Here’s the link to the My Fight: Kovalev/Ward Trailer:


HBO Sports, widely acclaimed for its innovative boxing programming, takes an in-depth look at the most intriguing matchup of 2016, the highly anticipated Nov. 19 Pay-Per-View showdown between undefeated light heavyweight stars Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward, when MY FIGHT: KOVALEV/WARD debuts SATURDAY, OCT. 29 (10:35-11:05 p.m. ET/PT).

Other HBO playdates: Oct. 30 (10:00 a.m.) and Nov. 1 (10:00 a.m.), 8 (12:20 a.m.), 11 (3:45 a.m.), 13 (11:05 a.m.), 17 (1:50 p.m.), 18 (6:15 p.m.) and 19 (4:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Oct. 31 (5:45 p.m.) and Nov. 4 (3:10 a.m.), 10 (12:25 a.m.), 12 (8:30 p.m.), 14 (noon), 18 (12:30 a.m.) and 19 (10:20 a.m.)

The special will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand, and at hbo.com/boxing, as well as other new media platforms.

Unified light heavyweight champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), who resides and trains in southern California, puts his crown and undefeated record on the line against formidable challenger Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) of Oakland, Cal., a former Olympic gold medalist who cleaned out the 168-pound division and has set his sights on top prize in the 175-pound division.

MY FIGHT cameras travel with Kovalev to his hometown in Chelyabinsk, Russia and connect with Ward in the Bay Area to chronicle the long journey both men took to reach the elite level of professional boxing.

MY FIGHT: KOVALEV/WARD is narrated by Liev Schreiber.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, Kovalev and Ward meet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, in a telecast to be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/ 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Follow the conversation using #KovalevWard.


FAAMM on a roll as new WMMMA Argentina



MONTE CARLO, Monaco (October 27, 2016)- The future of the new World MMA Association (WMMAA) Argentina is bright with unlimited opportunities for future growth, largely due to Argentina’s youths continuing to drive increased consumption of healthier lifestyles.

FAAMM, the Argentinean MMA Federation, restructured its organization under the leadership of president Diego Fernandez to earn WMMAA Pan-American Division’s fastest growing federation to date.

“One of my main objectives was to share the organization’s (FAAMA) story with the government and the private sector community to bring its competitive advantages to light,” Fernandez explained in an interview with ENLACE. “I also leveraged the WMMAA skills and resources to help guide the due diligence and restructing to emerge with the proudly earned name, WMMAA ARGENTINA.

“Transforming the organization from an association to a federation and now known to the world as WMMAA Argentina was the largest progressive step we’ve completed to date in the organization’s history. The business model as the new WMMAA Argentina is very straightforward: our job to help our nation’s athletes.”

The new Argentina has a prominent footprint with many qualified board members. The new WMMAA Argentina is well positioned to offer customized solutions that drive increased value, developed from a mere structure provider into a services and solutions organization for the sport in all aspects.

WMMAA Argentina has solid reporting, industry-leading analytics and repeatable methodologies, plus hard-working members, collogues and full support from the WMMAA Pan-American Division.





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CONTACT: Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 1.978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com @FightPublicist

“Knockout Night at the D” returns Friday, Nov. 18 Blanco vs. Brock, Cruz vs. Gonzalez

Live on CBS Sports Network
From the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

LAS VEGAS (October 27, 2016) – “Knockout Night at the D” returns Friday night, November 18, airing live (9 p.m. PT / 12 a.m. ET) on CBS Sports Network from inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center tent, located in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas casino district, one block away from the world famous Fremont Street (200 S. 3rd St.).

North American Boxing Association (NABA) United States lightweight champion Reynaldo Blanco (13-2, 7 KOs) makes his first title defense against challenger Demond “Body Shot” Brock (12-3, 4 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

The “Knockout Night at the D” series, presented by the D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.

Hall of Fame announcers Jim “J.R.” Ross and Al Bernstein will call the action from ringside, along with roving reporter Sean Wheelock, on CBS Sports Network.

The 29-year-old Blanco, fighting out of the Dominican Republic by way of Puerto Rico, captured his NABA US title belt this past January, taking an 8-round unanimous decision from previously unbeaten Angel Luis Ocasio (8-0-2). In his last fight in July, Blanco stopped another undefeated challenger, 14-0 Mario Beltre, in the second round for the Dominican Republic lightweight championship.

New Orleans-native Brock, who learned how to box serving a 15-year prison sentence, defeated Chuy Gutierrez (14-0-1) in the June 10th “Knockout Night at the D” show to retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) United States lightweight title in his first title defense. Brock, 35, originally captured his title belt in 2015, by way of an 8-round unanimous decision over Oscar Valenzuela (9-1-1).

