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September, 2016

Joe Calzaghe!

Backs Cleverly To Dethrone World Champion Braehmer

Joe Calzaghe is backing his countryman Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) to dethrone WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

The legendary two-weight World Champion, who held WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO and Ring magazine titles during his undefeated forty-six-fight career, believes Cleverly ‘speed’ and ‘work rate’ will prove too much for the German veteran.

‘’This is a great opportunity for Nathan,’’ he said. ‘’Braehmer is a good boxer, but if Nathan fights an intelligent fight, and uses his hand speed and work rate, I definitely fancy him to win.

‘’If I was facing Braehmer, I would have done what I always did. I would have used my speed and my boxing ability, and I think I would have won comfortably.

‘’Nathan is a different kind of fighter, but if he plays to his strengths, I’m sure he can get the job done. He’s come back down to light heavyweight, he had a good fight against Fonfara, and now he’s ready to get back into the World title mix.

‘’He’s away, fighting in Germany, so he will need to start fast and dominate the rounds, as any 50-50 rounds will go to the home fighter, but I still fancy him to do it. We saw Enzo Maccarinelli giving Braehmer some trouble at home before his eye started to swell.’’

Calzaghe, who enjoyed some memorable nights overseas, most notably his 2008 Stateside victories over Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr, is also the last British boxer to have won a World title fight in Germany against German opposition.

In 2005, the ‘Italian Dragon’ defended his WBO World title against mandatory challenger Mario Veit at the Volkswagenhalle in Braunschweig.

‘’That’s another one for the record books,’’ he says. ‘’Hopefully Nathan can be the man to break that record and bring the World title home.

‘’It was a different type of fight for me. Mario Veit was my mandatory challenger. I had already knocked him out in the first round in Cardiff, and then he won about twelve on the bounce and got himself back into the mandatory position.

‘’I always knew I was going to knock him out again, and he went six-rounds the second time, but as I said it was a different situation for me. I came to Germany as the favourite, I dominated from the start and the crowd was pretty subdued. I expect that to be different for Nathan. He has to go over there and take the title from the Champion.’’

The WBA World Light Heavyweight contest between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly will be shown live on SAT.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Detroit Brawl!

Returns On November 12

On Saturday, November 12, once again at the iconic Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, Dmitriy Salita and Salita Promotions will host the latest installment of the "Detroit Brawl" series of shows.

Already a favorite with Motown's boxing fans, this Detroit Brawl will feature several series alums including James Gordon Smith, Jarico O'Quinn, Serdar Hudayberdiyev, Dorell Van Horn Jr., and Alexey Zubov.

Once again sponsored by 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.

26-year-old bantamweight James Gordon Smith (10-0, 6 KOs) of Detroit was last seen at a previous Detroit Brawl, on May 14 of this year, going to electrifying war against Mexico's tough Pablo Cupul. Smith won a unanimous six-round decision and the hearts of the fans with his thrilling back-and-forth victory.

21-year-old bantamweight Jarico O'Quinn (3-0, 2 KOs) of Detroit was last in the ring on August 6 in Temecula, California, winning a unanimous four-round decision over local product Johnathan Quiroz on CBS Sports Network.

29-year-old super welterweight Serdar Hudayberdiyev (3-0, 2 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York via Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan, was last seen on July 16 of this year at yet another Detroit Brawl, winning a four-round unanimous decision over formerly undefeated Steven Andrade.

28-year-old super middleweight Dorell Van Horn Jr. (9-1, 6 KOs) of Detroit will be looking to rebound from suffering his first career loss in August of this year. Fighting on the undercard of a Showtime-televised event, Van Horn dropped an action-packed four-round unanimous decision to New York veteran Henry Beckford at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, New York.

29-year-old cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (12-1, 7 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York via Magnitogorsk, Russia, last fought in August was well. Zubov won a unanimous six-round decision over Eric George at the same Showtime show at Rhino's Stadium.

"I am proud of The Detroit Brawl and the fighter development and action for the fans the series provides," said Dmitriy Salita. "We have several popular fighters returning from Detroit and around the world and they'll all be in tough fights to further their careers and keep the Detroit fans on the edge of their seats. I'm also proud to announce that this show, like all the Forgotten Harvest, one of the nation's largest food rescue organizations. The last show was able to donate over 3000 meals to worthy families."

More fights, opponents and rounds will be announced shortly. On fight night, doors open at 5:00 pm and the fights begin at 6:00 pm.

Salita Boxing Promotions

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Braehmer V Cleverly!

Tale Of The Tape
Braehmer V Cleverly

Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) defends his WBA World Light Heavyweight title against Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

Braehmer, who returns following a one-sided points victory over his domestic rival Eduard Gutknecht, will be aiming for a seventh successive defence of his WBA World title against Cleverly, the former WBO World Champion, who announced his return to the light heavyweight division with a 2015 ‘Fight of the Year’ contender versus Andrzej Fonfara.

With only days to go before their long awaited World Championship clash, we take a look at how the two fighters measure up with our Tale of the Tape.

The WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly will be shown live on Sat.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Briam Granado!

To Headline Historic New Bedford Boxing Card
Briam Granado

New Bedford, Massachusetts [September 29, 2016] - Briam “Bam Bam” Granado (1-1-1, 1 KO) has signed to appear in the main event of the professional boxing card at New Bedford High School on Saturday, November 12. It will be the first time since 1995 a professional boxing event has taken place in the Whaling City.

"I'm looking forward to fighting in my hometown of New Bedford for the first time as a professional," said Granado. "I know I'll have a lot of fan support and I cannot wait for the opportunity."

Granado, who won his pro debut last year via first round knockout at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, will compete in a bout scheduled for six rounds on November 12 against an opponent to be named in the very near future.

Granado is not only a resident of New Bedford but also a business owner in town. He is the proprietor of his own gym, All Out Fitness, located at 127 Rodney French Blvd.

As the patriarch of a young family and a small business owner, Granado knows just how important it is to bring back pro boxing to an old fight town like New Bedford. He has promised his many local fans a show that they will not soon forget.

"When there's a will, there's a way, and I'll show all my fans in town what I'm made of November 12th with a good performance."

Tickets for the November 12 All-Pro Boxing event at New Bedford High School are on sale now at www.BostonBoxingPromotions.com.

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Rashid Kassem!

Faces Toughest Career Test Against Murray
Rashid Kassem

Rashid 'The Dream' Kassem (11-0, 7 KOs) faces his toughest career test when he takes on Britain’s Joe Murray (17-2, 7 KOs) on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

Murray, the 29 year-old from Manchester, England, is a former amateur star who won a Bronze medal at the 2007 World Amateur Championships in Chicago and competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

As a professional, his only losses have come at the hands of the undefeated Liam Walsh, whose twin brother Ryan meets Dennis Ceylan for the European Featherweight title on the same night.

Kassem, who is undefeated in his eleven professional contests, believes he is ready for the step up in class, and is eager to prove his potential.

‘’I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring,’’ said the 25 year-old, who returns following a unanimous points victory over Vincenzo Finiello in March.

‘’I want to push myself and prove I can be the best, and this fight with Murray, will be a big step forward for me. It will definitely be my toughest fight, but I know where I stand and I know what I can do, and I believe it will be his toughest fight too.

‘’He may call himself the ‘Genius’, but I’m sure that I’m the smarter boxer. He has a good record list and a good amateur career, but to me, he’s just another opponent who will give me the opportunity to prove how good I am!’’

‘’This is going to be a big step up for Rashid,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland.

‘’Murray has an impressive amateur pedigree, and was considered one of Britain’s brightest boxing prospects. Things haven’t all gone his way in the pro ranks, with the losses to Liam Walsh, but he still a very dangerous fighter. This is going to be a make or break fight for Rashid, and a chance for him to show what he can really do!’’

Kassem meets Murray in a ten-round lightweight contest on the undercard of Dennis Ceylan’s European Featherweight title fight against British Champion Ryan Walsh, which will also feature rising Danish stars Abdul Khattab, Dina Thorslund and professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen.

Tickets are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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OWEN JOBBURN!

SERVING IN IRAQ WAS EASY COMPARED TO BOXING
Hatton

War veteran Owen Jobburn insists serving his country in Iraq was nothing compared to his training camp for his professional boxing debut.

The former soldier spent five years in the army before leaving to pursue his boxing ambitions.

After resuming his amateur career and briefly joining the unlicensed ranks, Jobburn decided to give it a proper go in January and makes his professional bow on Hatton Boxing's October 1 'The Beginning' show at Stoke's Fenton Manor.

"I boxed in the amateurs as a kid before moving to Spain with my parents at 15," the Stoke native told uko-boxing.com.

"I struggled to get work over there because of the language barrier so I decided to join the army. Unfortunately, my regiment didn't have a boxing team, though.

"When I came out of the army after five years and a 2008 tour of Iraq I started boxing amateur again but kept getting let down by fight cancellations. So I did some unlicensed stuff until I met Lindon Newbon, who suggested I move away from that and turn professional."

Jobburn, who plans to compete at super-welterweight, added: "I've been training to turn pro since January and the difference is absolutely massive. It's the hardest training I've ever done in my life - including the army. It's ridiculous. I'm the fittest I've ever been."

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Braehmer V Cleverly!

Final Press Conference Quotes
Braehmer V Cleverly

The wait is almost over! Five years after their first scheduled contest Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) will finally meet in a World title fight on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg.

WBA World Champion Braehmer returns to happy hunting ground as he looks to secure his seventh successive title defence by defeating his long-standing rival.

The German veteran captured the WBA strap against Marcus Oliveira at the Jahnsportforum in 2013, and successfully defended the belt with a shutout points victory over domestic rival Eduard Gutknecht in March this year.

‘’This is a special fight for me,’’ said Braehmer at today’s final press conference. ‘’It’s a fight I’ve wanted for a long time, and a fight the fans are excited to see. I will enter the ring, as I always do, with just one goal in my mind - to win, no matter what, and with the support of crowd in Neubrandenburg, I know I will.’’

The challenger, Cleverly, believes timing is on his side, as the former WBO Champion aims to wrestle the belt from the 37 year-old Braehmer, and begin his second World title reign.

‘’It’s great that this fight is finally happening,’’ said Cleverly. ‘’It’s been five years in the making, and finally Braehmer is stepping up to the plate.

‘’It’s a going to be a difficult fight for me, but it has come at the wrong time for him. He’s 37 years old and reaching the end of his career, and I’m 29 and just hitting my peak. Juergen is a great fighter, but he’s not ready for what I’m bringing. I want this too much and I will be bringing the belt home with me.’’

Promoter Kalle Sauerland says he is looking forward to this long-awaited World title clash, but does not expect age to be an issue for the evergreen Champion.

‘’This is a great showcase for boxing,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’We have two of the best boxers in the light heavyweight division going head-to-head in a fascinating World title fight. Nathan may be the younger man, but I believe Juergen has only got better with age, and on Saturday night, he will prove he is the better boxer.’’

While Cleverly’s promoter Eddie Hearn said he is eager to settle the score with Sauerland, and believes the challenger’s desire could be the deciding factor.

‘’Nathan is desperate to regain his World title and that makes him a dangerous man,’’ said Hearn. ‘’He’s willing to go that extra mile and that will test Braehmer’s hunger. I’ve done the calculations and Kalle is currently 3-2 up when it comes to matching our fighters, and that makes Nathan the equaliser.’’

The WBA World Light Heavyweight contest between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly will be shown live on SAT.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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CHRIS ADAWAY!

I CAN WEAR McLAREN DOWN
CHRIS ADAWAY

CHRIS ADAWAY is hoping to capture a British Challenge belt for the second time after winning the title in September last year.

The Super Lightweight previously secured the belt at Lightweight when he got the better of Andy Harris on points. The Plymouth pugilist is confident of defeating Kieron McLaren on Hatton Boxing’s ‘The Beginning’ show when the pair lock horns at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke this weekend.

“I think he is a classy boxer but I don’t think he carries much power. I think if it all goes to plan I can wear him down and go for the stoppage late on. I am expecting the win and I always turn up thinking will get a win and nothing less,” Adaway said.

“I am massively motivated to get the belt. I have won the challenge belt before and I was the first person to contest for one so it would be great to win again. Fingers crossed I can be the first person to win one at different weights.”

The 23-year-olds career so far has been littered with defeats but Adaway believes he is in much better shape after moving up a weight division.

“I have developed massively. I was fighting at the wrong weight before and I was killing myself to make the weight and now I have found my natural weight. I am hitting a lot harder and I can fight inside now too so I feel I have progressed massively,” he said.

“Preparation has gone really well. I have stepped up training and I have been working very hard these last few weeks. I have got some good sparring in and on Wednesday I am sparring Southern Area Champion Jamie Speight. So everything is going well and I am looking forward to getting in the ring now.”

The fight in Stoke will be in the home-town of McLaren but Adaway feels he can use that to his advantage and he is fully focused on getting his hand raised.

“I really enjoy going into other fighters’ back yards. There is no pressure on me at all. All the pressure is on him. I go there expected to lose so when I get the win it will be all the more satisfying.”

Adaway will make a return to Plymouth when he fights at the Guildhall at the end of October and he is hoping to build on the positive result he got there last time out against Matt Seawright in July.

“I can’t wait to get back fighting in Plymouth. I am absolutely buzzing for it and the sport is on a real high there at the minute so I will love it. It meant the world to me to get the win because before that the last time I was there I got knocked out quite heavily in the last round.

“It was a fight that I could have been winning on points too so it shattered my confidence a bit and I needed that win to show people what I am about. I am there to win and not just make up the numbers and I think I showed that in my last fight there. It doesn’t matter where I am I will always turn up for the win but being in Plymouth gives me that extra push.”

‘The Beginning’ is the first in number of upcoming shows to be hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by the two-weight world champion; Hatton Boxing also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

The card is headlined by Nathan Gorman’s Central Area heavyweight title clash with David Howe and also features welterweights Craig Morris and Nathan McIntosh clash for the Midlands Area crown.

Also featured are Hatton Promotions’ welterweight prospect Sam ‘Taffy’ Evans, popular Irishman Chris Blaney, Stafford stalwart Rob Hunt, Ruskington’s Dan Cooper and hometown debutant Owen Jobburn.

Tickets to are priced at £30 for general admission and £60 for ringside and can be purchased at Hattonboxing.comhorizon."

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Antonio Nieves!

Signs With Salita Promotions
Antonio Nieves

Promoter Dmitriy Salita proudly announces the signing of top bantamweight contender and hometown favorite, Antonio "Carita" Nieves, of Cleveland to a promotional contract.

Rated WBO #5 and the current WBO NABO Bantamweight Champion, Nieves (16-0-2, 8 KOs) has already appeared on Showtime and BET and is eager to follow in the footsteps of NBA Champ Cleveland Cavaliers and win a world championship.

"It feels good having a promoter who has been in the fight game and knows what's best to get me where I need to be," said Nieves. "I feel that we can work together to get me quickly to my dream of fighting for a world title."

29-year-old Nieves, who lives in Cleveland, is a banker for the PNC Bank in Cleveland, Ohio. As an amateur, Nieves was the 2011 National Golden Gloves Runner-Up and the 2011 US Nationals Bronze Medalist, as well as a five-time Cleveland Metro Golden Gloves Champion.

He connected with Salita through his manager, David McWater.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Salita Promotions. It's a great match for Team Nieves," said McWater. "Nobody works harder than Antonio Nieves, so we were looking for a promoter with the same kind of drive and determination. We've found that with Dmitry Salita! The same qualities that made him a champion in the ring make him an outstanding no-nonsense promoter."

Salita says Nieves is close to a world-title shot and to his ultimate dream.

"I would love to do a big televised fight between (fellow Ohio resident) WBA Super World Bantamweight Champion Rau'shee Warren and Antonio in Cleveland," said Salita. "Antonio and Rasheed are a natural cross-state world title rivalry. I'm happy to be working with such an honest and hard-working fighter like Antonio and his team. I see big fights on his near horizon."

Salita Boxing Promotions

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Dennis Ceylan!

Goes Behind Enemy Lines For Toughest Training Camp
Dennis Ceylan

Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) has gone behind enemy lines to prepare for his European Featherweight title fight with Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

The Danish fighter is undergoing an intensive training camp at London’s Stonebridge Boxing Club, where he has set up camp prior to his clash with the current British Champion.

Located in one of the capital’s toughest housing estates, Stonebridge Boxing Club is an active fighter against gun and knife crime, and with the support of Team Sauerland, has been working tirelessly to keep vulnerable youths of the streets.

IBF World Super Middleweight Champion James DeGale regularly uses the club’s facilities, as did Danish boxing icon Mikkel Kessler prior to his second showdown with Carl Froch.

Here, Ceylan, void of distractions, can focus on nothing other than boxing, and gain vital sparring with some of Britain’s top featherweight talents.

‘’This has definitely been the toughest training camp of my career,’’ said Ceylan. ‘’It will make sure I’m in the best possible shape for my European title fight.

‘’It’s a great gym and has everything you need to prepare for a big fight like mine. I’ve also been able to get some World class sparring, which is not possible at home. British boxers are some of the toughest and most enduring fighters around, and we’ve been selecting sparring partners to emulate Walsh’s style.

‘’I don’t want to give too much away in terms of our tactics, but I can tell you that we have a plan, and we know what it takes to win!’’

Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight with Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. Star talents Abdul Khattab and Rashid Kassem are back in action, while Dina Thorslund faces Oksana Romanova, and professional debutant Mikkel Mielsen meets Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Yordenis Ugas!

Stops Bryant Perrella In Four
Yordenis Ugas

Cuba's Yordenis Ugas (17-3, 8 KOs) defeated his second straight unbeaten welterweight Tuesday night as he stopped Bryant Perrella (14-1, 13 KOs) in the fourth round on Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportesin the main event from Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Ugas defeated previously unbeaten Jamal James in August and dedicated this fight to his friend and fellow Cuban, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who tragically passed away Sunday morning in Miami. Ugas was spectacular from the outset as his first overhand right of the night connected with Perrella and sent him to the canvas.

"The right hand was there early and all night long," said Ugas. "I was able to land it from the beginning. Then I went to the body. Before I left my corner to start the fight, I said a prayer for Jose, and for sure that was my motivation. I felt his spirit throughout the fight."

The taller Perrella attempted to control the fight with his jab and looked to land big left hands from the southpaw stance. Ugas was patient throughout the fight and kept his defense tight, never allowing Perrella to break through.

At the end of the third round Ugas landed another big right hand that pushed Perrella into the ropes and forced him into survival mode until the round ended. Perrella tried to get his attack going in the fourth round but Ugas was patiently waiting to deliver powerful counters with the right hand.

Another punishing right hand in the middle of the round sent Perrella hard to the mat and clearly dazed when he rose to his feet. Ugas sensed his moment and attacked Perrella, eventually stalking him into the corner. A final flurry from Ugas forced referee Rocky Burke to halt the bout 2:20 into the round.

"This shows that I've put all my losses behind me," said Ugas. "It doesn't matter who I fight next. I'm ready for anyone in the division."

The co-main event saw Ryan "Cowboy" Karl (13-0, 9 KOs) earn a stoppage victory over Jose Quezada (11-1, 6 KOs) after four rounds of action in the super lightweight showdown. The fight was stopped by the ringside doctor after the end of the fourth round.

Karl established his power advantage early on as the two fighters went toe-to-toe but it was Karl who knocked Quezada to the canvas with a stunning right uppercut and a straight right hand that sent his opponent tumbling to the canvas.

Quezada looked to box against Karl and had his best moments in the third round when he began to land his left hook and throw more combinations. Despite taking a few good shots, Karl came out determined in round four and began landing his right hand at will.

The last minute of the round saw the Houston-based fighter landed a series of right hands that eventually began to swell the left eye of Quezada and sent him to the floor for the second time in the fight as the round ended. Quezada was able to get to his feet and return to his corner, but the ringside doctor had seen enough and called a halt to the bout.

The opening televised bout saw Phoenix's Cesar Alan Valenzuela (13-4-1, 4 KOs) earn a split decision over previously once-beaten Dennis Galarza (13-2, 8 KOs) in their eight round super featherweight attraction.

From the opening bell both men were determined to establish their offense and they both had bright moments in the round. Galarza landed several right hands early but as the fight wore on, Valenzuela got into his offense and was able to keep Galarza going backwards.

Valenzuela also appeared to be the fresher fighter in the later rounds and he ended the bout with a 398-345 advantage in punches thrown and 136-93 in punches landed.

Valenzuela's strongest round came in the final frame when he stunned Galarza with just over a minute left in the round, forcing his opponent to hold on to survive the eight-rounder. The final judges scores were 77-75 for Galarza and 77-75 twice for Valenzuela.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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MIKE LEE V CHRIS TRAIETTI!

HEADLINES IBF-USBA LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE CLASH

Undefeated Middleweight Prospect ALANTEZ "SLYAZA" FOX, (20-0-1, 9 KO's) will face hard-hitting Colombian RONALD "SALVAJE" MONTES,(17-3-0, 15 KO's) in the eight-round co-main event at "FORUM FIGHTS 1" on Friday, September 30, at the UIC FORUM in Downtown Chicago and telecast LIVE nationally on CBS Sports Network (9:00 p.m. ET).

"FORUM FIGHTS 1" is headlined by Chicago's Undefeated Light Heavyweight MIKE LEE,(17-0-0, 10KO's) making his triumphant return to his hometown against CHRIS TRAIETTI(21-3-0, 17KO's), of Boston, Mass., for the IBF-USBA Light Heavyweight Title in the 10-round main event.

Presented by Round 3 Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment and Hitz Boxing, advance tickets for "FORUM FIGHTS 1", priced at $100, $50 and $30, are now on sale through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, phone 1-800-745-3000) and the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5700). The UIC FORUM is located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road at Halsted St., adjacent to the Dan Ryan Expressway. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. CT, with the first bell at 7:00 p.m. CT.

"We're thrilled to add this action-packed co-main event featuring one of the premier middleweight prospects in the world, Alantez Fox, against Colombian banger Ronald Montes," said Frank Mugnolo, of Chicago's Round 3 Productions. "It's the perfect compliment to the return of Mike Lee in the light heavyweight title fight against Chris Traietti, as we provide a full evening of world class boxing to the great boxing fans in Chicago."

"Alantez Fox is a tall, strong undefeated middleweight with a lot of potential," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "I am happy to get him back in the ring, especially in a great fighting city like Chicago and in front of a nationwide audience on CBS Sports Net. Montes is a tough fighter with power, so I expect bombs-away action."

Fox will be making the third start of his 2016 campaign, stopping Paul Valenzuela Jr. in the fifth round on July 21 in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Fox, a 24-year-old former amateur standout, is currently riding a six-bout stoppage streak having kicked off this year's campaign with a fourth-round stoppage of former middleweight contender Milton Nunez on May 8, 2016, in Lakeland, Florida.

Fighting out of the boxing hotbed of Barranquilla, Colombia, Montes is returning to battle following a fourth-round knockout of Edinson Jimenez on June 16, 2016, in his hometown.

This will be Montes' second fight in the United States. Fighting in Winter Park, Florida, on September 18, 2015, Montes drilled Wilky Campfort to the canvas in the opening stanza before being stopped by the once-beaten contender in the second round of a memorable battle.

Further details on the exciting undercard will be announced shortly.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Erik Ruiz Replaces Emmanuel Quartey!

Knockout Night At The D Main Event

Veteran super bantamweight Erik Ruiz has replaced Ghanaian boxer Emmanuel Quartey, who was unable to secure a visa to enter the United States, in this Friday night's 10-round main event versus Hanzel "Rude Boy" Martinez, headlining a strong "Knockout Night at the D" card, for the vacant World Boxing Association International super bantamweight title.

Airing live (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network and internationally via ESPN (digital delay check local listings), "Knockout Night at the D" will be held outdoors under the neon lights at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.

Hall of Fame announcers Jim "J.R." Ross and Al Bernstein will call all of the action from ringside with Sean Wheelock handling fighter interviews on CBS Sports Network and in English for ESPN internationally.

Martinez (23-2, 19 KOs), a former WBC United States bantamweight champion, fights out of Tijuana, Mexico. Ruiz (15-5-1, 6 KOs) is coming off an impressive 10-round draw with 30-1 Horacio Garcia this past May in as Vegas. He has a notable win over previously unbeaten (11-0-2) Roy Tapia also extended top prospects such as Jessie Magdaleno, Alexis Santiago and Manuel Avila the distance.

"We knew there were some issues with Quartey's visa situation," promoter Keith Veltre said, "so we had Erik Ruiz on hold. It's unfortunate but things like this happen in boxing and we're fortunate to have such a quality opponent like Erik as a late replacement. In fact, he's fought much tougher opponents than Quartey. Hanzel has 18 knockouts in his 23 wins, but Ruiz has never been stopped as a professional. We're confident that the main event will be equally competitive and that fans will enjoy another great night of 'Knockout Night at the D" boxing."

In the 10-round co-feature event, Tony Lopez, Jr. (11-1, 4 KOs) takes on Stephon "Showstopper" Young (14-0-3, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBA North American Boxing Association (NABA) bantamweight title.

In the third title fight of the night, undefeated WBA-NABA USA super welterweight champion John "The Phenom" Vera (14-0, 9 KOs) makes his second title defense against Milorad "Micko" Zizic (12-1, 6 KOs) in an 8-round bout opening the televised segment of the card.

Also fighting on the undercard in 4-round bouts are Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (5-0, 2 KOs) vs. Marquis Hawthorn (4-4, 1 KO), Las Vegas' 18-year-old bantamweight Max "Baby Face" Ornelas (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Mulapi "The African Mexican" Enjani (2-2-2, 1 KO), Las Vegas junior lightweight Sal Lopez (3-0) vs. Kenneth Taylor (2-0, 2 KOs), and Las Vegas junior lightweight Randy Moreno (4-0, 3 KOs) vs. Fabian Alaniz (1-0, 0 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 the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and Neon Star Media.

