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August, 2016

Robert Guerrero & David Emanuel Peralta!

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Robert Guerrero V David Emanuel Peralta

Fighters competing on Saturday's Premier Boxing Champions on Spike card took part in a media workout Wednesday to officially begin fight week for the back-to-back nights of combat sport action on Spike as boxers joined Bellator fighters at RCVA Gym in Costa Mesa before they step into the ring at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

PBC on Spike is headlined by former multiple division world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero taking on Argentina's David Emanuel "El Pirata" Peralta in a welterweight showdown. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features a pair of exciting contests as exciting puncher Alfredo Angulo faces veteran Freddy Hernandez while unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha battles the Bronx's Steve Martinez.

Tickets for the August 27 event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $31, $58, $108 and $203, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Honda Center Box Office.

Fighters prepared for their impending bouts and spoke to media about their matchups, the exciting weekend of action in Southern California and more. Here is what the fighters had to say:

ROBERT GUERRERO

"Peralta is a tall guy but I'm used to it. Kamegai was bigger than I thought he'd be, but I handled it. I have to feel him out and go from there.

"I'm going to try and execute my game plan. We want to put pressure on him. I've had really good sparring for this and I'm ready to go.

"My opponent is kind of a laid back fighter. He's going to wait for me to come to him and try to counter. I saw a lot of him laying on the ropes, so I'll come inside and try to give the fans a great performance. I'm excited to get in there.

"I've worked on a lot of things during camp. I'm working on staying more on my toes and breaking some of the bad habits I've had. I like to just go forward but there is a lot more to my game. I have to work behind my jab and I think I'll have success.

"I've had so much repetition in the gym and that's been key to my game. I have to work hard in the ring. I can't just mow everybody down.

"I'm ready for a world title shot now. I want the Danny Garcia rematch. I feel like I won the fight. He had some flashy shots but he didn't want to fight. It is what it is and it motivates me to get back to that position."

DAVID EMANUEL PERALTA

"I'm physically and mentally prepared for this fight. Robert Guerrero is a great fighter and a great champion. I've seen everything he's done and I think this is my time.

"The United States is a beautiful place and I've enjoyed being here very much. I'm going to give a very hard fight on Saturday night. I'm going to leave it all in the ring and come out with a victory."

ALFREDO ANGULO

"I have the same hunger and passion that I had in the beginning of my career. 'The Dog' was asleep for a couple of years but he's woken up now.

"Right now the only goal is to win this Saturday. I'm hoping that next year I can contend and fight for a world title. I have always fought the toughest fighters and I've never been afraid of a challenge.

"I feel strong and my weight is good. I hope my opponent had a great training camp. I want him to be at his best so that we can put on a great show for the fans. We are both tough Mexican fighters so you can expect us to stand and throw punches.

"It's very important for me to fight for the fans. This is a huge fight for my career. I want to live up to what the fans expect from me.

"There have been a lot of changes in my career. I've gone through different trainers but now I have some stability with Romelu Quirtate. I feel very stable and confident with him. There are a lot of good fighters in camp and we push each other."

FREDDY HERNANDEZ

"I had a good training camp and I'm going to surprise people in this fight. I know that I need a victory here to continue fighting at a high level.

"Everyone knows my style and everyone knows Angulo's style. We both like to throw punches and we fight with our hearts. It's going to make it a great fight Saturday night.

"I feel very strong at this weight and I think I have more to give to this sport. I'm going to leave my soul in the ring. I'm looking to hurt Angulo."

TERRELL GAUSHA

"I'm liking the fights and the opportunities that I've been getting. This guy is a tough competitor and it's a chance to show the world how good I am.

"I'm ready for anything my opponent brings. I know that he is going to bring pressure. I won't back down. It will bring out the best in me.

"I want to keep working towards bigger fights. But I'm focused on this fight and I'm going to find a way to win.

"My camp has been focused on working my jabs, being smart and moving. I'm staying in great shape and I'll be ready to go Saturday night.

"I'm ready for any opponent. I feel right now like I can fight for world title and Saturday is my opportunity to show people that. I'm going to prove myself."

STEVE MARTINEZ

"I'm coming into this fight with a lot to prove. I've known Gausha for a long time and I definitely think I have the tools to beat him and do it convincingly.

"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm very thankful for it. I have the chance to breakthrough to the next level with a victory here. I've worked too hard not to get a win.

"My training camp was very long and we worked hard from start to finish. Now all that's left is to get in the ring and I can't wait.

"There's nothing better than coming to an opponent's home and getting a victory. He's comfortable out here now but I'm going to make him real uncomfortable Saturday night."

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JON FERNANDEZ & JOSE ROMAN!

SET TO MAKE DEBUTS ON UPCOMING BROADWAY BOXING CARD

Looking to add to its ever growing stable of young, up-and-coming talent, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has announced the signing of undefeated Spanish prospect Jon Fernandez (L in photo) and Puerto Rican amateur standout Jose Roman to exclusive long-term promotional contracts. Both Fernandez and Roman will be making their DBE debuts on the upcoming special edition Broadway Boxing card in the Premier Ballroom at the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, next Thursday, September 1. Broadway Boxing is proudly sponsored by Nissan of Queens, OPTYX, Azad Watches, and Christos Steakhouse.

"I am happy to be coming back to Foxwoods with another great card, and to have the opportunity to showcase these two new additions to the DBE roster," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Promoting Sergio Martinez was one of the highlights of my career and I am proud to say that he and I have forged a lifelong friendship. Sergio told me that Jon is one of the best young fighters he has seen in a very long time, and I look forward to helping build the career of Jon Fernandez here in the States with my friend and great champion Maravilla."

Regarding Roman, DiBella continued, "Jose Roman was a terrific amateur, and gained invaluable experience fighting on the Puerto Rican national team. He was one of the most sought out amateurs on the island and we are thrilled for him to call DBE his home. We are looking forward to featuring him in the US, as well as in Puerto Rico, and building him in front of the huge Puerto Rican fan base here on the East Coast."

At just 20 years of age, the junior lightweight Fernandez (8-0, 6KO's) is one of the most promising young prospects to come out of Spain in years. Standing at 5'11", Fernandez is extremely tall for the 130lb. division and has devastating power in both hands. Fernandez caught the eye of former middleweight kingpin and future Hall-of-Famer Sergio Martinez when he was still fighting as an amateur. Martinez immediately saw star potential and signed Fernandez to his promotional company, MaravillaBox Promotions, in 2015 and soon after began courting the young Fernandez to his own former promoter Lou DiBella. DiBella and Martinez made things official in June, signing Fernandez to a co-promotional deal at this year's Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) awards dinner, where DiBella received the James A. Farley award for honesty and integrity in boxing.

"This is a dream come true. I still cannot believe it," said Fernandez. "I am very grateful to Lou DiBella, one of the most important and prestigious promoters in the United States, for the trust and belief that he has placed in me and to Sergio (Martinez) for the potential he saw in me as a boxer. Boxing is my life and I want to be the best. Following in the footsteps of Sergio and becoming a world champion like him is my lifelong dream."

"I have been watching Jon fight since his amateur days and truly believe that the sky is the limit for him," said Maravilla Martinez. "With each passing fight, he continues to show vast improvement and I believe that he has the ability to become not only a future champion but a future star in this sport. Jon has to stay focused and continue to work, to learn and to give everything he has to this sport. For Jon to have the opportunity to sign with Lou at just 20 years old, an opportunity that I did not have until I was already 32, is amazing and he has to take full advantage of it. Jon has to destroy everything that is put in his path and with time, patience and hard work, he will achieve greatness in this sport."

A native of the boxing rich city of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Roman began boxing at 13 years of age amassing a stellar 124-17 record along the way. Roman joined the Puerto Rican national team in 2012, winning three consecutive national championships from 2013-2015.

"I couldn't be more excited to get my career underway behind such a great promoter as Lou. DiBella has done tremendous work with so many great fighters over the years, and I am looking forward to growing and shining under the DiBella Entertainment banner. It is every fighter's dream to fight in the US, and now I have the opportunity to make my pro debut here, and for that I want to thank my manager Ricardo Figueroa and my trainer Emilio Lozado for getting me this amazing opportunity," said Roman.

Fernandez is set to make his DBE and US debut against the very tough Mexican Naciff Castillo (17-8-2, 5KO's) in an eight-round junior lightweight matchup, while Roman is set to square off against Khaaliq Core (0-1) in a four-round welterweight matchup.

The Broadway Boxing card is headlined by fellow once-beaten prospects prospects Amos "2 Smooth" Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs) and "Nice" Nick DeLomba (10-1, 2 KOs) squaring off in an eight-round super lightweight match-up.

Additional fights on the card will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the Sept. 1st card are on sale and priced at $125, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and www.foxwoods.com or by visiting the Foxwoods' Box Office. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Broadway Boxing is proudly sponsored by Nissan of Queens, OPTYX, Azad Watches and Christos Steak House.

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Windy City Fight Nights!

Return To Chicago On October 1
Windy City Fight Nights

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Warriors Boxing Promotions will resurrect the legendary "Windy City Fight Nights" series of boxing shows with an event featuring a pair of unbeaten locals in separate co-main-events.

Headlining the first Windy City Fight Night in four years will be super lightweight Ramiro "El Lobito" Carrillo (11-0, 7 KOs) and super welterweight Achour Esho (11-0, 7 KOs) in eight-round (Carrillo) and six-round (Esho) bouts against opponents to be announced.

"I'm very happy and excited to be fighting in the co-main event. I've fought in several Windy City Fight Nights and had some great fights. I'm eager to get that rush back that I felt going to war in Chicago in front of my hometown family and friends. This is why I came back to boxing. I want to have big, exciting fights," said Achour Esho.

"I've been working very hard for a long time and I'm happy it's finally coming true. I've been dreaming about fighting in a main event in my hometown and it's finally here. It's my time to shine. I have a lot of family friends and fans coming out to watch me," said Ramiro Carrillo.

Also appearing in four-round bouts will be thus-far perfect super featherweight Josh Hernandez (3-0, 3 KOs) of Chicago; lightweight Jose Romero (1-2) of Whiting, Indiana; super middleweight Ruben Schobitz 1-0, 1 KO of Miami via Spain; Chicago lightweight Jessica McCaskill (1-1, 1 KO) and Chicago's Yousif Saleh will make his professional debut.

Tickets for Windy City Fight Night are priced at $101, $76, $51 and $36 and are available at Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com; by calling 1-800-745-3000, or the Warriors Offices: 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740 or the UIC Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) or can be Purchased the night of the event.

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Mason Menard!

Calls Out WBO Champ Terry Flanagan
Mason Menard

Coming off another impressive SHOWTIME-televised knockout last Friday, Louisiana-based lightweight contender "Rock Hard Mighty" Mason Menard is setting his sights on WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan.

"I would be more than happy to fight Terry Flanagan," said Menard. "It would be a great fight. He's a skillful southpaw, but he is touchable. With my power, that makes for a cat and mouse-type fight. I think sooner or later I would catch up with him."

Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) of Rayne, Louisiana, was last seen taking out the capable Bahodir Mamadjonov in nine rounds in the co-main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation broadcast from Rochester, New York last Friday night. Before that, the 27-year-old scored a "Knockout of the Year" candidate over then undefeated Eudy Bernardo.

"He's a star in the making with all the momentum in the world behind him," said Menard's promoter, Greg Cohen. "Mason is now the WBO NABO Champion and climbing up their ratings. Now that Felix Verdejo (whom Flanagan was supposed to fight) has been injured, I think Menard stepping in would make for a great match-up."

However, Menard says he has his doubts that Manchester's Flanagan will take the bait.

"Let's just be real, after what I did to the last skillful southpaw (Mamadjonov) with only two weeks' notice, I doubt he wants these problems."

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JOSHUANTHONY ORTIZ & EGGIE LABOY!

SIGN WITH COTTO PROMOTIONS
JOSHUANTHONY ORTIZ & EGGIE LABOY

Focus in recruiting the best talent in Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto Promotions signed a promotional agreement with former Puerto Rico’s 123lbs national champion, Joshuanthony 'Kiko' Ortiz who accumulated a amateur record of 185-15 and undefeated featherweight prospect Edgardo 'Eggie' Laboy (10-0, 7KO’s).

“I’m very excited to be part of Miguel Cotto’s company, I had a dream to go to the Olympic’s that couldn’t be done but now my dream is to become a world champion and wont rest until achieve it,” said Joshuanthony Ortiz.

“I feel like I will become a pro fighter again this stage out of boxing made me stronger now I’m ready with a whole team behind me and ready to get back,” said Laboy.

“We want to have the best talent in Puerto Rico. Joshuanthony is a former national champion and Laboy is a great undefeated prospect. We will work to develop them and make them stars,” said promoter and vicepresident Hector Soto.

Joshuanthony Ortiz will make his pro debut on Miguel Cotto Promotions next show on Saturday September 10 at the Auditorium in Comerio. Meanwhile Edgardo Laboy will make his come back on Saturday November 12 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico.

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DMITRIY SALITA!

CONGRATULATES MILLER & EYUBOV FOR SHOWTIME VICTORIES

Now that the dust has settled, promoter Dmitriy Salita wishes to thank everyone involved in the outstanding ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader he and Greg Cohen Promotions put on last Friday at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, New York.

Two of Salita's top fighters were victorious that night, including hard-punching Brooklynite heavyweight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller and junior welterweight assassin Bakhtiyar Eyubov.

Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) retired the normally durable Fred Kassi on his stool between the third and fourth rounds, citing a hand injury. Meanwhile, the also undefeated Eyubov of Brooklyn via Kazakhstan passed a strong test by going past the third round for the first time in his career to win a close 10-round split decision over skilled veteran Karim Mayfield of San Francisco. The scores were 95-94 twice for Eyubov and 95-94 for Mayfield.

"Jarrell Miller talked the talk and walked the walk, which very few boxers and athletes can do," said Salita. "I am very impressed with the maturity and ring IQ Jarrell showed in the Kassi fight. He fought a very smart and used all his strengths to his advantage."

Salita says that Miller isn't far from fighting for the heavyweight title he's been screaming for since the beginning of his career. "I feel Jarrell is the best heavyweight prospect in the world and am very happy that the boxing world is seeing and hearing what he can bring to the division. Jarell has come a long way in the few years and is a fight or two away from fighting for the heavyweight title. He has graduated as a fighter to the next level and I congratulate him for a great performance and the hard work he put in to get this level. I feel he has the skills to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world from Brooklyn, NY."

Regarding Eyubov (now 11-0, 10 KOs), Salita says he's happy with the slugger's performance, even if his impressive KO streak came to an end against Mayfield.

"Bakha I felt did a sensational job in his performance against Karim Mayfield. Less than a year ago, Mayfield was in the running to fight Floyd Mayweather, one of the best of all time. Bakhtiyar in only his 11th fight, and first scheduled 10 rounder, showed the heart, desire, strength and skill to step up and overcome this very significant challenge in early stages of his pro career. I was very impressed with the pace and intensity that Bakha showed especially in the second half of the fight. Bakhtiyar is one of the best junior welterweights in the world and I feel he will bring much excitement to the division."

Salita wishes to thank his promotional partner on the show, Greg Cohen, and his team for their assistance, as well as the Showtime crew and the people at Rhinos Stadium.

"I also want to congratulate all my fighters on the show for their performances and I hope the people of Rochester enjoyed their night of world-class boxing. It was an honor to bring it them."

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Caleb Plant Decisions Juan De Angel!

David Grayton Stops Kareem Martin

Undefeated Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) dropped and dominated Colombia's Juan De Angel (18-5-1, 17 KOs) on his way to a unanimous decision victory Tuesday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Nashville-native was able to keep his perfect record intact and was in control from start to finish of his first 10-round bout. Plant was patient in the early rounds, looking to find the distance against his power-punching opponent.

Plant's offense began to break through in round three and in round four he caught De Angel lingering in the pocket and dropped him with a left hook. De Angel got to his feet but was never able to get his own offense going and spent much of the night trying to tie up the more aggressive Plant.

In the ninth round, a clash of heads caused a temporary halt in the action and saw Plant emerge with a cut on his head. Plant was able to battle through and and kept his momentum going throughout the remainder of the fight.

Plant was twice as accurate as De Angel and landed 30 percent of his punches compared to 15 percent from De Angel. The judges saw the bout the same and all scored it 100-89 after 10-rounds of super middleweight action.

The co-main event of the night saw a pair of Washington, D.C. welterweights do battle as David Grayton (15-1, 11 KOs) earned a victory over previously unbeaten Kareem Martin (8-1-1, 3 KOs) via a stoppage in the eighth and final round.

The southpaw Grayton pressed forward early and often, looking to disrupt Martin and keep him uncomfortable. Martin was sharp early on, especially with right hand counters. He was the more accurate fighter over the first three rounds, but the experience of Grayton began to take over.

As the fight went on, Grayton's attack gained effectiveness and Martin appeared to wear down from the constant pace. Grayton out threw Martin 537 to 308 and landed 172 punches to Martin's 106.

Grayton took control of the fight in the sixth round, hurting Martin early with a blistering body attack and rocked him late in the round with crisp uppercuts. By round eight, Martin had faded and Grayton sensed his moment. A left hand to the body dropped Martin early, and while he beat the count, Grayton quickly pounced and delivered a flurry that caused referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to stop the fight 41 seconds into the round.

Two-time Ecuadorian Olympian Carlos Gongora (6-0, 5 KOs)started the telecast off with an impressive first round stoppage of previously unbeaten Ronald Mixon (7-1, 6 KOs) in their light heavyweight clash.

Gongora wasted little time, feinting a right hook and following with a thudding overhand left that put Mixon on the mat immediately. The knockdown prompted referee Gary Rosato to wave off the count and stop the bout 1:16 into the first round.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

CALEB PLANT

"It's another win in the bag. I had bounce in my legs for all 10 rounds. I was taking my time in there and I feel like I'm getting better each fight.

"I'll fight whoever my team has lined up for me. It feels great to win as a headliner. We're going to get right back in the gym and get ready for another fight."

JUAN DE ANGEL

"I felt the size difference in the ring. I trained for a southpaw and he came out righty. That caught me off guard. He was better tonight."

DAVID GRAYTON

"I was very motivated to perform well coming off of my loss. I wanted it more tonight and I wanted to make a statement to get back to where I belong.

"I knew I had him hurt late in the fight and I kept hitting him with left hands. I stepped it up and got him out of there.

"I'm going to go back to the gym and train hard and wait for my next fight."

KAREEM MARTIN

"I lost a little focus and he caught me with a good shot that led to the stoppage.

"It was a good back and forth fight. We were both getting a lot of shots in. I just need to come back with more focus next time."

CARLOS GONGORA

"I was prepared and I analyzed his style and how he would fight. I knew I just had to connect with the right punch.

"I want to dedicate this victory to my family and my whole country. It was a pleasure to do it on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

"I am going straight to the top and I appreciate this opportunity to show the world who I am."

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LaRon Mitchell V Mario Heredia!

Thompson Boxing Promotions New Blood
LaRon Mitchell

LaRon Mitchell (13-0, 13 KOs), one of the more active heavyweight prospects, fights for the fourth time this year on the co-feature of Thompson Boxing Promotions' "New Blood" event this Friday, Aug. 26, from the Omega Products Events Center in Corona, Calif.

The San Francisco-based Mitchell takes on Mexico's Mario Heredia (14-4, 12 KOs) in a fight scheduled for 8-rounds.

"I'm ready to rock and roll," Mitchell said. "I was ready to fight three weeks ago."

Thompson Boxing asked the heavyweight knockout artist a series of questions ahead of Friday's showdown against Heredia. Below is a transcript.

What do you know about your opponent, Mario Heredia?

"He's a hell of a fighter. He's a natural boxer, which means he can adapt and make changes on the fly. He probably would have been more competitive against Andrey Fedosov had he maintained his weight a bit better. That doesn't change the fact that he's got real talent. I'm expecting a tough fight from him."

Your full-time job takes you to St. Elizabeth's Elementary in Oakland where you teach physical education. What kind of support do you get from the students, teachers, and staff at St. Elizabeth's?

"They love it when I have a fight coming up. Nothing will make me happier than to win a world title and bring that belt to the school and my gym. It will show the kids that you can go against all the odds and still accomplish what you want. You're not given anything in the sport of boxing; you have to earn it. That message can be applied to any industry or career. You want something bad enough; you have to be willing to work for it."

What do you make of your KO winning streak, which has swelled to thirteen?

"I never look passed the fight that I have. You never know what can happen. The heavyweight division in boxing is not fair. You can dominate the majority of a fight, but if you get caught, your night is over. Every fight gets tougher and this one follows that pattern. I prepare the same for every opponent. We plan on going the full eight rounds. We don't say to ourselves that we're going to win by knockout."

Last year you fought at the Omega Products Events Center. What's your take on the outdoor venue?

"I love it. The fans are incredible. They respect the fighters. It doesn't matter if you're the first fight on the undercard, or if you're the main event. As long as you give it your all, the fans will show you a tremendous amount of love."

In the main event, NABA Champion Danny Roman (19-2-1, 7 KOs) defends his 122-pound title for the fourth time against Mexico's Enrique Quevedo (16-7-1, 10 KOs) (10-rounds).

Tickets for "New Blood" are available for purchase on the day of the event starting at 5:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Omega Products Events Center is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881 and can be reached at 951-737-7447.

"New Blood" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

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ERROL SPENCE JR DELIVERS KNOCKOUT PERFORMANCE!

+6 MILLION VIEWERS ON PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON NBC

Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr.'s sensational sixth-round knockout of Leonard Bundu delivered over +6 million viewers during his Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC fight this Sunday, according to Nielsen. Following the broadcast of the 2016 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team's gold medal-winning performance, Spence Jr.'s fight posted a peak audience of 6.34 million viewers and averaged 4.8 million viewers for the entire hour. This fight is the highest-rated PBC fight to-date.

Spence-Bundu drew the largest television audience for boxing in 18 years (August 21, 2016 vs. March 23, 1998).

"I knew this would be the most important fight of my career and the goal was to not just win, but to put on a spectacular one-sided performance," said Spence Jr. "It felt good to go out there and give everyone watching a great show and to do it in front of such a large television audience makes it even better. Thanks to everyone who tuned in and I promise you'll be seeing more of me soon. My time is now and this is just the beginning."

The Dallas boxer's sixth-round knockout victory over Bundu ensures that he will fight for the world title currently held by British welterweight Kell Brook.

