Jesus Cuellar, Abner Mares & Josesito Lopez Los Angeles Media Workout Quotes & Photos


Cuellar & Mares Meet in Featherweight World Championship Showdown Saturday, December 10 from Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles & Live on SHOWTIME


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LOS ANGELES (November 29, 2016) – Featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares participated in a media workout in Los Angeles Tuesday in advance of their long awaited showdown taking place Saturday, December 10 from Galen Center in USC in Los Angeles and live on SHOWTIME.


Also in attendance Tuesday at City of Angels Boxing was former title challenger and local fan favorite Josesito Lopez, who competes in a welterweight bout on the undercard. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and features junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo taking on top-rated challenger Julian Williams in a battle of undefeated rising stars in their prime.


Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and are priced at $35, $50, $75, $150 and $200. To purchase tickets go to


Here is what the participants had to say Tuesday:



“The fight is here and I’m ready to step in the ring. I have defended my title six times already and I want to be the best in the division. He’s one of the best and I’m willing to challenge him.


“This is an important fight that I’ve wanted for a long time. It’s an important fight for my career and to prove to everyone how good I am.


“Abner Mares is a high level fighter. I have to beat him to reach the next level of this sport. That’s what I’m preparing to do.


“You’re going to see everything I’ve learned on December 10. I love to train hard and I’ve improved greatly as a fighter. I’m going to put it all together in the ring.


“There’s no pressure for me coming into this fight. I know that I’m in his backyard but I have the people of Argentina behind me. This is going to be a really good fight.


“I’m ready to go to war. I know Abner is ready and he has a goal in his mind. I’m ready to do what I have to do in the ring.


“It’s been almost a year. We came here in January to fight Mares and now the time is almost here to accomplish our goal.


“I have to go out there and do my job. I’m going to show Abner a lot of different things. I have a lot more skills than people give me credit for. It will all be on display in the ring.


“I know that I’m going to be at 100 percent. I’m more confident now than I’ve ever been that I’m prepared for this fight and I’m going to win.


“Freddie Roach is getting the best out of me. He knows what I like to do and he knows how to correct my mistakes. He’s doing a really good job in training camp.


“I’m working to go 12 rounds and end the night with a victory for Argentina. I came here to achieve a great victory for my country.”



“I’m so happy and excited to be fighting in Los Angeles and in my backyard again. SHOWTIME is the reason I’m famous.


“On paper I thought that Cuellar is probably going to be toughest, strongest fighter I’ve been in with. I can’t say for sure because we haven’t fought yet. But I know that he is a strong, powerful champion who is coming in to keep his title.


“There’s always a reason behind something bad that happens. In this case, me not being able to fight twice (due to postponements), it just gave me the opportunity to get to know Robert even better. I’ve had a whole year leading up to this fight. You will see a difference in me. I’m very eager and excited to fight.


“It’s going to be a tremendous fight. I think Cuellar only has one style, and that’s to rely on his power punches. He’s a come forward type of fighter that seems to always be looking for the knockout. But I’ve been known to give a fight too and make for great fights.


“My plan is to make the fight as easy for myself as possible. I feel I have the tools to give him different looks that maybe he hasn’t seen before against a fighter of my talents. For me to win another world title would mean the world to me. It would be an early Christmas present for me, my family and my friends.


“Coach Robert Garcia brings the discipline and the demanding voice of a trainer. We have to do things his way and I like that. It’s bringing the best out of me. I’m really excited for this fight.


“Fighting in my hometown of LA, I feel like I have the home field advantage. I don’t feel any pressure at all. I feel like I’m in as good of shape as I can be and there will be no ring rust. I’ve actually had three training camps for this fight, after postponements in March and June.


“If you look at Cuellar he looks much naturally bigger. But we’re both going to weigh just about the same at the weigh-in. He has to make the same weight as I do. I felt a little bit of pressure before the Leo Santa Cruz fight, but none this time.


“Bringing in Robert Garcia has been a great thing for me. He’s brought a lot of experience and he’s one of the best coaches out there. I can’t wait to show the fans what I’ve learned from Robert.”



“I’ve been anxious to get in there but I’m ready now and excited to get back to doing what I love. I healed up from some injuries that I suffered. Now that I’m fully healed I have felt the power returning and it’s time to go.


“The most important thing is that I’m 100 percent ready mentally and physically. I’ll be right there in the ring on December 10.


