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May, 2016

BROADWAY BOXING!

COMPLETE CARD ANNOUNCED

As previously announced, on Friday, June 3, Broadway Boxing returns to the beautiful Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens, NY, featuring former world champions Richar Abril (19-3-1, 8KO's) and Yuri Foreman (33-2, 9KO's) headlining in separate bouts. The exciting 10-bout card is presented by DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing and sponsored by Nissan of Queens. Abril is set to take on the always-tough, former world title challenger and now resurgent contender Jerry Belmontes (21-8, 6KO's) in a 10-round super lightweight showdown, while Foreman squares off against Jason Davis in an eight-round junior middleweight matchup.

Anytime undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee (16-0, 10KO's) steps in the ring, he does so behind an army of adoring fans. The Notre Dame graduate Lee is set to make his second appearance in 2016 when he takes on Mike Snider in an eight-round light heavyweight matchup.

The Chicago-native Lee graduated from the esteemed University in 2009, but not before claiming three Bengal Bout championships while fighting on the University's boxing team. Following his graduation, Lee won the 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves before embarking on his professional career in 2010. Since his debut, Notre Dame Alumni from across the U.S. have come out in droves to show support for their favorite son. In September 2011, Lee became a national spokesman for Subway Restaurants and continues to be prominently featured in their nationally broadcast "Famous Fan" advertising campaigns. In 2011, Lee headlined the first-ever pro boxing event at the University of Notre Dame, donating more than $100,000 to Notre Dame Charities through The Mike Lee Foundation.

Returning to action for the first time since his sensational knockout performance on ShoBox is undefeated prospect Steve Rolls (13-0, 7KO's) as he squares off against Emmanuel Sanchez (7-4, 1KO) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup. Making his ShoBox and national TV debut in December, the Canadian Rolls scored a scintillating, come-from-behind fourth-round knockout over fellow undefeated prospect and UK National champion Steed Woodall.

Also making his 2016 debut on the card will be hard-hitting Queens-native Joseph Williams (8-0 6KO's) as he takes on Lamar Harris in a six-round cruiserweight matchup. A 2011 US Olympic Team Trials silver medalist, Williams won the 2012 National Golden Gloves heavyweight title and was three-time NY Golden Gloves champion before turning pro. Williams was a perfect 5-0 in 2015 with three of those wins coming by way of devastating knockout and will be looking to improve to 9-0 when he takes on Harris.

Female world-rated contender Alicia Napoleon (5-0, 4KO's) will look to continue on her path of destruction through the world rankings when she takes on Latasha Burton in an eight-round junior middleweight matchup. A devastating puncher, Napoleon claimed the vacant WBC silver junior middleweight title in her last bout and is determined to secure a shot at a world title sometime this year.

Making his NYC debut will be former amateur standout and two-time National Golden Gloves champion Marquis Moore (1-0, 1KO). Campaigning at middleweight, Moore, a member of the U.S. Army, who was honorably discharged after serving three years for our country, had an outstanding amateur career, compiling a 140-15 record. Moore also claimed the National PAL championship in 2015 and boxed at the U.S. Olympic trials. Moore's fight on June 3 is scheduled for four rounds.

Popular Brooklyn-native prospect Julian Sosa (4-0-1, 2KO's) is also set to see action on the card when he competes in a six-round welterweight contest.

Also appearing on the card will be Bronx-native and 2014 NY Golden Gloves heavyweight champion George Arias (5-0, 3KO's) in a six-round bout.

Rounding out the card will be Staten Island's James Wilkins as he makes his much-anticipated pro debut when he takes on Erick Lainez in a four-round junior lightweight matchup.

Tickets are priced at $125 ringside, $75 reserved seating and $50 general admission. Tickets may be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the fight. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Nick Casal!

To Make First Ring Appearance In Nearly Five Years
GCP

A familiar name, especially to the local boxing fans, will make his first ring appearance in just under five years this Friday night in his own hometown of Niagara Falls, New York.

Former red-hot prospect Nick "Hands of Gold" Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) says he's expecting some rust, but should have enough to overcome when he takes on 37-fight veteran Antonio Chaves Fernandez of Brockton, Massachusetts, in one of the untelevised supporting bouts at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. The fight will be Casal's first at home as a professional.

In the night's 10-round main event, WBO #11-, WBA #12- and IBF #15-rated heavyweight boxer Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs), defends his WBA NABA Heavyweight title against Topeka, Kansas, slugger Nick Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs). And in the 10-round lightweight semi-final, red-hot Filipino prospect Harmonito "El Huracan de Gensan" Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) will make his debut on US soil against capable veteran Guillermo Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) of Buffalo.

Presented by Greg Cohen Promotions, Salita Promotions, FightCard Productions and Winner Take All Productions, "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network" will be broadcast live nationally at 9 pm EST.

Tickets for "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network" start at $35 and are available at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino box office, www.ticketmaster.com or you can charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

30-year-old Casal was headed for big things in boxing before suffering a loss of focus and all four of his losses in a two-year stretch from 2007 to 2009. Since then, inactivity has been the name of his game.

So where was he and why wasn't he fighting?

"I never really left," said Casal during a break in one of his final training sessions. "I've been working full-time for the last three years, but I was ready to go and trying to get a fight the whole time. I had a number of them fall through. I had one fight fall through at the weigh-in when a guy failed his physical. That was heartbreaking. But now, I finally have a team in place that can keep them from falling through and I'm glad to be finally getting back in the ring."

Casal says he's basically the same talented fighter he always was... with a few improvements.

"Physically, I feel exactly the same as I did five years ago. Mentally, I would say I'm a little stronger and a lot more patient than I was when I was younger. I set my shots up a lot better. I don't think the ring rust will be as bad as it is for other guys who take a lot of time off. I've been in the gym training fighters and working out the whole time. I expect to have a little bit of rust, but not as much as someone who was completely out for years. I picture it going very well if I stick to my game plan and stay very focused."

Working with father Ray at their Casal's Boxing Club Gym in Niagara Falls since February, Casal says he will now compete in the welterweight division and expects to take an aggressive approach to getting back on track.

"I want to win a few regional titles and then earn a world title shot. Around this time next year, I'd like to be in some important fights."

Casal says he owes his apparent resurgence to promoter Greg Cohen, with whom he signed earlier this year.

"He's a great promoter and does shows in my hometown. I've never fought here as a professional. I fought in Buffalo a few times in 2011, but never fought here. That was important to me. People are calling like crazy for tickets. I'm excited to get it on. With the crowd behind me, I'll be 100% ready. I've just been waiting for the right guy to help me get to where I want to be. Looks like I found him."

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7:00 pm. The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is located at 310 4th Street in Niagara Falls, NY. For more information, call 877-873-6322 or visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com.

GCP Boxing Promotions

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CHRIS BLANEY!

BUZZING ABOUT TURNING PRO WITH THE HITMAN
CHRIS BLANEY

CHRIS BLANEY is pinching himself after being given the opportunity to kick start his professional career with boxing legend Ricky Hatton.

The ten-time Irish amateur champion, 24, has signed a promotional contract with Hatton Promotions after spending several months training with The Hitman in Manchester and will make his paid debut at the National Stadium, Dublin on June 25.

Despite boxing around the world for the Emerald Isle, Blaney admits it will be somewhat surreal to have Hatton working his corner.

“Working with Ricky is amazing,” he said. “I used to watch him on TV when I was a kid and now he’s training me. It’s a unbelievable.

“I’ve been in the gym with him for a while and I’ve been learning new things every day so I can’t wait to unleash what I’ve got on my opponent next month.

“The pros are different to the amateurs but I think they’ll suit me down to the ground. Ricky has taught me how to pace myself more and sit down on my shots and I think my fans will be pleased with what they see.”

While he does not intend on running before he can walk, Blaney admits that he’s in a hurry to add professional crowns to his long list of amateur achievements.

“Everybody who laces up the gloves dreams of being a world champion and I’m the same,” he said. “I know I’m a long way off that, but I don’t think it’ll take me too long to win the Irish title.

“That belt is my first goal as a pro. I was very proud when my stable mate Pauly Upton won the title a few weeks ago and I’m in a hurry to go on and win that green belt myself.”

The June 25 bill is entitled ‘The Future’ and has been put together by Hatton Promotions in association with FS Promotions and features some of Ireland’s best up-and-coming talents, including Ciaran Bates, Tyrone McCullagh, Stephen Carroll and the professional debut of Jay Byrne.

Also in action are popular super-middleweight Darren Cruise, former WBA intercontinental super-lightweight challenger Michael Devine, Limerick’s Alan Donnellan, and unbeaten Belfast prospect Paul Hyland Jnr.

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Jarrell Miller!

Makes Appearance At Boys & Girls Club Of Rochester
Jarrell Miller

WBO #11-, WBA #12- and IBF #15-rated heavyweight boxer Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs), who is preparing to defend his WBA NABA Heavyweight title against Topeka, Kansas, slugger Nick Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York (and live at 9 pm EST on CBS Sports Network), took some time out of his training to make an appearance at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester Wednesday afternoon.

Back in January, Miller made an appearance at the club prior to his NABA title fight vs. Donovan Dennis and promised the kids he would return after he won the title to show them his title belt. Today they not only got to see his title belt and take pictures with the fighter but they also received 20 donated tickets to Friday night's fight from Miller, so that kids from the Boys & Girls Club could attend the fight.

Miller will face Guivas in the 10-round main event of Greg Cohen Promotions, Salita Promotions, FightCard Productions and Winner Take All Production's next instalment of "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network."

In the night's 10-round lightweight co-main event, red-hot Filipino prospect Harmonito "El Huracan de Gensan" Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) will make his debut on US soil against capable veteran Guillermo Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) of Buffalo.

Tickets for "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network" start at $35 and are available at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino box office, www.ticketmaster.com or you can charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7:00 pm. The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is located at 310 4th Street in Niagara Falls, NY. For more information, call 877-873-6322 or visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com.

GCP Boxing Promotions

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RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV, JOHN MOLINA JR. & DEJAN ZLATICANIN!

WORKOUT QUOTES

Ruslan "The Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov was involved in the Fight of the Year in 2013 with Tim Bradley. John "The Gladiator" Molina Jr. was embroiled in the 2014 Fight of The Year with Lucas Matthysse.

On Saturday, June 11, Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) a former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion, and former world title challenger Molina (28-6, 23 KOs) will face each other in the 12-round main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

On Tuesday, Provodnikov, Molina and undefeated WBC No. 1-ranked lightweight contender Dejan Zlaticanin participated in a Media Workout Day at Fortune's Gym in Los Angeles.

Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs), of the Southeastern European country of Montenegro, will be opposed by fellow unbeaten and WBC No. 2-ranked Emiliano Marsili (32-0-1, 14 KOs), of Italy, for the vacant WBC Lightweight World Championship in the opening match of the SHOWTIME telecast.

In the co-feature, undefeated former 154-pound world champion Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs), of Providence, R.I., battles Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KO's), of Cleveland, Ohio, in a 12-round WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator.

Also on June 11, former world title challengers, Willie Monroe Jr. and John Thompson, will meet in a 10-round middleweight bout in the main event on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT). In the SHO EXTREME opener, heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KO's) takes on Mario Heredia (11-1, 9 KOs, 1-2 in WSB) in a 10-round heavyweight bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Banner Promotions, Inc., are priced at $85, $60, $45 and $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

Below is what the boxers said:

RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV

(On the importance of this fight)

"Every fight is important. I come out for every fight to give everything I have. For me, every fight is like the last fight. So this is a very important fight, just like any other.

"I don't like to make predictions too much; boxing is an unpredictable sport and it's hard to say what will happen. Anything can happen on June 11. We've got a little bit to wait and we'll see what happens.

"I don't know if it will go to the scorecards. Anything can happen. He is also a great fighter, so maybe it will go to the scorecards."

(On what he expects from John Molina Jr.)

"I'm expecting him to come to fight. No doubt he's a fighter, he's a warrior. For somebody to defeat me is a big motivation and I know he'll be coming to win.

"No matter what, he's going to do anything possible to win this fight. That's what I expect from people that take a fight with me - that they'll die in the ring to defeat me because it would be a great accomplishment. So I'm expecting a real war, a real fight."

(On the style of fighting and the matchup)

"I think this is the type of fight that will be exciting and all-action. I think it's a great matchup and it will be exciting for the fans."

(On who he's looking to fight next)

"I'm not thinking about that too much right now. Luckily my weight classes, both 140 and 147, there's no problem with the opposition. There (are) a lot of guys, a lot of stars. After this fight on June 11 we'll be able to start thinking about what's next.

"I've always said that I'm willing to fight anyone at 140 and 147, just let me know when and I'll be there. I'm ready to fight any of the top guys."

(On if he would rather fight a boxer or a come-forward fighter like Molina)

"I definitely like the guys that come to fight. For me that is a better, more enjoyable fight. I like to fight a guy that wants to brawl.

(On if he's ready to box if Molina choses to box instead of brawl)

"On June 11, I'll be ready for anything that can happen in the ring. I've been watching previous fights and correcting my mistakes and I'll be ready for anything he decides to bring."

(On not fighting for eight months)

"I don't see too much of a negative side to that. I just wanted some time off and now I'm ready to come back. I'm always in shape; I'm always in the gym, always training.

"I'm training all the time and always moving around even when I'm at home. Right now, training camp is going very well. Joel Diaz is very happy with training and he says everything is going a lot better than the last training camp. Everything is 100 percent. I'm not worried at all."

(On his relationship with trainer Joel Diaz)

"Everything is going great. When Joel and I are training together it's always very positive. That's important for me. I'm enjoying the training camp and I'm having a good time, which is the most important thing.

"Boxing-wise I've added a lot of different things. Most importantly, I've increased my defensive skills and that's going to show in this fight very much and I'm positive of that. More than that, my punching combinations have gotten better in the last few camps and that's going to show. Joel and I work well together and that's definitely important."

JOHN MOLINA JR.

(Thoughts leading up to the fight)

"I am really excited. Ruslan is a hell of a fighter and competitor. I think it's a can't-miss, all-action fight when you have someone like myself and Ruslan in there.

"Stylistically I think there are thing that I have to my advantage. Stature-wise: my height, my reach. But with that being said, when the fight starts, all of that is going to go out the window and we're going to fight.

"We were both in Fights of the Year, but we were both on the losing ends. Now we want to be on the winning end. I think that is an unwritten motivation for both of us.

"Stylistically it's a great matchup. We've had a common opponent and of course you can draw that he was in a Fight of the Year with some other fighter. But I'm not that stature. I am 5-feet-11 with a reach that he can't compare with. On June 11 after the first bell rings, I'll be able to tell you exactly how the fight is going to play out."

(On the importance of winning this fight)

"Every fight is important. Fortunately and unfortunately, boxing is a 'what have you done for me lately' type of sport. For me, I didn't have an extensive amateur career so the pros were, in essence, my amateur career. But I believe I'm at the right spot right now, where I need to be to hit my stride.

"Of course a victory is always the goal. I don't like to lose at checkers and I don't want to lose at boxing. To keep the lifestyle that I have going, I have to continue to be victorious and move forward.

"We definitely want to catapult off of a big marquee name. We want to be on the winning side. That is the goal 110 percent. We won't be satisfied with anything less than a victory. I'm not content with getting in these fights because people love to watch me fight. I want to be content with getting these fights because I'm victorious and that's what we're planning on doing on June 11.

"I feel like you're going to get the best of me now. I feel like my longevity isn't a question because I didn't have the extensive amateur career. A lot of these guys have been boxing since they were eight years old. I didn't start until I was 17. I didn't turn pro until I was 24. I only had 22 amateur fights. So the miles on my odometer, so to speak, are less than someone like Ruslan who had an extensive amateur career. He's been in more wars than me.

"Either way you slice it, boxing takes something from you. Whether it's your youth, your sharpness, boxing is that kind of a sport where it draws something from your body. I believe he's had it worse than me. I feel stronger and more experienced for lacking those years."

DEJAN ZLATICANIN

(On what this fight means for his career)

"This is the most important fight for me because the WBC title has been my dream since the first day I went to the gym. I will be the new champion.

"I was always the underdog in every fight but now I don't get underestimated. My opponent is going to get the best me on June 11. I think those who underestimated me were wrong all along, but I will put some good shots on him and he'll go down. I will knock him out.

"I think they [fans] will cheer for me like I am a home fighter and I will do my best to bring the good fight."

(On his opponent)

"He's a boxer. He's smart, but he has no power. He will try to box, keep a distance and use his height advantage. He will use his footwork to keep me at bay, but it won't work."

(Thoughts on fighting for first world title)

"I am very excited and I am very happy to be fighting for my first world title. I am coming from a little country and I want everyone to know where Montenegro is and I can't wait to get in the ring.

(On fighting in U.S. for first time)

"People in America, they're fans, they love good boxing. It doesn't matter where you are from, they just like good fights. They like my style because I am a fighter and I go forward."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Danny Roman V Christian Esquivel!

Fight Highlights

World ranked Danny Roman recently delivered an electrifying performance that saw him knock out veteran Christian Esquivel in the fifth round. It was Roman's third title defense of the NABA 122-pound Title he won last year, and eleventh straight win.

"It felt incredible to just impose your will on another fighter," said Roman, who improved to 19-2-1, 7 KOs after Friday's win. "I can honestly say I dominated that fight from start to finish."

Roman is currently ranked No. 12 by the WBA.

Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. on Friday, June 24. A formal announcement will be released at a later date.

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Sampson Boxing!

Congratulates John Riel Casimero For Title Winning Victory
John Riel Casimero

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing sends his warm congratulations to his newest champion, John Riel Casimero of Cebu City, Philippines, for his KO 4 victory over previously unbeaten IBF flyweight champion Anmat Ruenroeng at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China.

In a rematch of their controversial first fight in June 2015, won by Ruenroeng by unanimous decision, Casimero (22-3, 14 KOs) dropped Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs) twice in the fourth round to end things at 2:10. A counter left hook dropped the champion first and then a follow-up left hook to the body brought the finish.

Casimero is now a two-time world champion. He previously held the IBF Light Flyweight Championship from 2012-2014 and made three successful defenses before moving up in weight.

The new champion joins Sampson Boxing promotional stablemates Oscar Escandon and Hugo Ruiz to become Sampson's third world champion to be crowned this year. He also handles current WBA World Super Featherweight Champion Javier Fortuna.

"John Riel has gotten this out of the way now," said Lewkowicz of defeating Ruenroeng. "My congratulations to him and to his people in the Philippines. He is now their third current world champion and is very proud to represent them. Next, we want to unify against Chocolatito. Tell him we are ready any time."

Referring to current WBC Champion Roman Gonzalez, Lewkowicz says this is a fight that needs to happen.

"They say no one wants to fight Gonzalez. We do! John Riel is right here and ready to unify the championships. My phone is always on. Let's make it happen."

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Miguel Flores V Ruben Tamayo!

Premier Boxing Champions
Premier Boxing Champions

Unbeaten rising featherweight contender Miguel Flores (19-0, 9 KOs) will take on Mexican veteran Ruben Tamayo (24-8-4, 16 KOs) this Saturday night, May 28, in a 10-round fight on Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes from The Dancehall in San Antonio.

Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is headlined by former world champion Miguel Vazquez battling tough contender Erick Bone in a 10-round super lightweight showdown.

Undercard action will feature the brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa, Brandon Figueroa (6-0, 4 KOs), in a super bantamweight battle against Puerto Rico's Jonell Nieves (6-2, 4 KOs), unbeaten 25-year-old lightweight Rickey Edwards (10-0, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout against fellow unbeaten John Delperdang (5-0, 5 KOs) and Los Angeles prospect Emmanuel Medina (9-0, 6 KOs) in a six-round welterweight showdown against Isiah Robinson (3-2, 2 KOs).

Additional action features a slew of local prospects as unbeaten Enrique Neira Jr. competes in a four-round middleweight bout against Rudy Lozano, Ramon Cardenas facing Isau Duenez in a four-round super bantamweight contest, unbeaten Rolando Garza battles Houston's Rick Graham in a four-round super welterweight fight and the pro debut of Xavier Wilson in a four-round lightweight affair against Thomas Smith.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85 and $20 and $1,000 and $850 for VIP tables, before taxes and fees and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (210) 988-8821 visit http://lbtickets.ticketleap.com/march28th2016/ or in person at Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave.

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. Now he will take on the 27-year-old Tamayo of Sonora, Mexico. The southpaw has wins over veterans including Meraz and Jose Cayetano and he challenged Jesus Cuellar for a world title in 2014.

TGB Boxing Promotions

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SELDIN V SELIG!

HEADLINE ROCKIN FIGHTS 24
Star

Undefeated, WBC Silver International Champion and WBC World #6th ranked Jr. Welterweight contender Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (18-0 15KO Long Island, NY), will take on Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1 12KO Douglas, AZ) Friday night, June 17th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY in a 10 round Jr. Welterweight contest as part of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's popular fight series "Rockin Fights".

Seldin, who has continually climbed the ranks of the Jr. Welterweight division, will be appearing for the 15th time at the Paramount. Seldin has become a must see attraction for his all action fights and tremendous punching power. Seldin captured the WBC title on December 20, 2014, stopping the very tough Bayan Jargal in 9 rounds and has successfully defended it 3 times. In his last outing at The Paramount on March 5th of this year, Seldin returned from shoulder surgery and picked right up where he left off by destroying Puerto Rican Orlando Vasquez in 1 round. Seldin will face a much sterner test when he takes on the veteran Selig on June 17th.

Selig is coming off 2 straight knockout wins and has crossed gloves with world rated fighters Sadam Ali and John Jackson as well as top prospect Jose Ramirez. Selig is a game slugger who always comes to fight and gives 100% each time. He vows that he will put Seldin to the test on June17th.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments regarding the main event, "Cletus Seldin is becoming a major force in the already loaded Jr. Welterweight division. His ferocious style has attracted droves of fans and on June 17th we expect the same as he faces a tough task when he battles Mexican Jesus Selig who is coming in to upset the applecart. I expect another exciting night of fights at The Paramount, as has become the tradition with the Rockin Fights series".

The undercard fighters will be announced shortly and tickets are on sale now by calling Star Boxing (718 823-2000) or going to www.starboxing.com, The Paramount Box Office (631 673-7300), or Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com (1 800 745-3000).

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Bryant Perrella!

Ready For Breakthrough Performance
Bryant Perrella

Welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella of Fort Myers, FL faces his toughest foe to date when he challenges Washington, DC’s David “Day Day” Grayton Saturday, June 4.

The anticipated ten round match up between unbeaten southpaws takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal as part of a Premier Boxing Champions card on ESPN.

Both Perrella, 13-0 (12 KO’s), and Grayton, 14-0 (10 KO’s), were heralded amateurs that have been dominant thus far in the paid ranks. As is typically the case when two noteworthy prospects meet, the winner moves a step closer to contention while the fighter who falls short often has to climb back up the mountain.

With Grayton undefeated in his own right and also very hungry to advance his career by emerging victorious, Perrella’s taken his training to new heights. The 27-year-old has traveled throughout the Sunshine State for quality sparring and is strengthening his body by doing regular aquatic training. This has helped him remove weight properly so there won’t be any surprises on the scale. To further assist, Perrella hired a private chef to ensure he’s refueling his body properly.

Overall, Perrella’s team is confident about the match up against Grayton and believes the hard work in the gym is an integral part why Bryant will have his hand raised June 4.

“Camp has been great,” said Perrella’s trainer Michael Nowling. “Bryant is treating this camp like we’re preparing for a world title fight. Most importantly, he’s got a calm demeanor and clear head with no distractions whatsoever. He is not nervous about the fight or overly anxious. A lot of guys may feel overwhelmed since this a win in a fight like this likely gets the winner to the next level but not Bryant. He’s been a true professional in the gym since day one and seeing him kick it up a notch further solidifies my confidence that June 4 will be the night he puts the boxing world on notice.”

Tickets are available by going to http://www.evenko.ca/html/tickets/boxe-jun2016/index_en.html and the bout will air at 11 pm ET/8 PM PT.

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Rances Barthelemy & Mickey Bey!

Discuss Training Camp
Rances Barthelemy

Lightweight world champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy and former world champion Mickey "The Spirit" Bey are deep into training camp and closing in on their main event battle on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Friday, June 3 from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida

Both fighters have been training in Las Vegas before they head to southern Florida for their world title battle. Barthelemy trains with Ismael Salas at the Salas Boxing Academy while Bey works with his longtime trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. at the Mayweather Boxing Club.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Kings Promotions, Mayweather Promotions, Warriors Boxing and Panther Promotions, are priced at $130, $80, $60 and $35 (additional fees may apply) and are on sale now. All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.myhrl.com,www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the first fight set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Here is what the fighters had to say about training camp, their match-up and more:

What advantages do you believe you have because of your training team?

Rances Barthelemy: "To me, Ismael is the best trainer in the world. He was the lead trainer of the Cuban National Team at the time that Cuban amateur boxing was having its most success. He is truly underrated and I do not know why.

"Having gone through different trainers throughout my career, I am glad that I found Salas. We clicked right off the bat, and him being a Cuban and having a successful background both in the Cuban amateur system and in the pros, he's been able to incorporate the best from both worlds in his training methods. He has also been able to bring out abilities in me that others were not able to and it has made me a completely different fighter."

Mickey Bey: "Floyd Sr. has been my trainer for about 12 years. We've been together since I was a teenager and before I turned pro. He is an old school trainer and he knows the science of boxing.

"Being around the other Mayweather Promotions fighters provides a lot of energy to training because everybody is striving to be the best they can be. Whenever that's the case it's always a positive thing because the trainers know that's what you're after. Floyd Sr. and Floyd are the reason I moved to Las Vegas. It's been a blessing to be able to train with him for so long. We gelled from the beginning and I have definitely grown a lot as a fighter."

What does fighting for this belt mean to you?

RB: "I don't really focus on this being another title defense. I just focus on it being another fight that I must win impressively so that I can get to the big fights. There is no added pressure from it being a title defense. I just want everyone to see the boxing ability that I have so that I can get the big fights that I want and deserve."

MB: "Winning back this belt is really important to me. I still feel like it's mine. He's just been keeping it warm for me. I had to deal with the injuries but now I don't have to worry about babying my hand or anything like that."

What do you think this fight will be like stylistically?

RB: "I plan on this being a great fight between two great boxers. He has a great amateur and pro background, as do I, and hopefully that makes for a great show."

MB: "You never really know until you're in the ring but it's going to be a fight between two skilled boxers. I have seen some footage but not too much because I don't really watch much tape. I saw him fight for my vacant belt but I can't get caught up in that because I'm different than anybody he's ever fought. I'm a lot more difficult than he probably thinks."

What skill advantages do you believe you have over your opponent?

RB: "I feel I am the better all-around fighter. I have the reach, height and power over him. I feel he has shown in the past that he can't take a good punch, so we will see if he can take mine."

MB: "I bring it all. I can do everything that can be done in the ring. Every single department, period. I do think he's a good fighter, I give him his props, he's a two-time world champion, but I don't think he can do one thing better than me."

What did you learn from your fight with Denis Shafikov?

RB: "It was a really tough fight and definitely a great learning experience. I made it tougher than it should have been but I had never been in a war like that before and adrenaline kicked in. The blood made me want to dig down and trade with him in the center of the ring and beat him at his own game. It was the first time I had to go down to the trenches and engage in a fight like that but I wanted to do it to show that not all Cubans are boring and only box around."

What did you learn from your fight with Miguel Vazquez?

MB: "I found out how good I was because I was able to beat a guy that good with one hand. Going into it I already knew I was going to be fighting with one hand since it had been giving me problems. I couldn't let both hands go, so I had to strategically land more accurate shots. I couldn't let it become a high volume fight because I knew I wouldn't be able to respond with both hands. This is my first fight in four or five years with two good hands, so it's going to be a completely different ball game."

What does it mean to you to fight in south Florida in front of your Cuban fans?

RB: "That's my backyard and it's another advantage for me. It is like being in a free Cuba pretty much and I don't think I'll ever feel as comfortable fighting anywhere else with the majority of the people being there to support me. It means the world to me to be able to fight in front of my fans and my closest friends. It's the closest thing to being able to fight in my country."

Are you concerned about fighting on the road in front of a crowd that is expected to be for your opponent?

MB: "They can't get in the ring for him. It's just going to be me and him. Nobody can get in the ring and help him. It doesn't add any pressure. I grew up hard, in a rough neighborhood and I've been through a lot so I'm numb to any pressure. I'm just ready to get in the ring with him."

What are your plans after this fight?

RB: "I will be headed straight to the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. after the fight to try to obtain a visa so I can finally return to Cuba and visit my family that I have not seen since my defection eight years ago. I thought I would never be able to return but now I will be returning as a two-time world champion with grand dreams of one day headlining the first pro boxing event in Cuba."

MB: "After this fight I'll be looking for another big competitive fight. I'm always looking for a challenge. That's why I'm in this fight."

Why do you believe you'll be victorious on June 3?

RB: "I feel I am levels above Mickey Bey in all aspects of the game. I am comfortable with my training and I plan on returning to Miami with my second world title. The adrenaline of fighting in front of my Cuban people will add fuel to my fire and propel me to victory. I am on a mission to be great and leave an imprint in the sport and Mickey Bey is in the way."

MB: "I'm a better fighter. It's that simple."

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DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT PROSPECTS!

GO 3-0 OVER THE WEEKEND

It was another clean sweep for a trio of DiBella Entertainment prospects as Abel Ramos, Jonathan Alonso and Brandon Williams all picked up impressive victories over the weekend.

Fighting for the second time in just three weeks, Ramos (16-1-2, 11KO's), headlining in front of his hometown fans in Phoenix, AZ, put on a scintillating performance, scoring a devastating fifth-round TKO over the previously undefeated Dario Ferman (13-1, 10KO's). The 24-year-old Ramos, who was a sensational amateur, has scored back-to-back knockout victories since suffering the lone defeat of his professional career to red-hot and undefeated prospect Regis Prograis last December on ShoBox. Ramos plans to keep a very busy 2016 to establish himself as a force in the loaded 140lb. division.

With a spot on the undercard of the eagerly anticipated Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter welterweight world championship, June 25th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, 2012 Spanish Olympian Jonathan Alonso (9-0, 4KO's) picked up an impressive points victory over veteran Koba Karkashadze (20-11-2, 10KO's) in Spain. Nicknamed "Maravilla", Alonso is excited to make his Barclays debut, and will be looking to impress on what is arguably the biggest and most anticipated boxing event thus far in 2016.

Also fighting in front of a hometown audience, Rochester-native Brandon Williams saw his win column reach double digits, as he improved to a perfect 10-0-1 with a unanimous decision victory over Ryan Picou.

The June 25 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS event, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, is headlined by the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between world champion Keith Thurman and former champion Shawn Porter. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with an exciting battle between featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $49 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.

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BROADWAY BOXING!

RETURNS TO QUEENS

On Friday, June 3, Broadway Boxing returns to the beautiful Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY, with an exciting 10-bout card presented by DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing, sponsored by Nissan of Queens.

Featured on the card, in separate bouts, will be former world champions Richar Abril and Yuri Foreman. Abril (19-3-1, 8KO's), making his much anticipated return and DiBella Entertainment (DBE) debut, will take on the always-tough Jerry Belmontes (21-8, 6KO's) in a 10-round junior welterweight showdown. Foreman (33-2, 9KO's), fighting for the first time in 2016, is set to take on Jason Davis, of Vancouver, WA, in an eight-round junior middleweight matchup.

A gifted boxer with exceptional hand speed and movement, Abril will be returning to the ring for the first time in over a year and a half. Following his world title defense against previously unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0) in September 2014, Abril was stricken with dengue fever that he contracted from a mosquito bite while training in Cuba to defend his title against Derry Matthews in early 2015. Abril was forced to vacate his title as he battled through the illness. Now back and 100 percent healthy, Abril will look to quickly regain his world championship under the DiBella Entertainment banner. The 33-year-old Cuban Abril's three losses are highly debatable having all come via split decision against then-undefeated contenders Hank Lundy and Breidis Prescott, with the last defeat coming at the hands of Brandon Rios for the vacant WBA world title. Following the controversial loss to Rios, who failed to make weight for the bout, Abril, then the interim WBA champion, was elevated to regular champion. Abril twice defended his title, first against 23-0 Sharif Bogere in March of 2013, before traveling to Finland where he defeated the aforementioned Tatli. In Belmontes, Abril will get no pushover. Belmontes began his career at a perfect 17-0, and challenged Omar Figueroa for the WBC world lightweight title in 2014, dropping a close split decision. Belmontes is coming off back-to-back victories, including an upset unanimous decision over previously undefeated Valentyn Golovko in his most recent outing in January of this year.

The bout on June 3 will be Foreman's first since December 2015. Foreman, the former WBA welterweight world champion and now ordained rabbi, stepped away from the ring in 2011 following back-to-back losses, to focus on his studies. He then returned in 2012 and reeled off four consecutive victories before once again stepping away to finally finish his rabbinical studies. Determined to remain active in 2016, Foreman hopes to make another run at capturing a piece of the junior middleweight crown.

Additional bouts on the card will be announced shortly.

Tickets are priced at $125 ringside, $75 reserved seating and $50 general admission. Tickets may be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the fight. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.

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BOXEO AL MAXIMO!

TO GO COAST TO COAST IN THE UNITED STATES ON MEGA TV
BOXEO AL MAXIMO

EMMY nominated series Boxeo Al Maximo, presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment, will begin a new and exciting chapter on Saturday, June 4 at the Cosme Beitía Coliseum in Cataño where it will debut in the powerful Hispanic network Mega TV with a very attractive show that will once again feature the great boxing rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico. In the main event, Kevin Nieves (9-1-1, 5 KO’s) of Cataño will take on Mexican Alexis Del Bosques (11-2, 8 KO’s) (now residing in Dallas). The show will also feature the return of Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez in a card that will feature seven undefeated boxers. “Last year we had a great season with Boxeo Al Maximo on Univision and it was a great experience, but we have the opportunity to move to Mega TV and be seen in several of the top Hispanic markets in the United States we feel that this is a perfect opportunity to show our top prospects in very important boxing markets,” said Bryan Perez, Vice-President of Boxing Operations for the company that is lead by the five-time Puerto Rican world champion Miguel Cotto. “Mega TV cannot only be seen in Puerto Rico but also in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, Tampa and Miami—cities that have the largest concentrations of Hispanics in the United States.” “We are very happy to be able to partner with SBS Entertainment and Mega TV, undoubtedly the largest growing Hispanic network in the United State.

Boxeo Al Maximo will now be able to be enjoyed from New York to Los Angeles, accomplishing a dream that my father had to take our boxers to another level,” said Miguel Cotto. “To be on prime time on Saturday in the United States was one of our goals and something that we will now be able to do thanks to Mega TV. Our events are high quality in their production and in the ring; we have fights that are evenly matched and the results are always in doubt, something that makes for more enjoyable boxing for our fans,” said Hector Soto, Vice-President and promoter of H2 Entertainment. “Boxeo Al Maximo earned an Emmy nomination. People are interested in our fighters and now they will have the opportunity to see them in the United States.”

The talent for this show will continue to be the same as last year, with new voice Julio Cesar Concepcion handling the blow by blow, and commentators will be former world champion Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez and boxing writer Giancarlo “Mr. Boxing” Oquendo, who will provide expert analysis. “Wonder Boy” Lopez (16-1-1, 12 KOs) of Carolina who, in 2014, was part of one of the most controversial fights in recent years when he beat Robert Castaneda on a majority decision, will face Felix “Ardilla” Perez in an eight round bout in his return. Also in action in a middleweight bout, Magdiel Cotto (3-0, 3 KOs), a member of the Puerto Rico team in the Pan-American Games, will take on Antonio Alicea of Carlina in his professional debut, and the 18-year-old prospect Joh Bauza (1-0, 1 KO), who was 170-8 in the amateurs and won a USA amateur championship, will have the opportunity to fight in his birth city as he takes on Mike Erosa of Vega Baja in a four round bout. And in a junior welterweight rematch, Yomar Alamo (9-0, 7 KOs) of Aguas Buenas will take on Gabriel Díaz in a six round bout. In another bout, flyweight Charlie Clemente (11-0, 4 KOs) of Carolina will face Christian Lopez of Maunabo in a six round bout, and Kelvin Nunez (13-0, 11 KOs) of Carolina will take on a rematch Jonuel Tapia in a six round 195 pound bout. Bryan Chevalier (5-0-1, 5 KOs) of Bayamon will take on Luis Ortiz of Corozal in a six round 122 pound bout. Derrieck Cuevas (6-0-1) of San Juan will face Revlon Lake at 147 pounds y a four round bout.

The show will be broadcast by Mega TV on a one week delay on Saturday, June 11 in prime-time 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Justin Jones!

Taking Boxing To Another Level
Justin Jones

Given the size of his dreams, the pairing of the undefeated Houston-based heavyweight Justin "Jawbreaker" Jones (18-0-1, 11 KOs) and Texas boxing legend Maurice "Termite" Watkins is ideal. When you're an unknown fighter looking to 'come from out of nowhere' and become world champion, who better to have as your trainer than a man known for working fistic miracles?

"Termite has me doing things I have never done before," said Jones. "He's a work-ethic guy. He makes me throw a lot of punches and wants me busy all the time. He wants me to throw 250 punches, per round, on the bag. That's unheard of for a heavyweight. He makes me push myself you know? I really think I'm going to break a CompuBox record someday."

A well-respected trainer and former fighter, Watkins retired in 1990 with a record of 61-5-2, 41 KOs. He challenged for the WBC Super Lightweight Championship in 1980, losing a close 15-round decision. But he is probably known best for a pair of stunning achievements.

Heavily decorated as an amateur boxer (128 wins - 10 losses), in 1974, Watkins won the National Golden Gloves in the featherweight division at age 16, the first fighter to ever do so at that age. Also at age 16, he was made a member of the USA National Team, and bunked and travelled the world with future champions Sugar Ray Leonard and Howard Davis Jr.

But perhaps his biggest claim to fame, and the one that has Hollywood producers calling for rights to his story, is the tale of how he ended up leading the entire country of Iraq to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

"I got a phone call one night and they needed pest control people in Iraq and I was born and raised in that business. I applied to go and was finally accepted. One day, the general who knew I was a fighter pulled me in his office and asked me what the odds were of getting Iraq to the Olympics for boxing? I said one in a million. He said 'great all we need is one. I expect you to get it done.' And that's what I did."

Watkins then opened a boxing gym in Al-Hilla Iraq and formed the first Iraqi boxing team of the New Iraq, worked with the new Iraq, Ministry of Sports in Bagdad, Iraq, as a representative of the US government and held a box-off to who would make the new Iraqi Olympic Boxing Team.

For two months, I tried calling the Olympic Committee and the IOC to tell them I was putting a team together in Iraq. They wouldn't answer my calls. I was persistent. Finally, they told me if you can win one of the qualifiers or get runner up, you can go. We went to the first qualifier in the Philippines and won and they didn't give us the decision. Then same thing in China. Pakistan. Same thing. It looked hopeless.

Then one day I got a call that Iraq was being offered a special pass to compete in several events and I ended up taking the country to the Olympics and was their leader. It was an amazing story."

These days, Watkins is happily running his Fighter Nation Gym he founded in Houston, on the grounds of the Fellowship of the Nations church, where he tries offer young fighters moral and spiritual mentoring on top of the sweet science.

"I come from the old school where fundamentals are key," continued Watkins. "When Justin and I started working together, I started him from the beginning again. My expectations are tough. No drinking. No drugs. I don't even want to be around fighters that have a filthy mouth. I train my fighters hard and try to maintain a positive energy in the gym. Fights many times are won or lost in the mind. I don't scream and yell. I'm positive."

Watkins says that while Jones has all the power and drive to be a top contender, he's been helping him work on some of the finer points of the sport.

"I was a real slick fighter and now I'm slowly teaching him that slickness. We work a lot on being slick in there. I also spend time with him on giving him the attitude that he can do anything he puts his mind on."

"I've improved a lot," said Jones. "Termite has me working on things like foot movement and mixing up punch intensity to set up my shots. You can only learn things like that from someone who fought before. He knows a lot of things that regular trainers don't know. The experience he has is going to make me a lot better. I threw 70 jabs in one round the other day; different kinds of jabs. Up-jabs and body jabs and combinations with the jab. I can hit a guy anywhere I want to now, in the shoulder, stomach, head, everywhere.

Louisiana boxing guru Kerry Daigle, who brought fighter and trainer together through mutual friendships, says the duo are going to make a big impression on the heavyweight division soon.

"Speed in sports is what creates champions to rise that 1 to 2 percent above contenders," said Daigle. "Football, basketball, track, and hockey are sports where the word 'speed' is used to compliment extraordinary athletes. You don't hear that compliment much anymore in heavyweight boxing since the days of Ali. Triple J, as we all know Justin Jones, is a heavyweight with the speed of a fast middleweight that is able to throw six- to eight-punch combinations in a matter of seconds. The public hasn't seen the undefeated sensation in a nationally televised fight yet, but will fall in love with him as he brings extraordinary gifts to the squared circle. His new trainer, the former contender who was known for his speed and intellect in the ring, Termite Watkins, is developing him into a complete fighter. Watkins, who understands the power of throwing 'punches in bunches' has come out of retirement to train TRIPLE J because of what he saw in Justin's training at a local gym. We are searching for a top-10 fighter to step up and challenge Justin. Look for him to shine on national TV before the end of the year as Warriors Boxing President, Leon Margules, takes over the reins of promoting Triple J."

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Danny Roman Stops Christian Esquivel!

Retains NABA Championship
Danny Roman

Thompson Boxing Promotions celebrated sixteen years as a promotional company with a top-notch card that saw Danny Roman successfully defend his NABA Super Bantamweight Championship in electrifying fashion.

Additionally, Taras Shelestyuk showed off his extraordinary skill set in capturing the vacant WBA International Welterweight Title.

In the "New Blood" main event, Roman (19-2-1, 7 KOs) lived up to his WBA ranking (No. 14) with a sizzling performance over Mexico's Christian Esquivel (28-10, 21 KOs).

The Los Angeles-based Roman methodically wore down the crafty Esquivel with a steady jab and power left hook. The heavy punches ultimately took a toll on Esquivel, with Roman landing a series of combinations that knocked out Esquivel at the 1:52 mark of the fifth round.

"I mentioned in my pre-fight interviews that I was going to teach Esquivel a lesson for not making weight," said Roman, referring to Esquivel coming in six ounces over the 122-pound limit. "I think he got the message early and often."

In the "New Blood" co-feature, the fundamentally sound Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) bruised and battered the outmatched Erick Martinez (11-5-1, 5 KOs) to win by third round technical knockout.

Shelestyuk, Ukraine's 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, showed tremendous skill in registering the stoppage win. Instead of counter punching, he pushed forward throwing every punch in the book with quick succession and incredible accuracy. The southpaw, who lives and trains in Los Angeles, executed his game plan with remarkable efficiency.

"From the start, I tried to end the fight early," said Shelestyuk, who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. "I hurt him early and I could tell his punches were getting weaker."

After the third, Martinez was visibly worn down and opted not to come out for the fourth round.

"Danny and Taras delivered noteworthy performances that will no doubt lead to bigger fights down the road," said Ken Thompson, who launched Thompson Boxing Promotions sixteen years ago this month. "Both Danny and Taras are seen as emerging talents in their respective divisions. The impressive knockout wins will certainly raise their national profile."

New Blood Undercard

Roberto Arriaza (12-0, 10 KOs) preserved his flawless record with a hard fought unanimous decision win against Cameron Kreal (8-10-2, 1 KO) of Las Vegas. Arriaza, a Nicaraguan fighting for the first time in the U.S., displayed an aggressive style on his way to the unanimous decision win (77-75 twice, 78-74).

Junior bantamweight Ricardo Espinoza (6-1, 5 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. tasted defeat for the first time after Sam Rodriquez (4-1, 3 KOs) of the Bronx, N.Y. picked him apart through six rounds. Rodriquez dropped Espinoza in the third and never looked back. He absorbed Espinoza's counterattacks and punched him onto the ropes on numerous occasions. Rodriquez heads back to the East Coast with a unanimous decision win (59-54 x3).

Heavyweights Scott Alexander (11-1-2, 6 KOs) and Tracey Johnson (3-2-4) fought to an entertaining majority draw with each boxer having their moments in the 4-round scrap. Johnson, who stands five-foot seven to Alexander's six-foot three, routinely found his way inside with power punches. Alexander preferred to box on the outside, using his superior reach to halt Johnson's attack. Two judges scored the bout even at 38-38, while the third had Johnson ahead 39-37.

Junior welterweight Chris Bautista (4-0) of Madera, Calif. extended his unbeaten mark against Brandon Broussard (3-2, 1 KO) of Lafayette, La. Bautista used a steady attack to stymie the left-handed Broussard. The 4-round unanimous decision scores read: 39-37 twice, 40-36.

Backed by a raucous home crowd, Los Angeles native Rudy Garcia (1-0, 1 KO) opened his career with a knockout win over Joel Cano-Castro (0-3) of Mexico. Garcia, a bantamweight, fired shots at the slow-footed Castro in relentless fashion. Garcia dropped him in the opening round, and continued with the same pressure in the second. As a result, Castro failed to answer the bell after the second round.

Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. on Friday, June 24. A formal announcement will be released in the immediate future.

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CHARLO BROTHERS MAKE HISTORY!

FIRST TWINS TO HOLD WORLD TITLES SIMULTANEOUSLY IN SAME WEIGHT CLASS

On a night Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara successfully defended his WBA Super Welterweight Championship with a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan, undefeated brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo, of Houston, became the first twins in boxing history to hold world titles in the same weight class.

Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) retained his IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous 12-round decision over former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) of Las Cruces, N.M., in the second of three world title fights on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

In the opening bout of the three fight telecast, Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) earned the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Championship by rallying from five points down to register an eighth-round knockout over John "Da Rock" Jackson (20-3, 15 KOs), of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Lara outpointed Martirosyan in the main event by the scores of 116-111 twice and 115-112. There were no knockdowns. Martirosyan had a point deducted for a low blow in the 11th in a rematch of a May 2012 fight that ended in a technical draw.

Born one minute apart, the identical twins celebrated their 26th birthday this past Thursday, May 19. Jermall is one minute older than Jermell.

Jermall Charlo stuck to his game plan and fought behind his jab, throwing 292 jabs and connecting at an 18 percent clip. It was a balanced attack from both fighters, but the power and accuracy from the physically bigger Charlo was a difference.

"It wasn't a struggle, it was a great experience," said Charlo after his second successful title defense. "I want to thank God for allowing me and my twin brother to see this day. History.

"Austin is a hell of a fighter. He's a beast. This was my first time going 12, but it didn't matter because I knew I was in shape.

"My game plan was to execute with the jab. I knew he was going to try to stop me, but that didn't happen. There's no way you can tame a lion.

"It felt good because I knew my brother would get the job done. We belong on this level. We need these titles to get the big fights and we're going to keep these titles to keep rising.

"I changed my mind -- we're going to stay right here (at 154). Making 154 pounds wasn't as bad as everyone made it out to be."

"Hat's off to Jermall Charlo. He fought a hell of a fight," Austin Trout said. "I felt like I did enough to win. They won't give me a close decision, so it's time to start taking these cats out. But I can't make excuses. I fought my ass off, Charlo fought his ass off and hats off to him.

"I'm going to live to fight another day. You're going to see me back. We're warriors out here.''

Two minutes into the eighth round, Jermell Charlo, trailing 69-64 on the three judges' scorecards, landed a perfect counter right hand to Jackson's left eye. As Jackson dropped his guard to insure his mouthpiece was in place, Jermell connected with two more right hands that sent Jackson falling forward into his corner. Defenseless and seemingly out on his feet, referee Tony Weeks stepped in immediately and stopped it at 0:51.

"It's history," said Jermell, who entered the match as the WBC No. 1 contender and became the 66th ShoBox: The New Generation fighter to capture a world title.

"We did it. A lot of fighters don't come out of Houston and we did it. I'm waiting for my brother next. We've been boxing for all of these years and it had to happen.

"I was behind. He was boxing, he was moving around a lot. That was unexpected of him. I thought he was going to come out to brawl. I had to make an adjustment and I did.

"When he started slowing down, I was able to catch him with a shot. I knew that if he could have continued he could have come back so I had to hit him."

While both were selective with their punches, throwing just 427 combined shots through eight and a half rounds, Jermell was the more accurate fighter. The new WBC champ landed 23 percent of his total punches, including 34 percent of his power shots against Jackson.

"It was a journey to get here," said Jackson, the WBC's No. 2 contender going in and son of former world champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson.

"I feel like I was ahead and I came up short. He caught me with a punch and I was trying to fix my mouthpiece. Then he hit me and I was out. It hit me in the eye, but my mouthpiece was coming out. I was trying to push in my mouthpiece back in and he hit me. I knew where I was. It dazed me, but I wasn't knocked out.

"It's boxing. It was a great fight. I felt I was winning the fight, I got caught and that was it.

"I dedicated the fight to my dad and I hope I didn't let him down. I fell short. You win some and you lose some."

Said the elder Jackson: "I'm proud. It took a lot for us to get this far. I know my people are proud. We are strong people and we are coming back."

SHOWTIME's Steve Farhood called the Lara vs. Martirosyan rematch "a typical Lara fight."

"As usual Lara's style is extremely difficult for the judges to score," Farhood said. "He's so selective with his punches, yet he lands such a high percentage of them. And to make it even more difficult, a lot of Martirosyan's body punches were blocked. The judges agreed on seven of the 12 rounds. It clearly was a close fight and what got Lara over the top was the 10-8 score in round 11.

"We benefit from the use of replay. Watching the punch that brought the deduction on replay, I believe that it wasn't a low blow.

"Lara did what Lara does. Martirosyan fought about as well as he could. The difference was Lara's accuracy and ring generalship. I think Martirosyan's competitiveness made it a good fight."

Lara, 33, was making his fourth title defense. "This is normal," said Lara who landed 60 percent of the 160-plus power punches. "This is boxing, not baseball. Low blows and headbutts happen. I'm a very intelligent fighter and at no point did I feel this fight was going to be lost.

"My mother and kids are still there so it would be a great privilege to go fight in my native Cuba. Everything is possible in this world. I didn't think I'd be champion of the world and here I am.

"I want to tell Team Vanes thank you for giving me the rematch. I'm ready to fight anybody. I'd like to fight Canelo.

"The Charlo brothers are my teammates and having three of us going back as champions is a great thing."

Martirosyan, the aggressor throughout, disputed the decision.

"I was chasing him all night," he said. "I put on the pressure. I thought I did enough to win. That was not a low blow. Replays show the trunks were high.

"I never ducked anyone. No one wanted to fight Lara. I stepped up and fought him again. I'll fight anyone."

Undefeated IBF No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Julian "J Rock" Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs), was interviewed between fights by SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING's Brian Custer. Williams, of Philadelphia, has been calling out the Charlo Twins.

"I can't get the fights I deserve," Williams said. "But I've got a good team. I have Al Haymon and he got me the mandatory for the winner of Charlo-Trout. Guys know it's a rough fight if they step in with me. And they know 99 percent of the time they will lose.

"Jermall Charlo is an undefeated champion. I'm undefeated. That's what boxing is all about - two young, hungry champions going at it in their primes. So, I am interested in fighting Jermall Charlo."

On Charlo saying he's sick of reading your tweets and he'd like to shut you up...

"Well, he doesn't have to wait much longer so he doesn't have any choice now," Williams said. "I'm the mandatory and if he wins, we are going to fight next."

Brian Custer hosted the SHOWTIME telecast, with Mauro Ranallo calling the action, Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi commentating and Jim Gray reporting. In the Spanish simulcast, Alejandro Luna called the blow-by-blow and former world champion Raul Marquez served as color commentator. The executive producer of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING was David Dinkins Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing.

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Shumenov Stops Wright!

