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February, 2017

ROB HUNT!

ON THE HUNT FOR REDEMPTION
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STAFFORD boxer Rob Hunt looks to gain redemption when he returns to the Fenton Manor in Stoke this Saturday night.

Hunt dropped unexpected points decision to William Warburton at the same venue in October 2016.

But he’s got the opportunity to set the record straight when he faces the Lancastrian in a rematch on Hatton Boxing’s ‘Time to Shine’ card tomorrow night (February 18).

“I personally think I won [the first fight] against Warburton but it is boxing isn’t it?” Hunt told Taran Patel.

“It was a good fight. I definitely thought I won it, but I have to make sure this time is different.”

After only having two fights in 2016, Hunt has set his sights on 2017 being a much busier year.

The welterweight has hit the 30-fight mark in a career which has seen him win 23 times, lose five and draw two. A Midlands Area title fight being the pinnacle of his time in the paid ranks.

He said: “I do hope to be busier this year. I’ve spoken to my manager and I want to be active because when you’re not busy you feel like time is being wasted.

“When I won the Midlands Area title against Sullivan Mason and when I defended it against Amir Unsworth, even though I lost it towards the end of the year, I had a really good year that year and it will always standout for me.

“I’ve got plenty left in the tank, though, and I’ll show that on Saturday evening.”

This weekend’s card is entitled ‘Time to Shine’ and is hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by four-time world champion Ricky Hatton that also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

Top of the bill sees heavyweight sensation Nathan Gorman lock horns with Georgia’s tough Gogita Gorgiladze while Reuben Arrowsmith faces Ryan Toms features for the super-welterweight Challenge belt in a supporting contest alongside Craig Morris’s Midlands Area welterweight title defence against Ryan Fields and Kieron McLaren’s super-lightweight Challenge belt encounter with Michael Mooney.

Also on in action on the bill will be fellow Hatton Boxing prospect Jake Haigh as well as Cheshire’s Nathan Clarke and former amateur standout Luke Caci, who will be making his pro debut.

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SAM EVANS!

HAS NO WORRIES WITH OPPONENT CHANGE
SAM EVANS

SAM EVANS is not letting a late change of opponent knock him off his stride.

The Wednesbury punch was scheduled to face Chris Jenkinson on Hatton Boxing’s ‘Time to Shine’ bill in Stoke this Saturday night.

But he will now lock horns with Poland’s Sylwester Walczak instead due to Jenkinson getting stopped on a show in Manchester last weekend and having to serve a 28 day suspension.

“It’s a new opponent, but it’s nothing to worry about because I’ve prepared for all styles,” Evans, 20, said.

“The sparring I’ve had has given me a mix of everything. I’ve had tall guys, I’ve had short guys, some have been come-forward types and others have been boxers.

“I’ve probably had the best camp of my career so far and I’m ready to get in the ring and do the business now.”

The dust up will be Evans’ fifth over six rounds and he feels another stellar performance will provide the catalyst for a move to up eight round level before progressing to titles.

“I think I’ll be ready for eight after this fight and I’ll take whatever comes,” Sam, who outside of boxing helps out most weekend’s on his dad’s market stall, said.

“I’m on my way to title fights I think and I know I’ll be ready to take when the opportunity comes.

“I reckon I’ll push for a title fight before the end of the year.”

This weekend’s card is entitled ‘Time to Shine’ and is hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by four-time world champion Ricky Hatton that also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

Top of the bill sees heavyweight sensation Nathan Gorman lock horns with Georgia’s tough Gogita Gorgiladze while Reuben Arrowsmith faces Ryan Toms features for the super-welterweight Challenge belt in a supporting contest alongside Craig Morris’s Midlands Area welterweight title defence against Ryan Fields and Kieron McLaren’s super-lightweight Challenge belt encounter with Michael Mooney.

Also on in action on the bill will be fellow Hatton Boxing prospect Jake Haigh as well as Stafford’s Rob Hunt, Cheshire’s Nathan Clarke and former amateur standout Luke Caci, who will be making his pro debut.

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Joey Gamache!

Brækhus Is On The Decline, Svensson Ready To Pull Off Upset
Joey Gamache

Joey Gamache believes Klara Svensson (17-1, 5 KOs) is ready to pull off an upset when she challenges female pound-for-pound number one Cecilia Brækhus (29-0, 8 KOs) on Friday, February 24 at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway.

In a hotly anticipated Scandinavian showdown, Svensson, from Malmo, Sweden, will attempt to wrestle the WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO World Welterweight titles from Brækhus, and inflict the Bergen-boxer’s first career defeat.

Svensson's coach, Gamache, the former two-time World Champion turned trainer, says, with Brækhus on the decline, the time is right for his fighter to dethrone the reigning welterweight queen and take her place at the top of the division.

‘’Klara is ready to pull off an upset,’’ he says. ‘’She’s in great shape, her technique is there, and she knows what she’s got to do. She might be the underdog, but she’s a live underdog, and she’s coming to win.

‘’Cecilia has been a great champion but she’s on the way out. She’s not getting any younger, and since she’s started working with Jonathan Banks and trying to be a promoter, things have started to change and there’s more pressure on her now.

‘’They say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! She had a great coach in Ulli Wegner and everything worked well to get her to where she is today, but now with Banks, she’s trying to change her style and she’s getting hit a lot more, which is going to work to our advantage.

‘’Klara is not going to fight like those other girls Cecilia’s fought, she’s better than that. For her, this fight is the opportunity of a lifetime. She’s got everything to gain and nothing to lose. I just feel that, with Banks, Cecilia is not the fighter she used to be, and my girl is getting better and better. The time is right and Klara is ready to take those titles!’’

Gamache has also accused Brækhus of using dirty tactics in previous bouts, and says he will be speaking to the referee to ensure they do not go unnoticed against Svensson.

‘’Cecilia does a lot of illegal things in the ring, and I’m going to make sure the referee is aware of this at the rules meeting,’’ he says. ‘’There are a number of different things she has been getting away with in the past, but not this time!’’

The Unified Female World Welterweight Championship contest between Cecilia Brækhus and Klara Svensson is available live and exclusive on Viaplay PPV. For more information please visit: http://www.viaplay.se/ppv

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Frederik Hede Jensen!

Signs With Team Sauerland
Frederik Hede Jensen

Danish amateur star Frederik Hede Jensen has signed a long-term promotional contract with Europe’s leading boxing stable Team Sauerland.

The talented 20 year-old will be making his professional debut on March 18 at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus, on the undercard of the EBU European Featherweight Championship fight between local hero Dennis Ceylan and undefeated British boxer Isaac Lowe.

“I'm really looking forward to making my professional debut,’’ said Jensen. ‘’I’m really happy to have chosen to sign with Team Sauerland. There were other promoters in the picture but Sauerland took me most seriously and I hope we will have an exciting future together.

Jensen, who will be competing in the featherweight division, comes from a strong amateur background. He has won several Danish championships, competed at the European and World Championships, and most notably has the honour of Nordic Under 19 Champion on his resume.

"I'm proud to be taking these steps into the professional ranks. I feel that the time is right now, and I can't wait to showcase myself on March 18," he said.

"I'm a very entertaining fighter, my boxing is aggressive. I have good technique, I like to come forward and I have lots of power in my gloves!’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland says he is very excited about Jensen’s prospects in the paid ranks. ''Frederik is an exciting young talent and we are delighted to welcome him to the team,’’ said Sauerland.

''He has a good amateur background behind him and we look forward to seeing how he develops as a pro. His first test will come at the Ceres Arena on March 18 when he fights in front of his home crowd on the undercard of Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight against Isaac Lowe.’'

Jensen will be training in his hometown of Aarhus under the guidance of Frank Holm and Michael Ørholst, who train European Champion Dennis Ceylan.

"Dennis welcomed me to the gym when I came to Aarhus. I've always looked up to him, and I've learned a lot from him. I will not say yet that I will become European champion or World champion. Let me get started at on March 18, then people can judge how far I can go," he says.

"I'd like to start with a little humility, but believe me, I have big ambitions!"

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on March 18 at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling 70 263 267.

All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinavia. For more information, please visit www.viaplay.dk/fighting

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Neon Star Sports & Entertainment!

Launches Knockout Night Boxing

Neon Star Sports & Entertainment (NSSE) Inc. has announced the formation of its promotional company, Knockout Night Boxing LLC. The company will be responsible for promoting and co-promoting "Knockout Night Boxing," a series that airs on CBS Sports Network across North America. Additional broadcast partners will also be announced in the coming weeks.

"Knockout Night Boxing LLC is a fight-friendly promotion that provides a platform for athletes to showcase their skills while building their own brand," said Knockout Night Boxing president/promoter John Andersen.

"Our 'Knockout Night at the D' series on CBS Sports Network last year was a huge hit, and so we are excited to expand across the United States and Mexico with our partner Pepe Gomez," added Neon Star Sports & Entertainment CEO Mike Garrow. "Currently, the 'Knockout Night Boxing' series has 20 television dates scheduled for 2017. We are looking forward to delivering fight fans non-stop, action-packed excitement."

Whit Haydon will serve as talent relations recruiter and Marvin Romero is the matchmaker. The rotating television team consists of Hall-of-Famer announcers Jim "J.R." Ross and Al Bernstein, as well as veterans Sean Wheelock and Joey Varner. The primary ring announcer is Justin Roberts, who was the WWE ring announcer for 14 years.

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Caleb Plant V Thomas Awimbono!

February 25 From Legacy Arena In Birmingham, Alabama

Unbeaten prospect Caleb Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) will look to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on Thomas Awimbono (25-6-1, 21 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Saturday, February 25 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama. Coverage on FS1 and FOX Deportes begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT immediately following the PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes primetime show headlined by undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder defending his title against unbeaten Gerald "El Gallo Negro" Washington.

Televised coverage on FOX and FOX Deportes begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and also features a pair of exciting matchups as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd meet in a 12-round world title eliminator, plus hard-hitting Dominic Breazeale battles undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh in heavyweight action.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TBG Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting AlabamaTitleFight.com.

Plant will battle Awimbono in a 10-round super middleweight contest that highlights an exciting portion of the undercard on FS1 and FOX Deportes that also includes undefeated knockout artist Jorge Lara (28-0-2, 20 KOs) fighting Jhon Gemino (15-7-1, 7 KOs) in a junior lightweight showdown.

Also entering the ring will be exciting light heavyweight contender Michael Seals (20-1, 15 KOs) in a six-round bout and once-beaten contender Iago Kiladze (24-1, 16 KOs) in heavyweight action.

A 2011 National Golden Gloves champion, Plant has begun to make his name in the professional ranks since turning pro in 2014. After picking up six victories in 2015, Plant continued his success with stoppages of Adasat Rodriguez and Carlos Galvan before going 10 rounds for the first time in a unanimous decision victory over Juan De Angel in August. The 24-year-old from Nashville recently began training in Las Vegas and sparred with top super middleweight contender George Groves ahead of this fight. He will be opposed by Ghana's Awimbono who now fights out of Brooklyn and will be fighting in the U.S. for the third time as a pro.

Undefeated out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Lara made a statement in his last fight with a first round knockout of former multiple division world champion Fernando Montiel. The 26-year-old has ended eight of his last 10 opponents early including experienced contenders Jovanny Soto, Jairo Hernandez and Oscar Ibarra. He takes on 24-year-old Jhon Gemino out of LIpa City, Phillippines, who most recently scored a first round knockout of previously unbeaten Toka Kahn Clary.

Additional undercard action will see an exciting 10-round middleweight showdown between unbeaten Alantez Fox (21-0-1, 10 KOs) against Birmingham-native Kenneth McNeil (10-2, 7 KOs) plus unbeaten heavyweight Junior Fa (9-0, 6 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Rounding out the night of fights is unbeaten Thomas Knox (1-0, 1 KO) in a four-round middleweight attraction, undefeated heavyweight Robert Alfonso (10-0, 3 KOs) facing Alabama's Keith Thompson (8-4, 6 KOs) in a six-round fight and unbeaten Deon Nicholson (1-0) in a four-round cruiserweight bout against Josh Rasberry.

Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The fight is available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, the show will be simulcast on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

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Cancun Boxing!

Returns 11PM ET On CBS Sports Network

The first installment of the 2017 "Cancun Boxing" series, presented by Pepe Gomez' Cancun Boxing in association with Neon Star Sports & Entertainment, will air tonight (Friday night, Feb. 10) in North America, starting at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT, on CBS Sports Network.

The event took place Feb. 4 at Grand Oasis Cancun the Hotel Complex, Cancun`s ONLY Ultimate All-Inclusive Entertainment Resort, which hosts all series events.

The main event and co-feature showcased a pair of world-class Mexican fighters, former minimumweight world champion Francisco "Chihuas" Rodriguez (2-0-4-1, 13 KOs) and No.1 world rated lightweight Dante "Crazy" Jardon (30-5, 23 KOs), in critical matches that had immediate world title fight implications.

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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Culcay & Andrade!

Exchange Words Prior To World title Showdown
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Former amateur foes ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) and Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) will meet for the WBA World Super Welterweight Championship on March 11 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Both men are former Amateur World Champions who have gone on to claim World honours as professionals. Culcay, who claimed the WBA strap with a unanimous pints decision over Maurice Weber on May 9, 2015, will be making a third defence of his title against Andrade, a former WBO World Champion.

At a press conference yesterday in Ludwigshafen, Culcay and Andrade, who was appearing via video link, exchanged words for this first time prior to their super welterweight showdown with most of the talk surrounding their 2007 bout at the Amateur World Championships in Chicago.

‘’Last time we fought at the Amateur World Championships in Chicago the judges clearly favoured the home fighter,’’ said Culcay. ‘’They gave him point after point when in reality it was a really close fight for the first two rounds. He beat me and won the gold that year, but now it’s my time for revenge. We will be fighting on a level playing ground in Germany and I will prove I am one of the best boxers at 154 lbs.’’

“Hey Jack, remember 2007,’’ said Andrade. ‘’Back then we were just two young guys, greenhorns without much power, but I already made easy work of you. This time we’re grown men with punches that can hurt badly. You better get ready to be dominated again. Boo Boo is going to make your World title disappear!’’

‘’This is one of the most hotly anticipated fights to take place on German soil for many years,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’It is an exciting match up. Both men have reached the pinnacle in amateur boxing and have won World Championships as professionals. No doubt, their amateur history will add extra spice to the battle. March 11 is judgment day, and we will see if it is repeat or revenge?’’

Tickets for the WBA World Super Welterweight Championship clash between Jack Culcay and Demetrius Andrade are available online via www.eventim.de or by calling the ticket hotline on 01806-570044.

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Gerald Washington!

Los Angeles Media Workout Quotes

Unbeaten heavyweight Gerald "El Gallo Negro" Washington held an open workout Thursday for Los Angeles-area media as he prepares to challenge unbeaten heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes, Saturday, February 25 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Televised coverage on FOX and FOX Deportes begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and also features a pair of exciting matchups as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd meet in a 12-round world title eliminator, plus hard-hitting Dominic Breazeale battles undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh in heavyweight action.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TBG Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting AlabamaTitleFight.com.

GERALD WASHINGTON

"We've had a great training camp and I'm feeling good. We got the fight on short notice but we had been training for a while, so I'll be prepared.

"If Deontay showboats in the ring with me, I'm going to hit him in his mouth. Deontay better take me seriously. Because I am real and I'm coming."

"This fight came at the perfect time for us. We're looking forward to the opportunity to compete. We're always ready. This is our life and we love to be here.

"We have more than a puncher's chance. We do a lot of different training, drills and mental work to get ready for this fight. Every fight I've had has prepared me for this moment. My fight against Amir Mansour was the turning point of my career. I learned some good lessons and I'm looking to have a great performance.

"Deontay has his opinion on if I'm ready, but everyone has certain tests in life they have to pass. I'm ready to test myself against the best.

"'I've worked hard from day one in the sport to get to where I am. I've had to learn my lessons and take my time to get to a point where I can be in a fight like this. I'm grateful for the process I've had to get here.

"My dream would be to fill-up the L.A. Coliseum. I'd love to fight as a heavyweight world champion there. That building has a lot of history. I want to bring my world title belt back to USC and put it there with all of those Heisman trophies. This will make my legacy there.

"I have so much to fight for and to push me and drive me towards my goal. If I focus on those things, it'll give me everything I need to keep pushing forward.

"I'm not worried about Deontay's knockouts. I'm going to take care of my business. I know what my job is and what my goal is. I'm putting my head down and getting to work."

JOHN PULLMAN, Washington's Trainer

"This is an exciting opportunity. Everything had to play out perfectly for us to get this shot. You can't argue with destiny. We didn't expect it to happen like this, but our team culture is to always stay ready, so you don't have to get ready.

"The major separation between Deontay Wilder and Gerald is that Gerald is the smarter fighter. He knows how to adapt and it's going to make a big difference in this fight.

"Gerald is going to win this fight. How he wins, I don't like to say and put any unnecessary pressure on us. But all I can say is, he's going to win."

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ALANTEZ FOX V KENNETH MCNEIL!

WBC USNBC MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

On the undercard of the Wilder-Washington world heavyweight championship, unbeaten middleweight contender Alantez Fox (21-0-1, 10 KOs) will meet Birmingham-native Kenneth McNeil (10-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC-USNBC title.

Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will defend his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces challenger Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes, on Saturday, February 25, from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will feature the only American heavyweight world champion headlining his third primetime show on network television, after Wilder most recently stopped Chris Arreola following eight rounds of action on FOX in July. The champion suffered hand and biceps injuries during the fight, but returns on February 25 fully healthy.

From Forestville, MD, middleweight Alantez Fox is trained by his father Troy out of Lloyd Irvin MMA/Boxing Gym. Following a 165-35 amateur career, highlighted by his gold-medal performances at the Ringside National and Under-19 tournaments, the 6'5" Fox turned pro in 2010. The only blemish on his record is a draw to then 7-0 prospect Frank Galarza in September 2012, in a war with the New York State title at stake. He has won 14 bouts since, including victories over 7-2 Julius Kennedy, 5-1 Zain Shah and former top-rated contender Eric Mitchell. In January 2015, Fox made his debut on SHOWTIME's "SHOBOX: The New Generation" series defeating 9-0 prospect Patrick Day via decision. Securing three victories in 2016, Fox knocked out 17-3 former Colombian champion Ronald Montes on national television, in his last bout on September 30.

Before turning pro in September 2012, Birmingham's Kenneth McNeil was a four-time Title National champion and a six-time Alabama Golden Gloves champion as an amateur. Showing promise early on, McNeil defeated spoiler Lekan Byfield in his second pro bout. His only losses have come to the very tough Samuel Clarkson via split decision and to Ukrainian Olympian Ievgen Khytrov by decision in a competitive fight for the NABF middleweight title. McNeil bounced back from the Khytrov loss to score a second-round knockout over 6-1 Robert Burwell in his last bout on July 16, underneath Deontay Wilder's world title defense against Chris Arreola in Birmingham.

"Alantez Fox is a tremendous prospect and, with his size and style, is a danger to any of the top middleweights," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "On February 25, Fox will be going into his opponent's hometown of Birmingham, where Kenneth McNeil will have a lot of local support in the crowd. This is the biggest opportunity of McNeil's career, so I know he will be ready for the challenge and I expect a great fight."

Tickets for the live Wilder-Washington event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting www.AlabamaTitleFight.com.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a pair of exciting matchups as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd meet in a 12-round world title eliminator, plus hard-hitting Dominic Breazeale battles undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh in heavyweight action.

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Andrzej Fonfara V Chad Dawson!

March 4 At Barclays Center In Brooklyn

Exciting Polish contender Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) will meet former world champion Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight attraction as part of an exciting night of non-televised undercard bouts on Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

The March 4 event is headlined by the highly anticipated welterweight world title unification showdown between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Broadcast coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with undefeated rising star Erickson Lubin battling once-beaten knockout artist Jorge Cota in a super welterweight title eliminator bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

"Fonfara vs. Dawson is the definition of a crossroads fight," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Former world champion Chad Dawson needs a signature win to reignite his career. Fonfara is coming off a shocking knockout loss. Fonfara should have the support of New York's strong Polish community on March 4 at the Barclays Center. This is a significant light heavyweight fight and a terrific addition to a strong undercard."

A popular Polish-fighter who has fought out of Chicago for most of his career, Fonfara will make his New York debut in front of the many Polish fans in Brooklyn. Now training in Oakland with Virgil Hunter, Fonfara will look to bounce back from a defeat to Joe Smith Jr. and work his way towards a second world title opportunity, after he dropped Adonis Stevenson in a decision loss for his world title in 2014. The 29-year-old has impressive recent victories including becoming the first fighter to stop Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., when he blasted out the former champion in nine rounds in 2015, and a follow-up victory over current light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly that was a 2015 Fight of the Year candidate and saw the fighters break Compubox records in the division for number of punches landed (936) and thrown (2524) in a fight.

A former world champion at light heavyweight, Dawson returns to the ring looking to earn another world title shot. The 33-year-old owns victories over former world champions Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver and Tomasz Adamek and is coming off of victories over Shujaa El Amin last year. The New Haven, Connecticut-native has fought professionally since 2001 and was unbeaten in his first 21 pro fights on his way to becoming a two-time world champion. His victory over Hopkins in 2012 made him a three-time champion and he will now work his way towards a chance to become a four-time world champion.

The two-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS broadcast will be just the second primetime boxing presentation on the CBS Television Network in nearly 40 years. It is presented by Premier Boxing Champions and produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for CBS Television, both divisions of the CBS Corporation.

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Jose Alfredo Rodriguez!

Not Letting Shoulder Injury Derail His Goal Of Winning 2nd World Title
Jose Alfredo Rodriguez

Former interim WBA Light Flyweight Champion Jose Alfredo "Torito" Rodriguez says he's disappointed that a dislocated shoulder ended his recent world title challenge, but promises to be back as soon as his rehab is complete.

On January 29 at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort in Macao, China, Rodriguez (32-5, 19 KOs) challenged IBF World Super Flyweight Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas of the Philippines. 27-year-old Rodriguez injured his right shoulder in round two, but fought on courageously for five more rounds before the referee stopped the fight, per doctor's orders before round eight.

It was a disappointing result for Rodriguez, whose goal was to win his second world title for the people of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, where he lives.

"I worked so hard for this opportunity," said a dissatisfied Rodriguez. "I had all the confidence and training I needed. But then his head collided with my shoulder accidentally in round two and I felt a pop. I knew at that moment my fight was over. After that I was fighting a skilled champion using only one arm."

Rodriguez says he's already hard at work on healing and re-strengthening the injured arm, with a goal of returning for another shot at a belt.

"I will not let this bad luck stop me from my goal to win another world championship. If anything, this only makes me want it more. I will be back to fight whoever I have to, to get back to a world title fight and this time, god willing, win."

Rodriguez's manager, José A. Acevedo of Free Agent Boxing Management, says he's proud of his fighter, no matter the outcome of his last fight.

"Jose fought for 15 minutes against one of the division's best fighters with a dislocated shoulder. The pain he must have fought through is unimaginable. I admire his dedication and courage. He is a true warrior. He will be back. Thank you to the IBF and the people of China and to the team of Jerwin Ancajas for the opportunity they gave us."

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Ceylan & Lowe!

Renew Hostilities At Bad Tempered Press Conference
Ceylan & Lowe

Dennis Ceylan (18-0-1, 8 KOs) and Isaac Lowe (13-0-1, 5 KOs) continued their war of words at a press conference today ahead of their European Featherweight title fight on March 18 at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark.

Promoter Nisse Sauerland had appealed for calm following an altercation at a promo shoot yesterday in Copenhagen. However, it did not take long for the fighters to renew hostilities, and an ill-tempered press conference had to be cut short to avoid further confrontation.

‘’I’m not here for a holiday. I’m not coming to play around. I’m coming here to get that European belt and to bring it back to the UK where it belongs,’’ said Lowe.

‘’Dennis has never been in the ring with anyone like me. He’s not going to be able to bully me around the ring like he did Ryan Walsh, and if he tries it, he’s getting knocked spark out. I’m coming over here to beat him in his own backyard and punch his face clean in, simple as that. If he thinks he’s going to have a nice homecoming fight against me, he’s in for a big shock!’’

‘’This guy is a clown,’’ said Ceylan. ‘’He talks way too much, and on March 18, I look forward to shutting him up in front of all my fans here in Aarhus. The belt is mine and it is going to stay here with me in Denmark.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’It’s great to be back here in Aarhus. This is going to be a very special moment for Dennis. He won the title in a very tough fight against Ryan Walsh and now he’s coming home to defend it against another tough opponent in Isaac Lowe. This fight has all the ingredients to make a great spectacle and I think the fans will be in for a memorable night.’’

Tickets for the European Featherweight Championship contest are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling (+45) 70 263 267.

All the action will be shown live and exclusive in Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit www.viaplay.dk/fighting

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Deontay Wilder!

New York Media Quotes
Deontay Wilder

Unbeaten heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder discussed his upcoming world title defense and more on Wednesday in New York ahead of his showdown with unbeaten Gerald "El Gallo Negro" Washington Saturday, February 25 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Televised coverage on FOX and FOX Deportes begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and also features a pair of exciting matchups as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd meet in a 12-round world title eliminator, plus hard-hitting Dominic Breazeale battles undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh in heavyweight action.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TBG Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting AlabamaTitleFight.com.

DEONTAY WILDER

"There are a lot of heavyweights who say they want me, but at the end of the day, do they really want this? Everybody knows that Deontay Wilder comes with power.

"I fight for the people, that's what I'm all about. I like to give the fans a great fight at a reasonable price. Each fight I'm in I'm always exciting and well-prepared. I come to give people what they want to see when they see a heavyweight, and that's a knockout.

"Gerald Washington is a big guy I've seen fight a few times. I don't think he's ready to fight me, but he thinks he is. We'll find out on February 25. I chose him because he's always been respectful while always wanting the opportunity. He's going to come ready to fight.

"My preparation stays the same, even with the opponent change. I've been in situations where I've had to change a lot after an opponent dropped out, but Gerald being as good as he is and similar to Wawrzyk makes it easier. They have different styles but we'll work on how to break him down.

"When I knocked out Artur Szpilka, I thought he was dead for a few seconds. That's just from natural, Alabama country power.

"I'm still training while I'm here in New York. I have Mark Breland here with me helping me get a lot of good work in. I'm staying focused. When February 25 comes, I'll be ready.

"I definitely feel 100 percent, but we'll see what it's going to feel like in the ring when I apply this force to a human skull. When I'm in the gym doing work, I feel great.

"I never really let my hand properly heal until this injury, because the bicep takes longer to heal than the hand. The time gave me an opportunity to really improve my left hand. I feel more polished now than I've ever been.

"You have to have patience in this sport. The big fights that people want to see will be coming. I'm not scared of anyone and I won't run for anyone. My team is on the same page and we're going to keep working together and moving forward.

"It's all about adjusting. Each and every time I go through something inside or outside of the ring, it just makes me better and better.

"Chris Arreola's style was perfect for mine. Even with the injuries that I was suffering, I could still get the job done. I also had to fight through the injuries with Stiverne, because I hurt my hand in the third round of that fight. Being able to have these experiences has made my confidence even higher."

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Lucian Bute V Eleider Alvarez!

To Air Live Worldwide On PPV
Lucian Bute V Eleider Alvarez

Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gestev have jointly announced that the February 24th BUTE VS. ALVAREZ mega-showdown, as Lucian Bute challenges World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver light heavyweight champion Eleider "Storm" Alvarez in the 12-round main event, will air live worldwide on pay per view from Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada.

In addition to Alvarez defending his WBC Silver title against former International Federation Boxing (IBF) super middleweight champion Bute, their fight will also be the final WBC eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for the winner's GYM stablemate, reigning WBC and lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (28-1-0, 23 KOs).

