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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Tickets are on sale now for the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (ACBHOF) Inaugural Induction Ceremony & Celebration Weekend. The world-renowned Claridge a-Radisson Hotel will be the backdrop for this momentous event on May 26th, 27th, 28th 2017.  The Mission, Vision, and Purpose of ACBHOF are to preserve the rich boxing history of Atlantic City. The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame will be honoring and enshrining some of the most iconic and recognizable names in the history of the sport for their significant contributions in making Atlantic City a boxing destination around the world.

Confirmed Mike Tyson, Michael Spinks, Don King, Larry Hazzard, Dwight Qawi

 

“All of my great fights in Atlantic City are so memorable, the Spinks fight, Larry Holmes and an array of other legendary fights I participated in. I’m looking forward to coming to Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame to receive my honors.” Mike Tyson

Also, confirmed to attend:

J Russell Peltz, Frank Gelb, Mike Rossman, Bill Johnson, Steve Smoger, Dave Bontempo, Don Elbaum, Dignitaries and celebrity invited guests.

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame will celebrate and remember the legacy of Lou Duva, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, Matthew Saad Muhammad as well as hometown hero Leavander Johnson for their extraordinary careers spanning seven decades.

Brief Description of Weekend:

Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame looks to capture the heart and soul of true fight enthusiasts through our Inaugural Induction Ceremony & Celebration Weekend. Fight Fans will experience Atlantic City Boxing History through Live Curated and Interactive Exhibits, Legendary Boxing Stars, and Personalities, autograph signings and photo ops, unique vendors, food, games and much more. All under one roof at The Claridge – A Radisson Hotel Memorial Day Weekend 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

  • Rooftop Kickoff: The Vue, May 26th | Doors open at 5P | Time: 5P-8P EST | $65 General Admission
  • The Art of Music & Boxing: Celebrity Theatre, May 26th | Doors open at 7P | Show starts 8P to 11P EST
  • Fight Fan Experience: Conference Center, May 27th | Doors open 9A | Time: 10A to 4P | $30 General Admission
  • 2017 Honoree Gala: Art Gallery, May 27th | Doors open 7:15P | Time: 7P to 11P EST | $125 General Admission
    Inaugural Induction Ceremony: May 28th | Time: 6P EST | $40 General Admission
    Tickets can be purchased online at www.acbhof.com
    Tickets can be purchased at these following locations:
    Claridge-A Radisson Hotel
    123 Indiana Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Atlantic City Police Athletic League (PAL)
    250 N. New York Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Starting Five Barber Shop
    711 N. Main Street, Pleasantville, NJ 08232
    Dream Team Cutz
    631 Tilton Rd. Suite #541, Northfield, NJ 08225
    2300 Arena
    2300 South Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

    Rooms can be booked by visiting www.claridge.com for discount room rate until April 10th use promo code: BHOFAC

    For more information about the ACBHOF, including partnership opportunities please contact:
    Rodrick L. Green
    ACBHOF V.P. / Business Strategy
    Tele: (609) 334-0373
    For exhibitors and vendors looking be involved in the induction or to reserve a booth please contact:
    Tele: (609) 350-5310 or (609) 318-3188
    For media and press inquiries please contact:
    Angela Crockett
    ACBHOF Director of Communications
    Tele: (609) 350-5310
    Marc Abrams
    Abrams Boxing
    Tele: (856) 287-7611
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    The Claridge Hotel, City of Atlantic City, Designer Wraps, Triax 57, HARD Lifestyle Beverages, 2300 Arena, Adams Boxing, Rumble Bros Boxing Co, Cake King of Queens and Bee Apparel

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POVETKIN vs STIVERNE CANCELLED

WBC DENOUNCES POVETKIN FAILED DRUG TEST; 

RECSINDS SANCTIONING OF INTERIM HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

FIGHT AGAINST STIVERNE;  Serial Banned Substance User Povetkin

Fails for 2nd Time in 7 Months

 

Deerfield Beach, FL  — Top rated heavyweights Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne were scheduled to fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim Heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Ekaterinburg Expo Center in Ekaterinburg, Russia.  However, the WBC withdrew it’s sanctioning of the bout due to a Povetkin failed drug test.  The WBC informed both camps of their decision Friday evening and advised the Stiverne camp they should not go through with the fight.  The WBC abides by “Safety First” protocol in their Clean Boxing Program.

