Savile Row Tailor, Steed Bespoke Tailors, appoint their first brand ambassador, Paulie Malignaggi, two-weight world champion and Boxing Analyst for Showtime and Sky Sports

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Today Steed Tailors have announced that former Two-Weight World Champion and Award-Winning Showtime Sports Boxing Analyst, Paulie Malignaggi has become their first official Ambassador. As Steed’s Ambassador, Paulie will exclusively be dressed in the finest Savile Row Bespoke Clothing, both sides of the Atlantic, whenever he is working as an Expert Boxing Analyst for both Showtime Sports & Sky Sports UK.

 

Since 2015, Malignaggi has commissioned many handcrafted Bespoke pieces from Steed, most recently, a Steed Bespoke Sport Coat worn during the weigh-in to the Blockbuster Heavyweight Showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium, London. Malignaggi’s next appearance will feature a newly commissioned Steed Bespoke Suit on May 27th, when he will be working as a ringside announcer at the Kell Brook vs Errol Spence Jnr World Title Fight in Sheffield, England. For fans of Malignaggi that can’t make it across the Atlantic, Steed makes 5 trips per year to New York City and 3 trips per year to 7 other U.S. cities to ensure their American clients have access to the finest suits Savile Row has to offer. Quotes From Paulie Malignaggi: “I’ve always prided myself on my appearance – and I know there’s no other suit out there that compares to my bespoke suit made for me, personally by Matthew & Edwin at Steed Tailors. They’re world class experts in tailoring, and I know I won’t have my suits made anywhere else. The fact they come out to the U.S. so often is an added bonus!”

 

On his relationship with Matthew DeBoise: “I think we’ve developed a friendship while working together and to me, that’s meant a lot.”

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Quotes From Matthew DeBoise, Managing Partner of Steed:

“It’s an honour to announce Paulie as Steed’s first ever brand Ambassador. To have started as an admiring fan during his illustrious Boxing to career, beginning with his fight against Miguel Cotto in 2006 when I was just 17 years old. Culminating with meeting and subsequently, building a strong friendship, alongside a key working relationship over the past 18 months is amazing if not a little surreal! I’m excited to get working on the new Bespoke commissions we are lining up for the various Boxing Events that you’ll see him in the future.”paulie3.png

 

Special Thanks to Anthony Catanzaro & Mark Dunsford: Both Edwin & Matthew DeBoise would like to say a special thank you to Paulie’s Long-Time Manager and close friend, Anthony Catanzaro who facilitated the agreement, swiftly and has been a pleasure to work alongside from day one.

 

Thanks also go to Mark Dunsford, owner of Harrison’s of Edinburgh who will be working with Steed to provide the world’s finest fabrics for all of Paulie’s Bespoke clothing. steed0.jpg

 

About Steed Tailors Established in January 1995, Steed has gained a reputation as one of Savile Row’s finest Bespoke Tailors, offering clients a soft, understated elegance. Founded by Edwin DeBoise, Savile Row, Master Tailor and his son, Matthew DeBoise, who is now both a Managing Partner and Chief Stylist. The last few years has seen Steed’s client list gain other well-known Sportsmen such as Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal & Wales International Footballer), Darren Barker (World Champion Boxer) and Darren Clarke (2016 European Ryder Cup Captain & Former Open Champion).

Contact Information: For more information or imagery, please contact: Name: Matthew DeBoise Email: info@steed.co.uk Website: www.steed.co.uk Instagram: @SteedBespokeTailors Twitter: @SteedTailors Phone Number: +44 207 287 7227

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Super Channel Sports to air Mega-Fight: KELL BROOK vs. ERROL SPENCE, JR.

“The Special One” & “The Truth”

KELL BROOK vs. ERROL SPENCE, JR.

IBF Welterweight Championship

Saturday, May 27, 2017 * Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

LIVE ON SUPER CHANNEL IN CANADA

3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT

      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Channel to air Mega-Fight

KELL BROOK vs. ERROL SPENCE, JR.

May 27 from United Kingdom

LIVE THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (May 22, 2017) – Super Channel subscribers across Canada will be able to watch this Saturday’s mega-fight between International Boxing Federation (IBF) Welterweight World Champion Kell “The Special One” Brook and undefeated No. 1 mandatory contender Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr., starting at 3 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. PT, live from the outdoor Bramall Football Ground in Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

“Brook vs. Spence, Jr.” is a presentation of Matchroom Boxing. Super Channel will air four exciting fights from this card, headlined by one of the most anticipated fights of the year between two world-class prize fighters, exclusively in Canada.

