KRUSHER DOMINATES PASCAL IN REMATCH

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Photo: David Spagnolo/Main Events

MAIN EVENTS: Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Undefeated Unified WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) retains all three of his titles as he makes short work of former light heavyweight world champion, Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 KOs), again.

The crowd was deafening as Michael Buffer announced Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Jean Pascal and everyone at Centre Bell was on their feet. Through the first five rounds Pascal weathered the flurry of punches handed out by The Krusher. However, by the fifth round Pascal seemed to be barely able to stay on his feet. Pascal’s trainer Freddie Roach stopped the fight just prior to the start of the eighth round.

After the fight Kovalev said, “I don’t think Freddie Roach changed him at all. He was actually easier for me. I hurt his ego the most because they stopped the fight when he was sitting in the corner on the bench. I hurt my left hand a little from a very hard punch. I broke his nose, maybe that is when I hurt my hand. I don’t like him. I punish him. Merci! I love you Canada!”

Pascal added, “Regardless of what he is as a person, Sergey Kovalev is a great champion. I give him all the credit he deserves. This is the first time he showed he is a clean athlete and I was pleased to prove this by paying for his VADA drug testing. I will be back and better than ever, but as always I know my performances dictate my narrative so I will let my next fights do all my talking. I feel like I let myself, my team and my close family at Interbox down, but we will continue to work together and build our companies, our fantastic market and, God willing, my next title fight in the process. Thank you to all my fans that came out to support me. I will be back. Don’t worry guys.”

When asked about a potential fight with Andre Ward, Kovalev said, “I am very happy this fight will happen.” He also added that in the mean time there is one more fight he wished would happen when he said, “I want to unify all four titles. I want to fight Adonis Chickenson.”

The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast began with a 10-round welterweight battle for the vacant USBA Welterweight Title between Dmitry “They Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (21-0, 9 KOs) of Gelendzhik, Russia and Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (19-3-1, 17 KOs) of San Francisco, California.

Mayfield came out of the gates swinging so hard he nearly fell over. Both fighters threw wild punches in the first two fast-paced rounds. The Mechanic dominated through nearly the entire fight. He secured the USBA Welterweight Title and two judges scored his unanimous decision victory a perfect 100-90 and the third judge gave one round to Mayfield 99-91, keeping Mikhaylenko’s undefeated record in tact.

After the fight, Mikhaylenko said, “It was a lot of hard work in the ring. Mayfield was tougher than I thought he was going to be. He hung on me too much but I was able to throw more punches. I am happy with my performance.”

Mayfield added, “He is tough, very durable. He was able to absorb my punches. He took some good shots from me, but he was able to recover very well. Really tough guy. Future champ. You need more time to prepare for a guy with Mikahaylenko’s style. I would like a rematch and have the proper time to prepare.”

The Canadian pay-per-view telecast began with a scheduled 10-round bout for the IBF International Middleweight Title between Renan St. Juste of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and Francis Lafreniere of Quebec, Canada. The packed crowd at the Centre Bell was hyped for this fight from the first bell. This fight was a battle with both fighters trading big shots. At the close of the ninth round, Lafreniere unloaded a flurry of punches on St. Juste and the crowd exploded. These two warriors continued to trade punches until the final and brought the crowd at Centre Bell to their feet. Even with the referee deducting a point in the eighth round, Lafreniere still won by unanimous decision (99-90, 97-92, 97-92).   Continue reading

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MALDONALDO JR TO FACE 42 YEAR OLD VETERAN CLARK TONIGHT

Press Release: Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr., (20-3, 17 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M, has moved to the lightweight division and will see action ato The Buffalo Thunder Resort Casino, in Santa Fe, N.M. this Saturday, Jan. 30th.  Maldonado Jr. is scheduled to face Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (44-14-1, 18 KOs) of Columbus, Ohio in an eight-round battle in front of a sold out crowd. [Clark has lost six in a row, five of which were all first-round knockouts].

This will be the second time “The Atrisco Kid” will fight at the resorts after a first-round knockout victory over Lowell Brownfield in September 2015.

“Being in a new weight class will be fun,” said Fidel Maldonado Jr. “I’ve fought at lightweight before so I know how to make the weight. I’m excited about this new chapter of my career and will be looking to bigger fights and a world title at this new weight.”

