PRESS CONFERENCE: SERGEY KOVALEV VS. JEAN PASCAL II WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP 01/30/2016

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Photo:  David Spagnolo/Main Events

Photo: David Spagnolo/Main Events

MAIN EVENTS:  MONTREAL, November 30, 2015 – Although the fight is still two months away, there was already tension between unified light heavyweight title holder Sergey Kovalev and former world champion Jean Pascal at Monday’s press conference held at Bell Centre’s La Cage – Brasserie Sportive. Main Events and InterBox formally announce the rematch for the Unified WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship set to take place on Saturday, January 30 at Bell Centre. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

While Pascal (30-3-1, 17 K.-O.), the former WBC, IBO and The Ring light heavyweight world champion, vowed to surprise Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 K.-O.), who is the current WBO and IBF light heavyweight world title holder, as well as the WBA Super World light heavyweight champ, the Canadian boxer also said that he would “teach him respect, and to respect Canadian boxing fans”.

Earlier this year, on March 14 at Montreal’s Bell Centre, Kovalev beat Pascal by TKO in the 8th round. But Pascal’s side said the 35-year-old Quebec-based boxer would make amends this time around.

“Jean Pascal put Sergey Kovalev in trouble in several rounds in the first bout, and I’m convinced he will be even better this time around,” said InterBox President Jean Bédard. “We’re in for a great fight and that’s why it didn’t take much time for HBO to decide to broadcast this rematch.”

Jean Pascal stated, “I put him down in the 8th round in the first fight, but they called it a slip. But I promise you that Kovalev is going to have a full plate in the rematch. I’m going to have a full plate as well, but I have a new trainer (Freddie Roach), I’ve changed things, I’ve improved in ways that Kovalev cannot even imagine. I’m going to break up the party, I’m going to teach him respect, and to respect Canadian boxing fans.”

“I’m not a talker, I’m a fighter,” responded Kovalev. “I’m will make him close his mouth once and for all on January 30.”

“Not many boxers have agreed to step into the ring with Krusher a second time, so Pascal must be respected for showing the guts to do it,” said Egis Klimas, Kovalev’s manager. “So even though I don’t agree with much of what Pascal says, I respect the warrior that he is.”

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Like the first fight, the rematch will take place on Pascal’s turf and is expect to attract a large crowd at Bell Centre.

“Krusher likes to fight in his opponent’s city because he loves to disappoint the opposing boxer’s fans,” said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, Kovalev’s promoter.

Since the first Kovalev-Pascal fight, Kovalev beat Nadjib Mohammedi (37-4-0, 23 KO) by knock-out in the third round on July 25 in Las Vegas, while Pascal beat Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1-0, 12 KO) by unanimous decision in 10 rounds while fighting on the same card.

Pascal said he will leave home for the next two months to prepare in the United States for the January 30 fight. He will spend part of his camp south of the border with Freddie Roach, his new trainer.

“It will be a sacrifice to spend Christmas and New Year’s Day away from my loved ones, but it will be worth it. I’ll be celebrating the New Year with style on February 1st!”

“This time around, preventing Kovalev from going ahead with combinations will be key. That will be part of my game plan,” said Pascal.

“I will give it my all, I will apply all the skills I have and put them into this fight,” said Kovalev.

About Main Events

Main Events was founded in 1978 by the late Dan Duva and is now run by his widow Kathy Duva. As one of the top promotional companies in the world, Main Events has promoted boxing legends Evander Holyfield, Arturo Gatti, Lennox Lewis, Pernell Whitaker and many more. Currently, Main Events promotes WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Main Events is committed to promoting quality fights that boxing fans want to see.

About InterBox

InterBox, founded in Québec in 1997, and acquired by Groupe Sportscene in 2004, is a boxing organization that is recognized and respected throughout the Quebec province and the world. Its goal is to promote professional boxing, locally and internationally, with talented boxers who are supervised by top-notch trainers and have access to a cutting-edge support staff. InterBox regularly promotes and presents first-rate events in cooperation with such major corporate sponsors as Vidéotron, La Cage – Brasserie sportive and Coors Light.

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BATTLE OF UNDEFEATED CRUISERWEIGHTS ISIAH THOMAS & MURAT GASSIEV TO BE CO-MAIN EVENT ON 12/18 AT PALMS

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LAS VEGAS (November 30, 2015) – Detroit’s Isiah Thomas (15-0, 6 KOs) and Russia’s Murat “Iron” Gassiev (22-0, 16 KOs) will meet in a 12-round battle of undefeated cruiserweights as the co-main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC)on Spike Friday, December 18 from the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

This bout will replace the previously scheduled co-main event between Beibut Shumenov andKrzyzstof Wlodarczyk after Shumenov was forced to withdraw due to an eye inury.

PBC on Spike is headlined by undefeated Cuban Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) and Russia’s Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) in a lightweight world title fight, plus undefeated junior middleweight Chris “Young King” Pearson (13-0, 10 KOs) and rising unbeaten prospect Gervonta “Tank” Davis (13-0, 12 KOs) in separate attractions.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing, are priced at $100.50, and $25.50 plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the Pearl Box Office at 702-994-3200 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

A product of Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Gym in Detroit, Thomas was mentored by the late famed trainer throughout an amateur career that included two Junior Olympic titles and a gold medal at the World Cadet Championships. Since turning pro in 2008, the 26-year-old has yet to lose and most recently picked up an impressive victory over previously unbeaten Jordan Shimmell in July.

A fast-rising 22-year-old prospect, Gassiev is also undefeated since turning pro in 2011 and has delivered three straight stoppage victories since making his stateside debut in January of this year. Representing Vladikavkaz, Russia, he owns victories over the previously unbeaten Leon Harth and veterans Felix Cora Jr., Ismail Adbdoul and Levan Jomardashvili.

