroit Brawl
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To the delight of the sizable Mexican community in Detroit, on Saturday, July 16, world-rated Mexican heavyweight contender Andy "The Destroyer from Mexicali" Ruiz will appear in the 10-round main event of Salita Promotions' next "Detroit Brawl" installment at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

26-year-old Ruiz, from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, is a former amateur standout, now undefeated at 27-0, 18 KOs as a professional and rated WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7 at heavyweight. Ruiz is the current NABF heavyweight champion and has already made four successful defenses. Before that, he held the WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Championship and made an additional three successful defenses before relinquishing.

In his last in-ring appearance, Ruiz stopped former world title challenger Ray Austin in the fourth round on May 14 in Studio City, California.

"I cannot wait to get back into the ring," said Ruiz. "I've got some thunder coming with me to Detroit."

Sponsored by Greektown Casino and Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar, tickets for "Detroit Brawl" will be priced at VIP $123, Box Seats $100, Ringside $93, Reserved $63 and $38, and Balcony $28, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Tickmaster.com.

"I am very excited about bringing another sensational show to Detroit that will feature local talent as well as some of the best fighters from around the country and the world," said Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions. "I have a vision of helping Detroit become known as America's Greatest Comeback City and the East Coast hub of professional boxing. With each show, we are showcasing great fighters and building a fan base locally and around the world."

Giving the "Detroit Brawl" crowd its usual international flavor will be red-hot welterweight KO artist Bakhtiyer Eubov (10-0, 10 KOs) of Aktjubinsk, Kazakhstan making a very special six-round appearance, along with welterweights Giorgi Gelashvili (4-0, 2 KOs) Brooklyn via Georgia and Serdar Hadurbadyev (2-0, 2 KOs) of Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan in other six-round bouts.

Making his long-awaited four-round pro debut that night will be "Southpaw Prince" Gheith Karim, a three-time national amateur champion from Dearborn, Michigan. A product of the Kronk Gym, Karim was being touted as a future star by legendary Kronk founder Emanuel Steward since the age of 11. He will compete as a junior middleweight.

Also scheduled for action that night are crowd-favorite Detroit prospects including cruiserweight Demetrius Banks (7-0, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder; middleweight Dorell Van Horn Jr (9-0, 6 KOs) in a six-rounder; as well as Detroit bantamweight Jarico O'Quinn (1-0, 1 KO); super bantamweight Zach Shamoun (3-0-1, 3 KOs) of Bloomfield Hills Michigan; and cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (3-0, 3 KOs) of Eastpointe, Michigan, in separate four-rounders.

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Brandon Figueroa V Oldier Landin!

PBC On NBCSN Tripleheader
Brandon Figueroa V Oldier Landin

Unbeaten local prospect Brandon Figueroa (7-0, 5 KOs) will battle Cuba's Oldier Landin (4-1-1, 4 KOs) in a six-round super bantamweight showdown that highlights undercard action on Saturday, June 25 from the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio.

The June 25th event features a Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN tripleheader that is headlined by a clash of rising super welterweight prospects Justin DeLoach and Junior Castillo. Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and features unbeaten Ryan "Cowboy" Karl against Mexico's Luis "Muecas" Solis plus a battle of unbeaten prospects as Darwin Price takes on Semajay Thomas.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85 and $20 plus $1000 and $850 for tables, not including fees, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets call 210-988-8821 or visit Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave. San Antonio, Texas 78216.

Further undercard bouts will see Orlando-born prospect Justin Pauldo (6-1, 4 KOs) take on Phoenix's Jesus Aguinaga (4-3-1) in six-rounds of lightweight action, the pro debut of Houston's Laurynas Arbaciauskas in a four-round super lightweight battle against Corpus Christi's Omar Reyes (1-3) and England's Steve Woodall (10-1-1, 7 KOs) in a six-round lightweight bout.

Rounding out an exciting night of fights are a slew of unbeaten San Antonio-prospects as Kendo Castaneda (9-0, 3 KOs) enters the ring in welterweight action, Brandon Soto (1-0, 1 KO) against Texas-native John Van Meter (0-1) in a four-round super featherweight clash, unbeaten super featherweight Brandin Chaulker (3-0, 1 KO) in a four-round bout against Daniel Arriaga (0-2-2) and a four-round super middleweight attraction between fighters making their pro debuts as Tommy Kamara battles Rynell Riley.

The brother of former world champion Omar, the 19-year-old Figueroa turned pro in May of last year by defeating Hector Gutierrez and followed that up by stopping Ricardo Mena, Ramiro Ruiz and Francisco Muro to close out the year. The Weslaco-native has stayed busy in 2016 picking up three more victories via stoppage over Harold Reyes, Jahaziel Vazquez and Jonell Nieves. He will be opposed by the 28-year-old Landin from Havana, Cuba who made his U.S. debut in February by knocking out Alex Roman in Florida.

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Bryant Perrella!

Back In Training; Excited For Next Opportunity
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Welterweight rising star Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella has returned to the gym and is training in anticipation of his next bout.

On June 4, Perrella destroyed previously unbeaten two time National Golden Gloves champion David Grayton on ESPN. Rather than go on vacation or celebrate his victory, Perrella immediately wanted to resume training. At the advice of his team, he took a short period of time off before getting back into the gym less than two weeks after his career best victory.

Even though he's currently waiting to get the word on his next fight date, the 27-year-old Fort Myers native believes he'll be in another televised bout in the coming months. Naturally, his immediate goal is to raise his record to 15-0 while continuing to fight his way into the upper echelon of the 147 pound division.

"I live, eat and sleep boxing,” said Perrella. “This is what I do for a living and I take my career seriously. Since I'm moving up and believe I'm ready to take a big step forward in the welterweight division, there's no time to waste. I don't have any vices and stay in shape year round. Next fight, I'll be even better and want there to be no doubt in anybody's mind that I'm one of the next stars in the welterweight division.”

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Deontay Wilder V Chris Arreola!

Premier Boxing Champions
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Heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder and former title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola went face-to-face for the first time Tuesday at a Los Angeles press conference for their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX & FOX Deportes showdown Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features undefeated welterweight contender Sammy "The Sergeant" Vasquez Jr. taking on former world champion Luis Collazo. Two more hours of boxing on FS1 and FOX Deportes will immediately follow at 10 p.m. ET after the Wilder vs. Arreola fight on FOX. Further details will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 and are on sale now. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

The fighters were together at the Conga Room at L.A. Live after Wilder had hosted a press conference in Birmingham the week before, that Arreola joined via skype.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

DEONTAY WILDER

"This is going to be an exciting fight for everyone. It's two dangerous heavyweights. Two guys who fight with their hearts. It's going to be an action-packed fight from beginning to end.

"People said Arreola doesn't deserve the shot, but who are they to say things about a man who every time he gets in the ring, fights with his heart.

"I feel like this is a special occasion. It's a short notice fight. A lot of guys said they would take it, but used the short notice as an excuse. It takes a lot to put together a fight. But when you can get someone who can make the best of this and put on a great show, it's a job well done.

"There's only one name who can make this be what it is. Every time he steps in the ring, he comes to fight. I think we chose the right person.

"This is going to be a great fight for boxing fans. I chose to go back home because of all the travel I did preparing for the Povetkin fight. I'm excited to be in my backyard and have the great support behind me. I won't crack under the pressure.

"The fans will get their money's worth. It's two tough and determined fighters who are trying to knock each other's head off.

"This was my longest layoff. I've wanted to be an active champion since I won the belt. When one door closes, another one opens.

"It's up to Chris to take advantage of this opportunity. He has his own history that he can make and it will mean a lot to him.

"My mentality is to go all out. Everything I say, I really believe. I don't need anyone to believe in me, because I believe in myself.

"I have a guy in front of me who's trying to stop me from getting to the next level. I promise this is going to be an outstanding fight."

CHRIS ARREOLA

"I'm grateful for this opportunity. A lot of people say that I don't deserve this title fight. A lot of people said Deontay didn't deserve his title shot. I said that. But when he got it, he made the most out of it. He beat the guy who beat me.

"He's defended his title and done everything you're supposed to do as a champion. I respect him a lot. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

"I'm going to his backyard. I'm fine with people not recognizing me out there. He's going to be dealing with ticket requests and I'm just going to be focused on beating Deontay Wilder.

"I'm not fighting the fans, at the end of the day it's me and Deontay Wilder in that ring. That's what I know about this sport, there's a lot of talk, but at the end of the day, it's mano a mano.

"I'm blessed to have this opportunity and I'm going to make the most of it."

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Antonio Russell V Rudolph Hedge!

Premier Boxing Champions
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Unbeaten prospect Antonio Russell (6-0, 5 KOs) will take on Jamaica's Rudolph Hedge (10-3-3, 4 KOs) in a six-round super bantamweight showdown as part of Premier Boxing Champions ­TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, June 28 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

The June 28 event is headlined by a lightweight showdown between former title challenger Edner Cherry and quick-fisted contender Lydell Rhodes. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten featherweight Omar Douglas taking on Cuba's Alexei Collado.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $100, $75 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Additional undercard action features unbeaten Brooklyn-prospect Chris Colbert taking on fellow unbeaten Antonio Dubose of Philadelphia in a six-round super bantamweight bout, unbeaten Philadelphia-prospect Milton Santiago against veteran Osumanu Akaba in an eight-round super lightweight attraction, local heavyweight Eric Newell in a four-round bout against Randy Easton and the pro debut of Philadelphia's Yurik Mamedov in a four-round welterweight bout.

Rounding out the night of fights Maryland-prospect Mykal Fox in a six-round super lightweight bout against Puerto Rico's Jose Valderrama Yonkers-native Victor Vasquez against Philadelphia's Seifullah Jihad Wise in a six-round lightweight battle and unbeaten Washington, D.C. prospect Marcus Bates in a bantamweight bout against Bennie Culpepper.

Twice a National Golden Gloves runner up, Russell won the national championship in 2013 and he now looks to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and current 126-pound world champion Gary. The 23-year-old fighting out of Washington, D.C. turned pro in 2015 and delivered five victories before making his 2-16 debut in April with a stoppage of Alberto Serna. He will take on Kingston, Jamaica's Hedge who made his U.S. debut in May.

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Keith Thurman V Shawn Porter!

Undercard Complete
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The stacked undercard for the highly anticipated Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter welterweight showdown is complete and will feature a pair of popular Brooklyn fighters as heavyweight Adam Kownacki (13-0, 10 KOs) battles hard-hitting Jesse Barboza (11-1-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round bout while crowd-pleasing featherweight Heather "The Heat" Hardy (16-0, 4 KOs) takes on Colorado's Kirstie Simmons (8-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round contest on Saturday, June 25 from Barclays Center.

The June 25 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS event, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, is headlined by the world title fight between defending world champion Keith Thurman and former champion Shawn Porter. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The live telecast will open with an exciting battle between undefeated super welterweight prospects Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina.

Additional undercard action features unbeaten prospect Jonathan Alonso taking on Los Angeles native Brian Jones in a junior welterweight match, Bronx native Josue Vargas opposing Oklahoma's David Nelson in a four-round welterweight bout and a recent addition to the card, Puerto Rico's Nicklaus Flaz, in a four-round junior middleweight battle against Brooklyn's Mack Babb.

Completed matchups that were previously announced include fast-rising prospect David Benavidez (14-0, 13 KOs) taking on Francy Ntetu (16-0, 3 KOs) in an eight-round light heavyweight bout and unbeaten junior welterweight Regis Prograis (17-0, 14 KOs) versus Luis Eduardo Flores (21-3, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $49 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

A popular Brooklyn fighter who competed in Barclays Center's first-ever professional female boxing match, Hardy has become a staple at the arena since. On June 25, she will be making her seventh appearance at Barclays Center. A little over two years after her pro debut, Hardy won an international title belt in the super bantamweight division in October 2014. In 2015, she defeated Noemi Bosques and Renata Domsodi twice. In her lone 2016 fight, she stopped Anna Donatella Hultin in the fourth round. She will be opposed by Aurora, Colorado's Simmons who has won nine fights in a row after losing her pro debut.

A two-time New York Golden Gloves champion, Kownacki had a big 2015, notching four victories including knockouts of Maurenzo Smith and Randy Easton. Born in Lomza, Poland, the 26-year-old now calls Brooklyn home. His 2016 campaign began in January at Barclays Center when he defeated Danny Kelly in front of a raucous Polish crowd. He will take on Barboza out of Hyannis, Massachusetts. The 29-year-old Barboza was a three-time New England Heavyweight Golden Gloves champion.

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Sammy Vasquez Jr V Luis Collazo!

Co-Main Event Of Premier Boxing Champions On FOX
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Undefeated welterweight contender Sammy "The Sergeant" Vasquez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs) is set to battle former world champion Luis Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes in primetime on Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with two more hours of boxing on FS1 and FOX Deportes to follow immediately at 10 p.m. ET. Further details will be announced shortly.

"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to showcasing my talent and skills," said Vasquez Jr. "Luis Collazo is one of the toughest guys I've fought so far and he's definitely going to test me. My job is to go in there, handle my business and beat him worse than anyone else has. I think our styles will combine for a great battle and I'm excited to give the people another great fight."

"I'm totally stoked about this fight against Sammy Vasquez" said Collazo. "He is a talented fighter and I'm excited to test his abilities and the will that he has to keep that zero. This will be a good one."

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 and are on sale now. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Vasquez has fought professionally since 2012, after serving two tours of duty in Iraq as a member of the National Guard. He made it to the semifinals of the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials and won gold at the 2010 and 2011 Armed Forces Boxing Championships. The fighter out of Monessen, Penn., notched big victories in 2015 over Wale Omotoso in June and Jose Lopez in September. In PBC on FOX action in January, Vasquez stopped veteran contender Aron Martinez in the sixth-round in Los Angeles.

One of Brooklyn's most respected fighters,Collazo looks to make the most of his showdown with the undefeated Vazquez on July 16. A world champion in 2005, Collazo has faced top fighters his whole career. Most notably in recent years, he delivered an electrifying second round knockout over Victor Ortiz in December 2014. Collazo gave world champion Keith Thurman trouble in his last outing, staggering him with a body shot in the middle rounds before eventually losing to the undefeated fighter.

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Anthony Joshua & Dominic Breazeale!

Conference Call Highlights

Undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) of Upland, Calif., this Saturday, June 25 on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME® on at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT.

Just a few hours later in Primetime on CBS (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), Keith "One Time" Thurman will defend his WBA Welterweight World Title against former champ Shawn "Showtime" Porter in a welterweight blockbuster that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Both Joshua and Breazeale participated in an international media conference call on Monday. Also taking part were Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports; Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport and Brittany Goossen-Brown of TGB Promotions introducing Breazeale.

Below are highlights of what the principals had to say on the conference call.

ANTHONY JOSHUA

Thoughts on his preparation for the fight:

"I feel great condition wise, and mentally I'm in a good place. I've never felt so relaxed because I just know I'm capable of doing it. I've trained weeks and years and it's just about getting it right on the night of the fight. My tactics and my mind have not let me down so far, so that's why I don't want to change anything.

"I'm not putting too much pressure on myself. I'm going to attack the fight the same way I have my last 16 and put on an explosive show. That's what the Americans love. They like knockouts and I won't let them down.

"Every fight can be my last fight. As much as I would like to tell you I'm confident and 'I'm going to do this, I'm going to do that' I do understand I have to approach this as if it could be my last fight.

"I know he can hang around, he doesn't go down easy. He's a big guy, he can eat shots. The Dominic Breazeale I'm used to watching on YouTube and I'm reading about is the enhanced Dominic Breazeale - the Dominic Breazeale that is 50 percent better because I think he knows he wants to come prove himself on a global stage. And this is his chance come Saturday, so I need to prepare for the best of Breazeale."

On going from being the hunter as a challenger to being the hunted as a champion:

"I'm not the cream of the crop in the gym. I'm around guys that are achieving things on the same level so I'm still hunting. I still have that mentality as if I'm a main killer in the jungle. I haven't lost that hunger.

On potential to fight in the US in the future:

"I just keep on hearing the United States is where it's happening. And if I come to the U.S., I'm going to shut it down."

Thoughts on Breazeale's performance against Amir Mansour:

"He's a tough guy. He managed to go out there and break Mansour's jaw and capture a win, which has led him into where he is now. Whichever angels were floating in the ring with him that day have led him to this point, so I've got to put an end to his dream."

On winning a piece of the heavyweight championship in just his 16th pro fight:

"It didn't mean much. I still have another couple titles I need to get my hands on. I'm still hunting. There's still work to be done. So it only ticked one of the boxes on my to-do list."

DOMINIC BREAZEALE

"I'm out here very excited. I can't wait to get in the ring June 25 and shock the world, that's for sure. I've been lucky enough to prepare for the biggest fight of my life and I'm really super excited about it."

On why he thinks he was selected for this matchup:

"Honestly, the way I see it is that someone didn't do their research. They didn't look deep enough. They didn't find out enough about me and maybe they're looking at me as just another football player that transitioned into boxing. And I'm hoping they're overlooking me. It definitely can be a situation where they're just watching one fight, especially my last fight. But there's been a lot of tough ones. If they're looking at that one situation, I'm glad because that's to my liking."

On his feelings about fighting overseas:

"The way I'm thinking about it is, June 25, I gain 20,000 fans. I'm in a situation where I'm very confident going into this fight and I know for sure I'm going to put on a great show, come out victorious and go back to the U.S. with 20,000 UK fans.

"I definitely believe [Joshua] realizes; he understands that he's got a big test in front of him. He's got a big fighter in front of him. He's got a guy that's going to break him down, test his will and see if he is a true champion.

"I am coming into this fight very confident and I've got some things that I know are going to work for me, as well as some things that I plan on exploiting out of Joshua.

"I'm blessed to have been picked for this fight and am thankful for this opportunity. The way I look at it, and the way I look at every fight that I go into, is that as long as I do everything that I need to do in the gym as far as sparring, preparation and training, running my miles, sleeping right and eating right - I've crossed all of my T's and dotted all of my I's. I've got nothing to worry about. I've got nothing to second-guess. I've done everything I'm supposed to and I just can't wait to shine."

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

"Anthony quickly went from a diamond in the rough to really one of the foremost stars in the UK and Europe, and we are happy to be his partner as he establishes his presence in North America.

"We are particularly excited about this bout because we have, pardon the phraseology, two behemoths. There are two skilled boxers, really the epitome of what heavyweight boxing should be - big, strong athletes skilled in their sport, with amateur pedigree, meeting on the afternoon here in the US, evening in the UK to determine who is the best fighter."

EDDIE HEARN, President, Matchroom Sport

"Over here, the feeling is that it's going to be quite a routine defense, but Anthony hasn't trained like that. He is not expecting that. He knows the background and roots of Dominic Breazeale. He knows his skill, and he knows how dangerous he can be and he knows how hungry he is as well. I think you're going to get a different kind of fight than the Charles Martin fight. I think you're going to get a guy that's not afraid to let his hands go. He's not going to wait and the sold out O2 Arena is going to be an electric place to be."

"SHOWTIME is a deal we are very excited about. To link up with an American broadcaster for us was an obvious move, but it was a move we had to choose carefully. And I think we chose very, very well in SHOWTIME."

BRITTANY GOOSSEN-BROWN, TGB Promotions

"Over here in the U.S. we have gotten to see Dominic grow before our eyes. We know he is definitely capable of challenging for the world title. On Saturday we expect him to be victorious and bring that back to America."

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JARRETT HURD V OSCAR MOLINA!

OPEN CBS PRIMETIME BOXING BROADCAST
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An intriguing matchup between undefeated super welterweights Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina will open this Saturday's Primetime CBS broadcast from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS broadcast, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, airs live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is headlined by a welterweight blockbuster between undefeated champion Keith Thurman and once-beaten former titlist Shawn Porter.

The 10-round showdown between the 25-year-old Hurd (17-0, 11 KOs) and 26-year-old Molina (13-0-10 KOs) is a rare matchup between young undefeated prospects in one of boxing's hottest divisions. The winner graduates to contender status in the stacked 154-pound class, a division featuring Erislandy Lara, Jermall and Jermell Charlo, Demetrius Andrade and Julian Williams.

Hurd vs. Molina represents the toughest professional fight for either man.

"The dictionary definition of 'Swift' is to happen quickly or promptly," said Hurd. "So just like my ring name, that's exactly what you'll see on Saturday night. I'm so grateful that this fight was made and that the whole world will be able to see my boxing skills on this highly anticipated card."

"I'm excited for this fight and I'm grateful that it's even bigger now that it's on CBS," said Molina. "I've seen Hurd fight. I know what he does well and what his weaknesses are and I'll be looking to capitalize on them. It's important for me to defeat the top guys and this is someone I have to beat to become a world champion one day. I'm excited about fighting in Brooklyn on the big stage, but my focus will be on my trainer's game plan and coming out victorious."

Hurd, of Accokeek, Md., just south of Washington, D.C., has an unblemished record since turning professional in 2012. He is coming off a career-best performance last November with a six-round destruction of previously undefeated Frank Galarza on ShoBox: The New Generation. Hurd, who has never been down or cut as a professional, will be facing his third consecutive unbeaten opponent.

Molina, of Norwalk, Calif., just east of Los Angeles, was a 2012 Mexican Olympian. He tore through his opposition after turning professional in 2013, registering knockouts in 10 of his 14 fights. Molina, who has also never been down, is coming off a 10-round draw with fellow unbeaten highly regarded prospect Dominque Dolton last September. He returns to the ring this Saturday against another undefeated opponent as he looks to make a statement in the 154-pound division.

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Sugar Ray Leonard & Thomas Hearns!

Weigh-In On The Keith Thurman V Shawn Porter Match Up

Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas "Hitman'' Hearns might be uniquely qualified to talk about what WBA welterweight champion Keith "One Time'' Thurman and "Showtime'' Shawn Porter are thinking and feeling heading into their battle that pits two men against each other who are in their primes in a highly charged battle for supremacy in the talent-laden welterweight division.

The highly anticipated showdown headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) with televised coverage starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Leonard had a record of 30-1 with 21 KOs and held the WBC welterweight title when he took on Hearns, who was 32-0 with 30 KOs and held the WBA title, in a 15-round title unification match in Las Vegas on September 16, 1981. The match was billed as "The Showdown'' and had a worldwide television audience of 300 million.

The fight was a pitched back-and-forth battle, but Hearns appeared to be in control having won rounds nine through 12 on all three judges' scorecards. It was between rounds 12 and 13 that Leonard's trainer, the late Angelo Dundee, famously screamed at Leonard: "You're blowing it now, son! You're blowing it!''

Leonard, with his left eye badly swollen, turned the tide in the 14th round by staggering Hearns with an overhand right and then pinning Hearns on the ropes and unleashing a barrage of punches, which prompted referee Davey Pearl to stop the fight, giving Leonard the victory and making him the undisputed welterweight champion and king of the division. At the time of the stoppage Hearns was leading on all three scorecards - 124-122, 125-122 and 125-121.

"It was the toughest fight of my life. It took every ounce of will and strength to beat Tommy Hearns. I couldn't have taken that many of those in my career,'' Leonard said. "The Tommy Hearns fight was the one that propelled me to the penthouse.''

Leonard felt like the victory over Hearns launched him into superstardom. He believes the same thing awaits the winner of Thurman-Porter.

Hearns on the fight: "I wanted to show my world my boxing ability. They knew I could knock people out, but they didn't know that I could box very well.''

Both Leonard and Hearns said they are anxiously awaiting the match between Thurman and Porter because they believe it will hold just as much drama as their match 35 years ago.

"Yeah, you can make the comparison,'' Leonard said. "Both guys are at the top of the welterweight division. The only thing that's different is that me and Tommy were so well known by sports fans. We were on TV a lot, and that's what built our names and gave people the chance to see us so much. And that's what they're doing now with the PBC and the shows being on network TV. This could be a fight like ours. Who knows? But I do know that the fans are waiting on this fight.''

HOW DO YOU PREPARE TO FACE THE BEST MAN IN YOUR DIVISION?

HEARNS: "It's always hard to get prepared for someone like that because you think about what the outcome is going to be and what are your chances of winning the fight. I never thought about losing, but I thought about what my chances were.

I knew if I went out and boxed the way I knew I could box, I would beat Ray. Just the thought of fighting Ray brought a lot of questions to my mind. Some I had answers to and some I didn't have. Most other guys I knew I could go out there and knock them out.''

WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT THIS MATCHUP?

LEONARD: "Just the heart of Keith and Shawn. Both of these guys have heart and both have that will. That composure. You can't teach composure. It's something that you either have or you don't. You can't learn that. That deep, deep composure when your left eye is closed and your liver is busted and you got to get up on the canvas.''

HEARNS: "I know Thurman and Porter have the ability to get each other out of there. It's going to be a matter of who gets to who first. I'm definitely watching. I hope to be there in person.''

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE MENTAL ASPECT OF THIS MATCH?

HEARNS: "I know what it's like to go against somebody that people don't think you can beat. You have to prepare for that. It's a mental stage that you go through, how you prepare your mind. If you can control your mind and tell your body what you're going to do, then you can do it. You can't worry about how good the other guy can punch. Just stay out of the way. Keep on laying that stick on him and he won't be able to punch you.''

WHAT WAS YOUR MENTALITY GOING INTO THE MATCH AGAINST LEONARD?

HEARNS: "I didn't come to go 12 or 15 rounds. I came to whip your butt and go home. I had no desire to go 15 rounds. I trained for it, but I was never going 15 rounds.''

WHAT WAS YOUR MENTALITY GOING INTO THE MATCH AGAINST HEARNS?

LEONARD: "I felt that I could beat anyone. My brother Roger didn't think I could beat Tommy. He didn't tell me that until it was over. In training camp I used to box Roger and he would land a lot of right hands. He figured if Tommy's right hand landed on me it would be over. My brother didn't have much confidence in me.''

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $49 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

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Joe Smith Jr Shocks Andrzej Fonfara!

Light Heavyweight Division Takes Notice
Joe Smith Jr

The light heavyweight division has a new face, and his name is Joe Smith, Jr. In one of boxing's shockers of the year, Star Boxing's Long Island knockout artist known as "The Irish Bomber" (22-1, 18 KOs) stunned the heavily-favored power-puncher Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) with a first round TKO in the scheduled 10-round light heavyweight main event on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC on Saturday night (June 18) at UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Smith first floored his opponent with a monstrous, punishing overhand right, and Fonfara was down in the center of the ring. The furious onslaught continued with a flurry of punches that had the hometown favorite Fonfara reeling, culminating with jaw-jarring left hook that had him down a second time, and the bout was halted. Fonfara was unable to withstand the barrage from the concrete fists of the Union 66 construction worker, and referee Hector Afu stopped the annihilation at 2:32 of the opening round. The end result: Smith's brutal and perfectly-executed demolition becomes a leading candidate for upset of the year.

"I expected it to go 10 rounds because he's a great fighter," an elated Smith told NBC in the ring. "I trained harder for this fight than I ever have, and came here to prove a point that I belong in the ring with the best.

"I was trying to stay on top of him because once I started hitting him, he left himself open," added Smith. "I caught him with the over hand right. When I see someone hurt, I'm a finisher, and was determined to get him out.

"There's no feeling like this. I'm happy to take this victory back home to New York to all my fans," Smith wrapped up later. "Now everybody knows who I am. This is the best thing that could have happened.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia said "I am so proud of Joe. He worked hard and earned a sensational victory. He's a true example of the American spirit. We've been fortunate on Long Island to have seen him at our shows at the Paramount and now the world will be able to witness his rising star first hand."

Fonfara was eyeing a rematch with the WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who he lost two in a close decision two year ago. Fonfara had beaten both Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Nathan Cleverly before Smith foiled his plans.

Representing Long Island, New York, Smith Jr. was making his national television debut and it was a beauty. It was his 16th straight victory.

The 26-year-old was a highly decorated amateur who won the 2008 New York Golden Gloves with a victory over Seanie Monaghan. A member of the Local 66 Laborers Union between fights and the oldest of eight siblings, Smith Jr. by far picked up his most impressive victory of his career.

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Joe Smith Jr!

KO's Andrzej Fonfara In One Round
Joe Smith Jr

Hard-hitting light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs) delivered a shocking upset with a first round stoppage of crowd favorite Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) Saturday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

It was a short night for the heavily favored Fonfara, who was rocked by a roundhouse right from Smith Jr. that immediately sent the Polish fighter to the canvas. Fonfara stumbled to his feet, but never regained his composure.

Smith Jr. sensed his moment and attacked, connecting with a cross-hook combo that put Fonfara back on the ground. Fonfara was able to get to his feet, but was too shaky to continue, forcing referee Hector Afu to stop the fight at 2:32 into the first round.

The opening bout of the night saw Rau'shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs) earn a bantamweight world championship as he defeated Juan Carlos Payano (17-1, 8 KOs) in a rematch of their August 2015 world title bout.

The three-time Olympian Warren became the first member of the 2012 U.S. team to earn a world title when he was awarded the majority decision over the two-time Dominican Olympian Payano.

Payano was the aggressor throughout the night, as he threw 882 punches to Warren's 514. While Payano out-landed Warren 162 to 160, it was the new world champion who threw cleaner punches all night on his way to a 31 percent connect rate to Payano's 18 percent rate.

The southpaws went toe-to-toe again for much of the night, but it was Warren who had more success catching the champion as he lunged in. Payano picked up the aggressiveness as the fight went on, as he battled through a rib injury suffered in the early rounds.

In round 11, Warren was able to seriously stagger Payano early on and won the round on all three judges' scorecards. In round 12 he had more success early in the round as he opened up a cut under Payano's right eye. In the end, the judges scored the bout 115-113 for Warren twice and 114-114.

Further televised action on NBC featured rising star Erickson "Hammer" Lubin (15-0, 11 KOs) earn a third-round stoppage of Mexico's Daniel Sandoval (38-4, 34 KOs) in their super welterweight contest.

The Orlando-born fighter looked to cement his status as a contender as he picked apart Sandoval over most of the first three rounds before delivering a fantastic flurry that ended the fight. It was a combination of hooks and a strong straight right hand that staggered Sandoval.

Referee Danny Nelson quickly jumped in and called a halt to the bout at 2:36 into the third round. The punch stats told a similar tale as Lubin connected on 80 of his 161 punches thrown while Sandoval only landed 43 of 203 punches.

In the final televised bout on NBC, Polish middleweight Maciej Sulecki (23-0, 8 KOs) defeated Hugo Centeno Jr. (24-1, 12 KOs) by 10th round stoppage in their battle of previously unbeaten fighters.

Sulecki controlled much of the action throughout the fight, using a strong jab that eventually opened up a cut over Centeno's right eye in the ninth round. Sulecki was the better conditioned fighter, as he consistently beat Centeno to the punch, following up on his jab with strong power punches. His biggest advantage came in the power punching department as he landed 127 to Centeno's 47.

In the final round, Sulecki connected with a powerful straight right hand that dropped Centeno to the canvas. While Centeno was able to get to his feet, he was deemed unable to continue by referee Danny Nelson, who halted the bout 1:06 into the final round.

In live action on NBCSN, Chicago prospect Alex Martin (13-0, 5 KOs) remained undefeated with a split decision victory over Juan Carlos Abreu (19-3-1, 18 KOs) in their eight-round welterweight bout. Martin controlled much of the action with his jab and clean punching, but it was Abreu who scored a late knockdown in the final round with a straight right hand.

Abreu's aggressive style made it a competitive fight as one judge scored it 76-75 for Abreu, but he was overruled by scores of 78-74 and 77-74 for Martin.

Here is what the fighters had to Saturday night:

JOE SMITH JR.

"There's no feeling like this. I'm happy to take this victory back home to New York to all my fans.

"I'll talk to my promoter but I'm hoping for another big fight to get myself to a world title.

"Now everybody knows who I am. This is the best thing that could have happened.

"Once I started hitting him and pushing him back he fell away and left himself open for the right hand.

"I thought this would be more of a fight, but I took him out early and it feels great.

"He was punching and I knew he leaves himself open. I was just looking for the punch and it landed."

ANDRZEJ FONFARA

"He is a heavy puncher. He hit me with a great punch. It happens.

"I threw some good punches, but I got too comfortable. I didn't see the punch coming. That made it a great punch.

"I'm disappointed because I thought I would win the fight but it is boxing. I will rest and get back in the ring. I'll get back to work."

RAU'SHEE WARREN

"This feels great. It's unbelievable. Payano came to put on a great fight but I came out victorious. It was a good fight. If he wants the rematch, we can do it again.

"I was comfortable that I had won the decision. He came to fight and he stayed active. My corner just told me I had to answer back.

"We wanted to make him miss and make him pay. I definitely made him miss a lot. He was just staying busy. I bobbed and weaved. I pressed him enough to where I could take over. Barry Hunter told me I had to take the last round and I got him cut.

"My corner just kept telling me to work. I knew I was in control but I just had to step on the pedal at the right time.

"I want to take it to another level. A third fight could be really big. I want Warren-Payano 3 in Cincinnati. If not I'll go after all the other champions."

JUAN CARLOS PAYANO

"I wasn't able to completely follow my game plan. At moments I was able to do what we trained for, but not enough. I hurt my rib early in the first two rounds and it made it difficult to grab and breathe. I take nothing away from him.

"I was courteous enough to offer the rematch right away and I hope that I get reciprocated the same way.

"Rau'shee was pretty much the same as last time. I fought his pace and I didn't follow my plan. I wasn't able to do what I wanted to do and he was able to prevail. I think I gave the fight away and Rau'shee won the fight."

ERICKSON LUBIN

"I felt great. He's a veteran so I wanted to take my time and get him out of there by chipping away. I saw that he was hurt with a hook. I saw that it cut him and I wanted to rush him. A flurry of punches and the ref stopped it.

"I'm looking at going higher in the rankings. My team knows I'll fight everybody. They have to stop me from fighting people cause I'll say yes to anyone. I just want a title and I'll do anything to get there.

"I'm still working. I feel great right now. I'm excited to get back in the gym. I didn't hurt anything. I just want to keep going from here.

"I will fight anybody. I'm not a 'turkey,' I'm a 'pilgrim.' Everybody is on my radar."

DANIEL SANDOVAL

"He threw a good combination and I stopped throwing punches, so the referee did what he had to do.

"The referee had the best vantage point and I agree with his decision. Lubin was the better fighter tonight."

MACIEJ SULECKI

"It was a milestone fight for me. This could give me a chance to fight for the middleweight world title.

"I've always thought of myself as a technical fighter. I just needed a small adjustment to move the technique to power. That is exactly what happened when I moved to America.

"This is unbelievable. It's hard to put into words. Fighting on the biggest stage in American television is amazing.

"I knew from the beginning that I was going to dominate. I needed a couple of rounds to get my timing. Once I got my timing, I knew that I was physically and mentally better than this guy.

"I want to fight Daniel Jacobs. I think that would be a great fight."

HUGO CENTENO JR.

"I had trouble making weight. I don't want to make excuses. He did what he had to do, but I felt like I couldn't do what I wanted to do.

"I felt sluggish by the fourth round. The fatigue set in hard. I wanted to finish the fight. I work hard for it. It is what it is, but I can't wait to get back in the ring again."

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Jose Roman!

Enters The Ring With A Heavy Heart
Jose Roman

Under any circumstance, losing a parent is a devastating ordeal, but it is especially trying for lightweight Jose Roman, who is dealing with the sudden death of his father Jose Roman, Sr., while simultaneously preparing for a fight.

"It's beyond tough," said Roman, who will face an opponent to be named later next Friday, June 24. "He loved boxing. He's the one who got me started in the sport. My dad taught me the basics at age five and put me in the gym at nine years old. I thought about not fighting, but this is what my father would want. He'd want me in the ring."

The elder Roman passed away several weeks ago due to complications after surgery. Roman, 28, who is from Garden Grove, Calif., threw himself into his training camp as a way to cope with the emotional and mental strain.

"Boxing has been my escape," said Roman, who sits at 22-1-1, 15 KOs. "It's where I can go to release the stress."

To prepare, Roman loaded up on quality sparring for his eight round fight, which takes place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. He sparred with the once-beaten Jose Zepeda, and for three weeks, Roman was among the rotating sparring partners for former world champion Ruslan Provodnikov.

"It felt great getting in the ring with an elite boxer, someone with a big name," Roman said. "Ruslan is tough and hits hard. I have a lot of respect for him. He has a lot heart."

"What's great about sparring a guy like Ruslan is that you have to use every skill that you have. You can't go in there and bang with him. He's too strong for that. You have to mix things up or he'll just run right through you."

In other action, heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (12-0, 12 KOs) of San Francisco defends his unbeaten mark against Colombian veteran Epifanio Mendoza (42-22-1, 36 KOs) in the eight round main event.

Tickets for "Locked n' Loaded" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.

In the 8-round co-feature, a pair of featherweights in Erick Ituarte (13-1-1, 2 KOs) and Daniel Ramirez (11-3, 5 KOs) will vie for Southern California bragging rights (8-rounds).

"Locked n' Loaded" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with LATV Networks.

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Mares V Cuellar!

Cancelled

Regrettably, due to a medical issue that renders former three-division world champion Abner Mares presently unable to fight in New York State, the Cuellar vs. Mares fight has been cancelled and will be replaced on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, telecast next Saturday, June 25. Abner's condition is in no way life-threatening, nor was it revealed in a blood or urine test; there was no use of any drugs, including PEDs or other banned substances.

In honoring Abner's right to medical confidentiality, no further information will be released on this situation unless he chooses.

An announcement will be forthcoming with respect to the replacement bout that will open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, broadcast.

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Detroit Brawl!

Returns July 16, At Masonic Temple

On Saturday, July 16, at the historic Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, Salita Promotions will host another installment of their fan-favorite boxing series "Detroit Brawl."

Salita Promotions chief Dmitriy Salita says the next installment will be held, like all the previous ones, at the Masonic because of the "vintage Detroit" feel the classic venue creates.

Once again sponsored by Greektown Casino and Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar, tickets for "Detroit Brawl" will be priced at VIP $123, Balcony $100, Ringside $93, $63, $38, and $28 and available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Tickmaster.com.

"The last Detroit Brawl produced several unforgettable fights and this one will build on that momentum," said Dmitriy Salita. "We are putting the fights together right now, making sure we have all the elements of another classic Detroit Brawl in place. We also make sure we only host the types of fighters who will give back to their community by volunteering their time. Spending time to give back to the community has become as much of a Detroit Brawl tradition as the all-action fights themselves. I'm excited to be putting on another great event for the wonderful boxing fans in this city."

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

PARAMOUNT FIGHTS
Star

On Friday night (June 17), the undefeated, WBC Silver International Champion and WBC World #4-ranked Junior Welterweight contender Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin, 140 lbs. (18-0, 15 KO's Long Island, NY), squares off against Mexican brawler Jesus Selig, 139.8 lbs. (19-3-1, 12 KO's Douglas, Arizona) at The Paramount in Huntington, New York in the 10-round Junior Welterweight affair. The main event headlines the 24th edition of Joe DeGuardia's popular "Rockin Fights" series.

Seldin, the Patchogue product fighting out of Shirley, Long Island, has been superb in compiling an unblemished 18-0 mark, with 15 of his triumphs coming via highlight reel knockouts. Seldin has won 10 straight and 15 out of 16 at the popular Long Island venue.

More on Seldin vs. Selig: Seldin, who has continually climbed the ranks of the Junior Welterweight division, will be appearing for the 15th time at the Paramount. Seldin has become a must-see attraction for his all action fights and tremendous punching power. The Hebrew Hammer captured the WBC title on December 20, 2014, stopping the very tough Bayan Jargal in nine rounds, and has successfully defended the championship three times. In his last outing at The Paramount on March 5, Seldin returned from shoulder surgery and picked right up where he left off by destroying Orlando Vasquez in the opening round.

Selig is coming off two straight knockout wins and has crossed gloves with world rated fighters Sadam Ali and John Jackson as well as top prospect Jose Ramirez.

Says DeGuardia: "Cletus Seldin is becoming a major force in the already loaded Junior Welterweight division. His ferocious style has attracted droves of fans and on June 17th we expect the same as he faces a tough task when he battles Jesus Selig, who hopes to upset the applecart. I expect another exciting night of fights at The Paramount, as has become the tradition with the Rockin Fights series".

The undercard features a bevy of top local prospects. In another junior welterweight clash, Woodhaven's undefeated Danny Gonzalez, 140.8 lbs. (11-0-1, 5 KO's) squares off against Curtis Morton, 140.0 lbs. (4-5-4) of Myrtle Beach in an eight-rounder. Sweden's Naim Terbunja, 170 lbs. (7-1) takes on Lanny Dardar, 167.8 lbs. (3-5-2, 1 KO) of Louisiana in a six round contest. Two Elmont, Long Island fighters will showcase their talents on the home turf in four-round bouts. Terell Bostic, 139.4 lbs. (1-0, 1 KO) comes off an outstanding first round KO debut to face Miguel Gloria, 140.8 lbs. (1-2) of Albuquerque; and unbeaten Tyrone James, 147.8 lbs. (2-0, 1 KO) battles New York City's Kasif Muhammad, 147.6 lbs. (0-2). Brooklyn's Laurend Stewart, 157.2 lbs. (2-0, 1 KO) takes on another Albuquerque import in Daniel Flores, 155.8 lbs. (0-2).

Tickets are on sale now by calling Star Boxing (718 823-2000) or visiting www.starboxing.com, The Paramount Box Office (631 673-7300), or Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com (1 800 745-3000).

Experts comment on The Paramount:

"Joe has a magical formula at The Paramount," says former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney. "As a former boxer, I believe that really helps him. He understands the fighters, and watches out for them. He makes these guys fight durable guys. He and matchmaker Ron Katz are a great combination. They put them in tough fights. The Paramount is sold out every time at the Paramount, so the fighters have also been able to build the fan base."

Former NYSAC Randy Gordon, now a boxing commentator and radio host, echoes Cooney's sentiment. "As a former boxer himself on a high level, Joe understands the boxer's mentality. Building a fighter's career is not about one fight, it's a process."

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Camacho V Cobbs!

July 15th
Camacho V Cobbs

Having missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime in May due to an untimely foot injury, undefeated light heavyweight champion Angel Camacho Jr. is back to put his record -- and titles -- on the line against another worthy challenger.

The Providence native Camacho (15-0, 5 KOs) returns Friday, July 15th, 2016 to defend his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and New England Light Heavyweight Titles in a 10-round bout against Willimantic, Conn., vet Kevin Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs), headlining CES Boxing's stacked summer fight card at Twin River Casino.

The Camacho-Cobbs main event is one of three title fights July 15th; Cranston, R.I., super lightweight Nick DeLomba (9-1, 2 KOs) makes the first defense of his New England Title in a six-round bout against Oscar Bonilla (3-1-2) of Bridgeport, Conn.; and Thomas Falowo (14-3, 8 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., the reigning New England Middleweight Champion, returns to Twin River for the first time in more than two years and puts his belt on the line in an eight-round rematch against Jersey City, N.J., slugger Chris Chatman (13-5-1, 5 KOs), who beat Falowo at Twin River in 2013.

Tickets for the event are priced at $42.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

July 15th also features the return of newly-crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Middleweight World Champion Kali Reis (9-5-1), who captured the belt in April in New Zealand, plus lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO) and middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (1-0, 1 KO), both from Worcester, Mass.

In a four-round junior middleweight attraction featuring two undefeated New England fighters, Ray Oliviera Jr. (4-0, 1 KO) of New Bedford, Mass., battles Worcester's Andy Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs).

A fight nearly three years in the making, the Camacho-Cobbs main event features two of New England's top light heavyweights. Camacho, 32, overcame a three-year layoff -- the second of his career -- between 2011 and 2014 to win three critical fights and capture two belts in a 10-month span, starting with a win over Paul Gonsalves in November of 2014 and culminating in an eighth-round stoppage of Rich Gingras in September to capture Gingras' N.E. title and the vacant UBF crown.

Camacho was scheduled to face Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr. on May 13th, but was forced to withdraw due to a foot injury. Manfredo, who came out of retirement following his own three-year layoff, went on to fight to a draw against Providence's Vladine Biosse in what may be the final bout of Manfredo's storied career.

In Cobbs, Camacho faces another tall task. The 6-foot-2, 32-year-old light heavyweight rose to prominence in 2012, winning his first six pro fights and four in a row under the guidance of CES Boxing before an upset to Tylon Burris later that year. Cobbs fought just once over the next year and a half, but returned strong in 2014 with three consecutive wins before challenging unbeaten Mexican sensation David Benavidez in California in January.

The Chatman-Falowo co-feature could steal the show. The two fought eight hard rounds in July of 2013, exchanging knockdowns in the fourth round. Chatman won by unanimous decision, 77-75 on all three scorecards, and will make his seventh appearance at Twin River, a Rhode Island fan favorite since his back-and-forth war with former Olympian and world champion Demetrius Andrade in 2009. Chatman is 4-2 lifetime at Twin River, including wins over former The Contender reality television star Grady Brewer and a thrilling, 10-round unanimous decision win over Biosse last July.

Falowo, making his first Rhode Island appearance since June of 2014, is coming off back-to-back wins over Maine's Russell Lamour, both by unanimous decision. Falowo captured the vacant N.E. title in the rematch in November. The Pawtucket native debuted for CES Boxing in 2010 with wins in his first six bouts before suffering one of only three career losses by split decision to Samuel Clarkson in 2012.

DeLomba's first title defense comes just two months after capturing the vacant belt with a dynamic win over Worcester's previously unbeaten Freddy Sanchez in May. The fight was DeLomba's first since September while Bonilla moves up in weight to 140 pounds and steps back in the ring for the time since May of 2015.

Reis returns three months after defeating Maricela Cornejo by split decision to win the WBC Title in New Zealand, her third world title to go along with her UBF and International Boxing Association (IBA) championships. The fearless Providence native has now won back-to-back fights, including a first-round knockout win over Victoria Cisneros at her Rhode Island homecoming in February for the UBF crown.

Ball and Ortiz return in separate four-round bouts following impressive knockout wins of their own in May. Ball flattened Providence's Tunde Odumosu at 1:39 of the opening round of their super middleweight bout while Ortiz stopped Maine's Josh Parker at the 3:00 mark of the first round of their scheduled four-round super lightweight bout.

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PBC On NBC Tripleheader!

Final Press Conference Quotes
PBC On NBC Tripleheader

Light heavyweights star Andrzej Fonfara and hard-hitting Joe Smith Jr. went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring Saturday, June 18 on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a world title rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau'shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battles Mexico's Daniel Sandoval. PBC coverage switched to NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will see unbeaten middleweights Hugo Centeno Jr. and Maciej Sulecki square-off.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Star Boxing, are priced at $201, $101, $61 and $41, not including applicable service charges, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or UIC Pavilion Box Office at (312) 413-5740. Tickets are also available atwww.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Thursday or Friday9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

The fighters faced-off at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza and spoke with media about their upcoming primetime bouts. Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

ANDRZEJ FONFARA

"I want to thank everyone who brought this show to Chicago. I'm ready. We've had a very long camp. I've had great sparring after traveling two weeks in Big Bear and three weeks in Houston. The rest of our camp was in Chicago and it was outstanding.

"I'm ready for this opportunity. Joe Smith is a young guy who is here to beat me. I have to show him I'm a better fighter in the ring. What we say now doesn't matter, we'll see everything on Saturday night.

"I've been in a lot of fights, I've been the favorite and I've been the underdog. I know this is a big fight for Joe Smith and that he's trained very hard. He is going to be very motivated but I will be too and I will be ready on fight night.

"Each fight is different. I can't give him a lot of space to punch. I want to wear him down and finish him. I'm taking it round-by-round to get the win.

"I know he has a big punch, because he wins fights by knockout. But who has he knocked out? The guy who was a little bit better, Will Rosinsky, he went the distance. He has heavy, wide punches and we will be ready for him."

JOE SMITH JR.

"I'm very excited for this fight and opportunity. I'm here to prove myself to all those who think I shouldn't be here. I'm taking the victory home. I want to prove it to the world.

"I'm amped up to get in the ring with a high quality fighter like Andrzej Fonfara and put on a show.

"Our styles are going to make for an exciting fight. I expect a war, but I'm prepared for anything. All I know is, I'm going to end the night with my hand raised.

"Ever fight I go into the ring with the same mentality. Everything is on the line and I want to prove myself to the world."

JUAN CARLOS PAYANO

"I have come very well prepared. I knew that Raushee was a tremendous fighter before our first fight and I'm looking forward to the rematch.

"I've had a great camp and I'm thinking very positively. I know at the end of the night I will have my hand raised in victory.

"I know Warren has to say that he thinks he won the fight and maybe he really does think that. It doesn't affect me. That's the reality of it. He can keep saying it, but it doesn't matter.

"When I won the fight, I knew there would be some controversy. He was whining the second the fight ended. I'll give him 10 rematches and it won't change the result. There aren't many elite 118-pounders out there, so who knows, we may fight again after this.

"I'm very experienced so I will not be bothered by the big stage. I've fought huge international opposition. We're both warriors and we'll be completely focused. At the end of the day I will win the fight and leave no more controversy."

RAUSHEE WARREN

"I had a whole year to train to get ready for this. I want to let everyone know that I'm coming to take the title. I'm not playing around.

"I doubt it's going 12 rounds. I want Payano to know that. I'm going out to get what I deserve. I feel like I won it the first time and I'm coming to take it home.

"I've adapted to the professional ranks. People like Adrien Broner and Lamont Peterson have helped me get to this level. I want to reach my peak. There is still work to be done. I have to go in there and pick my shots well and get the victory."

ERICKSON LUBIN

"I want to give my condolences to everyone who lost loved ones in the Orlando shootings. Orlando is my hometown and I'm dedicating this fight to them.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to fight in Chicago and on this great stage. I've had a great training camp. I'm ready to light this city up like Michael Jordan."

DANIEL SANDOVAL

"It's an honor to be on a card of this magnitude, there are a lot of great fighters here and it motivates me very much to be on this stage.

"I come very well prepared. I'm focused and ready to bring home a victory for all of Mexico."

HUGO CENTENO JR.

"I appreciate being here in Chicago. It's a great opportunity and a great fight. We're weeding out the middleweights and making it to the top. It's the best fighting the best.

"We're going to leave it all in the ring on Saturday and we're ready to go. No excuses."

MACIEJ SULECKI

"I'm very happy to fight in Chicago in front of all the Polish fans. I'm in very good shape. I've worked very hard with my coach and I'm ready.

"Centeno is a good fighter. But I'm a better fighter. I will show you a win and I will show you who I am on Saturday."

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DOMINIC BREAZEALE ARRIVES IN LONDON!

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Undefeated World Ranked Heavyweight Contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) arrived at London Heathrow Airport on Thursday afternoon ahead of his world title challenge against IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday, June 25 on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME.

Confident as he's been since the fight was announced, Breazeale was met by the local media upon his arrival.

"We're two knockout artists so whoever lands first is going to win," Breazeale said. "I know I got under his skin at the first press conference. He was rattled when we met and he knows I'm not some pushover like he's had in the past.

"I am an opportunist and if I see an opportunity, I am going to take advantage of it. If he exposes something or shows a weakness of some sort, I plan to take advantage of it.

"I'll go with the game plan, of course. My trainer, Manny Robles has done a great job developing a game plan during our training camp.

"I'll hit him hard, hit him strong, hit him with everything, just be ready. We've had a great camp and it's the most exciting part about camp is getting to the finish line and I am excited. I am ready to be victorious on June 25."

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Deontay Wilder & Chris Arreola!

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Two of the biggest and best talkers in the sport of boxing met face to face today. WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder was on stage at a press conference in Birmingham, AL and two-time heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola via Skype from his training camp in San Diego to officially announce their heavyweight title showdown taking place Saturday, July 16 from the Legacy Arena live on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 are on sale now. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Both combatants were joined by promoters at the Legacy Arena where Wilder and Arreola will meet in the ring on July 16:

Deontay Wilder, WBC Heavyweight World Champion

"Everyone knows what happened to my last fight. I was super prepared. I put my body through everything you can go through in the gym. Of course everyone knows what happened with Povetkin with my last fight. I was super prepared and everything. Traveled to a whole other country and continued training. I was a different fighter - a different Deontay with everything I did.

"I was ready to represent my country too. Things happen. This is boxing. It is a business. The saying is, 'One door closes and another one opens.' This is a prime example of that. This opportunity is opened wide. I understand being patient and patience is a virtue. I've been patient all my life. I am not an overnight success. I don't believe in luck.

"As you see Chris Arreola stayed patient. You wonder why he continued to get title fights. It is his time. Some guys get chances after chances and some don't. You can't deny him. You can't look past him. With the circumstances that we were facing, to come back and do a short notice-type fight, as far as looking for opponents, we knew it had to be the right person.

"Placing someone in a category doesn't define who they are. We needed a fighter that would fit the description that he would fight with his heart, give it his all.

"I'm happy to introduce you to Chris Arreola. He is the perfect person for this opportunity. I don't think there is anyone else who could take on this situation.

"We love working with the Legacy Arena and Birmingham. Each and every time, we add to history. People have been waiting for this, to have another fight here. It is crazy how you can seed and watch the love grow and now its blooming.

"People are hungry for boxing here. They're excited. Those that missed the first title fight, came to the second. Those who missed the second are going to come to this one. We are going to sell out the venue.

"We've been in camp. I am never out of shape. Just adding on to it. I'm tired, but this is what I love to do. If you love to do something, it isn't really a job. So this is what I am dedicating my life to. This is what I am trained to do. I think it is what I was born to do."

Chris Arreola, Two-Time Heavyweight World Title Challenger

"I'm ready for this opportunity to fight Deontay. I'm going to get up there and give everyone in Birmingham a great show. That is my job. I always come ready to fight. I always come ready for a brawl.

"Deontay is one of the biggest names. One of the better names out there because of his skills that he has shown. I have to be prepared.

"I have to make the best out of this opportunity. He is doing what he is supposed to do as a champion. He is defending his title.

"I have to approach this fight different than any others. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Deontay has a lot to lose. He is going to come prepared. He knows what kind of fighter I am. I am going to give it my all.

"Deontay is a tough S.O.B. An athlete has to be ready for that right hand and that jab. Be careful and be ready at all times.

"I love boxing. I love boxing fans whether they are with me or against me. They give energy to their fighters and it is just me and Deontay in the ring. There is no one that will be able to help Deontay and no one that can help me when that bell rings. That is what I love about boxing. It is the most gentlemanly sport there is. At the end of the day, it is going to be one-on-one.

Jay Deas, Wilder's Trainer

"When the Povetkin fight was called off, we were gutted. Then we were told we could have a fight and do it soon. We were already in shape so when we heard about a fight, we could take it.

"The mayor [of Birmingham] called me and said he wanted this fight to be in Birmingham...This is how Birmingham works. This is why Birmingham works. They put the foot on the gas pedal and get the job done. I thank the city of Birmingham and everyone involved in his event. It is going to be fantastic.

"You cannot find a more action-packed fighter than Chris Arreola. If you're not a Chris Arreola fan, you're not a boxing fan. He is everything you want out of a fighter. He is tough, he is strong, he punches hard. He is determined. He is resilient. Then you have Deontay Wilder, the most athletic heavyweight in generations.

"You can see thee guys fight for 20 dollars. With an undercard of 15 fights, you're talking about a dollar and some change per fight and its going to be on FOX for the world.

"Birmingham came through and we are thrilled they did. Deontay Wilder is the reason this is happening. He is the guy that wants to fight every three or four months. He is the guy that wants to be the most active heavyweight and he is well on his way to doing it."

Kevin Rooney, DiBella Entertainment

"Sometimes in boxing as is in life, fortunate situations come out of unfortunate circumstances, and that is what we have here. While it was a disappointment for all of us, especially Deontay, what happened with his title defense against Povetkin, we are fortunate that Deontay will now be making the next defense of his world title back here at home in Alabama. Live on free network TV as this is a PBC on FOX event.

"From a stylistic standpoint, this is one of the most exciting fights to be made in the heavyweight division. Chris Arreola always brings it and we expect him to come out throwing bombs from the opening bell.

"Chis has twice challenged for the heavyweight world title before and he believes that the third time is the charm as he looks to become the first Mexican heavyweight champion in history.

"As Deontay has said before though, he plans on holding onto that WBC belt for the rest of his career, as well as adding a couple more to put around his waist and we know that he will be even more fired up, once again fighting in front of that hometown Alabama crowd, and we expect absolute fireworks inside an electric arena on July 16."

Gene Hallman, Bruno Event Team

"The most remarkable thing is that this is the third heavyweight title fight in just over one year in Birmingham, Alabama and that is because of Deontay Wilder.

"The only other city that has ever done this is Las Vegas, Nevada. Birmingham is right there with them with a unique mark in boxing history.

"I truly believe that this will be substantially bigger than the other two heavyweight title fights here. We went on sale yesterday and we are far ahead of the pace that we were at last year. Fans from around the country are buying tickets."

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PBC On NBC Tripleheader!

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Fight week kicked-off in Chicago on Wednesday for Premier Boxing Champions on NBC taking place this Saturday, June 18 at the UIC Pavilion headlined by light heavyweight bruiser Andrzej Fonfara battling hard-hitting New Yorker Joe Smith Jr.

Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a bantamweight world championship rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau'shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battling Mexico's Daniel Sandoval. At 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, PBC coverage switches to NBCSN and will feature a battle of unbeaten middleweights as Hugo Centeno Jr. takes on Poland's Maciej Sulecki.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Star Boxing, are priced at $201, $101, $61 and $41, not including applicable service charges, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or UIC Pavilion Box Office at (312) 413-5740. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

Wednesday's media workout took place at Oakley Fight Club in Chicago as the fighters showed off their skills for the media heading into fight night.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

ANDRZEJ FONFARA

"I'm in great shape right now. Camp went very well. We had great sparring and conditioning. I'm definitely ready to fight.

"We've seen a couple of his fights. He's a young, tough guy. I know that I must win the fight. I'm prepared and I will be victorious.

"I expect this fight to be a real battle. I'm not going to stop throwing punches. I will control the ring and find my spots. I definitely want to give my fans the knockout.

"Fighting in Chicago is a great motivation for me because I have such outstanding support here. I always want to entertain my fans so they keep coming back to watch me perform.

"I was the underdog my whole career. Now in this position, it's even better. I'm motivated by being in this position. I know my opponent feels overlooked and that will add to his motivation, but I'm ready."

JOE SMITH JR.

"We've done some traveling in camp to get excellent sparring and overall it's just been a great camp. I'm excited to be here and ready to get in the ring. I'm happy to have this opportunity because I worked so hard for it. I'm looking to put on a show.

"This is a big chance and if I win I can open up a lot of doors. I just need to do what I do best and hopefully I'll be in a world title fight next.

"I love representing Long Island and New York. I want to bring a title back home.

"I'm going to give it my all and at the end of the night I should come out on top."

JUAN CARLOS PAYANO

"People can expect a great fight with the same result as the first matchup. I will come out the victor.

"As far as any controversy from the first fight, it was a close fight. I could have made it easier but nevertheless it was what it was.

"At the end of the day, I am the world champion and I took the fight to the challenger. That alone warrants a win. Warren connected at a high percentage but mostly with small body shots that didn't affect me.

"Warren is the second best fighter in the division and I have no bad feelings towards him. I respect him as an accomplished amateur, but this is not the amateurs. This is a 12-round battle and the same result will come on Saturday night.

"I've prepared in the same fashion that I always do. I train all out and I give it my all in the ring.

"I understand my mistakes from the first fight and I know they're corrected coming in. I'm sure Rau'shee has made his own adjustments. No matter how many times we fight, it will be this same kind of exciting battle.

"I'm going to prevail as the world champion that I am. I will show that there really was no controversy. I'm going to be decisive and make sure that the judges will have no option but to give me each round.

"I've been on the big stage before so there is no extra pressure on me. I believe I'm the underdog in this fight but with a win I can show how great I really am."

RAU'SHEE WARREN

"This camp I've been sparring with a lot of bigger guys and guys with similar styles to Payano. This camp overall has been great. There's been a lot of energy in.

"I've been getting ready for this since the first fight. That's going to be the biggest difference from the last fight.

"I'm expecting Payano to try to prove himself. He's going to bring his all and put it all on the line, just like I will.

"It's been such an unbelievable camp working in D.C. with Lamont Peterson and his coach, Barry Hunter, along with my coach, Mike Stafford.

"This fight is going to be different. I know it. I'm coming in there to fight. He might think he has the blueprint, but it's a different story every time. I don't know if this fight is going 12.

"This is going to take my name up to another level. The world can see me fight. People are ready for the rematch and they're excited to see what we bring to the table.

"I'm going to do what I do. I'll feel him out, then take control. It's important to stick to my plan. I'm not thinking about anything else but me and Payano.

"I'm ready to bring something different. If he misses, I'm going to make him pay. He brought the dog out of me last fight and it will be out again. I have a lot to bring to the table."

ERICKSON LUBIN

"Training camp was great. I had a lot of time to improve my game and I feel like this Saturday I will be more than prepared. I'm planning on putting on a show.

"I always want to be in tough matchups. It's been tougher every time and I've still come out victorious. That won't change on Saturday. I'm moving up the ladder and I'm ready.

"I've always known I would get here because I believe in myself and my team believes in me. I'm chasing that world title.

"I picture myself breaking my opponent down. If he makes a mistake I'll knock him out early. No matter what, I'm going to dominate the fight and come out victorious."

DANIEL SANDOVAL

"I'm very happy with training. It's been a great camp and now I'm just getting ready to weigh-in and get in the ring.

"The kid is a good fighter. He's young and skilled but I know that I am going to get this victory.

"I'm a Mexican. Mexicans are hungry and we want to win. I have better technique and I've done my studying. I'm going to come forward and win the fight."

HUGO CENTENO JR.

"I'm really excited. I feel strong and ready for fight night. Fortunately, I was able to have a nice long training camp with Eric Brown.

"There's been a long layoff but now we're here and ready to keep it going. I'm a gym rat. So I've been in the gym for six months. The layoff won't hurt me, I just love to get in the ring.

"I'm an aggressive boxer, but if I have to mix it up on the inside I will happily do it. I like to fight smart, I'm a lanky fighter and I can fight right handed or southpaw.

"I'm an aggressive boxer, but if I have to mix it up on the inside I will happily do it. I like to fight smart, I'm a lanky fighter and I can fight right handed or southpaw."

"My opponent is about my size and it should be a really good matchup. We're both undefeated which should make it fun. Honestly, I don't think he's fought someone at my caliber yet, but we'll see on Saturday."

MACIEJ SULECKI

"We're going to find out how hard this fight is when I get in the ring. Only then can we see what my opponent really can do.

"No matter what, there can only be one winner and it will be me. I will win decisively.

"I've only seen one of his fights. He has a come-forward style and he's tall. It won't be about him though. It's going to be about what I can do in there.

"I'm not a guy who thinks about how each round will go. But I have a general idea of what I want to do and how I want to get the victory."

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ARTUR BETERBIEV!

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After careful consideration, rising Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) star and double Russian Olympian, Artur Beterbiev, will not take part in the qualifying process to earn a spot to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

An Olympic qualifying tournament for professional boxers will be held July 3-8 in Vargas, Venezuela, following the decision of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) to include professionals in the Olympic tournament.

However, Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs), who made a triumphant return to the ring after a one-year absence on June 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal against Argentinian Ezequiel Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs), will not be there.

"After analyzing all situations, we came to the conclusion that the current situation was not favorable," GYM president Yvon Michel explained. "The short-term goal for Artur Beterbiev is to become world champion in the pro ranks. He will be back in the ring in September."

Currently world ranked in the top 10 of the light heavyweight division -- IBF # 2, WBC and WBA #4, WBO #7 and The Ring magazine #9 -- Beterbiev has already participated in the Olympics twice: 2008 in Beijing (178 lbs.) and 2012 in London (201 lbs.).

"Regardless of my boxer's objectives, " Beterbiev's head trainer Marc Ramsey said, "I'm behind him 100-percent. However, the main goal remains the conquest of a World title."

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Con Sheenan!

