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OLEKSANDR USYK VS. MIKE HUNTER AND OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK VS. YUNIESKY GONZALEZ ADDED TO LOMACHENKO - SOSA  
OXON HILL, MD  -- The VASYL LOMACHENKO - JASON "El Canito" SOSA junior lightweight world championship event has become an embarrassment of Ukrainian riches with the addition of two title fights.  Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight world champion and Olympic gold medalist OLEKSANDR USYK and NABF light heavyweight champion and Olympic bronze medalist OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK will be defending their titles against MIKE HUNTER and YUNIESKYI GONZALEZ, respectively, in all-action co-main event battles, Saturday, April 8, at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.  The Lomachenko, Usyk and Gvozdyk championship Ukrainian tripleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  

The six televised championship fighters boast a combined record of 80-4-4 (62 KOs), good for a winning percentage of 91% with over 3/4 of those victories coming by way of knockout.

“I’m very happy to fight on the same card with Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Gvozdyk, this is something we’ve been talking about since we were amateurs -- to have three members of the 2012 Ukrainian Olympic Team in the same event," said Usyk.  "It’s fantastic to be able to do this.  I would like to thank my promoters Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Krassyuk and Tom Loeffler from K2 Promotions along with my manager Egis Klimas and HBO, and also Bob Arum and Top Rank for adding me to this show.  Michael Hunter is a tough, undefeated opponent and I’m certain that this will be a great show for the fans in attendance and those watching on HBO.”

“I’m excited for this fight because I asked for it. If I don’t knock him out, I’ll be surprised," said Hunter.

"I'm happy to know the name of my next opponent.  He is a strong fighter and a new challenge for me," said Gvozdyk.  "Thanks to Top Rank and HBO to making this happen.  

“I'm very happy to be back on HBO thanks to Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and my management team," said Gonzalez.  "I'm training hard at Mundo Boxing Gym and I'm going to be ready to win this fight”

Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, and a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, captured the WBO cruiserweight world title in his 10th professional bout, a division record for winning a world title in the fewest fights.  Usyk dethroned Krzysztof Glowacki via unanimous decision on September 17, 2016, ending the undefeated defending champion's two-year reign.  In his last fight, on December 17, Usky made his U.S. and HBO debut, successfully defending his title by knocking out world-rated contender Thabiso Mchunu in the ninth round.  Considered the class of the division, Usyk trains in Oxnard, Calif. under the tutelage of Anatoly Lomachenko, father/trainer of Vasyl Lomachenko.        

Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev. and a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, has won five of his last seven bouts inside the distance.  He scored a career-best victory in his last fight, on May 13, 2016, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Isiah Thomas to capture the NABO cruiserweight title.  Hunter is currently world-rated No. 9 by the WBO

Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs), from Kharkiv, Ukraine, enters this fight having won 10 of his last 12 fights by knockout, including all three of his NABF light heavyweight title fights.  A bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics, Gvozdyk captured the vacant NABF title with a second-round knockout of Nadjib Mohammedi on April 9, 2016.  He successfully defended that title twice last year scoring a sixth-round TKO of Thomas Karpency on June 23 and an eighth-round stoppage of Izek Chilemba on November 19.  He enters this fight world-rated No. 6 by the WBO and the World Boxing Council (WBC), and, No. 7 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs), a native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, who lives and trains in Miami, Fla. with Pedro Diaz, has collected his last nine victories by way of knockout.   His only blemishes are a very disputed decision loss to former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and a majority decision loss to Vyacheslav Shabransky in 2015.  Last year Gonzalez won both his fights by stoppage.




Vinnie Carita headlines April 1 & Matt Remillard returns to ring
WORCESTER, Mass.  - Popular cruiserweight Vinnie "American Nightmare" Carita will headline the second installment of the "New England's Future" series on Saturday night, April 1, at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.
 
"New England's Future 2" is presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), which is owned and operated by retired three-time, two-division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera and his son, Anthonee (A.J.) Rivera.
                                                                                   
Carita (15-1-1, 14 KOs), fighting out of Pembroke (MA), is riding a 12-fight win streak (11-0-1) into his April 1st eight-round main event against Brazilian knockout artist Gilberto Matheus "El Magico" Domingos (22-6, 20 KOs), the former South American light heavyweight champion.
 
In the eight-round co-feature, Manchester (CT) lightweight Matt "Sharp Shooter" Remillard (23-1, 13 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in six years.  The former NABF and NABA featherweight champion faces Augustine "Ruthless" Mauras (6-1-3, 3 KOs), of Lawrence (MA).
 
"We are excited to be promoting our second boxing event so quickly and with the great lineup of talented boxers who will be showcasing their talents on Saturday, April 1st," promoter Jose Rivera said. "It's great to have fellow court officer, Vinnie Carita and longtime friend Matt Remillard, respectively, as our main and co-feature fighters. We are also excited that we will have three Worcester boxers on the card. Bryan Daniels and Andy Gonzales fighting for the first time at home, along with Ranse Andino who fought on our first event this past January 19th.  With only the buzz about our next event and no real promoting to this point, the amount of tickets already sold leads us to believe that there will be another packed house at the Worcester Palladium come fight night."
 
2016 New England Golden Gloves champion Anthony Laureano (2-0, 1 KO), fighting out of East Hartford (CT), meets veteran Bryan "The Brick" Abraham (6-23-1, 6 KOs) in a six-round bout.
 
Fighting on the undercard in four round matches are pro-debuting Springfield (MA) featherweight Luis "Pancho" Santiago vs. Alex Montes (1-2), of Lawrence (MA), Worcester featherweight Andino (1-0) vs. Mike Hellenfinger (0-2), of Harrisburg (PA), 3-time NE Golden Gloves champion Elvis Figueroa, of New Haven (CT) makes his pro debut vs. Brazilian super middleweight Devision Robiero (0-3), pro-debuting Springfield junior middleweight Derrick Whitley vs. Anthony Everett (104), of Lawrence, Haverhill (MA) junior welterweight Carlos "The Dragon" Candelario (9-1, 4 KOs) vs. TBA, Lawrence junior welterweight Adrian Sosa (2-0, 1 KO) vs. TBA, Worcester junior middleweight Gonzalez (5-1, 5 KOs) vs. TBA, Worcester cruiserweight  Daniels (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Michael Shipp (1-4, 1 KO), of Michigan, and Dorchester (MA) heavyweight Donnie Palmer (8-1-1, 7 KOs). vs. Alando Pugh (1-10-1, 1 KO), of Washington D.C.      

