Standout amateur star Filip Hrgović has signed a long-term promotional pact with European powerhouse promoter Team Sauerland.
The 25 year-old Croatian joins the professional ranks following a stellar amateur career that saw him claim bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and gold at the 2015 European Championships in Samokov.
He brings with him a wealth of experience from over 100 amateur bouts and five seasons in AIBA’s World Boxing Series where having won 26 of his 30 fights he is the most successful boxer in the competition’s history.
Explaining his decision to join Team Sauerland, the highly sought after heavyweight said: “They are one of the best promoters in the business and have been for a long time. Team Sauerland have a big tradition in boxing and offered me good conditions to develop myself and to develop my skills.
“It is important to have a strong promoter behind you to guide your career. Team Sauerland have built a lot of world champions in the past. They know how to do their job, and together, I think we can make some big things happen.”
Having started his professional career in style, stopping the experienced Brazilian Raphael Zumbano Love in just 90 seconds last weekend in Riga, Hrgović believes the timing is right for him to turn over and has already set his sights on the biggest prize in boxing.
“I had a very long and successful amateur career with many big achievements but I think now is the right time for me to become a professional,” he said. “I fought a very experience guy in my first fight and I was satisfied with my performance. I think I made a good introduction to the professional game.
‘’My goals are always big and I’m always looking for the biggest achievements so winning the World Heavyweight Championship is now my number one aim, and I believe I will achieve this one day.’’
Hrgović will return to action on October 27 in Schwerin, Germany fighting against Pavel Sour (6-0, 5 KOs) in a six-round contest on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series quarter-final between Juergen Braehmer and Rob Brant.
“I’m really looking forward to fighting again,’’ said Hrgović. “I had a big break between the Olympic Games and my professional career so I can’t wait to get back into the ring. I would like to fight as often as is possible!”
Team Sauerland promoter Kalle Sauerland expressed his delight at securing Hrgović’s signature and says he believes he has signed a future World Champion.
“We have been tracking Filip for the past seven years so it is with great pleasure that we announce his signing today,” said Sauerland. “Filip is a special talent and without a doubt the future of the heavyweight division. He has the potential to become a global star and I believe it is only a matter of time before he is World Champion.”
Absolute chaos at Eubank and Yildirim’s final press conference in Stuttgart
British IBO Champion Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1-0,19 KOs) and Turkish Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) and their respective teams fought with words at an overheated press conference before Saturday’s Ali Trophy quarter-final clash at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle.
At the end of the press conference, things escalated when Yildirim’s manager Ahmet Öner was close to engaging himself in a fight with a member of Team Eubank Jr.
Chris Eubank Jr. set the tone for the press conference in his opening statement:
“The warship has landed fully equipped, fully loaded and all the artillery is pointing at Yildirim,” said the 28-year-old third seed in the Ali Trophy super-middleweight tournament.
“So you are coming with all your weapons,” said 26-year-old Avni Yildirim.
“Don’t forget the first world war when everybody was after the Turks and couldn’t do it. We are still here and everyone knows what Turkish soldiers are capable of. Turks are soldiers, war is in our DNA.”
Ahmet Öner, Yildirim’s manager and coach:
“Eubank Jr. is right – this will be war. I hope he has enough weapons to stay 12 rounds. If you win I will be the first guy to respect you and shake your hand, but I do not see that happen.”
Eubank Jr. added:
“One thing I do want to say. I have a lot of respect for the Turkish community, I have Turkish friends and I like Turkish food. This is a fight between two men. I advise Avni to take his focus of off stirring up a drama between two countries.”
Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland:
“We are delighted to be in Stuttgart, a great fight town.”
“Eubank Jr. and Yildirim are both stars in their own rights in their countries. We will see a war between two gladiators, two outstanding athletes.”
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.