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Sampson Boxing Proud Sponsor of WBC ‘Race of Champions’

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Sampson Boxing is proud to serve as an official sponsor of this year’s WBC “Race for Champions” on Saturday, January 25, in Mexico City.

 

6 or 12 kilometers in length, the second annual race is being held to commemorate the late Don Jose Sulaiman, legendary president of the World Boxing Council. Among the expected participants will be several current and former boxing champions and luminaries. The first edition of “Race of Champions” attracted over 4000 participants.

 

Last year, WBC Champions in the race included the legendary Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez, Edgar Sosa, Mariana “Barbie” Juárez, her sister Lourdes, Pablo and Iván Cano, Julio “Pollito” Ceja, Daniel Estrada, Daniel Zaragoza, Silver champion Jessica Chávez, Jhonny González, interim champion Jessica González,  Referee Lupe García, Silver youth champion Damien Hooper, Ibeth la “Roca” Zamora, Rey Vargas, Jose Luis Bueno, Zulina “Loba” Muñoz, Daniel Evangelista, José “Jaguar” Aguirre and Irma García.

 

Mexican superhero and longtime WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez rang the bell to start the race.

 

“I am very pleased to be part of such a great event to honor a great man like Jose Sulaiman,” said Sampson Lewkowicz, President of Sampson Boxing. “The Sampson Boxing banner will fly proudly that day.”

 

For more information on WBC “Race of Champions”, visit www.wbcboxing.com.
ABOUT SAMPSON BOXING

After a very successful run as a matchmaker and adviser, Sampson Lewkowicz switched over to the promotional side of professional boxing in January 2008.

Sampson Boxing has grown into one of the world’s most prestigious promotional firms, representing many of the world’s best fighters and most promising young contenders.

Sampson Boxing has promotional partners all over North and South America, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Central America and Sampson Boxing events have been televised on such premiere networks as HBO, Showtime, ESPN, VS. and several international networks.

BOXING LEGEND AND FUTURE HALL-OF-FAMER BERNARD HOPKINS CELEBRATES 50

 

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PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 15, 2015) – Boxing legend Bernard Hopkins is known by many names – “The Executioner,” “The Alien” and “B-Hop” to name a few. Beginning today, he will have yet another moniker – “50-year-old.”

 

This is an important milestone in the life of the future Hall of Famer. He is celebrating a birthday that for most athletes comes long after their retirement. It is remarkable that he is not only still active, but just months removed from fighting at the very pinnacle of his sport.

 

Hopkins is a surefire first ballot addition to the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) when he becomes eligible. His decade-long run as world champion, combined with unifying all of the belts in the division, gives him a claim to being the greatest middleweight of all time. The fact that he put together a second-career that saw him unify light heavyweight titles lends credence to Hopkins’ claims that he is “not of this world.”

 

“I come from an old school of boxing where you fight the best out there and prove yourself,” said Hopkins. “I want to be an example for the young fighters coming up that in order to be successful in the sport, you have to protect yourself at all times. That means in and out of the ring. I’ve been able to do that as I am still fighting while also celebrating my 50th birthday. This is my testament to success.”

 

Throughout his career Hopkins never backed down from facing the best. His fight-by-fight reads like a who’s who of Hall of Famers, world champions and top-flight boxers. Hopkins faced all three fighters inducted into the IBHOF in 2014, having beaten Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad and dropping a decision to Joe Calzaghe. He holds multiple records for his run at middleweight, including the longest reign as world champion (10 years, two months and 17 days) and for the most consecutive title defenses (20).

 

At light heavyweight and into his forties he continued to make history. In May 2011, Hopkins defeated Jean Pascal for the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship, passing George Foreman as the oldest boxer to ever win a world title (46 years, four months and six days).

 

He broke his own record two years later when he defeated Tavoris Cloud for the IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship (48 years, one month and 22 days). In 2014 he set another record as he became the oldest fighter to unify world titles when he defeated Beibut Shumenov to add the WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship to his IBF crown.

 

“No one can deny the legacy that I’ve created in this sport. I am really proud of what I did, who I fought, how I matured along the way. I feel really good about something no one can take away or deny my place in the sports’ history,” said Hopkins.

