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July, 2016

Steven Wilcox!

Decisions Juan Orozco Over Eight

Up and coming lightweight Steven Wilcox of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada scored an impressive eight round unanimous decision over rugged Mexican Juan Orozco Thursday, July 28 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto.

Topping Lee Baxter Promotions’ inaugural “Next Generation” fight card and with an excited crowd supporting him, the taller Wilcox looked to use his range from the opening bell. Orozco was able to close the gap at times during the first few rounds, landing some decent shots in close quarters. Wilcox effectively adjusted and found his range, peppering Orozco with clean punches. For the remainder of the bout, Orozco attempted to press forward but was unsuccessful as Wilcox continued to land clean shots to the body and head of his game foe en route to a unanimous decision.

Wilcox improves to 14-1-1 with 5 knockouts. The game Orozco is now 14-4-2 with 10 KO’s.

Light heavyweight “Irish” Tim Cronin of Etobicoke, Ontario dominated Slovakia’s Kristof Demendi over six one sided rounds en route to a decision. Cronin, who is unbeaten since losing a split decision in his pro debut, dominated the fight as Demendi was never able to find his rhythm.

Cronin ups his professional ledger to 8-1-1 with 2 wins by knockout while Demendi slips to 10-2-2 (6 KO’s).

Highly touted heavyweight newcomer Mladen Miljas (1-0, 1 KO) battered David Vyletel (5-2, 2 KO’s) of Slovakia until the referee saved the latter from further punishment in the second stanza. Miljas, who fights out of Ontario, displayed an arsenal of skills during the impressive showing.

In other action, junior middleweight Mayron Zeferino (1-0) scored a first round knockdown and overcame a late rally from Danyk Croteau (1-1) en route to a decision victory while super middleweight newcomers Augistino D’Aluisio (0-0-1) and Mike Miller (0-0-1) battled to a draw.

“We went through a lot of changes with this card and worked hard to make it happen,” said Lee Baxter. “Miljas looked fantastic and Zeferino gutted out a decision over a very determined opponent. Steven Wilcox was very sharp tonight and outpointed a very tough foe that never stopped trying. Overall, I’m satisfied with the event and hope the fans that tuned in around the world via the webcast enjoyed it as well. We’re looking forward to bringing more exciting boxing to Ontario."

Lee Baxter Promotions’ next card will be announced shortly.

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Dennis Ceylan V Ryan Walsh!

October 15 In Frederikshavn
Ceylan

Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) will face Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant European Featherweight title on October 15 when the Nordic Fight Night returns to the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

For the first time since 2010, a Dane will contest the European title on home soil. Ceylan will be hoping to join an elite club of Danish fighters who have held the prestigious belt including Jørgen Hansen, Gert Bo Jakobsen, Jesper D. Jensen and the Bredahl brothers.

The 27 year-old from Aarhus will meet tough opposition from Walsh, the current British Featherweight Champion, who has only lost only one of his twenty-three professional contests, a points decision to current IBF World Champion Lee Selby. Despite his opponent’s pedigree, Ceylan is determined to retain his undefeated record and claim the coveted European title.

‘’I’m excited to have the date and venue confirmed for my European title challenge,’’ said Ceylan. ‘’Now the hard work can begin! This is a massive opportunity for me, and it’s a fight I must win. I will train harder than ever and enter the ring in the best possible shape.

‘’I know Walsh is a tough opponent, but there are no easy fights at this level. To reach the top I need to fight the best and that’s what I plan on doing. This is not just a big fight for me, but also for Danish boxing. I want to put Danish boxing back on the map and give the fans some fights to look forward to.’’

Ceylan will be returning to happy hunting ground at the Arena Nord, where he made his professional debut against Artsem Abmiotka in 2012 and has since recorded victories over Tommi Schmidt, Daniele Limone, Cristian Montilla and Elvis Guillen.

‘’This is where it all started for me,’’ said Ceylan. ‘’So it will be fun to fight for my first major title in Frederikshavn. It is a great arena and a place where I always get a lot of support from the fans.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland says he is pleased to have delivered Ceylan this European title challenge and is looking forward to bringing the Nordic Fight Night back to the Arena Nord.

‘’We’re delighted to be bringing this European title fight to Frederikshavn,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’October 15 is going to be a great night for Danish boxing. Dennis has worked hard and is very deserving of this opportunity. We’re confident, with the support of the public, that he can become Denmark’s next European Champion.’’

Alongside the main event, the Nordic Fight Night will feature a full undercard featuring the very best of Danish boxing. Tickets will go on sale on Monday (August 1) at 14.00 and are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96 20 10 50.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM CALIFORNIA
Thompson

Lightweight standout Jose Roman (22-1-1, 15 KOs) weighed in at 135.9 lbs., while challenger Carlos Cardenas (20-10-1, 13 KOs) came in at 136 lbs. during Thursday's "Path to Glory" weigh in from Misty's Lounge at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

General admission tickets are available for purchase at the will call booth starting tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. local time.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

WEIGHTS

Jose Roman, 135.9 vs. Carlos Cardenas, 136

John Delperdang, 138 vs. Andres Figueroa, 136.5

Michael Norato, 131.3 vs. Miguel Barajas, 131.3

Ruben Villa, 125.5 vs. Gerardo Molina, 124.6

Pedro Dimas, 137.5 vs. Neri Romero, 137.3

On the undercard, former top flight amateur Ruben Villa of Salinas, Calif. makes his pro debut against Mexico's Gerardo Molina (1-1, 1 KO).

Villa recently signed a promotional contract with Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM MONTREAL
PBC

ADONIS STEVENSON - 173.6 lbs

''Welcome to Québec City Thomas. I saw your fight against Edwin Rodriguez. It was a nice performance with a beautiful KO. When I saw that bout, I told myself I wanted that fight with you. I knew I was going to be motivated.

''I know Williams hits hard and that he has a name now in the United States, but I keep the same Kronk Gym mentality Emmanuel Steward taught me: we go for the KO. It is also the birthday of my daughter and I want to offer her a KO, I am motivated. This will be exciting...don't blink!''

THOMAS WILLIAMS JR. - 174.6 lbs

''You don't know what I have been through to be here. Tweets, talks and predictions won't mean nothing Friday night: facts will. There will be a new champion.''

ELEIDER ALVAREZ - 179.4 lbs

''With only a 10 day notice, I am really happy to face a fighter of such a high caliber. Berridge is a tough guy who faced good names like Thomas Oosthuizen and Blake Caparello, but I prepared really hard for Chad Dawson. I am ready.''

ROBERT BERRIDGE - 178.4 lbs

''I am excited to be here and to face a solid boxer. Expect a good performance from me on Friday.'

IMMANUWEL ALEEM - 160.4 lbs

DEMOND NICHOLSON - 160.4 lbs

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Leo Santa Cruz V Carl Frampton!

Final Press Conference Quotes
Leo Santa Cruz V Carl Frampton

Undefeated three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion Carl Frampton went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their featherweight world title clash that headlines a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGtripleheader this Saturday, July 30 live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Televised coverage begins on SHOWTIMEat 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features undefeated former world champion Mikey Garcia taking on former world champion Elio Rojas in the co-main event,plus once-beaten contenders Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko in a junior middleweight title eliminator.

Two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi meets fellow Brooklynite Gabriel Bracero in the SHOWTIME EXTREME main event. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET/PT with a lightweight battle between Ivan Redkach and Tevin Farmer.

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

The fighters spoke to media Thursday at the Dream Hotel Downtown in Manhattan. Here is what the participants had to say:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

"I'm glad that my whole family is here and I'm thankful to my whole team that got me ready for this opportunity.

"I'm so happy to have my dad here. We thought about not taking this fight when he got the [cancer] diagnosis. He's always been there with me since the beginning of my career. Since I was very small. When the doctors told me that he would be in my corner, I was even more ready for this fight.

"I know that this is going to be an interesting fight. We're both undefeated and we're going to make it a war. Neither of us wants that first loss. We're going to leave it all in the ring. This won't be an easy fight. It's a 50-50 fight. The fighter who wants it the most will win the night.

"I want boxing fans from every background - Latino people from everywhere - Mexicans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans - to come out and support me and come watch a great fight on Saturday night."

CARL FRAMPTON

"I've worked very hard in the gym and I feel strong at 126 pounds. This new weight suits me and you will see the result in the ring.

"Nothing can compare to this opportunity. People know me in Belfast, but Leo Santa Cruz is a three-weight world champion who gives me the opportunity to become more well known.

"This fight sells itself. I respect all my opponents until I'm disrespected myself. I respect Leo because of his actions and because of the great fighter that he is.

"I'm a different animal now at 126 pounds. I was only performing at 70 or 80 percent of what my capabilities were. I'm feeling strong and I'm a different fighter. This will be my best performance.

"I'm honored to be on a bill with so many great fighters. There are four fights that could probably top a bill in their own right. I'm honored to be here and I'm going to get the victory on Saturday night."

MIKEY GARCIA

"It's been a while since I've done this but I'm very excited to be back. I want to thank everyone who helped put this fight together.

"Everybody has said it all. We're ready. We're prepared and we've had a great training camp. Rojas has the boxing skills to make this complicated.

"I have better skills than any fighter put in front of me. This will be the beginning of the next stage of my career. The most memorable part of my career."

ELIO ROJAS

"I'm very thankful for this opportunity. I'm really happy about being on this show. In this fight. I know I'm being brought in as an opponent, but I'm going to let the fans know that I'm not just an opponent.

"I know who Mikey Garcia is. I have all the abilities to win on July 30. I've always been a boxer who was never protected. I always prepare to win the fight and this will be no exception."

TONY HARRISON

"I'm just excited to be back on a platform like this. I'm ready put in work. I know my opponent doesn't speak much English, but I bet he speaks hands.

"No disrespect to Ricky Hatton, because what he's done for his country and for Rabchenko is amazing, but I don't care about it at all. Seeing Ricky over there fuels me even more to get the win.

"I just had a son, he's three months old. He's my new motivation. We've pushed it to the max in training camp. I'm ready to swim with the sharks. I've transitioned from a sprinter to a marathon runner. I'm ready to go into the later rounds.

"I'm ready to put Detroit back on the map. One thing you know about Detroit, we're about that action. On Saturday, we're coming for it."

SERGEY RABCHENKO

"This is a very nice country and a great city for boxing. It's my first time here and it's very exciting. I'm going to give the fans a really good fight.

"I know my opponent is a young, strong kid fighter and he will be ready. I want him to be ready so that we can give the fans a great show."

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI

"I hear young guys like Tony Harrison and Tevin Farmer come up here and talk, it reminds me of my young days. The gym I train in down in Miami is full of young guys hungry to break through. That's the feeling we all used to have in the gym. It starts to rub off on you when you hang around motivated people.

"I need to have great motivation and that fire to return to the top level. I took a couple steps back after the Garcia fight and gradually stepped up. I think Gabe is another step up. He's a hungry and motivated guy.

"I know Gabriel Bracero, not only as a fighter, but I know his spirit. We came up together in the same generation of New York fighters.

"It's all love and respect. But this Brooklyn Belt, it looks pretty nice. This is staying here in Bensonhurst."

GABRIEL BRACERO

"I want to thank Tommy Gallagher, my trainer. He always stood by my side and always believed in me. No matter what the critics said. It's because of him that I'm standing here now.

"I've made mistakes in life. I was away from this sport for a while. Boxing was always my dream though. I stayed focused so that I can come out and do what I'm doing now. Not too many people can bounce back from a situation like that.

"Saturday is a big fight and I'm looking forward to it. I'm really thankful that Paulie gave me this opportunity. I always followed his career and his successes. It was a dream of mine to come out here and have the same success he had. I looked up to him.

"To be here right now and to be able to fight Paulie is incredible. He's giving me the opportunity to reach his level of success.

"I encourage everyone to come out Saturday night. I'm going to leave my heart in the ring. That Brooklyn Belt is beautiful and I can't wait to have it around my waist. This is business, not personal. You should get ready to see fireworks."

IVAN REDKACH

"I'm very thankful to be part of such a great event. I changed a lot about my training heading into this fight. I've trained with the great champion Leo Santa Cruz and it has me ready.

"I want to show everyone in the ring what I can do, not up on the stage with my words."

TEVIN FARMER

"I want to thank my training staff for preparing me for battle Saturday night. I'm thankful for this opportunity.

"This is another chance to show the world who I am. I have about three years with no losses. I started boxing as a hobby. But when I realized how much talent I had, I started training right.

"Since I started taking this sport seriously, I've been taking guys out easily. Ivan Redkach will get this work. It's going to be easy.

"I'm not about talk. A lot of people don't know who I am, but everyone will know on Saturday night."

AMANDA SERRANO

"To be here with these great fighters is an amazing opportunity. I'm very honored. I'm ready to fight and successfully defend my title.

"I'm going to show all the critics and non-believers that female fighters have the talent and courage of the male fighters, and we're here to stay. Come out on Saturday night for a great show."

BARRY MCGUIGAN, Frampton's Manager, Former World Champion & Hall of Famer

"We're delighted to be here in Manhattan for this potential Fight of the Year. The whole team that made this fight happen has been fantastic.

"I just wanted to say that we're thrilled that Jose Santa Cruz is back on his feet, every one of our families is affected by cancer.

"This is a clash of styles that could make it a fight of the year. We have the utmost respect for Leo Santa Cruz, but we're here to win and we will win."

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

"I think that this is the best card that I've ever been able to promote. This is the deepest boxing card from top to bottom that I've seen.

"Barclays Center has become one of the homes for great boxing. It is the premier venue right now for boxing in this country. The Brooklyn Boxing program is something that Barclays Center is truly committed to.

"If you're from Brooklyn, then you want that Brooklyn Belt. It's about carrying the mantle of being that guy from Brooklyn. That's what both Paulie and Gabe are going to try to do.

"The main event is one of the elite fights that can be made in the sport. These are two amazing fighters. The winner won't just be a featherweight champion; the winner will have an argument for the pound-for-pound list."

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

"SHOWTIME has been bringing its viewers the best, most competitive fights of the year, and Saturday will be no exception.

"The 154-pound division is the deepest and hottest in the sport. Tony Harrison and Rabchenko are looking to make their mark and get up to the next level of the division.

"Having Mikey Garcia back is a treat. It's a big positive for the sports of boxing. Elio Rojas is not just an opponent though. He is tough, he is hungry and I expect this to be an amazing fight as well.

"The main event is again the best versus the best. Two of the most aggressive fighters in any division. There's nothing else to say about this fight other than that it will be all action. I think this fight could be better than Thurman vs. Porter.

"We're proudest of all to have the best versus the best. This is what boxing should be. You should be there if you can on Saturday night and if not, watch on SHOWTIME, you will not be disappointed."

BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

"This is arguably the strongest card from top to bottom that we've had in Brooklyn since we've hosted fight cards. This will be a great follow-up to the incredible Thurman vs. Porter fight last fight. We expect another headlining fight that could be a leading contender for Fight of the Year. We are honored to welcome these two great competitors to Brooklyn. They are two of the most exciting fighters in the sport and we wish both of you the best on Saturday.

"Saturday's card certainly has a Brooklyn flavor to it. It begins with Bensonhurst's Paulie Malignaggi taking on Gabriel Bracero from Sunset Park with the Brooklyn's World Championship on the line.

"Amanda Serrano, another Brooklynite, will be the first women ever to defend her title at Barclays Center. We look forward to seeing you in the ring on Saturday night."

PBC Boxing Promotions

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HATTON WARNS HARRISON!

OVERLOOK SERGEY AT YOUR PERIL
Sergey Rabchenko

RICKY HATTON has warned Tony Harrison that he will be in for a rude awakening if he dares to underestimate Sergey Rabchenko this weekend.

The pair meet in an eliminator for the IBF super-welterweight title on the undercard of the huge Santa Cruz v Frampton bill in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night (July 30).

And Hatton, who has trained Rabchenko for the past four years, believes both Harrison and US fight fans could be overlooking his fighter’s ability due to the manner of his sole defeat.

Rabchenko lacked his usual spark when dropping a highly contestable points verdict to Aussie veteran Anthony Mundine in late 2014, leaving some questioning skills and desire.

“Not making any excuses but Sergey had a few personal problems going into the Mundine fight and he wasn’t himself that night,” Hatton explained.

“If Harrison and his team have looked at the tape and think that’s the same opponent they are getting, then they’re going to be in for a shock.

“Although I believe Sergey did enough to beat Mundine, actually losing the decision has been the best thing for him because it’s given him a kick up the backside and he knows he needs to bring his A game to every fight from now on.

“For this, he’s been back to his best. His hunger and his determination are back and he’s ready to making a statement to the American audience.”

While Hatton feels his man may be looked upon lightly, he’s adamant that hasn’t made the same mistake with Harrison.

“I’ve had a good look at Tony Harrison and he’s a very well-schooled boxer, as they all are out of the Kronk stable,” he said.

“He’s tall for the weight and he uses his jab very well, but his only loss came by stoppage (to Willie Nelson in 2015) and with Sergey being a huge puncher, I think we have the advantage.

“Make no mistake, they’re all hard fights at this level. I just think this is Sergey’s time and he’ll prove it on the night.”

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Stevenson V Williams!

Press Conference Quotes
Stevenson V Williams

Adonis ''Superman'' Stevenson - WBC and lineal light heavyweight world champion:

''Welcome to Québec City Thomas. I saw your fight against Edwin Rodriguez. It was a nice performance with a beautiful KO. When I saw that bout, I told myself I wanted that fight with you. I knew I was going to be motivated.''

''I know Williams hits hard and that he has a name now in the United States, but I keep the same Kronk Gym mentality Emmanuel Steward taught me: we go for the KO. It is also my daughter's birthday and I want to get her a KO, I am motivated. That will be exciting...don't blink!''

Thomas ''Top Dog'' Williams - WBC #8 light heavyweight ranked challenger:

''You don't know what I have been through to be here. Tweets, talks and predictions won't mean nothing Friday night.....facts will. There will be a new champion.''

Eleider ''Storm'' Alvarez - WBC #1 ranked challenger and WBC Silver light heavyweight champion:

''With only a 10-day notice, I am really happy to face a fighter of good caliber. Berridge is a tough guy who faced good names like Thomas Oosthuizen and Blake Caparello, but I prepared really hard for Chad Dawson. I am ready.''

Robert ''The Butcher'' Berridge - New Zealand light heavyweight champion:

''I am excited to be here and to face a solid boxer. Expect a good performance from me Friday.''

Yvon Michel - President of GYM:

''The event is called 'SHOOTOUT' because of the aggressive style of Thomas Williams Jr, who fights like there is no tomorrow, combined with the explosive power of Adonis Stevenson.''

''Williams is a clear and present danger but we are convinced that Adonis is well prepared and will succeed, so that we will all be happy Saturday morning while eating breakfast. We still have not seen his full potential yet.'

''The fight between Eleider Alvarez and Robert Berridge is really important for the rankings in the light heavyweight division. Alvarez is highly considered by all the independent rankings (The Ring, BoxRec) and Berridge was already in training before the withdrawal of Chad Dawson, because he was supposed to fight on HBO PPV last weekend before the bout was cancelled for administrative reasons. He is fearless and a hard hitter.''

Tickets for the "SHOOTOUT" event, jointly promoted by GYM and Gestev and presented by Vidéotron, in collaboration with Mise-O-Jeu, start at $50.00 and are on sale and available to purchase at www.ticketmaster.ca, the Videotron Centre Box Office, calling GYM at (514) 383-0666 andthe Champion Boxing club (514) 376-0980, or by dialing 1-855-790-1245

GYM Boxing Promotions

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Leo Santa Cruz V Carl Frampton!

Fight Week Media Workout Quotes
Leo Santa Cruz

Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz and undefeated former unified 122-pound world champion, Irish star Carl Frampton, were joined by undercard fighters in Manhattan at Church Street Boxing Wednesday for the final media workout before Saturday's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME following fights on SHOWTIME EXTREME that begin at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

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

In attendance Wednesday and fighting on SHOWTIME wereundefeated two-division world champion Mikey Garcia and former world champion Elio Rojas, who meet in a 10-round super lightweight bout, plus super welterweights Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko, who meet in a world title eliminator.

Also working out at Church Street Boxing were the main event boxers on SHOWTIME EXTREME, Brooklyn natives Paulie Malignaggi and Gabriel Bracero.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

"I'm ready to come here and give a great fight. I want to make it a war. Carl Frampton is a great fighter and he makes for an interesting fight. I'm excited to perform in front of the fans.

"Carl is an undefeated fighter just like myself, so we're both going to be hungry. We're going to leave it all in the ring. Neither of us wants to lose and we're going to give it our all.

"My dad is going to be in my corner and that's very important to me. We're both excited to give the fans a great show. It's a great relief to have him here and for many more years.

"I think that this is the perfect time for this fight. We're both undefeated and in the prime of our careers. It's an easy fight to make and a really big fight that the fans will love.

"I don't think moving up in weight will affect Carl at all. He's got a big frame and he's a big guy. He is probably a little bit bigger than me. I know he had problems making 122 pounds, but this should be easier for him.

"I think he's going to move and I'm going to have to be smart and not get caught. If I'm not feeling his punches, then we're going to stand in front of him and exchange. I can also box with him if I need.

"I know I'll have to use my jab and follow up with the right. We have a game plan and backup plans. We'll be ready for anything.

"I think our styles are both very exciting. I can't wait for Saturday night. This is the right fight. I'm hoping that both of us come forward and give the fans a show.

"People think Frampton is the underdog because he's moving up in weight. But I moved up in weight too. I never take an opponent lightly. I'm going to come really hungry. I respect every fighter and I train for my opponent to be at his best.

"I have a lot of respect for Frampton. He has everything you need to be a great fighter. Excellent footwork, great power and good punches. Once he's in the ring with me, I'm fighting for my future.

"This could definitely be a career-defining fight. I think getting a win over Carl Frampton will get me to the next level. I think the winner of the fight will be considered one of the best fighters in the world."

JOSE SANTA CRUZ, Leo's Father & Trainer

"I'm really happy to be here. I've been at all of Leo's fights and it's great to be at this one. This is just another reason to be happy. I'm so thrilled for Leo that he has this opportunity and to be here for him.

"I know Frampton is undefeated, but Leo comes very prepared. He has worked hard in camp, like he always does. Hopefully both fighters give the fans a good fight on fight night."

CARL FRAMPTON

"It's getting big this week. It's real. I'm completely up for it. I'm excited to bring a big crowd over here and I'm going to do everything I can to have my hand raised.

"This is a dream of mine. To come to America and box is something I've always wanted to do. Barclays Center is taking over as the best venue in New York and I'm going to look to put on a world-class performance. It will take my best to get this victory.

"Obviously I have enough motivation on my own, but it would be nice to bring back the title that Barry (McGuigan) once owned. It feels a bit like destiny for me. It's my turn to win it back for him. I'm doing this for my whole team. I'm doing this for my family and I'm doing this for my entire country.

"I've dealt with fighting bigger guys throughout my whole career. I'm used to it. I've fought bigger guys than Santa Cruz. I think on fight night I'm going to be stronger. People forget that he started his career at bantamweight while I fought as a featherweight in the amateurs. On the night, I'll be the bigger man and that will be the difference.

"Leo seems like a nice guy and he's very respectful. I've been respectful to him. He's obviously a very good fighter. This is a world title fight, so I don't think we need any extra words between the two of us. We're both undefeated and we're looking for a war.

"The last time I was an underdog was 2009 during the Irish championships. I was a massive underdog and everyone who knew me won a lot of money that night.

"Leo is a great fighter. He's world class. Easily the toughest opponent that I've faced so far. But I think I'm Leo's best opponent as well. I think this has all the ingredients to be a top quality fight. I've had a hard training camp and I'm ready to leave everything in the ring.

"I've got a game plan. I'm not going to blink. We're hoping that 'game plan A' will work, but if not, I've got a few tricks up my sleeve.

"All the pressure is on Santa Cruz. Everyone is expecting him to win. I'm going to come in there and upset him. I'm here to put on a great performance and bring the belt back home.

"I've gotten a good reception since coming to America and I think it will only grow on fight night. People will appreciate my style and I think our styles will gel well in the ring.

"I'm feeling strong mentally and physically. I feel like my stamina level has increased with the new weight. I'm eating well and enjoying myself.

BARRY MCGUIGAN, Frampton's Manager, Former World Champion & Hall of Famer

"Being here is great. I never got a chance to fight here in New York. I've always known that Frampton would be a sensation over here. We've always wanted to be here on the east coast. We've worked very hard with the Irish community to get his name out there. It's been fantastic.

"This is a can't miss fight. It can't be a bad fight, no matter how you look at it. It's going to be an exciting fight. It might start off tepid, but it's going to develop into a phenomenal fight. The mesh of styles is going to make this a Fight of the Year candidate.

"It was a wonderful experience being at the Empire State Building yesterday and it was our first opportunity to meet the Santa Cruz family. They're wonderful people and Leo is an incredible fighter. He's not arrogant and he's the sort of guy that everybody likes. We admire Santa Cruz, but we believe that Carl is going to put on an amazing performance Saturday night.

"What's important is winning on Saturday night. We put so much time and commitment to this game. You don't want to do all that work and lose. Getting the win is vital."

MIKEY GARCIA

"I don't feel any pressure at all. To me, it's just another day at the office. I have faith in my abilities and confidence in what I can do as a boxer. I'm excited to be back. I'm going to go in there and take care of business like I always do.

"The New York fans have always showed me a lot of love and support. No matter what, they're in for a good boxing match. The fans are great and they want a great fight. I never look to make a boring fight. I always want to put on a show. I want to give the fans something to talk about.

"I'm more motivated than I ever have been before. It's been a long time of working hard in the gym every day.

"I'm very happy to be back and I want to accomplish a lot more. I think you're going to see a better Mikey on Saturday. My will to win is higher than it's ever been.

"Being on a card like this is a reminder of everything that I can be. If there is interest in me right now, it shows that someone believes in me. We put everything else aside and focused on this date. After that, I'm looking for a world title."

ROBERT GARCIA, Mikey's Brother & Trainer

"I think that Mikey is going to put on a great performance. Anything could happen in boxing. Mikey should look good and he should win convincingly.

"I think the interest that people have in Mikey's future shows how much potential he has. He's a guy who could be a big name to help carry the sport.

"We haven't been listening to anything outside of the camp. We stopped any conversations outside of training to get 100 percent focused on this fight. We're looking to come back stronger than ever."

ELIO ROJAS

"We're both coming off of long layoffs. I see the fight pretty even. Garcia might have some advantages of being the bigger guy but I'm not worried about that.

"The new weight feels good. It's different but it's nice to not have to kill the body to make weight. We've been on weight for two weeks. I've brought some power with me as I go up in weight. I feel strong.

"I've been doing everything right in training camp. My specialty is moving my hands and excellent footwork.

"I feel like I can beat Mikey Garcia. I have some things that I think will give Mikey Garcia a lot of trouble. I have the tools. We know that Mikey is the favorite. Everyone thought LeBron James was going to lose in the Finals when he was down 3-1, but this is a sport and anything can happen."

TONY HARRISON

"I take this sport seriously. Everything I do, I do 100 percent. I'm here for the city of Detroit. The city needs something to rejuvenate and that's what I'm trying to do. I want to bring big-time boxing back to Detroit.

"This is going to be a fan-friendly fight. This is going to be like Thurman vs. Porter. The styles are just perfect for this fight. I'm going to be at my best on fight night.

"Being here in New York is great. I can tell right away that it's a great fight atmosphere and I love it.

"It was a very long camp. I'm in great shape and ready mentally. I have a lot to prove in this fight and I'm excited to get in there.

"I watched a 15-second clip of him and then I shut the video off. I don't want to make adjustments off of him, I want him to adjust to me. I know that he's a tough competitor. You can't take anything away from his record.

"I'm taking it one fight at a time. I just want to get the respect that I deserve. That's what I'm coming for. They call me for a fight and I say yes.

"I think I'm at my best right now. I'm starting to peak. I'm starting to find my grown-man strength and my second wind in the ring. When I'm going in late rounds I feel comfortable.

"Whoever wants to fight; they know I'm going to say yes. I just want to compete. I'm fighting for my city and I want to see where I'm at. I'm ready to carry the load for Detroit boxing. I wouldn't want to be from anywhere else.

"My team is definitely the strongest it's ever been. I'm in a really good place mentally right now. I think I'm going to show a whole new level on Saturday night."

SERGEY RABCHENKO

"It's the most important fight of my life. I think it's a very interesting fight, with it being my first time in America. I've enjoyed it a lot so far. New York never sleeps. There are always many different kinds of people. It's a nice city.

"Having Ricky Hatton as my trainer helps me because of his great experience. He's been in many big fights and he's a great trainer. I'm very comfortable working with him.

"I am aiming for a knockout, but I'm ready for 12 rounds. It's boxing though, so anything can happen. It could be over very quickly.

"This is a big chance in my life. It's a big step and I'm ready to take advantage of it."

RICKY HATTON, Rabchenko's Trainer

"This isn't exactly like fighting, but I do get very nervous and tense in the corner. I've fulfilled my dreams and now I'm here trying to help other fighters fulfill their dreams. I get nervous but I'm confident in him.

"Sergey has been a pleasure to train. I think he's going to be a world champion. I really do. He's been a European Champion and he's overcome his loss. I think this is the best he's ever been. We'll hope that it translates to Saturday night because he certainly has the potential to be a world champion.

