Premier Boxing Champions Fighters Share Halloween Favorites, Memories & More

LAS VEGAS (October 29, 2015) – Halloween is the spookiest time of the year. The holiday is known to expose the inner scaredy cat in people of all ages, including the toughest athletes.

Several Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) fighters took time out to share their favorite Halloween memories along with what gives them a fright. Just because one is tough in the ring doesn’t mean they’re tough enough for Halloween.

(Fighters are listed alphabetically)

Do you have a favorite Halloween costume you’ve worn in the past?

Chris Arreola (Heavyweight contender) – “I just like dressing up as something super creepy. I’m dressing up as a mime this year, but giving it my own little spin.”

Andre Dirrell (2004 Olympic Bronze medalist)  – “I’m a festive guy to begin with and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I went all out on this one costume. It’s a ghoul that makes me approximately 10 feet tall when I wear it. I actually got an offer to work at a haunted house because the costume is so great, and I did it for about an hour and a half before I got too cold and had to quit to go inside. Michigan winters are no joke.”

Anthony Dirrell (Former world champion defeated Marco Antonio Rubio on September 6 on PBC on CBS) – “I didn’t really wear them when I was growing up. We really couldn’t afford them. I’d usually just draw something on my face.”

Ahmed Elbiali (Undefeated light heavyweight prospect defeated Mariano Hilario on October 13 on PBC Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays on FS1) “I was Zorro for Halloween and got a lot of compliments since I made the costume myself.”

Miguel Flores (Undefeated featherweight prospect) “Never really wore costumes because of my parents, who were old school.”

Danny Garcia (Undefeated star defeated Paulie Malignaggi on August 1 on PBC on ESPN) -“The Scream mask because that was one of my favorite scary movies when it first came out.”

Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (Fights Karim Guerfi on November 10 on PBC’s TOE-TO-TOE Tuesdays on FS1 and FOX Deportes) – “My favorite costume was the killer from the Scream movies. I wore the mask and everything when I was 12.”

Tony Harrison (Fights Cecil McCalla on Halloween on PBC on NBCSN) – “I always like to be somebody scary. When I was little, my mom used to make our costumes. She’s really creative and would make us great costumes without having to spend a lot.”

Daniel Jacobs (Middleweight world champion, fights Peter Quillin on December 5 on SHOWTIME) – “I was a gorilla boxer. I had a full gorilla suit on with boxing gloves. I had an amateur belt on. No one knew that it was me in the costume and I was going into stores and scaring people and boxing on them. It was fun.”

Erislandy Lara (Super welterweight world champion, fights Jan Zaveck on November 25 on PBC on ESPN) “No, it all depends on what my wife and kids decide that year (laughs).”

Abner Mares (Former three-division world champion) – “We never had enough money for Halloween costumes but one year my mother painted my face for a costume and took me out trick-or-treating.”

John Molina Jr. (Super lightweight contender)“I like getting wrapped in aluminum foil and going as leftovers.This year my daughter will be Tinker Bell and I will be Peter Pan.”

Edwin Rodriguez (Light Heavyweight Contender faces Michael Seals on November 13 on PBC on Spike)“When I dressed up as Rocky about three years ago. It was an easy costume to make – obviously.”

Leo Santa Cruz (Two-division world champion defeated Abner Mares on August 29 on PBC on ESPN) “I’ve never worn a Halloween costume, but I always go trick or treating. I like to take my daughter trick or treating and this year she’s dressing up as My Little Pony.”

Sammy Vasquez Jr. – (Undefeated welterweight contender defeated Jose Lopez on September 15 on PBC Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays on FS1) – “The best was a bloody zombie with guts hanging out and a broken leg.”

What is your favorite candy?

Chris Arreola – “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite.”

Mario Barrios- “Snickers really satisfy me.”

Jermell Charlo – “Twizzlers.”

Andre Dirrell – “I like soft candy. I’m not a fan of the hard stuff. I like that quick flavor boost!”