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RICKY HATTON: “ARROWSMITH AND EVANS ARE A PAIR OF GEMS”

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Hatton Boxers Photoshoot Picture by Mark Robinson. 23rd September 2015 Sam Taffy Evans

Hatton Boxers Photoshoot
Picture by Mark Robinson.
23rd September 2015
Sam Taffy Evans

 

Hatton Boxers Photoshoot Picture by Mark Robinson. 23rd September 2015 Reuben Arrowsmith

Hatton Boxers Photoshoot
Picture by Mark Robinson.
23rd September 2015
Reuben Arrowsmith

RICKY HATTON believes he’s unearthed a couple of gems in teenage punchers Sam Evans and Reuben Arrowsmith.

The Midlands duo, both 19, began training with the Hitman at his gym in Hyde, Greater Manchester during the summer and Hatton says they have shown him all the attributes needed for a rise to the top.

Arrowsmith, from Market Harborough, and Wednesbury’s Evans impressed when they made their professional debuts in October.

And Hatton is expecting similar displays when they appear on the undercard of Anthony Upton’s English super-lightweight title dust up with Joe Hughes at Walsall Town Hall next Saturday (December 5).

“You couldn’t fail to be impressed with the way Reuben and Sam took to the pros,” Ricky said. “Both boxed exactly to instruction and did a number of on their opponents.

“They’ve got very contrasting styles, but both are exciting. Reuben is more of a stylist who likes to slip and counter, while Sam is more of a relentless pressure fighter who gets inside and works the body.

“Obviously it’s early days, but I’ve seen enough from them in the gym to know they’ve got huge potential.

“They haven’t had the fanfare that some kids turning over from the amateurs get, but believe you me, boxing fans should keep an eye out for these lads.

“To be honest, I think we’ve unearthed a couple of gems. They still need a bit of polishing, but they seem to get better and better each day and I can’t wait to see them put what we’ve working on into practice in Walsall next Saturday.”

The December 5 bill is a co-promotion between Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing entitled ‘Jingle Brawls’ and is topped by an English super-lightweight title and British elimination clash between Malmesbury’s Joe Hughes and unbeaten prospect Anthony Upton.

Also starring will be Birmingham middleweight Luke Heron, West Brom’s Tom Stokes, unbeaten Ludlow super-welterweight Craig Morris, featherweight prospect Jack Summers, Wolverhampton’s Des Bowater, and stylish Stoke super-lightweight Kieron McLaren.

Tickets are priced at £30 (general admission) and £60 (ringside). They can be purchased from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900 or directly from any boxer on the bill.

Mykal Fox to battle Adam Mate this Friday night at the historic Racetrack in Fort Washington, Maryland

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Fort Washington, MD (November 30, 2015) – Undefeated Forestville, Maryland super lightweight Mykal “The Professor” Fox (7-0, two KOs) will face his toughest challenge to date when he faces Adam “Bad Boy” Maté (18-6, 11 KOs) of Sopron, Hungary on Friday December 4 at the historic Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland. The six-round bout will headline a stacked 8-fight lineup that will not have a single boxer with a losing record on the card.

The card is promoted by Kings Promotions and tickets are currently on sale ($40/$60/$75) at www.beltwayboxing.com or by calling 301-899-2430. Tickets purchased at the box office on fight night are subject to a $5 surcharge.

Fox will be making his first appearance under the Kings promotional banner after inking a deal with them on October 8, 2015. The 19-year-old undefeated prospect turned pro in April of 2014 after participating in more than 100 amateur bouts. The 6’4″ Fox is the younger brother of undefeated junior middleweight Alantez, who is a DiBella Entertainment signee. The Fox Brothers are trained by their father, Troy, at the Lloyd Irvin Academy in Temple Hills, MD.

Maté, 24-years-old, is the former Hungarian Lightweight Champion and enters the bout with wins in 3 of his last 4 bouts. His only appearance fighting in the United States, earlier this year, Maté fought valiantly in a nationally televised bout against undefeated Top Rank prospect William Silva before being stopped in the fifth round by a body shot.

The card is promoted by Kings Promotions, the matchmaker is Ross Molovinsky. Tickets are currently on sale ($40/$60/$75) at www.beltwayboxing.com or by calling 301-899-2430. Tickets purchased at the box office on fight night are subject to a $5 surcharge. This will be Kings Promotions first professional boxing event in the state of Maryland.

Scheduled to appear in 6-rounds bouts:

Featherweight Thomas Snow (17-2, 11 KO’s) of Capitol Heights, Maryland will see action against Tibor Nadori (6-2-1, 3 KO’s) of Nagykanizsa, Hungary.

Charles Natal (6-0-2, 2 KO’s) of Cleveland, Ohio will take on Grayson Blake (6-4, 2 KO’s) of State College, PA. in a Welterweight bout.

Junior Castillo (7-0, 7 KO’s) of Santo Domingo, DR will fight in a Jr. Middleweight bout against Roland Nagy (6-1, 4 KO’s) of Budapest, Hungary

In 4-round bouts:

Chris Warden (1-0, 1 KO) of Lusby, MD will fight in a Jr. Welterweight bout against Bernardo Rodriguez (Pro debut) of Miami, FL

Shynggyskhan Tazhibay (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Karaganda, KAZ will take James Robinson (3-3-2, 1 KO) of York, PA. in a Welterweight bout.

Sam Crossed of Greenbelt, MD of Greenbelt. MD will make his pro debut in a Cruiserweight bout against fellow pro debuter Hampton Miller of Norwalk, CT.

Santario Martin (1-1) of Gainesville, FL will take on Nicholas Hernandez (2-1) of Reading, PA in a Middleweight bout.