 

Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) from Checkhov, Russia was going into the fight rated No. 1 by the WBC.  No. 2 rated Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) was born and raised in Haiti, now residing in Las Vegas.  They were to fight for the WBC Interim Heavyweight Title, the winner becoming mandatory challenger to current champion Deontay Wilder, who has been incapable of defending due to injury.

 

The WBC uses VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) to administer their drug testing.  VADA uses random testing and athletes may be tested at any time.  This is the second fight in which Povetkin has tested positive for a banned substance – this time Ostarine.  Povetkin’s positive sampling was taken December 6 and the WBC and both fight camps were notified of the test results Friday night.  Within a couple of hours of the notification, the WBC tweeted it was “Withdrawing its recognition of Povetkin vs Stiverne due to the positive result of Povetkin for Osterine,” and shortly thereafter wrote in its ruling “The WBC hereby withdraws its sanctioning of the bout for the heavyweight interim world championship and will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the case and will issue subsequent rulings as required.”

 

Statement from Stiverne’s promoter Don King:  “To say that I am very saddened and extremely disappointed that Alexander Povetkin was caught again using banned substances would be an understatement.  What is the WBC going to do about it will be the answer.  Bermane Stiverne deserves better than that.  Bermane should be declared the interim title holder.  This is the second time Alexander Povetkin is in the drug abuse program and has embarrassed the WBC causing the WBC’s sanction of the fight as a world title fight being withdrawn.  The firs time was the Deontay Wilder vs. Povetkin May 21 in Moscow.

 

“Even though it hurts Bermane economically, psychologically and especially psychologically, I want to congratulate the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program.  WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman did himself and his organization, the WBC, proud by withdrawing their sanctioning of the fight..  Thank you WBC, thank you Mauricio Sulaiman, thank you for your honest, dynamic leadership.”

 

Ostarine is known to increase muscle mass and fat loss as well as increase stamina.  Previously Povetkin was to face WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder on May 21, but tested positive for Meldonium a week prior to the fight.  Meldonium is known to increase blood vessel size, increasing blood, hence, improving once again, stamina.

 

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Due to the unfortunate legislation and its new insurance requirements which have crippled boxing in New York State, Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing, has cancelled the scheduled October 14th “Rockin Fights” event at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.

New York State enacted a new law that legalized MMA in the State, but, in doing so, changed various rules relating to Boxing, most poignantly, the insurance requirements for boxing.

New York’s top 4 prolific boxing promoters, Joe DeGuardia, Bob Arum of Top Rank, Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions, and Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, along with the rest of the boxing world, are disheartened and disappointed that the new rules have caused boxing to cease in New York.

The new rules require $1 Million in Traumatic Brain Injury coverage for each fighter who competes in an event (typically 12-14 boxers on each card). While many have said the cost will destroy boxing in New York due to the costs, it goes beyond that. Currently there isn’t any insurance policy approved by the State. Therefore, the cost is currently irrelevant as there is no legal way to hold a professional boxing match in New York as the insurance required by the new regulation cannot be purchased at the present time.

Star Boxing plans to move its events to venues outside of the State of New York until when and if this situation is corrected. Star Boxing has a December 3rd date tentative at The Paramount depending on the ongoing insurance issue.

The State of New York has always had a rich Boxing history, but, for the first time in memory, there will be no professional Boxing in the months of September, October, and, seemingly, November. This not only affects the boxers, their families and promoters, but the countless number of people who benefit from the staging of these events including venues, restaurants, hotels, transportation services, and local merchants where the fight would normally take place.