Anthony Dirrell – “I love all the soft candy. I’m not a big fan of the hard candy though.”

Ahmed Elbiali – “Almond Joy.”

Miguel Flores- “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.”

Danny Garcia – “Milk Duds. It doesn’t’ bother me that it gets stuck in my teeth or anything.”

Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.  – “All chocolate, but Snickers are my favorite.”

Tony Harrison – “I don’t really have one type favorite type of candy. When I was younger we used to always go to the rich neighborhoods where they give out the big candy bars, not the little fun-sized ones. We’d go back two and three times, hit them again and again. They didn’t care and we loved it.”

Daniel Jacobs – “Candy corn. For Halloween that is my favorite candy, but it doesn’t come around that often and I like that.”

Erislandy Lara – “Chocolate Kinder from Germany. My wife is from Germany and once I tasted them I was scared I would have to fight at heavyweight.”

Abner Mares – “Snickers.”

Aron Martinez –  “I love M&M’s and Snickers.”

John Molina Jr. – “I love Candy Corn.”

Leo Santa Cruz – “Snickers & Kit Kats.”

Tony Thompson- “My favorite candies are frozen Snickers and Twix! I’m also partial to Oreos.” 

Sammy Vasquez Jr. – “My favorite is Kit Kats.” Continue reading


King’s Promotions signs 10 fighters to promotional contracts



Reading, PA (October 29, 2015)–Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions is proud to announce the signing of ten top prospects to promotional contracts.

In the fold, are undefeated fighter’s Super Middleweight Antowyan Aikens, Lightweight Mykal Fox, Super Middleweight Terrance Williams, Super Welterweight Junior Castillo, Super Lightweight David Gonzales, Heavyweight Wesley Triplett plus Super Bantamweight Thomas Snow, Lightweight Carlos Rosario, Featherweight Roberto Irizarry, & Lightweight Victor Vasquez.

“We are very excited about this group of fighters that we have added to our roster.  We have promoted more shows then anybody in the country this year, and we will continue at that pace.  Because of that, I am able to promise opportunities to fighters who fight under the King’s Promotions banner,” said King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman.

Aikens of Atlantic City, New Jersey has a record of 10-0 with 1 knockout.  The 26 year-old turned professional in 2011 and has a win over previously undefeated Sherman Artis (2-0).  Aikens is coming off a 6-round unanimous decision over Edgar Perez on May 22nd in Atlantic City.

Fox of 7-0 with 2 knockouts.  The freakishly tall 6’3 1/2 ” Lightweight is just 19 years-old.  He turned professional in 2014.  The Forestville, Maryland native is coming off a 6-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Castillo on July 18th in Washington, D.C.

Williams of Harrisburg, PA has a record of 4-0 with 1 knockout.  Williams, 32 years-old, turned professional in 2012 and is coming off a 4-round unanimous decision over Eddie Gates on November 22, 2014.

Castillo was a 2012 Olympian from the Dominican Republic.   Castillo turned professional in 2013 and has knocked out all 7 opponents with the latest being a 1st round stoppage over Jesus Pascual on August 9, 2014 in the Dominican Republic.

Gonzales of Philadelphia has a record of 6-0-2 with one knockout.  The 25 year-old turned professional in 2012 is coming off a 6-round unanimous decision over Ryan Belasco on October 2nd in Philadelphia.

Triplett of boxing rich Youngstown, Ohio has a record of 2-0 with one knockout. He is coming off a 1st round stoppage over Frank Barnes on April 18 in Campbell. Ohio.

Snow of Capitol Heights, Maryland is a 10 year professional.  He won his first 10 fights which has catapulted him to a record of 17-2  with 11 knockouts.  In his last bout, Snow stopped Christopher Sanchez in the 1st round of a bout that took place on March 6th.

Rosario of Pennsauken, New Jersey has a record of 3-1 with two knockouts.  The 25 year-old has won three in a row since dropping his pro debut in 2014. He has wins over Eliezer Mendez Garcia (1-0) and his last bout when he stopped Korey Sloane in three rounds on September 19, 2015 in Chester, PA.

