Fighter Spotlight: Dmitry Bivol The Hot Young Prospect

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Press Release

November 1, 2017

For Immediate Release

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Fighter Spotlight:  Dmitry Bivol The Hot Young Prospect

Opens Up About Childhood and Family

 

 

Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo: WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) is slated to defend his title against Trent Broadhurst (20-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday in Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo and live on HBO Boxing After Dark® at 5:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT). Bivol was elevated from Interim Champion to Regular Champion by the WBA after former WBA Super World Champion Andre Ward retired and former WBA Regular Champion Badou Jack vacated. This will be Bivol’s first voluntary defense of the belt and his fourth fight this year. He became the interim champion when he dethroned Felix Valera, and handed the Dominican boxer his only defeat, in May 2016.

Despite his stellar record and meteoric rise, with only two professional fights on US soil, most American fans know very little about the 26-year-old light heavyweight from St. Petersburg, Russia. He was born in Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan but moved to St. Petersburg when he was 11 years old. He started boxing at the age of six after watching Mike Tyson fight, but Tyson is not his favorite fighter. He said, “My favorite boxer is Sugar Ray Leonard. He’s great. Of course, Muhammed Ali is biggest star. He is very famous. I love to watch fights with Sugar Ray Leonard before my fights. I learn from his fights.. I also like to watch Gennady Golovkin, Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquaio, but my favorite is Sugar Ray Leonard.”

Bivol trains in Southern California with his trainer, Gennadii Mashyanov, while his family remains back home in Russia. It is difficult for Dmitry to be so far away from his wife and two small children. He explained, “I have two baby sons. My older son is 3 years old and my younger son is eight months old. My family is home in Russia and it is hard to know how fast your babies are growing and you can’t be there to see it. Every day I call to them and sometimes my older son calls to me when I am asleep because of the time difference.”

When asked what he wanted his fans to know about him, Dmitry said, “I want the fans to know that, since I was a child, boxing is my life. I want the fans to know I am always trying to do my best. I am doing my best in the ring. I don’t like to speak bad about my opponents; I just want my fans to like my boxing style and appreciate my work. I am trying to do everything for the fans.”

Bivol vs. Broadhurst is a 12-round bout for the WBO Light Heavyweight Title at Casino de Monte Carlo in Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), coupled with a primetime evening replay at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT).

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CELEBRITIES & BOXERS CHIME IN ON MAYWEATHER VS MCGREGOR

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Check out what celebrities, boxers, and athletes had to say on how Mayweather vs. McGregor will play:

 

Source:  Yahoo

Rachel Lindsay (The Bachelorette):
Mayweather by decision. Both myself and my fiancée, Bryan Abasolo, think Floyd will win and it will go to decision. Floyd is a better boxer and will play defense the entire match. McGregor will tire and punch himself out.”

Ice Cube:
Mayweather, TKO 6. I just don’t see how a guy boxing for the first time can compete with a boxer who is the best of his era.”

Manny Pacquiao, former world champion:
Floyd Mayweather will win by points. Conor doesn’t have experience in boxing. He thinks boxing is easy, but it’s a lot different than MMA. Floyd will outbox McGregor. It’s boxing, though. Anything can happen in the ring. It’s never a guaranteed win no matter how good you are. That’s the great thing about boxing. No one is invincible.”

NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis:
“It’s one of those fights where it sounds like it’s an interesting fight. … I believe, as a fan of boxing, that it’s not going to be much of a fight at all. I don’t see Conor McGregor having a chance to beat Floyd Mayweather because I just don’t believe that he’ll be able to hit him the way that he believes he can hit him. But he’s going to be taking a lot of shots in return, I can promise you that.”

Former NFL star Eddie George:
Mayweather, TKO 8. It’s not even a fair fight. It would be more entertaining if Floyd fought Conor in the Octagon.”

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:
“I wouldn’t want to bet on that. I wouldn’t want to bet on that at all.”

NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson:
“Oh, that’s easy. Floyd gonna beat him with ease. You know, you can’t beat a man at his own sport. Floyd is undefeated for a reason.”

 

Comedian/actor Rob Riggle:
“I think a lot of people are going to get the pay-per-view, and then they’re going to be really sad that they did. Floyd Mayweather is undefeated, his defense is amazing and he’s a professional boxer. … McGregor is a fighter, he’s an Octagon fighter. I don’t know how they match up just [trading punches].”

Frankie Edgar, former UFC lightweight champion:
“Mayweather will box him up, but Conor will keep it close for a few rounds. Conor never boxed in his life and Mayweather is one of the best of his generation, that’s why. I expect a decision or a late stoppage for Mayweather in Rounds 11 or 12.”

Jeff Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle and boxing trainer:
Floyd will take care of business and I don’t think Conor’s really going to be able to land much. You have to remember, there are Hall of Famers who Floyd has fought who couldn’t hit him. This is a guy who has what, three, four months of boxing? There’s no way he can catch up to what Floyd is doing. Floyd changes like a chameleon and he’ll show him something different every round. That’s a guy who, like I said, has no boxing experience and I just don’t see how he can keep up. Once Floyd starts hitting him, his hands are going to go up, like in MMA, because those MMA fighters are used to being hit in the head. There aren’t a lot of body shots in MMA, so they learn to protect their heads. Once his hands go up, Floyd’s going to go hard after that body.”

Daymond John (Shark Tank):
Mayweather, decision 12. I think the fight goes the distance with Mayweather winning by decision. I wish Mayweather’s hands weren’t so brittle. If that were the case, he would knock him out in the ninth.”

Cousin Sal (Jimmy Kimmel Show):
Mayweather, TKO 2. Floyd will spend the first round taunting Conor with his defensive superiority. Then in the 2nd, he’ll deliver a flurry of 8 ounces that will spell the end of America’s favorite MMA-hole.”

Corinne Olympios (Bachelor in Paradise):
Mayweather, KO 1. Mayweather never loses. He will knock McGregor out in the first round.”

Comedian Tony Hinchcliffe:
McGregor, KO 2. The same creepy boxing (a sport which I’ve loved since a child) people that said, “the fight will never happen” are the same ones saying, “McGregor doesn’t have a chance.” I’ve seen the insane feats Conor is capable of, I know Floyd loves money, so Conor wins and Floyd gets a rematch, makes double the cash and everyone is happy.”

Badou Jack, former world super middleweight champion:
I think Floyd is going to stop him with a body shot. I’d say he’ll do it inside of five rounds. It’s going to take a round or two to adjust, I think. I think after that he’ll start breaking him down to the body and stop him with a body shot.”

Angelo Reyes, boxing and MMA trainer:
Floyd by eighth-round TKO. My reasoning is what Paulie Malignaggi was talking about in his sparring with Conor leads me to believe body punches will be the key to breaking McGregor down and will lead to a Floyd stoppage. Also, the pace of a boxing match is extremely different than the pace of an MMA fight. Though Conor was able to do five rounds with Nate Diaz, we have only seen this once, mainly because Conor gets the KO in MMA. He will not be able to do that with Floyd. Mayweather is a master of putting himself in the safest possible positions while maximizing the damage both physically and mentally to his opponents. Conor will be in the best condition of his fighting career, but that in and of itself won’t be enough.”

Former NBA player Tom Tolbert:
“This is a classic Talking Heads fight. … Same as it ever was , same as it ever was. … Mayweather by decision.”

UFC star Justin Gaethje:
“They both win by taking all of our money.”

UFC star Kelvin Gastelum:
“Well, it can go one of two ways: Either McGregor shocks the world and knocks Mayweather out or Mayweather completely clowns McGregor.”

WWE star Big Cass:
“It’s a boxing match. You know, Conor McGregor is great at combat sports, MMA. … he’s amazing at it, but there’s things you can use in there that he’s not used to using. Mayweather is arguably the greatest boxer of all time and he’s undefeated. I just can’t see … I can’t see anybody on planet Earth beating Mayweather.”