 

Hopkins’ does hope to leave a legacy beyond the sport of boxing, specifically as a pillar of health and fitness for the African-American community and the over-40 crowd. Both of Hopkins’ parents passed away before the age of 50, due to complications of diabetes and heart disease. This has led the champ on his crusade for clean living that gives him satisfaction in the organic foods that he cooks himself.

 

“We only live once and our bodies are our temples. I am not going to eat something that is not good for my system,” said Hopkins. “I fuel myself with energy producing foods. Without this daily habit my body would have given up on me a long time ago.”

 

Hopkins has also long fought for the rights of his fellow boxers. Famously testifying before Congress in support of the Muhammad Ali act. In 2014, Hopkins appeared at the United States Capitol building to help raise the profile of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s comprehensive study of professional boxers and the effect their sport has on their brain.

 

In the last decade, Hopkins has been contributing to the sport as a promoter. Since his 2005 middleweight title unification bout with Oscar De La Hoya, Hopkins and “The Golden Boy” have formed a partnership with Hopkins owning a percentage of Golden Boy Promotions and helping promote their fights all over the country.

 

On January 20th, Golden Boy will honor Hopkins’ 50th birthday with a special edition of Golden Boy Live! on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes live from the 2300 Arena in Hopkins’ hometown of Philadelphia. Philly’s own Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter will headline the night of fights. He will take on Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado in a 10-round featherweight bout.

 

“I believe in investing in this sport and that means stepping up to the plate as an athlete and as a promoter,” said Hopkins. “I have an opportunity and a responsibility to the fighters and the fans to make this sport the best it can be.”

 

Whether you admire him for his work inside the ring, or the way he lives his life outside, there is no denying that Hopkins is one-of-a-kind. When he eventually leaves the sport it will be bittersweet, as he once said:

 

“Enjoy this while you can. Don’t worry about when or how I’m going to leave or break down. You guys are all humans, I understand you, but you don’t understand me.”

 

Wish Bernard a ‘Happy Birthday’ on Twitter @TheRealBHop and use the hashtag #BHOP50.

DANA WHITE’S MOTHER JUNE WHITE JOINS THE FNU COMBAT SPORTS SHOW THURSDAY NIGHT!

June White (@JuneWhiteMMA) will join Tom, Tony and Rich on the FNU Combat Sports Show Thursday to discuss her unauthorized biography on the UFC President known for his brash language and a ruthless approach to building and expanding the UFC brand. Her book is an unflattering, honest look into the life of the former boxercise instructor who now rules over the UFC with an iron fist and a loud mouth. Check out this telling YouTube Promo for “Dana White, King of MMA:

“Psychic” Tom Padgett, “Rabble Rousin'” Rich Bergeron and Tony “The Tornado” Penecale also have a ton of combat sports events and news to discuss this week. Boxing will be a huge part of the conversation. From Al Haymon’s new NBC Sports venture, to Deontay Wilder’s bout with Bermane Stiverne for the WBC Heavyweight championship this weekend, to Roc Nation’s merger with Gary Shaw Promotions, to the increasing likelihood that Manny Pacquiao will finally fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2nd, there’s a ton of buzz surrounding the sport of boxing right now.

We’ll also discuss this Sunday’s UFC Fight Night event in Boston featuring Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver in the main event and Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson in the co-featured bout. Bellator also kicks off the 2015 Season this Friday with Patricio Pitbull taking on Daniel Straus in the main event.

Click Here to Listen to our broadcast Live from 8-10PM EST Thursday night.

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‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson vs. Ralph ‘Tiger’ Jones on Fight Network this Sunday night

Ultimate Classic Boxing on Fight Network USA

‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson vs. Ralph ‘Tiger’ Jones

Sunday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (Jan. 14, 2015) – Fight Network USA will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ralph “Tiger” Jones‘ major upset of legendary “Sugar” Ray Robinson, arguably the greatest boxer of all-time, by airing their fight this Sunday night (Jan. 18) as part of its Ultimate Classic Boxing series from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET.

