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Heavyweight Factory Team, Including Newest Signee Ivan Dychko, Provide Thousands of Meals to Miami Victims of Hurricane Irma

This past weekend in Miami, Heavyweight Factory Gym Founder, Kris Lawrence, and a group of their prominent fighters, which included recently signed two-time Olympic Super Heavyweight Bronze Medallist Ivan Dychko, opened their hearts to the victims of Hurricane Irma by holding a free barbecue.
 Over two 10-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, the group cooked and served over 2500 pieces of chicken, 1000 sausages, 800 racks of ribs, as well as baked beans and potato salad, to a hungry community still feeling the effects of the devastating hurricane.
   Standing 6′ 9″ tall, Kazakhstan’s Dychko was an imposing sight at first, but quickly warmed the hearts of locals with his warm smile and tireless efforts to help. Despite the oppressive heat, he and former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, who also volunteered his time, posed for hundreds of pictures between servings.
 “Ivan was amazing,” said Heavyweight Factory Director of Boxing, Henry Rivalta. “He hung in there while the sun was brutal. His desire to stay with us and make sure the neighborhood was fed was just awesome.”
 

Well-known for being very giving to the needy, Lawrence is active with several charities and, every Christmas, loads a 40-foot container with toys and distributes them to children on the streets of his native Liberty City.

 “Giving back to the community gave our team a chance to join together and provide nice warm meals, which have been hard to find, due to the circumstances of Hurricane Irma,” continued Rivalta.
 Dychko, a heavily decorated amateur, was also a two-time world amateur championships silver medallist. He and trainer Derek Santos are hard at work at the Heavyweight Factory for his highly anticipated professional debut on September 28 in Kentucky

2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez back in action this Saturday in Kansas

PARK CITY, Kansas (September 19, 2017) — 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez returns to the ring this Saturday night for his third professional fight, headlining “KO Night Boxing: Step Up!”, at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.  

“KO Night Boxing: Step Up!” is a presentation of KO Night Boxing LLC., in association with Hartman Arena, Mort’s Cigar Bar, Jimmy Egg and Twister City Harley-Davidson. The action will be taped live for future airing on CBS Sports Network.

 Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Wichita, has a new opponent in the six-round main event, Kyrgyzstan flyweight Basyzbek Baratov (2-1-2).
Fighting out of Philadelphia, Baratov has had some tough luck, in terms of scoring, with two draws and a loss by split decision. His pro record could easily be 5-0.
 
A pair of undefeated Roc Nation Sports fighters, New Haven (CT) featherweight Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams (12-0, 5 KOs) and Chinese heavyweight Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang (17-0, 13 KOs), will be showcased.
 
USBA No. 2-rated Williams faces Derrick Murray (13-2 (5 KOs), of St. Louis (MO), in the 10-round co-feature. Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, Zhang meets Missouri veteran Byron “The Bear” Polley (30-21-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
 
Also fighting on the televised portion of the card is a 10-round welterweight match pitting undefeated rising star Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez (16-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Key West, Florida, against Hungarian champion Gabor “Squirrel” Gorbics (23-7, 14 KOs).
 
In an eight-round battle of heavyweights, Los Angeles’ Scott Alexander (12-2-2, 6 KOs) faces Richard “Silverback” Carmack (15-1-1, 12 KOs), of Kansas City (MO).
 
The already loaded undercard continues to provide a boxing platform for local fighters in four-round fights: Kansas City (MO) junior middleweight Marcus Neal (2-1, 2 KOs) vs. Akeem Black (2-1, 1 KO), of Milwaukee, Wichita’s pro-debuting light heavyweight Jeff Sturm vs. Chris Ortega (3-0-1), of Topeka (KS), and Topeka’s Brian Clements (0-0-1) vs. Liberian junior welterweight Archie Weah, fighting out of Ohio.