With his power, pinpoint accuracy and desire to close the show, Spence Jr. is squarely in the mix as a top welterweight in the most talent-laden division in boxing. As a young, hungry contender circling champions like Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia and Brook, Spence's presence adds to the tantalizing possibility of super fights in the welterweight division harkening to the days of Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran.

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Eddie Ramirez V Kevin Watts!

Premier Boxing Champions On FS1

Undefeated super lightweight prospects are set to square off as Chicago's Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) takes on Los Angeles-native Kevin Watts (11-0, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event of 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 will feature exciting undercard bouts that will be announced shortly.

"It feels good to be fighting in my first main event," said Ramirez. "I look at it as more motivation to keep working hard. I'm going to go in there and feel my opponent out and just push him every round. I go into every fight ready for a battle and I expect that on September 27."

"I'm ready for another chance to show that I'm a world class fighter," said Watts. "Eddie Ramirez is a solid prospect who hasn't lost yet, but I'm going to be well prepared for victory on September 13."

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

A Chicago Golden Gloves champion, Ramirez knocked out seven of his first nine professional opponents and picked up five victories in 2015 including a decision over former world champion Cristobal Cruz. The 23-year-old debuted in 2016 with a second round stoppage of Osumanu Akaba in April.

Born in Lancaster, California but fighting out of Los Angeles, Watts turned pro in 2013 and has been unblemished since. The 24-year-old defeated previously unbeaten Maximilliano Becerra in April 2015 and in his last two outings he took down once-beaten fighters Michal Chudecki and Manuel Damairias Lopez.

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Darwin Price V Javontae Starks!

Premier Boxing Champions On NBCSN
Darwin Price V Javontae Starks

Super lightweight prospects Darwin Price (10-0, 5 KOs) and Javontae Starks (13-1, 7 KOs) will meet in an eight-round battle that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBCSN action Saturday, September 3 from the Dancehall in San Antonio.

The action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features unbeaten super lightweights Rickey Edwards (11-0, 3 KOs) and Yordan Frometa (10-0, 7 KOs) competing in an eight-round bout.

"This is another step for me after my win in June," said Price. "I've prepared hard in training and I'm anxious to return to San Antonio to fight Javontae Starks. I'm planning on another impressive performance."

"I'm very thankful for this opportunity to return to the ring and fight Darwin Price," said Starks. "This is a perfect time to show the boxing world that I'm recovered from my loss and that I still have what it takes to become a world champion."

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.

Originally from St. Louis, Price's road has led him to Houston where he now trains with Ronnie Shields. An exceptional athlete who was highly regarded in track and field as a teenager, the 26-year-old turned pro in 2013. His activity ramped up in 2015 as he took home four victories including a win in his first eight-round bout against Alvaro Ortiz in November.

Fighting out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Starks racked up an impressive 98-16 amateur record before turning pro in 2009. At nearly six-foot, Starks used his length and skills to win the first 13 fights of his pro career including victories over Jeremiah Wiggins and Carlos Galvan. He suffered his first defeat to unbeaten Samuel Figueroa but will look to bounce back with a win on September 3.

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.

After a successful career in the Cuban amateur program, Frometa turned pro in 2015 and has fought out of Quito, Ecuador. The 27-year-old is unbeaten having fought three times in the U.S. in addition to bouts in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Frometa has been busy with six wins in 2016 including a stoppage of Antonio Rodriguez in his last contest.

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Luis Del Valle V Diego De La Hoya!

September 17
Luis Del Valle

Super bantamweight contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle is not one to waste time in the squared circle.

Currently the International Boxing Federation’s #8 ranked contender, Del Valle scored 16 of his 22 victories by knockout including nine within the first three rounds. Known for bringing the heat to his foes from the opening bell, Del Valle is accustom to partaking in exciting fights and most recently dropped hard-hitting Thomas Snow twice en route to a unanimous decision victory.

On September 17, Del Valle faces unbeaten and highly touted Diego De La Hoya in a ten round contest. The bout opens up the Saul Alvarez-Liam Smith pay per view telecast from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. It is also renewing boxing’s oldest rivalry as Del Valle represents Puerto Rico while De La Hoya fights out of Mexico. The nephew of boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, Diego’s 15-0 with 9 wins by knockout. In May, he battered previously unbeaten Rocco Santomaruo en route to a 7th round stoppage.

Del Valle, who is seven years De La Hoya’s senior, serves as a notable step up in class. Del Valle respects De La Hoya’s ability and believes it will be a classic Puerto Rico vs Mexico type battle while it lasts before his experience ultimately powers him to victory.

“The fans can expect fireworks on the 17th,” Del Valle said of his upcoming showdown with De La Hoya. “We’re both warriors and know that something bigger will follow if we win in a high profile fight like this. He is a good young fighter that has talent but I’m battle tested. I’ve fought former world champions and learned from my past bouts where I was matched tough. My experience will be a key for me in this fight. I can’t wait to put on a show for boxing fans all over the world!”

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Dereck Chisora!

Back In Action On September 10 In Stockholm
Dereck Chisora

Dereck Chisora (25-6, 17 KOs) returns to the ring on September 10 with an eight-round contest against Drazan Janjanin (13-7, 12 KOs) at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The former British, Commonwealth and European Champion is the latest addition to a stacked card in the Swedish capital topped by the female grudge match between domestic rivals Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson.

Chisora missed out on a second reign as European Champion in May, losing via split decision to Pulev, but having regrouped, the British boxer and his team will attempt to launch another title assault, starting with a keep-busy contest against the big punching Bosnian Janjanin.

‘’This is the fight game,’’ said Chisora. ‘’If you lose, you have to rebuild and come back. I lost a close fight to Pulev, but I’m still in a good position. I want a rematch, but let’s see if they give it to me. Either way, there are a lot big fights out there for me, and I’m ready to fight anyone.’’

The 32 year-old says he is looking forward to fighting in Stockholm, having never visited the city before, and will be ringside supporting local fighter Anthony Yigit and watching the main event unfold as Laurén and Svensson battle it out for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title.

‘’I’m excited to be fighting to Sweden,’’ he says. ‘’This will be my first time in Stockholm, but I’ve heard it’s a great place. That is one of the good things about working with a big promoter like Team Sauerland - you get to fight all over Europe, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to sign with them.

‘’They’ve also got my boy Anthony ‘Can You Dig It’ Yigit on the card. I look forward to watching his fight, and the main event. I love women’s boxing, and I think it’s a great thing to have two female fighters headlining a big show.’’

Tickets for the Team Sauerland show on September 10 are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com or by calling 0771-31 00 00.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

PBC ON FS1 WEIGHTS
PBC

Caleb Plant 167.2 vs Juan De Angel 163.4

Kareem Martin 146.1 vs David Grayton 149.6

Carlos Gongora 172.5 vs Ronald Mixon 172.9

Carlos Rosario 133.4 vs Cesar Garcia 134.6

Eric Newell 251 vs Wesley Triplett 213.2

Daquan Johnson 152.4 vs Stephen Bass 151

Yurik Mamedov 145.7 vs Antonio Allen 147.2

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Robles V Claggett!

Headlines Sept 9th Knockout Night At The D

Undefeated San Diego prospect Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles takes on Canadian welterweight champion Steve "The Dragon" Claggett in a crossroads fight for both on Friday night, September 9, in the return of "Knockout Night at the D," airing (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegas and DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. Hall Of Fame announcers Jim "J.R." Ross and Al Bernstein will call all of the action from ringside on CBS Sports Network.

Robles vs. Claggett, promoted in association with Bobby D Presents, is the 10-round main event for the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) - United States junior welterweight championship.

Sept. 9th has the potential to be the most explosive top-to-bottom card in the already praised 2016 "Knockout Night at the D" series, which consistently showcases tomorrow's stars in highly competitive, compelling match-ups.

"Knockout Night at the D' is truly establishing itself in Downtown Las Vegas as a premier event for boxing fans in the community and beyond," said Derek Stevens, Owner and CEO of the D Las Vegas and DLVEC. "From hometown heavy-hitters to up-and-coming amateur fighters, the second half of this series will bring unforgettable, action-packed shows that can't be missed."

A former World Boxing Council (WBC) Latino super lightweight champion, as well as a 2008 National PAL gold medalist. Robles (15-0-1, 5 KOs) needs an impressive victory on national television in order to advance to the next level of the junior welterweight division. The southpaw has won his last 11 fights since his 2012 draw with 7-0

Adrian Vargas.

"I am excited to showcase my skills once again as the main event on a Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions card," Robles said. "Both of my promoters, RJJ & Bobby D, are presenting me with such an incredible opportunity to fight for the Regional NABA Title belt. My opponent is in for the boxing lesson of his life. I know Claggett will be a strong contender and brings a power punch to the table. He is going to be challenging, the toughest opponent I've had to face thus far in my boxing career, but I am ready to show my opponent and his team the skills that will help me capture the title and bring it home to RJJ and my team.

"It's an honor to display my superior boxing skills for Roy Jones Jr. on CBS Sports Network and I am humbled that Las Vegas has accepted me with such open arms. Defeating Claggett will put me on the map as a contender for the top 140-pounders in the world such as (Adrien) Broner, (Terence) Crawford & (Victor) Postal.

The 27-year-old Claggett (23-4-1, 16 KOs) needs to bounce back from a disputed 10-round loss by majority decision the Chris van Heerden in his last fight this past April, also at the DLVEC, to revitalize his career. Claggett is taking a risk by dropping down one weight class in order to challenge junior welterweight Robles.

Steve Claggett

"This fight means everything to me," Claggett explained. It is a make or break fight for my career and I have a chance to re-enter the boxing world at 140 pounds, which is a weight that I believe I should have been fighting at a little while ago. I have a new trainer for the first time - a new team - and I am looking forward to showing fans a new fighter. A victory will stamp my name as a true world champion contender. I understand my position and I know that I am on the 'B' side, but I have been in this position many times before. I have a lot of experience in the sport of boxing and it has finally all come together for me. This will be my best fight. My focus and training will show on fight night.

"My opponent is a strong fighter. Robles is a sharp boxer and he has a good history in the sport as well. He is a southpaw and brings a good record to the table. All respect to the Robles team, but I am ready to fight for my life, and this is what this sport is all about. Expect me to bring everything I have and put on a '10' war for the fans."

A firefight is developing for the 8-round co-feature between unbeaten prospects Rolando "Rola" Garza (9-0, 6 KOs) and Neeco "Roster" Macias (12-0, 6 KOs), who will throw-down for the vacant WBC - US junior middleweight championship.

The opening 4-round television fight pits two young welterweights, local favorite Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (5-0, 2 KOs) and Texan Steve Belmonte (2-0), in another rare showdown between unbeaten prospects.

Also scheduled to fight on the undercards are undefeated Ugandan lightweight prospect Ismail "Sharp Shooter" Muwendo (17-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Minneapolis, in an 8-rounder vs. TBA. In 4-round fights, 20-year-old junior lightweight Randy Moreno (3-0, 2 KOs), of Las Vegas, will be matched against an opponent to be announced and Las Vegas junior flyweight Marina Ramirez (1-0) meets New Jersey's Rachel "The Black Widow" Sazoff (0-1).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission (seated), are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 6:15 p.m. PT.

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CAMERON HAMMOND!

COMMONWEALTH SHOT IS A CAREER LAUNCH PAD

CAMERON “THE HAMMER” HAMMOND believes his vacant Commonwealth welterweight title clash with Jack Brubaker will put him on the road to stardom.

The Aboriginal ace, 26, faces “The Ripper” in what will be the first Commonwealth tussle between two Aussies for more than 15 years at the Olympic Sports Park in Sydney on October 29.

And he believes victory could propel him into the 147lb division’s big league.

"This is the fight I've been waiting for and I'm really looking forward to it. I know it's a tough fight but I'm going to be ready,” Hammond, 16-0 (8 KOs), said.

“I see this fight as really launching my career forward in a big way. I'll be preparing for 12 hard rounds.

“I want to thank my team for getting me into this position, especially Ricky [Hatton], who signed me after the 2012 Olympics. I can't wait!"

Brubaker has earned a reputation as a fearless fighter capable of scoring an upset thanks to surprise victories over Paddy Murphy and Japan’s Suyon Takayama.

But Hammond’s manager Matt Clark is confident that his man has the tools to score a famous win.

“Brubaker is coming off a huge win in Japan but I know Cameron has the speed, power and footwork to get the job done,” Clark stated.

“We haven't seen the best of Cameron Hammond yet as a professional. I'm confident we will on October 29. He's been flying under the radar a little bit but he's about to be unleashed and I think fight fans are going to love what they see.

"This will be the first time two Australians have contested the Commonwealth welterweight title since Julian Holland beat Shannan Taylor in 2001. It's an enormous fight for Cameron and one that we are confident he's going to win.”

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Kareem Martin V David Grayton!

Premier Boxing Champions On FS1
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Undefeated welterweight Kareem Martin (8-0-1, 3 KOs) will face once-beaten David Grayton (14-1, 10 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, August 23 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is headlined by undefeated prospect Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant taking on hard-hitting Colombian Juan De Angel. Additional televised coverage will see undefeated light heavyweight prospects Carlos Congora and Ronald Mixon in an eight-round bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $108, $83 and $58, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Additional action sees New Jersey's Carlos Rosario battles Mexico's Cesar Garcia in six-rounds of lightweight action and local heavyweight Eric Newell in a six-round showdown with Ohio's Wesley Triplett.

Rounding out the night of fights is New Yorker Yurik Mamedov in a four-round welterweight bout against Philadelphia's Antonio Allen and New Jersey's Daquan Johnson in a four-round welterweight fight against Atlanta's Stephen Bass.

A young, up-and-coming fighter from Washington, D.C., Martin turned pro in 2014 and is yet to lose as a pro. The 20-year-old picked up four victories last year and owns a decision victory over Somner Martin in 2016. He will take on a fellow D.C. native in Grayton, who looks to bounce back after a loss to unbeaten Bryant Perrella in June. Previously the 29-year-old was unbeaten and had picked up a victory in January of this year over Daniel Souza Santos.

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Naim Terbunj V Baptiste Castegnaro!

September 10 At The Hovet
Naim Terbunj

Naim Terbunja (9-1, 1 KO) is the latest addition to the Nordic Fight Night on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm. The 31 year-old from Linkoping, who represented Sweden at the 2008 Olympic Games, will face Baptiste Castegnaro (8-8, 4 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight contest.

‘’I’m really looking forward to fighting at home in Sweden,’’ said Terbunja, whose last three fights have taken place overseas in America. ‘’I’m thankful that Nisse Sauerland and my promoter Joe Deguardia have come to an agreement to let me fight, and I want to put on a great show for everybody in Sweden.’’

Terbunja takes on the 25 year-old Frenchman Castegnaro, who has been the distance with Norwegian fighter Tim-Robin Lihaug and German Olympian Stefan Haertel, and has won his last two fights, a second-round TKO win over Bojan Radovic and a points victory over Matiouze Royer.

‘’I’ve not seen much of him yet,’’ admits Terbunja. ‘’But from first impressions, he looks tough. He’s shared the ring with some good boxers, including Stefan Haertel, who was my sparring partner for the Olympics in 2008. I plan to sit down with my team and take a closer look at him, but it looks like he comes to fight which should give me the momentum to outbox him.’’

In preparation for the bout, Terbunja will be training in New York alongside his head coach and manager Pat Zagarino, before returning to Stockholm to take his place on the big Team Sauerland show, which features the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight between Swedish rivals Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson.

‘’That’s going to be great fight,’’ he says. ‘’Klara is clearly the better and more experienced boxer, but what makes the fight competitive is Mikaela’s size. However, if Klara can use her boxing skills and not fall into a dirty fight, I believe she will win.’’

Alongside Lauren and Svensson’s hotly anticipated grudge match, the Hovet will play host to Anthony Yigit’s homecoming fight against Armando Robles, Otto Wallin’s heavyweight showdown with South African Champion Osborne Machimana and Daniel Hartvig’s welterweight clash with Krisztian Santa.

Tickets for the Team Sauerland show on September 10 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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Bryant Perrella!

Giving Back To Fort Myers With Goodfella's Great Students

Unbeaten welterweight knockout artist Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella and Team Perrella are proud to announce they'll give back to Fort Myers through an initiative called “Goodfella's Great Students.”

Created by Perrella, “Goodfella's Great Students” provides an additional incentive for students to excel in the classroom. Each month, Perrella and head trainer Michael Nowling will dedicate time to standout students selected by school administration. The selected pupils will receive personal invites and get transported to and from Syndicate Boxing Club, where they'll participate in a fun workout run by Perrella and Nowling. Currently, Coronado High School is signed up for the free program and multiple schools have expressed serious interest in joining.

“I've been in the Fort Myers area my entire life,” said Perrella, who has an outstanding record of 14-0 with 13 wins by knockout. “I love it here and grew tremendously not just as a fighter but as a man. For everything Fort Myers has done for me, rewarding hard working students is the least I could do. The program we've created is a great way to assist the community and local schools. Most importantly, it's another reason to be an academic superstar. I'm wholeheartedly looking forward to meeting and spending time with these students each month.”

Coronado's principal Joelle Lyman is thrilled about the program and personally invited Perrella to introduce himself to her students Friday, August 26.

“The staff and students at Coronado High School are elated to be given the opportunity to work with Bryant Perrella,” said Lyman. “Student participants will be able to see, first hand, the results of hard work and dedication. Mr. Perrella will be opening doors for our students that would have otherwise remained closed. It is our hope that, as these students move through this mentorship experience, they will benefit from the successes that will surely follow as they are encouraged to work hard, reach physical and personal goals, and use these valuable skills and lessons in their lives after graduation.”

Perrella, who knocked out David Grayton in June, is scheduled to return to the ring in the near future. Formal details will be available shortly.

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Heather Hardy & Shelly Vincent!

Media Quotes
Heather Hardy

Undefeated brawlers and longtime rivals Heather "The Heat" Hardy and Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent hosted a media workout at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn Friday as they near their long anticipated showdown featured on Sunday, August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.

Also in attendance Friday and competing on Sunday's undercard were a trio of local prospects: cruiserweight Joseph Williams (9-0, 7 KOs), welterweight Julian Sosa (5-0-1, 2 KOs) and welterweight Chordale Booker (2-0, 2 KOs).

PBC on NBCSN coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Live PBC on NBC coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and features undefeated rising star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. taking on once-beaten contender Leonard "The Lion" Bundu in a welterweight world title eliminator.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

The two undefeated brawlers Hardy and Vincent are expected to bring fireworks in a matchup that has been building since Vincent showed up at Hardy's second pro bout looking to get in the ring with the popular Brooklyn-native.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

HEATHER HARDY

"This is a huge step up to be on television. It's not the top of the ladder. There's still room to go but I'm really excited, happy and proud to be on this stage. It proves that all you have to do is be super determined, open your mouth and good things can happen.

"A lot of people have been waiting for this one. She's done a lot of talking and I'm pretty quiet back to her. My fans know I'm going to do my talking in the ring, so there is definitely a lot of excitement leading up to this.

"I'm going to be fighting closer to home than ever. It's an honor to be able to represent Brooklyn on the first show at the Amphitheater in Coney Island.

"When I spar, I don't look to focus in too much on my opponent. I just want to get better. We've had really diverse sparring. If I improve my techniques, there is no one who can beat me and that's the truth.

"You can prepare as much as you want, but I don't like to over plan. We'll go in there and figure her out in the first round. We've done the work that we need to.

"A lot of people have criticized some of the opponents me and Shelly have had, but we've honestly always had an eye on preserving our records and making sure this fight happens on television. This fight is not about my wins, but it's about giving women boxers the opportunity to be showcased. Win, lose or draw, we've both opened the door for other women and that's what's most important.

"This fight means everything to me. This is for everything I've ever stood for. I came up from nothing. I've spoken up about my past so that people who have walked a similar road will know what is possible with hard work and dedication. I'm here because I wanted something so bad and I wouldn't let anybody tell me I couldn't have it.

"I've fought so hard for everything and it inspires me to keep going. This is only one step. There's so many more doors I want to open before I end my career.

"I would like to treat everyone to a boxing clinic this Sunday. Shelly is going to get a free boxing lesson from me this Sunday. Not many people can say they get that."

SHELLY VINCENT

"This fight is going to be non-stop action. Don't blink."

"She's a busy fighter. I'm smaller than her, but power-punching comes from your legs. It won't matter. I've fought tall girls and I've fought small girls and it's the same thing, I won. The only way I leave without a victory is if I get robbed.

"I've been working hard. Even harder than usual. I've run, biked, swam miles and miles preparing for this. We didn't leave any stone unturned getting ready for this.

"I'm not going to look for the knockout. If it comes, it comes. I'm looking for the victory. I want to attack her body. It's there for me.

"It feels great to finally be almost time to fight. This fight couldn't have come at a better time. It's a great opportunity. We both worked hard for this. I don't take away from what Heather does for the sport, but I'm excited to get the victory.

"I love New York. It's always great being here and I hope I can fight here more after I win.

"I was trying to find a way to channel my anger when I was younger and it ended up being a release for me. Eventually this sport turned my whole life around so that I could help others who are like I was.

"This is great for our sport and I want it to give hope to the little girls that are coming up in the sport. I'm winning, but our sport will be the real winner. It's an honor to fight for all the girls who came before me and didn't get this opportunity.

JOSEPH WILLIAMS

"Training camp was very good. I feel strong and I'm ready to get in the ring on Sunday. I'm sharp and really ready to fight.

"I'm a versatile fighter so I'm ready for anything. Early in the first round I'll figure him out and start breaking him down.

"The venue looks like an amazing place to fight. If you're coming to watch me, get there early. You don't want to miss it.

"I want to keep working towards a title. I want to get my way down to super middleweight and I'm going to keep working every day to get a world title shot.

"Me and Errol Spence Jr. have some history. I was the 2012 Olympic team alternate, so I've been following his career and I'm rooting for him. It will be a good night for boxing because I definitely expect him to put on a show.

"My coaches have watched my opponent. I'm ready to adapt to anything. I trust my team and they tell me how to attack. I'm strong and ready to fight."

JULIAN SOSA

"I'm very humbled to be on a big card again, with an opportunity to showcase my skills. I have to show how thankful I am by working hard and looking very good that night.

"Being the first boxing show at this venue means I'm a part of history. I have to make sure that my performance is memorable.

"This was the best training camp I've ever had and I can't wait to display the hard work that I've put in the gym.