Albuquerque’s Fidel Maldonado was a decorated amateur who showed his punching power in five consecutive first-round knockouts after his professional debut in 2009.  In his 12th professional bout in October 2011, Maldonado went the distance for only the second time and defeated Eric “La Maquina” Cruz. Two fights later, Maldonado was upset by Fernando “El Guerrero Yaqui” Carcamo via second-round technical knockout and suffered a consecutive loss via split decision to Michael “The Artist” Perez; however, his gutsy effort earned him even more fans. Just two months after the grueling Perez bout, Maldonado got back to his winning ways with a decision win over Trenton Titsworth, kicking off a six-fight winning streak that saw him defeat the likes of Jorge “Koky” Romero, Luis Ramos Jr., John Nater, Nelson Lara and Fernando “Picapiedra” Silva. A January 2015 loss to Amir Imam saw Imam hit the canvas for the first time in his career was named Ring Magazine’s 2015 Round of the Year. The loss slowed Maldonado’s progress, but in September a first-round finish of Lowell Brownfield has the Albuquerque native looking toward championship gold once more.

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Michael “Cold Blood” Clark has had a long career. A professional since 1993, Clark won his first 24 bouts consecutively before losing a shot at the WBO lightweight champion  Artur Grigorian in 1999.  Suffering his first loss at the hands of Grigorian, Clark continued on his journey in search of world championship gold and defeated Steve “The Mongoose” Quinonez and Antonio Rodriguez that same year. In 2005, Clark fought in a WBC lightweight eliminator but suffered a loss to Sirimongkol Singwancha.

KOVALEV, PASCAL MAKE WEIGHT FOR SATURDAY’S CLASH!

Photo: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Photos: David Spagnolo/Main Events

12 Rounds – WBO,WBA & IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship

Sergey Kovalev Jean Pascal
Chelyabinsk, Russia Laval, QC, CAN
28-0-1, 25 KOs 30-3-1, 17 KOs
Weight: 174.6   Trunks: BLK/WHT Weight: 174.3  Trunks:  BR/Gold/BLK

Other weights:

Mayfield

 

10 Rounds – USBA Welterweight Title

Dmitry Mikhaylenko Karim Mayfield
Gelendzhik, Russia San Francisco, California
20-0, 9 KOs 19-2-1, 11 KOs
Weight: 146.7  Trunks: BLU/Gold Weight: 147 Trunks:  OR/BLK

 

Renan St Juste 159.3 vs. Francis Lafreniere 158.2
(IBF International middleweight title)
Cassius Chaney 242 vs. Zoltan Csala 244
Steven Butler 153.6 vs. Antonio Hoffmann 151.3
Virgilijus Stapulionis 155.4 vs. Laszlo Fazekas 153.3
Sebastien Bouchard 147.7 vs. Damian Mielewczyk 146.1
David Theroux 141.6 vs. Juan Armando Garcia 144.2
Joel Diaz Jr 132.4 vs. Abraham Gomez ??
Vislan Dalkhaev 121.5 vs. Alan Salazar 121

Venue: Bell Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Main Events/Interbox
TV: HBO

{VIDEO} EXCLUSIVE HAMMERIN’ HANK INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE HEADLEY HANSON, JR

Check it out as George Headley Hanson, Jr sat down with The Hammer to discuss his February 27th title shot against WBO junior-welterweight champion -Terence “Bud” Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska

Humorous, insightful and brutally honest, The Hammer laid it all on the line for thirty minutes!

Tune in to HBO on February 27th.   Philadelphia vs. Omaha – Hammer Time!!

 

 

 

Dyah Davis returns to the ring this Sunday as he takes on Edgar Perez at the Seminole Casino Immokalee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IMMOKALEE, FL. (January 28, 2016) – It has been about a month since Howard Davis Jr. passed away.

The former Olympic star and professional was one of the most well liked people in the boxing community.  During the process of Davis falling ill, his son Dyah was by his side and he now vows to carry on the boxing legacy set forth by his father.

Davis of Coconut Creek, Florida will be back in the ring for the first time in a 17 months, will take on Edgar Perez on Sunday at the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee.

Davis has been trying to get back in the ring sooner, but could not find anyone to step up and fight him.

“I was trying to get fights and I always am decent shape,”said the 34 year-old Davis.

“I guess that I am too much trouble for contenders and too dangerous for prospects.  I guess that means I am high risk and no reward.”

When his father passed away on December 30, 2015, Davis began to get even more motivated about his career.

“I found my motivation with the passing of my father.  His legacy will continue on through me.  His spirit is in me.  My father was my best friend.  He always knew that I have the ability and now it is time to show the world that.”

With a possible fight on the horizon and his father living out his last days, Davis made the most of his time with Howard.