 

Fight Network is the world’s premier combat sports network dedicated to 24/7 coverage, including fights, fighters, fight news and fight lifestyle. The channel is available in the U.S. on Cablevision in parts of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, Texas-based Grande Communications, Armstrong Cable in Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, as well as on Shentel Cable in Virginia, West Virginia and portions of western Maryland. Fight Network is also on Roku set top boxes throughout America, and streaming live on website KlowdTV.com.

 

Robinson was a multiple world welterweight and middleweight champion, when there were only eight weight classes, during his illustrious 25-year professional boxing career (1940-1965) in which he compiled an eye-opening 173-19-6 (108 KOs) record. The flashy Hall of Famer had an incredible 132-3-2 record when he fought Jones (32-12-3) on Jan. 19, 1955 at Chicago Stadium.

Robinson retired in 1952 after being stopped for the first time in his career by world light heavyweight champion Joey Maxim, when “Sugar Ray” was unable to continue after 13 rounds due to heat prostration from fighting outdoors at Yankee Stadium in 104 degree heat (Robinson led 10-3, 9-3-1 and 7-3-3 in rounds scored). At 33, Robinson came out of retirement 2 ½ years later and the Jones fight was the second of his comeback.

 

Jones, known as a very aggressive fighter, upset Robinson in this fight by way of a one-sided 10-round decision (100-88, 99-94, 98-89). The New Yorker went on to upset two other Hall of Famers, Joey Giardello and Kid Gavilan.

 

Later that same year in 1955, Robinson defeated Carl “Bobo” Olson for the world middleweight title, something he did on two other occasions before he finally retired for good. Jones never got a world title shot. Robinson died in 1989 at the age of 67, Jones in 1994 at 66.

 

Also airing this Sunday evening on Fight Network, starting at 11:00 p.m. ET onBanner: Best of the Decade is undefeated WBA and WBO super featherweight champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas (32-0) successfully defending his world title belts March 15, 2003 against challenger Juan Carlos “El Ranchero” Ramirez (29-4) with a fourth-round technical knockout at UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

 

This Sunday night’s boxing on Fight Network starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with KOTV Boxing Weekly, which covers all the latest news in professional boxing, features full recent fights and highlights. Sandwiched between Robinson vs. Jones and Freitas vs. Ramirez from 9:00 p.m. ET-11:00 p.m. ET is a replay of the European super featherweight title fight between Devis “Boom Boom” Boschiero (32-1-1) and Samir Kasmi (15-9-1) from March 23, 2013 in Veneto, Italy.

 

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Mark Kriegel Special Feature Interview With Heavyweight Contender Deontay Wilder: “I Can’t Let Her Down”

Stiverne Wilder Letterhead

 

* * * STIVERNE vs. WILDER VIDEO ALERT * * *

 

“This is all for Naieya (daughter), man.  I will be a champion one day, I promised that to her…..And now that I have this opportunity I can’t let her down.” – Deontay Wilder

 

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Undefeated heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has a chance to fulfill his destiny and become the first U.S.-born Heavyweight Champion in nearly a decade when he challenges WBC Champ Bermane Stiverne.  Renowned sports reporter, Mark Kriegel talks with Wilder about his journey–his struggle–to get to this critical moment in his life.  Watch this “Special Feature” and don’t miss the fight of his life, this Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT live on SHOWTIME® from MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

 

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“RETURN TO GLORY”:  STIVERNE VS. WILDER, a 12-round fight for Stiverne’s WBC Heavyweight Championship taking place Saturday, Jan. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and Mexico – Live It To Believe It!.  In the 12-round co-feature, unbeaten WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz defends against Jesus Ruiz and undefeated Amir Imam meets Fidel Maldonado Jr. in a 10-round super lightweight bout for the WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Title. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and will air live on SHOWTIME® (10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT). The telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will be televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME (8:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

 

Tickets for the event are on sale and priced at $500, $350, $250, $125 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person with a limit of four (4) at the $50 price range.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

For more information visit www.donking.com, www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.sports.sho.com, follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @BStiverne, @BronzeBomber, @SHOSports and @MGMGrand and become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and www.facebook.com/SHOBoxing, or visit SHOWTIME Boxing Blog at http://theboxingblog.sho.com/.

