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Roy Jones, Jr. to take on Bobby Gunn on February 17th
Wilmington, DE - David Feldman Promotions will announce that former four-division champ and Boxing Legend Roy Jones, Jr. will square off against former world title challenger, and Bare-Knuckle Legend Bobby Gunn on Friday, February 17th 2017 for the Vacant WBF World Cruiserweight Championship.

The fight will be announced at the official press conference on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 2 PM at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801. In attendance will be Roy Jones, Jr., Bobby Gunn, Promoter David Feldman, WBF Representative James Gibbs, undercard fighters Joe Tiberi, Henry Stewart, and more.

During his twenty-seven year professional career, Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) has secured world titles in four different weight categories - Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight - and is the only boxer in history to start his career as a Light Middleweight and then go on to win a Heavyweight Championship.

In winning the WBA Heavyweight title by beating John Ruiz by unanimous decision in March 2003, Jones Jr. made history by becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years.

Jones Jr. has victories over former world champions Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, Vinny Panzienza, James Toney, Mike McCallum, Virgil Hill, Felix Trinidad and John Ruiz.

Jones Jr. said of the bout, "I know Bobby Gunn is coming to bring it. He's a hard-nose, tough fighter that comes right at you, but I'm going to show him why I'm one of the best that ever did it and he doesn't belong in the ring with me."

On February 17, Jones Jr's opponent will be the former IBA Cruiserweight World Champion and the current Bare Knuckle Heavyweight Champion, Bobby "The Celtic Warrior" Gunn.

Gunn, internationally known for being a Bare-Knuckle legend, will put the gloves back on to battle ring legend Roy Jones, Jr.

Like Jones Jr, Gunn has a fearsome record in gloved boxing - 21 wins (18 KO) 6 losses, one draw, and one no-contest - and an even more impressive undefeated Bare Knuckle record of 72-0 with 72 KO).

Gunn has been in the ring with top fighters Enzo Maccarinelli, Glen Johnson, Tomasz Adamek, and James Toney, so he is no stranger to sharing the ring with boxing's elite. Gunn said of his upcoming clash with Jones Jr, "It's an honor to share the ring with a legend like Roy Jones. I've been chasing him for a few years now, and on February 17, I will catch him."

The undercard for this championship match will feature popular Delawarean Joe Tiberi (13-2, 6KO), Canada's Henry Stewart (1-0, 1KO), as well as more to be announced.
 
 

 

 


Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz Press Conference Quotes
LOS ANGELES  - Featherweight world champion Carl Frampton and former three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz went face-to-face in Los Angeles  in advance of their showdown Saturday, January 28. Here is what they had to say:

CARL FRAMPTON
“This rematch with Leo Santa Cruz is going to be an amazing one. The first one was considered a ‘Fight of the Year’ and I don’t think this can be any different. We’re going to kick-off 2017 with a bang.

“Leo is an amazing fighter and I want to thank him for giving me the chance to fight for his title in July. I was more than happy to give him the rematch straight away. These are the types of fights I want to be involved in. 

“I thought I won the first fight. I don’t think it was controversial at all. I think I won the fight by three or four rounds. They were definitely close, competitive rounds, but I think I was doing more to win rounds and get the nod. This one is going to be more of the same.

“Las Vegas is obviously a bit closer to home for Leo and I’m sure he’ll bring a lot of fans. But I’m bringing at least 4,000 from the UK. Right now I’m the most well-supported fighter in the UK. It’s a great privilege for me.

“When I fight people, I feel like I improve the second time. I have a good boxing brain and I can adapt to different situations. The only person I’ve fought twice as a pro was Kiko Martinez and the second time I fought him I won comfortably. Because I learned from the first fight. I know everything about Leo. He fights the same way every single time. 

“I think our styles just gel really well together. You can expect a great night with a really huge undercard from start to finish. 

“I know his training may not have been as focused last time as it could have been because of his father. I expect a better Leo Santa Cruz. But in terms of how he fights, I think he’ll fight the same way. It’s a good way to fight and it’s gotten him far. He usually wears people down, but I have serious punching power and that again could be the difference. 

“If you want people to remember you in 20 or 30 years’ time, you need to fight guys like Leo Santa Cruz. We’ve already been working very hard in the gym and we’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure I remain the champion and bring the title back home to Ireland.”

