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Andre Berto Training Camp Quotes & Photos

Two-Time Welterweight World Champion Battles Former Champion Shawn Porter in Welterweight World Title Eliminator Saturday April 22 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn 
& Live on SHOWTIME
 
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OAKLAND, CA. (April 17, 2017) – Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto will look to put himself in a position for another 147-pound title when he faces former world champion Shawn Porter in a world title eliminator that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday, April 22 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.

 

Televised coverage of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT and features unbeaten super welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo defending against top contender Charles Hatley.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

As Berto wraps up training camp in Oakland with renowned coach Virgil Hunter, he shares some thoughts on camp, his matchup with Porter and more:

ANDRE BERTO

 

How has training camp gone? Do you feel like you’re still learning and growing with Virgil Hunter?

 

“We’ve had a tremendous training camp out here in the Bay. I’m focused and I’m in great shape. Training with Virgil is like stepping in to a classroom. I’m always learning and growing as a fighter when I’m in the gym with him. We’ve been pushing to the limit every day and I’m just ready to go to work.”

 

What would you say are Shawn’s strengths in the ring? What do you have to prepare for?

“Shawn’s a great fighter but we are fully focused on what we need to do in the ring. My boxing IQ has grown so much and now everything we’re doing has a purpose. I’ve had tremendous sparring this camp and everyone I’ve been there with has been trying to push me to a whole other level so I will be ready for anything come fight night.

 

“We are going to be ready for whatever Shawn brings on April 22. We’ve seen him brawl and try to press guys out but he might try do something different in this fight and we’ll be ready for it. I’m known for my speed, my power, my explosiveness and I’m in fantastic shape so this is definitely going to be a can’t miss fight.”

 

What does it mean to you to be in camp with the other great fighter’s in Hunter’s stable including Andre Ward, Amir Khan, Andrzej Fonfara and Peter Quillin, amongst others?

 

“We have a tremendous atmosphere out here and we all feed off of each other. Training with all these great fighters and world champions pushes you to another level. We all support each other and it definitely adds another level of motivation during training camp for each of our fights.”

 

What does it mean to you to be in a position to become a three-time world champion?

 

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BERNIE BAHRMASEL: Good afternoon and Good Morning to the international press and thanks very much for joining us on this Media Conference Call promoting the highly anticipated World Middleweight Championship between Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “The Miracle Man” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) set for Saturday, March 18 from THE Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The Championship Event presented by K2 Promotions will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View starting at 9pm ET, 6pm PT. Tickets for the live event which are moving fast, may be purchased online through Ticketmaster and TheGarden.com

Joining us first on the call today is the Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World from his training camp in Costa Rica, ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ. Sporting a record of 46-0 with 38 knockouts, Roman is joined on the call by his longtime manager CARLOS BLANDON to discuss his WBC Super Flyweight World Championship defense against Mandatory Challenger SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (41-4-1, 38 KO’s), in the co-main event on March 18th.

Later in the call, we will joined by former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion CARLOS “PRINCIPE” CUADRAS and his trainer RUDY HERNANDEZ who are wrapping up camp in Los Angeles, California.

In a special attraction 10-round super flyweight bout on the HBO Pay-Per-View, Cuadras will battle Mexico City cross-town arch rival DAVID “SEVERO” CARMONA.

This past September 10 at the Fabulous Forum and telecast, “Chocolatito”and Cuadras clashed in one of the best fights of 2016, as Roman Gonzalez won his fourth division world title.
 
 

TOM LOEFFLER: We couldn’t be more excited to have ‘Chocolatito’ back on the show with Gennady and it is a great match-up.

  On any other show it would clearly be the main event.  ‘Chocolatito’ headlined the show last September at the Fabulous Forum and had a tremendous victory over Carlos Cuadras winning a world title in his fourth weight division and is universally considered the No. 1 pound for pound fighter in the world.

  We are excited for this match-up.

  It is a tough match-up that’s mandated by the WBC against Rungvisai from Thailand who is a very big puncher and I know many boxing fans are really looking forward to this fight.  With that I would like to introduce Carlos Blandon to say a few words.  He has been with Roman in training camp.

CARLOS BLANDON:  I would like to thank everyone that is making this possible – HBO, Teiken Promotions and K2 Promotions and Madison Square Garden for hosting us once again on March 18.

 Roman and the whole ‘Chocolatito’ team is very excited and happy once again to be showcasing Roman’s talents at Madison Square Garden, The Mecca of Boxing, and we think it is going to be an excellent night of boxing on fight night.

  And thanks to Gennady, who we admire and we are very happy to be fighting under his name once again.  At the same time having Carlos Cuadras with Rudy Hernandez being able to fight before us makes for a full program of action.

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  First of all I want to say that we are ready for next Saturday.  I want to thank God and I want to thank HBO and K2 Promotions and Madison Square Garden.  Everything has gone great during this camp and once again it is an honor to be on a card featuring Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.

How was it to be a headliner on your last show?

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  It was a great opportunity in Los Angeles that HBO gave me to fight Carlos Cuadras in the feature fight.

  It was a great fight with an amazing atmosphere.  The fans from Mexico and Nicaragua came out.  I think it showed that I have the power that I can fill a big arena like the Forum.

  I was very happy and to be the co-feature with Golovkin is another great opportunity and I realize that there are going to be a lot of fans of Nicaraguan descent that will descend upon Madison Square Garden and I want to give them a very positive result.

How was it fighting at the heavier weight?  You got touched up a little in the Cuadras fight.  Do you feel you can dominate at the heavier weight?

