FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Olympic medalist Nico Hernandez injured,

“KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory” postponed

 

Feb. 10 at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS

 

PARK CITY, Kansas (November 27, 2017) – Due to an injury suffered by 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez last week at training camp, this Saturday night’s “KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory” card, presented by KO Night Boxing LLC, has been postponed until February 10, at the same venue, Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.  
 
The 21-year-old Hernandez was scheduled to headline the event in his hometown against Hungarian flyweight champion Jozsef “Little Red” Ajtai (19-9, 12 KOs) in the eight-round main event for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) Americas flyweight championship.
 
The promoter plans to keep the card intact, as much as possible, and he is hopeful that Ajtai is available to challenge Hernandez for the IBA Americas title.
 
“Injuries are an unfortunate part of boxing, but the good news is that Nico will be 100-percent ready to go February 10th,” promoter John Andersen said. “I know that Nico feels that he’s letting everybody down but, at the end of the day, all that really counts is his health. He’s a tough kid who has his entire pro career ahead of him.”
 
“Over the last six months, Nico has become like family to the Hartman Arena staff,” said Hartman Arena Executive Director, Ben Bolander. “We wish the best for him and hope for a speedy recovery, so we can see him back here in February fighting for the title.”
 
TIckets to the December 2nd event will still be honored at the February 10 event. If ticket holders, are unable to attend the new event date, full refunds will be offered at the point of purchase. Tickets will remain on sale for the February 10, 2018 event date.
 
INFORMATION:
 
 
Twitter: @KONightBoxing, @IBABoxing
 
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About Hartman Arena
Hartman Arena, with a total seating capacity of 6,750, is the home to great live entertainment, indoor sports and community events, and is managed by VenuWorks, America’s emerging leader in venue management.
 
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CONTACT:
Bob Trieger, KO Night Boxing, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, 978.590.0470, @FightPublicist
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Granite Chin invades Granite State “Rumble at The Rim”

 

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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

2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez & Hungarian champion Jozsef Ajtai have taken different paths into pro ranks “KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory” for vacant IBA Americas flyweight title

GOLD & GLORY

Featuring

NICO HERNANDEZ

2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist

 IBA Americas Flyweight Championship vs. Jozsef Ajtai

Saturday night, Dec. 2, 2017 * Hartman Arena * Park City, Kansas

 

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2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez & Hungarian champion Jozsef

Ajtai have taken different paths into pro ranks

“KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory” for vacant IBA Americas flyweight title

 

Dec. 2 at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS

PARK CITY, Kansas (November 20, 2017) – USA Olympian and hometown hero Nico Hernandez and Hungarian flyweight champion Jozsef “Little Red” Ajtai took completely different paths into the professional ranks.

Hernandez vs, Ajtai is the eight-round main event for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) Americas flyweight title fight, Saturday night, December 2, on the “KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory” card, at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.

“KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory” is a presentation of KO Night Boxing LLC., in association with Hartman Arena, and sponsored in part by Twister City Harley-Davidson Metro PCS, Mort’s Cigar Bar and Jimmy’s Egg.

The action will be taped live for future airing on CBS Sports Network.

The 21-year-old Hernandez (3-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Wichita, was a decorated amateur boxer who compiled a sterling 123-12 record, highlighted by his bronze-medal winning performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Hernandez made his pro debut last March. All his fights have been at home, each has been in the main event, and on national television. His fight against Ajtai, however, will be his first title fight, coming in only his fourth pro bout.

Ajtai, who is one year and six days younger than Hernandez, made his professional debut 2 ½ years ago, and he’s already fought in five title fights.

Hernandez’ amateur pedigree versus Ajtai’s pro experience?

“I feel like I’m already at the level of a lot of top pro fighters,” Hernandez said. The only advantage he has is he’s used to fighting more rounds than I (this is Nico’s first scheduled 8-rounder), but I don’t plan on letting it go the distance anyways.

“I feel blessed to have this IBA title fight opportunity so early in my pro career. It honestly couldn’t come any faster. I do believe it will be special and open a tot of opportunities to fight bigger names once I win this fight. A win should open-up additional title fight opportunities, both overseas and, hopefully, back here at home to help us continue building Wichita into a fight town.”

