LAMONT ROACH, JR. SHINES IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN CROWD WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY AGAINST REY “FLASH” PEREZ IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT THE MGM NATIONAL HARBOR

LAMONT ROACH, JR. SHINES IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN CROWD WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY AGAINST REY “FLASH” PEREZ IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT THE MGM NATIONAL HARBOR
AVERY “A PLUS” SPARROW DEFEATS JOSE “WONDER BOY” LOPEZ IN EXCITING
CO-MAIN EVENT

 

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(Lamont Roach, Jr. scored a ten-round unanimous decision victory against Rey Perez in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN on Nov. 30)

 
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OXON HILL, MD (Nov. 30, 2017) Super Featherweight Prospect Lamont Roach, Jr. (16-0, 6 KOs) demonstrated yet again why he’s one of the best and brightest prospects of the Golden Boy Promotions stable as he defeated tough contender Rey “Flash” Perez (21-9, 6 KOs) via unanimous decision in the 10-round main event of the latest edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Despite getting caught with a hard shot to the body in the second round, Roach, Jr. prevailed in exciting and dominant fashion, landing right hands and lead left uppercuts to hurt Perez in the later rounds. Roach, Jr. won with three scores of 99-91.
 
“I feel good after a good performance like that,” said Roach, Jr. “In the second round, he hit me with a really good body shot. But I stayed composed and got myself together. I’d been through that before, and I’ve sparred with bigger people. True fighters know how to recover and get back to their game plan, and that’s what I did. I used the time to recover, and got back to what I was doing to get the victory.”
 
Avery “A Plus” Sparrow (9-1, 3 KOs), the super featherweight prospect of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, scored a dominant unanimous decision victory against Carolina, Puerto Rico’s Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez (18-2-1, 13 KOs) over ten-rounds of action in tonight’s co-main event. Sparrow was cautious in the opening rounds as Lopez pushed forward, but as the round progressed, Sparrow began to display both his ring experience and the ring IQ he has inherited from the Philadelphia school of boxing. Sparrow won with scores of 96-94, 96-94 and 97-93.
 
Fairfield, California’s Manuel “Tino” Avila (23-1, 8 KOs) scored a tough unanimous decision win against Diuhl Olguin (11-9-2, 9 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Though Avila hurt his left hand during the latter part of the fight, he remained victorious with scores of 77-75, 78-74 and 78-74.
 
“I feel good about this win because I was working on different things,” said Avila. “It threw me off that the opponent was decided at the last moment and that I hurt my left hand. Overall, it was a great learning experience because I chose to work on things and with a good opponent.”
 
Lamont Capers (8-10-3) defeated Luther Smith, Jr (9-2, 8 KOs) via four-round split decision in a cruiserweight fight. Smith scored a knockdown in the first round that nearly sent Capers out of the ring, but was unable to finish Capers. One judge scored the fight 38-37 for Smith, which was overruled by two scores of 38-37 for Capers.
 
“I did good,” said Capers. “They saw me as the underdog, but I pushed him and I conquered.”
 
“I wasn’t tired,” said Smith. “I simply wasn’t able to land the shots I wanted to land and that my coach was asking for. He [Capers] never hurt me, but he was a lot busier.”
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[VIDEO] WATCH MIGUEL COTTO VS. SADAM ALI WEIGH-IN LIVE! TODAY AT NOON EASTERN!

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Check out Miguel Cotto’s “final” weigh-in as he takes on Sadam Ali on Saturday night in a title bout.

 

You can watch the live event on either of the links below today at noon.

 

Watch Live: RingTV.com or Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing

 

Cotto vs. Ali, a 12-round fight for the Cotto’s WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Negrete is a 12-round fight for Vargas’ WBC World Super Bantamweight Title and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” “Hennessy: Never Stop. Never Settle.”, and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The RingTV.com livestream will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. ET/ 3:45 p.m. PT.

 

Tickets for Cotto vs. Ali are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50 and are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.comwww.goldenboytickets.com or www.MSG.com.

 

For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, and www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com, and www.hbo.com/boxing. Follow on Twitter at @cottopromotions, @GoldenBoyBoxing, and @hboboxing, and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and www.facebook.com/realmiguelacotto. Visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing and @realmiguelacotto and follow the conversation using #CottoAli.

