Undefeated and number-one ranked Julian “J Rock” Williams ready for Jermall Charlo!

Julian WilliamsPHILADELPHIA (MAY 31, 2016)–On May 21, three of the four world championships in the hot junior middleweight division were contested as Erislandy Lara defended his WBA title with a unanimous decision over Vanes Martirosyan; Jermall Charlo defended his IBF title with a unanimous decision over former champion Austin Trout and Jermell Charlo scored a come-from-behind stoppage over John Jackson to capture the WBC belt.

 

Sitting ringside was IBF number-one ranked contender, undefeated Julian “J Rock”Williams.  Williams was a very interested observer and was interviewed on the SHOWTIME ® broadcast with his thoughts on the happenings of the evening.

 

“Jermell did his thing. I thought he was losing but Jermell has a clutch gene. He comes through in close fights. He knows what it’s like to be in tough. He’s doing well under Derrick James. He looked better on TV than he did live at the fight. He was losing but he was walking Jackson down. The sand was running out of the hour glass for Jackson. Jermell can punch better than his record indicates. And that style would be better for him because people always called him boring but it was nothing boring about the KO,” said Williams.

 

“Lara did what he always does. He boxed and moved and he won.”   ” I honestly didn’t think Trout would last with Jermall. I was surprised at how competitive that fight was. Jermall has every advantage over Trout on paper but fights aren’t won on paper. Trout proved something. I was actually going to congratulate him but I heard him say to Jermall “smack J Rock for me”. I don’t know what’s up with these guys. He had a chance to fight me for a whole year and he asked another man to smack me. But that’s old news Trout is out of the picture.”

 

With that being, said the undefeated fighter from Philadelphia is focused in bring back the hardware back to the “City of Brotherly Love.”

 

“My focus is on Jermall Charlo. It’s going to be a great fight. I think he’s a heck of a fighter. This is legacy defining. This is a real number-one contender against a real champion. This is a real mandatory. This is like Bernard Hopkins having to defend against Jermain Taylor. Or Jermain Taylor having to defend against Kelly Pavlik. Or Felix Trinidad having to fight Oba Carr. This is a real fight and I’m excited. I’m excited to test my skills against one of the best young fighters in the game.

 

Even though, Williams was ringside, he just wanted to observe and take mental notes of the perspective future opponents. “I didn’t get in the ring like Charles Hatley did because that’s not my style. Hatley is a talented fighter.  I remember him from the amateurs but to each his own. Jermall and Jermell deserve respect and most importantly I know the difference between the two brothers. Hatley got in the ring with Jermall who has to fight me, instead of Jermell who has to fight him. That was Jermall’s moment to shine he had just won a tough fight. Everybody knows he has to fight me. There would be no need for me to get in the ring.”

 

Even though Williams has been avoided, the powers that be in boxing can not keep Williams from realizing his dreams, and that opportunity will be coming sooner rather than later. “From my understanding we have to come to an agreement in June. I believe in the IBF. They seem to enforce their mandatory bouts. The IBF did not rank me number-one, not to have me fight for their belt. Jermall said making weight wasn’t that bad. He hired a chef. I know he’s prideful. He’s a champion. He feels he’s better than me, I feel I’m better than him. There is only one way to prove it. Let’s fight.”  I can’t get into details but I believe the fight will be in September as the co- main to a BIG card. I’m super excited to finally get this opportunity.
 

For more information, Contact 

Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com  & www.abramsboxing.com

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GERVONTA “TANK” DAVIS RETURNS TO THE RING IN SOUTH FLORIDA ON JUNE 3

 

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, U.S.A. – On Friday night, June 3, 2016, undefeated lightweight professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (Baltimore, Maryland/pro record: 15-0, with 14 KOs) will return to the ring for the second time this year, and face Mario “Huracan” Macias Rorozco (Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico/pro record: 28-18-0, with 14 KOs). Davis-Rorozco is scheduled for eight rounds on Premier Boxing Champions, live on Spike TV, from Hard Rock Live at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

In the main event, Rances Barthelemy will face Mickey Bey. In Davis’ last fight, April 1 in Washington, D.C., he defeated Mexico’s Guillermo Avila, live on Spike TV. In that fight, Davis dropped Avila in round 5 with a straight left hand. Avila beat the count, but in the next round, Davis landed a barrage of uppercuts, forcing referee Michelle Myers to stop the fight at 0:29 of round 6. Davis earned his 15th win, while Avila’s record dropped to 16-6, with 13 KOs. This will be Davis’ second professional fight held in the state of Florida. On October 30, 2015, Davis defeated Cristobal Cruz by TKO at The Venue at UCF in Orlando.

The 21-year-old Davis discussed his upcoming fight. He said, “I’m looking forward to showcasing my talent in South Florida, so make sure you get your tickets now. I’m excited to put on a show for the fans at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. I’ve had good sparring leading up to the fight, so I’ll be ready for anything my opponent tries to do. I never take it easy on any opponent, and he will see that on June 3. Floyd said I would be in the ring a lot this year, and that will help me get ready for a title shot soon. I appreciate everyone that has been supporting me. Thank you to my team, Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions, Al Haymon, Nike Boxing, Athlete Performance Solutions, Shane Goodell, Grant Worldwide, Joe Fields, Martez of Yekim, Cierge Luxury, and Ethika. Keep supporting me, and I’ll fight for you.”

Tickets to Gervonta Davis’ fight on June 3, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Kings Promotions, and Panther Promotions, are priced at $130, $80, $60, $35 (additional fees may apply), and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.myhrl.com, http://www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or call (800) 745-3000. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is located at 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Florida, 33314. On fight night, doors open at 5:30pm, with the first fight at 6:00pm.

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

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CES ALERT: Felix-Sanders rematch headlines CES MMA 36 June 10th

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 31st, 2016) — Two weeks from now, Ryan Sanders will try to beat Luis Felix for the second time in six months, except there’ll be much more at stake in this highly anticipated rematch.

 

The Bangor, Maine, native, who beat Felix in January when a severe knee injury forced Felix to tap in the second round, faces the Cranston, R.I., vet Friday, June 10th, 2016 in the five-round championship main event of “CES MMA 36” at Twin River Casino on AXS TV Fights.

