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Transcript: Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller and Mariusz “The Viking” Wach Thursday’s Conference Call



JARELL “Big Baby MILLER and MARUISZ “The Viking” WACH &

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn & Dmitry Salita Discuss Their 

November 11 Heavyweight Showdown at NYCB LIVE 

Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 

Live on HBO!


Tickets on Sale Now!


EDDIE HEARN:  This big fight on November 11 is very important in the heavyweight division.  Jarrell Miller is making big waves is the US right now and of course in the world rankings and Mariusz who has been, for a long time, they come together and they meet in a pivotal clash on November 11.  Both guys are looking for a chance at the world title.  While this is not an official eliminator for the world title, one thing is for sure, the winner, I believe, will fight for a world title and the loser will not..  This is a huge for both of their careers and is part of a huge show with Danny Jacobs headlining against Luis Arias in a great fight and Cletus Seldin against Roberto Ortiz.


DMITRIY SALITA:  Jarrell Miller is from Brooklyn, NY and has been moving up the ranks from being an undercard fighter and this is a big stage for him fighting with Danny Jacobs.  This is a very serious fight for him and he is in the best shape of his career – the best shape of his life.  He understands this is a big opportunity for him and as Eddie mentioned, after this fight he will potentially fight for the world title and be considered as one of the elite heavyweights.  Jarrell is following a very rich lineage of Brooklyn heavyweights – Riddick Bowe and Mike Tyson.  On November 11 Jarrell Miller will make a name for himself.


MARIUSZ WACH:  Training is going very good and I am ready.  I am very thankful for HBO for giving me this big opportunity and I will not let my people down and I will put on a great show.  You are going to see a lot of motion and a lot of bombs.


JARRELL MILLER:  I can tell you that I am boing to bring excitement back to boxing’s heavyweight division and back in the forefront, especially in America.  I am happy to be here on a big card in a big way and I am going to put on a big show for the fans.  Mariusz Wach had his chance to do what he had to do and he fell short twice and now he is going up against a big strong guy that comes forward and has the highest punch output in boxing.  One thing I can tell you is he signed a contract to fight an opponent that he doesn’t think will come at him.  This fight he won’t look any better than he did in his last fight.  I am the Big Baby, but I am going to give him the pacifier and put him in the crib.  November 11 is my debut on HBO and Eddie Hearn is going to see there is a new player in town, and Big Baby in town, and he’s from Brooklyn.


MARIUSZ WACH:  That is very good.  I hope that you find sparring partners that same as me that you can beat inside the ring in sparring, but they will be different than me.  I hope you’re ready when you get inside the ring for this big fight.


JARELL MILLER:  It’s always easy to find slow, goofy sparring partners to spar with, but there is nothing like a Big Baby – no one throws as many punches and I knock people out.  Trust me, I’m not worried about him I am only worried about me.  Nobody throws over 90 punches per round, I do.  He’s got losses, I don’t, so don’t worry about it, I’ll make it easy on him and get him out quick..


MARUISZ WACH:  I can’t wait, I will see you in the ring on November 11.


What are your thoughts on the possibility of fighting Anthony Joshua and how do you think that fight would go?

JARRELL MILLER:  It’s actually a stoke of bad luck on Takem’s part because I feel that Takem is nowhere up to par, that he could do two or three rounds at that.  He is too small and doesn’t have enough punching power.  He stands kind of straight up but he is the kind of guy that comes forward but I don’t think he has a chance against Anthony Joshua at this point.  Like I said before, I was getting ready for a fight and I didn’t get the phone call, but it is what it is and they know what I bring to the table.  I don’t know what’s next or who’s next at this point but right now my main focus is on knocking Wach out, whooping his behind then we’ll take it from there.


Eddie, what do you think about the possibility of Miller fighting Joshua?


EDDIE HEARN:  Yes, we require as many contenders as possible.  Jarrell Miler is making a lot of noise right now and we look for potential opponents for Anthony Joshua, particularly in the United States and Jarrell Miller is at the top of the list.   But on November 11 he has a very tough fight against Mariusz Wach, which is an incredible fight.  Coming off a win against someone like Mariusz Wach you can start talking about world title shots.  I think Jarrell Miller is one of the true heavyweights and I know Anthony rates Jarrell highly and he’d be out for a fight with Jarrell Miller.  He’d be one of the perfect guys to come over and take on in the states.  Obviously working with Dmitry and Jarrell there is no reason why an Anthony Joshua/Jarrell Miller fight shouldn’t happen but first he has a very tough fight to get thru on November 11.


How are the preparations for the Miller fight?


MARUISZ WACH:  Camp is going very well – I have been sparring with Derrick Chisora.  I plan to come to the US on November 1 and I will finish up camp there.  I know it’s going to be a hard fight and I know we will be attacking each other with bombs.  There will be a lot of clinching and a lot of going forward – Big Baby has to come in there and fight and box.


How do you rate yourself being entertaining both in and out of the ring?


JARRELL MILLER:  There is nobody more colorful that n in America in boxing right now, especially in the heavyweight division.  It is very important you show the fans who you are and what you’re capable of doing, but it’s hard to show who you are unless you have that platform to do it and I definitely feel that HBO is the ones that put their money where their mouth is and they want to come back in a big way to the heavyweight division to find talents and they came to the right guy.  I am not out here to prove a point just for myself but I have to put on a show for the fans to show them that American boxing is back and it wasn’t dead it was just taking a nap.  With me being the face of it right now is going to be phenomenal and after this fight on November 11, which is going to be another notch in my belt and to let the people know that the heavyweight division is back and Big Baby is here.


DMITRY SALITA:  Jarrell Miller is born and raised in Brooklyn and has always talked the talk and walked the walk and has always fought the toughest guys available and on November 11 we will see a new star.


EDDIE HEARN:  100% – personalities make the sport.  Characters make the sport and Jarrell Miller is the Big Baby and he does have a big mouth, he’s got a good heart and he’s an ambassador for the sport as well.  You know he doesn’t act like a yolk, he’s intelligent and he likes to entertain and that’s what we need in boxing.  When you look at the division right now you need, as many characters as possible and Jarrell Miller, if he can fight and we believe he can and we’ll find out more on November 11.  He has the potential to be a big star.  I think he is great for the sport of boxing and now he is moving up to the elite level and we will find out if he can walk the walk as well as he talks the talk and this is a perfect fight to show that.


