MATCHUP OF UNDEFEATED PROSPECTS TRAVIS PETERKIN AND LENIN CASTILLO HEADLINES STACKED UNDERCARD COMING TO BARCLAYS CENTER ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1ST AS PART OF PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON ESPN

 

BROOKLYN’S RAFAEL VAZQUEZ, ADAM KOWNACKI, AND

HEATHER “THE HEAT” HARDY ALSO IN ACTION

 

Tickets Are On Sale Now!

BROOKLYN (July 17, 2015) – A light heavyweight contest between Brooklyn’s own “Notorious” Travis Peterkin (15-0,7 KOs) and fellow undefeated prospect Lenin Castillo (12-0, 7 KOs) highlights a full night of undercard action at Barclays Center onSaturday, August 1.

 

The headlining event of the evening is a Premier Boxing Champions on ESPNdoubleheader featuring undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) taking on Brooklyn’s own Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6,7 KOs), with middleweight champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) squaring off against Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9KOs) in the co-feature.

 

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Fans in attendance will also be treated to a riveting undercard featuring an abundance of local talent on the rise.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Swift Promotions, are priced at $250, $150, $120, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale now. Tickets are available atwww.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For group tickets, please call 855-GROUP-BK.

 

The showdown between hometown favorite Peterkin and the Dominican Castillo is scheduled for eight rounds. Following an amateur career that ended with a 95-7 record, the highly touted Peterkin turned pro in 2011 and has developed on DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series. Castillo is a former amateur standout and 2008 Dominican Olympian. Both Peterkin and Castillo will be making their Barclays Center debuts.

 

Brooklyn’s Rafael “Dynamite” Vazquez (15-1, 12 KOs) has kept a busy schedule in 2015 and will return for his fourth fight this year in an eight-round featherweight contest. The 37-year-old Vazquez is not your typical boxer. While he is ranked high in the world rankings at number seven and is seeking a world title opportunity, fame and glory are not his top priorities. With an autistic daughter and a wife diagnosed with cervical cancer, Vazquez fights for his family. Getting a late start to boxing, Vazquez, who lost both of his parents at an early age and endured a stint in prison as a wayward youth, turned pro in September 2010. He has since donated portions of his purses to autism research, while also holding fundraisers to help raise awareness. After suffering a shocking split decision loss to Jhovany Collado in 2012, Vazquez, who has absolutely devastating power in both hands, has stopped six of his last seven opponents, including the 30-2 Leon Moore.

 

Polish heavyweight knockout artist Adam Kownacki (10-0, 9 KOs) will return to Barclays Center following a dominant eight-round unanimous decision over the tough Ytalo Perea onMay 29. Kownacki was born in Lomza, Poland, before migrating to the US with his family at the age of seven and settling in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, known as a large Polish community. A pro since 2009, Kownacki has gained immeasurable experience sparring with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on multiple occasions. Prior to his bout in May, Kownacki had scored all of his knockouts in five rounds or less. He’ll be facing fellow heavy-hitter Maurenzo Smith (12-9-3, 9 KOs) in an eight-round contest in Brooklyn.

 

Brooklyn’s popular Heather “The Heat” Hardy (13-0, 2 KOs), who competed in Barclays Center’s first-ever professional female boxing match last year, has become a staple at the famed venue since then. On August 1, Hardy will be making her third consecutive appearance at Barclays Center. A little over two years after her pro debut, Hardy won an international title belt in the super bantamweight division in October 2014. In her last bout on May 29, Hardy impressively outpointed Noemi Bosques over eight frames. She’ll look to keep that momentum going on August 1, in an eight-round featherweight contest when she takes on Hungarian Renata Domsodi (12-6, 5 KOs).

 

Eager to make a name for himself as the next promising up-and-comer out of Puerto Rico, junior middleweight Prichard Colon (14-0, 11 KOs), will return to Barclays Center for the third time. As an amateur, Colon was a five-time Puerto Rican national champion prior to turning pro in 2013. Trained by his father, Colon has been stylistically compared to fellow countryman Felix Trinidad, with all but one of his knockouts coming in five rounds or less. In the opposite corner at Barclays Center will be Las Vegas-resident Michael Finney (12-3-1, 10 KOs) who is known for giving prospects a real test, having gone the distance with Jermall Charlo and Erickson Lubin, while battling to a draw against the 11-0-2 Wilkins Santiago.

 

Unbeaten 24-year-old junior lightweight Omar “Super O” Douglas (14-0, 11 KOs) of Wilmington, DE, is ready to transition from prospect to contender. While an adept technical boxer, the powerful Douglas always seeks to end bouts early, with five of his 11 knockouts coming in the very first round. On August 1, he’ll be squaring off against Puerto Rican southpaw Frank Santos de Alba (16-1-2, 6 KOs) who has not lost since dropping a decision in his 2011 pro debut.

 

Junior lightweights Titus Williams, from Elmont, Long Island, and Philadelphia’s Thomas Velasquez will be making their pro debuts in separate four-round bouts following decorated amateur careers.