This "Knockout Night at the D" event licensed to ESPN will be available to watch in 61 additional countries and territories in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico & Brazil) Caribbean, Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands), United Kingdom, Canada and India.

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Ashley Theophane!

Returns To The Ring October 8th In Las Vegas
Ashley Theophane

Former title challenger Ashley "Treasure" Theophane (39-7-1, 11 KO's) looks to redeem himself after a tough loss back in April as he headlines the main event of Mayweather Promotions Sin City Showdown, Saturday, October 8th from Sam's Town Live in Las Vegas.

"I have been in the gym training harder than ever and mentally preparing after coming up short against Adrien Broner earlier this year," said Theophane. "I'm excited to get back in the ring on October 8 and be the first to headline the monthly fight series at Sam's Town that Mayweather Promotions has put together. I will not disappoint. This is for my fans right here in Las Vegas to witness live, and my supporters worldwide. You can expect a great performance come fight night!"

The co-main will feature a battle for the NABF Super Middleweight Title featuring Mayweather Promotions' own Ronald "The Thrill" Gavril (16-1, 12 KO's). Also featured on October 8 are Mayweather Promotions' rising stars including undefeated super lightweight Sanjarbek "War" Rakhmanov (5-0-1, 3 KO's), Ladarius "Memphis" Miller (11-1, 2 KO's), who comes off of a win on Sept. 16th, and new members to the stable, Josue Vargas (6-0, 4 KO's), Xavier Martinez (6-0, 4 KO's), and Daniel Gonzalez (12-0, 5 KO's) all in separate bouts!

"It feels good to be back at Sam's Town. I like fighting in front of a full house and having an intimate feel. You don't always get that on the big shows when you have to go so early in the day before fans arrive," said Gavril.

"Last time I fought at this venue I was successful in beating my opponent and I got my fifth consecutive win. I feel confident that I am going to come out victorious again on October 8! I have been training hard and my only goal is to come home as the new NABF Super Middleweight champion. It is an honor to be the co-main on this card, and this is only the beginning of what I want to give back to my fans and the sport of boxing."

A night full of great boxing will take place under the Mayweather Promotions banner in Las Vegas. These fights will introduce a monthly fight series that will take place each month right here in Las Vegas at Sam's Town Live. Tickets start at $15 and are available online at: www.samstownlv.com/entertain and on www.mayweatherpromotions.com.

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Erik Skoglund!

WBA Title Fight Rescheduled For December 9
Erik Skoglund

Erik Skoglund’s (25-0, 11 KOs) WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) will now take place on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.

‘’We’re delighted to have a new date in place,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’The application has already been submitted with the Swedish Martial Arts Delegation, and we can now look forward to another great night of boxing on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.’’

Skoglund, who is back in action following a bloody brawl with Ryno Liebenberg on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm, is relishing a return to his hometown arena, which last year, played host to his historic IBF Intercontinental title fight against Oleksandr Cherviak, and a shut-out points win over Derek Edwards.

‘’I’m very happy to have a new date set,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’This is a really important fight for me against a tough opponent. I’ve been in training since my fight with Liebenberg and I feel in great shape. The extra time will only make me stronger, and I will be better than ever on December 9.

‘’It’s always a special feeling to fight at home, and I’m looking forward to bringing boxing back to Nyköping. It means everything to have so many people supporting me, and I promise to repay their support with another great victory!’’

The ‘Swedish Sensation’ will face a tough task against the ‘Albanian Bomber’ Shala, who says he is coming to Sweden to win, and will be bringing his own passionate fans to rival Skoglund’s home support.

‘’Skoglund is a good boxer, but I know I can beat him,’’ says Shala. ‘’He should prepare for a fighter who is willing to do everything to win. I’ve been training hard and I will not lose this fight! Albanian people are crazy boxing fans, and there will be lots of people coming to support me and making lots of noise.’’

Tickets for Erik Skoglund’s WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight against Timy Shala are available online via www.biljettforum.se or by calling 0771-130 150.

Tickets purchased for the postponed October 28 event will remain valid for the rescheduled date. Alternatively customers can contact Biljettforum before October 31 to receive a full refund.

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

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Craig Morris!

Ready To Roll The Dice
Craig Morris

EXCITING Ludlow welterweight Craig Morris is ready to 'roll the dice' and step up to title level in only his seventh professional fight.

The 24-year-old will put his 6-0 record on the line against fellow unbeaten prospect Nathan McIntosh when they clash for the vacant Midlands Area Welterweight title in Stoke on October 1.

Morris knows it is rare for two up-and-comers to gamble their unbeaten record but sees no point in being over-cautious.

Ahead of the fight on Hatton Boxing's 'The Beginning' show at Fenton Manor, Morris told uko-boxing.com: "It's a good title to be fighting for in my seventh professional bout.

"I've told my team I didn’t want be 12 fights into my career having just fought journeymen and getting nowhere. I've got to step up at some point so it might as well be sooner rather than later.

"I'm where I want to be at this stage of my career. To be honest, I didn't think I'd get the shot at this point but the title was vacant so my team put me forward for it.

"I've never understood the obsession with protecting the 'zero' in the losses column. If you want to get somewhere, you've got to step up and take the risk.

"This is a risk for both me and McIntosh. I'm not oblivious to the fact he's 10-0 and a decent lad. We both know we're up against it.

"Taking it in my seventh pro fight shows I'm not just in it to hang around. If you get an opportunity, you've got to roll the dice."

The southpaw has been pleased with his camp in the build-up to the fight, which is topped by another Area Title challenge as Nantwich's Nathan Gorman challenges Sheffield's David Howe for the Central Area Heavyweight crown.

"Training's gone well and it's just about fine-tuning now, really," he said.

"I owe a lot to my team and my sponsors. I've been able to dedicate myself to training because support from people like Mapei, Flowfit, Morris Autos, WM Stewardson, and Shropshire Gas means I can take a bit of time off work to knuckle down and prepare properly.

"It's a great card to be a part of. I can't wait to fight on a Ricky Hatton promotion and show people what I'm about."

‘The Beginning’ is the first in number of upcoming shows to be hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by the two-weight world champion; Hatton Boxing also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

The card is headlined by Nathan Gorman’s Central Area title clash with David Howe, while Stoke’s own Kieron McLaren locks horns with Chris Adaway in a British Challenge title encounter.

Also featured are Hatton Promotions’ welterweight prospect Sam ‘Taffy’ Evans, Stafford stalwart Rob Hunt, Ruskington’s Dan Cooper and hometown debutant Owen Jobburn.

Tickets to are priced at £30 for general admission and £60 for ringside and can be purchased at Hattonboxing.com

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RYAN RHODES!

FACING HATTON WILL BE WEIRD
RYAN RHODES

RYAN RHODES admits it will be somewhat surreal to see his former promoter in the corner opposite him this Saturday night (October 1).

Rhodes pits his giant heavyweight David Howe against Ricky Hatton prospect Nathan Gorman for the vacant Central Area title at the Fenton Manor in Stoke.

It’s an odd scenario for the Sheffield man as Hatton guided the last two years of his career, a period that included two European title fights and a shot at then-WBC super-welterweight kingpin Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

“It might be a little bit weird seeing Ricky in the other corner,” Rhodes said. “He promoted me and got some really good fights so going against him does feel a bit strange.

“It’s not the first time we’ve come up against each other, though. He was in Sergey Rabchenko’s corner when I fought him. It wasn’t my night then, but hopefully things will go my way this time.

“Whatever the result, we’ll still be pals. This fight is purely business and we’ve both got a job to do. Afterwards we’ll shake hands."

Rhodes has been training Howe for the past three months and believes he has seen enough from the Steel City giant to suggest he can pull off an upset.

“I’m looking forward to working with Dave for the first time because he has everything you need as a heavyweight. He’s six foot eight, 18st and he can punch.

“He’s looking good, he’s very fit and the guys he’s been sparring with have been really pushing him. He’s as ready as ever.”

Rhodes added: “Nathan Gorman is a good fighter. I had Kash Ali sparring him a few months ago so I’ve seen him up close and he’s a fighter I rate. However, Dave Howe is Nathan’s best opponent so it’ll be a good fight and hopefully we’ve got the method and the technique to beat him.”

‘The Beginning’ is the first in number of upcoming shows to be hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by the two-weight world champion; Hatton Boxing also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

The card also features two further title tussles as unbeaten welterweights Craig Morris and Nathan McIntosh clash for the Midlands Area crown, while Stoke’s own Kieron McLaren locks horns with Chris Adaway in a British Challenge title encounter.

Also featured are Hatton Promotions’ welterweight prospect Sam ‘Taffy’ Evans, Stafford stalwart Rob Hunt, Ruskington’s Dan Cooper and hometown debutant Owen Jobburn.

Tickets to are priced at £30 for general admission and £60 for ringside and can be purchased at Hattonboxing.com

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BATTLE BORN BOXING!

RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER

The fifth edition of "Battle Born Boxing" returns this Thursday night (Sept. 29), 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 V" 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 throughout 2016 on CBS Sports Network, live from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising V" tickets, priced at $15.00 for ringside (rows 1 and 2) and $10.00 for general admission, are on sale at www.DLVEC.com. All tickets purchased for "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising V" will entitle ticketholders to receive $10.00 off any tickets purchased for the following evening's (Sept. 30) "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.

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KELLY SWANSON!

INDUCTED INTO BUFFALO'S RING 44 BOXING HALL OF FAME
KELLY SWANSON

The Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association inducted Swanson Communications President Kelly Swanson into the Ring 44 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame on Friday, September 23 as part of its 20th class.

Swanson, along with five other new inductees, including Dave Moretti, Billy Tompkins, Dummy Burns, Stan Myka and Pete Tamalonis were honored at the organization's annual dinner and awards ceremony at Ilio Dipaolo Restaurant in Blasdell, NY

"It is such an honor to be recognized by my hometown for my work in boxing over the last 20 years," said Swanson, a North Buffalo-native who has worked in boxing for over two decades, representing some of the sport's biggest names including Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins and Riddick Bowe. "I am proud to be from the Queen City and thrilled to join an incredible class of inductees.

"Boxing is a sport of opportunity and it has opened so many doors for me. I have been privileged to with some of the best fighters and work on some of the biggest events the sport has witnessed over the course of these 20 years. I don't remember a time when I didn't love boxing and I look forward to continuing to publicize and promote fighters and events for many years to come."

"Congratulations to Kelly for her honor," said Mayweather. "We've been together for a long time, more than 10 years, and I am happy she is being recognized for all of her great work."

"There's no woman in this game that has accomplished as much as Kelly," said Hopkins. "She's the top as far as publicists go and everyone knows it. I've been with her for 10 plus years and she always did her best and took her job seriously. She has no problem telling any fighter - from a prospect to a champion - how she feels and what she believes will make them succeed. This honor is well deserved."

Swanson not only works in boxing, but stays involved in the sport in her off time as well. She works out at the famed Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, blocks from her New York City office. She is also a board member for the gym's "Give a Kid a Dream" program, which offers children from disadvantaged backgrounds a place to develop themselves physically and mentally through boxing.

"I have worked for Kelly for over eight years and I'm still learning," said Lisa Milner Goldberg, Vice President of Swanson Communications. "I constantly find myself in awe of the ideas she dreams up, her creativity and her loyalty to her clients. She is very deserving of this recognition, especially because she is so proud of her hometown."

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Nathan Cleverly!

This Is My Destiny
Nathan Cleverly

Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) believes it is his ‘destiny’ to beat Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and be crowned WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

Cleverly was scheduled to meet Braehmer for the WBO title in 2011, but with only days to go before the Welshman’s first World title challenge, Braehmer withdrew, leaving Cleverly to fight Aleksy Kuziemski for the vacant belt.

‘’I was in the car on my way to London when I got the call saying Braehmer hadn’t arrived and the fight was off,’’ recalls Cleverly. ‘’It was a crazy situation, and the scramble was on to find a replacement opponent in just two days.’’

Cleverly would defeat Kuziemski and go on to defend the WBO World title on four occasions before dropping the belt to Russian powerhouse Sergey Kovalev, but despite achieving his ultimate ambition that night at The O2 in London, the 29 year-old admits that Braehmer’s withdrawal amounted to a bittersweet victory.

‘’It did take the shine off my World title win,’’ he said. ‘’I wanted to rip that title off Braehmer. He was the World Champion and I wanted to win the belt from him. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way, and although ultimately, I achieved my dream of becoming World Champion, it was a bit unsatisfactory.’’

Five years on, Cleverly will finally get his chance to meet Braehmer for the World title, in a fight the boxer from Caerphilly believes he is destined to win.

‘’This fight has been five years in the making, and with everything that has happened, I just feel it’s my destiny now,’’ he says.

‘’Braehmer has had a great career, and I respect him for that, but there comes a time when the older Champion has to move aside and make way for the younger lion to come through. I was confident of beating him five years ago, but I feel even more confident now. It’s my time, and that belt is mine for the taking.’’

If Cleverly can overcome his long-standing rival, he will become a two-time World Champion, a feat he hopes will kick-start a successful second phase of his career.

‘’It’s all about getting that belt and becoming a two-time World Champion,’’ he says. ‘’That’s all I care about. It’s an opportunity for me to live that dream again. I did it once as 24 year-old, and here I am as a 29 year-old ready to relive it.

‘’I just want the opportunity to get my hands on that belt and to fulfil my ultimate potential. I don’t feel we’ve seen the best of what I can offer, and getting my hands on that belt will allow me to showcase what I can really do, and make this second phase of my career the best yet.’’

Tickets for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship contest between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly are available online via www.tickethall.de and www.eventim.de or by calling +49 (0)1806-570044.

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Dina Thorslund!

I've Trained To Go 10 Hard Rounds
Dina Thorslund

Rising Danish star Dina Thorslund (6-0, 4 KOs) will face Oksana Romanova (9-17-1, 2 KOs) on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

"My form is really good and I'm looking forward to returning to the ring," said Thorslund ahead of her super bantamweight contest.

‘’I have a lot of respect for my opponent, but it is also a fight I believe I should win. I will go out offensively, like I usually do, but I'm not necessarily looking for the knockout from the very first second.’’

The Struer-fighter, whose last outing in March ended with a first-minute knockout of her Georgian opponent Sopio Putkaradze, says she is prepared to go the distance in what will be her first ten-round fight.

‘’Oksana has a lot of experience and has only ever been stopped once,’’ she says. ‘’This might be my first time fighting more than six rounds, but I’ve trained to go ten hard rounds.

‘’Of course, it would look good to knock out an opponent who has only been stopped once, but I wouldn't mind getting some rounds under my belt before I end the fight.’’

The 22-year-old will fight on the undercard of Dennis Ceylan's European Featherweight title clash with British champion Ryan Walsh, alongside Danish talents Abdul Khattab, Rashid Kassem and professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night at the Arena Nord on October 15 are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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Juan Manuel López!

Plans To KO Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr
Juan Manuel López

Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel "JuanMa" López plans to knockout bitter arch-rival Wilfredo"Papito" Vázquez, Jr., also a past world titlist, in their 12-round Special Attraction showdown Saturday, October 8, airing live on pay per view from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Guerra En El Clemente: Vázquez Jr. v. López, presented by Black Tiger Promotions, will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media live, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, in the United States and Puerto Rico on both cable and satellite pay per view on iN Demand, DISH, DIRECTV and Vubiquity. The event will also be available to watch across Canada on Fight Network, as well as via Fite TV app for iOS and Android devices or watch on the www.Fite.TV website. Suggested retail price is $29.95.

The Vázquez, Jr. vs. López main event is presented in association with Matias Entertainment and sponsored by Best Alarms and Municipio de San Juan.

The 33-year-old López (34-5, 31 KOs), fighting out of Caguas, Puerto Rico, is a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight and featherweight world champion. From 2008 to 2010, "Juanma" was one of the top pound-4-pound fighters in the world, but he hasn't fought in two years heading into his much anticipated confrontation with his fellow countryman Vázquez, Jr.

"I still think I have a lot left in the tank," López confidently said from his Puerto Rican training camp. "This is the first fight of my career that I feel I owe to fans because of the history behind it. I don't think there will be any rust because I have been training for many, months and I have been inside the gym working hard. Maybe the agility I had four or five years ago isn't quite the same, true, but at the same time I am more mature and much more calm and more intelligent in the ring. I definitely feel that I am a better fighter than ever before."

Vázquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs), the son of the great three-time division world champion Wilfredo Vázquez, fights out of Bayamón whose best known boxing son is late Hall of Famer Héctor "Macho" Camacho. Vázquez became the vacant WBO super bantamweight world champion in 2010, knocking out previously unbeaten Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1) in the fourth round.

"I think my opponent is a very persistent fighter and a person who will do anything to meet his goals, even though that will make him behave improperly," López added. "I think it will be a very aggressive fight, more of a brawl, and I'm sure the night of the fight I will be the stronger fighter. I will dominate him, round by round, and the first moment I have an opportunity to go for the kill, I will pressure him and won't stop until I get a knockout."

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Javier Fortuna!

KO's Marlyn Cabrera
Javier Fortuna

On Saturday night in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Sambil Commercial Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, former world super featherweight champion Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna returned to action with an impressive two-round blowout of fellow Dominican Marlyn Cabrera.

In his first fight since a surprise defeat last June to Jason Sosa that cost him his WBA World Super Featherweight Championship, Fortuna (30-1-1, 22 KOs) dropped Cabrera twice in the second round, eliciting the stoppage. It was Cabrera's first loss as a professional.

Fortuna's victory was one of three Sampson Boxing fighters to win Saturday night.

Undefeated 21-year-old Dominican super welterweight Jeison "Banana" Rosario (12-0, 9 KOs) destroyed formerly undefeated Carlos Jairo Cruz (now 17-1, 11 KOs) in two rounds and 22-year-old super featherweight Abraham "Super" Nova moved his record to 3-0, 2 KOs with a fourth-round knockout over Willy Morillo.

Fortuna looked sharp in his comeback bout, putting the explosive power and speed that makes him one of the most exciting fighters in all of boxing. With the victory over Cabrera in the books, the southpaw former champion will now be looking to regain his championship status.

Fortuna's promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, says his fighter has two options to consider for his next fight.

"Next we will either look for an elimination bout for the IBF mandatory contender to fight Jose Pedraza or we will look to face the winner of Jason Sosa vs. Stephen Smith in Monaco on November 12," said Lewkowicz. "Javier wants to be champion again and he'll fight anyone to get there."

Rosario, a recent Sampson Boxing signee to a long-term promotional agreement, is a former amateur standout with a wealth of boxing talent. Cruz stood no chance against the Santo Domingo-based slugger.

"Jeison is a future star and I'm happy to have him in my stable," continued Lewkowicz. "I will get him a visa to fight in the USA and pay his IRS taxes, which I do for all my fighters."

Nova, who was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, to Dominican parents, went 167-11 with 60 KOs as an amateur, winning the 2014 USA Nationals, the 2014 Independent World Cup in the Dominican, Gold at the 2014 Cheo Aponte Tournament, and the 2015 Olympic Qualifiers. He is also a five-time New York Golden Gloves Champion.

"Abraham went some good rounds and got the KO over a veteran with more fights," said Lewkowicz. "I am happy with his performance and with the improvements he continues to show in every fight. He is a strong prospect with a bright future."

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Shoh Ergashev!

Signs With Salita Promotions
Shoh Ergashev

Promoter Dmitriy Salita proudly announces the signing of promising junior welterweight slugger Shohjahon "Shoh" Ergashev to a promotional contract.

Known as an extreme power puncher in Russian boxing circles, 25-year-old Ergashev (6-0, 6 KOs) is considered one of the best current prospects coming out of Uzbekistan.

Egashev now lives in Moscow and trains in Chelyabinsk, Russia, with Sergey Novikov, trainer of light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in the amateurs. He is managed by well-known Russian based manager Oleg Bogdanov.

Southpaw Ergashev started boxing in 2003 and won the Uzbekistan Nationals four times, starting in 2005. He won 202 of his 216 amateur bouts, holds a victory over Uzbek Olympic Silver Medalist Shahram Gayasov and went undefeated the last three years of his amateur career, winning every fight by knockout against stiff competition.

Having never fought outside Russia as a professional, Ergashev says he's eager to work with Salita, who can help him bring his talents to the Western world. "I can't wait to fight for a world audience and show them what my punching power can do to my opponent," said Ergashev.

Not one to waste time, Ergashev KO'd his last opponent in 16 seconds

"Shoh definitely has potential to be a champion," said trainer Novikov. "I like his positive, serious attitude towards training and his mindset of destroying his opponents."

"Shoh is the best prospect I have seen in a long time. He has the potential and power like fellow Kovalev and Golovkin," said Bogdanov. "I am excited about the opportunity for him to sign with Salita Promotions and come to the US soon to take over the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions."

"I am very happy to add Shoh to our talent roster," said Dmitriy Salita. "He has the skills and power to be an exciting and dominant force in the future of boxing."

Salita says he plans to bring Ergashev to Detroit soon, for an appearance on one of his wildly popular "Detroit Brawl" shows.

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The Sweet Science Finally Returns!

To Whaling City
Boston Boxing

New Bedford, Massachusetts [September 26, 2016] - It has been over two decades since a professional boxing event took place in the Whaling City. That drought will come to an end on Saturday, November 12, 2016 when Boston Boxing Promotions presents "All-Pro Boxing" at New Bedford High School featuring New Bedford resident Briam “Bam Bam” Granado (1-1-1, 1 KO), as well as local favorite "The American Nightmare" Vinnie Carita (14-1-1, 13 KOs) in a special ten-round heavyweight attraction.

The rich history of professional boxing in New Bedford dates back well over a century. The first modern pro boxing event on record in the city was held in the spring of 1883. From that time on, the area was a hotbed for prize fights with New Bedford's various athletic clubs, skating rinks and arenas playing host to a regular schedule of boxing events from the late 1800s through World War I.

It was one New Bedford venue, however, that emerged in the 1920s as one of the nation's most revered boxing institutions. The Bristol Arena rose to prominence as a hub for pugilism, mentioned by the sports' pundits often in the same breath as Madison Square Garden, St. Nicholas Arena, Marigold Gardens, Cobo Hall and the Olympic Auditorium. 4,000 fight fans would pack the arena each and every week for the bouts featuring both local and national names.

Later in the century, Sargent Field (renamed "Walsh Field"), was the place to be on hot summer nights to enjoy pro boxing action. Like most places across America, however, the late 1970s and 1980s saw boxing's overall popularity diminish in New Bedford. The space between local fight cards went from weekly to monthly, then to yearly and then finally non-existent. The last pro boxing event in the Whaling City would take place on May 19, 1995.

Despite not hosting a card in over two decades, New Bedford natives “Sucra” Ray Oliveira and Scott Pemberton emerged as top 10 contenders in their respective weight divisions in the early 2000’s.

Just prior to press time, another New Bedford pro boxer, Chris Boykins, had also signed to appear on the November 12 fight card.

"This is what Boston Boxing Promotions is all about," said the company's matchmaker Peter Czymbor. "It's about revitalizing the local pro boxing scene around New England, especially in old fight towns like New Bedford. That process begins in the Whaling City on November 12. At one time, pro boxing events thrilled thousands in this city every week. It's almost criminal that a city with such a rich history in this sport hasn't hosted a pro boxing event in over 20 years. That's all about to change."

Tickets for the November 12 All-Pro Boxing event at New Bedford High School are on sale now at www.BostonBoxingPromotions.com.

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FRANKIE GAVIN!

GIVES MCINTOSH HIS SEAL OF APPROVAL
Nathan McIntosh

SLICK Nottingham prospect Nathan McIntosh will head into his biggest fight yet full of confidence after receiving Frankie Gavin's seal of approval.

The unbeaten East Midlander has been preparing for his October 1 Midlands Area Welterweight Title clash with Craig Morris at Stoke's Fenton Manor by making regular trips to Birmingham to spar with world-class Gavin.

McIntosh, who meets Morris on Hatton Boxing's 'The Beginning', hopes the sessions will give him the edge - and Gavin himself has been more than impressed with his training partner.

Britain's only world amateur champion, who has a big fight of his own against fellow Brummie Sam Eggington next month, told uko-boxing.com: "I really rate Nathan. He's a smart, unbeaten fighter and we've had some good sparring. He's skilful and he's got a bit of a bang.

"I don't know Craig Morris so I can't make firm predictions but McIntosh is in great shape for the fight."

Gavin, like Morris, is a southpaw and 28-year-old McIntosh believes the experience has been invaluable.

"I've been sparring Frankie who is obviously a southpaw like Morris," he said.

"Frankie's a top lad. When I first sparred him I thought 'Oh God, I'm sparring Frankie Gavin. But it was good. I got good feedback from him and he's been asking me back to do more, because he's got a big fight of his own coming up.

"He said I'm good sparring for him and that's good to hear."

McIntosh added: "I want to be busier. I'm glad I'm fighting Morris because he's a good name, a good fighter. He comes forward, he's got a good record. He comes to fight and that should suit me to a tee."

‘The Beginning’ is the first in number of upcoming shows to be hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by the two-weight world champion; Hatton Boxing also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

The card is headlined by Nathan Gorman’s Central Area heavyweight title clash with David Howe and also features Kieron McLaren and Chris Adaway in a tussle for the British Challenge (Classic) belt.

Also featured are Hatton Promotions’ welterweight prospect Sam ‘Taffy’ Evans, popular Irishman Chris Blaney, Stafford stalwart Rob Hunt, Ruskington’s Dan Cooper and hometown debutant Owen Jobburn.

Tickets to are priced at £30 for general admission and £60 for ringside and can be purchased at Hattonboxing.com

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM CA
Carlos Carlson, 117.4 vs. Alex Rangel, 117.3

Top bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson (21-1, 12 KOs) and veteran Alex Rangel (17-5-2, 11 KOs) each made weight at Thursday's "Locked n' Loaded" weigh in.

