Raised in a boxing household, Worcester’s Ball Jr. chases lifelong dreams with his father in his corner 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 19th, 2016) — There were times when Kendrick Ball was training his son at the gym during his teenage years and not quite getting the feedback he wanted.

Bystanders wondered aloud whether or not Kendrick Ball Jr. really wanted to box after all.
“Some of the parents thought I was pushing him too much because it was something I wanted him to do,” Ball said.
Times have changed in Worcester, Mass. Now 24 years old and four fights into his professional career, Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs) is every bit the fighter his father hoped and imagined he’d be, a hard-hitting body puncher who adopted his father’s love for boxing as he chases his own championship dreams.
As for the push he gets from his father, that’s the one constant that hasn’t changed a bit.
“In the amateurs, whenever he wanted to fight, I never really pushed him like that,” Ball said, “but now that he’s in the pros, oh, man, I don’t stop pushing.”
Ball Jr. returns Friday, Oct. 16th, 2016 on the undercard of CES Boxing’s 2016 Twin River Fight Series season finale at Twin River Casino in a four-round middleweight bout against Oregon’s Rafael Valencia (3-4-1, 2 KOs), his fifth fight since turning pro in May.
This was Ball’s plan from Day 1, to get his son to become a professional boxer and pick up where he left off in his own amateur career, one in which he captured two Junior Olympic titles as a teenager before devoting his time to training others. The first of Ball’s five children, Ball Jr. took an immediate liking to the sport thanks to that initial push from his father.
“His first gift was boxing gloves,” Ball recalled.
Ball Jr. had the benefit of being able to train at home; his father set up a makeshift gym in the basement, where the younger Ball remembers doing a lot of mitt work at home as a child. They’d also spend time at various gyms training with former Worcester pro Sean Fitzgerald, who’s now a part of Ball’s team, or working out at the Boys & Girls Club, run by the legendary Carlos Garcia.
“It was always fun doing it,” Ball Jr. said, “and then, I don’t know, I guess I just ended up liking it, so I continued to train.”
Once his son got older, Ball figured it was time to test his ability against other fighters, but Ball Jr. was hesitant at first, mainly because he didn’t quite believe in himself.
“I didn’t think I was ready to fight,” he said. “I just kind of fought because I didn’t want people to think I was scared, so I’d just go do it anyway.”
Ball knew he had to pull back the reigns. He had taken his time working his son into the boxing culture and didn’t want to push him at the risk of driving him away.
“When he was younger, he wanted to fight all the time, but I wanted to wait until he got a little older,” Ball said. “When he got older, he was in the gym every day with me because I opened my own gym, but every time I’d say, ‘Let’s go! Let’s fight!’ he was kind of hesitant, but he’d spar with anybody and everybody at the time, bigger guys who were way bigger than him.”
Eventually, Ball Jr. began competing in regional tournaments. He lost his first six fights, admittedly because he didn’t take it seriously or, perhaps, because he jumped in there just to prove to others he wasn’t afraid.
Ultimately, he grew stronger and more confident with each fight. He went on a lengthy winning streak, capturing novice titles at the Rocky Marciano Tournament and the USA Boxing New England Championships, and by the time he reached his senior year of high school, something suddenly clicked.
Around that time, he met Khiary Gray, now his stablemate out of Camp Get Right, who is also trained by his father. By the time they were high school seniors, they were inseparable, and Ball had grown four inches between his freshman and senior years, adding a devastating reach to his attack.
Gray turned pro in 2014 and immediately won his first 13 fights in just under two years, pushing Ball to try to duplicate that success, but his father wasn’t convinced his son was ready just yet.
“Once he saw the results Khiary had, he changed his training at the gym and told me wanted to turn pro,” Ball said, “so I told him, ‘You have to prove a couple of things to me in a couple of fights.’ One of the things was he had to drop a kid in an amateur fight. He fought in the Rocky Marciano Tournament against this kid and I was telling him that, so he came out and dropped the kid. I was like, ‘Oh, shit!'”
Everyone at Camp Get Right knew Ball Jr. had power, but his father helped turn him into an equally devastating body puncher, one of his trademarks as a trainer. After roughly 30 amateur fights, Ball Jr. turned pro in May with a scintillating knockout win over Tunde Odumosu just 1 minute, 39 seconds into the opening round. Each of his three wins have come by knockout with only Bruno Dias making it out of the first round.
Having sparred so much with fellow pros such as former world-title challenger Edwin Rodriguez and fellow amateur standout Owen Minor, Ball Jr. developed a pro style that limited him in the amateurs, but has helped him enjoy early success as a pro, especially with the attack to the body, which finished Dias in July at the 1:56 mark of the second mark.
“I focus a lot on the body with my fighters,” Ball said. “My son goes to the body really, really well. He has a long reach. I’d like him to use his reach more, but he likes to bang. If he gets into a fight where someone hits him hard or whatever, it’s going to be a war. He’s going to go toe-to-toe with you.”
Father-son relationships have been prevalent in boxing for decades. Some work, some don’t. Providence’s Roland Estrada trained his son, Jason Estrada, throughout his entire career, including his run to the Olympics in 2004 and continuing during the younger Estrada’s quest for a heavyweight world title. The late Hector Camacho Sr. enjoyed a prolific career as a three-time world champion, but rarely worked with own son, Hector Camacho Jr., who has fought 66 times as a pro.
Ball’s emphasis on commitment and respect has rubbed off on his son, a soft-spoken, 6-foot-3 gentle giant who has already won over his promoter, Jimmy Burchfield Sr., who says Ball Jr. always sends him a text the morning after each fight thanking him for the opportunity. More importantly, Ball Jr. has grown receptive to his father’s criticism and praise, which isn’t always the case in the father-son dynamic.
“He’s at the age now where he’s a grown man, so he thinks he knows everything,” Ball said. “I’m constantly on him, trying to correct things, and he just thinks I’m on his ass, but like I told him before, ‘If you turn pro, it’s serious.’ There’s no half-stepping. You can get hurt in this sport. He knows I’m on him because I want the best out of him like I do with any of my fighters, so he understands.
“It works,” Ball Jr. says, “because I trust what he’s going to say and he’s always the one trying to tell me what to do and how to do things.”
They’ve become a near unstoppable duo; Ball’s success with Gray has earned him a reputation as one of the area’s up-and-coming trainers, and now he has his son, whose only blemish was a four-round majority draw against previously unbeaten David Wilson, a fight he agreed to on just seven days’ notice following his win over Dias.
After recently re-signing with CES Boxing, keeping him a part of the team for the foreseeable future, the sky’s the limit for Ball Jr., who’s become a rising star in New England on his own terms.
“It’s been a long time coming. It was a goal he set as a young kid,” Ball said. “He has this book he did when he was in the third or fourth grade and he talked about how he wanted to be a pro fighter.
“It’s funny when we go back and read those things. I knew it was going to happen. I just didn’t want to push him into it. I wanted him to be able to do it.”
Tickets for Oct. 21st are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Headlining the Oct. 21st fight card is the eight-round Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Junior Middleweight International and Northeast title bout between the champion, Gray (13-1, 10 KOs), and the challenger Chris Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KOs) of Chicago, Ill.
Worcester super middleweight Ben Peak makes his professional debut in a four-round bout against Jose Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., and former amateur standout Anthony Marsella Jr. (1-0) of Providence makes his Rhode Island debut against Philadelphia’s Bardraiel Smith (0-1) in a junior welterweight bout, all three in four rounds.
Worcester’s Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) returns to face Providence, R.I., native Cido Hoff (1-0-1) in a four-round featherweight bout and Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs), also of Worcester, puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran junior welterweight Isaiah Robinson (3-3, 2 KOs) of Durham, N.C.
New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1) and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., faces Philadelphia’s Shavonte Dixon (0-1), both in four-round bouts.
Visit www.cesboxing.com, www.twitter.com/cesboxing or www.facebook.com/cesboxing for more information, follow CES Boxing on Instagram at @CESBOXING and use the hashtag #ChatmanGray to join the conversation.
— CES —
Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.
Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or kward@twinriver.com.