LEO SANTA CRUZ
“Carl Frampton is a great fighter. He has the respect of the fans because he has proven that he’s a great champion. I know it’s going to be another very close and exciting fight. 

“We both train really hard for our families and for the fans. We want to give you all a great show. I know that this rematch is going to be very tough. 

“I learned from the first fight that every little mistake really matters. One or two could really cost you. I trained hard but without my dad he wasn’t pressuring me like I’m used to. Those things come back to haunt you. It hurt, but it taught me that I have to leave it all in the ring and work every day for what I want.

“We’re going to be mentally and physically ready. I’m getting more motivation from having him there. We’ll be making some little changes and we’re going to do a lot better. 

“I’m motivated to get my belt back. I was a champion and now I’m a former champion. That makes me unhappy. We’re going to train hard and do our best to become a champion again. 

“We’re going to go to the gym and train hard to make this fight even better than the first one.”

 

 

 

 

After Technical Showcase Lomachenko Holds All the Cards to Help Reform Boxing and the Pound for Pound List!
By: Coach "K" - BillyCBoxing.com


Choosing boxing over ice hockey because his father was a boxing trainer, Vasyl "HI-Tech" Lomachenko continuing his classic approach to the sport he has dominated since his entrance to organized  boxing at age six (in an international tournament) going onto become arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all time, it is no coincidence "Hi-Tech" finds himself on the brink of all time greatness and the complete definition of "The Sweet Science."

After compiling a record of 396-1, avenging his only loss twice, competing as a featherweight and lightweight Lomachenko winning too many tournaments to list but including a silver and two gold medals medal at the prestigious World Championships, adding consecutive Gold Medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics the 25 year old talent signed with Bob Arum's Top Rank, July 2013.

Scoring a 4th round knockout of Jose Ramirez and claiming the WBO International Featherweight title in his pro debut October 12th on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Timothy Bradley Championship card at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, the highly touted Ukrainian old style war horse would suffer his first paid loss, in a pro ranks, eye opening introduction vacant WBO World Featherweight title split decision loss to crafty, pugilistic scofflaw Orlando "Siri" Salido, March 1st, 2014.

The 28 year old, speedy, sharp shooting southpaw with precision timing and a subtle defensive mastery staying "old school" reminiscent of classic greats like Robinson, Armstrong, Pep and Greb would return right to work putting his superior technical skills on display stepping up the competition in mostly world title fights, banking wins over previously unbeaten Gary Russell Jr., Suriya Tatakhun, Gamalier Rodriguez, Romulo Koasicha, Roman Martinez leading to Saturday night's complete dissection of Jamaican power punching, former WBA Featherweight Champion Nicholas "Axeman" Walters.

With the decisive victory there are just two time pressing options for the "Hi-Tech" Ukrainian. One, a loss avenging rematch with Mexican veteran and former five time world champion Orlando Salido, or two a showdown with long time Filipino star and eight time world champion Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao. Just continuing to put today's safety first opposition selection aside would be a big win for the sport of boxing but a victory over either or both would surely push Lomachenko to the top of the "pound for pound" rankings as boxing needs more "HI-Tech" fighters that want to do their job and FIGHT!

 

 

 

 

VASYL LOMACHENKO STAKES HIS CLAIM FOR FIGHTER OF THE YEAR HONORS BY STOPPING NICHOLAS WALTERS
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 27, 2016) -- He came,  He saw,  He annihilated.  Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist and two-division world champion VASYL LOMACHENKO (7-1, 5 KOs), successfully defended his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title by stopping undefeated former World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion NICHOLAS "Axe Man" WALTERS (26-1-1, 21 KOs), of Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Saturday at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  Walters told referee Tony Weeks he did not want to continue after the seventh round.  The fight was televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.  

Lomachenko, who won the WBO featherweight title and the WBO junior lightweight title in his third and seventh bout, respectively, both records for fewest fights for winning a first world championship and world titles in two different divisions, has become an internet sensation with the You Tube video “Lomachenko is in The Matrix” which has generated more than 630,000 views.   It is a homage to his flawless defense, ducking countless punches while attacking his opponent from all angles with rapid combinations.  Say "hello," to boxing's version of Neo!     