Do you feel this will be your toughest fight?


JARRELL MILLER:  No (laughing) every day life is tough.  Getting in the ring and doing what you do is not tough.  I think marriage is more tough for sure.  The fans can say what they want and the media can say wheat they want, but what I am capable of doing and Wach is just going to be another guy that I am going to crush.  Come November 11 everyone is going to know what I’m capable of doing.  I am bringing a whole different kind of Big Baby, a whole different kind of animal, a whole different kind of look.  I always beat people on Plan A – I don’t even have to go to Plan B but I am going to pull tricks out of the hat so I can show people what a real heavyweight looks like with the skills I have.  Nobody moves like me in the heavyweight division.  My ring IQ is definitely unbeatable and on November 11 you are going to see a different style of Big Baby and it’s going to be fun.


Did you notice anything is his last couple fights that showed you advantages you have?


JARRELL MILLER:  I loved watching his last fight – it was like reading a bedtime story and by the third-round I was passed out sleeping already so I have ben watching his fights to go to sleep.


EDDIE HEARN:  There are other heavyweights out there other than Anthony Joshua – there are two other belts as well.  Of course there is Deontay Wilder and there is also Joseph Parker and I believe the winner of this fight will be in an eliminator for the IBF so they will get an opportunity to become mandatory challenger to Joshua as well so you just don’t have to rely on a voluntary shot, you can earn your position as mandatory challenger.  As far as Jarrell Miller is concerned, I’m sure Dmitriy and the guys know that the more fights the better in terms of developing his profile.  He has a great platform here with HBO to go out and showcase his skills to the people watching throughout America.  In the build up to the fight and on fight night people will see his personality and his character will be shown through on that platform in front of a big audience.  People will be wanting to watch Big Baby Miller again if he puts on a good performance and the pressure is on.  He talks the talk and we believe he will deliver on November 11 and if he does on that platform, in a fight like that, I really feel like it puts him in a great position where outside of the champions, he is one of the top guys and that’s the aim of Dmitriy and their team..


TICKETS for the live event are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.


In the main event on Saturday, Nov. 11, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs battle undefeated Luis Arias in a twelve-round middleweight bout at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Opening the action-packed HBO telecast will be super lightweight knockout artists Long Island’s own Cletus Seldin and Roberto Ortiz squaring off in a 10-round bout.  In the chief-support bout, exciting heavyweight Jarrell Miller looks to stake his claim on a heavyweight title shot and in his way is Polish giant Mariusz Wach.


Jacobs vs. Arias and Miller vs. Wach are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports.  Seldin vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit brooklynboxingshop.com.

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Bivol On the Light Heavyweight Division

Press Release

October 31, 2017

For Immediate Release


Ellen Haley


Main Events


Dmitry Bivol:  Light Heavyweight is the Division to Watch

WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion to Make First Title Defense                                        on HBO Boxing After Dark®



Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo:      WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) is slated to defend his title against Trent Broadhurst (20-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday in Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo and live on HBO Boxing After Dark® at 5:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and will be Bivol’s first title defense as WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion.

With an 81% knockout-to-win ratio (9 KOs in 11 wins) and newly crowned the WBA’s light heavyweight world champion, the 26-year-old Bivol rocketed to the top of the light heavyweight division in 2017. However, as Bivol explains, he did not go in looking for the knockout, “I never think about the knockout before the fight. I don’t think, ‘Oh I have to go knock this guy out.’ But when I get in the ring, of course, I want to do my best and I want to make my fans happy with a good fight. First, I think about how can I give him more punches and then I think about how I can avoid more punches.”

The winner of this championship bout will have a mandatory defense due next. The top-ranked contender is Sullivan Barrera, who is scheduled to fight Felix Valera on Saturday, November 25 as the co-feature on the Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy World Championship Boxing telecast.

Bivol believes Barrera will win and the two will meet up in early 2018. He is eager to face Barrera and has watched his career closely: “I must do mandatory defense for WBA for next fight,” said Bivol. “Barrera is ranked second and I want the fight with the best guys in the WBA rankings, so I want to fight him next. I watched Barrera’s fights with Shabranskyy, Andre Ward and Joe Smith Jr. He is good boxer. He has good speed. Good Skills. Good moves. I want to fight with the best fighters.”

With all of this action in his division, the young champion sees light heavyweight as the division to watch. Bivol explained, “Pay attention to my division because now I think a lot of young stars are coming up. Watch the boxing in light heavyweight division and, of course, watch my fight.”

According to Bivol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov, “We are glad that Dmitry’s first defense of his world title will happen in Monaco and we are looking forward to a great event. We appreciate HBO giving us the opportunity to air this fight in the United States.”

Bivol vs. Broadhurst is a 12-round bout for the WBO Light Heavyweight Title at Casino de Monte Carlo in Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), coupled with a primetime evening replay at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT).



Main Events: Ellen Haley, ehaley@mainevents.com, 973-903-6715

Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361, patrick.byrne@hbo.com




New York, October 30, 2017


World class boxing lands at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on Saturday November 11 live on HBO Boxing from 10pm ET/PT in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK with former Middleweight World Champion Daniel Jacobs topping the bill against undefeated and decorated amateur Luis Arias..

Brooklyn born ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs faces his first hurdle in the path to prove he’s the best in the division and regain his World Champion status after taking Gennady Golovkin the distance in Manhattan

Arias sees the clash as the perfect change announce himself on the world scene though, and the Milwaukee man is a dangerous proposition for Jacobs as a two-time USA national champion as an amateur and USBA champion.

A stacked card in support of the Middleweight blockbuster promises fireworks as Brooklyn’s exciting Heavyweight KO machine Jarrell Miller looks to stake his claim on a Heavyweight World title shot – and in his way is Polish giant and former World title challenger Mariusz Wach.

Opening the action-packed HBO telecast will be Super-Lightweight knockout artists Cletus Seldin and Roberto Ortiz squaring off in a 10-round bout, with unbeaten ‘Hebrew Hammer’ Seldin looking to make a big statement to get a major title shot.


Seldin Vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Jacobs Vs. Arias and Miller Vs. Wach are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports. The event takes place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit brooklynboxingshop.com. 



SPECIAL OFFER: Use Code: SELDIN through the Ticketmaster link below to waive all Ticketmaster fees and unlock tickets in the #HammHead Cletus Seldin Fan Zone!