 

Select undercard bouts will be carried live on ESPN3. ESPN Deportes will also televise the fights live, as part of its Noche de Combates series and ESPN International will present live coverage across its networks in Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim. Live coverage will also be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider.

 

For more information, visit www.premierboxingchampions.com, www.barclayscenter.comand www.dbe1.com. Follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @DannySwift, @PaulMalignaggi, @LouDiBella, @ESPNBoxing, @BarclaysCenter and @Swanson_Comm and become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions, www.facebook.com/fanpagedannyswiftgarcia, www.facebook.com/PaulMalignaggi, www.facebook.com/barclayscenterand www.facebook.com/ESPN. Follow the conversation using #PBConESPN and #BrooklynBoxing.

Weights from Bethlehem, PA Quadruple-Header Live on Showtime ShoBox: The New Generation

       
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bethlehem, PA (July 16, 2015)

Antoine Douglas 159.8 – Istvan Szili 159.4
(IBO Intercontinental title)

Arif Magomedov 160 – Derrick Webster 158.3 
(NABO Middleweight Title)

Adam Lopez 118.6 – Eliezer Aquino 118.5
(WBA FEDELATIN and WBC Latino Super Bantamweight titles)

Jerry Odom 168.3 – Samuel Clarkson 172.2

Manny Folly 121.4 – Jose Garcia 120.6
Rickey Nuno 154.9 – Tim Kunkel 155.3
Christopher Brooker 168.4 – Botirsher Obidov 167.9
Rob Brant 163.1 – Ernesto Berrospe 162
Samuel Teah 138.8 – Raymond Velez 139.4
Promoters:  GH3 Promotions in association with Kings Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and Main Events

Venue: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
1st Bell:  7 PM

Television:  Showtime- ShoBox:The Generation  10 PM ET / PT
Tickets are priced at $100, $75 and $50 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster andwww.ticketmaster.com
GH3 Promotions features undefeated Middleweight Antoine Douglas, Super Middleweight’s Jerry Odom & Derrick Webster, undefeated Super Bantamweight Adam Lopez as well as Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight Champion John Thompson, Jr., undefeated Welterweight Jerrell Harris,undefeated Super Bantamweight Qa’id Muhammad,  lightweight Oscar Bonilla, Heavyweight Natu Visinia, Light Heavyweight Lavarn Harvell and Jr. Lightweight O’Shanique Foster to the GH3 Promotions stable.

ShoBox: The New Generation CELEBRATES 14 YEARS

 

 

ANTOINE DOUGLAS vs. ISTVAN SZILI

AND UNDERCARD FIGHTERS FINAL WEIGHTS, QUOTES & PHOTOS

 

ShoBox: The New Generation Quadrupleheader Tomorrow/Friday LIVE on SHOWTIME®

From Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, Pa.

 

Click HERE To Download Photos

Credit: Rosie Cohe / SHOWTIME

 

Telecast Jump-Starts An Action Packed Weekend of Fights on SHOWTIME and PBC on CBS

 

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (July 16, 2015) – Top prospect, unbeaten Antoine “Action” Douglas of Burke, VA weighed-in at 159.8 pounds and Switzerland’s Istvan “The Prince” Szili measured 159.4 pounds during Thursday’s official weigh-in for the main event of this Friday, July 17 ShoBox: The New Generation 14thanniversary edition, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

 

Douglas (17-0-1, 11 KOs), also known as “Action” and Szili (18-0-2, 8 KOs) will square off in the 10-round middleweight headliner of the televised quadrupleheader from the Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, Pa.

 

Undefeated power-punching middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (19-0, 10 KOs) tipped the scales at 158.3 pounds and fellow unbeatenArif Magomedov (15-0, 9 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., measured at 160 pounds for their 10-round middleweight clash.

 

Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (12-0, 6 KOs) weighed-in at 118.6 pounds while Dominican Republic’s Eliezer “Campeoncito” Aquino (17-0-1, 11 KOs) tipped the scale at 118.5 pounds. The two will face off in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.

 

In the opening fight of the telecast, super middleweight prospect Jerry “The King’s Son” Odom (13-1, 1 NC, 12 KOs) will take on Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (14-3, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight match.  Odom, of Washington D.C measured 168.3 pounds while Clarkson weighed-in four pounds overweight at 172.2 pounds. After stepping off the scale, tension grew after Clarkson nudged Odom in a dismissive manor during a photo opportunity, which almost led to a scuffle between the two.

 

Tickets for the event, promoted by GH3 Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, Main Events and King’s Promotions are on sale and priced at $100, $70 and $35. Tickets can be purchased by calling GH3 Promotions at(212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. ET, with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

 

Here’s what the fighters had to say at Thursday’s weigh-in:

 

ANTOINE DOUGLAS:

“Every fight is about improving. My ring intelligence has gotten way better. Not to say I wasn’t intelligent in the past, but I have a better understanding of what I need to do in the ring. I’m now more capable of picking my opponent apart from the outside and working my way in.