Featherweight World Championship Rematch Between Carl Frampton & Leo Santa Cruz Set For Saturday, January 28
PLUS! Lightweight World Champion Dejan Zlaticanin Battles Undefeated Former Two-Division Superstar Mikey Garcia
LAS VEGAS  – Undefeated featherweight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and former three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) will meet again in a world title rematch that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday, Jan. 28 live on SHOWTIME from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGâ doubleheader will also feature lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) making his first title defense against fan favorite and former two-division titlist Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs).

Frampton and Santa Cruz are set to clash in a rematch of their July “Fight of the Year” candidate that saw tremendous back-and-forth action throughout the 12-round fight that ended in a majority decision for the Irish fighter. Frampton drew significant Irish support in Brooklyn and will now bring his legion of fans to Las Vegas for the first time in an arena where Santa Cruz has fought six times. Just a few hours from Santa Cruz’s home of Los Angeles, the electric atmosphere is sure to be buoyed by two men who combined to land 402 power shots out of the 497 punches landed in their first fight.

"The rematch is the fight we wanted,” said Frampton. “I enjoyed our first fight in New York. The atmosphere was fantastic and the fight lived up to the hype. On January 28th I will be better and I will win more convincingly. I know the way Leo fights, he throws a lot of punches and he is brave, but his style suits me. It has always been a dream of mine to headline in Las Vegas and I cannot wait to get out there and put on a great performance for the American boxing fans and the travelling support from Ireland and the UK."

“From the moment our last fight ended, when the decision came and I lost the fight, I knew my only goal was to get my belt back,” said Santa Cruz. “When I sat in the locker room afterward, I felt more motivated than ever to get back in the gym. All I've thought about since the fight was this rematch. There won't be any distractions in this camp. I'll be heading into the fight with a better game plan. I'm putting in 100 percent in training and I'm excited to get in the ring on January 28 to get my belt back.”

 

"This is the most important fight of my career," said Zlaticanin. "I expect a tough and ruthless fight. I know how good Mikey Garcia is, but I also know how good I am. The fight is not going to reach the final bell; one of us will be knocked out, and I believe it will be Mikey. Garcia has never fought a good and strong fighter like me before. He will feel my power on January 28."

“I’m very happy and excited for my upcoming fight,” said Garcia. “This is a chance to claim a third world title in my third division. Zlaticanin is tough, strong and dangerous but I feel confident in my abilities. I’m planning on giving the fans in Las Vegas a great show. 2017 will be a great year for me and it all starts January 28!”

Frampton's all-action style has made him a firm favorite with boxing fans all around the world. The record breaking Northern Irishman is currently one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet and on January 28 will, for the first time, take his legion of fans to the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas. The 29-year-old defeated Santa Cruz after conquering rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification bout in February. Fighting out of Belfast, the Irish national amateur champion (in 2005 and 2009) became a world champion in 2014 when he defeated Kiko Martinez to earn a super bantamweight title. He made his U.S. debut in July 2015 when he defeated Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. in Texas before unifying the title against Quigg.

The popular Mexican-American Santa Cruz fights out of Los Angeles and won a 126-pound title in a “Fight of the Year” grudge match against former three-division champ Abner Mares in August 2015 at STAPLES Center. He followed that up by stopping former world champion Kiko Martinez before taking the Frampton challenge. Prior to that, Santa Cruz won belts at 118 and 122 pounds while earning a reputation as one of boxing’s most active and exciting fighters. The 28-year-old also holds victories over Cristian Mijares and Eric Morel and has competed in world title bouts in 12 of his last 14 fights since 2012.

The first world champion ever from Montenegro, Zlaticanin will be putting his belt on the line for the first time since earning a third-round stoppage of Franklin Mamani in June to pick up the vacant title. The 32-year-old put himself in position to fight for the title in his U.S. debut by dominating then unbeaten Ivan Redkach on his way to a third-round TKO. A hard-hitting southpaw, Zlaticanin also has victories over Ricky Burns and Petr Petrov.

