Author: Daxx Khan

Daxx Khan has been a regular member of the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio Show since 2011, throughout his over two decades involved with the sport of boxing he has owned his own gym, currently is a Coach with "Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing", has covered over 175 world title fights across the globe, worked for two sanctioning body organizations, written for multiple major sporting news outlets. The first world title fight he covered was in 1991 while still attending NYU when he accompanied boxing media Icon Bert Sugar to the "Terrible" Terry Norris versus "Sugar" Ray Leonard WBC Super Welterweight title fight which Norris won by wide unanimous decision. Daxx is also former USA Boxing Coach and representative for "The World Boxing Federation".

Kings and Salita Promotions Reach Co-Promotional Agreement with Undefeated Welterweight Prospect Janelson Figueroa Bocachica

Kings Promotions and Salita Promotions proudly announce signing a co-promotional agreement with undefeated welterweight prospect Janelson Figueroa Bocachica.

The 5′ 10″ and 22-year-old Figueroa Bocachica (17-0, 11 KOs) is a proud Puerto Rican/American who hails from Southwest Detroit. Before turning pro at the tender age of 17, Figueroa Bocachica scored victories over current fellow undefeated professional prospects Charles Conwell and Brandun Lee, while winning multiple city/state titles. He finished the unpaid ranks with a record of 60-5.

Describing himself as an “aggressive technician,” Figueroa Bocachica trains with his father, Nelson Figueroa, at the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit.

“Man, big things are going on in Detroit,” said Bocachica of signing with Michigan-based New Yorker Salita. “They are doing big shows and I want to be a part of that, so I’m in the right spot to prove myself against every opponent I face. I want all the belts in multiple divisions!”

Figueroa Bocachica has come up big in nationally televised showcases in his last two fights. In October 2020, he needed less than a round to stop and drop Puerto Rico’s then 9-1 Nicklaus Flaz. The capable Flaz was down three times from the accurate bombs of Figueroa Bocachica. And then, in February of this year, he took an entertaining majority 10-round decision over formerly undefeated Mark Reyes Jr.

“I’ve always known that Janelson was a special kid – I just didn’t realize how quickly he’d prove it to everybody else!” said his manager, David McWater. “He’s the rare type of the fighter that not only has devastating one-punch power but can really box as well. Teaming with Salita Promotions will allow Janelson to get all the right opportunities to become the next big Detroit boxing star and we’re just thrilled for the future.”

Both of Figueroa Bocachica’s co-promoters say they are pleased with the deal and looking forward to pairing up on more exciting prospects.

“I’m happy to be partnering with Salita Promotions in helping to develop one of the very best Welterweights in the world,” said Marshall Kauffman, President of Kings Promotions. “I look forward to doing more business with Dmitriy in the near future with many more boxers.”

“Janelson Figueroa is one of the best American prospects,” said Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions. “He got his start at the Kronk Gym in Detroit and I believe that he has all the tools to be the next welterweight world champion from Detroit. I’m happy to be working with Marshall Kauffman on building the next great champion from the Motor City.”

Undefeated fighters Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz and Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno Face-Off Saturday April 24th

(L-R) — TEAM ORTIZ (L-R): Head trainer Rocky Gonzalez, assistant trainer Carlos Garcia, promoter Jimmy Burchfield, Jamaine Ortiz, co-managers Eddie Imondi and Richard Shappy

WORCESTER, Mass. (April 19, 2021) – Rarely do undefeated prospects with double-digit victories fight each other because of the perceived risk like lightweights Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz (14-0, 8 KOs) and Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (14-0-1, 12 KOs) will do this Saturday night, April 24th, at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.

The 8-round Adorno vs. Ortiz fight, streaming live on ESPN+, will be on the Top Rank card headlined (on ESPN) by WBO World featherweight champion Emanuel Navarette (32-1, 24 KOs) defending his title against challenger Christopher Diaz (26-2, 16 KOs).

Both young lightweights were decorated USA amateur boxers who are rising stars in arguably boxing’s most loaded division.

“I’m counting the days,” Ortiz said about his fight with Adorno. “I’ve trained hard my whole life. When an opportunity like this comes, I’m ready to prove myself. I think I’ll have a spectacular performance and impress the crowd like I usually do. I’m fighting on another big card; I’m going up not down.”