Fighter Spotlight: Josh Crespo

Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series
Local Fighter Spotlight: Josh Crespo
Crespo Responds to Green: “I’ve Fought Bigger, Better Competition”
 
New Haven, CT:     In the heated lead-up to their highly anticipated October 5th rematch on the Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series, New Haven’s Josh Crespo (7-5, 3 KOs) has had some harsh words for his cross town rival, Nate Green (9-0, 2 KOs). Crespo suffered a decision loss to Green when they first stood toe-to-toe back in 2011 at the start of their respective careers. Interestingly, three years later, Green worked Crespo’s corner when he defeated Sammy Rodriquez in Rodriguez’ hometown of Rochester, NY.  For this reason, Green believes that he has gained a special insight into what makes Crespo tick in the ring. 
 
Crespo, however, sees things a bit differently. Insinuating that Green’s assistance during the Rodriguez fight was superficial at best, he explained. “First of all, Green didn’t train me. His coach didn’t train me. I conditioned myself. I went all by myself. All I needed was someone to qualify as a corner man. I already knew what I was doing in that fight. I knew who I was going up against.” He continued, “All he had to do was hold (the) pads up and get me loose and warmed up. I was going to go in there and win the fight whether I had Nate or somebody else. I had worked so hard to get ready for that fight that I knew I was going to win. I already had that mentality. He never coached me; never trained me; never did a damn thing.”
 
Although Green boasts an undefeated record, Crespo believes that he has fought the tougher opposition and his experience in the ring will give him the edge on Oct. 5. He elaborated, “I fought different kinds of opponents. I think I fought better opposition than he has. I fought bigger, better competition. I’ve learned a lot. The only thing that Nate could ever use to separate me and him is the fact that he’s undefeated and I’m not.”  He went on to explain, “That’s because I feel like I’ve taken more chances. I’ve fought real tough competition. I never went in the ring with people knowing that I’m going to win 100%. (Nate) goes into a fight knowing he’s going to win. He has to know that he’s has to win the fight in order to be the cocky little bastard that he is.”
 
This will be Green’s first fight in the 122-pound weight division. Crespo believes that Green chose this rematch because he believes it would make for an easier transition to move up in weight and fight someone he has already defeated. However, Crespo is not fazed by Green confidence.
 
“He thinks he’s the great one. I don’t think he’s so great. I think October 5th is going to be a night where I can redeem myself.  He’s never fought at 122 [lbs.] before.  But since it was me and he beat me, he agreed to take the fight. He’s real cautious about what stuff he takes and I’m willing to step into the ring with anyone.” Crespo concluded by making the point that, while he is extremely confident going into the fight, he is not simply looking for “a guaranteed win.”
 
About October 5: The Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series hosts its third installment with a rare Thursday Night edition at the Arena at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Main Event features a ten-round middleweight match-up between Rising Stars’ staple Vaughn Alexander and former middleweight title contender Elvin Ayala. The series is presented by Mohegan Sun and Main Events and feature boxing prospects from New England and around the world. Tickets start at $40 and are available now through Ticketmaster and the Mohegan Sun box office.

Joseph Parker Versus Hughie Fury WBO Heavyweight Championship PPV Fact Sheet

Main Event – World Boxing Organization Heavyweight World Championship (12)
JOSEPH PARKER (23-0, 18 KOs), Champion, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA by way of New Zealand
vs.
HUGHIE FURY (20-0, 10 KOs), No.1 mandatory contender, Manchester, UK
 
Co-Feature – Vacant WBO Intercontinental Super Welterweight Championship (12)
JIMMY “Kilrain” KELLEY (21-2, 9 KOs), Manchester, UK
vs.
STILLIYAN “Still Kill” KOSTOV (21-7, 16 KOs), Razgrad, Bulgaria
 
All and/or highlights of additional PPV fights will air pending time restraints.
 
Fights and fighters subject to change.
 
WHEN:Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT
 
WHERE: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
 
PROMOTER: Hennessy Sports

Fighter Spotlight: Nate Green

New Haven, CT:     In an eight-round featherweight showdown for New Haven bragging rights, Elm City’s Nate Green (9-0, 2 KOs) takes on long-time cross town rival and New Haven native, Josh Crespo (7-5-3, 3 KOs). The bout will be presented as the co-feature on the Thursday, October 5 installment of the Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series. The bad blood between Green and Crespo goes back to Green’s professional debut in 2011 when he handed Crespo his first loss.
 
