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.
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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:
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
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.
Main Card (9 p.m. ET)
Douglas Lima (170 lbs.) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (170 lbs.)
Paul Daley (171 lbs.) vs. Dennis Olson (173 lbs.)
*Olson fined for missing weight
Brennan Ward (171 lbs.) vs. Roger Carroll (171 lbs.)
Chris Honeycutt (171 lbs.) vs. Paul Bradley (171 lbs.)
Michael Page (171 lbs.) vs. Rudy Bears (170.75 lbs.)
Preliminary Card (6:45 p.m. ET)
Kaline Medeiros (124.25 lbs.) vs. Sarah Payant (128.5 lbs.)
*Payant fined for missing weight
Dean Hancock (155.75 lbs.) vs. Alex Dunworth (155.25 lbs.)
Ryan Quinn (159.75 lbs.) vs. Waylon Lowe (160 lbs.)
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
Parker Porter (260.25 lbs.) vs. Eric Bedard (257 lbs.)
Ilya Kotau (170.5 lbs.) vs. Nicolas Sergiacomi (171 lbs.)
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.
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.
McCreary is coming off a 1st round stoppage over Donny Miller on May 8
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
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 talks about Fedor’s possible match-ups and expectations from his long-awaited return to MMA
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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