“We are thrilled to be bringing back world-class caliber boxing to our viewers,” said Troy Wassil, Director of Programming, Domestic Distributors & Sports. “This is the type of high-quality, exclusive sports content that subscribers can look forward to seeing as part of the Super Channel Sports sub-brand.”

Brook (36-1, 25 KOs), fighting at home in Sheffield, captured the IBF 147-pound division title August 16, 2014, with a signature victory, by way of a 12-round decision, over Shawn Porter in Carson, California. The 31-year-old Brook has successfully defended his championship belt three times, including a pair of challengers from Canada, Jo Jo Dan and Kevin Bizier.

In his most recent fight this past September, unified world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0) ruined Brook’s perfect record, stopping the game Brit who had moved up two weight classes in five rounds.

Brock is 4-1 (3 KOs) in world title fights, 3-1 (1 KO) in fights against former or current world champions, defeating Porter, Lovemore Ndou and Vyacheslav Senchenko.

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Kell Brook

(photo courtesy of Matchroom Boxing)

Spence, Jr., 27, has been hyped by some as the possible successor to retired Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as the new face of boxing. Fighting out of Texas, Spence, Jr. was a 2012 US Olympian who fought in the London Games.

Spence Jr. has defeated the likes of former world champion Chris Algieri, as well as Leonard Bundu, Alejandro Barrera and Chris van Heerden, among the more notables during his 4 ½ year professional career.

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Errol Spence, Jr.

(photo courtesy of PBC)

The 12-round co-feature for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight World Championship pits three-time World title challenger “Saint” George Groves (25-3-0, 18 KOs) against former WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs).

Groves, fighting out of London, has defeated fellow countryman and current IBF Super Middleweight World Champion James DeGale and former World light heavyweight titlist Glen Johnson.

Last February, Chudinov lost his WBA strap to Felix Sturm in a rematch of a title fight the Russian had won. Chudinov has also defeated Frank Buglioni and Ben McCullough.

Kicking-off the three-hour, action-packed Super Channel broadcast is 12-round heavyweight clash between David “White Rhino” Allen (11-2-1, 8 KOs) and Lenroy “TNT” Thomas (20-4, 10 KOs) for the vacant Commonwealth Championship, followed by the professional debut of 2012 British Olympian Anthony Fowler versus Arturs Geikins (3-7-1, 2 KOs) in a four-round middleweight match.

INFORMATION:

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About Super Channel:

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Super Channel’s mission is to entertain and engage Canadian audiences by providing a unique and exclusive entertainment experience. With a core foundation of integrity and accountability, we dedicate ourselves to implementing innovative programming strategies and unparalleled team work that provides viewers with exceptional value and variety.

Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company.

Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers Anyplace TV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable, Access Communications, Bell Aliant TV, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, TELUS, Videotron, Westman Communications and other regional providers.

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NORTH AMERICAN MEDIA CONTACT:

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BRITISH TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN SAVANNAH MARSHALL CLOSES DEAL WITH MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS

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BRITISH TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN, SAVANNAH MARSHALL, CLOSES DEAL WITH MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS

 

LAS VEGAS, NV (May 19, 2017) – At 25 years old, Savannah “Silent Assassin” Marshall, is the third female boxer to join the Mayweather Promotions stable, joining former 4-time world champion Layla McCarter, and junior middleweight undefeated prospect, LaTondria Jones.The Hartlepool-based fighter who garnered attention in the amateur boxing ranks has closed that chapter, and is ready to build a name for herself amongst the greatest women in professional boxing.

 

Marshall began boxing at 12 years old after joining a local Hartlepool Headland club. The young boxing star earned her ring name due to her innate shyness, but inside the ring she possesses the complete package accompanied with a long list of honors representing her home country of Great Britain.

 

With women’s boxing on the rise, Savannah Marshall will join her stable mates in Las Vegas, NV to begin her journey to becoming a top prospect in the sport of boxing. Marshall holds an impressive amateur resume, as she was a two-time Olympian and Britain’s first women’s boxing world champion. Marshall won gold at the 2012 World Championships, 2014 Commonwealth Games, and participated in the Summer Rio Olympics this past summer, advancing to the middleweight quarterfinals. The “Silent Assassin” touts a win, many have failed to accomplish, being the only fighter to defeat the American star and Olympic gold medalist, Claressa Shields.

