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Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Inducts 24 Charter Class Members
 
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(Atlantic City, NJ – June 15, 2017) – Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (ACBHOF) Inaugural Induction weekend held on May 26, 27 and 28th was a smorgasbord of boxing royalty, celebrity guests and legions of boxing fans. ACBHOF mission is to create visibility and awareness through annual inductions ceremonies; boxing champions, as well as the boxing community at-large will have their names enshrined into immortality by being inducted into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.

“Watching my vision come together with the assistance of Rodrick Green, the VP of Business Strategy, and Angela Crockett our Communications Director, along with the rest of my team and countless other supporters and fans across the country, who’ve embraced this endeavor has been overwhelmingly impressive.” – Ray McCline, Founder & President

The trio of events, which were sponsored by the Claridge – a Radisson Hotel, kicked-off May 26th with a pre-reception and welcome address in the VÜE Rooftop Bar. The 150 guests included: Red Carpet Host Whitney Ullman, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Councilman Frank Gilliam, Dr. Nina Radcliff, Flo Anthony, Aaron Snowell, Lillo Brancato, Alan Goldberg, Ray Mercer, Mark Breland, Iran Barkley, Iceman John Scully, Tracy Patterson, Milton Luban, Chuck Zito, Grandy Twins, sponsors and stakeholders alike.

“The Claridge – a Radisson Hotel was proud to have hosted Atlantic City’s first Boxing Hall of Fame induction class. It’s events like this that make hospitality and history come to life in this city. From the Fight Fan Expo to the Gala it was a pleasure to see new faces and passion throughout a weekend of exceptional events. We look forward to hosting the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame events for years to come at The Claridge – a Radisson Hotel.”- Cem Erenler, V.P. of Hotel Operations & Business Development

On May 27, the festivities continued into the Fight Fan Experience, a festive boxing themed environment that included a Boxing Fantasy Camp, Pop-Up Barber Shop, Jack Johnson Exhibit Icons of Boxing, The Legacy Exists Joe Frazier Scholarship Fund, James O’Neal Sculptures, The Press of Atlantic City Exhibit, Food vendors and music by DJ Young Hitta.

The evening of May 27th concluded with an Honoree Gala in the Art Gallery celebrating “Women in Boxing.” Host for the evening, Nino Del Buono. Honorees included: Cathy Burke, Marian Muhammad, Joan Pierce, Renee Aiken and Althea “Vern” Saunders.

The culminating Induction celebration concluded Sunday, May 28th with a little over 500 guests. The master of ceremonies for the ceremony, President of NJ Boxing Hall of Fame, Henry Hascup. The star-studded Charter Class members included: Don King, Michael Spinks, Larry Hazzard, Steve Smoger, Mike Rossman, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Frank Gelb, Don Elbaum, J Russell Peltz, Dave Bontempo, Ken Condon, Robert Lee, Sr., Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson.

“I would like to sincerely congratulate Mr. Ray McCline, Roy Foreman, Rodrick Green, Angela Crockett and all of the wonderful people responsible for the great Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame weekend which took place on May 26th, 27th, and 28th. The event was an astounding success and it allowed many of us, who attended, the opportunity to relive some of the exciting moments of our past boxing history. The establishment of the ACBHOF will also ensure that the great legacy of Atlantic City Boxing, will be remembered and celebrated for many years to come!! Once again congratulations and I look forward with great anticipation to next year’s celebration. God Bless!!” – Commissioner Larry Hazzard, NJ State Athletic Control Board

Posthumous Inductees: Arturo Gatti (received by Sofia Bella Gatti); Leavander Johnson (received by his Son); Mathew Saad Muhammad (received by Mustafa Ameen); Lou Duva (received by Dino Duva); Jack Obermayer (received by his daughter Ellen Kaplan); Bert Sugar; Dennis Gomes (received by his daughter Danielle Gomes and Mrs. Gomes); Mike Hall, Sr. (received by his son Mike Hall, Jr.) and Dr, Frank Doggett (received by his daughter Yvonne “Missy” Doggett).

“It was such an incredible honor to be part of such a historic event. We had a blast at the HARD Kickoff party with Michael Spinks and Ray Mercer. It was so amazing to see all the young kids enjoying the Boxing experience. They are the new generation of Atlantic City Boxing. The Highlight of the weekend for us was the Gala, it was truly a memorable evening. Congratulations to Ray McCline and the inductees on a successful Inaugural Induction. The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame will be a staple destination for Boxing Fans in the years to come.” – Gregory V. Posella, President & Co-founder HARD Beverage

Former Miss America, Suzette Charles, Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Band and saxophonist Parris provided entertainment for the evening. Entertainment was coordinated by Kevin Crump.