The reigning WBC USNBC (U.S.) Silver lightweight champion, in addition to being a former WBC World Youth lightweight titlist, the 24-year-old Ortiz recently cracked the top 40 in the WBC ratings at 31, and he’s also ranked No. 5 by the NABF.

Ortiz is coming off a sensational, high-profile knockout of Sulaiman Segawa (13-3-1, 4 KOs), who had never been stopped, in the seventh round last November on the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones, Jr. pay-per-view event.

The lone blemish on the 21-year-old Adorno’s pro record came in his last fight, back on January 11, 2020, when he fought an 8-round split draw with Hector Garcia (14-7-3). Born in New Jersey and raised in Puerto Rico, Adorno lives and trains in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Ortiz surprisingly may have what amounts to a “hometown” advantage, at least in terms of vocal support, largely because many of his New England friends and family are flying down to Florida to attend the fight, along with his Florida fans.

“My father lived in Florida and I visited him during summers, and I went to second grade there,” Ortiz explained. “I have a big family-base in Orlando. A lot of family and friends from Worcester are going to the fight. I’m surprised by how many people will be there for me.”

Ortiz is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports (CES), which will co-promote Adorno vs. Ortiz with Top Rank, and managed by Dick Shappy.

“Both teams need to be complimented for taking a fight like this.” Burchfield commented. “Two undefeated, young boxers like this fighting each other is what real boxing is all about. Bob Arum, Carl Moretti and Team Top Rank have been friends of mine for so many years.

“We turned Jamaine pro and through all these years as a promoter (32nd), maybe, every decade or so you have a special one like Jamaine, who can become the future of boxing. When you find a fighter who can box, punch and set-up his punches very well, he’s special and I feel Jamaine is special like that, not only in the ring but outside as well. I don’t worry about getting a late-night call about him. He is a total professional, no distractions with him. Jamaine works as a carpenter, he’s learning the real estate business, and he’s also looking into the medical field in the future. He reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De Lay Hoya. He has that charisma and is a technician in the ring. A very smart kid in the ring. He has a spectacular team of managers and trainer to work with, too.”

“For many years,” Shappy added, “our management team (including Eddie Imondi) had been searching for the right boxer to come along that had the potential to be a world champ. We are very confident that we have found that person, Jamaine ‘The Technician’ Ortiz.”

Rare as it may be in boxing, the reward is ultimately worth the risk for these legitimate fighters, Ortiz and Adormo.

European Super Featherweight Champ Samir Ziani claims “Tevin Farmer has chickened out” of WBC Eliminator

PARIS, France (April 18, 2021) – European Super Featherweight Champion Samir Ziani (32-3-1, 7 KOs) has called out Tervin “American Idol” Farmer (30-5-1, 6 KOs), former International Boxing Federation World Super Featherweight Champion, to fight June 5th for the WBC Silver belt in a World Boxing Council (WBC) elimination fight. The winner would position himself for a title fight against WBC World champion Oscar Valdez.

The battle of left-handed super featherweights would be on the June 5th Triller pay-per-view card in Florida, headlined by undefeated World lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0) vs. George Kambosos, Jr. (19-0), supported by an exhibition fight between 4-time World heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride.

According to Ziani’s manager Gary Hyde, was offered the WBC eliminator against Farmer and the Frenchman immediately accepted, while all has been quiet from Farmer.

“”I was excited to fight Farmer on a great Triller show,” Ziani said, “especially because it is my dream to win a World title in the United States. “I am surprised to hear that Farmer has chickened out of our fight, but I suppose je knows his boxing is slipping downwards.

“I want you, Farmer! Accept the fight and be a real warrior. Don’t run away from me. I want to box in the capital of boxing, the United States, to show American fans what I can do. They say you’re a technician, I will show you that I am a true warrior. The ring is for real men with the ambition to beat the best, not box the weakest, so, let’s give true value and pay respect to our noble art of boxing.”

Ranked No. 11 by the WBC, as well as No. 9 in the International Boxing Federation (IBF), the 30-year-old Ziani is the reigning EBU European champion, riding a 10-fight win streak. In his most recent fight (Sept. 5, 2020) and second title defense, Ziani dropped a bloody Alex Dilmaghian (19-1-1) three times en route to a 12th round win by technical knockout with 9-seconds left in what was a Fight of the Year candidate.