The pair will fight for the vacant NABF Title on Friday night in the 10-round main event from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Carlson, who is ranked number eleven by the WBC, weighed in at 117.4 lbs., while Rangel checked in at 117.3 lbs.

WEIGHTS

Carlos Carlson, 117.4 vs. Alex Rangel, 117.3 (10-rounds)

Erick Ituarte, 127.8 vs. Alberto Mora, 128.2 (6-rounds)

Manuel Mendez, 138 vs. Erick Martinez, 137.5 (8-rounds)

Ruben Villa, 125.2 vs. Jose Mora, 122.3 (4-rounds)

Danny Andujo, 115.3 vs. Cesar Guzman, 114.4 (4-rounds)

Tickets for "Locked n' Loaded" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT at the will call booth from the Doubletree Ontario.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at (909) 937-0900.

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

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Tony Lopez Jr V Stephon Young!

Knockout Night At The D

The September 30th "Knockout Night at the D" co-feature between Tony Lopez, Jr. and Stephon "Showstopper" Young will have serious implications as the winner will rise in various rankings.

Airing live (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network and internationally via ESPN (digital delay check local listings), "Knockout Night at the D" will be held Friday, Sept. 30, outdoors under the neon lights at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.

Hall of Fame announcers Jim "J.R." Ross and Al Bernstein will call all of the action from ringside on CBS Sports Network and in English for ESPN internationally.

Hanzel "Rude Boy" Martinez (23-2, 19 KOs) faces Emmanuel Quartey (20-2, 19 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) International super bantamweight championship.

In the 10-round co-feature, Lopez, Jr. (11-1, 4 KOs) squares off against unbeaten Young (14-0-3, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBA North American Boxing Association (NABA) bantamweight title.

The 22-year-old Lopez, fighting out of Dallas, is coming off of a jaw-dropping second-round stoppage of Jerren Cochran this past May at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The former WBC Youth Intercontinental bantamweight champion is rated No. 7 by the NABA.

"I remember growing up and watching all the greats as a young kid and thinking that's going to be me someday," Lopez said. "Thanks to RJJ, Neon Star and CBS Sports Network that dream is a reality. I'm a small town kid living out my dreams; I'm on the right path and the journey I am on is something big."

Despite his opponent having an advantage in terms of their comparative amateur backgrounds, Lopez doesn't feel that will be a factor in their fight, which he predicts will be very exciting.

"Amateurs are a different ball game," Lopez commented. "It gave us knowledge and experience but at the end of the day, our records are just numbers. I don't look at the numbers or the fighter, I'm only going to look at the fight because my job is to get in the ring and bring home the win.

"I'm a versatile fighter; if I have to brawl, I brawl but I can adjust to whatever I see fit. It's going to be an exciting fight because I have everything I need to win. I'm a lot smarter in the ring and I'm coming to get the win."

NABA rated No. 2 Young, 27, is a southpaw with a rich amateur pedigree background having compiled an 86-13 record, including a silver-medal performance at the 2011 National Golden Gloves Championships.

"I don't really know too much about Lopez," Young remarked. "I know he's from Texas and he's 11-1, which means he already know what it feels like to lose. He's a decent fighter but nothing I can't handle. I can fight any style, but one thing for sure and two for certain, whichever style I choose to fight will be a good showing. I'm coming to WIN!"

All three of his draws were fought on the road, including his last fight this past April at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, in which he and 14-0 Nikolay Potapov battled evenly for 10 rounds. However, Young doesn't appear to be overly concerned about fighting on the B side against an RJJ opponent.

"I really don't worry about getting a win by decision," Young explained. "I just feel like I will have to do a little more just to make it a one-way fight. And if the KO comes, I will love that."

Las Vegas junior lightweight Randy Moreno (4-0, 2 KOs), a2008 World Ringside Championships gold medalist, will make his national television debut in a 4-round bout against an opponent to be announced.

In the third title fight of the night, undefeated WBA-NABA USA super welterweight champion John "The Phenom" Vera (14-0, 9 KOs) makes his first title defense against Milorad "Micko" Zizic (12-1, 6 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

In keeping with its philosophy to showcase tomorrow's stars now, especially those from the talent- rich Las Vegas market, this installment of "Knockout Night at the D" will also see in action undefeated prospects such as welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (5-0, 2 KOs) and 18-year-old bantamweight Max "Baby Face" Ornelas (4-0, 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 the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and Neon Star Media.

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Ryan Karl V Jose Quezada!

Premier Boxing Champions On FS1

Undefeated prospects Ryan "Cowboy" Karl (12-0, 8 KOs) and Jose Quezada (11-0, 6 KOs) will meet in an eight-round super lightweight contest that takes place Tuesday, September 27 as part of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by undefeated welterweight Bryant Perrella battling Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas in a 10-round bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Holmes Boxing, are priced at $75, $60 and $50, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling (505) 699-2845 or (505) 795-2772.

Additional action features super featherweight Dennis Galarza (13-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round matchup with Cesar Valenzuela (12-4-1, 4 KOs), local unbeaten Brandon Holmes in a four-round featherweight attraction and another native of New Mexico, Antonio Martinez (5-2, 4 KOs), in a four-round super lightweight showdown.

Rounding out the night of fights is Rio Rancho, New Mexico's Bryant McClain (2-0) against Mexico's Ivan Miranda in a four-round super lightweight fight, Santa Fe's Aaron Martinez (2-0, 1 KO) in a four-round lightweight bout against Albuquerque's George Roybal (0-1) and California's Emmanuel Medina (10-0, 7 KOs) in a six-round welterweight attraction.

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 after dominating tough Mexican Luis Solis in June and taking on an undefeated fighter on September 27.

Quezada was born and raised in Chicago and racked up an impressive amateur career by winning three state Silver Gloves championships, three Chicago City-Wide championships, two regional Silver Gloves championships and a 2009 National Junior Golden Gloves championship. The 21-year-old has fought professionally since 2014 and is unbeaten with six knockout victories. In 2016 he has already picked up victories over Ariel Vasquez and Cameron Kreal.

From Brooklyn originally but training in Florida, Galarza has won eight straight fights since his lone defeat, including decision victories over Yardley Suarez and Samuel Amoako in 2016. The 23-year-old continued to improve as a pro in 2015 as he picked up five victories including a stoppage of veteran Juan Ramon Solis. He takes on the 26-year-old Valenzuela who enters this fight on a four-bout winning streak including a win over previously unbeaten Carlos Castillo in November 2015. The Phoenix-native's only losses came against unbeaten fighters.

The 23-year-old Holmes turned pro in 2013 after a brief amateur career and delivered knockout victories in his first three contests. A veteran of the venue he'll be entering on September 27; the Santa Fe-native's last seven victories have come at Buffalo Thunder Casino.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Mikkel Nielsen V Andrei Dolhozhyieu!

October 15 At The Arena Nord In Frederikshavn
Mikkel Nielsen

Danish amateur star Mikkel Nielsen will meet Andrei Dolhozhyieu (10-17-2, 8 KOs) on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

Nielsen, who has won the Danish amateur championships for the last three years running, will make his professional debut with a four round super welterweight contest against the 30 year-old Belarusian.

‘’I’m really looking forward to making my pro debut,’’ said Nielsen. "Belarusians are usually tough guys. I'll study a little video of him, but otherwise I’ll leave it up to my trainer to prepare the tactics. I’m just really looking forward to getting my gloves on and starting my pro career with a win.”

In preparation for his professional bow, the 27 year-old has been training with former two-time World Champion Joey Gamache in his Copenhagen gym.

“It’s been great working with Joey – it’s given me a new way of thinking about boxing,’’ he said. ‘’As an amateur you can sometimes hide in training, but now there’s always eyes on me. Joey is constantly breathing down my neck and notices every little movement. It's very rewarding, and we’re working hard on developing my style and refining my skills.’’

Nielsen, a popular figure on the Danish amateur scene, has also become known for his antics outside the ring, which has earned him the nickname ‘Pjatrøv', which translates to ‘Funny Bones’.

"It's a name I've had since 2008 when I was out in town with some of my friends in Aalborg,’’ he explains. ‘’At that time I wasn’t so serious about boxing, and everything was more about beer and girls. The name is really about not taking yourself too seriously, and occasionally doing things that are maybe a little inappropriate. It can be breaking into song when in a crowd, doing a handstand when no one expects it, or whatever. I’ve always said life is only worth living if you’re having fun.”

A philosophy the Danish fighter also takes with him into the ring. "I remember one time, I slapped a ring girl on the ass,’’ he says. ‘’I knew her already, and we both found it funny, but it shows you can also have some fun while your fighting. Professional boxing is of course a serious business, and I’m deadly serious about my upcoming fight, but I hope to have some fun on October 15 in Frederikshavn too.’’

Nielsen fights on the undercard of Dennis Ceylan’s European Featherweight title fight against British Champion Ryan Walsh on what will be a huge night for Danish boxing with the country’s top talents Abdul Khattab, Rashid Kassem and Dina Thorslund also in action.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night at Arena Nord on October 15 are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All fights will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Trey Lippe Morrison!

Ready For ShoBox Debut

As the son of popular former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, Trey Lippe-Morrison’s name alone generates attention.

A quick glance at the Oklahoman’s record shows that all 11 of his victories came by knockout, 10 inside of two rounds. Those who dug deeper into Lippe-Morrison’s career will see that he’s trained by legendary Freddie Roach at Wildcard Boxing Club in Los Angeles, CA. On the contrary, his critics note that his name alone generated the buzz rather than his knockouts and many second generation boxers didn’t meet expectations.

On Friday evening at the Buffalo Run Casino, Lippe-Morrison looks to make his TV debut a successful one when he battles fellow unbeaten Ed “Black Magic” Latimore. The bout opens a quadrupleheader on Shobox: The New Generation and is scheduled for 6 rounds. Latimore, 13-0 (7 KO’s), owns amateur wins over former heavyweight champion Charles Martin and 2012 US Olympian Dominic Breazeale. The Pittsburgh, PA native will be Lippe-Morrison’s toughest test to date and he believes the heavy interest in this fight will only elevate his career when he emerges victorious.

“This is a difficult fight for Trey,” said Tony Holden, Lippe-Morrison’s promoter. “Latimore is undefeated and had a good amateur background. He and his team believe this fight will opens doors for him. The interest in this fight is extremely high not just because of whom Trey is but also since there are two unbeaten American heavyweight squaring off early in their careers. The winner is definitely worthy of being considered a top up and coming heavyweight.”

Lippe-Morrison is a member of Holden Productions’ “Four State Franchise” and fought 9 of his 11 fights at the Buffalo Run Casino, a venue he’s helped sell out multiple times. With the hometown advantage and flawless start to his pro career, Lippe-Morrison knows there will be pressure on him but believes he’s ready to handle it.

“There is a little bit of added pressure,” the 26-year-old said of fighting on TV. “There are of course the people that want to see me on the same level at my father but some of it is brought on by me. My team and I believe I’m ready for this. I’ve been getting a lot better and learning every day under Freddie Roach. Freddie says I’m prepared for the step up and he has full confidence in me. Now I’ve got to go out and perform.”

The quadrupleheader airs live on Showtime at 10 PM ET and also features Ivan “The Volk” Golub against James “Keep em’ Sleepin” Stevenson, Ivan “The Beast” Branchyk vs Zhimin Wang and Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic taking on “Notorious” Travis Peterkin.

Tickets are sold out and this excellent evening of boxing is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Holden Productions in association with Fight Promotions Inc. and Roc Nation Sports.

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NATHAN GORMAN!

READY FOR HIS GIANT TASK
NATHAN GORMAN

NATHAN GORMAN believes he is a blessed man after two setbacks led to him being given his first title opportunity.

The Ricky Hatton-trained heavyweight faces Sheffield giant David Howe for the vacant Central Area title on Hatton Boxing’s ‘The Beginning’ event at the Fenton Manor in Stoke next Saturday night (October 1).

But a first title shot has only come about because the match-up twice fell through in the summer.

Initially, the pair were set to lock horns over six rounds on the Tyson Fury v Wladimir Klitschko bill in July but an injury to Fury led to the show being postponed. The fight was rescheduled for a Sunday show in Cannock, but this time Gorman himself had to withdraw.

“I’d have loved to fight on a big bill like Fury v Klitshcko but that being called off and then me getting an injury has proven to be a blessing in disguise,” Nathan, who is the great nephew of legendary bareknuckle fighter Bartley Gorman, said.

“I’ve got my first title fight off of the back of those cancellations so I can’t complain. I’m topping my own bill and I have a chance to get a belt around my waist.”

Standing 6ft 8ins and boasting a 14 fight professional record, Howe is by far Gorman’s biggest challenge in terms of both experience and stature.

However, Gorman insists he is more than comfortable in the land of the giants after holding his own in sparring sessions with the likes of David Price.

He said: “I prefer to fight taller people than me. I find that I’ve had better spars with bigger heavyweights and I believe I can do the business on the night.

“I’ve been boxing people taller than me since I started boxing so his height doesn’t worry me. His best weapon is his jab and he has a good uppercut as well, but me and Ricky will have a game plan to counteract everything he’s got.”

‘The Beginning’ is the first in number of upcoming shows to be hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by the two-weight world champion; Hatton Boxing also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

The card also features two further title tussles as unbeaten welterweights Craig Morris and Nathan McIntosh clash for the Midlands Area crown, while Stoke’s own Kieron McLaren locks horns with Chris Adaway in a British Challenge title encounter.

Also featured are Hatton Promotions’ welterweight prospect Sam ‘Taffy’ Evans, Stafford stalwart Rob Hunt, Ruskington’s Dan Cooper and hometown debutant Owen Jobburn.

Tickets to are priced at £30 for general admission and £60 for ringside and can be purchased at Hattonboxing.com

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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SHOBOX THE NEW GENERATION!

QUADRUPLEHEADER

This Friday, DiBella Entertainment and Tony Holden Productions in association with Fight Promotions Inc. and Roc Nation Sports present an exciting ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader, live on SHOWTIME (10pm ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.

"I am thrilled to bring another great card back to the beautiful Buffalo Run Casino, which is the home of Trey Lippe Morrison and has become a second home for Ivan Baranchyk," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "This is yet another sensational ShoBox card and I am proud to promote it as part of one of boxing's finest series."

Light heavyweight Radivoje "Hot Rod" Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs), a 6-foot-2 native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, now based out of St. Petersburg, FL, and unbeaten southpaw "Notorious" Travis Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 KOs), of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY, will be making their ShoBox debuts in the 10-round main event. Kalajdzic is seeking redemption following his controversial split decision loss in April, while Peterkin is hungry for recognition on the world stage.

The co-feature sees the return of Ivan "The Beast" Baranchyk (11-0, 10 KOs), born in Minsk, Byelorussia, now living in Brooklyn, NY, in his third ShoBox appearance taking on Roc Nation prospect Wang Zhimin (7-0, 3 KOs, 7-1 WSB), of Nutley, NJ, by way of Ningbo, China, in a 10-round bout. A fan favorite at Buffalo Run, Baranchyk, who is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Fight Promotions Inc., and Tony Holden's Four State Franchise, will be defending his WBC USNBC junior welterweight title while the vacant USBA 140lb. belt will also be at stake.

Heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison (11-0, 11 KOs), of Tulsa, OK, who is the son of late former world heavyweight champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison, and is a popular member of Holden's Four State Franchise stable, makes his highly anticipated television debut against fellow unbeaten and Roc Nation prospect Ed Latimore (13-0, 7 KOs), of Pittsburgh, PA, in a six-rounder.

Ukrainian welterweight Ivan "The Volk" Golub (12-0, 10 KOs, 5-0 WSB), of Brooklyn, NY, who is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., and James "Keep'em Sleepin" Stevenson (23-2, 16 KOs), of Baltimore, MD, vie for the vacant Junior NABF title in a scheduled eight-round contest. Golub, who accrued a 270-32 amateur record and was a five-time national champion in Ukraine, will be making his second appearance on ShoBox.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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JOSEPH WILLIAMS!

SIGNS WITH DIBELLA
JOSEPH WILLIAMS

With much attention in boxing focused on the light heavyweight division, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has continued to build up its roster with a slew of rising prospects and established contenders at that weight. DBE has added to its impressive stable by signing undefeated light heavyweight prospect Joseph Williams (10-0, 7KOs), of Far Rockaway, Queens, NY.

"I am very happy to have signed with Lou DiBella," said Williams. "My team and I believe that I have the ability to become the best light heavyweight in all of boxing. I know that Lou will provide me the platform and the opportunities to accomplish that."

Williams, 28, was a decorated amateur, winning the 2012 National Golden Gloves, competing at the 2012 Olympic box-offs, and serving as an alternate at the London Olympics for the United States. Williams was also a three-time New York Golden Gloves champion in addition to competing in the 2011 Amateur World Championships.

Williams is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Chris Harris at the brand new Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr.'s knockout victory over Leonard Bundu on August 21. Following his victory, DBE signed Williams to an exclusive long-term promotional agreement, accompanied by high expectations.

"Having seen Williams fight a few times, I am very impressed," said DiBella. "He is a big, strong kid and has tremendous power in both hands. He is managed by my good friend David McWater and we feel that Joseph has the potential to do big things in his career."

"We couldn't be happier or more excited to work with Lou," said manager David McWater. "It is only fitting that I sign the best light heavyweight out of New York with the premier promoter, not only in New York, but on the entire East Coast."

The signing of Williams adds to an already impressive roster of light heavyweights for DBE, which includes such fighters as Edwin Rodriguez (28-2, 19KOs), Cedric Agnew (28-2, 14KOs), Radivoje Kalajdzic (21-1, 14KOs), Mike Lee (17-0, 10KOs), Luis Garcia (14-0, 11KOs), Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10KOs) and Travis Peterkin (16-0-1, 7KOs).

Castillo picked up his third consecutive knockout victory this past weekend in his native Dominican Republic since being held to a draw by the aforementioned Peterkin in August of last year.

Kalajdzic, who is coming off of a highly disputed split decision loss to top-rated contender Marcus Browne in April, headlines this Friday on ShoBox against Peterkin.

Lee headlines in his native Chicago, at the UIC Forum on September 30, when he takes on the dangerous and hard-hitting Chris Traietti (21-3, 17KOs). The bout will be televised live on CBS Sports Net, at 9:00pm ET.

Garcia, a former Cuban amateur standout and highly regarded prospect, made his triumphant return to the ring last December following a four-year hiatus while dealing with managerial issues, and has since reeled off back-to-back knockout victories.

Former world title challengers Rodriguez and Agnew are expected to return to action in the coming months.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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JAKE HAIGH!

PRO GAME WILL BRING OUT IN THE BEST IN ME
JAKE HAIGH

JAKE HAIGH is itching to get in the ring and test his mettle as a professional boxer.

The 22-year-old super-middleweight from Macclesfield makes his pro berth on Hatton Boxing’s ‘The Beginning’ event in Stoke next weekend and is keen to make a splash in the paid side of the sport.

Haigh was a top ten ranked amateur and fought many of England’s best, but he feels ditching the vest and head guard will be the best move he’s ever made, especially has he is trained and promoted by boxing legend Ricky Hatton.

“I’m very excited. I just want to get in the ring now and put everything together,” Haigh, a recent graduate with a first class degree in Sports Rehabilitation, said.

“I enjoyed the amateurs but I think the pros will suit me better. I always struggled to balance the tournaments with working and going to uni as an amateur, but I’m a pro now and I think being able to train everyday will bring out the best in me.

“It’s been a big transition coming into pros. It’s a slower pace and you get to sit down on your punches more so I can’t wait for the night to come so I can put what Ricky has taught me in the gym into practice.”

With a man like Hatton in his corner, swarming body attacks are likely to be part of Haigh’s game. However, the Cheshire man admits that he sees one of the Hitman’s biggest rivals as one of his influences.

“Ricky will hate me for saying it but I really love to watch Floyd Mayweather,” he said. “I like how he could use his opponent’s attacks against them by rolling with the punches and then finding the openings.

“I didn’t used to, but I’ve started to watch a lot of fighters and I’m taking little bits from each. If I see someone do something I like, I’ll try and add it to my game but I won’t try and replicate their style as such.

“I like boxing on the back foot, picking people off, but Ricky is teaching me all the tricks of fighting on the inside as well. You can’t get a better teacher for that kind of boxing than him.”

‘The Beginning’ is the first in number of upcoming shows to be hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by the two-weight world champion; Hatton Boxing also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

Top of the bill sees highly-touted heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman take on Sheffield’s 6ft 8in giant David Howe for the vacant Central Area title.

The card also features two further title tussles as unbeaten welterweights Craig Morris and Nathan McIntosh clash for the Midlands Area crown, while Stoke’s own Kieron McLaren locks horns with Chris Adaway in a British Challenge title encounter.

Also featured are Hatton Promotions’ welterweight prospect Sam ‘Taffy’ Evans, Stafford stalwart Rob Hunt, Ruskington’s Dan Cooper and hometown debutant Owen Jobburn.

Tickets to are priced at £30 for general admission and £60 for ringside and can be purchased at www.hattonboxing.com

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Skoglund V Shala Postponed!

New Date To Be Announced Soon

Erik Skoglund’s WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala on October 28 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden has been postponed.

‘’Sadly the fight between Erik Skoglund and Timy Shala has been postponed due to a failed application with the Kampsportsdelegationen (Swedish Martial Arts Delegation),’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland.

‘’Obviously we are disappointed, but laws are laws and we have to be respectful of the Swedish laws when it comes to boxing. There was a mix up with the application, which meant it was submitted too late, and we will now be addressing this issue to see how it happened, and to ensure it never happens again.

‘’Unfortunately this means we will have to postpone our scheduled event on October 28 at Rosvalla Arena, but we will announce a new date shortly.’’

A new date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed. Tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date. Alternatively fans should contact Biljettforum to receive a full refund.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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SALITA'S WARNING TO THE WOLVES!

JARRELL MILLER IS MY FIGHTER

Responding to recent statements made to the media by Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller that he is a free agent, Dmitriy Salita (Salita Promotions) has responded by confirming that his company's promotional agreement with Miller is valid and subsisting. Salita also wishes to remind would-be promoters of the valid promotional contract he has with the red-hot heavyweight contender.

In part due to his excellent work, Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) finds his name on lips of boxing fans and experts worldwide, while riding an ever-increasing wave of forward momentum as the next great fighter from Brooklyn to fight for and win the heavyweight championship.

"Unfortunately, this is what happens in boxing," said Salita. "You bring a guy up from the ground level and when he starts getting up there, the wolves start whispering in his ear."

Salita, who signed the then-unknown Miller two years ago, is himself a former world-class fighter who knows the ins and outs of the boxing business and how rival promoters can cross the line.

"I have recently become aware that AB Promotions and Warriors Boxing have been tortiously interfering with my company's exclusive promotional agreement with Jarrell Miller. Today, as a result of such interference, Jarrell has posted a statement on social media stating that he is a free agent and that he terminated the promotional agreement. My promotional agreement with Mr. Miller is valid and subsisting, and I intend to vigorously pursue all of my legal rights and remedies against Mr. Miller and those responsible for inducing to him to breach the promotional agreement. I am confident in my legal position and look forward to prevailing in court."

Coming off his third consecutive Showtime-televised victory on August 19, and the WBO #8-, WBA #9-, WBC #15- and IBF #14-rated heavyweight in the world, Miller is already on the fast track to a championship fight.

"I've sent out cease and desist letters," continued Salita. "But it's also shows what a great job I have done. The heavyweight division had no American stars on the horizon before Jarrell came along. Now he's all over the media, adding color and flare to the division. I'm working on several opportunities for Jarrell to stay active and lock down a title opportunity in the next 6-12 months. Showtime is committed to the heavyweight division and I am honored to have had their support and have Jarrell as my headliner during the Olympics."

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Premier Boxing Champions On Bounce!

Draws 1.3 Million Viewers

The first-ever Premier Boxing Champions - The Next Round on Bounce TV to take place in Las Vegas hit the jackpot.

Bounce TV premiered Premier Boxing Champions - The Next Round on Fri. Sept. 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET live from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, with a premiere play for the west coast immediately following. The two airings combined to reach 1.3 million viewers 2+.

Male viewing was up by +19% in Men 25-54 and +10% in M18-49 versus the previous PBC on Bounce event in June. African-American Men also watched in big numbers with the fights increasing in the delivery of AA M25-54 by +50% and 18-49 by +34%.

Las Vegas's own Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith (29-8, 12 KOs) defeated Frank "Notorious" Galarza of New York (17-2-2, 11 KOs) via majority decision in the main event. Augusta, Georgia's Justin DeLoach's (16-1, 8 KOs) superior boxing ability and effective counterpunching made the difference in the co-main event, as he won a unanimous decision over Detroit's Domonique Dolton (17-1-1, 9 KOs). The opening bout of the telecast saw Jose Cayetano (20-4, 9 KOs) kick off Mexican Independence Day Weekend with a lot to celebrate. The Tijuana native defeated 25-year-old Alexis Santiago (21-3-1, 8 KOs) via unanimous decision, ending the Phoenix-native's 10-fight win streak.fighting.

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Khattab, Kassem & Thorslund!

Confirmed For Frederikshavn

Abdul Khattab (14-1, 4 KOs), Rashid Kassem (11-0, 7 KOs) and Dina Thorslund (6-0, 4 KOs) will fight on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

The Danish trio have been confirmed for the undercard of Dennis Ceylan’s European Featherweight title tilt with British Champion Ryan Walsh.

‘’October 15 is going to be a huge night for Danish boxing,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’Not only do we have Dennis fighting for the European title, we also have three of the country’s top talents in action.

‘’Abdul, Rashid and Dina are all capable of making a name for themselves on the World scene, and we will be matching them hard to ensure we see their full potential. It’s time for them to step up and show what they can really do.’’