Mandatory To Denis Lebedev
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World Boxing Association (WBA) "regular" cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 10 KOs) stopped No. 11-rated Junior "Hurricane" Wright (15-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 10th round tonight at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Shumenov, a former WBA light heavyweight world champion, is first two-division world champion from a Soviet-bloc country. The native of Kazakhstan, fighting out of Las Vegas, also earned the right to challenge unified WBA Super/ International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) within 120 days, as mandated by the WBA.

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Hernandez Upsets Magomedov!

John Vera Stops Joey Ruelas
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Determined Phoenix middleweight Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez shocked heavy favorite Arif "The Pedator" Magomedov in tonight's main event on the "Knockout Night at the D" card, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. Tonight's event was promoted in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions.

Before a sold-out crowd, Hernandez (12-4-1, 4 KOs) pounded world-rated middleweight Magomedov (17-1, 10 KOs), winning a unanimous 10-round decision (100-89 twice, 98-91) for the vacant USNBC middleweight title. Hernandez hurt Magomedov in the third and seventh rounds, finally dropping the tough Russian (WBA #2, WB) #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14) in the 10th.

"This fight changes everything for me," Hernandez proclaimed. "He's very good and deserves all of the accolades he's received but I now have my head on straight and I'm focused. My jab was very important tonight. He's very strong but I wanted to fight him inside because I knew he couldn't take it from me. I was very prepared. I think I may have broken my ankle in the fourth round but I kept going. I wanted to finish him, get the knockout, but he's a very tough fighter. He has heart and showed why he has all of those accolades."

Four weeks ago, Hernandez was preparing to fight as a cruiserweight. He lost 40 pounds to make weight for this middleweight fight in what turned out to be one of the biggest upsets of the year.

Southpaw super welterweights John "The Phenom" Vera (14-0, 9 KOs), of Fort Worth, and Phoenix' Joey "Boxer" Ruelas (10-2-1, 4 KOs) went toe-to-toe from the opening bell and they never let up in the co-feature. Vera exploded in the round of this firestorm, battering the game Ruelas around, until referee Jay Nady halted the action in the sixth round. Vera remained undefeated and retained his NABA-USA title.

"I knew eventually he'd put his hands down and I'd catch him," Vera explained. "I thank him for the opportunity to fight. He's helluva fighter, I give him that, but I know I'm a warrior. I took some shots but gave 'em, too. I broke him down and just kept throwing those lefts."

In the TV opener, boxing prodigy Devin "The Dream" Haney (6-0, 4 KOs) made history as the 17-year-old - a junior in high school - became the youngest American professional boxer to fight on national television. The Floyd Mayweather, Sr.-trained Haney, fighting out of Las Vegas in front of his rapidly growing fan-base, showcased his vast skills against previously undefeated Mexican invader Jairo "El Leon" Vargas (Fernandez), unloading 14 unanswered punches for a 4th round technical knockout victory. Nady stopped the fight without counting when a badly hurt Vargas (4-1, 3 KOs) hit the deck hard.

"I happy that I put on a good performance for my fans," Haney commented after the fight. "My team put together the strategy to use my jab and breakdown his body. I picked up my combinations did what I was told to do."

In a battle of Texas junior welterweights, Tony Lopez (11-1, 4 KOs) dropped previously unbeaten Jerren "Hardknocks" Cochran (11-1-1, 4 KOs) twice with lefts in the opening round and finished him off in the second, knocking him out cold with a punishing right.

"Two mores seconds and I would have finished him off in the first," Lopez remarked. "My corner told me that, after the lefts, come back with a right. They gave me the game plan and I executed."

In the opening bout, Las Vegas favorite Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (4-0, 2 KOs) dominated Puerto Rican welterweight Julio "El Indio" Santos (2-3, 1 KO) on his way to a win by unanimous 4-round decision.

"I know I could have done a little better, throwing more combinations and jab," Nichols said. "He came in trying but he couldn't fight. I sent him back to Puerto Rico with a loss."

"Knockout Night at the D" returns to the DLVEC Friday night, June 10, on CBS Sports Network. USNBC lightweight champion Demond "Body Shot" Brock (11-3-1, 4 KOs) defends his title against former USNBC 135-pound title holder Chuy "Hurrican" Gutierrez in the 10-round main event.

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KNOCKOUT AT THE D WEIGHTS
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Arif Magomedov 160 vs. Andrew Hernandez 160

John Vera 154 vs. Joey Ruelas 153

Devin Haney 133 vs. Jairo Vargas 130.5

Tony Lopez 122 vs. Jerren Cochran 122

Jeremy Nichols 147 vs. Julio Santos 147

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Nick Guivas V Jarrell Miller!

CBS Televised Showdown
Nick Guivas V Jarrell Miller

Topeka, Kansas heavyweight Nick "Two Gunz" Guivas is taking a realistic approach to facing one of the most dangerous up-and-coming heavyweights in the world next weekend.

Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) will take on undefeated WBO #11, WBA #12 and IBF #15 Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs) for the WBO NABO Heavyweight Championship on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

The two power-punching heavies will meet in the main event of Greg Cohen Promotions' (in association with Salita Promotions, Adam Wilcock's FightCard Promotions and David Schuster's Winner Take All Productions) next instalment of "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network."

In the 10-round lightweight semi-final bout, red-hot Filipino prospect Harmonito "El Huracan de Gensan" Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) will make his debut on US soil against capable veteran Guillermo Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) of Buffalo.

Tickets for "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network" start at $35 and are available at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino box office, www.ticketmaster.com or you can charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

"I'm coming there to win, definitely," said Guivas, "and I know I'm a lot smaller than him, but I think I can move around and stay away from his punches. He's a very heavy hitter, so I'm going to move and box him and see what the outcome is. I'm going to give this guy everything I've got. And I know he's coming to fight too, so at the end of the fight, may the best man get their hand raised."

Taking on the red-hot Miller is not a job many heavyweights are hoping to get at the moment, but Guivas says the time is right for a challenge of this magnitude.

"I'm at the part of my career where I need to step up," he explained. "When they offered me the fight, I was already somewhat in shape, so I said let's get in better shape and see what we can do. I think at this time I'm ready for it."

Guivas says he respects Miller's power, but might have some openings to get a few things done. "Over the years, I've gotten smarter in the ring. I know the guy is a heavy puncher and had a really good amateur career. He's got a good jab, but he doesn't have super fast hands. I've also noticed he tends to wear down in the later rounds, so I have to take him deep and see if I can out-box him."

A service technician for Coca Cola during the day, Guivas stared boxing and had his first fight at age eight. He ultimately had around 200 amateur fights and was a two-time silver gloves medalist, won the regional Golden Gloves tournament twice and went to the PAL Nationals. He got the nickname "Two Gunz" from promoter Damon Reed.

"My promoter, Damon, is my promoter and a fighter too. He gave me that name because of the size of my arms and because I hit him one time and he said he felt like he'd been shot with a gun."

Guivas says he's working hard at the Danger Fire Gym in Topeka, before and after work every day, and doing things a bit different to prepare for Miller.

"I get up early in the morning and get my run in and then in evenings after work I do my boxing and sparring. I end up doing four to five hours a day of training. I have no choice, but to do it like that. In the past, I've had one or two sparring partners for a fight, and I would go five or six rounds with that guy. For this fight, we brought in five guys and I get a fresh one every round. And the guys I'm sparring with are guys that are at the next level or getting ready to become top fighters. I'm getting a fresh look from different guys every round."

A good counterpuncher and a decent boxer, Guivas says a victory next Friday would change everything.

"I think beating Miller would definitely put me to the next level. The guy is top 10. If I can get the win I'd be in the money next time. I don't fight just for the money though. I love to fight. That's what I do."

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7:00 pm. The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is located at 310 4th Street in Niagara Falls, NY. For more information, call 877-873-6322 or visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com.

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Arthur Abraham V Tim-Robin Lihaug!

July 16 In Berlin
Arthur Abraham V Tim-Robin Lihaug

‘King’ Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) faces Scandinavian star Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany.

Abraham returns for the first time following his defeat to Gilberto Ramirez, and the former three-time World Champion is eager to get back on the World title trail starting with a victory against the 23 year-old Norwegian.

‘’My goal is to become World Champion again and I will not let anyone stand in my way,’’ said Abraham. ‘’Tim-Robin Lihaug is a good, young fighter but he will learn the hard way what it takes to make it to the top.

‘’I never underestimate any of my opponents and I will prepare myself to be in top shape. I want to put the disappointment of losing to Ramirez behind me and prove I still have more to give. I’m looking to the future now and that starts with a good win on July 16.’’

Lihaug lands a dream fight with the German star following a series of impressive performances, which have included one-sided victories over previously undefeated domestic rivals Simen Smaadal and Arne Ernstsen.

‘’I’m very excited about this opportunity,’’ said Lihaug. ‘’Abraham has been a great champion for many years, but I wouldn’t have taken this fight if I didn’t think I could win. He is beatable and I’m coming to Berlin to win.

The Norwegian fighter believes his age and desire could prove the decisive factor in their super middleweight clash. ‘’Abraham is 36 years-old and has already won a lot of titles and made a lot of money, whereas I’m a young, hungry fighter, and I think that will give me an advantage,’’ he says.

‘’This is like a World title fight to me, it means everything. I’ve been in training camp since the beginning of January and I will be in the best shape of my life on July 16. I want to prove myself and there is no better way of doing that than by beating Abraham.’’

‘’This match-up has all the ingredients of a great fight,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’In one corner we have Arthur Abraham, one of the most successful German boxers in recent history, and in the other Tim-Robin Lihaug, one of our emerging stars from Scandinavia. Both men are at very different stages in their careers, but both men want the same thing – a shot at the World title!

‘’Arthur is aware he cannot afford another defeat, and Tim knows a victory can catapult him into international stardom. There is a lot on the line and there can be only one winner. This is guaranteed to be a fascinating match-up!’’

Abraham and Lihaug’s clash provides chief support for Tyron Zeuge’s WBA World Super Middleweight title challenge against Giovanni De Carolis. Tickets are on sale now and available via www.eventim.de and www.tickethall.de.

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Shumenov V Wright!

WBA Cruiserweight World Title Fight
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The World Boxing Association (WBA) has declared Saturday night's fight between No. 1 ranked contender Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) and No. 11-rated Junior "Hurricane" Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) will become the WBA "regular" cruiserweight world champion. The 12-round off-TV bout will take place at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Shumenov had been the WBA "interim" cruiserweight world champion and mandatory challenger for WBA Super cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs), who also fights this Saturday in a unification match against International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Victor Emilio "El Tyson de Abasto" Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in Russia.

The WBA has mandated that the Shumenov-Wright winner will be the mandatory challenger for the Lebedev-Ramirez unified winner, which must take place within 120 days.

Friday's night's fight in France between No. 2 Yunier Dorticos and No. 3 Youri Kalenga, erroneously billed as for the WBA "regular" title,will now be for the WBA "interim" cruiserweight world championship.

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WEIGHTS FROM CALI
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NABA Champion Danny Roman (18-2-1, 6 KOs) weighed in at 122 lbs., while challenger Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) checked in at 122.6 lbs. during Thursday's weigh in.

The Roman-Esquivel match up is the featured bout on Thompson Boxing Promotions' sixteen year anniversary show. The 10-round, "New Blood" main event originates this Friday, May 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

In addition to defending his 122-pound title, Roman seeks to extend his win streak to eleven while also holding onto, or improving upon, the number fourteen ranking by the WBA.

In the co-feature, former Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (13-0, 8 KOs) of Ukraine weighed in at 147 lbs., and challenger Erick Martinez (11-4-1, 5 KOs) of Mexico came in at 145.7 lbs. The 10-round fight has championship implications, as Shelestyuk and Martinez will vie for the WBA International Welterweight Title.

Shelestyuk is co-promoted through Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.

WEIGHTS

Danny Roman, 122 vs. Christian Esquivel, 122.6

Taras Shelestyuk 147 vs. Erick Martinez, 145.7

Roberto Arriaza, 147 vs. Cameron Kreal, 146.5

Ricardo Espinoza, 115.9 vs. Sam Rodriquez, 115.5

Scott Alexander, 225 vs. Tracey Johnson, 216

Chris Bautista, 140.5 vs. Brandon Broussard, 140.6

Rudy Garcia, 119.6 vs. Joel Castro, 118.8

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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World Championship Tripleheader!

Final Press Conference Quotes
World Championship Tripleheader

The six elite 154-pound fighters competing on Saturday's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring live on SHOWTIME from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

In attendance Thursday and headlining the event were WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy Lara and top contender Vanes Martirosyan. Televised coverage begins live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and features IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin Trout plus undefeated challenger Jermell Charlo battling hard-hitting John Jackson for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $39, and are available online at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000;www.ticketmaster.com.

Twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo celebrated their 26th birthday Thursday and were celebrated with a cake at the final press conference that took place at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan. On Saturday they look to become the first twin brothers to hold world titles at the same time in the same weight class.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

ERISLANDY LARA

"I plan on going in there and getting into my zone and making the adjustments that will allow me to be victorious.

"One difference between this fight and our last fight is that I'm coming into this fight 100 percent healthy. I'm not making any excuses but I had a fractured knuckle going into our first fight. I still felt I was winning the fight. This time I'm not going to leave any doubt about who is the best.

"I have no pressure on me. I feel calm. Part of that comes with experience but I also know that I'm going to go in there and execute my game plan like I always do.

"I'm always stuck in controversial fights because of my fighting style.

"I'm excited to be sharing the stage with the Charlo brothers. We have trained together, so being part of this with them is great.

"Vanes's a lot more passive than he was for the first fight. He was telling me I better be ready.

"I'm going to do what I have to do. Put my game plan together, put my punches together, I'm going to do everything that I have to do to be victorious on Saturday night.

On how he's improved from the first fight...

"The fundamentals are always there. Every fighter gets better with every fight. You get a little bit more experience and that's the difference."

VANES MARTIROSYAN

"I've had a tremendous camp. I have a great team. I've had incredible sparring partners and I can't wait for the real thing on Saturday.

"I'm in the best shape of my life and I've never been so ready. I don't have to tell you what I'm going to do up here, because you're going to see it on Saturday night. Actions speak louder than words. This is going to be the best Vanes you'll ever see.

"This time around I am definitely going to be more aggressive. I cannot wait for Saturday.

"There is a different feeling for me in this fight than ever before. It's for a world title, this is as big as it gets.

"It is the 'Dream' versus the 'Nightmare,' and you'll definitely see the 'Nightmare' on Saturday night.

On what he saw in Lara's eyes when they faced off...

"A fighter looking at another fighter. I see hunger in both eyes.

"A lot of the first fight, I was kind of inexperienced but we've matured a lot throughout the years. Four years into this game, a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge in the game so there's a lot I learned from the first fight.

"The whole division is here, it's awesome. They should do this more often and I'm happy that SHOWTIME put together such a great card."

JERMALL CHARLO

"Every fight on this card could have been the main event. To be on a card like this with all these great fighters is exciting.

"Boxing has a lot of really big fights with the Charlos coming in the future. We're going to take it one step at a time. This is a great fight that we have in front of us.

"I'm very proud of my brother, to have accomplished what he has at 26-years-old, coming from where we came from.

"This is a huge fight for me. This is more to me than winning a world title. I put my all into this. None of Trout's experience matters. I'm a real lion and I'm going to show it.

"Austin Trout is just a name to me. He beat Cotto, so what? I have work to do. I'm focused on getting the job done.

"We (the brothers) both do different things, but we also have the same skills and the same power. No one in the division can match up to us.

"We always thought that we would be winners and that we would be competing at the top level. Now it's time to make history. We want to prove why we're at the top.

"Me and my brother have always wanted to be champions at the same time. There's never been anything like this. This era, you will get a chance to enjoy us. We've worked very hard to get here and we're going to reign on this level.

"After this, I'm coming for the (160-pound fighters). To be a top pound-for-pound fighter you need to dominate different divisions and that is my goal. That doesn't mean I'm struggling with weight. I feel good right now but I think I will be even stronger at 160.

"May 21 there is nothing that is going to stop me from losing my belt."

AUSTIN TROUT

"It's no coincidence that I'm back at the top making a title run. I paid my dues and put in all the hard work necessary.

"I have nothing bad to say about Jermall as a person or a fighter. But at the end of the day, the history will be my own. I'm going to use him for my legacy, not the other way around.

"I worked hard to get here. I'm sharp and on weight. There is nothing that I feel like he can do to beat me that night.

"Charlo took a chance with this fight. There is no mistake in taking a chance. But will the chance end up in his favor? I hardly doubt it. This won't be easy. I'm never in easy fights. They're always great fights.

"Size won't be a problem. He still has to make 154 pounds.

"I want to thank Jermall for taking this fight. He's doing something that a lot of people won't do. But at the end of the day, I'm going to be the lion tamer. I'm going to tame that lion.''

What flaws do you see?...

"I don't want to tell you about his flaws because he might fix them by Saturday, but we see a couple flaws.

On if it would hurt him to move up to 160...

"It may, it may not. We're not looking at any extra edge or wishing to put all our eggs in one basket. What we're banking on is our skillset and our grip to come out victorious. Whether it hurts him or not, it's not going to matter. Only thing it's going to do is make it easier for me.

"I've been there, I've been to the deep waters. I've seen many different types of strategies and styles. In a sense, there's nothing that he brings to the table that I haven't seen before.

"I've got a big dog in me that you're going to see Saturday night. You're going to see what should have been the main event. Me and Charlo, it's going to be a great fight and I hope y'all tune in because I'm taking that belt."

JERMELL CHARLO

"I appreciate everyone involved in putting this fight together. To me this is a card that people need to be pay attention to. I believe that everyone on this card is going to give it their all, because we all motivated each other to be here.

"I'm fighting John Jackson, the son of a legend. I don't believe John Jackson will be able to live up to his dad and if his dad ever had to face me, I would have beat him too.

"We're getting more and more experience. People thought that Gabriel Rosado was too big of a test for me but I dominated that fight. I'm going to pass any test they put in front of me. Over the course of time, you're eventually going to have to say we the experience.

"I'm proud of what my brother has done. His success motivates me. He's a world champion. These are the kind of things we look forward to.

"This is our time. There is no more that we can say. There is a lot that's coming ahead of us.

"I'm coming to win. I trained hard. It's time for a world title for me. I have to fulfill my end of the bargain. John Jackson has been in wars, but so have I. This is our time, me and my brother's.

"Being on the same card as my brother is already a high standard so being on a card with the rest of the undercard guys, I'm honored and ready to show what I have to do. I'm ready to make history. I'm ready to win this belt and enjoy my vacation after.

"I'm sticking with 154 right now. I would love to go to 160 because it's easier for me but because it's easier that's why I wouldn't go up. Making 154 for him is easy as well, he just sees other options."

JOHN JACKSON

"I'm extremely blessed to be here. I'm looking to make history. My dad was a champion and I'm going to do the same thing.

"Jermell is just selling the fight. We don't take anything he says personally. We'll humble him and put him in his place.

"This is a dream come true and the Jackson legacy will live on.

"It's going to be a great night. This could be the best fight of the card, easily. If you watch my career, every single fight I bring it. You're going to see action and explosiveness.''

On Jermell Charlo's comments about his father...

"That's disrespectful. My dad paid his dues and to talk about my dad like that is kind of disrespectful. It's not getting to me. Fighters use that to try to get in your head but it's fine, I'll let him pay in the ring.''

If Jermell's ego is getting to him...

"Yeah, he needs to humble himself. That was a little out of line. But we'll see what he looks like in the ring."

On what flaws he sees in his game...

"He has a lot of flaws. How he leans forward and waits a lot. But his style is perfect for my style. I always bring it and give 100 percent and we're looking for a stoppage.

"It's going to be explosive don't miss it. SHOWTIME, it's going down."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Miguel Vazquez V Erick Bone!

Premier Boxing Champions
Miguel Vazquez V Erick Bone

Former world champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) is set to take on super lightweight contender Erick Bone (16-3, 8 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 and FOX Deportes from the Dancehall in San Antonio on Saturday, May 28 with televised coverage beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Bone replaces Felix Diaz, who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. Bone will return to 140-pounds after challenging Shawn Porter and Chris Algieri at welterweight in 2015.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to face a former world champion like Miguel Vazquez next Saturday night," said Bone. "I look forward to fighting in front of the great fans in San Antonio and proving that I am a dangerous fighter that will leave it all in the ring."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85 and $20 and $1,000 and $850 for VIP tables, before taxes and fees and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (210) 988-8821 visit http://lbtickets.ticketleap.com/march28th2016/ or in person at Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave.

The 29-year-old Vazquez had a successful reign as 135-pound champion and defended his title eight times during his championship run. After beating Ji-Hoon Kim for his title, he would go on to defend it against the likes of Denis Shafikov, Mercito Gesta, Leonardo Zappavigna and Ammeth Diaz. Fighting out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Vazquez's most recent victory came against Jerry Belmontes and he is looking to rebound from a decision loss to Algenis Mendez in October.

The 26-year-old Bone has fought in the U.S. since 2014 and began his career stateside with victories over Francisco Figueroa, Mahonri Montes and Peter Oluoch. Born in Manabi, Ecuador, Bone won the first 12 bouts of his career. His most recent losses have come at welterweight and against former world champions. Now, he returns to the 140-pound division where he picked up a South American title in 2012.

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Magomedov V Hernandez!

Weigh In Open To The Public

The official weigh-in for this Saturday evening's "Knockout Night at the D," airing (8 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), will be held tomorrow (Friday, May 20) at the Fremont Street Experience, 3rd Street Stage, in Las Vegas. The weigh in is open to the public and will start at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The May 21st event is promoted in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions.

Undefeated Russian middleweight Arif "The Predator" Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) squares off against upset specialist Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 10-round main event for the vacant USNBC championship. Magomedov is world ranked among the top 15 160-pounders by the four major sanctioning bodies: WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14.

Unbeaten super welterweight John "The Phenom" Vera (12-0, 8 KOs), of Fort Worth, Texas, defends his NABA-USA title belt against challenger Joey "Boxer" Ruelas (10-1-1, 4 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 8-round co-feature Las Vegas' 17-year-old boxing prodigy Devin "The Dream" Haney (5-0, 3 KOs) will become the youngest American boxer to box on national television as the 7-time national amateur champion takes on fellow undefeated lightweight prospect Jairo Fernandez (4-0, 3 KOs), of Mexico, in the 6-round television opener.

Former WBC Youth International titlist Tony Lopez (10-1, 3 KOs), of Dallas, meets unbeaten Houston featherweight Jerren "Hardknocks" Cochran (11-0-1, 4 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in 4-round bouts are Las Vegas junior lightweight Randy Moreno (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Texan Chris Turtun (1-2), and Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Julio Santos (2-2, 1 KO), from Puerto Rico.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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

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

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

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

FITE will stream all of Saturday night's "Knockout Night at the D" preliminary matches worldwide. In addition, the entire card may be watched on FITE APP outside of North American from 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.,. ET to 10 p.m. PT / 1 a.m. ET on the FITE APP.

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

Idea Design Studio is the main sponsor.

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World Championship Tripleheader!

Workout Quotes
World Championship Tripleheader

Fight week kicked off Wednesday with media workouts at the UNLV Boxing Gym for the six fighters competing in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGâ tripleheader of 154-pound world title fights this Saturday, May 21 from The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Working out Wednesday and headlining the event were WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy Lara and top contender Vanes Martirosyan. Televised coverage begins live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin Trout plus undefeated challenger Jermell Charlo battling hard-hitting John Jackson for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $39, and are available online at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday:

ERISLANDY LARA

"I'm not surprised that I'm fighting Vanes again. It's my job to fight whoever they put in front of me.

"I felt that I was a better fighter than him the first time and I'm a little better in almost every area since. One of the most important things is my way of training and my way of getting prepared. I feel that I am much more mature.

"I like being back in Las Vegas again. I'm definitely prepared to do what I do - and that's win.

"After I win Saturday, I would love to fight GGG or Canelo, but I would prefer GGG. It's not frustrating that I'm not fighting the biggest names all the time. I'm a headliner.

"I don't feel any pressure. I'm just going to do my job and just keep winning. As long as I keep winning, everything will take care of itself."

VANES MARTIROSYAN

"I've been fighting as a pro for over 10 years. This is definitely the most important fight of my career. It's do or die. Win and I move 10 steps forward, lose and I go 10 steps backwards.

"Beating Lara this time is 10 times bigger than if I had won the first time. Lara has gotten better, maybe his style hasn't changed much, but I feel that I'm much better too.

"There has been lots of changes in my camp. All for the better. I'm more focused in training. We've gone back to doing things the way we used to. I've really been dedicated. More than ever.

"I've given 100 percent every single day in the gym. This is going to be a tough fight. I hope he comes to me. It makes for a good fight. Actually, I think he is going to come forward a little more than people expect, but I'm prepared to chase him. Whatever it takes to be effective.

"If he is aggressive, once he feels my power, he is going to go back to what he does best - running.

"I'm coming to give my all."

JERMALL CHARLO

"All of the lost opportunities were part of my journey to get to this point. I know people aren't going to give me my credit for fighting Trout because people will feel like he has had his time in his career, which we all do, but now it's my time and I'm taking every opportunity I can.

"I look back at the situations I've had to get here and it's exciting. I have a big name opponent in Austin Trout and I feel like the underdog. I'm the young buck in the game who's trying to be the lion. Although I do have the belt, its because I had to take it from someone that didn't deserve it.

"Every time Austin Trout gets to this level, he fails. He didn't fight the same Miguel Cotto, he just wasn't himself that night. I have to come in there and take what's mine.

"Whatever happens, I'm excited. We train, we prepare for 12 rounds. I'm prepared for whatever I need to be.

"I'm excited to be here and fight and be able to support my brother. We're able to roll through anything and keep looking forward. The good and the bad.

"Everything I've been through; I try to move forward every fight. I got the belt from Cornelius Bundrage, I defended the belt and now I have the opportunity to fight Austin Trout - a bigger name.

AUSTIN TROUT

"I take my hat off to him. He's undefeated. He's a champion. I've been through more to get to where I'm at. I'm more of a dangerous fighter.

"He's not one to shy away from a challenge. I feel like I'm a better fighter. I'm shocked that I got a title shot this fast. I thought I was going to have to go back to the drawing board. The opportunity came and I'm so excited.

"I've been working on my inside game. The things outside of the ring - tightening up myself as a person. It's been helping me in the ring.

On Jermall predicting a knockout:

"He's dreaming. Everyone has dreams, but I've been known to bust people's bubbles. No one has been able to knock me out. He thinks he's a great man. A better man than Canelo or Lara? He's tripping.

"I'm probably his toughest test to date.

"The next chapter would be to fight my mandatory, unify and be undisputed champion."

JERMELL CHARLO

"This is history in the making. It's extremely exciting. We never really thought about it like this. We knew we would be boxing and winning titles, but this is special. We have the opportunity to both be world champions at the same time.

"We don't know what to expect on Saturday, but we're excited to put on a show and make a mark.

"I have to get in there and prove to my opponent and the rest of the world that I'm dangerous and I will be victorious.

"We always wanted to fight. We always want to prove ourselves to each other. About everything. We caused trouble but found ourselves in boxing.

"I thought my opportunity would come first, but everything happens for a reason. Look at this moment. It's motivated me and now it's paying off.

"The new training camp has been an adjustment, not being with my brother every day. I've been able to define who I am and my brother is able to do his thing.

"My motivation is that I was once with my brother everyday. What pushed me so much in camp was knowing that I'm not with my brother everyday, but I'm still in the same shape, even better and stronger. Not through coaches, but in general. Mentally I'm the same or better. We didn't get worse because we split. The point is what we are doing to stay in shape physically and mentally to be the best we can be."

JOHN JACKSON

"This is going to be a good fight. It could be the best fight on the card. I'm an explosive fighter so expect fireworks.

"My dad has given me advice my whole career. I have a lot of great insight about how to manage my emotions. He's instrumental in my corner. I'm 100 percent ready.

"There is a lot of pressure on Jermell, but I'm sure he's not over thinking it. I'm expecting the best Charlo in there.

"I go in there to go to war. Whatever happens, happens. I'm going to leave it all in the ring and give the fans a great show.

"I'm happy to be the underdog. I like to be the underdog and prove people wrong. I'm happy to be in this position. I was an underdog in the Olympics. I love the pressure. He has more to lose than I do.

"I've been dreaming about this moment my whole life. I'm 100 percent ready for this and I can't wait to perform under the lights.

"Make sure you tune-in, because I'm going all out for the belt."

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

"We're very busy. We are going full steam ahead. We are doing events, putting butts in the seats and promoting our fighters.

"This is a great card. Anytime you can put the top fighters in a single weight class on the same show, it is bound to be a great event for the fans and for the sport in general.

"We're happy to be working with SHOWTIME once again to put on another tremendously competitive fight card for the fans.

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Toka Kahn-Clary!

Continues His Development
Toka Kahn-Clary

Undefeated blue-chip featherweight prospect Toka "T-Nice" Kahn-Clary (17-0, 11 KOs) continues to show improvement in each and every fight. Last weekend, the 23-year-old Liberia-native knocked out seasoned veteran Orlando Rizo (19-7) in the fourth round at Sportsman Lodge in Studio City, California.

Kahn-Clary, fighting out of Providence, may still be flying under the radar but he's getting closer to becoming a breakout star. His most recent fight was his first scheduled 10-rounder.

"I put in a lot of hard roadwork, running seven miles a day, and (his head trainer) Peter (Manfredo, Sr.) really pushed me," Kahn-Clary talked about preparing for his last fight. I got some good work from Javier Fortuna, sparring him a few times, and he's a good southpaw.

"I wasn't looking for a knockout but it just happened. I stepped left and threw a left. I didn't load up but it was accurate, hitting him right on his chin. I was happy to get the knockout but I was looking forward to getting in some more rounds."

"Nothing Toka does really surprises me because I've known since the beginning that he's special," Manfredo commented. "Toka continues to improve with each fight and he's hungry to get to the next level. There's no rush, he doesn't turn 24 to next year. He's still maturing. The kid he knocked out was Nicolas Walters' main sparring partner.

"I just don't want to put him in with the big names just yet. He's maturing but he's not all the way there. He's improving all of the time, putting his combinations together better each fight. I've also noticed that he's nice and relaxed in the ring now. He's becoming a good boxer who always had power. Top Rank is doing a great job moving him. Everybody's happy."

A decorated American amateur who had a 131-11 record, highlighted by a gold-medal performance at the 2010 National Golden Gloves Tournament, Kahn-Clary passed on a shot to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to turn pro three years ago.

"I've been boxing 10 years now," Kahn-Clary added. "Knowing what I've already accomplished, I also realize that I'm still improving. I'll be back in the gym Monday to get ready for the next call we get about my next fight. (Top Rank's) Brad Goodman is one of the best matchmakers in boxing. He and everybody at Top Rank are doing a great job positioning me for a big opportunity. That may not happen this year but, hopefully, it will sometime next year. I'm boxing so much better now than I ever did. I used to fight like I was in a fog but, now, my eyes are wide open."

Not bad for a kid who left his mother and siblings in Liberia when he was six, only to have his father murdered a year after he arrived in the United States. He's overcome many difficult obstacles in his young life, most of them tougher than any opponents he'll every fight, including a stretch in which he was homeless. It's only made him tougher and an even better overall person.

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Beibut Shumenov V Junior Wright!

This Saturday Night In Las Vegas
Beibut Shumenov

World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Cruiserweight World champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) makes his first title defense this Saturday night (May 21) against WBA No. 11-rated Junior "Hurricane" Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) at The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

"I'm happy to get the opportunity to fight this Saturday night," Shumenov said, "but I wish that I could fight more often. I've been ready since January. Every training session I gain new knowledge. I am a completely different fighter than in my last fight."

Shumenov's last fight was back in July, in which he defeated B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs) by 12-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas to capture the vacant WBA Interim title, making the former WBA light heavyweight champion Shumenov the first professional boxer from Kazakhstan to be a two-division world champion.

By becoming the WBA Interim cruiserweight champion, Shumenov also became the No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger for WBA Super cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev (28-2, 21 KOs), who also fights this Saturday in Russia against International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Victor Emilio "El Tyson de Abasto" Ramirez (22-2-1, 17 KOs) in a unification match.

The WBA has already mandated that the Lebedev-Ramirez must fight Shumenov within 120 days. The WBA, however, has failed to explain why it also declared a WBA "regular" cruiserweight world title fight this Friday night in France between No. 2 Yunier Dorticos and No. 5 Youri Kalenga (since upgraded to No. 3), especially after announcing that it would work this year to have only one world champion in each weight class.

Shumenov, of course, is risking his mandatory position by fighting Wright, the former 5-time Chicago Golden Gloves champion. "I need to stay active," Shumenov explained why he's taking such a risk. "Every fight, I gain experience and it also helps me develop my fighting skills."

The 12-round Shumenov vs. Wright title fight is on the non-televised portion of The Cosmopolitan show.

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Donald Wallace!

To Make Pro Debut In Virginia
Donald Wallace

Baltimore Boxing middleweight prospect “Dangerous” Donald Wallace is slated to make his pro debut against fellow newcomer Brian Straus in a four round match up Saturday evening at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

In the last year, Wallace went from a virtual unknown to a respected up and comer in the notoriously tough Baltimore-Maryland-DC region. A participant in the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers, Wallace exceeded expectations but ultimately came up short after dropping a debatable decision to well-regarded Sharif Rahman.

Since the defeat to Rahman, Wallace has been fighting with a chip on his shoulder and the kind of hunger necessary to make it in a sport brutal as boxing. Now that his brief but successful amateur career is behind him, Wallace is focused on his future in the paid ranks.

“I’m excited and have been working on getting my weight down,” said Wallace. “My last few amateur fights I fought too heavy but that’s no longer an issue. I’ve already had experience boxing without the headgear during the Olympic Qualifiers so I’m not worried about that aspect. I actually like that the gloves are smaller in the pros because I’m looking for a knockout or stoppage in the first round to enter the pros in style!”

Jake Smith, Wallace’s manager and trainer, has been involved in the fight game for more than three decades and is a firm believer in him.

“Donald came to me with no experience but the desire to learn and improve. He is an incredibly hard worker and has come very far in a short period of time. I believe his work ethic alone will take him places in this sport and I’m looking forward to Saturday night.”

Tickets are available by calling 410-375-9175.

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RICKY HATTON!

RELIKH IS READY FOR A WORLD TITLE SHOT
Kiryl Relikh

RICKY HATTON believes Kiryl Relikh should be granted a shot at the WBA super-lightweight title following his demolition of Brazil’s Joaquin Carneiro Batista in Bolton, England on Friday night (May 13).

The hard-hitting Belarusian, defending successfully his WBA Intercontinental super-lightweight title, was dominant from the outset and rocked Carneiro’s head back several times.

As the sessions progressed, Relikh’s unleashed further heavy artillery and in the fourth round Carneiro’s corner raised the towel to pull their man out.

Kiryl Relikh, who has a perfect record of 21 contests, 21 wins with 19 inside, is currently ranked at number four in the world’s WBA ratings, and Hatton feels he should have been nominated to fight number one rated Michele Di Rocco for the vacant world title ahead of Ricky Burns, who is rated at number seven.

“I think Kiryl showed his class and I believe he should have gotten the fight with Di Rocco, but I can’t blame Burns and his team for negotiating the fight as they are doing what is best for them,” Hatton stated.

“We’re entitled to take the winner of Burns and Di Rocco within ninety days of their contest and we’ll be ready for either of them.

“Personally, I hope Burns wins and does Scotland proud and then we can hopefully get a shot at him.

“Kiryl’s a man in a hurry. He wants to fight everybody so I don’t think he’ll have any problems going in against Burns or anyone else at the weight.

“He’s go 19 stoppages from 21 fights now, but I think people will be pleasantly surprised when they see him step up a level to world class because I don’t think he’s shown half of what he’s got yet, his fights have been over that quickly.”

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Artur Beterbiev V Ezequiel Maderna!

June 4 From Bell Center In Montreal
Artur Beterbiev

Unbeaten light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) will battle veteran Argentine Olympian Ezequiel Maderna (23-2, 15 KOs) in a 12-round showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Saturday, June 4 from Bell Center in Montreal.

Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and features an exciting co-main event that sees a pair of undefeated rising contenders enter the ring as Florida's Bryant Perrella (13-0, 12 KOs) squares-off against Washington, D.C.'s David Grayton (14-0, 10 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout. PBC on ESPN returns for the first of seven fight nights between June 4 and August 12 that will feature exciting and competitive battles.

"I have never been out of the ring for a whole year as an amateur or professional so I can't wait to fight," said Beterbiev. "We've watched some tapes of Maderna and he seems like a complete fighter. We will be ready on June 4."

"I'm working very hard in preparation of this fight," said Maderna. "My goal is to fight a perfect fight that will be very important to my professional future."

"I'm excited for an opportunity to take on a young undefeated lion who's looking to become a world champion like myself," said Perrella. "We're grinding away every day at training camp. We have some new things we're working on because we know he's going to come at me hard. I'm ready to either box or brawl. Either way, I'm coming out on top."

"I'm ready to get in the ring and put on a great performance," said Grayton. "Training is going well and I've had lots of good sparring and conditioning. We know we have a rangy southpaw who's going to be tough. It's about whoever wants it the most and I bet I'll be hungrier. When I get the win, the sky is the limit."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), are on sale at the Bell Centre box office, on www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666) or at Champion boxing club (514) 376-0980.

"We will launch the Grand Prix activities, which is the biggest sports week in Montreal, with this card," said Yvon Michel, President of GYM. "Artur is the next boxing superstar in Quebec. He injured his shoulder, but the surgery fixed everything. We plan for him to fight three times in 2016. We want Sergey Kovalev by the end of the year or beginning of 2017."

Beterbiev returns to his adopted homeland after last fighting in June 2015 and recovering from a shoulder surgery. A two-time Russian Olympian, Beterbiev has fought out of Montreal for his professional career that began in 2013. The 31-year-old has sent all of his opponents out within the distance including dominating performances over former world champions Tavoris Cloud and Gabriel Campillo.

Maderna turned pro in 2008 after representing his native Argentina in the 2008 Olympics and was unbeaten in his first 19 fights before losing a narrow decision to Edwin Rodriguez. Both of the 29-year-old's defeats have come to unbeaten fighters and he enters this fight on a three bout winning streak including a first round knockout of Rolando Mansilla his last time out.

An undefeated 27-year-old out of Fort Myers, Florida, Perrella comes in off a second round stoppage of Ramon Ayala in January. He picked up five knockouts in a row in 2015 and looks to make it 11 in a row overall when he faces his toughest test yet on June 4.

A Washington D.C. product, Grayton was a National Golden Gloves Champion who beat Errol Spence Jr. on his way to picking up that title. The 28-year-old entered the professional ranks in 2012 and is unbeaten since. He began 2016 with a stoppage of Daniel Souza Santos in January and now looks to make his mark in a competitive welterweight battle.

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PIX11!

PARTNERS WITH DBE TO AIR BROADWAY BOXING

PIX11 is pleased to announce it has partnered with DiBella Entertainment, one of the top boxing promotional companies in the world based in New York, and Barclays Center, Brooklyn's landmark sports and entertainment arena, to broadcast "Broadway Boxing: Presented by BROOKLYN BOXING," a 90-minute special airing on Saturday, May 21. Sponsored by BROOKLYN BOXING, Nissan of Queens, Optyx, and Azad Watches, "Broadway Boxing" will air directly following the PIX11 broadcast of the New York Mets' home game against the Milwaukee Brewers, which starts at 4:10 p.m ET.

Hosted by boxing expert and play-by-play announcer Brian Custer and PIX11 Sports Anchor Andy Adler, "Broadway Boxing" will feature a look back at some of the most exciting moments of the series, voiced by award-winning actor Danny Aiello, and a recap of the March 30th 10-round New York State middleweight title matchup between local prospects Chris Galeano, of The Bronx, and Devaun Lee, of Queens. Galeano and Lee will be in the PIX11 studio at Barclays Center to discuss the aftermath of their heated contest.

"Broadway Boxing" will also include an interview with Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, who launched the "Broadway Boxing" series in 2004 as a combination of live programming and taped-delayed broadcasts. "Broadway Boxing" is currently the longest running independently produced boxing series. DiBella will delve into the history of the series, the importance of club shows and how the grassroots nature of such allows the sport to thrive.

"Broadway Boxing" will feature a segment hosted by PIX11's Andy Adler on women's boxing, with fighters Heather Hardy, who is undefeated in six fights at Barclays Center, and Amanda Serrano in studio giving their thoughts on the growth and development of women's boxing and the challenges females continue to face in what has predominantly been a male-driven sport.

The broadcast will preview the eagerly anticipated Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter WBA welterweight title bout that will be televised live by SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS from Barclays Center on Saturday, June 25.

"As PIX11 continues to be a local destination for sports, we are pleased to announce our second boxing special," said Rich Graziano, President/GM, PIX11. "'Broadway Boxing' will air in partnership with DiBella Entertainment, presented by BROOKLYN BOXING, Nissan of Queens, Optyx, and Azad Watches, and give boxing fans a behind-the-scenes look at local boxing talent, while reaffirming our commitment to bring the highest quality sports programming to our viewers."

"We have worked for 12-plus years developing the 'Broadway Boxing' brand in New York and throughout the country," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "It is the finest local television boxing series in the US, showcasing New York area and international talent and developing future stars. We are thrilled to partner with PIX11 and to introduce the series to its New York viewers. PIX11 is quintessentially New York and a media force in the tri-state area. Under Rich Graziano's leadership, this is evidenced by its local sports programming. 'Broadway Boxing' belongs on PIX11."

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Danny Roman!

Wraps Up Training Camp
Danny Roman

For the second time in as many years, NABA Champion Danny Roman (18-2-1, 6 KOs) is featured on Thompson Boxing Promotions anniversary show.

The recently turned 26-year-old defends his 122-pound title against hardnosed veteran Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) of Mexico in the 10-round, "New Blood" main event this Friday, May 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Roman, who is ranked fourteen by the WBA, recently put the finishing touches on his Los Angeles-based training camp that saw him spar against the likes of Pedro Duran, Emilio Sanchez, Oscar Negrete, and Jose Gomez - all of whom are undefeated.

"Last week I sparred twelve rounds," said Roman, who enters Friday's bout with a ten-fight winning streak. "I feel like I can go more. It's been a strong training camp and I feel confident in getting the win on Friday night. I'm hungry to be the best that this division has to offer."

For an inside look at Danny Roman's training camp, please click here, or on the photo icon above.

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

In the co-feature, former Ukrainian Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (13-0, 8 KOs) defends his unbeaten mark against Erick Martinez (11-4-1, 5 KOs) of Mexico. The 10-round fight has championship implications, as Shelestyuk and Martinez will vie for the WBA International Welterweight Title.

Shelestyuk is co-promoted through Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.

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.

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Battle Born Boxing!

Streaming Live On FITE

Neon Star Mediaannounced today thatFITE will stream this weekend's amateur and professional boxing events, respectively, "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" and "Knockout Night at the D, live from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

FITE will stream this Friday night's amateur boxing event, "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II," starting at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET, worldwide via its increasingly popular app (go online to Google Play or iTunes APP stores to download). "Battle Born Boxing" is an amateur boxing series created by Neon Star Media for the D Las Vegas to support amateur boxing in Nevada, as well as provide a platform for amateur boxers from other states to compete against local clubs and boxers.

The action continues this Saturday evening at the DLVEC, starting at 6 p.m. PT, with the second installment of the "Knockout Night at the D" pro boxing series. FITE will stream all of the preliminary matches worldwide. In addition, the entire card may be watched on FITE APP outside of North American from 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.,. ET to 10 p.m. PT / 1 a.m. ET on the FITE APP.

"FITE APP is a perfect fit for our client that wants to have its brands, Knockout Night at the D and Battle Born Boxing: Uprising instantly connected to a global viewing audience live each month," said John Anderson, Neon Star Media, SVP of integrated sales.

FITE is an app that can be downloaded at either the Google Play or iTunes app store. FITE TV provides the very best of all things fighting including boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts and grappling. Not only can viewers watch FITE programming on either Android or IOS smart mobile devices, it allows viewers to automatically stream the program from your mobile device to a Wi-Fi connected or smart TV. The app download is free and available anywhere in the world that has Wi-Fi capabilities. FITE is a product of Flipps Media, Inc. For more information go to FITE.tv.

"We are excited to be working with the team from 'Knockout Night at the D' to bring its distinct brand of boxing to FITE TV," commented Michael Weber, Senior Vice President of Marketing for FITE TV. "With FITE investor and spokesperson, Jim 'JR' Ross, as its blow-by-blow announcer, our relationship is a natural. We are excited to grow FITE as Neon Media grows the 'Knockout Night at the D' series."

FITE will also stream the June 9th & 10th "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising III" and "Knockout Night at the D" event from DLVEC.

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" tickets, priced at $19.00 for ringside (rows 1 and 2) and $15.00 for general admission, are on sale at www.DLVEC.com. All tickets purchased for "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" will entitle ticketholders to receive $10.00 off any tickets purchased for the following evening's (May 21) "Knockout Night at the D" pro event. Those tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

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

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

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Dmitriy Salita!

Overjoyed By Success Of Latest Detroit Brawl Event

Promoter Dmitriy Salita couldn't be happier about putting on what's being called the best boxing show in Detroit in many years, last Saturday, at the Masonic Temple.

Salita's second instalment of his "Detroit Brawl" series featured wall-to-wall action and a "Fight of the Year" candidate in the semi-final. With an old-school feel and a big fight-loving crowd, the Detroit Brawl series just became a cornerstone of the Motown fight game.

"This event surpassed all my expectations," said Salita. "My matchmaker Dennis Turner, did his job well and every fight delivered great action to the fans. Especially James Gordon Smith against Pablo Cupul. Those two bantamweights waged six rounds of all-out war. It was an amazing, back-and-forth fight."

Although the final tally read 60-53 for Smith from all three judges, the scores don't relay the heart-stopping thrills he and Cupul provided.

According to Fightnews.com the two men became reminiscent of some of the greats of the past: "In the manner of Floyd Patterson attempting to do damage against George Chuvalo, it seemed that the harder Smith seemed to punch, the more vigorous was Cupul's return fire. Smith is a steady, if not huge (in volume and power) puncher who did his best to unload power shots and he did not neglect the body, but while Cupul was cut over his left eye in the fifth and his eyes were welting badly by fight's end, he never really backed down. Promoter Salita knows where to go if he wants to bring in a sure-fire action fight for his next card.

In the night's main event, Detroit cruiserweight Demetrius Banks got out to an early lead and then held off a late charge by determined New Yorker, Emilio Salas to keep his undefeated (now 7-0) record intact. Banks was able to drop Salas twice, but expended a lot of energy in doing so, which enabled Salas to come on strong behind his southpaw jab in the final three rounds.

"This was another great fight that neither fighter deserved to lose," continued Salita. "Demetrius showed his power and boxing skills early and Emilio showed his amazing heart and conditioning late. It was competitive and intense through out the whole contest and had fans standing on their feet."

In other action, Detroit's James Ballard saw his star continue to rise with a unanimous decision over Edgar Perez, while local product Dorell Van Horn moved to 9-0, 6 KOs with a KO of Francisco Reza. Also making quick, but impressive, work of their opponents were Clarence Dubose, Serdar Hudayberdiyev, and Giorgi Gelashvili.

In a redemption of sorts, Alexey Zubov of Russia, now fighting for Kronk, got back in the win column with a stoppage of Damon McCreary. He is now 11-1, 7 KOs.

"Alexey didn't show what he can do in his last fight, the loss on TV," said Salita. "He got his confidence back and showed a big difference from that fight by punching in hard combinations to the head and body. He wants another chance to show the world he had a bad night but is a very good fighter. If he keeps it up, he will get it."

The good news is, "Detroit Brawl" will be back soon. Salita says he doesn't have the specific date hammered down yet, but will make the announcement as soon as he does.

"My goal was to try to help bring Detroit boxing back to life and I'm very happy with the progress so far. The Masonic Temple was a very exciting place to be that night. I am grateful to everyone who helped make it happen and can't wait to do it all again."

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Patrick Nielsen!

Out With Injury
Patrick Nielsen

The Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup has been postponed due to an injury sustained by Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs), who was set to face Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight title.

While sparring, Nielsen suffered a broken metacarpal and a scaphoid wrist fracture for which he must undergo surgery. The 25 year-old from Albertslund is expected to be out of action for 8-12 weeks.

‘’I felt a lot of pain in my left wrist after a sparring session and I knew something wasn’t right,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’I went to see a hand specialist and they confirmed the damage and told me I must have an operation.

‘’I’m very disappointed as I was looking forward to fighting Douglin on May 28 and moving another step closer to a World title challenge.

‘’Now, I must take some time out to recover. After the operation, it will be 8 weeks before I can start punching again, but I will come back stronger and I look forward to fighting again after the summer.’’

‘’Patrick’s operation will be overseen by one of the top hand specialists in Berlin and we have every confidence it will be a success and he will make a speedy recovery,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland.

‘’We will unfortunately have to postpone the Nordic Fight Night on May 28 but are already looking at new dates and will make an announcement soon.’’

Fans who have already purchased tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt should contact Billetlugen in order to receive a full refund.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

BLACK BEAR CASINO IN CARLTON MN
BLACK BEAR CASINO

Murat Gassiev 199.2 lbs. vs. Jordan Shimmell 196 lbs.

John Wesley Nofire 231.2 lbs. vs. Joey Abell 257.2 lbs.

Danny Kelly 232.4 lbs. vs. Stephan Shaw 252.2 lbs.

Leduan Barthelemy 128.6 lbs. vs. Rafael Eduardo Reyes 129.8 lbs.

Deonte Wilson 144.2 lbs. vs. Gilbert Venegas Jr. 146.6 lbs.

Ramiro Carrillo 139.6 lbs. vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 143.4 lbs.

Jose F Quezada 140.8 lbs. vs. Ariel A Vasquez 141.8 lbs.

Mengistu Zarzar 193.4 lbs. vs. John Moxey 211 lbs.

TV:TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes

Venue: Black Bear Casino Resort, Carlton, MN

Promoter: Warriors Boxing

Warriors Boxing Promotions

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Hughie Fury!

Eager To Conquer Challenges In & Out Of The Ring
Hughie Fury

Fast rising heavyweight Hughie Fury has been ranked #6 in the world by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Fury captured the WBO’s Intercontinental belt April 30 via 7th round technical decision over awkward Fred Kassi. At 21 years old, Fury has a perfect 20-0 professional ledger and stopped ten of his opponents. During the last fifteen months, Fury’s passed multiple tough tests having outpointed noteworthy fighters in Andriy Rudenko, George Arias, Dominick Guinn and Kassi.

On July 9, Fury looks to shine on his biggest stage yet when he faces an opponent to be named in a ten or twelve round fight. The fight will appear on the undercard of the world heavyweight championship showdown between champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena.

Hungry but humble, Fury is very pleased with his world ranking and plans to win the WBO world championship.

“I’m overwhelmed that the WBO has me listed in the top six in the world,” said Fury. “I’m a loyal person and will repay the WBO by winning their world title just like my cousin Tyson.”

Even with his notable success and high praise throughout the boxing world, Fury’s been battling a grueling opponent out of the ring that has prevented him from being 100 percent.

According to Dr. Ian R. White, Fury’s suffering from acne conglobata which could result in malaise, fluctuating fevers and joint pain. The condition has to be treated aggressively with medications in order to keep his career progressing.

Thankfully, he’s responding well and things are looking up.

“I’ve been dealing with fatigue and a skin problem that caused my body to breakdown. I know people in the boxing world have taken note of this and I appreciate their concern. The good news is I have been given treatment to clear my skin once and for all. I’m 21 years old and am going to show the world what I’m about in the next year and hopefully there will be another world champion in the Fury family.”

Fury’s opponent will be announced shortly.

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Nathan Gorman!

Added To Fury V Klitschko Undercard
Nathan Gorman

NANTWICH heavyweight Nathan Gorman has been given the opportunity to appear on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s mammoth heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

Fights are coming thick and fast for the Ricky Hatton-trained 19-year-old as he has racked up four victories with three knockouts since turning professional in December.