 

“In comparison to my first fight on SHOWTIME, I can tell I fight more like a pro now. At first, I was all about getting in the ring and focusing on taking my opponents head off, but I now have a more strategic approach.

“I’m constantly setting goals and working reaching them so I’m open to opportunities that are going to bring me closer to my goal. That’s what’s important to me.

“I’ve always had the mindset to think towards the future for a lot of reasons. I already have in mind what I see for myself in the future for me and my loved ones, that’s what motivates me. I know the only way I’m going to get there is through hard work.”

 

ISTVAN SZILI:

“I’ve fought all around Europe but never in the United States. There were offers before but it was too short of notice. This time, there was more time to prepare and I was ready to make my debut in the U.S. I’m hoping this opportunity will open the door for more fights here.

“The Unites States is a good place to fight because of its appreciation for boxing. They love and cherish their boxers more than any other country. If I can make it here, I know I can make Hungary proud.

“I watched [Antoine] Douglas fight and I won’t deny that he has power and talent. I will go into the ring with a few plans, but it always depends on the type of opponent I’m up against. From there, I adjust accordingly.

“I’ve been training in Germany so I didn’t come all the way here not to win. It’s not about the money. I’m a warrior and I’m here to give 100 percent.”

 

 

DERRICK WEBSTER:

“The lowest I fought at was 159. It wasn’t hard for me to take the weight off so I’m probably going to stay at this weight.

“I was all-American in high school and college, received a Bachelor’s degree in Juvenile Criminal Justice, own five different businesses, while acting and modeling on the side. This is a lifestyle. I love boxing, I’m good and it and I enjoy it.

“I’m comfortable inside and out. Because of that, I’m able to break down a fighter’s mentality first so they have to worry about how to get to me. I haven’t been up against anyone as fast as me so I’m not worried about what they do. I’m ready for anything that comes my way.

“I’ve been on television before so I’m not worried about the cameras. It’s more important for me to get in the ring and do what I need to do.

“My sparring partners have been great. I’ve worked with [Julio Cesar] Chavez Jr. and a ton of other people. That’s what’s really helped me build my strength. I even asked Chavez Jr. if he would go up against me if I was at his weight, he said no.”

 

ARIF MAGOMEDOV:

“I know this isn’t going to be an easy fight, but that’s what makes you a good fighter. If you want to be a good fighter, you have to challenge yourself and fight some tough people.

“He [Derrick Webster] may have some height on me, but I’m not worried about that. I have my own technique.

“Fighting on SHOWTIME is always great exposure because it will help take me to the next level. I’m focused on right now but ready for what’s ahead.

“I’m very ready for this fight. I’m confident in the way I prepared.”

 

ADAM LOPEZ:

“I don’t know much about my opponent [Eliezer Aquino], except for the fact that’s knocked  11 people out. No matter what, I’m confident that my training has me prepared to get in the ring and do what I need to do. I’m not underestimating him,  I’m just confident in my ability.

“I feel strong at 119. I’m pretty sure going forward I could even move up.

“There was such a good reaction from everyone after the Pablo Cruz fight. It was a huge boost for me. It was my first fight of 2015, I was already on a roll so it gave me a lot of buzz. The knockout was definitely a confidence booster. I stepped in the ring and took care of business.

“I have the power to take him out. I don’t think it’s going to go all 10 rounds.

“I’ve had tremendous sparring getting ready for this fight. I traveled all over Texas just to make sure I was ready. Now, I have the power to take [Eliezer] Aquino out. I don’t see us going all 10-rounds. I’m feeling sharp.

“Power is something can be taught, but to me, it was always there. You just have to learn how to bring out your inner power and strength. I have the type of power where I don’t have to put much out but it still causes the right impact.

 

 

ELIEZER AQUINO:

“This is my first time fighting in the United States and on SHOWTIME.  I want to make boxing fans worth their while. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this for a while. I want the world to see me. I want the world to see my talent.

“Some question my 10-month layoff, but I see no problem with it. I was simply trying to find a worthy opponent. It’s tough to find strong opponents in Dominican Republic. That was the main reason of my layoff, but I was also out of luck. A few fights I had lined up fell off.

“I’m going up in weight, but don’t see it as a disadvantage, I see it as an opportunity. I’m good at 115 and I’ll be great at 118. Just wait and see.

“I’ve watched some video on my opponent. I think we have similar styles, but I’m more aggressive than he is. It’s going to be a war.

“On Friday, I’m going to stand and fight. And every inch [Adam] Lopez gives me, I’ll take. I’ll move forward and I’ll pressure him. He better watch out, he’s going to find himself cornered up.”

 

JERRY ODOM:

“I’ve seen the way [Clarkson] fights but he’s not my biggest test to date, I am. Mentally and physically, I’m my own competition. I don’t get in the ring and judge anyone’s ability but my own.

“I haven’t worried about what Clarkson does well. He’s going to have to worry about what I do well.