Khattab, Kassem and Thorslund join professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen and European title challenger Ceylan for a blockbuster bill in Frederikshavn. Opponents and further undercard fighters will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night at the Arena Nord on October 15 are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling 96 20 10 50. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting.

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LENIN CASTILLO & JONATHAN ALONSO!

PICK UP VICTORIES OVER THE WEEKEND IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

DiBella Entertainment's (DBE) undefeated former Olympians Lenin Castillo and Jonathan Alonso picked up impressive victories over the weekend in the Dominican Republic. The light heavyweight Castillo (15-0-1, 10KO's) scored a second-round KO over Colombian Jose Miguel Torres (31-9, 27KO's) while the super lightweight Alonso (11-0, 4KO's) pounded out an eight-round unanimous decision over Venezuelan Jherson Perez (5-3, 3KO's).

For the Spaniard Alonso, who was born and raised in the Dominican Republic but represented Spain in the 2012 Olympic Games, it was a triumphant homecoming, having only fought in Spain and the US since turning pro in 2014. Alonso, who now lives and trains full-time in Brooklyn, has shown steady improvement throughout his first two years as a pro, and will be looking to keep a busy pace as he continues to move up the ranks of the talented 140lb. division. He is expected to return stateside for his next bout before the end of the year.

A 2008 Dominican Olympian, Castillo turned pro in 2010 and quickly moved to a perfect 11-0 by 2013, before his career was sidelined due to promotional issues. Castillo, who splits his time living and training between the Dominican Republic and Brooklyn, signed with DBE in 2015 and his career is now back on track. The lone blemish on his record came against fellow undefeated prospect Travis Peterkin (16-0-1) at Barclays Center in August of last year. Since the bout against Peterkin, Castillo has scored back-to-back-to-back stoppage victories and will be looking to secure a lucrative bout in the loaded light heavyweight division in early 2017.

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Ivan Baranchyk!

Excited To Impress New Hometown Fans
Ivan Baranchyk

When junior welterweight buzzsaw Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk first fought at the Buffalo Run Casino in March, he was not known by locals. Many of the fans packed the venue primarily to support “Four State Franchise” members Kenzie Morrison, Jesse Cook and Dillon Cook. Things however quickly changed.

On that evening, Baranchyk destroyed fellow unbeaten Nicholas Givhan in 21 seconds with a crushing left hook. Exactly three months later, Baranchyk returned to the Buffalo Run Casino and had the fans watching him closely. The explosive 23-year-old delivered again, stopping another unbeaten fighter Eliseo Cruz Sesma in less than three rounds. A fighter previously unknown to locals quickly became in demand.

“The fans here fell in love with Ivan,” said Promoter Tony Holden, who has promoted fights for more than 25 years. “He's got a great style that can win over a crowd that may not have known much about him and that's exactly what he did in his last two fights.”

In August, Holden signed Baranchyk to a co-promotional agreement, working in association with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc.

Now a member of the “Four State Franchise,” Baranchyk looks to run his record to 12-0 with 11 knockouts when he meets 7-0 Zhimin Wang of China in a ten round contest for the USBA junior welterweight title Friday evening at the Buffalo Run Casino. The Branchyk-Wang bout takes places on a ShoBox quadrupleheader featuring three other exciting matchups between fighters with a combined record of 96-3-1. The card airs live on Showtime at 10 pm ET and tickets to the fight are sold out.

With a win, Baranchyk will likely be ranked in the top 15 and move onto bigger fights. However, the Brooklyn, NY based Russian is solely focused on entertaining his newfound supporters.

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Havnaa V Denadic!

October 1 In Neubrandenburg
Kai Robin Havnaa

Norwegian cruiserweight Kai Robin Havnaa (6-0, 5 KOs) will face Mirnes Denadic (7-3, 3 KOs) on October 1 in a six-round contest on the undercard of the WBA World Light Heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

Havnaa returns to action following his second-round technical knockout victory over Miklos Kovacs on March 19 at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Denmark, and the 27 year-old says he is looking forward to getting back in the ring and testing his skills against his Bosnian opponent Denandic.

‘’I’m really looking forward it,’’ says Havnaa. ‘’It will be my first time fighting outside of Denmark, and I’m excited to get the chance to fight in Germany as part of such a big show. Since my last fight, I’ve been working hard with my coach Joey Gamache, I’ve had a lot of tough sparring, and I feel like I’ve really improved.

‘’I want to give the fans in Neubrandenburg a high-octane fight with lots of action. Denadic is a strong opponent, and I see this fight as another good challenge for me as I keep developing as a professional. We're taking things one-step at a time, but I’m very happy with my progress so far, and hope to claim another good win on October 1.''

Tickets for the Team Sauerland show on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg are available online via www.tickethall.de and www.eventim.de or by calling +49 (0)1806-570044.

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Integrated Sports Media!

Secures Vasquez Jr V Lopez PPV Rights
Integrated Sports Media

Integrated Sports Media, North America's undisputed leader of pay-per-view distribution of major boxing events, has secured the rights to for the much anticipated showdown between former world champions Wilfredo"Papito" Vazquez, Jr. and Juan Manuel "JuanMa" Lopez, headlining "Guerra En El Clemente," Saturday night, October 8, live from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Guerra En El Clemente: Vasquez Jr. Lopez, presented by Black Tiger Media, will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media live, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, in the United States and Puerto Rico on both cable and satellite pay per view on iN Demand, DISH, DIRECTV and Vubiquity. The event will also be available to watch across Canada on Fight Network, as well as via Fite TV app for iOS and Androide devises or watch on the www.Fite.TV website. Suggested retail price is $29.95.

"We're excited to bring North American boxing fans a true grudge match between former world champions Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. and Juan Manuel Lopez," Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. "It's also a crossroads fight with the winner most likely back as a legitimate world title contender and the loser possibly facing retirement. They really don't like each other and sparks will be flying from the opening bell. Additional pay-per-view fights will be announced soon and with the passion of Puerto Rican fighters, we anticipate a can't-miss show for real boxing fans."

"I am thrilled and happy to be able to present this highly anticipated event to boxing fans in Puerto Rico and the United States," said Carlos Maldonado, President of Black Tiger Promotions. "The response from all cable and satellite providers has been phenomenal. This fight promises to be an all-out war in the ring, non-stop action from the opening bell until the end, which could happen at any moment. No hype; these guys really don't like each other. "

The 12-round Vasquez, Jr. vs. Lopez main event is presented in association with Matias Entertainment and sponsored by Best Alarms and Municipio de San Juan.

The 32-year-old Vasquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs), the son of the great 3-time division world champion Wilfredo Vasquez, fights out of the boxing hotbed of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, which is known for producing great boxers including the late Hall of Famer Hector "Macho" Camacho. He captured the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight world title in 2010, stopping previously unbeaten Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1) by way of a fourth-round knockout.

Vasquez, Jr. made a pair of successful title defenses against 15-0 Zsolt Bedak (TKO10) and 26-6-1 Ivan Hernandez (TKO11), before losing his title belt in 2011 to Jorge Arce (TKO12) marking the only time Vasquez has been stopped in his nearly 10-year professional boxing career. He had another world title shot in 2012, losing a 12-round majority decision to Nonito Donaire (27-1) for the vacant WBO 122-pound division championship.

Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs), fighting out of Caguas, Puerto Rico, is a former WBO super bantamweight and featherweight world champion. From 2008 to 2010, "JuanMa" was one of the most feared punchers in boxing, as well as one of its most popular because of his electrifying performances in the ring and engaging personality. During this stretch, he developed into one of the leading pound-4-pound fighters in the working, defeating a Who's Who of the top super bantamweights and featherweights in the world such as 34-1 Daniel De Leon (TKO1), 33-1 Sergio Medina (TKO1), 54-6-2 Gerry Penalosa (RTD10), 37-1-1 Steve Luevano (37-1-1) and 39-5 Rafael Marquez (RTD8).

Lopez, 33, who hasn't fought in two years, turned pro in 2005 and the gifted southpaw won his first 30 fights. All five of Lopez' career losses have been to world champions: Orlando Salido twice, Mikey Garcia, Francisco Vargas and Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar

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Ishe Smith!

Scores Majority Decision Over Frank Galarza
Ishe Smith

The first Las Vegas born world champion, Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith (29-8, 12 KOs) defeated Frank "Notorious" Galarza (17-2-2, 11 KOs) via majority decision in his hometown from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC): The Next Round on Bounce TV.

"I had to dig deep. This was the first time in a very long time I had to dig deep," said Smith of his victory. "They kept telling me in my corner that its was close. He came to win, but in the end I got the victory."

Smith and Galarza used the first round to feel each other out, but the action picked up in the second as Smith threw a straight right hand that dropped Galarza to the canvas.

"He caught me off balance and it turned out to be a knockdown. I think that made the difference in the whole fight honestly."

Galarza came back swinging in the fourth, pressing Smith against the ropes with a tight combination of punches. Smith controlled the fifth round throwing hard blows to the body of Galarza followed by a hard left hook to end the round. The tides turned in the seventh round as Galarza pinned Smith against the ropes with a flurry of body punches. But it was the tenth and final round that sealed a win for Smith as he land punch after punch. Judges saw the bout 95-95, 96-93 and 95-94.

"Young guys feel like I'm old. They like to apply pressure, but I set him up with the traps. I got comfortable in the middle rounds he turned it up a gear and applied pressure I wasn't ready for," continued Smith. "It took me a round or two to get adjusted, once I got adjusted I thought I did real well and was able to close the show. I was surprised in the 95-95 and 95-94, I was thinking wow if I didn't get that knockdown it may have swayed his way for the victory.

"Training with the best like Floyd, Bernard Hopkins, it has allowed me to learn. I have learned so much from the greatest fighter in the world, and pick up something from each of them. I am thankful I was able to pick up a lot along the way in my career."

Galarza felt as though he had to do much more to get the win.

"I'm in his hometown, Vegas, its his promotion. Those little slip ups were going to cost me the fight. I had to be active, be in his chest, stay busy. There were moments where I was doing that, but I let some of it go at times.

"I think the knockdown made me want to press on the gas and start pushing. He is awkward. He's wide. He's all over the place and I didn't want to get hit with any silly punches.

"It happens. It's one of those things where we have to go back to the drawing board and we will be back at it again."

The co-main event featured a pair of super welterweight prospects that produced exciting two-way action from the first bell. Detroit's Domonique Dolton (17-1-1, 9 KOs) stalked Justin Deloach around the ring, but it was Augusta, Georgia's Justin DeLoach's (16-1, 8 KOs) superior boxing ability and effective counterpunching that made the difference. Midway through the fight, a wide cut opened on the bridge of Dolton's nose, providing an extra target for DeLoach.

"The cut was from a prior fight, and I just wanted to get back in the ring as soon as possible," said Dolton. "Allowing him to get so many shots in, opened the cut. I can't blame anyone but myself in this fight."

"I am disappointed in my performance; I didn't fight a smart fight. I fought his fight, I wasn't using my mind in this fight. I was looking for that big shot. Trying to set up a shot the whole fight that I lost sight and didn't fight smart. I should have been using my jab more, when I had the opportunity to go in on him, I didn't take it like I should have. Overall I just need to continue what Im doing and get back to my training.

Despite the unanimous decision win where the judges scored the bout 96-94, 98-92 and 99-91, DeLoach also was unimpressed with his own performance.

"I made it way tougher for myself than I should have. I should have used my legs more and listened to my corner," said DeLoach. "I am not satisfied with my performance even though I got the W.I didn't stay focused enough. Domonique is a tough opponent and I should have stuck to the game plan.

"I'm not going to call out any names because I'm just not happy with my performance," continued DeLoach. "I am going to be back in the gym on Monday and work on the things I need to fix before thinking about fighting again."

The opening bout of the telecast saw Jose Cayetano (20-4, 9 KOs) kick off Mexican Independence Day Weekend with a lot to celebrate. The Tijuana native defeated 25-year-old Alexis Santiago (21-3-1, 8 KOs) via unanimous decision, ending the Phoenix-native's 10-fight win streak. The 10-round super bantamweight bout started slow, but the action picked up in the fifth when Cayetano connected with a sharp right hook, causing Santiago to buckle, but not fall.

At the start of the bell in the seventh round, Santiago forced Cayetano against the ropes, throwing a flurry of punches. Santiago landed a hard right hook mid-way through the ninth round, causing the largely pro-Santiago crowd to cheer. The fight finished strong with both fighters swinging for the fences, exchanging hard blows bringing the crowd to their feet. 97-93, 96-94 2X.

"Santiago started out strong but as the rounds went on, he got less and less so," said Cayetano. "The fifth round was when I knew I really had him and it continued from there. Even though he landed some shots, he never hurt me.

"I want to fight Leo Santa Cruz in a rematch next. That is the fight I really want. Two Mexican warriors at it again."

"This was the worst performance of my career," said Santiago. "I could have done everything better. I wasn't able to find myself during the fight. I usually am able to, but this time it was hard for me."

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Burroughs Stuns Zhuta With Sixth Round Knockout!

Worcester’s Ball Jr., Gonzalez Jr. Win Handedly

Needing a walk-off win to salvage the night, Cameron Burroughs delivered a much-needed home run swing.

After losing the first five rounds of his scheduled six-round main event bout against Fatlum Zhuta on Friday night at Twin River Casino, Burroughs scored the knockout blow with a left hook 23 seconds into the final round to stun the pro-Zhuta crowd in Lincoln. The fight was the headliner for CES Boxing’s “The Future Is Now” card.

Zhuta (3-1-1) used his size and reach to his advantage, peppering Burroughs over the first five rounds, nearly sending Burroughs to the canvas in the first and third. Burroughs (3-1, 3 KOs) held his ground and survived the onslaught, including one more big flurry by Zhuta at the end of the fifth, to give himself one last shot in the final round.

Knowing he needed a knockout to have any chance of winning, Burroughs came out aggressive in the sixth and caught Zhuta with a clean left hook to the chin. Zhuta dropped to both knees and made it halfway up before tumbling backwards and falling helplessly into the ropes, prompting referee Joey Lupino to stop the fight.

Fighting a six-round fight for the first time in his career, Burroughs rebounded with a win Friday following a loss in August to Kalvin Henderson in Arkansas. The loss for Zhuta snapped a three-fight win streak dating back to last November.

Facing a dangerous, wiry veteran in just his second pro fight, Lawrence, Mass., welterweight Adrian Sosa (2-0) earned a hard-fought unanimous decision win over Washington, D.C. native Lamont White (0-4), 40-36 on all three scorecards.

White has yet to be stopped in four pro fights and he showed his toughness early on, absorbing a big right hand from Sosa in the second round, but he fought through it and continued to exchange with his opponent until the final bell. White continued to hang in, but Sosa’s footwork and hand speed were just too much to overcome as he won each round en route to his second pro victory in as many fights.

In one of the more entertaining fights of the night, welterweights Miguel Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO) of Springfield, Mass., and Marcus Bates (0-1) of Taunton, Mass., debuted against one another in an all-action thriller with the two fighters exchanging knockdowns before Ortiz earned the win by first-round knockout.

The two came out throwing haymakers, but Bates settled in a bit and effectively used his jab to set up and overhand right that sent Ortiz to the canvas early. As Bates tried to finish the fight, he inevitably left himself open and got cracked with a right hook from Ortiz that not only knocked him off his feet, but left him wobbly as he dragged himself back up. With the momentum shifting in the opposite direction, Ortiz finished the fight with a series of flurries that sent Bates through the ropes, forcing referee Dan Schiavone to stop the bout at the 2:43 mark.

Making his Twin River debut, Worcester, Mass., featherweight Irvin Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs) dazzled the crowd with a first-round knockout win over Harrisburg, Pa., native Mike Heffelfinger (0-2) at the 1:07 mark. Heffelfinger landed an early left hand that momentarily stunned Gonzalez, but Gonzalez showed poise and worked the body effectively, sending Heffelfinger to the canvas twice before Lupino stopped the fight.

Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs), fighting for the fourth time this year, also made quick work of his opponent, stopping Philadelphia’s Demetrius Thomas (0-2) at 1:32 of the opening, sending Thomas to the canvas twice before Schiavone waved it off. The win was Ball Jr.’s first since knocking out Bruno Dias in July.

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SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO SOUNDS OFF ON CANELO!

HE SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO CALL HIMSELF MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION

Since turning pro in July 2014, former Ukrainian amateur standout Sergiy Derevyanchenko (9-0, 7KO's) (32-1 including the World Series of Boxing) has let his fists do the talking for him in the ring, as he has climbed the rankings of the middleweight division at a blistering pace. Already rated #2 in the IBF world ratings, Derevyanchenko has looked absolutely sensational with each passing performance and is honing in on the opportunity to fight for his first world title. Upon hearing recent reports that the winner of the Gabriel Rosado-Willie Monroe Jr. bout this Saturday on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez's world title match against Liam Smith, the usually quiet and well-mannered Derevyanchenko couldn't help but voice his disgust with Canelo.

"It's absolutely ridiculous. There is no other way to describe it," said Derevyanchenko. "If you count the loss against J'Leon Love, Rosado is 2-5 in his last seven fights and has been stopped twice in that time. He has nine losses on his record in total. Monroe was absolutely dismantled by Golovkin and has a loss to Darnell Boone. With all due respect to Rosado and Monroe, I would beat them both on the same night. They could have a tag team match against me alternating rounds and it wouldn't matter. If these are the fighters that you want to face, you should be ashamed to call yourself middleweight champion!"

Derevyanchenko had an astounding amateur career, which saw him compile a 390-20 record, as well as represent his native Ukraine at the 2008 Olympics and win a bronze medal at the 2007 Amateur World Championships. Derevyanchenko also competed in the World Series of Boxing, where he posted a 23-1 overall record and was the 2012 WSB Team Champion and 2011 and 2012 WSB Individual Champion. Derevyanchenko earned the number two ranking in the IBF in his last bout, when he obliterated former middleweight champion Sam Soliman, dropping him once in the first and twice more in the second before the referee mercifully called a halt to the contest. No other fighter had ever dominated Soliman in his career in such easy fashion, and it was only the second time he had ever been stopped.

Canelo's next bout is tentatively scheduled for December 10, and Golden Boy Promotions, Canelo's promoter, has said that they would like the fight to take place in New York. Derevyanchenko, who lives and trains in Brooklyn, would love the opportunity to take on the Mexican superstar in his adopted home of New York City.

"I would love to welcome Canelo here in New York, in his NYC debut. This is my adopted home and with his fan base and mine, it would make for a tremendous atmosphere," stated Derevyanchenko.

Of course, the one fight that the boxing world wants to see is Canelo against GGG. Canelo has made it clear that that fight is not happening next. To this point, Canelo, like so many other middleweights, has done everything to avoid the fight with GGG, frustrating boxing insiders and fans alike. Derevyanchenko, though, is one fighter who is looking forward to and anticipating fighting the middleweight kingpin in the future.

"I would love the fight against GGG in the future. I have known GGG since his amateur days. He is a tremendous fighter and a world champion. Right now, he is the best that there is in the middleweight division, and that's the crown I am aiming for. To be the best in this division, you have to beat him. I am number two in the IBF right now and GGG has that belt. I anticipate that I will be challenging for that belt in the not-so-distant future, and it would be an honor to share the ring with such a terrific fighter. Beating GGG makes me a superstar, and that's what I am striving for."

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Team Commey Disappointed With Decision!

Demand Rematch
Commey

Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey was left bitterly disappointed following the decision to his vacant IBF World title fight with Robert Easter Jr last Friday at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The 29 year-old from Accra found himself on the wrong end of a split decision, with judges John McKaie (114-113) and Craig Smith (113-114) separating the fighters by a single point, and Ron McNair (112-115) giving the home fighter a three point lead, despite a close fight and Commey scoring an eighth-round knockdown.

Commey’s team will now be launching an appeal to the IBF asking that they grant the former Commonwealth and IBF Intercontinental Champion an immediate rematch.

‘’I feel I won the fight, I came to my opponent’s country with everything in his favour and I took the fight to him in every round, even scoring a knock down in round eight,’’ said Commey. ‘’He caught me once in the twelfth but I took it and came back strong, that’s what a true champion does. I know my team will be appealing the decision and I hope I get the opportunity of a rematch as next time I will not be leaving anything up to the judges.’’

‘’We knew we were going into hostile territory so we prepared to be on the front foot and to push Easter Jr in every round, which I think we did,’’ said Commey’s coach Carl Lokko. ‘’I knew that if we left it to the judges it would be difficult for us and I was proved correct. One judge scoring 115-112 with Richard down 6-1 through 7 rounds seems unfair and we believe we should be granted an immediate rematch.’’

‘’We are all very disappointed,’’ adds Commey’s manager Michael Amoo-Bediako.

‘’After watching the fight several times, we’re struggling to see how one judge scored it 115-112 with Richard losing 6 of the first 7 rounds. The team has put so much work into this. It has been a tremendous effort in the face of adversity so to lose in this way is heartbreaking for all of us. I will be putting in an appeal to the IBF and we trust them to make the right decision.’’

Commey received a hero’s welcome when returning home to his native Ghana, where he was greeted by the country’s Sport Minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuye and fans lining the street to show their support for the local fighter. He will now wait for the IBF’s decision.

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Ceylan & Walsh!

Come Face To Face Ahead Of European Title Clash
Ceylan & Walsh

Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) and Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) came face-to-face at today’s kick off press conference ahead of their European Featherweight title fight on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

For the first time since 2010, a Danish fighter will be contesting the European title on home soil, and Ceylan is aiming for a historic win over his British rival.

"It is a close fight on paper, but I believe that I have what it takes to win," said the 27 year-old from Aarhus. ‘’It’s going to be huge clash. There hasn’t been a major title fight like this in Denmark since Mikkel Kessler boxed.

‘’It will be great to be able to call myself a European Champion. It has been a while since Denmark has had a European Champion in boxing, and I want to make my family, friends and the whole of Denmark proud.

‘’Ryan is a good fighter and I have a lot of respect for him. He is a skilled boxer, like me, who will do everything to become European Champion.

‘’I’m a little skinnier than him and a little taller, he’s smaller and more compact, but I believe I hit harder, and he is going to feel my power in Frederikshavn.’’

Walsh, the current British Champion, says he is looking forward to fighting Denmark and has promised to deliver a career best performance.

‘’I’m really excited about this fight,’’ said the 30 year-old from Cromer. ‘’Dennis is a tough, awkward fighter, he has my respect, and he definitely has my attention.

‘’You expect a European title fight to be hard, and it should be hard, but I try not to worry about my opponent, I make them worry about me. The Danish fans can expect the best Ryan Walsh possible on the night, and it will have to be.

‘’This is the biggest fight of my career and it would mean everything for me to win. I’ve won the English and British titles and the European title is is the next step for me towards World honours.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland says he is expecting an ‘explosive encounter’ when the warring featherweights go toe-to-toe at the Arena Nord in Frederikshan

‘’This is going to be great fight for the fans,’’ said Sauerland. ‘It’s a real 50-50 fight with an exciting clash of styles. Winning the European title would mean a lot for both men as they look to establish themselves on the World scene. I expect neither fighter to give an inch, which will make for explosive encounter.’’

Sauerland also unveiled a new signing at today’s press conference, Danish amateur star Mikkel Nielsen, who will be making his professional debut on the undercard of Ceylan and Walsh’s European title clash.

‘’I’m very happy to have signed with Team Sauerland,’’ said Nielsen, who will be competing at the super welterweight limit. ‘’I feel that my amateur experience will serve me well, and I’m looking forward to starting my journey as a professional boxer on October 15 in Frederikshavn.’’

Tickets for the European Featherweight title fight between Dennis Ceylan and Ryan Walsh are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96 20 10 50. All the action will be shown live across Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting.

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FELIX DIAZ!

CONTINUES HIS PURSUIT OF TERENCE CRAWFORD
FELIX DIAZ

Top-rated junior welterweight Felix Diaz wants a fight against Terence Crawford, and the Olympic gold medalist wants it bad. Earlier this week, Diaz called out the undefeated two-division world champion Crawford, and it doesn't seem as though he is planning on quieting down anytime soon.

"I said it earlier and I am going to keep saying it, Crawford is the fight I want," said Diaz. "There was a ton of positive responses throughout the industry after I called him out the other day, and rightfully so. Stylistically, this is a can't-miss fight. Everyone knows it, including him. I have no problem going to Omaha for it either. He is the champion. I have no issues going into his backyard and taking his belt from him. We can fight in his mother's kitchen if that's where he is most comfortable. My bags are packed for Omaha. I'm ready. Terence, are you?"

Diaz (18-1, 8KO's), the only boxer to win an Olympic gold medal for the Dominican Republic, is coming off a career-changing performance back in July. He dominated highly regarded, undefeated welterweight contender Sammy Vasquez, though he is a true super lightweight. Following his victory over Vasquez, Diaz signed with promoter Lou DiBella, with the goal of fighting the biggest names in the sport, and Crawford is at the very top of his list. DiBella has a longstanding working relationship with Crawford's promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank, and the two have promoted numerous events together over the years.

"I have no problem working with Bob to make this fight happen on any network. Bob and I have been making deals for a very long time and I know that we can get something done here. It is really up to Terence if he wants to accept this challenge. This is a fight that any network committed to great boxing would want to televise. The ball is in Terence's court," proclaimed DiBella.

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Future Stars Grace The Stage!

Sept 16th At Twin River
CES

The top young pros in the northeast step back into the Friday night as CES Boxing celebrates America and its fighting spirit with a star-studded lineup at Twin River Casino.

"The Future Is Now," scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16th, 2016, features six undefeated fighters, including one who competed in the Olympic Trials in Nevada in 2015, and the professional debuts of two promising up-and-comers who will square off against one another in a four-round welterweight showdown, their first time on the CES stage. The official weigh-in will be held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Twin River Casino's Wicked Good Bar & Grill and will be open to the public.