This past weekend Gorman floored Poland’s Kamil Sokolowski three times en route to a fifth round stoppage in Walsall and just two weeks earlier he wiped out Hrvoje Kisicek in just one session at London’s Copper Box Arena.

The opportunity to feature on the Fury v Klitchsko 2 card is huge for a boxer at this early stage in his career and Ricky Hatton believes fight fans will be pleased with what they see in Manchester on July 9.

“For a young prospect, things don’t get any bigger than this,” Hatton said. “The chance for a teenage heavyweight to box on the same bill as a world heavyweight title fight is massive.

“Nathan only started boxing around three years ago and he had to pinch himself when we told him where his next fight would be.

“I expect Nathan to shine on the night regardless of who he’s in with. In his last couple of fights he’s shown the power and shot picking we’ve been working on and I believe fans at the Manchester Arena will be very impressed with what they see from him.”

Like Tyson Fury, Gorman comes from proud travelling stock. His uncle, Bartley Gorman, was a legend of bareknuckle boxing and was often referred to as ‘The King of the Gypsies’ thanks to an unbeaten run that lasted more than 20 years.

In fact, respect between the Gormans and the Furys played a part in getting young Nathan this chance.

“We have to thank Tyson and Peter Fury for getting Nathan on this card,” Hatton explained.

“The Fury family are close to Nathan’s and they’ve seen him in action since he first put on a pair of gloves.

“Tyson said he wanted Nathan on his undercard and Peter put the wheels in motion to make it happen. After training Tyson and Hughie, Peter knows a good heavyweight when he sees one and he was instrumental in pushing for Nathan to be included on the bill because he thinks he’ll had some excitement to the bill.

“We really can’t stress how grateful we are to Tyson and Peter for their belief in us and their support.”

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BATTLE BORN BOXING!

RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" is on tap Friday night, May 20, starting at 7 p.m. PT, at the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

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

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

"Battle Born Boxing" was successfully launched April 15 and the amateur boxing series will continue the night before each of the "Knockout Night at the D" series professional boxing events, airing live throughout 2016 on CBS Sports Network from the DLVEC.

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising II" tickets, priced at $19.00 for ringside (rows 1 and 2) and $15.00 for general admission, are on sale at www.DLVEC.com. All tickets purchased for "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising" will entitle ticketholders to receive $10.00 off any tickets purchased for the following evening's (May 21) "Knockout Night at the D" pro event. Those tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

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GRAY & DELOMBA!

SCORE IMPRESSIVE WINS
CES

Although a draw wasn't what fight fans were hoping for Friday in the main event of CES Boxing's "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" between Peter Manfredo Jr. and Vladine Biosse, the sold-out crowd at Twin River Casino got its money's worth with exceptional finishes in the two title bouts on the undercard.

Cranston, R.I., super lightweight Nick DeLomba and Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray turned in the most impressive performances of their careers in front of more than 2,500 fans at the packed Event Center.

Facing the hard-hitting Quinton Willis (10-4-1) of Fort Meyers, Fla., in the eight-round co-feature, Gray (13-0, 10 KOs) scored his 10th career win by knockout, stopping his opponent at 1 minute, 41 seconds of the second round to retain his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Title.

The knockout win was a return to normalcy for Gray, who needed all 10 rounds to beat Nicaraguan journeyman Eduardo Flores in February, a last-minute replacement when his original opponent, Cameron Rivera, withdrew due to a wrist injury. With more than six weeks to prepare for Friday's opponent, Gray picked apart Willis quickly, sending him to the canvas in the opening round with an overhand right and finishing him for good with a left hook to the chin in the second.

The unanimous decision win over Flores snapped Gray's eight-fight knockout streak. He's now won nine of his last 10 by knockout with only two of those fights lasting beyond the opening round.

As for DeLomba (9-1), Friday marked his return to the win column after suffering a brutal, first-round knockout loss to Gledwin Ortiz in September.

The slick-boxing Cranston native took eight months off between fights to recover from the loss and prepare to make the transition from welterweight to super lightweight, dropping to 143 pounds Friday to challenge Worcester's undefeated Freddy Sanchez for the vacant New England Title. A former 147-pounder, DeLomba clocked in at 141 at Thursday's weigh-in, the lightest of his career.

In addition to becoming a father in January, DeLomba revealed an additional source of motivation, the perception from critics that he was taking on more than he could chew against the hard-hitting Sanchez, who had never so much been knocked down in his previous seven fights.

Instead, DeLomba returned to form in the biggest fight of his career, out-boxing Sanchez (7-1) en route to a 59-55, 58-56, 60-54 unanimous decision win.

Springfield, Mass., super lightweight Zack Ramsey (7-1) also suffered the first loss of his career, a 56-58, 56-58, 57-57 major decision against seasoned New York City vet Issouf Kinda (18-3) in a six-round bout, and lightweight Julio Perez (4-1) tasted defeat for the first time in a unanimous shutout loss to Providence's Cido Hoff (1-0-1), an intriguing outcome in the opening bout of the night considering Perez had only lost two rounds his entire career entering Friday's event.

The future of New England boxing was also on display in front of a packed house at Twin River as Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) and Jamaine Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO) scored knockout wins in their professional debuts. Ball flattened Providence's Tunde Odumosu (0-1) at 1:46 of the opening round of their scheduled four-round super middleweight bout with a left hook to the jaw and Ortiz battered Maine's Josh Parker (0-3-1) to the point were Parker couldn't answer the bell for the second round due to a jaw injury, an impressive first night for both rising stars.

The main event, though lacking a decisive outcome, did not lack in excitement as Biosse (15-7-3), nicknamed "Mr. Providence," put together a solid performance on just two and a half week's notice against the 47-fight vet Manfredo (40-7-1), who was originally supposed to face the undefeated Angel Camacho Jr., a fight scheduled as far back as March.

Judge Don Trella scored it 77-75 in favor of Biosse, Clark Sammartino had it 78-74 for Manfredo and Glenn Feldman had it even at 76-76.

The 36-year-old Manfredo, who fought for the first time since November of 2013, got off to a slow start, but caught his second wind in the later rounds as Biosse began to fade, perhaps a byproduct of only having a handful of weeks to train.

Afterward, Manfredo pointed to the fact he had to switch from preparing for a right-hander to training for a southpaw as a reason for his early struggles, but made no excuses, complimenting Biosse for his bravado and fearless approach.

Whether Friday's result officially ends Manfredo's storied career as a Rhode Island icon remains to be seen, but the outcome was uplifting for Biosse, who rose to the challenge despite having lost his last five fights and earned a draw against one of New England's most celebrated fighters.

Also on the undercard, New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (11-0-1) remained unbeaten in a 59-54, 59-54, 60-53 unanimous decision win over St. Petersburg, Fla., vet Manny Woods (15-5-1), and Holyoke, Mass., junior welterweight Mohamad Allam (3-1) avenged his September loss to Stoughton, Mass., vet Travis Demko (4-1) by handing Demko his first career loss, winning Friday's rematch by unanimous decision, 58-56, 58-56, 59-55.

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Luis Del Valle!

Decisions Thomas Snow
Luis Del Valle

122 pound contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (22-2, 16 KO's) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico scored a clear-cut, eight-round unanimous decision over local southpaw Thomas “KO” Snow (18-3, 12 KO's) on Friday, May 13 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

Fighting on Roc Nation Sports' Throne Boxing on BET, Del Valle looked to set the tone by pressuring the DC-based Snow in the opening round. In the second, the former NABA featherweight champion landed a number of straight right hands, including one that sent Snow down hard. Sensing that a knockout may be imminent, Del Valle swarmed Snow but he made it out of the round.

The third saw Del Valle land a picture perfect left hook that dropped Snow again, who effectively tied up after tasting the canvas. Del Valle continued to press the action in the fourth and fifth stanzas, while Snow began moving his hands but still held frequently. Snow found moments of success in the sixth and had his best round in the seventh, during which he connected with a hard shot that got an off balance Del Valle's attention. Still gunning for a knockout, Del Valle pushed the action in the eighth however, Snow tied him up on multiple occasions and finished on his feet.

While most fans and ringsiders had Del Valle winning at least six rounds, the scores were surprisingly 76-74 on all three scorecards.

“Thomas Snow was a very game fighter and I tip my hat off to him for being a tough competitor,” Del Valle said shortly after the victory. “I would've liked to have finished him, but he was constantly tying me up. I thought the referee would’ve warned him or taken a point, but that didn't happen. This fight was a good learning experience and like JAY Z says ‘it’s onto the next one.’”

With Snow out of his way, Del Valle’s sights are set on bigger opportunities.

“I want to get my hands on one of the champions or top contenders at 122 pounds. Ever since I started boxing, my goal was to become a world champion. I’m hoping to have the chance to fight for one of the belts soon because there's nothing I want more than to bring a world title belt back to Puerto Rico.”

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Biosse & Manfredo Fight To A Draw!

Gray Retains Title With Another Knockout Win

Fighting on just two and a half weeks notice, “Mr. Providence” Vladine Biosse fought to a draw Friday night in “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL” against “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. at Twin River Casino.

The Manfredo-Biosse main event headlined a nine-fight card promoted by CES Boxing. Manfredo (40-7-1) returned for the first time since announcing his retirement in November and 2013 while Biosse (15-7-3), replacing the injured Angel Camacho Jr., snapped a five-fight losing streak in his first fight since July.

The left-handed Biosse gained the early momentum in the first half of the fight, out-boxing Manfredo and keeping him off balance with his southpaw stance. Manfredo fought back in the later rounds and appeared to hurt Biosse down the stretch, but Biosse fought effectively off the ropes and kept his composure over the final two rounds.

Judge Don Trella scored it 77-75 in favor of Biosse, Clark Sammartino had it 78-74 for Manfredo and Glenn Feldman had it even at 76-76.

As he’s done throughout his entire career, Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (13-0, 10 KOs) dazzled the Twin River crowd with another electrifying knockout, stopping Florida’s Quentin Willis (10-4-2) with a vicious left hook at the 1:41 mark of the second round to defend his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Title.

Unlike his last fight in February, which went 10 rounds, Gray came out firing and put Willis on the canvas early in the first round with an overhand right. Willis survived the round, but walked right into the left hand midway through the second and never made it back to his feet.

Not to be outdone, Cranston, R.I., junior welterweight Nick DeLomba (9-1) rebounded from his first career loss and dominated previously unbeaten Worcester native Freddy Sanchez (7-1) by unanimous decision, 59-55, 58-56, 60-54, to capture the vacant New England Title.

Fighting for the first time since September, DeLomba looked sharper than ever, boxing on angles and simply out-working Sanchez, nearly stopping his opponent in the fourth and fifth rounds. Sanchez showed tremendous heart, lasting all six rounds, but never looked comfortable and couldn’t gain any momentum against the slick-boxing DeLomba in what was DeLomba’s most impressive win to date.

Also on the undercard, New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (11-0-1) remained unbeaten in a 59-54, 59-54, 60-53 unanimous decision win over St. Petersburg, Fla., vet Manny Woods (15-5-1).

Williams knocked Woods to the canvas with a right hand in the opening round and continued to outbox his opponent over the final five rounds. Woods tried to make a late charge, but ran out of gas in the fifth and sixth as Williams cruised to victory, his second at Twin River and first since December.

In one of the most highly anticipated fights on the undercard, Holyoke, Mass., junior welterweight Mohamad Allam (3-1) avenged his September loss to Stoughton, Mass., vet Travis Demko (4-1) and handed Demko his first career loss, winning Friday’s rematch by unanimous decision, 58-58, 58-56, 59-55.

One half of the Worcester contingent on Friday’s card, Kendrick Ball Jr. and Jamaine Ortiz, each won convincingly in their professional debuts on “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPTIAL” undercard.

Ball (1-0, 1 KO), the son of trainer Kendrick Ball Sr., made quick work of super middleweight Tunde Odumosu (0-1) of Providence, knocking Odumosu cold with a hard overhand left at the 1:46 mark of the opening round while the junior welterweight Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO) overwhelmed Maine’s Josh Parker (0-3-1). Ortiz came out swinging from the opening bell, eventually burying Parker in his own corner with a flurry of punches, causing Parker to quit due to a jaw injury at he end of the opening round.

The first upset of the night occurred in the opening bout as Providence’s Cido Hoff (1-0-1), in just his second pro fight, swept all four rounds in a unanimous decision win over the previously unbeaten Julio Perez (4-1) of Marlborough, Mass. Hoff applied the pressure from the opening bell while the usually active Perez, who hadn’t lost a single round in his previous four wins, couldn’t keep pace. Hoff earned his first career win after fighting to a draw against decorated amateur Timmy Ramos in his pro debut.

In a battle of accomplished junior welterweights, Issouf Kinda of the Bronx (18-3) handed Springfield, Mass., vet Zack Ramsey (7-1) his first career loss by a narrow majority decision, 58-56, 57-57, 58-56. Sammartino and Feldman scored it 58-56 while Eddie Scunzio had it a draw.

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Andrzej Fonfara V Joe Smith Jr!

Plus Juan Carlos Payano V Rau'shee Warren II
Andrzej Fonfara V Joe Smith Jr

Power-punching fan favorite Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) will enter the ring against no nonsense New Yorker Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday, June 18 in a 10-round primetime battle that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and will feature a bantamweight world title rematch that sees current champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) take on three-time U.S. Olympian Rau'shee "Nuke" Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) as they rehash their rivalry that began in August 2015 when Payano won a narrow split-decision to retain his title. Also featured on the telecast is rising star Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) who faces powerful Mexican Daniel Sandoval (37-3, 34 KOs) in a super welterweight contest.

"I think that this fight Smith is a great challenge for me and I do not underestimate him," said Fonfara. "He is young and hungry and he wants to use this fight and my name to show the world his skills. He's coming to Chicago for victory and glory. I have to show him that I am stronger, more experienced and most importantly, a smarter fighter. I have to win this fight because it will open the door for me to rematch Adonis Stevenson."

"I've been working very hard and for many years towards an opportunity like this," said Smith Jr. "I am grateful to Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing for helping to get me here. This fight is going to change my life and no one is going to keep me from winning."

Payano and Warren first fought in Florida where Payano retained his title via split decision with scores of 113-111 twice for him and 115-109 for Warren. The fight featured consistent action and some controversy. Payano was deducted a point in round three while Warren lost two points in round nine for an intentional foul. At the end of the fight, both men raised their hands believing they had won and now they look to settle the score in Chicago.

"I knew this rematch would be offered and it's been a waiting game since I beat him the first time," said Payano. "I feel like I won convincingly, but some people feel otherwise. I'm very excited about fighting him again and this time I'll beat him even more easily. Fighting on NBC is a great privilege and it's a great place to showcase my talents. I am coming in humbled by this opportunity."

"I've been waiting for this rematch since the moment we got out of the ring the first time," said Warren. "I'm happy it's finally coming up on June 18. Until that day is here, there is nothing else on my mind. I'm real sharp right now. I'm going for the knockout. It didn't go my way last time, but I'm bringing home the belt this time.

"Every fight is big for me, whether I'm televised or not, because I always give it my all," said Lubin. "But fighting in primetime on NBC is a big opportunity for me and I know it will bring something out of me. I have to perform. It's up to me to go out and showcase my talent so I can keep moving up the ladder. Daniel Sandoval is a veteran who can prepare me for a world title shot. I'm more than ready and this fight will put me one step closer."

"This is a very good fight for me and I'm excited," said Sandoval. "I know if I come to the U.S. and beat Lubin, my name will be big and there will be another great Mexican fighter on the map. I know Lubin is the top prospect in the U.S. right now and a very fast southpaw. He is all the things you wouldn't want to go up against, but it's boxing and I'm Mexican. I'll fight anybody, anytime, anywhere."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Star Boxing, are priced at $201, $101, $61 and $41, not including applicable service charges, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or UIC Pavilion Box Office at (312) 413-5740. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

"Warriors Boxing is excited to bring PBC on NBC to the Windy City," said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. "Chicago's favorite son, Andrzej Fonfara, always thrills fans with his non-stop fighting style. Joe Smith Jr. has been destroying his competition in New York and also brings a fan friendly 'seek-and-destroy' style to the fight. The main event should be explosive. When you add up-and-coming superstar Erickson Lubin and if Payano vs. Warren II live up to their prior Fight of the Year candidate, it will be a can't miss night of boxing."

"I am truly looking forward to this main event," said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. "Smith and Fonfara are both very exciting fighters and I expect a thrilling war. Their styles will have Chicago rocking with enthusiastic Irish fans for Smith and Polish fans for Fonfara. The electric atmosphere will be a treat to everyone watching on NBC and I expect big things from Joe Smith Jr."

Fonfara returns to the ring after defeating Nathan Cleverly in October at UIC Pavilion in a fight that garnered Fight of the Year consideration and saw a record number of punches landed (936) and thrown (2524) for a light heavyweight fight in CompuBox history. Prior to that, the 28-year-old became the first person to stop Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and lost a decision to world champion Adonis Stevenson in a fight that saw both men hit the canvas. From Warsaw, Poland but training out of Chicago, Fonfara will fight in the Windy City for the 20th time when he enters the ring in primetime on June 18.

Representing Long Island, New York, Smith Jr. will bring his heavy hands to primetime as he looks for his 16th straight victory on June 18. The 26-year-old was a highly decorated amateur who won the 2008 New York Golden Gloves with a victory over Seanie Monaghan. A member of the Local 66 Laborers Union between fights and the oldest of eight siblings, Smith Jr. picked up his most impressive victory of his career so far when he defeated veteran Will Rosinsky in a hotly contested battle in Brooklyn. He followed it up with a second round stoppage of Fabiano Pena in April and is set for his toughest challenge in June.

The two-time Dominican Olympian Payano will defend his title for the second time since winning a technical decision over Anselmo Moreno in September 2014. The accomplished amateur won gold at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean games with victories over McJoe Arroyo and Yoandris Salinas. The unbeaten 32-year-old defeated Jundy Maraon, Jose Silveria and Luis Maldonado on the way to his title shot.

A three-time U.S. Olympian from Cincinnati, Warren is determined to make the most of his second shot at a world title. The 29-year-old turned pro in 2012 and picked up victories over veterans Jose Luis Araiza, Javier Gallo, German Meraz and Jhon Alberto Molina leading up to the first world title shot. Another fighter in veteran trainer Mike Stafford's stable, Warren was the first member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team to earn a world title shot and will look again to become the first member of that team to capture a world title.

A highly-regarded prospect with an exciting style, the 20-year-old Lubin has burst onto the scene looking to engage and finish opponents early. Fighting out of Orlando, he has already taken down experienced veterans including Orlando Lora, Ayi Bruce, Michael Finney and Norberto Gonzalez. He was sensational in November 2015 when he knocked out Alexis Camacho on NBC and in January he headlined his first card and dominated Jose De Jesus Macias in his first 10-round bout.

A winner of 18 of his last 19 fights, Sandoval enters this fight coming off of stoppage victories over Grady Brewer and Francisco Villanueva. The 25-year-old has won his previous two starts in the U.S. with decision victories over Richard Gutierrez in 2014 and Larry Smith in 2012 and will look to take down the undefeated Lubin on June 18.

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Emilio Salas!

Ready To Represent New York In Detroit Brawl Main Event
Emilio Salas

After getting knocked out a minute and a half into his professional boxing debut, cruiserweight Emilio Salas had to be wondering if a career change was in order.

But Salas shook off the embarrassment, and when he and now-fiancé Krystal Velez moved to Yonkers, New York, and he hooked up with trainer Jose Guzman, fortunes began to change.

Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs) hasn't lost a fight since and is now appearing in his first main event, a six-round cruiserweight main event against Detroit's Demetrius Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) on Saturday May 14, in Banks' backyard of the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

The pair will be headlining promoter Dmitriy Salita's "Detroit Brawl" event that also features a six-round co-main event between undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) and Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs).

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

"I have gotten a lot better with the trainers over here and I've had a lot more success," admitted Salas. "I'm a southpaw with fast hands and I move around well and I punch hard with both hands. But one of my biggest things I have is heart. You have to want to fight and have heart and I do."

Although he says he doesn't know much about Banks, Salas says it's ok because he prefers to figure an opponent out in the ring. "Normally once I get in there, I can tell what a fighter's weaknesses are. He's undefeated and I'll be fighting in his hometown, but the people I have fought have almost all been undefeated and I've beaten them, so this is nothing different and I am not scared to fight him in Detroit. Most of my fights are in my opponent's backyard. I really don't know what to expect. I'm training hard for it and I hope for the best."

Salas's nickname in the ring is "El Jibaro," which is slang for a country hick.

"They call me that because I was born and raised in area of Puerto Rico where there is lots of forest and not many houses and people are sort of poor. It means I'm from the jungle. I like to do real Puerto Rican things like working with animals and riding horses. I love Puerto Rico and I dedicate all my; fights to my family and to the people of Puerto Rico. My goal is to win a world title so that I can take it back to my hometown in PR and show that my first fight wasn't the last one. I want to show them that whatever you want to do in life you can make it happen if you work hard enough."

Salas caught promoter Dmitriy Salita's eye early last year, fighting to a draw against one of Salita's fighters, Ytalo Perea, a former Olympian.

"Emilio is very naturally talented," said Salita. "He only had about 20 amateur fights and seven as a pro and he's already a very good fighter. If he continues to develop and improve, he will soon become a force in the division."

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Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions!

Announces Sponsorship Agreement With Idea Design Studio

Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions and Neon Star Media have added extra punch for its next two shows, securing Idea Design Studio as the main sponsor for the next two "Knockout Night at the D" events, May 21 and June 10, at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The May 21st event is promoted in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions, June 10th in association with James Toney Promotions.

Idea Design Studio, based in Miami, is a 100-percent confidential invention help firm that assists inventors in designs, development, protection and marketing tools to bring their new invention to market for sale or licensing. For more than seven years, inventors have brought their original inventions, ideas, or improvements to existing products to Idea Design Studio's creative staff to help inventors realize their invention's true potential.

"Bringing Idea Design Studio onboard as a partner is just another example of how RJJ is going outside the norm of boxing," said Keith Veltre, CEO / Co-Founder of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. "RJJ is reaching new heights, expanding our horizons and becoming the new generation of boxing. When great minds come together in any industry, the ideas are endless."

"My business partner, Jeff Weiss, and I are thrilled to partner with Roy Jones Jr. Boxing," added Marvin Powell III, co-owner of Idea Design Studio. "Whether its up-and-coming boxers or the inventors that we work with, we believe that this joint venture represents two companies committed to helping others achieve the American Dream."

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM TWIN RIVER

Listed below are weights for CES Boxing’s “THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL” event, scheduled for Friday, May 13th, 2016 at Twin River Casino.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the first fight begins at 7. Limited standing room tickets for the event are priced at $46.00 and available online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change. The Go Fight Live Combat Sports Network will stream the fight live for $14.99.

Peter Manfredo Jr. 167 vs. Vladine Biosse 167

Khiary Gray 153.5 vs. Quinton Willis 154

Nick Delomba 141 vs. Freddy Sanchez 141

Jimmy Williams 146.5 vs. Manny Woods 148.5

Travis Demko 144 vs. Mohamad Allam 144.5

Jamaine Ortiz 138 vs. Josh Parker 138.5

Issouf Kinda 139 vs. Zack Ramsey 141.5

Kendrick Ball Jr. 166 vs. Tunde Odumosu 167.5

Julio Perez 132.5 vs. Cido Hoff 132

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Roberto Arriaza!

Makes U.S. Debut May 20
Thompson Boxing

Top Nicaraguan prospect Roberto Arriaza (11-0, 10 KOs) makes his U.S. debut one week from Friday against Cameron Kreal (8-9-2, 1 KO) of Las Vegas. It is perhaps the most intriguing fight on the undercard of Thompson Boxing Promotions "New Blood" Anniversary Event.

The action takes place Friday, May 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Arriaza, a welterweight boasting substantial punching power in either mitt, has been in the U.S. since April, training feverishly for the 8-round fight against Kreal. He is largely an unknown commodity in the States. He's counting on an impressive showing to endear himself to the influential Southern California audience

"I'm coming in well prepared for this fight," said the 26-year-old. "It's important to make a statement in my first U.S. event. I want to show the fans that my talent is real and to expect great things from me down the road."

"I don't plan on wasting any rounds. I have an aggressive boxing style. I'm confident that I'm going to put on an exciting performance."

Arriaza signed with Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions in early January, just prior to him capturing the vacant WBA Fedecentro welterweight title against Aristides Quintero.

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

In the "New Blood" main event, NABA Champion Danny Roman (18-2-1, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles defends his 122-pound title for the third time against hardened veteran Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) of Mexico (10-rounds).

In the 10-round co-feature, former Ukrainian Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (13-0, 8 KOs) defends his unbeaten mark against an opponent to be named later. The 8-round fight will be contested at the welterweight level. Shelestyuk is co-promoted through Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.

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

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Sam Evans!

My Dad Bred Fighting Into Me
Sam Evans

SAM EVANS says he was made for fighting and he’ll prove it in Walsall this Saturday night (May 14).

The 20-year-old is quietly spoken outside of the ring, but inside it he lets his fists do the talking.

This weekend he gets the opportunity to stretch his perfect professional record to four victories when he faces Bulgaria’s Teodor Stefanov on Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing’s co-promotion at Banks’s Stadium.

“I’ve always been a fighter, it’s something that my dad bred into me when I was a kid so being a professional boxer is perfect job for me,” he said.

“People keep telling me I need to talk more and make more noise, but I think that as long I keep doing the business in the ring then that says enough.

“I could say I’m going to do this and that to my opponents, but there’s no need. They will know what I’m all about when the bell rings.”

Despite fighting being in his blood, Evans admits that he has added many more levels to his arsenal since linking up with British boxing legend Ricky Hatton last summer.

“I was pure aggression when I first turned pro. I just wanted to get close to my opponent and let my punches go,” he recalled.

“Ricky has taught me so much and although I’m still aggressive, I know when to take my foot of the gas and look for the openings now.

“It’s still early in my career, but I think I’m a completely different fighter to what I was a few months ago. If I can learn so much in such little time, it’s frightening to think what I’ll be capable of in a year or so.”

This Saturday’s show also features Evans’ stable mate Nathan Gorman alongside the return of former British lightweight champion Martin Gethin and unbeaten prospects Chad Sugden and Kieron McLaren. Rowley Regis’s popular Jason Welborn is also in action against William Warburton.

Tickets are £30 for standard unreserved seats and £60 for VIP tickets which includes table service and a two-course meal. Call the Walsall FC Ticket Office on 01922 651 414 to book.

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Arthur Abraham!

Returns On July 16 In Berlin
Arthur Abraham

Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) returns to the ring on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany.

The former World Champion says he is ready to defy his critics and get back on the World title trail following his defeat to Gilberto Ramirez.

‘’I’m not ready to say goodbye to the sport I love so much,’’ said the 36 year-old. ‘’The fight with Ramirez did not go as planned, but I promise this will not happen again. I will show that I can do better and that I can become World Champion again – that is my greatest wish!’’

‘King Arthur’ will be joined by his long-time coach and mentor Ulli Wegner, who following crisis talks after Abraham’s World title defeat, has agreed to give his star pupil one last chance.

‘’I was not happy with Arthur’s performance against Ramirez, but I have decided to give the boy another chance,’’ said the 73 year-old coach. ‘’He did not do enough in Las Vegas to retain his title and call himself a champion. Now, he must work harder and show that this was just a blip in his character.’’

Promoter Kalle Sauerland believes Abraham can bounce back from his World title defeat and prove he is ready for another shot at World honours.

‘’Arthur has overcome many obstacles in his career – fighting through a broken jaw to defend his middleweight title against Edison Miranda and suffering defeat in the Super Six on his way to becoming a two weight World Champion,’’ said Sauerland.

‘’He has come back from defeat before and we’re sure he can do it again. It’s now about his legacy and how he wants to be remembered as a boxer. He must show that the fire still burns and that he’s willing to put in the work to become World Champion again.’’

Abraham fights on the undercard of Tyron Zeuge’s WBA World Super Middleweight title challenge against Giovanni De Carolis. Tickets go on sale shortly and will be available via www.eventim.de and www.tickethall.de.

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Danny Roman!

Out To Defend NABA Title On Thompson Boxing's Anniversary Show
Danny Roman

Thompson Boxing Promotions celebrates sixteen years in the business with a tremendous fight card featuring NABA Champion Danny Roman (18-2-1, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles defending against hardened veteran Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) of Mexico.

The 10-round, "New Blood" main event takes place Friday, May 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Since winning the 122-pound title last July, Roman has defended the championship twice, the most recent win coming in knockout fashion against Ramiro Robles in February. The 25-year-old Roman is coming in red hot with a ten-fight winning streak and holding the number fourteen position in the WBA's super bantamweight division.

He faces a more experienced boxer in Esquivel, who holds a loss against longtime world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka.

"Esquivel is a dangerous opponent, there's no doubt about that," Roman said. "But I've been extremely focused in the gym, training hard like always. I'm looking forward to defending my title and giving the fans a great show."

"We are thrilled that Danny Roman has the opportunity to defend his NABA title on our yearly anniversary show," said Ken Thompson, who launched Thompson Boxing Promotions sixteen years ago this month. "We have a solid history of developing elite level talent. We believe Roman is in that category. Esquivel will give him a tough fight, but we know Roman will step up and earn the win."

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

In the co-feature, former Ukrainian Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (13-0, 8 KOs) defends his unbeaten mark against an opponent to be named later. The 10-round fight will be contested at the welterweight level. Shelestyuk is co-promoted through Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.

Undefeated welterweight prospect Roberto Arriaza (11-0, 10 KOs) of Nicaragua makes his U.S. debut against Cameron Kreal (8-9-2, 1 KO) of Las Vegas in a bout scheduled for 8-rounds. Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions signed Arriaza in early January, just prior to him capturing the vacant WBA Fedecentro welterweight title against Aristides Quintero.

Top junior bantamweight prospect Ricardo Espinoza (6-0, 5 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. hopes to continue his winning ways against fellow youngster Sam Rodriquez (3-1, 3 KOs) of New York's Bronx borough. The bout is scheduled for 6-rounds.

In other action, heavyweight Scott Alexander (11-1-1, 6 KOs) of Moreno Valley, Calif. - another recent addition to Thompson Boxing - fights Tracey Johnson (3-2-3) of Boston in a 4-round fight.

Also on the undercard, welterweight Chris Bautista (3-0) of Madera, Calif. brings his tactical style to Omar Reyes (1-2) of Silverton, Ore. in a fight set for 4-rounds.

Opening the "New Blood" anniversary show are bantamweights Rudy Garcia (pro debut) of Los Angeles against Joel Castro (0-2) of Ciudad Obregon, Mex. (4-rounds).

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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Arthur Beterbiev V Ezequiel Maderna!

June 4 At Montreal's Bell Center
Arthur Beterbiev

World light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev returns to the ring Saturday night, June 7, to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International and North American Boxing Association (NABA) title belts against Argentinian champion Ezequiel "El Olympico" Maderna in the 12-round main event at historic Bell Center in Montreal, Canada.

Presented by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), the "Grand Prix" boxing event is part of the prestigious Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series, which will air live in Canada on pay-per-views starting at 8:00 p.m. ET via Canal Indigo, Bell TV and Shaw TV. The main event and co-feature, commencing at 11:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. PT, will be broadcast on ESPN in the United States.

"We will launch the Grand Prix activities, which is the biggest sport week in Montreal, with this card", said the President of GYM, Yvon Michel. "Artur is the next boxing superstar in Quebec. He injured his shoulder, but the surgery fixed everything and we plan to give him three fights in 2016. We aim at Sergey Kovalev by the end of the year or the beginning of 2017."

The 31-year-old Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs), the adopted son of Montreal, is on a seek-and-destroy mission for his first fight in one year. The two-time Russian Olympian (pictured to the left) hasn't fought since last June, when he stopped Alexander Johnson in the 7th round, due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Beterbiev is world ranked among the top six in all four major sanctioning organizations: IBF #2, WBO & WBA #4, and WBC #6. The power-punching Betervbiev will be defending his WBO International and NABA titles against Maderna.

During his 3-year professional career, Beterbiev has defeated two former world champions, Gabriel Campillo and Tavoris Cloud.

Maderna (23-2, 15 KOs) is a veteran fighter from Argentina, the same country that has produced numerous championship boxers, from Luis Firpo to Sergio Martinez, as well as well standout contemporaries such as IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Ramirez, along with contenders Lucas Matthysse, Jesus Cuellar, Omar Narvaez and Juan Carlos Reveco. In his most recent action last May, Maderna stopped Rolando Wenceslao Mansilla in the opening round for the Argentina super middleweight championship.

Also airing on ESPN in the co-feature, undefeated American prospects Bryant "Goodfella" Perrella (13-0, 12 KOs), fighting out of Fort Myers, Florida, and David "Day Day" Grayton (14-0, 10 KOs), of Washington D.C., square off in a 10-round middleweight bout.

Unbeaten super welterweight Jamontay "Quiet Assassin" Clark (9-0-0, 6 KOs), from Cincinnati, Ohio, meets an opponent to be determined in a 6-round "TV swing" match.

Montreal's undefeated heavyweight Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs), also a 2008 Colombian Olympian, returns in an 8-round bout versus TBA.

Also fighting on the undercard is popular French-Canadian welterweight Sebastian Bouchard (12-1, 4 KOs) who meets an opponent to be determined in an 8-rounder; Montreal super bantamweight Vislan Dalkaev (6-0, 2 KOs) vs. Mexican invader Javier "El Chivero" Franco (25-17-4), Montreal super middleweight Dario Bredicean (8-0, 2 KOs) against TBA and Toronto's Parnell Fischer (0-1, 0 KOs) vs. Mexican opponent Larami "Sir" Carmona (1-2, 0 KOs) in a 4-round fight.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets are on sale at the Bell Centre box office, on www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666) or at Champion boxing club (514) 376-0980.

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Knockout Night At The D!

To Showcase Some Of Tomorrow's Stars
Knockout Night At The D

A potentially explosive, highly entertaining "Knockout Night at the D" undercard has been announced for Saturday night, May 21, airing (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The May 21st event is promoted in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions.

Undefeated Russian middleweight Arif "The Predator" Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) squares off against upset specialist Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 10-round main event. Magomedov is world ranked among the top 15 160-pounders by the four major sanctioning bodies: WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14.

Unbeaten super welterweight John "The Phenom" Vera (12-0, 8 KOs), of Fort Worth, Texas, defends his NABA-USA title belt against third-generation boxer Joey "Boxer" Ruelas (10-1-1, 4 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 8-round co-feature.

Las Vegas' 17-year-old boxing prodigy Devin "The Dream" Haney (5-0, 3 KOs) will become the youngest American boxer to box on national television as the 7-time national amateur champion takes on fellow undefeated lightweight prospect Jairo Fernandez (4-0, 3 KOs), of Mexico, in the 6-round television opener.

Former WBC Youth International titlist Tony Lopez (10-1, 3 KOs), of Dallas, meets unbeaten Houston featherweight Jerren "Hardknocks" Cochran (11-0-1, 4 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in 4-round bouts are Las Vegas junior lightweight Randy Moreno (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Texan Chris Turtun (1-2), and Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. TBA

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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

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

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

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

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

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Erislandy Lara!

Prepares For World Title Rematch With Vanes Martirosyan
Lara

WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara is set to defend his world title and settle his score against Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan when the two meet in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader featuring the top 154-pound talent in the sport on Saturday, May 21 from The Chelsea, inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Live televised coverage on SHOWTIME begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout and his twin brother Jermell Charlo battling top challenger John Jackson for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on-sale now. Ticket prices start at $39, and are available online at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

Lara and Martirosyan will meet after their 2012 bout ended in a technical draw. See below for the Cuban-born champion's thoughts on training camp, the rematch and more:

On his rematch with Vanes Martirosyan:

"This is a very important fight for me. Our last fight unfortunately ended in a draw because of a clash of heads so we have some unfinished business to take care of. This time I'm not going to leave any doubt on who the better fighter is. I'm coming to dominate and retain my world championship."

On training camp:

"I'm taking this fight very seriously. I've been pushing my body to get in the best shape possible. My body feels incredible and I couldn't ask for a better training camp. I've been sparring a lot and my timing is getting better with each session. Everything is going as planned."

On the May 21 card:

"It's great to be fighting on this card, especially when there is so much on the line while I defend my title. In addition, the Charlo brothers are fighting on the undercard, which makes for a great night of boxing for the super welterweight division. The landscape of the 154-pound division will be laid out after May 21."

On the state of the super welterweight division:

"Honestly I believe the 154-pound division is one of the strongest in all of boxing. I feel I'm leading the pack and my goal is to unify all the belts. I'm going to take it one fight at a time with the mindset to clean out the division."

On fighting in Las Vegas:

"Vegas is the boxing capital of the world and fighting there is unbelievable. The fans are very supportive. The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan is very intimate and every seat in the building is a good seat. I anticipate a lively crowd."

On his relationship with Ronnie Shields:

"Ronnie is a great coach and his game plans are very well thought out. He keeps everything simple. If we have to make adjustments during the fight, he'll be able to point them out. We both have a great mutual respect for one another."

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Manfredo V Biosse!

Limited Standing Room Tickets Available

Fight night at Twin River Casino is just 48 hours away and only a limited number of standing room tickets are available for purchase for what is expected to be a record-setting event.

CES Boxing's Friday, May 13th, 2016 fight card, "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL," is headlined by the return of Providence native and Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs), who ends his two and a half year layoff in a super middleweight main event showdown against fellow Providence veteran Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs).

The high demand for tickets for Manfredo's comeback fight prompted Twin River to open standing room tickets in late April. All seated tickets are now sold out and half of the original batch of standing room tickets allocated three weeks ago have been sold in advance of this epic showdown, leaving only a limited number of tickets available for purchase.

These limited tickets are priced at $46.00 and available 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 and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on Friday's card. Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

Fight week festivities continue tomorrow with the official weigh-in and press conference, which begins at 3:30 p.m. at Twin River Casino's Wicked Good Bar & Grill. Both events are open to the public. Doors open a 6 p.m. on fight night and the first of nine bouts is scheduled for 7.

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Antonio Tarver Jr.!

Establishing His Own Identity In Ring
Antonio Tarver Jr

Fighting for his young family, as well as to expand the legacy associated with his last name, the son of 5-time world champion and 1996 U.S. Olympian Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver - unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Antonio Tarver, Jr. - this past weekend continued establishing his own identity in the ring.

After a 9-month absence, the 28-year-old Tarver (4-0, 3 KOs) returned to the ring in Lakeland, Florida, stopping Jose Cortez in the second round. Tarver displayed his improving skills, especially a punishing body attack, during a thoroughly dominating performance. He broke-down Cortez and closed the show in style.

"It took me one round to get rid of ring rust," he explained. "We had a game-plan to go to the body, then the head, body and head, but it took me a round to do it. God's really blessed me and I owe all thanks to Him. My father and coach, Jimmy Williams, have always told me not to look for a knockout but that it'll come. I'm not a one-punch knockout fighter. It's all about setting up shots and putting them together. I may not connect with every single body shot I throw, but if I get in three of four each round, it'll eventually cause damage. I'm focusing on my opponent's liver and ribs, trying to be a body-snatcher."

Tarver was an athlete, playing basketball and football, who didn't start boxing until he was 19. He had a very brief amateur career and fully realizes that he's consistently going to be fighting more experienced boxers.

"In the ring," Tarver said, "I'm still a baby. My opponents may be much more experienced than me, but I do have a lot of experience around me: my father, coach Williams and Darrell Foreman. My father wouldn't support me as a fighter until I proved to him that I was worthy (sacrificing and training). I'm worthy now and believe I'm coming into my own as I continue to learn."

"As a father," Tarver Sr., noted, "I wanted him to know what he was getting into and have the tools to succeed. He's as tough as nails. When he realizes how strong he really is.....look out. There's a difference between hitting an opponent with a punch and punching through him like he's doing now. I just wish he'd get started quicker. He doesn't get going until he gets hit and then he turns into a beast. A ferociousness comes out from inside that I never had. He's improving all of the time. He's putting punches together better and sitting down on his punches.

"Antonio is going to be a fan-friendly fighter. I know I put him under a lot of pressure, but he's fighting much more experienced guys. I've never been worried about him fighting a tough guy. It's the guys who think in the ring and have amateur pedigree that can be problems for him."

Understanding that his opponents get pumped to fight him because of his last name, Antonio Jr. rationalizes that, taking advantage of the situation he is in. "It's very important for my opponents to beat me and the name," he admitted. "My father set this stage for me and my name is, Antonio Tarver, Jr., so they're trying to give us both a loss. I'm fighting for my family and to protect the legacy of my last name. I try and take advantage of being my father's son and accept everything that goes with that. I don't try to put pressure on myself but, of course, I want to be the best Antonio Tarver Jr. I can be.

"People are always going to compare me with my father but we fight in different weight classes. Light heavyweights, other than Roy Jones Jr., are slower than junior middleweights, who are much quicker like Floyd Mayweather, Jr. I'm always going to be fighting opponents taller than me, or sometimes the same height, but I'm 5' 9" and a lot of my opponents are going to be 6' 2" or so.

The father has another important lesson he's teaching his son. "Antonio became a father for the first time last September and he was slow getting back in the gym," Antonio Sr. added. "He has to learn how to balance fatherhood with his pro boxing career, making sacrifices to become a champion!"

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Bryant Perrella V David Grayton!

June 4 On ESPN
Bryant Perrella

Welterweight sensation Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella will face his toughest foe to date when he challenges fellow unbeaten southpaw David “Day-Day” Grayton Saturday, June 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Perrella-Grayton bout serves as the co-main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card televised on ESPN.

Living and fighting out of Fort Myers, FL, the heavy-handed Perrella has a stellar 13-0 professional ledger with 12 wins by knockout. Against Grayton, the 6'0 Perrella fights on TV for a third consecutive time, previously halting both Chaquib Fadli and Ramon Ayala. Prior to that, Perrella impressively stopped dangerous Patrick Boozer, ending a remarkable year and a half run where he took out three previously unbeaten fighters. As an amateur, Perrella competed in the 2012 US Olympic Trials where he defeated current rising star Regis Prograis before coming up short against Sammy Vasquez and eventual winner Errol Spence.

Hailing from talent-laden Washington, DC, Grayton is an excellent 14-0 and has ten kayos. In October 2015, Grayton bested often-avoided Martin Wright over eight rounds. Fighting under the tutelage of George Peterson, who developed Paul Williams into one of boxing's best fighters, Grayton had an excellent amateur pedigree of his own. In 2010, he defeated the aforementioned Spence to capture National Golden Gloves title and he also won bronze at the 2012 tournament.

“I know he's undefeated and is coming to fight but this is a big step up for him,” Perrella said of Grayton. “I expect him to try and drag me into a dog fight. Regardless of what he brings, I'm looking forward to come out on top with a great performance. I've fought the better opposition and have been asking for harder fights. I believe I'm an overall better fighter and on June 4 everybody will see that.”

Michael Nowling, Perrella's head trainer, is very familiar Grayton and is equally as confident his fighter will emerge victorious.

“David Grayton is a strong and athletic southpaw that is coming to win. Regardless, he's never fought anybody like Bryant Perrella. For some time now, I've wanted Bryant to step up and fight another prospect because I believe he's better than a lot of guys out there. Against Grayton, our plan is to break him down and win in style. Doing so in a fight like this can set us apart from other prospects.”

The card is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and is headlined by a bout featuring light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev against 2008 Argentinean Olympian Ezequiel Maderna.

Tickets will be available on Groupeyvonmichel.ca/eng/tickets.html shortly.

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Tyron Zeuge V Giovanni De Carolis!

July 16 World Title Fight In Berlin
Tyron Zeuge

Tyron Zeuge (18-0, 10 KOs) will challenge Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs) for the WBA World Super Middleweight title on July 16 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

The 23 year-old, who is trained by WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer, takes on the tough Italian, who claimed the WBA strap with an eleventh-round TKO win over the highly-rated German fighter Vincent Feigenbutz.

If successful, Zeuge will make history by becoming Germany’s youngest ever World Champion, beating Graciano ‘Rocky’ Rocchigiani’s record of 24 years and 73 days by 8 days.

‘’This is the opportunity of a lifetime,’’ said Zeuge. ‘’Whether I’m ready for it, other people will have to judge. But one thing is for certain, on July 16, I will give everything to fulfill my dream of becoming World Champion.’’

The Berlin boxer’s coach Juergen Braehmer believes his protégé is ready for the challenge. ‘’Based on his potential, there is no better boxer in Germany than Zeuge,’’ said the two-time World Champion. ‘’I believe he is ready to make history by taking this title!’’

Braehmer can also make history on July 16, as never has an active World Champion coached another boxer to World title success.

Promoter Kalle Sauerland is thrilled to have delivered his young star a World title opportunity. ‘’Between the European Football Championships and the Olympic Games, we have another sporting highlight for the summer,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’Tyron Zeuge is leading the way for a new generation of World-class German boxers, and by beating De Carolis, he can take his place among the best in the World.’’

Tickets for the WBA World Super Middleweight title contest between Tyron Zeuge and Giavanni De Carolis go on sale shortly and will be available via www.eventime.de and www.tickethalle.de.

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Anthony Ogogo!

Returns To The Ring On May 28 In Glasgow
Anthony Ogogo

Anthony Ogogo (8-0, 4 KOs) will make his long-awaited return to the ring on May 28 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, live on Sky Sports.

Unbeaten Ogogo's professional career has been stop-start so far due to injury, with the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist set for his first action since July where he moved to 8-0 with a win in Germany over Ruslan Schelev. It was in that fight where he suffered a dislocated shoulder, fighting for the majority of the bout with just one arm, and the Lowestoft man's outing in Germany was at the time also his return from a sustained period on the sidelines following Achilles problems. But the 27 year old insists his injury woes are behind him and he's ready to get his career back on track and make a huge impact in the middleweight division.

On his return to the ring, Ogogo said, "I'm incredibly excited to be added to the May 28 card in Glasgow live on Sky Sports and cannot wait to get back in the ring. It's been a difficult period for me as I've worked hard to recover from the shoulder injury I suffered in my last fight but I am now fully fit and raring to go.

"I want to thank Eddie Hearn, Kalle & Nisse Sauerland and Golden Boy Promotions for giving me the opportunity to fight in Glasgow and am looking to make a real statement of intent. I want to keep as busy as I can during 2016 and am determined to make a major impact in the middleweight division - starting on May 28."

‘’We are excited to see Anthony back in the ring. With his injuries now behind him, we’re sure he can become a dominant force in the division,” said Promoter Kalle Sauerland. “He’s been training hard and has kept his focus so we’re looking forward to seeing how he performs. There are a lot of big fights out there for him, but first, he must get a good win under his belt on May 28 in Glasgow.’’

“The talent pool in the middleweight division is the deepest its been in decades – and now that Anthony Ogogo is healthy, we fully expect him to be a major force in the weight class for years to come,” said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. “With an Olympic pedigree and action-packed style, Anthony is sure to keep fans on the edge of their seats.”

Ogogo's return is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow as Ricky Burns (39-5-1,13 KOs) looks to become a three-division world champion as he takes on Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA Super-Lightweight World Championship.

Tyrone Nurse (32-2-1, 6 KOs) heads into the Lion's den to defend his British Super-Lightweight title against local favourite Willie Limond (39-4, 11 KOs) and Newcastle's Jon Lewis Dickinson (17-4, 5 KOs) meets Belfast's Tommy McCarthy (8-0, 5 KOs) in an eliminator for the British Cruiserweight Title.

Conor Benn (1-0, 1 KO) fights for the second time in the paid ranks, Islington Middleweight John Ryder (22-2, 12 KOs) is in action and there's a host of young Scots on display, including Commonwealth gold medal winner Charlie Flynn (7-0, 1 KO), Joe Ham (7-0, 5 KOs) and Lewis Paulin (5-0).

Tickets for Glasgow are on general sale with those in the £40-£100 bracket available from the SSE Hydro website http://www.thessehydro.com/ and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £

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RICKY HATTON!

RESPONDS TO ZHAKIYANOV V TETE CLAIMS

RICKY HATTON and Hatton Promotions would like to counter claims made about Zhanat Zhakiyanov by the team of Zolani Tete.

While very initial discussions were held regarding the possibility of Zhakiyanov defending his interim WBA bantamweight title against the South African, they did not progress and no agreement was made.

Online claims that he pulled out of the fight due to weight issues are entirely unfounded.

Zhakiyanov is due to resume training with Ricky Hatton in Manchester in the next few weeks and will be looking to get back in the ring in the near future.

“Zhanat couldn’t have pulled out of facing Tete because the fight wasn’t even made,” Hatton said.

“We held initial conversations with Frank Warren (Tete’s promoter) when we talked about a whole host of things such as Nathan Gorman boxing at the Copper Box and working together in the future, but we never reached the contract and date stage for this fight. Any suggestion we did is just nonsense.

“That said we have a good working relationship with Frank and we will continue to work together in the future. For example, we have Hatton Promotions’ Kiryl Relikh defending his WBA Intercontinental title this Friday on a BoxNation show in Bolton.”

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Dmitriy Salita!

Joins Forgotten Harvest

On the morning of Tuesday, May 10, promoter Dmitriy Salita will continue his mission to mix the revival of Detroit boxing with a strong social conscience.

From 9-12 am, Salita and several fighters from his upcoming "Detroit Brawl" event, will help the Forgotten Harvest organization pass out food to deserving families at New Bethel Baptist Church, located at 8430 C L Franklin Drive (aka Linwood St) in Detroit.

The group of local fighters joining Salita includes main event participant Demetrius Banks, co-main event fighter James Gordon Smith, as well as James Ballard and Darrell Van Horn.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, "Detroit Brawl" will feature Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) in the six-round cruiserweight main event against Bronx-based cruiserweight Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs), as well as Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) in the six-round co-main event against Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs). Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs) will face Chicago's Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight scrap, while middleweight Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Torreon, Mexico's Francisco Reza (13-17, 10 KOs) in a four-rounder.

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

Forgotten Harvest is dedicated to relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste. Established in 1990, Forgotten Harvest now has 280 recipient agencies in its network, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and domestic shelters, children's homes, senior centers and group homes.

Servicing Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, Forgotten Harvest's small and dedicated professional staff cover 2,000-square miles per day, bringing relief to 800 locations.

In other "Detroit Brawl" action, Lansing junior middleweight Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs) will face Greenwood, Indiana's Pablo Sanchez (7-1, 5 KOs) in a four-round bout. Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs) will look to bounce back from his first career loss by taking on the capable Ernest Reyna (8-3, 4 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, in a six-rounder. And in four-round welterweight bout between undefeated fighters, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan's Serdar Hudayberdiyev (1-0, 1 KO) will face Marco Russell (1-0-1) of Henderson, Nevada. East Pointe, Michigan, cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle fellow Michigander Karinn Davis (2-6, 2 KOs) of Jackson in a four-round battle; and Brooklyn via Georgia super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Jackson, Michigan's Alfred Hall (4-11-2, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is at 7:15 pm. The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. All bouts subject to change.

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Freddy Sanchez V Nick DeLomba!

Battle For The New England Super Lightweight Title
Freddy Sanchez

There can only be one underdog on fight night, but both Freddy Sanchez and Nick DeLomba carry a chip on their shoulder entering their super lightweight title bout Friday night at Twin River Casino.

DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs), the Cranston, R.I., native and Gary Balletto protégé, is still smarting from his first career loss, a first-round knockout in September at the hands of Gledwin Ortiz, a fight he and his coach, Vic Fagnant, admit they probably shouldn't have taken so quickly following DeLomba's emotionally -- and physically -- draining win over Juan Rodriguez in July.

Then there's Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs), the hard-hitting, undefeated Worcester, Mass., native who's coming off a no-decision against Antonio Fernandes in February courtesy of a head-butt in the opening round that opened a cut over Sanchez's right eye. He didn't take the loss that night, keeping his perfect record intact, but still looks at is as a missed opportunity, in some cases almost as bad as losing.