"The fan support I have means a lot. It's really nice to have all my friends and family together and able to see me do what I love to do. There's no better feeling than that.

"My opponent is a very aggressive fighter. The first couple of rounds we're going to try to work the body. As we go to the later rounds, I'm going to take the knockout if it presents itself. But I'm happy to put on a beautiful boxing clinic."

CHORDALE BOOKER

"Sparring has been really good for this fight. I've been going hard. I don't take it easy on anyone during sparring because I need to be ready to fight.

"It's really big to be a part of this kind of fight. Especially being a welterweight and with the main event being a title eliminator. I've looked up to Errol for a while. He's a guy I've tried to pick up different things from Errol since we're both southpaws.

"I want everyone to get there early. I've got power and I'm looking for a knockout.

"It means everything to fight in front of the fans in Brooklyn. I'm just really excited. My family and friends are from Brooklyn, Flatbush specifically and I'm expecting a lot of support.

"I'm excited to be boxing as a pro for the first time in my hometown. It's even better that it's at a new venue. It's going to be big for me and something that I remember forever."

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Danny Roman Prepares For NABA Title Defense!

With Big Name Sparring Sessions
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NABA Champion Danny Roman enters next week's title defense well prepared, as he recently spent time in the gym with big names such as Leo Santa Cruz and Jhonatan Romero.

Roman, a super bantamweight from Los Angeles, defends his NABA Title for the fourth time against Enrique Quevedo, next Friday, Aug. 26. The 10-round "New Blood" main event originates from the Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif.

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

You recently sparred with big names such as Leo Santa Cruz and Jhonatan Romero. How did you fare in those environments?

"The sparring sessions were competitive. It confirmed what I knew all along, that I belong with the elite names in this sport. It's always fun to go up against some of the best. Romero is tall for the division so it was great to see someone with that much skill and reach. Santa Cruz has active hands and never slows down. He's been able to maintain his hand speed as he's moved up in weight, which is a tough thing to do."

What are your thoughts on next Friday's opponent, Mexico's Enrique Quevedo?

"Quevedo is a tough boxer. He doesn't back down against anyone and he's always in excellent shape. We've both beat Chris Martin, who is a savvy boxer-puncher. It's going to be a good, tough fight, one that I'm ready for. There's no doubt I'm going to beat him."

You currently sit at number eight on the WBA rankings. You'll be defending your NABA title for the fourth time. A big fight could conceivably arrive in the near future. How do you stay focused on what's in front of you?

"The only thing I can control is my preparation for every fight. I take this sport very seriously. Anyone that's seen my workouts knows I don't take days off. I don't cheat drills. The rankings and the big fights will be there for me if I continue to win. That's all that matters."

Over the last two to three years, we've seen you put together an impressive winning streak (11), win a regional title, and enter the world rankings - What helped you reach this point?

"We stay true to what works for us. After every fight, we look for improvements in everything we do. We go over the video and make the necessary adjustments. Every round is scrutinized. It sounds redundant, but there's always room for improvement and we try to get better with every fight."

In the co-feature, heavyweight knockout sensation LaRon Mitchell (13-0, 13 KOs) looks to extend his unbeaten, KO winning streak against Mario Heredia (14-4, 12 KOs) of Mexico (8-rounds).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Omega Products Events Center is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881 and can be reached at 951-737-7447.

"New Blood" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

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Domonique Dolton V Justin DeLoach!

PBC On Bounce TV

Undefeated contender Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs) will take on once-beaten super welterweight Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round 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.

Super welterweight contender Chris Pearson was originally scheduled to face DeLoach, but was forced to withdraw after suffering a cut during training.

Televised coverage begins on Bounce TV at 9 p.m. ET/PT and is headlined by former world champion Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith (28-8, 12 KOs)facing once-beaten contender Frank "Notorious" Galarza (17-1, 11 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.

A highly regarded fighter out of the late Emanuel Steward's Kronk Gym, the Detroit-native Dolton battled to a draw in an exciting matchup against then-unbeaten Oscar Molina last September. The 26-year-old took home victories over Victor Fonseca and Juan Carlos Rojas in 2015 and owns wins over Donatas Bondorovas, Richard Gutierrez and Jonathan Batista in his eight-year career.

In his first bout of 2016, the 22-year-old DeLoach delivered a sensational knockout over previously unbeaten Dillon Cook in his debut with new trainer and former world champion Paul Williams. DeLoach followed that up by knocking down previously unbeaten Junior Castillo twice on his way to a unanimous decision victory in June. The fighter from Augusta, Georgia turned pro in 2013 and won his first 10 fights before suffering a defeat in early 2015. He enters this bout on a five-fight win streak.

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Caleb Plant!

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Unbeaten prospect Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant is closing in on making the leap from prospect to contender and hopes to help cement that position when he takes on hard-hitting Juan De Angel in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, August 23 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. and features undefeated light heavyweight prospects Carlos Congora and Ronald Mixon in an eight-round bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $108, $83 and $58, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Plant gave a training camp update and talked about his upcoming bout and more:

On fighting in his first 10-round main event on FS1...

"This is a big opportunity for me to show the fans that I have arrived. FS1 is seen by millions around the word and I'm ready to make a statement to a national audience. I've been working hard to get to this point and I'm going to shine."

On his matchup with Juan De Angel...

"Like all fights at this level, it's going to be a tough fight. I'm expecting to see a hungry fighter who has nothing to lose. I myself have everything to lose so I'm going to make sure I'm at my best when we step in the ring. De Angel has held some regional belts so I know he has some tricks up his sleeve. One thing I will do is dictate the pace."

On the landscape of the middleweight division...

"The middleweight division has plenty of talent. Gennady Golovkin has a stranglehold on the division at the moment but I'm gunning for him and anyone else that's in my way. First I have to get past this fight and then continue my march toward that world title."

On his recent training camp...

"My team and I have been working extremely hard. I've got all the right people in my corner helping me get to the top. I'm sparring with some really good fighters. I've taken my conditioning to new levels. My body is fresh and I'm amped up for this fight."

On his quest to become the first world champion to come out of Nashville, TN...

"To become the first world champion to come out of Tennessee would be incredible. I know I have a lot of hard work that needs to be done but I'm ready for the difficult challenge. Nashville needs a boxing champion and I know in my heart that it will happen. I'm just taking it one fight at a time."

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Errol Spence Jr & Leonard Bundu!

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Undefeated rising star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. and once-beaten contender Leonard "The Lion" Bundu went face-to-face for the first time Thursday before they meet in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC this Sunday, August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.

Televised coverage of the welterweight world title eliminator begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT. PBC on NBCSN begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features exciting featherweight Claudio "The Matrix" Marrero taking on undefeated Derrick Murray plus unbeaten rivals Heather "The Heat" Hardy and Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent in a featherweight matchup.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

Spence Jr. and Bundu spoke to media at Via Della Pace in downtown Manhattan before they visited Coney Island for photo-ops ahead of their Sunday bout in the Brooklyn venue. Here is what the participants had to say:

ERROL SPENCE JR.

"This has been a long camp. I'm in great shape and I've had strong sparring partners throughout. Bundu is a very good fighter. He's experienced and technically sound, but he can be awkward.

"I'm happy to be back in New York. I think it's going to be a good fight and I'm looking to put on a spectacular performance.

"We went up the rankings trying to find an opponent. A lot of guys didn't want to fight me, even in a title eliminator. So I want to thank Bundu for taking the fight.

"I'm not worried about what's going to happen next. I know what's next if I take care of my business. If I win I'm guaranteed a chance at the world title. I want the title fight sooner rather than later.

"We try to break down an opponent's weakness in camp. But we're also looking at what they do right. We have to capitalize on everything. My trainer will watch the video and talk about what he sees. It's a lot of communication in the gym.

"I love sparring with younger guys. Preferably amateurs or guys who just turned pro. They have more to prove in a sparring session. They really push me and help make me better.

"My main goal is to win. The only thing I have to do, is win. If the knockout comes, I'll take it. But I'm not going to force it. He's a tough and durable fighter. It has to be setup and it has to be calculated."

LEONARD BUNDU

"Spence Jr. is a good boxer. He's probably my toughest fight to date. These kind of fights make me more motivated.

"I have nothing to lose. I'm going to give it all I have and I'm very confident in myself. I believe I can be victorious.

"Spence Jr. and Thurman have some similarities but also are completely different fighters. I have studied Spence and I believe I will have an even better chance against Spence Jr..

"I'm always trying new workouts and trying to improve my training. I'm in tremendous shape and I know it will help carry me in the ring.

"I thought my performance was okay against Thurman. There was definitely room to improve and I think I'm an even better fighter now than I was then. I feel like I was 10 years ago. I'm like wine, I'm truly getting better with age.

"I see his weaknesses and I have to take advantage of them. I believe I can put him in trouble with my countering but it all has to come together in the ring.

"I love the challenge. I want to give him his first loss. That's what I have to do. That's all that is in my head."

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

"Everyone should come out to Coney Island on Sunday afternoon to see what's going to be an incredible day and early evening of boxing. The fights start at 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon and is fully covered, so there will be no weather issue. It's a beautiful new facility with an incredible view.

"This is the first boxing broadcast that will be nationally televised from Coney Island. In my mind we have one of the best young fighters in the world defending his standing against a guy who has had a long and successful career. Both Spence Jr. and Bundu were Olympians and it will be a real test for Errol.

"There's no question Errol is the favorite while Bundu is the underdog, but he's been the underdog before. He knows he has to win and that this could be his last chance on a big stage.

"I've promoted a lot of fighters throughout the years and there wasn't a better fighter from the last Olympic class or this one that is better than Errol Spence Jr. In terms of ability, talent and instincts he's world class. He fights with much more intelligence than his ring age. He's a master of controlling the ring. When I watch this kid fight I'm always blown away.

"On Sunday Spence Jr. is fighting a real professional and he has a chance to prove something on national television. This is a great forum for him to follow the Olympic Gold medal basketball game. The kind of audience that is going to watch the Gold medal game are the kind of people that we need to bring into boxing. I'm proud to promote this show."

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Commey V Easter!

September 9 In Pennsylvania
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Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs) will challenge Robert Easter Jr (17-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF World Lightweight title on September 9 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Since being named mandatory challenger, Commey has been patiently waiting for his opportunity to fight for the IBF strap, and with a date and venue now confirmed, the undefeated 29 year-old says he is ready to fulfil his destiny and bring the belt home to Ghana.

‘’It feels great to be finally fighting for a World title, and come fight night I will be fully prepared come what may,’’ says the former Ghanaian, Commonwealth and IBF Intercontinental Champion, who is currently in Accra training alongside coach Carl Lokko at the Bronx Boxing Gym.

‘’This opportunity means everything to me, it is for all the hard work my team and I have put in over the last six years. This is what we started out to achieve, and when I win, it will be a great feeling to know we have reached our goal.’’

Standing in his way is the 25 year-old Ohio-native Easter Jr, who has earned his shot at World honours with a series of impressive KO victories, including the show stealing fifth-round stoppage of Argenis Mendez last April in Washington.

‘’I think he's very good boxer and I have the upmost respect for him as I do all my opponents but that won't count for nothing as soon as the first bell rings,’’ says Commey. ‘’Patience is the key, and as long as I stay focused and listen to my corner I'll be fine.’’

Commey will be fighting Stateside for the second time in his career. In May 2015, he claimed the IBF Intercontinental title in Las Vegas with an eighth-round TKO win over Bahodir Mamadjonov, and despite having hoped to challenge for his first World title at home, he is welcoming a return to America.

‘’Of course, I would have preferred the fight to be in Ghana in front of my own fans but it wasn't to be,’’ he states. ‘’However, I’m undefeated in America so I have no problems going back, and with God’s blessing I know I will win.’’

Manager Michael Amoo-Bediako has recently returned from Ghana where he had been watching Commey train, and admits he has been impressed with what he has seen from the World title challenger.

‘’Richard looks in tremendous shape and was very sharp in sparring,’’ says Amoo-Bediako. ‘’He is totally focus on winning this title and bringing it home to Ghana. I also had time to speak to his trainer Carl Lokko and he told me everything is going according to plan and come fight night Richard will be ready for whatever Robert Easter Jr brings to the table.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland says he is confident Commey can overcome Easter Jr and join his hometown heroes such as Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, David Kotei and Joshua Clottey in bringing the belt back to Accra.

‘’This fight has been a long time coming,’’ says Sauerland. ‘’Richard is the most avoided fighter in the lightweight division but now the time has come for him to bring the World title home. Ghana has a rich history of producing elite level fighters and Richard is ready to take his place among them as the county’s next World Champion.’’

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Claudio Marrero!

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Exciting contender Claudio "The Matrix" Marrero is ready to make a statement in the featherweight division beginning with his Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN showdown against undefeated Derrick Murray this Sunday, August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.

Televised coverage on NBCSN begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features exciting contenders Heather "The Heat" Hardy and Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent battling in a matchup of unbeaten rivals. PBC on NBC will begin at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and sees undefeated rising star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. facing once-beaten contender Leonard "The Lion" Bundu in a welterweight world title eliminator.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

Marrero enters this bout the winner of six-straight fights, including a sensational knockout of former world champion Rico Ramos last July. Now, the self-described "boxer-puncher with exceptional defense" is looking to get himself a world title opportunity and show off his skills against the unbeaten Murray on Sunday.

Here is what Marrero had to say about his start in the Dominican Republic, his opponent, the featherweight division and more:

What was it like growing up in the Dominican Republic?

Claudio Marrero: It was really tough...my dad was a jack of all trades and I was the oldest of three boys. My dad was my biggest influence on keeping me out of trouble. He trained me early on as an amateur and that's where I developed my fundamentals. Because of him I'm here today and I'm very grateful.

How did you first get introduced to boxing? What boxers did you look up to growing up?

CM: As a child, my dad and I would watch fights. He thought boxing would keep me off the streets, where 9 out of 10 kids in my country end up dead, or in jail. Around 8-years old I started boxing. Favorite fighter is Pernell "Sweet Pee" Whitaker.

When did you come to America? What led you to making that decision?

CM: The journey to come to America started in January of 2010, when my manager/trainer now, Herman Caicedo, came to the D.R. to scout Juan Carlos Payano and myself. We met and he promised to work hard on our behalf and look out for us. Unlike many others who had said similar things, Herman was a man of his word. I was able to solidify myself with hard work, so here we are.

Q. Talk about your team and how they've helped you transition to life in America and progress your boxing career:

CM: There has been one man who has helped with everything I know in Boxing as a pro, and life here in the states, and that's Herman Caicedo, our manager/trainer. He took us on as his kids and treated us like his own children, not just fighters. All of us who train with him owe our progression and discipline to him. In addition, Henry Rivalta and Gary Jonas, our other managers, have been very instrumental in the progress as well. We are a strong team with goals of becoming world champions together.

Q. What do you know about your opponent? What kind of problems does he pose?

CM: I know he's undefeated. I know he's coming to win and that he's from St. Louis. There isn't anything I see in him that has me concerned except the fact that he's unbeaten. Anyone who is unbeaten is going to go that extra mile to come out victorious. But that really is not a problem in my eyes. I'm a hungry fighter as well. The problem for him is that he stands in my way of getting back in the ring with all the top guys.

Q. How important is a win on August 21 to your career? Which fighters would you like to face next and how do you think you matchup with the top featherweights?

CM: I want everyone all at 126 pounds. These guys have been evading, ducking and dodging me. None of these guys want to face me. I want them all. I'll fight them all on the same night if I have to. I'm tired of them hiding. It's very frustrating when my managers tell me they don't want to fight me. So I must make a statement each time I step in the ring and it starts with Derrick Murray.

Q. What is your prediction for your fight on August 21?

CM: My opponent will feel pain!

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Team Shumenov!

Responds To Lebedev V Gassiev World Title Fight Announcement

Team Shumenov believes it is worth reviewing recent history enlight of the recent announcement that WBA Super/IBF cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev will defend against Murat Gassiev in late November or early December in Russia: A condition for allowing Lebedev to fight IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez on May 21, 2016 was that Lebedev had to fight WBA cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov within 120 days. (Lebedev hasn't made a mandatory defense since April 10, 2015.) Shumenov has done everything to make that fight, while Lebedev has done nothing but run from his mandatory title fight. When it first became obvious in June that Lebedev was trying to avoid his mandated WBA title fight, Shumenov repeatedly requested that the WBA order a purse bid.

Lebedev ignored the WBA and then recently sought, after the WBA deadline had passed, a special permit allowing him to fight Gassiev, which Shumenov officially objected to within 48 hours. WBA Interim cruiserweight world champion Yunier Dorticos has also objected. At this present time, though, Team Shumenov is still waiting to hear the WBA's ruling in terms of stripping Lebedev if he decides to fight Gassiev instead of Shumenov.

It really is very simple. Shumenov wants to fight Lebedev, who is doing everything he can to avoid it. If Lebedev doesn't care to meet his obligations and conditions of his prior special permit, he should relinquish his title. Lebedev and his people need to rejoin the rest of us in the real world and stop claiming that Shumenov has not been pushing for this fight.

According to a recent report, Lebedev's camp members erroneously reported that, "Shumenov is not exactly pushing the issue" (to fight Lebedev next).

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DEONTAY WILDER!

ANTICIPATES RING RETURN NO LATER THAN JANUARY 2017

Just one month after his successful title defense against Chris Arreola on July 16, WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) is on the fast track to recovery following injuries suffered during the bout to his right hand and biceps.

Making the fourth defense of his title, Wilder dominated Arreola for eight one-sided rounds to earn his 36th stoppage victory in front of nearly 12,000 fans at the Legacy Arena, in Birmingham, AL. Wilder set out to hurt Arreola early on, staggering him in round two with a powerful straight right. Wearing him down further in the third, Wilder dropped Arreola hard in round four with a jab-straight right combination, then wobbled the challenger again as the bell sounded. It was during this attack that Wilder suffered his injuries, after which the champion focused on expertly outboxing his foe with stiff jabs and pinpoint left hooks upstairs. His face swollen and bloodied, a weary Arreola did not come out of his corner for round nine, awarding Wilder the TKO victory. The bout was televised in prime time on the FOX network, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).

After the bout, Wilder was taken to UAB Hospital for an MRI that confirmed a broken hand and torn bicep injuries. Dr. Jimmy Robinson, Wilder's physician since his pro debut, who is also the Chair for Sports Medicine and Team Physician for the University of Alabama, set him up for the appropriate surgeries at the acclaimed Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, which has also serviced high profile athletes such as Roy Jones Jr., Terrell Owens and Brett Favre. On July 21, Dr. Lyle Cain repaired a ruptured distal biceps tendon at the elbow. On July 28, Wilder's right hand was operated on by Dr. Kathleen McKeon, who performed an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of his fourth and fifth metacarpal.

"The surgeries were completed by well-renowned surgeons and were an absolute success," said Dr. Robinson. "I anticipate that Wilder will be back fighting by the end of this year or January of next year. As he is healing, part of his rehab will be to restore range motion to the elbow and get his strength back, which will expedite his recovery. The repair to his right hand should make it as solid and as strong as it can be, so that no further injuries are sustained. In fact, with his rehab, I anticipate the power in his right hand only to increase."

"We're thrilled that both surgeries were so successful and that Deontay is on the road back," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "He's a dedicated champion and will work diligently to return better than ever. It's great for Deontay, boxing and the heavyweight division that he will be able to defend his title when the calendar turns to 2017."

"Deontay and I will be working out as he heals so that he will be prepared the moment he is fully healed," said Wilder's trainer Jay Deas. "He will be in the gym working on conditioning, his footwork, and we'll be working his left hand overtime so that when the right hand is cleared, we will be ready to take a fight. I think Deontay will be ready to fight by the last part of this year or by January the latest."

"I've always known that my body is a fast healing body because I am an elite athlete and the doctor confirmed that," said Wilder, who has proudly worn his WBC belt since capturing it in January 2015 by defeating Bermane Stiverne. "We're going to pick up where we left off. I'm looking forward to unifying the division. That's my main goal. I don't want to stop. I don't need a tune-up. I don't need a warm-up. I don't need none of that. Once everything is healed with the arm, I'm going to get back to right where I left off."

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Heather Hardy!

Gets Top Fighters Support
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Undefeated featherweight contender Heather "The Heat" Hardy is ready to take center stage and she has garnered the praise of the sport's top fighters as she prepares to take on longtime rival Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent in Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN action Sunday, August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.

PBC on NBCSN coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features exciting contender Claudio "The Matrix" Marrero taking on unbeaten Derrick Murray. PBC on NBC is headlined by undefeated rising star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. facing once-beaten contender Leonard "The Lion" Bundu in a welterweight world title eliminator that begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

Always in entertaining battles, Hardy's punches per round stats far exceed the average for her weight class and prove why everyone believes her matchup with Vincent will be all-action. In six CompuBox-tracked fights, Hardy has averaged 83.4 punches per two-minute round, which projects to a staggering 111.2 if fought over three minutes. This number would far exceed the two men's leaders Roman Gonzalez and Leo Santa Cruz. Her two-minute output of 83.4 punches per round would rank her fourth among the men over three minutes, ahead of hard-hitters Gennady Golovkin (68.6), Andrzej Fonfara (75.1), Orlando Salido (71) and Abner Mares (69.4) amongst others in the top ten.

"I think that if there is a female boxer out there that should and deserves to be seen, it's Heather Hardy," said former world champion Shawn Porter. "She has put tons of work in. I have seen her fight and train and she is a top competitor and a true athlete in this sport. Some people think it's taking a chance to put women's boxing on television, but I think Heather Hardy is the best person to take that chance on. I don't know anyone that is more worthy of this shot."

"Heather Hardy is always in fan friendly and entertaining fights," said former world champion Paulie Malignaggi. "Off the top of my head, I cannot think of a dull Heather Hardy fight. Plus, she brings a big following and that always makes for a fun, noisy crowd and atmosphere."

A fan-favorite in Brooklyn, Hardy has been helping to fill local venues for years including Barclays Center, where she has fought seven times as a pro. Now, her long awaited matchup with the unbeaten New Englander Vincent has given her the opportunity to show her talents on a bigger stage.

"I couldn't be happier for my fellow Brooklynite Heather Hardy," said middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs. "This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase her talents on TV, and one that she has rightfully earned. This is huge, not only for her, bur for women's boxing in general."

"I think it's a great for Heather to get this opportunity," said Spence Jr. "It's not common that we see women's boxing on television but there are a lot of women who deserve it. This is great for them and it's great for the sport."