Integrated Sports Media will distribute "BUTE VS. ALVAREZ" live in the United States, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, on cable, satellite and internet pay-per-view via iN Demand, Vubiquity, DIRECTV, DISH and the FITE app for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

In Canada, "BUTE VS. ALVAREZ" will be available to watch, in English or French, on Canal Indigo, Shaw TV and Bell TV; English-only on Rodgers PPV, as well as in many of the top Canadian sports bars. "BUTE VS. ALVAREZ" will also air around the world on an international satellite feed.

"We are very happy to provide the opportunity for the fans in the United States and around the world to watch this great fight live from the beautiful Videotron Center in Quebec City," GYM president Yvon Michel said. "This is an extremely significant fight in the highly talented light heavyweight division. The bout will also determine the next opponent for WBC champion Adonis Stevenson in a clash that will be one of the most important and the biggest fights in Canadian boxing history."

Romania-born Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs), who is a Canadian citizen living in Laval (Canada), held the IBF 168-pound division title for nearly five years (Oct. 19, 2007-May 26, 2012), when the wildly popular southpaw ranked among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Bute has a sterling 10-2-1 (8 KOs) record in world title fights and he has defeated six world champions: Dingaan Thobela, Sakio Bika, Alejandro Berrio, William Joppy, Brian Magee and Glen Johnson.

The WBC No. 7-ranked Bute will celebrate his 37th birthday four days after his fight with Alvarez. All three of his pro career losses have been to world champions: Jean Pascal, Carl Froch and James DeGale.

The 32-year-old Alvarez (21-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Montreal, is a native of Colombia, where he was a decorated amateur, capturing a gold medalist at the prestigious 2007 Pan-American Games, in addition to being a 2008 Olympian in Beijing, China.

"Storm" moved to Montreal and turned pro in 2009. He went on to become North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and North American Boxing Association (NABA) light heavyweight champion. In 2014, he stopped previously undefeated Ryno Liebenberg (16-0) in the seventh round of their fight in Monte Carlo to capture the WBC Silver 175-pound division championship, which he has successfully defended twice, both by 12-round decision, against Isidro Ranoni Prieto (24-0-3) and former world title challenger Isaac Chilemba.

Now ranked No. 1 by the WBC and No. 4 by The Ring magazine, Alvarez' most recent fight was last month, in which he won a 10-round unanimous decision over Norbert Dabrowski (19-5-1) in Montreal.

Additional PPV fights will soon be announced by GYM.

Tickets for "BUTE VS. ALVAREZ" are on sale and available to purchase by going on line to www.Videotron.centrequebeccity.cpm/tickets, www.evenko.ca and www.Ticketmaster.ca

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Robert Easter V Luis Cruz!

Final Press Conference Quotes
Robert Easter V Luis Cruz

Undefeated lightweight world champion Robert Easter and Puerto Rican contender Luis Cruz hosted a final press conference before Easter makes his first world title defense as he headlines Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce at the Huntington Center in Easter's hometown of Toledo, Ohio.

Televised coverage on Bounce begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features bantamweight world champion and three-time U.S. Olympian Rau'shee Warren battling once-beaten contender Zhanat Zhakiyanov.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions in association with TGB Promotions, are priced at $30, $50, $75, $100 and $200, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

ROBERT EASTER

"As everyone knows, I don't like doing too much talking. I like to do my talking in the ring with these hands. February 10 is going to be an exciting night with a tremendous undercard filled with local talent.

"These guys up here and on this card are people I've grown up with. It means a lot for me to share the stage with them. I'm excited for them.

"I'm so grateful for all of the support I've received from fans here in Toledo. You keep me going forward and you keep me motivated.

"My dad and I have come a long way. It's been a long road and we're finally here, on top. I couldn't have done this without him.

"Toledo has been showing up like crazy for my last two fights so it's got me feeling very comfortable and confident.

"I have a very tough fighter in front of me. Cruz is going to come to fight and put on a show, but I'm prepared to deliver a knockout.

"I can't wait to get into the ring for this fight. This is something I've been waiting on for years. I'm a world champion just like I knew I always would be.

"Having Adrien Broner here means a lot. He is a big brother to me. He showed me the ropes and he's somebody I always looked up to.

"Being able to bring this title back home to Toledo is really exciting. I hope you all are as excited as I am, because on February 10 you're going to see fireworks. It's going to be short."

LUIS CRUZ

"I'm very thankful to everyone who helped me earn this opportunity. I've been training really hard and I'm planning on taking full advantage of this.

"I hope that all the people who come out on Friday are ready to see a great fight. I'm going to leave it all in the ring.

"I know that everything is up against me going to his hometown, but it is my dream to fight for a world title and I will give it everything I have."

RAU'SHEE WARREN

"This is a very important fight for me. I'm a world champion but I have a lot more work to do. I'm looking to grab more titles.

"My first obstacle is taking care of this mandatory. After I get him out of the way I'll be ready put my titles up against other champions.

"I have to be sharp in this fight. I have to stick with my game plan because this guy is coming to take my title.

"My opponent is a pressure fighter. He's trying to come forward. With the abilities that I have, I'm going to try to make it look easy."

ADRIEN BRONER, Former-Four Division World Champion

"I have on my promoter hat today for my first major card and I'm really excited about it. Being able to promote a card like this with two world championship fights is amazing, especially because of the fighters on this card.

"These fighters are guys that I've been in the gym sacrificing with. These guys came from water and cornflakes just like I did. It's going to be a real surreal moment seeing them up in that ring.

"I could tell stories about me, Robert and Rau'shee all day. Now we're all on the same stage as champions, representing this sport. I'm excited to give the fans of Toledo a great show."

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Ceylan & Lowe!

Pulled Apart After Heated Exchange During Promo Shoot

Dennis Ceylan (18-0-1, 8 KOs) and Isaac Lowe (13-0-1, 5 KOs) had to be pulled apart following a heated exchange during the filming of a promo video for their upcoming European Featherweight title fight on March 18 at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus.

Tensions were high throughout the day but reached boiling point late this afternoon when the fighters were instructed to stand face to face on a rotating platform.

The pair started to trade insults after Lowe, the cousin of controversial former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, began to goad the Danish fighter. The confrontation then turned physical with Lowe pushing Ceylan from the platform.

‘’I’m not like Ryan Walsh (Ceylan’s previous opponent),’’ Lowe taunted. ‘’I’m going to take you to places you’ve never been before. You’re dreaming if you think you can beat me. I’m going to make you go to sleep.’’

Unimpressed by his opponent’s antics, after the filming, Ceylan said: ‘’He’s a coward. He can talk all he wants but on fight night, I will show him what it means to be European Champion. I’m not scared of him. The belt is staying with me!’’

The fighters are scheduled to come face-to-face again tomorrow at press conference in Aarhus leading promoter Nisse Sauerland to appeal for calm.

‘’Trash talking and bravado is all a part of the game but let’s save the fighting for the ring,’’ he says. ‘’I will be having a word with both boxers before tomorrow’s press conference and I expect them to behave like professionals.’’

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Erickson Lubin V Jorge Cota!

WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator
PBC

Undefeated rising star Erickson "Hammer" Lubin will take on once-beaten knockout artist Jorge Cota in the co-feature bout of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, live on CBS from 9-11 p.m. ET/6-8 p.m. PT.

The broadcast, which will be just the second primetime boxing presentation on the CBS Television Network in nearly 40 years, is headlined by the highly anticipated welterweight world title unification between unbeaten stars Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. The broadcast is presented by Premier Boxing Champions and produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for CBS Television, both divisions of the CBS Corporation.

Lubin and Cota will open the broadcast with an elimination bout for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship held by undefeated champion Jermell Charlo, who is due a mandatory bout against No. 1 contender Charles Hatley. The highly regarded Lubin (17-0, 12 KOs) will face his toughest opponent to date in Cota (25-1, 22 KOs) as both men vie for their first world title shot.

"I'm very excited that I have the opportunity to showcase my skills on CBS, especially on one of the most anticipated fight cards in boxing," said Lubin. "I'm facing a tough, rugged fighter in Jorge Cota, who I know is coming to fight. He's got a lot of heart and fans are going to witness a great battle between two warriors who are going to leave everything in the ring. This will be my New York debut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and I can't wait to give the fans a great performance."

"I've been waiting for this opportunity for over a year and I am looking forward to becoming the mandatory for the championship on March 4," said Cota. "Lubin has never faced a crafty fighter like me. Lubin has some experience, but I will be his first real challenge. Don't be surprised if I knock him out."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. The Lubin vs. Cota fight is co-promoted with Sampson Boxing.

"Erickson Lubin is one of the hottest prospects in boxing; many consider him to be the top young prospect in the game," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "On March 4, he will be tested in front of a national television audience against Jorge Cota in a title elimination bout. If 'Hammer' is successful in this tough test, he'll graduate from prospect to serious championship contender."

Since bursting onto the scene in 2013 at just 18-years-old, Lubin has impressed with his exciting style, power and ability to finish opponents with both hands. The 21-year-old fights out of Orlando and concluded a big 2016 by being named ESPN's "Prospect of the Year." Lubin has won nine times in the last two years against increasingly experienced opposition and most recently knocked out then once-beaten Juan Ubaldo Cabrera in the second round of their December matchup on SHOWTIME BOXING on FACEBOOK LIVE.

The 29-year-old Cota scored two knockdowns and won an entertaining 10-round battle with Cuban Olympic silver medalist Yudel Jhonson in his U.S. debut in 2015. Fighting out of Sinaloa, Mexico, Cota enters this bout having won nine bouts in a row, including six that ended inside of the distance. Sporting an 85 percent knockout rate, Cota scored knockout victories in his first 16 pro fights.

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Carlos Carlson!

Checks In At 128.7 lbs At 30 Day WBC Weigh In
Carlos Carlson

World ranked bantamweight Carlos Carlson (22-1, 13 KOs) weighed in at 128.7 lbs. (58.5 kg) last Friday during his 30-day weigh in in Tijuana, Mexico.

The Mexican native challenges WBC champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KOs) of Japan on March 2 from Ryogoku Sumo Arena in Tokyo.

The 12-round championship fight is promoted by Teiken Promotions, in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions.

Carlson faces an unbeaten southpaw with 11 straight successful title defenses. With Yamanaka holding a clear edge in primetime matches, Carlson, for his part, is training feverishly to dethrone one of boxing's longest tenured world champions.

"This is my moment, this is my time," Carlson, 26, said. "I've been doing everything that I need to do in training camp. My weight is right on schedule. I'm ready to travel to Japan and make history."

In addition to fighting a far more experience foe, Carlson also tangles with the fact that Yamanaka will have the home court advantage. In fact, all of Yamanaka's professional fights have occurred in Japan.

"Thompson Boxing fighters have traveled to hostile environments before and have succeeded," said Carlson, referring to Tim Bradley and Jhonatan Romero's first world championship wins coming outside of their native countries. "I know I can be the next one."

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Terrell Gausha V Luis Hernandez!

Plus Jamel Herring V Art Hovhannisyan
PBC

Unbeaten contender and Cleveland-native Terrell Gausha will face Puerto Rico's Luis Hernandez while lightweight contender Jamel Herring enters the ring against Armenia's Art Hovhannisyan in undercard action on Friday, February 10 from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

The event is headlined by unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter returning to his hometown for his first world title defense as he takes on Puerto Rico's Luis Cruz in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce.

Televised coverage on Bounce begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features bantamweight world champion and three-time U.S. Olympian Rau'shee Warren battling once-beaten contender Zhanat Zhakiyanov.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions in association with TGB Promotions, are priced at $30, $50, $75, $100 and $200, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Gausha (19-0, 9 KOs) and Hernandez (15-3, 8 KOs) will compete in a 10-round middleweight bout while Herring (15-1, 8 KOs) meets Hovhannisyan (17-3, 9 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight fight.

Additional action features a pair of unbeaten prospects as Raynell Williams (11-0, 5 KOs) battles Justin Savi (29-9, 19 KOs) in a six-round junior lightweight bout while Tyler McCreary (12-0, 6 KOs) takes on Jonathan Perez (36-16, 28 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight attraction.

Rounding out the night of action is heavyweight Devin Vargas (18-4, 7 KOs) in a six-round bout against Tim Washington (6-4, 6 KOs), unbeaten lightweight Albert Bell (6-0, 2 KOs) against James Lester (11-11, 4 KOs) in a six-round bout and Adrian Wilson (3-1, 2 KOs) against unbeaten Rashad Scott (3-0, 1 KOs) in four-rounds of welterweight action.

The 29-year-old Gausha is undefeated since turning pro in 2012 after his exceptional amateur career that saw him win a U.S. National Amateur championship in addition to his Olympic experience. Gausha has picked up six victories in the last two years against increasingly experienced competition including triumphs over Orlando Lora and Steven Martinez in 2016. He looks to continue his march towards a world title when he takes on the Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico-native Hernandez who won five times in 2016.

Another amateur standout who won an Amateur National Championship the same year as his Olympic run, Herring fights out of Cincinnati and is originally from Coram, New York. The 31-year-old won his first 15 pro fights including triumphs over Luis Eduardo Florez, Yakubu Amidu and Hector Velasquez. A former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Herring will face the experienced contender Hovhannisyan who is originally from Armenia but trains now out of Glendale, California.

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Giovani Santillan!

Makes His First Start Of The Year
Giovani Santillan

Giovani Santillan (20-0, 11 KOs), a promising young southpaw in the junior welterweight division, makes his first start of the year this Friday against Mexico's Omar Tienda (18-3, 11 KOs).

The 8-round main event, which takes place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif., matches Santillan against a fellow prospect eager to make his mark on the undefeated San Diego native.

"I plan to go in right away and make it known to him that I'm the one that is going to control this fight," said Santillan, who turned 25 in December. "I'll test him early with different things and see what he's able to do. I'll work the angles and study him and at the same time take control of the ring and the pace of the fight."

At this point in his career, Santillan understands the importance of getting off to fast starts and not letting opponents find their comfort zone. Tienda, in particular, likes to apply pressure with an attacking style that relies on power punches.

"I'm expecting a tough fight from him. He likes to come forward," Santillan said. "He's kind of an awkward fighter. He moves his waist a lot and throws a lot of wide punches."

"Giovani realizes what he needs to do this Friday night," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "He's among the hardest workers we've seen and we have no doubt he'll be determined to get another win."

Santillan is a versatile threat, known to work off the jab, but also inflict damage while working inside the pocket. He's sparred against some of the game's very best like Tim Bradley and Floyd Mayweather, among others.

"We have a game plan, but that can change from round to round," Santillan continued. "I know I want to use my range a lot more and dictate where he moves with my footwork. Whatever way the fight plays out, I know I'll keep my focus. I never lose focus on what we're trying to do."

In the 8-round co-feature, Erick Ituarte (15-1-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif., winner of eight straight, meets Naciff Castillo (17-9-2, 5 KOs) of Mexico.

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

Follow Giovani Santillan on social media: Twitter: @GiovaniSanti1, Instagram: giovan1santillan, & Facebook.

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

"Path to Glory" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

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Ivan Baranchyk!

An Unlikely Journey From Belarus To Miami, Oklahoma

When junior welterweight powerhouse Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk first entered a boxing gym at age 12 in his native Belarus, he quickly learned why boxing is known as the loneliest sport.

“The man who ran the gym I went to was supposed to be the trainer but he had a drinking problem,” Baranchyk recalled. “Instead of teaching us the sport of boxing, he just opened the gym door each day and left us without steady guidance.”

Baranchyk learned much of the sweet science on his own and didn’t have a stable trainer throughout his amateur career. Amazingly, he won the 2009 World Junior Championships and defeated future two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba in the process. After continuing to excel as an amateur, the word quickly got out about the Belarusian buzzsaw.

He had offers from promoters across the globe to turn pro and elected to sign with Fight Promotions Inc. Baranchyk relocated to Brooklyn, NY after turning pro in June 2014. Nine victories later, he was matched with fellow unbeaten Nicholas Givhan of Michigan on ShoBox: The New Generation at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. A transplanted New Yorker who fought most of his professional bouts at that point in the Big Apple, Baranchyk never heard of Oklahoma and wasn’t sure what the environment would be like.

On paper, the bout was viewed as a tossup and Givhan had more professional experience. Both fighters weren’t known to locals but it took less than half a minute to change that. Just 21 seconds after the opening bell, Baranchyk flattened Givhan with a vicious left hook that was one of 2016’s best knockouts. The standing room only crowd at the Buffalo Run was amazed and wanted to see him fight there again.

Three months later, Baranchyk granted their wish when he made his second straight ShoBox appearance, taking apart previously undefeated Eliseo Cruz Sesma inside of three rounds. The all-action Baranchyk had the crowd on their feet throughout the contest chanting “Beast, Beast, Beast” until the stoppage.

Shortly thereafter, Baranchyk signed with Tony Holden Productions, who promotes Baranchyk alongside DiBella Entertainment and the aforementioned Fight Promotions Inc. He’s since won two more bouts at the Buffalo Run, raising his professional record to 13-0 with 10 knockouts while capturing the USBA and WBC USNBC titles in the process.

“I feel very comfortable with the fans out there,” said Baranchyk. “I felt the energy at the Buffalo Run instantly and I’m grateful that the fans have been so supportive of me.”

Holden has been promoting fights for more than two decades and had many crowd attractions, most notably former champions Tommy Morrison and Johnny Tapia. He thought he’d seen it all. This was until a fighter with a background far different from the majority of his fans became an adopted son in the 14,000 person city of Miami, OK.

“He’s truly special to the fans at the Buffalo Run Casino and residents of Miami to the point where they’ve adopted him as if he were a lifelong local,” Holden said of Baranchyk, who is a member of Holden Productions’ Four State Franchise. “His style is entertaining and all boxing fans like action fighters. It's amazing because when Ivan first fought here in March 2016 he was virtually unknown and now he’s a house fighter.”

Baranchyk will have a tough task when he faces Arizona’s Abel Ramos at the Buffalo Run Friday February, 10 in the ten round main event of a ShoBox tripleheader. Ramos, 17-1-2 (12 KO’s), has multiple wins over unbeaten fighters including a fifth round stoppage of 13-0 Dario Ferman last May. He’s faced quality opposition and is expected to be Baranchyk’s biggest test to date.

To ensure he’s at his best, the IBF #7 ranked Baranchyk trained in Los Angeles at Wildcard Boxing Club alongside new trainer Edward Kravtsov. With a solid training camp in the books, Baranchyk is prepared to deliver a solid performance Friday evening.

“This was a great camp and Wildcard is an awesome environment. It was something I needed to prepare for a good tough opponent in Abel Ramos. I’m fully prepared to entertain my fans at the Buffalo Run Casino. If everything goes as planned and I emerge victorious, I trust my team to get me to the next level."

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ERIC WALKER!

Signs With Dibella

DiBella Entertainment has inked an exclusive promotional agreement with undefeated talent Eric "Babyface Assassin" Walker (14-0, 7 KOs). The junior middleweight sensation will make his DiBella Entertainment debut on "Broadway Boxing", February 11, at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Walker had an unconventional amateur boxing career, going 61-1 over 13 years in Dixon Correctional Institution near his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Entering the prison system at only 15 years old, with no boxing experience, Walker quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the captain of the institution's boxing team. Fighting alongside professional boxers Brad Solomon and Demond Brock, among others, Walker was a titleholder every year, gaining respect from the prison warden, staff and fellow inmates for his leadership of the team and dedication to his craft. Upon his release in June 2013, he began a five-fight amateur run with USA boxing, but quickly realized that he was ready for the professional ranks.

Walker made his professional debut in December 2013, besting Phillip Lars in a swift first-round knockout win, and amassed a record of 11-0 before getting the call to face Mayweather Promotions prospect Chris Pearson in Las Vegas. In December 2015, Walker entered the ring an underdog against Pearson and exited the ring undefeated after eight rounds, handing Pearson his first loss, catching the attention of fight fans and media. It was an exciting time for Walker, who had become the father of twin boys just two weeks prior.

In his next bout, Walker won the WBC Continental Americas junior middleweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Mexico's Josue Ovando. It was a win that would be a catalyst for the fighter's chance meeting with Lou DiBella at the WBC Convention in Miami last December. DiBella, who had teamed up with Mississippi-based Rite Hook Promotions for a planned February 11 card in Biloxi, was excited to learn that Walker, a local attraction across the South, was free from promotional ties. The two, along with Walker's manager, Al Ausbon, reached a deal, and DiBella Entertainment's newest signee set about preparing for the February card.

"Eric Walker is the best fighter you've never heard of," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "That's going to change. We're planning to keep him very busy and fast-track him to a title shot, and he's going to win."

For his part, Walker was thrilled to team up with a promoter of DiBella's caliber. "I would like to thank God, because without Him, none of this would be possible," said Walker. "I also want to thank my family, friends and fans, along with my manager Al Ausbon and DiBella Entertainment for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to show the world what I can do, and further my career under such a tremendous promotional team. There are many great things that I will bring to DiBella Entertainment, including my work ethic, my willingness to compete against anyone in boxing, and my unique fighting style. I look forward to our journey together."

"I'm thankful that God has put us together with DiBella Entertainment," said Walker's long-time friend and manager Al Ausbon. "Eric Walker has great talents and, with Lou DiBella, those gifts will be showcased worldwide. I know that the future is bright for Team Walker."

Tickets for the February 11 "Broadway Boxing" event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rite Hook Promotions in association with Hard Rock Casino, are priced at $75, $60, $50, $40 and standing room only for $20. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com (by clicking HERE) or by calling 800-745-3000. The "Broadway Boxing" series is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. Doors open at 5:00pm CT, with the first fight scheduled for 6:00pm CT.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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CLARESSA SHIELDS!

TO MAKE PROFESSIONAL TELEVISION DEBUT ON SHOBOX
CLARESSA SHIELDS

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields will make her professional television debut on ShoBox: The New Generation, a series that has sparked the careers of 67 future world champions, on Friday, March 10, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from MGM Grand Detroit Event Center in Detroit, Michigan.

Shields (1-0) is facing Hungary's Szilvia "Sunset" Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs), a former world title challenger, in the first women's boxing match to headline on premium television. The fight will take place down the road from Shield's hometown of Flint, Mich.

Shields is the most accomplished amateur boxer in U.S. history - male or female - and the only American boxer to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games.

"It is a dream come true to be the first woman to headline a boxing card on premium television," said Shields. "March 10 will be a historic night for boxing and all of the women who give so much to advance our sport. I am proud to be fighting for the NABF title in my second pro bout. I want to thank SHOWTIME, MGM Grand Detroit and Salita Promotions for this opportunity, and I will do everything to give my home state fans and the viewers a night to remember."

Szabados said, "Fighters always say their next fight is the most important one of their career, but you get an opportunity like this, and it really is. This is an unbelievable dream. I am very happy to be receiving this opportunity. I know this fight is important for Claressa also, and I don't really know what will happen in the ring. We both want to win. Claressa has more amateur experience, but I have more experience as a professional. It's going to be an exciting night."

Tickets for the event promoted by Salita Promotions go on sale Friday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. est and are priced at $250, $150, $100 and $50. They will be available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Promoter Dmitriy Salita said, "I am honored to be putting on this event at the fantastic MGM Grand Detroit, featuring American hero Claressa Shields on ShoBox: The New Generation. Detroit is America's greatest comeback city and I am thrilled that she has chosen MGM Grand Detroit as the site to fight for her first professional title on March 10. Although it is just her second professional fight, Claressa has chosen a former world title challenger for her opponent, a tough Hungarian named Szilvia Szabados, a woman who knows what's at stake if she can win that night. We've got a terrific card from top to bottom in support of this fantastic main event as well, featuring some of Detroit's brightest up-and-coming prospects, as well as some national and international flavor. Detroit deserves to have world-class events such as this and I'm very proud to be able to bring it here."

Shields won her first Olympic Gold when she was 17 years old in the inaugural women's boxing competition at the London Games in 2012. She defended her title at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, becoming the only American boxer to defend amateur sports' premier championship.

The 21-year-old Shields cruised to a 77-1 amateur record before turning professional last November, winning her first bout via unanimous decision on a non-televised undercard in Las Vegas. She now returns home as a headliner to take on the veteran Szabados in a six-round middleweight bout.

ShoBox expert analyst Steve Farhood: "Women's boxing in America has its best chance of revival because of the emergence of Claressa Shields. Women's boxing is pretty big in certain countries, but it really hasn't been a factor in the United States since Laila Ali and, before her, Christy Martin. Being the only U.S. boxer to win two gold medals, Claressa has instant credibility and star appeal and those two things are going to lead to wide exposure.

"She has a great back story, she's an exciting fighter to watch and she's instantly likeable."

Simply put, Shields found solace in boxing to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges in her childhood. She's become a vocal advocate for many social causes, including the ongoing water crisis in her hometown of Flint, women's rights, and campaigning against sexual assault. An inspirational figure and motivational speaker, Shields represents a beacon of hope for a working-class city that struggles with violence, poverty, and everyday essentials.

In taking on a former world title challenger and fighting for the NABF middleweight championship in only her second fight, Shields continues to make immediate strides as a professional like fellow Flint native Floyd Mayweather, who won his first world title when he was 21.

Szabados challenged for a world title in July 2015 in her ninth professional fight, losing a decision to undefeated WBC Super Middleweight Champion Nikki Adler in Germany. The native of Miskolc, Hungary has faced two former world champions, Mikaela Lauren and Noni Tenge, and has won via knockout in three of her last five victories.

In her U.S. debut, Szabados lost a 10-round decision to then-undefeated prospect Alicia Napoleon on January 29, 2016, in Queens, N.Y. The 26-year-old has remained active since turning professional in 2014. She fought eight fights in 2016, and already has a win in 2017 via fifth round KO over Diana Marcz in January in Budapest, Hungary.

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Heather Hardy V Helen Joseph!

March 4 From Barclays Center

Unbeaten brawler and Brooklyn-area favorite Heather "The Heat" Hardy (18-0, 4 KOs) will return to the ring to battle former title challenger Helen Joseph (9-3-1, 8 KOs) in a super bantamweight contest that highlights undercard action on Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

The March 4 event is headlined by the highly anticipated welterweight world title unification showdown between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, with prime time televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $400, $300, $150, $100, and $50 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

A popular Brooklyn fighter who competed in Barclays Center's first-ever professional female boxing match, Hardy has become a staple at the arena ever since. On March 4, she will enter the ring at Barclays Center for the eighth time, and seventh time in her last eight fights. In Hardy's most recent bout last August 21, at Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, Hardy won a decision over previously unbeaten rival Shelly Vincent to capture the WBC International featherweight title. The entertaining slugfest was shown tape delayed on NBCSN and helped Heather increase her national profile.

By fight night, Hardy will have been out of the ring for six-and-a-half months, her longest stretch of inactivity, which was due to the new insurance regulations put in place by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), in effect since September. All boxing action in the State came to a halt until last month's Barclays Center event. Dependent on her boxing income to support her family, Hardy sought out other ways to make ends meet. On January 14, Hardy had planned to make her MMA debut for Invicta in Kansas City, MO, however her opponent suffered an injury in training and the event was cancelled. Returning her full focus to boxing, Hardy is determined to conquer another tough challenge on the way to her first world title opportunity.

"I'm grateful and excited to be back in the ring at Barclays Center next month," said Hardy. "It will be my first fight since August. I've had to hustle extra hard these past few months since the insurance issue shut down the New York boxing scene for the last quarter of 2016. I even decided to take an MM fight in January to help supplement my income and pay some bills. However, my opponent dropped out the day before I was flying to Kansas City for the event. It's been one disappointment after the next, so I am truly happy to be back at home where I belong, doing what I love."