Tickets, priced at $40/$60/$75, tickets are onsale online at www.beltwayboxing.com or by phone at 301-899-243

Star Boxing’s Joe DeGuardia Finishes ’15 with a Flair

DeGuardiaFor Immediate Release:  December will be yet another busy month for Star Boxing president Joe DeGuardia as he closes out 2015 with a flourish. Highlighting the season-ending flurry will be a quartet of powerful pugilists – Chris Algieri, Yunieski Gonzalez, Joshua Clottey and Joe Smith, Jr. – returning to the ring, and Promoter of the Year accolades from Ring 8.

Former world champion and Long Island-native Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) is back at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to take on Ecuador’s Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout on Saturday night, December 5.

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

Star Boxing’s Joe Smith, Jr. (19-1, 16 KOs), like Algieri a long Island native, will square off against firefighter Will Rosinsky (19-2, 10 KOs) in a light heavyweight clash.

The Algieri vs. Bone fight is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and will be part of a stacked undercard featuring top regional talent. 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).

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

On December 19, Turning Stone Casino will be the site for an HBO Latino® Boxing event headlined by Star Boxing’s Cuban light heavyweight contender Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) fighting out of Miami, Florida taking on the undefeated power-puncher, Vyacheslav “Lion Heart – Chigonskyy” Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) of Los Angeles in a 10-round light heavyweight main event.

In the co-main event, former world title contender, “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia makes his highly anticipated return to the ring against Star Boxing’s former IBF Welterweight World Champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, in a 10-round junior middleweight contest.

The HBO Latino Boxing event will start at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT (tape delay) or immediately following the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.

Tickets for the Dec. 19 HBO Boxing After Dark and HBO Latino Boxing event start at $25, $35 and $60 for ringside seats plus applicable fees and are available at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office by calling 315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

On Sunday, December 13, Star Boxing president and founder Joe DeGuardia will be honored as “Promoter of the Year” at Ring 8’s Annual Holiday Awards at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach (162-45 Cross Bay Blvd).

From New York Golden Gloves champion in the ring as an amateur to the rise of Star Boxing ignited by Antonio Tarver’s victory over Roy Jones, Jr. to guiding Chris Algieri to challenge world champion Manny Pacquiao for the Welterweight title, DeGuardia has done it all.

A product of the Bronx, DeGuardia attended Fordham Prep and earned his undergraduate degree from Fordham University. He then attended Hofstra Law School, where he graduated at the top of his class. DeGuardia now resides in Westchester County, New York.

He has popularized the Rockin’ Fights series at The Paramount in Huntington to sellout crowds on a regular basis, and is the promoter of such standouts as world champions Chris Algieri and Demetrius Andrade, as well as Zac Dunn, Cletus Seldin, Joshua Clottey,Yuniesky Gonzalez and Joe Smith, Jr.

Ring 8, the Veteran Boxers Association of New York, is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping former professional boxers in need of financial assistance. Its motto is “Boxers helping boxers.”

Tickets for this event are priced at $125 a person, and include brunch, cocktail hour and open bar. Checks can be made payable to Ring 8 and sent to P.O. Box 724, Massapequa, NY 11762. For more information, please contact Bob Duffy at 516-313-2304 or at depcomish@aol.com

WEEKEND WRAP-UP: FURY SHOCKS WLAD; DEGALE, SPENCE JR, CHARLO WIN, IMAM UPSET!

Story by:  Chip Mitchell

There was a full slate of world-class boxing this past weekend.  Included were some surprises, as well as predictable results.  Here is what took place if you missed it:

Tyson Fury UD 12 Wladimir Klitschko

Fury talked the talk and walked the walk.  Let’s be honest though, the writing was on the wall for a few fights, especially in Klitschko’s last outing against Bryant Jennings.  He is a every bit of the 39 year old fighter he appeared to be on Saturday.  He ran into a younger and bigger opponent who trained as hard as he taunted leading up to the fight.

Fury came into the ring with that “look” in his eyes and you knew he was ready to go.  He was relaxed from the walk-in until the opening bell.

There wasn’t much action to speak of for most of the fight, other than the younger man outworking the older one.  Fury, 25-0 (18 KOs),  beat Klitschko to the punch, mainly with the jab from range and did enough to win a majority of the rounds.  Klitschko came to life in the late rounds and had his best round in the dramatic twelfth round.  It was too late as Fury also came on strong until the final bell.  Scores were 115-112 (twice), and 116-111.  Klitschko (who has a rematch clause that I think he’ll exercise) falls to 64-4 (53 KOs).

James DeGale UD 12 Lucian Bute

James DeGale made his first defense of his IBF World super middleweight title in a pretty good scrap against former champion Lucian Bute on Saturday.

Bute, who many thought had little left after his most recent loss, put on a solid performance.  The atmosphere was electric and the pace was incredible as both fighters fought toe-to-toe with spirit.  Just as with Fury against Klitschko, youth was served as the combination punching and speed from the younger DeGale was the difference.  Scores were 117-111 (twice), and 116-112.  Degale moves to 22-1 (14 KOs).  Bute drops to 32-3 (25 KOs).

DeGale

“I’m young and I’m fresh. I’m peaking right now,” DeGale said.  “I’m ready for the best in the world. Credit to Bute – he’s a great champion and believe me, he will be back.””Like I’ve said in the past, he is a world-class fighter. I’ve still got things to work on in the next three or four years and I’m going to be my best.”

Bute

“I think it was a great fight.  I did my best tonight,” Bute said.  “I think it was a close fight.  He’s an Olympic champion, he’s a world champion.  If the judges give him the decision I respect that. I’ll be back in the gym to work hard and continue to fight.  I think it was a very close fight.  I’m happy with my performance and I’ll be back in the gym to get back in the ring one more time.”The last three years were difficult for me.  After I lost to Carl Froch that was a very difficult period for me.  I took a break, and now I’m back.  I feel great, I feel healthy and now I have one more chance to be back on the top.