In the 8-round co-feature, Puerto Rican junior middleweight Daniel “El Duro” Cruz (11-1, 10 KOs) takes on former Mexico welterweight champion Norberto Gonzalez (22-8, 13 KOs).

Cruz, who has knocked out 10 of his 11 victims, is the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino junior middleweight champion having captured that vacant title in his last fight (July 17, 2015), stopping Aaron Garcia (14-3-1) in the second round in Florida.

Always dangerous Gonzalez is a proven upset specialist with victories against 30-3 Javier Francisco Maciel (DEC8), 20-1 Michael Oliveira (DEC10), 18-2 Antonio Arras (DEC10), and 22-3-1 Joel Juarez (DEC6).

In the television opener, rising junior lightweight Randy Moreno (6-0, 5 KOs) faces Mexican veteran Daniel Perales (7-5-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 6-round bout. Fighting once again at home in Las Vegas, Moreno will be in his first 6-rounder, as well as on national television for the first time. The gifted 20-year-old is coming off explosive back-to-back knockouts of Fabian Alaniz and Gaige Ireland in a pair of “Knockout Night at the D” events in September.

“The hottest series in boxing returns November 18th with another great event,” said Keith Veltre, CEO / Co-Founder of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. “Once again, the main event and co-feature are pick ’em fights. ‘Knockout Night at the D’ fights are known for its competitiveness and entertainment value. And we remain committed to showcasing local prospects like Randy Moreno, who will be fighting on national television for the first time. Fans in attendance as well as those watching on CBS Sports Network will be into these match-ups from the opening bell.”

Keeping with its goal to showcase young talent based in Las Vegas, junior flyweight Marina “Rocky” Ramirez (2-0), and pro-debuting cruiserweight Jason Beauchamp are slated to be fighting in separate 4-round bouts.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $1,000.00 VIP booth (includes 15 admissions), $50.00 VIP ringside, $25.00 and $15.00 general admission, are on sale at http://www.Ticketmaster.com or http://www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 7:00 p.m. PT.

The “Knockout Night at the D” series was developed in partnership with the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and Neon Star Media.


Websites: http://www.dlvec.com, http://www.thed.com, http://www.royjonesjrboxing.com, http://www.knockoutnightboxing.com

Twitter: @thedlasvegas, @dlvEventsCenter, @DerekJStevens, @BoxingatheDLV, @RoyJonesJrBoxing

Instagram: @dlvec, @thedlasvegas, @RoyJonesJrBoxing

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/dlvec, http://www.Facebook.com/thedlasvegas

Follow these fighters on Twitter: @bodyshot brock and @_randymoreno

RIVAL BOXING GEAR & EQUIPMENT is the official apparel and gloves partner for the “Knockout Night at the D” series. http://www.rivalboxing.com, @rivalboxinggear

About the D Las Vegas: the D Las Vegas delivers the fresh, energetic attitude and fun atmosphere synonymous with downtown Las Vegas. The new casino hotel boasts 629 remodeled rooms and suites and a unique two-level casino featuring modern and vintage floors. Cocktails, beer and frozen beverages abound inside the casino at LONGBAR and on the Fremont Street Experience at D Bar. the D offers contemporary American fare at D Grill, Detroit’s legendary Coney Dogs at American Coney Island and premium steaks and authentic Italian dishes at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse. The Showroom at the D Las Vegas features outstanding entertainment ranging from award-winning dinner theater and Broadway productions to music, comedy and more. Follow the D on Facebook and Twitter.

About Downtown Las Vegas Events Center: Located at the corner of Third St. and Carson Ave. across from the D Las Vegas, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center can accommodate up to 11,000 guests and features state-of-the-art stage, sound and lighting. The open-air design is inviting to both tourists and locals and offers the perfect spot for concerts, conventions and other large-scale events. Embracing the uninhibited spirit of Downtown Las Vegas, the new venue plays host to a line-up of curated events including premier concerts, food festivals and more. The venue is also the first entertainment arena in Las Vegas to accept Bitcoin as currency. For more information, visit http://www.dlvec.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @dlveventscenter.

About Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions: Co-founded in 2013 by 10-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. and Keith Veltre, Roy Jones, Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions is on its way to reinventing boxing. Based in Las Vegas, Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions is climbing to the top at a fast pace, adding young talent to its growing stable such as undefeated super welterweight John Vera and former 3-time world super bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko, along with Tony Lopez and Hanzel Martinez, lightweight Demond Brock, super featherweight Randy Moreno, cruiserweight Irsael Duffus, bantamweight Max Ornelas, super lightweight Emanuel Robles, middleweight Rolando Garza and light heavyweight Adrian Taylor.