Since their 2011 match-up, the two have crossed paths professionally at various times. When Crespo traveled to Rochester, NY three years later to defeat Sammy Rodriguez in Rodriguez’ hometown, Green worked Crespo’s corner. According to Green, “After I beat him, he came to my gym and he was training with my club. Then he left my gym and he needed a coach because he had a fight. He asked me to be in his corner. I had to give him instructions during the fight and I was his head coach” Green continued. “It’s crazy to me that he thinks he’s going to be able to beat me when he used me to get a win. One of his wins is because of me!”
 
It is this inside knowledge, coupled with his previous win over Crespo, that has convinced Green he will dominate Crespo on Oct. 5. He added, “I know what he’s good at and I know what he’s not good at. That’s why he used me [in his corner]. “He knows I know what he does best and what he’s good at. I guess that’s why he wanted me to be in his corner.”
 
Despite assertions to the contrary from Crespo, Green does not believe there is any tension between himself and his opponent. “I don’t think it’s bad blood,” said Green. “I don’t know. He was talking junk like some people talk some junk while somebody around him almost talks at him junk. But come October 5th, he’s going out there, he’s gonna eat his words and nobody’s going to be able to fight for him. So, he’s in trouble!”  Green continued, “He just better be ready and I hope he’s in great condition. I just don’t want no excuses after this.  Because every time he loses it’s always: It’s because this happened and that happened. Man, no excuses man. When you lose it’s because I’m better. Even his fans are going to want to cheer for me after they see what I do to him.”
 
Green not only sees this fight as a chance to secure New Haven bragging rights against his long-time rival.  It is also an opportunity to step up in weight for the first time to the featherweight division. His previous fights have been at bantamweight. When asked how he sees the future after this fight Green was emphatic.   “I just want to be able to fight more consistently. Having the talent that I have (there) shouldn’t be no reason why I’m not on any of these cards and I’m not fighting more actively. That’s all I hope to achieve is that I just continue to fight. This will be my second fight back to back so I just want to continue fighting and not take no more setbacks. Just keep moving up the ladder and ultimately fight for a world title.”

Exciting Undercard Announced for Long Island Rockin’ Fights Sept 28th

Star Boxing announced a terrific undercard for, Rockin’ Fights 28 on September 28th at the Paramount in Huntington, NY.  The main event features the highly anticipated return of Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin vs. former French Jr. Welterweight champion, Renald “Le Lion” Garrido.
Star Boxing’s newly re-signed prospect, Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez (14-0-1 5KO’s) highlights the terrific undercard in the co-feature vs. Milwaukee’s own Deonte “Bomaye” Wilson (7-2 3KO’s) in an 8 round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Returning to The Paramount for the 7th time, Gonzalez is coming off a convincing win against veteran Samuel Amoako and is looking to continue his rise in the Jr. Welterweight division. “El Gallo” has no easy task in front of him as he takes on the athletic Deonte “Bomaye” Wilson hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gonzalez hopes to remain undefeated and continue his very active 2017, with this being his fourth fight in the calendar year.
Connecticut native and recent Star Boxing signee, “Action” Anthony Laureano (4-0 2KO’s) will make his New York debut taking on Oscar Valdez (2-2 1KO) of Little Rock, Arkansas in a 6 round Jr. Welterweight bout
Laureano is one of the hottest prospects in New England.  Laureano is an all action fighter and is never in a bad fight.  The knowledgeable fans at the Paramount are going to love this kid.
Vinny D’Angelo (2-0-1, Queens, NY) will look to continue his undefeated streak against Brandon Bey (pro-debut, Bronx, NY) in a 4 round Super Middleweight bout
D’Angelo is no stranger to The Paramount as he will be returning for his third fight there against Bronx native, Brandon Bey who is making his pro debut. Bey is looking to get his career started in the win column, and beating the undefeated D’Angelo would be a great start.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments about the undercard, “We are ecstatic to bring this talent packed undercard to Long Island. Having just re-signed Danny Gonzalez, we are pleased to highlight him as the co-feature of the card. Anthony Laureano has been a great addition to our stable and we are very excited for our New York following to see him and his fan favorite style, live at The Paramount. These fights will be sure to bring the action from the moment the doors open, you will not want to miss it!”
In the 10 round Jr. Welterweight main event, tough Frenchmen Renald Garrido will be making the trip across the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to derail the long awaited return of “The Hebrew Hammer” Cletus Seldin, 19-0 16KO’s (Long Island, NY)  in the main event of Rockin’ Fights 28 on Thursday, September 28th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.