"Heather has been working incredibly hard and grinding for years," said former world champion Chris Algieri. "It's great to see her get the exposure she deserves after the time and commitment she has put in to get to this point. She's one of the most consistent performers in the local area and it's time for the rest of the world to see her hard work and skills."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

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Daniel Hartvig!

Added To Laurén V Svensson Undercard
Daniel Hartvig

Daniel Hartvig (7-0-1, 4 KOs) will face Krisztian Santa (12-7-2, 7 KOs) on September 10 on the undercard of the interim WBC Female World Welterweight Championship clash between Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The 31 year-old from Gothenburg returns to the Swedish capital following a hard fought draw against Nikoloz Gvajavaon on April 23, and is eager to impress with another action-packed performance.

‘’I’m really looking forward to fighting at the Hovet again,’’ said Hartvig. ‘’My last fight against Gvajava was tough, but I think we gave the crowd a lot of excitement. Sometimes I fight with my heart more than my head, it might not be the best strategy, but it makes me the type of fighter the fans love to watch.

‘’On September 10, I will give the fans another exciting performance. I know it will be a tough fight; my opponent is a good fighter with a lot of experience, but I’m ready to go all in. This will be my fourth fight for Team Sauerland since making my comeback and I want to impress.’’

Hartvig joins a star-studded Swedish line up supporting Laurén and Svensson’s hotly anticipated grudge match. Anthony Yigit makes his homecoming bout against Mexican fighter Armando Robles, while heavyweight hope Otto Wallin takes on South African Champion Osborne Machimana.

Tickets for the Team Sauerland show 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 on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinavia. For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.se.

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Samuel Clarkson!

Signs Co-Promotional Agreement With Greg Cohen Promotions
Samuel Clarkson

Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of red-hot light heavyweight contender Samuel "Main Event" Clarkson to a co-promotional agreement, along with Ronson Frank's Uprising Promotions LLC.

25-year-old Clarkson (17-3, 11 KOs), from Cedar Hill, Texas, had a sensational year in 2015, scoring five wins, including two impressive ShoBox: The New Generation-televised victories over then 15-1 Lavarn Harvell (TKO 2) and then 13-1 Jerry Odom (TKO 3).

Clarkson also beat former world title challenger Cedric Agnew (then 27-1) by decision on DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing.

Trained by his father, Samuel Sr., since starting in boxing at age 17, the southpaw Clarkson went 69-9 as an amateur, winning the 2009 National PAL Amateur Championship and a pair of Texas Golden Gloves State Championships.

"It's a blessing," said Clarkson of the signing. "We sat down and talked to Greg Cohen about the opportunities he could offer me and my family in the boxing business and I'm looking forward to a very bright future."

Clarkson says his streak of impressive victories started when he began to focus on more than his punching power.

"In my amateur days, I had a lot of knockouts," he explained. "I knocked out everybody, but then in the pros I started to focus more on my boxing skills. I learned you can't just go in there and swing hard punches and knock everybody out. I dissect my opponents now before getting them out of there. I pick them apart and then, when I see somebody hurt, I go in for the kill. That's the biggest change in me."

Clarkson Sr., a former marine who fought for Detroit's Kronk Gym as an amateur, says he's equally excited about his son's promotional deal.

"We've been waiting a long time to showcase Samuel's skills to the world and Greg Cohen will give us the opportunity to do that."

"Samuel Clarkson is the type of fighter who continues to improve every year," said Greg Cohen. "He has really come together as a legitimate threat in the light heavyweight division and I'm happy to be working with him and his team. Ronson Frank and I have some big plans in store for Samuel. He's a big puncher with a great comeback story and a he and his father are genuinely nice people. He provides the kinds of wins that TV networks love. I see tremendous potential in him."

Clarkson says his streak of high-profile victories and now his promotional arrangement will allow him to continue doing the two things he's passionate about, fighting and helping others.

"I have met a lot of young people that come from a similar background who are watching me now and looking up to me. If I can do anything to help them, I will. My success in boxing is allowing me to help influence them and help them understand that there is a lot more to life than what they currently see. It won't be easy, but you have to work hard and go for it. That is a blessing to be able to do that."

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Knockout Night At The D!

Returns Sept. 9

"Knockout Night at the D" returns to Las Vegas with the fourth series installment of the popular professional boxing series, Friday night, September 9, airing (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

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

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

Undefeated prospect Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles (15-0-1, 5 KOs), fighting out of San Diego, faces Canadian welterweight champion Steve "The Dragon" Claggett (33-4-1, 16 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) - United States junior welterweight championship.

The 28-year-old Robles is a former WBC Latino super lightweight champion, as well as a 2008 National PAL gold medalist. The gifted southpaw has reeled-off 11consecutive victories since his 2012 draw with 7-0 Adrian Vargas. NABA No. 1 contender Robles' signature win to date was last year's second-round stoppage of Leon Spinks III, grandson of former heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist Leon Spinks, who left the ring on a stretcher. Also notable are winning decisions versus 15-1 Yordenis Ugas and 13-1 Jonathan Chicas. His last fight was a fourth-round technical knockout of Gerardo Cuevas this past May.

Claggett, 27, is coming off of a disputed 10-round majority decision loss to Chris Van Heerden (23-2-1) last April at the DLVEC. Fighting out of Calgary, Alberta, Claggett is dropping down one weight class in order to challenge junior welterweight Robles for the vacant NABA - United States title.

In a rare battle of unbeaten prospects, Roland "Rola" Garza (9-0, 6 KOs) meets popular California junior middleweight Neeco "The Rooster" Macias (12-0, 6 KOs) in the 8-round co-feature.

Garza, 24, was an outstanding amateur boxer in Mexico, where he compiled a 120-12 record, earning a spot on the Mexican National Team. This past June, Garza won a thrilling 6-round decision over previously unbeaten Erasmo Garcia (5-0-1) at the DLVEC.

The always entertaining Macias, 25, who crows like a rooster in the ring before and after fights, had fans on their feet in his last fight, which was a non-stop brawl at the DLVEC with Limberth Ponce this past April, ending in a unanimous 8-round decision for Macias.

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 6:15 p.m. PT.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series was developed in partnership with DLVEC and Neon Star Media.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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Robert Guerrero!

Training Camp Quotes
Robert Guerrero

Former multiple division world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs)will bring his exciting style to the ring as he look to put on a show when he he headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike against Argentine slugger David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) Saturday, August 27 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features a pair of exciting contests as exciting puncher Alfredo Angulo faces veteran Freddy Hernandez while unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha battles the Bronx's Steve Martinez. PBC on Spike is part of back-to-back nights of combat sports on Spike as Bellator takes the stage Friday night in Anaheim.

Tickets for the August 27 event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $31, $58, $108 and $203, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Honda Center Box Office.

Guerrero, along with his trainer and father Ruben Guerrero, have put together another successful camp in the Bay Area as Robert looks to earn another opportunity at the top fighters in the sport. Here is what Guerrero had to say about his matchup, training camp and more:

On fighting in a special weekend edition of MMA and Boxing on Spike...

"It's going to be a great weekend of fights on Spike. On Friday, you got top level MMA fighters like Benson Henderson throwing down. He's always giving the fans their money's worth. On Saturday, you got Alfredo Angulo and myself, who always bring excitement to the ring. We're never in boring fights. All in all, there's going to be a lot of action packed fights that weekend. Everyone should be tuning in that's for sure."

On his recent training camp...

"There's been a lot of hard work that's been put into this recent training camp. My dad and I have been grinding daily to get ready for this fight. It's been a productive camp though. I got a lot of rounds sparring with top guys. I'm in tip top shape and ready to go."

On facing tough Argentine David Emanuel Peralta...

"Anytime you're facing a fighter from Argentina you know you're in for a tough fight. Peralta knows this is his chance to make a name for himself so I know he's coming with his very best. He's had a lot of time to prepare for this fight but I'll be well prepared for anything he brings. He's going to realize once he's in the ring with me that I'm not some washed up fighter like some may think. I got plenty of fight left in me and Peralta will find out what I'm all about on August 27th."

On the importance of coming out victorious...

"It's very important that I win this fight at all cost. The welterweight division has plenty of good fighters that I want to get in the ring with. So it's a must that I win this fight. I'm not taking Peralta lightly. I'm coming to win and win impressively."

On fighting in Anaheim at the Honda Center...

"Anytime you're fighting in Southern California, you know the fans are going to be passionate about the fights. They love to see a lot of action and that's exactly what they'll see when I step in the ring. The Honda Center is a top level venue where the fans will all have a great seat. I'm looking forward to fighting in front of the SoCal fans once again."

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Errol Spence Jr!

Reflects On His 2012 Olympic Experience
Errol Spence Jr

Unbeaten rising star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. is leaning on his experience as part of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team as he nears a world title eliminator on network television and eventually a world title shot.

"People ask if I'm nervous about headlining big fights, but I've already fought on the biggest stage you can fight on at the Olympics," said Spence Jr. "I was fighting in front of the whole world and it got me ready for where I'm at today."

The 26-year-old will take on once-beaten Italian contender Leonard "The Lion" Bundu in a welterweight world title eliminator that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Sunday, August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.

Televised coverage begins on NBC at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT following the Olympic Men's Basketball Gold Medal Game. For Spence Jr., it was the experience of being around world class athletes such as the members of the USA Men's Basketball team that he remembers most vividly about his time in London.

"I'll never forget meeting all of the athletes that I had grown up watching," said Spence Jr. "I got to meet Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, the Williams sisters and Usain Bolt. Just being able to talk to them and be around them was amazing. I was an Olympian just like them.

"It was a big moment for me when people like that would recognize me and tell me they were going to come watch me fight. That's something I'll always remember."

While Spence Jr. had the best run of any of the men on the 2012 U.S. team, he came up short of his goal of bringing home a medal for his country. Despite that, Spence Jr. wouldn't change anything about his 2012 experience.

"I feel like everything happens for a reason," said Spence Jr. "If I go back and change something, it might change something in my future. So far my future is looking great right now. I'm one of the top fighters in the game and everything that happened in the Olympics led to that."

Four years removed from his time in the Olympic Village, Spence Jr. is ready to make his mark as a pro, but will still have an eye on the new crop of talent that is currently competing in Rio.

"I would tell the Olympians to stay focused no matter what happens," said Spence Jr. "Work with what you have there, listen to your coaches and stay 100 percent dedicated. You got this far, so why slack now?

"I wish them the best of luck and I think we definitely have some gold medal hopefuls like Shakur Stevenson and Claressa Shields. They're going to come home with gold and it's going to be big for U.S boxing."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

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CARLOS CARABALLO!

SIGNS WITH MIGUEL COTTO PROMOTIONS
CARLOS CARABALLO

Carlos Caraballo, Puerto Rico’s current amateur national champion at 123 pounds, who under other circumstances was suppose to be competing at the summer Olympic games in Rio 2016, has signed a multi year promotional agreement with Miguel Cotto Promotions.

The 20 years old southpaw, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico but nature itself of the small town of Guayanilla in the south of Puerto Rico, owns an unofficially amateur record of 143-14.

"I am very grateful to Miguel Cotto’s company that gave me the opportunity to show my talent," said the fighter who, as a professional, will be fighting at 118 pounds. "We are very happy to have Carlos Carabalo as part of our company. We have been following him over a year, we like that pro style that he has " said Hector Soto, vice president and promoter. "We saw the opposition that he faced and in particular, the fight in which he beat Joshuantony Ortiz" he added.

"Caraballo has great skills and a natural talent. He had great achievements as an amateur boxer and now we will provide the opportunities for him to work hard for his dream to become a world champion, "said five-time champion in four divisions and promoter Miguel Cotto. Carlos Caraballo will be making his pro debut on Saturday September 10 at Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment card at the The Auditorium in Comerio Puerto Rico.

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ROCKIN' FIGHTS 25!

TURNS UP THE HEAT
Star

The Tri-State area has been battling severe heat as of late and last night at The Paramount, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented the 25th installment of the popular "Rockin Fights" series in Huntington, NY and the action inside was just as hot as the temperature outside.

Headlining for the first time at The Paramount was newly signed Star Boxing Jr. Welterweight Anthony " Showtime" Karperis of Hicksville, NY, as he made his first defense of his NY State Jr. Welterweight title against Queens, NY native Ariel Duran in a 10 round bout.

These two had met once before early in their careers with Karperis coming away with a hard fought 4 round win and it was no different this time around. The two fighters battled throughout the contest which featured great two way action and it was also a rough and tumble affair with both fighters suffering cuts.

Karperis stormed out to an early lead as he boxed smartly and was able to fend off the attacks of Duran. Through 5 rounds it looked as though Karperis would cruise to a win but the tide turned in the 6th round as Duran started to put together nice combinations and out land Karperis.

Duran arguably won the next 3 rounds and was on his way to another good round in the 9th when Karperis landed a picture perfect right counter sending Duran to the canvas and turning the fight back in his favor.

The 10th and final round saw both fighters go for the win but in the end it was Karperis successfully defending his title with a unanimous points win raising his record to 13-2 4KO while Duran dropped to 9-9-1 5KO. The judges turned in scores of 97-92, twice, and 98-91.

The undercard featured Huntington Lightweight Johnny Hernandez, defeating Philly's Seifullah Wise by unanimous decision over 8 rounds. Hernandez improves to 8-1 1KO while Wise drops to 3-3 1KO.

Two popular Long Island Super Middleweights hooked up in a 4 round battle as Glen Cove's Vinny D'Angelo returned after a 3 year layoff squaring off with the very tough Dan Cion of Farmingville, NY, who was making his pro debut. After a slow 1st round the fight intensified and the final round saw the 2 fighters bring the crowd to their feet as they traded toe to toe shots with D'Angelo capturing a close unanimous victory and improving to 2-0 while Cion goes to 0-1.

East Hampton Jr. Middleweight Juan Mancilla made his pro debut a successful one as he stopped tough luck loser Phillip LeGrand with only a few seconds left in their 4 round fight. The fight was all action and hung in the balance but the aggressive Mancilla started landing numerous power shots towards the end of the fight which caused head ringside physician Barry Jordon to call a halt to the action against the strong objections of LeGrand who falls to 1-4 1KO.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments to say about last night's action "The fights were all very competitive and the sold out crowd once again was treated to an exciting night of professional Boxing".

The next date, "Rockin Fights 26" is scheduled for October 14th and tickets are on sale now through Star Boxing, The Paramount Box Office, and Ticketmaster at tickemaster.com.

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Ivan Baranchyk!

Signs With Holden Productions
Ivan Baranchyk

Holden Productions has announced the signing of unbeaten junior welterweight sensation Ivan Baranchyk to a promotional agreement. As a member of Holden Productions' stable, Baranchyk joins the Four State Franchise.

Holden Productions will promote the 23-year-old along with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. The Four State Franchise, which regularly fights in front of sold out crowds packed with energized fans, also includes Trey Lippe-Morrison, Kenzie Witt-Morrison, Jarrett Rouse, Dillon Cook and Jesse Cook.

Living and fighting out of Brooklyn, NY by way of Russia, Baranchyk is 11-0 with 10 wins by knockout. Baranchyk's last two bouts were held in Tulsa at the Buffalo Run Casino, where he knocked out previously unbeaten foes Nicholas Givhan and Eliseo Cruz. The all-action brawler, who scored a highlight reel one punch knockout against Givhan, became an instant hit at the Buffalo Run and a fighter Tony Holden had his eye on.

Holden said of Baranchyk, “The fans here love him and I've had Ivan on my radar since his first appearance here. I'm glad we were able to get this done and I believe he has what it takes to go a very long way in this sport. The trio of DiBella Entertainment, Fight Promotions Inc. and Holden Productions will do our part to get him there.”

Baranchyk, who scored all of his stoppages within four rounds, has enjoyed his experiences fighting at the Buffalo Run.

“I like the fans a lot and I like the atmosphere,” Baranchyk said of Holden Productions' shows in Tulsa. Tony is a great promoter. Along with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., Tony will help me become a world champ.”

Baranchyk's official Holden Productions debut takes place Friday, September 23 when he headlines Shobox: The New Generation at the Buffalo Run.

Details on Baranchyk's opponent and other bouts on the card will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Miguel Flores!

Defeats Ryan Kielczweski by Unanimous Decision
Miguel Flores

Undefeated rising contender Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) defeated exciting featherweight contender Ryan Kielczweski (25-2, 7 KOs) by unanimous decision (97-93, 96-94, 96-94) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

In an action-packed fight during which both fighters threw over 750 punches, the Houston native Flores was slightly more fluid and able to do enough work on the inside to keep his unblemished record intact.

Flores said, "I thought I would hurt him with body shots, so we did a lot of work down there tonight. I think my movement was the difference. Ryan said I couldn't move, but I showed him and everyone else that I can."

As Flores appeared to be stealing the early rounds, Kielczweski stepped on the gas at the midway point, throwing punches in bunches and landing regularly throughout the second half of the bout.

Kielczweski said, "I thought we fought a great fight tonight for the fans. I started a little slow, but I really picked it up in the fifth round."

The increased activity was a little too belated to salvage the fight for the Quincy, MA native.

Kielczweski added, "I was gaining steam in the second half of the fight. I can't say that I won, but I thought it could have been a draw. It was a good fight though, and I will be back."

An excited Flores said, "It felt great to get this win tonight. I boxed and banged it out with (Kielczweski). He had some pop, and in the last round he got me with a good body shot, but we are used to tough fights like this. I like it like that. This is fun to me. We will watch the video and correct what I know were a lot of mistakes, but I believe I'm ready for the next level. I'm ready for the top contenders."

Televised coverage kicked off with Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (16-3, 7 KOs) defeating contender Jamal James (20-1, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision (99-91, 98-92, 96-94) in a technical 10-round welterweight showdown.

Three days ago, James stepped in to replace undefeated welterweight Bryant Perrella, who was forced to withdraw from tonight's bout because of an injury to his left thumb. James was coming off just 27 of days rest following his July 16 split decision victory over Wale Omotoso.

Ugas fought last 825 days ago when he lost his second consecutive bout, the third defeat of his career. However, Ugas showed no sign of ring rust on Friday night as he casually controlled the action against James.

Ugas, a five-time Cuban National Champion, used his tremendous experience and was able to neutralize James' height advantage.

"We focused on the body because (James) was tall," said Ugas. "So we planned on chopping him down, and that's what I did."

Although Ugas had initially been preparing for his long-awaited comeback against the left handed Perrella, he had no difficulty with the orthodox James.

Ugas added, "I followed my corner's instructions and won round by round. I felt very consistent in there tonight."

Knowing that he'd come up short, James said, "I thought it was a good fight. (Ugas) brought it tonight. I was fighting his fight unfortunately. I started to outpoint him late, so I should have started earlier with my combinations and countering. I was trying to knock him out and I should have just boxed."

James added, "I have no excuses though, I am a grown man and could have said 'no' to taking this fight. But fighting is what I do. Other fighters are not doing what I did tonight. Sure, if I had more time to prepare I might have done better, but I am a fighter."

On his prospects moving forward, Ugas said, "After the long layoff, this is a new beginning for me, and now I am looking for a big opportunity in my next fight. It felt good to get back to fighting."

A resilient James summed things up adding, "A fight like tonight makes me hungrier to get back in the gym and get myself ready to come back again better than ever."

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

ROCKIN FIGHTS 25
ROCKIN FIGHTS 25

The weigh-in for tomorrow's Rockin' Fights 25 junior welterweight main event featuring Anthony "Showtime" Karperis (12-2, 4 KOs, Hicksville, NY) vs. Ariel Duran (9-8-1, 5 KOs, Queens, NY) for Karperis' New York State belt, and accompanying undercard, were held today (Thursday) at Modell's Sporting Goods in Huntington Station. Promoter Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presents another stellar card at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, tomorrow night (Saturday, August 13).

Anthony "Showtime" Karperis 139.2 lbs V Ariel Duran 140 lbs

Johnny "Hitman" Hernandez 135.2 lbs V Seifulla Wise 136 lbs

Juan Mancilla 154.6 lbs V Phillip Legrand 156.6 lbs

Dan Cion 167.6 lbs V Vincenzo D'Angelo 166.2 lbs

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LUCIAN BUTE!

VICTIM OF CONTAMINATED SUPPLEMENT MADE BY PHARMAGENIC
LUCIAN BUTE

Former world champion Lucian Bute learned late yesterday afternoon that the test of his "B" sample was positive, as was his "A" sample, which was no surprise and these findings were welcomed by Lucian and his team.

When the initial announcement of the positive result revealed Ostarine, Lucian didn't understand what could have happened, hence his disbelief of the situation yet hope regarding test results of his sample "B". At that time it was announced extensive research would be conducted to find out what really happened. Today, more than ever, Lucian says he never knowingly used illegal products during his illustrious career in professional boxing.

To assist in his search for truth, Lucian retained the services of a Los Angles-based lawyer, Howard Jacobs, who requested all nutritious supplement products used by Bute during in his training camp for the fight against Badou Jack.

KorvalLabs, an accredited laboratory in California specializing in sport, was mandated to carry out all of the analyzes, and results were obtained Monday. However, analysis of a product named Dynamita recovery, made by Pharmagenic laboratory in San Diego, California, contained traces of contamination, Ostarine.

The supplement formula prescribed by physical trainer Angel Heredia had to be perfectly free of all illegal substances in its composition, meaning, unfortunately, it had been contaminated during preparation of this supplement at the Pharmagenic laboratory.

Responsibility for the detection of Ostarine in Bute's tests was totally up to Pharmagenic laboratory in San Diego. Bute and his lawyer intend to pursue legal proceedings against the laboratory that has caused irreparable harm to the integrity and reputation of the former IBF super middleweight champion.

Details of the investigation were forwarded to the athletic commission in Washington DC, which will therefore be inviting Bute to enable representations and explanations of what happened before it takes a decision.

Meanwhile, Lucian Bute is in training at the gym of the Grant brothers regularly, does not put his career in question and is determined to take all means to become world champion in his division once the details of this case are fully set.

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HEATHER HARDY V SHELLY VINCENT!

LOOKING TO STEAL THE SHOW IN CONEY ISLAND
HEATHER HARDY V SHELLY VINCENT

On Sunday, August 21, undefeated rising star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) is set to take on once-beaten contender Leonard "The Lion" Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight world title eliminator that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC Sunday, August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.