About Neon Star Media LLC: Neon Star Media is a marketing and content company that creates highly effective brand-integration experiences for our clients, executed through a unique “story-telling” approach that empowers client’s product messaging to soar while delivering results. At Neon Star Media, we maximize client media spends by leveraging our relationships with various sporting events, cable channels, digital platforms and other social media outlets. We work with our clients to engage, endorse and advance their message with audiences on all platforms 24/7. Visit us on Twitter @Neonstarmedia or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Neon-Star-Media-378687919005532/

For More Information:
“Knockout Night at the D”: Bob Trieger, (978) 590-0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, @FightPublicist

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and the D Las Vegas: Kara Rutkin / Alaina Curry, Kirvin Doak Communications, (702) 737-3100, krutkin@kirvindoak.com / acurry@kirvindoak.com

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions: Lisa Veltre, (702) 522-1636, lisa@royjonesjrboxing.com

Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares Los Angeles Press Conference Quotes & Photos

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Click HERE for Photos from Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME

LOS ANGELES (October 27, 2016) – Featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares met face-to-face Thursday at a press conference at OUE Skyspace at US Bank Tower – the tallest building west of the Mississippi River – to discuss their world title showdown presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Saturday, December 10. The event will be live on SHOWTIME from USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader begins with super welterweight world champion Jermall Charlo defending his title against top contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams in a matchup of undefeated rising stars in their prime.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, go on sale tomorrow, October 28 at 3 p.m. PT and are priced at $35, $50, $75, $150 and $200. To purchase tickets go to http://www.galentix.com.

Here is what the participants had to say Thursday about the highly anticipated night of action:


“I’ve been wanting to fight Mares for about two years. It’s finally going to happen. This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement.

“I’m very happy that this fight is finally here. I can’t wait to get in the ring on December 10. I’m thankful for the opportunity. I know Mares is popular in Los Angeles, but I have a following as well and they will be there to support me.

“I’m training very hard and feeling physically strong. We never stopped training for this fight. Mares will come prepared for a war and I hope that’s what the fight is like. It’s going to prove who has the bigger heart.

“I’ve been training with Freddie Roach for about four months. It’s been a great partnership and he will make me even better than I’ve been. We’ve been practicing really hard. Freddie is handing me the tools to go to work. You will see all my experience come together on fight night.

“Mares is a great fighter. He’s been a champion for many years. He’s never faced an opponent like me. This will be his hardest challenge.

“I’m sure Mares will give it his all, just like I will. I’ve been dreaming about this fight for years. This will be a great battle, but I am prepared to take my belt back to Argentina.

“This is the most important fight of my career. I’m planning on knocking him out. I know that big things are going to come my way after I beat Mares.”


“This is going to be a smarter Abner Mares. I’ve been learning a lot with Robert Garcia. They gave us a year to train and learn together. He’s a knowledgeable coach. He’s not just a guy who works mitts. This is the real deal. He gets you better and I’m really happy with him.

“I want to thank Cuellar and his team for waiting for this fight to come to fruition. I really appreciate that as a person. It’s finally here.

“I was actually commentating the Stiverne vs. Arreola fight at Galen Center and it was a great atmosphere. The environment there is incredible and I was just imagining being up in the ring as the main event.

“I want the winner of the Frampton vs. Santa Cruz rematch. I want to continue to fight the best. I want to be known as a guy who fights the best.

“Being on the big stage like this has made me what I am. Being on the bantamweight tournament on SHOWTIME really started to show people what my style is like. To be back for another world opportunity, it means everything to me. I’m hoping to give them another exciting fight.

“I never talk down about a fighter. We all deserve our respect. We all have the same desire to strive to be the best. Cuellar is a beast. He hits hard. The record speaks for itself and that’s what has me so excited. This is the kind of fight I want to be in. It brings the best out of me.

“If I have to make it into a brawl, I will do that. I have the boxing abilities to be the smarter fighter and win by out boxing him. I learn from all of my fights, especially the losses. From the Santa Cruz fight I learned that I really need to listen to my corner. I let the crowd get to me and fought the wrong fight. I’m going to be ready for everything.

“This title coming home is going to be a nice Christmas present. It means the world to me. I’m going to add something to my trophy case.

“I’m a new man. I’m a grown man. I have two beautiful daughters. I like to learn something new every day. You will see a different Abner on December 10. This is going to end the year with the ‘Fight of the Year.'”

ROBERT GARCIA, Mares’ Trainer

“I’m thankful to Cuellar and his team for giving us this opportunity. He’s a good person who trains very hard and gives 100 percent all the time.