 

Felix (14-9, 5 KOs), the reigning CES MMA Lightweight Champion, didn’t defend his title against Sanders (9-7, 1 KO) in January because Sanders was a last-minute replacement for the injured Waylon Lowe fighting at a catch weight. This time, with both Felix and Sanders fighting at the lightweight limit of 155 pounds, the title is up for grabs as Felix officially makes his first defense since capturing the belt from former champion Julian Lane in August.

 

The Felix-Sanders rematch is one of five televised bouts on the June 10th card, which also features six preliminary bouts. Tickets are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesmma.com, www.twinriver.com, www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club.

 

The main card of “CES MMA 36” also features the return of nine-time Bellator and three-time CES MMA vet Matt Bessette (18-7, 5 KOs) of Stafford Springs, Conn., who faces Brazilian Jairo Soares (17-10, 2 KOs) in a featherweight bout. Bessette has rebounded nicely since his knockout loss to Lenny Wheeler at “CES MMA 30,” finishing each of his last three opponents within the first two rounds, including a first-round submission win over Taurean Bogguess at “CES MMA 33” in March.

 

Also back at Twin River on June 10th, East Providence, R.I., lightweight Nate Andrews (8-1, 5 KOs) looks to keep the momentum going following the most impressive win of his career at “CES MMA 33” in March, a dominant second-round knockout of Lane on national TV. In two weeks, Andrews faces Oklahoma’s Luis Muro (4-1, 1 KO), who looks to rebound from his first career loss less than a month ago.

 

Lane, meanwhile, is looking to start a new win streak at “CES MMA 36,” but will first have to get through Medford, Mass., lightweight Lewis Corapi (6-2, 3 KOs). The Ohio native Lane, who is now 10-5-1, recently snapped his three-fight losing streak in April with a submission win over Antonio Castillo Jr. Corapi hasn’t fought in more than a year and has yet to avenge his March of 2015 loss to Jay Bakanowski; he was scheduled to face Providence’s Keenan Raymond at “CES MMA 35” in April until Raymond sustained an injury the day of the fight.

 

Rounding out the main card, Fall River, Mass., native Josh LaBerge (10-5, 4 KOs) makes his third appearance with CES MMA in a lightweight bout against Maine’s Jonathan Lemke (5-3, 4 KOs). LaBerge, also a former Strikeforce and Bellator vet, earned a hard-fought unanimous decision win over 40-fight vet Ran Weathers at “CES MMA 35,” just his third fight since 2011.

 

Highlighting the preliminary card is the pro debut of Providence bantamweight Marquise Brewster and the return of undefeated New Britain, Conn., flyweight Carlos Candelario (3-0, 1 KO).

 

Brewster, who earned a promotional contract with CES MMA following a victory in his final amateur bout on the undercard of “CES MMA 35” last month in Beverly, Mass., faces Vladimir Kazbekov (0-1) of Welland, Ontario, while Candelario battles Turtle Creek, Pa., native Roosevelt Archie (0-1) fresh off his thrilling 31-second knockout win over Luay Ashkar at “CES MMA 34” in April.

 

Also on the preliminary card, featherweight James Grant Murrin (3-4, 2 KOs) looks to snap his two-fight losing streak when he takes on Long Island native and two-time CES MMA vet Thomas English (5-6, 2 KO), who last appeared at Twin River in January of 2015 against current UFC featherweight Kyle Bochniak.

 

Dedham, Mass., featherweight Matt Tullos (1-0) faces Merab Dvalishvilli (2-2, 1 KO) of Long Island; Mashpee, Mass., welterweight Bobby Flynn (5-3, 1 KO) battles Queens native Kevin Horowitz (6-5); and Providence’s Kurtis Parisi makes his pro debut against 15-fight vet Hector Sanchez in a middleweight bout. Flynn returns to the cage for the first time since August while Tullos makes his second appearance with CES MMA after winning his pro debut against Shah Bachok in March.

 

Visit www.cesmma.com, www.twitter.com/cesmma or www.facebook.com/ces.mma for more information and use the hashtag #CES36 to join the conversation.

 

Twin River Casino, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is the state’s largest gaming and entertainment venue as well as its top tourist and cultural attraction. Formerly known as Lincoln Park, the renovated facility offers 162,000 square-feet of gaming space with more than 5,000 gaming positions. The casino operates more than 4,200 video slot machines and virtual table games (including blackjack and roulette), as well as 108 live table games including blackjack, roulette, craps, a poker room and more. A great alternative to Connecticut and Massachusetts casinos, this unique gaming facility also hosts simulcasting of the best thoroughbred and greyhound racing from around the country, a 29,000+ square foot Twin River Event Center with headline entertainment, free concerts at the Lighthouse Bar, signature cocktails and premium cigars at Blackstone Cigar Bar, award winning beer and live music at the Shipyard Pub, as well as live comedy & karaoke every weekend at Rhodehouse Live. Home to the incredible Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse, you can have an award-winning steak and seafood dinner, or enjoy the exciting sports bar scene at Wicked Good Bar & Grill, as well as 18 other dining outlets. Twin River offers both smoking (1st Floor) and smoke-free (2nd Floor) casinos. Twin River Casino is situated just 10 minutes from Providence and less than an hour from Boston.

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Contacts:

Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.

Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or kward@twinriver.com

Team Bone, “We were robbed shamelessly”

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New York, NY (May 31, 2016)– The manager of junior welterweight contender Erick Bone feels that his fighter was not given a fair shake this past Saturday night against former IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez in San Antonio .

 

The bout headlined a Premier Boxing Champions card on FS1, was scored in favor of Vazquez by tallies of 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94.

 

Bone  did well when countering and when he decided to force the action, landed the harder shots.

 

Bone was very effective with the right hand showed good foot work and landed some good body shots.

 

“Erick won that fight on Saturday night,” said Bone’s manager Eli Mackay.

 

“It was unimaginable that Vazquez won that fight and for one judge to only give Erick only one round just shows that the judges had their mind made up on what they wanted to see.  The only problem is that Vazquez did not do what they wanted to see and it is a shame that a fighter like Erick, who has fought three world champions in his last three bouts (two on short notice) gets deprived of a breakthrough win that could help set up his career.”