“This is my first quiz in going back to school and working my way toward a world title. I’m back in the gym and putting everything together so that I can use it in the ring.


“I am going to be smart and work hard in the ring. I know I have to make the key adjustments during a fight that will make the difference when I meet the elite fighters.


“Just a few months ago when I sparred for the first time in a while, I realized I missed getting hit. Why? Because I love the chance to hit back. Even just having the Vaseline back on my face was something I missed. I’ve probably watched more boxing than I had in my entire life since I’ve been gone.


“This absence has brought back the fire in me. There are several titles that are accessible to many guys in my division. I know I’m right there and I just need to take the right steps to get to that point.


“I have undivided attention in training camp with Robert Garcia and I’ve worked very hard to get myself ready. I feel like I’m still improving and getting better.


“I’m really excited to get back in the ring. I can hardly wait. There’s nothing I love more than performing for my fans. I’m going to do what I always do, which is make sure the fans see a great fight when I’m in the ring.”


MARVIN SOMODIO, Cuellar’s Assistant Trainer

“Cuellar is in great shape. We’ve been training Jesus at Wild Card since June. I think that this time is going to the perfect time for us. I’ve always thought that you need some time to improve the fighters and now we’ve gotten that.


“I think the postponement helped us more than Mares. I feel like I know Cuellar 100 percent and we’ve studied up on Mares and his strengths and weaknesses.


“I expect the early rounds the fighters will be smarter, but as the rounds go on, these fighters are warriors, and I expect them to fight inside.


“Jesus loves to fight. Especially in the early rounds, he loves to throw hard punches. We tried to change everything so that he’s setting his opponent up.


“Mares is going to try to box. But in the middle of the fight Mares will do what he does. He’s going to come forward and exchange. We’re ready for anything and we expect everything from Mares.


“I don’t think Cuellar’s layoff will be a factor. We’ve almost had no time off. He’s been in the gym and sparring with world champions. He’s a great guy to train. You will never hear him complain. He loves to work hard and train. If anything we have to make sure we don’t over train him. Freddie and Jesus get along very well.”


ROBERT GARCIA, Mares’ Trainer

“I think basically what Abner needed was just a new voice. He had been working hard and training in a nice gym that he liked. But he was calling his own shots. I think he was getting a little too comfortable. I just think he needed a new voice.


“He’s never questioned one thing I’ve asked of him. He’s done everything I’ve asked. I said that he can stay in Riverside or he could make the drive. Eventually he decided to stay in Riverside.


“Abner is hungry now. When he introduced himself to me, he might have lost some of that. He wasn’t listening to trainers’ instructions. But the moment he came to me, he’s been doing everything he’s supposed to. He’s old enough to know that he’s not a kid anymore.


“Cuellar is a very strong fighter both physically and mentally. He’s the hardest hitter in the featherweight division. He’s dangerous and dedicated.


“I know that Freddie Roach is a great trainer. One day I want to say that I’ve accomplished as much as he has. He is very good when it comes to strategy and adjustments during the fight. This is a more challenging fight with Freddie but I love challenges.


“Training has been great and everything we got out of it was positive. He transitioned to me easily and I can’t wait for December 10.”


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PLUS! A stacked Mayweather Promotions undercard featuring undefeated prospects Maurice Lee and Kevin Newman in separate bouts!

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 29, 2016) – Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (39-7, 12 KO’s) is back! The veteran boxer returns to ring Friday, December 2 against Yakabu Amidu (19-8-2, 17 KO’s) in the main event of Mayweather Promotions’ Sin City Showdown. Theophane has made it clear that he is here for redemption. He has been training hard, is focused, and is ready to outperform his opponent when he steps in the ring in this 10-round battle.


“It’s been said that this is my redemption fight,” said Theophane. “I have been faced with many challenges in my career, with my back up against the wall and have bounced back. This fight is like any other fight, and I plan to come out victorious.”


Surrounding the main event action is the always exciting prospect Maurice Lee (7-0, 3 KO’s) in a junior welterweight showdown against Cameron Kreal (8-12-2, 1 KO) that serves as the co-main event. Lee returns to Sam’s Town Live following his last win on May 13 against Samuel Santana, which was a non-stop exchange of punches from start to finish.


“One thing everyone around me knows is that I stay ready” says Lee. “This fight I’m coming in with a plan and making sure my body and mind are in sync.”


