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Presented by Premier Boxing Champions & Headlined by
 Erislandy Lara Defending Title Against Unbeaten Terrell Gausha; Also Features Unbeaten Champion Jermell Charlo Against Top Challenger Erickson Lubin, and Jarrett Hurd in First Defense Against Former World Champion Austin Trout

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BROOKLYN (Aug. 30, 2017) – A trio of 154-pound world champions will defend their titles as part of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader headlined by Erislandy Lara defending against undefeated Terrell Gausha, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, October 14 live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING¬ģ.

The card, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, will feature four undefeated 154-pound boxers and will pave the way for an undisputed king of the 154-pound division.

Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs), generally recognized as the best boxer in the super welterweight division and its longest reigning champion, will defend his title against undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs).

In the co-main event, hard-hitting unbeaten champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) takes on top contender Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs), while “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) will make his first title defense against tough former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-3, 17 KOs).

“On¬†October 14¬†at Barclays Center, three world champions will be defending their belts, on SHOWTIME, in a night of tremendous super welterweight action,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Long reigning Cuban Erislandy Lara takes on undefeated Olympian Terrell Gausha and newly crowned Jarrett Hurd faces respected former world champion Austin Trout. This card also features one of the best matchups that can be made between two undefeated fighters, champion Jermell Charlo and young sensation Erickson Lubin.”

“This is a blockbuster card for boxing fans,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “The 154-pound division is full of talent and this card is loaded with the best champions and top-ranked contenders in the division. The guy who will be the eventual king of the division is fighting on this show and the fans will be treated to matches that will determine who that unified champion will be.”

Tickets to the event will go on sale on tomorrow, August 31 at 10 a.m. ET and start at $50 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center starting Friday, September 1 at noon ET. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

“We are thrilled to continue our best year yet of BROOKLYN BOXING with our fifth major boxing event of 2017,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “We always aim to deliver fight fans an evening packed with top-notch matchups from start to finish, and this card certainly does that.”

Lara, a 34-year-old Cuban southpaw, owns victories over Trout, Alfredo Angulo and a slew of former champions and top contenders in addition to a controversial split decision loss to Canelo Alvarez on the way to cementing his credentials as the top boxer in the division. Lara will make the seventh defense of his world title as he continues to train with renowned trainer Ronnie Shields.

“I’m very excited to be making another title defense back on SHOWTIME headlining a great tripleheader,” said Lara. “This is an interesting fight versus an undefeated U.S. Olympian in Terrell Gausha. I know he will be ready because it’s his opportunity to beat the best fighter in the division and become a champion. But come fight night, he will quickly realize and know why I’m the consensus No. 1 super welterweight in the world.¬† After this performance, I look forward to, one-by-one, adding a WBC and IBF title to my collection.”

The 29-year-old Gausha, of Cleveland, Ohio, earned a shot at the world title with solid victories in his last two matches. He won a hard-fought decision over Steven Martinez last August and followed it up with another impressive victory over Luis Hernandez on Feb. 10.  Lara figures to be his toughest battle in his pro career that dates back to 2012.

I’ve been talking about this since I was a three-year-old watching Muhammad Ali on television,” said Gausha. “I’m here now and blessed for this opportunity.¬†Lara’s a tough fighter, champion and the best opponent I’ll fight on paper. He’s been in with the bigger names. But the better the opponent, the better I am, and I’m coming to dethrone him. He’s crafty, but the world hasn’t seen all that I can bring to the table. I’ll make adjustments on the fly and do things that I’ve never shown before. Seeing other Olympic team members win titles gives me motivation to earn the victory and the notoriety I’ve been looking for.”

Charlo of Houston, Texas will be making the second defense of his title, which he won by knockout victory over John Jackson on May 21, 2016. The 27-year-old Charlo successfully defended the title with a highlight reel knockout victory over fellow Texan Charles Hatley on April 22 at Barclays Center. He and his twin brother, Jermall, both held world titles at 154-pounds, before Jermall relinquished his title to move up to 160 pounds. Charlo now trains in Dallas with Derrick James, trainer of world champion Errol Spence Jr.