 

“Erick clearly beat Vazquez to the punch all night and he fought a good fight Vasquez barely did anything. These type of out comes even on main event fights hurt the sport”

 

Bone of Manabi, Ecuador has a record of 16-4 with eight knockouts.

 

Former World Champion Miguel Vazquez Earns Unanimous Decision Over Erick Bone in the Main Event of PBC on FS1 & FOX Deportes

Miguel Vazquez Erick Bone

SAN ANTONIO (May 29, 2016) – Former world champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs) defeated Ecuador’s Erick Bone (16-4, 8 KOs) in a 10-round battle that headlined Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Saturday night from the Dancehall in San Antonio.

 

The former champion from Mexico worked behind a strong jab and brought the fight to Bone throughout the main event. Bone was able to return fire and was effective at times when countering.

 

The jab of Vazquez eventually led to success with the right hand that was able to hurt his opponent and keep the battle-tested Bone from building momentum.

 

Both fighters landed at a nearly identical rate as Vazquez connected on 22 percent of his punches while Bone landed 21 percent. However, it was Vazquez with the advantage in punches landed at 94 to 74.

 

The fight featured many close rounds, which was reflected by the varied scores of the judges. In the end, all three had the fight for Vazquez by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94.

 

In the co-main event, rising featherweight Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) kept his record perfect as he defeated Mexican veteran Ruben Tamayo (26-9-4, 18 KOs) in their 10-round bout.

 

Facing a southpaw for the first time as a professional, Flores had some trouble early with the game Tamayo who was able to penetrate the defense of the 23-year-old with left hands while also opening a cut with an accidental head butt in round two.

 

As the fight went on Flores showed improved movement and a variety of effective punches that allowed him to take control of the fight. Most notably, Flores used a bruising left hook to the body that left Tamayo marked up and slowed down his offense.

 

Both fighters threw over 550 punches but it was Flores who out landed his opponent 175-121. The judges rewarded the still undefeated fighter with the unanimous decision by scores of 100-90 and 98-92 twice.  

 

Here is what the main event fighters had to say Saturday:

 

MIGUEL VAZQUEZ

“I wanted to throw the heavier punches because I thought I could win by knockout, but that didn’t happen. There was an overhand right in the eighth round that I thought hurt him badly.

 

“He was an elusive fighter and survived, so there are still things that I have to work on.

 

“There was some difficulty adjusting to the late opponent switch, but overall, no problem. I had been sparring southpaws as well as right-handers.

 

“If I could have followed up on some of the hooks and overhand rights, I could have gotten him out of there.

 

“I’ve always wanted to fight Adrien Broner. I want to make that.”

 

ERICK BONE

“Vazquez was awkward and hard to fight. I gave it my all in there.

 

“I’m thankful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym and working on some things before I return to the ring.”

 

PBC on FS1 & FOX Deportes was promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions.

 

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Seldon and Mussachio earn big wins on the Boardwalk

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Atlantic City, NJ (May 30, 2016)–This past Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, Rising Promotions staged it’s third consecutive fight card in front of a large crowd that saw Isiah Seldon defeat Eddie Edmond in the six-round main event.

 

The middleweight bout highlighted a entertaining six bout card. Seldon rocked Edmond several times with right hands that had the Newark, New Jersey resident holding on.  The grabbing got much more severe and Edmond was deducted a point in round four.  In round six, Seldon sealed the fight when he landed a right hand that forced Edmond’s glove to touch the canvas for a knockdown.

 

Seldon, 156 lbs won by scores of 59-54, 59-53 and 58-54 to raise his record to 9-1.  Edmond, 158 lbs is 4-5-2.

 

In the co-feature, Chuck Mussachio shook off 39 months of ring rust to pound out a six-round unanimous decision over Willis Lockett in a cruiserweight rematch of a draw that occurred almost eight-years ago.

 

Mussachio was adept with his jab and landed some hard right hands that stunned Lockett.  Despite the long layoff, Mussachio was sharp with his punches and reflexes looked on-point as he was only hit with a couple right hands.  Mussachio thrilled his fan base that has stood by him throughout his eleven year career and the Lower Cape May Regional High School guidance counselor will look to make one more run at a title fight.

 

Mussachio, 183 lbs of Wildwood, New Jersey won by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 and is now 19-3-2.  Lockett, 205.3 lbs of Takoma Park, Maryland is 14-17-5.

 

In an action filled welterweight bout, Quan Johnson made a successful pro debut with a fourth round stoppage over Adrian Wilson in the final scheduled round of their welterweight bout.

 

Johnson showed fast hands from his southpaw stance and he got off to a good start when a straight left hand in round one landed for a knockdown.  Moments later, a hard straight left sent Wilson down for a second time in the opening frame,  Wilson began to bleed from his nose in the next round and his troubles worsened when a cut over the right eye formed after another hard left.  Wilson showed heart as he fought back hard but, he was outgunned as he tasted the canvas two more times in round four from first a right hook and then finally an accumulation of punches forced the bout to be stopped at 2:15 of round four.

 

Johnson, 148.6 of Cherry Hill, New Jersey is 1-0 with 1 knockout.  Wilson, 147.3 lbs of Atlantic Cuty is 0-3.

 

Heavyweight’s Quian Davis and Soloman Maye battled to a four round majority draw

 

Davis boxed but Maye came forward in attempt to make the fight.  The judges liked the aggressiveness of Maye and gave him credit for two rounds on two cards ad Davis took a card 39-37 while two read even at 38-38.

 

Davis, 253 lbs of Mays Landing, New Jersey is now 2-0-2.  Maye, 226.7 lbs of New Haven, Connecticut is 1-6-2.

 

2016 United States Olympic Alternate, LeRoy Davila stopped Dominic Whitehurst in the second round in a scheduled four round bantamweight bout featuring pro debuter’s.

 

Davila showed quick hands from his southpaw stance and dropped Whitehurst with a body combination in round two.  Davila landed a three punch combination to the body to register a second knockdown.  Davila ended things when he landed a hard left hand and the fight was stopped at 2:34.