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Reading, PA (October 19, 2016)–King’s Promotions has announced the signing of undefeated flyweight Damian “Sugar” Vazquez and super middleweight Blake Cameron Mansfield to promotional contracts.

Vazquez of Las Vegas, Nevada has a record of 8-0 with three knockouts.

The former amateur sensation was a multiple-time National champion and Ringside World champion.

The 19 year-old Vazquez turned professional at age 16 with a 1st round stoppage over Miguel Meneses.  He has won every bout, and captured the NABF Junior Flyweight title with 8 round unanimous decision over former three-time world title challenger Omar Soto.  He made one defense of the title with 8 round unanimous decision over Edwin Reyes (4-1-2).  In his last bout, Vazquez won a six-round unanimous decision over Javier Lapizco (7-1) on October 14, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.
 Damian is the nephew of the Great Mexican Champ, Israel Vazquez.

“I’m very excited to be signing with Marshall Kauffman and Kings Promotions. He’s been doing a great job promoting big fights, and to us one he is of the best promoters in boxing,”said Vazquez.  “I’m ready to step back into the ring and show everybody there’s a new young gun in town, and I’m determined to be the Sheriff.”

“Sugar is very excited to be back in the ring and we are excited to be with Kings Promotions,”said Vasquez Trainer and Father, Oscar Valdez.  “Marshall Kauffmanis a boxing man who’s been in the business for years. I’m trusting him to guide my son to becoming a champion and I know we are going to do it. We are going to Shock the World and we’re destined for greatness. Unstoppable. ”

“King’s Promotions is very excited about the signing of Damian,” Said Marshall Kauffman of King’s Promotions.  He is already a proven and established Champion. We look forward to the future with this kid and coming after ALL of the Top World Titles.”

Mansfield of Burlington, North Carolina has a 3-0-1 with 2 knockouts.

The 28 year-old has been a professional for just 16 months, when he stopped Tybarrius Spears in one round.  He also has a win over Hakeem Atkinson.  He is coming off a draw with regarded Quinton Rankin (11-2) on July 23rd in Durham, North Carolina.

