BROOKLYN (October 3, 2017) – Popular, undefeated Dominican heavyweight George Arias (8-0, 4 KOs), of The Bronx, NY, has been added to the undercard of the SHOWTIME Championship Boxing tripleheader, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, on Saturday, October 14, at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING. Newly signed to promoter DiBella Entertainment, Arias will face Mexican Mario Heredia (14-5, 12 KOs), a former WBC Fecombox titlist from San Diego, CA, in a scheduled eight-round contest.
“I am very happy and grateful for this opportunity to sign with DiBella Entertainment and to be a part of this great event at Barclays Center on October 14,” said Arias. “I look forward to displaying my talent in front the local fans as I work toward my goal of becoming a world champion.”
“Heavyweight George Arias is a tremendous prospect with an entertaining, fan-friendly style,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “I am excited to add him to an already-stacked undercard on October 14 at Barclays Center, in his first fight under the DiBella Entertainment banner.”
Born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Arias moved to New York City in 1996, at four years old. After graduating from high school, he learned to box at Morris Park Boxing Gym near his home. He won the New York Golden Gloves tournament in 2014 then turned pro that October. Now trained and managed by Leon Washington Jr. and advised by Andre Rozier, Arias returned to the ring in 2017 following a 13-month layoff and has won three straight. On June 3, Arias emerged victorious via unanimous decision after a six-round war against undefeated Russian prospect Ruslan Shamalov, in the co-featured bout of DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series. Arias then made his Barclays Center debut on July 29, handing Elder Hernandez his first loss by fourth-round stoppage, on the undercard of the Broner vs. Garcia event. Anxious to thrill his growing hometown fan base, Arias is determined to add another impressive victory to his ledger on October 14.
The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing tripleheader presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, October 14, features six of the world’s best super welterweights, with three world titles at stake, from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
Headlining the card, Erislandy Lara makes the seventh defense of his WBA title against unbeaten contender Terrell Gausha. WBC titlist Jermell Charlo takes on the young, hungry and fellow unbeaten Erickson Lubin in the co-feature and Jarrett Hurd opens up the telecast defending his IBF belt for the first time against former champion Austin Trout.
Star Boxing head Joe DeGuardia is pleased to announce that he has entered into a long term promotional agreement with Belgium Cruiserweight prospect, Joel “Big Joe” Djeko.
The 6’6″ Djeko is currently 11-2-1 6KO’S in his young career. “Big Joe” recently fought for the IBF International Cruiserweight title against undefeated Wales fighter Craig Kennedy in Kennedy’s hometown. Losing a highly questionable split decision, despite dropping Kennedy twice in the fight, Joel has bounced back nicely scoring 2 knockout victories. Djeko’s only other loss was another disputed decision (this one a majority decision) in his fourth career professional fight vs then undefeated Belgium Cruiserweight Alexandru Jur (15-1 6KO’s).
Joel is scheduled to face Tamas Kozma in his native Belgium TODAY (SATURDAY), in Ronse, Belgium.
Djeko manager Yassine Maatala had this to say about signing with Star Boxing “We are well aware here in Belgium of the accomplishments Joe DeGuardia has made for his fighters like Chris Algieri, Joe Smith, and Demetrius Andrade. I feel this will be a great move for us to get exposure not only in America, but all over the world. I have complete faith that Joe will take us to a world title”.
Joe DeGuardia had these comments about the latest addition to his ever growing stable “I’m very excited to work with “Big Joe” and Yassine. Yassine is very professional and “Big Joe” is a very good prospect and, but for 2 disputed decisions, could be an undefeated boxer. He is a physical specimen who has the style that TV and the American fans will appreciate. Simply put, he is exciting. I see a bright future ahead for both “Big Joe” and Star Boxing.”
HOUSTON (Sept. 29, 2017) – Unbeaten champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo visited the Houston Food Bank on Friday to meet with volunteers and help prepare boxes of goods for victims of Hurricane Harvey alongside his twin brother Jermall Charlo and Houston-based world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara. The Houston Food Bank presented Jermell with a patch to wear on his shorts during his title defense bout on October 14 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
After visiting the Food Bank, Charlo met with media at Charlo Boxing & Fitness Club in Sugar Land, Texas in advance of his much-anticipated fight against top contender Erickson “Hammer” Lubin. The fight will serve as the co-main event of the high stakes SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader that is headlined by Erislandy Lara defending his title against undefeated Terrell Gausha.
Tickets to the event are on sale now and start at $50 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Here is what Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo and Jermall Charlo and had to say Friday:
“When they asked me if I was available to come to the Houston Food Bank to volunteer, I didn’t even hesitate. I was in. No matter how busy I am with training camp, I always have time to help for a good cause.
“Houston has suffered with Hurricane Harvey. I’ve seen the devastation. Coming to the Food Bank with my wife today is my little grain of sand to help a bigger cause. I come from Cuba, an island that it’s often battered by storms. I’ve seen people lose a lot to Mother Nature. I feel for them.