The action on NBC begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT following coverage of the Olympic Men's Basketball Gold Medal game. While much of the focus and buildup to the event has been on the 2012 US Olympian Spence Jr., there is another fight on the card that has the boxing world buzzing with anticipation and that is the WBC International Women's featherweight championship between Brooklyn's Heather "The Heat" Hardy and her longtime rival Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent, of Providence, RI.

If you are a fan of women's boxing, there is no bigger fight that can be made in the sport right now. Hardy (17-0) and Vincent (18-0), both world-rated and undefeated, have been baiting and verbally accosting each other for years. There is a legitimate hatred between the two that will surely not subside after they share the ring on August 21st.

Vincent began appearing at Hardy's fights at Roseland Ballroom, which has since closed down, calling out the former amateur national and New York Golden Gloves champion, dating back to 2012, and the two have been combative ever since.

A longtime supporter of women's boxing, and promoter of Hardy since her pro debut, Lou DiBella knew how big this fight could be not just for women's boxing but for boxing in general. Hardy is one of the biggest draws in all of New York, while Vincent has an extensive fan base throughout the New England area. So when DiBella signed Vincent at the beginning of this year, potential for the bout to finally happen picked up major steam.

The two nearly came to blows at Vincent's DBE debut in January at BB King Blues Club and Grill in NYC, and would have agreed to fight anywhere, any time, if it were up to them. DiBella, though, knew they deserved more. Their fight deserved the proper platform, and the proper stage to showcase this long talked about, and eagerly anticipated fight.

"This fight needed to be on TV, given everything these girls have been through, for how hard they have worked to get to this point, and for how long the buildup to this fight has been. My job as their promoter was to make sure that the fight was televised," said DiBella.

Enter PBC and NBCSN. Since its inception in March of last year, Premier Boxing Champions has brought boxing back to the forefront, accessible to mainstream sports fans, providing coverage of some of boxing's biggest fights, televised live, for free and in primetime on major cable networks CBS, NBC, and FOX. Now, on August 21st, the ladies will finally have their shot. The Hardy-Vincent bout, which will serve as the co-main event on the NBCSN telecast, will air in primetime starting at 9 p.m. ET.

"I was given the opportunity by PBC to put this bout on NBCSN and I think that's a big thing for women's boxing to have a fight like this on television. Hopefully, this is going to open the door for more females to have these types of opportunities because they deserve it. They deserve to have the opportunity and the ability to continue to grow in a sport that, for centuries, has been dominated by males. This is a major step in that direction," continued DiBella.

DiBella held a media luncheon for Hardy and Vincent last week to officially announce the bout, and while the two women were respectful and civil for the most part, there was a definite tension in the air. Now, with just a little over a week to go until fight night, both Hardy and Vincent are more than ready to put on a show.

"This fight is a long time coming," said Hardy. "Shelly has been very vocal about how I'm not good enough, I'm not strong enough, and I'm not smart enough. I stayed quiet though, minding my own business and going about my career, because my mother taught me never to wrestle with a pig. She said that if you wrestle with a pig, you'll both get dirty and that's what the pig wants. Come fight night, she will be forced to eat every word she has ever said about me. It'll just be me and her alone in that ring, and she has nowhere to run, no mask to hide behind and nothing more to say. We will see who the real champion is on August 21."

Hardy continued, "I am very thankful to PBC and especially to Lou for everything that he's done to make this fight happen. I know it wasn't easy and he put up a hell of a fight to get this bout televised. In 2016, it's not acceptable for doors to still be closed to women. It's my responsibility, as the parent of a young girl, to fight for her and for every little girl banging away at a punching bag in the boxing gym with dreams of fighting on the biggest stages throughout the world. We deserve the chance to showcase ourselves, and on August 21, we finally have our moment."

"I have wanted this fight for so long, it's all I have thought about. I wanted this as bad as I have wanted to bring my mother back to life," said Vincent. "The hype, the attitude, all the talk is almost over. This is going to be a great fight. Everyone says Lou signed me to use me as an opponent for her, but I know that's not the case. She wants to be called 'The Heat', well I am telling you right now, she's about to walk through hell. I know how hard that is, because I have been there before in life. I have been fighting my entire life. When I get in the ring, that's fun for me. Heather has improved in the last couple of years because she has been training for me. She knows that she has to be her absolute best to beat me, and I know that she will be. Unfortunately for her, it still won't matter. I want to thank PBC and NBCSN and of course Lou for giving us a chance and an opportunity that we have been fighting to achieve for years. This fight is huge for women's boxing as a whole. This is an opportunity of hope. Hope for all those young girls out there in the world training day in and day out, dreaming of making it big. This fight is history, and I am happy to be a part of it."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

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Svensson Sparring Hammer!

Ahead Of Grudge Match With Laurén
Svensson & Hammer

Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) has teamed up with Christina Hammer ahead of her grudge match with Mikaela Lauren (27-3, 12 KOs) on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The 28 year-old, who is moving up to welterweight to meet Laurén for the interim WBC World title, has travelled to Germany to train with the WBO World Middleweight Champion at her Dortmund gym.

Here the ‘Swedish Princess’ will gain quality sparring at a higher weight class, and perhaps pick up some pointers on how to defeat Laurén from Hammer, who successfully defended her WBO title with a unanimous points decision over the Stockholm fighter in July 2013 at the Energie Verbund-Arena in Dresden.

‘’It’s great sparring with Christina,’’ said Svensson. ‘’She is the WBO World Champion and has an undefeated record. It feels good to know that I’m comfortable sparring someone with her ability, size and weight. On top of that, she’s a really cool girl, so it’s nice to hang out with a fellow female fighter.

‘’I have been following her career for a long time and I have a lot of respect for her. Since she has already fought and beat Mikaela I thought it would be good idea to come to here to her gym for a training camp.

‘’The rounds I have been getting with Christina are the perfect preparation for this fight. I get to practice my footwork, controlling the pace and boxing smart. I haven’t asked her for any tips on how to beat Mikaela, yet. I have my own plan, so I think I’ll stick to that.’’

Aside from her stay in Dortmund, Svensson has been completing the majority of her training in Copenhagen, working with former two-weight World Champion Joey Gamache. The Malmo-boxer says she couldn’t be happier with the work they have been doing.

‘’Everything is coming together perfectly,’’ she says. ‘’I couldn’t be happier. I feel stronger and more explosive than ever. I already have over seventy rounds of quality sparring under my belt with little less than a month left, and since I don’t have to diet for this weight category, I’m able to reload with energy after each session. September 10 is going to be the Svenshow!’’

Tickets for their blockbuster clash 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 on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinavia. For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.se.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM VERONA NY
PBC

Miguel Flores 127 vs. Ryan Kielczweski 127.25

Jamal James 146 vs. Yordenis Ugas 146.75

Josue Vargas 140.25 vs. Ira Terry 133

Darnell Pierce 191 vs. Louis King 184

Ronnie Robidoux 166 vs. Greg Thomas 168

Michael Pryor 155 vs. Daniel Castro 156

Larry Gleeson 149 vs. Simon Sayes 152.5

Jonathan Perez 127.75 vs. Badraiel Smith 127.5

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Alfredo Angulo & Terrell Gausha!

Media Workout Quotes
PBC

Exciting brawler Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo and undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha hosted a media workout in Los Angeles Thursday as they prepare for their Premier Boxing Champions on Spike showdowns Saturday, August 27 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and is headlined by former multiple division world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero taking on Argentine slugger David Emanuel "El Pirata" Peralta in welterweight action.

Tickets for the August 27 event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $31, $58, $108 and $203, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Honda Center Box Office.

Angulo will take on Mexican veteran Freddy Hernandez in a middleweight tilt while Gausha is opposed by the Bronx's Steve Martinez in super welterweight action. PBC on Spike is part of back-to-back nights of combat sports on the network as Bellator takes the stage Friday night in Anaheim.

The fighters spoke to media at Ten Goose Boxing as they prepare for a night of action in front of the lively Southern California boxing fans. Here is what the fighters had to say:

ALFREDO ANGULO

"I've been training hard since the beginning of the year. I'm ready to get back in the ring and put on a show for the fans.

"I love entertaining the fans. I want to keep going out there and fighting for the fans. I want to be in big fights that fans remember.

"I know that this will be a very entertaining fight. My opponent and I both have a lot of pride. We fight like true Mexican warriors and will leave it all in the ring. I don't expect this to go the decision but I am ready to battle for every round.

"Fans don't question fights between two Mexican fighters. Everyone loves those kinds of matchups, like Morales-Barrera. Those fights are must watch. The Mexican style is to go head-to-head and toe-to-toe.

"Fighting a guy like this is always dangerous. I don't like to beat up my countrymen but this is a business and I want to have the crowd chant my name, just like he does.

"I feel better when I have rest in between fights. I feel stronger. The rest has helped my body and I'm going to be stronger and sharper when I get back in the ring.

"I'm very comfortable with my style and my team. I've known Romulo Quirarte for many many years and we've worked very well together.

"I got married and we have a child on the way so I have a lot of emotions that I put into this training camp. It's hard for me to explain in words, but I hope that I can show everyone when I get into the ring on August 27."

TERRELL GAUSHA

"Each fight I feel like I've been growing. I've been learning and taking something from every experience in the ring. I'm a student of the game. I'm always training and I feel like I'm getting sharper and better.

"I know my opponent is an aggressive fighter. He'll come forward and he comes to win. I know him from the amateurs where he has a great background like myself. I'm looking to pick him apart and prove myself.

"It's hard for me to describe my style, but I make adjustments to opponents. I fight differently depending on my opponent. I'm a thinking fighter. He's an aggressive fighter and I think it will bring the best out of me. I'm going to exploit his weaknesses and use his aggression against him.

"I just have to be myself. Angulo and Robert Guerrero have a lot of heart, just like I do. My style is my own. I'm smart and I'm sharp. I like to hit and not get hit.

"I've been watching the Olympics games and catching as much boxing as I can. We already have a medal guaranteed. I love watching all of the Olympics sports."

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GROUPE YVON MICHEL'S!

TOP FIGHTERS JOIN VADA/WBC CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM

Groupe Yvon Michel's (GYM) world-ranked boxers have enrolled in the new VADA/WBC Clean Boxing Program (CBP), created by Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC).

Adonis Stevenson, Lucian Bute, Eleider Alvarez and Artur Beterbiev will now participate in a serious new protocol in which they may be blood and/or urine tested anytime, 365 days per year. They must be available at all times for an unexpected test.

All of the WBC champions and WBC top 15-ranked fighters have until September 9 to conform to the new protocol or they will be removed from the WBC rankings and suspended from any activity in the WBC.

''This is a step in the right direction but what will really be important in the next few years is for this structure to always keep improving in order to properly regulate professional boxing," trainer Marc Ramsay said.

''Fortunately, boxing is rarely the target of doping cases, but tightening the rules can only be beneficial to prevent tempted athletes to follow the wrong path," added GYM vice-president, operations and recruitment, Bernard Barré.

''I am fully in favor of these new measures so all of us in the program will be playing on the same plain field," remarked Stevenson, the WBC world light heavyweight champion.

"The WBC is proud to see the exemplary dedication of GYM for the welfare of the sport and we are grateful for their support to enroll Champion Adonis Stevenson and all of their WBC top 15-ranked fighters in the WBC - VADA Clean Boxing Program," WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman commented. "The CBP is the first ever attempt in our sport to have a safety platform for our athletes and, more importantly, to share the much needed information on PED´s and illegal procedures which could harm our heroes of the ring."

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KARIM MAYFIELD, BACK AT 100 PERCENT!

PLANNING SURPRISE PARTY FOR UNBEATEN BAKHTIYAR EYUBOV

If the team behind Bakhtiyar Eyubov think his next fight will be another easy showcase for their unbeaten welterweight, his opponent, Karim Mayfield has a message.

"He's a very strong guy, but I'm more experienced than he is for sure," said Mayfield. "He comes out looking for the first-round knockout by swinging with everything he's got and he's going to find it doesn't work on me."

Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs), of San Francisco, will take on Kazakhstan's Eyubov (10-0, 10 KOs) in the 10-round opening fight on ShoBox: The New Generation® on Friday, Aug. 19, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.

In the 10-round main event, power-punching Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) will take on smooth veteran Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) for the NABO Heavyweight Title. In the 10-round co-featured bout, top prospect Mason Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) will face tough Bahodir Mamadjonov (19-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the NABO Lightweight Title. Also featured is WBO NABO Bantamweight Champion Antonio Nieves (16-0-1, 8 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, defending his title against Alejandro "Peque" Santiago (11-2-1, 3 KOs), of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Tickets for the event, presented by Salita Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions, are available at www.rhinossoccer.com/ and http://www.etix.com.

Mayfield, who has held and defended the NABO Super Lightweight Championship, beaten "uncrowned" world champion Mauricio Herrera by unanimous decision, as well as former world champion Steve Forbes and taken the "0" of then red-hot prospect Raymond Serrano, correctly points out Eyubov's lack of experience. Eyubov has only boxed a total of 16 rounds as a professional over four and a half years. Take his victory over Jarred Robinson off the list and the combined record of his other nine opponents is 20-87-10 and they have been knocked out 48 times.

"He doesn't show too much footwork either, so he's going to have trouble," Mayfield said. "I expect to bring it to him and for him to not be able to last the whole 10 rounds with me."

Mayfield's promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, says another KO by Eyubov is far from a foregone conclusion.

"There is no doubt that Eyubov is very strong and a tremendous puncher, but his lack of experience and quality of opposition leaves glaring question marks that will definitely be answered when he fights Karim," said Cohen. "Mayfield has fought at the highest level of the sport. Just take a snapshot of his last four opponents and their combined record of 73-14 with 44 KO's."

Cohen says that if Eyubov can steamroll his fighter like he has his previous ones, he'll be the first to congratulate him.

"This is the classic matchup of a young stud vs. the established veteran. If Eyubov can knock out Karim like he has the opposition he has faced to date, I will be the first to take my hat off to him and would instantly consider him one of the top new contenders to burst onto the scene. On the flipside, if Karim beats Eyubov, this win should catapult him back to the top of the contender list and would immediately make him eligible for a world title bout or title eliminator. Truly a crossroads fight for both guys and one in which I really like Karim's chances."

"I'm training hard and getting prepared and sparring guys who come forward," Mayfield said. "You haven't seen a 100 percent Karim Mayfield. I've shown glimpses of it, but the past three fights, my training hasn't been on point. I was training like a boxer. I'm not the boxer type. I bring it to you and I'm back to my original style. That wasn't a good look for me. I was burning more energy moving around. I'm excited about this opportunity. After this win, I'll be back in the top-tier fights. I'm excited I have a great opportunity and proper time to get prepared. I'm working hard and getting ready and I look forward to a sensational victory."

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 Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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COWART V DELOMBA!

HEADLINES BROADWAY BOXING

Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment, returns Thursday night, September 1, to the Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Lightweight prospects Amos "2 Smooth" Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs) and "Nice" Nick DeLomba (10-1, 2 KOs) will throw-down in the eight-round main event.

"Foxwoods has become a terrific venue for Broadway Boxing and I am thrilled to deliver this lightweight crossroads battle between two once-beaten prospects as the main event," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Cowart fought well in his ShoBox appearance last year, but he will be returning to his natural weight class on September 1. Moving past his hometown confines for only the second time as a pro, we will see if DeLomba is ready to elevate his career to the world stage."

A native Floridian from Groveland, Cowart (pictured above) is coming off his first loss as a professional, suffered just over one year ago in Atlantic City. The bout, televised live as part of Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation series, saw the hard-hitting Cowart move up in weight to challenge fellow undefeated prospect Regis Prograis. Cowart went on to lose a very entertaining eight-round decision to the still undefeated contender Prograis, who was chosen as one of this year's ESPN.com's "Prospects to Watch". Following the loss, Cowart was forced to sit on the sidelines as he nursed an injury suffered in the bout. Now back and fully healthy, Cowart is dropping down in weight and looking to make some noise in the 135lb. division.

"The bout with Prograis was a good learning experience, but I am not a 140-pounder," said Cowart. "I took the fight because it was an opportunity to perform on national TV, and I believe I gave a good showing of what I am capable of doing. I am back now at my comfortable weight and know that I have what it takes to compete against the best up-and-coming guys in this division. DeLomba is the hometown boy. I know that he is going to have the crowd behind him, but once that bell rings, it's just him and me in that ring, and I plan on putting on a spectacular performance as I get my career back underway and moving toward the top."

DeLomba, the reigning New England super lightweight champion, has been favorably compared at this stage of his young career to another Italian fighter from the same Rhode Island city of Cranston, in two-division world champion Vinny Paz. DeLomba is expected to have a partisan hometown crowd behind him and will be looking to make a statement against the once-beaten Cowart.

"This is a huge fight for me at this stage of my career," said DeLomba. "Cowart's only loss is to Prograis and he is considered one of the best young 140-pounders in all of boxing. If I can beat Cowart more convincingly, that is a major statement. I am not only going to be the bigger guy in the ring on fight night, but I am the better boxer. He is coming off a year layoff, and I know that he is eager to get back in that ring, but this is the biggest fight of my career, and I plan on putting on a show come September 1."

Belgium super featherweight Dardan Zenunaj (12-1, 9 KOs), a former World Boxing Association (WBA) International champion, and undefeated Cuban amateur standout Luis "The Lion" Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Peekskill, New York, are also scheduled to be in action on the Sept. 1 Broadway Boxing card in separate eight-round bouts.

Additional fights on the card will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the Sept. 1st card are on sale and priced at $125, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and www.foxwoods.com or by visiting the Foxwoods' Box Office. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Broadway Boxing is proudly sponsored by Nissan of Queens, OPTYX, Azad Watches and Christos Steak House.

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Team Perrella!

Reflects On Commission Cancelling Ugas Fight

With his grueling training camp completed, undefeated welterweight rising star Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella was ready to fly to Verona, NY and enter the ring Friday evening for a nationally televised fight against 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Yordenis Ugas.

Unfortunately, his fight with Ugas was unjustifiably cancelled by the Oneida Indian Athletic Commission.

During Perrella's June 4 second round knockout of David Grayton, he suffered a thumb injury. While receiving a standard post fight visit from Quebec Athletic Commission officials, they took note of the injury. When the Ugas fight was scheduled, Quebec's notes on Perrella were sent to the Oneida Commission. In order to face Ugas, Perrella was told that he must receive approval from a doctor. The 27-year-old twice visited a hand specialist, receiving formal written clearance to fight August 12. Team Perrella submitted the paperwork to the Oneida Commission and were prepared to put on a show Friday evening. Surprisingly, the commission refused to license him even with formal clearance.

“I've been involved in combat sports most of my adult life and thought I'd seen it all but this is without question a first,” said Perrella's trainer Michael Nowling. “Bryant had a really good camp and we were both confident that this performance would get him to the next level but now we've got to wait for another fight date. This is extremely unfair because Bryant had medical clearance like they had requested but the commission inexplicably decided to cancel the bout on a few days notice. I'm looking forward to getting out next date and even with this mishap I'm still a believer that everything happens for a reason.”

Perrella, who was looking to go 15-0 and become the first man to stop the crafty Ugas, is disappointed but took the high road.

“I was ready to go. I was approved to fight by a hand specialist but the commission's doctor had the ultimate decision and decided otherwise. We feel that this would've been my most spectacular performance to date but I'm no stranger to obstacles being put in my path. It develops character. I believe everything happens for a reason and God has other plans for me. This only added fuel to the fire. A beast just got released and cannot be tamed. I'll be bigger, badder and better than ever when I get back in that ring!”

Team Perrella is expecting their next fight date to be announced shortly.

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Jamal James V Yordenis Ugas!

Premier Boxing Champions On ESPN

Unbeaten welterweight contender Jamal James (20-0, 9 KOs) is set to take on Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) in a 10-round showdown featured on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes this Friday, August 12 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

James replaces undefeated welterweight Bryant Perrella, who was forced to withdraw from the bout because of an injury to his left thumb.

PBC on ESPN and ESPN Deportes coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is headlined by undefeated rising contender Miguel Flores taking on exciting once-beaten contender Ryan Kielczweski in featherweight action.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $60 for ringside, $35 and $25, and are on sale now (may be subject to additional fees). Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling 877-833-SHOW or by visiting the Turning Stone Box Office.

Highlighting undercard action is undefeated rising prospect Josue "The Prodigy" Vargas (5-0, 3 KOs) battling veteran brawler Ira Terry (26-14, 16 KOs) in a six-round welterweight attraction.

A tall welterweight at 6' 2", James is undefeated as a pro and has had a big 2016, beating tough contenders Javier Molina and Wale Omotoso this year. The 28-year-old out of Minneapolis picked up where he left off after a 2015 campaign that began with victories over Michael Balasi and Daniel Sostre and culminated with a hard fought decision over once-beaten Juan Carlos Abreu in September.

A sensational Cuban amateur, Ugas picked up a Bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics and also owns Gold medals from the 2005 World Amateur Championships and 2007 Pan American Games. Now fighting out of Miami, the 30-year-old owns victories over Cosme Rivera, Kenny Abril and Adan Hernandez.

The 18-year-old Vargas recently signed with Floyd Mayweather's Mayweather Promotions and dominated Ryan Picou in his U.S. debut in June on the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter undercard in Brooklyn. Now fighting out of the Bronx, Vargas picked up the first four victories of his pro career fighting in Mexico. He takes on the 29-year-old Terry out of Memphis who has shared the ring with former champion Jorge Linares and top contenders Claudio Marrero, Haskell Rhodes and main event participant Kielczweski.

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Danny Roman!

Set To Defend NABA Title
Danny Roman

NABA Champion Danny Roman (19-2-1, 7 KOs) defends his title for the fourth time on Thompson Boxing Promotions' "New Blood" 10-round main event on Friday, Aug. 26, from the Omega Products Events Center in Corona, Calif.

The Los Angeles-based super bantamweight faces Mexico's Enrique Quevedo (16-7-1, 10 KOs), who is best known for capturing regional titles in the flyweight and super flyweight divisions.

Roman, 26, currently sits at number eight on the WBA rankings. Roman first appeared on the WBA list last year and has been steadily climbing the ladder with each successful title defense.

With eleven wins since 2014, Roman is among the more active contenders in the division. He largely outboxes his competition - a testament to his superior technical ability - so it comes as a slight surprise that his last two victories have come in knockout fashion.

"I'm always trying to improve and get better with every fight," Roman said. "Quevedo presents another challenge for me. I see him as someone that is in my way for what I want to accomplish. I'll be more than ready to defend my title."

