On Saturday night, at York Hall in London, two young prospects, Matar Sambou and Chris Wood are set to go toe-to-toe against each other, on the Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott promoted LORDS OF THE RING II event.
How refreshing to see two young prospects willing to go toe-to-toe against each other so early in the careers, rather than the accepted normality of facing off against a journeyman for the first six or seven fights of their career.
Kent based Senegalese Sambou, who on his pro debut sensationally stopped Lithuanian hard-man Tadas Stulginskas in just one minute and forty seconds of the first round, had already built up quite a reputation, of being a one of the toughest, big punching youngsters around, during his extensive amateur career back home in Senegal, where he was spotted by no less than former Heavyweight World Champion David Haye, as well as on the unlicensed circuit here in the UK.
His opponent on Saturday, Middlesbrough’s Chris Wood, whose record stands at two wins and single split decision loss, also has built up quite a reputation as a tough young fighter that is willing to fight anyone, anywhere, anytime, and his willingness to enter into the Lions den was well and truly proved, when he traveled to Scotland to box former unified World Kick Boxing Champion Sam Allan on his home show at Wishaw on just his second pro bout.
Promoter Mark Lyons spoke earlier about the prospect of such a mouthwatering match up taking place on his upcoming event.
“What can I say, this is likely to be a truly memorable fight, probably will be the fight of the night as these two boys are true warriors.
We know all about Matar, we know that he is as tough as they come and is one of the most avoided young boxers around, nobody wants to fight him, well usually nobody wants to.
We had heard so many good things about Chris, but when he was approached by Matar’s matchmaker Ben Frankham we still didn’t really expect him to take the fight, but he did.
What can I say, Chris is a real fighter, he’s not looking to artificially build his record, he wants to fight the best, he wants to beat the best and get himself to the top by fighting other prospects, not being mollycoddled for six or seven fights, you can’t help but respect the kid for that.
Have to say, we’re all really looking forward to watching these two warriors against each other, it will be an out and out war, that’s for sure.”
Matar Sambou versus Chris Wood features on the Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott Wise Guys promotions LORDS OF THE RING II event that will take place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London this coming Saturday, the 29th August 2015.
This event is sanctioned courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) www.maltaboxingcommission.com
Tickets, priced £35 (standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available direct from any of the boxers taking part, on-line atwww.tkoboxoffice.com and www.wiseguypromotions.com or call 07960 850645 or 07807 282559.
Brandon Bennett takes on Jonathan Maicelo in 10-round Main event this Friday night at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC
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Washington, DC (August 25, 2015) This Friday night, August 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC, King’s Promotions will present a spectacular night of boxing that will feature some of the best talent in the United States.
In the main event, Brandon Bennett (19-1, 8 KO’s) will square off with former world title challenger Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KO’s) in a Lightweight bout scheduled for 10-rounds.
Bennett of Cincinnati, Ohio has been training hard for Maicelo, who has challenged for an interim world title.
“Training has been good. I been on weight for a few days. It’s been 2 hard months but the difficult part of training and dieting is over and I am ready to fight,” said Bennett.
When asked about Maicelo, Bennett was not concerned with his opponent, despite Maicelo having wins over Art Hovhannisyan and former world title challenger Fernando Angulo.
“He is an orthodox fighter. He likes to come in and he likes to counter punch. He may have fought for the title but I am the more experienced fighter. I have fought good guys and I get the best sparring. All of that doesn’t matter, because at the end of the day, we have to fight. ”
Bennett realizes that a win over Maicelo will push him very close to a fight for a world title and a win on Friday will give him another quality win to add to his resume.
“Hopefully in the next fight or two, I will be in position. Beating him should have me considered to be a top contender.”
If that is the case, Bennett will join gym mates and close friends, Adrien Broner and Rau’Shee Warren as the next fighter from trainer, Mike Stafford’s Cincinnati gym to fight for a world title. Bennett gets world class sparring and advice every day from Broner, a three-division world champion and Warren, a three-time U.S. Olympian and world title challenger.
The three have been inseparable for two decades
“I got into boxing at age eight. I was a football player. Rau’shee lived down the street from me and asked me to walk to the gym with him. He had already been boxing and Mike Stafford asked us to spar. He got the best of me that day but I stuck with it. Ironically, Adrien came in the next day and started boxing the very next day and Rau’shee sparred with him as well. Being around them is definitely an inspiration. I see what my friends have done and achieved and I know I will be next to have those accolades.”
A terrific undercard is taking shape that will feature some of the best prospects in the country.
In 10-round Bouts:
Phil Jackson-Benson (15-2, 14 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will take on Jinner Guerrero (8-5, 4 KO’s) of Sucumbios, Ecuador in a Super Middleweight bout.
2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (12-0, 7 KO’s) will fight Ariel Vasquez (12-8-2, 8 KO’s) of Managua, Nicaragua in a Lightweight bout.
Robert Easter (14-0, 11 KO’s) of Toledo, OH will take on Osumanu Akaba (32-8-1, 25 KO’s) of Accra, Ghana named in a Lightweight bout.
