Author: Daxx Khan

Former World Champion Marco Huck joins World Boxing Super Series

Marco Huck former Cruiserweight champion

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to confirm the next star participant for the cruiserweight competition. Former WBO World Champion Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs) has joined a star-studded tournament line-up that already features the undefeated and reigning world champions Murat Gassiev (IBF), Yunier Dorticos (WBA) and Mairis Briedis (WBC) as well as former world champion Krysztof Wlodarczyk. Starting in September, eight of the world´s best cruiserweights will battle it out in a revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament for The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Huck is looking forward to the biggest challenge of his life. “I am thrilled to be joining the Champions League of Boxing,” he said. “In the great history of the sport there has never been a tournament like this. Eight world-class fighters will enter the competition but just one man can prevail. I cannot wait to show the world that I am best of all those strong champions.”

Huck has been a major player in the cruiserweight division for many years, tying the record for the most title defenses (13) before losing to Kryzsztof Glowacki in August 2015. He bounced back with convincing victories over Ola Afolabi and Dmytro Kucher before falling to WBC kingpin & fellow World Boxing Super Series participant Mairis Briedis earlier this year.

Huck´s quarter-final opponent will be determined during the Draft Gala at Monaco´s famed Grimaldi Forum on July 8. In a live TV show, the four top-seeds per weight class will hand-pick their opponents from the unseeded boxers, with the Comosa Board determining the seeding once all participants have been confirmed. “There are no weak opponents in the tournament, so I don´t care whom I fight,” Huck said. “I want to be the best so I have to beat them all anyway. I don´t mind in which order I defeat them.”

Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board, is excited to welcome another fan favorite to the tournament. “Three undefeated reigning world champions and two former world champions that have really stamped their authority on the division – the World Boxing Super Series´ cruiserweight competition already features an amazing line-up and there are still three spots to be filled,” he said. “Never before have so many great fighters faced each other in a KO tournament within such a short period of time. But that is what the Muhammad Ali Trophy is all about, the best fighting the best in a fan-friendly way.”

The cruiserweight competitors combine for a fearsome record of 160 wins, seven losses and 119 KOs. “There is an incredible amount of talent at cruiserweight,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa´s Chief Boxing Officer. “The World Boxing Super Series will answer the one question fans have been asking themselves for so many years: Who is the undisputed number one in a division loaded with undefeated champions and great fighters? We´ll find out come May 2018.”

In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights. The tournament bracket will be determined during the Draft Gala in Monaco on July 8.

WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE

Combined Record of World Boxing Super Series Participants:

186 wins, 10 losses, 138 KOs

Confirmed Cruiserweights (5 of 8)

  • Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion
  • Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion
  • Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion
  • Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger
  • Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs), former WBO World Champion

Confirmed Super-Middleweights (1 of 8)

  • George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion

 

ABOUT THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES

Organised by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series will kick off in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight elite boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals (fall 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018). This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in Season One to be staged in premier venues around the globe. The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Official Weights for Tuesday Night’s PBC on FS1 from the Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Tuesday night June 27th on Fox Sports 1, Marshall Kauffmans “Kings Promotions” will host an edition of “Premier Boxing Champions” from the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa. Headlining the card, is a ten round welterweight rematch between undefeated Miguel Cruz and once beaten Alex Martin. The two first met last February, on the undercard of Erislandy Lara versus Yuri Foreman.

It was a closely contested affair and depending on your preference of style, a strong case for either as winner could have been made. When scores were announced, judges Richard Green and Toby Tamarkin seen it the same 96-94 in favor of Miguel Cruz, while judge Mark Streisand scored it for Alex Martin. The fact judge Streisand scored it in favor of Martin was without controversy. Handing in a score of 99-91 certainly brought about questions on his competence as an official. I expect on Tuesday, it will be no different once the rings in terms of how evenly matched the two fighters are, hopefully we see a definitive winner announced without a scoring dispute.

The official weights and records for Tuesday’s event are listed below.

Miguel Cruz 15-0 (11)  Vs.  Alex Martin 13-1 (5) Welterweights 10 Rds.
145.8 lbs.                            146.4 lbs.