A popular fighter on both coasts, Oxnard, California’s Garcia returned from a two and half year layoff in July to dominate former champion Elio Rojas on his way to a fifth-round stoppage in Brooklyn as the co-main event of the first Santa Cruz vs. Frampton fight. The 28-year-old is ready to resume his promising career that already saw him pick up world titles at 126 and 130 pounds. Trained by his brother Robert, he owns impressive victories over Roman Martinez, Orlando Salido, Juan Manuel Lopez and Bernabe Concepcion.




JEAN PASCAL'S RETURN TO THE RING SET FOR DECEMBER 16 IN TROIS-RIVIÈRES!
Montreal - InterBox is proud to announce the return of Canadian boxer Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 K.O.) as part of the second edition of its InterBox – Prestige galas. He will go up against Croatia's Stjepan Bozic (29-11, 19 K.O.) in a 10-round bout that will take place at Amphithéâtre Cogeco in Trois-Rivières on Friday, December 16. The event, slated to start at 8 p.m., will also feature Batyr Jukembayev (6-0, 6 K.O.), Ablaikhan Khussainov (3-0, 3 K.O.) and François Pratte (3-0).

This will be Pascal's first fight since he lost earlier this year to hard-hitting Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev, on January 30 at Bell Centre. The possibility of retiring never entered the veteran fighter's mind, however. “I'm proud of what I've accomplished so far. I am now entering a very critical phase of my career. I know that I am heading into the last stretch, but I'm not done yet by any means,” said Jean Pascal.

“I'm passionate about boxing and I had only one thing on my mind, which was to get back in the ring. This bout on December 16 is very important because it marks my return. I will let my team [Antonin Decarie and Stéphan Larouche] manage my rise back to the top. For my part, I will completely dedicate myself to training,” he added.
 
 

 

Badou Jack & James DeGale Meet in Super Middleweight World Championship Unification Showdown Saturday, January 14
Also Junior Lightweight World Champion Jose Pedraza Battles Undefeated Rising Star Gervonta Davis
BROOKLYN  - WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) and IBF Super Middleweight World Champion James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs)will look to stake their claim as the best 168-pound fighter in the world when they meet in a title unification clash on Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME as boxing returns to New York for the first time in five months.
 
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also feature undefeated junior lightweight world champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (22-0, 12 KOs) defending his title against up-and-coming Mayweather Promotions' undefeated contender Gervonta "The One" Davis (16-0, 15 KOs).
 
"I'm expecting a very tough fight from James DeGale," said Jack. "But I'm very confident that I'm going to win the fight and become the unified champion. This is an incredible stage to be at Barclays Center and on SHOWTIME and I'm going to take full advantage of it. I'm ready to make my mark as the best in the division."
 
"I am so happy that this fight has finally been made," said DeGale. "This is the best fighting the best. This is what boxing is all about. Badou Jack is a very good fighter and he's underrated. I am going to have to be 100 percent on my game to beat him, but I am confident I will deliver on January 14. I have already fulfilled my dream of becoming a world champion and now it is time to unify."
 
"Davis is a great young fighter with an impressive record," said Pedraza. "He is a complete fighter and I am very happy to fight a challenger of his caliber. However, I do feel that Davis has been protected so I plan to really show off in this fight and perform at my best. Defeating Davis will be a great start to 2017, a year I would love to unify my division. I am thrilled to be back on SHOWTIME and look forward to putting on a great show for all those in attendance at Barclays Center."
 
"I'm excited for the opportunity to fight a respected undefeated world champion like Jose Pedraza," said Davis. "I'm also ready to show the boxing world what I'm capable of doing. Boxing is searching for its next star and I believe that I'm the one. On January 14, I plan to show what over 200 amateur wins and 12 years of training with coach Calvin Ford looks like. Baltimore, we're here. Brooklyn, I'm ready to shine for you. Jose Pedraza, get ready. I'm coming to kick your a**."
 
Both Jack and DeGale retained their titles on SHOWTIME in April. Jack kept his belt via a controversial split draw against Lucian Bute, a match in which many thought Jack had prevailed, while DeGale defeated mandatory challenger Rogelio Medina. Both fighters were sharp; each landed over 60 percent of his respective power punches to set up this showdown for the top spot in the super middleweight division.
 