“I’ve been working with Abner almost this whole year. The dates for the fight have changed but now we have had a lot of time to get to know each other. We’ve been working side-by-side and we’ve had a lot of time to learn about each other.

“I think everybody should come out to this fight or watch on SHOWTIME, because it’s going to to be one of the best fights of the year. I guarantee it.”


“Here we go again. It’s been a long process and there have been a lot of people who have helped get us to this.

“I want to thank Mares and his whole team for taking this fight. This is going to be a war. There’s no doubt about it. We love Robert, but we will have our back and forth leading up to this one. These are boxing war times, but he is a great person. But now we are with another one of the best trainers in the world, none other than Freddie Roach.

“Cuellar doesn’t live in Los Angeles. He actually still lives in Argentina. But he has stayed in Los Angeles throughout this whole process. He’s been away from his friends and family for almost nine months, but he has not complained once or asked to go home. That just shows the kind of professional that Jesus Cuellar is.”

RICHARD SCHAEFER, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports

“I’m truly excited to be here with all of you. This night will feature two top-notch matchups and four guys who are at the pinnacle of their respective divisions. I’m really excited for this to be my first event back.

“This is a statement fight for Jesus Cuellar. It’s the biggest fight of his career. But he has passed every test so far. He’s a true warrior, as all Argentine fighters are. He’s a big puncher with a sterling record. This is a tough challenge, but he has every intention of keeping that belt.

“Abner Mares is a true warrior and you will all have the opportunity on December 10 to go after a fourth world title against a strong champion in Jesus Cuellar, who has defended his title five times. But that is the kind of person Abner Mares is. He’s going to test himself against the best there is.

“I’m happy to be back and hopefully I’ll be able to add to this great sport of boxing. We’re here in a first class venue today and this is the kind of venue deserving of boxing. Boxing is about entertainment, and if you were to pick four boxers to put on an entertaining card, these would be them.

“These are going to be tremendous fights. Styles makes fights. Mares has been waiting for this opportunity and Cuellar is going to fight to keep his title. This is one of the most talked about fights around. It’s going to be all toe-to-toe action from the start to the finish.

“Two of the best matches in the sport are happening right here in Los Angeles on the same night. This is the best fighting the best and Los Angeles will be buzzing.

“It’s very special to be able to do my first event back in Los Angeles. To have two exciting, toe-to-toe battles on this card is great. Then the cherry on top is the opportunity to work with a man like Abner Mares. I met him at the 2004 Olympics and I was always impressed with his style and his personality and how he carries himself.” Continue reading

Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions Sign Elite Amateur Michael Dutchover




Philadelphia, Penn. /Orange, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2016) – Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing are proud to announce the signing of elite amateur Michael Dutchover (1-0, 1 KOs) out of Midland, Tex.

Dutchover, 18, will campaign as a junior lightweight. The Texas native won numerous regional tournaments as an amateur and was a runner up at this year’s National Golden Gloves competition in the 132-pound division. He enters the professional ranks well prepared having gone 130-17 in the unpaid arena.

“I felt an overwhelming amount of joy when I was signing my contract,” said Dutchover, who is trained and managed by Danny Zamora. “I’ve been doing this since I was eight years old. This is just the beginning. I’m going to work hard to become a world champion. That’s all I want.”

“I am very excited to be promoting Michael with Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing,” said Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions. “He had a big amateur background. His style as an amateur was more pro oriented then anything else. He is a great young talent and I know he has a big future. We look forward to getting him started on what we hope will be a journey towards a world championship.”

“We are very pleased with the addition of Michael Dutchover,” said Ken Thompson, president at Thompson Boxing. “Michael brings a dynamic fighting style to the ring. He looked incredible in his pro debut last week. It’s going to be exciting watching his career take off.”

Dutchover appeared on the most recent Thompson Boxing card last Friday, Oct. 21. Dutchover started his career with a third round knockout over Cesar Partida.

He worked off an effective jab that allowed him to land crisp power shots. In the third, he connected on a crushing combination that resulted in the fight’s only knockdown. Partida survived the round, but was not allowed to come out for the fourth and final round.

“Partida was a tough opponent,” said Dutchover after the fight. “He took a lot of quality punches. I was able to drop him in the third and I knew he was hurt. It feels great to start my career with a knockout win.”

Artie Pelullo, Ruben Villa, Michael Dutchover, Ken Thompson

Alex Camponovo, Danny Zamora, Michael Dutchover, Ken Thompson

Michael Dutchover and family


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Philadelphia, PA 19146

Office: (215) 670-2220

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Email: info@banner-promotions.com

Website: http://www.banner-promotions.com

2016 World MMA Championships November 26-27 in Macau

MONTE CARLO, Monaco (October 28, 2016)- World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) president Vadim Finkelchtein has formally announced that the 2016 World MMA Championships will be held November 26-27 in Macau, China.