Irizarry of Cherry Hill, New Jersey has a record of 3-1-1.  The 23 year-old is looking to rebound from his first pro defeat when he takes on Eliezer Mendez Garcia on November 20 in Philadelphia, PA.

Vasquez of Yonkers, New York has a record of 4-1 with two knockouts.  He has been a pro since 2014 and has won three in a row.  In his last bout, Vasquez stopped previously undefeated Bienvenido Diaz (2-0)in three rounds on September 10 in Westbury, New York

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Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs), his trainer Robert Garcia and manager Cameron Dunkin hosted a media workout on Tuesday at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, California. Rios will be challenging WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, (32-1-1, 12 KOs) next week on HBO at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Brandon Rios: We are ready for the best Tim Bradley, the one who beat Juan Manuel Marquez. I have been in camp in Riverside, California for three months. This is the Camp Zone. We brought in three kinds of sparring partners — a boxer, a brawler and a boxer-brawler. I want to get back on top in boxing. Bradley is in my way. Bradley is going to be my ticket back to the top.

Robert Garcia: The way to beat Tim Bradley is to put on pressure in the fight and try to knock him out. We plan to cut off the ring and turn this into a real fight. We are not concerned with his change in a chief trainer because Bradley always comes in top condition and is ready to fight. Joel Diaz did a good job with Bradley.

Cameron Dunkin: “Brandon looks sensational – strong, in shape, ready to fight now – he’s a real fighter.”


Antoine Douglas

Antoine Douglas (18-0-1, 12 KOs) held a media workout at The Enigma Boxing on Tuesday as he prepares for his November 6 bout on SHOWTIME.

Douglas, a world-ranked rising middleweight prospect, will put his undefeated record on the line against veteran Les Sherrington (35-7, 20 KOs) in the main event of the prospect-oriented series ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), across from the D Las Vegas in iconic Downtown Las Vegas.


“I know my opponent is a tall southpaw. He likes to fight on the inside and smother his opponents with his punches.  It’s a good matchup.  I can adjust to any boxer face.

“I’m satisfied with the way that my career has progressed, taking steps up with each opponent along the way.  We’re ready to take that next step, more toward a title shot.

“If all goes well with my fight against Les Sherrington I hope to start fighting on Saturday, make that move from ShoBox to SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

“I see myself fighting for a world title in the near future. There are plenty names in the division that I look at, but only a few guys that hold the titles. I look at Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin as guys that I would like to fight.

“The Jacobs vs. Quillin fight could go either way. I think I’m leaning more towards Quillin.

“I was born prematurely. Doctors told my family that I wouldn’t be able to walk or see, but look at me now. My mom is always screaming at my fights because she’s so proud of the fact that I’ve overcome so much.

“I grew up with my siblings bouncing around at different foster homes from the age of 5. I was running the streets because I didn’t know any better.

“My cousin adopted us and he first introduced us to boxing.

“Boxing provided me with a family, structure and disciple. It has made me the person I am today and has brought me success so I can live a better life in the future.

“My upbringing in the streets prepared me for my career in the ring. I have already been through the battle and if something was to stop me it would’ve already happened.

“My mom battled addiction when I was younger and she wasn’t in my life. She’s now back in my life and it means a lot to me to have her supporting me with my career. I am also able to provide structure in her life.

“It would mean everything to me to have my mom and I celebrate a world title.”

CONTACTS:  Marc Abrams, Banner Promotions / GH3 Promotions (Credentials), 856 287 7611  Chris DeBlasio, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1633 Matt Donovan, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1663 Flo Jocou, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-7319 John Beyrooty/Jared Kaufer, BZA/Showtime: (562) 233-7477/(818) 621-1111  DLVEC, Kirvin Doak Communications – Kara Rutkin,, 702-737-3100 DLVEC, Kirvin Doak Communications – Alaina Curry,, 702-737-3100


La Bamba

BILOXI, MISS. (October 28, 2015) – Exciting light heavyweights Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (18-1, 12 KOs) and Humberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs) will meet in a 10-round clash to open up Premier Boxing Champions on Spike, Friday, November 13 from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

The PBC on Spike main event pits light heavyweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) against undefeated Michael Seals (19-0, 14 KOs) in a 10-round affair.