Jermall Charlo TKO4 Wilky Campfort
Jermall Charlo stopped “Silky” Wilky Campfort in the fourth round to retain his IBF World super welterweight title on Saturday.  Charlo used his height and weight advantages throughout and dropped Campfort in the second round.

A left hook put Campfort down again in the third, but Campfort was game enough to continue.  The end came shortly thereafter in round four, as Charlo stepped up the pace and landed a flurry that caused a cut over Campfort’s eye.  Silky Wilky had “seen” enough and made it known that he didn’t have enough vision in his eye to continue.  The referee stopped the bout about midway through the round.  Charlo goes to 23-0, 18 KOs.  Silky Wilky falls to 21-2, 12 KOs.

Errol Spence, Jr TKO5 Alejandro Barrera

Errol “The Truth” Spence exhibited the patience that has been his calling card as a professional boxer.  While most young fighters would panic as Barrera landed shots early as he did on Spence Jr, the undefeated contender began to break his opponent down.

Spence busted Barrera up in the second round and took control.  The tough Barrera wasn’t going to go out easy and hung in there through the next couple of rounds.

The fifth round, however, was a different story.  It spelled doom for Barrera, to the tune of multiple body shots by Spence Jr.  Barrera went down and made it up before the count ended.  The body assault continued until referee Laurence Cole stopped the fight halfway through the fifth.

Spence Jr moves to 19-0 with 16 KOs.  Barrera drops to 28-3, 18 KOs.  Spence should be ready for a lower-tier Top 20 guy at this point.

Adrian Granados TKO8 Amir Imam

<SIGH> Where does Don King go from here?  Does this mean the end for The Don?

Amir “Young Master” Imam, an exciting super lightweight (junior welterweight) who worked his way to the brink of a Top 10 ranking, took two steps backward on Saturday.

Imam lost by eighth round TKO to the unheralded Adrian Granados.  Granados survived a first-round knockdown to shock the previously undefeated Imam in the opening bout on Showtime Extreme .

Imam looked like he would make it an easy night in the office in the first after a  left-right combination dropped Granados.

After the first, Granados worked inside and neutralized the Imam jab and movement.  From then on, Granados stayed inside and punished Imam round after round.  The end came in the eighth as Granados finished Imam with a series of combinations on the ropes as the referee jumped in.  Imam is young, but this is the kind of fight that ruins the best laid plans of men.

Granados came into the fight unheralded with a 16-4-2 record.  A deeper look yields that he has a majority decision loss to Frankie Gomez, a beast of a fighter who is currently 19-0, with 13 KOs.  He also has a majority decision loss to Felix Diaz, who was 15-0 when they fought.  Another loss was Brad Solomon who is 26-0 and is a hot prospect.  He also has a draw with former World welterweight champion Kermit Cintron.  So while many will remark that Imam lost to a nobody, the fact is he lost to a guy who could be 23-0 had he been with the right promoter.  Granados’s other loss was a split decision earlier in his career.

AMIR IMAM: FOCUSED ON SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE SHOT

ImamUndefeated WBC No. 1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) and Adrian Granados (16-4-2, 11 KOs) faced off on Thursday ahead of their 10-round bout on Saturday, Nov. 28, on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME.

The SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME telecast begins live at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City prior to that evening’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast.  In the SHO EXTREME opener, undefeated heavyweight and former international amateur star Oscar Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) will face Joey Abell (31-8, 29 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

IBF Super Middleweight World Champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) will defend his belt against former 168-pound champ Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs) in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT).  In the co-feature, the WBC’s No. 1-ranked 175-pound fighter Isaac Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) will square off with No. 2-ranked Eleider Alvarez (18-0, 10 KOs) in a light heavyweight world title eliminator for the right to face WBC Champion Adonis Stevenson.

Here is what the SHO EXTREME participants had to say on Thursday:

AMIR IMAM

“I know I’m taking a risk by taking this fight but I’m going to take advantage of this. I really don’t need rest because I’m in the gym anyway. So let’s just get this fight out of the way and I’ll just wait for the world title fight.

“I don’t feel pressure. I know what I jumped into when I got into this professional boxing game, and I have a good team around me. We’re a tight circle and very strong, and when the opportunities come, I’ll be ready to take advantage of it.

“People are talking about me wanting to fight Errol Spence and getting revenge (on a past U.S. Olympic boxing trials loss). I don’t have revenge on my mind. I mean, we could definitely do it when I move up a weight class, but right now I’m focused on a 140-pound title shot. I want that title shot in early 2016 against (current WBC world champion) Viktor Postol.

“(Postol) is a good fighter and he got the title for a reason, but you can’t hide and run for too long and my time is coming next year. You get one defense and then it’s all me. It’s all Young Master.”

ADRIAN GRANADOS

“I would say this is the biggest fight of my career. It’s going to be a great fight and I’m looking forward to a great night.

“(Imam’s) got a lot of tools and he’s very talented. We’ll take it round by round and make adjustments as the fight goes.

“I’ve rebounded well. I’m not satisfied with the way my career has gone and had a lot of bad decisions and management problems. I wasn’t brought along like my opponent was. But it’s helped me grow some thick skin and attributes to why I’m here today.

“I’ve faced tough fighters before and it’s not the first time I’ve been the underdog. I will pull off this upset.

“I’m looking to shock the boxing world on Saturday night.”

OSCAR RIVAS

“My strength is my speed and the way I put pressure on my opponent. So I’m going after (Abell) and will put a lot of pressure on him until he falls.

“I’m so thrilled and elated to fight again on a big stage. I fought on ShoBox in my last fight and it was amazing. It’s so important for me to get seen so I can fulfill my dream and get into the top 10 in my division.

“This is the biggest fight of my career and the biggest opportunity I’ve ever had. I just want to make sure I grab it and look spectacular.”