Ajtai (19-9, 12 KOs) has already had 28 pro fights, including a full 10-round distance loss by decision last year at Madison Square Garden in New York City to two-time Olympic gold medalist Shiming Zou, the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight world champion. The Hungarian has fought at home in Hungary, as well as on the road in the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia. A trip to America’s heartland doesn’t faze him in the least. Continue reading

CLETUS “THE HEBREW HAMMER” SELDIN TO HOLD OPEN WORKOUT NOV 4TH IN RIVERHEAD, LONG ISLAND

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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

WHO:

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

Pete Brodsky – Trainer

When:

Saturday, November, 4, 2017

11 AM – 2 PM

Where:

Maximus Boxing Gym

126 E. Main St.

Riverhead, NY 11901

FACTS:

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. 

TICKETS:

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!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.

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

 

COLLEGIATE FIGHT NIGHT

West Point, Coast Guard Academy, University of Connecticut,

University of Massachusetts, Trinity College & Harvard University

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Collegiate Fight Night”

Homecoming for two

West Point Cadet Boxers

Luca LoConte Botis & Jack Ward

Saturday, Nov. 11 in Winchester, MA

 

 

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(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

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

 

“NEW ENGLAND’S FUTURE 4” RESULTS

 

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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”

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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:

OFFICIAL RESULTS

MAIN EVENT – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS

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

WKO1 (2:18)

Hansen Castillo (0-3), Orlando, FL

CO-FEATURE– HEAVYWEIGHTS

Gabriel Gonzaga (1-0), Worcester, MA

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

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

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS

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

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

Rene Nazare (0-1), Brazil

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS

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

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

Anthony Everett (1-6), Rawley, MA

WELTERWEIGHTS

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

TKO1 (1:36).

Patrick Leal (0-4), Woburn, MA

JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS

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)

 

INFORMATION:

 

Facebook.com/RiveraPromotionsEntertainment

Twitter: @RiveraPromoEnt @joseriverachamp, KingRivera_

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CONTACT: Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, 978.590.0470, @fightpublicist

Alexey Kunchenko stops Sergey Romanov in 1st round to retain title and remain undefeated

Artiom Frolov defeats Caio Magalhaes
Captures vacant M-1 Challenge middleweight title

 

M-1 CHALLENGE 84 RESULTS & PICTURES
 
 

(L-R) — M-1 Global promoter Vadim Finkelchtein &
M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko
 
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (October 27, 2017) – M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko retained his title, improving hid professional mixed-martial-arts record to 19-0-0, in last night’s M-1 Challenge 84 main event in St. Petersburg Russia.
 
Undefeated Artiom Frolov (10-0-0), of Russia, captured the vacant M-1 Challenge middleweight title, taking a five-round decision from Caui “Hellboy” Malgahaes (10-34-0).
 
 

 
Kunchenko pounds Romanov
 
Kunchenko, fighting out of Russia, stopped his challenger and fellow countryman, Sergey Romanov (11-2-0), via punches in the opening round, highlighting the 20th anniversary of promotional company M-1 Global. Kunchenko and Romanov both started the action unbeaten in M-1 Global competition, Kunchenko at 8-0-0, 5-0-0 for Romanov.
 
 
Frolov lands “money punch” on Malgahaes 
 
Frolov won a tough five-round decision from Brazilian veteran Malgahaes in the co-featured event.
 
American middleweight Joe “Diesel” Riggs registered his 46th career MMA victory, punching out Oleg Olenichev (9-5-0) in the third round, while Spanish middleweight Enoc Solves Torres (21-10-1) made quick work of Andrey Seledtzov (7-5-0), using an armbar for a win by way of first-round submission.
 
Russian bantamweight Bair Shtepin (5-2-0) upset employed a triangle choke to forces his Finnish opponent, Janne “Jamba” Elonen-Kulmala (15-6-1) by way of a third-round submission, and Russian lightweight prospect Roman Bogatov (3-0-0) won a three-round decision over German invader Sascha Sharma (13-4-0)..
 