"I can't train fighters that I'm not fond of. I've known Sergey for a number of years and I'm here for him. I have a feel for being in the corner with him. There is a different type of nerves I have being in the corner."

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI

"I hope the crowd enjoys this fight. I really want to put on a show for the local fans and represent for my home.

"It would normally be strange to fight a guy I know so well. But I know he's a competitor. I've known his mentality since the amateurs. He's coming to win. Once the bell rings, this guy isn't taking any prisoners. I trained with that same mentality.

"I know we're both competitors. Who wants the bragging rights on Saturday night?

"Hopefully we can bring some fans of ours to the building on Saturday night and they can become fans of Santa Cruz and Frampton.

"This is a great crossroads fight. I trained for the competitor that I know he is and I'm ready to put on a show.

"This fight gives me an opportunity to keep dreaming in that ring. I have an opportunity to do some things that people don't think I'm able to, but I feel like I still can. I'm going to put my skills to good use and accomplish what I'm set out to do.

"It's not about impressing myself, it's about getting the job done to the best of my abilities. I want to prove to people that I still have more left than they think."

GABRIEL BRACERO

"This is all business. Paulie is a friend now and he'll be a friend after. But I'm trying to make it to Paulie's level. He is successful and I'm trying to do the same thing. Boxing is my outlet to reach those goals.

"There was a time when I was away in prison. I would receive boxing magazines in the mail and see Paulie there and on TV. I wanted to be Paulie's competition and have his success. By him giving me this opportunity I can accomplish that. I'm thankful but I'm taking him down.

"I don't want to sound overconfident. You're going to see a chess match. Paulie is a boxer. When he makes a mistake, I'm going to capitalize on it. The rest will be a surprise.

"This is the biggest fight of my career. If I beat Paulie, my career will jump to the next level. I can get the big fights that I'm looking for. I'm never looking past Paulie and I'm focused on the task at hand."

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Elton Dharry!

Signs With Greg Cohen Promotions
Elton Dharry

Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of IBF #14-rated bantamweight Elton Dharry to a promotional contract.

Dharry (20-5-1, 13 KOs) got off to a slow start in his career, losing five times and drawing once in his first nine. However, since then, he is undefeated in 17 consecutive fights, dating all the way back to 2010.

During that time, 30-year-old Dharry has picked up the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) and Guyanese Bantamweight Championships, as well as the IBF Inter-Continental Bantamweight title from then 12-1-1 Jose Rios.

"Early on in my career, I was not really with the right team and the judges never really got it right, so it made me look like a fighter I'm not," explained Dharry of his slow start. "I know most people would quit and walk away, but I had the self-belief and determination to come back and become something. I changed my team to (trainers) Martin Gonzales and Don Saxby and stopped taking short notice fights."

The streaking Dharry says he feels good about coming aboard the ever-expanding GCP stable of champions and contenders.

"I feel good about it. I've known Greg Cohen for a while now and I feel like he's going to get me the right fights to get me where I need to be and get me the world title shot I want. I'm very excited because I know he'll get things going soon."

Of Indian descent, but born in Guyana, Dharry and his family moved to Brooklyn in 1999, where he started boxing at age 11 after getting into several fights at school. As an amateur, he fought in the US Nationals, the Metro finals, and the Olympic box-offs before turning pro in late 2004. He now fights out of the famous Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn.

"I set a goal for myself many years ago," continued Dharry. "My goal is to be world champion and I'm sticking to it. My belief is I can accomplish this, especially with my new promoter making it happen for me."

Dharry says he'd particularly like to face WBA Champ Rau'shee Warren, or IBF boss Lee Haskins, but will take on anyone Cohen puts in front of him.

"I'm a counter puncher but I like to adapt to whoever I'm facing and whatever they bring. I box if I need to and fight if I need to. I'll trade shots if I have to as well. I have the determination it takes to do anything."

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Lucas Browne!

Volunteers For WBC Clean Boxing Program
Lucas Browne

Former WBA World Heavyweight Champion Lucas Big Daddy" Browne of Australia is upping the ante in his quest to clear his name and regain his championship by voluntarily enrolling in the WBC's Clean Boxing Program.

The hard-punching Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) stopped Uzbekistan's Ruslan Chagaev in round 10 last March in Grozny, Russia, to become Australia's first-ever heavyweight champion. The dramatic victory, however, was nullified and Browne's championship was stripped away and returned to Chagaev, post-fight, after he reportedly tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol.

Browne, who tested completely clean in a random drug test by VADA six days before the fight against Chagaev, staunchly maintains his innocence of purposefully taking any banned substance ever, and says he is taking steps to ensure he is never again accused of cheating.

"I'm proud to announce that I am now part of the Clean Boxing Program, which is being run by the WBC and VADA," said Browne. "By voluntarily enrolling in this program I am able to be randomly tested at any time, 365 days of the year."

Browne, who was the one who insisted that VADA perform drug testing before the Chagaev fight, says the decision to join the program was an easy one to make. "I have absolutely no issues with this, as I am a clean athlete and I believe boxing needs this kind of regulation. I welcome this aspect of safety for the sport of boxing. I despise all drugs, whether they be performance-enhancing or recreational."

Browne's manager, Matt Clark, says that by becoming Australia's first fighter to volunteer for the program, his fighter will hopefully start a trend.

"Lucas is Australia's premier boxer and resents drugs of any kind," said Clark. "We hope that other fighters from around the world join Lucas and sign up for the program. Anything that makes boxing safer is a good thing."

Browne and Clark say they are still fighting "tooth and nail" to clear his name and thank the public for the tremendous support they have received, worldwide.

"Having always been a clean athlete, I am totally opposed to any form of doping," Browne concluded. "I've always felt that cheaters in professional boxing should be banned for life. With 21 KOs in my 21 victories, I'm of the same opinion as (current WBC World Heavyweight Champion) Deontay Wilder: If I was ever to use PED drugs, I might end up killing someone!"

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Lee Baxter Promotions!

Next Generation Available On Free Stream

Lee Baxter Promotions is proud to announce that the inaugural “Next Generation” card taking place Thursday, July 28 at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto will air free and live on FRPLive.TV.

Created recently by Lee Baxter himself, the “Next Generation” cards will offer an outlet for boxers who believe they have what it takes to make it to the next level. The majority of the fighters hail from Canada but some will travel from various parts of the world.

From TV shows to live events, concerts, interviews and original content, FRPLive.tv has a wide array of entertainment for their viewers. The website was originated by legendary DJ Funk Master Flex and continues to add new content on a daily basis.

Promoter Lee Baxter said of his first card being aired “I'm glad we can provide entertainment for fight fans around the world free of charge. I believe that there is no better way to introduce all four corners of the globe to our new series and the fighters competing than allowing them to watch it from the comfort of their homes.”

Headlined by a showdown between talented Ontario native Steven Wilcox and Mexico's Juan Orozco, the telecast for the five fight card starts at 7 pm est and can be seen worldwide at http://frplive.tv/view-5/?hash=4959f012785b8573e004c793b79bce22.

Sponsored by Everlast, Vonbets, Hardknocks Boxing Club & Labatts Brewery, tickets to the “Next Generation” are on sale now for $45, $55 and $65 by logging onto Ticketmaster.Ca. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is scheduled for 7:30.

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Ottto Wallin V Osborne Machimana!

September 10
Ottto Wallin

Swedish heavyweight Ottto Wallin (15-0, 11 KOs) will face South African Champion Osborne Machimana (21-8-2, 16 KOs) on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The Sundsvall southpaw returns to the Hovet following the third-round technical knockout of Brazilian boxer Irineu Beato Costa Junior in April. His fight is the first confirmed for the undercard of the blockbuster clash between domestic rivals Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson.

‘’I’m looking forward to fighting at the Hovet again,’’ said Wallin. ‘’It was a great experience last time, and I think this time, it will be even better. It’s going to be a huge show, everyone is looking forward to seeing the fight between Klara and Mikaela, and I’m excited to be a part of it.

‘’I’m expecting a tough fight. Machimana is a strong opponent. He has a lot of experience and is the current South African Heavyweight Champion. It will be another step up for me, but I believe I’m ready for the challenge.

‘’I’ve been training non-stop since my last fight and I’m really happy with the work I've been doing with my coach Joey Gamache. We are working on new things everyday and I can really feel myself improving.’’

Alongside his training with Gamache, the 25 year-old will also spend two weeks in Poland sparring WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Glowacki.

‘’It’s important to get top level sparring like this,’’ he says. ‘’Before my last fight, I went to England to spar Anthony Joshua, and now, I will go to Poland to spar another World Champion.’’

Tickets for the Team Sauerland show on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm featuring the interim WBC Female World Welterweight Championship fight between Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com or by calling 0771-31 00 00.

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

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LEO SANTA CRUZ & CARL FRAMPTON!

KICK OFF FIGHT WEEK WITH EMPIRE STATE BUILDING FACEOFF
LEO SANTA CRUZ & CARL FRAMPTON

The 86th Floor Observation Deck of the Empire State Building, home to one of the most iconic views in the world, played host to the very first faceoff between Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz and Carl "The Jackal" Frampton as the undefeated fighters and their teams met for the first time Tuesday to formally kick off the joint fight week festivities.

Featherweight world champion Santa Cruz(32-0-1, 18 KOs) will defend against the former unified 122-pound world champion Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) in this Saturday's main event live on SHOWTIME®(9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Prior to Tuesday's faceoff, Santa Cruz and his family, which included his ailing father, were officially welcomed to the state by the Consul General of Mexico, which hosted an event at the Mexican Consulate in association with Mano a Mano, a nonprofit that is dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture in and around the New York area.

Dozens of media members were in attendance as were devoted fans who waited to take a photo with Santa Cruz.

Speaking to the large gathering, Consul General Diego Gomez Pickering said,"Mexican immigrants are an asset to the United States. They are artists, chefs, doctors, lawyers, athletes and, yes, boxers. Leo Santa Cruz is a living example and has become a role model for Mexican-American youth.

"Without a doubt, Leo is the best example of the talent that can be found in the Mexican-American community. I take personal pride today in welcoming Leo to New York City. I would like to thank Leo for the great inspiration he is to all of us."

Santa Cruz, making his first trip to New York City, addressed his father Jose's cancer diagnosis and treatment. "I am so happy my father is here with us,'' said Santa Cruz, who often credits his success to his father's dreams and support. "We thought he might not be able to make it, but thank God he is here with us. Not having my dad here in New York with me would have been hard. It actually brought tears to my eyes.

"But I am very happy that he is here and will be in my corner for my fight.

"Thank you to all of the people who are here and all of the people that support me. I am so happy to be here and hopefully I can make you all proud and put on a great show this Saturday night."

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

Undefeated former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia will fight for the first time in two-and-one-half years when he faces Elio Rojas in the co-feature on SHOWTIME. In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko will meet in a 12-round IBF Junior Middleweight Elimination Bout.

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

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

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Ruben Villa!

Signs Deal With Thompson Boxing Promotions & Banner Promotions
Ruben Villa

The stable of Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions received an infusion of top-tier talent today.

Ruben Villa, a heralded amateur from Salinas, Calif. with back-to-back National Golden Gloves Championships on his resume, signed an exclusive contract with the two, well-respected promotional companies.

"This is what you dream about as a kid," said Villa, who has been boxing since age five and amassed a stellar record of 166-17 as an amateur. "It's a big moment for me and my family. We've been waiting for this for a long time. I'm excited to start my professional career with Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions."

Arthur Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions stated, "We are very excited by the signing of Ruben. He has all the makings of a future star. I can see big things in his future, as he has great ability, a pro-style and the intangibles to be a great fighter for a long time. We are very familiar with Ruben's team, and we have a great relationship with his manager, Danny Zamora. We are eager to start Ruben on his journey to become a world champion."

"Whenever you have the chance to sign someone as talented and as gifted as Ruben Villa, you jump at that opportunity," said Ken Thompson, President of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "Villa comes to us from an accomplished amateur background. He has all the traits you look for in a prospect - tremendous skill set, positive attitude, and a love for the sport. He has an outstanding future ahead of him."

The 19-year-old Villa begins his professional career this Friday on Thompson Boxing's "Path to Glory" undercard against Gerardo Molina (1-1, 1 KO) of Mexico (4-rounds). Villa, a southpaw, will campaign in the featherweight division.

"I think fans will like my style of boxing," said Villa, who is trained and managed by Danny Zamora. "My boxing influences are a bit of Vasyl Lomachenko and Canelo Alavrez."

In preparation for his pro debut, Villa temporarily relocated to the Los Angeles area to take advantage of the superior sparring found in Southern California.

"You see so many different styles and it's very competitive," Villa said. "It feels great to compete against high level professionals and know that you belong. I can't wait for Friday night. I'm going to try my best to enjoy the moment."

Ruben Villa Amateur Background

2010 National Titles: Desert Showdown, National PAL, Silver Gloves

2012 & 2013 Junior Olympic National Champion

2014 & 2015 National Golden Gloves Champion (123 lbs.)

2015 U.S. Olympic Trials (2nd place)

166-17 Amateur Record

In the "Path to Glory" 8-round main event, lightweight standout Jose Roman (21-1-1, 15 KOs) looks to extend his eight fight winning steak against veteran Carlos Cardenas (20-10-1, 13 KOs).

The co-main event showcases world ranked bantamweight Carlos Carlson (20-1, 11 KOs) against Gerardo Marin (13-3, 8 KOs). The 8-round fight has championship implications - both boxers will vie for the vacant NABF Bantamweight Title.

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

The action originates from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. this Friday, July 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first fight starting at 7:45 p.m.

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Robert Guerrero, Alfredo Angulo & Terrell Gausha!

Press Conference Quotes

Former world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, Mexican brawler Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo and undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha participated in a press conference in Santa Monica Tuesday hosted by Spike in advance of the Premier Boxing Champions and Bellator doubleheader August 26 and 27 from Honda Center in Anaheim.

PBC on Spike takes place Saturday, August 27 in an event headlined by the former multi-division weight champion Guerrero as he takes on Argentine slugger David Emanuel Peralta. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features the hard-hitting Angulo battlingveteran Freddy Hernandez plus the unbeaten super welterweight Gaushagoing up against the Bronx's Steve Martinez.

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

The event took place at the Spike headquarters in Santa Monica as the PBC fighters discussed the exciting weekend of action along with the Bellator fighters. Here is what the PBC fighters had to say:

ROBERT GUERRERO

"I want to get back in there with the top guys. All the fights are there. I have to get back in that position. I have to get them to stand toe-to-toe with me.

"I don't need to prove anything to myself. I know I can fight. I come in and work hard every day. I have to go and prove it to the fans. The fans are what makes us. I have to prove it to everybody watching that I'm there at the top level.

"We definitely want a rematch with Danny Garcia. If I don't get that, it's anyone at 147 pounds. The guys are all there and I'm ready to battle.

"You have to be able to be ready for anything in the ring. I know Peralta is going to be dangerous and at his best. I'm not looking past him.

"Training has been going great. I have my team together and we're working hard. We're staying focused and ready to get the job done.

"I have a tough guy in front of me on August 27. I have to take care of him and leave no doubts so that I can get in there against the top guys again.

"I think boxing and MMA can co-exist because everybody likes to watch people beat each other up. People like guys getting put down and getting back up. It's nice to have the two events back-to-back and I'm happy to be the guy out there putting on a show for the fans."

ALFREDO ANGULO

"I want to show people that 'El Perro' is back and that I still want to compete in the biggest fights. If I work hard, I think that I can have an opportunity by next year for a title shot.

"I have a great team in training and we're working hard for this challenge. I want to put on a great show for the fans. I want fans to remember my fights and I think this will be the best fight of the night.

"Two Mexicans fighting is always a great fight. We have a lot of experience and we're both going to come forward and fight with our hearts.

"This will be a great night of boxing. I'm confident no matter who I fight. I bring my heart to the ring and fight for my fans until the last bell."

TERRELL GAUSHA

"I'm going to go out there and try to be victorious. This is a tough opponent. Once I dominate this guy I think I'll be closer to a title shot.

"I think I'm ready for a title shot soon. I want to go out there and take care of this guy and show that I'm ready to take over the division.

"This is a great chance to showcase my talent. The fans are what's most important. You want to be the guy that people see and take a liking to.

"I don't need to call anybody out. My way of doing it is by my performance. I'm a laid back and humble guy. I will fight anybody though. It's a yes to any name.

"I know a lot about Steve Martinez. We were in the amateurs at the same time so we really came up together. He's a tough fighter and a very good test for me. On paper he's the toughest opponent I've faced in the pros.

"One thing about me, I make adjustments in the ring. Who knows if he's going to try and switch it up? I'm ready for anything he has.

"I see myself being smart in the ring. Winning each round and picking this guy apart. I'm sharper and faster. I'm going to outclass him. I'm training hard trying to get him out of there.

"It's cool to see us combining boxing with MMA and shedding light on each other's sport. It's a really tough sport and I take my hat off to all of those guys. But my thing is boxing and I'm sticking to it."

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Eleider Alvarez V Robert Berridge!

Premier Boxing Champions On Spike

Unbeaten contender Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) will take on hard-hitting Robert "The Butcher" Berridge (27-4-1, 21 KOs) in a 10-round showdown Friday, July 29 on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.

Berridge replaces former world champion Chad Dawson, who was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and is headlined by light heavyweight world champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson batting brawling contender Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. in a world title clash.

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

Additional action features undefeated rising contender Immanuwel Aleem (16-0, 9 KOs) taking on once-beaten knockout artist Demond Nicholson (17-1, 16 KOs) in a middleweight bout.

A trio of local talent rounds out the night as 2012 Canadian Olympian Custio Clayton (8-0, 5 KOs) faces Sylvero Ortiz (34-17, 16 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout, Quebec heavyweight Eric Martel Bahoeli (11-6, 7 KOs) takes on California's Avery Gibson (7-5-3, 2 KOs) in an eight-round bout and welterweight Sebastien Bouchard (13-1, 4 KOs) taking on Mexcio's Alejandro Herrera (14-3-2, 5 KOs) in six-rounds of action.

A 2008 Colombian Olympian fighting out of Montreal, Alvarez defeated fellow top contender Isaac Chilemba in November 2015 to solidify his spot amongst the top light heavyweights in the division. The 32-year-old owned victories over previously unbeaten Ryno Liebenberg and Andrew Gardner plus triumphs over veterans Edison Miranda and Alexander Johnson heading into 2015. Alvarez was impressive in stopping Anatoliy Dudchenko and giving Isidro Ranon Prieto his first loss leading up to the bout with Chilemba. He takes on the 31-year-old Berridge who has fought professionally since 2009 and was undefeated in his first 16 pro fights. The Albany, New Zealand-native picked up victories over Sefo Falekaono, Andrew Robinson and Togasilimai Letoa.

Born in East Meadow, New Jersey but fighting out of Richmond, Virginia, Aleem was introduced to boxing from a young age by his parents. Since turning pro in 2012 at age 18, the 22-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. He takes on the 23-year-old Nicholson who has already earned two victories in 2016. Fighting out of Laurel, Maryland, Nicholson has won seven straight fights entering this July 29 matchup.

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ANTHONY UPTON!

WINS ENGLISH TITLE WITH STUNNING STOPPAGE
ANTHONY UPTON

ANTHONY UPTON became the second member of the Upton Clan to hold a national title following a stunning display against Luke Paddock in Cannock on Sunday afternoon.

The 24-year-old, who is trained by boxing legend Ricky Hatton, won the vacant English super-lightweight crown with a hellacious left cross 34 seconds into the ninth round.

It was a text book shot that rocked Paddock down to his boots and sent him crashing to the canvas. The Bloxwich man did get back to his feet, but was unsteady and referee John Latham correctly waved it off.

The victory follows on from Anthony’s older brother Pauly being crowned Irish super-welterweight champion in April.

“It’s unbelievable. When I saw him shake his head and say he couldn’t continue I was so happy I dropped to my knees because no one sees how much effort boxers put in and how much It means,” Anthony, now 13-1 (5 KOs), said.

“I’ve spent nine weeks away from my family and I missed them dearly and now it’s paid off.

“I was trying to get him (Paddock) with that punch a lot. I kept overdoing it and missing.

“I knew he’d lean in with his shots, but I was too far away. Ricky told me not to stand too far apart from him because all I needed was an inch more and I did what Ricky told me, tagged Luke and he went down.”

He added: “Full respect to Luke Paddock. He’s a great fighter and good luck to him in the future.”

On the undercard, Anthony’s other punching sibling, Sonny, warmed up for his own English title opportunity by seeing off Atherton danger man William Warburton over eight rounds.

Sonny will now box Ben Hall for the vacant super-welterweight strap on a Frank Warren show in the Autumn.

Also in action from the Hatton stable were unbeaten prospects Reuben Arrowsmith and Sam Evans.

Evans stretched his record to 5-0 by outboxing Kevin McCauley over six rounds, while Arrowsmith used devastating uppercuts to drop and then stop Latvian southpaw Viktors Drizlionoks inside three rounds.

The card also saw Leon Gower and debutant Sahib Mann score third round stoppages over Craig Derbyshire and Daniel Mickleburgh respectively. Former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden defeated Christian Hoskin Gomez 59-56 over six-threes.

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Delvin Rodriguez!

Decisions Shawn Cameron
Delvin Rodriguez

Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing put on a terrific 5 bout card last night as former 2 time world championship challenger Delvin Rodriguez (29-8-4 16KO Danbury, CT) had all he could handle from Iraqi War veteran Shawn Cameron (10-2 5KO Brooklyn, NY) as the two warriors fought at a fever pace over the 10 round distance in a Jr. Middleweight battle in the main event at "Slugfest at the Sun" at The Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT last night.

The action was fast and furious right from the start with both fighters landing hard punches on each other. Rodriguez tried to use his vast edge in experience landing several clean counterpunches but the ever so tough Cameron kept coming forward, throwing bombs throughout the fight.

There was plenty of ebb and flow in this battle of attrition as the action was heated in every round. As the bell sounded for the 10th and final round ringside observers thought the fight was up for grabs and the two combatants fought as if they felt the same way. The final thirty seconds had the crowd of 2,600 plus in a frenzy as Rodriguez and Cameron stood toe to toe trading shots. As the final bell sounded, both fighters were given a well deserved standing ovation by the fans as Rodriguez came away with the close unanimous win 96-94 on two cards and 97-93 on the third.

The semi final bout saw a minor upset as previously undefeated Light Heavyweight Joel De La Paz (7-1 4KO Atlantic City, NJ) was hammered midway through the first round by Naim Terbunja (9-1 1KO E. Moriches, NY) in a bout scheduled for 6 rounds. Terbunja landed a crushing overhand right to the chin of De La Paz sending the New Jersey fighter flat on his face as the referee correctly called off the fight immediately.

The reminder of the undercard saw Michael McLaughlin (12-1-1 5KO Boston, MA) capture the vacant New England Welterweight title with a unanimous 8 round victory over veteran Shakha Moore (12-22-3 2KO Norwalk, CT), Brooklyn's Scott "Bang Bang" Burrell (12-2 8KO) had too much firepower for a game Joseph "Chip" Perez (12-4-2 3KO Hartford, CT) winning a 6 round decision in the Jr. Welterweight division, and Jose "Rated R" Rivera (1-01KO Hartford, CT) made his pro debut a successful one as he stopped winless Saul Almeida (0-8 Boston, MA) in the 3rd round of a schedule 4 round Middleweight fight.

The show opened with 2 Amateur bouts provided by USA Boxing of CT.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the evening's fights "Every one of these kids fought their heart out tonight and the main event was spectacular as Delvin Rodriguez turned back the clock and waged war as we are accustomed to seeing him do so many times in the past. His opponent Shawn Cameron should hold his head up high as he stood in there with a guy who had much more experience than he did and almost pulled off a stunning upset. I'm very proud to have had all these fighters fight the way they did tonight and the crowd at The Sun was so supportive of each and every one of them".

The night's action was aired live on Go Fight Live.

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Fabian Maidana!

Stops Jorge Maysonet In Seven
Fabian Maidana

Undefeated prospect Fabian Maidana (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a seventh-round technical knockout victory over Jorge Maysonet Jr. (13-2, 11 KOs) Saturday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN from the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio.

With his brother, former world champion Marcos Maidana, sitting at ringside, the Argentine-slugger overcame a slow start and a first-round bloody nose for a sensational one-sided beat-down of the Puerto Rican brawler Maysonet, who failed to answer the bell for the seventh round of Saturday's main event.

Referee Rafael Ramos, acting on the advice of Maysonet's corner, called the fight as Maidana dominated the punch stats with a 60-22 advantage in overall punches, 49-15 in power shots, and 11-7 in jabs.

Maysonet came to fight and pressed Maidana from the beginning, eventually, nailing Maidana with a right hand to the nose that opened up a steady flow of blood.

Sensing the urgency, Maidana stormed back in the second, rocking Maysonet with a right hand, left hook combination with just over 10 seconds to go in a round in which he out-landed Maysonet 12-4 in power shots.

Maidana's kept up a versatile attack in the third round using head movement, stick-and-move tactics and a varied assortment of punches to keep up his advantage over Maysonet.

Maidana turned the match in his favor in the next round, delivering an impressive battering of Maysonet over the final 20 seconds of the round.

The Argentine was even more dominant in the one-sided fifth and sixth rounds, doubling up on his hooks, firing straight rights and landing head-snapping shots that began the demise of a fading Maysonet.

Undefeated Alan Castano (11-0, 7 KOs) failed to earn his third straight knockout despite out-landing his opponent 157-94 in overall punches, winning his middleweight bout by unanimous decision (78-74 three times) over 22-year-old Aaron Garcia (15-6-1, 10 KOs).

The 23-year-old Castano was accurate early in the first round with clean right hands supporting a stiff jab. The attack caused immediate swelling over Garcia's left eye entering the second round, where he temporarily was able to trap and hammer away at Garcia with combinations against the ropes.

Garcia dominated the final 45 minutes of the second round with a momentum-swinging right to the head followed by successive combinations from both fighters at the bell.

A third-round clash of heads caused a nasty gash over Garcia's right eye that increasingly streamed blood, forcing Garcia to go on the offensive, as Castano countered effectively with both hands to the head and body in an action-packed fourth round.

Castano continued to control the fight, establishing angles from behind his jab, follow-up rights and clean left uppercuts while Garcia stayed competitive throughout the round.

Fighting beyond six rounds for the first time in his career, Castano spent the final two rounds on the defensive, jabbing and countering from a distance and staying off the ropes on his way to winning unanimously.

The televised opener saw 19-year-old Brandon Figueroa (9-0, 7 KOs) score a pair of final-round knockdowns on the way to his fifth-straight stoppage victory as he earned a TKO over Adalberto Zorrilla (7-2, 7 KOs) at the 2:44 mark of the third round.

The southpaw Figueroa, brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa, pressed forward with a double-fisted attack from the outset, but Zorrilla landed several uppercuts cleanly up the middle, refusing to back down from the challenge of the unbeaten prospect.

Zorrilla began to out-work the oncoming Figueroa to the head and body through the second round before being penalized for repeated low blows late in the round by referee Rafael Ramos.

The fighters engaged toe-to-toe, at ring center to start the third until a Figueroa left to the head rocked Zorrilla to the ropes. Figueroa saw his opportunity and pounced, flooring him with a left hand near the one-minute mark.

Zorrilla beat the count and engaged immediately, staggering Figueroa with a left jab. Figueroa came back to floor him for good, with 18 seconds to go after a left to the body followed by one to the head. The blows sent Zorrilla to his back beneath a bottom rope, where Ramos waved an end to the fight.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

FABIAN MAIDANA

"We were very pleased with our performance. He caught me with a good shot that drew blood from my nose in the first round. I just kept calm, listened to my corner and stuck to the game plan. I knew I was the stronger fighter; I just had to remain patient.

"I was a little disappointed that I didn't get to knock him out, but I sensed that he would eventually quit. He stopped throwing punches and didn't want to fight back.

"It means everything to have Chino (Marcos Maidana) by my side, supporting my career. It meant a lot to get this win on US TV in the same city where he beat Adrien Broner (in Dec. '13) and became a star. With each fight, I want to show fans that I'm Fabian Maidana, not just his little brother. I proved that tonight and will do so with more experience. I'm ready to carry the family name in the ring.

"This was only my 10th pro fight. I'm going to keep improving each time. Next fight, I will look even better, no matter when it is."

JORGE MAYSONET

"I had him hurt early, but I couldn't put my punches together after that. I gave 100% of what I had, but I really only had 50% of my best stuff. I'm a lightweight. They wanted the fight at super lightweight, then 143. We took the fight because of who he is, really who his brother is.

"To be honest, we don't think much of him as a fighter. He's bigger than me and was able to beat me that way. My corner saw that I reached a point where I couldn't fight the way I wanted to. We didn't want to disappoint the crowd by going out there and not fighting, so my corner stopped the fight and I respect their decision. This isn't the last of me, I'm coming back at my natural weight and will go on to achieve great things in this sport."

ALAN CASTANO

"I'm very happy with my performance. It was my first time going eight rounds, I had a lot of energy throughout the fight and was able to do everything I wanted in there.

"He was tough, but we knew that going in. I didn't pay a lot of attention to his fight with Brian (Alan's older brother, who beat Garcia by eight-round decision last December). I couldn't tell you if he was any different tonight than when he fought that night. I just know what I wanted to do. He gave me a good test that I needed at this point in my career.