STACY McKINLEY, Imam’s manager and trainer

“I can’t find anything we need to work on. Amir is strong and technically sound and he’s getting more experienced every time he fights. He’s a devastating puncher. He’s the full package and that’s very tough to find. They don’t come around too often.

“I’d like him to fight Adrien Broner next year. I’d like to fight all the guys and unify all the titles next year. Boxing is going to need a new superstar now that Floyd Mayweather is gone, and we’re not going to wait 15 years to make another one. I think Amir unifies all the titles at 140 and 147, then we’d have our new superstar within 36 months.

“He has to use his jab to win on Saturday. He’s got a beautiful jab, the best jab in boxing. And everything has to come right behind it.”

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The event, billed as “THE RECLAMATION”, is a presentation of Vidéotron in collaboration with Mise-O-Jeu. Tickets are on sale at the Vidéotron Centre box office, on www.ticketmaster.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666, at InterBox (450) 645-1077 or at Champion boxing club (514) 376-0980.

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ROBERT UZZELL: KLITSCHKO 245.8, FURY 247…. IT’S ON!

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Story by:  Robert Uzzell

The weigh-in is over.  Tomorrow on HBO in Dusseldorf, Germany Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) defends his World heavyweight title for the 19th time against Tyson “Batman” Fury (24-0, 18 KOs).  The fight will be televised live on HBO at 4:45 PM ET, and replayed at 10:15 PM ET.

After pulling out almost all the strings of comedy he could leading up to the fight, Fury was on his best behavior for most of the weigh-in.  There was a very long stare down that lasted at least one minute before the fighters were separated.

I have to say I’m disappointed.  I thought Fury would have something special for the weigh-in.  Maybe he is saving his antics for tomorrow night where they are expected to fight in front of nearly 60,000 crazed fans.  On the line will be Klitschko’s WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts.  Deontay Wilder holds the WBC title.

Fury said he saw ”fear” in Klitschko’s eyes.

”I see a nervous man, on his last legs, preparing to be taken out,” Fury said.

The unfortunate part about the weigh-in is that there were no fans to witness it.  Only accredited media were allowed to witness.  Security in the German city has been tightened after the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month.

This was on my list of fights I wanted to see in 2015 and we are just over 24 hours away from reality.

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury Predictions By Chip Mitchell and Robert Uzzell

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We are less than 24 hours away from Klitschko vs. Fury.  Let’s take a look at the tale of the tape: 

 

Tale of The Tape Wladimir Klitschko Tyson Fury
Age 39 27
Current Status IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO World heavyweight champion World #3; Challenger for IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO World heavyweight title
Professional Record 64-3-0, 53 KOs 24-0-0, 18 KOs
Height 6 ft 6 in 6 ft 9 in
Reach 81 in 85 in
Knockout Percentage 79% 75%
Previous Fight 04/25/2015 02/28/2015

 

On Saturday, HBO presents an appealing matchup between lineal World heavyweight champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko and World #3 rated Tyson Fury.

The 27-year-old Fury, (24-0, 16 KOs) from United Kingdom, has talked the talk and now gets his shot at fame.  He enters the fight a winner of his last four by stoppage.  His competition includes Christian Hammer, Dereck Chisora (twice), Steve “USS” Cunningham, and Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson.  Fury has gained quite a following in the UK with his biggest fights (with the exception of Cunningham) taking place there.  If you don’t already know, Fury serves as one of the biggest mouthpieces in boxing. He’s in the same class as Antonio Tarver, Floyd Mayweather, and James Toney…. more Toney than Tarver as his comments are quite often R-Rated.

On facing Klitschko, Fury says, “Klitschko has as much charisma as my underpants – zero.  You go on – you’re a sports psychologist, you speak 37 different languages, so what?  You’re still a robotic person. You’re still not exciting and fun to watch. I am the new blood in the division, you are an old man.”

“It’s a personal mission for me to rid boxing of a boring person like you,” he said. “I’m interested in all of them belts you’ve got on there. I’m interested in breaking your face in. You’re boring.  I want to rid you out of the heavyweight division.”

Klitschko, (64-3, 53 KOs), a Ukraine native via Kazakhstan, has 18 consecutive title defenses.  He’s two behind Larry Holmes (20) and seven away from tying Joe Louis’s seemingly insurmountable record of 25 consecutive defenses.  This will also be Klitschko’s unprecedented 28th world title appearance.

After a loss in 1998 (Puritty), followed by two others in 2003 (Sanders) and 2004 (Brewster), Klitschko and new trainer Emanuel Steward began the process of rebuilding Klitschko.  Steward took over shortly before the loss to Brewster and noticed some things from that fight that could be fixed.  Wladimir hasn’t looked back since.  Johnathon Banks took over as trainer after Steward’s death and Klitschko is 6-0 under his guidance.

Klitschko on facing Fury:

“I believe Tyson Fury is really meaning what he is talking about and he is definitely not coming here on October 24 just to be present and be on the canvas. No, he came here to win the championship fight.

“This guy is so entertaining. He sings, he dances, and he is a cool dude. He does different things that people like – or hate. Some people adore you.  Some people say they can’t stand you, which is good.”

 Predictions:

Robert Uzzell

I think we are finally going to get some heavyweight bouts that will entertain the fans, even if they come more from the press conferences than the actual fights.  I expect the fight itself to be a decent scrap.  We saw some signs of age in Klitschko’s last fight with Bryant Jennings.  Yet, it was still a fight that was dominated by the champion.

In order for “Batman” Fury to win, he has to use his height and reach advantages over Klitschko.  Okay, let me repeat that.  In order for Fury to win, he has to use his height and reach advantages over Klitschko.  When was the last time we heard that statement?  “Batman” Fury stands 6 foot 9 and has an 85 inch reach!  Those numbers are crazy.  This will be the first time that Wladimir looks up to an opponent.