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Six-time Irish amateur champion Cornelius “Con” Sheenan is set to make his Canadian debut against an opponent to be named Thursday, July 28 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario.

The bout takes place as part of Lee Baxter Promotions’ “The Next Generation.” Tickets priced at $45, $55 and $65 are available now by calling 416-797-3375. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the opening bell is scheduled for 7:30.

“I’m looking forward to putting on a great show,” said Sheenan. “I plan to make a big statement on the 28th.”

Born and raised in Tipperary, Ireland, Sheenan made his pro debut January 19 in Los Angeles, CA, outpointing previously unbeaten Jonathan Rice over four rounds. Since the victory, the 6’5 215 pound 27-year-old has been working hard in the gym and was recently in camp with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Sheenan, who had an incredible 203-18 amateur record, won six Irish National Senior Division titles and captured 13 total championships. In 2008, he became the youngest ever heavyweight champion in Irish history at age 18.

“Con Sheenan is a hidden gem who will soon explode onto the heavyweight scene,” said Sheenan’s manager Gary Hyde of Nowhere2Hyde Management. “Con has an extensive amateur pedigree where he won multiple Irish national titles as well as a European Union title. He’s got a very fluid style but loves nothing more than going into the trenches, so he’s an extremely exciting fighter. In a few years, he’ll be right in the mix.”

Baxter is looking forward to showcasing Con on his card and believes he’s got a bright future.

“Con is very highly regarded and had a great amateur background. He’s on the right path in the pros and fans in Canada will love him. It’s a pleasure to work with Con, Adam Harris & Nowhere2Hyde Management for this fight. We’re looking forward to the first of many great performances from Con.”

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Adonis Stevenson V Thomas Williams Jr!

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Adonis Stevenson V Thomas Williams Jr

Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gestev are proud to officially announce, "SHOOTOUT", the next fight for power-punching Adonis "Superman" Stevenson, July 29 at Centre Videotron, a presentation of Videotron in association with Mise-O-Jeu. This event is presented as part of the prestigious "Premier Boxing Champions" (PBC) series, to be broadcast live in the United States, and on Canal Indigo in Canada.

Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs), who established himself as one of the most powerful pound-for-pound fighters in the world, will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) and lineal light heavyweight (175 pound division) title for the seventh time, against the dangerous, WBC No. 9 rated Thomas "Top Dog" Williams (20-1, 14 KOs).

"I am very happy to get back in the ring for my next fight, which will be held July 29 in the superb Centre Videotron of Quebec, against Thomas Williams Jr.," Stevenson said. I will demonstrate that, like fine wine, I am even better with age. Even though I haven't boxed for 10 months, I've never left the gym and I'm willing to defend my crown."

Williams, of Fort Washington, Maryland, at 28, is 10 years younger than Stevenson and also left-handed. He had a successful amateur career and is reputed to be a major danger in the ring as evidenced by his 10 victories won by knockout in less than two rounds, including his last two outings against renowned Edwin Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KOs) and Umberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs).

In both of those two fights, Williams was an underdog, but his determination and lethal punch made the difference. "There were many who had lost trust in me two years ago after my loss to Gabriel Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs)," Williams explained. "I don't make excuses but there were circumstances that led to this result. I'm coming off the best performance of my career and I'm ready to make a change July 29 in terms of the holding title belt. Stevenson has never faced a puncher like me in the past."

"We are proud to start our association with Gestev and Centre Videotron with this gala event," GYM president Yvon Michel added. "Adonis Stevenson became the WBC light heavyweight champion in June 2012 and since then 15 of 16 other WBC titles have changed hands. Only Shinsuke Yamanaka, of Japan, is still champion. Other fights on the July 29th card will include a group of ambitious, talented boxers, promising a show with intense fighters making statements."

In the co-feature, current WBC Silver light heavyweight champion and WBC No. 1 contender, Eleider Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs), will attempt to maintain his position as the WBC mandatory challenger against Maximiliano Gomez (22-5, 9 KOs), of Argentine.

Also scheduled to be in action are Nova Scotia native and adopted Montreal fighter Custio Clayton (8-0, 7 KOs), who will attempt to continue his rise in the welterweight division, Quebec heavyweight Eric Martel Bahoeli (11-6, 7 KOs) will realize his dream to fight in Videotron Centre, charismatic Montreal welterweight Junior Ulysse (10-0, 7 KOs) and welterweight Marie Eve Dicaire (4-0) are also slated to be in action. Other fights and fighters will soon be announced for the July 29th card.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

"SHOOTOUT" tickets, starting at $50.00, will go on sale Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. ET at Videotron Centre, GYM (514) 383-0666, or at Champion Boxing Club (514) 376-0980. A pre-sale will be available June 16-17 for subscribers to the Videotron Centre newsletter as well as Quebec Remparts season ticket holders.

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Sergey Lipinets V Walter Castillo!

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Unbeaten super lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets (9-0, 7 KOs) will battle hard-hitting Walter Castillo (26-3-1, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN on Friday, July 15 from Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features 2012 Olympic Silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar (5-0, 5 KOs) facing veteran featherweight contender Rafael "Dynamite" Vazquez (16-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round fight.

"My opponent is a very tough and experienced guy but I want to be the first one to stop him," said Lipinets. "Buddy McGirt is my new trainer and we've been having a great training camp. We will have a plan for anything Castillo can bring into the ring. I believe with my new trainer I will add even more to my arsenal."

"I'm very motivated by this fight and I plan on giving Lipinets his first pro loss," said Castillo. "This is going to be a war. Every fight I'm in is exciting and this one will be no different. The winner of this fight will be in line for a world title and I'm going to be the man with my hand raised."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing in association with Prize Fight, the City of Tunica the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, are priced at $60 and $35, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling Warriors Boxing at (954) 985-1155 or by visiting www.warriorsboxing.com.

"Warriors Boxing is thrilled to promote this action-packed PBC event on ESPN," said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. "Going back to Tunica, which has a history of hosting important boxing events, is a unique opportunity for these up-and-coming contenders to showcase their talent locally and on the national stage."

An accomplished amateur who was born in Kazakhstan but fights out of Russia, Lipinets turned pro in April of 2014 with a decision victory over Franklin Varela. The 26-year-old recorded six knockouts in a row before stepping up in competition and impressing with a victory over Haskell Lydell Rhodes in March 2015 and a knockout of Levan Ghvamichava in March. He looks to keep the hot streak going with another tough matchup on July 15.

The 27-year-oldCastillo is an exciting brawler who never takes a step back and will look to put on a show for fans on July 15. The Managua, Nicaragua-born knockout artist ended 12 of his first professional 14 victories inside of the distance. Most recently, he stopped Ammeth Diaz in the third round of their July bout before fighting to a draw with Keita Obara in their world title eliminator in November.

A 2012 Olympic Silver medalist from Mongoloa, Nyambayar now fights out of Carson, California. The 23-year-old turned pro in March of 2015 with a first round knockout of Gabriel Braxton. Since then, Nyambayar has picked up four more stoppage victories including triumphs over veterans Juan Ruiz and Arturo Badillo.

Brooklyn's Vazquez kept a busy schedule in 2015, going 4-1 in five fights with four knockouts. Vazquez, who lost both of his parents at an early age and endured a stint in prison as a wayward youth, turned pro in September 2010. He won eight fights in a row between 2013 and 2015 and will look to bounce back from a loss to Ryan Kielczewski in October.

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Mario Barrios V Devis Boschiero!

Premier Boxing Champions On ESPN
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Undefeated rising super featherweight contender Mario Barrios (15-0, 8 KOs) will take on former title challenger Devis Boschiero (39-4-1, 21 KOs) in the 12-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN & ESPN Deportes Saturday, July 9 from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features an exciting battle of undefeated super lightweight prospects as Los Angeles-native Kevin Watts (11-0, 4 KOs) takes on Chicago's Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight.

"This will be a great opportunity to showcase my talent to the world on ESPN," said Barrios. "The time is now to take the super featherweight division by storm. A victory will put me one step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a world champion. I will not be denied."

"I look forward to making my American debut on July 9 in New Jersey," said Boschiero. "I know a win over Barrios will take me towards a world title shot. I plan on coming to America and putting on a great performance and bringing a great victory back to Italy."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $75, $55, $39 and $24, not including applicable fees, and are on sale tomorrow, June 15 at 12 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased HERE, at the Sun National Bank Center box office or by calling 609-656-3234

"This will be another exciting night in Trenton," said Marshall Kauffman of King's Promotions. "Barrios is one of the best prospects around and it will be interesting to see how he deals with a veteran like Boschiero. The co-feature will pit two undefeated fighters in Watts and Ramirez against each other and the winner will be looked upon as a serious contender."

A tall super featherweight at more than six feet, the 21-year-old Barrios picked up seven victories in a jam-packed 2015 in which he stopped five opponents inside the distance, including an uppercut left hook combo that ended the night for Manuel Vides in December. The San Antonio-native turned pro in 2013 and is on the fast track towards a world title shot as he made his 2016 debut with a dominant victory over Edgar Gabejean.

An experienced fighter out of Veneto, Italy, Boschiero challenged for a world title in 2011 and won his last two fights by knockout heading into this July 9 clash. He was unbeaten in his first 34 pro fights before challenging Takahiro Ao for the 130-pound world title in a bout that he dropped via split decision. Previously he had won an Italian title with a knockout of Ivan Fiorletta and a European title by defeating Jesus Garcia Escalona. His main event showdown on July 9 will be his first pro bout in the U.S.

Born in Lancaster, California but fighting out of Los Angeles, Watts turned pro in 2013 and has been unblemished since. The 24-year-old defeated previously unbeaten Maximilliano Becerra in April 2015 and in his last two outings he took down once-beaten fighters Michal Chudecki and Manuel Damairias Lopez. He makes his first start outside the state of California on July 9.

A Chicago Golden Gloves champion, Ramirez knocked out seven of his first nine professional opponents and picked up five victories in 2015 including a decision over former world champion Cristobal Cruz. The 23-year-old debuted in 2016 with a second round stoppage of Osumanu Akaba in April.

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Jamel Herring V Denis Shafikov!

Fourth Of July Weekend
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Unbeaten lightweight contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel "Semper Fi" Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) will take on former title challenger Denis Shafikov (36-2-1, 19 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN & ESPN Deportes Saturday, July 2 from Santander Arena in Reading, Pa.

The Fourth of July weekend action begins at 9 p.m. ET with undefeated Polish prospect Patryk Syzmanski (15-0, 9 KOs) taking on former title challenger "Silky" Wilky Campfort (21-2, 12 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout.

"I am just excited about the fight. I have been looking for a big step up to get me in title contention," said Herring. "I started training before I got the call before the fight. I have been training in D.C. with Mike Stafford, Barry Hunter, Patrice Harris and Levi Smith and I feel after this fight, it will get me up to a championship fight. He is a tough guy. If you train hard and stay ready, you can make the fight a lot easier on yourself."

"I am looking forward to facing Jamel Herring," said Shafikov. "He is undefeated and a former Olympian. I have the experience of fighting for a title and I know with a win, it will get me another opportunity."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $20, $35, $55 and $75, and are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

"This should be an outstanding and intriguing bout," said Marshall Kauffman of King's Promotions. "It's a real test for Herring as Shafikov is a former world title challenger and Herring is looking to get there. We look forward to putting on a great show on ESPN."

The 30-year-old Herring represented the United States at the 2012 Olympic games after winning the U.S. National Amateur title the same year. Fighting out of Cincinnati but originally from Coram, New York, Herring picked up four victories in 2015 including a dominant triumph over Yakubu Amidu in October. A former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Herring started 2016 with a dominant victory over Luis Eduardo Flores in February.

Having fought in eight countries throughout his pro career, the 31-year-old Shafikovbrings a full career of experiences with him into this matchup on July 2. Born in Miass, Russia, he won three fights in a row over Rustam Nugaev, Miguel Mendoza and Roy Mukhlis before dropping a world title fight against Rances Barthelemy.

Undefeated at just 23-years-old, Szymanski will look to build on his perfect resume on July 2. The Konin, Poland-born fighter picked up three victories in 2015 with a second round TKO over Yoryi Estrella, a first-round stoppage over Maurice Louishomme and a decision victory over Richard Gutierrez.

Born in Haiti but fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Campfort has only lost once since his second pro fight in 2009 when he was defeated by Jermall Charlo in November 2015. The 31-year-old has fought professionally in the U.S., Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic and his native Haiti. He's won six fights since the beginning of 2014 including stoppages of Milton Nunez, Devon Moncrieffe and Ronald Montes.

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Erickson Lubin!

Rising Welterweight Star
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Undefeated rising star Erickson "Hammer" Lubin is set for his primetime debut on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Saturday, June 18 as he faces Mexico's Daniel Sandoval at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

PBC on NBC is headlined by Polish star Andrzej Fonfara against hard-hitting New Yorker Joe Smith Jr. Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features the bantamweight world title rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau'Shee Warren.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Star Boxing, are priced at $201, $101, $61 and $41, not including applicable service charges, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or UIC Pavilion Box Office at (312) 413-5740. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

The 20-year-old from Orlando picked up five victories in 2015 and kicked off 2016 with his first headlining appearance as he dominated Jose De Jesus Macias on Bounce TV in January. Outside of the ring, the heavy-handed fighter listens to Drake, watches Scarface and idolizes Muhammad Ali.

Here are some more facts and quotes from the undefeated fighter:

On his family's involvement in his career:

"My family didn't really want me boxing at a young age. They wanted me to be into other sports. But I loved it so eventually they had no choice. They're very supportive now and my dad tries to make it to every fight.

"My family is filled with athletes. I have four sisters and two brothers. One of my sisters is a professional dancer and my older brother played football at a high level. Another older brother boxed and got me into the sport when I was about six."

On his interests outside of the ring:

"I think I would have kept pursuing my basketball career if I hadn't gotten into boxing. I played small forward in high school. My game was kind of like James Harden. I liked to score and I was tough to stop.

"I've always been really into music. My brother is a music producer so sometimes I'll get on the mic and spit something. It's just for fun but I like doing it."

What motivates you and what kind of mentality do you have in the ring?

"I usually don't get too motivated by specific opponents. I just want to take them out. On fight night, I'm going to be there ready to go.

"I try to emulate the mentality of Kobe Bryant. He's a killer. He has the strongest mentality in sports. I just want to take my opponent out.

"Other fighters definitely motivate me. I idolized Muhammad Ali and he's always meant a lot to me. I looked up to fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson and Meldrick Taylor. There are a lot of guys out there now motivating me. Daniel Jacobs is a fighter that I look up to and Errol Spence is a guy that can really fight. Seeing guys perform on a high level makes me want to get to that level as well."

Quick Facts

Favorite Music: "Rap and Hip-hop. I listen to a lot of Drake."

Favorite Movie: "Scarface."

Favorite Television Show: "PBC, because it's on all the networks."

Favorite Healthy Food: "Grilled chicken and fish. I love tilapia. I go to Whole Foods during camp to maintain my diet."

Favorite Junk Food: "I like every kind of seafood. Lobster, shrimp, scallops, oysters and clams, I love it all. It's nice to live in Florida."

Celebrity Crush: "Angelina Jolie. She's beautiful and a great character. I loved the Tomb Raider movies."

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Leo Santa Cruz V Carl Frampton!

July 30 Live On Showtime
Leo Santa Cruz V Carl Frampton

Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and fellow unbeaten Irish star Carl "The Jackal" Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) will meet with a world title and two perfect records at stake on Saturday, July 30 in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Cyclone Promotions, start at $38 and go on sale tomorrow, June 15 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Santa Cruz and Frampton collide in a battle of world champions who mix dizzying speed with incredible output that produces exciting fight after exciting fight. This fight will be the fifth featherweight world title fight presented by SHOWTIME in 2016. Frampton, a unified world champion at 122 pounds, a weight class Santa Cruz previously held a title at, will move up a notch in weight and challenge at 126 pounds.

"I've never been to New York before and I'm looking forward to this big opportunity to put on a show for new fans in a new city," said Santa Cruz. "I always fight for the fans and I'm excited to be able to do that somewhere I haven't been before. Frampton is a good fighter. He has power and skills and he moves when he has to, but he has a weak chin. When he gets caught with a good punch, he goes down. He doesn't like pressure and I have that. I'm looking forward to putting on an exciting show at Barclays Center and I hope I leave with lots of new fans."

"I am in terrific shape, I feel fantastic in the gym and I am ready for the biggest fight of my career," said Frampton. "On July 30 I will become a two weight world champion. I respect Leo Santa Cruz, he is a great fighter and person, but I am preparing meticulously to overcome any challenge he brings on July 30. I cannot wait to hear the crowd at Barclays Center. It is my first time boxing in New York, where some of the greatest fights have taken place. I know there will be a large number of fans traveling from the UK and Ireland but there is also a huge Irish-American audience and I am eager to show them all what I can do. Get your tickets now, it's going to be a great fight!"

"Santa Cruz vs. Frampton is not only the best fight that can be made in the featherweight division, it truly is one of the most anticipated fights in all of boxing," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Boxing fans can expect nonstop action in this can't-miss matchup of aggressive styles. There's no better way for Santa Cruz and Frampton to make their New York debuts than at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, against each other."

"The competitive matchup of Santa Cruz vs. Frampton shines an international spotlight on BROOKLYN BOXING at Barclays Center," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. "We're especially excited to host two of the best featherweight boxers in the sport today as they fight in New York for the first time."

The popular Mexican-American Santa Cruz fights out of Los Angeles and won the 126-pound title in a "Fight of the Year" candidate against former three-division champ Abner Mares last August at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. It was just the third fight in the featherweight division for Santa Cruz, who has won belts at 118 and 122 pounds while earning a reputation as one of boxing's most active and exciting fighters. The 27-year-old also holds victories over Cristian Mijares and Eric Morel. He has competed in world title bouts in 11 of his last 13 fights since 2012. After stopping former world champion Kiko Martinez in the fifth round last Feb. 27, Santa Cruz makes his second world title defense in his East Coast debut.

After defeating rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification bout last Feb. 27, Frampton will attempt to capture a world title in a second weight class. Fighting out of Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Irish national amateur champion in 2005 and 2009 expects to bring some of his rabid fans stateside come July 30. The 29-year-old became a world champion in 2014 when he defeated Kiko Martinez to earn a super bantamweight title. He made his U.S. debut in July 2015 when he defeated Alejandro "Cobrita" Gonzalez Jr. in Texas before unifying the title against Quigg.

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World Championship Boxing!

The Next Generation

Lee Baxter Promotions is proud to announce the start of a new series in Canada “World Championship Boxing: The Next Generation” kicking off Thursday, July 28 at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario.

The series will feature up and coming fighters looking to get to the next level in the near future. Most of the boxers are from Canada but some will travel from various parts of the globe to showcase their skills.

“I've had the idea of doing this for awhile and am glad it's officially coming to fruition,” said Lee Baxter. “Canada has many talented fighters hungry to make it to the next level. Unfortunately, there aren't the same amount of opportunities here that there are elsewhere. It also took me awhile to to find the right venue and I'm glad we found it at the Danforth Music Hall here in Tornoto because it's a great place. The goal of “World Championship Boxing: “The Next Generation” is to provide a platform for fighters that believe they can make a name for themselves and aspire to make it to the top in this sport.”

In the main event, super featherweight Alex Dilmaghani (10-1, 2 KO's) makes his Canada debut in a ten round bout. Born in England, the 24-year-old had his first eight bouts in England before relocating to Mexico for his last three fights. In 2016, Dilmaghani moved to Canada and signed with Lee Baxter Promotions. This is his first fighter under their banner and he's looking to make a big statement.

Lightweight Steven Wilcox of Hamilton, Ontario will fight in the eight round co-feature. With an outstanding 13-1-1 record and five wins by knockout, the slick southpaw fought for the WBC International championship in 2015, battling undefeated Mick Gadbois to a draw. The popular Wilcox has been matched tough the last few years and his lone defeat came via controversial decision.

Tim “The Irish” Cronin, 7-1-1 (2 KO's) is scheduled to box in a six round light heavyweight contest. Since dropping his pro debut, the Etobicoke, Ontario native is undefeated in eight fights.

Junior middleweight Mayron Zeferino and heavyweights Mladen Mijas and Augistino D'Aluisio are slated to appear in four round bouts.

All opponents will be announced shortly.

Sponsored by Everlast, Vonbets, Hardknocks Boxing Club & Labatts Brewery, tickets to “World Championship Boxing: “The Next Generation are on sale now for $45, $55 and $65 by calling 416-797-3375. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is scheduled for 7:30.

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LaRon Mitchell!

Looks To Extend KO Win Streak
LaRon Mitchell

LaRon Mitchell (12-0, 12 KOs), one of the heavyweight division's rising talents, defends his unbeaten mark against on opponent to be named later on Friday, June 24, in Thompson Boxing Promotions "Locked n' Loaded" 8-round main event.

The six-bout card originates from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

The San Francisco-based Mitchell recorded back-to-back knockout victories in February and March. A self-described gym rat, Mitchell has been in the gym focusing on his main event showdown since early April.

"I'm excited to get back in the ring," said Mitchell, who trains in San Francisco with lead trainer Jimmy Ford. "I know the last time I fought was in March, but it feels a lot longer. I don't like going extended periods without a fight."

Mitchell, who works full-time as a physical education teacher at a Bay Area elementary school, is fully prepared to continue his red hot knockout winning streak.

"We're training hard like always," said the 36-year-old Mitchell. "We've been focusing on power and speed and just staying true to our routine."

"Over the last few years, LaRon has grown in every aspect of the game," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "He understands he has more to learn. He has a menacing style that's only getting better with time."

Tickets for "Locked n' Loaded" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.

In the 8-round co-feature, a pair of featherweights in Erick Ituarte (13-1-1, 2 KOs) and Daniel Ramirez (11-3, 5 KOs) will vie for Southern California bragging rights (8-rounds).

Ituarte, who is from the Orange County city of Santa Ana, puts his six-fight winning streak to the test against the Los Angeles-based Ramirez. While both boxers possess similar records, it is Ramirez that comes in with the stronger resume. He holds losses against two former world title challengers, Jayson Velez and Eric Hunter.

Nevertheless, the 21-year-old Ituarte has looked extremely impressive in his last six wins. He is adept at cutting off the ring, while working his way into power combinations.

"Ramirez is a very capable fighter with solid skills," Ituarte said. "We have to avoid certain situations, but overall we're confident in our game plan."

In other action, lightweight Jose Roman (22-1-1, 15 KOs) of Garden Grove, Calif. looks to extend a winning streak that has swelled to eight. His opponent, Bernardo Gomez (13-6, 9 KOs) of Mexico, has the punching power to give Roman fits. Roman, however, doesn't see an upset happening in the 8-round fight.

"I've seen a lot of styles in my career so I'll be ready for whatever Gomez brings," Roman said. "I'll take the first few rounds to figure him out. After that, I can be more aggressive in what I do."

Lightweight Manuel Mendez (11-1-1, 7 KOs) of Indio, Calif. meets Ricardo Maldonado (6-5) of Seattle in a bout scheduled for 6-rounds. Mendez has come into his own as of late - producing his seven knockout wins in his last 8 starts. Mendez is trained by the well-respected Joel Diaz.

Additionally on the card, welterweight prospect Eridanni Leon (2-2) of Los Angeles will fight an opponent to be named later in a bout scheduled for 4-rounds.

Opening the "Locked n' Loaded" show are bantamweights Rudy Garcia (1-0) of Los Angeles and Damon Simon (0-3-1) of Houston (4-rounds).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

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Deontay Wilder V Chris Arreola!

July 16 From Legacy Arena
Deontay Wilder V Chris Arreola

Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his title in his home state when he battles two-time world title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama with televised coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 and go on sale tomorrow. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Wilder returns to the ring after he was set to travel to Russia and defend his title against Alexander Povetkin on May 21 before the challenger failed a drug test that caused a cancellation of the fight. Now, Wilder will showcase his exceptional skills in primetime on network television as he takes on Arreola. It will be Wilder's fourth defense and third in his home state of Alabama.

"I'm always excited about coming home and being in front of my people where I'm the most comfortable," said Wilder. "I've been traveling a lot, going over to Sheffield, England to train before I was supposed to fight Alexander Povetkin in Moscow. But because of his decision to use a banned substance, the fight didn't happen. I'm disappointed about that, but it's not going to stop me from being an active heavyweight world champion. It has also given me the opportunity to again defend my title before my hometown fans. It's always good to come home.

"This is the longest stretch that I've been out of the ring and I'm anxious to get back in and continue my quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world," continued Wilder. "This is another fight in that process. I respect Chris Arreola for getting into the ring with me, but we all know who the real champion is and I'm going to prove it. I've been training long and hard for a fight and now I'm going to take it out on Arreola on July 16."

"I'm thankful to Deontay for this opportunity, he has provena great deal by winning the heavyweight title and by defending it three times," said Arreola. "I'm very excited to step into the ring with him, put on a great show, be victorious and make history by becoming the first Mexican heavyweight world champion."

"We are thrilled that Deontay will be back in the ring quickly, in primetime on FOX, and at home in Alabama. Chris Arreola knows that this is his last opportunity for heavyweight glory and will likely come out throwing bombs from the opening bell. I expect an explosive, fan friendly fight for as long as it lasts," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "In the wake of Povetkin's positive PED test and the cancellation of that fight, we are happy that Deontay's next heavyweight title defense will be contested on July 16th and on such a great platform."

"Chris knows what this fight means, and having been in the position to be the first Mexican heavyweight world champion before, he's not going to let that chance slip by him again, " said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions.

"We are excited to work with DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions to bring the third heavyweight boxing championship in a little over a year to the state of Alabama," said Gene Hallman, president and CEO of Bruno Event Team. "We expect tickets for this fight to sell quickly and we encourage Alabama boxing fans to show their support for Deontay."

"FOX and FOX Deportes are thrilled to be broadcasting the much anticipated heavyweight championship of the world between Deontay Wilder vs. Chris Arreola as part of our partnership with Premier Boxing Champions," said David Nathanson, FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. "It's been just over 20 years since FOX presented its last heavyweight headliner, Mike Tyson vs. Buster Mathis. We're sure this title fight will deliver another amazing PBC show on our networks."

The heavyweight champion from Tuscaloosa is itching to get back in the ring after defending his title with stoppages of Eric Molina, Johann Duahaupas and most recently a one-punch knockout of Artur Szpilka in January. Before turning pro in November 2008, Wilder won the bronze medal at heavyweight for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games. He is the last American male boxer to medal in the Olympics. The 30-year-old won the belt with a dominant decision over Bermane Stiverne in January 2015. The six-month layoff will be the longest of Wilder's career. This fight will mark the eighth time Wilder fights in his home state of Alabama as a professional.

Always in exciting fights, the Los Angeles-born Arreola will look to entertain the primetime audience as he takes his third crack at a heavyweight world championship. With victories over Eric Molina, Seth Mitchell, Joey Abell and Jameel McCline plus championship losses to Vitali Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne, he will be one of the most battle-tested opponents of Wilder's career.

There will be two more hours of boxing on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10 p.m. ET, immediately following the Wilder vs. Arreola fight on FOX. Further details will be announced shortly.

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Andrade TKO's Nelson!

Charlo Brothers Next
Andrade

In a career defining performance, former WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (23-0, 16KOs) remains undefeated with a 12th round TKO over top 10 rated contender Willie Nelson (25-3-1, 15KOs) in the WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator on Saturday night at Turning Stone Casino. An electrified crowd and national television audience on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® watched the dazzling display

Andrade's start-to-finish mastery had the 10-ranked Nelson on the canvas four times, including an opening round knockdown and the show-stopper at 1:38 of the final round.

Andrade, who never lost his belt in the ring, is one step close to his chance at another belt. He is the second mandatory challenger for the WBC Super Welterweight championship presently held by Jermell Charlo, or a title fight against twin brother Jermall, who is the IBF champion, is another possibility.

"I'm coming to get those belts," said Andrade after the fight. "The best have to fight the best. I'm coming for them. I'm ready for the Charlo boys, now baby."

Showtime analyst and unofficial ringside judge Steve Farhood had a complete sweep for Andrade before the 12th round TKO. Andrade's big right hand would inevitably put Nelson away. "He's the only one landing punches, it's a shutout," said Farhood.

Andrade put on a clinic with fancy footwork, bobbing and weaving to three-punch combinations, jabs and powerful uppercuts to dominate Nelson from the opening bell. The Providence, Rhode Island native was connecting from every angle imaginable, leaving the experienced Nelson off balance throughout the contest.

"I don't know if anyone can out box this guy," said former champ Paulie Malignaggi on the Showtime broadcast.

In all, Demetrius floored Nelson in the opening round, again at the closing bell of the 11th round, a third time in the 12th round before a big right hook call for the stoppage in spectacular fashion. It was a statement performance.

Andrade vs. Nelson was a co-promotion with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions, and DiBella Entertainment.

Andrade had last fought on October 17 of last year, a TKO victory over Dario Fabian Pucheta at Mohegan Sun, has shown no ring rust. He was idle since June 14, 2014 when he scored another TKO victory over Brian Rose at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in defense of his WBO World Super Welterweight title.

Fighting out of his native Providence, R.I., the 28-year-old Andrade has compiled an unblemished record of 23-0 with 15 knockouts since turning professional in 2008 after representing the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

A crafty southpaw with a piston-like jab and knockout power in each hand, Andrade won the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship with a career-best performance over Vanes Martirosyan on November 9, 2013 and successfully defended the title against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Brian Rose. Most recently Andrade, who is a consensus top-5 super welterweight, scored the second-round knockout over Dario Fabian Pucheta.

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Cletus Seldin & Joe Smith, Jr.!

In Main Events
Cletus Seldin

The "Long Island Winding Road" to success continues for two Star Boxing fighters this week. The pair of proud pugilists and products of The Paramount - Cletus Seldin and Joe Smith, Jr. -hope to continue their climb to the top of the heap for promoter Joe DeGuardia.

On Friday night (June 17), the undefeated, WBC Silver International Champion and WBC World #6-ranked Junior Welterweight contender Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (18-0, 15 KO's Long Island, NY), squares off against Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KO's Douglas, Arizona) at The Paramount in Huntington, New York in the 10-round Junior Welterweight affair. The main event headlines the 24th edition DeGuardia's popular "Rockin Fights" series.

Just one night later on Saturday (June 18), the Long Island knockout artist Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) makes his national television debut against another battle-tested power-puncher, Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs), when they collide in a 10-round main event on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Seldin, the Patchogue product fighting out of Shirley, Long Island, has been superb in compiling an unblemished 18-0 mark, with 15 of his triumphs coming via highlight reel knockout . Smith Jr., who grew up in Shirley, and now fights out of Mastic, has registered 17 of 21 career wins by way of KO. Both knockout artists are on similar paths to that of another Star Boxing-promoted fighter, Chris Algieri, who used The Paramount as a springboard to a world championship. Fighting predominantly in the Metropolitan area, four of Smith, Jr.'s last five fights were at The Paramount, while Seldin has won 10 straight and 15 out of 16 at the popular Long Island venue.

The broadcast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and will feature a bantamweight world title rematch between current champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) take on three-time U.S. Olympian Rau'shee "Nuke" Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) as they continue their unfinished business that began in August 2015 when Payano won a narrow split-decision to retain his title. Also featured on the telecast is rising star Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) who faces powerful Mexican Daniel Sandoval (37-3, 34 KOs) in a super welterweight contest.

"I've been working very hard and for many years towards an opportunity like this," said Smith Jr. "I am grateful to Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing for helping to get me here. This fight is going to change my life and no one is going to keep me from winning."

"I think that Smith is a great challenge for me and I do not underestimate him," said Fonfara. "He is young and hungry and he wants to use this fight and my name to show the world his skills. He's coming to Chicago for victory and glory. I have to show him that I am stronger, more experienced and most importantly, a smarter fighter. I have to win this fight because it will open the door for me to rematch Adonis Stevenson."

"I am truly looking forward to this main event," said DeGuardia. "Smith and Fonfara are both very exciting fighters and I expect a thrilling war. Their styles will have Chicago rocking with enthusiastic Irish fans for Smith and Polish fans for Fonfara. The electric atmosphere will be a treat to everyone watching on NBC and I expect big things from Joe Smith Jr."

"Warriors Boxing is excited to bring PBC on NBC to the Windy City," said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. "Chicago's favorite son, Andrzej Fonfara, always thrills fans with his non-stop fighting style. Joe Smith Jr. has been destroying his competition in New York and also brings a fan friendly 'seek-and-destroy' style to the fight. The main event should be explosive."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, are priced at $201, $101, $61 and $41, not including applicable service charges, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or UIC Pavilion Box Office at (312) 413-5740. Tickets are also available by visiting the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

Fonfara returns to the ring after defeating Nathan Cleverly in October at UIC Pavilion in a fight that garnered Fight of the Year consideration and saw a record number of punches landed (936) and thrown (2524) for a light heavyweight fight in CompuBox history. Prior to that, the 28-year-old became the first person to stop Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and lost a decision to world champion Adonis Stevenson in a fight that saw both men hit the canvas. From Warsaw, Poland but training out of Chicago, Fonfara will fight in the Windy City for the 20th time when he enters the ring in primetime on June 18.

Representing Long Island, New York, Smith Jr. will bring his heavy hands to primetime as he looks for his 16th straight victory on June 18. The 26-year-old was a highly decorated amateur who won the 2008 New York Golden Gloves with a victory over Seanie Monaghan. A member of the Local 66 Laborers Union between fights and the oldest of eight siblings, Smith Jr. picked up his most impressive victory of his career so far when he defeated veteran Will Rosinsky in a hotly contested battle in Brooklyn. He followed it up with a second round stoppage of Fabiano Pena in April and is set for his toughest challenge in June.

Seldin, who has continually climbed the ranks of the Junior Welterweight division, will be appearing for the 15th time at the Paramount. Seldin has become a must-see attraction for his all action fights and tremendous punching power. The Hebrew Hammer captured the WBC title on December 20, 2014, stopping the very tough Bayan Jargal in nine rounds, and has successfully defended the championship three times. In his last outing at The Paramount on March 5, Seldin returned from shoulder surgery and picked right up where he left off by destroying Orlando Vasquez in the opening round.

Selig is coming off two straight knockout wins and has crossed gloves with world rated fighters Sadam Ali and John Jackson as well as top prospect Jose Ramirez.

Says DeGuardia: "Cletus Seldin is becoming a major force in the already loaded Junior Welterweight division. His ferocious style has attracted droves of fans and on June 17th we expect the same as he faces a tough task when he battles Jesus Selig, who hopes to upset the applecart. I expect another exciting night of fights at The Paramount, as has become the tradition with the Rockin Fights series".

The undercard features a bevy of top local prospects. In another junior welterweight clash, Woodhaven's undefeated Danny Gonzalez (11-0-1, 5 KO's) squares off against Curtis Morton (4-5-4) of Myrtle Beach in an eight-rounder. Sweden's Naim Terbunja (7-1) takes on Lanny Dardar (3-5-2, 1 KO) of Louisiana in a six round contest. Two Elmont, Long Island will fighters showcase their talents on the home turf in four-round bouts. Terell Bostic (1-0, 1 KO) comes off an outstanding first round KO debut to face Miguel Gloria (1-2) of Albuquerque; and unbeaten Tyrone James (2-0, 1 KO) battles New York City's Kasif Muhammad (0-2). Brooklyn's Laurend Stewart (2-0, 1 KO) takes on another Albuquerque import in Daniel Flores (0-2).

Tickets are on sale now by calling Star Boxing (718 823-2000) or visiting www.starboxing.com, The Paramount Box Office (631 673-7300), or Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com (1 800 745-3000).

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Anthony Ogogo!

Added To The O2 Bill On June 25
Anthony Ogogo

Anthony Ogogo (9-0, 5 KOs) has been added to the blockbuster bill at The 02 in London on June 25, live on Sky Sports.

The 27 year-old made his long-awaited return to the ring in Glasgow on May 28 and did so in style with a third round stoppage win over Gary Cooper. The Olympic bronze medal star can now build towards title fights in the exciting Middleweight division, and the fan favourite is looking forward to meeting up with his old Team GB teammate Joshua.

“I can't wait to get back in the ring on June 25 at The O2,” said Ogogo. “It's going to be an explosive night of boxing with my Olympic teammate and good friend Anthony Joshua heading the bill, as well as George Groves as chief support, and I'm looking forward to being a part of it.

“It was great to be back in the ring on the Ricky Burns card in Glasgow in May and I just want to keep busy now and fight as often as I can to build momentum - starting on June 25. I'll be looking to make a big statement on fight night and I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport, Golden Boy Promotions and Team Sauerland for helping to get me on such a great card.”

Team Sauerland promoter Kalle Sauerland is looking forward to seeing Ogogo back in the ring as the Lowestoft boxer targets a title challenge

‘’It was great to see Anthony back in action last month in Glasgow and we’re delighted to have him fighting again so soon,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’Activity is going to be key for Anthony as he looks to climb the rankings and secure a title challenge, and our plan is to keep him as busy as possible. He will be an exciting addition to an already huge night for British boxing on June 25 at The O2.’’

Ogogo’s fight is part of a massive night of action at The O2 as Joshua defends his IBF World Heavyweight title against unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale.

George Groves and Martin Murray meet in a mouth-watering domestic Super-Middleweight blockbuster and WBA World title eliminator bout, Chris Eubank Jr defends his British Middleweight title against Welshman Tom Doran, John Wayne Hibbert clashes with Andrea Scarpa for the vacant WBC Silver Super-Lightweight title, unbeaten British Super-Flyweight champion Kal Yafai continues his World title trail, Brixton Heavyweight Dillian Whyte returns to action, Conor Benn fights for the third time in the paid ranks and there’s a debut for Team GB star Felix Cash.

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Hugo Centeno Jr V Maciej Sulecki!

June 18 From UIC Pavilion In Chicago
Hugo Centeno Jr V Maciej Sulecki

Unbeaten contenders Hugo "The Boss" Centeno Jr. (24-0, 12 KOs) and Maciej Sulecki (22-0, 8 KOs) will meet in a 10-round middleweight bout that highlights Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN action on Saturday, June 18 from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

The June 18 event features a primetime Premier Boxing Champions on NBC tripleheader that is headlined by Polish star Andrzej Fonfara against hard-hitting New Yorker Joe Smith Jr. Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features the bantamweight world title rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau'Shee Warren plus undefeated rising star Erickson Lubin against Mexico's Daniel Sandoval.

PBC action will switch over to NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. Additional fights airing on NBCSN will depend on which fights fit into the primetime broadcast.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Star Boxing, are priced at $201, $101, $61 and $41, not including applicable service charges, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or UIC Pavilion Box Office at (312) 413-5740. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

Undercard action features a bevy of Chicago prospects as unbeaten welterweight Alex Martin (12-0, 5 KOs) takes on Dominican Juan Carlos Abreu (19-2-1, 18 KOs) in an eight-round bout, Jose Quezada (10-0, 6 KOs) competes in a six-round super lightweight bout against Hawaii's Cameron Krael (8-10-2, 1 KO) and Ramiro Carrillo (10-0, 7 KOs) enters the ring in an eight-round super lightweight bout.

Rounding out the night of fights are two more Chicago prospects as lightweight Josh Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs) competes in a four-round showdown against Puerto Rico's Eric Gotay (3-3, 1 KO) while Chicago's Jessica McCaskill (1-0, 1 KO) faces Katonya Fisher in a four round lightweight bout.

Oxnard, California's Centeno had long been one of boxing's top prospects with victories over Ayi Bruce, Keandre Leatherwood, Angel Osuna and Gerardo Ibarra. In December 2014 he faced his stiffest test to date against James De La Rosa and passed with flying colors, scoring a spectacular fifth-round knockout. The 25-year-old has followed that up with victories over Lukasz Maciec and Josue Ovando heading into this June 18 showdown.

Fighting in the U.S. for the fourth straight time, the 27-year-old Sulecki most recently stopped Derrick Findley in the seventh round in January. Before coming to the U.S., Sulecki picked up impressive victories over previously unbeaten Robert Swierzbinski, former world title challenger Grzegorz Proksa and Lukasz Wawrzyczek. The fighter out of Warsaw, Poland was a three-time Polish Junior tournament champion and accumulated a 110-30 amateur record.

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Micki Nielsen!

I Live My Life Like A Lion
Micki Nielsen

Micki Nielsen (21-0, 14 KOs) is rested, hungry and ready to dismantle Johnny Mulller (19-6-2, 13 KOs) in tomorrow’s semi-final of the ‘Super 4’ tournament at the Emperors Palace Casino in Gauteng, South Africa.

The 23 year-old has spent the last two weeks in South Africa completing his training camp, and admits he has enjoyed his time away from home.

"It's been a great experience to be here in South Africa," said Nielsen, who has previously fought in Russia, Finland and England, as well as his native Denmark.

"My trips abroad help me to understand the world a little better. I only finished elementary school, and since I was 17, all my focus has been on boxing. It’s a job that requires your full dedication if you want to make it to the top.’’

South Africa, in particular, has made a big impression on the hard-hitting cruiserweight, where he has learnt about the local history and found a kindred spirit with some of the local wildlife.

“It’s been exciting,’’ he says. ‘’Besides the training and sparring, I’ve had time to hear about Nelson Mandela, which I’ve found very inspiring, and I’d like to visit an apartheid museum and one of the townships before I go home. I’ve also been to a wildlife park to see the lions.

"My life is very similar to a lion. A lion sleeps over 16 hours a day, and then spends the night hunting their prey. I’m not sleeping quite as much as that, of course, but training is tough, and you need a lot of rest between sessions.

"It is no secret that I like to sleep a lot, but when I spar or fight, I’m like a wild animal, and that’s what I intend to show against Muller on Saturday night.”

Nielsen aims to make a statement by knocking out his South African opponent and landing a place in the final of the ‘Super 4’ tournament, where he would face the winner of Saturday’s second semi-final bout between Kevin Lerena and Roberto Bolonti.

"All the opponents in this tournament are highly skilled and well ranked fighters, but I'm confident, I can beat them all,’’ he says.

‘’I'm one hundred percent sure that I can win the 'Super-4', and when I win, the big names in the division will begin to notice my name.

‘’If the opportunity comes, I will go for the knockouts, as I think that will show that I’m ready to challenge the best fighters in the World. I fight to become the best, and soon I will be ready to challenge for World titles.

"I am not afraid of anything. There’s always a risk when you’re fighting away from home, but you need to take a risk once in a while, if you want to develop as a boxer.’’

Nielsen weighed in today at 90.6kg, while his opponent Muller tipped the scales at 88.7kg.

Danish fans can watch the fight live and exclusive on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting.

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ANTHONY UPTON!

HANDED ENGLISH TITLE TILT
ANTHONY UPTON

ANTHONY UPTON has been handed a second opportunity to win the English super-lightweight title.

The 24-year-old stylist will square off with Walsall’s Luke Paddock on Hatton Promotions’ and Black Country Boxing’s ‘Danger Zone’ event at The Chase Leisure Centre, Cannock on July 24.

It’s an opportunity that comes just seven months after Upton gallantly contested the same crown against Joe Hughes.

Things did not go his way that evening, but promoter and trainer Ricky Hatton believes the experience stood him in good stead for another tilt.

“Anto proved to everyone that he’s a fighter who belongs in championship class and I believe he’ll grab that title with both hands this time around,” The Hitman said.

“Some fighters let their head drop after their first loss. Anto didn’t. He begged me to get him another opportunity and I’m very proud of the work that my team has put in to make it happen for him.

“Paddock’s obviously no push over and has experience in title fights himself so I know we have to get Anto firing on all cylinders in training. Believe me, there’ll be more stone left unturned in getting him ready for this chance.”

If victorious next month, Upton will be required to meet the aforementioned Hughes in rematch of their December encounter. Hughes has been given the mandatory position for the crown due to him being forced to relinquish in the aftermath of his WBO Intercontinental title defeat to Jack Catterall.

There’s a double celebration in the Upton household this week after it was announced that Anthony’s older brother, Sonny, will face Chadwell Heath’s Ben Hall for the vacant English title at super-welterweight on a Frank Warren promotion in September.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM LAS VEGAS
Knockout At The D

Demond Brock 135 lbs V Chuy "El Hurracan" Gutierrez 134 lbs.

Rolando "Rola" Garza 155 lbs V Erasmo "The Reckoning" Garcia 154 ½ lbs.

Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols 145 ½ lbs V Adam Vasquez 145 ½ lbs.

Edgar "El Chato" Ramirez 248 lbs V Jonathan "Johnnie" Rice 259 lbs.

Max "Baby Faced Assassin" Ornelas 117 ½ lbs V Robert "Lil' Rob Ledesma 116 ½ lbs.

Cashton "Fedia-Tone" Young 197 ½ lbs V Tracey "The Titan" Johnson 219 lbs.

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SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING!

WORKOUT QUOTES
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

The six fighters, including main eventers Ruslan "The Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov and John "The Gladiator" Molina, who will compete on this Saturday's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), participated in the final press conference Thursday at Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Russia's Provodnikov(25-4, 18 KOs) and Molina (28-6, 23 KOs) of Covina, Calif., clash in an eagerly awaited matchup in the main event. Provodnikov, a former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion, was involved in the Fight of the Year in 2013 with Tim Bradley; former world title challenger Molina was in the 2014 Fight of The Year with Lucas Matthysse.

A can't-miss co-feature at Turning Stone Casino will match unbeaten former 154-pound world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs), of Providence, R.I., against Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, in a 12-round WBC Super Welterweight Title Elimination bout. The telecast will begin with a 12-rounder for the vacant WBC lightweight world championship between undefeated No. 1 ranked Dejan Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs), of the Southeastern European country of Montenegro, and Franklin Mamani (21-2-1, 12 KOs) of Bolivia.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Banner Promotions, Inc., are priced at $85, $60, $45 and $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

Also this Saturday, from Turning Stone, former world title challengers Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2, 6 KOs, of Rochester, N.Y. and John Thompson (17-2, 6 KOs), of Newark, N.J., clash in a 10-round middleweight bout in the main event on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT). In the SHO EXTREME opener, heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KOs), of Hollywood, Calif., meets Mexico's Mario Heredia (11-1, 9 KOs, 1-2 in WSB) in a 10-round heavyweight bout.

Below is what the fighters said Thursday:

RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV

(On training camp) ...

"This camp went very well. Everything went great. Now I'm just waiting for Saturday."

(His thoughts on Molina) ...

"I have a lot of respect for Molina and his team. He's a great fighter. These are the types of opponents I like. Most of the fights I've had are fights like this, opponents like this. This actually motivates me. I don't have a problem with getting into a fight like this. This is what I'm looking for. This is the type of fight I expect.''

(On his determination and will to win) ...

"Words are not so much associated with explaining this because anybody can talk and anybody can say words. I think the fans or the people have to see how my fights have been and the way that I've fought those fights. For me to say right now that I'm going to 'die in the ring', they're words right now. The fight will show, then the fans will have an understanding in their mind of was I just saying that or is that really the way it is. The actions show, not the words."

(On how he sees the fight playing out) ...

"It's very hard to predict and I usually don't make predictions. I never make predictions for my fights. Let's just wait on June 11 and see.

(Final thoughts) ...

"I want to take this moment to thank everybody that has to do with this fight. All the people that made this happen.''

JOHN MOLINA JR.

(Thoughts and reflections on Muhammad Ali) ...

"The world lost a great human being, not only inside the ring but outside the ring. A champion is the best way to describe him. The greatest of all time. An innovator. Somebody that changes the world in and out. My heart goes out to his family."

(On whether he's the underdog or this is a 50-50 fight?) ...

"In the grand scheme of things, the boxer - experts if you will - I don't know how many times they've been in the ring but for what they do in boxing, they seem to have him as the favorite but rightfully so. In a sense because of the personality and persona that he's portrayed in past times. I don't think too much about the hype. We've prepped for war on Saturday night. We would be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn't prepare right for someone like Ruslan. He's a hell of a fighter, a hell of a competitor and we were both in a Fight of the Year. What people don't realize is we were both in Fight of the Year on the losing side and now we're going to be in a Fight of the Year, but both of us going for the winning side. I think the fans are going to be pleasantly surprised. I'm ready. The stage is set to showcase my capabilities Saturday night.''

(On how you prepare for a fighter like Provodnikov) ...

"Just like you prepare for a fighter like everybody I've faced. Whether it be someone like Matthysse. Whether it be other fighters, I don't want to go into names because right now my undivided attention is on Ruslan Provodnikov but the preparation is like that of any other man. I hate comparing the guy's style to other people because again, the whole disservice you'd be doing is to yourself. You can study their style and get used to their mannerisms and what they portray in the ring and you can prepare yourself. With that being said, June 11 will be the first time I ever face Ruslan Provodnikov so what I do to prepare myself is work on my strong points and make sure those are up to par and make sure my energy is set and ready to fire on all cylinders Saturday night and I can tell you that they are set right.''

(On what fans should expect) ...

"Fireworks. Like I said, every word that we use in the thesaurus is an understatement. Boxing is a 'what have you done for me lately' sport and Saturday night is no different. I believe in my heart of hearts the fans are going to get a treat with Ruslan Provodnikov coming forward, not wanting to take a backward step with myself coming forward not wanting to take a backward step. We're both going to try and go in there and pose our will on each other and you're not going to see a boring fight. It won't be Dancing With The Stars, it's going to be a fight."

DEMETRIUS ANDRADE

(On his opponent and his quality of opposition) ...

"Tony Harrison is definitely not Demetrius Andrade. Yes, he's probably a prospect and doing good things but everybody sounds good, everybody's a prospect until you get in there with somebody that knows how to fight. They can try to bring the will out of you and that's what Willie did is bring the will out of himself to beat somebody like Tony Harrison, but Tony Harrison's definitely not me.

"Willie Nelson, yeah he's tall, they say he's strong but I'm all that too. My IQ is greater, smarter and this is my time. This is it. This is something that either makes or breaks me. It's a good challenge so the people get to see that, due to the layoff and everything. I came back to fight a guy like this and I came back to win the 154 division.

"I came here, chewing bubble gum and kicking ass. I ran out of bubble gum so come June 11, I will be kicking some ass. I am happy that SHOWTIME gave me this opportunity and put me back on the network, put me back on prime TV.

"There's definitely going to be violence to open up the main event show with Provodnikov and John Molina, which is going to be a tremendous fight. Thanks for everybody coming out ... and I am the greatest alive."

(On the division and possible future opponents) ...

"I think that I'm going to make history by beating two twins that hold title belts and it's going to be a legendary thing for me. So, I'm tuned in, I'm ready and I'm focused. This is my division, it's my war."

(On what he sees playing out on fight night) ...

"I'm just going in and do my thing, you know, I'm the type of person with character. I've been in the ring for many years through the amateur program and fought 300-400 times, against everybody in the whole world. So, there's not nothing I haven't seen or fought. A tall guy like Willie Nelson with no legs or upper body, I'm going to push him to the limit. That's pretty much the plan. I'm going in and its knockout season for me."

WILLIE NELSON

(On fans not expecting him to win) ...

"It's what happens all the time. I'm always the underdog. It's OK and I try not to worry about it much.

"I'm not one to predict the fights; about what can and can't happen, but it's going to be an interesting fight. We know each other's background and we have sparred before at the U.S. Training Camp."

(On Muhammad Ali)...

"It hasn't really affected my mindset in terms of this fight. With the passing of Muhammad Ali it's very sad for boxing, and for the world. Because he wasn't only a great fighter but also a great icon, a great man and a great leader."

DEJAN ZLATICANIN

(On what fighting for a world title means to him) ...

"I've prepared for this hard fight for a long time because they changed opponents and it's hard to be prepared for that. But I have waited for this opportunity for a long time. This is the most important fight of my life, and I am going to win this fight."

(His prediction) ...

"I don't like to talk too much. I will talk in the ring and I promise I will knock out Franklin Mamani."

FRANKLIN MAMANI

(On this opportunity)...

"This is the chance of a lifetime, I feel like I have the winning lotto ticket and I just need to cash it in Saturday night. I come for a boxing family of 9 brothers, I have been in boxing since I was 12 years old and I always dreamed of fighting for a world title in the United States. My country (Bolivia) and my family will be watching and I will not disappoint them."

(On his opponent)...

Zlaticanin is an aggressive, strong and talented fighter. It will be an honor to trade leather with him inside the ring and be able to win the WBC lightweight championship of the world against the number one contender in my division."

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SHAWN PORTER!

WORKOUT QUOTES
SHAWN PORTER

Former world champion Shawn Porter hosted a Las Vegas media workout Wednesday in advance of his welterweight world title showdown against undefeated Keith Thurman on Saturday, June 25 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, live on CBS and presented by Premier Boxing Champions with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $49 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Porter and his father and trainer, Ken Porter, were on hand to speak to media and show off the skills of the 28-year-old Akron, Ohio, native at the Porter Hy-Performance Center.

Here's what the Porters said Wednesday:

SHAWN PORTER

"Being the first fight in primetime on CBS since Muhammad Ali is very significant. It makes me want to go out there and do something inspiring.

"Keith's injury gave me enough time to make extra sure that I had everything I needed to get ready for this fight. Not to say I wouldn't have been ready March 12 but it's given me more time to reflect and visualize. On June 25, I know I will be 100 percent on every level.

"We sparred for about two weeks together but it was a while ago. The biggest change has been mental. There are things you learn and grow out of. I'm a lot different. Still some of the same skills but definitely stronger mentally.

"I think he can do some things. He can box very well. He throws good off balanced shots. I can box as well, but I have the pressure, quickness, foot speed and hand speed that it takes to not only outbox him, but to pressure him and hurt him. I think that's what makes it a great fight.

"At this point, we look at everything we've done and move forward each day because we know something special is going to happen. I'm blessed to have a mindset where I don't focus on what I've done. I am always looking forward to the next big opportunity.

"I think the fight is bigger since it's been postponed. Taking it to Barclays Center is something that is special for the sport of boxing. I won my first championship there and I look forward to keeping up the recent history of great fights at Barclays Center.

"I want to win each and every round. We want to make him have to adjust to what we're doing. If we control the fight, we win the fight.

"I've always been taught to control everything in a fight. I can't allow him to slow the tempo down. But I'm definitely not going to rush. I have the skills to execute the game plan.

"I think the difference is in my preparation. I have a great team to match my great skills. We're going to shock the world."

KEN PORTER, Shawn's Father & Trainer

"We normally don't work out hard in front of the media, but we've decided to switch the energy and go harder during this afternoon session. This isn't just for the cameras.

"I respect Keith Thurman as a fighter and a person. This is something that happens along the way. Fighters have to fight each other. Some of these young guys working in this gym, they might have to fight Shawn one day. But fight night is fight night.

"I'm not worried about anything Keith Thurman can do. We've done all the hard work. The foundation has been laid. He's done this since he was four-years-old. He's been on every stage and this is his time."

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Hughie Fury!

Health Improving; Expects Strong Showing July 9
Hughie Fury

Peter Fury, father and trainer of unbeaten WBO #6 rated heavyweight Hughie Fury, recently announced that his son has been suffering from acne conglobata.

Unlike regular acne, which doesn’t impact day to day living and typically is treatable with nonprescription medications, acne conglobata causes extreme fatigue, fevers and joint pain. The condition led to what Team Fury admits was a subpar performance against Fred Kassi, where he won the WBO Intercontinental belt by way of technical decision. This opened the door for critics of his progression.

Following the win over Kassi, the 21-year-old was formally diagnosed with acne conglobata by respected Dr. Ian R White. According to Dr. White, Hughie had problems for more than five years and his condition worsened since it went untreated. He's since been placed on various medications and is improving daily.

“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Hughie was only at 30 percent against Kassi and he’s been battling this condition in most of his pro fights,” said Peter Fury. “Dr. White said this is the worst case of acne conglobata he’s seen in five years. Thankfully, Hughie’s improving. His stamina and overall health are way better now than it was even a few months ago. Dr. White deserves a ton of credit for that.”

On July 9, Fury risks his 20-0 record against an opponent to be named at the Manchester Arena. The bout takes place as part of the world heavyweight championship rematch between champion Tyson Fury and legendary Wladimir Klitschko. The card is one of the biggest in 2016 and a significant stage for young Hughie to showcase his talent. To ensure he performs on his grandest stage yet, Hughie’s been in an intense training camp alongside his cousin Tyson and expects a big improvement from the Kassi fight.

“I’m feeling a lot better and that has made this training camp much better for me thus far,” said Hughie Fury. “We still have a month to go before fight night and I’m waiting to find out who my opponent is. Regardless of who it is, I’m prepared for an impressive showing July 9. My team expects that I will be 100% in the near future. My plan is to fight for and win a world title in 2017.”

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Johnny Muller!

Aiming For KO Victory Over Nielsen
Johnny Muller

Johnny Muller (19-6-2, 13 KOs) is aiming for a KO victory over Micki Nielsen (21-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday night as the cruiserweights clash in the semi-final of the ‘Super 4’ tournament at the Emperors Palace Casino in Gauteng, South Africa.

Nielsen has entered the tournament as the favourite, but Muller believes he can upset the undefeated Danish southpaw and progress to the final later this year.

“Training has gone well; I’ve worked very hard,’’ says Muller. ‘’Nielsen is a very good fighter, which makes me want to win even more. I couldn’t fight in a similar tournament a few years ago, so this is my chance, especially as there is big money on offer.

“Nielsen is more of a counter-puncher. He’s also a southpaw, which suits me. My chief sparring partner for years was Tommy Oosthuizen and I’ve faced left-handers in most of my recent fights.

‘’I’m going to work very hard from the start, and I hear Nielsen has had weight issues and has had to drop a few kilos, so I’ll work my way to a stoppage later on.

Muller has a point to prove having lost his last fight to countryman Kevin Larena, who is competing in the second ‘Super 4’ semi-final bout against Roberto Bolonti.

“I know I lost concentration in my last fight, which cost me badly, but my trainer, Harold Volbrecht, has worked hard on this aspect. I have to make up for it, and I will.”

Volbrecht, a former South African Champion and two-time World title challenger, believes Muller has learnt his lesson and is ready for Saturday’s showdown.

‘’Johnny knows what he wants from this Super 4 tournament,'' he said. ‘’He is going to go out there and box classy and box clever, that’s what we expect from him. He’s got no excuses, he’s trained hard. I think now he is in better condition that he has been before.’’

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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ABNER MARES!

WORKOUT QUOTES
KEITH THURMAN V SHAWN PORTER

Abner Mares, the former three-division world champion boxer, will be taking class, technique and power into the ring when he meets WBA Featherweight World Champion Jesus Cuellar on Saturday, June 25 live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Live coverage begins at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Mares returns to the ring after a loss in one of 2015's most-watched fights against featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz. In 2016 Mares changed his training camp to work with former world champion boxer and two-time "Trainer of the Year," Robert Garcia (Mikey Garcia, Antonio Margarito, Marcos Maidana) out of his Riverside, Calif., facility. Mares has continued to work with his longtime strength and condition coach Luis Garcia (Andre Berto, Amir Khan). His fight against Cuellar not only marks his first fight of 2016 but a chance to capture a fourth world title.

"This is going to be a technical fight," said Mares. "Cuellar is a hard-hitting fighter and since the fight was made we've been preparing for a real battle. I have no personal vendetta against him, however I am excited to see what monster the Mares-Garcia combination has created and gets unleashed. My power and spirit are 1000 percent. Fans are going to see a fantastic, clean, technical fight."

For Mares' fans the direction under the guidance of Garcia brings new possibilities for the fighter, and one that Garcia sees as the next step and progression for Abner.

"I've been seeing the Abner that the world knew three to four years ago," said Garcia about Mares' training. "A warrior with tremendous boxing skills, that's the Abner I see now. He's in tremendous shape but it's a different Abner. He's been a warrior all his life and he will come to fight - he has that mentality - but his jab, his straight punches and footwork are better than what fans have seen in the past two years."

This fight marks the first fight for Mares in New York.

"It's my first time fighting and being in New York and I plan on giving the fans at Barclays a 'Fight of the Year' performance," he said. "New York is the home of the American dream. Being a Mexican who came to the U.S. as a young child, it's hugely symbolic for me as well as my family. This is my chance at winning my fourth world title and to do it in the city that started so many dreams and careers and on the first primetime fight on CBS in almost 40 years, it's an important moment."

ABNER MARES:

How are you preparing for this fight? ...

"I've been training with Robert since December. When the original March fight was postponed and I had a chance to fight Cuellar for the title so we never really took a break. We did change our training regimen a bit to stay fresh, get stronger and work on some tactical and technical skills. Robert has a great eye and knowledge of the sport, having worked with so many fighters, including Cuellar. It gives me an advantage in preparation."

Why the change in trainers? ...

"I knew I needed to change my camp after the last fight. I felt that we had a solid camp but in the end, I didn't stick to the plan and it resulted in a loss. I am a warrior, I'll never give up, always come back. I am not afraid to take a fight. But I knew I needed a trainer whose plan I would have to follow versus having a trainer who would fit into mine. Robert and I come from similar backgrounds, his record speaks for itself and I know this partnership is going to deliver big wins."

TRAINER ROBERT GARCIA:

What is Abner's untapped skill? ...

"Abner is very candid as a boxer. He has great skills in speed, footwork and power -- he has all three and when combined he's unstoppable. Sparring has been tremendous and if he does exactly what he is doing in gym and follows instructions then he can compete against any top featherweight in the world in my opinion."

How is sparring? ...

"Abner's a beast. He's doing great in our sparring sessions - his power is tremendous and his boxing has just become more effective. He's always been a tremendous fighter who can box inside and on the outside. What the world saw and loved from him in August - his heart and ability to get in and fight - has been focused and strengthened. We're very focused on winning and beating a hard-hitting fighter."

Barclays Center's BROOKLYN BOXING™ programming platform is presented by AARP. PBC is sponsored by Corona, La Cerveza Mas Fina.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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KEITH THURMAN!

WORKOUT QUOTES
KEITH THURMAN V SHAWN PORTER

Welterweight world champion Keith Thurman opened training camp to media today in St. Petersburg as he prepares to defend his title against former world champion Shawn Porter on Saturday, June 25 in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT with a featherweight world title showdown between current champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $49 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Born and raised in the area, Thurman worked out at St. Pete Boxing Club along with longtime trainer Dan Birmingham as he prepared for his primetime battle against the strong and dangerous Porter.

Here is what the participants had to say:

KEITH THURMAN

"Muhammad Ali opened up the door for so many people. Michael Jordan changed the game in our era, but Ali did it so long ago. He showed people that boxing is a great sport and can be the most entertaining sport in the world.

"For me, it's almost like a dream come true. It's surreal. I remember at an early age in boxing saying, 'I want to be the guy that brings boxing back.' I'm really blessed to be where I am in my career. For all the fighters who could end up on this stage, I'm proud that I've been chosen.

"I've always considered myself a knockout artist. Back to when I was a teenager knocking out grown men in headgear. Ever since then, I've been dropping people like a bad habit.

"I love being a power-puncher. My favorite fighter of all time is Mike Tyson. One of my goals that I set when I was a kid was to have more knockouts than Mike Tyson throughout my career.

"I'm ready for Shawn Porter. We're going to box harder, box stronger and box better. I will be the better man.

"Training is the fundamentals of getting one prepared. We've always known that Shawn Porter was going to come into this fight in tremendous shape. That's what his training methods are all about. But the Energizer Bunny has never been hit by Keith Thurman, and I'm pretty sure I could stop it in its tracks.

"I'm going for the knockout. I've stated it before. My hands are itching for a knockout. I'm 'One Time,' all the time. That's my philosophy. Every single time I step into the ring I'm looking for the knockout. We don't get paid for overtime.

"This is an opportunity to showcase our talents and our skills to the world. The winner will have an opportunity to be the head guy in the sport. I've always wanted to have a legacy in the sport of boxing.

"I want to be the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. That's my ultimate goal. There have only been so many in the history of boxing. I want to be a part of that history."

DAN BIRMINGHAM, Thurman's Trainer

"Keith is a guy who deserves to be on this stage. He has a lot of experience and he's come into his own. This is the kind of thing that happens when you work hard.