Jack, who fights out of Las Vegas by way of Stockholm, Sweden, captured the WBC 168-pound crown with a 12-round majority decision over previously unbeaten defending champion Anthony Dirrelllast April 24.  A former amateur standout who represented Gambia in the 2008 Olympics, Jack retained his belt against former world title challenger George Groves last Sept. 12 on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's final fight. Jack was an underdog against both Dirrell and Groves before retaining his title.  The 6-foot-1, 33-year-old won four in a row leading up to his controversial draw against Bute in April.
 
DeGale won the vacant IBF belt in his U.S. debut last May by dropping Andre Dirrell twice on his way to a unanimous decision. The 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist from London then successfully defended it last November in a thrilling shootout with the hometown favorite and former titlist Bute.  The 30-year-old, who's only blemish came in a majority decision in his 11th bout against the then-unbeaten Groves, will make his fourth consecutive start outside his native England as he looks to become a global power and a unified champion at 168 pounds.  
 
The switch-hitting Puerto Rican Olympian Pedraza backed up his "The Sniper" moniker against Andrey Klimov, picking apart the Russian with superior speed and accuracy on his way to a world title win last June. Pedraza earned a shot at the title in his previous bout with a career-best victory over former world title challenger Michael Farenas. The 27-year-old then went on to defend his title successfully against Edner Cherry last October and most recently against Stephen Smith in April. This fight marks the fourth consecutive time that Pedraza has fought on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
 
A highly regarded prospect that won the 2012 National Gloves championship, the 22-year-old Davis recorded five victories inside of the distance in 2015. The Baltimore native, who Floyd Mayweather has called "the next big star in boxing," kept his momentum going into 2016 as he recorded a sixth-round stoppage of Guillermo Avila in April and a first round knockout of Mario Macias in June. Davis enters his first world title showdown with seven straight victories by stoppage.

 

 

 

WBC RULING REGARDING BERMANE STIVERNE’S WBC CPB ADVERSE FINDING ISSUED BY WBC BOARD OF GOVERNORS

I.          ADVERSE FINDING
On November 11, 2016 VADA notified the WBC that Bermane Stiverne’s anti-doping test taken from his November 4, 2016 sample (the “Test”) pursuant to the WBC Clean Boxing Program (“CPB”) yielded an adverse finding for the banned substance methylhexaneamine (also known as dimethyamylamine or “DMAA”).

II.         METHYLHEXANEAMINE a/k/a DIMETHYAMYLAMINE OR DMAA
DMAA is sold currently as a dietary supplement and as an ingredient is various energy preparations.  Due to safety concerns, DMAA has been temporarily removed from military stores in the US.  Its use has been linked to several reports of serious, life-threatening side effects which appears to be the main reason why the World Anti-Doping Agency added DMAA to its prohibited substances list in 2010.

III.        MR. STIVERNE’S TEST AND RESULTS
Upon learning of Stiverne’s anti-doping test result, the WBC immediately started an investigation of the: (1) circumstances surrounding the adverse finding; and (2) history and properties of DMAA.  The WBC considers those steps necessary to achieve a ruling consistent with the WBC Rules and Regulations and with the WBC CPB Protocol.

Throughout the investigative process, Stiverne has been extremely cooperative and 100% forthcoming.  Stiverne informed the WBC that on the day of the Test, in order to facilitate urination, he took a dietary supplement called SUPERPHARM in front of the sample collector.  He reported the ingestion of that supplement in the Declaration of Medication Use section of the doping control form he filled in connection with the Test.

Stiverne also reported that he ingested the supplement twice the same day and that he took it because the supplement staff at EOS Gym in Henderson, Nevada recommended it to him.  He was looking for a product that would help him with post-work out fatigue.  Stiverne is fully aware of the gravity of the mistake he made by taking an off-the-shelf supplement without investigating its ingredients in detail.  Stiverne also realizes that he is ultimately responsible for anything that he ingests.  In short, he now realizes that he was very naïve by following a store’s recommendation of an off-the-shelf supplement while being ignorant of its contents.