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COTTO VS. ALI FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS, AND VIDEO

COTTO VS. ALI IS THIS SATURDAY AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN AND TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING 

 

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(LEFT TO RIGHT: Aaron McKenna, Angel Acosta, Rey Vargas, Miguel Cotto, Sadam Ali, Oscar Negrete, Ronny Rios, and Zachary Ochoa pose at the final press conference for Cotto vs. Ali, which takes place Dec. 2, 2017 at Madison Square Garden.)  

 

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NEW YORK CITY (NOV. 30, 2017) Four division world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) and current WBA International Welterweight Champion Sadam “World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) today hosted the final press conference for their WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship fight, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 2 at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Joining Cotto and Ali at the final press conference were undercard fighters including WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOs) and NABF Bantamweight Champion Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-0, 7 KOs), who will fight for Vargas’s belt in the HBO-televised co-main event. They were also joined by featherweight contender Ronny Rios (28-2, 13 KOs), super lightweight contender Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (17-1, 7 KOs), junior flyweight contender Angel “Tito” Acosta (16-1, 16 KOs), and Aaron “Silencer” McKenna, Ireland’s no. 1 ranked amateur fighter who will make his professional debut under the Golden Boy Promotions banner on Saturday.

 

Here are what the fighters, their teams, and promoters had to say at today’s final press conference at Madison Square Garden:

 

MIGUEL COTTO, FOUR DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION: 

“It’s been a pleasure for me to try to entertain you guys for 17 years. I have done my best at every opportunity for the benefit of my family. They mean everything to me and I am so proud of them and they are so proud of me.

“On Saturday, I will be the same Miguel you have watched for the last 16 years. I am going to be a warrior and do my best for the benefit of my family, as always.”

 

SADAM “WORLD KID” ALI, Current WBA International Welterweight Champion:

“Thank you to Team Cotto for this opportunity. I’ve been training almost my whole life, since I was eight years old. Everyone wants an opportunity like this for a world title against a legend. If you’re not ready for a legend like Miguel Cotto then you’re going to be in trouble. On Saturday night you are going to see an amazing fight.”

 

FREDDIE ROACH, Trainer to Miguel Cotto:

“It’s a sad moment to say this is our last training camp because I’m going to miss Miguel a lot. Yesterday in the gym was the best I’ve ever seen Miguel. No one talked about retirement in camp. He’s in great shape and didn’t take anything lightly in camp. He’s going to go out on top and you’re going to see the best Miguel yet.”

 

ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer to Sadam “World Kid” Ali:

“Here we are – the work has been done. It’s been a strong, hard and diligent camp. He showed me that he wants to be that fighter that contends against a legend like Miguel Cotto, someone who is one of my favorite fighters. We are coming to entertain a crowd and come out victorious on Saturday.”

 

ERIC GOMEZ, President of Golden Boy Promotions:

“We are extremely excited for Saturday’s historic event at the ‘Mecca of Boxing,’ Madison Square Garden, and very happy with the response and ticket sales. The tickets are going fast, it’s going to be a big push these last final days for tickets.

“Miguel has fought at The Garden many times. This place is like a second home to him. He’s definitely going to be a hall of famer once it’s all said and done but he will have a tough test come Saturday night.

“Sadam deserves credit and recognition for doing something far too many boxers shy away from taking on a legend in daring to be great. That is how you make a real name for yourself in boxing. You’ll never know what’s possible if you don’t try it. Greatness happens when you pursue tough challenges, win or lose.

“I’ve never seen Sadam in better shape so I know he worked hard. You cannot underestimate the power of a dream. Sadam has always dreamed at being at this stage in his career. I’ve done boxing for many years and these are the types that can be dangerous fights – anything can happen when you have a young, hungry fighter like Sadam Ali.

“This is the second fight for Golden Boy to work with Miguel Cotto. The conversation with Miguel and his team for this fight was ‘Is Golovkin available? If not, I’ll fight anybody. Just tell me the date and the weight and I’ll be there.’ That is so refreshing to hear as a promoter and that is how Miguel has been throughout his career. It goes to show that when you believe in yourself, you’ll fight anyone. Saturday will be a great celebration and it will be a special night.”