 

 

 

 

Artur Beterbiev vs. Sullivan Barrera Set For April 21
MONTRÉAL -  It's official: Montreal's Artur Beterbiev (IBF #2 - 11-0-0, 11 KOs) will be in the most important fight of his career, against Cuban-born Sullivan Barrera (IBF #7 - 18-1-0, 13 KOs), for the mandatory challenger position for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heayvweight world title, held by American Andre Ward (31-0-0, 15 KOs). The Beterbiev vs. Barrera clash will take place April 21 in Miami, Florida.

The Beterbiev-Barrera winner will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF light heavyweight champion, who will have until September, at the latest, to face the winner.]GYM won the IBF-ordered purse bid Feb. 2 (2017), winning with a $201,000 (USD) bid to $181,000 for Barrera's promoter, Main Events. Due to the 75-25 percentage advantage going to the highest ranked fighter, Beterview will earn $188,250 to $62,750 for Barrera.

Ward won the IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight titles with a 12-round unanimous decision win over Sergey Kovalev, November 19, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Beterbiev was impressive in his most recent outing, last December 23 at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, stopping Paraguayan slugger Isidro Ranoni Prieto (26-1-3) in opening round (2:44).

Barrera also displayed tremendous skills during his most recent performance, this poast Dec. 16 in California, shattering the previously undefeated Vyacheslav Shabrankyy (17-0-0), of Ukraine, with a spectacular TKO victory in the seventh round.
 


 


GORMAN EXTENDS UNBEATEN RECORD WITH A RIB CRACKING BLOW
HEAVYWEIGHT sensation Nathan Gorman made short work of Gogita Gorgiladze in Stoke on Saturday night, blasting the Georgian out in just 109 seconds.
 
Gorman, who is trained by four-time world champion Ricky Hatton, doubled his jab to good effect and exhibited his superior speed before connecting with damaging shots to the body.
 
And it was one of those blasts to the torso that finished things.
 
The yelp Gorgiladze let out as the blow connected seemed to reverberate around the venue before he collapsed to the canvas.
 
Bravely, he managed to clamber back up while referee Kevin Parker’s count was at “nine”, but the grimace on his face and the fact that he was holding his ribs convinced the adjudicator to waive things off.
 
“The body shots are something I’d been working on in the gym with Ricky and they came off perfectly,” Gorman, now 8-0 (7 KOs), said.
 
“As soon as the shot landed I knew it was over. It sunk right into his ribs and I wouldn’t be surprised if I cracked them. He was finished after that.
 
“I landed a few of them before that to the right side and then I tried with the left and found the perfect target.”
 
Ricky Hatton was famous for his own attacks downstairs during his career and it seems the apple does not fall far from the tree with Gorman.
 
Hatton said: “I like to think I landed my fair share of great body shots when I fought, but the one that Nathan put this guy away with was a real sickener.
 
“If you watched it back it’d probably make you wince because it connected with a real thud and you could hear the wind go out of the guy.
 
“It’s another great display from Nathan. He’s really coming on and I’m very proud of him. I believe he’s a special talent and people are starting to see that now.”
 
The victory and the success of last night’s Hatton Boxing event will surely add to Gorman’s already sizable fan base.
 
Fans stayed in their seats and cheered on the boxers throughout the evening, creating an unforgettable atmosphere, and that raucous support can only grow and grow as Gorman and his stablemates progress in their careers.
 
On the undercard, Gorman’s stablemate Reuben Arrowsmith missed out on the opportunity to win his first professional title as his British Classic Challenge belt clash with Ryan Toms was scored a controversial 77-77 draw by referee Shaun Messer.
 
Arrowsmith appeared to control the opening half of the contest despite suffering a rib injury in the second round. However, Toms battled back into things after round five, while Arrowsmith suffered a point deduction for holding in the sixth.
 
Stoke’s Kieran McLaren successfully defended his British Classic Challenge belt at lightweight with a commanding 80-74 victory over Michael Mooney, while Ludlow’s Craig Morris lost his Midlands Area welterweight crown to Ryan Fields in a barn-burning ten round affair (93-99).
 
Wednesbury’s Sam “Taffy” Evans had an earlier evening, dropping Sylwester Walczak twice in the opener before the Pole’s corner pulled him out between rounds.
 
Jake Haigh extended his unbeaten record to 3-0 (2 KOs) by halting Bryn Wain at 2.12 of the third round. Haigh, another prospect from the Hatton stable in Hyde, mixed his punches up well before targeting the body. Wain winced several times before the referee decided to save him from further punishment.
 
Other results:
Rob Hunt beat William Warburton (40-37)
Owen Jobburn beat Victor Edagha (40-37)
Nathan Clarke beat Nick Golubs (3rD round TKO)
Luke Caci beat Andy Neylon (40-35)
 

 

 

 

 

UNDEFEATED SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDERS ANTONIO OROZCO AND KEANDRE GIBSON TO MEET APRIL 1 IN LAS VEGAS
LOS ANGELES -  Someone's "0" must go, as undefeated and WBC #1 ranked Super Lightweight Antonio "Relentless" Orozco (25-0, 16 KOs) from San Diego, California faces one of his toughest tests to date on April 1 when he goes head-to-head with highly touted prospect KeAndre "The Truth" Gibson (16-0-1, 7 KOs) out of St. Louis, Missouri.
 
"This 50/50 main event will help determine the future of the super lightweight division," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "I expect the winner of this fight will be positioned for world championship titles in the near-future and the loser will find himself back in the pack of the division. Everything is on the line for both of these fighters."
 
In the chief support to the April 1 show in Las Vegas, longtime lightweight contender Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (29-1-2, 16 KOs) fighting out of San Diego, California returns for the first time in more than a year where he'll find Mexico City knockout specialist Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez (26-3, 22 KOs) on the other side of the ring for a 10-round showdown.
 
