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December, 2016

Toka Kahn Clary & Shelly Vincent!

Win Homecoming Bouts At Twin River

Home never felt so sweet for Toka Kahn Clary and Shelly Vincent.

Kahn and Vincent celebrated their long-awaited homecomings with wins Friday at Twin River Casino in the CES Boxing season finale, Kahn by second-round knockout and Vincent by unanimous decision.

Fighting in his hometown for the first time in more than two years, Kahn (20-1, 14 KOs) wasted no time sending the fans home happy, disposing of Mexican veteran Mario Macias (28-21) via second-round knockout at the 1:58 mark.

The lightning-fast super featherweight showed off his flashy footwork and hand speed in the opening round before unloading in the second, dropping Macias with a straight left midway through the round. The game Macias got back up and kept fighting, at one point landing a hard right hook to the body, but as he continued to fight on the inside, Kahn adjusted by cracking him to the chin with a right uppercut, effectively ending the bout. Macias dropped to both knees and tried to beat the count, but referee Danny Schavione waved it off, awarding Kahn his first win – and 20th of his career – since suffering a stunning knockout loss in September.

Vincent (19-1), who hadn’t fought at Twin River since 2015 prior to Friday, outworked the tough Marquita Lee (3-3) of Novato, Calif., 80-72, 77-75, 79-73. Vincent dictated the pace from the opening bell, stalking Lee, utilizing her jab and landing effective, clean shots to control the early rounds. Lee hung in and began to work the angles in the middle rounds while forcing Vincent to chase her along the ropes, ultimately prompting the Providence native to cut the ring off and continue to pound away at the body.

For Vincent, it was her first fight since August when she battled Brooklyn’s Heather Hardy on national television.

The battle of the unbeatens between New Brunswick, Canada slugger Nathan Millier (9-0-2) and Kendrick Ball Jr. (4-0-2) of Worcester, Mass., was as good as advertised, as the two traded blows for six hard rounds and fought to a majority draw.

Millier came out swinging, trying to land the knockout blow with the overhand right against the taller, leaner Ball. Millier landed a few glancing blows, but never landed anything flush as Ball used his nifty footwork and head movement to avoid getting hit clean.

As the fight wore on and Ball figured out Millier’s game plan, the momentum began to shift in the Worcester native’s favor. Ball began to utilize his reach and his jab to neutralize the overhand right and started to box more effectively on the inside. After a back-and-forth fifth, the two staged a dramatic sixth and final round, starting with Ball landing a flurry of left and right hooks, following by Millier catching his opponent on the chin with a straight right, backing him against the ropes.

Many rounds were too close to call as neither fighter seemed to take a breather for any extended period of time. Judge Clark Sammartino scored it 58-56 in favor of Millier, but judges Glenn Feldman and Ken Ezzo scored it 57-57, resulting in the majority draw.

Providence’s Anthony Marsella Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs), returning to Twin River just one month after scoring his first career knockout in just 45 seconds, made it two knockouts in three fights, stopping Devante Seay (0-2-1) of Martinsville, Va., at the 3:00 mark of the opening round, dropping Seay at the bell with a flurry of ropes, forcing referee Joey Lupino to stop the bout.

Seay came out swinging, willing to engage Marsella, but paid the price when Marsella landed a straight right that pressed Seay against the ropes. Marsella continued to unload in the closing seconds until Seay fell to the canvas right before the bell. Seay made it back to his feet before the bell, but Lupino decided he’d seen enough and waved it off.

In the first of several Fight of the Night candidates, New Bedford, Mass., junior middleweight Ray Oliveira Jr. (6-0) remained unbeaten in another tough test, this time fighting the first six-round fight of his pro career and passing with flying colors, defeating the game Matt Probin (2-2) of Lewiston, Maine, 59-55, 60-54, 60-54, by unanimous decision.

Probin absorbed punishment in flurries from the experienced Oliveira, who boxed effectively on the inside and land clean hooks to the body while mixing in the uppercuts to control the pace. Probin’s best weapon was his short hook to the inside, but Oliveira survived and continued to press the action, backing Probin into a corner toward the end of the third and ending the fifth round with another flurry, a hard-fought battle for Oliveira just five months after beating Andy Gonzalez in July.

The night began with a back-and-forth junior welterweight battle between Washington, D.C., vet Lamont White (0-5) and East Haven, Conn., native Anthony Laureano (1-0), who made his Twin River debut. White showed a tough chin, continuously coming forward and eating a few short hooks along the way in order to fight on the inside, but Laureano controlled the pace for the first two rounds until the two accidentally butted heads in the third, opening a nasty cut over White’s left eye. After examining the cut, the ringside physician decided to stop the bout, resulting in a no contest.

Also making his Twin River and professional debut, Lynn, Mass., junior welterweight Khiry Todd (1-0, 1 KO) made quick work of fellow debut Patrick Leal (0-1) of Somerville, Mass., knocking Leal to the canvas twice before finishing him for good with a straight left at the 47-second mark of the opening round.

Returning to Twin River for the second time this year and the second time since September, Durham, N.C., vet Isaiah Robinson (3-5) again fought four hard rounds, this time against New London, Conn., prospect Cristobal Marrero (3-0), who won all four rounds on each of the three scorecards, 40-36, to score the unanimous decision win. Marrero won his two first professional bouts by first-round knockout, but faced his toughest test to date against the veteran Robinson, who also went the distance with Lawrence, Mass., prospect Adrian Sosa three months ago.

CES Boxing Promotions

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ASHLEY THEOPHANE!

DECISIONS YAKABU AMIDU
ASHLEY THEOPHANE

Ashley "Treasure" Theophane (40-7-1, 11KO's ) faced Yakabu Amidu (19-9-2, 17 KO's ) in 10 rounds of action in the main event of Mayweather Promotions' Sin City Showdown Friday night. Theophane came out focused and on cue with his game plan, he was able to deflect most of Amidu's punches and break his opponent down. It was a steady 10 rounds of action, Theophane was able to break Amidu down with consistent jabs and body punches aiming consistently at his target, round after round. Amidu struggled to read Theophane, which ultimately led to Theophane to his 40th win, by way of unanimous decision.

"It feels great to have a career that's lasted this long, he made it easy to stick to my game plan. I listened to my corner who guided me and kept me on track, I couldn't be happier with the decision," said Theophane.

"I knew he was going to be a good opponent, I didn't perform my best," says Amidu. "This fight should have been in my favor, but in the end the judges decided the winner."

Leading up to the main event, was a fast-paced blow-by-blow welterweight exchange between Mayweather Promotions' power-puncher Maurice Lee (7-1, 3 KO's) and Cameron Kreal (9-12-2, 1 KO). As soon as the first bell rang Krael jumped out his corner quickly putting the pressure on Lee, while Lee searched to find his groove. Krael kept delivering punches, forcing Lee to fight on the defense. By the beginning of the fifth round, Lee found an opening, landing jabs and uppercuts affecting Krael. Ultimately, Lee couldn't seem to land enough of what normally seems like easy jabs against the quick moving and strong Cameron Krael. After 6 rounds of action the judges saw the bout in favor of Krael by unanimous decision, giving Lee the first loss of his career.

"I only had one week to prepare for this fight, the results ultimately showed how much more experience and fights under my belt, I had over my opponent," says Krael. "I broke him down round by round, he never had a chance."

"My game plan was to box smart, I knew he had a lot of experience so I knew I had to be smart in the ring." Lee reflects on his performance and goes on to say, "I thought the fight was a lot closer than what the judges ruled. I definitely could have thrown more punches. We both took a lot of punches in the end. This was a learning experience and I just gotta come back harder."

The night began with a full Mayweather Promotions showcase serving back-to-back, non-stop undercard action. Newly signed lightweight amateur Rolando Romero (1-0, 1 KO)got the first win of his career in the first round, by TKO against David Courtney (1-5, 1KO) after only one minute and eleven seconds of action. Also making his Mayweather Promotions debut Oluwafemi "The Eagle" Oyeleye (1-0) got the first win of his career, by way of unanimous decision in a 4-round Jr. middleweight showdown against Brian True (1-5, 1 KO). Lightweight Andres Cortes (4-0, 2 KO's) furthered his undefeated record against Miguel Espinoza (3-2, 1 KO) after 4 rounds of action. The night continued on as Latondria Jones (5-0, 2 KO's) kept her undefeated record in tact against Selena Arellano (1-2-, 1 KO), judges ruled the 4 round Jr. middleweight bout in Jones favor by UD. Further up in the lineup was a brutal welterweight showdown giving Mayweather Promotions' Charvis Holifield (6-2, 4 KO's) the second loss of his career versus Samuel Santana (9-11-3, 3 KO's) which ended in a 5th round stoppage, giving Santana the win by way of TKO.

Mayweather Boxing Promotions

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Sampson Boxing Congratulates Ceferino Rodriguez!

For Winning Euro Welterweight Championship

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and his long-time promotional partner, Sergio Martinez of Maravillabox Promotions, congratulate the welterweight contender they co-promote, Ceferino "Ferino V" Rodriguez, for today's (December 2) hard-fought EBU (European) welterweight title-winning victory over France's Ahmed El Mousaoui.

After a scintillating back-and-forth war, Rodriguez (24-1, 12 KOs), also the former WBC Latino Welterweight champion, won a split decision over the determined El Mousaoui (now 24-3-1, 6 KOs) at the Las Palmas in Islas Canarias, Spain.

The victory sets up a potential showdown with former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi for Rodriguez's newly won European championship on American soil.

"I am happy to have won such a rough fight," said Rodriguez. "Now I want to make history with a fight between a Spaniard and an Italian on American soil. Bring me Paulie Malignaggi."

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz says he hopes Malignaggi sees the historical implications of fighting for a Euro title on US soil.

"Paulie is a smart man as a fighter and commentator. I invite him to try and further his incredible career by going for this championship, which I know is important to his people back in Italy. Forget Connor McGregor and let's make this world war happen."

Lewkowicz says he's very happy for his fighter's success and for the ongoing relationship with Martinez, whom he also worked with when he was an active fighter and superstar in boxing.

"Sergio and I have enjoyed a long and successful time in boxing and I look forward to making even more boxing history, as we guide the career of Ceferino Rodriguez together, hopefully into a globally important fight against Paulie Malignaggi," he said.

Sampson Boxing Promotions

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Thompson Boxing Promotions!

Signs Two Mexican Prospects With Extensive Amateur Backgrounds
Thompson Boxing Promotions

Thompson Boxing Promotions signed two Mexican prospects with extensive amateur backgrounds - welterweight Francisco Armenta and junior welterweight Miguel Angel Madueño.

Armenta and Madueño will have their first professional fights early next year on a Thompson Boxing show in Southern California.

"I'm really happy and motivated to start my career as a professional," said Armenta, who had approximately 250 fights as an amateur. "I think boxing fans will enjoy watching me fight. I like to press the action. My goal is to become a world champion and I won't stop until that happens."

"I'm excited for the doors that this will open for me," said Madueño, who appeared in roughly 230 amateur fights. "I'm a boxer that likes to throw a lot of punches. Fans are going to like my style. It's every boxer's dream to be a world champion and that's what I want."

Both Armenta, 22, and Madueño, 18, won the majority of their amateur contests and both captured numerous national and regional tournament titles in their native country. They currently belong to one of Mexico's most renowned boxing academies - Centro de Alto Rendimieto de Boxeo in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa.

The academy, which prepares its students for careers in boxing, also consists of an academic and civic component that strives to develop sold citizens out of its alumni.

"Francisco and Miguel are ahead of the curve in terms of their development," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing. "They each excelled in the amateur ranks and now it's time for them to make their marks as professionals. We are looking forward to Francisco's and Miguel's professional debuts, which could come as early as February."

Armenta resides in Los Mochis, while Madueño lives in Guasave, Sinaloa. Both are managed by Roberto Sandoval.

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Mario Barrios!

Training Camp Notes
Mario Barrios

Undefeated prospect Mario Barrios (16-0, 8 KOs) is set to make his lightweight debut when he fights Argentina's Claudio Rosendo Tapia (28-17-4, 13 KOs) in undercard action on Saturday, December 10 from Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles.

The December 10 event is headlined by featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defending against former three-division world champion Abner Mares in a long-awaited showdown. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo and top-rated challenger Julian Williams in a world championship battle of undefeated rising stars in their prime.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, are on sale and are priced at $35, $50, $75, $150 and $200. To purchase tickets go to www.galentix.com.

Barrios shared thoughts on his first training camp with Virgil Hunter, moving up and weight in more. Here is what the San Antonio-native had to say from Oakland:

On moving up to lightweight...

"At 6'1, it was getting difficult making 130 pounds. I feel a lot stronger now that I'm fighting at lightweight. It's also safer not to be drained going into fights. In my last fight, I killed myself trying to make weight. I believe this is the right move for me."

On working with new coach, 2011 BWAA "Trainer of the Year" Virgil Hunter...

"I have a lot of respect for Virgil Hunter. He's great explaining the fundamentals of boxing. He's a great motivator and I'm looking forward to a bright future with Virgil. Everyone knows he's one of the best trainers in the world so I'm excited to have him in my corner leading the way."

On fighting in Los Angeles on December 10...

"This will be a great card to fight on. Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares is going to be an all-out war. This will be the second time fighting at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. I'm looking to put on a great performance for all the Mexican fans that will be in attendance. Everyone will see a stronger fighter when I step in the ring on December 10."

On his recent training camp in California...

"Training in California has been very productive. I've got a lot of good sparring and my strength and conditioning has gone to a new level. I feel powerful and I know I'll be at my best when I step in the ring. All in all, it's been a great learning experience working out here on the west coast."

On fighting Argentinean veteran Claudio Rosendo Tapia...

"I know he just went the distance with two undefeated fighters, so I know he's durable. Fighters from Argentina always bring it. I know this fight will get rough at some point so I'll be well prepared for anything he brings. I'm very confident in my ability to come out victorious."

On his goals for 2017...

"2017 will be a year where I'll get comfortable fighting at a higher weight class. My main goal is to stay busy and get as many fights in as possible. I can see myself possibly fighting at super lightweight if I keep growing. I'm just going to take it day by day."

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Amanda Serrano V Yazmin Rivas!

First Women's World Title Bout On National Television In Nearly A Decade
Showtime

Junior featherweight world champion and Brooklyn-native Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano (30-1-1, 23 KOs) is set to battle former two-division world champion Yazmin Rivas (35-9-1, 10 KOs) in the first nationally televised women's world title bout in nearly a decade on Saturday, January 14, live on SHOWTIME EXTREME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The last nationally televised female world title fight was Mary Jo Saunders vs. Valerie Mahfood on March 30, 2007 (ESPN2).

The SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast begins at 7 p.m. ET/PT and features Ievgen Khytrov (14-0, 12 KOs) battling Immanuwel Aleem (16-0-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round matchup of undefeated rising contenders for the WBC Middleweight Silver belt.

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

Serrano, the WBO 122-pound titlist, and Rivas, the WBC International champion at super bantamweight, will fight for the WBO title and the prestigious WBC Diamond championship in a bout that promises intense action from start to finish. The addition of Serrano means that the card will feature Puerto Rico's only two world champions, Serrano and Pedraza.

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

Raised in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, Serrano gravitated toward boxing from watching her older sister Cindy, also a professional fighter. She picked the sport up quickly, amassing a 9-1 record during a brief amateur career in which she won the New York Golden Gloves title in 2008. The 27-year-old would go on to fight all over the world, seizing her first world title in 2011 when she defeated Kimberly Connor to grab a super featherweight belt. In 2014, she went to Argentina and defeated Maria Elena Maderna to become a world champion at lightweight. Her world title climb continued in February when she stopped Olivia Gerula in the first round to capture her featherweight championship. She made her Barclays Center debut in July with a first-round stoppage of Calixta Silgado before earning another victory in the first round when she stopped Alexandra Lazar to pick up a vacant junior featherweight world title.

A 28-year-old out of Torreon, Mexico, Rivas picked up her WBC International title in her last bout, a decision victory over Jessica Gonzalez. Rivas had previously successfully defended her bantamweight world title four times after winning the belt against Alesia Graf in 2014. Her prior run as a bantamweight champion lasted for five defenses after she defeated previously unbeaten Susie Ramadan to win that belt. These extended championship runs came after she became a flyweight world champion in 2005 by defeating Lucia Avalos.

An Olympian who represented his native Ukraine, Khytrov also won an Amateur World Championship before turning pro in 2013. Since then, the 28-year-old has dominated on his way to stopping contenders Josh Luteran and Nick Brinson and previously unbeaten fighters Maurice Louishomme and Aaron Coley. Khytrov, who trains out of Brooklyn, won an entertaining ninth-round knockout over Paul Mendez in his last start this past July. Khytrov has fought three times previously on ShoBox: The New Generation.

Born in East Meadow, New York and fighting out of Richmond, Virginia, Aleem was introduced to boxing at a young age by his parents. Since turning pro in 2012 at age 18, the 23-year-old has wiped out all of the competition in front of him. In 2015, he dominated Emmanuel Sanchez, David Toribio, Oscar Riojas and Carlos Galvan before defeating once-beaten Jonathan Cepeda in April. In his last bout, he boxed a draw with once-beaten prospect Demond Nicholson. He will look to take advantage of another big opportunity on January 14.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM BULGARIA
Pulev V Peter

Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) and Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) both weighed in today ahead of their WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title clash tomorrow night at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In front of 15,000 fans, Pulev, the current European Champion, will make his long awaited homecoming fight against Peter, the former WBC World Champion, as both men target a World title opportunity in 2017.

WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship:

Kubrat Pulev: 114.65 kg

Samuel Peter: 122.9 kg

The undercard sees Scandinavian stars Otto Wallin and Tim-Robin Lihaug in action, alongside the professional debuts of London 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist Tervel Pulev and two-time German Amateur Champion Leon Bunn, plus an all-Bulgarian showdown between Plamena Dimova and Ana Simeonova.

Heavyweight – 10 Rounds:

Otto Wallin: 113.2 kg

Raphael Zumbano Love: 115.7 kg

Cruiserweight – 6 Rounds:

Tervel Pulev: 92.8 kg

Tomislav Rundan: TBC*

Light Heavyweight – 8 Rounds:

Tim-Robin Lihaug: 79.0 kg

Gergo Horvath: 77.0 kg

Light Heavyweight – 6 Rounds:

Leon Bunn: 81.0 kg

Gordan Glisic: TBC*

Female Flyweight – 6 Rounds:

Plamena Dimova: 51.16 kg

Ana Simeonova: 51.35 kg

*Tomislav Rundan and Gordan Glisic will weigh-in later today.

Limited tickets for the WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight between Kubrat Pulev and Samuel Peter are available online via www.eventim.bg.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Richard Commey!

Ready For IBF Final Eliminator Against Shafikov
Richard Commey

Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey (24-1, 22 KOs) faces two-time World title challenger Denis Shafikov (37-2-1, 12 KOs) in a final eliminator for the IBF World title tonight at the Tough Fight Gym in Moscow.

In what will be his first fight back since dropping a razor thin decision to Robert Easter Jr for the vacant IBF crown, Commey has the chance to reclaim his mandatory position and avenge this controversial defeat.

First, the 29 year-old must overcome the tough Russian Shafikov, who is coming off the back of an impressive victory over US Olympian Jamel Herring.

Commey and his team arrived in Moscow earlier this week to complete their preparations, and both fighters successfully weighed in yesterday with Commey tipping the scales at 134 ¾ pounds and Shafikov marginally less at 134 ¼ pounds.

Speaking ahead of the fight, the 29 year-old from Accra shared the following statements:

''Team Commey has arrived safe and well in Russia and the hospitality has been good, the only problem has been the weather, it’s cold.

''Apart from that I am pleased to be here and to get another shot at being the mandatory challenger for the World title as it has always been my dream to become a World Champion.

‘’My training has gone well and my trainer Carl Lokko has pulled out all the stops in getting me the right sparring for this fight.

‘’I know Denis Shafikov is a tough opponent and he brings a lot of experience having challenged for the World title twice before so I will have to be on top form and fully focused to come away from Russia with the victory.

‘’Finally, I want to thank all my supporters in Ghana, the US and in the UK for all the support and well wishes and I promise I will do my upmost not to let you down.’’

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Mikaela Laurén!

Working With Former Wallberg Coach Munteanu
Mikaela Laurén

Mikaela Laurén (27-4, 12 KOs) is working with Frida Wallberg’s former coach Wally Munteanu ahead of her ring return against Szilvia Szabados (14-7, 5 KOs) on Friday, December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.

The Stockholm fighter has added Muntenau to her training team as she looks to bounce back from her defeat to Klara Svensson. He will be working alongside Laurén’s long-time collaborators Stefan Fernström and Leif Carlsson.

Muntenau is perhaps best known for his work with former World Champion Frida Wallberg. He began coaching the ‘Golden Girl’ in 2010 having persuaded her to come back to boxing following a five-year hiatus from the ring.

Together they captured the WBC World Super Featherweight Championship, dethroning and then defending the title with successive victories over Olivia Gerula, before a second successful defence against Amanda Serrano. The pair then parted company prior to Wallberg’s final fight with Diana Prazak.

‘’Wally is a great guy and a really good coach,’’ said Laurén. ‘’I’ve known him for a long time since he was training Frida, and I would say he made her what she was. He knows a lot about the business, and he really helped Frida to develop and improve her boxing. If there is one person I look up to in boxing it’s Frida so it will be awesome to work with her old coach.’’

Munteanu has been impressed with what he has seen from Laurén and is confident he can help ‘The Nordic Queen’ regain her throne.

‘’I’m sure Mikaela has the ability to get back to the top where she belongs,’’ he says. ‘’It will take a little work but I believe the loss to Klara will have made her stronger. I’ve not seen the fight, but I knew that if she didn’t have the right game plan, it would be difficult for her to win, and that’s what I think happened.

‘’It’s been different from fight to fight but I think Mikaela has developed a lot during the past year, and together we will continue to work on her strengths, and of course, executing the right the game plan. If there is a rematch with Klara, I’m know it will not end the same way.’’

Laurén faces Szabados in a six-round super welterweight contest on the undercard of Erik Skoglund’s WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala, which also features the Swedish Light Heavyweight title clash between Naim Terbunja and Sven Fornling.

Tickets are available online via www.biljettforum.se or by calling 0771-130 150. All the action will be shown live and exclusive in Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit www.viaplay.se.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM TWIN RIVER

Listed below are the weights of all the participants in Friday night’s CES Boxing 2016 Twin River Casino Fight Series season finale at Twin River Casino, scheduled for Dec. 2nd beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

SHELLY VINCENT 130 V MARQUITA LEE 128

TOKA KAHN CLARY 127 V MARIO MACIAS 128 ½

ANTHONY MARSELLA JR. 138 V DEVANTE SEAY 140

KENDRICK BALL JR. 167 ½ V NATHAN MILLIER 169

RAY OLIVIERA JR. 152 V MATT PROBIN 152 ½

CRISTOBAL MARRERO 143 V ISAIAH ROBINSON 144 ½

KHIRY TODD 147 V PATRICK LEAL 147 ½

ANTHONY LAUREANO 141 ½ V LAMONT WHITE 140

CES Boxing Promotions

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TEVIN FARMER V DARDAN ZENUNAJ!

PHILLY FIGHT NIGHT
TEVIN FARMER V DARDAN ZENUNAJ

Junior lightweights Tevin Farmer (23-4-1, 5 KOs) and Dardan Zenunaj (12-2, 9 KOs), both promoted by DiBella Entertainment, will face off in the main event of tomorrow's Peltz Boxing "Philly Fight Night", held at the 2300 Arena. The Philadelphian southpaw Farmer, an expert boxer-puncher, will be defending his NABF belt for the first time against the come-forward brawler Zenunaj, in a matchup that is guaranteed to be action-packed.

"Tomorrow's main event between Farmer and Zenunaj is a competitive, high stakes battle," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "I am happy to be working on this show with Russell Peltz, a fellow promoter for whom I have tremendous respect and admiration. A win for Tevin means that a title shot is not far down the road. For Dardan, a win gets his career back on track. This is a strong matchup and given their styles, I expect a very entertaining fight for the fans."

Following a handful of amateur bouts and a 7-4-1 start as a pro, Tevin Farmer's career prospects looked dim. However, he rededicated himself after his last defeat in 2012 to Jose Pedraza, now the IBF junior lightweight champion, and has since won 16 bouts in a row, consistently beating the odds, while signing with DiBella Entertainment (DBE) in 2014. Farmer made his New York debut this year on a DBE Broadway Boxing event in March to win the NABF junior lightweight title and, four months later, secured his biggest victory thus far with a 10-round unanimous decision over 19-1 lightweight contender Ivan Redkach on July 30, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. On October 14, Farmer returned to a Philadelphia ring for the first time in three years, defeating fellow southpaw Orlando Rizo via a dominant eight-round unanimous decision. Currently ranked #3 by the WBC, #7 by the IBF, and #10 by the WBO, Farmer, a great, great nephew of legendary lightweight champion Joe Gans, is on the cusp of a world title opportunity and is eager to end the year with another impressive victory as he works his way toward that goal.

"This fight is very important for my career," said Farmer. "A win on Friday helps put me in line for a world title shot next year. I don't know much about Zenunaj, but I am ready for anything he brings. I had a great training camp and really focused on running and testing my endurance. I also spent a week training in Monte Carlo with my coaches Raul Rivas and Rashiem Jefferson, as they prepared my stablemate Jason Sosa for his world title defense. I'm thrilled to be fighting in front of my hometown fans again. It adds more pressure, but it's a great feeling.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Lou (DiBella) tomorrow and sitting down with him after the fight to discuss my next step, moving closer to a world title shot or an eliminator. I feel I've earned it and have proven myself. I'm going to be around for a long time."

After seven years of Thai boxing, Albanian Dardan Zenunaj, who was born in Kosovo and later moved to Belgium, decided to fully devote himself to boxing. As an amateur, Zenunaj won the 2009 Belgian Championships and was a two-time champion of the Francophone Boxe League. Two years after turning pro in 2011, Zenunaj had already amassed the Belgium featherweight and IBO International junior lightweight titles. Though he lost his second pro bout to Andrei Moldoveanu, Zenunaj avenged that defeat 15 months later with a fifth-round knockout in a rematch. In November 2014, Zenunaj seized the WBA International junior lightweight title with a ninth-round knockout of Karim Chakim. That victory made him an attractive late-replacement opponent to challenge rising prospect Bryant Cruz in a Showtime "ShoBox" co-featured bout in December 2015. Taking full advantage of the opportunity in his US debut, Zenunaj handed Cruz his first defeat via seventh-round stoppage in a war. To move his career forward, Zenunaj relocated to the United States, settling in Los Angeles, signed with DiBella Entertainment and now trains out of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy. Coming off a closely contested decision defeat to Jose Salinas on September 1, Friday's bout against Farmer is a must-win for Zenunaj.

"I'm very happy and proud to be fighting a guy like Tevin Farmer," said Zenunaj. "I'm extremely ready and prepared to do battle with Farmer and put on a performance that the fans will enjoy. My dream is to become the first Albanian world champion in boxing history. This fight brings me one step closer to accomplishing my goal. I would like to thank my promoter Lou DiBella for giving me this great opportunity."

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Oscar Cantu V Aston Palicte!

Headlines Knockout Night At The D
Knockout Night At The D

A super flyweight twin-title fight between undefeated Oscar Cantu and "Mighty" Aston Palicte headlines the final 2016 installment of the popular "Knockout Night at the D" series on Saturday night, December 17, airing live (7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET) on CBS Sports Network from inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center indoor facility, located in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas casino district, one block away from the world famous Fremont Street (200 S. 3rd St.).

FloBoxing.tv will live stream the Dec. 17th "Knockout Night at the D" undercard worldwide, starting at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET), in addition to three main card TV bouts - excluding North America - beginning at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET).

Cantu will defend his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super flyweight title against Palicite. The vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental super flyweight championship will also be contested in the 10-round main event.

"The Cantu-Palicte fight is a classic match-up between a boxer and puncher," Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions co-founder/CEO Keith Veltre said. "It's for two title belts and the winner will be positioned for a possible world title shot in 2017. Our final event of the year promises to be our best yet with evenly matched, entertaining fights that our 'Knockout Night at the D' series is known for with tomorrow's stars up-and-down the card."

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

Jim "J.R." Ross and Joey Varner will call the action live from ringside, while Jeff Huston will be the ring announcer and fight week master of ceremonies.

The 25-year-old Cantu (14-0, 1 KO), fighting out of Kingsville, Texas, is a pure boxer who is the reigning North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champion, ranked No. 3 by the WBO North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and No. 6 by the NABA. He is a belt collector having been the former NABF Junior super flyweight, World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Intercontinental bantamweight and World Boxing Council (WBC) United States super flyweight title holder.

In his last fight, this past May at home in Kingsville, Cantu captured the vacant NABF flyweight title with a 10-round split decision victory over Samuel Gutierrez. Cantu's most notable win to date is a 10-round split decision against previously undefeated Juan Antonio Lopez (10-0) in 2014 for the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental bantamweight crown.

Palicte, who will be making his US debut Dec. 17 having resettled in Los Angeles, where he's training at the famed Wild Card Gym, to enhance his boxing career. Palicte has fought only once outside of his native Philippines as a professional. He has an experience advantage over Cantu in terms of fighting higher quality opponents. World rated at No. 11 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 15 by the WBO, Palicte captured the vacant IBF Pan Pacific super flyweight championship this past June in his most recent fight, stopping Vergilio Silvano (21-6-1) in the seventh round of their rematch, which was also won by Palicte via a 12-round unanimous decision a year ago for the vacant WBO Oriental super flyweight title.

The heavy-handed Palicte, who has knocked out 18 of his 21 victims, is rated No. 5 by the NABF and No. 15 by the NABA. Palicte, 25, also owns his share of title belts, including the IBF Youth super flyweight strap. In Palicte's only pro fight outside of his native Philippines, he lost a highly disputed 10-round split decision (97-94, 93-97, 94-97) last March to local favorite Junior Granados (14-4-1) in Mexico.

Chilean junior middleweight champion Angelo Baez (15-0-1, 11 KOs) takes on Jamaican-native Nathaniel Gallimore (15-1-1, 12 KOs), fighting out of Evanston, Illinois, in the eight-round co-feature.

Undefeated welterweight Flavio Rodriguez (5-0, 4 KOs) faces Mexican invader Dilan "El Terrible" Loza (5-0, 3 KOs) in the six-round television opener.

Las Vegas' terrific trio of undefeated promising prospects - 20-year-old junior lightweight Randy "El Matador" Moreno (7-0, 6 KOs), 26-year-old welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash" Nichols (7-0, 2 KOs) and 18-year-old bantamweight Max "The Baby-Faced Assassin" Ornelas (6-0, 3 KOs) - are all scheduled to be on action Dec. 17th.

Additional fights will soon be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $1,000.00 VIP booth (includes 15 admissions), $50.00 VIP ringside, $25.00 and $15.00 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 5:00 p.m. PT.

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IZUAGBE UGONOH!

SIGNS WITH HAYMON SPORTS

Haymon Boxing today announced that undefeated Polish heavyweight contender Izuagbe Ugonoh, has entered into an advisory agreement with Haymon Sports, LLC. Ugonoh, considered by many to be one of the division's most unique and fast-rising international stars, is ready for the next step in the heavyweight landscape.

"This is my moment and 2017 is my year," Ugonoh said. "I want to challenge myself and show the world how good I am. I believe the heavyweight division is wide open right now, and the top fighters are going to bring the best out of me. If I do what I'm supposed to do, I can see myself fighting for a world championship in the next 18 months.''

Ugonoh's U.S. debut will take place in early 2017, with the opponent and venue to be determined.

The 30-year-old Ugonoh was born in Szczecin, Poland, to Nigerian parents, has a 17-0 record with 14 knockouts and is a former Polish kickboxing champion who took up boxing in 2010.

"Ugonoh fits in well with the current group of young heavyweights who are vying for supremacy in a division stacked with talent,'' said Tim Smith, VP of Communication for Haymon Boxing. "We're excited that he has selected Haymon Boxing to help him pursue his career aspirations.''

Ugonoh is trained by Kevin Barry, cornerman for heavyweight contender Joseph Parker and former heavyweight title challenger David Tua. Ugonoh has been training and fighting out of New Zealand with Barry for the last two years, as well as with Parker, who will meet Andy Ruiz for the vacant WBO heavyweight title in New Zealand on Dec. 17.

"We've had eight fights together. They've all been in New Zealand. He's destroyed everything that we've put in front of him,'' Barry said. "He's been hugely responsible for the development of Joseph Parker. He's a very gifted athlete. I could see that from the get go. With Joseph Parker getting his chance for a world title, now it's Izu's time to take his path to the world title.''

Ugonoh says he plans to train in Las Vegas, fight out of the U.S. and represent Poland.

"I was born in Poland. My family lives in Poland. I will always represent Poland,'' Ugonoh said.

Ugonoh has a master's degree from Jedrzej Sniadecki School of Physical Education and Sports in Gdansk, Poland. Focusing on becoming an elite, all-around fighter, he trained in kickboxing, boxing and martial arts.

Not afraid to step out of his realm, Ugonoh was a contestant on the past season of "Dancing With the Stars" in Poland, making it to the final two rounds.

"It was a lot of work," he said. "I trained for 35 hours a week to dance for 1 minute 15 seconds on the show. Dancing was more work than boxing," he laughed. "People laugh when I say that because they think I'm joking, but it was as much work as training camp. One of the key benefits is it improved my footwork in the ring."

Now Ugonoh is ready to waltz to the top of the heavyweight division.

"I want to get to the big stage. New Zealand has 4 million people. Poland has 40 million people,'' Ugonoh said. "The next step is to go to America, and the right people to go with is Haymon Boxing. We want to work with the best. I'm dedicated and hardworking. Right now it's about finding the right people to be with to get to where I want to be.''

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Naim Terbunja!

I’ll Make Fornling Regret His Words
Naim Terbunja

Naim Terbunja (10-1, 6 KOs) says he will make Sven Fornling (10-1, 1 KOs) regret his words when the domestic rivals meet for the Swedish Light Heavyweight title on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.

The 2008 Olympian has been hard at work preparing for the hotly anticipated clash. A six-week training camp in New York with coach Pat Zagarino has seen him gain World-class sparring with Joe Smith Jr, who fights living legend Bernard Hopkins in December, undefeated pro Sean Monaghan and former Swedish and Ugandan Olympian Kennedy Katende, who holds an amateur win over Fornling.

‘’I took two weeks off after my last fight to give my body some rest, but the last six weeks I‘ve been in camp in New York, and I feel great. I’ve had some top sparring with Joe Smith, Sean Monaghan and my best friend Kennedy Katende, and I couldn’t be better prepared!‘’

The 32 year-old admits he is now eager to settle the score with Fornling after the Malmo-boxer described him as ‘one of the biggest disappointments in Swedish boxing’.

‘’I laughed the first time I heard that and I’m still laughing now,’’ he said. ‘’He doesn’t know what I’ve been through the past years. I had two years waiting for my US visa, followed by two surgeries and almost another two years out of the ring. There are not a lot of fighters who have been through what I’ve been through and kept going. I don’t think he realises what he’s up against, but he’ll find out on December 9, and I’ll make him regret his words!

‘’I’m very confident, and in fact, my toughest assignment is not to underestimate him. I would never usually predict how I will win a fight, but seeing how Sven likes runs in with no strategy, I think there’s a chance he might just knock himself out by running into something.

‘’We’re on totally different levels, and like Tyson said, everybody has a plan until they get hit. It’s easy to chase bums, but let’s see if he chases me when I hit him, time after time.’’

Terbunja and Fornling square off for the Swedish Light Heavyweight title on the undercard of Erik Skoglund’s WBA International Light Heavyweight Championship test against ‘The Albanian Bomber’ Timy Shala.

Tickets are available online via www.biljettforum.se or by calling 0771-130 150. All the action will be shown live and exclusive in Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit www.viaplay.se.

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Danish Doubleheader!

Tops Nordic Fight Night On January 21
Danish Doubleheader

The Nordic Fight Night starts the New Year in style with a Danish doubleheader at the Struer Energy Park on January 21 featuring the hotly anticipated return of super middleweight star Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs) and a hometown title fight for the dynamite-punching Dina Thorslund (7-0, 5 KOs).

Nielsen, who underwent surgery on a broken hand earlier this year, has been kept out of the ring for almost twelve months, but now fully recovered, the slick southpaw aims to make a sensational return as he looks to kick-start a World title assault in 2017.

‘’I’m really looking forward to fighting again,’’ said the 25 year-old. ‘’2017 is going to be big year for me! I’m going to be back showcasing my skills and reminding everyone of just how good I am.

‘’I’m more motivated than ever, because believe me, when you’re out of the ring for a year and away from the sport you love, it makes you hungry, and now, I’m ready to get back on track for a World title challenge.

‘’I’ve been putting in a lot of work in the gym. My training has been going well and I feel stronger than ever. The timing of this fight is perfect for me and I can’t wait to entertain the fans in Struer.’’

Nielsen is joined in action by 23 year-old super bantamweight Thorslund, who has taken the division by storm since joining the paid ranks in February 2015. In October, Thorslund celebrated her seventh professional win with a stunning stoppage victory over Oksana Romanova, and now, she takes another step forward with her first title fight.

“I'm extremely happy to get a title fight at home in Struer," she said. "It's in my backyard, and I know the whole town will be rooting for me. In my last fight I showed that I’m more than a knockout fighter. I was patient and I saved my energy to strike at the right time. I know I will be matched hard in a title fight so I will be ready to box clever again.

‘’I don’t fear any fighter, for me, it doesn’t matter who I come up against. I’ve proven that I can go the rounds and that I can knockout opponents early. Whoever I face, the crowd can always expect a hell of a fight.”

"We are delighted to bringing the Nordic Fight Night to Struer," said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ‘’It’s great to have Patrick back in action, it’s been a difficult year for him with the injury, but now he can make up for lost time. We will be looking to get him back into position to challenge for a World title later this year.

‘’Dina has a chance to claim her first title, and what better place to do it than in her hometown. There are no easy title fights so she will need to come prepared, but I believe she has the ability to go all the way. As always, alongside our main events, we will have a stacked undercard featuring the best of Danish boxing.’’

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on January 21 go on sale on today at 12.00 and are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling (+45) 70 263 267. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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Pulev V Peter!

Workout Quotes

Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) and Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) performed a public workout today at the Park Center shopping mall in Sofia ahead of their WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight on Saturday night at the Arena Armeec.

Peter, the former WBC World Champion, was first into the ring accompanied by his coach Rodney Crisler, and following a short workout, he revealed his plan for Saturday.

‘’It’s great to be here,’’ said ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. ‘’I’m in good shape and I’m ready to fight. The plan is simple for me. I’ve come here to knock Pulev out and to take the belt and my money back home to Las Vegas.’’

Pulev received a hero’s welcome as he entered the ring, and after being put through his paces by legendary German coach Ulli Wegner, ‘The Cobra’ promised to deliver a memorable victory for his fervent Bulgarian fans.

‘’This time everything is different for me,’’ he said. ‘’Because this is my homeland, my hometown, the city I was born, and the city I grew up in. This is my nation, these are my people, and we share the same blood. It’s a huge honor for me to have the chance to make this country proud and my countrymen happy with a great victory.’’

The current European Champion also shared some words of encouragement for his younger brother Tervel Pulev, the London 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist, who makes his professional debut against Croatia’s Tomislav Rudan.

‘’I would encourage my brother to train hard and follow his dreams,’’ he said. ‘’He is a good fighter and together we will make Saturday a great night for Bulgaria.’’

Limited tickets for the WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight between Kubrat Pulev and Samuel Peter are available online via www.eventim.bg.

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Jessica McCaskill!

Becomes First Female Fighter To Sign With Warriors Boxing
Jessica McCaskill

In a historic move, Warriors Boxing proudly announces the signing of their first female fighter, Jessica "CasKILLA" McCaskill to a promotional contract.

McCaskill (2-1, 2 KOs) is a power-punching lightweight originally from St. Louis, now living in Chicago and training under well-known Windy City boxing figure Rick Ramos.

"Signing this deal is very exciting," said McCaskill. "It's the first step of many to a world title belt. I'm looking forward to fighting internationally and becoming a strong female presence and helping to bring back female boxing altogether."

The 32-year-old says she started off in boxing as a crude slugger, relying solely on her amazing natural strength. But nearly three years of working with Ramos has brought significant change.

"I started off as a brawler," she explained. "In St. Louis, it was really about being flashy and in attack mode all the time. But since I moved to Chicago, Rick has taught me how to be a boxer with more skills. Now I fight like more of a combination of the two styles. I feel my opponents out and then if Rick turns me loose, I'll go back to being the brawler and stop the show. I turn things off and on. I can hear only him during a fight and whatever he's telling me to do, that's what I do. He's got 100% of my trust."

Ramos, who says McCaskill is one of the most powerful and fiercely competitive fighters he's ever worked with, has high hopes for McCaskill.

"Jessica is very dominant in the ring. She can't even spar with women anymore. They can't take her power. She spars with men. When I first started working with her, she was a little wild. I've slowed her down and got her organized. And now that she's signed with Warriors, she can go as far as she wants to go. Warriors took a chance on her and that says a lot. I'm excited to see what they can do. The sky is now the limit."

McCaskill says signing with a reputable promotional company is a big step for her career. "My network will grow and doors will open and different eyes will see what I can do now. I'll be looking for six- and then eight-round fights in the next little bit. And a world championship challenge isn't that far behind. I'm not here to waste any time."

Dominic Pesoli, Vice President of Warriors Boxing and long-time Chicago boxing figure, says he likes what he's seen from McCaskill, thus far.

"Jessica has a very exciting style and her fans show up in large numbers to watch," said Pesoli. "We are very happy to be working with her as our first female fighter. Women's combat sports are growing in popularity again and Jessica shows a great deal of promise that we intend to help her develop."

"She is one of the hardest female punchers in all of boxing right now," said Warriors Chief Operating Officer, Luis DeCubas. "Leon Margules and I are happy to be working with Jessica. A female knockout artist is a rarity in boxing and Jessica is truly one of them."

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Erik Skoglund!

I Feel Stronger Than Ever
Erik Skoglund

Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) believes he is in the best possible shape as he approaches his WBA International Light Heavyweight Championship clash with Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) on Friday, December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.

The 25 year-old has just returned from a three-week warm weather training camp in Torrevieja, Spain, and will now complete the final stages of his preparations at home in Nyköping. Having swapped the snow and sleet of Sweden for the sun and sea of the Spanish costal town, Skoglund credits his time abroad with helping him reach optimum condition for his fight with ‘The Albanian Bomber’.

‘’It was good to spend this time away to really focus on my training,’’ he said. ‘’There is a great gym in Torrevieja, tough sparring and of course, the weather is lot nicer there than in Sweden. I’ve trained there before in between fights, but this is the first time I’ve come for a full training camp, and I can really feel the benefit. Although, I am happy to now be back home.’’

‘’I’ve had some great sparring with Mariano Hilario, the current EBU-EU Super Middleweight Champion, he is a very skilled fighter and quick too, and now, I’m back in Nyköping, I’ve brought in another sparring partner to mix it up.

‘’I’ve also been following a strict training programme set by my strength and conditioning coach David Wahlgren. He’s been a big help for me since recovering from my back injury, and I know if I follow his advice, I’ll be in top shape on December 9.’’

In 2015, Skoglund underwent a serious back operation to repair a herniated disc, but having been able to put this injury behind him, the 25 year-old says his fitness is now better than ever.

‘’I think I’m reaching new levels with my fitness all the time,’’ he says. ‘’After my injury there were certain things I couldn’t do, or had to be careful of. I wasn’t able to push myself to the limit, but now, there is nothing I can’t do, and I feel stronger than ever!’’

Erik Skoglund faces Timy Shala for the WBA International Light Heavyweight title on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping. Tickets are available online via http://www.biljettforum.se or by calling 0771-130 150.

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

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Kubrat Pulev!

Predicts Strong & Spectacular Victory For Bulgaria
Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) has predicted a strong and spectacular victory for Bulgaria when he faces former World Champion Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) in his long awaited homecoming fight on December 3 in Sofia.

The current European Champion has completed his preparations in Berlin, and will fly home to Bulgaria later today ahead of his WBA Intercontinental title challenge, which will take place in front of 15,000 fans at the Arena Armeec.

Pulev says he is pleased with his preparations, and is eager to inspire a new generation of Bulgarian boxers when he steps through the ropes on Saturday night. We caught up with ‘The Cobra’ following one of his final sparring sessions.