“When I’m in the gym, I work on everything all around the board. I don’t just focus on improving one move. It’s about discipline and practice, that’s what will make me an overall better fighter.

“Football, golf, tennis, I’ve played it all but boxing has always come natural to me. That’s what I chose over everything because I know I’m good at it.

“A lot of guys may not take this sport seriously but I do. I may appear to be quiet but I’m focused. I fight for a better cause, it’s not about money. That’s why I take it so seriously I have a family to support.”

 

SAMUEL CLARKSON:

“I faced tougher competition than my opponent. He’s not as good as everybody think he is and I’m ready to take his spot in the boxing world. I’m a step up for him.

“Training camp was good, making weight was the hard part. I walk around very heavy, but I had six weeks’ notice for this fight. So, I thought I was going to be fine, but I wasn’t. It is what it is. I won’t let this take my concentration away from tomorrow.

“I think [Jerry] Odom is going to be a fun fight. I like his style. It’s made for me. He doesn’t move his head and he likes to bully people, but so do I. I’m not afraid of him. You saw him at the weigh-in, he pushed me.

“Tomorrow, I’m just going to be me. I’m going to fight smart and I’ll beat him. Odom can’t handle my power and my speed.”

 

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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 Mike Arnoldproducing and Rick Phillips directing.

 

About ShoBox: The New Generation
Since its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. The ShoBox philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects determined to fight for a world title. Some of the growing list of the 62 fighters who have appeared on ShoBox and advanced to garner world titles includes: Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Omar Figueroa, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and more.

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON CBS & SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS

 

Premier Boxing Champions on CBS: Saturday, July 18

at 4 p.m. ET/1p.m. PT

 

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®Saturday, July 18

at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

 

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EL PASO, Texas  (July 16, 2015) – Fighters competing on the huge Premier Boxing Champions on CBS and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING cards held an open to the public final press conference Thursday before they enter the ring this Saturday, July 18 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

 

The evening event on SHOWTIME® features Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) returning to the ring to face Marco Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs). In the  co-main event, Puerto Rican Olympian McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on Arthur Villanueva (27-0, 14 KOs) of the Philippines for the IBF Junior Bantamweight World Championship. Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with undefeated 140-pound contender Amir “Young Master” Imam (17-0, 14 KOs) meeting  former world title challenger Fernando “La Fiera” Angulo (29-9, 16 KOs) in a world title eliminator.

 

The afternoon’s PBC on CBS event is headlined by undefeated Irish superstar Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) taking on Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (25-1-2, 15 KOs). Televised coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT with a heavyweight showdown between Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) and “Big” Fred Kassi, (18-3-0, 10 KOs).

 

Tickets for the evening event, which is promoted by Chavez Promotions, in association with TGB Promotions and Warriors Boxing, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25 are on sale now. Tickets for the afternoon event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing and Cyclone Promotions, are priced at $50 or $25 for general admission and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or the University Ticket Center at (915) 747-5234. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Fans purchasing tickets for the evening session will also be provided a ticket in the same section for the afternoon card.

 

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

 

JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.

“I know I have a tough opponent in front of me. I’m ready. I’ve prepared very well with Robert Garcia. He has a great trainer too in Nacho Beristain.

 

“I’ve recovered well from my last fight. I had too much time away from boxing before. On Saturday everyone will see me at my best.

 

“When two Mexican fighters take the ring, there’s going to be a lot of action. You don’t want to miss any of this one.”

 

MARCO REYES

“I have a great deal of admiration and respect for Julio Sr. and Julio Jr.

 

“There is something magical that happens when two Mexican fighters step in the ring. I am very determined and ready to put on amazing performance.

 

“I will leave my all in the ring against Chavez Jr.”


MCJOE ARROYO

‘”This is the biggest shot I’ve had and I’m going to give it my all. This fight is very important to me.

 

“This is going to be a great fight. I promise that I’m going to leave everything in the ring on Saturday night.”

 

ARTHUR VILLANUEVA

“This is my first time on this big stage. I’ve fought all over the world and I just want to thank everybody for this great opportunity.

 

“I promise that I will give the best I have and a great fight this Saturday night.”

 

AMIR IMAM

“When I get the belt, I will hold it with pride with the name of “Young Master.

 

“I’m coming to put on a show and do damage. This is my title shot right here. I am not thinking of anything past this fight.”


CARL FRAMPTON

“El Paso is a big boxing city and people here love their boxing.
“I know that Gonzalez Jr. has a height and reach advantage on me. I think he’s going to try to keep it long. He’s young, hungry and from a good pedigree, I’m expecting a good fight.

“If I can perform at my best I should be able to get rid of this guy. I want to be explosive and that’s not disrespect to my opponent.

“There really isn’t anything different I did to prepare for this fight. We must get close to him. I brought in sparring partners similar to the stature of my opponent.

“If you want to create a legacy in boxing you must come to the United States. It’s important for me to come here, the time was right.

