Blockbuster Fights at Barclays Center, Olympian Charles Conwell’s Debut and the Crowning of New Interim World Champion Avtandil Khurtsidze in the UK
New York, NY (4/25/17) – It was an eventful weekend for DiBella Entertainment (DBE) that spanned two continents, and saw the beginning of one career and a career-best victory for another. In addition to promoting the Showtime Championship Boxing event, headlined by Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY, DBE saw one of its fighters, 2016 United States Olympian Charles Conwell, make his pro debut and begin his journey toward a world title, while another, Avtandil Khurtsidze, capture the interim WBO world middleweight championship across the pond in Leicester, England.
Avtandil Khurtsidze (33-2-2, 22 KOs), who hails from Kutaisi, Georgia, but now lives in Brooklyn, traveled to England to face Tommy Langford (18-1, 6 KOs) in a 12-round affair. The contest ended early in the fifth round when Khurtsidze, who stalked his opponent mercilessly, landed a left hook that sent the previously unbeaten Langford to the canvas. He would not recover and Khurtsidze was crowned the interim WBO world middleweight champion. He is now first in line to challenge Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) for the WBO world middleweight title in July.
“Whether you call him ‘Mini Tyson,’ ‘Homicide,’ or ‘Suicide,’ Avtandil Khurtsidze is a man with bad intentions by any name,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “He put British boxing on notice by knocking out Tommy Langford. I look forward to working with Frank Warren so that he can deliver the same message to Billy Joe Saunders.”
Stateside, in Miami, OK, one of DiBella Entertainment’s newest prospects Charles Conwell made his long awaited debut, sensationally ending his first professional bout inside of a minute with a knockout win versus Jeremiah Page, of Andover, KS. The super welterweight, who inked a co-promotional pact with DiBella Entertainment and Holden Productions in March, ended the bout with a barrage of punches that left Page on the canvas and unable to continue.
“In 41 seconds, Charles Conwell sent the world a clear message that he won’t have any trouble adjusting from the amateur to professional ranks,” said DiBella. “Tony Holden and I hope to have him back in the ring in May and plan to make him one of the most active young prospects in boxing.”
Conwell’s half-brother, and fellow DBE stable mate, Isaiah Steen (7-0, 6 KOs) finished his super middleweight contest in four rounds, knocking down his foe three times en route to a stoppage. Also on the card, Cleveland’s Yuandale Evans (19-1, 14 KOs) was crowned the WBA-NABA-US junior lightweight champion, earning a unanimous decision over Billel Dib (21-2, 10 KOs).
CHRIS BLANEY says he “loved every minute” of his tussle with Christian Hoskin Gomez on Saturday night.The unbeaten Irishman defeated the Spanish-born Devon man 58-56 on Frank Warren’s City of Champions card in Leicester.
Stepping up to six rounds for the first time, Blaney, who is trained by Ricky Hatton, was forced to dig deep against a foe who never took a backwards step.“We knew exactly what he was going to bring and we prepared for it,” Blaney, now 6-0 (3 KOs), said.“He just came forwards and he was always in my face. It was a good learning experience, probably my toughest to date, and I loved every minute of it.
“Ricky told me afterwards that I hurt Hoskin Gomez a few times, but he disguised it well and I didn’t really notice it.“In the last round he spat out his gumshield so I think I was getting to him. Looking back, I think that maybe if I’d have had a round or two more I might have gotten him out of there.“It was my first six rounder and I think it went well. The last three rounds were probably my best so I think I’ll get better and show even more when I get into longer fights.”Blaney will return to action in Dublin this June.
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By Daxx Kahn
When you are a movie buff like I am, amazingly enough you can associate every situation, read in the news to one movie or another. As an example, every time an unconfirmed rumor starts circulating, I think of is the 1984 comedy “Johnny Dangerously” starring Michael Keaton. It’s a spoof, on old classic James Cagney type gangster films, where Keaton plays the lead role of gangster Johnny Dangerously. In one scene, a message is delivered to the prisons cafeteria and as its being passed down from prisoner to prisoner to Dangerously, by time the message is delivered its not even close to the original message. It starts out stating the following.
“Get this to Johnny on the grapevine. Vermin is going to kill Johnny’s brother at the savoy theater tomorrow night. Got it?” The nexzt prisoner says “Vermin is going to kill Johnny’s mother at the Savoy theater tonight. Pass it on”. Then by time it gets to Johnny the message is delivered as “Johnny and the Mothers are playing “Stompin’ at the Savoy” in Vermont tonight.” Johnny in turn repeats “Vermin’s going to kill my brother at the Savoy theater tonight.” I didn’t say that, the prisoner who delivered the message replies then Johnny replies back “No, but I know this grapevine”.