“My main objective in his last few weeks was to spend as much time as possible.  We didn’t talk too much boxing.  We watched some of his old tapes as we just saw the impact he made on so many people.  It made me feel great to see the people who reached out following his passing.  Lots of people reached out in so many ways.”

Dyah feels he has a new start in boxing as he has inked a deal with Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions.

“I am fortunate that Marshall is giving me a shot.  He has put on a lot of shows in the past couple years and I am looking for bigger fights.  As seen by my record, I will fight anybody.  It just seems everybody wants an easy route these days.  My route is that I want to fight only big fights.  I feel like I can get there by fighting the best.  This is just a fight to get back in the mix of things.  I really don’t know anything about him.  I will get in there and take care of him.”

 

“The fans should look forward to see a new and improved Dyah Davis.  My father’s spirit lives within and i will carry on his legacy.”

 

Davis – Perez is part of the undercard of a great night of boxing that will be showcased on PBC: The Next Round on Bounce TV.  The telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT and is headlined by undefeated rising star Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin taking on Mexican brawler Jose De Jesus Macias in a 10-round super welterweight battle while welterweights Alex “El Pollo” De Jesus and Joseph Elegele meet in an eight-round showdown.

 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

4:00 p.m.                 

OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN

Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee – Hotel Meeting Room

506 S 1st Street

Immokalee, FL 34142

2:30 p.m. – Media Arrival

4:00 p.m. – Weigh-In Begins

Sunday, January 31, 2016

6:00 p.m

DOORS OPEN

SEMINOLE CASINO HOTEL IMMOKALEE 506 S 1st Street Immokalee, FL 34142

7:00 p.m.                

FIRST BOUT

9:00 p.m.                

BOUNCE TV BROADCAST BEGINS CREDENTIAL DISTRIBUTION Fight night credentials can be picked up from the Elite Hotel Desk next to the Seminole Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. Proper personal photo ID (Driver’s license or passport) is required for credential pick-up. To apply for media credentials please email Marc Abrams at phillyboxing@gmail.com. #  #  #

Fight night credentials can be picked up from the Elite Hotel Desk next to the Seminole Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. Proper personal photo ID (Driver’s license or passport) is required for credential pick-up. To apply for media credentials please email Marc Abrams at phillyboxing@gmail.com. #  #  # For more information visit www.premierboxingchampions.com, follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @BounceTV, @EricksonHammerL and @Swanson_Comm and follow the conversation using #PBConBounce, become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions and www.Facebook.com/BounceTV. Bounce TV is the fastest-growing African-American (AA) network on television and airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage.

The network features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more. Bounce TV has grown to be available in more than 93.5 million homes across the United States and 93% of all African American television homes, including all of the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce TV are iconic American figures Martin Luther King, III and Ambassador Andrew Young.

For local channel location, visit BounceTV.com.

CONTACTS: Jim Weiss, Bounce TV: (770) 672-6504 Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500 Michael Donahue, Premier Boxing Champions: (630) 441-8080 Marc Abrams, King’s Promotion: (856) 287-7611 Cathy Baker, Seminole Casino: (239) 503-4277 Email for credentials: phillyboxing@gmail.com

Rite Hook Promotions presents “Valentines Massacre” February 13!

Valentine's Day

For Immediate Release

Biloxi, MS (January 27, 2016) – Rite Hook Promotions returns to the Hard Rock Casino for an exciting night of action Saturday, February 13 in Biloxi, MS.

Dubbed as “Valentines Massacre” tickets for this ten bout card start at $20 and are on sale at Ticketmaster and the Hard Rock Casino box office. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as Rite Hook’s May 2 show was standing room only.

Topping the card is a six round cruiserweight showdown between Biloxi’s very own Mike “Concrete” Bissett and Houston, TX’s “Rocking” Rodney Moore. A big draw locally, the 31 year old Bissett faced notables Steve Bujaj, Milos Plantelic and 2012 US Olympian Michael Hunter. In August 2014, Bissett scored a career best victory over contender Nick Ianuzzi. Known for having an iron chin, Moore’s been stopped just once in 29 fights while battling countless contenders including Randy Griffin, Richard Hall, George Khalid Jones, Quantis Graves, Andrey Fedosov and Murat Gassiev.

The co-featured bout of the evening marks the return of unbeaten middleweight Bobby “The Prodigy” Bryant of Mississippi in an eight round matchup with hardcore veteran Louis Leija. Fighting for the first time since 2012, Bryant’s 15-0 with 9 wins by knockout. A boxer since he was 9, Bryant was a standout amateur and has big expectations as a pro. Hailing from San Antonio, TX, Leija’s pro career started eight months before Bryant was born. Leija, 21-15-1 (15 KO’s), faced boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, former champions Jesus Chavez and Derrick Gainer as well as Ben Tackie, Emanuel Augustus and 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Jhonson.