IV.        WBC'S FINDINGS
Based on detailed research and information gathering, the WBC finds as follows:

1.         Stiverne agreed to participate in the WBC CBP in connection with the Bout.

2.         DMAA is a banned substance under the WBC CPB by virtue of its inclusion in VADA's List of Banned Substances.

3.         The anti-doping test of sample collected from Stiverne on November 4, 2016, tested positive for DMAA.

4.         Stiverne admitted taking a dietary supplement that unbeknownst to him, included DMAA as an ingredient.

5.         The WBC is not aware that Stiverne has ever tested positive for any banned substances.

6.         There is no evidence that Stiverne intentionally or even knowingly, ingested a banned substance with the purpose of enhancing his performance in any fashion.

7.         Stiverne’s ingestion of DMAA was purely accidental.

8.         As the CBP's Results Manager, the WBC has complete discretion as to the extent and nature of any penalty it imposes upon Stiverne.

V.         WBC BOARD OF GOVERNOR'S RULING
The WBC Board of Governor's ruling is based on the facts as known to the WBC at the time of the ruling.  Based on the adverse finding of Stiverne’s “A” November 4, 2016 sample, and taking into consideration Stiverne ingested a dietary supplement that contained DMAA without knowledge that he was consuming a banned substance, WBC has ruled as follows:

a.         The WBC CBP considers Stiverne’s adverse finding a first violation of the WBC CBP under its Protocol;

b.         The WBC will not withdraw its sanction of the Bout at this point in light of the fact that there is sufficient time to put in place preventative and remedial measures to protect the health and safety of the Bout’s participants;

c.         VADA, pursuant to the WBC CBP, will design a specific testing protocol for Stiverne at Stiverne’s own cost and expense.  The VADA-designed protocol will commence as soon as feasible after this ruling and will continue until after the Bout and for six months thereafter;

d.         In the event there is an adverse finding concerning any of Stiverne’s samples during the time prescribed above, the WBC shall immediately: (1) suspend Stiverne from participation in any WBC-sanctioned events indefinitely; (2) divest Stiverne from any WBC title or any other rights he might have at the time; and (3) impose any and all available penalties under the CBP without further inquiry;

e.         The WBC shall work with Stiverne to design a program consisting of 40 hours of community or social work in the area of doping prevention education to young athletes; and

f.          Stiverne shall pay a fine of $75,000 to the WBC CBP.

 

 

 

 

TRIPLEHEADER HEADLINED BY LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN BETWEEN VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY AND SULLIVAN BARRERA SET FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
WELTERWEIGHT CONTENDERS EDDIE GOMEZ AND RASHIDI ELLIS TO SQUARE OFF IN CO-MAIN EVENT; FEATHERWEIGHT CONTENDER RONNY RIOS TO ROUND OUT SUPERB NIGHT OF BOXING
LOS ANGELES  - Los Angeles-based undefeated Vyacheslav "Lionheart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) will look to continue his impressive run up the light heavyweight ladder, but standing in his way will be his toughest competition to date in the form of Cuban standout Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs), as the two warriors go head-to-head in a 10-round bout for Shabranskyy's WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight title on HBO Latino® Boxing on Friday, December 16 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
 
Shabranskyy is coming off of victories inside the distance in his last seven of eight fights and last appeared on HBO Latino at the end of last year when he earned a hard-fought majority decision against rugged contender Yunieski Gonzalez.
 
"My goal is to win a world championship in the light heavyweight division, and Barrera is just another stepping stone on that path," Shabranskyy said. "I am excited to make my second appearance on HBO Latino, and look forward to fans seeing me get ready to take on any upcoming challenges in the ring."
 
Barrera is a standout boxer/puncher out of Cuba, now living in Miami. He has amassed a stellar record and reputation during his years in the sport with his only blemish a hard-fought battle against top five pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward. Barrera's main challenge has been finding opponents willing to step into the ring against him.
 
"I'm looking forward to December 16. My respect to Shabranskyy for agreeing to fight me," said Barrera. "This will be a great fight for the fans!"
 
In the televised co-main event of the night, Bronx-born IBF North American welterweight titlist Eddie "E-Boy" Gomez (19-1, 11 KOs) will put his title on the line in a 10-round fight against undefeated Rashidi "Speedy" Ellis (16-0, 11 KOs) of Lynn, Massachusetts.
 
Gomez is coming off of three straight victories including a May win in this last appearances over Jon Karl Sosa that earned Gomez the IBF North American welterweight title.
 
