MIKE “YES INDEED” REED MAKES HIS TOP RANK DEBUT ON OCTOBER 4!

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MIKE “YES INDEED” REED MAKES HIS TOP RANK DEBUT ON OCTOBER 4 Reed returns to Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and will face Mexico’s Juan Manuel Montiel in a six-round bout.  <Photos courtesy Juan Marshall and Team Reed.>

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Twenty-one year old light welterweight professional boxer, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (Washington, D.C./pro record: 10-0, 6 KOs), returns to the ring on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On the fight card, promoted by Top Rank, Reed will face Juan Manuel Montiel (Mexico City, Mexico/pro record: 7-6-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. This is Reed’s first fight since he signed with Top Rank in July, 2014. The main event will feature New Jersey’s Glen Tapia against Lithuania’s Donatas Bondorovas.

Michael “Buck” Pinson, Reed’s father, manager and trainer, talked about the upcoming fight on October 4. “Our opponent Montiel is a tough guy who went the distance with several undefeated fighters, and had draws with Carlos Molina and David Rodela. Even though he has six losses, I think he will give Mike the rounds he needs at this stage of his career. We appreciate that valuable fight experience that Montiel brings to the table. Top Rank knows the boxing business, and they are going to select the proper opponents that will help guide my son to a world title. Fighting at home or on the road isn’t a problem. At one time, Mike was one of the top amateurs, so we’ve traveled and competed all over the country.”

Pinson talked about training camp for this fight. He said, “At this point, camp is winding down, and Michael has put in the necessary work and is ready to fight. Training camp is the hard part, fighting is when boxing becomes fun. Michael’s job is to put the work in the gym and do whatever schoolwork is necessary for college. It’s that simple. We don’t worry about opponents getting switched or guys pulling out of a fight. I understand that happens sometimes in this sport, so we just continue doing our part to be mentally and physically prepared for whatever our opposition may bring to the fight in Atlantic City.”

Mike Reed talked about returning to Atlantic City for his Top Rank debut against Montiel. He said, “Juan Manuel Montiel is a durable opponent who has fought against very tough opposition. He went the distance in most of his fights and he is battle tested, with sixteen fights of pro experience. My goals for this fight are to continue my growth as a professional fighter while continuing to build my fan base outside of the Washington, D.C. area. I plan to show my versatility and many different aspects of my fight game. This is my Top Rank debut, and that means a lot. It is awesome to have the security of one of the top boxing promoters to help guide my career to a world title. Also, it shows the kids in the gym that hard work helps you achieve anything that you set your mind to accomplish.”

Reed continued, “This is our second consecutive fight in Atlantic City for Team Reed. Obviously, we do have to travel away from home, but the reception that we received from the crowd in Atlantic City was remarkable. The fans that were cheering for me at Bally’s made me feel as if I was fighting in my hometown. After the fight was over, I was walking around in the hotel’s casino, and I would hear people yell, ‘Yes Indeed!’ That was really cool.”

Reed discussed the talented light welterweight division. He said, “The 140 lb division is loaded with talent, but three names stand out to me and they are Lamont Peterson, Adrien Broner, and Terence Crawford. I have watched Lamont since I started boxing, and I’ve personally witnessed his transformation from him being an open fighter to being a world champion. When I first met Adrien in 2009, he told me that he was going to be a world champion. I watched how he trained and worked towards his goal, refusing to stop until he was a champion. I see a lot of similarities between Crawford and myself, even down to the way he carries himself inside and outside of the ring. He is a crafty and skillful fighter, and I believe he will be around for a long time.”

Reed is thankful for all the support he has received from his fans and the media. “After every interview or statement given, I always thank those who helped me get to this point. I’m grateful for every person who told a neighbor about me, and everyone who bought a ticket to attend one of my fights. Every little bit helps and it’s truly appreciated. Without you all, I wouldn’t where I am at this point in my career. Thank you to all the media who constantly encourage me and support my career.”

Tickets for Reed’s October 4 Top Rank card at Bally’s in Atlantic City, priced at $50 and $75, can be purchased by phone (800) 736 1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.

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For any inquiries, interviews or appearances, contact Lorin Chvotkin of Team Reed by email at Lbchoyas@yahoo.com or by phone at +1 (240) 498 1478.

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Curtis Stevens working on Speed for N’Dam Matchup

Curtis “Showtime” Stevens is working on the speed aspect of his game, to compliment the power we all know he possesses. Stevens, 27-4 (20 KOs) takes on Hassan N’Dam 30-1 (18 KOs) for the IBF’s #1 spot. The fight will take place on Wednesday October 1, 2014 on ESPN 2.

Check out what Curtis had to say:

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Results from Springfield!