Rite Hook’s very own Manny “Shake Em’ Up” Woods, 13-4-1 (5 KO’s), travels from Tampa, FL to challenge 41 fight veteran Aaron Anderson of Tennessee in a six round junior middleweight contest. A winner in three of his last four, Woods hope to move onto bigger fights with a victory.

In separate undercard matches, unbeaten Joey Bryant of Memphis, TN, Justin Pauldo of Orlando, FL, Birmingham, AL’s Keandre Leatherwood and Atlanta, GA’s Justin Brunetti will all face opponents to be named.

“The fans are in for a real treat on the 13th,” said William Hunter of Rite Hook Promotions. “A lot of these fighters will be in TV bouts in the near future and tickets are very affordable. Last time, we had a standing room only crowd and everybody was asking about our next show. I look forward to showcasing great talent with this card and all of our future events.”

For more information, visit Ritehookpromotions.com.

MEXICAN KNOCKOUT ARTISTS JULIO CEJA & HUGO RUIZ TO MEET IN SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE REMATCH LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

ANAHEIM, CALIF. (Jan. 27, 2016) – Mexican warriors Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz will compete in a rematch of their exciting 2015 super bantamweight world title fight on Saturday, February 27, live on SHOWTIME® from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

 

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will be headlined by undefeated three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz, who’ll bemaking the first defense of his Featherweight World Championship against former world champion Kiko Martinez.

 

“I’m very happy to fight again in Southern California on such a fantastic card,” said Ceja. “In the first fight with Hugo Ruiz we had a sensational battle which ended with me coming out victorious and I’m very confident that I will win again. I look forward to putting on another great show on February 27.”

 

“I’m excited for the immediate rematch with Julio Ceja,” said Ruiz. “I know that I had him badly hurt during our first fight and that I will be victorious on February 27. I’d like to thank everyone involved for this great opportunity to avenge my loss.”

 

Ceja (30-1, 27 KOs) and Ruiz (35-3, 31 KOs) met on August 29, 2015, in Los Angeles, with Ceja winning the WBC 122-pound world title via a fifth-round stoppage in a wild back-and-forth brawl. Ruiz struck the first big blow in round three when he connected with a sharp left hand that floored Ceja. The fireworks continued into round five when Ceja unloaded a powerful left hook that put Ruiz on the mat. Ceja saw his opening and used a flurry of punches to close the show and take home the world title.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $27, $54, $104 and $199 and are on sale now via ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Honda Center Box Office.

 

The 23-year-old Ceja has won six fights in a row and is looking to prove that his victory over Ruiz was no fluke. The native of Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico will be fighting in the U.S. for the second time since turning pro in 2009 at just 16 years old. The power-puncher owns victories over experienced veterans Henry Maldonado, Jesus Acosta, Alejandro Morales and Genaro Camargo.

 

A 29-year-old fighting out of Sinaloa Mexico, Ruiz entered the first fight against Ceja on a four-fight win streak and as winner of 26 of his last 27 fights. He’s defeated the likes of Jean Sampson, Yonfrez Parejo and Francisco Arce throughout a pro career that began in 2006. His bout with Ceja was his U.S. debut and his exciting style has earned him another shot at the world title.

 

For more information visit www.SHO.com/Sports follow on Twitter @SHOSports, @LeoSantaCruz2, @MartinezKiko, @TGBPromotions, @HondaCenter and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SHOSports

HELPING #DSTRONG TO BE STRONG!

DSTRONG

 

Title Boxing is back in Saugus, Mass., with an amateur charity boxing event on Saturday, Feb. 6th designed to help raise funds for Dorian Murray, the 8-year-old from Westerly, R.I., who is battling cancer and has become a worldwide phenomenon in recents weeks with the viral #DStrong campaign.

This is a great coverage opportunity. All press is welcome (print, photography, television, et al) and we’d appreciate any assistance you can provide in making this is a successful fundraiser for Dorian and his family.

Thank you!