“I feel completely rejuvenated heading into this fight,” said Williams. “I’ve been able to get back to the things I’ve done in camp since early in my career and I’m excited for November 13. I have seen my opponent and I’m planning on picking him apart. I will be victorious when I leave the ring.”

“I’m feeling one-hundred percent and have had a great training camp,” said Savigne.  “I’m working hard and come November 13, it’s going to be a dominant Humberto Savigne. I don’t want to make any predictions, but I’m coming for the victory.”

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $62.95, $48.95, $34.95 and $20.95, plus tax and service charges. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Beau Rivage Theatre box office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

At 28-years-old, Williams is looking to take out another tough contender on his road to title contention. The Fort Washington, Maryland-born fighter owns victories over Enrique Ornela, Cornelius White and Yusaf Mack throughout his career. He most recently dominated Michael Gbenga on his way to earning a unanimous decision in December 2014.

Born in Cuba but fighting now out of Miami, Savigne won a gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and the 2000 Cuban National Championships. He has beaten Jeff Lacy, Maxell Taylor and previously unbeaten fighters Jackson Junior and Quinton Rankin since turning pro in 2009.

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gary Russell


LAS VEGAS (October 28, 2015) – Undefeated super welterweights Frank “Notorious” Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KOs) and Jarrett “Swift” Hurd (16-0, 10 KOs) will meet in an important 10-round clash that serves as the co-featured event for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (10:45 p.m. ET/PT) on Saturday, Nov. 14 from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The main event, live on SHOWTIME®, will feature WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) in the first defense of his world title against Oscar Escandon (24-2, 16 KOs).

“I’ve been here before but I know that I still have something to prove,” said Galarza. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m ready to show the world I’m one of the best 154-pound fighters in all of boxing.”

“It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hands,” said Hurd. “I’m excited about this fight and ready to show the world my ability come Nov. 14.”

“Galarza and Hurd represent two of the best undefeated prospects in the super welterweight division,” said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. “It’s a high risk, high reward fight which will bring out the very best in both fighters for those watching on SHOWTIME and in attendance at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $155, $105, $80, $55 and $30, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at Hard Rock Hotel box office, by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX, or online at

A contender in the 154-pound division, Galarza has won six straight fights since the start of 2014, including a thrilling second-round knockout over previously unbeaten John Thompson. A Brooklyn native who turned pro in 2010, the popular Galarza has inspired many with his personal story of perseverance. In his last appearance on April 10, Galarza scored a third round knockout of Sheldon Moore in his hometown of Brooklyn on ShoBox: The New Generation.  The 30-year-old will look to make his mark in his first shot on a big stage when he enters the ring on Nov. 14.

Fighting out of Accokeek, Md., Hurd has an unblemished professional record since turning pro in 2012. The 25-year-old opened up 2015 with a third-round stoppage of veteran Eric Mitchell and followed with a seventh-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Jeff Lentz in August. He will take a step-up in competition when he challenges Galarza on Nov. 14.

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All-Brooklyn World Title Bout Between Daniel Jacobs & Peter Quillin Headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING ® Live on SHOWTIME®

BROOKLYN (Oct. 28, 2015) – Former world champion and Long Island-native Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) returns to Barclays Center in Brooklyn to take on Ecuador’s Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Algieri vs. Bone fight is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Star Boxing and will be part of a stacked undercard featuring top regional talent that will be announced in its entirety soon. The undercard supports the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event headlined by the all-Brooklyn battle between middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) and former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs).  In the co-feature, WBA Featherweight World Champion Jesus Cuellar (27-1, 21 KOs) will face exciting Puerto Rican contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs).