How have your preparations been for the fight with Samuel Peter?

‘’We have been working hard and I am very happy with my preparations. It is now in the final phase and we have just completed our sparring. I’ve had three sparring partners, including one from Belarus who is World Champion in chess boxing. No one has been able to beat him for seven years! I can deal with him in the ring, but I have no chance against him when it comes to chess!’’

This will be your fourth fight with coach Ulli Wegner in your corner, how has he helped you to develop?

‘’Mr Wegner has a great eye for detail and a tremendous knowledge of boxing. Together we work hard to eliminate any small errors and to improve my strengths.’’

Do you believe Ulli Wegner is the right man to lead you to World title success?

‘’Yes, I do. He has great experience and has helped turn many boxers into World Champions. Now we have gotten to know each other better it has become easier to work together, and in future our partnership will only improve.

There has been a lot of excitement since it was announced you would be fighting in Sofia, how important for you is the support of the Bulgarian people?

‘’For years, it has been my dream to fight at home in Bulgaria, and in just a few days this dream will come true. I want to make my countrymen proud, and to give all the Bulgarian people, who couldn't afford to travel abroad to see my fights, the chance to come and watch me live in Sofia, my hometown and the capital of my lovely country.’’

Do you hope this will be the first of many fights in Bulgaria?

‘’Yes, I do hope this boxing gala is just the first of many more in Bulgaria. For me, boxing is a beautiful sport, which should be used to help educate. It’s an act of pure beauty, and I hope this beauty will win the hearts of as many children as possible, and that we can inspire them to start training, and to work hard and sacrifice so they can become the next generation of champions.’’

Finally, do you have a prediction for the fight?

‘’My only prediction is a strong and spectacular victory for Bulgaria!’’

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Otto Wallin V Zumbano Love!

December 3 In Bulgaria
Otto Wallin

Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin (16-0, 11 KOs) must meet a new opponent in a new country after Eugene Hill was forced to withdraw from their scheduled contest on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.

Hill was unable to travel to Sweden due to unpaid child support, and although a replacement had been found, strict regulations imposed by the Swedish Martial Arts Delegation, meant there was not enough time for a new opponent to be approved.

Instead, Wallin will face Raphael Zumbano Love (39-13-1, 32 KOs) a week earlier on December 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He will be fighting in front 15,000 fans at the Arena Armeec on the undercard of the WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title clash between European Champion Kubrat Pulev and former World Champion Samuel Peter.

‘’Of course, I’m disappointed to not be able to fight at home, but unfortunately with the political situation in Sweden, that was not possible,’’ said Wallin.

‘’I would love to get the chance to meet with someone in the government to speak to them about pro boxing. We have a good commission here in Sweden, and I think they should be trusted to make the decisions, like in other countries.''

Despite his disappointment, the Sundsvall southpaw says he is looking forward to joining former sparring partner Kubrat Pulev in action in the Bulgarian capital.

‘’I’m happy that I still get to fight, and I’m excited for it to be happening on such a big show,'' he says. ''Zumbano Love is a strong opponent. I’ve seen him before and he’s fought some good guys. He’s been the distance with Shannon Briggs, Eric Molina and Charles Martin, so I think he will give me a tough fight, but I’m confident. I just want to get the rounds in, get the win and look good doing it!’’

Swedish fans can watch Wallin vs. Zumbano Love live and exclusive on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.se.

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Tim Robin Lihaug!

Ready For Ring Return
Tim Robin Lihaug

Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-2, 8 KOs) returns to the ring on December 3 when he travels to the Arena Armeec in Sofia to face Gergo Horvath (9-2-1, 5 KOs).

The Norwegian boxer will be fighting on the undercard of Kubrat Pulev’s long awaited homecoming fight with Samuel Peter for the WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title.

It will be Lihaug’s first fight back since meeting two-weight World Champion Arthur Abraham in July, an experience he believes will stand him in good stead for the future.

‘’For me, the Abraham fight was proof I belong at the highest level,’’ he said. ‘’I learnt a lot from that fight and when I’m in the same situation again, I know I will win.’’

The 24 year-old will now be campaigning at light heavyweight, having decided to move up in weight following the Abraham fight.

‘’Recently, I’ve really struggled to make super middleweight, especially against Abraham,’’ he reveals. ‘’At light heavyweight, I feel much stronger. I’m hitting harder, I’m more explosive and it just suits me better.’’

Lihaug can now look forward to showcasing his skills in front of 15,000 fans in the Bulgarian capital, as he looks to get back to winning ways against the Hungarian Horvath.

‘’It’s amazing to get the chance to fight in front of such a big audience,’’ he says. ‘’I’m looking forward to showing everybody what I can do. My opponent has a decent record, but I’m fit, I’m sharp, and I’ll be ready for whatever he has to offer.’’

Norwegian fans can watch Lihaug vs. Horvath live and exclusive on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit https://viaplay.no/fighting.

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Ulli Wegner!

Pulev Must Keep His Cool
Ulli Wegner

Coach Ulli Wegner says Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) must 'keep his cool' during his historic homecoming fight with former World Champion Samuel Peter (35-5, 29 KOs) on December 3 at the Arena Armeec in Sofia.

Pulev, a national hero in his native Bulgaria, will be fighting at home for the first time in his seven year career when he meets Peter for the vacant WBA Intercontinental title.

Wegner, who will be in the 35 year-old’s corner for a fourth time following victories over George Arias, Maurice Harris and most recently Dereck Chisora, has shared his thoughts on the match-up including a few words of warning for the current European Champion.

Q: How have your preparations been going for this fight?

''Our preparations have been going well. I am very satisfied with Kubrat’s level of fitness and his tactical approach for this bout. He has been listening carefully to what I have to say and working hard to turn my words into action.''

Q: What do you think of his opponent Samuel Peter?

''Peter is a former World Champion and was once the most feared heavyweight on the planet. I believe he is a dangerous test for any fighter in the division.''

Q: What must Kubrat Pulev do to ensure victory on December 3?

''This will be Kubrat’s first fight at home so it’s important he keeps his cool. He must concentrate on doing his job in the ring and not allow himself to be distracted. Keeping your focus in front of a partisan crowd is not something you can take lightly. Peter is accustomed to such fights, but for Kubrat, this will be a new experience. I know he will want to impress in front of his home fans but we need to balance risk and reward. He must break Peter down step-by-step, and not rush in.''

Q: What strengths does Peter possess that Pulev must be wary of?

''Peter’s greatest strengths are his punching power and his experience. Kubrat wants to climb to where Peter has already been. I have told him to be respectful and trust in his own skill set, and while Kubrat might be the better fighter on paper, one punch can change everything in the heavyweight division.''

Q: Are you looking forward to visiting Bulgaria?

''Of course, I love Bulgaria! I cannot count how often I’ve been there in the amateur ranks. Although, one occasion sticks out the most, in 1989, I participated in my last big international tournament in Albena with three of my fighters winning gold, best fighter and the best team award. Back in the day, training amateurs for such rigorous tournaments was hard work, and to be successful was even harder, but now coming back to Bulgaria with one of their own fighters, looks to be even more challenging.''

Q: Finally, do you believe Pulev is ready for a second World title fight?

''That question, I will answer after December 3!''

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM CALIFORNIA
Roman V Olea

Danny Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) - currently ranked No. 5 by the WBA at 122 lbs. - will face Marlon Olea (12-0, 11 KOs) in Thompson Boxing Promotions' "New Blood" main event Friday night from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Roman was originally scheduled to fight Victor Proa, but Proa could not obtain a visa in time and was consequently replaced by Colombia''s Olea. The fight is scheduled for 8-rounds.

At Thursday's weigh in, Roman weighed in at 122 lbs., while Olea checked in at the same weight (122 lbs.).

Tickets for "New Blood" are available at general admission ($40) and ringside ($100). Fans may purchase tickets tomorrow (Friday) beginning at 5:30 PM local time from the will call booth at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

In the co-feature, Giovani Santillan (19-0, 10 KOs) weighed 142.4 lbs. and challenger Miguel Angel Mendoza (23-9, 22 KOs) checked in at 141.7 lbs.

WEIGHTS

Danny Roman, 122 vs. Marlon Olea, 122

Giovani Santillan, 142.4 vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza, 141.7

Mario Heredia, 269.6 vs. Johnny Rice, 262.6

Rudy Garcia, 118.5 vs. Joel Cano-Castro, 120

Michael Dutchover, 131 vs. Sergio Campos, 130.5

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

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

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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JOEL DIAZ JR!

FIGHTS ON SATURDAY IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
JOEL DIAZ JR

Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (22-0, 18 KOs), of Palmdale, CA, will return to action on Saturday, November 19, at the Sosua Bay Grand Casino, in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The 24-year-old Diaz will face Dominican Mario Beltre (15-1, 11 KOs), of San Pedro de Macoris, who is a former Dominican Republic lightweight champion, in a scheduled eight-round bout.

After accumulating an impressive 85-10 amateur record, Diaz turned pro at the age of 18 in July 2010. Quickly becoming a noteworthy prospect, Diaz was featured on Showtime's ShoBox series in January 2012, defeating 7-0 Guy Robb via seventh-round stoppage. Shortly after beating experienced veteran Jose Angel Beranza in March 2014, on DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series in Brooklyn, Diaz, managed by Mike Criscio, was signed to a co-promotional agreement between DBE and Jean Pascal Promotions. Back on ShoBox as a headliner in May 2014, Diaz was taken the full 10-round distance for the first time, winning an impressive unanimous decision over 14-1 Canadian contender Tyler Asselstine. Diaz closed out 2015 as the co-feature on a pay-per-view broadcast topped by Shane Mosley on August 29, at the Forum, in Inglewood, CA. He dismantled gritty foe Luis Arceo inside four frames. It was after the Arceo bout that Diaz made changes to his corner, assigning former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd as his new head trainer, looking to combine his aggressive style with improved defensive technique.

Currently ranked no. 1 by the USBA, Diaz has shown continued improvement with Byrd and, with a victory on Saturday, is determined to prove he is ready for bigger challenges in 2017.

"It's been a few months since my last fight, so I am anxious to get back in the ring and score a spectacular victory over Beltre," said Diaz. "Working with Chris Byrd has been great. The longer we work together, the more his influence will show in my performances. I am ready to step it up and fight anybody in the top ten. 2017 will be my year to really shine."

"Joel Diaz Jr. is one of the best young prospects in boxing right now," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "His talent was evident early on, when he stopped Guy Robb in his ShoBox debut. Hiring Chris Byrd as his new trainer shows me how dedicated he is to improving as he climbs up the rankings. Following a win on Saturday, Pascal and I will ensure Diaz gets big fights and opportunities in 2017 to secure his contender status and move toward a title shot."

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Julian Williams!

Q & A
Julian Williams

Born and raised in the boxing-rich city of Philadelphia, Williams has proven throughout his rise up the 154-pound ranks that he can beat you with his brains as much as his brawn. How else do you explain the 26-year-old's current streak of nine straight fights without so much as losing a single round?

More than just a skilled boxer, Williams is also a true student of the sweet science, both in and out of the ring. In fact, "J Rock" has such deep respect for his sport's history that one gets the sense he's spent as much time researching the legends of the game as he has how to perfect a three-punch combination.

Speaking of history, Julian Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs) will be looking to make some of his own December 10 when he challenges 154-pound champion Jermall Charlo at the Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles (SHOWTIME, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

During a recent break from training for his first world title fight, Williams chatted with us about the man he believes is the greatest fighter in history, the importance of the jab, his mad culinary skills and the top item on his bucket list (hint: He's on the verge of crossing it off).

Do you have a boxing hero?

I respect Muhammad Ali as a modern hero in history for the things he stood for-not just for what did in boxing. To me, Ali's boxing [accomplishments] are relative and a smaller part of his legacy compared to what stood for outside of the ring.

Muhammad Ali's true greatness was represented by what he did for the world and the stands he took more than his fights.

Of all the boxers in history, who do you wish you could've fought, and how would the fight have played out?

I don't want to give you a result, but I would say Sugar Ray Robinson, because in my opinion, he is the best fighter who ever lived. And I would want to see how I would stand up against the best fighter ever to wear a pair of gloves.

Sugar Ray Robinson had everything-great punch selection, the skills, the jab, the speed. He was a tremendous fighter. I've never seen anybody as good before or since.

This was during a time when guys were fighting with six-ounce horsehair gloves two or three times a month. They were doing that against the best competition. I mean, he would fight Jake LaMotta and Kid Gavilan in 15-round fights. They just don't build men like that no more. It doesn't happen.

Sugar Ray Robinson would bring out the best in me and give me a great gauge about how good I actually am. I would never disrespect Sugar Ray Robinson by saying I would beat him. I respect the legends. I would just like to see how good I would do against those types of guys.

Finish this sentence: If not for boxing, I would be ...

... probably just finishing up college, paying back student loans and being miserable. I would probably be a major in business administration.

What's the public's biggest misconception about boxers?

That we're all stupid.

What's the hardest you've ever been hit, and how you did you deal with it?

You know what, I'm not trying to sound cocky or anything, but I don't remember. I've had some tough fights, but I don't really recall an opponent who has really hurt me like that.

It's never been where I was like, "Oh my God, he punches so hard," or "He hit me so hard, I couldn't get myself together." I've never experienced that. I'm not saying that it can't happen; I'm just saying that it hasn't happened.

Excluding yourself, who's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today?

It's close, because I don't think anyone has taken the lead for now. I would probably say Andre Ward, but at the same time he's had so much time off.

You've got guys like Sergey Kovalev out there who have been dismantling everybody, and then you've got guys like Guillermo Rigondeaux who is probably the best fighter in the world, but he's never gotten the opportunity to prove it on the big stage.

Then you've got Floyd Mayweather Jr., who I think is the clear-cut best fighter in the world when he's active. But he's retired.

It's just hard to pick one. I couldn't pick one. I would be able to pick one at the beginning of the next year.

What kind of food is the toughest to give up while training for a fight?

I like pasta and red meat. I don't eat too much red meat when I'm training, because it's too hard to cut. I like steak and lamb and pasta. I just like all pasta in general.

Speaking of training, what's your favorite exercise?

I don't really have any. I hate them all. I just do them because I have to do them.

What about a favorite punch to throw?

It depends on who I'm fighting, but I would definitely have to say the jab, because the jab sets everything up. That's usually my range finder, and I can usually control the fight with the jab. I pretty much use it in every fight to good effect.

Do you have a favorite boxing movie?

Raging Bull. I liked Rocky, also. I mostly liked all of the Rocky movies.

Who is the one artist on your playlist that would surprise fight fans?

Teddy Pendergrass. I grew up with my mother and father liking his music.

Would you rather run over a linebacker or juke him out of his shoes?

That depends on who it is. If it's [retired Baltimore Ravens legend] Ray Lewis, I would have to juke him. Because I don't want to be hit by him.

Finish this sentence: People would be surprised to know that ...

... I'm an amazing cook. I can cook a lot of things-pretty much anything.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

Race relations. The world would be a better place if everybody didn't see so much color.

What's on your life's bucket list?

I want to be a world champion, which I can accomplish in my next fight by beating Jermall Charlo. This is what I've been working so hard for my entire life.

I don't have a bucket-list wish to go skydiving before it's all over or go to Japan or anything. It's simple: I've been working half of my life to become a world champion, and that's the most important thing on my bucket list.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Tervel Pulev!

Makes Professional Debut December 3 In Sofia

Bulgarian amateur star Tervel Pulev will make his professional debut on December 3 on the undercard of older brother Kubrat Pulev’s WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight with Samuel Peter at the Arena Armeec in Sofia.

Tervel enters the paid ranks following a hugely successful amateur career, which saw him claim a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics and a silver medal at the 2010 European Amateur Championships in Moscow.

The 33 year-old will now be hoping to emulate this success as a professional as he joins brother Kubrat’s historic homecoming show. Tervel will be fighting at the cruiserweight limit against an opponent to be announced shortly.

''I’m looking forward to making my professional debut,’’ he says. ‘’This is going to be a very special occasion, and I’m excited to be fighting alongside my brother as part of this historic event for Bulgarian boxing. I’m training hard and I promise to give the fans a fight to remember. Kubrat and I will make Bulgaria proud with two great victories!''

Promoter Kalle Sauerland welcomed the announcement and says he believes Tervel will be great addition to the show, as he reveals the former amateur star will top a five-fight undercard in support of Kubrat Pulev’s mouth-watering clash with Peter.

‘’We’re delighted to have Tervel fighting on December 3,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’He is a great boxer, like his brother, and will be an exciting addition to the show. His fight will feature on a five-fight undercard before our show stopping main event!’’

Tickets for ‘Night Of The Champions’ featuring the WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight between Kubrat Pulev and Samuel Peter are available via www.eventim.bg.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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JAKE HAIGH!

SET FOR TOUGH TILL TEST
JAKE HAIGH

JAKE HAIGH aims to pick up where he left off when returns to the ring this weekend.

The tall 22-year-old from Macclesfield made an explosive start to his time in the pro ranks with a second round stoppage of Tomas Kugler last month.

And he’s hoping to be equally impressive when he locks horns with Mark Till at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on Saturday (November 16), although he expects Till to be a tougher proposition.

“I really enjoyed my debut. I stuck to the game plan and got him out of there in two rounds. I hope to perform like that again but I know Mark Till is a real tough fighter,” Haigh, who is trained by Ricky Hatton, said.

“Till boxed my gym mate Chris Blaney on the show I made my debut on so I’ve seen him up close and I’m expecting a hard fight.

“He comes for a bit of a scrap and he’ll bring it to me. I just think that if I can use my reach and jab I can keep him at range and get the job done.”

Haigh only began working with Hatton at his Hyde gym in the summer, but many observers of his debut performance have said that he looks like a seasoned pro already.

“I’ve only had one fight so it’s too early to get carried away, but I think I’ve taken to the pros well,” he said.

“The training is a bit different to what I was used to in the amateurs and there’s a lot more things to learn with Ricky on the pads but things are really coming together.

“Every day is new learning experience and I don’t think I could have anyone better to guide my career."

Hatton Boxing Promotions

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Baltimore Boxing!

Raises $10,000 To Help Locals Combat Medical Bills

Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions is proud to announce they’ve raised $10,000 for two area residents with large medical bills associated with extended hospital stays.

To ensure funds were raised through multiple channels, Smith donated a large number of tickets (which the families resold and kept 100% of the money) while running a 50/50 raffle and silent auction on fight night at Michael’s Eighth Avenue.

On September 15, Baltimore Boxing’s “Fight for Vince” card raised funds for Vincent Veazey, a longtime trainer and mentor at the Baltimore Boxing Club. Veazey, who was already fighting Parkinson’s disease, suffered a heart attack earlier this year that required triple bypass surgery. Vince and his family were left with massive medical bills following his hospitalization and still needed enough money for day to day expenses.

Thursday, November 10’s card assisted the family of Nicholas Tasker, an 8-year-old Arbutus, MD resident battling a rare form of abdomen cancer. Tasker is still hospitalized but made it to Michael’s Eighth to receive the “Mike Dietrich American Dream Award" during an emotional ceremony for his courageous fight against cancer.

“I’ve been in boxing for most of my life as a fighter, trainer, promoter and gym owner and these last few events were the most emotional for me,” said Jake Smith. “The community and our fans have been incredible in purchasing tickets while participating in the silent auctions and 50/50 raffles to help those in need. As a lifelong Baltimore resident, it is my duty to give back to the community. Seeing firsthand what the sport of boxing can do to help others in need is a feeling no other.”

Baltimore Boxing’s next card is scheduled for December 8 and more information will be available shortly.

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RADZHAB BUTAEV V GABOR GORBICS!

NOVEMBER 19
RADZHAB BUTAEV

On Saturday, November 19, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for the latest installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. The exciting card will be headlined by New Haven's undefeated Luis Rosa Jr. (22-0, 10 KOs) squaring off against Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), in an IBF junior featherweight world title eliminator scheduled for 12 rounds.

Russian prospect Radzhab Butaev (3-0, 3 KOs), co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., will appear on the undercard in the toughest test of his young career. A highly accomplished amateur, Butaev compiled an incredible 304-12 record, with 164 knockouts. He participated in the World Series of Boxing as well, finishing at 9-1. After just eight months as a pro, the 22-year-old Butaev, born in Salsk, Russia, but now living in Los Angeles, will challenge for the NABF junior middleweight title against the experienced Gabor Gorbics (22-3, 13 KOs).

A pro since 2012, Gorbics, of Budapest, is a former Hungarian junior welterweight and welterweight and Slovakian welterweight champion. He also has a 35-3 record as a kickboxer. Gorbics has wins over six undefeated opponents and has never been stopped in his three losses. Incredibly active, he has already fought 12 times this year.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to fight for the NABF title and am truly thankful to my promoters and VK Management for making this happen," said Butaev. "I expect Gorbics to be a tough competitor, but I am ready for the challenge. I look forward to winning the NABF belt, moving up in the rankings, and working toward my goal of becoming a world champion."

"With such an extensive amateur background, Butaev can make a bold move like this early on in his pro career," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Gorbics will provide a stern test, but I am confident Butaev will score a spectacular victory. Winning the NABF belt will help to ensure that Butaev's career trajectory moves at the appropriate pace for his unlimited potential."

Tickets for the November 19 Broadway Boxing event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Teiken Promotions and presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are priced at $125, $75 and $45. Tickets can be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the first fight scheduled for 7:00pm.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM IOWA
Dela Torre V Araiza

Harmonito Dela Torre 131 Lbs. vs. Jose Luis Araiza 138.8 lbs.

Malik Hawkins 147.8 lbs. vs. Antonio C. Fernandez 146.4 lbs.

Skender Halili 153.8 lbs. vs. Damien Hill 153 lbs.

Keith Cournoyer 153.8 lbs. vs. Noe Mireles 154.8 lbs.

Danny Black 154.4 lbs. vs. Justin Likeness 154.8 lbs.

Alexey Zubov 198.2 lbs. vs. Jimmie Franklin 199 lbs.

Keith Collins 166.2 lbs. vs. Colby Courter 166.2 lbs.

Tomorrow night (Friday, November 11) in the Event Center at the WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa, Greg Cohen Promotions, Ringside Ticket Inc. and WinnaVegas Casino Resort will proudly present another instalment of Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network.

In the night's televised eight-round main event, WBA #13- and IBF #15-rated Harmonito Dela Torre (18-0, 12 KOs) of Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines, will face Jose Luis Araiza (34-18-1, 25 KOs) of Michoacán, Mexico for the WBA Super Featherweight Latino Title.

Tickets are priced at $15 (standing room only), $20, $25 and $35 ringside seating and can be purchased at winnavegas.com or by calling the WinnaVegas Box Office (1-800-468-9466 ext. 7117).

In the six-round welterweight co-main event, promising contender Malik Hawkins (9-0, 7 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland, will showcase his considerable skills for the TV audience against veteran Antonio C. Fernandez (7-28-4, 2 KOs) of Brockton, Massachusetts.

In another televised welterweight six-rounder, fan favorite KO artist Skender Halili (11-1-1, 11 KOs) of The Bronx, New York, will look to put on another thriller, this time against Damien Hill (5-9) of Minneapolis.

And in the four-round welterweight televised opener, two Nebraska-based fighters will make their simultaneous pro debuts, as Keith Cournoyer (Pro Debut) of Winnebago, Nebraska, will take on Noe Mireles (Pro Debut) of Norfolk, Nebraska.

On fight night, doors open at 7:00 pm and first fight begins at 8:00 pm. The WinnaVegas Casino Resort is located at 1500 330th Street in Sloan, Iowa. For more information, visit winnavegas.com.

GCP Boxing Promotions

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Knockout Night At The D!

Announced For Nov 18
Knockout Night At The D

Another solid top-to-bottom "Knockout Night at the D card has been announced for Friday night, November 18, airing (9 p.m. PT / 12 a.m. ET) on CBS Sports Network live from inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center tent.

FloBoxing.tv will live stream the Nov. 18th "Knockout Night at the D" undercard worldwide, starting at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET), in addition to three main card bouts - excluding North America - beginning at 9 p.m. PT / 12 a.m. ET).

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

Hall of Fame announcers Jim "J.R." Ross and Al Bernstein will call the action from ringside, along with roving reporter Sean Wheelock, on CBS Sports Network. Known for introducing the top stars of professional wrestling to the ring for 20 years, Justin Roberts will join the legendary CBS Sports Network broadcast team in Las Vegas for the Nov. 18 show to enhance the entrances of the "Knockout Night at the D" boxing stars of tomorrow.

North American Boxing Association (NABA) United States lightweight champion Reynaldo "El Trampolin" Blanco (13-2, 7 KOs) defends his title in the 10-round main event against Demond "Body Shot" Brock (12-3-1, 4 KOs), in the 10-round main event.

"Let it be clear," Blanco said. "November 18th in Las Vegas, the world and my opponent will witness the fury of the Dominican from Matancita, Reynaldo Blanco, who is here to conquer the lightweight division. Let the war begin!"

In the 8-round co-feature, Puerto Rican KO artist and Daniel "El Duro" Rosario Cruz (11-1, 10 KOs), a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino junior middleweight champion, takes on Mexican upset specialist Norberto Gonzalez (22-8, 13 KOs).

The television opens with undefeated Las Vegas junior lightweight prospect Randy Moreno (6-0, 5 KOs) in his first scheduled 6-round bout against Mexican veteran Daniel Perales (7-5-1, 4 KOs)

Keeping with its goal to showcase young talent based in Las Vegas, junior flyweight Marina "Rocky" Ramirez (2-0), fighting out of Idaho, meets the Bronx' Natalie Gonzalez (2-0), while pro-debuting cruiserweight Jason Beauchamp faces Puerto Rican Kenny Cruz-Carrasquillo (0-2-1), in a pair of 4-round bouts.

Also, fighting on the undercard in a 4-rounder is Roy Jones, Jr. protégé Shady Gamhour, a Swede fighting out of Pensacola, Florida, versus David De La Cruz, of Los Angeles, in a fight between pro-debuting middleweights. Pennsylvania junior featherweight Juan Sanchez (1-0, 1 KOs) faces Javier Cepeda (0-2), of Puerto Rico.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $1,000.00 VIP booth (includes 15 admissions), $50.00 VIP ringside, $25.00 and $15.00 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 7:00 p.m. PT.

D Boxing Promotions

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YUNIESKY GONZALEZ!

BACK IN ACTION THIS FRIDAY
YUNIESKY GONZALEZ

Light Heavyweight contender Yuniesky Gonzalez (17-2 13 KO'S Miami, FL) is back in action this Friday, November 11th, at the Miami Airport Convention Center in Miami Florida. Promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Gonzalez will take on rugged African Maxwell Amponsah (11-2 10 KO'S Bronx, NY), in a 10 round Light Heavyweight contest.

Gonzalez hopes to continue his activity in the winning column after his back to back HBO fights last year. Gonzalez had an impressive 1st round KO of Brazil's Jackson Junior on 3 months ago (August 6th) in a bout that also took place at the Miami Convention Center.

Last year Gonzalez had two heartbreaking defeats on HBO that tremendously raised his profile and garnered huge fan support. Gonzalez lost a highly debatable decision loss on HBO to former world champion Jean Pascal, July 25, 2015, in a bout where the overwhelming majority of those who saw it felt Gonzalez won the fight. He then went back on HBO and lost a close majority decision loss to undefeated world rated contender Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on December 19, 2015, which was a war all the way.

Amponsah is a hard punching fighter originally from Ghana but now residing in the Bronx, NY. Almost all of his fights have come in his native Africa and Amponsah is well aware of the opportunity in front of him and has trained very hard for the last 5 weeks preparing for this fight.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the fight "I am excited once again to have Yuniesky on in his hometown in Miami as the main event. Yuniesky is one of the toughest Light Heavyweights in the world and everyone knows he makes for thrilling fights. I know his opponent Amponsah is a tough kid and will come to fight so I'm looking forward to an exciting evening of Boxing at the Miami Airport Convention Center".

The fight is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Boxing Storm Promotions.

Salita Boxing Promotions

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Smith V Nazarov!

Tops Saturday's Detroit Brawl
Smith V Nazarov

The full card has been announced for Salita Promotions' latest "Detroit Brawl" event at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, on Saturday, November 12.

In support of the six-round bantamweight main event between Detroit's undefeated James Gordon Smith (10-0, 6 KOs) and Tashkent, Uzbekistan formidable Olim Nazarov (14-2, 8 KOs), will be a full array of local and international talent in competitive match-ups.

Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" will be priced at VIP $123, Box Seats $100, Ringside $93, $63, $38, and $28 and available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster.com.

In the night's co-main event, Muheeb "Flashy," Fazeldin (8-0-1, 3 KOs) from Sheffield, United Kingdom via Yemen, will face Modesto, California's Michael Gaxiola (4-9) in a six-round lightweight battle.

And in another significant six-round welterweight showdown, Salita's newest undefeated welterweight contender Wesley Tucker (12-0, 7 KOs) will showcase his considerable talents against Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Richard Hall (11-24-3, 7 KOs).

On the undercard, undefeated super bantamweight Zach Shamoun (4-0-1, 3 KOs) will look for his fifth professional victory against Dallas, Texas' Charles Clark (1-1, 1 KO) in a four-round bout; Georgian super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (5-0, 3 KOs) will face tough local product Larry Ventus (6-11-1, 3 KOs) of Detroit; undefeated bantamweight Ja'Rico "Great Lakes King" O'Quinn (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Robert Allen Jr. (0-1) of Wilson, North Carolina in a four-rounder; and in an all-Michigan welterweight four-rounder, Detroit's Raphael Sinegal (1-1, 1 KO) will face Flint, Michigan's Darryol Humphery.

Chicago-based super featherweight Yousif Saleh will appear in a four-rounder against an opponent TBA.

On fight night, doors open at 5:00 pm and the fights begin at 6:00 pm.

Salita Boxing Promotions

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Mikaela Laurén!

Returns To The Ring On December 9
Mikaela Laurén

Mikaela Laurén (27-4, 12 KOs) returns to the ring on December 9 on the undercard of Erik Skoglund’s WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.

The former WBC Female World Super Welterweight Champion is back in action for the first time following her loss to domestic rival Klara Svensson on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm.

The Stockholm fighter admits she was left disappointed with her performance against Svensson but has vowed to come back stronger as she targets a series of high profile fights in 2017.

‘’I don’t want to make excuses, but that wasn’t me in the ring against Klara, and that’s what makes the loss so difficult to accept,’’ said Laurén. ‘’I can take a loss if I know I gave it my all and put on a good show, but that didn’t happen.

‘’There were a lot of reasons why I didn’t perform as well as I can. I didn’t have the best preparation going into the fight and I let my emotions get in the way. It’s frustrating because I know I’m better than her and I still believe I can beat her.’’

Laurén says she would love a rematch with Svensson, but has first set her sights on a reclaiming her WBC Super Welterweight title and unifying the division

‘’I can’t wait to get back in the ring,’’ she says. ‘’Losing a fight is like falling of a bike, you need to get straight back on and keep going. It’s important I finish the year with a good win and try to have fun doing it because I didn’t have fun in my last fight.

‘’Then I want to fight Ewa Piatkowska and win my World title back. I’m still undefeated in my weight class, and that belt belongs to me. My goal is to fight her as soon as possible, and after that I want to fight (WBO and WBA World Champion) Hanna Gabriels to unify the division.

‘’Of course, more than anything, I want the rematch with Klara. When I lost to her, it was like a piece of me died so I need to fight her again. I know it can’t happen straight away as she has to meet Cecilia Braækhus first, but after she loses that fight, I want to her next, and hopefully it could happen next Fall.’’

An opponent for Laurén’s comeback fight will be announced soon as she joins an action packed show on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.

Erik Skoglund faces ‘The Albanian Bomber’ Timy Shala for the WBA International Light Heavyweight title, Naim Terbunja and Sven Fornling battle it out for the Swedish Light Heavyweight Championship, Otto Wallin faces his toughest career test against American heavyweight Eugene Hill, and rising stars Daniel Hartvig, Patricia Berghult and Hampus Henriksson return to action.

Tickets are available online via http://www.biljettforum.se or by calling 0771-130 150. All the action will be shown live and exclusive in Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.se

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Carlos Balderas & Jose Balderas!

Sign With Ringstar Sports
Carlos Balderas & Jose Balderas

Ringstar Sports, the newly formed promotional company headed up by longtime boxing executive Richard Schaefer, made another big move last week when the company signed highly touted 2016 U.S. Olympian Carlos Balderas, along with his brother Jose, to promotional agreements. Ringstar will represent the two amateur standouts as they turn professional and guide their dreams as both fighters hope to secure lucrative futures for themselves and their family. The Balderas brothers, who signed their contracts in Ringstar's LA-based offices last Tuesday, are the first fighters to join the company.

"Carlos Balderas was one of the most sought-after Olympians coming out of the 2016 Summer Games and I am so pleased that he, and his brother Jose, agreed to join Ringstar Sports," said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. "Carlos, Jose and their entire family are the type of people that we want to do business with at our company. I am going to do whatever it takes to make Carlos the face of boxing and his brother will be right there with him. Both of these young men are exceptional fighters with great skills and even better work ethics. Most importantly, they have a desire to be great and so does Ringstar. I am looking forward to getting started."

"I'm really excited to start this partnership with Ringstar Sports and I'm looking forward to working with Richard for a long time," said Carlos Balderas. "My brother and I chose Ringstar because we immediately felt comfortable with Richard. He was very honest with me from the beginning and I really believe he's the best promoter in the sport. I'm ready to start my career and grow my fan base. I'm looking to do big things in this sport. It's not just about a paycheck. I want to win world titles and build a legacy."

"My brother and I are really comfortable with Richard and we believe he has the right vision for our careers," said Jose Balderas. "Richard has a vision not just for himself and his company, but he has the vision that will lead to us becoming world champions. That's what every boxer dreams of. I just can't wait until fight time. I want to show everybody what we're made of and the things that we can do. We're going to leave it all in the ring and leave the fans entertained every time."

"My whole family is very happy with this decision to join Richard and Ringstar Sports," said Zenon Balderas, Carlos and Jose's father. "Richard is a very smart man who is going to do amazing things for my sons. I know that my sons will be world champions, the question is, how many times? I believe that Richard has the mind to get us where we need to go."

The Balderas brothers grew up in Santa Maria, California and are the sons of Mexican parents who immigrated to the United States. Under the care of their father and uncles, Emiliano and David, the boys were brought to a gym at a very young age to harness their energy into boxing. The brothers quickly took to the sport and combined with a strict regimen implemented by their father, began their impressive amateur careers.

Carlos was impressive in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, winning lightweight contests over fighters from Kazakhstan and Japan before a decision loss in the quarterfinals to the top seeded fighter from Cuba. He earned his spot in Rio after a stellar amateur career that saw him lose only nine times in 184 fights. His long list of accomplishments includes a Youth National Championship in 2014, four National PAL championships, a Junior National Golden Gloves championship in 2013, two Junior Olympic titles, two National Silver Gloves championships and three Adidas National tournament titles. In 2015, Balderas won four of five bouts in the World Series of Boxing, only losing due to a head butt from the top-ranked fighter from Azerbaijan in a fight in Azerbaijan that Balderas was winning. Balderas had just 10 days to recover from the injury before his next bout, but he gained medical clearance and knocked out Puerto Rico's Javier Martinez in the second round. In October of that year, Balderas received the call from USA Boxing that he was the first American to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Jose is also a rising prospect in the sport as he made his name winning numerous tournaments in the Southern California amateur boxing circuit while racking up an impressive 80 victories in 88 fights. In addition, the bantamweight won a Junior Golden Gloves championship, two Adidas National tournaments, a National PAL title and two Junior Olympic tournaments. Jose also advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Olympic trials. Although he is a year older, Jose waited until his brother's Olympic journey had finished to turn pro so that the two could enter the professional ranks at the same time.

Now the Balderas brothers are focusing on developing their skills so that they can one day became world champions in the professional ranks. With Ringstar Sports in their corner, Carlos and Jose are on their way to reaching the peaks of their vast potential.

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Ruben Villa!

Scores One Sided Decision Win
Ruben Villa

Blue chip prospect Ruben Villa (3-0, 2 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. went the distance for the first time as a professional on Friday night during the off-television potion of ShoBox: The New Generation. Villa, who is a southpaw, defeated the crafty and previously unbeaten Aaron Lopez (4-1, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision.

Villa, who started his career with two consecutive first round knockouts, won every round by showing off his boxing skills in the battle of undefeated fighters.

The 19 year-old Villa pushed the pace throughout the fight and had Lopez in trouble several times. Villa has been very active, as this was his third win since turning professional on July 29.

"I'm happy I got the win," said Villa, who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. "I know my family and friends who were in attendance wanted a knockout, but I'm glad I got some rounds in with a pretty good fighter."

In other action on Friday's card, world ranked lightweight Xolisani Ndongeni (22-0, 11 KOs) kept his perfect record intact with a unanimous decision win over Juan Garcia Mendez (19-2-1, 12 KOs). Ndongeni worked off an active jab that set up a proficient body attack. Ndongeni, 26-years-old, is ranked no. 3 by the WBA, and he showed the class of a world championship contender in his U.S. debut.

Super flyweight Saul Sanchez (2-0, 1 KO) remains undefeated after outpointing Danny Andujo (2-1, 1 KO) through six rounds (59-55 twice, 58-56). Sanchez, who hails from Indio, Calif., delivered the more accurate combinations. Andujo returned fire throughout the fight, but it wasn't enough, as the judges rewarded Sanchez for his accuracy.

The opening bout featured an exciting scrap between young welterweights Jerry Larios (1-0) and Jose Gonzalez (1-2). Larios, in his pro debut, displayed an excellent attacking style that frustrated the often-backpedalling Gonzalez. The high work rate resulted in Larios' first professional win (unanimous decision: 40-36 twice, 39-37).

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Wesley Tucker!

Signs With Salita Promotions
Wesley Tucker

Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions proudly announces the signing of undefeated welterweight contender Wesley "King Wes" Tucker.

A skilled counter puncher with above average power, Tucker (12-0, 7 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio, had over 250 amateur bouts and won several championships including the Toledo Golden Gloves, Silver Gloves, and Junior Olympics multiple times.

The 29-year-old southpaw started boxing at age 8 years old and already has 18 years boxing experience.

"My ring generalship is my greatest asset in the ring," said Tucker, "tall, small, bigger, I've already seen it all and I know what to do to beat them."

Tucker will make his debut fighting under the Salita Promotions banner on Saturday, November 12, at their "Detroit Brawl" event at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, when he faces North Carolina's Richard Hall in a six-round battle.

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

A father of five, Tucker says family plays a major role in his life and the reason he is a tireless worker in the gym.

"They are my push and motivation for everything I do. They come to the gym with me a lot at least three times a week. And my mom, she loves what I do. She's my number one fan."

Tucker's manager, David McWater who arranged the deal with Salita, says he's happy to have another of his fighters under their promotional banner.

"I'm really excited about Wesley signing with Salita Promotions," he said. "We started working with Dmitry when we signed Antonio Nieves with him and he's been a gem. I believe he's THE up and coming promoter in the USA and are excited to get our guys in on the ground level with him. Wesley is a wonderful kid who has overcame a lot of adversity to get to this spot. I am confident he will make the most of this opportunity."

Salita says he's going to go to work immediately on his new fighter's career.

"Wesley has as much skill and experience as any fighter in boxing," he said. "his 250 amateur fights mean he's seen it all and done it all. There isn't the same learning curve with a fighter with that much experience. We will immediately be looking to move him into the top 10 and an eventual world title shot in the next year or two. I thank him and his team for joining my growing stable of fighters."

On November 12, Tucker joins a full cast of local and international prospects on Salita's "Detroit Brawl," including a trio of undefeated Detroit bantamweights: James Gordon Smith (10-0, 6 KOs), Jarico "Great Lakes King" O'Quinn (3-0, 2 KOs) and Zach Shamoun (4-0-1, 3 KOs); as well as Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (12-1, 7 KOs); Georgian super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (5-0, 3 KOs); and undefeated UK-based bantamweight Muheeb "Flashy," Fazeldin (8-0-1, 3 KOs) in separate bouts.

More fights, opponents and rounds will be announced shortly. On fight night, doors open at 5:00 pm and the fights begin at 6:00 pm.

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Team Sauerland!

Sign New Agreement With German Television Giant Sat.1

European promotional powerhouse Team Sauerland have agreed a new long term television deal with the Pro7Sat1 Network in Germany. The agreement will see a minimum of 12 shows per annum for a period spanning up to three years.

Freddy Ness, Managing Director of Team Sauerland’s German operations stated: ‘’We’ve been working hard developing new talents in German boxing. This year, we saw amateur world champion Jack Culcay win the WBA Light Middleweight Championship, and this weekend, 24 year-old Tyron Zeuge challenges for the WBA Super Middleweight title. Next year, this deal will give the youngsters a massive platform and keep the momentum going in the search for new stars whilst also giving established names such as Juergen Braehmer and Arthur Abraham the chance to win back their World titles.’’

Team Sauerland have also expanded their wings over the last decade to promote over ten shows a year with their long term Scandinavian television partner Viasat. In the United Kingdom they have signed marquee names such as George Groves, David Price, Derek Chisora and Anthony Ogogo, and signed a partnership with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom.

Team Sauerland was founded by International Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland in Africa in the late 1970's, it currently manages and promotes more than 40 fighters from more than 10 countries. In 2016, Team Sauerland promoted a total of 24 television events in 7 different countries.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM CA

Thompson Boxing Promotions captured all the action from Thursday's ShoBox weigh in. For a behind the scenes look, please click here, or on the graphic above.

Tickets for the event promoted by Thompson Boxing, Banner Promotions, Hitz Boxing and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing are priced at $100 (ringside) and $70 (reserved).

Tickets are available for purchase on the day of the event (Friday) at the Omega Products Event Center will call booth beginning at 3:30 PM PT.

The Omega Products Event Center is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881.

WEIGHTS

Taras Shelestyuk, 146.6 vs. Jimmy Herrera, 146.2

Constantin Bejenaru, 198.2 vs. Stivens Bujaj, 197.5

Vitor Jones Freitas, 134.3 vs. Manuel Mendez, 134.9

Ruben Villa, 125.9 vs. Aaron Lopez, 125

Xolisani Ndongeni, 136 vs. Juan Garcia Mendez, 136.5

Danny Andujo, 114.8 vs. Saul Sanchez, 115

Jerry Larios, 143.8 vs. Jose Gonzalez, 142.9

NABO welterweight champion Taras "Real Deal" Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Ukraine checked in at 146.6 lbs. while Chicago's Jaime Herrera measured 146.2 lbs. at Thursday's weigh in (Shelestyuk will defend his NABO title).

Shelestyuk vs. Herrera is the 10-round welterweight main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader set for Friday, Nov. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif.

In the co-feature, undefeated cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs),of Catskill, N.Y. by way of Moldova, weighed 198.2 lbs. and Stivens "Superman" Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of New York, came in at 197.5 lbs. The pair collide in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International and WBC Continental Americas titles.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated lightweight Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs), of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, weighed 134.3 lbs., while challenger and local fan favorite Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs), of Indio, Calif., measured 134.9 lbs. Freitas vs. Mendez is scheduled for 8-rounds.

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Demond Brock V Reynaldo Blanco!

Nov 18th Live On CBS Sports Network
Knockout Night At The D

The remarkable journey of Demond "Body Shot" Brock, from prison into the boxing ring, has led him to a 10-round main event showdown Friday night, November 18, with North American Boxing Association (NABA) United States lightweight champion Reynaldo Blanco (13-2, 7 KOs) in the latest installment of the popular "Knockout Night at the D" series, airing (9 p.m. PT / 12 a.m. ET) on CBS Sports Network live from inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center tent.

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

Hall of Fame announcers Jim "J.R." Ross and Al Bernstein will call the action from ringside, along with roving reporter Sean Wheelock, on CBS Sports Network. Known for introducing the top stars of professional wrestling to the ring for 20 years, Justin Roberts will join the legendary CBS Sports Network broadcast team in Las Vegas for the Nov. 18 show to enhance the entrances of the "Knockout Night at the D" boxing stars of tomorrow.

Brock (12-3-1, 4 KOs), fighting out of New Orleans, learned how to box in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, where he was sentenced at the age of 15 for armed robbery. He served a 14 ½-year sentenced and he ended up with a 39-1 record with 17 knockouts. Upon his release, Brock won the Ringside Tournament and he was the No. 1 ranked welterweight in the United States. Brock reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials and finished his amateur career with an outstanding 54-3 record. He left prison a completely different person; much calmer and cerebral, which he totally attributes to becoming a boxer.