Highly touted and undefeated Golden Boy prospects Joet Gonzalez (15-0, 7 KOs), Emilio Sanchez (13-0, 8 KOs) and Edgar Valerio (9-0, 5 KOs) are also scheduled to appear on the card.
 
Orozco vs. Gibson is a 10-round super lightweight battle set for April 1 and presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate "Born BOLD."



Erislandy Lara Gains U.S Citizenship
HOUSTON, TX  - WBA and IBO super-welterweight champion, Erislady "The American Dream" Lara, is truly living the American dream since he has now completed all the eligibility requirements to become a U.S citizen.  Erislandy, along with his wife Yudi, took an oath of allegiance to the United States today, solidifying their citizenship.
 
Lara, who made his U.S. boxing debut in Primm, Nevada, in January of 2009, is elated about gaining his U.S. citizenship.  He reflects on the long journey it took to become a U.S citizen.  
 
"When I arrived in the United States in 2008, my main goal was to become a citizen of this great nation." said Erislandy Lara.  "It brings me great joy to know that I am now a legal citizen of the United States of America.  It's been a long journey to get where I'm at today, and I couldn't have done it without my beautiful wife Yudi.  Together, we fulfilled all the legal requirements that were mandated to become a U.S citizen."
 
"Living in here in the States has been a tremendous blessing to me and my family." Lara continued. "With hard work, and the help of many good people around me, I've been able to provide for my loved ones.  My goal is to continue my boxing career with my core team, and someday, God willing, become a Boxing Hall of Famer."


 

 


 


"History Begins" - 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez Set for pro debut March 25
MULVANE, Kansas  - 2016 Olympic junior flyweight bronze medalist Nico Hernandez will make his professional boxing debut at home on Saturday, March 25 (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network. He will headline "Knockout Night Boxing: History Begins" live from Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas.
 
A press conference was held today at Kansas Star to announce the show, as well as Hernandez signing a promotional contract with Knockout Night Boxing LLC, the promoter of the March 25th event, in association with Kansas Star Casino and sponsored by Miller Lite. Neon Media Sports & Entertainment is the parent company of Knockout Night Boxing.
 
"I reached the highest-level I could in my amateur career and it was time for me to turn pro," Hernandez said.  "I've always wanted to make my pro debut in my hometown, Wichita.  My plan is to do it like Terence Crawford has done in Omaha.  I'm hoping it works out as well for me.  I signed with Knockout Night Boxing because they're really going to work with me and I like what they want to do."
 
The all-star announcing team for "History Begins" will include Hall-of-Famer Jim "J.R." Ross, Sean Wheelock and Joey Varner, while Justin Roberts serves as ring announcer.
 
The 21-year-old Hernandez' long anticipated pro debut will be against flyweight Patrick Gutierrez (0-2), fighting out of the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas (NV), in the six-round main event.
 
Hernandez was a highly-decorated amateur boxer (94-5) whose accomplishments, in addition to capturing a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, include eight-time Ringside World Championships and six-time consecutive Silver Gloves National Championships winner, as well as 2014 National Golden Gloves gold medalist.

Undefeated rising junior middleweight star Neeco "Rooster" Macias (14-0, 8 KOs) takes on Arturo "El Toro" Crespin (13-8-1, 4 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature.  Macias is a colorful, fan-friendly fighter from Palm Desert, California, who is the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) United States 154-pound division champion.
 
Kansas cruiserweight Jeff Page, Jr. (17-3, 11 KOs),  will open the televised portion of card in a six-round bout against an opponent to be determined.
 
Scheduled to fight on the non-televised undercard, in separate four-round matches, are four Kansas boxers: Kansas State junior middleweight champion Efrain Morales (4-0, 1 KO) faces Brandon Philips (1-2); cruiserweight Chris Harris (2-2-2, 2 KOs), super middleweight Marcio Navarro and featherweight Eric Vargas (1-0, 1 KO) will meet opponents to be determined.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.
 


Greg Cohen Promotions Signs Heavyweight Contender Joey Dawejko to a Promotional Agreement
Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of heavyweight contender Joey Dawejko (17-4-3, 10 KOs). Dawejko (pronounced Da-Vayko) of Philadelphia, has been a classic underachiever, thus far, in his professional career, but says the addition of Cohen as his promoter is just one of the changes he has made.

The 26-year-old Philadelphian has always been a talent but, admittedly, hasn't always been in the best shape for his fights. "My manager, Mark Cipparone, changed my life," he explained. "I used to take fights on a week's notice for no money, so I never gave it 100%. Plus, I was working 12-14 hours a day as a roofer. The first day I got with him, I told him I can't make the gym today because I'm going to be working and couldn't get there in time. He said 'Quit. This is your full-time job now.'"

"Everything is going to be different from now on," said Dawejko. "I'm a different person, a different fighter, different everything and I'm getting a lot better. I have a new team and I'm training out in Los Angeles. I'm living a new life and happy to finally be working with Greg Cohen. He can get me the big fights I need. It's going to be great because I just need a chance at another big-name opponent."

Despite his relatively young 26 years, Dawejko has been boxing since age nine, where he debuted as a junior flyweight. The lifelong experience enables him to use his 5' 10" height to work move in under the punches of today's heavyweight giants and do solid work. He managed to hold top contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller to a draw in 2013.

It was a decision loss to top contender Amir Mansour in 2015, however, that brought him forward leaps and bounds as a fighter.

"It was my first 10-round fight and I just wasn't myself that night. It cost me a loss, but it was probably a good thing because I learned so much from that fight. As soon as it was over, I was a better fighter. I realized what I have to do better and different."

"Joey is still young for a heavyweight," said Greg Cohen. "In the past, he hasn't been as well-prepared as he should have been and still managed to beat almost everyone he faced. A focused and determined Joey Dawejko is a problem for anyone in the world and I'm 100% sure Joey can win a world title. I'm excited to be guiding his career along with his dedicated manager, Mark Cipparone."

Dawejko says that while he's happy to be away from the distractions of home to train and finally in a position to reach his potential, he misses his young and growing family.

"My fiancée is home with my children. I have three girls, age 11, 4 and one that is 2 in April. Plus, I've got another on the way. Its' tough being away from them. I'm giving it all for them."