SAMPSON BOXING AND CANNERY HOTEL & CASINO ANNOUNCE TWO-FOR-ONE FIGHT TICKETS FOR LAS VEGAS FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE AND MILITARY ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

LAS VEGAS (September 18, 2017) – Sampson Boxing and the Cannery Hotel & Casino are proud to announce a “Buy One Get One Free” fight-ticket special for firefighters, police and military personnel attending their upcoming “Cuba vs. Mexico” Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes event on Tuesday, September 26.

In honor of the brave men and women serving Las Vegas and around the world, all seats, will be two-for-one for qualifying attendees when undefeated Leduan Barthelemy (13-0, 7 KOs) faces also undefeated Eduardo Ramirez (20-0-2, 7 KOs) in the 10-round featherweight main event at the Cannery Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas. Tickets, starting at $30, are available by calling 800-745-3000.

Televised live on FS1 and FOX Deportes beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, the event also features hard-hitting prospect Alejandro Salinas (8-1, 8 KOs) matching up against unbeaten Duarn Vue (12-0, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight attraction plus a six-round showdown between unbeaten lightweight prospects Bryan Figueroa (12-0, 5 KOs) and Ivan Jimenez (7-0-1, 4 KOs).

“I am proud to offer this ticket special to the bravest ones in our society,” said Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. “Please be my guest at the fights and bring a friend or family member. This is a great night of fights, featuring fighters with combined records of 72-1-3 in the three televised bouts, and I’m proud to be able to offer it to our best and brightest at a discounted price.”

Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds.  The fights are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

 
 

Yildirim’s coach: I am the colonel, he is my Rambo

Coach Ahmet Öner is ready to send his boxer Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) into war against Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1, 19 KOs) on October 7 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany.

“Our relationship is like a colonel and a soldier,” said Ahmet Öner. “Sometimes I call him John Rambo, and I am Colonel Trautman. He is my Rambo, I made him and I am very happy with what I’ve made.”

The former light heavyweight, now coach and manager, believes that his fighter can go all the way to win the Muhammad Ali Trophy. The first obstacle is Chris Eubank Jr., but Öner does not see the British IBO Champion as a serious threat in the battle for the Greatest Prize in Boxing.

“I do not fear Eubank Jr. He has nothing to stop Avni. Eubank is a kid, a spoiled kid who thinks he is a brave tough guy, he is not. His father was an actor and a fighter with good power punches. Eubank Jr. has good movement, but he has no power. Eubank Jr. is a cheap version of Floyd Mayweather. He thinks he is Mayweather, but he is not,” said Öner.

“Avni never gives up. The word ‘brave’ describes Avni. He is Braveheart, he is like Rambo. Many of the other fighters in the tournament they care for the money, that is not Avni. Avni’s dream is to become a world recognized fighter. He wants to be a hero, he loves when people pay attention to him. Boxing is a tool to achieve this. He does not care for the money, he cares for the glory.”

Williams retains title with win over Rodriguez

Fighting for the third time since, Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (13-1, 11 KOs) continued his east-coast reign of terror in the co-feature, stopping game challenger Matt McKinney (5-3-2) of Oceanside, Calif., at the 2:41 mark of the second round. Cusumano sent McKinney to the canvas four times, twice in each round, before referee Johnny Callas stopped the bout.

Cusumano has won 11 in a row and each of his last three by knockout within the first two rounds, including another dominant performance less than three weeks ago on the last CES Boxing card in August.