BERMANE STIVERNE, DEONTAY WILDER, PROMOTER DON KING AND “RETURN TO GLORY” UNDERCARD FIGHTERS MAKE GRAND ARRIVALS AT MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS

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Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

 

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 13, 2015) – “RETURN TO GLORY: Stiverne vs. Wilder” fight week is officially here as WBC Heavyweight World Champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne, undefeated No. 1 challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, Hall of Fame promoter Don King, WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz and all the fighters on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) this Saturday, Jan. 17, made their grand arrivals at MGM Grand this afternoon.

 

Here is what the fighters had to say upon their arrivals in Las Vegas Tuesday:

 

BERMANE STIVERNE , WBC Heavyweight World Champion

 

“I really don’t feel any emotions towards Deontay Wilder. The most important thing is for me to defend my world title.

 

“All the trash talking that he does doesn’t worry me. He doesn’t have anything that I want. I am the champ. This is fighting, this is boxing, this is for real. I keep my concentration on the fight.

 

“We trained like he was the champion. We didn’t talk about his past experience. We trained like he has gone 12 rounds before.

 

“I’m here to fight for the people. I fight to inspire people anywhere in the world, that’s my responsibility since I am the world champion.”

 

DEONTAY WILDER, Undefeated No.1 WBC Heavyweight Contender

 

“I need to let this beast inside of me out. I am so ready for this fight. We are bringing back the heavyweight division.

 

“Once I knock this guy out it will be on to the next guy for me. He will definitely go down, I’m going to hurt him bad.

 

“He has never faced someone with my athletic skills. My athleticism alone is going to hurt him.

 

“There is no better place to have a fight of this magnitude than in Las Vegas. The fight will be explosive, exciting and I will be bringing this heavyweight belt back to America.

 

“When you have so much animosity towards someone it makes for a great fight. Everything that I’ve said about him and all he has said about me will be settled on Saturday.”

 

LEO SANTA CRUZ, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion

 

“I am always prepared going into every fight. I never underestimate any fighter because those are the ones that can hurt you.

 

“When you give them the opportunity they come prepared and hungry because they want to take the title away from you.

 

“Any fighter is dangerous in the ring; one punch could change a fight. Ruiz is a good fighter.

 

“I trained really hard for this fight as I always do. I am mentally and physically strong, and I’ve been working much more on my power heading into this fight.”

 

JESUS RUIZ, Super Bantamweight Contender

 

“I am very excited to be here. I promise you, come Saturday you will have a new world champion.

 

“I am motivated and looking forward to this fight. It’s an honor for me to be here and I am grateful for the opportunity.

 

“He’s [Santa Cruz] a fighter that we’re well aware of. I know his style and the way he fights but we’re ready and prepared to win.

 

“He is an explosive fighter and so am I. I don’t think either fighter has an advantage over the other. I think you’re going to see two strong Mexican fighters going at it, it’s going to be an exciting fight.”

 

AMIR IMAM, Super Lightweight Contender

 

“I’m really excited to be on the undercard of a big American heavyweight title fight. I’m coming here to take care of business and get out of there. I’m coming here to do what I do best.

 

“Boxing is what I do and we’re ready. All that matters is that I get the victory, but I definitely want to win impressively.

 

“I have big things lined up for 2015, but I need to first take care of business on Saturday.

 

“[Maldonado Jr.] is no pushover. I don’t look over any fighter. I take everybody seriously.”

 

FIDEL MALDONADO JR., Super Lightweight Contender

 

“I am very confident going into this fight. This has been my best training camp that I have had in my professional career, I’m ready.”

 

“This is the biggest fight I have ever been in and my best opportunity to prove that I belong and get exposure.

 

“I know that [Imam] was an Olympic alternate, he’s a good fighter. People are underestimating me, so I’m going to go in there and knock him out.”

 

DON KING, Hall of Fame Promoter

 

“This is the heavyweight title fight. We are bringing Las Vegas back again.

 

“We are happy to be back at the world capital of boxing. The current Mike Tyson, Bermane Stiverne, will be defending his world title here at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. If Bermane wins, we’re going to bring Tyson back out of retirement to fight him. This fight is the ‘Return to Glory.’ Boxing goes as the heavyweights go, and the heavyweight division is back. This is one of the biggest fights we have had in years.”