Clarence Booth 14-3 (7)  Vs. Anthony Mercado 10-2 (9) Junior Welterweights 6 Rds.
145 lbs.                                 144.1 lbs.

Isaelin Florian 6-0 (3)  Vs. Avery Sparrow 6-1 (3) Featherweights 6 Rds.
126.2 lbs.                          127.6 lbs.

Nicholas Hernandez 6-2 (1)  Vs. Grayson Blake 6-4-1 (2) Junior Middleweights 6 Rds.
154 lbs.                                       153.4 lbs.

Jesus Perez 2-0 (1)   Vs. Christian Molina 4-2 (3) Junior Welterweights 4 Rds.
141 lbs.                             138.9 lbs.

Jesus Lule 10-22-1 (1)  Vs. Ismael Serrano 4-1 (1) Lightweights 4 Rds.
135.7 lbs.                             134.6 lbs.

Devin McMaster 1-1  Vs. Ricky Pyle (Pro-Debut) Junior Middleweights 4 Rds.
156 lbs.                           150 lbs.

Dylan Price 2-0 (2)     Vs.  Manuel Guerra 1-2-1 Junior Bantamweights 4 Rds.
117 lbs                             . 112 lbs.

 

Super Channel to air “Battle of Brisbane” Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn International Card

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (June 26, 2017) – Super Channel is pleased to announce that it has acquired the exclusive rights in Canada to air the July 1st World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Welterweight Championship bout between reigning champion, future Hall-of-Famer Manny “Pacman’ Pacquiao, and challenger Jeff Horn, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, live from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

 
“Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs. Horn” is a presentation of Top Rank and Duco Events. Super Channel will air four exciting fights from this card, headlined by Pacquiao vs. Horn, exclusively in Canada.
 
“Super Channel is ecstatic to be bringing a non-pay-per-view Pacquiao bout to Canadian fight fans as a follow up to the exciting Brook vs Spence IBF Welterweight Championship we brought them in May” said Troy Wassill, Director of Programming, Domestic Distributors and Sports. “We keep hearing from our viewers that they want more boxing on Super Channel and the ‘Battle of Brisbane’ is going to deliver exactly what they are looking for.”
 
“The world has followed amazing Manny since he burst onto the scene in his U.S. debut in 2001, where he knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba to win his second of a record eight division world titles,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum added. “It’s going to be an unbelievable event.”
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), a former two-term congressman, was elected to a Philippine Senate seat in May 2016, capturing more than 16 million votes nationally.  An international icon, Pacquiao is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.  A three-time Fighter of the Year and the reigning BWAA “Fighter of the Decade,” Pacquiao’s resumé features victories over present and future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley.

 
From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were in world title fights, in five different weight classes, ranging from 130 to 154 pounds.  No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S. than Pacquiao, who is also credited with more than 18 million domestic pay-per-view buys.  After his disappointing unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on May 2, 2015, a world championship fight that generated a record 4.5 million pay-per-view buys and more than $400 million in television revenue alone, a healthy Pacquiao (he had suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder during the fourth round of the Mayweather fight) returned to the winner’s circle on April 9, 2016, winning the rubber match against five-time world champion Bradley.  In a battle of Top-10 pound for pound fighters, Pacquiao sent Bradley to the canvas twice en route to a dominant 12-round unanimous decision victory.  On Nov. 5, Pacquiao regained the WBO welterweight title for a third time when he shellacked the once-defeated defending champion Jessie Vargas via another dominant 12-round unanimous decision.  Pacquiao has been trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach since 2001
Unbeaten hometown-favorite Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), fighting out of Brisbane (Queensland, Australia), enters the fight of his life having won his last three battles — all in 2016 — against Ali Funeka, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey, inside the distance.  They had a combined record of 105-14-4 when he fought them.  The 2012 Australian Olympian’s background belies the warrior he has become inside the ring.  Well-schooled inside and outside the ring, Horn received his Bachelor of Education degree from Griffith University and taught high school Physical Education even as he embarked on his professional boxing career.