 

“When I left GB, I had nothing lined up, I just wanted to train and look at what options were out there. Then this opportunity came up and I could not have been happier,” said Marshall. “It does not come any better than signing with Floyd Mayweather, does it?”

 

“We have been diligent in our strategy when it comes to signing new fighters, we scout top talent across the world and Savannah Marshall is the perfect addition to our stable,” says Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. Follow us on Twitter at: @MayweatherPromo, @SMarshall1991 and Instagram @mayweatherpromotions, @SMarshall1991 become a fan on Facebook at: www.mayweatherpromotions.com/MayweatherPromotions, www.facebook.com/smarshall1991/ for news and updates.

Guillermo Rigondeauz & Luis Arias Media Workout Quotes and Photos

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Guillermo Rigondeauz & Luis Arias Media Workout Quotes and Photos

Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch”

Set For Saturday, June 17, 2017 At Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas

Presented Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®

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Photo Credit: Juan Carlos Fong

 

MIAMI, FL (May 19, 2017) – Yesterday, reigning WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and USBA Middleweight Champion Luis “Cuba” Arias (17-0, 8 KOs) participated in a media workout at the historic Tropical Park boxing gym in Miami. Both fighters are preparing for championship defenses on the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast of Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Rigondeaux will face interim WBA title holder Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs), while Arias takes on rising prospect Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs). The championship event, presented 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 fighters put on a showcase that included shadow boxing, heavy bag, mitt work and stretching. They were joined by Roc Nation Latin artist Victoria La Mala, who will be the national anthem performer for June 17.

Below is what the fighters and La Mala had to say during the media workout:

 

Guillermo Rigondeaux, WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion:

“Training has been going excellent in Miami, we have been preparing for a great battle with Moises Flores. I respect Chucky, he’s a great fighter and these are the types of big fights that are great for boxing. Nothing better than two undefeated fighters putting their records on the line.

“Flores is going to come prepared for the fight of his life and so am I. We never underestimate anyone and two undefeated warriors will be getting in the ring for an exciting fight on June 17.

“I have been constantly avoided by all the fighters in my division. I am the best in the world at 122 pounds and one of the top pound-for-pound fighters. I can’t wait to show the world that I am still the best. I thank Flores for having the courage to get in the ring with me unlike many top contenders that have avoided the challenge. Tune in June 17 to watch two fighters bring all that they have to the ring. It’s going to be an exciting co-main event on this year’s biggest boxing card.

“I’m happy for the opportunity to be part of such a big Pay-Per-View event, one of the biggest anticipated fights of the year – Ward vs. Kovalev 2. I’m very grateful to fight on such a big platform, and I want to let boxing fans know to expect nothing but an exciting fight. My opponents feel my power and run after the first round. Chucky Flores is a brave undefeated boxer that is coming with all he has, and we’re ready to show why each of us is the best come June 17.

“I’ve had everyone in my division run away from any mentions of me in the ring with them. My team is first focused on the Flores fight, and we’re ready to come and fight the best names in my division so that we can give the fans what they pay big Pay-Per-View money for, big exciting fights.

“I’m grateful to be a part of such a close community here in Miami, FL especially my boxing family at Tropical Park Boxing Gym. Miami is my home and I have all the support with me down here. I’m thankful for all the support that my fans brought during my training camp here in Miami. We have been able to bring boxing back here in Miami and make a great impact on the community, especially all the families that come to the park.”

 

LUIS ARIAS, USBA Middleweight Champion:

“June 17, I start cementing my name and legacy in this game! I’m ready to steal the show and prove that I stand amongst the best in the division.

“I’ve stepped up all levels of training. I train six days a week with two hours of boxing, one hour of strength and conditioning, and run 3.5 – 5 miles on average. I’m also working with one of the top nutritionists, Chris Alergi. He helps me with what to eat and how to monitor my weight. Can’t wait to show all of my progress on June 17.

“My message to Magomedov is simple…I hope he comes ready. He better be doing ’em sit-ups. I’m coming!

“When I step in the ring, it’s not just about getting a win anymore. It’s about winning and looking good.  I’ve built up my record. Now, I’m looking to put on an A-class performance. That’s what is going to make me stand out.

“My goal for the second half of 2017 is to put myself in top ‘contender’ position for what is probably the most stacked division in professional boxing. GGG, Canelo, Lemieux…bring them on!”