Tickets for the live event are on sale and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.

Unbeaten Contender Ahmed Elbiali Clashes With Former World Champion Jean Pascal in 175-Pound Showdown on a Special Friday Night Edition of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS On FS1 & BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes From Hialeah Park in Miami, Florida, Dec. 8


Plus! Former 175-Pound World Champion Chad Dawson Clashes With Hard-Hitting Veteran Edwin Rodriguez

In the Co-Main Event


Also in Action! Austin Dulay and Raynell Williams Meet

In a Battle of Unbeaten Lightweight Prospects


MIAMI – (October 30, 2017) – Unbeaten contender Ahmed Elbiali will take on former world champion Jean Pascal in the 10-round light heavyweight main event of a special Friday night edition of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes, December 8 from Hialeah Park in Miami, Florida.


Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features former two-time world champion Chad Dawson against hard-hitting contender Edwin Rodriguez in a 10-round bout plus a showdown between unbeaten prospects Austin Dulay (11-0, 8 KOs) and Raynell Williams (12-0, 6 KOs) in eight rounds of lightweight action.

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Unbeaten Super-Lightweight Phenom DEVIN “THE DREAM” HANEY Training Camp Quotes and Photos

Devin Haney


Unbeaten Super-Lightweight Phenom


Training Camp Quotes and Photos

Photos by Mario Serrano Team Haney

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 30, 2017) – As his November 4th date approaches, unbeaten super-lightweight prospect, 18-year old phenom, Devin “The Dream” Haney (17-0, 11 KOs), shares his thoughts on training camp and more, as he prepares for his fight with Hamza Sempewo (14-8, 7 KOs) of Kampala, Uganda.

Haney vs. Sempewo, an 8-round bout, will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, GA, and serve as the co-main event to heavyweight’s, Devin “The General” Vargas (19-4, 7 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio, vs. Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (44-38-1, 25 KOs) of St. Joseph’s, Missouri.

Here is what Devin Haney, the WBC Youth World Lightweight title holder, had to say ahead of his November 4th showdown:

On his recent training camp in Las Vegas…

“I’m constantly grinding in the gym, trying to get better.  No one is working harder than me.  I’ve been working closely with “The Body Snatcher” Mike McCallum, and he’s showing me some old veteran tricks.  I’ve been sparring with all the top fighters in Las Vegas, getting that good work.  I feel strong going into this fight.  I’m in great shape.”

On having his father William Haney guiding his career…

“My dad is great and he’s always by my side every step of the way.  He comes from the music industry, where he was very successful, so he knows how to build a star.  I’m very grateful to have him in my corner.  Together we are a force in the boxing world, and I know with hard work, I’ll be the next super-star in boxing.”

On the importance of staying active…

“It’s very important to stay active in boxing, because in this sport, its all about that live action.  Fighting with no headgear and smaller gloves is a big difference as opposed to sparring.  The more fights I can get under my belt, the better I’ll be when I hit the big stage.”

On fighting in Atlanta, Georgia for the first time…

“Atlanta is a major city and I’m going to give the fans in attendance a fight they’ll remember for years to come.  Fighting in the South is a great opportunity to expand the Devin Haney Promotions brand.  I want to fight in as many big cities as possible.”

On the state of the super-lightweight division…

“The super-lightweight division is stacked with a lot of great fighters.  Terrance Crawford sits atop the division, and to me, he’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.  I’m on my way up and I’m confident in my ability to become a world champion.  I’ve been in the ring with Floyd Mayweather, Shawn Porter and a lot of other great fighters, so my confidence is extremely high.  I’m gunning for everyone in the division.  I know I can get down with the best of them.”

The card titled, “Remembering Our Fallen Officers Charity Boxing Gala” is being promoted by Fight Tyme Promotions, the Atlanta Boxing Association, in conjunction with Devin Haney Promotions.  A live Pay-Per-Stream broadcast will be available exclusively on Fight Tyme Live for $5..99.

Tickets for “Remembering Our Fallen Officers Charity Boxing Gala” are priced at GENERAL ADMISSION $50.00 (Section D), $100 (Section C), $200 (Section B), $500 (Section A  / V.I.P) CORPORATE & V.I.P. TABLES of 10 Seats including Dinner $5,000.00, and are available at www.FightTyme.com/Atlanta.

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Publicist – Devin Haney Promotions


(408) 607-5756


DANIEL “Miracle Man” JACOBS and LUIS “Cuba” ARIAS Conference Call Transcript



DANIEL “Miracle Man” JACOBS and LUIS “Cuba” ARIAS 

Conference Call Transcript from Respective Training Camps  

Long Island and Delray Beach Florida

Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn


Final Preparations Discussed for their November 11 Showdown at NYCB LIVE Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Live on HBO


Tickets on Sale Now!



EDDIE HEARN:  When I saw Luis Arias fight on the Kovalev-Ward undercard, I thought ‘This is a guy that really excited me.’  He had plenty of charisma and he loves to fight and he could become a star on November 11.  In the other corner a very determined Daniel Jacobs, trying to recapture the title and trying to pick up more championship belts and potentially unify the division.  He’s a honest a kid if I ever saw one and since the press conference in New York Danny Jacobs has been extremely motivated..  I believe that his team and certainly I and Roc Nation know all about the threat of Luis Arias and I think this is a great fight.


LUIS ARIAS:  Training camp is going great.  I am working hard.  We know what kind of fight we have ahead of us.  I plan on making it a dog fight and I am in dog shape and everything is coming together perfectly, my weight is good – training camp has been perfect.  I’m ready.  What can I say?  I am ready.


How much have you studied Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  I have studied him a lot and I have known Danny Jacobs since I was about 15 years old – his name has been in my weight division and I always new that Daniel Jacobs and I would end up fighting at some point in my life.  It wasn’t in the amateurs and it ended up being in the pros.  I know a lot about Daniel Jacobs.  I know how he fights.  I mean, I am just going to fight my fight.  I can’t change anything up..  I’ve seen everything I could possibly see in the ring.  I have been fighting my entire life.  I’ve fought them all and seen it all, so I’ve got to go in there and do my thing.  I don’t want to run and I don’t want to chase him but I know I’m going to have to so I just plan on making this a dig fight.  Daniel Jacobs is going to be in a very dogfight – a hard fight.  I’m coming to fight, I’m going to rough him up and I’m going to be in his face all night.  I’m looking forward to showing the world what I’ve got.