In his last fight (June 10), Brock defeated previously unbeaten Chuy Gutierrez (14-0-1), headlining a "Knockout Night at the D" show at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, retaining his World Boxing Council (WBC) United States lightweight title in his first title defense. Brock, 35, originally captured his title belt in 2015, by way of an 8-round unanimous decision over Oscar Valenzuela (9-1-1).

Living legend and 10-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. has been training Brock in Pensacola, Florida, for his Nov. 18th fight with Blanco. "I love Demond's energy and his will to learn," Jones noted. "He has been very enthusiastic, doing everything asked of him and more, each day in the gym. Everybody will see what a talent Demond is November 18th. He has a lot of upside in this sport and the heart of a champion."

"Having an opportunity to train with somebody like Roy Jones, Jr. is a great opportunity for me," Brock said from training camp. "I'm learning new things every day from one of the greatest boxers of all-time. This is truly a blessing and I'm grateful to have everybody on my team working so hard to make me the best I can be."

Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino junior middleweight title-holder Daniel "El Duro" Rosario Cruz (11-1, 10 KOs), a legitimate knockout artist from Puerto Rico, meets past Mexico welterweight champion an proven upset specialist Norberto Gonzalez (22-8, 13 KOs) in the 8-round co-feature.

Rising Las Vegas junior lightweight Randy Moreno (6-0, 5 KOs) steps up in class in the television opener in his first scheduled 6-round bout against Mexican veteran Daniel Perales (7-5-1, 4 KOs)

Keeping with its goal to showcase young talent based in Las Vegas, junior flyweight Marina "Rocky" Ramirez (2-0), fighting out of Idaho, and pro-debuting cruiserweight Jason Beauchamp are slated to be fighting in separate 4-round bouts.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $1,000.00 VIP booth (includes 15 admissions), $50.00 VIP ringside, $25.00 and $15.00 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 7:00 p.m. PT.

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Zeuge V De Carolis II!

Tale Of The Tape
Zeuge V De Carolis II

Tyron Zeuge (18-0-1, 10 KOs) and Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) renew their rivalry on Saturday night in a WBA World Super Middleweight title rematch at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.

The fighters pick up where they left off following their first bout at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin on July 16, which after twelve fiercely contested rounds saw De Carolis retain his belt with a majority draw decision.

Having injured his left arm in the sixth-round of their first encounter, Zeuge will be hoping to dethrone the Italian Champion at the second time of asking, while De Carolis aims for another successful defence against the 24 year-old from Berlin.

Ahead of their hotly anticipated World title rematch, we take a look at how both fighters measure up with our Tale of the Tape.

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Bay State!

Makes A Historic Move For Women In Professional Sports

For the first time in Massachusetts boxing history, and likely the first time in American and world boxing history, three female judges will be the official ringside scorers for an entire professional boxing event. The fight card is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2016 in New Bedford, MA, and it will be promoted by Boston Boxing Promotions.

"We know this is the first time this has ever been done in Massachusetts," said Boston Boxing Promotions matchmaker Peter Czymbor, "but we think this might be the first time it's been done ever. We can't find any examples of this ever having been done before in the United States, and we think it's likely it hasn't been done in the world before. It couldn't be more fitting for a week when the United States will possibly elect its first woman president that we have a boxing event of historical proportions as well."

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission assigned officials for the November 12 event, and the three judges will be the very-experienced Martha Tremblay of South Easton, MA, Lucy Miller of Boston, MA and Melissa Kelly of Everett, MA.

"We have the utmost confidence in these three women to provide objective and professional scoring for the boxing event on November 12th," said Guy Licciardi, Director of Administrative Services and Regulated Activities for the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, which oversees the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission.

"They've all been licensed as professional boxing judges in Massachusetts for years now and have worked many events regularly, but never all three at the same time. It's great that this all worked out for a historic moment in our state, and maybe beyond, for what is expected to be an evening of competitive boxing in New Bedford."

"Boxing has been a male-dominated sport since its inception, but we've certainly noticed the influx of female talent in and out of the ring in recent years," said Czymbor. "Locally, Connecticut's Shelly Vincent, Marshfield's Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes and Providence's Kali Reis are amongst the top fighters in their weight divisions in the world, and immensely popular at that. I think three women judges working an entire professional show is just another reflection of that movement."

Martha Tremblay has been recorded judging 47 professional boxing matches in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine since 2014. She has even judged some nationally-televised bouts on Fox Sports 1. Tremblay has an extensive background as an amateur boxing judge, being an official ringside scorer for thousands of bouts all over New England.

Lucy Miller is both a licensed judge and referee at the amateur level and is recorded as a judge of 24 professional fights according to online databases. She is a veteran of the New England Golden Gloves on the amateur level.

Melissa Kelly was a standout amateur boxer who competed in the Olympic trials. As a judge, she has worked as a professional in Massachusetts and Maine, and has worked as an amateur judge all over New England.

Rounding out the assigned officials for the event are referees Mike Marvell and Jackie Morrell - both of whom have decades of experience as officials.

Marvel has been a professional referee in Massachusetts since 2004.

Morrell is a long-reigning, distinguished boxing referee as well. Prior to becoming a referee, he was a fighter, having fought the legendary welterweight champion Marlon Starling three times between the amateur and professional ranks. He finished with a pro boxing record of 12-13-1, with 8 KO's from 1979 - 1984.

Tickets for the November 12 All-Pro Boxing event at New Bedford High School are on sale now at www.BostonBoxingPromotions.com.

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Danny Garcia!

To Host Canned Food Drive This Friday
Danny Garcia

This Friday undefeated world champion Danny "Swift" Garcia will host a canned food drive in an effort to fight hunger at the Xfinity Store (3903 Aramingo Ave.) in Philadelphia.

Garcia will be host the food drive beginning at 4pm and will be at the store until 6pm

Garcia, who will meet Samuel Vargas in a 10-round welterweight bout on Saturday, November 12 at the Liacouras Center, has teamed up during this promotion with Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization, to arrange a regional food drive, collecting most-needed items, such as tuna and vegetables. Fans have been encouraged to drop off canned goods at the Liacouras Center (1776 N Broad St) and the DSG Boxing Gym (3731 Jasper St). Additionally, $10 from each ticket sold has been donated and will provide 20 meals per ticket for people in need.

WHO: Danny Garcia, undefeated welterweight champion

WHAT: Danny Garcia will meet with his fans as he hosts a canned food drive for those in an area of need.

WHERE: Xfinity Store

3903 Aramingo Ave.

Philadelphia, PA.

WHEN: Friday, November 4th at 4pm - 6 pm

Tickets for the live event on November 12th, which is promoted by DSG Promotions and King's Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit LiacourasCenter.com/events or call 800-298-4200.

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Muheeb Fazeldin!

Added To Already Stacked Detroit Brawl
Detroit Brawl

Another internationally significant fighter has been added to Salita Promotions' "Detroit Brawl" event at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, on Saturday, November 12.

In another impressive addition to an already stacked card, BBBofC Central Area Super Bantamweight Champion Muheeb Fazeldin will fight a six-rounder against an opponent to be announced.

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

Known by the ring name "Flashy," Fazeldin (8-0-1, 3 KOs) is a 23-year-old from Sheffield, United Kingdom via Yemen. A former amateur standout, Fazeldin won three national championships, six Yorkshire titles and boxed for Great Britain's international boxing team.

The quick-fisted southpaw says he's coming to Detroit to branch out his fan appeal abroad and continue moving up the ladder.

"My aim is keep climbing up the ranks and get a shot at the world title in within the next year, fighting monthly," he said. "With the team I have now and the people we work with, I believe this is achievable!"

Fazeldin joins a full cast of local and international prospects on Salita's latest "Detroit Brawl," including a trio of undefeated Detroit bantamweights: James Gordon Smith (10-0, 6 KOs), Jarico "Great Lakes King" O'Quinn (3-0, 2 KOs) and Zach Shamoun (4-0-1, 3 KOs); as well as Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov (12-1, 7 KOs); Georgian super lightweight Giorgi Gelashvili (5-0, 3 KOs); and undefeated super welterweight Wesley Tucker (12-0, 7 KOs) of Toledo in separate bouts.

More fights, opponents and rounds will be announced shortly. On fight night, doors open at 5:00 pm and the fights begin at 6:00 pm.

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Danny Garcia & Omar Douglas!

Media Workout Quotes
PBC Promotions

Undefeated world champion Danny "Swift" Garcia held a media workout at his gym in Philadelphia on Tuesday as he prepares for his Premier Boxing Champions on Spike showdown with Colombia's Samuel Vargas taking place Saturday, November 12 from Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Also in attendance at Tuesday's workout was undefeated rising prospect Omar Douglas, who battles former world champion Javier Fortuna in PBC on Spike action that same night.

Televised coverage on Spike begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd against former title challenger Jo Jo Dan in a super welterweight attraction.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DSG Promotions and King's Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit LiacourasCenter.com/events or call 800-298-4200.

Garcia has teamed up during this promotion with Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization, to arrange a regional food drive, collecting most-needed items, such as tuna and vegetables. Fans have been encouraged to drop off canned goods at the Liacouras Center (1776 N Broad St) and the DSG Boxing Gym (3731 Jasper St). Additionally, $10 from each ticket sold has been donated and will provide 20 meals per ticket for people in need.

Here is what the participants had to say:

DANNY GARCIA

"It feels great to be fighting at home. This is what Philadelphia needed. We're a fight town. I feel like people don't know that all over the world. We have a great history and a lot of world champions from here, and they've been kind of been overshadowed. It's an honor to be able to bring a fight back to these fans.

"It's very important to give back. I'm so happy to have the opportunity. With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner I'm sure we'll be making a big impact. There are a lot of families in Philadelphia who really need it and I'm glad I can help.

"I'm very lucky to be where I am. It takes a lot of hard work, but you also need the right timing. My dad and I had a vision. We never gave up on that vision. We've been through so much in life, we didn't want to stop till we reached our goals.

"The city of Philadelphia needs a champion. They need someone to give them a hometown show. There's a lot of excitement with the Eagles and Sixers right now, and I'm going to give them another thing to cheer for.

"It's a very short trip for me to the arena so I'm happy about that. I feel comfortable. I'm in my own backyard. We're planning to make sure Vargas is very uncomfortable.

"I love seeing these young kids from Philadelphia on the card. I love giving them an opportunity to get fights in front of their hometown fans too. There are a lot of doors opening up for young fighters from Philadelphia and I love that I can be a part of it.

"I know Billy Briscoe (Vargas' trainer) will have some tricks. We're very familiar with each other and I know what kind of trainer he is. He's never prepared to face someone like me.

"I've watched the tape on Vargas. He's a gritty fighter. He's definitely a tough guy who won't give up. I have to be ready. I'm going to have to be prepared. I feel ready to go.

"I had to grow into 140-pounds before I started knocking people out. This will be my third fight at welterweight and I think I'm going to feel as good as I have in my career. That's why we're ready to take on the best."

OMAR DOUGLAS

"This is just a task. I've been preparing for this moment all my life. Ever since I was eight-years-old. Not to take anything away from Fortuna, but he's a gatekeeper in the division. I have to get through him to get to what I want.

"Camp has been camp. It's rough at times but it's part of the process. I embrace it all though. I love being in camp. I'm bored when I'm not at camp so I'm definitely happiest when I'm in the gym.

"My weight is on point and on target. We're just slowing it down and getting ready to make sure I'm peaking on fight night.

"Being able to fight in Philadelphia means the world to me. This is where I started my boxing career. I've been coming up the highway from Delaware to fight since I was a kid. Now a win here can propel me to another level.

"Fortuna is where I want to be at. I want to get through him. I can't look past him. I'm focused on Javier Fortuna and writing another chapter in my story.

"You can expect a very exciting fight on November 12. Hopefully he's everything that people claim he is. I know that I am and I'm definitely going to come out on top."

ANGEL GARCIA, Danny's Father & Trainer

"There are people in this country who don't have food. My parents were farmers when they came to this country. When I was a child I was hungry. I ran around with no shoes and I wore my brother's clothes. The first thing Danny and I do when we get in the ring is say a prayer and bow our heads for the kids in the world with nothing to eat. I always told Danny and my family to appreciate whatever we have gotten. We're using our position now to make a difference.

"Danny is completely ready for this fight. He's healthy and on track to make weight. We'll be in the ring on November 12 and I think that if Samuel Vargas comes to fight and stands toe-to-toe with Danny, we're going to end the night early.

"We've brought in a lot of young prospects and guys with more experience for Danny to spar. I try to mix it up on Danny and keep him 100 percent ready. We can't take anything away from Vargas though. I know Danny is a very talented fighter and he gives me what I want. He's always learning.

"We don't watch a lot of tape. My job is not to watch the opponent, it's to train Danny Garcia. You can't forget about what your fighter does well.

"These are big things for Danny. He's the champion and he should be on exciting cards like this. We're looking to keep building and building his career.

"We're keeping Danny focused. He knows that he can't underestimate anybody. We take every opponent very seriously. The 32 people that he fought before were taken just as seriously as Vargas. We don't change anything or take anything away. I make sure his circle is tight and that camp is focused.

"I'm happy because headlining in Philadelphia is Danny's dream. What makes Danny happy makes me happy. That's what it's about at the end of the day."

PBC Boxing Promotions

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ELEIDER ALVAREZ!

BACK IN ACTION DEC 10
GYM Promotions

The "GYM 2016-2017 BOXING SERIES" at the Montreal Casino Cabaret, a PRESENTATION OF MISE-O-JEU, IN COLLABORATION WITH VIDEOTRON, will host its second card of the 2016 season and 50th since 2004 ON Saturday, December 10. The World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver champion and WBC #1 light heavyweight contender, Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs), will face tough-as-nail Polish fighter Norbert "Noras" Dabrowski (19-5-1, 7 KOs).

Dabrowski, a southpaw who has never lost by knockout during his career, will come to Montreal to try and spoil the party. In his last outing, he shattered the perfect record of his countryman. Marek Matyja (11-0).

In his only fight outside of Poland, Dabrowski delivered a strong opposition May 2, 2015 to German Dominic Boesel (18-0), losing by a close 10-round unanimous decision (113-115, 111-116, 110-117) to a rival who was then and remains the World Boxing Organization (WBO) #2 rated light heavyweight in the world, as well as # 8 the WBC.

Alvarez, a Colombian Olympian at the Beijing Games, he won the WBC Silver light heavyweight title August 25, 2014 in Monaco, defeating South African Ryno Liebenberg (16-0-0). On June 12, 2015, in Chicago, on Premier Boxing Champions series event, Alvarez knocked out Ukrainian Anatoliy Dudchenko (19-3) in the second round.

"Storm" then faced strong opposition, Paraguayan slugger Isidro Ranoni Prieto (24-0-3), August 15, 2015, at the Bell Centre in Montreal. After a tough brawl, the Montreal's adoptive son Alvarez was declared the winner by unanimous decision.

Alvarez went on to beat top contender Isaac Chilemba (24-2-2), of Malawi, in a WBC light heavyweight elimination bout November 28, 2015, by way of a majority decision, at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City,

In his last outing, this pat July 29 at the Videotron Centre, Alvarez dominated solid New Zealand southpaw Robert Berridge (27-4-1) to earn a clear win by unanimous decision.

"I am happy to come back to the Montreal Casino, where I had my first three pro fights," Alvarez said. "I asked my team to keep me active and to also evaluate what I do well and what I do badly against southpaws. I want to be fully ready for Adonis Stevenson and become the first Colombian light heavyweight champion of the world!,"

This coming fight will most likely be Alvarez' last outing before fighting Stevenson, the WBC light heavyweight world champion in 2017. Dabrowski is a strong and durable southpaw, who will be an excellent test for Alvarez before he faces the champion.

"It was at the insistence of his team that Alvarez will jump in the ring on December 10," GYM president Yvon Michel noted.

"Waiting for his world title fight, Eleider is not afraid to risk his lofty position in the rankings to give himself the best conditions for success when his time comes. Dabrowski has never been stopped and gave the # 2 WBO ranked fighter all he could handle last year. He is also a southpaw. It is logical to anticipate a captivating fight on December 10th. We have an exciting card for our 50th event at the Montreal Casino. The boxing fans will be the big winners!"

A real challenge for Dicaire The charismatic Marie-Eve Dicaire (5-0, 0 KOs), of St-Eustache, Canada, will fight in the co-main event of the evening. She will face the biggest challenge of his career against former North American Boxing Federation (NABF) welterweight champion, Mexican Paty "La Elegante" Ramirez (11-2, 5 KOs).

Interestingly enough, the two boxers are ranked 11th in the world by the WBC: Dicaire at welterweight (147 lb), Ramirez at super welterweight (154 lb).

Marie-Eve will look to continue her strong momentum in the pro ranks. In her last outing (Oct. 20), she delivered a stunning performance, also at the Montreal Casino Cabaret, where she clearly feels at home. She then defeated Mexican Karla Zamora (3-2-0) by unanimous decision.

If she is successful, it will be her last six-round fight before moving to an eight- round bouts in February.

"It is a close date for me since I fought October 20 but I am coming back from a week of vacation," Dicaire remarked. "So, I am fully ready to start my training camp. My last fight was a war that the crowd really liked, where I gave a little more while neglecting my defense. For this bout, I am sure that I will be able to show my real potential."

"In only her fifth bout," Michel added, "Marie-Eve was already world ranked. She will eventually fight for a world title having everything it takes to do so. Also, women's boxing has boomed lately, since females can box in the Olympic Games."

Lafrenière and Phinn also in action If the Alvarez and Dicaire fights weren't enough to guarantee a very entertaining evening Dec. 10, also scheduled to fight on the card are two very popular boxers in Quebec, Francis Lafrenière and Shakeel Phinn.

Lafrenière (12-5-2, 7 KOs), the charismatic International Boxing Federation (IBF) International middleweight champion, will make his debut at the Cabaret du Casino. Nicknamed, "The People champ," Lafrenière is known for his aggressive and uncompromising boxing style.

He first became Canadian middleweight champion June 28, 2014, in Lachine, by winning a unanimous decision over Paul Bzdel (5-4-1) from Saskatchewan. He then won his IBF International middleweight title in a furious fight last January 30 against Quebecer Renan St-Juste (26-4-1) at the Bell Centre, which many consider the Fight of the Year.

Lafrenière is currently on a nine-fight win streak. He counts on extending it to 10 on Dec. 10. His opponent will be announced within days.

"I had my first pro fight here at the Montreal Casino and I had a draw," the optimistic Lafrenière commented. "Thanks to GYM for giving me the opportunity for redemption. I had a solid brawl with Renan St-Juste, but I am ready to deliver another one this bout."

Phinn (10-1, 6 KOs), the Canadian super middleweight champion,is a familiar face to the Casino boxing fans. A protégé of former boxer Ian MacKillop, he won his title last Feb. 27 in Saskatchewan by defeating Paul Bzdel (5-7-1).

In his last outing, on October 15 in New Brunswick, Phinn knocked out New Brunswick fighter Tom Vautour (2-0). It will also be his second appearance at the Montreal Casino Cabaret this year having defeated Mexican opponent Jaudiel Zepeda (12-14-1) this past May 24.

Lucian Bute and Christian Ganescu protégés, Dario Bredicean (10-0, 3 KOs) and Bruno Bredicean (5-0, 1 KOs), plus Patrice Volny (3-0, 2 KOs) from Montreal, will also be in action against opponents to be announced.

GYM Boxing Promotions

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JIMMY HERRERA!

Q & A

Jimmy "The Truth" Herrera is accustomed to entering the ring as an underdog. The Chicago native is experienced in fighting favored prospects and contenders on the road and has had an inordinate success in these types of matchups, having defeated unbeaten prospects in four of his last nine fights.

So don't expect Herrera (15-3-1, 8 KOs) to be in awe of his opponent, former Ukraine amateur standout and rising star, Taras Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) when they meet this Friday, Nov. 4, in the 10-round welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif.

The 5-foot-10, 27-year-old Herrera has won three in a row and is 8-1-1 since dropping a close eight-round decision to Adrian Granados in February 2012. One of those victories was an upset seventh-round TKO over one-time highly ranked welterweight and world title challenger Mike "Machine Gun" Jones on Aug. 23, 2014.

Herrera is promoted by Hitz Boxing and co-managed by Cameron Dunkin and Mike Cericola. Shelestyuk is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.

Tickets for the event promoted by Thompson Boxing, Banner Promotions, Hitz Boxing and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing are priced at $100 (ringside), $70 (reserved) and $50 (general admission) and can be purchased by calling (714) 935-0900.

Here are Herrera's responses to a recent Q&A:

What are your thoughts going into your ShoBox debut?

"I'm always up for a challenge, so I'm really excited about this opportunity. I'm definitely ready to compete against another undefeated fighter. I'm coming to show my skills to the world and prove I'm a boxer you have to pay attention to.

"At this point of my career, I want to make a move fast while I'm young. I don't just want to be a guy with a nice record. I truly believe in my skills and that I can reach the highest level.

"I've been getting great help with sparring with the best of the best in Chicago. Sam Colonna, George Hernandez and all the Chicago boxing coaches have been great mentors to me and I am very thankful.''

What do you know about Shelestyuk?

"He was a great amateur fighter and he's a lefty. That's pretty much all I need to know. The only thing I can give him is that he has experience, so I've got to be careful of that. But it's nothing new - I've seen fighters like that.''

What kind of fight do you expect?

"I expect him to be a boxer with movement. I think he'll try to box me. I'll be coming forward, being aggressive. Then, we'll see what his game plan is.''

What is the key to winning?

"It all depends on the pressure I can apply, throwing the right punches at the right time, the accuracy of my punches. Each punch has to have a purpose. I'm definitely more of a pressure guy. I like Gennady Golovkin's style, Julio Cesar Chavez is my idol. That is the kind of style I try to fight with."

On fighting on ShoBox for the first time?

"I'm definitely excited because I know a lot of people will be watching. I'm not nervous at all. The cameras, the bright lights, honestly, I don't care about. My focus is totally on this fight. This is the type of fight that can open a lot of doors for me.''

Is this your biggest fight and do you feel pressure?

"Yes, definitely, this is my biggest fight -- just for all the doors a win would open for me, all the possibilities. There's no pressure on me. He's the one representing his country with the weight on his shoulders. I've lost before, but that doesn't make me an opponent."

Are they making a mistake fighting you?

"I feel like they are making a mistake, but I also feel this is going to be a good test for him. I think Taras took the fight more for himself. But if he doesn't know now about me, he's going to find out.''

You boxed amateurs for one year and had 25 bouts. He was a 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist with a boatload of amateur accomplishments. How significant is the experience of fighting amateur?

"Personally, to me, the amateurs are not that important at all. It's all irrelevant once you go pro. I know some great amateur boxers who made it after turning pro, and some who didn't. It's a whole different ballgame. As a pro, I believe I've fought better guys than he has. I've been tested way more than he has. You can't take away what he did as an amateur, but fighting with the smaller gloves, with no headgear, is totally different.''

Undefeated cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs, 0-1-1 in World Series of Boxing), of Catskill, N.Y. by way of Moldova, and Steve "Superman" Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of New York, will collide in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International WBC Continental Americas titles in the co-feature.

The nephew of popular former two-time lightweight world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas, undefeated lightweight Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs), of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will be opposed by local fan favorite Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs), of Indio, Calif., in an eight-round bout in the opening match of the telecast.

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

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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TARAS SHELESTYUK!

SPARRING WITH SHANE MOSLEY
TARAS SHELESTYUK

Promising unbeaten 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist Taras "Real Deal" Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will make his main event debut when he faces upset-minded Jimmy Herrera in the 10-round featured attraction of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader this Friday, Nov. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, Calif.

A 5-foot-10 up-and-coming rising star, Shelestyuk, of Los Angeles, is ranked No. 9 by the WBO and No. 13 in the WBA. He's making his second ShoBox start. Shelestyuk averaged 85 punches a round en route to winning his ShoBox debut with a 10-round division over Aslanbek Kozaev on Nov. 6, 2015.

In his most recent start and lone outing this year last May 20, Shelestyuk, 30, knocked out Erick Martinez in the third round at Ontario, Calif.

The dedicated, hard-working Shelestyuk, who is trained by Eric Brown and spars a few days a week with former world champion Shane Mosley, at Wild Card West in Santa Monica, Calif., possesses solid skills, movement and punching power. Since turning pro in March 2013 he has exclusivelycampaigned in the United States.

Shelestyuk, a member of a vaunted 2012 Ukrainian Olympic team that included featherweight gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko and heavyweight gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk, feels he's still a year away from competing against the best at 147 pounds but first must get by Herrera.

Herrera (15-3-1, 8 KOs), of Chicago, Ill., has defeated unbeaten prospects in four of his last nine fights and is 8-1-1 overall since July 2012.

Shelestyuk, Brown and Mosley spoke to SHOWTIME after a recent workout. What they said:

TARAS SHELESTYUK

What are your thoughts going into the fight?

"I'm very excited. It's been six months since my last fight, in May. It's my first headline fight and hopefully not my last one. I've been putting in a lot of work in my training camp with my trainer Eric Brown, and with my physical conditioning coach. I've been working really hard. My opponent, Herrera, is a tough fighter. He's had some good fights with guys like Mike Jones, Egidijus Kavaliauskas and a couple of other big guys. He likes to fight and I think it will be a good fight and a good matchup for our styles. Of course, I will go for the victory and it will be a very good, spectacular fight.''

You're now a ranked fighter; are you happy with the pace of your progression?

"I'm happy with my progression but of course I want to fight bigger names in championship fights and all of that. But I know it's coming soon. I enjoy my way of training and developing my skills. I've enjoyed my pro career because it was my dream from the first time I stepped into a boxing gym to be the champion of the world. It still excites me every time I have a fight. It's hard -- and every day you're training, but if you see your dream you do anything to reach it and don't let anything get in your way.''

What do you think of the welterweight division?

"It's a very good division because there are a lot of fighters but they never want to fight each other (very often). But I hope in the next year or two, there will be some very good championship fights and hopefully I will be one of them."

Why did you chose to move to Southern California?

"Well, [laughs] mainly because of the great weather, but this is also a good area with a lot of good fighters and a lot of good trainers as well. When I first moved here my manager invited me out and showed me around and I got in the gym right away. I was training with Ruslan Provodnikov and got some sparring in with him before a fight that he had and next thing you know, two weeks later I had my pro debut and now three-and-a-half years later here I am.''

Is there pressure on you when you fight?

"I wouldn't say I feel pressure because everyone around me is supporting me, they believe in me and I believe in them. My team believes in me and I trust them. I just want to do what I do in the ring, better. I want to do better for me, for my family and for my friends.''

Do you follow your Olympic teammates and is there any animosity between you?

"No. I watch fights of the Ukrainian Olympic Team, and I enjoy when the other guys win. We support each other and we call each other. It is good for there to be more Ukraine fighters who are champions now. Next year, I hope to be one of them."

How did it feel going 10 rounds for the first time in your last fight?

"Last year in November I had my first 10-round fight on ShoBox, I fought with a strong guy and he gave me a very good fight. I went the 10 rounds and I was not tired. And once that fight ended, I felt like I could still go two more. I am ready for 10, for 12, it doesn't matter. I feel much better, much more powerful. I have more speed than I had in my last fight, too."

How did you end up training with Eric?

"I trained with Freddie Roach for about two and a half years when I met Eric at Wild Card West Gym. I started sparring with some of his guys there. After my fight with Rodriguez on ESPN in 2015 I asked Eric to train me and we started working. Now that I've fought two fights with him as my trainer, I feel my boxing skills are better, I feel more powerful and I enjoy training in his gym. All of the trainers help us and they give us advice. On the days I spar with Shane Mosley he stops and gives me some advice. I learn a lot from him, being the fighting legend that he is. I grew up watching him fight as a kid and respect what he's able to teach me. Then the next time I try what he has taught me and it works."

Boxing is in your blood; your dad and brother boxed. When you were younger, did you think you were going to become a fighter?

"No, but my father pushed me in a lot of sports. I did gymnastics, soccer for five years, and played chess. I fought as a kid but it was always friendly. I always enjoyed the training aspect. To train for soccer sometimes my father and I would run barefoot in the snow and I enjoyed it. So, as a kid, when I first stepped into the boxing gym, it was just so much fun.''

Your ShoBox fight falls on your father's birthday; do you have a special present in mind for him?

"It makes me want to get the victory for him. On his day, he will be sitting and watching my fight so I want to get that victory for him, for my family and for the Ukraine.''

ERIC BROWN, Shelestyuk's trainer

What kind of camp has Taras had has had and what do you see happening on Friday?

"I see a lot of progression in Taras. When we first started working together, one of the things was that Taras always had great boxing ability, but he wasn't a great finisher. I don't know if he was gun shy or what it was but he had a tendency of using his talent to get people in trouble but then he would stand back and let them get back in the fight. So, what we've been working on a lot more is getting him to become a better finisher and recognize when he has his man in trouble and how to seize the moment, without being reckless at the same time. He's improving at a fast pace. A lot of guys from Ukraine seem to have similar tendencies because they have long amateur careers and they start picking up bad habits that we need to correct. Taras had a little bit of that in him but he seems to be making the adjustments very well. He's an extremely hard worker and you often have to tell him to slow down, you never have to tell him to do more."

Where do you see him in his career as a welterweight?

"It's a great division. I'd say that Keith Thurman tops it without a doubt now but there are good fighters like Shawn Porter too. If Mayweather decided to come back, I think he would be all over this division again. Canelo is a good welterweight but he's too busy worrying about catch-weights. Undoubtedly in another year, I think Taras will be right there with the best of them. He's got a lot of talent, great versatility, great hand speed and foot speed and he's a good puncher. Not a devastating knockout puncher but a great puncher nonetheless with both hands.''

SHANE MOSLEY, Former World Champion

How has it been working with Taras and how did you become involved in his training?

"I have been sparring with Taras and he's looking really sharp. My son is going to spar with him as well as Brandon Lynch. I've been sparring with him for about four or five months now pretty consistently because a lot of guys won't spar with him. Guys are worried that he will make them look bad; he's so technical and sharp that they don't want to spar with him. So, I go in there with him a lot. It's hard to get people to spar with him.''

Where do you see him in the welterweight division?

"He's on that championship path, that level, but I think once he gets there, he'll get more sparring partners and will get even better. He really is a world champion, a world-class fighter. He reminds me of a bigger Lomachenko, sparring with him is just like that. I see him as a top welterweight champion. The way he throws his combinations, he's a smart boxer who works out very hard. He's at the gym every single day, whether he's sparring or not, whether he has some training to do or not. He'll even be here by himself just moving around and staying sharp. His work ethic is really, really strong.

How do you like working with Taras?

"I like Taras and I enjoy working with him. He's extremely dedicated and that's hard to find. I like Taras' work ethic, his personality, how he takes to boxing. He loves this sport and he loves to be the best. He doesn't like to lose, even in sparring. I'm impressed with him. When I sparred with him for the first time I was very impressed at his swing, his power, his ring accuracy, his IQ of boxing. I was impressed with how hard he worked and his willingness to learn.''

Do you find it unusual for guys to be as dedicated as Taras at this point in their careers?

"It's unusual in the sense that a lot of fighters want to learn from the top guys but it seems to me with Taras that it's not fake. He truly does want to learn about boxing so that he can be the best. He wants to become a world champion and is working to become one of the best. If you put Taras in the ring with any big name today and I'd say he would take the victory. He has a sound mind. He has the mentality to be at the top. He's serious about being the world champion, about being the top fighter. He's serious about winning and he's going to take it all the way to the end. If you put this guy against Thurman, I'd go with him. I think he beats Thurman right now.''

Tickets for the event promoted by Thompson Boxing, Banner Promotions, Hitz Boxing and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing are priced at $100 (ringside), $70 (reserved) and $50 (general admission) and can be purchased by calling (714) 935-0900.

In the ShoBox co-feature, undefeated cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs, 0-1-1 in World Series of Boxing), of Catskill, N.Y. by way of Moldova, and Stive "Superman" Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of New York, will collide in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International and WBC Continental Americas titles. Unbeaten lightweight Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs), of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will be opposed by local fan favorite Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs), of Indio, Calif., in an eight-round bout in the opening bout of the telecast,. Freitas, 23, is the nephew of popular former two-time lightweight world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas.

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

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Jose Martinez V Alexandro Santiago!

November 12 In Puerto Rico
Cotto Promotions

DIRECTV Boxing Nights that will presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, H2 Entertainment and Roc Nation Sports on Saturday November 12 from the Complejo Ferial of Puerto Rico in Ponce, will headline the return of fans favorite and undefeated super flyweight Jose 'Chiquiro' Martinez (18-0, 11 KO’s), from Las Marias, Puerto Rico and the Mexican warrior Alexandro 'Peque' Santiago (11-2-2 3KO’s).

"I’m motivated and excited with this great opportunity that Miguel and Hector gives me. We are ready to battlet and bring my best performance and get a big win, "said Chiquiro.

Martinez vs, Santiago will be another epic battle between Puerto Rico vs. Mexico “fighting a Mexican is always exciting because everybody knows that it will be a war inside the ring, I am ready for Santiago and will do anything I need to do to win," Martinez said. "He is an experienced fighter who comes from a draw for NABO title, and it means that he likes to fight, I like the challenges and Santiago is a Challenge," he said.

Cotto Boxing Promotions

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Trey Lippe-Morrison!

Plans Out Future
Trey Lippe-Morrison

The boxing world is always looking for its next great attraction and nothing is more sought after than a heavyweight; especially an American with devistating power like Trey Lippe-Morrison.

On Friday September 23, the undefeated Lippe-Morrison fought his first televised bout on Showtime against fellow unbeaten Ed Latimore. The bout, a significant step up in competition for Lippe-Morrison, received a tremendous amount of attention.

After Lippe-Morrison scored two hard knockdowns and stopped Latimore in less than 2 ½ minutes, the boxing community was buzzing with questions. Is he going to be a world champion like his late father Tommy Morrison? Will he be on the fast track to stardom? Is he America’s next great hope?

According to his promoter Tony Holden, they will take their time to find out.

“Trey is definitely a good prospect and his most recent win demonstrated that. He has devastating power and is improving under Freddie Roach, who has done a fantastic job with him. At the same time, it’s important to remember as a promoter it’s my utmost duty to take our time and move him strategically.”

Lippe-Morrison, 12-0 (12 KO’s), continues to sell out shows as the main attraction and is scheduled to return in December at the Buffalo Run Casino where he is a member of the “Four State Franchise.” Since his impressive victory, Holden's recieved multiple offers for Lippe-Morrison to return to TV in early 2017. Ultimately, the plan is to mix in the right TV fights and untelevised bouts at the Buffalo Run, where his impact goes beyond boxing.

“The economy here is struggling and for some, boxing is one of the few things they have to look forward to,” said Holden, who promoted Tommy Morrison and has promoted Lippe-Morrison since his pro debut. “This is our professional franchise and the commuinity has rallied behind Trey. He is fighting for them and it's very heartwarming to see the relationship Trey has developed with his fans. Wherever he fights, Trey is representing the “Four State Franchise” and our community. Ultimately, the team is going to make smart decisions and get him to that next level when we collectively agree the time is right.”

Official particulars on Lippe-Morrison's next bout will be announced Thursday, November 3.

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Manuel Mendez V Vitor Jones Freitas!

Nov. 4 In The ShoBox Opener
Manuel Mendez

Hard-hitting lightweight prospect Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs) makes his U.S. television debut against unbeaten Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 6 KOs) this Friday, Nov. 4, from the Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif.

Freitas vs. Mendez is scheduled for eight rounds and kicks off a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets for the event promoted by Thompson Boxing, Banner Promotions, Hitz Boxing and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing are priced at $100 (ringside), $70 (reserved) and $50 (general admission) and can be purchased by calling (714) 935-0900.

Mendez, who is trained by the well-regarded Joel Diaz, is putting the finishing touches on a training camp that saw him spar against former world champions Victor Ortiz, Ruslan Provodnikov and elite prospect Vergil Ortiz.

Thompson Boxing caught up with the 26-year-old slugger from Indio, Calif. and got his take on this Friday's ShoBox fight.

(On your first time fighting in front of a nationally televised audience) ...

"It's a great opportunity. I always push myself to the limits and this fight is no different. I have a fan-friendly style that the SHOWTIME audience is going to love."

(On paper your fight against Freitas appears evenly matched, but most are giving the upper hand to your opponent) ...

"I've always been the underdog all my life so this is another shot to prove myself. Freitas has a famous name, but that's about it. He hasn't faced anyone that approaches my ability."

(On what you expect from Freitas) ...

"The first few rounds will go a long way in knowing what he has. From watching tape, it seems like he has speed, but the most important thing is gauging his power. I can take a punch so once I feel him connect with something, then I'll know what he has to offer."

(On your relationship with Joel Diaz) ...

"We have an excellent relationship. He's incredibly helpful in that I've seen a great deal of improvement since I've been with him. Everything is better. My conditioning, head movement, footwork; I've improved in a lot of areas. He's a great teacher."

(How would you describe your style for those that have yet to see you fight?) ...

"I'm a smart boxer that pressures fighters into making mistakes. I have all the tools needed to wear down opponents. You'll always see me in front of you to the point where you get annoyed and start making mental errors. That's when I put the hurt on you."

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Connecticut Boxing Hall Of Fame!

Limited Tickets Remain

Limited tickets are still available for this Friday night's 12TH annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) Gala Induction Ceremony and Awards Dinner in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.

The Class of 2016 inductees are Stamford amateur coach/boxer Orlando Montalvo, Newington former ESPN boxing director Bob Yalen, Wallingford boxer Sean Malone, Jr., New Bedford (MA) boxer "Sucra" Ray Oliveira, Waterbury judge/referee John "Duke" Lawson and Mashantucket Pequot Game & Athletic commissioner Kenny Reels.

The 2016 CBHOF award winners are its first female Boxer of the Year, Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent; Jacob Marrero, Amateur Boxer of the Year; Mike Mazzulli, Professional Boxing Official of the Year; Heather Concepcion, Amateur Boxing Official of the Year; Pete Hary, Contribution to Professional Boxing; and Carlos Nieves Contribution to Amateur Boxing.

Tickets for the CBHOF 12th annual Gala Induction Dinner, reasonably priced at $90.00, will soon go on sale and be available to purchase by calling Kim Baker at Mohegan Sun (1.860.862.7377) or Sherman Cain at the Manchester Journal Inquirer (1.800.237.3606 X321). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET, cocktails from 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET (cash bar), followed by a full sit-down dinner.

Go online to www.ctboxinghof.org for additional information about the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, its 12th annual Gala Inductee Dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or past CBHOF inductees

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Culcay V Andrade Off!

Team Andrade Miss Reminders & Deadlines

The WBA World Super Welterweight Championship fight between Jack Culcay and Demetrious Andrade is off and will not take place in the foreseeable future.

Team Sauerland won the purse bids to stage the fight on August 15, and had planned to schedule the bout as a co-featured main event alongside the WBA World Super Middleweight title contest between Tyron Zeuge and Giovanni De Carolis on November 5 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.

Following the purse bids, Culcay immediately signed his contract and begun preparing for the fight, however, Andrade failed to sign the contract before the 15 day deadline set by the WBA.

After the deadline was extended, Team Andrade still missed several opportunities to return a signed agreement. A final deadline was then set four weeks prior to the bout, but again Andrade did not produce a signed contract. As a result, Team Sayerland’s German television partner SAT.1 could not maintain the date and the November 5 fight was cancelled.

During this time it has been reported that Andrade’s team were in talks with both the WBC and WBO regarding potential world title opportunities, although a WBA world championship bout with Culcay would exclude Andrade to challenge for another organisation’s title. As recent as last week Andrade's promoters applied for a World Title Challenge at the WBO convention.

Last week, Andrade finally signed a standard WBA contract for the fight, but having already missed the deadlines set by the WBA and Team Sauerland, the fight will not be taking place on November 5.

Culcay was ready and willing to take the fight, arrangements were underway for it to take place on November 5, but Andrade's failure to sign the contract on time has led to this situation. Culcay is expected to take an interim bout to keep activity in the division whilst the situation concerning Andrade is resolved.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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Thompson Boxing & Banner Promotions!

Sign Elite Amateur Michael Dutchover
Michael Dutchover

Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions continue to add to their talented pool of fighters. Thompson Boxing, which makes its home in Southern California, teamed up with Philadelphia-based Banner Promotions to sign elite amateur Michael Dutchover (1-0, 1 KOs) out of Midland, Tex.

Dutchover, 18, will campaign as a junior lightweight. The Texas native won numerous regional tournaments as an amateur and was a runner up at this year's National Golden Gloves competition in the 132-pound division. He enters the professional ranks well prepared having gone 130-17 in the unpaid arena.

"I felt an overwhelming amount of joy when I was signing my contract," said Dutchover, who is trained and managed by Danny Zamora. "I've been doing this since I was eight years old. This is just the beginning. I'm going to work hard to become a world champion. That's all I want."

"We are very pleased with the addition of Michael Dutchover," said Ken Thompson, president at Thompson Boxing. "Michael brings a dynamic fighting style to the ring. He looked incredible in his pro debut last week. It's going to be exciting watching his career take off."

"I am very excited to be promoting Michael with Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing," said Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions. "He had a big amateur background. His style as an amateur was more pro oriented then anything else. He is a great young talent and I know he has a big future. We look forward to getting him started on what we hope will be a journey towards a world championship."

Dutchover appeared on the most recent Thompson Boxing card last Friday, Oct. 21. Dutchover started his career with a third round knockout over Cesar Partida.

He worked off an effective jab that allowed him to land crisp power shots. In the third, he connected on a crushing combination that resulted in the fight's only knockdown. Partida survived the round, but was not allowed to come out for the fourth and final round.

"Partida was a tough opponent," said Dutchover after the fight. "He took a lot of quality punches. I was able to drop him in the third and I knew he was hurt. It feels great to start my career with a knockout win."

Dutchover is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Weights From San Juan, Puerto Rico
Vasquez V Lopez

Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs), Bayamon, Puerto Rico 129 lbs.

Juan Manuel Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs), Caguas, Puerto Rico 128.6 lbs.

WHEN: Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:00 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

WHERE: Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico

PROMOTER: Black Tiger Promotions

PPV: Distributed live by Integrated Sports Media in the United States and Puerto Rico, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, on both cable and satellite pay per view on iN Demand, DISH, DIRECTV, Liberty Cable, Claro TV and Vubiquity. The event will also be available to watch across Canada on Fight Network, as well as worldwide via Fite TV app for iOS and Android devices or watch on the www.Fite.TV website. Suggested retail price is $29.95.

PPV ANNOUNCERS: Steve Farhood & Benny Ricardo

RING ANNOUNCER: Tom Treiber

Black Tiger Boxing Promotions

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Javier Fortuna & Omar Douglas!

Camp Notes
PBC

Former world champion Javier Fortuna (30-1-1, 22 KOs) and undefeated rising contender Omar Douglas (17-0, 12 KOs) are set to meet in a pivotal matchup as both men look to make a statement when they meet on Saturday, November 12 from Temple University's Liacouras Center in Premier Boxing Champions on Spike action.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and is headlined by undefeated world champion Danny "Swift" Garcia taking on Colombia's Samuel Vargas. Also featured in televised action is undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd battling former title challenger Jo Jo Dan. Garcia is teaming up with Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization, to arrange a regional food drive and raise money throughout the promotion.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DSG Promotions and King's Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit LiacourasCenter.com/events or call 800-298-4200.

The former champion Fortuna and the unbeaten Douglas will meet in a 50-50 fight that could put the winner in a position to fight for a world title soon. Fortuna is known for his aggressive style while Douglas looks to impress against his toughest opponent to date.

Here is what the fighters had to say about training camp, each other and more:

How has training camp gone for this fight?

Javier Fortuna: "I'm having an excellent training camp. We're working hard and figuring out how to break down my opponent. Hector Bermudez does a great job and I'm very comfortable training here in Boston. I've gotten great sparring with guys like Will Madero and Alden Whatley. I'm going to be just as strong in the final round as I was in the first.

Omar Douglas: "Training has been going very well. I was already working and staying sharp, because I knew a big fight was on the horizon. Training in Delaware with Douglas Petitford has been great for me and I've had incredible sparring. I've been in there getting rounds with (2016 U.S. Olympian) Gary Antuanne Russell and a veteran in Hank Lundy."

What do you think of your opponent and how do you see this fight going stylistically?

JF: "Douglas is a prospect who has looked pretty good coming up. He wants to get to where I've been. He might be looking past me. I think that his style fits my style perfectly. I'm going to have openings and I just need to take advantage."