 

REY VARGAS, Current WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion:

“I’m happy and motivated to be part of this great fight. Miguel Cotto is a great fighter, and I’m happy to be part of this card. I’m enthusiastic for this fight because Oscar Negrete is a great fighter, and he is coming for my title.

“You will see on Saturday why I am number one and why I would like to be number one forever. I am a champion, and I will do what Cotto did in his career – I want to be number one for the people. I’m ready for Saturday, and I’m going to give it my everything.” Continue reading

ROACH JR, SPARROW VICTORIOUS AT MGM NATIONAL HARBOR ON GOLDEN BOY ESPN CARD!

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MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD — In the main event on Golden Boy on ESPN’s card at MGM National Harbor, local favorite Lamont Roach, Jr won a 10-round UD over Rey Perez.

Outside of a body shot that got his attention early in the fight, Roach outhustled and outworked the rugged Perez.  All three judges scored it 99-91 for Roach.

Roach, (16-0, 6 KOs), entered the ring with a heavy heart as he lost an integral piece of his team last month.  His trainer, mentor, and cousin Bernard Roach died suddenly from complications of a heart attack.

Roach admitted it was hard to focus, but there were no signs tonight as he used excellent movement and hand speed to control Perez (21-9, 6 KOs).

Perez didn’t come to lay down as he gave a hard night’s effort for his honest pay.  However, there was too much of an athletic advantage for Perez to overcome.

I like the way Golden Boy is moving Roach.  He’s only 22.  There is no need to rush him to become another titleholder who is learning on the job.

Roach had a very active 2017 and he should continue that trend in 2018.  Maybe by the end of 2018 he can faceoff against a similar young prospect to see what he’s made of.  We’ll keep an eye on him here, of course.

Gary Russell, Jr was in attendance.

Attendance for the card was 1,768.  I think the start time (6:30pm on a Thursday night) contributed to the turnout.  More importantly, the hometown Redskins had a Thursday Night Football national broadcast with the archrival Cowboys.  Washington D.C., along with the metropolitan area, is a football town.  Football is king and that is that.

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“I feel good after a god performance like. In the second round, he hit me with a really good body shot. But I stayed composed and got myself together. I’d been through that before, and I’ve sparred with bigger people.”

“True fighters know how to recover and get back to their game plan, and that’s what I did. I used the time to recover, and got back to what I was doing to get the victory.”

In the televised co-feature, Avery Sparrow brought the Philadelphia rough-and-tumble spirit early on to beat Jose Lopez by UD.

Sparrow (9-1, 3 KOs) didn’t fight like a replacement opponent as he overcame a major height deficit to beat Lopez to the point all night.

Sparrow used crafty tricks out of the Philly boxing gyms and he was just a step ahead of Lopez (18-2-1, 13 KOs) all night.  The Sparrow right hand couldn’t miss, especially late.  He used it wisely and his unorthodox fighting style was too much.

In the end, two judges had it 96-94, and the third had it 97-93.  I thought Sparrow won by at least three points.

Sparrow

“I feel great. I showed that I had more experience.”  “I did what I had to do and even hurt him a couple times. We knew the game plan was to take me to deep waters, so we started cautiously and reversed the plan. We took him to deep waters and got the victory.”

Other results:

Manuel “Tino” Avila (23-1, 8 KOs) UD over Diuhl Olguin (11-9-2, 9 KOs).  Scores were 77-75, and 78-74 twice.

“I feel good about this win because I was working on different things,” said Avila. “It threw me off that the opponent was decided at the last moment and that I hurt my left hand. Overall, it was a great learning experience because I chose to work on thing and with a good opponent.”

Lamont Capers (8-10-3) SD over Luther Smith, Jr (9-2, 8 KOs).  Scores were 38-37 for Smith, and 38-37 twice for Capers.

“I did good,” said Capers. “They saw me as the underdog, but I pushed him and I conquered.”

“I wasn’t tired,” said Smith. “I simply wasn’t able to land the shots I wanted to land and that my coach was asking for. He [Capers] never hurt me, but he was a lot busier.”

Thomas Williams (0-0-2) DRAW with Alberto Delgado (0-2-3)

Williams: “This fight went the same way as my last fight. All I can say is that Delgado is one tough guy.”