 

Davila, 116.9 lbs of New Brunswick, New Jersey is now 1-0 with one knockout.  Whitehurst, 117.5 lbs of Chillicothe, Ohio is 0-1. Said Davila’s manager, Pete Festa, “Rising Promotions is the best up and coming promoter in the industry.”

 

Lamont Capers opened up the show by scoring a eight round split decision over Nick Kisner in a cruiserweight bout.

 

Capers was effective with the right hand that continued to get through on Kisner.  Kisner landed some good shots that made Capers nose bleed, but he wasn’t as consistent or active enough to pile up the rounds.  Kisner was deducted a point for holding in round seven.

 

Capers, 196.2 lbs of Hawley, Pennsylvania won by scores of 77-74 twice, while Kisner took a card 76-75.  Capers is now 6-8-2.  Kisner, 197.8 lbs of Baltimore, Maryland falls to 16-3-1.

 

“We are the most active promoter in New Jersey and our mission is bring world class boxing back to the boxing capital of the state and that’s Atlantic City. We are working on bringing TV into the picture in the very near future,” said Rising Promotions  Thomas LaManna.

 

“Debbie LaManna and Rising Promotions have done a tremendous job in trying to restore Atlantic City’s reputation as a boxing town again. They seem to have found a niche by bringing local fighters who have strong fan bases to a great venue like the Claridge,” said prominent boxing writer, Dave Weinberg of The Atlantic City Press.

 

The next Rising Promotions card will take place on Friday, July 22 at The Claridge Hotel with the return of welterweight contender, Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna in the main event.

 

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Exciting Rising Prospects Justin DeLoach & Junior Castillo Battle in Main Event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN Saturday, June 25

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SAN ANTONIO (May 27, 2016) – Rising super welterweight prospects Justin DeLoach (14-1, 8 KOs) and Junior Castillo (10-0, 9 KOs) will meet in the eight-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN Saturday, June 25 from the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio.

 

Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will feature unbeaten Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (11-0, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight contest against Mexico’s Luis “Muecas” Solis (14-6-4, 12 KOs) plus a showdown of unbeaten prospects when Darwin Price (12-0, 11 KOs) and Semajay Thomas (7-0, 4 KOs) compete in an eight-round super lightweight contest.

 

“I’m thrilled to be headlining on NBCSN and to once again perform in front of the great fans in San Antonio,” said DeLoach. “I’ve got a great deal of respect for Junior Castillo but I’m putting in the work with my new trainer Paul Williams and I plan on being victorious.”

 

“I know how tough DeLoach is, but I’m well prepared to stay undefeated on June 25,” said Castillo. “I’m an exciting fighter and boxing fans will have another chance to see me showcase my skills. I can’t wait.”

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $100, $85 and $20 plus $1000 and $850 for tables, not including fees, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets call 210-988-8821 or visit Champion Fit Gym at 6824 San Pedro Ave. San Antonio, Texas 78216.

 

In his last bout, the 22-year-old DeLoach delivered a sensational knockout over previously unbeaten Dillon Cook in his first bout with new trainer and former world champion Paul Williams. The fighter from Augusta, Georgia turned pro in 2013 and won his first 10 fights before suffering a defeat in early 2015. DeLoach has rebounded masterfully with four wins in a row including victories over veterans Santos Benavides and Todd Manuel.

 

A 2012 Olympian for his native Dominican Republic, Castillo recorded a significant victory in his last bout when he defeated previously unbeaten and highly regarded Kyrone Davis over eight rounds in April. Castillo turned pro in 2013 and made his U.S. debut in December 2015 with victories over Eduardo Flores and Roland Nagy before his triumph in April.

 

An undefeated prospect representing Houston, Karl had an excellent amateur career that ended with him ranked third in the nation in the 141-pound division. The 24-year-old won six times in 2015 including an October domination of Alfonso Olvera at the Dancehall in San Antonio. Now he is primed to reach contender status as his competition improves beginning with the 24-year-old Solis of Mexico who comes in off of a fifth round knockout of Isidro Toala earlier this month.

 

Originally from St. Louis, Price’s road has led him to Houston where he now trains with Ronnie Shields. An exceptional athlete who was highly regarded in track and field as a teenager, the 26-year-old turned pro in 2013. His activity ramped up in 2015 as he took home four victories including a win in his first eight-round bout against Alvaro Ortiz in November.

 

A National Silver Gloves champion as an amateur, Thomas made it out of the roughest neighborhoods of Chicago and made his professional boxing debut in 2013. After winning his first six pro bouts, all in Chicago, the 23-year-old defeated Farkhad Sharipov in San Antonio in December 2015.

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Holden Productions Looks to Add to Four State Franchise; On Worldwide Search

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“During a Thursday press conference at Memorial Hall, boxing promoter Tony Holden announces an August 1 fight card featuring the Four State Franchise that will take place at Memorial Hall. Globe | Laurie Sisk “

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Miami, OK (May 21, 2016) – Promoter Tony Holden is searching the globe for prospects he believes can develop into world champions.

 

Currently, Holden’s company Holden Productions promotes five local boxers known as the “Four State Franchise” and they routinely sell out the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. The members of the “Four State Franchise” are unbeaten heavyweights Trey Lippe-Morrison and his step brother Kenzie Witt along with undefeated junior middleweight Jarrett Rouse and the Cook Brothers Dillon and Jesse.

 

Holden also promoted a number of big name fighters in the past including former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, boxing legends Naseem Hamed and Johnny Tapia, top contender Joe Mesi and world title challengers Allen Green and Zahir Raheem.

 

With many changes taking place in the boxing business and great local support for his fighters in the Sooner State, Holden’s expanding his horizons. Ultimately, his goal is to find the right fighter or fighters to compliment the “Four State Franchise” while also making them crowd attractions.

 

“There are so many great fighters out there, many in places where people aren’t looking,” said Holden. “When I co-promoted the Showtime card here in March, we had two very talented Russian fighters on our card. Both fighters look like future world champions but still have gone a bit under the radar from a recognition standpoint. One of those fighters, Ivan Baranchyk, is somebody I believe would be a perfect fit.”