Friday's event is a celebration of the United States' recent success in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where American athletes took home 121 medals, the most in any Olympics not held in the United States.

Among the United States' noteworthy achievements, boxers Nico Hernandez, Shakur Stevenson and Claressa Shields captured medals, the latter becoming the first American boxer, male or female, to earn medals in back-to-back Olympic games. The Sept. 16th event is also dedicated to the memories of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks that occurred 15 years ago this month.

"We're extremely excited about what the future holds for us in professional boxing, not just here in the northeast, but throughout the world," CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said.

"This sport is full of life, and there are so many remarkable young men and women on the verge of stardom. You will see some of them on display Friday night in an event that will prove to be the gateway to success for many of the young future champions in the northeast."

Tickets for "The Future Is Now" are priced at $42.00, $76.00 and $126.00 (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 aforementioned six unbeaten fighters have combined for 11 wins, all by knockout, a unique collection of talent reminiscent of the early to mid-2000s when CES built its foundation behind the strength of then unknown rising stars Peter Manfredo Jr., Chad Dawson, Joey Spina, Matt Godfrey and former Olympian Jason Estrada, all of whom competed together under headliners such as Gary Balletto and Scott Pemberton.

Featherweight Irvin Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., faces Mike Heffelfinger (0-1) of Harrisburg, Pa.; Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) takes on Philadelphia's Demetrius Thomas (0-1); and junior welterweight Adrian Sosa (1-0, 1 KO) from Lawrence, Mass., faces Lamont White (0-2) of Washington, D.C., all in four-round bouts.

As an added bonus, the Sept. 16th card also features the return of Albanian middleweight Fatlum Zhuta (3-0-1, 3 KOs) of Anchorage, Ak., who headlines in his first career six-round bout against the dangerous Ray Burroughs (2-1, 2 KOs) of Houston, Tex.; plus the debuts of welterweights Marqus Bates of Taunton, Mass., and Miguel Ortiz of nearby Springfield, who face each other in a four-round bout. Worcester junior welterweight Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs), who competed at the Olympic Trials in December, and New London, Conn., welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO), will also compete on the undercard in separate four-round bouts.

Zhuta returns to for the first time since February when he stopped Greg McCoy in the third round of a scheduled four-round fight. The 22-year-old Burroughs fights next Friday for the fourth time in less than six months since making his debut in March.

Zhuta is one of nine fighters on the card under the age of 30; Marrero, Sosa, Gonzalez and Jamaine Ortiz are all 21 or younger, truly among the elite, young fighters in the northeast.

Ortiz is fresh off wins in May and July, the latter against Canadian Kimmy St-Pierre, who battled for three hard rounds, but did not answer the bell for the fourth, Ortiz's second knockout in as many fights. Marrero debuted that same night, stopping Pennsylvania's Roosevelt Archie with a body shot 65 seconds into the opening round.

Ball Jr. returns for the first time since July 22nd, when he fought to a majority draw against unbeaten Connecticut rival David Wilson on just one week's notice following his July 15th knockout win over Dias at Twin River. Gonzalez, meanwhile, returns next Friday just 15 days after stopping Juan Muniz in the opening round of their scheduled four-round bout. Sosa is also coming off a first-round knockout on July 30th against Shavonte Dixon in the debut for both fighters.

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Three Title Fights!

One Memorable Night Of Boxing
D

A championship tripleheader will highlight "Knockout Night at the D" on Friday night, September 30, airing live (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network and internationally via ESPN (digital delay check local listings), outdoors from under the neon lights at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegas and DowntownLas Vegas Events Center, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.

Hall of Fame announcers Jim "J.R." Ross and Al Bernstein will call all of the action from ringside on CBS Sports Network and in English for ESPN internationally.

In The 10-round main event, Hanzel "Rude Boy" Martinez (23-2, 19 KOs) takes on Emmanuel Quartey (20-2, 19 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) International super bantamweight championship.

Tony Lopez, Jr. (11-1, 4 KOs faces unbeaten Stephon "Showstopper" Young (14-0-3, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBA North American Boxing Association (NABA) bantamweight title in the 10-round co-feature, while undefeated WBA-NABA USA super welterweight champion John "The Phenom" Vera (14-0, 9 KOs) makes his first title defense against Milorad "Micko" Zizic (12-1, 6 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

"This show has all the makings of the best 'Knockout Night at the D' show of the year with three title fights on tap," RJJ Boxing Promotions CEO/Co-Founder Keith Veltre said. "The six principal fighters have a combined record of 94-6-3 with 63 knockouts. All three of these title fights are evenly matched and can go either way. The winner of the main event should land a spot in the WBA's top 15 ratings. And we plan to load up the undercard with many of Las Vegas' most promising prospects."

Martinez, 24, is a former World Boxing Council (WBC) United States bantamweight champion. A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Martinez is ranked No. 4 by the NABA, and on the verge of breaking out on the national boxing scene. He hasn't fought since last December because his last fight was cancelled when he was injured in a car accident.

A former super flyweight champion at home in Ghana, Quartey like Martinez is a dangerous puncher who has experience in the ring. He will be making his United State debut Sept. 30 vs. Martinez.

The 22-year-old Lopez, fighting out of Dallas, is coming off of a sensational second-round stoppage of Jerren Cochran this past May at DLVEC. He is a former WBC Youth Intercontinental bantamweight champion, the belt he captured in 2014 with an 8-round unanimous decision from previously undefeated Isaac Torres (9-0) in Fort Worth. Lopez is rated No. 7 by the NABA.

Young, 27, is rated No. 2 by the NABA. The southpaw was a decorated amateur boxer out of Saint Louis, compiling an 86-13 record, including a silver-medal performance at the 2011 National Golden Gloves Championships. All three of his draws were fought on the road. His last was in his most recent fight, last April at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, in which he and 14-0 Nikolay Potapov battled evenly for 10 rounds.

Vera's brutal sixth-round knockout of 10-1-1 Joey Ruelas, also at DLVEC, earned the left-handed Vera his NABA-USA super welterweight crown. Fighting out of Fort Worth, Vera will be facing the toughest opponent of his 3 ½ year professional career.

Zizic, a native of Montenegro is a former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Youth and WBC Mediterranean middleweight champion. Ranked No. 14 by the NABA, Zizic now lives and trains in the capital of boxing, Las Vegas.

Undercard fights will soon be announced. 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 the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and Neon Star Media.

This "Knockout Night at the D" event is licensed to ESPN will be available to watch in 61 additional countries and territories in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico & Brazil) Caribbean, Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands), United Kingdom, Canada and India

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Anthony Yigit!

European Title Challenge

Undefeated Stockholm fighter Anthony Yigit (18-0-1, 7 KOs) will face Lenny Daws (30-4-2-, 11 KOs) for European Super Lightweight title.

The European Boxing Union (EBU) have ordered Yigit to meet the former two-time British Champion for the vacant belt following Ruben Nieto’s decision to relinquish the title.

Both parties now have until the September 28 deadline to reach an agreement before the fight goes to purse bids.

Yigit, who recorded a unanimous points victory over Armando Robles last Saturday in Stockholm, says he is looking forward to the challenge.

‘’I’m very excited to be fighting for the European title,’’ said the 25 year-old. ‘’I’ve been waiting for this chance for a long time, and now it’s here, I’m going take what’s mine, and bring the belt home to Sweden.

‘’Daws is a tough fighter. He has a lot of experience and has fought for the European belt before. He got an unfortunate decision against Nieto last time and was unlucky not to win. Fighting him, I feel like I’m fighting the best, and if I beat him, it will show that I’m the true champion.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland expects the London 2012 Olympian to face a tough test against the British veteran Daws, but believes his fighter will prevail.

‘’This is a big opportunity for Anthony, and one we expect him to take with both hands,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’Lenny is a tough fighter with a lot of experience, but we believe Anthony has what it takes to win.

''We're currently in negotiations with Lenny’s promoter, and hope to reach agreement soon, if not, we will have purse bids on September 28.’'

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Eddie Ramirez Survives Knockdown!

Stops Kevin Watts In Seven
Kevin Watts

Chicago's Eddie Ramirez (15-0, 10 KOs) scored a seventh round knockout of Kevin Watts (11-1, 4 KOs) in a battle of unbeaten super lightweight prospects that served as the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday night from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California.

Ramirez was determined to be the busier fighter, but it was Watts who scored the first big blow of the night when he caught Ramirez with a right uppercut that dropped his opponent for the first time in his career.

The Chicago-born prospect stepped up the attack after the knockdown and began to dominate the fight with his work rate and body punching. The jab was another effective weapon for Ramirez and it allowed him to navigate the distance and push Watts against the ropes.

Watts was unable to put his punches together and Ramirez became more emboldened in his attack as the fight went on and Watts began to wear down. Ramirez had a 488 to 348 advantage in punches thrown while connecting on 170 punches to Watts' 130.

The relentless attack eventually paid dividends as Ramirez trapped Watts with a flurry of body punches and eventually put Watts down to the mat. He was unable to beat the count and the fight was waved off at 1:37 in the seventh round.

The co-main event of the night saw super welterweight prospect Marcos "Madman" Hernandez (9-0, 2 KOs) earn a unanimous decision over Detroit's Antonio Urista (7-2, 2 KOs) in their eight-round bout.

Hernandez controlled the fight with his length advantage and superior accuracy while Urista attempted to outwork his opponent. The fight was full of exchanges from start to finish as both fighters loaded up on power punches throughout the night.

Round three saw Hernandez begin to break through and land big, clean shots on Urista, who was staggered by a right hand midway through the round. Hernandez's steady attack had an effect on Urista in the form of his mouthpiece falling out three times. In the fifth round, the third instance prompted the referee to deduct a point from Urista.

Sensing the urgency in the fight, Urista pressed forward and initiated an exciting round of back and forth action. Hernandez continued to get the better of the exchanges but was tagged by a hard left hand to the head right before the bell.

Urista enjoyed a 664-507 advantage in punches thrown, but Hernandez was able to land 213 punches to 193 from his opponent. Hernandez was dominant with his right hooks and he mixed in uppercuts throughout the night as he began to time his opponent.

Hernandez's 42 percent to 29 percent advantage in punches landed proved to be the difference as he took home the decision by scores of 80-71 twice and 79-72.

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Bryant Perrella!

Training Hard & Aiming For A Knockout
Bryant Perrella

Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella will look to take another step up the welterweight ladder when he faces contender Yordenis Ugas Tuesday, September 27 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, NM.

The bout is scheduled for ten rounds and is the main event of Premier Boxing Champions’ “Toe to Toe Tuesday” series on Fox Sports 1.

Ugas, who captured a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics for his native Cuba, is 16-3 with 7 wins by knockout as a professional. On August 12, Ugas soundly defeated previously unbeaten Jamal James over ten rounds. The well-schooled Cuban has never been stopped and two of his defeats came via split decision.

To prepare for the challenge, Perrella’s been training with world class fighters from all over the world. The Fort Myers native has put in additional time in all aspects of his training from bag work to cardio, strength training and sparring. By pushing himself to the limits in his training camp, Perrella’s confident the hard work will help him accomplish exactly what he’s looking for on fight night.

“First and foremost I owe a special thanks to my great sponsor Dioxyme for helping make this training camp a great success so far,” said the 27-year-old, who is 14-0 with 13 wins via KO. “I’ve said all along that I’m planning to knock him out. He’s never faced anybody with power like mine or a welterweight of my stature that can box, bang and throw the right punches at the right time. He’s in for a real surprise on the 27th because I’m going to end his night early and show everybody in the welterweight division that I’m a force to be reckoned with!”

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM CALIFORNIA
PBC

Eddie Ramirez 141.8 vs Kevin Watts 141.2

Marcos Hernandez 157.8 vs Antonio Urista 157.4

Leduan Barthelemy 123 vs Ricardo Nunez 123.2

Flavio Rodriguez 148.8 vs Yasmani Pedroso 148

Antonio Santa Cruz 117.2 vs Francisco Muro 117.4

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Luis Del Valle!

Ready To Shine Saturday Night
Luis Del Valle

IBF #8 super bantamweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle and his team arrived in Dallas this afternoon after leaving Puerto Rico earlier today.

Del Valle, who hails from Bayamon, meets unbeaten Diego De La Hoya, 15-0 (9 KO's), Saturday evening over ten rounds in what is expected to be a classic Puerto Rico vs Mexico slugfest. The bout opens an HBO PPV telecast starting at 9 PM ET headlined by the junior middleweight championship fight between pound for pound superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and reigning WBO champion Liam Smith. The card takes place a short distance from Dallas in Arlington, TX at AT&T Stadium, best known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Del Valle, 22-2 (16 KO's), had grueling training camp to prepare for what he calls the biggest fight of his career. With his preparation in the books, Del Valle is supremely confident that the work he put in along with his significant experience advantage will guide him to victory.

“The work has been put in by myself and my team,” said Del Valle. “I'm focused and ready to fight. A win can change everything for me. De La Hoya is undefeated and people are discussing him as a future superstar. His team believes I'm the guy he'll beat to get to the next level and that's a major mistake. I've been down this road before and this was the best camp I ever had. Come Saturday night, everybody will see that Orlandito Del Valle is a serious player in the 122 pound division!”

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Carlos Carlson!

Fights For NABF Title
Carlos Carlson

Top bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson (21-1, 12 KOs) and veteran Alex Rangel (17-5-2, 11 KOs) will fight for the vacant NABF Title on Friday, Sept 23, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Carlson vs. Rangel comprises the 10-round "Locked n' Loaded" main event.

Carlson, an elite bantamweight with world ranking credentials (WBC no. 11), is determined to add another title to his impressive resume.

"Fighting for titles is what this sport is about," said Carlson, who has previously held the WBC Latino championship. "I'm coming into this bout well prepared. Rangel is going to get a tough fight."

In the 8-round co-feature, undefeated junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (19-0, 10 KOs) meets Brian Jones (13-6, 7 KOs). Both fighters represent different parts of Southern California, with Santillan hailing from San Diego and Jones calling Los Angeles home.

"I guess you can say bragging rights are on the line," said Santillan, a southpaw. "I don't really think about it. I'm just focused on delivering an excellent performance."

"From top to bottom, it's a talent rich card," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "Carlson is making noise in the bantamweight division, and Santillan is looking better with each fight."

On the undercard, featherweight prospect Erick Ituarte (14-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. faces Alberto Mora (5-4, 1 KO) of Cabo San Lucas, Mex. (8-rounds).

The hard-hitting lightweight Manuel Mendez (11-1, 7 KOs) of Indio, Calif. battles Erick Martinez (12-5-1, 6 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. in a bout set for 8-rounds.

Featherweight Ruben Villa (1-0, 1 KO) of Salinas, Calif., who turned professional in July after a stellar career in the U.S. amateurs, fights Jose Mora (0-0, 1 NC) of Tijuana, Mex. (4-rounds). Villa is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.

Opening the "Locked n' Loaded" event are bantamweights Danny Andujo (1-0, 1 KO) and Cesar Guzman (pro debut). Both fighters are from Temecula, Calif. The fight is scheduled for 4-rounds.

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.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at (909) 937-0900.

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

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FELIX DIAZ!

CALLS OUT TERENCE CRAWFORD

There aren't many fighters these days calling out undefeated two-division world champion Terence Crawford, one of boxing's pound-for-pound best. Felix Diaz is, though. This is a fight that should be made.

Diaz (18-1, 8KO's), the only boxer to win an Olympic gold medal for the Dominican Republic, is coming off a career-changing performance back in July. He dominated highly regarded, undefeated welterweight contender Sammy Vasquez, though he is a true super lightweight. Following his victory over Vasquez, Diaz signed with promoter Lou DiBella, with the goal of fighting the biggest names in the sport, and Crawford is at the very top of his list.

"I would love to fight Crawford," said Diaz emphatically. "I believe that our styles match up perfectly and will make for a tremendous fight. I also believe that my style will give him a ton of problems. Gamboa had success against him, but Gamboa was a smaller guy. I am a big, strong 140-pounder. He has never faced someone like me. I fought Peterson in his backyard and I have no problem coming to Omaha. All that yelling, screaming and cheering for the hometown fighter goes out the window when the bell rings. It's just me and him in the ring, and I would bring it all night long."

Crawford had hoped to land a shot against Manny Pacquiao, and was rumored to be one of the leading candidates to face the future first ballot Hall-of-Famer. Pacquiao ultimately chose to take on WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, leaving Crawford and Top Rank in search of an acceptable dance partner for Crawford. Diaz believes he is the solution and sees the fight as an easy one to make.

"I am with DiBella now, and I know that he has worked with Bob Arum and Top Rank many times in the past. Also my manager Al Haymon and Bob are able to work together as well, so there are no obstacles to get this fight done. This would be a tremendous fight for boxing and for TV. If he moves around the ring, I will chase him down and force him to fight me. If he wants to stand and trade with me, even better. I will be ready for whatever he brings."

The Vasquez fight came on short notice, Diaz' first fight after losing a questionable majority decision to former 140lb. world champion Lamont Peterson. Diaz believes he beat Peterson, having pushed him around the ring in Peterson's backyard. Diaz adamantly disagrees with that decision and believes he can do the same thing to Terence Crawford in Omaha or anywhere else.

"At the end of the day, Peterson and I both produced a great fight, and now it looks like he is going to be taking on Cotto. For him to get the fight against Cotto shows you the caliber of fighter he is. For me to perform the way I did against him, in a fight that many people felt I should have won, shows you the caliber of fighter that I am. To be the best, you have to fight the best. I believe that I am the best super lightweight in the world and beating Crawford would prove that."

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Domonique Dolton & Justin DeLoach!

Training Camp Notes

Rising contenders Domonique Dolton and Justin DeLoach are set to meet in a pivotal matchup of highly regarded young fighters that serves as the co-main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV Friday, Sept. 16 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Televised coverage on Bounce TV begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is headlined by former world champion Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith battling once beaten contender Frank "Notorious" Galarza.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, start at $29 and are on sale now. Tickets are available online at: www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

Here is what the fighters had to say about training camp, their 10-round showdown and more:

How has training camp gone for this fight?

Domonique Dolton: "Training has been going well. My strategy has been to stick to conditioning. I swim twice a week and that's something new that's been added to my routine. It's helped a lot with conditioning. I have a new coach, Theotrice Chambers, and we have great chemistry and the results will show come fight night."

Justin DeLoach: "Training camp has been amazing. It's really been a great camp. We're doing all the physical and mental things we have to do for this fight. I'm keeping my head in the game and I'm focused. This team has been with me since the amateur days."

What do you think of your opponent and how do you see this fight going stylistically?

DD: "From what I saw, he looks like a tough guy. We are not on the same level though. He's fought a couple of undefeated guys, but it doesn't compare to my level of fighting. My skills will speak for me. I put in the hard work. I won't be thinking about the crowd; it will be tunnel vision for me in the ring. My style is a boxer-puncher and I'm willing to get inside if I have to. I can adapt and adjust in the ring and that's my advantage over him."

JD: "This fight is not going all night. I will break him down early in the fight. I have been studying him and I know Domonique better than he knows himself."

What kind of problems does your opponent pose?

DD: "I don't see any problems. I'm been in the ring with all types of guys. I've gone toe-to-toe with a lot of guys and I've seen a lot. I have the experience advantage. I have what it takes and I'm just on a different level than Justin DeLoach."

JD: "I don't feel like there are any problems going into this one. I am my biggest challenge. The only person who can beat me, is me. He's just another body in the ring. I'm going to outthink him in there. I have been keeping my mind right and that's going to help me out on fight night."

What are you looking for in the future if you can get the win on September 16?

DD: "This will probably be my last fight in the division. I will go down and pursue my career at 147-pounds. I believe I am a better and more natural fighter at 147-pounds. I have my names on guys at that weight, but for now I just want to make a name for myself. I'm looking to get a win and become a better fighter."

JD: "I don't feel the need to call anybody out. But if you have a belt, then I'm coming for you. It goes without saying that I want a title shot and I think I'm ready."

Why do you believe you'll be victorious on fight night?

DD: "I am going to win this fight. My confidence is sky high from the team I have been working with. I'm happy with the work I've been putting in. I have been training really hard and I believe in my ability. I have what it takes to win. I'm ready to put on a show for my family. I'm motivated by the negativity so the people against me will see what I bring come fight night."

JD: "I feel like I'm bringing peace into this fight. I have nothing to prove and I'm trying to make a statement. He has more to lose than I do. I can only be Justin DeLoach. I am in this sport to challenge myself. The loss turned me into a better fighter. It humbled me and took a lot of pressure off of my shoulders. I am better than I've ever been before."

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Javier Fortuna!

Comeback Begins September 23

The comeback of one of boxing's most exciting fighters, former WBA World Super Featherweight Champion Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna, will begin on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs) of Braintree, Massachusetts, via La Romana, Dominican Republic, will take on fellow Dominican Marlyn "Maravilla" Cabrera (22-0, 10 KOs) of Santiago de los Caballeros in a 10-round super featherweight battle to top promoters Sampson Lewkowicz's (Sampson Boxing) and Cesar Mercedes' (Manguita Promotions) night of world-class boxing at the Sambil Ballroom in Sambil Plaza in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and live on Dominican TV RNN.

27-year-old southpaw Fortuna won the WBA World Super Featherweight Championship in May 2015 with a 12-round decision over Bryan Vasquez and made a successful defense in September 2015 against Carlos Ivan Velasquez (TKO 10). But then in June of this year, Fortuna suffered a surprise TKO 11 defeat at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China, to unheralded challenger Jason Sosa of New Jersey. Winning fairly easily on all three scorecards, a tiring Fortuna was surprised and dropped by a spirited late-fight rally.

Undefeated and untested 29-year-old Cabrera will be coming to the ring with pulling off an upset on his mind. In his six-year professional career, he has already held the WBA Fedecaribe and Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Inter­Continental Featherweight Championships.

"I can't wait to get back in the ring," said Fortuna. "I lost my championship and I'm going to beat whoever I have to beat to get it back. Cabrera is my countryman and I wish him a long successful career, but right now he is in my way. He has to go."

Someone's undefeated "0" must go in the 10-round "All Dominican" junior middleweight co-main event, as Jeison "Banana" Rosario (11-0, 8 KOs) of Santo Domingo will take on Santiago de los Caballeros' Carlos Jairo Cruz (17-0, 11 KOs).

Rosario was last seen destroying then-undefeated countryman Rafael Lorenzo in two rounds in April. Cruz will be making his first ring appearance this year.

In two other significant match-ups, 25-year-old southpaw Wellington Arias Romero (11-0-1, 5 KOs), of Newburgh, New York, USA via Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will face 26-year-old Abrahan "El Indomable" Peralta (18-4, 13 KOs) of Nagua, Dominican Republic, in an eight-round super lightweight battle; and in an eight-round "All Dominican" lightweight showdown, undefeated Osvaldo Cabrera (11-0-1, 6 KOs) will take on power-punching Ramon De la Cruz (8-2-1, 7 KOs).

In the opening super featherweight four-rounder, future star Abraham "Super" Nova (2-0, 1 KO) of Braintree, Massachusetts, will look to continue his undefeated run in the professionals against Willy Morillo (2-2, 1 KO) of the Dominican Republic.

"It's a great show with many 'Dominican vs. Dominican' fights. Dominican pride will be standing tall that night," said promoter Lewkowicz. "Javier Fortuna is coming back strong after his first loss against an undefeated fighter. He is angry at himself for losing and wants the tough fights to get him back to the world championship. The other fights are all the top fighters the country has to offer against each other and we have my star of the future Abraham Nova, to open the show. I'm very proud to be part of this show and very happy to come back to the Dominican Republic with my long-time, loyal partner, Cesar Mercedez of Manguita Promotions."

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Daniel Jacobs!

Dominates & Stops Sergio Mora

Middleweight world champion Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) retained his title and knocked down former world champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (28-5-2, 9 KOs) five times on his way to a seventh-round TKO in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Friday night from Santander Arena in Reading, Pa.

The bout was a rematch of their championship fight last August that saw Jacobs win by TKO despite being dropped in the first round. Mora suffered an ankle injury on the punch that ended the last fight but he was not able to capitalize on his second chance.

Jacobs was in control early and often, attacking the body of Mora and switching between orthodox and southpaw styles to stay in control throughout. Mora was evasive and used good head movement to frustrate Jacobs early but could never get his own offense going.

The champion from Brooklyn stayed the course and in round four he broke through with a left hook to the head that sent Mora crumpling to the mat. Mora recovered but again had a knockdown scored against him in round five.

Sensing his moment, Jacobs came out aggressive in the seventh round as he clearly sought an end to the fight. A left right combo dropped Mora in the corner early in the round before he was dropped from a body shot moments after getting back on his feet.

Referee Gary Rosato let the fight continue but Jacobs put a quick end to the night by smothering Mora and dropping him for the fifth and final time, forcing the referee to stop the bout at 2:08 into the round.

In front of a raucous and supportive crowd, undefeated rising star Robert Easter (18-0, 14 KOs) earned a narrow split-decision victory over previously unbeaten Richard Commey (24-1, 22 KOs) in a thrilling contest that saw both men grab momentum at different points throughout the 12-round bout.

Easter used his jab and length advantage in round one and appeared to have more success throughout the night when he fought from a distance. The fight vacillated between a tactical battle and a toe-to-toe war by the round and even by the minute.

The Ghanaian Commey was aggressive throughout the fight and had success pushing Easter to the ropes and catching him with big right hands. In round eight, Commey scored a knockdown on one of those right hands, as referee Benjy Esteves ruled that Easter's glove hit the canvas as a result of the punch.

Easter and Commey both came out firing in round nine, engaging in one of the many exchanges that put the lively crowd on its feet. Easter had great success throughout the night with his right uppercut that consistently caught Commey coming in, but never deterred him completely.