Title Sponsors: Hard Lifestyle Beverages, Designer Wraps and Hammer Fiber Optics. The Atlantic City Police Athletic League is ACBHOF’s charitable arm. Keebler Media was the official ACBHOF videographer.

Other sponsors and supporters: City of Atlantic City;  Triax 57; 2300 Arena; FantaSea Resorts; Adams Boxing; Rumble TV Network; Tina Davido Promotions; Abrams Boxing, Adams Boxing, Plush Vodka, Punzoné Organic Vodka, House of Genesis and WBC.

While the menus consisted of scrumptious passed hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks, the Honoree cake designed by Cake King of Queens and the unveiling of Commemorative Paintings by Nicolosi were stunning show stoppers.

Another extraordinary highlight from the weekend was when Arturo Gatti’s 11-year old daughter Sofia Bella Gatti accepted her father’s award alongside his longtime friends Chuck Zito and Mike Sciarra.

 

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On Sunday evening, a big weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey culminated with the inaugural ATLANTIC CITY BOXING HALL OF FAME Induction.

 

The event took place on the third floor of the Claridge Hotel and the house was packed with fans, special guests, and prominent boxing media.

 

The Class of 2017 honorees included Mike Tyson, Michael Spinks, Don King, Larry Hazzard, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, J Russell Peltz, Frank Gelb, Mike Rossman, Bill Johnson, Steve Smoger, Dave Bontempo, Don Elbaum, Bob Lee, and Ken Condon.

Decedent Honorees:

Lou Duva, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, Matthew Saad Muhammad and hometown hero Leavander Johnson for their extraordinary careers spanning seven decades.

Special Guests:

  • Iran “The Blade” Barkley, former Professional Boxer
  • Montell “Ice” Griffin, ‘former’ Professional Boxer
  • “Iceman” John Scully, former Professional Boxer
  • Mark Breland, former Professional Boxer, current Boxing Trainer
  • Ray Mercer, former Professional Boxer
  • Don Guardian, Mayor of Atlantic City
  • Rodney Jerkins, multi Grammy-award winner
  • Suzette Charles, former Miss America
  • Chuck Zito, Actor, Celebrity Bodyguard
  • Pat Lynch, renowned Boxing Manager
  • Lilo Brancato, Actor
  • Grandy Twins
  • Vincenzo Vaccaro: Cake King of Queens
  • Atlantic City Police Athletic League
  • Aaron Snowell, co-organizer the Jack Johnson Exhibit
  • Kickin It Anti-bullying Organization
  • The Legacy Exists Joe Frazier Scholarship Fund
  • Joseph Nicolosi, Artist known for his signature Pop Art portraits

 

Special thanks to Marc Abrams and Angela Crockett! 

 

For more information on the event, please go to http://www.ACBHOF.com

 

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Folks, Montell “ICE” GRIFFIN (50-8, 30 KOs) wants a trilogy!  He called out Roy Jones Jr (65-9, 47 KOs) for a bout to end all doubt on who can keep bragging rights in their matchups.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO: The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (ACBHOF)

 

WHAT: The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame will enshrine 24 Charter Class members.

 

Confirmed to attend Honorees:

Mike Tyson, Michael Spinks, Don King, Larry Hazzard, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, J Russell Peltz, Frank Gelb, Mike Rossman, Bill Johnson, Steve Smoger, Dave Bontempo, Don Elbaum, Bob Lee and Ken Condon.

 

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.

 

Special Guests

  • *Ray Mercer (BULLYING…We’re Kickin’ It Spokesperson)
  • *Mark Breland
  • *Iran Barkley
  • *Milton Luban
  • *Tracy Patterson
  • *John Scully
  • Non Fighters
  • *Don Guardian, Mayor of Atlantic City
  • *Rodney Jerkins, multi Grammy-award winner
  • *Suzette Charles, former Miss America
  • *Sophia Gatti, daughter of Arturo Gatti
  • *Pat Lynch, renowned Boxing Manager
  • *Lillo Brancato, Actor
  • *Grandy Twins
  • *Vincenzo Vaccaro: Cake King of Queens
  • *Atlantic City Police Athletic League
  • *Aaron Snowell, co-organizer the Jack Johnson Exhibit
  • *BULLYING…We’re Kickin’ It
  • *The Legacy Exists Joe Frazier Scholarship Fund
  • *Joseph Nicolosi, Artist known for his signature Pop Art portraits
  • *James O’Neal, Wood Sculpture Artist