Undercard action will be filled with a stacked Mayweather Promotions’ stable all in separate bouts, including undefeated super middleweight prospect Kevin Newman (6-0, 2 KO’s)in a six- round showdown, Charvis Holifield (6-1-1, 4 KO’s) will also be making a return to the venue for a six-round battle following his May 13 victory, and Mayweather Promotions first lady Latondria Jones (4-0, 2 KO’s) will defend her flawless record as she goes toe-to-toe in a four-round bout. Newly signed Lightweight Andres Cortes (3-0, 2 KO’s) will make his Mayweather Promotions fighting debut in a bout scheduled for four rounds, and in separate bouts Oluwafemi Oyeleye & Rolando Romero will both make their professional debuts.


Fight Night will take place on Friday, December 2nd at Sam’s Town Live.Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, start at $15 and are available online at: and on


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CES MEDIA ALERT: CES caps 2016 season with year-end holiday bash at Twin River Casino featuring Kahn, Vincent, Marsella Jr.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 29th, 2016) — One month after dazzling the Twin River Casino crowd with the Fight of the Year between Khiary Gray and Chris Chatman, CES Boxing is back for one more round, ending the 2016 season with another star-studded, year-end holiday bash.

Two of New England’s most celebrated fighters, super featherweight Toka Kahn Clary (19-1, 13 KOs) of Providence, R.I., and New London, Conn., bantamweight Shelly Vincent (18-1, 1 KO) return to their roots Friday, Dec. 2nd, 2016 in the finale of CES Boxing’s 2016 Twin River Casino Fight Series.

Tickets for the Dec. 2nd season finale are priced at $47.00, $102.00, $127.00 (VIP) and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at, or, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The card features eight action-packed bouts, headlined by an eight-round battle between Kahn and Mexico City veteran Mario Macias (28-20, 14 KOs) and an eight-round female featherweight showdown between Vincent and Marquita Lee (3-2) of Novato, Calif.

Dec. 2nd marks Kahn’s first fight in his hometown since February of 2014 while Vincent, who lives and trains in Providence, returns to Twin River for the eighth time in her career and the first time since she defeated Christina Ruiz in April of 2015.

Vincent comes off a highly anticipated bout against longtime foe Heather Hardy at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island in August, the first women’s bout televised on NBC Sports Network as part of that night’s Premier Boxing Champions telecast, a landmark bout for the sport. Kahn, who boasted an impressive 131-11 record as an amateur, hopes to rebound from his first loss as a pro after knocking out 13 of his first 18 opponents, including Chris Lopez, Orlando Rizo and 44-fight vet Jonathan Perez.

The show-stopper of the night could come in the middleweight division when unbeaten Worcester, Mass., native Kendrick Ball (4-0-1, 3 KOs) steps up to face undefeated Canadian Nathan Millier (9-0-1, 7 KOs) in a six-round special attraction.

Ball recently defeated Oregon’s Rafael Valencia in October and now battles the unbeaten Millier, a 25-year-old New Brunswick native who’s won his last three fights by knockout since suffering the lone blemish record in a draw against Shane Upshaw in July of 2015.

Also fighting his first career six-round bout, unbeaten New Bedford, Mass., junior middleweight Ray Oliveira Jr. (5-0, 1 KO) challenges Matt Probin (2-1) of Lewiston, Maine. Oliveira returns for the first time since handing Andy Gonzalez his first career loss in July while Probin enters fresh off a big win on the road against Stephon Burgette in Pennsylvania.

Fresh off a knockout win in his Twin River debut in October, fan-favorite Anthony Marsella Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) of Providence returns to face Martinsville, Va., native Devante Seay (0-1-1) in a four-round junior welterweight bout while New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (2-0, 2 KOs) steps in his toughest test to date in a four-round bout against Durham, N.C., vet Isaiah Robinson (3-4, 2 KOs).

Marrero dazzled in knockout wins in July and October and now faces the dangerous Robinson, who fought four hard rounds against Jonathan Figueroa in October on less than 24 hours’ notice. After debuting with a unanimous decision win Connecticut in April, the 21-year-old Marsella blasted Philadelphia’s Bardraiel Smith in just 45 seconds in his Rhode Island debut four and a half weeks ago.