Delgado: “It was a tough fight. I gave everything, but I needed more power to win.”

 

 

[VIDEO] ERROL SPENCE JR vs. LAMONT PETERSON LIVE PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY AT 1:00pm

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ERROL SPENCE JR. vs. LAMONT PETERSON BROOKLYN PRESS CONFERENCE

STREAMING LIVE ON DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT’S FACEBOOK PAGE

 

TODAY, Wednesday, November 29 — 1:00 p.m. ET

 

Brooklyn, NY (November 29, 2017) Today at 1:00 p.m. ET, DiBella Entertainment will stream live on Facebook the kick-off press conference for the highly anticipated showdown between IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and former world champion Lamont Peterson from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

 

To watch the press conference, visit Facebook.com/DiBellaEntertainment or click HERE.

 

Spence and Peterson will battle in this highly anticipated clash on Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The event is presented by Premier Boxing Champions live from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

 

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage begins live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature undercard attractions that will be announced in the near future.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are priced starting at $50, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.combarclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio.

 

Spence (22-0, 19 KOs), of Dallas, traveled to England to dethrone IBF 147-pound champion and hometown favorite Kell Brook on May 27 on SHOWTIME in one of the defining fights of 2017.  The 27-year-old, who had long been touted as boxing’s next big thing, fulfilled his promise with a breakthrough performance, fracturing Brook’s orbital bone en route to an 11th round TKO.  A 2012 U.S. Olympian, Spence will enter the ring at Barclays Center for the third time after most recently stopping former champion Chris Algieri in an April 2016 main event. He will fight in Brooklyn for the fourth time; he earned his title shot by knocking out Leonard Bundu at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in August 2016.

 

Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs), of Washington, D.C., has won titles at 140 and 147 pounds while facing some of the biggest names in the sport, including Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley.  The 33-year-old won the WBA 147-pound title in his last outing Feb. 18 on SHOWTIME before relinquishing the belt for the chance to challenge Spence. Peterson has won four of his last five outings, twice fighting at Barclays Center. His Brooklyn debut saw him defeat Edgar Santana by TKO in 2014 before dropping a narrow majority draw to Garcia in a 2015 main event in Brooklyn.

 

Contacts

DiBella Entertainment: (212) 947-2577

SERGEY KOVALEV “KRUSHES” SHABRANSKYY! GAMBOA EARNS EARLY X-MAS GIFT OVER SOSA; SULLY B MAINTAINS SPOT IN CHASE FOR BIVOL

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Story by:  Robert Uzzell

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY — On Saturday night, Sergey Kovalev wanted to show the world that “The Krusher” was back.  I’m not sure he ever left.

They say knockouts cause amnesia.  I believe it because prior to his controversial knockout loss to Andre Ward, most observers thought he beat Ward in their first encounter.  You remember that fight, right folks?

If there was any doubt about how Kovalev would respond, he didn’t take long to answer as he dropped Vyacheslav Shabranskyy twice in the first round.  With a little over a minute left, a looping right hand glanced Shabranskyy and took his equilibrium away from the start.   Shabranskyy got up and Kovalev started boxing again.  A jab to the body, a jab up top as Shabranskyy walked in, a left uppercut missed, a jab and hard right scored, and them BOOM!  A left-right-left-right-left-left-right put Shabranskyy down hard.  Shabranskyy got up and the round ended.

In the second, Kovalev landed a hard double left jab to back Shabranskyy up.  A short time later, a left-right-right landed and dropped Shabranskyy again.  He got up again.

Kovalev attacked again with two hard right hands to the body.  A jab wobbled Shabranskyy and put him on skates as Kovalev began to tee off.  His legs were gone and referee Harvey Dock, maybe a bit too late, jumped in to stop it.

Kovalev improves to 31-2-1, 27 KOs.  Shabranskyy drops to 19-2, 16 KOs.

After the fight Kovalev said, “I did it and worked very hard to get to champion status.  My brain, mentally, my conditioning, my body – I’m back.  It’s my goal to be the best in this division. I am here, I love boxing, I love to make great fights.  This makes boxing interesting. We can make good fights for boxing fans, and make boxing history.  Let’s find out who is the best. Chickenson is on my list.  This is very good for boxing. Let’s do it.”