 Ziani’s last loss was 4 ½ years ago to World title challenger and fellow Frenchman, Guillaume Frenois (41-1), by a razor-thin margin, 115-113 three times, in Paris. Earlier in his career, Ziani also suffered a disputed 10-round loss by decision (97-93, 96-94, 96-94) in Denmark to current IBF World Lightweight Champion Richard Commey (18-0) in 2014.

 “Ziani is an all-action fighter with an enormous work rate,” the Ireland-based Hyde added. “It would be a tantalizing match between two talented southpaws with the winner going on to fight for the WBC World title.”

Smith Captures Gold in thriller against Vlasov

Saturday night on ESPN live from the Osage Casino in Tulsa Oklahoma, a card full of undefeated heavyweight prospects set the stage for a much anticipated vacant WBO light heavyweight title fight between Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr and Maxim Vlasov.

Since the last loss suffered by Smith in March of 2019 to WBA champion Dmitry Bivol, Smith has looked like a different fighter, scoring a split decision win over hard hitting former title challenger Jesse Hart then as a follow up he not only out boxed but stopped former world champion Eleider Alvarez in nine rounds.

Since the last loss suffered by Maxim Vlasov to former cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki in 2018. He has defeated once beaten Omar Garcia, multi time title challenger Isaac Chilemba and undefeated Emmanuel Martey, all of which not only helped create a genuine buzz but credibility for this being a world title affair.

It was a fast start for both fighter, Smith looked to land his big right hand while Vlasov used awkward angles and combinations to avoid being caught clean. Over the next several rounds Vlasov used volume and angles to baffle Smith very reminiscent to the Bivol contest.

As the midway point arrived Smith looked tired and was taking a lot of shots from Vlasov while he laid against the ropes. As the fifth round  reached its midway mark, there was a concern on Smith’s conditioning and while he landed an occasional right hand there was no follow up before Vlasov again used his feet to evade danger and land combinations.

In the sixth Smith despite still being out landed showed a resurgence, during round seven Smith landed repeatedly with authority hurting Vlasov who somehow managed to absorb the shots while remaining upright.

Over the next few rounds they traded punches and momentum with each man giving well as they took. It seemed like Vlasov would once again remain momentum in round ten, just seconds before the bell sounded Smith stopped Vlasov in his tracks. The bell sounded before Smith follow up with another shot.

Once the eleventh started Smith came out strong hurting Vlasov several times early, looking to regroup Vlasov began moving and holding anytime Smith came in range. An accidental punch behind the head of Vlasov from Smith, caused more by Vlasov turning his head rather than recklessness by Smith sent Vlasov to the canvas. It was wrongly called a foul by referee Gary Ritter who allowed Vlasov to walk and get instruction for nearly thirty seconds. Only Joe DeGuardia the promoter of Smith yelling to the ring catching Ritter’s attention did he send Vlasov to a neutral corner prior to resuming the fight. It was an error that very likely cost Smith a stoppage win due to time running out ending the round.

The twelfth and final round was close as Vlasov landed more but Smith with more authority, both fighters threw punches up until the final bell bringing those in attendance to their feet showing appreciation for a great fight.

When final scores were read Judge Gerald Ritter scored it 112-115 and Judge Pat Russell 113-115 for Joe Smith Jr while Judge David Sutherland scored it 114-114 a draw. All of which were acceptable cards even if Gerald Ritter and Pat Russell had it for Vlasov due to his early dominance.

With the win Joe Smith Jr improves to 27-3 (21) and is now the WBO light heavyweight champion of the world, Maxim Vlasov now stands at 45-4 (26) and despite his loss proved he belonged in with the top names at 175lbs.

In the co-feature undefeated heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba after a slow start, found his range and dispatched opponent Brian Howard inside three rounds with a clean right hand sending him to the canvas. There were no signs of Howards making it to his feet so referee Tony Crebs rightfully halted the contest immediately. With the win Efe Ajagba improves to 15-0 (12) while Brian Howard drops to 15-5 (12).

This win now has Ajagba in a position where if we are to consider him as a genuine contender, his next fight needs to be against an opponent of higher caliber. While Ajagba appears to possesses all we like to see in a fighter his best opponent to date has been Amir Mansour who was forty five at the time and coming in off a stoppage loss against Croatian Olympic Bronze medalist Filip Hrgovic.

In Undercard action-

Twenty one year old heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson improved to 9-0 (9) after dropping Jeremiah Karpency 16-3-1 (6) twice before scoring a stoppage win at thirty four seconds of the round.