“It’s an honor to sign with a top flight promotional company.  I am thankful for the the opportunity goes hand and hand with my hunger to be champion.  The “Ko King” only sits with King’s Promotions.
“We could not imagine working with a better promotional company.  We look forward to bringing Blake to the top of the super middleweight division.
“Blake is a Great Addition to the King’s Promotions roster.,” said Marshall Kauffman  “He is coming off a highly contested draw to a veteran Quinton Rankin in July.  Blake has already proven that he doesn’t shy away from the tough fights and tough fighters. The sky is the limit for a kid with this kind of talent and heart, we’re looking forward to getting him back into the ring soon in 2016.”
For more information, Contact:
Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com  & www.abramsboxing.com

Marc Abrams PR, 1229 Chestnut Street, Apt 217, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Uncasville, CT: Mohegan Sun and Main Events are proud to announce the pilot event of a new boxing series entitled “Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series” which will debut on November 26 at the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The series will be presented by Mohegan Sun and Main Events and feature boxing prospects from New England and around the world. Tickets start at $50 and are available now through Ticketmaster and the Mohegan Sun box office.

This exciting joint-venture will highlight up-and-coming prospects who are looking to be the next big boxing superstar. Mohegan Sun and Main Events hope this series will allow local prospects, as well as hot international talent, the opportunity to showcase their skills to an already loyal boxing fan base at Mohegan Sun.

The debut event will feature local prospects including Cassius Chaney a heavyweight from New London, CT, Kevin Asmat a featherweight from Union City, NJ and Reinaldo Graceski a light heavyweight from Springfield, MA and international talent such as Enriko Gogokhia a junior middleweight from Ukraine and Madiyar Ashkeyev a junior middleweight from Kazakhstan. The full card will be announced shortly.

According to Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva, “For the past couple years it has been difficult for promoters to find a platform to showcase their young prospects. Mohegan Sun has a strong tradition of hosting great boxing. It seemed like a perfect marriage to bring this exciting club-style series to the fans at Mohegan Sun. We look forward to showcasing many talented young fighters looking to be the next big thing in boxing. This first event will be a bit of a test run, so we hope to announce more details and a real schedule for the series in the near future.”

“I am thrilled to have Main Events back at Mohegan Sun,” said Michael Mazzulli, Director of Athletic Regulations for the Mohegan Tribe. “Throughout the years they have promoted great fight cards and as a regulator I look forward to seeing some great local talent. The 4 and 6 round fights interest me the greatest, to be one of the first regulators to see a future world champ is a great honor.”


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 19th, 2016) — Not since the Mayflower has a landing in Plymouth, Mass., been this highly anticipated.

CES MMA, in association with Cage Titans FC, makes its long-awaited debut in historic Plymouth on Friday, Nov. 4th, 2016 with “CES MMA 39,” live from Memorial Hall, located just a stone’s throw from Plymouth Rock.
Known as “America’s Hometown” and the birthplace of New England, Plymouth is prominent in American history and folklore in addition to being one of the South Shore’s most sought-after destinations for combat sports.
“CES MMA 39” keeps the tradition with a star-studded lineup featuring the return of former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and CES MMA veteran Chuck O’Neil (17-8, 6 KOs) of Bridgewater, Mass., who battles middleweight Wilfredo Santiago (6-3, 5 KOs) of nearby Lawrence in the main event.
Tickets for “CES MMA 39” are priced at $45.00, $55.00, $75.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com or www.cagetix.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
O’Neil has won his last two fights following a loss in his middleweight debut in October of 2015. With a full year of fighting professionally at 185 pounds under his belt, he’s righted the ship with back-to-back wins over Dennis Olson and Roy Jones, the latter coming in August at “CES MMA 37” via first-round knockout at the 2:24 mark.
The hard-hitting Santiago has resurrected his career over the past year and a half with three consecutive wins, two by knockout. He stopped Ralph Johnson via first-round knockout in July of 2015 and later knocked out veteran Nuri Shakur in August, improving his record to 6-3 following a two-fight losing streak.
“CES MMA 39” features eight action-packed bouts, including a featherweight showdown between 25-fight vet Saul Almeida (18-7, 1 KO) of Framingham, Mass., and Abington, Mass., prospect Manny Bermudez (7-0, 1 KO), who puts his unbeaten record on the line.
The 27-year-old Almeida is a veteran of several prominent organizations, including CES MMA, World Series of Fighting (WSOF) and Bellator Fighting Championships. Nov. 4th will be his ninth under the promotional guidance of CES MMA and first since 2014. Bermudez, a longtime Cage Titans and CES MMA vet, returns to the cage for the first time since August when he defeated Rodrigo Almeida via first-round submission.
Also on the undercard, Quincy, Mass., light heavyweight Mike Rodriguez (5-1, 3 KOs) returns following an impressive network television debut at “CES MMA 38” in September to face New Hampshire’s Kevin Haley (5-3, 2 KOs) and Cage Titans vet Peter Barrett (6-0, 5 KOs) of Abington puts his unbeaten record on the line in a featherweight bout against Clearwater, Fla., native Jeremy Davis (3-0, 1 KO), also undefeated.
In the flyweight division, Milford, Mass., vet Remo Cardarelli (6-4) faces Josh Ricci (2-0) of Whitesville, N.Y., and Stoughton, Mass., bantamweight Matt Barrett (3-0, 2 KOs) returns to face Matt Almy (2-1) of Binghamton, N.Y.
Sandwich, Mass., welterweight Bobby Flynn (6-3, 1 KO), fresh off his win over Kevin Horowitz at “CES MMA 36,” battles unbeaten Crofton, Md., native Micah Terrill (6-0, 5 KOs) and Connor Barry (1-0) of Holbrook, Mass., faces lightweight Anthony Giachina (1-0) of Selden, N.Y.
Visit www.cesmma.com, www.twitter.com/cesmma or www.facebook.com/cesmma for more information, follow CES MMA on Instagram at @CESMMA and use the hashtag #CES39 to join the conversation.
— CES —
Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.