“There’s a few names I would like to fight next, possibly Scott Quigg, Abner Mares and Gary Russell.

 

“I’m can go forward, move back, stay in the pocket and most importantly I just do whatever it takes to win.

 

“I have an exciting style and the Mexican-American fans will appreciate it. They love an all-action  style and I’m going to show them that I have a crowd-pleasing style.

 

“Everyone has been very friendly since I arrived in America. I’ve met many approachable and nice people. The weather is very different from back home so I’ve gotten to do some sunbathing in between training sessions, which is nice.”

 

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ JR.

“I love being in the underdog role because every time I’ve been in the underdog role I’ve come out with the victory. I not only win, but I get the knockout. I love everything being against me.

 

“Having my dad as a former world champion can be hard. There can be a lot of pressure from my dad to be better than him. But he always has my back and is in my ear. I got a lot of experience from my dad.

 

“Frampton is a very intelligent fighter who hits hard. He’s too aggressive sometimes because in boxing you have to be more intelligent and try not to get hit. He’s a very good fighter;  there’s a reason he is a champion though.

 

“In every fight you have to give it everything you have, no matter who you’re in there against. You have to leave it all in the ring and that’s what I do.

 

“I can box, but I’m Mexican so I like aggression too. It’s going to be a war. I want that title and I know he’s not just going to give it to me. I have to go get it.”

 

CHRIS ARREOLA

“I’m honored to be fighting for the first time in El Paso in front of these terrific boxing fans.

“I love fighting and I’m thrilled that fans all over the country can watch this fight on CBS Saturday afternoon.

 

“Fred Kassi is coming to win, this is a big opportunity for him, but I plan on putting on a show and being victorious on Saturday.

 

“Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. was a hero to me when I started fighting and it’s a thrill to know that he will be watching my fight in person.

 

“I want the green belt, it’s the one I’ve always wanted. After Kassi I want to fight Deontay Wilder and become a champion.”


FRED KASSI

“I thank Chris for this opportunity; it’s great to be fighting on this big day of boxing in the presence of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

 

“Chris is a hard-hitting heavyweight and I have a lot of respect for him but come Saturday I will have my hand raised.”

 

ROBERT GARCIA, Chavez Jr. Trainer

“There’s not much left to say. We had a great training camp. Everyone on the team has done what they had to do.

 

“Julio followed the instructions all camp and we’re ready to give the fans a great fight.”

 

JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ SR., Chavez Jr.’s Father

“I was ready to talk trash, but after Nacho was so kind I will follow in his footsteps.

 

“There is something special when two Mexicans step into the ring. I can promise my son is ready and I can promise a great fight.”

 

NACHO BERISTAIN, Reyes’ Trainer

“I have nothing but respect for Chavez and his team. I’ve known them for many years. I will not speak badly of them. I know on Saturday everyone is going to get a great fight on a massive platform on SHOWTIME with two Mexicans going toe-to-toe in the ring.”

 

BARRY MCGUIGAN, Frampton’s Manager

“I didn’t even know Frampton was from Belfast when I signed him. Once I learned more about him I thought that this was meant to be, his background is so similar to mine.

 

“The more I saw from Frampton the more I saw that he could really compete at the highest level of this sport.

 

“I’ve invested six years into Carl and it’s  been the most enjoyable and gratifying experience of my life. Shane has developed into an incredible boxing coach and I’m hugely proud of him.”

 

SHANE MCGUIGAN, Frampton’s Trainer

“I used to box with Carl as an amateur and when my dad (Barry) used to ask me who I thought would be the best pro on the Irish team I’d say, ‘it’s Carl Frampton, he’s got world class style.’

 

“Five years ago my dad asked me to hold the pads for Carl a couple of times and it just gelled. Here we are today. We work really well together and I feel I found my forte as a coach.

 

“Gonzalez is no pushover but I don’t think he’s on Carl’s level. I think Carl is going to knock him out in an exciting fight. This is about making a statement. Next thing you know we’ll have the massive super fights coming.”

 

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ, Gonzalez’s Father & Former World Champion

“The words other people say about this fight, they are only words. The fight is going to be Saturday and everyone is going to see what happens.

 

“My son is very prepared and he’s going to win. We’ve done everything right in camp. It’s my son’s time and he’s coming to win.

 

“They got the wrong opponent for Frampton. My son is a very strong fighter and everyone will see on Saturday.

 

“I love Mexico and this fight is going to be for Mexico.”

 

 

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OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN RESULTS, PHOTOS AND INFORMATION FROM ‘BELLATOR 140: LIMA VS. KORESHKOV’

Uncasville, CT. (July 16, 2015) – The official weigh-ins for “Bellator 140: Lima vs. Koreshkov” concluded today from The Mohegan Sun Arena, with both Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima (26-5) and his opponent Andrey Koreshkov (17-1) hitting their 170-pound marks.

 

In addition to the aforementioned headliner, Bellator 140, which airs live and free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT, features four additional must-see welterweight attractions.