Heavyweight- Trey Lippe-17-0 (17) def. Jason Bergman 27-20-2 (18) via. TKO 3

Featherweight- Duke Ragan-4-0 (1) def. Charles Clark 3-7-1 (1) Via. UD 6

Heavyweight- Sonny Conto-7-0 (6) def. Waldo Cortes Acosta 6-4 (3) Via. KO 1

Heavyweight- Jeremiah Milton-3-0 (3) def. Jayvone Dafney 2-3 (2) Via. TKO 1

Benn and Marshall Make Statements at the Copper Box Arena

Saturday evening at the Copper Box Arena, United Kingdom Eddie Hearn and Matchroom boxing presented a “Female World title” double header  with upcoming welterweight Conor “The Destroyer” Benn taking on veteran Samuel Vargas in the main event.

It was a short but night for Benn as it took just ninety seconds to dispatch the rugged veteran Vargas, Just nine months ago Vargas stepped in against another upcoming welterweight sensation Vergil Ortiz Jr.

While a one sided affair in favor of Ortiz it took seven rounds for him to dispatch Vargas, the fact Benn did it so quickly speaks loudly on his potential. The last and only time a fighter was able to dispatch Vargas in under seven rounds was six years ago against current unified WBC/IBF welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr.

With the win Conor Benn improved to 18-0 (12) while Samuel Vargas drops to 31-7-2 (14). The combined record of Conor Benn’s last four opponents is 103-20-5 (38). I think its time boxing pundits to talk less about “Conor Benn son of Nigel Benn” and more about “Conor Benn Genuine Prospect”.

In the co-feature WBO female middleweight champion Savannah “Silent Assassin” Marshall dispatched multi-time former world title challenger Maria Lindberg in three rounds. While Lindberg was a replacement for former female WBO Super Middleweight champion Femke Hermans, who withdrew due to a team member she was in contact with test positive for Covid 19. The fact she had never been stopped before in her career speaks on the power and composure of Marshall.

With the win Savannah Marshall improved to 10-0 (8) while Maria Lindberg now stands at 19-7-2 (10). In her post fight interview Marshall was asked about a potential matchup against three division champion Claressa Shields who Marshall  holds a win over as an amateur. In response Marshall stated “Shields doesn’t want to fight me she is too busy calling out Katie Taylor who fights four divisions lower than Shields does, if we fight I’ll knock her out and she knows it”.

It’ s unquestionably the biggest money fight in female boxing right now, if Shields who has been facing smaller opponents and has only 2 stoppage wins in her career and hints at moving to MMA full time continues avoiding the challenge. There will be serious and legitimate questions on her willingness to face the best available and hurt the current momentum of female boxings acceptance in main stream sports.

When bantamweights Ukashir Farooq and Alexander Espinoza stepped in to vie for the “WBC International Silver title” held by Espinoza, fans were treated to a surprisingly action packed affair. The two fighters gave a solid display of boxing ability trading momentum throughout. It would be the slightly harder punches and higher work rate of Ukashir Farooq that would gain him a unanimous decision by scores of 97-95, 97-94 and 97-93.

With the win Ukashir Farooq now the new “WBC International Silver title” holder improved to 15-1 (6) while Alexander Espinoza drops to 20-3-2 (8).

A fight which had people shaking their heads wondering “HOW CAN THIS BE FOR A WORLD TITLE” considering neither has had ten fights to date nor faced an opponent other than Rachael Ball even the staunchest of boxing fans could recognize by name. Was the vacant female WBA Bantamweight title contest between Shannon Courtenay and Ebanie Bridges. The lead up to this was promoted entirely off each of the ladies appearances as both look more like models than fighters.

Yet despite appearance’s notable and quality opponents on eithers resume, it was an action packed fight from start to finish. The momentum traded often, a headbutt would swell the eye of Bridges to the point she could not see. While Bridges possessed noticeably more power behind her shots, Courtenay brought her game to the next level targeting the eye of Bridges with her jabs which continued to increase the swelling.

In the ninth Courtenay let loose a barrage of shots so furious, referee Michael Alexander considered halting the contest until a last second hook from Bridges stopped her momentum as the bell sounded.

The ladies left nothing behind in the tenth and final round, they fought nonstop until the final bell exceeding expectations and sending a message of “Don’t base expectations off appearances”. The official scores read 98-92 twice and 97-94 in favor of Shannon Courtenay who is now the WBA female bantamweight world champion.