"I'd love to come back as soon as my team can make a fight for me."

BRANDON FIGUEROA

"It was good to get the knockout, but I felt very off tonight, very sluggish. I like the activity I've had but this might be the first time in my career where I need a break.

"This was the toughest test to date for me. I knew that going into the fight and he landed a few good shots. This was a night where I needed to be at my best. I wasn't but fortunate to get the job done.

"I know the left hook landed to his body to end the fight, but I don't even remember it. I felt a little sick towards the end of training camp. My focus was just trying to get him out of there. I did that, so now it's time to act like a teenager and enjoy a summer vacation, maybe slow it down just a little."

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Juan Orozco V Steven Wilcox!

July 28
Juan Orozco V Steven Wilcox

Lee Baxter Promotions announced that hard-hitting Juan Orozco will face Steven Wilcox Thursday, July 28 in the eight round main event of the first ever “Next Generation” card at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The “Next Generation” fight series by Lee Baxter Promotions provides a platform for boxers with championship aspirations. Most of the boxers fight out of Canada but some will trek from across the world to display their talents.

Living and fighting out of Zamora, Michoacan de Ocambo, Mexico, Orozco is 12-3-2 with 10 victories by knockout. A winner in four of his last five bouts with three of those wins by KO, Orozco stopped Camilo Fuentes July 16 in Mexico. He'll also enter the ring as the naturally bigger man, fighting as heavy as 151 lbs.

One of Canada's rising stars,Wilcox owns an outstanding 13-1-1 record and has 5 KO's. Fighting out of Hamilton Ontario, Wilcox shutout Pedro Navarrete in March. Prior to his pro career, the 26-year-old had approximately 180 amateur fights and was a two-time Canadian lightweight champion.

“Both fighters deserve props for making this happen” said Lee Baxter. “Orozco is filling in on short notice for Jesus Singwancha, who withdrew after injuring his hand in training. On top of that, he just fought a few days ago. Wilcox also deserves credit for dealing with multiple opponent changes and going forward with no questions asked. On top of that, Orozco is a tough fighter and I'm expecting a very competitive fight.”

Tim “The Irish” Cronin, a cruiserweight from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada looks to run his unbeaten streak to 9 fights when he challenges Kristof Demendei of Slovakia in a six round contest. Cronin, 7-1-1 (2 KO’s), has primarily fought in Ontario and hasn't been defeated since his pro debut. Demendei, 10-1-2 (6 KO’s), fought all but one of his bouts in Slovakia and looks to rebound from a decision loss in June.

In undercard action, super middleweights newcomers Augistino D’Aluisio and Mike Miller will swap leather. Junior middleweight Mayron Zeferino will have his first fight versus Quebec's Danyk Croteau. Monster heavyweight Mladen Mijas of Ontario makes his pro debut against 5-1 Slovakian David Vyletel. Each bout is scheduled for four rounds.

Sponsored by Everlast, Vonbets, Hardknocks Boxing Club & Labatts Brewery, tickets to the “Next Generation” are on sale now for $45, $55 and $65 by logging onto Ticketmaster.Ca. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is scheduled for 7:30.

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Khiary Gray!

Suffers First Loss In Stunning Knockout

Previously unbeaten junior middleweight Khiary Gray suffered his first career loss Friday on the main card of ShoBox: The New Generation’s 15th anniversary fight card at Foxwoods Resort Casino, courtesy of an overhand right that no one – including Gray – saw coming.

Gray (13-1) dominated the first round and a half against New Jersey’s Ian Green (10-1, 8 KOs) until Green caught him with an overhand right that sent the Worcester, Mass., native to the canvas for the first time in his career. Gray was visibly hurt and took his time getting back to his feet. He tried to hold on for the final 20 seconds of the round, but referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stepped in and stopped it at the 2-minute, 50-second mark as Green unloaded with his opponent pressed against the ropes.

“It was just jitterbugs for me in the first round,” said Green, who agreed to take the fight on four day’s notice and weighed in at 157 pounds, the lowest weight of his career. “I just kept my composure and got back to boxing.”

Gray peppered Green with overhand rounds in the opening round and kept applying pressure early in the second, but once he took his foot off the pedal, Green fought back and landed a perfect counter right that changed the course of the fight.

“He just caught me,” Gray said. “I don’t even know what punch it was. I didn’t even see it. I tried to hold on and waste some time, but I got caught again. I just need to get back to the gym and fix my mistakes. I’ll bounce back.”

Unbeaten middleweights Kendrick Ball Jr. and David Wilson stole the show Friday on the preliminary card of CES Boxing, GH3 Promotions and Sampson Boxing’s fight card at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The two unbeaten sluggers fought to a majority draw following four see-saw rounds in which they exchanged blows and unloaded haymakers without much defense or posturing with the jab.

Ball (2-0-1), who just fought last Friday and recorded his second knockout win, faced his toughest test to date in the slick southpaw Wilson (5-0-1), who came out firing from the opening bell and pressed the action from start to finish. An effective counterpuncher, Ball fought effectively with his back against the ropes, at times catching Wilson clean and momentarily stalling his momentum.

Ball appeared to land the cleaner blows early, but tired a bit in the middle rounds as Wilson – who hadn’t fought in more than a year before Friday – continued to come forward and press the action. John McKaie scored it 39-37 in favor of Wilson while Don Ackerman and Peter Hary scored it 38-38.

Making his New England debut, Augusta, Ga., lightweight Divante Jones (9-0) earned a hard-fought split-decision win over Philadelphia’s Anthony Burgin (9-2), 38-37, 37-38, 38-37. Bill Morande and Ackerman scored it in favor of Jones while Hary gave it to Burgin. The fight was back-and-forth from the opening bell, but Jones fought his best in the second and third rounds to earn the narrow victory in his toughest test to date.

Unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (12-0-1) kept his perfect record intact on the preliminary card with a 58-56, 58-56, 60-54 win over 37-fight veteran Antonio Fernandes of Brockton, Mass.

The preliminary card also featured the New England debuts of two 2016 U.S. Olympic alternates. Lightweight Brent Venegas III (1-0, 1 KO) of Elk Grove, Calif., made his professional debut with a second-round knockout win over Alexandria, Va., native Christian Foster. Foster earned the stoppage at the 1:37 mark, but not before Foster sent him to the canvas in the opening round. Venegas returned the favor with a knockdown just seconds later and finished Foster for good midway through the second.

New Brunswick, N.J., super flyweight Leroy Davila (2-0, 1 KO) fought an entertaining, four-round war against Edgar Cortes (2-3) of Vineland, N.J., earning a 39-36, 39-36, 40-35 unanimous decision win. The two exchanged blows in the center of the ring for the majority of the fight, but Davila landed the cleaner, more effective blows. Morande and Ackerman scored it 39-36 while McKaie scored it 40-35.

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Team Shumenov Petitions WBA!

To Declare Purse Bid Or Strip Lebedev Of His World Title
Shumenov

It has been more than a month since World Boxing Association (WBA) world cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs), based on the much publicized WBA Cruiserweight Tournament rules and regulations, petitioned the WBA to either declare a purse bid for a title fight between WBA Super cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, or strip Lebedev of his title belt for being non-compliant.

Last July, Shumenov defeated B.J. Flores by way of a 12-round unanimous decision to become the WBA mandatory challenger for Lebedev, who hasn't fought a mandatory defense since April 10, 2015.

The WBA issued a resolution this past April that Lebedev, who defeated Victor Emelio Ramirez in May to also become International Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion, must fight Shumenov within 120 days of the latter's May 21, 2016 knockout victory over Junior Wright.

On record for making changes to insure only one world champion in each division, incredibly, the WBA presently has 38 different world title belt holders in only 17 different weight classes. Only three WBA divisions have one world champion - super lightweight, lightweight and light flyweight - and eight have three world titlists, including its cruiserweight division, which presently has world champions in Lebedev, Shumenov and Interim champion Yunier Dorticos, who is the WBA second mandatory challenger.

In an apparent public relations move, the WBA has suddenly declared this month a rash of mandatory defenses, however, declaring and actually making these title fights are two different things, as Shumenov has unfortunately learned. The WBA should have ordered a Lebedev vs. Shumenov purse bid on June 21, 2016, when the two sides couldn't come to an agreement, but the WBA failed to do so. When Shumenov repeated his request for a purse bid in June, the WBA failed once again to act.

Lebedev's promoter, Andrei Ryabinsky, has been quoted in stories about having a deal in place for his fighter to defend his IBF title first. In effect, the WBA is allowing Lebedev to hold the WBA Super cruiserweight title belt hostage, leveraging it against his IBF crown. Shumenov, who is a former WBA Super light heavyweight champion, has now proudly worn the WBA belt around his waist for a total of nearly five years.

"I was looking forward to fighting Lebedev and I don't understand his unwillingness and refusal to step in the ring with me," Shumenov said.

Team Shumenov is extremely disappointed in the WBA's failure to act on making the fight with Lebedev that it mandated, in addition to being discouraged by the WBA's failure, after several requests had been made, to either set a purse bid date or strip Lebedev of his world title belt. Not knowing if or when the WBA is finally going to rule has left Shumenov unable to book any fights. The WBA's failure to enforce its own purse bid rule, or strip Lebedev, has unfairly prevented Shumenov from earning a living while at the peak of his pro boxing career.

Shumenov is the only native Kazakh to be a two-division world champion. Now a resident of Las Vegas, he also represented his native Kazakhstan at the 2004 Olympics in Greece.

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Juergen Braehmer V Nathan Cleverly!

October 1
Juergen Braehmer

Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) will defend his WBA World Light Heavyweight title against Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.

The fight has been a long time coming with the pair originally slated to meet in 2011 at The O2 in London before an eye injury forced Braehmer to withdraw. Four years later, the fighters were again close to sharing a ring but talks broke down with Cleverly opting to fight in America instead.

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

‘’In boxing you can never say never,’’ said the defending champion. ‘’This is a fight the fans have wanted to see for a long time and I’m happy it’s finally happening. I look forward to meeting Nathan Cleverly in the ring at the Jahnsportforum and proving once and for all who is the better boxer.

‘’Cleverly is a good fighter. He is a former World Champion and I believe he is still one of the best light heavyweights in the world. He has a very exciting offensive style, which I’m sure will make for a great match-up. I will be expecting a tough fight, but with the support of the fans in Neubrandenburg, I’m confident I will win.’’

“This fight has been destined to happen and I can’t wait now,” said Cleverly. “It’s finally here – Juergen and I will finally go to battle and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“I’ve had a good recovery period and rest since the Fonfara fight and I feel fantastic. I’ve had a few niggles and injuries over the last couple of fights but I’ve recovered from them. I’m invigorated and I’m ready to strike again on the World scene and become a two-time World champion.

“Juergen is a great champion. He’s a puncher that has pedigree that stretches back all the way to the amateurs, he’s a proper professional and a credit to the game. It’s like the old dog fighting the young dog, experience versus youth, but I’m 29 in my eighth World title fight so I have a bagful of experience of my own and I know what I have to do – I am going into the champions backyard and I need to rip the title off him, and that’s what I intend to do.”

‘’We’re delighted to have finally made this fight between the WBA World Champion Juergen Braehmer and former WBO World Champion Nathan Cleverly,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’This is a fight people have been talking about for the last five years, and I’m sure it will live up to everybody’s expectations. Fans should prepare for an explosive fight and a great night of action in Neubrandenburg.’’

“I'm delighted to deliver a World title shot for Nathan in a fight that has been many years in the making,” said Cleverly’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “After his fight of the year contender with Fonfara we have been looking at the big fights only and Braehmer was always the target, it's a fight that Nathan fancies and has wanted for a long time - I believe that on October 1, Britain will have ANOTHER World champion.”

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

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REUBEN ARROWSMITH!

GETS SOUTHPAW TEST
REUBEN ARROWSMITH

REUBEN ARROWSMITH believes he’s receiving the perfect education as a professional.

Despite only turning over last October, the Market Harborough stylist has established himself as one of the star pupils in Ricky Hatton’s Hyde stable.

And he’ll be hoping to improve his ring craft further this weekend in Cannock as he faces his first southpaw – Viktors Drizlionoks.

“I don’t know much about him and I can’t even say his name properly, but I know he’s a southpaw and he’s got two arms, two legs and a head to aim at so bring it on,” Arrowsmith, 5-0, said.

“I’ve boxed different styles since turning pro and it’s all about getting good learning fights and building experience. This is my first southpaw as a pro and I’m more than ready for him. It’s exactly the sort of opponent I need.

“He comes from Lithuania, but he’s based over here and he’s building a career for himself. He won’t be an easy opponent because he’s pushed some really good kids close and he’s beaten a couple of others.”

The fights are coming thick and fast for Arrowsmith as this will be his sixth outing in less than ten months. However, he insists that he’s in rush to push towards title opportunities.

“I’ve had five fights since I turned pro last October and I’ve already got fights lined up after this one so it looks like I’m going to have eight or nine in my first year,” he said.

“I hope I get as many next year as well as it means I keep learning and improving and pushing on to potentially big things down the line.

“I’m only young at 20 so I could probably have an extra year of learning fights, but Ricky has been talking about how I’ve progressed really quickly and I could be looking at an area or English title at 21 but I’m not getting ahead of myself. There’s no rush and I can’t look beyond this next fight.”

Sunday’s bill is entitled ‘Danger Zone’ and is headlined by the eagerly anticipated English super-lightweight title clash between Anthony Upton and Luke Paddock.

In addition to Arrowsmith v Drizlionoks, the show’s undercard also features Sonny Upton, Sam Evans, English super-bantamweight champion Sean Davis, Swadlincote super-middleweight Zach Parker, Burton’s Leon Gower, Derby debutant Sahib Singh Mann, and former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden.

The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL. Doors open at 12.30pm.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504 065.

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Sergiy Derevyanchenko!

Stops Former Champion Sam Soliman
Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Unbeaten rising middleweight Sergiy "The Technician" Derevyanchenko (9-0, 7 KOs) knocked down Sam "King" Soliman (44-14, 18 KOs) three times before stopping the former world champion in the second round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Thursday night from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

A 2008 Ukranian Olympian, Derevyanchenko was in control from the start, standing his ground and delivering smart shots as Soliman attempted to flummox him with movement and awkward angles.

Soliman got caught with a missile right hand from Derevyanchenko that landed right on the chin and sent the off-balance Australian to the canvas. Soliman didn't appear hurt however, as he continued to come forward to try to disrupt and frustrate the undefeated fighter.

Derevyanchenko continued to land effective shots and caught Soliman off-balance again in round two, this time with a left hook that put Soliman on the ground. Soliman again got to his feet but Derevyanchenko quickly stunned Soliman and put him into survival mode.

Soliman tried to tie up and avoid Derevyanchenko, but eventually the undefeated fighter training, who trains in Brooklyn, landed several right hands before a sweeping left hook sent Soliman to the ground hard and for the final time of the night. Referee Johnny Callas waved the fight off at 2:41 of the second round.

The opening bout of the evening saw hard-hitting Ievgen Khytrov (13-0, 11 KOs) lay a non-stop attack on Paul Mendez (19-3-2, 9 KOs) before eventually earning a stoppage in the ninth-round of their middleweight matchup.

Khytrov and Mendez went toe-to-toe from the first-round, exchanging flurries and showing a willingness to stand in front of their opponent. It was Khytrov who showed the more varied attack while getting out to a fast start and landing 50 percent of his power punches over the first three rounds.

Mendez stood tough and continued throwing punches, but was unable to land anything that bothered Khytrov. The Ukranian-born fighter who trains in Brooklyn attacked the body early while dazing Mendez with uppercuts and power hooks. Rounds seven and eight saw Khytrov increase his attack as he seemingly landed power punches at will.

The fight continued in that one-sided manner throughout the opening minute of round nine. Sensing an opportunity, Khytrov cornered Mendez and hit him with a series of unanswered hooks that forced referee Joe Lupino to stop the fight, at the recommendation of the ringside physician, 1:20 into the round. Khytrov ended the fight with a 482-125 advantage in punches landed while landing 50 percent of his total shots.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO

"I looked into his eyes after I knocked him down the first time and I knew he would continue coming forward. I wasn't going to drop my guard. I didn't even feel that punch on my glove because it was so clean to the chin. But I felt the final punch.

"I warmed up more than once and that broke my rhythm. In the ring I had to get my rhythm.

"Soliman came out nervous and not very coordinated, but that's the way he usually fights. That's his style.

"I'm going to keep moving forward. I can't sit and wait. We will assess the situation and move from here."

SAM SOLIMAN

"I'm doing well. I didn't get to warm up, just a couple of minutes, but that's no excuse. He did his job. That's never happened before to me.

"He's a good boxer who did what he had to do. I can't take anything away from him.

"After every fight, fighters have to decide what to do next. I have a lot outside of boxing that makes me happy, and it takes the sting out of tonight."

IEVGEN KHYTROV

"I love to fight and battle and go toe-to-toe. I executed the game plan. My defense was much better and I've worked hard on my defense. This was my best fight because that guy stood and fought, he didn't run.

"I wasn't surprised that Mendez took so many punches because I didn't throw every punch hard, I mixed it up, but did throw some hard punches.

"I want a couple more fights then I want to fight for the world title. That's what I've worked so hard to do. I'm not going to dodge anybody. I want to fight Gennady Golovkin and take his belts."

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM FOXWOODS

Listed below are weights for Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast live at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Premier Ballroom, presented by GH3 Promotions, CES Boxing and Sampson Boxing.

The preliminary fight card begins at 7 p.m. ET and Showtime’s televised main card begins at 10. Tickets are priced at $45.00, $75.00 and $150.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.foxwoods.com or by phone at 800-200-2882. All bouts are subject to change. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Lopez 121 vs. Roman Reynoso 121

Jerry Odom 168 vs. Julius Jackson 168

O’Shaquie Foster 134 vs. Rolando Chinea 134

Khiary Gray 155 vs. Ian Green 157

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SANTA CRUZ V FRAMPTON!

BY THE NUMBERS
SANTA CRUZ V FRAMPTON

The featherweight world championship clash between defending titlist Leo Santa Cruz and undefeated former unified super bantamweight champ Carl Frampton features an unpredictable and potentially explosive mix of styles between two of the world's top fighters.

Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) will make the second defense of his WBA Featherweight Title against Irish superstar Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs), who relinquished two belts at 122 pounds, when they face off in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader on Saturday, July 30, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Three-division world champion Santa Cruz ranks as one of the world's top-three fighters in four key categories - Total Punches Thrown, Landed, Connect Percentage and Power Punches Landed (all per round, per CompuBox).

The numbers prove that Santa Cruz is one of the best punchers in the world, topping Gennady Golovkin, Manny Pacquiao and ranking only second by a small margin to pound-for-pound champ Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez in Power Punches Landed Per Round.

More impressively, Santa Cruz ranks as the world's best in the Plus/Minus category that was dominated for years by pound-for-pound champ Floyd Mayweather. In that statistical measure, which is determined by subtracting opponents connect percentage from a fighter's connect percentage, Santa Cruz stands tall at No. 1 (+15.8% per fight), followed by Andre Ward (+15.3), Golovkin (+15.2), Erislandy Lara (+14.5), Terence Crawford (+13.2), Roman Gonzalez (+12.5) and Canelo Alvarez (+12).

While Santa Cruz is a statistical leader in five key categories, defending Santa Cruz's biggest strength - power punches - is one of Frampton's greatest attributes. In his last six fights, Frampton's opponents landed just 29.2 percent of their power punches. Comparatively, Santa Cruz landed an astonishing 46.9 percent of his power shots over his last eight fights. Can both fighters continue at this impressive rate when they faceoff on July 30?

Frampton ranks in the top 10 of Opponents Power Punches Connected, meaning he stops his opponents from landing power shots at a staggering rate. Frampton ranks No. 10 in a group that features Guillermo Rigondeaux, Lara, Wladimir Klitschko, Ward and Crawford.

Additionally, Frampton is the second best in the world in Average Number Of Jabs Thrown Per Round, behind leader Jesus Cuellar and well ahead of Rigondeaux (No. 5), Golovkin (No. 6), Crawford (No. 7) and Kell Brook (No. 8). Santa Cruz is also a statistical leader in this category, ranking No. 9 in the world.

Below is the list of categories where Santa Cruz and Frampton:

PLUS/MINUS (hit vs. get hit):

Santa Cruz ranks as the world's best, followed by Andre Ward (No. 2), Gennady Golovkin (No. 3), Erislandy Lara (No. 4), Terence Crawford (No. 5), Roman Gonzalez (No. 6) and Canelo Alvarez (No. 7). The retired Floyd Mayweather had previously held the top spot.

TOTAL PUNCHES THROWN PER ROUND:

Leo Santa Cruz only trails Roman Gonzalez in terms of total punches thrown per round. Santa Cruz (No. 2) tops Jesus Ceullar (No. 3), Juan Francisco Estrada (No. 6), Orlando Salido (No. 7) and Gennady Golovkin (No. 9). Santa Cruz throws 84.6 total punches per round, compared to boxing's overall average of 55.5.

AVERAGE TOTAL PUNCHES LANDED PER ROUND:

Santa Cruz trails Roman Gonzalez by less than two percent, connecting at a 33.1 percent clip compared to the overall average of 16.9. At No. 2, Santa Cruz tops pound-for-pound mainstays Gennady Golovkin (No. 3) and Juan Francisco Estrada (No. 4). Santa Cruz's average more than doubles the CompuBox average punches landed per round of 16.9.

TOTAL CONNECT PERCENTAGE:

Santa Cruz ranks in the top three in this important category in which only a few percentage points separate the world's best. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. ranks No. 1, followed by Golovkin, Santa Cruz, Roman Gonzalez, Adrien Broner and Andre Ward respectively. At 39.2 percent, Santa Cruz landed at a nearly 10 percent higher rate than the overall average.

AVERAGE POWER PUNCHES LANDED PER ROUND:

Santa Cruz is second in the world in this category, trailing only Roman Gonzalez by a slim margin and topping Juan Francisco Estrada (No. 3), Abner Mares (No. 5), Golovkin (No. 7) and Pacquiao (No. 8) among others.

AVERAGE JABS THROWN PER ROUND:

Santa Cruz and Frampton both rank in the top 10 in average number of jabs thrown per round.

Frampton, who is second in the world behind leader Jesus Cuellar, tops master jabbers Rigondeaux (No. 5), Golovkin (No. 6), Crawford (No. 7) and Brook (No. 8). Santa Cruz is ninth best in this category. Frampton, who trails Cuellar by just one percentage point, throws 13 more jabs per round than the overall average.

OPPONENTS POWER PUNCHES CONNECTED:

Frampton is amongst the world's best at preventing his opponent from landing power shots. He ranks at No. 10 in a category that includes Rigondeaux (No. 1), Lara (No. 2), Wladimir Klitschko (No. 3), Ward (No. 4) and Crawford (No. 5). Frampton's opponents landed just 29.2 percent of their power shots.

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

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Joel De La Paz!

Signs With Star Boxing
Joel De La Paz

Star Boxing is pleased to announce the signing of undefeated, highly touted prospect, Joel De La Paz to an exclusive multi-year promotional contract.

"I feel really great to be working with Star Boxing", said De La Paz. "Joe DeGuardia has many championship fighters. I look forward to working hard and in a few years I want to fight for a world title."

Star Boxing's President, Joe DeGuardia said "I'm delighted to have Joel sign with us. Joel is an exciting fighter who is ready to step his game up in a big way. His fan friendly, aggressive style will shake things up in the already stacked 168 lbs. division. We are all looking forward to a bright future together."

De La Paz of Atlantic City, NJ has a record of 7-0 with 4 knockouts. Impressively, the super middleweight has not lost a single round as a professional. The proud Puerto Rican looks to continue his country's tradition of producing dominant world champions. Joel will take the first step in his long awaited return to action when he takes on the rugged Naim Terbunja (8-1) on the undercard of the Delvin Rodriguez vs. Shawn Cameron headliner at "Slugfest at the Sun" at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on Saturday July 23, 2016. Terbunja is also promoted by Star Boxing.

The additions of De La Paz to the Star Boxing roster mark four promising prospects signed in the last couple of months. Tyrone James, Terrell Bostic and Michael Stoute joined the promotional powerhouse earlier this year and have all competed at the Paramount in Huntington, NY in their first fights under the Star Boxing banner.

Tickets for "Slugfest at the Sun" are $150.00, $95.00 & $45.00 and $30.00 and are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster's national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000.

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Brandon Figueroa V Adalberto Zorrilla!

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IBF Junior Featherweight Champion Jonathan "Salomon King" Guzman (22-0, 22 KOs) won't be taking any time to rest on his newly acquired laurels.

The Dominican KO artist won his first world championship yesterday (Wednesday, July 20) by stopping former #1 contender Shingo Wake in 11 brutal rounds in Osaka, Japan. Guzman's power was simply too much for Wake, who fell four times before the end came at 2:16 from merciful referee Wayne Hedgpeth.

The iron-fisted Dominican could easily spend the rest of the summer celebrating the victory, but has no intention to do so.

He is quickly flying home from Japan in order to be ringside tomorrow (Friday, July 22) at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, to watch San Antonio's Adam Lopez face Argentina's Roman Ruben Reynoso on ShoBox: The New Generation.

Guzman's intention is to face the winner of that fight in his first title defense.

His promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, says Guzman's victory has only created a new mission for the Dominican slugger.

"He wants to clean out the division now," said Lewkowicz. "We told him to enjoy the victory for himself and his country, but he wants to go right back to work. That is the determination and love for what he does that has made him an undefeated champion with a perfect knockout record. I congratulate him for his first world title and for his commitment to be a true world champion."

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IBF Junior Featherweight Champion Jonathan Guzman!

To Be Ringside Friday At Foxwoods
Jonathan Guzman

IBF Junior Featherweight Champion Jonathan "Salomon King" Guzman (22-0, 22 KOs) won't be taking any time to rest on his newly acquired laurels.

The Dominican KO artist won his first world championship yesterday (Wednesday, July 20) by stopping former #1 contender Shingo Wake in 11 brutal rounds in Osaka, Japan. Guzman's power was simply too much for Wake, who fell four times before the end came at 2:16 from merciful referee Wayne Hedgpeth.

The iron-fisted Dominican could easily spend the rest of the summer celebrating the victory, but has no intention to do so.

He is quickly flying home from Japan in order to be ringside tomorrow (Friday, July 22) at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, to watch San Antonio's Adam Lopez face Argentina's Roman Ruben Reynoso on ShoBox: The New Generation.

Guzman's intention is to face the winner of that fight in his first title defense.

His promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, says Guzman's victory has only created a new mission for the Dominican slugger.

"He wants to clean out the division now," said Lewkowicz. "We told him to enjoy the victory for himself and his country, but he wants to go right back to work. That is the determination and love for what he does that has made him an undefeated champion with a perfect knockout record. I congratulate him for his first world title and for his commitment to be a true world champion."

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Robert Guerrero V David Emanuel Peralta!

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Former multi-divisional world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) meets Argentine slugger David Emanuel "El Pirata" Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) in 10-rounds of welterweight action that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Saturday, August 27 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features hard-hitting Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo (24-5, 20 KOs) battling veteran Freddy Hernandez (33-8, 22 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight matchup of Mexican brawlers plus 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0, 9 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against the Bronx's Steve Martinez (16-2, 13 KOs) in 10-rounds of super welterweight action.

"I'm very excited to get back in the ring," said Guerrero. "This is an exciting time for boxing fans across the world. It's a blessing to be fighting back in Southern California. My opponent is a tough fighter from Argentina. Everybody knows that fighters from Argentina always come to fight, so I must be prepared and I'm expecting a war. All combat sports fans should be tuning in to see this all-action fight between two warriors. Expect to see fireworks like in all of my fights."

"I'm thrilled to enter the ring and fight in front of the passionate Southern California boxing fans for the first time," said Peralta. "Guerrero is a great fighter and a former world champion and I'm training very hard to be victorious on August 27. This is a great opportunity for me and I'm going to take full advantage."

Tickets for the August 27 event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $31, $58, $108 and $203, plus applicable fees, and are on sale Thursday, July 21. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Honda Center Box Office.

Born and raised in Gilroy, California, Guerrero is always in exciting contests having gone toe-to-toe with world champions Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman sandwiched around a hard fought victory over Aron Martinez. Prior to 2015, the 33-year-old picked up victories over Andre Berto, Secluk Aydin and Michael Katsidis while winning world titles in multiple divisions. The brawling warrior has been in several "Fight of the Year" candidates throughout his career, including a toe-to-toe clash in Southern California with Yoshihiro Kamegai in 2014, and will hope to again invigorate fans with a thrilling battle against the hard-charging Peralta.