Michael Parente Director of Boxing Operations

Classic Entertainment & Sports

C: 401.263.4990

F: 855-850-2866

UNBEATEN PROSPECTS ALEX MARTIN, RAYNELL WILLIAMS & JAMONTAY CLARK ENTER THE RING ON PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS ON FS1 & BOXEO DE CAMPEONES ON FOX DEPORTES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BETHLEHEM, PA. (January 27, 2016) – Unbeaten prospects Alex Martin (11-0, 5 KOs), Raynell Williams (10-0, 5 KOs) and Jamontay Clark (8-0, 5 KOs) will put their perfect records on the line on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAY on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, February 9 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and is headlined by undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (14-0, 8 KOs) taking on Colombia’s Luis Eduardo Flores (21-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $100, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Martin will take on Rossemberth Gomez (17-4-1, 13 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout, Williams faces Gabriel Tolmajyan (14-2-2, 3 KOs) in eight rounds of lightweight action while Clark takes on Elvin Perez (28-12-4, 19 KOs) in a six-round welterweight affair.

Further action features 25-year-old Philadelphia-native David Gonzales (6-0-2, 1 KO) battling Pittsburgh’s Justin Johnson (6-10-4) in a six-round super lightweight fight, 25-year-old Stivens Bujaj (14-0-1, 9 KOs) in cruiserweight action and New Jersey’s Bienvenido Diaz (2-1, 2 KOs) against Philadelphia’s Joseph Serrano in a four-round lightweight contest.

Rounding out the action is 24-year-old Sultah Staton (4-0, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia in a six-round super lightweight bout, Washington D.C.-native Jordan “Shortdog” White (1-0, 1 KOs) in a four round featherweight bout against Mexico’s Manuel Rubalcava (2-15) and Florida’s Santario Martin (1-2) battling New Jersey’s Darryl Bunting (0-0-1) in a four-round middleweight attraction.

In addition to his 2012 National Golden Gloves Championship, Martin won three Chicago Golden Gloves fighting out of nearby Harvey, Illinois. An owner of 340 amateur wins, Martin turned pro in 2013 and is yet to lose. The 26-year-old picked up four victories in 2015 and will begin 2016 against the 29-year-old Nicaraguan Gomez who will be making his U.S. debut.

A member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, Cleveland’s Williams looks to improve on an impressive 2015 campaign that saw him pickup five victories, including his October triumph over Rafael Eduardo Reyes. The 26-year-old will match up with the Armenian-born Tolmajyan who fights out of Glendale, California. A highly-regarded prospect, the Cincinnati-native impressed in his hometown last time out by stopping Joe Wilson Jr. in the second round.

The 21-year-old is unbeaten since turning pro in 2014. He’ll be up against the most experienced foe of his career when he takes on the Nicaraguan Perez.

For more information visit www.premierboxingchampions.com www.sandseventcenter.com, http://www.foxsports.com/presspass/homepage, www.foxdeportes.com. Follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @JamelHerring, @FS1, @TheSBEC, @FoxDeportes and @Swanson_Comm and become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions, www.facebook.com/foxdeportes and www.Facebook.com/the SBEC. Highlights available at www.youtube.com/premierboxingchampions.

Contacts: Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500 Michael Donahue, Premier Boxing Champions: (630) 441-8080 Marc Abrams, King’s Promotion: (856) 287-7611 Courtney Woytko, Sands Bethlehem Event Center: (610) 297-7411

Maynard Allison: Camp Notes & Quotes

Raleigh, NC – On January 30, 2016 undefeated Lightweight Maynard Allison battles Brandon Ruffin at 220 Foster St in Durham, NC.   Allison is in the final days of his preparation at the Inner City Boxing gym, where he has been working hard with his Coach Keedar Massey.

 

Maynard 2

Maynard is coming off of an impressive four round UD win on December 5, 2015.   Team Allison has set a course for a very busy and productive 2016, and they are ready to start the Journey!

When asked what makes Maynard Allison special, Coach Keedar Massey responded, “Maynard is a good student with an excellent work ethic.  He is dedicated, and has the potential to be a world champ.”

 

Manager Anthony Brown is very excited about what he calls “the super talent” of Maynard Allison.  “Maynard is very very athletic, and he puts in the work in the gym.  He will be a world champ.  He has the tools to succeed, and I plan on helping him get the most out of his career inside and outside of the ring.”

 

Maynard 3

Allison, who is fighting on the One Hit Promotions card titled “Unleashed,” is excited about the opportunity to fight.  “Anytime I can show off my talent is fun for me.  It’s about having a good time and giving fans excitement.  I’m prepared and ready to go.”