Do you think Danny Jacobs is overrated? LUIS ARIAS:  I do think he’s overrated.  I just like Danny Jacobs has a lot of things in his story but I’m a lot better.  He comes from a big city – he comes from New York – and the amount of media and attention that anyone gets compared to anyone else around the United States is different.  But if you go and look at his record there is nobody there that he beat.  Eddie mentioned adding another world title but he never was a world champion.  Everybody knows that the WBA has two world champions and that’s not even right.  There should only be one world champion.  Then he had the opportunity to be a world champion and he didn’t win.  He has shown there are flaws in his game.  He has been down some; he’s been hurt plenty and I don’t see a lot of tough fights.  The tough fights that I see – he lost.  But he is a good athlete, he is a good fighter and he has good fundamentals.  But me personally I think he’s a little overrated and I feel he hasn’t completely cemented his name in the game yet.  Like I said, he hasn’t been a legitimate world champion.  The Last couple years, GGG has had all the belts.  And Saunders . . . He’s just holding onto that belt.  But he’s a good fighter and he’s got a lot of experience..  This is a mixture of me being underrated and him being overrated.


Danny said yesterday that you talk a good game outside the ring but when you get inside the ring it’s going to be a totally different story


LUIS ARIAS:  Jacobs?  Well, every time that bell has rung and I’ve been inside that ring and the fight ended, my had was raised. So, no flaws have been shown in my game.


How have you grown over the past few fights?


LUIS ARIAS:  I’ve grown a lot.  I’ve grown a lot as a person and as a man.  I was in a different stage of my life when I was with that whole (Mayweather Promotions) situation.  Now I’m a lot older and a lot wiser and I’ve dealt with my ups and down with the game.  I have a daughter now and I’m just in a better place in my life.  I learned about the game.  I learned about myself.  I learned about the people around me.  It’s a valuable lesson I had to learn and I took what I need and progressed..  I’ve gotten better, I’m fighting twelve-rounds now.  I’ve grown as an athlete and as a fighter and it’s good and it’s a good learning experience.


Have you put a chip on your should moving forward since then?


LUIS ARIAS:  No, people split in business all the time – aside from the boxing game – just business I general.  Guys are making millions and doing business deals one moment, the next moment they are doing something else.  I wasn’t mad a actually being let go, I was just upset abou the way it was handled.  I felt I was undefeated and I should have more respect in the way it was handled and had it been handled in a more professional manner it would have been fine.  It is what it is and what motivates me most is to be a world champion.  I always felt that it really doesn’t matter what that banner says on top of the ring it’s about what you do in the ring.  As long as I am controlling what I can control, which is the fights, I really can’t pay too much mind to that.  What happened happened, and it was just a learning experience from God.  God obviously had a different plan for me.


Were you planning a fight with Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  No – actually it’s no secret how the game is – whether you are on this side or that side.  For the most part everybody in the middleweight division was on this side and Daniel Jacobs was really the only one that was on that side.  I was shocked actually because we had put together a list and HBO put together a list of possible opponents and I never heard his name.  His name had not come up because he was on that side.  But it is what it is and it ended up falling in my lap and I didn’t hesitate to take it.


What kind of a fight are you expecting?


LUIS ARIAS:  Hopefully he does try to come in and blast me out – that’s what I want him to do but I think he’s a little bit smarter than that.  We both have a lot of fighting experience – he is just a little more known that me.  I feel like the fight will be tactical in the beginning until I catch him.  The moment I catch him that’s when the fight will change.  I want a war.  I want to duke it out.  I want to stand in the middle of that ring and duke it out.  Tha’ts what I want but I’m sure that’s what Danny doesn’t want.  We’ll see how it plays out but I want a dog fight.  I want to get out of that ring and feel like I’ve been in a fight – not in a marathon, so.


Have you fought anyone like a Danny Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  I have fought my whole life so in the amateurs I have fought guys like Daniel Jacobs.  Even in the pros, I fought a couple bigger guys.  My first fifteen fights were at super middleweight which is the reason I’m not worried abut the size difference.  I was fighting at the wrong weight class until just this year.  I can’t really say.  Every fighter is different – they’ve got their own different things.  I’ve got a lot of fights – 160 amateurs and twenty fights in as a pro and not even counting the guys I have sparred – thousands and thousands of sparring partners.  I’ve seen it all.  I didn’t just turn pro a couple years ago.  I’ve been fighting my whole life.


If you get the win are you hoping to jump right in with the Canelo’s and the Golovkin’s?


LUIS ARIAS:  The main reason I took the fight was I was told this would be a world title eliminator – that’s what really jumped on me – so I can jump right in.  My goal is to become a world champion.  There are different ways to get to a world title fight.  You can be blessed and just given a world title fight or you can fight the names and climb the rankings.  This is one of those fights where I get a name and climb the rankings.  I am No. 6 in the IBF and Jacobs is No. 5 in the IBF because he is a name.  After this I should be in line for a world title fight – if not the very next one, then the one after that.  The goal is to get the GGG or Canelo fight.  Whoever has the belts.  I want a crack at the world title some time next year.


How important is the fight for Matchroom Boxing USA’s first promotion?


EDDIE HEARN:  Maybe I’m a little bit different, maybe I’m too much of a fan – it the upset comes, the upset comes.  It’s boxing and may the best man win.  Of course Danny Jacobs is our guy and I want him to win but if Luis Arias goes out there and gets the victory – good on him.  It’s about putting on good fights and the way Luis is talking he’s making me want these two weeks to hurry up because I really want to see this fight and actually the good news for the fans is we haven’t got a showcase fight here we don’t have HBO saying welcome to the world Danny Jacobs – you’ve got a real fight.  Don’t forget, we threw out a bunch of opponents and he never said ‘no’ to anybody.  When Luis Arias got the call he took it straight away.  This is a huge opportunity, especially with Luis Arias – when you talk about a world title eliminator – there are official world title eliminators and there is commercial world title eliminators – this may end up being both but it is certainly a commercial world title eliminator and what I mean by that is if he beats Danny Jacobs on HBO he becomes a star overnight.  The real pressure on this fight is on Danny Jacobs but Luis will put his own pressure on himself.  It’s not a case of “if Danny lost our world would end” but we want Danny Jacobs to win but if Luis Arias deserves the victory – good on him.  That’s my philosophy on the fight – I just want to see a great fight.