Former NFL player Kirk Morrison:
“I do know they’re two of the game’s best and to see them come together for a fight? It’s more about the spectacle. It’s the spectacle. What are they gonna do? Who are they gonna bring out? How do they turn this into entertainment? My pick has to be Floyd Mayweather. He’s a boxer and he’s very technical with what he does. I think he wins it and I don’t think it goes past five rounds.”

More athletes/celebs who have made predictions for the fight
UFC women’s featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino:
“I don’t believe he will win the fight. Mayweather will win this fight, for sure. He’s at another level. But [McGregor] is brave, and he opened doors for MMA [fighters] in boxing and for boxing fans to come to MMA, and vice versa. It will help our sport grow.”

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn:
“Like everybody, I’m excited for it. And I’m going, for me, with Mayweather. I just feel like a guy who has had that kind of success and I’ve seen him fight before, in his sport [he would] be hard to compare with. So that’s my reason behind it, like everybody else. I probably won’t get to see it, but I’ll watch the highlights for sure.”

NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant:
Mayweather’s going to win. I’ll probably watch it. I don’t really care much about it.”

Actor Sylvester Stallone:
I only got the underdog. [McGregor]’s a real life Rocky. But then again I live in fantasy. Mayweather’s gonna get hurt.”

Actor Mark Wahlberg:
Conor, I think is a very different kind of fighter. I don’t think [Mayweather] has the power to knock out McGregor.”

Singer Demi Lovato:
“Floyd is obviously a boxer and he’s very, very good at it. But Conor’s crazy. And I want Conor to win because it would be so good for MMA.”

Singer Justin Bieber:
I don’t think [Floyd will knock McGregor out]. I think it’ll be a good fight.”

WWE star Seth Rollins:
“I guess Conor’s always got a puncher’s chance but that’s about all he’s got in a boxing match against Floyd. I think Floyd’s going to dance around him. I’ll be surprised if Conor lands one punch on Floyd.”

Actor Idris Elba:
Mcgregor. He’s gonna throw some things around that Floyd’s not going to be used to. If Floyd does what he does normally, which is just hold a tight fight, I think McGregor’s going to topple that, strike him. If he gets one on his chin, it could be over.”

Boxing legend Mike Tyson:
McGregor is going to get killed in boxing.”

Comedian George Lopez:
“He won’t touch him. McGregor won’t lay a hand on him. Hey, listen, Floyd — he’s been elusive. I’ve seen Floyd fight a lot. He might not want to mix it up, but if you make him mix it up, he’ll hurt you.”

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez:
“Conor has about three or four rounds to get this done. … Within those four rounds, if you don’t think Conor can knock this guy out, you’re an idiot or you just don’t know fighting because it can very well happen. If he doesn’t get it done by then, then it could look very one-sided. The technical boxing of Floyd Mayweather is enough to make it look really one-sided for him. But Conor, there is a very real chance that he can put him away.”

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo:
“There is no comparison. It is not similar. Totally different. There is no way McGregor can defeat Mayweather. Mayweather has done this his entire life, and it’s a different sport.”

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture:
“I think [McGregor] has a 1-in-10 chance to win. I think we’re dealing with arguably the best defensive boxer in 20 years that top boxers on the planet haven’t been able to touch him. What makes anybody think that Conor McGregor, who’s 0-0 in professional boxing, is going to go out there and touch Mayweather, I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think Conor’s going to try to be aggressive and bring the fight. He’s the longer, younger fighter, and I think the more he comes at Mayweather, the more he’s going to get hit.”

UFC star Nate Diaz:
I think it’s a big publicity stunt, but my take on a boxing match between the two — I think McGregor’s got a good chance to make something happen in [the first] two or three rounds. But I think he’s got an amateur style where he’s only got good movement, good punches for six, eight minutes, and I think that’s too amateur for Mayweather. I’m just saying he’s got a puncher’s chance — if anything.”

