Sammy Vasquez Jr. vs. Luis Collazo Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos

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Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 & FOX Deportes Special Edition Thursday, February 2 From Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi 

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TUNICA, MS (January 31, 2017) – Exciting contender Sammy Vasquez Jr. and former world champion Luis Collazo went face-to-face Tuesday ahead of their welterweight showdown that headlines a special three-hour edition of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Thursday, February 2 from Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.


Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a pair of exciting matchups. Fast-rising contender Yordenis Ugas will meet Georgia’s Levan Ghvamichava in a 10-round matchup of hard-hitting welterweights while Houston’s Ryan Karl takes on Chicago’s Eddie Ramirez in a 10-round battle of unbeaten super lightweights.


Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing, are priced at $150, $75 and $35 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday:



“Luis Collazo is a really tough opponent. He’s always game. It doesn’t matter who he fights. I always enjoyed watching him growing up because he’s quick, strong and savvy.



“This is a fight I’ve been looking forward to. Collazo has fought everyone and he always gives a great fight. I couldn’t have thought of anybody better to have a great fight on television against. Everyone who knows the two of us, knows we’re going to come to fight.


“He’s never really been knocked out, just the mishap in the Thurman fight. Collazo hurt Thurman, and that’s a guy in his prime. Collazo isn’t in his prime, but age is just a number in this sport.


“We’re prepared. We know he’s a southpaw just like my last opponent. We were originally supposed to face him before Felix Diaz stepped in. The game plan is for me to dictate how this fight goes. I have to set the pace and control it.


“As long as I can control the fight, it’s smooth-sailing for me. I know he’s got a hard head and he’s going to come forward, so I think it’s going to be an exciting fight.”



“Sammy is a tough fighter. He’s been moving up in the ranks and faced some decent opposition. We’re both lefties and I think it’s going to be an explosive fight.


“This is another tough fight for me. I’ve been in there with the top guys and everyone knows I’m going to give it my all. I’m grateful to be back in this position. There are great fight fans here in Mississippi and I’m going to give them something to cheer about.


“I’m blessed to be able to do what I love to do and I do it with passion and drive. I hope everyone enjoys what happens on Thursday night, because I know I will.


“I’ve been in this game for 17 years as a pro. I’ve seen every type of fighter. We’ll find out Thursday night how much I have left. Sometimes fighters can get counted out, but people don’t understand what’s going on behind the scenes. My preparation for this fight was great and we’ll find out Thursday if it translates to the ring.”



“I’m looking forward to this fight. I hope to give a great performance and continue on my way toward a world title.


“I’ve had a perfect training camp and I’m prepared to get a victory. This is my time to make another statement to all of the top fighters in the division. I’m ready for any challenge.”



“I’ve worked very hard in training camp to prepare for this fight. I’m excited to be here and have this opportunity to give the fans a great show.


“I’m going to give it my all in the ring and make sure I walk out of there with the victory. I know that I have a tough opponent, but I’m confident in my training and my skills.”


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It was a sensational year for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing in 2016. The year brought many thrills and breakout performances, including the two dramatic knockouts by Light Heavyweight Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr on NBC and HBO respectively. Cruiserweight Constantin Bejenaru had 2 nice upset wins on Showtime and rising Jr. Welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin continued his winning ways at the Paramount.



                                                                   JOE SMITH JR. KO’S BERNARD HOPKINS 


Sadly, the year also saw the passing of the legendary Patriarch of the DeGuardia family on March 8, 2016. The Father of our CEO, Joe DeGuardia Sr., was a former professional boxer in the 40’s and 50’s who fought in many of the famous arenas in the Tri State area and ultimately became a legend and pillar of his native Morris Park area of the Bronx and a treasured throwback of the boxing community.






The brightest news of 2016 came in the meteoric rise by Joe Smith Jr. “The Beast” burst onto the scene with a spectacular 1st round KO of the #1 rated Light Heavyweight in the world Andrezj Fonfara in Fonfara’s back yard of Chicago, IL, on June 18th. The bout was nationally broadcast prime-time as main event on the NBC network. Smith Jr. was a 20-1 underdog.


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CES MEDIA ALERT: Bessette earns knockout win in first world title defense; Rebello, Paiva also victorious at CES MMA 41

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 27th, 2017) – Six months after winning the title in a thrilling come-from-behind win, reigning CES MMA Featherweight World Champion Matt Bessette defended his title Friday with a knockout win 32 seconds into the third round of a scheduled five-round bout against challenger Kevin Croom in the main event of “CES MMA 41” on AXS TV from Twin River Casino.