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  I have always had respect for my opponent and it was a very tough fight at 115.  Never did I think it was going to be easy campaigning in this division at 115 – it takes time to get used to and I think that’s what is happening at the moment but I think I will be fine.

What was the reception like when you returned home after not only winning another world title but passing the legend of Arguello by winning a fourth world title?

That day was very memorable when I returned home.  People were lined up in the streets and they were greeting me all over and to be honest, being home, they gave me their love.  The people of Nicaragua gave me their love and without question it makes me so happy to represent the country of Nicaragua, that now after winning this world title I have to hold onto it.

Do you feel a need move to move to higher weight divisions or do you feel you are fighting for the guys in the lower weight classes?

 

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  From a legacy standpoint I have already accomplished a lot and now my goal is to hold onto my fourth world title in order to gain higher purses and more money and I want to continue to show that I am a quality fighter and I am a great fighter and I want to move forward and I think a second fight with Cuadras will certainly do that.  But I am fixed on holding on to this world title moving forward.

What do you want to accomplish next?

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  A fourth world title was something that was an absolute blessing.  I want to thank God and it meant so much to me.  No, aside from holding onto my world title, I could possibly go for a fifth world championship – in a different weight division – but first I understand that I need to hold onto to this title at the moment.

How many tickets are left for the fight at Madison Square Garden?

TOM LOEFFLER:  The tickets are selling very well.  The last show where Gennady and ‘Chocolatito’ had fought together at the Garden in October 2015, we were completely sold out and right now the tickets are ahead of that.  So we expect a sold out arena and the fans have reacted to the combination again of Gennady and ‘Chocolatito’ on the same show.

How does this opponent compare to Cuadras and what type of challenges do you expect?

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  I always know it’s going to be a different rival and challenge.  Against Carlos Cuadras it was a great fight and I certainly learned a lot in that match-up and especially in my training camp.  On this one coming up on the 18th of March, I expect a great fight and I want to put on a great fight for the fans and I realize what I have to do because at the end of the day I want to have my had raised in victory.

Do you want to fight Cuadras again?  How did that fight compare to the toughest you have had?

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  As I look at a fight coming up against Carlos Cuadras again I realize I have to train harder.  Every opponent presents different challenges.  I do believe that the second fight, the rematch, will be better.  But heading into the rematch, assuming all goes according to plan, I will be confident and I know he will be a little bit more because of the time we shared in the ring.  I do believe I can go out there and get the knockout in the rematch.

Do you feel better training in Costa Rica than in California?
 

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  Every camp is very good.  Every camp runs very well when it comes to training in Costa Rica.  I like it because I almost feel at home as if in Nicaragua.  There are mountains here and water and I just feel so comfortable in Costa Rica.

You have a tough fight coming up on the 18th and Cuadras says that you didn’t want the rematch immediately…

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  It doesn’t really matter what he says.  If he wants to go ahead and get into a verbal match with me, that’s not what I am going to focus on.  I am the champion right now.  I realize that the rematch is down the line.  I have a lot of respect for him.  I am fighting for the lower weight classes and a rematch will be in the cards if it does transpire.  That will happen down the line and I am all about fighting for the lower weight classes to make them prominent in boxing.

This is a tough time in the United States for Hispanics and Latinos . . .

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  My fight is for the public.  I am always very happy for the adulation.  These days I want to move forward and make people happy by my performance.

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ:  Thank you very much to all of the public, God bless you and we will see you Saturday on March 18.

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WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday, March 18, 2017

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

Tale of The Tape Gennady Golovkin Daniel Jacobs
Age 34/35 29/30
Current Status

WBA Super World middleweight champion;

IBF World middleweight champion;

WBC World middleweight champion;

IBO World middleweight champion

WBA World middleweight champion
Professional Record 36-0-0, 33 KOs 32-1-0, 29 KOs
Height 5 ft. 10 in. 6 ft. 1 in.
Reach 69 in. 73 in.
Knockout Percentage 92% 88%
Previous Fight 09/10/2016 09/09/2016

 

 “MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS” is showdown between Unified Middleweight World Champion (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO) GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN (36-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS (32-1, 29 KO’s) set for Saturday, March 18 in The World’s Most Famous Arena.    The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.    Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle.

Presented by K2 Promotions, tickets for “MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS” priced at $1,000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or http://www.thegarden.com

Check my prediction out below:

 

Lewis vs. Briggs – 27:20 mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8Jqmcj8OKI&t=1657s

 

Pirog vs. Jacobs – 1:47 mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzVqmon1XIU

 

Jacobs vs. Mora I – 0:00 to 0:17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtNCzp9c85w

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THE FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE

3RD ANNUAL “FIGHT-4-FITNESS” 5K RACE, 2K WALK,

KIDS FUN RUN, & COMMUNITY DAY

SUNDAY, MARCH 12 AT SUNSET PARK IN LAS VEGAS

 

LAS VEGAS (January 24, 2017) The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (TFMJF) is proud to announce their 3rd Annual Fight-4-Fitness 5K Race, 2K Walk, Kids Fun Run, and Community Day taking place Sunday, March 12 at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. This event is intended to support the movement toward more active and healthy lifestyles, while forming community alliances where awareness and empowerment serve as the nucleus for an improved quality of life.

 

This year, The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation, plans to unite runners and families within the Las Vegas community and surrounding communities in an eventful day filled with events geared toward the whole family. The festivities will start off with a 5K race and 2K walk, the Kids Fun Run will follow, and Community Day to commence the event. Children, ages 12 and under, can take part in a fun-filled scavenger hunt before the Kids Fun Run (one half mile run). The races are followed by an awards ceremony honoring the top 5K Race participants in each age category.