A hard fighting Mexican battler born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico but fighting out of Coachella, Calif., Angulois looking for another big victory in front of his Southern Californian fans. Always ready to challenge the best in the sport, the 33-year-old has gone toe-to-toe with some of the best fighters in the world and holds knockout victories over Gabriel Rosado, Joachim Alcine and Joel Julio while most recently earning a knockout victory over Hector Munoz in August. Angulo returns to take on Mexico City's Hernandez, who enters this fight on a three-bout winning streak.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Gaushawas a decorated amateur who won gold medals at the U.S. National Championships in 2009 and 2012 and represented the US as part of the 2012 Olympic Team. The 28-year-old is undefeated since turning pro in 2012. In 2015 he earned victories over Norberto Gonzalez, Luis Grajeda, Eliezer Gonzalez and Said El Harrak before making his 2016 debut with a victory over Orlando Lora. He faces the 26-year-old Martinez from the Bronx who most recently stopped Jorge Melendez in the second round.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Weights From Foxwoods
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Sergiy Derevyanchenko 159 vs. Sam Soliman 159

Ievgen Khytrov 159 vs. Paul Mendez 160

Ivan Golub 149 vs. Ernesto Ortiz 148

Shelly Vincent 126 vs. Christina Ruiz 123

Mykquan Williams 142 vs. Isaac Johnson 143

Alantez Fox 162 vs. Paul Valenzuela, Jr. 163

Christopher Davis-Fogg 158 vs. Jeff Anderson 158

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Alantez Fox V Paul Valenzuela Jr!

Plus Ivan Golub V Ernesto Ortiz
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Unbeaten middleweight Alantez Fox (19-0-1, 8 KOs) will meet Mexico's Paul Valenzuela Jr. (17-3, 11 KOs) while undefeated welterweight Ivan Golub (11-0, 9 KOs) takes on Ernesto Ortiz (10-3, 7 KOs) in an eight-round bout that highlights undercard action on Thursday, July 21 from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

The July 21 event is headlined by rising middleweight contender Sergiy "The Technician" Derevyanchenko taking on former world champion Sam "King" Soliman in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a middleweight showdown between hard-hitting Ievgen Khytrov and California's Paul Mendez.

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

Additional action inside the arena features local favorite Shelly Vincent (17-0, 1 KO) out of Providence in an eight-round featherweight fight against San Antonio's Christina Ruiz (7-8-3, 4 KOs) and Connecticut's Mykquan Williams (2-0, 2 KOs) facing Colorado's Isaac Johnson (2-3) in a four-round welterweight attraction.

Rounding out the night of fights is the pro debut of Christopher Davis Fogg in a four round middleweight bout.

A slick-boxer who fights out of Forestville, Maryland, Fox began 2016 by stopping veteran Milton Nunez in the fourth round of their January bout. The 24-year-old was victorious five times in 2015 and is unbeaten since turning pro in 2010. He will be opposed by Valenzuela who fights out of Santa Rosalia, Mexico and most recently knocked out Armando Corral in the second round.

Originally from Ukraine but now fighting out of Brooklyn, Golub has fought exclusively in the U.S. since turning pro and comes off of a hard fought stoppage victory over previously unbeaten Marlon Aguas in March. The 27-year-old southpaw has stopped his last five opponents inside of the distance. He takes on the 22-year-old Mexican Ortiz, who made his U.S. debut in September 2015.

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Tyron Zeuge!

Ready For Rematch With De Carolis
Tyron Zeuge

Tyron Zeuge (18-0-1, 10 KOs) will not have to wait long for a second shot at World glory following his majority draw with WBA World Champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

The German super middleweight injured his left shoulder in the sixth-round of their World Championship clash, but thankfully, the injury has been diagnosed as just a minor muscle tear, which will not require surgery, and following a short break, the 24 year-old will be ready for a rematch with De Carolis later this year.

‘’We are all very relieved that the injury is not as serious as we had first expected,’’ said Managing Director of Sauerland Event, Frederick Ness. ‘’There is no joint damage and no need for an operation. Tyron will just need to rest his shoulder for a few weeks before he is able to resume his usual training regime.’’

Zeuge, who impressed critics with his brave performance on Saturday night, has put his summer plans on hold as he focuses all his efforts on a return bout with the Italian Champion. ‘’Instead of a summer vacation, I’m now looking forward to getting back in the gym as soon as possible,’’ he said. ‘’I will leave nothing to chance and will make sure I’m in top shape for the rematch with Giovanni.’’

Coach Juergen Braehmer is optimistic that his protégé can claim the WBA World title at the second time of asking. ‘’I was impressed by Tyron’s performance on Saturday night,’’ he said. ‘’He implemented our game plan well and showed great promise. We will now continue on this path and return even stronger.’’

Following their fight, De Carolis welcomed a rematch with the Berlin boxer. ‘’That was a great fight,’’ he said. ‘’And I am ready for the rematch.’’ With promoter Kalle Sauerland adding: ‘’That fight was a great advertisement for boxing and I expect the second fight to be even better.’’

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Luis Del Valle!

Excited For Tri State Area Return
Luis Del Valle

As a teenager, Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle left his native Puerto Rico for Newburgh, NY where he resided for seven years. During his time in the Empire State amateur ranks, he made great strides in the ring and won multiple highly-competitive tournaments, most notably capturing the 2004 National Golden Gloves title.

As a pro, Del Valle had his first fight in New Jersey, hoisted the WBA-NABA championship in New York and Connecticut was the state that hosted his first appearance on HBO. Overall, half of his 24 professional fights took place in the tri state area and the bilingual Del Valle built a solid fan following. However, he hasn’t fought in the area since 2012.

On August 27, that will change when Del Valle battles an opponent to be announced in a ten round super bantamweight bout at the Bayonne Pavilion in Bayonne, New Jersey.

“I love fighting in the tri state area,” said Del Valle, the owner of an excellent 22-2 professional record with 16 knockouts and a #12 ranking by the International Boxing Federation. “I had a lot of great moments when I lived in New York and miss the local crowds. The support was great and there is a very large Puerto Rican population in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. I’ve still got a lot of fans in the area and they always ask me when I’m fighting locally again. Due to some of the changes in my career, I wasn’t sure until this incredible opportunity came up. I’d like to thank Roc Nation and LGM Promotions for making this happen. I’m hoping to fight for a world title in the near future and defend it in the tri state area.”

Tickets prices are $125 for VIP Table; $65 for Ringside; $55 for General ringside and $40 for General Admission and can be purchased by visiting: www.lgmpromo.eventbrite.com

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Khiary Gray!

Makes Television Debut Friday
Khiary Gray

ShoBox: The New Generation returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino's Premier Ballroom on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 to celebrate the 15 anniversary of its critically-acclaimed series featuring a fight card loaded with New England's premiere talent.

Friday night's quadruple-header, presented by GH3 Promotions, CES Boxing and Sampson Boxing, features the television debut of unbeaten Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (13-0, 10 KOs), who battles Paterson, N.J., vet Ian Green (9-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round bout, the first of four on the televised main card.

"I don't take anyone lightly," Gray said, "but come that day you're going to see more than you've ever seen from me before. You're going to see different angles, punching power, combinations. I'm going to keep my '0' and put Worcester on the map. It's going to be a great show."

"I'm very proud to give this young man the opportunity to fight on national television," added CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. "Listen, he's got the opening bout, but we're going to steal the show. I'm sure of it. I'm sure the phones are going to ring a couple of days after July 22nd. For now, we're going to concentrate."

Geared toward developing and showcasing young boxing prospects, ShoBox: The New Generation debuted July 21, 2001. Since then, 67 fighters who've appeared on ShoBox have gone on to win world titles while an addition 75 have fought for a major championship.

Tickets for Friday's event are priced at $45.00, $75.00 and $150.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.foxwoods.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or 800-200-2882. All bouts are subject to change. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET. The preliminary card begins at 7 and the televised main card begins at 10.

On the preliminary card, New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (11-0-1, 5 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against 36-fight vet Antonio Fernandes of Brockton, Mass., in a six-round bout while fellow Worcester native Kendrick Ball Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) steps up to face undefeated Meriden, Conn., southpaw David Wilson (5-0, 1 KO) in a four-round middleweight bout.

Friday's stacked lineup also features the New England debut of CES' newest protégé, undefeated lightweight Divante Jones (8-0, 6 KOs) of Augusta, Ga., who battles Philadelphia's Anthony Burgin (9-1, 2 KOs) in a four-round preliminary bout.

San Antonio, Tex., super bantamweight Adam Lopez (15-0, 7 KOs), a six-time national champion now ranked No. 5 in the World Boxing Association (WBA), battles Argentinian Roman Ruben Reynoso (18-1-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Also on the main card, super middleweight Jerry Odom (13-2-1, 12 KOs) of Bowie, Md., the 2012 Amateur Boxer of the Year, faces 2008 Virgin Islands Olympian Julius Jackson (19-1, 15 KOs), and super lightweight O'Shaquie Foster (10-1, 7 KOs) of Houston, a finalist in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, faces Rolando Chinea (12-1, 7 KOs) of Lancaster, Pa., who competed alongside Foster in Mobile, Ala., in 2012.

Gray, who stars in the opening TV bout, faces his toughest test to date against the savvy Green, a two-time New Jersey Golden Gloves Champion. Since making his professional debut in June of 2014, Gray has fought 13 times in less than two years, including a stretch of six consecutive first-round knockout wins in 2015. The hard-hitting Gray stopped Texas' Kenton Sippio-Cook in just 2 minutes, 2 seconds in their September of 2015 and recently defeated Florida's Quentin Willis via second-round knockout in May.

"This is a big fight coming up. This is Showtime," said Gray's trainer Kendrick Ball Sr. "This is something I've been waiting for. I know what I've got. My fighter can fight. My fighter can punch. He can box. I don't really talk shit when it comes down to him fighting, but I'll tell you right now, I know what I've got. My fighter can fucking fight and we're bringing the heat and you will fucking see it July 22nd.

"I'm overwhelmed over this whole situation. To be on TV, it's a dream come true. I set short-term goals and this was a goal I set, but I didn't think it was going to happen this fast. I want to thank CES and the whole team for giving us the opportunity to showcase Khiary's ability and everyone else around the world will be able to see it. I'm excited for the night. Trust and believe, we will be ready."

Friday's undercard also features two 2016 U.S. Olympic alternates. Brent Venegas III, an Elk Grove, Calif., native, makes his professional debut against bantamweight Christian Foster, also making his debut, while New Brunswick, N.J., super flyweight Leroy Davila (1-0, 1 KO), battles Vineland, N.J., native Edgar Cortes (2-2). Both are four-round bouts.

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SOFT SPOKEN SAM EVANS!

WANTS TO MAKE SOME NOISE
SAM EVANS

QUIET MAN Sam Evans is determined to make some noise when he returns to the ring this weekend.

The softly spoken welterweight, who is trained by Ricky Hatton, isn’t one to shout his mouth off and prefers to let his fists do the talking.

But he wants to make huge statement of intent against grizzled veteran Kevin McCauley in Cannock on Sunday afternoon.

“I don’t like to say too much but I think I have the kind of style that the fans like and I want to make a real statement on the 24th,” Sam, 4 – 0 (1 KO), said.

“I’m an aggressive, come forward fighter and I believe I always put on a good, exciting, show so hopefully this weekend I’ll give everyone watching something to talk about.

“I’ve had the perfect camp with Ricky. I’ve been working hard in the sessions with him in the mornings and then putting in extra runs with [stable mate] Reuben Arrowsmith in the evenings so I can’t wait to see everything come together.”

The 20-year-old West Midlander only turned professional last October, but with four paid contests already under his belt he admits that he has an eye on title opportunities in the next 12 months.

“I’ve been fighting quite often since turning pro and I’m happy to get as many under my belt as I can before looking for titles in 2017,” he said.

“I’m only 20 so I’ve got plenty of time on my side and I’m happy to take the fights as they come, but everyone wants to get belts around their waist and with the speed Ricky is bringing me along, I think I could be looking at something as early as next year.”

This Sunday’s bill is entitled ‘Danger Zone’ and takes place at the Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock, Staffordshire. Top of the bill is the eagerly anticipated English super-lightweight title clash between Anthony Upton and Luke Paddock.

In addition to Evans, fellow Ricky Hatton-trained prospects Sonny Upton and Reuben Arrowsmith are in action on the undercard. Also featured are English super-bantamweight champion Sean Davis, Swadlincote super-middleweight Zach Parker, Burton’s Leon Gower, Derby debutant Sahib Singh Mann, and former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504 065. The show takes place on Sunday afternoon with doors opening at 12.30pm.

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Lusanda Komanisi!

Signs With GCP
Lusanda Komanisi

Greg Cohen Promotions is happy to announce the signing of power-punching IBO World Featherweight Champion Lusanda Komanisi.

Known as "Mexican" for his aggressive fighting style, Komanisi (19-4, 17 KOs), from Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, South Africa, has successfully defended his IBO title twice since winning it via impressive fifth-round knockout over Macbute Sinyabi in July 2014.

As an amateur boxer, Komanisi was a 2006 Gold Medalist in the South African games, and 2007 Gold Medalist in the South African Championships at bantamweight. He trains at the All Winners Boxing Club in East London, South Africa, with former IBF World Super Flyweight Champion Zolani "Last Born" Tete.

"I want to be a unified world champion and fight the best featherweights in the division," said Komanisi. "This signing will help my family live a better life. My country last saw and had a WBC green belt more than 15 years ago from Sugar Boy Malinga and Dingaan Thobela and now I want to bring it back! As a Featherweight I believe I am the next big thing in the sport of boxing and I am here to stay! Unifying against all the champions in this division would be a dream come true for me."

"We would like to thank Greg Cohen Promotions for providing this once in a lifetime opportunity," said Komanisi's manager, Mlandeli Tengimfene. "To Komanisi, this partnership is a dream come true."

Clifford Mass, GCP Vice President of Business Development, says the goal will be to put the African slugger into the mix. "We are very excited about signing Lusanda Komanisi. He is a huge puncher, and featherweight is one of the hottest divisions in boxing right now. We are looking forward to putting together some big fights for him, and helping him take his career to the next level."

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Delvin Rodriguez V Shawn Cameron!

Main Event At Mohegan Sun Arena
Delvin Rodriguez

Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing has put together its customary, competitive undercard to accompany the Mohegan Sun Arena main event featuring the return of former USBA Welterweight Champion and world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4 16KO Danbury, CT) against Iraqi war veteran Shawn Cameron (10-1 5 KOs) of the Brooklyn, NY in a 10-round Junior Middleweight contest on Saturday night, July 23.

The action packed evening begins at 7:30 pm with three exciting bouts featuring some of Connecticut's best up-and-coming fighters to open the show.

Matchmaker Ron Katz has finalized Boston's Michael McLaughlin (11-1-1, 5 KOs) to do battle with Shaka Moore (12-21-3, 2 KOs) of Norwalk, CT. in an eight-round affair for the vacant New England Welterweight title and home turf bragging rights as the Slugfest at The Sun co-feature.

New Jersey meets New York in a six-round battle of light heavyweights when Atlantic City's Joel De La Paz (7-0, 4 KOs) puts his unblemished record on the line against Naim Terbunja (8-1) of Medford.

Super Lightweights clash in a six-round contest when Scott Burrell (11-2, 8 KO's) of Brooklyn squares off against Hartford's Chip Perez (12-3-2, 4 KOs).

In a four-round battle, Hartford's Jose Rivera makes his professional debut against Saul Almeida of Boston in a Super Welterweight bout.

Tickets are priced at $150.00, $95.00 & $45.00 and $30.00 and are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster's national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000.

Back to Rodriguez, who last fought in June 2015 when he challenged Erislandy Lara for the WBA World Jr. Middleweight title, dropping a 12-round decision to the champion, has refused to call it quits.

"At this point in my career I want to prove to myself and the world that I can still compete with the best," said the Danbury native. "I stayed in training because it's great exercise and part of my life. I want to try to get a couple of wins and get back into the ratings.

"I'm back with my original trainer, Lou Fusco, who gave me a great foundation to start me off, with an aggressive style and strong foundation."

Rodriguez has fought a who's who over the course of his long career including such elite boxers as Miguel Cotto, the aforementioned Lara, and Austin Trout, but may be best remembered for his scintillating battle with Pawel Wolak on July 15, 2011, which garnered "Fight of the Year" award.

Rodriguez has challenged for the world championship on three different occasions and feels he still has something left to prove taking on the hungry and tough, Shawn Cameron.

Cameron, who has just 11 fights under his belt, sees this as the opportunity he has been waiting for. Cameron served two tours of duty in Iraq and knows a win over a well-known contender like Delvin Rodriguez will do wonders for his career.

"Once again Delvin Rodriguez returns to familiar settings, The Mohegan Sun, where he has fought many times," says DeGuardia. "Delvin knows at this point of his career he cannot afford any slip ups and is taking on a dangerous, younger opponent in Shawn Cameron who knows a win over a name like Delvin will land him bigger fights. I expect another exciting fight which is the norm for Delvin and I'm very happy to be back at The Sun."

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Errol Spence Jr V Leonard Bundu!

Premier Boxing Champions On NBC

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

The action on NBC begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT following coverage of the Olympic Men's Basketball Gold Medal Game. The 2012 U.S. Olympian Spence Jr. will look to move one step closer to becoming the second member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team to win a world title after Rau'shee Warren won a bantamweight championship in June.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35. Presale tickets are available now with public on-sale beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

"This is another great opportunity for me to gain exposure on NBC," said Spence Jr. "A lot of people will be watching because of the Olympics that may not have known my name before. As an Olympian, headlining a major event four years after my Olympic run is exciting. Bundu is an older fighter, but he's tough and has a lot of experience. He fought well against Keith Thurman. Thurman outboxed him but couldn't knock him out. I think I can make a big statement in the division if I can stop him, as I did with Chris Algieri."

"I am going to use my experience to my advantage on August 21," said Bundu. "When I fought Thurman I ended up being overcautious, but that will not be the case this time. I know it's now or never for me and I won't let this chance slip away. Spence will come forward but that will work to my advantage because I love fighting on the inside. I'm going to show Spence a few things that he hasn't seen before."

The brand new Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk builds on the rich history of the sweet science in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Several heavyweight title fights took place on Coney Island at the turn of the 20th century, including James J. Jeffries' heavyweight world title knock out of Bob Fitzsimmons in the 11th round on June 9, 1899. Jeffries would then defend the title two more times on Coney Island with a points victory over Tom Sharkey and a knockout in the 23rd round against James J. Corbett. Lightweight great Joe Gans and former middleweight champion "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey also boxed in Coney Island.

"It is exciting to have rising star Errol Spence headlining the inaugural boxing event held on August 21 at the new Ford Amphitheater at the historic Coney Island Boardwalk," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Spence is one of the most gifted young fighters in all of boxing and is on track to be a world champion. He will face off against Leonard Bundu, in a final elimination bout, to become the mandatory for the IBF welterweight title, currently held by Kell Brook."

An Olympian who boasted a highly decorated amateur career, the 26-year-old Spence Jr.is coming off a dominating performance in which he stopped former world champion Chris Algieri in the fifth-round in a PBC on NBC main event. Spence Jr. is widely regarded as a future star in the sport and was dominant in his previous NBC appearances when he stopped Phil Lo Greco in the third round in June. His impressive 2015 also included TKO victories over Chris van Heerden, Samuel Vargas and Alejandro Barrera, culminating with him being named ESPN's Prospect of the Year. Now, he looks to secure himself a world title shot.

Originally from Sierra Leone but fighting out of Toscana, Italy, Bundu represented Italy at the 2000 Olympic games where he defeated eventual world champion Daniel Geale. A former European welterweight champion, he owns victories over Frankie Gavin, Lee Purdy and Ismael El Massoudi in addition to going the distance in defeat against Keith Thurman. Bundu comes into this bout with victories over Pablo Munguia and Jussi Koivula in his last two bouts.

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CHAD DAWSON INJURED!

WITHDRAWS FROM ALVAREZ FIGHT
CHAD DAWSON INJURED

Former lineal Word Light Heavyweight champion "Bad" Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) will not face Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) in the co-main event on "SHOOTOUT," headlined by the light heavyweight world title bout between defending champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs), July 29 at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City. The 34-year-old Dawson, fighting out of New Haven, Connecticut, injured his shoulder during training camp.

"While we were waiting for Chad Dawson to join the planned conference call today (Tuesday), we learned from his manager that he injured his shoulder in training, and that he has withdraw from his July 29th fight against Eleider Alvarez," Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) president Yvon Michel said.

Alvarez, the reigning WBC Silver light heavyweight champion and World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1-ranked light heavyweight, will still fight on the July 29th card.

"We are already looking for a replacement opponent so Eleider retains his spot on Spike TV," Michel added.

Tickets for the SHOOTOUT event are in sale at www.ticketmaster.ca, at the Centre Vidéotron box office, or by calling at GYM's office (514) 383-0666, Champion boxing club (514) 376-0980 or at 1-855-790-1245, starting at $50.

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Detroit Brawl Pro Boxing Series!

Continues To Grow
Detroit Brawl

Promoter Dmitriy Salita proudly announces his latest installment of "Detroit Brawl," Saturday night at the Masonic Temple, was a tremendous success, helping him donate over 3000 meals to Forgotten Harvest, one of the nation's largest food rescue organizations.

In the night's main event, WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7 and current NABF heavyweight champion, Andy "The Destroyer from Mexicali" Ruiz (28-0, 19 KOs), stayed unbeaten and showed off some fast, powerful fists, as he stopped Miami's Josh "Dempsey" Gormley at 1:42 of the third round.

In other action, super lightweight Girorgi Gelashvili (5-0, 3 KOs) survived an early knockdown to stop Eric Hall (8-10-1, 4 KOs) of Durand, Michigan, in four rounds; cruiserweight Demetrius Banks (8-0, 4 KOs) of Detroit dropped Eric George (4-12) of Niagara Falls in the first round, but ended up having to settle for a unanimous six-round decision victory; super bantamweight Zach Shamoun (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of Royal Oak, Michigan, took a four-round unanimous decision over Jose Elizondo (1-1) of San Antonio, Texas; welterweight Sedar Hudayberdiyev (3-0, 2 KOs) of Turkmenistan won an entertaining four-round unanimous decision over formerly undefeated Steven Andrade (3-1, 2 KOs) of Atlanta Georgia; Detroit bantamweight Jarico O'Quinn (2-0, 2 KOs) was impressive in stopping Sergio Aguliar (0-4) of Miami Beach in three rounds; and lastly, Dearborn welterweight Gheith "Southpaw Prince" Karim made his pro debut a successful one by stopping Dean Walsh, Jr., in the first round.

Salita, who donated a portion of every ticket sold to Forgotten Harvest, says the event's success went a lot further than the boxing ring that night.

"When we started these events, the goal was not only to bring a regular professional boxing program back to Detroit, but also to give back to this wonderful city and I'm happy to say we're doing it," said Salita. "I couldn't be more proud. Thank you to the fans who came out that night and to my wonderful sponsor, Thomas Magee's. Thank you to my entire team and to all the fighters for their brave efforts. Thank you to the team at the Masonic and to all the big-name Detroit fighters who showed up in support of the event. We will be doing it again soon."

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Sergiy Derevyanchenko V Sam Soliman!

Premier Boxing Champions On ESPN
Sergiy Derevyanchenko V Sam Soliman

Connecticut may not have equal status with New York City or Las Vegas in terms of being a fight capital, but the Nutmeg State has produced five Hall-of-Famers with Foxwoods Resort Casino, located in Mashantucket, CT, hosting many of the sport's greatest fighters and fights over the past two decades.

The tradition continues on Thursday, July 21, as rising middleweight contender Sergiy "The Technician" Derevyanchenko (8-0, 6 KOs) faces former world champion Sam "King" Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN & ESPN Deportes.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, and features a 10-round middleweight clash between powerful Ievgen Khytrov (13-0, 11 KOs) and California's Paul Mendez (19-2-2, 9 KOs).

Connecticut's all-time greatest boxer is the late Willie "Will 'o the Wisp" Pep (229-11-1, 65 KOs), who was born in Middletown and lived in Rocky Hill. Pep, who fought professionally between 1940 and 1966, was a two-time world featherweight champion who had an epic rivalry with Sandy Saddler.

Other Hall-of-Famers from Connecticut are world heavyweight champion (1926-28) Gene "The Fighting Marine" Tunney (65-1-1, 48 KOs), of Greenwich, who defeated the legendary Jack Dempsey twice; Ukrainian-born world featherweight (1925) titlist Louis "Kid" Kaplan (108-22-12, 72 KOs), from Meriden; world light heavyweight champion (1933) "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom (222-42-31, 2 NC, 19 KOs), of Leonard Bridge; world light heavyweight titleholder (1926-27) Jack "Bright Eyes" Delaney (73-11-2, 43 KOs), who was born in Canada but lived in Bridgeport.

Over the year, many other Connecticut fighters have made an impact on the sport including Hartford's NBA featherweight champion Battling Battalino (57-26-3, 26 KOs), who was the first world champion to lose his title on the scale, Hartford's two-time world welterweight titlist Marlon "Magic Man" Starling (45-6-12, 27 KOs), Norwalk's WBA junior middleweight champion "Tremendous" Travis Simms (28-1, 21 KOs), New Haven's three-time world light heavyweight champion "Bad" Chad Dawson (33-4, 18 KOs) and world welterweight contender Gaspar "El Indio" Ortega (131-29-6, 69 KOs), Stamford's world No. 1-ranked welterweight Chico Vejar (92-20-4, 43 KOs), and Bloomfield's 1996 Olympic Team USA captain Lawrence Clay-Bey (21-3-1, 16 KOs).

The No. 1 Foxwoods fight of all-time, held on April 16, 2011, was also promoted by DiBella Entertainment, and was selected as the 2011 Ring Magazine and BWAA Fight of the Year. Defending champion Andre Berto (27-0) and challenger Victor Ortiz (28-2-2) battled for 12 rounds, each getting dropped twice, with Ortiz winning a hard-fought decision (114-111, 114-112, 115-110) for the WBC welterweight title.

A close second place is the 2003 BWAA Fight of the Year, in which future Hall-of-Famer James Toney (65-4-2) won a 12-round decision over reigning IBF cruiserweight champion Vassiliy Jirov. The action started days earlier at the pre-fight press conference when a skirmish erupted as tables were overturned and glasses thrown. The animosity continued between the two fighters and their respective camps right up to the final bell. Previously undefeated, Jirov (31-0) started fast but faded, getting decked in the final round.

In 2004, New England favorite Scott "The Sandman" Pemberton, hailing from nearby New Bedford, MA, was involved in a great 12th round, come-from-behind knockout of always-tough Omar Sheika in a rematch of a previous draw, for a regional super middleweight title.

Two other N.E. fan favorites who fought regularly at Foxwoods were multiple-time world champion Vinny Paz (Pazienza during his boxing career), fighting out of Cranston, RI, and New Bedford's all-action "Sucra" Ray Oliveira. Paz had a 13-3 record at Foxwoods, highlighted by his 1998 decision over Glenwood Brown and his 50th career win in his retirement fight against Tocker Pudwill in 2004. Oliveira was only 6-7-1 fighting at Foxwoods, but he faced nothing but iron and he did defeat a world champion, Vince Phillips, in their 2000 non-title fight that produced the second-most total punches (2,989) recorded at that time.

Brazilian boxing fans always turned out in force when countryman Acelino "Popo" Freitas fought at Foxwoods, primarily because of the large Brazilian community in Connecticut. Freitas fought there four times, all in lightweight world title fights, defeating Zahir Raheem and Artur Grigorian and losing to Juan Diaz and Diego Corrales.

Other great fights at Foxwoods include future world middleweight champion Andy Lee coming back from the brink of possibly getting knocked out to stop Craig McEwan in the 10th round of their 2011 fight, Carl Froch's dramatic late surge in 2009 to knock out Jermain Taylor (who was well ahead on the scorecards) in the 12th round for the WBC super middleweight championship, Pernell Whitaker taking a close decision from Andrey Pestryaev (115-113, 115-112, and 114-113) in their 1997 WBA eliminator (later ruled a No Decision due to Whitaker's failed drug test), and Ike Quartey overcoming two knockdowns to successfully defend his WBA welterweight title versus Jose Luis Lopez in 1997 (Quartey was originally awarded a win by majority decision, but a scoring error was discovered and the fight was ruled a majority draw).

Two of the greatest boxers in modern boxing history, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Roy Jones, Jr., both fought at Foxwoods in 1998. In his 15th pro fight, Mayweather registered a third-round technical knockout of Miguel Melo, while Jones successfully defended his WBC/WBA light heavyweight titles with a 10th-round TKO of Otis Grant. In the Jones-Grant co-feature, IBF lightweight champion Shane Mosley successfully defended his title against Jesse James Leija, who was unable to answer the bell for the 10th round.

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

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MACHADO & ACOSTA!

BEYOND THEIR KO POWER
MACHADO & ACOSTA

The 'ring girls', those girls parading beautifully in the ring, lifting the cards announcing the next round should be delighted with Alberto 'ExplosivO' Machado and Angel 'Tito' Acosta, who will headline on Saturday August 6. The two fights in a stellar program that Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment will present at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño. This is because both fighters, inborn punchers, usually save them a lot of work.

Machado, the junior lightweight from Monte Hatillo in San Juan, Puerto Rico for example, is 14-0 with 12 knockouts and has defined his last five bouts in the first assault. "I know they are always bringing people to make me work," said the 25 year old fighter, "but thank God I have a strong punch and can win fast by knockout." "But I always train to fight the agreed distance, or even a little more," he added. "In the gym I have been able to train for 14 rounds of sparring with no problems," he continued. "The key to having stamina is how well we can rest after each workout."