 
Horn started boxing at age 18 after being picked on by bullies and he has been an advocate of anti-bullying campaigns.  Immensely popular throughout Australia, the 29-year-old Horn has become a national gate attraction in his own right.  Selected as the 2015 Australian Boxer of the Year, Horn is trained and managed by Glenn Rushton, the only trainer he has ever had, and assisted by former WBC super welterweight world champion John “The Beast” Mugabi.
 
The July 1 telecast will also feature Irish Olympic hero Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs), from Belfast, in a six-round featherweight bout against Jarrett “Juarez” Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs), of Brisbane, and International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Cavite City, Philippines, defending his title against top-rated contender Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), of Kobe, JapanThe live telecast will open with an eight-round middleweight rumble between Shane Mosley, Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs), of Pomona, Calif. and son of former three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs), of Canberra, Australia.
 
Some of the greatest boxers in history have confirmed they will be ringside, including Roberto Duran, Evander Holyfield, and Thomas Hearns.

2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez riding on the fast track

LAS VEGAS (June 26, 2017) — Fresh off his sensational stoppage of previously undefeated Jose “Mexican Diablo” Rodriguez, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez is riding the fast track to stardom on an exciting journey that’s just really started.

 
In the June 17th “KO Night Boxing: Rapid Fire” main event, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas, Hernandez improved his record to 2-0 (2 KOs), dropping Rodriguez three times and closing the show in the third round..
 
The 21-year-old Hernandez, fighting out of Wichita, is already proving to be a better professional boxer that he was an amateur, despite all his accomplishments and achievements in the non-paying ranks, firing effective combinations from a wide variety of angles, including punishing body shots and devastating, powerful punches to his opponent’s head.
 
Because Hernandez fights in the flyweight division, which is void of overwhelming talent and lacks top-notch Americans, along with his amateur pedigree and experience fighting boxers with different styles, Hernandez can likely crack the world ratings this year, possibly getting a world title shot in 2018.
 
“I did my thing tonight,” Hernandez said after his June 17th fight. “I’ve fought the best at the Olympics, so I wasn’t worried about what he (Rodriguez) he did. This fight was a little personal because he’d said he was knocking me out. I got tired of him and went into the ring trying to take him out. We can be friends now.
 
“I just need to stay on path and I will. I’ve been on the top since I started boxing when I was nine. I want to do what other Olympians like (Andre) Ward and (Vasyl) Lomanchenko have done…become world champion!”
 
The highest-rated flyweight in the world today is 36-year-old Brian Viloria (37-5, 22 KOs), the 4-time, 2-division world champion and 2000 U.S. Olympian. Considering his advanced age for a boxer, the “Hawaiian Punch” will probably be retired by the time Hernandez is ready for a world title shot, leaving Oscar Cantu and Miguel Cartagena as the only American flyweights currently rated among the top 25 in the world.

“Nico was great in his last fight and everybody is seeing what we want to do with him,” Hernadez’ promoter John Andersen (KO Night Boxing) noted. “We need to step up the competition for him in his next fight, which will probably be his last six-round bout. Our plan is one more six and then an eight-rounder for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International Youth featherweight title. But Nico has options because he can easily drop down to junior flyweight or move up to super flyweight. We’ll take things fight-by-fight with him with an eye on the immediate future for a world title fight.”
 
The flyweight division, right now, is led by a pair of stars, Kazuto Ioka, of Japan, and Filipino Donnie Nietes. The future of lower weight-classes may very well belong to Nico Hernandez.

Two-time world champion Beibut Shumenov retires due to severe eye injury

LAS VEGAS (June 26, 2017) – Two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Beibut Shumenov has relinquished his WBA cruiserweight world title, due to his career-ending eye injury, and he has announced his retirement from the ring.

 

“I have regrettably relinquished my WBA cruiserweight title and retired from boxing because of a traumatic eye injury suffered the week before my last scheduled fight,” Shumenov said from his Las Vegas home. “I’m extremely disappointed my boxing career has ended like this but, unfortunately, injuries are part of this sport and there’s nothing I can do about it. I still have blurred vision and I need to have an additional surgery next month to try to further repair so I don’t risk blindness in my (right) eye.