"Life happens. Keith was involved in the accident and so we took the necessary rest. He saw the right doctors and we're back now. We're ready for Shawn Porter.

"We're constantly conditioning. We're working on attacking his style. He's a short, come-forward brawler who's going to try to come into Keith's chest and make it a war. We're making out adjustments.

"Keith has to be busier, more in charge fighter. He has to work off of his jab and then his power will keep Porter at bay."

PBC Boxing Promotions

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DOMINIC BREAZEALE!

WORKOUT QUOTES

Undefeated World Ranked Heavyweight Contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) participated in an open media workout at Crossroads Boxing Gym in Ontario, Calif., on Tuesday afternoon ahead of his world title challenge against IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16KOs) on Saturday, June 25 on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME.

Joining Breazeale at the media workout was his trainer Manny Robles.

DOMINIC BREAZEALE

On the passing of Muhammed Ali...

"Muhammed Ali was a huge inspiration. Heavy hearts when great ones pass away like that. He was a wonderful man. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but I did meet some of his kids, Layla Ali being one of them.

"Ali was a very inspirational type of individual. You go back and watch some of his fights; I was way too young to see him fight in his prime but I've seen the recordings and seen the video footage. Everyone says he did everything wrong but everything right. It's just phenomenal.

"One of the things I was able to take from watching him fight was his jab. Sometimes he'd beat guys hands down with just his jab."

On AIBA's position on pros to fight in Olympics...

"I think it's a good thing and a bad thing. AIBA's doing a good job bringing the councils together and generating a new buzz for the sport. It might be a little too late for some of the professional fighters to get themselves together to compete for their country. I like the fact that they're taking the head gear off because that's the next step after the Olympics. You go into the pros and there's not going to be any more padded gloves or head gear that you're wearing so that's a good thing. As far as the pros, I don't see any successful pros joining and entering into an amateur competition, but for those that didn't get a chance to compete in the Olympics they might."

On competing in the Olympics...

"I have definitely considered it. But I've got a fight coming up.

On his opponent Anthony Joshua...

"I think, in general, he's kind of had a little bit of a stepping stone as far as fighting in the Olympics in his backyard, having the judges there in his backyard. I don't know if you saw the fight but when he fought in that final match for the Gold Medal, I was sitting third row and I hands down believe that (he lost). But you know, when you've got judges on your side, in your own country, Olympics in your own country, it looks better when the home native wins.

"Even as a professional, he fought a guy in Charles Martin that really didn't show up fight night. Charles Martin himself had an easy road and path to the title with the whole slip and fall against Glazkov. When you think of a heavyweight champion you want to make sure he's fought the best, and I think that's why Joshua has chosen me as his opponent to defend against. That's what he plans on getting out of the situation if he can make it through the 12 rounds. I plan on putting on some extreme pressure and taking Joshua to a new level of boxing, and we'll find out June 25."

On what it means to get a shot at a title...

"I think Joshua's thinking of me as a stepping stone and he's going to be sorry about that. He's just wrong. I mean, he's fighting a guy at 6-foot-7, 255 pounds that brings the pressure and a great pace from round-to-round. I'm one of those guys that I might take a shot, I might work some defense, I might work a strong jab.

"Either way, I'm going to make it a fight. All of my opponents have been down on the canvas and I don't think Joshua is going to come shy of that as well.

"I'm going in as the underdog, I'm going into an arena with 20,000 opposing fans. I've been picked as the smaller guy in the ring, by the IBF as a stepping stone and I feel like my back is against the wall. I'm going to come out fighting."

On what it would mean to bring the title home to the U.S...

"To go over and win in London the IBF title is a major stepping stone I plan on achieving, and then I plan on continuing to go after all the titles.

"My mindset has definitely changed. This is an opportunity I have been working for the last eight years. I dabbled around in boxing young as a 23-year-old, and here I am at 30 getting ready to turn 31 and it's progressively getting better and better, day after day, camp after camp, fight after fight. The situation that I'm in now mentally is just different compared to some of my fights in the past. My confidence level is through the roof. And physique-wise I feel great."

On what it would mean to become champion...

"It's everything wrapped into one. It's definitely one of those stepping stones. I'm not just going to be settled winning the IBF title. Right now that's the mission at-hand and the goal to accomplish, but to become champion is everything. All those hard days, those times you want to run get up early in the morning or run Mt. Baldy Saturday afternoon when everyone else is sleeping in. It'll all pay off that night when my hand's raised."

On how he will approach dealing with Joshua in the early rounds of the fight...

"I want him to feel uncomfortable at all given times of the fight, every second of every round. Yes, he's got rid of a lot of his guys in the earlier rounds, he hasn't into deep waters. Do I want to see him go into uncharted territory? Of course, without a doubt. I've been there, I know what it feels like and I've done it several times now. At the same time, I'm not going to let an opportunity pass me. If I see something I can take in the first, second round I'm definitely going to get him out of there."

On winning his fight over Amir Mansour after getting knocked down ...

"It's just another confidence booster. It's one thing to finish a guy in the first round with three punches or something like that. It's another thing to finish a guy in the sixth, seventh round with a combination of shots and finally you come out of an experienced fight with a guy like Amir Mansour where he puts you down on the canvas in the second and you're thinking to yourself 'damn what did I get myself in to?' and you come back, battle back and you end up breaking the man's jaw.

""Whether people are going to say, 'Amir was going to beat you, he was ahead on the cards,' then again he's got a broken jaw and he'll probably never fight again. It's one of those things. I can go to bed at night thinking to myself, you know what, that's another mission accomplished, another stepping stone, let's move on to the next one.

"It gives me something to work on. I know I've been down on the canvas, I know I was able to come back and be very successful from it. Anytime you get a win of that matter where you get a guy, break him down, break him down where he quits on the stool it's a huge confidence booster. It makes you understand as an athlete or as a professional boxer that you've got punching power, you just broke another man's jaw."

On fighting in the UK...

"For me, I think my football background is going to come in hand when fighting on the road in London. Anytime you get on the football field and you play quarterback, let's say you're down by 20-30 points and all the fans are booing, throwing popcorn at you, there's nothing that you can teach a man or an individual to gear up for a situation like that. But I've been there, done that. Fighting in front of 20,000 fans will be nothing new for me."

On if he'd like to unify...

"Oh yeah, without a doubt. That's the overall plan and goal. Everyone keeps telling me fight it round after round, match after match, and at this point I'm fighting it title after title. So I'm going to get this title and turn around in the next couple of weeks and announce hopefully another title defense and unify a couple different times. That would be great."

On the difference in the current popularity of the heavyweight division from past years...

"I think the heavyweight division is getting ready to change. With individuals like myself, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, we have guys who are characters who bring a lot of charisma to the division. That's something that we need. Yes, we are athletes but in the end we are entertainers and we want to see a show. I'm the type of guy that brings a show every single time I fight. It's action-packed from the opening bell to the end, and fight fans are looking for that. And that's what is going to resurrect the heavyweight division."

What it means to go back and fight in the UK...

"It means a lot to get a chance to fight in the UK again. I get a chance to put closure on a door that's still open. To go there and fight in the 2012 Olympics and come out with one loss; a lot of hard work was put into preparing for my amateur competition.

"Then again I do understand and believe I'm a completely different fighter -- not only am I a professional but I no longer fight an amateur style. I would consider myself a knockout artist with some pretty good punching power and that's what I plan on showing the UK fans and my U.S. following. It's a chapter that needs to be closed and I plan on doing that.''

On how much it means to him to fight for the title...

"I think it's going to beautiful. It's going to be great to go back to where my amateur career ended and beat the guy who won the gold medal. That's going to be great. And then, on top of that, take away more hardware with the IBF heavyweight title. You couldn't ask for anything better. That's why I keep saying that it's a blessing in disguise. It would be different if I was just fighting a typical heavyweight who just recently won the belt and is defending it but I'm fighting the heavyweight champ as well as a gold medalist."

On fighting someone of Joshua's size and if poses any complications...

"I've sparred guys that are bigger than me, I've sparred some guys smaller than me. I've fought some guys that have all been smaller than me. I've been the tallest thus far, but I don't think the difference in a matter of inches is going to make that big of a difference. The guys I'm sparring with now are 10 times better than Anthony Joshua himself.

"I think that it's going to be one of those situations that it is not going to be a difference of size or weight. It's going to be the difference of skill and experience."

On where he sees the heavyweight division going in the next three years...

"I believe that we've got a lot of heavyweights who are doing real well and are real successful in their situations, some being titleholders, some not. But I think it's going to be a revolving circle. Me fighting Anthony Joshua, then going on to Deontay Wilder and Fury, Klitschko might even hang around for a while. Will it ever be compared to the Ali days or Riddick Bowe and the Holyfield days? I don't know. Riddick Bowe and Holyfield had one great trilogy and I study it all the time. So it all depends on how much each fighter has left in him."

On what it would mean to him to be a part of that next generation of greats...

"I'm already part of it. I'm already blossoming in to the situation. It's a dream come true. It's what you work your tail off for every day in the gym as well as on the road with strength and conditioning. It's why you skip out on birthdays and holidays."

On the altercation between him and Joshua at the London press conference...

"You know, Anthony Joshua came out there with the expectations of getting a little more of a warm or respectful welcoming. I was respectful; I stuck my hand out there and shook the man's hand. They asked us to face off and we faced off and exchanged some words. I said my opinion and he didn't like that, but that's his problem. Like I told him, come fight night you can express yourself all you want. On June 25 bring your mouthpiece and gloves and it all happens in the square."

MANNY ROBLES

"It's been a great camp, we really started weeks before we got the call for the fight. Dominic took off about a month after the Mansour fight and then we got right back to work.

"He's going to be much lighter for this fight than he was for Mansour, his conditioning is much better."

"We leave on June 15 to get acclimated but he'll be ready to go on June 25 and to be victorious."

Showtime Boxing Promotions

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Dauren Yeleussinov V Devaun Lee!

june 12 From The Lakeland Center
Dauren Yeleussinov V Devaun Lee

Undefeated Dauren Yeleussinov (5-0, 4 KOs) battles New York's Devaun Lee (7-2, 3 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight bout that highlights undercard action on Sunday, June 12 from the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL.

The June 12 PBC on Bounce TV show is headlined by a battle between exciting welterweights Phil Lo Greco and Joseph Elegele. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will feature unbeaten Australian prospect Steve Lovett and tough contender Craig Baker in a light heavyweight showdown. PBC - The Next Round will include several special tributes to Muhammad Ali and his tremendous impact on boxing throughout the telecast.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $75, $50 and $35, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.thelakelandcenter.com or by calling 888-397-0100 and from the Lakeland Center Box Office by calling 863-834-8111 or visiting between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Additional action features unbeaten Miami prospect Harold Calderon (9-0, 5 KOs) in a six-round junior middleweight attraction, undefeated Philadelphia prospect David Gonzalez (7-0-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round junior welterweight fight and Groveland, Florida's Amos Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs) in eight-rounds of lightweight action against Justin Savi (28-5-2, 18 KOs) out of Benin.

Rounding out the night of fights are Orlando's Christian Camacho (1-1) against veteran Anthony Napunyi (14-19, 7 KOs) in four-rounds of featherweight action, Orlando-prospect Craig Duncan (5-1-1, 4 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight fight against unbeaten Miami-native Victor Darocha (7-0-1, 6 KOs) and the pro debut of Lakeland's Emmanuel Bermudez against Randy Heddericks (0-5) in a four-round welterweight tilt.

An experienced amateur out of Berezino, Kazakhstan, Yeleussinov now fights out of Brooklyn where he has served as a sparring partner for middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs. Since turning pro in 2014, the 30-year-old has stopped four of his five opponents inside the distance. He will take on the Queens-native Lee who comes off back-to-back victories over previously unbeaten fighters including his March victory over Chris Galeano.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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ANATOMY OF A COMEBACK!

RELIVE WHEN JOHN MOLINA Jr. SHOCKED MICKEY BEY

On July 20, 2013, in Las Vegas, John "The Gladiator" Molina rallied from the brink of defeat to hand previously undefeated and highly regarded Mickey Bey the first loss of his career with a dramatic 10th-round stoppage. It remains one of the most unlikely finishes in the 15-year history of ShoBox: The New Generation.

Heading into the last round, Molina was trailing on all three judges' scorecards by 90-81, 89-82 and 88-83. But with about 1:25 remaining, he connected with a left hook to the chin that stunned Bey. Sensing Bey was in serious trouble, Molina followed with a series of shots with both hands. Moments later, the referee, Vic Drakulich, stepped in and stopped the fight.

"That's why you gotta love the fight game. Anything can happen," said Molina.

Molina (28-6, 23 KOs) faces Ruslan "The Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) this Saturday as part of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. In a co-feature, undefeated former 154-pound world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) will face Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) in a 12-round WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator. Opening the telecast is a battle for the vacant WBC Lightweight World Championship between No. 1 ranked Dejan Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs), against WBC No. 5 ranked contender Franklin Mamani (21-2-1, 12 KOs).

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Demetrius Andrade V Willie Nelson!

WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator
Demetrius Andrade

Undefeated, former WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) has his eyes on another title. The Providence, Rhode Island product will square off against hard-hitting contender Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York this Saturday night, June 11. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® will broadcast live (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

The winner of the 12-round co-feature will become the mandatory challenger to Jermell Charlo, an emphatic eighth round KO winner over John Jackson on May 21, to take the vacant WBC 154-pound title which aired on SHOWTIME.

The Andrade vs. Nelson slugfest is the Showtime co-feature, serving as chief support attraction to the main event headlining former junior welterweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov and former world title challenger John Molina Jr.

Andrade vs. Nelson is a co-promotion with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions, A-Team Promotions, and DiBella Entertainment.

"It's very important for me to be champion again," says Andrade. "Every fight is tough. You can't say that you're the best without always facing a tough opponent like Nelson".

"I need to go back to being a champion again, being back in the spotlight," he added. "Unifying (the title) is ideal, having a belt around my waist is important, but all that really matters is fighting the best."

"Demetrius has a bright, bright future," says promoter Joe DeGuardia. "He is looking to showcase his talents, and ultimately unify the championships. It's a testament to Demetrius that he is taking on a fighter of Willie Nelson's caliber after a layoff.

"Boo Boo has the rare combination of speed and the ability to punch," adds DeGuardia. "He has tremendous hand-eye coordination and awareness in the ring."

Andrade last fought on October 17 of last year, a TKO victory over Dario Fabian Pucheta at Mohegan Sun, showing no apparent ring rust. He was idle since June 14, 2014 when he scored another TKO victory over Brian Rose at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in defense of his WBO World Super Welterweight title.

"Demetrius is one of the best fighters in the world today," adds co-promoter Art Pelullo. "The idea is always to make the best fights, and this one could unify the title."

"Andrade is a great fighter, one of the best boxers in the world," says Lou DiBella, Nelson's promoter. "Willie's chance is to go in there and try to score a knockout with his big punch. Boo Boo will try to run circles around him."

Fighting out of his native Providence, R.I., the 28-year-old Andrade has compiled an unblemished record of 22-0 with 15 knockouts since turning professional in 2008 after representing the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

A crafty southpaw with a piston-like jab and knockout power in each hand, Andrade won the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship with a career-best performance over Vanes Martirosyan on November 9, 2013 and successfully defended the title against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Brian Rose on June 14, 2014. Most recently Andrade, who is a consensus top-5 super welterweight, scored a second-round knockout over Dario Fabian Pucheta on October 17, 2015.

A true road warrior who is extremely tall for a junior middleweight at 6-foot-3, Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KO's) has faced and defeated numerous top contenders over his 10-year career. Fighting only once in 2015, the Cleveland native upset highly regarded and undefeated junior middleweight prospect Tony Harrison with a ninth-round knockout on July 11 in Tampa, Florida. In his first start of 2016, Nelson stopped Jonathan Batista in the second round on March 25.

Other notable names the all-action Nelson has defeated include John Jackson, Luciano Cuello, Michael Medina and Yudel Jackson. On October 14, 2014, Nelson came up just short against Martirosyan, losing a hotly contested 10-round decision on SHOWTIME.

Star Boxing Promotions

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Joey Gamache!

Nielsen Is Too Big, Too Strong & Too Smart For Muller
Micki Nielsen

Coach Joey Gamache believes Micki Nielsen (21-0, 14 KOs) holds every advantage ahead of his ‘Super 4’ showdown with Johnny Muller (19-6-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace Casino in Gauteng, South Africa.

The former two-time World Champion travelled to South Africa with Nielsen last week where they have been putting the finishing touches to their training, and with only days to go before the cruiserweight clash, Gamache insists they have had the perfect pre-fight preparations.

‘’We’ve been in South Africa for over a week now, which has given us plenty of time to adjust to altitude and our surroundings,’’ said Gamache. ‘’We had some tough sparring in Copenhagen and have been getting some great work here as well. It’s been a terrific camp, Micki is in great shape and he’s ready to get the job done.’’

Having taken time to study Nielsen’s opponent, Gamache is confident the 23 year-old can defeat Muller and progress to the final of the ‘Super 4’ tournament.

‘’I’ve been studying Muller and I’ve seen some things we can exploit and we’ve been working on that in the gym,’’ he says. ‘’Muller is a tough guy who comes to fight, but he has some holes in his in his defence. He’s there to be hit and he’s going to be hit, and when the bell rings he’ll find out what it’s like to be hit by a real cruiserweight.

‘’Muller is a good fighter, but Micki is going to be too big, too strong and too smart for him. I don’t think they realise how good Micki really is, but they will find on Saturday night He’s a special talent. He can punch but he can also box. He’s got a lot of tools to work with; he can hit you upstairs, downstairs, he’s got a good defence, a good jab. He’s a really well rounded fighter.

Fighting away from home holds no fears for Gamache, who believes his fighter will be able to handle the pressure of fighting on foreign soil.

‘’A fight is a fight and Micki is not the type of guy who overthink things,’’ he says. ‘’Whether the fight is in South Africa, Denmark or Timbuktu, it doesn’t matter. We’re here to do a job, and Micki is focused on what he needs to do. I can see it in his work and in his attitude; he’s motivated. He wants to win this fight and he wants to win the tournament.’’

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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GIANT STEP UP FOR GORMAN!

ON FURY V KLITSCHKO CARD
NATHAN GORMAN

NATHAN GORMAN will have to conquer a giant when he appears on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s eagerly anticipated rematch with Wladimir Klitshchko in Manchester next month.

The Ricky Hatton-trained teenager will square off with Sheffield’s 6ft 8in tall Dave Howe and he knows he has a huge task on his hands.

As well as towering over Gorman, Howe also has the greater experience in the ring, having scored 11 professional victories against just two defeats.

But Gorman is relishing the challenge and feels he has the tools to impress once more in front of what will be a huge crowd.

“This is a big step up for me but it’s something I’m more than ready for. I know I’ve only had four pro fights, but I’ve won them pretty comfortably so it’s time for a bigger test,” Gorman, 19, said.

“I can’t say I’ve seen Dave Howe box. What I do know is he’s very tall at 6ft 8ins and has decent power. His record suggests he’s a good fighter so I know I have to be ready for everything he throws at me.

“It looks like he might not have the strongest whiskers, though, as both his defeats have come by knockout, but I can’t read too much into that. I have to prepare for the best opponent possible.

“Of course, I would love to knock him out and I believe I have the power to do it. I believe I can knock out any heavyweight if I land cleanly and that’s what I’ll be looking to do against Howe.”

With the exception of his recent outing at the Copper Box Arena, Gorman’s pro journey so far has largely taken place at smaller venues in the Midlands so it would be natural for him to feel some trepidation ahead of such a high profile card. However, he says he’ll be in the zone once the bell rings.

“Boxing at the Manchester Arena is a dream come true, especially when the main event is for the world heavyweight title,” he said.

“There’s going to be a huge crowd and it’s a chance for me to make a real statement. I’ll be excited walking to the ring but I can’t be overawed, I have to blank the crowd out and just do the job Ricky has prepared me for.”

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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George Groves!

I’ll Send Murray Into Retirement
George Groves

George Groves believes he will beat Martin Murray and send him into retirement when the pair clash in an eliminator for the WBA World Super-Middleweight title at The O2 on June 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Groves and Murray meet on a huge night of action in the capital and ‘Saint’ George believes that with the stakes so high, their meeting could steal the show as both men look for a key win to land another World title shot.

Murray has had four World title shots – three at Middleweight and one at Super-Middleweight – and Groves has had three cracks at the big prize at 168lbs. The Londoner was quick to point out that Murray had been hand-picked for his shots, and believes he’ll dispatch the St Helens man in Greenwich and leave his career in tatters.

“I think if he loses he will think about packing it in,” said George. “I can't speak for Martin but he's older than me and he's exhausted all the natural things that a fighter can do to win a World title. He didn't pull it off at Middleweight, he's moved up to Super- Middleweight and he's had a crack at Arthur Abraham, and I think he let himself down there. He's got the domestic dust-up that he's craved and that's what is motivating him for this fight, if he doesn't win then I don't know where he goes from there.

“Martin is the chosen opponent in World title fights; he gets picked as an opponent that looks good on paper but gets beat, I've never been that guy. Maybe Eddie Hearn, Carl Froch and Matchroom Boxing were confident in the first fight, but they didn't want the rematch. We had to force the IBF to get that Wembley fight, we went down the mandatory route and give no options away and had to work to get there.

“I'm the A-side of this fight but I also believe that he wanted this fight, and I wanted this fight. Martin called it a 50-50 fight then backtracked and said it wasn’t. I can understand why people might think that but I believe that I’m the heavy favourite in this one and you'll see why on fight night.

“So many big things are going to come out of this fight for me. I'm back in London again, I can sleep in my own bed the night before, it's another training camp with Shane, and this is a fight that he can get his teeth into. He's working at the highest level with Carl Frampton so this is a big fight for him too.

“I think that this fight could have sold The O2 out on it's own, it's the type of fight that fight fans want to see and it's going to pull in casual fans too.

“You will see improvements from me. People will be watching to see what I have got left and what Martin has got left, and the winner goes on to take all I hope. I believe I have an awful lot left to give and achieve in boxing and I don’t want to fall at the first hurdle against Martin.”

Groves and Murray clash on a huge night of action at The O2, as Anthony Joshua MBE defends his IBF World Heavyweight title against unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale.

Chris Eubank Jr defends his British Middleweight title against Welshman Tom Doran, John Wayne Hibbert clashes with Andrea Scarpa for the vacant WBC Silver Super-Lightweight title, Brixton Heavyweight Dillian Whyte returns to the fray, Conor Benn is in action for the third time in the paid ranks and there’s a debut for Team GB star Felix Cash.

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DEMETRIUS ANDRADE!

MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE

A Team Promotions hosted an open media workout on Monday at Bix Six Academy in Providence for undefeated former world champion Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs). The 2008 U.S. Olympian, of Providence, R.I., is finalizing preparations for this Saturday 12-round WBC Super Welterweight eliminator against Willie "The Great" Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, in one of three fights on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING ® live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Banner Promotions, Inc., are priced at $85, $60, $45 and $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

Here's what Andrade, who'll also be risking his WBO International title, said:

Reflections of Muhammad Ali:

"Muhammad Ali certainly shook the world, and not only in boxing. He was colorful; nobody talked like him. He helped boxers, too. Ali is the reason Floyd (Mayweather, Jr.) is who he is because Ali set the bar high.

"As an entertaining boxer, Ali brought blacks and whites together and later he spread the word about religion, culture and his other diverse interests.

"What young boxer didn't do the Ali Shuffle? I know I did, and taunted my opponents like him, too."

About Pros in the Olympics:

"I'm for pros in the Olympics as long as an amateur, who has a few Olympic trials, has the first opportunity to qualify for the Olympics. Coming up in the amateurs, I fought grown men, some who had been Olympians a few times. I was 21 and some of the opponents were 34-35 and had already been Olympians one or two times. They had advantages in experience, power and skill. Unfortunately, Americans only have Olympic opportunities when they're young amateurs.

"Would I go the Olympics now? Yes! The Olympics is the biggest thing on the planet. To represent the United States again, yeah, I'd do it now for the chance to win gold. But I do think headgear should be applied in amateur boxing, including the Olympics."

On the 154-pound division:

"I'm putting myself in the best position to fight for the WBO or WBC title. There are rumors of Canelo fighting (WBO champion Liam) Smith. Let me fight Smith and the winner gets Canelo. Or let me fight Canelo with the winner getting Smith.

"I'm going to knock out the Charlo twins. Both guys have fought on SHOWTIME, so those fights shouldn't be too difficult to make. Once I take care of business with the Charlo twins, I'll fight Lara (WBA champion) to clean up the division."

On Gennady Golovkin:

"I definitely want to fight Golovkin. Let me build myself up first, by cleaning out the 154-division, and then we'll have a mega-fight with two different styles. GGG is known for his knockouts. I knock out people, too, but I'm a better boxer than him. It'll be one of the biggest fights in the sport of boxing. I'm going to clean up the 154-division, make my reputation and then it's a go with GGG."

Relationship with his opponent Willie Nelson:

"We were in the U.S. amateurs together, but because we were in two different weight classes - he was 140-147 and I was 152 - there were no problems between us. We used to watch each other fight and watch other Americans box.

"Nelson is experienced having gone through the amateurs. He fought (Vanes) Martirosyan, who I beat (for the vacant WBO title by 12-round unanimous decision). He's fought at this level. I know he's tall, but I'm 6-foot-1, so our height difference isn't serious."

On returning to the ring:

"I'm pleased that we have this opportunity. SHOWTIME has given me this chance and now it's up to me to prove I can backup what we said."

Andrade Boxing Promotions

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Knockout Night At The D!

Undercard Announced
Knockout Night At The D

Some of tomorrow's stars will be showcased this Friday night at the third installment of the "Knockout Night at the D" series, airing (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

An old-time grudge match between WBC United States (USNBC) lightweight champion Demond "Body Shot" Brock (11-3-1, 4 KOs) and former USNBC titlist Chuy "Hurrican" Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs) headlines the card in the 10-round main event.

The 35-year-old Brock, who fights out of Kenner, Louisiana, learned to box in the Louisiana State Penitentiary while he served a 14 ½-year sentence there for armed robbery. Gutierrez, a native of Mexico who fights out of Las Vegas, never lost his belt in the ring. The stage is set for this Las Vegas showdown, which is a crossroads fight in several ways with the winner climbing to the next level.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.

The 6-round co-feature pits undefeated Mexican junior middleweight prospects Rolando Garza (7-0, 5 KOs) and Erasmo Garcia (6-0, 4 KOs) in a televised fight. The TV opener finds a pair of unbeaten welterweight prospects, Las Vegas' popular Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (4-0, 2 KOs) and New Mexico's Adam Vasquez (5-0-1), squaring off in a 4-round bout.

Also fighting on the undercard in 4-rounders are Las Vegas' pro-debuting Max Ornelas vs. San Antonio, Texas junior featherweight Robert Ledesma (1-4), 4-time Mexican National Champion Edgar Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Los Angeles heavyweight Jonathan Rice (3-1, 2 KOs), and Los Angeles heavyweight Cashton Young (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Tracey Johnson (3-2-4), of Boston.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission (seated), are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 6:15 p.m. PT.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series was developed in partnership with DLVEC and Neon Star Media.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

FITE will stream all of the June 10th "Knockout Night at the D" preliminary matches worldwide. In addition, the entire card may be watched on FITE APP outside of North America starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

Idea Design Studio is the main sponsor.

D Boxing Promotions

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Edner Cherry V Lydell Rhodes!

Premier Boxing Champions
Edner Cherry V Lydell Rhodes

Former title challenger Edner Cherry (34-7-2, 19 KOs) and and quick-fisted contender Lydell Rhodes (23-1-1, 11 KOs) will compete in the 10-round lightweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on Tuesday, June 28 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten featherweight Omar "Super O" Douglas (16-0, 11 KOs) battling hard-hitting Cuban Alexei "The Hurricane" Collado (19-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

"I know Rhodes is a good fighter and I am preparing for a tough fight," said Cherry. "I am still pushing towards a world title. I learned that when you fight for a title, you have to knock out the champ. I'm not giving up. I'm still here and think this will be a great fight. This is what boxing needs, two great fighters going at it."

"I have been waiting for a fight like this for a long time," said Rhodes. "Cherry is a warrior who has never been stopped. I will be the first person to stop him. I have to go out and dominate against a guy who has fought many world champions. I believe if I do that, it will push me towards a world title shot."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $108, $83 and $58, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

"This is a terrific show headlined by a great crossroads fight between Edner Cherry and Lydell Rhodes," said Marshall Kauffman of King's Promotions. "Cherry is looking for another title shot and with a win Rhodes will get right in the mix. This should be an outstanding night of fights in Bethlehem and on FS1 and FOX Deportes."

Cherry, of Wauchula, Fla., is a former world title challenger who is 10-1 since 2009. His only blemishes since 2007 are losses to Timothy Bradley and Paulie Malignaggi at 140-pounds and his title challenge last October against Jose Pedraza in which he dropped a split decision. Cherry, who was born in the Bahamas, owns victories over Vicente Escobedo, Monte Meza Clay and Wes Ferguson and will look to take down a contender on his way to another title shot.

A multi-sport athlete who has competed in both boxing and mixed martial arts professionally, Oklahoma City's Rhodes looks to rebound on June 28 from his first blemish at the hands of unbeaten Sergey Lipinets. The 28-year-old recorded four victories in 2014 including triumphs over Miguel Angel Huerta and John Nater before fighting to a draw in 2015 with Jared Robinson in addition to the fight with Lipinets.

An undefeated fighter out of Wilmington, Delaware, Douglas impressed in the TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS main event in December 2015 when he defeated contender Frank De Alba in a step up fight. The 24-year-old had already beaten Daniel Attah in 2015 and previously took down veterans Anthony Napunyi, Jean Javier Sotelo and Osnel Charles and he will again fight strong competition as he seeks a world title shot in the near future.

Fighting out of Miami but originally from Cuba, Collado turned pro in 2008 and was victorious in his first 18 pro bouts before a decision loss in 2014. The 28-year-old owns victories over veterans Edgar Riovalle, Franklin Varela and Jose Saez and most recently stopped Gyci Lorenzo in February.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Richard Commey V Robert Easter!

IBF World Lightweight Title Fight
Richard Commey

Undefeated Ghanaian star Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs) is set to face Robert Easter Jr (17-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF World Lightweight title.

The often-avoided fighter, who is mandatory challenger for the IBF strap, was anticipating a showdown with champion Rances Barthlemey, and was ringside to watch the Cuban defend his title against Mickey Bey last Friday.

However, yesterday the IBF announced that Barthlemey has opted to vacate the title rather than face Commey, and have now ordered the 29 year-old to meet Easter Jr, the next highest ranked contender, for the vacant belt.

Both parties have agreed to the fight in writing and have until July 6 to come to an agreement before the IBF calls for purse bids.

Speaking today at a press conference at the Kempiski Hotel in Accra, Ghana, Commey expressed his delight at landing his long-awaited World title shot.

‘’I’m really exited to finally get my shot at the World title,’’ said Commey. ‘’I have been waiting too long and too many fighters have avoided me, but it seems like we are finally there. I would like to thank my promoter Team Sauerland for helping to get this opportunity, which I will take with both hands.’’

Commey’s promoter Nisse Sauerland says he is confident the former Commonwealth and IBF Intercontinental Champion can claim the World title and has revealed his desire to stage the fight in Ghana.

‘’We’re delighted that Richard will finally get his chance to fight for the World title,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’This has been a long time coming, and Richard has been very patient, but now his time has come.

‘’He is, in my opinion, the best lightweight in the World, and I have every confidence he will win the World title and then go on to unify the division.

‘’We will try our best to bring this fight to Ghana. My father started his career promoting fights in Africa and we would love to bring big-time boxing back to Ghana. This country has a rich boxing history with many great World Champions, and Richard can take his place among these greats by winning the IBF title.’’

‘’If the fight comes to Ghana, I will make the whole country proud,’’ adds Commey. ‘’It would be a dream come true to fight in our national stadium.’’

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Comanche Boy!

To Fight On HBO PPV Undercard In Las Vegas
Comanche Boy

'Comanche Boy' George Tahdooahnippah (34-2-3, 24 Kos) will make his Las Vegas debut at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on the Terrance Crawford - Viktor Postol HBO PPV undercard. Comanche Boy will be fighting 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Muruta (10-0, 7 Kos) of Tokyo, Japan in a 10 round Middleweight bout. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Tahdooahnippah said, "I want to thank my promoter, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing for bringing me this fight. I have long awaited to fight in Las Vegas. But this is far from a vacation. I am fighting a dangerous opponent with power and an Olympic Gold Medalists. His Promoter, Top Rank has big plans for him. I am coming to shake up those plans and make Comanche Boy a house hold name!"

Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing said, "I am looking forward to seeing George "Comanche Boy" on July 23rd in Las Vegas vs the Olympic Gold Medalist Murata. George has the heart of a true warrior and I expect his warrior pride will force Murata into deep waters!"

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate and the motion picture "Hands of Stone," tickets to Crawford vs. Postol, priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service fees. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. Tickets will also be available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or axs.com

Star Boxing Promotions

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Beibut Shumenov!

Q & A
Beibut Shumenov

World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 10 KOs) stopped No. 11-rated Junior "Hurricane" Wright (15-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 10th round of their May 21st title fight to remain mandatory challenger for unified WBA Super/International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs). The WBA mandated a Lebedev-Shumenov fight within 120 days of May 21.

Shumenov, 32, is a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian who lives and trains in Las Vegas. During his 9-year professional boxing career, Shumenov has defeated four world champions - Gabriel Campillo, Byron Mitchell, William Joppy and Montell Griffin - as well as seven world title challengers. He is 8-2 (4 KOs) in world title fights

Below find a one-on-one interview with Shumenov:

Evaluate your performance against Junior Wright in your last fight?

BS: "I am 100-percent a completely different fighter than in my previous fight against B.J. Flores. But, at the beginning of this fight, I had a little bit of ring rust. The inactivity is really hard for me. I would like to be busier and fight more often. I already started training and doing light exercises, right after my fight on May 21st. In my next fight, I will be even more different fighter against Lebedev."

How does it feel to be the only fighter from your country to be 2-division world champion?

BS: "I don't really think about those things. My main goal is to unify all of the titles and fight all the best fighters."

You've always wanted to unify as a way of determining who the best or real champ is. In 20-11, you almost fought a unification as WBA light heavyweight but then-WBO champion Juergen Braehmer who suddenly went home a few days before the scheduled unification fight. How does it feel to know that you will be fighting Lebedev for WBA super and IBF cruiserweight titles within 120 days from May 21?

BS: "This has always been my goal - to unify - and I'm motivated even more knowing that I am going to fight for those two titles very soon."

Do you think a deal will be made between your manager, Al Haymon and Lebedev's promoter, Andrei Ryabinsky, or will it go to purse bid?

BS: "It doesn't concern me, whether it goes to a purse bid, or where the location is. However, I hope the parties can get the best deal worked out for everyone involved."

If Lebedev doesn't want to fight you and he relinquishes his WBA super title belt, where do you go from there, fight second-mandatory challenger Yunier Dorticos?

BS: "I have heard rumors that Lebedev doesn't want to fight me and, if this is true and he relinquishes his WBA Super belt, then I want to fight Dorticos because every organization should only have one champion in each division. I hope this isn't the case, as I have been waiting to fight Lebedev since I won the WBA interim title (mandatory) back in July of 2015. The WBA has ordered us to fight within 120 days of May 21st. I am ready, willing and able to fight him and I hope he is ready, too."

Shumenov Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Cancun, Mexico

Cristian "El Diamante" Mijares (53-8-2, 26 KOs, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico 125.8 lbs. V Andres "Jaguarito" Gutierrez (34-0-1, 24 KOs), Guadalajara, Queretaro, Mexico 130 lbs.* (Andreas was 4 lbs. overweight)

Edgar "Power" Jimenez (21-11-2, 15 KOs), Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 118.4 lbs. V Jovylito "J-Flash" Aligarbes (12-3, 6 KOs), Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines lbs. 118.4 lbs.

Ivan "Zurdo" ALVAREZ (23-5, 16 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico 140 lbs. V Jose "Piston" Lopez (25-4-2, 15 KOs), Torreon, Coahuliacle Zaragoza, Mexico 141.1 lbs.

Irma "Torbellino" Garcia (13-1-1, 2 KOs), Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 119 lbs. V Miriam "La Patrona" Avila (5-6, 2 KOs), Tlalnepantia, Mexico 121.2 lbs.

Cancun Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Cosme Beitía Coliseum
WEIGH IN ALERT

135 LBS KEVIN NIEVES VS. ALEXIS DEL BOSQUE 133LBS

140 LBS JOHN BAUZÁ VS. MIKE EROSA 140 LBS

167 LBS MAGDIEL COTTO VS. ANTONIO ALICEA 168 LBS

202 LBS KELVIN NUÑEZ VS. JONUEL TAPIA 202 LBS

140 LBS YOMAR ALAMO VS. GABRIEL DÍAZ 140 LBS

112 LBS CHARLIE CLEMENTE VS. CHRISTIAN LÓPEZ 110 LBS

122 LBS BRYAN CHEVALIER VS. LUIS ORTÍZ 123 LBS

147 LBS DERRIECK CUEVAS VS. JAVIER GARCÍA 146 LBS

Cotto Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM QUEENS, NY

Alicia Napoleon 153½ lbs V Latasha Burton 162¼ lbs.

Richar Abril 139 lbs V Jerry Belmontes 138¾ lbs.

Mike Lee 178¾ lbs V Mike Snider 178 lbs.

Julian Sosa 142½ lbs V Isaac Johnson 142¼ lbs.

Steve Rolls 162½ lbs V Emmanuel Sanchez 163¾ lbs.

Joe Williams 184 lbs V Lamar Harris 183½ lbs.

Marquis Moore 167½ lbs V Turner Williams 165½ lbs.

Yuri Foreman 158¼ lbs V Jason Davis 161¾ lbs.

James Wilkins 136¼ lbs V Jack Grady 140 lbs.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM QUEENS, NY

Alicia Napoleon 153½ lbs V Latasha Burton 162¼ lbs.

Richar Abril 139 lbs V Jerry Belmontes 138¾ lbs.

Mike Lee 178¾ lbs V Mike Snider 178 lbs.

Julian Sosa 142½ lbs V Isaac Johnson 142¼ lbs.

Steve Rolls 162½ lbs V Emmanuel Sanchez 163¾ lbs.

Joe Williams 184 lbs V Lamar Harris 183½ lbs.

Marquis Moore 167½ lbs V Turner Williams 165½ lbs.

Yuri Foreman 158¼ lbs V Jason Davis 161¾ lbs.

James Wilkins 136¼ lbs V Jack Grady 140 lbs.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Oscar Rivas V Jeremy Bates!

Plus Jamontay Clark V Edgar Ortega

Heavyweight contender Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs) and unbeaten prospect Jamontay "Quiet Assassin" Clark (9-0, 6 KOs) will enter the ring in separate bouts that highlight undercard action on Saturday, June 4 from the Bell Center in Montreal.

Rivas will take on Jeremy "The Beast" Bates (26-17-1, 22 KOs) in an eight-round heavyweight attraction while Clark faces Mexico's Edgar "Nene" Ortega (16-5, 10 KOs) in an eight-round super welterweight contest.

The June 4 event features a Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN doubleheader headlined by the return of light heavyweight knockout artist Artur Beterbiev against Argentine Olympian Ezequiel Maderna. Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT with a battle of undefeated welterweights Bryant Perrella and David Grayton.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), are on sale at the Bell Centre box office, on www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666) or at Champion boxing club (514) 376-0980.

Additional undercard action features a slew of Canadian prospects as Quebec's Sebastien Bouchard (12-1, 4 KOs) faces Belgium's Arnaid Dimidschtein (11-10-2, 3 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout, Montreal's Vislan Dalkaev (6-0, 2 KOs) battles Mexico's Javier Franco (25-17, 6 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight contest, Montreal's Dario Bredicean (8-0, 2 KOs) taking on Hungary's Balasz Horvath (25-17, 6 KOs) in six rounds of super middleweight action and Toronto's Parnell Fisher (0-1) against Larami Carmona (1-2) in a four-round featherweight fight.

Rivas, who represented Columbia at the 2008 Olympics has fought most of his pro fights in his adopted hometown of Montreal and will make his 11th appearance at Bell Center on June 4. The 28-year-old is riding a seven-fight knockout streak and most recently took down Joey Abell in the second round of a November 2015 fight. He will take on the West Virginia-born Bates who enters this fight on a four bout win streak.

Clark, a highly-regarded prospect and Cincinnati-native impressed in his hometown last time out by stopping veteran Elvin Perez in the sixth round in February. The 21-year-old is unbeaten since turning pro in 2014. He will take on Ortega out of Torreon, Mexico who has fought professionally since 2012.

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SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING!

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Ruslan "The Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov and John "The Gladiator" Molina Jr., along with Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade and Willie "The Great" Nelson, hosted an International Media Conference Call on Tuesday in advance of their highly anticipated battles as part of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Also taking part was Arthur Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions, and SHOWTIME Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager Stephen Espinoza.

Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs), a former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion, and former world title challenger Molina (28-6, 23 KOs), of West Covina, Calif., will face each other in the 12-round main event. In the co-feature, undefeated former 154-pound world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs), of Providence, R.I., will face Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, in a 12-round WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator.

Opening the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader is a battle for the vacant WBC Lightweight World Championship between No. 1 ranked Dejan Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs), of the Southeastern European country of Montenegro, against WBC No. 5 ranked contender Franklin Mamani (21-2-1, 12 KOs) of La Paz, Bolivia.

Also on June 11, former world title challengers, Willie Monroe Jr, (19-2-0, 6 KOs), and John Thompson, (17-2-0, 6 KOs,) will meet in a 10-round middleweight bout in the main event on SHOWTIME EXTREME® (7 p.m. ET/PT). In the SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME® opener, heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KOs) takes on Mario Heredia (11-1, 9 KOs, 1-2 in WSB) in a 10-round heavyweight bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Banner Promotions, Inc., are priced at $85, $60, $45 and $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

Below is what the boxers said Tuesday on the conference call:

RUSLAN "THE SIBERIAN ROCKY" PROVODNIKOV

"I will try to not disappoint anyone and try to bring my best on June 11. I don't like to make any predictions. Boxing is very unpredictable; anything can happen on June 11. We've got a little bit to wait until fight night and for me it's just important to win the fight.

"I am very thankful for everyone who has made this fight happen. I am pleased with the opponent that I have because John Molina is a tough fighter. It's going to be a tough fight and I am looking for it to be a battle. So everybody be ready because on June 11 it will be a great fight."

JOHN "THE GLADIATOR" MOLINA JR.

(On how he feels fighting someone who is going to force the fight like himself)

"For me, in a perfect world, I would have a guy right there to exchange with me but Ruslan and his team have been around the game a long time. They know that I'm a puncher. I anticipate Ruslan to do what he does best, which is sit there and fight but I also anticipate him also utilizing his boxing ability given his amateur pedigree and his experience in the pro game. We're prepared for any Ruslan whether he tries to get up and box or whether he sits there and bangs. We know he's a strong fighter. We know he's a strong puncher and we're prepared for that. Ruslan is going to be Ruslan and he's going to sit down and fight with me."

(On how he mentally prepares for fights)

"I have no other way. You look at my fights and the outcome, we have that fighter spirit in us. If we're being cordial, it's because we're professional. It's what we do for a living. If we take it outside of the ring that's very ignorant and not very mature. Believe me, I understand and know, and Ruslan understands and knows, that come June 11 all of the kindness goes out the window. After the fight we could be best of friends. But during the fight, I always use the example that he's trying to take something away from my family. So, it's very serious business inside that ring. Outside the ring, I don't want to waste energy or negative feelings toward anybody. This is what I do for a living. I have a competitive spirit, I don't even like to lose in checkers.

"I have had a very successful career in boxing and I'm looking forward to making an even better one come June 11. Every fight is serious, and remember, I've been playing this game since I was 24 years old and I only had 22 amateur fights so essentially my amateur career was in the pro game. Whether the fights I've had are a loss or a win, I've always gained experience and I have become a better fighter because of it. I'm just getting warmed up and the fight on June 11 is going to catapult me in the right direction."

DEMETRIUS "BOO BOO" ANDRADE

"The champ is in. The champ is in. I feel good. I'm grateful. I want to thank SHOWTIME for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skill and talent on this June 11 card, especially with the Hall of Fame going on. It is a big main event between Provodnikov and John Molina; two guys that are going to back up and give some good entertainment. In my eyes, Willie Nelson and Demetrius Andrade is the number one 154 fight that you don't want to miss leading up to fighting for a title shot for the WBC against a Charlo brother (Jermell)."

(On how it felt to be inactive for so long)

"I've been staying busy, staying focused knowing that there's a bigger picture at the end of the day. All great legends and all Hall of Fame fighters have their story lines. My time is coming around. The tables are turning and people are going to have to step up and fight each other in one way or another. Sometimes, where you are in life is more conducive than your bank account. So, I'm not upset, or mad or frustrated with a thing that is going on and how everything played out.

"At this point, there is a lesson in everything that you go through in life and I learned my lesson through that point in time. Me trying to be frustrated and take it out on people, no, I took it out in the ring."

(Thoughts on Willie Nelson)

"I've seen him in the amateur program. I've seen him fight tough guys that are top guys today. I know he's bringing that experience. He's fought previous fighters that I've fought. I know I'm going up against a giant but I consider myself a giant as well and it's going to be a great matchup, a great fight for the 154 (division). I feel that it is one of the best fights in the 154 division that has ever been made.

"Not looking past Willie Nelson but me, my character, my hard work and my ethics, I'm looking to be the best and fight the best out there. I want to put out there and say congratulations to the Charlo twins on making history for being twin brothers to win (titles). But I'm going to make history by taking both of those titles and beating both of them.

(On what it was like to be stripped of a title)

"A belt doesn't identify me. That doesn't change anything about me, my fight style, who I am or anything like that. Nowadays you don't have to have a title to be king of the ring but this is an opportunity for me to get back in the likes of fighting with the WBC. Fighting on the SHOWTIME June 11 card is going to be good movement for me. As far as boxing, the days are coming back where the champ is fighting the best."

WILLIE "THE GREAT" NELSON

"This is Willie Nelson, one of the top contenders for the 154-pound division. I'm excited for this fight. I think that both of us feel like this fight right here is going to be the shot that both of us have been looking for. I feel like this is my time right now. With me and Boo Boo's past history, unfortunately we have to come to this fight. We're pretty cool as friends but it's our time so we have to get in there and show the world what we're made of."

(On the reasoning behind the lengthy layoff)

"One of the reasons was because of the death of Steve Smith but also because it is hard getting fights. Nobody wants to fight a 6-foot, 4-inch junior middleweight that's actually coming to fight and that has decent pop. Besides that, look at my career. My career has been nothing but fights and layoffs. I've been pro since I was 19 years old and I only have 27 pro fights. That's just been my career: fights and layoffs I guess.

"Regardless of who I fight and where I'm fighting, I'm going to give it my all, always. It doesn't matter what place, what promoter, network or venue. I just perform to the best of my ability and look forward to doing what I do."

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

(On taking a fighter like Ruslan and what it is about him that attracted SHOWTIME)

"One thing that has characterized Ruslan throughout his career is that he is a fan favorite and that is consistent regardless of what the scorecards are at the end of the fight. As a network executive what we're looking for is entertaining programming, and fights that people want to see, fights that people talk about, and that is consistently what Ruslan has delivered throughout his career. He is one of those types of fighters who, like John [Molina Jr.] as well, that even if they have a handful of losses on their record, it really doesn't matter because they are as entertaining and enjoyable to watch as anyone in the sport.

"We try to have a variety of fights; some with really skilled guys, some guys who are really big punchers, a variety of weight classes, a variety of different types of fighters. This is one where it's not about titles, not about anything but two guys who fight really hard and who give it their all. [It's about two guys] meeting in the ring to figure out who's the better boxer on that night.

"This is one way to add a different type of variety to the sport. Once we had the fight at the top of the card we tried to be consistent for the whole card down. If you look at guys like Demetrius and Willie, Dejan and even down to Willie Monroe Jr. and John Thompson, I think that characterizes this as what should be and all-action night."

(On Demetrius and Willie)

"I give all the credit to Demetrius and Willie for this fight. For Willie on stepping up to this challenge. We have one of the most avoided guys in the division in Demetrius, who's taking such a tough fight after a relatively long layoff and period of inactivity. It just shows what kind of guys these are and how they are anxious to step up to the next level of their careers."

ARTHUR PELULLO, President of Banner Promotions

"One thing led to another where we felt that there were more opportunities on SHOWTIME with all of the different fighters...There's more of an opportunity for Ruslan Provodnikov to show his skills and we were able to go down this road.

"John Molina is the toughest fight right now. This is the fight he has to get by but there is a real opportunity, whether he wins or loses. Both guys have a real opportunity on SHOWTIME because of the pool of talent there."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Cancun Boxing!

On CBS Sports Network
Cancun Boxing

Famed promoter Pepe Gomez has partnered with Neon Star Media to bring its monthly "Cancun Boxing" series to CBS Sports Network.

The first event, "Knockout's On Fire," will take place this Saturday night (June 4) from Grand Oasis Cancun the Hotel Complex in Cancun, Mexico. Cancun`s ONLY Ultimate All-Inclusive Entertainment Resort will play host to all events in the series.

"Cancun Boxing" is presented by Pepe Gomez Boxing.

Broadcast times and details on CBS Sports Network to follow.

Hall-of-Famer announcers Jim "JR" Ross and Al Bernstein, respectively, will handle blow-by-blow and color commentary.

"Neon Star Media is excited to partner with Pepe Gomez whose wealth of knowledge and expertise will bring entertaining and quality match-ups to viewers on CBS Sports Network each month from the magnificent Grand Oasis Cancun," said Mike Garrow, Chief Strategy Officer. "This series will be very synergistic to the current 'Knockout Night at the D' series held in Las Vegas. It will allow fans watching on CBS Sports Network to become more familiar with fighters competing on each series, month after month, thereby creating greater opportunities and exposure for these dedicated athletes of the sweet science."

The first event will feature Mexico's 3-time world super flyweight champion Cristian "El Diamante" Mijares (53-8-2, 26 KOs) who takes on his fellow countryman, undefeated Andres "Jaguarito" Gutierrez, in the 12-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Featherweight Championship.

WBC No. 8 rated Mijares (pictured to left), 34, is a former IBF, WBA Super and WBC super flyweight world champion. The future Hall of Fame candidate is 11-5 in world title fights with key victories over Chatchai Sasakul, Jorge Arce and Katsushige Kawashima (twice).

The 22-year-old Gutierrez (pictures to right), rated No. 6 by the WBC, turned pro at 15. The hot prospect has collected numerous title belts, including WBC Silver and Caribbean Boxing Federation super bantamweight, International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight, and WBC FECARBOX and World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedecentro featherweight.

An 8-round showdown between dangerous Mexican and Filipino rivals, Edgar "Power" Jimenez (21-11-2, 15 KOs) and Jovylito "J-Flash" Aligarbes (12-3, 6 KOs), has all the makings of a real firefight. The 23-year-old Jimenez is a former FECARBOX bantamweight and Mexican flyweight champion who, two fights ago, took a 10-round decision from 28-0 Ivan Morales. The highlight of Aligarbes' pro career to date is stopping Angelito Merin in the second round of their WBC Youth World super flyweight title fight in 2013.

Former WBA female bantamweight champion Irma "Torbellino" Garcia (13-1-, 2 KOs) meets Miriam "La Patrona" Avila (5-6, 2 KOs) in a 10-round match. Garcia defeated Magali Rodriguez by 10-round majority decision to capture the WBA World bantamweight championship in 2013, but she never defended her title. She is the reigning WBC International bantamweight champion, rated No. 5 in the world by the WBC. Avila is a former Mexican featherweight champion.

In a battle of typically tough Mexican welterweights, Ivan "Zurdo" Alvarez (23-5, 16 KOs) meets former World Boxing Federation (WBF) champion Jose "Piston" Lopez (25-4-2, 15 KOs) in a 10-round bout that promises to be a knockdown, drag-out war. Alvarez, a southpaw, is riding a 10-fight win streak.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Cancun Boxing Promotions

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Stefon McCray!

Headlines June 16 At Michael’s Eighth Avenue
Stefon McCray

Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions returns to Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen, Burnie MD for another action packed card Thursday, June 16.

Tickets purchased in advance start at $25, reserved seats are available for $35, reserved tables for ten are $350, $50 VIP seats and $500 VIP tables for 10 are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175 or logging onto Baltimoreboxing.com. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight starts at 8. All ticket holders 21 years and older are invited to the official after party at Ferndale Tavern at 7215 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd in Glen Burnie.

In association with this exciting evening of action, Baltimore Boxing is teaming up with Baltimore-based nonprofit Unified Efforts. Founded by former Baltimore detective Debbie Ramsey four years ago, Unified Efforts is a full-service bullying prevention organization. On the 16th, Unified Efforts will speak to the crowd about anti bullying, pass out pamphlets and run a special 50/50 raffle. Their mascot, “Humble the Bee”, will also be on hand to promote the cause.

“Unified Efforts is looking forward to another great event with Baltimore Boxing,” said Ramsey. “We’re going to continue to bring awareness about bullying prevention and alternatives to violence for Baltimore’s youth. Baltimore Boxing is a leader in organized youth athletic programs that showcases how proper training, discipline and a focus on respect for others will help young men and women reach their fullest potential academically and socially. Together, we can end bullying!”

In the main event of the evening, rising prospect Stefon “Showtime” McCray of the Baltimore Boxing Gym faces 2016 Golden Gloves titlist TJ Mottinger. A standout basketball player in high school and college, McCray is already making a name for himself inside the squared circle. Mottinger, the current East Coast Champion, looks to avenge a prior loss to McCray.

The McCray-Mottinger bout is for the Maryland State Heavyweight Title and East Coast Championship. Baltimore Boxing’s Clayton Frazier meets Elvis Banegas in a rematch. Frazier is one of the biggest ticket sellers in the area and brings a great crowd every time he fights but Banegas has plans to silence his loyal followers.

Tyrell Boyd, Justin “Psycho” Sykes, Ashton “The Goon” Sykes, Destiny Day Owens, Allen “The Hampden Hammer” Burris and young phenom Tommy Coe Jr. will all appear in separate bouts against opponents to be named.

“The 16th is guaranteed to bring excitement,” said Jake Smith. “We’ve got two highly anticipated rematches and many other quality fighters on the card. Tyrell Boyd is one of this area’s best kept secrets and Tommy Coe Jr. is one of the best young fighters around. It’s also great to be working with Deborah and Unified Efforts. They’re a great organization and it’s my pleasure to assist however I can with anti-bullying. Kids in schools across the country are being bullied and it needs to stop immediately. Everybody who comes out on the 16th are not just supporting the fighters, they’re helping the anti-bullying movement that can literally save lives.”

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Demond Brock V Chuy Gutierrez!

Knockout Night At The D
Demond Brock V Chuy Gutierrez

An old-time grudge match between lightweights Demond "Body Shot" Brock and Chuy "Hurrican" Gutierrez will headline the third installment of the "Knockout Night at the D" series, Friday night, June 10, airing (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegas and DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.

"Brock versus Chuy has been a fight in the making for years and now the dream is a reality," said Keith Veltre, CEO / Co-Founder of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. "As Brock defends his title, Chuy will fight to the end to regain the title that he let lapse. This fight promises to be an all-out war and the winner will move into a national spotlight. Thanks to the 'Knock out Night at the D' series, Derek Stevenson is giving Las Vegas prospects an opportunity to make a national presence."

Brock (11-3-1, 4 KOs) will defend his USNBC title against former USNBC lightweight champ Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs), who never lost his belt in the ring, which has set the stage for this Las Vegas showdown to determine who the USNBC belt truly belongs to. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact both fighters train in Las Vegas and have growing fan-bases.

The 35-year-old Brock, who fights out of Kenner, Louisiana, learned to box in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, while serving his 14 ½-year sentence there for armed robbery. In prison, he won 39 of 40 fights with 17 knockouts, eventually finishing his amateur career with an outstanding 54-3 record.

Last November in El Paso, Texas, the RJJ-promoted Brock upset 9-1-1 Oscar Valenzuela, capturing the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) lightweight title by way of a unanimous 8-round decision.

Gutierrez is from Sinaloa, Mexico, the home of Hall-of-Famer Julio Cesar Chavez among many other top fighters born there. A love of baseball kept Gutierrez occupied, until, as he says, "boxing found me." Gutierrez was attending college at South Nevada and working, still dreaming of becoming a major league baseball player, when he walked into the famed Johnny Tocco's Ringside Boxing gym at the age of 21.

Bitten by the boxing bug, Gutierrez turned pro in in 2010 and he's rapidly developed into a fan-friendly fighter, largely due to his aggressive, entertaining style. In 2014, Gutierrez won an 8-round majority decision over Rashad Ganaway (14-4-1) for the vacant USNBC lightweight crown.

The unbeaten Gutierrez wants his belt back and he's determined to take it from Brock, who, of course, believes otherwise. They will settle the score June 10th in the 10-round main event that promises fireworks.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission (seated), are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 6:15 p.m. PT.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series was developed in partnership with DLVEC and Neon Star Media.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

FITE will stream all of the June 10th "Knockout Night at the D" preliminary matches worldwide. In addition, the entire card may be watched on FITE APP outside of North America starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

Idea Design Studio is the main sponsor.

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Demetrius Andrade!

Fighting Way Back To Top Of Super Welterweight Division
Demetrius Andrade

Undefeated super welterweight Demetrious "Boo Boo" Andrade is in a good place as he prepares for his June 11 showdown versus Willie "The Great" Nelson on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Approaching the peak of his professional boxing career, the 28-year-old Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) has moved past a frustrating three-year stretch that, after he won a 12-round decision over Vanes Masrtirosyan for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) 154-pound world title, found him fighting only twice. One was his only title defense, in which he won impressively by way of a seventh-round stoppage of then WBO No. 1 mandatory title challenger Brian Rose. But, due to promotional issues, Andrade was later stripped by the WBO for inactivity. His last fight was this past October when he recorded a second-round knockout of Dario Fabian Pucheta for the WBO International belt.

Now, Andrade has a new three-year promotional contract that gives his company, A Team Promotions, 50 percent of his promotional rights to go along with 25 percent each for Banner Promotions and Star Boxing.

"I've always been in a good place, mentally, because I have confidence in myself," said Andrade on what he went through during his long stretch outside of the ring. "I continued training hard. The politics of boxing, well, I'm not 100 percent there yet. Not until I'm actually in the ring and fighting will I actually know if that's worked out for me.

"I'm satisfied in my future, showcasing myself in the ring. I own 50 percent of myself and that - being a promoter - is a big factor. I know everything now, including all the real numbers, and I've learned about the ins and outs of this business. I'm also meeting the right network of people to help my career."

Andrade is thrilled to be fighting on SHOWTIME for the second time during his career, the first back in 2013 on ShoBox: The New Generation against Freddy Hernandez. "The top 154-pounders are with SHOWTIME. I'd like to thank SHOWTIME for giving me this amazing opportunity."

Andrade-Nelson is a 12-round WBC title elimination fight to determine the second mandatory challenger for new WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo, who, as the WBC No. 1 contender was matched last May 21 with No. 2 rated John Jackson. No. 3 Andrade was originally slated to face No. 5 Charles Hatley in a title eliminator to determine the No. 1 mandatory contender. However, negotiations with Hatley's promoter, Don King, failed to materialize and Andrade moved on to fight WBC No. 10 Nelson. The WBC declared Hatley as Charlo's mandatory challenger, despite him being ranked lower than Andrade, with the Andrade-Nelson winner now declared the mandatory title challenger for the future Charlo-Hatley victor.

Andrade, though, has no hard feelings with the WBC about its decisions. "I'm just thankful to be fighting in this 'tournament'," he commented. "Charlo was the WBC International champion and he should have had the opportunity to fight for the vacant title. I have the WBO International title, Hatley the WBC Silver title, so Hatley should probably have been ranked higher than me by the WBC. I respect the WBC's decision to make him the first mandatory challenger."

Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) and Andrade are familiar with each other through the USA Boxing amateur program, but the two have never met in the ring.

"Nelson lets his hands go," Andrade noted. "He likes to mix it up and so do I. I like to think that I'm a little smarter than him in the ring. This is going to be an interesting fight. I respect him for taking the fight and I'm preparing to fight the toughest opponent I've ever faced. He may be the tallest guy (6' 3") I've ever fought as a pro, but it's only a few inches, and not a big deal."

Andrade is back on his way to reaching the peak of the 154-pound division once again.

"I am ready to set the roof on fire on June 11," Andrade said. "Once everyone at 154 pounds gets a taste of me, they will know I am the greatest. The Charlos made history by becoming the first twins to hold titles in the same weight division. I will make history by beating both of them. Then I will beat Lara and unify all of the belts.

"Stay tuned. I am a force to be reckoned with. I will show the world that the best 154 pound fighter in the world is Demetrius Andrade."

Andrade Boxing Promotions

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Justin DeLoach V Junior Castillo!

Premier Boxing Champions On NBCSN
Justin DeLoach V Junior Castillo

Rising super welterweight prospects Justin DeLoach (14-1, 8 KOs) and Junior Castillo (10-0, 9 KOs) will meet in the eight-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN Saturday, June 25 from the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio.

Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will feature unbeaten Ryan "Cowboy" Karl (11-0, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight contest against Mexico's Luis "Muecas" Solis (14-6-4, 12 KOs) plus a showdown of unbeaten prospects when Darwin Price (12-0, 11 KOs) and Semajay Thomas (7-0, 4 KOs) compete in an eight-round super lightweight contest.

"I'm thrilled to be headlining on NBCSN and to once again perform in front of the great fans in San Antonio," said DeLoach. "I've got a great deal of respect for Junior Castillo but I'm putting in the work with my new trainer Paul Williams and I plan on being victorious."

"I know how tough DeLoach is, but I'm well prepared to stay undefeated on June 25," said Castillo. "I'm an exciting fighter and boxing fans will have another chance to see me showcase my skills. I can't wait."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85 and $20 plus $1000 and $850 for tables, not including fees, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets call 210-988-8821 or visit Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave. San Antonio, Texas 78216.

In his last bout, the 22-year-old DeLoach delivered a sensational knockout over previously unbeaten Dillon Cook in his first bout with new trainer and former world champion Paul Williams. The fighter from Augusta, Georgia turned pro in 2013 and won his first 10 fights before suffering a defeat in early 2015. DeLoach has rebounded masterfully with four wins in a row including victories over veterans Santos Benavides and Todd Manuel.

A 2012 Olympian for his native Dominican Republic, Castillo recorded a significant victory in his last bout when he defeated previously unbeaten and highly regarded Kyrone Davis over eight rounds in April. Castillo turned pro in 2013 and made his U.S. debut in December 2015 with victories over Eduardo Flores and Roland Nagy before his triumph in April.

An undefeated prospect representing Houston, Karl had an excellent amateur career that ended with him ranked third in the nation in the 141-pound division. The 24-year-old won six times in 2015 including an October domination of Alfonso Olvera at the Dancehall in San Antonio. Now he is primed to reach contender status as his competition improves beginning with the 24-year-old Solis of Mexico who comes in off of a fifth round knockout of Isidro Toala earlier this month.

Originally from St. Louis, Price's road has led him to Houston where he now trains with Ronnie Shields. An exceptional athlete who was highly regarded in track and field as a teenager, the 26-year-old turned pro in 2013. His activity ramped up in 2015 as he took home four victories including a win in his first eight-round bout against Alvaro Ortiz in November.

A National Silver Gloves champion as an amateur, Thomas made it out of the roughest neighborhoods of Chicago and made his professional boxing debut in 2013. After winning his first six pro bouts, all in Chicago, the 23-year-old defeated Farkhad Sharipov in San Antonio in December 2015.

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Micki Nielsen!