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

In the co-feature, heavyweight knockout sensation LaRon Mitchell (13-0, 13 KOs) looks to extend his unbeaten, KO winning streak against Mario Heredia (14-4, 12 KOs) of Mexico (8-rounds).

Mitchell, who lives and trains in San Francisco, has already won three times this year. His latest knockout win came against rugged veteran Epifanio Mendoza. In the third round, Mitchell strung a couple of combinations together and connected with a left hook to the body. Mendoza crumbled to the floor and was counted out at the :52 mark.

"I'm not the type that is careless and wild in the ring," said the 36-year-old Mitchell. "In the heavyweight division, any fight could be your last. I'm extremely careful about not chasing knockouts. I just let the fight develop and the knockouts take care of themselves."

On the undercard, welterweight prospect Robert Arriaza (12-0, 10 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Nicaragua meets Benjamin Whitaker (11-2, 2 KOs) of San Antonio, Tex. in an eight round fight.

Additionally, heavyweight Scott Alexander (11-1-2, 6 KOs) of Moreno Valley, Calif. takes on Sergio Ramirez (11-1, 7 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. (6-rounds).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Omega Products Events Center is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881 and can be reached at 951-737-7447.

"New Blood" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

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Miguel Flores!

Training Camp Quotes
Miguel Flores

Unbeaten rising contender Miguel Flores has wrapped up training camp and is set to take on the toughest of his pro career as he faces once-beaten Ryan Kielcsweski in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, August 12 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a welterweight showdown between unbeaten contender Bryant Perrella and Cuban Olympian Yordenis Ugas.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $60 for ringside, $35 and $25, and are on sale now (may be subject to additional fees). Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling 877-833-SHOW or by visiting the Turning Stone Box Office.

Flores has picked up two victories on 2016 and will enter the ring again looking to put himself squarely in the crowded pool of featherweight contenders when he takes on Kielcsweski in the main event on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Here is what Flores had to say about his matchup, training camp and more:

MIGUEL FLORES

On fighting in his first main event on ESPN...

"I'm very thrilled to be fighting in my first main event on ESPN because I know many boxing fans from around the world will be tuning in. I feel I bring an exciting style to the ring that the fans will enjoy. It's fights like this, on a major TV network like ESPN, that take your brand to another level. So the goal is to perform at my best ability and bring even more excitement to the featherweight division."

On his recent training camp...

"Training camp has been very hard, but I know that hard work will pay off when it's all said and done. I've had a lot of time to prepare for this fight so I'll be at my best. My longtime trainer, Aaron Navarro, and my strength and conditioning coach, Edward Jackson, have been pushing me really hard. Together as a team, we will be ready to shine this Friday."

On his matchup with Ryan Kielczweski...

"Kielczweski is a very tough opponent. He's a very good boxer with a tremendous amount of skill. He only has one loss, which was a split decision, so to me, he could easily be an undefeated fighter. With that being said, I know I have to be at my best."

On the landscape of the featherweight division...

"The featherweight division is loaded with great fighters. Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell, and all the other title holders are very skilled fighters. With each win, I'm inching closer to facing all of them."

On fighting on the East Coast for the first time in his career...

"All my fights have been in Texas with the exception of a couple. So traveling to the East Coast will be something new for me. I plan to get there a few days early to get acclimated to the climate. Kielczweski is from Massachusetts, which is not far from the venue, so I know I'll be up against all his hometown fans. I'm not worried about it. I just want to put on a great show, win this fight and capture all his fans in the process."

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Ishe Smith V Frank Galarza!

Premier Boxing Champions
Ishe Smith V Frank Galarza

Former world champion Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith (28-8, 12 KOs) is set to battle once-beaten contender Frank "Notorious" Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV Friday, Sept.16 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Doors to The Chelsea will open at 4 p.m. PDT with televised coverage on Bounce TV beginning at 9 p.m. EDT/PDT. The fight night also features super welterweight contender Chris "Young King" Pearson (14-1, 10 KOs) taking on Justin "The Chosen One" DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.

"I'm the type to always stay in good condition so I will be ready to get in on fight night," said Smith. "I'm deep into training and I'm planning on delivering a great hard fight for all the fans to enjoy. I'm focused on this fight but my goal is to get the world title back."

"I feel great and I'm ready for a chance to redeem myself," said Galarza. "I know Ishe is an experienced fighter but this is a shot for me to get back to the top level. I can't wait to show the boxing world what I am made of."

"I'm very excited to get back in the ring against a good opponent," said DeLoach. "This has been a great year for me and it seems to keep getting better. I'm looking forward to a great fight and heading to Las Vegas to handle my business. I'm fighting for my whole city, my family and my fans. I won't let them down!"

"I'm familiar with my opponent and I'm treating this like a world title fight," said Pearson. "I feel like getting this victory will put me right at the top of the division. We're both hungry and want to prove that we have what it takes to be world champions. I'm preparing to be at my very best because of the caliber of fight this is."

Promoted by Mayweather Promotions, tickets for the general public will go on-sale Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. PDT. Venue pre-sale begins Thursday, August 11 at 10 a.m. PDT. Ticket prices start at $29, and are available online at: www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.

After a long career that saw him go from the world of reality television as a star on "The Contender" to competing at the top level at 154 and 160 pounds, Smith finally put it all together in 2010, beginning a four-fight winning streak that culminated in a decision win over Cornelius Bundrage for a super welterweight world title in 2013, becoming the first native Las Vegan to ever win a world title. He continues to seek another world title shot as he picked up victories over Cecil McCalla and Tommy Rainone in 2015.

A contender in the 154-pound division, Galarza won six straight fights dating back to the start of 2014 before dropping a contest to unbeaten Jarrett Hurd last November. A Brooklyn native who turned pro in 2010, the popular Galarza has inspired many with his personal story of perseverance. The 30-year-old won seven of eight fights within the distance leading up to his last fight.

The 25-year-old Pearson bounced back from his first defeat with a dominant decision victory over Joshua Okine. The Dayton, Ohio-born product previously picked up victories over Lanardo Tyner, Janks Trotter, Steve Martinez and Said El Harrak in the last two years after an outstanding amateur career that saw him capture a National Championship in 2011.

In his first bout of 2016, the 22-year-old DeLoach delivered a sensational knockout over previously unbeaten Dillon Cook in his debut with new trainer and former world champion Paul Williams. DeLoach followed that up by knocking down previously unbeaten Junior Castillo twice on his way to a unanimous decision victory in June. The fighter from Augusta, Georgia turned pro in 2013 and won his first 10 fights before suffering a defeat in early 2015. He enters this bout on a five-fight win streak.

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Anthony Yigit V Armando Robles!

September 10
Anthony Yigit

Undefeated Swedish fighter Anthony Yigit (17-0-1, 7 KOs) returns to his native Stockholm on September 10 to face Armando Robles (30-4-2, 17 KOs) in a ten-round light welterweight contest at the Hovet.

Now living and training in London, the 24 year-old is relishing a return to his hometown having left the Swedish capital to pursue his professional boxing career. His bout will provide chief support for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight between Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson.

‘’It’s going to be great,’’ says Yigit ‘’The Hovet is close to where I grew up so it really feels like I’m fighting at home. I’ve been away for a long time. I left Stockholm in 2011 to prepare for the Olympics and have spent my pro career in London, Copenhagen and Tenerife.

’People have always been asking ‘when are you going to fight at home?’ and I’m excited it’s finally happening. I will have a lot of family and friends coming to support me and I want to show everybody what I have been working so hard to achieve.’’

Yigit will face a tough test in his homecoming bout with his Mexican opponent Robles aiming to inflict the Swedish fighter’s first defeat.

‘’I’ve been watching his fights and he’s a tough guy,’’ says Yigit. ‘’He’s got a good record – 36 fights, 30 wins and 2 draws – so I’m expecting an all out war. Mexican fighters are always strong and always aggressive, and Robles is no different. He will be definitely be coming to win, and that suits me. These are the types of fights I want to be involved in and I’m sure we will put on a good show for the fans.’’

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 Lauren 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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David Benavidez!

Determined & Ready For Whatever Comes Next
David Benavidez

He was billed from the first day of his career as a "boxing prodigy," but not even David "El Bandera Roja" Benavidez himself could have predicted his meteoric rise through the boxing ranks.

Despite having had just 31 boxing matches in his entire life, amateur and professional, 19-year-old Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs), is already the undefeated WBA #10 super middleweight in the world and a sure lock on 2016 "Prospect of the Year." The young phenom from Phoenix has been nearly flawless tearing through his ever-escalating level of opponents (his last four had combined records of 62-7), while being labeled a potential superstar by world-famous trainer/commentator Teddy Atlas.

Last Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Benavidez wore down and stopped capable veteran Denis Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) in the tenth and final round of their ESPN-televised main event.

"It feels amazing to be in this position," said Benavidez, "everything that has happened wasn't expected, but we worked hard to get to this point and I feel like I just have to keep working hard, stay in the gym and stay determined and dedicated. I want to be ready for any opportunity that comes up."

Benavidez, who appears ready to reach a dream and smash the record for youngest super middleweight champion in history (Darrin Van Horn was 22), attributes his natural sense of space in the ring as a big reason for his success.

"I feel like it's a mix between distance and power in the ring. I know how to control it with the jab and there's power behind my punches, so I'm are able to get dudes out of there."

"To be honest I didn't expect this to happen this soon," said father/trainer Jose Benavidez. "It's a dream come true for me to have my sons as two of the best in the world." David's brother, Jose Jr., is the undefeated former interim WBA junior welterweight champion.

"Today we went to eat and we were talking about how fast things were happening. We just have to be ready for big opportunities to show up. We've got to keep working and stay focused. David knows big challenges are coming, so we have to be ready. I tell him 'you're only 19 and people are already talking about you. Keep working hard and make your sacrifices now, so they pay off later. David understands that."

Both Benavidez credit promoter Sampson Lewkowicz for helping make their miraculous run through the division a reality. "He's done everything he said he would," said David. "He says I'll be back in December against another veteran with good experience. I'll be ready."

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Karperis V Duran!

All Long Island Undercard

A spectacular undercard with a true, Long Island flavor will accompany the junior welterweight standout Anthony “Showtime” Karperis (12-2, 4 KOs, Hicksville, NY) vs. Ariel Duran (9-8-1, 5 KOs, Queens, NY) 10-round New York State Junior Welterweight Championship bout at Rockin’ Fights 25 at The ?Paramount in Huntington, New York presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing? on Saturday night, August 13.

All five companion bouts assembled by matchmaker Ron Katz feature a Long Islander stepping through the ropes in quality competition.

In the co-featured attraction on the 25th installment of the wildly-popular “Rockin’ Fights” series, Huntington’s Johnny Hernandez (7-1, 1 KO) will be facing off against Seifullah Wise (3-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia in an eight-round junior welterweight contest.

In a four-round battle of north vs. south, undefeated Terrell Bostic of Wyandanch (2-0, 1 KO) will take on Utica’s Neyeine Muang (2-2-2) in the welterweight division.

Another match up between Long Island and Philadelphia will take place when Elmont’s Tyrone James (3-0, 2 KO) meets Philly’s Rakym Dyer in his pro debut in a four-round welterweight bout.

A middleweight clash will see East Hampton’s Juan Mancilla make his professional debut against Brooklyn’s Phillip LeGrand (1-3, 1 KO).

Rounding out the card will be a battle of Long Island where super middleweights Vinny D’Angelo (1-0) of Glen Cove takes on Farmingdale’s Dan Cion, who is debuting as a professional.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Star Boxing 914-437-7575 or www.Starboxing.com, the Paramount box office 631-673-7300 and at Ticketmaster.com 1-800-745-3000.

Doors open at 7 pm with first fight scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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STAR BOXING FIGHTERS!

HAVE A KNOCKOUT WEEKEND
Star

Three of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing fighters saw action this weekend and the results were explosive.

Light Heavyweight contender Yunieski Gonzalez returned to the winning column after two consecutive heart breaking defeats to former world champ Jean Pascal and undefeated contender Vyacheslav Shabransky, scoring an explosive 1st round KO over the dangerous Brazilian Jackson Junior, in Miami, FL, on Saturday night. Under new trainer Pedro Diaz, Gonzalez came out fast and furious and dropped Junior 3 times causing a halt to the bout in the 1st round of a scheduled 10 round Light Heavyweight contest. Gonzalez improves to 17-2 13KO's.

Also on Saturday night in Philadelphia, PA, Jr. Welterweight contender Emanuel "Tranzforma" Taylor scored his second consecutive KO win as he took out Mexican Carlos Aguilera in the 3rd round of a scheduled 8 round Jr. Welterweight match. A devastating left hook to the body put down the game Aguilera for the count. Taylor improves to 20-4 14KO's and now has his eyes set on a September 3rd date with the highly ranked Jose Zepeda in Arizona. The bout will be telecast live on BEIN TV and is co-promoted by Star Boxing and Zanfer Promotions.

Friday night in Los Angeles, CA, Jr. Lightweight Luis Franco, unfortunately, was the victim of some rather dubious scoring as he dropped a 10 round verdict to the fast rising Carlos Morales in the main event on Estrella TV. Franco was the far more experienced of the two and constantly made Morales miss throughout the fight while he countered nicely and dictated much of the pace of the fight. However, in the end, somehow the judges awarded Morales with the victory by unanimous decision. Franco drops to 14-2-1 9KO's. The bout was co-promoted by Star Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments about the weekend results "Although I'm thrilled that Yuniesky and Emanuel both looked spectacular, I'm disappointed in the decision of the Franco fight. Yuniesky and Emanuel both looked great and now Manny has another opportunity on September 3rd to put himself in the picture of the Jr. Welterweight division taking on the number 2 rated Jose Zepeda. Yuniesky headlined the show in his hometown of Miami for the first time and the turnout was great. We will be going back to Miami again in the very near future".

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ALBERTO MACHADO!

STOPS SUAREZ IN TWO
ALBERTO MACHADO

Another spectacular knockout, for rising star Alberto ‘Explosivo’ Machado, but this time in the second round against tough Mexican Yardley Suarez (15-4, 9KO’s). Honoring is nickname ‘Explosivo’; Machado began landing bombs in the very first round hurting Suarez with powerful combinations that drop him down after a vicious left straight hand. Suarez survive the first round but the end came at 2:43 of the second round when Machado went after him and showed why once again he belongs to top elite prospects of Puerto Rico. “I train really hard to win fights, I don’t train for the knockout but is the result of our hard work and dedication. I want to be a world champion and wont rest until we accomplish,” said Machado who improves his record to 15-0 with 13Ko’s.

Knockout artist Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta annihilate the tough Juan Guzman (23-5, 12KO’s) in the very first round with a powerful right hand that landed perfectly and dropped Guzman to the canvas. “I wanted to show more, that’s what we train for but the fight end quick. I got him with and right uppercut that hurt him and I just wait for the moment to land my right,” Acosta said. Angel Acosta remain undefeated and improves his record to 14 wins with 14 knockouts.

Unbeaten and top super flyweight prospect Jose ‘Chiquiro’ Martinez improves his outstanding record to 18-0 with 11KO’s when he stopped former world champion Juan Palacios in the first round. “I’m very happy with this win, Juan Palacios is a former world champion and I knew if I had the chance to finish him I was going after it and that’s what happen. Now I will come back to the gym and continue training and will await for the company for my next opportunity,” said Martinez. Super flyweight prospect Carlos Narvaez remain unbeaten and improves his record to 15-0 with 6 knockouts after a one sided 8 round decision over tough Juan ‘Cowi’ Herrera. In other results Miguel Cotto Promotions newest talent super flyweight Juan Carlos Camacho Jr. (1-0, 1KO) turn pro and had his first career win when he stopped Christian Santos in round one. Emanuel ‘Pinky’ Colon improves his record to 12-0-1, 11KO’s after stopping contender Hector Marengo, Derrieck Cuevas (8-0-1, 6KO’s) had a second round KO win over José Valderrama. And Hector 'Pipa' Marrero (1-0, 1KO) had his first career win over Nelson Torres stopping him in round 1.

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Brant Stops Fitzpatrick In 3!

Continues March To Middleweight Title Shot
GCP

Current WBO NABO and WBA NABA Middleweight Champion and WBA #4- and WBO #7-rated middleweight Rob "Bravo" Brant (21-0, 14 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, kept his momentum plowing forward and continued to impress tonight with a one-sided beatdown of Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-5, 6 KOs) of Cleveland.

Fighting in the 10-round main event of CBS Sports Network Championship Boxing from the Grand Ballroom of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, Brant had too many weapons for the game Fitzpatrick.

The event, a televised quadrupleheader, was Presented by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with the International Championship Boxing League (ICBL), Ringside Ticket Inc., and David Schuster's Winner Take All Productions.

Brant moved smoothly around the ring, landing at will. He dropped Fitzpatrick with an uppercut in round two (Fitzpatrick nearly fell out of the ring) and finished it with another knockdown at 1:18 of round three.

Typically candid, Brant said the game plan was to not let Fitzpatrick get a toe hold in the fight. "He's the type of guy, if you let him hang in there, he'll hang for a number of rounds," said Brant, post-fight. "I wanted to make an example of him and make sure I put him down."

The future looks bright for the red-hot Brant, who seems to tighten up his game with every performance. "Under the tutelage of Derrick James, I've learned to sit down on my punches and stay defensively sound at the same time," he continued, "but now it's time to step up the level of competition. As nice as it is to get these kinds of win, it's a lot nicer to get them up a level."

In the co-main event, Fort Worth, Texas, slugger "No Surrender" Skender Halili made quick work of Silver Springs, Maryland, veteran Ben Odamattey.

Halili, with a record of 11-1, 11 KOs, caught Odamattey with his proven power early and it quickly became apparent he couldn't handle it. Odamattey tried bravely to keep his feet under the hell fire. He rose from a knockdown but was quickly under siege again and with Odamattey's legs betraying him, Referee Ray Corona waved it off at 1:17 of the first.

Odamattey slips to 16-15-3, 9 KOs. Halili, never in a bad fight, is becoming "must see TV" with his action-packed way of doing things.

Undefeated middleweight Cem "The Champ" Killic (6-0, 3 KOs) did what he was supposed to do in his tryout fight for GCP, by tearing through debuting Vegas fighter Jerhed Fenderson (0-1).

Fenderson looked to have some skills and fought evenly with Killic in the first round.

However, Killic, of Frankfurt, Germany, now residing in Sherman Oaks, California, took over in round two, clubbing a tiring Fenderson against the ropes with heavy shots until dropping him hard to get the stoppage.

The end came at 1:50 of round two.

To start the televised bouts, Baltimore, Maryland welterweight Malik "Ice Man" Hawkins had to work all four rounds to move his record to 9-0, 7 KOs against a surprisingly determined Sean "The Beast of War" Gee (3-4) of Portland, Oregon.

Hawkins had too much speed and skill for the brawling Gee, but Gee kept it interesting with his wild swings and willingness to exchange. Hawkins' brilliance carried the night though as he was given a unanimous decision (40-36 x 3).

In the night's opening bout, Detroit's Jarico "Great Lakes King" O'Quinn (3-0, 2 KOs) survived a scare from nearby Oceanside California's Jonathon Quiroz (6-3, 1 KO) in their bantamweight four-rounder.

O'Quinn came out firing in the first, as expected, but Quiroz figured out how to time him with looping shots in the second. He rocked O'Quinn to his boots with a right but wasn't able to finish.

O'Quinn did a little more in the final two rounds, but credit the California judges for not playing home favorites. The scores, met with booing, were 39-37 across the board.

"It was a good step up for me, being 2-0, fighting someone with nine fights," said O'Quinn. "I learned that not everybody is going to lay down and that's exactly what I wanted. I didn't want a cake-walk.

What was supposed to be a routine dual-pro-debut for two unknowns quickly turned into an epic war for ages, as "Slick" Will Davis finally managed to stop a wild-swinging Erick Fowler in four rounds.

A classic "skill vs. will" match-up, Davis would land his sharp, educated combinations only to be answered every time by the clubbing shots of the iron-chinned Fowler.

With momentum swinging back-and-forth every few seconds, Davis dropped Fowler in the second. Fowler returned the favor in the third.

By the fourth round even the crowd was exhausted, as Davis landed a barrage of unanswered shots that finished things at the :39 seconds mark of round four.

Local super flyweight product Danny Andujo (1-0, 1 KO) turned professional with a quick stoppage of San Jose's Israel Hernandez, now 1-3-1, 1 KO.

Andujo swarmed, landing hard shots against the outgunned Hernandez, who took the 10 count at :55 of the first round.

And finally, undefeated Temecula featherweight Robert Meza (3-0-0, 1 KO) cruised to a dominant four-round decision over brave, but crude Jose Fabian Naranjo (3-3-1, 1 KO) of Baja California, Mexico.

The scores were 40-36 x 3.

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David Benavidez Knocks Out Denis Douglin!

Premier Boxing Champions On ESPN
PBC

Undefeated rising contender David "El Bandera Roja" Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs) knocked out Denis Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Douglin, who is trained by his mother Saphya, opened the fight very aggressive, stealing the first round on all three judges' scorecards. Douglin continued to press the action, also winning the second round battle with two of the three judges, but Benavidez would soon settle in and take control of the war.

"I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I knew Douglin wasn't going to go out without a fight," said Benavidez. "So I came in here and started slower than I usually do, just using my jab a little bit more."

The 19-year-old Benavidez made the necessary corrections in round three and never looked back, chipping away throughout the fourth and fifth rounds. In the sixth, Benavidez teed off on Douglin with damaging punches to both Douglin's body and head.

In the seventh round, Benavidez was still having his way when one of the top turnbuckles gave out, causing the ropes on one side of the ring to collapse, and stopping the fight momentarily. When the action resumed, Douglin came forward with a flurry, but that burst of energy was short-lived.

Benavidez regained control in the eighth round, and in the ninth he scored the only knockdown of the fight. In the tenth and final frame, Benavidez threw a barrage of punches, several of which buckled Douglin, causing referee Gary Rosato to intervene and stop the fight at :35 into the round.

When asked about Douglin's resilience, Benavidez said, "I hurt him a lot of times, but I kept my cool. I knew I was going to get him out of there sooner or later and that's exactly what I did tonight. This is a good victory for me. Douglin is a tough veteran. He started fast and swinging wildly, and his offense probably looked better on-camera than it was, but he did what he had to do to survive until the final round."

Benavidez continued, "It was important to me to get the stoppage and show everybody that I am just as strong in the late rounds as I am early on. I love this. This is what I signed up for. I want tough fights."