“I am very excited to return to Barclays Center, where I have had some of my best showings,” said Algieri. “On Dec. 5, I am looking forward to having my best performance yet.”

“This is a huge fight for me,” said Bone. “I know Algieri well and I know that he is going to bring it. I am fighting a great fighter and after my performance on Dec. 5, the world will know my name.”

Tickets for the live event start at $50, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

Algieri rose to fame in June 2014 at Barclays Center when he upset Ruslan Provodnikov for a super lightweight world title. The 31-year-old returns to Brooklyn after dropping a narrow and disputed decision to Amir Khan in May. The former kickboxing champion from Huntington, N.Y., built his boxing record on the strength of his excellent movement and skill with the jab. His victory over Provodnikov earned him a shot at Manny Pacquiao in Nov. 2014, a bout that Algieri lost.  He had previously defeated strong contenders Mike Arnaoutis and Emanuel Taylor on the way to his world title.

The 26-year-old Bone has fought in the U.S. since 2014 and began his career stateside with victories over Francisco Figueroa, Mahonri Montes and Peter Oluoch. Born in Manabi, Ecuador, Bone won the first 12 bouts of his career. Most recently he lost to former world champion Shawn Porter after taking over as a late replacement for Porter’s opponent.

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Guinness World Record- WBC world title on line at Brooklyn Brawl October 29th


BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Oct. 28, 2015) – She is a dean at the Bernard Hopkins School of Pugilism.

Alicia Ashley, 48 years old, will attempt to win a world title, the WBC world female super bantamweight crown, on Thursday evening in Brooklyn, and if she is successful, she will be honored with another incredible addition to her resume. She will gain another entry into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest female to win a world title, setting an even higher bar with her incredible longevity and durability.

The attempt will take place on another “Brooklyn Brawl” card promoted by Dmitriy Salita, and Ashley will be paired off with Christina McMahon, on a slate running at the Aviator complex in south Brooklyn.

Ashley sports a 22-10-1 (4 KOs) record, and shared some of what makes her tick, and continue to persevere past a point where even the sturdiest pugilists hang up the mitts.  “I feel I’ve had an illustrious career in boxing that sadly is not reflected monetarily,” Ashley said. “I’m a four time world champion and have been in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest female boxing champion. I’ve fought all over the world and have garnered respect wherever and whenever I fight. For me, boxing is a performance and I always do my best to entertain.” Salita said that he expects she will do just that. “We are honored to have such a superior athlete and role model topping this fine card,” he said. “Alicia is someone men, women and children can look up to, someone who has so many great qualities, as an athlete and a person.” Ashley fights for love of craft, and works on her skills after putting in a days work. “My main job is a personal and boxing trainer at Gleason’s Gym,” she continued. “I live in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn with my husband Matthieu, who I met at the gym six years ago.” And what she does she think of the lady who will try and take her down a peg Thursday night? “Christina McMahon is an undefeated fighter who has gone in someone else’s back yard and won a title. She will be a formidable opponent who will come to fight and that is perfect for my slick style. I’m a long distance fighter and predict that I will come away with a unanimous decision win.”  Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 6:30 p.m., as the Brooklyn Brawl looks to once again captivate New York City with fistic fury. Tickets begin at $20 and are available by calling 1-844-890-2120 or by visiting

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About Brooklyn Brawl Brooklyn Brawl is a series of electrifying New York City-based boxing events showcasing the talents and skills of fighters from throughout the city, across the country and around the world. Brooklyn Brawl fighters include veteran boxers working their way toward a world title shot, as well as talented prospects, many of whom have already won prestigious national and international amateur titles, including Golden Gloves championships and others. Young contenders often challenge veteran boxers in exciting crossroad title fights that bring winners one step closer to a world title.

Weights from Brooklyn





BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Oct. 28, 2015) – Weights fro Thursday’s boxing show promoted by Salita Promotions at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.

