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2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist

Saturday night, September 23, 2017 * Hartman Arena * Park City, Kansas




2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez

Back in action Sept. 23 vs. Francisco Lapizco

“KO Night Boxing: Step Up!” at Hartman Arena in Park City, KS

PARK CITY, Kansas (August 10, 2017) – KO Night Boxing LLC and Hartman Arena hosted a private media luncheon today to announce the return of 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez for his third professional fight on Saturday, September 23, headlining “KO Night Boxing: Step Up!” at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.

“KO Night Boxing: Step Up!” is a presentation of KO Night Boxing LLC., in association with Hartman Arena, Mort’s Cigar Bar and Jimmy Egg.

Wichita-native Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs) will face the stiffest test of his young pro career, Mexican flyweight Francisco “Guerrero” Lapizco (8-5, 2 KOs), in the six-round main event.

“I’m very fortunate that my promoter, John Andersen (KO Night Boxing), has worked hard to make my third pro fight at home,” Hernandez said. “I’m very excited to be able to show boxing at its best.

“My opponent has never been stopped. Obviously, he has more professional experience than me, and I understand he likes putting pressure on his opponent. I want to be the first to stop this guy! I also want the boxing world to know I’m coming for belts. Champions should get ready for Nico Hernandez.”

In his professional debut on March 25th, Hernandez knocked out Patrick Gutierrez in the fourth round, and this past June 17th at Hartman Arena, the 21-year-old U.S. Olympian stopped previously undefeated Jose Rodriguez in the third round of the main event.

Lapizco, 22, has already defeated an unbeaten opponent, Cesar Sustaita (3-0), three years ago at Ontario, California. His last fight was this past January at home in Sinaloa, Mexico, in which Lapizco won a six-round unanimous decision over Jairo Miranda.

“This fight is a step up for Nico against a proven opponent who goes rounds,” Andersen noted. “He has already upset an undefeated fighter. It’s time for Nico to step up, as well as the city of Wichita, in terms of supporting him. This is a major event on September 23rd that will bring national attention, not only for Nico, but to Wichita.

“We have an opportunity to put Nico, all of Kansas, on the national map in boxing. We have a multi-fight deal to showcase Nico at Hartman Arena. After the September 23rd show, we’ll announce his final fight of 2017. We need people to turnout September 23rd at Hartman Arena to continue promoting Nico at home.”


(L-R) — Promoter John Andersen, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez and his father/head trainer Lewis Hernandez (photo courtesy of Hartman Arena)

Additional “KO Night Boxing: Step Up!” fights will soon be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 11 @ 10 a.m. CT) at the Hartman Arena box office and Prices are $115.00 (VIP), $75.00, $75.00, $50.00, $30.00 and $25.00. (more…)

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“I think the time is now for me to step up in competition”

 Photo Credit Hosanna Rull/Premier Boxing Champions

MIAMI, FL (July 20, 2017) – After his resent destruction of Christopher Brooker, a second round KO shown live on PBC on FS1, undefeated light heavyweight, Ahmed Elbiali (16-0, 13 KOs) is looking to step up in competition.  With the 175 lbs. division loaded with talent, Elbiali is looking to get ranked with a victory against a name fighter.

“I think the time is now for me to step up in competition and face a name fighter, someone who’s making, or who has made some noise in the light heavyweight division,” said Miami’s Ahmed Elbiali. “This division is stacked, but I know I can beat some of the fighters that are currently ranked in the top ten.  I just want to prove myself against a notable fighter.

Known for having power in both hands, Elbiali, is one of the biggest punchers at light heavyweight, boasting an 81% knockout ratio.

“What can I say, I enjoy knocking people out,” Elbiali continued. “So far, not too many people have been able to go the distance with me.  I know there will be time’s where I’ll have to go into deep waters, but my goal is always to end the fight early.  The fans like to see knockouts, and that’s what I always try to deliver.”

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Mario Serrano
Publicist – Team Elbiali
(408) 607-5756

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GILROY, CA (July 17, 2017) – After giving fans some of the most thrilling fights in boxing, which spanned over sixteen hard fought years, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is announcing his retirement.

“First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career.  I’m a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountain top of the boxing world. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a small-town kid like myself, would be fighting in front of millions of fans.”

“I was blessed to win multiple world titles in four-divisions.  A boxer’s career is a long and tough road. Many tears were shed, lots of blood, and tons of sweat.  Many miles were traveled, thousands of rounds sparred, none were easy and nothing was ever given to me. I earned everything I got the old fashion way.  I never ducked anyone and fought the best fighters in the world.  I fought my way through every obstacle to make sure my fans enjoyed every second, of every round, of my fights.”