 

About January 30 

The card is promoted by One Hit Promotions. Tickets are on sale, and can be purchased online at ittakesonehit@gmail.com or in person at Inner City Boxing Gym located at 1230 Avondale, Drive-Suite #5, Durham, NC. 27701. By phone tickets can be purchased by calling 919.434.9682 or 312 285-7778.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

Chris Williams: 919 244 0416 / chriswilliams@cboxinginfo.com

Anthony Brown: 312 285 7778 / markham2007@yahoo.com / bareknuckles77@gmail.com

Mikhaylenko vs. Mayfield Scouting Report

Montreal, Quebec, Canada:  Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhayleno (20-0, 9 KOs) and Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (19-2-1, 11 KOs) will face each other in the opening bout of the Kovalev-Pascal II HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast Saturday night live from the Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for ten rounds for the vacant USBA Welterweight Title. The scouting report for this bout is below:

 

Category Dmitry

“The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko

Karim

“Hard Hitta” Mayfield

Age 29 35
Record 20-0-0 (9 KOs) 19-2-1 (11 KOs)
Strength Dmitry has impressive endurance. He throws an unlimited number of punches and utilizes a fearless in-your-face style. Mayfield has faced high-level opposition. He possesses good speed in his hands and has a strong chin as well.
Weakness Mikhaylenko does not possess knockout power in either hand. His in-your-face style also allows his opponents to land shots. Karim has a tendency to get sloppy at times. He can be a brawler in the ring at times, rather than utilize his boxing skills.
Experience Dmitry has not faced the same top-level opposition as Karim. His biggest win to date came in his most recent bout against former interim titleholder Johan Perez in August on HBO Latino. Mayfield has substantial experience. He fought former title contender Thomas Dulorme and holds a win over former interim titlist Mauricio Herrera. He has also previously competed on HBO in the Kovalev-Agnew co-feature in March of 2014.
Power Dmitry lacks significant power in both hands. Karim’s power comes out when he smells blood. He has an overhand right that has worked wonders for him in the past.
Speed The Mechanic has one speed that he likes to maintain throughout the fight. Hard Hitta has good hand speed when he puts his punches together. He also moves around the ring well which makes his opponents come to him.
Endurance Mikhaylenko possesses great endurance. He is able to maintain a steady pace throughout the entire fight while also utilizing a high punch output. Karim has solid endurance as he has been a full ten rounds on four separate occasions. However, he has shown fatigue in the later rounds of some fights. He cannot afford to do that against Mikhaylenko because of the unrelenting pressure that Dmitry likes to apply.
Accuracy Dmitry is very accurate with his punches. He fights at close range and throws punches and combinations from all angles at a very short distance. Mayfield demonstrates average accuracy when he is boxing, but he tends to get sloppy. He has also been known to headhunt rather than put his punches together and vary his targets.
Defense The Mechanic’s offense might just be his best defense. He likes to dictate the pace of the fight by walking his opponents down, which can overwhelm his opponents with an offensive onslaught of punches. Karim moves around the ring well but sometimes he does not move enough. He tends to find himself going toe-to-toe with guys rather than sticking and moving.
Chin Mikhaylenko’s chin is still a question as he has yet to be in any great danger thus far. Mayfield has a solid chin. He has been rocked in the past but never stopped.
Style Dmitry is a high volume puncher who is always moving forward. He likes to throw punches from all angles and apply constant pressure throughout the fight. Karim is an entertaining fighter with quick hand speed and decent power. He has no problem trading punches with whoever is standing in front of him.
Crowd Support The Mechanic may have earned himself some fans in Canada when he competed at the Centre Bell last March when he scored a fifth round stoppage win. Mayfield may have good crowd support because he has the bigger name of the two. He has also been on the big stage before, so he might be well-received coming into the bout.
Intangibles At 20-0 Mikhaylenko is not trying to protect his undefeated record. He was originally slated to face ranked contender Ray Robinson and he did not think twice about the change of opponent. He is testing his skills against another highly regarded former title contender in Karim Mayfield. The Mechanic is well-aware that a loss here could be a major setback in his hunt for a world title, but a win can be the catalyst that gets him there. Karim has been inactive for over a year after two tough and close losses against Thomas Dulorme and Emanuel Taylor. Rather than bounce back with tune-ups to alleviate any ring rust, he has opted to accept the dangerous task of facing an undefeated and ranked welterweight in Dmitry Mikhaylenko. Similar to Dmitry, a loss here after a year out of the ring can be detrimental to his career, but a win would put him right back on the map in this stacked welterweight division.
The Match-up
  1. 1.   Will Mayfield be able to handle the non-stop come forward style of Mikaylenko?
  2. 2.   Will Mikhaylenko be able to handle the movement and power of Mayfield?
  3. 3.   Both guys are in a must-win fight on HBO, who will capitalize on that opportunity?
  4. 4.   The welterweight division is very hot right now, who will show they belong among the elite?