Confident Ahead Of South African Showdown With Muller
Micki Nielsen

Danish cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (21-0, 14 KOs) is travelling to South Africa full of confidence as he prepares for his ‘Super 4’ showdown with Johnny Muller (19-6-2, 13 KOs) on June 11 at the Emperors Palace Casino in Gauteng.

Nielsen is competing in the ‘Super 4’ cruiserweight tournament, which will see the undefeated southpaw pitted against some of the division’s top talents to win a share of the $100,000 prize money.

In the first semi-final bout, the 23 year-old takes on Muller, while Kevin Lerena battles Roberto Bolonti to decipher who will meet in the final later this year.

‘’I’m looking to travelling to South Africa,’’ says Nielsen. ‘’It is important that I arrive early so that I have time to adjust to my surroundings. I’ve been training hard and I’m already well prepared. I’m confident that not only will I win my fight with Muller, but that I will win the whole tournament.’’

Nielsen has already undergone a grueling training regime to prepare him for the biggest challenge of his career. The Danish boxer, who will be fighting away from home against a dangerous opponent, must also be ready to fight in an altitude of 1,700 meters, which could prove a difficult task.

‘’Muller is a skilled boxer who likes to work behind his jab,’’ says Nielsen. ‘’But we’ve matched our training to his style and we’ve been working on some things that will make him suffer in the ring.

‘’I’ve also been training with a special mask that gives a sense of boxing in thin air, and once I arrive, I will have two weeks to get used to the altitude and the climate, which should give me enough time to adjust.’’

Unfazed at the prospect of fighting away from home, Nielsen says he is looking forward to the experience and the chance to represent his country on foreign soil.

"I've always said that I'm willing to fight anywhere in the world,’’ he said. ‘’I know South Africa can be a difficult place to box. I’m going to be a long way from home and there will be nobody cheering for me, but I’ll be ready for whatever comes my way. I’m going to South Africa to win and to fly the flag for Denmark.

"I've boxed away from home before. I’ve fought in England, Finland and Russia, and I lived for three years in Berlin, so it's nothing new. It’s going to be an exciting opportunity for me, and the experience of fighting away from home will be invaluable once I’m challenging for World titles.’’

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Anthony Ogogo V Chris Herrmann!

Saturday Night In Glasgow
Anthony Ogogo

2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo (8-0, 4 KOs) is ready to return to the ring on Saturday, May 28 against Chris Herrmann (21-10-1, 12 KOs) at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, live on Sky Sports.

Ogogo has endured a difficult time with injuries since joining the professional ranks. Having returned from a long-standing Achilles problem, which saw him sidelined for 12 months, the 27 year-old dislocated his shoulder during a unanimous points win over Ruslan Schelev last July.

Now injury free, Ogogo is ready to get his promising career back on track, starting with Saturday’s event, a fight he believes will lead to the bigger challenges he craves.

Ogogo's return is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow as Ricky Burns (39-5-1,13 KOs) looks to become a three-division world champion as he takes on Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA Super-Lightweight World Championship.

“I’m at the stage now where I would fight anybody put in front of me,’’ says Ogogo. “Chomping at the bit doesn’t come close to describing how I feel about boxing right now. I’ve had two of the hardest most horrible years imaginable. I’ve been through a hellacious rehab, and I’ve done it all for this moment – to get back in the ring and show the world my true ability – so I couldn’t care less if my opponent was Gennady Golovkin or Glen Smith from down the street.

“I just want to get in there, do my thing and hopefully I can deal with this guy handily and move on to the next one. Although it’s my comeback fight, it’s like I’m running a hurdles race. This is just hurdle number one and I’ve got fifty more hurdles to get over after this one. I’m not overlooking my opponent, as I know boxing can come to a sudden end with one fell swoop of a punch, but for me, this is just the first of many hurdles I must get over to make it to the top.’’

Ogogo, who has already set his sights on the division’s champions, believes activity will be key in achieving his goals.

“If it was down to me I would be fighting for a title on Saturday,’’ he says. “I want to win titles and I want to clean up the division, but I know this will only come with activity. I’ve had eight fights in three years because I’ve had the most rotten luck imaginable, but all I need now is a nice clean bill of health and to build some momentum. Ideally, I want to be fighting every four to six weeks.

“Back in the day they were boxing every month. One of my heroes Sugar Ray Robinson fought every month - fifteen rounds here, ten rounds there - and that’s what I want to do. That’s how a fighter develops his skillset, his speed, his timing - by being busy and keeping active.

“If I can string a few fights together, I can get myself into a good position and then we can start aiming for the champions but first and foremost, I need to get back in the ring and back to what I do best. That starts with a good win on Saturday night.’’

“Herrmann will provide a good test for Anthony’s first fight back,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’He’s an experienced fighter who has shared the ring with some quality opposition. This is a chance for Anthony to get back under the lights and to shake of the ring rust. We believe Anthony is a match for anyone in the division, and when he comes through this, the bigger fights will follow.’’

“This fight will mark a significant step along Anthony’s comeback trail,” said Golden Boy Promotion Chairman and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya. “We all know the talent and desire is there in abundance, and if Anthony can stay healthy the sky is limit for him in the middleweight division.”

Tickets for Glasgow are on general sale with those in the £40-£100 bracket available from the SSE Hydro website http://www.thessehydro.com/ and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £200 are exclusively available at www.matchroomboxing.com

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Lucian Bute!

Anti Doping Test Statement

Lucian Bute was informed of the results of the anti-doping test done after his World Boxing Council (WBC) world title fight against Badou Jack, April 30, in Washington, D.C.

As reported in a statement sent by the WBC, the Washington D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission informed them that Bute tested positive for Ostarine, in an A sample analysis, after the bout.

''I am surprised and sorry about this. I don't understand what led to this positive result, Bute said. "I have always passed every anti-doping test that I was asked to take since I won a world title. More recently for my fight against James DeGale, in Quebec City, last November, I was tested eight times from before my training camp until after my fight. I have never taken any illegal products. I have a complete trust in my team. There will be an analysis of the B sample and I am sure that this result will be negative.''

''GYM has always been strongly in favor of a strict anti-doping policy to keep the sport of boxing clean," GYM president Yvon Michel remarked. "We are really surprised by this first result and we now hope that the B sample proves that the first result was wrong. Until then, we support Lucian Bute.''

There will be no further comments on this subject until the publication of Bute's B sample result.

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BROADWAY BOXING!

COMPLETE CARD ANNOUNCED

As previously announced, on Friday, June 3, Broadway Boxing returns to the beautiful Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens, NY, featuring former world champions Richar Abril (19-3-1, 8KO's) and Yuri Foreman (33-2, 9KO's) headlining in separate bouts. The exciting 10-bout card is presented by DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing and sponsored by Nissan of Queens. Abril is set to take on the always-tough, former world title challenger and now resurgent contender Jerry Belmontes (21-8, 6KO's) in a 10-round super lightweight showdown, while Foreman squares off against Jason Davis in an eight-round junior middleweight matchup.

Anytime undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee (16-0, 10KO's) steps in the ring, he does so behind an army of adoring fans. The Notre Dame graduate Lee is set to make his second appearance in 2016 when he takes on Mike Snider in an eight-round light heavyweight matchup.

The Chicago-native Lee graduated from the esteemed University in 2009, but not before claiming three Bengal Bout championships while fighting on the University's boxing team. Following his graduation, Lee won the 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves before embarking on his professional career in 2010. Since his debut, Notre Dame Alumni from across the U.S. have come out in droves to show support for their favorite son. In September 2011, Lee became a national spokesman for Subway Restaurants and continues to be prominently featured in their nationally broadcast "Famous Fan" advertising campaigns. In 2011, Lee headlined the first-ever pro boxing event at the University of Notre Dame, donating more than $100,000 to Notre Dame Charities through The Mike Lee Foundation.

Returning to action for the first time since his sensational knockout performance on ShoBox is undefeated prospect Steve Rolls (13-0, 7KO's) as he squares off against Emmanuel Sanchez (7-4, 1KO) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup. Making his ShoBox and national TV debut in December, the Canadian Rolls scored a scintillating, come-from-behind fourth-round knockout over fellow undefeated prospect and UK National champion Steed Woodall.

Also making his 2016 debut on the card will be hard-hitting Queens-native Joseph Williams (8-0 6KO's) as he takes on Lamar Harris in a six-round cruiserweight matchup. A 2011 US Olympic Team Trials silver medalist, Williams won the 2012 National Golden Gloves heavyweight title and was three-time NY Golden Gloves champion before turning pro. Williams was a perfect 5-0 in 2015 with three of those wins coming by way of devastating knockout and will be looking to improve to 9-0 when he takes on Harris.

Female world-rated contender Alicia Napoleon (5-0, 4KO's) will look to continue on her path of destruction through the world rankings when she takes on Latasha Burton in an eight-round junior middleweight matchup. A devastating puncher, Napoleon claimed the vacant WBC silver junior middleweight title in her last bout and is determined to secure a shot at a world title sometime this year.

Making his NYC debut will be former amateur standout and two-time National Golden Gloves champion Marquis Moore (1-0, 1KO). Campaigning at middleweight, Moore, a member of the U.S. Army, who was honorably discharged after serving three years for our country, had an outstanding amateur career, compiling a 140-15 record. Moore also claimed the National PAL championship in 2015 and boxed at the U.S. Olympic trials. Moore's fight on June 3 is scheduled for four rounds.

Popular Brooklyn-native prospect Julian Sosa (4-0-1, 2KO's) is also set to see action on the card when he competes in a six-round welterweight contest.

Also appearing on the card will be Bronx-native and 2014 NY Golden Gloves heavyweight champion George Arias (5-0, 3KO's) in a six-round bout.

Rounding out the card will be Staten Island's James Wilkins as he makes his much-anticipated pro debut when he takes on Erick Lainez in a four-round junior lightweight matchup.

Tickets are priced at $125 ringside, $75 reserved seating and $50 general admission. Tickets may be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the fight. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Nick Casal!

To Make First Ring Appearance In Nearly Five Years
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A familiar name, especially to the local boxing fans, will make his first ring appearance in just under five years this Friday night in his own hometown of Niagara Falls, New York.

Former red-hot prospect Nick "Hands of Gold" Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) says he's expecting some rust, but should have enough to overcome when he takes on 37-fight veteran Antonio Chaves Fernandez of Brockton, Massachusetts, in one of the untelevised supporting bouts at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. The fight will be Casal's first at home as a professional.

In the night's 10-round main event, WBO #11-, WBA #12- and IBF #15-rated heavyweight boxer Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs), defends his WBA NABA Heavyweight title against Topeka, Kansas, slugger Nick Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs). And in the 10-round lightweight semi-final, red-hot Filipino prospect Harmonito "El Huracan de Gensan" Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) will make his debut on US soil against capable veteran Guillermo Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) of Buffalo.

Presented by Greg Cohen Promotions, Salita Promotions, FightCard Productions and Winner Take All Productions, "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network" will be broadcast live nationally at 9 pm EST.

Tickets for "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network" start at $35 and are available at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino box office, www.ticketmaster.com or you can charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

30-year-old Casal was headed for big things in boxing before suffering a loss of focus and all four of his losses in a two-year stretch from 2007 to 2009. Since then, inactivity has been the name of his game.

So where was he and why wasn't he fighting?

"I never really left," said Casal during a break in one of his final training sessions. "I've been working full-time for the last three years, but I was ready to go and trying to get a fight the whole time. I had a number of them fall through. I had one fight fall through at the weigh-in when a guy failed his physical. That was heartbreaking. But now, I finally have a team in place that can keep them from falling through and I'm glad to be finally getting back in the ring."

Casal says he's basically the same talented fighter he always was... with a few improvements.

"Physically, I feel exactly the same as I did five years ago. Mentally, I would say I'm a little stronger and a lot more patient than I was when I was younger. I set my shots up a lot better. I don't think the ring rust will be as bad as it is for other guys who take a lot of time off. I've been in the gym training fighters and working out the whole time. I expect to have a little bit of rust, but not as much as someone who was completely out for years. I picture it going very well if I stick to my game plan and stay very focused."

Working with father Ray at their Casal's Boxing Club Gym in Niagara Falls since February, Casal says he will now compete in the welterweight division and expects to take an aggressive approach to getting back on track.

"I want to win a few regional titles and then earn a world title shot. Around this time next year, I'd like to be in some important fights."

Casal says he owes his apparent resurgence to promoter Greg Cohen, with whom he signed earlier this year.

"He's a great promoter and does shows in my hometown. I've never fought here as a professional. I fought in Buffalo a few times in 2011, but never fought here. That was important to me. People are calling like crazy for tickets. I'm excited to get it on. With the crowd behind me, I'll be 100% ready. I've just been waiting for the right guy to help me get to where I want to be. Looks like I found him."

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7:00 pm. The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is located at 310 4th Street in Niagara Falls, NY. For more information, call 877-873-6322 or visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com.

GCP Boxing Promotions

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CHRIS BLANEY!

BUZZING ABOUT TURNING PRO WITH THE HITMAN
CHRIS BLANEY

CHRIS BLANEY is pinching himself after being given the opportunity to kick start his professional career with boxing legend Ricky Hatton.

The ten-time Irish amateur champion, 24, has signed a promotional contract with Hatton Promotions after spending several months training with The Hitman in Manchester and will make his paid debut at the National Stadium, Dublin on June 25.

Despite boxing around the world for the Emerald Isle, Blaney admits it will be somewhat surreal to have Hatton working his corner.

“Working with Ricky is amazing,” he said. “I used to watch him on TV when I was a kid and now he’s training me. It’s a unbelievable.

“I’ve been in the gym with him for a while and I’ve been learning new things every day so I can’t wait to unleash what I’ve got on my opponent next month.

“The pros are different to the amateurs but I think they’ll suit me down to the ground. Ricky has taught me how to pace myself more and sit down on my shots and I think my fans will be pleased with what they see.”

While he does not intend on running before he can walk, Blaney admits that he’s in a hurry to add professional crowns to his long list of amateur achievements.

“Everybody who laces up the gloves dreams of being a world champion and I’m the same,” he said. “I know I’m a long way off that, but I don’t think it’ll take me too long to win the Irish title.

“That belt is my first goal as a pro. I was very proud when my stable mate Pauly Upton won the title a few weeks ago and I’m in a hurry to go on and win that green belt myself.”

The June 25 bill is entitled ‘The Future’ and has been put together by Hatton Promotions in association with FS Promotions and features some of Ireland’s best up-and-coming talents, including Ciaran Bates, Tyrone McCullagh, Stephen Carroll and the professional debut of Jay Byrne.

Also in action are popular super-middleweight Darren Cruise, former WBA intercontinental super-lightweight challenger Michael Devine, Limerick’s Alan Donnellan, and unbeaten Belfast prospect Paul Hyland Jnr.

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Jarrell Miller!

Makes Appearance At Boys & Girls Club Of Rochester
Jarrell Miller

WBO #11-, WBA #12- and IBF #15-rated heavyweight boxer Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs), who is preparing to defend his WBA NABA Heavyweight title against Topeka, Kansas, slugger Nick Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York (and live at 9 pm EST on CBS Sports Network), took some time out of his training to make an appearance at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester Wednesday afternoon.

Back in January, Miller made an appearance at the club prior to his NABA title fight vs. Donovan Dennis and promised the kids he would return after he won the title to show them his title belt. Today they not only got to see his title belt and take pictures with the fighter but they also received 20 donated tickets to Friday night's fight from Miller, so that kids from the Boys & Girls Club could attend the fight.

Miller will face Guivas in the 10-round main event of Greg Cohen Promotions, Salita Promotions, FightCard Productions and Winner Take All Production's next instalment of "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network."

In the night's 10-round lightweight co-main event, red-hot Filipino prospect Harmonito "El Huracan de Gensan" Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) will make his debut on US soil against capable veteran Guillermo Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) of Buffalo.

Tickets for "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network" start at $35 and are available at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino box office, www.ticketmaster.com or you can charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7:00 pm. The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is located at 310 4th Street in Niagara Falls, NY. For more information, call 877-873-6322 or visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com.

GCP Boxing Promotions

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RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV, JOHN MOLINA JR. & DEJAN ZLATICANIN!

WORKOUT QUOTES

Ruslan "The Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov was involved in the Fight of the Year in 2013 with Tim Bradley. John "The Gladiator" Molina Jr. was embroiled in the 2014 Fight of The Year with Lucas Matthysse.

On Saturday, June 11, Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) a former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion, and former world title challenger Molina (28-6, 23 KOs) will face each other in the 12-round main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

On Tuesday, Provodnikov, Molina and undefeated WBC No. 1-ranked lightweight contender Dejan Zlaticanin participated in a Media Workout Day at Fortune's Gym in Los Angeles.

Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs), of the Southeastern European country of Montenegro, will be opposed by fellow unbeaten and WBC No. 2-ranked Emiliano Marsili (32-0-1, 14 KOs), of Italy, for the vacant WBC Lightweight World Championship in the opening match of the SHOWTIME telecast.

In the co-feature, undefeated former 154-pound world champion Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs), of Providence, R.I., battles Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KO's), of Cleveland, Ohio, in a 12-round WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator.

Also on June 11, former world title challengers, Willie Monroe Jr. and John Thompson, will meet in a 10-round middleweight bout in the main event on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT). In the SHO EXTREME opener, heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KO's) takes on Mario Heredia (11-1, 9 KOs, 1-2 in WSB) in a 10-round heavyweight bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Banner Promotions, Inc., are priced at $85, $60, $45 and $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

Below is what the boxers said:

RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV

(On the importance of this fight)

"Every fight is important. I come out for every fight to give everything I have. For me, every fight is like the last fight. So this is a very important fight, just like any other.

"I don't like to make predictions too much; boxing is an unpredictable sport and it's hard to say what will happen. Anything can happen on June 11. We've got a little bit to wait and we'll see what happens.

"I don't know if it will go to the scorecards. Anything can happen. He is also a great fighter, so maybe it will go to the scorecards."

(On what he expects from John Molina Jr.)

"I'm expecting him to come to fight. No doubt he's a fighter, he's a warrior. For somebody to defeat me is a big motivation and I know he'll be coming to win.

"No matter what, he's going to do anything possible to win this fight. That's what I expect from people that take a fight with me - that they'll die in the ring to defeat me because it would be a great accomplishment. So I'm expecting a real war, a real fight."

(On the style of fighting and the matchup)

"I think this is the type of fight that will be exciting and all-action. I think it's a great matchup and it will be exciting for the fans."

(On who he's looking to fight next)

"I'm not thinking about that too much right now. Luckily my weight classes, both 140 and 147, there's no problem with the opposition. There (are) a lot of guys, a lot of stars. After this fight on June 11 we'll be able to start thinking about what's next.

"I've always said that I'm willing to fight anyone at 140 and 147, just let me know when and I'll be there. I'm ready to fight any of the top guys."

(On if he would rather fight a boxer or a come-forward fighter like Molina)

"I definitely like the guys that come to fight. For me that is a better, more enjoyable fight. I like to fight a guy that wants to brawl.

(On if he's ready to box if Molina choses to box instead of brawl)

"On June 11, I'll be ready for anything that can happen in the ring. I've been watching previous fights and correcting my mistakes and I'll be ready for anything he decides to bring."

(On not fighting for eight months)

"I don't see too much of a negative side to that. I just wanted some time off and now I'm ready to come back. I'm always in shape; I'm always in the gym, always training.

"I'm training all the time and always moving around even when I'm at home. Right now, training camp is going very well. Joel Diaz is very happy with training and he says everything is going a lot better than the last training camp. Everything is 100 percent. I'm not worried at all."

(On his relationship with trainer Joel Diaz)

"Everything is going great. When Joel and I are training together it's always very positive. That's important for me. I'm enjoying the training camp and I'm having a good time, which is the most important thing.

"Boxing-wise I've added a lot of different things. Most importantly, I've increased my defensive skills and that's going to show in this fight very much and I'm positive of that. More than that, my punching combinations have gotten better in the last few camps and that's going to show. Joel and I work well together and that's definitely important."

JOHN MOLINA JR.

(Thoughts leading up to the fight)

"I am really excited. Ruslan is a hell of a fighter and competitor. I think it's a can't-miss, all-action fight when you have someone like myself and Ruslan in there.

"Stylistically I think there are thing that I have to my advantage. Stature-wise: my height, my reach. But with that being said, when the fight starts, all of that is going to go out the window and we're going to fight.

"We were both in Fights of the Year, but we were both on the losing ends. Now we want to be on the winning end. I think that is an unwritten motivation for both of us.

"Stylistically it's a great matchup. We've had a common opponent and of course you can draw that he was in a Fight of the Year with some other fighter. But I'm not that stature. I am 5-feet-11 with a reach that he can't compare with. On June 11 after the first bell rings, I'll be able to tell you exactly how the fight is going to play out."

(On the importance of winning this fight)

"Every fight is important. Fortunately and unfortunately, boxing is a 'what have you done for me lately' type of sport. For me, I didn't have an extensive amateur career so the pros were, in essence, my amateur career. But I believe I'm at the right spot right now, where I need to be to hit my stride.

"Of course a victory is always the goal. I don't like to lose at checkers and I don't want to lose at boxing. To keep the lifestyle that I have going, I have to continue to be victorious and move forward.

"We definitely want to catapult off of a big marquee name. We want to be on the winning side. That is the goal 110 percent. We won't be satisfied with anything less than a victory. I'm not content with getting in these fights because people love to watch me fight. I want to be content with getting these fights because I'm victorious and that's what we're planning on doing on June 11.

"I feel like you're going to get the best of me now. I feel like my longevity isn't a question because I didn't have the extensive amateur career. A lot of these guys have been boxing since they were eight years old. I didn't start until I was 17. I didn't turn pro until I was 24. I only had 22 amateur fights. So the miles on my odometer, so to speak, are less than someone like Ruslan who had an extensive amateur career. He's been in more wars than me.

"Either way you slice it, boxing takes something from you. Whether it's your youth, your sharpness, boxing is that kind of a sport where it draws something from your body. I believe he's had it worse than me. I feel stronger and more experienced for lacking those years."

DEJAN ZLATICANIN

(On what this fight means for his career)

"This is the most important fight for me because the WBC title has been my dream since the first day I went to the gym. I will be the new champion.

"I was always the underdog in every fight but now I don't get underestimated. My opponent is going to get the best me on June 11. I think those who underestimated me were wrong all along, but I will put some good shots on him and he'll go down. I will knock him out.

"I think they [fans] will cheer for me like I am a home fighter and I will do my best to bring the good fight."

(On his opponent)

"He's a boxer. He's smart, but he has no power. He will try to box, keep a distance and use his height advantage. He will use his footwork to keep me at bay, but it won't work."

(Thoughts on fighting for first world title)

"I am very excited and I am very happy to be fighting for my first world title. I am coming from a little country and I want everyone to know where Montenegro is and I can't wait to get in the ring.

(On fighting in U.S. for first time)

"People in America, they're fans, they love good boxing. It doesn't matter where you are from, they just like good fights. They like my style because I am a fighter and I go forward."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Danny Roman V Christian Esquivel!

Fight Highlights

World ranked Danny Roman recently delivered an electrifying performance that saw him knock out veteran Christian Esquivel in the fifth round. It was Roman's third title defense of the NABA 122-pound Title he won last year, and eleventh straight win.

"It felt incredible to just impose your will on another fighter," said Roman, who improved to 19-2-1, 7 KOs after Friday's win. "I can honestly say I dominated that fight from start to finish."

Roman is currently ranked No. 12 by the WBA.

Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. on Friday, June 24. A formal announcement will be released at a later date.

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Sampson Boxing!

Congratulates John Riel Casimero For Title Winning Victory
John Riel Casimero

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing sends his warm congratulations to his newest champion, John Riel Casimero of Cebu City, Philippines, for his KO 4 victory over previously unbeaten IBF flyweight champion Anmat Ruenroeng at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China.

In a rematch of their controversial first fight in June 2015, won by Ruenroeng by unanimous decision, Casimero (22-3, 14 KOs) dropped Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) twice in the fourth round to end things at 2:10. A counter left hook dropped the champion first and then a follow-up left hook to the body brought the finish.

Casimero is now a two-time world champion. He previously held the IBF Light Flyweight Championship from 2012-2014 and made three successful defenses before moving up in weight.

The new champion joins Sampson Boxing promotional stablemates Oscar Escandon and Hugo Ruiz to become Sampson's third world champion to be crowned this year. He also handles current WBA World Super Featherweight Champion Javier Fortuna.

"John Riel has gotten this out of the way now," said Lewkowicz of defeating Ruenroeng. "My congratulations to him and to his people in the Philippines. He is now their third current world champion and is very proud to represent them. Next, we want to unify against Chocolatito. Tell him we are ready any time."

Referring to current WBC Champion Roman Gonzalez, Lewkowicz says this is a fight that needs to happen.

"They say no one wants to fight Gonzalez. We do! John Riel is right here and ready to unify the championships. My phone is always on. Let's make it happen."

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Miguel Flores V Ruben Tamayo!

Premier Boxing Champions
Premier Boxing Champions

Unbeaten rising featherweight contender Miguel Flores (19-0, 9 KOs) will take on Mexican veteran Ruben Tamayo (24-8-4, 16 KOs) this Saturday night, May 28, in a 10-round fight on Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes from The Dancehall in San Antonio.

Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is headlined by former world champion Miguel Vazquez battling tough contender Erick Bone in a 10-round super lightweight showdown.

Undercard action will feature the brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa, Brandon Figueroa (6-0, 4 KOs), in a super bantamweight battle against Puerto Rico's Jonell Nieves (6-2, 4 KOs), unbeaten 25-year-old lightweight Rickey Edwards (10-0, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout against fellow unbeaten John Delperdang (5-0, 5 KOs) and Los Angeles prospect Emmanuel Medina (9-0, 6 KOs) in a six-round welterweight showdown against Isiah Robinson (3-2, 2 KOs).

Additional action features a slew of local prospects as unbeaten Enrique Neira Jr. competes in a four-round middleweight bout against Rudy Lozano, Ramon Cardenas facing Isau Duenez in a four-round super bantamweight contest, unbeaten Rolando Garza battles Houston's Rick Graham in a four-round super welterweight fight and the pro debut of Xavier Wilson in a four-round lightweight affair against Thomas Smith.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85 and $20 and $1,000 and $850 for VIP tables, before taxes and fees and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (210) 988-8821 visit http://lbtickets.ticketleap.com/march28th2016/ or in person at Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave.

An undefeated fighter from Michoacan, Mexico, but fighting out of Houston, Flores has not lost since turning pro in 2009 at just 17-years-old. The 23-year-old had a big 2015 beginning in May with a victory over German Meraz and followed up by wins against Juan Ruiz, Carlos Padilla and Alfred Tetteh. He started 2016 with a headlining win over Mario Briones at The Dancehall in January. Now he will take on the 27-year-old Tamayo of Sonora, Mexico. The southpaw has wins over veterans including Meraz and Jose Cayetano and he challenged Jesus Cuellar for a world title in 2014.

TGB Boxing Promotions

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SELDIN V SELIG!

HEADLINE ROCKIN FIGHTS 24
Star

Undefeated, WBC Silver International Champion and WBC World #6th ranked Jr. Welterweight contender Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (18-0 15KO Long Island, NY), will take on Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1 12KO Douglas, AZ) Friday night, June 17th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY in a 10 round Jr. Welterweight contest as part of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's popular fight series "Rockin Fights".

Seldin, who has continually climbed the ranks of the Jr. Welterweight division, will be appearing for the 15th time at the Paramount. Seldin has become a must see attraction for his all action fights and tremendous punching power. Seldin captured the WBC title on December 20, 2014, stopping the very tough Bayan Jargal in 9 rounds and has successfully defended it 3 times. In his last outing at The Paramount on March 5th of this year, Seldin returned from shoulder surgery and picked right up where he left off by destroying Puerto Rican Orlando Vasquez in 1 round. Seldin will face a much sterner test when he takes on the veteran Selig on June 17th.

Selig is coming off 2 straight knockout wins and has crossed gloves with world rated fighters Sadam Ali and John Jackson as well as top prospect Jose Ramirez. Selig is a game slugger who always comes to fight and gives 100% each time. He vows that he will put Seldin to the test on June17th.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments regarding the main event, "Cletus Seldin is becoming a major force in the already loaded Jr. Welterweight division. His ferocious style has attracted droves of fans and on June 17th we expect the same as he faces a tough task when he battles Mexican Jesus Selig who is coming in to upset the applecart. I expect another exciting night of fights at The Paramount, as has become the tradition with the Rockin Fights series".

The undercard fighters will be announced shortly and tickets are on sale now by calling Star Boxing (718 823-2000) or going to www.starboxing.com, The Paramount Box Office (631 673-7300), or Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com (1 800 745-3000).

Star Boxing Promotions

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Bryant Perrella!

Ready For Breakthrough Performance
Bryant Perrella

Welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella of Fort Myers, FL faces his toughest foe to date when he challenges Washington, DC’s David “Day Day” Grayton Saturday, June 4.

The anticipated ten round match up between unbeaten southpaws takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal as part of a Premier Boxing Champions card on ESPN.

Both Perrella, 13-0 (12 KO’s), and Grayton, 14-0 (10 KO’s), were heralded amateurs that have been dominant thus far in the paid ranks. As is typically the case when two noteworthy prospects meet, the winner moves a step closer to contention while the fighter who falls short often has to climb back up the mountain.

With Grayton undefeated in his own right and also very hungry to advance his career by emerging victorious, Perrella’s taken his training to new heights. The 27-year-old has traveled throughout the Sunshine State for quality sparring and is strengthening his body by doing regular aquatic training. This has helped him remove weight properly so there won’t be any surprises on the scale. To further assist, Perrella hired a private chef to ensure he’s refueling his body properly.

Overall, Perrella’s team is confident about the match up against Grayton and believes the hard work in the gym is an integral part why Bryant will have his hand raised June 4.

“Camp has been great,” said Perrella’s trainer Michael Nowling. “Bryant is treating this camp like we’re preparing for a world title fight. Most importantly, he’s got a calm demeanor and clear head with no distractions whatsoever. He is not nervous about the fight or overly anxious. A lot of guys may feel overwhelmed since this a win in a fight like this likely gets the winner to the next level but not Bryant. He’s been a true professional in the gym since day one and seeing him kick it up a notch further solidifies my confidence that June 4 will be the night he puts the boxing world on notice.”

Tickets are available by going to http://www.evenko.ca/html/tickets/boxe-jun2016/index_en.html and the bout will air at 11 pm ET/8 PM PT.

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Rances Barthelemy & Mickey Bey!

Discuss Training Camp
Rances Barthelemy

Lightweight world champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy and former world champion Mickey "The Spirit" Bey are deep into training camp and closing in on their main event battle on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Friday, June 3 from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida

Both fighters have been training in Las Vegas before they head to southern Florida for their world title battle. Barthelemy trains with Ismael Salas at the Salas Boxing Academy while Bey works with his longtime trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. at the Mayweather Boxing Club.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Kings Promotions, Mayweather Promotions, Warriors Boxing and Panther Promotions, are priced at $130, $80, $60 and $35 (additional fees may apply) and are on sale now. All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.myhrl.com,www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the first fight set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Here is what the fighters had to say about training camp, their match-up and more:

What advantages do you believe you have because of your training team?

Rances Barthelemy: "To me, Ismael is the best trainer in the world. He was the lead trainer of the Cuban National Team at the time that Cuban amateur boxing was having its most success. He is truly underrated and I do not know why.

"Having gone through different trainers throughout my career, I am glad that I found Salas. We clicked right off the bat, and him being a Cuban and having a successful background both in the Cuban amateur system and in the pros, he's been able to incorporate the best from both worlds in his training methods. He has also been able to bring out abilities in me that others were not able to and it has made me a completely different fighter."

Mickey Bey: "Floyd Sr. has been my trainer for about 12 years. We've been together since I was a teenager and before I turned pro. He is an old school trainer and he knows the science of boxing.

"Being around the other Mayweather Promotions fighters provides a lot of energy to training because everybody is striving to be the best they can be. Whenever that's the case it's always a positive thing because the trainers know that's what you're after. Floyd Sr. and Floyd are the reason I moved to Las Vegas. It's been a blessing to be able to train with him for so long. We gelled from the beginning and I have definitely grown a lot as a fighter."

What does fighting for this belt mean to you?

RB: "I don't really focus on this being another title defense. I just focus on it being another fight that I must win impressively so that I can get to the big fights. There is no added pressure from it being a title defense. I just want everyone to see the boxing ability that I have so that I can get the big fights that I want and deserve."

MB: "Winning back this belt is really important to me. I still feel like it's mine. He's just been keeping it warm for me. I had to deal with the injuries but now I don't have to worry about babying my hand or anything like that."

What do you think this fight will be like stylistically?

RB: "I plan on this being a great fight between two great boxers. He has a great amateur and pro background, as do I, and hopefully that makes for a great show."

MB: "You never really know until you're in the ring but it's going to be a fight between two skilled boxers. I have seen some footage but not too much because I don't really watch much tape. I saw him fight for my vacant belt but I can't get caught up in that because I'm different than anybody he's ever fought. I'm a lot more difficult than he probably thinks."

What skill advantages do you believe you have over your opponent?

RB: "I feel I am the better all-around fighter. I have the reach, height and power over him. I feel he has shown in the past that he can't take a good punch, so we will see if he can take mine."

MB: "I bring it all. I can do everything that can be done in the ring. Every single department, period. I do think he's a good fighter, I give him his props, he's a two-time world champion, but I don't think he can do one thing better than me."

What did you learn from your fight with Denis Shafikov?

RB: "It was a really tough fight and definitely a great learning experience. I made it tougher than it should have been but I had never been in a war like that before and adrenaline kicked in. The blood made me want to dig down and trade with him in the center of the ring and beat him at his own game. It was the first time I had to go down to the trenches and engage in a fight like that but I wanted to do it to show that not all Cubans are boring and only box around."

What did you learn from your fight with Miguel Vazquez?

MB: "I found out how good I was because I was able to beat a guy that good with one hand. Going into it I already knew I was going to be fighting with one hand since it had been giving me problems. I couldn't let both hands go, so I had to strategically land more accurate shots. I couldn't let it become a high volume fight because I knew I wouldn't be able to respond with both hands. This is my first fight in four or five years with two good hands, so it's going to be a completely different ball game."

What does it mean to you to fight in south Florida in front of your Cuban fans?

RB: "That's my backyard and it's another advantage for me. It is like being in a free Cuba pretty much and I don't think I'll ever feel as comfortable fighting anywhere else with the majority of the people being there to support me. It means the world to me to be able to fight in front of my fans and my closest friends. It's the closest thing to being able to fight in my country."

Are you concerned about fighting on the road in front of a crowd that is expected to be for your opponent?

MB: "They can't get in the ring for him. It's just going to be me and him. Nobody can get in the ring and help him. It doesn't add any pressure. I grew up hard, in a rough neighborhood and I've been through a lot so I'm numb to any pressure. I'm just ready to get in the ring with him."

What are your plans after this fight?

RB: "I will be headed straight to the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. after the fight to try to obtain a visa so I can finally return to Cuba and visit my family that I have not seen since my defection eight years ago. I thought I would never be able to return but now I will be returning as a two-time world champion with grand dreams of one day headlining the first pro boxing event in Cuba."

MB: "After this fight I'll be looking for another big competitive fight. I'm always looking for a challenge. That's why I'm in this fight."

Why do you believe you'll be victorious on June 3?

RB: "I feel I am levels above Mickey Bey in all aspects of the game. I am comfortable with my training and I plan on returning to Miami with my second world title. The adrenaline of fighting in front of my Cuban people will add fuel to my fire and propel me to victory. I am on a mission to be great and leave an imprint in the sport and Mickey Bey is in the way."

MB: "I'm a better fighter. It's that simple."

Warriors Boxing Promotions

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DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT PROSPECTS!

GO 3-0 OVER THE WEEKEND

It was another clean sweep for a trio of DiBella Entertainment prospects as Abel Ramos, Jonathan Alonso and Brandon Williams all picked up impressive victories over the weekend.

Fighting for the second time in just three weeks, Ramos (16-1-2, 11KO's), headlining in front of his hometown fans in Phoenix, AZ, put on a scintillating performance, scoring a devastating fifth-round TKO over the previously undefeated Dario Ferman (13-1, 10KO's). The 24-year-old Ramos, who was a sensational amateur, has scored back-to-back knockout victories since suffering the lone defeat of his professional career to red-hot and undefeated prospect Regis Prograis last December on ShoBox. Ramos plans to keep a very busy 2016 to establish himself as a force in the loaded 140lb. division.

With a spot on the undercard of the eagerly anticipated Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter welterweight world championship, June 25th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, 2012 Spanish Olympian Jonathan Alonso (9-0, 4KO's) picked up an impressive points victory over veteran Koba Karkashadze (20-11-2, 10KO's) in Spain. Nicknamed "Maravilla", Alonso is excited to make his Barclays debut, and will be looking to impress on what is arguably the biggest and most anticipated boxing event thus far in 2016.

Also fighting in front of a hometown audience, Rochester-native Brandon Williams saw his win column reach double digits, as he improved to a perfect 10-0-1 with a unanimous decision victory over Ryan Picou.

The June 25 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS event, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, is headlined by the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between world champion Keith Thurman and former champion Shawn Porter. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with an exciting battle between featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $49 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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BROADWAY BOXING!

RETURNS TO QUEENS

On Friday, June 3, Broadway Boxing returns to the beautiful Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY, with an exciting 10-bout card presented by DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing, sponsored by Nissan of Queens.

Featured on the card, in separate bouts, will be former world champions Richar Abril and Yuri Foreman. Abril (19-3-1, 8KO's), making his much anticipated return and DiBella Entertainment (DBE) debut, will take on the always-tough Jerry Belmontes (21-8, 6KO's) in a 10-round junior welterweight showdown. Foreman (33-2, 9KO's), fighting for the first time in 2016, is set to take on Jason Davis, of Vancouver, WA, in an eight-round junior middleweight matchup.

A gifted boxer with exceptional hand speed and movement, Abril will be returning to the ring for the first time in over a year and a half. Following his world title defense against previously unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0) in September 2014, Abril was stricken with dengue fever that he contracted from a mosquito bite while training in Cuba to defend his title against Derry Matthews in early 2015. Abril was forced to vacate his title as he battled through the illness. Now back and 100 percent healthy, Abril will look to quickly regain his world championship under the DiBella Entertainment banner. The 33-year-old Cuban Abril's three losses are highly debatable having all come via split decision against then-undefeated contenders Hank Lundy and Breidis Prescott, with the last defeat coming at the hands of Brandon Rios for the vacant WBA world title. Following the controversial loss to Rios, who failed to make weight for the bout, Abril, then the interim WBA champion, was elevated to regular champion. Abril twice defended his title, first against 23-0 Sharif Bogere in March of 2013, before traveling to Finland where he defeated the aforementioned Tatli. In Belmontes, Abril will get no pushover. Belmontes began his career at a perfect 17-0, and challenged Omar Figueroa for the WBC world lightweight title in 2014, dropping a close split decision. Belmontes is coming off back-to-back victories, including an upset unanimous decision over previously undefeated Valentyn Golovko in his most recent outing in January of this year.

The bout on June 3 will be Foreman's first since December 2015. Foreman, the former WBA welterweight world champion and now ordained rabbi, stepped away from the ring in 2011 following back-to-back losses, to focus on his studies. He then returned in 2012 and reeled off four consecutive victories before once again stepping away to finally finish his rabbinical studies. Determined to remain active in 2016, Foreman hopes to make another run at capturing a piece of the junior middleweight crown.

Additional bouts on the card will be announced shortly.

Tickets are priced at $125 ringside, $75 reserved seating and $50 general admission. Tickets may be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the fight. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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BOXEO AL MAXIMO!

TO GO COAST TO COAST IN THE UNITED STATES ON MEGA TV
BOXEO AL MAXIMO

EMMY nominated series Boxeo Al Maximo, presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment, will begin a new and exciting chapter on Saturday, June 4 at the Cosme Beitía Coliseum in Cataño where it will debut in the powerful Hispanic network Mega TV with a very attractive show that will once again feature the great boxing rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico. In the main event, Kevin Nieves (9-1-1, 5 KO’s) of Cataño will take on Mexican Alexis Del Bosques (11-2, 8 KO’s) (now residing in Dallas). The show will also feature the return of Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez in a card that will feature seven undefeated boxers. “Last year we had a great season with Boxeo Al Maximo on Univision and it was a great experience, but we have the opportunity to move to Mega TV and be seen in several of the top Hispanic markets in the United States we feel that this is a perfect opportunity to show our top prospects in very important boxing markets,” said Bryan Perez, Vice-President of Boxing Operations for the company that is lead by the five-time Puerto Rican world champion Miguel Cotto. “Mega TV cannot only be seen in Puerto Rico but also in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, Tampa and Miami—cities that have the largest concentrations of Hispanics in the United States.” “We are very happy to be able to partner with SBS Entertainment and Mega TV, undoubtedly the largest growing Hispanic network in the United State.

Boxeo Al Maximo will now be able to be enjoyed from New York to Los Angeles, accomplishing a dream that my father had to take our boxers to another level,” said Miguel Cotto. “To be on prime time on Saturday in the United States was one of our goals and something that we will now be able to do thanks to Mega TV. Our events are high quality in their production and in the ring; we have fights that are evenly matched and the results are always in doubt, something that makes for more enjoyable boxing for our fans,” said Hector Soto, Vice-President and promoter of H2 Entertainment. “Boxeo Al Maximo earned an Emmy nomination. People are interested in our fighters and now they will have the opportunity to see them in the United States.”

The talent for this show will continue to be the same as last year, with new voice Julio Cesar Concepcion handling the blow by blow, and commentators will be former world champion Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez and boxing writer Giancarlo “Mr. Boxing” Oquendo, who will provide expert analysis. “Wonder Boy” Lopez (16-1-1, 12 KOs) of Carolina who, in 2014, was part of one of the most controversial fights in recent years when he beat Robert Castaneda on a majority decision, will face Felix “Ardilla” Perez in an eight round bout in his return. Also in action in a middleweight bout, Magdiel Cotto (3-0, 3 KOs), a member of the Puerto Rico team in the Pan-American Games, will take on Antonio Alicea of Carlina in his professional debut, and the 18-year-old prospect Joh Bauza (1-0, 1 KO), who was 170-8 in the amateurs and won a USA amateur championship, will have the opportunity to fight in his birth city as he takes on Mike Erosa of Vega Baja in a four round bout. And in a junior welterweight rematch, Yomar Alamo (9-0, 7 KOs) of Aguas Buenas will take on Gabriel Díaz in a six round bout. In another bout, flyweight Charlie Clemente (11-0, 4 KOs) of Carolina will face Christian Lopez of Maunabo in a six round bout, and Kelvin Nunez (13-0, 11 KOs) of Carolina will take on a rematch Jonuel Tapia in a six round 195 pound bout. Bryan Chevalier (5-0-1, 5 KOs) of Bayamon will take on Luis Ortiz of Corozal in a six round 122 pound bout. Derrieck Cuevas (6-0-1) of San Juan will face Revlon Lake at 147 pounds y a four round bout.

The show will be broadcast by Mega TV on a one week delay on Saturday, June 11 in prime-time 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Cotto Boxing Promotions

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Justin Jones!

Taking Boxing To Another Level
Justin Jones

Given the size of his dreams, the pairing of the undefeated Houston-based heavyweight Justin "Jawbreaker" Jones (18-0-1, 11 KOs) and Texas boxing legend Maurice "Termite" Watkins is ideal. When you're an unknown fighter looking to 'come from out of nowhere' and become world champion, who better to have as your trainer than a man known for working fistic miracles?

"Termite has me doing things I have never done before," said Jones. "He's a work-ethic guy. He makes me throw a lot of punches and wants me busy all the time. He wants me to throw 250 punches, per round, on the bag. That's unheard of for a heavyweight. He makes me push myself you know? I really think I'm going to break a CompuBox record someday."

A well-respected trainer and former fighter, Watkins retired in 1990 with a record of 61-5-2, 41 KOs. He challenged for the WBC Super Lightweight Championship in 1980, losing a close 15-round decision. But he is probably known best for a pair of stunning achievements.

Heavily decorated as an amateur boxer (128 wins - 10 losses), in 1974, Watkins won the National Golden Gloves in the featherweight division at age 16, the first fighter to ever do so at that age. Also at age 16, he was made a member of the USA National Team, and bunked and travelled the world with future champions Sugar Ray Leonard and Howard Davis Jr.

But perhaps his biggest claim to fame, and the one that has Hollywood producers calling for rights to his story, is the tale of how he ended up leading the entire country of Iraq to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

"I got a phone call one night and they needed pest control people in Iraq and I was born and raised in that business. I applied to go and was finally accepted. One day, the general who knew I was a fighter pulled me in his office and asked me what the odds were of getting Iraq to the Olympics for boxing? I said one in a million. He said 'great all we need is one. I expect you to get it done.' And that's what I did."

Watkins then opened a boxing gym in Al-Hilla Iraq and formed the first Iraqi boxing team of the New Iraq, worked with the new Iraq, Ministry of Sports in Bagdad, Iraq, as a representative of the US government and held a box-off to who would make the new Iraqi Olympic Boxing Team.

For two months, I tried calling the Olympic Committee and the IOC to tell them I was putting a team together in Iraq. They wouldn't answer my calls. I was persistent. Finally, they told me if you can win one of the qualifiers or get runner up, you can go. We went to the first qualifier in the Philippines and won and they didn't give us the decision. Then same thing in China. Pakistan. Same thing. It looked hopeless.

Then one day I got a call that Iraq was being offered a special pass to compete in several events and I ended up taking the country to the Olympics and was their leader. It was an amazing story."

These days, Watkins is happily running his Fighter Nation Gym he founded in Houston, on the grounds of the Fellowship of the Nations church, where he tries offer young fighters moral and spiritual mentoring on top of the sweet science.

"I come from the old school where fundamentals are key," continued Watkins. "When Justin and I started working together, I started him from the beginning again. My expectations are tough. No drinking. No drugs. I don't even want to be around fighters that have a filthy mouth. I train my fighters hard and try to maintain a positive energy in the gym. Fights many times are won or lost in the mind. I don't scream and yell. I'm positive."

Watkins says that while Jones has all the power and drive to be a top contender, he's been helping him work on some of the finer points of the sport.

"I was a real slick fighter and now I'm slowly teaching him that slickness. We work a lot on being slick in there. I also spend time with him on giving him the attitude that he can do anything he puts his mind on."

"I've improved a lot," said Jones. "Termite has me working on things like foot movement and mixing up punch intensity to set up my shots. You can only learn things like that from someone who fought before. He knows a lot of things that regular trainers don't know. The experience he has is going to make me a lot better. I threw 70 jabs in one round the other day; different kinds of jabs. Up-jabs and body jabs and combinations with the jab. I can hit a guy anywhere I want to now, in the shoulder, stomach, head, everywhere.

Louisiana boxing guru Kerry Daigle, who brought fighter and trainer together through mutual friendships, says the duo are going to make a big impression on the heavyweight division soon.

"Speed in sports is what creates champions to rise that 1 to 2 percent above contenders," said Daigle. "Football, basketball, track, and hockey are sports where the word 'speed' is used to compliment extraordinary athletes. You don't hear that compliment much anymore in heavyweight boxing since the days of Ali. Triple J, as we all know Justin Jones, is a heavyweight with the speed of a fast middleweight that is able to throw six- to eight-punch combinations in a matter of seconds. The public hasn't seen the undefeated sensation in a nationally televised fight yet, but will fall in love with him as he brings extraordinary gifts to the squared circle. His new trainer, the former contender who was known for his speed and intellect in the ring, Termite Watkins, is developing him into a complete fighter. Watkins, who understands the power of throwing 'punches in bunches' has come out of retirement to train TRIPLE J because of what he saw in Justin's training at a local gym. We are searching for a top-10 fighter to step up and challenge Justin. Look for him to shine on national TV before the end of the year as Warriors Boxing President, Leon Margules, takes over the reins of promoting Triple J."

Warriors Boxing Promotions

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Danny Roman Stops Christian Esquivel!

Retains NABA Championship
Danny Roman

Thompson Boxing Promotions celebrated sixteen years as a promotional company with a top-notch card that saw Danny Roman successfully defend his NABA Super Bantamweight Championship in electrifying fashion.

Additionally, Taras Shelestyuk showed off his extraordinary skill set in capturing the vacant WBA International Welterweight Title.

In the "New Blood" main event, Roman (19-2-1, 7 KOs) lived up to his WBA ranking (No. 14) with a sizzling performance over Mexico's Christian Esquivel (28-10, 21 KOs).

The Los Angeles-based Roman methodically wore down the crafty Esquivel with a steady jab and power left hook. The heavy punches ultimately took a toll on Esquivel, with Roman landing a series of combinations that knocked out Esquivel at the 1:52 mark of the fifth round.

"I mentioned in my pre-fight interviews that I was going to teach Esquivel a lesson for not making weight," said Roman, referring to Esquivel coming in six ounces over the 122-pound limit. "I think he got the message early and often."

In the "New Blood" co-feature, the fundamentally sound Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) bruised and battered the outmatched Erick Martinez (11-5-1, 5 KOs) to win by third round technical knockout.

Shelestyuk, Ukraine's 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, showed tremendous skill in registering the stoppage win. Instead of counter punching, he pushed forward throwing every punch in the book with quick succession and incredible accuracy. The southpaw, who lives and trains in Los Angeles, executed his game plan with remarkable efficiency.

"From the start, I tried to end the fight early," said Shelestyuk, who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. "I hurt him early and I could tell his punches were getting weaker."

After the third, Martinez was visibly worn down and opted not to come out for the fourth round.

"Danny and Taras delivered noteworthy performances that will no doubt lead to bigger fights down the road," said Ken Thompson, who launched Thompson Boxing Promotions sixteen years ago this month. "Both Danny and Taras are seen as emerging talents in their respective divisions. The impressive knockout wins will certainly raise their national profile."

New Blood Undercard

Roberto Arriaza (12-0, 10 KOs) preserved his flawless record with a hard fought unanimous decision win against Cameron Kreal (8-10-2, 1 KO) of Las Vegas. Arriaza, a Nicaraguan fighting for the first time in the U.S., displayed an aggressive style on his way to the unanimous decision win (77-75 twice, 78-74).

Junior bantamweight Ricardo Espinoza (6-1, 5 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. tasted defeat for the first time after Sam Rodriquez (4-1, 3 KOs) of the Bronx, N.Y. picked him apart through six rounds. Rodriquez dropped Espinoza in the third and never looked back. He absorbed Espinoza's counterattacks and punched him onto the ropes on numerous occasions. Rodriquez heads back to the East Coast with a unanimous decision win (59-54 x3).

Heavyweights Scott Alexander (11-1-2, 6 KOs) and Tracey Johnson (3-2-4) fought to an entertaining majority draw with each boxer having their moments in the 4-round scrap. Johnson, who stands five-foot seven to Alexander's six-foot three, routinely found his way inside with power punches. Alexander preferred to box on the outside, using his superior reach to halt Johnson's attack. Two judges scored the bout even at 38-38, while the third had Johnson ahead 39-37.

Junior welterweight Chris Bautista (4-0) of Madera, Calif. extended his unbeaten mark against Brandon Broussard (3-2, 1 KO) of Lafayette, La. Bautista used a steady attack to stymie the left-handed Broussard. The 4-round unanimous decision scores read: 39-37 twice, 40-36.

Backed by a raucous home crowd, Los Angeles native Rudy Garcia (1-0, 1 KO) opened his career with a knockout win over Joel Cano-Castro (0-3) of Mexico. Garcia, a bantamweight, fired shots at the slow-footed Castro in relentless fashion. Garcia dropped him in the opening round, and continued with the same pressure in the second. As a result, Castro failed to answer the bell after the second round.

Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. on Friday, June 24. A formal announcement will be released in the immediate future.

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CHARLO BROTHERS MAKE HISTORY!

FIRST TWINS TO HOLD WORLD TITLES SIMULTANEOUSLY IN SAME WEIGHT CLASS

On a night Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara successfully defended his WBA Super Welterweight Championship with a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan, undefeated brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo, of Houston, became the first twins in boxing history to hold world titles in the same weight class.

Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) retained his IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous 12-round decision over former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) of Las Cruces, N.M., in the second of three world title fights on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

In the opening bout of the three fight telecast, Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) earned the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Championship by rallying from five points down to register an eighth-round knockout over John "Da Rock" Jackson (20-3, 15 KOs), of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Lara outpointed Martirosyan in the main event by the scores of 116-111 twice and 115-112. There were no knockdowns. Martirosyan had a point deducted for a low blow in the 11th in a rematch of a May 2012 fight that ended in a technical draw.

Born one minute apart, the identical twins celebrated their 26th birthday this past Thursday, May 19. Jermall is one minute older than Jermell.

Jermall Charlo stuck to his game plan and fought behind his jab, throwing 292 jabs and connecting at an 18 percent clip. It was a balanced attack from both fighters, but the power and accuracy from the physically bigger Charlo was a difference.

"It wasn't a struggle, it was a great experience," said Charlo after his second successful title defense. "I want to thank God for allowing me and my twin brother to see this day. History.

"Austin is a hell of a fighter. He's a beast. This was my first time going 12, but it didn't matter because I knew I was in shape.

"My game plan was to execute with the jab. I knew he was going to try to stop me, but that didn't happen. There's no way you can tame a lion.

"It felt good because I knew my brother would get the job done. We belong on this level. We need these titles to get the big fights and we're going to keep these titles to keep rising.

"I changed my mind -- we're going to stay right here (at 154). Making 154 pounds wasn't as bad as everyone made it out to be."

"Hat's off to Jermall Charlo. He fought a hell of a fight," Austin Trout said. "I felt like I did enough to win. They won't give me a close decision, so it's time to start taking these cats out. But I can't make excuses. I fought my ass off, Charlo fought his ass off and hats off to him.

"I'm going to live to fight another day. You're going to see me back. We're warriors out here.''

Two minutes into the eighth round, Jermell Charlo, trailing 69-64 on the three judges' scorecards, landed a perfect counter right hand to Jackson's left eye. As Jackson dropped his guard to insure his mouthpiece was in place, Jermell connected with two more right hands that sent Jackson falling forward into his corner. Defenseless and seemingly out on his feet, referee Tony Weeks stepped in immediately and stopped it at 0:51.

"It's history," said Jermell, who entered the match as the WBC No. 1 contender and became the 66th ShoBox: The New Generation fighter to capture a world title.

"We did it. A lot of fighters don't come out of Houston and we did it. I'm waiting for my brother next. We've been boxing for all of these years and it had to happen.

"I was behind. He was boxing, he was moving around a lot. That was unexpected of him. I thought he was going to come out to brawl. I had to make an adjustment and I did.

"When he started slowing down, I was able to catch him with a shot. I knew that if he could have continued he could have come back so I had to hit him."

While both were selective with their punches, throwing just 427 combined shots through eight and a half rounds, Jermell was the more accurate fighter. The new WBC champ landed 23 percent of his total punches, including 34 percent of his power shots against Jackson.

"It was a journey to get here," said Jackson, the WBC's No. 2 contender going in and son of former world champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson.

"I feel like I was ahead and I came up short. He caught me with a punch and I was trying to fix my mouthpiece. Then he hit me and I was out. It hit me in the eye, but my mouthpiece was coming out. I was trying to push in my mouthpiece back in and he hit me. I knew where I was. It dazed me, but I wasn't knocked out.

"It's boxing. It was a great fight. I felt I was winning the fight, I got caught and that was it.

"I dedicated the fight to my dad and I hope I didn't let him down. I fell short. You win some and you lose some."

Said the elder Jackson: "I'm proud. It took a lot for us to get this far. I know my people are proud. We are strong people and we are coming back."

SHOWTIME's Steve Farhood called the Lara vs. Martirosyan rematch "a typical Lara fight."

"As usual Lara's style is extremely difficult for the judges to score," Farhood said. "He's so selective with his punches, yet he lands such a high percentage of them. And to make it even more difficult, a lot of Martirosyan's body punches were blocked. The judges agreed on seven of the 12 rounds. It clearly was a close fight and what got Lara over the top was the 10-8 score in round 11.

"We benefit from the use of replay. Watching the punch that brought the deduction on replay, I believe that it wasn't a low blow.

"Lara did what Lara does. Martirosyan fought about as well as he could. The difference was Lara's accuracy and ring generalship. I think Martirosyan's competitiveness made it a good fight."

Lara, 33, was making his fourth title defense. "This is normal," said Lara who landed 60 percent of the 160-plus power punches. "This is boxing, not baseball. Low blows and headbutts happen. I'm a very intelligent fighter and at no point did I feel this fight was going to be lost.

"My mother and kids are still there so it would be a great privilege to go fight in my native Cuba. Everything is possible in this world. I didn't think I'd be champion of the world and here I am.

"I want to tell Team Vanes thank you for giving me the rematch. I'm ready to fight anybody. I'd like to fight Canelo.

"The Charlo brothers are my teammates and having three of us going back as champions is a great thing."

Martirosyan, the aggressor throughout, disputed the decision.

"I was chasing him all night," he said. "I put on the pressure. I thought I did enough to win. That was not a low blow. Replays show the trunks were high.

"I never ducked anyone. No one wanted to fight Lara. I stepped up and fought him again. I'll fight anyone."

Undefeated IBF No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Julian "J Rock" Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs), was interviewed between fights by SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING's Brian Custer. Williams, of Philadelphia, has been calling out the Charlo Twins.

"I can't get the fights I deserve," Williams said. "But I've got a good team. I have Al Haymon and he got me the mandatory for the winner of Charlo-Trout. Guys know it's a rough fight if they step in with me. And they know 99 percent of the time they will lose.

"Jermall Charlo is an undefeated champion. I'm undefeated. That's what boxing is all about - two young, hungry champions going at it in their primes. So, I am interested in fighting Jermall Charlo."

On Charlo saying he's sick of reading your tweets and he'd like to shut you up...

"Well, he doesn't have to wait much longer so he doesn't have any choice now," Williams said. "I'm the mandatory and if he wins, we are going to fight next."

Brian Custer hosted the SHOWTIME telecast, with Mauro Ranallo calling the action, Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi commentating and Jim Gray reporting. In the Spanish simulcast, Alejandro Luna called the blow-by-blow and former world champion Raul Marquez served as color commentator. The executive producer of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING was David Dinkins Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing.

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Shumenov Stops Wright!

Mandatory To Denis Lebedev
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World Boxing Association (WBA) "regular" cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 10 KOs) stopped No. 11-rated Junior "Hurricane" Wright (15-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 10th round tonight at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Shumenov, a former WBA light heavyweight world champion, is first two-division world champion from a Soviet-bloc country. The native of Kazakhstan, fighting out of Las Vegas, also earned the right to challenge unified WBA Super/ International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) within 120 days, as mandated by the WBA.

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Hernandez Upsets Magomedov!

John Vera Stops Joey Ruelas
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Determined Phoenix middleweight Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez shocked heavy favorite Arif "The Pedator" Magomedov in tonight's main event on the "Knockout Night at the D" card, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. Tonight's event was promoted in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions.

Before a sold-out crowd, Hernandez (12-4-1, 4 KOs) pounded world-rated middleweight Magomedov (17-1, 10 KOs), winning a unanimous 10-round decision (100-89 twice, 98-91) for the vacant USNBC middleweight title. Hernandez hurt Magomedov in the third and seventh rounds, finally dropping the tough Russian (WBA #2, WB) #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14) in the 10th.

"This fight changes everything for me," Hernandez proclaimed. "He's very good and deserves all of the accolades he's received but I now have my head on straight and I'm focused. My jab was very important tonight. He's very strong but I wanted to fight him inside because I knew he couldn't take it from me. I was very prepared. I think I may have broken my ankle in the fourth round but I kept going. I wanted to finish him, get the knockout, but he's a very tough fighter. He has heart and showed why he has all of those accolades."

Four weeks ago, Hernandez was preparing to fight as a cruiserweight. He lost 40 pounds to make weight for this middleweight fight in what turned out to be one of the biggest upsets of the year.

Southpaw super welterweights John "The Phenom" Vera (14-0, 9 KOs), of Fort Worth, and Phoenix' Joey "Boxer" Ruelas (10-2-1, 4 KOs) went toe-to-toe from the opening bell and they never let up in the co-feature. Vera exploded in the round of this firestorm, battering the game Ruelas around, until referee Jay Nady halted the action in the sixth round. Vera remained undefeated and retained his NABA-USA title.

"I knew eventually he'd put his hands down and I'd catch him," Vera explained. "I thank him for the opportunity to fight. He's helluva fighter, I give him that, but I know I'm a warrior. I took some shots but gave 'em, too. I broke him down and just kept throwing those lefts."

In the TV opener, boxing prodigy Devin "The Dream" Haney (6-0, 4 KOs) made history as the 17-year-old - a junior in high school - became the youngest American professional boxer to fight on national television. The Floyd Mayweather, Sr.-trained Haney, fighting out of Las Vegas in front of his rapidly growing fan-base, showcased his vast skills against previously undefeated Mexican invader Jairo "El Leon" Vargas (Fernandez), unloading 14 unanswered punches for a 4th round technical knockout victory. Nady stopped the fight without counting when a badly hurt Vargas (4-1, 3 KOs) hit the deck hard.

"I happy that I put on a good performance for my fans," Haney commented after the fight. "My team put together the strategy to use my jab and breakdown his body. I picked up my combinations did what I was told to do."

In a battle of Texas junior welterweights, Tony Lopez (11-1, 4 KOs) dropped previously unbeaten Jerren "Hardknocks" Cochran (11-1-1, 4 KOs) twice with lefts in the opening round and finished him off in the second, knocking him out cold with a punishing right.

"Two mores seconds and I would have finished him off in the first," Lopez remarked. "My corner told me that, after the lefts, come back with a right. They gave me the game plan and I executed."

In the opening bout, Las Vegas favorite Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (4-0, 2 KOs) dominated Puerto Rican welterweight Julio "El Indio" Santos (2-3, 1 KO) on his way to a win by unanimous 4-round decision.

"I know I could have done a little better, throwing more combinations and jab," Nichols said. "He came in trying but he couldn't fight. I sent him back to Puerto Rico with a loss."

"Knockout Night at the D" returns to the DLVEC Friday night, June 10, on CBS Sports Network. USNBC lightweight champion Demond "Body Shot" Brock (11-3-1, 4 KOs) defends his title against former USNBC 135-pound title holder Chuy "Hurrican" Gutierrez in the 10-round main event.

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KNOCKOUT AT THE D WEIGHTS
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Arif Magomedov 160 vs. Andrew Hernandez 160

John Vera 154 vs. Joey Ruelas 153

Devin Haney 133 vs. Jairo Vargas 130.5

Tony Lopez 122 vs. Jerren Cochran 122

Jeremy Nichols 147 vs. Julio Santos 147

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Nick Guivas V Jarrell Miller!

CBS Televised Showdown
Nick Guivas V Jarrell Miller

Topeka, Kansas heavyweight Nick "Two Gunz" Guivas is taking a realistic approach to facing one of the most dangerous up-and-coming heavyweights in the world next weekend.

Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) will take on undefeated WBO #11, WBA #12 and IBF #15 Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs) for the WBO NABO Heavyweight Championship on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

The two power-punching heavies will meet in the main event of Greg Cohen Promotions' (in association with Salita Promotions, Adam Wilcock's FightCard Promotions and David Schuster's Winner Take All Productions) next instalment of "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network."

In the 10-round lightweight semi-final bout, red-hot Filipino prospect Harmonito "El Huracan de Gensan" Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) will make his debut on US soil against capable veteran Guillermo Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) of Buffalo.

Tickets for "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network" start at $35 and are available at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino box office, www.ticketmaster.com or you can charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

"I'm coming there to win, definitely," said Guivas, "and I know I'm a lot smaller than him, but I think I can move around and stay away from his punches. He's a very heavy hitter, so I'm going to move and box him and see what the outcome is. I'm going to give this guy everything I've got. And I know he's coming to fight too, so at the end of the fight, may the best man get their hand raised."

Taking on the red-hot Miller is not a job many heavyweights are hoping to get at the moment, but Guivas says the time is right for a challenge of this magnitude.