Croom (17-8) was effective early in the clinch, landing short, right uppercuts and knees to the body, but Bessette (21-7, 6 KOs), the No. 1-ranked featherweight in the northeast, countered with a knee to the ribcage, momentarily staggering Croom. The reigning champion and Stafford, Conn., native began to find his distance toward the end of the round, countering Croom with clean shots upstairs to the body and opened the second round with more of the same, bloodying Croom’s nose in the opening seconds.

As the second round continued, Bessette began to pick Croom apart, a stark contrast to his title bout in 2016 against Joe Pingitore in which he used his ground game to counter Pingitore’s flurries. A vicious, three-punch combo in the closing moments temporarily stopped Croom in his tracks, but the challenger kept coming forward, displaying a tremendous chin and will to compete as Bessette kept unloading.

The cageside physician examined Croom between rounds and allowed the fight to continue, but Croom couldn’t sustain much more damage. Bessette picked up right where he left off in the second and continued to unload on Croom until a head kick sent the challenger into the cage, prompting referee Kevin MacDonald to mercifully stop the bout.

The upset of the night belonged to Virginia’s Keith Bell (8-9-1, 5 KOs), who stunned Massachusetts’ heavyweight Tyler King (12-5) via first-round knockout at the 1:38 mark.

The two traded barbs via social media prior to the bout, leading to a heated opening round at Twin River. King, who took the fight on two weeks’ notice when Juliano Coutinho suffered an injury, tried to dictate the pace, but got caught with a counter right to the chin while delivering a short kick and crashed to the canvas. Bell pounced and delivered a series of hammerfists before MacDonald stopped the bout. The loss snapped King’s three-fight win streak.

In what might’ve been the Fight of the Night, East Providence, R.I., bantamweight Dinis Paiva (9-6) continued his successful comeback tour with a hard-earned 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 unanimous decision win over New Mexico’s Jordan Espinosa (9-5).

Espinosa came out swinging early, but tried to control the pace by circling the cage over the final two rounds. Paiva picked his spots, cut off the cage effectively and landed effective counterstrikes to earn the narrow victory, his second since returning to the cage in November following a 13-month layoff.

Also on the main card, Stoughton, Mass., vet Pat Walsh (10-2) made history in the first sanctioned cruiserweight bout in Rhode Island history by submitting New Hampshire’s Kevin Haley (6-4) via guillotine 23 seconds into the second round. Walsh dominated on the ground in the opening round, attempting several submissions, but Haley survived until his opponent locked in a quick guillotine at the start of the second.

Coming off a stunning knockout loss in his last bout, Providence, R.I., heavyweight Greg Rebello (21-7, 13 KOs) punished Minnesota vet Danyelle Williams (8-6-1) in the opening bout of the main card, stopping Williams via strikes at 2:59.

Rebello, as promised, applied pressure and came out swinging, landing at will early in the bout and used his footwork to sidestep Williams as he tried to charge at Rebello and landed counterpunches to keep his opponent at bay. When Williams got momentarily blinded in his right eye courtesy of the overhand rights by Rebello, the Providence native kept charging and eventually knocked Williams to the canvas before finishing him off with a series of unanswered strikes. Rebello now boasts 21 wins, 13 by knockout.

New Britain, Conn., flyweight Carlos Candelario (5-0) continued his impressive climb on the AXS TV Fights main card, submitting Miami’s Miguel Restrepo (4-3) via rear-naked choke at 2:11 of the second round. The unbeaten Candelario, making his fourth appearance with CES MMA, took over with his dominant ground game to sink in the chokehold midway through the second round.

Continuing his climb back to the top of the bantamweight division, former CES MMA world title challenger Kody Nordby (8-4) earned his seventh career submission win Friday, finishing Illinois’ vet David Garcia (4-3-1) via guillotine choke at 4:20 of the second round. Nordby took some time to get used to his taller opponent, but landed a flurry of strikes early in the second before slamming Garcia to the canvas. Nordby then used his wrestling background to wear down Garcia before locking in the 10-finger guillotine for his second consecutive win.

Mike Rodriguez set a new CES MMA record and Kris Moutinho nearly followed as the two highlighted Friday’s preliminary card with lightning-fast knockouts.

Rodriguez (6-2, 4 KOs), fighting out of Quincy, Mass., set a new CES MMA record with the fastest knockout in the promotion’s history, stopping Woonsocket, R.I., light heavyweight Hector Sanchez (3-14) just seven seconds into the opening round.