Two more fighters make their Twin River debuts Friday; 25-year-old Lynn, Mass., junior welterweight Khiry Todd, a former New England Golden Gloves champion, fights for the first time as a pro in a four-round bout against Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-2) and East Hartford, Conn., junior welterweight Anthony Laureano (1-0) stars in a four-round bout against Washington, D.C., native Lamont White (0-5). Laureano, 21, captured a Western New England Golden Gloves title in 2016 and competed in the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City before debuting as a pro in September with a win over Nahir Albright.

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It’s not that Jermall Charlo is an introvert or someone who can’t articulate his thoughts. It’s just that being a vociferous, look-at-me showman isn’t part of the 154-pound champion’s makeup.


Because of that, few people aside from twin brother (and fellow 154-pound titleholder) Jermell Charlo are aware that Jermall Charlo is a well-read, budding music producer/engineer who loves a fine steak and can sign his name with either hand.


We learned all this and more when we recently sat down with Jermall Charlo ahead of his highly anticipated December 10 title defense against top-ranked contender Julian Williams at the Galen Center in Los Angeles (SHOWTIME, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).


Who is your boxing hero?

Tommy Hearns is one of my favorite fighters. He was always trying to disprove his doubters, and I respect everything he’s been through. My life and Tommy Hearns’ life are similar. We’re both tall, and he had a legendary trainer in Emanuel Steward, and I have one, too, in Ronnie Shields.


Tommy had a good jab and was a rangy fighter. A lot of boxers think it’s easy to go to the body on tall fighters to break us down. But it’s a different story when they get in there with Tommy, so that has made me relate to him in that way.


There was also a lot of substance in Tommy Hearns. You have to be a smart fighter to know the difference between brawling and boxing, and how to use your range.


Of all the boxers in history, who do you wish you could’ve fought, and how would the fight have played out?

Being in the welterweight and junior middleweight range, I would want to see how my style would match up against a guy like Sugar Ray Leonard. I know he fought Tommy Hearns, but I think I possess some different qualities, and I would like to see how I would do against [Leonard] at his best.


I spoke to Sugar Ray Leonard right before I won the title from Cornelius Bundrage, and I told him I was the new “Hitman” (referring to Hearns’ nickname).


I don’t want to say that I would have beat Sugar Ray Leonard, because he’s a great fighter and I wouldn’t want to disrespect him. But out of anybody I could have fought, I would love to match my style against Sugar Ray’s.


I would of course borrow from the Tommy Hearns fight with Sugar Ray Leonard. Every time I watch that classic fight, I picture myself being Hearns.


What’s the hardest you’ve ever been hit, and how you did you deal with it?

You know what’s crazy? It wasn’t even by a punch; it was by a headbutt, and it was actually in my last fight against Austin Trout. Somewhere in those middle rounds, we clashed heads, and his head landed right on I believe the left side of my chin and ear.


I haven’t been hit that hard by any punch or anything, because I do a good job with keeping my hands up and with head movement and stuff like that. But against Trout, he threw a jab, and I stepped over and his head came crashing into my jawline.


He had no clue [that I was stunned], and I fought through it like a champion is supposed to. But that was the hardest shot I’ve taken since my pee-wee football days. I had to check myself to make sure I was good. It was just a shot that woke me up.


When training for a fight, what’s the one meal you miss the most?

It would have to be steak. I’m a filet mignon type of guy. But I have to give that up during training, because it’s one of those red meats that slows me down.


You’re known for being a gym rat. Do you have a favorite exercise?

I like all exercises-anything that’s challenging. But if I had to choose one, my favorite would be working the body bag with [legendary trainer] Creed Fountain. … I’ve watched Creed Fountain do the body bag with Evander Holyfield and a lot of other champions, so it’s kind of become one of my favorite exercises.


What about a favorite punch to throw?

One of my favorites is my left hook. It’s not necessarily to the body, but it’s one of the punches that I grew up throwing and always felt was one of my most challenging shots. I’m very comfortable throwing it, being that I’m right-handed and left-handed.


You mean you’re ambidextrous?

Yes. I actually can write with both hands. I really never knew what my dominant hand was, being that I was strong with both hands. I throw a football and shoot a basketball with my right hand.


But it’s crazy and kind of confusing even to myself. … In a fight, I can switch to either side. I grew up in a southpaw stance and feeling more comfortable as a left-hander, but then I started fighting from the right-handed side and feeling more comfortable as a right-hander. I’ve used both sides effectively.