Chip Mitchell ringside…

James Hogan’s Ponytail Promotions hit the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia last night with an entertaining boxing card last night.

The ladies had their say on Saturday night as in the main event, undefeated Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson 11-0-2 kept her WIBA Women’s International Boxing Association World welterweight championship with a debatable decision over Arlene Blencowe 2-3. Scores were 96-94 twice for Nelson. The third judge had it 97-93 for Blencowe.

Blencowe, from Australia started out well as she buzzed Nelson and had her in trouble in round one. Nelson recovered and had her moments throughout the ten round affair. However, she seemed to have problems getting punches off and was outworked by Blencowe. Two of the only votes that mattered, however, went to Nelson and she remains champion. As we exited the ABC Sports Complex, I witnessed a heartbroken Blencowe crying a river while being consoled by her brain-trust. She has no reason to cry as she acquitted herself well enough to be declared victorious on my scorecard. It’ll be a long, tough road trip back to Australia after suffering such a loss. I’d like to see these women go at it again.

In the co-feature, Tyrieshia Douglas only needed 1:22 of the first round to capture the United States Boxing Union championship with a KO of Whitney Gunter. Gunter was never in the fight and was knocked down twice before a member of the commission entered the ring to advise the referee to end the fight. The new champion Douglas moves to 6-0 (2 KOs), while Gunter falls to 0-2.

In the cruiserweight division, Travis Reeves 7-2 (3 KOs) took on Ariel Espinal 8-25 (4 KOs). I’ve met Travis and he’s a very likable young man. Espinal, from Brooklyn had a physique that favored George Foreman… the come-backing George that is. Continue reading

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Nelson-Blencowe headlines World Championship Boxing September 27!

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Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson will look for her fourth successful title defense when she puts her WIBA welterweight crown on the line against Arlene Blencowe Saturday, September 27 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

Tickets to “World Championship Boxing” start at $50 and are available by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ponytail-promotions-wiba-welterweight-world-championship-boxing-tickets-12716538509 or calling 410-499-5361. Doors open at 7 pm and the opening bell will sound an hour later.

A three-time world champion, the pound-for-pound ranked Nelson’s professional record is 10-0 with 3 draws and 1 win by knockout. In 2011, she traveled to Trinidad to outpoint Lorissa Rivas for the WBC middleweight title and she’s held the WIBA welterweight crown since September of 2013. The Virginia native most recently outpointed tough Nicole Woods over ten rounds on June 28.

Most in boxing recognize that records can be deceiving. In today’s era, many fighters pile up 20-plus wins against weak opposition. While this looks good on paper, questions definitely arise about how they’d fare against serious opponents. On the contrary, there are some good fighters that face quality foes off the bat but don’t have great records; fighters like Arlene Blencowe.

In her professional debut, Blencowe defeated unbeaten Nadine Browne (2-0-1) in a six round match. Two bouts later, she dominated Daniella Smith (12-3) over ten rounds to capture two world titles. In her most recent fight, Blencowe dropped a controversial decision against undefeated Sabrina Ostowari (7-0), who also missed weight for their match. To meet Nelson, she’s traveling more than 10,000 miles from her native Australia and plans to return home with a world title around her waist.

“I believe this will be Tori’s most challenging fight to date,” said James Hogan, CEO of Ponytail Promotions. “Regardless of her pro record, Blencowe is a serious fighter and is tougher than a two dollar steak. A lot of fighters would’ve avoided her because she doesn’t have a glossy record, but Tori Nelson is an elite fighter and in order to be the best you’ve got to take on all challengers.”

Highly-touted Tyriesha “Lady Tiga” Douglas of Baltimore faces Whitney Gunter in the semi-main event of the evening. Douglas, 5-0 (1 KO), is considered an elite prospect and is tentatively scheduled to fight for a world title in November.

USBU cruiserweight kingpin Travis Reeves, Seth Billups, Alexandru Marin, Larry Pryor, Edgar Torres and Henry Goss will all appear in separate undercard bouts.

“Ponytail Promotions is pleased with the talent we have on the undercard,” stated Hogan. “Billups and Marin have looked great. Alexandru Marin continues to improve and Travis Reeves is on a roll. The fans will not only get to see a world title fight and a future champion in Tyriesha, but a quality card from top to bottom.”

For more information, go to Ponytailpromotions.com.

Founded in 2014 by respected Baltimore-based boxing businessman James Hogan, Ponytail Promotions envisions becoming one of the top promotional firms in the United States. With a keen interest in both male and female fighters, Ponytail Promotions will run a total of 10-12 shows per year in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina.

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Gervonta “Tank” Davis Public Workout This Friday!