VICTORIA LA MALA:

“It’s an honor to be singing the national anthem at such an anticipated boxing event. Being from a Mexican family, I grew up watching boxing and am a huge fan of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. I can’t wait to cheer on my Roc family–Andre, Rigo and Luis–on June 17.”

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Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Jetlux, Life10 Water, Zappos and Powered by Monster. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” are available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.

 

 

 
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Press Release – Tickets To Top Catz Boxing’s Durham Fight Night Are ON SALE Now!

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Top Catz Boxing Is Predicting A Quick Sellout

 

Durham, NC (May 23) – Tickets to Durham Fight Night go on sale TODAY at 12 p.m. EST, and based on the buzz surrounding the event, Top Catz Boxing is predicting a quick sellout.

 

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Top Catz Boxing, are priced at $30, $40, and $75. Tickets will be available at 12 p.m. EST and can be purchased online at www.topcatzboxing.com and http://bit.ly/2qHzoZh or can be purchased by calling 919 701-2280.

 

Durham Fight Night (#DFN) will be an exciting, fun filled night loaded with North Carolina’s best rising stars in professional boxing, and will feature newly crowned UBF All-American Champion Maynard Allison in the main event.

 

Also featured on Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars” card will be Top Catz Boxing’s Carlos Olmeda 2-0 (2 KO’s), The ever charming “Babyface Assassin” Austin Bryant 4-0 (4 KO’s), Heavyweight Nate Williams 1-0 (1 KO) is back for his second pro bout, Dangerous Donnie Marshall 4-0 (3 KO’s) looks to extend his winning streak, and the return of the top entertainer in the sport of Boxing, “The Pink Panther” Miree Coleman 6-3 (4 KO’s).

 

For more information about Durham Fight Night – “A Night of North Carolina’s Rising Stars” follow Top Catz Boxing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TOPCATZBOXING. Use the hashtag #DFN to follow, see, and contribute to exciting news and information on Social Media. You can also visit www.topcatzboxing.com

 

CONTACT

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Press Release – Maynard Allison Wins First Title With A Show-Stealing Performance

 

Raleigh, NC (May 21) – Many ringside observers believed Maynard Allison would walk over Eric Hernandez in their 135 pound battle for the vacant UBF All-American title.  Instead, the previously unbeaten Hernandez (9-1 5 KO’s) forced the best out of Allison, and Allison responded with a well deserved UD win for his first title in a show stealing performance.

 

Allison and Hernandez exchanged leather from the opening bell.  Allison used superior boxing skills to repeatedly land a good, crisp jab and short combinations to control the majority of round one, but Hernandez methodically worked inside Allison’s jab, and a firefight ensued.

 

Round two was much the same, but Hernandez landed a big left hook to Allison’s body followed by a right hand to the head.  Allison woke up and all hell broke loose.

 

In round three, Allison came out winging and landing big punches on the stalking Hernandez.  While Hernandez was being rocked, he kept coming forward forcing Allison into what might be the round of the year in North Carolina boxing. Allison planted his feet and Hernandez tried to put his head in the middle of Allison’s chest.  Neither man gave ground as they blasted each other with soul stealing lefts and rights, body shots, and knee bending head shots.  After the fight, Allison acknowledged he could have easily out boxed Hernandez, but Allison quickly quipped, “I needed to give the fans something, so I stood in and fought.”

 

Round four was Hernandez’s best round, and the only one he won on the judge’s scorecards.  Hernandez jumped in and attacked Allison’s body.  Hernandez would keep pushing and force a visibly exhausted Allison into the corner where Hernandez delivered body shot after body shot which forced the very defensive and tired Allison to double over.  Trapped in the corner, Allison tried to protect his body, but Hernandez started landing thudding shots to Allison’s head.  Just when Allison looked done, he stood flat footed and fired off a barrage of punches that forced Hernandez to stumble backward.  Allison was back on the attack at the end of round four.

 

Rounds five, six, and seven saw Allison control the early stages of each round, Hernandez would deliver punishing body work in the middle of the round, but Allison would check hook and throw a right hand counter to control the ring and a desperate Hernandez.

 

Allison came out fresh for the final round.  He bounced on his toes and repeatedly landed a jab, over hand right, and a left to Hernandez’s body.  Hernandez was still coming, but Allison’s shots were stopping Hernandez in his tracks.  The last minute of the eighth and final round were pure guts as the two warriors stood toe to toe talking to each other and exchanging shot after shot as the crowd stood on their feet and the final bell rang.