 

Fight-4-Fitness will also feature great healthy food options, vendors, merchandise booths, photo-booths, meet & greet with the Mayweather Promotions stable of fighters, live performances, physical activities geared toward fitness and fun, PLUS MORE!

 

For more information and to stay connected, follow us on social media: @TFMJF on Twitter, @TFMJF on Instagram, and onFacebook: www.Facebook.com/TFMJF

 

The full race day schedule is listed below:

 

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. -5K Race, 2K Walk, Kids scavenger hunt
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Kids Fun Run & Awards Ceremony
  • 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Community Day

 

Registration for these activities can be completed at www.tfmjf.org/events. Full registration dates and fees are listed below:

 

  • January 24th-January 31st: $30 5K/$25 2K/$15 Kids Fun Run/$20 Community Day
  • February 1st- February 28th: $35 5K/ $30 2K/ $15 Kids Fun Run/ $20 Community Day
  • March 1st– March 12th: $40 5K/ $35 2K/ $20 Kids Fun Run/ $25 Community Day
  • Day of event: $65 5K/ $60 2K/ $25 Kids Fun Run/ $30 Community Day

 

Online registration is open through March 10th.

 

CONTACTS:

     Nicole Craig, Mayweather Promotions/TFMJF: (702) 807-1788

      Crystal Frost, Mayweather Promotions: (213) 434-5809

      Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500

 

 

 

 

ANTHONY JOSHUA AND WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO AGREE TO BIG MONEY FIGHT IN DECEMBER!  IS AJ READY

Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) will fight Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) in a fight rumored to be a split of €30,000,000

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Title Fight Set for Saturday, November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Presented Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (October 14, 2016) – Rising Dallas, Texas boxing star andNABO Junior Welterweight Champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will defend his NABA junior welterweight title against Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs)in a ten-round bouton the televised undercard of Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” on Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
 
In his last appearance on August 6, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker captivated the crowd at Oracle Arena as the co-feature of Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand. Hooker wasted no time outperforming Washington D.C.’s Tyrone Barnett, landing a flurry of punches before scoring a technical knockout at the 2:17 mark of the opening round to retain his NABO junior welterweight title. Hooker looks ahead to his next challenge, former WBA World Lightweight Champion Darleys Perez. Perez is coming off a May 20 knockout victory over fellow Colombian Ubadel Soto, an impressive bounce back following a tough title defense loss to Anthony Crolla, the previous year. The veteran fighter, who resides and trains full-time in the U.S., will step up a weight class to meet Hooker.
 
“I want to thank my team at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Roc Nation Sports and HBO for giving me the opportunity to show the world a ‘Mighty Mo’ performance on the undercard of the ‘Fight of the Year’,” said Hooker. “For my part, I promise to put on a show for the fans in Las Vegas and the Pay-Per-View audience at home. No one punches like me. It’s going to be lights out.”
 
Hooker added, “I will be dedicating this fight to Aaron Pyror, who passed away, earlier this week. I can’t think of a better way to honor ‘The Hawk’s’ legacy than with a big win. I look to be a world-class junior welterweight champion like him.”
 
“This is my chance get back into the limelight. I have fought all over the world and facing Maurice Hooker in Las Vegas on November 19 is perhaps my last chance to show that I have a lot left inside the ring and I plan to take full advantage of it because losing is not an option,” said Perez. “I will move up to the 140-pound division and I will be ready to challenge this young lion who has never fought a guy like me before. There will be fireworks in Las Vegas and I plan to go home a winner.”

 

“Not only is Kovalev-Ward the most anticipated fight in recent boxing history, with the addition of Hooker-Perez to the televised undercard – Nov. 19 is an evening that international sports fans simply cannot afford to miss,” said Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy Michael R. Yormark. “From our very first day in boxing, Roc Nation Sports has committed to making great fights and creating scintillating global events, and we are thrilled to work with Main Events to add this incredible matchup to the undercard, as ‘Mighty Mo’ Hooker puts his undefeated record on the line against the very talented Colombian Darleys Perez.” 
 
“HBO is the pinnacle of pugilistic entertainment. We are very proud to have Maurice Hooker make both his Las Vegas and HBO Pay-Per-View debut on November 19,” said Arnie Verbeek, Hooker’s manager. “We have worked extremely hard to get to this point in his career and are thankful to Roc Nation Sports for believing in Maurice Hooker’s talent.”
 
Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) was born and raised in Oak Cliff, Texas, where he found a boxing home at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym by way of an outreach program for at-risk youths. His natural talent was soon noticed resulting in him competing as an amateur, during which time he participated in over 100 fights, compiling a record of 97 wins and only seven losses, with 67 victories coming by way of knockout. Hooker turned professional on April 29, 2011, taking on the vastly more experienced Tyrone Chatman at the Orpheum Theater in St. Louis. After four rounds, the judges saw the fight 40-36, 37-39 and 38-38, calling the fight a split draw. Undeterred, in his next fight on June 24, 2014, Hooker scored his first professional win, knocking out Wilbert Mitchell in the first round. Eleven wins (eight by knockout) later, he took on undefeated Abel Ramos on January 17, 2014 in a bout that was featured on ShoBox from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. After eight close, hard-fought rounds, the judges saw the fight a draw. Four consecutive knockout victories would follow before he took on fellow undefeated prospect Eduardo Galindo on June 26, 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas for the vacant NABO junior welterweight title. “Mighty Mo” did not disappoint his legion of hometown fans who saw him capture the title with a sixth round technical knockout victory. On October 17, 2015, Hooker successfully defended his title at Madison Square Garden in New York City against his toughest opponent to date in Ghislain Maduma. The 10-round decision win came on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux and was featured on the event’s “freeview” as well as streamed online around the world. “Mighty Mo” made his debut under the Roc Nation Sports banner on the undercard of Andre Ward vs. Sullivan Barrera, this past March at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, where he annihilated opponent Wilfrido “La Roca” Buelvas of Columbia in the first round of a 10-round junior welterweight bout by way of technical knockout. Hooker returned to Oracle Arena on August 6 as the co-feature on the Ward-Brand undercard, defeating Tyrone Barnett of Washington, D.C., to remain the NABO Junior Welterweight Champion. Hooker is ready to step up to the challenge on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas when he faces former WBA World Lightweight Champion Darleys Perez.
 