Was there any concern on your end when looking at opponents?


EDDIE HEARN:  No, we’ve got a reputation for putting on great fights in the UK so the last thing I wanted to do was to come to America and put on a one-sided fight.  I gave Danny and Keith Connolly a bunch of names and Luis Arias is one they came back with straight away and said “yea we think that is a good fight” and I spoke to Roc Nation and they spoke to Luis Arias they jumped to the opportunity and it’s refreshing in a sport where you’ve got guys trying to pad their record.  This is a risky fight for Luis Arias, he is an undefeated fighter with a good record and he’s challenging Jacobs to beat him to see where he’s at – to see if he’s good enough or if he’s ready.  For Danny Jacobs this is a dangerous fight because Danny Jacobs is a good name to give Golovkin or Canelo a big fight, but he knows he has to build himself on the network and he has to be in real fights, he wants to be active and Luis Arias is the guy in front of him.  Again, the pressure is on Danny Jacobs in this fight.  I think Luis, by the sound of things he is going to go out there and have fun and try and switch his career up.


What made you say, about Danny Jacobs, we have to get this guy?


EDDIE HEARN:  I met him in New York at the Broner-Garcia fight and he looked the part.  I knew he could fight in the Golovkin fight, he just about won.  So straight away I knew he was a great middleweight but you look at him and you look at his backstory, his profile is not where it should be.  There are many guys in American that aren’t household names that should be household names, who have the personality, who have the charisma – I’m not just saying that because Luis is on the line – but if Luis Arias beats Danny Jacobs he will be one of those as well.  Deontay Wilder – he is another guy – he could walk down many streets in many cities all over America and I doubt he would get recognized.  He is the heavyweight champion of the world, in America.  And you look at someone like Daniel Jacobs, he has everything, and he should be a superstar too.  He’s not yet but now he’s going to be active.  He’s going to get the profile, but he has to win.  Without the win he is completely irrelevant.  Luis Arias comes to the press conference wearing the Gucci suit, he’s got the chat, he’s got the bling, but if he doesn’t win, he is irrelevant.  But if you’ve got the charisma, you’ve got the personality and you can fight and you can win – you’re the package.  This really is a crunch clash for both because it takes Luis to another level.


Is it extra motivation to come in a upset all of the plans he has for Daniel Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  To an extent, yes.  Eddie just has to do his part.  Eddie made a great fight and the people love it.  He’ll be happy he just want to put on a great main event.  I think everyone was shocked how I took this fight and talking at the press conference.  That makes for a better bigger fight.  They’ve got their plans and I’ve got my plans but I want that world title.


How do you view the pressure that is on Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  To be hones, all the pressure is on Jacobs.  There is no pressure on me.  No one really knows who I am.  I am the young kid from Wisconsin that nobody knows.  To the world, everyone thinks I am coming in to lose.  Everyone is expecting me to lose so all the pressure is on him because even if he looks bad or he is in a dogfight and he gets put down again, that’s going to look bad on him.  I just have to come in there and put on a valiant effort – I’m coming in to win the fight but everyone else thinks I am coming in to lose.  Really all the pressure is on him.


How much does it help you with all the pressure being on him?


LUIS ARIAS:  Ahhh, it helps me because I’ve just got to come in and do my thing.  All t he pressure’s going to be on him so I guess we’ll se when that bell rings.


What do you see that other people don’t see that make him overrated?


LUIS ARIAS:  I just look at his opponents – the guys he beat.  To be that high and to have that big of a name, like who has he really beat?  The only name that I can see that I can really give him credit for beating is Quillin but even Quillin to me was overrated.  What happened to Quillin after that fight?  He fought Sergio Mora twice – Sergio Mora was in The Contender.  The Contender happened when I was like 8 or 9 years old.  How did he get the Sergio Mora fight twice?  After that I just down see top notch guys.  I haven’t seen him in any dogfights..  I’ve seen him in a lot of fights where everything benefitted him.  Then again, he had two opportunities to be a world champion where the stage got bright and the lights got big and he dropped the ball.  He’s getting credit for simply not getting knocked out by GGG and Eddie Hearn gave him a deal for it, and HBO did to because of Eddie.  So you tell me who Danny Jacobs has beat.


You think too much was made of the Quillin win?


LUIS ARIAS:  100% – who has Quillin beat?  Nobody.  Quillin is another one with a pampered record.  I learned a lot in the game.  You can make a fighter look a lot better and build him up and make him look a lot better than he really is.  You keep him away from punchers, you keep him away from boxers, you keep him away from legitimate threats and you build him up.  Soften him up.    To me Peter Quillin had a soft record – out of those 30 guys he beat nobody.  He fought Andy Lee to a draw.  He fought Jacobs and got knocked out.  I don’t think Quillin was all that either.  I thought Quillin was weak when I was 3-0 at the time.  I just don’t see no big name guys that either of them beat, and like I said the two big fights that they had, they lost.


How much better do you feel now fighting at middleweight after fighting at a weight you said you didn’t belong in?


LUIS ARIAS:  A lot better.  I have always been a middleweight and I always said I was a middleweight but for some reason they were always having me fight bigger guys and fighting at the other weight class.  But I feel a lot better at middleweight – I’m stronger, fast and I’m usually the bigger guy coming in and all the guys the smaller they are I knock them out.  Everybody that made 160 except for one guy has got knocked out.  My power is a lot stronger than what my record is – not only have I been fighting tough veterans but they were all bigger than me and even then I was able to stop a lot of them.  I feel a lot better.  My goal was always to be a middleweight champion first and then move up but they had me fighting at super middleweight first and then when we finally got it right I started looking more and more impressive.


Do you feel that those fights at super middleweight will benefit you against Jacobs?


LUIS ARIAS:  100% – because a lot of those fights with those bigger guys made me be a dog.  I had a lot of dogfights.  I was fighting guys at six rounds – I was fighting guys that were coming off ten round fights – experience veteran guys.  I was 4, 5 6-0 fighting guys with 30 or 40 fights.  I’ve had a lot of tough fights – they have just been in the background – but they helped me learn – they helped me learn my pace and they helped me to go around and helped me to learn to fight in a dogfight, so it’s going to prepare me – everything up to this point has prepared me for November 11 and I am 100% ready.