Get to Know Jarrett Hurd
Undefeated Rising Star Takes on Once Beaten Super Welterweight Contender Jorge Cota Saturday, November 12 in Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Temple University’s Liacouras Center
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PHILADELPHIA (October 19, 2016) – In the last year, undefeated 154-pound contender “Swift” Jarrett Hurd has rocketed to the top of the stacked super welterweight division, putting himself squarely in the hunt for a world title. Saturday, November 12, Hurd continues his championship march as he takes on once-beaten Jorge Cota in Premier Boxing Champions on Spike action from Temple University’s Liacouras Center.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and is headlined by Philadelphia’s own undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, who takes on Colombia’s Samuel Vargas in a 10-round bout. Garcia is teaming up with Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, to arrange a regional food drive and raise money throughout the promotion. For more information on how to get involved, visit the event’s webpage HERE.
Hurd enters this fight coming off of two impressive victories over previously unbeaten fighters. In November 2015 he dominated Frank Galarza and stalked him around the ring before ending his night in the sixth round. Hurd followed that up in June of this year, when he stopped Carlos Molina in the final round on CBS as the co-main event of the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter showdown. Hurd’s blinding right uppercut in the first round sent Molina to the canvas and the highlight earned him a spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.
Get to know more about the rising star as he talks about his introduction to the sport and some of his personal favorites:
(On his team): I have the best team in the world. Ernesto Rodriguez is my head trainer and we do our work in Temple Hills, Maryland. Ernesto is great because he trains me for the style that fits my skills best.
There is no ego in my team. We’re all working toward the same goal and everyone plays their role perfectly. With each fight we’re getting closer to reaching the ultimate goal – becoming a world champion.
(On his start in boxing): My father first put me in the ring to learn how to defend myself. I was 15-years-old and didn’t really know how to fight. I took to it quickly though and it was obviously one of the best things that ever happened to me.
(On his nickname): I got my nickname from the gym. I looked calm and collective in the gym and people noticed. They said I looked swift in there. Now it’s “Swift” and “Swift” on the same card and it’s going to be electric.
(On his boxing idols): I tried to emulate a lot of defensive fighters. Roy Jones Jr. and Floyd Mayweather are my favorite fighters of all time. I liked James Toney because of his shoulder roll and the Philly shell style.
(Favorite sport/team): I watch football. I only the watch the Washington Redkins though. I’ve always been a huge fan.
(Favorite television show): Power on Starz
(Favorite movie): Deadpool
(Favorite junk food): Pizza
(Favorite health food): Kale
(Celebrity crush): Keri Hilson and Nia Long
(Perfect Vacation): Definitely a cruise to Puerto Rico. I’ve never been there but I want to experience it.
(On his homemade ” All Access ” videos): I just love to be out there and giving fans a chance to feel connected to me. My childhood friend, Christopher Walton, picked up a camera and just started recording me in the ring and outside of the ring one day. He started getting some better equipment so we decided to do these videos to help promote me. The fans are important to me and I want them to feel like they’re a part of my journey.
For more information visit
www.premierboxingchampions.com and www.spike.com/shows/premier-boxing-champions. Follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @DannySwift, @SpikeTV, @SpikeSports @KingsBoxing_ and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions. Follow the conversation using #fight4philly. PBC on Spike is sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DSG Promotions and King’s Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit LiacourasCenter.com/events or call 800-298-4200. Ten dollars from every ticket sold will go to Philabundance, feeding 20 people in need per ticket.
CONTACTS: Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500
Tim Smith, Premier Boxing Champions: timothy@haymonboxing.com
Marc Abrams, King’s Promotion: (856) 287-7611
David Schwarz, Spike TV: (212) 767-8639
Melvin Powell, Liacouras Center: 215-204-2459, Melvin_powell@comcastspectacor.com
Credentials: phillyboxing@gmail.com
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MONTREAL (October 19, 2016) – The official weigh in was held today for tomorrow night’s boxing card at the Montreal Casino Cabaret. Here are the official weights and pictures of the fighters in action Thursday.