Follow Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker on Twitter @mightmohooker, Instagram @mauricemightymohooker and Facebook: www.facebook.com/mauricemightymohooker/.
 
Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs) is a celebrated Colombian boxer hailing from San Pedro de Uraba. As an amateur, with a record of 82 wins and 7 losses, he captured the lightweight boxing gold medal at the 2006 South American games in Buenos Aries, Argentina, and was a contender at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China. Perez made his professional debut on February 14, 2009, by way of knockout over fellow countryman Edwin Ortiz. 27 consecutive victories followed, earning Perez a shot at the interim WBA World lightweight title against undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada on June 8, 2013. In a closely-fought contest that went the distance, Gamboa prevailed, handing Perez his first career loss. A year later, Perez received a second chance at the interim WBA World lightweight title, successfully scoring a unanimous decision over Argenis Lopez at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Perez was promoted to full titleholder status when the WBA stripped Richar Abril of the belt for twice failing to make title defenses. In the first of back-to-back defenses of the WBA World lightweight title on July 18, 2015, Perez topped hometown challenger Anthony Crolla with a majority decision draw at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom. In the rematch on November 21, 2015, again at Manchester Arena, Perez was taken down for the count in the fifth round by a single body shot. Undeterred by his second loss, Perez returned to the ring on May 20, 2016, scoring with a big second-round knockout over Ubadel Soto. Perez looks to continue his upward streak as he moves up a weight class to take on Maurice Hooker for the NABO junior welterweight title on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  
 
Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound For Pound”, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Titles, takes place Saturday, Nov. 19, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. “Pound for Pound” is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and is sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Rosneft and Corona Extra.  
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 14th, 2016) — Without a lengthy amateur background or the unwavering support from the city he grew up in, Cido Hoff knows the only way to prove he’s a legitimate contender in the featherweight division is to take the fights others won’t.

Next Friday at Twin River Casino, the Providence native faces Irvin Gonzalez, a decorated amateur, who, along with stablemate Jamaine Ortiz, is one of two fighters from Worcester, Mass., who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in Reno, Nev., on the undercard of CES Boxing’s 2016 Twin River Fight Series season finale.
While Hoff (1-0-1) may be short on amateur experience – only 30 fights or so, compared to Gonzalez’s lengthier background – he’s overflowing with confidence as he faces the toughest test of his young career in a four-round regional showdown that could steal the spotlight from the Chris ChatmanKhiary Gray main event.
“I can’t knock him. He’s in shape. Good fighter, but if he makes a mistake, we’ll definitely take advantage,” Hoff said. “He’s good. I can’t deny that, but I don’t think he’s faced anybody like me. I don’t think he’s ready for me, honestly. We’ll find out what he’s got.”
Hoff made his professional debut in December of 2015, right around the same time Gonzalez and Ortiz were in Nevada competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. He fought to a draw against Timmy Ramos, another well-publicized amateur who already had two pro fights under his belt, despite knocking Ramos to the canvas in the early rounds. Six months later, he defeated the previously unbeaten Julio Perez, dominating all four rounds in the biggest upset of the night.
The 25-year-old Hoff has thrived as an underdog, but Gonzalez, now 3-0 with all three wins coming by first-round knockout, isn’t concerned about falling into the same trap as Ramos and Perez, even if this fight is a legitimate step up in competition from his previous three bouts.
“I’m not scared of him,” Gonzalez said. “I’m not worried because I know I’m going to be able to handle it and I know I’m going to be able to take him out in a few rounds.
“The thing is he has to be ready for me. He hasn’t fought a fighter like me. He hasn’t fought a fighter who has the amateur background I have. Those other fighters aren’t like me – not at all – and he’s not like me. We’ll see what happens. I don’t really think it’s going to be that big a test for me, just a tougher opponent that I’ll take out.”
Gonzalez fell in love with boxing at the age of 10, which is when he first stepped foot in the gym despite his father’s initial restraint. Ten years later, Gonzalez’s father, Irvin Gonzalez Sr., is now his son’s biggest supporter, or, as the younger Gonzalez puts it, “the one who keeps me on my toes.”
“Of course, since we’re father and son we’re always arguing,” Gonzalez said, “but we know when it comes down to business we need to do what we need to do and we handle it.”
After losing to two-time national champion Ruben Villa, Gonzalez failed to make the 123-pound weight limit for his next bout in Reno and was disqualified, ending his Olympic dream, but he turned pro shortly thereafter, stopping Gilvan Santos in his debut in March.
There’s definitely pressure on Gonzalez to keep winning and keep developing as a pro, especially considering his amateur background, but Hoff faces a different challenge, more of an internal struggle to prove to himself he’s every bit as good as his peers despite his limited experience.
“On paper, I’m nothing spectacular, but I’m pretty confident and I’ll fight whoever,” said Hoff, who trains with Jose Santos out of 401 Boxing.
“Jose and I make a point of being ready because you never know when the call might come. I understand that the opportunity can come along and they may underestimate you and that’s when you can come in and beat these guys. You’ve got to stay ready. I always want to get better, so I’m always in the gym.
“I always feel like I have to show how much I’ve improved. A lot of people have counted me out, so I want to show them I have what it takes. If you doubt me, you’ll see.”
After his last fight, a first-round knockout win over Mike Heffelfinger in September, Gonzalez was adamant he wanted a test in his next bout. He’ll get one on the 21st against the underdog who’s made a habit of pushing his opponents to the limit.
“After taking those first three guys out in the first round, I want to see if I can go the distance,” Gonzalez said. “Not that I want to go the distance, but, then again, if I can take someone out in the first or second round, I’m going to take them out.”
Tickets for Oct. 21st are priced at $47.00, $67.00, $102.00 and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Headlining the Oct. 21st fight card is the eight-round Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Junior Middleweight International and Northeast title bout between the champion Gray (13-1, 10 KOs), also of Worcester, Mass., and the challenger Chatman (14-5-1, 5 KOs) of Chicago, Ill.
Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (3-0-1, 3 KOs) aims for his fourth win in his fifth pro fight in a four-round bout against Oregon’s Rafael Valencia (3-4-1, 2 KOs) and Worcester super middleweight Ben Peak makes his professional debut in a four-round bout against Jose Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn.
Former amateur standout Anthony Marsella Jr. (1-0) of Providence makes his Rhode Island debut against Philadelphia’s Bardraiel Smith (0-1) in a four-round junior welterweight bout and Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran junior welterweight Isaiah Robinson (3-3, 2 KOs) of Durham, N.C.
New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Woburn, Mass., vet Bruno Dias (0-1) and junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., faces Florida’s Irvin Veloz, both in four-round bouts.
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BRANDYN LYNCH WINS HIS PRO DEBUT BY TKO IN TEXAS