What about Danny Jacobs won you over – was it the Golovkin fight or the whole package??


LUIS ARIAS:  Yes, for sure I think the Golovkin fight got everyone’s attention.  I think the point Luis made about who he has beaten I think you can say that about most resume’s but the fight against Golovkin, many felt that he won, some thought it was a draw and some thought he lost by a round so you know that he s on that level but he didn’t win and that is the reality of it and he wants to do it.  He wants to fight Golovkin again and he wants to fight Canelo.  I already knew he could fight but when I looked in and when I spoke to him but again he was speaking to HBO and they were identifying him as the guy, the perfect guy, for their network.  Once we knew that we were able to work the pieces and get he deal done.  So it is a mixture of charisma, personality and the fact that he is a world class middleweight.


DANIEL JACOBS:  Training camp is going very well.  When it is all said and done it will be an eight-week camp.  The mental is there, the physical is there and I am just looking forward to putting it all together on November 11.


Did you hear Arias on the call?


DANIEL JACOBS:  I heard him for a little bit. I was on the last ten minutes.    I put my phone on mute.  It is kind of hard to listen to him because he is trying to force you guys into believing something that does not exist or really is not there.  This guy is talking a good one.  To the ones that really don’t know, they will believe it but I will let this guy know what’s really going to happen November 11 and all of that talk – he can talk a good one but at the end of the day it’s about what you do inside the ring.  Every fighter that he fought had a losing record.  This experience that he’s claiming – that he got from these professional wars?  I have no idea what he’s talking about.  I fought guys, and what you’re supposed to do with guys that have losing records, is knock every one of them out – that’s how you look impressive.  Not go the distance and get split decisions and unanimous decisions and no contests.  You’re supposed to get these guys out.  How many first-round knockouts do I have?  I have about as many first-round knockouts as he has fights, so this is what you do when you fight a so-called bum with no experience – you knock him out.  I have no idea what this guy’s talking about, but I understand it, I get it, he’s trying to hype this fight and ultimately hype himself up because he doesn’t believe all the things he is saying.


Is it surprising to you that he is talking a lot of smack?


DANIEL JACOBS:  Not really, you have to realize that this guy is a former TMT guy – he is used to the brash talk.  He is used to guys trying to sell fights going over and beyond especially if that’s not him – I get it and I understand it – but I don’t think he even believes what he is saying which is the whole confusing part of it.  Yea, you can sell a fight but at least put some truth into it.  It’s just lies and it’s weird.  He’s a weirdo.


Is that a TMT trait?  They get around Floyd and they think they’re Floyd?


DANIEL JACOBS:  Of course, everybody wants to do the shoulder roll – they go to the Floyd Mayweather Gym and they want to come out and be like him and that’s exactly how he fights.  All those guys are an imitation of Floyd Mayweather.  Maybe one or two or three of them are maybe no like that – like Gervonta Davis is his own person and a couple other guys have their own style – Badou Jack – but the rest of them, especially guys who hang around the gym and are just there, it’s the trend that goes around.  It’s not bad, of course if you want to try and be like one of the greatest fighters than that’s cool but be yourself – that’s really what it comes down to.  I’m a man, I’m not going to try and be like another man or act like another dude – that’s just weird to me, so yea.


This is your first fight with Matchroom USA – is there extra motivation, to go for a knockout?


DANIEL JACOBS:  I’m hoping I would get it but I would be completely find getting a decision, because I’m a boxer puncher and I love to box.  I think if I could get twelve rounds in it would be great experience-wise.  I want to knock this guy out, but I’m not going to go int here and focus on it.  If it happens, it happens.  He wants me to stand there and bang with him at every opportunity to fight the fight that we thinks he will have success in but I’m too experienced for that.  We have a strategic game plan that we that we are going to go in there and try to execute but there is also Plan B and Plan C if that doesn’t work.  I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve and excited for everything to come together, but a knockout would be nice but I’ll be content with a decision.  One thing he will know come November 11 is the level between him and I  and that will be with the skills I possess and the determination I will show inside that ring.


Can you tell the difference pre-Algieri and now?


DANIEL JACOBS:  Absolutely, it gives you more experience having a team that knows exactly what they’re doing with their knowledge and experience – these guys have been doing it for a long time – Chris, Anthony Irons, Andre Rozier and even the support I get from friends and family.  It just helps me but I’ve been at this stage before and I get hat he’s saying that I may have “dropped the ball” – but people are not praising me for making 12-rounds with Gennady Golovkin – let’s not get that confused.  If they are praising me they are praising me for  the fact that they believe that I won the fight – not that I just went twelve rounds with Gennady Golovkin..  It’s like 60/40, 50/50, 70/30 – a lot of people agree that I won the fight and I don’t stand alone with that so I am not getting praise for going the distance with Gennady Golovkin.  People realize the talent that I have and that’s just it.  My job is to continue what I’ve been doing – I’m a professional and have to act accordingly and the goal is to get the job done and look impressive, so as long as I look impressive which I have done in every one of my fights – let’s make that clear – in every one of my fights I have looked impressive and I always gave 100%.  Even if I lost the fight, I was always willing to give 100% and I think that’s what people admire – he just sounds a little sulky to me, maybe because he has the long way up.  A lot of people have success early on in the game and a lot of people don’t, but it’s up to him to try and steel the glory and that’s going to make for a good fight but he can’t me mad at me because I have a great team.  Not a good team but a great team, and I’ve always had a good team.  I may have had, what he says, the easy road, but no I have worked hard for everything that I have gotten and I am going to continue to do so with all of these opportunities as they present itself.


Do you want Canelo or Golovkin more, or doesn’t it matter, or everyone?


DANIEL JACOBS:  I am a realist and I understand the business of boxing. And I know that even thought these guys aren’t really fearful of me, right now I’m in a lose-lose situation with those guys because I am not technically a champion.  I am one of the best in the division and the fans do want all of us, I mean the fans do want me to fight those guys, but they know it’s not worth it to step in there with a guy like me.  I’d rather continue to do my job, climb the ladder, get a title eventually and maybe chase these guys, but to fight me right now?  I don’t see that happening.  These guys are looking at it from a business perspective, not from a true champion want to be dominant of the sport perspective and I understand that so I need to go in there and not get frustrated, let my team do their job and I continue to do mine.