Making his fifth Twin River appearance, Providence lightweight Anthony Marsella Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs) remained undefeated in his most impressive performance to date, stopping Mexican challenger Israel Rojas (12-19) at 1:47 of the fourth round. Marsella Jr. sent Rojas to the canvas in the closing seconds of the third and twice more in the fourth before referee Joey Lupino waved it off.

Coming off his first career loss back in April, New Bedford, Mass., native Ray Oliveira Jr. (8-1) got back in the win column, narrowly defeating New Haven’s David Wilson (5-2-1) by split decision, 58-56, 55-59, 58-56.

Judges Eddie Scuncio and Robin Taylor scored the bout in favor of Oliveira while Ken Ezzo gave Wilson each of the first four rounds and the sixth and final round. Wilson started strong, also winning two of the first three rounds on Scuncio and Taylor’s scorecards, but Oliveira came on strong down the stretch to earn his first win since February.

Stealing the show on the preliminary card, female bantamweights Marcia Agripino (1-1-1) of Groton, Conn., and New Yorker Federica Bianco (3-1) fought four entertaining, back-and-forth rounds with Bianco earning the unanimous decision win, 39-37, 39-37, 40-36. The fight was much closer than the scores indicated, but Bianco was the aggressor, establishing a feverish pace from the opening bell and refusing to let up at any point. Agripino, fighting for the first time since 2013, brought the same energy, but Bianco was slightly more accurate with her exchanges, leading her to third win as a pro and first since May of 2016.

Making his 10th appearance since turning pro last May, Worcester’s Kendrick Ball Jr. (8-0-2) remained unbeaten, trading blows for six rounds with the dangerous Pablo Velez (7-2-1) of Durham, N.C., en route to a 60-54 shutout on all three scorecards. The taller, leaner Ball Jr. used his reach to keep Velez at a distance, but also stayed busy on the inside, unafraid to exchange with his opponent while outworking him consistently within close range. The win highlighted Ball Jr.’s 25th birthday celebration, which commences Sunday.

In another back-and-forth regional showdown, Stoughton, Mass., welterweight Travis Demko (5-1) narrowly defeated Marqus Bates (2-2) of nearby Taunton by split decision, 39-37, 37-39, 39-37. Judges Wayne Lima and Taylor scored it in favor of Demko while Scuncio gave Bates the nod. Each fighter had his moments, but Demko hurt Bates in the second and had him on the ropes again in the third. Taylor and Lima each gave Demko the first three rounds while Scuncio scored rounds one, three and four in favor of Bates.

Fighting for the second time in three weeks, Worcester lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (6-0, 4 KOs) looked dominant as ever, stopping the game Darnell Pettis (1-6) of Cleveland, who failed to answer the bell for the fourth and final round. Pettis hung in for three rounds, taking Ortiz’s best, but after a brutal third round, Pettis was done for the night and Ortiz earned his fourth win of the year and second since August.

Living up to his nickname, “Bling Bling,” Providence super featherweight Michael Valentin (2-0) kept his unbeaten record intact with a hard-fought win over debut Henry Garcia (0-1) of New Bedford. Garcia never stopped coming forward, but Valentin’s quick hands set the tone early, and the 18-year-old Providence native scored a big knockdown in the second round to open up a comfortable lead on the scorecards en route to a 39-36, 40-35, 40-35 unanimous decision win.

In a battle of pro debut cruiserweights from Worcester, fighting out of rival gyms, Rafiel Nyakoko (1-0, 1 KO) earned the knockout win over Jake Paradise (0-1) at the 2:36 mark of the second round. Nyakoko controlled the pace in the opening round and then staggered Paradise with a hard right midway through the second. Paradise tried to hold on to buy some time, but Nyakoko used his reach to establish his distance and finished Paradise for a good with a flurry of punches along the ropes, prompting Lupino to stop the bout.

Also in preliminary action, Worcester’s Philip Davis (1-1) earned his first career victory in the featherweight division over Providence’s Phil Dudley (1-1), 39-36 on all three scorecards, and featherweight Ricky Delossantos (3-0) of Providence remained unbeaten with his third win of 2017, beating Lowell’s Jonathan Perez (2-2-2), 40-36 on all three cards.

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