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. – On Saturday night, October 8, 2016, super welterweight boxer, Brandyn “Bad News” Lynch (Los Angeles, California) made his professional boxing debut, displaying an overall package of athleticism, solid boxing skills, and power to defeat Nubion Houston (Shreveport, Louisiana) by technical knockout at 53 seconds of Round 4. Lynch-Houston was scheduled for four rounds on a south Texas boxing show, titled, “Fall Fest Fight Night.” The fight card was promoted by Omar Figueroa’s Panterita Promotions, and held at the Brownsville Sports Park in Brownsville, Texas. In the co-main event, Shane Mosley Jr. defeated Omar Rojas by unanimous decision, and in the main event, Brandon Figueroa defeated his opponent, Raymond Chacon, by unanimous decision.
 
Lynch is a 2013 graduate from the University of Northern Arizona. He is trained and managed by his father Vernon Lynch Jr., and is the nephew of well-known comedians, Eddie Murphy and Charlie Murphy. His grandfather, Vernon Lynch Sr., had a successful professional boxing career and continues to be a primary inspiration to Brandyn in his decision to pursue a career as a professional boxer. In addition to a brief amateur boxing career, Brandyn had a long history of martial arts and various other athletic experiences.
 
Former WBC Lightweight Champion and promoter of Panterita Promotions, Omar Figueroa, said, “My goal is to be the best promoter in boxing, and this first boxing show was a steppingstone towards that. This Panterita Promotions card featured future stars Brandyn Lynch, Shane Mosley Jr., Rocco, and my brother, Brandon. This show turned out really well, and I’m just looking forward to continuing that success in my next show. I really enjoyed Brandyn Lynch’s performance tonight. I thought he looked really poised in the ring, like a veteran. There were times where his inexperience showed through, but that is expected to happen during a pro debut. Overall, I thought he did an amazing job, and he ended up stopping his opponent in the last round. We were fortunate to have him on our card. It was very short notice, but thankfully, he stays in the gym and stays in shape. His hard work in the gym showed tonight, because he was well prepared.”
 
Team Lynch’s head trainer and manager, Vernon Lynch Jr. said, “It was a good thing for us to travel and get out of California for Brandyn’s debut. I was interested to see how he would perform outside of his comfort zone. This was Brandyn’s first fight at an outside venue, and south Texas is known for its humid climate, so there were some concerns. Going into the fight, I knew we had advantages in height and reach, but I wasn’t sure if we were going to have advantages in power and speed. We were going to figure that out in Round 1 and begin implementing our strategy in Round 2, where we would gradually pick him apart. He popped his jab and worked the right hand pretty well. I would like to see more head movement and bodywork, even though it is more difficult to dig to the body when the opponent is much shorter than you.
 
Overall, I think he did a good job, listening and following my direction. Our opponent didn’t capitalize on a few mistakes Brandyn made tonight, but we noticed them in the corner and will be making the appropriate adjustments. We are going to continue working on our defensive skills in the gym. He knows what he’s doing in there, but I’d like him to see a higher guard in certain situations. Our goal was to learn from this experience and get the W. He stopped his opponent in the last round and he did what I asked him to do. We are really grateful to Omar Figueroa and his team, Anna Corina Villarreal, Michael Contreras, and all of Panterita Promotions for helping to make Brandyn’s pro debut a truly memorable experience. They treated us really well and we wanted to deliver a great performance. We can’t wait to come back and display the next level of Brandyn’s development. Panterita Promotions is a great promotional company and we are looking forward to working with them again in the near future.”
 
Twenty-five year old Brandyn Lynch said, “We arrived in Texas on Wednesday, and right from the start, Omar Figueroa and his promotional team took really good care of us and everyone who fought on this card. They took us around town. We ate at some great restaurants like the Flying Pig, and they housed my team at a really scenic country club location. After the fight, we had a great party set up and were treated to some authentic Mexican tacos at Taquito Express Tacos and Grill, courtesy of Omar and his team.
 