“The recent European MMA Championships went very well,” Finkelchtein said. “The Russian National Team once again demonstrated the highest results of competition. In Russia, the fighters are real strong fighters, who repeatedly prove their highest level at the European and World Championships, winning a very difficult competition. The bar has been set significantly high. We have seen athletes from Germany, Ukraine, and Belarus participating at these events. Ukrainians are no longer that far behind the Russians and German fighters have become much stronger in a relatively short time. In addition to The Championships, we held a judicial seminar, where we discussed many important issues regarding the development of our sport. Overall, I think everything was great.


“We’re looking forward to the World MMA Championship in Macau on November 26-27. We expect the participation of athletes to represent 40 to 50 countries around the world. Many have already applied; despite the long distance they must travel to fight. The World MMA Championship will be held at a new venue in Macao Studio City. This is a huge, new complex that is entirely covered in marble with construction costs reaching about $3 billion. I have examined it and the scope of the building is stunning.


“Now, we can say that the championship will have a lot of representatives from Latin America, Asia and Europe. The African region is under developed right now, so only a few countries are participating from there, but Australia and New Zealand are competing. We expect spectacular, competitive fights. We will also be arranging the next WMMAA Congress, where a lot of MMA issues relative to children and women will be discussed. We will decide what countries will host the European, Asian and World MMA Championships next year, as well as create a judicial committee. We shall discuss the time of the mandatory reference date of sport by each country, considering all the athletes, and then fix it. We will solve the issue of holding seminars that are mandatory for coaches, judges and medical specialists in each country. We are still a relatively young organization, so there are still shortcomings. But we are moving forward and working hard to improve.”






Twitter: @theWMMAA

Instagram: @worldmmaa


ABOUT WMMAA: The goal of the World MMA Association is to provide unbiased structure and guardrail the growth of MMA as the official world governing body for Mixed Martial Arts. A non-profit organization founded in 2012, WMMAA is on a mission to develop a standardized and regulated organization, including competition, training, officiating, testing and growth when necessary. More than 50 countries have been granted WMMAA membership.


CONTACT: Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 1.978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com @FightPublicist

Mykal Fox ready for Juan Rodriguez on Saturday, November 5th at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland

Plus undefeated Mike Marshall, Jordan White, Kent Cruz,  Patrick Rivera & Marcus Bates 


For Immediate Release 
Fort Washington, Maryland (October, 28, 2016)–Undefeated junior welterweight prospect
Mykal “The Professor” Fox is ready for his next challenge against veteran Juan Rodriguez  in an eight-round bout that will headline eight-bout on Saturday, November 5th at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland.
The card is promoted by King’s Promotions.
Fox of Forestville, Maryland has a record of 11-0 with three knockouts and this will be his fourth bout of 2016.
The 20 year-old Fox turned professional in 2014 and has been kept busy as this will be his 12th contest in 29 months.
In his last bout, Fox stopped Somner Martin in three rounds on August 19th in Washington, DC.
Fox has been working hard in camp with his father/trainer Troy.
“Camp is winding down, and it has been real good.  Coming off my last win, I got right back in camp.  I took a week off and I all that I had to do was get in fight shape,” said Fox.
When trying to scout Rodriguez, Fox was not able to get much information, but he will be ready for what the veteran has to offer.
“I could not find anything on him. I just have to go in there and be the best of me.”
At just 21 years-old (Turned 21 today) Fox continues to mature physically, and the improvement is evident in his performances.
“As long as I learn something from every fight, I am happy.  My power is coming around and I would not consider myself a knockout puncher, but it’s getting better.  People forget, I turned pro at age 18, and now I think my power has become respectable.”
This being his 12th fight and most likely last of 2016, Fox sees 2017 as a moving year in his career.
“In 2017 I am looking for big things.  I just want to keep winning and get some television time, but I know for that to happen, I must get past Rodriguez on November 5th.  Just remember that main event Myke is coming to a boxing ring near you.”
Rodriguez of Haymarket, Virginia has a record of 6-5-1 with five wins coming via stoppage.
The 26 year-old Rodriguez is an eight year professional and he won his first four fights.  He has a fifth round stoppage win over previously undefeated Nathaniel Rivas (5-0).
Fox will be Rodriguez’ fourth undefeated opponent.  Rodriguez is coming off a six-round unanimous decision defeat to Anthony Young (11-2) on April 29th in Atlantic City.
In a six-round bouts:
Luther Smith (5-1, 4 KO’s) of Bowie, MD will fight Mike Marshall (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Bronx, NY in a cruiserweight bout.
Jordan White (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Washington, D.C. will take on Jose Elizondo (2-1) of San Antonio, TX in a junior featherweight bout.