 

“I’d like to thank my family, my team throughout the years, friends and fans for their continued support all these years. I was proud to wear the WBA championship belt for many years as a two-division champion. I’m grateful to WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, his father, and all those in my WBA family. It was quite a ride and I look forward with great anticipation to the next chapter of my life with my son and future endeavors.”

 

Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, was scheduled to face Interim WBA champion Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) in the April 29th main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes, from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.

 

During his last slated sparring sessions, Shumenov suffered an eye injury that required immediate surgery, forcing him to withdraw from his April 29 fight against Dorticos.

 

Earlier this month, the WBA received a letter from Shumenov’s eye surgeon, Dr. Kent L. Wellish, who wrote the following: “Mr. Beibut Shumenov has a serious ocular issue, a recurrent corneal erosion of his right eye, that with continued fighting, puts him at risk for permanently losing his eyesight.

 

“It is my medical opinion that he should permanently refrain from sparring, training and boxing due to the severity of damage to his eye and the high risk of further damage of vision impairment, including the possibility of permanent vision loss.”

The WBA accepted Shumenov’s relinquishment of his championship, noting that it expressed its gratitude and pride for his professional career with the WBA.

 

The last three years of Shumenov’s career was marred by inactivity, in which he fought only three times due to lack of managerial support, despite him training daily, in top shape and always being ready to fight. In fact, he sparred almost 400 rounds since his last fight (May 21, 2016) in anticipation of, first, a unification fight with Denis Lebedev and then for his fight versus Dorticos. Neither happened, however, as boxing politics enabled Lebedev to avoid fighting Shumenov, who defeated BJ Flores and then Junior Anthony Wright in back-to-back WBA elimination fights to be Lebedev’s mandatory challenger.

 

Even Shumenov’s mandatory fight against Dorticos was unnecessarily delayed because Dorticos’ promoter, Caribe Promotions, defaulted its right to promote the fight it had won by purse bid, followed by continuous and numerous date changes from February to March until finally landing on April 29.

 

The 33-year-old Shumenov retires as the first and only two-division world champion to date from Kazakhstan, as well as the record-holder for fewest fights needed to win the world light heavyweight championship, 10.

 

During his 9 1/2 -year pro career, Shumenov defeated four world champions – Gabriel Campillo, Byron Mitchell, William Joppy and Montell Griffin – as well as world title challengers Epifanio Mendoza, Vlacheslav Uzelkov, Danny Santiago, Enrique Ornelas, Tamas Kovacs, BJ Flores and Junior Wright.

Glowacki and Adamek make successful returns in front of Polish Fans

Saturday night from the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland an exciting domestic card was aired on PolSat Sport PPV, featuring former Polish world champions Tomasz Adamek, Krzysztof Glowack and Ewa Brodnicka. As a bonus to the nights excitement, promoter Mateusz Borek also had three undefeated Polish prospects in action making it a quality event from start to finish. The fans enthusiasm, shown for home fighters rivaled that of UK boxing crowds.

In the main event former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek faced Australian heavyweight Solomon Haumono. This was a critical bout for both forty year old plus heavyweights, who entered coming off stoppage losses. In July of 2016 Haumono was halted by current WBO heavyweight title holder Joseph Parker and in April of 2016, Adamek was shocked by journeyman Eric Molina. Over the ten round distance, Haumono looked to capitalize on Adamek using his superior power while Adamek moved and boxed from a distance.

When it was over, the Judges scored it for Adamek 99-91 twice and 100-90. While the right man won, those scores reflected a better performance on behalf of Adamek than what actually took place, Haumono put on a very respectable showing. Tomasz Adamek improved to 51-5 (30), Solomon Haumono now stands at 24-4-2 (21).

The nights co-feature took place between former WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki and undefeated Turkish fighter Hizni Altunkaya. This was a dominate performance for Glowacki, who was making his first in-ring appearance since losing to Oleksandr Usyk last September. The former champion, would pressure Altunkaya for every minute of every round before stopping him just seconds into round six. At the time of the stoppage, all three judges had Glowacki winning by scores of 50-42.