Fighting on the preliminary card, Russian heavyweight Philip “F-11” De Freis (13-6-0, M-1: 1-0-0) won a majority decision over fellow countryman Anton Vyzigin (7-2-0), while Russian featherweight Zalimbek Omarov (9-2-1) won a unanimous decision against Sascha Sharma (13-4-0), of Germany.   Ilya Bochkov (2-1-0) stopped Arkady Lisin (5-2-0) and Dmitry Tebekin (7-3-0) won a unanimous decision over Vasily Volodko (2-1-0) in a pair of fights between Russian light heavyweights,
 
In three welterweight matches featuring six Russian fighters, Maksim Grabovich (6-3-0) used a rear naked choke to defeat Temirlan Sharipov (3-1-0) in the third round, and Danila Prikaza (8-2-1) took a decision from Akhmadkhan Ozdoev (4-1-1).
 
Complete results and more pictures below:

“New England’s Future 4” Fact Sheet

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“New England’s Future 4”

FACT SHEET

This Saturday night in Worcester, MA

 

FACT SHEET

 

WHAT: “New England’s Future 4” professional boxing event        

 

WHO:   Main Event – Heavyweights (8)

Vinnie “American Nightmare” Carita (16-1-1, 15 KOs), Pembroke, MA

Saul “El Fenix Asesino” Faraff (64-23-3 (56 KOs), Trinidad, Bolivia

Co-Feature – 180-lbs. Catchweight (4)

Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (3-0, 2 KOs), Hartford, CT

Hansen Castillo (0-2), Orlando, FL

Heavyweights (4)

Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga (pro debut), Worcester, MA

Alejandro Esquilin Santiago (pro debut), Tampa, FL

Super Middleweights (4)

Elvis Figueroa (2-0, 1 KO), New Haven, CT

Rene Nazare (pro debut), Brazil

150-pound Catchweight (4)

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

Anthony Everett (1-6), Lawrence, MA

Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan (2-0), Southbridge, MA

Patrick Leal (0-3), Woburn, MA

Junior Welterweights (6)

Adrian “Tonka” Sosa (5-0, 4 KOs), Lawrence, MA

Shakha Moore (12-23-2 (2 KOs), Norwalk, CT

Junior Welterweights (4)

Anthony Laureano (5-0, 3 KOs), East Hartford, CT

Bruno Dias (0-3), Woburn, MA

Omar Bordoy, Jr. (2-0), Danbury, CT

Bryan “The Brick” Abraham (6-30, 6 KOs), Schenectady, NY

138-pound Catchweight

Timmy Ramos (4-0-1, 4 KOs), Framingham, MA

Seth Basler (0-2), Marion, FL

(All fights & fighters subject to change)

 

WHEN:                  Saturday, October 28, 2017

WHERE:               DCU Center, Exhibition Hall, Worcester, MA

PROMOTER:        Rivera Promotions Entertainment  

TICKETS:              Tickets, priced at $75.00 (ringside) and $45.00 (general

admission), are on sale and available to purchase at the DCU

Center box office, www.dcu.centerworcester.com, by contacting

Jose Rivera (elgallojar@gmail.com/508.864.6954), AJ Rivera

(anthoneerivera@gmail.com/774.272.2269) or any of the fighters.

 

DOORS OPEN:             6:30 P.M.. ET 

FIRST BOUT:                7:00 p.m. ET

RING ANNOUNCER:     John Vena

 

OFFICIAL WEIGH IN:  Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

                                       Pepe’s Pizza & Restaurant

                                       274 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA

  Continue reading

M-1 Challenge 84: Alexey Kunchenko vs. Sergey Romanov FACT SHEET

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M-1 Challenge 84  

Alexey Kunchenko vs. Sergey Romanov

FACT SHEET 

This Friday in Saint Petersburg, Russia

M-1 CHALLENGE 84 FACT SHEET

 MAIN CARD

 

 

MAIN EVENT – M-1 CHALLENGE WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 5 X 5

Alexey Kunchenko (16-0-0, M-1: 8-0-0), Champion, Russia

vs.

Sergey Romanov (11-1-0, M-1: 5-0-0), Challenger, Russia

 

MIDDLEWEIGHTS — 3 X 5

Caio “Hellboy” Magalhaes (10-3-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Brazil

vs.

Artem Frolov (9-0-0, M-1: 7-0-0), Russia

Joe “Diesel” Riggs (45-17-0, M-1: 1-0-0), USA

vs.

Oleg Olenichev (9-4-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Russia

 

Enoc Solves Torres (20-10-1, M-1: 5-7-1), Spain

vs.