 

In the end, the judges scored the fight 79-73 all for the winner and new 135 pound UBF All-American champion Mr. Marvelous Maynard Allison.

 

While coaches Lando and Massey would have preferred Allison keep Hernandez in the middle of the ring, both recognized the heart and will Allison displayed.  “Maynard dug deep and really established himself to win that belt,” said Lando.  Massey would add, “That is the best I’ve ever seen Maynard.  He earned the title.  He worked for every piece of that belt.  Coach Lando has him right.”

 

Maynard Allison earned a title and improved his record to 8-1 (5 KO’s), and is scheduled to return to the ring as the main event June 22 on Top Catz Boxing’s Durham Fight Night card.

Viktor Nemkov defeats Ronny Markes

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M-1 CHALLENGE 77 RESULTS 

SOCHI, Russia (May 21, 2017) – Two-time M-1 Challenge Light Heavyweight Champion Viktor Nemkov has positioned himself for another title shot, defeating Brazilian challenger Ronny Markes, last Friday night in the M-1 Challenger 77 main event at Sochi, Russia.

Eleven exciting fights were held with athletes representing 10 different countries in true International competition: Russia, Brazil, USA, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, and Azerbajjan.

Nemkov (25-6-0, M-1: 18-5-0), fighting out of Russia, took care of Markes (16-4-0, M-1: 0-1-0) early, by submission in the opening round by way of a guillotine choke. “I waited for the right moment,” Nemkov said after the fight, “concentrating on the guillotine-choke to finish the fight.”

Rising Russian middleweight prospect Artem Frolov (9-0-0, M-1: 6-0-0) needed only 1:14 to knockout Talekh “The Azerbaijan Terminator” Taleh. “It’s hard to tell if the fight could have gone a little longer,” Frolov commented, “but I think it’s a big deal to hurt your opponent like I did. I hope to get a title fight soon.”

In a fascinating battle between unbeaten American lightweight “Motown” Moses Murrieta and Russian Andrey Seledtsov (6-4-0, M-1: 0-3-0), Murietta (5-0-0, M-1: 1-0-) won a hard-fought three-round unanimous decision in his M-1 Global debut. “My opponent never gave up, he’s a strong opponent, Murietta remarked. “I always work on physical training. I wanted to finish the fight early, but maybe next time. I signed a six-fight contract with M-1 Global. The atmosphere here in Sochi and the fans are excellent.” Continue reading

MORE FROM MGM NATIONAL HARBOR: SCORECARDS & COMMENTS FROM RUSSELL JR, ESCANDON, BARTHELEMY, RELIKH, DIRRELL AND UZCATEGUI

 

GARY RUSSELL SR.

“I’m ecstatic. I’m really happy. I got three wins. Three stoppages. It’s my birthday. I’m 15 minutes from home and I can go home and relax.

“We prepared fully for Mr. Escandon. We knew he was going to do what he did – come forward. I don’t want to diminish or take anything away from Mr. Escandon. He really is a hard, rough fighter. Throughout the course of the fight, I instructed Gary to hit him with some good shots. Some hard shots. It is a brutal sport.”

 

GARY RUSSELL JR.

“First and foremost, I got to say happy birthday to my father. Secondly, I’d like to tell all the fans that came to support me: I love you all. Thank you.

“I want to apologize for the gladiators. The gladiators are warriors. The Dirrell camp, sometimes emotions build up and take the best of us. Please forgive them.

“I fought a tough competitor. I knew Escandon wanted to come and bring his best. I knew he was going to come forward. I was ready for him. We are warriors. 

“Lomachenko, that’s a no-brainer. I don’t want to do it for the fans or for the media, I  want to do it for myself. And I want to do it twice. I’ll knock him out the first time and then, he’ll want me to fight him again.

“I’d love to unify against all the other guys in the featherweight division. I’d like Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby, Oscar Valdez.”

 

OSCAR ESCANDON

“I was getting my rhythm going and I felt like Gary was getting tired. I didn’t see him coming with the big punch he threw at the end and that was it. I went down and was hoping to get a 10 count but the referee didn’t give it to me and he stopped the fight. 

“I knew that Gary was going to go fast from the first to the fifth round and it was part of my strategy to let him do that and get tired. It didn’t work unfortunately. 

“Now we need to go back to the drawing board to rest and see what my manager has planned for me.”