“Lubin is young and hungry and I know he always comes to fight, but there’s a reason why I’m where I am in the sport,” said Charlo. “I’ve been through the trenches and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. This is what boxing always needs — two young, undefeated fighters willing to risk their ‘0’. But I think it’s a little early for Lubin to step in the ring with me, and I plan on keeping my title.¬†October 14¬†I’ll show everyone why I’m a world champion.”

Lubin, 21, is nicknamed “The Hammer” because of his power in both hands and his ability to bring a quick conclusion to every match. Lubin of Orlando, Fla., has picked up 10 victories since the beginning of 2015 including seven knockouts on his way to contender status. Lubin most recently scored a sensational knockout of Jorge Cota in a title eliminator in March at Barclays Center.

“This is a fight for the fans,” said Lubin. “You have an undefeated champion against an undefeated Prospect of the Year. I’m very excited to be fighting for the belt and it’s truly been a dream of mine ever since I first got into boxing. Come fight night, Charlo will either give it to me or I’m going to rip the belt out of his hands. Many fans and reporters have said that he’s one of the best, and that will make it even sweeter. My mentality will be to seek and destroy, so everyone tune-in to SHOWTIME on¬†October 14, you will witness boxing’s new superstar!”


Adrien BRONER vs MIKEY Garcia & Jermall CHARLO vs Jorge Sebastian HEILAND CONFERENCE CALL

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Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia is a 12-round super lightweight matchup that is presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, July 29 in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING.

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $950, $750, $350, $300, $250, $150, $75, and $50 (not including applicable fees), and are on sale now and can be purchased at, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

KellStory by:  Chip Mitchell

Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) made it clear he wants to fight again this year.  Coming off a loss in May against Errol Spence Jr (22-0, 19 KOs), Brook vowed to return sometime this winter.


‚ÄúI spoke to the surgeon and he said that the operation was a big success and simpler than the last one,‚ÄĚ said Brook. ‚ÄúIt took half the time of the first one and there‚Äôs very little swelling and it looks great. The last scan I had revealed that the healing has started really well and the bone already looks strong so I expect to make a full recovery and I want to fight again in 2017.


“I was bitterly disappointed by the loss at Bramall Lane. Losing my belt was gutting but I’m glad I accepted to fight Spence and help be part of an event that Sheffield will remember and be proud of.


‚ÄúI still feel that I have a massive future in the sport. I will talk to my team in the coming weeks about what we can do next and I am looking to get back into camp this summer.‚ÄĚ


At some point during the fight with Spence, Brook suffered a fracture to his left eye-socket.¬† It was the second consecutive fight with a fracture, as Gennady Golovkin’s punches fractured Brook’s right eye-socket in September 2016.


If I’m all-in for Team Brook, I’d recommend two things:

  1. Take your time coming back and make it the latest possible date in 2017 to return.
  2. Make your return at super welterweight/junior middleweight and against someone who isn’t a big puncher or who employs a body attack in favor of headshots.


Brook is still young, at 31 years.¬† However,¬† as a member of his team I’d need reassurances he has no greater chance of becoming blind or losing an eye than someone without eye fractures.


Hopefully Brook has a defined set of goals and isn’t just fighting to collect money.¬† I’d like to see him bounce back with title aspirations and a redemptive mindset.


With said assurances, Brook may be able to make noise at ’54 after a few victories.¬† Wouldn’t mind seeing the young man in there with a Charles Hatley or a Tony Harrison.


A fighter with similar “eye” problems has made his way into the top 20.¬† How about a showdown with Antonio Margarito?


Juuust kidding, folks.


If Brook passes a few stern tests against fringe guys, then he can step up to take on a Jermell Charlo, a Demetrius Andrade, or the Jarrett Hurd/Austin Trout winner.


Keep an eye on Kell Brook.  It might be a great story of redemption that unfolds in front of our eyes.



Julian Williams vs Joshua Conley


Story by:  Chip Mitchell


There are many¬†¬†fans and media who were extremely impressed with contender¬†Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-1-1, 14 KOs) prior to his¬†title challenge versus Jermall Charlo last December.¬† Included in that number was this journalist, who was eager to see how far the young man could go in our beloved,¬†yet ferocious sport.