“Batman” Fury is young and based on his last fight with Jennings- Wlad might not have it anymore.  He’ll be 40 years old a few months after the fight.  He’s been there and done that.  On the other hand, Tyson hasn’t quite hit his ceiling yet.  But that’s the danger for Wlad in his chase for Joe Louis.

“Batman” Fury has to impose his size on Klitschko.  Klitschko has the best jab in the division.  He’s used to jabbing and punching downward.  However, how does he deal with having to throw it upward at a boxer who is taller than he is?  Fury must attack Wladimir’s body- especially if they tie up.  Wladimir can’t fight on the inside and this is where Tyson can wear his 39-year-old frame down.

Wladimir Klitschko has not lost a fight in 11 years!  Okay, let me repeat that.  Wladimir Klitschko has not lost a fight in 11 years!  That is amazing!  Klitschko is like ex-Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson.  Erickson only used two pitches, a slider and a fastball.  He was a good pitcher because he had great movement on each and he knew when to throw them.  Klitschko is mostly the same.  He has the jab and right hand combo.  He has the jab and left hook combo.  Those two combinations are pretty much the only he throws.  However, Wlad knows when to throw them and at the proper velocity.  Can Klitschko get his left hook and right hands off on a bigger man?  I’m curious to find out.

I think “Batman” has gotten under his skin to the point where Wlad wants to make a statement.  I think “Batman” Fury must try to make his statement early in the fight.  The first four or five rounds may tell the story in this one.  Why do I call him “Batman” you ask?  See the video below from the hilarious press conference.  I expect more from him at the final presser:

https://youtu.be/EQLqQjC2gJA

My key question:  Can “Batman” Fury stay outside of Klitschko’s jab and land his own with his reach advantage?    

Another thing, Wladimir is always in shape, so I won’t touch that area.  Tyson is another story. For example, he weighed 254 for Cunningham, 264 for Chisora, and was closer to 280 for Joey Abell.  Fury seems to gas a bit in fights and we will see how much shape he’s in for his biggest fight.  Come in at 270 and he gasses and is stopped in the middle rounds.  If he comes in light (240s), then maybe he will have left something in the gym.  This could be a key factor.

I think this is a 50/50 fight.  Part of Klitschko’s game is leaning on the smaller fighter and putting his weight on him when they are tied up.  Actually, it’s a big part of Wlad’s game.  If you go back 12 or 13 fights, you’ll see that he’s done it to just about every opponent.  He won’t be able to do that with “Batman” Fury.

This is a tough one to call.  I’m calling the upset!  Give me “Batman Fury” over Klitschko by UD in a decent heavyweight fight.  He will call out Deontay Wilder for unification afterwards. 

Chip Mitchell

This fight starts with the press conference.  If you think Shannon Briggs and his “Let’s Go Champ!” videos are funny, I have a strange feeling that Fury has something up his sleeve to rival Briggs.  Fury’s comments on Twitter and media outlets have me anticipating a great press conference and media call.

Has Tyson Fury caught Wladimir Klitschko at the right time?  If you watch his fight with Jennings, many believe Wlad’s timing and reflexes have slipped enough for this to be an even fight.

Tyson Fury is taller and has a longer reach than does Wladimir Klitschko.  He’s much younger and he fights orthodox as well as southpaw.  He must have the better jab through the first couple of rounds or this one could be over.  He also needs to be more active than the old man is.  Fury has more tools and moves more fluid than Klitschko.

One key question is can he impose his size on Klitschko?  Another question is does he have enough skills to keep Wlad off him and from scoring big punches?

Wladimir has come a long way.  He knows himself after being undefeated for 11 years.  He’s adopted a more defensive approach and looks for openings to score.  I don’t expect anything different in this fight.  Klitschko will try to be safety-first and not be caught with a straight shot from Fury.

One thing that can disrupt Wlad is if Tyson switches from right to left to right, he can change his angles to confuse Wlad.  The switch-hitting can also get Klitschko prone or out of position so that Fury can strike.

Most experts have a 50/50 fight.  I don’t.  Wlad has more experience, he’s the harder puncher, and he has the better jab.  Everyone is talking about Fury’s height.  However, has Fury fought anyone as big as Klitschko?  Fury has some tools and they’ll allow him to survive until the mid-way point.  I can’t see him going further than that.

Klitschko is going to get this guy out of there before the seventh round.  If he can’t get Wilder next, then…. LET’S GO CHAMP! 

Jerry Odom to fight Michael Mitchell on Friday, December 11th at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, New Jersey

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Parsippany, New Jersey (November 27, 2015) – On Friday night, December 11, GH3 Promotions will present an outstanding night of professional boxing at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, New Jersey.

In the main event, exciting Light Heavyweight, Jerry “The Kings Son” Odom will take on Michael Mitchell in a bout scheduled for 8-rounds.

Odom of Bowie, Maryland has a record of 13-2, with 12 knockouts.

The 22 year-old Odom won his first twelve bouts, which was highlighted by a thrilling 7th round stoppage over previously undefeated Vilier Quinonez on July 25, 2014.  Odom rebounded from his first defeat, which was a controversial disqualification to Andrew Hernandez to comeback and destroy Hernandez in the first round of their March 13, 2015 rematch.  The Quinonez and Hernandez rematch bouts where nationally televised on ShoBox: The New Generation.

In his last bout, Odom was stopped in three rounds by Samuel Clarkson on July 17, 2015 in Bethlehem, PA.

Mitchell of Paterson, New Jersey has a record of 3-6-2 with 1 knockout. Mitchell has faced five undefeated fighters which includes his last fight  when he lost a decision to Meng Fanlong on September 26 in Beach Haven, NJ

In the 6-round co-feature, Ian Green (8-0,6 KO’s) of Paterson, New Jersey will look to stay undefeated in a 6-round Middleweight bout against Jamie Campbell (11-10, 8 KO’s) of London, England.