Machado, who has already been scheduled to fight eight rounds on five occasions, although none has lasted more than two-, explained that for his next preparation he has included long runs in Jájome in Cayey once a week. "This last Saturday I ran seven miles in 41.28 minutes and before that I ran the 10 miles in 1:12," he recalled. "That's almost a half marathon." "But the long runs are important because now the 10-round fights are supposed to come" Machado said.

Running alongside him, the lovable with the ‘ring card girls’, Angel 'Tito' Acosta, flyweight from Barrio Obrero in San Juan, Puerto Rico which is also 25 years old and has won by knockout his 13 presentations. He does not trust blindly in his punching power. "Someday one will not be able to knock him out early and the bout will be extended," he admitted, "so I always train to fight every round." "A month before this fight, I sparred 10-rounds at the Cheo Aponte with two boys," he recalled on a recent sparring session.

Like Machado, Tito has been subjecting himself on long runs every Saturday "The idea is to improve the time every week," he said. On the previous Saturday, he ran seven miles in 44 minutes and acknowledged that Machado excels: "he was really fast," said the fighter, who already appears in the top 15 by the WBA, IBF and WBO. "But last week I beat him when I made the 10-mile in 1:09."

The program belongs to the series Boxeo al Maximo, presented by the company led by the five-time world champion Boricua in partnership with the companies H2 Entertainment and Roc Nation Sports. It will also be the second presented by the Hispanic network Mega TV, which will transmit it delayed on Saturday August 13. The poster, which will consist of 10 bouts, also contains super flyweight Jose 'Chiquiro' Martinez from Las Marias, 17-0 with 10 knockouts and also the Manatieño, super fly weight Carlos Narvaez (14-0 and six).

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Jose Roman & Carlos Carlson!

Featured On Path To Glory
Jose Roman & Carlos Carlson

Lightweight standout Jose Roman and world ranked bantamweight Carlos Carlson (WBC No. 10) return to defend their respective winning streaks on Friday, July 29, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

The "Path to Glory" 8-round main event features the once-beaten Roman (22-1-1, 15 KOs) going for his ninth straight victory against Venezuela's Carlos Cardenas (20-10-1, 13 KOs).

Roman, 28, fighting out of Garden Grove, Calif., enters the bout well prepared. He was a late scratch from last month's Thompson Boxing card, which allowed him to stay active for his upcoming fight against Cardenas.

"I kept training to maintain my weight," said Roman, who has been sparring with stable mate Cesar Villarraga. "I feel strong and ready to fight Cardenas. The plan is to start fast and set the tone in the first three rounds. My mentality is always to finish the fight early."

Cardenas matches the description of Roman's recent competition - well seasoned and tested against world-class competition. In this case, Cardenas holds a recent distance loss to former world champion Juan Diaz.

"He's a veteran with a lot of experience under his belt," Roman said. "We are not taking him lightly."

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 the 8-round co-feature, Carlson (20-1, 11 KOs) faces Gerardo Marin (13-3, 8 KOs) in what is expected to be a back and forth affair between the quick striking bantamweights.

For Carlson, at this stage of his career, every fight is magnified.

"I'm somewhat of a target now that I've been moving up in the world rankings," said the 26-year-old who hails from Tijuana, Mex. "There's a lot of work to do before I earn a world title shot and it starts with Marin. My focus has been on winning this fight."

In the "Path to Glory" special attraction, lightweight John Delperdang (6-1, 6 KOs) will have home court advantage when he goes against Colombia's Andres Figueroa (7-1, 5 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 6-rounds.

Delperdang, who was born and raised in Ontario, plans to rebound from a majority decision loss to Rickey Edwards in May.

"I'll have the crowd behind me," said the 24-year-old. "I always put on a good show and next Friday won't be any different."

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.

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Miguel Flores V Ryan Kielczweski!

Premier Boxing Champions On ESPN
Miguel Flores V Ryan Kielczweski

Undefeated rising contender Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) takes on exciting once-beaten featherweight contender Ryan Kielczweski (25-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, August 12 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a welterweight showdown between unbeaten contender Bryant Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) and Cuban Olympian Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) in 10-rounds of action.

"Fighting on ESPN is incredible because you know that fans from all around the world will be tuning in," said Flores. "My opponent is a very skilled fighter, so I'll be at my best when we step in the ring on August 12. Expect me to go to war and bring a lot of action to those who will be watching."

"It's always exciting to be fighting on ESPN, especially in the main event," said Kielczweski. "Training is going well and I've been traveling around to get great sparring. I don't know much about Flores other than that he's undefeated for a reason. If I perform on August 12 hopefully something big will come next that leads me towards a title. It's going to be an exciting night and an electric fight."

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

An undefeated fighter from Michoacan, Mexico, but fighting out of Houston, Flores has not lost since turning pro in 2009 at just 17-years-old. The 23-year-old had a big 2015 beginning in May with a victory over German Meraz and followed up by wins against Juan Ruiz, Carlos Padilla and Alfred Tetteh. He started 2016 with a headlining win over Mario Briones at The Dancehall in January and dominated Ruben Tamayo over 10 rounds in May. Now he will face the toughest test of his career in his east coast debut.

A runner-up in the 2008 National Golden Glove tournament, the 26-year-old Kielczweski looks to work his fourth-straight victory on August 12. Born and raised in Quincy, MA., he bounced back from his first defeat to deliver a first round knockout over Anthony Napunyi in May 2015 and followed that up with a victory over veteran contender Rafael Vazquez in October of last year. Most recently, he dominated Mario Macias in an April bout.

Fresh off of a second round stoppage over previously unbeaten David Grayton in PBC on ESPN action in June, the 27-year-old Perrella looks to take down another quality opponent when he enters the ring on August 12. Fighting out of Fort Meyers, Florida, the welterweight, who has trained with world champion Keith Thurman, enters this fight on an 11-bout streak of stopping his opponents inside of the distance.

A sensational Cuban amateur, Ugas picked up a Bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics and also owns Gold medals from the 2005 World Amateur Championships and 2007 Pan American Games. Now fighting out of Miami, the 29-year-old owns victories over Cosme Rivera, Kenny Abril and Adan Hernandez.

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David Benavidez V Denis Douglin!

Premier Boxing Champions On ESPN

Undefeated rising contender David "El Bandera Roja" Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) is set to face super middleweight contender Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, August 5 live from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

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

"We never stopped training after my last fight," said Benavidez. "We went right back into camp and I'm already in fighting shape. Douglin is a tough southpaw. We'll start looking at tape and see what kind of holes he has. I'll start with the jab and break him down. We're working hard towards bigger and bigger fights. This is going to be a great night of action."

"I plan on applying pressure and making Benavidez adjust to my style," said Douglin. "He's a tall, strong fighter, but he doesn't use his height. He's one-dimensional, but he's very good at what he does. He doesn't have the experience to deal with my style. I am stepping in with an undefeated fighter but he will leave the ring with a loss."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King's Promotions, are priced at $50, $75 and $100, not including fees, and are on sale now.

The younger brother of undefeated Jose Benavidez, David has racked up a perfect 15 wins in 15 starts at just 19-years-old. Fighting out of Phoenix, Benavidez picked up four victories via stoppage in 2015 and kicked off his 2016 with a knockout of Kevin Cobbs in January. He scored a second round knockout of Phillip Jackson Benson in April and followed that up by stopping previously unbeaten Francy Ntetu in the seventh round in June.

Representing Marlboro, New Jersey, Douglin was a 2008 National Golden Gloves champion at middleweight who won his first 12 fights after turning pro in 2009. The 28-year-old has battled top fighters Jermell Charlo and George Groves, in addition to owning victories over previously unbeaten Steve Martinez and veteran Charles Whitaker. He looks for his third straight victory after stopping Marcus Upshaw in the eighth round of his last bout.

At just 24-years old, Lunahas already put together an impressive 20 professional wins since turning pro in 2010. Fighting out of Bellflower, California, he defeated former world champion Cristobal Cruz over eight rounds in June and knocked out Sergio Lopez in August to close his 2015. He began his 2016 campaign by stopping veteran Alan Herrera in the eighth round of their January showdown.

Fighting out of Dublin, Ormond is undefeated in his seven starts in the U.S. including his last three outings, which all came in Massachusetts. The former European lightweight champion owns victories over Derry Mathews, previously unbeaten Adam Dingsdale and most recently tough contender Marcos Jimenez.

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Cancun Boxing!

June 4th Replay Airing This Friday

The next edition of "Cancun Boxing," presented by Pepe Gomez Boxing in association with Neon Star Media, will air Friday, July 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT on CBS Sports Network from Grand Oasis Cancun the Hotel Complex in Cancun, Mexico. Encore presentations are scheduled for Saturday, July 23 at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT and Saturday, July 30 at 2 a.m. ET / 11 p.m. PT.

Hall-of-Famer announcers Jim "JR" Ross and Al Bernstein handle blow-by-blow and color commentary, respectively, from ringside.

The event, which took place June 4, 2016, is the first in the "Cancun Boxing" series that will air on CBS Sports Network in 2016. Grand Oasis Cancun and Hotel Complex, Cancun`s ONLY Ultimate All-Inclusive Entertainment Resort, will play host to all events in the series.

Mexico's 3-time world super flyweight champion Cristian "El Diamante" Mijares (53-8-2, 26 KOs) took on his fellow countryman, undefeated Andres "Jaguarito" Gutierrez (34-0-1, 24 KOs), in the 12-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Featherweight Championship. The outcome was controversial and now American viewers can be the judge.

WBC top 10 rated Mijares (pictured to left), 34, is a former IBF, WBA Super and WBC super flyweight world champion. The future Hall of Fame candidate is 11-5 in world title fights with key victories over Chatchai Sasakul, Jorge Arce and Katsushige Kawashima (twice).

The 22-year-old Gutierrez (pictures to right), rated No. 6 by the WBC, turned pro at 15. The hot prospect has collected numerous title belts, including WBC Silver and Caribbean Boxing Federation super bantamweight, International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight, and WBC FECARBOX and World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedecentro featherweight.

In a battle of typically tough Mexican welterweights, Ivan "Zurdo" Alvarez (23-5, 16 KOs), a southpaw who was riding a 10-fight win streak into his June 4th match up, met former World Boxing Federation (WBF) champion Jose "Piston" Lopez (25-4-2, 15 KOs) in a scheduled 8-round bout.

Also airing is a scheduled 8-round showdown between dangerous Mexican and Filipino rivals, Edgar "Power" Jimenez (21-11-2, 15 KOs) and Jovylito "J-Flash" Aligarbes (12-3, 6 KOs). The 23-year-old Jimenez is a former FECARBOX bantamweight and Mexican flyweight champion who, two fights ago, took a 10-round decision from 28-0 Ivan Morales. The highlight of Aligarbes' pro career to date is stopping Angelito Merin in the second round of their WBC Youth World super flyweight title fight in 2013.

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SONNY UPTON!

HALL OR NOTHING AFTER WARBURTON
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SONNY UPTON says he cannot afford to overlook William Warburton in Cannock this Sunday as a slip up could cost him his English title shot.

The super-welterweight is scheduled to face Chadwell Heath’s Ben Hall for the vacant domestic crown on a Frank Warren show in September.

But he knows he can’t be complacent in his warm up with Warburton, especially as the Lancastrian recently upset former British title challenger Jason Welborn.

“The fight is about keeping busy and getting myself ready for Ben Hall, but you can’t overlook anyone in this game,” Upton, 27, said.

“Warburton is a tough veteran and he’s beaten a lot of kids against the odds so it’d be silly for me to go in there thinking I’m going to have an easy fight.

“Warburton knows his way around the ring so I’ve prepared fully, I know what to expect from him, and I’m ready to put on a show.”

With Sonny’s youngest brother, Anthony, fighting for the English super-lightweight crown this weekend and his oldest sibling Pauly already holding the Irish crown, a victory over Hall later this year could mean there are three champions in one household.

“It would be brilliant for us all to have belts,” he said. “Winning titles and trophies is what everyone gets into boxing for and it’d show to people what can achieved when you work hard.

“Us all being champions would also be great for my dad (Tony) and my grandad, who was an Irish amateur champion himself. They’ve supported us through it all so we’d love to give something back to them.”

Sunday’s bill is entitled ‘Danger Zone’ and is headlined by the eagerly anticipated English super-lightweight title clash between Anthony Upton and Luke Paddock.

In addition to Sonny’s fight with Warburton, the show’s undercard also features Reuben Arrowsmith, Sam Evans, English super-bantamweight champion Sean Davis, Swadlincote super-middleweight Zach Parker, Burton’s Leon Gower, Derby debutant Sahib Singh Mann, and former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden.

The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL. Doors open at 12.30pm.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504065.

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Jamal James Defeats Wale Omotoso By Split Decision!

Sergio Frias Upsets Vic Darchinyan By Second Round Knockout

Premier Boxing Champions televised action continued following the FOX portion of the telecast as unbeaten rising welterweight contender Jamal James (20-0, 9 KOs) defeated Wale Omotoso (26-3, 21 KOs) by split decision (97-92, 96-94, 93-96) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

The second televised bout on FS1 and FOX Deportes featured Mexico's Sergio Frias (18-6-2, 9 KOs) knocking out former world champion Vic Darchinyan (42-9-1, 31 KOs) in the second round (2:45) of their junior featherweight bout.

Here is what the fighters had to say following their fights:

JAMAL JAMES

"I didn't want to get into a slugfest with him because I knew I had to get those points back (after getting dropped in the first round). I knew I had to make him pay for those misses. I was able to get points off that in the second half of the fight.

"He was throwing some wild shots. I just had to adjust to that. I felt like my defense was good on the inside.

"His shots were coming wide, and I was catching those from the inside. The second half of the fight I definitely came on hard and was putting on pressure. We waited so long that I think it might have had a little effect on my energy.

"I thought I out boxed him tonight and deserved the decision. I believe that it was close, so I have no problem with the judges ruling it a split decision, but I won.

"I'd definitely fight him again. I have to be able to beat guys like him, and in better fashion, if I want to be a champion."

WALE OMOTOSO

"Look at me and look at Jamal James. Look at my face and tell me who won. When they announced the decision everyone booed.

"I don't know what's going on. Maybe it's because I'm from Africa. I don't know.

"I want to fight again as soon as I can. I'll fight whoever. I don't care who it is. I've been asking for a fight for nine months. I stay in the gym. I'll go in the gym tomorrow. Boxing is my life.

"I dropped this kid and I hurt him. I beat him up. I'll rematch him any time, or fight anyone else. It doesn't matter to me."

VIC DARCHINYAN

"It was the first time that I've been knocked out in my 25 years of boxing.

"He just caught me. I think it was a counter right hand.

"I know I threw a punch and he just caught me. I can't believe that happened."

SERGIO FRIAS

"He's not a technically sound boxer, so I knew if I just stuck with technique and boxed him that I would catch him.

"I wanted to land the right hand, but I wanted to be careful because he has a lot of power.

"I wasn't really looking to land that particular punch, but I did, and I ended it.''

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Deontay Wilder Stops Chris Arreola!

Felix Diaz Upsets Sammy Vasquez Jr

Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) finished three-time world title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) after the eighth round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

In front of a hometown crowd of 11,974, Wilder controlled the fight from bell to bell, dropping Arreola in the fourth round, and dominating the battle tested challenger. Despite a broken right hand and a torn bicep muscle, Wilder managed to persevere and secure the stoppage.

Televised action opened with Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz Jr. (18-1, 8 KOs) defeating Sammy "The Sergeant" Vasquez Jr. (21-1, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision (96-93, 95-94, 95-94) in an exhilarating 10-round welterweight showdown.

The second televised bout featured unbeaten rising star Erickson "Hammer" Lubin (16-0, 11 KOs) scoring a unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) over Ivan Montero (20-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round junior middleweight bout.

Here is what the fighters had to say after their bouts:

LOU DIBELLA

"Wilder will be taken to a local hospital tonight, and will be seeing a specialist this week to assess the damage to his right hand and right bicep muscle."

DEONTAY WILDER

What round did you hurt your hand:

"It was early - the third or the fourth round. It was from an (awkward) punch. I hurt the hand first, and then the bicep.

Was he tougher than you thought:

"He was just as tough as I thought he would be. I know he was scared of the right hand for sure. I think I would have gotten him out of there (in the fourth round) if he didn't hold the ropes. On that last one he told me in my ear, I had to hold the ropes. I had to hold the ropes.

"I got one of the best jabs in the world, because I have super trainers. I got Mark Breland, who showed me all kinds of ways to throw my jab. I got Russ Ambers who shows me techniques. I have Jay my long-time trainer on everything, and of course I have Cuz Hill who gives me great work on the mitts.

"Look at my hand, this thing hurts.

What does it say about your toughness that you were able to fight for four rounds with a broken right hand and a torn right bicep:

"Man, it let's me know I'm a force to be reckoned with. If I have one hand or two hands, you can't deny that I'm the best in the world. I'm going to still give it to you whether I have one hand or two hands. I won't stop. As a champion it's my duty to keep going no matter what I'm going through. Pain ain't nothing to me. I got a high tolerance on pain. When you're dealing with fights, it's not over until it's over. Whoever fights me they have to be ready. They just can't come in and think they're going to bully me or think they're going to out-tough me or think they're going to out-punch me, because there ain't no out-bullying, there ain't no out-toughing, there ain't no out-punching, because I'm the heavyweight champion of the world. That means a lot to me.

How satisfying was it to put on such a gutty performance before your home State fans:

"It was very satisfying to punish a guy like Chris Arreola. I straight punished him. I didn't get my knockout like I want, but it was a knockout. I'll take that on my record. I still advanced to 37-0 with 36 KOs.''

CHRIS ARREOLA

"When he started taunting in the eighth round I knew it was all just part of boxing. No big deal.

"The fourth round knockdown was a situation where he just hit me with the perfect shot. Nothing I could do about it.

"(Deontay's) movement was really tough. He moved perfectly behind his jab. It's not that it's even frustrating; it was just I had to catch up to him on runs like that, but it was a fun fight.

"He just kept me on the outside, I couldn't figure him out -- plain and simple. I have to give him all the respect in the world because he was just a much better fighter.

How did he make it out of Round 4?

"Let's be honest, man. It takes a real fighter to be in the ring with someone like him. He's a big man. We're in the heavyweight division, man, this is the hurt business. You have to know how to deal with adversity. I get punched, I'm going to get back up.

"I have to give him credit for using his distance, using his jab and just keeping me at bay."

SAMMY VASQUEZ

"I knew in my heart I lost that fight. I tried my hardest but there were things I should have done that I didn't do. We can't look in the past. He's a hell of fighter. He's an Olympic gold medalist for a reason. He had a tough decision loss to Lamont Peterson. To me he was an undefeated Olympic gold medalist.

"I take nothing away from the man. He's a hell of a fighter. I'm a hell of a fighter. At the end of the day we put on a great show.

"We'll huddle up and start back at the drawing board. I've got to start knocking those names down again.

Ever been in a situation where the scores were added wrong:

"I've never been in a situation where I had to wait for them to add up the scores again, because obviously I was undefeated. This is my first loss. Losses you learn from. Losses just mean you have room to grow. We'll take this and come back strong the next time.

You hurt him in the 10th round:

"I know I had him hurt as soon as I hit him in the head twice. I saw him wobble and grab ahold of me. He was very slippery. As soon as I tried to push him away my hands would slip away. Hey, it was a hell of a fight. I take nothing away from the man.''

FELIX DIAZ

"When I first heard it was a split draw, I felt like I was the winner and I got robbed like in my fight against Lamont Peterson.

"I definitely feel like the scores should have been wider on the cards, but I understand. The first couple of rounds I was feeling him out, but after those first couple I feel like I won every round.

"Since Vasquez is taller than me and has longer reach, my plan of attack was to stay inside and fight him at a close distance.

"I took this fight on only 15 days notice, and before this I was preparing for a right handed fighter, so it was a bit of an adjustment. I only had two weeks to make the changes that I needed to. I'm thankful to my team for getting me ready for this fight.

"Fighting on a FOX and FOX Deportes primetime card and looking as good as I did makes me very happy. I'm ready for anyone at 140 or 147 lbs."

ERICKSON LUBIN

"I'm definitely not upset with my performance. The referee was letting him get away with a lot of clinching and head butting. All in and all I'm happy with my performance. I'm still undefeated. I'm going to keep stepping up in these fights and upgrading my competition.

Anything you wanted to do that you didn't get a chance to do:

"Hell, I wanted to knock him out. But the ref wasn't really calling him for holding or even warning him for holding so that he wouldn't hold as much and head butt as much. He was tough. I give it to him. He came to fight.

Some guys come in there to survive. That was definitely the type of fighter he was. He was in there to survive. He didn't want to go home with a knockout loss.

Was this a big step up fight for you:

"Every fight was a step up fight for me. I take every fight seriously. There are always things I can learn and improve on. This was definitely one of those fights."

IVAN MONTERO

"I was happy to go the distance tonight, and I agree with the decision. He definitely won, but I thought I put on a good fight. He didn't do that much damage to me.

"I was honored to get this fight and the opportunity to fight on national television. I hope the fans enjoyed my style of fighting. I look forward to getting back in the ring soon.

"Right now, I'm just going to take some time and assess my options, but I'd like the rematch with him some time in the future."

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Wilcox V Singwancha!

Headlines Next Generation July 28 In Toronto
Wilcox V Singwancha

Steven Wilcox and Jesus Singwancha will square off in the eight round main event of Lee Baxter Promotions’ inaugural “Next Generation” card Thursday, July 28 at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The “Next Generation” fight series is set to showcase boxers on the rise with championship aspirations. Most of the boxers fight out of Canada but some will travel from various parts of the globe to showcase their skills.

Living and fighting out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Wilcox has an excellent 13-1-1 professional ledger with five victories by way of knockout. Last year, he fought undefeated Mick Gadbois for the WBC International title but the belt remained vacant following a draw. The 26-year-old Wilcox dominated his last two bouts, winning virtually every round against Luis Armando Juarez and Pedro Navarrete respectively. However, he’s expected to have his hands full on July 28.

Born as Jesus Kakonge in Congo, Singwancha now boxes out of Montreal and was matched astonishingly tough from the day he turned pro. In addition to facing three unbeaten foes in his first five fights, he was pitted against world title challenger Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (now 52-3), Narong Boonchan (23-2) and former two-division world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha who owns a jaw-dropping 90-2 professional record. Currently at 21-9 with 8 wins by knockout, Jesus Sinwancha is on a five fighting winning streak, most recently outpointing the aforementioned Gadbois.

“This is going to be a heck of a fight,” exclaimed Lee Baxter. “Steven is an outstanding boxer but he’s never fought anybody as tough, rugged and experienced as Singwancha. Steven believes he has what it takes to get to the next level but knows he can’t sleep on Singwancha, who is riding his own wave of confidence coming off of consecutive victories over two well-regarded fighters in Roody Pierre-Paul and Mick Gadbois. Fans are in for a real treat here!”

In the semi-main event, cruiserweight Tim “The Irish” Cronin of Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada challenges Slovakia’s Kristof Demendei over six rounds. Cronin, 7-1-1 (2 KO’s), is unbeaten in eight fights after dropping his pro debut and fought most of his career in Ontario. Demendei, 10-1-2 (6 KO’s), will fight in the Great White North for the first time and lost his last bout via decision to once-beaten Marco Scafi in June.

Debuting super middleweights Augistino D’Aluisio and Mike Miller are scheduled to duke it out over four rounds and super welterweight Mayron Zeferino will have his first fight against opponent to be announced. Rounding out the card is newcomer Mladen Mijas of Ontario versus 5-1 Slovakian David Vyletel in the heavyweight division. All three fights are scheduled for four rounds

Other bouts will be announced shortly.

Baxter said “there were some recent changes to the card but needless to say, we’ve got competitive matches across the board. All of the boxers on the card believe they have what it takes to be included in the next generation of boxing stars and are coming to put on a great show July 28.”

Sponsored by Everlast, Vonbets, Hardknocks Boxing Club & Labatts Brewery, tickets to the “Next Generation” are on sale now for $45, $55 and $65 by logging onto Ticketmaster.Ca. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is scheduled for 7:30.

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SERGEY LIPINETS!

STOPS WALTER CASTILLO IN SEVEN

It was a good night for Russian super lightweight Sergey Lipinets (10-0, 7 KOs) who fought through a deep cut over his eye to score a rousing TKO over Nicaraguan brawler Walter Castillo (26-4-1, 19 KOs) in a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN & ESPN Deportes main event that further solidified Lipinets as a force to be reckoned with in the 140-pound weight class. The night of fights, which emanated from Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Miss., marked the third PBC on ESPN & ESPN Deportes telecast in the month of July.

Lipinets made his power known early in the fight, but that did not deter Castillo from doing his best to feel out the Kazakhstan-born slugger. The action picked up in the third round as a swinging left thrown by Lipinets caused blood to pour from Castillo's mouth. Castillo began the fourth round with an offensive attack, forcing Lipinets to back up toward the ropes. Castillo continued to throw several punches, including one that caused a deep gash above Lipinets' left eye. Castillo did not relent as he aimed for the cut, the first of Lipinets' career. Despite the steady flow of blood dripping down Lipinets' face, it did not seem to bother him.

Castillo's punch output slowed down considerably as the fight wore on and Lipinets became more and more comfortable, despite the large cut above his eye. PBC on ESPN announcers Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore credited Lipinets' corner, led by renowned trainer Buddy McGirt, for keeping the deep cut under control. Less than one minute into the seventh round, Lipinets showed a burst of power, attacking Castillo, pressing him against the ropes, forcing Bill Clancy to wave off the fight at 2:45. At the time of the stoppage two of the judges had scored the fight even, with the third favoring Lipinets by one point.

"We knew Walter Castillo was very tough guy coming in," said Lipinets. "No one ever stopped him. No one ever even hurt him in the ring before and he was in with some solid guys. I knew he could take a punch and punch back. To be honest though, I was surprised by how good of a fighter he was.

Of his first cut as a professional, Lipinets said, "The cut bugged me for a while and I was closing my eye a bit, but I'm a warrior and I know how to take care of myself when I'm trouble.

"I have only ten fights and I just beat a guy that good. I think I did ok. This fight just took me to a completely different level in boxing. I guarantee that other guys with 20/25 fights won't be able to stay in the ring with me.

"You can say I'm a slow starter," continued Lipinets. "But if I see an opening I will take it early. I pace myself and study my opponent and then if the guy is still standing in the last half of the fight, he better run."

Castillo was unhappy with the stoppage saying, "They stopped it too early. I was still fighting. I was fine. I was not hurt. I don't know why they stopped it. I was waiting him out and about to open up. I am a veteran. If I was hurt, I would have taken a knee. How do you stop a fight without a knockdown?

"I had him fighting scared with the cut," said Castillo. "He was fighting desperate and that was his last try.

"I'm very upset. I was able to fight. It was a good fight and that ruined it. I don't mind losing but not like that. Let me go down swinging."

The telecast started out with a bang as 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar (9-2, 6 KOs) of Waambartar, Mongolia sent Brooklyn's Rafael Vazquez (16-3,13 KOs) to the canvas 30 seconds into the scheduled 10-round featherweight bout with a straight right hand. Vazquez rose to his feet with ease and threw some forceful shots of his own, but went down again 30 seconds later as Nyambayar threw another powerful right.

The Mongolian warrior, who fights out of Carson, Calif., was able to finish the fight at 1:24 of the first round as he threw a left to the body followed by a right hand that saw Vazquez hitting the canvas for a third and final time.

"I didn't know I was going to be able to put that kind of a performance on [against Rafael]," said Nyambayar. "I have 100 percent of my energy left. I don't know exactly how much power I actually have.

"I had a great camp and I was ready for whatever came my way," continued Nyambayar. "I'm very happy with the result, but I expected to win. I came in very confident. I thought it would go three or four rounds, but the opportunity to end it earlier appeared and I took it. Whoever comes my way, I'm ready. I'm on the road to be world champion and no one can stop me."

"I just got caught and I couldn't recover," said Vazquez. "He's a very strong puncher and he caught me still warming up. It happens in boxing. One of those things."

"Vazquez said to me, you've got a future world champion on your hands," said Nyambayar's renowned trainer Joe Goossen. "A guy that is going to know that best is the guy getting hit. With [Nyambayar's] reaction time and his speed, Vazquez saw and felt all of that and he came to the conclusion that Tug is going to be a world champion."

The televised bantamweight swing bout went the full six rounds as Houston-based David Perez (7-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Adan Ortiz (9-2, 8 KOs) of Guerrero, Mexico, who took the fight on five day's notice. Perez started the fight strong, knocking down Ortiz toward the end of the first round, but the Mexican native rose from the canvas and was saved by the bell as Perez threw a barrage of punches to Ortiz's head and body. Ortiz started the second round strong and maintained a tremendous amount of heart for the remainder of the bout. Both continuously threw flurries of punches, exchanging left hooks throughout. The judges saw it in favor of Perez with scorecards reading 60-53, 59-54 and 58-55.

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Chatman Beats Falowo Again!

Claims New England Title

As Chris Chatman said matter-of-factly at Thursday’s pre-fight weigh-in, “I beat Thomas before, and I’ll beat him again.”

The Jersey City vet delivered Friday, earning a split-decision win over rival Thomas Falowo (14-4) for the second time in three years to capture Falowo’s New England Middleweight Title in the main event of CES Boxing’s summertime spectacular at Twin River Casino.