 

Ultimately, Holden is confident in his ability to scout talent and believes he’ll find the right boxers for his stable.

 

“I’ve had all kinds of people reach out to me from trainers to managers and other promoters. I’m currently reviewing the fighters presented to me, carefully scouting each of them and putting together a list of fighters I plan to meet with. We will definitely be making some significant moves in the very near future.”

 

Contact: Matt Yanofsky (Holden Productions Publicist) – 551-206-0578 or @kopublicity

Shane Mosley (146) vs. David Avanesyan (146.7) Weigh-in Pics

 

Photos:  Marcelino Miguel Castillo Gonzalez.

MAIN EVENT – WBA WELTERWEIGHT INTERIM WORLD TITLE – 12 ROUNDS

“Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY 49-9-1, 41 KOs), Pomona, CA

DAVID “Ava” AVANESYAN (21-1-1, 11 KOs),Pyatigorsk, Russia

 

“Sugar” Shane Mosley, is back with a bang on May 28th, 2016 at the gorgeous Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. Soon after Mosley’s December 17th win over two time Olympian Patrick Lopez, Shane entered into negotiations with not one but TWO current World Champions for a fight in the summer. After months of going back and forth, both champions backed out to opt for what each cites as “an easier defense” than Mosley. Mosley’s search to get a world title fight continued until one courageous fighter and his manager accepted the Mosley challenge. David Avanesyan is currently ranked #1 in the world with the WBA and the current interim WBA Welterweight World Champion. Avanesyan has held 6 titles in his time as a professional fighter and recently won the WBA title against Charlie Navarro (a top rated fighter).

 

After striking up a grand friendship in Panama, Mosley has enlisted the man, the myth, the legend, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran, to be his trainer. This “Sugar and Stone” team, as they are calling themselves, are a match made in heaven, and the fans are going crazy. The match is being promoted by GoBox Promotions, the promotional outfit owned by Shane Mosley. The promotion promises to be a lively event with the hottest ring girls, boxing demonstrations, signed glove giveaways and fan contests. The last GoBox event was a fan hailed success with the “ring girl” fights in between matches, and musical performances. Go Box plan to take it one step further with their amazing new sponsors, and the support of Gila River Arena as well as CBS Sports.

 

About the fight:  USA vs Russia  “For the Title”   Mosley vs. Avanesyan battle for the WBA  May 28th Memorial Weekend  Live on CBS Sports Network  Gila River Arena in Glendale MAIN EVENT – WBA WELTERWEIGHT INTERIM WORLD TITLE – 12  ROUNDS  “Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY 49-9-1, 41 KOs), Pomona, CA    DAVID “Ava”  AVANESYAN (21-1-1, 11 KOs),Pyatigorsk, Russia  “Sugar” Shane Mosley, is back with a bang on May 28th, 2016 at the gorgeous Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ.

 

Soon after Mosley’s December 17th win over two time Olympian Patrick Lopez, Shane entered into negotiations with not one but TWO current World Champions for a fight in the summer. After months of going back and forth, both champions backed out to opt for what each cites as “an easier defense” than Mosley. Mosley’s search to get a world title fight continued until one courageous fighter and his manager accepted the Mosley challenge. David Avanesyan is currently ranked #1 in the world with the WBA and the current interim WBA Welterweight World Champion.

 

Avanesyan has held 6 titles in his time as a professional fighter and recently won the WBA title against Charlie Navarro (a top rated fighter). After striking up a grand friendship in Panama, Mosley has enlisted the man, the myth, the legend, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran, to be his trainer. This “Sugar and Stone” team, as they are calling themselves, are a match made in heaven, and the fans are going crazy. The match is being promoted by GoBox Promotions, the promotional outfit owned by Shane Mosley. The promotion promises to be a lively event with the hottest ring girls, boxing demonstrations, signed glove giveaways and fan contests. The last GoBox event was a fan hailed success with the “ring girl” fights in between matches, and musical performances. Go Box plan to take it one step further with their amazing new sponsors, and the support of Gila River Arena as well as CBS Sports.    _________________________________________________________________

WHEN:   Saturday, May 28th, 2016 WHERE:   GILA RIVER ARENA, Glendale, AZ

PRESENTED BY:  “Sugar” Shane Mosley PROMOTER:   GoBox Promotions, Inc.

TELEVISION:   CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com .

BROADCASTERS:   Brendan Schaub (tentative) , Steve Kim RING ANNOUNCER:  TBA

TICKETS:   $500.00 ringside, $250-$150 floor, $89-$69-$39-$15 (premiere to general admission) seating now on sale at Ticketmaster.com or the Gila River Arena box office (951-665-1000). VIP Access is $1000.00, and includes pre-party, signed, meet and greet with “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and glove signed by main event fighters.  Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

INFORMATION:  Website:  www.goboxpromotions.com , www.cbssports.com, www.wbanews.com, www.gilariverarena.com/ Twitter: @shaneMosley_ , @CbsSports, @WBAnews, @GilaRivArena, @brendanschaub Instagram: @ShaneMosley_ , @GilaRiverArena Facebook: www.facebook.com/therealsugarshanemosley/   Follow these fighters on Twitter: @ShaneMosley_, @ShaneMosleyJr, @roccosantomauro, @davidavaboxer OTHER:  This broadcast is part of the “Live with Sugar” series that  was developed in partnership with GoBox Promotions  and “Sugar Shane Mosley.”   Rival Boxing is the official glove sponsor for the  “Live with Sugar” series.   MEDIA CONTACTS: “Live With Sugar”: Lupe Zelada, 855-538-5552,  PR@ShaneMosley.com Ryan Burton RBurton@ShaneMosley.com Twitter @GoBoxPromotions   Gila River Arena:  Gracie Pugliese, Gila River Arena, PR Communications, (623)772-3838

USA VS. RUSSIA FOR THE TITLE! TOMORROW ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK

shanemosley

 

“Sugar” Shane Mosley is back with a bang on May 28th, 2016 at the gorgeous Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. Soon after Mosley’s December 17th win over two time Olympian Patrick Lopez, Shane entered into negotiations with not one but TWO current World Champions for a fight in the summer. After months of going back and forth, both champions backed out to opt for what each cites as “an easier defense” than Mosley. Mosley’s search to get a world title fight continued until one courageous fighter and his manager accepted the Mosley challenge. David Avanesyan is currently ranked #1 in the world with the WBA and the current interim WBA Welterweight World Champion. Avanesyan has held 6 titles in his time as a professional fighter and recently won the WBA title against Charlie Navarro (a top rated fighter).