 

 

 

 

VASYL LOMACHENKO vs. JASON SOSA SET FOR APRIL 8
OXON HILL, MD  -- Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO and World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight world champion JASON "El Canito" SOSA will battle for Lomachenko's World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title, Saturday, April 8, at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.  The fight between the two world champions will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated No. 1 super middleweight contender JESSE "Hard Work" HART from Philadelphia, PA., and local favorites from the metro Washington, D.C. area, including undefeated prospects MIKE "Yes Indeed" REED and PATRICK HARRIS in separate bouts.  Full details on the undercard will be announced at a later date.  

"I would like to thank Jason Sosa, who unlike the other champions,  agreed to take this fight to determine the best in this weight division, even though everyone knows I am  the division's Papi," said Lomachenko.  "I moved up to 130 pounds hoping champions in this division were not cowards like those at 126 pounds.  It looks like I was wrong.   To all the other 'champions' in the 126 pound and 130 pound divisions,  I say this to you, 'You are not champions, you are businessmen.  Bad businessmen.  By avoiding risks, you cheat the boxing fans and that is bad business.'  I came to this sport to prove to myself and others that I am this big and loud champion.  So, while all of you continue to hide from me, I am going forward to achieve my goals.  My next step is on April 8th.  See you there!"

"We understand that this is the most difficult fight of our career due to the fact that we are fighting the best fighter - Vasyl Lomachenko - in the history of amateur boxing," said Sosa.  "The beauty of all of this is that I only had three amateur fights and will prove to the world that we are by far the better fighter."

Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs), of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, makes his 2017 debut coming off a year that saw him named "Fighter of the Year" by several media outlets, including The Fight Game with Jim Lampley. In his last fight, on November 26, Lomachenko made his first defense of the WBO junior lightweight title, totally dominating Nicholas Walters.  The previously undefeated former WBA featherweight world champion quit on his stool after the seventh round with his trainer and father, Jobs Walters, telling referee Tony Weeks, '"No mas."  Not only was it a total domination but a boxing masterpiece painted on the canvas by Lomacheko.  The greatest amateur boxer of his era and arguably of all time, two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko, became a two-division world champion just as he did with his first professional world title, he won world title No. 2 in a record least amount of fights -- SEVEN!   On June 11, 2016,  he annihilated defending three-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez via a cringe-worthy knockout punch in the fifth round .  Lomachenko captured his first world title -- the vacant WBO featherweight title -- on June 21, 2014, winning a scintillating majority decision over the previously unbeaten Gary Russell Jr.  It was Lomachenko's third professional bout, tying him with Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin for fewest fights to win a world title.  Muangsurin won a junior welterweight title in 1975, also in his third professional fight.  Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a lightweight, respectively.  He retired from the amateurs with a 396-1 record.

Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KOs), from Camden, NJ, and managed by Raul Chino Rivas, enters this fight riding a five-year, 20-bout unbeaten streak which includes 14 knockout victories dating back to 2011!  Many local fans, who flock to his fights, consider Sosa to be one of the best fighters to come out of Camden since Dwight Qawi.  Sosa's been a fan favorite since turning pro in 2009 because of his exciting and aggressive style, strong punching power.  He captured the WBA super featherweight world title on June 24, 2016 in Beijing, coming from behind on all three judges' scorecards to knock out undefeated defending champion Javier Fortuna in the 11th round.  He successfully defend the title in his last fight  on November 19 in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision over No. 7 world-rated contender Stephen Smith.



 


Caribe Promotions and Warriors Boxing Announce Co-Promotional Agreement with WBA Interim Cruiserweight World Champion Yunier Dorticos
Warriors Boxing and Caribe Promotions proudly announce they have teamed up to sign Miami via Cuba's interim WBA World Cruiserweight Champion, Cuba's Yunier Dorticos, to a co-promotional agreement.
 
The power-punching Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), originally from Cienfuego, Cuba, won his interim championship with a "Fight of the Year" candidate TKO 20 over France's tough Youri Kayembre Kalenga in May of last year.
 
In his seven-year career, the 30-year-old slugger has also held the WBC Latino, WBA Fedelatin and USBA Cruiserweight Championships. Dorticos was also a heavily decorated amateur before defecting to the United States and had 257 bouts. He stands 6' 3" with a massive 80" reach.
 
"I have worked hard in my career and Caribe Promotions has helped get me to where I am now. I am a world-class fighter, and that comes with making choices to benefit my career and my team," said Dorticos. "I am excited to join Warriors Boxing as my co-promoter along with my Caribe Promotions, because it gives me to opportunity to be under the guidance of a world-class championship team and take my career to new heights. Together with Caribe Promotions and Warriors Boxing, I will become the best 200-lb undisputed Cruiserweight Champion in the World.
 
Dorticos is slated to further legitimize his title by facing the WBA's "Regular" World Cruiserweight Champion Beibut Shumenov in his next fight. "My exiting fighting style and punching power will once again show all my fans and the world why I'm called 'The KO Doctor' and my next patient that I will prescribe my medication to is Beibut Shumenov!"
 

 

 

 

 

YVES JR ULYSSE ON THE UNDERCARD OF DAVID LEMIEUX VS CURTIS STEVENS
MONTREAL - Back after a lengthy absence, Yves Junior Ulysse (12-0-0, 8 KO) is undoubtedly in great shape once again. He offered an almost perfect performance against Mexican boxer Jose Emilio Perea (24-7-0, 15 KO). In that bout, Ulysse used all the tools he had at his disposal to mystify his opponent, who is known as an athlete who gives a tough fight to everyone he faces. The table is set for a first-rate bout involving the Quebec-bred boxer.


On March 11, on the undercard of the highly-awaited fight between David Lemieux and New York-based athlete Curtis Stevens, Ulysse will face young Golden Boy Promotions protégé Zachary Ochoa (16-0-0, 7 KO). Undefeated in 16 bouts, Ochoa is destined to have a brilliant pro career after having great success in the amateur ranks, where he won the New York State Junior Championship title twice. In this fight of the utmost importance for both boxers, the winner will be able to continue his path to a world championship.

“I can’t wait to be back in the ring. This is a very important fight for me. Every fight gets me closer to my goal of becoming world champion” – Said Yves Jr Ulysse.