Finish this sentence: If not for boxing, I would …

… probably be an educated businessman somewhere making moves in whichever industry I chose. But boxing has saved my life.


What’s the public’s biggest misconception about boxers?

That we’re all big, angry guys who spend their money wildly and aren’t educated. But they’re all wrong.


Do you have a favorite boxing movie?

I generally don’t like boxing movies because of the fake punches. But one movie I really did like was Hands of Stone. I grew up watching the Rocky series, so I liked that, too. But Hands of Stone is one of my favorites.


I like when [the plots of boxing films] get into the lifestyle. When Micky Ward did his movie, The Fighter, a lot of things came out about him that people don’t know. That’s how I am. There are a lot of things that people don’t know about me. Maybe that will change once there is a movie written about the Charlo twins.


Well, what if Hollywood made a movie about you and your brother, Jermell-what actors would you want playing you two?

Good question. First off, we’d have to find some twins with athletic ability. They’d have to be identical. My twin brother and I look alike, but don’t act alike. Right now, it would be hard to find a good actor to portray both of us.


I did like how Usher played Sugar Ray Leonard, and how Will Smith portrayed Muhammad Ali, but … I think we would have to get a set of twins.


Who is the one artist on your playlist that would surprise fight fans?

I grew up listening to Al Green. My dad was a big fan of soul music. I’m an old soul, because my grandfather and others kind of turned me on to a couple of Al Green songs. Johnnie Taylor, too.

I always go back and reminisce about the old days and the old-school music. I was listening to some Al Green and Johnnie Taylor today.


Finish this sentence: People would be surprised to know that …

… I’ve been playing instruments and creating beats and engineering and producing since before I even became a boxer. I have a full recording studio inside my house. I play piano and guitar. I’m really into electronic music.


I also do a lot of reading during my off time. Reading and music.


If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

That’s a hard question, because there is so much that I would change. … I guess I would want everyone to be equal. There would be no levels or one person being better than the next person-no matter the color of your skin.


What’s on your bucket list?

You know what I really want to do? That survival thing where you go into the wilderness and survive for 21 days. Like on that Naked and Afraid show. I just want to get dropped off in the wilderness and go and survive like those guys do, creating my own fire and seeing what that’s like. I think I could do it. I can last out there. I can survive anything.


I don’t like snakes and I don’t like mosquitos, but I’m not afraid of them. They could drop me off anywhere and I could survive.


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MONTREAL (November 26, 2016) – A settlement has been reached between Lucian Bute and the District of Columbia Athletic Commission, several months after an initial anti-doping test result was announcement regarding traces of Ostarin found in Bute’s urine samples this past May.

Following the World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight world title bout between defending champion Badou Jack and challenger Bute, which ended in a draw, a positive test result was announced to the general surprise of Bute.

Since then, however, in-depth analyses has demonstrated beyond all doubt that this result was due to contamination of nutritional supplements, prescribed by Bute’s conditioning trainer and created by a laboratory in California.

All this information has been favorably received by the authorities of the Athletic Commission of the District of Columbia.

As a result of communications between the parties involved, an agreement was reached:

Lucian Bute voluntarily agrees to contribute $50,000 (USD), within a period not exceeding 90 days, to the WBC Clean Boxing Program (CBP).
Lucian Bute also agrees that his boxer license from the Athletic Commission of the District of Columbia be suspended for a period of six months, dating back to May 6, 2016.

The athletic commission therefore agrees to reject the disputed case immediately with the compromise reached between the parties and does not in any way consider that this compromise constitutes an admission on the part of Lucian Bute of the alleged facts or circumstances.

Lucian Bute intends to pay his voluntary contribution to the WBC CBP without delay and as the six-month suspension period of his boxing license from the District of Columbia ended November 6, he may now box at the place and time of his choice right now. The case is now permanently closed.

“I am extremely happy that everything is now over,” former IBF world champion Bute said. “I would like to thank my family and my spouse, Helena, all members of my team, Christian Ganescu, the Grant brothers, Groupe Yvon Michel, my manager, Al Haymon, my lawyer, Howard Jacob, and my friends, fans and supporters who were many to support me and to encourage and trust me during these dark and painful hours of my life. I would also like to thank the members of the Athletic Committee of the District of Columbia and its Chairman, Mr. Adam Weers, for listening and understanding, as well as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman for giving me the benefit of the doubt and keeping me in the rankings of the best super middleweight challengers,”

In spite of this difficult period, Bute has continued training and he is more determined than ever to take the road back to regaining his world title. Bute is ready to face anyone who will stand between him and his goals.