With the newly won title Shannon Courtenay improved to 7-1 (3) while Ebanie Bridges now stands at 5-1 (2). On a side note while the right fighter won the scorecards of Grzegorz Molenda and Luigi Boscarelli were disgraceful placing a dismal cloud over the efforts of both ladies.

In Undercard contest.

Light Heavyweight- John Hedges improved to 2-0 with a four round unanimous decision over Stanko Jermelic 0-6.

Heavyweight Nick Campbell 1-0 (1) the former rugby player won his pro debut with a second round stoppage over Petr Frohlich 2-31-1 (1).

SMITH JR.-VLASOV OFFICIAL PRESS CONFERENCE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

Tulsa, OK (April 8, 2021) – JOE “THE BEAST” SMITH JR. (26-3 21KO’S) is set to go to battle against MAXIM VLASOV (45-3 26KO’s) for the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship in the main event on ESPN this Saturday night (4/10). This afternoon, the two fighters met for the first time in person, at the Osage Casino, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which will play host to the highly anticipated light heavyweight title bout.

JOE SMITH JR:

“It’s very exciting being here [in Tulsa]. It’s been a long time, a long wait, and I had to go through some obstacles to be here, and I can’t wait to get in there on Saturday night and put my hands up.”

“It was disappointing that day finding out that I wasn’t fighting. But, I enjoyed my wedding for the night and then that week I got back to the gym and have been working just as hard every day, putting in all the work I need to and I feel 100% and ready to go.”

“It is going to be a great feeling [to win the title] and will bring a lot of opportunities to me and it will be amazing. It was everything I have worked towards since I was 13.”

MAXIM VLASOV:
“I have been training and sharpening my skills and I plan on giving it 100%.”
“This is a great chance for me and a great opportunity for me and I will be ready to fight”
“I will be happy, more than happy, to fight and and win on Saturday and win the title.”
TEAM SMITH: Phil Capobianco, Joe DeGuardia, Joe Smith Jr., Jerry Capobianco
Photos: Top Rank/Mikey Williams
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
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Old-time boxing returns with “Crossroads” doubleheader

QUINCY, Mass. (April 8, 2021) – Granite Chin Promotions is bringing old-time, local rivalry pro boxing back Saturday night, April 17, with the presentation of the “Crossroads” day-night doubleheader, featuring seven regional and local title fights, at New England Sports Center in Derry, New Hampshire.

Former New England middleweight champion Kendrick “Peppa” Ball (15-1-2, 11 KOs) steps up in terms of competition against Texas veteran Bryan “The Warrior” Vera (28-16, 18 KOs) in the 8-round main event for the vacant WBC USNBC (U.S.) Silver super middleweight title

Fighting out of nearby Worcester, Massachusetts, Ball is 11 years younger than Vera, who needs to win or retire, and riding a 6-fight win streak with a 3-inch height and reach advantages.

Fighting out of Austin, the 39-year-old Vera was originally known for his participation in the first season of The Contender, Reality Television series. He went on to defeat a trio of world champions – Andy Lee, Sergio Mora (twice) and Serhiy Dzinziruk – capturing five regional titles including the NABO middleweight crown.

Ball vs. Vera, the evening headliner of the day-night doubleheader (separate admissions), is co-promoted by Ball’s promoter, Classic Entertainment and Sports (CES).

“Events like this is what local boxing is all about,” Granite Chin’s Chris Traietti said. “’Crossroads’ is more than just the name for this event. It’s a reality for a lot of guys on this show.  It is time to find out if some of these young up-and-comers are really as good as the hype, as well as learning if some of the veteran fighters have hit the end of the road. Our two shows offer a ton of boxing for fans to watch. On top of all the boxing, we will have live music from The Freight during the afternoon show.

“For the last 6-7 years, I have been learning, absorbing and, at times, failing to figure out how to make Granite Chin work. We hit our stride about 1 ½ years ago and not even a pandemic has been able to slow us down. This is only the beginning of a bright Granite Chin future.  Thank you to everyone who has been supporting Granite Chin to allow us to grow to this point.”

In the co-featured event, New Hampshire welterweight champion Ryan Dibartolomeo (3-1-1, 1 KO) faces title challenger Marquis Bates (7-4, 5 KOs) in a 6-round bout.