I didn’t have an extensive amateur boxing career, so I am continuing to learn on the job. Going into my pro debut, I admit that I was a little bit anxious. I trained extremely hard for this, and for a long time. More than anything, I wanted to get in the ring, look great, and just put on a great performance. My opponent was a tough, durable guy. He took a lot of shots, and I kept hitting him with some good stuff. He was able to stay on his feet. In rounds two and three, I started to find my groove and settle in. I started to see a lot of the openings, and as I saw them, I was able to land shots. Each time I landed a punch, I could tell that I was hurting him. In the fourth and final round, I let my hands go, and the referee stopped the fight.
 
After I won by TKO, I was thinking about the plan that God has in store for me, and what my pastor had actually told me one hour before my fight. He told me to just follow the path that has been set for me, and to give all the glory to God. My team has great chemistry, and we feel blessed to be able to do what we do, give praise to God, and get paid for it. Now that this fight is over, I plan to sit down with my dad, and discuss what’s next. I plan to be back in the ring very soon. Thank you to photographer Christian Inoferio for taking some amazing pics, my boxing gyms – Wildcard Hollywood and Wildcard West, Eric Brown, Shane Mosley Sr., Trista Pisani, Shampoo & Co., Lynch-Dyson Entertainment, 1185 Entertainment, and Under Armour. I appreciate everyone who has been there for me, and to my new supporters, get ready for an exciting new journey. The best is yet to come.”
 
 
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For any inquiries, contact Lorin Chvotkin of Team Brandyn Lynch by email at Lbchoyas@yahoo.com or by phone at +1 (240) 498 1478.

photo credits: courtesy of Christian Inoferio
PBC on Spike Tripleheader Saturday, November 12 From
Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia
 
 
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Premier Boxing Champions

PHILADELPHIA (October 13, 2016) – Undefeated world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia hosted a Philadelphia press conference Thursday as he announced his hometown bout against Colombia’s Samuel Vargas Saturday, November 12 in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
 
Also in attendance and participating on the televised undercard are Jarrett Hurd, who takes on once-beaten contender Jorge Cota, and undefeated prospect Omar Douglas, who battles former world champion Javier Fortuna, with televised coverage starting at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DSG Promotions and King’s Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit LiacourasCenter.com/events or call 800-298-4200.
 
Garcia also announced his partnership with Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, to arrange a food drive, collecting the most-needed items, such as tuna and vegetables for people in the Philadelphia area. Fans are being encouraged to drop off canned goods at the Liacouras Center (1776 N Broad St) and the DSG Boxing Gym (3731 Jasper St). Additionally, $10 from each ticket sold will be donated and provide 20 meals per ticket for people in need.
Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:
 
DANNY GARCIA
 
“Being able to partner with Philabundance is a tremendous thing. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. When you’re fortunate, your job is to give back and change someone else’s life. I’m looking forward to a great night and a great turnout.
 
“Everyone has gone through hard times. Everyone has gone through times where they need extra help. We’re going to make a big difference that night and it’ll be for a lot of people that really need it.
 
“I want to thank the City of Philadelphia. I’m just excited to fight at home. This card is going to allow a lot of great local fighters to be on a big stage.
 
“I can’t look past Samuel Vargas and I know his trainer has a couple tricks up his sleeve. I know they’re going to come to fight, but I will never underestimate anyone. I’ve learned my lessons to become the champion I am today.
 
“I know Vargas knows how to win. He’s won a lot in his career. I’m going to go out there and just fight. If it goes the distance, then it does. I can’t underestimate him. I’m going to put on a great show and dominate.
 
“People are acting like Keith Thurman has a cape like Superman and can fly. I want the other champions to think I’m vulnerable. Those are my easiest fights. I have to get past this fight to get to the next one.
 
“I feel like I owe this to my fans to fight in Philadelphia. The last time I fought at this venue was on a Bernard Hopkins undercard and I got a big knockout. I plan on doing the same November 12.
 
“I have a good team around me. There should be no distractions leading up to this fight. All the people who deserve to get tickets will be there and there won’t be anything distracting me. I’m 100 percent focused on this matchup.
 
“I’m at the point in my career where I’m working smarter and harder. Come November 12 we want to give the city of Philadelphia a night to remember. I can’t overlook this fight, but I guarantee that I’m going to unify titles at 147 pounds soon.”
 
SAMUEL VARGAS
 
“I’m very blessed to be here today. This fight could change my whole life. The lives of my family. Danny is a great fighter and I have to give it my all.
 
“I have to take advantage of this. I have the best trainer in the world with me and we’re going to take care of business November 12.
“Me and my trainer work on a lot of different styles. We like to switch it up and keep the opponents guessing. Sometimes we pressure and sometimes we stay outside. I’m learning every day and making adjustments.
 
“I’m an underdog and I have been my whole life. There are very few options for a Latin immigrant all the way up in Canada. I beat the odds to make it up there and have a life and a family.
 
“I’m a guy with just over 10 amateur fights and I’ve made it this far. Danny Garcia is my chance. I have to make the best of it and give it my all. This is everything for me.”
 
JARRETT HURD
 
“I’ve been to Philadelphia a couple times and the city has welcomed me. I just want to put on another show. This will get me one step closer to my dream of fighting for a title.
 
“We’ve looked at some of my opponent’s fights and he’s a veteran. He’s got a lot of power and a good knockout rate to go with it. He’s awkward and tall. If you don’t come in on top of your game, he can make you look bad. We’re looking to do what we always do.
 