 

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“RETURN TO GLORY”:  STIVERNE VS. WILDER, a 12-round fight for Stiverne’s WBC Heavyweight Championship taking place Saturday, Jan. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and Mexico – Live It To Believe It!.  In the 12-round co-feature, unbeaten WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz defends against Jesus Ruiz and undefeated Amir Imam meets Fidel Maldonado Jr. in a 10-round super lightweight bout for the WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Title. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and will air live on SHOWTIME® (10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT). The telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will be televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME (8:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

 

Tickets for the event are on sale and priced at $500, $350, $250, $125 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person with a limit of four (4) at the $50 price range.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

For more information visit www.donking.com, www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.sports.sho.com, follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @BStiverne, @BronzeBomber, @SHOSports and @MGMGrand and become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and www.facebook.com/SHOBoxing, or visit SHOWTIME Boxing Blog a thttp://theboxingblog.sho.com/.

 WBU title on line Pagliara vs Robertson on Thursday, January 22 at Webster Hall in New York City

Press conference this Thursday at Capizzi Restaurant (West 41st st at 9th ave) at 2 PM

 

Brooklyn, NY (January 13, 2015)-– Dmitry Salita announced today that the WBU Americas Featherweight Title will be up for grabs as an added co feature to his popular Brooklyn Brawl Boxing Series.

Floriano Pagliara, The popular Italian from Cecine Italy and now residing in Williamsburgh Brooklyn will take on slick moving Antwan Robertson from Minnesota USA

Pagliara has held title belts as the IBF Mederteranian Champion and Italian Federation in the Jr. Lightweight Division.

“Floriano loves America.  He has become very popular with the local Italian communities in the tri state area. He is very honored to fight for an American title in front of his American fan base. People respond to Flori. Dmitry and his promotional team will be very happy with the fan support that Floriano brings” quoted Rich Komissar, the American promoter for Pagliara.  “His fans support him” added Komissar

The move to featherweight is something that the Italian has been thinking of since his move to America a few years back.

“I always try to think of making the featherweight limit but in Italy my training and diet did not allow for this. But in America I have the best training for this and now I am never more than 132 lbs when I am regular time and not training” said the affable Italian with his operatic dialect.

“Star of David Promotions is happy to add this bout as a co feature” said Dmitry Salita of Star of David Promotions. “I have seen Floriano fight a few times here in  New York Area. He is far and away one of the New York Area’s most popular fighters. He always brings a good crowd and he gives a great show. I believe the matchup we are giving you here (Pagliara / Robertson) will produce an all out action packed fight that the fans will like. Antwan Robertson is never in a dull fight. He reminds me a little bit of Junior Jones… This fight will be a war”.

The Brooklyn Brawl Series will hop over the river to Manhattan for this show on January 22nd. The card will be held at the world famous Webster Hall 125 East 11th Street NYC New York 10003.

There will be a press conference this Thursday at Capizzi Restaurant at 2 PM.  Capizzi is located at West 41st street and 9th ave.

Below is a video of Pagliara, who has been coined “The Brooklyn Rocky”

 

 

 

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Fight Network a proud sponsor of Ring 8 Holiday Events & Awards Ceremony

(L-R) Hall-of-Famers Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor and Carlos Palomino
All pictures by Peter Frutkoff / Ring 8

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Jan. 13, 2015) – Ring 8 was a proud sponsor of the recent 28th annual Ring 8 Holiday Events and Awards Ceremony, held at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

 

Fight Network is a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for boxing, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.

 

Ring 8, formed in 1954 by ex-prizefighter Jack Grebelsky, became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association – hence, Ring 8 – and today the organization’s motto is still the same: Boxers Helping Boxers. With its 350+ plus members, Ring 8 is the largest group of its kind in the United States. It remains fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.