“I am surrounded by the best team to guide me, ” Bute concluded. “I have, more than ever, the enthusiasm and will to fight. I have a lot of years ahead of me and I cannot wait to get back into the ring in early 2017.”

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November 25, 2016- New York

Friday night, at The Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia, Joe DeGuardia’s undefeated Super Middleweight Zac Dunn became the first Australian in almost 30 years to win a British Commonwealth title as he bested a determined Liam Cameron over the 12 round distance in a Super Middleweight showdown.

Native son Dunn, (23-0 18KO’S), who is rated #6 WBC and WBO, #7 IBF, and #13 WBA, took the decision over Sheffield, England’s Cameron (19-5 7KO’S) by scores of 117-111, 116-112, and a dubious 115-113.

Dunn, known for his power punching and aggressive style of fighting showed he can be versatile when he has to be as he clearly outboxed Cameron over the course of the fight.

Dunn took control from the beginning moving nicely while working off the jab and kept Cameron at bay for most of the fight. Dunn’s punch output was incredible during the entire 12 round contest and mixed in a terrific body attack which brought the high guard of Cameron down. Dunn kept a frenetic pace and never slowed down over the course of the fight and by most accounts won almost every round in his sternest test to date as a professional.

Star Boxing head Joe DeGuardia had this to say about Dunn’s performance,”Zac showed tonight that he is an all around fighter. He displayed wonderful boxing skills as he out fought the boxer, Liam Cameron who was a very good opponent. Zac showed he is ready to compete with the best at Super Middleweight and I fully expect Zac to get a shot at a world title in 2017″.

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CES MEDIA ALERT: Andrews earns win in CES MMA 40 main event; Paiva, Balletto score first-round knockout wins

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 23rd, 2016) – With the fight on the line, Nate Andrews saved his best for the third and final round Wednesday in CES MMA’s year-end Thanksgiving Eve spectacular.


In a tremendous, back and forth main event at “CES MMA 40,” the Providence, R.I., lightweight submitted George Sheppard (15-12) via rear-naked choke at the 2-minute, 3-second mark, capping a wild night at Twin River Casino in the finale of the 2016 season.


Sheppard disputed the verdict, pleading his case to referee Kevin MacDonald, who stopped the bout when he declared Sheppard tapped. The win improved Andrews’ record to 10-1. He’s now won his last four since suffering his first career loss in 2014.


The first two rounds were close with Andrews dominating the striking in the opening round and Sheppard scoring a late takedown and near submission in the second before the final bell.


Fighting for the first time since losing his CES MMA Featherweight Title bout to Matt Bessette in August, Johnston, R.I., native Joe Pingitore (7-3) earned a first-round submission win over Hawaii’s Spencer Higa (4-7), forcing Higa to submit via guillotine choke with only six seconds remaining in the round.


Early on, it appeared Pingitore might score the knockout after he caught Higa with a looping, overhand right, opening a cut over Higa’s left eye, but the Hawaii vet kept pressing and refused to back down. The two exchanged blows until Pingitore landed a right uppercut to the body, dropping Higa to the canvas, where he then executed the guillotine to finish the fight in the closing seconds of the opening round.


Not to be outdone, East Providence, R.I., bantamweight Dinis Paiva Jr. (8-6, 5 KOs) made his triumphant return to the cage, stopping Las Vegas’ Zane Behrend (2-2) at 1:23 of the opening round, knocking Behrend to the canvas three times before referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the bout.


Paiva, who hadn’t fought since “CES MMA 31” in October of 2015, showed no signs of rust, knocking Behrend to the canvas with hard right hands in the opening seconds. Behrend survived the initial onslaught and continued to exchange until he hit the deck a third time courtesy of a straight left. Paiva pounced on Behrend and landed a series of unanswered lefts to finish off his fifth career knockout win.


Also on the undercard, Cranston, R.I., welterweight Gary Balletto Jr. (2-1, 1 KO) earned his second consecutive win and first by knockout, stopping upstate New York’s Montoyia Swilling (0-4) at 2:33 of the opening round due to unanswered strikes.