Andrey Seledtsov (7-4-0, M-1: 0-3-0), Russia

BANTAMWEIGHTS – 3 X 5

Janne “Jamba” Elonen-Kulmala (15-5-1, M-1: 1-0-1), Finland

vs.

Bair Shtepin (4-2-0, M-1: 1-2-0), Russia

PRELIMINARY CARD

 

HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5

Philip “F-11” DeFreis (12-6-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Russia

vs.

Anton Vyazigin (7-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5

Vasily Volodko (2-0-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Russia

vs.

Dmitry Tebekin (6-3-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Russia

WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5

Temirlan Sharipov (3-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Russia

vs.

Maksim Grabovich (5-3-0, M-1: 4-3-0), Russia

Akhmadkhan Ozdoev (4-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0), Russia

vs.

Danila Prikaza (7-2-1, M-1: 4-2-0), Russia

LIGHTWEIGHTS – 3 X 5

Jani Salmi (9-3-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Finland

vs.

Roman Bogatov (2-0-0, M-1: 2-0-0), Russia

FEATHERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5

Sascha Sharma (13-3-0, M-1: 3-1-0), Germany

vs.

Zalimbek Omarov (8-2-1, M-1: 5-1-1), Russia

(all fights & fighters subject to change)

 

WHEN:           Friday, October 27, 2017

WHERE:         St. Petersburg, Russia

PROMOTER:  M-1 Global

LIVE STREAM: www.m1global.tv (12.00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT in USA)

INFORMATION:

www.M1Global.tv

www.mixfight.ru

www.wmmaa.org

Twitter & Instagram:

@M1GlobalNews

@VFinkelchtein

@M1Global

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/M-1-GlobalNews

M-1 CHALLENGE EVENT CALENDAR:

 

M-1 Challenge 84: October 27, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia

M-1 Challenge 85: November 10, 2017 in Moscow, Russia

ABOUT M-1 GLOBAL: Founded in 1997, M-1 Global has established itself in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as the premier entity for discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar fighters. With its office in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the M-1 brand has staged more than 200 events worldwide, including M-1 Selection, M-1 Challenge, M-1 Global and M-1 Global HWGP events, in addition to co-promoting Strikeforce events and M-1 Global on the U.S. network, Showtime. Captivating live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and match-ups, M-1 Global events have featured some of the sport’s top names, including legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Keith Jardine, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Sergei Kharitonov, Aleksander Emelianenko, Roman Zentsov, Yushin Okami, Mike Pyle, Denis Kang, Martin Kampmann, Amar Suloev, Chalid Arrab and Stephan Struve. 2017 has been another sensational year of world-class competition, featuring a full calendar of Challenge events, fueled by a talent-rich contention system ranking M-1 Global Champions among the greatest fighters in the sport.

ABOUT M-1GLOBAL.TV: Enjoy MMA action now in high definition brought to you by M-1Global.tv, offering only the best fights from M-1 Global and other MMA organizations. M-1Global.tv is a great platform developed specifically to bring together the most exhaustive fight video database. It also provides an easy and intuitive interface, helping everyone to start using the platform in no time while avoiding any spoilers. Besides watching the past fights on demand at any time convenient to the customer, viewers may enjoy the action LIVE, all available to M-1Global.tv users through a low-priced month to month digital subscription. Your world of action. Anytime!

USA MEDIA CONTACT:

Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, @FightPublicist

“New England’s Future 4” Weigh In Alert for this Friday in Worcester, MA

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WEIGH IN ALERT

 

WHAT:  “New England’s Future 4” Weigh In  

 

PUBLIC WELCOME

 

WHO:   All fighters on the “New England’s Future 4” pro boxing card

 

Vinnie “American Nightmare” Carita (16-1-1, 15 KOs), Pembroke, MA

Saul “El Fenix Asseino” Faraff (64-23-3, 56 KOs), Trinidad, Bolivia

Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (3-0, 2 KOs), Hartford, CT

Hansen Castillo (0-2), Orlando, FL

Anthony Laureano (5-0, 3 KOs), E. Hartford, CT

Bruno Dias (0-3), Woburn, MA

Adrian “Tonka” Sosa (5-0, 4 KOs), Lawrence, MA

Shakha Moore (17-23-3, 2 KOs), Norwalk, CT

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

Antony Everett (1-6, 0 KOs), Lawrence, MA

Elvis Figueroa (2-0, 1 KO), New Haven, CT

Rene Nazare (pro debut), Brazil

Wilfredo Pagan (2-0), Southbridge, MA

Patrick Leal (0-3), Woburn, MA

Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga (pro debut), Worcester, MA