OD: "Fortuna is a very decent and explosive fighter. He's a former world champion and I expect him to stand up and get back what he thinks is his. He wants his rematch with Sosa and we are in each other's way. He's a frontrunner in the ring. He will try to start strong and I am prepared for whatever he brings to the table. Whether he boxes or fights me. I will make adjustments."

What kind of problems does your opponent pose?

JF: "The only problem that he will pose is if he doesn't show up and fight. I'm ready for anything he can bring, so I hope he's ready to give the fans a show."

OD: "He moves well. I can't let myself get off-balanced trying to chase him. He's awkward but I know that my jab will neutralize his strengths."

What are you looking for in the future if you can get the win on November 12? What are your goals for 2017?

JF: "I want to fight the best out there. My first choice is a rematch with Jason Sosa so that I can win my belt back. I'd love to fight Vasyl Lomachenko. I don't think he's fought a guy quite like me yet."

OD: "I want to fight for a world title. That's the goal. He is a former champion who just lost his title and 2017 is my year to make a run for a title."

How have you improved as a fighter since your loss? Do you believe a win over Douglas proves you're still one of the best in the division?

JF: "I have learned a lot of things since I lost. My defense and my confidence in myself has improved. If I can beat a guy who is 22-0 and make it two wins over previously unbeaten fighters, then I think I'm right back in contention. He's still considered a prospect so I think whoever wins will be a contender at the top of the division.

How does fighting in Philadelphia motivate you, having fought there in the amateurs and being from nearby Delaware?

OD: "In the amateurs I was one of the only guys from Delaware. I had a lot of obstacles. I've been fighting against Philly's best fighters for years. Philadelphia is where I achieved my first goals in the sport and it will always be special to me to fight in Philly."

Why do you believe you'll be victorious on fight night?

JF: "With the work that I've been putting in, I know that I will be ready on fight night. I've been through too much not to leave the ring victorious."

OD: "I've been waiting for this moment for all my life and I believe I am the hungrier fighter. He doesn't want it as badly as I do. I've been waiting in the shadows for a long time. I have all the skills necessary to get the job done."

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Havnaa V Karavaeu!

November 5 In Potsdam
Havnaa

Kai Robin Havnaa (7-0, 6 KOs) will face Ihar Karavaeu (8-12, 5 KOs) in a six-round contest on the undercard of the WBA World Super Middleweight title fight between Giovanni De Carolis and Tyron Zeuge on November 5 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.

The 27 year-old returns to Germany following an emphatic performance against Mirnes Denadic earlier this month, which saw the Norwegian talent floor his opponent five-times on his way to securing a second-round TKO victory.

Havnaa's next challenge is the 28 year-old Belarusian Karavaeu, who he must overcome in order to maintain his unbeaten record and claim his eighth professional win.

‘’I’m really looking forward to fighting in Germany again,’’ he says. ‘’It was a really good experience last time, and I was really pleased with my performance.’’

‘’I feel that now the things I’m working on in the gym with my coach Joey Gamache are starting to come out in my fights. I can feel myself getting better with every performance and I want to keep working hard and keep improving.

‘’I’ve had a look at Karavaeu and he seems like a good fighter, but I try not to focus too much on my opponent, I just concentrate on what I need to do. I’ll spend the next week fine tuning my tactics and then I will be ready.’’

All of Havnaa’s contests so far have been fought in Denmark and Germany, but with professional boxing now a possibility in Norway, he believes it is only a matter of time before he gets to showcase his skills in front of a home audience.

‘’For now, the most important thing for me is to stay busy. I want to fight as much as possible so that I keep developing, but of course, I look forward to the day that I can fight at home in Norway,'' he says. ''I know my promoter Team Sauerland have plans to start promoting there soon, so my time will come.’’

Tickets for the Team Sauerland show on November 5 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam are available online via www.tickethall.de and www.eventim.de or by calling the ticket hotline on +49 (0)1806-57004.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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DANIELITO ZORRILLA!

READY TO TURN PRO
DANIELITO ZORRILLA

In addition to the exciting main event in hands of unbeaten and rising Puerto Rican star Angel 'Tito' Acosta (14-0, 14KO's) against the Mexican Luis Armando Ceja (27-5-3, 22KO's) for vacant WBO Latino mini flyweight title, on Saturday November 12 at the luxurious Complejo Ferial of Puerto Rico in Ponce. Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment will feature the high anticipated pro debut of Puerto Rico national team star and champion Danielito Zorrilla, who will clash in four round fight against also debutant Jesus E. Gonzalez at 140 pounds as the TV opening bout for DIRECTV Boxing Nights.

Silver medalist at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, Zorrilla amassed a huge amateur career that included an unofficial record of 137-9 and have fought in two World Cups, among many other international high level wins. "I'm training in a similar way, because I have been fighting without mask for a while", said recently fighter who trains under the orders of David Oyola in Toa Baja. "I am excited to fight and become pro, this has been one of my dreams and will work hard to become a world champion. People are very excited to see me fight and I will be ready on November 12 in Ponce, I wont let anybody down" he said.

DIRECTV BOXING NIGHTS is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions ,H2 Entertainment in a collaboration with Roc Nation Sports and DIRECTV, Leones de Ponce, Gasolina Party In A Pouch, Ciclon Energy Drink, Armor All, Ahorro Muebles, Pan American Language, Everlast and newspaper La Cordillera. The entrance to the Complejo Ferial in Ponce has a price of $ 20.00 General Ring Side. Tickets are available by calling 787-332-0478 TICKET PLUS or visiting www.TICKETPLUSPR.COM

Cotto Boxing Promotions

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Alexey Zubov!

I Came To Detroit To Become A Champion
Alexey Zubov

Last April at the Turning Stone in Verona, New York, and with the ShoBox: The New Generation cameras rolling, Alexey Zubov admits he choked.

"I was nervous. I never fought on a big show," explained Zubov of the unanimous decision loss he suffered to Moldova's Constantin Bejenaru. "It was such a huge step in my career and I felt frozen by nerves."

Fighters often make excuses when they lose, but with Zubov, there may be some validity. Normally a very active fighter with a high work rate, Zubov appeared listless and sluggish for eight uneventful rounds.

"Life doesn't always go the way you want. Losing that fight made me stronger. It was a good lesson for me and it was good for my experience to fight on that level. And now I know what it's like. That will never happen again."

Zubov will continue his quest for another shot at the big time on Saturday, November 12, at Salita Promotions' "Detroit Brawl" event at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

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

Originally from Magnitogorsk, Russia, Zubov says he's enjoyed his last eight months living in Detroit and working with the late Emanuel Steward's nephew Javan "Sugar" Hill at the resurgent Kronk Gym.

"I came to Detroit to become a champion. I want to show everyone that I'm a world-class cruiserweight and I want to show everyone all the things Javan has been teaching me. He is a great trainer and I have a very good relationship him."

When not in training, Zubov says he loves the challenge of adapting to a new culture, virtually alone.

"I only miss my parents, but we talk everyday on Skype or Facetime and they support me all the way. I don't have many Russian-speaking friends in Detroit. Most of the time, I practice my English to try and learn it well. Every day, I challenge myself to learn new words. I've always been like that. Just like my boxing skills. Every day I push myself to be better."

Zubov says in near-perfect English that he'd love the chance to settle some unfinished business.

"I want a rematch with Bejenaru so bad. I can do so much better than that. I know I can. I will prove I can. I will not stop until I do."

Salita Boxing Promotions

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DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT!

FORCED TO CANCEL REMAINING 2016 SHOW DATES IN NEW YORK STATE

DiBella Entertainment ("DBE"), the most active boxing promoter in New York and one of the foremost in the United States, announced Friday that it has released its dates on hold with the New York State Athletic Commission through the end of the year, effectively ending the boxing program in New York until at least 2017. The announcement is a direct result of New York's new insurance requirements, which have made it impossible for promoters to purchase the coverage necessary to do an event in the state and the New York State Athletic Commission's failure to use its authority to alter the requirements.

N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 1015, colloquially known as the MMA Law as it also served to legalize Mixed Martial Arts in the state, went into effect on September 1, 2016, requiring promoters to purchase $50,000 in medical coverage and $50,000 in death benefits for all athletes competing in an event; this is an increase from $10,000 in medical coverage and $10,000 in death benefits, but is in keeping with other states at the forefront of boxing safety such as California and Nevada.

However, the law took the unprecedented step of requiring $1 million of coverage per athlete in the event of life threatening brain injury. No insurance carrier has been authorized by the state to offer such a policy and it does not appear that, despite the efforts of various promoters and the Commission, such a policy is imminent.

The practical impact of the law, meant to provide increased safety to professional boxers, is the extinction of boxing in New York and shows being moved to nearby jurisdictions where the insurance requirements provide much less coverage for the athletes.

There has not been a professional boxing event in New York since August 21, when DBE promoted Errol Spence Jr. vs. Leonard Bundu at the Ford Amphitheater in Brooklyn. WBA Middleweight Champion Danny Jacobs, who was born and resides in Brooklyn, had planned to defend his title in September at Barclays Center, but the bout was moved to Pennsylvania due to the insurance barrier.

September 2016 marked the first time in over 11 years since a full calendar month occurred without a professional boxing event in New York.

"There is such a rich history of boxing in New York," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "And now the sport has, for all intents and purposes, been evicted by a legislature willfully ignorant of both the boxing and insurance industries. The actions of the powers that be in Albany and their political appointees are depriving New York state residents in the sport of boxing from their livelihoods. This is hitting boxers very hard, as most struggle to pay their bills and need to be active. Small businesses are being put at jeopardy with no recourse or ability to continue plying their trade.

"This is a disgraceful abuse of legislative and state power."

In many instances, fighters who have built a fan base in New York are being deprived the opportunity to earn a living.

Heather Hardy, one of the most celebrated female fighters in the world with a passionate fan base in the New York metropolitan area, was scheduled to fight on December 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn - one of the dates DBE released today. Hardy, who, in addition to her purses, makes money selling tickets to her fights, will now have to look elsewhere to provide for her family.

"These new insurance restrictions are not just destroying the sport of boxing in New York, they are destroying my livelihood," said Hardy. "Do you have any idea what life looks like for a professional boxer, especially one who is a female and a single parent? With these new laws, fewer shows and dates being moved or canceled, I don't know how I'm going to survive at all, let alone the upcoming holiday season. I'm going to have to go back to delivering books and answering phones to try to cover the bills."

Even if an insurance carrier were eventually approved to offer insurance for life-threatening brain injuries sustained in a boxing match, the costs would no doubt be prohibitive for all but the most high profile shows. Club shows like Broadway Boxing, which DBE has promoted regularly in New York since 2004, would cease to exist and smaller promoters that promote only club shows would be faced with the choice of moving out of state or shuttering entirely without a modification in the law.

The New York State Athletic Commission is authorized to make such a modification per the MMA Law, which states: "The commission may from time to time, promulgate regulations to adjust the amount of such minimum limits." The Commission did promulgate regulations in early September, but did little more than reinforce the minimums set forth in the MMA Law.

On August 27, DBE and another New York based Promoter, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, jointly submitted a Public Comment in advance of the Regulations being approved that warned "[A]ll boxing in the state of New York - marquee events and club shows alike - are under an immediate danger of extinction" as a result of the new insurance requirements. A full copy of the Public Comment can be found here: http://dbe1.com/dbe-star-boxings-public-comment-to-nysac-proposed-regulations19-nycrr-parts-206-214/

The warnings provided in the Public Comment, much like the barren boxing calendar, seem thus far to have eluded the attention of those with the authority to bring boxing back to New York. For now, the state where Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier, Rocky Marciano fought Archie Moore, and Sugar Ray Robinson fought Jake LaMotta twice is without professional boxing entirely.

"It is incumbent upon either the legislature or Commission to take a long look at what they've done and fix it. If there is an honest intention to continue boxing in the state, there must be a modification of the required limits," said DiBella. "I have had endless conversations with insurance brokers and underwriters and any narrative being spun suggesting that a policy with an affordable premium will be in place soon is flatly wrong and not helping restore boxing in New York.

"I have several dates on hold with the New York State Athletic Commission in January 2017 and beyond and I look forward to bringing world class boxing back to New York, but I must have both the assurance that it is legally possible to satisfy the insurance requirements and proper time to promote a show."

DBE returns with live boxing Saturday, November 19, at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, and Friday, December 2, at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are available through the respective venue box offices.

DBE Boxing Promotions

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Xolisani Ndongeni & Ruben Villa!

Highlight Nov. 4 ShoBox Undercard

World ranked lightweight contender Xolisani Ndongeni (21-0, 11 KOs) and top-tier featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (2-0, 2 KOs) highlight the Nov. 4 ShoBox undercard from the Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif.

Ndongeni, ranked number two by the WBA, will make his U.S. debut against Juan Garcia Mendez (19-1-1, 12 KOs) of Mexicali, Mex. in a fight scheduled for 10-rounds. Ndongeni, a native of South Africa, has won numerous regional titles. He will find himself in unfamiliar territory on Nov. 4, as he has fought all of his professional fights in his home country.

Villa, a southpaw with a terrific amateur pedigree, will fight fellow youngster Aaron Lopez (4-0, 2 KOs) of Mexico in a 4-round fight. Villa, who hails from the Northern California farming town of Salinas, has started his professional career in electrifying fashion. He came out of the gate with back-to-back first round knockout wins in July and September.

"I don't approach any fight with the idea that I have to win by knockout," said Villa, who turned professional after an elite amateur background that saw him win consecutive National Golden Gloves Championships. "I just stay focused on the game plan and try to make my opponent uncomfortable."

Villa is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.

Tickets for the event promoted by Thompson Boxing, Banner Promotions, Hitz Boxing and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing are priced at $100 (ringside), $70 (reserved) and $50 (general admission) and can be purchased by calling (714) 935-0900.

Also on the undercard, bantamweights Danny Andujo (2-0, 1 KO) of Temecula, Calif. and Saul Sanchez (1-0, 1 KO) of Indio, Calif. battle in a bout set for 6-rounds.

The show opener consists of junior welterweight Jerry Larios of Los Angeles making his professional debut against an opponent to be named later (4-rounds).

TV FIGHTS

Undefeated 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Taras "Real Deal" Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will face upset-minded Jaime Herrera in the 10-round welterweight main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on Friday, Nov. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, Calif.

In the co-feature, undefeated cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs, 0-1-1 in World Series of Boxing), of Catskill, N.Y. by way of Moldova, and Stivens "Superman" Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of New York, will collide in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International and WBC Continental Americas titles.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated lightweight Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs), of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will be opposed by local fan favorite Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs), of Indio, Calif., in an eight-round bout. The 23-year-old Freitas is the nephew of popular former two-time lightweight world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas.

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Knockout Night At The D!

Returns Nov. 18
Knockout Night At The D

"Knockout Night at the D" returns Friday night, November 18, airing live (9 p.m. PT / 12 a.m. ET) on CBS Sports Network from inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center tent, located in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas casino district, one block away from the world famous Fremont Street (200 S. 3rd St.).

North American Boxing Association (NABA) United States lightweight champion Reynaldo Blanco (13-2, 7 KOs) makes his first title defense against challenger Demond "Body Shot" Brock (12-3, 4 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

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

Hall of Fame announcers Jim "J.R." Ross and Al Bernstein will call the action from ringside, along with roving reporter Sean Wheelock, on CBS Sports Network.

The 29-year-old Blanco, fighting out of the Dominican Republic by way of Puerto Rico, captured his NABA US title belt this past January, taking an 8-round unanimous decision from previously unbeaten Angel Luis Ocasio (8-0-2). In his last fight in July, Blanco stopped another undefeated challenger, 14-0 Mario Beltre, in the second round for the Dominican Republic lightweight championship.

New Orleans-native Brock, who learned how to box serving a 15-year prison sentence, defeated Chuy Gutierrez (14-0-1) in the June 10th "Knockout Night at the D" show to retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) United States lightweight title in his first title defense. Brock, 35, originally captured his title belt in 2015, by way of an 8-round unanimous decision over Oscar Valenzuela (9-1-1).

In the 8-round co-feature, Puerto Rican junior middleweight Daniel "El Duro" Cruz (11-1, 10 KOs) takes on former Mexico welterweight champion Norberto Gonzalez (22-8, 13 KOs).

Cruz, who has knocked out 10 of his 11 victims, is the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino junior middleweight champion having captured that vacant title in his last fight (July 17, 2015), stopping Aaron Garcia (14-3-1) in the second round in Florida.

Always dangerous Gonzalez is a proven upset specialist with victories against 30-3 Javier Francisco Maciel (DEC8), 20-1 Michael Oliveira (DEC10), 18-2 Antonio Arras (DEC10), and 22-3-1 Joel Juarez (DEC6).

In the television opener, rising junior lightweight Randy Moreno (6-0, 5 KOs) faces Mexican veteran Daniel Perales (7-5-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 6-round bout. Fighting once again at home in Las Vegas, Moreno will be in his first 6-rounder, as well as on national television for the first time. The gifted 20-year-old is coming off explosive back-to-back knockouts of Fabian Alaniz and Gaige Ireland in a pair of "Knockout Night at the D" events in September.

"The hottest series in boxing returns November 18th with another great event," said Keith Veltre, CEO / Co-Founder of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. "Once again, the main event and co-feature are pick 'em fights. 'Knockout Night at the D' fights are known for its competitiveness and entertainment value. And we remain committed to showcasing local prospects like Randy Moreno, who will be fighting on national television for the first time. Fans in attendance as well as those watching on CBS Sports Network will be into these match-ups from the opening bell."

Keeping with its goal to showcase young talent based in Las Vegas, junior flyweight Marina "Rocky" Ramirez (2-0), and pro-debuting cruiserweight Jason Beauchamp are slated to be fighting in separate 4-round bouts.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $1,000.00 VIP booth (includes 15 admissions), $50.00 VIP ringside, $25.00 and $15.00 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 7:00 p.m. PT.

The "Knockout Night at the D" series was developed in partnership with the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and Neon Star Media.

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GORMAN & ARROWSMITH!

AIM TO SHINE ON TV

HATTON PROMOTIONS prospects Nathan Gorman and Reuben Arrowsmith have been given the chance to shine on TV.

The unbeaten pair, who are both trained by boxing legend Ricky Hatton, will appear on Frank Warren’s BoxNation broadcast event at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on November 26.

And the Hitman sees it has the perfect platform for his boxers to showcase their talent.

“This is a huge opportunity for Nathan and Reuben to show people what they’re capable of,” Hatton said.

“Nathan has already a little taste of what it’s like to fight on TV with BoxNation showing his knockout of Dave Howe recently, but it’ll be a new experience for Reuben and I’m sure it’s something he’ll take to straight away.

“I see these lads in the gym everyday so I know the huge potential they have. The general public, though, probably haven’t seen that much of them so I’m hoping appearing on this card really turns a few heads.”

Following stellar international amateur careers, Gorman and Arrowsmith both turned professional in late 2015 and Hatton says he couldn’t have asked for more from them in the short time since.

“I like to think all my lads are getting better each day and Nathan and Reuben have really excelled,” he said.

“Normally, when you get two boxers so young turning over, it’s best to take things slowly and not rush things. With these two, I’m letting the reins off already.

“Nathan won the Central Area title in only his sixth pro fight and I don’t think Reuben’s that far off boxing for his first title now. I think it’s going to be a massive 2017 for both of them.”

The November 26 bill is a championship triple header as Billy Joe Saunders defends his WBO middleweight crown against New York-based Russian Artur Akavov, Welsh hero and Young Boxer of the Year Liam Williams puts his British super-welterweight title on the line against Ahmet Patterson, and Birmingham’s Tommy Langford clashes with Sam Sheedy for the vacant British middleweight bauble.

BoxNation can be viewed on Sky (437/490 HD), Virgin 546, Talk Talk 415, Freeview 255, and online using the broadcaster’s dedicated streaming service.

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PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS!

ROLLS INTO SEASON NO. 3

The Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TVseries will roll into its third season in 2017 with a spectacular slate of boxing shows featuring an array of the most talented boxers in the world.

"The Premier Boxing Champions series will continue its mission in 2017 of making the sport available to the widest possible audience,'' said Tim Smith, Vice President of Communications for Haymon Boxing. "Through its first two seasons the PBC will have broadcast over 90 shows, featuring surprising upsets, spectacular knockouts and hard-fought championship matches. The 2017 season of the PBC series will be the most exciting yet.''

The 2016 season saw some very exciting and compelling showdowns such as Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter and Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton, and featured the most viewed boxing matches of the year. Thurman-Porter peaked at 3.94 million viewers on CBS on June 25, while Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero peaked at 3.5 million viewers on FOX on Jan. 23. The PBC also registered the largest television audience for a boxing show in 18 years when the 147-pound match between Errol Spence, Jr. and Leonard Bundu scored a peak of 6.3 million viewers on NBC on August 21.

The 2016 PBC season will close with two outstanding shows as Danny Garcia battles Samuel Vargas on Spike on Nov. 12, with a huge 147-pound championship showdown against Keith Thurman hanging in the balance for Garcia. Next up will be a scintillating doubleheader featuring two world title fights as Jesus Cuellar and Abner Mares square off in a hotly contested 126-pound showdown and Jermall Charlo and Julian Williams meet in a 154-pound title match on Dec. 10.

The 2017 PBC season will continue the great tradition of compelling matches in all weight classes from heavyweight on down. There will be particular fireworks in the hottest and deepest divisions in the sport at 147 pounds, 154 pounds and 126 pounds. With so much talent in all these divisions, competitive matchups abound.

In 2017 the PBC series will continue it's broadcast partnerships with FOX, FS1, Spike, NBC, ESPN, SHOWTIME/CBS and Bounce TV and will feature more primetime networks shows next year than in either of the first two seasons.

FOX will broadcast three prime time network shows, the first of which will be on February 25. FS1 will broadcast 25 shows, running from February-October.

NBC will broadcast three primetime network shows in the second half of 2017, beginning with the first show on Sept. 23.

ESPN will broadcast 12 shows from April-August with the first show on April 14.

Spike will regularly broadcast shows as part of its Combat Sports Friday platform, beginning with the first show on Jan. 13.

Bounce TV will feature a quarterly boxing show with the first broadcast on March. 31.

SHOWTIME/CBS will broadcast select PBC series fights on dates throughout the year. The first show on SHOWTIME/CBS for the 2017 season will be the highly-anticipated 126-pound title rematch between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz on Jan. 28, followed by a super-fight for 147-pound supremacy between champions Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia on March 4.

"We're excited for the 2017 PBC series on FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes, with a robust schedule of outstanding matches at all levels of boxing including exciting champions, contenders and prospects," says David Nathanson, FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. "We've enjoyed our thrilling Tuesday night series on FS1 and FOX Deportes and had several major title fights on the FOX broadcast network, including the heavyweight championship of the world. We're looking for more great fights in the coming year."

"We are thrilled to continue showcasing excellent bouts between top fighters when Premier Boxing Champions returns to NBC in 2017," said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN.

"We are thrilled to welcome Premier Boxing Champions back on ESPN in 2017. The PBC series has delivered exciting boxing events that have garnered solid boxing viewership for ESPN," said Burke Magnus, executive vice president, programming and scheduling for ESPN. "We are looking forward to showcasing a new season of fights next year."

"In 2016, the PBC series once again delivered another year of exciting fights with many of boxing's biggest names, including Danny Garcia, Daniel Jacobs, Adrien Broner and Adonis Stevenson," said Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV. "We look forward to broadcasting the PBC series again in 2017, for more hard-hitting action that fits in with our highly-successful combat sports lineup that includes Bellator MMA and Bellator Kickboxing."

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Orlando Cuellar!

Goes Back To The Future At 5th St. Gym
Orlando Cuellar

Internationally renowned boxing trainer Orlando Cuellar has come full circle, right back to the famed 5th St. Gym in South Beach, where he once visited as a teenager to learn and now trains fighters out of six days a week.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Cuellar's family resettled in Miami when he was three with Orlando living there through high school. As an amateur boxer, Cuellar vividly remembers watching boxers at 5th St. Gym such as Cassius Clay, Willie Pastrano, Vinnie Curto and Florentino Fernandez, as well as legendary trainers, brothers Angelo and Chris Dundee.

"I watched and learned, picking up as much as much as I could," Cuellar said. "Now, I find myself working out of the 5th St. Gym for the past six weeks. It's been an incredible experience. Every day, you never know who is going to walk through the doors there. It's been one of the best boxing gyms in the world for more than 50 years. From the days dating back to Muhammad Ali, fighters have been attracted to this gym because of its rich history and great sparring, as well as to the area with South Beach's restaurants, clubs and beach. The warm, humid weather also makes it easier for fighters to lose weight running and training.

"(Owner) Dino Spencer is carrying on the 5th St. Gym's tradition. Everyday I'm there is exciting for me. Mixed ethnic groups train there and it's a magnet for talent. There's sparring three days a week - I call it Spar-a-rama - and everybody's welcome to challenge themselves. The sparring is better than a lot of TV fights.

"5th St. Gym trainer Guy Laieta had been trying to convince me to join the team for the last five years. I spoke to Dino on several occasions, expressing my desire to train fighters out of the 5th St. Gym. He said, 'Let's do it.' The success of the 5th St. Gym today has a lot to do with ownership. Dino has a passion for boxing and he is very hospitable, which trickles down to his staff and fighters. Good vibes all of the time!"

Cuellar left for Las Vegas in 1976 and, after he realized that being a boxer wasn't in his best interest, he started training fighters there in 1981 out of Johnny Garcia's Gym. A year later, he shifted his base Brooklyn and started training fighters out of another boxing icon, Gleason's Gym. In 2000, he resettled in Miami.

Best known as world light heavyweight champion the head trainer of Glen Johnson, Cuellar also worked with future champions such as Nicolas Walters, Rances Barthelemy and Erslandy Lara, as well as Luis Franco, Aaron Davis and Juan Carlos Gomez, to name a few of the more notables. Today, he's the chief second for several top fighters including Antonio Tarver.

Recognized throughout boxing as a superior teacher, Cuellar's success is mostly attributed to his training of fighters on an individual basis, focusing on their personal needs rather than giving all fighters the same instructions and attention.

"Each fighter needs personal and specific work to complement their God-given talents," Cuellar explained. "You can't teach all fighters the same way. I specialize on what I call old school meets new school. Old school was upfront and personal to go 15 rounds, new school is about throwing more punches, more foot movement and fighting from the outside. I teach doffense: defense + offense. Punches aren't vitamins, none should be taken. Boxing is little more than a battle of reflexes; one fighters versus another, but the real trick is how the fighter uses his reflexes. I teach my fighters how to turn the ring apron into a minefield."

Boxing has played a huge role in Cuellar's life. Back in the 5th St. Gym is just another chapter in his unique life.

"I live through my fighters," Cuellar concluded. "Every victory is my proudest moment. There are no big or little victories, every win is a happy moment because of all the hard work and sacrifices me and my fighter made during training camp."

Orlando Cuellar is thrilled to have gone back to the future.

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Wilfredo Vázquez Jr!

Predicts Knockout Of JuanMa López
Wilfredo Vázquez Jr

This Saturday night's grudge match between Puerto Rican former world champions Wilfredo "Papito" Vázquez, Jr and Juan Manuel "JuanMa" López is no hype job. Plain and simple, they really dislike each other immensely and both have predicted knockouts in their 12-round Special Attraction showdown, contested at a 129-pound catch-weight, which will air live on pay per view from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"There is super real animosity," Vázquez confirmed. "I cannot stand him; he repulses me. He has always undervalued and disparaged me. He's never given me my proper place. This is the first time in my career that I make a prediction: I will knock him out!"

Guerra En El Clemente: Vázquez Jr. v. López, presented by Black Tiger Promotions, is being distributed live by Integrated Sports Media in the United States and Puerto Rico, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, on both cable and satellite pay per view on iN Demand, DISH, DIRECTV, Liberty Cable, Claro TV and Vubiquity. The event will also be available to watch across Canada on Fight Network, as well as via Fite TV app for iOS and Android devices or watch on the www.Fite.TV website. Suggested retail price is $29.95.

The Vázquez, Jr. vs. López main event is presented in association with Matias Entertainment and sponsored by Best Alarms and Municipio de San Juan.

Vázquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs), the son of three-division world champion Wilfredo Vázquez, is fighting out of Bayamón, also home of the late Hall of Famer Héctor "Macho" Camacho. Vázquez became the vacant WBO super bantamweight world champion in 2010, knocking out previously unbeaten Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1) in the fourth round.

The 33-year-old López (34-5, 31 KOs), fighting out of Caguas, Puerto Rico, is a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight and featherweight world champion. "JuanMa" was one of the top pound-4-pound fighters in the world from 2008 to 2010 but he hasn't fought in two years.

"I have discipline," Vázquez, Jr. added, "which many fighters lack. I am a better fighter than him and I also have a punch, So, what he lacks, I have extra. I do not know how much he has left in him. I don't care about that stuff but I do not underestimate him. I will do what I've prepared for...win. This fight is about who is more intelligent in the ring. I will use my head to to produce a work of excellence. I am very clever in the ring and I will do what's needed to win. There will be fireworks, as well, no doubt about it.

"I am very happy for this opportunity. I will be back on top and refocus my career towards another world title and many other good things for me and my family. To that person, who is always looking for me to fail, and you know who you are, standby for a great surprise."

In other PPV fights, former world title challenger Jonathan Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs), who takes on Mexican rival Gustavo "El Gustavo" Molina (23-13, 9 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature, has notable career victories over Jhonny Gonzalez (DEC10) Alexandro Montiel (TKO1).

Rising junior welterweight star Yomar "The Magic" Alamo (11-0, 8 KOs), the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) FECARBOX champion, will be fighting in his first scheduled 10-round bout against an opponent to be announced very soon.

Puerto Rico Olympian Jantony Ortiz (5-0, 3 KOs) meets fellow Puerto Rican bantamweight Luis Hernandez in a 6-round match to open the PPV action.

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Jarrett Hurd V Jo Jo Dan!

November 12 On Premier Boxing Champions On Spike

Undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) will now match up against former title challenger Jo Jo Dan (35-3, 18 KOs) in a 10-round showdown featured on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Saturday, Nov. 12 from Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Once-beaten contender Jorge Cota was originally scheduled to face Hurd, but was forced to withdraw after an emergency appendectomy.

The event is headlined by Philadelphia's own undefeated world champion Danny "Swift" Garcia, who takes on Colombia's Samuel Vargas in a 10-round bout. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features a clash between former world champion Javier Fortuna and unbeaten prospect Omar Douglas.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DSG Promotions and King's Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit LiacourasCenter.com/events or call 800-298-4200. Ten dollars from every ticket sold will go to Philabundance, feeding 20 people in need per ticket.

Hurd fights out of Accokeek, Md., just south of Washington, D.C. and is perfect since entering the pro ranks in 2012. The 26-year-old has faced three straight undefeated fighters including a sixth-round stoppage of Frank Galarza in 2015 and a 10th-round TKO over Oscar Molina in the co-main event of the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter card in June. The exciting boxer-puncher will look to continue his climb to a world title on November 12.

Born in Romania, Dan fights out of Quebec, Canada and hopes to stay perfect in his U.S. outings, having already won twice stateside. A pro since 2004, Dan was unbeaten in his first 26 professional starts. He owns two impressive victories over Canadian rival Kevin Bizier and challenged Kell Brook for his welterweight title last year. Dan moved up to 154-pounds in his last fight, when he defeated veteran Rafal Jackiewicz by decision and he will look to announce his presence in the division when he faces Hurd on November 12.

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Ed Williams!

Added To Detroit Brawl
Detroit Brawl

As a kid, watching his uncle, former WBC World Super Welterweight Champion Duane Thomas fight on TV, Detroit's Ed Williams used to dream of becoming a boxer.

That's where he and his mother disagreed.

"I always wanted to box," laughs Williams, "but my mother wouldn't let me fight until I was older. My uncle even came and tried to sneak me to the gym a few times, but my mom would never let me. She just wouldn't let me train."

When Williams turned 17, he was finally able to box and made the most of it, going 57-9 as an amateur and winning two State Championships, the Ringside Nationals and two Detroit Golden Gloves before turning professional in 2007.

Williams won his first two fights before leaving boxing to obtain a B.Sc degree in Industrial Engineering at Eastern Michigan University. But after working in the field a few years, Williams felt the pull once again that he'd felt since childhood.

He wanted to be a boxer, full-time and give it a shot.

Now 27 years old, and 12-1-1, 4 KOs as a Kronk Gym super welterweight, Williams will make his next ring appearing by once again appearing on a Salita Promotions "Detroit Brawl" event, this one on Saturday, November 12, at the Masonic Temple against an opponent that will be announced shortly.

"It feels great to fight in Detroit," he said. "You get support from friends and family and I'm even growing a new fan base.

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

"My goal in boxing," said Williams, "is to become the second guy in my family to win a world title. Right now, I want to have the right fights to have that opportunity. I've been progressing and having challenging fights and getting good opportunities, so things are going well."

Williams is, admittedly, not your typical fighter.

"I have a boxing style that is awkward. It's not a traditional style at all. I fight with an off-beat tempo that throws you off. And I'm tall and long, so I box you and use my jab and then I set up shots."

While Williams says he has no regrets with his decision to pursue fighting, someone in the family does have a few...

"My mom now says she wishes she would have let me do it sooner. But I understand. She didn't want me to get hurt and was just being protective. Now she's my biggest fan."

More fights, opponents and rounds will be announced shortly. On fight night, doors open at 5:00 pm and the fights begin at 6:00 pm.

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Lee Baxter Promotions!

Postpones Card
Lee Baxter Promotions

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lee Baxter Promotions’ card scheduled for Thursday evening at the Powerade Center in Brampton, Ontario has been postponed until further notice.

Two of Baxter’s fighters scheduled to appear on that card, 130 pound contender Logan “Cotton” McGuinness and heavyweight prospect Mladen “Monster” Miljas, will now fight October 28 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

A former NABA champion at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, McGuinness signed with Lee Baxter Promotions in July. McGuinness, 23-0-1 (10 KO’s), is fighting for the first since May 2015 and meets Noel Rincon, 18-9-1 (10 KO's), of Mexico over eight rounds. With a victory, the 29-year-old Ontario native hopes to get back in the mix.

Known as “Monster” due to his crushing power and impressive physical stature, Miljas looks to go 2-0 as a pro when he challenges Mexican Adrian Garcia, 1-1 (1 KO), in a four rounder.

“”I’m glad I was able to keep Logan and Mladen fighting even after our card was postponed,” said Lee Baxter. “The card will be rescheduled in the near future but in the meantime it’s important to keep my fighters busy. Logan's been very sharp in training and Mladen has the look of a good heavyweight prospect based on what we saw in his pro debut.”

Baxter, who is growing his stable of talented boxers, also looks forward to the career changing opportunity his fighter Samuel Vargas has when he faces unbeaten Danny Garcia November 12.

“We’ve got a lot of nice things on the horizon and I believe that Sammy is going to surprise a lot of people. His trainers know everything there is to be known about Garcia and Team Vargas was thrilled when we heard he accepted the fight.

I’ve also got Kane Heron returning from a few lingering injuries and he’ll be back by the end of the year. He is a truly special talent and one of boxing’s best kept secrets. Most importantly, we will continue to grow and invest in our fighters while providing quality events in Canada.”

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Scorcese Film Star!

To Compete On New Bedford Boxing Card
JeanPierre Augustin

Boston Boxing Promotions announced Tuesday that undefeated heavyweight prospect JeanPierre Augustin (6-0-1, 2 KO's) has been added to the fight card Saturday November 12th at New Bedford High School in New Bedford, Massachusetts against an opponent to be determined.

"I'm excited, but more eager to fight on this card November 12th", said Augustin, "It's been eight months since I've been in the ring and I want to end 2016 and start 2017 with more activity inside the ropes."

Augustin, who now lives in nearby Providence after growing up in Lawrence, MA, will have a busy month of November. Not only will he be competing on November 12th, but the Martin Scorcese-produced film "Bleed For This" about the life of former five-time world champion Vinny Paz will come out on November 18th and Augustin is prominently featured in the movie playing the part of Gilbert Dele, the former WBA Junior Middleweight Champion, who was an adversary of Vinny Paz in one of his most famous fights in 1991.

"It was an opportunity that presented itself and I had to jump at the chance to be in a Hollywood movie," said Augustin.

Although the movie hasn't been released in theaters yet, Augustin's reputation as an actor got around and he scored the role of former WBA heavyweight champion John Tate in the upcoming movie, "Heart, Baby".

While he's now experienced playing the role of two former world champions, he hopes to be a future world champion himself.

"I'm looking to fight guys with good records and up my knockout percentage from here on out", Said Augustin, "November 12th is just the beginning and there is no looking back."

Tickets for the November 12 All-Pro Boxing event at New Bedford High School are on sale now at www.BostonBoxingPromotions.com.

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Jonathan Oquendo, Yomar Alamo & Jontay Ortiz!

Added To Juan Manuel López V Wilfredo Vázquez Jr PPV
Juan Manuel López V Wilfredo Vázquez Jr

Former world featherweight title challenger Jonathan Oquendo, undefeated junior welterweight prospect Yomar "The Magic" Alamo and 2012 Puerto Rico Olympian Jontay Ortiz have all been added to this Saturday night's (Oct. 29) Juan Manuel "JuanMa" López and Wilfredo"Papito" Vázquez, Jr pay-per-view card in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Guerra En El Clemente: Vázquez Jr. v. López, presented by Black Tiger Promotions, will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media live, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, in the United States and Puerto Rico on both cable and satellite pay per view on iN Demand, DISH, DIRECTV and Vubiquity. The event will also be available to watch across Canada on Fight Network, as well as via Fite TV app for iOS and Android devices or watch on the www.Fite.TV website. Suggested retail price is $29.95.

The Vázquez, Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs) vs. López (34-5, 31 KOs) 12-round Special Attraction main event (contested at a 129-pound catch-weight) is presented in association with Matias Entertainment and sponsored by Best Alarms and Municipio de San Juan.

"We're confident this will truly be a memorable night of boxing for fans in attendance," said Carlos Maldonado, President of Black Tiger Promotions, "as well as for those watching on pay per view."

Vázquez (24-6-1, 19 KOs) is a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) FECABOX super bantamweight champion, while López (34-5, 31 KOs) is a past 3-time, 2-division world champion (WBO super featherweight & featherweight, Interim World Boxing Association featherweight).

The 33-year-old Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) is coming off a 12-round decision loss to WBA world featherweight champion last December to Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar. Oquendo's most notable victories during his 12 ½-year professional career include Jhonny Gonzalez (DEC10) Alexandro Montiel (TKO1).

Oquendo has lost, ironically, to both Vázquez TKO7) and López (TKO3). He hopes to parlay an impressive win in the 10-round co-feature against Mexican rival Gustavo "El Gustavo" Molina (23-13, 9 KOs) into a rematch with the Vázquez-López winner.

Rising star Alamo (11-0, 8 KOs), the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) FECARBOX junior welterweight champion, will be fighting in his first scheduled 10-round bout versus an opponent to be announced. Alamo's last action was this past August, in which he stopped Edgardo Rivera to capture his regional title belt.

In the PPV opener, Ortiz (5-0, 3 KOs) faces fellow Puerto Rican Luis Hernandez in a 6-round match. Ortiz was bronze medalist in the 2011 Pan-American Games. He lost in the 2012 London Olympics to Russian David Ayrapetyan, 13-15, the eventual Olympic bronze medalist.

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Josh Hernandez!

Signs With Warriors Boxing
Josh Hernandez

Warriors Boxing proudly announce the signing of undefeated Chicago-based super featherweight prospect Josh Hernandez to a promotional contract.

A role model to the city's youth, when not in training at Sam Colonna's Gym on Chicago's south side, the young Hernandez majors in Physical Education and Exercise Science as a junior at Chicago's De Paul University while working as a personal trainer at Unanimous Boxing Gym.

"I'm excited. It's a great opportunity for me," said Hernandez. "All my pro fights so far have been with Warriors and I'm very comfortable working with Leon, Luis and Dominic and their team. That's what matters most. Other than that, they can offer me some great opportunities. My first three fights were on big PBC cards, so that was exciting. Even my fourth fight was exciting at the UIC Pavilion."

As an amateur, Hernandez (4-0, 4 KOs as a pro) had just over 50 fights and in 2014, won the Power Gloves and Chicago Golden Gloves, where he was named Best Male Boxer of the tournament.

He is managed and trained by his father, former middleweight contender and fan favorite "Macho" Miguel Hernandez. The 20-year-old has inherited his father's exciting style, having KO'd all his opposition, thus far, in dramatic fashion.

"My father took me to the gym at five years old and I had my first fight when I was seven. We are very close. He's my best friend. He is my manager and trainer since I started boxing. I've learned everything from him. When I was younger, he took me everywhere with him in his pro carer. When he sat down to talk business with Dominic, I was in the room. When he auditioned for 'The Contender,' I was there. At a young age, I was exposed to the business of boxing and what it takes to be a high-level fighter. I bring a lot of people out to watch me fight, but when I'm in the ring, all I hear is his voice. That's how close we are. I can block everything out but him."

Long-time Chicago boxing staple and top promoter Dominic Pesoli, now Vice President of Warriors, says he's happy to be working with the second generation of Hernandez.

"Josh comes from a good, hard-working family," said Pesoli. "Despite all his talent, he is an extremely humble young man focused on his goals. He has excellent power and great technical skills in the ring and he's very smart. I couldn't be happier to be part of this family affair in boxing. Looking forward to working with them."

Warriors President, Leon Margules, says Hernandez has shown a great deal of promise so far.

"Luis DeCubas and I couldn't ask for anything more from Josh so far," he said. "He trains hard and stays dedicated. And in the ring, he's been levelling his opponents. It's always amazing to me to see such a nice young man turn so ferocious in the ring, but he does and the fans love it. Warriors is thrilled he is allowing us to handle his career."

The elder Hernandez says he's also optimistic for his son's ring future.

"I fought for Dominic and we have a good relationship. He treated me fairly and he knows when it comes to my son that I'm going to be a little overprotective. He, Luis and Leon are good guys. Warriors is a good company that can take my son to the next level. I'm very happy about this deal."

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LaRon Mitchell!

Decisions Scott Alexander
LaRon Mitchell

LaRon Mitchell (15-0, 13 KOs) claimed the vacant NABF Jr. Heavyweight Championship on Friday night over Scott Alexander (12-2-2, 6 KOs) in a tightly contested fight that was a lot closer than the scorecards would indicate.

Mitchell, who has showed an increasing level of comfort fighting in close quarters, pressured Alexander onto the ropes for most of the fight. Alexander kept a high guard to minimize punishment and countered nicely to keep Mitchell honest. Mitchell, however, would not be denied in his first career title fight.

"It wasn't very pretty," said Mitchell after the fight. "But I'll take an ugly win over a pretty defeat any day of the week."

Alexander would fight from behind early due to an accidental slip in the third that was ruled a knockdown. Mitchell took full advantage and never allowed Alexander to slip into his normal routine of boxing from the outside to set up power shots.

"I knew I had to take the fight to him because of his jab," Mitchell said. "Our game plan worked and now I go home with the NABA title."

Scores: 97-92, 98-91 twice.

UNDERCARD RESULTS

In the co-feature, welterweight Juan Ruiz (17-0, 10 KOs) was successful in his U.S. debut against the crafty Wilberth Lopez (15-6, 10 KOs). Recently signed to Thomson Boxing, Ruiz showed excellent technical ability against the very awkward Lopez. Ruiz, who lives in Mexico by way of Venezuela, mixed his punches well throughout the 8-round fight. He largely worked off his jab to set up an inside attack that helped him secure a majority decision win (76-76, 78-74, twice).

Junior bantamweights Ricardo Espinoza (10-1, 8 KOs) and Francisco Lapizco (7-5, 2 KOs) put on an exhilarating fight that rocked the Doubletree Hotel from start to finish. Lapizco opened the action in the first with a counter right that flattened Espinoza. He would beat the count, only to be dropped a second time by the hard charging Lapizco.

Espinoza shook off the damage and deposited Lapizco on the canvas to salvage some points. From that point forward, the fight went back-and-forth with both fighters inflicting damage on the other. Ultimately it was Espinoza that escaped with a razor thin unanimous decision win (58-56, 57-56 twice).

Lightweight Juan Reyes (13-3-3, 2 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. outperformed Colombia's Cesar Villarraga (9-3, 4 KOs) through six rounds to claim a unanimous decision win. Reyes applied his signature pressure to keep Villarraga off balance. He jumped on him early and never took his foot of the gas. Villarraga, at times, countered nicely, but Reyes had too much movement for the former Olympian. Scores: 58-56, 59-55, 60-54.