Both men reached the 12-round limit for the first time in their careers but it was Easter who took advantage of the final stanza by rocking and wobbling Commey with a big overhand right just seconds into the round.

Commey was able to survive on the ropes and by consistently wrapping up his opponent. Both men were lifted to the air in triumph by their trainers after the final bell rang as the crowd cheered the two combatants. In the end the judges scored the fight 114-113 for Commey and 115-112 and 114-113 for Easter.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

DANIEL JACOBS

"I have to take my hat off to Sergio Mora. There was a lot of talking before this fight, but this is boxing. I respect any man who gets inside of this ring.

"I want to prove to the world that I'm the best middleweight. If GGG gets the victory tomorrow, that's who we want.

"I wanted to go in there to hurt him and keep my knockout streak alive. I did what I said I would.

"I didn't expect to knock him down as much, but I did see the fight ending in a knockout. It took a while because he's so tricky. I wasn't able to jab the way I wanted to. That's what happens when you fight guys who have been in the game for a long time.

"The support of my city means a lot. There are guys here that I've known since kindergarten. People showed me love across the board and it was tremendous. For them to be on this journey with me, it means everything. I'm living my dream.

"This one's for Brooklyn. We have to spread the love around but I'll be back home in December headlining at Barclays Center."

SERGIO MORA

"The guy punches really hard. I was trying to catch him like I did in the first fight but I couldn't do it today.

"We expected him to fight the way he did. He's big and powerful. I knew I would have to catch him with a few shots and take him into the later rounds. I think I was doing that until my legs couldn't recover.

"I'm not going to take anything away from his victory, but I never recovered from a shot to the back of the head. They counted it as a knockdown so I'll have to take a look at the video, but it felt like the back of the head.

"This guy is a big overwhelming figure. When he got on top of me I could feel his weight. You really need those legs to wake up when you get buzzed.

"The fight was close in my heart. Daniel finally gave me credit. I didn't feel like I got beat up, he just caught me with good shots. I have a lot left in me. I'm going to look at the tape and see where I'm at."

ROBERT EASTER

"It's been a long training camp. We had an amazing training camp. This fight wasn't easy at all. We knew it wasn't going to be easy. Richard Commey is a tough, tough competitor. He made me fight each and every round, but we did it.

"The game plan was to go out there and box him and use my length and reach. I made a few mistakes tonight. One of them was not fighting him early enough. It wouldn't have been close. In the last round, when I needed the round, I went out and got it.

"I took everything that I had, all 16 years in the sport, and I used it to go get that belt.

"You always have to stay composed as a professional. I wasn't hurt at all on the knockdown. I know what happened in there. He threw a shorter right hand and I stumbled. I finished the round tough.

"Early in the fight I thought I hurt him with a hook and right hand combo. In the last round I caught him right on the chin. That wobbled him. He held on for dear life.

"I knew it was going to come down to a split decision. I felt in my heart that I did enough. He missed a lot of shots.

"I want more straps. I want belts. This is huge for my city. It means a lot. It's bigger than me. I wanted to give them something to believe in.

"All this hard work we had to put in for this fight, we had to dig in deep. I did this for my city and Toledo came out for me tonight."

RICHARD COMMEY

"I feel like I won this fight. I did everything that I could. I landed the more accurate shots. I come from very far and it's hard to win here versus an American. I deserve a rematch.

"I was very devastated when I heard the scores. I knew it was a close fight. He went down and I didn't.

"I want to be a world champion. Even if he doesn't want to fight me, I want another opportunity. I can fight at the highest level in the world. We worked so hard to get to this stage. I want to stay at this level. I'll keep improving."

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Marcos Hernandez!

Training Camp Quotes

Unbeaten prospect Marcos "The Madman" Hernandez is set to put his undefeated record on the line against Detroit's Antonio Urista in an eight-round bout featured on Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, September 13 from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by a 10-round showdown between undefeated super lightweight prospects Eddie Ramirez and Kevin Watts.

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.

Hernandez is set for his second consecutive fight on FS1 and in Nice and he will look to build on his impressive victory over previously unbeaten Thomas Hill in July. Here is what Hernandez had to say about the fight, his camp and more:

On fighting in his second televised bout on FS1...

"To be fighting on FS1 for the second time in my career is a dream come true. I've worked extremely hard to get these types of opportunities and I want to take full advantage of the situation. Just like my last fight, you can expect me to come out firing hard shots. I'm here to give the fans a great show."

On his recent training camp...

"Training camp has been hard as usual. Just like the last camp, we traveled to many different gyms to get the best possible sparring. Everyone was a top level guy. My conditioning is right where I like it. Most importantly, I feel I'm getting better with each training camp."

On his matchup with Antonio Urista...

"I really don't know much about him expect that he only has one loss on his record. I'm sure he's going to be looking to take advantage of this opportunity, so I'm expecting a very tough fight. The fans are in for a big treat."

On fighting at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino...

"I've only fought there once and it was a great experience. The venue is very intimate and the fans are on top of you so you can feel the energy when you're in the ring. Because I'm from California, the fans seem to take a liking to me, so I'm excited to be fighting there again."

On fighting out of his hometown of Fresno, Calif...

"Right now Fresno has a lot of good fighters coming up. I just want to do my best to put Fresno on the map as far as boxing goes. There's a lot of talent coming out of Fresno and the fans really support their fighters. I know everyone back home will be tuning in. With a great performance, I'm hoping my hometown fan base will continue to grow."

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WEIGHTS FROM SWEDEN
Laurén V Svensson

Mikaela Laurén (27-1, 12 KOs) and Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) both made weight ahead of their grudge match tomorrow night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The Swedish rivals battle it out for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight belt and a chance to face female pound-for-pound number one Cecilia Brækhus for her unified titles.

At today's weigh-in, Laurén, the former WBC Super Welterweight Champion weighed in marginally heavier than Svensson, who has previously held titles at light welterweight.

WBC Female World Welterweight Championship:

Mikaela Laurén: 65.8kg

Klara Svensson: 65.6.kg

Their World Championship clash will be supported by a full undercard featuring the very best of Swedish boxing including undefeated light welterweight Anthony Yigit and heavyweight hope Otto Wallin, alongside controversial British boxer Dereck Chisora.

Heavyweight – 8 Rounds:

Dereck Chisora: 119kg

Drazan Janjanin: 93kg

Light Welterweight – 10 Rounds:

Anthony Yigit: 65.9kg

Armando Robles: 65.9kg

Heavyweight – 8 Rounds:

Otto Wallin: 101kg

Osborne Machimana: 135kg

Super Middleweight:

Naim Terbunja: 77.8kg

Baptiste Castegnaro: 77.3kg

Female Light Welterweight:

Patricia Berghult: 63kg

Magyar Kinga: 62.4kg

Tickets for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight between Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson tomorrow night at the Hovet 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 http://www.viaplay.se.

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Warriors Boxing Presents!

Night Of The Rising Stars
Night Of The Rising Stars

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Warriors Boxing will present "Night of the Rising Stars," a unique evening of professional boxing amid the all-out party atmosphere of Florida's #1 Concert/Club Venue in the State, Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Florida, and featuring many of South Florida's brightest up-and-coming prospects, as well as many surprises and special guests.

The boxing celebration will be headlined by a quintet of Florida fighters, JD "Pretty Boy" Martinez (1-0), Daniel "Raspy" Placeres (2-0, 1 KO), Chasity Martin (3-0, 1 KO), Anthony Martinez (pro debut) and Robert Daniels Jr. (pro debut) in separate four-round bouts.

Tickets for "Night of the Rising Stars" are priced at $120 VIP Seat, $75 Reserve and $35 General Admission and are available by visiting www.warriorsboxing.com or Ticketforce.com or by calling 954.985.1155.

27-year-old super welterweight JD "Pretty Boy" Martinez was born into boxing. His father, Anthony Sr., was once rated #6 in the world and his uncle, Fernando "Mad Dog" Martinez was rated #4. Martinez was 14-2 as an amateur and won the 2009 Golden Gloves and Florida PAL Championships. An successful entrepreneur away from the gym, Martine owns a Christmas tree business that supplies 12000 trees every year to the Miami area, as well as pumpkin outlet that supplies over 3000 pumpkins. He also owns seven locations that sells fireworks. Martinez trains at the world Famous 5th Street Gym under Dino Spencer.

"My goal is to do it smart in boxing," said Martinez. "My father and uncle fought undefeated lions in their first 10 fights. I think if they build me up correctly I can be a local attraction. I'm very excited to be fighting in front of so many friends and family."

28-year-old Daniel "Raspy" Placeres is an undefeated lightweight from Miami. Placeres had a very short amateur career, going 4-1, but learned to box in the gym, sparring world-class fighters such as current WBA Super World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, and former world champion Richar Abril.

"I'm very excited and a little nervous to be fighting at home as professional," said Placeres. "It's got me very motivated and I'll definitely be the best me I can be that night."

30-year-old junior middleweight Anthony Martinez went 22-3 as an amateur boxer, winning the Florida Golden Gloves and State Championships. A natural to boxing, Martinez's in-ring patience and technical skill combined with above-average power make him a strong candidate for success in the professional game.

"I feel excited and anxious about turning pro," said Martinez. "I'm thrilled to be having my first pro fight. A lot of people said I had a pro style, so yeah, I want this more than anything."

23-year-old southpaw super middleweight Robert Daniels Jr. is the son of former cruiserweight world champion Robert "Preacherman" Daniels, the only Miami-born fighter to hold a major world title. Daniels Jr. started boxing at 10 years old and went 64-6 as an amateur boxer. Among his many accolades, he won the Sunshine State Games twice, the State title twice, the Platinum Gloves, the Junior Olympic regionals. A boxer/puncher with excellent counter-punching skills, Daniels is trained by former world champion John David Jackson.

"It feels great. I've been waiting a long time to turn professional," said Daniels. "It feels great to be staring my professional career and get South Florida-based people behind me.

19-year-old super featherweight Chasity "The Queen of Pompano Beach" Martin had a stellar amateur boxing career, where she was ranked #1 in Florida and #3 in the country while winning the 2015 Sunshine State Games, the Junior Silver Gloves, the State Junior Olympics, and the Florida Golden Gloves. She is trained by former Mike Tyson trainer, Stacy McKinley, at Gold's Gym in Deerfield Beach.

Promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing says he hopes "Night of the Rising Stars" becomes a series of shows in South Florida.

"This area has so much boxing talent. I'm happy to be able to present this show and showcase some of the best new fighters from the area. We hope the boxing fans in South Florida get behind this terrific event, so we can turn it into a series. Looking forward to a terrific night of boxing."

"We are glad to return to a premier venue in South Florida with an abundance of new talent," said Luis DeCubas, Warriors Boxing COO.

Consistently voted the #1 venue in the State, Club Cinema is an approximately 3500-seat three-floor nightclub and hall in Broward County that regularly hosts some of the world's top recording artists and music festivals. Boasting thousands of square feet of space, open bars everywhere and amazing sound and light systems, Club Cinema is the center of South Florida's night life.

Opponents and undercard will be announced shortly. Stay tuned for several other special announcements. On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the action starts at 7:00 pm. All bouts subject to change. Club Cinema is located at 3251 N Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.

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Knockout Night At The D Boxing Series!

Expands To Worldwide Audience On ESPN

Neon Star Media, on behalf of the D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), to announce an agreement that the next two events in the 2016 "Knockout Night at the D" series - tonight (Sept. 9) and Sept. 30 -- will air around the world on international ESPN.

The popular "Knockout Night at the D" series, developed in partnership with DLVEC and Neon Star Media, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The series also airs on CBS Sports Network throughout North America.

Hall of Fame announcers Jim "J.R." Ross and Al Bernstein will be ringside commentators for the English broadcast of "Knockout out Night at the D."

The upcoming "Knockout Night at the D" events have been licensed to ESPN for broadcast in 61 additional countries and territories in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico & Brazil) Caribbean, Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands), United Kingdom, Canada and India

"We are excited to have the next two installments 'Knockout Night at the D' airing around the world on ESPN for our client, the D Las Vegas & DLVEC," said Mike Garrow Chief Strategy Officer for Neon Star Media, "The ESPN international platform will allow viewers from around the world to not only see the competitive matches our partner, RJJ Boxing Promotions, puts on, which the series was built around, but to also see the fight capital of the world in a whole new light under the neon lights of Downtown Las Vegas."

"Knockout Night at the D has quickly developed into a must-see event in Downtown Las Vegas," said Derek Stevens, Owner and CEO of the D Las Vegas and DLVEC. "Our goal is to showcase the world-class matchups taking place in our city, so we are thrilled to partner with ESPN to broadcast some of the best talent in the country."

Tonight's "Knockout Night at the D" show is headlined by a 10-round bout between unbeaten junior welterweights Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles (15-1-1, 5 KOs) and Steve "The Dragon" Claggett (23-4-1, 16 KOs),promoted in association with Bobby D Presents, for the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) - United States junior welterweight championship.

Undefeated prospects Rolando Garza (9-0, 6 KOs) and Neeco "The Rooster" Macias (12-0, 6 KOs) will square off in the 8-round co-feature for the vacant WBC - US junior middleweight championship.

Limited tickets for tonight's night's show, 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 6:30 p.m. PT.

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.

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Super Sparring For Wallin!

Ahead Of Machimana Test
Wallin

Otto Wallin (15-0, 11 KOs) has been sparring World Champion Krzysztof Glowacki in preparation for his eight-round heavyweight clash with Osborne Machimana (21-8-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The Sundsvall fighter has spent two weeks in Poland as part of Glowacki’s training camp for the cruiserweight’s WBO World title defence against Oleksandr Usyk on September 17 in Gdansk.

‘’It’s been a great experience for me,’’ said Wallin, who returned to his Copenhagen training base last Saturday. ‘’I spent the first week in Warsaw, the capital, and the second at the Olympic training facilities in Walcz.

‘’You learn a lot from training and sparring with a World Champion like Glowacki. He is a very solid fighter, who really earned his World title last year with the way he won it against Marco Huck. He’s in a position that I dream of being in one day and I’ve got a lot of respect for him.’’

Wallin believes these tough sparring sessions will ensure he enters the ring in top condition as he attempts to move to 16-0 with a victory over Machimana.

‘’The sparring has really helped get me sharp for this fight. I feel in amazing shape. I’ve spent the last week in Denmark fine-tuning everything with my coach Joey Gamache, and now, I’m ready to showcase my skills.

‘’I would never take any opponent lightly, but Machimana is going to have to come up with something special to beat me. I couldn’t be more confident.’’

Wallin fights Machimana on the undercard of the Swedish super fight between Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson. Tickets 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 on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinavia. For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.se.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM LAS VEGAS
D

Emmanuel Robles 140 vs Steve Claggett 140

Rolando Garza 154 vs Neeco Macias 153.5

Jeremy Nichols 147 vs Steve Belmontes 150.5

Marina Ramirez 106 vs Rachel Sazoff 106

Randy Moreno 129 vs Gaige Ireland 129.5

Ismail Muwendo 135 vs Eliseo Cruz 135

Max Ornelas 118 vs Johnathan Quioroz 118

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM PENNSYLVANIA

Daniel Jacobs 159.6 vs. Sergio Mora 159.3

Robert Easter Jr 134.5 vs. Richard Commey 135

Travis Kauffman 239 vs. Josh Gormley 240

Jorge Sebastian Heiland 161.3 vs. Angel Hernandez 165

Kermit Cintron 146.6 vs. Manny Woods 150.6

Frank De Alba 128.5 vs. Kiun Evans 125.9

Earl Newman 177 vs. Leo Hall 178.3

Christopher Brooker 166.9 vs. Elvin Ayala 170

Erik Spring 151.9 vs. Simon Henriksson 153.6

Miguel Martinez 153 vs. Nicholas Hernandez 153.7

Kashon Hutchinson 139.9 vs. Jordan Morales 139.6

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Marcos Hernandez V Antonio Urista!

Premier Boxing Champions On FS1
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Undefeated super middleweight prospect Marcos "The Madman" Hernandez (8-0, 2 KOs) returns to face Detroit's Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round bout featured on Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, September 13 from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by a 10-round showdown between undefeated super lightweight prospects Eddie Ramirez and Kevin Watts.

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.

Additional undercard action features undefeated featherweight prospect Leduan Barthelemy (10-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round matchup against San Antonio's Ricardo Nunez (28-5, 23 KOs).

Rounding out the night is Antonio Santa Cruz (3-2, 2 KOs), cousin of Leo Santa Cruz, against Mexico's Francisco Muro (3-3) in a four-round bantamweight fight and undefeated Los Angeles-native Flavio Rodriguez (4-0, 3 KOs) in four-rounds of welterweight action.

Unbeaten since turning pro in 2013, Hernandez defeated previously unbeaten Thomas Hill in an entertaining brawl in Nice on July 12. The 23-year-old fights out of Fresno, California and picked up three victories in 2015. He will face the 29-year-old Urista who enters this fight coming off of a win over previously undefeated Miles Delmindo.

The youngest brother of two-division world champion Rances and Olympic gold medalist Yan, Barthelemy has fought three times in 2016 and has picked up three victories by stoppage. The 27-year-old fights out of Las Vegas by way of Cuba and will battle San Antonio's Nunez on September 13.

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Mikaela Laurén!

Wins Coin Toss Will Enter The Ring Second
Mikaela Laurén

Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) won the first battle against Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) as the Swedish rivals went head-to-head in a coin toss to decide who enters the ring second for their interim WBC World Female Welterweight title fight on Saturday night.

The Stockholm fighter had previously demanded that she walk to the ring second and was left outraged when it was announced that the decision would come down to a flip of a coin.

Laurén eventually got her way after correctly calling the toss during a live TV3 broadcast following the Sweden vs. Finland ice hockey game.

‘’Justice has been done,’’ said Laurén. ‘’It’s my hometown and I deserve to walk second. I’m happy we’ve finally come to right decision, and now I can focus all my efforts on knocking Klara out on Saturday night.’’

Svensson, however, insists the outcome will have no effect on her performance in the ring. ‘’It’s makes no difference to me,’’ she said. ‘’Either way, I’m ready to win this fight!’’

The female fighters will come face-to-face for the last time at tomorrow’s weigh-in before finally settling their difference in the ring on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

Tickets for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight between Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson on September 10 at the Hovet 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 http://www.viaplay.se.

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Alexis Santiago V Jose Cayetano!

Premier Boxing Champions On Bounce
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Super bantamweight contender Alexis "Beaver" Santiago (21-3-1, 8 KOs) will face Mexico's Jose Cayetano (19-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round showdown featured on Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV Friday, Sept. 16 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The main event on Bounce TV will feature former world champion Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith battling once beaten contender Frank "Notorious" Galarza. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a super welterweight showdown between Domonique Dolton and Justin DeLoach.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, start at $29 and are on sale now. Tickets are available online at: www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

Additional undercard action features super middleweight contender J'Leon Love (22-1, 12 KOs) battling Dashon Johnson (21-19-3, 6 KOs) in a 10-round showdown and exciting contender Sharif "The Lion" Bogere (28-1, 19 KOs) taking on Colombia's Luis Florez (21-4, 17 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight contest.

The stacked night of exciting matchups will feature light heavyweight Lionell Thompson (16-4, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout against Chicago's Donovan George (25-5-2, 22 KOs) plus super middleweight Lanell "KO" Bellows (16-1-1, 9 KOs) battling Mexico's Fernando Castenada (18-10, 12 KOs) in an eight-round contest and undefeated Juan Heraldez (10-0, 7 KOs) taking on Mexico's Reyes Sanchez (28-8-2, 15 KOs) in eight-rounds of welterweight action.

Rounding out the night is Memphis-born prospect Ladarius Miller (10-1, 2 KOs) against unbeaten Maynard Allison (5-0, 4 KOs) in a six-round super lightweight bout and undefeated Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (4-0-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round welterweight contest.

A pro since 2009, the 25-year-old Santiago is unbeaten in his last ten bouts and is coming off of a victory over Erik Ruiz in February. The Phoenix-native defeated Gustavo Molina, Javier Gallo and Antonio Tostado Garcia in 2015 and has not taken a loss since 2012. His most impressive triumphs came over once-beaten fighters Alex Rangel and Hanzel Martinez, both of whom he beat in 10-round bouts. He is set to take on the 29-year-old Cayetano who has fought professionally since 2009. Fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico, Cayetano lost a decision to Leo Santa Cruz in 2015 but has won his last two fights.

A once-beaten contender at 168-pounds, the 28-year-old Love bounced back from his lone defeat to defeat Scott Sigmon, Jason Escalera and Marcus Upshaw in 2015 before stopping Michael Gbenga in April to begin his 2016. The Inkster, Michigan native owns wins over Marco Antonio Periban, Derrick Findley and Lajuan Simon on his way to contender status. He takes on the exciting 28-year-old contender Johnson out of Escondido, California. He enters this fight coming off of back-to-back victories over Decarlo Perez and Victor Palacios.

A winner of his first 23 pro fights, Bogere fights out of Las Vegas while proudly representing his native Uganda. The 27-year-old has picked up up victories over Raymundo Beltran, Francisco Contreras and Manuel Levya across his career that dates back to 2008. He enters this bout on a five-fight winning streak and will take on the 29-year-old Florez out of Magangue, Colombia, who made his U.S. debut in February of this year.

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Daniel Jacobs V Sergio Mora!

Final Press Conference Quotes
Daniel Jacobs V Sergio Mora

Middleweight world champion Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs and former champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora went face-to-face at the final press conference Wednesday before their world championship rematch that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Friday, September 9 from Santander Arena in Reading, Pa.

Also in attendance at Wednesday's event were undefeated lightweights Robert Easter and Richard Commey, who fight for a vacant world title Friday night on Spike. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features local contender Travis "My Time" Kauffman in a 10-round heavyweight bout.

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

Here is what the fighters had to say:

DANIEL JACOBS

"It's an honor to be up here as the main event with these young fighters and future champions. I'm excited to be back in the ring. It's been too long but I've been training hard and I feel great.

"I'm going to do what I do best. People talk about my power, but I get my skills from the amateur system and from proving that I have the goods. I have the power in addition to the skill set. I'm planning on proving that Friday night.

"I'll be ready every round to give it my best and he better come in ready to fight. I'm excited to be here and display my skills in a new place.

"The fans are looking forward to a good fight so I hope Sergio is ready to make this an exciting battle. I'm going to show everybody my full arsenal."

SERGIO MORA

"Our last fight was on the way to being a 'Fight of the Year,' but I busted my ankle in the second round and I couldn't continue. I've been waiting 13 months for this opportunity and I'm completely ready. This has been a fantastic training camp.

"It's time for business. People don't know what's going to happen. He has big power and I have a lot of experience and tricks up my sleeve. The later the fight goes, the better off for me.

"I'm ready for any way this fight can go. I'm excited about this fight and the fans should be excited about this fight. We're proud fighters and I can't wait to get in there."

ROBERT EASTER

"This is a big opportunity and something I've wanted for my whole life. Ever since I was nine-years-old. All the hard work I've put in since I was a kid, everyone will see. I will put on a great performance

"We already were working hard before we knew we had this title shot. Someone has to pay for the work I've been putting in for 16 years in this business. On Friday night it will be another victory and another man down."

RICHARD COMMEY

"I'm very happy to be here and I'm thankful for this opportunity. When I first started boxing this is what I hoped for.

"This is all that I have had on my mind. This is what has motivated me for many years.

"Come Friday night I'm going to be ready to fight and I'm going to be a world champion."

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Anthony Yigit!

It’s Good To Be Home
Anthony Yigit

Anthony Yigit (17-0-1, 7 KOs) is eager to impress as he makes his homecoming fight against Armando Robles (30-4-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

Yigit will be fighting for the first time in his hometown, having left the Swedish capital to pursue his professional career, and the undefeated light welterweight says he has been enjoying his time back home, and is looking forward to showcasing his skills in front of his family and friends.

‘’It feels really good to be back in Stockholm,’’ he says. ‘’This will be my first time fighting here as a professional, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve got a lot of family and friends who have been following me on television and social media, but haven’t had the chance to see me fight live. They will all be coming on Saturday, and it’s going to be a lot of fun showing them what I can do.

‘’I’ve been home since Friday and it’s been a little surreal. Everyone has been talking about the fights and wishing me luck, and now, I just want to put on a good show. I’ve always been a people pleaser. I always want to entertain, but fighting at home, gives me even more of an incentive. I want to give the fans a fight to remember!’’

Yigit faces a tough test against the dangerous Robles, but the 25 year-old is confident he has what it takes to overcome his Mexican opponent and maintain his unbeaten record. ‘’Robles is a tough, durable fighter, and I’m expecting a good fight,’’ he says. ‘’But I’ve been training non-stop, and I know I’m ready, so let’s see what he brings to the table.’’

Yigit’s bout will provide chief support for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight between Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson. ‘’I’m really looking forward to this fight,’’ says the 2012 Olympian. ‘’For me, this is the best match-up between two female boxers anywhere in the World, and it’s happening here in Sweden!’’

Having trained alongside both fighters, Yigit is able to offer a unique insight into their hotly anticipated grudge match. ‘’I know them both well and I know they are both hard workers. They both train really hard and they are going to come prepared,'' he says.

‘’I spent a lot of time with Klara when I was in Copenhagen training with Joey Gamache. She is very stubborn, which is a good thing. When everyone else is tired she keeps going, and if she is tired, she will push herself to match everyone else’s level. I admire that about her.

‘’Obviously now, both Mikaela and me are training with CJ Hussein, and I can see that Mikaela sacrifices a lot. To leave everything in Sweden to come to London and France to train is hard. She has that same stubbornness. Even when the training is tough, she’s able to push herself forward, and she’s always able to keep up with the guys.

‘’It’s really difficult to pick a winner. Klara is faster and more technical, but Mikaela is very strong, and she has been building her speed and technique. It’s going to be an interesting fight. However, having spent so much time with Mikaela and seen the work she's put in, I would have to give her the advantage.''