Balletto came out strong, driving Swilling into the cage and scoring the quick takedown just seconds after the opening bell. Balletto tried to take Swilling’s back and score a quick submission, but instead gained full mount and hammered away with rights and lefts until Miragliotta stopped the fight.


In the bantamweight division, Milford, Mass., native Kris Moutinho (2-0) remained unbeaten with a dominant unanimous decision win over New York native Michael Karam (0-1), 30-26, 30-26, 30-27. Moutinho, who won his debut at “CES MMA 38” in September, landed the cleaner strikes and also dominated on the ground, nearly submitting his opponent in the final round to punctuate a near-flawless performance from the opening bell.


The first two bouts of the evening ended with first-round submissions. Columbus, Ohio bantamweight Raymond Yanez (4-8) earned his fourth career win, forcing fan-favorite Joe Reverdes (2-3) of Pawtucket, R.I., to tap via guillotine at 2:59, and Hollis, N.H., lightweight Dylan Lockard (2-0) earned his second win under the promotional guidance of CES MMA, submitting Detroit’s Russell Campbell III (0-3) via rear-naked choke at 1:20. Lockard won his pro debut at “CES MMA 37,” beating Mak Kelleher by unanimous decision.


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Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko moved to 7-1 (5 KOs) via 7th round TKO over Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs).

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Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) defends his WBO World super featherweight (junior lightweight) title tomorrow evening against Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOS).


The weigh-in just ended for this textbook boxer versus puncher matchup.


Lomachenko came in at 130 pounds. Walters tipped the scales at 129.5.


The fight will air live on HBO, following the replay of the grossly judged Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward fight from last weekend.




Check out my thoughts on the WBO World super featherweight (junior lightweight ) matchup between champion, Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) and Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs).

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IV:  Projected Outcome

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Boxing Stars Badou Jack, James DeGale, Jose Pedraza & Gervonta Davis Give Back Before Thanksgiving Holiday & January 14 Showdowns


Fighters Deliver Thanksgiving Meals at

Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger in Brooklyn



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BROOKLYN (November 21, 2016) – In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, super middleweight world champions Badou Jack and James DeGale,plus junior lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza and unbeaten challenger Gervonta Davis, donated and distributed Thanksgiving meals at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger in Brooklyn before their press conference last Wednesday to discuss their respective January 14 showdowns taking place at Barclays Center and live on SHOWTIME.

The fighters handed out 100 turkeys along with other Thanksgiving foods to help aid the organization that has provided millions of meals for people in the area. Hailing from countries all around the world, the fighters got together to give back in the borough that they will be competing in come January. To learn more about the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger visit

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online by visiting or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.


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David Peralta takes on Berlin Abreu for the WBC Latino Welterweight title on Saturday, December 10th at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center

David Peralta takes on Berlin Abreu for the WBC Latino Welterweight title on Saturday, December 10th at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center

Broadcast begins at 9:00 PM ET LIVE on ONE World Sports

Kermit Cintron takes on Rosemberg Gomez and Ronald Ellis battles Oscar Riojas in televised action




Bethlehem, PA (November 21, 2016) – David Peralta will take on Berlin Abreu in a scheduled 10-round bout for the WBC Latino Welterweight title on a massive card that will take place on Saturday, December 10th at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.


The show, which is promoted by GH3 Promotions, King’s Promotions and Sampson Boxing, will be televised LIVE on ONE World Sports beginning at 9 PM ET.


Peralta of Cordoba, Argentina has a record of 26-2-1 with 14 knockouts and is coming off the biggest win of his career, when he upset former world champion Robert Guerrero on August 27th in Anaheim, California.


The 34 year-old is an 11 year professional, who won his first 20 fights. As the underdog, Peralta was able to outbox Guerrero and stun the former unanimous decision and the former cab driver was quickly hailed as a legitimate contender in the welterweight division.


Abreu of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic has a record of 13-1 with 11 knockouts.


The 24 year-old is a six year professional and has knocked out his last six opponents, which includes a 1st round stoppage over Juan Carlos Contreras on October 22, 2015.


Seeing action in an 8-round bout will be undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis (12-0-1, 10 KO’s) of Lynn, Massachusetts taking on Oscar Riojas (10-6-1, 3 KO’s) of Monterrey, Mexico. Ellis, age 27 is a five year professional won his first 12 bouts. In his last outing, Ellis fought a draw with Jerry Odom on February 19th in Atlantic City.