 

In the co-main event, the explosive Paul “Semtex” Daley (36-13) looks to put an end to the present winning streak of Dennis Olson(14-8). Daley looks to impress once again when he competes in Connecticut, following up on his victory at “British Invasion” in February.

Hometown favorite “Irish” Brennan Ward (10-3) looks to remain undefeated in 2015 when he meets Roger Carroll (16-11), who replaced Gavin Sterritt on short notice. “Irish” has not been involved in a fight that reached the judges’ scorecards since 2012.

Undefeated Edinboro University of Pennsylvania wrestling standout Chris “The Cutt” Honeycutt (6-0) receives the toughest test of his career, when he meets fellow All-American wrestler and nine-year MMA veteran Paul “The Gentleman” Bradley (22-6).

In the opening televised bout of the evening, Michael “Venom” Page (7-0) will attempt to return to his impressive trend of finishing fights when he faces 29-fight veteran Rudy “Bad News” Bears (16-13). “MVP” was originally slated to compete in February, but during the lead-up to the bout, sustained a cut that has kept him out of action since last year.

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Main Card (9 p.m. ET)

 

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Douglas Lima (170 lbs.) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (170 lbs.)

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Paul Daley (171 lbs.) vs. Dennis Olson (173 lbs.)

*Olson fined for missing weight

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Brennan Ward (171 lbs.) vs. Roger Carroll (171 lbs.)

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Chris Honeycutt (171 lbs.) vs. Paul Bradley (171 lbs.)

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Michael Page (171 lbs.) vs. Rudy Bears (170.75 lbs.)

 

Preliminary Card (6:45 p.m. ET) 

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Kaline Medeiros (124.25 lbs.) vs. Sarah Payant (128.5 lbs.)

*Payant fined for missing weight

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Dean Hancock (155.75 lbs.) vs. Alex Dunworth (155.25 lbs.)

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Ryan Quinn (159.75 lbs.) vs. Waylon Lowe (160 lbs.)

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Billy Giovanella (125.75 lbs.) vs. Remo Cardarelli (123 lbs.)

Blair Tugman (136 lbs.) vs. Kin Moy (138.25 lbs.)

*Moy fined for missing weight

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Parker Porter (260.25 lbs.) vs. Eric Bedard (257 lbs.)

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Ilya Kotau (170.5 lbs.) vs. Nicolas Sergiacomi (171 lbs.)

ABUBAKAR NURMAGOMEDOV TO FACE UNDEFEATED JORGE MORENO ON LIVE NBCSN TELECAST OF  “WSOF 22: PALHARES VS. SHIELDS” FROM LAS VEGAS ON SATURDAY, AUG. 1

LAS VEGAS (July 16, 2015) – Abubakar Nurmagomedov will square off with undefeated finisher Jorge Moreno in a featured welterweight (170 pounds) matchup at the highly-anticipated World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) world championship doubleheader event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 1, live on NBCSN.

The younger brother of undefeated superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov and one of the top welterweight prospects in the world, the 23-year-old Abubakar (9-1) of Makhachkala, Russia is quickly distinguishing himself as a force in the sport, notching all of his victories to date by way of (T)KO or submission.

Abubakar, who trains under his father, Abdulmanap, at Khabib’s gym FightSpirit Team, is coming off of a first round TKO (punches) win over Vladimir Gunzu on Feb. 22.  His lone defeat came due to a cut he sustained in a matchup with Magomed Mustafaev on Sept. 1, 2014, prompting the ringside physician to halt the bout.

At just 19 years old, Moreno (4-0) of Moses Lake, Wash. is already knee deep in his professional career, with 3 of his 4 wins having come by way of TKO or submission.  As an amateur, he amassed an overall record of 8-2,  collecting three titles along the way.

Moreno’s start will mark his WSOF debut as well as his first professional bout at 170 pounds, after competing as a middleweight (185 pounds).  In his last start on April 17 in Snoqualmie, Wash., he scored a first round TKO (doctor stoppage due to knee injury) on Ian Williams.

The five-bout, live NBCSN telecast of “WSOF 22: Palhares vs. Shields” begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Aug. 1.

In the main event, a long-awaited showdown will finally come to fruition when WSOF World Welterweight (170 pounds) Champion Rousimar Palhares (17-6) of Minas Gerais, Brazil puts his title on the line against two-time world champion and fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jake Shields (31-7) of San Francisco, Calif.

In the co-main event, WSOF World Bantamweight (135 pounds) Champion Marlon Moraes (14-4-1) of Toms River, N.J. via Nova Friburgo, Brazil will defend his strap against undefeated challenger Sheymon Moraes (7-0).

Superstar Thiago Silva (16-4, 2 NC) of Oakland Park, Fla. via Sao Paulo, Brazil will face dangerous veteran Mike “MAK” Kyle (21-12-1) of San Jose, Calif. in a light heavyweight (205 pounds) contest.

A lightweight (155 pounds) matchup between Jimmy Spicuzza (6-2) and submission ace Islam Mamedov (11-1) will lead off the live NBCSN telecast.