Tickets for the Team Sauerland show on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm featuring the interim WBC Female World Welterweight Championship fight between Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson 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 on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinavia. For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.se.

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Earl Newman V Leo Hall!

Undercard Action On Sept 9
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Unbeaten prospect Earl Newman (9-0, 7 KOs) takes on once-beaten Leo Hall (8-1, 7 KOs) in light heavyweight action that highlights an exciting undercard on Friday, September 9 from Santander Arena in Reading, Pa.

The September 9 event is headlined by middleweight world champion Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs defending his world title in a rematch against former world champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features undefeated lightweights colliding for a vacant world title as Robert Easter takes on Richard Commey. Also on the card, local contender Travis "My Time" Kauffman will be featured in a 10-round fight against heavyweight Josh Gormley.

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

Also featured on the stacked undercard of fights is Argentine middleweight Jorge Sebastian Heiland (27-4-2, 14 KOs) in an eight round bout, former world champion Kermit Cintron (37-5-2, 28 KOs) in an eight round welterweight fight against Florida's Manny Woods (15-5-1, 5 KOs) and local junior lightweight Frank DeAlba (19-2-2, 8 KOs) taking on Arkansas' Kiun Evans (12-2-1, 6 KOs) in an eight round bout.

The action continues with a pair of prospects from Philadelphia as super middleweight Christopher Brooker (10-1, 5 KOs) takes on tough contender Elvin Ayala (28-7-1, 12 KOs) in an eight-round fight and unbeaten Thomas Velasquez (5-0, 4 KOs) enters the ring in a four-round super featherweight battle.

Rounding out the night are a trio of local Reading prospects as super welterweight Erik Spring (7-1-1, 1 KO) battles unbeaten Simon Henriksson (4-0, 1 KO) in a six-round affair, junior welterweight Kashon Hutchinson (1-0, 1 KO) taking on Jordan Morales (1-1, 1 KO) in a four-round bout and junior lightweight Miguel Martinez (2-2) against Nicholas Hernandez (4-1, 1 KO) in six-rounds of super welterweight action.

A former New York Golden Gloves champion, Newman has shown impressive power in stopping seven of his first nine opponents since turning pro in 2014. The 25-year-old out of Brooklyn is coming in off of a stoppage victory over Dustin Craig Echard in April. He faces his toughest opponent to date in the 21-year-old Hall out of Detroit. Hall knocked out seven of his first eight opponents before losing for the first time in December 2015.

Fighting out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Heiland will be making his U.S. debut when he steps into the ring on Friday night. The 29-year-old has won six straight fights heading into bout, including a sensational knockout of Matthew Macklin in 2014. Heiland most recently defeated Martin Fidel Rios in April in a 10-round matchup.

Cintron is a former welterweight world champion who owns victories over Alfredo Angulo, Lovemore Ndou and Ronald Cruz. The Puerto Rican fighter who lives in Reading fought Argentine great Sergio Martinez to a draw and has battled top fighters from Canelo Alvarez to Antonio Margarito. He enters this bout on a four-fight win streak including two victories so far this year. He takes on the 29-year-old Woods out of St. Petersburg, who has also picked up two wins in 2016.

The 29-year-old De Alba had a 19 fight unbeaten streak snapped in December 2015, when he dropped a narrow majority decision to unbeaten Omar Douglas, but he has rebounded with back-to-back stoppage victories in 2016. Originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico but now fighting out of Reading he'll battle Little Rock's Evans, who started off his pro career in 2012 with eight straight wins.

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GYM CONFIRMS LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP!

AT THE CASINO DE MONTRÉAL

A press conference was held Tuesday at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal to unveil the 2016-2017 season of Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM). Here is an outline of what was mentioned at the press conference.

"It is with pride that GYM begins its 13th year of operation. Since our beginning in 2004, we've organized 128 events, which is more than any other organization in the history of professional boxing in Canada. During this period, 13 of our boxers competed in 36 world championship fights. Three of them - Joachim Alcine, Jean Pascal and Adonis Stevenson - became world champions"

-Yvon Michel, president of GYM

"The mission of GYM is to bring the resources, expertise, contacts and create partnerships for scouting, the signings and coaching talent to literally give Quebec a franchise in world boxing league, be competitive and allow fans of Quebec to attend the evolution of the best boxers from home or those who have made Quebec their adopted land up until the highest peaks their division."

-Yvon Michel, president of GYM

"At every Olympic cycle, we are active in recruitment. Moreover, 9 boxers put under contract with GYM had represented their country at the Olympic Games. There are currently four GYM active fighters who competed at the Olympic Games with Artur Beterbiev (Beijing 2008 and London 2012), Eleider Alvarez (Beijing 2002), Oscar Rivas (Beijing 2008) and Custio Clayton (London 2012). We always renewed, it is our strength. We are also in an evaluation period with a world-class athlete and a second high-level pugilist will arrive in early October."

-Yvon Michel, president of GYM

"I'm so happy to be here to announce a partnership with GYM. This is a three-year agreement for a total of 18 events, 6 galas each year, 2 at the Montreal Casino and 2 at the Lac Leamy Casino. The first will take place on October 20 at the Montreal Casino. For those who lived it, a boxing event at Casino is quite an experience. This is an intimate ambiance, where you are really close to the action!"

-Kevin Taylor, president and chief operator of Société des Casinos du Québec

"Quebecor is involved in boxing since 2004. We remember the Saturday afternoon when TVA had galas, between 2004 and 2007. There were 1.2 million people watching the world championship bout between Lucian Bute and Alejandro Berrio, a Saturday night in 2007. Currently, we are involved with GYM on 5 levels: with Videotron, Canal Indigo, TVA Sports, Videotron Centre and the Journal de Montréal and the Journal de Québec. We are here in great numbers and we are very proud to be associated with Yvon Michel and GYM. It's amazing what you do for boxing!"

-Pierre Dion, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebecor

"It is important to emphasize that the GYM is first a trio, Yvon, and Alexandra Bernard, who has built a prestigious brand that created three world champions. We are also proud to announce a two-year deal with GYM. All fights will be broadcast, either in Montreal, Quebec or Gatineau. We have existed for 51 weeks and we are pleased to be a partner of GYM since the beginning ... and a leading partner!"

-Mario Cecchini, Chief Executive Officer of RNC Media

"This season, we will present from 10 to 12 galas in Quebec and some of our boxers are also likely to be in action outside the country on Premier Boxing Champions events. We talk about 5 shows at the Montréal Casino, 2 at the Casino du Lac Leamy, 3 to 4 galas with Gestev at the Videotron Centre of Quebec City and the probability to make others events in Montreal, at venues such as the Bell Centre. By 2019, we will produce 18 events in Casinos (Montreal and Lac Leamy)."

-Yvon Michel, president of GYM

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Six Unbeaten Prospects!

Headline Olympic Themed Show

Reveling in the success of the U.S. Boxing Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, CES Boxing returns to Twin River Casino next Friday to continue the victory party and showcase its own young talent.

"The Future Is Now," scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16th, 2016, features six undefeated fighters, including one who competed in the Olympic Trials in Nevada in 2015, and the professional debuts of two promising up-and-comers who will square off against one another in a four-round welterweight showdown, their first time on the CES stage.

Tickets for "The Future Is Now" are priced at $42.00, $76.00 and $126.00 (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 aforementioned six unbeaten fighters have combined for 11 wins, all by knockout, a unique collection of talent reminiscent of the early to mid-2000s when CES built its foundation behind the strength of then unknown rising stars Peter Manfredo Jr., Chad Dawson, Joey Spina, Matt Godfrey and former Olympian Jason Estrada, all of whom competed together under headliners such as Gary Balletto and Scott Pemberton.

Today, it's Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs), the decorated junior welterweight from Worcester, Mass., who competed at the Olympic Trials in December; fellow Worcester natives Kendrick Ball Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) and Irvin Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs); junior welterweight Adrian Sosa (1-0, 1 KO) from Lawrence, Mass.; and New London, Conn., welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) showcasing their talent under the same banner Sept. 16th.

"The names and faces you see on the 16th will be household names before you know it," CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said. "Years from now, when Ortiz, Ball Jr., Marrero and others are headlining major events in fight capitals across the world, we'll remember these nights when they all starred on the same fight card, all working their way to the top of their respective weight divisions.

"When I see a card like this, I can't help but to think back 10, 15 years when we promoted events at the Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston, R.I., featuring some of our region's greatest champions long before they developed into household names of their own.

"In those days, it wasn't uncommon to see Joey Spina, Peter Manfredo Jr., Chad Dawson, Jason Pires and Jamie Clampitt on the same undercard, showcased underneath headliners such as Gary Balletto and Scott Pemberton. Fast forward to the mid 2000s and reminisce about those nights when up-and-comers Matt Godfrey, Josh Beeman and a young Olympian named Jason Estrada flashed their talents on the same stage."

As an added bonus, the Sept. 16th card also features the return of Albanian middleweight Fatlum Zhuta (3-0-1, 3 KOs) of Anchorage, Ak., who headlines in his first career six-round bout against the dangerous Ray Burroughs (2-1, 2 KOs) of Houston, Tex.; plus the debuts of welterweights Marqus Bates of Taunton, Mass., and Miguel Ortiz of nearby Springfield, who face each other in a four-round bout.

Zhuta returns to for the first time since February when he stopped Greg McCoy in the third round of a scheduled four-round fight. The 22-year-old Burroughs fights next Friday for the fourth time in less than six months since making his debut in March.

Zhuta is one of nine fighters on the card under the age of 30; Marrero, Sosa, Gonzalez and Jamaine Ortiz are all 21 or younger, truly among the elite, young fighters in the northeast. Marrero will face Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1) while Sosa battles Lamont White (0-3) of Washington, D.C. Gonzalez, Ball Jr. and Jamaine Ortiz will be featured in separate four-round bouts.

Ortiz is fresh off wins in May and July, the latter against Canadian Kimmy St-Pierre, who battled for three hard rounds, but did not answer the bell for the fourth, Ortiz's second knockout in as many fights. Marrero debuted that same night, stopping Pennsylvania's Roosevelt Archie with a body shot 65 seconds into the opening round.

Ball Jr. returns for the first time since July 22nd, when he fought to a majority draw against unbeaten Connecticut rival David Wilson on just one week's notice following his July 15th knockout win over Dias at Twin River. Gonzalez, meanwhile, returns next Friday just 15 days after stopping Juan Muniz in the opening round of their scheduled four-round bout. Sosa is also coming off a first-round knockout on July 30th against Shavonte Dixon in the debut for both fighters.

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Laurén V Svensson!

Final Press Conference Quotes
Laurén V Svensson

Tensions continue to rise ahead of the Swedish super fight between Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) and Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night in Stockholm where the bitter rivals will battle it out for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title and a chance to face female pound-for-pound number one Cecilia Brækhus.

At today’s final pre-fight press conference, Laurén was left outraged when it was announced there will be a coin toss tomorrow to decide who enters the ring second. ‘’It’s a scandal,’’ she said. ‘’I’m a former five-time World Champion, and we’re fighting in my hometown. It shouldn’t even be up for discussion.’’

Svensson, meanwhile, sensing her opponent’s discomfort, welcomed the news. ‘’I think a coin toss will be fun,’’ she said. ‘’Although for me, it’s more important who is left standing in the ring last, rather than who enters it first.’’

The ‘Swedish Princess’ went on to say that she expects their fight to live up to the hype and warned Laurén to prepare for her toughest career challenge.

‘’Forget about all the drama and Mikaela’s silly games,’’ she said. ‘’I want this to be a fight that people remember. It’s a huge occasion for Swedish boxing and I’m sure it’s going to be a great night for the fans.

''I’ve been training non-stop since May, and I couldn’t be better prepared. Mikaela had better be ready for the fight of her life.’’

When asked for his prediction, promoter Nisse Sauerland said it was impossible to pick a winner, and instead focused on the magnitude of the match-up.

‘’It’s a real 50-50 fight,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’And for me, it’s impossible to tell what is going to happen on Saturday night. That’s what makes this fight so interesting.

''It’s going to be the biggest fight between two Swedes since Paolo Roberto fought Armand Kranjc, and this time it’s happening at home!’’

As the press conference drew to a close, Laurén refused to do the customary face-to-face photographs: ‘’I don’t want to be anywhere near her, we can save that for the weigh-in.’’ And instead, chose to end proceedings by giving Svensson a cake with the numbers ’16-2’, alluding to the Malmö boxer’s record should she lose on Saturday night.

‘’I was going to give this to you after the fight,’’ said Laurén. ‘’But I know you need to gain some weight so I thought I would give it to you now!''

Svensson will be moving up a weight class to meet Laurén, the WBC's World Super Welterweight Champion Emeritus, who is coming down a division for this fight.

Tickets for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight between Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson on September 10 at the Hovet 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 http://www.viaplay.se.

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HATTON PROMOTIONS!

WELCOMES WBA & LUCAS BROWNE RESOLUTION

HATTON PROMOTIONS has welcomed the World Boxing Association’s resolution regarding Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne’s failed drug test following his title victory over Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia on March 5 this year.

In a document released on Tuesday (September 6), the world sanctioning body stated that Browne will be reinstated in its top five rankings and has ordered that he face leading contender Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA heavyweight title within 120 days.

The WBA ruled that it was “unlikely Browne intentionally or voluntarily ingested clenbuterol in a single dose in the days leading up to the bout as the amount would not have gained any advantage”.

It also highlighted the fact that Browne had agreed to testing administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on February 8 and passed an unscheduled test on February 29 – just five days before the fight.

The past six months have been very stressful for Browne, his team and his family. What should have served as a historic moment in Australian boxing became tarred by the claim that Browne is not a clean athlete.

Hatton Promotions would like to thank Browne for his professionalism during the fight to clear his name. We would also like to thank his legal team and advisers for their work and the WBA for reaching the resolution they have now done.

Due to the nature of Browne’s case, Hatton Promotions has not been in a position to make clear statements about the heavyweight’s future. However, this resolution now means it is back to business as usual and Ricky Hatton is looking forward to setting up Lucas's shot at the vacant title.

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Frank Galarza!

Camp Notes
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Brooklyn-born contender Frank "Notorious" Galarza has been the embodiment of a redemption story his whole life and he will look to keep that theme going when he returns from his first pro loss to take on former world champion Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV Friday, Sept. 16 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Televised coverage begins on Bounce TV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a super welterweight showdown between Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs)and Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs).

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, start at $29 and are on sale now. Tickets are available online at: www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

After being defeated by unbeaten Jarret Hurd in November 2015, Galarza is determined to reclaim his spot as a contender in the 154-pound division. Training out of the Flatbush Cops and Kids Boxing Gym in Brooklyn with longtime trainer Nirmal Lorick, Galarza has his sights set on the top of the super welterweight division.

Here is what Galarza had to say about training camp, his main event showdown, the 154-pound division and more:

What kind of problems does Ishe Smith propose and what does a victory over him do for you?

FG: "I don't anticipate having any problems with Ishe. I spar the best guys in the world and with guys who have a lot more experience than I do. I'm going to go in, do my job and make adjustments as needed.

"Beating Ishe puts me exactly where I need to be. I took my first loss in Las Vegas and I wasn't on my A-game. Fighting Ishe puts me right back after the loss. I constantly put myself to the test with top guys. Ishe is someone in my path who at this point, is in my way."

What's your mentality following the loss in your last fight?

FG: "I have lost so much in my life, so I see this loss as just a number. Boxing has everyone fooled that we need to be undefeated to be a top contender or to be great. Some of the greatest fighters have suffered losses. I am looking to be legendary and continue to fight great guys. I'm going to put my record on the line and challenge myself.

"I don't have a deep boxing background, so I'm learning on the job. I am able to overcome every obstacle. This fight isn't about the money, this fight and my career is for me. I want to challenge myself."

Who do you see as the top fighters in the 154-pound division?

FG: "The Charlo Brothers, Demetrius Andrade, Julian Williams and Erislandy Lara are the top of the division in my mind. There are a lot of good fighters in this division. At this point now, the other guys need to go, and that's where I come into play. Someone like Ishe is an older guy and he needs to give it up and get out of the way for hungry guys like me and the rest of us. People want to see guys like us."

Who would you like to matchup with, if you can defeat Ishe Smith?

FG: "I'll face anybody. I'm not trying to fluff my record. I come off a tough loss and I'm looking to beat a former world champion. Give me the best fight and the top guys. Give me one of the Charlo brothers and I'll fight for one of their titles. Put me in with any of these guys and I will put them to the test, if not beat them.

"It's a drive I have in me, especially lately, where I feel like I've been overlooked. It upsets me to be underestimated. I never turn down a fight. I have to be fearless in order to make it where I need to go. I am not a mediocre fighter. There's a reason they call me the 'Brooklyn Rocky.' I've been through adversity and Ishe is in for a rude awakening. The boxing industry has me completely underestimated and at the end of the day, may the best man win."

Talk about your work outside of the ring and how you strive to inspire kids who grew up in similar situations to yourself:

FG: "I have a non-profit called Youth Fighting Forward. I teach them that no matter what you go through, you can be whoever you want to be I came from nothing and I lost my parents at a young age. I don't use that as an excuse. I refuse to be a statistic. I want to give the kids back that inspiration.

"Whatever it is you love to do; you are more than capable of doing it. It is in your hands to be a success story. You are not where you came from. We have the ability to change lives. My focus is to help kids growing up who are surrounded by negativity to see a positive. I put my body to the limits and when I don't want to work out, I push through that. I want to show the kids that they have to have discipline to get through it and one day, I will be a world champion."

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Luis Del Valle!

Thriving In Camp

In less than two weeks, IBF #8 ranked super bantamweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle enters the ring against unbeaten and highly regarded Diego De La Hoya.

The bout opens the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez –Liam Smith HBO pay-per-view telecast Saturday, September 17 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX and is scheduled for ten rounds. Del Valle, who fought on HBO and Showtime on multiple occasions, considers this bout the most important of his career as he’s facing a foe that is in a position he himself was once in.

“Going into my fight with Vic Darchinyan, I was unbeaten and there was a lot of hype behind me,” said Del Valle, who is 22-2 with 16 knockouts. “That fight was supposed to get me to the next level with a victory over a former world champion but unfortunately it didn’t go down that way. Vic had a ton of experience and was the better man that night. I learned a lot as a man, fighter and about preparation at the top level. Now I feel that I’m in the role Vic was against me when I face De La Hoya.”

To ensure he excels on the grandest stage of his career, Del Valle’s currently in a grueling training camp in his native Puerto Rico. With head trainer Emilo Lozada leading the way, Del Valle’s put in countless hours honing his craft. Against the 15-0 De La Hoya, in what most expect to be the kind of high octane fight that epitomizes the Puerto Rico vs Mexico rivalry, Del Valle added new strength and conditioning drills so he’s able to engage in a high octane battle without running out of gas.

“It’s no secret that I bring the fight to everybody that gets in the ring with me. Diego and his team are looking to prove that he’s the real deal and they expect an impressive Mexican-style performance from him. What that means is this has all the makings of a fast paced brawl where nobody wants to take a step backwards. In order to come out of the battle as the victor, you’ve got to be ready for war. After what I’ve been through physically, mentally and emotionally in my training, I’m more than ready. All of the hard work will pay off when I break Diego De La Hoya down September 17!”

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BATTLE BORN BOXING!

Returns To Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

The fourth edition of "Battle Born Boxing" returns this Thursday night (Sept 8), 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 IV" 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 throughout 2016 on CBS Sports Network, live from the DLVEC.

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising IV" tickets, priced at $15.00 for ringside (rows 1 and 2) and $10.00 for general admission, are on sale at www.DLVEC.com. Alltickets purchased for "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising" will entitle ticketholders to receive $10.00 off any tickets purchased for the following evening's (Sept. 9) "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.

D Boxing Promotions

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SHOBOX THE NEW GENERATION QUADRUPLEHEADER!

FEATURES EIGHT FIGHTERS WITH A COMBINED RECORD OF 114-3-1

Light heavyweight Radivoje "Hot Rod" Kalajdzic will face unbeaten southpaw Travis "The Notorious" Peterkin in the 10-round main event of a stacked ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Sept. 23, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

The combined record of the eight boxers on the televised card is 114-3-1 with 78 knockouts.

Kalajdzic, 25, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Peterkin, 26, of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be making their ShoBox debuts and initial 10-round starts.

This is Kalajdzic's first fight since losing a highly controversial and questionable eight-round split decision to unbeaten 2012 Olympian Marcus Browne last April 16 in Brooklyn. Kalajdzic is clamoring for a rematch with the world-ranked Browne, but he can't overlook the strong, athletic Peterkin, who is coming off a shutout decision over Larry Pryor last March 30 and is looking for a breakout performance.

In the ShoBox co-feature, super lightweight powerhouse Ivan "The Beast" Baranchyk (11-0, 10 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., faces Roc Nation prospect's Wang Zhimin (7-0, 3 KOs, 7-1 WSB), of Nutley, N.J. by way of Ningbo, China, in a 10-rounder for the vacant USBA 140-pound title. In a scheduled eight-round bout, Ukrainian welterweight Ivan "The Volk" Golub (12-0, 10 KOs, 5-0 WSB), of Brooklyn, takes on James "Keep'em Sleepin" Stevenson (23-2, 16 KOs), of Baltimore, Md.

Local favorite and son of the late former world heavyweight champion, Tommy "The Duke" Morrison, heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison (11-0, 11 KOs) makes his highly anticipated television debut against fellow unbeaten and Roc Nation prospect Ed Latimore (13-0, 7 KOs), of Pittsburgh, Pa., in the six-round telecast opener.

Tickets for the event promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Tony Holden Productions in association with Roc Nation Sports are priced at $35, $55 and $75 and are available at buffalorun.com and at stubwire.com. (The $35 tickets are sold out).

Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs), a 6-foot-2 native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, turned pro in June 2011. He won his first 21 fights before losing to Browne in a bout in which many felt he won easily. Browne (18-0) landed an occasional hard shot, but Kalajdzic seemed to control the fight with his power and awkward style. Both boxers hit the deck, Kalajdzic (from what appeared to be a slip) in the first, Browne (clearly) in the sixth from a right hand to the head. Receiving credit for a knockdown in which no punch appeared to connect was the difference, and the fans booed when the scores of 76-75, 76-74 and 74-76 were announced.

"I am really excited about this fight and that I am on television again fighting another undefeated southpaw," said Kalajdzic. "I am continuing where I left off with training camp from my previous fight since it's another southpaw, so I will be more than prepared. Hopefully, Peterkin comes to fight and not hug like my last opponent did so we can give the fans a good fight."

Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 KOs) would still have an unblemished record if not for losing two points in an eight-round majority draw with 2008 Dominican Olympian Lenin Castillo (12-0) on Aug. 1, 2015 at Barclays Center. Peterkin had a point deducted in the fourth for hitting after the break and in the fifth for a low blow. The scores were 76-74 and 75-75 twice.

Despite the draw in his outing before last, Peterkin considered this the most gratifying moment of his life. From 2012-14, he stocked and served food in the suites at Barclays. In his most recent effort, Peterkin easily outpointed Pryor by the scores of 80-72 three times in New York. This will be Peterkin's first fight outside of his home state.

A good boxer with excellent technique, Peterkin was introduced to boxing by his father, Bernard, a 1987 heavyweight Golden Gloves semifinalist, in 2001. He went 95-7 in the amateurs; after winning the 2010 New York Golden Gloves, he went pro in January 2011.

"I was ringside at Hot Rod's last fight. I respect him, but I saw what his flaws are and will exploit them," said Peterkin. "I am anticipating a war. Brooklyn is coming to Oklahoma and I will not disappoint. On Sept. 23, greatness beckons."

Baranchyk, an offensive-minded fighting machine, packs outstanding power in both hands. He's making his third appearance on ShoBox and third in a row at Buffalo Run. His other ShoBox starts, both first-round knockouts versus undefeated opponents, totaled a combined 2:49.

The highly regarded, all-action Baranchyk registered a brutal, two-punch, 21-second stoppage over Nicholas Givhan (16-0-1) last March 25 on ShoBox at Buffalo Run. He scored a 2:28, first-round knockout over Shadi Shawareb (9-0-2) in his ShoBox debut last Dec. 11 in Houston, Texas.

Baranchyk was born in Minsk, Byelorussia and lives in Brooklyn. He's won eight straight by knockout, including a third-round TKO over previously undefeated Joaquim "Eliseo" Cruz (9-0-1) last June 25 at Buffalo Run. Dominant with his speed and power from the outset, Baranchyk dropped Cruz in the second. Cruz's corner threw in the towel at 1:07 of the third.

All 10 of the 5-foot-7, 23-year-old Baranchyk's knockouts have come inside three full rounds, including six in the first. He's fought 22 rounds in an 11-fight career. The only time he went the distance was in his third fight, a four-rounder in December 2014. Baranchyk, a former European amateur standout, turned pro in June '14 and relocated to the United States a few months later.

"I couldn't be more excited about returning to ShoBox," said Baranchyk. "Zhimin is a very skilled fighter and he will be my toughest opponent yet. However, I intend on ending this bout in devastating fashion. I guarantee you will see Zhimin on his back when the fight is over. I am looking to send a message to the rest of the junior welterweight division that I am someone to be feared."

Zhimin, 30, turned pro in November 2010 and fought eight times in the WSB through 2011. After a three-year layoff, he relocated to the U.S. and has gone 7-0. He's coming off an eight-round decision over Matthew Doherty last June 11. Zhimin had great success in the WSB, winning the gold in 2011 in his native China, defeating Yerzhan Mussafirov of Kazakhstan in the tightly contested lightweight final. Before that, he reached the final in the Chinese National Boxing Championship in 2010, where he received a silver medal. In 2012, he won another silver medal, this time at the Erdos International Boxing Competition.