 “I’m ready for the challenge, and I’m confident I will emerge victorious,” Ochoa said. “I am confident that after this win, a title shot is not far off in my future.”



 


Anthony "Juice" Young takes on Rogelio Casarez in headline bout on Saturday, March 11th
Atlantic City, NJ -- Anthony "Juice" Young will take on Rogelio Casarez in a welterweight bout scheduled for 8-rounds that will headline a big night of boxing on Saturday, March 11th at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.

Young of Atlantic City has a record of 15-2 with six knockouts. The 29 year-old Young turned professional in 2011, and won his first ten bouts, which was highlighted by a win over Jose Javier Calderon (4-1-1).  After suffering his 1st loss, Young has won five of his last six, including four straight.  In his last bout, Young won a six-round unanimous decision over James Robinson on January 20th in Atlantic City. This will be Young's 9th appearance in Atlantic City.

"I don't know too much about my opponent, but I will be ready for him.  I do know that he has a good record and is moving up in weight,"said Young.  "It's always good to fight at home in Atlantic City.  I get to sleep in my bed, and get to fight in front of my hometown fans."

Casarez of Batesville, Arkansas has a record of 13-5 with 5 knockouts. The 26 year-old is a five year-professional.  On July 9, 2016, Casarez traveled all the way to Chengdu, China, and won a 12-round unanimous decision and upset the previously undefeated Ronnakit Boontree (8-0) to capture the NABF Junior Lightweight title. On October 29, he defended that title with 12-round unanimous decision over Blake Franklin in Batesville, Arkansas.

"I watched some tape of Young, and he is fast and moves well," said Casarez.  "I know that I am stronger, and will bring pressure to him.  I feel confident after the win in China.  That fight gave me good experience and it taught me that I just need to be in 100% condition to win fights, and it really does not matter where I fight."

 


 

 

 
Ivan Baranchyk – Is he the next Arturo Gatti?
Miami, OK  - On Friday, February 10, boxing fans were treated to a fight of the year candidate between junior welterweights Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk of Brooklyn, NY and Arizona’s Abel Ramos. The bout took place at the Buffalo Run Casino in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation. It was a significant fight for both combatants, with Baranchyk looking to move further up the ladder while Ramos hoped to become a player at 140 pounds by taking out his highly regarded foe.
 
When the matchup was announced, Baranchyk and Ramos were expected to put on an entertaining fight. What ultimately transpired however far exceeded expectations.
 
For ten rounds, Baranchyk and Ramos had the capacity crowd on their feet cheering on the incredible action. Both men hit the canvas and were badly hurt at different points of the fight, trading punches at a frenetic pace. They bled, brawled and left everything in the ring in a fight that was among the greatest in ShoBox's 17 year history.
 
Scores were 99-91, 97-92 and 97-93 for Baranchyk, who is 14-0 with 10 knockouts. Ramos, whose stock went up tremendously in defeat, is  17-2-2 (12 KO’s).
 
The CompuBox stats were similar to the first showdown between Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward. Baranchyk and Ramos combined to land 664 total punches and 482 power shots. Gatti-Ward I saw a total of 618 connects with 521 being power punches.
 
“I believe this has to be the best fight in ShoBox history,” exclaimed Baranchyk’s promoter Tony Holden, who promotes him along with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. “Ivan is a natural crowd pleaser. He has the biggest heart in boxing and incredible conditioning. Like we saw many times from the late, great Arturo Gatti, Ivan was hurt, bloodied and took a lot of punches but his will powered him to victory. I believe he could become the next Arturo Gatti but there's still work to do."
 
Lou DiBella, who promoted the aforementioned Ward, believes Baranchyk is boxing’s newest action star.
 
“We got stats from CompuBox and they were almost identical to Gatti-Ward 1 and Corrales-Castillo 1, two of the greatest fights in boxing history. Baranchyk and Ramos put on a fight for the ages and I think the comparison to Gatti-Ward is a good one. Ivan’s offensive mindedness and willingness to take and give punishment is reminiscent of Arturo Gatti. He’s already shown he can get a crowd behind him and that was proven by how quickly the fans in Miami, OK adopted him as if he were one of their own. I really think he can become the Belarusian Gatti.”

 

 

 

 



AHMED ELBIALI BACK IN THE GYM, TARGETS MARCH RETURN
MIAMI, FL  - After fracturing his hand last year, unbeaten light heavyweight prospect, Ahmed Elbiali (14-0, 11 KOs), is back in the gym.  Elbiali suffered the setback in his last bout against Andrew Hernandez, a fight that took place in January of 2016.  The Miami based fighter is looking to come back in March, in a bout that most likely will be televised.
 
"The hand is one hundred percent healed and I'm ready to get back in the mix," said Ahmed Elbiali. "It's been over a year since I've been back in the ring, but during the time off, I really focused on staying in shape.  I didn't let the layoff affect me in a way where I was going to be depressed.  I worked on a lot of other aspects of my game that I feel I've improved on.  Now it's time to get back in there and march toward a world title."
 
Elibial was on the fast track to the top of the light heavyweight division.  He started off his career with nine straight knockouts.  In his last two fights, both 8-round bouts, he's went distance.  That experience has helped him gain confidence in his ability to go deep in fights.
 
"When I first turned professional, I had a lot of early knockouts," Elbiali continued. "It was nice getting my opponent out of there early but I didn't know who my body would react if I had to go deep into fights.  So, the fact that I was able to go the full eight rounds in my last two fights, gives me confidence going into the next chapter of my career.  Right now, I'm just eager to get back in the ring and shake off the rust.  I know with hard work, I'll have an opportunity to become a world champion.  That is the ultimate goal."
 
 
 

 

 

 

Erickson Lubin & Jorge Cota Clash in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator
BROOKLYN  -- Undefeated rising star Erickson "Hammer" Lubin will take on once-beaten knockout artist Jorge Cota in the co-feature bout of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, live on CBS from 9-11 p.m. ET/6-8 p.m. PT.   

The broadcast, which will be just the second primetime boxing presentation on the CBS Television Network in nearly 40 years, is headlined by the highly anticipated welterweight world title unification between unbeaten stars Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. The broadcast is presented by Premier Boxing Champions and produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for CBS Television, both divisions of the CBS Corporation.    