Kent Cruz (11-0, 6 KO’s) of St. Louis, MO will square off with Darius Ervin (3-0) of Los Angeles in a battle of undefeated junior welterweights.

Marcus Bates (4-0-1, 4 KO’s) of Washington, D.C. will fight Franisco Muro (3-4, 1 KO) of Tucson, AZ in a junior featherweight affair.
In four-round bouts:

Greg Outlaw, Jr. of Bowie, MD will make his pro debut against Lamont White (0-4) of Waldorf, MD in a junior welterweight bout.

Just Hurd of Accokeek, MD will make his pro debut against Hector Mercado (2-8, 1 KO) of Veracruz, MX in a junior middleweight bout.
Patrick Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) of Edgewood, MD will square off with pro debuting Jared James Wells of Charlottesville, VA in a middleweight bout.
Tickets are now on sale for $75, $60 & $40 by calling 301-899-2430 or by logging onto www.kpboxing.com
For more information, Contact:
Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com  & www.abramsboxing.com 

Limited Tickets still available for this Friday night’s 12th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Awards Dinner at Mohegan Sun



UNCASVILLE, Conn. (October 30, 2016) –  Limited tickets are still available for this Friday night’s 12TH annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) Gala Induction Ceremony and Awards Dinner in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.
The Class of 2016 inductees are Stamford amateur coach/boxer Orlando Montalvo, Newington former ESPN boxing director Bob Yalen, Wallingford boxer Sean Malone, Jr., New Bedford (MA) boxer “Sucra” Ray Oliveira, Waterbury judge/referee John “Duke” Lawson and Mashantucket Pequot Game & Athletic commissioner Kenny Reels.
The 2016 CBHOF award winners are its first female Boxer of the Year, Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent; Jacob Marrero, Amateur Boxer of the Year; Mike Mazzulli, Professional Boxing Official of the Year; Heather Concepcion, Amateur Boxing Official of the Year; Pete Hary, Contribution to Professional Boxing; and Carlos Nieves Contribution to Amateur Boxing.
Tickets for the CBHOF 12th annual Gala Induction Dinner, reasonably priced at $90.00, will soon go on sale and be available to purchase by calling Kim Baker at Mohegan Sun (1.860.862.7377) or Sherman Cain at the Manchester Journal Inquirer (1.800.237.3606 X321). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET, cocktails from 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET (cash bar), followed by a full sit-down dinner.
Go online to www.ctboxinghof.org for additional information about the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, its 12th annual Gala Inductee Dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or past CBHOF inductees.
ABOUT CBHOF:  The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame was founded in 2004 to honor and celebrate the careers of outstanding individuals involved in the sport of boxing. Its inaugural Induction Ceremony & Dinner was held in 2005. Connecticut’s rich boxing history could never have flourished if it weren’t for the achievements of those enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

As a non-profit organization, the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame is deeply committed to keeping the fighting spirit of Connecticut thriving through various charitable contributions.


Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, 978.590.0470, @fightpublicist


mannyMulti-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, (58-6-2, 38 KOs) had his media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California.  Pacquiao attempts to win the WBO World welterweight championship from titleholder Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), on Saturday November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.  The event will air live on Pay-Per-View.


Here’s what Manny and others had to say:

Manny Pacquiao

I feel good. training camp has been great.

I keep fighting of course there is a prize bringing honor to my country. Its the first time in boxing a senator as a boxer.

Doing politics and boxing is my job. It gives me no time for other activities.

Vargas is taller than me but I don’t want to underestimate him. People think its an easy fight. He is a champion.


Bob Arum

What keeps Manny fighting is the money because you can’t build homes for the people of the Philippines.

Pacquiao is going up against a young Jessie Vargas that punches like a mule.


Freddie Roach

Manny’s work ethic is amazing!  He is ready.

His ethic is still the best I have seen. I’m amazed after 15 years..

Jessie is aggressive and comes forward.  Hope he attacks us.


30th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony Dec. 11 in New York




NEW YORK (October 17, 2015) – The 30th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), December 11, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.


Ring 8 has announced its 2016 award winners (see complete list below), including Hall-of-Famer Barry McGuigan (International Fighter Achievement), reigning world champions Carl Frampton (International Fighter of the Year) and Danny Jacobs (New York State Fighter of the Year), Joe Smith, Jr. (Knockout of the Year), and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (Service to “Your Country” Award).