Krzysztof Glowacki improved to 27-1 (17), after suffering his first defeat Hizni Altunkaya now stands at 29-1 (17).

The second of three cruiserweight bouts, took place between former light heavyweight title challenger Ismayl Sillakh and former world ranked Mateusz Masternak. With a possible title opportunity looming in the winners near future, neither fighter wanted to take unneeded chances and performed at their best. While Sillakh controlled the ring using movement, the pressure of Masternak limited his offensive output. When the contest ended, judges favored Masternak and his pressure over the ring generalship of Sillakh. scoring it officially 95-93 twice and 96-92 all for Mateusz Masternak.

Mateusz Masternak improved to 39-4 (26), Ismayl Sillakh now stands at 25-4 (19).

In a female lightweight contest, former interim WBO female super featherweight title holder Ewa Brodnicka faced veteran Viviane Obenauf. The fighters traded momentum, each working behind their jab followed by combinations, neither maintaining advantage for an extended period of time. After a very close ten rounds, judge Przemyslaw Moszumanski scored it 95-94 in favor of Obenauf, overruled by judges Krzysztof Bubak who seen it 96-93 and judge Leszek Jankowiak who scored it 95-94 both in favor of Ewa Brodnicka. With the majority decision victory, Brodnicka remains undefeated improving to 14-0 (2), Viviane Obenauf drops to 10-3 (5).

In undercard action

Super Welterweight– Maciej Sulecki 25-0 (10) def. Damian Ezequiel Bonelli 24-2 (21) via TKO 3. All three scorecards at time of the stoppage read 20-17.

Super Lightweight– Lukasz Wierzbicki 13-0 (6) def. Robert Tlatlik 20-1 (14) via UD 8. Official scores read 80-72, 79-74 and 80-74.

Cruiserweight- Adam Balski 10-0 (8) def. Lukasz Janik 28-4 (15) via TKO 4. All three scorecards at time of the stoppage read 30-26

Super Middleweight- Robert Talarek 18-12-2 (11) def. Norbert Dabrowski 20-7-1 (8) via UD 8. Official scores read 79-72, 79-73 and 77-74.

 

 

 

16 stars, one stage: World Boxing Super Series stars to hand-pick opponents during Live Draft Gala in Monaco on July 8

The World Boxing Super Series will kick off in dramatic fashion on July 8 when the famed Grimaldi Forum will host the official Draft Gala for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, The Greatest Prize in Boxing.

Starting in September, eight top cruiserweights, including the three undefeated world champions Mairis Briedis (WBC), Yunier Dorticos (WBA) and Murat Gassiev (IBF), as well as eight elite super-middleweights, including WBA Super Champion George Groves, will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament to determine the undisputed number one in each division.

To set the hotly-anticipated quarter-final match-ups, a special procedure has been put in place.

“In the stunning venue of the Grimaldi Forum and through a never-seen-before live process, the fight calendar will take shape,” said Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board. “For the first time in boxing history, 16 stars will be on the same stage, with the top seeds picking their opponents from the unseeded boxers during a live broadcast. There could not be a more spectacular way to kick off the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”

Richard Schaefer, Comosa`s Chairman of the Americas, believes the unique setting will create a very special atmosphere inside the Grimaldi Forum, which will be crowded with high-profile guests from the world of sports, television and media.

“Just imagine all the 16 gladiators lined up on stage, surrounded by rivals, looking into each other’s eyes knowing that only one man per division can take home all the belts and the Ali Trophy,” Schaefer said. “You never know what´s going to happen in such an explosive setting. There will certainly be a lot of testosterone on stage.”

As of today, five fighters – four world champions one former world champion – have signed up for the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament, with 11 more to be announced shortly. The Comosa Board will then seed the participants based on a fixed set of criteria, including stardom and recent form.

“The fact that the top seeds can hand-pick their opponents will fuel a lot of intriguing speculation among fighters and fans,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa´s Chief Boxing Officer. “Who will pick whom? Who will be avoided? How will fighters select their opponents? Intuition? Recent form? Or do they just flip a coin since there are no easy fights in the World Boxing Super Series? We will find out in Monaco on July 8.”