Williams failed in his quest for the IBF strap against Charlo, and now returns in a super welterweight bout against  Joshua Conley (14-1-1, 9 KOs) on a  Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce card Friday, June 30.


Williams vs.  Conley will be the co-feature,  with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.


The main event is IBF World lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (19-0, 14 KOs) defending against Denis Shafikov (38-2-1, 20 KOs).


Also on the televised portion of the card are unbeaten welterweight prospects Jamontay Clark (11-0, 7 KOs) and Ivan Golub (13-0, 11 KOs) who will battle in an eight-round matchup.


I’m eager to see how Williams acquits himself in his return to action, especially with an opponent who packs a bit of a punch.¬† While Conley’s resume doesn’t have signature names that stand out, the same could be said of Williams heading into his challenge against Charlo.¬† You could similarly add Errol Spence Jr.’s name to that list,¬†up until his successful title challenge against Kell Brook.¬† So the intrigue of the unknown lends merit to see how the kid (Williams) reacts in his comeback fight.


Williams, to his credit, says all the right things… the things you want to hear a fighter say coming off of an initial defeat.¬† Yet, as it goes, this is why we ‘fight the fights’ in this theatre of the unexpected.


I believe Williams to be a technically sound fighter.¬† There were a few flaws that Williams himself expressed a need to rectify after¬†his loss to Charlo.¬† On paper, this seems to be a solid opponent who Williams should defeat after getting¬†quality rounds of work.¬† However, I doubt if Conley enters the¬†ring thinking he’s¬† “the opponent” in this high-reward-for-him challenge.


As much as the Charlo loss shouldn’t be an indictment on his career, to some fans and (so-called) media it is.¬† So Williams has to dust off his shoulder and get back in and prove ’em wrong.¬† In my opinion, I’m equally as intrigued with his trainer, Stephen Edwards.¬† His journey will go as Williams’s goes.


Edwards was hailed the next great trainer, albeit prematurely, by many-a-boxing scribe.  He certainly has the mind for it, as he passed a few of my historical quizzes thrown his way.


“I am definitely excited to get back in the ring,” said Williams. “I can’t wait. It feels like it has been two years, not six months. I took my loss on the chin. I tried to learn as much as possible from it and I’m moving forward. Conley is a solid fighter. He only has one loss and it was to Daquan Arnett, who is another good fighter. I know he is coming to win. If he beats me, it opens a lot of doors and takes him to the next stage of his career so I have to come prepared.”


“This is a great opportunity for my career and I feel like a win here puts me on the list of up-and-coming 154-pound fighters,” said Conley. “Training camp has been going well. I’m ready to do whatever it takes. I know that it’s going to be a tough fight. I expect Julian to come out fast and try to prove something, but I’m going to stay composed and do what I have to do.”


This is a nice comeback fight for Julian Williams.¬† If he gets past Conley, I’d like to see the young man back in twice this year.¬† If he passes those tests, it should set him up for a title challenge with the winner of the July 29¬†fight between IBF titleholder Jarrett Hurd and Austin Trout.


Another possibility is a matchup with WBC titleholder Jermell Carlo, Jermall’s younger (by one minute) brother.¬† It’d be nice to see if Williams can get some semblance of revenge in that contest.


First things first, however, as Williams must pass his first test against Conley.  Conley has a good left hook and likes to double hook to the body and head.  He can fight coming forward and off his back foot as he looks to land big.


I haven’t seen much of a jab from Conley and think this is something Williams can exploit.¬† When Conley elects to throw the jab, it’s quick.¬† However, the range sometimes isn’t where it should be.¬† Also, there are moments in fights where Conley’s jab¬†does a disappearing act.¬† When this happens, Conley is usually looking to land something big, preferably the big left hook.¬† ¬†Just something to watch in this fight.


Check out Williams vs. Conley, June 30 on the undercard of Robert Easter Jr defending against Denis Shafikov.