Green, who was a top amateur prospect has looked great as he has started his professional career flawlessly.  He is coming off 1st round stoppage over Travis Dickinson on November 14th in Springfield, VA.

Campbell won his first ten bouts.  He has faced world champions Danny Jacobs, Anthony Dirrell and Hall of Famer, Virgil Hill.

In his last bout, Campbell was stopped in 2 rounds by Mike Gavronski on October 13th in Shelton, Washington.

In 6-round bouts:

Arturo Trujillo (7-0, 3 KO’s) of Reading, PA will take on an opponent to be announced in a Welterweight bout.

In 4-round bouts:

DeLorien Caraway (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Minnesota will see action in a Welterweight fight.

Oscar Bonilla (3-1-2) of Brodgeport, CT will fight Bienvenido Diaz (2-1, 2 KO’s) of Prospect Park, NJ in a Lightweight bout. Hector Frometa (1-0) of Miami, FL will take on Drew Morais (1-4-1) of Southgate, MI in a Welterweight bout.

Leon Johnson (1-0, 1 KO) of Paterson, NJ will fight Rex Harris (1-3, 1 KO) of Harrisburg, PA in a Cruiserweight fight. Hakim Bryant (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Asbury Park, NJ will take on an opponent to be named in a Middleweight bout.

Cassius Chaney (5-0, 3 KO’s) of Bridgeport, CT will take on an opponent to be named in Heavyweight bout.

Dustin Fleischer (5-0, 5 KO’s) of Monmouth Beach, NJ will take on an opponent to be named in a Welterweight bout.

There will be 8 amateur bouts that will precede the professional show that will feature standouts Vito Mielnicki Jr., Malik Nelson, Dwyke Flemmings, Kevin Bonilla, Rajohn Chance and Armani Macphall. Tickets can be purchased for $125, $100, $75 and $50 by calling 862-223-9487

King’s Promotions to stage card at the Historic Horse Racing Track in Fort Washington, Maryland on Friday, December 4th

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Fort Washington, MD (November 25, 2015)–On Friday night, December 4th, King’s Promotions will promote a great night of boxing at the Historic Horse Racing Track in Fort Washington, Maryland.

Scheduled to appear in a 6-round bout will be undefeated Mykal Fox.

Fox of Forestville, Maryland has a record of 7-0 with 2 knockouts.  The 19 year-old is coming off a 6-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Castillo on July 18th in Washington, DC. His opponent will be announced shortly.

Scheduled to appear in 8-rounds bouts: Mario Munoz (16-0-1, 10 KO’s) of Guadalajara, Mexico will compete in a Featherweight bout against an opponent to be named.

Featherweight Thomas Snow (17-2, 11 KO’s) of Capitol Heights, Maryland will see action against an opponent to be named.

In 6-round bouts:  Charles Natal (6-0-2, 2 KO’sO of Cleveland, Ohio will take on Grayson Blake (6-4, 2 KO’s) of State College, PA. in a Welterweight bout.

Junior Castillo (7-0, 7 KO’s) of Santo Domingo, DR will fight in a Jr. Middleweight bout against an opponent to be named.

In 4-round bouts: Chris Warden (1-0, 1 KO) of Lusby, MD will fight in a Jr. Welterweight bout against an opponent to be named.

Shynggyskhan Tazhibay (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Karaganda, KAZ will take on an opponent to be named in a Welterweight bout.

Sam Crossed of Greenbelt, MD of Greenbelt. MD will make his pro debut in a Cruiserweight bout.

Santario Martin (1-1) of Gainesville, FL will take on Nicholas Hernandez (2-1) of Reading, PA in a Middleweight bout.

Tickets, priced at $40/$60/$75, tickets are onsale online at www.beltwayboxing.com or by phone at 301-899-243

Star Boxing President Joe DeGuardia to be honored as Promoter of the Year by Ring 8 on Sunday, December 13th

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Star Boxing President Joe DeGuardia to be honored as Promoter of the Year by Ring 8 on Sunday, December 13th

New York, November 24 – Star Boxing president and founder Joe DeGuardia will be honored as “Promoter of the Year” at the Ring 8 Annual Holiday Awards on Sunday, December 13th, at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach, New York (162-45 Cross Bay Blvd).

From New York Golden Gloves champion in the ring to the rise of Star Boxing ignited by Antonio Tarver’s victory over Roy Jones, Jr. to guiding Chris Algieri to challenge world champion Manny Pacquiao for the Welterweight title, DeGuardia has done it all.

A product of the Bronx, DeGuardia attended Fordham Prep and earned his undergraduate degree from Fordham University. He then attended Hofstra Law School, where he graduated at the top of his class. DeGuardia now resides in Westchester, New York.

He has popularized the Rockin’ Fights series at The Paramount in Huntington to sellout crowds on a regular basis, and is the promoter of such standouts as world champions Chris Algieri and Demetrius Andrade, as well as Zac Dunn, Cletus Seldin, Joshua Clottey, Yuniesky Gonzalez and Joe Smith, Jr.

Ring 8, the Veteran Boxers Association of New York, is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping former professional boxers in need of financial assistance. Its motto is “Boxers helping boxers.”

Tickets for this event are priced at $125 a person, and include brunch, cocktail hour, and open bar. Checks can be made payable to Ring 8 and sent to P.O. Box 724, Massapequa, NY 11762. For more information, please contact Bob Duffy at 516-313-2304 or at depcomish@aol.com. Tickets may also be purchased directly from Star Boxing by calling 718-823-2000 or visit www.StarBoxing.com and will receive a special momento with each ticket purchased.

Website at  www.StarBoxing.com and follow on Twitter at @Star Boxing, Instagram at StarBoxing and  Facebook.com/StarBoxing,

About Joe DeGuardia

Star Boxing was formed in 1992 and has been the longest running and most consistent promotional company in New York.  Under the direction of its founder and President,  Joe DeGuardia, this world renowned promotional company continues to promote world champions, top contenders, and highly-regarded local prospects in venues throughout the United States and globally.