Welterweight Eredani Leon (4-2, 1 KO) used a steady attack to stymie Jacob Szilasi (4-2, 4 KOs) over four rounds. Leon, who had a considerable height advantage over Szilasi, tagged Szilasi early and often with a sturdy jab. Szilasi, who hails from Spokane, Wash., was unable to power through the jab and fell behind early on the scorecards. The Los Angeles-based Leon swept the 4-round fight on all three scorecards (40-36).

Featherweights Alex Solorio (3-2, 1 KO) and Alimkhan Jumakhonov (2-1, 1 KO) thrilled the sold-out crowd with consistent action that only improved as the rounds went on. Jumakhonov, while not impressive on the defensive end, landed the more telling blows against the equally active Solorio. Jumakhonov won via unanimous decision: 39-37, 40-36 twice.

Junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (1-0, 1 KO) out of Midland, Tex. earned his first professional win in knockout fashion over Cesar Partida (1-1-1) in the "Path to Glory" show opener. Recently signed to Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions, Dutchover looked like an elite prospect right from the start.

He worked off an effective jab that allowed him to land crisp power shots. In the third, he connected on a crushing combination that resulted in the fight's only knockdown. Partida survived the round, but was not allowed to come out for the fourth and final round.

"Partida was a tough opponent," said Dutchover. "He took a lot of quality punches. I was able to drop him in the third and I knew he was hurt. It feels great to start my career with a knockout win."

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

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ANTHONY OGOGO!

INJURY UPDATE

Following on from Anthony Ogogo’s fight on Saturday evening against Craig Cunningham, it has been confirmed that Ogogo was retired by his corner due to suffering from severely blurred double vision as a result of a broken eye socket.

A leading eye specialist has now confirmed he believes that due to the nature of the scan results the injury was caused, yet not known at the time, before the fight and as such resulted in Ogogo having visibility issues severe enough to be retired.

He will now be forced to take time out to seek the best possible medical advice in order to understand the extent of the damage before making any plans for the future.

Following the news, Ogogo has issued a short statement, saying, “Firstly I would like to congratulate Craig Cunningham, his coach John Pegg and all of his team. They showed true class and I take nothing away from them. Despite what is an incredibly difficult time for me it was a pleasure to box in Birmingham.

''After seeing an eye specialist today it turns out that I have fractured my eye socket in two places. Given this my vision and balance were affected to the point that I had to be pulled out.

''As soon as I went back to the corner after the first round I realised something was wrong, although at the time was unaware of the extent of it. Despite being bitterly disappointed I would like to thank my corner for pulling me out. Boxing is a tough sport and despite wanting to try and get through the fight on Saturday I realise my health must come first.

''This is obviously an incredibly tough time for me. I have overcome a lot of adversity previously and now face an uncertain time in terms of my eyesight with now another mountain to climb. However, I am ready for the challenge and will be giving everything I have to get back in the ring and to achieve my full potential.”

Kalle Sauerland, Ogogo’s promoter, added: “It was clear from the first round that Ant had difficulties finding his range and timing and that something was off. This is a very serious injury similar to that which Mikkel Kessler suffered during the Super Six and we will now focus on recovery before launching a comeback in 2017. Perhaps directly with a rematch if that can be made. Hats off to Cunningham and his team for taking full advantage and boxing superbly.”

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Gray Earns Devastating KO Over Chatman!

Marsella Cruises To Victory In Rhode Island Debut

With one vicious right hand to the chin, Khiary Gray erased a summer’s worth of second guesses and “what ifs” and reclaimed his throne atop New England’s crowded junior middleweight division.

“I’m back!” Gray (14-1, 11 KOs) exclaimed Friday following his sensational seventh-round knockout win over Chicago’s Chris Chatman at Twin River Casino to retain his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and Northeast Junior Middleweight Titles.

Who could argue?

Coming off a loss in July in his national television debut on Showtime, Gray silenced the critics and got back into the win column in scintillating fashion, stopping Chatman (14-6-1) dead in his tracks with a looping right hand to the chin, knocking Chatman cold at 1:17 of the seventh round of a scheduled eight-round fight.

It was quite possibly the knockout of the year at Twin River in what was the final event of CES Boxing’s 2016 Twin River Fight Series. It was also Chatman’s eighth appearance at Twin River since 2009, where he amassed a 5-2 record entering Friday.

The two exchanged blows throughout the first six rounds with Gray scoring a quick knockdown toward the end of the fourth to earn the edge on the scorecards, but Chatman, as usual, kept pressing, bullying his way to the inside against the taller Gray to slow the pace of the fight.

Toward the end of the seventh, Chatman pushed the pace, backed Gray against the ropes and unloaded a lightning-fast flurry of rights and lefts. Gray calmly sidestepped and caught Chatman with a right hand that sent the veteran crashing to the canvas. Chatman beat the count, but stumbled and fell back to his knees, prompting Joey Lupino to stop the fight.

Gray has now won 11 of his 14 fights by knockout. Friday was his first fight back in the ring since the aforementioned loss to Ian Green in July in which he got stopped in the second round.

Making his Rhode Island following a heralded amateur career in which he won four Western New England Golden Gloves titles, Providence. R.I., native Anthony Marsella Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) gave his fan base a show with a first-round knockout win in just 45 seconds against Philadelphia’s Bardraiel Smith (0-2), stopping Smith with an overhand right. Marsella debuted in April with a unanimous decision win over Anton Williamson in Connecticut.

In one of the most highly anticipated fights of the night, Worcester featherweight Irvin Gonzalez (4-0, 4 KOs), a competitor in the Olympic Trials in 2015, pieced together arguably his most impressive performance in his toughest test to date against Providence’s Cido Hoff (1-1-1).

Gonzalez came out firing, knocking Hoff to the canvas twice in the opening round, and eventually earned the stoppage at 1:59 of the second round when Lupino waved it off as Hoff faced another onslaught along the ropes.

Gonzalez dropped Hoff with a body shot midway through the opening round and again at the bell, but Hoff walked it off and made it back to his corner before coming back out in the second. Hoff fought valiantly and exchanged with Gonzalez early in the second, but almost hit the deck again courtesy of an overhand right. Hoff tried to fight his way out of the corner in the closing minute, but Gonzalez continued to pepper him with left and rights, prompting Lupino to step in and stop the bout.

Gonzalez has won all four of his first pro fights by knockout – three in the opening round – while Hoff lost for the first time Friday after earning a draw with Timmy Ramos in his pro debut and upsetting the previously unbeaten Julio Perez in May.

Coming off a huge first-round knockout win in September, Worcester’s Kendrick Ball Jr. (4-0-1) returned in another tough test against the durable Rafael Valencia (3-5-1) of Medford, Ore., who had never been stopped in eight pro fights entering Friday.

Ball Jr. was the aggressor from the opening bell, but Valencia’s awkward style made him difficult to catch. Valencia walked into a few right hands from the rangy Ball Jr., but continued to press and landed a few shots of own, even backing Ball Jr. up against the ropes at one point in the third round. Ball capped a dominant performance with one last flurry, clinching a 40-38 unanimous decision win on all three scorecards.

Fighting for the first time since July, New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (2-0, 2 KOs) scored his second career victory with a first-round knockout against Bruno Dias (0-2) of Woburn, Mass., dropping Dias twice in the opening round to earn the stoppage at the 2:32 mark.

Making his Twin River debut, Hartford, Conn., super middleweight Jose Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs) made quick work of newcomer Ben Peak (0-1) of Worcester, stopping Peak at 1:44 of the opening round courtesy of a short right hook to the chin.

In the opening bout, Hartford junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (2-0) scored the biggest win of his young career, outworking Durham, N.C., vet Isaiah Robinson (3-4) to earn a 40-38 unanimous decision on all three scorecards.

Figueroa pressed the action over the course of four rounds. The taller Robinson pushed back, but couldn’t quite match Figueroa’s output. The 24-year-old Figueroa made his debut in September with a knockout win over Demetris Williams.

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Nielsen & Lerena Make Weight!

Ready For Super 4 Final
Nielsen & Lerena

Micki Nielsen (22-0, 14 KOs) and Kevin Lerena (15-1, 8 KOs) both made weight today ahead of the final of the ‘Super 4’ cruiserweight tournament tomorrow night at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nielsen and Lerena have seen off competition from Johnny Muller and Roberto Bolonti to secure their place in the final, and will now battle it out for the ‘Super 4’ title and a share of the $100,000 prize money.

Cruiserweight – 10 Rounds:

Micki Nielsen: 90.55 kg

Kevin Lerena: 90.15 kg

Speaking at today's weigh-in, the undefeated Danish southpaw Nielsen, said:

‘’I feel good. I’m very relaxed and looking forward to tomorrow night. I’ve been in South Africa for four weeks now, I’ve had time to acclimatise and I’m ready to fight. This is a big opportunity for me, and by winning this tournament, I want to prove I’m ready to face the best in the division and to challenge for World titles.’’

Lerena had no issue with the weight, and is confident he can claim the 'Super 4' title.

‘’Making weight is never an issue for me, he said. ''I’m very happy with the weight I came in at, and I’m excited for the challenge ahead. We know Micki is a good fighter, but I’m equally good and I’m ready to show that on Saturday night. I will beat Micki Nielsen, I will be victorious and I will be the ‘Super 4’ Champion.’’

Nielsen's promoter Nisse Sauerland says a victory for the 23 year-old can cap off a great week for Danish boxing, and prove he is ready to challenge for World honours.

‘’This is a tough fight for Micki,'' said Sauerland. ''We’re here in South Africa, in the lion’s den, taking on the lion. If Micki wins, it will make for a great week for Danish boxing following Dennis Ceylan’s superb European title win last weekend, and it would put Micki into contention to fight for the World title. This is precisely the type of fight Micki needs to prove he is ready for World level.’’

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Kevin Lerena!

When My Punches Land, My Opponents Go Down
Kevin Lerena

Kevin Lerena (15-1, 8 KOs) believes a knockout victory could be on the cards when he meets Micki Nielsen (22-0, 14 KOs) in the final of the ‘Super 4’ cruiserweight tournament tomorrow night at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The 24 year-old, known as the ‘KO Kid’, has earned his place in the final with a TKO win over his domestic rival Johnny Muller and a unanimous points victory against the former World title challenger Roberto Bolonti.

Lerena will now take on the undefeated Danish southpaw Nielsen with the winner being crowned Champion of the ‘Super 4’ tournament and taking the lion’s share of the $100,000 prize money.

The Johannesburg native, who has been respectful in the build up to his fight with Nielsen, says he will leave his nice guy persona behind when he enters the ring as he looks to prove he is ready to challenge the best in the division.

‘’I’m a very different person when I step into the ring,’’ he says. ‘’This is the fight game, and when the bell goes I’m not a nice guy. I’ve got two hands, my opponent has got two hands, and we’re going to fight, and that’s all that matters to me. I’m not interested in mind games, I let my hands do the talking in the ring.

‘’Nielsen is a good fighter, his record speaks for itself. I may have had one loss, but I’ve avenged that. I came back and knocked the guy out afterwards.

‘’For me it’s not about proving anything, it’s about being victorious so I can look to better things in the future. I know I’m the more skilled fighter and I’m smart in the ring. I don’t just fight with my brawn, I fight with my brain.

‘’I’m not usually one for predictions, but I know when my punches land, my opponents go down, and Nielsen should be prepared for that on Saturday night.’’

The final of the ‘Super 4’ cruiserweight tournament between Micki Nielsen and Kevin Lerena will be shown live and exclusive on Viaplay Fighting in Denmark. For more information please visit https://www.viaplay.dk/fighting.

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Weights From Twin River Casino

KHIARY GRAY 154 V CHRIS CHATMAN 154

ANTHONY MARSELLA JR. 139 V BARDRAIEL SMITH 132

IRVIN GONZALEZ 126 V CIDO HOFF 125

KENDRICK BALL JR. 165 V RAFAEL VALENCIA 165

JOSE RIVERA 168 V BEN PEAK 168

CRISTOBAL MARRERO 144 V BRUNO DIAS 146

JONATHAN FIGUEROA 141 V ISAIAH ROBINSON 147

Tickets for Oct. 21st are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Worcester super middleweight Ben Peak makes his professional debut in a four-round bout against Jose Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., and former amateur standout Anthony Marsella Jr. (1-0) of Providence makes his Rhode Island debut against Philadelphia’s Bardraiel Smith (0-1) in a junior welterweight bout, all three in four rounds. Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs) aims for his fourth win in his fifth pro fight in a four-round bout against Oregon’s Rafael Valencia (3-4-1, 2 KOs).

Worcester’s Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) returns to face Providence, R.I., native Cido Hoff (1-0-1) in a four-round featherweight bout and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., faces Isaiah Robinson (3-3, 2 KOs) of Durham, N.C. New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1).

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

Weights From Ontario CA
LaRon Mitchell, 241.5 vs. Scott Alexander, 229

Heavyweights LaRon Mitchell (14-0, 13 KOs) and Scott Alexander (12-1-2, 6 KOs) faced off at Thursday's weigh in inside Misty's Lounge from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

The pair fight for the vacant NABF Jr. Heavyweight Championship on Friday, Oct. 21. The "Path to Glory" 10-round title fight originates from the Doubletree Ontario.

"Fans can expect fireworks tomorrow night," said Mitchell, who weighed 241.5 lbs. "I'm going to bring it. I'm not interested in going the full ten rounds. I plan on winning the NABF title in exciting fashion."

"I'm a middleweight trapped in a heavyweight's body," said Alexander, who measured 229 lbs. "I'm going to use my speed, footwork, and power to win this championship."

General admission tickets priced at $40 are available for purchase on the day of the event starting at 5:30 p.m. local time from the will call booth at the Doubletree Ontario (222 N. Vineyard Ave, Ontario, CA 91764).

WEIGHTS

LaRon Mitchell, 241.5 vs. Scott Alexander, 229 (10-rounds)

Juan Ruiz, 146 vs. Wilbert Lopez, 147 (8-rounds)

Ricardo Espinoza, 114.5 vs. Francisco Lapizco, 115 (6-rounds)

Juan Reyes, 133 vs. Cesar Villarraga, 135 (6-rounds)

Eredani Leon, 146 vs. Jacob Szilasi, 144 (4-rounds)

Alex Solorio, 125.5 vs. Alimkhan Jumakhonov, 124.7 (4-rounds)

Michael Dutchover, 129 vs. Cesar Partida, 129 (4-rounds)

LaRon Mitchell vs. Scott Alexander: Heavyweight Showdown for the NABF Jr. Championship, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.

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

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

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Alberto Palmetta!

Signs With Maravillabox & Sampson Boxing
Alberto Palmetta

Former world champion Sergio Martinez of Maravillabox Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing proudly announcing they have reached a co-promotional deal with Argentinean 2016 Summer Olympian Alberto Palmetta.

26-year-old Palmetta, a junior middleweight, is one of the most heavily decorated amateurs in his country's history. After starting boxing at age 14, Palmetta had 112 amateur fights and went on to win numerous national and international distinctions including the bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and participating in the most recent Olympics.

Born in Buenos Aires, Palmetta was also the captain of the Argentinean national team and was considered a top-10 prospect in the world at his weight. He has been recognized by his home country several times, including being designated and "Illustrious Sportsman by the municipality of San Isidro where he now lives and the 2015 Firpo Award as the best amateur boxer in Argentina.

Palmetta is schedule to make his professional debut on November 18, in Catamarca against an opponent to be confirmed.

"I feel my promoters will be looking to bring me to the United States to fight against the best in the world," said Palmetta. "This is what I told them I want more than anything."

Former champ Martinez says he's happy the heavily sought-after Palmetta chose to go with him and Sampson Boxing.

"I am honored to be working with this talented boxer. The fact that he chose my company gives me tremendous pride and I will do everything I have to for him to become a champion."

Lewkowicz, one of boxing's great judges of talent dating back many years, says Palmetta will be an important part of his company's plans in the coming years.

"This is a fighter with tremendous talent," said Lewkowicz, who is credited with discovering a then-unknown Manny Pacquiao. "Alberto Palmetta is a name everyone in boxing will know in a few years, both in Argentina and around the world. The boxing fans in the United States are going to love the way he fights. I'm very exited to be part of this."

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Chris Boykins!

Added To November 12 Whaling City Boxing Card
Boston

Boston Boxing Promotions has added a six-round heavyweight fight to the November 12th boxing event at New Bedford High School featuring New Bedford's own Chris Boykins taking on Pennsylvania's Jesse Oltmanns.

Boykins, who prepares for his fights at All Out Fitness in New Bedford, has been training alongside Briam Granado who will be featured that night in the main event against Maine's Zenon Herrera. This will be Boykins' first fight in New Bedford in a nearly decade long boxing career.

"I am 'The Arch Bishop,'" said Boykins, "I represent the Cross. Where there is a will there is a way."

Oltmann's is a 16 year veteran of the boxing ring as a professional who has fought everyone boxing has to offer including current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former cruiserweight world title challenger Matt Godfrey of Providence.

"I look forward to being back in Massachsetts", said Oltmanns, who has fought his past three fights in New England, "I know that Boykins wants this win as bad as I do in front of what I'm expecting to be a raucous crowd and I look forward to a good fight."

Tickets for the November 12 All-Pro Boxing event at New Bedford High School are on sale now at www.BostonBoxingPromotions.com.

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Three Of Detroit's Best Prospects!

Will Appear On Salita Promotions Detroit Brawl
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Three of Detroit's brightest prospects, all bantamweights, will appear in separate bouts on Salita Promotions' latest "Detroit Brawl" event on Saturday, November 12, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit.

A "thrill a minute" type slugger with a heavy punch and a giant heart, undefeated 26-year-old James Gordon Smith (10-0, 6 KOs) is never in a bad fight. Before turning pro, Smith won numerous national amateur tournaments and has been talked about in Detroit boxing circles for a long time as a potential future champion.

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

Smith has already electrified a Detroit Brawl audience, winning a unanimous six-round decision over Mexico's tough Pablo Cupul last May. True to his fan-friendly form, Smith's victory over Cupul proved to be a "Fight of the Year" candidate.

The power-punching Detroiter will be looking to take a step up to world contender status soon and will be hoping to showcase his talents one more time for his hometown fans.

"James Gordon Smith is one of the most exciting fighters from Detroit right now," said Kronk Gym's Javan "Sugar" Hill, one of Detroit's best-known and most respected trainers. "It's always a rumble when he fights and that's because he is like the fighters of the good old days. He's always looking to get a knockout and his when you see him fight you will see what I am talking about!"

Also on showcase that night will be 21-year-old bantamweight Jarico "Great Lakes King" O'Quinn (3-0, 2 KOs) of Detroit, who was one of most sought-after amateur prospects in the country before turning professional last year.

With blazing-fast hands and effortless combination punching, O'Quinn has begun building a reputation as "one to watch," among young prospects in the sport. He will already be having his third fight under the Salita Promotions banner after signing last July.

O'Quinn started boxing at age 14 and went on to rack up 130 wins against 18 losses as an amateur, winning countless national tournaments including the USA Nationals as the number-one-ranked bantamweight in the country. He also travelled extensively with Team USA to fight internationally in places like Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Ukraine.

Rounding out the trio is exciting 22-year-old fan favorite Zach Shamoun, of Royal Oak, Michigan.

Shamoun, who started boxing at age nine, was also an amateur standout. In his 160 amateur fights, he won the Junior Golden Gloves in 2008 and went on to take 14 state and nine regional titles, while losing just nine fights.

A thinking man's slugger, the quick-fisted Shamoun can stay very relaxed and in control under fire. He has excellent ring generalship and likes to stay two steps ahead of his opponents.

More fights, opponents and rounds will be announced shortly. On fight night, doors open at 5:00 pm and the fights begin at 6:00 pm.

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Johnny Muller!

It’s Going To Be A Tough Fight For Nielsen & Lerena

Johnny Muller has offered his opinion ‘Super 4’ cruiserweight final between Micki Nielsen (22-0, 14 KOs) and Kevin Lerena (15-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace Casino in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Muller has fought both men during the course of the tournament, suffering a knockout defeat to Lerena, who he had previously beaten, in the quarter-finals, and a unanimous points loss to Nielsen in the semi-finals.

Having shared the ring with both men, the fighter from Roodepoort is predicting an exciting contest between his former foes.

‘’They are both very good fighters,’’ says Muller. ‘’Micki is a very strong boxer, while Kevin is more technical. I think it’s going to be a brilliant fight.

‘’It will be a tough fight for both of them. They both look like they are in good shape, and they will both be giving it everything to win.’’

When asked who was the tougher opponent for him, Muller gives the Danish fighter the edge over his domestic rival.

‘’For me, Micki was the tougher opponent,’’ he said. ‘’He hits very hard. He broke my jaw in the second round, and I had to continue for the remaining eight rounds with a broken jaw. He keeps coming forward and is very strong.’’

Despite this assessment, Muller refuses to make a prediction, and has wished both boxers luck for Saturday’s final.

‘’I’m going to be supporting both of the guys,’’ he says. ‘’I wish the best for Micki and for Kevin. It looks like they have both trained very hard, so may the best man win!’’

The final of the ‘Super 4’ cruiserweight tournament will be shown live in Denmark on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit https://viaplay.dk/fighting

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Team Sauerland & Nordic Nightmare Promotions!

To Co-Promote Robert Helenius

Team Sauerland and Nordic Nightmare Promotions are pleased to announce that a legal settlement was reached on Monday, October 10, 2016, relating to a contractual dispute regarding Finnish heavyweight star Robert Helenius.

As a result of this agreement, both parties have agreed to mutually cease all legal proceedings, and have entered into a partnership to co-promote at least two fights for Helenius during the year of 2017.

Helenius’ first bout, as part of this new co-operation, is planned to take place in March in Helsinki, with further details to be announced soon.

Nisse Sauerland, CEO of Team Sauerland, expressed his delight at the decision, stating: ‘’Now that we have come to an amicable agreement, we look forward to working with Robert again, and staging a series of World-class boxing events in Finland. We have always believed Robert has the potential to become World Champion, and together with Nordic Nightmare Promotions, our aim is to bring him back into World title contention.’’

Helenius and Nordic Nightmare Promotions are pleased a legal settlement has been reached, and are looking forward to a successful future co–operation with Team Sauerland. Helenius will now be able to focus fully on his boxing career, and achieving his ultimate ambition of becoming World Champion.

‘’Now that our past dispute is settled I feel confident that a co-operation with Team Sauerland will be in the best interest for the both parties,’’ says Helenius. ‘’Nordic Nightmare Promotions and Team Sauerland are two independent actors in the boxing scene, working together to bring the best sports entertainment to boxing fans all over the world. Let us now put the focus on bringing the World Heavyweight title to Finland.’’

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Jarrett Hurd V Jorge Cota!

Premier Boxing Champions On Spike
PBC

In the last year, undefeated 154-pound contender "Swift" Jarrett Hurd has rocketed to the top of the stacked super welterweight division, putting himself squarely in the hunt for a world title. Saturday, November 12, Hurd continues his championship march as he takes on once-beaten Jorge Cota in Premier Boxing Champions on Spike action from Temple University's Liacouras Center.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and is headlined by Philadelphia's own undefeated world champion Danny "Swift" Garcia, who takes on Colombia's Samuel Vargas in a 10-round bout. Garcia is teaming up with Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization, to arrange a regional food drive and raise money throughout the promotion. For more information on how to get involved, visit the event's webpage HERE.

Hurd enters this fight coming off of two impressive victories over previously unbeaten fighters. In November 2015 he dominated Frank Galarza and stalked him around the ring before ending his night in the sixth round. Hurd followed that up in June of this year, when he stopped Carlos Molina in the final round on CBS as the co-main event of the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter showdown. Hurd's blinding right uppercut in the first round sent Molina to the canvas and the highlight earned him a spot on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays.

Get to know more about the rising star as he talks about his introduction to the sport and some of his personal favorites:

(On his team): I have the best team in the world. Ernesto Rodriguez is my head trainer and we do our work in Temple Hills, Maryland. Ernesto is great because he trains me for the style that fits my skills best.

There is no ego in my team. We're all working toward the same goal and everyone plays their role perfectly. With each fight we're getting closer to reaching the ultimate goal - becoming a world champion.

(On his start in boxing): My father first put me in the ring to learn how to defend myself. I was 15-years-old and didn't really know how to fight. I took to it quickly though and it was obviously one of the best things that ever happened to me.

(On his nickname): I got my nickname from the gym. I looked calm and collective in the gym and people noticed. They said I looked swift in there. Now it's "Swift" and "Swift" on the same card and it's going to be electric.

(On his boxing idols): I tried to emulate a lot of defensive fighters. Roy Jones Jr. and Floyd Mayweather are my favorite fighters of all time. I liked James Toney because of his shoulder roll and the Philly shell style.

(Favorite sport/team): I watch football. I only the watch the Washington Redkins though. I've always been a huge fan.

(Favorite television show): Power on Starz

(Favorite movie): Deadpool

(Favorite junk food): Pizza

(Favorite health food): Kale

(Celebrity crush): Keri Hilson and Nia Long

(Perfect Vacation): Definitely a cruise to Puerto Rico. I've never been there but I want to experience it.

(On his homemade "All Access" videos): I just love to be out there and giving fans a chance to feel connected to me. My childhood friend, Christopher Walton, picked up a camera and just started recording me in the ring and outside of the ring one day. He started getting some better equipment so we decided to do these videos to help promote me. The fans are important to me and I want them to feel like they're a part of my journey.

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Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DSG Promotions and King's Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit LiacourasCenter.com/events or call 800-298-4200. Ten dollars from every ticket sold will go to Philabundance, feeding 20 people in need per ticket.

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Kendrick Ball Jr!

Chases Championship Dreams With Father In His Corner
Kendrick Ball Jr

There were times when Kendrick Ball was training his son at the gym during his teenage years and not quite getting the feedback he wanted.

Bystanders wondered aloud whether or not Kendrick Ball Jr. really wanted to box after all.

"Some of the parents thought I was pushing him too much because it was something I wanted him to do," Ball said.

Times have changed in Worcester, Mass. Now 24 years old and four fights into his professional career, Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs) is every bit the fighter his father hoped and imagined he'd be, a hard-hitting body puncher who adopted his father's love for boxing as he chases his own championship dreams.

As for the push he gets from his father, that's the one constant that hasn't changed a bit.

"In the amateurs, whenever he wanted to fight, I never really pushed him like that," Ball said, "but now that he's in the pros, oh, man, I don't stop pushing."

Ball Jr. returns Friday, Oct. 16th, 2016 on the undercard of CES Boxing's 2016 Twin River Fight Series season finale at Twin River Casino in a four-round middleweight bout against Oregon's Rafael Valencia (3-4-1, 2 KOs), his fifth fight since turning pro in May.

This was Ball's plan from Day 1, to get his son to become a professional boxer and pick up where he left off in his own amateur career, one in which he captured two Junior Olympic titles as a teenager before devoting his time to training others. The first of Ball's five children, Ball Jr. took an immediate liking to the sport thanks to that initial push from his father.

"His first gift was boxing gloves," Ball recalled.

Ball Jr. had the benefit of being able to train at home; his father set up a makeshift gym in the basement, where the younger Ball remembers doing a lot of mitt work at home as a child. They'd also spend time at various gyms training with former Worcester pro Sean Fitzgerald, who's now a part of Ball's team, or working out at the Boys & Girls Club, run by the legendary Carlos Garcia.

"It was always fun doing it," Ball Jr. said, "and then, I don't know, I guess I just ended up liking it, so I continued to train."

Once his son got older, Ball figured it was time to test his ability against other fighters, but Ball Jr. was hesitant at first, mainly because he didn't quite believe in himself.

"I didn't think I was ready to fight," he said. "I just kind of fought because I didn't want people to think I was scared, so I'd just go do it anyway."

Ball knew he had to pull back the reigns. He had taken his time working his son into the boxing culture and didn't want to push him at the risk of driving him away.

"When he was younger, he wanted to fight all the time, but I wanted to wait until he got a little older," Ball said. "When he got older, he was in the gym every day with me because I opened my own gym, but every time I'd say, 'Let's go! Let's fight!' he was kind of hesitant, but he'd spar with anybody and everybody at the time, bigger guys who were way bigger than him."

Eventually, Ball Jr. began competing in regional tournaments. He lost his first six fights, admittedly because he didn't take it seriously or, perhaps, because he jumped in there just to prove to others he wasn't afraid.

Ultimately, he grew stronger and more confident with each fight. He went on a lengthy winning streak, capturing novice titles at the Rocky Marciano Tournament and the USA Boxing New England Championships, and by the time he reached his senior year of high school, something suddenly clicked.

Around that time, he met Khiary Gray, now his stablemate out of Camp Get Right, who is also trained by his father. By the time they were high school seniors, they were inseparable, and Ball had grown four inches between his freshman and senior years, adding a devastating reach to his attack.

Gray turned pro in 2014 and immediately won his first 13 fights in just under two years, pushing Ball to try to duplicate that success, but his father wasn't convinced his son was ready just yet.

"Once he saw the results Khiary had, he changed his training at the gym and told me wanted to turn pro," Ball said, "so I told him, 'You have to prove a couple of things to me in a couple of fights.' One of the things was he had to drop a kid in an amateur fight. He fought in the Rocky Marciano Tournament against this kid and I was telling him that, so he came out and dropped the kid. I was like, 'Oh, shit!'"

Everyone at Camp Get Right knew Ball Jr. had power, but his father helped turn him into an equally devastating body puncher, one of his trademarks as a trainer. After roughly 30 amateur fights, Ball Jr. turned pro in May with a scintillating knockout win over Tunde Odumosu just 1 minute, 39 seconds into the opening round. Each of his three wins have come by knockout with only Bruno Dias making it out of the first round.

Having sparred so much with fellow pros such as former world-title challenger Edwin Rodriguez and fellow amateur standout Owen Minor, Ball Jr. developed a pro style that limited him in the amateurs, but has helped him enjoy early success as a pro, especially with the attack to the body, which finished Dias in July at the 1:56 mark of the second mark.

"I focus a lot on the body with my fighters," Ball said. "My son goes to the body really, really well. He has a long reach. I'd like him to use his reach more, but he likes to bang. If he gets into a fight where someone hits him hard or whatever, it's going to be a war. He's going to go toe-to-toe with you."

Father-son relationships have been prevalent in boxing for decades. Some work, some don't. Providence's Roland Estrada trained his son, Jason Estrada, throughout his entire career, including his run to the Olympics in 2004 and continuing during the younger Estrada's quest for a heavyweight world title. The late Hector Camacho Sr. enjoyed a prolific career as a three-time world champion, but rarely worked with own son, Hector Camacho Jr., who has fought 66 times as a pro.

Ball's emphasis on commitment and respect has rubbed off on his son, a soft-spoken, 6-foot-3 gentle giant who has already won over his promoter, Jimmy Burchfield Sr., who says Ball Jr. always sends him a text the morning after each fight thanking him for the opportunity. More importantly, Ball Jr. has grown receptive to his father's criticism and praise, which isn't always the case in the father-son dynamic.

"He's at the age now where he's a grown man, so he thinks he knows everything," Ball said. "I'm constantly on him, trying to correct things, and he just thinks I'm on his ass, but like I told him before, 'If you turn pro, it's serious.' There's no half-stepping. You can get hurt in this sport. He knows I'm on him because I want the best out of him like I do with any of my fighters, so he understands.

"It works," Ball Jr. says, "because I trust what he's going to say and he's always the one trying to tell me what to do and how to do things."

They've become a near unstoppable duo; Ball's success with Gray has earned him a reputation as one of the area's up-and-coming trainers, and now he has his son, whose only blemish was a four-round majority draw against previously unbeaten David Wilson, a fight he agreed to on just seven days' notice following his win over Dias.

After recently re-signing with CES Boxing, keeping him a part of the team for the foreseeable future, the sky's the limit for Ball Jr., who's become a rising star in New England on his own terms.

"It's been a long time coming. It was a goal he set as a young kid," Ball said. "He has this book he did when he was in the third or fourth grade and he talked about how he wanted to be a pro fighter.

"It's funny when we go back and read those things. I knew it was going to happen. I just didn't want to push him into it. I wanted him to be able to do it."

Tickets for Oct. 21st are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Headlining the Oct. 21st fight card is the eight-round Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Junior Middleweight International and Northeast title bout between the champion, Gray (13-1, 10 KOs), and the challenger Chris Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KOs) of Chicago, Ill.

Worcester super middleweight Ben Peak makes his professional debut in a four-round bout against Jose Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., and former amateur standout Anthony Marsella Jr. (1-0) of Providence makes his Rhode Island debut against Philadelphia's Bardraiel Smith (0-1) in a junior welterweight bout, all three in four rounds.

Worcester's Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) returns to face Providence, R.I., native Cido Hoff (1-0-1) in a four-round featherweight bout and Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs), also of Worcester, puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran junior welterweight Isaiah Robinson (3-3, 2 KOs) of Durham, N.C.

New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1) and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., faces Philadelphia's Shavonte Dixon (0-1), both in four-round bouts.

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BROADWAY BOXING!

RETURNS TO FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO

On Saturday, November 19, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for the latest installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. New Haven's undefeated Luis Rosa Jr. (22-0, 10 KOs) will headline the card facing Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), in an IBF junior featherweight world title eliminator scheduled for 12 rounds.

This event will also feature amateur bouts with boxers representing West Point, the United States Coast Guard Academy, UMass, UConn, and Trinity College.

Tickets for the November 19 Broadway Boxing event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Teiken Promotions and presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are priced at $125, $75 and $45. Tickets can be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the first fight scheduled for 7:00pm.

"Fans will not want to miss Broadway Boxing at Foxwoods Resort Casino on November 19," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "New Haven's Luis Rosa Jr. is set for the toughest and most important challenge of his career against Iwasa. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF junior featherweight world championship. The stacked undercard will also include local New England favorites Alexis Santos, Mykquan Williams, and Christopher Davis-Fogg, the popular Irish Noel Murphy, West Point graduate Boyd Melson and Russian future world champion Radzhab Butaev."

Trained by his father Luis Sr. and managed by his mother Marilyn and Mike Criscio, 25-year-old Puerto Rican Luis Rosa Jr. was an accomplished amateur who quickly built a local fan base upon turning pro. After establishing himself as a formidable prospect, Rosa burst onto the national scene in 2014 with signature victories over the highly regarded Jorge Diaz on ESPN and the top-rated Orlando Del Valle on HBO Latino. A perfect 4-0 last year, including a fifth-round stoppage over Jonathan Perez on ESPN, Rosa, now ranked no. 7 by the IBF, is determined to prove against Iwasa that he is ready to win a world title and conquer the junior featherweight division.

"I know Iwasa has faced some good competition, but I'm looking to do damage quick and end the fight early," said Rosa. "I'm going for the knockout, but I'm going to be smart about it. I know he's a southpaw and he's a little tall, he's slick and fast, but he throws basic combinations and we're going to work around that. The world title is within my reach and there's nothing that's going to stop me from going out there and grabbing it. On November 19, I'm going to show the world that I'm coming to take over the junior featherweight division."

Japanese southpaw Ryosuke Iwasa, from Kashiwa, Chiba, rated no. 3 by the IBF, turned pro in 2008 at age 18 following a successful 60-6 amateur career that included winning the High School, Interscholastic and National Festival titles. As a pro, he has won the Japanese and OPBF bantamweight belts. After losing to Englishman Lee Haskins for the interim IBF world bantamweight championship in his only fight outside of Japan, Iwasa moved up to junior featherweight. He has earned three impressive wins since then and will be making his US debut against Rosa.

"I would like to thank DiBella Entertainment and Teiken Promotions for making this fight happen," said Iwasa. "This is a great opportunity to put me back in line for an IBF championship. This will be my first fight in the United States and I know that I will be in Rosa's backyard, but that will not bother me. Rosa is skilled with good power, but I will prove that I am the better fighter."

Middleweight Boyd Melson (15-1-1, 4 KOs), of White Plains, NY, is an alumnus of West Point, graduating as a Lieutenant. He made it to the Olympic trials in 2004 and 2008, and won the 2004 World Military Boxing Championships as well. Turning pro in 2010, Melson's only loss came in a 2012 war against the unbeaten Delen Parsley, in which both boxers hit the canvas. In his last bout, Melson won the WBC USNBC junior middleweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Mike Ruiz. Currently an Army Reserve Captain, Melson, who regularly donates his fight purses to stem cell research, will appear on the card in an eight-rounder.

Alexis Santos (16-1, 14 KOs) is a popular heavyweight prospect from Lawrence, MA, whose brief amateur career ended with an 18-2 record and two New England Golden Gloves titles. With a style better suited for the professional ranks, six of Santos' 14 knockouts since his 2009 debut have come the first round. His only loss came to Daniel Martz, having suffered an ankle injury in the opening round. However, Santos avenged that defeat on April 9 with a seventh-round knockout of Martz to win the IBO International heavyweight crown. He will compete in an eight-round contest.

Debuting in April, 18-year-old local favorite Mykquan Williams (4-0, 3 KOs), of East Hartford, CT, will seek his fifth straight victory at Foxwoods, in a four-round welterweight bout. Williams was a decorated amateur with a 45-13 record, highlighted by three gold-medal performances at the Ringside World Championships, in addition to winning the PAL Tournament and Silver Gloves Championships.

A native of County Cork, Ireland, former Irish National champion Noel Murphy (6-0, 2 KOs), now living and training in Yonkers, NY, will box in a junior middleweight bout scheduled for six rounds.

Russian welterweight Radzhab Butaev (2-0, 2 KOs), co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. and now living in Brooklyn, NY, will compete in a six-round welterweight contest. The 22-year-old Butaev was a highly accomplished amateur, having compiled an incredible 304-12 record, with 164 knockouts. He participated in the World Series of Boxing as well, finishing at 9-1.

Following a first-round stoppage victory in his July pro debut, middleweight Christopher Davis-Fogg (1-0, 1 KO), of Framingham, MA, will also be on the card in a four-round bout. Davis-Fogg was a three-time Rocky Marciano Tournament winner and a Lowell Golden Gloves champion as an amateur.

Tickets for the November 19 Broadway Boxing event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Teiken Promotions and presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are priced at $125, $75 and $45. Tickets can be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the first fight scheduled for 7:00pm.

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TOM BROWN!

TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE CALIFORNIA BOXING HALL OF FAME

TGB Promotions' President TOM BROWN will be inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 22 at the Sportsmen's Lodge Events Center in Studio City, California.

"Having been a matchmaker and promoter for over 25 years based in the Los Angeles area this accolade means a tremendous amount to me," said Brown. "I've always considered it a priority through my work to act in the best interest of the sport and this induction by my peers is a great honor."

Other inductees at the ceremonies include Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and his longtime trainer Abel Sanchez. Also being inducted are former world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, broadcaster and renowned trainer Teddy Atlas and former world champions Carlos "Famoso" Hernandez and Louis Espinoza and world ranked contender Shibata Flores. Highly respected father and son referees Raul Caiz Sr. and Raul Caiz Jr. will also be inducted.

Tickets for the California Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony can be purchased for $70 through Don Fraser at (818) 761-4887. The ceremony including lunch starts at 11:00 a.m. in the Empire Room.

The Sportsmen's Lodge Events Center is located at 12833 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.

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Shelly Vincent!

1st Female Fighter Of The Year
Shelly Vincent

The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) has announced its 2016 award winners, including its first female Boxer of the Year, popular super bantamweight Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent.

The 2016 award winners, as well as its Class of 2016 inductees, will be honored Friday night, November 4, in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun, at the 12TH annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner.

Other 2016 CHBOF award winners include Jacob Marrero, Amateur Boxer of the Year; Mike Mazzulli, Professional Boxing Official of the Year; Heather Concepcion, Amateur Boxing Official of the Year; Pete Hary, Contribution to Professional Boxing; and Carlos Nieves Contribution to Amateur Boxing.

The new CBHOF inductees are Stamford amateur coach/boxer Orlando Montalvo, Newington former ESPN boxing director Bob Yalen, Wallingford boxer Sean Malone, Jr., New Bedford (MA) boxer "Sucra" Ray Oliveira, Waterbury judge/referee John "Duke" Lawson and Mashantucket Pequot Game & Athletic commissioner Kenny Reels.

This year's class hails from all over Connecticut and from every segment of the sport," CBHOF president John Laudati said. "We've inducted great boxers and trainers Orlando Montalvo, Ray Olivieri and Sean Malone Jr. We've also acknowledged the tremendous contributions to the sport by Bob Yalen and Kenny Reels. From my hometown of Waterbury comes world renowned boxing judge and referee Johnny "Duke" Lawson. This year's class of boxers and officials of the year is incredibly accomplished and includes the first woman professional Boxer of the Year, Shelly Vincent. Emcee Harold Lederman is an icon of the boxing world and he will surely keep us entertained all night."

Vincent (18-1), fighting out of Providence, is arguably the most popular boxer in New England. A native of New London, she has won two world title, Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) and International Boxing Association (IBA). She has fought 10 times in Connecticut without a loss during her professional career, 6-0 at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 4-0 at Mohegan Sun.

Past CHBOF Boxers of the Year include Chad Dawson (3X), Luis Rosa, Jr. (2X), Matt Remillard (2X), Eric Harding, Delvin Rodriguez, Tony Grano and Mike Oliver.

Representing the Ortiz Boxing Gym in Bridgeport, Marrero is the Northeast Regional champion, and he was the 2015 USA Boxing's Prep National Championship gold-medal winner in the 125-pound division.

Mazulli is president of the powerful Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) and longtime Director of Athletic Regulations for Mohegan Sun.

Hary is a veteran professional boxing judge as well as CHBOF vice president, while Nieves is head coach/owner of Ortiz Boxing Gym in Bridgeport.

Tickets for the CBHOF 12th annual Gala Induction Dinner, reasonably priced at $90.00, will soon go on sale and be available to purchase by calling Kim Baker at Mohegan Sun (1.860.862.7377) or Sherman Cain at the Manchester Journal Inquirer (1.800.237.3606 X321). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET, cocktails from 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET (cash bar), followed by a full sit-down dinner.

Go online to www.ctboxinghof.org for additional information about the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, its 12th annual Gala Inductee Dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or past CBHOF inductees.

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Anthony Marsella!

Earns His Stripes In Vegas
Anthony Marsella

After not training for more than a year following the final fight of his illustrious career, pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. decided to strap on the headgear one random Friday at his gym in Las Vegas for an impromptu sparring session.

Standing a few feet in front of him on the ring apron was young Providence, R.I., junior welterweight Anthony Marsella Jr., wrapping up his own training camp in anticipation of his Oct. 21st homecoming at Twin River Casino.

"Champ, where's your gear?" asked Mayweather.

When told it was in his car outside of the gym, Mayweather replied, "Well, put it on!"

The 21-year-old Marsella couldn't believe what he'd just heard. Here he was, training in the gym owned by his idol -- the former 12-time world champion, crowned the undisputed king in five different weight classes over the span of 19 years following a flawless 49-0 career -- making a mad dash to his car to grab his belongings for the chance to spar a few rounds with the greatest fighter of this generation.

"I had already trained and I had blood work that day, too, so I hadn't even eaten yet," Marsella recalled, "but I wasn't going to pass up that opportunity."

Marsella was so excited to jump in the ring he forgot to wait his turn; Mayweather had already started sparring with Thomas Dulorme, a 25-fight vet and former world-title challenger in the 140-pound division. After four rounds, Marsella would be next, except Dulorme spoiled the party by hitting Mayweather below the belt.

"Literally, at the end of the round, Dulorme kept hitting him with low blows and kept going too low and finally he cranks him with a low blow and Floyd is rolling around on the canvas," Marsella said. "He just rolled out of the ring and said, 'That's good for today.'"

While Marsella missed his chance that day to trade blows with an all-time great, his experience in Vegas working at the Mayweather Boxing Club, training side-by-side with some of the best fighters in the world and, more importantly, learning what it takes to be a pro in and out of the ring, has proven to be invaluable.

Marsella is back in Rhode Island this week preparing for his first fight in front of his hometown crowd Friday night against Philadelphia's Bardraiel Smith (0-1) on the undercard of CES Boxing's 2016 Twin River Casino Fight Series, nearly 3,000 miles from the bright lights and glamour of Las Vegas, but much wiser and more prepared having benefitted from the lessons learned on foreign soil.

Once this week is over, Marsella (1-0) will head back to Vegas, boxing's modern-day capital, to continue absorbing as much as he can from Mayweather and his stable of fighters, even if his heart belongs in Rhode Island.

"I don't really care to fight out in Las Vegas, especially at this point in my career," Marsella said. "All of my support is here. I always planned on going 10-0 in my backyard all day, having that support and knowing what I can do here and building off of my fan base here. I like the fact I train out there now because I've met a lot of people who are following me and helping me expand my market a little bit.