"It's an honor for me to be a part of this great event," said Zhimin. "I want to thank the promoters, my team and everyone who gave me this opportunity. My goal is to get that belt. I know it's a process full of challenges, but I am not afraid of what lies ahead. I know that I will make it. I have faith in myself. I will do whatever I can to prepare myself for this title showdown and give the fans my best performance and bring home the belt."

Golub, a 27-year-old who, at 6-feet, is tall for a welterweight, turned pro as a middleweight in November 2012. At the outset of his career, he went 5-0 in the WSB. He's gone 12-0 since, winning 10 by knockout, including his last six in a row, the last three as a welterweight.

In his ShoBox debut, he touched the canvas for the first time in his career, but bounced back to blast out Marlon Aguas with a series of combinations in the closing seconds of the sixth. He won by TKO.

Golub, a southpaw who's coming off a second-round TKO over Ernesto Ortiz last July 21, was an outstanding amateur. He went 270-32 as an amateur, was a five-time national champion in Ukraine and won bronze at the 2009 World Amateur Championships.

"Stevenson has a lot of experience and I am preparing for a very tough fight," said Golub. "He is a guy that likes to sit on his punches and trade, which is exactly what I want. Once he feels my power, he is going to be in trouble. This will be an exciting fight for as long as it lasts."

Stevenson is making his ShoBox debut. A pro since 2008, he won his first 21 scraps until losing by ninth-round TKO to then-undefeated Sammy Vasquez on Aug. 8, 2014. The fight was competitive for five rounds before Vasquez took over. Stevenson went down in the ninth.

The 5-foot-11, 33-year-old Stevenson has won two-of-three since, including a fifth-round TKO over Kevin Womack last May 14 in his first fight in 13 months. A hard-hitting boxer-puncher, Stevenson has feasted on modest opposition and is still seeking a signature victory.

Stevenson has produced a respectable record in spite of his career getting sidetracked by a series of setbacks and tragedies. In 2011, during a routine jog, a dog viciously attacked him, requiring Stevenson to get more than 20 stitches. Shortly thereafter, his father James Stevenson Sr. passed away, as did his mother-in-law.

"I appreciate the opportunity," said Stevenson. "But they made a big mistake giving me the time to get ready for this fight. I'm training real hard and I'm coming to make a statement. I'm not scared of Golub and I promise it won't go the distance. I'm putting him to sleep."

Morrison has registered eight first-round knockouts, two second-round knockouts and one fourth-round KO in a career that began in February 2014. Morrison, who bears a striking resemblance to his late father facially, physique-wise and with his fighting style, turns 27 on Sept. 27. He's fought all but one of his fights in Oklahoma; this is his 10th start at Buffalo Run.

A popular member of Holden's Four State Franchise stable, the 6-foot-2 Morrison is fighting for the first time since he underwent surgery on his right tendon from an injury suffered in his most recent bout, a fourth-round TKO over Thomas Hawkins last Jan. 23.

"I have worked so hard to get to this point and now this is my chance to show the world who I am. I want to thank SHOWTIME for the opportunity," said Morrison. "Latimore is a huge step up in class for me, but I am ready for it. Once I hear those Oklahoma fans and feel the energy inside the arena, I flip a switch and it's go-time. This is going to be my coming-out party."

Latimore, who majored in physics in college, is a boxer-puncher expected to give Morrison his toughest test. Latimore is making his ShoBox debut and fourth start this year. He's coming off an eight-round split decision over Juan Goode last July 15.

The 6-foot-1, 31-year-old Latimore turned pro in January 2013. As an amateur, he won the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves, National PAL and Ringside Championships, and was victorious over 2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale and former IBF Heavyweight Champion Charles Martin.

"Morrison will be a real test for me," said Latimore. "It's never easy to fight someone in their backyard. I just fought in my hometown of Pittsburgh so I know the feeling coming into it and the momentum on fight night. I am looking forward to putting on a good show for all the fans in Oklahoma and those watching on ShoBox."

Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Rich Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Inaugural ICBL Azteca Open!

A Tremendous Success In Aguascalientes, Mexico
Inaugural ICBL Azteca Open

International Championship Boxing League (ICBL) Founder and CEO, Jack Perone Fulton, wishes to thank all involved with making the inaugural Azteca Open event a tremendous success.

Held this past Saturday, September 3, in Aguascalientes, Mexico, in association with promoter Bernie Valenzula of BBB Promotions, the ICBL Azteca Open featured 21 bouts with a considerable number of these fighters looking to earn a spot in the ICBL 2017 inaugural season.

In the night's main event, a WBC Latino Silver Title eliminator, Ontario, California's John "Bang Bang" Delperdang scored an eight-round majority decision over hometown favorite Oscar "Totti" Mejia.

Behind after the first three rounds, Delperdang (8-1, 7 KOs) eventually wore down Mejia (8-1-1, 3 KOs) with punishing blows to the body and head, leading to a cut above Mejia's right eye. With the victory, Delperdang now holds the right to challenge the UK's Lewis Ritson for his WBC Latino Silver Title.

In other ICBL-significant action, 10-time world champion kickboxer turned professional boxer Tyrone "King of the Ring" Spong of Miami, Florida, (via Paramaribo, Suriname), scored his sixth straight stoppage victory (6-0, 6 KOs) with a one-punch third-round destruction of formerly undefeated Mexican heavyweight Hugo Leon (3-1, 3 KOs).

Earlier in the night, super lightweight Ricardo (Riki) Lara (11-2, 7 KOs) of Jalisco, Mexico, demonstrated superior boxing skills while scoring a unanimous six-round decision over Nuevo León, Mexico's Angel Rivera (10-8-1, 7 KOs).

In yet another intriguing matchup, undefeated super featherweight Isaac "Canelito" Avelar delighted his hometown fans and took the undefeated "0" of Phoenix, Arizona's Juan Jose Rodriguez (6-1, 4 KOs) via third-round TKO.

"All in all it was a great night of fights," said Jack Fulton. "The 'play it safe until you get a title' mentality doesn't exist in the ICBL and I commend all of tonight's fighters for embodying that philosophy. I wish to thank the WBC for their participation tonight and to my partner in the event, Bernie Valenzuela and his team from BBB Promotions for doing such a great job. The ICBL will be announcing more exciting events in the very near future."

ICBL Boxing Promotions

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Laurén & Svensson!

Embroiled In Behind The Scenes Battle

Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) and Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) are embroiled in a behind-the-scenes battle regarding the ring entrances for their interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

With only days to go until the Swedish rivals square off, Laurén has demanded to enter the ring second, leaving promoter Nisse Sauerland in a difficult position.

‘’In boxing it’s customary for the Champion or the home fighter to enter the ring second,’’ says Sauerland. ‘’However, since Mikaela and Klara are fighting for a vacant title, and they are both from Sweden and boxing under the Team Sauerland banner, we must find a solution which suits everyone.’’

Less diplomatic in their reasoning are the fighters. In particular, Laurén, who is adamant that she should receive a Champion’s welcome to her hometown arena.

‘’Absolutely, I should walk second,’’ said Laurén. ‘’There is no question about it. I’m a World Champion, and Stockholm is my hometown. I’ve told my promoter that I expect to enter the ring second, and I won’t accept anything else.’’ And what if her demands are not met? ‘’I don’t think that will be a problem,’’ she says. ‘’I always get what I want!’’

Svensson is unimpressed with Laurén's demand, and insists it will not help her in the ring. ‘’This is just another example of Mikaela trying to get everything her own way,’’ she says. ‘’But come fight night, it’s not going to help her.’’

But why the importance on who enters the ring second?

‘’It can be a psychological or superstitious thing,’’ explains Sauerland. ‘’The belief that it will give you an edge over your opponent before the fight has even begun. Ego also plays a part, who is the A-side and who deserves top billing. Plus there is no denying that the ring can be lonely place for the fighter that walks first, and nerves can kick in while they wait for their opponent to make their entrance.’’

With the dispute threatening to overshadow this week’s media activities, Sauerland has said he will reach a resolution at tomorrow’s press conference. Until then, we will wait to see who wins the first battle between Laurén and Svensson.

Tickets for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight Championship fight between Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson on September 10 at the Hovet 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 http://www.viaplay.se.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Carlos Carlson & Giovani Santillan!

Headline Locked n' Loaded Sept. 23
Carlos Carlson & Giovani Santillan

Carlos Carlson and Giovani Santillan headline Thompson Boxing Promotions' "Locked n' Loaded" event on Friday, Sept. 23, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Carlson (21-1, 12 KOs), an elite bantamweight ranked number eleven by the WBC, is coming off a unanimous decision win over veteran Giovanni Caro in April. Carlson, who is based in Mexico, delivered a smooth performance by out boxing Caro through six rounds.

"I'm excited to step back in the ring," said the 26-year-old. "I've had an intense training camp. The sparring has been great. I'm looking forward to getting another win."

Carlson's opponent will be announced at a later date.

In the "Locked n' Loaded" co-feature, the undefeated Santillan (19-0, 10 KOs) looks to continue his unbeaten ways against an opponent to be named later.

The southpaw from San Diego last fought in April against Jose de Jesus Macias. Santillan, who fights in the junior welterweight division, 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 (80-72, 79-72, 78-73).

"I've stayed busy since my last fight," Santillan said. "We've been in the gym working on different things. I'll be ready to go in a few weeks."

Also featured on "Locked n' Loaded," featherweight prospect Erick Ituarte (14-1, 2 KOs), hard hitting lightweight Manuel Mendez (11-1, 7 KOs), and featherweight Ruben Villa (1-0, 1 KO), who turned professional in July after a stellar career in the U.S. amateurs.

Full fight card with opponent information will be announced shortly.

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.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at (909) 937-0900.

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

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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The International Championship Boxing League!

A Revolutionary Professional Boxing League Driven By Fan Influence

The International Championship Boxing League (ICBL) is set to commence operations this month.

The ICBL is the world's first competitive league for boxing. In this unique multi-weight-class league structure, boxers from around the world must "fight to win" in order to earn the league title.

Created to revolutionize the sport for fans and athletes, the ICBL will bring boxers from around the world to compete, gladiatorial style, in a relentless season of competition where fans influence the action. ICBL fans will be intensely involved, via the soon to be unveiled ICBL parallel judging platform.

"This has never been done before in boxing," said ICBL Founder and CEO Jack Perone Fulton. "This is the new way the world will come to know the names of the greatest boxers alive, and anyone who thinks they can be one has a fighting chance."

Over the next six months, fighters from select weight classes will be selected for the ICBL, based on criteria including career record, impressive performance in an ICBL Open Event, and fan demand. "Fans have a voice at the ICBL and the league's structure gives promoters and managers an alternative for their athletes," continued Fulton.

Additionally, fighters with accomplished records can be awarded a "Franchise Tag" by simply logging on to www.icbleague.com and applying. Upon approval, the Franchise Tag allows a fighter to opt in, or opt out of the League at the beginning of each season depending on what immediate opportunities lie ahead for them. Franchise tags will be awarded to fighters based on their overall body of work.

Each ICBL season will feature four pre-determined weight classes, featuring eight international boxers, per class, in a single-elimination tournament format. The winner of each weight class will receive the League title for that class and the season ending points standing determines the pound for pound championship.

"Without question, a uniformed professional boxing league is what fighters and fans have wanted for years," said Fulton.

2016 ICBL Open Bouts will be broadcast on PPV, CBS Sports Network, and foreign broadcast networks. Event highlights, fighter interviews and other behind-the-scenes content will be posted online at www.icbleague.com.

ICBL Boxing Promotions

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Rickey Edwards V Kent Cruz!

Premier Boxing Champions On NBCSN
Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated Rickey Edwards (11-0, 3 KOs) is set to take on unbeaten Kent Cruz (10-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight contest as part of Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN this Saturday, September 3 from the Dancehall in San Antonio.

Edwards was originally scheduled to face unbeaten Cuban Yordan Frometa, who was forced to withdraw due to an injury.Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by super lightweight prospects Darwin Price and Javontae Starks in an eight-round bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $20, $85 and $100 and $1,000 and $850 for tables, before taxes and fees and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (210) 988-8821 visit https://lbtickets.ticketleap.com/sept32016/ or in person at Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave.

Additional action features undefeated prospect David Perez (7-0, 3 KOs) entering the ring for six-rounds of super bantamweight action against Gustavo Molina (23-12, 9 KOs), super welterweight contender Junior Castillo (10-1, 9 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in a six-round bout against Mexico's Josue Ovando (12-10-1, 10 KOs) and Orlando's Justin Paulido (7-1, 4 KOs) in a six-round lightweight fight against Eric Anton (4-3, 1 KO) of Plano, Texas.

Rounding out the night of action is the pro debut of San Antonio's Selina Barrios in a four-round super lightweight showdown against Amanda Garza (1-0), San Angelo's Brandon Soto taking on Waco's Tanner Dodd (0-2) in a four-round super featherweight battle and San Antonio's Xavier Wilson (1-0) against fellow San Antonio-native Frank Brown in a four-round lightweight fight.

A former New Jersey Golden Gloves champion from Paterson, Edwards fights out of Houston and is unbeaten since turning pro in 2013. The 26-year-old was busy in 2015 as he racked up five victories including a knockout over Marco Antonio Solis. Edwards has defeated previously unbeaten boxers John Delperdang and Azriel Paez in his last two fights. He takes on the unbeaten 23-year-old Cruz. A pro since 2013, Cruz picked up a victory over Jerome Rodriguez in April of this year.

A 20-year-old rising prospect fighting out of Houston, Perez turned pro in April of last year with a first round stoppage of Deseante Armstrong. Perez would pick up four more victories in 2015 and has already won three times in 2016. His last outing saw him defeat previously once-beaten Adan Ortiz in his first six round bout and he will now take on the 27-year-old Molina out of Tlaxcala, Mexico.

A 2012 Olympian for his native Dominican Republic, Castillo recorded a significant victory in April when he defeated previously unbeaten and highly regarded Kyrone Davis over eight rounds in April before dropping a decision to Justin DeLoach in June. 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. Now he will battle the 26-year-old Ovando fighting out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Mzuvukile Magwaca!

Signs With Greg Cohen Promotions
Mzuvukile Magwaca

Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of South African bantamweight Mzuvukile "Old Bones" Magwaca.

Magwaca (17-0-2, 10 KOs) from Duncan Village, East London, South Africa, is the current WBA International Bantamweight Champion and the former WBF Africa Junior Flyweight Champion and IBO Inter-Continental Flyweight Champion.

A seven-year professional, Magwaca trains at the "All Winners Boxing Club" in Mdanstane, East London, South Africa, with the guidance of Zolani "Last Born" Tete, a world rated bantamweight and former IBF World Super Flyweight Champion, as well as GCP stablemate and current IBO World Featherweight Champion Lusanda "Mexican" Komanisi.

"Since I was eight years old, when I first wore a pair of old gloves from my elder brother who was a professional boxer himself, I dreamed of becoming a world champion one day," said Magwaca. "Now that dream is going to be a reality through Greg Cohen Promotions. The Young African Lion is about to pounce!"

"We are proud to sign undefeated WBA International Bantamweight Champion Mzuvukile Magwaca, our second fighter from the All Winners Boxing Club in East London, South Africa," said Clifford Mass, GCP Vice President of Business Development. "He trains alongside two of the best fighters in South Africa, Lusanda Komanisi and Zolani Tete, and he is ready to take his career to the next level. We have big plans for Bones."

Magwaca's manager, Mlandeli Tengimfene, says his fighter just needed to find the right contacts to guide him to a world championship. "'Old Bones' will take America and the world by storm. He is a gem and a marvel to watch. He is also tall for his division and a maestro in the ring behind his educated jab. This boy is the future at bantamweight and with Greg Cohen Promotions behind him, the sky is the limit."

GCP Boxing Promotions

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Klara Svensson!

I Will Give Laurén A Boxing Lesson
Klara Svensson

Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) believes her superior boxing skills will prove too much for Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) when the Swedish rivals meet for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm.

Following the fight’s announcement, Svensson was branded a ‘school teacher’ by Laurén during a bad tempered television appearance on SVT’s ‘Gomorron Sverige’, but now the Malmö-boxer has hit back by promising to give Laurén a boxing lesson.

‘’I’m not sure what she meant by calling me a school teacher,’’ says Svensson. ‘’Maybe it’s because I criticised her for disrespecting her opponents, but if that makes me a school teacher, then so be it. I’m not going to suck up to her like everyone else. I’m going to tell her what I think, and on September 10, I’m going to give her a boxing lesson!

‘’I think a lot of people want to see that happen. Of course, I have my home support in South Sweden, but I was in Stockholm recently and I was surprised with how much support I got there as well. I’m not sure if Mikaela is aware of this, but there are a lot of people who want to see me break this image she has created for herself.’’

Svensson is moving up to 147lbs to face the former WBC Super Welterweight Champion Laurén and it’s a decision she believes will benefit her in the ring.

‘’I’ve always had the speed and technical ability but at welterweight I’ve never felt so strong,’’ she says. ‘’I hadn’t planned to move up as I was always comfortable in my own weight category but looking now at my physical ability and punching power, I can see that it was a good idea.

‘’I think Mikaela will be shocked by my strength, and when I combine this with my speed and technique, she is not going to know what to do. I can box, I can brawl, I can fight from range and I can fight up close. I’ve had over one hundred amateur fights. Boxing is in my blood and I know what I have to do to win.’’

Tickets for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight Championship fight between Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson on September 10 at the Hovet 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 http://www.viaplay.se.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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DeLomba Upsets Cowart!

Fernandez Shines In DBE Debut
DeLomba Upsets Cowart

New England boxers dominated last night's Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by Nissan of Queens, Optyx, Azad Watches and Christos Steak House, held in the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Rhode Island lightweight "Nice" Nick DeLomba (11-1, 2 KOs) outboxed and outpunched former Florida State Golden Gloves champion Amos "2 Smooth" Cowart (11-2-1, 9 KOs) for an upset victory by way of an eight-round unanimous decision.

DeLomba, who was one of five winning New Englanders without a loss, took the fight to Cowart, beating him to the punch and effectively counterpunching. Cowart was unable to contain DeLomba's side-to-side movement or his flurries of punches in the main event.

"Everybody looks at me and thinks they're going to attack my body," an ecstatic DeLomba said after the fight. "Nobody moves as smooth as me and I'm going to keep doing it."

In the co-feature, New Mexico super featherweight Jose "Shorty" Salinas (10-2-1, 5 KOs) stood tall, stunning Albania native Dardan Zenunaj (12-2, 9 KOs), who is trained by Robert Garcia. Now fighting out of Belgium, Zenunaj couldn't put Salinas away early and he paid for that in the later rounds. Bloodied and bruised, Salinas refused to stop throwing punches, and his huge heart resulted in an eight-round unanimous decision victory.

Undefeated Spaniard Jon "Jonfer" Fernandez (9-0, 7 KOs) used a tremendous height and reach advantage to pound his tough Mexican opponent Naciff "Chata" Castillo (17-9-2, 5 KOs) until referee Joey Lupino halted the action midway through the fifth round. Fernandez recently signed a promotional contract with DiBella Entertainment and legendary boxer Sergio Martinez.

Brooklyn lightweight Wesley Ferrer (12-0, 6 KOs), a 2013 New York City Golden Gloves champion, kept his undefeated record intact by outclassing a game Angel Figueroa (4-4-1). Referee Arthur Mercante stopped the fight 20 seconds into the seventh round.

Sensational high school senior "Marvelous" Mykey Williams (4-0, 2 KOs) unloaded a three-punch combination that knocked out David Nelson (3-6, 1 KO) just 24 seconds into the first round. The 18-year-old Williams, fighting out of East Hartford, is rapidly developing into a rising star.

Worcester, MA featherweight Irvin Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs) needed only two minutes to knock out Juan Muniz (0-5). The 20-year-old Gonzalez, whose pro debut also ended spectacularly in the opening round, exploded with a barrage of punches until referee Mercante stepped in to save the Texan from additional damage.

In an action-packed match between a pair of pro debut fighters, East Hartford welterweight Anthony Laureano (1-0) emerged with a hard-fought win by four-round majority decision over Philadelphia's Nahir Albright (0-1). The 21-year-old Laureano was a 2016 New England Golden Gloves champion.

Fan favorite Jonathan "Smooth" Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO), fighting out of nearby Hartford, turned in an impressive performance in his professional debut, finishing off Philadelphia welterweight Demetris Williams (0-2) in the fourth round. Figueroa, a 2012 Southern New England Golden Gloves champion, wore down Williams and ended things with a powerful right hand.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Braehmer V Cleverly!

Face To Face To Kick Off Press Conference
Braehmer V Cleverly

Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) came face-to-face today at a press conference in Hamburg ahead of their WBA World Light Heavyweight title fight on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

The fighters appeared in a confident mood as they discussed their upcoming World title tussle, and having twice come close to sharing a ring, both Champion and Challenger are eager to prove who is the better man.

‘’I’m very happy this fight is finally happening,’’ said Braehmer. ‘’Nathan Cleverly is a great boxer. He has an offensive style and a high work-rate, which I'm sure will make for an entertaining night for the fans in Neubrandenburg.

‘’Of course, every fight is a challenge, but I believe Nathan will provide me with one of the biggest challenges of my career. However, together with my coach Conny Mittermeier, I will leave no stone unturned, and on October 1, my hand will be raised and the belt will remain around my waist.’’

Cleverly, who is eight-years younger than Braehmer, believes the time has come for the title to change hands, and has vowed to send the German veteran into retirement.

‘’This fight is my destiny,’’ said the 29 year-old. ‘’Juergen has been fantastic for German boxing, but it’s time for a young lion to come and rip that title from him. He’s 37 years old and hopefully this fight will mark the end of his career.’’

Promoters Kalle Sauerland and Eddie Hearn were on hand to offer their opinions, as the men look set to renew their professional rivalry.

‘‘It’s a real pick ‘em fight,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’Juergen has the experience, while Nathan has youth on his side. One is a brilliant counterattack boxer, and the other, a real offensive machine. It’s a fascinating match-up and one that guarantees excitement.’’

‘’The UK is leading the way in World boxing,’’ said Hearn. ‘’We have fourteen World Champions, and on October 1, we will have one more. Nathan has matured, he knows what he wants and that’s to become a two-time World Champion.’’

Tickets for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly are available online via www.eventim.de and www.tickethall.de or by calling the ticket hotline on +49 (0)1806-570044.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Erik Skoglund!

Takes On The Albanian Bomber
Erik Skoglund

Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) returns to the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping on October 28 to take on the ‘Albanian Bomber’ Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) in a twelve-round title fight.

The ‘Swedish Sensation’ is back in action following a bloody brawl with Ryno Liebenberg on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm, where despite suffering a bad cut above his right eye, Skoglund scored a unanimous points victory.

The 25 year-old is now relishing a return to his hometown arena, which last year, played host to his historic IBF Intercontinental title fight against Oleksandr Cherviak, and a shut-out points win over Derek Edwards.

‘’I’m very happy to be fighting in my hometown again,’’ he says. ‘’It has been almost a year since my last fight in Nyköping, and I think I owe it to my fans to give them another great show at the Rosvalla Arena.’’

Skoglund is predicting a tough fight against his Albanian opponent Shala, who has issued his own words of warning for the undefeated Swede.

‘’It will be a tough fight,’’ says Skoglund. ‘’Shala is a little different from my previous opponents. He is not a brawler like Liebenberg, who comes forward with wild swinging punches; he is a well-schooled, technical boxer, so we will see a different type of fight and a different game plan from me.’’

‘’Skoglund is a good boxer, but I know I can beat him,’’ says Shala. ‘’He should prepare for a guy who is willing to do everything to win. I’ve already been training hard and I will be in great shape on October 28. I will not lose this fight!’’

The 30 year-old adds that he will be brining his own fans to rival Skoglund’s passionate home support: ‘’Albanian people are crazy boxing fans. There will be many coming to support me and making lots of noise.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland says he is delighted to be bringing the Nordic Fight Night back to Nyköping, and expects Shala to provide a stern test for Skoglund.

‘’We’re pleased to be coming back to Nyköping,’’ says Sauerland. ‘’This will be our third event at the Rosvalla Arena, and I’m sure the fans will come out in force to support their local hero Erik Skoglund and make for another great atmosphere.

‘’It will be a good fight for Erik. Shala is a strong, technical boxer, who wants to make a name for himself by beating a young, undefeated fighter on his home turf. Erik will need to work hard for the win and to keep his perfect record intact.’’

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on October 28 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping go on sale on Monday, September 5 at 12.00 and are available online via www.biljettforum.se or by calling 0771-130 150.

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

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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CHRIS BLANEY!

RICKY HATTON HAS MADE ME STRONGER & FASTER
CHRIS BLANEY

FIGHTS are coming thick and fast for flame-haired Irishman Chris Blaney – and he’s loving it.

The Navan man, 24, turned professional with an explosive one round knockout of David Bauza earlier this summer and he’s already got his next two fights lined up.

This Friday night “The Ginja Ninja” will face Kiril Psonko on Hatton Promotions and Black Country’s six-fight card at the Banks’s Stadium in Walsall. After that, he will turn his attention to an appearance in Stoke on October 1.

“I just love boxing so I’ll take any fight that comes my way,” Blaney, a ten-time Irish amateur champion, said.

“I was originally preparing for October 1, but Ricky pulled me to one side the other day and told me I could box in Walsall as well if I wanted to.

“It’s short notice, but I jumped at the chance. I’m always fit and ready to go and this is an opportunity to add another win to my record.”

Blaney, who has been compared to Canelo Alvarez, upped sticks from the Emerald Isle and moved to Manchester to work with boxing legend Ricky Hatton earlier this year.

“I love having Ricky as my trainer as well as my promoter. I’ve been boxing since I was eight years old and I’m still learning every day.

“Ricky has shown me some little tiny things that nobody has shown me before and they’re making me stronger and faster.”

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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