 

According to Main Events’ matchmaker and NABF Matchmaker of the Year, Jolene Mizzone, “I give both of these guys a lot of credit. Mikhaylekno was originally supposed to fight a southpaw in Robinson and he accepted a last minute switch to Mayfield, who many believe is a tougher fight then Robinson. Also, Mayfield accepted this fight on two weeks’ notice instead of taking a scheduled tune-up fight in February. This should be an exciting fight!”

 

About January 30 

The grudge match for the unified light heavyweight world championship between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal, a Vidéotron presentation in collaboration with Mise-O-Jeu, will be televised live in the United States on HBO beginning 9:45pm ET/PT. The HBO telecast will open with a ten-round match-up between Dmitry Mikhaylenko and Karim Mayfield for the vacant USBA Welterweight Title. In Canada the event will be available on pay-per-view TV, please consult with your local cable provider. The card is promoted by Main Events and InterBox in association with German Titov Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions. Tickets are on sale on at www.evenko.ca, at Centre Bell box office and at Club de boxe Champions in Montreal.

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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GUERRERO UPDATE: “THE GHOST” REMAINS HIGHEST VIEWED TV FIGHTER IN BOXING

Photo by @pingnepo - CrossFit

Photo by @pingnepo – CrossFit

 

GILROY, CA (January 29, 2016) – With the PBC (Premier Boxing Championships) 

debuting boxing back on NBC and FOX,  Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) remains the highest viewed TV fighter in the sport.  In fact, Guerrero’s fights with Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) and Danny “Swift” Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) are two of the most watched boxing matches in the last 17 years.

In March of 2015, Thurman vs. Guerrero on NBC peaked at 4.2 million viewers, making it the most viewed fight telecast since 1998 when Oscar De La Hoya fought on the FOX network.  This past weekend, Garcia vs. Guerrero on FOX peaked at 3.5 million viewers, making Guerrero the most watched fighter in boxing.

Known for bringing excitement to the ring, Robert Guerrero is your modern day gladiator.  His fights are never boring and his relentless attack is what makes boxing appealing to the average sports fan.  His tenacity and aggressiveness translates to great television.

Last Saturday Robert Guerrero once again proved he’s the peoples champion, giving the fans what they deserve, an all action fight.  With the PBC showcasing their stars on network television, boxing is heading to the glory days of the 80’s and 90’s.  Guerrero is happy to lead the way.

“Everyone knows when I step in the ring, I’m going to bring an exciting fight to the fans.” said Robert Guerrero. “Being a warrior is in my blood, it’s the meaning of my last name in Spanish.  It brings me great joy to know that the PBC is generating a tremendous amount of new fans with all the fights they’re showing on network television.  Boxing is back like never before and I’m happy to be spearheading the movement.”

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{VIDEO} KOVALEV-PASCAL FINAL PRESSER AND TRANSCRIPT

 

 

Sergey Kovalev, WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

“I want to thank you. I am really excited to be here in Canada and repeat this fight again. I am really happy. I am happy to fight Saturday and show you quality boxing. I have nothing to say just watch HBO channel on Saturday night and at the Centre Bell in Montreal. It should be a very interesting fight in the ring because is going to be two good boxers. It is going to be very not a war; it is going to be a mental fight who is personal fight for me. I have nothing to say. He is not a fighter. I hope that he will bring something in the ring. We will be great fight for boxing fans. Appreciate to all my fans worldwide and more to my Canadian fans. Montreal remind me of my hometown in Russia with the snow and the weather. Thank you so much. I will try to make shorter. See you Saturday.”

Jean Pascal, Former Light Heavyweight World Champion

“Saturday night I am not just a boxer, I am a promoter. I have my boxer Joel Diaz on the card. He is my boxer. He is a rising star. Right now we have a chance to have this young lion in our backyard. He is 20-0 and is going to be 21-0 on Saturday. Don’t miss his fight. The reason why I am a promoter is Kovalev said he is going to end my career. Do good on Saturday night, Diaz, because Saturday night is supposed to be the end of my career. I woke up good this morning and in a great mood. I don’t want to insult anybody. I don’t want to trash talk to anyone. I feel like training camp was great. I did 12 weeks: four in weeks in Canada and eight weeks in California with Freddie Roach. It was great. I had a great time in Los Angeles. The training was intense. I pushed myself beyond the limits. I woke up late this morning. I did not have breakfast. I feel hungry right now. He called me and [Adonis] Stevenson a piece of shit, because we are black. The things that Kovalev don’t know yet he is going to find out Saturday night.”