“I don’t think my preparation for this fight has been affected by what happened here in Houston [Hurricane Harvey]. I have endured so much in my life. I had to escape from my homeland to pursue my dream of becoming a professional boxer. I defied the odds and I became a world champion. I got here with hard work and discipline. I’m focused. Nothing distracts me.
“Gausha is a good fighter, but he doesn’t know what he signed up for. I’m not a brawler, I’m a real fighter– a technical boxer. I went toe-to-toe with some of the best fighters in the division. He’s in for treat.”
“I didn’t get a chance to really see my house [during Hurricane Harvey] because I’ve been gone. I’ve been in Dallas training with Errol Spence Jr. and my trainer Derrick James. My uncle wouldn’t tell me anything that’s going on in my gym. Everybody basically was like ‘don’t worry about what’s going on.’ I’m trying to keep my mind off of it. I’m back home, everything is good and that’s all that matters right now.
“Erickson Lubin is a crafty young fighter. He’s strong. He’s got some skills. He’s got pop. We’re just going to have to dog it out. Best man wins. Whoever’s in the best shape, whoever’s the strongest fighter, whoever lands the best punches is going to win the fight.
“I’m a vet. I’ve been in the game professionally ten years. I grew up in the amateurs. I’ve got the height, I’ve got the size, I’m stronger, I’m faster.
“I’ve fought three southpaws. I’ve knocked them all out. I’ve knocked every southpaw I’ve fought out.
“Errol Spence Jr. is the perfect sparring partner. He’s been one of the best sparring partners that I’ve had even when I’m fighting right-handers because of his dominance. He’s very strong, he’s fast and he’s punching.
“I’ve got Houston on my back right now – me and my twin brother. If there were more fighters in Houston, we would be a bigger team. We do what we can to try to get boxing back into this city.
“Why not get a big fight? I’ve fought 29 fights. I’ve fought a lot of prospects. My career has been built up. I beat Olympians. What else do you want me to do? Now it’s time to beat the [Miguel] Cottos and the Canelos [Alvarez] and the Triple G’s [Gennady Golovkin] and whoever else we’ve got to jump in the ring with.
“I’m satisfied with [trainer] Derrick James. I actually like the fact that I have to leave to go to a different city to train because I can focus over there. I’m sitting in a home where I just train. I wake up, eat protein, back to training again and then rest. My focus is there.”
“I told my brother that this fight is equivalent to when I fought J-Rock [Julian Williams]. A lot of people are going to doubt him but at the end of the day they’re going to be in his corner cheering him on for the victory.
“I told Jermell to continue to work hard and keep striving because it’s going to build our legacy to that next level. It’s going to put us where we need to be to get the best opponents and the biggest fights.
“I’m in camp with Ronnie Shields. We’re getting in shape. I’ve been training so I’m just waiting on the next date, the next fight. We’ll see what happens.”
New York City (September 29, 2017) Professional boxing world champions and sisters AMANDA SERRANO and CINDY SERRANO spent Friday joining the drive to assist those affected by Hurricane Maria in their native Puerto Rico.
Both women spent the morning shopping for water and other distinct items in need, including diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies and feminine hygiene products. Their donations were dropped off at Engine 218 in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, NY.
Said Amanda, “We’ve both been so moved over the last week by what’s happened in Puerto Rico where each of us were born and we’re very happy to have this opportunity to directly assist those in need. There are 17 firehouses and EMS stations taking donations in New York’s five boroughs and we encourage those who are able to assist as well.”
A list of locations in New York City accepting donations and more information can be found HERE.
“These women are true champions in every sense of the word,” said promoter LOU DIBELLA. “What’s happened in Puerto Rico has touched native Puerto Ricans Amanda and Cindy and it’s great to see the city of New York banding together to help their fellow Americans through these donations.”
Amanda and Cindy are both training for upcoming appearances at Barclays Center. On October 14, WBO women’s featherweight world champion Cindy (26-5-3, 10 KOs) will make her Barclays Center debut.
On November 4, five-division world champion and current WBO women’s super bantamweight titlist Amanda (33-1-1, 25 KOs) will compete at Barclays Center for the fourth time.
WBC Champion Mairis Briedis (90,1 kg 198.6lbs) (22-0, 18 KOs) and Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) (89,5 kg197.3lbs) are ready for Saturday’s Ali Trophy quarter-final at the Arena Riga, Latvia.
“I can’t wait for tomorrow,” said Briedis, the WBC champion who was supported by a loud crowd of Latvian countrymen at Friday’s weigh-in Riga.
“Every fighter in this to tournament deserves to be here. I am not an odds maker, so I don’t do predictions. I can only promise that I will do my best to win in front of a sold-out arena and make my countrymen proud!”
Mike Perez brought a cake to the podium:
“I did that to show that I did not have any problems with making the weight. Some journalist asked at the press conference about a rumour saying that I was struggling to make weight. But I have not been struggling. Actually, I have been eating cake all week. Latvia has great cake.”