 

JOSE UZCATEGUI

“I felt very good. I was hurting him the entire fight. I felt like I could hurt him anytime I wanted. Nothing he hit me with hurt me. 

“I was throwing a three-punch combination and I didn’t hear the bell. I didn’t mean to hit him. The third punch wasn’t that hard of a punch. I was surprised he stayed down.  

“He did the same thing against Abraham that he did against me tonight. He quit against me and he quit against him. I deserve to be the winner.” 

 

RANCES BARTHELEMY

“It feels great to be going forward. The 11-month layoff really took a toll on my body and I felt it in the ring.

“I knew it was a close fight but knew I should get a unanimous decision.

“Relikh was a hard hitter. He surprised me with a right hook in the 5th round and I hit the canvas, so I knew I had to be careful going forward. I knew I had lost that round and had to come back stronger.

“I took the 6th round to take a breather and then I came back to work the body. Once I knocked him down I saw that he was hurt and protecting himself upstairs a lot more so I knew I was going to have to be more strategic to come out victorious.”

 

KIRRILL RELIKH

“Of course I thought I won. Even TV [SHOWTIME’s Steve Farhood] thought I won. The referee did his job when he called it a knockdown in the fifth. I thought it was over.

“The two low blows definitely affected me. It takes the wind out of you. This is boxing not MMA.”

MGM NATIONAL HARBOR: THE RUSSELL TRIO VICTORIOUS; BARTHELEMY SURVIVES SCARE; DIRRELL WINS DUBIOUS DECISION

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Story by: Robert Uzzell

 

There was plenty of action on Saturday night from the MGM National Harbor as Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs) defended his WBC World featherweight against Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17 KOs).

 

I thought Gary Russell did what he should have done, which was win. However, he needs to be much more active than he has been of late.  If you watch the fight closely, you see that Russell was hit with shots that a fighter of his talent should not allow from a guy a few levels lower.

 

Gary Russell has extremely fast hands. Everyone knows that to be true.  However, boxing is more than just hand speed.  You heard it here first- if Gary doesn’t stay more active and steps up to fight guys like Leo Santa Cruz or Carl Frampton he loses.  I’m not even going to bring up the real fight he’s clamoring for, which is a rematch with Vasyl Lomachenko.  If he takes that based on what I saw Saturday night, he lose worse than he did the first time.

 

My recommendations is for Gary to try to fight 2 to 3 more times in 2017. At this point, I don’t think it will happen.  Gary seems to be lost in the mix.  I don’t think he is big enough or powerful enough to make a move up and make significant noise.  To be real, I’m torn on what he should do next.  I truly believe he’s being set up for a fall if he takes on anybody in the top 5 at this point.  We shall see.

 

The second Russell of the trio, Gary “Antonio” Russell moved to 8-0, 6 KOs as he walked through Jovany Fuentes (7-9, 6 KOs).  Russell scored knockdowns in the second and third.  A left hook on the temple ended Fuentes’s night.

 

Gary Antonio Russell:

“We capitalized on everything we worked on in the gym. We knew he favored his right hook so I would walk to it to try to get him to throw it and he wasn’t really doing it. I just knew I needed to touch and fire and that is exactly what I did.

 

“There was never any extra pressure because we didn’t magnify this fight just because it was at home. We treat every fight like a championship fight.

 

“The Russells are two for two, but personally I think we are already three for three…that’s what’s expected tonight.”

 

Gary Antuanne Russell, (1-0 1 KO) won his pro debut over Josh Ross (2-4-4). Russell cornered Ross against the ropes and landed a body shot to drop him. Ross took an eight count and got up. Russell jumped on him again and stopped him with what appeared to be a double right hook to the head.

 

Gary Antuanne:

“I listened, I followed instructions and it led me to a fast victory. I wish it would have lasted longer. I was looking forward to it being more exciting.

 

“I wasn’t expecting it to be so short. We trained and sparred for twelve rounds, as if I was a professional before my debut and that’s what I was prepared to do – go the distance. But I executed what my father told me to and I got that quick victory.”

 

In the televised opener, Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KOs) won a 12-round unanimous decision over valiant Kiryl Relikh, (25-3, 16 KOs).  The first few rounds featured fantastic flurries from both guys and it was heating up to be the fight of the night.

 

Barthelemy landed what the referee deemed to be a low blow. After a timeout, the fighters were back to action and Relikh tried to take his anger out of Barthelemy.