Alicia Ashley 121.8 – Christina McMahon 120.2 (WBC Female Super Bantamweight Title)

Nikolay Potapov 119.4 – Pedro Melo 118.4

Mikkel LesPierre 147 – Evincii Dixon 144.8

Bakmtiyar Eyubov 149.6 – Antonio Fernandes 148.8

Emilio Salas 199.6 – Eric George 199.6

Giorgi Gelashvili 140.8 – Rashad Bogar 141.4

Promoter: Salita Promotions Venue: Aviator Sports Complex 1st Bell” 6:30 PM

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 6:30 p.m., as the Brooklyn Brawl looks to once again captivate New York City with fistic fury.

Tickets begin at $20 and are available by calling 1-844-890-2120 or by visiting



TankerBALTIMORE, MARYLAND, U.S.A. – On Friday night, October 30, 2015, undefeated super featherweight professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (Baltimore, Maryland/12-0-0, 11 KOs) takes on Mexico’s Cristobal Cruz (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico/40-18-4, 24 KOs) in a ten-round fight at The Venue on The University of Central Florida’s campus (UCF) in Orlando, Florida. In the main event, Tony Thompson will battle Malik Scott in a ten-round heavyweight fight. The boxing card entitled, “Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round,” is presented by Warriors Boxing, and will be televised by Bounce TV.

In his most recent fight on September 12, 2015, Davis made quick work of Recky “The Terror” Dulay (Philippines/8-2-0, 5 KOs) on the pay-per-view undercard of what was billed as Floyd Mayweather’s final fight against Andre Berto, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the opening round, Davis knocked Dulay down twice with left hands to the head. Immediately following the second knock down, Dulay signaled to referee Russell Mora that he didn’t want to continue, forcing Mora to call a halt to the action at 1:34 of the first round. Davis-Dulay was originally scheduled for eight rounds, but was moved to a six-round fight on the day of the fight to accommodate the Showtime televised broadcast.

Davis’ longtime boxing trainer, Calvin Ford (Upton Boxing Center/Baltimore, MD), said, “Mayweather Promotions is doing a great job keeping Tank active, and that is great for any gifted young fighter. He just fought in September and hasn’t taken much time off from the gym. Our last opponent was somewhat of a disappointment, because he didn’t put up much resistance and the fight ended faster than we expected. Some of that might have been because he wasn’t used to facing a skilled power-puncher like Tank. Cristobal Cruz is a veteran in this sport, and he seems very durable. Cruz can hopefully come in and give Tank some valuable rounds of experience. As long as we stick to our game plan, and stay focused, we will come out victorious once again on October 30.”

The 20-year-old Davis discussed his upcoming fight in Orlando. He said, “I’m feeling very strong right now, and I’ll be trying to break Cruz down over the course of ten rounds. I don’t ever go looking for the knockout. I like to break my opponent down. If the knockout comes, it comes. I just listen to my coach and do what I’ve been doing. My team is going to be ready for whatever our opponent does in there. This fight will hopefully give me some good experience as I move towards a title fight. I’m not going to be paid by the round. My goal for this fight is to continue impressing the boxing fans like I have been doing.”

Davis continued, “Floyd Mayweather has said many times that he believes that I’m up next, and you will see why fans are calling me “The One” on October 30. My team has big plans ahead for me, but I have to take care of business on Friday or those things can’t happen like they are supposed to. Thank you to my team, Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions, Al Haymon, Yekim, Nike Boxing, Athlete Performance Solutions, Shane Goodell, Rich Brand, and Ethika. I hope to see lots of my fans come down to Orlando for the fight on Friday night. If you are already coming to the fight, you are going to get your moneys worth. Keep supporting me, and I’ll fight for you.”

Tickets to Gervonta Davis vs. Cristobal Cruz are priced at $100, $50, and $25, plus additional taxes and fees. Parking at The Venue is $10. The Venue is located behind CFE Arena at 4000 Mercury Circle, Orlando, FL, 32816. You can purchase tickets by calling Warriors Boxing at (954) 985-1155 or buy them online at You can also purchase tickets through Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000, or online at For the latest updates and information on Davis’ weigh-in info and fight time, follow his social media accounts.