Main Event – Welterweight Bout – 10 Rounds
CUSTIO CLAYTON (9-0-0, 7 KOs), Montréal, Québec, Canada  148.2 lbs.
RAMSES AGATON (17-4-3, 9 KOs), Tlalneplanta, Mexico  149.4 lbs.
Co-Feature – Welterweight Women Bout – 6 Rounds
MARIE-EVE DICAIRE (4-0-0, 0 KO), Saint-Eustache, Québec, Canada  142 lbs.
KARLA ZAMORA (3-2-0, 1 KO), Chimalhuacan, Mexico  139.2 lbs.
Super Welterweight Bout – 4 Rounds
ALEXANDRE CHOKO (pro debut), Montréal, Québec, Canada  153 lbs.
MIKE BRETON PAQUET (0-2-0, 0 KO), Saint-Georges, Québec, Canada  152.8 lbs.
Super Bantamweight Bout – 8 Rounds
VISLAN DALKHAEV (7-0-0, 2 KOs), Montréal, Québec, Canada  121.6 lbs.
RODRIGO ADRIAN CAMPOS (10-4-0, 5 KOs), Mexico City, Mexico  121 lbs.
Super Middleweight Bout – 8 Rounds
DARIO BREDICEAN (9-0-0, 3 KOs), Montréal, Québec, Canada  167.2 lbs.
BAPTISTE CASTEGNARO (8-10-0, 4 KOs), Marcheprime, France 165.8 lbs.
Super Middleweight Bout – 4 Rounds
PATRICE VOLNY (2-0-0, 1 KO), Montréal, Québec, Canada  164.2 lbs.
OSCAR MASSO CANDO (pro debut), Lévis, Québec, Canada  166.2 lbs.
Super Lightweight Bout – 4 Rounds
DWAYNE DUREL (4-0-0, 2 KOs), Laval, Québec, Canada  140 lbs.
PAL OLAH (2-3-0, 1 KO), Budapest, Hungary  136.8 lbs.
“Agaton in the best boxer I will face so far in my pro career. I am happy to have this challenge and I will prove Thursday night that I deserve to be considered one of the best Welterweights in the world.” – Custio Clayton
“That will be the second 6 rounds fight of my career and I can’t wait to step in the ring. I really improved since my last outing and I will show what I worked on in the gym Thursday.” – Marie-Eve Dicaire
“That is truly an honor for me to be here. It is a dream for me to be a professional fighter and I worked really hard to succeed.” – Alexandre Choko

“>The galas at the Casino

“GYM BOXING SERIES AT THE CASINO DE MONTRÉAL” is a formula that has been very popular from 2005 to 2010. During this period, no less than 9 participants eventually became world champions. For its 13th year, GYM repeated this formula where the proximity of the action, the warm and electrifying ambiance, as the intensity of the fights, provide a unique experience.
In addition, at each gala, you will receive a private VIP invitation to mingle with the athletes and observers in a bar of the Casino exclusively for this purpose.
“We still expect fireworks with our talented Custio Clayton in the final of the evening, the brilliant Marie-Eve Dicaire and Vislan Dalkhaev, who constantly progresses. It will also be interesting to see Alexandre Choko, who will make his pro debut at age 42. He will step in the ring to emphasise people for a clean sport without drugs. And again, each event at the Casino is a colorful show and a one of a kind party. This is exactly the kind of happening that you do not want to miss!” pointed out the president of GYM, Yvon Michel.
You can purchase tickets for the event or season tickets via www.admission.com or by calling at GYM’s office (514-383-0666).
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) was founded in 2004 by Yvon Michel and his associates. The organization’s mission is the development of high-level boxers through coaching support and especially by competitive management. To achieve its objectives, GYM actively recruits talent and organizes events and it is associated with the popular series, “Premier Boxing Champions (PBC),” and has developed major Videotron partnerships with Loto Quebec, TVA Sports, Centre Videotron, Casino de Montreal and Lac Leamy, Tonik GroupImage and Lapointe Dental Centre, in addition to collaborating closely with RixaPromotions.
Vincent Morin, Groupe Yvon Michel, 514-458-8950


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Title Fight Set for Saturday, November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (October 14, 2016) – Rising Dallas, Texas boxing star andNABO Junior Welterweight Champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will defend his NABA junior welterweight title against Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs)in a ten-round bouton the televised undercard of Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” on Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
In his last appearance on August 6, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker captivated the crowd at Oracle Arena as the co-feature of Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand. Hooker wasted no time outperforming Washington D.C.’s Tyrone Barnett, landing a flurry of punches before scoring a technical knockout at the 2:17 mark of the opening round to retain his NABO junior welterweight title. Hooker looks ahead to his next challenge, former WBA World Lightweight Champion Darleys Perez. Perez is coming off a May 20 knockout victory over fellow Colombian Ubadel Soto, an impressive bounce back following a tough title defense loss to Anthony Crolla, the previous year. The veteran fighter, who resides and trains full-time in the U.S., will step up a weight class to meet Hooker.
“I want to thank my team at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Roc Nation Sports and HBO for giving me the opportunity to show the world a ‘Mighty Mo’ performance on the undercard of the ‘Fight of the Year’,” said Hooker. “For my part, I promise to put on a show for the fans in Las Vegas and the Pay-Per-View audience at home. No one punches like me. It’s going to be lights out.”
Hooker added, “I will be dedicating this fight to Aaron Pyror, who passed away, earlier this week. I can’t think of a better way to honor ‘The Hawk’s’ legacy than with a big win. I look to be a world-class junior welterweight champion like him.”
“This is my chance get back into the limelight. I have fought all over the world and facing Maurice Hooker in Las Vegas on November 19 is perhaps my last chance to show that I have a lot left inside the ring and I plan to take full advantage of it because losing is not an option,” said Perez. “I will move up to the 140-pound division and I will be ready to challenge this young lion who has never fought a guy like me before. There will be fireworks in Las Vegas and I plan to go home a winner.”