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway:
“The big winner of that fight is Dana White and UFC. It’s a show. Everybody keeps saying it’s not good, it’s not bad. This guy’s coming out of retirement to fight Conor. It’s not like he’s this champion defending these belts and then Conor’s jumping in to fight Floyd for a championship. Floyd was just chilling and doing his own. He wanted to come back for an intriguing fight, and he got an intriguing fight.”

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson:
“I’m riding with Conor. I think Conor, he can probably get it done sooner if he goes out there being ferocious, but I’m going with Conor. I think Conor’s gonna get the job done. It’s hard to say. I’ll tell you what: He ain’t gonna make a big check like that in the UFC. Hopefully Conor goes out there and knocks Floyd out, and then he can go ahead and fight the winner of GGG and ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. I’d love to see that.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones:
“When you live the way Floyd does, he has all the resources to stay healthy and on top of his game. I think what makes this fight interesting is Conor McGregor’s punching power, but at the same time, guys like Miguel Cotto, [Oscar] De La Hoya, all these guys have tremendous punching power. But what they have that McGregor doesn’t is years of experience and tightness to back up that punching power. There are so many guys in UFC who have that punching power but can never land that shot on me. If I were a betting man, I’d say you have to side on the side of greatness.”

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva:
“This is a different sport. Conor is the best now. Conor has good condition for talking about this fight. I think Conor broke everything. It’s a new challenge for Conor. It’s a different sport. Mayweather is no simple guy, no MMA guy. This is different sport. I train in boxing for a long time in my life, when I go to sparring with professional guys, it’s so different. Timing is different, movement is different. People need to respect both sports, but boxing is different.”

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley:
“I’ll be honest, me and Conor ain’t really see eye to eye on a lot of things. At the end of the day, I still want to scrap him, but I’m betting on Conor. You know why? I bet a grand, I win 6,500 bucks. I bet two grand, 13 grand. It’s freaking combat sports. Anybody got a chance at all times, so I’m willing to lose for the chance to win because that’s crazy that somebody that is that big of a underdog.”

James Toney:
“Conor McGregor will make more money than he’s ever made, but he’s not a fighter in this game. He has no chance. McGregor’s a UFC fighter. He doesn’t know how to punch. He’s going to swing for the fences, get counter-punched and Floyd’s knocking him out in two to three rounds.”

WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder:
“It’s like Floyd always say, ‘It’s like robbing a bank because it’s easy money.’ It’s an easy fight for him. I think he knows it. I think it’s more of a money stunt on McGregor’s behalf. Everybody that fight Floyd, they think about the money, some of them really think they can beat him and they can go in there and really test him like [Marcos] Maidana did, you know Maidana was really hungry to beat him. But with McGregor, everybody’s got a chance, this is fighting and whoever got the better strategy will win, but this is easy money for Floyd.”

Unified world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua:
“It’s probably [going to be] a landslide. Look at the great fighters Mayweather’s fought, and he’s made them look average. Some of the fighters Mayweather’s fought would probably beat Conor McGregor as well. Conor can’t really compete. He’s coming out of his field and going into Mayweather’s domain. Even though he’s an excellent fighter in UFC, he’s not an excellent boxer. Him crossing over is going to be a real big challenge.”

Boxing Hall of Famer Shane Mosley:
“MMA and boxing is like a sprinter running against a long-distance runner in their fields, it just doesn’t work. Strategically, I see Mayweather having a great time in there, smiling and laughing while McGregor is trying to hit him and find him. I see McGregor noticing how hard Mayweather hits, thinking that he doesn’t hit that hard. When he gets hit by Mayweather, he’s going to be like, ‘Oh wow, this is different from UFC punches.’ I think Floyd, if he wants to, can knock him out by the fourth or fifth round. I think that he’ll give the fans a show.”