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In another of three televised fights, Sullivan Barrera won a unanimous decision in a slugfest with Felix Valera.  The fight was filled with knockdowns, point deductions, low blows, and head clashes.

Valera dropped Sully B hard with a left hook in the first.  Barrera got up and landed a shot at the end of the first to drop Valera.

In the second, after some great exchanges, a head butt busted open Barrera’s left eye.  A hard left hook by Valera to the groin caused a stoppage in action.  Referee Michael Ortega warned Valera he’d take a point.  Valera began to do his best Ray Leonard-Ricardo Mayorga imitation trying to show Barrera up.  Barrera took the bait and began to throw wild shots to try to take him out.

In the third another low blow caused Ortega to keep his promise and deduct a point from Valera.

In the sixth round, another point was taken from Valera for a low blow.

In the ninth round, Barrera landed a low blow of his own which caused Ortega to deduct a point.

In the end, Barrera won by the scores of 98-88, 97-90, and 97-89.  He is in line for a shot at Dmitry Bivol, (12-0, 10 KOs), the WBA World light heavyweight champion.  With the win, Barrera moves to 21-1, with 14 KOs.  Valera drops to 15-2, 13 KOs.

According to Barrera,  “It was a tough, awkward fight. I have beaten two of the three light heavyweights shown on HBO. I’m just waiting to finally get the opportunity I deserve.”

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In the other televised bout, Yuriorkis Gamboa got an early Christmas gift from judges Robin Taylor (94-94), John McKaie (95-92), and Don Trella (96-92 and 114-114 Golovkin vs. Alvarez, including scoring 7th for Alvarez).

TheFightJournal.com scored it for Sosa with a 96-92 score.

This was a 10 round fight and Gamboa lost points by suffering a knockdown in the seventh and having a point deducted by holding (final round).  Yet somehow two judges saw Sosa only winning two rounds.

Don Trella needs to be investigated, but the names Jason and Sosa don’t command big enough attention to address the matter.

While I think Gamboa won three or four rounds, if you take two points away from him and STILL say he won six rounds, I’d say we have a problem.

The real problem is this is boxing and it’s been a 60 year old problem that ain’t going to get solved in 2017 or 2018 for that matter.

Afterwards Yuriorkis Gamboa said, “I’m sorry I didn’t give you a better match, I only had three weeks to prepare.”

“I didn’t have enough time to train. I only had three weeks. I didn’t have time to get ready.”

“I needed two or three more weeks to lose the weight correctly.”

“Of course the decision was good. I think I won every round, except for the knockdown and the point deduction.”

To Sosa he said,  “You gave a great fight, you have a great heart.”

Jason Sosa commented, “That’s boxing. It was a fun fight. I took some breaks, but I thought I did enough to win.”

“I know I did enough to win the fight. I didn’t get hurt at all during the fight. I spar with middleweights, so that was nothing.”
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[VIDEO] KOVALEV/SHABRANSKYY, SOSA/GAMBOA, SULLY B/VALERA RECAP; CESAR DIAZ; O’NEIL BELL; MORE!

Listen in as we recap Saturday’s HBO card featuring Sergey “KRUSHER” Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy.

 

Also on the card was a controversial decision in a fight between Camden, New Jersey’s  Jason Sosa and Yuriorkis Gamboa.

 

The third fight of the televised portion was a light heavyweight contest between Sullivan Barrera and Felix Valera.

 

Check it out:

Granite Chin invades Granite State “Rumble at The Rim”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Granite Chin invades Granite State “Rumble at The Rim”

Dec. 9 at The Rim in Hampton, N.H.

 

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HAMPTON, NH (November 13, 2017) – Granite Chin Promotions invades the Granite State on Saturday, December 9, showcasing some of New England’s top professional boxers on the “Rumble at The Rim” card, at The Rim in Hampton, New Hampshire.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Hampton Youth Association.

“We are excited to bring Granite Chin to New Hampshire,” promoter Chuck Shearns said. “The town of Hampton and its officials have really embraced us. We have teamed up with a great charity, Hampton Youth Association. The state boxing commission has been extremely encouraging and cooperative, which, frankly, is not something we are used to and that’s been a breath of fresh air. We’re going to put on a good event and plan to be back more often next year.”