He and DeLomba lock horns Friday, May 13th, 2016 on the undercard of CES Boxing's "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" show highlighted by the main event between Providence super middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs) and Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs). DeLomba and Sanchez will face one another in a six-round bout for the vacant New England Super Lightweight Title.

On paper, it's a pick-'em fight; even if Sanchez has a slight edge based on his undefeated record and knockout power, DeLomba's level of competition - Ortiz, Rodriguez, and even 12-fight veteran Edwin Soto of Connecticut, whom he beat in just his fourth fight as a pro - theoretically evens the playing field.

The way Sanchez sees it, even with his 7-0 record, he's the underdog, not DeLomba, which adds even more motivation with fight night less than a week away.

"I'm going into his hometown," Sanchez said, "but it doesn't matter to me. I love being the underdog. It's a great way to upset people."

Sanchez might even be licking his chops heading into Friday after watching DeLomba's last two fights. While he suffered the loss against Ortiz, a fight stopped at the 2:43 mark of the opening round by Joey Lupino, DeLomba was arguably hurt worse against Rodriguez two months prior when he got knocked down early in the opening round, survived the bell and then fought back to score a fifth-round knockout win.

"His last fight was horrible. The fight before that? Wow," Sanchez said. "I think he should have two losses now. That's how bad he was hurt.

"I don't really talk a lot of shit. I'm humble," he added. "I'm just going to go in there and do what I do. If I get him out of there early, I get him out of there early. If not, it is what it is."

Aside from wanting to avenge his first loss, DeLomba has other reasons to be motivated for Friday's fight. There's been some surprise among regional fans that he'd even take this fight after getting knocked out in September. Others expected him to take the proverbial tune-up fight to get back on track, but DeLomba didn't want to go backwards.

"I've never done that in my whole career," said DeLomba, who took the unconventional path to the pros by starting out fighting six-rounders instead of fours.

"I fight the exciting fights. That's why the fans come to watch me. This is what we felt was best for my career. Winning this fight will definitely help me in the long run."

Besides, there's no better way to silence critics than to step up following a loss and beat an undefeated fighter ranked favorably among his peers.

"I think there are going to be a hell of a lot of people in the stands Friday, whether they bought a ticket from me or bought one from the casino, that are coming to watch me lose this fight," he said. "I have a lot of people to shut up.

"I'll let the people do the talking and let my hands do the work."

The last eight months have been a whirlwind for DeLomba. He and his fiancée, Milly, welcomed their first child, Nicolas Jr., into the world earlier this year, giving DeLomba further incentive to chase his dream in the ring.

"It changed my whole world," he said about the birth of his son. "I can't take this fighting game as something I just do to get by. I know I have the talent and the work ethic. I've got to go above and beyond like I used to when I first started this sport."

"That last fight was a wake-up call. That could be one of the best things that ever happened to my career. I've realized no one is untouchable. Even the best can lose."

How one responds to a loss, according to Sanchez, "depends on the fighter."

"It could discourage you or make you stronger," he said.

"My last fight, you saw what happened. I was pissed off. I still am. It wasn't a loss, but it was a missed opportunity. This fight, I'm looking to change that."

Four days from now, two of New England's brightest stars, both with big records and big dreams, stand toe-to-toe in one of the most highly anticipated fights on the undercard with a title on the line. Both consider themselves the underdog, the "other guy" on the marquee, and both are equally hungry following disappointing outcomes their last time out. It all adds up to a strong Fight of the Night candidate come Friday.

"I'm excited. This is a great opportunity and I feel blessed to be in the position I'm in," DeLomba said. "I'm in great shape and ready to go to war. This will be a great addition to my resume."

"I'm thankful to CES for the opportunity," Sanchez added. "I feel great. They've been keeping me active."

Limited tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (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.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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JAVIER FORTUNA V JASON SOSA!

JUNE 24 IN BEIJING CHINA

On Friday, June 24, at the 18,000-seat Beijing Capital Gym in Beijing, China, one of boxing's most exciting fighters, Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KOs) will make the second defense of his WBA World Super Featherweight Championship against hard-punching WBA #8 contender Jason Sosa (18-1-4, 14 KOs). The potential war between the two sluggers will be also be seen by an audience of nearly 100 million Chinese via cctv5 channel live broadcast.

Fortuna vs. Sosa was officially announced at a press conference in Beijing today as the first in an ongoing series of four high-profile events per year that will be put on by the co-promotional partnership of Mr. Min Du Modoson and Mr. Liu Gang of Max Power Promotions "MPP" and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing.

26-year-old Fortuna, of La Romana, Dominican Republic, has been a standout in boxing since his days as a decorated amateur who participated in the inaugural Pan American Junior Championships in 2003. Considered one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, Fortuna won his current title with a unanimous decision over Bryan Vasquez in May 2015. He defended it successfully in September of last year with a TKO 10 over Carlos Ivan Velasquez. Fortuna previously won the Interim WBA Featherweight Championship by beating formerly undefeated Patrick Hyland in December 2012. The powerful southpaw is also known for scoring highlight reel knockouts over formidable opponents including Yuandale Evans (TKO 1) and Miguel Zamudio (KO 1). Fortuna is promoted by Sampson Boxing.

28-year-old Sosa, of Camden, New Jersey, is of proud Puerto Rican descent. He earned his title shot and caught the eyes of the boxing world in December of last year by fighting to a surprise draw with one of the sport's top fighters, two-time world champion Nicholas "Axe Man" Walters of Jamaica. The fight was televised on HBO Boxing After Dark. A powerful puncher, Sosa was riding a 13-fight knockout streak before facing Walters. Sosa is also known for his aggressive style and iron chin. He has been called the best fighter to come out of Camden since former world champion Dwight "Camden Buzzsaw" Muhammad Qawi. Sosa is promoted by Peltz Boxing.

Here's what the promoters, participants and their trainers had to say:

Javier Fortuna

I feel great. I am honored to be fighting in China.

He's a strong fighter and he is always thinking in there. Nevertheless, I feel that I'm more talented and have more ability. I also have the stronger punching power.

I have been waiting for this opportunity. I am looking forward to this fight for my team and my country.

I've fought punchers before and I box them until their power starts to dissipate and then I rumble with them.

I appreciate all the love I get from the fans, worldwide. That's why I train hard: to gain fans and to make myself the best fighter I can be.

Jason Sosa

It's a great opportunity. This is what every fighter dreams of: to fight for a world title.

It depends on what kind of fight Fortuna wants. I'll be in there fighting smart and just see what kind of fight he wants to bring. We can go to war, or we can box. It's up to him.

He's a little aggressive. A little wild. Just another guy.

I'm not really doing anything different training for him. Everything I'm doing is working, so I don't fix anything that's not broken.

I'm excited and nervous to fight in China. It's my first time out of the country for me. I can't wait to go there and I know it'll be a beautiful experience.

Mr. Min Du Modoson

We are happy to be partnering with international matchmaker and promoter Sampson Lewkowicz to bring world-class boxing to the county of China.

Javier Fortuna has what it takes to become a star in China. He and his worthy opponent will be greeted with open arms by our people.

Mr. Liu Gang

This event will be huge in the country of China. Our company, MPP, is excited to work with Sampson Lewkowicz and to be able to bring such a great fight to the people.

China is a boxing-rich country. Boxers here are heroes to the people. Both fighters will be treated like celebrities and the fight will be watched by millions and millions of people.

Sampson Lewkowicz

I am happy to be helping to put on this event in the beautiful country of China and looking forward to a long and prosperous co-promotional partnership with Mr. Min Du Modoson and Mr. Liu Gang of MPP.

We have plans to feature many of the world's best fighters in terrific match-ups like this one.

Javier Fortuna will be facing a fighter with almost as much power as he has, and he will have to be at his best to get another victory.

Russell Peltz

It's going to be a great fight and Sosa is looking forward to winning the world title.

Sosa just held his own and fought to a draw with one of the top junior lightweights in the world, Nicholas Walters, and it boosted his confidence level even higher.

Fortuna and Sosa are the same size, so I think that's good. Sosa also has great sparring with another very good left hander, Tevin Farmer. They're stablemates. Tevin is the perfect imitation, size wise, not style wise, of Fortuna.

Hector Bermudez (Fortuna Trainer)

I think it's going to be an excellent fight for Fortuna to show off his talents internationally.

Sosa is a great opponent that we'll have to train hard for and be focused against. It won't be easy but Fortuna is training hard and it should be a great fight.

Sosa is a pressure fighter and a big puncher with the left hand. He's rugged and throws combinations.

Me, as a trainer, I have already picked Sosa apart. He lunges a lot. He's definitely aggressive and has a huge left hook.

Raul Rivas

It'll be an interesting fight.

Fortuna is very talented, but I do believe that this is a good time for Jason to take this fight. He's fought the better opposition.

Fortuna is a fighter that comes to fight, and we come to fight, so I believe it'll be a very exciting fight, with two guys doing what they do best out there.

I believe we have the better and stronger fighter, so I like our chances.

I've never been to China, neither has Jason. We're looking forward to the experience as a team; to be in a different country and experience something different. I know the Chinese population loves boxing, and combat sports. We are expecting a great show.

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Zhanat Zhakiyanov!

Responds To Rumor Of Fight V Zolani Tete
Zhanat Zhakiyanov

Interim WBA World Bantamweight Champion Zhanat "ZZ" Zhakiyanov (26-1, 18 KOs) and his representatives are now forced to respond to the deliberate falsehoods being distributed by the team around South African super flyweight Zolani Tete.

Zhakiyanov of Petropavl, Kazakhstan, is a proud warrior, who has been willing to face anyone from the start of his career. Which is what makes the blatantly false and intentionally misleading allegations by Tete's camp so infuriating.

Tete and his manager, Mla Tengimfene, have been feeding the media a fictional story that Zhakiyanov recently backed out of a purported fight between the two, supposedly scheduled for June 4 at Echo Arena in Liverpool.

One problem.

Zhakiyanov and his people were never even contacted about such a fight. It never existed.

"I have never heard from anyone about this fight," said Zhakiyanov. "They are saying I can't make the weight and that's why I can't fight him. I was never supposed to fight him! He and his people are telling stories."

Zhakiyanov's manager, Philippe Fondu, wonders why the media would even believe such a fight ever existed when a quick check of the WBA rule book would have eliminated all talk of such a match-up.

"There were some unfounded rumors on the net about Zhanat defending against Tete a while ago, but having never received any concrete proposal from anyone, including his new promoter Frank Warren, I never paid any specific attention to these rumors. But let's be honest here. Zhanat Zhakiyanov is the reigning interim WBA Bantamweight champion and Tete is actually boxing for other world organizations (IBF and/or WBO). Furthermore, Tete is rated #9 in the WBA super-flyweight division (115 lb.). Such a contest could obviously not even be considered, as a WBA Interim 118-lb. champion can only defend his title against a WBA top-15 rated boxer in the 118 lb. division."

Fondu also says that Zhakiyanov, promoted by Hatton Promotions, is fully capable of making the 118-lb weight limit and welcomes any and all viable fight proposals approvable by the WBA.

"I have been in boxing many years and I understand using the media to get a fighter's name in print," continued Fondu, "but they are using the name of a champion and proud representative of his home country of Kazakhstan to do it and it's not right. Hopefully the media will get more responsible about checking the facts in the future."

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Rite Hook Promotions!

Woods & Bissett To Travel For Opportunities

Rite Hook Promotions CEO William Hunter is not afraid to present his fighters with challenging and potential career changing opportunities. Having successfully promoted and built his boxers locally in Biloxi, Hunter is a firm believer that fighters can win anywhere under fair circumstances.

“It's always a pleasure working with hungry fighters that aren't scared to bite down on their mouthpiece and give it everything they’ve got whether it’s in a tune up fight or against the best in the world. There are only a handful of guys willing to take these opportunities and see that there’s a bigger picture if they win.”

Two of those men are Rite Hook’s very own Manny “Shake em’ Up” Woods and Mike “Concrete” Bissett.

Living and fighting out of St. Petersburg, FL, Woods travels to Lincoln, RI to challenge undefeated Jimmy Williams Friday, May 13 in a six round junior middleweight bout. A former football standout who received multiple NFL tryouts, Williams is 10-0-1 with 5 knockouts and fought all of his bouts in Connecticut or Rhode Island. While undefeated, Williams hasn’t fought the same level of opposition as Woods.

With a solid 15-4-1 ledger and 5 knockouts, Woods won five of his last six bouts and is fresh off a unanimous decision victory over tough Mexican Elias Espadas last month. Earlier in his career, Woods outpointed future title contender Wilky Campfort and then unbeaten Shelden Moore. With an experience advantage and recent hot streak, Hunter is confident his fighter will be the first to defeat Williams.

“First and foremost I respect Jimmy because he’s a great athlete and has been through a lot in his personal life. I think he’s a good boxer but Manny’s already been in deep waters. He knows what it’s like to have the odds stacked against him and do what he has to in order to get the W. Jimmy’s never been in this position before and I believe he’s biting off more than he can chew against Manny.“

One week later in Central Point, OR, Bissett faces highly touted Mike Wilson in a cruiserweight matchup. A two-time US amateur champion, Wilson is 13-0 with 7 victories by KO and was considered a top prospect when he came out of the amateurs. Currently doubling as a fighter and promoter, Wilson’s last five bouts took place in his native Oregon and he’s stopped his last three foes.

Born in Mississippi and based in Tampa, FL, the hard-hitting Bissett’s professional ledger reads 10-8 with 7 knockouts. He’s fought a number of notable fighters including 2012 Olympians Michael Hunter and Dominic Breazeale, rising star Stivens Bujaj and then unbeaten Milos Pantelic twice. A winner in three of his last four, Bissett’s career best victory came in 2014 when he outpointed popular contender Nicholas Iannuzzi. Much like his stalemate Woods against Williams, Bissett has the experience advantage having been in tough multiple times.

“Wilson is a very good fighter and I’ve heard about him for years. He’s done a great job of promoting himself and building the sport of boxing in Oregon. With that said, Mike Bissett has been in the ring with a number of top cruiserweights and proven his toughness. I think both him and Manny will make statements in the upcoming weeks and move onto bigger fights.”

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MEET DETROIT BRAWL FIGHTERS!

THIS SAT AT THOMAS MCGEES SPORTING HOUSE WHISKEY BAR
Demetrius Banks

Promoter and former world-title challenger Dmitriy Salita, undefeated Detroit cruiserweight Demetrius Banks and other featured fighters in the upcoming "Detroit Brawl" event will be appearing live at Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar in Downtown Detroit, this Saturday night, May 7, during the Canelo vs. Khan fight on HBO PPV.

Salita and company will be available for photo ops and will be giving away tickets to "Detroit Brawl," which happens Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit and features a six-round cruiserweight main event between Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) and Bronx-based cruiserweight Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs); and a six-round co-main event between undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) and Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs).

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

Located at 1408 E Fisher Service Drive in Detroit, Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar will proudly show the Canelo vs. Khan battle for the WBC Middleweight Championship, beginning at 9:00 pm. For more information, call 313-263-4342 or visit their official Facebook page.

On the Detroit Brawl undercard, Lansing junior middleweight Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs) will face Greenwood, Indiana's Pablo Sanchez (7-1, 5 KOs) in a four-round bout. In addition, Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs) will look to bounce back from his first career loss by taking on the capable Ernest Reyna (8-3, 4 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, in a six-rounder. And in four-round welterweight bout between undefeated fighters, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan's Serdar Hudayberdiyev (1-0, 1 KO) will face Marco Russell (1-0-1) of Henderson, Nevada.

In a six-round super middleweight scrap, Detroit's super middleweight James Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs) will face Chicago's Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs); Detroit middleweight Darrell Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Torreon, Mexico's Francisco Reza (13-17, 10 KOs) in a four-rounder; East Pointe, Michigan, cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle fellow Michigander Karinn Davis (2-6, 2 KOs) of Jackson in a four-round battle; and Brooklyn via Georgia super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Jackson, Michigan's Alfred Hall (4-11-2, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is at 7:15 pm. The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. All bouts subject to change.

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Demetrius Banks!

Sees Southpaw Opponent Salas As Nothing New
Demetrius Banks

Given the number of world-class southpaws he's been in with at the world-famous Kronk Gym in Detroit, undefeated Motown-based cruiserweight Demetrius Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) says he's not at all concerned about facing Puerto Rican New Yorker Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs).

The pair will meet on Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, in the six-round main event of Salita Promotions' "Detroit Brawl," event. In the six-round co-main event Detroit's undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) and Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs).

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

"Because my experience, fighting a southpaw is not much of an adjustment," said Banks during a break in training. "Being at Kronk, I've boxed world-class southpaws like (former WBO Middleweight Champion) Andy Lee and (current WBC Light Heavyweight Champion) Adonis Stevenson to name a few. It's not a big deal for me. I fought so many southpaws, in the beginning of my career, it was more difficult to box a right hander."

Banks, a former football star and a committed mentor to Detroit's youth, says that despite it being his first main event, he's not feeling any extra pressure. "The way I look at it, it's just another day. I don't let the situation overwhelm me. I guess after the fight is over I'll exhale and soak it all in. As of right now I'm ready to go to war. It doesn't bother me what order we fight in."

Of opponent Salas, Banks says he's not expecting any surprises.

"I didn't' need to see much of him to know what I'm getting. I probably watched part of a round and he's what I would expect. I saw things in him I can exploit. I also know he's on a five-fight win streak. He's 6' 3" tall, out of the Bronx and he's a southpaw. I guess he's coming to win, but I can't let this guy take food off my plate."

Banks says he's aware that at age 35, there is no time to waste and he is working hard at Kronk with head coach Javan Hill and assistant trainer Richard Phillips, knowing that this fight is critical if he is to ever rise to contender status.

"This fight presents a big opportunity for me, especially with Dmitriy doing so many big things in boxing. If I win this fight, it gives me the opportunity to sign with him. I feel like I need to hurry. Because of my age, I have a smaller window of opportunity and I understand it. This is an opportunity for me to step it up and get things going."

So how does he see things going against Salas?

"I definitely see a fight in my mind before it happens. I always visualize them beforehand. I see the things I don't want to happen, the things that can't happen and things I want to do. He's going to come out and try to show he's tough and come to fight and win. He's not me though. He's not fleet-footed or as slick as me. I'll trick him and touch him to his body. That will give me a lot of target. I will break him down from the body up.

On the Detroit Brawl undercard, Lansing junior middleweight Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs) will face Greenwood, Indiana's Pablo Sanchez (7-1, 5 KOs) in a four-round bout. In addition, Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs) will look to bounce back from his first career loss by taking on the capable Ernest Reyna (8-3, 4 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, in a six-rounder. And in four-round welterweight bout between undefeated fighters, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan's Serdar Hudayberdiyev (1-0, 1 KO) will face Marco Russell (1-0-1) of Henderson, Nevada.

In a six-round super middleweight scrap, Detroit's super middleweight James Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs) will face Chicago's Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs); Detroit middleweight Darrell Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Torreon, Mexico's Francisco Reza (13-17, 10 KOs) in a four-rounder; East Pointe, Michigan, cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle fellow Michigander Karinn Davis (2-6, 2 KOs) of Jackson in a four-round battle; and Brooklyn via Georgia super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Jackson, Michigan's Alfred Hall (4-11-2, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is at 7:15 pm. The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. All bouts subject to change.

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Manny Woods V Jimmy Williams!

May 13th
Jimmy Williams

Manny Woods has heard all about the so-called tough fight cities in the United States, among them Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York and even Providence, R.I., the home of five-time world champion Vinny Paz and The Contender star Peter Manfredo Jr.

Next Friday, Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) hopes to show New Englanders what his home state, Florida, is all about when he faces undefeated New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) on enemy turf.

"Down here, it's either kill or be killed, man," said Woods, a St. Petersburg native who enters his Friday, May 13th, 2016 at Twin River Casino with back-to-back wins under his belt and victories in five of his last six fights.

"There's so much talent around here where I'm from. You have no choice but to get better being from this area."

Though it often fails to get mentioned among the notoriously celebrated fight regions, Florida has produced a copious amount of talent over the years.

Multi-division world champion and all-time great Roy Jones Jr. was born in Pensacola, located in the northern part of the state just east of Louisiana. Former Olympic medalist and three-time world champ Antonio Tarver hails from Orlando, 100 miles east of St. Petersburg. Keith Thurman, the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champ, lives just 24 miles north in Clearwater and Ronald "Winky" Wright, a former two-time junior middleweight world champion, spent his entire career in St. Petersburg despite being born and raised in the nation's capital.

Woods never had to look far for inspiration during his first few years as a pro and now, after spending most of his career in the southeast United States fighting in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, the 29-year-old right-hander heads north next week to showcase his talent in front of a new audience.

"I'm bringing St. Pete to the house," he said. "You can expect a lot of excitement."

For Williams, the 29-year-old former football player turned boxer, this will be the toughest test of his young career. Woods is giving up nearly three inches in height, but is adept at fighting on the inside and working the body, which may be his key to success against the taller, rangier Williams.

"Many Woods brings a lot to the table," Williams said. "It's definitely a step-up fight for me. I think it's a fight that will show what kind of level I'm on."

This is perfect timing for Williams, who returns for the first time since December and just the second time in the last 15 months due to a hand injury that sidelined for almost all of 2015. He looked a bit rusty in his recent win over awkward, defensive-minded veteran Chris Gray - also of Florida - but is on the precipice of turning 30, an important milestone for all fighters looking to see where they rank among their peers.

"I think this is the fight that will show my fans and give me the confidence I need to keep taking those steps," he said.

When he turned pro at the age of 26, a late start by most standards, no one really knew what to expect from Williams, both short- and long-term. He had dedicated most of his 20s to football, even earning tryouts with the NFL and CFL before a groin injury derailed his dreams of playing professionally. He returned to his first love, boxing, and debuted in 2013 as the swing bout on a nationally televised NBC Sports card.

With a heavy workload in his first year -- six fights in just 10 months -- Williams progressed rapidly. He learned from his only blemish, a majority draw against Greg Jackson in 2013, and hasn't lost since. With his 30th birthday coming up in September, now's the time to take that next step and see how he measures up against a fighter with a comparable resume.

Even with a minor setback last year stemming from his knockout win over Eddie Caminero momentarily slowing his momentum, Williams' goals haven't changed.

"I still want to become a world champion one day and whoever I have to fight to get there, I'm willing to take that path," he said.

Woods' manager, Damian Walton, has made it clear his fighter is no stepping-stone. Woods heads to Rhode Island just six weeks after his most recent win, so while he hasn't had much time to recover, he's also sharp from having stayed in the gym since beating Elias Espadas on April 1st.

"Manny, taking this fight on the short notice we took it on, people think that's a negative," Walton said, "but it's really like a positive for Manny because he's one of those types of people where when he's got that push and drive in him at the right time he just wants to keep the train going.

"To be honest with you, when the fight first came up I was kind of against it because of the time. He said, 'Man, look, I've already got this drive and momentum going. Let's go get that.' That's that lion champion spirit that Manny's got up in him. You tell Williams he's going to have to bring his 'A' game or it's going to be a long night for him."

On a stacked card with so many pick-'em fights, Williams-Woods has Fight of the Night potential written all over it as both combatants take a step up in competition.

"I don't get too caught up in that trash talking, but I work hard," Woods said. "I've got kids at home. It's either kill or be killed. I work hard, I bust my own. I put the work in, so come next weekend when that bell goes 'ding!' it's going to be me and him and we're going to give the fans a show."

CES Boxing's May 13th card is headlined by the intra-city, all-Providence super middleweight showdown between "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs) and "Mr. Providence" Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs).

Limited tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (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.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout.

Regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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Kubrat Pulev V Dereck Chisora!

Tale Of The Tape
Kubrat Pulev V Dereck Chisora

On Saturday night, Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) square off in a European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg Germany.

Both fighters are looking to reclaim the prestigious European belt and land a second shot at World honours. Ahead of their crunch fight, we take a look at how the heavyweights measure up with the Tale of the Tape.

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Anthony Yigit!

Plans To Steal The Show Against Sutcliffe
Anthony Yigit

Anthony Yigit (16-0-1, 7 KOs) plans to steal the show when he takes on Philip Sutcliffe Jnr (9-0, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

The undefeated super lightweights square off on the undercard of the European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator between Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora.

‘’It feels great to be getting back in the ring,’’ said Yigit, who returns following a third-round stoppage victory over former World Champion DeMarcus Corley.

‘’This is my first fight for five months, and my first fight with my new coach CJ Hussein, so I’m looking forward to showing everyone what I’ve got!

‘’I feel like I’ve really improved since I started training with CJ. The good thing is he doesn’t want to change my boxing style. He knows I am where I am today because of what I can already do, but we have made some minor changes. We’ve been working on my defence, and other than that, focusing on becoming faster, stronger and more explosive.’’

The 24 year-old from Stockholm is now looking forward to putting these improvements into practice against the undefeated Irishman Sutcliffe Jnr.

‘’I know Sutcliffe is a hard puncher,’’ he says. ‘’He likes to come forward, and I think it will be a tough fight, but this is the name of the game. I want to be involved in tough fights like this, and I want to be able to deliver exciting performances. I hope everyone will be happy with this match up.

‘’The fans know what they can expect from me. I’m a people pleaser and I always give 100%. On Saturday night, I want to give them a fight to remember and I want to steal the show!’’

All the action from Hamburg including Yigit’s fight with Sutcliffe Jnr and the European heavyweight showdown between Dereck Chisora and Kubrat Pulev is available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting in Scandinavia.

Viaplay Fighting is the first package of its kind, available in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, and featuring over 500 hours of exclusive live fighting each year from 150 events including UFC, Nordic Fight Night, Team Sauerland, Premier Boxing Champions, Matchroom Boxing and IMG.

For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.com

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NATHAN GORMAN!

LOOKS TO MAKE A STATEMENT WITH ANOTHER QUICK KNOCKOUT
NATHAN GORMAN

NATHAN GORMAN wants to send a statement to rest of the heavyweight division by blasting out his second opponent in two weeks.

The Ricky Hatton-trained teenager floored Hrvoje Kisicek three times in the opening round at the Copper Box Arena, London on Saturday night and he’s looking for a similarly explosive performance against Poland’s Kamil Sokolowski in Walsall next weekend.

Given that Kisicek had previously been the distance with Hughie Fury and reached the second round against Anthony Joshua, Gorman’s display was little short of incredible.

“I got him out of there in the first round. The first knockdown the referee didn’t count it, but the punches after that landed and he felt them all. It was game over then,” Gorman said.

“He gave Hughie a good fight and not many people get through the first round with Joshua so I think knocking out so quickly will get people talking about me.

“My power has really come on since I’ve been with Ricky. He works on getting everything into my shots and people saw that last weekend.”

Next Saturday’s fight, which co-headlines Hatton Promotions’ and Black Country Boxing’s Mayhem event at Walsall Football Club, will see Gorman step up to six rounds in what is only his fourth paid outing.

“Six-rounders are better for me,” he said. “As an amateur I was used to doing three rounds so four-rounders weren’t really any different, but six will be good.

“Sokolowski will be a tough opponent because he’s boxed pretty much all the upcoming guys in the British top 15 and only Dillian Whyte has stopped him. He’s been in with Kash Ali, Sam Sexton and Gary Cornish and none of them could put him away.

“He’s solid and he comes for a fight so I think it’ll really say something about my potential if I can get him out of there.”

‘Mayhem’ also features Gorman’s stable mate Sam Evans alongside the return of former British lightweight champion Martin Gethin and unbeaten prospects Chad Sugden and Kieron McLaren. Rowley Regis’s popular Jason Welborn is also in action against William Warburton.

Tickets are £30 for standard unreserved seats and £60 for VIP tickets which includes table service and a two-course meal. Call the Walsall FC Ticket Office on 01922 651 414 to book.

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Felix Diaz V Miguel Vazquez!

Premier Boxing Champions

Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs) and former world champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) will meet in a 10-round battle of super lightweight contenders that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 and FOX Deportes from the Dancehall in San Antonio on Saturday, May 28 with televised coverage beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. This marks the first Saturday primetime PBC card on FS1 and FOX Deportes and anchors an action-packed memorial day weekend.

"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Diaz. "Miguel Vazquez is a great former champion and I'll have to be at my best. I'm very thankful to be the main event again and I'm thrilled to fight in San Antonio for the first time."

"I'm very excited for this opportunity to face a skilled Olympic Gold medalist like Felix Diaz," said Vazquez. "He's a good fighter, but he's never faced someone as experienced and talented as I am. I look forward to a great victory in front of the great fight fans of San Antonio as I march towards becoming a world champion again."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85 and $20 and $1,000 and $850 for VIP tables, before taxes and fees and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call (210) 988-8821 visit http://lbtickets.ticketleap.com/march28th2016/ or in person at Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave.

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. Now he moves back to 140-pounds looking to make noise and grab a world title.

The 29-year-old Vazquez had a successful reign as 135-pound champion and defended his title eight times during his championship run. After beating Ji-Hoon Kim for his title, he would go on to defend it against the likes of Denis Shafikov, Mercito Gesta, Leonardo Zappavigna and Ammeth Diaz. Fighting out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Vazquez's most recent victory came against Jerry Belmontes and he is looking to rebound from a decision loss to Algenis Mendez in October.

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Devin Haney!

Making National Television Debut May 21
Knockout Night At The D

Lightweight sensation Devin "The Dream" Haney (5-0, 3 KOs) is a boxing prodigy. The gifted 17-year-old boxer, fighting out of Las Vegas, will make his national television debut May 21, at home, on the "Knockout Night at the D" card.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The May 21st show, airing (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the DLVEC outdoor venue, is presented in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions.

Undefeated Russian middleweight Arif "The Predator" Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) faces upset-minded Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 10-round main event. Magomedov is rated among the top 15 middleweights by the four major sanctioning bodies: WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14.

Unbeaten super welterweight John "The Phenom" Vera (12-0, 8 KOs), of Fort Worth, Texas, defends his NABA-USA title belt against challenger Joey "Boxer" Ruelas (10-1-1, 4 KOs), of Phoenix, in the 8-round co-feature.

Haney is a 7-time national amateur champion, who captured a gold medal at the 2015 Youth World Champion, but he was unable to try-out for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team because of his age. When headgear was eliminated from Olympic boxing competition, the minimum age for a U.S. boxer to compete in the Olympics was changed to 19, so Haney decided to turn pro at the age of 17 rather than wait four more years. At first, though, he had a problem getting licensed in the U.S.

After having four successful fights in Tijuana, Mexico, Haney's license was approved by the Nevada Athletic Commission and he won an impressive 4-round decision over Rafael Vazquez this past April 9th on the Manny-Pacauiao-Timothy Bradley III show at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fighting May 21st on CBS Sports Network promises to be the start of something very special for Haney.

"It really means a lot to me fighting on national television for the first time," Haney said between workouts. "I'm excited to have my friends from all over be able to watch me fight on TV. I'm going to make a statement that nigh that I'm the next big star. I'm going to show everyone my talents."

Haney, of course, hasn't graduated from high school yet. He's been home schooled since the seventh grade, studying between his training responsibilities as a prizefighter: morning run, afternoon strength and conditioning, and full boxing workouts during the evening.

What can fans expect to see when they watch Haney in the ring? "I'm a boxer-puncher; strong and fast," Haney added. "I'm a balanced fighter who can do everything. I'm only 17 and still have a long way to go. Every day, my head trainer, Floyd Mayweather, Sr., works with me to relax more, walk-down my opponent and take my time - it's not the amateurs anymore - to breakdown my opponent."

Another undefeated fighter, Virginia featherweight Jerren "Hardknocks" Cochran (11-0-1, 4 KOs), faces former WBC Youth International titlist Tony Lopez (10-1, 3 KOs), of Dallas, in the 6-round television "swing bout."

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in 4-round bouts are Las Vegas junior lightweight Randy Moreno (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Texan Chris Turtun (1-2), and Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. TBA.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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

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

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

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

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

D Boxing Promotions

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Ismael Barroso!

Offers Sincere Respect For Future Former Champion Crolla
Ismael Barroso

Heading into his showdown with WBA World Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) this Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK, WBA #1-rated contender and interim champion Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) and his team wish to offer their sincere respect to the "future former champion."

"He is a true champion," said Barroso of Crolla. "There were easier domestic fights for more money he could have taken, but he wanted to do the right thing and face his top challenger. I admire him for that."

Unfortunately, the murderous punching Barroso, of El Tigre, Venezuela, says he'll be ending the brave Englishman's run as champion on Saturday night.

"He (Crolla) won the WBA title by an upset last year and he's a likeable man," continued Barroso, "but all good things come to an end. When they help him up after the fight Saturday, he will have all my respect and I wish him very well for the rest of his life."

Greg Cohen, promoter of Barroso, agrees with his fighter's sentiment.

"Anthony is a true champion, but he's in way over his head in this one. And him being in his home country and the fans backing him, that only makes Ismael that much more determined. Crolla has had a great and surprising run as champion, but there's not much anyone can do for him in the face of the kind of power he's up against."

GCP Boxing Promotions

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I Am Who I Am!

Manfredo Reflects On Career In & Out Of Ring
Peter Manfredo

The best decision Peter Manfredo Jr. ever made came outside of the boxing ring and had nothing to do with strategy or technique.

Shortly after his loss to Sakio Bika in 2008, Manfredo's second shot at a world title, "The Pride of Providence" -- at the time, just 27 years old -- figured it was time to start thinking about life away from the sport to avoid the pitfalls that had plagued so many retired boxers before him.

"I said to myself, 'Forget this. I've got to get myself a job. I can't keep taking beatings like this,'" said Manfredo, who returns to the ring Friday, May 13th, 2016 for the first time in two and a half years.

"Then what? Everybody loves when you're winning. No one cares when you lose. At the end of the day, it's you and your family and you've got to do what you've got to do to support your family. When you're boxing, I don't care how much money you make, you live within your means. It runs out!

"In boxing, there really aren't many happy endings. There's no retirement, there's no health care, there's no annuity. After you run out of your money, which you're going to, what do you have?"

Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs) didn't want to find out, so he got himself a job working as a laborer for Laborers Local 271 in Providence, where he does everything from mixing cement to construction to breaking down job sites.

"Hard labor," he said. "Physical labor."

These days, he works for Lee Kennedy, Inc., a construction company in Quincy, Mass. The hours are long and the money's good, but boxing is always on the backburner, except now it's a trade, not a full-time job like it was during the halcyon days of The Contender.

As he prepares for his latest comeback, an intra-city showdown next Friday against "Mr. Providence" Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs) in the main event of CES Boxing's "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" show at Twin River Casino, the 36-year-old Manfredo is brutally honest about his intentions.

His daughter is entering high school next year and he wants to build her a bigger room in his house, so he's lacing up the gloves one more time for some extra pocket change. Rather than recycle the usual rhetoric about being No. 1 in the world or wanting to win a world title, which he probably would've fed us in his 20s, the older, wiser Manfredo tells it like it is. He needs the money, so he's fighting again. Plain and simple.

"I am who I am. I'm not trying to be someone I'm not," Manfredo said. "I know I'm not the best fighter in the world, but how many people are? You've got Floyd Mayweather, who is probably the best fighter in the world in this generation and you can only have one. I know I'm not that, but I'm not trying to be that. I just want to make enough money to support my family and get by and I think people respect me for that because they can relate to that."

Even with a two and a half year layoff, "The Pride of Providence" remains as popular as ever, a box office draw unlike any other in New England, and he's maintained his relevancy without having to force-feed lies to the general public. If his blunt honesty were a turnoff, it would've driven fans away by now. Instead, Twin River is expecting record numbers next Friday for the latest chapter in Manfredo's growing legacy.

"It's a humbling thing, that's for sure," he said. "People like me because, for one, I'm a good kid, and, two, I'm a real fighter. People want to come and spend that kind of money to see a fight, they want to see a fight. And when you see a Peter Manfredo fight, win, lose, or draw, I give you a real fight.

"I come to win every fight and I give you a fight. People like that. They see the heart and the reason I do it. I do it for my family. I don't do it to be a world champion anymore. I'm not trying to be the best in Rhode Island. I don't care about any of that. I do it just to make a paycheck and I do it for my family. People like that and they can relate to that. Maybe that's why I always sell the place out."

It helps, too, that he's as sharp as ever despite the long gaps between recent fights. After retiring in 2011 following a loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Manfredo returned one year later for another run on the regional circuit, firing off consecutive wins over Rayco Saunders, Walter Wright and Rhode Island rival Rich Gingras.

Manfredo stepped away again in 2013 after stopping Gingras in the eighth round of their scheduled 10-round fight, only to announce another comeback in March. Originally scheduled to face undefeated Angel Camacho Jr., Manfredo now faces Biosse, an awkward southpaw whose style has forced him to adjust on the fly over the final two weeks of training camp.

"Now I have to change my whole game plan," he said. "It only gives me one week to prepare for it because the week of the weigh in, you're not doing much. You're making weight and you're kind of slowing it down a bit. Yeah, it throws you off a little bit, but it is what it is. I'm a fighter.

"My mind is still on the prize. Obviously, there are still going to be obstacles in your way. Being the professional I am, I've got the experience where I'll be fine at the end of the day."

In an ironic twist, Biosse once trained under the guidance of Manfredo's father, Peter Manfredo Sr., but has now built his own legacy as an iconic figure in Rhode Island's Cape Verdean community. Meanwhile, "The Pride of Providence" continues to serve as an ambassador for Italian Americans, particularly in the Federal Hill section of Providence where he was born and raised.

"I have all the respect in the world for Vla," Manfredo said. "I like Vla. When Vla was turning pro, I helped him to turn pro. I thought he could make it. I thought he was pretty good. I encouraged him.

"As far as the name, 'Mr. Providence' versus 'The Pride of Providence,' I don't even look at it like that. It's a fight. At the end of the day, it's a fight. I'm going in there to win and I know he's coming in there to win and for that the fans are going to get what they want. They're going to get a good fight and get their money's worth."

Win or lose, there's no guarantee of additional fights or additional paydays for Manfredo beyond next Friday. The only sure thing is his life outside of the ring, his life in the workforce, which has allowed him to build a stable foundation for his family. He can't fight forever, but as long as he has a career beyond fighting, he's an example of brains overcoming brawn in a sport that often leaves its most beloved stars with broken dreams and empty pockets. Perhaps there are happy endings in boxing after all.

"I always wanted to work. I was always a hard worker," Manfredo said. "As I was coming up, I was always influenced by my father just to be a fighter because he was looking to make a living off of me. He was just looking at his end.

"At the end of the day when I got older and I started having my own family, I woke up and I got myself a job and got myself in the union. It's the best move I ever made."

Limited tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (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.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

CES Boxing Promotions

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Hughie Fury!

Added To Fury V Klitschko Card
Hughie Fury

Undefeated heavyweight sensation Hughie Fury will appear in a featured bout on the undercard of the world heavyweight championship rematch between unified champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko Saturday, July 9 at the Manchester Arena.

The bout will take place in front of more than 21,000 fans and be seen by millions more around the world on various television outlets.

Widely regarded as one of the best young heavyweights on the planet, the 21-year-old Fury has an outstanding 20-0 ledger with 10 wins by knockout. On April 30 in London, Fury scored a clear-cut technical decision over tricky switch hitter Fred Kassi to capture the WBO Intercontinental championship when the fight was stopped early due to an accidental clash of heads. Since turning pro in March 2013, Fury’s been matched tough and defeated the likes of Andriy Rudenko, George Arias, Dominick Guinn and the aforementioned Kassi.

Having already faced quality opponents while many young heavyweights build their records against subpar opposition, Fury’s team is looking for another tough challenge July 9.

“Hughie Fury is taking fights that no other heavyweights are taking,” said Peter Fury, his father and trainer. “Forget being built up on handpicked opponents, we’re facing guys that are here to win and give us a hard fight. He’s coming off of back to back tough fights. Look at his career so far compared to other prospects. Last year, we scored a clear win over Andriy Rudenko, who was 25-1 and his only defeat came via controversial decision to current heavyweight champion Lucas Browne. That will give you an idea where he’s at and I believe he’s the next force in the heavyweight division.”

Fury’s opponent will be announced shortly and the bout will be scheduled for either ten or twelve rounds.

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Miller V Guivas!

WBO & NABO Title Fight
Jarrell Miller

WBO #11, WBA #12 and IBF #15 heavyweight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs) will face Topeka, Kansas, slugger Nick Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) for the WBO NABO Heavyweight Championship on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

The two power-punching heavies will meet in the main event of Greg Cohen Promotions next instalment of "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network."

In the night's 10-round lightweight co-main event, red-hot Filipino prospect Harmonito "El Huracan de Gensan" Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) will make his debut on US soil against capable veteran Guillermo Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) of Buffalo.

Tickets for "Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network" start at $35 and are available at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino box office, www.ticketmaster.com or you can charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

An impressive victory over Guivas will inch Miller that much closer to a shot at his dream of becoming Heavyweight Champion of the World. Never one to shy away from a war or a microphone, the outspoken Miller has been publicly calling out the world's heavyweight champions from nearly the beginning of his career.

Promoted by both Greg Cohen Promotions and Salita Promotions, Miller's boasts have turned to real threats in recent years, as his string of impressive knockouts grows and grows over ever-more-dangerous foes.

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7:00 pm. The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is located at 310 4th Street in Niagara Falls, NY. For more information, call 877-873-6322 or visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com.

GCP Boxing Promotions

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DETROIT BRAWL!

FULL CARD ANNOUNCED
DETROIT BRAWL

The complete card been announced for Salita Promotions' latest "Detroit Brawl", scheduled for Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

In addition to the six-round cruiserweight main event between Detroit's Demetrius Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) and Bronx-based cruiserweight Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs); and the six-round co-main event between undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) and Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs), several highly competitive match-ups are scheduled.

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

When an injury to the opponent sidelined his scheduled main event for this show, Lansing junior middleweight Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs) asked promoter Dmitriy Salita for another challenging opponent and, to his credit, he's got it. Urista will face Greenwood, Indiana's Pablo Sanchez (7-1, 5 KOs) in a four-round bout.

In addition, Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs) will look to bounce back from his first career loss by taking on the capable Ernest Reyna (8-3, 4 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, in a six-rounder.

And in four-round welterweight bout between undefeated fighters, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan's Serdar Hudayberdiyev (1-0, 1 KO) will face Marco Russell (1-0-1) of Henderson, Nevada.

In a six-round super middleweight scrap, Detroit's super middleweight James Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs) will face Chicago's Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs); Detroit middleweight Darrell Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Torreon, Mexico's Francisco Reza (13-17, 10 KOs) in a four-rounder; East Pointe, Michigan, cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle fellow Michigander Karinn Davis (2-6, 2 KOs) of Jackson in a four-round battle; and Brooklyn via Georgia super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Jackson, Michigan's Alfred Hall (4-11-2, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is at 7:15 pm. The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. All bouts subject to change.

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Straight Rights & Straight A’s!

The Joey Veazey Story
Joey Veazey

In the movie Coach Carter, Samuel L. Jackson famously quipped to his team of academically struggling players “you are student athletes, student comes first.”

Unfortunately, some standout athletes believe their talents supersede performing in the classroom. This has led to high schools and colleges warning or suspending players if their grades didn’t improve.

On the contrary, there are those who take great pride in starring as an athlete and student; such as 17-year-old Joey Veazey.

Known by his moniker of “Bazooka Joe” Veazey is multi-time amateur champion and was ranked internationally. On Thursday evening, Veazey fights Chris Perkins for the East Coast junior middleweight championship at Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie, MD as a featured fighter on a card promoted by Baltimore Boxing.

The card serves as a tribute to Murray “Bushwacker” Smith Sr., father of Baltimore Boxing’s Jake Smith. Tickets purchased in advance start at $25, reserved seats are $35, reserved tables for ten are $350, $50 VIP seats and $500 VIP tables of 10 can be purchased by calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the fights begin at 8.

Slated to compete in his 100th match, Veazy is a big ticket seller in the Baltimore area and regularly draws large crowds when he enters the squared circle. To Veazey however, he is most proud of his accomplishments outside of the ring, where he’s an honor student finishing up his senior year at Northeast High School.

In August, Veazey will enroll in college locally and major in either mechanical engineering or computer science. At the same time, he’ll prepare for his professional debut while still working as a trainer at the Baltimore Boxing Club. Most see being a fighter or student as a full time responsibility, but Veazey believes his work ethic and focus will help him continue to excel in and out of the ring.

“You have to be disciplined in the ring and classroom,” said Veazey. “I know there’s a lot on my plate but I thrive on excelling as a boxer, student and a trainer at the Baltimore Boxing Club. Focusing and paying attention to the task at hand helps keep me dialed in with whatever it is I’m doing at that time. Ultimately, my goal is to continue excelling with my academics and win a world title. I believe both are reachable and can become a reality with continued hard work.”

Smith, who has literally watched Veazey grow as a person and fighter during the last decade, has trained hundreds of fighters and considers Bazooka Joe one of his most special.

“Joey could’ve told himself boxing will be his everything because of how successful he’s been but he’s extremely humble and intelligent far beyond his years,” said Smith. “He literally goes from one task to another and excels at each of them. Whether he’s a world champion boxer, engineer, computer scientist or all of the above, Joey Veazey epitomizes what it means to be a well-rounded person and I’m very proud of him.”

In the co-feature, Upton Boxing’s Tyrell Boyd and 2016 Golden Gloves champion Aston Sykes will do battle for the Maryland State Middleweight title. Boyd is a former East Coast Middleweight titlist and looks for his second belt while Sykes is riding a wave of confidence having won the Golden Gloves in one of America's toughest regions.

Popular Clayton Frazier faces Elvin Rodriguez in a battle between boxers from the Baltimore Boxing Gym. Frazier, who has only two fights, is a crowd favorite and hopes to claim local bragging rights in what Smith calls the “Battle of Baltimore Boxing.”

Former basketball star Stefon “Showtime” McRay and future pro standout Donald Wallace will also appear on the card in separae bouts.

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Quinton Willis!

Khiary Gray Has Never Faced Anyone Like Me
Khiary Gray

Between he and his brother, Marcus, also a professional fighter, Quinton Willis describes himself as the "mellow one."

That is, until he's asked whether or not his upcoming opponent, undefeated junior middleweight Khiary Gray, has ever faced anyone of his caliber. Willis didn't even need to hear the rest of the question.

"No," he said matter-of-factly. "Not at all."

While it doesn't quite register as "trash talk" -- at least not what Gray is used to -- it's obvious the Fort Myers, Fla., vet carries a cool, quiet confidence into his upcoming Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Title bout against Gray on Friday, May 13th, 2016 in the eight-round co-feature of "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL," presented by CES Boxing at Twin River Casino.

Limited seated tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (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.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

On paper, Willis (10-3-1, 5 KOs) faces long odds against the undefeated, reigning champion from Worcester, Mass., who sports a 12-0 record with nine knockouts -- seven in the opening round -- but the 32-year-old right-hander is coming off a strong camp, aided by both his brother and father, Larry Willis, who helped break down Gray's extensive video library.

"Normally I have to go in there blind and just rely on my own talent," Willis said, "but now we kind of know what he wants to do and what kind of fighter he wants to be.

"A lot of times he's deceptive in doing the same stuff over and over again, but, at the same time, it's different, and he tries to tweak it. We're just trying to pick up on the habits he does consistently. It's definitely different getting some film we can work off of. Normally, we don't get that benefit, so it's a big thing."

Willis' manager, Damian Walton, upped the ante, predicting the possibility of a short night for Gray if he doesn't respect Willis' punching power.

"This dude Gray ain't fought nobody like Willis. He ain't seen nobody like Willis," Walton said. "We're coming to their house to take that belt. We're not coming to lay down. We're not going to make it easy for him. We're coming to give him eight rounds of hell. To be honest, it might not even go eight rounds.

"He better bring his 'A++' game. He ain't ever fought no one that hits as hard as Quinton Willis. He'll have to be ready for that. It ain't going to be no fun and games in there. I caught a little interview and [Gray] is a little too comfortable for this fight. That's a problem for me. This is the real deal right here."

Gray, who actually rivals Willis in his reserved, laid-back demeanor, hasn't had much to say since the fight was announced in late March, simply pointing out he knows little about Willis and doesn't seem too concerned with finding out more. He's equally unfazed by the talk emanating from Willis' camp.

He heard it last year from Kenton Sippio-Cook, who went to sleep in just under three minutes, and again in February from Cameron Rivera, who never even made it up the steps, derailed by a broken wrist two weeks before the fight.

"Everyone can talk, but it's about what happens in the ring. That's how I see it," Gray said. "Once someone gets punched, their whole game plan goes out the window. We'll see what happens."

Willis has won his last three while Gray enters next Friday's bout having just gone 10 hard rounds with Nicaraguan challenger Eduardo Flores in February, the first time he had gone the distance since his third pro fight in November of 2014. Flores was the last-minute replacement for Rivera, agreeing to the fight less than 36 hours before the weigh-in.

With no background information to digest -- Gray didn't even know what Flores looked like until they stood face-to-face at the scale -- Gray found himself learning on the job in what proved to be his most challenging, yet rewarding, victory.

"The knockouts are great, but I want people to see more than my punching power," Gray said. "I want them to see my boxing. I want them to see my angles. I want them to see my different styles.

"[Flores] was a veteran, so he knew what he was doing. I was prepared for that. I felt great. I felt like I could've gone two more rounds."

He might need the stamina against Willis, who has never been stopped and has boxed 58 rounds in 14 fights, compared to just 30 rounds for Gray in 12 bouts.

Born and raised in a boxing family -- "I was in the gym when I had a snotty nose and Pampers on," he says -- Willis works well alongside his father and brother, the latter of whom is 16-4-2 as a pro, by keeping his cool when tempers flare in the gym.

"My dad and my brother are a lot more alike," Willis said. "Me, I fight, come to the gym and train, and they argue. I'm just the one that laughs and keeps working."

The film study might give him an edge, but Willis considers it a moot point once the bell rings.

"Honestly, everything is cause and effect with boxing," he said. "No matter how much you film you get or don't get, everything is going to be different once you get in that ring, regardless of whether or not he's seen me fight or knows how I like to fight. Once we get in that ring, he has to adjust, I have to adjust. It's people playing chess."

Added Gray: "There's not much tape on him, just some sparring sessions and what he's been doing at his gym. It doesn't bother me. I prepare for any style and any type of opponent."

On May 13th, it'll come down to who executes, not who watches the most film or pounds his chest the loudest. The battle lines have been drawn in what figures to be the toughest test of each fighter's respective career.

"I feel a lot better from my last fight to this fight," Gray said. "I've gained an idea of what it's like to go the distance and how I came out of it, so this will be just another fight for me."

"THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is headlined by an All-Providence super middleweight showdown in the main event between "Mr. Providence" Vladine Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs) and "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs).

On the undercard, unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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Maynard Allison!

Inks With GCP
Maynard Allison

Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of undefeated lightweight Maynard "Mr. Marvelous" Allison to a promotional agreement.

Allison (4-0, 3 KOs), from Siler City, North Carolina, is a former college football player, who started boxing in his early 20s after getting curious while driving past a gym. "I played sports all my life," explained Allison, "But there was no boxing where I'm from. When I graduated high school, I went to college to play football, but I didn't get along with the coach. So then I was bored and looking for something to do. I was driving past a boxing gym, so I stopped and went in. I just wanted to see what it was and maybe learn how to box for the skill. But from the beginning, I was catching on really well. I've been boxing ever since."

A quick-fisted counterpuncher with above-average power, Allison says he enjoys the finer points of the sweet science. "I'm a good boxer," he said. "I like counterpunching. I'm slick. You got to be slick to last in this sport. I work on defense a lot. I try not to get hit. I make them miss and make them pay."

The 28-year-old came down from 165 lbs. to 135 lbs. and went on to have almost 50 amateur fights. He turned professional late last year and now trains at the Inner City Boxing Gym in Durham, North Carolina, under coach Keedar Massey. "We have a great relationship. He is the best coach I've ever met. He's really strict and stays on you, makes sure you do everything right. If you don't come to the gym, he calls you and says 'where you at? You need to come now.'"