A disappointed Douglin said, "I was in this fight, I just got winded. I was in great shape and everything, but I got winded there towards the end. Benavidez is a tough, young fighter. He was able to make me stay in there longer than I wanted to, but I feel good and I'll be back."

Benavidez concluded, "Right now, I would like to say that I don't think about who's next. I'm just trying to progress in my career and I'm not trying to call anybody out. But if I do dream about fighting anybody, it would be whoever is the champion at my weight. I'm going to work hard to get to that spot."

Televised coverage began with exciting undefeated contender Alejandro "El Charro" Luna (21-0, 15 KOs) defeating Philadelphia prospect Naim Nelson (13-2, 1 KO) by unanimous decision (99-91, 98-92, 97-93) in a ten-round bout fought at a catch weight of 144 lbs.

Nelson, who stepped up to face Luna on only 24-hours notice, tried to bring the fight to Luna in the early rounds and make it a physical contest on the inside.

Despite Luna landing a couple of blistering uppercuts in the second and third rounds, Nelson still came forward. Luna later said, "Nelson was a tough guy and could bang a little bit."

By the close of the third round, Luna's left eye appeared to be swelling badly, but luckily for Luna Nelson's gas tank appeared to drain just in time. Although Nelson was all aggression and wanted to fight in a phone booth early on, he found himself landing fewer punches and looking to create distance in the middle rounds.

Luna soon took over the action, and in the seventh round a cut opened on Nelson's forward, but was quickly controlled by his corner. Nevertheless, Luna had done enough damage in the middle stages of the scrap and was able coast to a unanimous victory on the scorecards.

"Obviously we prepared for another opponent, but I felt I had a solid performance against him," said Luna. "Nelson came to fight and was in shape, and I thought I handled him pretty well, but I know I can still do better."

When asked about taking the fight on short notice Nelson said, "I make no excuses, but we took this fight at 9 p.m. last night and I knew I was stepping up to face a tough opponent. I didn't get the decision, but I felt good in there tonight, and I proved I can compete with a world class fighter.

Nelson added, "Luna is a good puncher and he's strong. I won't take anything away from him. We fought a hell of a fight, and I look forward to being back soon."

Luna summed up the night adding, "I'm looking to build on what I did here tonight and get back in the ring soon for another good fight."

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Anthony Karperis!

Headlines Rockin' Fights 25
Anthony Karperis

Junior welterweight standout Anthony Karperis (12-2, 4 KOs, Hicksville, NY), with fresh ink on his new contract with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, graduates to main event status at The Paramount in Huntington, New York on Saturday night, August 13.

"Showtime" will go toe-to-toe in a grudge rematch against Queens native Ariel Duran (9-8-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight affair for Karperis' New York State belt in his first title defense.

"I am very excited to headline," says Karperis. "We have been talking about it for some time now. It is finally here and I am ready."

"I never really get nervous before a fight," reports Karperis on his initial defense of the title and first main event. "I am working hard to put on a great show, and get the win."

Karperis will try to follow the same path as fellow Star Boxing Long Island standouts Chris Algieri and Joe Smith, Jr., who both used the Paramount as a springboard to major televised main events in prime time. Undefeated Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin is on the same journey.

"I absolutely want to follow in their footsteps, hopefully get that opportunity, and be able to capitalize on it," Karperis says. "I want to swing it out of the park. Seeing them get those life-changing opportunities shows people that it is not just a dream anymore, it's a reality."

Karperis captured the vacant belt when he defeated cross town rival Alan Gotay on April 23rd at the Paramount.

A Hicksville product fighting out of The Academy of Boxing in Huntington, Karperis defeated Duran in a razor-thin decision on July 18, 2014, in their first encounter. Karperis has fought 13 of his 15 pro bouts (one no contest) at the Paramount.

"Even though I am originally from Hicksville, I train in Huntington and fight out of Huntington, so it is part of my hometown," says Karperis. "The Paramount is a great venue for a fight. I always bring a huge crowd for support. It motivates me to be in front of my hometown fans."

Promoter DeGuardia says this about the main event rematch: "These two fought a heck of a battle once before and I expect nothing less this time around, except the stakes are much higher with Anthony's New York State title on the line."

Karperis adds: "We are both more experienced now. I have a lot riding on it. I want to prove that the first fight wasn't a fluke. He (Duran) wants to come in and prove a point. "

"I am training harder than ever for this fight," continues the junior welterweight. "I try to find the opponent's weakness and exploit them, attack where they are most vulnerable. I believe that I am a versatile fighter, and can adapt."

On signing with DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Karperis reflects: '"We have worked together for some time now. I have been loyal to them, and they have been loyal to me. They have always treated me like I was one of them, and I now look forward to have the promotional team behind me as I take this huge step in my career."

Tickets can be purchased by calling Star Boxing 914-437-7575 or www.Starboxing.com, the Paramount box office 631-673-7300 and at Ticketmaster.com 1-800-745-3000.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

BOXEO AL MAXIMO
BOXEO AL MAXIMO

131LBS ALBERTO MACHADO VS. YARDLEY SUAREZ 129LBS

110LBS ANGEL ACOSTA VS. JUAN GUZMAN 109LBS

115LBS JOSE MARTINEZ VS. JUAN PALACIOS 115LBS

117LBS CARLOS NARVAEZ VS. JUAN HERRERA 119LBS

143LBS EMANUEL COLON VS. HECTOR MARENGO 142LBS

116LBS JUAN C. CAMACHO JR. VS. CHRISTIAN SANTOS 114LBS

147LBS DERRIECK CUEVAS VS. JOSE VALDERRAMA 147LBS

127LBS HECTOR MARRERO VS. NELSON TORRES 129LBS

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Heather Hardy & Shelly Vincent!

Media Quotes
PBC

Undefeated contenders Heather "The Heat" Hardy and Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent hosted a media roundtable in Manhattan Thursday to officially announce their long awaited showdown taking place Sunday, August 21 on Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.

PBC on NBCSN coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is headlined by exciting contender Claudio "The Matrix" Marrero taking on unbeaten Derrick Murray. PBC on NBC coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and features undefeated rising star and 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. in a welterweight title eliminator against once-beaten contender Leonard "The Lion" Bundu.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

Hardy and Vincent will meet in a 10-round featherweight showdown years in the making. Vincent began calling Hardy out at her second professional fight, looking to get in the ring with the popular Brooklyn ticket seller. Despite the rival, both have campaigned for a women's match on this platform for years and will look to make their mark on August 21.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

HEATHER HARDY

"I wouldn't be here without all the help of my team and fans. I don't stand here alone. I stand here with all of the women who have fought before me that no one knows about.

"This is the kind of platform that this fight deserves. I've always imagined this fight being on television and I'm thankful that this fight has come together on NBCSN. It's important to have a stage like this and I hope it's the first of more fights like this on television.

"I really can't wait to punch Shelly right in the face. I like that everybody is sleeping on 'The Heat'. Don't sleep on me.

"Shelly started her career a little bit before me. She started showing up at my fights with all these antics from almost my pro debut and talking about wanting to fight me. It was inappropriate at the time, but then she signed with Lou and we've both developed in our careers. Hats off to her, it worked. I'm ready to brawl.

"I've seen her fight before. I went to one of her fights to talk to press and build up this matchup. I don't get too hung up on what I've seen. I go into the ring ready to make adjustments based off what I see. I'm not treating this fight any differently than other fights.

"Every fight I'm back in the gym working on getting better. I don't work hard, I don't work on getting in better shape, I work to improve at my craft. You're going to see a new and better Heather than ever before."

SHELLY VINCENT

"I'm thankful for this opportunity for women as a whole. This is a fight we've been waiting for, for a while. I can't wait to get in there and hit Heather. She thinks there's no pop in my punches but she'll be surprised on fight night.

"Heather and I really just don't like each other. I've tried to make this fight for years and she wouldn't take the fight. I've seen her lose some of these fights. I don't believe she's undefeated. I feel like she's avoiding me.

"I've been trying to make this fight happen but I'm glad it didn't happen back then; this is the perfect time for it. We both deserve this opportunity. Heather and I work hard, taking nothing from her, but I can't wait to get my hands on her.

"I know Heather is going to use her legs. She doesn't seem strong so I think she's going to try to get away from me. I just have to cut the ring off.

"I always knew I'd have to come to her home territory. I'm going to stick to what I have to do. I know she's not better than me. It's going to be me coming forward with constant pressure. I hope she comes at me because that would make it an even more exciting fight."

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

"We're making a lot of history on August 21. This will be the first women's bout broadcast from Coney Island. I want to thank PBC and NBC for giving these women this much deserved platform to showcase their talents.

"The co-featured bout on NBCSN will be this long awaited contest between these two women. It's been talked about for years. They've been talking to each other for years and it's finally happening.

"This is history and I think it's going ot be a good night for boxing, and especially for women's boxing. This is a great opportunity for these two contenders and two women who have earned the right to be on television. They both have crowd pleasing styles. This is going to be a Gatti-Ward fight. These two want to beat each other up.

"Heather and Shelly are two of the most popular female fighters in the country. They like to rumble. They make every fight a war. They're willing to be hit and that's what makes their fight so much fun."

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CBS Sports Network Quadrupleheader!

Undercard Announced
CBS Sports Network

A host of local up-and-comers in exciting match-ups highlight the untelevised undercard for this Friday's (August 5, 2016) CBS Sports Network Championship Boxing quadrupleheader in the Grand Ballroom of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.

Presented by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with the International Championship Boxing League (ICBL), Ringside Ticket Inc., and David Schuster's Winner Take All Productions, the 10-round main event will feature WBA #4- and WBO #7-rated middleweight and current WBO NABO and WBA NABA Middleweight Champion, Rob "Bravo" Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, taking on Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-4, 6 KOs) of Cleveland.

Tickets for CBS Sports Network Championship Boxing are priced at $85, $65 and $50 and are available at www.pechanga.com or by calling the Pechanga Box Office: (877) 711-2946.

In the six-round super welterweight co-featured bout, Fort Worth, Texas, slugger Skender Halili (10-1, 10 KOs) will look to keep his perfect knockout record intact against experienced Ghanian veteran (now living in Silver Springs, Maryland) Ben Odamattey (16-14-3, 9 KOs). In another televised four-rounder, undefeated former amateur world champion Cem Killic (5-0, 2 KOs) of Sherman Oaks, California, via Frankfurt, Germany, will take on pro-debuting middleweight Jerhed Fenderson of Las Vegas. And in the night's opening televised bout, red-hot prospect Malik Hawkins (8-0, 7 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland, will look to keep his march to the top of the welterweight division alive against Portland, Oregon's Sean Gee (3-4).

Topping the night's undercard will be Temecula, California's undefeated Robert Meza (2-0-0, 1 KO) in a four-round featherweight duel with Baja California, Mexico's Jose Fabian Naranjo (3-2-1, 1 KO).

Also in action will be Detroit-based bantamweight Jarico O'Quinn (2-0, 2 KOs) taking on the more experienced Jonathon Quiroz (6-3, 1 KO) from Oceanside, California.

Making his anticipated professional debut will be Temecula, California's Danny Andujo in a super flyweight four-rounder against San Jose's Israel Hernandez (1-2-1, 1 KO).

A dual-pro-debut lightweight four-rounder will pit Las Vegas' Erick Fowler against Sacramento's Will Davis.

And opening up the action will be a super welterweight four-rounder between San Diego's undefeated Kevin Ottley (2-0, 2 KOs) and Hawthorne's Brian True (1-4, 1 KO).

The Pechanga Resort & Casino is located at 45000 Pechanga Parkway in Temecula, CA. For more information, call 1-888-PECHANGA or visit www.pechanga.com. On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7 pm. All bouts subject to change.

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Claudio Marrero V Derrick Murray!

Plus Heather Hardy V Shelly Vincent
PBC

Exciting contender Claudio "The Matrix" Marrero (20-1, 14 KOs) takes on unbeaten Derrick Murray (13-0-1, 5 KOs) while undefeated contenders Heather "The Heat" Hardy (17-0, 4 KOs) and Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent (18-0, 1 KO) face off in a long awaited battle on a Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN doubleheader, Sunday, August 21.

Tape delayed PBC on NBCSN coverage will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn. PBC on NBC coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and features undefeated rising star and 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. in a welterweight title eliminator against once-beaten contender Leonard "The Lion" Bundu.

Marrero and Murray will meet in a super featherweight bout while Vincent and Hardy are set to compete in 10-rounds of featherweight action that sees the return of women's boxing to a primetime national audience.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

A former title challenger who lost a narrow decision to Jesus Cuellar in 2013, Marrero has won six-straight bouts since then. Most recently, the 27-year-old dominated Jonathan Arrellano on his way to a decision in February. A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Marrero was an accomplished amateur who will be fighting in New York for the second time in his pro career.

Unbeaten and fighting out of St. Louis, Murray has already picked up victories in 2016 over Jose Silveria and Darryl Hayes. A pro since 2011, Murray will step up in competition when he takes on Marrero. The 28-year-old was victorious twice in 2015 in addition to four victories he earned in 2014.

A popular Brooklyn fighter who competed in Barclays Center's first-ever professional female boxing match, Hardy has become a staple of the Brooklyn boxing scene. A little over two years after her pro debut, Hardy won an international title belt in the super bantamweight division in October 2014. In 2015, she defeated Noemi Bosques and Renata Domsodi twice. In 2016 she has stopped Anna Donatella Hultin in the fourth round and most recently defeated Kirstie Simmons in June.

Born in Connecticut but now fighting out of and representing Providence, Rhode Island, Vincent will look to earn the biggest win of her career August 21 when she fights in New York for the second time. Vincent has been busy in 2016, picking up victories over Renata Domsodi, Elizabeth Anderson and most recently Christina Ruiz in July. An all-action fighter, Vincent has fought 10 rounds twice in her pro career that dates back to 2011.

Additional undercard action will see unbeaten prospect and New England Golden Glove champion Abraham Nova (1-0, 1 KO) take on California's Leonardo Chavez (6-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round lightweight attraction, unbeaten Brooklyn-native Julian Sosa (5-0-1, 2 KOs) taking on Rene Marquez (5-2, 2 KOs) in a welterweight showdown and New York Golden Glove champion Joseph Williams (9-0, 7 KOs) in an eight-round cruiserweight fight.

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Chavez V Moreno!

Women's World Title Fight Replay
Chavez V Moreno

American boxing fans will have a rare opportunity to watch a women's world title fight on national television as "Cancun Boxing," presented by Pepe Gomez Boxing in association with Neon Star Media, will air tonight (Thursday, Aug. 4), starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, on CBS Sports Network.

The event, which took place July 23, 2016, is the second in the "Cancun Boxing" series that will air on CBS Sports Network in 2016. Grand Oasis Cancun the Hotel Complex, Cancun`s ONLY Ultimate All-Inclusive Entertainment Resort, will play host to all events in this ongoing series.

Hall-of-Famer announcers Jim "JR" Ross and Al Bernstein called the action live from ringside in Cancun, Mexico.

"We're very happy to be in a new partnership with Neon Star Media, whose belief in the quality of Cancun Boxing has led to our product being shown throughout the United States on CBS Sports Network," Cancun Boxing president Pepe Gomez said. "American boxing fans really appreciate Mexican boxers and they will love all of the action from the capital of boxing in Mexico, Cancun Quintana Roo."

The main event was a scheduled 10-round World Boxing Council (WBC) female world flyweight title fight between Mexico City rivals, defending champion Jessica "Kika" Chavez (26-4-3, 4 KOs) and challenger Esmeralda "Joya" Moreno (33-8-1. 11 KOs), in a rematch of their February 19, 2011 fight, in which Moreno won a 10-round unanimous decision.

Chavez, 28, captured her WBC flyweight crown last September, taking a unanimous 10-round decision from Arely Mucino (21-2-2), followed by successful title defenses against Simona Galassi (WTDEC9) and, most recently, Vanesa Lorena (WDEC10) this past March.

During her outstanding 7-year professional career, Chavez has been International Boxing Federation (IBF) and Interim World Boxing Federation (WBF) light flyweight champion. She also has several other title belts in her collection, including WBC International female in addition to WBC Silver and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light flyweight.

WBC No. 5-rated Moreno, 28, defeated Eva Voraberger (20-4) by majority 10-round decision this past April in Austria for the International Boxing Organization (IBO), Women's International Boxing Federation (WIBF) and Global Boxing Union (GBU) world super flyweight titles.

In 2012, she won a 10-round decision over Naomi Togashi (10-0-1) for the WBC world light flyweight championship, followed by one title defense victory against Maricela Quintero (WDEC10). She has also been WBC Youth and WBC Silver light flyweight, Mexican bantamweight and light flyweight champion.

In their original match-up, Moreno won a convincing 10-round decision over Chavez, by scores of 98-92 by all three judges, for the vacant WBC Silver and Interim Mexico light flyweight titles.

In The 10-round co-feature, Mexican welterweights Jose "Piston" Lopez and Diego "Demoledor" Cruz went toe-to-toe with future title fight implications at stake.

The 25-year-old Lopez (25-5-2, 15 KOs) was a late replacement for injured Roberto "Massa" Ortiz. A former World Boxing Federation (WBF) champion, upset-minded Cruz (15-3-1, 12 KOs) is a 22-year-old prospect from Mexico City who was riding a 10-fight win streak, dating back two years, going into his fight with Lopez.

The other televised bout was an intriguing match-up between former WBC World super bantamweight champion Victor "Vikingo" Terrazas (37-3-1, 21 KOs) and battle-tested Cristian "El Rudo" Arrazola (20-11-2, 15 KOs).

The 33-year-old Terrazas, who hadn't fought since his losing his WBC title nearly three years ago to Leo Santa Cruz, captured the vacant WBC crown in 2013, taking a 12-round split decision from fellow Mexican great Cristian Mijares. Terrazas also holds a notable victory by way of a unanimous 12-round decision over another Mexican boxing icon, 5-time, 3-division world champion Fernando Montiel, for the vacant WBC Silver super bantamweight championship.

"US viewers will enjoy our Cancun Boxing fights, Mexican against Mexican," Gomez concluded. "Our fights showcase some of the most recognized Mexican fighters, in addition to competitive, young Mexican warriors ready to advance from prospect to contender. We're in a new era of Mexican boxing and this new generation of Mexican fighters will be fighting sometime soon in the United States and around the world."

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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Daniel Jacobs V Sergio Mora II!

Premier Boxing Champions On Spike
Daniel Jacobs V Sergio Mora II

Middleweight world champion Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) will defend his title in a rematch against former world champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike, Friday, September 9 from Santander Arena, in Reading, Pa.

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 Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) takes on Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs). Also on the card, heavyweight contender Travis "My Time" Kauffman (30-1, 22 KOs) will be featured in a 10-round fight.

Jacobs and Mora met in an August 2015 firefight that saw both men hit the canvas in round one. Mora was floored by a Jacobs right hand but the tricky veteran recovered and caught Jacobs with a clean left that put Jacobs on the ground. The action was halted in round two after Jacobs knocked Mora down again, rendering him unable to continue after fracturing his ankle on his way to the mat.

"This is business for me, but it is also more personal than any fight I have ever had," said Jacobs. "Sergio has been using these antics online to get this rematch and he has gotten under my skin. There has been a lot of back and forth as far as people's opinions as to who would have won the fight had he not gotten hurt. I am looking at this as an opportunity to clarify that I am the real champion. I want to shut his trap in primetime."

"I don't think Jacobs wanted this rematch, but it was destined to happen and now he has to deal with it," said Mora. "I thought the first fight was going my way. I knocked him down in the first round and was out boxing him in the second round. He knows that I have enough power to hurt him. He has more to worry about going into this fight than in the first fight. Look at my resume, I have fought solid opposition. Jacobs doesn't have that type of resume."

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

"This is going to be one of the best cards of the year," said Marshall Kauffman of King's Promotions. "There are two great world title fights with Jacobs and Mora plus Easter and Commey. The first Jacobs - Mora fight was headed to be a shootout before Mora got injured. Easter and Commey has all the makings of a war. Add that to Travis Kauffman continuing his road to the heavyweight title plus the best fighters from Reading on the card, The Santander Arena will be electric both inside the ring and in the building on September 9."

The 29-year-old Jacobs followed up his victory over Mora with a sensational first round knockout of previously unbeaten former champion Peter Quillin in their highly anticipated December showdown. An inspirational figure representing Brooklyn, New York, Jacobs completed his road from cancer survivor to champion when he defeated Jarrod Fletcher for the middleweight title in 2014.

The winner of NBC's "The Contender" series, the 35-year-old Mora is a former world champion at super welterweight and looking to add a middleweight crown to his name as he returns to the ring for the first time since the injury suffered in the first Jacobs fight. The Los Angeles native owns victories over Ishe Smith, Peter Manfredo Jr. and Vernon Forrest.

An accomplished amateur who was a 2012 U.S. Olympic alternate, the 25-year-old Easter Jr. picked up four victories in 2015 including knockouts over Osumanu Akaba, Miguel Mendoza, Alejandro Rodriguez and Juan Ramon Solis. Unbeaten since turning pro in 2012, the Toledo, Ohio-born prospect faced the toughest challenge of his career in April when he impressively stopped former world champion Algenis Mendez also on Spike.

Representing Accra, Ghana, Commey has climbed the ranks since turning pro in 2011 and has yet to be defeated. The 29-year-old won his first 11 bouts fighting out of Ghana before going to London, Denmark, South Africa and Germany to improve his record to 24-0. Commey fought in the U.S. as well, stopping Bahodir Mamadjonov in the eighth round last May.

A local attraction fighting out of Reading, Kauffman is the son of longtime trainer and promoter Marshall Kauffman. Kauffman won his first 18 pro fights and entered his last bout on a 12-fight winning streak. The 30-year-old dropped Chris Arreola in his last outing before losing a majority decision that was later changed to a no decision. Now, Kauffman looks to impress in his hometown as he returns to the ring.

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Caleb Plant V Juan De Angel!

Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated prospect Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (13-0, 10 KOs) will square off against hard-hitting Colombian Juan De Angel (18-4-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight matchup that serves as the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, August 23 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a pair of undercard bouts as unbeaten prospect Earl Newman (9-0, 7 KOs) takes on Detroit's Leo Hall (8-1, 7 KOs) in eight-rounds of light heavyweight action while Carlos Gongora (5-0, 4 KOs) faces Ronald Mixon (7-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round matchup of undefeated light heavyweight prospects.