After beating Falowo in 2013 – same ring, same venue – Chatman (14-5-1) out-boxed and out-worked the Pawtucket, R.I., native, fighting effectively on angles and, at times, boxing circles around his opponent. The two clashed heads in the third round, opening a cut over Falowo’s right eye, but Falowo bounced back and closed the round effectively.

The eye didn’t appear to bother Falowo, but Chatman’s speed and elusiveness did; Chatman was his usual boastful self, showboating between punches and dancing during breaks to simultaneously keep the crowd entertained and avoid Falowo’s onslaught. The first time they fought, Chatman won 77-75 on all three scorecards. This time, it was a 78-74, 74-78, 78-74 split decision verdict with Clark Sammartino and Steve Weisfeld scoring it in favor of Chatman and Eddie Scuncio in favor of Falowo.

In his seventh appearance at Twin River, Chatman improved to 5-2 in the Ocean State, including last year’s win over Providence native Vladine Biosse.

Reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Middleweight Champion Kali Reis improved to 10-5-1 in Friday’s co-feature, beating Atlantic City’s Althea Saunders (3-3-2) by unanimous decision 80-72, 79-73, 79-73 in an exciting, yet lopsided, fight. Saunders hung in for eight rounds, but Reis was the busier, more effective fighter, turning on the pressure starting in the third round and coasting down the stretch for her third consecutive win.

Rising lightweight prospect Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., stepped up in his second pro fight to face St-Georges, Quebec native Kimmy St-Pierre (1-2), who fought tooth and nail for three rounds until a series of body shots sent him to the canvas in the closing seconds. Though he was saved by the bell in the third, St-Pierre didn’t answer the bell for the fourth, cutting short a valiant effort in which he traded blows for nearly nine minutes with a decorated amateur in Ortiz, who came within a whisker of qualifying for the Olympics in 2015.

Stepping right back into the fire after capturing the vacant New England Super Lightweight Championship in May, Cranston, R.I., native Nick DeLomba (10-1) put the title on the line Friday in another tough test against Bridgeport, Conn., vet Oscar Bonilla (3-2-2). The two stood toe-to-toe in a see-saw battle with DeLomba narrowly defending the belt by unanimous decision, 58-56, on all three scorecards.

Bonilla came out firing early, using his speed to land early and often, but DeLomba settled down in the middle rounds before Bonilla opened the sixth and final round with a hard, overhand right, momentarily stunning DeLomba. After settling down a second time, DeLomba continued to box effectively on the outside to close the fight to defend the title, his second consecutive win and second of 2016.

In a strong candidate for Fight of the Year, junior middleweight Ray Oliveira Jr. (5-0) of New Bedford, Mass., kept his perfect record intact with a hard-earned majority decision win over Worcester’s Andy Gonzalez (3-1), the first loss of Gonzalez’s pro career. Weisfeld scored the bout a draw, 38-38, while Scuncio and Sammartino ruled 39-37 in favor of Oliveira Jr.

The four-round battle was all action from the opening bell. Gonzalez and Oliveira Jr. fought in close quarters the majority of the fight, trading blows on the inside with Gonzalez utilizing his right hook from a distance while Oliveira Jr. repeatedly stemmed the tide with uppercuts on the inside. Oliveira’s work along the ropes was the difference-maker as Gonzalez wasn’t nearly as effective when locked in defense mode in the later rounds.

Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) and New London, Conn., welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) each scored impressive knockout wins on the undercard. Making his professional debut following a brief amateur career split between New London and Worcester, Marrero stopped Pennsylvania native Roosevelt Archie (0-2) at 1:05 of the opening round with a devastating hook to the body. Fresh off a first-round knockout win in his pro debut in May, Ball Jr. picked up where he left off against Bruno Dias (0-1) of Woburn, Mass., sending Dias to the canvas three times in the second round before referee Eddie Claudio stopped the bout at the 1:56 mark.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Weights From Birmingham, Alabama
Deontay Wilder 226.2 vs. Chris Arreola 246.2

Deontay Wilder 226.2 vs. Chris Arreola 246.2

Sammy Vasquez 146.8 vs. Felix Diaz 145.8

Erickson Lubin 155.8 vs. Ivan Montero 153.6

Jamal James 147 vs. Wale Omotoso 146

Vic Darchinyan 123 vs. Sergio Frias 121.2

Gerald Washington 243.8 vs. Ray Austin 270

Layla McCarter 142.6 vs. Melissa Hernandez 138.6

KeAndre Leatherwood 160.2 vs. Tyrone Selders 159.8

Kenneth McNeil 160.4 vs. Robert Burwell 159.4

Robert Alfonso-Acea 257.2 vs. Jamal Woods 233.8

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Weights From Berlin
Weigh In Alert

Tyron Zeuge (18-0, 10 KOs) and Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs) both made weight today ahead of their WBA World Super Middleweight Championship fight tomorrow night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

WBA World Super Middleweight Championship:

Tyron Zeuge: 75.8 kg

Giovanni De Carolis: 75.6 kg

On the undercard, former two-weight World Champion Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) makes his comeback in a WBO International Super Middleweight title fight with Scandinavian star Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs), while Ramona Kuehne (24-1, 9 KOs) and Ikram Kerwat (6-0, 5 KOs) battle for the WBA Female International Lightweight belt.

A full list of undercard weights can be found below:

WBO International Super Middleweight Championship:

Arthur Abraham: 76.2 kg

Tim-Robin Lihaug: 76.0 kg

Heavyweight – 8 Rounds:

Burak Sahin: 103.4 kg

Jakov Gospic: 112.0 kg

WBA Female International Lightweight Championship:

Ramona Kuehne: 59.7 kg

Ikram Kerwat: 60.0 kg

Super Middleweight – 8 Rounds:

Stefan Haertel: 75.5 kg

Mateo Damian Veron: 75.4 kg

Light Middleweight – 8 Rounds:

Sebastian Formella: 69.8 kg

Nico Salzmann: 69.0 kg

Middleweight – 8 Rounds:

Anthony Ogogo: 73.3 kg

Bronislav Kubin: 73.1 kg

Flyweight – 6 Rounds:

Charlie Edwards: 52.1 kg

Jose Aguilar: 53.0 kg

Cruiserweight – 6 Rounds:

Alexander Peil: 88.0 kg

Igor Pylypenko: 91.7 kg

Welterweight – 6 Rounds:

Freddy Kywitt: 65.8 kg

Igor Faniyan: TBC

Limited tickets for the WBA World Super Middleweight Championship fight between Giovanni De Carolis and Tyron Zeuge are still available online via www.tickethall.de and www.eventim.de or by calling +49 (0)1806-570044.

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Bryant Perrella V Yordenis Ugas!

August 12 At The Turning Stone Casino

Unbeaten sensation Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella will look to take another step up the welterweight ladder when he meets 2008 Olympian Yordenis Ugas Friday, August 12 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

The card is promoted by Kings Promotions and will be televised as part of Premier Boxing Champions’ ESPN Boxing series at 9 pm ET.

Living and fighting out of Fort Myers, FL, Perrella’s 14-0 with 13 wins by knockout and he’s stopped eight of his last 11 foes in less than three rounds. On June 4, Perrella captured the attention of the boxing world with a dominant second round knockout of previously unbeaten David Grayton. Following his victory, which came on the heels of Muhammad Ali’s passing, Perrella gave an Ali-eqsue interview where he expressed his desire to fight the best fighters at 147 pounds. Less than two weeks after the win, Perrella was back in the gym.

Opposing him will be crafty Cuban Yordenis Ugas. Born in Santiago de Cuba but now living and fighting out of Miami, FL, Ugas has a solid 15-3 professional ledger with 7 KO’s. Prior to his pro career, he shined as a member of the famed Cuban Amateur Team. Ugas won the 2005 Pan American Championships, 2005 Senior World Championships, 2006 Central America and Caribbean Games, 2007 Pan American Games and four Cuban National Championships. In 2008, Ugas represented his country in the Olympics and won the bronze medal. Ugas was last seen dropping a competitive decision to highly touted Amir Imam and Perrella will be his fourth unbeaten foe, none of which have stopped him.

Perrella said of Ugas “I think he’s a good fighter and the fact he’s never been knocked out motivates me. I take it as a challenge and I plan to be the first to stop him. I’m obsessed with becoming the best because this is who I am. I grind like no other and put on great performances for the fans. August 12 will be no different!”

Tickets from $25 are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster.com.

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ANTHONY UPTON!

I'M READY FOR WHATEVER PADDOCK THROWS AT ME

ANTHONY UPTON says he will “make a wrong a right” when he challenges for the vacant English super-welterweight crown next Sunday (July 24).

The Ricky Hatton-trained 24-year-old squares off with Bloxwich’s Luke Paddock on Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing’s Danger Zone event and he’s determined to win a title that eluded him eight months ago.

In December, Upton put in a gusty display against then champion Joe Hughes but lost on points. While some fighters would have taken time out to lick their wounds, Upton begged Hatton to get him another opportunity and he’s sure the belt will not slip from his grasp this time around.

“I’m going to be leaving the ring without that title this time,” he said. “Losing to Joe Hughes hurt, but it also made me more determined and I won’t let my fans down next Sunday.

“I’ve had the best camp of my life and I just want to get in there and do the business now. It’s about making a wrong a right.”

Luke Paddock will certainly prove to be a stern opponent for Upton. The West Midlander has only lost once in 15 pro outings, has been an area champion, and has the greater experience having boxed over ten rounds on three occasions.

“He’s a good fighter by the looks of things,” Upton said. “I’ve had a look at some clips of him on YouTube and he’s a decent counter puncher.

“I think I have a good idea what his style is going to be like and I’ll be ready for whatever he throws at me.”

Upton v Paddock tops a quality afternoon of boxing at the Chase Leisure Centre. In addition to Arrowsmith, Evans and Sonny Upton, the event also features English super-bantamweight champion Sean Davis, Swadlincote super-middleweight Zach Parker, Burton’s Leon Gower, Derby debutant Sahib Singh Mann, and former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden.

The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504 065. The show takes place on Sunday afternoon with doors opening at 12.30pm.

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Weights From Mississippi
Sergey Lipinets 141 vs Walter Castillo 141.2

Sergey Lipinets 141 vs Walter Castillo 141.2

Tugstsogt Nyambayar 123.6 vs Rafael Vasquez 124

David Perez 119.2 vs Adan Ortiz 122.4

Justin Jones 235.4 vs Terrance Marbra 226.2

Julius Dyis 150.6 vs Oscar Valdez 153.6

Fernando Arellano 154.2 vs Raleigh Jeffries 156

Bobby Taylor 154.4 vs Harry Tyrone Paige 155.8

Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi

TV: ESPN

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Deontay Wilder & Chris Arreola!

Final Press Conference Quotes
Deontay Wilder & Chris Arreola

Heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder and two-time title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they headline Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes this Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

In attendance at the press conference and featured in televised action beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT were undefeated Sammy "The Sergeant" Vasquez Jr. and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz, who square off in a 10-round welterweight bout, plus rising star Erickson "Hammer" Lubin and Mexico's Ivan Montero, who meet in a super welterweight attraction.

The televised action will switch over to FS1 and FOX Deportes immediately following the conclusion of the FOX telecast with action headlined by undefeated welterweight Jamal James battling exciting contender Wale Omotoso. Additional action on FS1 and FOX Deportes features former world champion Vic Darchinyan and undefeated heavyweight Gerald Washington in separate bouts.

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

Fighters spoke to media at the BJCC's Arena Club inside the same venue that will host a stacked night of fights on Saturday night.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

DEONTAY WILDER

"I've wanted to hit somebody since May. I got teased but now it's time. And I get to do it at home. There's no better place to do it.

"We've had a few guys that we could have chosen, but there were certain guys we didn't want to give a short notice opportunity. We needed a certain type of fighter for this job.

"We need someone who will fight with their heart and take this opportunity and make the most of it. Does he deserve the title shot? No he doesn't. He knows it. But is Chris Arreola the perfect guy for this fight? Of course he is.

"Chris is lucky to get a third chance at a title. There's a lot of prospects who would love to fight him just to get a chance to fight for this belt. We needed a special person for this situation and I blessed Chris Arreola with the opportunity.

"It's time to fight. He's 'The Nightmare' and I'm a knockout artist. What makes me special is the way I knock people out. Go look at the people I've knocked out and see what I've given them.

"This is going to be another story for me to write in the history books. I can feel it. It's going to be a great show. Don't miss it.

"I appreciated everyone who comes out for me when I'm here fighting at home. I'm really excited about this show. You know the words at the end of the night will be 'And still! Heavyweight champion of the world.'"

CHRIS ARREOLA

"I'm ready for this fight. I'm more ready than I've ever been. I'm hungry. This isn't a cakewalk. I respect Deontay, that's why I trained for you. Come fight time, there's no respect, it's time to fight.

"One thing no one can question about me is my heart. I'm going to come at him but be smart. My goal is to take home that title and make history.

"I want to thank Deontay for giving me this opportunity. I am a sleeping giant. I'm being underestimated. Place your bets on me and make some money."

SAMMY VASQUEZ JR.

"Me and Felix Diaz are both coming to bring it. It's going to be a tough fight for him and myself. People have to watch this fight. To me he's undefeated and I'm coming in undefeated. We're putting it all on the line in this fight.

"Felix and I have worked together and we're friends, but this is business. He knows that I'm going to bring it like I do every fight. It's a great opportunity to be showcased on this card.

"If you feel that you're the best in your weight division, then it doesn't matter who they put in front of you. My opponent doesn't matter; we're going to get the job done. I have to fight quality opponents to be able to step up to the next guy.

"Felix Diaz is a great competitor and he's a very tough fighter. He has a tremendous amount of talent and he never stops coming, just like I do.

"I'm a pressure fighter. I like to show the crowd how I get down. I'm an undefeated fighter and I will remain that way Saturday night. I'm here to take care of business.

"I need wins like this to get fights with Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman and I need to do it decisively.

"If I can get this win I definitely want Danny Garcia. He's a Philadelphia guy. I'm from Pittsburgh, it'd be a fun matchup. We're both marketable guys and I think it'd be a huge fight.

"I just want to fight the best. That's what I'm here for. I'll fight anybody. I want to get a world title."

FELIX DIAZ

"I want to thank everyone who is here today. Everything is ready to go. We've had a great training camp leading up to this fight.

"I know that Sammy is a very good fighter. We've been stablemates before, but this is business. I'm going to do what I have to do to be victorious on Saturday.

"I'm ready to get in the ring and do anything that I can on Saturday to get the victory."

ERICKSON LUBIN

"This is a great opportunity on a big card. I'm here to showcase my talent and show why I'm one of the best 154-pound fighters in the world.

"This is a stepping stone for me. I know this is a tough Mexican who will be a great opponent. I just took care of business early a few weeks ago in Chicago and I'm looking to do the same thing Saturday. I'm here to steal the show.

"I want to thank my team for helping me in training camp and getting me to this moment. It's 'Hammer Time' on Saturday."

JAMAL JAMES

"We always stay ready in the gym. It's always training camp. I'm at a point in my career where I have to be ready at all times. When the call comes, I'm ready.

"We're working on some things that we wanted to tighten up from the last fight and I can't wait to show everybody my improvements.

"Wale has been in there with some great competitors. We had to make sure everything is tightened up because he's a strong guy. He has a good knockout ratio so you have to watch out for power punches.

"A lot of guys I fight are shorter than me. I'm one of the tallest welterweights in the game. A lot of guys have to fight me the same way, so we know what to expect. Our defense is tight and I'm sitting down on my punches more than ever.

"It's a blessing to be on a card like this. I was very excited when I got the call. Deontay Wilder is a heavyweight champion and it's a stacked card. It's a great honor. I'm happy to keep stepping up in competition and in platform.

"I'm a class-act in the ring. I'm trying to bring the master skill back to boxing. But I'm ferocious at the same time. You won't be mad because I always give you a great show."

GERALD WASHINGTON

"I'm looking to go out there and take care of my business. We've worked hard in training camp and we're prepared for anything.

"I'm going to use my speed and athleticism. The goal is to execute my game plan. Hopefully I can stay busy, land something big and get him out of there.

"My grandfather is actually from Alabama so I have roots here. It's very exciting to be on an undercard for Deontay Wilder defending the heavyweight world title. I have to perform and be exciting so that I one day I can be fighting a great champ like Deontay Wilder.

"I'm different than I was before. This is going to be the best me stepping in there Saturday. I'm looking to get him out of there."

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Fabian Maidana V Jorge Maysonet!

Premier Boxing Champions On NBCSN
Fabian Maidana V Jorge Maysonet

Unbeaten rising prospect Fabian "TNT" Maidana (9-0, 6 KOs) will square-off against Puerto Rico's Jorge "Machito" Maysonet (13-1, 11 KOs) in eight-rounds of welterweight action that serves as the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN Saturday, July 23 from the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio.

Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT and will feature unbeaten prospect Alan Castano (10-0, 7 KOs) taking on brawler Aaron Garcia (15-5-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight bout and undefeated prospect Brandon Figueroa (8-0, 5 KOs) in a super bantamweight attraction.

"I'm very excited to be facing Jorge Maysonet on July 23 in San Antonio," said Maidana. "I've been training hard and I'm ready to put my undefeated record on the line and put on a great show. There are great boxing fans down in San Antonio and I look forward to them getting to know me better."

"I can't wait for this fight on July 23," said Maysonet. "I know Fabian's brother was a world champion, but this is my time to shine. Fabian's never faced anyone like me. I have a lot of pride and I will bring it to the ring."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85, $50 and $20 plus $1000 and $850 for tables, not including fees, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets call 210-988-8821, click HERE or visit Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave. San Antonio, Texas 78216.

Possessing the same furious style as his brother Marcos, the 24-year-old Maidana has taken home dominant decisions in his last two bouts after scoring six straight knockouts following his pro debut in 2014. Representing Santa Fe, Argentina, Maidana went eight-rounds in each of his last two bouts as he picked up victories over Peter Oluoch and Andres Amarillla.

The son of Puerto Rican Olympian Jorge Maysonet, the 26-year-old looks for his third straight victory on July 23. A pro since 2010, Maysonet was born Catano, Puerto Rico but fights out of Queens, New York and has split his time fighting in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic throughout his career.

A young brawler from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Castano turned pro and won his first eight fights before making his U.S. debut in August of last year with a knockout victory over Tom Howard. The 23-year-old most recently stopped Christoper Degollado in the third round of their November 2015 showdown. He takes on the 22-year-old Garcia who was born in Guadalajara but trains out of Chicago.

The brother of former world champion Omar, the 19-year-old Figueroa turned pro in May of last year by defeating Hector Gutierrez and followed that up by stopping Ricardo Mena, Ramiro Ruiz and Francisco Muro to close out the year. The Weslaco-native has stayed busy in 2016 picking up four more victories via stoppage over Oldier Landin, Harold Reyes, Jahaziel Vazquez and Jonell Nieves.

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ANDY RUIZ!

TAKES TIME OUT TO SUPPORT FORGOTTEN HARVEST
ANDY RUIZ

Mexican heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer from Mexicali" Ruiz took time out of his preparations to face Josh "Dempsey" Gormley this weekend to give props to Forgotten Harvest, one of the nation's largest food rescue organizations.

WBO #5, IBF #5, and WBC #7 Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) and Gormley (22-4, 21 KOs) will meet in the 10-round main event of the next Salita Promotions "Detroit Brawl" this Saturday, July 16, at the historic Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

A cause that is deeply important to event promoter Dmitriy Salita, his Salita Promotions will be donating five charitable meals for each general admission and ten charitable meals for every VIP ticket purchased for the event to Forgotten Harvest.

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

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Zeuge V De Carolis!

Tale Of The Tape
Zeuge V De Carolis

On Saturday night, Tyron Zeuge (18-0, 10 KOs) challenges Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs) for the WBA Word Super Middleweight title at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

If successful, the undefeated 24 year-old can write history by becoming the youngest ever German World Champion, beating Graciano ‘Rocky’ Rocchigiani’s record of 24 years and 73 days by 8 days.

He will face a tough task against the experienced Italian, who claimed the WBA World title in January with an eleventh-round TKO win over Zeuge’s stable mate Vincent Feigenbutz at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg.

Ahead of their World Championship contest, we take a look at how the two fighters measure up with our ‘Tale of the Tape’.

Tickets for the WBA World Super Middleweight Championship fight between Giovanni De Carolis and Tyron Zeuge are available online via www.tickethall.de and www.eventim.de or by calling +49 (0)1806-570044.

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Marcos Hernandez!

Training Camp Quotes
Premier Boxing Champions

Unbeaten prospect "Madman" Marcos Hernandez is set for a super welterweight showdown with fellow unbeaten Thomas Hill that takes place Tuesday, July 12 on Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes live from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California.

The July 12 event is headlined by exciting veteran contender Breidis Prescott battling Georgia's Levan Ghvamichava. Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and features undefeated prospect Malcolm McAllister taking on Brazil's Gilberto Pereira.

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

Hernandez took the time to talk about his camp, his July 12 matchup and more as he nears fight night. Here is what Hernandez had to say:

On making his television debut on FS1 and FOX Deportes...

"This is the opportunity I've been waiting for since I turned professional. I know I have to perform at a high level to prove I'm worthy of more TV dates. FS1 is where a lot of fights are on these days so I'm very appreciative to the PBC and FOX for giving me a chance to showcase my talent. Everyone can expect to see me go to war, and I'm going to leave everything in the ring, that you can guarantee."

On his current training camp...

"This has been a wild camp. I got great sparring at Wild Card with Hugo Centeno and a few others. I had to travel outside of my area to get the sparring I needed to prepare me for this fight. I'm in the best shape of my life at the moment and I'm looking to be peaking on fight night. Everything is perfect right now."

On facing undefeated fighter Thomas Hill...

"I know he's a tall fighter with really good boxing skills, so I'll be prepared for his movement. He's undefeated as well so I know it's going to be a great fight. These are the fights that take you to the next level. One of us is going to advance in their career and the other will suffer a setback. I'm coming to win."

On his relationship with his father/trainer Joey Hernandez...

"My dad has been with me since the beginning. We know how to work with each other. He's made a lot of sacrifices to get me where I'm at today. Of course we butt heads sometimes but at the end of the day, I know he's got my back. We are on this journey together and I'm grateful for all that he's done for me. We are a great team."

On the importance of staying undefeated...

"It's very important for my career to remain undefeated. A win will keep me in the mix as far as fighting on big cards, especially on TV. This is a major crossroad in my career and the time is now for me to take it to the next level. I need to win this bout and march up the rankings, guaranteeing me more big fights."

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Barrios, Boschiero, Ramirez & Roman!

Media Workout Quotes
Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated rising contender Mario Barrios, former title challenger Devis Boschiero, unbeaten prospect Eddie Ramirez and Californian contender Jessie Roman hosted a media workout Thursday as they prepared for their Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes showdowns taking place this Saturday, July 9 from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features Barrios taking on Boschiero in a 12-round super featherweight title eliminator, while Ramirez and Roman square-off in a 10pround super lightweight battle.

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

The fighters worked out at the Sun National Bank Center for media as they near their primetime bouts, with a chance to elevate themselves closer to world title contention. Here is what the fighters had to say:

MARIO BARRIOS

"Training has been great. We trained in Las Vegas for a large portion of this camp. We had some good runs at 7,500 feet of elevation and I feel very ready for Saturday.

"Boschiero is a tough fighter with a lot of experience. He has gone the distance plenty of times and I am ready to face the best version of him on Saturday.

"Headlining on ESPN and ESPN Deportes is a blessing. I grew up watching the fights on ESPN and knowing that I am the main event is a dream come true."

DEVIS BOSCHIERO

"We had a very good training camp. Everything went smoothly and I had great sparring. I couldn't have asked for a better camp.

"Barrios is a very good prospect and very tall for the weight. We will see what he has on Saturday. We're prepared for everything and the plan is to test him throughout the fight.

"I am very proud to be fighting on ESPN and I am hoping to give the American public a great fight. I am taking this one step at a time. Saturday will not be an easy fight. May the best man win."

EDDIE RAMIREZ

"This is a great opportunity. It's really a dream come true. When I was young. I envisioned fighting on ESPN and now here I am. I am and ready and anxious to just get in the ring and fight. I'm on weight and ready to go.

"Training went very well. I have been ready to fight for weeks. Roman has a decent record and people tell me that he is a good fighter, but I haven't seen anything of him."

JESSIE ROMAN

"My father passed away in May and that is my motivation for this fight. He started me in boxing from when I was six-years-old all the way until I was 22.

"I do not know much about Ramirez other than that he is undefeated and he has a lot of power. We are ready mentally and physically for him.

"This is a big opportunity for me to fight on ESPN. It's great exposure. Keep your eye out for me, I am going to become a world champion."

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Boyd Melson!

Reflects On Experience As Mentor At Steve Harvey Youth Mentorship Camp

Last month upon direct invitation, New York City's Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson served as a mentor at Steve Harvey's Youth Mentorship Camp. The camp was held on a ranch two and a half hours outside of Atlanta, GA.

The camp primarily assists troubled African American boys between 11-18 from fatherless households by providing guidance and educational mentoring. The mentorship camp involved 200 boys, with all but one being of African American descent. The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation leaned on the United States Army to provide roughly 15 soldiers to serve as the mentors with a group of 20 boys assigned to 2 soldiers.

Melson, a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, received a phone call from the U.S. Army Reserve Public Affairs Office requesting him to fly down from New York to serve as both a mentor and special celebrity invite for the youth camp. Captain Melson was paired with Sergeant Cole as they both were assigned 20 boys. During his five days in Atlanta, the WBC-USNBC junior middleweight champion and West Point graduate put all of his energy into providing an unforgettable developmental experience for all the children he came in contact with.

“Each day, the boys were mentored from 5AM until 1AM of the next day,” said Melson. "We were on them. We treated them like Privates in Basic Training and they had hate in their eyes towards us. It was 95 degrees every day and humid. Whenever they were listening to a speaker and they started falling asleep, we helped them stay awake by pulling them to the side and dropping them for push-ups. We also would have them do wall sits. Our mission was to break them in those five days so that we could strip them of their ego, anger and pride so we could help rebuild them.”

“They hated us, but we noticed a change as the week progressed. I kept reminding myself no matter how angry or frustrated I became with them they’re just children and never had a man's guidance in their life so it was not their faults. Every time that I dropped them for push-ups or had them sit on the wall it was to mentor them while they were being disciplined so that they could understand the process and life. I constantly heard them saying that they were tired and wanted to sleep. I would say, so the hell what. You are tired, that is not a way out. Chasing your dreams will get you tired each time. That does not mean you stop. The world does not care if you are tired, and you need to understand this. I never relied more heavily on my vast life experiences to find a way to reach these boys more than I did at this camp.”

By weeks end, the boys learned how to march according to military standards along with Army standards of Drill and Ceremony. For the first time for many of the boys, they were taught the basic disciplines of life and starting answering to Captain Melson with Yes Sir and No Sir. The boys went through Army physical training each morning beginning at 5:30AM. There were breakout sessions referred to as vignettes where Melson and Cole presented certain scenarios to intrigue thought within the boys so they could share what decisions they may have made in any specific scenario. Boyd, along with Cole, chose those times to deliver heavy rhetoric from their life experiences in order to help open up the minds of these future young men.

Following the training, there were guest speakers that overcame similar difficulties during their childhood including Power 105.1 personality Charlamagne Tha God and actor Hill Harper. Steve Harvey also spoke each evening for about two hours on the hard truths of life and how the boys need to present themselves in the future to advance professionally.

"Steve was extremely raw in his delivery to these boys. He held nothing back. I was in awe watching a man worth 100 million dollars giving his time back by speaking the dead honest truths for these boys to soak up. Steve was at the camp the entire time. Each night, his camp discussion went from 10PM until midnight. His energy was relentless, Melson said."

The most touching moment for Melson was on the final evening when Harvey had each camper write a letter to their absent fathers. All of the boys wrote negative things since they never knew their fathers, were abandoned by them, or had limited contact with a father that wanted nothing to do with them. Steve invited the boys to come on stage and read their letters.

"Every letter sounded similar," Melson said. "Dear dad, I hate you why did you leave me. Dear dad, you're a coward, you left us, I hope you die. I watched the first two boys walk off the stage with a look of anger and despair that you typically see in a man's eyes, but not meant for a boy. By the time the second boy walked off stage, I couldn't take it anymore. I went to the end of the stage, mind you most of these boys were not from my group, and I waited for them to walk off stage. When they were close enough to me, still with that look of a man's anger and despair on their faces, I opened my arms, and each boy fell into them breaking down crying. I broke down instantly crying very hard with them. Some cried asking me why did their father leave them, and others cried saying they wished I was their daddy.”

“I squeezed them so very tight and told each one of them how much I loved them while sobbing, and I kept repeating to them that they are not alone. I cried more that night than I have cried throughout my entirety as an adult. I gave each of these boys my cell phone number. I said to each boy that for the rest of your lives, call me when you need me or just want to talk. Do not ever forget that I am a phone call or text away. Steve Harvey told them that night to forgive their fathers and it was going to be the hardest thing they’ve ever done. He said don’t forgive your father for them, but for you. If you walk around with that poison in your hearts, it will kill you. It will make you hate your wife's father one day. You have to forgive to be free."

Even when the Camp ended, one of Boyd's goals became to continue making a positive influence on these boys after learning of their struggles during his five unforgettable days in Atlanta.