In 8-round bouts:
Demond Nicholson (13-1, 13 KO’s) of Laurel, MD battles Antonio Baker (8-12, 4 KO’s) of Fayetteville, NC in a Middleweight bout.
David Grayton (11-0, 8 KO’s) of Washington, DC will fight Jose Valderrama (4-10, 3 KO’s) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico in a Welterweight clash.
In 6-round bouts:
Kareem Martin (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) of Washington, DC battles Anthony Prescott (5-6-2, 2 KO’s) of Cherry Hill, NJ in Welterweight bout.
2012 U.S. Olympian Raynell Williams (8-0, 4 KO’s) of Cleveland, OH takes on Jose Miguel Castro (5-5, 3 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a Lightweight tilt.
Patrick Harris (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Washington, DC will take Irvin Hernandez (3-12-2, 1 KO) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a Lightweight bout.
Leo Hall (6-0, 6 KO’s) of Detroit, MI will box against Edgar Perez (6-15, 3 KO’s) of Carolina, PR in a Light Heavyweight bout.
In a 4-round Bout:
Shynggyskahn Tazhibay (1-0, 1 KO) of Karaganda, Kazakhstan will fight an oppont to be named in a Welterweight bout
All Bouts Subject to change
Tickets are on sale for $100 (Front Row); $75 (Ringside) $50 (General Admission) by calling 301-899-2430 or by logging on to www.beltwayboxing.com
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Tickets on Sale Today 10 a.m. PT!
LOS ANGELES (August 25, 2015) – Reigning WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion, Miguel Cotto, and former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, launched their four-city press tour yesterday in Los Angeles, at the Hollywood and Highland Center ahead of their highly anticipated championship showdown. The fight will take place Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. At yesterday’s event, Cotto, the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes, , and Mexican Superstar Alvarez were joined by their promoters and hundreds of pumped-up, chanting fans.
Tickets for the mega fight will go on sale today, at 10:00 a.m. PT, it was announced onsite, and are priced at $2,000, $1,750, $1,250, $650, $350 and $150, not including applicable service charges, and can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office, ticketmaster.com, mandalaybay.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket orders are limited to four per person.
Below is what their fighters and teams had to say.
MIGUEL COTTO: WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion:
“I don’t really care what the critics say. I am prepared to give Canelo a fight on November 21stand that’s all that matters.
“I’m not here asking for any sympathy. I know who I am and I’m here to be Miguel Cotto on November 21st and give the fans a good fight.
“I have my eye on my career and this is the best fight for my career right now, so I’m ready to do what needs to be done to be on top.”
CANELO ALVAREZ: Former WBC & WBA Super Welterweight World Champion:
“I want this to be an historic fight. I’m honored to be fighting a true warrior.
“It’s an honor and I’m going to prepare very well because I want to win this fight.
“There’s a great history between Mexico and Puerto Rico and this is going to be an historic fight, another one for the storybooks. I have a lot of pride to be fighting for my country. It’s going to be a great fight.
“I’m a disciplined fighter and a disciplined person and I think with that kind of drive I’ll be able to achieve a lot.
“I don’t like to predict knockouts, but I’m going to be ready for this fight. I will be well prepared.
“I’m a stronger, more mature fighter. For me, the time is right for this.”
MICHAEL YORMARK: President and Chief of Branding & Strategy, Roc Nation:
“This is the fight that the fans want. On November 21st we will have the ‘fight of the year.’
“Roc Nation and Golden Boy share a passion for creating the biggest fights in history. We want to give boxing fans what they deserve: a show of epic proportions.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“Boxing fans across the globe are waiting for a fight. It’s no secret that people were disappointed by May 2nd. The global fight community will be reignited by this fight.
“This will be one of the most exciting match ups. If I had to link this to one of my own fights, I would say that it is like my fight with [Fernando] Vargas. The same energy and passion will be evident here.
“Canelo doesn’t want to prove anything here. He just wants to knock Cotto out.
“The world is talking about this fight. The rich history between Mexico and Puerto Rico makes this truly exciting.”
FREDDIE ROACH: Hall of Fame Trainer, Seven-Time Trainer of the Year Award Winner and Trainer of Miguel Cotto:
“We have hard preparation ahead of us, but we will be ready and Cotto will win by knockout.”
EDDY REYNOSO: Head Trainer of Canelo Alvarez:
“When you talk about history, this fight will be mentioned as one of the great fights and these two fighters will be mentioned as two of the greats.
“Canelo is a fighter with a lot of discipline and a lot of heart.”
HECTOR SOTO: Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions:
“It’s not a super fight anymore, it’s a super event!
“This is a true classic fight. Puerto Rico vs. Mexico and on November 21st, Cotto will take Canelo to school!”
CHEPO REYNOSO: Manager and Trainer of Canelo Alavrez:
“Two warriors will be in the ring on November 21st and the crowd will get a war. The winner will be Mexico.”
MARK TAFFETT: Senior Vice President of HBO Pay-Per-View:
“This is a fight that we will all be talking about for years to come.”
MAURICIO SULAMAN, President of the World Boxing Council:
“When there is a Puerto Rican in the ring it’s guaranteed to be something exciting.It will be no different here.