New England cruiserweight champion Chris Traietti (24-4, 19 KOs), fighting out of Quincy (MA), will fight in an eight-round bout to be contested at a 185-pounds catch-weight. A former World Boxing Council United States cruiserweight titlist, Traietti is a college graduate who did one tour of duty in Iraq while serving in the U.S. Air Force.

Talented Quincy lightweight Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski (26-3, 8 KOs) will be showcased in a six-round bout.

Entertaining Hartford (CT) light heavyweight prospect Richie “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (4-0, 3 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line in a six-round fight.

Also fighting on the undercard, all in four-round matches, are pro-debuting 185-pounder Russ Kimber, of Peabody (MA), Claremont (NH) junior middleweight Ricky Ford (0-1-1) in his home state debut as a professional boxer, unbeaten Holbrook (MA) welterweight Mike O’Han, Jr. (3-0, 1 KO), and New Jersey middleweight Chris Thomas (6-0-1, 3 KOs).

“This card features some of the best talent in New England,” Shearn added, “including undefeated Richie Rivera, to go along with New Hampshire natives Ricky Ford and Russell Kimber. Also slated to be in action are contender Ryan Kielczweski, New England cruiserweight champ Chris Traietti and undefeated prospect Mike O’Han, Jr. We expect some good scrapes.”

All opponents will soon be determined. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $60.00 (ringside) and $45.00 (general admission), are on sale and available to purchase at www.ticketriver.com.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m., first bout 7:00 p.m. ET.

Event sponsors include Seabrook Inn, Tobin Scientific and Matrix Aerospace. Continue reading

MIGUEL COTTO AND UNDERCARD FIGHTERS LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

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(ABOVE: Four division world champion Miguel Cotto at his LA Media Workout at Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, Calif. on Nov. 20, 2017.)

 

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Credit: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

 

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 20, 2017): Four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) hosted a media workout today at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles ahead of the final fight of the future Hall of Famer’s career, which will be against Sadam “World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) for Cotto’s WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship. The action will take place at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Also participating in the workout was NABF Bantamweight Champion Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-0, 7 KOs), who will challenge Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOs) for the WBC World Super Bantamweight belt in the HBO-televised co-main event, along with Ronny Rios (28-2, 13 KOs) and Aaron “Silencer” McKenna who will also be on the card in separate bouts that will be streamed on RingTV.com.

 

Here is what today’s participants had to say at the workout:

 

MIGUEL COTTO, Four Division World Champion:

“Though it has been my last training camp, everything has gone well and been the same. The fact that it is my last fight has not changed anything. I have always dedicated myself fully and have worked hard, and that’s why I’m here now, finishing my career on my terms.. I haven’t really felt nostalgia yet during the final days of my camp. I’m just grateful for what boxing has given me and for the life it has allowed me to give to my children.”

 

OSCAR “EL JAGUAR” NEGRETE, Current NABF Bantamweight Champion:

“I’m so excited for this opportunity. This is everything that I have worked for so far in my career. Being undefeated doesn’t make him [Rey Vargas] invincible. I’m a forced to be reckoned with. People may underestimate me, but I know what I’ve done to make sure I walk away with the victory.”

 

RONNY RIOS, Featherweight Contender:

“I learned a lot from my last fight. I feel like that’s prepared me a lot for this next one. From my last fight I learned that I need to throw more punches and be more aggressive. If I would have just thrown 20 more punches in every round, things would have looked a lot different. I’m prepared for [Deivis] Julio, and I’m ready for fight night. As soon as I got the call, I was ready. I always stay ready in between fights.”

AARON “SILENCER” MCKENNA, Welterweight Prospect:

“Today’s workout and meeting the LA press was fantastic! I had a tremendous training camp and have had some really strong sparring at Maywood Gym. Ever since I put on my first pair of gloves at the age of 6, all the hard training, tournaments, amateur fights have led to me fighting at Madison Square Garden Dec. 2. I’m a delighted to be making my pro-debut and look forward to putting on a great show for the fans!”