“Not only is Kovalev-Ward the most anticipated fight in recent boxing history, with the addition of Hooker-Perez to the televised undercard – Nov. 19 is an evening that international sports fans simply cannot afford to miss,” said Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy Michael R. Yormark. “From our very first day in boxing, Roc Nation Sports has committed to making great fights and creating scintillating global events, and we are thrilled to work with Main Events to add this incredible matchup to the undercard, as ‘Mighty Mo’ Hooker puts his undefeated record on the line against the very talented Colombian Darleys Perez.” 
“HBO is the pinnacle of pugilistic entertainment. We are very proud to have Maurice Hooker make both his Las Vegas and HBO Pay-Per-View debut on November 19,” said Arnie Verbeek, Hooker’s manager. “We have worked extremely hard to get to this point in his career and are thankful to Roc Nation Sports for believing in Maurice Hooker’s talent.”
Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) was born and raised in Oak Cliff, Texas, where he found a boxing home at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym by way of an outreach program for at-risk youths. His natural talent was soon noticed resulting in him competing as an amateur, during which time he participated in over 100 fights, compiling a record of 97 wins and only seven losses, with 67 victories coming by way of knockout. Hooker turned professional on April 29, 2011, taking on the vastly more experienced Tyrone Chatman at the Orpheum Theater in St. Louis. After four rounds, the judges saw the fight 40-36, 37-39 and 38-38, calling the fight a split draw. Undeterred, in his next fight on June 24, 2014, Hooker scored his first professional win, knocking out Wilbert Mitchell in the first round. Eleven wins (eight by knockout) later, he took on undefeated Abel Ramos on January 17, 2014 in a bout that was featured on ShoBox from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. After eight close, hard-fought rounds, the judges saw the fight a draw. Four consecutive knockout victories would follow before he took on fellow undefeated prospect Eduardo Galindo on June 26, 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas for the vacant NABO junior welterweight title. “Mighty Mo” did not disappoint his legion of hometown fans who saw him capture the title with a sixth round technical knockout victory. On October 17, 2015, Hooker successfully defended his title at Madison Square Garden in New York City against his toughest opponent to date in Ghislain Maduma. The 10-round decision win came on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux and was featured on the event’s “freeview” as well as streamed online around the world. “Mighty Mo” made his debut under the Roc Nation Sports banner on the undercard of Andre Ward vs. Sullivan Barrera, this past March at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, where he annihilated opponent Wilfrido “La Roca” Buelvas of Columbia in the first round of a 10-round junior welterweight bout by way of technical knockout. Hooker returned to Oracle Arena on August 6 as the co-feature on the Ward-Brand undercard, defeating Tyrone Barnett of Washington, D.C., to remain the NABO Junior Welterweight Champion. Hooker is ready to step up to the challenge on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas when he faces former WBA World Lightweight Champion Darleys Perez.
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Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs) is a celebrated Colombian boxer hailing from San Pedro de Uraba. As an amateur, with a record of 82 wins and 7 losses, he captured the lightweight boxing gold medal at the 2006 South American games in Buenos Aries, Argentina, and was a contender at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China. Perez made his professional debut on February 14, 2009, by way of knockout over fellow countryman Edwin Ortiz. 27 consecutive victories followed, earning Perez a shot at the interim WBA World lightweight title against undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada on June 8, 2013. In a closely-fought contest that went the distance, Gamboa prevailed, handing Perez his first career loss. A year later, Perez received a second chance at the interim WBA World lightweight title, successfully scoring a unanimous decision over Argenis Lopez at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Perez was promoted to full titleholder status when the WBA stripped Richar Abril of the belt for twice failing to make title defenses. In the first of back-to-back defenses of the WBA World lightweight title on July 18, 2015, Perez topped hometown challenger Anthony Crolla with a majority decision draw at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom. In the rematch on November 21, 2015, again at Manchester Arena, Perez was taken down for the count in the fifth round by a single body shot. Undeterred by his second loss, Perez returned to the ring on May 20, 2016, scoring with a big second-round knockout over Ubadel Soto. Perez looks to continue his upward streak as he moves up a weight class to take on Maurice Hooker for the NABO junior welterweight title on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  
Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound For Pound”, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Titles, takes place Saturday, Nov. 19, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. “Pound for Pound” is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and is sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Rosneft and Corona Extra.  
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 14th, 2016) — Without a lengthy amateur background or the unwavering support from the city he grew up in, Cido Hoff knows the only way to prove he’s a legitimate contender in the featherweight division is to take the fights others won’t.