"I'm at the part of my career where I need to step up," he explained. "When they offered me the fight, I was already somewhat in shape, so I said let's get in better shape and see what we can do. I think at this time I'm ready for it."

Guivas says he respects Miller's power, but might have some openings to get a few things done. "Over the years, I've gotten smarter in the ring. I know the guy is a heavy puncher and had a really good amateur career. He's got a good jab, but he doesn't have super fast hands. I've also noticed he tends to wear down in the later rounds, so I have to take him deep and see if I can out-box him."

A service technician for Coca Cola during the day, Guivas stared boxing and had his first fight at age eight. He ultimately had around 200 amateur fights and was a two-time silver gloves medalist, won the regional Golden Gloves tournament twice and went to the PAL Nationals. He got the nickname "Two Gunz" from promoter Damon Reed.

"My promoter, Damon, is my promoter and a fighter too. He gave me that name because of the size of my arms and because I hit him one time and he said he felt like he'd been shot with a gun."

Guivas says he's working hard at the Danger Fire Gym in Topeka, before and after work every day, and doing things a bit different to prepare for Miller.

"I get up early in the morning and get my run in and then in evenings after work I do my boxing and sparring. I end up doing four to five hours a day of training. I have no choice, but to do it like that. In the past, I've had one or two sparring partners for a fight, and I would go five or six rounds with that guy. For this fight, we brought in five guys and I get a fresh one every round. And the guys I'm sparring with are guys that are at the next level or getting ready to become top fighters. I'm getting a fresh look from different guys every round."

A good counterpuncher and a decent boxer, Guivas says a victory next Friday would change everything.

"I think beating Miller would definitely put me to the next level. The guy is top 10. If I can get the win I'd be in the money next time. I don't fight just for the money though. I love to fight. That's what I do."

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7:00 pm. The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is located at 310 4th Street in Niagara Falls, NY. For more information, call 877-873-6322 or visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com.

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Arthur Abraham V Tim-Robin Lihaug!

July 16 In Berlin
Arthur Abraham V Tim-Robin Lihaug

‘King’ Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) faces Scandinavian star Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany.

Abraham returns for the first time following his defeat to Gilberto Ramirez, and the former three-time World Champion is eager to get back on the World title trail starting with a victory against the 23 year-old Norwegian.

‘’My goal is to become World Champion again and I will not let anyone stand in my way,’’ said Abraham. ‘’Tim-Robin Lihaug is a good, young fighter but he will learn the hard way what it takes to make it to the top.

‘’I never underestimate any of my opponents and I will prepare myself to be in top shape. I want to put the disappointment of losing to Ramirez behind me and prove I still have more to give. I’m looking to the future now and that starts with a good win on July 16.’’

Lihaug lands a dream fight with the German star following a series of impressive performances, which have included one-sided victories over previously undefeated domestic rivals Simen Smaadal and Arne Ernstsen.

‘’I’m very excited about this opportunity,’’ said Lihaug. ‘’Abraham has been a great champion for many years, but I wouldn’t have taken this fight if I didn’t think I could win. He is beatable and I’m coming to Berlin to win.

The Norwegian fighter believes his age and desire could prove the decisive factor in their super middleweight clash. ‘’Abraham is 36 years-old and has already won a lot of titles and made a lot of money, whereas I’m a young, hungry fighter, and I think that will give me an advantage,’’ he says.

‘’This is like a World title fight to me, it means everything. I’ve been in training camp since the beginning of January and I will be in the best shape of my life on July 16. I want to prove myself and there is no better way of doing that than by beating Abraham.’’

‘’This match-up has all the ingredients of a great fight,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’In one corner we have Arthur Abraham, one of the most successful German boxers in recent history, and in the other Tim-Robin Lihaug, one of our emerging stars from Scandinavia. Both men are at very different stages in their careers, but both men want the same thing – a shot at the World title!

‘’Arthur is aware he cannot afford another defeat, and Tim knows a victory can catapult him into international stardom. There is a lot on the line and there can be only one winner. This is guaranteed to be a fascinating match-up!’’

Abraham and Lihaug’s clash provides chief support for Tyron Zeuge’s WBA World Super Middleweight title challenge against Giovanni De Carolis. Tickets are on sale now and available via www.eventim.de and www.tickethall.de.

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Shumenov V Wright!

WBA Cruiserweight World Title Fight
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The World Boxing Association (WBA) has declared Saturday night's fight between No. 1 ranked contender Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) and No. 11-rated Junior "Hurricane" Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) will become the WBA "regular" cruiserweight world champion. The 12-round off-TV bout will take place at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Shumenov had been the WBA "interim" cruiserweight world champion and mandatory challenger for WBA Super cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs), who also fights this Saturday in a unification match against International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Victor Emilio "El Tyson de Abasto" Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in Russia.

The WBA has mandated that the Shumenov-Wright winner will be the mandatory challenger for the Lebedev-Ramirez unified winner, which must take place within 120 days.

Friday's night's fight in France between No. 2 Yunier Dorticos and No. 3 Youri Kalenga, erroneously billed as for the WBA "regular" title,will now be for the WBA "interim" cruiserweight world championship.

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WEIGHTS FROM CALI
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NABA Champion Danny Roman (18-2-1, 6 KOs) weighed in at 122 lbs., while challenger Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) checked in at 122.6 lbs. during Thursday's weigh in.

The Roman-Esquivel match up is the featured bout on Thompson Boxing Promotions' sixteen year anniversary show. The 10-round, "New Blood" main event originates this Friday, May 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

In addition to defending his 122-pound title, Roman seeks to extend his win streak to eleven while also holding onto, or improving upon, the number fourteen ranking by the WBA.

In the co-feature, former Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (13-0, 8 KOs) of Ukraine weighed in at 147 lbs., and challenger Erick Martinez (11-4-1, 5 KOs) of Mexico came in at 145.7 lbs. The 10-round fight has championship implications, as Shelestyuk and Martinez will vie for the WBA International Welterweight Title.

Shelestyuk is co-promoted through Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.

WEIGHTS

Danny Roman, 122 vs. Christian Esquivel, 122.6

Taras Shelestyuk 147 vs. Erick Martinez, 145.7

Roberto Arriaza, 147 vs. Cameron Kreal, 146.5

Ricardo Espinoza, 115.9 vs. Sam Rodriquez, 115.5

Scott Alexander, 225 vs. Tracey Johnson, 216

Chris Bautista, 140.5 vs. Brandon Broussard, 140.6

Rudy Garcia, 119.6 vs. Joel Castro, 118.8

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

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World Championship Tripleheader!

Final Press Conference Quotes
World Championship Tripleheader

The six elite 154-pound fighters competing on Saturday's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring live on SHOWTIME from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

In attendance Thursday and headlining the event were WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy Lara and top contender Vanes Martirosyan. Televised coverage begins live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and features IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin Trout plus undefeated challenger Jermell Charlo battling hard-hitting John Jackson for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $39, and are available online at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000;www.ticketmaster.com.

Twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo celebrated their 26th birthday Thursday and were celebrated with a cake at the final press conference that took place at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan. On Saturday they look to become the first twin brothers to hold world titles at the same time in the same weight class.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

ERISLANDY LARA

"I plan on going in there and getting into my zone and making the adjustments that will allow me to be victorious.

"One difference between this fight and our last fight is that I'm coming into this fight 100 percent healthy. I'm not making any excuses but I had a fractured knuckle going into our first fight. I still felt I was winning the fight. This time I'm not going to leave any doubt about who is the best.

"I have no pressure on me. I feel calm. Part of that comes with experience but I also know that I'm going to go in there and execute my game plan like I always do.

"I'm always stuck in controversial fights because of my fighting style.

"I'm excited to be sharing the stage with the Charlo brothers. We have trained together, so being part of this with them is great.

"Vanes's a lot more passive than he was for the first fight. He was telling me I better be ready.

"I'm going to do what I have to do. Put my game plan together, put my punches together, I'm going to do everything that I have to do to be victorious on Saturday night.

On how he's improved from the first fight...

"The fundamentals are always there. Every fighter gets better with every fight. You get a little bit more experience and that's the difference."

VANES MARTIROSYAN

"I've had a tremendous camp. I have a great team. I've had incredible sparring partners and I can't wait for the real thing on Saturday.

"I'm in the best shape of my life and I've never been so ready. I don't have to tell you what I'm going to do up here, because you're going to see it on Saturday night. Actions speak louder than words. This is going to be the best Vanes you'll ever see.

"This time around I am definitely going to be more aggressive. I cannot wait for Saturday.

"There is a different feeling for me in this fight than ever before. It's for a world title, this is as big as it gets.

"It is the 'Dream' versus the 'Nightmare,' and you'll definitely see the 'Nightmare' on Saturday night.

On what he saw in Lara's eyes when they faced off...

"A fighter looking at another fighter. I see hunger in both eyes.

"A lot of the first fight, I was kind of inexperienced but we've matured a lot throughout the years. Four years into this game, a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge in the game so there's a lot I learned from the first fight.

"The whole division is here, it's awesome. They should do this more often and I'm happy that SHOWTIME put together such a great card."

JERMALL CHARLO

"Every fight on this card could have been the main event. To be on a card like this with all these great fighters is exciting.

"Boxing has a lot of really big fights with the Charlos coming in the future. We're going to take it one step at a time. This is a great fight that we have in front of us.

"I'm very proud of my brother, to have accomplished what he has at 26-years-old, coming from where we came from.

"This is a huge fight for me. This is more to me than winning a world title. I put my all into this. None of Trout's experience matters. I'm a real lion and I'm going to show it.

"Austin Trout is just a name to me. He beat Cotto, so what? I have work to do. I'm focused on getting the job done.

"We (the brothers) both do different things, but we also have the same skills and the same power. No one in the division can match up to us.

"We always thought that we would be winners and that we would be competing at the top level. Now it's time to make history. We want to prove why we're at the top.

"Me and my brother have always wanted to be champions at the same time. There's never been anything like this. This era, you will get a chance to enjoy us. We've worked very hard to get here and we're going to reign on this level.

"After this, I'm coming for the (160-pound fighters). To be a top pound-for-pound fighter you need to dominate different divisions and that is my goal. That doesn't mean I'm struggling with weight. I feel good right now but I think I will be even stronger at 160.

"May 21 there is nothing that is going to stop me from losing my belt."

AUSTIN TROUT

"It's no coincidence that I'm back at the top making a title run. I paid my dues and put in all the hard work necessary.

"I have nothing bad to say about Jermall as a person or a fighter. But at the end of the day, the history will be my own. I'm going to use him for my legacy, not the other way around.

"I worked hard to get here. I'm sharp and on weight. There is nothing that I feel like he can do to beat me that night.

"Charlo took a chance with this fight. There is no mistake in taking a chance. But will the chance end up in his favor? I hardly doubt it. This won't be easy. I'm never in easy fights. They're always great fights.

"Size won't be a problem. He still has to make 154 pounds.

"I want to thank Jermall for taking this fight. He's doing something that a lot of people won't do. But at the end of the day, I'm going to be the lion tamer. I'm going to tame that lion.''

What flaws do you see?...

"I don't want to tell you about his flaws because he might fix them by Saturday, but we see a couple flaws.

On if it would hurt him to move up to 160...

"It may, it may not. We're not looking at any extra edge or wishing to put all our eggs in one basket. What we're banking on is our skillset and our grip to come out victorious. Whether it hurts him or not, it's not going to matter. Only thing it's going to do is make it easier for me.

"I've been there, I've been to the deep waters. I've seen many different types of strategies and styles. In a sense, there's nothing that he brings to the table that I haven't seen before.

"I've got a big dog in me that you're going to see Saturday night. You're going to see what should have been the main event. Me and Charlo, it's going to be a great fight and I hope y'all tune in because I'm taking that belt."

JERMELL CHARLO

"I appreciate everyone involved in putting this fight together. To me this is a card that people need to be pay attention to. I believe that everyone on this card is going to give it their all, because we all motivated each other to be here.

"I'm fighting John Jackson, the son of a legend. I don't believe John Jackson will be able to live up to his dad and if his dad ever had to face me, I would have beat him too.

"We're getting more and more experience. People thought that Gabriel Rosado was too big of a test for me but I dominated that fight. I'm going to pass any test they put in front of me. Over the course of time, you're eventually going to have to say we the experience.

"I'm proud of what my brother has done. His success motivates me. He's a world champion. These are the kind of things we look forward to.

"This is our time. There is no more that we can say. There is a lot that's coming ahead of us.

"I'm coming to win. I trained hard. It's time for a world title for me. I have to fulfill my end of the bargain. John Jackson has been in wars, but so have I. This is our time, me and my brother's.

"Being on the same card as my brother is already a high standard so being on a card with the rest of the undercard guys, I'm honored and ready to show what I have to do. I'm ready to make history. I'm ready to win this belt and enjoy my vacation after.

"I'm sticking with 154 right now. I would love to go to 160 because it's easier for me but because it's easier that's why I wouldn't go up. Making 154 for him is easy as well, he just sees other options."

JOHN JACKSON

"I'm extremely blessed to be here. I'm looking to make history. My dad was a champion and I'm going to do the same thing.

"Jermell is just selling the fight. We don't take anything he says personally. We'll humble him and put him in his place.

"This is a dream come true and the Jackson legacy will live on.

"It's going to be a great night. This could be the best fight of the card, easily. If you watch my career, every single fight I bring it. You're going to see action and explosiveness.''

On Jermell Charlo's comments about his father...

"That's disrespectful. My dad paid his dues and to talk about my dad like that is kind of disrespectful. It's not getting to me. Fighters use that to try to get in your head but it's fine, I'll let him pay in the ring.''

If Jermell's ego is getting to him...

"Yeah, he needs to humble himself. That was a little out of line. But we'll see what he looks like in the ring."

On what flaws he sees in his game...

"He has a lot of flaws. How he leans forward and waits a lot. But his style is perfect for my style. I always bring it and give 100 percent and we're looking for a stoppage.

"It's going to be explosive don't miss it. SHOWTIME, it's going down."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Miguel Vazquez V Erick Bone!

Premier Boxing Champions
Miguel Vazquez V Erick Bone

Former world champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) is set to take on super lightweight contender Erick Bone (16-3, 8 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 and FOX Deportes from the Dancehall in San Antonio on Saturday, May 28 with televised coverage beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Bone replaces Felix Diaz, who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. Bone will return to 140-pounds after challenging Shawn Porter and Chris Algieri at welterweight in 2015.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to face a former world champion like Miguel Vazquez next Saturday night," said Bone. "I look forward to fighting in front of the great fans in San Antonio and proving that I am a dangerous fighter that will leave it all in the ring."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85 and $20 and $1,000 and $850 for VIP tables, before taxes and fees and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (210) 988-8821 visit http://lbtickets.ticketleap.com/march28th2016/ or in person at Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave.

The 29-year-old Vazquez had a successful reign as 135-pound champion and defended his title eight times during his championship run. After beating Ji-Hoon Kim for his title, he would go on to defend it against the likes of Denis Shafikov, Mercito Gesta, Leonardo Zappavigna and Ammeth Diaz. Fighting out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Vazquez's most recent victory came against Jerry Belmontes and he is looking to rebound from a decision loss to Algenis Mendez in October.

The 26-year-old Bone has fought in the U.S. since 2014 and began his career stateside with victories over Francisco Figueroa, Mahonri Montes and Peter Oluoch. Born in Manabi, Ecuador, Bone won the first 12 bouts of his career. His most recent losses have come at welterweight and against former world champions. Now, he returns to the 140-pound division where he picked up a South American title in 2012.

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Magomedov V Hernandez!

Weigh In Open To The Public

The official weigh-in for this Saturday evening's "Knockout Night at the D," airing (8 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), will be held tomorrow (Friday, May 20) at the Fremont Street Experience, 3rd Street Stage, in Las Vegas. The weigh in is open to the public and will start at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The May 21st event is promoted in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions.

Undefeated Russian middleweight Arif "The Predator" Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) squares off against upset specialist Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 10-round main event for the vacant USNBC championship. Magomedov is world ranked among the top 15 160-pounders by the four major sanctioning bodies: WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14.

Unbeaten super welterweight John "The Phenom" Vera (12-0, 8 KOs), of Fort Worth, Texas, defends his NABA-USA title belt against challenger Joey "Boxer" Ruelas (10-1-1, 4 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 8-round co-feature Las Vegas' 17-year-old boxing prodigy Devin "The Dream" Haney (5-0, 3 KOs) will become the youngest American boxer to box on national television as the 7-time national amateur champion takes on fellow undefeated lightweight prospect Jairo Fernandez (4-0, 3 KOs), of Mexico, in the 6-round television opener.

Former WBC Youth International titlist Tony Lopez (10-1, 3 KOs), of Dallas, meets unbeaten Houston featherweight Jerren "Hardknocks" Cochran (11-0-1, 4 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in 4-round bouts are Las Vegas junior lightweight Randy Moreno (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Texan Chris Turtun (1-2), and Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Julio Santos (2-2, 1 KO), from Puerto Rico.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission (seated), are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 6:00 p.m. PT.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series was developed in partnership with DLVEC and Neon Star Media.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

FITE will stream all of Saturday night's "Knockout Night at the D" preliminary matches worldwide. In addition, the entire card may be watched on FITE APP outside of North American from 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.,. ET to 10 p.m. PT / 1 a.m. ET on the FITE APP.

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

Idea Design Studio is the main sponsor.

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World Championship Tripleheader!

Workout Quotes
World Championship Tripleheader

Fight week kicked off Wednesday with media workouts at the UNLV Boxing Gym for the six fighters competing in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGâ tripleheader of 154-pound world title fights this Saturday, May 21 from The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Working out Wednesday and headlining the event were WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy Lara and top contender Vanes Martirosyan. Televised coverage begins live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin Trout plus undefeated challenger Jermell Charlo battling hard-hitting John Jackson for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $39, and are available online at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:

ERISLANDY LARA

"I'm not surprised that I'm fighting Vanes again. It's my job to fight whoever they put in front of me.

"I felt that I was a better fighter than him the first time and I'm a little better in almost every area since. One of the most important things is my way of training and my way of getting prepared. I feel that I am much more mature.

"I like being back in Las Vegas again. I'm definitely prepared to do what I do - and that's win.

"After I win Saturday, I would love to fight GGG or Canelo, but I would prefer GGG. It's not frustrating that I'm not fighting the biggest names all the time. I'm a headliner.

"I don't feel any pressure. I'm just going to do my job and just keep winning. As long as I keep winning, everything will take care of itself."

VANES MARTIROSYAN

"I've been fighting as a pro for over 10 years. This is definitely the most important fight of my career. It's do or die. Win and I move 10 steps forward, lose and I go 10 steps backwards.

"Beating Lara this time is 10 times bigger than if I had won the first time. Lara has gotten better, maybe his style hasn't changed much, but I feel that I'm much better too.

"There has been lots of changes in my camp. All for the better. I'm more focused in training. We've gone back to doing things the way we used to. I've really been dedicated. More than ever.

"I've given 100 percent every single day in the gym. This is going to be a tough fight. I hope he comes to me. It makes for a good fight. Actually, I think he is going to come forward a little more than people expect, but I'm prepared to chase him. Whatever it takes to be effective.

"If he is aggressive, once he feels my power, he is going to go back to what he does best - running.

"I'm coming to give my all."

JERMALL CHARLO

"All of the lost opportunities were part of my journey to get to this point. I know people aren't going to give me my credit for fighting Trout because people will feel like he has had his time in his career, which we all do, but now it's my time and I'm taking every opportunity I can.

"I look back at the situations I've had to get here and it's exciting. I have a big name opponent in Austin Trout and I feel like the underdog. I'm the young buck in the game who's trying to be the lion. Although I do have the belt, its because I had to take it from someone that didn't deserve it.

"Every time Austin Trout gets to this level, he fails. He didn't fight the same Miguel Cotto, he just wasn't himself that night. I have to come in there and take what's mine.

"Whatever happens, I'm excited. We train, we prepare for 12 rounds. I'm prepared for whatever I need to be.

"I'm excited to be here and fight and be able to support my brother. We're able to roll through anything and keep looking forward. The good and the bad.

"Everything I've been through; I try to move forward every fight. I got the belt from Cornelius Bundrage, I defended the belt and now I have the opportunity to fight Austin Trout - a bigger name.

AUSTIN TROUT

"I take my hat off to him. He's undefeated. He's a champion. I've been through more to get to where I'm at. I'm more of a dangerous fighter.

"He's not one to shy away from a challenge. I feel like I'm a better fighter. I'm shocked that I got a title shot this fast. I thought I was going to have to go back to the drawing board. The opportunity came and I'm so excited.

"I've been working on my inside game. The things outside of the ring - tightening up myself as a person. It's been helping me in the ring.

On Jermall predicting a knockout:

"He's dreaming. Everyone has dreams, but I've been known to bust people's bubbles. No one has been able to knock me out. He thinks he's a great man. A better man than Canelo or Lara? He's tripping.

"I'm probably his toughest test to date.

"The next chapter would be to fight my mandatory, unify and be undisputed champion."

JERMELL CHARLO

"This is history in the making. It's extremely exciting. We never really thought about it like this. We knew we would be boxing and winning titles, but this is special. We have the opportunity to both be world champions at the same time.

"We don't know what to expect on Saturday, but we're excited to put on a show and make a mark.

"I have to get in there and prove to my opponent and the rest of the world that I'm dangerous and I will be victorious.

"We always wanted to fight. We always want to prove ourselves to each other. About everything. We caused trouble but found ourselves in boxing.

"I thought my opportunity would come first, but everything happens for a reason. Look at this moment. It's motivated me and now it's paying off.

"The new training camp has been an adjustment, not being with my brother every day. I've been able to define who I am and my brother is able to do his thing.

"My motivation is that I was once with my brother everyday. What pushed me so much in camp was knowing that I'm not with my brother everyday, but I'm still in the same shape, even better and stronger. Not through coaches, but in general. Mentally I'm the same or better. We didn't get worse because we split. The point is what we are doing to stay in shape physically and mentally to be the best we can be."

JOHN JACKSON

"This is going to be a good fight. It could be the best fight on the card. I'm an explosive fighter so expect fireworks.

"My dad has given me advice my whole career. I have a lot of great insight about how to manage my emotions. He's instrumental in my corner. I'm 100 percent ready.

"There is a lot of pressure on Jermell, but I'm sure he's not over thinking it. I'm expecting the best Charlo in there.

"I go in there to go to war. Whatever happens, happens. I'm going to leave it all in the ring and give the fans a great show.

"I'm happy to be the underdog. I like to be the underdog and prove people wrong. I'm happy to be in this position. I was an underdog in the Olympics. I love the pressure. He has more to lose than I do.

"I've been dreaming about this moment my whole life. I'm 100 percent ready for this and I can't wait to perform under the lights.

"Make sure you tune-in, because I'm going all out for the belt."

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

"We're very busy. We are going full steam ahead. We are doing events, putting butts in the seats and promoting our fighters.

"This is a great card. Anytime you can put the top fighters in a single weight class on the same show, it is bound to be a great event for the fans and for the sport in general.

"We're happy to be working with SHOWTIME once again to put on another tremendously competitive fight card for the fans.

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Toka Kahn-Clary!

Continues His Development
Toka Kahn-Clary

Undefeated blue-chip featherweight prospect Toka "T-Nice" Kahn-Clary (17-0, 11 KOs) continues to show improvement in each and every fight. Last weekend, the 23-year-old Liberia-native knocked out seasoned veteran Orlando Rizo (19-7) in the fourth round at Sportsman Lodge in Studio City, California.

Kahn-Clary, fighting out of Providence, may still be flying under the radar but he's getting closer to becoming a breakout star. His most recent fight was his first scheduled 10-rounder.

"I put in a lot of hard roadwork, running seven miles a day, and (his head trainer) Peter (Manfredo, Sr.) really pushed me," Kahn-Clary talked about preparing for his last fight. I got some good work from Javier Fortuna, sparring him a few times, and he's a good southpaw.

"I wasn't looking for a knockout but it just happened. I stepped left and threw a left. I didn't load up but it was accurate, hitting him right on his chin. I was happy to get the knockout but I was looking forward to getting in some more rounds."

"Nothing Toka does really surprises me because I've known since the beginning that he's special," Manfredo commented. "Toka continues to improve with each fight and he's hungry to get to the next level. There's no rush, he doesn't turn 24 to next year. He's still maturing. The kid he knocked out was Nicolas Walters' main sparring partner.

"I just don't want to put him in with the big names just yet. He's maturing but he's not all the way there. He's improving all of the time, putting his combinations together better each fight. I've also noticed that he's nice and relaxed in the ring now. He's becoming a good boxer who always had power. Top Rank is doing a great job moving him. Everybody's happy."

A decorated American amateur who had a 131-11 record, highlighted by a gold-medal performance at the 2010 National Golden Gloves Tournament, Kahn-Clary passed on a shot to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to turn pro three years ago.

"I've been boxing 10 years now," Kahn-Clary added. "Knowing what I've already accomplished, I also realize that I'm still improving. I'll be back in the gym Monday to get ready for the next call we get about my next fight. (Top Rank's) Brad Goodman is one of the best matchmakers in boxing. He and everybody at Top Rank are doing a great job positioning me for a big opportunity. That may not happen this year but, hopefully, it will sometime next year. I'm boxing so much better now than I ever did. I used to fight like I was in a fog but, now, my eyes are wide open."

Not bad for a kid who left his mother and siblings in Liberia when he was six, only to have his father murdered a year after he arrived in the United States. He's overcome many difficult obstacles in his young life, most of them tougher than any opponents he'll every fight, including a stretch in which he was homeless. It's only made him tougher and an even better overall person.

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Beibut Shumenov V Junior Wright!

This Saturday Night In Las Vegas
Beibut Shumenov

World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Cruiserweight World champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) makes his first title defense this Saturday night (May 21) against WBA No. 11-rated Junior "Hurricane" Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) at The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

"I'm happy to get the opportunity to fight this Saturday night," Shumenov said, "but I wish that I could fight more often. I've been ready since January. Every training session I gain new knowledge. I am a completely different fighter than in my last fight."

Shumenov's last fight was back in July, in which he defeated B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs) by 12-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas to capture the vacant WBA Interim title, making the former WBA light heavyweight champion Shumenov the first professional boxer from Kazakhstan to be a two-division world champion.

By becoming the WBA Interim cruiserweight champion, Shumenov also became the No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger for WBA Super cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs), who also fights this Saturday in Russia against International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Victor Emilio "El Tyson de Abasto" Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in a unification match.

The WBA has already mandated that the Lebedev-Ramirez must fight Shumenov within 120 days. The WBA, however, has failed to explain why it also declared a WBA "regular" cruiserweight world title fight this Friday night in France between No. 2 Yunier Dorticos and No. 5 Youri Kalenga (since upgraded to No. 3), especially after announcing that it would work this year to have only one world champion in each weight class.

Shumenov, of course, is risking his mandatory position by fighting Wright, the former 5-time Chicago Golden Gloves champion. "I need to stay active," Shumenov explained why he's taking such a risk. "Every fight, I gain experience and it also helps me develop my fighting skills."

The 12-round Shumenov vs. Wright title fight is on the non-televised portion of The Cosmopolitan show.

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Donald Wallace!

To Make Pro Debut In Virginia
Donald Wallace

Baltimore Boxing middleweight prospect “Dangerous” Donald Wallace is slated to make his pro debut against fellow newcomer Brian Straus in a four round match up Saturday evening at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

In the last year, Wallace went from a virtual unknown to a respected up and comer in the notoriously tough Baltimore-Maryland-DC region. A participant in the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers, Wallace exceeded expectations but ultimately came up short after dropping a debatable decision to well-regarded Sharif Rahman.

Since the defeat to Rahman, Wallace has been fighting with a chip on his shoulder and the kind of hunger necessary to make it in a sport brutal as boxing. Now that his brief but successful amateur career is behind him, Wallace is focused on his future in the paid ranks.

“I’m excited and have been working on getting my weight down,” said Wallace. “My last few amateur fights I fought too heavy but that’s no longer an issue. I’ve already had experience boxing without the headgear during the Olympic Qualifiers so I’m not worried about that aspect. I actually like that the gloves are smaller in the pros because I’m looking for a knockout or stoppage in the first round to enter the pros in style!”

Jake Smith, Wallace’s manager and trainer, has been involved in the fight game for more than three decades and is a firm believer in him.

“Donald came to me with no experience but the desire to learn and improve. He is an incredibly hard worker and has come very far in a short period of time. I believe his work ethic alone will take him places in this sport and I’m looking forward to Saturday night.”

Tickets are available by calling 410-375-9175.

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RICKY HATTON!

RELIKH IS READY FOR A WORLD TITLE SHOT
Kiryl Relikh

RICKY HATTON believes Kiryl Relikh should be granted a shot at the WBA super-lightweight title following his demolition of Brazil’s Joaquin Carneiro Batista in Bolton, England on Friday night (May 13).

The hard-hitting Belarusian, defending successfully his WBA Intercontinental super-lightweight title, was dominant from the outset and rocked Carneiro’s head back several times.

As the sessions progressed, Relikh’s unleashed further heavy artillery and in the fourth round Carneiro’s corner raised the towel to pull their man out.

Kiryl Relikh, who has a perfect record of 21 contests, 21 wins with 19 inside, is currently ranked at number four in the world’s WBA ratings, and Hatton feels he should have been nominated to fight number one rated Michele Di Rocco for the vacant world title ahead of Ricky Burns, who is rated at number seven.

“I think Kiryl showed his class and I believe he should have gotten the fight with Di Rocco, but I can’t blame Burns and his team for negotiating the fight as they are doing what is best for them,” Hatton stated.

“We’re entitled to take the winner of Burns and Di Rocco within ninety days of their contest and we’ll be ready for either of them.

“Personally, I hope Burns wins and does Scotland proud and then we can hopefully get a shot at him.

“Kiryl’s a man in a hurry. He wants to fight everybody so I don’t think he’ll have any problems going in against Burns or anyone else at the weight.

“He’s go 19 stoppages from 21 fights now, but I think people will be pleasantly surprised when they see him step up a level to world class because I don’t think he’s shown half of what he’s got yet, his fights have been over that quickly.”

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Artur Beterbiev V Ezequiel Maderna!

June 4 From Bell Center In Montreal
Artur Beterbiev

Unbeaten light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) will battle veteran Argentine Olympian Ezequiel Maderna (23-2, 15 KOs) in a 12-round showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Saturday, June 4 from Bell Center in Montreal.

Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and features an exciting co-main event that sees a pair of undefeated rising contenders enter the ring as Florida's Bryant Perrella (13-0, 12 KOs) squares-off against Washington, D.C.'s David Grayton (14-0, 10 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout. PBC on ESPN returns for the first of seven fight nights between June 4 and August 12 that will feature exciting and competitive battles.

"I have never been out of the ring for a whole year as an amateur or professional so I can't wait to fight," said Beterbiev. "We've watched some tapes of Maderna and he seems like a complete fighter. We will be ready on June 4."

"I'm working very hard in preparation of this fight," said Maderna. "My goal is to fight a perfect fight that will be very important to my professional future."

"I'm excited for an opportunity to take on a young undefeated lion who's looking to become a world champion like myself," said Perrella. "We're grinding away every day at training camp. We have some new things we're working on because we know he's going to come at me hard. I'm ready to either box or brawl. Either way, I'm coming out on top."

"I'm ready to get in the ring and put on a great performance," said Grayton. "Training is going well and I've had lots of good sparring and conditioning. We know we have a rangy southpaw who's going to be tough. It's about whoever wants it the most and I bet I'll be hungrier. When I get the win, the sky is the limit."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), are on sale at the Bell Centre box office, on www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666) or at Champion boxing club (514) 376-0980.

"We will launch the Grand Prix activities, which is the biggest sports week in Montreal, with this card," said Yvon Michel, President of GYM. "Artur is the next boxing superstar in Quebec. He injured his shoulder, but the surgery fixed everything. We plan for him to fight three times in 2016. We want Sergey Kovalev by the end of the year or beginning of 2017."

Beterbiev returns to his adopted homeland after last fighting in June 2015 and recovering from a shoulder surgery. A two-time Russian Olympian, Beterbiev has fought out of Montreal for his professional career that began in 2013. The 31-year-old has sent all of his opponents out within the distance including dominating performances over former world champions Tavoris Cloud and Gabriel Campillo.

Maderna turned pro in 2008 after representing his native Argentina in the 2008 Olympics and was unbeaten in his first 19 fights before losing a narrow decision to Edwin Rodriguez. Both of the 29-year-old's defeats have come to unbeaten fighters and he enters this fight on a three bout winning streak including a first round knockout of Rolando Mansilla his last time out.

An undefeated 27-year-old out of Fort Myers, Florida, Perrella comes in off a second round stoppage of Ramon Ayala in January. He picked up five knockouts in a row in 2015 and looks to make it 11 in a row overall when he faces his toughest test yet on June 4.

A Washington D.C. product, Grayton was a National Golden Gloves Champion who beat Errol Spence Jr. on his way to picking up that title. The 28-year-old entered the professional ranks in 2012 and is unbeaten since. He began 2016 with a stoppage of Daniel Souza Santos in January and now looks to make his mark in a competitive welterweight battle.

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PIX11!

PARTNERS WITH DBE TO AIR BROADWAY BOXING

PIX11 is pleased to announce it has partnered with DiBella Entertainment, one of the top boxing promotional companies in the world based in New York, and Barclays Center, Brooklyn's landmark sports and entertainment arena, to broadcast "Broadway Boxing: Presented by BROOKLYN BOXING," a 90-minute special airing on Saturday, May 21. Sponsored by BROOKLYN BOXING, Nissan of Queens, Optyx, and Azad Watches, "Broadway Boxing" will air directly following the PIX11 broadcast of the New York Mets' home game against the Milwaukee Brewers, which starts at 4:10 p.m ET.

Hosted by boxing expert and play-by-play announcer Brian Custer and PIX11 Sports Anchor Andy Adler, "Broadway Boxing" will feature a look back at some of the most exciting moments of the series, voiced by award-winning actor Danny Aiello, and a recap of the March 30th 10-round New York State middleweight title matchup between local prospects Chris Galeano, of The Bronx, and Devaun Lee, of Queens. Galeano and Lee will be in the PIX11 studio at Barclays Center to discuss the aftermath of their heated contest.

"Broadway Boxing" will also include an interview with Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, who launched the "Broadway Boxing" series in 2004 as a combination of live programming and taped-delayed broadcasts. "Broadway Boxing" is currently the longest running independently produced boxing series. DiBella will delve into the history of the series, the importance of club shows and how the grassroots nature of such allows the sport to thrive.

"Broadway Boxing" will feature a segment hosted by PIX11's Andy Adler on women's boxing, with fighters Heather Hardy, who is undefeated in six fights at Barclays Center, and Amanda Serrano in studio giving their thoughts on the growth and development of women's boxing and the challenges females continue to face in what has predominantly been a male-driven sport.

The broadcast will preview the eagerly anticipated Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter WBA welterweight title bout that will be televised live by SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS from Barclays Center on Saturday, June 25.

"As PIX11 continues to be a local destination for sports, we are pleased to announce our second boxing special," said Rich Graziano, President/GM, PIX11. "'Broadway Boxing' will air in partnership with DiBella Entertainment, presented by BROOKLYN BOXING, Nissan of Queens, Optyx, and Azad Watches, and give boxing fans a behind-the-scenes look at local boxing talent, while reaffirming our commitment to bring the highest quality sports programming to our viewers."

"We have worked for 12-plus years developing the 'Broadway Boxing' brand in New York and throughout the country," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "It is the finest local television boxing series in the US, showcasing New York area and international talent and developing future stars. We are thrilled to partner with PIX11 and to introduce the series to its New York viewers. PIX11 is quintessentially New York and a media force in the tri-state area. Under Rich Graziano's leadership, this is evidenced by its local sports programming. 'Broadway Boxing' belongs on PIX11."

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Danny Roman!

Wraps Up Training Camp
Danny Roman

For the second time in as many years, NABA Champion Danny Roman (18-2-1, 6 KOs) is featured on Thompson Boxing Promotions anniversary show.

The recently turned 26-year-old defends his 122-pound title against hardnosed veteran Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) of Mexico in the 10-round, "New Blood" main event this Friday, May 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Roman, who is ranked fourteen by the WBA, recently put the finishing touches on his Los Angeles-based training camp that saw him spar against the likes of Pedro Duran, Emilio Sanchez, Oscar Negrete, and Jose Gomez - all of whom are undefeated.

"Last week I sparred twelve rounds," said Roman, who enters Friday's bout with a ten-fight winning streak. "I feel like I can go more. It's been a strong training camp and I feel confident in getting the win on Friday night. I'm hungry to be the best that this division has to offer."

For an inside look at Danny Roman's training camp, please click here, or on the photo icon above.

Tickets for "New Blood" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.

In the co-feature, former Ukrainian Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (13-0, 8 KOs) defends his unbeaten mark against Erick Martinez (11-4-1, 5 KOs) of Mexico. The 10-round fight has championship implications, as Shelestyuk and Martinez will vie for the WBA International Welterweight Title.

Shelestyuk is co-promoted through Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Battle Born Boxing!

Streaming Live On FITE

Neon Star Mediaannounced today thatFITE will stream this weekend's amateur and professional boxing events, respectively, "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" and "Knockout Night at the D, live from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

FITE will stream this Friday night's amateur boxing event, "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II," starting at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET, worldwide via its increasingly popular app (go online to Google Play or iTunes APP stores to download). "Battle Born Boxing" is an amateur boxing series created by Neon Star Media for the D Las Vegas to support amateur boxing in Nevada, as well as provide a platform for amateur boxers from other states to compete against local clubs and boxers.

The action continues this Saturday evening at the DLVEC, starting at 6 p.m. PT, with the second installment of the "Knockout Night at the D" pro boxing series. FITE will stream all of the preliminary matches worldwide. In addition, the entire card may be watched on FITE APP outside of North American from 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.,. ET to 10 p.m. PT / 1 a.m. ET on the FITE APP.

"FITE APP is a perfect fit for our client that wants to have its brands, Knockout Night at the D and Battle Born Boxing: Uprising instantly connected to a global viewing audience live each month," said John Anderson, Neon Star Media, SVP of integrated sales.

FITE is an app that can be downloaded at either the Google Play or iTunes app store. FITE TV provides the very best of all things fighting including boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts and grappling. Not only can viewers watch FITE programming on either Android or IOS smart mobile devices, it allows viewers to automatically stream the program from your mobile device to a Wi-Fi connected or smart TV. The app download is free and available anywhere in the world that has Wi-Fi capabilities. FITE is a product of Flipps Media, Inc. For more information go to FITE.tv.

"We are excited to be working with the team from 'Knockout Night at the D' to bring its distinct brand of boxing to FITE TV," commented Michael Weber, Senior Vice President of Marketing for FITE TV. "With FITE investor and spokesperson, Jim 'JR' Ross, as its blow-by-blow announcer, our relationship is a natural. We are excited to grow FITE as Neon Media grows the 'Knockout Night at the D' series."

FITE will also stream the June 9th & 10th "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising III" and "Knockout Night at the D" event from DLVEC.

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" tickets, priced at $19.00 for ringside (rows 1 and 2) and $15.00 for general admission, are on sale at www.DLVEC.com. All tickets purchased for "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" will entitle ticketholders to receive $10.00 off any tickets purchased for the following evening's (May 21) "Knockout Night at the D" pro event. Those tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series was developed in partnership with DLVEC and Neon Star Media.

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

D Boxing Promotions

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Dmitriy Salita!

Overjoyed By Success Of Latest Detroit Brawl Event

Promoter Dmitriy Salita couldn't be happier about putting on what's being called the best boxing show in Detroit in many years, last Saturday, at the Masonic Temple.

Salita's second instalment of his "Detroit Brawl" series featured wall-to-wall action and a "Fight of the Year" candidate in the semi-final. With an old-school feel and a big fight-loving crowd, the Detroit Brawl series just became a cornerstone of the Motown fight game.

"This event surpassed all my expectations," said Salita. "My matchmaker Dennis Turner, did his job well and every fight delivered great action to the fans. Especially James Gordon Smith against Pablo Cupul. Those two bantamweights waged six rounds of all-out war. It was an amazing, back-and-forth fight."

Although the final tally read 60-53 for Smith from all three judges, the scores don't relay the heart-stopping thrills he and Cupul provided.

According to Fightnews.com the two men became reminiscent of some of the greats of the past: "In the manner of Floyd Patterson attempting to do damage against George Chuvalo, it seemed that the harder Smith seemed to punch, the more vigorous was Cupul's return fire. Smith is a steady, if not huge (in volume and power) puncher who did his best to unload power shots and he did not neglect the body, but while Cupul was cut over his left eye in the fifth and his eyes were welting badly by fight's end, he never really backed down. Promoter Salita knows where to go if he wants to bring in a sure-fire action fight for his next card.

In the night's main event, Detroit cruiserweight Demetrius Banks got out to an early lead and then held off a late charge by determined New Yorker, Emilio Salas to keep his undefeated (now 7-0) record intact. Banks was able to drop Salas twice, but expended a lot of energy in doing so, which enabled Salas to come on strong behind his southpaw jab in the final three rounds.

"This was another great fight that neither fighter deserved to lose," continued Salita. "Demetrius showed his power and boxing skills early and Emilio showed his amazing heart and conditioning late. It was competitive and intense through out the whole contest and had fans standing on their feet."

In other action, Detroit's James Ballard saw his star continue to rise with a unanimous decision over Edgar Perez, while local product Dorell Van Horn moved to 9-0, 6 KOs with a KO of Francisco Reza. Also making quick, but impressive, work of their opponents were Clarence Dubose, Serdar Hudayberdiyev, and Giorgi Gelashvili.

In a redemption of sorts, Alexey Zubov of Russia, now fighting for Kronk, got back in the win column with a stoppage of Damon McCreary. He is now 11-1, 7 KOs.

"Alexey didn't show what he can do in his last fight, the loss on TV," said Salita. "He got his confidence back and showed a big difference from that fight by punching in hard combinations to the head and body. He wants another chance to show the world he had a bad night but is a very good fighter. If he keeps it up, he will get it."

The good news is, "Detroit Brawl" will be back soon. Salita says he doesn't have the specific date hammered down yet, but will make the announcement as soon as he does.

"My goal was to try to help bring Detroit boxing back to life and I'm very happy with the progress so far. The Masonic Temple was a very exciting place to be that night. I am grateful to everyone who helped make it happen and can't wait to do it all again."

Salita Boxing Promotions

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Patrick Nielsen!

Out With Injury
Patrick Nielsen

The Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup has been postponed due to an injury sustained by Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs), who was set to face Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight title.

While sparring, Nielsen suffered a broken metacarpal and a scaphoid wrist fracture for which he must undergo surgery. The 25 year-old from Albertslund is expected to be out of action for 8-12 weeks.

‘’I felt a lot of pain in my left wrist after a sparring session and I knew something wasn’t right,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’I went to see a hand specialist and they confirmed the damage and told me I must have an operation.

‘’I’m very disappointed as I was looking forward to fighting Douglin on May 28 and moving another step closer to a World title challenge.

‘’Now, I must take some time out to recover. After the operation, it will be 8 weeks before I can start punching again, but I will come back stronger and I look forward to fighting again after the summer.’’

‘’Patrick’s operation will be overseen by one of the top hand specialists in Berlin and we have every confidence it will be a success and he will make a speedy recovery,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland.

‘’We will unfortunately have to postpone the Nordic Fight Night on May 28 but are already looking at new dates and will make an announcement soon.’’

Fans who have already purchased tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt should contact Billetlugen in order to receive a full refund.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

BLACK BEAR CASINO IN CARLTON MN
BLACK BEAR CASINO

Murat Gassiev 199.2 lbs. vs. Jordan Shimmell 196 lbs.

John Wesley Nofire 231.2 lbs. vs. Joey Abell 257.2 lbs.

Danny Kelly 232.4 lbs. vs. Stephan Shaw 252.2 lbs.

Leduan Barthelemy 128.6 lbs. vs. Rafael Eduardo Reyes 129.8 lbs.

Deonte Wilson 144.2 lbs. vs. Gilbert Venegas Jr. 146.6 lbs.

Ramiro Carrillo 139.6 lbs. vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 143.4 lbs.

Jose F Quezada 140.8 lbs. vs. Ariel A Vasquez 141.8 lbs.

Mengistu Zarzar 193.4 lbs. vs. John Moxey 211 lbs.

TV:TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes

Venue: Black Bear Casino Resort, Carlton, MN

Promoter: Warriors Boxing

Warriors Boxing Promotions

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Hughie Fury!

Eager To Conquer Challenges In & Out Of The Ring
Hughie Fury

Fast rising heavyweight Hughie Fury has been ranked #6 in the world by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Fury captured the WBO’s Intercontinental belt April 30 via 7th round technical decision over awkward Fred Kassi. At 21 years old, Fury has a perfect 20-0 professional ledger and stopped ten of his opponents. During the last fifteen months, Fury’s passed multiple tough tests having outpointed noteworthy fighters in Andriy Rudenko, George Arias, Dominick Guinn and Kassi.

On July 9, Fury looks to shine on his biggest stage yet when he faces an opponent to be named in a ten or twelve round fight. The fight will appear on the undercard of the world heavyweight championship showdown between champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena.

Hungry but humble, Fury is very pleased with his world ranking and plans to win the WBO world championship.

“I’m overwhelmed that the WBO has me listed in the top six in the world,” said Fury. “I’m a loyal person and will repay the WBO by winning their world title just like my cousin Tyson.”

Even with his notable success and high praise throughout the boxing world, Fury’s been battling a grueling opponent out of the ring that has prevented him from being 100 percent.

According to Dr. Ian R. White, Fury’s suffering from acne conglobata which could result in malaise, fluctuating fevers and joint pain. The condition has to be treated aggressively with medications in order to keep his career progressing.

Thankfully, he’s responding well and things are looking up.

“I’ve been dealing with fatigue and a skin problem that caused my body to breakdown. I know people in the boxing world have taken note of this and I appreciate their concern. The good news is I have been given treatment to clear my skin once and for all. I’m 21 years old and am going to show the world what I’m about in the next year and hopefully there will be another world champion in the Fury family.”

Fury’s opponent will be announced shortly.

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Nathan Gorman!

Added To Fury V Klitschko Undercard
Nathan Gorman

NANTWICH heavyweight Nathan Gorman has been given the opportunity to appear on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s mammoth heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

Fights are coming thick and fast for the Ricky Hatton-trained 19-year-old as he has racked up four victories with three knockouts since turning professional in December.

This past weekend Gorman floored Poland’s Kamil Sokolowski three times en route to a fifth round stoppage in Walsall and just two weeks earlier he wiped out Hrvoje Kisicek in just one session at London’s Copper Box Arena.

The opportunity to feature on the Fury v Klitchsko 2 card is huge for a boxer at this early stage in his career and Ricky Hatton believes fight fans will be pleased with what they see in Manchester on July 9.

“For a young prospect, things don’t get any bigger than this,” Hatton said. “The chance for a teenage heavyweight to box on the same bill as a world heavyweight title fight is massive.

“Nathan only started boxing around three years ago and he had to pinch himself when we told him where his next fight would be.

“I expect Nathan to shine on the night regardless of who he’s in with. In his last couple of fights he’s shown the power and shot picking we’ve been working on and I believe fans at the Manchester Arena will be very impressed with what they see from him.”

Like Tyson Fury, Gorman comes from proud travelling stock. His uncle, Bartley Gorman, was a legend of bareknuckle boxing and was often referred to as ‘The King of the Gypsies’ thanks to an unbeaten run that lasted more than 20 years.

In fact, respect between the Gormans and the Furys played a part in getting young Nathan this chance.

“We have to thank Tyson and Peter Fury for getting Nathan on this card,” Hatton explained.

“The Fury family are close to Nathan’s and they’ve seen him in action since he first put on a pair of gloves.

“Tyson said he wanted Nathan on his undercard and Peter put the wheels in motion to make it happen. After training Tyson and Hughie, Peter knows a good heavyweight when he sees one and he was instrumental in pushing for Nathan to be included on the bill because he thinks he’ll had some excitement to the bill.

“We really can’t stress how grateful we are to Tyson and Peter for their belief in us and their support.”

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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BATTLE BORN BOXING!

RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" is on tap Friday night, May 20, starting at 7 p.m. PT, at the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

"Battle Born Boxing" is an amateur boxing series created by Neon Star Media on behalf of its client, the D Las Vegas, to support amateur boxing in Nevada, as well as provide a platform for amateur boxers from other states to compete against local clubs and boxers.

Las Vegas-based boxing clubs represented at "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" includes Barry's Boxing, Richard Steel Boxing Club and Johnny Tocco's Ringside Boxing.

"Battle Born Boxing" was successfully launched April 15 and the amateur boxing series will continue the night before each of the "Knockout Night at the D" series professional boxing events, airing live throughout 2016 on CBS Sports Network from the DLVEC.

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" tickets, priced at $19.00 for ringside (rows 1 and 2) and $15.00 for general admission, are on sale at www.DLVEC.com. All tickets purchased for "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising" will entitle ticketholders to receive $10.00 off any tickets purchased for the following evening's (May 21) "Knockout Night at the D" pro event. Those tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Battle Boxing Promotions

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GRAY & DELOMBA!

SCORE IMPRESSIVE WINS
CES

Although a draw wasn't what fight fans were hoping for Friday in the main event of CES Boxing's "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" between Peter Manfredo Jr. and Vladine Biosse, the sold-out crowd at Twin River Casino got its money's worth with exceptional finishes in the two title bouts on the undercard.

Cranston, R.I., super lightweight Nick DeLomba and Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray turned in the most impressive performances of their careers in front of more than 2,500 fans at the packed Event Center.

Facing the hard-hitting Quinton Willis (10-4-1) of Fort Meyers, Fla., in the eight-round co-feature, Gray (13-0, 10 KOs) scored his 10th career win by knockout, stopping his opponent at 1 minute, 41 seconds of the second round to retain his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Title.

The knockout win was a return to normalcy for Gray, who needed all 10 rounds to beat Nicaraguan journeyman Eduardo Flores in February, a last-minute replacement when his original opponent, Cameron Rivera, withdrew due to a wrist injury. With more than six weeks to prepare for Friday's opponent, Gray picked apart Willis quickly, sending him to the canvas in the opening round with an overhand right and finishing him for good with a left hook to the chin in the second.

The unanimous decision win over Flores snapped Gray's eight-fight knockout streak. He's now won nine of his last 10 by knockout with only two of those fights lasting beyond the opening round.

As for DeLomba (9-1), Friday marked his return to the win column after suffering a brutal, first-round knockout loss to Gledwin Ortiz in September.

The slick-boxing Cranston native took eight months off between fights to recover from the loss and prepare to make the transition from welterweight to super lightweight, dropping to 143 pounds Friday to challenge Worcester's undefeated Freddy Sanchez for the vacant New England Title. A former 147-pounder, DeLomba clocked in at 141 at Thursday's weigh-in, the lightest of his career.

In addition to becoming a father in January, DeLomba revealed an additional source of motivation, the perception from critics that he was taking on more than he could chew against the hard-hitting Sanchez, who had never so much been knocked down in his previous seven fights.

Instead, DeLomba returned to form in the biggest fight of his career, out-boxing Sanchez (7-1) en route to a 59-55, 58-56, 60-54 unanimous decision win.

Springfield, Mass., super lightweight Zack Ramsey (7-1) also suffered the first loss of his career, a 56-58, 56-58, 57-57 major decision against seasoned New York City vet Issouf Kinda (18-3) in a six-round bout, and lightweight Julio Perez (4-1) tasted defeat for the first time in a unanimous shutout loss to Providence's Cido Hoff (1-0-1), an intriguing outcome in the opening bout of the night considering Perez had only lost two rounds his entire career entering Friday's event.

The future of New England boxing was also on display in front of a packed house at Twin River as Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) and Jamaine Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO) scored knockout wins in their professional debuts. Ball flattened Providence's Tunde Odumosu (0-1) at 1:46 of the opening round of their scheduled four-round super middleweight bout with a left hook to the jaw and Ortiz battered Maine's Josh Parker (0-3-1) to the point were Parker couldn't answer the bell for the second round due to a jaw injury, an impressive first night for both rising stars.

The main event, though lacking a decisive outcome, did not lack in excitement as Biosse (15-7-3), nicknamed "Mr. Providence," put together a solid performance on just two and a half week's notice against the 47-fight vet Manfredo (40-7-1), who was originally supposed to face the undefeated Angel Camacho Jr., a fight scheduled as far back as March.

Judge Don Trella scored it 77-75 in favor of Biosse, Clark Sammartino had it 78-74 for Manfredo and Glenn Feldman had it even at 76-76.

The 36-year-old Manfredo, who fought for the first time since November of 2013, got off to a slow start, but caught his second wind in the later rounds as Biosse began to fade, perhaps a byproduct of only having a handful of weeks to train.

Afterward, Manfredo pointed to the fact he had to switch from preparing for a right-hander to training for a southpaw as a reason for his early struggles, but made no excuses, complimenting Biosse for his bravado and fearless approach.

Whether Friday's result officially ends Manfredo's storied career as a Rhode Island icon remains to be seen, but the outcome was uplifting for Biosse, who rose to the challenge despite having lost his last five fights and earned a draw against one of New England's most celebrated fighters.

Also on the undercard, New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (11-0-1) remained unbeaten in a 59-54, 59-54, 60-53 unanimous decision win over St. Petersburg, Fla., vet Manny Woods (15-5-1), and Holyoke, Mass., junior welterweight Mohamad Allam (3-1) avenged his September loss to Stoughton, Mass., vet Travis Demko (4-1) by handing Demko his first career loss, winning Friday's rematch by unanimous decision, 58-56, 58-56, 59-55.

CES Boxing Promotions

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Luis Del Valle!

Decisions Thomas Snow
Luis Del Valle

122 pound contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (22-2, 16 KO's) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico scored a clear-cut, eight-round unanimous decision over local southpaw Thomas “KO” Snow (18-3, 12 KO's) on Friday, May 13 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

Fighting on Roc Nation Sports' Throne Boxing on BET, Del Valle looked to set the tone by pressuring the DC-based Snow in the opening round. In the second, the former NABA featherweight champion landed a number of straight right hands, including one that sent Snow down hard. Sensing that a knockout may be imminent, Del Valle swarmed Snow but he made it out of the round.

The third saw Del Valle land a picture perfect left hook that dropped Snow again, who effectively tied up after tasting the canvas. Del Valle continued to press the action in the fourth and fifth stanzas, while Snow began moving his hands but still held frequently. Snow found moments of success in the sixth and had his best round in the seventh, during which he connected with a hard shot that got an off balance Del Valle's attention. Still gunning for a knockout, Del Valle pushed the action in the eighth however, Snow tied him up on multiple occasions and finished on his feet.

While most fans and ringsiders had Del Valle winning at least six rounds, the scores were surprisingly 76-74 on all three scorecards.

“Thomas Snow was a very game fighter and I tip my hat off to him for being a tough competitor,” Del Valle said shortly after the victory. “I would've liked to have finished him, but he was constantly tying me up. I thought the referee would’ve warned him or taken a point, but that didn't happen. This fight was a good learning experience and like JAY Z says ‘it’s onto the next one.’”

With Snow out of his way, Del Valle’s sights are set on bigger opportunities.

“I want to get my hands on one of the champions or top contenders at 122 pounds. Ever since I started boxing, my goal was to become a world champion. I’m hoping to have the chance to fight for one of the belts soon because there's nothing I want more than to bring a world title belt back to Puerto Rico.”

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Biosse & Manfredo Fight To A Draw!

Gray Retains Title With Another Knockout Win

Fighting on just two and a half weeks notice, “Mr. Providence” Vladine Biosse fought to a draw Friday night in “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL” against “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. at Twin River Casino.

The Manfredo-Biosse main event headlined a nine-fight card promoted by CES Boxing. Manfredo (40-7-1) returned for the first time since announcing his retirement in November and 2013 while Biosse (15-7-3), replacing the injured Angel Camacho Jr., snapped a five-fight losing streak in his first fight since July.

The left-handed Biosse gained the early momentum in the first half of the fight, out-boxing Manfredo and keeping him off balance with his southpaw stance. Manfredo fought back in the later rounds and appeared to hurt Biosse down the stretch, but Biosse fought effectively off the ropes and kept his composure over the final two rounds.

Judge Don Trella scored it 77-75 in favor of Biosse, Clark Sammartino had it 78-74 for Manfredo and Glenn Feldman had it even at 76-76.

As he’s done throughout his entire career, Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (13-0, 10 KOs) dazzled the Twin River crowd with another electrifying knockout, stopping Florida’s Quentin Willis (10-4-2) with a vicious left hook at the 1:41 mark of the second round to defend his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Title.

Unlike his last fight in February, which went 10 rounds, Gray came out firing and put Willis on the canvas early in the first round with an overhand right. Willis survived the round, but walked right into the left hand midway through the second and never made it back to his feet.

Not to be outdone, Cranston, R.I., junior welterweight Nick DeLomba (9-1) rebounded from his first career loss and dominated previously unbeaten Worcester native Freddy Sanchez (7-1) by unanimous decision, 59-55, 58-56, 60-54, to capture the vacant New England Title.

Fighting for the first time since September, DeLomba looked sharper than ever, boxing on angles and simply out-working Sanchez, nearly stopping his opponent in the fourth and fifth rounds. Sanchez showed tremendous heart, lasting all six rounds, but never looked comfortable and couldn’t gain any momentum against the slick-boxing DeLomba in what was DeLomba’s most impressive win to date.

Also on the undercard, New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (11-0-1) remained unbeaten in a 59-54, 59-54, 60-53 unanimous decision win over St. Petersburg, Fla., vet Manny Woods (15-5-1).

Williams knocked Woods to the canvas with a right hand in the opening round and continued to outbox his opponent over the final five rounds. Woods tried to make a late charge, but ran out of gas in the fifth and sixth as Williams cruised to victory, his second at Twin River and first since December.

In one of the most highly anticipated fights on the undercard, Holyoke, Mass., junior welterweight Mohamad Allam (3-1) avenged his September loss to Stoughton, Mass., vet Travis Demko (4-1) and handed Demko his first career loss, winning Friday’s rematch by unanimous decision, 58-58, 58-56, 59-55.

One half of the Worcester contingent on Friday’s card, Kendrick Ball Jr. and Jamaine Ortiz, each won convincingly in their professional debuts on “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPTIAL” undercard.

Ball (1-0, 1 KO), the son of trainer Kendrick Ball Sr., made quick work of super middleweight Tunde Odumosu (0-1) of Providence, knocking Odumosu cold with a hard overhand left at the 1:46 mark of the opening round while the junior welterweight Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO) overwhelmed Maine’s Josh Parker (0-3-1). Ortiz came out swinging from the opening bell, eventually burying Parker in his own corner with a flurry of punches, causing Parker to quit due to a jaw injury at he end of the opening round.

The first upset of the night occurred in the opening bout as Providence’s Cido Hoff (1-0-1), in just his second pro fight, swept all four rounds in a unanimous decision win over the previously unbeaten Julio Perez (4-1) of Marlborough, Mass. Hoff applied the pressure from the opening bell while the usually active Perez, who hadn’t lost a single round in his previous four wins, couldn’t keep pace. Hoff earned his first career win after fighting to a draw against decorated amateur Timmy Ramos in his pro debut.

In a battle of accomplished junior welterweights, Issouf Kinda of the Bronx (18-3) handed Springfield, Mass., vet Zack Ramsey (7-1) his first career loss by a narrow majority decision, 58-56, 57-57, 58-56. Sammartino and Feldman scored it 58-56 while Eddie Scunzio had it a draw.

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Andrzej Fonfara V Joe Smith Jr!

Plus Juan Carlos Payano V Rau'shee Warren II
Andrzej Fonfara V Joe Smith Jr

Power-punching fan favorite Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) will enter the ring against no nonsense New Yorker Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday, June 18 in a 10-round primetime battle that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and will feature a bantamweight world title rematch that sees current champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) take on three-time U.S. Olympian Rau'shee "Nuke" Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) as they rehash their rivalry that began in August 2015 when Payano won a narrow split-decision to retain his title. Also featured on the telecast is rising star Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) who faces powerful Mexican Daniel Sandoval (37-3, 34 KOs) in a super welterweight contest.

"I think that this fight Smith is a great challenge for me and I do not underestimate him," said Fonfara. "He is young and hungry and he wants to use this fight and my name to show the world his skills. He's coming to Chicago for victory and glory. I have to show him that I am stronger, more experienced and most importantly, a smarter fighter. I have to win this fight because it will open the door for me to rematch Adonis Stevenson."

"I've been working very hard and for many years towards an opportunity like this," said Smith Jr. "I am grateful to Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing for helping to get me here. This fight is going to change my life and no one is going to keep me from winning."

Payano and Warren first fought in Florida where Payano retained his title via split decision with scores of 113-111 twice for him and 115-109 for Warren. The fight featured consistent action and some controversy. Payano was deducted a point in round three while Warren lost two points in round nine for an intentional foul. At the end of the fight, both men raised their hands believing they had won and now they look to settle the score in Chicago.

"I knew this rematch would be offered and it's been a waiting game since I beat him the first time," said Payano. "I feel like I won convincingly, but some people feel otherwise. I'm very excited about fighting him again and this time I'll beat him even more easily. Fighting on NBC is a great privilege and it's a great place to showcase my talents. I am coming in humbled by this opportunity."

"I've been waiting for this rematch since the moment we got out of the ring the first time," said Warren. "I'm happy it's finally coming up on June 18. Until that day is here, there is nothing else on my mind. I'm real sharp right now. I'm going for the knockout. It didn't go my way last time, but I'm bringing home the belt this time.

"Every fight is big for me, whether I'm televised or not, because I always give it my all," said Lubin. "But fighting in primetime on NBC is a big opportunity for me and I know it will bring something out of me. I have to perform. It's up to me to go out and showcase my talent so I can keep moving up the ladder. Daniel Sandoval is a veteran who can prepare me for a world title shot. I'm more than ready and this fight will put me one step closer."

"This is a very good fight for me and I'm excited," said Sandoval. "I know if I come to the U.S. and beat Lubin, my name will be big and there will be another great Mexican fighter on the map. I know Lubin is the top prospect in the U.S. right now and a very fast southpaw. He is all the things you wouldn't want to go up against, but it's boxing and I'm Mexican. I'll fight anybody, anytime, anywhere."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Star Boxing, are priced at $201, $101, $61 and $41, not including applicable service charges, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or UIC Pavilion Box Office at (312) 413-5740. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

"Warriors Boxing is excited to bring PBC on NBC to the Windy City," said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. "Chicago's favorite son, Andrzej Fonfara, always thrills fans with his non-stop fighting style. Joe Smith Jr. has been destroying his competition in New York and also brings a fan friendly 'seek-and-destroy' style to the fight. The main event should be explosive. When you add up-and-coming superstar Erickson Lubin and if Payano vs. Warren II live up to their prior Fight of the Year candidate, it will be a can't miss night of boxing."

"I am truly looking forward to this main event," said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. "Smith and Fonfara are both very exciting fighters and I expect a thrilling war. Their styles will have Chicago rocking with enthusiastic Irish fans for Smith and Polish fans for Fonfara. The electric atmosphere will be a treat to everyone watching on NBC and I expect big things from Joe Smith Jr."

Fonfara returns to the ring after defeating Nathan Cleverly in October at UIC Pavilion in a fight that garnered Fight of the Year consideration and saw a record number of punches landed (936) and thrown (2524) for a light heavyweight fight in CompuBox history. Prior to that, the 28-year-old became the first person to stop Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and lost a decision to world champion Adonis Stevenson in a fight that saw both men hit the canvas. From Warsaw, Poland but training out of Chicago, Fonfara will fight in the Windy City for the 20th time when he enters the ring in primetime on June 18.