After striking up a grand friendship in Panama, Mosley has enlisted the man, the myth, the legend, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran, to be his trainer. This “Sugar and Stone” team, as they are calling themselves, are a match made in heaven, and the fans are going crazy. The match is being promoted by GoBox Promotions, the promotional outfit owned by Shane Mosley. The promotion promises to be a lively event with the hottest ring girls, boxing demonstrations, signed glove giveaways and fan contests. The last GoBox event was a fan hailed success with the “ring girl” fights in between matches, and musical performances. Go Box plan to take it one step further with their amazing new sponsors, and the support of Gila River Arena as well as CBS Sports.

TELEVISED
MAIN EVENT – WBA WELTERWEIGHT INTERIM WORLD TITLE – 12 ROUNDS
“Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY (49-9-1, 41 KOs), PPOMONA, CA
DAVID “Ava” AVANESYAN (21-1-1, 11 KOs), PYATIGORSK, RUSSIA

SPECIAL LIGHTWEIGHT ATTRACTION — 8 ROUNDS
VICTOR CASTRO (16-0, 7 KOs), PHOENIX, AZ
CARLOS ZATARIAN (6-2-2, 4 KO’S), SONORA, MEXICO

CRUISERWEIGHT – 8 ROUNDS
DIMAR “El Animal” ORTUZ (10-0-2, 7 KOs), Chicago, IL
RICARDO CAMPILLO (9-9-1, 7 KO’s) LOS MOCHIS, MÉXICO

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT – 6 ROUNDS
“Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY JR (6-1, 5 KOs), LAS VEGAS, NV
ROBERTO YONG (5-7, 4 KO’S), PHOENIX, AZ

NON-TELEVISED

LIGHTWEIGHT – 4 ROUNDS
CLAY “3rd Degree” BURNS (3-1-1, 3 KOS), ALEXANDRIA, LA
ISAAC AVALOS (0-1) TIJUANA, MEXICO

WELTERWEIGHT – 6 ROUNDS
LUIS “3rd Degree” OLIVERAS (10-0, 7 KOS), GLENDALE, AZ
MANUEL DE LOS REYES HERRERA (21-19-1), PLANETA RICA, COLOMBIA

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT – 6 ROUNDS
LUIS ROSE(13-3-1, 5 KOS), LYNWOOD, CA
JOSE JESUS HURTADO (4-7, 4 KO’S), SAN YSIDRO, CA

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WHEN: Saturday, May 28th, 2016

WHERE: GILA RIVER ARENA, Glendale, AZ

PRESENTED BY: “Sugar” Shane Mosley

PROMOTER: GoBox Promotions, Inc.

TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com .

BROADCASTERS: Brendan Schaub, Steve Kim, Larry Michael, and Kevin Kelly

RING ANNOUNCER: “Ramblin” Ralph Valdez

$500 ringside, $256-$132 floor, $82-$42-$22 (Premiere to Discount Admission) seating now on sale at Ticketmaster.com or the Gila River Arena box office (951-665-1000). VIP Access is $1000.00, and includes pre-party, signed, meet and greet with “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and glove signed by main event fighters. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

OFFICIAL WEIGH IN: Friday, May 27th, 2016, 4:00 p.m. / PT on scale outside Gila River Arena.
DOORS OPEN: 5:00 p.m. PT
FIRST BOUT: 5:30 p.m. PT
FIRST TV BOUT: 7:00 p.m. PT

INFORMATION:

Website:
http://www.goboxpromotions.com , http://www.cbssports.com, http://www.gilariverarena.com/

Twitter: @CbsSports, @WBAnews, @GilaRivArena, @brendanschaub

Instagram: @ShaneMosley_ , @GilaRiverArena

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/therealsugarshanemosley/

Follow on Twitter: @ShaneMosley_, @ShaneMosleyJr, @davidavaboxer

OTHER: This broadcast is part of the “Live with Sugar” series that was developed in partnership with GoBox Promotions and “Sugar Shane Mosley.”
Rival Boxing is the official glove sponsor for the “Live with Sugar” series.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
“Live With Sugar”: Lupe Zelada, 855-538-5552, PR@ShaneMosley.com
Ryan Burton RBurton@ShaneMosley.com
Twitter @GoBoxPromotions

Gila River Arena: Gracie Pugliese, Gila River Arena, PR Communications, (623)772-3838 gracie.pugliese@gilariverarena.com

About Gila River Arena: Gila River Arena, managed by Spectra Venue Management and home of the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL, is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility located at Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue (20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, 30 minutes from Scottsdale and Tempe). The arena anchors the 223-acre, $1 billion development Westgate Entertainment District, the “crown jewel” of sports and entertainment complexes. Gila River Arena has hosted numerous world-class concerts and events since opening in December 2003.

About “Sugar” Shane Mosley:
“Sugar” Shane Mosley is a three-weight world champion, having held the IBF lightweight title, the WBC and WBA (Super) welterweight titles, as well as the WBC, WBA (Super) and The Ring magazine light middleweight titles. He is also a former lineal champion at welterweight (twice) and light middleweight.

In 1998 and 2000, Mosley won Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. In 2000 and 2001 he was named the pound for pound best fighter in the world by The Ring.

Mosley has fought and defeated some of the most recognizable names in the sport, including Oscar De La Hoya (twice), Fernando Vargas (twice), Ricardo Mayorga (twice), and Antonio Margarito. He has also faced several former champions such as Winky Wright, Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, and Saúl Álvarez.