“I competed at super-bantamweight (122 lbs.) and won world titles across multiple weight classes, closing my career at welterweight (147 lbs.), fighting the big guys 25 pounds heavier.  A good friend always told me I was God’s warrior, born to fight.  I enjoyed every minute of every war.  I represented my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the bible verse Acts 2:38 on my trunks. If I reached one person and brought that person closer to Christ, then it was all worth it.”

“I want to thank some very important people in my career starting with the most important person, my wife Casey, who has been with me every step of the way, my soul mate, my sweetheart, the one and only love of my life.  My father/trainer Ruben Guerrero Sr.  He’s the one who started it all and made me the man I am today, and the champion I was in the ring.  He’s one of the best trainers in the world and I hope to be working side by side with him in the future.  My mother Marcy Guerrero for being a great mother and supporter.  My co-manager Bob Santos for all the sacrifices he made to get me to the top…I will always remember the early days when we made the most with very liitle.  He always had my back and looked out for me like I was his brother.  His wife Diane Santos who did a lot of secretarial work for me during my whole career. Both my grandparents on Martinez and Guerrero sides for believing in me. My brother’s SammyRuben Jr., VictorRandy and especially Eric, who has been with me my whole career, my shadow every step of the way, my right-hand man.  My mother and father in-law, Shelly and Cary O’neal.  My cutman Ruben Gomez.  My good friends, Pastor Mark WilsonDave Castro, Pastor Chris AvilaJohn Mersho, and Albert Guarado.  My uncle Russel Sr.Russel Jr., Uncle RickyHector Catano and Greg Amundson.  I want to thank my co-manager Luis Decubas Jr. for taking my career to the next level.  Santos and Decubas Jr. are more than managers, they are family to me.  My publicist Mario Serrano, who has also been with me the whole ride, he is also family to me. All the fans and the community who stuck by my side when my wife was battling cancer…I will never forget the love you showed.  There are so many people who have helped me, if I leave anyone off, thank you for everything.”

“In closing, I want to thank the most special man I’ve ever met in my boxing career, and possibly lifetime, a man who always does what’s best for the fighter, a man who has changed the sport of boxing, a man who has helped bless me and my family with a great life, and that person is my advisor Al Haymon.   Not only is Al Haymon a spectacular advisor, he is a wonderful human being as well, a great man, and someone who cares.  In a sport where most managers, promoters, and trainers turn their back on a fighter, when they no longer can perform, or are no longer beneficial to their interest, Haymon stands tall. Love and loyalty is tough to find in the boxing game, but for any boxer looking for it, you don’t have to look far, reach out to Al Haymon.  I want to thank everyone, the fans included.  I hope you guys appreciated the guts and glory I left in the ring.  God bless you all.” ~ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero

Mario Serrano

Publicist – Team Guerrero

(408) 607-5756


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“Every fighter in the middleweight division needs to take note, I’m coming for all Y’all”

Photo by Team Arias
BROOKLYN, NY (July 13, 2017) – Undefeated IBF #6 middleweight contender, Luis Arias (18-0, 9 KOs), is coming off a stellar performance, winning by fifth round knockout against once beaten, Arif Magomedov.  He now has his sights set on conquering the whole entire middleweight division.
“Every fighter in the middleweight division needs to take note, I’m coming for all Y’all, especially the Golovkin vs. Canelo winner,” said Luis Arias. “Billy Joe Saunders can get a beating too.  I have the skills, hunger and heart to become the unified middleweight champion of the world.  I’m going to make a statement in every fight moving forward.  I won’t be denied.”
In addition, Arias gives his thoughts on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Connor McGregor showdown taking place at the T-Mobile Arena on August 26th.
“I think the Floyd Mayweather vs. Connor McGregor fight is going to be bad for boxing, but good for MMA,” Arias continued. “Never will an MMA fighter be on a stage like this.  Floyd is going to mop him up.  I think I would whoop McGregor’s ass if we fought in the ring.  He would have the advantage in the octagon, but I know with some MMA training, I would give him some serious problems.”
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Mario Serrano
Publicist – Team Arias
(408) 607-5756


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Demler Zamora II poses with his gold medal and championship belt (Photo Credit – Team P4P)

LAS VEGAS, NV (July 5, 2017) – After traveling overseas for the “Monkstown Dublin Box Cup 2017”, an international amateur boxing tournament in Ireland, Demler Zamora III of the Pound-4-Pound Boxing program in Las Vegas, brought home a gold medal.  In addition, Zamora was voted most outstanding boxer of the tournament, which hosted over 1,000 fighters from around the world.

