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January, 2017

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

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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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.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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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.

Mayweather Boxing Promotions

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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
PBC

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.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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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

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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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.

Warriors Boxing Promotions

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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.

D Boxing Promotions

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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.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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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

GYM Boxing Promotions

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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!"

Star Boxing Promotions

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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.

D Boxing Promotions

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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.

Mayweather Boxing Promotions

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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.

Showitme Boxing Promotions

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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.

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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.

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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.

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