Next Friday at Twin River Casino, the Providence native faces Irvin Gonzalez, a decorated amateur, who, along with stablemate Jamaine Ortiz, is one of two fighters from Worcester, Mass., who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in Reno, Nev., on the undercard of CES Boxing’s 2016 Twin River Fight Series season finale.
While Hoff (1-0-1) may be short on amateur experience – only 30 fights or so, compared to Gonzalez’s lengthier background – he’s overflowing with confidence as he faces the toughest test of his young career in a four-round regional showdown that could steal the spotlight from the Chris ChatmanKhiary Gray main event.
“I can’t knock him. He’s in shape. Good fighter, but if he makes a mistake, we’ll definitely take advantage,” Hoff said. “He’s good. I can’t deny that, but I don’t think he’s faced anybody like me. I don’t think he’s ready for me, honestly. We’ll find out what he’s got.”
Hoff made his professional debut in December of 2015, right around the same time Gonzalez and Ortiz were in Nevada competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. He fought to a draw against Timmy Ramos, another well-publicized amateur who already had two pro fights under his belt, despite knocking Ramos to the canvas in the early rounds. Six months later, he defeated the previously unbeaten Julio Perez, dominating all four rounds in the biggest upset of the night.
The 25-year-old Hoff has thrived as an underdog, but Gonzalez, now 3-0 with all three wins coming by first-round knockout, isn’t concerned about falling into the same trap as Ramos and Perez, even if this fight is a legitimate step up in competition from his previous three bouts.
“I’m not scared of him,” Gonzalez said. “I’m not worried because I know I’m going to be able to handle it and I know I’m going to be able to take him out in a few rounds.
“The thing is he has to be ready for me. He hasn’t fought a fighter like me. He hasn’t fought a fighter who has the amateur background I have. Those other fighters aren’t like me – not at all – and he’s not like me. We’ll see what happens. I don’t really think it’s going to be that big a test for me, just a tougher opponent that I’ll take out.”
Gonzalez fell in love with boxing at the age of 10, which is when he first stepped foot in the gym despite his father’s initial restraint. Ten years later, Gonzalez’s father, Irvin Gonzalez Sr., is now his son’s biggest supporter, or, as the younger Gonzalez puts it, “the one who keeps me on my toes.”
“Of course, since we’re father and son we’re always arguing,” Gonzalez said, “but we know when it comes down to business we need to do what we need to do and we handle it.”
After losing to two-time national champion Ruben Villa, Gonzalez failed to make the 123-pound weight limit for his next bout in Reno and was disqualified, ending his Olympic dream, but he turned pro shortly thereafter, stopping Gilvan Santos in his debut in March.
There’s definitely pressure on Gonzalez to keep winning and keep developing as a pro, especially considering his amateur background, but Hoff faces a different challenge, more of an internal struggle to prove to himself he’s every bit as good as his peers despite his limited experience.
“On paper, I’m nothing spectacular, but I’m pretty confident and I’ll fight whoever,” said Hoff, who trains with Jose Santos out of 401 Boxing.
“Jose and I make a point of being ready because you never know when the call might come. I understand that the opportunity can come along and they may underestimate you and that’s when you can come in and beat these guys. You’ve got to stay ready. I always want to get better, so I’m always in the gym.
“I always feel like I have to show how much I’ve improved. A lot of people have counted me out, so I want to show them I have what it takes. If you doubt me, you’ll see.”
After his last fight, a first-round knockout win over Mike Heffelfinger in September, Gonzalez was adamant he wanted a test in his next bout. He’ll get one on the 21st against the underdog who’s made a habit of pushing his opponents to the limit.
“After taking those first three guys out in the first round, I want to see if I can go the distance,” Gonzalez said. “Not that I want to go the distance, but, then again, if I can take someone out in the first or second round, I’m going to take them out.”
Tickets for Oct. 21st are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Headlining the Oct. 21st fight card is the eight-round Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Junior Middleweight International and Northeast title bout between the champion Gray (13-1, 10 KOs), also of Worcester, Mass., and the challenger Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KOs) of Chicago, Ill.
Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs) aims for his fourth win in his fifth pro fight in a four-round bout against Oregon’s Rafael Valencia (3-4-1, 2 KOs) and Worcester super middleweight Ben Peak makes his professional debut in a four-round bout against Jose Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn.
Former amateur standout Anthony Marsella Jr. (1-0) of Providence makes his Rhode Island debut against Philadelphia’s Bardraiel Smith (0-1) in a four-round junior welterweight bout and Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran junior welterweight Isaiah Robinson (3-3, 2 KOs) of Durham, N.C.
New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1) and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., faces Florida’s Irvin Veloz, both in four-round bouts.
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. – On Saturday night, October 8, 2016, super welterweight boxer, Brandyn “Bad News” Lynch (Los Angeles, California) made his professional boxing debut, displaying an overall package of athleticism, solid boxing skills, and power to defeat Nubion Houston (Shreveport, Louisiana) by technical knockout at 53 seconds of Round 4. Lynch-Houston was scheduled for four rounds on a south Texas boxing show, titled, “Fall Fest Fight Night.” The fight card was promoted by Omar Figueroa’s Panterita Promotions, and held at the Brownsville Sports Park in Brownsville, Texas. In the co-main event, Shane Mosley Jr. defeated Omar Rojas by unanimous decision, and in the main event, Brandon Figueroa defeated his opponent, Raymond Chacon, by unanimous decision.