Lubin and Cota will open the broadcast with an elimination bout for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship held by undefeated champion Jermell Charlo, who is due a mandatory bout against No. 1 contender Charles Hatley.  The highly regarded Lubin (17-0, 12 KOs) will face his toughest opponent to date in Cota (25-1, 22 KOs) as both men vie for their first world title shot.   

"I'm very excited that I have the opportunity to showcase my skills on CBS, especially on one of the most anticipated fight cards in boxing," said Lubin. "I'm facing a tough, rugged fighter in Jorge Cota, who I know is coming to fight. He's got a lot of heart and fans are going to witness a great battle between two warriors who are going to leave everything in the ring.  This will be my New York debut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and I can't wait to give the fans a great performance."   

"I've been waiting for this opportunity for over a year and I am looking forward to becoming the mandatory for the championship on March 4," said Cota. "Lubin has never faced a crafty fighter like me. Lubin has some experience, but I will be his first real challenge. Don't be surprised if I knock him out."    

Since bursting onto the scene in 2013 at just 18-years-old, Lubin has impressed with his exciting style, power and ability to finish opponents with both hands. The 21-year-old fights out of Orlando and concluded a big 2016 by being named ESPN's "Prospect of the Year." Lubin has won nine times in the last two years against increasingly experienced opposition and most recently knocked out then once-beaten Juan Ubaldo Cabrera in the second round of their December matchup on SHOWTIME BOXING on FACEBOOK LIVE.   

The 29-year-old Cota scored two knockdowns and won an entertaining 10-round battle with Cuban Olympic silver medalist Yudel Jhonson in his U.S. debut in 2015. Fighting out of Sinaloa, Mexico, Cota enters this bout having won nine bouts in a row, including six that ended inside of the distance. Sporting an 85 percent knockout rate, Cota scored knockout victories in his first 16 pro fights.   

 

 

 

 

ANDRZEJ  FONFARA SCHEDULED FOR MARCH RETURN, FEELS CONFIDENT WITH VIRGIL HUNTER IN HIS CORNER
BAY AREA, CA - Light heavyweight contender, Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) is enjoying his time with new coach, BWAA 2012 trainer of the year, Virgil Hunter.  The two have been working together at for the last few months and Fonfara says he's learning new training methods with Hunter, that are helping him improve his game.
 
"Virgil is a great coach and I feel this was the right move to take my career to the next level." said Andrzej Fonfara, the WBC #8 rated contender. "Right now, Hunter has me doing some crazy drills and I can see how its making me better in the ring."
 
Fonfara is scheduled to return to the ring in March against an opponent TBA.  This bout will be his first fight in 2017, a match he's looking forward to, since losing his WBC International light heavyweight title to Joe Smith Jr.
 
"Against Smith, I got caught with a good punch." Fonfara continued. "It can happen to anyone.  I feel I've learned a lot since then and I'm confident that'll I'll be able to march forward to a world title opportunity.  I'm going to take it one fight at a time.  With Virgil in my corner, I feel I can beat anyone that is put in front of me.  In march, everyone will see an improvement in my fighting style."
 
 
 
 
Tyrone Brunson faces Brandon Quarles in main event on Saturday, March 11
Philadelphia, PA.  - Middleweight's Tyrone Brunson and Brandon Quarles will square off in the eight-round main event on Saturday, March 11th as King's Promotions will stage it's first show at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia.

Brunson of Philadelphia has a record of 23-6-2, with 22 knockouts. The 32 year-old Brunson turned professional in 2005, and started his career with 19 consecutive 1st round knockouts.  Included in that streak was a stoppage over James Morrow (8-1-2).  In his last bout Brunson and Ismael Garcia fought to a 10-round draw on October 14, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Quarles of Alexandria, Virginia has a record of 18-3-1 with 9 knockouts.  The 30 year-old Quarles is a 7 year veteran, and has won 5 straight fights, with the latest being 6-round unanimous decision over Marcos Primera on June 25, 2016 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
 
 

 

KARPERIS-BURRELL TO BATTLE FOR NY STATE TITLE DESPITE INSURANCE ISSUES
NEW YORK - Star Boxing chief Joe DeGuardia is fighting the unprecedented situation of no boxing club shows in the state of New York by pairing Hicksville, NY native Anthony Karperis (13-2 4KO'S) defending his New York State Jr. Welterweight title against Brooklyn, NY prospect Scott Burrell (12-2 8KO'S) in a 10 round contest at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Saturday, March 24, 2017.

DeGuardia has gone on record with his fellow New York promoters vehemently objecting to the new rules put in place by the state commission on Sept. 1, 2016, which includes a $1,000,000 traumatic brain injury clause for each fighter. The new regulation eliminated all pro boxing in the entire state of NY from September 1, thru December 31. Up until January, the policy didn't even exist, so nobody could promote any boxing events in the entire state. You would have to go back to the 1800's to find a time where there was no pro boxing in NY for the months of September and October, and yet, this new law saw us all with no pro boxing for 4 months! Now, while a policy has been approved, the cost of that policy (as well as other recent NY regulatory added costs) has been so significant that anything other than major international shows are fiscally impossible.

DeGuardia has always been a strong proponent of the club level type of shows which traditionally have been the heartbeat of the sport, and lead to the major international events, both of which have been a part of NY's rich boxing history. DeGuardia knows that these shows are vital to keep the sport alive and provide such outlets for boxers, fans and venues. While DeGuardia is facing a huge financial loss, he is moving forward for his boxers, venue partners and, perhaps most significantly, to bring more attention to this issue, which is crucial to so many.

DeGuardia had this to say about his upcoming event, "for the first time in my career I am promoting a boxing event where there is such a dual focus. This is a fight that will shine the light on new rule changes and havoc that these new rules have caused to boxers, fans, venues, local towns and numerous others. It is the ultimate dichotomy - we are doing a club show and making it a point to show that we can't do them anymore if this new regulation isn't changed. This may well be the last club-type pro boxing show in state of NY. We fully understand the consequences of doing a show like this with the exorbitant proportionate cost of the new insurance and other regulations. We are doing this show under the worst of conditions and it's a damn shame because we have an unbelievable lineup of fights planned. Our main event is what boxing used to be like in New York, two local kids, both fine fighters in their own right, battling it out for the state title. And instead of looking forward to a great night of Boxing we have this dark cloud hanging over all of our heads, as numerous other promotions in various places throughout NY have been completely shut down. Hopefully by doing this event it will bring to light the dire situation in New York, and a call to action to change the regulation".