Born in Nigeria but fighting out of Ghana, Joseph will fight in the U.S. for the second time as a pro after dropping a decision in Texas against Jennifer Han in her most recent world title opportunity. The 27-year-old had previously challenged Dahiana Santana in the Dominican Republic for a world title in 2012 and had a successful run of victories after turning pro in 2004 that lasted until 2009, when she suffered her first defeat. She most recently scored a second round stoppage of Namely Emilia in November of last year.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Anthony Yigit!

Ready To Write His Name In Swedish Boxing History
Anthony Yigit

Anthony Yigit (18-0-1, 7 KOs) says he is ready to write his name in Swedish boxing history on Saturday night when he faces Lenny Daws (30-4-2, 11 KOs) for the European Super Lightweight title at the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton, London.

The 25 year-old from Stockholm can become the first Swedish fighter to claim the European crown since heavyweight Anders Eklund in 1987, but will face tough opposition from Daws, who will be making a third attempt at the title following controversial defeats to Ruben Nieto and Michele Di Rocco.

The fight was initially scheduled to take place on December 17 but was postponed after Daws injured his back in training, and despite his initial disappointment, Yigit believes he has benefitted from the delay.

‘’Of course, I was disappointed when I found out the fight was going to be postponed,’’ said Yigit. ‘’It was just a week before, and in my mind, I was already in battle mode, so I had to wind down and get back into training mode, but now, I feel better than ever.

‘’I believe the more you train, the more you learn, and that's what I've been doing so it’s turned out well for me. It would've been nice to finish the year with the European title but beginning the New Year with it sounds even better!’’

Yigit has made good use of this additional time. The Swedish southpaw has just returned from a training camp in the French mountains where he has put through his paces by coach CJ Hussein.

‘’It’s good to get away from all the distractions back home and focus solely on boxing,’’ he says. ‘'In France we’ve had great facilities, top class sparring and I’ve been surrounded by people who are there to help me and want me to succeed.

‘’I always train as if I'm fighting for the World title, but this time I can honestly say, that I’ve had the best and hardest training camp yet, and I believe that's what's going to make the difference on Saturday night!’’

Despite fighting in his opponent’s backyard, Yigit is confident he can upset the local fighter and bring the belt home to Stockholm, where he hopes to make his first title defence later this year.

‘’Daws is an experienced fighter, but we have a game plan ready and we’re sure it’s going to give us the win,’’ he says. ‘’This is a big opportunity for me, and a chance to write my name in Swedish boxing history. To win the title and then to defend it at home in Stockholm would be a dream come true.

‘’There’s not been a European title fight in Sweden since 1966, so that would be extra special, and I would love to fight in front of my home fans at the Globen, but for now, all my focus is on beating Daws and winning the title on Saturday night.’

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Courtney Pennington!

Wins In RI

With the recent insurance and medical issues forcing NY fighter to to take travel to other states for boxing matches, Brooklyn's Courtney Pennington is quickly establishing himself as a road warrior. Pennington went into the backyard of well-regarded local favorite Khiary Gray Pitts and pounded out the unanimous decision at the Twin River Casino's Event Center in Lincoln, RI Saturday night. In doing so, Pennington captured Gray's Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and Northeast Titles.

The Star Boxing Jr. Middleweight improved to 10-3-1 5KO'S while opponent Pitts dropped to 14-2 11KO's. Pennington started out slow in bout getting a feel for his opponent and may have dropped two of the first three rounds. However, Pennington picked up the pace in the 4th round, chasing Pitts around the ring and finally was able to corner Pitts against the ropes unleashing a vicious combination which dropped the local fighter.

Pennington seized the momentum and kept the pressure on Gray utilizing a strong inside attack and seemingly knocked Gray down twice more in the 7th round but both knockdowns were called slips by the referee. Gray was on very wobbly legs as the round ended and the 8th round saw both fighters trade big shots but Pennington's blows were having a much greater effect on Gray as the bell sounded ending the hotly contested bout.

In the end, Pennington prevailed with a unanimous 78-73, 77-74, and 76-75 score earning the well-deserved unanimous decision win.

Star Boxing head Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Pennington's victory "I proud of him. For the second consecutive time he went on the road as the underdog and came away with victories, both quality wins over quality opposition".

The bout took place at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island and was co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Jimmy Burchfield's CES.

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Uaine Fa Jr!

Signs With Dibella

DiBella Entertainment (DBE) is thrilled to announce the signing of highly touted undefeated New Zealand heavyweight prospect Uaine Fa Jr., otherwise known as Junior Fa (9-0, 6 KOs). He will make his US debut on February 25, in Birmingham, AL, underneath Deontay Wilder's world heavyweight title defense. This is the first signing since DBE has brought in Australian boxing agent Brendan Bourke to seek out the best talent from the Asia Pacific region.

Born Auckland and now living in Papakura, Fa is a hulking figure standing at 6'5" and averaging 270 pounds, with exceptionally fast hands. At 16 years old, he was inspired to take up boxing by his father, a former amateur boxer himself. As an amateur, Fa was the 2009 New Zealand National super heavyweight champion, a gold and silver medalist at the Oceania Championships in 2010 and 2012 respectively, as well as a bronze medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He also owns two amateur wins over current WBO heavyweight champion and fellow New Zealander Joseph Parker.

Connecting with manager Mark Keddell and trainer Henry Schuster, Fa made his professional debut in February 2016, winning nine fights last year. In his last bout on December 10, Fa scored an impressive third-round knockout over 17-1 Pablo Magrini on the same card that saw Parker win his world title. Fa feels that there is unfinished business between the two and is determined to face his former amateur rival again as a professional, after gaining more experience and international recognition.

Fa will make his US debut under the DBE banner on Saturday, February 25, as part of the undercard to Deontay Wilder's world heavyweight title defense against Gerald Washington, at the Legacy Arena at the BJCC, in Birmingham Alabama. Fa will face off against Keith Barr, of Glenville, WV, in an eight-round contest.

"The physically imposing Junior Fa has the size and skills to make an impact in an era of heavyweight giants," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "His power and amateur pedigree, including two wins over Joseph Parker, have put him on the map in the Asia Pacific region; he now looks to make his mark on the US and the boxing world."

"I would like to thank Lou DiBella for giving me this opportunity to showcase my talent and love for boxing," said Fa. "Lou has given me a stage to perform on to show the world what I can do. I will train hard, prove myself and not let Lou down."

"It's great to be able to work with and learn from one of boxing's top promoters like Lou DiBella," said Keddell. "Junior comes from a long line of New Zealand heavyweights and looks to continue in the tradition of David Tua and Joseph Parker."

"I'm happy to have facilitated DiBella Entertainment's signing of heavyweight prospect Junior Fa," said Bourke. "Junior has everything you want in a heavyweight: height, reach, punching power and fast hands. America is going to love this guy."

Tickets for the live Wilder-Washington event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting www.AlabamaTitleFight.com.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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TITO ACOSTA!

READY TO SHINE
TITO ACOSTA

Rising Puerto Rican star Angel 'Tito' Acosta (15-0, 15KO's) open up his training camp to the Puerto Rico media to show his condition for his upcoming WBO world title eliminator fight against # 1 mini flyweight contender from Namibia Jafet 'The Lion' Uutoni (11-1, 4KO's) this Saturday February 11 in Miguel Cotto's hometown in Caguas, Puerto Rico as part of Noche De Campeones DIRECTV series. "I feel great we had a great training camp and really feel very motivated to have a big win on Saturday night and gain my way to my dream of becoming a world champion," said Angel 'Tito' Acosta. Acosta looked relax and focus during his routine training session "I feel ready and can wait to Saturday night, I will beat Uutoni either by KO or decision," said Acosta.

KOSEI TANAKA TO ATTEND ACOSTA VS. UUTONI CLASH

WBO Mini Flyweight World Champion Kosei Tanaka has confirm his presence to attend the world title eliminator between Angel Acosta and Jafet Uutoni "we are pleased to have the presence of the world champion Kosei Tanaka on Saturday night will be an honor to have him and his team with us. This will be great for him to see whom he will be facing during the next 90 days, this division is getting on fire," said Bryan Perez, VP of Operations of Miguel Cotto Promotions.

DANIELITO ZORRILLA ADDED TO ACOSTA VS. UUTONI UNDERCARD

Miguel Cotto Promotions newest super prospect; Danielito Zorrilla will showcase on the undercard of Acosta vs. Uutoni in a 4 rounds fight againts Onyx Curras. Zorrilla spend the las 5 weeks training with his promoter and 4 division world champion Miguel Cotto and hall famer trainer Freddie Roach at Wild Boxing Gym in Los Angeles "I feel great, can't wait to show all what I learned with Miguel and Freddie in L.A was a great experience and I look forward to a great performance on Saturday night," said Zorrilla.

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Oliver Flores!

Embodies Spirit Of Havoc Boxing
Oliver Flores

Nicaraguan lightweight Oliver "Trombita" Flores' strong performance this past Friday evening against undefeated, No. 1 ranked Felix "El Diamente" Verdejo, fought in front of more than 7,000 fans in Verdejo's hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, truly embodied the spirit of Flores' promoter, Havoc Boxing.

Known throughout boxing for its flashy, totally unique looking boxing "uniforms" - trunks and jackets - that are famously worn by present and past world champions such as Danny "Swift" Garcia, Danny "Miracle Man" Jacobs, Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi and others, Havoc Boxing is also a boxing promotional company on the rise.

While Havoc Boxing may not be a major player, at least not right now, it does feature a growing stable of gifted boxers such as Flores, the former world super featherweight title challenger who many fell deserved a far better fate than his controversial 10-round decision loss (94-96, 91-99, 92-92), which was turned in by the three Puerto Rican judges at ringside.

Flores (27-3-2, 17 KOs) was a live underdog who gave prohibitive favorite Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) all he could handle and much more. Verdejo even drew the wrath of his hometown fans for not engaging Flores, who came on strong in the second half of the fight, bloodying the 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian's nose in the eighth round and seriously hurting him in the 10th. The World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight champion left the ring at Roberto Clemente Coliseum to a chorus of boos.

Headlines describing the fight used phrases like "escaped with victory" and "struggles to win" to describe Verdejo's tainted victory. One boxing writer had Flores winning six rounds to four, claiming Verdejo simply didn't do enough to win any other rounds.

"We're so proud of Oliver," Havoc Boxing CEO Rob Diaz said. "We thought he won the fight but it's tough fighting a national hero in his backyard with three of his countrymen as judges. Those who made excuses for Verdejo claiming he wasn't at his best because of his eight-month layoff, we reminded that Oliver hadn't fought in more than a year because a few fights we had lined up fell out. After the fight, so many Puerto Rican fans congratulated us, saying Oliver was robbed, and that he deserved a rematch. Verdejo is looking for an opponent for his Puerto Rican Day eve fight (June 10) at Madison Square Garden. We're certainly open to a rematch but I doubt they'll risk fighting Oliver again.

"Flores is what Havoc Boxing Promotions is all about. We're still building our stable of fighters but people in the boxing industry should know by now that our fighters come to fight. They're all willing to fight anybody, anytime, anywhere, as long as it's a fair deal for us."

In addition to Flores, Havoc also promotes 22-year-old Dominican Republic featherweight prospect Yohan "La Fiera" Vasquez (19-1, 16 KOs), who is ranked No. 14 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), as well as a pair of Colombian fighters, super bantamweight Wilner Soto (16-1, 8 KOs) and cruiserweight Santander "Cha Cha" Silgado (27-4, 21 KOs), who fought for the WBA world title in Russia and was ranked among the top 15 in the WBA and World Boxing Council (WBC) a few years ago.

"We're rebuilding the Havoc Boxing brand to also showcase our promotional division," Diaz continued. "We have some talented, hungry fighters who we keep as busy as possible, moving them into position for major fights, like Flores versus Verdejo, including two world title shots so far. We're getting close to crowning our first world champion. Havoc Boxing is much more than boxing's best design and merchandising company. The future is Havoc!"

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Mikaela Laurén!

I’m Going To Take Back What’s Mine
Mikaela Laurén

Mikaela Laurén (28-4, 13 KOs) will have the chance to reclaim her World title with purse bids for a showdown with the current WBC World Super Welterweight Champion Ewa Piatkowska (10-1, 4 KOs) scheduled for Wednesday.

Laurén was forced to vacate the belt last year when moving down in weight to face domestic rival Klara Svensson. Piatkowska was then crowned champion after beating Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes for the vacant title.

The WBC have now ordered that Piatkowska must defend the title against Laurén, and in accordance with their rules, the fight will be staged by the highest bidder unless the rival promoters agree terms before Wednesday’s deadline.

‘’That title belongs to me, and I’m going to take back what’s mine,’’ says Laurén. ‘’I gave up the belt. I was never beaten. I’m still undefeated and I plan to stay undefeated!

‘’I’m really excited about the fight. Piatkowska is a good fighter. She’s only lost one fight via split decision and she will be a tough opponent.

‘’I hope the fight can happen in Sweden, and I think it should happen in Sweden. If Piatkowska wants to prove she is the real champion she should face me on my home turf.’’

Laurén won the vacant WBC World Super Welterweight against Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes in November 2014 and successfully defended the belt with knockout wins over Victoria Cisneros, Jennifer Retzke and Ivana Habazin.

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Mikaela Laurén!

I’m Going To Take Back What’s Mine
Mikaela Laurén

Mikaela Laurén (28-4, 13 KOs) will have the chance to reclaim her World title with purse bids for a showdown with the current WBC World Super Welterweight Champion Ewa Piatkowska (10-1, 4 KOs) scheduled for Wednesday.

Laurén was forced to vacate the belt last year when moving down in weight to face domestic rival Klara Svensson. Piatkowska was then crowned champion after beating Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes for the vacant title.

The WBC have now ordered that Piatkowska must defend the title against Laurén, and in accordance with their rules, the fight will be staged by the highest bidder unless the rival promoters agree terms before Wednesday’s deadline.

‘’That title belongs to me, and I’m going to take back what’s mine,’’ says Laurén. ‘’I gave up the belt. I was never beaten. I’m still undefeated and I plan to stay undefeated!

‘’I’m really excited about the fight. Piatkowska is a good fighter. She’s only lost one fight via split decision and she will be a tough opponent.

‘’I hope the fight can happen in Sweden, and I think it should happen in Sweden. If Piatkowska wants to prove she is the real champion she should face me on my home turf.’’

Laurén won the vacant WBC World Super Welterweight against Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes in November 2014 and successfully defended the belt with knockout wins over Victoria Cisneros, Jennifer Retzke and Ivana Habazin.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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KARPERIS V BURRELL!

TO BATTLE FOR NY STATE TITLE

Star Boxing chief Joe DeGuardia is fighting the unprecedented situation of no boxing club shows in the state of New York by pairing Hicksville, NY native Anthony Karperis (13-2 4KO'S) defending his New York State Jr. Welterweight title against Brooklyn, NY prospect Scott Burrell (12-2 8KO'S) in a 10 round contest at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Saturday, March 24, 2017.

DeGuardia has gone on record with his fellow New York promoters vehemently objecting to the new rules put in place by the state commission on Sept. 1, 2016, which includes a $1,000,000 traumatic brain injury clause for each fighter. The new regulation eliminated all pro boxing in the entire state of NY from September 1, thru December 31. Up until January, the policy didn't even exist, so nobody could promote any boxing events in the entire state. You would have to go back to the 1800's to find a time where there was no pro boxing in NY for the months of September and October, and yet, this new law saw us all with no pro boxing for 4 months! Now, while a policy has been approved, the cost of that policy (as well as other recent NY regulatory added costs) has been so significant that anything other than major international shows are fiscally impossible.

DeGuardia has always been a strong proponent of the club level type of shows which traditionally have been the heartbeat of the sport, and lead to the major international events, both of which have been a part of NY's rich boxing history. DeGuardia knows that these shows are vital to keep the sport alive and provide such outlets for boxers, fans and venues. While DeGuardia is facing a huge financial loss, he is moving forward for his boxers, venue partners and, perhaps most significantly, to bring more attention to this issue, which is crucial to so many.

DeGuardia had this to say about his upcoming event, "for the first time in my career I am promoting a boxing event where there is such a dual focus. This is a fight that will shine the light on new rule changes and havoc that these new rules have caused to boxers, fans, venues, local towns and numerous others. It is the ultimate dichotomy - we are doing a club show and making it a point to show that we can't do them anymore if this new regulation isn't changed. This may well be the last club-type pro boxing show in state of NY. We fully understand the consequences of doing a show like this with the exorbitant proportionate cost of the new insurance and other regulations. We are doing this show under the worst of conditions and it's a damn shame because we have an unbelievable lineup of fights planned. Our main event is what boxing used to be like in New York, two local kids, both fine fighters in their own right, battling it out for the state title. And instead of looking forward to a great night of Boxing we have this dark cloud hanging over all of our heads, as numerous other promotions in various places throughout NY have been completely shut down. Hopefully by doing this event it will bring to light the dire situation in New York, and a call to action to change the regulation".

A sensational undercard, in keeping with tradition, featuring many local fighters doing battle with each other has been lined up and will be announced shortly.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Star Boxing 718 823-2000 or at www.starboxing.com, The Paramount box office 631 673-7300, or TICKETMASTER at ticketmaster.com 1 800 745-3000. Tickets are priced at $50 and up.

Star Boxing Promotions

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CRAIG MORRIS!

WANTS TO PUT IN PERFORMANCE TO GET PEOPLE TALKING
CRAIG MORRIS

CRAIG MORRIS (7-0) makes a first defence of his Midlands Area welterweight title on Hatton Boxing’s ‘Time To Shine’ show at Fenton Manor, Stoke, this month

The Ludlow boxer lifted the strap at the same venue back in October in a fight-of-the-year contender against fellow unbeaten prospect, Nathan McIntosh. Morris claimed a deserved 98-94 points victory to take the belt in only his seventh professional fight. It was a dream come true for the likeable 24 year-old.

"At the time it was all a blur to be honest," he revealed. "I didn't really take any notice of the ring walk or the building and the crowd; I just wanted to get the job done. It was definitely good to watch it back and relive it on BoxNation!

"It was a very proud moment for me. I didn't expect to even have a chance to go for a Midlands belt until at least the middle of this year. To win it was unbelievable, a dream come true."

Morris will make a first defence of his Midlands title against Derby’s Ryan Fields (9-3-1) on Saturday, 18th February.

Fields has already held the Midlands title after stopping Birmingham’s Karl Wiggins at the Genting Arena in March 2016. He gave up the strap to challenge Johnny Garton for the English title two months later but was on the wrong end of a fourth round stoppage.

“Ryan is a tough opponent,” added Morris. “I don’t know loads about him as I don't tend to look into opponents too much really. My trainer does that kind of work and I just do what he says and stick to the game plan. I’m expecting a tough fight but at this level now, no fight is going to be easy, so whoever comes up I will just have to deal with it fight by fight.

"I’ve known for a fairly long time that I'd have to defend the title by the end of February, so I was able to stay in shape over Christmas and I’ve really knuckled down since the turn of the year.

"I'd like to keep progressing and moving forward to see how far I can go but my only objective right now is to make a successful first defence of the Midlands Title. It’s great to be involved on another Hatton promotion and I’m hoping to put in another performance that will keep everybody talking."

The February 18 card is entitled ‘Time to Shine’ and is hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by four-time world champion Ricky Hatton that also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

Top of the bill sees heavyweight sensation Nathan Gorman lock horns with Georgia’s tough Gogita Gorgiladze while Reuben Arrowsmith faces Ryan Toms features for the super-welterweight Challenge belt in a supporting contest alongside Craig Morris’s Midlands Area welterweight title defence against Ryan Fields and Kieron McLaren’s super-lightweight Challenge belt encounter with Michael Mooney.

Also on in action on the bill will be fellow Hatton Boxing prospects Sam Evans and Jake Haigh as well as Stafford’s Rob Hunt, Cheshire’s Nathan Clarke and former amateur standout Luke Caci, who will be making his pro debut.

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Tyron Zeuge V Isaac Ekpo!

March 25 In Potsdam
Tyron Zeuge

Tyron Zeuge (19-0-1, 11 KOs) will defend his WBA World Super Middleweight title against Isaac Ekpo (31-2, 24 KOs) on March 25 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.

The undefeated 24 year-old claimed the coveted WBA strap with a stunning twelfth-round knockout victory over Giovanni De Carolis at the MBS Arena in November, and now returns to Potsdam for his maiden defence.

He will face his mandatory challenger Ekpo, the Don King promoted Nigerian, who is known as the ‘Grenade’ due to his devastating punching power.

‘’I’ve been in the gym preparing for this fight since December,’’ said Zeuge, who is trained by former two-time World Champion Juergen Braehmer.

‘’I’m already in great shape and I will be ready for my first title defence. On March 25, I will defuse the ‘Grenade’. The only thing exploding will be my fists on Ekpo’s chin!’’

The challenger, who holds a 73% knockout ratio and has stopped his last seven opponents, has issued some words of warning for the young champion.

“I will cause a big bang with my fists that Zeuge will not recognise until the referee reaches the count of ten and crowns me being the new champion,'' he says.

A sentiment shared with the 34 year-old’s legendary promoter Don King.

‘’Zeuge can prepare a plan A, B and C but he is not going to figure out the combination to defuse my KO grenade. After the dust has settled, there will be a new World Champion and his name is Isaac Ekpo,'' said King.

Zeuge's promoter Kalle Sauerland says his fighter should be prepared for intimidation tactics from King as well as his physical battle with Ekpo.

‘’Since becoming champion, Tyron has gone from the hunter to the hunted. He will face a tough test in his first defence,'' says Sauerland. ‘’Against Ekpo, he must not only be prepared for the physical hardships of a twelve round title fight, but also, for Don King’s psychological warfare, which can not be underestimated.’’

Tickets for the WBA World Super Middleweight Championship contest between Tyron Zeuge and Isaac Ekpo on March 25 at the MBS Arena will be available online via www.eventim.de or by calling the ticket hotline on 01806-570044.

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Luis Collazo!

Scores Sensational Sixth Round Knockout Of Sammy Vasquez

Former world champion Luis Collazo (37-7, 20 KOs) delivered an early "Knockout of the Year" candidate with a sixth-round knockout of welterweight contender Sammy Vasquez Jr. (21-2, 15 KOs) Thursday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes from Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

The Brooklyn-native Collazo started slow as Vasquez Jr. looked to control the fight with his movement and jab. The action began to pick-up in the third round as Collazo struck the first major blow of the fight, connecting on a right hand that sent Vasquez Jr. to the canvas.

Vasquez Jr. stunned Collazo early in the fourth round with an overhand left and pressed forward to initiate numerous exchanges along the ropes. Collazo was able to hold off his younger opponent and do damage with body shots and short punches in the exchanges.

After a more tactical round five, Vasquez Jr. once again pushed forward on Collazo in the hopes of getting his offense going. The veteran Collazo was prepared for the attack and connected on a vicious right hand that put Vasquez on the mat and out for good as referee Bill Clancy halted the bout at 1:27 into the round.

In welterweight action, fast-rising Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas (18-3, 8 KOs) earned a split-decision over Levan Ghvamichava (17-3-1, 13 KOs) in their 10-round bout Thursday night.

It was the third straight impressive victory for Ugas, who has put himself squarely in the conversation in the welterweight division. Ugas was in control of the early part of the fight, winning exchanges in the middle of the ring and breaking through the high and tight guard of Ghvamichava.

Ghvamichava was able to work his way back into the fight with an increased work rate in the middle rounds as he began to find openings in Ugas' defense. Referee Bill Clancy deducted a point from Ugas in round eight after multiple warnings for low blows.

The action heated up in the final two rounds as both men exchanged heavy blows throughout. Ugas began to land his left hook successfully but Ghvamichava had his moments and continued throwing punches until the final bell. After 10-rounds of action the judges scores were 99-90, 97-94 for Ugas and 95-94 for Ghvamichava.

In a showdown of unbeaten super lightweight prospects, Chicago's Eddie Ramirez (16-0, 11 KOs) earned a stoppage victory after nine rounds of action against Houston's Ryan Karl (13-0, 9 KOs). Karl's corner stopped the fight before the 10th and final round.

Ramirez was the more effective fighter from the start, working off of his jab to hit Karl with a big right hand that staggered him in the second round. Karl was able to weather the storm and compete throughout the middle rounds of the fight as he threw constant power punches in an attempt to catch Ramirez.

The momentum swung to Ramirez for good starting in the seventh round, when another right hand connected with Karl and opened up a cut over Karl's left eye. A late flurry by Ramirez in round nine as he staggered Karl near the ropes and forced him to hold Ramirez. Karl was able to finish the round, but did not answer the bell for round 10 as his corner put a halt to the fight.

LUIS COLLAZO

"Going into the fight I knew he didn't like the body shots. In the locker room my team was telling me that he's going to be waiting for it. We wanted to touch him soft down low and then go up top. We opened him up. We both tried to line up the hook and mine landed first.

"I'm a slow-starter. I'm better from a distance and I have the experience. I'm 35 but I still feel like I have a lot left in the ring.

"I've learned a lot about myself. I'm completely dedicated to this sport and ready to keep moving forward. Everyone said I was faded but now I have the opportunity to keep going.

"Sammy caught me with some good shots. He got me with a big overhand left. He's a strong fighter.

"There are a lot of great fights coming up in the welterweight division. I know Shawn Porter doesn't have an opponent right now. I'm ready to get it on if he is."

SAMMY VASQUEZ JR.

"I felt like I was starting to get in my groove. He just caught me with a really great shot at the right time.

"I knew his big punch was the right hook. I was working on keeping my hand up to block it. I dropped it at the wrong time and he got me.

"Obviously this is going to set me back. I need to come back stronger. I hope that I can come back and fight someone that can help me move up the ranks."

YORDENIS UGAS

"I boxed from a distance like we prepared. I thought that I was in control and I thought I won easily.

"I was surprised it was a split-decision. I thought I won most of the rounds. He was a very tough opponent but I was ready for him and I did what I wanted to do.

"I was feeding off of my corner. I'm a top contender and I'm ready to face anybody."

LEVAN GHVAMICHAVA

"I'm disappointed in the result. It's hard to put into words. It was a close fight. I thought a lot of his shots were being blocked and I thought I countered well.

"The referee did his best to control he low blows. You don't want a fight to end in disqualification. But taking those shots effects everything."

EDDIE RAMIREZ

"I'm happy. We worked hard and this is another step. We're going to keep working hard. I have what it takes to be a world champion.

"Ryan Karl is a tough fighter. He came to give it all he had. He didn't want to quit, but we broke him down and got the win.

"Karl and I both came to win. Someone's perfect record had to go. There was no quit in him. I was going to finish the fight in the last round.

"My plan was to break him down. I never wanted this fight to go to decision. I did what I had to do.

"I'm aiming high. I want to fight the best. If I keep working hard everything is going to take care of itself and I'll get where I want to.

"I wanted to make him miss a lot while also being aggressive. We were ready to finish him off, we just wanted to go little by little and get the win."

RYAN KARL

"I just wasn't on tonight. I couldn't hit my right hand how I wanted to. I give him all the credit. My timing wasn't right. He looked great and I looked mediocre.

"It's disappointing. Boxing is my job. I lost a lot in there. I have to get better. All that matters is winning the fight."

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REGIS PROGRAIS!

RETURNS FEBRUARY 11

On Saturday, February 11, DiBella Entertainment's popular "Broadway Boxing" series will make its debut in Biloxi, MS, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, with the highly anticipated ring return of rising junior welterweight contender Regis "Rougarou" Prograis (18-0, 15 KOs). He will be defending his NABF title for the first time against Colombian Wilfrido Buelvas (18-6, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rite Hook Promotions in association with Hard Rock Casino. The "Broadway Boxing" series is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House.