Former boxing champion Ricky Hatton:
“I’m a big Conor McGregor fan, and if he ever watches this interview, I hope he doesn’t take this to heart, because he’s like me. He’s a real guy, he’s a comedian, he’s a character, he’s a colorful person, and when you watch his style of fighting, I absolutely love the bloke. But it’s two different sports, and I couldn’t hit [Mayweather], Oscar [De La Hoya] couldn’t hit him, Canelo [Alvarez] couldn’t hit him, Conor’s not going to hit him.

Light heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward:
“I think McGregor will be wild for the first three rounds, but when he starts to tire, Floyd will take over and we could see a big knockout. Floyd Mayweather has put on shows for the best part of two decades, so he deserves to do whatever he wants and this isn’t a sideshow, it’s a massive event.”

Welterweight boxing champion Errol Spence Jr.:
“I’ve seen [Mayweather] stop guys in the gym with 16-ounce gloves. Bigger guys. He just beats them up. In his young career, you saw how he was knocking guys out. But now he’s got hand problems, so he’s not turning with it all the way, not putting 100-percent power into his punches. But he can punch hard. That’s why a lot of guys, when he hits them, they start backing up or go on defense. They’re not just walking through his punches. You haven’t seen anybody who’s walking through his punches. Even Marcos Maidana started backing up when Floyd started coming forward.

Former welterweight boxing champion Andre Berto:
“If this were to be an upset, it would definitely be a big blow to the boxing game, for sure. Definitely, definitely. It’s gonna be a big blow to Floyd’s legacy as well. Just being undefeated and able to let some guy upset you and he’s an MMA fighter and he probably talks a little more [expletive] than you talk. It’s gonna be tough for him to swallow if that happens. I see Conor coming in there really showing that bravado, showing that cockiness and showing that he’s really there to fight, and somewhat trying to steal the stage from Floyd just with his antics and he kind of gets Floyd into a mind-game situation, has him pulling some type of mistakes and [Mayweather] gets caught with a big shot and gets hurt. And [McGregor] could stop him.”

Boxing Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield:
“He would have to rough him up. He’d have to do something that get [Mayweather] frustrated and get into a battle. I think his only chance is getting into a battle.”

Irish boxer Michael Conlan:
“The only chance I give Conor is his self-belief. He has self-belief I’ve never seen before, but he’s taking on an almost impossible task.”

Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Inducts 24 Charter Class Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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[VIDEO] ATLANTIC CITY BOXING HALL OF FAME INDUCTS (INAUGURAL) 2017 CLASS: KING, GATTI, SPINKS, PELTZ, TYSON, SUGAR, HAZZARD, QAWI, CONDON, SAAD MUHAMMAD, SMOGER, & MANY MORE…

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

 

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

 

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

Decedent Honorees:

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

Special Guests:

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

 

Special thanks to Marc Abrams and Angela Crockett! 

 

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

 

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THIS WEEKEND: Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Weekend!

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

 

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

 

Confirmed to attend Honorees:

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

 

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

 

Special Guests

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Post ceremony interviews and photo ops available as well.

 

Media Inquiries:

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

 

Angela Crockett                                             Marc Abrams

Communications Director for ACBHOF         Abrams Boxing

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Fight Fan Experience Timeline

Honoree Gala Timeline

6:00    Dignitaries Arrival/Reception  (Lower GalleryLevel)

7:00    General Public Arrival

7:00    Cocktail Reception & Chicken Bone Beach Performing

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

7:35-8:00    DJ Young Hitta/Reception

8:00-8:20    Honoree Precession & Greetings

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

8:30-8:55   Honoree & Awards Presentation

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

9:05-9:35   Chicken Bone Beach Performing

9:35-10:00   Nicolosi Art Reveal Presentation

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

10:50   Closing Remarks

 

Induction Ceremony Timeline

 

Procession of Inductees Introduction – Founder, Ray McCline

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

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

 

Fighter (Resident and Non-Resident)

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

 