Alejandro Esqulin Santiago (pro debut), Tampa, FL

Omar Bordoy, Jr. (2-0), Danbury, CT

Bryan “The Brick” Abraham (6-30, 6 KOs), Schenectady, NY

Timmy Ramos (4-0-1, 4 KOs), Framingham, MA

Seth Basler (0-2), Marion, FL

 

WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. ET start

 

WHERE: Pepe’s Pizza & Restaurant, 274 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA

 

WHY:   Official weigh in for this Saturday night’s s “New England’s Future 4” professional boxing event, presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment, at DCU Center, Exhibition Hall, in Worcester.

 

OTHER: Tickets, priced at $75.00 (ringside) and $45.00 (general admission), are on sale and available to purchase at the DCU Center box office, www.dcu.centerworcester.com, by contacting Jose Rivera (elgallojar@gmail.com/508.864.6954), AJ Rivera  anthoneerivera@gmail.com ) Continue reading

Olympian Nico Hernandez fighting for 1st pro title Dec. 2

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GOLD & GLORY

Featuring

NICO HERNANDEZ

2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist

 IBA Americas Flyweight Championship vs. Jozsef Ajtai

Saturday night, Dec. 2, 2017 * Hartman Arena * Park City, Kansas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez to fight for first pro title, Dec. 2 at home vs.  Hungarian invader Jozsef “Little Red” Ajtai

“KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory” at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS

Nico Hernandez Tony Schock / GS Memory Maker 

 

NicoPARK CITY, KANSAS (October 23, 2017) – 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez will be fighting for his first professional title on Saturday, December 2, when he takes on Hungarian invader Jozsef “Little Red” Ajtai in the eight-round main event for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) Flyweight Championship, headlining “KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory” at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.

“KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory” is a presentation of KO Night Boxing LLC., in association with Hartman Arena, and sponsored in part by Twister City Harley-Davidson Metro PCS, Mort’s Cigar Bar and Jimmy Egg.

The action will be taped live for future airing on CBS Sports Network..

The 21-year-old Hernandez (3-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Wichita, will be fighting in a scheduled eight-round bout for the first time. His three pro fights to date were all scheduled for six rounds and each was held in Kansas, the last two in his second home, Hartman Arena.

In his last fight this past September 23rd, Hernandez was forced to fight late replacement Kendrick “Uprising” Latchman who outweighed the celebrated American Olympian by more than 10 pounds. Hernandez won a six-round unanimous decision by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice.

Despite being younger than Hernandez by almost a year to the day, Ajtai (19-9, 12 KOs) has already had 28 pro fights, including a full 10-round distance loss by decision last year to two-time Olympic gold medalist Shiming Zou, the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight world champion.

“By far, Nico is fighting the toughest opponent of his pro career,” Hernandez’ promoter John Andersen (“KO Night Boxing LLC) said. “Ajtai has much more experience as a pro than Nico, plus he went the distance against a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Zou. Ajtai is a busy fighter with a good knockout ratio (63%). This fight is going to tell us a lot about Nico, especially his power at 112 pounds.

“Nico fighting for a title in only his fourth pro fight proves that all our hard efforts of KO Night Boxing and Team Nico has paid off quickly and we’re grateful that the IBA has given him this great opportunity. I didn’t realize the high quality of champions the IBA has had in the past and we’re proud that Nico can someday join this group. In the flyweight division, Nico may enter world title fight shot discussions earlier than I had originally thought, which was in his third year as a pro.   An impressive performance against Ajtai could position him for a world title fight next year with less than 10 fights under his belt.”

“We’re excited to have an American Olympian fighting for our first Americas title,” IBA President J.C. Courreges added. “Nico Hernandez is an Olympic bronze medalist and we’re hopeful that he will develop into an IBA world champion in the not too distant future. His amateur pedigree speaks for itself and we’re very happy to have this young man fighting for the IBA Americas title.”