Sanchez, who actually owned the record for the fastest knockout entering Friday, got caught with a kick to the chest right from the opening bell and took a barrage of right hands while lying on his back before referee Dan Miriaglotta stepped in and stopped the bout.

Fighting in the final preliminary bout of the evening, Moutinho (3-0, 1 KO), the Milford, Mass., bantamweight, caught Ohio’s Jason Rine (0-2) with a knee to the chin, finishing his opponent just 10 seconds into the opening, three seconds shy of tying Rodriguez’s record.

In the opening preliminary bout, Framingham, Mass., flyweight Maria Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) earned the win in her professional debut, stopping Sarah Click (1-2) of Bourne, Mass., at 2:40 of the opening round. Rivera caught Click with an overhand right late in the round, sending Click to the canvas, and finished the bout with unanswered strikes, forcing Miragliotta to wave it off.

Also in the flyweight division, Bellingham, Mass., native David Baxter (4-1) earned his second consecutive win, submitting Pawtucket, R.I., vet Dan Cormier (4-7) via triangle choke at 1:42 of the second round in his third appearance with CES MMA.

Milford, Mass., bantamweight Richie Santiago (3-0) kept his perfect record intact on the preliminary card as Ohio vet Raymond Yanez (4-9) was forced to tap due to injury 42 seconds into the second forth. Yanez dislocated his left shoulder on a takedown early in the round and verbally tapped as Santiago rained down with unanswered elbows. Santiago is now 3-0 under the promotional guidance of CES MMA.

Fresh off a submission win at “CES MMA 39” in November, Stoughton, Mass., lightweight Connor Barry (2-0) earned a split-decision win over tough New Jersey veteran Travis Foster (0-3), 29-27, 28-29, 29-28. Foster showed off his strength throughout the match, twice slamming Barry to the canvas, but Barry was more consistent with his strikes and maintained the edge on the ground for his second pro win in as many bouts.

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Mikey Garcia Knocks Out Dejan Zlaticanin To Become Three-Division World Champion; VIDEO:
An Encore Presentation of Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Telecast Will Air Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME

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LAS VEGAS (Jan. 28, 2017) – Leo Santa Cruz reclaimed the WBA Featherweight Championship, executing a brilliant game plan to dethrone Carl Frampton in a rematch of their epic first fight in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday in front of 10,085 raucous fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

With the scores 114-114 draw, and 115-113 twice, both fighters now own a majority decision and promised to settle the score in a trilogy.

The fight picked up where the champions left off last July in Brooklyn with tremendous action and back and forth exchanges, but it became immediately evident that Santa Cruz had adjusted his game plan.  The three-division world titlist worked off the jab, fought with patience at range and picked his spots perfectly.  The brawler out-boxed the boxer.

Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) was more aggressive in the second half of the fight and attacked on the inside, but his aggression opened him up to effective counter shots from Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs).

Santa Cruz, who has made a living with trademark aggression and high volume output, was clearly more patient in the second fight.  He threw 884 punches, well below his division-leading average, including over 400 jabs.  Frampton, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, managed to throw nearly 600 punches, but he connected at just 22 percent.

As was the case in the first fight, the rematch was fought at times at a blistering pace, especially in the second half.  Frampton and Santa Cruz combined to throw 193 punches in the final round, 90 of which were thrown by Frampton, the most he threw in any round of the fight.

“Before the fight, I said I wanted revenge and I wanted to work hard,” said the 28-year-old Santa Cruz.  “I went to the gym and I worked hard and I did what I had to do.

“My head was telling me to go forward and pressure him, but my dad and corner were telling me to box him. That’s what I had to do. I always fight for the fans, but tonight I fought for myself too.”

Leading into the rematch, it became evident that Santa Cruz and Frampton were perhaps forever linked.  Santa Cruz had promised to earn back his title and grant Frampton a rematch, while Frampton didn’t shy away from expressing his desire to make their rivalry a trilogy.


“Of course I want the rematch,” Santa Cruz said after the fight.  “I’m a man of my word and I said if I won I would give him the trilogy.  Carl Frampton is a good fighter.  Let’s make a third fight.”

The two-division titlist Frampton, who was the consensus 2016 Fighter of the Year, told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray that Santa Cruz deserved the decision.

“It was a very tough fight,” said Frampton, who turns 30 years old next month.  “Some of the rounds were close.  I really think Leo deserved it.  He told me what he was going to do. The brawler was out-boxing the boxer. My fault.  I’m sorry. We will have to do it again.  We have to do it again.