Larry Pryor (13-23, 7 KOs) takes on Scott Lampert (1-1, 1 KO) for the vacant New Hampshire cruiserweight crown in a 6-rounder. Undefeated prospect Francis “The Tank” Hogan (4-0, 4 KOs), of Weymouth, MA, meets veteran Larry “Slo Mo” Smith (12-45-2, 8 KOs) in a 6-rounder for the vacant New Hampshire junior middleweight championship, and undefeated Schenectady, NY junior middleweight Jahyae Brown (8-0, 7 KOs) fights Dormedes Potes (12-2-1, 9 KOs) in an 8-round brawl for the vacant ABF Atlantic junior middleweight strap.

Former New England heavyweight champion Justin “Crazy Train” Rolfe (4-2-1, 3 KOs) squares off against Alfredo “Choncho” Trevino (9-8-1, 1 KO) in 6-round bout.

Also fighting on the evening’s undercard is unbeaten Holyoke, MA welterweight Denzel Whitley (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. Aquilando Brandao (0-3), and Fall River, MA welterweight Dustin Reinhold (5-4, 2 KOs) vs. pro-debuting Anthony Andreozzi.

Julien Baptiste (1-0, 1 KO), of Woburn, MA, and pro-debuting Holyoke junior middleweight Carlos Castillo are in separate 4-round bouts against opponents to be determined.

UBO All-America welterweight champion Brandon “The Cannon” Berry (20-5-2, 12 KOs) headlines the afternoon segment of “Crossroads” in an 8-round title defense versus challenger Gael Ibarra (5-2, 4 KOs).

Heavyweights Mike “Fly” Marshall (4-1, 3 KOs) and Tracey Johnson (4-9-6) throwdown in in the 8-round co-feature.

Canadian cruiserweight Yan “Wild Thing” Pellerin (10-1, 4 KOs) meets Steve “The Spoiler” Walker (26-36, 18 KOs) for the vacant ABF Atlantic cruiserweight title in an 8-round encounter.

In a pair of scheduled 8-round bouts, Danbury, CT junior welterweight Omar Bordoy, Jr. (10-1, 3 KOs) stays busy against Dewayne Wisdom (7-55-2, 3 KOs), while New England welterweight champion Mike “Bad Boy” Ohan, Jr. (11-1, 5 KOs) stays busy against Rynell Griffin (8-45-2, 2 KOs) in a non-title fight.

Also fighting on the afternoon undercard in 4-rounders are Jimmy Torney (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. pro-debuting Justin Velmure in battle of Boston heavyweights, Weymouth, MA pro-debuting welterweight Eric Goff vs. Jader Alves (0-4), and the pro debut of Demek Edmonds vs. Francisco Neto (1-11).

UNIVERSUM BOX-PROMOTION AND SALITA PROMOTIONS KICK OFF NEWLY FORMED PARTNERSHIP WITH BLOCKBUSTER 14-FIGHT EVENT APRIL 24 AT IN GERMANY

On Saturday, April 24, Universum Box-Promotion and Salita Promotions will co-host the inaugural event of their ambitious new partnership by presenting a mammoth 14-fight night of boxing at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, Germany, and streamed live on BILD +.

In the 12-round main event, former 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, BDB German International and IBO Continental Super Lightweight Champion Artem “The Original” Harutyunyan (9-0, 6 KOs) of Hamburg, Germany via Yerevan, Armenia, will face WBA #9 and former world title challenger Oliver “Trombita” Flores (30-3-2, 19 KOs) from Leon, Nicaragua, for the WBA International Lightweight Championship.

In the 10-round co-main event, former IBF International Welterweight and EBU European Union Super Lightweight Champion Timo Schwarzkopf (20-4, 12 KOs) from Stuttgart, Germany via Mleqan, Kosovo will face Sochi, Russia via Yerevan, Armenia’s former WBC International Lightweight Champion Vage Sarukhanyan (20-2-2, 4 KOs).

Also appearing on the livestream will be an intriguing eight-round showdown between undefeated light heavyweights, as Essen, Germany’s Rostam Ibrahim (6-0-1, 3 KOs) takes on Stuttgart’s Altin Zogaj (7-0, 5 KOs).

In an eight-round women’s special attraction, undefeated 20-year-old Phannarai “Fai Phannarai” Netisri (7-0, 4 KOs) of Schwabach, Bayern, Germany via Bangkok, Thailand will take on once-beaten 23-year-old Cheyenne “Pepper” Hanson (8-1, 6 KOs) of Augsburg, Bayern, Germany, for the WBC Youth Female Super Bantamweight Championship.