“Demler Zamora III is a special talent and one of the best boxers in our program,” said Pound-4-Pound owner Richard Barrientes. “His father Demler II, who is his head coach, puts in a lot of work to make his son the fighter he is.  He’s an amazing coach and he’s a big reason for the success of our program with is knowledge of the sport, in addition to his strength and conditioning workouts.  For Demler to bring back a gold medal and the most outstanding boxer of the tournament, says a lot about the kid, his father, and our program.  Our kids strive to be the best and their hard work shows when they come out victorious in these tournaments.  I couldn’t be happier for the Zamora’s.  They are a very hard-working family.”

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Mario Serrano

Publicist – Pound-4-Pound
(408) 607-5756



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Angel Barrientes 14-yrs (95 lbs)Chavez Barrientes 14-yrs (101 lbs), Dorian Khan 14-yrs (106 lbs)Jayden Hooker 11-yrs (Female 80 lbs)John Armstrong 10-yrs (65 lbs)Jathan Barajas 10-yr (85 lbs),

Jordan Aguilar 19-yrs (114 lbs), 

Jonathan Aguilar 14-yrs (110 lbs)

Anthony Torres 13-yrs (80 lbs),

Jovanny Aguilar 13-yrs (95lbs), 

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 28, 2017) – The Pound-4-Pound Boxing program out of Las Vegas, had another successful outing this past weekend at the Roy Jones Jr. “Future Stars of Boxing” tournament that took place at the Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas. Out of the 15 active participants, 11 came home with championship belts.


“Our program had another fantastic showing this past weekend,” said coach Richard Barrientes. “Like I’ve always said, it’s about building self-esteem with these kids.  They’re a great group from top to bottom.  I’m very proud of our team and we are looking forward to the next tournament.  Our main goal is to enter in as many tournaments as possible before the end of the year.”


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Mario Serrano

Publicist – Pound-4-Pound

(408) 607-5756




Below is a list of the Pound-4-Pound who brought home titles.

Angel Barrientes 14-yrs (95 lbs)Chavez Barrientes 14-yrs (101 lbs), Dorian Khan 14-yrs (106 lbs), Isaiah Hooker 13-yrs (110lbs)Jair Aguilar 10-yrs (65 lbs)Jayden Orpilla 8-yrs (55 lbs)John Armstrong 10-yrs (65 lbs)Jathan Barajas 10-yr (85 lbs)Tysean Tillman 13-yrs (95 lbs)

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 14, 2017) – This past Saturday, the “Pound-4-Pound” boxing gym out of Las Vegas, sent 15 boxers to the 6th Annual Southern California State Championships, in Menifee, California.  Out of the 15 who participated, 9 brought home belts and were crowned champions.

“It was a very successful weekend for our program,” said head coach Richard Barrientes. “Everyone gave it their all and we came home with 9 belts.  I’m very proud of all our boys and girls who participated, even those who didn’t bring home titles.  Boxing is a great sport and its teaching these kids the valuable lessons of hard work. The goal for this program is to build young leaders who will always take account for their actions.”

Mario Serrano

Publicist – Pound-4-Pound

(408) 607-5756




Former World Champion Brandon Rios Scores Seventh Round Stoppage of Aaron Herrera in Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 & FOX Deportes Action Sunday Night From The Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California

Mario Barrios Remains Unbeaten With Seventh Round Knockout of Mexico’s Jose Luis Rodriguez & Unbeaten Prospect Jose Miguel Borrego Drops & Stops Kevin Watts In Round Four


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LANCASTER, CA. (June 12, 2017) –  Former world champion Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 24 KOs) returned to the ring with a seventh round TKO of Mexico’s Aaron Herrera (23-7-1, 14 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Sunday night from The Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California.


“I had that good nervous feeling tonight, like before my pro debut,” said Rios. “I was a little jittery but it felt good in there.”


In his first fight in 19 months, Rios showed off his signature exciting style in breaking down the very game Herrera before stopping him late in their welterweight contest. Rios controlled the action from the outset as he showed off his strong inside game while tagging Herrera with hooks and uppercuts.


Herrera received a fair deal of punishment across the early rounds but remained competitive in consistently throwing back against the aggressive Rios, who was able to parry some of Herrera’s shots with effective head movement. Herrera had his best round in the fourth when he changed the tides momentarily by being more active than Rios.