Representing Long Island, New York, Smith Jr. will bring his heavy hands to primetime as he looks for his 16th straight victory on June 18. The 26-year-old was a highly decorated amateur who won the 2008 New York Golden Gloves with a victory over Seanie Monaghan. A member of the Local 66 Laborers Union between fights and the oldest of eight siblings, Smith Jr. picked up his most impressive victory of his career so far when he defeated veteran Will Rosinsky in a hotly contested battle in Brooklyn. He followed it up with a second round stoppage of Fabiano Pena in April and is set for his toughest challenge in June.

The two-time Dominican Olympian Payano will defend his title for the second time since winning a technical decision over Anselmo Moreno in September 2014. The accomplished amateur won gold at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean games with victories over McJoe Arroyo and Yoandris Salinas. The unbeaten 32-year-old defeated Jundy Maraon, Jose Silveria and Luis Maldonado on the way to his title shot.

A three-time U.S. Olympian from Cincinnati, Warren is determined to make the most of his second shot at a world title. The 29-year-old turned pro in 2012 and picked up victories over veterans Jose Luis Araiza, Javier Gallo, German Meraz and Jhon Alberto Molina leading up to the first world title shot. Another fighter in veteran trainer Mike Stafford's stable, Warren was the first member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team to earn a world title shot and will look again to become the first member of that team to capture a world title.

A highly-regarded prospect with an exciting style, the 20-year-old Lubin has burst onto the scene looking to engage and finish opponents early. Fighting out of Orlando, he has already taken down experienced veterans including Orlando Lora, Ayi Bruce, Michael Finney and Norberto Gonzalez. He was sensational in November 2015 when he knocked out Alexis Camacho on NBC and in January he headlined his first card and dominated Jose De Jesus Macias in his first 10-round bout.

A winner of 18 of his last 19 fights, Sandoval enters this fight coming off of stoppage victories over Grady Brewer and Francisco Villanueva. The 25-year-old has won his previous two starts in the U.S. with decision victories over Richard Gutierrez in 2014 and Larry Smith in 2012 and will look to take down the undefeated Lubin on June 18.

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Emilio Salas!

Ready To Represent New York In Detroit Brawl Main Event
Emilio Salas

After getting knocked out a minute and a half into his professional boxing debut, cruiserweight Emilio Salas had to be wondering if a career change was in order.

But Salas shook off the embarrassment, and when he and now-fiancé Krystal Velez moved to Yonkers, New York, and he hooked up with trainer Jose Guzman, fortunes began to change.

Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs) hasn't lost a fight since and is now appearing in his first main event, a six-round cruiserweight main event against Detroit's Demetrius Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) on Saturday May 14, in Banks' backyard of the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

The pair will be headlining promoter Dmitriy Salita's "Detroit Brawl" event that also features a six-round co-main event between undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) and Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs).

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

"I have gotten a lot better with the trainers over here and I've had a lot more success," admitted Salas. "I'm a southpaw with fast hands and I move around well and I punch hard with both hands. But one of my biggest things I have is heart. You have to want to fight and have heart and I do."

Although he says he doesn't know much about Banks, Salas says it's ok because he prefers to figure an opponent out in the ring. "Normally once I get in there, I can tell what a fighter's weaknesses are. He's undefeated and I'll be fighting in his hometown, but the people I have fought have almost all been undefeated and I've beaten them, so this is nothing different and I am not scared to fight him in Detroit. Most of my fights are in my opponent's backyard. I really don't know what to expect. I'm training hard for it and I hope for the best."

Salas's nickname in the ring is "El Jibaro," which is slang for a country hick.

"They call me that because I was born and raised in area of Puerto Rico where there is lots of forest and not many houses and people are sort of poor. It means I'm from the jungle. I like to do real Puerto Rican things like working with animals and riding horses. I love Puerto Rico and I dedicate all my; fights to my family and to the people of Puerto Rico. My goal is to win a world title so that I can take it back to my hometown in PR and show that my first fight wasn't the last one. I want to show them that whatever you want to do in life you can make it happen if you work hard enough."

Salas caught promoter Dmitriy Salita's eye early last year, fighting to a draw against one of Salita's fighters, Ytalo Perea, a former Olympian.

"Emilio is very naturally talented," said Salita. "He only had about 20 amateur fights and seven as a pro and he's already a very good fighter. If he continues to develop and improve, he will soon become a force in the division."

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Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions!

Announces Sponsorship Agreement With Idea Design Studio

Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions and Neon Star Media have added extra punch for its next two shows, securing Idea Design Studio as the main sponsor for the next two "Knockout Night at the D" events, May 21 and June 10, at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The May 21st event is promoted in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions, June 10th in association with James Toney Promotions.

Idea Design Studio, based in Miami, is a 100-percent confidential invention help firm that assists inventors in designs, development, protection and marketing tools to bring their new invention to market for sale or licensing. For more than seven years, inventors have brought their original inventions, ideas, or improvements to existing products to Idea Design Studio's creative staff to help inventors realize their invention's true potential.

"Bringing Idea Design Studio onboard as a partner is just another example of how RJJ is going outside the norm of boxing," said Keith Veltre, CEO / Co-Founder of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. "RJJ is reaching new heights, expanding our horizons and becoming the new generation of boxing. When great minds come together in any industry, the ideas are endless."

"My business partner, Jeff Weiss, and I are thrilled to partner with Roy Jones Jr. Boxing," added Marvin Powell III, co-owner of Idea Design Studio. "Whether its up-and-coming boxers or the inventors that we work with, we believe that this joint venture represents two companies committed to helping others achieve the American Dream."

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM TWIN RIVER

Listed below are weights for CES Boxing’s “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL” event, scheduled for Friday, May 13th, 2016 at Twin River Casino.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the first fight begins at 7. Limited standing room tickets for the event are priced at $46.00 and available online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change. The Go Fight Live Combat Sports Network will stream the fight live for $14.99.

Peter Manfredo Jr. 167 vs. Vladine Biosse 167

Khiary Gray 153.5 vs. Quinton Willis 154

Nick Delomba 141 vs. Freddy Sanchez 141

Jimmy Williams 146.5 vs. Manny Woods 148.5

Travis Demko 144 vs. Mohamad Allam 144.5

Jamaine Ortiz 138 vs. Josh Parker 138.5

Issouf Kinda 139 vs. Zack Ramsey 141.5

Kendrick Ball Jr. 166 vs. Tunde Odumosu 167.5

Julio Perez 132.5 vs. Cido Hoff 132

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Roberto Arriaza!

Makes U.S. Debut May 20
Thompson Boxing

Top Nicaraguan prospect Roberto Arriaza (11-0, 10 KOs) makes his U.S. debut one week from Friday against Cameron Kreal (8-9-2, 1 KO) of Las Vegas. It is perhaps the most intriguing fight on the undercard of Thompson Boxing Promotions "New Blood" Anniversary Event.

The action takes place Friday, May 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Arriaza, a welterweight boasting substantial punching power in either mitt, has been in the U.S. since April, training feverishly for the 8-round fight against Kreal. He is largely an unknown commodity in the States. He's counting on an impressive showing to endear himself to the influential Southern California audience

"I'm coming in well prepared for this fight," said the 26-year-old. "It's important to make a statement in my first U.S. event. I want to show the fans that my talent is real and to expect great things from me down the road."

"I don't plan on wasting any rounds. I have an aggressive boxing style. I'm confident that I'm going to put on an exciting performance."

Arriaza signed with Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions in early January, just prior to him capturing the vacant WBA Fedecentro welterweight title against Aristides Quintero.

Tickets for "New Blood" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.

In the "New Blood" main event, NABA Champion Danny Roman (18-2-1, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles defends his 122-pound title for the third time against hardened veteran Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) of Mexico (10-rounds).

In the 10-round co-feature, former Ukrainian Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (13-0, 8 KOs) defends his unbeaten mark against an opponent to be named later. The 8-round fight will be contested at the welterweight level. Shelestyuk is co-promoted through Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

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"New Blood" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with LATV Networks.

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Sam Evans!

My Dad Bred Fighting Into Me
Sam Evans

SAM EVANS says he was made for fighting and he’ll prove it in Walsall this Saturday night (May 14).

The 20-year-old is quietly spoken outside of the ring, but inside it he lets his fists do the talking.

This weekend he gets the opportunity to stretch his perfect professional record to four victories when he faces Bulgaria’s Teodor Stefanov on Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing’s co-promotion at Banks’s Stadium.

“I’ve always been a fighter, it’s something that my dad bred into me when I was a kid so being a professional boxer is perfect job for me,” he said.

“People keep telling me I need to talk more and make more noise, but I think that as long I keep doing the business in the ring then that says enough.

“I could say I’m going to do this and that to my opponents, but there’s no need. They will know what I’m all about when the bell rings.”

Despite fighting being in his blood, Evans admits that he has added many more levels to his arsenal since linking up with British boxing legend Ricky Hatton last summer.

“I was pure aggression when I first turned pro. I just wanted to get close to my opponent and let my punches go,” he recalled.

“Ricky has taught me so much and although I’m still aggressive, I know when to take my foot of the gas and look for the openings now.

“It’s still early in my career, but I think I’m a completely different fighter to what I was a few months ago. If I can learn so much in such little time, it’s frightening to think what I’ll be capable of in a year or so.”

This Saturday’s show also features Evans’ stable mate Nathan Gorman alongside the return of former British lightweight champion Martin Gethin and unbeaten prospects Chad Sugden and Kieron McLaren. Rowley Regis’s popular Jason Welborn is also in action against William Warburton.

Tickets are £30 for standard unreserved seats and £60 for VIP tickets which includes table service and a two-course meal. Call the Walsall FC Ticket Office on 01922 651 414 to book.

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Arthur Abraham!

Returns On July 16 In Berlin
Arthur Abraham

Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) returns to the ring on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany.

The former World Champion says he is ready to defy his critics and get back on the World title trail following his defeat to Gilberto Ramirez.

‘’I’m not ready to say goodbye to the sport I love so much,’’ said the 36 year-old. ‘’The fight with Ramirez did not go as planned, but I promise this will not happen again. I will show that I can do better and that I can become World Champion again – that is my greatest wish!’’

‘King Arthur’ will be joined by his long-time coach and mentor Ulli Wegner, who following crisis talks after Abraham’s World title defeat, has agreed to give his star pupil one last chance.

‘’I was not happy with Arthur’s performance against Ramirez, but I have decided to give the boy another chance,’’ said the 73 year-old coach. ‘’He did not do enough in Las Vegas to retain his title and call himself a champion. Now, he must work harder and show that this was just a blip in his character.’’

Promoter Kalle Sauerland believes Abraham can bounce back from his World title defeat and prove he is ready for another shot at World honours.

‘’Arthur has overcome many obstacles in his career – fighting through a broken jaw to defend his middleweight title against Edison Miranda and suffering defeat in the Super Six on his way to becoming a two weight World Champion,’’ said Sauerland.

‘’He has come back from defeat before and we’re sure he can do it again. It’s now about his legacy and how he wants to be remembered as a boxer. He must show that the fire still burns and that he’s willing to put in the work to become World Champion again.’’

Abraham fights on the undercard of Tyron Zeuge’s WBA World Super Middleweight title challenge against Giovanni De Carolis. Tickets go on sale shortly and will be available via www.eventim.de and www.tickethall.de.

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Danny Roman!

Out To Defend NABA Title On Thompson Boxing's Anniversary Show
Danny Roman

Thompson Boxing Promotions celebrates sixteen years in the business with a tremendous fight card featuring NABA Champion Danny Roman (18-2-1, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles defending against hardened veteran Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) of Mexico.

The 10-round, "New Blood" main event takes place Friday, May 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Since winning the 122-pound title last July, Roman has defended the championship twice, the most recent win coming in knockout fashion against Ramiro Robles in February. The 25-year-old Roman is coming in red hot with a ten-fight winning streak and holding the number fourteen position in the WBA's super bantamweight division.

He faces a more experienced boxer in Esquivel, who holds a loss against longtime world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka.

"Esquivel is a dangerous opponent, there's no doubt about that," Roman said. "But I've been extremely focused in the gym, training hard like always. I'm looking forward to defending my title and giving the fans a great show."

"We are thrilled that Danny Roman has the opportunity to defend his NABA title on our yearly anniversary show," said Ken Thompson, who launched Thompson Boxing Promotions sixteen years ago this month. "We have a solid history of developing elite level talent. We believe Roman is in that category. Esquivel will give him a tough fight, but we know Roman will step up and earn the win."

Tickets for "New Blood" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.

In the co-feature, former Ukrainian Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (13-0, 8 KOs) defends his unbeaten mark against an opponent to be named later. The 10-round fight will be contested at the welterweight level. Shelestyuk is co-promoted through Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.

Undefeated welterweight prospect Roberto Arriaza (11-0, 10 KOs) of Nicaragua makes his U.S. debut against Cameron Kreal (8-9-2, 1 KO) of Las Vegas in a bout scheduled for 8-rounds. Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions signed Arriaza in early January, just prior to him capturing the vacant WBA Fedecentro welterweight title against Aristides Quintero.

Top junior bantamweight prospect Ricardo Espinoza (6-0, 5 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. hopes to continue his winning ways against fellow youngster Sam Rodriquez (3-1, 3 KOs) of New York's Bronx borough. The bout is scheduled for 6-rounds.

In other action, heavyweight Scott Alexander (11-1-1, 6 KOs) of Moreno Valley, Calif. - another recent addition to Thompson Boxing - fights Tracey Johnson (3-2-3) of Boston in a 4-round fight.

Also on the undercard, welterweight Chris Bautista (3-0) of Madera, Calif. brings his tactical style to Omar Reyes (1-2) of Silverton, Ore. in a fight set for 4-rounds.

Opening the "New Blood" anniversary show are bantamweights Rudy Garcia (pro debut) of Los Angeles against Joel Castro (0-2) of Ciudad Obregon, Mex. (4-rounds).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

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Arthur Beterbiev V Ezequiel Maderna!

June 4 At Montreal's Bell Center
Arthur Beterbiev

World light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev returns to the ring Saturday night, June 7, to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International and North American Boxing Association (NABA) title belts against Argentinian champion Ezequiel "El Olympico" Maderna in the 12-round main event at historic Bell Center in Montreal, Canada.

Presented by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), the "Grand Prix" boxing event is part of the prestigious Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series, which will air live in Canada on pay-per-views starting at 8:00 p.m. ET via Canal Indigo, Bell TV and Shaw TV. The main event and co-feature, commencing at 11:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. PT, will be broadcast on ESPN in the United States.

"We will launch the Grand Prix activities, which is the biggest sport week in Montreal, with this card", said the President of GYM, Yvon Michel. "Artur is the next boxing superstar in Quebec. He injured his shoulder, but the surgery fixed everything and we plan to give him three fights in 2016. We aim at Sergey Kovalev by the end of the year or the beginning of 2017."

The 31-year-old Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs), the adopted son of Montreal, is on a seek-and-destroy mission for his first fight in one year. The two-time Russian Olympian (pictured to the left) hasn't fought since last June, when he stopped Alexander Johnson in the 7th round, due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Beterbiev is world ranked among the top six in all four major sanctioning organizations: IBF #2, WBO & WBA #4, and WBC #6. The power-punching Betervbiev will be defending his WBO International and NABA titles against Maderna.

During his 3-year professional career, Beterbiev has defeated two former world champions, Gabriel Campillo and Tavoris Cloud.

Maderna (23-2, 15 KOs) is a veteran fighter from Argentina, the same country that has produced numerous championship boxers, from Luis Firpo to Sergio Martinez, as well as well standout contemporaries such as IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Ramirez, along with contenders Lucas Matthysse, Jesus Cuellar, Omar Narvaez and Juan Carlos Reveco. In his most recent action last May, Maderna stopped Rolando Wenceslao Mansilla in the opening round for the Argentina super middleweight championship.

Also airing on ESPN in the co-feature, undefeated American prospects Bryant "Goodfella" Perrella (13-0, 12 KOs), fighting out of Fort Myers, Florida, and David "Day Day" Grayton (14-0, 10 KOs), of Washington D.C., square off in a 10-round middleweight bout.

Unbeaten super welterweight Jamontay "Quiet Assassin" Clark (9-0-0, 6 KOs), from Cincinnati, Ohio, meets an opponent to be determined in a 6-round "TV swing" match.

Montreal's undefeated heavyweight Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs), also a 2008 Colombian Olympian, returns in an 8-round bout versus TBA.

Also fighting on the undercard is popular French-Canadian welterweight Sebastian Bouchard (12-1, 4 KOs) who meets an opponent to be determined in an 8-rounder; Montreal super bantamweight Vislan Dalkaev (6-0, 2 KOs) vs. Mexican invader Javier "El Chivero" Franco (25-17-4), Montreal super middleweight Dario Bredicean (8-0, 2 KOs) against TBA and Toronto's Parnell Fischer (0-1, 0 KOs) vs. Mexican opponent Larami "Sir" Carmona (1-2, 0 KOs) in a 4-round fight.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets are on sale at the Bell Centre box office, on www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666) or at Champion boxing club (514) 376-0980.

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Knockout Night At The D!

To Showcase Some Of Tomorrow's Stars
Knockout Night At The D

A potentially explosive, highly entertaining "Knockout Night at the D" undercard has been announced for Saturday night, May 21, airing (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The May 21st event is promoted in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions.

Undefeated Russian middleweight Arif "The Predator" Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) squares off against upset specialist Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 10-round main event. Magomedov is world ranked among the top 15 160-pounders by the four major sanctioning bodies: WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14.

Unbeaten super welterweight John "The Phenom" Vera (12-0, 8 KOs), of Fort Worth, Texas, defends his NABA-USA title belt against third-generation boxer Joey "Boxer" Ruelas (10-1-1, 4 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 8-round co-feature.

Las Vegas' 17-year-old boxing prodigy Devin "The Dream" Haney (5-0, 3 KOs) will become the youngest American boxer to box on national television as the 7-time national amateur champion takes on fellow undefeated lightweight prospect Jairo Fernandez (4-0, 3 KOs), of Mexico, in the 6-round television opener.

Former WBC Youth International titlist Tony Lopez (10-1, 3 KOs), of Dallas, meets unbeaten Houston featherweight Jerren "Hardknocks" Cochran (11-0-1, 4 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in 4-round bouts are Las Vegas junior lightweight Randy Moreno (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Texan Chris Turtun (1-2), and Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. TBA

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission (seated), are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 6:00 p.m. PT.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series was developed in partnership with DLVEC and Neon Star Media.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

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Erislandy Lara!

Prepares For World Title Rematch With Vanes Martirosyan
Lara

WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara is set to defend his world title and settle his score against Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan when the two meet in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader featuring the top 154-pound talent in the sport on Saturday, May 21 from The Chelsea, inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Live televised coverage on SHOWTIME begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout and his twin brother Jermell Charlo battling top challenger John Jackson for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on-sale now. Ticket prices start at $39, and are available online at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

Lara and Martirosyan will meet after their 2012 bout ended in a technical draw. See below for the Cuban-born champion's thoughts on training camp, the rematch and more:

On his rematch with Vanes Martirosyan:

"This is a very important fight for me. Our last fight unfortunately ended in a draw because of a clash of heads so we have some unfinished business to take care of. This time I'm not going to leave any doubt on who the better fighter is. I'm coming to dominate and retain my world championship."

On training camp:

"I'm taking this fight very seriously. I've been pushing my body to get in the best shape possible. My body feels incredible and I couldn't ask for a better training camp. I've been sparring a lot and my timing is getting better with each session. Everything is going as planned."

On the May 21 card:

"It's great to be fighting on this card, especially when there is so much on the line while I defend my title. In addition, the Charlo brothers are fighting on the undercard, which makes for a great night of boxing for the super welterweight division. The landscape of the 154-pound division will be laid out after May 21."

On the state of the super welterweight division:

"Honestly I believe the 154-pound division is one of the strongest in all of boxing. I feel I'm leading the pack and my goal is to unify all the belts. I'm going to take it one fight at a time with the mindset to clean out the division."

On fighting in Las Vegas:

"Vegas is the boxing capital of the world and fighting there is unbelievable. The fans are very supportive. The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan is very intimate and every seat in the building is a good seat. I anticipate a lively crowd."

On his relationship with Ronnie Shields:

"Ronnie is a great coach and his game plans are very well thought out. He keeps everything simple. If we have to make adjustments during the fight, he'll be able to point them out. We both have a great mutual respect for one another."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Manfredo V Biosse!

Limited Standing Room Tickets Available

Fight night at Twin River Casino is just 48 hours away and only a limited number of standing room tickets are available for purchase for what is expected to be a record-setting event.

CES Boxing's Friday, May 13th, 2016 fight card, "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL," is headlined by the return of Providence native and Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs), who ends his two and a half year layoff in a super middleweight main event showdown against fellow Providence veteran Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs).

The high demand for tickets for Manfredo's comeback fight prompted Twin River to open standing room tickets in late April. All seated tickets are now sold out and half of the original batch of standing room tickets allocated three weeks ago have been sold in advance of this epic showdown, leaving only a limited number of tickets available for purchase.

These limited tickets are priced at $46.00 and available online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on Friday's card. Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

Fight week festivities continue tomorrow with the official weigh-in and press conference, which begins at 3:30 p.m. at Twin River Casino's Wicked Good Bar & Grill. Both events are open to the public. Doors open a 6 p.m. on fight night and the first of nine bouts is scheduled for 7.

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Antonio Tarver Jr.!

Establishing His Own Identity In Ring
Antonio Tarver Jr

Fighting for his young family, as well as to expand the legacy associated with his last name, the son of 5-time world champion and 1996 U.S. Olympian Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver - unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Antonio Tarver, Jr. - this past weekend continued establishing his own identity in the ring.

After a 9-month absence, the 28-year-old Tarver (4-0, 3 KOs) returned to the ring in Lakeland, Florida, stopping Jose Cortez in the second round. Tarver displayed his improving skills, especially a punishing body attack, during a thoroughly dominating performance. He broke-down Cortez and closed the show in style.

"It took me one round to get rid of ring rust," he explained. "We had a game-plan to go to the body, then the head, body and head, but it took me a round to do it. God's really blessed me and I owe all thanks to Him. My father and coach, Jimmy Williams, have always told me not to look for a knockout but that it'll come. I'm not a one-punch knockout fighter. It's all about setting up shots and putting them together. I may not connect with every single body shot I throw, but if I get in three of four each round, it'll eventually cause damage. I'm focusing on my opponent's liver and ribs, trying to be a body-snatcher."

Tarver was an athlete, playing basketball and football, who didn't start boxing until he was 19. He had a very brief amateur career and fully realizes that he's consistently going to be fighting more experienced boxers.

"In the ring," Tarver said, "I'm still a baby. My opponents may be much more experienced than me, but I do have a lot of experience around me: my father, coach Williams and Darrell Foreman. My father wouldn't support me as a fighter until I proved to him that I was worthy (sacrificing and training). I'm worthy now and believe I'm coming into my own as I continue to learn."

"As a father," Tarver Sr., noted, "I wanted him to know what he was getting into and have the tools to succeed. He's as tough as nails. When he realizes how strong he really is.....look out. There's a difference between hitting an opponent with a punch and punching through him like he's doing now. I just wish he'd get started quicker. He doesn't get going until he gets hit and then he turns into a beast. A ferociousness comes out from inside that I never had. He's improving all of the time. He's putting punches together better and sitting down on his punches.

"Antonio is going to be a fan-friendly fighter. I know I put him under a lot of pressure, but he's fighting much more experienced guys. I've never been worried about him fighting a tough guy. It's the guys who think in the ring and have amateur pedigree that can be problems for him."

Understanding that his opponents get pumped to fight him because of his last name, Antonio Jr. rationalizes that, taking advantage of the situation he is in. "It's very important for my opponents to beat me and the name," he admitted. "My father set this stage for me and my name is, Antonio Tarver, Jr., so they're trying to give us both a loss. I'm fighting for my family and to protect the legacy of my last name. I try and take advantage of being my father's son and accept everything that goes with that. I don't try to put pressure on myself but, of course, I want to be the best Antonio Tarver Jr. I can be.

"People are always going to compare me with my father but we fight in different weight classes. Light heavyweights, other than Roy Jones Jr., are slower than junior middleweights, who are much quicker like Floyd Mayweather, Jr. I'm always going to be fighting opponents taller than me, or sometimes the same height, but I'm 5' 9" and a lot of my opponents are going to be 6' 2" or so.

The father has another important lesson he's teaching his son. "Antonio became a father for the first time last September and he was slow getting back in the gym," Antonio Sr. added. "He has to learn how to balance fatherhood with his pro boxing career, making sacrifices to become a champion!"

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Bryant Perrella V David Grayton!

June 4 On ESPN
Bryant Perrella

Welterweight sensation Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella will face his toughest foe to date when he challenges fellow unbeaten southpaw David “Day-Day” Grayton Saturday, June 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Perrella-Grayton bout serves as the co-main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card televised on ESPN.

Living and fighting out of Fort Myers, FL, the heavy-handed Perrella has a stellar 13-0 professional ledger with 12 wins by knockout. Against Grayton, the 6'0 Perrella fights on TV for a third consecutive time, previously halting both Chaquib Fadli and Ramon Ayala. Prior to that, Perrella impressively stopped dangerous Patrick Boozer, ending a remarkable year and a half run where he took out three previously unbeaten fighters. As an amateur, Perrella competed in the 2012 US Olympic Trials where he defeated current rising star Regis Prograis before coming up short against Sammy Vasquez and eventual winner Errol Spence.

Hailing from talent-laden Washington, DC, Grayton is an excellent 14-0 and has ten kayos. In October 2015, Grayton bested often-avoided Martin Wright over eight rounds. Fighting under the tutelage of George Peterson, who developed Paul Williams into one of boxing's best fighters, Grayton had an excellent amateur pedigree of his own. In 2010, he defeated the aforementioned Spence to capture National Golden Gloves title and he also won bronze at the 2012 tournament.

“I know he's undefeated and is coming to fight but this is a big step up for him,” Perrella said of Grayton. “I expect him to try and drag me into a dog fight. Regardless of what he brings, I'm looking forward to come out on top with a great performance. I've fought the better opposition and have been asking for harder fights. I believe I'm an overall better fighter and on June 4 everybody will see that.”

Michael Nowling, Perrella's head trainer, is very familiar Grayton and is equally as confident his fighter will emerge victorious.

“David Grayton is a strong and athletic southpaw that is coming to win. Regardless, he's never fought anybody like Bryant Perrella. For some time now, I've wanted Bryant to step up and fight another prospect because I believe he's better than a lot of guys out there. Against Grayton, our plan is to break him down and win in style. Doing so in a fight like this can set us apart from other prospects.”

The card is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and is headlined by a bout featuring light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev against 2008 Argentinean Olympian Ezequiel Maderna.

Tickets will be available on Groupeyvonmichel.ca/eng/tickets.html shortly.

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Tyron Zeuge V Giovanni De Carolis!

July 16 World Title Fight In Berlin
Tyron Zeuge

Tyron Zeuge (18-0, 10 KOs) will challenge Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs) for the WBA World Super Middleweight title on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

The 23 year-old, who is trained by WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer, takes on the tough Italian, who claimed the WBA strap with an eleventh-round TKO win over the highly-rated German fighter Vincent Feigenbutz.

If successful, Zeuge will make history by becoming Germany’s youngest ever World Champion, beating Graciano ‘Rocky’ Rocchigiani’s record of 24 years and 73 days by 8 days.

‘’This is the opportunity of a lifetime,’’ said Zeuge. ‘’Whether I’m ready for it, other people will have to judge. But one thing is for certain, on July 16, I will give everything to fulfill my dream of becoming World Champion.’’

The Berlin boxer’s coach Juergen Braehmer believes his protégé is ready for the challenge. ‘’Based on his potential, there is no better boxer in Germany than Zeuge,’’ said the two-time World Champion. ‘’I believe he is ready to make history by taking this title!’’

Braehmer can also make history on July 16, as never has an active World Champion coached another boxer to World title success.

Promoter Kalle Sauerland is thrilled to have delivered his young star a World title opportunity. ‘’Between the European Football Championships and the Olympic Games, we have another sporting highlight for the summer,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’Tyron Zeuge is leading the way for a new generation of World-class German boxers, and by beating De Carolis, he can take his place among the best in the World.’’

Tickets for the WBA World Super Middleweight title contest between Tyron Zeuge and Giavanni De Carolis go on sale shortly and will be available via www.eventime.de and www.tickethalle.de.

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Anthony Ogogo!

Returns To The Ring On May 28 In Glasgow
Anthony Ogogo

Anthony Ogogo (8-0, 4 KOs) will make his long-awaited return to the ring on May 28 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, live on Sky Sports.

Unbeaten Ogogo's professional career has been stop-start so far due to injury, with the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist set for his first action since July where he moved to 8-0 with a win in Germany over Ruslan Schelev. It was in that fight where he suffered a dislocated shoulder, fighting for the majority of the bout with just one arm, and the Lowestoft man's outing in Germany was at the time also his return from a sustained period on the sidelines following Achilles problems. But the 27 year old insists his injury woes are behind him and he's ready to get his career back on track and make a huge impact in the middleweight division.

On his return to the ring, Ogogo said, "I'm incredibly excited to be added to the May 28 card in Glasgow live on Sky Sports and cannot wait to get back in the ring. It's been a difficult period for me as I've worked hard to recover from the shoulder injury I suffered in my last fight but I am now fully fit and raring to go.

"I want to thank Eddie Hearn, Kalle & Nisse Sauerland and Golden Boy Promotions for giving me the opportunity to fight in Glasgow and am looking to make a real statement of intent. I want to keep as busy as I can during 2016 and am determined to make a major impact in the middleweight division - starting on May 28."

‘’We are excited to see Anthony back in the ring. With his injuries now behind him, we’re sure he can become a dominant force in the division,” said Promoter Kalle Sauerland. “He’s been training hard and has kept his focus so we’re looking forward to seeing how he performs. There are a lot of big fights out there for him, but first, he must get a good win under his belt on May 28 in Glasgow.’’

“The talent pool in the middleweight division is the deepest its been in decades – and now that Anthony Ogogo is healthy, we fully expect him to be a major force in the weight class for years to come,” said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. “With an Olympic pedigree and action-packed style, Anthony is sure to keep fans on the edge of their seats.”

Ogogo's return is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow as Ricky Burns (39-5-1,13 KOs) looks to become a three-division world champion as he takes on Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA Super-Lightweight World Championship.

Tyrone Nurse (32-2-1, 6 KOs) heads into the Lion's den to defend his British Super-Lightweight title against local favourite Willie Limond (39-4, 11 KOs) and Newcastle's Jon Lewis Dickinson (17-4, 5 KOs) meets Belfast's Tommy McCarthy (8-0, 5 KOs) in an eliminator for the British Cruiserweight Title.

Conor Benn (1-0, 1 KO) fights for the second time in the paid ranks, Islington Middleweight John Ryder (22-2, 12 KOs) is in action and there's a host of young Scots on display, including Commonwealth gold medal winner Charlie Flynn (7-0, 1 KO), Joe Ham (7-0, 5 KOs) and Lewis Paulin (5-0).

Tickets for Glasgow are on general sale with those in the £40-£100 bracket available from the SSE Hydro website http://www.thessehydro.com/ and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £

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RICKY HATTON!

RESPONDS TO ZHAKIYANOV V TETE CLAIMS

RICKY HATTON and Hatton Promotions would like to counter claims made about Zhanat Zhakiyanov by the team of Zolani Tete.

While very initial discussions were held regarding the possibility of Zhakiyanov defending his interim WBA bantamweight title against the South African, they did not progress and no agreement was made.

Online claims that he pulled out of the fight due to weight issues are entirely unfounded.

Zhakiyanov is due to resume training with Ricky Hatton in Manchester in the next few weeks and will be looking to get back in the ring in the near future.

“Zhanat couldn’t have pulled out of facing Tete because the fight wasn’t even made,” Hatton said.

“We held initial conversations with Frank Warren (Tete’s promoter) when we talked about a whole host of things such as Nathan Gorman boxing at the Copper Box and working together in the future, but we never reached the contract and date stage for this fight. Any suggestion we did is just nonsense.

“That said we have a good working relationship with Frank and we will continue to work together in the future. For example, we have Hatton Promotions’ Kiryl Relikh defending his WBA Intercontinental title this Friday on a BoxNation show in Bolton.”

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Dmitriy Salita!

Joins Forgotten Harvest

On the morning of Tuesday, May 10, promoter Dmitriy Salita will continue his mission to mix the revival of Detroit boxing with a strong social conscience.

From 9-12 am, Salita and several fighters from his upcoming "Detroit Brawl" event, will help the Forgotten Harvest organization pass out food to deserving families at New Bethel Baptist Church, located at 8430 C L Franklin Drive (aka Linwood St) in Detroit.

The group of local fighters joining Salita includes main event participant Demetrius Banks, co-main event fighter James Gordon Smith, as well as James Ballard and Darrell Van Horn.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, "Detroit Brawl" will feature Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) in the six-round cruiserweight main event against Bronx-based cruiserweight Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs), as well as Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) in the six-round co-main event against Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs). Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs) will face Chicago's Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight scrap, while middleweight Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Torreon, Mexico's Francisco Reza (13-17, 10 KOs) in a four-rounder.

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

Forgotten Harvest is dedicated to relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste. Established in 1990, Forgotten Harvest now has 280 recipient agencies in its network, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and domestic shelters, children's homes, senior centers and group homes.

Servicing Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, Forgotten Harvest's small and dedicated professional staff cover 2,000-square miles per day, bringing relief to 800 locations.

In other "Detroit Brawl" action, Lansing junior middleweight Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs) will face Greenwood, Indiana's Pablo Sanchez (7-1, 5 KOs) in a four-round bout. Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs) will look to bounce back from his first career loss by taking on the capable Ernest Reyna (8-3, 4 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, in a six-rounder. And in four-round welterweight bout between undefeated fighters, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan's Serdar Hudayberdiyev (1-0, 1 KO) will face Marco Russell (1-0-1) of Henderson, Nevada. East Pointe, Michigan, cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle fellow Michigander Karinn Davis (2-6, 2 KOs) of Jackson in a four-round battle; and Brooklyn via Georgia super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Jackson, Michigan's Alfred Hall (4-11-2, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is at 7:15 pm. The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. All bouts subject to change.

Salita Boxing Promotions

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Freddy Sanchez V Nick DeLomba!

Battle For The New England Super Lightweight Title
Freddy Sanchez

There can only be one underdog on fight night, but both Freddy Sanchez and Nick DeLomba carry a chip on their shoulder entering their super lightweight title bout Friday night at Twin River Casino.

DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs), the Cranston, R.I., native and Gary Balletto protégé, is still smarting from his first career loss, a first-round knockout in September at the hands of Gledwin Ortiz, a fight he and his coach, Vic Fagnant, admit they probably shouldn't have taken so quickly following DeLomba's emotionally -- and physically -- draining win over Juan Rodriguez in July.

Then there's Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs), the hard-hitting, undefeated Worcester, Mass., native who's coming off a no-decision against Antonio Fernandes in February courtesy of a head-butt in the opening round that opened a cut over Sanchez's right eye. He didn't take the loss that night, keeping his perfect record intact, but still looks at is as a missed opportunity, in some cases almost as bad as losing.

He and DeLomba lock horns Friday, May 13th, 2016 on the undercard of CES Boxing's "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" show highlighted by the main event between Providence super middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs) and Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs). DeLomba and Sanchez will face one another in a six-round bout for the vacant New England Super Lightweight Title.

On paper, it's a pick-'em fight; even if Sanchez has a slight edge based on his undefeated record and knockout power, DeLomba's level of competition - Ortiz, Rodriguez, and even 12-fight veteran Edwin Soto of Connecticut, whom he beat in just his fourth fight as a pro - theoretically evens the playing field.

The way Sanchez sees it, even with his 7-0 record, he's the underdog, not DeLomba, which adds even more motivation with fight night less than a week away.

"I'm going into his hometown," Sanchez said, "but it doesn't matter to me. I love being the underdog. It's a great way to upset people."

Sanchez might even be licking his chops heading into Friday after watching DeLomba's last two fights. While he suffered the loss against Ortiz, a fight stopped at the 2:43 mark of the opening round by Joey Lupino, DeLomba was arguably hurt worse against Rodriguez two months prior when he got knocked down early in the opening round, survived the bell and then fought back to score a fifth-round knockout win.

"His last fight was horrible. The fight before that? Wow," Sanchez said. "I think he should have two losses now. That's how bad he was hurt.

"I don't really talk a lot of shit. I'm humble," he added. "I'm just going to go in there and do what I do. If I get him out of there early, I get him out of there early. If not, it is what it is."

Aside from wanting to avenge his first loss, DeLomba has other reasons to be motivated for Friday's fight. There's been some surprise among regional fans that he'd even take this fight after getting knocked out in September. Others expected him to take the proverbial tune-up fight to get back on track, but DeLomba didn't want to go backwards.

"I've never done that in my whole career," said DeLomba, who took the unconventional path to the pros by starting out fighting six-rounders instead of fours.

"I fight the exciting fights. That's why the fans come to watch me. This is what we felt was best for my career. Winning this fight will definitely help me in the long run."

Besides, there's no better way to silence critics than to step up following a loss and beat an undefeated fighter ranked favorably among his peers.

"I think there are going to be a hell of a lot of people in the stands Friday, whether they bought a ticket from me or bought one from the casino, that are coming to watch me lose this fight," he said. "I have a lot of people to shut up.

"I'll let the people do the talking and let my hands do the work."

The last eight months have been a whirlwind for DeLomba. He and his fiancée, Milly, welcomed their first child, Nicolas Jr., into the world earlier this year, giving DeLomba further incentive to chase his dream in the ring.

"It changed my whole world," he said about the birth of his son. "I can't take this fighting game as something I just do to get by. I know I have the talent and the work ethic. I've got to go above and beyond like I used to when I first started this sport."

"That last fight was a wake-up call. That could be one of the best things that ever happened to my career. I've realized no one is untouchable. Even the best can lose."

How one responds to a loss, according to Sanchez, "depends on the fighter."

"It could discourage you or make you stronger," he said.

"My last fight, you saw what happened. I was pissed off. I still am. It wasn't a loss, but it was a missed opportunity. This fight, I'm looking to change that."

Four days from now, two of New England's brightest stars, both with big records and big dreams, stand toe-to-toe in one of the most highly anticipated fights on the undercard with a title on the line. Both consider themselves the underdog, the "other guy" on the marquee, and both are equally hungry following disappointing outcomes their last time out. It all adds up to a strong Fight of the Night candidate come Friday.

"I'm excited. This is a great opportunity and I feel blessed to be in the position I'm in," DeLomba said. "I'm in great shape and ready to go to war. This will be a great addition to my resume."

"I'm thankful to CES for the opportunity," Sanchez added. "I feel great. They've been keeping me active."

Limited tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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JAVIER FORTUNA V JASON SOSA!

JUNE 24 IN BEIJING CHINA

On Friday, June 24, at the 18,000-seat Beijing Capital Gym in Beijing, China, one of boxing's most exciting fighters, Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KOs) will make the second defense of his WBA World Super Featherweight Championship against hard-punching WBA #8 contender Jason Sosa (18-1-4, 14 KOs). The potential war between the two sluggers will be also be seen by an audience of nearly 100 million Chinese via cctv5 channel live broadcast.

Fortuna vs. Sosa was officially announced at a press conference in Beijing today as the first in an ongoing series of four high-profile events per year that will be put on by the co-promotional partnership of Mr. Min Du Modoson and Mr. Liu Gang of Max Power Promotions "MPP" and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing.

26-year-old Fortuna, of La Romana, Dominican Republic, has been a standout in boxing since his days as a decorated amateur who participated in the inaugural Pan American Junior Championships in 2003. Considered one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, Fortuna won his current title with a unanimous decision over Bryan Vasquez in May 2015. He defended it successfully in September of last year with a TKO 10 over Carlos Ivan Velasquez. Fortuna previously won the Interim WBA Featherweight Championship by beating formerly undefeated Patrick Hyland in December 2012. The powerful southpaw is also known for scoring highlight reel knockouts over formidable opponents including Yuandale Evans (TKO 1) and Miguel Zamudio (KO 1). Fortuna is promoted by Sampson Boxing.

28-year-old Sosa, of Camden, New Jersey, is of proud Puerto Rican descent. He earned his title shot and caught the eyes of the boxing world in December of last year by fighting to a surprise draw with one of the sport's top fighters, two-time world champion Nicholas "Axe Man" Walters of Jamaica. The fight was televised on HBO Boxing After Dark. A powerful puncher, Sosa was riding a 13-fight knockout streak before facing Walters. Sosa is also known for his aggressive style and iron chin. He has been called the best fighter to come out of Camden since former world champion Dwight "Camden Buzzsaw" Muhammad Qawi. Sosa is promoted by Peltz Boxing.

Here's what the promoters, participants and their trainers had to say:

Javier Fortuna

I feel great. I am honored to be fighting in China.

He's a strong fighter and he is always thinking in there. Nevertheless, I feel that I'm more talented and have more ability. I also have the stronger punching power.

I have been waiting for this opportunity. I am looking forward to this fight for my team and my country.

I've fought punchers before and I box them until their power starts to dissipate and then I rumble with them.

I appreciate all the love I get from the fans, worldwide. That's why I train hard: to gain fans and to make myself the best fighter I can be.

Jason Sosa

It's a great opportunity. This is what every fighter dreams of: to fight for a world title.

It depends on what kind of fight Fortuna wants. I'll be in there fighting smart and just see what kind of fight he wants to bring. We can go to war, or we can box. It's up to him.

He's a little aggressive. A little wild. Just another guy.

I'm not really doing anything different training for him. Everything I'm doing is working, so I don't fix anything that's not broken.

I'm excited and nervous to fight in China. It's my first time out of the country for me. I can't wait to go there and I know it'll be a beautiful experience.

Mr. Min Du Modoson

We are happy to be partnering with international matchmaker and promoter Sampson Lewkowicz to bring world-class boxing to the county of China.

Javier Fortuna has what it takes to become a star in China. He and his worthy opponent will be greeted with open arms by our people.

Mr. Liu Gang

This event will be huge in the country of China. Our company, MPP, is excited to work with Sampson Lewkowicz and to be able to bring such a great fight to the people.

China is a boxing-rich country. Boxers here are heroes to the people. Both fighters will be treated like celebrities and the fight will be watched by millions and millions of people.

Sampson Lewkowicz

I am happy to be helping to put on this event in the beautiful country of China and looking forward to a long and prosperous co-promotional partnership with Mr. Min Du Modoson and Mr. Liu Gang of MPP.

We have plans to feature many of the world's best fighters in terrific match-ups like this one.

Javier Fortuna will be facing a fighter with almost as much power as he has, and he will have to be at his best to get another victory.

Russell Peltz

It's going to be a great fight and Sosa is looking forward to winning the world title.

Sosa just held his own and fought to a draw with one of the top junior lightweights in the world, Nicholas Walters, and it boosted his confidence level even higher.

Fortuna and Sosa are the same size, so I think that's good. Sosa also has great sparring with another very good left hander, Tevin Farmer. They're stablemates. Tevin is the perfect imitation, size wise, not style wise, of Fortuna.

Hector Bermudez (Fortuna Trainer)

I think it's going to be an excellent fight for Fortuna to show off his talents internationally.

Sosa is a great opponent that we'll have to train hard for and be focused against. It won't be easy but Fortuna is training hard and it should be a great fight.

Sosa is a pressure fighter and a big puncher with the left hand. He's rugged and throws combinations.

Me, as a trainer, I have already picked Sosa apart. He lunges a lot. He's definitely aggressive and has a huge left hook.

Raul Rivas

It'll be an interesting fight.

Fortuna is very talented, but I do believe that this is a good time for Jason to take this fight. He's fought the better opposition.

Fortuna is a fighter that comes to fight, and we come to fight, so I believe it'll be a very exciting fight, with two guys doing what they do best out there.

I believe we have the better and stronger fighter, so I like our chances.

I've never been to China, neither has Jason. We're looking forward to the experience as a team; to be in a different country and experience something different. I know the Chinese population loves boxing, and combat sports. We are expecting a great show.

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Zhanat Zhakiyanov!

Responds To Rumor Of Fight V Zolani Tete
Zhanat Zhakiyanov

Interim WBA World Bantamweight Champion Zhanat "ZZ" Zhakiyanov (26-1, 18 KOs) and his representatives are now forced to respond to the deliberate falsehoods being distributed by the team around South African super flyweight Zolani Tete.

Zhakiyanov of Petropavl, Kazakhstan, is a proud warrior, who has been willing to face anyone from the start of his career. Which is what makes the blatantly false and intentionally misleading allegations by Tete's camp so infuriating.

Tete and his manager, Mla Tengimfene, have been feeding the media a fictional story that Zhakiyanov recently backed out of a purported fight between the two, supposedly scheduled for June 4 at Echo Arena in Liverpool.

One problem.

Zhakiyanov and his people were never even contacted about such a fight. It never existed.

"I have never heard from anyone about this fight," said Zhakiyanov. "They are saying I can't make the weight and that's why I can't fight him. I was never supposed to fight him! He and his people are telling stories."

Zhakiyanov's manager, Philippe Fondu, wonders why the media would even believe such a fight ever existed when a quick check of the WBA rule book would have eliminated all talk of such a match-up.

"There were some unfounded rumors on the net about Zhanat defending against Tete a while ago, but having never received any concrete proposal from anyone, including his new promoter Frank Warren, I never paid any specific attention to these rumors. But let's be honest here. Zhanat Zhakiyanov is the reigning interim WBA Bantamweight champion and Tete is actually boxing for other world organizations (IBF and/or WBO). Furthermore, Tete is rated #9 in the WBA super-flyweight division (115 lb.). Such a contest could obviously not even be considered, as a WBA Interim 118-lb. champion can only defend his title against a WBA top-15 rated boxer in the 118 lb. division."

Fondu also says that Zhakiyanov, promoted by Hatton Promotions, is fully capable of making the 118-lb weight limit and welcomes any and all viable fight proposals approvable by the WBA.

"I have been in boxing many years and I understand using the media to get a fighter's name in print," continued Fondu, "but they are using the name of a champion and proud representative of his home country of Kazakhstan to do it and it's not right. Hopefully the media will get more responsible about checking the facts in the future."

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Rite Hook Promotions!

Woods & Bissett To Travel For Opportunities

Rite Hook Promotions CEO William Hunter is not afraid to present his fighters with challenging and potential career changing opportunities. Having successfully promoted and built his boxers locally in Biloxi, Hunter is a firm believer that fighters can win anywhere under fair circumstances.

“It's always a pleasure working with hungry fighters that aren't scared to bite down on their mouthpiece and give it everything they’ve got whether it’s in a tune up fight or against the best in the world. There are only a handful of guys willing to take these opportunities and see that there’s a bigger picture if they win.”

Two of those men are Rite Hook’s very own Manny “Shake em’ Up” Woods and Mike “Concrete” Bissett.

Living and fighting out of St. Petersburg, FL, Woods travels to Lincoln, RI to challenge undefeated Jimmy Williams Friday, May 13 in a six round junior middleweight bout. A former football standout who received multiple NFL tryouts, Williams is 10-0-1 with 5 knockouts and fought all of his bouts in Connecticut or Rhode Island. While undefeated, Williams hasn’t fought the same level of opposition as Woods.

With a solid 15-4-1 ledger and 5 knockouts, Woods won five of his last six bouts and is fresh off a unanimous decision victory over tough Mexican Elias Espadas last month. Earlier in his career, Woods outpointed future title contender Wilky Campfort and then unbeaten Shelden Moore. With an experience advantage and recent hot streak, Hunter is confident his fighter will be the first to defeat Williams.

“First and foremost I respect Jimmy because he’s a great athlete and has been through a lot in his personal life. I think he’s a good boxer but Manny’s already been in deep waters. He knows what it’s like to have the odds stacked against him and do what he has to in order to get the W. Jimmy’s never been in this position before and I believe he’s biting off more than he can chew against Manny.“

One week later in Central Point, OR, Bissett faces highly touted Mike Wilson in a cruiserweight matchup. A two-time US amateur champion, Wilson is 13-0 with 7 victories by KO and was considered a top prospect when he came out of the amateurs. Currently doubling as a fighter and promoter, Wilson’s last five bouts took place in his native Oregon and he’s stopped his last three foes.

Born in Mississippi and based in Tampa, FL, the hard-hitting Bissett’s professional ledger reads 10-8 with 7 knockouts. He’s fought a number of notable fighters including 2012 Olympians Michael Hunter and Dominic Breazeale, rising star Stivens Bujaj and then unbeaten Milos Pantelic twice. A winner in three of his last four, Bissett’s career best victory came in 2014 when he outpointed popular contender Nicholas Iannuzzi. Much like his stalemate Woods against Williams, Bissett has the experience advantage having been in tough multiple times.

“Wilson is a very good fighter and I’ve heard about him for years. He’s done a great job of promoting himself and building the sport of boxing in Oregon. With that said, Mike Bissett has been in the ring with a number of top cruiserweights and proven his toughness. I think both him and Manny will make statements in the upcoming weeks and move onto bigger fights.”

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MEET DETROIT BRAWL FIGHTERS!

THIS SAT AT THOMAS MCGEES SPORTING HOUSE WHISKEY BAR
Demetrius Banks

Promoter and former world-title challenger Dmitriy Salita, undefeated Detroit cruiserweight Demetrius Banks and other featured fighters in the upcoming "Detroit Brawl" event will be appearing live at Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar in Downtown Detroit, this Saturday night, May 7, during the Canelo vs. Khan fight on HBO PPV.

Salita and company will be available for photo ops and will be giving away tickets to "Detroit Brawl," which happens Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit and features a six-round cruiserweight main event between Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) and Bronx-based cruiserweight Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs); and a six-round co-main event between undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) and Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs).

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

Located at 1408 E Fisher Service Drive in Detroit, Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar will proudly show the Canelo vs. Khan battle for the WBC Middleweight Championship, beginning at 9:00 pm. For more information, call 313-263-4342 or visit their official Facebook page.

On the Detroit Brawl undercard, Lansing junior middleweight Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs) will face Greenwood, Indiana's Pablo Sanchez (7-1, 5 KOs) in a four-round bout. In addition, Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs) will look to bounce back from his first career loss by taking on the capable Ernest Reyna (8-3, 4 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, in a six-rounder. And in four-round welterweight bout between undefeated fighters, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan's Serdar Hudayberdiyev (1-0, 1 KO) will face Marco Russell (1-0-1) of Henderson, Nevada.

In a six-round super middleweight scrap, Detroit's super middleweight James Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs) will face Chicago's Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs); Detroit middleweight Darrell Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Torreon, Mexico's Francisco Reza (13-17, 10 KOs) in a four-rounder; East Pointe, Michigan, cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle fellow Michigander Karinn Davis (2-6, 2 KOs) of Jackson in a four-round battle; and Brooklyn via Georgia super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Jackson, Michigan's Alfred Hall (4-11-2, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is at 7:15 pm. The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. All bouts subject to change.

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Demetrius Banks!

Sees Southpaw Opponent Salas As Nothing New
Demetrius Banks

Given the number of world-class southpaws he's been in with at the world-famous Kronk Gym in Detroit, undefeated Motown-based cruiserweight Demetrius Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) says he's not at all concerned about facing Puerto Rican New Yorker Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs).

The pair will meet on Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, in the six-round main event of Salita Promotions' "Detroit Brawl," event. In the six-round co-main event Detroit's undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) and Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs).

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

"Because my experience, fighting a southpaw is not much of an adjustment," said Banks during a break in training. "Being at Kronk, I've boxed world-class southpaws like (former WBO Middleweight Champion) Andy Lee and (current WBC Light Heavyweight Champion) Adonis Stevenson to name a few. It's not a big deal for me. I fought so many southpaws, in the beginning of my career, it was more difficult to box a right hander."

Banks, a former football star and a committed mentor to Detroit's youth, says that despite it being his first main event, he's not feeling any extra pressure. "The way I look at it, it's just another day. I don't let the situation overwhelm me. I guess after the fight is over I'll exhale and soak it all in. As of right now I'm ready to go to war. It doesn't bother me what order we fight in."

Of opponent Salas, Banks says he's not expecting any surprises.

"I didn't' need to see much of him to know what I'm getting. I probably watched part of a round and he's what I would expect. I saw things in him I can exploit. I also know he's on a five-fight win streak. He's 6' 3" tall, out of the Bronx and he's a southpaw. I guess he's coming to win, but I can't let this guy take food off my plate."

Banks says he's aware that at age 35, there is no time to waste and he is working hard at Kronk with head coach Javan Hill and assistant trainer Richard Phillips, knowing that this fight is critical if he is to ever rise to contender status.

"This fight presents a big opportunity for me, especially with Dmitriy doing so many big things in boxing. If I win this fight, it gives me the opportunity to sign with him. I feel like I need to hurry. Because of my age, I have a smaller window of opportunity and I understand it. This is an opportunity for me to step it up and get things going."

So how does he see things going against Salas?

"I definitely see a fight in my mind before it happens. I always visualize them beforehand. I see the things I don't want to happen, the things that can't happen and things I want to do. He's going to come out and try to show he's tough and come to fight and win. He's not me though. He's not fleet-footed or as slick as me. I'll trick him and touch him to his body. That will give me a lot of target. I will break him down from the body up.

On the Detroit Brawl undercard, Lansing junior middleweight Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs) will face Greenwood, Indiana's Pablo Sanchez (7-1, 5 KOs) in a four-round bout. In addition, Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs) will look to bounce back from his first career loss by taking on the capable Ernest Reyna (8-3, 4 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, in a six-rounder. And in four-round welterweight bout between undefeated fighters, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan's Serdar Hudayberdiyev (1-0, 1 KO) will face Marco Russell (1-0-1) of Henderson, Nevada.

In a six-round super middleweight scrap, Detroit's super middleweight James Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs) will face Chicago's Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs); Detroit middleweight Darrell Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Torreon, Mexico's Francisco Reza (13-17, 10 KOs) in a four-rounder; East Pointe, Michigan, cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle fellow Michigander Karinn Davis (2-6, 2 KOs) of Jackson in a four-round battle; and Brooklyn via Georgia super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Jackson, Michigan's Alfred Hall (4-11-2, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is at 7:15 pm. The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. All bouts subject to change.

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Manny Woods V Jimmy Williams!

May 13th
Jimmy Williams

Manny Woods has heard all about the so-called tough fight cities in the United States, among them Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York and even Providence, R.I., the home of five-time world champion Vinny Paz and The Contender star Peter Manfredo Jr.

Next Friday, Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) hopes to show New Englanders what his home state, Florida, is all about when he faces undefeated New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) on enemy turf.

"Down here, it's either kill or be killed, man," said Woods, a St. Petersburg native who enters his Friday, May 13th, 2016 at Twin River Casino with back-to-back wins under his belt and victories in five of his last six fights.

"There's so much talent around here where I'm from. You have no choice but to get better being from this area."

Though it often fails to get mentioned among the notoriously celebrated fight regions, Florida has produced a copious amount of talent over the years.

Multi-division world champion and all-time great Roy Jones Jr. was born in Pensacola, located in the northern part of the state just east of Louisiana. Former Olympic medalist and three-time world champ Antonio Tarver hails from Orlando, 100 miles east of St. Petersburg. Keith Thurman, the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champ, lives just 24 miles north in Clearwater and Ronald "Winky" Wright, a former two-time junior middleweight world champion, spent his entire career in St. Petersburg despite being born and raised in the nation's capital.

Woods never had to look far for inspiration during his first few years as a pro and now, after spending most of his career in the southeast United States fighting in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, the 29-year-old right-hander heads north next week to showcase his talent in front of a new audience.

"I'm bringing St. Pete to the house," he said. "You can expect a lot of excitement."

For Williams, the 29-year-old former football player turned boxer, this will be the toughest test of his young career. Woods is giving up nearly three inches in height, but is adept at fighting on the inside and working the body, which may be his key to success against the taller, rangier Williams.

"Many Woods brings a lot to the table," Williams said. "It's definitely a step-up fight for me. I think it's a fight that will show what kind of level I'm on."

This is perfect timing for Williams, who returns for the first time since December and just the second time in the last 15 months due to a hand injury that sidelined for almost all of 2015. He looked a bit rusty in his recent win over awkward, defensive-minded veteran Chris Gray - also of Florida - but is on the precipice of turning 30, an important milestone for all fighters looking to see where they rank among their peers.

"I think this is the fight that will show my fans and give me the confidence I need to keep taking those steps," he said.

When he turned pro at the age of 26, a late start by most standards, no one really knew what to expect from Williams, both short- and long-term. He had dedicated most of his 20s to football, even earning tryouts with the NFL and CFL before a groin injury derailed his dreams of playing professionally. He returned to his first love, boxing, and debuted in 2013 as the swing bout on a nationally televised NBC Sports card.

With a heavy workload in his first year -- six fights in just 10 months -- Williams progressed rapidly. He learned from his only blemish, a majority draw against Greg Jackson in 2013, and hasn't lost since. With his 30th birthday coming up in September, now's the time to take that next step and see how he measures up against a fighter with a comparable resume.

Even with a minor setback last year stemming from his knockout win over Eddie Caminero momentarily slowing his momentum, Williams' goals haven't changed.

"I still want to become a world champion one day and whoever I have to fight to get there, I'm willing to take that path," he said.

Woods' manager, Damian Walton, has made it clear his fighter is no stepping-stone. Woods heads to Rhode Island just six weeks after his most recent win, so while he hasn't had much time to recover, he's also sharp from having stayed in the gym since beating Elias Espadas on April 1st.

"Manny, taking this fight on the short notice we took it on, people think that's a negative," Walton said, "but it's really like a positive for Manny because he's one of those types of people where when he's got that push and drive in him at the right time he just wants to keep the train going.

"To be honest with you, when the fight first came up I was kind of against it because of the time. He said, 'Man, look, I've already got this drive and momentum going. Let's go get that.' That's that lion champion spirit that Manny's got up in him. You tell Williams he's going to have to bring his 'A' game or it's going to be a long night for him."

On a stacked card with so many pick-'em fights, Williams-Woods has Fight of the Night potential written all over it as both combatants take a step up in competition.

"I don't get too caught up in that trash talking, but I work hard," Woods said. "I've got kids at home. It's either kill or be killed. I work hard, I bust my own. I put the work in, so come next weekend when that bell goes 'ding!' it's going to be me and him and we're going to give the fans a show."

CES Boxing's May 13th card is headlined by the intra-city, all-Providence super middleweight showdown between "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs) and "Mr. Providence" Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs).

Limited tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout.

Regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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Kubrat Pulev V Dereck Chisora!

Tale Of The Tape
Kubrat Pulev V Dereck Chisora

On Saturday night, Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) square off in a European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg Germany.

Both fighters are looking to reclaim the prestigious European belt and land a second shot at World honours. Ahead of their crunch fight, we take a look at how the heavyweights measure up with the Tale of the Tape.

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Anthony Yigit!

Plans To Steal The Show Against Sutcliffe
Anthony Yigit

Anthony Yigit (16-0-1, 7 KOs) plans to steal the show when he takes on Philip Sutcliffe Jnr (9-0, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

The undefeated super lightweights square off on the undercard of the European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator between Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora.

‘’It feels great to be getting back in the ring,’’ said Yigit, who returns following a third-round stoppage victory over former World Champion DeMarcus Corley.

‘’This is my first fight for five months, and my first fight with my new coach CJ Hussein, so I’m looking forward to showing everyone what I’ve got!

‘’I feel like I’ve really improved since I started training with CJ. The good thing is he doesn’t want to change my boxing style. He knows I am where I am today because of what I can already do, but we have made some minor changes. We’ve been working on my defence, and other than that, focusing on becoming faster, stronger and more explosive.’’

The 24 year-old from Stockholm is now looking forward to putting these improvements into practice against the undefeated Irishman Sutcliffe Jnr.

‘’I know Sutcliffe is a hard puncher,’’ he says. ‘’He likes to come forward, and I think it will be a tough fight, but this is the name of the game. I want to be involved in tough fights like this, and I want to be able to deliver exciting performances. I hope everyone will be happy with this match up.

‘’The fans know what they can expect from me. I’m a people pleaser and I always give 100%. On Saturday night, I want to give them a fight to remember and I want to steal the show!’’

All the action from Hamburg including Yigit’s fight with Sutcliffe Jnr and the European heavyweight showdown between Dereck Chisora and Kubrat Pulev is available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting in Scandinavia.

Viaplay Fighting is the first package of its kind, available in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, and featuring over 500 hours of exclusive live fighting each year from 150 events including UFC, Nordic Fight Night, Team Sauerland, Premier Boxing Champions, Matchroom Boxing and IMG.

For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.com

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NATHAN GORMAN!

LOOKS TO MAKE A STATEMENT WITH ANOTHER QUICK KNOCKOUT
NATHAN GORMAN

NATHAN GORMAN wants to send a statement to rest of the heavyweight division by blasting out his second opponent in two weeks.

The Ricky Hatton-trained teenager floored Hrvoje Kisicek three times in the opening round at the Copper Box Arena, London on Saturday night and he’s looking for a similarly explosive performance against Poland’s Kamil Sokolowski in Walsall next weekend.

Given that Kisicek had previously been the distance with Hughie Fury and reached the second round against Anthony Joshua, Gorman’s display was little short of incredible.

“I got him out of there in the first round. The first knockdown the referee didn’t count it, but the punches after that landed and he felt them all. It was game over then,” Gorman said.

“He gave Hughie a good fight and not many people get through the first round with Joshua so I think knocking out so quickly will get people talking about me.

“My power has really come on since I’ve been with Ricky. He works on getting everything into my shots and people saw that last weekend.”

Next Saturday’s fight, which co-headlines Hatton Promotions’ and Black Country Boxing’s Mayhem event at Walsall Football Club, will see Gorman step up to six rounds in what is only his fourth paid outing.

“Six-rounders are better for me,” he said. “As an amateur I was used to doing three rounds so four-rounders weren’t really any different, but six will be good.

“Sokolowski will be a tough opponent because he’s boxed pretty much all the upcoming guys in the British top 15 and only Dillian Whyte has stopped him. He’s been in with Kash Ali, Sam Sexton and Gary Cornish and none of them could put him away.

“He’s solid and he comes for a fight so I think it’ll really say something about my potential if I can get him out of there.”

‘Mayhem’ also features Gorman’s stable mate Sam Evans alongside the return of former British lightweight champion Martin Gethin and unbeaten prospects Chad Sugden and Kieron McLaren. Rowley Regis’s popular Jason Welborn is also in action against William Warburton.

Tickets are £30 for standard unreserved seats and £60 for VIP tickets which includes table service and a two-course meal. Call the Walsall FC Ticket Office on 01922 651 414 to book.

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Felix Diaz V Miguel Vazquez!

Premier Boxing Champions

Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs) and former world champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) will meet in a 10-round battle of super lightweight contenders that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 and FOX Deportes from the Dancehall in San Antonio on Saturday, May 28 with televised coverage beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. This marks the first Saturday primetime PBC card on FS1 and FOX Deportes and anchors an action-packed memorial day weekend.

"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Diaz. "Miguel Vazquez is a great former champion and I'll have to be at my best. I'm very thankful to be the main event again and I'm thrilled to fight in San Antonio for the first time."

"I'm very excited for this opportunity to face a skilled Olympic Gold medalist like Felix Diaz," said Vazquez. "He's a good fighter, but he's never faced someone as experienced and talented as I am. I look forward to a great victory in front of the great fight fans of San Antonio as I march towards becoming a world champion again."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85 and $20 and $1,000 and $850 for VIP tables, before taxes and fees and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (210) 988-8821 visit http://lbtickets.ticketleap.com/march28th2016/ or in person at Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave.

A two-time Olympian representing the Dominican Republic, Diaz Jr. won a gold medal at his second Olympic games in 2008 in Beijing. Now fighting out of the Bronx, the 32-year-old increased the level of his competition with victories over Emmanuel Lartey, Adrian Granados and Gabriel Bracero before giving former champion Lamont Peterson all he could handle in losing a majority decision last October. Now he moves back to 140-pounds looking to make noise and grab a world title.