 

Relikh went on the attack in the 5th round and shook Barthelemy badly and into the ropes.  The referee ruled a knockdown and Barthelemy finished the round on unsteady legs.  Relikh went in for the kill but couldn’t finish.

 

Barthelemy recovered in the next round and out boxed Relikh the rest of the way, scoring a body shot knockdown in the 8th round.

 

Barthelemy:

“It feels great to be going forward. The 11-month layoff really took a toll on my body and I felt it in the ring.

 

“I knew it was a close fight but knew I should get a unanimous decision.

 

“Relikh was a hard hitter. He surprised me with a right hook in the 5th round and I hit the canvas, so I knew I had to be careful going forward. I knew I had lost that round and had to come back stronger.

 

“I took the sixth round to take a breather and then I came back to work the body. Once I knocked him down, I saw that he was hurt and protecting himself upstairs a lot more so I knew I was going to have to be more strategic to come out victorious.”

 

Relikh:

“Of course I thought I won. Even TV thought I won. The referee did his job when he called it a knockdown in the fifth. I thought it was over.”

 

“The two low blows definitely affected me. It takes the wind out of you. This is boxing not MMA.”

 

The drama of the evening unfolded in the title eliminator between Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (26-2, 16 KOs) and Jose Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KOs).

 

Uzcategui came out blazing and had Dirrell reeling as early as the first round.  The tough as nails Uzcategui chased Dirrell and landed vicious shots everywhere he could on Dirrell.

 

In the middle rounds, both fighters began to exchange, with Uzcategui seemingly getting the best of it.

 

Then came the 8th round!

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GARY RUSSELL JR. DEFEATS OSCAR ESCANDON IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN CROWD FROM MGM NATIONAL HARBOR, LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

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GARY RUSSELL JR. DEFEATS OSCAR ESCANDON IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN CROWD FROM MGM NATIONAL HARBOR, LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

Andre Dirrell Wins Via Disqualification Stoppage, Rances Barthelemy Earns Hard-Fought Decision Win

Gervonta Davis Stops Liam Walsh to Retain IBF Junior Lightweight Title from Copper Box Arena in London

 

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National Harbor (May 20) – From the MGM National Harbor “Mr.” Gary Russell Jr.,

(28-1, 17 KOs) had a successful homecoming in front of a nearly sold out crowd as he defended his WBC Featherweight World title with a seventh-round stoppage against the very tough, strong-willed Columbian Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17 KOs) in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

 

Russell Jr. took control of the action from the outset, peppering the shorter Escandon at will and dropping him in the third.

 

However, the brave Escandon fought his way back into the fight in the fourth and fifth stanzas, but Russell stormed into the seventh, battering the hurt Escandon and dropping him early, causing referee Harvey Dock to stop the fight at the 0:59 mark of the round (Click HERE to watch the TKO).

 

About the victory, Russell Jr. said, “First and foremost, I want to say happy birthday to my father. Secondly, I’d like to tell all the fans that came to support me: I love you all. Thank you.

“I fought a tough competitor. I knew Escandon wanted to come and bring his best. I knew he was going to come forward. I was ready for him. We are warriors. 

“I want Lomachenko [next], that’s a no-brainer. I don’t want to do it for the fans or for the media, I want to do it for myself. And I want to do it twice. I’ll knock him out the first time and then, he’ll want me to fight him again.

“I’d love to unify against all the other guys in the featherweight division. I’d like Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby, Oscar Valdez.”

About the knockout loss, “I was getting my rhythm going and I felt like Gary was getting tired. I didn’t see him coming with the big punch he threw at the end and that was it. I went down and was hoping to get a 10 count, but the referee didn’t give it to me and he stopped the fight. 

 

“I knew that Gary was going to go fast from the first to the fifth round and it was part of my strategy to let him do that and get tired. It didn’t work unfortunately. 

“Now we need to go back to the drawing board to rest and see what my manager has planned for me.”

 

Said trainer and father Gary Russell Sr., “I’m ecstatic. I’m really happy. I got three wins. Three stoppages. It’s my birthday. I’m 15 minutes from home and I can go home and relax.

 

“We prepared fully for Mr. Escandon. We knew he was going to do what he did – come forward. I don’t want to diminish or take anything away from Mr. Escandon. He really is a hard, rough fighter. Throughout the course of the fight, I instructed Gary to hit him with some good shots. Some hard shots. It is a brutal sport.”