“It literally made me break down and cry when these boys shared their hatred for the men absent from their lives. People that have two parents in their lives don't understand how important that is and since it's a given, it's not something we think about. Steve Harvey said for a young boy, a mother's love is different than a father's love. A mother's love is unconditional. Her job is to nurture a young boy. When he trips and scrapes his knees, the mother comes instantly to comfort him. A father's love for a young boy comes with conditions. When he trips and scrapes his knees, the father tells him to get back up and keep moving because you will be fine. Steve closed it by saying for a young boy, a mother's job is to nurture and comfort you. A father's job is to raise a young boy.”

"Since these children all had empty voids from a missing parent, they were lacking in some areas. During my time in the Camp, I dedicated my every second to making a permanent impact in these boys' lives. I believe they all have the potential to do something great with their lives and whatever I can do to continue helping them I will. There is no race when it comes to children because they are just children.”

Melson shared that he now has 6 adopted sons he texts and calls a few times per week. He received a phone call from the mother of one of his boys in his group asking him to please call once a week to speak with him and keep him on track. When Father's Day came, Melson received the following texts from one of the boys in his group.

"Thank you and I love you. If I could say one phrase to you for the rest of my life it would be that. You have inspired me in ways you can’t even imagine and I don’t give you nearly enough praise for that. I also don’t tell you how much I love you for all of the things you’ve done for me in the 6 days I am a great son because of you. I don’t know if I’d be able to say that had you not been in my life the way you have. Everyone needs a father figure while they are growing up. Thanks for being a genuine, loving, and caring person Captain Melson. Happy Father's day!

I don't know where to begin thanking you for all that you have done for me. You brought me into the world, watched out for me, taught me, laughed with me, and spent a lot of time with me. Thanks for being the best mentor I could ask for. To a mentor who loved me enough to teach me some tough lessons so my life would be easier, later on. Happy Father's Day! Captain I can't imagine what my life would be like without your presence. You have provided me stability in my life that I can't put a price on."

The boy who sent the text won a 100 dollar gift certificate at the Camp resulting from a competition at the Camp. He called Boyd that same day and said that he donated $50 of it to Team Fight to Walk.

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Arthur Abraham!

I Will Show Lihaug No Sympathy
Arthur Abraham

Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) says his opponent Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) should expect no sympathy from him when they meet on July 16 for the WBO International Super Middleweight title at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

The former two-weight World Champion is aiming to launch another World title assault following his defeat to Gilberto Ramirez in April, and as he prepares for his return to the ring, ‘King Arthur’ knows he cannot afford any slip-ups if he is to reclaim his super middleweight crown.

‘’Tim-Robin Lihaug is a young, emerging talent,’’ he says. ‘’He is someone who still has a lot to prove and perhaps has a great future ahead of him, but on July 16, he will learn what it means to fight at the very highest level. When the bell rings, he should expect no sympathy from me. This is a fight I must win, and win in style.’’

Abraham adds that he is now eager to atone for his World title defeat and repay the support shown to him by his long-time coach and mentor Ulli Wegner.

‘’Mr. Wegner has shown great belief in me and I want repay his support by proving to him that I can become World Champion again,'' he said. ''He is not only a great coach but also a great person, and he is right when he says ‘we win together and we lose together’. Things did not go to plan in Las Vegas, but we have learnt from this, and I will come back stronger and more determined than ever.’’

The 36 year-old is also welcoming a return to the Max-Schmeling-Halle and his adopted hometown of Berlin, where he holds a one hundred per cent win ratio.

‘’I have never lost a fight in Berlin,’’ he says. ‘’And I intend to keep it that way. Here I have the full support of the crowd, and I’m sure they will play their part in another great victory for me.’’

The WBO International Championship fight between Arthur Abraham and Tim-Robin Lihaug will provide chief support for Tyron Zeuge’s WBA World Super Middleweight title challenge against Giovanni De Carolis. Tickets are available online via www.eventim.de and www.tickethall.de or by calling +49 (0) 1806-570044.

All the action will be available to watch live and exclusive in Norway on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit http://viaplay.no/fighting

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Breidis Prescott V Levan Ghvamichava!

Premier Boxing Champions On FS1
Premier Boxing Champions

Exciting veteran contender Breidis Prescott (29-7, 21 KOs) battles Georgia's Levan Ghvamichava (16-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 10-round super welterweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, July 12 from Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California.

Ghvamichava was scheduled to face undefeated Domonique Dolton, but he was forced to withdraw after suffering a cut during training.

"I've been training hard already and I'm 100 percent ready for war," said Prescott. "I don't know a lot about this guy, but I'll figure him out in the ring quickly. I like fighting on short notice. I beat Roberto Garcia on short notice so fighting this guy will not be a problem."

Televised coverage on July 12 begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and features undefeated prospect Malcolm McAllister (7-0, 7 KOs) battling Brazil's Gilberto Pereira (7-2, 4 KOs) in eight-rounds of super middleweight action while undefeated prospects Thomas Hill (6-0, 1 KO) and Marcos Hernandez (7-0, 2 KOs) compete in an eight-round super welterweight fight.

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

A standout amateur representing Colombia, Prescott fights out of Miami and was undefeated in his first 21 pro bouts, including a first round knockout of former world champion Amir Khan that cemented his spot in the sport. The 33-year-old also owns victories over Richar Abril, Jose Augustin Feria and Francisco Figueroa and enters this fight having won his last two fights heading into this July 12 showdown.

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

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Carl Frampton!

Media Workout Quotes
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Undefeated Irish star Carl Frampton was officially welcomed to the United States and New York City Thursday by former world champion and Brooklyn-native Paulie Malignaggi before Frampton held a media workout at Gleason's Gym as he prepares for his matchup with featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz taking place Saturday, July 30 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center.

Frampton was joined by his manager, Hall of Fame former featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan, and his son Shane, Frampton's trainer. Frampton returns for just his second fight stateside aiming to win back the same WBA Featherweight World Championship that Barry McGuigan lost 30 years ago. McGuigan's loss to Steve Cruz on June 23, 1986 was his second and final fight in the U.S.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader begins at at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features former two division-world champion Mikey Garcia returning to take on former world champion Elio Rojas and rising super welterweight contender Tony Harrison battling once-beaten Sergey Rabchenko in a 154-pound title eliminator.

Malignaggi headlines a SHOWTIME EXTREME doubleheader against fellow Brooklyn-native Gabriel Bracero while a lightweight slugfest between Ivan Redkach and Tevin Farmer opens televised coverage at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Cyclone Promotions and presented by Premier Boxing Champions, start at $38 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.

Frampton and Malignaggi posed for pictures outside of Barclays Center and under the Brooklyn Bridge before heading to Gleason's Gym, where Malignaggi got his start in the sport, for Frampton's first workout for New York media.

Here is what the participants had to say:

CARL FRAMPTON

"I want to be in exciting fights. From here on in my career, I want to be great. Who better to face than Leo Santa Cruz? This is a chance to put my name down in history and become a two-weight world champion from Ireland.

"I've been listening to Barry McGuigan since I turned professional. I just wanted to soak all of it up like a sponge. He's got so much knowledge and he's been around for so many years. I just need to be around him and learn. Shane does an amazing job training me, and between the two of them, I feel like I'm benefitting every day.

"It's very nice to be here in Brooklyn, it's a lovely borough and it's so great to be here in New York. There are a lot of boxing fans in New York and I really think this is the number one city for boxing.

"We're bringing a lot of lads from back home, and I also hope the Irish-Americans get to know my name, and everyone in Brooklyn as well. I expect about 1,500 traveling fans from Belfast. I think I'll have more support than Santa Cruz.

"This fight is huge for me because I really want to create a legacy. I know how people talk, and I think people will be talking about this for a very long time. I want people to remember me as a great fighter, that's all.

"I train very hard for every fight. No less or no more for Santa Cruz. We're expecting a very tough fight with a lot of action.

"The last time I was an underdog was the Irish championships, when I was an amateur. You could have got me at 11:2, I was a massive underdog. I dropped him pretty early on, so the last time I was an underdog, a lot of people who knew me made a lot of money. It's going to be the same result this time.

"Moving up to 126 pounds was definitely the right decision for me. I'm a big puncher but I lost power coming down to 122 pounds. I'm going to be punching harder and be at my very best.

"I'm right on the door step of everything. I'm so excited for fight night, it's going to be a truly special experience.

"It's important to be recognized in the States. This is where all of the great fighters from around the world end up fighting, and I really want to be recognized as a great fighter."

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI

"I think my fight with Bracero is an interesting clash of styles. We have similar styles in that we like to box and counter punch but we're also both very familiar with each other. I'm sure he'll have something up his sleeve for me.

"Making this kind of all-Brooklyn fight is great for the fans. We both have our own followings so it should make for an electric atmosphere at Barclays Center.

"The main event is going to be a great fight. When you look at the styles and the pedigrees of both men, it's hard to predict what's going to happen. Both guys have exciting styles so I'm betting on the fans getting their money's worth."

BARRY MCGUIGAN, Frampton's Manager, Former World Champion & Hall of Famer

"After Carl defeated Scott Quigg and became a unified champion at 122 pounds, we believe that all of the exciting fights in that division have passed. We want to be involved in exciting fights.

"The Quigg fight wasn't as exciting as we would have liked, but we knew it was going to be like that. We knew he'd come on late in the fight and we had our tactics planned well. This is going to be a much better fight because Santa Cruz is brave and takes chances. He also has underrated boxing skills.

"Shane is making Carl a better fighter every day. Every day that you don't get better is a day you wasted. Carl is in the best physical shape of his career and we will have a plan A, B and C for this fight.

"Santa Cruz is a great fighter. He's low-key, humble and he hasn't talked trash. This will be Carl's hardest fight. It feels great to be involved helping Carl reach his maximum potential, it's the second best thing to being in the ring yourself.

"We believe 100 percent in Frampton's ability to win this fight and that he will be successful on fight night.

"There are some great fights out there for Carl. We're 100 percent committed to July 30 but there are lots of great fights in the featherweight division. We will have lots of support on fight night and I have no doubt there will be a large Irish crowd there to support Carl."

SHANE MCGUIGAN, Frampton's Trainer

"Leo Santa Cruz is unbeaten and there aren't really any weaknesses from my perspective. He's a phenomenal fighter, but I don't believe he's fought a fighter of Carl Frampton's caliber, as an all-around fighter.

"When he meets someone who is as good, or in my opinion, better than him, we'll see what he's made of. I think it's going to make for one of the most exciting fights of the year.

"I wouldn't be taking on this fight it I wasn't extremely confident in Carl, even though he's coming in as the underdog. I don't think Santa Cruz has ever felt the power that Carl brings before. I think Carl can beat him comfortably if he continues to prepare well, and then steps into the ring and does what he's capable of doing.

"We're finishing up camp now and making sure we're 100 percent read. We have to be 100 percent to fight Leo Santa Cruz.

"Carl is extremely heavy-handed. He's extremely skillful, a true all-rounder. He really lives the life, and that makes it easy for me. The way he trains, how he eats, how he sleeps: he takes it seriously and takes care of himself.

"The transition coming over to New York to finish training camp has been great. We could have waited until closer to fight night but we want every single percent to our advantage.

"We're still acclimatizing to the heat, the jet lag is no problem and we're going to be ready on fight night.

"This fight is history in the making. It's a fight that can really put Carl on the map. It's always a huge opportunity when you're fighting for a title, against someone of Santa Cruz's caliber."

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Kali Reis!

Returns Home July 15th

With three world titles under her belt, including one of the most prestigious in all of boxing, and a well-earned reputation as one of the sport's toughest road warriors, Kali Reis has accomplished more than most fighters can dream of.

"If I was to be 100 percent real," Reis said, "I have nothing else to prove to myself."

Regardless, the Providence, R.I., native and reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Middleweight World Champion remains as hungry as ever, motivated by the desire to achieve more and continue learning about everything the sport has to offer both in and out of the ring.

Having fought overseas five times, from everywhere from Bermuda to New Zealand, Reis (9-5-1, 4 KOs) will once again touch down in her home state Friday, July 15th, 2016 when she faces Atlantic City's Althea Saunders (3-2-2) in an eight-round bout on the undercard of CES Boxing's summertime spectacular at Twin River Casino.

Following a 21-month world tour in which she fought four times on foreign soil, Reis returns to Rhode Island for the second time this year. Her last appearance at Twin River ended in thrilling fashion with a 91-second knockout win over Victoria Cisneros.

Two months later, Reis traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to face Maricela Cornejo for the then vacant WBC title, the first time that country had ever hosted a major world title fight. Reis won by split decision for her third world championship, adding the infamous green belt to her Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) and International Boxing Association (IBA) titles.

"It means everything to me," Reis said of winning the WBC title. "That's the one belt everyone strives to get, and I've had that dream ever since I've learned about the whole boxing game from when I was younger. I had that ultimate goal to become the WBC champ and even to be a world champ and achieve that in the WBC, which is the belt of all belts. It means a lot to me. It means all the hard work has paid off."

Still, nothing beats fighting at home, where Reis is a major box office draw, as evident by the intensity she brought to the ring when she fought Cisneros, a former WBC Silver Female Welterweight Champion and six-time world title challenger.

"I was energized the whole week of the fight. Every time I heard a bell I was swinging!" Reis said.

"It had a lot to do with being home. I hadn't fought in a long time at home and the energy from being at home and hearing people chant my name and seeing so many familiar faces as I walked out to the ring and I was in the ring, it helped a lot. I try to bring that intensity no matter where I am, but being at home definitely, definitely helps."

She'll get another chance to hear the roar of the crowd next Friday against Saunders, a sturdy veteran born in Philadelphia and now fighting out of New Jersey. The two share a common opponent in Marshfield, Mass., vet Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes, whom they've combined to fight four times. Reis beat Lopes in her pro debut in 2009 and lost the rematch a year later. Saunders fought Lopes to a draw in 2014 and lost in the rematch last June.

Reis was originally scheduled to face fellow New Jersey fighter Akima Stocks, who withdrew from the bout a month ago, but not much has changed for Reis in terms of preparation.

"I focus on what I've got to do no matter who's in that ring," she said. "I don't change the intensity of my training camp as far as, 'Oh, it's not the person I thought it was going to be, so let's dial it down.' I train just as hard no matter who I'm fighting.

"It does change things a little bit as far as her background versus the other opponent's background, but I leave all of that studying up to my trainers. That's their job. And it's my job to listen to exactly what they're telling me to do."

Winning the WBC title is a landmark achievement for Reis, who has developed into one of the world's top middleweights and carved her own road to the top despite not having a promoter in her corner for most of her career. She fought as an underdog on enemy turf against championship-caliber fighters Hanna Gabriels, Christina Hammer, and others, but, as she stated in February before her fight against Cisneros, she wouldn't trade that experience for an easier path.

"If you asked me that 10 times, my answer will always be no. I wouldn't change my career," Reis said. "It has actually helped me in the long run to build skill and build boxing knowledge in and outside of the ring.

"It has done a lot to create and mold me into the fighter I am today. I love the experience. I've gone overseas to so many different countries and experienced so many different cultures and how they take boxing in. It's been amazing."

Having done it all with nothing left to prove to herself, what keeps Reis motivated? There's always a desire to learn and continue to grow, in addition to her ultimate goal of unifying the middleweight world championship by winning in a title in every major sanctioning body.

No matter what, Reis always finds a way to keep the fire burning, even if it's something as simple as a sold-out crowd at Twin River Casino chanting her name on the way to the ring.

"From here, the goal is to keep myself motivated and keep myself hungry," she said. "You can never learn too much in boxing. There's always something you can learn. There's always new and fresh talent coming into your weight class in women's boxing and men's boxing.

"I want to get as much out of it as I can now, especially because I am as busy now as I should've been in the beginning of my career. I should've been this busy in the beginning, but I'm just going to take advantage of all of the opportunities and follow these titles.

"My hunger is still there. If my hunger starts dying, then it's my time to get out."

Tickets for the July 15th event are priced at $42.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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

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

July 15th also features the return of middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) and lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO), both from Worcester, Mass., and the professional debut of New London, Conn., welterweight Cristobal Marrero. Ball Jr. faces Woburn, Mass., native Bruno Dias, who will also be making his debut, while Ortiz battles St-Georges, Quebec, lightweight Kimmy St-Pierre (1-1, 1 KO). Both are four-round bouts.

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

CES Boxing Promotions

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Sammy Vasquez Jr. & Felix Diaz!

Training Camp Quotes
Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated contender Sammy "The Sergeant" Vasquez Jr. and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz are deep into training camp for their pivotal welterweight showdown on Saturday, July 16 as part of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes live from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is headlined by heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder defending his belt against two-time title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola.

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

Vasquez and Diaz both have world title aspirations but will have to navigate difficult southpaw opponents in the hopes of reaching the top levels of the welterweight division. Here is what both fighters had to say about each other, training camp, the 147-pound division and more:

SAMMY VASQUEZ JR.

On his opponent change from Luis Collazo to Felix Diaz ...

"It's unfortunate that Collazo got hurt, but Diaz is a very good fighter and I know he's going to bring it. I've been sparring with nothing but lefties, and since both Diaz and Collazo are southpaws, it's business as usual. Diaz is coming off a close majority decision loss...his first defeat, so I know he's hungry to get back in that win column. This is a dangerous fight and I'm not taking it lightly. Like always, I'm willing and ready to fight anyone they put in front of me."

On his recent training camp at the Triple Threat Boxing Gym in Colorado Springs...

"It's been a grueling camp with a lot of hard work being put out. Sparring has been fantastic and I'm feeling really sharp right now. My weight is good and I'm feeling strong. We have a few more days left and then it's on to fight week."

On fighting on FOX with a global audience expected to be tuning in...

"This is what it's all about, fighting on the big stage with millions of fans looking to see a great fight. FOX is an incredible network to be showcased on and I want to let the world know I'm here to take over the welterweight division. The fans can expect to see a lot of power punches. Hopefully I can score the knockout."

On his relationship with his team members...

"I have an unbelievable team behind me. First off my dad Sammy Sr. is there watching my every move, so I'm very comfortable with him by my side. Charles Leverette is the head coach, with Ryan Rimsek working the mitts. Jason Barber is my strength and conditioning coach. Everyone is doing a great job. We have a great game plan that we feel we can execute against Diaz. I'm very happy with my team."

On when he thinks he'll be ready to challenge for a world title...

"I feel I'm ready now. I'm ranked in the top ten in three of the major sanctioning organizations, so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know a victory against Diaz will get me closer to a title shot. I have to keep winning to fulfil the goal I set for myself when I first started boxing, and that's to become a world champion."

On the current landscape of the welterweight division....

"The division is loaded with great fighters. With the exception of Jesse Vargas, all the champions are undefeated. The road to get to the top is very tough because everyone in the top ten is an exceptional fighter. I think it's the toughest division in boxing."

FELIX DIAZ

On fighting Sammy Vasquez on short notice...

"I stay ready in the gym. I had a fight scheduled with Miguel Vasquez that fell through so now it's on to another Vasquez. I had to switch to southpaw sparring but that is nothing new to me. I fought a lot of southpaws on short notice in the amateurs. I'm grateful for this opportunity and I'm going to make the best of it."

On his current training camp ...

"I'm having a great camp. Everything is coming together for me. My punches are accurate and my timing is better than ever. I'm looking very good in sparring and I know I'll be at my best on fight night."

On the opportunity to get into world title contention...

"This is a big fight for me. Sammy Vasquez is a highly rated fighter. A win against him will put me right up there with all the other contenders. I live for these occasions."

On what he thinks of Sammy Vasquez as a fighter...

"He's a very smart fighter with good power. Although he does a lot of things right in the ring, I see some flaws in his style that I know I can expose. I believe my style will give him a lot of trouble. I know he wants to keep his undefeated record intact, but my hunger to start another winning streak is greater."

On bouncing back from his first defeat in his last bout...

"In my last bout I suffered my first loss against Lamont Peterson, a majority decision. It was a very close fight and I really felt I came out on top. When you're undefeated and loss for the first time, you want nothing more than to get back in the ring and prove to everyone that you belong with the elite fighters in the division. I've been training in the gym like an animal, waiting for an opportunity like this to come my way. Now that it's here, I'm going to take full advantage of the situation."

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Eddie Ramirez V Jessie Roman!

Premier Boxing Champions On ESPN
Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated prospect Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) will take on Californian contender Jessie Roman (20-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight matchup on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Saturday, July 9 from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is headline by undefeated rising contender Mario Barrios taking on former title challenger Devis Boschiero in a 130-pound title eliminator.

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

Additional action features Philadelphia's Tyrone Brunson (22-6-1, 21 KOs) battling Maryland's Joshua Okine (28-7-1, 17 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight contest, 25-year-old prospect Christopher Brooker (9-1, 5 KOs) taking on unbeaten Gabriel Pham (6-0, 2 KOs) in eight-rounds of super middleweight action, Kazakhstan-born Zhankosh Turarov (18-0, 13 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout against Brazil's Daniel Souza Santos (15-10, 12 KOs) and unbeaten prospect Titus Williams (5-0, 2 KOs) against Puerto Rico's Jovany Fuentes (7-7, 6 KOs) in a six-round super featherweight fight.

Rounding out the night of fights is unbeaten Philadelphia prospect Tyrone Crawley (5-0) taking on Puerto Rico's Alexander Charneco (4-2, 4 KOs) in a six-round junior welterweight fight and New Jersey's Darryl Bunting (1-0-1) against St. Louis-native Kyle Kurtz in four-rounds of middleweight action.

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

Fighting out of Santa Ana, California, Roman turned pro in 2009, one year after his older brother Jose began fighting professionally. Undefeated in his first 16 pro fights, the 25-year-old has won three fights in a row, including a dominant decision victory in his last outing against veteran Hector Serrano.

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Tim Robin Lihaug!

Ready To Send Boxing Idol Abraham Into Retirement

Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) says he is ready to send his boxing idol Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) into retirement on July 16 when the super middleweights square off at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin for the WBO International title.

In what will be his toughest career assignment, Lihaug will go toe-to-toe with the former two-weight World Champion, a man who inspired the Norwegian fighter’s early career and whose poster hung from his bedroom wall.

‘’Abraham was one of my idols when I started boxing,’’ reveals the 23 year-old. ‘’I even had a poster of him on my wall. He’s been a great champion for many years and has achieved so much in this sport - it will be an honour to share the ring with him.’’

Having landed a dream fight with his one-time idol, Lihaug knows there is no room for sentiment. Abraham is coming off the back of a World title loss to Gilberto Ramirez and another defeat could signal the end of his illustrious career.

‘’I don’t think Abraham is the same fighter he was a few years ago, and I’m very confident I can win,’’ he says. ‘’I was a little shocked when the opportunity came, but it didn’t take me long to start thinking that this is a guy I can beat.

‘’To be in a position to fight him shows I have been doing something right in my career, and it has given me a big motivation boost. I know if I beat Abraham, it will take me to the top level overnight and give me a chance to fight for a World title.’’

While Lihaug believes Abraham has suffered a drop in form in recent years, he is taking nothing for granted against the German boxing great.

‘’I will be preparing for the best Abraham possible,’’ he explains. ‘’He may not be at the absolute highest level anymore, but he is still World-class. He is a guy that I’m going to have to be in my best shape ever to beat, and I am, so I think it will be a great fight, and I’m looking forward to it. I feel calm, relaxed and ready to go.’’

Lihaug, who has established himself as the country’s premier professional boxer following impressive performances against domestic rivals Simen Smaadal and Arne Ernstsen, will be counting on the support of the Norwegian public.

‘’There is a lot of interest in this fight back home and everybody is hoping I win,’’ he says. ‘’I feel like I have the whole country behind me, and I know there will be a lot of people travelling to Berlin to watch the fight. It will be a proud moment if I win, and a great achievement for Norway and for Norwegian boxing.’’

The WBO International Championship fight between Lihaug and Abraham will provide chief support for Tyron Zeuge’s WBA World Super Middleweight title challenge against Giovanni De Carolis. Tickets are available online via www.eventim.de and www.tickethall.de or by calling +49 (0) 1806-570044.

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Ulli Wegner!

Abraham Can Become World Champion Again

Ulli Wegner has hit back at claims questioning Arthur Abraham’s (44-5, 29 KOs) motivation prior to his WBO International Super Middleweight title fight with Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

Lihaug’s trainer Thomas Hansvoll had called into question Abraham’s desire, stating that he believed the former two-weight World Champion ‘had lost his hunger’ and after years at the top of the sport was ‘not so interested anymore’.

Wegner has disputed these remarks, and says Abraham is hungrier than ever as he looks to regain the World title he lost to Gilberto Ramirez, starting with a victory over the rising Scandinavian star Lihaug.

‘’The loss to Gilberto Ramirez has only made Arthur more determined,’’ said the 74 year-old star coach. ‘’Now he is without a World title, the hunted has become the hunter. He feels a new kind of motivation, and we will see that in the ring on July 16.

‘’Obviously it was a big blow to lose the title in Las Vegas, but now we must work together to reach the top again. I believe he has what it takes to become World Champion again, if I did not, I would be the first person to tell him to retire. Anyone who knows me knows I am always honest in my assessments, and I can tell you this is not the end of the road for Arthur.’’

While optimistic for the future, Wegner realises another defeat could signal the end of Abraham’s illustrious career. ‘’Anything but a win would be disastrous for Arthur,’’ he says. ‘’But we’ve trained well and I’m confident his hand will be raised.’’

The WBO International Championship fight between Tim-Robin Lihaug and Arthur Abraham will provide chief support for Tyron Zeuge’s WBA World Super Middleweight title challenge against Giovanni De Carolis. Tickets are available online via www.eventim.de and www.tickethall.de or by calling +49 (0)1806-570044.

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Andy Ruiz V Josh Gormley!

July 16, At Masonic Temple
Andy Ruiz V Josh Gormley

An intriguing heavyweight showdown will go down on Saturday, July 16, as WBO #5-, IBF #5-, and WBC #7-rated and current NABF heavyweight champion Andy "The Destroyer from Mexicali" Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) has agreed to face comebacking KO artist Joshua "Josh Dempsey" Gormley (22-4, 21 KOs) in his next ring appearance.

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

26-year-old Ruiz, from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, will face the determined and upset-minded 41-year-old Gormley, from Torrance in a non-title fight in the 10-round main event of Salita Promotions' next "Detroit Brawl" installment at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

Ruiz has made four successful defenses of his NABF Championship. Before that, he held the WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Championship and made an additional three successful defenses before relinquishing. In his last in-ring appearance, he stopped former world title challenger Ray Austin in the fourth round on May 14 in Studio City, California.

Gormley, who bills himself as a distant relative of former champ Jack Dempsey, reportedly trains with Dino Spencer and Luis "Chiro" Perez at the 5th St. Gym in Miami, Florida. He is on a three-fight KO streak since coming back from a 16-year layoff in late 2015. Despite having had no amateur boxing career, Dempsey fought his way to up-and-comer status in the late 90s and was a fan favorite. He also worked with former champion Lennox Lewis as a sparring partner. Gormley is a former California State Wrestling Champion and MMA fighter and the older brother of UFC fighter Chase Gormley.

Giving the "Detroit Brawl" crowd its usual international flavor will be welterweights Giorgi Gelashvili (4-0, 2 KOs) Brooklyn via Georgia and Serdar Hadurbadyev (2-0, 2 KOs) of Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan in separate six-round bouts.

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

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

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Bryant Perrella!

To Throw Out First Pitch July 9
Bryant Perrella

Rising star Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Fort Myers Miracle’s 6:05 pm showdown against the Dunedin Blue Jays Saturday, July 9 at Hammond Stadium.

Living and fighting out of Fort Myers, FL, Perrella burst onto the national scene by scoring a second round stoppage of previously unbeaten David Grayton June 4 on ESPN. Perrella, 14-0 (13 KO’s), followed his victory with a memorable post fight interview where he emphatically stated he’s ready to fight the best in the welterweight division.

Outside of the ring Perrella is literally a good fella, living a clean lifestyle while giving back to the community by participating in different charitable causes.

“I’m excited to be able to come out and support a great local organization,” said Perrella. “I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to meet and greet the fans too."

A Minnesota Twins affiliate, the Miracle are excited about having Perrella and recognize him as a local rising star.

“It’s nice to honor one of the community’s up and comers,” Miracle GM Andrew Seymour said of Perrella.

After throwing the ceremonial first pitch, Perrella will be available to take photos, sign autographs and chat with those in attendance.

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PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS!

HEATS UP JULY WITH A JAM PACKED MONTH LONG SCHEDULE

Already off to a red hot start, boxing fans should mark their calendars for a blockbuster Premier Boxing Champions Series (PBC) schedule in July, which features a jam-packed array of fights that will include prospects, contenders and championship matches that run the gamut from heavyweight to featherweight.

"The month of July is typically a slow time for boxing, but not this July. There will be eight PBC series shows that offer some of the most exciting boxers in the sport today,'' said Tim Smith, Vice President of Communications for Haymon Boxing.

The heavyweight championship of the world will be up for grabs on primetime network TV when undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) defends his belt in his home state as he battles California's own, Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) in the main event on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), July 16 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama. The co-main event of the evening pits undefeated rising star Sammy Vasquez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs) against former Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs) in an exciting welterweight showdown. Immediately following the FOX broadcast, the action continues on FS1 and FOX Deportes (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)live from Birmingham and will feature another great welterweight clash as undefeated Jamal James (19-0-0, 9 KO's) takes on the always dangerous, Wale Omotoso (26-2-0, 21 KO's).