Trainer & Cutman (Resident and Non-Resident)

LOU DUVA   MIKE HALL SR   BILL JOHNSON

 

Non-Participants

Promoter, Manager, Advisor, Matchmaker & Ring Announcer

DON KING  FRANK GELB   DON ELBAUM   J RUSSELL PELTZ

 

Officials (Commission, Judges, Doctors & Referees)

LARRY HAZZARD SR.   STEVE SMOGER   DR. FRANK DOGGETT

 

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

BERT SUGAR   DAVE BONTEMPO   JACK OBERMAYER

 

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

KEN CONDON   BOB LEE   DENNIS GOMES

 

Proclamation – Mayor Don Guardian 9 Count Bell Ringing

 

Unveiling of Commemorative Paintings Closing Remarks

2-TIME WORLD CHAMPION MARCOS MAIDANA CONFIRMED FOR THIRD EDITION OF BOX FAN EXPO TAKING PLACE ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND, SATURDAY MAY 6, IN LAS VEGAS

 

2-TIME WORLD CHAMPION MARCOS MAIDANA CONFIRMED FOR THIRD EDITION OF BOX FAN EXPO TAKING PLACE ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND, SATURDAY MAY 6, IN LAS VEGAS

 

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.

Tickets On-Sale Now at EventBrite

For Immediate Release

Las Vegas (April 26, 2017) – 2 Time World Champion Marcos Maidana has confirmed that he will appear to Meet & Greet his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 3rd edition of Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday May 6, 2017 from 10am to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the mega fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Julio Cesar Chavez jr, that will take place later that evening.

Maidana will appear for the first time at this years’ Expo at the World Boxing Association “WBA” booth and will be signing gloves, photos and merchandise. Boxing fans will also have a great opportunity to take pictures with “El Chino” the Argentinean boxing star. Fans will also be greeted with surprises by Maidana and the WBA at this years’ Expo.

Maidana is an Argentine former professional boxer who competed from 2004 to 2014. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA (Regular) super lightweight title from 2011 to 2012, and the WBA welterweight title from 2013 to 2014. An exciting and versatile pressure fighter to watch in the ring, Maidana was well known for his formidable punching power, always delivery incredible performances and was never stopped in any of his 40 professional fights.

Marcos Maidana joins, WBA, Jessie Vargas, Mayweather Promotions, Marco Antonio Barrera, Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Al Bernstein, Thomas Hearns, Kronk Boxing, WBC, Christy Martin, Mia St.John, Fernando Vargas and Joel Casamayor among early commitments to this year’s Box Fan Expo.

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last two Expo’s such as Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks and many more…

Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipments, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at:

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!

Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.

Throughout the next 10 days leading up to the Event, there will be more announcements on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo.

 And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:

Telephone number: (514) 572-7222 or Las Vegas Number (702) 997-1927
 For any inquiries please email: boxfanexpo@gmail.com
More information on the Box Fan Expo is available at: http://www.boxfanexpo.com
 
You can follow Box Fan Expo on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BoxFanExpo
 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!! ACBHOF INAUGURAL INDUCTION CEREMONY & CELEBRATION MAY 26TH – 28TH 2017 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

 

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

Also, confirmed to attend:

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

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

Brief Description of Weekend:

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

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

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

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

3-TIME WORLD CHAMPION FERNANDO VARGAS CONFIRMED FOR THIRD EDITION OF BOX FAN EXPO TAKING PLACE ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND, SATURDAY MAY 6, IN LAS VEGAS

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Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.

 

For Immediate Release

 

Las Vegas (February 8, 2017) – Three-Time world champion Fernando Vargas has confirmed that he and his Feroz Fight Factory Gym will appear and have a booth to Meet & Greet his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the third edition of Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday May 6, 2017 during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the mega fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Julio Ceasar Chavez jr, that will take place later that evening.