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Blair Cobbs Improves to 8-0, 6 KOs with TKO Victory

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LAS VEGAS, NV (November 20, 2017) – This past Saturday Prince Ranch Boxing’s super-lightweight prospect, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (7-0, 6 KOs), remained undefeated with a dominating performance against Ousmane Sylla (1-3-1, 1 KO), scoring a 4th round TKO.  The scheduled 6-round bout took place at the at the Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi.

 

“From the opening bell, Cobbs applied a tremendous amount pressure as he walked down Sylla, forcing him to fight going backwards.  Cobbs was digging to the body with vicious intent.  Cobbs continued to overwhelm Sylla with an all-out attack, landing multiple power shots to the head and body in rounds two and three.  Finally, Cobbs landed another solid right hook to the head forcing the referee to stop the bout in the fourth round, giving him the TKO victory.

 

“Going into this fight I felt I had to get the knockout,” said Blair Cobbs. “I did exactly that by applying a lot of pressure and going to the body.  After round three I knew he was wearing down, and that’s when I went for the knockout.  Everything went great…now it’s time to get back in the gym and continue grinding.”

 

“Blair Cobbs is taking advantage of all the opportunities that have come his way,” stated Greg Hannely, president of Prince Ranch Boxing. “I believe he has all the talent to become a world champion in the next couple of years.  We are going to keep him very busy moving forward.  Sky is the limit for this kid.”

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REMINDER: SLUGFEST AT THE SUN OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN *TODAY* AT 5:00 PM IN FRONT OF MOHEGAN SUN ARENA

REMINDER: SLUGFEST AT THE SUN OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN

*TODAY* AT 5:00 PM IN FRONT OF MOHEGAN SUN ARENA

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

UNCASVILLE, CONNECTICUT, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

*TODAY* OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN

WHO:

CONSTANTIN BEJENARU/ WBC International & Continental Americas Cruiserweight Champion (Brooklyn, New York, 12-0 3KOs)

THABISO “The Rock” MCHUNU/ #1 Mandatory Challenger, former world title challenger (Kato Ridge, South Africa, 18-3 11KOs)

DANNY “EL GALLO” GONZALEZ/ Highly rated prospect (14-0 5KOs)

DANNY “DANNY O” O’CONNOR/ Highly rated Jr. Welterweight (28-3 11KOs)

WENDY “Hatian Fire” TOUSSAINT/ New York Prospect (6-0 1KO)

DAN MURRAY/ New York Prospect (2-1 1KO)

“ACTION” ANTHONY LAUREANO/ Top New England Prospect (5-0 3KOs)

JOHNNY “HITMAN” HERNANDEZ/ New York Prospect (8-2 1KO)

CHARLES FOSTER/ New Haven, CT (13-0 7KOs)

QUENTIN RANKIN/ Charlotte, NC (12-4-2 9KOs)

KALI REIS/ Former 2X Womens World Champion (11-6-1 3KOs)

TIFFANY WOODWARD/ Wilson, North Carolina (4-8-3 3KOs)

CARLOS MARRERO/ Hartford, Connecticut (pro-debut)

SEQUAN FELTON/ Rochester, New York (1-2)

VALERIO NOCERA/ USA Debut  Rome, Italy (3-0-1)

DAN MURRAY/ Lanoka Harbor, NJ/ Boston, MA (2-1)

WHAT:

Official weigh-in for the featured bouts of SLUGFEST AT THE SUN, live from Mohegan Sun brought to you by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. The main event features current WBC International and Continental Americas Champion Constantin Bejenaru, defending his belts against former world title challenger and #1 mandatory challenger, Thabiso Mchunu. The co-feature will be a scheduled 10-round WBC Silver International Super Lightweight Title bout between New York’s, Danny Gonzalez and Massachusetts Danny O’Connor. The sensational undercard features a Jr. Welterweight battle between New England’s rising star Anthony Laureano and New York prospect Johnny Hernandez. Other exciting matches include and Italian vs Irish brawl as Velrio Nocera takes on Dan Murray, a female fight featuring Kali Reis, and local prospects Charles Foster, Wendy Toussaint, and Carlos Marrero in separate matchups.

 

WHEN:

Friday, November 24th, 2017: 5:00 PM ET

WHERE:

Mohegan Sun Arena (in front of box office)

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd

Uncasville, CT 06382

BOUT SHEET:

 Tickets start at JUST $30.

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