"It's a blessing to be headlining on my own show," said Plant. "It's all thanks to my family and my team. I'm happy with how far I've come in my career. I've had obstacles in front of me my entire life and I have had to rise to the occasion. I know De Angel is a tough guy, but I have too much in my game for him."

"I had a great camp in Colombia and I'm going to Florida to put the finishing touches on training," said De Angel. "Plant is strong and he counters well, but he gets hit hard and often. I've had experience in big fights and I'm going to do my best to put my hands on him. I'm thankful for this opportunity and I'm going to make the most it."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $108, $83 and $58, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

A 2011 National Golden Gloves champion, Plant has begun to make his name in the professional ranks since turning pro in 2014. Last year, the 24-year-old picked up six victories including hard fought triumphs over Jamar Freeman in September and Tyrone Brunson in October. Fighting out of Nashville, he kicked off his 2016 campaign by stopping Adasat Rodriguez in January and delivered a fourth-round knockout of Carlos Galvan in June. He takes on an experienced opponent in Barranquilla, Colombia's De Angel. The 29-year-old has a reputation for knockouts, having delivered victories inside of the distance in seventeen of his eighteen victories.

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 24-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.

A two-time Ecuadorian Olympian, Gongora now trains out of Brooklyn and is undefeated since turning pro in May 2015. The 27-year-old has delivered knockouts in four of his first five pro fights, including three in the first round. He takes on fellow unbeaten Mixon out of Los Angeles. The 27-year-old has delivered two stoppage victories in 2016.

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DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT!

SIGNS FELIX DIAZ TO A LONG-TERM PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Premier Boxing Champions!

Brings Heat In August

The Premier Boxing Champions series will be featured every weekend in August as the series continues to bring exciting action from coast-to-coast across multiple broadcast networks over fight great fight nights.

Coming off of the thrilling "Fight of the Year" candidate between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz, August will feature undefeated rising star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) headlining PBC on NBC action Sunday, August 21 in a world title eliminator against once- beaten Leonard "The Lion" Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs). Televised coverage from Brooklyn begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT following coverage of the Olympic Men's Basketball Gold Medal game.

On Saturday, August 27th, former world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) returns to battle David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight showdown from Anaheim that headlines a great triple-header on Spike. The fights begin at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and will also feature hard-hitting Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo (24-5, 20 KOs) battling veteran Freddy Hernandez (33-8, 22 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight matchup of Mexican warriors plus 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0, 9 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against the Bronx's Steve Martinez (16-2, 13 KOs) in 10-rounds of super welterweight action.

PBC's TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes will feature rising middleweight Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (13-0, 10 KOs) looking to impress as he takes on Juan De Angel (18-4-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round matchup on Tuesday, August 23 from Bethlehem, Pa. The action begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a pair of undercard bouts as unbeaten prospect Earl Newman (9-0, 7 KOs) takes on Detroit's Leo Hall (8-1, 7 KOs) in eight-rounds of light heavyweight action while Carlos Gongora (5-0, 4 KOs) faces Ronald Mixon (7-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round matchup of undefeated light heavyweight prospects.

PBC on ESPN and ESPN Deportes returns with back-to-back Friday night shows on August 5 and August 12 featuring a bevy of young talent. August 5 will see hard-hitting 19-year-old David "El Bandera Roja" Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) taking on experienced 168-pound contender Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event live from Philadelphia. Lightweight action between Alejandro "El Charro" Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) and Stephen "The Rock" Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) kick-off the night at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

The following week will see undefeated featherweight Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round showdown against once-beaten contender Ryan Kielczweski (25-1, 7 KOs) that serves as the main event in Verona, New York. Undefeated welterweight Bryant Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) will matchup with Cuban Olympian Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) in a 10-round bout that kicks off the telecast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

See below for the chronological schedule:

Friday, August 5 on ESPN and ESPN Deportes- David Benavidez vs. Denis Douglin; Alejandro Luna vs. Stephen Ormond from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Friday, August 12 on ESPN and ESPN Deportes - Miguel Flores vs. Ryan Kielczweski; Bryant Perrella vs. Yordenis Ugas from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Sunday, August 21 on NBC - Errol Spence Jr. vs. Leonard Bundu from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn (5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT).

Tuesday, August 23 on FS1 and FOX Deportes - Caleb Plant vs. Juan De Angel; Earl Newman vs. Leo Hall & Carlos Gongora vs. Ronald Mixon from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Saturday, August 27 on SPIKE - Robert Guerrero vs. David Emanuel Peralta; Alfredo Angulo vs. Freddy Hernandez & Terrell Gausha vs. Steve Martinez from Honda Center in Anaheim, CA (9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT).

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Lee Baxter Promotions!

Inks Logan McGuinness
Logan McGuinness

Toronto-based Lee Baxter Promotions is proud to announce the signing of undefeated super featherweight contender Logan “Cotton” McGuinness to an exclusive promotional agreement.

Living and fighting out of Orangeville, Ontario, McGuinness has an outstanding 23-0-1 professional ledger with 10 victories coming by knockout. The 29-year-old McGuinness is a former WBA-NABA champion at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, earning NABA Fighter of the Year in 2011.

Formerly ranked number 4 in the world by the WBA, McGuinness has been inactive since May 2015 due to out of the ring issues and is excited to get back in the squared circle.

McGuinness said of his new promotional agreement and return to fighting in Canada “it feels great to have signed with Lee Baxter and this is something I feel has been a long time coming. I think the two of us will make some noise and do big things together. I have had an unfortunate couple of years as anyone who has followed my career understands but I’m a true believer in things happening for a reason and everything seems to be falling into place. I’m motivated and rejuvenated. I can’t wait to fight in Toronto!”

Baxter, a longtime fixture in the Canadian boxing scene who recently created the “Next Generation” fight series, is thrilled to be working with a longtime friend who he believes has a bright future ahead of him.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Logan and the timing is great for both of us. He had some unexpected layoffs but is still unbeaten and a very talented fighter. There’s been a public demand for him to fight in Canada again since 18 of his professional matches have been here and we’re proud to be making this happen. I’m looking at having him potentially fight twice in 2016 and the people in Ontario are as excited to see him fight as he is to fight in front of them. The sky is definitely the limit with Logan!”

Details on Logan’s return to the ring will be announced shortly.

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BOXING GOLD!

PBC SALUTES 2016 RIO OLYMPIANS

The Olympic Games hold a special meaning for the many Premier Boxing Champions series boxers who competed in past Olympiads. Representing the United States, Mexico, Haiti, Russia, Great Britain and more, it served as the highest achievement of their amateur careers before they embarked on professional championship aspirations. Starting Friday, an honored group of fighters that represented their homes as Olympians salute the members of the 2016 Olympic Teams on their achievements and wish them all the best in bringing home the gold. To view go to: www.premierboxingchampions.com and www.facebook.com/premierboxingchampions.

In a series of special video vignettes and articles on the Premier Boxing Champions website, previous Olympians like heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (Bronze medal winner in 2008 Beijing Games); Rau'shee Warren, the only U.S. boxer to participate in three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2012); and Errol Spence (2012 London Games) will offer encouragement to members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic boxing team. Warren and Spence will reminisce about their Olympic experiences together.

Gary Russell, Jr. (2008 Beijing Games) will talk about his experience in the Games and also discuss his brother, Gary Antuanne Russell, who is a member of the 2016 U.S. Team in Rio, when the Olympics kick off on Aug. 5.

Terrell Gausha (2012 London Games) will have some helpful tips for the members of the U.S. boxing team on how to maneuver through the Olympic maze and succeed in securing gold medals. Marcus Browne and Jamel Herring were also teammates with Gausha on that 2012 Olympic team.

The PBC has over two dozen Olympic boxers representing countries including Mexico (Abner Mares and Alfredo Angulo - 2004 Athens Games), Haiti (Andre Berto - 2004 Athens Games), Russia (Artur Beterbiev and Sergiy Deveryanchenko - 2008 Beijing Games), Great Britain (Amir Khan - 2004 Athens Games, James DeGale - 2008 Beijing Games), Dominican Republic (Juan Carlos Payano - 2004 Athens Games/2008 Beijing Games and Gold medalist Felix Diaz - 2008 Beijing Games), Puerto Rico (Jose Pedraza - 2008 Beijing Games), Cameroon (Sakio Bika - 2000 Sydney Games), Virgin Islands (John Jackson and Julius Jackson - 2008 Beijing Games), and Kazakhstan (Beibet Shumenov - 2004 Athens Games and Kanat Islam - 2004 Athens Games/2008 Beijing Games).

To check out the videos and articles on the PBC boxers and their Olympic experiences go to http://www.premierboxingchampions.com/

The series runs through the entire length of the games.

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Mike Lee!

To Serve On Broadcast Commentary Team On CBS Sports Network
Mike Lee

Undefeated light heavyweight contender Mike Lee will join the broadcast team as a color analyst for this Friday's (August 5, 2016) CBS Sports Network Championship Boxing quadrupleheader in the Grand Ballroom of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.

Lee will join blow-by-blow man Alan Massenagle and color analysts Steve Kim and Patrick Ortiz live at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT when Greg Cohen Promotions and Ringside Ticket Inc. (in association with David Schuster's Winner Take All Productions) present four exciting nationally televised professional fights, headlined by WBA #4- and WBO #7-rated middleweight and current WBO NABO and WBA NABA Middleweight Champion, Rob "Bravo" Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, in a 10-round battle against Cleveland's Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-4, 6 KOs).

Tickets for CBS Sports Network Championship Boxing are priced at $85, $65 and $50 and are available at www.pechanga.com or by calling the Pechanga Box Office: (877) 711-2946.

In the six-round super welterweight co-featured bout, Fort Worth, Texas, slugger Skender Halili (10-1, 10 KOs) will look to keep his perfect knockout record intact against experienced Ghanian veteran (now living in Silver Springs, Maryland) Ben Odamattey (16-14-3, 9 KOs).

In another televised four-rounder, undefeated former amateur world champion Cem Killic (5-0, 2 KOs) of Sherman Oaks, California, via Frankfurt, Germany, will take on pro-debuting middleweight Jerhed Fenderson of Las Vegas.

And in the night's opening televised bout, red-hot prospect Malik Hawkins (8-0, 7 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland, will look to keep his march to the top of the welterweight division alive against Portland, Oregon's Sean Gee (3-4).

An ambassador for the sport of boxing, Lee (17-0, 10 KOs) is a former Subway national spokesperson and holds a Finance degree from The University of Notre Dame. He also does extensive work and donates most of his fight purses to charitable causes such as the Children's Memorial Hospital and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.

The 29-year-old Chicago native has fought on the undercards of some of boxing's most prestigious events. He was last seen in the ring in June in New York City, where he scored a unanimous eight-round decision over Mike Snider (then 10-3-3).

Lee will join an already stellar broadcast team of experts.

Blow-by-blow man Alan Massenagle is currently known as the "most watched international blow-by-blow boxing announcer on television." Currently the voice of the World Series of Boxing, Massengale has travelled the globe extensively during his award-winning career, which also includes having served as the most watched Sports Personality in Los Angeles for 10 years. He has also served as anchor for ESPN Sportscenter, Prime Ticket and Fox Sports He received the Golden Mike Award twice for best sportscast in the Los Angeles market, and was honored four times by the Southern California Sportscasters Association.

Long-time boxing journalist Steve Kim is internationally recognized for his commentary and opinion preceding major pay-per-view boxing bouts. Patrick Ortiz is the President of Ringside Ticket Inc. and Lords of the Cage, which specializes in providing Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing events for Tribal Casinos.

The night's five-fight undercard, packed with local prospects and contenders, will be announced shortly.

The Pechanga Resort & Casino is located at 45000 Pechanga Parkway in Temecula, CA. For more information, call 1-888-PECHANGA or visit www.pechanga.com. On fight night,doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7 pm. All bouts subject to change.

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Anthem!

Acquires GameTV

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. (“Anthem”) has agreed to acquire The GameTV Corporation currently held by Kilmer Enterprises Inc. (“Kilmer”).

Anthem currently controls and operates TV channels Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network in Canada and other markets on traditional TV and digital platforms. It also holds licences for three other Canadian TV channels, EDGEsport, MAVTV Canada and Pursuit Canada, which have yet to be launched.

GameTV is available in over 9 million homes across Canadian cable, satellite and IPTV systems, and has a large loyal and consistent audience, ranking well among all specialty services.

“We are delighted to have GameTV become part of the Anthem organization,” said Leonard Asper, CEO of Anthem. “We think it’s a terrific fit because in addition to the financial upside, it will provide scale for Anthem, creating greater programming options, new advertising and marketing opportunities, expansion onto digital platforms, as well as operating efficiencies.”

“Kilmer is proud of the success GameTV has experienced in attracting and maintain a significant audience,” said Kilmer president Kenny Albert. “Kilmer believes GameTV’s future success is dependent on it being part of a larger group rather than continuing as a stand-alone service.”

Given the significant commitment Kilmer has made to GameTV, it sought to ensure that its successor would continue to grow and strengthen the service. Kilmer believes that Anthem’s multi-platform, multi-channel strategy will ensure this will be the case.

The transaction is subject to prior approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC"). An application has been filed with the CRTC.

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David Benavidez!

Training Camp Quotes
David Benavidez

Undefeated rising contender David "El Bandera Roja" Benavidez is on the fast track to a world title opportunity and he will look to make another statement when he battles contender Denis Douglin in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, August 5 live from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with exciting lightweight contender Alejandro "El Charro" Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) taking on Ireland's Stephen "The Rock" Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round attraction.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $50, $75 and $100, not including fees, and are on sale now. Here is what Benavidez had to say about his opponent, training camp and more:

On his recent training camp in Southern California...

"We had another great training camp out here in Long Beach, California. We put the final touches and wrapped up camp and I'm ready to go. There was plenty of good sparring and we worked on some things we know will help us in this fight. I'm in great shape and I feel sharp."

On fighting in his first main event on ESPN...

"Fighting on ESPN is great exposure for me and my team, especially in the main event. We all worked so hard to get in this position and now it's time to capitalize on this great opportunity. I know a lot of family and friends back home in Phoenix will be tuning in. I just want to shine out and perform to my best ability."

On facing his opponent Denis Douglin...

"This is going to be a tough fight. I know Douglin is hungry to give me my first loss. He's coming off three wins in a row, so I'm taking this fight very seriously. Being that he's a southpaw, I'll have to do some things a little different. We worked on all that stuff in camp so I know I'm going to be ready for anything he brings to the ring."

On training with his father and head coach Jose Benavidez...

"My dad Jose has been guiding my corner from the first day I started boxing around three years old. Together we have a strong bond and I respect him very much. He's come up with a great game plan tailor made for Douglin. He's made a lot of sacrifices to help me get to this point and I'm very thankful to him for all that he's done for me and my brother. I want nothing more than to bring him another great victory."

On fighting on the East Coast for the second time in his career...

"The East Coast fans are very passionate about their boxing. Douglin, being that he's from New Jersey, will have a lot of fans rooting against me. But I'm not going to let anything distract me from the task at hand and that's coming back home with a win."

PBC Boxing Promotions

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BRANT VS FITZPATRICK!

HEADLINES CBS SPORTS NETWORK CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
BRANT VS FITZPATRICK

This Friday, August 5, 2016, in the Grand Ballroom of the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Greg Cohen Promotions and Ringside Ticket Inc., in association with David Schuster's Winner Take All Productions, will proudly present a quadrupleheader of professional boxing, televised live on CBS Sports Network (11 pm ET/8 pm PT).

In the night's televised main event, red-hot WBA #4- and WBO #7-rated middleweight and current WBO NABO and WBA NABA Middleweight Champion, Rob "Bravo" Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, will look to keep his momentum going in a 10-round battle against Cleveland's Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-4, 6 KOs).

In the six-round super welterweight co-featured bout, Fort Worth, Texas, slugger Skender Halili (10-1, 10 KOs) will look to keep his perfect knockout record intact against experienced Ghanian veteran (now living in Silver Springs, Maryland) Ben Odamattey (16-14-3, 9 KOs).

In another televised four-rounder, undefeated former amateur world champion Cem Killic (5-0, 2 KOs) of Sherman Oaks, California, via Frankfurt, Germany, will take on pro-debuting middleweight Jerhed Fenderson of Las Vegas.

And in the night's opening televised bout, red-hot prospect Malik Hawkins (8-0, 7 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland, will look to keep his march to the top of the welterweight division alive against Portland, Oregon's Sean Gee (3-4).

Tickets for CBS Sports Network Championship Boxing are priced at $85, $65 and $50 and are available at www.pechanga.com or by calling the Pechanga Box Office: (877) 711-2946.

25-year-old Brant has already won two fights this year. In April, he took care of Arkansas veteran Delray Raines in less than a round and in January, he scored a nationally televised "Knockout of the Year" candidate against formidable contender DeCarlo Perez. The victory put Brant on the radar of the boxing world.

29-year-old Fitzpatrick went undefeated in his first 15 fights and only suffered setbacks against some of the world's top middleweights, including world champion Daniel Jacobs. "The Irish Ghost" is never in a bad fight and will test any would-be contender's true mettle.

Promoter Greg Cohen says he's excited to be bringing his popular televised boxing series to California.

"This is our first scheduled quadrupleheader and we're excited to be bringing it to a classic boxing venue like the Pechanga," said Cohen. "Rob Brant will be in against a guy who will take you out if you don't have the goods. Skender Halili's last fight was one of the best of the year, so I look forward to another slugfest. Cem Kilic won't have it easy. Although his opponent is making his debut, he can really fight. And we all get another look at the amazing talent of Malik Hawkins to open the night. It's truly a great night of boxing. Thanks to my partners and the wonderful staff at Pechanga for helping make it happen."

The night's jam-packed undercard will be announced later this week.

The Pechanga Resort & Casino is located at 45000 Pechanga Parkway in Temecula, CA. For more information, call 1-888-PECHANGA or visit www.pechanga.com. On fight night,doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7 pm. All bouts subject to change.

GCP Boxing Promotions

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Enrico Koelling!

Defends WBA Intercontinental Title Against Liebenberg
Enrico Koelling

Enrico Koelling (21-1, 6 KOs) will defend his WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title against Ryno Liebenberg (17-3, 12 KOs) on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

The fight will provide chief support for the WBA World Light Heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly.

Koelling, who claimed the WBA strap with a unanimous points victory over Oleksandr Cherviak at the MBS Arena in Brandenberg in April, will face a tough test from Liebenberg, a dangerous South African, who pushed his stable mate Erik Skoglund to a close points decision in Stockholm earlier this year.

‘’I’m looking forward to this fight,’’ said the 26 year-old. ‘’Liebenberg has proven he can hang with the top guys in the light heavyweight division, and by beating him, I will prove that I can do the same. I want to fight for World titles and this fight is another step in the right direction for me.’’

‘’Koelling is a good boxer,’’ said Liebenberg. ‘’In the amateurs he beat a lot of fighters who are now World-rated, but this is the pros and it’s a different story. He lacks power and movement. He doesn’t dance and run away, he stands and fights, and that suits my style. I know if I land, he’s going to go!’’

‘’This is a chance for Enrico to show that he belongs at the top,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’If he beats Liebenberg, he will not be far away from a World title shot. It will be a tough fight, full of action. The fans in Neubrandenburg can look forward to an explosive encounter at the Jahnsportforum.’’

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

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Anthony Karperis!

Headlines Rockin Fights 25 At The Paramount

Newly signed Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's junior welterweight Anthony "Showtime" Karperis (12-2, 4KO)s, Hicksville, NY) will main event for the first time at the Paramount in Huntington, NY on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Facing off in a grudge rematch against Queens native Ariel Duran (9-8-1, 5 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior welterweight division for Karperis' NY State title.

Karperis, who won the vacant title, defeating cross town rival Alan Gotay on April 23rd at the Paramount, knows he's in for a tough evening against Duran, whom he defeated in a razor thin decision on July 18, 2014. Duran knows this is his one shot at a title, is training like he never has before and promises to come into Karperis' house and walk away with the title.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the main event: "these two fought a heck of a battle once before and I expect nothing less this time around, except the stakes are much higher with Karperis' NY State title on the line. Karperis has fought all but two professional fights at the Paramount and always brings a huge fan base to the fights. This is the first fight for Karperis under the Star Boxing banner and I expect big things out of Anthony."

Tickets can be purchased by calling Star Boxing 914-437-7575 or www.Starboxing.com, the Paramount box office 631-673-7300 and at Ticketmaster.com 1-800-745-3000.

Doors open at 7pm with first fight scheduled for 7:30 pm.

The undercard will be announced shortly.

Star Boxing Promotions

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JUAN CARLOS CAMACHO JR!

TO DEBUT IN THE BIG STAGE
JUAN CARLOS CAMACHO JR

Juan Carlos Camacho, Jr. from Ponce, Puerto Rico one of the top amateurs fighters who for the past three years was one of the best amateur fighters in the island and he reigned three times as the national champion of 114 pounds, both juvenile and adult, is the latest acquisition for Miguel Cotto Promotions.

Managed by his father, and trained by Cesar Seda Sr. in the Singapore gym, Juana Diaz, Camacho will be making his pro debut on Saturday August 6th in the card that the company led by five-time world champion will present at the Coliseum Cosme Beitía, Cataño as part of the EMMY award nominne series Boxeo Al Maximo

"We were analyzin several options to sign as professional, and we decide to signed with Cotto Promotions," said the 19 year old fighter. "It is the company that actually has the best fighters in my weight and the most solid one in Puerto Rico."

"Apart from his great record and accomplishments as an amateur, Camacho impressed because he has that professional style that we know fans will love," said Hector Soto, vice president and promoter Miguel Cotto Promotions. Juan Carlos Camacho Jr. will make his pro-debut against Luis Villegas from Rio Grande.

Boxeo Al Maximo in Cataño will be headlined by spectacular power puncher, Alberto 'Explosivo' Machado (14-0, 12 KOs) who will take the Mexican Yardley Suarez (15-3, 9KO's) and also stars alongside the great puncher Angel 'Tito' Acosta (13-0, 13 KOs) facing the Dominican Juan Guzman (22-5, 12 KOs).

In addition, Jose 'Chiquiro' Martinez (17-0, 10) will collide at 115 pounds with the Nicaraguan veteran Juan Palacios (32-5, 12KO’s) , a former interim champion for WBC and WBA, and Carlos Narvaez (14-0 and six) will take the warior Juan "Cowi" Herrera (14-9-1, 4KO’s).

Cotto Boxing Promotions

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