A complete preliminary bout card will be announced soon.

Priced from $29.99, tickets for “WSOF 22: Palhares vs. Shields” are on sale at Ticketmaster.com and WSOF.com.

Doors at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will open at 4 p.m. PT, and the first preliminary card bout will begin at 5 p.m. PT.

MAIN CARD
WSOF World Welterweight Championship Main Event:
Rousimar Palhares (Champion) vs. Jake Shields (Challenger)

WSOF World Bantamweight Championship Co-Main Event:
Marlon Moraes (Champion) vs. Sheymon Moraes (Challenger)

Light Heavyweight: Thiago Silva vs. Mike Kyle

Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Jorge Moreno

Lightweight: Jimmy Spicuzza vs. Islam Mamedov

LIGHTWEIGHT TILT PITTING SAAD AWAD AGAINST PATRICKY ‘PITBULL’ FREIRE TO SERVE AS CO-MAIN EVENT OF ‘BELLATOR: GUILLARD VS. GIRTZ’ FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 AT PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 16, 2015) – Additional lightweight action will anchor the top of “Bellator: Guillard vs. Girtz” on Friday, Aug. 28 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., with the addition of Saad Awad (18-6) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (13-6).

 

The contest serves as the co-headlining bout of “Bellator: Guillard vs. Girtz,” which airs live on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET.

 

Tickets for the event, which start at just $50, go on sale this Friday at Pechanga.com and the Pechanga Resort & Casino box office. Doors for the event open at 4 p.m. PT local time, and the first contest takes place one hour later. Additional bouts will be announced shortly

 

In the evening’s main event, Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (32-14-2, 2 NC) will make his highly anticipated Bellator MMA debut against Brandon “Cold Roll” Girtz (11-4). Additional bouts will be announced shortly.

 

The lone man to defeat Bellator Lightweight Champion Will Brooks, Awad has amassed a 6-3 record since first lacing up the gloves for the promotion in 2009. With 14 of his 18 professional victories coming by way of finish, “Assassin” has generated a large Southern California fan base with his exciting fighting style.

Fighting out of Millenia MMA in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Awad continues to work his way back towards a trilogy bout against “Ill Will” Brooks. The 32-year-old impressively defeated Rob Sinclair at Bellator 136 before suffering a leg injury that has since kept him out of action.

Awad now faces the elder brother of Bellator Featherweight Champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Patricky, who has competed for Bellator MMA since 2011, amassing six victories along the way. It’s rare that “Pitbull’s” scraps reach the judges’ scorecards, with 10 of his 13 wins coming by way of finish.

Much like his Bellator 141 opponent, Freire has also been inactive as of late due to injury. As his social media exploits indicate, “Pitbull” has also set his sights on the lightweight belt and his matchup with Awad is the first step towards achieving his goal.

Three top prospects under Victory Sports Management banner on display this Saturday in Michigan

 

New York(July 16, 2015)–This Saturday at the Warren Valley Golf and Banquet Center in Warren, Michigan, Three prized fighters under the Victory Sports & Entertainment management banner will be on display.
Undefeated Lightweight, Sonny Fredrickson will be in action against tough veteran Marteze Logan in 6-round bout.

Undefeated Featherweight Tyler McCreary will take on John Willoughby in a 4-round bout.

Also Cleveland’s Yaundale Evans will be making his return to the ring against Dwayne Wisdom in a 6-round Super Featherweight bout.

Fredrickson of Toledo, Ohio and promoted by Roc Nation Sports has a perfect record of 9-0 with six knockouts and is coming off a 2nd round stoppage on June 20 in Oakland, California over Juan Santiago. That bout was part of Roc Nation’s Andre Ward- Paul Smith card. 

It has been difficult to find opponents opponents willing to step in the ring with the 21 year-old Fredrickson as his combination of size and power has most opponents reluctant to face him.

McCreary, also of Toledo, Ohio and also promoted by Roc Nation Sports has a record of 5-0 with 5 knockouts. He will be taking on the the 30-fight veteran Willoughby of Selma, Alabama.

Tyler McCreary

McCreary is coming off a 1st round stoppage over Donny Miller on May 8
is looking to make another statement as this most likely will be his last four-round bout.

Evans will make his first ring appearance in just over three-years. He has a record of 16-1 with 12 knockouts.

After suffering his first loss of Javier Fortuna, Evans had promotional and managerial issues that kept him sidelined. Now that he is signed with Victory Sports he is planning to get active again and get back on track as prospect to keep an eye on in the Jr. Featherweight and Featherweight divisions.

Said Rick Torres, President of Victory Sports, “Victory Sports is excited to have 3 of our fighters in action this Saturday. Each fighter brings a unique set of skills to the ring, from the raw power of Sonny Fredrickson to the blazing speed of Tyler McCreary. Also, Yuandale Evans is a fighter everyone was taking note of until he was sidelined. We are excited to get him in the ring so that he can show the world that he is back better than ever.”