“I am motivated. My kids motivate me the most. I predict I win. I can only see me winning this fight. I do not care how I will win. One round or 12 rounds, I will get the win.”
ZURICH (September 29, 2017) – Fans across the United States will have the opportunity to watch World Boxing Super Series action throughout the remainder of the quarter-finals as AT&T will broadcast this round of the tournament on AUDIENCE Network and other AT&T platforms, beginning with Saturday’s Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez WBC World Championship showdown from a sold out Riga Arena in Riga, Latvia.
“Given the level of the fights and the productions and events so far we are delighted to bring the Ali Trophy to the US fans on one of the largest possible platforms. We expect the action to get even hotter beginning with this weekend,” said Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer for Comosa, AG.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring World Boxing Super Series quarter-final action to sports fans in the U.S.,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. “AUDIENCE Network, AUDIENCE Network On Demand and DIRECTV NOW are great platforms for this exciting round of cruiserweight and super middleweight matchups as the fighters begin their quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”
“The programming leading up to each quarter-final fight will give fans great insight into the combatants and what has gotten them to this point in their career,” said Schaefer. “You won’t want to miss any of the coverage leading up to these high-stakes showdowns.” AUDIENCE Network On Demand and DIRECTV NOW will make shoulder programming available during the fight week and continue all the way through fight night and conclude with a post-fight documentary.”
Pre-fight coverage on AUDIENCE Network On Demand and DIRECTV NOW will begin with coverage of the Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez WBSS cruiserweight quarter-final and continue through the quarter-final matchups concluding with the Juergen Braehmer vs. Rob Brant super middleweight showdown.
AUDIENCE Network is available to DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, U-verse, and AT&T UNLIMITED PLUS customers. It can be found on DIRECTV Channel 239, U-verse Channel 1114, and on DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, and U-verse apps.
Elena Gradinar will fight for the first time under her new co-promotional banner in a 10-rounder against Maria Jose Nunez in Narva, Estonia, on October 21.
Granados in the featured bout of a stacked undercard for Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
The 29-year-old Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs), who was born in Akron, Ohio and now lives in Las Vegas, remains one of the top welterweights in the division and aims to secure another title shot with a strong performance against Granados.
“To be fighting on an undercard for a Deontay Wilder fight is nothing short of excellent,” said Porter. “I’m excited and looking forward to this opportunity. Against Granados I’m getting into the ring with someone who is very established as an amateur and a professional, has great skills and isn’t going to go in there and lay down. That’s always going to bring out the best in me, and that’s always going to create a very exciting match-up. I know that when I do what I’m planning to do, it’s going to be exciting, entertaining and fill the seats.”
Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs), of Chicago, is accustomed to tough assignments and is known for delivering exciting toe-to-toe action. The 28-year-old has been in with Felix Diaz, losing a close majority decision in 2014, and then unbeaten Amir Imam, whom he defeated by TKO in 2015 when Imam was the top contender at 140-pounds. Granados went punch for punch with Adrien Broner in his last match, but came up just short, losing a split decision in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati on Feb. 18.
“I’m very excited to be fighting one of the best welterweights in the world in Shawn Porter,” said Granados. “With our styles it’s going to be fireworks from the opening bell. I was getting ready for a fight in October but when this opportunity arose I jumped at it.
It’s a tremendous card to be fighting on with the whole world watching and I’m looking to
put on a great performance.”
The 28-year-old Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs) is a former kickboxer from Russia who has been waiting nearly a year for his opportunity to fight for a world championship. Lipinets has only been the distance twice in his pro career and he earned his title shot with an eighth-round knockout of Lenny Zappavigna in a title eliminator last December. In his most recent start, Lipinets stopped Clarence Booth via third-round TKO in March at Barclays Center.
“I feel very privileged to be in the position to fight for this world title,” said Lipinets. “I will prepare to face the best possible fighter on that night and I promise that I will not disappoint. The lights will be bright but I have trained too hard not to leave the ring as a world champion.”
Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KOs) will be making his U.S. debut and fighting for a world championship for the first time when he meets Lipinets for the 140-pound title. The 32-year-old Kondo, of Kazo, Saitama, Japan, has won eight straight matches, including five by stoppage. This will be his third fight this year after he stopped Komsan Polsan in March and defeated Yuya Okazaki by TKO in May.
Former world champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) is coming off a two-year absence from the ring. Stiverne, 38, became the first Haitian-born boxer to win the heavyweight title when he defeated Chris Arreola in May of 2014. He lost the title to Wilder by decision on January of 2015 in Las Vegas. In his last fight Stiverne, who moved from Canada and now resides in Las Vegas, Nev., defeated Derric Rossy via decision.
The 32-year-old Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team and won his first 17 pro fights before suffering the only loss of his career when he fell short vying for a title against now-unified champion Anthony Joshua in June of 2016. In his last match, the fighter from of Alhambra, Calif. scored a fifth-round TKO victory over Polish heavyweight contender Izu Ugonoh on Feb. 25 in a memorable slugfest