“I believe Canelo has worked hard to get where he is. He’s very popular. He signs autographs. He’s very good looking, but when he gets in the ring, he’s a machine.
“When its Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, you know the blood is going to be boiling both in the ring and in the crowd.”
Cotto vs. Canelo, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Championships, takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra; Mexico, Live it to Believe it!; O’Reilly Auto Parts and Tequila Cazadores. The Cotto vs. Canelo press tour is sponsored by JetSmarter. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Follow the conversation using #CottoCanelo.
AUG 25th, RENO, — Flyweight Oscar “Chapito” Vasquez (9-1 2 KOs) earned his ninth victory by stopping San Diego’s Jose Toribio (6-2) Saturday night in Fallon, NV.
The scheduled eight-round contest was action packed from the opening bell with both fighters having their moments. Vasquez’s stuck to boxing while Toribio pushed the action. As the bout moved to the final rounds, Toribio began to land more punches than he had been able to in previous rounds. In the seventh round, uncharted territory for both fighters, Vasquez landed a vicious left hook to the body, which paralyzed Toribio. He was unable to recover.
This was the first scheduled eight-round contest for both. It was a tough and entertaining fight that got the Northern Nevada crowd on it’s feet. Although Fallon is practically Vasquez’s hometown, the fans enthusiastically expressed their appreciation for the game Toribio afterward.
With the victory, Vasquez continues his impressive win-streak, and also continues to grow his profile in the flyweight division.
Saturday’s fight card was presented by Top Rank Inc., Let’s Get It On Promotions, and The City of Fallon as part of the annual “Rural Rumble.”
Photo credit: Erik Killin
Photo 1. Vasquez launches attack to Toribio.
Photo 2. Vasquez with promotional team (left to right) Vasquez advisor, Jesse Carstairs. Vasquez’s Promoter Tommy and Terry Lane of LGIO.
ABOUT LET’S GET IT ON PROMOTIONS
Reno, Nevada based “Let’s Get It On Promotions” was founded in 2000 by Hall Of Fame boxing referee Mills Lane. In early 2005 he was joined by sons Terry and Tommy in the operations of the company. Sine then, they have promoted boxing and mixed martial arts events nationwide. They have worked with several of the world’s top prospects, and have guided fighters to world title opportunities.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (August 25, 2015) – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, is joining the fantasy sports explosion, starting with this weekend’s special fantasy sports event celebrating the kick-off of the NFL fantasy draft season, at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey.
FNTSY Sports Network, the first and only television network devoted entirely to coverage of fantasy sports, is teaming with Monmouth Park to offer a memorable weekend’s worth of fun and informative fantasy sports activity for dedicated fantasy players and newcomers.
Fight Networkis dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, airing 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.
More than 55-million Americans are projected to play fantasy sports this year, up from more than 40-million in 2014, many of whom are combat sports fans.
“The popularity of fantasy sports is growing exponentially across all sports, including combat sports like MMA and boxing,” Fight Network vice president Chad Midgley said. “We also know that most fantasy players follow more than one sport, so there is a need for expert content in every category, including combat sports. We are honored to be at this fantasy sports event with our sister company, FNTSY Sports Network, celebrating fantasy football and introducing sports fans to Fight Network.”
Fight Network will have a booth at this weekend’s event with professional wrestler Eric Young as a football draft expert on Saturday, plus recent International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini the following day, in addition to other Fight Network representatives.
More than two dozen fantasy draft experts, analysts, writers, television personalities and celebrities will be participating this weekend’s unique event. Confirmed sports celebrities include NFL Hall-of-Famer Chris Doleman, former New York Yankees and New York Mets catcher Rich Cerone, and former NY Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, plus a host of highly respected fantasy sports experts including Scott Engel, Chris Vaccaro, Lisa Ann and “Tommy G” Gelati.
Many of the top players in fantasy sports will compete for the inaugural FNTSY Cup, making selections for the upcoming football season in a competitive invitation-only draft that will be open for public viewing. Advanced fantasy players will be able to watch and hear firsthand how experts rank players to help them prepare for their own upcoming drafts, while newcomers will be introduced to the basics of how to begin playing fantasy sports.
Family Fun Day, this Sunday, will offer more access to FNTSY Network experts, as well as an opportunity to participate in a live Fantasy Football broadcast on FNTSY Radio, along with football-themed carnival activities.
Hours of operations for this weekend’s event are Saturday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. ET, FMTSY Cup Draft followed by FLEX Draft; Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. ET, Fantasy Football Family Fun Day.
Admission is $3.00 to the grandstand, $5.00 clubhouse; general and grandstand preferred parking is $4.00, $5.00 clubhouse parking. FREE admission for children 12 and under. As a special offer, anyone wearing a football jersey will receive free grandstand admission.
For more information go online and visit www.fantasyfootballweekend.com
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ABOUT FIGHT NETWORK: 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, and Suddenlink Communications in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. Fight Network is also on Roku set top boxes throughout North America, streamed live on website KlowdTV.com, and available on all major carriers in Canada and more than 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.