Allison was last seen demolishing then-undefeated crosstown rival Braulio Soto in under one round last February. "He was going around running his mouth a lot," said Allison of Soto. "My coach knew he stood no chance against me and knew fighting him would be a good opportunity for me to get a name. I don't question my coach. I watched tape on him and found when he throws his jab his front foot comes up. So I was waiting for him to do it and when he did it, I slipped the jab and came back with the straight right. That was it. He was out."

Promoter Cohen was introduced to Allison through his manager, Anthony Brown. The victory over Soto was what lead to the promotional agreement.

"Anthony had spoken to me about his fighter being something special in the past. He finally sent me a link to his last fight and I took a look," explained Cohen. "I was very impressed. Maynard has very fast fists and a ton of power. I think having started his career at nearly super middleweight has made him extremely strong for a lightweight. We will be helping him advance in his career the right way: against opponents who will push him to his full potential."

A married father of four, Allison is aware that at age 28, he has no time to lose. "I know I got a late start. I don't' want to say I'm old but I'm getting boxing old. I know I have to hurry up. It feels good to be signed with GCP. Knowing that I have somebody looking out for me and not having to worry about finding my own fights will really help. A world title was always my dream, but I just want to make enough to invest and do something with my money and make sure my family will be alright. That's all I care about."

Allison will return to the ring in the main event of a card on Saturday, May 14, at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC to face Charles Witt.

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Team Gunn!

Goes 2-0 In Indiana

Undefeated middleweight Bobby Gunn Jr. and debuting cruiserweight Henry Stewart, both of Hackensack, NJ, scored victories last Saturday at the Tyndall Armory in Indianapolis, IN.

Coming off more than a year layoff, Gunn Jr. met hardcore veteran Guy Packer. Gunn Jr., who was regularly in the gym during the layoff, was the sharper fighter. Packer, a 20 year pro that fought the likes of Cornelius Bundrage, Michael Oliveira, Dominique Dalton, J’Leon Love, Vernon Paris & Joe Greene among others, looked to use his experience against his 19-year-old foe. Gunn Jr. boxed well however, the bout was halted on multiple occasions due to issues with the ring and canvas. In the fourth and final round with Gunn Jr. hoping to close the show, there was yet another issue with the ring and the bout was sent to the scorecards early.

Scores were 39-37 twice and a head-scratching 38-38.

Gunn Jr is now 6-0 with 4 wins by knockout.

Stewart, a cousin of the Gunn Family, made his professional debut one to remember by destroying Darrel Sohm in 25 seconds. A hard hook followed by a straight right put Sohm down and showed the boxing world that the 21-year-old Stewart enters the paid ranks with heavy hands.

“I’m very proud of my guys,” said Bobby Gunn Sr., a former IBA cruiserweight champion and Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Famer who manages and trains both fighters. “Little Bobby was working hard in the gym during the layoff and was fine tuning a number of things. He also grew into his body and is now a solid middleweight. Henry on the other hand is a good sleeper prospect. He’s has excellent power in both hands and will continue to improve in all aspects.”

The next bouts for Gunn Jr. and Stewart will be announced shortly.

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Pulev & Chisora!

Pulled Apart At Heated Press Conference
Pulev & Chisora

Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) almost came to blows at today’s final pre-fight press conference ahead of their European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator on Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

During the customary head-to-head photographs, Chisora lived up to his bad boy reputation by grabbing Pulev by the neck and attempting to pull him to the ground.

‘’I’m not messing around,’’ said Chisora. ‘’No more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m here to fight! I’m going to take Pulev to places he’s never been before, and I’m going to make him give up. He’s got nothing I’ve not seen before, and he’s never fought anyone like me. I can tell he’s nervous. He’s out of his depth and he’s going to get knocked out!''

Pulev was unimpressed by the British boxers antics and promised to get his revenge in the ring. ‘’I will cause him great pain on Saturday night,’’ said the 34 year-old. ‘’He does not intimidate me. He can talk all he wants now, but this will not help him in the ring.’’

Promoter Kalle Sauerland, who was positioned between the warring heavyweights, told fans to expect an explosive encounter on Saturday night.

‘’If Saturday’s fight is half as exciting as today’s press conference then the fans are in for a treat,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’I do not see this fight going the distance! We have two hot blooded heavyweights ready to do whatever it takes to win.’’

Tickets for the European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator are available online via www.tickethall.de and www.eventim.de or by calling (+49) 01806-570044.

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Humble Biosse!

An Icon In Cape Verdean Community
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For Vladine Biosse, "Mr. Providence" is more than just a clever nickname stitched onto a pair of shorts.

"Being 'Mr. Providence' is about carrying on a legacy," says Biosse, who faces the toughest test of his career Friday, May 13th, 2016 against fellow Providence native and Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr.

"When you talk about Providence, you're talking about a great city, a fighting city for so many years. Carrying that torch means so much to me."

The always-ready Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs), a physical marvel who stays in shape year-round, replaces Angel Camacho Jr., who sustained a foot injury, in the highly publicized "BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL," a dream matchup between two well-respected Providence veterans at Twin River Casino, the hub of boxing in the northeast for the past decade.

Born in Cape Verde, Biosse moved to Rhode Island at the age of 13 and has since called Providence his home. He attended high school at Hope High, starred in soccer and track and field, and eventually played football at the University of Rhode Island, just 30 miles south of Providence.

His tale of triumph, the inspirational story of an inner-city youth who grew up on the "bad side" of Providence, barely spoke English and didn't even start boxing until high school, rocketed him to stardom in the local Cape Verdean community.

He gained his U.S. citizenship shortly after becoming a professional fighter, arguably his most noteworthy achievement outside of the ring, and proudly bears the responsibility of being a mentor to inner-city youth who bear a striking resemblance to the same Cape Verdean teenager who arrived in Providence 20 years ago unsure of what his future would bring.

"I made it through the tough times. Now it's my responsibility to help others do the same," Biosse said. "I might not get all of them, but if I get one or two of them, I'm happy."

Most New England fight fans associate "Mr. Providence" with the unconventional southpaw they've seen in the ring and on television for the past seven years, the former college football player turned boxer who rose from anonymity to worldwide success in 2010 with a dominant win over Joey McCreedy on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, his network television debut.

Biosse was a public relations dream, a humble, working-class fighter who resonated with boxing fans, a neatly packaged, 6-foot-1 snapshot of the American Dream. Even in defeat, Biosse remained steadfast in his goal to become a world champion and eventually carry the torch in a city replete with blue-collar superstars, among them Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs) and Vinny Paz.

The less-publicized side of Biosse, the one fans rarely see, is that of the humanitarian, the local hero who gives selflessly to help lead troubled, unprivileged youth down the right path.

Biosse's talent in the ring eventually brought him to the top of his sport, including a Showtime date with J'Leon Love and an overseas battle against Callum Smith during a hectic, year-long stretch in which he fought outside of New England four times, but his heart never left Providence.

In the midst of his most profitable year as a fighter, Biosse and his business partner Brian Johnson opened The Ring of Peace, a boxing gym at the John Hope Settlement House in Providence, where city youth can learn the fundamentals of the sport in a safe, non-confrontational environment geared toward keeping kids off the streets. Classes are free of charge.

"A lot of times, boxers are looked at as barbaric or uneducated, so what we do with the kids is we focus on their school work," Biosse said. "We help them with their homework. We have tutors available. Once they finish, then we go into the gym and teach them boxing."

Biosse credits much of his success in life to one of his mentors, Providence native Peter Quaweay, a former Central High football standout and defensive back for Michigan State, who stressed to Biosse the importance of staying in school and building a future outside of sports.

"In the past, I didn't care too much about school, or anything," he continued. "I didn't look at my future like I should've. I had an opportunity to go to college and graduate. I look back at those situations and say, 'Man, if I didn't have someone like that I wouldn't have achieved what I did or be the man I am now.'"

The Ring of Peace plans on expanding its role in the community, offering memberships to war veterans and self-defense classes for women.

"When I look back at inner-city kids who grew up like me -- single mother, in the projects, living on the bad side of Providence -- I think, 'Damn, those kids have great potential like I did, but they won't amount to anything if no one reaches out to them to lead them the right way.'

"I feel like it's my responsibility."

Consider it part of being "Mr. Providence." While Manfredo, the 16-year fight vet known affectionately as "The Pride of Providence" in Rhode Island's Italian-American community, shares a similar responsibility as a father, husband and fighter, Biosse has become an icon in his own right among Rhode Island Cape Verdeans, a role he takes seriously.

"Being adopted by the city of Providence and knowing Providence carries so much history with my people, so much ancestry with my people coming over since slavery and through working on the ships, it's a big legacy to be able to carry that name," Biosse said.

"This is one of the first cities my Cape Verdean people came to, Fox Point, right here in Providence. That means so much to me. That's why since Day 1 when that nickname was given to me, I never shied away from it. I feel it fits perfectly because of the history my people have with my city. That's why I appreciate it."

With Manfredo's own legacy in tow, "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" takes on new meaning May 13th, two fighters who are pillars in their respective communities -- and close friends -- battling for state bragging rights.

"Peter was 'The Pride of Providence' long before I came onto the scene and I respect that," Biosse said. "Now it's the top two chefs in the city competing against each other carrying the history of Providence. It makes it a lot more interesting to us, the competitors, and also the fans."

Biosse accepted the challenge against the 47-fight vet Manfredo on short notice with little hesitation. As a competitor who stays in the gym year-round, Biosse's conditioning was never a factor, plus he's had 10 months since his last fight in July to work on some fundamentals.

"I'm so critical of my skills and my development as a fighter," he said. "Having those months off, being able to sit down and grade myself and study myself and my ability to perform, seeing where I was and where I'm at now, some things got better, some things got worse.

"I've really refined myself and my skills and have become a better me."

"Listen, I take nothing away from Peter. He's a veteran and he's been doing this for a long time. He's in great shape and ready to compete with anyone, anywhere, anytime. It's going to be a hell of a competition."

While this is no doubt the biggest test of Biosse's career, the ability to overcome and conquer is an important part of what has made him an iconic figure in the Cape Verdean community. As a fighter, a husband, a father and, perhaps most importantly, a U.S. Citizen, "Mr. Providence" carries an entire city and legacy on his back each time he steps into the ring. May 13th could be his most triumphant moment yet.

"Growing up in this country, learning everything I know here, I got a better opportunity and a better education," Biosse says. "It means so much to me to be a U.S. citizen. I've given my heart and soul here and now I'm really a part of this country. I can vote. I can make changes in this country. To be able to share that American culture with others, that's a beautiful thing."

Limited seated tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (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.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcester native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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Sampson Lewkowicz!

To Begin Negotiating Guzman V Wake Title Fight

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has been given the go-ahead to begin negotiating a world-title fight between his fighter, explosive KO punching Dominican Jonathan Guzman, and the promoters for Japan's Shingo Wake.

As per their rules for vacant championships, Lewkowicz, representing Guzman, the IBF #2 super bantamweight, and Kyoei Promotions representing IBF #1 Wake were ordered to begin negotiations immediately and have them completed no later than June 2 of this year.

Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs) is hot on the heels of a sensational eight-round stoppage victory over Daniel Rosas last Friday, April 29, in Atlantic City, in a voluntary eliminator for the #2 spot in the ratings.

Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) earned his number one spot by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Thailand's Mike Tawatchai last June.

Also per IBF rules neither boxer may compete in another match until they face each other.

"Any boxer who is contracted with a promoter, a network, or a state, tribal or national commission to take another fight, or who is ill, injured, under a legal impediment which could prevent the bout from taking place in the opinion of the IBF/USBA, or on suspension at the time the Championships Chairman and the President order a bout under this rule shall be considered unavailable. We would then move to the next available contender. Neither fighter can take another fight until this fight for the vacant title is concluded."

In the event the camps cannot reach an agreement by June 2, the IBF will call for purse offers to be held to determine who will promote the bout, when and where it will be held.

The Guzman vs. Wake fight is more good news for Sampson Boxing, who had four different fighters score sensational victories over the weekend.

In addition to the aforementioned Guzman TKO, Sampson Boxing's Jorge "Pilon" Lara scored a jaw-dropping KO 1 over former world champion Fernando Montiel at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on Saturday. Lara had the formidable Montiel on the deck four times in a brutal beatdown that only lasted 1:37.

The same night in the same venue, future world champion and boxing prodigy David "El Bandera Roja/Red Flag" Benavidez destroyed capable New Yorker Phillip Jackson Benson by KO 2. Benavidez, now 14-0, 13 KOs, had way too much firepower for Jackson, who entered the ring a respectable 16-2, 15 KOs. The end came at 2:07 with Jackson down and ruled unable to continue without a count being needed. A star on the near horizon in boxing, high network demand means that Benavidez will be back in action in July.

And in his professional debut on Friday night, on the Guzman undercard in Atlantic City, highly decorated amateur star Abraham "Super" Nova turned professional the right way by levelling Delaware's also debuting Weusi Johnson by KO 1.

Nova, of Braintree, Massachusetts, began his professional career undefeated by putting Weusi to sleep at 2:56 of the first.

"I am looking forward to getting my superstar KO artist Jonathan Guzman his first title shot later this year," said Sampson Lewkowicz. "And I give my congratulations to all my other fighters who won by knockout this past weekend. Jorge Lara is back in a big way and headed for a world championship after beating Montiel. David Benavidez is going to become the youngest Mexican super middleweight champion in boxing history and Abraham Nova let the world know he's here with his power punching. I am proud to be promoting every one of these fighters."

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TRIO OF DBE PROSPECTS!

PICK UP VICTORIES OVER THE WEEKEND

This past Saturday night, DiBella Entertainment saw a trio of its prospects pick up victories on separate cards as Abel Ramos, Dardan Zenunaj and Lamar Russ all added to the win column of their respective records.

Ramos, returning for the first time since his lone loss as a professional at the hands of red-hot undefeated prospect Regis Prograis on ShoBox in December, scored a third-round knockout over Javier Mercado (23-11-2, 21KO's) in Mexico. The former amateur standout saw his record improve to 15-1-2, 10KO's, and is set to return later this month in his home state of Arizona, as he looks to gear up for another big fight in the talent-laden 140lb. division.

Like Ramos, Zenunaj (12-1, 9KO's) also fought on the December ShoBox, when he upset and stopped previously undefeated prospect Bryant Cruz in a thrilling junior lightweight contest. Returning for the first time since career-best victory, Zenunaj pounded out an eight-round decision over tough Mexican Naciff Castillo.

Following a year-and-half layoff, middleweight Lamar Russ scored a devastating one-punch, first-round knockout over former two-time world title challenger Antwun Echols in front of his hometown fans in North Carolina. Russ (16-2, 8KO's) was involved in a bad car accident in August of 2015, and took off the rest of the year to recover and get himself back into fighting shape. There are many attractive fights to be made in the 160lb. division for the college graduate Russ, who, in 2013, dropped a competitive decision to three-time middleweight world title challenger Matthew Macklin on HBO.

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Rances Barthelemy V Mickey Bey!

Premier Boxing Champions On Spike
Rances Barthelemy V Mickey Bey

Undefeated lightweight world champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (24-0, 13 KOs) will make his first title defense against former world champion Mickey "The Spirit" Bey (22-1-1, 10 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday, June 3 at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT as unbeaten Puerto Rican prospect Emmanuel Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) takes on hard-hitting Mexican Victor "Pitufo" Proa (28-1-2, 21 KOs) in a 10-round bantamweight affair.

"There were rumors that a fight between me and Mickey Bey was on the brink of happening prior to my fight against Denis Shafikov, so now that it is here, I know it was destined to happen," said Barthelemy. "I'm not a rookie anymore. I'm not going into this worried or nervous about it being my first title defense at 135. I'm comfortable enough now to see every fight as just another challenge I need to execute my game plan the most effectively and with the least amount of errors."

"Barthelemy won my title, I had to vacate it due to a hand injury, so all he is doing is keeping it warm for me," said Bey. "Training camp is going great. I have been training hard for over a month. I have the best team in the business, with the most knowledgeable trainers. I'm looking forward to the challenge with him being undefeated and a two-time world champion. We both have a lot of skills, so it will make an entertaining fight for sure."

"I want to challenge all of the bantamweight champions to fight me so they can see a real athlete in the ring," said Rodriguez. "I have been training hard. This is a lifestyle for me. I have been training since December and on June 3, I am going to deliver a knockout."

"I'm excited about this opportunity against a good young fighter," said Proa. "I've been training hard and feel like this is my time. I'm going to come forward and see what this guy can do."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Kings Promotions, Warriors Boxing, Mayweather Promotions and Panther Promotions, are priced at $130, $80, $60 and $35 and are on sale now. All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the first fight set to begin at 6:30 p.m. *Additional fees may apply.

"This will be a tremendous night of boxing on Spike TV," said Marshall Kauffman of King's Promotions. "Barthelemy is an up-and-coming star in the sport and he is facing a former world champion who never lost his belt in the ring. This will be a great fight and there should be a great atmosphere with a lot of Cuban boxing fans there to support their world champion."

"We're looking forward to bringing a great night of boxing to the State of Florida. We're giving the fans another treat come June 3rd. The card is stacked with matchups that will undoubtedly be crowd pleasers," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "Both Mickey Bey and Rances Barthelemy have world titles under their belts, so they will bring in the experience of being able to perform, and match it up against one another to see who will come out the best man standing at the end of the night."

"We at Panther Promotions are very excited for this June 3rd card at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino," said Elliot Alvarado, CEO, Panther Promotions. "We are proudly joining forces with both Mayweather and Kings Promotions, which are featuring PBC on Spike TV. This is going to be a sensational evening of boxing featuring Cuban Lightweight Champion Rances Barthelemy vs. Cleveland's own former champion, Mickey Bey. Our goal is to bring back the classic fights to the Seminole Hard Rock Live in South Florida."

A Cuban amateur national champion, 29-year-old Barthelemyhas yet to taste defeat since turning pro in 2009. Born in Cuba but now fighting out of Las Vegas, he won a super featherweight world title in July 2014 by defeating Argenis Mendez in impressive fashion, and followed that up with a second round TKO victory over Angino Perez. After dominating former champion Antonio DeMarco in June, he won a world title in a second division when he impressively defeated Denis Shafikov in December.

Bey won his world title in 2014 with a decision victory over long reigning champion Miguel Vasquez. The 32-year-old vacated his title due to inactivity and injuries but returned in December to defeat previously unbeaten Naim Nelson by decision to earn himself a shot at the very title he vacated. Bey's previous victories include defeats against Alan Herrera, Carlos Cardenas and Hector Velazquez.

At just 23-years-old, Rodriguez has been on a fast track towards a world title fight since turning pro in 2012. He made his U.S. debut in November by stopping Eliecer Aquino after previously taking down Gabor Molnar, Luis Hinojosa and Alex Rangel in 2015. The Manati, Puerto Rico-born fighter will bring his exciting style into the ring against another tough opponent on June 3.

Fighting out of Monterrey, Mexico, Proa will be fighting in the U.S. for the third time when he takes on Rodriguez on June 3. The 31-year-old was unbeaten in his first 28 pro starts and has won his last two bouts, including most recently a first round stoppage of Oswaldo Delgado in February.

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ZAC DUNN!

SCORES THIRD ROUND KO
ZAC DUNN

Star Boxing's undefeated Super Middleweight Zac Dunn (21-0 17KO Melbourne, AU), successfully defended the WBC International Silver Super Middleweight championship with a spectacular third round KO over tough veteran Les Sherrington (35-9-0 19KO) at The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, AU. Crocodile Dunn electrified the Australian crowd with his non-stop assault on his overmatched opponent.

Dunn started exchanging with Sherrington from the get-go, finding his range and testing his resolve. Dunn unloaded power shots to Sherrington's head and body, with his game opponent firing back. As his opponent was backed into the ropes in the second round, Dunn floored him a vicious left hook to the body. Dunn, imposing his sharp jab in the third, continued the assault as the referee had seen enough and stepped in.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Dunn's performance "Another thrilling knockout by Dynamo Dunn! His attack was relentless! All the Super Middleweight titleholders have been put on notice- Zac is ready for anyone in the world."

Dunn is currently rated in all 4 sanctioning bodies, #9 IBF and WBO, #10 WBC, and #14 WBA and last year won the IBO World Title.

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Beibut Shumenov!

Protests Dorticos V Kalenga WBA Regular World Title Fight
Beibut Shumenov

World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs), the only Kazakhstan-native to hold world titles in two different weight classes, is disputing the WBA's sanctioning of the WBA "regular" cruiserweight world championship fight, May 20 in Paris, between two lower-ranked WBA fighters, No. 2 Yunier Dorticos and No. 5 Youri Kalenga (recently upgraded to No. 3).

Last July, Shumenov defeated B.J. Flores by way of a 12-round unanimous decision to become the mandatory challenger for WBA "regular" cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, who was later elevated to "Super" champion.

Lebedev hasn't fought a mandatory defense in one year, ironically, when he won a 12-round decision over Kalenga, who had earned his world title shot, like Shumenov, by becoming WBA Interim world champion. The WBA granted Lebedev an extension in terms of his due mandatory defense because of the Russian's unification fight May 21 in Moscow against International Boxing Federation (IBF) title-holder Victor Emelio Ramirez.

"I'm very disappointed the WBA is sanctioning Dorticos-Kalenga for its 'regular' cruiserweight title, when I am the No. 1 ranked and current WBA Interim champion," Shumenov said. "I repeatedly informed the WBA through emails, texts and verbally that I was ready to fight back in January. I preferred to fight Lebedev but I was willing to fight Dorticos or anybody else in the top 15. For the past few months, I've been laboring over what I believe is a very bad decision, letting two lower-ranked fighters, the No. 2 and No. 3 guys, fight for the WBA 'regular' title. I am shocked and bewildered and do not understand the WBA's rationale to have either of these fighters declared the WBA 'regular' champion without first defeating either Lebedev or me, the Interim champion and No. 1 rank contender.

"I appealed the decision but, so far, the WBA has done little in response to my appeals other than delay and stall before finally ruling that I will fight the Lebedev-Ramirez winner months from now, yet, ignoring my appeal to stop the regular title status of Dorticos-Kalenga and still sanction a fight between them, its No. 2 and No. 3 rated fighters, for the WBA 'regular' title. This is unfair to fans, who deserve to watch the best fighting the best, especially when a world championship is at stake! We now have this odd situation where there will be three separate WBA cruiserweight fights in May, all for a different version of WBA world title I just don't feel anyone should get the WBA 'regular' title without first defeating a champion or at least the top-ranked fighter in the division. The WBA knew I was and am ready to fight. Its decision makes no sense and, in my opinion, diminishes the prestige and meaning of the title. I have respect for Dorticos and Kalenga but I think the legitimacy of any world title resulting from a fight between the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked contenders, when the No 1 mandatory contender who already holds the WBA Interim champion is ready and available, to say the least, is highly questionable.

"The WBA told me and announced to the media that it was working to have only one world champion in each division. While I've been sitting out the last four months waiting to fight, the WBA has decided to allow six different guys to fight for three WBA cruiserweight world titles, practically on the same day, instead of crowning only one WBA cruiserweight world champion. I look forward to returning to the ring and my manager, Al Haymon, has advised me that I will fight in May and we will announce next week. I want to thank everyone for their support and I apologize to my family, friends, fans and my country, Kazakhstan, for this chaos the WBA has caused that has damaged and delayed my professional boxing career. I will move forward and continue to fight inside the ring, letting my attorneys and manager fight this unfair situation outside the ring."

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Angel Camacho Injured!

Vladine Biosse Steps In

Opportunity knocked, and "Mr. Providence" answered.

With undefeated super middleweight Angel Camacho Jr. sustaining a broken foot, forcing him to withdraw from his upcoming megabout against Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr., fellow Ocean State veteran Vladine Biosse has answered the call to face Manfredo at Twin River Casino on Friday, May 13th, 2016.

"THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" between "The Pride of Providence" Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs) and "Mr. Providence" Biosse (15-7-2, 7 KOs) takes place nearly nine years to the date of Twin River's professional boxing debut, which occurred May 11th, 2007 and starred Manfredo in a knockout win over Ted Muller.

"It's a great opportunity for me to go out there and showcase my talent versus his talent," Biosse said. "It's an honor to share a ring with a man who I've been friends with outside of the ring even before boxing. He's shown me nothing but love, so to go in there and share a ring with a man like that and compete, it feels good."

A former track star at Hope High School in Providence and college football standout at the University of Rhode Island, the 33-year-old Biosse rose to stardom on the regional circuit with nationally televised wins over Joey McCreedy and Tim Connors on ESPN's Friday Night Fights.

The affable southpaw became the toast of the town at the age of 29 in 2012 when he dominated fellow Providence native Joey Spina in a breakthrough unanimous decision win at Twin River to earn state bragging rights and capture the then vacant New England Super Middleweight Title.

More than a year later, Biosse put his belt on the line against Rhode Islander Rich Gingras and fought to a controversial draw, his last fight in Rhode Island until July of 2015. Biosse faced a laundry list of talented 168-pounders over the next two years, among them J'Leon Love, undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Super Middleweight Champion Callum Smith, Andre Dirrell and Ukrainian standout Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

No stranger to tough fights, Biosse now faces another Rhode Island foe in Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs), who's ending a 2 ½-year layoff with his first fight since November of 2013 when he stopped Gingras in the eighth round of a scheduled 10-round fight.

Limited seated tickets for "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" are priced at $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (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.

Standing room tickets are also available for $46.00 directly through Twin River Casino and can also be purchased online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable.

The Manfredo-Biosse headliner at "THE BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL" is one of nine fights on a stacked card featuring two title bouts in addition to the professional debuts of two accomplished amateurs from Worcester, Mass.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcster native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

CES Boxing Promotions

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Del Valle V Snow!

May 13 In Washington, DC

122 pound powerhouse Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle looks to continue his march towards the top of his division when he faces hard hitting Thomas “KO” Snow in an eight round bout Friday, May 13 at the D.C. Armory.

The fight will air live on BET at 10 PM ET.

Living and fighting out of Bayamon, PR, Del Valle’s professional record is 21-2 with 16 wins coming by way of knockout. A former NABA featherweight titlist, Del Valle destroyed Josh Crespo inside of two rounds April 9 in New Hampshire. Against Snow, Del Valle will look for his fourth straight win by stoppage.

Hailing from Capitol Heights, MD, which is 30 minutes from the nation’s capital, Snow enters the ring with an impressive 18-2 ledger and 12 victories via knockout. A winner in eight of his last nine, Snow looks to put the boxing world on notice with a victory in front of his friends and family on the 13th.

“This is my second straight fight against a confident opponent close to their hometown,” Del Valle said from his training camp in Puerto Rico. “Fights like these add fuel to my fire because knocking out Thomas Snow in DC makes a bigger statement than doing it anywhere else.”

Del Valle also thinks a victory over Snow in front of a worldwide audience on BET will play a big role in moving him up the rankings.

“I really believe this fight is going to get me back where I need to be. Fighting on TV is very important at this stage of my career and I’d like to thank Roc Nation for this great opportunity. I also want to thank Thomas Snow for stepping up to the plate, even though he’s going to regret it afterwards!”

Promoted by Roc Nation as part of their “Throne Boxing” series, the card is headlined by a ten round bout featuring rising star Dusty Harrison against contender Mike Dallas.

Tickets are on sale now by going to Ticketmaster.com/event/15005069CFC435E1.

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Patrick Nielsen V Denis Douglin!

WBO Intercontinental Title Fight
Patrick Nielsen

Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs) takes on ‘Momma’s Boy’ Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight title at the Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup, Denmark.

The Danish star returns following his third-round TKO victory over domestic rival Rudy Markussen, and with his sights firmly set on a World title challenge, the 25 year-old is eyeing a statement win against the slick southpaw Douglin.

‘’I can’t wait to get back in the ring,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’Douglin is a strong opponent, he’s a southpaw like me with a good style, so I’m expecting a tough fight.

‘’After my last fight, I want to make a statement. I don’t just want to beat this guy. I want to take him a part. I know I’m ready to fight for the World title, and now, I’ve got to prove it. On May 28, people are going to see the best Patrick Nielsen.

‘’I’ve been in the gym training non-stop and I feel stronger than ever. My coach Joey Gamache has been working me hard. We’re always looking to improve. I feel like I would be a match for anyone in the division, and I’m willing to fight anyone!

‘’I know people want to use my name for publicity. That’s part of the sport, and I’ve been in the game long enough to know how it works. I’m just focusing on me. I trust that my promoters and manager will deliver me the best fights, and with their help, I know I can become World Champion, but first, I have to beat Douglin.’’

Douglin, the 27 year-old from New Jersey, USA, is a former Golden Gloves amateur champion who fights out of the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas.

Known as the ‘Momma’s Boy’, he is trained and managed by his mother Saphya, who will be in his corner come fight night.

‘’Patrick is a tough fighter, but I feel for sure I’m going to win,’’ said Douglin. ‘’I’m in great shape, I’ve been getting some good sparring and I think he’s going to be in for a shock.

‘’We’re prepared for everything. If Patrick fights dirty, so will I, if he wants to wrestle, we can wrestle. I’m ready! My plan is to become a world champion. I know I’m a better boxer than Patrick Nielsen, and that's what I intend to show on May 28 in Denmark.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’This will be a good test for Patrick against another young, hungry fighter. The WBO route is an interesting one for him, and a final eliminator with Arthur Abraham is one of the options we're looking at. There is no doubt that if Patrick can get past Denis there will be a big fight waiting for him after the summer, but he can’t afford to take anything for granted. Denis will be coming here to win and with World title aspirations of his own!’’

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling (+45) 70 263 267.

All the action will be available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Viaplay Fighting is the first package of its kind, available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, it features over 500 hours of exclusive live fighting each year from 150 events including UFC, Nordic Fight Night, Team Sauerland, Premier Boxing Champions, Matchroom Boxing and IMG.

For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.com

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Victor Ortiz V Andre Berto II!

Final Press Conference Quotes
Victor Ortiz V Andre Berto II

As we near the highly anticipated rematch between former world champions "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and Andre "The Beast" Berto, fighters competing on this Saturday's Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes card participated in a final press conference before they enter the ring at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features an explosive battle between light heavyweight sluggers Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. plus unbeaten featherweight Jorge Lara taking on former multiple division world champion Fernando "Cucholito" Montiel.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $209, $105, $53, and $27, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

Prior to the start of televised fights, an Official Fan Fest will be held for ticket holders outside of StubHub Center. The events start at 2:30 p.m. PT and features a Corona Beer Garden, food trucks, music from the band Metalachi and autograph signings with popular fighters such as Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Shawn Porter and more.

Also in attendance Thursday were heavyweights Gerald "El Gallo Negro" Washington and "Fast" Eddie Chambers who will compete in a 10-round attraction on the undercard.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from Whiskey Red's in Marina Del Rey:

VICTOR ORTIZ

"I'm an easy-going guy but this is boxing. He might hate me. I respect him, but I'm coming to take him down and out.

"I know what I'm here for and that's a victory. As much talking as he's done, it was a different guy that showed up today.

"This is a totally different fight than five years ago. We're different people. I'm a different guy and so is he.

"Saturday is right around the corner and I'm here. I see loss in his eyes. I'm ready. 100 percent.

"This is a whole new chapter in my saga. I feel like this is my time once again. I've only fought in my prime twice. I did a lot of damage at young age. I feel I'm in my prime now. The sky is the limit.

"I feel very at peace being back in Ventura to train. We're going to capture another world title. We went to training camp for that purpose. My mind is set on being one of the greatest."

ANDRE BERTO

"We had an amazing camp. The situation five years ago, there's no reason to keep speaking on that. I'm a better man today. I put in the work for this one.

"I'm looking forward to this. Everybody knows me and knows how I get down. I'll do my talking in the ring.

"Thanks to Victor for taking this fight. All the personal stuff aside, we have to get in the ring and do what we have to do. It's been five years coming and now we're here.

"The stuff Victor said on the stage and his body language. I believe he knows he is going to be in there with a different type of animal this time.

"I think he is already defeated. He sees how focused I am. If he has been hearing anything from camp, he knows I'm ready to go.

"He didn't believe anything he said on the stage. Looking at him face to face, he was trying to tell jokes. I think that he knows that he is going to be in there with a different Andre Berto."

EDWIN RODRIGUEZ

"My opponent seems to be really confident and it's my job on Saturday to take that away. We've worked hard and we're ready.

"I'm happy to be here and I'm really excited about this card. I remember watching this fight in Connecticut and I'm thrilled to be involved in part two."

THOMAS WILLIAMS JR.

"I'm just ready to go. This fight was scheduled for March 12, but we always stayed in the gym. We worked smart, not just hard, but smart.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity to fight on this platform. This is going to be a can't miss fight. Get there and get there early. Don't blink."

JORGE LARA

"I'm proud to be here. We're ready for a great fight on Saturday night. I want everyone to see how much hard work I've put into this fight.

"It means a lot to me to be able to collide with a great champion like Fernando Montiel."

FERNANDO MONTIEL

"It means a lot to be a part of a dynamic card that his highlighted by this great rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto.

"It's going to be a great night of fights. I've had a lot of ups-and-downs throughout my life but I've always worked hard. I'm just excited to get in the ring on Saturday night.

"I am a five-time world champion and I've been fighting for 20 years but I know on Saturday night that I'm going to have one of the best nights of my career."

GERALD WASHINGTON

"It's an honor to be here and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to fight someone like Eddie Chambers. He has so much experience and class.

"It means a lot to me to come from a little town called Vallejo and to make it all way up here to fighting at StubHub Center.

"I'm looking to take advantage on Saturday night and step forward in my career. We've been working hard and putting things together

"I'm excited for everyone to see the new and improved Gerald Washington."

EDDIE CHAMBERS

"I want to thank my team for getting behind me and bringing me out there. I'm thankful to Gerald for taking this fight. Not everyone would take this fight.

"This is my chance to get back in the good graces and get back to the top level of this sport.

"You should show up early so you can see this one, it's going to be a great fight."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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Arif Magomedov V Andrew Hernandez!

Knockout Night At The D
Knockout Night At The D

Fresh off of its wildly successful inaugural event, "Knockout Night at the D" returns Saturday night, May 21, with the second event of its 2016 series, as undefeated middleweight Arif "The Predator" Magomedov takes on upset-minded Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez in the 10-round main event, airing (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand (DLVEC), is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. The May 21st show is presented in association with Main Events and in association with Shamo Boxing Promotions.

"Our recent Knockout Night at the D event was a great success, so needless to say, we are excited for next month's fights," said Derek Stevens, CEO of the D Las Vegas and DLVEC. "Outdoor boxing is continuing to boom in Las Vegas and we look forward to watching this series grow and develop."

"Both Roy and I were pleasantly surprised at the outcome from our April card," commented Keith Veltre, CEO / Founder of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. "The support that Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions received from the boxing community superseded our expectations. Neon Star Media and the DLVEC went above and beyond to deliver an incredible show to Las Vegas. With the constant support from the community and a partner such as Derek Stevens, we know that we can make this series one of the best in boxing."

Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs), who is promoted by Main Events, is rated among the top 15 middleweights by the four major sanctioning bodies: WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14. The gifted Russian captured his NABO title belt 10 months ago, winning a 10-round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Derrick Webster (19-0). Last December in his most recent action, Magomedov (pictured to right) stopped Jonathan Tavira in the seventh round.

Magomedov's expansive display-case presently holds the NABO. WBO Youth, WBO Asia Pacific, WBA Inter-Continental, WBA Fedelatin, UBO Inter-Continental and Russian middleweight title belts.

The 30-year-old Hernandez, also known as "The Pride of Phoenix," has pulled off his fair share of upsets. In 2015, Hernandez stopped 17-1 Jeff Page, Jr., whose only other loss was to 2-time Russian Olympian and current world light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev, in the 10th round of their UBF Inter-continental super middleweight title fight. Hernandez also upset 12-0 Jerry Odum last year at Madison Square Garden Theater.

In his last fight this past March, Hernandez won in Tacoma when veteran Dionisio Miranda (22-14-2) was unable to answer the bell for the 8th round.

In the 8-round co-feature, super middleweight John "The Phenom" Vera (12-0, 8 KOs), of Fort Worth, Texas, puts his unbeaten record and NABA-USA title belt on the line against Phoenix' popular Joey "Boxer" Ruelas (10-1-1, 4 KOs).

Seventeen-year-old lightweight sensation Devin "The Dream" Haney (5-0, 3 KOs), of Las Vegas, is scheduled to open the televised portion of the card in a 4-round bout versus an opponent to be determined. A 7-time national amateur champion, Haney is recognized as one of the top teenage boxing prospects in the world.

Unbeaten Virginian Jerren "Hardknocks" Cochran (11-0-1, 4 KOs) takes on former WBC Youth International titlist, Dallas southpaw Tony Lopez (10-1, 3 KOs), in a 6-round featherweight match serving as a television "swing bout."

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in 4-round matches, versus opponents to be determined, are two of Las Vegas' most promising prospects,- junior lightweight Randy Moreno (2-0, 1 KO), and welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (3-0, 2 KOs).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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

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

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

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

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

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Anthony Yigit V Philip Sutcliffe!

May 7 In Hamburg
Anthony Yigit

Anthony 'Can You Dig It?!' Yigit (16-0-1, 7 KOs) faces undefeated Irish fighter Philip Sutcliffe Jnr (9-0, 6 KOs) on May 7 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg.

The 24 year-old from Stockholm fights on the undercard of Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora’s European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator, and is promising another ‘explosive’ performance following his emphatic victory over former World Champion DeMarcus Corley.

‘’He’s a tough opponent for me and I believe I will be a tough opponent for him,’’ said Yigit. ‘’We’re both putting our undefeated records on the line and we’re both coming to win, so I’m sure it’s going to be an explosive fight!

‘’I know Philip has the skill and strength to make things difficult for me, and I’ll need to be aware of that and bring my A-game to beat him. I’m looking forward to the challenge. These are the types of fights I want to be involved in.’’

This will be Yigit’s first test with new coach CJ Hussein in his corner. The Swedish fighter has re-located to London where he has been training with Hussein for the past three months.

‘’My training with CJ has been going great,’’ he said. ‘’We clicked straight away. I feel like I’ve really been developing and I’m looking forward to seeing what effect this has on my performance in the ring.’’

Hussein has also been training Swedish female World Champion Mikaela Lauren, and oversaw her victory against Ivana Habazin last weekend in Stockholm.

‘’I saw the work CJ was doing with Mikaela during her fight last Saturday so I know what to expect from him on fight night and I know what he expects of me,’’ he says.

Yigit is now looking forward to showcasing his skills in front of a sell-out crowd at Hamburg’s Barclaycard Arena. ‘’I’m a crowd pleaser,’’ he says. ‘’The bigger the crowd, the better for me.’’

And the London 2012 Olympian has encouraged his local fans to tune in and watch him in action. ‘’The fans back home know what to expect from me. They know they will not be wasting a Saturday evening by staying in and watching me fight,’’ he said.

Yigit’s fight with Sutcliffe Jnr will be available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Viaplay Fighting is the first package of its kind, available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, it features over 500 hours of exclusive live fighting each year from 150 events including UFC, Nordic Fight Night, Team Sauerland, Premier Boxing Champions, Matchroom Boxing and IMG.

For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.com

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Dina Thorslund V Galina Ivanova!

May 28 In Kjellerup
Dina Thorslund

Dina Thorslund (6-0, 4 KOs) must prepare for her toughest career test having accepted the challenge of former two-time World Champion Galina Ivanova (16-11-4, 2 KOs).

The female fighters will meet in an eight-round super bantamweight contest on May 28 when the Nordic Fight Night hits the Arena Midt in Kjellerup.

Ivanova is the only fighter to have defeated Danish World Champion Anita Christensen, outpointing her in 2008 WBA World title fight at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen.

The Bulgarian boxer has now set her sights on Denmark new female boxing talent and has spent the past months challenging Thorslund on social media, posting a series of threatening messages using the hashtag #SavethelifeofDinaThorslund.

‘’Dina is just a kid,’’ said Ivanova. ‘’Someone needs to tell her boxing is dangerous before it is too late. Her promoter thinks she can become World Champion in the next twelve months, but I’m ready to prove them wrong.

‘’I’m surprised she has accepted my challenge. She is a good fighter but she doesn’t have the experience to beat me. She will pay in blood!’’

Thorslund returns to the ring following a first-round knockout victory over Sopio Putkaradze last month, and insists she is ready to silence the dangerous Ivanova.

‘’If she wants a fight, she can get it,’’ said the 22 year-old from Struer. ‘’She is nearing the end of her career so maybe that is why she has been calling me out. She must need some extra money for her pension.

‘’Se is a tough opponent, especially when you consider her experience, but I'm sure that I can win, otherwise I would not accept the challenge.

‘’I want revenge for Anita Christensen and revenge for Denmark, but I also want to prove that I’m not some cute little blonde girl being protected by her promoters. I’m here and I’m ready to fight anyone.

‘’My training has been going well and I will be coming to Kjellerup in the shape of my life. I want to prove that I’m ready to fight for titles, and by beating Ivanova, it will show I’m ready!’’

‘’We’re taking a risk my matching Dina against such a strong and experienced opponent. Danish boxing fans will remember Ivanova from her fight with Anita Christensen in 2008. Christensen was undefeated, like Dina, but suffered her first loss to Ivanova. This is going to be a make or break fight for Dina. If she wins it will show she is ready to face the best in the division.’’

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling (+45) 70 263 267.

All the action will be available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Viaplay Fighting is the first package of its kind, available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, it features over 500 hours of exclusive live fighting each year from 150 events including UFC, Nordic Fight Night, Team Sauerland, Premier Boxing Champions, Matchroom Boxing and IMG.

For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.com

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Zac Dunn!

Goes For 21st Straight Win
Zac Dunn

Star Boxing's unbeaten Australian sensation Zac Dunn (20-0, 16 KOs) will put his untarnished record and the WBC International Silver Super Middleweight title on the line in his hometown at The Melbourne Pavilion, taking on always-dangerous Les Sherrington (35-8, 19 KOs) this Saturday night, April 30.

The "Dynamo" from Down Under won his United States debut last October under Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing banner, and now makes his second straight appearance back on Australian soil in quest of his 21st straight victory. On February 26, Dunn captured the vacant WBC International Silver super middleweight title with a first round knockout over heavy handed Brazilian Rogerio Damasco, also at the Melbourne Pavilion.

Dunn previously held the IBO World Super Middleweight championship.

Dunn's United States and Star Boxing debut was a spectacular performance at Rockin' Fights 21 on October 24 at the Paramount. DeGuardia's headliner saw Dunn battle grizzled veteran Derrick Findley (22-17-1 14KO Gary, IN) in a "Fight of the Year" candidate over 10 rounds. Dunn won the thrilling split decision by two scores of 95-94, while the third judge had the same score in favor of Findley. From bell-to-bell, the raucous crowd was thrilled by the barn-burner, as the Australian and Findley went toe-to-toe, throwing bombs all night.

Ranked #10 by the WBC, the wonder from Down Under has reeled off 20 straight professional victories without defeat, including 16 by way of knockout.

"This is a very important fight for Zac, said DeGuardia. There are many opportunities available in the Super Middleweight division with elite fighters. I am confident that Zac will once again put on a spectacular performance and be victorious against the dangerous Sherrington."

During a storied amateur career, Dunn scored 152 victories in 170 fights, showcasing his talents all over the world. The battle-tested Australian has fought in in Baku, Azerbaijan (bronze at the World Cadets Championship 2007), Guadalajara, Mexico (quarterfinalist in the World Youth Championship as Australian captain), Noginsk, Russia (Silver medallist at Junior Memorial), and Anapa, Russia (Bronze medallist twice at Nikolay Pavlyukov Memorial 2008 and 2009), and Guantanamo, Cuba (silver medallist at the international tournament Giraldo Cordova Cardin 2010).

Star Boxing Promotions

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ORTIZ V BERTO II!

WORKOUT QUOTES
ORTIZ V BERTO II

Fight week kicked-off Wednesday afternoon with media workouts for the long awaited rematch between former world champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and Andre "The Beast" Berto that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday, April 30 from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

The action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features an explosive battle between light heavyweight sluggers Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. plus unbeaten featherweight Jorge Lara taking on former multiple division world champion Fernando "Cucholito" Montiel.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $209, $105, $53, and $27, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

Prior to the start of televised fights, an Official Fan Fest will be held for ticket holders outside of the StubHub Center. The events start at 2:30 p.m. PT and features a Corona Beer Garden, food trucks, music from the band Metalachi and autograph signings with popular fighters such as Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Shawn Porter and more.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday from the Wild Card West Boxing Club in Santa Monica:

VICTOR ORTIZ

"I put a total of 14 weeks of work into this fight. Nothing easy about that work. Come the 30th, I'm going to prove why I beat Berto the first time.

"I know what I'm here to do. I've got my fire back. People claim that I don't have the fire, but you'll see on April 30.

"People don't know what I go through on the daily. When I'm injured for months at a time, I just have me and my team. We work hard.

"I'm going to be back on top in no time. That's my opinion. I know where I belong.

"I'm focusing on Berto. That's my target and that's my focus.

"He's done what he's done. You have to respect that. I'm here and I'm not going anywhere. We're going toe-to-toe."

ANDRE BERTO

"This is the type of game where if you don't respect it, it won't respect you. I'm in a much better place right now. I've learned a lot over the years since the first fight. I'm healthy and focused.

"I'm just ready to go. Camp was tremendous. We're really ready to get in there and do it.

"There's a lot that goes into this for me. It was my first loss and I had so many emotions back then, so it's time to get that monkey off my back.

"My plan is to win this in a fashion so there will be no third fight.

"My focus is on getting the victory Saturday night. I want to look good doing. I'm not thinking about anything after that.

"I've worked on a lot of different things in camp. We're going to do whatever it takes to get the win.

"You all haven't ever seen me look like this. I've pretty much locked myself in a cage for eight or nine weeks. I've put everything aside. I've just been grinding."

EDWIN RODRIGUEZ

"He's got some power and some style. He can do a few things. We have to go at it.

"I feel great at this weight class. I have the speed and strength to make an impact in this division.

"I hadn't fought a southpaw in a while but we've had great sparring with guys like Marcus Browne. I feel very prepared. I've never had an issue with southpaws.

"I'm excited to be back on the west coast. This is an incredible card. I was at the first fight between Ortiz and Berto and It's going be another great fight. But I'm coming to steal the show on Saturday night.

"In boxing you're as good as your last fight. Right now I'm a warrior who took more shots than I should have. I've improved quite a bit but I want to improve on any fights. I'm not going down again."

THOMAS WILLIAMS JR.

"Win, lose or draw you know Thomas Williams will bring the fight to you. I've been dropped and gotten up. This won't go the distance, so don't blink.

"I've been boxing since I was five-years-old. I have an amateur pedigree and been pro since 2010. I had to take some time off in 2014 but now I'm back and stronger than ever.

"The biggest challenge is just getting to the ring. I don't want to get caught up in the talk of what he does. It's just going to be me in there. If I go in and do the things that I'm supposed to do, I should come out on top.

"You have to keep your punches short against a pressure fighter. A short punch will beat a wild punch any day. I just have to keep my composure and stay relaxed.

"I haven't watched any of his fights. I leave that up to my trainers to create the game plan and we go from there. I have seen him fight before. We were on the same card, so I did have the chance to watch him live."

JORGE LARA

"Montiel has been around a long time. He's been a world champion and he comes to fight.

"I've studied him and watched him fight before. I feel I know him very well. I have a plan for how I'm going to get to him.

"I am very well prepared. I'm not worried about his experience. I've trained hard to be ready and I know what I have to do on fight night.

"The winners in this fight will be the fans. We are going to put on a great show and give the fans something to remember.

"If I can beat him, I can move up the rankings and get closer to a world title shot. That is my goal and this is a big step on my path.

"I'm really pumped up about fighting in front of the fans in Southern California. I know they will appreciate my style and it will be a great atmosphere on Saturday."

FERNANDO MONTIEL

"Lara is a young talented guy and I'm going to have to be at my best. He's a dangerous guy and I will have to be ready.

"I had to change everything to fight the lefthander after preparing to fight Abner Mares. We had a great camp and we will be ready.

"I'm excited to be on a card like this. I think the main event is going to be a really fun fight for the fans. I see both guys going down during the fight but I'm going with Victor to win." 0-2-1).

TGB Boxing Promotions

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MANFREDO V CAMACHO!

STANDING ROOM TICKETS ON SALE NOW
MANFREDO V CAMACHO

CES Boxing and Twin River Casino has announced Tuesday that a limited number of standing room tickets for the highly-anticipated Peter Manfredo Jr.-Angel Camacho Jr. super middleweight showdown scheduled for Friday, May 13th, 2016 are on sale now at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

Standing room tickets are priced at $46.00 and are available for purchase online at www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

Regular seated tickets are sold out at Twin River Casino, but limited $66.00, $151.00 and $201.00 tickets are still available online at www.cesboxing.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254.

The Manfredo-Camacho 10-round super middleweight bout is Manfredo's first fight since November of 2013 and headlines an exciting night of boxing featuring two title bouts and the professional debuts of two promising fighters from Worcester, Mass. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs) is in search of his 41st win as a pro and fourth in a row. Camacho (15-0 5 KOs) has won his last three since his comeback bout in November of 2014, including a knockout win over fellow Rhode Islander Rich Gingras in September.

Worcester's Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) also returns on May 13th and puts his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Title on the line against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout while unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) faces St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout and regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title.

The May 13th undercard also features a six-round rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout. Worcester's Kendrick Ball Jr. makes his professional debut in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu while fellow Worcster native Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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DETROIT BRAWL!

PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED
DETROIT BRAWL

The featured fights and undercard fighters have been announced for Salita Promotions' latest old-school night of boxing entitled "Detroit Brawl" on Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

In the night's six-round cruiserweight main event, Detroit's Demetrius Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) will take on Bronx-based Puerto Rican cruiserweight Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs) and in the six-round co-main event, undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) will face California via Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs).

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

Scheduled to appear on the undercard are a variety of up-and-coming prospects from Michigan and around the world, including Detroit's super middleweight James Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs), super middleweight Darrell Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs), East Pointe cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs), Lansing junior middleweight Antonio Urista (7-1, 2 KOs), Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (10-1, 6 KOs), Brooklyn via Georgia super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (3-0, 2 KOs), Turkmenistan's former Asian Games Amateur Champion, Serdar Hudayberdiyev (1-0, 1 KO) and comebacking Warren, Michigan, super lightweight Luigi Gjokaj (2-2, 2 KOs).

Ballard is scheduled for six rounds. All other fights will be four-rounders. Opponents will be announced shortly.

Promoter Dmitriy Salita says he's happy to be able to offer a consistent boxing series to Detroit fans, allowing them to follow the progress of local fighters, as well as fighters from abroad.

"We are back with another Detroit Brawl and I'm very excited," said Salita. "This series is a tremendous success and this one will be the best yet. We have another great assortment of local and international prospects, many of them facing each other in an iconic venue in Detroit. It's going to be another old-school boxing show and I'm proud to be putting it on for the great fans of Detroit. It was my goal for this series to be about making Detroit the city where young fighters can progress in their careers in competitive match-ups."

On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight is at 7:15 pm. The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. All bouts subject to change.

Salita Boxing Promotions

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IRISH BOMBER!

BLASTS OUT PENA
IRISH BOMBER

Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented the 23rd installment of the popular "Rockin Fights" series before another sellout crowd this past Saturday at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.

The main event saw Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith (21-1 17KO Mastic, NY) continue his rampage through the Light Heavyweight division, scoring a 2nd round TKO over the very game Fabiano Pena (16-5-1 12KO Los Angeles, CA) in a scheduled 10 round contest. Smith came out with a purpose at the opening bell stalking Pena behind a hard left jab. Pena did his best to try and fend him off but Smith's relentless pressure continually backed Pena into the ropes allowing Smith to score with hard combinations. The 2nd round saw Smith land hard lefts and rights to the head and body of Pena. Pena tried answering back with wild overhand punches but Smith remained composed and his defense was tight. The non-stop action continued and near the end of the round, Smith caught Pena flush on the chin with a tremendous left hook which rocked him. Smith seized the opportunity and unleashed a barrage of 20 some odd punches on his opponent forcing referee Eddie Claudio to step in and stop the fight at 2:25 of round 2. Smith has now reeled off 15 straight wins with 10 of them by way of knockout.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Smith's performance "Joe Smith looked sensational tonight against a very game, experienced opponent. I think Joe is ready to take on virtually anyone in the Light Heavyweight division and I have full confidence in Joe being in a huge Light Heavyweight fight in the very near future".