A native of New Orleans, Prograis was forced to abandon his home in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He was enrolled in six different high schools while moving all around Texas before graduating and settling in Houston. Looking for an outlet to channel his frustration, Prograis embarked on an amateur boxing campaign that culminated with an 87-7 record over a four-year span, before turning pro in 2012. Given his relentless approach inside the ropes, Prograis' father gave him the nickname "Rougarou", which, in New Orleans folklore, is a mythical half-man/half-werewolf creature.

Trained by Bobby Benton out of Houston's Main Street Gym, Prograis signed with DiBella Entertainment in late 2014 and saw his career soar the following year. In 2015, Prograis moved up to competing in eight- and 10-round bouts, was included among ESPN's "Prospects to Watch", and made his ShoBox debut on SHOWTIME. Three consecutive appearances on "ShoBox: The New Generation" included decisive victories over 11-0-1 Amos Cowart and 14-0-2 Abel Ramos as well as a crushing first-round stoppage of the experienced Aaron Herrera. Prograis made his New York debut in his last bout on June 25 at Barclays Center, stopping Luis Florez in four rounds to capture the NABF belt. Ranked no. 8 by the WBC, Prograis was sidelined for several months due to an injury suffered at the gym and is anxious to get back into the ring.

"I'm really excited to finally get back inside the ring," said Prograis. "It's been a while and I've been training since my last fight in New York. What makes this even better is that I'll be fighting in front of my home crowd because Biloxi is about an hour drive from New Orleans. I've fought in Mississippi twice already and had excellent performances and I plan on making this my third."

"With three impressive outings in front of a national audience and a high ranking, Regis Prograis is on the cusp of making his mark on the world stage," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Now that he is healthy, Prograis will pick up where he left off with another dominant performance in front of fans close to home. Broadway Boxing is a brand that continues to expand and I am thrilled to bring the series to Biloxi at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino."

Junior middleweight prospect Eric Walker (14-0, 7 KOs) will fight on the undercard in his DBE debut. The 33-year-old from Plaquemine, LA, turned pro in 2013, after serving 13 years in a Louisiana penitentiary on a conviction of armed robbery. It was in prison that Walker found his passion for boxing, compiling a record of 61-1 in the prison boxing system. Walker would like his story to be an inspiration to the youth not to make the same mistakes he did. It was in December 2015 when Walker faced unbeaten 13-0 southpaw favorite Christopher Pearson that the world took notice of his heart and talent. Fighting on a Premier Boxing Champions card on Spike TV, Walker handed Pearson his first defeat via eight-round unanimous decision in a "Fight of the Year" candidate. On June 25, 2016, Walker went the 10-round distance for the first time to seize the WBC Continental Americas 154lb. belt.

Returning to the ring for the first time since 2015, light heavyweight contender Cedric Agnew (28-2, 14 KOs) will also appear on the card in an eight-round bout. A former USBA and WBC-USNBC titlist, Agnew, who is a Chicago native that later relocated to Houston, challenged Sergey Kovalev for the WBO world light heavyweight championship in 2014.

"We are finally gaining momentum with professional boxing along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina that our company has worked very hard to achieve," said William Hunter, President of Rite Hook Promotions. "There has always been a market for boxing in Biloxi, and a lot of great fighters have competed here including Regis Prograis. We are building a solid foundation with the Hard Rock Casino Biloxi and a partnership with DiBella Entertainment that will ensure more champions and future champions will be able to showcase their talents in Biloxi for the foreseeable future on a televised national platform."

An announcement with the full card will be released soon.

Tickets for the February 11 "Broadway Boxing" event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rite Hook Promotions in association with Hard Rock Casino, are priced at $75, $60, $50, $40 and standing room only for $20. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com (by clicking HERE) or by calling 800-745-3000. The "Broadway Boxing" series is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. Doors open at 5:O0pm CT, with the first fight scheduled for 6:00pm CT.

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Youri Kalenga!

Added To Battle Of Casablanca
Youri Kalenga

Morocco (February 2, 2017) - Former Interim cruiserweight world champion Youri "El Toro" Kalenga will provide chief support February 18 for pro-debuting Moroccan amateur boxing sensation Mohammad Rabii on the "Battle of Casablanca" card, presented by Nowhere2Hyde, at Complexe de Sportif Mohammed V Arena in Casablanca, Morocco.

Kalenga (22-3, 15 KOs), fighting out of France by way of The Congo, is currently rated No. 12 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 16 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). The knockout artist takes on Garrett "The Ultimate Warrior" Wilson (17-11-1, 9 KOs), of Philadelphia, who is a former United States Boxing Association (USBA) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champion.

In 2014, Kalenga captured the WBA Interim title with a 12-round split decision over 32-1 Mateusz Masternak in Monaco, followed with a successful title defense in Canada against 12-0 Denton Daley by way of a 12th round technical knockout.

Kalenga has never been in a dull fight. Two of his three career losses have been to current WBA Super cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (26-2), who Kalenga dropped in the fourth round, by way of a 12-round unanimous decision in Russia, and last June he was stopped for the first time in his seven-year pro career by 20-0 Yunier Dorticos in Paris for the Interim WBA strap.

The 23-year-old Rabii defeated 2016 Olympic gold medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov in the welterweight division championship finale of the 2015 AIBA World Amateur Championships to capture a gold for his native Morocco. Rabii won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, dropping a highly-disputed decision (0-3) in the semifinals to Uzebek boxer Shakhram Giyasov, the eventual silver medalist.

The ultra-charismatic Rabii has reached "rock star" status in Morocco, testament by an average of 6-million Moroccans viewing each of Rabbi's Olympic matches on Arryadia Television. "We are very excited to work with our television partners, Arryadia, on our February 18th show as the first of five shows in 2017 featuring Mohammed Rabii," promoter Gary Hyde said. "Rabii has the entire nation of Morocco behind him and he will be challenging for top welterweight honors in no time at all."

Rabii will take on veteran Hungarian boxer Adam "Bad Boy" Mate (24-10, 17 KOs) in the six-round main event.

Also in action on "Battle of Casablanca" will be former World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organization (IBO) world featherweight champion, Simpiwe Vetyeka (29-3, 17 KOs), who is world ranked No. 4 by the WBA, No. 6 by The Ring magazine, and No. 7 by the WBC. The gifted South African faces undefeated Hungarian prospect David Nerna (8-0, 8 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

Netherlands light middleweight Gevorg Khatchikian (24-2, 12 KOs) will also be in action against Ugandan Med "Kabona" Sebyala (16-8-1. 13 KOs) in another 10-rounder. Khatchikian, who will be fighting as a 154-pounder for the first time as a professional, has only lost twice as a pro, both to present super middleweight world champions, James Degale (IBF) and Gilberto Ramirez (WBO).

Hyde manages Rabii, Kalanga and Vetyeka.

Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 18 show in Casablanca.

Hyde Boxing Promotions

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PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS!

OPENS 2017 WITH A SMASH

Premier Boxing Champions opened its third season with an explosive collision between newly-crowned WBC 126-pound champion Leo Santa Cruz and Ireland's Carl Frampton, and a devastatingly impressive performance by Mikey Garcia, who scored a devastating third round knockout against Dejan Zlaticanin to win the WBC 135-pound world title this past Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The PBC series rolls on with a fantastic slate of shows that will feature matches in the hottest divisions in boxing - featherweight, welterweight, junior middleweight, and heavyweight.

Over the next five weeks the PBC series will present five shows in February, including the much-anticipated return of heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who is coming off surgery on his right arm and hand. Wilder will defend his title February 25 against undefeated heavyweight Gerald Washington in Birmingham, Alabama on FOX in primetime.

Also, on March 4, the highly anticipated welterweight championship unification bout between Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman tops a blockbuster card on "SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS presented by Premier Boxing Champions" in primetime.

"We believe we are able to give boxing fans what they want - the best in boxing in the most competitive divisions,'' said Tim Smith, Vice President of Communications for Haymon Boxing. "We continue to bring boxing back to the masses with fights on multiple networks, in the best divisions.''

On February 2, in a 3-hour PBC show on FS1 and FOX Deportes from Tunica, Miss, Sammy Vasquez, Jr., former U.S. Army veteran and welterweight contender, will meet former welterweight champion Luis Collazo in a 10-round crossroads match. Yordenis Ugas takes on Levan Ghavamichava in a 10-round welterweight match, and undefeated prospects, Ryan "Cowboy'' Carl and Eddie Ramirez clash. Plus, hot Mexican prospect Jose Borrego will make his U.S. television debut.

On February 10, Robert Easter will defend his 135-pound IBF world title in a 12-round match in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio against Luis Cruz on Bounce TV. Rau'shee Warren, who is from Cincinnati, Ohio, will defend his bantamweight title against Zhanat Zhakiyanov in the co-feature. Terrell Gausha, a 2012 Olympian and undefeated junior middleweight, will also be in action.

Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays returns to FS1 on Feb. 21 with Miguel Flores taking on Dat Nguyen. Also, undefeated prospects Brandon Figueroa and Darwin Price will be showcased in separate bouts.

On February 25, on FOX and FOX Deportes, heavyweights will take center stage as Deontay "The Bronze Bomber'' Wilder defends his WBC world title against Gerald "El Gallo Negro'' Washington from Birmingham, Ala., in primetime. In what promises to be an explosive lead-in, Dominic Breazeale clashes with undefeated Polish heavyweight contender Izu Ugonoh while Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd collide in a 12-round match that serves as an IBF 154-pound title elimination.

Also on February 25, immediately following PBC on FOX, turn to FS1 to see hard-hitting super middleweight Caleb Plant and explosive featherweight knockout artist Jorge Lara featured in separate matches.

March will be just as busy with a slate of PBC cards on several networks highlighted by the scintillating welterweight showdown of Garcia vs. Thurman on March 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The fight will be the first step toward unifying titles in the sizzling welterweight division, with these two top 147-pound champions squaring off in a 12-round match.

Look for additional PBC shows in March to be announced shortly.

There are other fantastic cards for boxing fans, including four-time world champion Adrien Broner who will take on Adrian Granados in a 140-pound bout in Broner's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio on SHOWTIME on Feb. 18. In co-features, former 140-pound champion Lamont Peterson will meet Russia's David Anaveysan for the regular WBA 147-pound title and 175-pound contenders Marcus Browne and Thomas Williams will square off in a crossroads match.

Middleweight champion Daniel "Miracle Man'' Jacobs will meet 160-pound champion Gennady Golovkin in a title unification match at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 18.

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Giovani Santillan!

Headlines Path To Glory
Giovani Santillan

Top junior welterweight prospect Giovani Santillan (20-0, 11 KOs) and featherweight standout Erick Ituarte (15-1-1, 2 KOs) make their 2017 debuts on "Path to Glory," Friday, Feb. 10 from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

In the 8-round main event, Santillan, 25, will face Mexico's Omar Tienda (18-3, 11 KOs), while Ituarte squares off with Naciff Castillo (17-9-2, 5 KOs) in the 8-round co-feature.

Santillan, a southpaw from San Diego, uses a brilliant combination of speed and power to stifle opponents. He is coming off a pair of wins against veteran boxer-punchers Jose Macias and Miguel Angel Mendoza.

"The quality of opposition has gotten better over the years," Santillan said. "I'm working toward fighting the best that the junior welterweight division has to offer. I've had competitive sparring sessions with Floyd Mayweather and Tim Bradley so I know I can compete with the world title holders."

Iturte, 22, is riding an eight fight winning streak dating back to the second half of 2014. Ituarte, who is from Santa Ana, Calif., has three wins in each of the last two years. He is a volume puncher with a fearless attitude.

"I make for exciting fights," Ituarte said. "I'm not in there to dance with Castillo. I'm there to put the pressure on and get a win."

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

In other action, blue chip featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (3-0, 2 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. looks to improve his record against Francisco Camacho (2-6-1, 1 KO) of Tamaulipas, Mexico in a scheduled 4-rounder.

Villa, 19, began his career last year with back-to-back knockout victories. The southpaw swept all three scorecards in his last outing, a 4-round unanimous decision win over the previously unbeaten Aaron Lopez in November.

"The goal is to improve with every fight," said Villa, who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. "We've been in camp since late last year and we're ready for another win."

Additionally on "Path to Glory," Michael Dutchover (2-0, 2 KOs) of Midland, Tex., who is also a highly regarded prospect, fights an opponent to be named later (4-rounds/junior lightweights).

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

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Shumenov V Dorticos!

TGB Promotions Awarded Rights
Shumenov

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has notified WBA cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov and WBA Interim cruiserweight title-holder Yunier Dorticos, as well as their representatives, that Caribe Promotions has lost its rights to promote the WBA mandated Shumenov vs. Dorticos title fight.

Dorticos' promoter, Caribe Promotions, originally won the Shumenov vs. Dorticos title fight rights last November with a winning purse bid of $350,001, which required a fight date within 90 days. Although rumored to be held in mid-February in either Miami or Las Vegas, Caribe's ability and willingness to actually promote the fight came into question in January, 2017. The WBA demanded that Caribe confirm its intentions and even granted Caribe additional time to respond, but Caribe failed to file confirmation of a fight date with the WBA. Because Caribe was unable to confirm its intentions, the WBA had little choice but to award rights to the second-highest purse bidder, Tom Brown's TGB Promotions.

"I last fought May 21st and I have been in the gym since June because I was supposed to fight Lebedev in September," said a terribly frustrated Shumenov. "But he backed out of the fight with me once again and I have been ready to fight since then. I signed a bout agreement to fight Dorticos on February 11th in Miami, but Dorticos and his promoter disappeared after I signed. They're full of it; all they do is talk. I can't wait to knock him out. I am waiting on my manager to call me right now to tell me the new fight date with TGB."

Caribe Promotions has been forced to also forfeit its $35,000 purse bid deposit with 10-percent off the top going to the WBA and remainder ($31,500) distributed to Shumenov and Dorticos, respectively, on a 75-25 percent basis due to its failure to promote the fight.

Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), fighting out of Las Vegas by way of Kazakhstan, fought last May 21, when he stopped 15-1-1 Junior Wright in the 10th round of their Las Vegas fight for the vacant WBA World cruiserweight title. The WBA had ruled that the Shumenov-Wright winner would be the mandatory challenger for its "Super" champion, Lebedev, within 90 days, however, it later allowed unified cruiserweight titlist Lebedev (against Shumenov's strong objections) to fight his International Boxing Federation (IBF) mandatory defense against challenger Murat Gassiev, effectively mandating an eliminator between Shumenov and Dorticos with that winner to fight the winner of Lebedev-Gassiev. Only days prior to the Lebedev-Gassiev title fight, Lebedev was inexplicably allowed to fight Gassiev without defending his WBA title, as only his IBF belt was on the line. Gassiev (24-0) defeated Lebedev (29-3) by way of a 12-round split decision in Moscow to become the IBF cruiserweight world champion and Lebedev remains the WBA Super cruiserweight world champion, at least for now. The WBA is expected to rule on Shumenov's objections to Lebedev's fight against Gassiev, Lebedev's status and whether Lebedev will remain champion having lost his last fight.

Dorticos has made false claims in the media that Shumenov, who had been waiting for the WBA to rule on his petitions to force Lebedev to fight him without further delay, had been avoiding him. It is ironic now that Dorticos' own promoter first sought to delay and has now defaulted on the long-awaited confrontation by failing to promote the Shumenov-Dorticos title fight within the WBA deadline.

A former WBA Super light heavyweight world champion, the 33-year-old Shumenov is the first two-division world champion from a Soviet-bloc country.

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Sampson Lewkowicz!

Issues Challenge To Worlds Top Super Middleweights
Benavidez

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is issuing a challenge to the world's top super middleweights: Help his fighter, David "El Bandera Roja/Red Flag" Benavidez, become the youngest 168-lb champion in boxing history by fighting him.

"He is on a course to smash the old record," said Lewkowicz of Benavidez, but I need a top-10 contender or a world champion to fight him. He'll take on anyone in the world."

Phoenix, Arizona's Benavidez (17-0, 16 KOs), who did his usual steamroll over opponents last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (this time over Uzbekistan's Shareli Mamajonov in less than two brutal rounds), is only 20 years old. The youngest super middleweight champion in history was Darin Van Horn, who was 22 years, 8 months and 11 days old when he beat Robert Hines by a 12-round unanimous decision for the IBF Junior Middleweight Championship on February 5, 1989.

"Promoters don't want their fighters to fight him," continued Lewkowicz. "He can't move up the ratings or make boxing history if promoters are too worried about their investments to let their fighters face him. I need the promoters behind the top 10 contenders in the division to step up and see if their fighters can stop his rise. They can't. But I need them to try."

Benavidez is currently rated WBC #14, WBA #7, IBF #13.

"If you are reading this and you promote any super middleweight fighter who has a top-10 ranking or is world champion, call me. We will fight. We hear from opponents looking to get paid for getting knocked out, but never anyone with a top-10 rating. This is your challenge. Call me and let's get it on. Help my fighter become part of boxing history."

Sampson Boxing Promotions

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Jake Haigh!

Learning From A Master
Jake Haigh

UNBEATEN Macclesfield puncher Jake Haigh has been picking up some fistic tips by eavesdropping.

The 22-year-old Salford University graduate says he’s learnt a lot since linking up with four-time world champion Ricky Hatton last summer.

But admits to listening in when the Hitman is giving advice to his other fighters before adding to the pointers to his own game.

He said: “Ricky is a great teacher, you learn something new every day in the gym with him and he’s really brought me on since I turned professional, but I’ll admit that I like to listen to the way he talks to his other boxers as well.

“Zhanat [Zhakiyanov] has got a world title fight coming up and listening to the advice Ricky gives ZZ is awesome. I take it in and think ‘I’ll use that advice myself!’”

Haigh has made a seamless transition into the pro ranks, sweeping aside Tomas Kuglar and Mark Till thus far.

Next up is a four round test on Hatton Boxing’s ‘Time to Shine’ bill at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke on February 18.

And he’s hoping another solid display will provide the catalyst for a step up to six and eight round contests.

“For me the pro game is all about progressing with each fight and stepping up the levels,” Haigh, who has recently set up his own physiotherapy business, said.

“It’s up to the boss, but after this I want to move up to six rounders and then I think I’ll be doing eight rounds before the end of the year.

“I think I’ve shown a bit of what I’m capable of in my pro fights so far and as I fight longer fights I’ll only better and the better I get, the closer I get to those title fights every boxer craves.”

The February 18 card is entitled ‘Time to Shine’ and is hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by four-time world champion Ricky Hatton that also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

Top of the bill sees heavyweight sensation Nathan Gorman lock horns with Georgia’s tough Gogita Gorgiladze while Reuben Arrowsmith faces Ryan Toms features for the super-welterweight Challenge belt in a supporting contest alongside Craig Morris’s Midlands Area welterweight title defence against Ryan Fields and Kieron McLaren’s super-lightweight Challenge belt encounter with Michael Mooney.

Also on in action on the bill will be fellow Hatton Boxing prospect Sam Evans as well as Stafford’s Rob Hunt, Cheshire’s Nathan Clarke and former amateur standout Luke Caci, who will be making his pro debut.

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IVAN BARANCHYK V ABEL RAMOS!

PLUS HEAVYWEIGHT TREY LIPPE MORRISON

Undefeated super lightweight powerhouse Ivan "The Beast" Baranchyk (13-0, 10 KOs) will face aggressive-minded once-beaten Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation® quadrupleheader on Friday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME® (10:05 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

In the co-feature, rising local favorite and son of the late former world heavyweight champion, Tommy "The Duke" Morrison, hard-hitting heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison (13-0, 13 KOs) makes his second start on ShoBox when he faces the dangerous Daniel Martz (15-4-1, 12 KOs), of Clarksburg, West Virginia, in an eight-round match.

Undefeated former Dominican Republic Olympian Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and former national Golden Gloves champion Joe "Mack" Williams (10-0, 7 KOs), of Far Rockaway, N.Y., clash in a confrontation of undefeated light heavyweights in an eight-round featured bout.

In the opening bout of the telecast, Spain's up-and-coming unbeaten Jon "Jonfer" Fernandez (10-0, 8 KOs) takes on southpaw Ernesto Garza (7-1, 4 KOs), of Fort Hood, Texas, in an eight-round super featherweight scrap.

"The ShoBox main event on Feb. 10 between Ivan Baranchyk and Abel Ramos guarantees fireworks," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "This is a tremendous quadrupleheader and I am happy to be back at Buffalo Run Casino, where heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison will look to delight hometown fans with another spectacular knockout. The light heavyweight battle between Joseph Williams and former Dominican Olympian Lenin Castillo features two undefeated prospects, and Jon Fernandez, co-promoted by Sergio Martinez, will collide with Ernesto Garza in a can't-miss clash at junior lightweight."

"I'm looking forward to seeing Ivan against a very good opponent," said Tony Holden. "Give Daniel Martz a lot of credit for taking the fight against Trey -- we had serious difficulties finding an opponent willing to face him. Both Ivan and Trey should be in position to advance their careers with a victory."

Tickets for the event promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Tony Holden Productions in association with Fight Promotions Inc. are priced at $35, $55 and $75 and are available at buffalorun.com and at stubwire.com.

IVAN BARANCHYK vs. ABEL RAMOS - 10 Rounds Super Lightweights

The offensive-minded Baranchyk packs outstanding power in both hands. Until winning a 10-round decision over Zhimin Wang last Sept. 23 on ShoBox, he'd won nine consecutive fights by knockout. In his last outing, Baranchyk scored a 10-round decision over Wilberth Lopez on Dec. 10.

"I am looking forward to continuing my pursuit of a world title," said the 5-foot-10-inch Baranchyk, who will make the first defense of his USBA junior welterweight title. "Ramos is a very tough fighter and a ShoBox alum himself, so I will enjoy knocking him out.

"I think I've proved my durability by going 10 rounds in my last two fights. My team wants me to box more and let the knockouts come, so that is something we work on all the time.''

The former European amateur standout, who was born in Minsk, Byelorussia and lives in Brooklyn, is making his fourth appearance on the prospect developmental series. The 24-year-old's two other ShoBox starts, both first-round knockouts versus undefeated foes, totaled a combined 2:49. All 10 of Baranchyk's knockouts have come inside three full rounds, including six in the first.

The skilled Ramos is a five-year pro who has won three in a row, all by knockout in 2016, since his only loss, a ninth-round TKO to highly regarded undefeated Regis Prograis (15-0) in 2015 on ShoBox.

A prospect at 140 pounds and a legit test for Baranchyk, the 5-foot-9-inch Ramos was a stellar amateur. The 25-year-old was the bronze medalist at both the 2010 U.S. National PAL Championships and 2010 U.S. National Championships (at 141 pounds) before turning pro in September 2011.

"I'm very excited for this fight and I am preparing for a war," said Ramos, who possesses an aggressive style, good skills and movement. "Baranchyk likes to fight moving forward as do I, so it is going to be an action-packed main event at Buffalo Run."

Ramos, who grew up in Gettysburg, Pa. and resides in Casa Grande, Ariz., is coming off a seventh-round TKO over Juan Jesus last Aug. 26. In his ShoBox debut in 2014, Ramos and fellow unbeaten Maurice Hooker (12-0-1 going in) slugged it out for eight rounds, battling to a majority draw in one of the most exciting fights on the series that year.

TREY LIPPE MORRISON VS. DANIEL MARTZ - 8 Rounds, Heavyweights

The power-punching Morrison has recorded nine first-round knockouts, three second-round knockouts and one fourth-round KO in a career that began in February 2014. Morrison, who bears a striking resemblance to his late father in both his looks and his fighting style, has fought all but one of his fights in Oklahoma but trains at the Wild Card Boxing Club with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

In his outing before last, Morrison won his ShoBox debut with a ruthless first-round TKO over previously undefeated Ed Latimore (13-0) on Sept. 23, 2016.

Latimore was expected to provide Morrison with his most daunting test but wound up getting demolished, going down twice, in Morrison's first start since he underwent surgery on his right tendon from an injury suffered in January 2016.

"Health-wise, I'm great,'' said the 6-foot-2, 27-year-old Morrison who resides in Hollywood, Calif. "I'm going to approach this fight like I did my last fight, like I do all my fights. I can't afford to look past any fight. I have to take them one at a time. I just have to focus on my opponent.

"My training has been going really good, the transition with me and Freddie continues to be smooth. I just want to continue to improve. I'm hoping for a good performance, and I think I'll have one. All I can do is give the best I can and then whatever happens will happen.''

Morrison, who was born in Vinita, Okla., is one of promoter Tony Holden's group of fighters known as the "Four State Franchise." They include Trey's half-brother Kenzie Morrison, Baranchyk and Dillon and Jesse Cook. The Oklahoma-based Holden promoted Tommy Morrison for most of his career.

The 26-year-old Martz is a classic all-or-nothing heavyweight. All but three of Martz' wins have come via knockout, and he aims to pick up his fifth win over an undefeated opponent when he takes on Lippe Morrison.

Martz, who stands at 6-foot-7, handed heavyweight prospect Alexis Santos his first defeat and has shared the ring with newly crowned WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

LENIN CASTILLO VS. JOE WILLIAMS - 8 Rounds, Light Heavyweights

Castillo, who represented the Dominican Republic at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, turned pro in August 2010. He's won three straight by knockout, since boxing an eight-round majority draw with unbeaten Travis Peterkin (15-0) on Aug. 21, 2015.

The 6-foot-2, 28-year-old Castillo has 10 knockouts, and all have come in five rounds or less.

"I know that Williams is undefeated and that he will come in at his best," Castillo said. "Well, I'm coming with my best too, so it going to be an exciting fight. It's two undefeated fighters - the perfect kind of fight for ShoBox."

Williams, who owns an amateur victory over undefeated prospect Andrew Tabiti, was a three-time New York Golden Gloves Champion and a 2012 National Golden Gloves Champion. A 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate, Williams is popular on the New York fight scene and a union worker outside the ring.

The 28-year-old has been dominant since turning pro in September 2013, however he'll be taking a leap in class in facing former Olympian Castillo.

"I'm already in great shape and I won't be stopped," said Williams, who's fought eight of his 10 fights in New York. "I'm a throwback fighter, the last of a dying breed that will fight and beat anyone in my way. It's hard to find a fighter who can do all this.

"I can't wait till Feb. 10 because I'm finally getting my shot on national television to show the world what I can do. This will open a lot of doors for me and the world will see the next superstar of boxing, Joseph 'Mack' Williams."

JON FERNANDEZ VS. ERNESTO GARZA - 8 Rounds, Super Featherweights

Fernandez, of Bilbao, País Vasco, Spain, is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and legendary Argentine superstar and former longtime middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez. He was an amateur champion in his native Spain and member of the Spanish National Team in 2013 and 2014.

A pro since March 2015, the 21-year-old has won eight straight by knockout, all inside five rounds. The 5-foot-10 Fernandez was a chief sparring partner for Carl Frampton as he prepared for his Jan. 28 rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.

"This fight is very important to my boxing career and I will put on a great performance for the fans in attendance and those watching on SHOWTIME," said the 5-foot-11 Fernandez, who is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Mikael Mkrtchan (16-1 going in) to capture the WBC Youth Super Featherweight World Title last Oct. 8.

"Garza is a pressure fighter that throws a lot of punches. He reminds me of Nacif Martinez, who I beat by TKO in Connecticut. I think I can beat Garza by KO, too. His style is perfect for me."

Feb. 10 will be Fernandez' second fight in the United States, and second outside of Spain. He's remained active since turning pro in March 2015; he fought five times that year, and five times in 2016.

A decorated amateur, Garza was a six-time Michigan Golden Gloves champion and the 2008 National Golden Gloves Champion at 119 pounds. The 28-year-old has won seven of eight since turning pro, including victories in his last two fights.