 

Fernando Vargas, is a retired American boxer of Mexican descent and 3 Time world champion, who won a bronze medal as an amateur at the 1995 Pan American Gamesin Mar del Plata. His nicknames include “Ferocious”, “The Aztec Warrior” and “El Feroz”. Vargas was the youngest fighter to become world light middleweight champion at 21 years old in the history of boxing.

 

Some of Fernando’s notable wins include victories over former world champions Raúl Márquez, Yori Boy Campas, Ike Quartey, and over Winky Wright. His losses to Oscar De La Hoya, Félix Trinidad, Shane Mosley, and Ricardo Mayorga remain his only career defeats and he is a favorite of American cable TV giant HBO.

 

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last two Expo’s such as Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks and many more…

 

Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipments, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: http://www.boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com

 

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!

 

Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.

 

Throughout the next several months leading up to the Event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:

 

Telephone number: (514) 572-7222 or Las Vegas Number (702) 997-1927

For any inquiries please email: boxfanexpo@gmail.com

 

More information on the Box Fan Expo is available at: http://www.boxfanexpo.com

 

You can follow Box Fan Expo on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BoxFanExpo

 

and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BoxFanExpo

AARON PRYOR (October 20, 1955 – October 9, 2016); THE HAWK HAS FLOWN TO A BETTER PLACE

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AP – Aaron Pryor, the relentless junior welterweight who fought two memorable bouts with Alexis Arguello, died Sunday. He was 60.

 

Pryor’s family issued a statement saying the boxer died at his home in Cincinnati after a long battle with heart disease.

Known as “The Hawk,” Pryor was a crowd favorite who fought with a frenetic style, rarely if ever taking a step backward. His fights in the early 1980s with Arguello , the great Nicaraguan champion, were both classics that are still talked about in boxing circles.

But Pryor was a troubled champion, and his career would unravel because of an addiction to cocaine.

“He was very unorthodox and could throw punches from all kinds of angles with great hand speed,” said former Associated Press boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr. “He was a great fighter, it’s too bad he didn’t have more fights.”

Pryor’s widow, Frankie Pryor, said her husband — who would later speak out about the evils of drugs — also had a side most fans didn’t know about.

“Aaron was known around the world as ‘The Hawk’ and delighted millions of fans with his aggressive and crowd-pleasing boxing style,” she said in a statement announcing his death. “But to our family he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.”

Pryor was unbeaten in 31 fights when he and Arguello met in a 140-pound title clash in the Orange Bowl in Miami on Nov. 12, 1982. Arguello was a classic boxer-puncher considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, but Pryor would not back off as the two men traded punches for the better part of 14 rounds.

Pryor finally wore Arguello down, stopping him in the 14th round with a flurry of punches. Ring Magazine later picked the bout as the Fight of the Decade.

“It was one of the best fights I’ve ever seen,” Schuyler said. “I’d put it in the top five.”

Pryor’s win was marred, though, by questions about a bottle wrapped in black tape that his corner man raised to his lips on several occasions between rounds in the fight. Many in boxing thought it contained stimulants, but the corner man, Artie Curley, said it was peppermint schnapps.

Pryor would beat Arguello again the next September in Las Vegas, this time stopping him in the 10th round of their scheduled 15-round bout. Arguello went down in the round from a series of punches and declined to get back up.

“Arguello was a great fighter but he couldn’t handle Pryor,” Schuyler said. “He could have gotten up, but what was the point?”

The second Arguello fight was the pinnacle of Pryor’s career. He became a heavy cocaine user, and fought only six more times in the next seven years, finishing his career with a record of 39-1 with 35 knockouts.

“I reached out and certain people did not give me their right hand,” Pryor said later of his drug use. “They gave me drugs.”

Pryor was named the “Greatest Jr. Welterweight of the Century” by The Associated Press, and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996. He would later travel the world making personal appearances and spreading his anti-drug message.

Pryor is survived by his wife and partner of over a quarter of a century, Frankie Pryor, sons Aaron Pryor Jr. and Antwan Harris, daughter Elizabeth Wagner and three grandsons Adam, Austin and Aaron Pryor III.