Lynch is a 2013 graduate from the University of Northern Arizona. He is trained and managed by his father Vernon Lynch Jr., and is the nephew of well-known comedians, Eddie Murphy and Charlie Murphy. His grandfather, Vernon Lynch Sr., had a successful professional boxing career and continues to be a primary inspiration to Brandyn in his decision to pursue a career as a professional boxer. In addition to a brief amateur boxing career, Brandyn had a long history of martial arts and various other athletic experiences.
Former WBC Lightweight Champion and promoter of Panterita Promotions, Omar Figueroa, said, “My goal is to be the best promoter in boxing, and this first boxing show was a steppingstone towards that. This Panterita Promotions card featured future stars Brandyn Lynch, Shane Mosley Jr., Rocco, and my brother, Brandon. This show turned out really well, and I’m just looking forward to continuing that success in my next show. I really enjoyed Brandyn Lynch’s performance tonight. I thought he looked really poised in the ring, like a veteran. There were times where his inexperience showed through, but that is expected to happen during a pro debut. Overall, I thought he did an amazing job, and he ended up stopping his opponent in the last round. We were fortunate to have him on our card. It was very short notice, but thankfully, he stays in the gym and stays in shape. His hard work in the gym showed tonight, because he was well prepared.”
Team Lynch’s head trainer and manager, Vernon Lynch Jr. said, “It was a good thing for us to travel and get out of California for Brandyn’s debut. I was interested to see how he would perform outside of his comfort zone. This was Brandyn’s first fight at an outside venue, and south Texas is known for its humid climate, so there were some concerns. Going into the fight, I knew we had advantages in height and reach, but I wasn’t sure if we were going to have advantages in power and speed. We were going to figure that out in Round 1 and begin implementing our strategy in Round 2, where we would gradually pick him apart. He popped his jab and worked the right hand pretty well. I would like to see more head movement and bodywork, even though it is more difficult to dig to the body when the opponent is much shorter than you.
Overall, I think he did a good job, listening and following my direction. Our opponent didn’t capitalize on a few mistakes Brandyn made tonight, but we noticed them in the corner and will be making the appropriate adjustments. We are going to continue working on our defensive skills in the gym. He knows what he’s doing in there, but I’d like him to see a higher guard in certain situations. Our goal was to learn from this experience and get the W. He stopped his opponent in the last round and he did what I asked him to do. We are really grateful to Omar Figueroa and his team, Anna Corina Villarreal, Michael Contreras, and all of Panterita Promotions for helping to make Brandyn’s pro debut a truly memorable experience. They treated us really well and we wanted to deliver a great performance. We can’t wait to come back and display the next level of Brandyn’s development. Panterita Promotions is a great promotional company and we are looking forward to working with them again in the near future.”
Twenty-five year old Brandyn Lynch said, “We arrived in Texas on Wednesday, and right from the start, Omar Figueroa and his promotional team took really good care of us and everyone who fought on this card. They took us around town. We ate at some great restaurants like the Flying Pig, and they housed my team at a really scenic country club location. After the fight, we had a great party set up and were treated to some authentic Mexican tacos at Taquito Express Tacos and Grill, courtesy of Omar and his team.
I didn’t have an extensive amateur boxing career, so I am continuing to learn on the job. Going into my pro debut, I admit that I was a little bit anxious. I trained extremely hard for this, and for a long time. More than anything, I wanted to get in the ring, look great, and just put on a great performance. My opponent was a tough, durable guy. He took a lot of shots, and I kept hitting him with some good stuff. He was able to stay on his feet. In rounds two and three, I started to find my groove and settle in. I started to see a lot of the openings, and as I saw them, I was able to land shots. Each time I landed a punch, I could tell that I was hurting him. In the fourth and final round, I let my hands go, and the referee stopped the fight.
After I won by TKO, I was thinking about the plan that God has in store for me, and what my pastor had actually told me one hour before my fight. He told me to just follow the path that has been set for me, and to give all the glory to God. My team has great chemistry, and we feel blessed to be able to do what we do, give praise to God, and get paid for it. Now that this fight is over, I plan to sit down with my dad, and discuss what’s next. I plan to be back in the ring very soon. Thank you to photographer Christian Inoferio for taking some amazing pics, my boxing gyms – Wildcard Hollywood and Wildcard West, Eric Brown, Shane Mosley Sr., Trista Pisani, Shampoo & Co., Lynch-Dyson Entertainment, 1185 Entertainment, and Under Armour. I appreciate everyone who has been there for me, and to my new supporters, get ready for an exciting new journey. The best is yet to come.”
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For any inquiries, contact Lorin Chvotkin of Team Brandyn Lynch by email at Lbchoyas@yahoo.com or by phone at +1 (240) 498 1478.

photo credits: courtesy of Christian Inoferio