When Joe isn't knocking out opponents in the ring he knocks out concrete as a member of Local 66 Laborers Union.

The chief support of the card saw the "Battle for Backyard Bragging Rights" and the vacant NY State Jr. Welterweight title was up for grabs as Hicksville's Anthony Karperis (12-2 4KO) defeated Huntington's Alan Gotay (8-3 4KO) over 10 fast paced rounds. Each fighter brought a large contingent of fans, who were very vocal throughout this action packed contest. Karperis was the sharper of the two fighters as he boxed and effectively countered the ever charging Gotay. There were many exciting exchanges between the two local fighters but in the end Karperis came away with a decision, winning by scores of 98-92 on two cards and 100-90 on the third.

The always exciting, undefeated prospect Daniel Gonzalez (11-0-1 5KO Woodhaven, NY) stopped the very tough Carlos Aguilera (10-17 4KO Chiapas, Mexico) at the end of round 5 of a scheduled 8 round Jr. Welterweight battle. Gonzalez took a couple of rounds to figure out his taller, southpaw opponent but once he did he turned up the heat as the two fighters exchanged freely in toe to toe action. Gonzalez's firepower proved too much for Aguilera as Gonzalez systematically broke him down and unloaded some heavy artillery on his overmatched foe. Referee Pat Sullivan called a halt to the action at the end of round 5.

Patrick Day (12-2-1 6KO Freeport, NY) made his Paramount debut an exciting one as he and Courtney Pennington (8-4-1 4KO Brooklyn, NY) engaged in a pier six brawl. When the dust settled it was Day who came away with a 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56 decision win in this 6 round Jr. Middleweight fight.

In a pairing of outstanding amateurs, Michael Stoute (2-0 Corham, NY) came away with a very close majority decision over debuting Jonel Lorenzo (0-1 Jersey City, NJ) by scores of 39-36 on two cards and 38-38 on the third card in a 4 round Super Bantamweight contest. Both fighters fought extremely well in this fast moving fight and both had their moments but Stoute's accuracy was the difference maker.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Saturday night's festivities "What a sensational night of fights. Joe Smith showed why he will be a force to be reckoned with in the Light Heavyweight division, every undercard card was terrific, and the sellout crowd was fantastic and into each fight. It was another special night at The Paramount".

The next scheduled card at The Paramount is set for June 17th with Cletus Seldin defending his WBC Jr. Silver International Jr. Welterweight title.

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Andre Berto!

Training Camp Notes
Andre Berto

Former two-time world champion Andre "The Beast" Berto has wrapped up training camp and is set to travel to Southern California for his highly anticipated rematch against "Vicious" Victor Ortiz that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes this Saturday, April 30 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $209, $105, $53, and $27, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

Prior to the start of televised fights, an Official Fan Fest will be held for ticket holders outside of StubHub Center. The events start at 2:30 p.m. PT and features a Corona Beer Garden, food trucks, music from the band Metalachi and autograph signings with popular fighters including Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Shawn Porter and more.

Here is what Berto had to say from training camp:

On his improvements since his first fight against Ortiz:

"I've improved tremendously. Mentally and all the way around the board. There was so much that went into that fight and that camp the first time. I shouldn't have fought that fight, but being who I am, I wanted to get in there. I was just a young fighter who didn't take the fight seriously. I overlooked my opponent. Now I'm a much more mature fighter. I've pushed myself for this camp.

"This fight has always been on my mind. Even when I tried to move on, other people continued to remind me about it. Everyone said I needed to get him back. That's the fight everyone has wanted to see and that everyone deserves. I'm going to give everyone the fight they deserve.

"I believe that coming back from my shoulder surgery that I've been more motivated and improving as a fighter. Everyone has seen the improvements. We're definitely ready for anything he wants to bring. If he's aggressive we're ready and everyone knows I can stand there and punch"

On this training camp with Virgil Hunter:

"Everything is going great. It's been a long, tough camp. I'm excited and ready to close it all in. We've done all the work. We're in great shape. No stone was left unturned. It's been a great eight or nine week camp."

On sharing training camp with Amir Khan and Andre Ward and the motivation it provides:

"We all feed off of each other. All of us have pretty much been in camp together leading up to and through all of our fights. Even now Andre is there to watch us spar and work. It's great motivation for all of us to be there. We're all pushing each other to get better every day."

On how Virgil Hunter has helped him improve as a fighter:

"I call Virgil the professional because he's a teacher. He works you mentally. Each and every day. It's like being in school. He drills it in your head over and over. He doesn't let you go through the motions. You have to stay on track mentally to work on all of the things that you've been working on. He's more of a teacher than a trainer."

On what he learned from his fight against Floyd Mayweather:

"A lot of people can't handle the atmosphere and the buildup of that magnitude. I got the chance to really find out how to handle it all. I think I surprised a lot of people around me with how easy I was taking it. I think Floyd was surprised too, he thought I would get shaken like other guys. But I felt like I was supposed to be there. I wasn't going to be the guy who stands there in shock."

On preparing for Ortiz:

"You have to be prepared for whatever he brings to the table. You don't know how Victor is going to fight and if he's going to do his extra stuff. Or if he's going to try to box. Who knows? Maybe you hit him two or three times and he feels like he doesn't want to be there. I'm prepared for the Victor of five years ago."

On Ortiz's claim that he will knock out Berto:

"That's what he said the first time. I've made it evident as well that I'll finish him and finish this chapter. I want it to be over. Still for some reason my name comes up. People continue to cross us together. I just want to finish this chapter and finish in style."

On what fans can expect Saturday night:

"The fans should expect an exciting fight. They might see the start of round 13 from the first one. It's going to be extremely exciting. I doubt it's going the distance. This is the fight the people deserve."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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PAUL UPTON!

PROUDEST MAN ON THE PLANET AFTER IRISH TITLE WIN
PAUL UPTON

PAULY UPTON says he’s the proudest man on the planet following his vacant Irish super-welterweight title victory in Northampton on Saturday night.

The Ricky Hatton-trained 27-year-old halted the experienced Terry Maughan in the sixth round to become the Emerald Isle’s champion and he still hasn’t come down from cloud nine.

Upton, the oldest of three fighting brothers, was the aggressor from the start and rocked Maughan in the second round before turning up the pressure four rounds later.

A right hand to the body forced Maughan to wince and drop his hands. Seizing his moment, Upton followed up with a barrage of punches upstairs that had Maughan flailing against the ropes before referee David John Irving stopped the contest.

“I’m absolutely buzzing. I was an Irish champion as an amateur and I can’t put into words what it means to me to win this title as a pro,” Pauly said.

“I said before the fight I wanted to win the belt for my grandad and I can’t wait to show him it.

“That said, I want to dedicate this win to everyone who supported me, including Ricky and the team, my dad, my brothers and all of the Upton Clan.

“What’s next? I don’t know because winning this hasn’t really sunken in yet, but I hope one day I can go back to Ireland and defend the belt. That would be like a dream come true.”

On Saturday night’s undercard, Upton’s stable mate Reuben Arrowsmith cruised to a comprehensive 60-54 points victory over Chris Jenkinson.

Arrowsmith, boxing over six rounds for the first time, kept a cool head against a very rugged and determined foe, using his jab and superior hand speed to land telling blows in each of the sessions.

Jason Welborn needed little time to kick start his return to welterweight as he blasted out Michal Voskya of the Czech Republic in just 56 seconds.

The Tividale man, a former two-time British title challenger, detonated a heavy right hand to the temple, dropping Voskya to his hands and knees. The visitor did manage to beat the count, but he was wobbling badly and referee Shaun Messer did the correct thing in waving it off.

Derbyshire prospect Zach Parker continued his education with a shutout points victory over four rounds against Lithuania’s Vaidas Balciauskas.

Parker, 21, was in command throughout and even looked likely to add a stoppage to his record at times as his right hand penetrated Balciauskas’s guard.

Debutant Drew Brown made the best possible start to his time in the paid ranks as he scored a shutout four round victory over seasoned veteran Kevin McCauley, while local favourite Jamie Spence rounded off the show with a 40-36 verdict over Daniel Bazo.

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Giovani Santillan!

Extends Unbeaten Mark
Giovani Santillan

Junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (19-0, 10 KOs) remains unbeaten after thoroughly out performing the taller Jose De Jesus Macias (18-6-2, 9 KOs) over eight rounds on Friday's "Path to Glory" main event.

Santillan dropped Macias in the second round with a counter right hook, and from that point forward, established the tempo required to defeat the lanky striker from Mexico.

"He had somewhat of an awkward style," said Santillan, who is from San Diego. "But after I scored a knockdown in the second, plenty of angles opened up for me."

Santillan, who came into this fight well prepared having sparred with Tim Bradley, moved well and appeared to grow stronger as the fight progressed.

"We trained hard for this fight," said Santillan, who is 24-years-old. "I could have done better in a few rounds, but overall, I'm happy with my performance.

Official scores read: 80-72, 79-72, 78-73.

In the six-round co-feature, lightweight Jose Roman (22-1-1, 15 KOs) needed two rounds to dispatch Jose Angel Martinez (14-9-1, 9 KOs). Early in the second, the pair clashed heads, which led to both suffering cuts.

Roman shrugged off the bump, but Martinez was slower to his feet and Roman took advantage. He peppered Martinez with a wall of punches, knocking him out at the 1:06 mark of the second round.

In what was largely a technical fight, Carlos Carlson (21-1, 11 KOs), the No. 14 ranked bantamweight by the WBC, delivered another smooth performance by out boxing Giovanni Caro (23-18-4, 19 KOs) through six rounds.

Carlson, who fights out of Tijuana, Mex., frequently targeted the body with his power left hook. The routine body shots sapped the energy out of Caro, who is based in Mexico City, Mex. Carlson cruised to a unanimous decision win with scores 60-54 twice, 59-55.

In a good old-fashioned slugfest, featherweight Erick Ituarte (13-1-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. used a relentless attack to stymie Fernando Fuentes (7-7, 1 KO) of Hemet, Calif.

In the first, Ituarte dropped Fuentes with a two-punch combination. Fuentes, for his part, never backed down from the free-throwing Ituarte. Ituarte, however, proved too accurate for the oft back-pedaling Fuentes. Official scores for Ituarte read: 60-53, 57-56, 58-55.

Lightweight Manuel Mendez (10-1-1, 6 KOs) earned a tougher than expected knockout win over stubborn veteran Jose Araiza (34-16-1, 25 KOs). Mendez, fighting out of Indio, Calif. and trained by Joel Diaz, hit pay dirt during the final minute of the fourth and final round. He power-punched the Mexico-based Araiza from corner-to-corner until referee Ray Corona halted the punishment at the 2:18 mark.

Opening the "Path to Glory" card were lightweights Cesar Villarraga (9-1, 4 KOs) of Colombia and Hugo Padilla (2-6, 1 KO) of Mexico. Villarraga dominated the four-round fight from start-to-finish by using superior hand speed and a stingy defense. All three judges scored the fight for Villarraga, 40-36.

"Path to Glory" was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with LATV Networks.

Thompson Boxing Promotions will celebrate sixteen years in the business with a show on Friday, May 20 from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. A formal announcement will be released shortly.

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Skoglund & Lauren!

Win Title Fights In Stockholm
Skoglund

Erik Skoglund continued his unbeaten streak with a heroic performance against Ryno Liebenberg to claim the IBO International Light Heavyweight title last night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

Liebenberg had said he would drag Skoglund into a ‘dog fight’ and that is exactly what happened after Skoglund received a nasty gash above his right eye following a clash of heads in the sixth-round.

With blood pouring from the cut, the Swedish fighter bravely fought on to score a unanimous points victory over the dangerous South African.

‘’That was one of the toughest fights of my career,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’I was worried the fight would be stopped. There was a lot of blood. I’m happy that I was able to continue and claim my twenty-fifth victory. Now, we’re looking at the European title shot. It would be amazing to fight for the title at home in Sweden.’’

‘’What a performance from Erik,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’The fight changed after the cut in the sixth-round, but Erik showed real class with the way he handled it. Credit to Ryno, he came to fight, but Erik proved tonight why he is one of the most exciting fighters in the division.’’

In the co-featured main event, WBC Female World Super Welterweight Champion Mikaela Lauren retained her title with a devastating third-round TKO victory over former World Champion Ivana Habazin.

From the opening bell, Lauren, who had demanded number boys for her title defence, unleashed a relentless attack on Habazin. The Croatian looked in trouble from the first-round and was saved from further punishment by the referee in round three.

‘’It felt amazing to defend my title in front of my home fans at the Hovet,’’ said Lauren. ‘’I said I wanted to make a statement by stopping her, and I did!’’

Habazin was accompanied into the ring by Lauren’s domestic rival Klara Svensson, who had scored a unanimous points victory over Lucia Morelli earlier in the night.

Svensson had criticised Lauren for pouring water on Habazin’s head at the weigh-in and chose to make a public stand against Lauren.

‘’I don’t agree with what Mikaela did,’’ said Svensson. ‘’It was embarrassing. How long are people going to let her get away with things like that? I would love to fight her!’’

Svensson's appearance did not go unnoticed by Lauren, who called her out after the fight.

‘’Klara is next,’’ she said. ‘’I don’t like her. She is going down like Habazin, and after I’m finished with her, I want Cecilia Brækhus!’’

On the undercard heavyweight talent Otto Wallin scored a second-round knockout win over Irineu Beato Costa Jr, Patrick Mendy upset local fighter Oscar Ahlin, Patricia Berghult outpointed Katarina Vistica, Daniel Hartvig drew with Nikoloz Gvajava and Angelique Hernandez loss to Karina Kopinska.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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ACOSTA & MACHADO!

PUT ON BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES
ACOSTA

The fighters represented by Miguel Cotto promotions where the big winners this past Saturday night in their exciting matchups versus some of the best fighters that Universal Promotions has to offer in a card that took place at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas where the big-time prospects Angel “Tito” Acosta and Alberto “Explosivo” Machado once again rule the night with their knockouts. The card was presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, the company that is run by the five-time Puerto Rican world champion, in association with Roc Nation Sports, H2 Entertainment and Universal Promotions was part of the popular series “DIRECTV Boxing Nights”.

Acosta from Barrio Obrero in San Juan Puerto Rico upped his record to 13-0 with 13 KO’s by annihilating Dominican born and Puerto Rico resident Erickson Martell (12-6-1, 8 KOs) at 2:59 of the second round to retain his WBC Fecarbox Mini Flyweight belt. Machado of Monte Hatillo in San Juan Puerto Rico, kept his record perfect (14-0, 12 KOs) with fifth consecutive first round knockout by knocking down Miguel Angel Mendoza (22-8-2, 21 KOs) of Mexico twice before the fight was stopped by the referee at 2:20. “That is a punch we have been practicing in the gym,” said Acosta about his short right hand that landed perfectly in the chin of Martell that lay him out in the canvas, “I expected a much tougher fight but I knew it was not going to go the full eight round, but both have a lot of power and felt that the fight would not go past the third round either way,” added the 25 year-old winner.

Machado meanwhile landed his many and lethal arsenal as soon as Mendoza came out of the gate very aggressive and looking to landed his own shots fast. “He started the fight throwing a lot of punches and the fight got tough there for a few moments, but I was able to land a right hook that made him open his defense,” said Machado, who is 25 years-old and is a natural right-handed but fights our the lefty stand, “This was just proof of all my hard work at the gym”, added Machado who once again showed that he just might be the hardest lightweight puncher in the Puerto Rican boxing at this moment. While Martell was not able to do much in his fight, the other three fighters promoted by Javier Bustillo’s Universal Promotions did very well in the fights against their Cotto Promotions counterparts.

The fight the stole the night was the one between Carlos “Kid" Narvaez (14-0, 7 KOs) of Morovis who captured the vacant Fecarbox super flyweight belt by taking home a decision over Carlos “El Machazo” Rodriguez (12-3, 11 KOs) by scores of 78-73, 76-75, 77-74. The fight was a back and forth affair that Narvaez control mostly with his movement and fast hands but was pressured al night by Rodriguez, who work the body all night long but suffered a fourth round knockdown for his aggression. “The plan was to use my better boxing to control de fight but we kept coming with the pressured and I felt my legs get weary towards the end of fight. And had to go toe to toe with him”, added Narvaez who has hurt in the fifth round but was able to recover, “I had to dig deep to proof to myself what I am made off. That was my best fight and for sure he was my best opponent to date, but I was very determined to get that belt.”

In other action Janiel ‘Pototo’ Rivera (14-2-3 y 4 KO’s) scored a sixth round TKO at 1:52 over Anthony Rodríguez (7-3 y 2 KOs) in an eight round 105 pound bout, Rivera was knockdown once in the first round and survived two other big right hands in the round by Rodriguez who hadn’t fought in seven years. “He showed me that even if he is not a 105 pounder he made the weight but still has power in those hands and I felt them. The plan was to box him, land our shots and not let him landed anything, but we did not expected him to switch to left-hand stance and he kept landing the right hand, when we expecting him to throw his right-hand,” said Rivera who was able to score a knockdown in the fourth. “I to figure him out and the only way to do it was to go at him,” The fight was stopped in the sixth round the third man in the ring Ramon Navedo, when Rodriguez right eye was completely shut. “That tells you that I can also hit”, added Rivera.

In another exciting title bout Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (17-0 y 10) of Las Marias retained his WBC Latino Super Flyweight bout by taking home a unanimous 10 round decision by scores of 97-93, 97-93 and 98-92) over Edwin “Puto” Rodríguez (7-3, 4 KOs) of Juana Diaz. “Chiquiro” dominated the fight with his measured style, solid defense and effective combination, but also had a scared in the final minutes of the fourth round when Rodriguez landed a hard body shot. “I can’t deny it he did hurt me, not sure if it was right or a left, but I was able to overcome and got the win,” said Rodriguez.

The card also had the impressive debut of John Bauza born in Cataño, but who lives in New Jersey and recently signed by Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions. As an amateur he had a 170-8 record and won a national title in the United States, but did not looked for an Olympic berth because he was not yet 18 years-old. He just turned 18 on April 11. Bauza another righty who fights out of the left stance knockdown Leroy Padilla twice before stopping him at 1;16 of the first round. In other action Ricardo ‘Richy” Rodríguez (now 7-0-1, 5 KOs), score a third round TKO over Luis Cosme (8-9-1, 3 KOs) in a 126 pound contest; Emanuel Rivera (15-1 y 11 KOs) stopped Eduardo Meléndez (5-21 y 1 KO) in the fifth round of a 121 pound bout and Juan ‘Cowi’ Herrera (14-9-1 y 4 KOs) won a four round decision over Luis Ortiz (3-20) in a four round 122 pound bout.

Cotto Boxing Promotions

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WEIGHTS FROM CAGUAS
WEIGHTS FROM CAGUAS

107.8LBS ANGEL ACOSTA VS. ERICKSON MARTELL 108LBS

132LBS ALBERTO MACHADO VS. MIGUEL ANGEL MENDOZA 130LBS

114.4LBS JOSE MARTINEZ VS. EDWIN RODRIGUEZ 114.6LBS

105.4LBS JANIEL RIVERA VS. ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ 105.6LBS

114.6LBS CARLOS NARVAEZ VS. CARLOS RODRIGUEZ 113.4LBS

139LBS JOHN BAUZA VS. LEROY PADILLA 141LBS

126LBS RICARDO RODRIGUEZ VS. LUIS COSME 127LBS

124LBS JUAN HERRERA VS. LUIS ORTIZ 124LBS

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David Benavidez!

Returns To Action April 30
David Benavidez

Boxing prodigy and the super middleweight division's Red Flag, David "El Bandera Roja" Benavidez, will return to action on Saturday, April 30, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The undefeated phenom Benavidez (13-0, 12 KOs) will take on fellow power puncher Phillip Jackson Benson (16-2, 15 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, on the undercard of the highly anticipated Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz rematch, part of a PBC on FOX prime-time tripleheader (8 p.m. ET), promoted by TGB Promotions.

The fight will be Benavidez's third under the promotional banner of Sampson Boxing, headed by well-known boxing man Sampson Lewkowicz.

"David is going to become the youngest super middleweight champion in history," said the confident Lewkowicz. "He is only 19. The youngest was Darrin Van Horn at age 22. And this fight against Benson, a guy with a good record who can also punch, will help him get there."

Benavidez has already wowed a national television audience by stopping normally durable Felipe Romero, last November in one round on ShoBox: The New Generation and then followed it up with a KO 2 over Kevin Cobbs in a featured PBC televised bouts on a Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays card on Fox Sports 1 last January.

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WEIGHTS FROM STOCKHOLM
Erik Skoglund: 78.5 kg V Ryno Liebenberg: 78.6 kg

Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) and Mikaela Lauren (26-3, 11 KOs) both made weight today ahead of their title fights at the Hovet on Saturday night in Stockholm.

The Swedish stars top the bill at the Nordic Fight Night event, which signals the return of big-time boxing to the Swedish capital after almost fifty-years.

Skoglund faces the dangerous South African Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBO International Light Heavyweight title, while Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against Ivana Habazin (15-2, 6 KOs).

Erik Skoglund: 78.5 kg V Ryno Liebenberg: 78.6 kg

Mikaela Lauren: 67.5 kg V Ivana Habazin: 66.5 kg

The undercard features a star-studded Swedish line up including heavyweight talent Otto Wallin (14-0, 10 KOs), former World title challenger Klara Svensson (15-1, 5 KOs) and fan favourite Oscar Ahlin (13-1, 11 KOs).

Otto Wallin: 104 kg V Irineu Beato Costa Jr: 113 kg

Klara Svensson: 62.7 kg V Lucia Morelli: TBC*

Oscar Ahlin: 77.9 kg V Patrick Mendy: 78 kg

Patricia Berghult: 63.2 kg V Katarina Vistica: TBC*

Daniel Hartvig: 68.3 kg V Nikoloz Gvajava: 68.2 kg

Angelique Hernandez: 55.6 kg V Karina Kopinska: 56 kg

*Morelli and Vistica will be weighed in later today.

Tickets are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

All the fights are available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

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Jimmy Williams V Manny Woods!

May 13th
Jimmy Williams

Five months following his triumphant Twin River Casino debut, New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams returns to Rhode Island on Friday, May 13th, 2016 in his toughest test to date.

The undefeated Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) puts his record on the line in a six-round bout against St. Petersburg, Fla., veteran Manny Woods (15-4-1, 5 KOs), who enters on a two-fight win streak and has won five of his last six bouts dating back to 2013.

The Williams-Woods showdown, which will be fought at a catch weight of 150 pounds, is part of CES Boxing's stacked fight card at Twin River Casino, headlined by the highly anticipated main event showdown between Providence, R.I., standouts Peter Manfredo Jr. and Angel Camacho Jr.

Tickets for May 13th are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The 29-year-old Williams, a former standout football player at Southern Connecticut State University, has won six consecutive bouts since the lone blemish on his record, a majority draw in 2013 against scrappy New Jersey vet Greg Jackson. He knocked out fellow Connecticut fighter Christian Lao in 2014 to win the state super welterweight title during his brief stint in the 154-pound division and later stopped hard-hitting Massachusetts vet Eddie Caminero in the fourth round of a scheduled six-round bout in February of 2015, earning himself the No. 7 spot that night on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day.

A hand injury kept Williams on the shelf for nearly 10 months last year, but he returned triumphantly in December, shaking off the ring rust in a six-round unanimous decision win over Chris Gray.

Woods, also 29, began his pro career in 2009 with six consecutive wins, three of them knockouts. He faced fellow Floridian Inka Laleye twice in seven months, fighting to a majority draw and then stepping back into the ring with Laleye to compete for the vacant Florida State Super Welterweight Title. Woods rebounded from a loss to middleweight title contender Travis Scott in 2013 with three consecutive wins, including a knockout over 41-fight vet Tyrone Dowdy.

Nicknamed "Shake 'Em Up," the 5-foot-7 Woods is 2-0 in 2016 and recently earned his 15th win as a pro earlier this month by unanimous decision over tough Mexican challenger Elias Espadas.

The May 13th card is stacked with the top regional talent, including Camacho (15-0, 5 KOs), who steps up for the fight of his life against the Rhode Island icon Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs), back for the first time since 2013 when he stopped Rich Gingras in what was supposed to be the final fight of his career.

Coincidentally, Manfredo and Camacho both appeared on the first boxing event held at Twin River back in 2007, nearly nine years to the date of their anticipated May 13th showdown; Manfredo starred in the main event, knocking out Ted Muller, while Camacho, 5-0, at the time, stopped Donnie Dukes in just under a minute and a half.

In addition to Manfredo-Camacho, undefeated Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) defends his UBF Northeast Title against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout, while undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout.

In a fight that could steal the show, regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title. DeLomba is looking to rebound from a first-round knockout loss to Gledwin Ortiz in September while Sanchez returns to the ring for the first time in two and a half months after suffering a no decision against Antonio Fernandes due to an accidental head-butt and subsequent cut over his right eye.

Rivalries will renew May 13th in a highly anticipated rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout. They will now settle the score May 13th in a 6-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout, while two fighters from Worcester make their professional debuts. Kendrick Ball Jr., the son of Gray's head trainer, Kendrick Ball, debuts in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu, trained by Rhode Island's Victor Fagnant. Also from Worcester, decorated amateur Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

PATH TO GLORY WEIGHTS
PATH TO GLORY

"Path to Glory" headliner Giovani Santillan (18-0, 10 KOs) weighed in at 144.6 lbs. during Thursday's weigh in, while challenger Jose De Jesus Macias (18-5-2, 9 KOs) checked in at 145 lbs. The 8-round main event originates from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

In the co-feature, Jose Roman (21-1, 14 KOs) made weight at 138.9 lbs., as did opponent Martin Angel Martinez (14-8, 9 KOs) at 138.3 lbs.

Tickets for "Path to Glory" are priced at $40, $60, & $100, and can be purchased Friday at the will call booth starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Giovani Santillan, 144.6 vs. Jose De Jesus Macias, 145

Jose Roman, 138.9 vs. Martin Angel Martinez, 138.3

Carlos Carlson, 121.7 vs. Giovanni Caro, 121.7

Erick Ituarte, 128 vs. Fernando Fuentes, 126.7

Manuel Mendez, 138 vs. Jose Araiza, 137.8

Cesar Villarraga, 134 vs. Hugo Padilla, 133.7

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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JOHN JACKSON!

30 DAY WBC WEIGH IN CHECK
JOHN JACKSON

Virgin Islands-based super welterweight contender John "Dah Rock" Jackson safely made weight at the WBC mandatory 30-day weigh-in today.

On Saturday, May 21, at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada, Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs), who will face undefeated Texan Jermell Charlo (27-0, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. The pair will meet on a blockbuster card that will also feature the high-profile Erislandy Lara vs. Vanes Matirosyan rematch and Charlo's brother Jermall defending his IBF World super welterweight against former world champion Austin Trout.

Under WBC rules, participants in title fights are required to weigh no more than 10% of their contracted weight 30 days from the fight and no more than 5% on fight night. Jackson weighed in at 167 lbs. on his way to hitting 154 lbs.

Jackson, the son of legendary champion Julian "The Hawk" Jackson, will be fighting for a world championship for the first time since turning professional in 2009.

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PAULY UPTON!

WANTS IRISH BELT FOR HIS GRANDAD

PAULY UPTON says he will dedicate the Irish title to a special someone should he defeat Terry Maughan in Northampton this Saturday night.

The unbeaten super-welterweight’s grandfather, Liam ‘Gills’ Upton was a leading amateur for the Emerald Isle during the 1950s and ‘60s and Pauly says he’ll give his all to make him proud.

“My granddad is getting older now so it would be nice to win that belt and take it down to him,” Pauly said. “I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to see the title and to have a professional Irish champion in the family.

“He boxed hundreds of times as an amateur and won most of his fights, but he never turned pro so I can’t wait to turn up on his doorstep with the title over my shoulder.”

With his younger siblings, Anthony and Sonny, also pressing towards title opportunities, Pauly admits there is some friendly rivalry, but he’s confident of becoming the family’s first titlist.

“We all have a bit of a laugh about it and there’s some friendly banter,” he said. “They want to be champions too so it’ll nice to the first.

“I’m the oldest and I was the first to make my debut so winning a belt first will be brilliant and I can’t see any reason why I can’t pull it off.

“Terry Maughan is obviously a good opponent and he’s got experience of boxing over ten rounds, but I’ve seen a clip on him on YouTube and I think I have the tools to beat him and take that belt home.”

Maughan and Upton top a quality bill.

Market Harborough’s Reuben Arrowsmith will be looking to extend his unbeaten start to life as a pro against Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson whilst fellow unbeaten prospect, Swadlincote’s Zach Parker, faces Lithuanian Vaidas Balciauskas.

Northampton duo Jamie Spence and debutant Drew Brown are also in action.

Spence takes on Czech Republic’s Daniel Bazo whilst Brown faces Halesowen-based road warrior Kevin McCauley.

Midlands Area super-welterweight champion Jason Welborn completes the card against Czech scrapper Michal Vosyka.

Tickets are priced at £30, £35 and £40 and can be purchased from any fighter on the bill or by calling 07718 324102.

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Erik Skoglund!

Overcomes Injury Doubts
Erik Skoglund

Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) has overcome his injury doubts ready to tackle a tough twelve-round test against South African fighter Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

‘’My training couldn’t have gone better,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’I’ve had some of my toughest sparring sessions and felt perfect afterwards – not only physically, but also mentally.’’

This may sound like a cliché statement from a boxer trying to intimidate his opponent, but for Skoglund, who underwent a serious back operation last year, this is important news.

A herniated disc threatened to end the 24 year-old’s promising career, but following successful surgery and 6 months of rehabilitation, Skoglund believes he is now back to his best.

"To be very honest, I haven't been myself in my last two fights coming back after my back injury,’’ he reveals. ‘’I had doubts, I was nervous, I was sweating and imagined all sorts of disastrous scenarios before going into the ring.

"Now, everything is under control. I feel solid. I can focus one hundred percent on my boxing. I'm happy that I won the fights after my injury break, but I'm a completely different person and boxer this time.

"When I watch my last two fights and compare them with my sparring the last months, I can see how much, I have developed. I have been able to focus on all the little details this time, and I've been able to put all the things I've learned from my coach Tommy Antman together.

"My injury is history, all the bad thoughts are behind me and I can't wait to show my fans how much I have improved. Liebenberg will have no idea about what's coming at him!’’

Skoglund’s fight with Liebenberg tops a blockbuster bill in Stockholm. Mikaela Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

All the fights are available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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BRYANT CRUZ!

WINS WAR ON BROADWAY BOXING
BRYANT CRUZ

On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged its popular Broadway Boxing series up north in the suburbs of Westchester County with an exciting card, in front of a passionate and lively crowd at the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.

In the evening's main event, junior lightweight prospect Bryant "Peewee" Cruz returned for the first time since his ShoBox appearance in December, engaging Mexican Moises Delgadillo in a thrilling eight-round war of attrition. Cruz' conditioning was key as he overcame a few moments of adversity against a very determined foe, who kept the pressure on throughout. Cruz, 132.8, of Portchester, NY, patiently looked for openings in the first, while countering Delgadillo's offense with combinations. However, Delgadillo, 132.4, of Jalisco, kept a consistent attack to the body to force Cruz into the trenches. A jab-straight right combination in round two staggered Delgadillo and caused him to touch his glove to the canvas for a knockdown call. The Mexican recovered and fought back well to end the frame and continued banging the body in the third. Cruz was finding a home for his overhand right at the midway point shifting the momentum back in his favor. On the inside, Cruz was landing combinations and stunned Delgadillo once again with a right hook in the fifth frame. Maintaining control and dictating the pace down the stretch, Cruz demonstrated a varied arsenal with countershots, left hooks, and straight rights to the body. Hurting Delgadillo with his own hooks downstairs, Cruz outboxed his way through the final stanza to win a unanimous decision on scores of 80-71, 79-72 and 77-75. Cruz improved his record to 17-1 (8 KOs), while Delgadillo fell to 17-15-2 (8 KOs).

Irish Noel Murphy, 144.8, met Nicaraguan Ariel Vasquez, 145, of Phoenix, AZ, in a battle of southpaw welterweights scheduled for six rounds. The exciting bout opened with several heated exchanges and remained that way for much of the contest. Murphy, who employed a steady jab and a quick, stinging straight left when given the proper distance, was able to dominate the action from both the inside and outside. Two overhand lefts by Murphy hurt his adversary in the fourth then a left hook dropped him in the fifth. For the remainder of the contest, Murphy was impressively mixing up blistering combinations to the head and body. All three judges scored the bout 60-52 for Murphy via unanimous decision to improve his record to 6-0 (2 KOs). Vasquez dropped to 11-13-2 (8 KOs). A native of County Cork, Ireland, the 21-year-old Murphy was a multi-time national champion as an amateur before relocating to Yonkers, NY, and embarking on his professional career in November 2014.

Local cruiserweight prospect Stivens Bujaj, 193.6, of Yonkers, NY, knocked out Harvey Jolly, 197.8, of Nashville, TN, inside three rounds. Bujaj applied pressure throughout, throwing hooks to the body to close the gap. A short left hook to the chin hurt Jolly in the second then a follow-up barrage dropped him in a neutral corner. Another left hook felled Jolly in the third and a final right uppercut forced him to the canvas for a full count, ending matters by knockout at the 1:51 mark. Bujaj upped his record to 15-0-1 (10 KOs), while Jolly fell to 15-23-1 (7 KOs). The Albanian Bujaj was a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion before turning pro in 2010.

World-ranked junior lightweight contender Billel Dib, 132.6, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, made his US debut against a very game Jose Salinas, 132, of Albuquerque, NM, in an eight-round bout. Ranked nine by the WBO and 13 by the IBF, Dib proved to have the quicker and heavier hands, using a jab to find openings for his powerful right hand. Salinas showed a sturdy chin, withstanding those chopping rights to close the distance and trade inside, banging to the body. Dib countered Salinas's aggression with accurate, short rights then backed his foe into a corner with a sustained body attack of his own in round five. Salinas had one more rally in the seventh focusing his leather downstairs, but Dib battled back, shoulder-to-shoulder in the final frame controlling the action. Scorecards read 79-73, 77-75, and 76-76, awarding Dib a majority decision, improving his record to 19-1 (9 KOs). Salinas's record dipped to 9-2-1 (5 KOs). A pro since 2011, Dib has already won the Australian and interim WBO Oriental super featherweight titles. Dib is also the cousin of former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib.

Brooklyn lightweight prospect Wesley Ferrer, 137.6, remained unbeaten with an impressive second-round stoppage over Luis Alberto Pelayo, 137.6, of Guadalajara, Mexico. The southpaw Ferrer backed up Pelayo all through round one with a stiff jab. In the second, Ferrer began to set up combinations off of his jab, dropping Pelayo with a straight left. Once the action resumed, Ferrer hurt Pelayo again with two left hooks to the body then finished him off with a barrage at 2:37 of the frame. Ferrer improved to 11-0 (6 KOs), while Pelayo fell to 12-7-1 (6 KOs). An outstanding amateur, Ferrer was a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion, 2012 New York Amateur Boxing champion and New York City Metro Tournament champion, as well as a participant at the 2013 National Golden Gloves.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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TEVIN FARMER & TEAM!

COME UP WITH A PLAN OF ACTION TO HELP FELIX VERDEJO

Newly crowned NABF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer has been closely following the career of Puerto Rico's Felix Verdejo for some time now. So when Farmer, who is promoted by Lou DiBella, read a recent article about the undefeated Verdejo, his manager and trainer Ricky Marquez, and his handlers, Top Rank, Farmer and his team came up with an idea.

In the article, Marquez openly complains about Verdejo's recent performances, while his handlers discuss their displeasure over a lack of budget for finding suitable opponents to match against the Olympian. Verdejo has a scheduled June 11 HBO date at Madison Square Garden, on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC, and no opponent has yet been named for the WBA #2, WBO #3, IBF #5 and WBC #11 ranked lightweight.

The Philadelphia-native Farmer, rated #9 in the WBC super featherweight world ratings, has impressively rattled off 14 consecutive victories since suffering his last defeat way back in 2012 to Verdejo's fellow countryman and reigning IBF super featherweight champion Jose Pedraza.

Like Verdejo, Farmer has had trouble finding suitable opponents to step up against him. Unlike Verdejo, however, the issue with Farmer is not the budget but the fact that the top fighters in his division are flat out avoiding him.

"I feel for Verdejo, because I have trouble getting suitable opponents too," said Farmer. "Lou DiBella is doing everything he can to get me significant fights, even offering to overpay guys. The issue is never the budget. Lou believes in me and is willing to do whatever it takes to get me the opportunities we feel that I deserve. So when I read things like that Verdejo article, I feel bad for the kid. He's a tremendous talent, and to blame a lack of budget on finding a suitable guy for him to fight, well that's just as frustrating as the situation I have been dealing with. So I would like to start up a GoFundMe account for Verdejo. Maybe if the boxing world raises enough money, we can actually see this kid in a meaningful fight for once."

Farmer continued, "Better yet, I'll step up and fight him. Not only am I offering to move up in weight to fight him on June 11th, but I will do it for free. I have spoken with Lou and my manager Mark Cipparone and they are willing to pay my purse out of their pocket. Therefore, he can keep the entire budget for himself. This solves the opponent issue we are both facing as well as his budget issue. Let's make this happen and give the boxing world what they deserve, a tremendous fight."

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Zack Ramsey V Issouf Kinda!

MAY 13TH
Zack Ramsey

The return of Rhode Island icon Peter Manfredo Jr. on Friday, May 13th, 2016 will now also include the return of a once-promising regional prospect looking to get his career back on track.

Undefeated Springfield, Mass., junior welterweight Zack Ramsey (7-0, 3 KOs) steps back into the ring for the first time since 2014 to face 20-fight vet Issouf Kinda (17-3, 7 KOs) of New York in a six-round bout at Twin River Casino, one of nine fights on the undercard of the 10-round Manfredo-Angel Camacho Jr. showdown presented by CES Boxing.

Tickets for May 13th are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (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.

Originally born and raised in Hartford, Conn., but now fighting out of Massachusetts, the 26-year-old Ramsey fought 100 times as an amateur, winning 96 bouts, and captured titles in the Western and New England Gloves Tournaments.

After a three-year respite from boxing between the ages of 16 and 19, Ramsey returned to the amateur scene in 2009, cleaned up New England again, and turned pro in 2012 with a knockout win over Alan Beeman. His most noteworthy victory as a pro was his eight-round unanimous decision win over previously unbeaten Edwin Soto in Connecticut in 2013. Ramsey last fought in March of 2014, winning every round en route to a unanimous decision over 33-fight vet Shakha Moore.

Born in West Africa, the 28-year-old Kinda won his first 15 fights as a pro, including an impressive victory in 2012 over Greek super lightweight Mike Arnaoutis in the first defense of his New York State Title. Kinda suffered his first career loss via a controversial technical decision against Chris Howard a year later when the bout was stopped after the sixth round due to a cut over Howard's eye from an accidental head butt.

Kinda later went on to face Paterson, N.J., vet Jeremy Bryan and reigning undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight Champion Ismael Barroso.

The Manfredo-Camacho main event headlines the latest installment of CES Boxing's 2016 Twin River Casino Fight Series, a loaded lineup featuring two title bouts and the Rhode Island debuts of CES' newest additions to the roster.

May 13th is Manfredo's first fight since November of 2013, when he stopped Rhode Island's Rich Gingras in the 8th round of a scheduled 10-round bout. Coincidentally, Camacho's last win was also against Gingras via 8th-round stoppage in September for the then vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International Light Heavyweight Title. After fighting just once during a six-year stretch between 2008 and 2014, Camacho has now risen to 15-0, culminating with his fifth career knockout in September.

In addition to Manfredo-Camacho, undefeated Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) defends his UBF Northeast Title against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

In a fight that could steal the show, regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title. DeLomba is looking to rebound from a first-round knockout loss to Gledwin Ortiz in September while Sanchez returns to the ring for the first time in two and a half months after suffering a no decision against Antonio Fernandes due to an accidental head-butt and subsequent cut over his right eye.

The undercard also features the Rhode Island return of New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs), who puts his unbeaten record on the line against the hard-hitting Juan Rodriguez Jr. (12-4, 5 KOs) of Union City, N.J.

Rivalries will renew May 13th in a highly anticipated rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout. They will now settle the score May 13th in a 6-round bout.

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout, while two fighters from Worcester make their professional debuts. Kendrick Ball Jr., the son of Gray's head trainer, Kendrick Ball, debuts in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu, trained by Rhode Island's Victor Fagnant. Also from Worcester, decorated amateur Jamaine Ortiz debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1).

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Ryno Liebenberg!

I’m Going To Tear Erik Skoglund Apart
Ryno Liebenberg

Things threatened to escalate at today’s final pre-fight press conference when Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) and Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time.

‘’I’m going to fuck you up,’’ said Liebenberg before lunging for the Swedish fighter during the customary head-to-head photographs.

Throughout the build up the Liebenberg has told Skoglund to prepare for a bad-blooded affair, and in front of the Swedish media, he showcased his trademark aggression at today’s press event.

‘’In South Africa we grow up fighting,’’ he said. ‘’You have to fight to survive. It’s eat or be eaten. They call me ‘The Lion’ because I’m a ferocious animal, and on Saturday night, I’m going to tear Skoglund apart!’’

‘’I respect Ryno as a fighter,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’He’s a tough guy who can take a punch and land a punch. He has talked a lot about what he is going to do to me, and I hope he brings me hell, as I’m ready for the test.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland is expecting an exciting contest when the light heavyweights collide ‘’It’s a boxing cliché to say that styles make fights, but this is the classic example,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’We have the boxer versus the brawler, and it’s sure to guarantee an explosive encounter. The IBO International title is now on the line, and both fighters will give it their all in this genuine 50-50 fight!’’

Mikaela Lauren (26-3, 11 KOs) is also in action defending her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin (15-2, 6 KOs).

‘’I’m really looking forward to this fight,’’ said Lauren. ‘’The arena is only five minutes from where I live so this will be a great homecoming. Ivana is a strong opponent, but my coach has told me to finish the fight early, so maybe I’ll take her out in the first-round. Either way, I want to give the Swedish fans a great show.’’

Habazin is hoping to spoil the party for the home fighter. ‘’I have prepared well and will do everything I can to win,’’ she says. ‘’I have not come here to lose. I have a lot of fans in Croatia supporting me, and I will be bringing the title back home to them.’’

Skoglund and Lauren’s title fights come as part of a blockbuster bill in the Swedish capital on Saturday night. Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

All the fights are available to watch live on Viaplay Fighting.

Viaplay Fighting is the first package of its kind and will be available from April 22 in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, featuring over 500 hours of exclusive live fighting each year from 150 events including UFC, Nordic Fight Night, Team Sauerland, Premier Boxing Champions, Matchroom Boxing and IMG.

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Mikaela Lauren!

I Want To Inspire The Next Generation Of Swedish Fighters
Mikaela Lauren

Mikaela Lauren (26-3,11 KOs) has visited her local boxing club Haninge BK ahead of her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title defence against Ivana Habazin (15-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The World Champion took time out of her busy training schedule to meet the junior boxers in an attempt to inspire the next generation of Swedish boxers.

‘’It’s great to be able to give something back,’’ said Lauren. ‘’I feel privileged to be in the position I’m in today, and hopefully, I‘m able to inspire the next generation of Swedish fighters. Who knows, I could have met a future World Champion today?’’

Lauren faces a tough test on Saturday against Habazin, who is herself a former World Champion. ‘’Habazin is a strong opponent,'' she says. ''But I've had the best training camp of my career and I feel stronger than ever.’’

The Stockholm boxer says she is looking forward to fighting in her home arena: ‘’It’s a dream come true to fight at the Hovet. The arena is five minutes away from where I live. All my friends and family will be there cheering me to victory.’’

Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against Habazin as part of a blockbuster bill in the Swedish capital on April 23. Erik Skoglund faces Ryno Liebenberg, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

BROADWAY BOXING WEIGHTS

Bryant Cruz 132.8 lbs V Moises Delgadillo 132.4 lbs.

Noel Murphy 144.8 lbs V Ariel Vasquez 145 lbs.

Alantez Fox 159.8 lbs V Josue Obando 159.8 lbs.

Stivens Bujaj 193.6 lbs V Harvey Jolly 197.8 lbs.

Billel Dib 132.6 lbs V Jose Salinas 132 lbs.

Wesley Ferrer 137.6 lbs V Luis Alberto Pelayo 137.6 lbs.

Tickets available at the door, priced at $125, $75 and $55.

Doors open at 6:30pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm.

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Rob Brant!

Knocks Out Delray Raines In First Round
Rob Brant

Last Friday night April 15, at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, WBA-NABA Middleweight Champion Rob "Bravo" Brant celebrated his one-year anniversary of fighting under the Greg Cohen Promotions banner by knocking out Arkansas veteran Delray Raines at 55 seconds of the first round.

The victory finalized an incredible first year for the WBA #12-ranked Brant, which saw him go 6-0, 5 KOs, including four Nationally televised bouts, one of them a KO of the year candidate over Decarlo Perez on ShoBox: The New Generation in January.

He now sits at the top of the middleweight prospect/contender class and should be fighting for a world title within a year.

"When Rob signed with us, he told us to get him the opportunities and he'll make the most of them and that's what he's done sensationally," said Greg Cohen. "He's the hottest up-and-coming middleweight in the world with some huge fights on the horizon. I couldn't be happier for him."

Cohen says it's Brant's work ethic that has led to his steady ascension. "No one works harder than Rob Brant in the gym and day-to-day. He eats right; he lives right and has no bad habits. And he never stops learning. Every fight has been easy to spot the improvements he's made from the previous."

Cohen says he's currently negotiating with the camps of several prominent fighters to secure Brant his first major showdown. "Rob is ready for the top of the division now and we're working hard to get him the right fight. And no matter who it is you can't count him out. Every time we've stepped Rob Brant up in competition, he's responded by becoming even more dangerous. It's going to be a very interesting year for Rob Brant and his growing army of fans."

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Mikaela Lauren!

Demands Ring Card Boys For World Title Defense
Mikaela Lauren

Swedish boxer Mikaela Lauren has said she will refuse to fight on Saturday night unless her promoter replaces the ‘sexist’ number girls with a male equivalent.

Lauren is scheduled to defend her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former IBF World Champion Ivana Habazin as part of a blockbuster bill at the Hovet in Stockholm.

‘’I’ve spoken to my promoter and told him that I will not fight if they use number girls,’’ said Lauren. ‘’Why should there be a half naked woman in the ring when two top female athletes are competing? I think it’s sexist. Women shouldn’t be seen as sex objects!’’

Instead, Lauren is insisting that she is provided with a number boy. ‘’I want a number boy,’’ she says. ‘’I think that’s only fair, and I’m sure it will be give the women in the audience some pleasure as well.’’

Promoter Nisse Sauerland says he is willing to meet Lauren’s demands and the hunt is now on for a number boy. ‘’I respect Mikaela’s opinion,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’It is not something we had anticipated, however, we will now endeavor to find a number boy for her World title defence.’’

Saturday’s show signals a return of big-time boxing to the Swedish capital. Alongside Lauren’s World title defence, Erik Skoglund faces Ryno Liebenberg in a tough twelve-round test, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

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BROADWAY BOXING!

COMPLETE CARD ANNOUNCED

DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series heads back up north to the suburbs of Westchester County on Wednesday for the third time in a little over a year. The exciting card will take place at the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. Headlining the event will be Portchester's own junior lightweight prospect Bryant "Peewee" Cruz (16-1, 8KO's) in a scheduled eight-round bout.

The bout on April 20th will be Cruz' first since suffering his lone loss as a professional, back in December of last year. In Cruz' ShoBox debut, he took on late replacement Dardan Zenunaj, a once-beaten, world-rated contender. Cruz got off to a very fast start, dictating the pace and sweeping all of the early rounds. However, the hard-charging Zenunaj kept the pressure on all night and the bout turned into a war halfway through. After dropping Cruz with a barrage of punches near the end of the seventh, Cruz' corner elected to halt the contest between frames. Cruz took the fight as a learning experience and is eager to get back to his winning ways in front of a hometown partisan crowd when he steps into the ring tomorrow night against Jalisco, Mexico's Moises Delgadillo (17-14-2, 8 KO's).

A native of County Cork, Ireland, the 21-year-old Noel Murphy (5-0, 2KO's) was a multi-time national champion as an amateur before relocating to Yonkers, NY, and embarking on his professional career in November 2014. He has quickly built a passionate local fan base with his dynamic style and will not disappoint those in attendance when he provides them with another action-packed performance against Ariel Vasquez (11-12-2, 8 KO's), of Phoenix, AZ, in their scheduled six-rounder.

The 6'5" 24-year-old unbeaten middleweight prospect Alantez Fox was a standout amateur boxer who compiled a 165-35 record, highlighted by gold medals at the Ringside National and Under-19 tournaments in 2010. From Forestville, MD, Fox (18-0-1, 7 KO's) is trained by his father Troy out of Lloyd Irvin MMA/Boxing Gym. With exceptional physical tools that include a 79-inch reach, Fox is ready to take the division by storm as he climbs up the rankings. He will square off against Josue Obando (14-9-1, 11 KO's), of Guadalajara, Mexico, in an eight-round contest.

Born in Albania, Stivens Bujaj (14-0-1, 9 KO's) moved to Bronx, NY, at an early age. One of the more popular fighters throughout the New York fight scene, Bujaj, who recently relocated to nearby Yonkers, NY, was a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion before turning pro in 2010. The lone blemish on Bujaj's record is a split decision draw to fellow contender and IBO world title challenger Junior Wright in May 2015. During the bout with Wright, Bujaj suffered a broken jaw. He has since reeled off back-to-back victories following surgery to repair his jaw, and is looking to impress as he continues his ascent up the rankings of the cruiserweight division. On Wednesday, he will be facing Harvey Jolly (15-22-1, 7 KO's), of Nashville, TN, in a six-round bout.

World-ranked Australian super featherweight contender Billel Dib (18-1, 9 KO's), of Sydney, New South Wales, will make his US debut against Albuquerque, New Mexico's Jose Salinas (9-1-1, 5 KO's) in an eight-round bout. Ranked nine by the WBO and 13 by the IBF, Dib is determined to secure his 10th straight victory as he works his way toward a world title shot. A pro since 2011, Dib has already won the Australian and interim WBO Oriental super featherweight titles, but would love to add another world title to the family's collection that includes former champ and brother Billy's IBF featherweight belt.

Brooklyn's Wesley Ferrer (10-0, 5 KO's) will challenge Luis Alberto Pelayo (12-6-1, 6 KO's), of Guadalajara, Mexico, in a six-round lightweight battle. An outstanding amateur, Ferrer was a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion, 2012 New York Amateur Boxing champion and New York City Metro Tournament champion, as well as a participant at the 2013 National Golden Gloves.

Tickets are priced at $125, $75 and $55, and are currently on sale through the DiBella Entertainment office by calling (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Hilton Westchester is located at 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573.

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Giovani Santillan!

Reflects On Sparring Sessions With Timothy Bradley
Giovani Santillan

As Giovani Santillan (18-0, 10 KOs) scales down preparations for his "Path to Glory" main event showdown with Jose de Jesus Macias (18-5-2, 9 KOs) on Friday, the southpaw from San Diego pauses to reflect on his sparring sessions with top welterweight Timothy Bradley.

Santillan, 24, was among the chief sparring partners for the Bradley training camp (Bradley was preparing for his third fight against Manny Pacquiao).

After several weeks of elite level training, Santillan is poised to defend his unbeaten mark against Macias from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. this Friday, April 22.

Tickets for "Path to Glory" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and can be purchased at ThompsonBoxing.com, or calling 714-935-0900.