This is the first time in the 20 plus year history of Star Boxing that an event has been postponed due to this kind of issue. DeGuardia was hopeful that some sort of resolution would be in place since the requirement was put into effect on September 1, 2016, but that has failed to happen.

DeGuardia said: “I am truly disappointed in having to postpone one of our regularly scheduled cards at The Paramount, where we worked very hard over the last few years to make it one of the outstanding fight venues in the country. More importantly, it is ridiculous that our elected officials have not corrected this absurdity. It is a travesty that deprives New York boxers, as well as managers, trainers and promoters, and venue employees of their livelihoods.”

“While it is disguised as a safety measure, it does nothing to improve the health and safety of the boxers,” added DeGuardia. “In fact, it may create the opposite effect, forcing boxers to move to other jurisdictions with fewer protections, particularly in substantial health and safety matters that New York has had in place for many years.”

DeGuardia is disappointed but is hopeful that the matter will be resolved so that all the interested parties and the numerous loyal boxing fans in New York and the world will not be continuously denied access to the sport of boxing in New York.

Top Rank’s Bob Arum noted: “Boxing is in a crisis position in the state of New York and we must find a way to resolve the insurance issue before we can go back to presenting boxing events to the fans of New York.”

Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez said: “It’s a huge concern, I hope it changes. It affects everybody and it’s something that’s troublesome…we’re going to have to really think about doing shows in New York because, the way it stands right now, we can’t do any show as there is no insurance approved. This must be adjusted”

DiBella asserted: “The state of boxing in New York State must change. I have been extremely active promoting shows in New York but at this time I have moved all of my shows to other States for the foreseeable future. I couldn’t do a show in New York if I wanted to, as NO insurance required by the new law and regulations currently exists.”

The aforementioned top boxing promoters stand together along with the rest of the boxing world, its fans, and all others associated with the sport and industry, in requesting New York State to remedy the impact of this damaging legislation.

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Can  New York boxing survive the major law changes that have recently taken place?

What’s the motivation?

This wreaks of political motivation, at the expense of the sport we love.

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WINNER WILL BE NEXT IN LINE TO FIGHT WBC CHAMPION DEONTAY WILDER

 

Democratic Republic of Congo – Formerly Zaire, and the Philippines Among Possible Hosts

 

Deerfield Beach, FL August 31, 2016 – The top two ranked heavyweights by the World Boxing Council (WBC), No. 1 Alexander Povetkin and No. 2 Bermane Stiverne, have recently been ordered to fight for the interim WBC heavyweight title.  The winner will become the interim champion and will defend the title until champion Deontay Wilder, is ready to come back from the injuries sustained in July.

 

“I would like to thank Don King and the honorable Mauricio Sulaiman of the WBC for giving me this opportunity to fight for the heavyweight title once again,” said Stiverne.  “For the betterment of boxing in general, and the heavyweight division in particular, I plan to knock Povetkin out and bring this title to America.  Then I will get my revenge against Wilder, when he is ready.”

 

Promoter Don King has been fielding calls from interested parties from all over the world that want to host this World Heavyweight Championship fight that will take place by the end of 2016.

 

Don King lists the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines, the two locations of the most famous Muhammad Ali fights, at the top of the list of possible sites.  Kuala Lumpur is also among international possibilities and of course United States boing hotbeds New York and Las Vegas are sure to be in the mix as well.

 

“This sparked the idea to do something fantastic by memorializing “The Greatest of All Time” Muhammad Ali, to the benefit of the people.,” said King  “So, reflecting on my memories and my historical association with The Greatest…Ali, we, his spirit and I, seized upon the idea to create A Salute to Greatness Championship Series by celebrating and paying homage to great boxing champions of the world and paying tribute to great champions of humanity and peace for the world in the spirit of Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, Shimon Perez, Uri Savir, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, Jose Sulaiman (WBC) and Hugo Chavez.  We will spotlight countries that four decades ago held the most memorable heavyweight fights in history.  We will visit new countries that maybe able to have that same impact on, to gain international fame and acclaim, catapulting the name of their country to the forefront of world recognition.”