"I'm so excited for this great opportunity," the 5-foot-4-inch Garza said. "It's a dream that's coming true. I finally get a chance to show my talent to the world."

Fernandez vs. Garza is promoted in association with MaravillaBox Promotions and Jaafar Promotions.

Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Rich Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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Carlos Carlson V Shinsuke Yamanaka!

March 2 From Tokyo, Japan
Carlos Carlson V Shinsuke Yamanaka

World ranked bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson (22-1, 13 KOs) is getting what all boxers dream of, but very few actually realize, a shot at a world title.

Carlson, who is based in Tijuana, Mex., will travel to Tokyo, Japan to fight WBC Champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KOs) on Thursday, March 2.

The 12-round championship fight is promoted by Teiken Promotions, in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions.

Carlson, 26, will face a talented southpaw in Yamanaka that has fought all of his professional fights in his native Japan. He has made 11 successful title defenses since winning the championship against Christian Esquivel (vacant) in Nov. 2011.

"It's without question the toughest fight of my career," said Carlson, who is currently ranked No. 9 by the WBC. "All the hard work and sacrifices have built up to this moment and I'm going to seize this opportunity. I'll be coming home a world champion."

"Carlson is ready to do whatever it takes to become a world champion," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "We've seen him up close for the last several years and we're confident in his abilities. He's paid his dues; he's made the sacrifices. The world title is within his reach."

Since the second half of 2013, Carlson has honed his craft by fighting in Southern California's highly competitive Inland Empire. In Feb. 2014, he defeated the hard charging Javier Gallo by unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBC Latino Championship.

In his latest win last September, Carlson knocked out Alex Rangel in the third to win the vacant NABF Bantamweight Title.

"I'm definitely ready to become Mexico's next world champion," said Carlson, who signed with Thompson Boxing in 2013. "I know there's a lot of work to do to prepare for someone like Yamanaka. I'm looking forward to every minute of training camp."

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Skender Halili!

Wins Ring Magazine Round Of The Year
Skender Halili

Greg Cohen Promotions wishes to congratulate their fighter, Skender Halili, one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, for winning THE RING Magazine Round of the Year 2016 for the second round of his super welterweight war against Jason Thompson.

Held on May 27 at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York, the second round of Halili vs. Thompson featured three knockdowns. After an average first round, Halili (13-1, 13 KOs) went down twice in the second under heavy fire from the unexpectedly aggressive veteran Thompson (5-12-4, 4 KOs).

However, in a breathtaking display of boxing's exciting unpredictability, a dazed Halili, reeling around the ring badly hurt, somehow found the strength to launch a fight-ending right hand at 2:59.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Halili. "I found out right before my last fight, so i was trying to forget about it and stay focused. I saw the names I was up against, and it was guys like Keith Thurman and Sean Porter. That shocked me because their fight was great. Every round was great."

26-year-old Halili says a lot of the credit for the classic brawl goes to Thompson.

"I give him credit. He came in with a game plan. In the first round, I thought I could out-jab him all day, but he stayed calm and got me to make mistakes. He took me out of my plan and that's why it became a war. Thompson is smart fighter and his record is very deceiving. He made me realize you can't judge anyone by their record. But in the end, he didn't know I could also be the bull."

"Skender has the type of power and the level of heart that can lead to fights like this," said promoter Greg Cohen. "We are very proud to be working with him and he's never let us down. Almost all of his fights turn into crowd-pleasing wars and he always finds a way to win in the end. This fight was just the perfect example of the kind of excitement he brings."

GCP Boxing Promotions

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RICHARDSON HITCHINS!

SIGNS WITH MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS

Mayweather Promotions continues to set the bar in the boxing industry through promoting successful sellout shows and signing the hottest budding talent in boxing. The past, present, and future of sports and entertainment has officially signed Brooklyn-born Richardson Hitchins. The 19-year-old boxer represented his parents' home country of Haiti in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The two-time Golden Gloves champion is prepared to make his mark in the professional boxing world. He began boxing at age 12, after realizing the fate of his peers was either to end up tangled in gang violence or worse. Boxing got Hitchins off the streets and into the ring, crediting his childhood gym, Atlas Cops & Kids, as his safe haven.

Hitchens has been fortunate enough to gain invaluable experience, having sparred and trained with several world champions such as: Terence Crawford (current WBO, WBC, and Ring super lightweight champion), Sadam Ali (title contender and 2008 United States Olympian), and Luis Collazo (former WBA welterweight champion). These experiences in combination with his embedded boxing ability are what catapulted Hitchins to the attention of Mayweather Promotions President, Floyd Mayweather.

"I am a product of my environment, it's built me to where I am today and it's no mistake I'm this good. I'm just happy to work with a team who is in a place to help me achieve my goals as a fighter," said Hitchins.

"Mayweather Promotions is pleased to announce another addition to our growing stable of exciting fighters. We have proven we are here to stay, and we plan on giving the fans more exciting fights," said CEO Leonard Ellerbe. "Hitchins is a star in the making and we are in a position to get him to world champion status."

Mayweather Promotions has some phenomenal shows and events planned for 2017. Be on the lookout for Richardson Hitchins' Mayweather Promotions debut on the undercard of Thurman vs. Garcia at Barclays Center on March 4.

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Gerald Washington!

Steps In To Face Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder

Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will now defend his title against unbeaten contender Gerald "El Gallo Negro" Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, February 25, from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

The opponent change comes after Wilder's original foe, Andrzej Wawrzyk, tested positive for a banned substance.

"I'm very happy to get this opportunity to fight for my first world championship,'' Washington said. "I know that I'll be fighting Deontay Wilder in his backyard, but that adds more excitement to the fight for me. I'm looking forward to going to Birmingham and coming away with a victory just like I did in my last fight there.''

Washington, a 34-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who also played tight end and defensive end at the University of Southern California, scored a fourth round knockout over former title challenger Ray Austin in his last fight. It came on the undercard of the same show in Birmingham where Wilder suffered a torn right biceps muscle and fractured his right hand against Chris Arreola on July 16, 2016. Wilder won on a 9th round TKO, but needed several rounds of surgery to repair the damage and has spent the last six months in rehabilitation.

"I was disappointed when Wawrzyk tested positive for a banned substance and wasn't available to fight. I didn't want to disappoint my loyal fans in Birmingham, who have always supported me,'' Wilder said. "I'm glad Gerald Washington stepped up to the challenge and allowed us to go forward with the show. He's a tall heavyweight (6-foot-6) with a good jab and the kind of test that I need coming back from surgery on my biceps muscle and my right hand. I'm looking forward to putting on a good show for all my fans.''

"In this case, losing an opponent has resulted in a much better matchup for fight fans," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Gerald Washington, one of the highest rated American heavyweights, is a huge man and a physical specimen. A U.S. Navy veteran, Washington is a tremendous athlete who played football at USC and was on the practice squads of both the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. He's made a successful transition to boxing, and has been working toward his shot at Deontay Wilder and a heavyweight championship. This is the challenge that Deontay wanted and those that come out to the Legacy Arena or tune into Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes will be the beneficiaries."

"Despite the unfortunate circumstances that have allowed Gerald Washington to have this opportunity, I am confident he will be making the most of it,'' said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions, Washington's promoter. "Getting to fight a great champion like Deontay Wilder on national television is every fighter's dream. February 25 will be a great night for American heavyweights. Gerald is in amazing shape and he's coming to win."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TBG Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting AlabamaTitleFight.com.

Washington calls himself "El Gallo Negro" (The Black Rooster) to honor his African-American father and Mexican-American mother. He turned pro in July 2012, following a brief amateur career. He has risen steadily in the ranks after each fight and is now poised to take on the biggest challenge of his professional career. If he defeats Wilder, he will become the first Mexican-American heavyweight world champion.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a pair of exciting matchups as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd meet in a 12-round world title eliminator, plus hard-hitting Dominic Breazeale battles undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh in heavyweight action.

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CES Boxing!

Begins 25th Anniversary Celebration Saturday

Twenty-five years ago, CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. promoted his first event at the Rocky Point Palladium in Warwick, R.I., headlined by then rising prospect "Sucra" Ray Oliveira of New Bedford.

On Saturday night, Oliveira's son, Ray Oliveira Jr., fights for the seventh time as a pro at Twin River Casino in CES' first show of 2017, kicking off the promotions' 25th year anniversary celebration.

Fate?

"My son decided he wants to box as well and starts his training this year," said Oliveira Jr., who faces Connecticut's Jose Rivera in a six-round battle of unbeaten junior middleweights.

"This year also marks 10 years since my grandfather, the man who pushed my dad to box, passed away. It sounds like destiny to me."

The symmetry is undeniable. CES has always been regarded as a family promotion, and Burchfield Sr., who's been promoting fights for a quarter of a century in both boxing and, most recently, mixed martials arts, prides himself on providing fighters with the tender loving care missing from some of the more recognizable names in the business.

While most fighters are just a number elsewhere, CES fighters remain part of the family long after they throw their final punch. New England ring legends such as Oliveira, Gary Balletto, Scott Pemberton, Peter Manfredo Jr., Jason Estrada and five-time world champion Vinny Paz, the subject of the recent biopic film Bleed For This, are all members of CES' prestigious Ring of Honor for their contributions to the sport both in and out of the ring.

Burchfield is considered a father figure to fighters past and present, so it's only fitting Oliveira returns 25 years later, still heavy involved in the sport, with his own son fighting on CES' landmark anniversary show looking to keep his perfect record intact.

Saturday's fight against Rivera, a 2-0 prospect from Hartford with two knockout wins on his resume, could be the toughest of Oliveira Jr.'s career. The younger Oliveira is 6-0 following a unanimous decision win over the tough Matt Probin in December.

"I hope you took enough notes," Rivera warned Oliveira Jr., "because I'm not your typical test."

Fights like this one, featuring two rising stars willing to put their undefeated records on the line, are part of what has kept CES Boxing relevant for nearly three decades in a sport where success is fleeting and up-and-coming promoters fade faster than old photographers.

In recent years, its brand has expanded to include mixed martial arts, which has become a booming business due to the worldwide exposure of AXS TV, but boxing remains the cornerstone of Burchfield's staunch empire, a franchise he's often likened to the Providence Bruins and Pawtucket Red Sox to properly assert its place in Rhode Island folklore.

Saturday's card features nine bouts, all of them competitive, some of which feature CES' top prospects stepping up to face the toughest test of their career on one of the region's biggest stages at the Twin River Event Center. It's what separates CES from the competition, the willingness to challenge young fighters and provide fans with a memorable experience.

"This is what our sport needs and it's what our fan base demands. Solid, competitive fights. This is what drives the market," Burchfield said. "Fans don't want to show up knowing who's going to win before the first bell rings.

"We pride ourselves on bringing you the best entertainment for your dollar and it's an honor to be celebrating our 25th anniversary this year with a dynamite season opener at Twin River Casino.

"Without our fans, we would have never survived more than two and a half decades, so everything we do is designed to provide you with the most enjoyable, interactive experience possible to ensure our one-time fans become lifetime consumers."

The Oliveira Jr.-Rivera bout, scheduled for six rounds, is one of several headline-worthy matches on CES' Feb. 4th season opener. The eight-round main event features Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight and reigning Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast and International Champion Khiary Gray (14-1, 11 KOs) defending both titles against Brooklyn's Courtney Pennington (9-4-1, 5 KOs), who promises a repeat performance of their 2012 amateur bout in New York, won by Pennington.

"This stage gives me the opportunity to show that I belong in the conversion. I'm from Brooklyn and have never had anything handed to me," Pennington said. "Maybe that's why I don't mind what they call a challenge in the ring.

"I plan on my hands being raised, just like the last time we fought, only with more pain. Come February 4th, it's bump time."

Tickets are priced at $47.00, $102.00, $127.00 (VIP) and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The Feb. 4th card features an additional title bout as New Haven, Conn., vet Josh Crespo (7-4-3, 3 KOs) faces unbeaten Timmy Ramos (4-0-1, 4 KOs) of Framingham, Mass., in a six-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Championship.

A throwback fighter willing to fight anyone at any given time, the gritty Crespo has fought through tremendous adversity both personally and professionally to make it to this point. On Saturday, he fights for his second title, a year and a half after winning the N.E. Super Bantamweight Title in his second try.

"I'm what you call a true fighter," Crespo said. "I've lived a life that most people haven't. For two years, I lived in my car. When I finally met my wife and we had a child, I worked my ass off to provide for them and give them our own apartment that we call home. To this day, I still can't believe that I'm able to put a key into a door that I can call my own home.

"For me, 2016 was a tough year. We fought the best out there. We took some W's and some L's, but we fought guys that no one else would. My record is deceiving and I don't care what people say about it. I got desire and will, along with heart and balls. In 2017, my career is just beginning and in this fight I'm not leaving without this win. I have respect for Ramos, but once the weigh-in is over and he looks into my eyes, he'll see that I'm coming, and on that Saturday, February 4th, you're gonna see a new Crespo."

Also on the Feb. 4th card, undefeated prospects and decorated amateurs Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., and Canton Miller (2-0, 1 KO) of Saint Louis, Mo., square off in a four-round lightweight battle.

Coached by former world champion Nate Campbell, Miller is a 2014 USA Boxing Elite National Championships quarterfinalist and two-time National Golden Gloves Tournament of Championships quarterfinalist. The renowned Ortiz won the 2016 Western New England Golden Gloves Championship shortly before turning pro and advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 U.S. Olympic Trials in Nevada.

Framingham's Julio Perez (4-1) ends his nine-month layoff in a four-round intrastate showdown against Salem vet Matt Doherty (5-3-1, 3 KOs), who returns to Twin River for the first time since July of 2015. Following a busy 2016 in which he fought six times in seven months, Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. (4-0-2, 3 KOs) faces Minneapolis' Kenneth Glenn (3-2, 1 KO) in a four-round middleweight bout and Providence junior welterweight Anthony Marsella Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs) faces 16-fight veteran Francisco Medel in just his fourth fight as a professional in a four-round bout.

Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus Bates (0-1) aims to bounce back from a loss in his professional debut in a four-round battle against Providence, R.I., native Aaron Muniz, who makes his debut. Junior welterweight Khiry Todd (1-0, 1 KO) of Lynn, Mass., battles Woburn, Mass., native Bruno Dias (0-2) in a four-round bout.

The Feb. 4th card will also feature another special CES Ring of Honor ceremony inducting famed boxing trainer Kevin Rooney, who worked with world champions Mike Tyson and Paz in his storied career.

CES Boxing Promotions

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Baranchyk V Ramos!

Headlines ShoBox

Holden Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. return to the Buffalo Run Casino for an outstanding evening of boxing Friday, February 10 in Miami, OK.

The card is highlighted by a quadrupleheader airing live on Showtime at 10:05 PM ET as part of the ShoBox: The New Generation series and features eight fighters with a combined record of 100-6-4 and 76 wins by knockout.

Headlining is a 10 round showdown between USBA and WBC USNBC junior welterweight titlist Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and Abel Ramos.

A perfect 13-0 with 10 knockouts, Baranchyk fought on ShoBox last September, shutting out previously unbeaten Zhimin Wang. Residing in Brooklyn, NY by way of Russia, The IBF #7 ranked Baranchyk became the Buffalo Run Casino's adopted son and is a member of Holden Productions' “Four State Franchise.” He is promoted by Holden, DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc.

Fighting out of Arizona, Ramos has an impressive 17-1-2 professional ledger and 12 victories by KO. In May 2016, Ramos needed less than 5 rounds to stop undefeated Dario Ferman and he owns impressive victories over Carlos Villa (4-0) and Roberto Ramirez (13-1). The 25-year-old Ramos also has draws against Levan Ghvamichava (9-0-1) and Maurice Hooker (12-0-1).

Trey Lippe-Morrison looks to continue working his way up in the heavyweight division when he squares off with Daniel “The Mountain” Martz.

Trained by Freddie Roach out of the Wildcard Boxing Club in Los Angeles, CA, Lippe-Morrison's 13-0 with all of his wins coming by way of knockout. The Vinita, OK native stopped 9 of his 13 foes in less than a round, with only one of his opponents making it out of the second stanza. The son of Tommy Morrison, Lippe-Morrison received major attention when he stopped 13-0 Ed Latimore in less than a round on ShoBox and is a member of the “Four State Franchise.”

The fighting pride of Clarksburg, WV, Martz looks for his fifth win over an undefeated foe. Martz, 15-4 (12 KO's), most notably handed Alexis Santos his first defeat, sending the then 13-0 Santos to the canvas in the opening round. He's also shared the ring with newly crowned WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

“I'm looking forward to seeing Ivan against a very good opponent and give Daniel Martz a lot of credit for taking the fight against Trey,” said Tony Holden. “We had serious difficulties finding an opponent for Trey. Both fighters should be in position to advance their careers with a victory.”

Somebody's 0 must go when 2008 Dominican Olympian Lenin Castillo, 15-0-1 (10 KO's), and Queens, NY's Joseph “Mack” Williams, 10-0 (7 KO's), meet in an eight round light heavyweight scrap. Castillo or Williams, both 28, could become a player in 175 pound decision with a victory.

Rounding out the televised portion of the card will be the US debut of Spain's Jon Fernandez. At 10-0 with 8 victories by knockout, Fernandez won the WBC Youth title in his last fight and looks to capture the attention of American fight fans when he challenges 7-1 Michigan native Ernesto Garza. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the super featherweight division.

Castillo, Williams and Fernandez are promoted by DiBella Entertainment.

“With an all-action main event between Baranchyk and Ramos, the American debut of Jon Fernandez, a battle of two unbeaten light heavyweights and the return of Trey Lippe-Morrison, this card represents what ShoBox is all about,” said Lou DiBella. ShoBox is a great series and I'd like to congratulate Showtime's Gordon Hall for winning the Taub Award for the outstanding job he's done running the program.”

In the untelevised portion of the undercard, heavyweight Kenzie Witt, 9-0-2 (8 KO's), and welterweight Jarrett Rouse, 10-0-1 (4 KO's), will face opponents to be named.

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Jack Culcay V Demetrius Andrade!

March 11 In Ludwigshafen
Jack Culcay

Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) is set to defend his WBA World Super Welterweight title against former WBO World Champion Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) on March 11 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

‘Golden’ Jack claimed the WBA strap with a unanimous decision over Maurice Weber in Frankfurt on May 9, 2015. The 31 year-old has since defended his title with a points victory versus Dennis Hogan in Hamburg on December 5, 2015, and a stoppage win against Jean Carlos Prada in Potsdam on April 9, 2016.

The Ecuadorian-born German will now face his toughest test when he meets Andrade on March 11. The undefeated American is a former WBO World Champion having claimed and defended the title with victories over Vanes Martirosyan in Texas on November 9, 2013, and Brian Rose on June 14, 2014 in New York, before being stripped of the belt due to inactivity.

As amateurs both men competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and claimed gold medals at the Amateur World Championships. Andrade beat Culcay on his way to winning gold at the 2007 tournament in Chicago, while Culcay had to wait for the 2009 tournament in Milan to secure first prize.

Ahead of their WBA World Super Welterweight showdown, Culcay admits he is eager to avenge his amateur defeat and prove he is the top name in the division.

‘’Losing to Andrade in the 2007 amateur championships is something that has stayed with me to this day,’’ says Culcay. ‘’I’m so happy that I will finally get the chance to get my revenge against Andrade and show I am the better fighter.‘’

Promoter Kalle Sauerland is predicting an ‘explosive encounter’ between the warring super welterweights and expects their amateur rivalry to add to the occasion.

‘’This will be the first World title fight on German soil in 2017, and what better way to start the year,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’We have two of the top names in the division going head-to-head in what promises to be an explosive encounter. Their amateur rivalry will be sure to add to the intrigue. Jack is out for revenge. He may has lost out to Andrade in Chicago, but now the American must travel to Jack’s homeland to try to take the title from him.’’

Rising German super middleweight star Leon Bauer (10-0, 8 KOs) is the first name confirmed for the undercard. The 18 year-old claimed the IBF Youth World title in his last contest and will look to build on this success when he returns in Ludwigshafen.

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Tomi Honka!

Signs With Team Sauerland
Tomi Honka

Finnish amateur star Tomi Honka has signed a long-term promotional contract with Europe’s leading boxing stable Team Sauerland.

The 24 year-old from Suomenlinna, Helsinki is a former three-time national champion, Nordic champion, and as a long-term member of the Finnish amateur team, has competed at both European and World Championships.

As a professional, Honka will be campaigning in the cruiserweight division, and as the talented fighter prepares to launch an attack on the paid ranks, he says he is confident he has found the right team to guide him to the top.

‘’It’s a dream come true to sign with Team Sauerland,’’ says Honka. ‘’I believe I have a lot of potential, and with their resources and expertise, I know they can take me to the next level. I’m really excited about this opportunity, and I’m confident I have the right people around me to help me to develop.’’

‘’We’re delighted to have secured Tomi’s signature,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’He is a very a talented young fighter, and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him. Tomi will play an important part in our future plans as we look to build a base of elite level fighters in Finland.’’

Details of Honka’s professional debut will be communicated shortly.

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Miguel Flores V Dat Nguyen!

Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated rising prospect Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) headlines in his hometown as he battles Dat Nguyen (19-3, 6 KOs) in the 10-round super featherweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, February 21 from Silver Street in Houston, Texas.

Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will feature unbeaten prospect Brandon Figueroa (10-0, 7 KOs) in a six-round attraction and undefeated Darwin Price (11-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight matchup.

"I'm very thrilled to be headlining another show on FS1 and FOX Deportes, especially in my home state of Texas," said Flores. "Dat Nguyen is a very talented fighter who's been in the ring with some good opponents. His only losses were against fighters who were undefeated at the time. I'm expecting a rough fight, which should make for good television. Everyone should tune in because this is going to be a great fight with a lot of action."

"I'm excited to be back in the main event on a great network like FS1 and FOX Deportes," said Nguyen. "I know my career has had its ups and downs, but a win over Flores would bring me back to the top. Flores is young, hungry and undefeated. I once had that fear of losing, so I know what it will take to beat him. I would like to thank all of my fans and countrymen for their support and I will make them proud."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

An undefeated fighter from Michoacan, Mexico, but fighting out of Houston, Flores has not lost since turning pro in 2009 at just 17-years-old. The 24-year-old had a big 2015 beginning in May with a victory over German Meraz and followed up by wins against Juan Ruiz, Carlos Padilla and Alfred Tetteh. He started 2016 with a headlining win over Mario Briones at The Dancehall in January before dominating Ruben Tamayo over 10 rounds in May and most recently scoring a decision over previously once-beaten Ryan Kielczweski in August.

Born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam as the son of a Vietnamese POW, Nguyen and his family moved to the United States when he was eight-years-old. Nguyen earned a full scholarship to Northern Michigan University as part of their Olympic boxing program and would go on to win a silver medal at the National Golden Gloves and a bronze medal at the U.S. World Championships. Fighting out of Vero Beach, Florida, Nguyen's losses have all come from undefeated opponents and he enters this fight having won back-to-back contests.

The brother of former world champion Omar, the 20-year-old Figueroa turned pro in May of 2015 by defeating Hector Gutierrez and followed that up by stopping Ricardo Mena, Ramiro Ruiz and Francisco Muro to close out the year. The Weslaco-native has stayed busy in 2016, picking up six victories, including five by way of stoppage.

Originally from St. Louis, Price's road has led him to Houston where he now trains with noted coach 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 before 2016 saw him earn impressive victories over previously unbeaten Semajay Thomas and once-beaten Javontae Starks.

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KIERON MCLAREN!

AIMS TO TAKE THE ROOF OFF FENTON MANOR
KIERON MCLAREN

British Challenge Super Lightweight Champion, Kieron McLaren, makes a first defence of his belt on Hatton Boxing’s ‘Time To Shine’ show at Fenton Manor next month.

The 22 year-old defeated Plymouth hardman, Chris Adaway, back in October, at the same venue, to claim the belt and defends it against a familiar foe this time around.

McLaren, undefeated in nine professional contests, takes on Worcester’s Michael ‘Mad Man’ Mooney. The pair have locked horns already with McLaren claiming a points victory in May 2016 and ‘Gunner’ expects to have his hand raised one again.

“It’s going to be another good fight and if it’s anything like the Adaway fight the fans will be in for a treat,” he said. “It was a tough night against Adaway. I don’t think it was as close as the referee scored it (McLaren claimed a 77-76 win) but it was a great fight.

“I know all about Mooney. He’s a very game fighter and he always comes to win. We had a good fight last time and I expect something similar this time around. He broke his hand in our last fight, which tells you that it was toe to toe.

“I’m ready for whatever he brings. I found out about the show before Christmas and I’ve had a good, steady camp up to now. I enjoyed Christmas but didn’t go crazy.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Fenton Manor and working with Hatton Boxing again. I can’t thank them enough really. They’re shows are always banging and I’m hoping my fans turn out in numbers again and blow the roof off the place!”

The February 18 card is entitled ‘Time to Shine’ and is hosted by Hatton Boxing, the company founded by four-time world champion Ricky Hatton that also manufactures premium boxing equipment and trains thousands of fitness professionals each year through its Academy.

Top of the bill sees heavyweight sensation Nathan Gorman lock horns with Georgia’s tough Gogita Gorgiladze while Reuben Arrowsmith faces Ryan Toms as a supporting contest alongside Craig Morris’s Midlands Area welterweight title defence against Ryan Fields and McLaren’s super-lightweight Challenge belt encounter with Mooney.

Also on in action on the bill will be fellow Hatton Boxing prospects Jake Haigh and Sam Evans as well as Stafford’s Rob Hunt, Cheshire’s Nathan Clarke and former amateur standout Luke Caci, who will be making his pro debut.

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Lindolfo Delgado!

Sings With Ringstar Sports

Another top amateur standout has joined forces with Ringstar Sports to launch his pro career as 2016 Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado has signed with the Los Angeles-based promotional company.

"I'm very proud to welcome a young man with the talent and heart of Lindolfo Delgado to our roster at Ringstar," said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. "We're excited to add a second Mexican Olympian and fifth 2016 Olympian to the Ringstar family. I know that Lindolfo will bring the heart of a Mexican warrior every time he enters the ring and I expect him to be a fan favorite in the U.S and Mexico.

I can't wait to get started on helping him achieve his dreams and make him a star in this sport."

"By signing with Ringstar I will be given the best opportunities to become a world champion and have the career I envision," said Delgado. "I really feel that this is the best promotion company for me. I believe Ringstar can help me reach great heights in the sport and beyond."

Born in Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, the 22-year-old began his boxing career in 2004 at the age of 10. He worked his way up the amateur circuit in Mexico before breaking through by winning a silver medal at the 2010 Junior Mexican National Olympiad. He followed that up with a bronze at the 2011 Youth Mexican National Olympiad and with a championship winning-performance at the 2012 Mexican National Olympiad.

He continued to impress by picking up a gold medal at the 2014 Pan-American Sports Festival and silver medals at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 2015 Pan-American Games. He would go on to capture gold at the 2016 American Olympic Qualification event and stamp his ticket to the Rio 2016 games to represent Mexico.

"The Olympics were a beautiful experience for me," said Delgado. "I learned that you can't hold anything back. Every time that I compete, I know that I have to leave it all in the ring. I'm going to do everything I can to take advantage of every opportunity I get."

The lightweight compiled a 139-15 amateur record that included victories over former world champion Amnat Ruenroeng and 2016 U.S. Olympian and fellow Ringstar stablemate Carlos Balderas. Delgado currently trains in Tijuana under Pedro Moran.

"I'm going to work hard to reach my full potential as a fighter," said Delgado. "I have an elegant style that is full of passion. Mexican legends are popular because they are warriors. I am going to model my style after them and use it to conquer the sport."