The 29-year-old Vazquez had a successful reign as 135-pound champion and defended his title eight times during his championship run. After beating Ji-Hoon Kim for his title, he would go on to defend it against the likes of Denis Shafikov, Mercito Gesta, Leonardo Zappavigna and Ammeth Diaz. Fighting out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Vazquez's most recent victory came against Jerry Belmontes and he is looking to rebound from a decision loss to Algenis Mendez in October.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Devin Haney!

Making National Television Debut May 21
Knockout Night At The D

Lightweight sensation Devin "The Dream" Haney (5-0, 3 KOs) is a boxing prodigy. The gifted 17-year-old boxer, fighting out of Las Vegas, will make his national television debut May 21, at home, on the "Knockout Night at the D" card.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The May 21st show, airing (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the DLVEC outdoor venue, is presented in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions.

Undefeated Russian middleweight Arif "The Predator" Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) faces upset-minded Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 10-round main event. Magomedov is rated among the top 15 middleweights by the four major sanctioning bodies: WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14.

Unbeaten super welterweight John "The Phenom" Vera (12-0, 8 KOs), of Fort Worth, Texas, defends his NABA-USA title belt against challenger Joey "Boxer" Ruelas (10-1-1, 4 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 8-round co-feature.

Haney is a 7-time national amateur champion, who captured a gold medal at the 2015 Youth World Champion, but he was unable to try-out for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team because of his age. When headgear was eliminated from Olympic boxing competition, the minimum age for a U.S. boxer to compete in the Olympics was changed to 19, so Haney decided to turn pro at the age of 17 rather than wait four more years. At first, though, he had a problem getting licensed in the U.S.

After having four successful fights in Tijuana, Mexico, Haney's license was approved by the Nevada Athletic Commission and he won an impressive 4-round decision over Rafael Vazquez this past April 9th on the Manny-Pacauiao-Timothy Bradley III show at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fighting May 21st on CBS Sports Network promises to be the start of something very special for Haney.

"It really means a lot to me fighting on national television for the first time," Haney said between workouts. "I'm excited to have my friends from all over be able to watch me fight on TV. I'm going to make a statement that nigh that I'm the next big star. I'm going to show everyone my talents."

Haney, of course, hasn't graduated from high school yet. He's been home schooled since the seventh grade, studying between his training responsibilities as a prizefighter: morning run, afternoon strength and conditioning, and full boxing workouts during the evening.

What can fans expect to see when they watch Haney in the ring? "I'm a boxer-puncher; strong and fast," Haney added. "I'm a balanced fighter who can do everything. I'm only 17 and still have a long way to go. Every day, my head trainer, Floyd Mayweather, Sr., works with me to relax more, walk-down my opponent and take my time - it's not the amateurs anymore - to breakdown my opponent."

Another undefeated fighter, Virginia featherweight Jerren "Hardknocks" Cochran (11-0-1, 4 KOs), faces former WBC Youth International titlist Tony Lopez (10-1, 3 KOs), of Dallas, in the 6-round television "swing bout."

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in 4-round bouts are Las Vegas junior lightweight Randy Moreno (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Texan Chris Turtun (1-2), and Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. TBA.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission (seated), are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 6:00 p.m. PT.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series was developed in partnership with DLVEC and Neon Star Media.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

D Boxing Promotions

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Ismael Barroso!

Offers Sincere Respect For Future Former Champion Crolla
Ismael Barroso

Heading into his showdown with WBA World Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) this Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK, WBA #1-rated contender and interim champion Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) and his team wish to offer their sincere respect to the "future former champion."

"He is a true champion," said Barroso of Crolla. "There were easier domestic fights for more money he could have taken, but he wanted to do the right thing and face his top challenger. I admire him for that."

Unfortunately, the murderous punching Barroso, of El Tigre, Venezuela, says he'll be ending the brave Englishman's run as champion on Saturday night.

"He (Crolla) won the WBA title by an upset last year and he's a likeable man," continued Barroso, "but all good things come to an end. When they help him up after the fight Saturday, he will have all my respect and I wish him very well for the rest of his life."

Greg Cohen, promoter of Barroso, agrees with his fighter's sentiment.

"Anthony is a true champion, but he's in way over his head in this one. And him being in his home country and the fans backing him, that only makes Ismael that much more determined. Crolla has had a great and surprising run as champion, but there's not much anyone can do for him in the face of the kind of power he's up against."

GCP Boxing Promotions

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I Am Who I Am!

Manfredo Reflects On Career In & Out Of Ring
Peter Manfredo

The best decision Peter Manfredo Jr. ever made came outside of the boxing ring and had nothing to do with strategy or technique.

Shortly after his loss to Sakio Bika in 2008, Manfredo's second shot at a world title, "The Pride of Providence" -- at the time, just 27 years old -- figured it was time to start thinking about life away from the sport to avoid the pitfalls that had plagued so many retired boxers before him.

"I said to myself, 'Forget this. I've got to get myself a job. I can't keep taking beatings like this,'" said Manfredo, who returns to the ring Friday, May 13th, 2016 for the first time in two and a half years.

"Then what? Everybody loves when you're winning. No one cares when you lose. At the end of the day, it's you and your family and you've got to do what you've got to do to support your family. When you're boxing, I don't care how much money you make, you live within your means. It runs out!

"In boxing, there really aren't many happy endings. There's no retirement, there's no health care, there's no annuity. After you run out of your money, which you're going to, what do you have?"

Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs) didn't want to find out, so he got himself a job working as a laborer for Laborers Local 271 in Providence, where he does everything from mixing cement to construction to breaking down job sites.

"Hard labor," he said. "Physical labor."

These days, he works for Lee Kennedy, Inc., a construction company in Quincy, Mass. The hours are long and the money's good, but boxing is always on the backburner, except now it's a trade, not a full-time job like it was during the halcyon days of The Contender.

As he prepares for his latest comeback, an intra-city showdown next Friday against "Mr. Providence" Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs) in the main event of CES Boxing's "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" show at Twin River Casino, the 36-year-old Manfredo is brutally honest about his intentions.

His daughter is entering high school next year and he wants to build her a bigger room in his house, so he's lacing up the gloves one more time for some extra pocket change. Rather than recycle the usual rhetoric about being No. 1 in the world or wanting to win a world title, which he probably would've fed us in his 20s, the older, wiser Manfredo tells it like it is. He needs the money, so he's fighting again. Plain and simple.

"I am who I am. I'm not trying to be someone I'm not," Manfredo said. "I know I'm not the best fighter in the world, but how many people are? You've got Floyd Mayweather, who is probably the best fighter in the world in this generation and you can only have one. I know I'm not that, but I'm not trying to be that. I just want to make enough money to support my family and get by and I think people respect me for that because they can relate to that."

Even with a two and a half year layoff, "The Pride of Providence" remains as popular as ever, a box office draw unlike any other in New England, and he's maintained his relevancy without having to force-feed lies to the general public. If his blunt honesty were a turnoff, it would've driven fans away by now. Instead, Twin River is expecting record numbers next Friday for the latest chapter in Manfredo's growing legacy.

"It's a humbling thing, that's for sure," he said. "People like me because, for one, I'm a good kid, and, two, I'm a real fighter. People want to come and spend that kind of money to see a fight, they want to see a fight. And when you see a Peter Manfredo fight, win, lose, or draw, I give you a real fight.

"I come to win every fight and I give you a fight. People like that. They see the heart and the reason I do it. I do it for my family. I don't do it to be a world champion anymore. I'm not trying to be the best in Rhode Island. I don't care about any of that. I do it just to make a paycheck and I do it for my family. People like that and they can relate to that. Maybe that's why I always sell the place out."

It helps, too, that he's as sharp as ever despite the long gaps between recent fights. After retiring in 2011 following a loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Manfredo returned one year later for another run on the regional circuit, firing off consecutive wins over Rayco Saunders, Walter Wright and Rhode Island rival Rich Gingras.

Manfredo stepped away again in 2013 after stopping Gingras in the eighth round of their scheduled 10-round fight, only to announce another comeback in March. Originally scheduled to face undefeated Angel Camacho Jr., Manfredo now faces Biosse, an awkward southpaw whose style has forced him to adjust on the fly over the final two weeks of training camp.

"Now I have to change my whole game plan," he said. "It only gives me one week to prepare for it because the week of the weigh in, you're not doing much. You're making weight and you're kind of slowing it down a bit. Yeah, it throws you off a little bit, but it is what it is. I'm a fighter.

"My mind is still on the prize. Obviously, there are still going to be obstacles in your way. Being the professional I am, I've got the experience where I'll be fine at the end of the day."

In an ironic twist, Biosse once trained under the guidance of Manfredo's father, Peter Manfredo Sr., but has now built his own legacy as an iconic figure in Rhode Island's Cape Verdean community. Meanwhile, "The Pride of Providence" continues to serve as an ambassador for Italian Americans, particularly in the Federal Hill section of Providence where he was born and raised.

"I have all the respect in the world for Vla," Manfredo said. "I like Vla. When Vla was turning pro, I helped him to turn pro. I thought he could make it. I thought he was pretty good. I encouraged him.

"As far as the name, 'Mr. Providence' versus 'The Pride of Providence,' I don't even look at it like that. It's a fight. At the end of the day, it's a fight. I'm going in there to win and I know he's coming in there to win and for that the fans are going to get what they want. They're going to get a good fight and get their money's worth."

Win or lose, there's no guarantee of additional fights or additional paydays for Manfredo beyond next Friday. The only sure thing is his life outside of the ring, his life in the workforce, which has allowed him to build a stable foundation for his family. He can't fight forever, but as long as he has a career beyond fighting, he's an example of brains overcoming brawn in a sport that often leaves its most beloved stars with broken dreams and empty pockets. Perhaps there are happy endings in boxing after all.

"I always wanted to work. I was always a hard worker," Manfredo said. "As I was coming up, I was always influenced by my father just to be a fighter because he was looking to make a living off of me. He was just looking at his end.

"At the end of the day when I got older and I started having my own family, I woke up and I got myself a job and got myself in the union. It's the best move I ever made."

Limited tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

CES Boxing Promotions

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Hughie Fury!

Added To Fury V Klitschko Card
Hughie Fury

Undefeated heavyweight sensation Hughie Fury will appear in a featured bout on the undercard of the world heavyweight championship rematch between unified champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko Saturday, July 9 at the Manchester Arena.

The bout will take place in front of more than 21,000 fans and be seen by millions more around the world on various television outlets.

Widely regarded as one of the best young heavyweights on the planet, the 21-year-old Fury has an outstanding 20-0 ledger with 10 wins by knockout. On April 30 in London, Fury scored a clear-cut technical decision over tricky switch hitter Fred Kassi to capture the WBO Intercontinental championship when the fight was stopped early due to an accidental clash of heads. Since turning pro in March 2013, Fury’s been matched tough and defeated the likes of Andriy Rudenko, George Arias, Dominick Guinn and the aforementioned Kassi.

Having already faced quality opponents while many young heavyweights build their records against subpar opposition, Fury’s team is looking for another tough challenge July 9.

“Hughie Fury is taking fights that no other heavyweights are taking,” said Peter Fury, his father and trainer. “Forget being built up on handpicked opponents, we’re facing guys that are here to win and give us a hard fight. He’s coming off of back to back tough fights. Look at his career so far compared to other prospects. Last year, we scored a clear win over Andriy Rudenko, who was 25-1 and his only defeat came via controversial decision to current heavyweight champion Lucas Browne. That will give you an idea where he’s at and I believe he’s the next force in the heavyweight division.”

Fury’s opponent will be announced shortly and the bout will be scheduled for either ten or twelve rounds.

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Miller V Guivas!

WBO & NABO Title Fight
Jarrell Miller

WBO #11, WBA #12 and IBF #15 heavyweight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs) will face Topeka, Kansas, slugger Nick Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) for the WBO NABO Heavyweight Championship on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

The two power-punching heavies will meet in the main event of Greg Cohen Promotions next instalment of "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network."

In the night's 10-round lightweight co-main event, red-hot Filipino prospect Harmonito "El Huracan de Gensan" Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) will make his debut on US soil against capable veteran Guillermo Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) of Buffalo.

Tickets for "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network" start at $35 and are available at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino box office, www.ticketmaster.com or you can charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

An impressive victory over Guivas will inch Miller that much closer to a shot at his dream of becoming Heavyweight Champion of the World. Never one to shy away from a war or a microphone, the outspoken Miller has been publicly calling out the world's heavyweight champions from nearly the beginning of his career.

Promoted by both Greg Cohen Promotions and Salita Promotions, Miller's boasts have turned to real threats in recent years, as his string of impressive knockouts grows and grows over ever-more-dangerous foes.

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7:00 pm. The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is located at 310 4th Street in Niagara Falls, NY. For more information, call 877-873-6322 or visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com.

GCP Boxing Promotions

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DETROIT BRAWL!

FULL CARD ANNOUNCED
DETROIT BRAWL

The complete card been announced for Salita Promotions' latest "Detroit Brawl", scheduled for Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

In addition to the six-round cruiserweight main event between Detroit's Demetrius Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) and Bronx-based cruiserweight Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs); and the six-round co-main event between undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) and Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs), several highly competitive match-ups are scheduled.

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

When an injury to the opponent sidelined his scheduled main event for this show, Lansing junior middleweight Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs) asked promoter Dmitriy Salita for another challenging opponent and, to his credit, he's got it. Urista will face Greenwood, Indiana's Pablo Sanchez (7-1, 5 KOs) in a four-round bout.

In addition, Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs) will look to bounce back from his first career loss by taking on the capable Ernest Reyna (8-3, 4 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, in a six-rounder.

And in four-round welterweight bout between undefeated fighters, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan's Serdar Hudayberdiyev (1-0, 1 KO) will face Marco Russell (1-0-1) of Henderson, Nevada.

In a six-round super middleweight scrap, Detroit's super middleweight James Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs) will face Chicago's Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs); Detroit middleweight Darrell Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Torreon, Mexico's Francisco Reza (13-17, 10 KOs) in a four-rounder; East Pointe, Michigan, cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle fellow Michigander Karinn Davis (2-6, 2 KOs) of Jackson in a four-round battle; and Brooklyn via Georgia super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Jackson, Michigan's Alfred Hall (4-11-2, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is at 7:15 pm. The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. All bouts subject to change.

Salita Boxing Promotions

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Straight Rights & Straight A’s!

The Joey Veazey Story
Joey Veazey

In the movie Coach Carter, Samuel L. Jackson famously quipped to his team of academically struggling players “you are student athletes, student comes first.”

Unfortunately, some standout athletes believe their talents supersede performing in the classroom. This has led to high schools and colleges warning or suspending players if their grades didn’t improve.

On the contrary, there are those who take great pride in starring as an athlete and student; such as 17-year-old Joey Veazey.

Known by his moniker of “Bazooka Joe” Veazey is multi-time amateur champion and was ranked internationally. On Thursday evening, Veazey fights Chris Perkins for the East Coast junior middleweight championship at Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie, MD as a featured fighter on a card promoted by Baltimore Boxing.

The card serves as a tribute to Murray “Bushwacker” Smith Sr., father of Baltimore Boxing’s Jake Smith. Tickets purchased in advance start at $25, reserved seats are $35, reserved tables for ten are $350, $50 VIP seats and $500 VIP tables of 10 can be purchased by calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the fights begin at 8.

Slated to compete in his 100th match, Veazy is a big ticket seller in the Baltimore area and regularly draws large crowds when he enters the squared circle. To Veazey however, he is most proud of his accomplishments outside of the ring, where he’s an honor student finishing up his senior year at Northeast High School.

In August, Veazey will enroll in college locally and major in either mechanical engineering or computer science. At the same time, he’ll prepare for his professional debut while still working as a trainer at the Baltimore Boxing Club. Most see being a fighter or student as a full time responsibility, but Veazey believes his work ethic and focus will help him continue to excel in and out of the ring.

“You have to be disciplined in the ring and classroom,” said Veazey. “I know there’s a lot on my plate but I thrive on excelling as a boxer, student and a trainer at the Baltimore Boxing Club. Focusing and paying attention to the task at hand helps keep me dialed in with whatever it is I’m doing at that time. Ultimately, my goal is to continue excelling with my academics and win a world title. I believe both are reachable and can become a reality with continued hard work.”

Smith, who has literally watched Veazey grow as a person and fighter during the last decade, has trained hundreds of fighters and considers Bazooka Joe one of his most special.

“Joey could’ve told himself boxing will be his everything because of how successful he’s been but he’s extremely humble and intelligent far beyond his years,” said Smith. “He literally goes from one task to another and excels at each of them. Whether he’s a world champion boxer, engineer, computer scientist or all of the above, Joey Veazey epitomizes what it means to be a well-rounded person and I’m very proud of him.”

In the co-feature, Upton Boxing’s Tyrell Boyd and 2016 Golden Gloves champion Aston Sykes will do battle for the Maryland State Middleweight title. Boyd is a former East Coast Middleweight titlist and looks for his second belt while Sykes is riding a wave of confidence having won the Golden Gloves in one of America's toughest regions.

Popular Clayton Frazier faces Elvin Rodriguez in a battle between boxers from the Baltimore Boxing Gym. Frazier, who has only two fights, is a crowd favorite and hopes to claim local bragging rights in what Smith calls the “Battle of Baltimore Boxing.”

Former basketball star Stefon “Showtime” McRay and future pro standout Donald Wallace will also appear on the card in separae bouts.

Baltimore Boxing Promotions

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Quinton Willis!

Khiary Gray Has Never Faced Anyone Like Me
Khiary Gray

Between he and his brother, Marcus, also a professional fighter, Quinton Willis describes himself as the "mellow one."

That is, until he's asked whether or not his upcoming opponent, undefeated junior middleweight Khiary Gray, has ever faced anyone of his caliber. Willis didn't even need to hear the rest of the question.

"No," he said matter-of-factly. "Not at all."

While it doesn't quite register as "trash talk" -- at least not what Gray is used to -- it's obvious the Fort Myers, Fla., vet carries a cool, quiet confidence into his upcoming Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Title bout against Gray on Friday, May 13th, 2016 in the eight-round co-feature of "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL," presented by CES Boxing at Twin River Casino.

Limited seated tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

On paper, Willis (10-3-1, 5 KOs) faces long odds against the undefeated, reigning champion from Worcester, Mass., who sports a 12-0 record with nine knockouts -- seven in the opening round -- but the 32-year-old right-hander is coming off a strong camp, aided by both his brother and father, Larry Willis, who helped break down Gray's extensive video library.

"Normally I have to go in there blind and just rely on my own talent," Willis said, "but now we kind of know what he wants to do and what kind of fighter he wants to be.

"A lot of times he's deceptive in doing the same stuff over and over again, but, at the same time, it's different, and he tries to tweak it. We're just trying to pick up on the habits he does consistently. It's definitely different getting some film we can work off of. Normally, we don't get that benefit, so it's a big thing."

Willis' manager, Damian Walton, upped the ante, predicting the possibility of a short night for Gray if he doesn't respect Willis' punching power.

"This dude Gray ain't fought nobody like Willis. He ain't seen nobody like Willis," Walton said. "We're coming to their house to take that belt. We're not coming to lay down. We're not going to make it easy for him. We're coming to give him eight rounds of hell. To be honest, it might not even go eight rounds.

"He better bring his 'A++' game. He ain't ever fought no one that hits as hard as Quinton Willis. He'll have to be ready for that. It ain't going to be no fun and games in there. I caught a little interview and [Gray] is a little too comfortable for this fight. That's a problem for me. This is the real deal right here."

Gray, who actually rivals Willis in his reserved, laid-back demeanor, hasn't had much to say since the fight was announced in late March, simply pointing out he knows little about Willis and doesn't seem too concerned with finding out more. He's equally unfazed by the talk emanating from Willis' camp.

He heard it last year from Kenton Sippio-Cook, who went to sleep in just under three minutes, and again in February from Cameron Rivera, who never even made it up the steps, derailed by a broken wrist two weeks before the fight.

"Everyone can talk, but it's about what happens in the ring. That's how I see it," Gray said. "Once someone gets punched, their whole game plan goes out the window. We'll see what happens."

Willis has won his last three while Gray enters next Friday's bout having just gone 10 hard rounds with Nicaraguan challenger Eduardo Flores in February, the first time he had gone the distance since his third pro fight in November of 2014. Flores was the last-minute replacement for Rivera, agreeing to the fight less than 36 hours before the weigh-in.

With no background information to digest -- Gray didn't even know what Flores looked like until they stood face-to-face at the scale -- Gray found himself learning on the job in what proved to be his most challenging, yet rewarding, victory.

"The knockouts are great, but I want people to see more than my punching power," Gray said. "I want them to see my boxing. I want them to see my angles. I want them to see my different styles.

"[Flores] was a veteran, so he knew what he was doing. I was prepared for that. I felt great. I felt like I could've gone two more rounds."

He might need the stamina against Willis, who has never been stopped and has boxed 58 rounds in 14 fights, compared to just 30 rounds for Gray in 12 bouts.

Born and raised in a boxing family -- "I was in the gym when I had a snotty nose and Pampers on," he says -- Willis works well alongside his father and brother, the latter of whom is 16-4-2 as a pro, by keeping his cool when tempers flare in the gym.

"My dad and my brother are a lot more alike," Willis said. "Me, I fight, come to the gym and train, and they argue. I'm just the one that laughs and keeps working."

The film study might give him an edge, but Willis considers it a moot point once the bell rings.

"Honestly, everything is cause and effect with boxing," he said. "No matter how much you film you get or don't get, everything is going to be different once you get in that ring, regardless of whether or not he's seen me fight or knows how I like to fight. Once we get in that ring, he has to adjust, I have to adjust. It's people playing chess."

Added Gray: "There's not much tape on him, just some sparring sessions and what he's been doing at his gym. It doesn't bother me. I prepare for any style and any type of opponent."

On May 13th, it'll come down to who executes, not who watches the most film or pounds his chest the loudest. The battle lines have been drawn in what figures to be the toughest test of each fighter's respective career.

"I feel a lot better from my last fight to this fight," Gray said. "I've gained an idea of what it's like to go the distance and how I came out of it, so this will be just another fight for me."

"THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is headlined by an All-Providence super middleweight showdown in the main event between "Mr. Providence" Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs) and "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs).

On the undercard, unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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Maynard Allison!

Inks With GCP
Maynard Allison

Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of undefeated lightweight Maynard "Mr. Marvelous" Allison to a promotional agreement.

Allison (4-0, 3 KOs), from Siler City, North Carolina, is a former college football player, who started boxing in his early 20s after getting curious while driving past a gym. "I played sports all my life," explained Allison, "But there was no boxing where I'm from. When I graduated high school, I went to college to play football, but I didn't get along with the coach. So then I was bored and looking for something to do. I was driving past a boxing gym, so I stopped and went in. I just wanted to see what it was and maybe learn how to box for the skill. But from the beginning, I was catching on really well. I've been boxing ever since."

A quick-fisted counterpuncher with above-average power, Allison says he enjoys the finer points of the sweet science. "I'm a good boxer," he said. "I like counterpunching. I'm slick. You got to be slick to last in this sport. I work on defense a lot. I try not to get hit. I make them miss and make them pay."

The 28-year-old came down from 165 lbs. to 135 lbs. and went on to have almost 50 amateur fights. He turned professional late last year and now trains at the Inner City Boxing Gym in Durham, North Carolina, under coach Keedar Massey. "We have a great relationship. He is the best coach I've ever met. He's really strict and stays on you, makes sure you do everything right. If you don't come to the gym, he calls you and says 'where you at? You need to come now.'"

Allison was last seen demolishing then-undefeated crosstown rival Braulio Soto in under one round last February. "He was going around running his mouth a lot," said Allison of Soto. "My coach knew he stood no chance against me and knew fighting him would be a good opportunity for me to get a name. I don't question my coach. I watched tape on him and found when he throws his jab his front foot comes up. So I was waiting for him to do it and when he did it, I slipped the jab and came back with the straight right. That was it. He was out."

Promoter Cohen was introduced to Allison through his manager, Anthony Brown. The victory over Soto was what lead to the promotional agreement.

"Anthony had spoken to me about his fighter being something special in the past. He finally sent me a link to his last fight and I took a look," explained Cohen. "I was very impressed. Maynard has very fast fists and a ton of power. I think having started his career at nearly super middleweight has made him extremely strong for a lightweight. We will be helping him advance in his career the right way: against opponents who will push him to his full potential."

A married father of four, Allison is aware that at age 28, he has no time to lose. "I know I got a late start. I don't' want to say I'm old but I'm getting boxing old. I know I have to hurry up. It feels good to be signed with GCP. Knowing that I have somebody looking out for me and not having to worry about finding my own fights will really help. A world title was always my dream, but I just want to make enough to invest and do something with my money and make sure my family will be alright. That's all I care about."

Allison will return to the ring in the main event of a card on Saturday, May 14, at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC to face Charles Witt.

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Team Gunn!

Goes 2-0 In Indiana

Undefeated middleweight Bobby Gunn Jr. and debuting cruiserweight Henry Stewart, both of Hackensack, NJ, scored victories last Saturday at the Tyndall Armory in Indianapolis, IN.

Coming off more than a year layoff, Gunn Jr. met hardcore veteran Guy Packer. Gunn Jr., who was regularly in the gym during the layoff, was the sharper fighter. Packer, a 20 year pro that fought the likes of Cornelius Bundrage, Michael Oliveira, Dominique Dalton, J’Leon Love, Vernon Paris & Joe Greene among others, looked to use his experience against his 19-year-old foe. Gunn Jr. boxed well however, the bout was halted on multiple occasions due to issues with the ring and canvas. In the fourth and final round with Gunn Jr. hoping to close the show, there was yet another issue with the ring and the bout was sent to the scorecards early.

Scores were 39-37 twice and a head-scratching 38-38.

Gunn Jr is now 6-0 with 4 wins by knockout.

Stewart, a cousin of the Gunn Family, made his professional debut one to remember by destroying Darrel Sohm in 25 seconds. A hard hook followed by a straight right put Sohm down and showed the boxing world that the 21-year-old Stewart enters the paid ranks with heavy hands.

“I’m very proud of my guys,” said Bobby Gunn Sr., a former IBA cruiserweight champion and Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Famer who manages and trains both fighters. “Little Bobby was working hard in the gym during the layoff and was fine tuning a number of things. He also grew into his body and is now a solid middleweight. Henry on the other hand is a good sleeper prospect. He’s has excellent power in both hands and will continue to improve in all aspects.”

The next bouts for Gunn Jr. and Stewart will be announced shortly.

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Pulev & Chisora!

Pulled Apart At Heated Press Conference
Pulev & Chisora

Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) almost came to blows at today’s final pre-fight press conference ahead of their European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator on Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

During the customary head-to-head photographs, Chisora lived up to his bad boy reputation by grabbing Pulev by the neck and attempting to pull him to the ground.

‘’I’m not messing around,’’ said Chisora. ‘’No more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m here to fight! I’m going to take Pulev to places he’s never been before, and I’m going to make him give up. He’s got nothing I’ve not seen before, and he’s never fought anyone like me. I can tell he’s nervous. He’s out of his depth and he’s going to get knocked out!''

Pulev was unimpressed by the British boxers antics and promised to get his revenge in the ring. ‘’I will cause him great pain on Saturday night,’’ said the 34 year-old. ‘’He does not intimidate me. He can talk all he wants now, but this will not help him in the ring.’’

Promoter Kalle Sauerland, who was positioned between the warring heavyweights, told fans to expect an explosive encounter on Saturday night.

‘’If Saturday’s fight is half as exciting as today’s press conference then the fans are in for a treat,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’I do not see this fight going the distance! We have two hot blooded heavyweights ready to do whatever it takes to win.’’

Tickets for the European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator are available online via www.tickethall.de and www.eventim.de or by calling (+49) 01806-570044.

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Humble Biosse!

An Icon In Cape Verdean Community
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For Vladine Biosse, "Mr. Providence" is more than just a clever nickname stitched onto a pair of shorts.

"Being 'Mr. Providence' is about carrying on a legacy," says Biosse, who faces the toughest test of his career Friday, May 13th, 2016 against fellow Providence native and Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr.

"When you talk about Providence, you're talking about a great city, a fighting city for so many years. Carrying that torch means so much to me."

The always-ready Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs), a physical marvel who stays in shape year-round, replaces Angel Camacho Jr., who sustained a foot injury, in the highly publicized "BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL," a dream matchup between two well-respected Providence veterans at Twin River Casino, the hub of boxing in the northeast for the past decade.

Born in Cape Verde, Biosse moved to Rhode Island at the age of 13 and has since called Providence his home. He attended high school at Hope High, starred in soccer and track and field, and eventually played football at the University of Rhode Island, just 30 miles south of Providence.

His tale of triumph, the inspirational story of an inner-city youth who grew up on the "bad side" of Providence, barely spoke English and didn't even start boxing until high school, rocketed him to stardom in the local Cape Verdean community.

He gained his U.S. citizenship shortly after becoming a professional fighter, arguably his most noteworthy achievement outside of the ring, and proudly bears the responsibility of being a mentor to inner-city youth who bear a striking resemblance to the same Cape Verdean teenager who arrived in Providence 20 years ago unsure of what his future would bring.

"I made it through the tough times. Now it's my responsibility to help others do the same," Biosse said. "I might not get all of them, but if I get one or two of them, I'm happy."

Most New England fight fans associate "Mr. Providence" with the unconventional southpaw they've seen in the ring and on television for the past seven years, the former college football player turned boxer who rose from anonymity to worldwide success in 2010 with a dominant win over Joey McCreedy on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, his network television debut.

Biosse was a public relations dream, a humble, working-class fighter who resonated with boxing fans, a neatly packaged, 6-foot-1 snapshot of the American Dream. Even in defeat, Biosse remained steadfast in his goal to become a world champion and eventually carry the torch in a city replete with blue-collar superstars, among them Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs) and Vinny Paz.

The less-publicized side of Biosse, the one fans rarely see, is that of the humanitarian, the local hero who gives selflessly to help lead troubled, unprivileged youth down the right path.

Biosse's talent in the ring eventually brought him to the top of his sport, including a Showtime date with J'Leon Love and an overseas battle against Callum Smith during a hectic, year-long stretch in which he fought outside of New England four times, but his heart never left Providence.

In the midst of his most profitable year as a fighter, Biosse and his business partner Brian Johnson opened The Ring of Peace, a boxing gym at the John Hope Settlement House in Providence, where city youth can learn the fundamentals of the sport in a safe, non-confrontational environment geared toward keeping kids off the streets. Classes are free of charge.

"A lot of times, boxers are looked at as barbaric or uneducated, so what we do with the kids is we focus on their school work," Biosse said. "We help them with their homework. We have tutors available. Once they finish, then we go into the gym and teach them boxing."

Biosse credits much of his success in life to one of his mentors, Providence native Peter Quaweay, a former Central High football standout and defensive back for Michigan State, who stressed to Biosse the importance of staying in school and building a future outside of sports.

"In the past, I didn't care too much about school, or anything," he continued. "I didn't look at my future like I should've. I had an opportunity to go to college and graduate. I look back at those situations and say, 'Man, if I didn't have someone like that I wouldn't have achieved what I did or be the man I am now.'"

The Ring of Peace plans on expanding its role in the community, offering memberships to war veterans and self-defense classes for women.

"When I look back at inner-city kids who grew up like me -- single mother, in the projects, living on the bad side of Providence -- I think, 'Damn, those kids have great potential like I did, but they won't amount to anything if no one reaches out to them to lead them the right way.'

"I feel like it's my responsibility."

Consider it part of being "Mr. Providence." While Manfredo, the 16-year fight vet known affectionately as "The Pride of Providence" in Rhode Island's Italian-American community, shares a similar responsibility as a father, husband and fighter, Biosse has become an icon in his own right among Rhode Island Cape Verdeans, a role he takes seriously.

"Being adopted by the city of Providence and knowing Providence carries so much history with my people, so much ancestry with my people coming over since slavery and through working on the ships, it's a big legacy to be able to carry that name," Biosse said.

"This is one of the first cities my Cape Verdean people came to, Fox Point, right here in Providence. That means so much to me. That's why since Day 1 when that nickname was given to me, I never shied away from it. I feel it fits perfectly because of the history my people have with my city. That's why I appreciate it."

With Manfredo's own legacy in tow, "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" takes on new meaning May 13th, two fighters who are pillars in their respective communities -- and close friends -- battling for state bragging rights.

"Peter was 'The Pride of Providence' long before I came onto the scene and I respect that," Biosse said. "Now it's the top two chefs in the city competing against each other carrying the history of Providence. It makes it a lot more interesting to us, the competitors, and also the fans."

Biosse accepted the challenge against the 47-fight vet Manfredo on short notice with little hesitation. As a competitor who stays in the gym year-round, Biosse's conditioning was never a factor, plus he's had 10 months since his last fight in July to work on some fundamentals.

"I'm so critical of my skills and my development as a fighter," he said. "Having those months off, being able to sit down and grade myself and study myself and my ability to perform, seeing where I was and where I'm at now, some things got better, some things got worse.

"I've really refined myself and my skills and have become a better me."

"Listen, I take nothing away from Peter. He's a veteran and he's been doing this for a long time. He's in great shape and ready to compete with anyone, anywhere, anytime. It's going to be a hell of a competition."

While this is no doubt the biggest test of Biosse's career, the ability to overcome and conquer is an important part of what has made him an iconic figure in the Cape Verdean community. As a fighter, a husband, a father and, perhaps most importantly, a U.S. Citizen, "Mr. Providence" carries an entire city and legacy on his back each time he steps into the ring. May 13th could be his most triumphant moment yet.

"Growing up in this country, learning everything I know here, I got a better opportunity and a better education," Biosse says. "It means so much to me to be a U.S. citizen. I've given my heart and soul here and now I'm really a part of this country. I can vote. I can make changes in this country. To be able to share that American culture with others, that's a beautiful thing."

Limited seated tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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Sampson Lewkowicz!

To Begin Negotiating Guzman V Wake Title Fight

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has been given the go-ahead to begin negotiating a world-title fight between his fighter, explosive KO punching Dominican Jonathan Guzman, and the promoters for Japan's Shingo Wake.

As per their rules for vacant championships, Lewkowicz, representing Guzman, the IBF #2 super bantamweight, and Kyoei Promotions representing IBF #1 Wake were ordered to begin negotiations immediately and have them completed no later than June 2 of this year.

Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) is hot on the heels of a sensational eight-round stoppage victory over Daniel Rosas last Friday, April 29, in Atlantic City, in a voluntary eliminator for the #2 spot in the ratings.

Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) earned his number one spot by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Thailand's Mike Tawatchai last June.

Also per IBF rules neither boxer may compete in another match until they face each other.

"Any boxer who is contracted with a promoter, a network, or a state, tribal or national commission to take another fight, or who is ill, injured, under a legal impediment which could prevent the bout from taking place in the opinion of the IBF/USBA, or on suspension at the time the Championships Chairman and the President order a bout under this rule shall be considered unavailable. We would then move to the next available contender. Neither fighter can take another fight until this fight for the vacant title is concluded."

In the event the camps cannot reach an agreement by June 2, the IBF will call for purse offers to be held to determine who will promote the bout, when and where it will be held.

The Guzman vs. Wake fight is more good news for Sampson Boxing, who had four different fighters score sensational victories over the weekend.

In addition to the aforementioned Guzman TKO, Sampson Boxing's Jorge "Pilon" Lara scored a jaw-dropping KO 1 over former world champion Fernando Montiel at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on Saturday. Lara had the formidable Montiel on the deck four times in a brutal beatdown that only lasted 1:37.

The same night in the same venue, future world champion and boxing prodigy David "El Bandera Roja/Red Flag" Benavidez destroyed capable New Yorker Phillip Jackson Benson by KO 2. Benavidez, now 14-0, 13 KOs, had way too much firepower for Jackson, who entered the ring a respectable 16-2, 15 KOs. The end came at 2:07 with Jackson down and ruled unable to continue without a count being needed. A star on the near horizon in boxing, high network demand means that Benavidez will be back in action in July.

And in his professional debut on Friday night, on the Guzman undercard in Atlantic City, highly decorated amateur star Abraham "Super" Nova turned professional the right way by levelling Delaware's also debuting Weusi Johnson by KO 1.

Nova, of Braintree, Massachusetts, began his professional career undefeated by putting Weusi to sleep at 2:56 of the first.

"I am looking forward to getting my superstar KO artist Jonathan Guzman his first title shot later this year," said Sampson Lewkowicz. "And I give my congratulations to all my other fighters who won by knockout this past weekend. Jorge Lara is back in a big way and headed for a world championship after beating Montiel. David Benavidez is going to become the youngest Mexican super middleweight champion in boxing history and Abraham Nova let the world know he's here with his power punching. I am proud to be promoting every one of these fighters."

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TRIO OF DBE PROSPECTS!

PICK UP VICTORIES OVER THE WEEKEND

This past Saturday night, DiBella Entertainment saw a trio of its prospects pick up victories on separate cards as Abel Ramos, Dardan Zenunaj and Lamar Russ all added to the win column of their respective records.

Ramos, returning for the first time since his lone loss as a professional at the hands of red-hot undefeated prospect Regis Prograis on ShoBox in December, scored a third-round knockout over Javier Mercado (23-11-2, 21KO's) in Mexico. The former amateur standout saw his record improve to 15-1-2, 10KO's, and is set to return later this month in his home state of Arizona, as he looks to gear up for another big fight in the talent-laden 140lb. division.

Like Ramos, Zenunaj (12-1, 9KO's) also fought on the December ShoBox, when he upset and stopped previously undefeated prospect Bryant Cruz in a thrilling junior lightweight contest. Returning for the first time since career-best victory, Zenunaj pounded out an eight-round decision over tough Mexican Naciff Castillo.

Following a year-and-half layoff, middleweight Lamar Russ scored a devastating one-punch, first-round knockout over former two-time world title challenger Antwun Echols in front of his hometown fans in North Carolina. Russ (16-2, 8KO's) was involved in a bad car accident in August of 2015, and took off the rest of the year to recover and get himself back into fighting shape. There are many attractive fights to be made in the 160lb. division for the college graduate Russ, who, in 2013, dropped a competitive decision to three-time middleweight world title challenger Matthew Macklin on HBO.

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Rances Barthelemy V Mickey Bey!

Premier Boxing Champions On Spike
Rances Barthelemy V Mickey Bey

Undefeated lightweight world champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (24-0, 13 KOs) will make his first title defense against former world champion Mickey "The Spirit" Bey (22-1-1, 10 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday, June 3 at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT as unbeaten Puerto Rican prospect Emmanuel Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) takes on hard-hitting Mexican Victor "Pitufo" Proa (28-1-2, 21 KOs) in a 10-round bantamweight affair.

"There were rumors that a fight between me and Mickey Bey was on the brink of happening prior to my fight against Denis Shafikov, so now that it is here, I know it was destined to happen," said Barthelemy. "I'm not a rookie anymore. I'm not going into this worried or nervous about it being my first title defense at 135. I'm comfortable enough now to see every fight as just another challenge I need to execute my game plan the most effectively and with the least amount of errors."

"Barthelemy won my title, I had to vacate it due to a hand injury, so all he is doing is keeping it warm for me," said Bey. "Training camp is going great. I have been training hard for over a month. I have the best team in the business, with the most knowledgeable trainers. I'm looking forward to the challenge with him being undefeated and a two-time world champion. We both have a lot of skills, so it will make an entertaining fight for sure."

"I want to challenge all of the bantamweight champions to fight me so they can see a real athlete in the ring," said Rodriguez. "I have been training hard. This is a lifestyle for me. I have been training since December and on June 3, I am going to deliver a knockout."

"I'm excited about this opportunity against a good young fighter," said Proa. "I've been training hard and feel like this is my time. I'm going to come forward and see what this guy can do."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Kings Promotions, Warriors Boxing, Mayweather Promotions and Panther Promotions, are priced at $130, $80, $60 and $35 and are on sale now. All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the first fight set to begin at 6:30 p.m. *Additional fees may apply.

"This will be a tremendous night of boxing on Spike TV," said Marshall Kauffman of King's Promotions. "Barthelemy is an up-and-coming star in the sport and he is facing a former world champion who never lost his belt in the ring. This will be a great fight and there should be a great atmosphere with a lot of Cuban boxing fans there to support their world champion."

"We're looking forward to bringing a great night of boxing to the State of Florida. We're giving the fans another treat come June 3rd. The card is stacked with matchups that will undoubtedly be crowd pleasers," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "Both Mickey Bey and Rances Barthelemy have world titles under their belts, so they will bring in the experience of being able to perform, and match it up against one another to see who will come out the best man standing at the end of the night."

"We at Panther Promotions are very excited for this June 3rd card at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino," said Elliot Alvarado, CEO, Panther Promotions. "We are proudly joining forces with both Mayweather and Kings Promotions, which are featuring PBC on Spike TV. This is going to be a sensational evening of boxing featuring Cuban Lightweight Champion Rances Barthelemy vs. Cleveland's own former champion, Mickey Bey. Our goal is to bring back the classic fights to the Seminole Hard Rock Live in South Florida."

A Cuban amateur national champion, 29-year-old Barthelemyhas yet to taste defeat since turning pro in 2009. Born in Cuba but now fighting out of Las Vegas, he won a super featherweight world title in July 2014 by defeating Argenis Mendez in impressive fashion, and followed that up with a second round TKO victory over Angino Perez. After dominating former champion Antonio DeMarco in June, he won a world title in a second division when he impressively defeated Denis Shafikov in December.

Bey won his world title in 2014 with a decision victory over long reigning champion Miguel Vasquez. The 32-year-old vacated his title due to inactivity and injuries but returned in December to defeat previously unbeaten Naim Nelson by decision to earn himself a shot at the very title he vacated. Bey's previous victories include defeats against Alan Herrera, Carlos Cardenas and Hector Velazquez.

At just 23-years-old, Rodriguez has been on a fast track towards a world title fight since turning pro in 2012. He made his U.S. debut in November by stopping Eliecer Aquino after previously taking down Gabor Molnar, Luis Hinojosa and Alex Rangel in 2015. The Manati, Puerto Rico-born fighter will bring his exciting style into the ring against another tough opponent on June 3.

Fighting out of Monterrey, Mexico, Proa will be fighting in the U.S. for the third time when he takes on Rodriguez on June 3. The 31-year-old was unbeaten in his first 28 pro starts and has won his last two bouts, including most recently a first round stoppage of Oswaldo Delgado in February.

Warriors Boxing Promotions

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ZAC DUNN!

SCORES THIRD ROUND KO
ZAC DUNN

Star Boxing's undefeated Super Middleweight Zac Dunn (21-0 17KO Melbourne, AU), successfully defended the WBC International Silver Super Middleweight championship with a spectacular third round KO over tough veteran Les Sherrington (35-9-0 19KO) at The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, AU. Crocodile Dunn electrified the Australian crowd with his non-stop assault on his overmatched opponent.

Dunn started exchanging with Sherrington from the get-go, finding his range and testing his resolve. Dunn unloaded power shots to Sherrington's head and body, with his game opponent firing back. As his opponent was backed into the ropes in the second round, Dunn floored him a vicious left hook to the body. Dunn, imposing his sharp jab in the third, continued the assault as the referee had seen enough and stepped in.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Dunn's performance "Another thrilling knockout by Dynamo Dunn! His attack was relentless! All the Super Middleweight titleholders have been put on notice- Zac is ready for anyone in the world."

Dunn is currently rated in all 4 sanctioning bodies, #9 IBF and WBO, #10 WBC, and #14 WBA and last year won the IBO World Title.

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Beibut Shumenov!

Protests Dorticos V Kalenga WBA Regular World Title Fight
Beibut Shumenov

World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs), the only Kazakhstan-native to hold world titles in two different weight classes, is disputing the WBA's sanctioning of the WBA "regular" cruiserweight world championship fight, May 20 in Paris, between two lower-ranked WBA fighters, No. 2 Yunier Dorticos and No. 5 Youri Kalenga (recently upgraded to No. 3).

Last July, Shumenov defeated B.J. Flores by way of a 12-round unanimous decision to become the mandatory challenger for WBA "regular" cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, who was later elevated to "Super" champion.

Lebedev hasn't fought a mandatory defense in one year, ironically, when he won a 12-round decision over Kalenga, who had earned his world title shot, like Shumenov, by becoming WBA Interim world champion. The WBA granted Lebedev an extension in terms of his due mandatory defense because of the Russian's unification fight May 21 in Moscow against International Boxing Federation (IBF) title-holder Victor Emelio Ramirez.

"I'm very disappointed the WBA is sanctioning Dorticos-Kalenga for its 'regular' cruiserweight title, when I am the No. 1 ranked and current WBA Interim champion," Shumenov said. "I repeatedly informed the WBA through emails, texts and verbally that I was ready to fight back in January. I preferred to fight Lebedev but I was willing to fight Dorticos or anybody else in the top 15. For the past few months, I've been laboring over what I believe is a very bad decision, letting two lower-ranked fighters, the No. 2 and No. 3 guys, fight for the WBA 'regular' title. I am shocked and bewildered and do not understand the WBA's rationale to have either of these fighters declared the WBA 'regular' champion without first defeating either Lebedev or me, the Interim champion and No. 1 rank contender.

"I appealed the decision but, so far, the WBA has done little in response to my appeals other than delay and stall before finally ruling that I will fight the Lebedev-Ramirez winner months from now, yet, ignoring my appeal to stop the regular title status of Dorticos-Kalenga and still sanction a fight between them, its No. 2 and No. 3 rated fighters, for the WBA 'regular' title. This is unfair to fans, who deserve to watch the best fighting the best, especially when a world championship is at stake! We now have this odd situation where there will be three separate WBA cruiserweight fights in May, all for a different version of WBA world title I just don't feel anyone should get the WBA 'regular' title without first defeating a champion or at least the top-ranked fighter in the division. The WBA knew I was and am ready to fight. Its decision makes no sense and, in my opinion, diminishes the prestige and meaning of the title. I have respect for Dorticos and Kalenga but I think the legitimacy of any world title resulting from a fight between the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked contenders, when the No 1 mandatory contender who already holds the WBA Interim champion is ready and available, to say the least, is highly questionable.

"The WBA told me and announced to the media that it was working to have only one world champion in each division. While I've been sitting out the last four months waiting to fight, the WBA has decided to allow six different guys to fight for three WBA cruiserweight world titles, practically on the same day, instead of crowning only one WBA cruiserweight world champion. I look forward to returning to the ring and my manager, Al Haymon, has advised me that I will fight in May and we will announce next week. I want to thank everyone for their support and I apologize to my family, friends, fans and my country, Kazakhstan, for this chaos the WBA has caused that has damaged and delayed my professional boxing career. I will move forward and continue to fight inside the ring, letting my attorneys and manager fight this unfair situation outside the ring."

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Angel Camacho Injured!

Vladine Biosse Steps In

Opportunity knocked, and "Mr. Providence" answered.

With undefeated super middleweight Angel Camacho Jr. sustaining a broken foot, forcing him to withdraw from his upcoming megabout against Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr., fellow Ocean State veteran Vladine Biosse has answered the call to face Manfredo at Twin River Casino on Friday, May 13th, 2016.

"THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" between "The Pride of Providence" Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs) and "Mr. Providence" Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs) takes place nearly nine years to the date of Twin River's professional boxing debut, which occurred May 11th, 2007 and starred Manfredo in a knockout win over Ted Muller.

"It's a great opportunity for me to go out there and showcase my talent versus his talent," Biosse said. "It's an honor to share a ring with a man who I've been friends with outside of the ring even before boxing. He's shown me nothing but love, so to go in there and share a ring with a man like that and compete, it feels good."

A former track star at Hope High School in Providence and college football standout at the University of Rhode Island, the 33-year-old Biosse rose to stardom on the regional circuit with nationally televised wins over Joey McCreedy and Tim Connors on ESPN's Friday Night Fights.

The affable southpaw became the toast of the town at the age of 29 in 2012 when he dominated fellow Providence native Joey Spina in a breakthrough unanimous decision win at Twin River to earn state bragging rights and capture the then vacant New England Super Middleweight Title.

More than a year later, Biosse put his belt on the line against Rhode Islander Rich Gingras and fought to a controversial draw, his last fight in Rhode Island until July of 2015. Biosse faced a laundry list of talented 168-pounders over the next two years, among them J'Leon Love, undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Super Middleweight Champion Callum Smith, Andre Dirrell and Ukrainian standout Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

No stranger to tough fights, Biosse now faces another Rhode Island foe in Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs), who's ending a 2 ½-year layoff with his first fight since November of 2013 when he stopped Gingras in the eighth round of a scheduled 10-round fight.

Limited seated tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcster native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

CES Boxing Promotions

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Del Valle V Snow!

May 13 In Washington, DC

122 pound powerhouse Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle looks to continue his march towards the top of his division when he faces hard hitting Thomas “KO” Snow in an eight round bout Friday, May 13 at the D.C. Armory.

The fight will air live on BET at 10 PM ET.

Living and fighting out of Bayamon, PR, Del Valle’s professional record is 21-2 with 16 wins coming by way of knockout. A former NABA featherweight titlist, Del Valle destroyed Josh Crespo inside of two rounds April 9 in New Hampshire. Against Snow, Del Valle will look for his fourth straight win by stoppage.

Hailing from Capitol Heights, MD, which is 30 minutes from the nation’s capital, Snow enters the ring with an impressive 18-2 ledger and 12 victories via knockout. A winner in eight of his last nine, Snow looks to put the boxing world on notice with a victory in front of his friends and family on the 13th.

“This is my second straight fight against a confident opponent close to their hometown,” Del Valle said from his training camp in Puerto Rico. “Fights like these add fuel to my fire because knocking out Thomas Snow in DC makes a bigger statement than doing it anywhere else.”

Del Valle also thinks a victory over Snow in front of a worldwide audience on BET will play a big role in moving him up the rankings.

“I really believe this fight is going to get me back where I need to be. Fighting on TV is very important at this stage of my career and I’d like to thank Roc Nation for this great opportunity. I also want to thank Thomas Snow for stepping up to the plate, even though he’s going to regret it afterwards!”

Promoted by Roc Nation as part of their “Throne Boxing” series, the card is headlined by a ten round bout featuring rising star Dusty Harrison against contender Mike Dallas.

Tickets are on sale now by going to Ticketmaster.com/event/15005069CFC435E1.

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Patrick Nielsen V Denis Douglin!

WBO Intercontinental Title Fight
Patrick Nielsen

Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs) takes on ‘Momma’s Boy’ Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight title at the Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup, Denmark.

The Danish star returns following his third-round TKO victory over domestic rival Rudy Markussen, and with his sights firmly set on a World title challenge, the 25 year-old is eyeing a statement win against the slick southpaw Douglin.

‘’I can’t wait to get back in the ring,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’Douglin is a strong opponent, he’s a southpaw like me with a good style, so I’m expecting a tough fight.

‘’After my last fight, I want to make a statement. I don’t just want to beat this guy. I want to take him a part. I know I’m ready to fight for the World title, and now, I’ve got to prove it. On May 28, people are going to see the best Patrick Nielsen.

‘’I’ve been in the gym training non-stop and I feel stronger than ever. My coach Joey Gamache has been working me hard. We’re always looking to improve. I feel like I would be a match for anyone in the division, and I’m willing to fight anyone!

‘’I know people want to use my name for publicity. That’s part of the sport, and I’ve been in the game long enough to know how it works. I’m just focusing on me. I trust that my promoters and manager will deliver me the best fights, and with their help, I know I can become World Champion, but first, I have to beat Douglin.’’

Douglin, the 27 year-old from New Jersey, USA, is a former Golden Gloves amateur champion who fights out of the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas.

Known as the ‘Momma’s Boy’, he is trained and managed by his mother Saphya, who will be in his corner come fight night.

‘’Patrick is a tough fighter, but I feel for sure I’m going to win,’’ said Douglin. ‘’I’m in great shape, I’ve been getting some good sparring and I think he’s going to be in for a shock.

‘’We’re prepared for everything. If Patrick fights dirty, so will I, if he wants to wrestle, we can wrestle. I’m ready! My plan is to become a world champion. I know I’m a better boxer than Patrick Nielsen, and that's what I intend to show on May 28 in Denmark.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’This will be a good test for Patrick against another young, hungry fighter. The WBO route is an interesting one for him, and a final eliminator with Arthur Abraham is one of the options we're looking at. There is no doubt that if Patrick can get past Denis there will be a big fight waiting for him after the summer, but he can’t afford to take anything for granted. Denis will be coming here to win and with World title aspirations of his own!’’

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling (+45) 70 263 267.

All the action will be available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Viaplay Fighting is the first package of its kind, available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, it features over 500 hours of exclusive live fighting each year from 150 events including UFC, Nordic Fight Night, Team Sauerland, Premier Boxing Champions, Matchroom Boxing and IMG.

For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.com

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Victor Ortiz V Andre Berto II!

Final Press Conference Quotes
Victor Ortiz V Andre Berto II

As we near the highly anticipated rematch between former world champions "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and Andre "The Beast" Berto, fighters competing on this Saturday's Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes card participated in a final press conference before they enter the ring at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features an explosive battle between light heavyweight sluggers Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. plus unbeaten featherweight Jorge Lara taking on former multiple division world champion Fernando "Cucholito" Montiel.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $209, $105, $53, and $27, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

Prior to the start of televised fights, an Official Fan Fest will be held for ticket holders outside of StubHub Center. The events start at 2:30 p.m. PT and features a Corona Beer Garden, food trucks, music from the band Metalachi and autograph signings with popular fighters such as Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Shawn Porter and more.

Also in attendance Thursday were heavyweights Gerald "El Gallo Negro" Washington and "Fast" Eddie Chambers who will compete in a 10-round attraction on the undercard.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from Whiskey Red's in Marina Del Rey:

VICTOR ORTIZ

"I'm an easy-going guy but this is boxing. He might hate me. I respect him, but I'm coming to take him down and out.

"I know what I'm here for and that's a victory. As much talking as he's done, it was a different guy that showed up today.

"This is a totally different fight than five years ago. We're different people. I'm a different guy and so is he.

"Saturday is right around the corner and I'm here. I see loss in his eyes. I'm ready. 100 percent.

"This is a whole new chapter in my saga. I feel like this is my time once again. I've only fought in my prime twice. I did a lot of damage at young age. I feel I'm in my prime now. The sky is the limit.

"I feel very at peace being back in Ventura to train. We're going to capture another world title. We went to training camp for that purpose. My mind is set on being one of the greatest."

ANDRE BERTO

"We had an amazing camp. The situation five years ago, there's no reason to keep speaking on that. I'm a better man today. I put in the work for this one.

"I'm looking forward to this. Everybody knows me and knows how I get down. I'll do my talking in the ring.

"Thanks to Victor for taking this fight. All the personal stuff aside, we have to get in the ring and do what we have to do. It's been five years coming and now we're here.

"The stuff Victor said on the stage and his body language. I believe he knows he is going to be in there with a different type of animal this time.

"I think he is already defeated. He sees how focused I am. If he has been hearing anything from camp, he knows I'm ready to go.

"He didn't believe anything he said on the stage. Looking at him face to face, he was trying to tell jokes. I think that he knows that he is going to be in there with a different Andre Berto."

EDWIN RODRIGUEZ

"My opponent seems to be really confident and it's my job on Saturday to take that away. We've worked hard and we're ready.

"I'm happy to be here and I'm really excited about this card. I remember watching this fight in Connecticut and I'm thrilled to be involved in part two."

THOMAS WILLIAMS JR.

"I'm just ready to go. This fight was scheduled for March 12, but we always stayed in the gym. We worked smart, not just hard, but smart.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity to fight on this platform. This is going to be a can't miss fight. Get there and get there early. Don't blink."

JORGE LARA

"I'm proud to be here. We're ready for a great fight on Saturday night. I want everyone to see how much hard work I've put into this fight.

"It means a lot to me to be able to collide with a great champion like Fernando Montiel."

FERNANDO MONTIEL

"It means a lot to be a part of a dynamic card that his highlighted by this great rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto.

"It's going to be a great night of fights. I've had a lot of ups-and-downs throughout my life but I've always worked hard. I'm just excited to get in the ring on Saturday night.

"I am a five-time world champion and I've been fighting for 20 years but I know on Saturday night that I'm going to have one of the best nights of my career."

GERALD WASHINGTON

"It's an honor to be here and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to fight someone like Eddie Chambers. He has so much experience and class.

"It means a lot to me to come from a little town called Vallejo and to make it all way up here to fighting at StubHub Center.

"I'm looking to take advantage on Saturday night and step forward in my career. We've been working hard and putting things together

"I'm excited for everyone to see the new and improved Gerald Washington."

EDDIE CHAMBERS

"I want to thank my team for getting behind me and bringing me out there. I'm thankful to Gerald for taking this fight. Not everyone would take this fight.

"This is my chance to get back in the good graces and get back to the top level of this sport.

"You should show up early so you can see this one, it's going to be a great fight."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Arif Magomedov V Andrew Hernandez!

Knockout Night At The D
Knockout Night At The D

Fresh off of its wildly successful inaugural event, "Knockout Night at the D" returns Saturday night, May 21, with the second event of its 2016 series, as undefeated middleweight Arif "The Predator" Magomedov takes on upset-minded Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez in the 10-round main event, airing (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand (DLVEC), is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The May 21st show is presented in association with Main Events and in association with Shamo Boxing Promotions.

"Our recent Knockout Night at the D event was a great success, so needless to say, we are excited for next month's fights," said Derek Stevens, CEO of the D Las Vegas and DLVEC. "Outdoor boxing is continuing to boom in Las Vegas and we look forward to watching this series grow and develop."

"Both Roy and I were pleasantly surprised at the outcome from our April card," commented Keith Veltre, CEO / Founder of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. "The support that Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions received from the boxing community superseded our expectations. Neon Star Media and the DLVEC went above and beyond to deliver an incredible show to Las Vegas. With the constant support from the community and a partner such as Derek Stevens, we know that we can make this series one of the best in boxing."

Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs), who is promoted by Main Events, is rated among the top 15 middleweights by the four major sanctioning bodies: WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14. The gifted Russian captured his NABO title belt 10 months ago, winning a 10-round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Derrick Webster (19-0). Last December in his most recent action, Magomedov (pictured to right) stopped Jonathan Tavira in the seventh round.

Magomedov's expansive display-case presently holds the NABO. WBO Youth, WBO Asia Pacific, WBA Inter-Continental, WBA Fedelatin, UBO Inter-Continental and Russian middleweight title belts.

The 30-year-old Hernandez, also known as "The Pride of Phoenix," has pulled off his fair share of upsets. In 2015, Hernandez stopped 17-1 Jeff Page, Jr., whose only other loss was to 2-time Russian Olympian and current world light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev, in the 10th round of their UBF Inter-continental super middleweight title fight. Hernandez also upset 12-0 Jerry Odum last year at Madison Square Garden Theater.

In his last fight this past March, Hernandez won in Tacoma when veteran Dionisio Miranda (22-14-2) was unable to answer the bell for the 8th round.

In the 8-round co-feature, super middleweight John "The Phenom" Vera (12-0, 8 KOs), of Fort Worth, Texas, puts his unbeaten record and NABA-USA title belt on the line against Phoenix' popular Joey "Boxer" Ruelas (10-1-1, 4 KOs).

Seventeen-year-old lightweight sensation Devin "The Dream" Haney (5-0, 3 KOs), of Las Vegas, is scheduled to open the televised portion of the card in a 4-round bout versus an opponent to be determined. A 7-time national amateur champion, Haney is recognized as one of the top teenage boxing prospects in the world.

Unbeaten Virginian Jerren "Hardknocks" Cochran (11-0-1, 4 KOs) takes on former WBC Youth International titlist, Dallas southpaw Tony Lopez (10-1, 3 KOs), in a 6-round featherweight match serving as a television "swing bout."

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in 4-round matches, versus opponents to be determined, are two of Las Vegas' most promising prospects,- junior lightweight Randy Moreno (2-0, 1 KO), and welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (3-0, 2 KOs).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission (seated), are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 6:00 p.m. PT.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series was developed in partnership with DLVEC and Neon Star Media.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

D Boxing Promotions

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Anthony Yigit V Philip Sutcliffe!

May 7 In Hamburg
Anthony Yigit

Anthony 'Can You Dig It?!' Yigit (16-0-1, 7 KOs) faces undefeated Irish fighter Philip Sutcliffe Jnr (9-0, 6 KOs) on May 7 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg.

The 24 year-old from Stockholm fights on the undercard of Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora’s European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator, and is promising another ‘explosive’ performance following his emphatic victory over former World Champion DeMarcus Corley.

‘’He’s a tough opponent for me and I believe I will be a tough opponent for him,’’ said Yigit. ‘’We’re both putting our undefeated records on the line and we’re both coming to win, so I’m sure it’s going to be an explosive fight!

‘’I know Philip has the skill and strength to make things difficult for me, and I’ll need to be aware of that and bring my A-game to beat him. I’m looking forward to the challenge. These are the types of fights I want to be involved in.’’

This will be Yigit’s first test with new coach CJ Hussein in his corner. The Swedish fighter has re-located to London where he has been training with Hussein for the past three months.

‘’My training with CJ has been going great,’’ he said. ‘’We clicked straight away. I feel like I’ve really been developing and I’m looking forward to seeing what effect this has on my performance in the ring.’’

Hussein has also been training Swedish female World Champion Mikaela Lauren, and oversaw her victory against Ivana Habazin last weekend in Stockholm.

‘’I saw the work CJ was doing with Mikaela during her fight last Saturday so I know what to expect from him on fight night and I know what he expects of me,’’ he says.

Yigit is now looking forward to showcasing his skills in front of a sell-out crowd at Hamburg’s Barclaycard Arena. ‘’I’m a crowd pleaser,’’ he says. ‘’The bigger the crowd, the better for me.’’

And the London 2012 Olympian has encouraged his local fans to tune in and watch him in action. ‘’The fans back home know what to expect from me. They know they will not be wasting a Saturday evening by staying in and watching me fight,’’ he said.

Yigit’s fight with Sutcliffe Jnr will be available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Viaplay Fighting is the first package of its kind, available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, it features over 500 hours of exclusive live fighting each year from 150 events including UFC, Nordic Fight Night, Team Sauerland, Premier Boxing Champions, Matchroom Boxing and IMG.

For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.com

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Dina Thorslund V Galina Ivanova!

May 28 In Kjellerup
Dina Thorslund

Dina Thorslund (6-0, 4 KOs) must prepare for her toughest career test having accepted the challenge of former two-time World Champion Galina Ivanova (16-11-4, 2 KOs).

The female fighters will meet in an eight-round super bantamweight contest on May 28 when the Nordic Fight Night hits the Arena Midt in Kjellerup.

Ivanova is the only fighter to have defeated Danish World Champion Anita Christensen, outpointing her in 2008 WBA World title fight at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen.

The Bulgarian boxer has now set her sights on Denmark new female boxing talent and has spent the past months challenging Thorslund on social media, posting a series of threatening messages using the hashtag #SavethelifeofDinaThorslund.

‘’Dina is just a kid,’’ said Ivanova. ‘’Someone needs to tell her boxing is dangerous before it is too late. Her promoter thinks she can become World Champion in the next twelve months, but I’m ready to prove them wrong.

‘’I’m surprised she has accepted my challenge. She is a good fighter but she doesn’t have the experience to beat me. She will pay in blood!’’

Thorslund returns to the ring following a first-round knockout victory over Sopio Putkaradze last month, and insists she is ready to silence the dangerous Ivanova.

‘’If she wants a fight, she can get it,’’ said the 22 year-old from Struer. ‘’She is nearing the end of her career so maybe that is why she has been calling me out. She must need some extra money for her pension.

‘’Se is a tough opponent, especially when you consider her experience, but I'm sure that I can win, otherwise I would not accept the challenge.

‘’I want revenge for Anita Christensen and revenge for Denmark, but I also want to prove that I’m not some cute little blonde girl being protected by her promoters. I’m here and I’m ready to fight anyone.

‘’My training has been going well and I will be coming to Kjellerup in the shape of my life. I want to prove that I’m ready to fight for titles, and by beating Ivanova, it will show I’m ready!’’