“He was very clever and he used his reach.  I think he deserved it.  I’m being honest.  But it was a very good fight.  I think I can perform slightly better.  No excuses.

“Let’s do it again. I hope he’s a man of his word and comes to Belfast.  I hope he does.”


Mikey Garcia became a three-division world champion with a vicious third-round knockout of previously undefeated defending WBC Lightweight World Champion Dejan Zlaticanin in the co-main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

The rousing and definitive victory marked Garcia’s return to boxing’s elite.  The Oxnard, Calif., native was an undefeated two-division champion when he entered a two-and-a-half year layoff due to promotional issues.  He returned last July on SHOWTIME with an impressive performance and made a statement on Saturday by capturing a title in a third weight class in just his second fight in three years.

Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) kept Zlaticanin off balance and out of range with his jab, setting up powerful rights that repeatedly backed up his opponent.  The 29-year-old hurt Zlaticanin with a flush right uppercut in the final minute of the third, followed by a punishing and perfectly timed right that immediately knocked the Montenegrin out cold.  Zlaticanin remained on the canvas for several minutes before returning to his feet as a concerned Garcia paced the ring.

It was the first time Zlaticanin (18-1, 11 KOs), the most avoided fighter at 135 pounds, was ever hurt or knocked down.

“I’m thankful Dejan, my opponent, is okay now,” Garcia said. “We never wish any bad on anyone in this sport and I’m glad he was able to get up and be OK.  I wished him a great career still, and he said thank you.  I told him he’s still a champion.  Once a champion, always a champion.

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Philadelphia – January 28, 2017 – Victory Boxing Promotions kicked off 2017 with a bang at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Philly boxing fans were treated to seven fights featuring undefeated, world class talent, headlined by four-time National Amateur Champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis versus Puerto Rico’s Elvin Perez.

Ennis remained undefeated when an early body shot brought Perez to his knees in the first round of their scheduled six round contest. Perez was unable to continue, and Ennis improved to 9-0, with 8 of his wins coming by knockout.

In the co-main event, local boxer/cop Manny Folly sensationally knocked out Carlos Morgan (12-5, 6KO) in the first round, bringing his record to 9-0, 7KO.

Carlos “El Tiburon” Sanchez (12-0, 11KO) was victorious in his 12th outing, stopping Somner Martin in the 3rd round. Coachella’s Brandun Lee (1-0, 1KO) won his debut over Indiana’s Christopher Johnson. Adam Daranyi was also successful in his ring return, knocking out Lenwood Dozier in the second round to improve to 10-0, 10KO.

Jaron Ennis def Elvin Perez

1st round KO, :35

Manny Folly def Carlos Morgan

1st round KO, 2:28

Carlos Sanchez def Somner Martin

3rd round TKO, 2:16

Adam Daranyi def Lenwood Dozier

2nd round KO

Darren Goodall def Gary Hudson

2nd round TKO, 1:37

Donald Smith def Chris Nelson

4th round TKO, 1:11

Brandun Lee def Christopher Johnson

1st round KO, 1:33

Victory Boxing announced that it will return to 2300 Arena on March 31st, with “Philly Strong,” a card that will feature six-time National Champion Dylan Price, along with Victory Boxing’s Philly favorites, Jaron “Boots” Ennis, Manny “Major Pain” Folly, Joshua “Hands of Stone” Jones. Local Philadelphia favorites Angel Pizarro and Darren Goodall will also be in action.


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Baranchyk-Ramos Headlines ShoBox: The New Generation February 10

Baranchyk-Ramos Headlines ShoBox: The New Generation February 10

Five unbeaten fighters featured at the Buffalo Run Casino!


For Immediate Release

Miami, OK (January 29, 2017) – Holden Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. return to the Buffalo Run Casino for an outstanding evening of boxing Friday, February 10 in Miami, OK.


The card is highlighted by a quadrupleheader airing live on Showtime at 10:05 PM ET as part of the ShoBox: The New Generation series and features eight fighters with a combined record of 100-6-4 and 76 wins by knockout.


Headlining is a 10 round showdown between USBA and WBC USNBC junior welterweight titlist Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and Abel Ramos.


A perfect 13-0 with 10 knockouts, Baranchyk fought on ShoBox last September, shutting out previously unbeaten Zhimin Wang. Residing in Brooklyn, NY by way of Russia, The IBF #7 ranked Baranchyk became the Buffalo Run Casino’s adopted son and is a member of Holden Productions’ “Four State Franchise.” He is promoted by Holden, DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc.