Unfortunately not everything, can be related to something funny as Johnny Dangerously. Instead the are more reminiscent, of a 1940’s “B Quality plot”, mystery where you know half way through “The Butler did it” and there is no more reason to continue watching. Which is quickly becoming the case with, four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner, who is once again in trouble and perhaps in danger of his story quickly coming to an end.
The career of Broner started out, as if he would be a front runner, to take over as boxing’s future “Pound for Pound” best once Floyd Mayweather Jr retired. He imitated Floyds style, winning world titles in three weight classes before his twenty fourth birthday. He had developed a “Love Hate” relationship with fans, using constant bragging that was always backed up inside the ring, we even began looking forward, to his customary post-fight hair brushing routine whenever he dominated as opponent. Then in 2013, Broner would face two division world champion Marcos Maidana in defense of his WBA welterweight title. In that fight, Broner was placed in a situation he had never experienced. He found his power, speed and mind games that worked in the past, having no effect against Maidana. He would be dropped twice in rounds two and eight. He was bullied, bloodied and mocked by Maidana who took his title by a wide unanimous decision. In the weeks and even months afterwards, Broner was subject of internet “Memes”, they showed him leaving the ring head down, with comments like “Floyd The6y Jumped Me”, in reference to how he always referred to Mayweather when asked what his future would hold next.
Afterwards, Broner would drop in weight, win himself a minor junior welterweight title, just as we started to see the “Old Adrien Broner”, he would be dominated by Shawn Porter in June of 2015. In the bout Broner had a single moment of success, a flash knockdown of Porter in round twelve. The Porter loss seemed to change Broner mentally. He started making absurd social media comment’s, getting into fights at public outings, He was arrested in 2016 for robbery charges, an Instagram stunt where Broner claimed he would commit suicide, showing himself holding a handgun. He did manage to win a version of the 140 titles, then lose that belt on the scales prior to his win over Ashley Theophane. He most recent victory this past February, a very close split decision against Adrian Granados was a bout he had been highly favored to win, yet appeared uninterested in performing at his best.
Here he is now, April 20th 2017 sitting in jail, after police pulled him over in his SUV crossing the Kentucky boarder. A call had come from the G’Moni’s Bar,on Queen City Avenue in Cincinnati just a short while earlier that gunshots were fired towards a white SUV, police matched the plate to the call pulled the SUV over and inside was Adrien Broner. He claimed he had no idea who fired the bullets but was picked up on an old 2014 warrant for alcohol intoxication in a public place and disorderly conduct. His SUV held for investigation.
What is next for Adrien Broner? I am starting to believe the ending is clear, not a Quintin Tarantino movie type ending, where it returns’ to where it all started. Even though that would be ideal for Broner, picking up where he ;left off in 2008 after his pro debut. An opportunity to start over and live up to his hopes and expectations, undo what mistakes he has made. Except Broner has promised to start a new chapter, recently as last month where he claimed his foolishness was all behind him.
When I look at the career of Broner and path he is taking, I think of what the character “Sonny” played by Chazz Palminteri in the 1993 movie “A Bronx Tale”, told his young protégé Calogero. In what became, one of the most memorable lines in movie history “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.”. It’s obvious Adrien Broner is wasting his talents, what’s sadder is, Broner at only 27yrs old is a very young man with a lot left in him. He can be talked to if the right people reach out. I am sure they have but maybe the right person has not. We have no idea who that might be, his big brother figure Floyd Mayweather has tried, Broner fails to listen.
His SUV being shot up, means someone was intending to do him serious harm, we have seen no less than a half dozen fighters either seriously injured or murdered in the last 3yrs due to street violence. One was prospect, Ed Brown, friend of former Broner opponent Adrien Granados, who was murdered when Granados was training for his fight against Broner.
If he does not change soon, Broner will end up a cliché, he will always be known as the “If Only” fighter”, instead of becoming an image of Floyd Mayweather, he will be talked about in the same sentences as Hector Camacho, Vernon Forrest, Trevor Berbick, Agapito Sanchez, Ike Ibeabuchi, Michael Nunn, James Butler, Sonny Liston and Mike Tyson. Those conversations will have nothing to do with what was accomplished in the ring.