 

“We want to bring the world together,” King concluded.  “I have been taking calls, for weeks, from interested parties and we will consider all options.  We want to reverse the affects that war, hatred, bombs and bullets have had …and with love, respect, harmony and togetherness we can make a better world.”

 

“I want to thank the WBC and its President Mauricio Sulaiman for this.” said King.

 

Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), born in Haiti now residing in Las Vegas, won the WBC heavyweight title on May 10, 2014 by 6th round TKO against Chris Arreola.  Stiverne knocked Arreola to the canvas twice in that round when referee Jack Reiss waved the count to end the fight.  Stiverne lost the title via unanimous decision to Deontay Wilder on January 17, 2015.  Stiverne followed that disappointing loss with a win against Derric Rossy on November 4, 2015 to vault him back to top contender and in position for the title.

 

Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) from Chekhov Russia is the current WBC Silver Heavyweight Champion and former WBA Heavyweight Champion.  Povetkin won the WBA title via unanimous decision win against Ruslan Chagaev on August 27, 2011.  Povetkin had four successful defenses over a two-plus-year reign prior to a losing the belt against Vladimir Klitschko on October 5th 2013.  Povetkin responded to that unanimous decision loss by stringing together four consecutive wins including winning the WBC Silver belt, which represents the No. 1 ranking.

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Most of us haven’t heard from Muhammad Ali in many years.  However, a few years before his death, Ali left a summary of his life which was symbolic of how he wanted to be remembered:

How I Would Like To Be Remembered… by Muhammad Ali

“I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humorous, and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him, and who helped as many people as he could. As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love. And if all that’s too much, then I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people. And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.”**

 

**- from his 2013 autobiography The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey.

 

MUHAMMAD ALI DEAD! WHAT WAS ONCE THE GIFT, BECAME THE CURSE.

This audio was completed before his death. A follow-up will come soon.

Muhammad Ali had the ultimate mouthpiece and will be remembered about it for many years. However, our memories of his gift have been reduced to 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s audio and video. The curse left us wondering what had truly been on his mind over the past 25 years.

Hopefully he’ll be remembered for transferring his in-the-ring celebrity to fighting for causes outside of it. Muhammad Ali died at 74 years old. While he had his share of critics, he remained possibly the most recognized athlete The World Over!

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Main EventsIn 1990 Evander Holyfield was the mandatory contender for the Heavyweight Title then held by Mike Tyson.  Though Tyson’s title defense was overdue, Tyson was permitted to engage in an optional title defense with James Buster Douglas.  As we all know, Douglas won by knockout.

Thereafter all hell broke loose.  Don King, at the time Douglas’ promoter, and one of the ratings organizations wanted a rematch, avoiding Holyfield.  The other organizations were prepared to follow their rules and directed that the Holyfield mandatory take place.

Litigation ensued.  Holyfield prevailed and fought James Buster Douglas.  Holyfield’s career turned out to be legendary.

Now, 25 years later there is the identical scenario.  Vyacheslav Glazkov won a title elimination bout to become the mandatory contender for the title then held by Wladimir Klitschko.  There is a well-established rotation system among the ratings organizations when there is a unified champion.  When Klitschko fought Tyson Fury it was after Klitschko’s mandatory with Glazkov would have otherwise been due (it was due in August).  Following the rotation system, Glazkov stood aside and without any protest watched the Klitschko/Fury bout be scheduled, then postponed, and then rescheduled – all during the period when it would otherwise be his turn to fight the mandatory for the heavyweight title.  He stood aside because of the rotation system, which made it the turn of the WBA/WBO to enforce their mandatories.  However, everyone knew going into the Klitschko/Fury fight that it was Glazkov’s turn next.