Victory Sports & Entertainment is a newly formed athlete management company with offices in New York and Las Vegas. Founded by noted boxing attorney Rick Torres and boxing trainer Michael Leanardi, Victory has steadily built an impressive stable of young prospects that it is grooming for future stardom. Victory Sports’ website is www.victorysportsent.com

Churcher Prepared For War Against McEwan On August 15th

A mouth watering domestic clash, between Newport’s Lee Churcher and Edinburgh’s Craig McEwan, is set to feature on the undercard of the upcoming Thomas Melville’s Colloseum Promotions THE COMEBACK event at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Scotland on Saturday 15th August 2015, which is headlined by the Craig Docherty-Michael Kelly WBU World Super Welterweight Championship showdown.

 

Churcher (12-3-1), who secured the BBBofC Welsh area title with a ninth round stoppage victory over Barrie Jones in 2012, but never got to defend it before switching allegiance to the MBC, comes into the fight off a six win streak.

 

His opponent, McEwan (22-4-1) will be making his first home appearance since returning from America, where he fought amongst others World Champions Andy Lee and Peter Quillin.

 

On paper the bout looks set to be a stormer as both protagonists are very much ‘attack is the best form of defense’ minded, so much so that a number of on-line pundits have mooted that this is likely to be an out and out toe-to-toe war, very much in a similar vain to those classic battles between Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward back in 2002/3.

 

A train of thought that virtually mirrors Churcher’s own, as was made clear when he spoke earlier.

 

“This is a massive fight for me, I’m really looking forward to fighting him, he’s tough and a big puncher, much like me really.

 

These are the type of fights real fighters want, challenging to put it mildly, fights like this are made for the big occasion and they don’t get much bigger than this, well in Scotland that’s for sure, there’s the Craig Docherty-Michael Kelly title fight headlining and Scott Harrison will be making his return on the show too.

 

That said, I think it will be our fight the fans will talk about most, especially afterwards, It’s going to be a war in there.

 

Yeah he’s been in with some good names, but that doesn’t worry me, it’s not an option for me, I can’t lose, it’s as simple as that.

 

I’m going to take the fight to him, have to really, his right hand delivers a devastating blow, so mustn’t give him the room to use it, I’ve got to get in there and give it to him first.

 

I’m not worried about the occasion or that it’s on his home turf, OK so I’m likely to receive a hostile reception, but that’s fine with me.

 

Saying that there are some fans coming up to support me, obviously it’s a long trip for my fans, it’s a massive journey for them, I appreciate that and can’t thank them enough for traveling all that way to Scotland to watch me fight.”

 

Lee Churcher vs Craig McEwan features on the undercard of the Craig Docherty-Michael Kelly World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Welterweight World Championship bout that headlines the Thomas Melville’s Colloseum Promotions THE COMEBACK event at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Scotland on Saturday 15th August 2015.

 

Sanctioning for this event is courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) www.maltaboxingcommission.com

 

Tickets, priced £40, £50 and £75 (VIP) are available from any of the boxers taking part or call 07932 069376 and are also available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com

 

M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein: “Fedor fighting again will be a great gift to MMA fans”

 

M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein talks about Fedor’s possible match-ups and expectations from his long-awaited return to MMA

(L) Living MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko and M- Global president Vadim Finkelchtein

 

Were you surprised when you heard about Fedor returning to professional fighting?

 

VF: “Well, yes, I was surprised. I lost hope for his comeback after one or two years of negotiations. I just couldn’t do it. One time he asked me not to talk about this anymore. But about a week ago he told me that he might make a comeback. I couldn’t believe what I heard. I was happy to hear that, but the real decision he made only a couple of days ago.”

 

Will Fedor continue his work in Russian MMA Union?

 

VF: “Yes, I’m sure that fighting wouldn’t become a distraction from his post of President of MMA Federation.”

 

What did Fedor Emelianenko tell you about his possible match-ups and opponents?

 

VF: “There’s no definite information yet.  The only thing he told me is that he needed to prepare well enough to become as dangerous as he used be.  Mentally, he is ready to fight; his attitude about fighting is great.  I think he has  good chance to show the best version of himself.

What do you think about his next fight? When will we see it?

VF: “I can’t tell you exactly right now. I would like him to make his first fight in Russia, of course, but this is all up to him, after all. But it would be great if first he makes it for his Russian fans. They would be happy.”

 

Will you make the third M-1 Global event with Fedor as the headliner?

VF: “I’d like that, of course. It would be awesome to make a show in “Olimpiyskiy” like we did when he was leaving. That show gathered 22,000 spectators and was a great present for all his fans. And then he would go abroad. This is of course is only my desire for now. I will work on it. Maybe we will make it happen.”

 

Who do you see as his next opponent?

VF: “I think any M-1 heavyweight would accept this fight. Actually, he can face any TOP heavyweight from all over the World.”

 

How long will Fedor be able to fight in your opinion?

 

VF: “I think for a couple of years, easily.”

 

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