If they are out who do you target? 


DANIEL JACOBS:  Anything is possible.  I think my team has the say-so in the direction that we want to go in.  But as a fighter, every fighter is going to say he is willing to face any and every opponent – it doesn’t matter.  Our job is to get in there and fight.  It’s really not by job to say who we fight.  I know that with the team that we have they will set me up and everything will be perfect, but I will step in the ring with anybody and everybody.


What made you pick Eddie Hearn?

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New York, October 30, 2017

Undefeated Long Island knockout artist Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (20-0 16KO’s) is gearing up for the biggest moment in his young career on November 11th, at NYBC LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, as the TV opener on HBO World Championship Boxing versus Mexican Slugger Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-1-2 26KO’s).

In preparation for November 11th, Seldin will host an open public workout at Maximus Impact Boxing gym in Riverhead, Long Island. Cletus has held this open workout before each of his previous fights, and is committed to hosting it again for his die hard fans known as, ‘Hamma Heads’. Cletus loves to give back to his Long Island support system, attributing his success to those that have been there with him from the beginning. The ‘Hamma Heads’ have backed Seldin in his previous 17 fights at the Paramount, and will continue to do so November 11th at NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum.

The workout will include a meet-and-greet with Seldin, signed Cletus Seldin paraphernalia giveaway, and a sparring/workout session with Seldin himself, for all of the kids who are in attendance. Free food and drinks will be available to all that come. All ages welcome.


Cletus Seldin


Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (20-0 16KO’s) – Former WBC Silver International Super Lightweight Champion & Top-Rated Contender

Pete Brodsky – Trainer


Saturday, November, 4, 2017

11 AM – 2 PM


Maximus Boxing Gym

126 E. Main St.

Riverhead, NY 11901


Seldin Vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Jacobs Vs. Arias and Miller Vs. Wach are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports. The event takes place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit brooklynboxingshop.com. 


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Tickets for the live event are on sale and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum. Continue reading

“Collegiate Fight Night” Homecoming for two West Point Cadet boxers Luca LoConte Botis & Jack Ward



West Point, Coast Guard Academy, University of Connecticut,

University of Massachusetts, Trinity College & Harvard University

 Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 * Maurer Auditorium * Winchester, MA



“Collegiate Fight Night”

Homecoming for two

West Point Cadet Boxers

Luca LoConte Botis & Jack Ward

Saturday, Nov. 11 in Winchester, MA




(L-R) – Luca LoConte Botis, head coach Ray Barone, and Jack Ward


WINCHESTER, Mass. (October 29, 2017) – “Collegiate Fight Night”, presented by the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) in association with USA Boxing, on Saturday night (7 p.m. ET start), November 11, will be a homecoming for a pair of West Point Cadets boxers with close ties to the town of Winchester (MA), Luca LoConte Botis and Jack Ward.

Ten amateur bouts are on tap at Maurer Auditorium in Winchester Town Hall (on Mt. Vernon St.) as the Cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point are matched against a New England all-star caliber team comprised of boxers from the Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT), University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut, Trinity College and Harvard University.

West Point requires all its Cadets, male and female, to take 19 lessons of boxing and that, combined with the program’s tremendous success in competition over the years, results in its relatively high number of boxers (40) on a college boxing team. West Point voluntary head boxing coach Ray Barone is a military retiree who taught at West Point.

“Luca and Jack work hard in the gym and are leaders amongst their peers,” Coach Barone said. “They are top-of-the-line guys and we’re fortunate to have both on our team. West Point is a high-end academic school, like an Ivy League school, and we aren’t allowed to recruit boxers.

“We have another great group of boxers this year. It’s always, ‘Yes, sir; no, sir’ and they’re all very articulate. Luca and Jack, like other boxers on our team, are very respectful. Luca is a very good boxer who could very well be in the Fight of the Night. Jack came here as a football player and he’ll be in his first boxing match on November 11th.”

LoConte Botis and Ward, who has close to a 4.0 GPA, are sophomores who aspire to be Infantry officers upon graduation from West Point.

Luca attended West Point Prep School for one year before entering West Point Military Academy. A 2015 graduate of Winchester High School, he started boxing at a young age, capturing top honors in the New England Junior Olympics, and he developed his skills at Peter Welch’s Gym in South Boston, as well as with the Rivera brothers at the Somerville Boxing Club.

Because he always intended to box at West Point, Luca contacted boxing officials there when he was still in high school, and he knew the coaches and boxers before he officially got there. With 18 (11-7) amateur matches under his belt, Luca has invaluable experience in a sport he passionately views as a lifestyle, much more than a sport

“I am from Winchester and look at this show as a homecoming,” Luca remarked. “I fought there once as a freshman and now I want to show everybody at home that I’ve grown. I’m no longer a boy, I’m growing into a man, and boxing has a lot to do with that. Styles make fights and I know who I’m fighting. I plan to relax in the ring and give everybody a real show. I’m going to have a lot of fun, too, and leave with a smile on my face.

“I become a better version of myself, every day, by getting in the ring. Boxing takes its toll on the body and mind but, if I have a tough day academically or during military training, I get that anger out in the gym. Boxing is a release for me. It reminds me why I’m here. What I overcome in the ring, I can do in any other way. I plan to compete in the Golden Gloves this year and as an officer, I will lead men and women soldiers.”

Ward grew-up in Hampton, NH, but he has roots in Winchester, which he considers his second home. Jack attended Salisbury School, in Connecticut, and he was recruited as a football player. He decided not to play football at West Point and, despite having no prior experience as a boxer, he joined the West Point Boxing Team after meeting Coach Barone and some members of the squad.

“I love competing, discipline and conditioning and I’ve never been in as good shape as I am now as a boxer,” Jack explained. “Boxing adds to my overall development, mentally and physically, and the it will help me become a more effective leader: Calm under pressure, in and out of the ring.

“Because my entire mother’s side is from Winchester, my extended family lives in Winchester, which is like home for me. I’m very happy to be boxing for the first time there and I plan on having a great outing.”