A sensational undercard, in keeping with tradition, featuring many local fighters doing battle with each other has been lined up and will be announced shortly.
 
 


Former WBA Interim Heavyweight Champion Luis Ortiz to WBC Champ Deontay Wilder: Stop Making Excuses!
"When I look at Deontay Wilder, I see an unsure, scared fighter. He's crazy with his technique and worried about being hit. When you are that worried about getting hit, when you do get hit, you usually get knocked out." Luis Ortiz
 
Responding to WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder's recent public statements, former WBA Interim Heavyweight Champion Luis Ortiz would like to let him know: "I signed up for the WBC/VADA Clean Boxing Program last September. Stop using that excuse to avoid fighting me!"
 
The undefeated Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), of Camaguey, Cuba, now living in Miami, has been trying to get Wilder into a boxing ring for quite a while, as Wilder has chosen to face a string of what many would label second-tier opponents to defend against.
 
"He's scared!" said Ortiz of Wilder. "The more he can use my failed test against me he will. He and (promoter Lou) DiBella are saying he won't fight me because of that. That was years ago, and since that unfortunate incident, for which I was punished, I have tested a dozen times clean. Now he's trying to say I haven't signed up for VADA Clean Boxing... guess what Wilder? I signed up last September when I was notified that all WBC contenders need to be part of their new Clean Boxing Program. I filled out the paperwork and my trainer submitted it to the WBC. He can stop using that excuse to avoid me. I have nothing to hide and do not have to prove any longer to anyone that I am clean. Wilder is nothing but a paper champion who happened to be at the right place at the right time against the right opponent with, most importantly, the right promoter. That's all he is."
 
Ortiz's trainer, Herman Caicedo of Caicedo Sports Training Center of Miami, Florida, also says Ortiz's failed drug test in 2014 is no longer a factor.
 
"Since failing his test years ago, Luis has been tested over a dozen times, voluntarily and mandatorily in fights. He has made it very clear that he never wants that to happen again and I wouldn't work with a fighter I even suspected wasn't clean. There's too much involved in how I train fighters. We all put a lot of blood sweat and tears into training for a failed drug test to derail the entire process. I do my own drug panels and steroid checks before I take fighters. And those that do not wish to willingly participate, I will not train."
 
Ortiz says sooner or later, Wilder will run out of excuses to avoid him or be run out of boxing.
 
"My mentality was always to beat whoever was the best fighter in my division, period. I don't handpick my opponents. This is all weird and new to me. He can't run for much longer though. I assume he will try to unify or vacate before he has to fight me. He can't unify with the Joshua/Klitschko winner because I am the mandatory above any unification fight, and I will not be jumped over. So, he can try to beat up (New Zealand-based contender Joseph) Parker after his next fight. Then retire the paper champion he is."
 
"I am very confident about the outcome if Ortiz and Wilder ever do fight," continued Caicedo. "Ortiz will knock him out within 10 rounds. Luis has a level to his approach that I haven't seen in quite some time. He is a throwback, old-school heavyweight boxer. He has incredible poise, precision, and ring generalship. He's accurate with this punches and defensively very sound. If they ever do fight, Wilder will be exposed. But, he will probably retire a legend in his own mind without ever fighting anybody."
 
Ortiz says no matter what happens with Deontay Wilder, he is happy and comfortable with his life.
 
"I would like to thank my team: Jay, Javier and my trainer Herman for the support they give me throughout all this uncertainty, as well as my fans and, most important to me, my wife and three children. I never thought I would be fighting to make a living. Boxing was always what I did because I loved it. I fought for pride. I fought for bragging rights!! I have already achieved one dream and that was to be here in the United States with my family. I am a United States citizen and very proud. Now to be able to box for a living, make money and potentially become world champion... that, to me, is priceless."
 

 

 



Sampson Lewkowicz Issues Challenge to World's Super Top Super Middleweights on Behalf of Boxing Prodigy David Benavidez: Fight My Fighter!
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is issuing a challenge to the world's top super middleweights: Help his fighter, David "El Bandera Roja/Red Flag" Benavidez, become the youngest 168-lb champion in boxing history by fighting him.
 
"He is on a course to smash the old record," said Lewkowicz of Benavidez, but I need a top-10 contender or a world champion to fight him. He'll take on anyone in the world."
 
Phoenix, Arizona's Benavidez (17-0, 16 KOs), who did his usual steamroll over opponents last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (this time over Uzbekistan's Shareli Mamajonov in less than two brutal rounds), is only 20 years old. The youngest super middleweight champion in history was Darin Van Horn, who was 22 years, 8 months and 11 days old when he beat Lindell Holmes by KO 11 for the IBF Super Middleweight Championship on May 18, 1991.
 
"Promoters don't want their fighters to fight him," continued Lewkowicz. "He can't move up the ratings or make boxing history if promoters are too worried about their investments to let their fighters face him. I need the promoters behind the top 10 contenders in the division to step up and see if their fighters can stop his rise. They can't. But I need them to try."
 
Benavidez is currently rated WBC #14, WBA #7, IBF #13.
 
"If you are reading this and you promote any super middleweight fighter who has a top-10 ranking or is world champion, call me. We will fight. We hear from opponents looking to get paid for getting knocked out, but never anyone with a top-10 rating. This is your challenge. Call me and let's get it on. Help my fighter become part of boxing history."
 

 

 


JORGE LINARES vs. ANTHONY CROLLA PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES FOR LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE REMATCH SATURDAY, MARCH 25
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND  – WBA Lightweight World Champion Jorge Linares and former titlist Anthony Crolla held a press conference on Tuesday in Manchester, England, to formally announce their upcoming rematch on Saturday, March 25 live on SHOWTIME from Manchester Arena.  

Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) narrowly outpointed defending champion Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) last September in a thrilling battle in Crolla’s hometown of Manchester.  