“I’m always ready for whoever they put in front of me,” said Rios. “He was tough and he was swinging hard. I had to be careful and couldn’t go in there crazy. He caught me sometimes but that’s part of the sport.”


The shift did not last long as Rios ramped the pressure back up and began to slow Herrera down with increased body work. Herrera kept fighting back but was clearly tiring late in the sixth round as Rios teed off on him against the ropes with big power punches.


“Next time I get in there I’ll be better,” said Rios. “You’ll see more progress each time I get out there. I still have my same style but I’m adding some more athleticism and head movement to it. I felt like I did well in there.”


The attack continued in the seventh round as Rios stalked Herrera towards the ropes before eventually delivering the pinpoint right hook to the body that put Herrera on the mat. Herrera was unable to beat the count and Rios returned to the win column with a stoppage victory 2:11 into the round.


“This is a new beginning and a new chapter in the book that I’m writing,” said Rios. “We’re ready to move forward from here. I’m ready for the next challenge.”


The co-main event of the telecast saw unbeaten Mario Barrios (19-0, 11 KOs) score a sensational knockout of Jose Luis Rodriguez (23-9-1, 13 KOs) with left hook to the body that ended their super lightweight battle in the seventh round. (more…)


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Unbeaten Super Lightweight Faces Mexico’s Jose Luis Rodriguez in Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 & FOX Deportes Action Sunday,
June 11 from The Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California
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LANCASTER, CA. (June 8, 2017) – Unbeaten rising contender Mario Barrios shared his thoughts about his training camp and more as he nears a showdown against Mexico’s Jose Luis Rodriguez on Sunday, June 11 in Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes action live from The Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California.  

Televised coverage begins at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT after the Mexico vs. USA World Cup qualifier on FS1 and FOX Deportes and is headlined by former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios returning to the ring to take on Mexico’s Aaron Herrera plus undefeated prospect Jose Miguel Borrego will battle once-beaten Kevin Watts in a super lightweight bout.  

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $30 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit the Pioneer Event Center’s website:   Here is what Barrios had to say about training camp, his matchup and more:

On fighting Jose Luis Rodriguez:

“Unfortunately, in the last twelve months, I’ve had two opponents come in overweight when I was scheduled to fight on national television.  I was ready to fight both times but my team advised me to cancel the bouts because the fighters were at least 10 pounds above the contracted weight.  Jose Luis Rodriguez is a very tough fighter who went the distant with Felix Verdejo, who many people consider a top prospect.  I just hope Rodriguez makes weight and the fight happens because I’m ready to shine.”

On his return to FS1 & FOX Deportes as the co-main event:

“I’m very excited to be returning on FS1 even though I’m not the main-event as I was scheduled to be last month.  My management team once again is putting me in a great position on national television.  In this fight, I’m the co-main event and I’m eager to showcase my talents at super-lightweight.  I’m going to put on a great show for everyone watching.”

On his recent training camp with Virgil Hunter in California:

“Virgil and I are working great together.  I feel I’m constantly getting better with Virgil each and every day we are together.  He’s a great motivator and I’m pushing myself to become a stronger, faster fighter.  I’ve been in camp for the last three months and I’m like a lion ready to come out of his cage.”

On fighting in Lancaster, CA:

“I’ve fought several times in California and the fans out here are incredible.  This will be my first time fighting in Lancaster and I’m expecting the same lively crowd.  The fans are what make this sport go so expect me to come out guns blazing.  I’m going to explosive in this fight.”

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Mario Serrano
Publicist – Team Barrios
(408) 607-5756

COSTA MESA, CA (June 1, 2017) –  Former world title challenger, Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (42-5-4, 34 KOs), was victorious in his comeback fight at the “Fight Club OC” card in Costa Mesa, CA, winning by third round KO over Mexico’s Martin Angel Martinez (17-12-1, 11 KOs).


From the opening round Farenas was the aggressor, as he came forward landing his signature over hand left, which dropped Martinez midway through round one.  As the fight went on, Farenas continued to land his overhand left, wearing down Martinez.  In round three, Farenas landed a barrage of punches that send Martinez to the canvas for good.  The knockout happened at the 2:04 mark of round three.


“I felt very good going into this fight and it showed in my performance,” said Michael Farenas.  “I felt I gave the fans the fans a great show.  My goal now is to get back into world title contention in the lightweight division.  I feel much stronger at this weight.  I’m hoping to get back in the ring by the end of the summer.”


Mario Serrano

Publicist – Team Farenas

(408) 607-5756