Mykal Fox takes on Daniel Sostre in headlining bout on Saturday, June 3rd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland
Luther Smith to appear in co-feature bout
Plus undefeated Greg Outlaw, Jr., Marcus Bates, Justin Hurd, Tyrek Irby and Jordan Peters


Fort Washington, MD (May 15, 2017)Рon Saturday night June 3rd, undefeated junior welterweight Mykal Fox take on battle-tested Daniel Sostre in the main event of a nine-bout card at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland

The card is promoted by King’s Promotions.

Fox of Forestville, Maryland has become a popular headline attraction in the Beltway

The 21 year-old Fox has a record of 13-0 with four knockouts.

The three-year professional has continuously stepped up the competition, and will be making his seventh start at the Rosecroft Raceway, and is coming off a eight-round majority decision over Tre’Sean Wiggins on February 11th.

Sostre of Highland, New York via Vega Baja, Puerto Rico has a record of 13-12-1 with five knockouts.

The 33 year-old is a 12 year veteran, and is known for fighting top competition.

Fox will mark the 11th undefeated opponent that Sostre has faced.

Sostre has wins over Kenny Galarza (16-3), Chris Gilbert (11-0), Jay Krupp (14-3), Tommy Rainone (12-2), Mike Ruiz (8-2) & Broderick Antoine (2-0).

Sostre will be looking to get back in the win column after dropping his last three fights to fighter’s who have a combined record of 45-2-1. ¬†In his last bout, Sostre dropped an eight-round majority decision to Derrick Cuevas (12-0-1) on December 10th in Catono, Puerto Rico.

In six-round bouts:

Luther Smith (8-1, 7 KO’s) of Bowie, Maryland battles an opponent to be named in a cruiserweight bout.

Greg Outlaw, Jr. (2-0) of Bowie, Maryland  will fight an opponent to be named in a lightweight bout.

Marcus Bates (6-0-1, 6 KO’s) of Washington, DC will fight Roberto Pucheta¬†(10-10-1, 6 KO’s) of Jalisco, Mexico in a super bantamweight tussle.

In four-round bouts:

Justin Hurd (2-0, 1 KO) of Accokeek, Maryland takes on Jonathan Garcia (4-15-1,1 KO) of Aguada, Puerto Rico in a junior middleweight bout.

Tyrek Irby (2-0, 1 KO) of Forestville, Maryland battles Brandon Sanudo (5-3, 2 KO’s) of San Felipe, Mexico in a junior welterweight contest.

Malik Loften of Suitland, Maryland makes his pro debut against an opponent to be named in a featherweight contest.

Lamont McLaughlin (0-1) of Philadelphia boxes against Jessie Singletary (0-2) of Washington, DC in a super middleweight fight.

Jordan Peters (1-0-1) of Washington, DC will take on an Bryan Perez Nevarez (2-6-1, 1 KO) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a super bantamweight contest.

Tickets are on sale for $75, $60 and $40 at or by calling 301-899-2430

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Andre Berto (31-5, 24 KOs) met Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night in a WBC elimination bout.


Listen to my thoughts on the fight, along with Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley’s 154 pound title fight.




Deontay Wilder Scores Sensational Fifth Round KO Over

Gerald Washington To Retain Heavyweight World Title 

Jarrett Hurd Defeats Tony Harrison By Ninth Round KO To

Secure IBF Junior Middleweight Title 

Dominic Breazeale Stops Izuagbe Ugonoh In Action-Packed

Brawl To Win by Fifth Round KO 

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BIRMINGHAM, AL. (February 25, 2017) – Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) knocked out Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) in the fifth round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL.


In front of a crowd of 12,346 fans, Wilder was able to give his home state crowd another scintillating victory. Although Washington stole some of the early rounds, Wilder’s patience paid off as he was able to find his pace and finish Washington in the fifth frame.


In the blistering televised opener, Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KOs). Ugonoh controlled the fight early landing heavy blows to both Breazeale’s body and head, but Breazeale was able to compose himself and stormed back to knock out Ugonoh in impressive fashion.


The co-main event featured Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) knocking out Tony Harrison (24-2, 20 KOs) in the ninth round of their contest.


Here is what the fighters had to say following their bouts:



“I knew he was going to come in excited to fight for a world title. I just kept calm and found my rhythm. I really knew he was going to tire out, and when he did I took advantage.