‘’We’re taking a risk my matching Dina against such a strong and experienced opponent. Danish boxing fans will remember Ivanova from her fight with Anita Christensen in 2008. Christensen was undefeated, like Dina, but suffered her first loss to Ivanova. This is going to be a make or break fight for Dina. If she wins it will show she is ready to face the best in the division.’’

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling (+45) 70 263 267.

All the action will be available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Viaplay Fighting is the first package of its kind, available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, it features over 500 hours of exclusive live fighting each year from 150 events including UFC, Nordic Fight Night, Team Sauerland, Premier Boxing Champions, Matchroom Boxing and IMG.

For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.com

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Zac Dunn!

Goes For 21st Straight Win
Zac Dunn

Star Boxing's unbeaten Australian sensation Zac Dunn (20-0, 16 KOs) will put his untarnished record and the WBC International Silver Super Middleweight title on the line in his hometown at The Melbourne Pavilion, taking on always-dangerous Les Sherrington (35-8, 19 KOs) this Saturday night, April 30.

The "Dynamo" from Down Under won his United States debut last October under Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing banner, and now makes his second straight appearance back on Australian soil in quest of his 21st straight victory. On February 26, Dunn captured the vacant WBC International Silver super middleweight title with a first round knockout over heavy handed Brazilian Rogerio Damasco, also at the Melbourne Pavilion.

Dunn previously held the IBO World Super Middleweight championship.

Dunn's United States and Star Boxing debut was a spectacular performance at Rockin' Fights 21 on October 24 at the Paramount. DeGuardia's headliner saw Dunn battle grizzled veteran Derrick Findley (22-17-1 14KO Gary, IN) in a "Fight of the Year" candidate over 10 rounds. Dunn won the thrilling split decision by two scores of 95-94, while the third judge had the same score in favor of Findley. From bell-to-bell, the raucous crowd was thrilled by the barn-burner, as the Australian and Findley went toe-to-toe, throwing bombs all night.

Ranked #10 by the WBC, the wonder from Down Under has reeled off 20 straight professional victories without defeat, including 16 by way of knockout.

"This is a very important fight for Zac, said DeGuardia. There are many opportunities available in the Super Middleweight division with elite fighters. I am confident that Zac will once again put on a spectacular performance and be victorious against the dangerous Sherrington."

During a storied amateur career, Dunn scored 152 victories in 170 fights, showcasing his talents all over the world. The battle-tested Australian has fought in in Baku, Azerbaijan (bronze at the World Cadets Championship 2007), Guadalajara, Mexico (quarterfinalist in the World Youth Championship as Australian captain), Noginsk, Russia (Silver medallist at Junior Memorial), and Anapa, Russia (Bronze medallist twice at Nikolay Pavlyukov Memorial 2008 and 2009), and Guantanamo, Cuba (silver medallist at the international tournament Giraldo Cordova Cardin 2010).

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ORTIZ V BERTO II!

WORKOUT QUOTES
ORTIZ V BERTO II

Fight week kicked-off Wednesday afternoon with media workouts for the long awaited rematch between former world champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and Andre "The Beast" Berto that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday, April 30 from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

The action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features an explosive battle between light heavyweight sluggers Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. plus unbeaten featherweight Jorge Lara taking on former multiple division world champion Fernando "Cucholito" Montiel.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $209, $105, $53, and $27, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

Prior to the start of televised fights, an Official Fan Fest will be held for ticket holders outside of the StubHub Center. The events start at 2:30 p.m. PT and features a Corona Beer Garden, food trucks, music from the band Metalachi and autograph signings with popular fighters such as Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Shawn Porter and more.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday from the Wild Card West Boxing Club in Santa Monica:

VICTOR ORTIZ

"I put a total of 14 weeks of work into this fight. Nothing easy about that work. Come the 30th, I'm going to prove why I beat Berto the first time.

"I know what I'm here to do. I've got my fire back. People claim that I don't have the fire, but you'll see on April 30.

"People don't know what I go through on the daily. When I'm injured for months at a time, I just have me and my team. We work hard.

"I'm going to be back on top in no time. That's my opinion. I know where I belong.

"I'm focusing on Berto. That's my target and that's my focus.

"He's done what he's done. You have to respect that. I'm here and I'm not going anywhere. We're going toe-to-toe."

ANDRE BERTO

"This is the type of game where if you don't respect it, it won't respect you. I'm in a much better place right now. I've learned a lot over the years since the first fight. I'm healthy and focused.

"I'm just ready to go. Camp was tremendous. We're really ready to get in there and do it.

"There's a lot that goes into this for me. It was my first loss and I had so many emotions back then, so it's time to get that monkey off my back.

"My plan is to win this in a fashion so there will be no third fight.

"My focus is on getting the victory Saturday night. I want to look good doing. I'm not thinking about anything after that.

"I've worked on a lot of different things in camp. We're going to do whatever it takes to get the win.

"You all haven't ever seen me look like this. I've pretty much locked myself in a cage for eight or nine weeks. I've put everything aside. I've just been grinding."

EDWIN RODRIGUEZ

"He's got some power and some style. He can do a few things. We have to go at it.

"I feel great at this weight class. I have the speed and strength to make an impact in this division.

"I hadn't fought a southpaw in a while but we've had great sparring with guys like Marcus Browne. I feel very prepared. I've never had an issue with southpaws.

"I'm excited to be back on the west coast. This is an incredible card. I was at the first fight between Ortiz and Berto and It's going be another great fight. But I'm coming to steal the show on Saturday night.

"In boxing you're as good as your last fight. Right now I'm a warrior who took more shots than I should have. I've improved quite a bit but I want to improve on any fights. I'm not going down again."

THOMAS WILLIAMS JR.

"Win, lose or draw you know Thomas Williams will bring the fight to you. I've been dropped and gotten up. This won't go the distance, so don't blink.

"I've been boxing since I was five-years-old. I have an amateur pedigree and been pro since 2010. I had to take some time off in 2014 but now I'm back and stronger than ever.

"The biggest challenge is just getting to the ring. I don't want to get caught up in the talk of what he does. It's just going to be me in there. If I go in and do the things that I'm supposed to do, I should come out on top.

"You have to keep your punches short against a pressure fighter. A short punch will beat a wild punch any day. I just have to keep my composure and stay relaxed.

"I haven't watched any of his fights. I leave that up to my trainers to create the game plan and we go from there. I have seen him fight before. We were on the same card, so I did have the chance to watch him live."

JORGE LARA

"Montiel has been around a long time. He's been a world champion and he comes to fight.

"I've studied him and watched him fight before. I feel I know him very well. I have a plan for how I'm going to get to him.

"I am very well prepared. I'm not worried about his experience. I've trained hard to be ready and I know what I have to do on fight night.

"The winners in this fight will be the fans. We are going to put on a great show and give the fans something to remember.

"If I can beat him, I can move up the rankings and get closer to a world title shot. That is my goal and this is a big step on my path.

"I'm really pumped up about fighting in front of the fans in Southern California. I know they will appreciate my style and it will be a great atmosphere on Saturday."

FERNANDO MONTIEL

"Lara is a young talented guy and I'm going to have to be at my best. He's a dangerous guy and I will have to be ready.

"I had to change everything to fight the lefthander after preparing to fight Abner Mares. We had a great camp and we will be ready.

"I'm excited to be on a card like this. I think the main event is going to be a really fun fight for the fans. I see both guys going down during the fight but I'm going with Victor to win." 0-2-1).

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MANFREDO V CAMACHO!

STANDING ROOM TICKETS ON SALE NOW
MANFREDO V CAMACHO

CES Boxing and Twin River Casino has announced Tuesday that a limited number of standing room tickets for the highly-anticipated Peter Manfredo Jr.-Angel Camacho Jr. super middleweight showdown scheduled for Friday, May 13th, 2016 are on sale now at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

Standing room tickets are priced at $46.00 and are available for purchase online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

Regular seated tickets are sold out at Twin River Casino, but limited $66.00, $151.00 and $201.00 tickets are still available online at www.cesboxing.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254.

The Manfredo-Camacho 10-round super middleweight bout is Manfredo's first fight since November of 2013 and headlines an exciting night of boxing featuring two title bouts and the professional debuts of two promising fighters from Worcester, Mass. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs) is in search of his 41st win as a pro and fourth in a row. Camacho (15-0 5 KOs) has won his last three since his comeback bout in November of 2014, including a knockout win over fellow Rhode Islander Rich Gingras in September.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcster native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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DETROIT BRAWL!

PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED
DETROIT BRAWL

The featured fights and undercard fighters have been announced for Salita Promotions' latest old-school night of boxing entitled "Detroit Brawl" on Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

In the night's six-round cruiserweight main event, Detroit's Demetrius Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) will take on Bronx-based Puerto Rican cruiserweight Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs) and in the six-round co-main event, undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) will face California via Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs).

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

Scheduled to appear on the undercard are a variety of up-and-coming prospects from Michigan and around the world, including Detroit's super middleweight James Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs), super middleweight Darrell Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs), East Pointe cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs), Lansing junior middleweight Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs), Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs), Brooklyn via Georgia super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (3-0, 2 KOs), Turkmenistan's former Asian Games Amateur Champion, Serdar Hudayberdiyev (1-0, 1 KO) and comebacking Warren, Michigan, super lightweight Luigi Gjokaj (2-2, 2 KOs).

Ballard is scheduled for six rounds. All other fights will be four-rounders. Opponents will be announced shortly.

Promoter Dmitriy Salita says he's happy to be able to offer a consistent boxing series to Detroit fans, allowing them to follow the progress of local fighters, as well as fighters from abroad.

"We are back with another Detroit Brawl and I'm very excited," said Salita. "This series is a tremendous success and this one will be the best yet. We have another great assortment of local and international prospects, many of them facing each other in an iconic venue in Detroit. It's going to be another old-school boxing show and I'm proud to be putting it on for the great fans of Detroit. It was my goal for this series to be about making Detroit the city where young fighters can progress in their careers in competitive match-ups."

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is at 7:15 pm. The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. All bouts subject to change.

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IRISH BOMBER!

BLASTS OUT PENA
IRISH BOMBER

Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented the 23rd installment of the popular "Rockin Fights" series before another sellout crowd this past Saturday at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.

The main event saw Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith (21-1 17KO Mastic, NY) continue his rampage through the Light Heavyweight division, scoring a 2nd round TKO over the very game Fabiano Pena (16-5-1 12KO Los Angeles, CA) in a scheduled 10 round contest. Smith came out with a purpose at the opening bell stalking Pena behind a hard left jab. Pena did his best to try and fend him off but Smith's relentless pressure continually backed Pena into the ropes allowing Smith to score with hard combinations. The 2nd round saw Smith land hard lefts and rights to the head and body of Pena. Pena tried answering back with wild overhand punches but Smith remained composed and his defense was tight. The non-stop action continued and near the end of the round, Smith caught Pena flush on the chin with a tremendous left hook which rocked him. Smith seized the opportunity and unleashed a barrage of 20 some odd punches on his opponent forcing referee Eddie Claudio to step in and stop the fight at 2:25 of round 2. Smith has now reeled off 15 straight wins with 10 of them by way of knockout.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Smith's performance "Joe Smith looked sensational tonight against a very game, experienced opponent. I think Joe is ready to take on virtually anyone in the Light Heavyweight division and I have full confidence in Joe being in a huge Light Heavyweight fight in the very near future".

When Joe isn't knocking out opponents in the ring he knocks out concrete as a member of Local 66 Laborers Union.

The chief support of the card saw the "Battle for Backyard Bragging Rights" and the vacant NY State Jr. Welterweight title was up for grabs as Hicksville's Anthony Karperis (12-2 4KO) defeated Huntington's Alan Gotay (8-3 4KO) over 10 fast paced rounds. Each fighter brought a large contingent of fans, who were very vocal throughout this action packed contest. Karperis was the sharper of the two fighters as he boxed and effectively countered the ever charging Gotay. There were many exciting exchanges between the two local fighters but in the end Karperis came away with a decision, winning by scores of 98-92 on two cards and 100-90 on the third.

The always exciting, undefeated prospect Daniel Gonzalez (11-0-1 5KO Woodhaven, NY) stopped the very tough Carlos Aguilera (10-17 4KO Chiapas, Mexico) at the end of round 5 of a scheduled 8 round Jr. Welterweight battle. Gonzalez took a couple of rounds to figure out his taller, southpaw opponent but once he did he turned up the heat as the two fighters exchanged freely in toe to toe action. Gonzalez's firepower proved too much for Aguilera as Gonzalez systematically broke him down and unloaded some heavy artillery on his overmatched foe. Referee Pat Sullivan called a halt to the action at the end of round 5.

Patrick Day (12-2-1 6KO Freeport, NY) made his Paramount debut an exciting one as he and Courtney Pennington (8-4-1 4KO Brooklyn, NY) engaged in a pier six brawl. When the dust settled it was Day who came away with a 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56 decision win in this 6 round Jr. Middleweight fight.

In a pairing of outstanding amateurs, Michael Stoute (2-0 Corham, NY) came away with a very close majority decision over debuting Jonel Lorenzo (0-1 Jersey City, NJ) by scores of 39-36 on two cards and 38-38 on the third card in a 4 round Super Bantamweight contest. Both fighters fought extremely well in this fast moving fight and both had their moments but Stoute's accuracy was the difference maker.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Saturday night's festivities "What a sensational night of fights. Joe Smith showed why he will be a force to be reckoned with in the Light Heavyweight division, every undercard card was terrific, and the sellout crowd was fantastic and into each fight. It was another special night at The Paramount".

The next scheduled card at The Paramount is set for June 17th with Cletus Seldin defending his WBC Jr. Silver International Jr. Welterweight title.

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Andre Berto!

Training Camp Notes
Andre Berto

Former two-time world champion Andre "The Beast" Berto has wrapped up training camp and is set to travel to Southern California for his highly anticipated rematch against "Vicious" Victor Ortiz that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes this Saturday, April 30 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $209, $105, $53, and $27, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

Prior to the start of televised fights, an Official Fan Fest will be held for ticket holders outside of StubHub Center. The events start at 2:30 p.m. PT and features a Corona Beer Garden, food trucks, music from the band Metalachi and autograph signings with popular fighters including Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Shawn Porter and more.

Here is what Berto had to say from training camp:

On his improvements since his first fight against Ortiz:

"I've improved tremendously. Mentally and all the way around the board. There was so much that went into that fight and that camp the first time. I shouldn't have fought that fight, but being who I am, I wanted to get in there. I was just a young fighter who didn't take the fight seriously. I overlooked my opponent. Now I'm a much more mature fighter. I've pushed myself for this camp.

"This fight has always been on my mind. Even when I tried to move on, other people continued to remind me about it. Everyone said I needed to get him back. That's the fight everyone has wanted to see and that everyone deserves. I'm going to give everyone the fight they deserve.

"I believe that coming back from my shoulder surgery that I've been more motivated and improving as a fighter. Everyone has seen the improvements. We're definitely ready for anything he wants to bring. If he's aggressive we're ready and everyone knows I can stand there and punch"

On this training camp with Virgil Hunter:

"Everything is going great. It's been a long, tough camp. I'm excited and ready to close it all in. We've done all the work. We're in great shape. No stone was left unturned. It's been a great eight or nine week camp."

On sharing training camp with Amir Khan and Andre Ward and the motivation it provides:

"We all feed off of each other. All of us have pretty much been in camp together leading up to and through all of our fights. Even now Andre is there to watch us spar and work. It's great motivation for all of us to be there. We're all pushing each other to get better every day."

On how Virgil Hunter has helped him improve as a fighter:

"I call Virgil the professional because he's a teacher. He works you mentally. Each and every day. It's like being in school. He drills it in your head over and over. He doesn't let you go through the motions. You have to stay on track mentally to work on all of the things that you've been working on. He's more of a teacher than a trainer."

On what he learned from his fight against Floyd Mayweather:

"A lot of people can't handle the atmosphere and the buildup of that magnitude. I got the chance to really find out how to handle it all. I think I surprised a lot of people around me with how easy I was taking it. I think Floyd was surprised too, he thought I would get shaken like other guys. But I felt like I was supposed to be there. I wasn't going to be the guy who stands there in shock."

On preparing for Ortiz:

"You have to be prepared for whatever he brings to the table. You don't know how Victor is going to fight and if he's going to do his extra stuff. Or if he's going to try to box. Who knows? Maybe you hit him two or three times and he feels like he doesn't want to be there. I'm prepared for the Victor of five years ago."

On Ortiz's claim that he will knock out Berto:

"That's what he said the first time. I've made it evident as well that I'll finish him and finish this chapter. I want it to be over. Still for some reason my name comes up. People continue to cross us together. I just want to finish this chapter and finish in style."

On what fans can expect Saturday night:

"The fans should expect an exciting fight. They might see the start of round 13 from the first one. It's going to be extremely exciting. I doubt it's going the distance. This is the fight the people deserve."

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PAUL UPTON!

PROUDEST MAN ON THE PLANET AFTER IRISH TITLE WIN
PAUL UPTON

PAULY UPTON says he’s the proudest man on the planet following his vacant Irish super-welterweight title victory in Northampton on Saturday night.

The Ricky Hatton-trained 27-year-old halted the experienced Terry Maughan in the sixth round to become the Emerald Isle’s champion and he still hasn’t come down from cloud nine.

Upton, the oldest of three fighting brothers, was the aggressor from the start and rocked Maughan in the second round before turning up the pressure four rounds later.

A right hand to the body forced Maughan to wince and drop his hands. Seizing his moment, Upton followed up with a barrage of punches upstairs that had Maughan flailing against the ropes before referee David John Irving stopped the contest.

“I’m absolutely buzzing. I was an Irish champion as an amateur and I can’t put into words what it means to me to win this title as a pro,” Pauly said.

“I said before the fight I wanted to win the belt for my grandad and I can’t wait to show him it.

“That said, I want to dedicate this win to everyone who supported me, including Ricky and the team, my dad, my brothers and all of the Upton Clan.

“What’s next? I don’t know because winning this hasn’t really sunken in yet, but I hope one day I can go back to Ireland and defend the belt. That would be like a dream come true.”

On Saturday night’s undercard, Upton’s stable mate Reuben Arrowsmith cruised to a comprehensive 60-54 points victory over Chris Jenkinson.

Arrowsmith, boxing over six rounds for the first time, kept a cool head against a very rugged and determined foe, using his jab and superior hand speed to land telling blows in each of the sessions.

Jason Welborn needed little time to kick start his return to welterweight as he blasted out Michal Voskya of the Czech Republic in just 56 seconds.

The Tividale man, a former two-time British title challenger, detonated a heavy right hand to the temple, dropping Voskya to his hands and knees. The visitor did manage to beat the count, but he was wobbling badly and referee Shaun Messer did the correct thing in waving it off.

Derbyshire prospect Zach Parker continued his education with a shutout points victory over four rounds against Lithuania’s Vaidas Balciauskas.

Parker, 21, was in command throughout and even looked likely to add a stoppage to his record at times as his right hand penetrated Balciauskas’s guard.

Debutant Drew Brown made the best possible start to his time in the paid ranks as he scored a shutout four round victory over seasoned veteran Kevin McCauley, while local favourite Jamie Spence rounded off the show with a 40-36 verdict over Daniel Bazo.

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Giovani Santillan!

Extends Unbeaten Mark
Giovani Santillan

Junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (19-0, 10 KOs) remains unbeaten after thoroughly out performing the taller Jose De Jesus Macias (18-6-2, 9 KOs) over eight rounds on Friday's "Path to Glory" main event.

Santillan dropped Macias in the second round with a counter right hook, and from that point forward, established the tempo required to defeat the lanky striker from Mexico.

"He had somewhat of an awkward style," said Santillan, who is from San Diego. "But after I scored a knockdown in the second, plenty of angles opened up for me."

Santillan, who came into this fight well prepared having sparred with Tim Bradley, moved well and appeared to grow stronger as the fight progressed.

"We trained hard for this fight," said Santillan, who is 24-years-old. "I could have done better in a few rounds, but overall, I'm happy with my performance.

Official scores read: 80-72, 79-72, 78-73.

In the six-round co-feature, lightweight Jose Roman (22-1-1, 15 KOs) needed two rounds to dispatch Jose Angel Martinez (14-9-1, 9 KOs). Early in the second, the pair clashed heads, which led to both suffering cuts.

Roman shrugged off the bump, but Martinez was slower to his feet and Roman took advantage. He peppered Martinez with a wall of punches, knocking him out at the 1:06 mark of the second round.

In what was largely a technical fight, Carlos Carlson (21-1, 11 KOs), the No. 14 ranked bantamweight by the WBC, delivered another smooth performance by out boxing Giovanni Caro (23-18-4, 19 KOs) through six rounds.

Carlson, who fights out of Tijuana, Mex., frequently targeted the body with his power left hook. The routine body shots sapped the energy out of Caro, who is based in Mexico City, Mex. Carlson cruised to a unanimous decision win with scores 60-54 twice, 59-55.

In a good old-fashioned slugfest, featherweight Erick Ituarte (13-1-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. used a relentless attack to stymie Fernando Fuentes (7-7, 1 KO) of Hemet, Calif.

In the first, Ituarte dropped Fuentes with a two-punch combination. Fuentes, for his part, never backed down from the free-throwing Ituarte. Ituarte, however, proved too accurate for the oft back-pedaling Fuentes. Official scores for Ituarte read: 60-53, 57-56, 58-55.

Lightweight Manuel Mendez (10-1-1, 6 KOs) earned a tougher than expected knockout win over stubborn veteran Jose Araiza (34-16-1, 25 KOs). Mendez, fighting out of Indio, Calif. and trained by Joel Diaz, hit pay dirt during the final minute of the fourth and final round. He power-punched the Mexico-based Araiza from corner-to-corner until referee Ray Corona halted the punishment at the 2:18 mark.

Opening the "Path to Glory" card were lightweights Cesar Villarraga (9-1, 4 KOs) of Colombia and Hugo Padilla (2-6, 1 KO) of Mexico. Villarraga dominated the four-round fight from start-to-finish by using superior hand speed and a stingy defense. All three judges scored the fight for Villarraga, 40-36.

"Path to Glory" was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with LATV Networks.

Thompson Boxing Promotions will celebrate sixteen years in the business with a show on Friday, May 20 from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. A formal announcement will be released shortly.

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Skoglund & Lauren!

Win Title Fights In Stockholm
Skoglund

Erik Skoglund continued his unbeaten streak with a heroic performance against Ryno Liebenberg to claim the IBO International Light Heavyweight title last night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

Liebenberg had said he would drag Skoglund into a ‘dog fight’ and that is exactly what happened after Skoglund received a nasty gash above his right eye following a clash of heads in the sixth-round.

With blood pouring from the cut, the Swedish fighter bravely fought on to score a unanimous points victory over the dangerous South African.

‘’That was one of the toughest fights of my career,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’I was worried the fight would be stopped. There was a lot of blood. I’m happy that I was able to continue and claim my twenty-fifth victory. Now, we’re looking at the European title shot. It would be amazing to fight for the title at home in Sweden.’’

‘’What a performance from Erik,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’The fight changed after the cut in the sixth-round, but Erik showed real class with the way he handled it. Credit to Ryno, he came to fight, but Erik proved tonight why he is one of the most exciting fighters in the division.’’

In the co-featured main event, WBC Female World Super Welterweight Champion Mikaela Lauren retained her title with a devastating third-round TKO victory over former World Champion Ivana Habazin.

From the opening bell, Lauren, who had demanded number boys for her title defence, unleashed a relentless attack on Habazin. The Croatian looked in trouble from the first-round and was saved from further punishment by the referee in round three.

‘’It felt amazing to defend my title in front of my home fans at the Hovet,’’ said Lauren. ‘’I said I wanted to make a statement by stopping her, and I did!’’

Habazin was accompanied into the ring by Lauren’s domestic rival Klara Svensson, who had scored a unanimous points victory over Lucia Morelli earlier in the night.

Svensson had criticised Lauren for pouring water on Habazin’s head at the weigh-in and chose to make a public stand against Lauren.

‘’I don’t agree with what Mikaela did,’’ said Svensson. ‘’It was embarrassing. How long are people going to let her get away with things like that? I would love to fight her!’’

Svensson's appearance did not go unnoticed by Lauren, who called her out after the fight.

‘’Klara is next,’’ she said. ‘’I don’t like her. She is going down like Habazin, and after I’m finished with her, I want Cecilia Brækhus!’’

On the undercard heavyweight talent Otto Wallin scored a second-round knockout win over Irineu Beato Costa Jr, Patrick Mendy upset local fighter Oscar Ahlin, Patricia Berghult outpointed Katarina Vistica, Daniel Hartvig drew with Nikoloz Gvajava and Angelique Hernandez loss to Karina Kopinska.

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ACOSTA & MACHADO!

PUT ON BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES
ACOSTA

The fighters represented by Miguel Cotto promotions where the big winners this past Saturday night in their exciting matchups versus some of the best fighters that Universal Promotions has to offer in a card that took place at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas where the big-time prospects Angel “Tito” Acosta and Alberto “Explosivo” Machado once again rule the night with their knockouts. The card was presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, the company that is run by the five-time Puerto Rican world champion, in association with Roc Nation Sports, H2 Entertainment and Universal Promotions was part of the popular series “DIRECTV Boxing Nights”.

Acosta from Barrio Obrero in San Juan Puerto Rico upped his record to 13-0 with 13 KO’s by annihilating Dominican born and Puerto Rico resident Erickson Martell (12-6-1, 8 KOs) at 2:59 of the second round to retain his WBC Fecarbox Mini Flyweight belt. Machado of Monte Hatillo in San Juan Puerto Rico, kept his record perfect (14-0, 12 KOs) with fifth consecutive first round knockout by knocking down Miguel Angel Mendoza (22-8-2, 21 KOs) of Mexico twice before the fight was stopped by the referee at 2:20. “That is a punch we have been practicing in the gym,” said Acosta about his short right hand that landed perfectly in the chin of Martell that lay him out in the canvas, “I expected a much tougher fight but I knew it was not going to go the full eight round, but both have a lot of power and felt that the fight would not go past the third round either way,” added the 25 year-old winner.

Machado meanwhile landed his many and lethal arsenal as soon as Mendoza came out of the gate very aggressive and looking to landed his own shots fast. “He started the fight throwing a lot of punches and the fight got tough there for a few moments, but I was able to land a right hook that made him open his defense,” said Machado, who is 25 years-old and is a natural right-handed but fights our the lefty stand, “This was just proof of all my hard work at the gym”, added Machado who once again showed that he just might be the hardest lightweight puncher in the Puerto Rican boxing at this moment. While Martell was not able to do much in his fight, the other three fighters promoted by Javier Bustillo’s Universal Promotions did very well in the fights against their Cotto Promotions counterparts.

The fight the stole the night was the one between Carlos “Kid" Narvaez (14-0, 7 KOs) of Morovis who captured the vacant Fecarbox super flyweight belt by taking home a decision over Carlos “El Machazo” Rodriguez (12-3, 11 KOs) by scores of 78-73, 76-75, 77-74. The fight was a back and forth affair that Narvaez control mostly with his movement and fast hands but was pressured al night by Rodriguez, who work the body all night long but suffered a fourth round knockdown for his aggression. “The plan was to use my better boxing to control de fight but we kept coming with the pressured and I felt my legs get weary towards the end of fight. And had to go toe to toe with him”, added Narvaez who has hurt in the fifth round but was able to recover, “I had to dig deep to proof to myself what I am made off. That was my best fight and for sure he was my best opponent to date, but I was very determined to get that belt.”

In other action Janiel ‘Pototo’ Rivera (14-2-3 y 4 KO’s) scored a sixth round TKO at 1:52 over Anthony Rodríguez (7-3 y 2 KOs) in an eight round 105 pound bout, Rivera was knockdown once in the first round and survived two other big right hands in the round by Rodriguez who hadn’t fought in seven years. “He showed me that even if he is not a 105 pounder he made the weight but still has power in those hands and I felt them. The plan was to box him, land our shots and not let him landed anything, but we did not expected him to switch to left-hand stance and he kept landing the right hand, when we expecting him to throw his right-hand,” said Rivera who was able to score a knockdown in the fourth. “I to figure him out and the only way to do it was to go at him,” The fight was stopped in the sixth round the third man in the ring Ramon Navedo, when Rodriguez right eye was completely shut. “That tells you that I can also hit”, added Rivera.

In another exciting title bout Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (17-0 y 10) of Las Marias retained his WBC Latino Super Flyweight bout by taking home a unanimous 10 round decision by scores of 97-93, 97-93 and 98-92) over Edwin “Puto” Rodríguez (7-3, 4 KOs) of Juana Diaz. “Chiquiro” dominated the fight with his measured style, solid defense and effective combination, but also had a scared in the final minutes of the fourth round when Rodriguez landed a hard body shot. “I can’t deny it he did hurt me, not sure if it was right or a left, but I was able to overcome and got the win,” said Rodriguez.

The card also had the impressive debut of John Bauza born in Cataño, but who lives in New Jersey and recently signed by Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions. As an amateur he had a 170-8 record and won a national title in the United States, but did not looked for an Olympic berth because he was not yet 18 years-old. He just turned 18 on April 11. Bauza another righty who fights out of the left stance knockdown Leroy Padilla twice before stopping him at 1;16 of the first round. In other action Ricardo ‘Richy” Rodríguez (now 7-0-1, 5 KOs), score a third round TKO over Luis Cosme (8-9-1, 3 KOs) in a 126 pound contest; Emanuel Rivera (15-1 y 11 KOs) stopped Eduardo Meléndez (5-21 y 1 KO) in the fifth round of a 121 pound bout and Juan ‘Cowi’ Herrera (14-9-1 y 4 KOs) won a four round decision over Luis Ortiz (3-20) in a four round 122 pound bout.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM CAGUAS
WEIGHTS FROM CAGUAS

107.8LBS ANGEL ACOSTA VS. ERICKSON MARTELL 108LBS

132LBS ALBERTO MACHADO VS. MIGUEL ANGEL MENDOZA 130LBS

114.4LBS JOSE MARTINEZ VS. EDWIN RODRIGUEZ 114.6LBS

105.4LBS JANIEL RIVERA VS. ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ 105.6LBS

114.6LBS CARLOS NARVAEZ VS. CARLOS RODRIGUEZ 113.4LBS

139LBS JOHN BAUZA VS. LEROY PADILLA 141LBS

126LBS RICARDO RODRIGUEZ VS. LUIS COSME 127LBS

124LBS JUAN HERRERA VS. LUIS ORTIZ 124LBS

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David Benavidez!

Returns To Action April 30
David Benavidez

Boxing prodigy and the super middleweight division's Red Flag, David "El Bandera Roja" Benavidez, will return to action on Saturday, April 30, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The undefeated phenom Benavidez (13-0, 12 KOs) will take on fellow power puncher Phillip Jackson Benson (16-2, 15 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, on the undercard of the highly anticipated Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz rematch, part of a PBC on FOX prime-time tripleheader (8 p.m. ET), promoted by TGB Promotions.

The fight will be Benavidez's third under the promotional banner of Sampson Boxing, headed by well-known boxing man Sampson Lewkowicz.

"David is going to become the youngest super middleweight champion in history," said the confident Lewkowicz. "He is only 19. The youngest was Darrin Van Horn at age 22. And this fight against Benson, a guy with a good record who can also punch, will help him get there."

Benavidez has already wowed a national television audience by stopping normally durable Felipe Romero, last November in one round on ShoBox: The New Generation and then followed it up with a KO 2 over Kevin Cobbs in a featured PBC televised bouts on a Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays card on Fox Sports 1 last January.

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WEIGHTS FROM STOCKHOLM
Erik Skoglund: 78.5 kg V Ryno Liebenberg: 78.6 kg

Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) and Mikaela Lauren (26-3, 11 KOs) both made weight today ahead of their title fights at the Hovet on Saturday night in Stockholm.

The Swedish stars top the bill at the Nordic Fight Night event, which signals the return of big-time boxing to the Swedish capital after almost fifty-years.

Skoglund faces the dangerous South African Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBO International Light Heavyweight title, while Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against Ivana Habazin (15-2, 6 KOs).

Erik Skoglund: 78.5 kg V Ryno Liebenberg: 78.6 kg

Mikaela Lauren: 67.5 kg V Ivana Habazin: 66.5 kg

The undercard features a star-studded Swedish line up including heavyweight talent Otto Wallin (14-0, 10 KOs), former World title challenger Klara Svensson (15-1, 5 KOs) and fan favourite Oscar Ahlin (13-1, 11 KOs).

Otto Wallin: 104 kg V Irineu Beato Costa Jr: 113 kg

Klara Svensson: 62.7 kg V Lucia Morelli: TBC*

Oscar Ahlin: 77.9 kg V Patrick Mendy: 78 kg

Patricia Berghult: 63.2 kg V Katarina Vistica: TBC*

Daniel Hartvig: 68.3 kg V Nikoloz Gvajava: 68.2 kg

Angelique Hernandez: 55.6 kg V Karina Kopinska: 56 kg

*Morelli and Vistica will be weighed in later today.

Tickets are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

All the fights are available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Jimmy Williams V Manny Woods!

May 13th
Jimmy Williams

Five months following his triumphant Twin River Casino debut, New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams returns to Rhode Island on Friday, May 13th, 2016 in his toughest test to date.

The undefeated Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) puts his record on the line in a six-round bout against St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs), who enters on a two-fight win streak and has won five of his last six bouts dating back to 2013.

The Williams-Woods showdown, which will be fought at a catch weight of 150 pounds, is part of CES Boxing's stacked fight card at Twin River Casino, headlined by the highly anticipated main event showdown between Providence, R.I., standouts Peter Manfredo Jr. and Angel Camacho Jr.

Tickets for May 13th are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The 29-year-old Williams, a former standout football player at Southern Connecticut State University, has won six consecutive bouts since the lone blemish on his record, a majority draw in 2013 against scrappy New Jersey vet Greg Jackson. He knocked out fellow Connecticut fighter Christian Lao in 2014 to win the state super welterweight title during his brief stint in the 154-pound division and later stopped hard-hitting Massachusetts vet Eddie Caminero in the fourth round of a scheduled six-round bout in February of 2015, earning himself the No. 7 spot that night on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day.

A hand injury kept Williams on the shelf for nearly 10 months last year, but he returned triumphantly in December, shaking off the ring rust in a six-round unanimous decision win over Chris Gray.

Woods, also 29, began his pro career in 2009 with six consecutive wins, three of them knockouts. He faced fellow Floridian Inka Laleye twice in seven months, fighting to a majority draw and then stepping back into the ring with Laleye to compete for the vacant Florida State Super Welterweight Title. Woods rebounded from a loss to middleweight title contender Travis Scott in 2013 with three consecutive wins, including a knockout over 41-fight vet Tyrone Dowdy.

Nicknamed "Shake 'Em Up," the 5-foot-7 Woods is 2-0 in 2016 and recently earned his 15th win as a pro earlier this month by unanimous decision over tough Mexican challenger Elias Espadas.

The May 13th card is stacked with the top regional talent, including Camacho (15-0, 5 KOs), who steps up for the fight of his life against the Rhode Island icon Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs), back for the first time since 2013 when he stopped Rich Gingras in what was supposed to be the final fight of his career.

Coincidentally, Manfredo and Camacho both appeared on the first boxing event held at Twin River back in 2007, nearly nine years to the date of their anticipated May 13th showdown; Manfredo starred in the main event, knocking out Ted Muller, while Camacho, 5-0, at the time, stopped Donnie Dukes in just under a minute and a half.

In addition to Manfredo-Camacho, undefeated Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) defends his UBF Northeast Title against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout, while undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout.

In a fight that could steal the show, regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title. DeLomba is looking to rebound from a first-round knockout loss to Gledwin Ortiz in September while Sanchez returns to the ring for the first time in two and a half months after suffering a no decision against Antonio Fernandes due to an accidental head-butt and subsequent cut over his right eye.

Rivalries will renew May 13th in a highly anticipated rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout. They will now settle the score May 13th in a 6-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout, while two fighters from Worcester make their professional debuts. Kendrick Ball Jr., the son of Gray's head trainer, Kendrick Ball, debuts in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu, trained by Rhode Island's Victor Fagnant. Also from Worcester, decorated amateur Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

CES Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

PATH TO GLORY WEIGHTS
PATH TO GLORY

"Path to Glory" headliner Giovani Santillan (18-0, 10 KOs) weighed in at 144.6 lbs. during Thursday's weigh in, while challenger Jose De Jesus Macias (18-5-2, 9 KOs) checked in at 145 lbs. The 8-round main event originates from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

In the co-feature, Jose Roman (21-1, 14 KOs) made weight at 138.9 lbs., as did opponent Martin Angel Martinez (14-8, 9 KOs) at 138.3 lbs.

Tickets for "Path to Glory" are priced at $40, $60, & $100, and can be purchased Friday at the will call booth starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Giovani Santillan, 144.6 vs. Jose De Jesus Macias, 145

Jose Roman, 138.9 vs. Martin Angel Martinez, 138.3

Carlos Carlson, 121.7 vs. Giovanni Caro, 121.7

Erick Ituarte, 128 vs. Fernando Fuentes, 126.7

Manuel Mendez, 138 vs. Jose Araiza, 137.8

Cesar Villarraga, 134 vs. Hugo Padilla, 133.7

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

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JOHN JACKSON!

30 DAY WBC WEIGH IN CHECK
JOHN JACKSON

Virgin Islands-based super welterweight contender John "Dah Rock" Jackson safely made weight at the WBC mandatory 30-day weigh-in today.

On Saturday, May 21, at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada, Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs), who will face undefeated Texan Jermell Charlo (27-0, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. The pair will meet on a blockbuster card that will also feature the high-profile Erislandy Lara vs. Vanes Matirosyan rematch and Charlo's brother Jermall defending his IBF World super welterweight against former world champion Austin Trout.

Under WBC rules, participants in title fights are required to weigh no more than 10% of their contracted weight 30 days from the fight and no more than 5% on fight night. Jackson weighed in at 167 lbs. on his way to hitting 154 lbs.

Jackson, the son of legendary champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson, will be fighting for a world championship for the first time since turning professional in 2009.

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PAULY UPTON!

WANTS IRISH BELT FOR HIS GRANDAD

PAULY UPTON says he will dedicate the Irish title to a special someone should he defeat Terry Maughan in Northampton this Saturday night.

The unbeaten super-welterweight’s grandfather, Liam ‘Gills’ Upton was a leading amateur for the Emerald Isle during the 1950s and ‘60s and Pauly says he’ll give his all to make him proud.

“My granddad is getting older now so it would be nice to win that belt and take it down to him,” Pauly said. “I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to see the title and to have a professional Irish champion in the family.

“He boxed hundreds of times as an amateur and won most of his fights, but he never turned pro so I can’t wait to turn up on his doorstep with the title over my shoulder.”

With his younger siblings, Anthony and Sonny, also pressing towards title opportunities, Pauly admits there is some friendly rivalry, but he’s confident of becoming the family’s first titlist.

“We all have a bit of a laugh about it and there’s some friendly banter,” he said. “They want to be champions too so it’ll nice to the first.

“I’m the oldest and I was the first to make my debut so winning a belt first will be brilliant and I can’t see any reason why I can’t pull it off.

“Terry Maughan is obviously a good opponent and he’s got experience of boxing over ten rounds, but I’ve seen a clip on him on YouTube and I think I have the tools to beat him and take that belt home.”

Maughan and Upton top a quality bill.

Market Harborough’s Reuben Arrowsmith will be looking to extend his unbeaten start to life as a pro against Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson whilst fellow unbeaten prospect, Swadlincote’s Zach Parker, faces Lithuanian Vaidas Balciauskas.

Northampton duo Jamie Spence and debutant Drew Brown are also in action.

Spence takes on Czech Republic’s Daniel Bazo whilst Brown faces Halesowen-based road warrior Kevin McCauley.

Midlands Area super-welterweight champion Jason Welborn completes the card against Czech scrapper Michal Vosyka.

Tickets are priced at £30, £35 and £40 and can be purchased from any fighter on the bill or by calling 07718 324102.

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Erik Skoglund!

Overcomes Injury Doubts
Erik Skoglund

Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) has overcome his injury doubts ready to tackle a tough twelve-round test against South African fighter Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

‘’My training couldn’t have gone better,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’I’ve had some of my toughest sparring sessions and felt perfect afterwards – not only physically, but also mentally.’’

This may sound like a cliché statement from a boxer trying to intimidate his opponent, but for Skoglund, who underwent a serious back operation last year, this is important news.

A herniated disc threatened to end the 24 year-old’s promising career, but following successful surgery and 6 months of rehabilitation, Skoglund believes he is now back to his best.

"To be very honest, I haven't been myself in my last two fights coming back after my back injury,’’ he reveals. ‘’I had doubts, I was nervous, I was sweating and imagined all sorts of disastrous scenarios before going into the ring.

"Now, everything is under control. I feel solid. I can focus one hundred percent on my boxing. I'm happy that I won the fights after my injury break, but I'm a completely different person and boxer this time.

"When I watch my last two fights and compare them with my sparring the last months, I can see how much, I have developed. I have been able to focus on all the little details this time, and I've been able to put all the things I've learned from my coach Tommy Antman together.

"My injury is history, all the bad thoughts are behind me and I can't wait to show my fans how much I have improved. Liebenberg will have no idea about what's coming at him!’’

Skoglund’s fight with Liebenberg tops a blockbuster bill in Stockholm. Mikaela Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

All the fights are available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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BRYANT CRUZ!

WINS WAR ON BROADWAY BOXING
BRYANT CRUZ

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

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

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

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

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

Brooklyn lightweight prospect Wesley Ferrer, 137.6, remained unbeaten with an impressive second-round stoppage over Luis Alberto Pelayo, 137.6, of Guadalajara, Mexico. The southpaw Ferrer backed up Pelayo all through round one with a stiff jab. In the second, Ferrer began to set up combinations off of his jab, dropping Pelayo with a straight left. Once the action resumed, Ferrer hurt Pelayo again with two left hooks to the body then finished him off with a barrage at 2:37 of the frame. Ferrer improved to 11-0 (6 KOs), while Pelayo fell to 12-7-1 (6 KOs). An outstanding amateur, Ferrer was a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion, 2012 New York Amateur Boxing champion and New York City Metro Tournament champion, as well as a participant at the 2013 National Golden Gloves.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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TEVIN FARMER & TEAM!

COME UP WITH A PLAN OF ACTION TO HELP FELIX VERDEJO

Newly crowned NABF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer has been closely following the career of Puerto Rico's Felix Verdejo for some time now. So when Farmer, who is promoted by Lou DiBella, read a recent article about the undefeated Verdejo, his manager and trainer Ricky Marquez, and his handlers, Top Rank, Farmer and his team came up with an idea.

In the article, Marquez openly complains about Verdejo's recent performances, while his handlers discuss their displeasure over a lack of budget for finding suitable opponents to match against the Olympian. Verdejo has a scheduled June 11 HBO date at Madison Square Garden, on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC, and no opponent has yet been named for the WBA #2, WBO #3, IBF #5 and WBC #11 ranked lightweight.

The Philadelphia-native Farmer, rated #9 in the WBC super featherweight world ratings, has impressively rattled off 14 consecutive victories since suffering his last defeat way back in 2012 to Verdejo's fellow countryman and reigning IBF super featherweight champion Jose Pedraza.

Like Verdejo, Farmer has had trouble finding suitable opponents to step up against him. Unlike Verdejo, however, the issue with Farmer is not the budget but the fact that the top fighters in his division are flat out avoiding him.

"I feel for Verdejo, because I have trouble getting suitable opponents too," said Farmer. "Lou DiBella is doing everything he can to get me significant fights, even offering to overpay guys. The issue is never the budget. Lou believes in me and is willing to do whatever it takes to get me the opportunities we feel that I deserve. So when I read things like that Verdejo article, I feel bad for the kid. He's a tremendous talent, and to blame a lack of budget on finding a suitable guy for him to fight, well that's just as frustrating as the situation I have been dealing with. So I would like to start up a GoFundMe account for Verdejo. Maybe if the boxing world raises enough money, we can actually see this kid in a meaningful fight for once."

Farmer continued, "Better yet, I'll step up and fight him. Not only am I offering to move up in weight to fight him on June 11th, but I will do it for free. I have spoken with Lou and my manager Mark Cipparone and they are willing to pay my purse out of their pocket. Therefore, he can keep the entire budget for himself. This solves the opponent issue we are both facing as well as his budget issue. Let's make this happen and give the boxing world what they deserve, a tremendous fight."

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Zack Ramsey V Issouf Kinda!

MAY 13TH
Zack Ramsey

The return of Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr. on Friday, May 13th, 2016 will now also include the return of a once-promising regional prospect looking to get his career back on track.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout at Twin River Casino, one of nine fights on the undercard of the 10-round Manfredo-Angel Camacho Jr. showdown presented by CES Boxing.

Tickets for May 13th are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Originally born and raised in Hartford, Conn., but now fighting out of Massachusetts, the 26-year-old Ramsey fought 100 times as an amateur, winning 96 bouts, and captured titles in the Western and New England Gloves Tournaments.

After a three-year respite from boxing between the ages of 16 and 19, Ramsey returned to the amateur scene in 2009, cleaned up New England again, and turned pro in 2012 with a knockout win over Alan Beeman. His most noteworthy victory as a pro was his eight-round unanimous decision win over previously unbeaten Edwin Soto in Connecticut in 2013. Ramsey last fought in March of 2014, winning every round en route to a unanimous decision over 33-fight vet Shakha Moore.

Born in West Africa, the 28-year-old Kinda won his first 15 fights as a pro, including an impressive victory in 2012 over Greek super lightweight Mike Arnaoutis in the first defense of his New York State Title. Kinda suffered his first career loss via a controversial technical decision against Chris Howard a year later when the bout was stopped after the sixth round due to a cut over Howard's eye from an accidental head butt.

Kinda later went on to face Paterson, N.J., vet Jeremy Bryan and reigning undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight Champion Ismael Barroso.

The Manfredo-Camacho main event headlines the latest installment of CES Boxing's 2016 Twin River Casino Fight Series, a loaded lineup featuring two title bouts and the Rhode Island debuts of CES' newest additions to the roster.

May 13th is Manfredo's first fight since November of 2013, when he stopped Rhode Island's Rich Gingras in the 8th round of a scheduled 10-round bout. Coincidentally, Camacho's last win was also against Gingras via 8th-round stoppage in September for the then vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International Light Heavyweight Title. After fighting just once during a six-year stretch between 2008 and 2014, Camacho has now risen to 15-0, culminating with his fifth career knockout in September.

In addition to Manfredo-Camacho, undefeated Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) defends his UBF Northeast Title against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

In a fight that could steal the show, regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title. DeLomba is looking to rebound from a first-round knockout loss to Gledwin Ortiz in September while Sanchez returns to the ring for the first time in two and a half months after suffering a no decision against Antonio Fernandes due to an accidental head-butt and subsequent cut over his right eye.

The undercard also features the Rhode Island return of New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs), who puts his unbeaten record on the line against the hard-hitting Juan Rodriguez Jr. (12-4, 5 KOs) of Union City, N.J.

Rivalries will renew May 13th in a highly anticipated rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout. They will now settle the score May 13th in a 6-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout, while two fighters from Worcester make their professional debuts. Kendrick Ball Jr., the son of Gray's head trainer, Kendrick Ball, debuts in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu, trained by Rhode Island's Victor Fagnant. Also from Worcester, decorated amateur Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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Ryno Liebenberg!

I’m Going To Tear Erik Skoglund Apart
Ryno Liebenberg

Things threatened to escalate at today’s final pre-fight press conference when Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) and Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time.

‘’I’m going to fuck you up,’’ said Liebenberg before lunging for the Swedish fighter during the customary head-to-head photographs.

Throughout the build up the Liebenberg has told Skoglund to prepare for a bad-blooded affair, and in front of the Swedish media, he showcased his trademark aggression at today’s press event.

‘’In South Africa we grow up fighting,’’ he said. ‘’You have to fight to survive. It’s eat or be eaten. They call me ‘The Lion’ because I’m a ferocious animal, and on Saturday night, I’m going to tear Skoglund apart!’’

‘’I respect Ryno as a fighter,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’He’s a tough guy who can take a punch and land a punch. He has talked a lot about what he is going to do to me, and I hope he brings me hell, as I’m ready for the test.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland is expecting an exciting contest when the light heavyweights collide ‘’It’s a boxing cliché to say that styles make fights, but this is the classic example,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’We have the boxer versus the brawler, and it’s sure to guarantee an explosive encounter. The IBO International title is now on the line, and both fighters will give it their all in this genuine 50-50 fight!’’

Mikaela Lauren (26-3, 11 KOs) is also in action defending her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin (15-2, 6 KOs).

‘’I’m really looking forward to this fight,’’ said Lauren. ‘’The arena is only five minutes from where I live so this will be a great homecoming. Ivana is a strong opponent, but my coach has told me to finish the fight early, so maybe I’ll take her out in the first-round. Either way, I want to give the Swedish fans a great show.’’

Habazin is hoping to spoil the party for the home fighter. ‘’I have prepared well and will do everything I can to win,’’ she says. ‘’I have not come here to lose. I have a lot of fans in Croatia supporting me, and I will be bringing the title back home to them.’’

Skoglund and Lauren’s title fights come as part of a blockbuster bill in the Swedish capital on Saturday night. Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

All the fights are available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Viaplay Fighting is the first package of its kind and will be available from April 22 in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, featuring over 500 hours of exclusive live fighting each year from 150 events including UFC, Nordic Fight Night, Team Sauerland, Premier Boxing Champions, Matchroom Boxing and IMG.

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Mikaela Lauren!

I Want To Inspire The Next Generation Of Swedish Fighters
Mikaela Lauren

Mikaela Lauren (26-3,11 KOs) has visited her local boxing club Haninge BK ahead of her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title defence against Ivana Habazin (15-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The World Champion took time out of her busy training schedule to meet the junior boxers in an attempt to inspire the next generation of Swedish boxers.

‘’It’s great to be able to give something back,’’ said Lauren. ‘’I feel privileged to be in the position I’m in today, and hopefully, I‘m able to inspire the next generation of Swedish fighters. Who knows, I could have met a future World Champion today?’’

Lauren faces a tough test on Saturday against Habazin, who is herself a former World Champion. ‘’Habazin is a strong opponent,'' she says. ''But I've had the best training camp of my career and I feel stronger than ever.’’

The Stockholm boxer says she is looking forward to fighting in her home arena: ‘’It’s a dream come true to fight at the Hovet. The arena is five minutes away from where I live. All my friends and family will be there cheering me to victory.’’

Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against Habazin as part of a blockbuster bill in the Swedish capital on April 23. Erik Skoglund faces Ryno Liebenberg, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

BROADWAY BOXING WEIGHTS

Bryant Cruz 132.8 lbs V Moises Delgadillo 132.4 lbs.

Noel Murphy 144.8 lbs V Ariel Vasquez 145 lbs.

Alantez Fox 159.8 lbs V Josue Obando 159.8 lbs.

Stivens Bujaj 193.6 lbs V Harvey Jolly 197.8 lbs.

Billel Dib 132.6 lbs V Jose Salinas 132 lbs.

Wesley Ferrer 137.6 lbs V Luis Alberto Pelayo 137.6 lbs.

Tickets available at the door, priced at $125, $75 and $55.

Doors open at 6:30pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Rob Brant!

Knocks Out Delray Raines In First Round
Rob Brant

Last Friday night April 15, at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, WBA-NABA Middleweight Champion Rob "Bravo" Brant celebrated his one-year anniversary of fighting under the Greg Cohen Promotions banner by knocking out Arkansas veteran Delray Raines at 55 seconds of the first round.

The victory finalized an incredible first year for the WBA #12-ranked Brant, which saw him go 6-0, 5 KOs, including four Nationally televised bouts, one of them a KO of the year candidate over Decarlo Perez on ShoBox: The New Generation in January.

He now sits at the top of the middleweight prospect/contender class and should be fighting for a world title within a year.

"When Rob signed with us, he told us to get him the opportunities and he'll make the most of them and that's what he's done sensationally," said Greg Cohen. "He's the hottest up-and-coming middleweight in the world with some huge fights on the horizon. I couldn't be happier for him."

Cohen says it's Brant's work ethic that has led to his steady ascension. "No one works harder than Rob Brant in the gym and day-to-day. He eats right; he lives right and has no bad habits. And he never stops learning. Every fight has been easy to spot the improvements he's made from the previous."

Cohen says he's currently negotiating with the camps of several prominent fighters to secure Brant his first major showdown. "Rob is ready for the top of the division now and we're working hard to get him the right fight. And no matter who it is you can't count him out. Every time we've stepped Rob Brant up in competition, he's responded by becoming even more dangerous. It's going to be a very interesting year for Rob Brant and his growing army of fans."

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Mikaela Lauren!

Demands Ring Card Boys For World Title Defense
Mikaela Lauren

Swedish boxer Mikaela Lauren has said she will refuse to fight on Saturday night unless her promoter replaces the ‘sexist’ number girls with a male equivalent.

Lauren is scheduled to defend her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former IBF World Champion Ivana Habazin as part of a blockbuster bill at the Hovet in Stockholm.

‘’I’ve spoken to my promoter and told him that I will not fight if they use number girls,’’ said Lauren. ‘’Why should there be a half naked woman in the ring when two top female athletes are competing? I think it’s sexist. Women shouldn’t be seen as sex objects!’’

Instead, Lauren is insisting that she is provided with a number boy. ‘’I want a number boy,’’ she says. ‘’I think that’s only fair, and I’m sure it will be give the women in the audience some pleasure as well.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland says he is willing to meet Lauren’s demands and the hunt is now on for a number boy. ‘’I respect Mikaela’s opinion,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’It is not something we had anticipated, however, we will now endeavor to find a number boy for her World title defence.’’

Saturday’s show signals a return of big-time boxing to the Swedish capital. Alongside Lauren’s World title defence, Erik Skoglund faces Ryno Liebenberg in a tough twelve-round test, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

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BROADWAY BOXING!

COMPLETE CARD ANNOUNCED

DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series heads back up north to the suburbs of Westchester County on Wednesday for the third time in a little over a year. The exciting card will take place at the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. Headlining the event will be Portchester's own junior lightweight prospect Bryant "Peewee" Cruz (16-1, 8KO's) in a scheduled eight-round bout.

The bout on April 20th will be Cruz' first since suffering his lone loss as a professional, back in December of last year. In Cruz' ShoBox debut, he took on late replacement Dardan Zenunaj, a once-beaten, world-rated contender. Cruz got off to a very fast start, dictating the pace and sweeping all of the early rounds. However, the hard-charging Zenunaj kept the pressure on all night and the bout turned into a war halfway through. After dropping Cruz with a barrage of punches near the end of the seventh, Cruz' corner elected to halt the contest between frames. Cruz took the fight as a learning experience and is eager to get back to his winning ways in front of a hometown partisan crowd when he steps into the ring tomorrow night against Jalisco, Mexico's Moises Delgadillo (17-14-2, 8 KO's).

A native of County Cork, Ireland, the 21-year-old Noel Murphy (5-0, 2KO's) was a multi-time national champion as an amateur before relocating to Yonkers, NY, and embarking on his professional career in November 2014. He has quickly built a passionate local fan base with his dynamic style and will not disappoint those in attendance when he provides them with another action-packed performance against Ariel Vasquez (11-12-2, 8 KO's), of Phoenix, AZ, in their scheduled six-rounder.

The 6'5" 24-year-old unbeaten middleweight prospect Alantez Fox was a standout amateur boxer who compiled a 165-35 record, highlighted by gold medals at the Ringside National and Under-19 tournaments in 2010. From Forestville, MD, Fox (18-0-1, 7 KO's) is trained by his father Troy out of Lloyd Irvin MMA/Boxing Gym. With exceptional physical tools that include a 79-inch reach, Fox is ready to take the division by storm as he climbs up the rankings. He will square off against Josue Obando (14-9-1, 11 KO's), of Guadalajara, Mexico, in an eight-round contest.

Born in Albania, Stivens Bujaj (14-0-1, 9 KO's) moved to Bronx, NY, at an early age. One of the more popular fighters throughout the New York fight scene, Bujaj, who recently relocated to nearby Yonkers, NY, was a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion before turning pro in 2010. The lone blemish on Bujaj's record is a split decision draw to fellow contender and IBO world title challenger Junior Wright in May 2015. During the bout with Wright, Bujaj suffered a broken jaw. He has since reeled off back-to-back victories following surgery to repair his jaw, and is looking to impress as he continues his ascent up the rankings of the cruiserweight division. On Wednesday, he will be facing Harvey Jolly (15-22-1, 7 KO's), of Nashville, TN, in a six-round bout.

World-ranked Australian super featherweight contender Billel Dib (18-1, 9 KO's), of Sydney, New South Wales, will make his US debut against Albuquerque, New Mexico's Jose Salinas (9-1-1, 5 KO's) in an eight-round bout. Ranked nine by the WBO and 13 by the IBF, Dib is determined to secure his 10th straight victory as he works his way toward a world title shot. A pro since 2011, Dib has already won the Australian and interim WBO Oriental super featherweight titles, but would love to add another world title to the family's collection that includes former champ and brother Billy's IBF featherweight belt.

Brooklyn's Wesley Ferrer (10-0, 5 KO's) will challenge Luis Alberto Pelayo (12-6-1, 6 KO's), of Guadalajara, Mexico, in a six-round lightweight battle. An outstanding amateur, Ferrer was a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion, 2012 New York Amateur Boxing champion and New York City Metro Tournament champion, as well as a participant at the 2013 National Golden Gloves.

Tickets are priced at $125, $75 and $55, and are currently on sale through the DiBella Entertainment office by calling (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Hilton Westchester is located at 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573.

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Giovani Santillan!

Reflects On Sparring Sessions With Timothy Bradley
Giovani Santillan

As Giovani Santillan (18-0, 10 KOs) scales down preparations for his "Path to Glory" main event showdown with Jose de Jesus Macias (18-5-2, 9 KOs) on Friday, the southpaw from San Diego pauses to reflect on his sparring sessions with top welterweight Timothy Bradley.

Santillan, 24, was among the chief sparring partners for the Bradley training camp (Bradley was preparing for his third fight against Manny Pacquiao).

After several weeks of elite level training, Santillan is poised to defend his unbeaten mark against Macias from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. this Friday, April 22.

Tickets for "Path to Glory" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and can be purchased at ThompsonBoxing.com, or calling 714-935-0900.

Thompson Boxing sat down with the junior welterweight and got his thoughts on sparring with Bradley, his opponent, and his fellow stablemates on Friday's card.

On fight week preparations...

We keep it light. We work on our technique and pace. We review our strategy and go over how we plan to put it into practice.

On sparring with Timothy Bradley...

It was a tremendous experience for me. From the beginning they liked what we brought to the table. I sparred with Bradley three times a week for four weeks. I felt good every single time I was in there with him. To be able to be in the same ring as an elite boxer like that, it was a huge confidence booster. I felt like he got better as the weeks went on, and so did I.

On the biggest takeaway from spending time with the Bradley camp...

Immediately after sparring sessions, we would go back and break down the video with the Bradley team. I would see my mistakes almost in real time. Overall, Bradley's a really cool guy. He treated us like we were part of the team and was very approachable.

On your opponent Jose de Jesus Macias ...

He's a tough guy that's never been knocked out before. Half his wins are by knockout so we know he can punch. He has a pretty good reach too.

On the overall strength of Friday's card...

When I saw the fight poster come out, I knew this was going to be an exciting card. Jose Roman, Carlos Carlson, Erick Ituarte, I have a lot of respect for these guys. You have a lot of different styles in exciting weight classes.

On staying busy in between fights...

When you're young, you always want to train, but as you get older you have to be smart about it. Learning how not to over train comes with experience. I'm learning every year how to take care of my body. Some weeks it's working on your technique. Other weeks I focus more on cardio. I try to stay in shape to the point where I'm ready to spar once a fight is announced.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

"Path to Glory" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with LATV Networks.

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DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT!

CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW YORK GOLDEN GLOVES

For the third consecutive year, DiBella Entertainment has secured the broadcast rights for the New York Daily News Golden Gloves. The Golden Gloves finals take place tonight and tomorrow at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. DiBella Entertainment's popular undefeated light heavyweight prospect Mike Lee will be a featured commentator analyzing the action on both nights.

A proud graduate of Notre Dame's esteemed Mendoza College of Business, the Chicago-native Lee has galvanized the enormous Fighting Irish alumni network and has been a popular draw throughout the country since turning pro in 2010. He also understands the value of an amateur pedigree, having won the Chicago Golden Gloves in 2009 after graduating college. Fans may recognize Lee from television as he became a national spokesman for Subway Restaurants in September 2011, and continues to be prominently featured in their nationally broadcast "Famous Fan" advertising campaigns.

Lee is familiar with Barclays Center as his last fight took place there on January 16, when he impressively stopped Joe Gardner inside three rounds to improve to 16-0 (10 KOs), as part of the Deontay Wilder-Artur Szpilka heavyweight championship undercard.

Stay tuned for an announcement on when the finals will air.

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TERRY MAUGHAN!

HOPES FOR A DOUBLE CELEBRATION
TERRY MAUGHAN

TERRY MAUGHAN is hoping for a double celebration when he takes on Pauly Upton for the vacant Irish super-welterweight title this Saturday night (April 23).

The Nottingham favourite gets his second crack at the Emerald Isle’s crown at Northampton’s historic The Deco, but he’ll have reason to cheer before the opening bell sounds as the fight falls on his birthday.

“This is like a world title shot to me and it’s come on the day I turn 31,” he said.

“I’ve already had one crack at it, but this time I intend on grabbing it with both hands. I’ve been gifted a second opportunity to win it and it means everything to me, especially as it’s my birthday.

“Of course it’s St George’s Day as well, but being from an Irish family I’m going to celebrate like it’s St Patrick’s Day because I missed the real day last month as I was in the gym training for this fight.”

By day Maughan works as a pharmacy dispenser, but come Saturday night he’ll be looking to hand out punishment rather than remedies.

“My job’s weird in that all day I give drugs to people with ailments and then at night I get in a ring and punch people,” he said.

“I’m confident that I can get my punches off on Upton but I’m not going to disrespect him and say I’ll do this and that because, at the end of the day, he’s in boxing with the same ambitions I’ve got.

“I haven’t seen any footage of him, but I read in an interview that he was an Irish champion as an amateur so he’s got the pedigree and obviously he’s trained by Ricky Hatton, a legend in boxing, so he must be decent.

“I know I’ll be up against it, but I intend to go in there and do the business. I’ve had a good camp and I’m ready.”

Upton v Maughan tops a quality bill also featuring former amateur stars Zach Parker and Reuben Arrowsmith.

Tickets are priced at £30, £35 and £40 and can be purchased from any fighter on the bill or by calling 07718 324102.

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MASON MENARD!

SERIOUS CONTENDER IN LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION
MASON MENARD

It's been three days since "the shot heard round the world," the one-punch knockout Louisiana lightweight Mason "Rock Hard Mighty" Menard scored over opponent Eudy Bernardo.

In what should have been a fight against his toughest opponent to date, Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) destroyed the Dominican Bernardo, dropping him in the second and finishing their nationally televised ShoBox: The New Generation co-main event with a single right hand at 2:11 of the third.

In what will certainly be a "Knockout of the Year" candidate, Menard's devastating right hand left the formerly undefeated Bernardo unconscious and announced the 27-year-old as an unexpected fighter to watch in the lightweight division.

"I train hard, diet right. I get good sparring. I do everything to the tee. I go to church on Sundays and the blessing come true for me," said a happy Menard, post-fight. "It felt great to be on the world stage and perform like that. With all my people back home watching and developing new fans out of the people watching everywhere, it's just a great feeling. I want to continue this."

At the time of the KO, Bernardo appeared to be seriously hurt and was taken from the ring on a stretcher. He has since recovered. "I knew in my mind it'd last about three rounds, but I didn't expect that shot to take him out," continued Menard. "It's a great feeling to get a victory, but I'd rather my opponent walk out of the ring. I saw he was seriously hurt and I got down on one knee and said a prayer for him."

For Menard's promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, the victory was not unexpected, despite Bernardo being favored going in, but is still a very pleasant developmen