“I learned a lot from my last fight. It opened a lot of doors for me, like fighting on the Danny Garcia undercard. I feel like I’m what the division is missing. I’m a tall, lanky fighter with a lot of power and good hand speed.
 
“My time is here. I feel like this is my opportunity to get closer to fighting for a world title. I can’t wait to become a world champion.
 
“I want to face all of the 154-pounders. We’re not ducking anyone. There are so many talented fighters in the division, but I believe that me and my team train so hard and prepare so well that we’re ready to face any of them. The time will come and we’re just waiting.
 
“This is a tremendous opportunity to be on the Danny Garcia undercard because we’re all trying to get to where he’s at. Make sure you’re watching my fights because I promise I’m going to do something memorable.”
 
OMAR DOUGLAS
 
“I just wanted to say this is the opportunity of a lifetime to fight in Philadelphia where my career started. I won Pennsylvania Golden Gloves several times.
 
“To be in with a former world champion is a terrific thing. I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity. I’ve been waiting for this a long time and this is my time.
 
“Fortuna is a very confident fighter. He likes to give it all the first few rounds. I’m going to come in and use my jab and invest in the body. I think we can have an early night.
 
“I believe I have the best jab in the business. I have to keep him off me with the jab and head movement. I’ve been fighting for a long time and there’s nothing I haven’t seen.
 
“I think I’ve improved a lot. Fighting guys with one loss and world ranked guys over my last couple fights has helped me. My confidence is definitely rising every day.
 
“You can look forward to a crowd pleasing performance and knockout.”
 
ANGEL GARCIA, Danny’s Father & Trainer
 
“Danny has been the underdog before. Lucas Matthysse or Amir Khan, you name it. We don’t underestimate Vargas. We don’t take him lightly. We are going to come ready to rumble.
 
“Vargas is the underdog today, but Danny has been the underdog his entire life. November 12 my son will still be undefeated.
 
“I came to Philadelphia at six years old. I had no food. Only you know you’re pain. I ate a lot of food from a can growing up, so if you guys donate anything or buy a ticket that donates money, you’ll be doing something great. We pray every day for the hungry kids, not just in America but the whole world.”
 
BILLY BRISCOE, Vargas’ Trainer
 
“This is a great opportunity for me and Samuel. In my opinion he’s an underrated fighter. He’s been under the radar for a while. We’ve been working together in Canada and starting a farm system.
 
“We’re fighting in my opinion the best welterweight in the world. This is no easy task and we’re not fooling ourselves. We won’t leave any stone unturned.
 
“We’ll find a way and we’ll make a way. That’s what we’re going to do and I look forward to this.”
 
MARSHALL KAUFFMAN, King’s Promotions
 
“It’s very exciting to be promoting this young man, Danny Garcia. I remember him as a young kid and it’s exciting to see where he’s come in the world of boxing. I’ve known a lot of these guys for a long time and I’m excited to see how they perform.
 
“This card is going to be stacked with local talent and I hope that everyone comes out and supports these fighters and this great cause.
 
“I’ve always wanted to bring Danny Garcia to Philadelphia and the commission is thrilled to bring him back to this great city and we’re going to make it worthwhile.”
 
For more information visit http://www.premierboxingchampions.com and http://www.spike.com/shows/premier-boxing-champions. Follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @DannySwift, @SpikeTV, @SpikeSports @KingsBoxing_ and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions. Follow the conversation using #fight4philly. PBC on Spike is sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina. For more information on the food drive, go to http://www.philabundance.org/events.
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Undefeated Cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru & Stivens Bujaj Meet In Co-feature; Nephew of Former World Champion Popo Freitas, Vitor Jones Freitas Faces Manuel Mendez

Live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
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NEW YORK (Oct. 13, 2016) – Undefeated 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will face upset-minded Jaime Herrera in the 10-round welterweight main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on Friday, Nov. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, Calif.

Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of the Ukraine, was a member of a 2012 Ukrainian Olympic team that included featherweight gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko and heavyweight gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk. Jaime Herrera (15-3-1, 8 KOs), of Chicago, Ill., has defeated unbeaten prospects in four of last nine fights and is 8-1-1 overall since July 2012.

In the co-feature, undefeated cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs, 0-1-1 in World Series of Boxing), of Catskill, N.Y. by way of Moldova, and Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of New York, will collide in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International and WBC Continental Americas titles.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated lightweight Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs), of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will be opposed by local fan favorite Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs), of Indio, Calif., in an eight-round bout. The 23-year-old Freitas is the nephew of popular former two-time lightweight world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas.

Four of the six fighters on the distinctly international tripleheader will risk their unbeaten records against what likely will be their toughest assignments to date. Shelestyuk and Bejanaru will be making their second ShoBox starts. It’s also the second time ShoBox has aired from Omega. The first took place Oct. 5, 2007, and featured victories by Yonnhy Perez and Mickey Bey Jr., who would both go on to become world champions, two of the 67 boxers on ShoBox to do so.

Tickets for the event promoted by Banner Promotions are priced at $100 (ringside), $70 (reserved) and $50 (general admission) and can be purchased by calling (714) 935-0900.

Taras Shelestyuk VS. Jaime Herrera – 10-Round Welterweight Main Event

Taras Shelestyuk (pronounced “TARE-as SHELL-es-took) averaged 85 punches per round in his ShoBox debut last November, winning an impressive 10-round unanimous decision over Aslanbek Kozaev. In his most recent start and lone outing this year last May 20, the 5-foot-10, 30-year-old Shelestyuk knocked out Erick Martinez in the third round at Ontario, Calif.

“My training is going great, I am more powerful and my speed is better,” said the former international standout. “Herrera is a rough fighter, but it doesn’t matter to me because I am looking to step up and get into championship level fights.”