 

Below find a photo gallery from the aforementioned event:

 

Former world welterweight champion Tony DeMarco

(L-R) – Ring 8 president Bob Duffy & Ring 8 2014
Fighter of the Year Chris Algieiri

Ring 8 2014 Comeback of the Year – Daniel Jacobs

Ring 8 2014 Contender of the Year – Frank Galarza

Ring 8 2014 Prospect of the Year – Julian Williams

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COMCAST SPORTSNET CELEBRATES LEGENDARY BOXER BERNARD HOPKINS’ LIFE

“Hopkins at 50” Debuts Tomorrow, January 14 at 6:30 pm

PHILADELPHIA (January 13, 2014) – Tomorrow, January 14, Comcast SportsNet celebrates the life of legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins on the eve of his 50th birthday. “Hopkins at 50,” hosted by Neil Hartman, is a 30-minute sit down interview that looks back on his early years, as well as what is ahead for the boxer as he approaches the half-century mark.

In the interview, Hopkins is very reflective as he talks about his early years that played a critical role in his development in the ring and about his road to success, including defending his World Middleweight Championship 20 times during a 12-year period. The program also includes rarely seen video of Hopkins boxing at Graterford prison.

Bernard walks down memory lane as he returns to Germantown where he grew up and relives some of his most memorable press conferences. Viewers will also get a glimpse of his incredible training routine that keeps him in top shape to keep boxing at his age.

“2015 is a year that whatever band, group, player that you wish you could see one more time, no matter the era, I’m that person you want to see in 2015,” said Hopkins, who hopes to step in the ring at a couple more times this year.

“Hopkins at 50” debuts tomorrow, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet and replays on the following dates and times:

Comcast SportsNet:
Thursday, January 15 at 12:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, January 19 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 21 at 4:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Friday, January 23 at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 27 at 11:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 29 at 11 a.m.

The Comcast Network:
Thursday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m.

“Hopkins at 50” will also air on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic on:
Saturday, January 17 at 7 p.m.

And on The Comcast Network Mid-Atlantic on:
Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, January 21 at 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 27 at 10:30 p.m.

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WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE WILL BE ON THE LINE WHEN UNDEFEATED AMIR IMAM FACES FIDEL MALDONADO JR. SATURDAY, JAN. 17

LIVE ON SHOWTIME® FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

 

 WBC Heavyweight World Champion Bermane Stiverne Defends Against Unbeaten No. 1 Mandatory Challenger, Deontay Wilder; 

Undefeated Leo Santa Cruz Risks WBC Super Bantamweight World Crown Against Jesus Ruiz

Tickets on Sale Now!!!

 

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 12, 2015) – The fight this Saturday, Jan. 17, between undefeated super lightweight Amir “Young Master” Imam (15-0, 13 KOs) and hard-hitting Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16 KOs) will now be for the WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Championship, it was announced today.

 

The 10-rounder, which will open the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, will precede two world title bouts on a fight card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions

 

In Saturday’s highly anticipated main event, hard-hitting WBC Heavyweight World Champion Bermane “B.Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas, will defend against unbeaten knockout specialist and mandatory challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Crowd-pleasing unbeaten WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs), of  Los Angeles, will risk his belt against Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (32-5-5, 22 KOs) in the co-feature.

 

Tickets for the event are on sale and priced at $500, $350, $250, $125 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person with a limit of four (4) at the $50 price range.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. The first non-televised preliminary bout will begin at 3 p.m. PT.

 

Imam (pronounced “EE-mom”), of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by way of Albany, N.Y., was an amateur standout and silver medalist at the 2011 U.S. Olympic Trials. As a professional, the talented Imam, 24, has mostly had his way; 11 of his fights have ended in the first or second round.

 

The always-willing Maldonado Jr., 23, had won six straight bouts, five by knockout, before his last outing ended in a third round no contest on Dec. 20, 2014, in Cancun, Mexico.

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“RETURN TO GLORY”:  STIVERNE VS. WILDER, a 12-round fight for Stiverne’s WBC Heavyweight Championship taking place Saturday, Jan. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and Mexico – Live It To Believe It!.  In the 12-round co-feature, unbeaten WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz defends against Jesus Ruiz and undefeated Amir Imam meets Fidel Maldonado Jr. in a 10-round super lightweight bout for the WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Title. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and will air live on SHOWTIME® (10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT). The telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will be televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME (8:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

 

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