Fighting out of Arizona, Ramos has an impressive 17-1-2 professional ledger and 12 victories by KO. In May 2016, Ramos needed less than 5 rounds to stop undefeated Dario Ferman and he owns impressive victories over Carlos Villa (4-0) and Roberto Ramirez (13-1). The 25-year-old Ramos also has draws against Levan Ghvamichava (9-0-1) and Maurice Hooker (12-0-1).


Trey Lippe-Morrison looks to continue working his way up in the heavyweight division when he squares off with Daniel “The Mountain” Martz.


Trained by Freddie Roach out of the Wildcard Boxing Club in Los Angeles, CA, Lippe-Morrison’s 13-0 with all of his wins coming by way of knockout. The Vinita, OK native stopped 9 of his 13 foes in less than a round, with only one of his opponents making it out of the second stanza. The son of Tommy Morrison, Lippe-Morrison received major attention when he stopped 13-0 Ed Latimore in less than a round on ShoBox and is a member of the “Four State Franchise.”


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The Wilson Fight Night – Small Town Big Dreams weigh In on Friday, February 3 at 7 p.m. EST is “FREE” and open to the public.

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Wilson, NC – The Wilson Fight Night – Small Town Big Dreams weigh In on Friday, February 3 at 7 p.m. EST is “FREE” and open to the public.

This will be a great time for fans to come out and get autographs, take pictures, and see all the hype before some of the best local athletes get in the ring on Saturday night to do battle.
Top Catz Boxing will have a  DJ spinning music, and the Top Catz Boxing Ring Queens will be giving away prizes

CES Boxing begins 25th anniversary celebration Saturday night

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UNDEFEATED JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT Ray Oliveira Jr., left, of New Bedford, Mass., fights Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2017 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., 25 years after his father, “Sucra” Ray Oliveira, fought on CES Boxing’s inaugural event in Rhode Island. After beating Matt Probin in December, the younger Oliveira faces another stiff test Saturday against undefeated Connecticut prospect Jose Rivera. The Oliveira Jr.-Rivera fight, scheduled for six rounds, is one of nine bouts on the card, headlined by the return of reigning UBF champion Khiary Gray.

Monday, Jan. 30th, 2017
CES kicks off 2017 season and 25th anniversary celebration with a family affair Saturday at Twin River

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“SUCRA” RAY OLIVEIRA, far left, and CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr., far right, provided New England fight fans with excitement for decades, beginning in 1992 at the Rocky Point Palladium with CES Boxing’s first-ever event. Twenty-five years later, Oliveira will corner his son, Ray Oliveira Jr., at CES Boxing’s 2017 season opener Saturday night.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 30th, 2017)–Twenty-five years ago, CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. promoted his first event at the Rocky Point Palladium in Warwick, R.I., headlined by then rising prospect “Sucra” Ray Oliveira of New Bedford.

On Saturday night, Oliveira’s son, Ray Oliveira Jr., fights for the seventh time as a pro at Twin River Casino in CES’ first show of 2017, kicking off the promotions’ 25th year anniversary celebration.


“My son decided he wants to box as well and starts his training this year,” said Oliveira Jr., who faces Connecticut’s Jose Rivera in a six-round battle of unbeaten junior middleweights.

“This year also marks 10 years since my grandfather, the man who pushed my dad to box, passed away. It sounds like destiny to me.”

The symmetry is undeniable. CES has always been regarded as a family promotion, and Burchfield Sr., who’s been promoting fights for a quarter of a century in both boxing and, most recently, mixed martials arts, prides himself on providing fighters with the tender loving care missing from some of the more recognizable names in the business.

While most fighters are just a number elsewhere, CES fighters remain part of the family long after they throw their final punch. New England ring legends such as Oliveira, Gary Balletto, Scott Pemberton, Peter Manfredo Jr., Jason Estrada and five-time world champion Vinny Paz, the subject of the recent biopic film Bleed For This, are all members of CES’ prestigious Ring of Honor for their contributions to the sport both in and out of the ring.

Burchfield is considered a father figure to fighters past and present, so it’s only fitting Oliveira returns 25 years later, still heavy involved in the sport, with his own son fighting on CES’ landmark anniversary show looking to keep his perfect record intact.

Saturday’s fight against Rivera, a 2-0 prospect from Hartford with two knockout wins on his resume, could be the toughest of Oliveira Jr.’s career. The younger Oliveira is 6-0 following a unanimous decision win over the tough Matt Probin in December.

“I hope you took enough notes,” Rivera warned Oliveira Jr., “because I’m not your typical test.”