“It was all about timing. I’m very smart when it comes to using different tactics in the ring.


“Fighting here in Alabama is a blessing. The people here show up to support me and I love them for it. I’m always going to support and be here for my Alabama family. To see the crowd’s response tonight meant a lot to me.


“As I’ve been saying, I’m looking to unify the division. I think it’s critical to have one fighter and one champion, and that’s Deontay Wilder. Let’s hope Joseph Parker is ready for me because I’m definitely ready for him.”



“I just got a little impatient. I was trying to go for it. It was an even boxing match. I could have kept it like that and kept it boring. I don’t know why I fell asleep there. I guess I lost a little focus.


“I caught him with one shot when he was coming in. But instead of me keeping that play going and keep pushing him back and keep him in control by keeping him in the center of the ring, I tried to get on him. I was trying to play a little counter punch role and catch him coming in. He just caught me.


“It’s just an experience. You have to follow the game plan and stay focused, stay patient. You may not get all the shots you want in the beginning, but you have to play the game all the way out and then things will start to happen.” (more…)

Check out what the fighters had to say prior to this Saturday’s PBC on Fox show.


The call opened with Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) and “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs) who will be in a terrific matchup.¬† Harrison, is out of Detroit Michigan,¬†and Hurd, 19-0, 13 KOs is¬†from Maryland.¬† They fight for the vacant IBF World junior middleweight (super welterweight) title vacated by Jermall Charlo.


Later, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) and Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) joined the call to chime in on their matchup.


Check out what each fighter had to say below:









Clash Between Hard-Hitting Tony Harrison and

Undefeated Jarrett Hurd Is Now For The

Vacant IBF Junior Middleweight World Title


The 12-Round, 154-Pound Title Battle Is Part of A Stacked Show To Be Televised in Prime Time


Live on Premier Boxing Champions on FOX &

FOX Deportes at8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT


Saturday, February 25 From Legacy Arena in

Birmingham, Alabama


BIRMINGHAM, AL (February 16, 2017) РThe stakes have been raised in the already highly-charged junior middleweight showdown between Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) and Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs). The clash between Harrison and Hurd has been elevated to a battle for the vacant IBF 154-pound world title and is part of an exciting night of action Saturday, February 25.  on Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes.


The title become vacant after titlist Jermall Charlo dropped the belt to move up to middleweight to seek bigger challenges in a new division.


Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama and is headlined by undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces undefeated contender Gerald Washington.


“These guys have already shown their mettle by agreeing to fight each other – No. 2 versus No. 3 – for the No. 1 spot,” said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. “Having this match be for a world title is a great reward for two young guys who have shown a willingness to face each other.”


“Boxing writers and fans are already buzzing about Harrison versus Hurd, an explosive matchup,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “The winner will now be the IBF champion, bringing greatly increased significance to what should already be a war.”


The 26-year-old Harrison comes into this fight after scoring an explosive ninth-round stoppage of Sergey Rabchenko in July that put him in line for the world title. Harrison, who took down Cecil McCalla, Fernando Guerrero and Rabchenko in his last three contests, faces a tough challenge in the undefeated Hurd. The Detroit-native was unbeaten in his first 21 pro fights and recorded 10-straight knockouts between 2013 and 2015.


“I’ve been waiting on this for a long time. This the biggest shot of my life. It’s like my son being born all over again,” Harrison said. “This just made the fight that much more interesting. As a boxer this is what you dream of – the day you fight for a world title. Santa came early. We’re both 26 years old. It’s a dream come true for both of us. It doesn’t change the approach. It just makes it much sweeter and puts that much more respect on the winner of this fight.”


“This is the moment every boxer dreams of, becoming the world champion,” said Hurd. “I finally get that opportunity on the big stage – on the Deontay Wilder heavyweight championship card and on FOX in prime time on national TV. I’m blessed. I want to thank everyone for getting me to this point. Tony Harrison is a great fighter. It’s not going to be an easy fight. Tony Harrison is top-level competition and I’m a top level competitor. Two great fighters going after something they want. ¬†But I have to say my pants are falling and I need my belt.” (more…)