Thompson Boxing sat down with the junior welterweight and got his thoughts on sparring with Bradley, his opponent, and his fellow stablemates on Friday's card.

On fight week preparations...

We keep it light. We work on our technique and pace. We review our strategy and go over how we plan to put it into practice.

On sparring with Timothy Bradley...

It was a tremendous experience for me. From the beginning they liked what we brought to the table. I sparred with Bradley three times a week for four weeks. I felt good every single time I was in there with him. To be able to be in the same ring as an elite boxer like that, it was a huge confidence booster. I felt like he got better as the weeks went on, and so did I.

On the biggest takeaway from spending time with the Bradley camp...

Immediately after sparring sessions, we would go back and break down the video with the Bradley team. I would see my mistakes almost in real time. Overall, Bradley's a really cool guy. He treated us like we were part of the team and was very approachable.

On your opponent Jose de Jesus Macias ...

He's a tough guy that's never been knocked out before. Half his wins are by knockout so we know he can punch. He has a pretty good reach too.

On the overall strength of Friday's card...

When I saw the fight poster come out, I knew this was going to be an exciting card. Jose Roman, Carlos Carlson, Erick Ituarte, I have a lot of respect for these guys. You have a lot of different styles in exciting weight classes.

On staying busy in between fights...

When you're young, you always want to train, but as you get older you have to be smart about it. Learning how not to over train comes with experience. I'm learning every year how to take care of my body. Some weeks it's working on your technique. Other weeks I focus more on cardio. I try to stay in shape to the point where I'm ready to spar once a fight is announced.

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.

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

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DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT!

CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW YORK GOLDEN GLOVES

For the third consecutive year, DiBella Entertainment has secured the broadcast rights for the New York Daily News Golden Gloves. The Golden Gloves finals take place tonight and tomorrow at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. DiBella Entertainment's popular undefeated light heavyweight prospect Mike Lee will be a featured commentator analyzing the action on both nights.

A proud graduate of Notre Dame's esteemed Mendoza College of Business, the Chicago-native Lee has galvanized the enormous Fighting Irish alumni network and has been a popular draw throughout the country since turning pro in 2010. He also understands the value of an amateur pedigree, having won the Chicago Golden Gloves in 2009 after graduating college. Fans may recognize Lee from television as he became a national spokesman for Subway Restaurants in September 2011, and continues to be prominently featured in their nationally broadcast "Famous Fan" advertising campaigns.

Lee is familiar with Barclays Center as his last fight took place there on January 16, when he impressively stopped Joe Gardner inside three rounds to improve to 16-0 (10 KOs), as part of the Deontay Wilder-Artur Szpilka heavyweight championship undercard.

Stay tuned for an announcement on when the finals will air.

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TERRY MAUGHAN!

HOPES FOR A DOUBLE CELEBRATION
TERRY MAUGHAN

TERRY MAUGHAN is hoping for a double celebration when he takes on Pauly Upton for the vacant Irish super-welterweight title this Saturday night (April 23).

The Nottingham favourite gets his second crack at the Emerald Isle’s crown at Northampton’s historic The Deco, but he’ll have reason to cheer before the opening bell sounds as the fight falls on his birthday.

“This is like a world title shot to me and it’s come on the day I turn 31,” he said.

“I’ve already had one crack at it, but this time I intend on grabbing it with both hands. I’ve been gifted a second opportunity to win it and it means everything to me, especially as it’s my birthday.

“Of course it’s St George’s Day as well, but being from an Irish family I’m going to celebrate like it’s St Patrick’s Day because I missed the real day last month as I was in the gym training for this fight.”

By day Maughan works as a pharmacy dispenser, but come Saturday night he’ll be looking to hand out punishment rather than remedies.

“My job’s weird in that all day I give drugs to people with ailments and then at night I get in a ring and punch people,” he said.

“I’m confident that I can get my punches off on Upton but I’m not going to disrespect him and say I’ll do this and that because, at the end of the day, he’s in boxing with the same ambitions I’ve got.

“I haven’t seen any footage of him, but I read in an interview that he was an Irish champion as an amateur so he’s got the pedigree and obviously he’s trained by Ricky Hatton, a legend in boxing, so he must be decent.

“I know I’ll be up against it, but I intend to go in there and do the business. I’ve had a good camp and I’m ready.”

Upton v Maughan tops a quality bill also featuring former amateur stars Zach Parker and Reuben Arrowsmith.

Tickets are priced at £30, £35 and £40 and can be purchased from any fighter on the bill or by calling 07718 324102.

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MASON MENARD!

SERIOUS CONTENDER IN LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION
MASON MENARD

It's been three days since "the shot heard round the world," the one-punch knockout Louisiana lightweight Mason "Rock Hard Mighty" Menard scored over opponent Eudy Bernardo.

In what should have been a fight against his toughest opponent to date, Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) destroyed the Dominican Bernardo, dropping him in the second and finishing their nationally televised ShoBox: The New Generation co-main event with a single right hand at 2:11 of the third.

In what will certainly be a "Knockout of the Year" candidate, Menard's devastating right hand left the formerly undefeated Bernardo unconscious and announced the 27-year-old as an unexpected fighter to watch in the lightweight division.

"I train hard, diet right. I get good sparring. I do everything to the tee. I go to church on Sundays and the blessing come true for me," said a happy Menard, post-fight. "It felt great to be on the world stage and perform like that. With all my people back home watching and developing new fans out of the people watching everywhere, it's just a great feeling. I want to continue this."

At the time of the KO, Bernardo appeared to be seriously hurt and was taken from the ring on a stretcher. He has since recovered. "I knew in my mind it'd last about three rounds, but I didn't expect that shot to take him out," continued Menard. "It's a great feeling to get a victory, but I'd rather my opponent walk out of the ring. I saw he was seriously hurt and I got down on one knee and said a prayer for him."

For Menard's promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, the victory was not unexpected, despite Bernardo being favored going in, but is still a very pleasant development.

"With one punch, Mason is now a serious contender in the lightweight division," said Cohen. "He's ready for any of the champions including Jorge Linares, Rances Barthelemy or Terry Flanagan."

With a humble nature and movie-star good looks, Cohen saw the potential in Menard immediately. "Now everyone knows what we already did. He's a sensational fighter with true star potential. I'm very excited to be working with him."

"I'm ready for anybody," said Menard. "As long as business is right, I'm not scared of anybody, bring them on!"

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Ryno Liebenberg!

Skoglund Is Just A Poster Boy, I Thought Swedes Were Tough Vikings
Ryno Liebenberg

Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) has arrived in Sweden today ready for his fight with Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The South African fighter has wasted no time making his feelings known. ‘’I think Skoglund is overrated,’’ he says. ‘’He has never fought anyone good. He has a record of 24-0 and a top-ten World ranking that he doesn’t deserve. I thought Swedes were tough Vikings, but clearly I’m wrong. I’m looking forward to showing Sweden what a real fighter is!

''Erik is the exact opposite of a tough Viking. He is just a pretty face. A poster boy. I saw he posted a video on Facebook the other day playing guitar and I couldn't help laughing. Is he serious? Am I fighting Justin Bieber or should I call him Erik Bieber?

‘’Sweden has banned boxing for decades, but on Saturday night, people in Stockholm will finally see the real deal, and it has nothing to do with Erik and the way he boxes. It will probably shock a lot of the fans who have never seen a real fight before!’’

The 31 year-old, who has previously boasted of being involved in over one hundred street-fights, believes his tough background will give him an advantage over Skoglund, who saves his fighting for the ring.

‘’Skoglund says he’s never been in a street fight,’’ said Liebenberg. ‘’I’ve enjoyed more than one hundred. This brings me further in this sport than Erik acting like a gentleman, and it’s nonsense to claim otherwise.

‘’I’m here to fight, and it will be a dogfight, whether Erik likes it or not. If he approaches this fight like a gentleman, I will smash him to the canvas and then you will hear me roar through the noise of the disappointed fans!’’

Erik Skoglund faces Ryno Liebenberg as part of a blockbuster bill in the Swedish capital on April 23. Mikaela Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets are available online www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

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KNOCKOUT AT THE D!

OFFICIAL RESULTS
Steve Claggett V Chris Van Heerden

Former IBO World welterweight champion Chris "The Heat" Van Heerden put himself back into title contention position, winning a 10-round majority decision over Steve "The Dragon" Claggett in this evening's main event, under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center(DLVEC) outdoor venue.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series, which airs live on CBS Sports Network, is presented by the D Las Vegas and DLVEC), promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions and returns Saturday evening, May 21.

Van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs), fighting out of Santa Monica, California by way of South Africa, used his 3-inch height advantage against Claggett (23-3-1, 16 KOs), the Canadian champion from Calgary, Alberta.

Neither fighter was hurt during the fight, in which there were continual back-and-forth exchanges of stinging combinations. Claggett battled to apply pressure in order to fight on the inside, while Van Heerden fought effectively from the outside.

The two evenly-matched welterweights patiently waited for the official announcement: 95-95 and 97-93 twice for Van Heerden.

"I knew I won this fight, 120-percent, but I knew it was close," Van Heerden commented. "We're both winners tonight because of it was so close and we entertained the crowd. Me and Claggett entertained the crowd.....we delivered. I've been through so much and the lord helped me get this win. I look forward to a rematch, but I want to move forward."

Undefeated California junior middleweight Neeco "The Rooster" Macias (12-0, 6 KOs) had a lot to crow about in the 8-round co-feature against Limberth "El Gallito" Ponce, Jr. (10-3, 8 KOs). Macias thoroughly dominated the action, firing non-stop shots from every conceivable angle. His unrelenting pressure enabled Macias, whose come-forward approach made him an instant fan favorite, to control the fight from start to finish for a unanimous decision.

"I knew he was going to be the toughest fighter I've fought," Macias said. "I give Ponce much respect. We wanted to give fans a good show."

Baltimore welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins (7-0, 6 KOs) gave Errol "Spyda" Sidney (6-2-2, 2 KOs) a beating, fully displaying his arsenal of punches, hurting his gutsy opponent on several occasions. Hawkins' aggressive style early in the fight broke-down Sidney, who was nearly finished at the end of the fourth and fifth rounds. Hawkins trapped Sidney a neutral corner at the start of the sixth round and a powerful uppercut sent Sidney down to a knee. Sidney beat referee Jay Nady's count but the veteran official had seen enough and he halted the bout 1:02 into the sixth.

"We're back," Hawkins proclaimed after the bout. I'd give myself an 8 ½ this fight."

Las Vegas' promising prospect Randy Moreno (2-0, 1 KO) outclassed Oregon junior lightweight Derek Barthemay (0-3) from the opening bell for a 4-round unanimous decision.

Flashy Las Vegas welterweight prospect Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (3-0, 2 KOs) constantly pounded the body of his tough Mexican opponent, Jason "Gibbor" Gavino (3-2, 2 KOs), for a 4-round shutout victory,

Las Vegas' Sal Lopez (2-0) dropped a game Matt "The KO Kid" Murphy (0-2), a junior lightweight from St. Louis, in the opening round on his way to an impressive one-sided win by way of a unanimous 4-round decision.

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HATTON PROMOTIONS & LUCAS BROWNE!

STATEMENT

Hatton Promotions wishes to confirm that on 15 April 2016 Lucas Browne undertook an independent polygraph test. This is a test often referred to and commonly known as a "lie detector" test.

We confirm that Lucas unequivocally passed the test. He did not knowingly or intentionally place banned substances including the drug clenbuterol into his system ahead of his world title victory against Ruslan Chagaev.

Lucas stated: "I am pleased that the polygraph test confirmed that I am telling the truth. The result is not a surprise to me as I have always said I am a clean athlete, I know I arrived in Grozny a clean athlete and I know I did nothing wrong when I was there.

“It should never be forgotten that I requested the VADA testing for the fight. Whilst the result is not a surprise to me, I consider this test another step towards proving my innocence.

“I remain grateful for the ongoing support of the public, my manager and my promoter. Together we are fighting this injustice”.

The result of the polygraph test also came as no surprise to four-time world champion Ricky Hatton, who has served as Browne’s promoter for the past four years.

“I have been saying since it happened I am 100 per cent behind Lucas,” Hatton said. “The whole thing just doesn't stack up. The results of the lie detector test don’t surprise me at all. Lucas knows he didn't do it, I know he didn't do it and now we have a test conducted by experts that confirms he is telling the truth.

“We will keep going and do all that we can do to prove his innocence. Matters are in the hands of the lawyers and the WBA. I and the whole of boxing hope they do the right thing by Lucas. Boxing needs that to happen to maintain its credibility. The public is behind Lucas because they know the truth as well.”

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

KNOCKOUT AT THE D WEIGHTS
Steve Claggett 147 lbs V Chris Van Heerden 147 lbs

Steve Claggett 147 lbs V Chris Van Heerden 147 lbs.

Neeco Macias 152 lbs V Limberth Ponce 151 ½ lbs.

Malik Hawkins 146 lbs V Errol Sidney, Jr. 134 ½ lbs.

Randy Moreno 129 lbs V Derick Bartlemay 132 lbs.

Jeremy Nichols 147 lbs V Jason Gavino 146 lbs.

Sal Lopez 129 ½ lbs V Matt Murphy 134 ½ lbs

WHAT: "Knockout Night at the D" professional boxing series

WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2016

WHERE: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC)

PROMOTER: Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions

TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network

Undercard bouts streaming live at www.knockoutnightboxing.com

BROADCASTERS: Jim "JR" Ross, Sean Wheelock, Kevin Kelley

RING ANNOUNCER: Joe Martinez

DOORS OPEN: 5:00 p.m. PT

FIRST BOUT: 6:00 p.m. PT

FIRST TV BOUT: 8:00 p.m. PT

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Boyd Melson!

Making A Major Difference Outside Of The Ring

WBC USNBC junior middleweight champion Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson is remaining busy outside of the squared circle raising funds, speaking to various groups and helping multiple causes.

Last month, Melson spearheaded a fundraiser at SPiN NYC that netted $5,000. To help fundraising efforts, Melson literally let anybody who donated $50 or more at the event get in the ring with him for three minutes and throw punches at him. The funds were split 50/50 between Team Fight to Walk an BOXER INC. Melson recently joined the Board of Directors for BOXER INC. which is a NYC based nonprofit founded by Melson's close friend and former amateur boxer Mustafa Abullah. BOXER INC. is a mentorship program through the use of boxing to help develop leadership, discipline and offer exercise to youth at inner-city schools in New York City. Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon, a part owner of SPiN, helped promote the event on social media and personally expressed her interest in running a second fundraiser this fall.

Less than 24 hours after the SPiN event, Melson was a special guest speaker at the United Spinal Association Connecticut Chapter's annual gala. The Connecticut Chapter honored Melson's speaking at their gala by donating $2500 to Team Fight to Walk.

On Tuesday, April 12, Melson, a 2003 West Point grad, headed to the the army base of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his time at Fort Bragg, he spoke to Delta Company, 3rd Military Information Support Battalion (Airborne). This Battalion is a PSYOP (Psychological Operations) Battalion in the US Special Operations Command that directly supports the United States Army Special Forces. At the end of Melson's speech to Delta Company, he was asked to return two more times this year.

This request involves Melson, an Army Reserve Captain himself, returning in July to deliver a speech to the entire 3rd Military Information Support Battalion followed by a speech to the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition in the fall. The Care Coalition was formed to offer support to Armed Forces members that served in the Navy Seals, Delta Force, Special Forces, or Ranger Battalion, and were injured in combat now facing physical disabilities.

In the last few months, the "Rainmaker" has voluntarily offered his time addressing youth of all ages at multiple tri-state area elementary, middle and high schools as well as delivering a pre-game pep talk to the Johns Hopkins University Women's Basketball Team prior to their game. Melson, upon invitation, attended the Jewish Youth Organization BBYO's (B'nai B'rith) annual event in Baltimore. He was partnered with former NFL Quarterback Jay Fiedler as they both took turns sharing their individual journeys as Jewish professional athletes with a few hundred Jewish high school aged teens.

Four days after visiting Fort Bragg, Melson will be in Aston, Pennsylvania for a three day Spinal Cord Injury and Concussion forum. The event features a special exhibition hockey game featuring many former NHL players and other notables helping raise money for both of these physical challenges. The event is sponsored by Johnson&Johnson, a company Melson once worked for. During this event, Melson will speak on Spinal Cord Injuries and perform a ceremonial puck drop to kick the game off.

“The universe continues to conspire. When you follow what is in your heart with divine love, I believe that the universe submits. When this submission takes place allowing its elements to conspire, what is beating in your heart with divine love becomes a tangible space. I just have to keep moving forward with the same type of stamina I needed inside the ring. I can't get tired. This fight has many rounds to it. Our FDA Approval to begin conducting this study is less than a year out- that round is almost here!

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Chris Algieri!

Tries For Barclays Upset Again

Star Boxing president and founder Joe DeGuardia has shown a unique ability of identifying young, skilled fighters and then guiding them to championship contention...and beyond.

Chris Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs), who returns to the scene of his greatest triumph when he headlines Saturday's nationally-televised Premier Boxing Champions card at Brooklyn's Barclays Center against undefeated Olympian Errol Spence, Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs), is a case in point. The Pride of Huntington vaulted from crowd-pleaser on his home turf at The Paramount to champion of the world with an upset victory of Ruslan Provodnikov for the super lightweight world title on June 14, 2014. The monumental triumph earned him a mega-fight against the legendary Manny Pacquiao later that year.

"Joe has a magical formula at The Paramount," says former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney. "DeGuardia is a former boxer (1988 NY Golden Gloves champion), and I believe that really helps him. He understands the fighters, and watches out for them. He makes these guys fight durable guys. He and matchmaker Ron Katz are a great combination. They put them in tough fights."

"He has done a great job with Chris Algieri, and now Joe Smith, Jr. is an up-and-coming light heavyweight. Hats off to Joe. It's sold out every time at the Paramount, so the fighters have also been able to build the fan base."

Former NYSAC Randy Gordon, now a boxing commentator and radio host, and a NYS Boxing Hall of Famer, echoes Cooney's sentiment. "As a former boxer himself on a high level, Joe understands the boxer's mentality. Building a fighter's career is not about one fight, it's a process. With Algieri, he saw the skill, and was able to grow him. Coupled with a great matchmaker in Ron Katz, they walk the fighters through the process. I actually picked him to beat Provodnikov because I watched the process take place at the Paramount. As for Joe Smith, Jr., he may have Kovalev power."

Algieri, the former WBO World super lightweight titlist, is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Erik Bone on December 5 at Barclays. Airtime for the PBC broadcast is at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

The belief is that Joe Smith, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) will take a similar path to Algieri. The Mastic, Long Island product looks to continue his climb up the light heavyweight ladder when he faces tough and dangerous Brazilian Fabiano Pena (16-4-1, 13 KOs) in the main event in the 23rd installment of Star Boxing's Rockin' Fights series on Saturday night, April 23, at the Paramount in Huntington, New York.

"Joe Smith has all of the tools to be a top light heavyweight," says DeGuardia. "His power and strength, combined with boxing skills and stamina have him earmarked for a big fight."

Dubbed the "Irish Bomber" because of his knockout power, Smith is highly-regarded among the light heavyweight prospects during a young career guided by DeGuardia. Smith, Jr. has reeled off 14 straight triumphs, including nine by way of KO, will be making his fourth appearance on his home turf at The Paramount.

In his latest win, the Irish Bomber scored a thrilling, unanimous 10-round decision over Will Rosinsky while showcasing his talents in the Barclays Center ring on December 5. Joe is a Union 66 laborer (concrete) in between fights. Trained by Gerard Capobianco, a former light heavyweight contender himself, Smith fights out of the Heavyhitters Boxing Gym on Long Island.

DeGuardia teamed with Banner Promotions as co-promoters of crafty southpaw Demetrius Andrade on the former U.S. Olympian's path to the WBO Junior Middleweight Championship. "Boo Boo" will appear on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, June 11 to face hard-hitting perennial contender Willie Nelson in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator.

The winner of the 12-round co-feature will become the mandatory challenger to the winner of the May 21 showdown between Jermell Charlo and John Jackson, who face off for the vacant WBC 154-pound title on SHOWTIME.

Fighting out of his native Providence, R.I., the 28-year-old Andrade has compiled an unblemished record of 22-0 with 15 knockouts since turning professional in 2008 after representing the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Andrade is known for his piston-like jab and knockout power in each hand, Andrade won the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship with a career-best performance over Vanes Martirosyan on November 9, 2013 and successfully defended the title against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Brian Rose on June 14, 2014. Most recently Andrade, who is a consensus top-5 super welterweight, scored a second-round knockout over Dario Fabian Pucheta on October 17, 2015.

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Badou Jack!

Oscar Ahlin Can Become World Champion
Badou Jack

Badou Jack is backing Oscar Ahlin to follow in his footsteps and become World Champion.

The professional fighters from Stockholm met as amateurs and have stayed in contact ever since. Ahlin has just returned from Las Vegas where he has been training alongside Jack at the Mayweather Boxing Gym.

Ahlin fights on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm against Patrick ‘Tiger’ Mendy, while Jack, who claimed the WBC World Super Middleweight title against Anthony Dirrell in April 2015, is preparing for a second defence of his title against Lucian Bute on April 30 in Washington.

‘’I’ve known Oscar since he was a little kid,’’ says Jack. ‘’I met him in a boxing gym back in Stockholm and we’ve been friends ever since.

‘’He’s a very talented fighter and he’s got good rhythm, which is something you can’t teach. He has the potential to go all the way and become World Champion one day. He just needs to keep focused, train hard and listen to his trainer and he can reach the top.’’

Jack will be watching with interest as Ahlin and Team Sauerland’s other Swedish stars fight one April 23 at the Hovet. ‘’I always follow Oscar’s career,’’ he says. ‘’Hopefully all the young guys can go as far as I have.’’

Although focusing on his fight with Bute, Jack admits he would be interested in a homecoming fight in Stockholm. ‘’I always take things one fight at a time,’’ said the World Champion. ''I’m not looking past Bute who is a very strong fighter, but when I take care of him, we can see what’s next. I would love to fight in Stockholm one day.’’

Oscar Ahlin fights as part of a blockbuster bill in the in the Swedish capital on April 23. In a co-featured main event, Erik Skoglund faces the tough South African Ryno Liebenberg and WBC Female World Super Welterweight Champion Mikaela Lauren defends her title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin.

On the undercard Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli and heavyweight Otto Wallin faces the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

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Giovani Santillan!

Headlines Path To Glory
Path To Glory

Undefeated junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (18-0, 10 KOs), one of boxing's most promising young prospects, headlines Thompson Boxing Promotions "Path to Glory" event next Friday, April 22, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Santillan, a steely southpaw from San Diego, battles Mexico's Jose de Jesus Macias (18-5-2, 9 KOs) in the "Path to Glory" 8-round main event. The talent rich card also features top lightweight prospect Jose Roman (21-1, 14 KOs) and world ranked bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson (20-1, 12 KOs).

Santillan, who is the former NABF Junior 140-pound champion, is more than well prepared for his scrap against Macias. Leading up to this fight, Santillan spent several weeks as a sparing partner to top welterweight Timothy Bradley. Bradley was prepping for his third fight with Manny Pacquiao, Santillan, on the other hand, was more than willing to lace up the gloves against one of boxing's finest.

"The education I received from the Bradley sparring sessions is priceless," said the 24-year-old Santillan. "I was able to absorb so much in such a small amount of time. He was very open to giving me advice."

"Santillan has had great experiences sparring with the likes of Mayweather and Bradley, but he won't be partnering up on his main event on April 22," said Alex Camponovo, matchmaker and general manager for Thompson Boxing, and the lead executive that signed Santillan. "He is there to use all his tools and put his talent out for the fans to see."

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 "Path to Glory" co-feature, Jose Roman goes for his eighth win in a row against Martin Angel Martinez (14-8-1, 9 KOs) of Guaymas, Mex. Among Martinez's key fights are knockout losses to former world champion Marcos Maidana and "Path to Glory" headliner Santillan.

"I expect a tough fight from Martinez," said Roman, who lives in Garden Grove, Calif. "I'll be ready for whatever he brings. I've trained hard for this fight. I put in the work to get the win."

In what will likely be a high-pace fight, bantamweight Carlos Carlson, who is currently ranked No. 14 by the WBC, takes on veteran slugger Giovanni Caro (23-17-4, 19 KOs). Since signing with Thompson Boxing three years ago, Carlson has marked off nine straight wins and will look for number ten one week from Friday.

"I'm at the point in my career where every win puts me closer to challenging for a world title," said the 25-year-old Carlson. "I know I have to take care of business against Caro. He's a tough boxer with a lot of experience, but I know I can beat him."

In other action, featherweight Erick Ituarte (12-1-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. has won five straight and will put his winning streak to the test against Fernando Fuentes (8-6, 2 KOs) of Hemet, Calif. in a bout scheduled for six rounds.

Lightweight Manuel Mendez (10-1-1, 6 KOs) of Indio, Calif. looks for his second win on the year against an opponent to be named later (6-rounds).

Additionally, Michael Norato (2-1, 1 KO) of Los Angeles meets Jesus Arevalo (1-0) of Tucson, Ariz. in a clash of junior lightweight prospects (4-rounds).

Opening the "Path to Glory" event are lightweights Cesar Villarraga (8-1, 4 KOs) of Bogota, Colombia and Hugo Padilla (2-5, 1 KO) of Aguas Calientes, Mex. (4-rounds).

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.

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

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Victor Ortiz!

Talks Training, Berto Rematch & More
Ortiz V Berto II

Former world champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz held a media workout in Los Angeles Thursday and shared thoughts on his upcoming primetime rematch with former champion Andre "The Beast" Berto on Saturday, April 30 on Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Televised coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features light heavyweight sluggers Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KOs) and Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. (19-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round brawl and unbeaten Mexican brawler Jorge Lara (27-0-2, 19 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout against former three-division world champion Fernando "Cochulito" Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs).

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $209, $105, $53, and $27, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

Ortiz and Berto will square-off in a rematch of their 2011 Fight of the Year in which Ortiz took home a victory as both men hit the canvas throughout the 12-round affair. Now, Ortiz is preparing for another big victory that could catapult him back to world title contention.

Here is what Ortiz had to say about Berto, training camp and more:

VICTOR ORTIZ

On his first bout against Berto:

"I made a lot of mistakes that night but I did enough to get the victory. I always said if I ever got the rematch, I would end him and now I have the chance.

"Berto had an off night. I wasn't at my best either, but I destroyed him regardless. This time we'll both be at our best.

"Berto just talks and talks. When you have to hype yourself up just to think you have a chance, that's on you. I don't need to talk myself into thinking I'm going to win. I just know I'm going to win.

"We've both had some wars since our first fight, but if you can't back it up, you should just stop.

"I had injuries heading into the last fight, but now you have two guys who are 100 percent. That is going to make for an even better fight this time around."

On the rematch with Berto:

"Berto comes to fight. He comes for war and won't give up ever, but that makes two of us.

"We have been through a lot in the last five years. He hates me. I have no hate in my heart, but I know it's a sport. I'm not leaving that ring without a victory.

"Berto wants to hurt me just as bad as I want to hurt him. I'm ready to go again. This is going to be a Fight of the Year for sure.

"Anytime you have to convince yourself that you're going to beat me. That you actually had a chance the first time, there's a lot wrong with you.

"It's a sport. It's not personal. Two guys going back and forth. I want to rip his head off and he wants to rip my head off. Its nothing personal. We can go get a burger after the fight.

"He's a heck of a fighter and a boxer and I am too. He's had his fair share of wars. He's had his fair share of injuries and I've had mine.

"I would hate someone that took my undefeated record. So maybe he hates me, but I don't hate him. Whatever his mindset is, April 30 is right around the corner and I'm ready."

On working with Coach Joseph "Hoss" Janik & David Rodela:

"Coach Hoss has always been there 100 percent. He has been in my corner about a decade and he knows the game better than a lot of the people I've worked with. Every fighter needs to find a 'zen' with their coach and I have that with Coach Hoss.

"I feel like this is the best fit for me. Hoss has been with me through it all, from being dropped, to the hospital and everything. He always says that this is just another way to make you stronger.

"I also have coach David Rodela in my corner. We were once upon a time rivals and now we are closest of friends. It is a true 'Grudge Match' right there. Now he just tortures me in training.

On his acting career:

"At this point I have one focus. For the next three or four years I am going to be 100 percent focused on boxing.

"I've had big celebrities and actors come up to me and say 'you're Victor Ortiz, can we take a picture?' It's mutual respect, but it's also kind of crazy. I don't overstep my boundaries.

"I don't watch the movie I've been in. That is too much. Some people like to see themselves on the screen, I'm not one of those people.

On his positive attitude:

"I believe that if you're a bad person, bad things happen. I'm a hard worker. I used to work construction and out in the fields. I never complained. Always smiled.

"I wake up in the morning with a smile on my face. People take some things too seriously. Of course there are haters out there, but I don't pay attention to any of that. I've found that a good positive attitude goes a long way.

"It doesn't matter what people say. What matters what I want, what I'm going to do. April 30 is going to be the rebirth of me."

On what's next after April 30:

"I'm ready to fight for a world title. Especially after this victory that's coming. This is for personal satisfaction. Berto has been talking for five years and I'm ready to go.

"I took a different route, a different approach. Why? Because I wanted to try other things. Do I have to be here? No. I turned down two movies to be here. Boxing is my first and true love.

"I'm ready to conquer the 147 and 154 pound divisions and Andre Berto is standing in my way right now."

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Kubrat Pulev!

Wants To Make Coach Wegner Proud Again

Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) has vowed to make his coach Ulli Wegner proud again following the loss suffered by the legendary German coach’s star pupil Arthur Abraham last weekend in Las Vegas.

Pulev faces Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) on May 7 at the Barclaycard Arena in a European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator. The Bulgarian fighter says he will atone for Abraham’s loss by bringing another title back to Wegner’s training group.

‘’My coach Ulli Wegner and his assistant Georg Bramowski have been doing an excellent job,’’ said Pulev. ‘’But in the ring, it’s up to the fighter to perform. It was disappointing to see Arthur lose his title, but I hope to make Mr. Wegner proud again by winning the European belt and then becoming World Champion.’’

The hard has already begun for the 34 year-old, who was this week joined in training camp at the Kienbaum Olympic Centre by his coach Wegner.

‘’Kubrat now has my full attention,’’ said the star coach. ‘’We have lost a title in our training group, which is very painful, but now we must look forward.’’

There was some cause for celebration last weekend with another of Wegner’s protégé’s ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay claiming World honours. The former European Champion scored a stoppage victory over Jean Carlos Prada for the WBA World Super Welterweight belt.

‘’Jack has shown what can be done with hard work,’’ said Wegner. ‘’Now, I expect the same from Kubrat. He must train hard and be ready for twelve tough rounds.’’

‘’Maybe Chisora will see the current situation as an advantage to him,’’ adds Pulev. ‘’But if he underestimates me, he will be in for a rude awakening on May 7.’’

Tickets for the European Heavyweight Championship and IBF World title eliminator between Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora are available online via www.tickethall.de and www.eventim.de or by calling the ticket hotline on (+49) 1806-57004.

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CARL GREAVES!

MAUGHAN WANTS THE IRISH TITLE MORE THAN ANYTHING
St George’s Day card

Trainer Carl Greaves insists Terry Maughan is relishing being an underdog ahead of his Irish super-welterweight title clash with Pauly Upton.

Greaves, who is also one of Britain’s hardest working managers and promoters, has taken over Maughan’s preparations for the fight at the Deco in Northampton next Saturday (April 23) and believes his man has the tools to upset the odds.

“Pauly will start as the favourite and that’s fine by us,” he said. “Being the underdog suits Terry because it gets him fired up and I’ve never seen more determined to win.

“This is like a world title fight to Terry. He’s got thick Irish blood in him and he wants to become the country’s champion more than anything else. He’s got everything to gain and nothing to lose.

“He boxed for the title before against a really top fighter in Dee Walsh. Pauly is a good fighter but I don’t think he’s in Walsh’s league.

“Don’t get me wrong, he’s a talented fighter and it’s a tough task for Terry. I just think Terry can pull it off providing he does the things we’ve been working on.”

With just one stoppage between them, this appears to be a fight that is likely to go the full ten round distance. However, Greaves believes a knockout could be on the cards.

He said: “I know Pauly because I’ve been down to Ricky Hatton’s gym for sparring and he hits a lot harder than his record suggest. So does Terry. I was surprised by his power when I first took him on the pads and I think this a fight could end late.

“They’ve both been fighting the journeyman types who are hard to look good against and hard to stop because they don’t open up. This fight is different so I think some sparks might fly.”

Upton v Maughan tops Hatton Promotions’ seven fight St George’s Day card. Also in action are Market Harborough’s unbeaten Reuben Arrowsmith, Northampton’s popular Jamie Spence, former amateur standout Zach Parker, Rowley Regis’s Jason Welborn and local debutant Drew Brown.

Tickets are priced at £30, £35 and £40 and can be purchased from any fighter on the bill or by calling 07718 324102.

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Anthony Yigit!

Off April 23 Card After Opponent Injured In Training
Anthony Yigit

Anthony Yigit’s (16-0-1, 7 KOs) fight with Chris Goodwin (19-2-1) on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm has been called off after Goodwin picked up an injury in training. The British boxer tore a muscle in his back while preparing for their ten-round light welterweight clash

‘’Unfortunately, Chris Goodwin has injured himself in training and will be unable to compete on April 23,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’It’s a shame for Anthony as I know he was looking forward to fighting in Stockholm in front of his home fans, but this is boxing, and injuries like this are not uncommon.’’

Yigit will now fight on May 7 in Hamburg on the undercard of the European Heavyweight title contest and IBF World title eliminator between Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora.

‘’Anthony will not have to wait long to get back in the ring,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’He will be a part of a big show in Hamburg on May 7. This will be a good experience for him and another step forward as he moves closer to a title challenge later this year.’’

Swedish fans can still look forward to an action-packed show on April 23 in Stockholm. Erik Skoglund faces a tough twelve-round test against Ryno Liebenberg, Mikaela Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

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Peter Manfredo!

ENDS TWO-YEAR LAYOFF RETURNS MAY 13TH
Peter Manfredo

Certain fights need no formal introduction or any additional explanation as to why they make sense or why you should care. Every so often, the names alone speak volumes.

When "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo Jr., three-time world title challenger and former reality television star, returns to the ring Friday, May 13th, 2016 at Twin River Casino for the first time in more than two years, he'll do so with the same unrelenting courage and confidence he's carried throughout the course of his career, again answering the bell against a hungry, up-and-comer, fellow Providence native Angel Camacho Jr.

The 10-round Manfredo-Camacho showdown headlines the latest installment of CES Boxing's 2016 Twin River Casino Fight Series, a loaded lineup featuring two title bouts and the Rhode Island debuts of CES' newest additions to the roster.

"These are the kind of fights the fans want to see in this modern-day boxing climate. These are the fights that will keep this sport alive," CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said. "On May 13th, you have two fighters willing to put everything on the line, one who is a Rhode Island icon and the other who needs to put aside his own admiration and respect for his opponent in order to earn his spot among the elite fighters in his weight class.

"We bring our fans major-league fights with major-league ramifications and that tradition continues May 13th. From top to bottom, you won't see a better fight card in New England or anywhere else in 2016. Every fight is competitive. Every fight is a pick-'em fight."

Tickets for May 13th are priced at $46.00, $66.00, $101.00, $151.00 (VIP) and $201.00 (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.

May 13th is Manfredo's first fight since November of 2013, when he stopped Rhode Island's Rich Gingras in the 8th round of a scheduled 10-round bout. Coincidentally, Camacho's last win was also against Gingras via 8th-round stoppage in September for the then vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International Light Heavyweight Title.

Citing he feels "great," the 36-year-old Manfredo expresses a desire to make one more run to the top while leaning on his experience and ring generalship to carry him past the younger Camacho, who turns 33 in July.

"I had two and a half years off and when I approached Jimmy and told him I wanted to fight again, I said, 'Whoever you've got,'" Manfredo said at Tuesday's Media Day to officially announce the May 13th bout. "I feel young. I feel good.

"I'm already ready. If the fight were tomorrow, I'd be ready. If you feel good and you look good, then there's really no fear. There's nothing he's going to show me that I haven't seen. I've been in there with the best fighters in the world and have only lost to the best. I don't feel like he's on my level. I'm a better fighter than him. I've got a lot of respect for him, don't get me wrong, but I still feel like I'm on a different level."

Camacho shares in the respect and admiration for his opponent, a Rhode Island icon who he admits he grew up watching on public access and openly rooted for when Manfredo fought Joe Calzaghe for the super middleweight title in 2007. Now the two stand toe-to-toe May 13th and the stakes couldn't be any higher.

A win over Manfredo could propel Camacho's career to new heights. The 32-year-old Providence native is at the top of his game, having won each of his last three fights since ending a three-year layoff in November of 2014 with a win over Paul Gonsalvez. Since then, Camacho has beaten regional favorite Chris Chatman and Gingras, cementing his status as one of the top super middleweights in the northeast.

"I will win this fight and it's going to launch me into the stratosphere," Camacho said. "I'm getting the opportunity to fight someone I looked up to as a young buck before I even started boxing in the amateurs. I get to fight Peter Manfredo, my hometown hero? Absolutely, I'll fight him."

Manfredo's resume is well publicized. The Providence native rose to fame as a finalist on Season 1 of The Contender and became a global star with knockout wins over regional rivals Scott Pemberton and Joey Spina in 2006. Manfredo parlayed his newfound success into a Pay Per View bout in Las Vegas against Jeff Lacy in addition to world-title bouts against Calzaghe, Sakio Bika and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Upon returning to the regional scene in 2012, Manfredo dazzled in wins over Rayco Saunders and Walter Wright before knocking out Gingras a year later.

On May 13th, his latest return to Twin River highlights a tremendous lineup featuring two title bouts. In addition to Manfredo-Camacho, undefeated Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (12-0, 9 KOs) defends his UBF Northeast Title against Fort Meyers, Fla., vet Quinton Willis (10-3-2, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

"I'm proud to be on this card," said Gray, who last fought in February in a unanimous decision win over Eduardo Flores. "The dude I'm fighting, I don't know anything about him. This is nothing new to me. I don't take him lightly. He's got 10 wins and five knockouts, but he has nothing to lose. He has three losses. I have everything to lose, but he's not going to take my belt. He's not going to win a round from me.

"This is either going eight rounds or not, because I'm not losing my '0' for anybody."

In a fight that could steal the show, regional standouts Nick DeLomba (8-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Freddy Sanchez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Worcester face off in a 6-round bout for the vacant New England Super Featherweight Title. DeLomba is looking to rebound from a first-round knockout loss to Gledwin Ortiz in September while Sanchez returns to the ring for the first time in two and a half months after suffering a no decision against Antonio Fernandes due to an accidental head-butt and subsequent cut over his right eye.

"There's really not much to say about this fight," Sanchez said at Wednesday's pep rally / press conference in Worcester. "I'm just going to go in there and do what I've got to do. I do my talking in the ring."

Added DeLomba: "I've never worked so hard in my life or been as excited about a fight as I am for this one. You're going to see a whole new fighter on May 13th."

The undercard also features the Rhode Island return of New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs), who puts his unbeaten record on the line against the hard-hitting Juan Rodriguez Jr. (12-4, 5 KOs) of Union City, N.J., and the northeast debut of CES' latest acquisition, lightweight Divante Jones (7-0, 5 KOs) of Columbia, S.C., in a 4-round bout.

Rivalries will renew May 13th in a highly anticipated rematch between Stoughton, Mass., super featherweight Travis Demko (4-0, 1 KO) and Mohamad Allam (2-1, 1 KO) of Holyoke, Mass. The two faced one another in September with Demko winning by unanimous decision in a 4-round bout. They will now settle the score May 13th in a 6-round bout.

"All the shit-talking is done. I don't have much to say. You all saw the last fight. This is going to be a different fight," Allam said. "I'm in a much better place mentally, physically. I've never trained like this in my life.

"When you see me, you're going to see a different person. I'm going to have everyone there asking, 'Who's that kid?'"

Also returning to Twin River, unbeaten Framingham, Mass., lightweight Julio Perez (4-0) faces Providence's Cido Hoff (0-0-1) in a 4-round bout, while two fighters from Worcester make their professional debuts.

Kendrick Ball Jr., the son of Gray's head trainer, Kendrick Ball, debuts in a 4-round super middleweight bout against Providence's Tunde Odumosu, trained by Rhode Island's Victor Fagnant.

"I'm thankful to Jimmy for allowing me to make my pro debut on this exciting card," Ball Jr. said. "I've been working hard and I'm ready to go in there and get the job done."

Also from Worcester, decorated amateur Jamaine Ortiz, another new member of the CES team, debuts in a 4-round super lightweight bout against Skowhegan, Maine vet Josh Parker (0-2-1). Ortiz signed a long-term promotional agreement with CES during a special announcement at Wednesday's rally. A former New England Golden Gloves champion, Western N.E. Golden Gloves titlist and semifinalist in the 2015 U.S. Olympic Trials, Ortiz turns 20 later this month.

"I'm very excited about being showcased on this card and I'm excited to be with the CES family," Ortiz said. "From here on out, it's going to be fireworks and the whole team is going to blow up. Worcester is going to blow up, and that's what I'm here to do, to showcase Worcester and show we produce great fighters."

CES Boxing Promotions

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Claggett V Van Heerden!

Weigh-In Open To The Public At 5 p.m. PT April 15
Claggett V Van Heerden

The official weigh-in for this Saturday evening's "Knockout Night at the D," airing (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), will be held this Friday (Apr. 15) at the Fremont Street Experience, 3rd Street Stage, in Las Vegas. The weigh in is open to the public and will start at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET.

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

Canadian welterweight Steve "The Dragon" Claggett (23-3-1, 16 KOs) takes on former IBO champion Chris "The Heat" Van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs), fighting out of his native South Africa by way of Santa Monica, California, in 12-round main event.

In the 8-round co-feature, undefeated California welterweight Neeco "Rooster" Macias (11-0, 4 KOs) faces former Chicago Golden Gloves champion Limberth "Lightning" Ponce, Jr. (10-2, 8 KOs), of Rock Island, Illinois.

Undefeated Baltimore welterweight Malik "Iceman" Hawkins (6-0, 5 KOs) meets New Orleans' Errol Sidney (6-1-2, 2 KOs) in a 6-round match to open the televised portion of the evening. Also fighting on the undercard in 4-round fights are Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Jason Gavino (3-1, 2 KOs), Las Vegas featherweight Sal Lopez (2-0) vs. TBA, Las Vegas junior featherweight Randy Moreno (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Derek Barthemay (0-2), and heavyweight Jonathan "Johnnie" Rice (3-1-1, 3 KOs) vs. Antonio Robertson (4-5-1, 2 KOs).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $149.99 VIP ringside, $119.00 ringside, $74.99 seated and $29.99 rear seated, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

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

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

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

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

D Boxing Promotions

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ERICKSON MARTELL!

LOOKING FOR KO V ANGEL ACOSTA
ERICKSON MARTELL

Erickson Martell the very experienced gladiator from the Dominican Republic knows very well what he will be up against on Saturday April 23rd at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas when he takes on hard punching Puerto Rican rising star Angel “Tito” Acosta (12-0, 12 KOs) for the mini flyweight Fecarbox belt in the main event.

“Some time back we trained together for a long time. He knows what I got and I know what he has, so the winner here will be the fans witnessing a great fight,” said Martell (12-5-1, 8 KOs).

Martell, who is 29 years old, is one of four fighters in this card who is with Javier Bustillos Universal Promotions who will compete in a unique venture against boxers from Miguel Cotto Promotions who along with Roc Nation Sports and H2 Entertainment, present this event as part of the very successful series DIRECTV Boxing Nights.

“We are friends, but in boxing we have to forget our friendship once the bell rings and be rivals, rivals, and rivals until the final bell sounds,” said Martell, who, during his last fight in February of 2015, lost a 10 round decision to the highly popular Jonathan ‘Bomba’ González. Martell then added, “”I know his record and the knockouts that he has, but anyone there knows me and knows that I I am not scared of a record. I come to fight and go to war.”

In the co-feature bout of the night, junior lightweight and Puerto Rico's rising prospect Alberto ‘El Explosivo’ Machado (13-0 y 11 KOs) will once again put his power on display when he takes on veteran Mexican Miguel Angel Mendoza (22-7-2, 21 KOs), who is looking to keep this fight at a distance.

“I have seen some of his fights on YouTube. He has a very nice style, so we have been looking for weaknesses and developing a good plan to fight this lefty boxer,” said Mendoza, who was born and still resides in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Last December, Mendoza lost a very close decision in Carson, California to the Filipino fighter Mercisto Gesta. He added, “I have no problem fighting lefties. My last fight was against Mercisto Gesta, who is also left-handed. I knocked him down in the second round and felt I won the fight, but I can’t fight the judges.”

DIRECTV Boxing Nights is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, H2 Entertainment, and Roc Nation Sports, Universal Promotions in association with DIRECTV and Caguas City Hall, Gasolina Party In Pouch Ciclón Energy Drink, Armour All, Restaurant Raices, and Periódico La Cordillera.

Tickets for the event at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum of Caguas have a cost of $35.00 Red Carpet, $15 Ringside and $10 General Admission. They are available at Ticket Center by calling 787-792-5000 or at www.tcpr.com.

Cotto Boxing Promotions

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BOX NATION!

ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO BROADCAST POTAPOV V YOUNG
POTAPOV V YOUNG

Popular UK boxing network Box Nation has acquired the rights to broadcast Salita Promotions night of world-class boxing this Friday, April 15, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Headlined by the 10-round NABA Bantamweight Championship showdown between Nikolay Potapov (14-0, 6 KOs), of Podolsk, Russia, and Stephon Young (14-0-2, 6 KOs), of St. Louis, Missouri, the event also features Eudy Bernardo (21-0, 15 KOs) of the Dominican Republic faces Mason "Rock Hard Mighty" Menard (30-1-0, 22 KOs), of Rayne, Louisiana, in an eight-round battle.

In a third match-up, former amateur standout now rising cruiserweight pro sensation Alexey Zubov (10-0, 6 KOs) taking on Constantin Bejenaru (10-0, 4 KOs, WSB: 0-1-1) of Mandilesti, Moldova, in an eight-round test.

The exciting tripleheader of fights will also be broadcast live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) and Match TV of Russia.

BoxNation is a 24-hour dedicated boxing Pay television channel, operated by Boxing Channel Media and promoter Frank Warren, available in the United Kingdom and Ireland. BoxNation features live cards with domestic and international fights, classic match footage, magazine shows and interviews with current and former fighters. The channel has already broadcast over 70 live world title fights featuring Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Vitali Klitschko, Nathan Cleverly, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, Dereck Chisora, and Bernard Hopkins amongst many others.

Tickets for the event, presented by Salita Promotions in association with AASHA Record Breakers, are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster.com. They are priced at $60 for ringside seats, $35 and $25.

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Hartvig Berghult & Hernandez!

Added To Nordic Fight Night Undercard
Hartvig

Three more fights have been added to the Nordic Fight Night undercard on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm. Daniel Hartvig (7-0, 4 KOs), Patricia Berghult (1-0) and Angelique Hernandez (1-0) will all be action at the big Team Sauerland show in the Swedish capital.

Hartvig, the undefeated fighter from Gothenburg, faces Nikoloz Gvajava (6-0, 6 KOs) in a six–round welterweight contest. Gvajava, from Tbilisi, Georgia, holds a perfect record of six knockout wins from as many fights, and will provide stern test for Hartvig, who returns following a second-round KO victory over Valeri Karelidze last month in Copenhagen.

Malmo’s super lightweight talent Berghult takes on Croatia’s Kristina Boras (1-4). Berghult, a former amateur star, made her professional debut at the Nordic Fight Night in Nyköping in December, outpointing Sara Marjanovic. The 21 year-old will be aiming for a second victory against the 18 year-old Boras in Stockholm.

Hernandez is the final name on the undercard. The 33 year-old bantamweight from Stockholm started her pro career with a unanimous points decision over Kimberly Tomes in November, and is back against an as yet unconfirmed opponent.

The fighters join a star-studded Swedish line up in Stockholm, which features Erik Skoglund against the tough South African Ryno Liebenberg, WBC World Champion Mikaela Lauren defending her title against Ivana Habazin, Kara Svensson in a rematch with Lucia Morelli, Anthony Yigit taking on Chris Goodwin, Oscar Ahlin versus Patrick Mendy and the heavyweight showdown between Otto Wallin and Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

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Demetrius Andrade V Willie Nelson!

Added To Showtime Championship Boxing On June 11
Demetrius Andrade V Willie Nelson

An outstanding super welterweight clash has been added to SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, June 11 as undefeated, former WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Demetrius Andrade will face hard-hitting perennial contender Willie Nelson in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator. The winner of the 12-round co-feature will become the mandatory challenger to the winner of the May 21 showdown between Jermell Charlo and John Jackson, who face off for the vacant WBC 154-pound title on SHOWTIME.

Andrade vs. Nelson will serve as the chief support to the all-action matchup between former junior welterweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov and former world title challenger John Molina Jr., live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Andrade vs. Nelson is a co-promotion with Banner Promotions, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and DiBella Entertainment.

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader during International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend, WBC No. 1-ranked lightweight Dejan Zlaticanin will take on No. 2-ranked Emiliano Marsili for the vacant WBC Lightweight World Championship.

Fighting out of his native Providence, R.I., the 28-year-old Andrade has compiled an unblemished record of 22-0 with 15 knockouts since turning professional in 2008 after representing the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

A crafty southpaw with a piston-like jab and knockout power in each hand, Andrade won the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship with a career-best performance over Vanes Martirosyan on November 9, 2013 and successfully defended the title against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Brian Rose on June 14, 2014. Most recently Andrade, who is a consensus top-5 super welterweight, scored a second-round knockout over Dario Fabian Pucheta on October 17, 2015.

A true road warrior who is extremely tall for a junior middleweight at 6-foot-3, Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KO's) has faced and defeated numerous top contenders over his 10-year career. Fighting only once in 2015, the Cleveland native upset highly regarded and undefeated junior middleweight prospect Tony Harrison with a ninth-round knockout on July 11 in Tampa, Florida. In his first start of 2016, Nelson stopped Jonathan Batista in the second round on March 25.

Other notable names the all-action Nelson has defeated include John Jackson, Luciano Cuello, Michael Medina and Yudel Jackson. On October 14, 2014, Nelson came up just short against Martirosyan, losing a hotly contested 10-round decision on SHOWTIME.

The southpaw Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs) was an accomplished amateur in Eastern Europe before making a statement in his U.S. debut with an impressive fourth-round TKO of previously undefeated Ivan Redkach in a 135-pound title eliminator last June 13 on SHOWTIME.

Two bouts prior to the win over Redkach, Dejan (pronounced "DAY-han) Zlaticanin (silent "z" - pronounced "la-ti-CAH-nin) earned a well-deserved 12-round split decision over hometown favorite and former two-division world champion Ricky Burns in 2014.

The 31-year-old Zlaticanin is an offensive-minded fighter who constantly pressures his opponents, outworks them and wears them down. Zlaticanin, of the Southeastern European country of Montenegro, will be making his first start in nearly 12 months.

The win over Redkach last June earned Redkach the WBC's mandatory position at 135 pounds. He was scheduled to face WBC Champion Jorge Linares in early 2016, but Linares pulled out of the bout with a broken hand. Due to the injury, the WBC has since named Linares their champion in recess, creating the opportunity for the vacant title shot.

The Italian Marsili (32-0-1, 14 KOs) will make his 2016, U.S. and SHOWTIME debut. The undefeated southpaw has fought all but one of his professional fights in Italy, the lone exception a 2012 TKO of veteran contender Derry Matthews in Britain.

The 39-year old fought twice in 2015, a seventh-round TKO of Gyorgy Mizsei Jr., for the European lightweight belt and a 12-round unanimous decision over Gamaliel Diaz for the WBC's 135-pound silver title.