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Oct. 14, 2015) – When undefeated middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin stepped into the ring at Madison Square Garden last May and knocked out Daniel Geale – logging what was at the time his 17th-straight TKO victory – many New Yorkers took notice of the Kazakh boxing champion for the first time.

Now, when GGG tilts with David Lemieux this coming Saturday at “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” he brings with him a global following. And for at least two of his Kazakh countryman and boxing colleagues who now make their homes and train in the Borough of Brooklyn, instead of saying, “I told you so,” or “He’s all ours, we knew him first,” they’ll simply be beaming with pride among the thousands of spectators at “The Mecca of Boxing” this weekend.

Undefeated junior lightweight contender Dimash Niyazov of Bensonhurst – a Brooklyn police officer whose story was chronicled by the Wall Street Journal this past August, and whose next Brooklyn Brawl fight is Oct. 29 at the Aviator Sports and Events Complex in South Brooklyn – was born in Kazakhstan and came to New York when he was 13 years old. Like many, Niyazov believes that as big as luminary as Golovkin currently is, as he continues to amass world titles, add to his incredible 33-0 record and increase his stunning 30 KO total, his star can continue to rise to the highest apex of boxing today.

“Right now he’s one of the biggest things in boxing,” said Niyazov, who himself is undefeated as a pro at 8-0-3 (5 KOs). “Boxing people talk about him like he might replace Floyd Mayweather at the top. He’s at least in that neighborhood. I’m very proud because he’s from my country, he’s from my homeland. I’m very proud when someone from my country succeeds in any sport, but especially because it’s boxing and I’m a boxer. It inspires me because I see him and I think I can be the same thing.”

For Bakhtiyar Eyubov – Niyazov’s friend and training partner at Fight Factory Gym in Gravesend, Brooklyn, and a native of Aktobe, Kazakhstan – the connection to GGG runs even deeper. The power-puncher, who improved to 8-0 with eight pro KOs this past Aug. 25 in Coney Island, is considered by many to be the second-hardest Kazakh hitter in contemporary boxing, ranked only behind Golovkin. In a nation with many amateur champions who oftentimes struggle to make the leap into the pro ranks, the boxing squared circle is particularly tight.

“I am certainly a fan of GGG, I was in camp with him when we were amateurs. On BoxRec I am rated second behind him in Kazakhstan,” said Eyubov. “He is a great fighter, I am seven years younger and will carry the knockout torch. I am honored to follow in the Golovkin path. He set the stage for us, a great fighter!”

Perhaps summing up the emotions of a nation, Niyazov concluded, “Whenever he fights, I feel like the whole country of Kazakhstan and everyone with ties to that country is in his corner. GGG is at a level right now where everyone is looking up to him, he carries a whole country on his back. When he wins, I win. We all win.”

“With Golovkin and Wladimir Klitschko dominating boxing right now, many of the fighters in our Brooklyn Brawl series are trying to follow in their footsteps. Dimash and Bakhtiyar are no exceptions,” said boxing champion-turned-promoter Dmitriy Salita. “Many Brooklyn Brawl participants are from former Soviet countries and made their homes in New York City to make a name for themselves in the world center for professional boxing.”

On Thursday, Oct. 29, the Aviator Sports and Events Center in South Brooklyn will serve as the proving ground for many New York City-based rising stars. Niyazov will have his mettle tested once again after improving his record with a six-round Aug. 25 Boxing At The Beach unanimous decision victory over local fighter Ariel “Fuego” Duran in a Brooklyn-Queens crosstown rivalry bout.

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About Brooklyn Brawl Brooklyn Brawl is a series of electrifying New York City-based boxing events showcasing the talents and skills of fighters from throughout the city, across the country and around the world. Brooklyn Brawl fighters include veteran boxers working their way toward a world title shot, as well as talented prospects, many of whom have already won prestigious national and international amateur titles, including Golden Gloves championships and others. Young contenders often challenge veteran boxers in exciting crossroad title fights that bring winners one step closer to a world title.