Shelestyuk, who is trained by Eric Brown at Wild Card West, possesses solid skills, movement and punching power. Since turning pro in March 2013 he has exclusively campaigned in the United States. Many from the outstanding 2012 Ukrainian Olympic team became immediate prospects as professionals, including Lomachenko, who won a featherweight world championship in just his third fight on SHOWTIME. Now, it’s Shelestyuk’s turn to step up to the plate.

“I follow the 2012 Ukrainian Olympic team, and all the guys are doing very well and I’m happy for them,” said Shelestyuk, who went 300-15 in the amateurs. “But I do not compare my results with anybody else because I have my own career and my own path to a championship belt, and I am enjoying this journey.”

Herrera, a pro since December 2009, seems to be a legitimate test for Shelestyuk. Herrera has won three straight, defeated undefeated prospects in four of last nine fights, and is 8-1-1 overall since dropping a decision to Adrian Granados in 2012. One of those wins was an upset knockout of one-time highly ranked welterweight and world title challenger Mike “Machine Gun” Jones on Aug. 23, 2014.”Taras is a great fighter and I know I’m the underdog, but I’ve surprised some fighters before and I’m confident and ready to give it my best and win again,” said Herrera. “I’m coming into this fight with the same mentality I had in those fights against the other unbeaten guys. The way I see it, Taras has everything to lose and I fight as I have nothing to lose.”

“I’ve been training very seriously and I’m excited to be able to showcase my skills on television. I grew up watching ShoBox. There will be more eyes on me and they will see my ability to fight. Getting a win will increase my ranking and open up more doors for my career.”

Constantin Bejenaru vs. Stivens Bujaj – 10-Round Cruiserweight Bout

Bejenaru (pronounced “bay-zhin-nah-ROO”) was an accomplished amateur. The southpaw boxed on the Romanian national team for 10 years and was a nine-time national champion.

In his ShoBox premiere last April 15, the active and athletic native of Ungheni, Moldova, scored a unanimous eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Alexey Zubov (10-0), a former Russian amateur champion and seven-time European amateur champion.

Bejenaru is anxious to return to ShoBox and continue his winning ways. “Bujaj is a great boxer, we are both undefeated but there can only be one victor, and I do not plan on losing this fight,” he said. “I entered this fight with the intention of winning. That is what I train to do, that is what I am going to do.

“As a man who has been boxing for over 22 years, I feel extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity. In my previous ShoBox fight, I was labeled as the underdog. Those who doubted me quickly changed their opinions once they saw me fight, and even more so once the referee raised my hand in victory.”

Bujaj (pronounced “Boo-ha”) was born in Kelmend, Albania, but relocated to the Bronx, New York at an early age. The unbeaten prospect was a two-time New York Golden Gloves Champion at heavyweight who’s made for good fights every time out and mostly made it look easy. This is Bujaj’s third scheduled 10-round start, while Bejenaru will be making his 10-round debut.

The 26-year-old has won his last four in a row, including his last two by knockout, since boxing a split 10-round draw in a slugfest with then-undefeated three-time Chicago Golden Gloves champion Junior Wright (10-0) in May 2014.

“I’m getting prepared,” said Bujah who’s coming off a first-round TKO over previously undefeated beaten Sergio Ramirez (11-0) on June 11. “I’m training like this is a world title fight, and I’m totally ready to win.  I know my opponent is undefeated and I can’t overlook him.  The way I feel, I’m on my ‘A’ Game.  I was training in Las Vegas and now I am back in New York with Sharif Younan and I am ready to do everything I can to win this fight.

“This is the exposure and opportunity I’ve been waiting for. I just want to pick up these WBC titles that we are fighting for and be bumped up the rankings. Once I pick up these belts, I will be in the top 10 and anything is possible.”

Vitor Jones Freitas vs. Manuel Mendez – Eight-Round Lightweight Bout

The nephew of popular former two-time lightweight world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas has been victorious in 12 consecutive bouts since fighting a No-Contest in his pro debut in July 2012. He’s coming off a fifth-round TKO over Rodolfo Franz last May 21.

Two outings ago, Freitas captured the Brazilian lightweight crown with a 10-round decision over Sidney Siquiera. This will Freitas’ sixth U.S. start; his last five fights were in Brazil.

“My uncle had many great fights on SHOWTIME and on Nov. 4, I am looking to carry on his legacy,” Freitas said. “This will be another step in following in his footsteps to become a world champion.”

Mendez, who is trained by the respected Joel Diaz, is coming off a fourth-round knockout over Erick Martinez this past Sept. 23 in Ontario. Mendez used a strong, bruising style in which he mixed his punches well to punish Martinez. The 5-foot-8, 26-year-old Mendez has gone 12-0-2 since getting stopped in his pro debut in October 2010.

“I am excited about this opportunity to fight on ShoBox,” said Mendez who is a sparring partner for Ruslan Provodnikov and Timothy Bradley. “I know with a win, my career will escalate to a new level. I am looking to knock out Vitor.”

Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Rich Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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About ShoBox: The New GenerationSince its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. The ShoBox philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects determined to fight for a world title. Some of the growing list of the 67 fighters who have appeared on ShoBox and advanced to garner world titles includes: Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Omar Figueroa, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and more.

CONTACTS: Banner Promotions, Marc Abrams: (215) 670-2220
Pierre Kascinta, Thompson Boxing (818) 720-8721
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Flo Jocou, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-7319
John Beyrooty/BZA/Showtime: (562) 233-7477
Bernie Bahrmasel, Double B Publicity (Shelestyuk) (773) 592-2986

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