Lindolfo Delgado is the latest addition to the growing stable of Ringstar fighters that already includes: 2016 U.S. Olympian Carlos Balderas and his brother, National Golden Gloves champion Jose Balderas, 2016 Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist Tony Yoka, 2016 Bronze Medalist Misael Rodriguez, 2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis and top-ranked amateur Money Powell IV.

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Tony Harrison V Jarrett Hurd!

Premier Boxing Champions On FOX & FOX Deportes
PBC

A pair of exciting matchups come to primetime network television on Saturday, February 25 as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) and Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs) meet in a 12-round world title eliminator and Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) takes on undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-0, 14 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight showdown as part of an exciting night of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes action.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama and is headlined by undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder defending his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces once-beaten challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk.

"This is the guaranteed fight of the night on February 25," said Harrison. "This fight is do or die for me and I'm going to remind everyone how gifted I am. Fighting on a network like FOX and FOX Deportes is a blessing. I have deep roots in the south and I'm looking forward to fighting on a card with the big champ Deontay Wilder. Hurd is my toughest opponent to date and the winner of this will catapult themselves to the top of the division. You don't want to miss this fight."

"This is a big fight for me to get in the number one position for a world title," said Hurd. "This lines up a world title shot for me and I'm not going to take it for granted. The time has come for me to step up and overcome this obstacle. Tony is a tall guy who likes to move around and he has some nice power. He's a good fighter and I'm expecting a tough fight. This is a great position to be in and I'm going to work hard to take advantage of it."

"I'm very excited to return to battle once again in Birmingham, Alabama and on FOX and FOX Deportes," said Breazeale. "It's a new year for me and I have great expectation for 2017. It all starts with a victory on February 25. I know my opponent is going to come prepared to protect his perfect record, but I'm going to be ready to do anything to get the victory."

"I'm really looking forward to my first fight in the United States," said Ugonoh. "I'm expecting a tough fight from Dominic Breazeale. He always comes to fight and I know I have to be ready for anything that he can bring to the ring. It's really an honor to fight on the same card as the heavyweight world champion, Deontay Wilder. It's exciting to be fighting on FOX and FOX Deportes in primetime on U.S. television and I'm going to make the most of it."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing in association with Bruno Event Team and TGB Promotions, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting AlabamaTitleFight.com.

"As a promoter and as a fan, I can't wait for the Harrison-Hurd title elimination fight," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd are two of the hardest hitting, most exciting young contenders in the super welterweight division. Fans can expect fireworks when they clash in Birmingham. The heavyweight fight between Breazeale and undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh is also a battle of punchers and is a significant matchup in an increasingly competitive heavyweight division. Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes will have great supporting bouts for Deontay Wilder and the WBC heavyweight championship of the world."

"These two co-featured bouts perfectly compliment the heavyweight world title fight in the main event," said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "All four top contenders are in position for much bigger fights with a victory, making this a true must-see event."

The 26-year-old Harrison comes into this fight after scoring an explosive ninth-round stoppage of Sergey Rabchenko in July that put him in line for the world title currently held by Jermall Charlo. The winner of his last three fights, Harrison faces a tough challenge in the undefeated Hurd after he took down Cecil McCalla, Fernando Guerrero and Rabchenko in his last three contests. The Detroit-native was unbeaten in his first 21 pro fights and recorded 10-straight knockouts between 2013 and 2015.

Hurd fights out of Accokeek, Md., just south of Washington, D.C. and is perfect since entering the pro ranks in 2012. The 26-year-old defeated three straight unbeaten fighters including a sixth-round stoppage of Frank Galarza in 2015 and a 10th round TKO over Oscar Molina in the co-main event of the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter card in June 2016. Most recently, Hurd stopped former title challenger Jo Jo Dan in the sixth-round of their fight in November of last year and he will now look to solidify his spot at the top of the 154-pound rankings on February 25.

After representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics, Breazeale steadily improved and moved up the rankings before an unsuccessful challenge to Anthony Joshua for his heavyweight title in June. Prior to that, the Glendale, California-native picked up victories over veteran competition in Yasmany Consuegra, Fred Kassi and a stoppage of Amir Mansour on FOX in January of last year. Before switching to boxing, Breazeale was a quarterback at the University of Northern Colorado.

Born in Szczecin, Poland to Nigerian parents, Ugonoh is a former Polish kickboxing champion who took up boxing in 2010. Ugonoh is trained by Kevin Barry, the trainer for current heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker, who Ugonoh trained and sparred with on his way to the world title. The 30-year-old will be making his U.S. debut after scoring knockout victories over Ricardo Ramirez and Gregory Tony in 2016 while fighting out of New Zealand.

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Anthony Marsella Jr V Francisco Medel!

February 4

One week from Saturday, Anthony Marsella Jr. takes the next step in his highly-publicized fight career, a step many before him have taken in order to climb to the top of their respective weight class.

Coming off back-to-back first-round knockouts in 2016, the Providence, R.I., junior welterweight returns to Twin River Casino on Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2017 to face 16-fight veteran Francisco Medel in just his fourth fight as a professional.

The four-round bout between Medel and Marsella Jr. is one of 10 scheduled for next weekend's CES Boxing 2017 season opener and will be fought at a catch weight of 138 pounds. The 28-year-old Medel, a native of Uruapan, the second largest city in the Mexican state of Michoacán, boasts a 10-6 record with six knockouts, at one point in his career winning nine consecutive fights between 2007 and 2013.

"He may have more fights than me," Marsella Jr. said, "but I have more fight in me. February 4th, I'm going to do what I do best."

Next Saturday is Marsella Jr.'s third fight since October and third in his home state. The first two ended quickly; a 45-second knockout against Bardraiel Smith in October, followed by a knockout at the final bell of the opening round against Virginia's Devante Seay in December.

Now he tests his mettle against the experienced Medel, who has faced opponents with a combined record of 100-30 in his last seven fights, including a nationally-televised showdown on Fox Sports 1 against unbeaten prospect Emmanuel Medina in September and a bout against Massachusetts fan-favorite Ryan Kielczewski in December.

Tickets are priced at $47.00, $102.00, $127.00 (VIP) and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Reigning Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast and International Junior Middleweight Champion Khiary Gray (14-1, 11 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., defends both titles against Brooklyn's Courtney Pennington (9-4-1, 5 KOs) in the eight-round headliner.

The Feb. 4th card features an additional title bout as New Haven, Conn., vet Josh Crespo (7-4-3, 3 KOs) faces unbeaten Timmy Ramos (4-0-1, 4 KOs) of Framingham, Mass., in a six-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Championship.

In a battle of unbeatens, Hartford, Conn., prospect Jose Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs) faces his toughest test to date in a six-round junior middleweight showdown against New Bedford, Mass., vet Ray Oliveira Jr. (6-0, 1 KO) and fellow undefeated prospects and decorated amateurs Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., and Canton Miller (2-0, 1 KO) of Saint Louis, Mo., square off in a four-round lightweight battle.

Framingham's Julio Perez (4-1) ends his nine-month layoff in a four-round intrastate showdown against Salem vet Matt Doherty (5-3-1, 3 KOs), who returns to Twin River for the first time since July of 2015. Following a busy 2016 in which he fought six times in seven months, Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. (4-0-2, 3 KOs) faces Minneapolis' Kenneth Glenn (3-2, 1 KO) in a four-round middleweight bout, and Framingham middleweight Christopher Davis-Fogg (2-0, 1 KO) makes his Twin River debut in a four-round bout against Anthony Everett (1-4) of Lawrence, Mass.

Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus Bates (0-1) aims to bounce back from a loss in his professional debut in a four-round battle against Providence, R.I., native Aaron Muniz, who makes his debut. Junior welterweight Khiry Todd (1-0, 1 KO) of Lynn, Mass., battles Woburn, Mass., native Bruno Dias (0-2) in a four-round bout.

The Feb. 4th card will also feature two special CES Ring of Honor ceremonies inducting famed boxing trainer Kevin Rooney, who worked with world champions Mike Tyson and Vinny Paz in his storied career, and the late Manny Lopes of Marshfield, Mass., a former light heavyweight prospect who fought his entire career with CES Boxing until retiring undefeated in 2010.

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Jose Alfredo Rodriguez V Jerwin Ancajas!

January 29
Jose Alfredo Rodriguez

Mexico's Jose Alfredo "Torito" Rodriguez is promising fireworks in his upcoming world title challenge.

On Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the Studio City Casino in Macao, China, Rodriguez (32-4, 19 KOs), of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, will attempt to win his second world championship by challenging Cavite City, Philippines' IBF World Super Flyweight Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas (25-1-1, 16 KOs) over 12 rounds.

The former interim WBA Light Flyweight Champion Rodriguez says he's determined to get back where he belongs in boxing.

"I took two years off of boxing and missed being a champion. I came back last year on a mission to win another title and that's what I'm going to do," said Rodriguez. "Nothing can stop me. When I am given the proper time to prepare, I am one of the world's best. That is what I will show against Ancajas."

The southpaw Ancajas won his title in September of last year with a unanimous decision over McJoe Arroyo. The fight against Rodriguez will be his first defense.

Rodriguez's manager José A. Acevedo of Free Agent Boxing Management, says his fighter is getting top-level training for this showdown.

"Torito is working with his great trainer, Gil Gastelum, at Big Time Boxing in Port St. Lucie, Florida and Caicedo Sport Training Center in Miami," said Acevedo. "And more importantly, he is sparring with some excellent fighters to get ready, including former world champ Juan Carlos Payano, WBA-NABA Bantamweight Champ Stephon Young and upcoming featherweight title challenger Claudio Marrero amongst others. This is the best I've ever seen him look. He is very determined to win this championship. Thanks to Manny Pacquiao and Sean Gibbons for this terrific opportunity."

"Ancajas is a good fighter and I respect him, but there is nothing that can save his title from me," continued Rodriguez. I thank him for this opportunity, it's a dream come true, but he's going home an ex-champ. I am going to be an unbeatable force that night."

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Detroit Brawl!

Draws Huge Crowd To Masonic Temple In Detroit

Promoter Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions wishes to thank all the participants, sponsors and especially the fans who helped make his latest "Detroit Brawl" such a tremendous success.

Held this past Sunday, January 22, at the Masonic Temple Downtown, the Detroit Brawl attracted a near sell-out crowd, who took in an exciting night of no less than 10 fights. In the night's welterweight main event, Detroit's Lanardo Tyner (31-10-2, 20 KOs) proved he still has plenty left in the tank as he made a meal out of Hungary's Istvan Dernanecz (10-5, 7 KOs).

Tyner, one of the city's most beloved fighters, scored an impressive TKO in the first round (1:58).

And in the co-main event, Detroit bantamweight James Gordon Smith (12-0, 7 KOs) had an usually easy night, as he took out Hungary's Szilveszter Ajtai (10-4-1, 5 KOs) at the 1:00 mark of round two. Having had several slugfests in a row, Smith used his considerable talent to take out his Hungarian foe with a flurry of hard punches along the ropes.

"Boxing's big comeback continues," said a happy Salita, post-fight. "The goal of this series was to showcase the best young prospects in the city in competitive match-ups and we've done it and the fans have responded very well. The crowd today was very large and loud and came out in force to support their local fighters. It was a great event and thank you to everyone, especially Greektown Casino for their continued support."

Other Results:

Detroits Ja'Rico O'Quinn scored a third-round TKO (2:34) over Chicago's Angel Carvajal.

In the fight of the night, super middleweights Deandre Ware of Toledo and Juan Rojas-Sanchez of Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico, fought to an exciting six-round split draw. Scores were 56-58, 58-56 and 57-57.

Heavyweight Junior Wright of Evanston, Illinois, knocked out Detroit's Damon McCreary at 2:04 of round two.

In another heavyweight match-up, Detroit's Marcus Carter scored a TKO 2 (1:23) over Manitowoc, Wisconsin's Timothy Dunn.

Super featherweight Dwayne Zeigler of Montgomery, Alabama won a four-round unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36 and 39-37) of Charles Clark of Dallas, Texas.

Detroit super lightweight Larry Ventus Jr. knocked out Fort Myers, Florida's Jesus Lule with a single left hook. The knockout came at 2:26 of round two.

Super welterweight Ardreal Holmes of Flint knocked out Georgia's Bryan Goldsby at 2:59 of round two.

Cruiserweight Alexey Zubov of Detroit via Magnitogorsk, Russia, stopped Budapest, Hungary's Andras Csomor at 1:05 of round three.

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. FOUNDATION!

MARCH 12 AT SUNSET PARK IN LAS VEGAS

The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (TFMJF) is proud to announce their 3rd Annual Fight-4-Fitness 5K Race, 2K Walk, Kids Fun Run, and Community Day taking place Sunday, March 12 at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. This event is intended to support the movement toward more active and healthy lifestyles, while forming community alliances where awareness and empowerment serve as the nucleus for an improved quality of life.

This year, The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation, plans to unite runners and families within the Las Vegas community and surrounding communities in an eventful day filled with events geared toward the whole family. The festivities will start off with a 5K race and 2K walk, the Kids Fun Run will follow, and Community Day to commence the event. Children, ages 12 and under, can take part in a fun-filled scavenger hunt before the Kids Fun Run (one half mile run). The races are followed by an awards ceremony honoring the top 5K Race participants in each age category.

Fight-4-Fitness will also feature great healthy food options, vendors, merchandise booths, photo-booths, meet & greet with the Mayweather Promotions stable of fighters, live performances, physical activities geared toward fitness and fun, PLUS MORE!

For more information and to stay connected, follow us on social media: @TFMJF on Twitter, @TFMJF on Instagram, and onFacebook: www.Facebook.com/TFMJF

The full race day schedule is listed below:

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. -5K Race, 2K Walk, Kids scavenger hunt

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Kids Fun Run & Awards Ceremony

11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Community Day

Registration for these activities can be completed at www.tfmjf.org/events. Full registration dates and fees are listed below:

January 24th-January 31st: $30 5K/$25 2K/$15 Kids Fun Run/$20 Community Day

February 1st- February 28th: $35 5K/ $30 2K/ $15 Kids Fun Run/ $20 Community Day

March 1st- March 12th: $40 5K/ $35 2K/ $20 Kids Fun Run/ $25 Community Day

Day of event: $65 5K/ $60 2K/ $25 Kids Fun Run/ $30 Community Day

Online registration is open through March 10th.

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David Avanesyan V Lamont Peterson!

February 18
David Avanesyan V Lamont Peterson

WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) will defend his title against former two-time world champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) in a 12-round matchup that serves as the co-main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Televised coverage on SHOWTIME begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten light heavyweight contender "Sir" Marcus Browne (18-0, 13 KOs) meeting hard-hitting former title challenger Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round showdown. The event is headlined by former four-division world champion Adrien Broner taking on hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados.

"It is a great pleasure for me to be defending my world title in the U.S. against a very good opponent in Lamont Peterson," said Avanesyan. "I am the champion and come February 18 I will remain champion. This fight gives me a great opportunity to let the U.S. know what I'm about and put me in a position to fight the top fighters in the division. This will be a difficult defense but I am ready to show everyone how good I am."

"I'm extremely excited about getting back in the ring and fighting on SHOWTIME again," said Peterson. "I've been working hard in the gym and I'm ready to give my fans the kind of show they deserve. I know this guy is coming in with a lot of confidence from that belt, but I believe I'm the better fighter and I'll prove it on February 18."

"I'm ready to go to work and fight," said Browne. "It doesn't matter if I am the underdog; so be it. Let me be the underdog. I just want to beat this guy up. This is who I wanted to fight. I am fired up about this one and I can't wait until February 18."

"On February 18, I'm not leaving anything up to the judges," said Williams Jr. "I think Marcus has gotten some gifts in the past, so I'm not leaving this up to anyone but myself. I wanted to stay in the mix. I don't need a tune-up. I've been fighting since I was five-years-old. I just need to get in there and fight. I think this is going to be a really good battle."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions and Mayweather Promotions in association with TGB Promotions and K1 Boxing, are priced at $250, $100, $75, $50 and $30, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Fighting out of Russia, Avanesyan defended his interim world title in his last outing when he defeated former three-division world champion Shane Mosley by unanimous decision last May. The 28-year-old is undefeated in his last 22 pro fights since dropping a six-round decision in his second pro fight. Avanesyan picked up his interim belt with a ninth-round stoppage of Charlie Navarro in November of 2015.

Discovered as a child by trainer Barry Hunter while homeless on the street with his brother Anthony, Peterson has one of the best rags to riches stories in the sport. A pro since 2004, he owns victories over Victor Manuel Cayo, Kendall Holt and Dierry Jean in addition to the world title winning performance against Amir Khan, which he successfully defended three times. The Washington, D.C. native defeated previously unbeaten Felix Diaz in his last outing in October 2015.

The 26-year-old Browne defeated previously unbeaten Radivoje Kalajdzic in April 2016 after a big 2015 that saw him defeated veteran contenders Gabriel Campillo, Aaron Pryor Jr., Francisco Sierra and Cornelius White. The 2012 U.S. Olympian fights out of Staten Island, New York after an exceptional amateur career that saw him win the 2012 U.S. amateur championship at light heavyweight.

The 29-year-old Williams returns to the ring after dropping an exciting contest to light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson in July. Williams earned his title shot after dominant second-round stoppages of Umberto Savigne and former title challenger Edwin Rodriguez. The Fort Washington, Maryland-native was introduced to boxing by his father, a former pro fighter and he will look to start his path back to world title contention with a win on February 18.

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Achour Esho!

Stop Abbruzzese In Three Exciting Rounds

Warrior's Boxing's revived "Windy City Fight Night" continued its growth on Saturday night in Chicago, as the largest crowd yet watched a seven-bout card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

In the thrilling main event, Chicago junior middleweight Achour Esho (13-0, 8 KOs) had to survive a nearly disastrous first round to stop crosstown rival Anthony Abbruzzese (4-6, 3 KOs) in three.

Abbruzzese came out blazing in the first, culminating in a sustained barrage of punches that could have easily led to a stoppage. To Esho's credit, he survived and walked wearily to his stool.

The fight changed, however, in round two, as a miraculously revived Esho bit down on his mouthpiece and started throwing hard shots. One of them dropped a surprised Abbruzzese, who arose on shaky legs, only to be dropped again before round's end.

Smelling blood, Esho pounced on Abbruzzese in round three, dropping him again with a left hook and for the final time with a right uppercut. The time was :58.

Esho, now the newly formed ABO Junior Middleweight Champion, took the opportunity of his post-fight interview to call out MMA star Connor McGregor.

Two more Warriors Boxing prospects were in action that night, as undefeated Josh Hernandez (5-0, 4 KOs) of Chicago figured out the puzzle that is Thomas Smith (3-3-1, 2 KOs) of Dallas over six calculating featherweight rounds. Finding it difficult to trap the elusive Smith, Hernandez still did enough to win a clear unanimous decision by scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55.

And in another scorching slugfest, Chicago lightweight Jessica McCaskill (3-1, 2 KOs) pounded out an exciting unanimous decision over battle-hardened Puerto Rican Carla Torres (5-4), now fighting out of Cleveland. McCaskill's advantages in size, strength and power eventually took over the back-and-forth battle. In the end, the scores were 39-37 by all three judges.

In a very impressive "Windy City Fight Night" debut, Chicago bantamweight Shawn Simpson remained undefeated by clearly outclassing Mexico's Leonardo Reyes (5-12, 2 KOs) over four rounds. The scores were 40-36 twice and 40-35. At this level, Simpson appears to be one to keep an eye on.

Other Results:

Ruben Schobitz (2-0, 1 KO) UD 4 Joel Blair (1-3)

Scores: 40-35 X 3

Cesar Ruiz (3-4, 2 KOs) TKO 1 Martez McGregor (3-1, 3 KOs)

Time: 2:59

Yousif Saleh (2-0), 1 KO) TKO 1 Luis Ramos

Time: 2:16

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Rob Brant!

Stops Hloros With Body Shot
Rob Brant

On Friday, January 20, in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 3000+ at the Grand Casino's Events & Convention Center in Hinckley, Minnesota, WBA #3-, IBF #13- and WBO #5-rated middleweight contender Rob "Bravo" Brant stayed busy and defended his WBA-NABA Middleweight Championship by stopping Detroit's Alexis Hloros.

With a possible title-shot opportunity on the near horizon, the Saint Paul, Minnesota-based Brant (22-0, 15 KOs) wasted no time in dispatching Hloros at 2:33 of the first round. A huge body shot dropped Hloros for a count of nine, but he arose still wincing in pain, and was in no condition to continue.

"I was happy with the way the night ended up," said Brant. "When you get a guy last minute like Alexis Hloros, you have to treat them like they have been training to be the best version of themselves. Overlook them and you can get beat. I feel like I am ready for a bigger name now and am ready to showcase myself at the top level."

The event, presented by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with David Schuster's Winner Take All Productions, also featured GCP's always exciting super welterweight KO artist Skender Halili.

Halili (13-1, 13 KOs) kept his KO percentage at 100% by stopping Wichita's Romon Barber (7-13, 6 KOs) in the fifth round.

The anvil-fisted Halili landed some bombs early that Barber was able to absorb. However, Halili's power eventually wore him down. In the fifth, he caught Barber with an uppercut that staggered him backwards into the ropes where he then pounded him relentlessly until the referee stopped the fight. It was a spectacular show of brutal punching power.

"I was very impressed with both our fighters tonight," said Greg Cohen. "Rob Brant is clearly at the top of his game and ready for a big opportunity. Despite the opponent change on short notice, he handled it the way a future champion should. And Skender Halili continued his run as one of the most exciting punchers in boxing with another fan-friendly win. It was a great event in front of a huge crowd of fans. I am proud to have been able to promote it."

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Stefan Haertel & Leon Bunn!

Added To Nordic Fight Night Undercard

German talents Stefan Haertel (12-0) and Leon Bunn (1-0, 1 KOs) have been added to the undercard of the Nordic Fight Night on January 21 in Struer Energi Park in Denmark.

Haertel, who reached the quarterfinals of the London 2012 Olympics, returns following a unanimous decision win over Adasat Rodriguez, and will be aiming for his thirteenth paid victory in a ten-round super middleweight contest.

Bunn, a two-time amateur national champion, got his professional career off to a flying start with a first-round technical knockout win over Gordan Glisic in December in Sofia. The 24 year-old light heavyweight will hope to build on this success when he travels to Denmark for his second six-round bout.

Haertel and Bunn join a star-studded Scandinavian line up at the Struer Energi Park headlined by super middleweight star Patrick Nielsen, who after twelve months out of the ring takes on Columbian puncher Beibi Berrocal.

Hometown hero Dina Thorslund meets Xenia Jorneac for the WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight title, Abdul Khattab tackles ‘The Dane Slayer’ Arman Torosyan, Mikkel Nielsen returns for his second professional contest, and local heavyweight Kim Thompsen makes his farewell fight.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling 70 263 267. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinavia. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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FELIX DIAZ & YENIFEL VICENTE!

END THE YEAR FIGHTING AT HOME IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Dominican world-ranked contenders, junior welterweight Felix Diaz and junior featherweight Yenifel Vicente, both promoted by DiBella Entertainment, return home to compete in separate bouts held today at the Maunoloa Night Club and Casino, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

"I am happy that Felix Diaz and Yenifel Vicente will end the year showcasing their talent in front of fans at home in the Dominican Republic," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Both Diaz and Vicente have proven themselves at their weights and I will work hard to bring them the best opportunities available in 2017. Diaz is a threat to any of the current junior welterweight world champions, including Terence Crawford. Vicente is always dangerous as he has the power to knock out anyone at 122 pounds and several divisions above."

Felix Diaz (18-1, 8 KOs), the only boxer to win an Olympic gold medal for the Dominican Republic, is coming off of a career-changing performance back in July, winning a thrilling 10-round war against highly regarded, undefeated contender 21-0 Sammy Vasquez, at the Legacy Arena, in Birmingham, AL. The bout, which Diaz took on just a few weeks notice, was shown live on FOX, and served as the co-main event to Deontay Wilder's heavyweight title defense versus Chris Arreola.

The Vasquez fight came just nine months after Diaz' lone blemish as a professional, having lost a questionable majority decision in October 2015 to former IBF junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson, in his adversary's backyard. Wins over 15-1-1 Emmanuel Lartei, 13-2-2 Adrian Granados for the WBC Fecarbox title, and 23-1 Gabriel Bracero earned Diaz the shot against Peterson.

Following his victory over Vasquez, Diaz signed a long-term promotional agreement with promoter Lou DiBella. Currently ranked no. 7 by the WBC, no. 13 by the WBO and no. 14 by the IBF, Diaz is eager to seek out the best opposition in the junior welterweight division. He spent much of the summer calling out WBC/WBO world champion Terence Crawford, who opted to look elsewhere for his December title defense. Resolved to stay sharp, Diaz will end the year fighting in his native Dominican Republic for the first time in three-and-a-half years, taking on Nicaraguan Levis Morales (14-3-1, 7 KOs), who has wins over four previously unbeaten foes, in a 10-round bout.

"It feels great to be fighting in the Dominican Republic again, in front of my family and friends," said Diaz. "I know Morales is motivated, but I've prepared myself very well and am coming for a knockout. After my victory, I will be focused on securing fights against the junior welterweight champions and division elite, and, yes, I still want to challenge Terence Crawford!"

Junior featherweight contender Yenifel Vicente (29-3-2, 21 KOs), now a resident of Miami, FL, is hungry to end the year on a high note. A pro since 2006, the 30-year-old Vicente began his career ascent with victories over the tough Francisco Lorenzo and former Olympian Hector Avila. Collecting title belts as he progressed, Vicente won the WBA Fedelatin, WBC Fecarbox and Dominican Republic junior featherweight championships. Having fought almost exclusively in the Dominican Republic, Vicente made his US debut in 2012 as an unbeaten contender on the rise. However, between 2012-'14, Vicente would win only three of his next six bouts. Each of his losses came by decision and took place at either featherweight or junior lightweight. During this period, he did seize the interim WBC Fecarbox junior featherweight belt, becoming the first to stop Jorge Diaz, then 17-1, with a fourth-round TKO in June 2013.

Since his last loss to IBF no. 3-rated Eric Hunter in March 2014, Vicente has won four straight, all by knockout. On December 8, 2015, Vicente scored the biggest victory of his career, knocking out 19-0 Juan Dominguez at the Sun National Bank Center, in Trenton, NJ. The bout was televised by Premier Boxing Champions on FoxSports1. Vicente landed a dynamite overhand right to the head, sending Dominguez down for the full count, just 20 seconds into round three, in what was a "KO of the Year" candidate. Though he has been somewhat inactive following the Dominguez bout, with just one win via second-round stoppage in Santo Domingo in September, Vicente is determined to regain the momentum he had en route to climbing back up the world rankings. Standing in his way tonight is former Dominican Republic featherweight champion Alan Guzman (18-2, 14 KOs), in an eight-round contest.

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MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS!

SIGNS SAUL RODRIGUEZ

Mayweather Promotions has added exciting prospect Saul Rodriguez, the baby faced fighter who's already been making noise in the boxing industry, to their stable of fighters. A proven crowd pleaser, Rodriguez boats a flawless record of 20-0-1 with 15 KO's and a 71 percent knockout rate.

The twenty-three-year-old prospect was born in Riverside, CA. and scored a first round knockout in his professional debut back in September 2011 against William Fisher and hasn't looked back since. Rodriguez has stopped his opponent inside of the distance in ten of his last 12 bouts and most recently knocked out Daulis Prescott in May.

"I have worked hard in my career and I have a great team who has helped get me to where I am now. I am developing as a professional fighter, and that comes with making choices to benefit my career," said Rodriguez. "I am excited to join the Mayweather Promotions team, because it gives me to opportunity to be under the guidance of the best and take my career to new heights!"