Sonny Upton,  29th October 2013 Picture By Mark Robinson.

Sonny Upton,
29th October 2013
Picture By Mark Robinson.


WELTERWEIGHT prospect Sonny Upton says he’s “buzzing” after being handed an English title eliminator against Northolt’s Ryan Toms.

The Ricky Hatton-trained 26-year-old has been chomping at the bit for a big fight and will box over ten rounds for the first time on Josh Goodwin’s “The Cartel” show at the historic York Hall in Bethnal Green on November 21.

Toms is sure to be a tough opponent. The Londoner is a former Southern Area champion and goes into the contest on the back of a stunning sixth round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Lloyd Ellett.

“He’s a decent boxer and he’ll definitely be the toughest I’ve faced so far,” Upton said. “I’ve seen him before and I know he’ll come and give his all.

“He’s a southpaw and I love fighting southpaws. Most boxers hate it, but I know I can deal with them.  I haven’t fought many in the pros, but I always boxed well against them in the amateurs.

“This will be my first ten rounder and I can’t wait. I’ve not even done an eight rounder yet, but this couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m buzzing about it and I’m flying in the gym.

“I’m looking forward to a longer fight because I like to take my time, figure out my opponent and show my supporters the best of me.

Not only will next month’s clash be Upton’s first over ten rounds, it will also be the first time he has topped a bill, and he’s already counting down the days.

He said: “It’s a really big thing for me. I remember when I first turned pro, I used to watch some of the boxers I know topping bills and think ‘that’s where I want to be’. Now I’ve been given the opportunity.

“I plan on making a statement and moving onto that English title shot. Getting a strap around my waist would make me proud and it would be good to see everything paying off for the supporters who spend their hard-earned money coming to watch me and for Ricky and Mike [Jackson], who’ve brought me on leaps and bounds in the gym.”



: ‘Siberian Rocky’ Provodnikov promises more of what fans love in Monte Carlo debut

Johannesburg, October 27 – Former world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) says he will be in great shape for next weekend’s showdown with Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) in Monte Carlo as he was in training for a fight in New York at the same time.

Those plans changed, though, because “six or seven opponents changed their mind about fighting me”. They include Amir Khan and Shawn Porter.

The Russian’s in-your-face style makes him a tough fight for anyone and it’s little surprise that many big names have baulked at the chance to challenge him. “It’s frustrating, but we will persevere,” he said from his base in Indio, California where he is working with new trainer Joel Diaz, former trainer of Provodnikov rival Timothy Bradley.

Asked what sort of fight Monte Carlo fans can expect next weekend, the Banner Promotions boxer unsurprisingly pointed to his reputation saying he had been in two fights of the year candidates, plus the fight of the year with Bradley in 2013.

“Right now, the goal is to become world champion again. Being in America has made me a better fighter,” said the 31-year-old who grew up admiring Mike Tyson. “If you are a star in the USA then you are a star all over the world. Plus the competition level in the US is at its highest.” Having grown up in western Siberia, he attributes the emergence of Eastern Bloc fighters like himself, Gennady Golovkin, Artur Beterbiev and so many others to the challenges thrown down by Soviet history.

“There have been some tough times that really made people very hard-working and persistent in whatever they do,” said the man they call the “Siberian Rocky”. Provodnikov is looking forward to following in the footsteps of Golovkin, who has twice fought in the principality to much acclaim.

“I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. I know Gennady enjoyed it every time. I can’t wait to see how many fans I have over there.” As ever, the Russian expects to put on a good show. “I’ve seen Rodriguez’s fights. He is a very strong fighter, and unbeaten. This will be a brawl.” His fans, of course, wouldn’t want it any other way. Online reservations: world class event is exclusively distributed internationally by leading boxing rights distributor and sports marketing firm, Protocol Sports Marketing.

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