A six-round heavyweight battle is also scheduled for broadcast between southpaw Senad “GachineGun” Gashi (20- 3, 20 KOs) of Marbella, Andalucía, Spain via Pec, Kosovo and undefeated German KO specialist Dominic Vial (6-0, 5 KOs) of Moenchengladbach, Nordrhein-Westfalen.

In a six-round super middleweight bout, former World Boxing Federation World Super Welterweight World Champion Rafael “Karibik Tiger” Bejaran (26-5-1, 12 KOs) of Hamburg, Germany via Esperanza, Dominican Republic will take on Altoetting, Bayern, Germany’s Florian Wildenhof (30-6-1, 11 KOs).

To open the broadcast, undefeated Cuban lightweight Frank Zaldivar will face an opponent that is TBA in a six-rounder.

“We are very happy to be able to present a very international fight card worldwide on April 24,” said Ismail Özen-Otto, CEO of Universum. “In the main fight we have two elite athletes, Artem Harutyunyan the Olympic bronze winner of the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 against WBA #9 contender Oliver Flores from Nicaragua. The winner of this fight could soon be a world championship challenger.”

“I am excited about working with Universum CEO Ismail Özen- Otto and matchmaker Flavio Oleaga Mirabal and all their world-class fighters,” added Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions. “On April 24, boxing fans will get a chance to see some of the best international talent on the planet in competitive, match-ups.”

Oleaga Mirabal, who put the card together, says he’s happy about the exposure the Universum fighters will receive from the partnership with Salita. “The fight card is very exciting. We will stream it in Germany with our media partner Bild + and thanks to our US partner Salita Promotions, we will also broadcast it internationally with other media partners,” he said. “This is a great start to our collaboration.”

A further seven fights will be held on the untelevised portion of the undercard, featuring several of Germany’s next wave of boxing talent in career-building challenges.

The April 24 broadcast will begin at 7:30 German time (1:30 pm ET in the US).

Crowd-Pleasing Light Heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali Eager to Display His Vastly Improved Skills from Working with Vegas-Based Champion Turned Trainer Bones Adams

Hard-punching light heavyweight fan favorite Ahmed Elbiali says he can’t wait to show off the new skills he’s developed while working with trainer and former world super bantamweight champion Clarence “Bones” Adams.

Cairo-born Elbiali (20-1, 17 KOs) relocated from his adopted home in Miami three years ago to work with Adams at his private gym in Las Vegas and, at first, things didn’t go as well as hoped.

“Bones’ style took some getting used to,” admits Elbiali. “He’s very direct and it used to hurt my feelings sometimes, but now I know he’s a very realistic guy who just tells it like it is to help you improve. The whole environment in Vegas is different. People in Vegas are not as happy as people in Miami. Everyone who shows up to the gym in Vegas is grumpy. In Miami, the skies are always blue. You go outside in Vegas and its straight smog and heat. Now I get it.”

Once acclimated, Elbiali says the improvements in his technique were astonishing. “I think Bones is a great coach and he’s helped me to improve a lot as both a fighter and a person. We started over from the basics and everything is different now. Bones helped me realize a lot of things. I’m really excited to come back because I have so many new skills to show.”

30-year-old Elbiali, who was last seen demolishing former NABO champion Bryan Vera by sixth-round TKO in December 2019, says he’s living a clean life and working hard to reach his goal of becoming boxing’s first Egyptian-born world champion.

“Being a fighter in Vegas is the best. All these great fighters are helping me. I’ve been sparring with undefeated Russian cruiserweight, Andrey Mangushev, and learning a lot. The whole environment is great.”

With the pandemic sure to wind down eventually, boxing will go back to business as usual with live fans and fight cards all over the world every weekend. Elbiali, who is hoping to return to the ring in June, says he’s just biding his time until he can unleash his new-and-improved fists on the 175-lb division.

“I really love what I do. I can’t wait to get back in there. I am going balls to the walls from now on and leaving nothing to the judges. Like a lot of fighters, I just want to fight. Fighting is our profession, so when we don’t make money we struggle mentally. It doesn’t feel nice as a man to not be where you want to be in life. I can’t say its all about the money though. I want to prove myself and show how much I love what I do.”

Elbiali will be back in the ring soon with date and details to be announced shortly.

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