"Saul Rodriquez is an exciting prospect, who has already made a name for himself in boxing," said Leonard Ellerbe. "We are in a position to help these up-and-coming boxers get on track to make sound moves that will build their careers and challenge them to bring out their best."

Be on the lookout for Saul Rodriguez' Mayweather Promotions debut in early 2017, as he looks to continue his perfect record and works towards his dream of becoming a lightweight world champion.

Mayweather Promotions is also excited to acknowledge its growing stable of additional new signees: Xavier Martinez (7-0, 4 KO's), Danny Gonzalez (1-0, 1 KO), Oluwafemi Oyele (1-0), Rolando Romero (1-0, 1 KO), Andres Cortes (4-0), former world title challenger Thomas Dulorme (23-2, 15 KO's), and Kenny Robles who will make his professional debut on January 14, 2017.

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Baltimore Pro Boxing!

Returns January 13

Jake “The Snake” Smith’s Baltimore Pro Boxing makes their long awaited return to Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD for “A Scary Night at the Fights” Friday, January 13.

Tickets to “A Scary Night at the Fights” are on sale now by going to Baltimoreboxing.com/events or calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 and the opening bell will sound at 8:15.

Headlining the event is Baltimore super middleweight Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow. Known as one of the physically toughest fighters in the 160 and 168 pound weight classes, Nicklow has a solid 25-8-3 record with 8 wins by knockout. The 29-year-old fought many top fighters including former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata, top contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Fernando Guerrero among others.

Nicklow, who is unbeaten in 26 fights in his home state, faces an opponent to be named in an eight round contest.

“I’m excited to be back running pro shows in the Baltimore area,” said Smith, a former boxer who has been a successful promoter for more than 20 years. “We’ve had incredible support from the crowd and our sponsors for amateur shows but people were always asking when we’d run another pro card. It’s my pleasure to present “A Scary Night at the Fights” and the plan is to continue providing quality entertainment for our ticketholders.”

In the co-main event, 18-year-old boxing prodigy Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazey of Baltimore meets an opponent to be named in a four round junior middleweight contest. Veazey, a multi-time champion in the amateurs, turned pro in October with a unanimous decision victory and has a large fan base.

“Dangerous” Donald Wallace, 1-0 (1 KO), is slated to return in a four round middleweight bout. A newcomer to the sport, the Baltimore resident made a name for himself as an amateur, going from novice to Olympic Trials participant in a short period of time. Wallace, who scored a first round knockout in his pro debut, faces a foe to be named.

Rugged 46 fight veteran Michael “The Amazing” Gbenga of Baltimore by way of Accra, Ghana will appear on the card in a light heavyweight contest.

Additional fights will be announced shortly.

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Unbeaten Local Talent!

Rounds Out Undercard Action At Barclays Center
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Top local talent from New York City will be on display on Saturday, January 14 as Polish heavyweight Adam Kownacki, Brooklyn-native Julian Sosa and Irish welterweight Noel Murphy all enter the ring in separate bouts at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

"In addition to the tremendous action that will be televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and SHOWTIME EXTREME on January 14, boxing fans in attendance at Barclays Center will be treated to an exciting undercard featuring up-and-coming local prospects," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Polish heavyweight Adam Kownacki, Irish welterweight Noel Murphy and Brooklynite Julian Sosa, who is of Mexican descent, will all put their undefeated records on the line. Mayweather Promotions will also deliver Kenny Robles, a decorated amateur from Staten Island, making his pro debut, as well as Puerto Rican former world title challenger Thomas Dulorme on the comeback."

The January 14 event features a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader headlined by the super middleweight world championship unification showdown between Badou Jack and James DeGale. Televised coverage on SHOWTIME® begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT with junior lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza taking on undefeated contender Gervonta Davis.

Additional action is featured on SHOWTIME EXTREME®and headlined by junior featherweight world champion and Brooklyn-native Amanda Serrano battling former two-division world champion Yazmin Rivas. The telecast begins at 7 p.m. ET/PT and features Ievgen Khytrov battling Immanuwel Aleem in a 10-round matchup of undefeated rising contenders.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

The unbeaten Kownacki (14-0, 11 KOs) will take on Joshua Tufte (19-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round heavyweight fight while Sosa (6-0-1, 2 KOs) faces Gabriel Solario (2-2-1) in a six-round welterweight attraction and Murphy (7-0, 2 KOs) competes in a six-round welterweight bout.

Rounding out the action are a pair of recent additions to the Mayweather Promotions stable as former title challenger Thomas Dulorme (23-2, 15 KOs) enters the ring for an eight-round junior welterweight fight and Staten Island-native Kenny Robles makes his pro debut in a four-round welterweight battle.

A two-time New York Golden Gloves champion, four of Kownacki's last five victories have come at the friendly confines of Barclays Center. Originally from Poland but now living in Brooklyn, Kownacki stopped Jesse Barboza in round three of their June fight the last time he entered the ring. The 27-year-old has won six times since the beginning of 2015 and faces one of his toughest opponents to date in the former kickboxing champion Tufte of Kernersville, North Carolina.

Trained by his father, former pro fighter and New York Golden Gloves champion Aureliano, Sosa has built a growing fan base fighting of the Flatbush Cops 'N' Kids gym in his hometown of Brooklyn. The 20-year-old is unbeaten since turning pro in March 2015 and has picked up three wins in 2016. He will be opposed by the 27-year-old Solario who fights out of Seattle and picked up a win over Drew Bokenshire in his last bout.

Originally from Cork, Ireland, Murphy has fought exclusively in the U.S. since turning pro in 2014 while fighting out of Woodlawn, NY. The 22-year-old earned his seventh pro victory in November when he won a dominant decision over Mohamed Allam in November. It was his second victory of the year and now he will make his second career start at Barclays Center looking to begin 2017 in style.

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Dina Thorslund V Xenia Jorneac!

WBC Youth World Title Fight
Dina Thorslund

Dina Thorslund (7-0, 5 KOs) will face Xenia Jorneac (7-1, 2 KOs) for the WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight Championship on January 21 at the Struer Energy Park in Denmark.

The 23 year-old has taken the division by storm since joining the paid ranks in 2015, and now Thorslund will have the chance to claim her first title when she takes on the German fighter in her hometown arena.

"There will be a party in Struer - that I can promise,’’ said Thorslund. ‘’ Xenia is a tough opponent, but I must admit I will be disappointed with myself if I’m not crowned WBC Youth World Champion on January 21.

"That being said, I know I cannot underestimate her. You should never think that any opponent will be easy in boxing. Xenia comes to Denmark to become World Champion, and while she has my respect, I believe I am the better boxer.

"My training is going really well. I feel on top both physically and mentally. I don't have to fight to come down in weight, and I'm feeling better than ever. The timing is perfect for me, and it couldn't be any worse for Xenia."

Jorneac recognises the challenge posed by Thorslund but says she is confident of defeating the home fighter and bringing the WBC title back to Germany with her.

‘’This is going to be my toughest fight yet. Dina is not only very strong but also has a great amateur background. However, I’m not bad either,’’ she says. ‘’I’m very motivated especially as it’s going to be for the WBC Youth World title, and I’m very confident I will win, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken this fight.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’This is a great opportunity for Dina to claim her fist major title. The WBC Youth World title is a prestigious belt and will improve her rankings and bring her closer to a full World title challenge. This is an important step forward for her and a fight she cannot afford to lose.’’

Thorslund will be joined in action by Danish super middleweight star Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs) who will begin a new World title assault after 12 months out of the ring, plus rising star Mikkel Nielsen (1-0, 1 KO) and local heavyweight Kim Thomsen (4-1, 1 KO). Further undercard fights will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling (+45) 70 263 267. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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WINDY CITY FIGHT!

GETS CROSSTOWN BATTLE
WINDY CITY FIGHT

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Warriors Boxing Promotions returns to action with another instalment of the "Windy City Fight Nights" series of boxing shows.

Designed to showcase the best of Chicago's up-and-coming talent, this WCFN will feature undefeated super welterweight Achour Esho taking on the always tough Anthony Abbruzzese for the ABO Regional Jr. Middleweight Championship in the night's eight-round main event.

"I'm super excited to fight again and showcase my talent," said Achour Esho. "I love fighting and I'm stoked I'm in the main event again. Who wouldn't be? My opponent is a hometown fighter whom I respect very much and am not taking lightly. He's fought several undefeated fighters and gone the distance. He also knows me and is going to come out and try to prove himself. Let's do this! Winner goes home with the title and belt!"

"I'm really looking forward to the fight. I know I'm fighting a tough guy who's going to come at me, ready," said Anthony Abbruzzese. "I'm coming to fight too. I have never said no to a fight in my whole career and I don't plan on doing that now. I have nothing but respect for him and we are going to put on a show."

In the night's six-round co-main event will be super featherweight knockout artist Josh Hernandez (4-0, 4 KOs) of Chicago; as well as four-round bouts featuring undefeated Chicago lightweight Yousif Saleh (1-0); super middleweight Ruben Schobitz (1-0, 1 KO) of Miami via Spain; Warriors Boxing's first-ever female fighter, Chicago lightweight Jessica McCaskill (2-1, 2 KOs); East Chicago, Indiana, super bantamweight Francisco Saldana (2-0, 1 KO); and Palatine, Illinois, flyweight Javier Rivera (3-0, 1 KO).

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.

Warriors Boxing Vice President Dominic Pesoli created the Windy City Fight Night series to introduce and develop local and international boxing talent, many of whom went on to become world champions and top contenders, including Andrzej Fonfara and Adrian Granados from Chicago, as well as international imports such as current light heavyweight champion Sergei Kovalev.

"This show we are looking to surpass the success of the last one and that's saying a lot," said Warriors Boxing President Leon Margules. "I am proud of my team at Warriors for helping keep the Chicago boxing scene alive with this series and for developing young talent for the top of the boxing world of tomorrow."

"We have a great group of talented fighters who will be in tough match-ups that help advance their skills," said Dominic Pesoli. "The fans in this city know that Windy City Fight Nights are always an entertaining night of back-and-forth action."

Windy City Fight Night is proudly sponsored by Abt Electronics, Output Lounge/Sports Bar, Unanimous Boxing Gym, and Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O'Hare - Rosemont. On fight night, doors open at 7:00 pm CT and the action starts at 8:00 pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago. The entire bout card is subject to change.

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Battle Born Boxing!

Amateur Series Returns To Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

The sixth and final 2016 edition of the "Battle Born Boxing" amateur boxing series returns this Friday evening (Dec. 16), starting at 7 p.m. PT, at Downtown Las Vegas Events Centerindoor facility.

"Battle Born Boxing" is an amateur boxing series created by Neon Star Media on behalf of its client, the D Las Vegas, to support amateur boxing in Nevada, as well as provide a platform for amateur boxers from other states to compete against local clubs and boxers.

Las Vegas-based boxing clubs represented at "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising VI" include Barry's Boxing, Richard Steel Boxing Club and Johnny Tocco's Ringside Boxing.

"Battle Born Boxing" was successfully launched April 15, 2016, and it serves as a prelude the night before for the "Knockout Night at the D" professional boxing series events, which have aired throughout 2016 on CBS Sports Network, live from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising VI" tickets, priced at $15.00 for ringside (rows 1 and 2) and $10.00 for general admission, are on sale at www.DLVEC.com. All tickets purchased for "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising VI" will entitle ticketholders to receive $10.00 off any tickets purchased for the following evening's (Dec. 17) "Knockout Night at the D" pro event. Those tickets, priced at $1,000.00 VIP booth (includes 15 admissions), $50.00 VIP ringside, $25.00 and $15.00 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors for Saturday night's "Knockout Night at the D" open at 4:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 5:00 p.m. PT.

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Erislandy Lara V Yuri Foreman!

January 13
Erislandy Lara V Yuri Foreman

Super welterweight world champion Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) in a world title showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike on Friday, January 13 from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT with former super middleweight world champion Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (29-1-1, 23 KOs) battling Hungary's Norbert Nemesapati (24-4, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

"I'm very excited to be making my return to the ring in front of my Cuban fans in Miami on Spike on January 13," said Lara. "Yuri Foreman is a former world champion who is dedicated to this sport and will be looking to win another world title. I expect nothing but the best from him. On fight night, I'm making another statement and going for the knockout! After this fight, it's time to unify the division, then move up to win the middleweight titles. Everyone should tune-in because it's going to be a great night of boxing."

"I'm thrilled to be fighting for the world title," said Foreman. "I'm really looking forward to showcasing my skills and talent and becoming a two-time world champion. At this stage of my career, it would be a tremendous accomplishment. Lara is very crafty and many elite fighters have had trouble dealing with his style, but I have studied him and am very confident that I will defeat him by presenting him with something he's never seen before."

The Cuban Lara will be making his fifth defense of his title as he heads to Miami to fight in front of the many Cuban boxing fans in the city. The consensus best fighter at 154-pounds, Lara will be challenged by an experienced Foreman, a former 154-pound champion in his own right, who has fully recovered from physical ailments that almost derailed his career. Now, Foreman looks to establish that he can still challenge at the elite level as he prepares to solve the crafty champion.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing, are priced at $25, $35, $50, $75, $100 and $125, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.myticketforce.com by clicking HERE, by phone at (877) 840-0457 or at the Hialeah Park casino cage.

The 33-year-old Lara is a slick boxer with the ability to deliver punishment while taking very little of it in return. Lara has notched victories over Austin Trout, Alfredo Angulo, Ishe Smith and Freddy Hernandez. As an amateur, Lara won numerous titles including a national championship at welterweight, and also participated in the 2007 Pan-Am games. Originally from Guantanamo, Cuba, Lara dominated Delvin Rodriguez in June of last year and followed that up with a third-round stoppage of former champion Jan Zaveck. Most recently, Lara outclassed top contender Vanes Martirosyan in May in a rematch of their controversial technical draw in 2012. On January 13 Lara will make the fifth defense of his world title when he returns to fight at Hialeah for the second time.

An ordained rabbi, Foreman moved to Brooklyn from Belarus at a young age and found solace inside the legendary Gleason's Gym. Foreman was sensational in winning the first 27 fights of his career before he defeated Daniel Santos in November 2009 to capture a super welterweight world title. While he lost an all-New York showdown with Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium in 2010, Foreman won the last four fights of his career before retiring in 2013. Since deciding to return to the ring late last year, Foreman has picked up victories over Lenwood Dozier by decision and Jason Davis by second-round stoppage.

Dirrell has seen more adversity than most throughout his career as his time in boxing has been seriously jeopardized twice, first in December 2006 when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and was sidelined for 20 months and again in May 2012 when he broke his lower left leg and left wrist in a motorcycle accident. The Flint, Michigan-native never let that hold him down as he kept winning fights and working his way up the professional ranks. In 2014 he won his first championship when he defeated defending champion Sakio Bika. His road back to a 168-pound title has seen him dominate former title challengers Marco Antonio Rubio last September and Caleb Truax in April.

A pro since 2012, Nemesapati has already competed in 28 professional fights at just 21-years-old. The Budapest, Hungary-native won his first 14 pro fights and enters this bout on January 13 having won his last three matchups. He's fought seven times this year, including a challenge of unbeaten Callum Smith in the UK in September before going on his current winning streak. He will fight in the United States for the second time in a professional career that has already seen him fight in six different countries.

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Lucian Bute V Eleider Alvarez!

Feb 24 At Videotron Centre of Quebec City
Lucian Bute V Eleider Alvarez

Group Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gestev are very happy to confirm the Clash of Titans mega-event as former International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1, 25 KOs) will face World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver light heavyweight champion Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs), Friday, February 24, in a 12-round light heavyweight bout at Vidéotron Centre of Québec City.

This event is a presentation of Vidéotron, in association with Mise-O-Jeu.

Alvarez will put his WBC mandatory challenger position to champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) in danger with an end of April date for this world title fight having already been reserved.

Bute has also set his goal to challenge Stevenson. The veteran southpaw plans to clearly demonstrate that he deserves another wotld title shot, taking on the No. 1 conternder in undefeated Alvarez. Whatever the final outcome, the winner will be the most popular and legitimate challenger for Stevenson, dramatically increasing interest and notoriety of a totally Québécois world championship showdown.

All the ingredients are gathered to heighten popular interest in this fight, which will prove to be one of the most significant in the history of Quebec.

It is a local confrontation between two athletes who chose Quebec as their adopted home, fully integrating in the loal culture and learning French, as well as where they've fought the vast majority of their bouts. The result of this major clash will also have enormous repercussions at the international level in the light heavyweight division.

In one corner is former world champion Bute, who has delivered many inspirational performances during his 13 world championship fights (10-2-1, 8 KOs) to become a great star and admired celebrity in Quebec.

The other corner finds unbeaten Alvarez, a world-class fighter for the past three years who has delivered his most brilliant performances abroad, albeit mostly in the shadows of other great stars of Quebec. The former Colombian Olympian wants to establish his true value after having prepared for Stevenson by fighting opponents for more than the past year. He will earn his highest purse, which is similar to what he would have received to fight Stevenson first.

"It is the fans of Quebec in their entirety who will first be delighted with this mega fight and I am convinced that there will be no losers," GYM president Yvon Michel said. "Although it is difficult to predict the outcome of this confrontation, most likely this fight will be so interesting and close that, eventually the two could get, one after the other, a world championship fight against the powerful southpaw champion of Montreal, Adonis Stevenson."

"It was important for us to have this fight at the Vidéotron Centre," added Vice-President Shows & Creative Content of Québecor, Michel Granger. "The last time (the Stevenson-Williams fight) was a success and it will be the same on February 24."

"The last six months have been tough for me," Bute explained. "After the Washington situation was settled, I was happy to finally sit down and discuss my next fight. I accepted as soon as I was offered the fight. We're talking about an undefeated guy ranked number 1 by the WBC. It's quite a challenge. I tip my hat to Alvarez for putting his position in peril.

"I was expecting the winner of the unification title fight between James Dégale and Badou Jack, but I had no guarantees and I could not afford to wait. My goal is to fight again for a world championship, whether it's at 168 or 175 pounds, and I did not want to just take a meaningless preparatory fight.

"After evaluating all the options, we came to the conclusion that we had to take this fight," Alvarez' head trainer Marc Ramsey remarked. "Of course, there are risks ... but it's worth it. Eleider has long awaited an opportunity to box against someone recognized in Quebec, and people have not yet seen his full potential. He was all smiles when he received the offer.".

"When Marc called me into his office," Alvarez commented, "I was wondering what was going on. Generally, when he calls me into his office, it's not good news. He asked me to sit down and if I wanted to face Bute. I smiled and said, yes. He is the most popular boxer in Quebec, so my motivation will be different. I'm doing this for myself and my family. I want to be world champion and now it's going through Lucian. I've been looking a long time for a big fight like this and for the first time I will be the headliner."

Tickets went on sale today (Monday, Dec. 12) on the Websites of Vidéotron Centre, Evenko and on Ticketmaster.ca

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Welterweight War!

Headlines Special Sunday Edition of Detroit Brawl
Detroit Brawl

Already building a reputation for putting on Detroit's best boxing shows, promoter Dmitriy Salita and Salita Promotions have done it again by featuring a potentially explosive war in their next show.

In a special Sunday edition of their popular "Detroit Brawl" series on January 22, 2017, Detroit fan favorite and world-class spoiler Lanardo "Pain Server" Tyner (30-10-2, 19 KOs) will return to action to face undefeated Toledo, Ohio, hotshot Wesley "Casanova" Tucker (13-0, 8 KOs) in the eight-round main event.

Once again sponsored by the Greektown Casino Hotel, tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are priced at VIP $123, Box Seats are $80 and $60, Seating is $40, and $20. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster.com.

Known for his powerful fists and granite chin, Lanardo Tyner is a former USBO and USNBC Welterweight Champion and one of boxing's most dangerous gate keepers. Tyner has never been stopped in his career, despite facing a long list of future champions and top contenders including Canelo Alvarez, Lamont Peterson, Jessie Vargas, and Antonio DeMarco - and given them all tough fights. Tyner holds victories over former world champion Vivian Harris and a then 17-0-1 Charles Hatley. He also stopped then 21-3-1 Tyrese Hendrix and fought to a draw with top contender Adrian Granados.

"I know he's a good fighter and a cool guy. I sparred him one time. He's strong and aggressive. Exactly what I like," said Tyner. "I'm going to try and make it a war. Hopefully he's down for it. We both like to fight like that - whoever backs up, that's who is going to lose. I doubt I will lose."

Tyner says he can't wait to see all his fans at the fight and looks forward to seeing where he stands in the division by testing himself against another undefeated would-be contender.

"I love to fight in Detroit. I really don't fight here too often now, so I'm looking forward to fighting in front of all my people and I know he's bringing a lot of people too, so it's going to be a great fight. Beating him would mean that I'm still relevant and can still mess up these young punks. He's stepping up against me. For me, I'm just making sure I still have it."

Undefeated southpaw Wesley Tucker had over 250 amateur bouts and won several championships including the Toledo Golden Gloves, Silver Gloves, and Junior Olympics multiple times. A skilled counter puncher with above average power, Tucker has, thus far, shown strong ring generalship and a veteran's confidence, in-ring. Passing the test against Tyner will be a strong indicator he belongs in the discussion of world-class up-and-coming welterweights.

"I know he never gets knocked out and he's a big puncher, but I am too," said Tucker. "I was impressed with him. He hit me with a good body shot when we sparred. I'm going to mix it up with him. It'll be explosive. I love fighting in Detroit because it's 45 minutes from my hometown. I will have more people there this time than came to my last one and I had over 50 at the last one."

Promoter Salita says he's looking forward to putting on this fight for the fans in his adopted city of Detroit.

"This will be a war," he said. "Neither of these guys ever back up and they can both hit very hard. It's going to be a great test for Wesley Tucker because only the very best can beat Lanardo Tyner. Fights like this are what I pictured when I started the Detroit Brawl series. This is a TV-worthy fight that either fighter could win. I'm very proud to be part of this great event."

More fights, opponents and rounds will be announced shortly. On fight night, doors open at 4:00 pm and the fights begin at 5:00 pm.

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Joe Smith Jr. & Cletus Seldin!

Honored This Sunday Afternoon At Russo's On The Bay

Two Long Island fighters from Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing stable will be honored this Sunday afternoon at Russo's On the Bay in Howard Beach, NY, by Ring 8 at their annual Christmas awards dinner.

Highly rated contenders Joe "The Irish Beast" Smith Jr. and undefeated Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (Jr. Welterweight) will receive awards for "Knockout of the Year" and" Prospect of the Year" respectively.

Smith, a WBC International Champion, is rated #2 by the WBC, #5 by the WBA, and #12 by the WBO as a Light Heavyweight. He shocked the boxing world and Andrzej Fonfara this year with a spectacular 1st round KO in a bout televised live NBC in front of a prime time national audience. Smith has an upcoming date next Saturday, December 17th, with the legend Bernard Hopkins which will be televised live on HBO from the famous Forum in Los Angeles, CA. The show will be a co-promotion of Golden Boy Promotions and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. Smith is an outstanding 22-1 with 18 big knockouts.

Seldin, rated #6 by the WBC, has thrilled fans on his native Long Island and on ESPN with his relentless power punching fan friendly style. Cletus is undefeated with a record of 19-0 with 16 knockouts and DeGuardia is negotiating a major bout for the 'Hebrew Hammer' for early 2017.

Also being honored will be the trainer and manager of Joe Smith Jr. Phil Capobianco (manager of the year) and Jerry Capobianco (trainer of the year).

Star Boxing head Joe DeGuardia had these comments about the festivities "I'm thrilled for these 2 fine young men who have worked very hard in trying to achieve their goals in the sport of boxing. They are a testament to the results of hard work and are proud Long Islanders and New Yorkers. Ring 8 could not have picked 2 more deserving fighters for these awards. I also congratulate the Capobianco brothers as they have worked very hard for many years with Joe Smith Jr. and it is great to see the success of Team Joe Smith Jr. I look forward to being with the team on Sunday and in Los Angeles this week!"

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Oscar Cantu V Aston Palicte!

Knockout Night At The D
Knockout Night At The D

The 10-round main event December 17 of the final 2016 installment of the popular "Knockout Night at the D" series, featuring undefeated Oscar Cantu and Aston Palcite, is a classic match-up of styles between a boxer and puncher.

"Knockout Night at the D" will air live (7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET) on CBS Sports Network from inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center indoor facility, located in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas casino district, one block away from the world-famous Fremont Street (200 S. 3rd St.), and FloBoxing.tv will live stream the Dec. 17th undercard worldwide, starting at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET), in addition to three main card TV bouts - excluding North America - beginning at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET).

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

Jim "J.R." Ross and Joey Varner will call all the action live from ringside, while Jeff Huston will be the ring announcer and fight-week master of ceremonies.

Cantu vs. Palicte will be contested for two belts as Cantu defends his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super flyweight championship, in addition to the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental super flyweight title.

Rated No. 4 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) as a flyweight, the 25-year-old Cantu (14-0, 1 KO) will face the toughest test of his 4+-years professional career in the heavy-handed Palcite, but he's excited to be headlining this nationally televised show from Las Vegas.

"I feel honored to be headlining a card in Las Vegas," the Texan said. "The opportunity is what every boxer wants because Vegas is the biggest boxing hum in the United States and it has produced great champions in the past. I want to thank Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions for this opportunity.

"A victory can help me open doors to the world title and allow me the show everybody what I stand for, which is being God's humble champion. The outcome of this fight will come down to who wants to win more. I'm sure that adjustments will need to be made throughout the fight. Either way, I am well prepared to get this victory."

Palicte (21-2, 18 KOs) is a dangerous Filipino fighter who is world rated at No. 11 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 15 by the WBO. Now training in Los Angeles, Palicte is looking forward to making his American debut Dec. 17.

"I'm really excited," he remarked. "I've been training o hard, pushing myself to the limit, because I also want to excel as much as the other Filipino fighters. I am grateful for this opportunity to fight in the main event. Knowing he is undefeated, this is going to be an exciting, challenging fight.

"I've always dreamed of fighting for the world title and I'm taking things one step at a time. Through my promoter, RJJ, it was mentioned that there's a big possibility for a world title challenge in 2017 if I win this fight. I've fought some quality fighters and I think I can do what I want in the ring, though I won't say it's going to be easy to control the fight."

Styles made fights and a classic match-up between a consummate boxer (Cantu) and powerful puncher (Palicte) guarantees an intriguing fight that should be highly entertaining and incredibly competitive. Both fighters also respect each other.

"Palicte brings an impressive record and a lot of experience," Cantu noted. "The road to a world title is a tough one, which means no easy opponents. I am really excited about this challenge. This is a classic fight because of our styles and I am sure we won't let the viewing public down. I am ready to become the next great American champion in this weight class."

"Cantu is a smart boxer," Palicte added. "I'd compare him to Ismael Garnica, who I fought in our Showdown at Sands in Macau. (Palicte won by way of a seventh-round TKO.) He (Cantu) is kind of a runner, too, always moving around the ring, but we can never tell one's ability until we've fought.

"This is going to be an exciting fight. I'm really looking forward to getting a hold of those belts. Cantu is also a good boxer but with my experience and power, I think I have much more advantages than him. I know he's also doing his best training, so, it's going to be a really good fight come December 17th."

Unbeaten Chilean junior middleweight champion Angelo Baez (15-0-1, 11 KOs) will make his U.S. debut against Jamaica-native Nathaniel Gallimore (15-1-1, 12 KOs), fighting out of Evanston, Illinois, in the eight-round co-feature.

Los Angeles' Flavio Rodriguez (5-0, 4 KOs) meets Mexican invader Dilan "El Terrible" Loza (5-0, 3 KOs) in a six-round battle of undefeated welterweight prospects to open the televised segment of the evening.