"Friday is going to be a show like we haven't seen in a while, something for people to be excited about."

MARSELLA'S INTRODUCTION TO Vegas just sort of happened. A year and a half ago, right around the time Mayweather was preparing for his well-publicized "Fight of the Century" against Manny Pacquiao, Marsella -- facing a crossroads in his own career -- headed out west to work with the legendary Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, a Brooklyn-born trainer and former pro who had roots in Rhode Island after working with former Providence standout Joey Spina.

The two had linked up through Spina's former trainer, Jose Santos of Providence. On his first day in Vegas, Marsella sparred with current lightweight world champion Rances Barthelemey and held his own. The next day, he walked into Mayweather's for the first time -- "Just this white boy in the gym," he said -- and reunited with Mustafa.

Shortly thereafter, Marsella got his first chance to make an impression sparring against one of the gym's regulars. No one knew what to expect.

"I started beating on this dude and everybody started going crazy," he said. "People were going crazy like, 'Damn, that white boy can fight!' From there, I earned people's respect."

Video of the sparring session soon went viral. Mayweather himself caught a glimpse and shared it via social media. As Marsella says, "word gets around" at Mayweather's gym, and if a fighter does something noteworthy or out of the ordinary, Mayweather will eventually catch wind of it.

Since Mayweather was so busy preparing for the fight of his life, he didn't have much time to mingle with the regulars, and on days when Mayweather trained, the gym was typically off-limits to everyone else.

Marsella, however, had a connection on the inside. He was a close friend of fellow Rhode Islander Paul DelVecchio, also known as DJ Pauly D from the hit reality show Jersey Shore. The two got to know one another when DelVecchio used to train at Gary Balletto's gym in Silver Lake, and DelVecchio was a friend of Greg La Rosa, Mayweather's longtime head of security and most trusted ally.

"He told me to reach out to him if I was ever in Vegas," Marsella recalled, "so I let him know I was training out there and he came by, kind of caught me off guard, pulling up in a Lamborghini. I said, 'OK, Pauly, you're doing alright for yourself!'"

Eventually, La Rosa took Marsella under his wing. Marsella flew out to Vegas six times over the next two and a half years to continue training at Mayweather's.

"Every time I went there, I made a little bit of a statement," Marsella said. "Everyone was like, 'Dude, why do you keep leaving? You need to be here. You need to train here.'

"The training is a different level. The quality of training, the atmosphere alone, when I'm out here in the gym, it feels like I'm alone. I'm doing it by myself. I'm going on my runs and I'm doing it myself. Half the time I go to the gym at night by myself. Out there, you're training with a team of people. You've got a different coach, you've got strength coaches, Tuesdays and Thursdays we go to the UNLV track at 6 a.m. We have a coach there pushing us and doing different drills with us.

"It's not just me going to the track near my house and making up a workout regimen that I found online. You've got people holding your hand, making sure you do it properly. Again, you're with a group of guys, so you're being pushed to work that much harder. It's not like you're going at your own pace. You're trying to beat the next guy."

WHEN MARSELLA RETURNED to Vegas earlier this summer, just a few months after winning his professional debut in Connecticut, he had only planned on staying for a week. He was living with La Rosa, and since La Rosa was Mayweather's right-hand man, Marsella got the opportunity to tag along whenever Mayweather called for his head of security.

"If he went out to go eat, I'd go with them, along with at least five to 20 other people. Whenever you're with Floyd, there's always an entourage of people," Marsella said.

"I met him several times before, but we didn't have much conversation. Greg told him I had a fight coming up, so he said to make sure I was taken care of."

That first night back in Vegas, Marsella made another impression on "The Money Team" with an impressive sparring session against one of Mayweather's newest protégés. As usual, word traveled to the top of the ladder.

"I saw Floyd that night and he had already heard about it. He said, 'I heard you did your thing.' The next thing you know, he had put me in a condo," Marsella said. "They told me, 'You're good work for our guys and we like what you do and we want to make sure you have a good training camp.' They knew why I was out there."

Without hesitation, Marsella accepted Mayweather's invitation and spent the next month and a half out west, learning from one of the all-time great competitors and businessmen both in and out of the ring.

"A lot of people go by what they see on TV from Floyd, but Floyd is a big-hearted guy," Marsella said. "He takes care of everybody. He's got a large amount of fighters he takes care of, some of their families. He's definitely not shy with his money. He has a big heart. He's not just doing it because he can. He's doing it for a reason. Whenever we go out, he tips each valet $500.

"He's got some rappers, and obviously a lot of young boxers, that he works with who hang around him and he tries to teach them. 'Listen, this is how you need to be. This is what you need to do.' I see him try to mentor them and they sit there with their hands crossed without listening.

"I think that's the difference between me and the next guy," Marsella continued. "A lot of the stuff he's preaching, I already know. Of course, I take it in because I'm all ears. That's how I got to this point, by listening and learning. A lot of that stuff, I already live my life that way, the way he's trying to make sure everyone else is living. I'm not taking my purses and buying designer things. I want to make investments. He's all about that. He made millions of dollars. Most guys would be broke by now, especially the way he's living, but he made the right investments."

A FORMER AMATEUR standout and four-time Western New England Golden Gloves Champion, Marsella one day hopes to follow in Mayweather's footsteps both personally and professionally. He'll return to Vegas following Friday's fight to continue honing his craft alongside some of the sport's brightest prospects.

"The first time I went out there, it was mainly for fun, curiosity and just wanting to check it out," Marsella said. "It ended up being, 'Wow, this is a different level of training! Where would I be if I had been doing this for the past seven, eight years I've been boxing?'

"When I come back home and I train the way I'm training here, I'm like, 'This isn't going to get me to where I want to be.' I only planned on staying for a week. What happened, happened. Why would I leave?"

Shortly after Mayweather called off his impromptu sparring session last week, he and Marsella reconvened in the locker room. Marsella thanked him for the opportunity. Later that night, Mayweather treated several of his associates, including Marsella, with a trip to a nearby movie theater, which Mayweather rented for the evening.

"The first thing he said to me was, 'Get ready for tomorrow. You're getting smoked tomorrow!' and I said, 'Champ, you know I'm going to be on a plane tomorrow!' I wanted to bust his balls and be like, 'You're lucky I'm going to be on that plane!'"

Marsella might not have the credentials to trade barbs with the 12-time world champ just yet, but he's clearly made enough of an impression to earn his spot in Mayweather's inner circle. The training is elite, the atmosphere is addictive and the lessons learned can be applied to all walks of life, the true definition of on-the-job training.

As Marsella himself said, why would he ever leave?

Tickets for Oct. 21st are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

CES Boxing Promotions

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AMANDA SERRANO!

VIES FOR FOURTH WORLD TITLE
AMANDA SERRANO

Female boxing sensation Amanda Serrano (29-1-1, 22 KOs) will fight in Puerto Rico for the second time this year when she takes on Hungarian Alexandra Lazar tomorrow, October 18, at the Hotel Caribe Hilton, in San Juan, during the annual WBO Convention, with the vacant WBO junior featherweight title at stake.

Now a three-division world champion, Serrano, who was born in Puerto Rico then raised in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, gravitated toward boxing after watching her older sister Cindy compete in the sport. Winning the 2008 New York Golden Gloves tournament, Serrano turned pro the following year and her exceptional athletic ability and power were quickly apparent. Ten of her 22 knockouts thus far have come in the first round.

In 2011, Serrano won the IBF world female junior lightweight title with a second-round stoppage of Kimberly Connor in New York. Traveling to Sweden in April 2012, Serrano suffered her only defeat via 10-round decision to the unbeaten hometown favorite Frida Wallberg for the WBC junior lightweight world title. Moving up to lightweight in 2014, Serrano seized the WBO world female 135lb. title on August 15, with a sixth-round knockout over Maria Maderna in Argentina. Signing with DiBella Entertainment in 2016, Serrano demolished Canadian Olivia Gerula inside one round on February 17, to claim the WBO world female featherweight title. She then retained that belt with a first-round stoppage of Colombian Calista Silgado on July 30, to become the first female boxer to defend a world title at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY.

Moving back down to the junior featherweight limit to face Lazar, Serrano is attempting to tie Miguel Cotto's record and become only the second Puerto Rican boxer, male or female, to win world titles in four weight classes. If successful, she will also be the second female boxer to accomplish such a feat.

"I'm super excited about becoming a four-division world champion and tying my idol Miguel Cotto's record in that merit," said Serrano. "I would like to thank Lou DiBella, the best promoter in the world, for this opportunity. Lou works so hard with my team to make sure my dreams materialize."

"People may say that Amanda Serrano is one of the best female fighters in the world. I know that she is one of the best fighters in the world, period; Amanda truly has star potential," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "I believe that not only will she tie the record to become the second Puerto Rican boxer to win world titles in four divisions, she will one day surpass it."

The 20-year-old Lazar, of Budapest, turned pro in June of last year. The only blemish on her record is a loss to the French Karine Rinaldo in France, for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) female junior featherweight title on November 27, 2015, in a bout she took on a few days notice. Since then, Lazar has won four straight, including a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Kleopatra Tolnai, to win the WBC Youth female bantamweight title in her last bout on April 16.

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BERNARD HOPKINS V JOE SMITH JR!

DECEMBER 17
BERNARD HOPKINS V JOE SMITH JR

A boxing legend will look to add an exclamation point to end his professional career with the same style, speed and slickness that has defined him in the ring for nearly three decades, as 51-year-old, two-division former world champion and Future Hall of Hamer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) prepares to square off against hard-hitting Light Heavyweight contender Joe Smith, Jr. (21-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round fight from Los Angeles' iconic Fabulous Forum. The bout will take place Saturday, December 17 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

Tickets for the fight - named, "The Final One" -- will go on sale Monday, October 24th at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Hopkins' resume reads like a Hall-of-Fame induction ballot. Between holding the record for the record number of title defenses as middleweight champion of the world (20) and moving up to light heavyweight to capture multiple belts in that division, Hopkins fought and defeated a who's who of boxing world champions throughout his remarkable 28-year career.

Roy Jones, Jr., John David "Action" Jackson, Glen "Road Warrior" Johnson, Felix "Tito" Trinidad, Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver, Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik, Jean Pascal, Chad "Bad" Dawson, and Golden Boy Promotions business partner Oscar De La Hoya all tasted defeat at the hands of the executioner.

"While 'The Alien' may be retired, the 'Executioner' has one fight left, and Joe Smith Jr., is going to find out the hard way how well prepared I am for my final fight," Bernard Hopkins said. "A lot of people will focus on my age, the history of my run in the sport, the titles, etc...but I'm focused on one thing - knocking Joe Smith out."

Joe Smith Jr., who was born in 1989, nearly three years after Hopkins had his first fight, is coming off the victory of his career, delivering a brutal first-round knockout of established contender Andrzej Fonfara in June and earning the WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship. The belt will not be at stake in this fight.

"I'm very excited about fighting on HBO," said Joe Smith Jr. "I know now all my hard work and dedication has paid off. I am looking forward to retiring a boxing legend"

"To accomplish what Bernard has over the course of nearly 30 years inside the ring and still competing at the highest level of the sport at the age of 51; what else can you call him but a bona fide legend," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "All of us at Golden Boy Promotions are so proud to work with Bernard each and every day and can't wait to give him the send-off he deserves with an incredibly, dynamic promotion over the next two months."

"I'm thrilled that we have put together this exciting fight," said Joe DeGuardia, President and CEO of Star Boxing. "What a great opportunity for Joe Smith Jr. to follow-up on his sensational victory on national TV with a fight against a legend like Bernard Hopkins on HBO."

"For any generation and in any sport, Bernard Hopkins is an athletic marvel who has defied time and the odds as deftly as he has his critics, and he returns to HBO for the 23rd time when he faces Joe Smith in the iconic setting of the Forum in Inglewood, CA," said Peter Nelson, executive Vice President, HBO Sports. "Bernard's mark on the sport is already an indelible one, and one day he'll be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Dec. 17 will be a memorable night of boxing for everybody associated with Team Hopkins, and we are excited to telecast his farewell fight."

"We are proud to welcome our friends at Golden Boy Promotions and HBO back to the 'Fabulous' Forum when we host this highly-anticipated Dec. 17th battle between light heavyweights Bernard Hopkins and Joe Smith Jr.," said Nick Spampanato, Senior Vice President West Coast and General Manager of The Forum and MSG.

Golden Boy Promotions is currently working on a new co-main event, as an injury to Orlando "Siri" Salido's back has forced him off the card. Golden Boy will announced the co-main and full card in the coming weeks.

Star Boxing Promotions

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Rico Mueller!

Signs With GCP
Rico Mueller

Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of IBF #10-rated welterweight contender Rico Mueller of Germany.

Already the current IBO Inter-Continental Welterweight Champion, Mueller (20-1-1, 14 KOs) is scheduled to face IBF #3 Jeff Horn on October 21 at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Queensland, Australia, in an eliminator for the IBF's #2 contender position.

With current champion Kell Brook rumored to be moving up in weight, if 28-year-old Mueller is victorious against Horn, he would likely find himself in line to fight top contender Errol Spence Jr., for the vacant world championship, since they would be rated #1 and #2 respectively.

"Big things are happening in my career and I need the right representation to help guide my career," said Mueller. "Greg Cohen Promotions has a long history of moving their fighters to the championship level and I'm happy to be onboard."

Cohen says he's happy to be adding an international talent like Mueller to his promotional roster.

"Boxing has obviously undergone a shift, with a large percentage of its talent now located in Europe. I'm honored and happy that Rico recognized my company for its focus on world talent and I will work hard to put him in the big fights. He's an excellent fighter with the right work ethic to become world champion."

Mueller will be in tough against Horn, who stopped one of the most dangerous fighters in boxing, former multi world champion Randall Bailey, in his last ring appearance.

"Rico is tough and he knows the challenge in front of him," said Cohen, "but he's a tremendous talent and I see him rolling along to an impressive victory. After that, it'll be a world title shot against Kell Brook or Errol Spence and a shot at boxing stardom. I'm happy to be a part of this huge time in his career."

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TARAS SHELESTYUK V JAIME HERRERA!

NOV. 4 LIVE ON SHOWTIME

Undefeated 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Taras "Real Deal" Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will face upset-minded Jaime Herrera in the 10-round welterweight main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on Friday, Nov. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, Calif.

Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of the Ukraine, was a member of a 2012 Ukrainian Olympic team that included featherweight gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko and heavyweight gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk. Jaime Herrera (15-3-1, 8 KOs), of Chicago, Ill., has defeated unbeaten prospects in four of last nine fights and is 8-1-1 overall since July 2012.

In the co-feature, undefeated cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs, 0-1-1 in World Series of Boxing), of Catskill, N.Y. by way of Moldova, and Stivens "Superman" Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of New York, will collide in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International and WBC Continental Americas titles.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated lightweight Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs), of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will be opposed by local fan favorite Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs), of Indio, Calif., in an eight-round bout. The 23-year-old Freitas is the nephew of popular former two-time lightweight world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas.

Four of the six fighters on the distinctly international tripleheader will risk their unbeaten records against what likely will be their toughest assignments to date. Shelestyuk and Bejanaru will be making their second ShoBox starts. It's also the second time ShoBox has aired from Omega. The first took place Oct. 5, 2007, and featured victories by Yonnhy Perez and Mickey Bey Jr., who would both go on to become world champions, two of the 67 boxers on ShoBox to do so.

Tickets for the event promoted by Banner Promotions are priced at $100 (ringside), $70 (reserved) and $50 (general admission) and can be purchased by calling (714) 935-0900.

Star Boxing Promotions

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Gonzalez & Hoff!

Both Brimming With Confidence

Without a lengthy amateur background or the unwavering support from the city he grew up in, Cido Hoff knows the only way to prove he's a legitimate contender in the featherweight division is to take the fights others won't.

Next Friday at Twin River Casino, the Providence native faces Irvin Gonzalez, a decorated amateur, who, along with stablemate Jamaine Ortiz, is one of two fighters from Worcester, Mass., who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in Reno, Nev., on the undercard of CES Boxing's 2016 Twin River Fight Series season finale.

While Hoff (1-0-1) may be short on amateur experience - only 30 fights or so, compared to Gonzalez's lengthier background - he's overflowing with confidence as he faces the toughest test of his young career in a four-round regional showdown that could steal the spotlight from the Chris Chatman-Khiary Gray main event.

"I can't knock him. He's in shape. Good fighter, but if he makes a mistake, we'll definitely take advantage," Hoff said. "He's good. I can't deny that, but I don't think he's faced anybody like me. I don't think he's ready for me, honestly. We'll find out what he's got."

Hoff made his professional debut in December of 2015, right around the same time Gonzalez and Ortiz were in Nevada competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. He fought to a draw against Timmy Ramos, another well-publicized amateur who already had two pro fights under his belt, despite knocking Ramos to the canvas in the early rounds. Six months later, he defeated the previously unbeaten Julio Perez, dominating all four rounds in the biggest upset of the night.

The 25-year-old Hoff has thrived as an underdog, but Gonzalez, now 3-0 with all three wins coming by first-round knockout, isn't concerned about falling into the same trap as Ramos and Perez, even if this fight is a legitimate step up in competition from his previous three bouts.

"I'm not scared of him," Gonzalez said. "I'm not worried because I know I'm going to be able to handle it and I know I'm going to be able to take him out in a few rounds.

"The thing is he has to be ready for me. He hasn't fought a fighter like me. He hasn't fought a fighter who has the amateur background I have. Those other fighters aren't like me - not at all - and he's not like me. We'll see what happens. I don't really think it's going to be that big a test for me, just a tougher opponent that I'll take out."

Gonzalez fell in love with boxing at the age of 10, which is when he first stepped foot in the gym despite his father's initial restraint. Ten years later, Gonzalez's father, Irvin Gonzalez Sr., is now his son's biggest supporter, or, as the younger Gonzalez puts it, "the one who keeps me on my toes."

"Of course, since we're father and son we're always arguing," Gonzalez said, "but we know when it comes down to business we need to do what we need to do and we handle it."

After losing to two-time national champion Ruben Villa, Gonzalez failed to make the 123-pound weight limit for his next bout in Reno and was disqualified, ending his Olympic dream, but he turned pro shortly thereafter, stopping Gilvan Santos in his debut in March.

There's definitely pressure on Gonzalez to keep winning and keep developing as a pro, especially considering his amateur background, but Hoff faces a different challenge, more of an internal struggle to prove to himself he's every bit as good as his peers despite his limited experience.

"On paper, I'm nothing spectacular, but I'm pretty confident and I'll fight whoever," said Hoff, who trains with Jose Santos out of 401 Boxing.

"Jose and I make a point of being ready because you never know when the call might come. I understand that the opportunity can come along and they may underestimate you and that's when you can come in and beat these guys. You've got to stay ready. I always want to get better, so I'm always in the gym.

"I always feel like I have to show how much I've improved. A lot of people have counted me out, so I want to show them I have what it takes. If you doubt me, you'll see."

After his last fight, a first-round knockout win over Mike Heffelfinger in September, Gonzalez was adamant he wanted a test in his next bout. He'll get one on the 21st against the underdog who's made a habit of pushing his opponents to the limit.

"After taking those first three guys out in the first round, I want to see if I can go the distance," Gonzalez said. "Not that I want to go the distance, but, then again, if I can take someone out in the first or second round, I'm going to take them out."

Tickets for Oct. 21st are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Headlining the Oct. 21st fight card is the eight-round Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Junior Middleweight International and Northeast title bout between the champion Gray (13-1, 10 KOs), also of Worcester, Mass., and the challenger Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KOs) of Chicago, Ill.

Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs) aims for his fourth win in his fifth pro fight in a four-round bout against Oregon's Rafael Valencia (3-4-1, 2 KOs) and Worcester super middleweight Ben Peak makes his professional debut in a four-round bout against Jose Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn.

Former amateur standout Anthony Marsella Jr. (1-0) of Providence makes his Rhode Island debut against Philadelphia's Bardraiel Smith (0-1) in a four-round junior welterweight bout and Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran junior welterweight Isaiah Robinson (3-3, 2 KOs) of Durham, N.C.

New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1) and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., faces Florida's Irvin Veloz, both in four-round bouts.

CES Boxing Promotions

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WEIGH IN ALERT!

WEIGHTS FROM DENMARK
Ceylan V Walsh

Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) and Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) both made weight today ahead of their vacant European Featherweight title fight tomorrow night at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

European Featherweight Championship:

Dennis Ceylan: 56.9 kg

Ryan Walsh: 57.1 kg

All the undercard fighters also took the scales, which included a fiery encounter between Rashid Kassem and Joe Murray during the customary head-to-head photographs.

Lightweight – 10 Rounds:

Rashid Kassem: 61.2 kg

Joe Murray: 60.6 kg

Middleweight – 6 Rounds:

Abdul Khattab: 73.4 kg

Bartlomiej Grafka: 72.8 kg

Female Super Bantamweight – 10 Rounds:

Dina Thorslund: 55.4 kg

Oksana Romanova: 55.9 kg

Super Welterweight – 4 Rounds:

Mikkel Nielsem: 69.5 kg

Andrei Dolhozhyieu: 67.8 kg

Female Super Lightweight - 6 Rounds:

Patrica Berghult: 62.7 kg

Lela Terashvili: 62.5 kg

Limited tickets for tomorrow’s Nordic Fight Night are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinavia and on BoxNation in the UK.

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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New Bedford Card!

Adds Cruiserweight Fight
Boston Boxing

Boston Boxing Promotions has announced a major fight for the November 12th boxing event at New Bedford High School in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Pembroke's Vinnie Carita (14-1-1, 13 KO's) will take on the most dangerous and experienced opponent of his career when he meets Budapest, Hungary's Laszlo Hubert (47-19-1, 32 KO's) in a 12-round cruiserweight special attraction.

Carita, who during the week works as a court officer with the Massachusetts' Trial Court at the Brockton district courthouse, has been steadily increasing his level of opposition the past two years and feel this is the fight that can take him to the next level.

"This is a fight I really want", Said Carita, "Taking on a fighter of his caliber and experience makes the stakes higher. A win means I'm one step closer to a shot at one of the major world titles and that's what I'm aiming towards."

It will be almost one year since Carita fought in his home state on Massachusetts. Thus far in 2016 he has fought in Maine, Indiana and Iowa.

It will be a long way from home on November 12th for Laszlo Hubert. This fight will mark the Hungarian's first ever fight in the United States. However, he's no stranger to fighting on the road. In his career, he's fought as far away as Albania, Russia, Mexico, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland.

Hubert is a five time WBC regional cruiserweight title challenger. He is the former cruiserweight champion of Hungary and is currently riding a 3 fight winning streak.

Tickets for the November 12 All-Pro Boxing event at New Bedford High School are on sale now at www.BostonBoxingPromotions.com.

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Joe Murray!

I Will Be A Nightmare For Rashid The Dream Kassem

Joe Murray (17-2, 7 KOs) says he will be a nightmare opponent for Rashid ‘The Dream’ Kassem (11-0, 7 KOs) when they meet tomorrow night at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

The former amateur star, who won a Bronze medal at the 2007 World Amateur Championships in Chicago and competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, believes his experience will prove too much for the undefeated Dane.

‘’He calls himself ‘The Dream’ but I will definitely be his nightmare,’’ says Murray.

‘’I’ve watched some of his fights. He looks like a good boxer and he has a bit of power, but it’s nothing I’ve not seen before. I think my experience is going to play a massive part in this fight. Kassem hasn’t fought anyone as pro, all his opponents have been hand picked, and now he’s in with a real live wire.

‘’I’ve fought all over the World against some of the best amateurs, so when the opportunity came to fight Kassem in Denmark, I took it with both hands.

‘’If I need to box, I can box, if I need to stand and fight, then I can go to war. Either way, I’ll be ready for whatever he brings to the table.’’

Murray’s meets Kassem on the undercard of the European Featherweight title fight between Dennis Ceylan and Ryan Walsh, and the 29 year-old from Manchester expects it to be a good night for the travelling British fighters.

‘’When British fighters go abroad we don’t go to make up the numbers,’’ he says. ‘’I think they’ve picked the wrong two Brits to go to Denmark. I’ve boxed Ryan’s brother Liam before, so I know their mentality and I know what they’re all about. We will both be going over there to make a big statement.’’

Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight with Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn on October 15. Rashid Kassem faces his toughest career test against British boxer Joe Murray, Abdul Khattab takes on Bartlomiej Grafka, Dina Thorslund faces Oksana Romanova, and professional debutant Mikkel Mielsen meets Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets are available online via http://www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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LaRon Mitchell V Scott Alexander!

NABF Jr Heavyweight Title Fight
LaRon Mitchell V Scott Alexander

It's official. LaRon Mitchell and Scott Alexander will fight for the vacant NABF Jr. Heavyweight Championship on Friday, Oct. 21, Thompson Boxing Promotions announced today.

The "Path to Glory" 10-round title fight originates from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

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

Recently, Mitchell and Alexander met with members of the boxing media in Southern California. Below are highlights of the discussion.

LARON MITCHELL (14-0, 13 KOs)

"The drive and desire burns inside me. That's my motivation. My whole team has the determination to become a world champion no matter who gets put in front of me."

"The only thing that is on my mind is beating Scott. I can't get caught up with who might be next."

"You guys [media] say Scott's smaller, but I wouldn't want to run into him in a dark alley. He's plenty big. You guys can expect fireworks on October 21. That's all I can say. We're going to bring it."

"If he wants to bang, we can bang. If he wants to box, we can box. I'll be ready for anything.

"He's going to want to take my zero away and I can't let him do that."

"I'm 36-years-young. I know that sounds old, but I'm like a Cadillac with 50,000 miles that has been parked in the garage for much of its life. I have no wear and tear."

SCOTT ALEXANDER (12-1-2, 6 KOs)

"I tip my hat off to Ken Thompson for making this fight happen. I'm looking forward to seeing the best LaRon on October 21.

"Every fight is different, but as a boxer-puncher my job is to adjust. Whatever is working for him, I have to make the adjustment to take that away. LaRon likes to load up on his punches and I think I can exploit that."

"I understand LaRon is a school teacher, but on October 21, I'll be teaching him a lesson."

"Camp is going great. If the fight were today, I would be ready. LaRon hasn't tasted defeat, but I'm going to make sure that he does."

KEN THOMPSON (President of Thompson Boxing Promotions)

"Both LaRon and Scott are world champion material. They're taking a big risk in meeting this early in their careers, but that's what boxing is all about. At some point in your career, you're going to have to take risks to accomplish your goals.

"We've built many champions through the years and this is where the drama starts. Can LaRon continue his winning streak and become a champion? Can Scott grab his signature win and take home a title in the process? We'll have answers to those questions next week. "

HENRY RAMIREZ (trainer to Scott Alexander)

"The heavyweight division is hot right now. This is a fifty-fifty shot with the winner taking that next step toward earning a world title shot. Scott is one of the most disciplined fighters I've worked with. He 's focused. I know LaRon and his team are going to be focused. This is a pick 'em fight."

ANDY NANCE (manager to LaRon Mitchell)

"Not a lot of people know this, but LaRon is a pure athlete. He played tight end in college and is one of the strongest punchers I've ever seen. He had a brief amateur career that finished by being an alternate for the London Olympics in 2012."

"The whole purpose of being in boxing is working toward that world title shot. With a win, we are that much closer in accomplishing that goal. We're going to show what we've been working on for the last three years."

ALEX CAMPONOVO (Matchmaker/GM at Thompson Boxing Promotions)

"We've been watching their development over the years and we felt it was the appropriate time to elevate the level of their competition. Boxing is a lot like a roller coaster in that there are a lot of highs and lows in terms of opponents. You're going to get matched with easier fights at first, but you're also going to be in fights where you have to step up to the challenge and prove yourself, and this is that type of fight."

LaRon Mitchell vs. Scott Alexander: Heavyweight Showdown for the NABF Jr. Championship, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.

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

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

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Danny Garcia V Samuel Vargas!

Press Conference Quotes
Danny Garcia V Samuel Vargas

Undefeated world champion Danny "Swift" Garcia hosted a Philadelphia press conference Thursday as he announced his hometown bout against Colombia's Samuel Vargas Saturday, November 12 in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Also in attendance and participating on the televised undercard are Jarrett Hurd, who takes on once-beaten contender Jorge Cota, and undefeated prospect Omar Douglas, who battles former world champion Javier Fortuna, with televised coverage starting at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DSG Promotions and King's Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit LiacourasCenter.com/events or call 800-298-4200.

Garcia also announced his partnership with Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization, to arrange a food drive, collecting the most-needed items, such as tuna and vegetables for people in the Philadelphia area. Fans are being encouraged to drop off canned goods at the Liacouras Center (1776 N Broad St) and the DSG Boxing Gym (3731 Jasper St). Additionally, $10 from each ticket sold will be donated and provide 20 meals per ticket for people in need.

Here is what the participants had to say:

DANNY GARCIA

"Being able to partner with Philabundance is a tremendous thing. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about. When you're fortunate, your job is to give back and change someone else's life. I'm looking forward to a great night and a great turnout.

"Everyone has gone through hard times. Everyone has gone through times where they need extra help. We're going to make a big difference that night and it'll be for a lot of people that really need it.

"I want to thank the City of Philadelphia. I'm just excited to fight at home. This card is going to allow a lot of great local fighters to be on a big stage.

"I can't look past Samuel Vargas and I know his trainer has a couple tricks up his sleeve. I know they're going to come to fight, but I will never underestimate anyone. I've learned my lessons to become the champion I am today.

"I know Vargas knows how to win. He's won a lot in his career. I'm going to go out there and just fight. If it goes the distance, then it does. I can't underestimate him. I'm going to put on a great show and dominate.

"People are acting like Keith Thurman has a cape like Superman and can fly. I want the other champions to think I'm vulnerable. Those are my easiest fights. I have to get past this fight to get to the next one.

"I feel like I owe this to my fans to fight in Philadelphia. The last time I fought at this venue was on a Bernard Hopkins undercard and I got a big knockout. I plan on doing the same November 12.

"I have a good team around me. There should be no distractions leading up to this fight. All the people who deserve to get tickets will be there and there won't be anything distracting me. I'm 100 percent focused on this matchup.

"I'm at the point in my career where I'm working smarter and harder. Come November 12 we want to give the city of Philadelphia a night to remember. I can't overlook this fight, but I guarantee that I'm going to unify titles at 147 pounds soon."

SAMUEL VARGAS

"I'm very blessed to be here today. This fight could change my whole life. The lives of my family. Danny is a great fighter and I have to give it my all.

"I have to take advantage of this. I have the best trainer in the world with me and we're going to take care of business November 12.

"Me and my trainer work on a lot of different styles. We like to switch it up and keep the opponents guessing. Sometimes we pressure and sometimes we stay outside. I'm learning every day and making adjustments.

"I'm an underdog and I have been my whole life. There are very few options for a Latin immigrant all the way up in Canada. I beat the odds to make it up there and have a life and a family.

"I'm a guy with just over 10 amateur fights and I've made it this far. Danny Garcia is my chance. I have to make the best of it and give it my all. This is everything for me."

JARRETT HURD

"I've been to Philadelphia a couple times and the city has welcomed me. I just want to put on another show. This will get me one step closer to my dream of fighting for a title.

"We've looked at some of my opponent's fights and he's a veteran. He's got a lot of power and a good knockout rate to go with it. He's awkward and tall. If you don't come in on top of your game, he can make you look bad. We're looking to do what we always do.

"I learned a lot from my last fight. It opened a lot of doors for me, like fighting on the Danny Garcia undercard. I feel like I'm what the division is missing. I'm a tall, lanky fighter with a lot of power and good hand speed.

"My time is here. I feel like this is my opportunity to get closer to fighting for a world title. I can't wait to become a world champion.

"I want to face all of the 154-pounders. We're not ducking anyone. There are so many talented fighters in the division, but I believe that me and my team train so hard and prepare so well that we're ready to face any of them. The time will come and we're just waiting.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to be on the Danny Garcia undercard because we're all trying to get to where he's at. Make sure you're watching my fights because I promise I'm going to do something memorable."

OMAR DOUGLAS

"I just wanted to say this is the opportunity of a lifetime to fight in Philadelphia where my career started. I won Pennsylvania Golden Gloves several times.

"To be in with a former world champion is a terrific thing. I'm going to take full advantage of this opportunity. I've been waiting for this a long time and this is my time.

"Fortuna is a very confident fighter. He likes to give it all the first few rounds. I'm going to come in and use my jab and invest in the body. I think we can have an early night.

"I believe I have the best jab in the business. I have to keep him off me with the jab and head movement. I've been fighting for a long time and there's nothing I haven't seen.

"I think I've improved a lot. Fighting guys with one loss and world ranked guys over my last couple fights has helped me. My confidence is definitely rising every day.

"You can look forward to a crowd pleasing performance and knockout."

ANGEL GARCIA, Danny's Father & Trainer

"Danny has been the underdog before. Lucas Matthysse or Amir Khan, you name it. We don't underestimate Vargas. We don't take him lightly. We are going to come ready to rumble.

"Vargas is the underdog today, but Danny has been the underdog his entire life. November 12 my son will still be undefeated.

"I came to Philadelphia at six years old. I had no food. Only you know you're pain. I ate a lot of food from a can growing up, so if you guys donate anything or buy a ticket that donates money, you'll be doing something great. We pray every day for the hungry kids, not just in America but the whole world."

BILLY BRISCOE, Vargas' Trainer

"This is a great opportunity for me and Samuel. In my opinion he's an underrated fighter. He's been under the radar for a while. We've been working together in Canada and starting a farm system.

"We're fighting in my opinion the best welterweight in the world. This is no easy task and we're not fooling ourselves. We won't leave any stone unturned.

"We'll find a way and we'll make a way. That's what we're going to do and I look forward to this."

MARSHALL KAUFFMAN, King's Promotions

"It's very exciting to be promoting this young man, Danny Garcia. I remember him as a young kid and it's exciting to see where he's come in the world of boxing. I've known a lot of these guys for a long time and I'm excited to see how they perform.

"This card is going to be stacked with local talent and I hope that everyone comes out and supports these fighters and this great cause.

"I've always wanted to bring Danny Garcia to Philadelphia and the commission is thrilled to bring him back to this great city and we're going to make it worthwhile."

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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TARAS SHELESTYUK V JAIME HERRERA!

SHOBOX THE NEW GENERATION

Undefeated 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Taras "Real Deal" Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will face upset-minded Jaime Herrera in the 10-round welterweight main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on Friday, Nov. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, Calif.

Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of the Ukraine, was a member of a 2012 Ukrainian Olympic team that included featherweight gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko and heavyweight gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk. Jaime Herrera (15-3-1, 8 KOs), of Chicago, Ill., has defeated unbeaten prospects in four of last nine fights and is 8-1-1 overall since July 2012.

In the co-feature, undefeated cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs, 0-1-1 in World Series of Boxing), of Catskill, N.Y. by way of Moldova, and Stivens "Superman" Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of New York, will collide in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International and WBC Continental Americas titles.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated lightweight Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs), of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will be opposed by local fan favorite Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs), of Indio, Calif., in an eight-round bout. The 23-year-old Freitas is the nephew of popular former two-time lightweight world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas.

Four of the six fighters on the distinctly international tripleheader will risk their unbeaten records against what likely will be their toughest assignments to date. Shelestyuk and Bejanaru will be making their second ShoBox starts. It's also the second time ShoBox has aired from Omega. The first took place Oct.5, 2007, and featured victories by Yonnhy Perez and Mickey Bey Jr., who would both go on to become world champions, two of the 67 boxers on ShoBox to do so.

Tickets for the event promoted by Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing, Hitz Boxing and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing are priced at $100 (ringside), $70 (reserved) and $50 (general admission) and can be purchased by calling (714) 935-0900.

Taras Shelestyuk VS. Jaime Herrera - 10-Round Welterweight Main Event

Taras Shelestyuk (pronounced "TARE-as SHELL-es-took) averaged 85 punches per round in his ShoBox debut last November, winning an impressive 10-round unanimous decision over Aslanbek Kozaev. In his most recent start and lone outing this year last May 20, the 5-foot-10, 30-year-old Shelestyuk knocked out Erick Martinez in the third round at Ontario, Calif.

"My training is going great, I am more powerful and my speed is better," said the former international standout. "Herrera is a rough fighter, but it doesn't matter to me because I am looking to step up and get into championship level fights.''

Shelestyuk, who is trained by Eric Brown at Wild Card West, possesses solid skills, movement and punching power. Since turning pro in March 2013 he has exclusivelycampaigned in the United States. Many from the outstanding 2012 Ukrainian Olympic team became immediate prospects as professionals, including Lomachenko, who won a featherweight world championship in just his third fight on SHOWTIME. Now, it's Shelestyuk's turn to step up to the plate.

"I follow the 2012 Ukrainian Olympic team, and all the guys are doing very well and I'm happy for them,'' said Shelestyuk, who went 300-15 in the amateurs. "But I do not compare my results with anybody else because I have my own career and my own path to a championship belt, and I am enjoying this journey."

Herrera, a pro since December 2009, seems to be a legitimate test for Shelestyuk. Herrera has won three straight, defeated undefeated prospects in four of last nine fights, and is 8-1-1 overall since dropping a decision to Adrian Granados in 2012. One of those wins was an upset knockout of one-time highly ranked welterweight and world title challenger Mike "Machine Gun" Jones on Aug. 23, 2014.

"Taras is a great fighter and I know I'm the underdog, but I've surprised some fighters before and I'm confident and ready to give it my best and win again," said Herrera. "I'm coming into this fight with the same mentality I had in those fights against the other unbeaten guys. The way I see it, Taras has everything to lose and I fight as I have nothing to lose.''

"I've been training very seriously and I'm excited to be able to showcase my skills on television. I grew up watching ShoBox. There will be more eyes on me and they will see my ability to fight. Getting a win will increase my ranking and open up more doors for my career."

Constantin Bejenaru vs. Stivens Bujaj - 10-Round Cruiserweight Bout

Bejenaru (pronounced "bay-zhin-nah-ROO") was an accomplished amateur. The southpaw boxed on the Romanian national team for 10 years and was a nine-time national champion.

In his ShoBox premiere last April 15, the active and athletic native of Ungheni, Moldova, scored a unanimous eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Alexey Zubov (10-0), a former Russian amateur champion and seven-time European amateur champion.

Bejenaru is anxious to return to ShoBox and continue his winning ways. "Bujaj is a great boxer, we are both undefeated but there can only be one victor, and I do not plan on losing this fight,'' he said. "I entered this fight with the intention of winning. That is what I train to do, that is what I am going to do.

"As a man who has been boxing for over 22 years, I feel extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity. In my previous ShoBox fight, I was labeled as the underdog. Those who doubted me quickly changed their opinions once they saw me fight, and even more so once the referee raised my hand in victory.''

Bujaj (pronounced "Boo-ha") was born in Kelmend, Albania, but relocated to the Bronx, New York at an early age. The unbeaten prospect was a two-time New York Golden Gloves Champion at heavyweight who's made for good fights every time out and mostly made it look easy. This is Bujaj's third scheduled 10-round start, while Bejenaru will be making his 10-round debut.

The 26-year-old has won his last four in a row, including his last two by knockout, since boxing a split 10-round draw in a slugfest with then-undefeated three-time Chicago Golden Gloves champion Junior Wright (10-0) in May 2014.

"I'm getting prepared,'' said Bujah who's coming off a first-round TKO over previously undefeated beaten Sergio Ramirez (11-0) on June 11. "I'm training like this is a world title fight, and I'm totally ready to win. I know my opponent is undefeated and I can't overlook him. The way I feel, I'm on my 'A' Game. I was training in Las Vegas and now I am back in New York with Sharif Younan and I am ready to do everything I can to win this fight.

"This is the exposure and opportunity I've been waiting for. I just want to pick up these WBC titles that we are fighting for and be bumped up the rankings. Once I pick up these belts, I will be in the top 10 and anything is possible.''

Vitor Jones Freitas vs. Manuel Mendez - Eight-Round Lightweight Bout

The nephew of popular former two-time lightweight world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas has been victorious in 12 consecutive bouts since fighting a No-Contest in his pro debut in July 2012. He's coming off a fifth-round TKO over Rodolfo Franz last May 21.

Two outings ago, Freitas captured the Brazilian lightweight crown with a 10-round decision over Sidney Siquiera. This will Freitas' sixth U.S. start; his last five fights were in Brazil.

"My uncle had many great fights on SHOWTIME and on Nov. 4, I am looking to carry on his legacy," Freitas said. "This will be another step in following in his footsteps to become a world champion.''

Mendez, who is trained by the respected Joel Diaz, is coming off a fourth-round knockout over Erick Martinez this past Sept. 23 in Ontario. Mendez used a strong, bruising style in which he mixed his punches well to punish Martinez. The 5-foot-8, 26-year-old Mendez has gone 12-0-2 since getting stopped in his pro debut in October 2010.

"I am excited about this opportunity to fight on ShoBox,'' said Mendez who is a sparring partner for Ruslan Provodnikov and Timothy Bradley. "I know with a win, my career will escalate to a new level. I am looking to knock out Vitor."

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

Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Danny Garcia!

Fights For Philadelphia
Danny Garcia

Undefeated welterweight world champion Danny "Swift" Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) will make his first appearance in his native Philadelphia since 2010 as he takes on Colombia's Samuel Vargas (25-2-1, 13 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Saturday, November 12 from Temple University's Liacouras Center. The bout will be Garcia's final hurdle before a planned massive showdown with unbeaten champion Keith "One Time" Thurman scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.

In keeping with his desire to give back to the community, Garcia is teaming up with Philabundance, the region's largest hunger relief organization, to arrange a regional food drive, collecting most-needed items, such as tuna and vegetables. Fans are being encouraged to drop off canned goods at the Liacouras Center (1776 N Broad St) and the DSG Boxing Gym (3731 Jasper St). Additionally, $10 from each ticket sold will be donated and provide 20 meals per ticket for people in need. More information on these efforts and how you can get involved will be announced shortly.

Garcia, a two-division world champion, will battle Vargas in a 10-round non-title bout in his first fight since his exciting win over Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero in January. Garcia insisted on staging the fight in his hometown and using the event as a vehicle to raise awareness and money for the less fortunate in the area.

"My dad and I wanted to get one more fight in before the end of the year and there was no doubt in my mind it had to be in Philadelphia," said Garcia. "My team got it done and it's a great feeling to fight at home over the holidays. I'm excited to use this opportunity to give back to the community and put on a show on November 12. This city means everything to me. I hope everyone comes out, but shows up with cans of food too. I'm gearing up for a big fight with Keith Thurman next year that's going to be a can't miss event. First, I'm going to fight for my city on November 12."

"Things happen when you work hard and I'm so excited about this opportunity," said Vargas. "Garcia is a great fighter and he cleaned out the 140-pound division and now he is champion at 147. A win would change my life and everyone around me. This is my time. I can't fail. This is going to be a Rocky story in Rocky's town."

Televised coverage on Spike begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features undefeated rising star Jarrett Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round bout against once-beaten super welterweight contender Jorge Cota (25-1, 22 KOs) and former world champion Javier Fortuna (30-1-1, 22 KOs) battling undefeated Omar Douglas (17-0, 12 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout.

"This win will put me one step closer towards winning a world title," said Hurd. "The win over Oscar Molina was a big opportunity that has opened a lot of doors and was a great experience. Cota is a tough veteran with a high knockout rate. He is a little wild and I have to look out for that. I'm going to go out there to land nice shots and stick to my game plan."

"I'm looking forward to this opportunity to fight a good undefeated fighter," said Cota. "I know that I have the power and skills to beat anybody out there. I'm going to leave it all in the ring and get the victory on November 12."

"I'm only thinking about winning heading into this fight," said Fortuna. "Douglas is a good fighter who moves very well. I'm looking forward to this challenge on November 12. I will be a world champion once again."

"This is the type of fight that I need if I am going to be a champion," said Douglas. "I plan on putting on a crowd pleasing performance. Fortuna is a decent fighter and I'm going to have to break him down. He is good for four or five rounds but then he slows down. I'm going to set him up to take him out in the later rounds."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DSG Promotions and King's Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit LiacourasCenter.com/events or call 800-298-4200.

Garcia returns to headline in his hometown as a two-division world champion who has picked up major victories over top fighters including Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Lamont Peterson, Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah on his way to 31 professional victories. The 28-year-old earned a vacant welterweight world title in his last bout when he won a toe-to-toe battle with former world champion Guerrero in Los Angeles taking his professional record to 32-0.