PBC on Spike returns with an explosive main event when light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) defends his title against Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) on Friday, July 29 from Centre Videotron in Quebec City. The co-main event will see former world champion "Bad" Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) battle top contender Eleider Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) in an exciting light heavyweight matchup that could produce the next opponent for the winner of the main event.

The month of great boxing comes to grand crescendo on July 30 as the featherweight championship of the world and two undefeated records go on the line when three-division world champion Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) defends his title against Irish star Carl "The Jackal" Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on SHOWTIME® live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will also feature the return of former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) in a matchup against former world champion Elio Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) and once-beaten super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) and Sergey Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) squaring-off in a world title eliminator. Earlier in the evening, SHOWTIME EXTREME®(7 p.m. ET/PT)will feature a pair of fights live from Barclays Center headlined by former world champion Paulie Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) battling Gabriel Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) in an all-Brooklyn showdown. Also returning to action is exciting brawler Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) squaring off in a lightweight bout against Philadelphia's own Tevin Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KOs).

The month will feature four PBC on ESPN shows that will showcase compelling contests between current contenders and future world champions.

ESPN action kicked off the Fourth of July weekend as previously unbeaten lightweight contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel "Semper Fi" Herring was stopped in the final round by former title challenger Denis Shafikov in the 10-round main event on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Saturday, July 2 from Santander Arena in Reading, Pa. Also on the card, undefeated Polish prospect Patryk Szymanski won a unanimous decision over former title challenger "Silky" Wilky Campfort in a 10-round lightweight bout in the co-feature.

On Saturday July 9, undefeated rising super featherweight contender Mario Barrios (15-0, 8 KOs) will take on former title challenger Devis Boschiero (39-4-1, 21 KOs) in a 130-pound title eliminator that serves as the 12-round main event on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey.

Then, on Friday, July 15 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, unbeaten super lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets (9-0, 7 KOs) will battle hard-hitting Walter Castillo (26-3-1, 19 KOs) in the main event on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The co-feature has 2012 Olympic Silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar (5-0, 5 KOs) facing veteran featherweight contender Rafael "Dynamite" Vazquez (16-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round fight.

Thursday, July 21 will see a special Thursday night edition of the PBC on ESPN and ESPN Deportes when Sergiy "The Technician" Derevyanchenko (8-0, 6 KOs) takes on Sam "King" Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs)in a middleweight world title eliminator. Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with another Ukranian fighter, Ievgen Khytrov (13-0, 11 KOs), facing California's Paul Mendez (19-2-2, 9 KOs).

The TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS series on FS1 and FOX Deportes continues with undefeated Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KO's) battling exciting contender Levan Ghvamichava (16-2-1, 12 KOs) on Tuesday, July 12 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California. Additional action features unbeaten prospect Malcolm McAllister (7-0, 7 KOs) facing Brazil's Gilberto Pereira (7-2, 4 KOs) in super middleweight action.

Below please find the entire schedule for the month of July:

Saturday, July 2 - Denis Shafikov defeated Jamel Harring by 10th round stoppage; Patryk Szymanski defeated Wilky Campfort by unanimous decision from Reading, Pennsylvania on ESPN & ESPN Deportes.

Saturday, July 9 - Mario Barrios vs. Devis Boschiero from Trenton, New Jersey on ESPN & ESPN Deportes (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Tuesday, July 12 - Domonique Dolton vs. Levan Ghvamichava; Malcolm McAllister vs. Gilberto Pereira from Nice, California On FS1 & FOX Deportes (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT).

Friday, July 15 - Sergey Lipinets vs. Walter Castillo; Tugstsogt Nyambayar vs Rafael Vazquez from Tunica, Mississippi on ESPN & ESPN Deportes (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Saturday, July 16 - Deontay Wilder vs. Chris Arreola (Heavyweight World Championship) and Sammy Vasquez vs. Felix Diaz from Birmingham, Alabama on FOX & FOX Deportes (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). Later that evening FS1 & FOX Deportes will feature Jamal James taking on Wale Omotoso.

Thursday, July 21 - Sergey Derevyanchenko vs. Sam Soliman; Ievgen Khytrov vs. Paul Mendez from Mashantucket, Connecticut on ESPN & ESPN Deportes (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

Friday, July 29 - Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams Jr. (Light Heavyweight World Championship); Chad Dawson vs. Eleider Alvarez from Quebec City, Canada on Spike (9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT).

Saturday, July 30 - Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton (Featherweight World Championship); Mikey Garcia vs. Elio Rojas & Tony Harrison vs. Sergey Rabchenko from Brooklyn on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT). Earlier that evening, Paulie Malignaggi vs. Gabriel Bracero; Ivan Redkach vs. Tevin Farmer will be featured on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT) from Brooklyn.

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Falowo V Chatman!

More Fireworks Expected In Rematch
Falowo V Chatman

Moments after Chris Chatman beat Thomas Falowo at Twin River Casino in 2013, Chatman promised the then 24-year-old Falowo he'd give him a second chance at beating him in his own backyard.

"'Anytime you want it, Thomas, you can get it,'" Chatman said. "'If you want a rematch, I'm here.'"

True to his word, the outspoken Chatman (13-5-1, 5 KOs) returns for an encore performance Friday, July 15th, 2016 in a highly anticipated rematch against the Pawtucket, R.I., native Falowo (14-3, 8 KOs), eight rounds at Twin River for Falowo's New England Middleweight Title on the undercard of the Angel Camacho Jr.-Kevin Cobbs light heavyweight championship bout, presented by CES Boxing.

Nearly three years to the date of his hard-fought win over Falowo, the Jersey City, N.J., vet fights in Rhode Island for the seventh time and is confident as ever coming off a win against another hometown favorite, Vladine Biosse, in July of 2015.

"I'm a very competitive guy," Chatman said. "I don't even like people walking past me on the sidewalk. I speed up. I'm very competitive. I'm going to come in here the same way I did last time. I beat Thomas before, and I'm going to beat him again."

Both sides remember the first fight well. Falowo scored a controversial knockdown early in the fourth round. Chatman thought he slipped, but referee Eddie Claudio began counting as he hit the canvas.

"He tied it up with that knockdown," Chatman said, "even though he stepped on my foot."

Seconds later, Chatman answered with an overhand right to the temple that sent Falowo to the canvas and left him noticeably off balance as he climbed to his feet. The shift in momentum carried Chatman through the middle rounds before a late surge by Falowo closed the gap. Chatman won unanimously, 77-75 on all three scorecards.

"That was a turning point," Chatman said. "The momentum was back in my corner and I knew I could hurt him. That's a big thing when you realize you can hurt another fighter."

Falowo rebounded in 2014 with back-to-back wins at Twin River before making his network television debut on Showtime against Romanian super middleweight Ronald Gavril in August.

A year later, he developed another rival in previously unbeaten Maine native Russell Lamour, whom he defeated twice, including a second victory in November at the Expo Center in Portland for the then vacant N.E. title.

Next Friday will be his first fight at Twin River since June of 2014 when he knocked out Jose Rivera in the opening round of a scheduled six-round middleweight bout.

"The only advantage I have is that I feel like I've progressed and I'm a much better fighter than I was the last time I fought him," Falowo said. "Before, I was kid, but I'm a much different man now, so it's going to be a whole different story.

"I'm a little more composed and I have my legs under me better than I did before. I'm just mentally stronger. I've been in tough fights. Even then, I was in tough fights, but I'm mentally stronger and more aware of where I'm at. Overall, I just feel I'm a better fighter than I was then."

After beating Falowo, Chatman nearly pitched a shutout against former The Contender star Grady Brewer before moving up to super middleweight to challenge Camacho and Biosse at Twin River. He lost to Camacho, a fight he agreed to take on two week's notice when he was out of work and behind on rent, before outworking Biosse last July in a unanimous decision win.

The fight against Brewer was his first with his current trainer Tony Baldwin, but not much else has changed for Chatman. He still carries the same unwavering intensity and trademark glare he introduced in 2009 when he fought Demetrius Andrade, as evident by the animosity he held toward Biosse before the fight last year.

Notwithstanding his occasional animated speeches at pre-fight weigh-ins, Chatman has actually toned it down in recent years, a sign of maturity under his new coach.

"A lot of times I'd get there and say, 'Fuck this shit, I'm gonna win,' and now with my new coach, it's taken me like a year or two to settle into his style, but I'm pretty sure the last you fight you saw with me and Vladine I was way more precise," Chatman said. "I was fast when I needed to and more calculated.

"I had animosity toward Vla, but I didn't let that show in the fight. I was very poised and stayed calm the whole time. I didn't let that lead me to a point where I was out of control, but I brought the right intensity you need to bring, the intensity to win, not like, 'I don't like this dude,' but the intensity to win.

"I'm more confident now because I consider myself a more patient fighter. I'm a little less reckless. It's more about doing what I need to do to win and not just about anteing up punches and tying people down. That's something I'm bringing to this fight."

Falowo insists he, too, is a smarter, more poised fighter now than he was three years ago, plus he'll have the benefit of the hometown crowd at Twin River, an advantage he hasn't experienced in more than two years.

What happens when the bell rings is anyone's guess, but if the Falowo-Chatman rematch is anything like the first fight, it has the potential to once again steal the show next Friday.

"I've been getting a lot of support and a lot of love from people who have been waiting to see me fight around here for a while," Falowo said. "Everyone always gets to see me on social media and stay updated, but there's nothing like a night out at the fights. I'm looking forward to coming home and having my crowd support me instead of going into hostile territory against other guys.

"It's just a different feel. It's a good feeling to be back home and have that hometown support. Once I'm in the ring, I do what I have to do to win, but I always have that extra oomph, that extra drive with the crowd cheering me on. It always drives me a little more."

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

Camacho (15-0, 5 KOs), the undefeated Providence native, puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and New England Light Heavyweight Titles on the line in the 10-round main event against the Willimantic, Conn., vet Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs). The third title fight of the night takes place in the super lightweight division as Nick DeLomba (9-1, 2 KOs) makes the first defense of his New England Title in a six-round bout against Oscar Bonilla (3-1-2) of Bridgeport, Conn.

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

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

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Thomas Hansvoll!

Abraham Has Lost His Hunger

Thomas Hansvoll expects Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) to upset the odds and score a career-defining win over former two-weight World Champion Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

The Norwegian duo have been hard at work preparing for the WBO International title fight, and although Lihaug enters the bout as an underdog, Hansvoll is confident the 23 year-old has what it takes to beat an ageing Abraham, who he believes has ‘lost his hunger’.

‘’Abraham is a legend in the sport, but I think he has lost his hunger,’’ says Hansvoll. ‘’I’ve watched all his fights so I know a lot about him, and I’ve been a boxer too so I can tell when a fighter is a little tired of the whole thing, and I think that is the case with Abraham. He has been there and done that, and he’s not so interested anymore.

‘’I don’t want to say anything bad about him because I respect him as a fighter, and he was a hero of mine, even when I was fighting, but when you get older and you’ve made a lot of money, it can be hard to find the motivation. You can see that in his last two fights against Gilberto Ramirez and Martin Murray. He doesn’t have the same hunger anymore, and it’s sad to see.

‘’Tim, on the other hand, is a young up and coming fighter, and I believe the time is right for him. He knows this is his big chance and he knows he has nothing to lose. All the pressure will be on Abraham, as people don’t expect so much from Tim, but we know what he is capable of and we’re very confident he can win.’’

Hansvoll, a thirty-two-fight veteran and former World title challenger, says he intends to draw on his own experience inside the squared circle to guide his fighter to victory.

‘’I started boxing when I was ten years old, and I was fortunate to have a good amateur career and a good professional career,’’ he explains. ‘’I went to Paris to challenge Bruno Girad for the WBA World title in 2002, and I was the underdog when I beat Ole Klemetsen in 2001. I’ve been in similar situations to Tim, and I will use all this experience to help him.’’

The WBO International Championship fight between Tim-Robin Lihaug and Arthur Abraham will provide chief support for Tyron Zeuge’s WBA World Super Middleweight title challenge against Giovanni De Carolis. Tickets are available online via www.eventim.de and www.tickethall.de or by calling +49 (0)1806-570044.

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GORMAN V HOWE!

RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 24

NATHAN GORMAN’s clash with Sheffield giant Dave Howe has been added to Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing’s Danger Zone card on Sunday July 24.

The match-up was originally set to take place on the big Tyson Fury v Wladimir Klitschko bill in Manchester, but an injury sustained by Fury led to the show being postponed until the autumn.

It’s a huge step-up in class for the highly-rated Gorman, 20, as Howe has engaged in 13 professional contests and won 11.

However, trainer and four-time world champion Ricky Hatton feels it is exactly the sort of test his young protégé needs at this stage of his career.

“It was a shame that Tyson got injured and the Manchester Arena bill was called off, but at least Nathan has still got his best test to date,” Hatton said.

“Of course, fighting in such a huge arena and on BoxNation would have been great for Nathan’s career, but this kid is going all the way and they’ll be plenty more big nights for him in the future.

“This is a cracking little card for the fight as well and I’m proud of what my team has put together. We’ve got one of my other lads, Anthony Upton, fighting for the English title against Luke Paddock and it’s a good stage for Nathan to show people what he can do.

“Dave Howe is about 6ft 8ins and has a good record so he’ll be coming to give Nathan all he’s got. It’s a test I expect Nathan to pass with flying colours, although he won’t have it all his own way.”

Gorman v Howe features on a bill that is topped by Bloxwich’s Luke Paddock taking on Essex’s Anthony Upton, trained by Ricky Hatton, for the vacant English super-lightweight title.

Fellow Ricky Hatton trained fighters Sam Evans, Reuben Arrowsmith and Sonny Upton also feature alongside Birmingham’s English super-bantamweight champion Sean Davis and Derby’s Sahib Singh Mann, who is set to make his debut.

Swadlincote super-middleweight Zach Parker and Burton featherweight Leon Gower complete the card.

The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504 065. The show takes place on Sunday afternoon with doors opening at 12.30pm.

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Denis Shafikov!

Scores TKO Victory Over Jamel Herring
Denis Shafikov

Former title challenger Denis Shafikov (37-2-1, 20 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten 2012 United States Olympian Jamel Herring (15-1, 8 KOs) via stoppage in the final round of a 10-round lightweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Santander Arena in Reading, Pa.

The action heated up in round two as Shafikov landed a leaping right hook that drove Herring onto the ropes for a ruled knockdown. Shafikov of Miass, Russia continued to land hard power shots in round three as he cracked several straight left hands to Herring's head.

Round five proved to be one of Shafikov's best, as he hurt Herring with an overhand left that set off a flurry of power punches on the ropes. Herring, who fights out of Cincinnati, showed an immense amount of heart as he emerged from the attack with blood coming from his mouth, but a determination to prevail. By round seven, Herring was cut around his right eye, but he continued to battle on the inside, trading with Shafikov.

In round nine, Shafikov pummeled Herring with hard power shots, and the fight looked to be seconds from being stopped, but referee Gary Rosato let the action go on. Later in the round, Shafikov landed a vicious left hand that had Herring out on his feet, but he was able to make it to the end of the round.

Shafikov landed one more crushing overhand left that had Herring's corner on the ring apron and the fight was halted at 36 seconds of the final round.

"He was a tough opponent," said Shafikov. "I kept hurting him, but he kept coming back. After I knocked him down, I felt that I was in control of the fight, but my corner wanted the stoppage as they did not think that I could get a decision here. I was very comfortable in the ring and now I feel that I deserve another title shot. This time I will not let that slip away."

Said Herring, "I fought his fight and could not make the adjustments. I got caught pulling out with my hands down," continued Herring. "I was surprised by his punch rate. Every time that I felt that I was slowing him down, he was just come fight back."

"I did not want the fight to be stopped, but my corner did the best thing for me. Losing is part of the game and all the greats have taken losses. I will be back."

Televised coverage kicked off with unbeaten Patryk Szymanski (16-0, 9 KOs) winning a 10-round unanimous decision over "Silky" Wilky Campfort (21-3, 12 KOs) in a super welterweight bout.

Szymanski boxed well early by using his height and reach to score with combinations in round two.

Campfort began to score in round three as he started to mix up shots to the body and landed a solid over hand right to the head. One of those right hands caused Szymanski's nose to bleed.

Szymanski hurt Campfort early in round four when he landed a hard right hand that buckled the native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Campfort came back at the end of the round landing a flush right to the face.

In round five, Campfort continued to find a home for his straight hand as he landed five hard ones during the frame.

Szymanski and Campfort took turns landing hard power shots in round six, much to the delight of the crowd gathered at Santander Arena.

Szymanski boxed well in rounds seven, eight and nine, as he was able to land some nice punches and get out of the way of any offense Campfort attempted to mount.

In the final round, Szymanski momentarily hurt Campfort with a right hand, but that momentum was stopped when he hit Campfort on the break which caused a break in the action.

Szymanski of Konin, Poland won by scores of 99-91 twice and 98-92.

"He was an experienced guy and put pressure on," said Szymanski. "He was a tough test but I came through and I did well. He landed some good shots, but he never hurt me."

Said Campfort, "It was a good fight, but he didn't come to fight. He came to run and hold, and the referee was not on my side. I have no excuses. He won the fight."

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ZAC DUNN!

SCORES FIFTH ROUND TKO OVER JEREZ
ZAC DUNN

Star Boxing's undefeated Super Middleweight Zac Dunn (22-0 18KO Melbourne, AU), made another huge statement, outclassing durable veteran Carlos Jerez (43-20-3) en route to a fifth round TKO at The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, AU. Crocodile Dunn controlled the pace throughout the contest, until Jerez' corner had seen enough at the conclusion of the fifth round today in Australia.

Dunn fired away with vicious body shots and combinations to the head and body round after round. Jerez, who went the distance with Saul (Canelo) Alvarez, Lucas Matthysse and John Jackson, was absorbing tremendous punishment and firing back. Dunn's assault continued, his left hook was noticeably landing and slowing his opponent down. By the fifth round, the writing was on the wall.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Dunn's performance "Impressive! Dunn barreled through a tough competitor like Jerez who has been the distance with some of the best. It says something that he couldn't stay in there with Dynamo Dunn. He's a dominant force and it's time for us to start looking for the big names in the division. He's ready to take on anyone at 168"

Dunn is currently rated in all 4 sanctioning bodies, #9 IBF and WBO, #8 WBC, and #14 WBA and last year won the IBO World Title.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Premier Boxing Champions On ESPN
Premier Boxing Champions

Jamel HERRING 134.5 lbs V Denis SHAFIKOV 134.5 lbs

Patrysk SZYMANSKI 153.5 lbs V Wilky CAMPFORT 153.5 lbs

Stephen FULTON 122 lbs V Christian RENTERIA 119 lbs

Erik SPRING 151 lbs V James ROBINSON 154 lbs

Kermit CINTRON 152 lbs V Carlos GARCIA 154.5 lbs

Frank DEALBA 130.5 lbs V Jonathan PEREZ 131 lbs

Christian CARTO 117.5 lbs V Rahkeam PARKER 117 lbs

Miguel MARTINEZ 156 lbs V Antonio ALLEN 154.5 lbs

Kashon HUTCHINSON 139 lbs V Robert RAMOS1 37.5 lbs

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Domonique Dolton V Levan Ghvamichava!

Premier Boxing Champions On FS1
Domonique Dolton V Levan Ghvamichava

Undefeated Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs) battles Georgia's Levan Ghvamichava (16-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 10-round super welterweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, July 12 from Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California.

Ghvamichava was originally scheduled to take on Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz, who is now facing undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. in PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes action Saturday, July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Televised coverage on July 12 begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and features undefeated prospect Malcolm McAllister (7-0, 7 KOs) battling Brazil's Gilberto Pereira (7-2, 4 KOs) in eight-rounds of super middleweight action while undefeated prospects Thomas Hill (6-0, 1 KO) and Marcos Hernandez (7-0, 2 KOs) compete in an eight-round super welterweight fight.

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

A highly regarded fighter out of the late Emanuel Steward's Kronk Gym, the Detroit-native Dolton battled to a draw in an exciting matchup against Oscar Molina on FS1 and FOX Deportes last September. The 26-year-old took home victories over Victor Fonseca and Juan Carlos Rojas in 2015 and owns wins over Donatas Bondorovas, Richard Gutierrez and Jonathan Batista in his eight-year career.

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

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Sammy Vasquez Jr V Felix Diaz!

Premier Boxing Champions On FOX
Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated welterweight rising star Sammy "The Sergeant" Vasquez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs)is set to battle former Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs)in the 10-round co-main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Diaz replaces former world champion Luis Collazo, who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a torn calf muscle.

"Sammy Vasquez Jr., a U.S. Army veteran and undefeated contender, against once-beaten former Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz is an excellent matchup between two rising stars in the welterweight division," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Following last week's tremendous battle between Thurman and Porter, I am excited that PBC on FOX is showcasing the welterweight division once again on network television."

PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes is headlined by heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder defending his title against two-time title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola with televised coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Following the conclusion of Wilder vs. Arreola, there will be two more hours of PBC fights on FS1 and FOX Deportes, starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

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

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

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

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PBC On ESPN!

Workout Quotes
PBC On ESPN

CAMERON HAMMOND has packed his bags and relocated to Brisbane in order to chase his dream of becoming a great of Australian boxing.

Four fighters set for pivotal showdowns this Saturday, July 2 held an open media workout Thursday as they prepare for their Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes battles live from Santander Arena in Reading, PA.

Unbeaten lightweight contender Jamel "Semper Fi" Herring will take on former title challenger Denis Shafikov in the main event of the evening. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten Polish prospect Patryk Szymanski taking on former title challenger "Silky" Wilky Campfort.

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

Here is what the fighters had to say:

JAMEL HERRING

"Camp was great. I started in Cincinnati and finished in D.C. with Barry Hunter, Patrice Harris and of course Mike Stafford. During my time in D.C., I sparred with Lamont Peterson, who turned southpaw for me.

"I have a great deal of respect for Shafikov. Tough guy, experienced but he had his chance and it's my time now. This is my toughest fight on paper but I feel good. It's my time to earn my respect.

"It's a huge honor and blessing to headline on ESPN on 4th of July weekend. I want to put on a good show,

"Its extra special to honor on this weekend, being that I was a marine and to headline and I want to put on a patriotic and great performance.

"I believe a win will open the doors for a world title. In my mind, I am taking this fight as a world title fight. That is how important this fight is and before the end of the year, I hope to get a crack at a world title."

DENIS SHAFIKOV

"Everything went well in camp. We had a four-month camp. We were supposed to fight a couple of months ago but when that fight was cancelled, Denis relaxed for a minute and then this opportunity came up.

"Herring has a great record and he represented the U.S. in the Olympics. He is still young and I feel that my experience will be the determining factor.

"I accepted this fight because a win gets us in line for big opportunities, including another shot at a world championship."

PATRYK SZYMANSKI

"I'm excited about the opportunity to take on an experienced opponent. I think it will be a good test for me and a chance to show off my skills.

"I've worked very hard so that I can leave an impression with my performance. These are the kind of fights that I have to win and win in style if I want to reach my goals in this sport."

WILKY CAMPFORT

"Training camp went very well. I don't know too much about my opponent but I did see him fight once in Tampa. Come Saturday night, I will see what he has.

"It means a lot to fight on ESPN. The first fight that I saw that involved a fellow Haitian was Daniel Edouard on ESPN and it gave me a lot of motivation to pursue my career.

"I am not only fighting for myself, but all of the people in Haiti and Florida that have been supporting me.

"A win will put me right back into where I was when I had my long winning streak. A win will put me back in the mix at 154-pounds."

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CAMERON HAMMOND!

HAS FIRE IN HIS BELLY AND HE'S READY FOR NEW DELHI

CAMERON HAMMOND has packed his bags and relocated to Brisbane in order to chase his dream of becoming a great of Australian boxing.

The unbeaten Olympian has been out of action since he unanimously outpointed Indonesia’s Sahlan Coral last November and is keen to get back to his best.

He is currently training full-time alongside fellow professionals Kerry Hope, Liam Hutchinson and fast rising James MacDonald and is firing on all cylinders as he prepares to appear on the undercard of Hope’s clash with Indian superstar Vijender Singh in New Delhi on July 16.

"This next fight in India is exciting....to fight on such a big occasion and on my stablemate’s undercard is exactly what I need as I haven’t fought since late last year". Cameron said.

"I’m 15-0 now and I can’t wait for the next phase ahead and I’ll be ready for whatever my promoter Ricky Hatton has planned for me.

"Since moving to Brisbane I’ve got good people around me who can help guide me and with Hatton Promotions, I know they can take me as far as possible in my career".

Trainer Gareth Williams added: “Cam's a good kid and I think he has some great attributes as a fighter, there’s no faster Jab or straight right hand then his in the game...it’s good to have him back and living the life of a fighter so we can now see his true potential.”

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Laurén V Svensson!

WBC Interim World Title

The interim WBC Female World Welterweight title will be on the line for Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) and Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) when they square-off in their hotly anticipated domestic showdown on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The belt will give extra significance to an already huge fight for the Swedish rivals, which has also been confirmed as a final eliminator to face Norwegian boxing queen Cecilia Brækhus for her unified welterweight titles.

‘’This is a great opportunity for both fighters to get their hands on the WBC’s prestigious interim World title. It will also solidify their position as the mandatory challenger for Cecilia Brækhus’ World titles,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland.

‘’This fight has already attracted a huge amount of attention from the Swedish public, and we expect the interest to continue to grow as fight night approaches. Tickets are selling fast and we look forward to welcoming a capacity crowd to the Hovet to witness this historic event.’’

The female fighters came face-to-face for the first time since the fight’s announcement earlier this week at a tense press conference in Stockholm. Laurén likened her rival to a mosquito and vowed to knock her out, while Svensson promised to silence Laurén with her superior boxing skills.

Tickets for their blockbuster clash on September 10 at the Hovet are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com or by calling 0771-31 00 00.

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

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BROADWAY BOXING RESULTS!

FROM FOXWOODS
BROADWAY BOXING

The main event between undefeated New Haven super bantamweight Luis "KO King" Rosa, Jr. and former world title challenger Luis "Barcelo" Hinojosa ended in a "no contest" after one round last night in the latest installment of Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment, at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Rosa (22-0, 10 KOs), rated No. 10 by the IBF and No. 12 by the WBC, was terribly disappointed by the stoppage decision, which was the result of a serious cut over Dominican Hinojosa's right eye, ruled from an unintentional head butt.

In the opening round, Rosa dominated with powerful body punches, and it appeared to be only a matter of time before Hinojosa (28-9, 17 KOs) went to sleep.

"I felt that I dominated the fight and it was going to end sooner or later," Rosa noted in his post-fight interview. "I hit him with a right hand (causing the cut) and I don't agree with the decision (that it was from a head butt). He quit! I want to fight the best, whoever my promoter (Lou DiBella) chooses to put me in with next."

UBF super featherweight champion Jennifer "The Bolivian Queen" Salinas (19-3, 5 KOs), stopped Angel "Non-Stop" Gladney (9-12-1, 6 KOs) in the fourth round of their non-title fight. Salinas, who now fights out of Providence, defeated Gladney for the third time in three fights. She broke-down her opponent with her aggressive attack and Gladney finally wilted as referee Callas ended things in the fourth.

"She hurt me with two or three punches, Angel has got pop," Salinas commented. "I've only been hit like that by Shelly (Salinas' life partner 17-0 super bantamweight Shelly Vincent. I'm surprised and grateful for all this support (Salinas has lived in Providence for only one year). It's been a huge life change and I'm very happy where I'm at."

When asked if she and Vincent would ever fight each other, both fighters agreed, possibly with the proceeds going to charity. "We could have a great fight because styles make fights," Salinas added. "She can move down and I can move up. We have the same trainer (Peter Manfredo, Sr.), though, but I'd fight her.

Teenage sensation "Marvelous" Mykey Williams (2-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of nearby East Hartford, showcased his vast skills on his way to a third-round stoppage of Puerto Rican junior middleweight Abdel Vera-Clemente (0-4). The 18-year-old Williams, a decorated amateur who won as 3-time Ringside World Champion, displayed quick hands and poise in the ring well beyond his years. He consistently ripped crisp combinations to Vera-Clemente's body and head, hurting him with a right in the second. The onslaught continued as referee Johnny Callas stepped in to stop the action in the third round.

"This was a good experience," Williams said after the fight. "I enjoyed showcasing my skills and look forward to doing it again. I'm confident in my skills and did all of the hard work in the gym. I think I put on a good show for the fans."

Worcester, MA super lightweight Irvin Gonzalez (1-0, 1 KO) made the most of his brief pro debut, dropping Gilvan Santos (0-3) with a sharp left on the chin only a minute into the opening round. Santos beat the count but damage had already been done and referee Eddie Claudio wisely waved off the fight.

New Haven light heavyweight Charles Foster (11-0, 6 KOs) remained unbeaten, pounding outclassed opponent Willie "For Real" Williams (14-12-2, 4 KOs) from the opening until referee Claudio halted the fight midway through the opening round.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels!

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

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

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

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

Auction #1 Details

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

Auction #2 Details

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

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Deontay Wilder & Chris Arreola!

Enlist VADA Program
Deontay Wilder & Chris Arreola

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

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

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

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

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Lee Baxter Promotions!

Teams Up With VonBets
Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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