“Our members look forward to this event every year,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said.  “We have another great group of award winners. Committed celebrity guests include former world champions Mark Breland, Iran Barkley and Vito Antuofermo, as well as Vinny Maddalone, Sean Monahan, Bobby Cassidy, Harold Lederman and Frankie Galarza with others expected to attend. We truly appreciate them lending their support. Ring 8 proudly continues its record for lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate. Each year our Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony celebrates our great sport of boxing, insuring much-needed funding is raised so we may continue our mission for our needy brothers and sisters in boxing. We will never waver from their corners.”



2016 RING 8 Award Winners

International Fighter Achievement:  Barry McGuigan

International Fighter of the YearCarl Frampton

International Promoter of the Year: Cyclone Promotions

NYS Fighter of the Year:  Danny Jacobs

NYS Female Fighter of the Year:  Sonya Lamonakis

Knockout of the Year: Joe Smith, Jr.

Uncrowned Champion: Larry Stanton

Manager of the Year: Phil Capobianco

Trainer of the Year:  Jerry Capobianco

Rising Promoter of the Year: Ronson Frank

Official of the Year:  Frank Lombardi

Amateur Official of the Year: Frankie Martinez

Amateur Boxer of the Year:  Christine Cruz

Long & Meritorious Service:  Dr. Barry Jordan

Contender of the Year: Cletus Seldin

Prospect of the Year: Julian Sosa

Sunnyside Garden:  John Clohessy

USA Olympic Boxer of the Year: Shakur Stevenson

Sam Kellerman Media:  Bobby Cassidy, Jr.



David Diamante will once again serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.


Tickets, priced at $125.00 per person, are available to purchase by contacting Bob Duffy by phone (516.313.2304), email DepComish@aol.com, or mail checks (payable to Ring 8) to him (164 Lindbergh Street, Massapequa Park, NY 11762). Donations of any denomination are welcome for those unable to attend the festivities.


Tickets include a complete brunch with cocktail hour upon entry, followed by seating at the awards ceremony, dinner and dessert, and top-shelf open bar throughout the afternoon. There will also be a silent auction of boxing memorabilia. This event is expected to sell-out and everybody is urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible in order to secure favorable seating.


Program ads are available for Full Page ($150.00), Half-Page ($80.00), and Quarter-Page ($50.00). The deadline for all ads is December 8 and must be emailed (DepComish@aol.com) or mailed to Duffy (516.313.2304) at the address listed above.


Go online to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about Ring 8 or its annual Holiday Events and Awards Ceremony.


Russo’s On The Bay is located at 162-45 Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach (718.843.5055).


ABOUT RING 8:  Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association – hence, RING 8 – and today the organization’s motto still remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.


RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.


Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $30.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, excluding July and August.  All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.  Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.



Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, @FightPublicist



Press Release: Los Angeles-based Vyacheslav “Lionheart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) will look to continue his run up the light heavyweight ladder, but standing in his way will be his toughest competition to date in Cuba’s Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs), as the two are set for a ten-round bout for on Friday, December 16th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

In the chief support, Bronx-born welterweight Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (19-1, 11 KOs) is booked for a ten rounder against undefeated Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (16-0, 11 KOs) of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Rounding out the HBO Latino-televised card, Santa Ana, CA featherweight Ronny Rios (26-1, 11 KOs) will seek to grow his three-fight winning streak against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Shabranskyy is coming off of victories inside the distance in his last seven of eight fights and last appeared on HBO Latino at the end of last year when he earned a hard-fought majority decision against rugged contender Yunieski Gonzalez.

“My goal is to win a world championship in the light heavyweight division, and Barrera is just another stepping stone on that path,” Shabranskyy said. “I am excited to make my second appearance on HBO Latino, and look forward to fans seeing me get ready to take on any upcoming challenges in the ring.”

Barrera is a standout boxer/puncher out of Cuba, now living in Miami. His only pro loss was a hard-fought battle against top five pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward. Barrera’s main challenge has been finding opponents willing to step into the ring against him.

“I’m looking forward to December 16th. My respect to Shabranskyy for agreeing to fight me,” said Barrera. “This will be a great fight for the fans!”

“Anyone who has heard me talk about Slava over the last few years knows that I’m extremely bullish on him winning a world championship in his next few fights,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.”He can do anything in the ring – he’s got power in both hands, he moves incredibly well for a tall fighter and he has an incredible capacity to learn from his mistakes. With a win against Barrera, Slava will position himself for some very big things in 2017. Continue reading


Press Release: 1988 Olympic gold medalist Andrew Maynard will lead the 2016 class of the Washington, DC Boxing Hall of Fame. Maynard took gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and campaigned primarily as a light heavyweight out of Laurel, MD. As a pro, he was 26-13-1 with 21 KOs) and moved up to challenge for the WBC cruiserweight title, dropping a 12-round unanimous decision to Anaclet Wamba in October 1992 in Paris, France.