The 27-year-old Vargas enters this bout on a five-fight win streak including three stoppage victories including his most recent outing, a 10-round decision over Juan Armando Garcia in May. Born in Columbia, his family left to find a better life when he was 15 years old and after a brief stay in New York City, they moved to the Toronto suburb of Mississauga. Vargas enrolled at a boxing gym early on and learned discipline while adapting to his surroundings. He turned pro in 2010 after just 12 amateur bouts and was undefeated in his first 16 fights while fighting out of Canada.

Hurd fights out of Accokeek, Md., just south of Washington, D.C. and is perfect since entering the pro ranks in 2012. The 26-year-old has faced three straight undefeated fighters including a sixth-round stoppage of Frank Galarza in 2015 and a 10th-round TKO over Oscar Molina in the co-main event of the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter card in June. The exciting boxer-puncher will look to continue his climb to a world title on November 12.

A powerful puncher sporting an 88 percent knockout rate, Cota made his U.S. debut in August of 2015 and upset Cuban Olympic silver medalist Yudel Jhonson while knocking him down twice over the 10-round bout. The fighter out of Sinaloa, Mexico is entering this fight with nine straight wins, including six by way of knockout. The 27-year-old will be making his first ring appearance of 2016.

An amateur standout that participated in the first Pan American Junior Championships in 2003, the 27-year-old Fortuna owns victories over Abner Cotto, Carlos Ivan Velasquez, Miguel Zamudio and Patrick Hyland. He took down the highly regarded Bryan Vasquez to earn a super featherweight world title in May of last year. Representing La Romana, Dominican Republic, Fortuna bounced back from a defeat to Jason Sosa to stop previously unbeaten Marlyn Cabrera in September.

An undefeated fighter out of Wilmington, Delaware, Douglas impressed in his last two outings when he defeated contender Frank De Alba in a step up fight last December and followed it up with a seventh-round knockout of Alexei Collado in June. The 25-year-old has picked up four victories since the beginning of 2015 and will face his toughest competition to date when he battles Fortuna.

PBC Boxing Promotions

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Perez V Simms!

Square Off On New Bedford Boxing Card
Perez V Simms

Boston Boxing promotions has announced another fight for its November 12th event at New Bedford High School in New Bedford, Massachusetts - the first pro boxing event held in The Whaling City in 20 years.

Lowell's Jonathan Perez (2-0, 2 KO's) will make his Massachusetts debut when he takes on New Jersey's Malcolm Simms (pro debut) in a four-round featherweight matchup.

"I'm excited to be making my Massachusetts debut," said Perez, "training has been hard and I've been getting good sparring for this fight with guys like Carlos Candelario. I'm excited to be staying so active since turning pro and look forward to a good fight."

Perez had a standout amateur career culminating with a New England Golden Gloves title. As a pro, he made his debut earlier this year in Verona, New York with a first round TKO of Philadelphia's Bardraiel Smith and followed up with another TKO later in the year over North Carolina's Daron Hester.

Simms comes out of the same gym in New Jersey that has produced recent world title challenger John Thompson, winner of the 2015 ESPN Boxcino tournament, and promises to spoil Perez' home state debut.

"Everyone can be champs in the gym but when you get in the ring and those lights come on you have to showout and showoff," said Simms. "I'm looking forward to my pro debut"

Tickets for the November 12 All-Pro Boxing event at New Bedford High School are on sale now at www.BostonBoxingPromotions.com.

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Mikkel Kessler!

Backs Ceylan To Win European Featherweight Title
Mikkel Kessler

Danish boxing legend Mikkel Kessler is backing Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) to win the European Featherweight title when he meets British Champion Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

Kessler, a former five-time World Champion, has offered the Aarhus-boxer some words of advice ahead of his European title challenge, and says he believes the 27 year-old has the ability to emulate his success and become Denmark’s next World Champion.

‘’Dennis has a lot of potential,’’ says Kessler. ‘’He is technically a very good all-round fighter. He can punch, he can box, and you tell he’s thinking about what he’s doing in the ring. It will be a tough fight for him, but I believe he can do it.

‘’If I could offer him some advice, it would be to keep a cool head and remember what he’s been told in the gym, as no matter how many people there are, and how big the occasion, it’s just him and his opponent in the ring.

‘’I never got the chance to fight for the European title, of course, I was happy with my World title fights, but the European title is a very prestigious belt, and it is a big step forward to becoming the best and fighting for World titles.

‘’If Dennis wins this fight, I think he can go all the way. It will be interesting to see how he copes when he’s put under pressure. I hope he is training well and living a healthy life as that will give him the extra 10% he needs.

‘’It’s a very big fight for Danish boxing, and I hope it gets the attention it deserves. I’m not fighting anymore so there needs to be some new boxers like Dennis ready to step up and follow in my footsteps.’’

Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight with Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn on October 15. Rashid Kassem faces his toughest career test against British boxer Joe Murray, Abdul Khattab takes on Bartlomiej Grafka, Dina Thorslund faces Oksana Ro-manova, and professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen meets Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live across Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting and on BoxNation in the UK. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

Sauerland Boxing Promotions

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IAGO KILADZE!

SIGNS WITH TGB PROMOTIONS
IAGO KILADZE

Sherman Oaks, California based TGB Promotions has signed heavyweight contender IAGO KILADZE, (24-1-0, 16 KO's) to an exclusive promotional contract, it was announced today by TOM BROWN, the company's president.

A native of Ukraine, Kiladze has been living in the Los Angeles area and training with the renowned JOE GOOSSEN at the world famous Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, California for most of 2016.

"We're excited to start working with Iago, he's a very hard working fighter who is looking to make his mark in the heavyweight division." said Brown. "He's been training with Joe and they've really formed a great fighter/trainer relationship."

"Joe has been great to work with, I've learned so much this year and now that I'm working with TGB Promotions I look forward to the next chapter of my career in the heavyweight division," said the 30-year-old Kiladze.

Kiladze has won his last four in a row after suffering his only defeat in November 2012 to Youri Kalenga in Berlin, Germany. Among the four victories includes a fourth round knockout of Rayford Johnson on the undercard of the World Heavyweight Championship between Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden in April 2015.

"Iago's a great learner and fighting as a heavyweight we're going to see a much better fighter," said Goossen. "Working with Tom is going to provide him with the opportunities he needs to maximize his potential."

TGB Boxing Promotions

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MALIK SCOTT!

HEADS TO MONTE CARLO FOR HEAVYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN WITH LUIS ORTIZ
MALIK SCOTT

World ranked heavyweight contender MALIK SCOTT,(38-2-1, 13 KO's), is headed to the world's foremost tourist destination, Monte Carlo, on Saturday, November 12 to face feared, undefeated and #1 ranked "King Kong" LUIS ORTIZ,(25-0, 22 KO's) at the Salle des Etoiles for the vacant World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title.

"This is the fight I wanted, I picked him, "said Scott. "I told my promoter Tom Brown one of the three, either Anthony Joshua, David Haye or Luis Ortiz."

"After Ortiz beat Bryant Jennings the media starting talking about his invincibility and that he was the most feared heavyweight and I immediately wanted to fight him. There's no such thing as unbeatable and I welcome the challenge to prove it."

"If I'm on my game on November 12, I'll shut him out. He's going to gas out early and I'll put on a boxing clinic," continued Scott. "Ortiz is my pathway towards a world title opportunity, this is my time to shine and slay 'King Kong'."

"Because of his rep this fight will get a lot of international attention and I'll be looking for full credit when I beat him, no excuses."

A native of Philadelphia, now residing in Los Angeles, Scott fights under the Sherman Oaks' based TGB Promotions' banner.

"Malik has wanted another big fight and this opportunity to face Ortiz comes at the right time," said TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions. "Malik is fearless and isn't at all intimidated by Ortiz's rep, he's fought or sparred every notable heavyweight over the last fifteen years."

Known as a true road warrior of the sport, last October Scott traveled to Orlando, Florida winning a dominant ten round decision over former world title challenger Tony Thompson. The previous October, Scott defeated Alex Leapai, also a former world title challenger in Australia.

The heavy-handed Ortiz has stopped his last four opponents, most recently the aforementioned Tony Thompson in the sixth round on March 5, 2016. Prior to that Ortiz brutally stopped former world title challenger Bryant Jennings in the seventh round on December 19, 2015.

Scott vs. Ortiz is presented by Matchroom Boxing in association with TGB Promotions and will be telecast LIVE in the UK on Sky Sports.

TGB Boxing Promotions

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ANGEL ACOSTA V JOSE MARTINEZ!

November 12
ANGEL ACOSTA V JOSE MARTINEZ

Angel 'Tito' Acosta, the KO artist from Barrio Obrero, will be giving a firm step on the road to a world title bout when, on Saturday November 12, go towards the vacant WBO Latino mini flyweight title againts the experienced Mexican fighter Luis Armando Ceja. The attractive 10-round bout will headline the succesful DIRECTV BOXING NIGHTS series at the Complejo Ferial in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Will be the first boxing card at this luxury compley in the south of the island that will be presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, in collaboration with Roc Nation Sports and H2 Entertainment.

26-year-old nicknamed Gallo, Ceja has a profesional record of 28-5-3 and 23 knockouts and has won his last four bouts, three of them by the way of KO.

What is equally important, he has never lost by knockout, so is expected to test the punch of Acosta, also 26, who has won by knockout his 14 fights and already once reigned as flyweight champion FECARBOX, the regional agency affiliated with the WBC. Acosta appears ranked in the top 15 of the 108 pounds in the 'rankings' of the four major organizations, including 11 by the WBO.

"A win over Ceja, and getting the Latino title, will place Acosta within the top ten of the WBO," said promoter Hector Soto. "The plan is that it can be fighting for the world title for the middle of next year."

Cofeaturing unbeaten super flyweight Jose 'Chiquiro' Martinez (18-0, 11KO’s), from Las Marias, Puerto Rico will clash in a eight round collide Dominican warrior Juan Guzman (22-6, 12).

And in another attractive match, Emanuel 'Bebo' Rivera (16-1, 11), from Toa Baja, will meet with warrior Josean ‘Tren’ Figueroa (11-4-1 five) from Aguada in a 8 rounda bout.

MIGUEL COTTO SIGNS DANIELITO ZORRILLA

Well known and international amateur star Danielito Zorrilla who represented Puerto Rico in multiple competitions will turn pro next Saturday November 12 in Ponce on national TV during the live broadcast of DIRECTV Boxing Nights. "I am very happy to sign to the Miguel Cotto company, I feel ready and prepared for this step and I will work to fulfill my dream of becoming world champion," said Zorrilla. "Zorrilla Is a very talented boxer who achieve great goals as a amateur fighter, I am very pleased and happy to have him in our company, "said Miguel Cotto. Danielito Zorrilla will make his pro debut at the junior welter division in a four fight.

Meanwhile, in his debut with Miguel Cotto Promotions, featherweight Edgardo Ponce Laboy (10-0 and seven) collide with Juan G. Cruz.

Also top talents and part of the newest prospects signed to Miguel Cotto banner; Carlos Caraballo (1-0 and one) will fight at 118lbs against Kelvin Julibe. Former amateur national champion at 123 pounds, Joshuantony Ortiz (1-0 and one), of Gurabo, will face Juan Colon (0-1), of Guayama, at 119 pounds, Juan Carlos Camacho (2- 0, 2KO’s) four round fight with Alexis Diaz, of Caguas, at 122 pounds. Also, undefeated Kelvin Nunez (12-0, 12KO’s) will see action in a six round against Edgar Perez in Arecibo 180 pounds.

BOXING NIGHTS DIRECTV is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment in a collaboration with Roc Nation Sports and DIRECTV, Leones de Ponce, Gasoline Party In A Pouch, Ciclon Energy Drink, Armor All, Restaurant Estate, Pan American Language, Savings Furniture, Everlast and newspaper La Cordillera. The entrance to the Complejo Ferial in Ponce has a price od $ 20.00 General Ring Side. Tickets are available by calling 787-332-0478 TICKET PLUS or visiting its website: www.TICKETPLUSPR.COM

Cotto Boxing Promotions

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Ceylan & Walsh!

Ready For European Title Clash
Ceylan & Walsh

Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) and Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) both appeared in a confident mood at the final press conference ahead of their European Featherweight title fight on Saturday at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

Ceylan is aiming to become Denmark’s first European Champion for over ten years, while Walsh will be hoping to upset the home fighter and add the European strap to his collection of English and British titles.

Speaking to the media today at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel, Ceylan said he has had the best preparations of his career, and believes he is ready to write a new chapter in Danish boxing history.

‘’I’ve had the toughest training camp of my career and I feel better prepared than ever,’’ said the 27 year-old Aarhus-boxer. ‘’I’m expecting a close fight, but I believe I’m the better boxer, and I intend to prove that on Saturday night.

‘’I’m not just fighting for myself. I’m fighting for my children, my coach and my country. I want to make everyone proud and repay the support they’ve shown in me. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a European Champion in Denmark, and I want to put Danish boxing back on the map!’’

Standing in his way is the current British Champion Walsh, who shares the home fighters confidence, and plans to spoil Ceylan’s celebrations.

‘’I’m excited to be here in Denmark fighting for the European title,’’ said Walsh. ‘’I think it’s going to be great fight and I believe Dennis will bring out the best in me, but I’ve been training hard and I’m confident I will win. I’ve already won the English and British titles, so this is the next step for me, and after I bring that blue belt home, the World title is next.’’

‘’It has been over 10 years since Denmark last had a European Champion,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ''And on Saturday night , Dennis can write his name in the record books. It’s a massive fight, one of the biggest this country has seen for many years, and it’s a real 50-50 contest. It will be a tough test for Dennis, but I have seen him in training, he looks in great shape, and I believe he is ready.’’

The European Featherweight title fight between Dennis Ceylan and Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. Rashid Kassem faces his toughest career test against British boxer Joe Murray, Abdul Khattab takes on Bartlomiej Grafka, Dina Thorslund faces Oksana Romanova, and professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen meets Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets are available online via http://www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinvia and on BoxNation in the UK. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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Michael Walsh!

If Ceylan Comes To Fight, He’s Getting Knocked Out

Michael Walsh says Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) has never fought anyone near the level of his brother Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) and has warned the Danish boxer that if he comes to fight, he is going to get knocked out.

Since hanging up his gloves, Walsh, a former undefeated professional fighter, has helped guide the careers of his younger brothers Ryan and Liam.

Liam won an IBF World title eliminator last weekend, and on Saturday, it is Ryan’s turn to move another step towards World honours when he challenges Ceylan for the vacant European Featherweight crown at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

Walsh is confident his younger brother has what it takes to defeat the home fighter and bring the European title back to Britain.

‘’Dennis is fighting at home so he is going to give it his all, but it’s not going to be good enough,’’ says Walsh. ‘’My brother works far too hard, and there’s no way he’s going to let Dennis take this opportunity away from him, whether they’re fighting in his hometown, his back garden or his front room.

‘’Dennis hasn’t got enough experience to beat my brother. He has never fought anyone near his level. Ryan has fought a handful of people as good, if not better, than Dennis, and he’s dealt with them all inside five rounds.

‘’If Dennis comes to run, he might last twelve rounds, but if he comes to fight, he’s getting knocked out! I hope he comes to fight. I know Ryan is coming to fight. If Dennis comes and delivers the same thing for his fans, it’s going to be exciting fight while it lasts, and we go home with the European title.’’

Walsh says a victory for Ryan will be a victory for the whole family.

‘’You can’t separate me and my brothers,’’ he says. ‘’Any victory is a victory for the whole family. Our Dad always brought us up saying if one of you get kicked all three of you better limp. We all limped the day Ryan lost to Lee Selby, but I don’t believe we will be doing anymore limping in boxing for a very long time. My two brothers are on the way up and I don’t see anyone topping them.’’

Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight with Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn on October 15. Rashid Kassem faces his toughest career test against British boxer Joe Murray, Abdul Khattab takes on Bartlomiej Grafka, Dina Thorslund faces Oksana Romanova, and professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen meets Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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Boyd Melson!

To Headline November 19 At Foxwoods Casino

Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson makes his return to the ring to help the fight against heroin in Staten Island Saturday, November 19 at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

Melson’s fight headlines a DiBella Entertainment promoted Pro-Am card as part of the recently relocated but wildly popular Broadway Boxing series. This fight card is a special event. Broadway Boxing by way of Lou DiBella, is offering a Veterans Appreciation fight card with 4 of the undercard bouts consisting of Cadets from the West Point Boxing Team boxing against Cadets from the Coast Guard Academy.

Living and fighting out of New York City, Melson’s made a name for himself in and out of the ring. His outstanding professional ledger stands at 15-1-1 with 4 knockouts and in May 2015 he won the WBC-USNBC junior middleweight championship by dominating Mike Ruiz. Since the victory, he’s spent most of his time doing public speaking around the country as well as raising funds and awareness for various charitable causes such as Suicide Prevention among Armed Forces Veterans, working with disadvantaged youth and helping fight drug addiction among youth and young adults.

Following the match, Melson’s donating 100% of his purse to help combat the severe heroin problem across Staten Island, NY.

"I was fortunate enough to have had a meeting with the Staten Island District Attorney Mike McMahon a few weeks ago," said Melson. "My dear brother Ibrahim Kurtulus arranged my requested meeting I asked him to help set up after I read an article published in May of 2016 discussing the heroin plague in that borough. The article stated that through May of this year, there were 40 reported deaths in Staten Island due to overdosing on heroin. During my meeting with McMahon, he told me that the number is now at 70. McMahon forced the issue to have a change in the local law in Staten Island where users arrested for using heroin will be sentenced to rehabilitation instead of prison. The commencement date for this policy has not yet begun."

Melson, who considered himself retired from boxing, came back to the sport in part to help combat the problems in Staten Island.

"I need to come out of retirement so I can start going to bat for the people in the borough of Staten Island. Staten Island is the borough that I spent my childhood in while growing up in Brooklyn. I was a frequent visitor at Bayley Seton Hospital as a child for weekly allergy shots, Fort Wadsworth to visit my friends and on Arthur Kill Road to visit my aunt. I decided that I needed to find a way to help and draw attention within the five boroughs to Staten Island; a borough that residents say they feel forgotten in. I also decided that I am going to donate my purse to an organization within the borough aimed at helping addicts once they leave their rehabilitation. It also means a lot to me as a West Point graduate that I'll have the opportunity to box on a card with Cadets that are coached by the same man that coached me while I was a Cadet in Colonel Dr. Ray Barone."

“I’d like to thank Lou DiBella for this great opportunity. He has been an incredible supporter of my career and what I’ve fought for every single punch of the way and he his actions always remind me of this. I considered myself retired from boxing after my last fight. I told my family that I am done boxing. I have not been boxing or in the gym for a year and a half. After reading that article on the heroin problem in Staten Island, I could not sit around helpless when I believed I could help. Heroin is the number one issue harming the quality of life in Staten Island as well as the taker of lives. So I decided to suffer one more time with making weight and getting in shape so that the people of Staten Island know that they are not facing this plague of heroin alone. My family has a history of addiction so I understand how severe it can be.”

Melson’s opponent in this eight round middleweight contest will be announced shortly and tickets can be purchased by going to http://knockoutpublicity.com/tickets-to-boyd-melsons-november-19-fight/

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Jose Alfredo Rodriguez!

Signs With Free Agent Boxing Management
Jose Alfredo Rodriguez

José A. Acevedo of Free Agent Boxing Management proudly announces the signing of former world champion Jose Alfredo "Torito" Rodriguez to a managerial agreement.

27-year-old Rodriguez (31-4-0, 19 KOs) of Sinaloa, Mexico, won the Interim WBA World Light Flyweight Championship on November 19, 2011, by upsetting then 27-1 Nethra Sasiprapa of Thailand. He also won the WBC Youth Intercontinental Light Flyweight Championship in 2009 and made four successful defenses. He is also a former sparring partner of Nicaraguan four-division and current WBC World Super Flyweight Champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez.

Currently looking for the third fight of his comeback after nearly two years off, 27-year-old Rodriguez plans to compete in the flyweight and super flyweight divisions.

"I am happy to sign with Free Agent Boxing," said Rodriguez. "My career was on hold for a while, but I am back now and eager for my team to find me big fights. Taking some time off did me good. I have never felt this strong and healthy. I'm looking forward to getting a few more wins and then winning back my championship."

Acevedo who has previously done well for his brother, former super middleweight contender Roberto, and middleweight puncher Jorge Melendez in advisory roles, says he's beginning to work with Rodriguez at the perfect time.

"The flyweight and super flyweight divisions are red hot right now," he said. "I am working to get Torito a ranking by the IBF and WBC. He said he wants to fight the best, so we are working to find him the fights that will get him to a title shot. One guy he really wants is (IBF Champion Jerwin Ancajas from the Philippines). We're hoping to get him in the ring soon."

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Oliveira Jr!

Continues To Carve His Own Legacy In Boxing

The camp went well and the weight came off almost effortlessly.

New Bedford, Mass., junior welterweight Ray Oliveira Jr. was in the best shape of his life in July when he stepped back into the ring for the first time in nearly eight months, but there was still a small hint of worry in the back of his mind knowing there'd be one missing piece in his corner on fight night.

Oliveira Jr.'s father, the legendary "Sucra" Ray Oliveira, took some much-needed time away from the sport shortly before his son broke camp, so he did not work his corner for the first time in Oliveira Jr.'s brief professional career.

"'Was I going to make the right decisions in the ring and listen to my guys?'" Oliveira Jr. asked himself.

"Having my dad's voice in my head for so long, I wanted to know that I could go in there and do it on my own and show people that I'm my own fighter also. I am my dad's son, but I am me."

Oliviera Jr. (5-0, 1 KO) won that night, defeating the previously unbeaten Andy Gonzalez by majority decision in the toughest fight of his career. One week from Friday, he steps back into the ring -- again, without his father in his corner -- to face another tough test against unbeaten Gerald Schifone of Brockton as he continues to carve his own legacy out from under his legendary father's shadow.

The six-round bout against Schifone (3-0-1, 1 KO) -- the first six-round fight of Oliveira Jr.'s career -- is the co-feature of CES Boxing's 2016 Twin River Casino Fight Series season finale, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21st, 2016. Oliveira Jr. is dedicating the fight to his father, who he credits for getting him started in the sport of boxing at a young age and helping him develop into the fighter he is today.

"That first fight back, that was for me. I needed that for many reasons that I didn't even know of until it was done," Oliveira Jr. said.

"Now it's time to do one for him. He's the one who put me in this and he's the one who got me to where I'm at. I put in the work, I spent the time in the gym, I made a lot of sacrifices in life, but he was right there with me through this when it came to being in the gym and the fight and everything. He was the guy training me from the amateurs."

In some symbolic way, Oct. 21st could be a passing of the torch, a transition where Oliveira Jr. goes from being known primarily as the son of a beloved champion to a legitimate contender in the junior middleweight division building his own legacy.

"As a fighter, I'm starting to make some real changes with fighting. I'm progressing right now," Oliveira Jr. said. "I feel like a shift in my boxing career. Before I make that real transition as a fighter, I want to make sure I give thanks to the one who got me started."

The elder Oliveira has taken on more of an advisory role these days, helping his son promote his upcoming fights and offering support. Surprisingly, Oliveira Jr. says he rarely picks his father's brain when it comes to advice or technique, again focusing on doing what he does best instead of trying to emulate someone else's style.

"My thing is I don't really like to ask for too much advice and watch too many videos. I like to just go to the gym, practice what my trainers are telling me to do and try to apply it to the fight," he said. "If I don't follow the game plan or I went elsewhere for the game plan, it's going to contradict what they're telling me.

"I really don't like to make a plan because you don't know what's going to happen when you get in there. I like to let them analyze and do their job and then I do my job. I have one job and that's to show up. I show up to the gym and I show up to the fight. That's my job."

Since turning pro in 2014, Oliveira Jr. has gotten the job done each time he's stepped into the ring. The fight against Gonzalez, a close, back-and-forth war with both fighters exchanging flurries through four rounds, was the toughest of his career and a major departure from his previous fights, which were fought primarily against opponents who didn't press the action the way Gonzalez does.

The taller, stronger Gonzalez, a Worcester, Mass., native, was considered the favorite in some circles, but Oliveira Jr. proved he could stand toe-to-toe with a slugger, not just out-box an opponent.

"Whenever I approach a fight, I always feel like the underdog," Oliveira Jr. said. "I look at it like, 'I've got to go beat this dude,' especially with the way I fight because I'm not always going in there knocking dudes out and stuff. I always look at myself like the challenger.

"I understood that he was taller and he had the higher knockout percentage, so I knew he was coming to fight and I was going to have to prove to people that I could get in there with someone who is coming to bang."

The best part now is this current camp, according to Oliveira Jr., might be even better than the last one, which, at the time, he said was the best of his young career.

"I'm already on weight and we have two weeks," he said. "This may beat out last camp.

"I've added more miles to my normal running mileage to compensate for the rounds. Anyone who really knows me as a fighter knows I always come out to fight from the first bell, but I get better as the rounds go. I start to warm up, I start to get more comfortable. Even though I try to take these guys' heads off and put some real ping behind each punch, I still calculate in my fight. I pay attention. As the rounds go, I pick up on things and I get more comfortable. The biggest thing is I warm up. My power starts coming through the muscle. Everything just kind of packs in and I start hitting harder as the rounds go on.

"My dad wanted me to take it slow and work my way up and I understand that, but I've been waiting to do more rounds. I want to drag them out into the deep end and see if they can still swim."

Schifone, who is fighting for the first time in two years, will press Oliveira Jr. the same way Gonzalez did, which should lead to another entertaining, back-and-forth battle on a card loaded with evenly-matched bouts. It's truly sink or swim for the younger Oliveira as he continues to build his own resume in the city of New Bedford.

"He definitely comes forward and he comes to hurt," Oliveira Jr. said of Schifone. "He's not in there to make it through the rounds or float around."

Tickets for Oct. 21st are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Headlining the Oct. 21st fight card is the eight-round Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Junior Middleweight International and Northeast title bout between champion Khiary Gray (13-1, 10 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., and challenger Chris Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KOs) of Chicago, Ill.

Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs) aims for his fourth win in his fifth pro fight in a four-round bout against Oregon's Rafael Valencia (3-4-1, 2 KOs) and Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) returns to face Providence, R.I., native Cido Hoff (1-0-1) in a four-round featherweight bout. Also from Worcester, super middleweight Ben Peak makes his professional debut in a four-round bout against Jose Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn.

Former amateur standout Anthony Marsella Jr. (1-0) of Providence makes his Rhode Island debut against Philadelphia's Bardraiel Smith (0-1) in a four-round junior welterweight bout and Worcester's Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran Isaiah Robinson (3-3, 2 KOs) of Durham, N.C.

New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1) and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., faces Florida's Irvin Veloz, both in four-round bouts.

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Briam Granado V Zenon Herrera!

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Briam Granado V Zenon Herrera

Boston Boxing Promotions has announced a six-round super welterweight fight for November 12th in New Bedford as The Whaling City's own Briam "Bam Bam" Granado takes on Madison, Maine's Zenon Herrera in a featured attraction.

The wildly popular Granado will be fighting for the first time in over a year and for the first time ever in his hometown. This fight will also mark his first foray into six-round fights after his previous three contests being scheduled for the preliminary four-round limit.

"I'm honored to be fighting a Marine," said Granado, "I feel good about my training and my return back to the ring after not fighting in 12 months. I'm confident about my new weight class and I look forward to fighting at 150 pounds. Where there's a will there's a way."

Granado began his career in 2015 with a 1st round TKO over Providence's Theo Desjardin. His lone loss came to then unbeaten Freddy Sanchez of Worcester, MA and he capped off the year with a hard fought draw with Salem's Matt Doherty - who would go on to challenge for the New England lightweight title.

Zenon Herrera is a proud veteran of the United States Marines and a veteran of both the boxing ring and MMA cage. In his most recent boxing match, he lost a decision to the vastly more experienced 9-7-1, 6 KO John Webster in Lewiston, Maine.

"Briam Granado is one of those guys that you just know is gonna go the distance," said Herrera, "he's had some tough matches and always looks ready to go. It's always an awesome thing to step into either the ring or cage with that type of person. Fighting outside of Maine is a great chance to show what it is that us 'Maine-iacs' can do. It also gives me much more motivation to go out and give it all I've got since I'm not only representing myself and my sponsors, but I'm representing Maine as well. My last boxing match with Webster showed me that I can go into the ring with someone who has years of experience over me and still stand toe to toe with him. He gave my his best shots and I kept coming at him. It's gonna take a lot to keep me down. I don't think Granado will be able to do it. With that said I hope the fans are gonna be ready for an awesome match, because this Marine is ready to go to war."

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Dennis Ceylan!

Boxing Saved My Life
Dennis Ceylan

Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) is days away from the most important fight of his career when he face Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) for the European Featherweight title on Saturday night at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

The Aarhus-boxer can join an elite group of Danish boxers who have previously held the European title if he can overcome the current British Champion.

For Ceylan, this fight represents the latest struggle in a life, which without boxing, could have gone down a very different path.

"I might not be alive today if I hadn’t started boxing," reveals the 27 year-old.

‘’I would have been dead or in jail. I grew up in an environment surrounding my drugs and crime, and that could have been my destiny too.’’

Ceylan spent his childhood in various institutions, having been removed from his home when he was just eight years old due to his mother’s drug addictions.

‘’I’ve always lived my life one day at a time, and before boxing, I always thought I would die young,’’ he says. ‘’You could say boxing saved my life. It gave me a new direction in life that I didn’t have before.’’

It was the legendary 'Rocky' movies that introduced a young Ceylan to boxing. The story of an underdog who becomes World Champion inspired him to embark on a journey that has led him to this European title challenge.

‘’It was a beautiful story,’’ he recalls. ‘’Rocky fought to make others proud, and I could relate to that.’’

Ceylan started boxing when he was 9 years old, two years later he met his coach Frank Holm, and the pair have worked together ever since.

"Boxing has given Dennis a lot of discipline,’’ says Holm. ‘’It really suited him, and from the very beginning, I could see he had the potential to go far.

‘’It’s been a long journey to reach this point, with a lot of ups and downs on the way, but it will all be worthwhile when he enters the ring on Saturday night.’’

Ceylan says he wants to repay the support shown to him by Holm and to make his family proud by winning the European belt.

‘’I’m not just fighting for myself,’’ says Ceylan. ‘’I’m fighting to repay Frank and to make my family and two children proud.''

He also hopes his journey can help others from troubled backgrounds.

‘’Who knows, if I win, maybe my story can inspire other people who are going through tough times,’’ he says. ''If I can do it, why can't they?''

Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight with Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. Rashid Kassem faces his toughest career test against British boxer Joe Murray, Abdul Khattab takes on Bartlomiej Grafka, Dina Thorslund faces Oksana Romanova, and professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen meets Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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ADRIAN GRANADOS!

Signs With TGB Promotions
ADRIAN GRANADOS

Sherman Oaks, California based TGB Promotions has signed world ranked contender Adrian "El Tigre" Granados to an exclusive promotional agreement it was announced by Tom Brown, the company's President.

"We're very excited to begin working with Adrian, he's one of the premier talents in the junior welterweight division and one of the true Mexican warriors in boxing. He has a very bright future and we look forward to giving him fights with some of biggest names, and on some of the biggest platforms possible. " said Brown.

"Having worked with numerous legendary Mexican fighters in my career including Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Adrian is exactly the type of warrior that boxing fans love," continued Brown who has worked as a promoter and matchmaker for over three decades.

Said Granados, "I'm very excited to start this new chapter of my career. Tom Brown has built numerous world champions and I have faith that he will provide the right opportunities to me towards fulfilling my dream of becoming a world champion."

"I've been training diligently in Chicago all year long and I'm ready to get back in the ring."

Currently ranked #3 by the World Boxing Association and #7 by the World Boxing Council, the 27-year-old Granados has compiled a record of 16-3-1 (10 KO's) over the course of his eight-year professional career. He is managed by Andy Zak of Journeyman Management.

"I've known Tom Brown for a longtime and trust him as a man and a promoter," said Zak. "I'm confident that he will guide Adrian towards the best opportunities and look forward to a very strong working relationship with him on Adrian's career."

Last November, the Chicago native Granados traveled to Quebec City to battle undefeated and #1 ranked Amir Imam in a bout telecast live on Showtime Championship Boxing. Despite getting dropped in the initial stanza, in the biggest fight of his career Granados turned the tables and dominated Imam over the next seven rounds to earn the stoppage in the eighth round of their scheduled ten rounder.

A fan favorite across the country for his "never say die" attitude, Granados has battled with numerous former world champions and contenders including Kermit Cintron, Felix Diaz, Frankie Gomez, Brad Solomon, Jaime Herrera and Lanardo Tyner. Among his three losses are two majority decisions and one split decision, all three to undefeated fighters.

Prior to turning professional, Granados trained at the legendary Romanza Boxing Gym in Mexico City with boxing legends Juan Manuel Marquez and Rafael Marquez alongside Abner Mares and under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain. He was an alternate on the 2008 Mexican Olympic Team and compiled a very solid amateur record of 75-12.

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Cancun Boxing!

September 24 replay To Air Wednesday At 10 p.m. PT On CBS Sports Network
Cancun Boxing

The replay of the August 24th "Cancun Boxing" card, presented by Pepe Gomez Boxing in association with Neon Star Media, will air this Wednesday night (Oct. 12, starting at 10 p.m. PT / 1 a.m. ET, on CBS Sports Network. Encore presentations will be Friday, Oct. 21 (7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET) and Friday, Oct. 28 (1 a.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET).

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

Hall-of-Fame announcer Al Bernstein and Sean Wheelock called the action live from ringside in Cancun, Mexico.

Future Hall of Fame candidate Jhonny Gonzalez (61-10, 51 KOs) defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver super featherweight title for the fourth time, against Japanese invader Hiroysugi Yamamoto (19-12-2, 3 KOs), in the scheduled 10-round main event.

Gonzalez is Mexican knockout machine (51 career KOs) who, as the saying goes, has never been in a bad fight. The 3-time, 2-division world champion Gonzalez, rated No. 4 by the WBC going into this fight, has been on a mission for one more world title shot.

The 35-year-old Gonzalez has defeated 11 world champions during his illustrious 17-year professional boxing career, including a Who's Who of the bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight divisions: Mark Johnson (KO8), Abner Mares (KO1), Jorge Arce (TKO11), Ratanachai Sor Vorapin (KO7), Fernando Montiel (DEC12), Irene Pacheco (TKO9), Elio Rojas (DEC12), Maurice Pastrana (TKO4), Hozumi Hasegawa (TKO4), Francisco Tejedor (TKO1) and Adams Rivas (DEC12).

Yamamoto, who was fighting in North America for the first time, is a former WBC Asian Boxing Council and Asia Pacific title challenger.

In the 10-round co-feature, Mexico City archrivals Diego "Demoledor" Cruz (16-3-1, 13 KOs) and Ivan "Macanon" Cano (23-7-2, 15 KOs) battled for local welterweight bragging rights, while Mexico City flyweight Lourdes "Le Pequena Lulu" Juarez (17-2 2 KOs) took on Cancun's favorite daughter, Yesenia Gomez (13-4, 8 KOs), in an 8-round bout that opened the televised segment of the "Cancun Boxing" event.

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Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo!

Signs With Sampson Boxing
Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo

Sampson Boxing proudly announces the signing of Argentinean welterweight slugger Cesar Miguel "La Joya" Barrionuevo to an exclusive long-term promotional contract.

Barrionuevo (30-3-2, 20 KOs), from Salta, Argentina, first turned the heads of the boxing world in January of this year, when he scored a devastating one-punch KO of capable Panamanian contender Azael Cosio in the quarter finals of the World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight tournament.

In a dominant performance, the southpaw Barrionuevo had Cosio down once each in the first, second and fourth rounds then down twice in the fifth, the last of which was a single left hook that put Cosio to sleep.

He was then scheduled to face Pennsylvania's Sammy "The Who Can Mexican" Vasquez in the semi-finals, however, Vasquez elected to give up his chance for a green WBC belt and instead take a fight and lose to 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz last July.

In his seven-year professional career, the 27-year-old southpaw Barrionuevo has already held the Argentina (FAB) Welterweight and WBC Latino Welterweight Championships. The Cosio KO was the only time he has ventured outside his native Argentina to fight.

"I am happy to be joining Sampson Lewkowicz and his company," said Barrionuevo. "I am ready to fight anyone in the world at 147 lbs and with him, I can get the fights I want. I have always said I just need the opportunities and I will do the rest."

Lewkowicz, an expert at finding hidden boxing talent in foreign markets, says Barrionuevo has what it takes to be a top contender.

"He is 27 years old and still getting better with every fight," said Lewkowicz. "Cesar is a talent who is coming to the North American market to make trouble for a lot of fighters. I am working on finding him a big fight to showcase his skills, whether against Diaz, or any other top-15 welterweight contender. He won't be unknown for long once that happens."

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Dennis Holbaek!

It will Be A Tough Night For Ceylan

Dennis Holbaek is backing his countryman Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) to win the European Featherweight title when he meets Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

The Kolding boxer, who won the European Super Featherweight title in 1999, is predicting a tough night for his namesake, but believes ‘The Menace’ has the ability to emulate his success and be crowned European king.

‘’Dennis is a smart, fast and technically very skilled fighter. He is definitely one of the best boxers in Denmark, and I believe he has what it takes to become European Champion,’’ says Holbaek.

‘’It meant a lot to me to win the European title. It’s a special kind of excitement to stand in the ring before such as big fight, and an exceptional achievement to win, as while there are many World titles, there can be only one European Champion.

‘’It will be a tough night for Dennis. His opponent has the advantage of having undergone several title fights, whereas this is Dennis’ first, and that kind of experience can be invaluable in a fight like this.

‘’But I believe Dennis will rise to the occasion, and this fight will only make him better. If he wins, the sky is the limit for him, and it will prove he is ready to face the very best.’’

Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight with Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn on October 15. Rashid Kassem faces his toughest career test against British boxer Joe Murray, Abdul Khattab takes on Bartlomiej Grafka, Dina Thorslund faces Oksana Romanova, and professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen meets Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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Khiary Gray!

I Will Be Reborn On Oct. 21st
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The glitz and glamour of professional boxing in its purest form is a small, all-encompassing snapshot of the sport at its best, the aura of invincibility only a small percentage of fighters are fortunate enough to experience.

What most people don't see is what happens when a fighter at the top of the game suffers an unexpected loss, the physical and emotional stress that comes with defeat, and the inevitable fallout when friends -- and sometimes family -- hop off the bandwagon.

Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray never knew what losing felt like at the professional level until he suffered his first career defeat in mid-July to Ian Green on national television, nor did he anticipate the sudden aftermath, an emotional nightmare that almost drove him away from the sport.

"After that fight, I really just wanted to quit boxing," Gray said.

"We lost some fans and lost some friends over it," added Gray's trainer, Kendrick Ball Sr. "You have some people who say they're with you when you're riding high, but when things change, they're not there."

What kept Gray (13-1, 10 KOs) motivated to silence his critics and get right back on the horse was the support from those who stuck by his side, all the encouraging messages, texts and phone calls. When it came time to decide on his next opponent, he wanted nothing but the best, no shortcuts or "tune-up" fights, just a real test against another fighter with just as much to lose or gain once that bell rings.

He'll get his wish Friday, Oct. 21st, 2016 at Twin River Casino when he defends his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and Northeast Junior Middleweight Titles against Chicago's Chris Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KOs) in the eight-round main event of CES Boxing's 2016 Twin River Fight Series season finale.

"This is a big fight for us. He's a well-known fighter, a real tough fighter who always brings it," Ball Sr. said. "I feel we're going to beat him. I think we can outbox him for eight rounds. Khiary has to stick to the game plan. If he sticks to the game plan, I feel no one can beat us."

Though Gray might've strayed off the path during his fight against Green, a fight he dominated through the first round and a half until Green scored an unexpected knockout, he learned a lesson, albeit a tough one to learn, Ball Sr. said, on national television.

Nonetheless, he now knows there are highs and lows in this sport. He's experienced them both and, at the same time, he's learned who's really in his corner regardless of whether or not he wins or loses. It's a lesson all young fighters must learn at some point, even if the learning curve can be rather painful.

This is no easy task for Gray, who acknowledges Chatman is a major step up in competition. The Chicago native is a familiar face in Rhode Island, where he's fought seven times since 2009, and has already guaranteed another victory against a hometown fighter on the 21st. Nicknamed "Last Chapter," Chatman has promised to close the book on Gray as a top contender in the 154-pound division.

"I'm ready to get back in there and show Chris Chatman he's not going to end my title reign," Gray said. "He said this will be my last chapter as champion. He's not writing my story. I'm writing my own story. On Oct. 21st, you're going to see the rebirth of Khiary 'Too Sharp' Gray."

Tickets for Oct. 21st are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The Chatman-Gray main event is one of nine fights on the card. Undefeated Worcester, Mass., junior welterweight Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line in a four-round bout against Durham, N.C., vet Isaiah Robinson (3-3, 2 KOs) and fellow Worcester native Kendrick Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs) aims for his fourth win in his fifth pro fight in a four-round bout against Oregon middleweight Rafael Valencia (3-4-1, 2 KOs).

Also fighting out of Worcester, Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) returns to face Providence, R.I., native Cido Hoff (1-0-1) in a four-round featherweight bout and Worcester super middleweight Ben Peak makes his professional debut in a four-round bout against Jose Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn.

Unbeaten junior middleweights Ray Oliveira Jr. (5-0, 1 KO) of New Bedford, Mass., and Gerald Schifone (3-0-1, 1 KO) of Brockton, Mass., tangle in the six-round co-feature and former amateur standout Anthony Marsella Jr. (1-0) of Providence makes his Rhode Island debut against Philadelphia's Bardraiel Smith (0-1) in a four-round junior welterweight bout.

New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1) and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., faces Florida's Irvin Veloz, both in four-round bouts.

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Ryan Walsh!

Danish Pressure Will Bring Out My Best
Ryan Walsh

Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) is promising a career-best performance when he travels to Denmark to face Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) for the European Featherweight title on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

The 30 year-old from Cromer says he is looking forward to fighting overseas and believes the pressure of being away from home will bring out his best.

‘’I’m really excited to be fighting away from home,’’ said Walsh, the current British Champion. ‘’I’ve done it once in Tenerife, but I still felt like the home fighter there. I know I won’t feel one bit like that in Denmark.

‘’I’ve always wanted to be the away fighter and to have everyone routing for the other guy. I want to be booed, I want to be the underdog and I want to feel the pressure.

‘’Pressure can either make you or break you as a fighter, and I love pressure. There is a saying that pressure makes diamonds, and I believe that will be the case for me next Saturday.

‘’It will be the best possible Ryan Walsh on the night, and it will have to be as this is by far the biggest fight of my career. I know it’s going to be a tough, and when you’re fighting for the European title it should be a tough, but I’m ready for the challenge.

''This is the next step for me. I’ve won English and British titles, the European is next, and then I want to challenge for World honours.’’

Walsh has only one loss on his record, a points defeat to the current IBF World Featherweight Champion Lee Selby, but rather than see this as a negative, the British boxer believes this setback has led him to where he is today.

‘’I don’t call it a loss, I call it a learn,’’ he says. ‘’I’ve learnt so much from that one loss compared to all my other fights, and it all comes down to your attitude.

‘’If you look at a loss like it’s the end of the world, and think I’ve lost so I’ll retire, then you have lost. The only way you can truly lose is to give up. If you get back up, dust yourself down and come back, then it’s not a loss.’’

Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight with Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn on October 15. Rashid Kassem faces his toughest career test against British boxer Joe Murray, Abdul Khattab takes on Bartlomiej Grafka, Dina Thorslund faces Oksana Romanova, and professional debutant Mikkel Mielsen meets Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets are available online via http://www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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RICKY HATTON!

HAS MIXED EMOTIONS ABOUT BEATING FRIEND BURNS

RICKY HATTON admits he will have some mixed emotions if his fighter Kiryl Relikh beats Ricky Burns tonight.

Relikh has the chance to win a title Hatton once himself held when he challenges for the WBA super-lightweight crown at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

And while training a fighter to world championship glory will be a massive achievement for ‘The Hitman’, he has no problems in confessing his admiration for Burns as a boxer and as a person.

“This is a great opportunity and a great time for Kiryl but going up against someone like Ricky Burns is a shame in some ways because we’re like a family in British boxing and I consider him a friend,” Hatton said.

“Anybody who follows the sport has to take their hat off to him for what he’s achieved. He’s been a world champion at three different weights and he’s done Scottish boxing proud.