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Press Release- Undefeated Baltimore featherweight professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis, will hold a public workout titled, “Bullying Stops Here,” at Mondawmin Mall (Center Court) this Friday, 9/26 from 6-8 pm ET.

Davis said, “I’m looking forward to seeing all my supporters at Mondawmin Mall on Friday night, September 26. If we look out more for other people, a lot of bullying problems can be prevented. Thank you to my team, Shoe City, RK Jewelers, and Mondawmin Mall, for helping to put all bullies on notice. Bullying stops here!”

WHO: Baltimore pro boxer Gervonta “Tank” Davis (Baltimore, MD/126 lbs/pro record 8-0, 8 KOs)

WHAT: “Bullying Stops Here” public workout for Gervonta “Tank” Davis

WHERE: Mondawmin Mall Center Court, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

DATE: Friday, September 26, 2014

TIME: 6-8 pm ET

NEXT FIGHT DATE: October 8, 2014 in Biloxi, Mississippi, live on ESPN2

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Gervonta Davis on Twitter/Instagram: @GervontaDavis

MEDIA INQUIRIES: please contact Lorin Chvotkin of Team Davis by phone at (240) 498 1478 or by email at Lbchoyas@yahoo.com

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Corley, Johnson, Nicholson Victorious in Washington, D.C. by Robert Uzzell

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Robert Uzzell ringside-

DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, still in incredible shape at age 40, scored a one-sided unanimous decision over Daniel Attah on Saturday evening. Corley weighed in at an unbelievable 133 pounds, after spending close to 20 years fighting world class opposition at 140.

Corley dropped Attah five times, once round 4 and twice each in rounds 5 and 8. Attah was game enough to last until the final bell, however, to scores of 100-86, 99-86, and 100-85. With the win, Chop moves to 42-22-1 (25 KOs). Attah drops to 28-19-1 (11 KOs). The FightJournal.com exclusive video interview with Corley will follow this week.

In a special Washington, DC grudge match, Alexander “The Great” Johnson took on Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan. In what was billed as an even matchup, it didn’t take long for the winner to be decided.

About a minute into the opening stanza, the southpaw Johnson caught Buchanan with a straight left near the ropes and it was lights out. Buchanan tried unsuccessfully a few times to get up but couldn’t recover. Once he got to his feet, he was in no shape to continue. The referee waved the fight off at 2:10 of round one. Johnson improves to 16-2, (7 KOs), while Buchanan falls to 21-4 (14 KOs).

In the opener, Demond “D’BestAtIt” Nicholson stopped Dennis “The Shark” Sharpe in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. I’m used to seeing guys drop as soon as Nicholson hits them. However, the game New Jersey native Sharpe fought as if he came for more than a paycheck on Saturday night.

Nicholson brought out the big left hooks to go along with the huge right hand that fans are used to seeing. The accumulation of punches paid off as Nicholson was able to end Sharpe’s night early. Nicholson improves to 10-0 (10 KOs). Sharpe falls to 17-13-4 (4 KOs).

Bouts with Hector Camacho, Jr and Jeff Lacy were both cancelled. Camacho, Jr was scratched due to injury. Former IBF champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy was scheduled to face Rayco Saunders, but the bout was cancelled with no explanation. A trip to the locker room found Jeff Lacy up in arms about not being able to fight. Lacy claims he, as well as Saunders were ready to fight and that there was no money availbale to pay the fighters. He asked me to contact him to get his side of the story and I am obligated to appease both sides (promotion and fighter) on this issue.

Sports celebrities in attendance at various activities during the weekend:

“Sugar” Ray Leonard
Ronald “Winky” Wright
Keith Holmes
Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson
Sharmba “Little Big Man” Mitchell
Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe
Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell

The sponsor of this event was GFS Entertainment. Please go to gfsent.com to check them out!

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Weights from Washington, DC!

The GFS Entertainment Group brings the stars out in Washington, DC tomorrow afternoon. Here are the weights for tomorrow’s participants:

Demond Nicholson 161, Dennis Sharpe 163

Jarrett Hurd 154, Damon Antoine (N/A)

Henry Buchanan 173, Alexander Johnson 174

Jeff Lacy 178, Rayco Saunders 174

Main Event:

DeMarcus Corley 133, Daniel Attah 135

Fans you don’t want to miss this event! The celebrities will be out in full force. Some of the folks you’ll see tomorrow are Sugar “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Ronald “Winky” Wright, Floyd Mayweather Sr, Roger Mayweather, Jeff Mayweather, former Washington Redskin Brian Mitchell, Sharmba Mitchell, William Joppy and more.

See more details about the event by selecting the link here:

http://thefightjournal.com/2014/08/29/the-gfs-entertainment-group-hosts-celebrity-weekend-of-champions/

DONT MISS IT!

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