Ellis has never tasted defeat in this three-year career and has held the WBA Fedecentro welterweight title and the interim WBC Latino Welterweight championship. He has fought at the junior middleweight and middleweight limits during his last two fights, but returns to welterweight for his showdown with Gomez.
 
Rounding out the HBO Latino card, WBC Silver featherweight titlist and Santa Ana-born Ronny Rios (26-1, 11 KOs) will seek to grow his three-fight winning streak - including a solid victory against the then-undefeated Jason Velez to earn the belt -- against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
 

 

 

 

 

THE EXECUTIONER RETURNS FOR 'THE FINAL ONE'
FORMER TWO-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION AND FUTURE HALL OF FAMER BERNARD HOPKINS TO TAKE ON RISING LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER JOE SMITH, JR. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
LOS ANGELES  - A boxing legend will look to add an exclamation point to end his professional career with the same style, speed and slickness that has defined him in the ring for nearly three decades, as 51-year-old, two-division former world champion and Future Hall of Hamer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) prepares to square off against hard-hitting Light Heavyweight contender Joe Smith, Jr. (21-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round fight from Los Angeles' iconic Fabulous Forum. The bout will take place Saturday, December 17 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
 
Hopkins' resume reads like a Hall-of-Fame induction ballot. Between holding the record for the record number of title defenses as middleweight champion of the world (20) and moving up to light heavyweight to capture multiple belts in that division, Hopkins fought and defeated a who's who of boxing world champions throughout his remarkable 28-year career.
 
Roy Jones, Jr., John David "Action" Jackson, Glen "Road Warrior" Johnson, Felix "Tito" Trinidad, Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver, Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik, Jean Pascal, Chad "Bad" Dawson, and Golden Boy Promotions business partner Oscar De La Hoya all tasted defeat at the hands of the executioner.
 
"While 'The Alien' may be retired, the 'Executioner' has one fight left, and Joe Smith Jr., is going to find out the hard way how well prepared I am for my final fight," Bernard Hopkins said. "A lot of people will focus on my age, the history of my run in the sport, the titles, etc...but I'm focused on one thing - knocking Joe Smith out."
 
Joe Smith Jr., who was born in 1989, nearly three years after Hopkins had his first fight, is coming off the victory of his career, delivering a brutal first-round knockout of established contender Andrzej Fonfara in June and earning the WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship. The belt will not be at stake in this fight.
 
"I'm very excited about fighting on HBO," said Joe Smith Jr. "I know now all my hard work and dedication has paid off.  I am looking forward to retiring a boxing legend"
 
NOTE: Golden Boy Promotions is currently working on a new co-main event, as an injury to Orlando "Siri" Salido's back has forced him off the card. Golden Boy will announced the co-main and full card in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

TOM MOLINEAUX: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet – A Must Read For All
Lake George, NY – Bill Calogero, host of boxing’s Undisputed Champion of Boxing Talk program, the Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show, officially released his first book, Tom Molineaux: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet two weeks ago. Since then, the demand for signed copies, which are available through the Book Club section of the BillyCBoxing.com website, has not stopped.
 
The book tells the story of Tom Molineaux, who was born a Slave on a Virginia Plantation during the late 1700’s, became a fighter, fought and won his freedom, fought for a World Title and whose fame rose to the height of being the very first high-profile World-Wide sports celebrity. However, because of the color of his skin not only during his lifetime but unfortunately continues to this day, he has become virtually a forgotten name. Molineaux is not only an important piece of Boxing History he’s also a major part of American History. Calogero’s book tells the complete story and wants people to read the book and help set the record straight. It’s time to give Molineaux the credit he deserves.
 
Here’s What’s Been Said Recently About the Book:
 
Charley Fitch - Professional boxing referee:
Finished reading “Tom Molineaux” today and it is fantastic! Congratulations on writing a truly excellent book covering a person with historical significance that goes well beyond boxing.
 
What a story. Well written and interesting to read. A treasure of information that I’m going to be purchasing several more copies of as Christmas presents.
 
I loved the details and how you were able to put Molineaux’ achievements in historical context (slavery, American Revolution). This is much more than a boxing book. It’s important history from several often neglected aspects.
 