Also inducted in the pro category will be Capitol Heights, MD super featherweight James Baker and Laurel middleweight Percy “No Mercy” Harris.

Baker (13-7-3, four KOs) fought from 1997-2005 and was a fan favorite as he took on noted opponents like Monty Meza Clay, Nate Campbell and Daniel Attah.

Harris (15-4, 9 KOs) only fought for three years as a pro (1989-1992) but fought quality opponents throughout his career. Harris won via decision over previously undefeated Thomas Tate in December of 1991 in Lombardia, Italy. Harris also fought future International Boxing Hall of Famers Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr during his career.

Inducted into the amateur category are Sean Johnson and Alfonzo Hatcher. Johnson was a well-known boxer at 106 pounds in the nineties, participating in the 1996 Olympic Trials. Hatcher is now known as a prominent trainer in the Beltway.

The Contributors section is star-studded with a prominent trainer, two well-known media figures and two members of the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission who will be inducted posthumously.

Legendary trainer Barry Hunter heads to the hall. Hunter, who leads the Headbangers camp out of the Bald Eagle Boxing Gym in Southeast DC, has trained numerous amateur and professional champions, most notably former IBF 140-pound champion Lamont Peterson. Hunter was named the WBO Trainer of the Year in 2007.

Washington Times sports columnist Thom Loverro will enter the hall. Loverro has been a sportswriter at the Times since 1992 and covered boxing throughout, both on the pro and college scene. Loverro is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and has won numerous awards from that organization. Loverro also is the host of his own podcast “Cigars and Curveballs” which can be downloaded for free on Itunes.

Recently-retired Beltway sportscasting legend Glenn Harris has also been chosen. Harris worked in the DC area for more than 40 years and has interviewed a who’s who of local, national and international boxing and sports figures. Harris has also been a fixture as an announcer at the local and regional Golden Gloves tournaments for many years.

The late DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission chair Dr. Arnold W. McKnight and the late Deputy Commissioner Alfred Grant have also been chosen. Dr. McKnight joined the commission in 1991 and was the longest-tenured chair of the commission, serving from 1993 until his passing in July of 2007. Mr. Grant was also with the commission in the 1990’s until his passing in February of 2015.

Undefeated super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. of Upper Marlboro, MD will receive the James Balukevich Outstanding Boxer Award for 2016. Roach (12-0, 4 KOs) last fought on September 2nd and scored a third-round knockout of Mario Antonio Macias in Los Angeles, CA.

The inductees will be honored at a banquet on Friday, November 11 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.

Rosalinda Rodriguez shines in Charlotte, NC




Charlotte, NC (October 24, 2016) -Undefeated bantamweight Rosalinda Rodriguez won the NABF Bantamweight title with an eight-round unanimous decision over Noemi Bosques in a bout that took place last Wednesday night at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.


The bout headlined a card promoted by Hall of Famer, Christy Martin and Pretty Girl Promotions’ Mercedes Vazquez Simmons.


It was an exciting toe-to-toe fight that saw Rodriguez win every round and took home the decision by scores of 80-72 on all cards.


With the win, Rodriguez of Miami, stays perfect at 5-0 and now will receive a top-ten ranking.


The 30 year-old Rodriguez is trained by former world champion Ada Velez.


Also on the outstanding night of boxing, Quinton Rankin (12-3-1, 9 KO’s) of Charlotte stopped Michael Wilmer (5-9-1) in the fifth round of their light heavyweight bout.


Larry Pryor (10-14) scored a mild upset when he took a six-round unanimous decision over Berry Butler (25-14-1) in a light heavyweight bout.  Scores were 58-55 on all cards.


Middleweight prospect Radzhab Buteav (3-0) kept his perfect knockout streak alive as he stopped Johnathan Batista (16-10) at 2:01 of round four of their scheduled six-round bout.


Christian Camacho (5-1, 1 KO), the 24 year-old son of Hall of Famer, the late Hector Camacho, notched his first stoppage victory as he needed just 71 seconds to take out Jovanni Said in a junior lightweight bout.


Cruiserweight Sam Crossed (5-0, 3 KO’s) stopped Michael Tillery at 1:22 of round two of their scheduled four-round rumble.

Britain Hart made a successful pro debut as she stopped Crystal Sutton in the 2nd round of their featherweight bout.

Santario Martin (2-2, 1 KO) stopped Travis Davidson in the 2nd round of their light heavyweight bout.

Ruslan Shamalov made a successful pro debut by needing just a minute to stop big Schyuler Marshall in their heavyweight bout.


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