For the past four  years, DeGuardia  has brought professional boxing back to Long Island and succeeded in a big way!  He has sold out 21 straight boxing events at “The Paramount.”  While doing so, he has brought unprecedented publicity to the region including bringing in major national television networks such as, HBO, MSG, Showtime, ESPN and NBC Sports to broadcast these events live.

This past year, Star Boxing had its best year since Antonio Tarver, former WBC, WBA, IBF World Champion and co-star of Rocky Balboa, fueled the Star Boxing rise to fame with his KO over Roy Jones Jr.  With an ‘eye’ for talent and dedication to promoting future champions, DeGuardia’s efforts have produced amazing success.

Star Boxing proudly showcased 2 World Champions in one night in June 2014 when Demetrius Andrade, defended his WBO Jr. Middleweight Championship and Long Island’s own, Chris Algieri won the WBO Jr. Welterweight Championship.   Both fights were televised live on HBO.  Then, in November 2014 DeGuardia built on that success and, to the delight of Long Island fans, placed Chris Algieri in a mega match against boxing legend and current WBO Welterweight Champion, Manny Pacquiao.  The fight took place at the Venetian Macao, across the world in China and was telecast on PPV.

DeGuardia’ s success in Long Island is typical of the man’s character.  It is said:  ‘Champions are defined as those who reach the pinnacle of their chosen field.’ Joe DeGuardia has exceeded this definition, turning the pursuits of his passions into repeated success stories.

Born and bred in the Bronx, DeGuardia excelled in school and sport.  DeGuardia boxed competitively since the age of five and started competing in organized boxing tournaments at the age of nine.  Through the years, DeGuardia won numerous titles in boxing, including the coveted NY Golden Gloves Championship in 1988. Consistent with his ability to master separate fields simultaneously, DeGuardia won that Golden Gloves Championship while graduating at the top of his class at Hofstra Law School.

After law school, DeGuardia was a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office, and ultimately founded a highly regarded law firm that has been repeatedly recognized for its exemplary service.

Notwithstanding his work as a lawyer, DeGuardia always remained professionally active in the boxing world.   True to his abilities, DeGuardia excelled in boxing while succeeding in his legal endeavors.  In the ring, the courtroom, the office or the classroom, DeGuardia has proven to be a true Champion time and time again.

Though the years, DeGuardia has promoted numerous boxing stars and world champions and has been recognized as a leader among his peers.  In fact, the United States Senate has called upon DeGuardia’s expertise and testimony while formulating landmark legislation pertaining to the boxing industry. DeGuardia was elected by his peers as the President and Board Member of the Boxing  Promoters Association, a position he has held since its inception.  In addition, in 2013, DeGuardia was honored by the Veteran Boxers Association via unanimous vote with its HIGHEST Award for Lifetime Dedication and Achievement.  Joe was also inducted on November 9th 2013 into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.  In September 2013 Suffolk County NY recognized, via official proclamation, DeGuardia’s “significant contributions towards the enhancement of (Suffolk, NY ) region and the betterment of its residents” through the national exposure, economic activity of Star Boxing events and the positive role model that DeGuardia represents.

WORLD CHAMPION BOXER ABNER MARES HONORED AT HIS THANKSGIVING MEAL GIVEAWAY

Nov. 25, 2015 – LOS ANGELES, Calif.Abner Mares, the former three-division World Champion Boxer (Bantamweight, Super Bantamweight & Featherweight divisions), was honored with proclamations and keys to the city of Bell Gardens and Irwindale at his third annual Thanksgiving meal giveaway.

#OperationGobble fed over 500 families in Bell Gardens, Hawaiian Gardens and other communities throughout southeast Los Angeles. Families received full Thanksgiving meals, with another 1500 families and community groups receiving turkey vouchers.

“Our community benefits greatly from the generosity shown by Abner Mares and Del Records,” said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to Mares during the event. “Abner is a champion who has never forgotten his community, and he has shown that again in his support of Operation Gobble, giving many local families a Thanksgiving they would not otherwise have had.”

Mayor Jennifer Rodriguez of Bell Gardens presented Mares with the key to the city with members of the Bell Gardens City Council.

“Sometimes people lose where they come from, not Abner Mares,” Rodriguez said. “He is always willing to give back to those in need, and that speaks to you Abner and your parents. You are a champion human being and a champion in boxing. Thank you for helping to fulfill the needs of a community.”

Councilmember Victor Farfan of the City of Hawaiian Gardens gave Mares the “Inspirational Hero” award from the city and proclaimed Mares, “…a hero, making the world a better place for tomorrow.” Abner also received a key to the city of Irwindale and the La Puente City Certificate at the event. La Puente Councilmember David E. Argudo said, “Abner is an example of the American Dream, that dream is not all about success but, as Abner demonstrates, the passion of making a difference in the eyes of others.”

After receiving the awards, Abner said, “This means more than any title in boxing. Seeing the faces of the people when they get their turkey is better than any gift or title I could receive. I’m blessed to be able to help them have a happy Thanksgiving.”

Helping hand out meals were actor Rafael de la Fuente (Michael Sanchez on “Empire,” “Grachi”), actor Bernardo Saracino (Manuel Diaz in Sicario) and Sol Rodriguez (upcoming “Urban Cowboy” movie, “Grachi,” “Tierra de Reyes” and upcoming “You’re Going To Miss Me”), as well as members of DEL Records, the leading Regional Mexican record label.

Companies donating items included Bonert’s pies (pumpkin pies), Progressive produce (russet potatoes), La Gloria (corn tortillas), Hoy Fong Foods (Siracha sauce), Bimbo (dinner rolls) and DEL Records.

The event was produced by Monique Gonzales.