Fights like this one, featuring two rising stars willing to put their undefeated records on the line, are part of what has kept CES Boxing relevant for nearly three decades in a sport where success is fleeting and up-and-coming promoters fade faster than old photographers.


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LaManna takes unanimous decision from Flores; Mitchell upsets Mussachio Pham scores sensational knockout over Valderrama

LaManna takes unanimous decision from Flores

Mitchell upsets Mussachio
Pham scores sensational knockout over Valderrama 




Atlantic City, NJ (January 30, 2017)–Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna looked sharp as he pitched a shutout, and won a 8-round unanimous decision over Eduardo Flores in front of a capacity crowd at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.

The fight was the 6th consecutive sellout crowd at the venue under the Rising Promotions banner.

LaManna used his length, and was effective with his jab as he set up solid body work with both hands and came upstairs to befuddle the 53-fight veteran.

LaManna settled into a groove in the middle rounds, and showed confidence in his punches. LaManna did a nice job mixing up his boxing and his willingness to trade on the inside, for which he got the better of the action on both accounts.
“I felt great being back in the ring. My last fight defiantly taught me a lot about myself and what I could do and I used it in this fight. This guy is tough man, I had him hurt quite a few times with both body and head shots but he somehow survived,” said LaManna.

LaManna of Millville, New Jersey won by scores of 80-72 on all cards and is now 22-2. Flores of Quito, Ecuador falls to 25-25-3.

Michael Mitchell scored an upset by out-hustling Chuck Mussachio over 6-rounds of their light heavyweight bout, and gaining a majority decision victory.

Mitchell buckled and wobbled Mussachio, who was on the defensive throughout the contest. Mussachio was able to land an occasional jab and uppercut, but Mitchell swarmed the popular “Professor” as he was relentless in smothering and battering Mussachio against the ropes.

Mitchell of Paterson, New Jersey won by scores of 60-53, 58-56 and one card read even at 57-57.

Mitchell is 4-7-2. Mussachio of Wildwood, NJ is 19-4-2.

Gabriel Pham scored a sensational 2nd round stoppage over Jose Valderrama in a scheduled 6-round super middleweight bout.

Pham landed a perfect left that sent Valdrrama thudding to the canvas. Valderrama got up but the bout was waved off a 2:50.

Pham of Pleasantville, NJ is 7-1 with 3 knockouts. Valderrama of Manati, PR is 5-18.

Yurik Mamedov remained perfect by stopping pro debuting Jose Jimenez in round two of their scheduled 4-round welterweight bout.

Mamedov scored 2 knockdowns in round two and the bout was stopped upon the 2nd knockdown at 2:59 of round two.

Mamedov of Brooklyn, NY is 4-0 with 2 knockouts.

Nahir Albright won a 4-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Dan Murray in a junior welterweight bout.

Albright of Philadelphia won by scores of 40-36 on all cards and is now 1-1. Murray of Lanoka, Harbor, NJ is 1-1.

Weusi Johnson won a 4-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Dallas Holden in a bantamweight bout.

Johnson of Wilmington, DE won by scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37 and is now 2-2. Holden of Atlantic City is 1-1.

Tomas Romain won a 4-round unanimous decision over Jamil Simmons in a lightweight bout.

Romani of Brooklyn won by scores of 39-37 on all cards and is now 1-1. Simmons of Pleasantville, NJ was making his pro debut.

Rising Promotions will stage it’s next event on Saturday, March 11th at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.  Former Cruiserweight world champion Imamu Mayfield will take part in the main event.

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Unbeaten Heavyweight Gerald Washington Steps in to Face Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder in Main Event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes
Saturday, February 25 From Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama

Televised Coverage Begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT


BIRMINGHAM, AL (January 30, 2017) – Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will now defend his title against unbeaten contender Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, February 25, from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.
The opponent change comes after Wilder’s original foe, Andrzej Wawrzyk, tested positive for a banned substance.
“I’m very happy to get this opportunity to fight for my first world championship,” Washington said. “I know that I’ll be fighting Deontay Wilder in his backyard, but that adds more excitement to the fight for me. I’m looking forward to going to Birmingham and coming away with a victory just like I did in my last fight there.”
Washington, a 34-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who also played tight end and defensive end at the University of Southern California, scored a fourth round knockout over former title challenger Ray Austin in his last fight. It came on the undercard of the same show in Birmingham where Wilder suffered a torn right biceps muscle and fractured his right hand against Chris Arreola on July 16, 2016.  Wilder won on a 9th round TKO, but needed several rounds of surgery to repair the damage and has spent the last six months in rehabilitation.
“I was disappointed when Wawrzyk tested positive for a banned substance and wasn’t available to fight. I didn’t want to disappoint my loyal fans in Birmingham, who have always supported me,” Wilder said. “I’m glad Gerald Washington stepped up to the challenge and allowed us to go forward with the show. He’s a tall heavyweight (6-foot-6) with a good jab and the kind of test that I need coming back from surgery on my biceps muscle and my right hand. I’m looking forward to putting on a good show for all my fans.”
“In this case, losing an opponent has resulted in a much better matchup for fight fans,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Gerald Washington, one of the highest rated American heavyweights, is a huge man and a physical specimen. A U.S. Navy veteran, Washington is a tremendous athlete who played football at USC and was on the practice squads of both the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. He’s made a successful transition to boxing, and has been working toward his shot at Deontay Wilder and a heavyweight championship. This is the challenge that Deontay wanted and those that come out to the Legacy Arena or tune into Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes will be the beneficiaries.”

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LAS VEGAS, NV (Jan 30, 2017) – Mayweather Promotions continues to set the bar in the boxing industry through promoting successful sellout shows and signing the hottest budding talent in boxing. The past, present, and future of sports and entertainment has officially signed Brooklyn-born Richardson Hitchins.

The 19-year-old boxer   represented his parents’ home country of Haiti in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The two-time Golden Gloves champion is prepared to make his mark in the professional boxing world. He began boxing at age 12, after realizing the fate of his peers was either to end up tangled in gang violence or worse. Boxing got Hitchins off the streets and into the ring, crediting his childhood gym, Atlas Cops & Kids, as his safe haven.

Hitchens has been fortunate enough to gain invaluable experience, having sparred and trained with several world champions such as: Terence Crawford (current WBO, WBC, and Ring super lightweight champion), Sadam Ali (title contender and 2008 United States Olympian), and Luis Collazo (former WBA welterweight champion). These experiences in combination with his embedded boxing ability are what catapulted Hitchins to the attention of Mayweather Promotions President, Floyd Mayweather.

“I am a product of my environment, it’s built me to where I am today and it’s no mistake I’m this good. I’m just happy to work with a team who is in a place to help me achieve my goals as a fighter,” said Hitchins.

 “Mayweather Promotions is pleased to announce another addition to our growing stable of exciting fighters. We have proven we are here to stay, and we plan on giving the fans more exciting fights,” said CEO Leonard Ellerbe. “Hitchins is a star in the making and we are in a position to get him to world champion status.”

Mayweather Promotions has some phenomenal shows and events planned for 2017. Be on the lookout for Richardson Hitchins’ Mayweather Promotions debut on the undercard of Thurman vs. Garcia at Barclays Center on March 4.

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NEW YORK, NY – (January 25, 2017) – Two action-packed fights featuring world champions, emerging stars and fierce rivalries have been added to the televised pay-per-view undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland “The Return” on Saturday, February 25 at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. The event, sponsored by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

The co-feature bout will spotlight reigning WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) in a mandatory 12-round WBA title defense against WBA interim titleholder Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs). Both fighters are eager to contend for the top super bantamweight status and upset the other’s perfect record.

“I would like to start by thanking HBO, Roc Nation Sports and Caribe Promotions for making this fight happen. I’m very excited, it’s my first fight back in the states in over a year. I want to show the world and my loyal fans that I am still one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world,” said Rigondeaux. “I will be defending my title on February 25. I’d like to thank Moises Flores for having the courage to face me in the ring. He is a tough fighter and will have all his fans in Texas cheering for him. It’s going to be a battle so fans, get ready to see me in action.”

“I’m very excited to be facing Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday, February 25 on HBO Pay-Per-View,” said Flores. “I’d like to thank my team at Probox Management along with HBO for providing this opportunity. I’m training hard and look forward to making the Mexican fans proud when I defeat the great Rigondeaux.”

“Just when we thought the Cotto-Kirkland event could not get any more exciting for sports fans – Roc Nation Sports is thrilled to announce Guillermo Rigondeaux’s championship defense against Moises Flores on the televised undercard,” said Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy Michael R. Yormark. “One of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters, Rigondeaux is coming off his most impressive performance to date, shattering James Dickens’s jaw in Wales last June. The bout with Flores is set to be even more exciting as Ford Center at The Star looks to open its professional boxing account with a fight card for the ages.”