IBA world champions during the past quarter-century include Hall-of-Famers Oscar de la Hoya, George Foreman, Roberto Duran and Arturo Gatti, as well as stars such as Roy Jones, Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosely, James Toney, Mikkel Kessler, Eric Morales, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver. Continue reading

“Collegiate Fight Night”

 

“Collegiate Fight Night”

Saturday, Nov. 11 in Winchester, MA

WINCHESTER, Mass. (October 18, 2017) – Studying will be replaced by punching on Saturday night (7 p.m. ET start), November 11, when the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA), in association with USA Boxing, presents “Collegiate Fight Night” at Maurer Auditorium (town hall on Mt. Vernon St.) in Winchester, Massachusetts.

An entertaining evening of 10 amateur bouts are scheduled as the Cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point take on 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.

“College boxing is not just a sport but also a high-impact leadership development activity,” NCBA president Eric Buller said. “Come out and support these young men and women who face the highest levels of rigor in the classroom and the boxing gym. They will ultimately be the future leaders of our companies, communities and our nation.  Each has worked hard to earn membership in the “Six-Minute Fraternity”.

Two West Points Cadets from Winchester, Luca LoConte Bota and Jack Ward, will headline the event in the homecoming.

Former professional world champions “Irish” Micky Ward (Lowell) and Jose Antonio “El Gallo” Rivera (Worcester) will be special guests at “Collegiate Fight Night”.

Seacoast Ticket Agency is the exclusive online (www.seacoastticket.com) and phone (1.800.382.5242) ordering ticket service for “Collegiate Fight Night”. Tickets plus ($2.50 service fee) are priced at $20.00 for general admission and limited $40.00 ringside reserved. Limited $500 VIP packages are also available and include four ringside reserved tickets, including a pre-event reception at Lucias Ristorante in Winchester (cash bar), company name recognition in the event program, post and pre-event Meet & Greet with special guest boxers at Lucias. Tickets may be available to purchase fight night at the door, however, this event is expected to sell-out in advance.

INFORMATION:

www.ncbaboxing.org, www.usaboxing.org

Twitter: @USABoxing

Instagram: @USABoxing

Facebook: /NCBA, /USABoxing

ABOUT NATIONAL COLLEGIATE BOXING ASSOCIATION (NCBA): The NCBA is the senior college boxing governing in the United States. The NCBA provides student athletes an opportunity to box at the recreational, intramural, and competitive levels.. Its philosophy and rules provide a safe and level playing field for both new and experienced athletes.

ABOUT USA BOXING: The mission of USA Boxing shall be to enable United States’ athletes and coaches to achieve sustained competitive excellence, develop character, support the sport of boxing, and promote and grow Olympic style boxing in the United States. The responsibility of USA Boxing is not only to produce Olympic gold, bit also oversee and every aspect of amateur boxing in the United States.

CONTACT:

Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, @fightpublicist

Bobby Cassidy, Sr. & Jr. Ring 8’s October Guest Speakers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bobby Cassidy, Sr. & Jr. Ring 8’s October Guest Speakers

Thursday, Oct. 19 at Plattdeutsch Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY

NEW YORK (October 18, 2017) – New York State Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Cassidy, Sr. and his son, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., will be the Ring 8 guest speakers at its next monthly meeting tomorrow night (Thursday night, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. ET start), at Plattdeutsch Park Restaurant (1132 Hempstead Turnpike) in Franklin Square, New York.

Cassidy, Sr. (59-16-3, 27 KOs) fought professionally between 1963 and1980, capturing the Irish-American and New York State light heavyweight titles. His most notable victory, perhaps, was a 10-rpound split decision at the Felt Forum over world title challenger Don Fullmer in 1971. Bobby will speak about his career as a boxer and trainer.

Cassidy, Jr., who is a longtime sportswriter at Newsday, will discuss the rich boxing history of and documentary he made about the famed Sunnyside Gardens in Queens, where his father had a 21-3 record as one of the main attractions there. In addition to his work as a sportswriter, Bobby Jr. is also a playwright having penned the acclaimed theatrical piece, “Kid Shamrock,” which was about his father’s life.

ABOUT RING 8: Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association – hence, RING 8 – and today the organization’s motto still remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.

RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.

Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues are only $30.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, with a current boxing license or book are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership. Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.

CONTACT: Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com @fightpublicist