The WBC has mandated that the winner of Linares-Crolla II must face the winner of this Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING matchup between WBC Lightweight World Champion Dejan Zlaticanin and undefeated two-division titlist Mikey Garcia.  

Here’s what the fighters had to say on Tuesday:

JORGE LINARES:
“I wasn’t supposed to win the first fight, but I’m glad I did so I can come back and do it again.

“The belts mean so much to me and my country, and I am going to work very hard to make sure that I take them home again.

“It’s a new year and a new day.  Anthony is going to be better and hungrier, and that means I will work harder, come with more skill and an even better game plan to win.

“I hope to see another huge crowd in Manchester and we’re going to provide the fans with another beautiful fight.”

ANTHONY CROLLA:
“I want the belt back, simple.  Fighting for these prizes in front of us is huge.  I’m so lucky to have a second chance and it’s one I have to take.

“It was a special night last time, great crowd and it’ll be even bigger this time.  The setting was perfect but I lost my belt.  I lost to a great fighter but I don’t celebrate losing, I don’t want to feel it again and I want to go down in history by beating a great fighter.

“I am better in rematches and I’m locking myself away to work harder and smarter to make sure these belts stay here.

“Jorge is the best and I want to be the best – beating him stakes my claim.  I didn’t win the first one but I had success and I can work on that.  
“We’ve both got great teams behind us, and I believe if I make the right changes for the fight I will take the titles.”

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia Welterweight World Title Unification Set For March 4

BROOKLYN  - The highly anticipated unification showdown between unbeaten welterweight world champions Keith "One Time" Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and Danny "Swift" Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) will headline SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
 
The broadcast, which will air live from 9-11 p.m. ET/6-8 p.m. PT, is just the second primetime boxing presentation on the CBS Television Network in nearly 40 years.  The first, headlined by a thrilling fight between Thurman and Shawn Porter, was a 2016 Fight of the Year candidate and one of the most watched boxing events of the year.  The March 4 broadcast, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, is produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for CBS Television, both divisions of the CBS Corporation.
 
"Barclays Center and Brooklyn are my home away from home," said Garcia. "I've headlined the most shows at Barclays Center and my fans from Philly and my fans from New York can be there. It's going to be another Danny Garcia show. I don't care if people think I'm an underdog. To me, Keith Thurman is nothing but a name. Come March 4, I am going to show the world once again that I am a true champion."
 
"I'm looking forward to returning to Barclays Center and headlining a national broadcast on CBS - both the arena and the network were good homes for me in 2016," said Thurman. "I am the champ, and I always will be. Danny Garcia is a fighter who I have asked for and who I have respect for. But he's going to learn, just as my past opponents have, that my power and speed will rise above any swiftness he has. I am the true welterweight champion. I will unify the titles and show him what 'One Time' feels like. I look forward to this fight and the fans should too; be there on March 4."
 
After establishing himself as the top fighter at 140-pounds, Garcia moved up to 147-pounds and defeated former champion Paulie Malignaggi before he earned a vacant world title in January 2016 when he bested another former champion in Robert Guerrero. The Philadelphia-native comes off of a victory in his hometown and will return to headline at Barclays Center for the sixth time. Garcia has compiled one of the best resumes currently in boxing with victories over the likes of Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Lamont Peterson, Zab Judah, Mauricio Herrera and Erik Morales.
 
The hard-hitting Florida-native Thurman comes off of a successful world title defense in a "Fight of the Year" candidate with former champion Shawn Porter that rocked Barclays Center and was the first primetime boxing event on CBS in nearly 40 years. Prior to that, he dominated former champions Robert Guerrero and Luis Collazo on his way to two victories in 2015. The 28-year-old won his belt by knocking out Diego Chaves in 2013 and scored consecutive knockouts over Jesus Soto Karass and Julio Diaz in his first and second title defenses.

 

 

 

 

Heavy-Handed Middleweight Contenders David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens to Square Off Saturday, March 11
LOS ANGELES - In a fight that fans have been calling for since the middle of last year, former IBF Middleweight Champion and current NABO Middleweight Champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) will go toe-to-toe with Curtis "The Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) to battle for Lemieux's NABO title on Saturday, March 11. Scheduled for 12 rounds, though few believe it will go that, Lemieux vs. Stevens will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Montreal, Canada born-and-bred Lemieux is coming off back-to-back impressive victories including a knockout over perennial contender and Freddie Roach-trained Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia and a hard-fought unanimous decision win against the always-rugged Argentine fighter Cristian Fabian Rios.

"The time for talking is done, and after many long months of hearing Curtis yell about all the things he's going to do in the ring, I'm really looking forward to shutting his mouth on March 11," Lemieux said. "I've told everyone my goal is to once again become middleweight champion of the world. Curtis is in the way, and I'm going to go right through him."

Stevens, who rose from Brownsville, Brooklyn to become former NABF and now Continental Americas middleweight champion has also won two straight fights, with a thunderous knockout over then-undefeated Patrick Teixeira in May of 2016 followed by a unanimous decision victory over James de la Rosa later in the year.

"The wait is finally over!" said Stevens. "No more talking. My hands will do the talking on March 11."

With both Lemieux and Stevens appearing and convincingly winning on the undercard of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan show at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, boxing fans quickly began calling for the two contenders to get together in the ring. Both fighters were happy to oblige, engaging first in a war of words, and now in a war of jabs, hooks and uppercuts.

"We often see fighters pretend not to like each other to help draw an audience - these two guys aren't faking it; they don't like each other at all," said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. "Given the thunder each holds in both hands and their desire to make a statement in the middleweight division, I think fans are going to be in for a knockout - and a spectacular one at that."

"This is a fight of the year candidate," said Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Management. "We feel that 2017 is David's year to take over through all the experiences he got in the last little while. He improved by leaps and bounds, we want another world title and this is the next step. We are happy to give the fans what they want they have been asking for this fight-here it is! It is one of those that is best described by the phrase, don't blink."

"The fans have been asking for this fight for a while now, and it's not hard to see why!" said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, promoter for Curtis Stevens. "This fight is a perfect, throwback Boxing After Dark main event and I can't wait to see it!"

Lemieux vs. Stevens is a 12-round middleweight bout for the NABO Middleweight championship, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Eye of the Tiger Management and Main Events, and sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD." The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
 

 

 

 

 

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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