“TGB Promotions is proud of this world title opportunity for Moises ‘Chucky’ Flores as he takes on one of the premier fighters in the sport, Guillermo Rigondeaux,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. ‘’Chucky is well prepared and looking forward to making the Mexican fans proud of their new world champion.”

The televised undercard will also include WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight Champion and Golden Boy Promotions top-flight prospect Diego De La Hoya (16-0, 9 KOs) against Cuban pugilist Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-2-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight contest. De La Hoya, already a Dallas-area fan favorite, drew a unanimous decision against veteran fighter Orlando Del Valle at AT&T Stadium on the undercard of September’s Canelo-Smith showdown. Salinas seeks a big return to the ring following 18 months away from boxing because of a hand injury.

“I want to be at the top, and leave a legacy behind that makes people look at me as one of the greats – and that comes with accepting tougher fights like this one,” said De La Hoya. “Salinas has fought a number of great fighters, but with my discipline and hunger to become the best I can be, I will put it all on the line to come out victorious! I want to thank everyone at Golden Boy Promotions, Roc Nation Sports for the opportunity, and my manager Joel De La Hoya for giving me the chance to put on a great show for the amazing fans in Texas.”

“Diego may be undefeated but I’m here to show the world that I’m back and still a contender” said Salinas. “Everything is bigger in Texas and the Texas fans can expect a big show on February 25 when we go toe-to-toe. This fight is about pride and a victory on the undercard of Cotto-Kirkland puts me one step closer to my goal of winning a world title.”

Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), was one of the most celebrated amateur boxers in Cuba before defecting and making his professional debut on May 22, 2009 in Miami, Florida. High expectations had no ill effect on Rigondeaux as he tore through his next five opponents. On Nov. 13, 2010, in just his seventh pro fight, Rigondeaux faced Ricardo Cordoba for the vacant WBA World interim super bantamweight title and left the ring with the belt after scoring a split decision victory. Rigondeaux turned his attention to supremacy in the 122-pound division and accomplished what many considered the unthinkable by knocking out WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Rico Ramos on January 20, 2012, becoming a world champion in fewer than 10 professional bouts. On April 13, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Rigondeaux scored his biggest victory to date by defeating WBO and Ring Magazine World Champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire. Rigondeaux came away with the victory by unanimous decision after out landing and out punching Donaire throughout the fight to unify titles. In November of 2015, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Rigondeaux to an exclusive promotional agreement and featured him on the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez mega-fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, where he defeated veteran Drian Francisco via a 10-round unanimous decision. Prior to beating Francisco, Rigondeaux was stripped of his title belts due to inactivity, but remained the WBA champion in recess. In May of 2016, Roc Nation Sports announced that Rigondeaux was reinstated of his WBA belt ahead of a 12-round WBA World super bantamweight championship showdown against number 13 rated WBA super bantamweight contender Jazza Dickens on July 16 at the Cardiff Ice Arena in Wales. In his first ever appearance in the United Kingdom, Rigondeaux gave fans a thrilling knockout against Dickens. The southpaw landed a big left hook, shattering Dickens’s jaw, halting the fight in the second round with a referee’s decision. Rigondeaux will be raring to go on Feb. 25 in his title defense against interim champion Moises Flores.

Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) learned the fight game growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, and spent the early years of his professional career building up his résumé in his home country. Now established as a title contender at 122 pounds, Flores looks to climb to the top of the division with his considerable talent. Flores is exceptionally tall for his weight class, measuring in at a rangy 5 feet 9 inches. As such, he tends to have a reach advantage over most of his opponents although, Flores isn’t one to merely fire punches from a distance and box from the outside. He likes to mix it up, and his record reflects that, with most of his opponents going down by knockout. Flores made his pro debut in August 2008 with a second-round knockout of Oswaldo Salgado in Guadalajara, Mexico. He fought exclusively in Mexico over the first six years of his career and made quick work of most of his opponents. Flores made his U.S. debut in September 2014, winning a six-round unanimous decision over Pablo Batres in Mesquite, Texas. He then gained a seventh round technical knockout of Mexican veteran Mario Macias in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in November 2014. That victory set up a 122-pound title shot against interim WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Oscar Escandon in Carson, California, in April 2015. In an electrifying, all-action brawl, Flores earned a split decision to win the title. In his last two fights, Flores was able to defend the interim WBA World super bantamweight title against Luis Emanuel Cusolito, while also adding the IBO World super bantamweight title against Paulus Ambunda. Flores looks forward to claiming the full rights to the WBA World super bantamweight title on Feb. 25 when he faces current champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in a 12-round championship showdown. Continue reading