A word on the rotation system.  Again, we go back to Evander Holyfield.  After Evander Holyfield defeated James Buster Douglas, he was the Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World.  A squabble erupted with the different ratings organizations demanding that he engage in different bouts.  We were forced to go to Court and the Court enforced an equitable remedy, to wit, the rotation system under which the ratings organizations would rotate the mandatories for unified champions.  This enhanced the likelihood of fighters maintaining unified championships rather than allowing them to be stripped due to simultaneous mandatory obligations, something which had occurred too often in earlier years.  This rotation system is crucial to enhancing the ability of unified champions to keep their titles.

Of course, a title holder can always voluntarily give up a title.  That is the Champion’s choice.  However, there is nothing at all unfair about the rotational system or the mandatory system.

No one utilized the rotational system more effectively than Wladimir Klitschko.  There is no criticism of this – it was his right.

But everyone involved knew that Glazkov had waited in line for his mandatory to be due.  Everybody knew that the rules of the ratings organizations disfavored rematches and generally prohibited them when a mandatory was due.

Again, it was a voluntary choice for Klitschko and Fury to contract for a rematch. Main Events contacted the Fury camp, it was told that Fury could not negotiate because of the rematch clause. Subject to the rules, they had every right to do so even if it meant giving up a title.  However, that voluntary choice was one that was made by the camps of Messrs. Klitschko and Fury.  There should be absolutely no surprise or anguish that the rules, which are well-established, protect not only the Champion who is protected from being torn from a title by conflicting mandatories, but also the mandatory challenger who is forced to wait due to the rotation because the mandatory challenger is assured that his turn will, in fact, come.

*Note* Patrick English, Esq. litigated the cases referenced above.

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ShaneThursday afternoon former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley held a media workout at Barry’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada as he gears up for his August 29th pay-per-view showdown against former two-division champion Ricardo Mayorga.  The fight takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, California and will be available on all major satellite and cable systems for $49.95.

“This fight is to prove I am back,” Mosley told the press.  “I took some time off to heal some nagging injuries that I had but I stayed in the gym and stayed in shaped.  I think I can fight another 3-4 years.  I don’t know if I can go on till I am 50 like Bernard but I think I have a lot of fight left in me. The goal is still to have rematches against Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez.  I want to avenge those losses.”

In 2008 Mosley was leading Mayorga on two of three scorecards heading into the twelfth round of a hotly contested battle.  Rather than leave the decision to the judges, Mosley stopped Mayorga with one second left.

The stars will be out at The Forum with former four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Hall of Fame inductees “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson, middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, plus former champions Shawn Porter, Victor Ortiz and Sergio Mora, all confirmed to be in attendance. Comic icon George Lopez, rap legend MC Hammer and several other stars will also be in the building at what undoubtedly will be the biggest fight in Southern California this summer.

Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and start at $35.00.  Photo credit: Manny “Mitts” Murillo

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Story by:  Robert Uzzell

The bad news is that Deontay Wilder’s knockout streak ended at 32 fights. The good news, however, is that Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) captured the WBC Heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1).  What might wind up being even better news is that Wilder went the distance in this fight.  He went 12 rounds with the WBC champion.  That could turn out to be the best thing to happen to him. Valuable experience for a young champion who had very little coming in.

Scores of the fight were 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107, all in Wilder’s favor. The Fight Journal scored it 118-109 (I thought round two knockdown sshould’ve counted). Wilder becomes the first American champion at heavy since Shannon Briggs in 2007.

Wilder and Stiverne talked equally as much trash during the course of the fight, but while Wilder kept pumping his jab and moving, Stiverne did more talking than fighting.  Each time Bermane got close, Wilder would move.  When Wilder didn’t move, Stiverne wouldn’t let his hands go. He had problems cutting off the ring and Wilder was let off the hook round after round.  In most instances, Wilder did enough to bank those rounds.  As the final bell sounded, Wilder celebrated and Stiverne for some reason held his glove up and walked around as if he’d won the fight.

Deontay Wilder received $1 million for his night at the office. Stiverne earned $910,000. It’ll be interesting to see where Wilder goes after this win. Fans would love to see him in with Wladimir Klitschko of course. Another great matchup in the ring as well as at the press conferences would be Wilder versus Tyson Fury.

Time will tell…