About GoBox Promotions:
Headquartered in Los Angeles with training facilities in Los Angeles, Big Bear, and Las Vegas, GoBox Promotions is Shane Mosley’s newly formed boxing promotion company. The GoBox roster includes boxing legend and Hall of Famer Shane Mosley and his son Shane Mosley, Jr.
Shane Mosley is now developing and training up-and-coming fighters to join GoBox Promotions at the company’s state of the art training facilities. For more information on GoBox Promotions, visit http://www.shanemosley.com

About WBA:
The WBA is the oldest, first, and most respected sanctioning body in the sport of boxing. The President, Gilberto Mendoza Jr, took over as head of operations after the passing of the former president (Rest In Peace), Gilberto Mendoza Sr. The WBA has been a long time supporter of World Class boxing match ups and as such, has a reputation for delivering action packed fights.

JUNE 11 MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES: RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV, JOHN MOLINA JR., DEJAN ZLATACANIN FROM FORTUNE GYM, L.A.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Tripleheader

Live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)

During International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend

From Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Click HERE For Photos From Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

For Immediate Release

 

LOS ANGELES (May 25, 2016) – Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov was involved in the Fight of the Year in 2013 with Tim Bradley. John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr. was embroiled in the 2014 Fight of The Year with Lucas Matthysse.

 

On Saturday, June 11, Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) a former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion, and former world title challenger Molina (28-6, 23 KOs) will face each other in the 12-round main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

 

On Tuesday, Provodnikov, Molina and undefeated WBC No. 1-ranked lightweight contender Dejan Zlatacanin participated in a Media Workout Day at Fortune’s Gym in Los Angeles.

 

Zlatacanin (17-0, 10 KOs), of the Southeastern European country of Montenegro, will be opposed by fellow unbeaten and WBC No. 2-ranked Emiliano Marsili (32-0-1, 14 KOs), of Italy, for the vacant WBC Lightweight World Championship in the opening match of the SHOWTIME telecast. In the co-feature, undefeated former 154-pound world champion Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs), of Providence, R.I., battles Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KO’s), of Cleveland, Ohio, in a 12-round WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator.

 

Also on June 11, former world title challengers, Willie Monroe Jr. and John Thompson, will meet in a 10-round middleweight bout in the main event on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT). In the SHO EXTREME opener, heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KO’s) takes on Mario Heredia (11-1, 9 KOs, 1-2 in WSB) in a 10-round heavyweight bout. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Banner Promotions, Inc., are priced at $85, $60, $45 and $35 and are on sale now.

 

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

 

Below is what the boxers said Tuesday: RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV (On the importance of this fight)

“Every fight is important. I come out for every fight to give everything I have. For me, every fight is like the last fight. So this is a very important fight, just like any other.

“I don’t like to make predictions too much; boxing is an unpredictable sport and it’s hard to say what will happen. Anything can happen on June 11. We’ve got a little bit to wait and we’ll see what happens.

“I don’t know if it will go to the scorecards. Anything can happen. He is also a great fighter, so maybe it will go to the scorecards.”

(On what he expects from John Molina Jr.) “I’m expecting him to come to fight. No doubt he’s a fighter, he’s a warrior. For somebody to defeat me is a big motivation and I know he’ll be coming to win.

“No matter what, he’s going to do anything possible to win this fight. That’s what I expect from people that take a fight with me – that they’ll die in the ring to defeat me because it would be a great accomplishment. So I’m expecting a real war, a real fight.”

(On the style of fighting and the matchup)

“I think this is the type of fight that will be exciting and all-action. I think it’s a great matchup and it will be exciting for the fans.”

(On who he’s looking to fight next)

“I’m not thinking about that too much right now. Luckily my weight classes, both 140 and 147, there’s no problem with the opposition. There (are) a lot of guys, a lot of stars. After this fight on June 11 we’ll be able to start thinking about what’s next.

“I’ve always said that I’m willing to fight anyone at 140 and 147, just let me know when and I’ll be there. I’m ready to fight any of the top guys.”

(On if he would rather fight a boxer or a come-forward fighter like Molina)

“I definitely like the guys that come to fight. For me that is a better, more enjoyable fight. I like to fight a guy that wants to brawl.

(On if he’s ready to box if Molina choses to box instead of brawl)

“On June 11, I’ll be ready for anything that can happen in the ring. I’ve been watching previous fights and correcting my mistakes and I’ll be ready for anything he decides to bring.”

(On not fighting for eight months) “I don’t see too much of a negative side to that. I just wanted some time off and now I’m ready to come back. I’m always in shape; I’m always in the gym, always training.

“I’m training all the time and always moving around even when I’m at home. Right now, training camp is going very well. Joel Diaz is very happy with training and he says everything is going a lot better than the last training camp. Everything is 100 percent. I’m not worried at all.”

(On his relationship with trainer Joel Diaz)

“Everything is going great. When Joel and I are training together it’s always very positive. That’s important for me. I’m enjoying the training camp and I’m having a good time, which is the most important thing.

“Boxing-wise I’ve added a lot of different things. Most importantly, I’ve increased my defensive skills and that’s going to show in this fight very much and I’m positive of that. More than that, my punching combinations have gotten better in the last few camps and that’s going to show. Joel and I work well together and that’s definitely important.”

JOHN MOLINA JR. (Thoughts leading up to the fight)

“I am really excited. Ruslan is a hell of a fighter and competitor. I think it’s a can’t-miss, all-action fight when you have someone like myself and Ruslan in there.

“Stylistically I think there are thing that I have to my advantage. Stature-wise: my height, my reach. But with that being said, when the fight starts, all of that is going to go out the window and we’re going to fight.

“We were both in Fights of the Year, but we were both on the losing ends. Now we want to be on the winning end. I think that is an unwritten motivation for both of us.

“Stylistically it’s a great matchup. We’ve had a common opponent and of course you can draw that he was in a Fight of the Year with some other fighter. But I’m not that stature. I am 5-feet-11 with a reach that he can’t compare with. On June 11 after the first bell rings, I’ll be able to tell you exactly how the fight is going to play out.”

(On the importance of winning this fight)

“Every fight is important. Fortunately and unfortunately, boxing is a ‘what have you done for me lately’ type of sport. For me, I didn’t have an extensive amateur career so the pros were, in essence, my amateur career. But I believe I’m at the right spot right now, where I need to be to hit my stride.