 

Co-featured on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in a 12-round clash for the IBF Interim Super Middleweight Title, Flint, Michigan’s Andre Dirrell, (26-2, 16 KOs), was declared the winner after round eight as Jose Uzcategui, (26-2, 22 KOs) of Merida, Venezuela, was disqualified for a punch after the bell sounded to end the eighth round.

 

Uzcategui started fast, battering Dirrell from the opening round, cutting off the ring and slamming away with body and head shot through the first three rounds. Dirrell saw success starting in the fourth round, countering Uzcategui and scoring

well.

 

Over the next four rounds, the contenders traded even as the fight became more hotly contested. At the end of the eighth round, with Dirrell backed into a neutral corner, Uzcategui let loose with a three-punch combination, the last left hand hitting the southpaw after the bell as he fell to the combination.

 

Following a delay to allow medical personnel to attend to Dirrell, referee Bill Clancy declared that Uzcategui was disqualified with Dirrell being declared the winner.

 

Said referee Bill Clancy about his decision, “The bell rang to stop the round. The round was over and Andre [Dirrell] was knocked out with an illegal punch. So therefore, Dirrell will win this fight by disqualification.

 

“That’s a blatant foul. Earlier in the fight, I had warned Uzcategui. I warned him. Dirrell wins the fight, he was clearly unable to continue.”

 

About the ending, Dirrell said, “All I remember was him [Uzcategui] throwing a shot at me at the same time the bell rang. After that everything was blurry. I remember a shot and then all went fuzzy.

 

“I forgive Uzcategui. I forgive his camp. I don’t want to win a championship like this. I wanted to win fair and square. But I forgive him.

 

Following the decision, Dirrell’s trainer and uncle Leon Lawson punched Uzcategui in the corner, sparking a brief altercation in the ring that was quelled by MGM National Harbor security and local police.

 

“I’m sorry for what my coach has done. My coach is my family, my uncle, and he was worried. He cares for me. He loves me. Please forgive him.

 

“I’m going to stand up like a man. I didn’t win like I wanted to, but I’ll be back. I’m going to come back as soon as they let me.”

 

Stated a very disappointed Uzcategui, “I felt very good. I was hurting him the entire fight. I felt like I could hurt him anytime I wanted. Nothing he hit me with hurt me. 

 

“I was throwing a three-punch combination and I didn’t hear the bell. I didn’t mean to hit him. The third punch wasn’t that hard of a punch. I was surprised he stayed down.  

 

“He did the same thing against Abraham that he did against me tonight. He quit against me and he quit against him. I deserve to be the winner.”

 

The live televised fights in The Theater kicked-off with two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KOs) winning a 12-round unanimous decision over valiant Kiryl Relikh, (25-3, 16 KOs), of Baranovichi, Byelorussia. Scores in the WBA Super Lightweight eliminator were 116-110, 115-111 and 117-109.

 

The opening two rounds of the fight featured excellent action with both fighters attempting to impose their will.  In the third round Relikh suffered a low blow resulting in a two-minute delay, however, no point deduction was made by referee Kenny Chevalier. Following the low blow, the shorter Relikh became much more aggressive.

 

With the undefeated, blue-haired Barthelemy switching stances often in the fourth stanza, he was able to score at will against Relikh.

 

However, Relikh came out charging in the fifth, battering away against Barthelemy who was caught against the ropes and scoring a knockdown when the ropes held the Cuban up from a barrage of hard punches.

 

Recovering nicely in the sixth and seventh, Barthelemy badly hurt Relikh with a multitude of body shots from both hands. Continue reading

TERENCE CRAWFORD AND FELIX DIAZ MAKE WEIGHT!

Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz in on!   Check out the fighter weights below:

 

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Top Rank

Terence Crawford 139.2 vs. Felix Diaz 139.4
(WBC/WBO World super lightweight title)

Ray Beltran 134.6 vs. Jonathan Maicelo 134.8

Shakur Stevenson 124.6 vs. Carlos Suarez 124.2

Konstantin Ponomarev 149.6 vs. Ed Paredes 150.2
Teofimo Lopez 134.8 vs. Ronald Rivas 135.4
Tong Hui Li 153.8 vs. Daniel Calzada 154.2
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 138 vs. Agustine Mauras 135.8
Steve Nelson 174.2 vs. Gilberto Rubio 173
Henry Lebron 130.2 vs. Johnny Estrada 131