Former professional world champions “Irish” Micky Ward (Lowell) – no relations to Jack Ward — and Jose Antonio “El Gallo” Rivera (Worcester) will be special guests at “Collegiate Fight Night”. Continue reading

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga Victorious in pro boxing debut




Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga Victorious in pro boxing debut





Gabriel Gonzaga (R) won his pro boxing debut

WORCESTER, Mass. (October 29, 2017) – Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga has a successful pro boxing debut last night (Saturday, Oct. 28) in the co-featured event on the “New England’s Future 4″ card, presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), at DCU Center, Exhibition Hall, in Worcester.

The 6′ 2”, 280-pound Brazilian, now fighting out of Worcester (MA), fought another pro-debut boxer with limited MMA experience, Alejandro Esquilin Santiago, of Tampa (FL). Gonzaga stalked the southpaw Santiago, landing some hard shots in the opening round. The heavy-handed Gonzaga picked up the pace in the third and his upset-minded opponent responded in a positive fashion. Both fighters exchanged freely in the fourth and final round, neither was hurt during the contest, and Gonzaga was awarded a win by four-round majority decision.

“I thought I’d be more relaxed in the ring like I had been in the gym,” Gonzaga said. “I did my best and came away with a victory. I was too safe in the third round. My punches were much strong and a lot of his punches I blocked with my gloves. This was really great! tonight”


Gonzaga (L) defeated Santiago

“I felt good and gave it my all,” Santiago remarked. “He hit me with some shots and gave ’em back. Not only does he have a big nose (“Napao”), he has a strong, big head, too.”

In the main event, popular Hartford (CT) light heavyweight Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera remained undefeated, improving his record to 4-0 (3 KOs), with a first-round knockout of an over-matched Hansen Castillo (0-3)

Rivera, not relations to the promoter, first dropped Castillo with a beautifully placed left uppercut and finished the show moments later with a left hook that sent Castillo flying to canvas. Referee Kevin Hope didn’t bother to count.

“My coaches were telling me to be calm because it was a six-round bout,” Rivera explained. “I saw that he had his left down and caught him with an uppercut. I’m strong to the finish because I eat my spinach.”

New Haven junior middleweight Edwin Sosa (11-2-2, 4 KOs) overcame at 15-pound disadvantage, at the very least, en route to a dominant six-round unanimous decision over Anthony “The Animal” Everett (1-7), of Rowley (MA).

Danbury (CT) junior welterweight Omar Bordoy, Jr. (3-0, 1 KO) stopped New York veteran Bryan “The Brick” Abraham (6-31, 6 KOs) in the fourth and final round. Abraham was decked twice and after counting to 10 after Abraham’s second time on the canvas, referee Paul Casey waved off the action.

Three-time national amateur champion Elvis “Chi Chi” Figueroa (3-0, 1 KO), fighting out of New Haven, pitched a complete shutout over a game, pro-debuting Rene Nazare (0-1), of Brazil, for a convincing win by way of a four-round unanimous decision.

Southbridge (MA) welterweight Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan (3-0, 1 KO) pinned Patrick Leal (0-4), of Woburn, on the ropes early, dropping him three times until referee Casey halted the fight midway through the opening round.

Complete results below:



Richard Rivera (4-0, 3 KOs), Hartford, CT

WKO1 (2:18)

Hansen Castillo (0-3), Orlando, FL


Gabriel Gonzaga (1-0), Worcester, MA

40-36, 40-36, 38-38)

Alejandro Esquilin Santiago (pro debut), Tampa, FL.


Elvis Figueroa (3-0, 1 KO), New Haven, CT

WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

Rene Nazare (0-1), Brazil


Edwin Soto (10-2-2, 4 KOs), New Haven, CT

WDEC6 (60-54, 60-54, 58-56)

Anthony Everett (1-6), Rawley, MA


Wilfredo Pagan (3-0, 1 KO), Southbridge, MA

TKO1 (1:36).

Patrick Leal (0-4), Woburn, MA


Omar Bordoy, Jr. (3-0, 1 KO), Danbury, CT

WTKO4 :148)

Bryan “The Brick” Abraham (6-31, 6 KOs), Schenectady, NY

(All fights & fighters subject to change)





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NEW YORK (OCTOBER 26, 2017) – Undefeated all-action welterweight prospect Tyrone ‘Pretty Boy’ James, (5-0, 3 KO’s), of Elmont, NY faces veteran Daniel Sostre(13-14-1, 5 KO’s), in a six round clash on Saturday, November 11 from Long Island’s NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on the non-televised portion of the HBO World Championship Boxing tripleheader, it was announced by Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing.

The 26-year-old James, whose father played professional football, has quickly impressed local fight fans since his pro debut in November 2015, including his last four victories at famed venue, The Paramount in Huntington, New York.

“I’m very excited to be fighting so close to home and on such a huge card. As soon as Joe DeGuardia called to offer me the opportunity I jumped at it,” said James. “I was at the first boxing card in July at the Coliseum and knew I wanted to fight there. It’s a great place for my family and friends to see me in a bigger venue.”

“Sostre has fought a lot of tough fighters and has more experience than me but I’ll be ready on November 11 for victory,” continued James who works in the Nassau County Sanitation Department.

Stated DeGuardia, “This is an excellent opportunity and a true test for Tyrone and we’re thrilled to announce his addition to this sensational card. He has a very crowd-pleasing style and his last four fights at The Paramount have shown that local boxing fans want to see more of him. We look forward to another great performance from him on November 11.”

Sostre, a native of Highland, NY, has fought a long list of top contenders and prospects over his twelve-year career including Wale Omotoso, Mikael Zewski, Raymond Serrano, Gabriel Bracero, Ray Robinson and Mykal Fox.

The HBO World Championship Boxing event is headlined by a 12-round middleweight showdown between Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs taking on Luis Arias and rising heavyweight Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller squaring off with Mariusz Wach in the co-main.

In the opening bout of the telecast, Long Island fan favorite Cletus ‘The Hebrew Hammer’ Seldin battles Roberto ‘Massa’ Ortiz in a highly anticipated 10-round junior welterweight clash.


Seldin Vs. Ortiz is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Jacobs Vs. Arias and Miller Vs. Wach are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports. The event takes place Saturday, November 11 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. BROOKLYN BOXING on Long Island is an extension of BSE’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ brand. For more information, visit brooklynboxingshop.com.


By using CODE: JAMES through the link below, all Ticketmaster fees will be waived, and it will unlock seats in the Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James fan section!



Tickets for the live event are on sale and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.