“Of course a victory is always the goal. I don’t like to lose at checkers and I don’t want to lose at boxing. To keep the lifestyle that I have going, I have to continue to be victorious and move forward.

“We definitely want to catapult off of a big marquee name. We want to be on the winning side. That is the goal 110 percent. We won’t be satisfied with anything less than a victory. I’m not content with getting in these fights because people love to watch me fight. I want to be content with getting these fights because I’m victorious and that’s what we’re planning on doing on June 11.

“I feel like you’re going to get the best of me now. I feel like my longevity isn’t a question because I didn’t have the extensive amateur career. A lot of these guys have been boxing since they were eight years old. I didn’t start until I was 17. I didn’t turn pro until I was 24. I only had 22 amateur fights. So the miles on my odometer, so to speak, are less than someone like Ruslan who had an extensive amateur career. He’s been in more wars than me.

“Either way you slice it, boxing takes something from you. Whether it’s your youth, your sharpness, boxing is that kind of a sport where it draws something from your body. I believe he’s had it worse than me. I feel stronger and more experienced for lacking those years.”

DEJAN ZLATCANIN (On what this fight means for his career)

“This is the most important fight for me because the WBC title has been my dream since the first day I went to the gym. I will be the new champion.

“I was always the underdog in every fight but now I don’t get underestimated. My opponent is going to get the best me on June 11. I think those who underestimated me were wrong all along, but I will put some good shots on him and he’ll go down. I will knock him out.

“I think they [fans] will cheer for me like I am a home fighter and I will do my best to bring the good fight.”

(On his opponent)

“He’s a boxer. He’s smart, but he has no power. He will try to box, keep a distance and use his height advantage. He will use his footwork to keep me at bay, but it won’t work.”

(Thoughts on fighting for first world title)

“I am very excited and I am very happy to be fighting for my first world title. I am coming from a little country and I want everyone to know where Montenegro is and I can’t wait to get in the ring.

(On fighting in U.S. for first time)

“People in America, they’re fans, they love good boxing. It doesn’t matter where you are from, they just like good fights. They like my style because I am a fighter and I go forward.”

 

Welterweight Showdown Between Phil Lo Greco & Joseph Elegele Headlines Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round On Bounce TV Sunday, June 12 From The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL (9 p.m. ET/PT)

KINGS

Welterweight Showdown Between Phil Lo Greco & Joseph Elegele Headlines Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round On Bounce TV Sunday, June 12 From The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL (9 p.m. ET/PT)

Plus! Unbeaten Australian Steve Lovett Takes On Craig Baker in Light Heavyweight Action

Tickets on Sale Now 

LAKELAND, FL. (May 26, 2016) – A battle between exciting welterweights Phil Lo Greco (27-2, 15 KOs) and Joseph Elegele (15-2, 11 KOs) will serve as the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV and BounceTV.com Sunday, June 12 from The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will feature unbeaten Australian prospect Steve Lovett (15-0, 12 KOs) and tough contender Craig Baker (16-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown.  The full night of action will be streamed on BounceTV.com

“I don’t know much about Elegele but I will not take him lightly,” said Lo Greco. “I am always in the gym. I enjoy fighting. This is what it’s all about, fighting on television and making a name for yourself. A win here will get me one step closer to the bigger fights.”

“People should watch me, because after this fight, I am ready to show the world that I am ready for the big fights,” said Elegele. “This win will put me towards the top and in a position to fight top fighters. This is the best I have felt in my whole career. Lo Greco is a game fighter. This is my hometown and I will have a lot of people coming out to support me and I can’t wait.” “A win here will get me in the mix with the top contenders,” said Lovett.

“I expect an entertaining fight and I am ready to go. Training camp is always good and I will be in the best shape possible on June 12. I helped Edwin Rodriguez prepare for his fight against Baker so I know him well. I am at the stage to step up to the next level” “I’m excited about this opportunity to take on a fighter like Steve Lovett,” said Baker. “He’s highly regarded but I know that I have the skills and experience to beat him. I’m leaving it all in the ring. A win here puts me in position to get big fights so I plan on being impressive.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $75, $50 and $35, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.thelakelandcenter.com or by calling 888-397-0100 and from the Lakeland Center Box Office by calling 863-834-8111 or visiting between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“This will be a great night of boxing,” said Marshall Kauffman of King’s Promotions. “Elegele and Lo Greco is a real 50/50 fight with each guy needing a win to get to the next level. The last show at Lakeland was action packed and June 12 will be no different.”

A four-time amateur national Canadian champion, the Toronto-born Lo Greco turned pro in 2006 and quickly made a name for himself as one of the top fighters from Canada. The veteran fighter has also fought in Germany, Italy and Hungary before making his U.S. debut in 2012 by defeating Hector Orozco in Atlantic City. He racked up a 25-0 record to begin his career and his lone defeats have come to top welterweights Shawn Porter and Errol Spence Jr. In his last bout, Lo Greco stopped Pablo Munguia in the fifth-round.

After piling up an amateur record of 69-8, Elegele turned pro in 2009 and reeled off 12 victories to start his career. One of nine siblings, Elegele worked as a sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather in 2013 and has also spent time in the training camps of Adrien Broner and fellow New Haven, FL native Andre Berto, who he has known since he was 12-years-old. He owns victories over Manuel Aguilar, Angel Hernandez and Lanard Lane and most recently stopped Alex De Jesus in the sixth-round of their Bounce TV clash in January.

Born in Australia but now training in Houston with Ronnie Shields, Lovett looks to build on the momentum he has gained in 2015 with four knockouts in his five wins. The New South Wales-native has taken down veterans Kevin Engel and Samuel Miller in his last two fights as he heads into his toughest challenge in Baker.

A once-beaten fighter who turned pro in 2008, Baker enters this fight having four of his last five opponents inside the distance. The Baytown, TX native took home victories over Anthony Greeley and Sergio Cordoba in 2014 and kicked off 2015 by knocking out highly regarded Umberto Savigne. Now, Baker looks to bounce back from a defeat to Edwin Rodriguez when he enters the ring on June 12.

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