 

WHERE: The Claridge – A Radisson Hotel, 123 South Indiana Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

 

Friday, May 26th, Sunday May 27th and Sunday, May 28th

 

May 26th (Press Conference) Check-in 3:30P | in the The Vue | Kickoff Reception 4P – 7P

 

 May 27th Press Check-in 9:15A | in the Conference Center | Fight Fan Experience 10A – 4P

 

May 27th Press Check-in 5:15P | Red Carpet Arrivals 6:00P | in the Art Gallery | Honoree Gala 7P – 11P

 

May 28th Press Check-in 4:00P | Red Carpet Arrivals 4:30P | in the Conference Center | Inaugural Induction Ceremony | Time: 6P – 9P

 

Post ceremony interviews and photo ops available as well.

 

Media Inquiries:

Please note that space is limited and all press will need credentials to check-in. Representatives of the media must RSVP to:

 

Angela Crockett                                             Marc Abrams

Communications Director for ACBHOF         Abrams Boxing

(609) 350-5310                                              (856) 287-7611

acrockett.acbhof@gmail.com                        phillyboxing@gmail.com

 

Honorees, Celebrity Guests and ACBHOF Executives will be available for interviewS.

 

******ACBHOF is pleased to recognize our sponsors*****

 

Corporate Partner: The Claridge Hotel a Radisson Hotel Title Sponsor: Hard Lifestyle Beverages

City of Atlantic City; Designer Wraps; Hammer Fiber Optics; Triax 57; 2300 Arena; FantaSea Resorts; Adams Boxing; Cake King of Queens and Bee Apparel

Fight Fan Experience Timeline

Honoree Gala Timeline

6:00    Dignitaries Arrival/Reception  (Lower GalleryLevel)

7:00    General Public Arrival

7:00    Cocktail Reception & Chicken Bone Beach Performing

7:30-7:35    Ray McCline Welcoming Remarks/Intro Emcee Nino DelBuono

7:35-8:00    DJ Young Hitta/Reception

8:00-8:20    Honoree Precession & Greetings

8:20-8:30    Solo Musical Performance by Suzette Charles

8:30-8:55   Honoree & Awards Presentation

8:55-9:05   Solo Musical Performance by PARRIS

9:05-9:35   Chicken Bone Beach Performing

9:35-10:00   Nicolosi Art Reveal Presentation

10:00-10:50   DJ Young Hitta/Reception

10:50   Closing Remarks

 

Induction Ceremony Timeline

 

Procession of Inductees Introduction – Founder, Ray McCline

Invocation – Pastor, Wayne M. Nelson Sr. National Anthem – Althea Saunders

Mission Statement – Vice President, Rodrick L. Green Master of Ceremonies – Henry Hascup

 

Fighter (Resident and Non-Resident)

MIKE TYSON, ARTURO GATTI, LEAVANDER JOHNSON, MIKE ROSSMAN, MATTHEW SAAD MUHAMMAD, DWIGHT MUHAMMAD QAWI,  MICHAEL SPINKS,  LARRY HOLMES

 

Trainer & Cutman (Resident and Non-Resident)

LOU DUVA   MIKE HALL SR   BILL JOHNSON

 

Non-Participants

Promoter, Manager, Advisor, Matchmaker & Ring Announcer

DON KING  FRANK GELB   DON ELBAUM   J RUSSELL PELTZ

 

Officials (Commission, Judges, Doctors & Referees)

LARRY HAZZARD SR.   STEVE SMOGER   DR. FRANK DOGGETT

 

Media (Writer, Historian, Photographer, Artist & Digital Technology)

BERT SUGAR   DAVE BONTEMPO   JACK OBERMAYER

 

Special Contributors, Executives, T.V. Networks, Government Officials, Boxing Organizations

KEN CONDON   BOB LEE   DENNIS GOMES

 

Proclamation – Mayor Don Guardian 9 Count Bell Ringing

 

Unveiling of Commemorative Paintings Closing Remarks

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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
      ******ACBHOF is pleased to recognize our sponsors*****
    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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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.