“In a way it’s a bit sad that we’re the ones going up to Scotland to dethrone him, but business is business, Kiryl is the mandatory WBA challenger and we couldn’t turn down such a major opportunity.”

Despite having a perfect record consisting of 19 stoppages from 21 fights, Relikh is something of an unknown quantity in the UK.

However, Hatton feels the dynamite-fisted Belarussian will become recognisable name after Friday evening.

“He’s a little bit of an unknown and I think some people probably thought ‘who’s Kiryl Relikh?’ when the fight was announced,” he said.

“They’ll find out on the night because Kiryl is the real deal. He’s very aggressive, hits very hard and loves nothing more than scoring knockouts so I think the fans will really be taken aback by what they see.

“Obviously, it’s a big ask. Ricky Burns is very experienced and he’s proven he’s world class, but we’re very confident. Kiryl’s young, fresh and he’s as hard as they come so I believe he’s going to do the business.”

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Ogogo V Cunningham!

For WBC International Strap
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Anthony Ogogo (11-0, 7 KOs) will fight for his first pro title when he clashes with Craig Cunningham (16-1, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC International Middleweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on October 22, live on Sky Sports.

Ogogo’s first shot at professional hardware comes after returning to action with three successive wins following a difficult time with injuries that had previously stunted his promising career in the paid ranks.

The London 2012 Olympic bronze medal hero has blown away his three opponents inside three rounds since his return in May, and the 27 year old is preparing for an exciting clash with another man in great form.

Cunningham successfully defended his Midlands Area Middleweight title in a six round toe-to-toe war against Ryan Aston in May and then dropped down to add the Super-Welterweight strap by seeing off tough Jason Welborn over ten rounds.

Those wins extended the 28 year old’s streak to five since his sole loss to former WBC International champion Tom Doran, and the Oldbury man will be confident to crash the Lowestoft man’s party, but for Ogogo, he says it’s time for his hard work to pay off and land his first belt.

“I’m delighted that this fight has now been confirmed and am incredibly excited to be fighting for my first title on such a great card in Birmingham live on Sky Sports,” said Ogogo.

“I’m feeling fitter and stronger than I ever have done before and am looking forward to getting in the ring on fight night and doing the business.

“I am fiercely ambitious and determined to reach the very top of this sport but know that I can’t look beyond Cunningham. He is a good fighter with a good record but I am completely focused on what I need to do to win that belt.

“I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport for having me on the show as well as my promoters Team Sauerland and Golden Boy Promotions for helping make this fight happen. I now can’t wait to get out there in front of what will be an amazing Birmingham crowd and show the world what I can do.”

“This is a great opportunity for Anthony to claim his first title as a professional,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland. “He has come back from injury, and with three great victories, has proven he is ready to compete at international level. I believe we are still yet to see the best of Anthony, and as the level of opposition improves, so too will his performances, and I’m confident this will be his first of many titles.”

“Anthony is so talented; after recovering from his injuries, it was only a matter of time before he got a title shot,” said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya. “We are fully confident that Anthony will bring home the WBC International Championship on October 22 and look forward to working with him as he continues his march up the Middleweight ladder.”

Ogogo and Cunningham’s clash is part of a huge night of action in Birmingham topped by a fierce local derby between Frankie Gavin and Sam Eggington for the vacant WBC International Welterweight title.

A host of Birmingham boxers are in title action as Gamal Yafai defends his Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight title against Sean Davis, Marcus Ffrench and Robbie Barrett meet for the vacant English Super-Flyweight title, Don Broadhurst and Louis Norman fight for the vacant English Super-Flyweight title and the vacant Midlands Area Super-Lightweight crown is up for grabs between Jordan Cooke and Andy Keates.

Former World title challenger Brian Rose is in action alongside Cori Gibbs, Sam Bowen, Ryan Kelly, Joe Sherriff and Lennox Clarke.

Tickets are on general sale priced at £40, £60 and £100 and are available from http://www.barclaycardarena.co.uk/whats-on/matchroom-boxing. VIP tickets priced at £150 are exclusively available from www.matchroomboxing.com

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Ortiz V Robinson!

Added To October Supercard
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Undefeated Worcester, Mass., junior welterweight Jamaine Ortiz puts his perfect record on the line at Twin River Casino later this month in a four-round bout against Durham, N.C., vet Isaiah Robinson.

Fighting for the first time since mid-July, Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) returns to face the sturdy Robinson (3-3, 2 KOs) in one of nine fights on CES Boxing's Friday, Oct. 21st, 2016 showcase, headlined by the eight-round junior middleweight main event between fellow Worcester native Khiary Gray (13-1, 10 KOs) and Chicago's Chris Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KOs).

Tickets for Oct. 21st are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

A decorated amateur who competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Reno, Nev., Ortiz last fought July 15th when he stopped Quebec's Kimmy St-Pierre in the third round of their scheduled four-round bout.

The 20-year-old right-hander is one of five Worcester fighters on the Oct. 21st card, including Gray, who defends his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast and International Titles just three months after suffering his first career loss in a nationally-televised bout against Ian Green.

Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs) aims for his fourth win in his fifth pro fight in a four-round bout against Oregon's Rafael Valencia (3-4-1, 2 KOs) and Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) returns to face Providence, R.I., native Cido Hoff (1-0-1) in a four-round featherweight bout. Also from Worcester, super middleweight Ben Peak makes his professional debut in a four-round bout against Jose Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn.

Unbeaten junior middleweights Ray Oliveira Jr. (5-0, 1 KO) of New Bedford, Mass., and Gerald Schifone (3-0-1, 1 KO) of Brockton, Mass., tangle in the six-round co-feature and former amateur standout Anthony Marsella Jr. (1-0) of Providence makes his Rhode Island debut against Philadelphia's Bardraiel Smith (0-1) in a four-round junior welterweight bout.

New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1) and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., faces Florida's Irvin Veloz, both in four-round bouts.

The entire nine-fight card will be announced tonight at 6 at the official Oct. 21st pep rally / press conference at Lock 50 Restaurant, located at 50 Water St., in downtown Worcester.

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George Groves!

Next Fight Will Be Live On Channel 5
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Cyclone Promotions, in association with Team Sauerland, are delighted to announce that George Groves will defend his WBA International super middleweight title against Germany’s two-time world title challenger Eduard Gutknecht at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Friday November 18, live and exclusively on Channel 5, sponsored by Maxi-Nutrition.

Hammersmith’s ‘Saint’ George Groves is currently on an impressive win streak having swept aside Manchester’s former world title challenger Martin Murray in his last bout. Groves now takes on Germany’s respected former two-time world title challenger Eduard Gutknecht, in what is surely a make-or-break contest for both men. The winner of Groves v Gutknecht can look forward to a world title shot in 2017 while the loser will almost certainly have to contemplate a life beyond the ropes.

This intriguing cross-roads fight will be screened live and exclusively in the UK on Channel 5 and represents the first fight on terrestrial television for the popular Groves.

‘Saint’ George Groves is a former three-time world title challenger who has been involved in some of the biggest fights in British boxing history. Since linking up with 2016 BBBofC Trainer of the Year Shane McGuigan, Groves has looked like a man on a mission. His current three-fight win streak has catapulted the twenty-eight year old back into world title contention.

With the super middleweight division currently being one of the hottest in world boxing, Groves can look forward to a plethora of potential exciting title shots in 2017, if he can defeat Gutknecht on November 18 at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

Berlin-based Eduard Gutknecht is a former amateur star and one of only four men to have defeated current pound-for-pound king Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin in the amateurs. Gutknecht, 30 – 4 – 1, has twice fought for the world title against Robert Stieglitz, for the WBO super middleweight crown in 2012, and earlier this year when he pushed former WBA light heavyweight champ Juergen Braehmer all the way in an enthralling battle. Former European (EBU) and WBA Inter Continental champion Gutknecht is known as ‘Energy Eddy’ on account of his relentless work rate, meaning Hammersmith’s Groves will have to be at his very best on November 18 at the SSE Arena, Wembley if he is to keep his world title aspirations intact.

GEORGE GROVES QUOTE: “I'm extremely happy to announce this fight and am excited to be headlining on Channel 5. I have been fortunate in my boxing career so far to experience almost everything the sport has to offer but to be fighting live on terrestrial TV is something that has always been very high up on my bucket list.

Working with Shane and the McGuigan team in the gym has been fantastic and has shown me the difference that working with a winning team can make. I believe that my performances this year, in particular the win over Martin Murray, has shown everyone that I continue to be a serious force on the super middleweight scene.

It goes without saying that I am now determined to challenge again, and this time succeed, in becoming a World Champion. I feel that working alongside Cyclone Promotions for this fight, as well as with my promoters Team Sauerland, with the opportunity to be back headlining in front of a home crowd close to West London, is the perfect move for me - especially with the chance to showcase myself to a larger audience.

Cyclone have promoted terrific events across Britain and some of the Belfast shows I've attended have been some of the best I’ve ever experienced. I hope to replicate the amazing atmosphere and buzz of my previous fights at Wembley Arena and am looking forward to another big win.”

EDUARD GUTKNECHT QUOTE: “I will come to London on November 18 full of Energy and conquer with my Viking Box team. I only want to fight winners and make them lose!

“George Groves is a winner and a world class fighter but so am I. The fans in London are in for a hell of a fight on November 18.”

SHANE McGUIGAN QUOTE: “This is a must win fight for George. We’ve worked extremely hard this year and November 18 is a chance for George to make another important step towards becoming a world champion.

“Eduard Gutknecht is a proven operator who we cannot afford to take lightly. Eddy has a high punch output and is extremely durable so we are preparing for twelve hard rounds.

“George is improving with each camp and I believe that he will be crowned world champion in the near future, but first and foremost he has to perform well against Eduard Gutknecht on November 18.”

NISSE SAUERLAND QUOTE: ‘’We’re delighted to be working with the McGuigan’s and Cyclone Promotions to deliver George this fantastic opportunity to fight on terrestrial television.

‘’Having sold out Wembley Stadium and been involved in a number of high profile championship fights, George is one the most recognisable figures in British boxing and will be a great addition to Channel 5’s boxing content.

‘’He looked back to his very best with an impressive performance against Martin Murray earlier this year, and we expect him to look even better when he steps into the ring on November 18 to build towards another world title challenge.

‘’We know Eduard Gutknecht well, and we know he is an opponent you cannot afford to overlook, but we trust in George and his trainer Shane McGuigan to prepare the perfect game plan, and to deliver an exciting fight for the fans.’'

BARRY McGUIGAN QUOTE: “This is going to be a cracking fight and I’m delighted that it will be live and exclusive on Channel 5. Styles make fights and this one has all the ingredients needed for a fantastic contest.

“It’s George’s power and skill against Gutknecht’s relentless work-rate and granite chin, the fans will not be disappointed on November 18 at Wembley Arena.

“This is also going to be great telegenic fight and it’s important for our sport that top-level fights such as this are given a platform like Channel 5.”

Doors will open at 5.30pm at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Friday November 18, with boxing starting at 6.30pm. More information on the undercard will be announced shortly.

TICKETS FOR GROVES vs GUTKNECHT ARE ON SALE TOMORROW (FRIDAY OCTOBER 7) FROM 9AM AND ARE PRICED AT £40, £60, £100 + HANDLING FEES, AVAILABLE FROM AXS.COM AND SSEARENA.CO.UK. VIP TICKETS FROM £250 WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM CYCLONEPROMOTOTIONS.COM.

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Jesper D. Jensen!

Ceylan Must Prove He Has The Heart Of A Champion

Jesper D. Jensen says Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) must prove he has the heart of a Champion when he steps through the ropes to face Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) for European Featherweight title on October 15 at the Arean Nord in Frederikshavn.

For the first time since 2010, a Danish fighter will contest the European title on home soil when the Aarhus-boxer takes on the current British Champion Walsh.

Jensen, the President of the Danish Professional Boxing Federation and former European Flyweight Champion, admits this will be a special moment for him.

‘’It is always a special moment for me to see a Danish fighter challenging for a title, especially a major title like the European, because I know how much hard work they’ve had to do to go up in the ring and fight for twelve rounds.

‘’For a fighter, the European belt is one of the most important titles you can win because when you’re Champion of Europe you’re ranked top five in the World with all of the governing bodies, which is a good thing to have on your resume.’’

Jensen won the European Flyweight title in 1996, outpointing former Champion Salvatore Fanni at the K.B Hallen in Copenhagen, a feat the fighter from Slagelse still ranks among his proudest achievements.

‘’That was my first title fight, and to win the European title against a former Champion was a big moment for me,’’ said Jensen.

‘’I wasn’t known for being a big puncher, but I remember I caught him with a lot of shots, and I was thinking, how can he still go on? I also hurt my knuckle in the fifth or sixth round, but kept going, and I learnt a lot that night. I fought a good fight and I’m very proud to have been a European Champion.’’

But does Jensen believe Ceylan has the ability to follow in his footsteps and become Denmark’s next European Champion?

‘’I think Dennis has far greater boxing skills than mine,’’ said Jensen. ‘’But the difference could be his heart. Next Saturday, he has to prove he has the heart to become a Champion. I had the heart to carry on for every round even when things weren’t going my way, and now Dennis must prove he can do the same.’’

Jensen says he has seen a lot of improvements in Ceylan’s style, which should stand him in good stead for his European title challenge.

‘’Dennis has developed a lot in recent years,’’ says Jensen. ‘’He has gone from a good amateur fighter to a true professional. He used to be a guy who would throw a lot of punches, but now he is taking his time and picking his shots.

‘’I think Walsh’s style will suit him because Dennis is a good mover and a good counter puncher, and hopefully he can frustrate Walsh and make him miss.’’

Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight with Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. Rashid Kassem faces his toughest career test against British boxer Joe Murray, Abdul Khattab takes on Bartlomiej Grafka, Dina Thorslund faces Oksana Romanova, and professional debutant Mikkel Mielsen meets Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets are available online via http://www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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CAMERON HAMMOND!

AWAY TRIP HOLDS NO FEAR
CAMERON HAMMOND

CAMERON HAMMOND insists he has no fear of travelling to his opponent’s back yard in order to get his hands on the Commonwealth welterweight title.

The 2012 Olympian squares off with Kris George for the vacant strap at Rumours International in Toomwoomba, Queensland on November 25 and does not feel there is any need to worry about having a passionate Garden City crowd against him.

Hammond had originally been scheduled to lock horns with Joel Brubaker in Sydney on October 29, but Brubaker sustained a hand injury in training and was forced to withdraw.

“I was devastated when the Brubaker fight fell through, but these things happen in boxing and I’m thankful that my team have been able to get me another opportunity to box for the belt so quickly, Hammond, 27, said.

“Fighting for the Commonwealth title against another Aussie is huge and I’ve said before that I think it’s a title that will launch me towards really big things.

“Yeah, George is going to have the crowd behind him as he’s the home fighter, but I boxed away all over the world as an amateur and it’s not something that holds any fear for me. After all, the crowd can’t fight for him.”

Boxing legend Ricky Hatton has promoted Hammond since the Moree stylist turned professional in late 2012 and he believes this fight is the start of big things for his man.

“Two Aussies haven’t fought each other for the Commonwealth belt in more than 15 years so this a chance for Cameron to make some history,” Hatton said.

“He’s been flying under the radar a little bit for the past 18 months and now he has a chance to really make a name for himself.

“I’ve been keen to get him in some big fights in Europe for a while now and I think beating Kris George will propel Cameron onto even bigger fights against well-known names across the world.”

George v Hammond will be promoted by TGW and Smithy’s Promotions and will feature an undercard packed with upcoming Australian talent.

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Juergen Braehmer!

Ready To Rematch Cleverly In Early 2017
Juergen Braehmer

Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) says he will be ready to rematch Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) in early 2017 following a positive diagnosis on his injured right arm.

The German southpaw, who celebrates his 38th birthday today, may have lost his WBA World title to Cleverly, but has received good news from the doctors.

His injury has been diagnosed as a minor muscle tear in his right forearm that will not require surgery, which means, following a short break, the former two-time World Champion will be ready for a rematch with Cleverly early next year.

‘’Fortunately, the injury was not as bad as it first seemed,’’ said Braehmer. ‘’After a suggested period of rest, I will begin my rehabilitation and will be ready for the rematch as soon as possible.’’

In an extremely entertaining contest at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, after six-rounds, Braehmer was leading Cleverly by two points on all of the judges scorecards.

Promoter Kalle Sauerland believes Braehmer made the correct decision to retire rather than risk further injury, and is now looking forward to the rematch.

‘’That was boxing at it’s best,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’We had six rounds of great championship action, but sadly, Juergen was unable to continue. It was a tough call to make but absolutely the right decision. We can now look forward to the second fight between Braehmer and Cleverly.’’

In the meantime, Braehmer will return to his coaching role where he aims to guide Tyron Zeuge to a win over WBA World Super Middleweight Champion Giovanni De Carolis on November 5 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam.

‘’First Tyron will become World Champion on November 5,’’ said Braehmer. ‘’And then, I cannot wait to fight Cleverly again and take back what is mine!’’

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Terbunja V Fornling!

December 9 In Nyköping
Terbunja

Domestic rivals Naim Terbunja (10-1, 1 KO) and Sven Fornling (10-1, 6 KOs) will square off in a mouth watering eight-round clash for the Swedish Light Heavyweight title on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.

With the recent revival of professional boxing, the Swedish Professional Boxing Commission has decided to bring back the once prestigious Swedish title.

Terbunja and Fornling, who both hold identical records of ten wins with only one defeat, will battle it out for the Swedish Championship on the undercard of Erik Skoglund’s WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala.

‘’I’m looking forward to facing Sven for the Swedish title,’’ said Terbunja, who represented Sweden at the 2008 Olympics, and is back in action following a unanimous points win over Baptiste Castegnaro on September 10 at the Hovet.

‘’Sven is a good, technical fighter, but in my opinion, he lacks power. We may have a similar record as professionals, but records don’t always tell the full truth. I think my amateur experience will prove the difference in this fight.

‘’Winning the Swedish title would be a great achievement for me. Even though I'm Albanian, I’ve always been proud fighting for and representing Sweden, and I owe them everything for my success.’’

Fornling, who will be fighting for a third time in Nyköping having recorded victories over Simen Smaadal and Gary Abajyan last year, sees the Swedish title as an important step in his progression and for the progression of Swedish boxing.

‘’Professional boxing in Sweden is still growing, and I hope the Swedish title will build interest in the sport,’’ said the Fornling. ‘’I believe this is a good match up, worthy of a title, and as a proud Swede, I would be very honoured to wear the Championship belt!’’

However, the Malmo-boxer believes he will be a class above his opponent from Linkoping, and has labelled the former amateur star as ‘one of the biggest disappointments’ in Swedish professional boxing.

‘’Naim had a great amateur career, and I think many people in Sweden saw him as a big prospect, but with that said, he is also one of the biggest disappointments in Swedish professional boxing. I have seen him a few times since he turned pro and he hasn’t looked very convincing,’’ said Fornling.

‘’I can imagine the first rounds to be close, but the longer the fight goes on and the more I push the tempo, it will become clear who the better fighter is. I hope Naim comes prepared because he is entering a World of pain!’’

Explaining the Swedish Professional Boxing Commissions decision to revive the Swedish Championship, Secretary Olof Johansson says:

‘’The Swedish title was very much a live championship back in the 1920s when we had a good number of professional boxers and the title was in high demand. Since then, we’ve not had the same amount of active fighters, but now, we believe the time is right to bring the Championship back.

‘’Eligible to box for the Championship belt will be the two top rated fighters in each weight category. The fighters must be ready to compete at elite level over the stipulated 8 round distance, and with the understanding that if there is an international star holding an international title at any specific weight, the next two fighters in line can compete for the title.

‘’We believe Terbunja versus Fornling will be a terrific Championship fight. Of course, Skoglund is above them in the ratings, but as the next two highest ranked fighters, this is a legitimate title fight. They are both on equal terms, with equal records, and aspiring for top-level recognition.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’This is great addition to our show on December 9, and we hope, the first of many Swedish title fights we are able to promote. Naim and Sven are both talented boxers, who will give their all to win this bout. I expect their styles to make for an entertaining fight for the fans in Nyköping.’’

Naim Terbunja and Sven Fornling contest the Swedish Light Heavyweight title on the undercard of Erik Skoglund’s WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping.

Tickets are available online via www.biljettforum.se or by calling 0771-130 150. All the action will be shown live and exclusive in Scandinavia on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit http://www.viaplay.se.

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Graham Everett!

Walsh’s Experience Will Give Him The Edge

Graham Everett believes Ryan Walsh’s (21-1-1, 10 KOs) big fight experience will give him the edge over Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) in their European Featherweight title clash on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

The Norwich-based trainer has been responsible for taking Ryan and his twin brother Liam from the amateur ranks and turning them into two of Britain’s most promising fighters.

Under his guidance, the brothers made history by becoming the first twins to hold British titles simultaneously, and while Ryan prepares for his shot at the European title, Liam fights in an IBF World title eliminator a week before.

Everett, who trains Walsh at the Kickstop Gym Norwich, believes his fighter’s championship experience, including a British and Commonwealth title loss to the current IBF World Champion Lee Selby, could prove the difference on the night.

‘’Dennis is a very good fighter and he has or full attention,’’ says Everett. ‘’He’s big, he’s strong and he’s a decent puncher. He is also a former Olympian so he has a good amateur pedigree and can obviously box a bit too.

‘’’But I think Ryan has fought at a higher level as a professional, with the likes of Lee Selby and three or four other championship fights, which gives him the edge when it comes to big fight experience and that should come through in the fight.

‘’I can actually see a lot of similarities between Dennis and Ryan’s last opponent James Tennyson. Before that fight James was the favourite, but Ryan did a real job on him that night. He stayed close, worked him and caught him with some good shots. I think that was one of his career best performances.

‘’With Dennis, we’ve prepared for a boxer and a fighter. Ryan and his brother Liam spar a lot together and go through different scenarios where one will be on the attack and the other will be on the defence. They’re meticulous in their preparations, and make sure they tick every box, so it’s safe to say that Ryan will be ready for whatever Dennis turns up.’’

Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight with Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn on October 15. Rashid Kassem faces his toughest career test against British boxer Joe Murray, Abdul Khattab takes on Bartlomiej Grafka, Dina Thorslund faces Oksana Romanova, and professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen meets Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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The American Nightmare!

Returns To The Boxing Ring In New Bedford
Boston Boxing Promotions

Boston Boxing Promotions has announced that Pembroke's Vinnie Carita (14-1-1, 13 KO's) will be fighting on Saturday, November 12th at New Bedford High School in New Bedford, Massachusetts. His opponent will be announced shortly.

Carita is riding a six-fight winning streak. This current streak comes after suffering a draw which was preceded by a four-fight winning streak. His only career defeat occurred in 2006 at the age of 21. He has been unbeaten for nearly the past decade, and is looking for a title shot in 2017.

"I'm excited to be back at home fighting in Massachusetts," said Carita, who works as a courthouse officer in Brockton, "I expect to see a lot of friends and family in the crowd on November 12th, and I know this is shaping up to a be a great fight card for the excellent sports fans in New Bedford."

Carita fought on two shows promoted by Boston Boxing Promotions in 2015 going 2-0, 1 KO over tough journeyman Jose Humberto Corral and Rafael Valenzuela. In 2016, he's traveled as far as Indiana and Iowa for fights and has scored a knockout in each of those states respectively in the last calendar year. He also scored a second round knockout over Mexico's Francisco Mireles earlier this year in Lewiston, Maine in what has been his only New England appearance of 2016.

Tickets for the November 12 All-Pro Boxing event at New Bedford High School are on sale now at www.BostonBoxingPromotions.com.

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Chris Chatman!

I'm Looking Forward To Another Win
Chris Chatman

Three months after suffering his first career loss on national television, Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray returns to the scene of some of his greatest triumphs hoping to add another memorable moment to the demo reel.

Gray (13-1, 10 KOs) defends his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast and International Titles Friday, Oct. 21st, 2016 at Twin River Casino against self-proclaimed "bad guy" Chris Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KOs), who makes his eighth Rhode Island appearance.

"I feel real good about my upcoming victory against Gray," Chatman said matter-of-factly. "I'm not sleeping on his abilities as a fighter, but I'm real confident in my training.

"He looks good, but anyone can look good against the level of competition he's opposing. I'm sure after he fights me, he'll come out better and ready to win."

"I know he said he's bringing the pain. I respect him and what he does, but this is a fight I knew was coming and I'm ready to get back to doing what I do and get back into the winners' circle," Gray countered.

"I'm coming to redeem myself. The last fight was a fluke."

The eight-round main event headlines a stacked nine-fight card that also features an all-New England six-round co-feature between unbeaten junior middleweights Ray Oliveira Jr. (5-0, 1 KO) of New Bedford, Mass., and Gerald Schifone (3-0-1, 1 KO) of Brockton, Mass., plus a four-round regional showdown between Providence featherweight Cido Hoff (1-0-1) and unbeaten Worcester slugger Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs).

Tickets for the Oct. 21st Chatman-Gray title bout are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The Chatman-Gray showdown comes just three months after Gray suffered a second-round knockout loss to Ian Green in the opening bout of ShoBox: The New Generation's 15th Anniversary telecast. That bout occurred just one week after Chatman notched what might've been his impressive win, defeating Rhode Island's Thomas Falowo for the second time in three years at Twin River.

The 32-year-old Chatman, a Chicago native who spent the last three and a half years fighting out of New Jersey before moving back to the Windy City this summer, has carved a niche in Rhode Island as the spoiler often matched opposite the hometown favorite.

Chatman is 5-2 at Twin River, which includes two wins over Falowo, a 2014 victory against Grady Brewer, and a win last summer against Providence's Vladine Biosse. His resume also includes bouts against former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade, a Providence native and 2008 U.S. Olympian, and current World Boxing Council (WBC) 154-pound title-holder Jermell Charlo.

He's also expertly cast himself as the villain; drawing both the ire and the undeniable respect of New England fans with his colorful quotes and all-action fight style. On Oct. 21st, he faces another tall task against the 23-year-old Gray, who won eight consecutive bouts by knockout -- seven in the first round -- during a torrid, 11-month stretch in 2015.

"I know the fans don't like me much," Chatman said, "but I appreciate their boos all the same as cheers. The 'bad guy' is a role I play. It's what sells tickets. And the 'bad guy,' a.k.a 'the monster under the bed,' is coming to beat another New England fighter. This is Khiary's last chapter as champ!"

Gray captured the first of his two UBF titles in September of 2015 when he dismantled Texas' Kenton Sippio-Cook at the 2-minute, 2-second mark of the opening round of their scheduled six-round bout, and added the International Title to the trophy case with a grueling, 10-round unanimous decision win over Ecuador native Eduardo Flores three months later.

Gray's quick rise to prominence -- 13 bouts in less than two years, all victories -- earned him a spot on ShoBox: The New Generation, the premier network destination for boxing's top up-and-coming prospects. With no shortcuts on the road back to the top, Gray jumps right back into the fire Oct. 21st against the hard-hitting, durable Chatman, who's only been stopped twice in 20 career bouts, once to Charlo, who is now 28-0, and again to Ukrainian star Ievgen Kyytrov, who's stopped 12 of his 14 opponents.

The undercard also features the Rhode Island debut of amateur standout Anthony Marsella Jr. (1-0) of Providence, who faces Philadelphia's Bardraiel Smith (0-1) in a four-round junior welterweight bout, plus the return of Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs), who steps back into the ring five weeks following his most win to face Medford, Ore., vet Rafael Valencia (3-4-1, 2 KOs), also a four-round fight.

New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1); Jonathan Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., faces Florida's Irvin Veloz in a four-round junior welterweight bout and Hartford super middleweight Jose Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) also makes his Ocean State debut against Worcester's Ben Peak. Worcester lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) will be featured in a separate four-round bout.

CES Boxing Promotions

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Frank Holm!

Ceylan Is Ready To Become Denmark’s Next European Champion
Dennis Ceylan

Coach Frank Holm insists Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) is ready to become Denmark’s next European Champion when he challenges Ryan Walsh (21-1-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant Featherweight title on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

Holm says Walsh may be underestimating the Danish-boxer, who he believes has the superior boxing skills and the ability to KO the current British Champion.

"I think Ryan might be underestimating Dennis' strengths," said Holm.

"Ryan is a physically strong fighter, but Dennis is the better boxer, and if the opportunity comes, he has the tools to knock him out. Obviously, we won't go looking for the knock out, first and foremost, we will concentrate on winning the rounds so there’s no doubt about the decision if it goes to the scorecards.’’

Ceylan, who grew up in orphanages in Aarhus, has a special bond with Holm, who as a coach and mentor has played a pivotal figure in the fighter’s life. This European title challenge comes as a culmination of many years hard work for both men.

"I always knew that Dennis could go a long way in boxing,’’ said Holm.

‘’I’ve had a role in Dennis’ life, both inside and outside of the ring, and it's been a long, long journey to reach this point, with lots of ups and downs along the way.’’

A two-week training camp in London at Stonebridge Boxing Club has created a great sense of optimism ahead of Ceylan’s biggest career test.

"We've had the perfect preparation,’’ said Holm. ‘’And I’m very happy with what I've seen from Dennis. His timing is exactly where it needs to be and he’s free from any injuries. Dennis is ready to become Denmark’s next European Champion!”

Dennis Ceylan’s European title fight with Ryan Walsh tops a blockbuster bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn on October 15, which also features rising Danish stars Abdul Khattab, Rashid Kassem, Dina Thorslund and professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen.

Tickets are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050. All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting in Denmark. For more information, please visit http://viaplay.dk/fighting

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Danny Roman!

Moves Into The Top Five On The WBA 122 Pound Rankings
Danny Roman

Danny Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) continues to make news for all the right reasons. The super bantamweight from Los Angeles now occupies the No. 5 position in the WBA rankings. The move into the top five launches Roman into serious world championship consideration.

"The momentum has been building for a long time," said the 26-year-old. "Now that I'm here, I'm ready to challenge anyone, anywhere."

"Danny has put the boxing world on notice," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "He's ready for his world championship moment."

"We expect Roman to fight sometime in November," said Alex Camponovo, long time matchmaker and general manager at Thompson Boxing. "The date and opponent will be announced at a later time."

Roman, who currently holds the NABA Title, first appeared on the WBA list last August, and ever since then, has been inching closer to the top spot with every win.

During his twelve fight winning streak, Roman has produced impressive, one-sided wins against veteran opposition. The growing list includes: Enrique Quevedo, Chris Martin, Daniel Noriega, Giovanni Caro, and Erik Ruiz.

He won the vacant NABA Championship last July against Noriega and has made four successful title defenses. The most recent came against Quevedo in August.

"It was an incredible win," Camponovo would say after the fight. "Roman made a very respectable boxer look average, at best."

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STAR BOXING!

CANCELS OCTOBER 14TH CARD AT THE PARAMOUNT DUE TO NEW NY STATE INSURANCE REQUIREMENT

Due to the unfortunate legislation and its new insurance requirements which have crippled boxing in New York State, Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing, has cancelled the scheduled October 14th "Rockin Fights" event at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.

New York State enacted a new law that legalized MMA in the State, but, in doing so, changed various rules relating to Boxing, most poignantly, the insurance requirements for boxing.

New York's top 4 prolific boxing promoters, Joe DeGuardia, Bob Arum of Top Rank, Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions, and Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, along with the rest of the boxing world, are disheartened and disappointed that the new rules have caused boxing to cease in New York.

The new rules require $1 Million in Traumatic Brain Injury coverage for each fighter who competes in an event (typically 12-14 boxers on each card). While many have said the cost will destroy boxing in New York due to the costs, it goes beyond that. Currently there isn't any insurance policy approved by the State. Therefore, the cost is currently irrelevant as there is no legal way to hold a professional boxing match in New York as the insurance required by the new regulation cannot be purchased at the present time.

Star Boxing plans to move its events to venues outside of the State of New York until when and if this situation is corrected. Star Boxing has a December 3rd date tentative at The Paramount depending on the ongoing insurance issue.

The State of New York has always had a rich Boxing history, but, for the first time in memory, there will be no professional Boxing in the months of September, October, and, seemingly, November. This not only affects the boxers, their families and promoters, but the countless number of people who benefit from the staging of these events including venues, restaurants, hotels, transportation services, and local merchants where the fight would normally take place.

This is the first time in the 20 plus year history of Star Boxing that an event has been postponed due to this kind of issue. DeGuardia was hopeful that some sort of resolution would be in place since the requirement was put into effect on September 1, 2016, but that has failed to happen.

DeGuardia said: "I am truly disappointed in having to postpone one of our regularly scheduled cards at The Paramount, where we worked very hard over the last few years to make it one of the outstanding fight venues in the country. More importantly, it is ridiculous that our elected officials have not corrected this absurdity. It is a travesty that deprives New York boxers, as well as managers, trainers and promoters, and venue employees of their livelihoods."

"While it is disguised as a safety measure, it does nothing to improve the health and safety of the boxers," added DeGuardia. "In fact, it may create the opposite effect, forcing boxers to move to other jurisdictions with fewer protections, particularly in substantial health and safety matters that New York has had in place for many years."

DeGuardia is disappointed but is hopeful that the matter will be resolved so that all the interested parties and the numerous loyal boxing fans in New York and the world will not be continuously denied access to the sport of boxing in New York.

Top Rank's Bob Arum noted: "Boxing is in a crisis position in the state of New York and we must find a way to resolve the insurance issue before we can go back to presenting boxing events to the fans of New York."

Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez said: "It's a huge concern, I hope it changes. It affects everybody and it's something that's troublesome...we're going to have to really think about doing shows in New York because, the way it stands right now, we can't do any show as there is no insurance approved. This must be adjusted"

DiBella asserted: "The state of boxing in New York State must change. I have been extremely active promoting shows in New York but at this time I have moved all of my shows to other States for the foreseeable future. I couldn't do a show in New York if I wanted to, as NO insurance required by the new law and regulations currently exists."

The aforementioned top boxing promoters stand together along with the rest of the boxing world, its fans, and all others associated with the sport and industry, in requesting New York State to remedy the impact of this damaging legislation.

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Micki Nielsen!

Winning Super 4 Will Prove I’m Ready To Face The Best
Micki Nielsen

Micki Nielsen (22-0, 14 KOs) has arrived in South Africa ready for to face Kevin Lerena (15-1, 8 KOs) in the final of the ‘Super 4’ tournament on October 22 at the Emperors Palace in Gauteng.

The Danish cruiserweight booked his place in the final with a unanimous points victory over Johnny Muller in June, while Lerena outpointed former World title challenger Roberto Bolonti to reach the final two.

Nielsen, who has set up camp in South Africa with his coach Joey Gamache and stable mate Otto Wallin, says he is confident of defeating Lerena and taking the lion’s share of the $100,000 prize money.

‘’It’s great to be back here in South Africa, and I’m looking forward to fighting at the Emperors Palace again,’’ said Nielsen.

‘’We’ve traveled a week earlier to give us as much time as possible to acclimatise. It takes time to get used to the altitude and thin air, but now we have the perfect time to prepare.

"Kevin is a fast and technically skilled boxer, but he hasn’t got the same punching power as I do. I will also be faster and sharper than in my first fight in South Africa, because I know what to expect this time.

"I predict another close fight, but I’m the stronger boxer, and I’m confident I will win. I haven’t travelled this far and trained this hard to lose. It would be easier to fight in Europe, but it’s great to test yourself away from home. Of course it’s a risk, but it’s also a chance to get myself known outside of Denmark.

“If I win this tournament, I will have made my name more known in the boxing world, and it will prove I’m ready to challenge the very best. My goal is to become World Champion. I want bigger names, bigger titles and more money! That’s my plan.’’

The final of the ‘Super-4’ cruiserweight tournament will be shown live in Denmark on Viaplay Fighting. For more information please visit https://viaplay.dk/fighting

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GORMAN BLASTS HOWE!

EARNS FIRST PRO TITLE
NATHAN GORMAN

NATHAN GORMAN collected his first title as a professional with a clinical first round stoppage of Sheffield’s David Howe at a packed at Fenton Manor in Stoke on Saturday night.

The Nantwich-native, who is trained by Ricky Hatton, picked up the vacant Central Area heavyweight crown in just 127 seconds and clearly underlined his potential for the top.

Standing 6ft 8ins and with a 14 pro fights under his belt, Howe presented Gorman’s toughest test to date in terms of both experience and stature.

But Gorman took to the task with gusto, expertly slipping Howe’s jab before detonating short hooks in close.

A left to the chin wobbled Howe midway through the opening round, but the Yorkshireman appeared to have unscrambled his senses. However, a follow up salvo punctuated by a right hand down the pipe dropped Howe to his knees and he was unable to rise before referee Terry O’Connor completed his count.

This was only Gorman’s sixth outing so he is he has plenty of time on his hands before stepping up again, but Hatton believes he has unearthed a real diamond.

“Time will tell and we’ll need another step up, but I think Nathan has all the attributes to get to the very top,” Ricky said.

“What was pleasing for me is that he put into practice what we worked in the gym. He slipped and he changed the pace of the jab. When he landed, I think he scared Howe to death.

“The speed on that right hand, not the just the power, was phenomenal.”

A jubilant Gorman added: “I’m buzzing. It’s my first title and I did it in one round. Howe was supposed to my first real test and I got him out of there quickly.

“I knew I had the power to stop him, but I wasn’t expecting it to come so soon. I listened to Ricky, Mike [Jackson] and Blain [Younis] in the corner and everything just clicked.”

Nathan will now have a week off before returning to training and is hoping to back in action at some point in November.

Fellow Hatton trained and promoted prospects Chris Blaney, Sam Evans and Jake Haigh also tasted success on the evening.

Flame-haired Irishman Blaney defeated hometown favourite Mark Till 40-36 over four rounds in the show’s opening bout, while Evans extended his pro ledger to 6-0 (2 KOs) with a sixth round stoppage of Andrej Cepur and debutant Haigh blasted out Tomas Kugler inside two rounds.

Also on the bill, a bloodied Craig Morris picked up the vacant Midlands Area welterweight title with a 98-94 verdict over tricky Nottingham man Nathan McIntosh, and Kieron McLaren became the British Challenge belt holder at super-lightweight with eight round points win over Chris Adaway.

Stoke’s own Owen Jobburn marked his professional debut by outboxing Vladimir Fecko over four rounds while Atherton’s William Warburton scored another upset with a 59-56 score over Stafford’s Rob Hunt.

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Brian Howard!

Returns This Saturday In Minnesota
Brian Howard

Promoter Greg Cohen says his Atlanta-based cruiserweight Brian "The Bigg Risk" Howard will have to be extremely careful when he fights in the main event this Saturday night (October 1) at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota.

Howard (11-1, 9 KOs) will face dangerous local veteran Phil "The Drill" Williams (15-8-2, 14 KOs) in a potentially dangerous eight-round showdown.

Williams, a devastating puncher, has run hot and cold his entire career, but can be spectacular at times. He holds the distinction of scoring the fastest knockout in boxing history (10 seconds) over Brandon Burke of Iowa in 2007.

Able to switch hit from his southpaw stance to orthodox several times during a fight, Williams has also fought to draws with well-known veterans Caleb Truax and Derrick Findley. In his next to last fight, he won the Minnesota State Cruiserweight Championship by stopping then 15-1 Al Sands in one round.

The capable Howard, however, took the undefeated record of Maryland-based Alex Guerrero (15-1) in his last fight and has trained hard for this interesting challenge.

"He's ready for another 'Bigg Risk'," said Cohen. "Don't forget, Brian can punch too. He has prepared for this dangerous challenge and should be ready, even if the best version of Phil Williams shows up on Saturday. Brian is a talented fighter and we have all confidence he will prevail."

On the undercard, Ryan Watson (2-0-1, 2 KOs), a former nationally ranked amateur boxer from Duluth, MN, who is now one of the top prospects in the cruiserweight division competes. Coming off a highly controversial draw, Watson is stepping up the competition by fighting 5-1-1 Lorenzo Selectmon of St. Joseph, MO.

Also of note is the return of Delorien Caraway (6-0 5 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN, one of the top prospects nationally in the 140-pound weight class. Caraway just spent time helping boxing's top star, Canelo Alvarez, prepare for his upcoming fight.

The event will also be streamed live on www.floboxing.tv.

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David Emanuel Peralta!

Moving to Miami to Train with Herman Caicedo
David Emanuel Peralta

The world's most unexpected top contender, red-hot welterweight David Emanuel Peralta, has left his cab-driving job behind in his native Argentina and will now be training with well-known coach Herman Caicedo at Caicedo Sports Training Center in Miami, Florida.

Peralta (26-2-1, 14 KOs), who won a clear but surprising split-decision victory over multi-division world champion Robert Guerrero in August, will now find himself preparing for his upcoming fight in December beside several world-class names including Interim WBA World Heavyweight Champion Luis "King Kong" Ortiz, former WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Juan Carlos Payano, Claudio Marrero, Yenifel Vicente, Ramon Luis and many more top professionals.

33-year-old Peralta says he can't believe the path his life has now taken.

"I am honored to be coming to the United States to train with a great trainer like Herman Caicedo and beside so many great names in the sport. I will train harder than ever to stay in boxing as a top fighter. Thank you to my promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, and to Herman for helping me do this."

Caicedo, who has also trained several past champions including Shannon Briggs, Al Cole, Yuriorkis Gamboa and more, says Peralta is a welcome addition to his gym.

"I am excited to have David as part of the family of champions we are creating here at Caicedo Sports," said Caicedo. "His win over Robert Guerrero has put him on the map, and I look forward to helping David get to the next level, the championship level."

Promoter Lewkowicz, known for finding hidden gems in foreign boxing markets including Manny Pacquiao and Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez among many others, says Peralta is on the prowl for his next victim.

"He will fight anyone," said Lewkowicz. "Any champion or top contender can say the word and we will fight them. David has great sparring partners available and the time to properly prepare. He is very, very dangerous to anyone in the world. He's going to prove that."

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Mikkel Kessler!

Khattab Is In Great Shape, Ready For Grafka
Abdul Khattab

Mikkel Kessler says his protégé Abdul Khattab (14-1, 4 KOs) is in great shape ahead of his clash with Bartlomiej Grafka (18-22-3, 9 KOs) on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

The former five-time World Champion has been impressed with what he has seen from Khattab in training, and is backing the Copenhagen boxer to overcome stiff competition from his Polish opponent.

‘’Abdul is in great shape,’’ said the Danish boxing icon. ‘’We’ve been working together a lot in training, and I’ve been teaching him to stay calm and relaxed in his fighting style and not to use up too much energy. He’s still at the learning stage, but he’s very strong at the moment and has been doing really well in the gym.

‘’Grafka will be a tough opponent. He is strong and likes to come forward, so it will be an interesting fight, but I believe Abdul is up to the challenge.’’

Grafka returns to Denmark following a fight with Khattab’s countryman Landry Kore on September 3 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup.

Here the Polish fighter proved a stern test for Kore. He was ahead on the judges’ scorecards going into the fifth-round when the Danish boxer was disqualified for persistently losing his mouth guard. The Danish Professional Boxing Federation later reversed the decision, ruling the fight a no contest.

Despite his opponent’s pedigree, Khattab believes he can get the job done.

"My conditioning is good and I’m looking forward to fighting again,” said the 23 year-old.

‘’Grafka is a strong, experienced and very durable fighter. He's among the best opponents I've faced, and possibly the strongest physically, so I’m expecting a tough test, but it won’t be a problem for me.’’

Khattab was this week called out by his domestic rival Kore, Grafka’s last opponent, and while he says it is a fight he is willing to accept, he is happy to leave the decision to his promoter Nisse Sauerland.

"I don't care about who's calling me out,’’ says Khattab. ‘’Nisse Sauerland is my promoter and he takes care of that, but if the fight becomes a reality, of course, I’ll take it.’’

His coach and mentor is also open to the challenge: “If Landry wants to fight Abdul, then Abdul will be ready, Abdul is ready for almost anyone,’’ said Kessler.

Promoter Nisse Sauerland says it is a fight he is willing to make, but has warned Khattab not to overlook his October 15 opponent.

‘’Of course, it is a fight we would be happy to make,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’But first Abdul must concentrate on the task at hand. Grafka is not an opponent you can take for granted. He was unhappy with the decision when he last fought in Denmark, and he will be looking for revenge.’’

Khattab meets Grafka in a six-round middleweight contest on the undercard of Dennis Ceylan’s European Featherweight title fight against British Champion Ryan Walsh, which also features Rashid Kassem against Joe Murray, Dina Thorslund versus Oksana Romanova and professional debutant Mikkel Nielsen facing Andrei Dolhozhyieu.

Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on October 15 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn are available online via www.arenanord.dk or by calling (+45) 96201050.

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

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