Plus, book was factual and told the story of a human being overcoming longest of odds to reach highest of highs only to succumb to the lowest of lows. It included the man’s warts, the character flaws and failings.  That is how life is. I loved the honesty of it.
 
Thank you for writing “From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet” and bringing Tom Molineaux’s amazing story to life. Before reading your book I knew nothing about him. Due to the work you have done that has changed.
 
Don “Bear” Koss:
In his new book, Tom Molineaux, From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet, Bill Calogero, presents the story of an early prize ring warrior to a new generation of boxing fans. Molineau’s story, hitherto known only to boxing’s historical cognoscenti, is a compelling tale hallmarking the meteoric rise and fall whose personality was imbued with human frailty while suffering societal injustice.
 
Chronicling the life and career of a prize ring pugilist and evaluating it is especially challenging. The difficulties go well beyond the difference in rules between the Prize Ring and the Queensberry eras. The most common tool used in contemporary evaluation is film or tape.  YouTube dominates contemporary culture. When no film exists, or when the quality of existing film is poor in quality as in the case of the early 20th century contemporary evaluators tend to denigrate the skills of boxers of an earlier era.
 
Newspapers and other print sources must be brought to the fore when evaluating earlier fighters. When there is a paucity of these sources the problem is magnified. For the most part, only major fights in the careers of pugilists have been recorded. One can compare the number of recorded fights of Daniel Mendoza with those of his contemporaries. There is a substantial difference in the numbers. Mendoza published his memoires and listed his fights. The difference in number is large enough to allow the inference that at least 60 % of a pugilist’s record is lost to history. In the case of Molineaux the problem is even more acute. As Billy C points out, Molineaux was a product of what was euphemistically called the peculiar institution, Slavery, and however much revisionist may white-wash this fact, it won’t go away.
 
Bill C utilizes the existing source material for prize ring history (old and rare books) to overcome these problems. He synthesizes these sources to give us the life of Tom Molineaux presented in fresh and colloquial language. Bill is concerned with presenting the facts of Molineaux’s life. This is evidenced by his omission of references to Molineaux and George Washington, because nothing beyond their anecdotal nature could be substantiated. His effort to present the facts of Molineaux’s life, is undermined to a degree, by a lack of citation in his text. Academics always find a lack of citations troublesome. I was still able to check source material by cross referencing this book with Billy C’s essay “Tom Molineaux: From Slave to American Heavyweight Champion”  in Aycock & Scott’s The First Black Boxing Champions. The lack of citations could possibly limit the purchasing of this book by libraries to those with specialized sports of Black History specializations but should not hinder the boxing fan from making Tom Molineaux’s life a part of their own.
 
Donald R Koss
 Longtime Member International Boxing Research Organization
World Boxing Hall of Fame Elector
Emeritus Professor of Library and Information Science, Richard J. Daley College
Member, Dubois’ Company, 3rd New York Regiment, MWTA (A Midwestern group of historical revolutionary war re-enactors)
 
 
A MUST READ for not only boxing buff's but American history in general
By:  Anthony Owens -  Life-long Boxing fan
 
Fantastic read, the life of Tom Molineaux is a mixture of not only boxing but American history. Learning the struggles of Molineaux from start to finish and manner in which they were told made it impossible to put down.
 
As a boxing fan while reading portions in the book leading up to Molineaux's biggest bouts and how his training was progressing left me with that same feeling of anticipation I get when counting down to a modern big time Pay-Per View event as if I had no idea who would prevail.
 
When the bouts themselves were described I could virtually hear the crowd yelling and sounds of thudding punches. The first bout against Cribb was so detailed in the description at one point I was thinking to myself I hope this doesn't get stopped on cuts!
 
The way Bill Calogero tells of Molineaux's struggles from being born a slave to gaining freedom, fighting for recognition not only as a prize fighter but as a MAN left me in awe of the type person Tom Molineaux must have been on the inside and fortitude he possessed.
 
The only thing I could not understand after reading the book was why has no one told his story in full before?
 
 
You can a copy of the book right now at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and where all good books are sold.  You can get a signed copy of the book by visiting the Book Club section at BillyCBoxing.com.
 
For Interviews you can contact Bill Calogero directly by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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