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|FLAME-HAIRED super-middleweight prospect Chris Blaney is hoping for a tough examination as he steps up to six rounds on Frank Warren’s BT Sport televised ‘City of Champions’ bill this weekend.
The Ricky Hatton-trained Irishman squares off with Plymouth’s Christian Hoskin Gomez in Leicester on Saturday night (April 22).
Hoskin Gomez may be a journeyman but he’s certainly a come forward fighter who has upset the odds in the past.
“He’s a bit like Mark Till, who I beat last year,” Blaney said. “He’ll come to fight and at least he’s not someone there to take a beating.
“I’m moving up to six rounds on this show and that should suit me better. Four rounds is a bit cagey and anything can happen, especially if you get hit with a lucky shot.
“I’m hoping to impress and hopefully I can get on a few more Frank Warren shows in the future.”
Blaney has had three of his five professional outings back home in Ireland and he’s keen to return to the Emerald Isle with a title around his waist later this year.
“I’ve got my eye on the Celtic title,” Blaney, 25, revealed. “I believe it’s over eight rounds and I think it’s something I’ll be ready for in a couple of fights.
“After that? Who knows. I’m keeping my feet on the ground, but I won a lot of titles in the amateurs and, like every boxer, I want as many as I can get as a pro.”
NEW YORK, NY (April 18, 2017) – FITE TV will stream the April 28th heavyweight clash between a pair of past world title contenders, Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev and Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, live on pay per view, starting at 2 p.m. ET /11 a.m. PT, from Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria. Encore presentations will also be available to watch.
FITE TV is a Combat Sports Network that features boxing, MMA and wrestling programming. FITE gives viewers the choice to watch the program on line at www.FITE.tv, on their mobile device or on their WiFi connected television using the FITE app. The FITE app can be downloaded for free at Google Play or the iTunes app stores.
Boxing fans may watch the entire card, headlined by the Pulev-Johnson 12-round World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight title fight, simply by downloading the FITE app and then cast the fight to the big screen by using the instant stream-to-TV function. The FITE app works with any Wi-Fi connected television around the world, iOS and Android devices, as well as streaming devices such as Roku, Chromecast and more. Fans may also watch the fights live on the FITE website at www.fite.tv from any computer.
“Pulev versus Johnson is another fine boxing event that FITE is now making available to our North American fan base,” FITE COO Michael Weber said. “FITE continues to grow by leaps and bounds and we are very proud of the growth of world class boxing events to complement our current line-up of MMA and wrestling events.”
The 6′ 4 ½ Pulev, fighting at home in Sofia, Bulgaria, captured the vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title in his last fight this past December, in which former world champion Samuel Peters (36-5) retired after the third round.
Last May, Pulev won a 12-round split decision over Dereck Chisora (25-5) to capture the European heavyweight championship. The 35-year-old Pulev has won four in a row since he suffered the only loss of his professional career, by way of a fifth-round knockout in 2014, to then-International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3).
Pulev was a celebrated amateur boxer who represented Bulgaria at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Currently rated No. 9 in the world by the WBA, Pulev can position himself for another world title shot with an impressive victory over Johnson, the battle-tested veteran fighting out of Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA.
“My number one goal is to fight for the World title and on April 28,” Pulev commented, “I will take another step towards achieving this goal. I’m already training hard to prove I am worthy to fight again for the heavyweight crown.
“Johnson is a tough opponent. You must only look at his resume to tell this will be a real challenge. He has shared the ring with many World class fighters like Vitali Klitschko and Anthony Joshua. I know I will need to be at my best to beat him, but with the help of my coach Ulli Wegner and the support of the Bulgarian people, I’m confident my hand will be raised, and we will be able to celebrate another great night for Bulgarian boxing and another step towards me fulfilling my dream of becoming the Heavyweight Champion of the World.’
Johnson, 37, has served as a dangerous “gatekeeper” in the heavyweight division during his 14-year professional career. He’s fought reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua – the only fighter to stop Johnson – former unified world heavyweight titlist Tyson Fury, former world title challenger Manuel Charr and current European champion Christian Hammer.
Johnson’s most notable wins have been against world title challengers Bruce Seldon (TKO5), Alex Leapai (TKO9) and Albert Sosnowski (SDEC3 in Prizefighter Tournament).
In 2009, Johnson lost his lone world title fight by unanimous decision to undefeated WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, extending him the full 12-rounds.