The Las Vegas Big 3 - 21-year-old junior lightweight Randy "El Matador" Moreno (7-0, 6 KOs), 26-year-old welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (7-0, 2 KOs) and 18-year-old bantamweight Max "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Ornelas (6-0, 3 KOs) - will be showcased Dec. 17th.

Additional fights will soon be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $1,000.00 VIP booth (includes 15 admissions), $50.00 VIP ringside, $25.00 and $15.00 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 5:00 p.m. PT.

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Jose Pedraza & Amanda Serrano!

Represent Puerto Rico At Barclays Center
Mayweather Promotions

The only two Puerto Rican-born world champions in boxing are set to show their skills and heart for boxing fans in New York as Jose "Sniper" Pedraza and Amanda "Real Deal" Serrano defend their titles on Saturday, January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.

"Puerto Rico has such a rich boxing history with many of the sport's greatest champions hailing from the island," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Right now, there are only two Puerto Rican-born world champions, junior lightweight Jose Pedraza and junior featherweight Amanda Serrano, and I happen to promote them both. January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn is a tremendous card all around, but it will also serve as a celebration of Puerto Rican pride and heritage to be able to watch the country's only two world champions defend their titles on the same show."

Pedraza (22-0, 12 KOs) will defend his IBF Super Featherweight World Championship against hard-hitting unbeaten contender Gervonta Davis (16-0, 15 KOs)in the co-main event on SHOWTIME. With his victory in June 2015, Pedraza added his name to the distinguished list of Puerto Rican world champions. After losses suffered by Roman Martinez and McJoe Arroyo, he currently stands as the only remaining male champion born in Puerto Rico.

"Being the only male Puerto Rican-born world champion is something that I'm very proud of," said Pedraza. "It is also a big weight that I carry on my shoulders. I know that I have to give my best because I am not just a champion of the ring. I am a champion of my island of Puerto Rico. Knowing that all of Puerto Rico will be in there with me encourages me to give my all every time I step into the ring.

"On January 14 I will be facing a great boxer with a lot of talent, speed and power. However, I will let him know what it feels like to share a ring with a real world champion. Davis will enter the ring as a young, hungry unbeaten challenger, but the only thing he will leave with is the first loss on his record."

Serrano (30-1-1, 23 KOs), a four-division world champion, will defend her WBO Super Bantamweight World Championship against former two-division world champion Yazmin Rivas (35-9-1, 10 KOs) in the SHOWTIME EXTREME main event at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The winner of the Serrano-Rivas matchup will earn the prestigious WBC Diamond championship. Serrano's first world title victory in 2011 made her just the third Puerto Rican-born woman to win a world title.

This bout also signifies the first nationally televised women's world title bout in nearly a decade, since Mary Jo Saunders fought Valerie Mahfood on March 30, 2007 (ESPN2).

"It feels fantastic to be fighting on SHOWTIME for the first time and sharing the stage at Barclays Center with my countryman Jose Pedraza," said Serrano. "Knowing that both he and I are currently the only two Puerto Rican-born world champions, male or female, in boxing today is an honor.

"As for Yazmin Rivas being a tough fight, that's only on paper. I will prove that I am in a different league. There's a reason why finding someone to fight me wasn't easy. I'm the hardest hitting female fighter in boxing today. Rivas will soon know that personally."

Pedraza, of Caguas, and Serrano, of Carolina, are the latest in a long line of world class and beloved Puerto Rican champions who will look to put on impressive performances and make a mark nationally with victories in front of the friendly New York crowd. New York City boasts nearly one million Puerto Rican residents, making it the largest population of Puerto Ricans outside of Puerto Rico.

"I met Amanda Serrano at this year's Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York," said Pedraza. "She is a kind woman and I can see that, as a champion, Serrano is dedicated and always gives her best. I am proud of her for representing our people of Puerto Rico very well. On fight night, Barclays Center will shine with Luz Boricua as Amanda and I seek glory for Puerto Rico together."

"To be able to defend my world title in Brooklyn, where I live, is a dream come true," said Serrano. "New York is home to so many Puerto Ricans and I am sure they will really come out in support of this great event. I am truly a fan of my people. I would like to thank Lou DiBella, the best promoter in boxing, for giving me the chance to show the world why I am the 'Real Deal'! I would also like to thank SHOWTIME for the opportunity. Mr. Stephen Espinoza, I will not disappoint you."

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast is headlined by a super middleweight world championship unification showdown between Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) and James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs), with televised coverage beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

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SHOWTIME SPORTS!

COVERAGE OF UNDERCARD FIGHTS ON FACEBOOK
SHOWTIME SPORTS

SHOWTIME Sports will offer multi-camera, fully-produced boxing coverage on Facebook Live on Saturday, Dec. 10 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), providing fight fans with high-quality access to live undercard bouts preceding that evening's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader. The unique two-fight offering is the first timethe network has offered live boxing coverage exclusively on Facebook Live.

SHOWTIME BOXING on Facebook Live, from Galen Center on the campus at University of Southern California, features the 12-round IBF Junior Welterweight Title Eliminator between undefeated contender Sergey Lipinets (10-0, 8 KOs) and Lenny Zappavigna (35-2, 25 KOs). Also featured is a 10-round middleweight matchup between undefeated Erickson Lubin (16-0, 11 KOs) and once-beaten Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-1, 15 KOs).

Scott Hanson, known for his work as host of NFL RedZone and PBC on SPIKE, will call the action alongside best-selling author and Sports Emmy Award winning reporter Mark Kriegel.

SHOWTIME Sports also will live stream the final press conference on Thursday and the official weigh-in on Friday via Facebook Live. Saturday's live streaming fights will be available to the U.S. audience only.

The December 10 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast is headlined by a featherweight world championship showdown between two of the best 126-pound fighters in the world, WBA titleholder Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares. The live SHOWTIME telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with a matchup of undefeated rising stars, IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo taking on top-rated contender Julian "J-Rock" Williams. In addition, earlier in the evening, SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL will bring you the IBF Heavyweight World Championship fight between undefeated champion Anthony Joshua and American challenger Eric Molina on Saturday, Dec. 10, live on SHOWTIME 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.

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Sergey Lipinets!

Training Camp Quotes
Sergey Lipinets

Unbeaten junior lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets is wrapping up training camp as he prepares for his world title eliminator against Australia's Lenny Zappavigna this Saturday, December 10 from Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles.

Saturday's event is headlined by featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defending againstformer three-division world champion Abner Mares in a long-awaited showdown. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo and top-rated challenger Julian Williams in a world championship battle of undefeated rising stars in their prime.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, are on sale and are priced at $35, $50, $75, $150 and $200. To purchase tickets go to www.galentix.com.

Lipinets and Zappavigna will fight in an eliminator for the 140-pound world title won this past weekend by Julius Indongo via a first round knockout of reigning champion Eduard Troyanovsky. Here is what Lipinets had to say about training camp with Buddy McGirt, his matchup on Saturday and more:

On his upcoming title elimination bout against Lenny Zappavigna...

"Zappavigna is a very well-rounded fighter with a lot of experience and I know he's coming to rip my head off. There is no doubt about it, this fight is going to be tough. We both have a lot at stake because this is a title elimination bout. This will be war and everyone should be tuning in."

On his recent training camp...

"It's been a really productive training camp. My coach, Buddy McGirt has studied a lot of tape on Zappavigna and we have a great game plan intact. We are finalizing our last days of camp and we will be ready to go. I'm well prepared for this fight."

On his rapid rise toward the top of the junior welterweight division...

"I've worked really hard and fought a lot of tough opponents to get in this position. In my first fight as a professional boxer, I fought a guy with over 30 fights, so nothing has come easy for me. I've earned my right to be here."

On the possible opportunities that will come with a victory...

"A victory against Zappavigna will put me in position to fight for a world title. The opportunities are endless from then on. Unification bouts, fighting all the champions, those are the type of fights I'm looking forward too. My desire to be the best is all I think about."

On fighting December 10th in Los Angeles in front of hometown fans...

"Since I've moved to America I've made a lot of friends in Los Angeles, especially in the Russian community. Anytime your hometown fans can see you fight on a mass scale is a beautiful thing. I have a lot of friends and fans that will be in attendance. I believe my fighting style is pleasing to the eyes of all fans. I'm always looking to knock out my opponent. I know one thing...the Mexican fans will love watching me go to battle. It's time to take my career to the next level and it starts on Saturday, December 10 in Los Angeles."

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Misael Rodriguez!

Signs With Ringstar

The recently formed promotional company, Ringstar Sports, added another future world champion to its growing stable of fighters today with the announcement that 2016 Mexican Olympian and Bronze medalist Misael Rodriguez has signed with the company led by longtime boxing executive Richard Schaefer.

"I'm thrilled to be adding another promising young potential super star in Misael Rodriguez to the Ringstar lineup," said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. "This is a young man who has overcome every obstacle thrown his way. He is mentally strong, has great skills and I expect him to have a very long, successful career. I'm looking forward to helping Misael and his family achieve their goals and I hope to make him a household name in the sport."

"After I came back from the Olympics, I knew that it was time to start my professional career," said Rodriguez. "I am excited to have signed with Ringstar Sports. I have always appreciated Richard Schaefer's approach on developing talent in to boxing stars. When the time came, picking my promoter was easy. I knew that this is where I wanted to be.

"I look forward to showing the world the passion and heart I have for the sport I love," continued Rodriguez. "Becoming a world champion has always been a childhood dream, and now it is my number one goal."

The 22-year-old Rodriguez was the only Mexican fighter at the Olympics to bring home a medal as he earned his bronze by putting on a great performance in the middleweight division against Egypt's Hosam Bakr Abdin. The path for Rodriguez was a long and arduous one before Rio as the Chihuahua-native and his teammates had to resort to "begging" on public buses and streets in Mexico to raise money to compete in international boxing tournaments.

Despite these long odds, Rodriguez won the first Olympic boxing medal for Mexico since Christian Bejerano in 2000. His impressive amateur career saw him win 104 of 126 fights and compete in numerous tournaments after joining the Mexican National Team in 2013, including a Senior National Championship.

Rodriguez picked up bronze medals in 2014 at La Romana Cup, the Independence Cup and the Panamerican Sports Festival in addition to a silver at the Veracruz Central American and Caribbean games. He continued to improve and won bronze at the American Confederation Championship and Toronto Panamerican Games in 2015. Finally, in 2016 he earned a silver medal at the American Olympic Qualifier before going to Rio and taking home the bronze medal.

Ringstar Boxing Promotions

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Toka Kahn Clary & Shelly Vincent!

Win Homecoming Bouts At Twin River

Home never felt so sweet for Toka Kahn Clary and Shelly Vincent.

Kahn and Vincent celebrated their long-awaited homecomings with wins Friday at Twin River Casino in the CES Boxing season finale, Kahn by second-round knockout and Vincent by unanimous decision.

Fighting in his hometown for the first time in more than two years, Kahn (20-1, 14 KOs) wasted no time sending the fans home happy, disposing of Mexican veteran Mario Macias (28-21) via second-round knockout at the 1:58 mark.

The lightning-fast super featherweight showed off his flashy footwork and hand speed in the opening round before unloading in the second, dropping Macias with a straight left midway through the round. The game Macias got back up and kept fighting, at one point landing a hard right hook to the body, but as he continued to fight on the inside, Kahn adjusted by cracking him to the chin with a right uppercut, effectively ending the bout. Macias dropped to both knees and tried to beat the count, but referee Danny Schavione waved it off, awarding Kahn his first win – and 20th of his career – since suffering a stunning knockout loss in September.

Vincent (19-1), who hadn’t fought at Twin River since 2015 prior to Friday, outworked the tough Marquita Lee (3-3) of Novato, Calif., 80-72, 77-75, 79-73. Vincent dictated the pace from the opening bell, stalking Lee, utilizing her jab and landing effective, clean shots to control the early rounds. Lee hung in and began to work the angles in the middle rounds while forcing Vincent to chase her along the ropes, ultimately prompting the Providence native to cut the ring off and continue to pound away at the body.

For Vincent, it was her first fight since August when she battled Brooklyn’s Heather Hardy on national television.

The battle of the unbeatens between New Brunswick, Canada slugger Nathan Millier (9-0-2) and Kendrick Ball Jr. (4-0-2) of Worcester, Mass., was as good as advertised, as the two traded blows for six hard rounds and fought to a majority draw.

Millier came out swinging, trying to land the knockout blow with the overhand right against the taller, leaner Ball. Millier landed a few glancing blows, but never landed anything flush as Ball used his nifty footwork and head movement to avoid getting hit clean.

As the fight wore on and Ball figured out Millier’s game plan, the momentum began to shift in the Worcester native’s favor. Ball began to utilize his reach and his jab to neutralize the overhand right and started to box more effectively on the inside. After a back-and-forth fifth, the two staged a dramatic sixth and final round, starting with Ball landing a flurry of left and right hooks, following by Millier catching his opponent on the chin with a straight right, backing him against the ropes.

Many rounds were too close to call as neither fighter seemed to take a breather for any extended period of time. Judge Clark Sammartino scored it 58-56 in favor of Millier, but judges Glenn Feldman and Ken Ezzo scored it 57-57, resulting in the majority draw.

Providence’s Anthony Marsella Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs), returning to Twin River just one month after scoring his first career knockout in just 45 seconds, made it two knockouts in three fights, stopping Devante Seay (0-2-1) of Martinsville, Va., at the 3:00 mark of the opening round, dropping Seay at the bell with a flurry of ropes, forcing referee Joey Lupino to stop the bout.

Seay came out swinging, willing to engage Marsella, but paid the price when Marsella landed a straight right that pressed Seay against the ropes. Marsella continued to unload in the closing seconds until Seay fell to the canvas right before the bell. Seay made it back to his feet before the bell, but Lupino decided he’d seen enough and waved it off.

In the first of several Fight of the Night candidates, New Bedford, Mass., junior middleweight Ray Oliveira Jr. (6-0) remained unbeaten in another tough test, this time fighting the first six-round fight of his pro career and passing with flying colors, defeating the game Matt Probin (2-2) of Lewiston, Maine, 59-55, 60-54, 60-54, by unanimous decision.

Probin absorbed punishment in flurries from the experienced Oliveira, who boxed effectively on the inside and land clean hooks to the body while mixing in the uppercuts to control the pace. Probin’s best weapon was his short hook to the inside, but Oliveira survived and continued to press the action, backing Probin into a corner toward the end of the third and ending the fifth round with another flurry, a hard-fought battle for Oliveira just five months after beating Andy Gonzalez in July.

The night began with a back-and-forth junior welterweight battle between Washington, D.C., vet Lamont White (0-5) and East Haven, Conn., native Anthony Laureano (1-0), who made his Twin River debut. White showed a tough chin, continuously coming forward and eating a few short hooks along the way in order to fight on the inside, but Laureano controlled the pace for the first two rounds until the two accidentally butted heads in the third, opening a nasty cut over White’s left eye. After examining the cut, the ringside physician decided to stop the bout, resulting in a no contest.

Also making his Twin River and professional debut, Lynn, Mass., junior welterweight Khiry Todd (1-0, 1 KO) made quick work of fellow debut Patrick Leal (0-1) of Somerville, Mass., knocking Leal to the canvas twice before finishing him for good with a straight left at the 47-second mark of the opening round.

Returning to Twin River for the second time this year and the second time since September, Durham, N.C., vet Isaiah Robinson (3-5) again fought four hard rounds, this time against New London, Conn., prospect Cristobal Marrero (3-0), who won all four rounds on each of the three scorecards, 40-36, to score the unanimous decision win. Marrero won his two first professional bouts by first-round knockout, but faced his toughest test to date against the veteran Robinson, who also went the distance with Lawrence, Mass., prospect Adrian Sosa three months ago.

CES Boxing Promotions

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ASHLEY THEOPHANE!

DECISIONS YAKABU AMIDU
ASHLEY THEOPHANE

Ashley "Treasure" Theophane (40-7-1, 11KO's ) faced Yakabu Amidu (19-9-2, 17 KO's ) in 10 rounds of action in the main event of Mayweather Promotions' Sin City Showdown Friday night. Theophane came out focused and on cue with his game plan, he was able to deflect most of Amidu's punches and break his opponent down. It was a steady 10 rounds of action, Theophane was able to break Amidu down with consistent jabs and body punches aiming consistently at his target, round after round. Amidu struggled to read Theophane, which ultimately led to Theophane to his 40th win, by way of unanimous decision.

"It feels great to have a career that's lasted this long, he made it easy to stick to my game plan. I listened to my corner who guided me and kept me on track, I couldn't be happier with the decision," said Theophane.

"I knew he was going to be a good opponent, I didn't perform my best," says Amidu. "This fight should have been in my favor, but in the end the judges decided the winner."

Leading up to the main event, was a fast-paced blow-by-blow welterweight exchange between Mayweather Promotions' power-puncher Maurice Lee (7-1, 3 KO's) and Cameron Kreal (9-12-2, 1 KO). As soon as the first bell rang Krael jumped out his corner quickly putting the pressure on Lee, while Lee searched to find his groove. Krael kept delivering punches, forcing Lee to fight on the defense. By the beginning of the fifth round, Lee found an opening, landing jabs and uppercuts affecting Krael. Ultimately, Lee couldn't seem to land enough of what normally seems like easy jabs against the quick moving and strong Cameron Krael. After 6 rounds of action the judges saw the bout in favor of Krael by unanimous decision, giving Lee the first loss of his career.

"I only had one week to prepare for this fight, the results ultimately showed how much more experience and fights under my belt, I had over my opponent," says Krael. "I broke him down round by round, he never had a chance."

"My game plan was to box smart, I knew he had a lot of experience so I knew I had to be smart in the ring." Lee reflects on his performance and goes on to say, "I thought the fight was a lot closer than what the judges ruled. I definitely could have thrown more punches. We both took a lot of punches in the end. This was a learning experience and I just gotta come back harder."

The night began with a full Mayweather Promotions showcase serving back-to-back, non-stop undercard action. Newly signed lightweight amateur Rolando Romero (1-0, 1 KO)got the first win of his career in the first round, by TKO against David Courtney (1-5, 1KO) after only one minute and eleven seconds of action. Also making his Mayweather Promotions debut Oluwafemi "The Eagle" Oyeleye (1-0) got the first win of his career, by way of unanimous decision in a 4-round Jr. middleweight showdown against Brian True (1-5, 1 KO). Lightweight Andres Cortes (4-0, 2 KO's) furthered his undefeated record against Miguel Espinoza (3-2, 1 KO) after 4 rounds of action. The night continued on as Latondria Jones (5-0, 2 KO's) kept her undefeated record in tact against Selena Arellano (1-2-, 1 KO), judges ruled the 4 round Jr. middleweight bout in Jones favor by UD. Further up in the lineup was a brutal welterweight showdown giving Mayweather Promotions' Charvis Holifield (6-2, 4 KO's) the second loss of his career versus Samuel Santana (9-11-3, 3 KO's) which ended in a 5th round stoppage, giving Santana the win by way of TKO.

Mayweather Boxing Promotions

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Sampson Boxing Congratulates Ceferino Rodriguez!

For Winning Euro Welterweight Championship

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and his long-time promotional partner, Sergio Martinez of Maravillabox Promotions, congratulate the welterweight contender they co-promote, Ceferino "Ferino V" Rodriguez, for today's (December 2) hard-fought EBU (European) welterweight title-winning victory over France's Ahmed El Mousaoui.

After a scintillating back-and-forth war, Rodriguez (24-1, 12 KOs), also the former WBC Latino Welterweight champion, won a split decision over the determined El Mousaoui (now 24-3-1, 6 KOs) at the Las Palmas in Islas Canarias, Spain.

The victory sets up a potential showdown with former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi for Rodriguez's newly won European championship on American soil.

"I am happy to have won such a rough fight," said Rodriguez. "Now I want to make history with a fight between a Spaniard and an Italian on American soil. Bring me Paulie Malignaggi."

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz says he hopes Malignaggi sees the historical implications of fighting for a Euro title on US soil.

"Paulie is a smart man as a fighter and commentator. I invite him to try and further his incredible career by going for this championship, which I know is important to his people back in Italy. Forget Connor McGregor and let's make this world war happen."

Lewkowicz says he's very happy for his fighter's success and for the ongoing relationship with Martinez, whom he also worked with when he was an active fighter and superstar in boxing.

"Sergio and I have enjoyed a long and successful time in boxing and I look forward to making even more boxing history, as we guide the career of Ceferino Rodriguez together, hopefully into a globally important fight against Paulie Malignaggi," he said.

Sampson Boxing Promotions

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Thompson Boxing Promotions!

Signs Two Mexican Prospects With Extensive Amateur Backgrounds
Thompson Boxing Promotions

Thompson Boxing Promotions signed two Mexican prospects with extensive amateur backgrounds - welterweight Francisco Armenta and junior welterweight Miguel Angel Madueño.

Armenta and Madueño will have their first professional fights early next year on a Thompson Boxing show in Southern California.

"I'm really happy and motivated to start my career as a professional," said Armenta, who had approximately 250 fights as an amateur. "I think boxing fans will enjoy watching me fight. I like to press the action. My goal is to become a world champion and I won't stop until that happens."

"I'm excited for the doors that this will open for me," said Madueño, who appeared in roughly 230 amateur fights. "I'm a boxer that likes to throw a lot of punches. Fans are going to like my style. It's every boxer's dream to be a world champion and that's what I want."

Both Armenta, 22, and Madueño, 18, won the majority of their amateur contests and both captured numerous national and regional tournament titles in their native country. They currently belong to one of Mexico's most renowned boxing academies - Centro de Alto Rendimieto de Boxeo in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa.

The academy, which prepares its students for careers in boxing, also consists of an academic and civic component that strives to develop sold citizens out of its alumni.

"Francisco and Miguel are ahead of the curve in terms of their development," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing. "They each excelled in the amateur ranks and now it's time for them to make their marks as professionals. We are looking forward to Francisco's and Miguel's professional debuts, which could come as early as February."

Armenta resides in Los Mochis, while Madueño lives in Guasave, Sinaloa. Both are managed by Roberto Sandoval.

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Mario Barrios!

Training Camp Notes
Mario Barrios

Undefeated prospect Mario Barrios (16-0, 8 KOs) is set to make his lightweight debut when he fights Argentina's Claudio Rosendo Tapia (28-17-4, 13 KOs) in undercard action on Saturday, December 10 from Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles.

The December 10 event is headlined by featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defending against former three-division world champion Abner Mares in a long-awaited showdown. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo and top-rated challenger Julian Williams in a world championship battle of undefeated rising stars in their prime.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, are on sale and are priced at $35, $50, $75, $150 and $200. To purchase tickets go to www.galentix.com.

Barrios shared thoughts on his first training camp with Virgil Hunter, moving up and weight in more. Here is what the San Antonio-native had to say from Oakland:

On moving up to lightweight...

"At 6'1, it was getting difficult making 130 pounds. I feel a lot stronger now that I'm fighting at lightweight. It's also safer not to be drained going into fights. In my last fight, I killed myself trying to make weight. I believe this is the right move for me."

On working with new coach, 2011 BWAA "Trainer of the Year" Virgil Hunter...

"I have a lot of respect for Virgil Hunter. He's great explaining the fundamentals of boxing. He's a great motivator and I'm looking forward to a bright future with Virgil. Everyone knows he's one of the best trainers in the world so I'm excited to have him in my corner leading the way."

On fighting in Los Angeles on December 10...

"This will be a great card to fight on. Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares is going to be an all-out war. This will be the second time fighting at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. I'm looking to put on a great performance for all the Mexican fans that will be in attendance. Everyone will see a stronger fighter when I step in the ring on December 10."

On his recent training camp in California...

"Training in California has been very productive. I've got a lot of good sparring and my strength and conditioning has gone to a new level. I feel powerful and I know I'll be at my best when I step in the ring. All in all, it's been a great learning experience working out here on the west coast."

On fighting Argentinean veteran Claudio Rosendo Tapia...

"I know he just went the distance with two undefeated fighters, so I know he's durable. Fighters from Argentina always bring it. I know this fight will get rough at some point so I'll be well prepared for anything he brings. I'm very confident in my ability to come out victorious."

On his goals for 2017...

"2017 will be a year where I'll get comfortable fighting at a higher weight class. My main goal is to stay busy and get as many fights in as possible. I can see myself possibly fighting at super lightweight if I keep growing. I'm just going to take it day by day."

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Amanda Serrano V Yazmin Rivas!

First Women's World Title Bout On National Television In Nearly A Decade
Showtime

Junior featherweight world champion and Brooklyn-native Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano (30-1-1, 23 KOs) is set to battle former two-division world champion Yazmin Rivas (35-9-1, 10 KOs) in the first nationally televised women's world title bout in nearly a decade on Saturday, January 14, live on SHOWTIME EXTREME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The last nationally televised female world title fight was Mary Jo Saunders vs. Valerie Mahfood on March 30, 2007 (ESPN2).

The SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast begins at 7 p.m. ET/PT and features Ievgen Khytrov (14-0, 12 KOs) battling Immanuwel Aleem (16-0-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round matchup of undefeated rising contenders for the WBC Middleweight Silver belt.

The January 14 event features a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader headlined by the super middleweight world championship unification showdown between Badou Jack and James DeGale. Televised coverage on SHOWTIME® begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT with super featherweight world champion Jose Pedraza taking on undefeated contender Gervonta Davis.

Serrano, the WBO 122-pound titlist, and Rivas, the WBC International champion at super bantamweight, will fight for the WBO title and the prestigious WBC Diamond championship in a bout that promises intense action from start to finish. The addition of Serrano means that the card will feature Puerto Rico's only two world champions, Serrano and Pedraza.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Raised in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, Serrano gravitated toward boxing from watching her older sister Cindy, also a professional fighter. She picked the sport up quickly, amassing a 9-1 record during a brief amateur career in which she won the New York Golden Gloves title in 2008. The 27-year-old would go on to fight all over the world, seizing her first world title in 2011 when she defeated Kimberly Connor to grab a super featherweight belt. In 2014, she went to Argentina and defeated Maria Elena Maderna to become a world champion at lightweight. Her world title climb continued in February when she stopped Olivia Gerula in the first round to capture her featherweight championship. She made her Barclays Center debut in July with a first-round stoppage of Calixta Silgado before earning another victory in the first round when she stopped Alexandra Lazar to pick up a vacant junior featherweight world title.

A 28-year-old out of Torreon, Mexico, Rivas picked up her WBC International title in her last bout, a decision victory over Jessica Gonzalez. Rivas had previously successfully defended her bantamweight world title four times after winning the belt against Alesia Graf in 2014. Her prior run as a bantamweight champion lasted for five defenses after she defeated previously unbeaten Susie Ramadan to win that belt. These extended championship runs came after she became a flyweight world champion in 2005 by defeating Lucia Avalos.

An Olympian who represented his native Ukraine, Khytrov also won an Amateur World Championship before turning pro in 2013. Since then, the 28-year-old has dominated on his way to stopping contenders Josh Luteran and Nick Brinson and previously unbeaten fighters Maurice Louishomme and Aaron Coley. Khytrov, who trains out of Brooklyn, won an entertaining ninth-round knockout over Paul Mendez in his last start this past July. Khytrov has fought three times previously on ShoBox: The New Generation.

Born in East Meadow, New York and fighting out of Richmond, Virginia, Aleem was introduced to boxing at a young age by his parents. Since turning pro in 2012 at age 18, the 23-year-old has wiped out all of the competition in front of him. In 2015, he dominated Emmanuel Sanchez, David Toribio, Oscar Riojas and Carlos Galvan before defeating once-beaten Jonathan Cepeda in April. In his last bout, he boxed a draw with once-beaten prospect Demond Nicholson. He will look to take advantage of another big opportunity on January 14.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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