Star Boxing Promotions

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Comanche Boy!

Victorious At Home
Comanche Boy

George Tahdooahnippah was victorious at home versus Colby Courter this past Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, OK.

Tahdooahnippah won the bout via unanimous decision over the tough Courter from Missouri. Tahdooahnippah dictated the pace of the fight with his jab and constant pressure. Courter was content to fight on the outside and throw looping shots. There was no knockdowns, but was easily controlled by Tahdooahnippah.

Comanche Boy said," my original opponent backed out. I give Courter credit for coming to fight me in my backyard. I wanted the knock-out, but I jammed my hand in the first round. Victory is always the outcome we train for, so I will take it. I am going to sit down with my team and plan the next move. I am ready to fight again!"

Star Boxing Promotions

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ALEXEY ZUBOV!

LIVING OUT HIS DREAMS FIGHTING FOR DETROIT'S KRONK GYM
Salita Promotions

As a kid growing up in Magnitogorsk, Russia, cruiserweight Alexey Zubov heard stories about the fabled Kronk Gym and the late legendary trainer Emanuel Steward, but never thought he'd have a chance to join the team. But then one day, the former amateur champion was asked to come to Detroit to spar with Kronk's Johnathon Banks ... and the rest is history.

This Friday, April 15, the undefeated Zubov (10-0, 6 KOs) will face Mandilesti, Moldova's Constantin Bejenaru (10-0, 4 KOs, WSB: 0-1-1) in the eight-round opener of an internationally televised ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Presented by Salita Promotions in association with AASHA Record Breakers,the mainevent will featureIBF No. 10-ranked bantamweight Nikolay Potapov (14-0, 6 KOs), of Podolsk, Russia, taking on Stephon Young (14-0-2, 6 KOs), of St. Louis, Missouri in a 10-round bout. In the co-main event, Eudy Bernardo (21-0, 15 KOs) of the Dominican Republic faces Mason "Rock Hard Mighty" Menard (30-1-0, 22 KOs), of Rayne, Louisiana, in an eight-round battle.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster.com. They are priced at $60 for ringside seats, $35 and $25.

"I've been in Detroit for the last two months and I am so happy; I want to stay here, train here and live here," said Zubov. "Every Russian fighter knows about Kronk Gym and Emanuel Steward."

Zubov is currently winding down camp with his trainer and Steward's nephew Javan "Sugar" Hill at the resurgent Kronk Gym. "I like Javan's style," said Zubov, "and I've learned so much about hand speed and footwork and about using intelligence in the ring - how you need to think when you're in a fight."

"Alexey is able to learn a lot and absorb boxing knowledge easily," said Hill. "He barely speaks English and yet he soaks it in. It's amazing. I brought him in to spar with Banks and when we were training, Alexey just sat on the side and watched. Later, he was sparring with Johnathon and I told him to stop. I said 'listen here. I'm training Jonathon Banks and you're doing everything I told him to do. What's wrong with you?' Then I laughed and said 'I like that. Keep watching. I'll teach you everything you want to know.' "

Hill says this camp with Zubov was a transition for the fighter. "We are moving into the championship level where you train for a specific fighter. A lot of it is strategy and planning. The only thing I worry about is him being too excited. He's very high-strung and wants to prove things. I have to control him and keep him from getting over-excited. That's what we've been working on. He gets antsy when he's excited."

"Training was prefect. I am 100 percent ready," said Zubov. "I know Bejenaru is a southpaw and he is a short guy with a good record. It's my first time on SHOWTIME and I am so happy to be showing the world what I can do."

Salita Boxing Promotions

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BROADWAY BOXING!

HEADS BACK TO THE BURBS

Next Wednesday, DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series heads back north to the suburbs of Westchester County for the third time in a little over a year. The exciting eight-bout card is scheduled to take place at the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. Headlining the event will be Westchester's popular junior lightweight prospect Bryant "Peewee" Cruz (16-1, 8KO's). Also on the card will be the highly regarded undefeated cruiserweight Stivens Bujaj (14-0-1, 9KO's). Both bouts are scheduled for eight rounds.

The bout on April 20th will be Cruz' first since suffering his lone loss as a professional, back in December of last year. In Cruz' ShoBox debut, he took on late replacement Dardan Zenunaj, a once-beaten, world-rated contender. Cruz got off to a very quick start, setting an extremely high pace, and sweeping all of the early rounds. The hard-charging Zenunaj kept the pressure on all night long though, and the bout turned into a war during the middle rounds. After dropping Cruz with a barrage of punches near the end of the seventh, Cruz' corner elected to halt the contest between frames. Cruz took the fight as a learning experience and is looking to get back to his winning ways behind a hometown partisan crowd when he steps into the ring next Wednesday night.

Born in Albania, Bujaj relocated to Bronx, NY, at an early age. One of the more popular fighters throughout the local New York fight scene, Bujaj, who just recently relocated to nearby Yonkers, NY, was a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion before successfully turning pro in 2010. The lone blemish on Bujaj's record is a split decision draw to fellow contender and recent IBO world title challenger Junior Wright in May 2015. During the bout with Wright, Bujaj suffered a broken jaw. He has since reeled off back-to-back victories following surgery to repair his jaw, and is determined to impress as he continues his ascent up the rankings of the cruiserweight division.

There are a number of other exciting bouts on the card, including world-rated contender Billel Dib (18-1) making his U.S. debut, and red-hot undefeated prospect Alantez Fox (18-0-1) in separate eight-round bouts. Also on the card will be former Irish National champion Noel Murphy (5-0), now living and training in Yonkers, NY, as well as fellow undefeated New Yorkers Wessley Ferrer (10-0), Joseph Williams (8-0) and Andy Meijas (15-0).

A complete list of the card, including opponents will be announced shortly.

Tickets are priced at $125, $75 and $55, and are currently on sale through the DiBella Entertainment office by calling (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Hilton Westchester is located at 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Knockout Night At The D!

Undercard Announced
Knockout Night At The D

An solid undercard showcasing promising prospects has been announced for this Saturday night's "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.

Canadian welterweight Steve "The Dragon" Claggett (23-3-1, 16 KOs) and former IBO champion Chris "The Heat" Van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs),, fighting out of his native South Africa by way of Santa Monica, California, square off in 12-round main event.

Saturday's "Knockout Night at the D" event will air (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET) live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the DLVEC outdoor venue.

Undefeated California welterweight Neeco "Rooster" Macias (11-0, 4 KOs) faces former Chicago Golden Gloves champion Limberth "Lightning" Ponce, Jr. (10-2, 8 KOs), of Rock Island, Illinois, in the 8-round co-feature.

A Baltimore welterweight, undefeated Malik "Iceman" Hawkins (6-0, 5 KOs), is in the first televised bout in a six-rounder versus New Orleans' Errol Sidney (6-1-2, 2 KOs). Jones signed Hawkins to a promotional contract after watching the youngster spar impressively, displaying tremendous power.

Also fighting on the undercard in 4-round fights are flashy Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Mexican invader Jason Gavino (3-1, 2 KOs), slick Las Vegas featherweight Sal Lopez (2-0) vs. TBA, dangerous Las Vegas junior featherweight Randy Moreno (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Derek Barthemay (0-2), of Eugene, Oregon, and Los Angeles heavyweight Jonathan "Johnnie" Rice (3-1-1, 3 KOs) vs. Antonio Robertson (4-5-1, 2 KOs), of Alexandria, Virginia.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $149.99 VIP ringside, $119.00 ringside, $74.99 seated and $29.99 rear seated, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

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

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

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

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

D Boxing Promotions

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RADZHAB BUTAEV!

SIGNS WITH DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT & FIGHT PROMOTIONS INC
RADZHAB BUTAEV

The stacked undercard on Saturday, April 16, at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, will also be featuring the New York debut of Russian welterweight prospect Radzhab "The Python" Butaev (1-0, 1 KO), newly signed to co-promoters DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. Doors open on Saturday at 5:00pm, with the evening's first bout scheduled shortly thereafter.

The April 16 Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC tripleheader is headlined by undefeated rising star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. taking on former world champion Chris Algieri. Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and will see cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof Glowacki defending his title against former cruiserweight champion Steve "U.S.S." Cunningham, and undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian "Sir" Marcus Browne battling fellow unbeaten Radivoje "Hot Rod" Kalajdzic.

When Butaev steps through the ropes at Barclays Center, he will be facing the experienced 6-1 (4 KOs) TyKeem Sadler, whose only loss came via split decision, in a six-round welterweight contest, so fans in attendance can be sure to expect explosive action.

The 23-year-old Butaev was a highly accomplished amateur, having compiled an incredible 304-12 record, with 164 of those wins coming by knockout. He participated in the World Series of Boxing as well, finishing at 9-1. He could have gone on to vie for a berth at the 2016 Olympics, but instead chose to turn pro in the United States for better opportunities.

Born in the Khasavyur, Dagestan region of Russia, Butaev competed in wrestling as a child before following in his older brother's footsteps and beginning his boxing journey at the tender age of 10 years old. As an amateur, among many other awards, Butaev was the 2011 Junior European champion, 2013 World Universiade champion and 2014 Russian National champion. He also focused on his education during his time as an amateur and has earned two bachelor degrees in Law and Physical Sciences.

An aggressive boxer-puncher, Butaev successfully turned pro on March 25 with a 79-second demolition of his opponent at the Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, OK. He currently travels back and forth between Russia and New York, training with the renowned Eduard Kravtsov, who also works with the Russian National boxing team. However, Butaev soon plans to make Brooklyn his permanent home and is looking forward to fighting in New York for the first time on Saturday.

"Though I could have competed in the Olympics, I felt that my career really wouldn't excel until I turned pro in the United States," said Butaev. "I know that I am in good hands with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., who have developed the careers of many of my countrymen and contemporaries whom I knew well in the amateurs. I am excited to demonstrate my skills in front of an American audience in Brooklyn. On April 16 and beyond, they can expect great things from me."

"Russia and Ukraine have been producing a tremendous amount of talent of late and I am thrilled to be able to introduce and establish Radzhab Butaev as one of the premier Russian prospects to the United States' boxing public," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Butaev has unlimited potential and I will work hard to build a path for him toward a world championship. His road to a world title will not be traditional; he is far more advanced than the average up-and-comer. His bout on Saturday will get Brooklyn fans cheering and proud to have this future champion as an adopted resident of their great borough."

"Butaev is still only 23 years old, but he already has a wealth of experience that will help to accelerate his progress as he embarks on his professional career," said Max Alperovich, of Fight Promotions Inc. "I know that together with Lou DiBella, we will bring Butaev the best opportunities to make a name for himself among the elite of the welterweight division."

Tickets for the live event on April 16, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Star Boxing, start at $25, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Barclays Center's BROOKLYN BOXING™ programming platform is presented by AARP. PBC on NBC is sponsored by Corona, La Cerveza Mas Fina.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Micki Nielsen!

Joins Super 4 Cruiserweight Tournament
Micki Nielsen

Micki Nielsen (21-0, 14 KOs) will take part in a ‘Super 4’ cruiserweight tournament that will see the undefeated southpaw pitted against some of the division’s top talents to win a share of the $100,000 prize money.

Nielsen will be competing against South African fighters Johnny Muller (19-5-2, 13 KOs) and Kevin Larena (13-1, 7 KOs) plus former World title challenger Roberto Bolonti (37-5, 26 KOs) in the four-man tournament organised by South African promoter Golden Gloves.

The tournament begins on April 24 when Muller and Larena meet at the Emperors Palace in Gauteng, South Africa. The winner of that fight will go on to face Bolonti on June 11, while the loser will be matched against Nielsen. The two winners will then advance to the final on October 22 where the $100,000 prize money will be split 60-40 in favour of the victor.

Nielsen returns following a heroic defence of his WBC International title against Mirko Larghetti on March 19 in Copenhagen, which saw the Danish fighter fracture his metacarpal in the sixth-round.

Having taken time out for his hand to heal, the 23 year-old will resume normal training later this month, giving him optimum time to prepare for his first tournament fight on June 11.

‘’This will be a great experience for me,’’ says Nieslen. ‘’My victory over Larghetti has given me a lot of confidence, and I believe I can win this ‘Super 4’ tournament. By winning, I will prove that I can become one of the best cruiserweights in the world.

‘’I’ve boxed in Russia before, so I’m not worried about fighting in South Africa. It creates more excitement to fight away from home, and I have no problem with that. My hand injury has almost healed and I’m looking forward to getting into super shape before travelling to South Africa for my first fight.’’

‘’We’re delighted to be working with Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves on this exiting ‘Super 4’ tournament,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’This is a great opportunity for Micki to test himself against some of the top names in the cruiserweight division and gain vital experience fighting away from home.

‘’In his last fight, Micki overcame an injury to claim an impressive victory against a former World title challenger and proved he is ready to compete against the very best. This next test will be hardest yet, but we’re confident in his ability and believe he has what it takes to win this tournament!’’

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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REUBEN ARROWSMITH!

AIMS TO MAKE A STATEMENT ON NORTHAMPTON RETURN
REUBEN ARROWSMITH

REUBEN ARROWSMITH believes boxing on home turf for the first time will bring out the best in him.

The 19-year-old, a former Great Britain representative as an amateur, has not lost a round in four outings since turning over last October.

But he feels he’s only shown a modicum of his true capabilities and intends on stepping things up a gear when he appears on Hatton Promotions’ 'St George's Day Clash' show at The Deco in Northampton on April 23.

“This is a homecoming fight for me and boxing in front of your own people always spurs you on,” he said.

“I used to box out of Northampton as an amateur [for Kings Heath ABC] and it feels like everyone in the town and everyone where I live in Market Harborough is getting behind me.

“Jamie Spence, who I used to train with, is also on the bill so I’m sure the fans who come for him will shout for me as well and my supporters will get behind him.

“Tickets for this are absolutely flying and knowing that I’ll have a lot of fans cheering me on really gets me fired up. I think this will be my best performance so far.

“I’m stepping up to six rounds for the first time as well, which I think will suit me. I’m an aggressive counter puncher so the longer fights are better for me because they give me more time to break people up.”

Standing opposite him come fight night will be the experienced figure of Chris ‘Twinny’ Jenkinson. The Bolton man is known for his all-action style and has mixed it with the likes of former world title challenger Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly and former Commonwealth champion Denton Vassell.

“I know he boxed Pauly [Upton] this time last year and I’ve seen a bit of him,” Reuben said of his opponent. “He’s a guy with a style I have to overcome. He’s one of those tough, rugged types that gives everyone a hard fight so I’m looking to make a bit of a statement.

“It seems like I’ve boxed a who’s who of Britain’s toughest journeymen since I turned professional and I think I’ve improved with every fight. This one is no different and I’m confident that as long as I do everything I’m capable of, I’ll get the win.”

Arrowsmith features on the undercard of Pauly Upton’s Irish super-welterweight title clash with Terry Maughan.

Also in action are Northampton’s popular Jamie Spence, former amateur standout Zach Parker, Rowley Regis’s Jason Welborn and local debutant Drew Brown.

Tickets are priced at £30, £35 and £40 and can be purchased from any fighter on the bill or by calling 07718 324102.

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Joe Smith, Jr!

Ready To Take Next Step In Light Heavyweight Ranks
Joe Smith, Jr

Star Boxing's Joe Smith, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) looks to continue his climb up the light heavyweight ladder when he faces tough and dangerous Brazilian Fabiano Pena (16-4-1, 12 KOs) in the main event in the 23rd installment of Star Boxing's Rockin' Fights series on Saturday night, April 23, at the Paramount in Huntington, New York.

Dubbed the "Irish Bomber" because of his knockout power, Smith is highly-regarded among the light heavyweight prospects during a young career guided by promoter Joe DeGuardia. The local hero, fighting out of Mastic, will be making his fourth appearance on his home turf at The Paramount.

Smith, Jr. has reeled off 14 straight triumphs, including nine by way of KO. In his latest win, the Irish Bomber scored a thrilling, unanimous 10-round decision over Will Rosinsky, while showcasing his talents in the Barclays Center ring on December 5.

The native of Mastic is a Union 66 laborer (concrete) in between fights. Trained by Gerard Capobianco, a former light heavyweight contender himself, Smith fights out of the Heavyhitters Boxing Gymon Long Island.

"Joe has all of the tools to be a top light heavyweight," says DeGuardia. "His power and strength, combined with boxing skills and stamina have him earmarked for a big fight."

The co-featured attraction is a "Long Island Showdown" when two popular Paramount regulars - Alan Gotay (8-2, 4 KOs) and Anthony Karperis (11-2, 4 KOs)- clash for the New York State Junior Welterweight Championship. Gotay hails from Huntington, while Kaperis is a product of Hicksville, so it will be a true "Battle for Backyard Bragging Rights."

Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Long Island and New Jersey fighters will enter the ring in four other bouts to complete the action-packed card. In an eight-round junior welterweight contest, Daniel Gonzalez (10-0-1, 4 KOs) of Woodhaven faces Carlos Aguiliera (10-16, 4 KOs) of Nicaragua.

The "Battle of the Boroughs" will pit Brooklyn's Courtney Pennington (8-3-1, 4 KOs) against Shawn Cameron (10-1, 5 KOs) of The Bronx in a six-round junior middleweight bout.

Two four-round fights complete the card: Elmont's Terrell Bostic (1-0, 1 KO) squares off against Abdel Vera (0-2) of Patterson, NJ, in a junior welterweight bout, while Michael Stoute (1-0), fighting out of Coram, New York, takes on Newark, NJ's Jonel Lorenzo in his pro debut in a junior featherweight contest.

Doors open at 7:00 PM; and first bout at 7:30 PM.

Star Boxing Promotions

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SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING!

Undercard features Chad Dawson, Ryan Kielczweski, Antonio Russell & Carlos Gongora
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

A stacked undercard of action featuring former world champion "Bad" Chad Dawson (33-4, 18 KOs), featherweight contender Ryan Kielczweski (24-1, 7 KOs) and undefeated prospects Antonio Russell (5-0, 4 KOs) and Carlos Gongora (4-0, 3 KOs) comes to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT., on Saturday, April 16.

The event is headlined by a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader of world title fights: WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. battles Ireland's Patrick "The Punisher" Hyland and IBF Junior Lightweight World Champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza takes on top contender Stephen "Swifty" Smith from the UK, with televised coverage beginning live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.

Dawson will face the veteran Cornelius White (23-4, 17 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight bout, Kielczweski enters the ring for eight rounds of featherweight action, Gongora competes in a super middleweight attraction while Russell takes on Leonardo Reyes (3-9, 1 KO) in a bantamweight fight.

Also entering the ring is popular super bantamweight contender Shelley Vincent (16-0, 1 KO) out of Providence, RI., who will have plenty of support behind her when she takes on New Mexico's Elizabeth Anderson (4-7, 1 KO) in a six-round bout.

Rounding out the action are a pair of prospects making their pro debuts as Providence's Anthony Marsella Jr. fights in a four-round junior welterweight match and Connecticut's Mykquan Williams in a four-round welterweight contest. Williams is a highly touted local prospect who fought to a 45-13 amateur record including three gold medal performances at the Ringside World Tournament.

A former world champion at light heavyweight, Dawson returns to the ring looking for the 34th victory of his successful career. The 33-year-old owns victories over former world champions Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver and Tomasz Ademek and most recently defeated Shujaa El Amin in December 2015. The veteran owns a 17-1 record in fights in his home state of Connecticut. He takes on the veteran White out of Houston who picked up victories in his last two starts over Marcus Oliveira and William Johnson.

A runner-up in the 2008 National Golden Glove tournament, the 25-year-old Kielczweski has become a staple fighting in his native New England. Born and raised in Quincy, Mass., 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. During this camp, Kielczweski served as a chief sparring partner of the 126-pound champion Russell Jr.

Twice a National Golden Gloves runner up, Russell won the national championship in 2013 and he now looks to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and current 126-pound world champion Gary. A 23-year-old fighting out of Washington, D.C., Antonio has won four of his five fights inside of the distance. He faces the 22-year-old Mexican Reyes.

Fighting out of Brooklyn but originally from Esmereldas, Ecuador, Gongora was an Olympian in 2008 and 2012. Since turning pro in 2015, the 26-year-old has picked up four victories, including a fourth-round stoppage of Derrick Adkins in his most recent triumph in January.

Showtime Boxing Promotions

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MATCH TV OF RUSSIA!

ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO BROADCAST POTAPOV V YOUNG
POTAPOV V YOUNG

Match TV of Russia has acquired the rights to broadcast Salita Promotions night of world-class boxing on Friday, April 15, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, featuring the 10-round NABA Bantamweight Championship showdown between Nikolay Potapov (14-0, 6 KOs), of Podolsk, Russia, and Stephon Young (14-0-2, 6 KOs), of St. Louis, Missouri.

Also featured is former amateur standout now rising cruiserweight pro sensation Alexey Zubov (10-0, 6 KOs) taking on Constantin Bejenaru (10-0, 4 KOs, WSB: 0-1-1) of Mandilesti, Moldova, in an eight-round test. In a third match-up, Eudy Bernardo (21-0, 15 KOs) of the Dominican Republic faces Mason "Rock Hard Mighty" Menard (30-1-0, 22 KOs), of Rayne, Louisiana, in an eight-round battle.

The exciting tripleheader of fights will also be broadcast live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets for the event, presented by Salita Promotions in association with AASHA Record Breakers, are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster.com. They are priced at $60 for ringside seats, $35 and $25.

Match TV is the 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week, 365-day-per-year Russian federal public channel about sport and healthy lifestyle, which broadcasts major sports events to the Russian cities of St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Krasnoyarsk.

Salita Boxing Promotions

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Luis Del Valle!

Demolishes Crespo In Two
Luis Del Valle

Super bantamweight contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle of Bayamon, PR scored a dominant second round stoppage over local favorite Josh Crespo Saturday, April 9 at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH.

With a standing room only crowd on hand, Del Valle pressured Crespo early in the opening round and found a home for right hands. In the second, Del Valle continued to connect with clean shots including a perfectly placed hard overhand right to Crespo's temple that sent him crashing to the canvas. The game Crespo got up and immediately stumbled back to the canvas but incredibly made it back to his feet before the count of 10. Seconds later, Del Valle swarmed his badly hurt foe and landed a number of punches until Crespo's corner threw in the towel at 2:17.

“I knew early in the first round that I was the stronger fighter and would be able to hurt him with my punches,” Del Valle said after improving his record to 21-2 with 16 KO's. “I give him all the credit in the world for stepping up to fight me and having tremendous heart. I thought the referee was going to stop it because I've never seen a fighter get knocked down, stand up, fall again then get back up in less than ten seconds.”

Del Valle who scored his third consecutive stoppage since losing a controversial decision to Luis Rosa, is confident that he'll land another bout against a top fighter in the very near future.

“I did what I had to do last night and it's onto bigger and better things. In my mind, Darchinyan is the only fighter to defeat me and I've grown a lot since then. There are many great fighters at 122 pounds that I'd love to get in the ring with and I'm confident it will happen soon.”

Del Valle's next bout is scheduled to be televised and formal details will follow shortly.

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Culcay V Prada!

Tale Of The Tape
Culcay V Prada

Jack Culcay (21-1, 10 KOs) meets Jean Carlos Prada (31-1-1, 22 KOs) for the WBA World Super Welterweight title tonight at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.

Culcay, a former amateur, European and interim World Champion, is confident he can claim World honours at the first time of asking. ‘’I have always dreamed of becoming a World Champion, and now my time has come,’’ said the 30 year-old.

Standing in his way is the Venezuelan southpaw Prada, who is predicting an early stoppage victory. ‘’He has many strengths but also many weaknesses. I believe I will stop him in the fourth-round,’’ he says.

Ahead of the WBA World Super Welterweight Championship contest we take a look at how the two fighters measure up with the Tale of the Tape.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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BATTLE BORN BOXING!

New Amateur Series Coming To Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Neon Star Media, on behalf of its client, the D Las Vegas, today announced the formation of a new amateur boxing series, "Battle Born Boxing."

The "Battle Born Boxing" series will present amateur boxing events the night before each of the "Knockout Night at the D" series professional events, airing live on CBS Sports Network from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

Created to support amateur boxing in Nevada, "Battle Born Boxing" also provides a platform for amateur boxers from other states to compete against local clubs and boxers.

The inaugural event, "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising", will take place Friday night, April 15 (starting at 7 p.m. PT), outdoors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

"We are thrilled to add this new component to our 'Knockout Night at the D' series," said Derek Stevens, CEO of the D and DLVEC. "We are always seeking new ways to support Las Vegas businesses, and this event will truly give local boxing amateurs, programs and gyms a moment in the spotlight."

"On behalf of Neon Star Media," commented John Andersen, SVP Integrated Sales, "First and foremost, I would like to thank Derek Stevens, who is working very hard to help instill boxing in downtown Las Vegas. I think that by supporting 'Battle Born Boxing,' clubs and the gyms in Las Vegas, he is willing to do whatever it takes to not only support professional boxing, but also support kids in local amateur programs. We at Neon Star Media simply thought this was a vision that we had to do and who better to make it happen than the DLVEC and Derek?"

"This is blowing up big," added event coordinator Dawn Berry. "Derek Stevens is one of the nicest, most honest people I've met in this business. He loves boxing and really wants to do this series. I've worked with Derek before and he's so easy to deal with. Derek has always supported amateur boxing and we're so grateful because it really helps the community. We've had a huge turnout of so many people who want to be involved that I've had to cutback the number of matches to 15 or 20. We have some boxers coming from New Mexico and California. The next date is May 20th and we have boxers coming here from Arizona for that show. It's a great venue for boxing, too."

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising" tickets, priced at $15.00 for ringside (rows 1 and 2) and $10.00 for general admission, are on sale at www.DLVEC.com. All tickets purchased for "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising" will entitle ticketholders to receive $10.00 off any tickets purchased for the following evening's (Apr. 16) "Knockout Night at the D" pro event. Those tickets, priced at $149.99 VIP ringside, $119.00 ringside, $74.99 seated and $29.99 rear seated, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

"Battle Born Boxing: Uprising" will be streamed live at www.knockoutnightboxing.com.

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Jack Culcay!

Confident Of Claiming WBA World Title Against Prada
Jack Culcay

‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (21-1, 10 KOs) is confident of claiming the WBA World Super Welterweight title when he faces Jean Carlos Prada (31-1-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.

‘’I have always dreamed of becoming a World Champion, and now my time has come,’’ said the 30 year-old. ‘’I have trained hard and I’m ready. Nothing will stop me from taking the title!’’

Culcay, a former amateur champion, lands his shot at World honours following a first defence of his interim World title against Dennis Hogan on December 5 at the Inselparkhalle in Hamburg. Now, he must overcome the tough Venezuelan southpaw Prada in order to claim the coveted WBA World title.

‘’I have studied Culcay and I know what I must do to win,’’ says Prada, who has predicted an early stoppage victory. ‘’He has many strengths but also many weaknesses. I believe I will stop him in the fourth-round.’’

Said promoter Kalle Sauerland: ‘’This is a chance for Jack to establish himself as one of the best super welterweights in the World. He is a former amateur World Champion and now he can achieve the same feat as a professional. It will be an exciting contest and one fitting of it’s World Championship status.’’

The WBA World title fight will be preceded by a special ten-bell salute to honour the passing of WBA President Emeritus Gilberto Mendoza, who sadly passed away at the age of 72 years on March 11. ‘’We hope this provides a fitting tribute, in front of millions of television viewers, to a truly great boxing man who will be missed my many,’’ said Sauerland.

On the undercard, Tyron Zeuge (17-0, 10 KOs) takes on Ruben Eduardo Acosta (31-13-5, 11 KOs) in a ten-round super middleweight contest. It will be the Berlin-boxer’s first fight with new coach, WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion, Juergen Braehmer in his corner. Enrico Koelling (20-1, 6 KOs) is back on the title trail as he challenges Oleksandr Cherviak (15-5-1, 5 KOs) for the WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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MIGUEL COTTO PROMOTIONS & UNIVERSAL PROMOTIONS!

BATTLE IT OUT ON APRIL 23
COTTO PROMOTIONS

Some of the best prospects of Miguel Cotto Promotions will take on several of the best boxers that Javier Bustillo’s Universal Promotions has to offer in a rivalry between these two boxing promotional companies during a professional boxing card on Saturday, April 23rd, at the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas as part of the series DIRECTV Boxing Nights.

In one of the feature bouts of the night, Angel “Tito” Acosta (12-o, 12 KOs) of Barrio Obrero will defend his WBC Fecarbox Mini Flyweight Belt in an eight round bout against Erickson Martell (12-5-1,8KOs) of Universal Promotions.

“It’s more than just a rivalry between the two companies, it’s really an association that allows these young fighters the opportunity to fight and be the best,” said Hector Soto of Miguel Cotto Promotions, who added, “Plus they are more competitive fights this way.” “It’s really about giving better opportunities to the fighters,” said Bustillos. “It is the promoter’s duty to give his boxers the best opportunities and find ways for them to stay active. The worse thing we can do is close the doors to other promoters.”

In the co-feature match of the night, junior lightweight Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (13-0, 11 KOs) of Monte Hatillo will battle Miguel Angel Mendoza of Mexico (22-7-2, 2) in an eight round bout.

The 10 fight card promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with H2 Entertainment and Roc Nation Sports together with Universal Promotions, will include three regional WBC title bouts with Acosta vs Martell being one of them.

In other bouts, Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (15-0, 10 KOs) of Las Marias will defended his 115 WBC Latino belt against Edwin Rodríguez (8-2, 5 KOs) of Juana Diaz in a 10 round bout. Carlos Narváez (13-0, 6 KOs) of Morovis will take on Carlos “Machazo” Rodríguez (12-2, 10 KOs) of Mayagüez in a battle for the Fecarbox Super Flyweight Crown in an eight round bout.

“For me the most interesting match of the night is the one between Martinez and Rodriguez. The Narvaez-Rodriguez also could turn out to be a very good battle,” said Bustillo. By the way, Edwin Rodríguez is coming out of a three round knockout over Carlos Rodriguez in June of last year. “This is a fight with one style toe to toe, this will be the fight of the night,” said Soto.

In other action, Janiel Rivera (13-2-3, 5 KOs) of Vega Baja will take on Anthony Rodriguez (7-2, 2 KOs) of Orlando, Florida, promoted by Universal Promotions in a 105 pound, 10 round bout.

Hector Soto also mentioned that Ricky “Wonder” Lopez and Edgardo Lopes Sasso, who are with Cotto Promotions, will be in action on a show that Universal Promotions will present in Ponce on July 25. On the April 23rd card, Angel “Memito” Lopez (2-0, 2 KOs) of Caguas, a former national amateur champion of Universal Promotions, will battle Leroy Padilla (1-10, 1 KO) of San Sebastian in a four round bout at 130 pounds.

The card will have a total of 10 fights. Also in action will be lightweight Kevin Nieves (8-1-1, 5 KOs) of Camay, who will take on Eric Pinero of San Juan in an eight round bout.

The experienced Juan "Cowi” Herrera (13-9-1, 4 KOs) of Naguabo will battle Luis Ortiz of Vega Alta, in a six round super bantamweight bout and in a battle of pro debuts Juan Bauza of New Jersey will take on Franklin Torres of Vega Baja in a four round 140 pound bout.

Cotto Boxing Promotions

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Patrick Nielsen!

Returns On May 28
Patrick Nielsen

Denmark’s biggest boxing event, the Nordic Fight Night hits Kjellerup on May 28 with Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs) headlining an action-packed show at the Arena Midt.

Nielsen returns following a third-round technical knockout victory over his domestic rival Rudy Markussen, and the 25 year-old super middleweight star is eager to get back in the ring as he moves closer to a World title challenge.

‘’I’m looking forward to fighting again,’’ said Nieslen. ‘’It’s been full speed ahead with my training since my last fight and I’ve already begun sparring. It’s going to be fun to box in Kjellerup in front of a new crowd. I hope the people will get behind me and support me.

‘’The fans will see a highly motivated Patrick Nielsen, who will make every effort to deliver a great performance. I was pleased with what I achieved last year, but if it all works out, I know this year will be even better. I’m hungrier than ever. I want to reach the top of my division and I want to be the best. I know I’m not far from reaching that goal.’’

Nielsen will be joined in action by Denmark’s top boxing talents including Mikkel Kessler’s protégé Abdul Khattab (14-1, 4 KOs), rising lightweight star Rashid Kassem (11-0, 7 KOs) and female super bantamweight Dina Thorlsund (6-0, 4 KOs).

Thorslund, the 22 year-old from Struer, has taken the boxing world by storm since joining the paid ranks in February 2015. She celebrated her sixth victory in March with a sensational first-round knockout win over Sopio Putkaradze.

‘’My last fight went a little too fast,’’ said Thorslund. ‘’I’d like to have a bit longer in the ring this time so that I can showcase all my skills in front of the fans. My style is extremely aggressive and I like to put my opponents under enormous pressure from the beginning so that’s not always possible.

‘’I hope that I will get a tough match in Kjellerup. I can knock people out but I can also go the distance if necessary. I want an opponent who will look good on my record. I’m not afraid of anyone. Bring them on!’’

‘’We’re delighted to be bringing the Nordic Fight Night to the Arena Midt in Kjellerup,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’This fantastic venue will provide a great setting for an exciting night of World-class boxing!

‘’Patrick Nielsen is back in action. He will be matched against a top-level opponent who will provide him with a final test ahead of a World title challenge later this year.

‘’As always we will have a full undercard showing the very best of Danish boxing including the latest standout star Dina Thorslund – who will be aiming for another knockout performance!’’

‘’We are very pleased that Team Sauerland has chosen Arena Midt for their next Nordic Fight Night,’’ said Arena Midt Director, Anders Hartvig.

‘’We have had boxing matches in Kjellerup twice before, and each time with great success and many people in the arena. It would be great to fill the arena with 2,500 spectators this time.

‘’Arena Midt is perfect setting for events of this nature, so we are so happy to be part of this great show, with lots of international stars in the ring.’’

Opponent and undercard announcements will be made shortly.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on May 28 at the Arena Midt go on sale today at 14.00 (CET) and are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling (+45) 70 263 267.

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Chris Van Heeden V Steve Claggett!

Apr 16 Live On CBS Sports Network
Chris Van Heeden V Steve Claggett

South African welterweight Chris "The Heat" Van Heerden is on a mission to torch his Canadian opponent Steve "The Dragon" Claggett, in their 12-round main event, headlining "Knockout Night at the D".

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

The Apr. 16th "Knockout Night at the D" event will air Saturday night, April 16 (8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET), live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the DLVEC outdoor venue.

Van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs), fighting out of Santa Monica (CA), is a former International Boxing Organization (IBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion.

During his 10-year professional career, Van Heerden has defeated quality opponents such as Ramon Avila, Cecil McCalla, Ray Narh, Cosme Rivera, Mathew Hilton, and Sebastian Andres Lujan.

"A win over Claggett will put my career right back to where we need it to be," Van Heerden said. "Winning this fight is my only option! I'm predicting a win, nothing less. Fans watching me fight for the first time can expect to watch a fighter with speed and footwork. I'm a winner who is going to win this fight no matter what."

Claggett (23-3-1, 16 KOs) is the reigning Canadian Professional Boxing Council and Canadian welterweight champion. "Claggett's strength is his comin' forward aggression and that's how he's got most of his opponents to give up," Van Heerden noted. "I know I've faced guys with more power. I'm expecting a hard fight, nothing easy, and it will be entertaining."

The 28-year-old Van Heerden moved to Santa Monica two years ago after he wiped out the top South African fighters in his weight class. He has the strong support of actor Frank Grillo, who has appeared in numerous movies, including Warrior, The Grey, End of Watch, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Purge: Anarchy.

"Frank Grillo is like a father/brother figure to me and he has been since I met him," Van Heerden explained their relationship. He motivates me on a daily basis. I'm blessed to be around him."

Unbeaten California welterweight prospect Neeco "Rooster" Macias (11-0, 4 KOs), fighting out of Lancaster, CA, takes on Limberth "Lightning" Ponce, Jr. (10-2, 8 KOs), of Rock Island, Illinois, in the 8-round co-feature. Undefeated welterweight prospect Malik "Iceman" Hawkins (6-0, 5 KOs), of Baltimore, meets Errol Sidney (6-1-2, 2 KOs), of New Orleans, in a 6-round bout to open the television broadcast.

The undercard also features promising Las Vegas-based prospects in four-round bouts: welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (2-0, 2 KOs), featherweight Sal Lopez (2-0) and junior featherweight Randy Moreno (1-0, 1 KO).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $149.99 VIP ringside, $119.00 ringside, $74.99 seated and $29.99 rear seated, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

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

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

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

TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for the "Knockout Night at the D" series.

D Boxing Promotions

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Pauly Upton!

Eyes Return To The Emerald Isle
Pauly Upton

Pauly Upton plans to land the Irish title this month before taking it 'home' to defend on the Emerald Isle.

The 27-year-old super-welterweight, like his brothers Sonny and Anthony, is fiercely proud of his Irish heritage and spent much of his decorated amateur career across the water.

However, he is yet to fight in Ireland as a professional and wants to put that right after getting past Terry Maughan on April 23.

"We're all proud of our Irish roots so it will be great to win the Irish title," Upton said ahead of his top-of-the-bill scrap on Hatton Promotions' 'St George's Day Clash at The Deco, in Northampton.

"I won the Irish championships as an amateur and that was a big deal for me. So it will be an honour to hold the belt as a professional.

"I've never boxed in Ireland as a pro yet and I definitely want that to happen sooner rather than later. I spent a lot of my amateur career over there so it would be nice to fight back there this year.”

Upton v Maughan tops a quality bill also featuring former amateur stars Zach Parker and Reuben Arrowsmith.

Tickets are priced at £30, £35 and £40 and can be purchased from any fighter on the bill or by calling 07718 324102.

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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STAR BOXING!

BEJENARU, ALGIERI, SMITH, JR. & DUNN IN ACTION THIS MONTH

Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will feature non stop action during a three-week period from April 15 through April 30, including three main events and a pair of nationally televised affairs which will have fight fans on the edge of their seats. The April calendar is a full and impressive one for the quartet of world class fighters promoted by the president and founder of the Bronx-based promotion.

The flurry of activity starts with the back-to-back televised events on major networks on consecutive nights. The Star Boxing battles begin on Friday night, April 15, when DeGuardia's undefeated prospect Constantin Bejenaru (10-0, 4 KOs) squares off against fellow unbeaten Alexey Zubov (10-0, 6 KOs) in a 10-round cruiserweight contest, a co-featured bout on the popular SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Undefeated Russian Nikolay Potapov (14-0, 6 KOs) takes on Stephon Young (14-0-2, 6 KOs) in the main event.

Twenty-four hours later, On Saturday night, April 16, DeGuardia heads back down state when his former world champion and Pride of Huntington, Long Island, Chris Algieri (21-2, 8 KOs) returns to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, squaring off against the undefeated former U.S. Olympian Errol Spence, Jr., (19-0, 16 KOs) in the Premier Boxing Champions main event televised in primetime nationally by NBC.

Algieri, the former WBO World super lightweight titlist, is coming off a thrilling unanimous decision victory over Erik Bone on December 5 at Barclays. Airtime is at 8:30 p.m. Barclays was the scene of the Algieri's greatest triumph to date when he rose to prominence in June 2014, upsetting Ruslan Provodnikov for the super lightweight world title, which earned him a title chance at Manny Pacquiao in November, 2014.

"It's great to be doing another event in Brooklyn at Barclays Center with Chris Algieri headlining on NBC," says DeGuardia. "This marks the fourth appearance by Chris at the Barclays Center and I expect another exciting performance as he takes on the very dangerous and undefeated former U.S. Olympian, Errol Spence, on April 16."

Next up is Joe Smith, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) headlining on Saturday night, April 23, in the 23rd renewal of DeGuardia's intensely-popular Rockin' Fights series at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The "Irish Bomber" will look to make a statement for world title contention to the home crowd against Brazilian bomber Fabiano Pena (16-4-1, 12 KOs), a winner of two straight, in a 10-round light heavyweight affair. Smith has traveled a similar course as Algieri, a Long Island product emerging out of Rockin' Fights as a top contender in his weight class. Smith was a big winner at Barclays on December 5, notching a 10-round unanimous decision over Will Rosinsky in alight heavyweight contest. Fighting out of Mastic, Smith is a Union 66 laborer (concrete) in between fights.

The April showers wrap up for Star Boxing when unbeaten Aussie standout Zac Dunn (20-0, 16 KOs) puts his untarnished record and WBC International Silver Super Middleweight title on the line on his home turf in Australia at The Melbourne Pavilion, taking on always-dangerous veteran Les Sherrington (35-8, 19 KOs) on Saturday, April 30. The "Dynamo" from Down Under won his U.S. debut last October under the Star Boxing banner, and now makes his second straight appearance on Australian soil in quest of his 21st straight victory.

DeGuardia's Star Boxing contingent, along with the previously mentioned quartet, includes: former champion Demetrius Andrade, and ring standouts Cletus Seldin, Joshua Clottey, and Yuniesky Gonzalez.

Star Boxing Promotions

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Bo Gibbs Jr V Abel Perry!

May 21 At Firelake Casino In OK
Bo Gibbs Jr V Abel Perry

Bo “Hands of War” Gibbs Jr. looks to take another step in the right direction when he defends his Oklahoma State middleweight championship against experienced Abel “Truth Serum” Perry Saturday, May 21 at the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, OK.

The card is promoted by HD Boxing and tickets can be purchased on Firelakearena.com and HDBoxing.net or by calling 405-273-1637.

Living and fighting out of Carney, OK, Gibbs Jr. is 15-0 with 7 victories by knockout. As an amateur, he excelled locally en route to competing in the US National Championships and National Golden Gloves tournament. On January 9, he outpointed veteran Delray Raines over ten rounds at the Firelake Arena to capture the Oklahoma State title. At 24 years old, Gibbs Jr. is progressing nicely in the paid ranks and is aiming to become a player at 160 pounds in the near future.

A pro for more than ten years, Perry is one of Gibbs’ craftiest foes to date. He’s faced the likes of Jonathan Gonzalez, James De La Rosa, Grady Brewer and Cecil McCalla. In 2007 he scored a career best win, shutting out previously unbeaten Skylar Thompson (11-0) in Washington State. Perry also owns a victory over Kevin Rooney protégé Jay Krupp. Born in Alaska and based in Arkansas, Perry has a solid 18-8 record and is well regarded in the Sooner State.

“Abel’s fought ten times in Oklahoma and the fans here know that he can really fight,” said Bobby Dobbs of HD Boxing. “He is definitely better than his record indicates since he’s not one to turn down opportunities against quality opposition. Bo told me that he wants to continue facing better opponents every time out but Abel believes Bo's bit off more than he can chew here. I’m really looking forward to this one!”

Shawnee junior middleweight Dennis Knifechief meets fellow Oklahoman Jesse Comer of Norman in a six round rematch. In August 2015, Knifechief and Comer put on one of the most exciting bouts in recent memory, which Knifechief taking a split decision. Both fighters are confident there will be no doubt as to who the victor is this time around.

Welterweight Martin Morales, 3-1 (2 KO's), goes for his fourth straight win when he faces an opponent to be named in a four round contest.

Additional bouts will be announced shortly.

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Baltimore Boxing!

Returns May 5

Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions will once again take over Michael’s Eighth Avenue Thursday, May 5 in Glen Burnie, MD.

The card will serve as a tribute to Murray “Bushwacker” Smith Sr., the father of Baltimore Boxing’s Jake Smith. Smith Sr., a well-known figure in the Baltimore area for decades, was a longtime event promoter who lost his battle with Melanoma in 2013.

Tickets purchased in advance start at $25, reserved seats are $35, reserved tables for ten are $350, $50 VIP seats and $500 VIP tables of 10 can be purchased by calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the fights begin at 8.

Topping the card will be a showdown between local star Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazy and Andre Harris of Pasadena, MD. Fighting out of the Baltimore Boxing Club, Veazy won numerous titles since his earliest days in the sport and is one of the top prospects in the talent-rich DC-Maryland-Virginia area. A big ticket seller, a legion of “Bazooka Joe” supporters come out every time he fights.

Veazy and Harris meet for the East Coast 154 pound championship in what will be Veazy’s final amateur bout.

Tyrell Boyd of the Upton Boxing Club meets Genc Pllana for the East Coast middleweight title. Boyd is a former champion and looks to recapture the crown while Pllana is fresh off an upset win over well regarded Donald Wallace.

Popular Clayton Frazier and former Stevenson University basketball standout Stefon McCray are slated to appear on the card against opponents to be announced. Additional bouts will be added shortly.

“Joey’s been representing the Baltimore Boxing Club and training there for a while now,” said Smith, who is also the owner and head trainer at Baltimore Boxing Gym. “We’ve had great success during his amateur career but I’m looking forward to turning him pro in the immediate future. On the 5th, fans will not only get to see Veazy fight for a title in his last amateur match but also a middleweight championship fight between Tyrell Boy and Genc Pllana. Pllana surprised all of us by beating Donald Wallace last time out and Boyd wants his title back. We’ve also got Clayton Frazier and Stefon McCray competing plus additional fan friendly bouts to be added.”

Baltimore Boxing Promotions

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TICKET ALERT!

DETROIT BRAWL
DETROIT BRAWL

Tickets are on sale now for Salita Promotions' "Detroit Brawl" event on Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

The second installment in a series of shows, the undercard that night will feature up-and-coming Detroit locals such as undefeated bantamweight James Smith (9-0, 6 KOs), super middleweight James Ballard (6-0, 3 KOs), super middleweight Darrell Van Horn (8-0, 5 KOs) and East Pointe cruiserweight Clarence Dubose (2-0, 2 KOs), and cruiserweight Demetrius Banks (6-0, 4 KOs).

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are on sale now and are priced at $28, $38, $63, $93, $100 and $123. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

Specific match-ups and rounds, as well as the sensational main event will be announced shortly.

Salita Boxing Promotions

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Ivana Habazin!

Svensson Is A Better Technician Than Lauren
Ivana Habazin

Ivana Habazin (15-2, 6 KOs) is oozing confidence before fighting in Stockholm on April 23 and believes both she and Klara Svensson can beat Mikaela Lauren (26-3,11 KOs).

"This is my big return and a huge chance for me to be on top again. It's my first fight of the year, but that will only make my bite stronger," said the Croatian.

Habazin strongly believes she can beat world champion Mikaela Lauren and become the new WBC Female World Super Welterweight Champion when they clash at the Hovet.

"Mikaela is a very good rival, she trains well and is always ready, but I'm still young and hungry and I will give my best to bring the belt back to Croatia."

Habazin - a former IBF World Champion who went the distance in a unification title fight with Cecilia Braekhus in 2014 - is aiming for another chance to take the Norwegian star's crown.

"My biggest dream is a rematch with Cecilia Braekhus and that’s what motivates me to move forward and keep going," said Habazin.

A fight between the bitter Swedish rivals Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson could be another exciting female boxing match-up in the future, Habazin told.

"Judging by their popularity, it's definitely possible they will face each other one day. Who would win is not easy to say, but from what I see, Klara has a far better technique, she's young and she's fierce, while Mikaela is physically stronger, but that's not crucial. So I think Klara has the advantage if they went toe-to-toe."

Mikaela Lauren defends her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former World Champion Ivana Habazin as part of a blockbuster bill in the Swedish capital on April 23. IBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Erik Skoglund faces Ryno Liebenberg. Anthony Yigit faces the tough British boxer Chris Goodwin, Klara Svensson rematches Lucia Morelli, the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar Ahlin faces the ‘Tiger’ Patrick Mendy and Otto Wallin takes on the big punching Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on April 23 at the Hovet in Stockholm are available online via www.globearenas.se and www.AXS.com, by calling (+46) 0771-31 00 00 and from the Stockholm Globe Arenas Box Office.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Sam Evans!

Evolved
Sam Evans

Wednesbury welterweight, Sam Evans, says he feels like a “different fighter” to the one who switched ranks just six months ago.

The recently turned 21-year old will be hoping to extend his professional boxing record to 4-0 when he co-headlines Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing’s ‘May-hem’ event at Walsall FC’s Banks’s Stadium on Saturday, 14th May.

And despite there being more than a hint of his trainer Ricky Hatton in his aggressive front-foot displays, Evans insists working with the former World Champion has made him a more controlled fighter.

“I’ve learned to take my time and apply educated pressure, rather than just being relentless,” insisted Evans.

“A lot of that has come from Ricky [Hatton]. He’s a fantastic trainer and pad man and every time I work with him, Blain Younis, and Mike Jackson I learn something new.

“Since turning over in October, I’ve felt a massive improvement and I just feel like a different fighter now.”

Evans penned a two-year contract with Hatton Promotions back in September following a successful two-day trial in Greater-Manchester.

His most recent success - a four-round points victory over Atherton’s durable WilliamWarburton - was a telling demonstration of Evans’s progression as a well-fancied pugilist. Despite competing for Wednesbury Boxing Club as an amateur, Evans feels his greatest improvements have been made in recent months as he looks to push on in his first full year as a professional boxer.

“Warburton was a good fight for me. He was very tough and durable and took a lot of shots on the night.

“I’d say it was a good learning fight. I needed someone who was going to get me the minutes and was tough enough to withstand the rounds. “If they pair me with walkovers I’m not going to learn anything.

“But I’ve been sparring with some top guys since then and my technique has changed dramatically as well.

“Every aspect of my boxing has improved. Whether it’s in training, in sparring or in fights I can feel it.

“When I was an amateur I was more of a basic aggressive fighter but because of the adjustments we’re making I box more now. I use my jab more and look to use a more technical boxing style.

“It’s all about controlled aggression and educated pressure now. It’s the way I’m looking to go. Work my way in with jab but if I see them hurt I won’t hesitate to pile the pressure on.

“Everything is going to plan. I’ve had three fights now and they’ve been three comfortable wins so hopefully I’ll move up to six rounds and continue my development.”

The six-fight event features another Hatton trained prospect in Nantwich’s heabyweight prospect, Nathan Gorman, as he steps into the ring for his fourth professional fight. Stoke super lightweight, Kieron McLaren, Stourbridge’s former Midlands Area Welterweight Champion, Steven Pearce, Newark super middleweight, Chad ‘2 Slick’ Sugden and former British Lightweight Champion Martin Gethin complete an action-packed card.

£30 standard unreserved seating tickets are still available by calling 07585 906 792

£60 VIP tickets with a two-course meal can be purchased at the Walsall FC Ticket Office or by calling 01922 651 416

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Eric Hunter!

In London Ready To Take Selby's Title
Eric Hunter

Upcoming world title challenger Eric "The Outlaw' Hunter is in London and feeling more motivated now than ever to take the title away from Welsh champion Lee Selby.

A proud Philadelphia fighter, Hunter (21-3, 11 KOs) will face Selby (22-1, 8 KOs) in a 12-round battle this Saturday, April 9, for Selby's IBF World Featherweight Championship at The O2 in London. The bout will serve as the featured fight before undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Charles Martin defends his belt against fellow unbeaten Anthony Joshua. Extensive highlights of Hunter vs. Selby will be shown on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL®, prior to live coverage of Martin-Joshua (LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT).

"I wasn't invited to the open workout yesterday," said Hunter. "They had an open workout for Selby and didn't have one for me. I'm kind of irritated about that. It's not even fair to the fans, you know? I'm sure that a lot of fans wanted to see who their man is fighting. I have no choice but to use it as fuel for even more motivation."

The 29-year-old Hunter, in Europe for the first time, says he doesn't mind travelling to win this championship. In fact, despite being an underdog via the odds makers, Hunter says his victory won't be an upset. "I won't call it an upset when I win. I'm the better fighter. And it doesn't bother me to come here. All the great ones had to do it. I want to be great, so I have to do this. As long as they don't cheat me with the judges, I'm ok."

Hunter says his victory will be the culmination of his lifelong dream. "It would mean everything. It would right my wrongs. All those who doubted me. All my failures and letdowns on the way here. It will turn all my negatives into positives."

GCP Boxing Promotions

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