In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

World Boxing Super Series Summary
Combined Record of the Four Confirmed World Boxing Super Series Participants:

146 wins, 6 losses, 111 KOs

Confirmed Cruiserweights (4 of 8)

  • Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion
  • Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion
  • Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion
  • Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger

Confirmed Super-Middleweights:

  • George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion

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ABOUT THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES Organized by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series will kick off in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight elite boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals (fall 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018). This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in Season One to be staged in premier venues around the globe. The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive the GREATEST prize in boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Undefeated WBA Cruiserweight Titlist Dorticos signs up for Muhammad Ali Trophy

Undefeated WBA Cruiserweight Titlist Dorticos signs up for Muhammad Ali Trophy as fourth World Champion joins World Boxing Super Series

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to announce that undefeated WBA Cruiserweight World Champion Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) has signed up for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, The Greatest Prize in Boxing. The 31-year-old Cuban joins a star-studded tournament line-up that that already features IBF Champion Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), WBC Champion Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs) and former IBF / WBC Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) in the cruiserweight competition as well as WBA Super Champion George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) in the super-middleweight competition.

Dorticos is thrilled that the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament will provide him with the chance to add the IBF and WBC belts to his collection.

“I love the idea of the elimination tournament,” he said. “It will be a hell of a ride but I will come out on top! After the World Boxing Super Series, the whole world will know my name.

“I can´t wait to add the WBC and IBF belts to my collection. I will enter the tournament with one belt and leave it with three.”

“On top of that, I will take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy and a lot of money. Really it does not get any better than this, not for the fans and certainly not for us fighters.”

Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa`s Head of Management Board, is thrilled to deliver on the promise to pit the best against the best.

“In the cruiserweight division, the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series will feature the WBA, IBF and WBC World Champions, all of which happen to be undefeated,” he said. “This is great for the fans because it is what they want to see – the best fighting the best.”

Added Richard Schaefer, Comosa`s Chairman of the Americas: “Right now, we have got three undefeated cruiserweight world champions plus a top-ranked contender who is a former world champion. There are four more spots to be filled in the cruiserweight competition. We will make sure it will be exciting names and fighters the fans want to see.”

In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

The exact pairings will be determined during a Draft Gala in Monaco in early July. In each weight class, the top-seeded boxers (which will be determined by the Comosa Board) will select their quarter-final opponents from the unseeded boxers. Once the pairings are set, the exact fight dates and venues will be announced. Further participants as well as details about the Draft Gala will be revealed shortly.

Summary

Combined Record of World Boxing Super Series Participants: 146 wins, 6 losses, 92 KOs

Confirmed Cruiserweights:

  • Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion
  • Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion
  • Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion
  • Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger

Confirmed Super-Middleweights:

  • George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion

Toka “T-Nice” Kahn-Clary Signs with Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment

Toka “T-Nice” Kahn-Clary
Signs with Evander Holyfield’s
Real Deal Sports & Entertainment
CRANSTON, RI (June 20, 2017) – Featherweight prospect Toka “T Nice” Kahn-Clary (21-1, 15 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with new Hall-of-Famer Evander Holyfield‘s Real Deal Sports & Management.

 
The Liberia-born Toka-Kahn, fighting out of Cranston, RI, makes his new promoter’s banner debut this Saturday night in the Real Deal Championship Boxing series televised opener on CBS Sports Network (10 p.m. ET start), airing live from Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. This event is part of six-week “I Am Ali” festival, concluding July 15, to honor the late, great Muhammad Ali in his hometown.
 
Kahn-Clary takes on dangerous Dominican Angel “El Gato” Luna (11-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout.
 
“Toka is an exceptional talent,” Holyfield said. “Not only is he a hardworking, humble and respectful young man, he is a very talented and accomplished fighter. We expect him to have a very bright future and are excited to have him on the Real Deal Boxing team.”
 