Riojas, 33 years-old is a former WBC FECOMBOX Super Middleweight champion.


The three year professional, will be making his fifth appearance in 2016 and is coming off a stoppage defeat to Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on August 19th in Los Angeles.


Also appearing in televised action will be former two-time welterweight world champion, Kermit Cintron taking on Rosemberg Gomez in an eight-round battle. Cintron of Reading, Pa., has a record of 38-5-2 with 29 knockouts. The 37 year-old is a 16 year professional, who has reached the top of the mountain on two occasions. Cintron won his first 22 bouts, which included wins over Elio Ortiz (25-6), Luis Rosado (29-5), Ian Mackillop (14-1), Omar Davila (12-2), Said Ouali (7-0) and Leon Pearson (9-1-1)


On July 17, 2004, Cintron stopped Teddy Reid in 8 rounds to capture the WBO Interim Welterweight title.


After dropping his first contest in a fight with IBF champion Antonio Margarito, Cintron stopped 5 consecutive foes. Within that streak, Cintron captured the IBF Welterweight title with a 6th round stoppage over Mark Suarez on October 28, 2006. Cintron defended the title twice with stoppages over Walther Matthysse (26-1) and Jesse Feliciano, before being stopped for a 2nd time by Margarito.


Cintron then ran off an impressive four fight run which was highlighted with wins former world title challenger Lovemore N’Dou (46-10-1), former world champion Alfredo Angulo (15-0) and Juliano Ramos (15-2) as well as a draw with future hall of famer Sergio Martinez (44-1-1).


Cintron also defeated Antwone Smith (20-2-1). Cintronis on a 5 fight winning streak (6 straight unbeaten) with wins over Jonathan Batista (14-1), Ronald Cruz (20-2)m and his last outing when stopped Manny Woods in 7 rounds on September 9th in Reading, PA.


Gomez of Managua, Nicaragua, has a record of 19-5-1 with 15 knockouts.


The 30 year-old Gomez is an 11 year professional. He won the vacant WBA Fedecaribe Super Lightweight title with a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Danilio Solis (7-0). Gomez is riding a 2 fight winning streak, which includes a 3rd round stoppage over Elvin Perez on June 11th in Honduras.


In non-televised action:

In an 8-Round Bout:

Stephon Young (15-0-3, 6 KO’s) will fight Oscar Mojica (9-2, 1 KO) of Dallas, TX in a bantamweight bout.

In 6-round Bouts:

Chris Colbert (5-0, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will fight Gustavo Molina (23-13, 9 KO;s) of Tlaxcala, Mexico in a featherweight bout.

Erik Spring (8-1-1, 1 KO) of Reading, PA battles Grayson Blake (6-4, 2 KO) of State College, PA in a super welterweight bout.

Antowyan Aikens (10-2-1, 1 KO) of Atlantic City, NJ will take on Blake Mansfield (3-0-1, 2 KO’s) of Burlington, NC in a super middleweight bout.

Abraham Nova (3-0, 2 KO’s) of Braintree, MA will box Joshua Santos of San Juan, PR (2-1-1, 2 KOs) in a super featherweight bout.

In 4-Round Bouts:

LeRoy Davila (4-0, 2 KO’s) of New Brunswick, NJ will fight an opponent to be named in a bantamweight bout.

Pro debuting Jesus Perez of Reading, PA will square off with Jack Grady (0-4-1) of Buffalo, NY in a super lightweight bout.

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2016 World MMA Championships November 26-27 in Macau



MONTE CARLO, Monaco (November 22, 2016)- The best amateur mixed-martial-arts fighters in the world will compete Nov. 26-27 at the World MMA Championships in Studio City, Macau, China.


Close to 100 fighters have registered to compete.  The 2016 European (Russia) and Asian (Kazakhstan) team champions head a list that includes Spain, Australia, Belgian, China, Colombia, France, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Tajikistan, Germany, Hungary, Macao, Nepal, India, South Korea, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Taiwan and Uzbekistan.


We’re looking forward to the World MMA Championship in Macau on November 26-27,” WMMAA president Vadim Finkelchtein said. “We expect spectacular, competitive fights.”


The WMMAA Congress will also be held to discuss MMA issues relative to children and women, as well as countries being decided to host the 2017 European, Asian and World MMA Championships. A judicial committee will also be created and seminars held for coaches, judges and medical specialists in each country.”



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