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events

Always a pleasure to be back in beautiful Montreal. This is another tremendous event. Main Events is promoting again in cooperation with the wonderful people at Interbox. If I could do every show with them, my life would be easy. Sadly, when the bell rings on Saturday, we will not be on the same side. I want to thank HBO and Peter Nelson, without whom I would not be here today. He is the reason Sergey Kovalev got the chance he got. He has converted on that opportunity. I look forward to continue to work with them in the future. Also on the HBO telecast is a great fight between Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko against Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield. It is a 10-round fight for the vacant USBA Welterweight Title. Watching Mikhaylenko fight is just amazing. It should be a terrific fight. When you get in the ring with Mikhaylenko, it is always a challenge. I would also like to thank our Russian sponsors, Rosneft and Myakhov Vodka. Thank you all for welcoming us the way you do. It is always a pleasure to come to Montreal.

“I just have one question for Pascal, where did you get those sparkly sneakers because I need a pair.”

Jean Bedard, President of Interbox

“I would like to welcome everybody to Montreal. Who knows what we can expect on Saturday? I would like to thank Peter Nelson and HBO. Peter, I know you have big plans for Sergey in the future, but I think you will have to go back to the drawing board on Monday. I would like to thank Main Events and Kathy Duva. We have the same culture as them and that is to bring the best fights to the fans. Thank you Sergey Kovalev and his team for coming back to Montreal.”

Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports

“Thank you Kathy. Jean [Bedard], to your point, I am keeping my Monday morning schedule open. I am excited to see what happens on Saturday. I want to thank the fighters for taking this high-risk, high-reward fight. This is our first World Championship Boxing event of 2016. Thank you to Jean Bedard and Kathy Duva. Kathy, between exporting Arturo Gatti to the United States and importing Sergey Kovalev to Canada, I don’t know if this makes you an honorary citizen or an enemy of the state here in Canada. To Kathy’s point about Sergey Kovalev, we are not the ones toiling for years, sacrificing to train and develop these fighters, to earn their opportunity to be on HBO. Sergey did it the hard way. Jean Pascal has never turned down a challenge. We are excited and looking forward to a terrific event.”

Egis Klimas, Manager of Sergey Kovalev

“Welcome to circus for free. We want to thank Canadian fans. This is a beautiful country and beautiful city. All of this talking is nothing. Pascal has a reason to be scared. He didn’t know the last time how hard Sergey can punch. He is more scared than the first time. We can’t blame Jean Pascal because he is scared. I don’t know why boxing always brings a war. It is still a spot it isn’t a war zone. We came to compete. Saturday is going to be a good fight.”

John David Jackson, Trainer of Sergey Kovalev

“Thank you very much. It is good to be here in Montreal once again. The fans are very warm and welcoming people. There is a lot I can say about Jean Pascal. He expressed his true colors. Sergey may say things that may come out the wrong way. If he was racist, I wouldn’t be in his corner. Marc [Ramsay] isn’t here because he told you [Pascal] will get knocked out this fight again.”

Freddie Roach, Trainer of Jean Pascal

“Thank you. We have had a really great training camp. Working very, very hard. His weight is good. Everything is spot on. I would like to wish Sergey Kovalev and John David Jackson the best of luck. We are ready and we are going to war.”

Dr. Rob Schinke, Pascal’s Sports Psychologist

“This is not about us, it is about the boxers. They are precious resources. Jean is a world class performer who always takes the best of opponents. Sergey Kovalev is the best of opponents and we respect him to the utmost. There has been a lot of verbal sparring in the last few weeks; it is going to be a war. We prepared well for it. Pascal is prepared. He has a full eight weeks of preparation with Freddie Roach. In the past, he has picked up the very skills he has needed to. He is happy to be back for this second fight. We believe he is fully capable and we will see Saturday night that our assessment is spot on.”

About January 30 

The grudge match for the unified light heavyweight world championship between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal, a Vidéotron presentation in collaboration with Mise-O-Jeu, will be televised live in the United States on HBO beginning 9:45pm ET/PT. The HBO telecast will open with a ten-round match-up between Dmitry Mikhaylenko and Karim Mayfield for the vacant USBA Welterweight Title. In Canada the event will be available on pay-per-view TV, please consult with your local cable provider. The card is promoted by Main Events and InterBox in association with German Titov Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions. Tickets are on sale on at www.evenko.ca, at Centre Bell box office and at Club de boxe Champions in Montreal.

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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