“I met Evander Holyfield when I was in the amateurs,” Kahn-Clary remembered. “Everybody in boxing likes and respects him. He is one of the best heavyweights of all-time, the best cruiserweight ever. I’m so excited to sign with his new company. They want to make champions – I want to be world champion – and compete with the top promoters in boxing.
 
“I loved Muhammad Ali, not only because he was a great fighter, but for what he was and did outside the ring. He opened doors for so many like me in boxing and life. I’m honored to be fighting on this card in his hometown.
 
“I’m also very excited to be fighting on television for the first. I plan to win impressively. A fighter is only as good as his last fight and I want to catch the eyes of everybody watching my fight to let them see my talent. I always study my opponent. He’s a good fighter, looks strong, and he will fight to the best of his ability.”
 
Kahn-Clary has bitter feelings about his former promoter, Top Rank, which released him after his first professional loss last September, when Toka was caught by a devastating punch early by Jhon Gemino (14-7-1) for an opening-round knockout defeat.
 
“It happened so fast,” Kahn-Clary explained. “I just ran into a right. My legs were squared, not in a proper boxing stance. I didn’t lose too often in the amateurs (131-11), other than to high-caliber boxers, and I started second-guessing myself after my first pro loss. I decided to become a man and get past it. I had left my trainer,

Peter Manfredo, Sr., for one fight but we’re back together. He’s a great trainer, the best in New England. I have a new advisor, Seth DeRobbio, who was at my first fight. We’ve been friends for a while and we really trust each other. We want to get to a high level together.

 
“I’ve been a pro five years now. Top Rank never gave me my minimums (fights per year and purses) and my manager at that time didn’t help. They never put me on television. Top Rank didn’t know what to do with me after my loss. I just wanted another opportunity like they’ve given other fighters after a first loss. I was begging them to put me back in the ring. I just wanted to redeem myself. They never did things in my best interest and, I guess, they lost faith in me. It’s no big deal but I’m on a mission to knock out as many Top Rank fighters as I can.”
 
Overcoming one loss in the squared-circle isn’t a problem for the soon-to-be (June 22) 25-year-old Kahn-Clary, who has overcome so many more challenging and exceedingly dangerous obstacles during his young life. Born Toka Kahn, he knew very little about his real mother as a child, even admitting to not knowing how many siblings he has today. His father moved to Philadelphia and in 1998, when Toka was six, his father brought him and his younger sister there to live with him.   Sadly, though, his father was later shot to death, leaving Toka and his sister alone. In 2000, they moved to Providence (RI) to live with a family that, frankly, didn’t really care what happened to them. All signs led to Kahn falling in with the wrong crowd and getting into serious trouble. He was homeless for a while but, fortunately, he found boxing and that became his salvation.
 
Kahn was saved the day a friend took him to Manfredo’s Gym, then located in Pawtucket, RI, where trainer Manfredo, Sr., USA Boxing/New England president Jim Perella and the couple that eventually adopted him, Andrea Watson and Ron Clary, completely changed his once-hardened life.
 
Before he was adopted, no matter the weather, Toka rode his bike six or seven miles each way to the gym from his make-shift residence, which didn’t even have electricity. He never told anybody, never complained. One day Andrea told the quiet, private kid in the gym that Christmas was coming and she had a present for him – an extra bedroom.
 
Toka developed into a decorated U.S. amateur boxer, collecting numerous medals at national tournaments, highlighted by his gold-medal performance at the 2010 U.S. National Golden Globes Championships. He was also a silver medalist at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships and 2011 U.S. National Championships, as well as a bronze medalist at the 2012 U.S. Nationals Championships.
 
“Toka is an unbelievable boxer and an even better person who’s overcome so much adversity,” DeRobbio commented. “Now, with a better support team then he’s ever had, there’s no stopping him. I will give this young man 150-percent.”
 
Having won his last two fights against Mario Antonio Macias and Francisco Medel, both by knockout, Kahn-Clary is getting back to where he was before suffering his only pro loss, as one of the top prospects in boxing, and going beyond. Only now a living legend has his back, Evander Holyfield. The sky’s the limit!
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