SHOBOX TURNS 50!

Showtime Sports’ prospect developmental series ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 15th anniversary this Friday, July 22nd with a four-fight telecast. Since its inception in 2001, ShoBox has promoted competitive fights pitting promising boxers in the toughest fights of their career. ShoBox has carved out its identity by matching top talent against each other. “This is certainly an accomplishment for the series, but we wouldn’t be here for 15 years without the fighters,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of ShoBox: The New Generation. “The credit should go to the young men who are willing to step up and take risks early in their career.

“As we’ve seen over the last 15 years, matching fighters tough at a young age escalates their career development, and we’re thrilled to provide the platform to introduce viewers to these talented fighters. I’d also like to thank the promoters, managers and trainers who are willing to test their fighters at an early stage. Working together with a diverse roster of promotional companies is vital for the advancement of the sport as we aim to find tomorrow’s stars today.”

After 15 years and 67 future world champions, below are some remarkable ShoBox facts and figures:

• 67 fighters who fought on the series have gone on to become world champions.

• The list of graduates who have won world titles includes: Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Tyson Fury, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Badou Jack, Gary Russell Jr., Jermall Charlo, Jermell Charlo, Andre Ward, 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.

• July 22 is the 219th ShoBox telecast. That means that, on average, fans have seen a future world champion on nearly one out of every three shows

• An additional 75 fighters who appeared on ShoBox have fought for a world title

• 150 fighters have suffered their first loss on the developmental series

• There have been 96 matchups of undefeated fighters

• There have been a total of 484 bouts aired on the series. The percentage of decisions and stoppages is about 50/50.

• Eight fighters won a world title in the fight immediately following an appearance on ShoBox: Joan Guzman, Robert Guerrero, Chad Dawson, Devon Alexander, Andre Ward, Rico Ramos, Jhonatan Romero and Demetrius Andrade.

• There have been 11 fighters who lost on ShoBox and went on to become world titlists: Luis Collazo, Robert Guerrero, Eric Aiken, David Diaz, Isaac Hlatshwayo, Cornelius Bundrage, Rodrigo Guerrero, Ishe Smith, Gamaliel Diaz, Mickey Bey, and Badou Jack.

• 22 U.S. Olympians have fought on ShoBox

• There have been ShoBox shows in 71 different cities, 26 different states, and eight different countries. The leading site for has been Santa Ynez, Calif., with 33 shows. Second is Las Vegas with 19.

• Gary Russell Jr. was the first fighter to turn pro on ShoBox

• The first ShoBox show came at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2001, at Bally’s in Atlantic City. The first fight was John Molnar (18-1-1) scoring an eight-round technical decision over Victor Rosado (17-2-1). In the main event, lightweight Leo Dorin (17-0) stopped Martin O’Malley (17-0) in the ninth round. Six months later, Dorin won the WBA lightweight crown, becoming the first ShoBox fighter to win a world title

• Steve Farhood’s Best Fighters (in no order): Timothy Bradley, Robert Guerrero, Lucian Bute, Joan Guzman, Diego Corrales, Ricky Hatton, Chad Dawson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, Carl Froch, Paul Williams

• Farhood has worked all 219 ShoBox telecasts

For the 15th anniversary show, super bantamweight Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (15-0, 7 KOs) faces Roman Ruben Reynoso (18-1-1, 7 KOs) in the ten-round main event. In an eight-round co-feature, Jerry Odom (13-2-1, 12 KOs) faces Julius Jackson (19-1, 15 KOs) in a matchup of super middleweights. Two eight-rounders will round out the four-fight telecast: O’Shaquie Foster (10-1, 7 KOs) meets Rolando Chinea (12-1-1, 6 KOs) in a lightweight scrap and undefeated Khiary Gray-Pitts (13-0, 10 KOs), of Worcester, Mass., will be opposed by once-beaten Ian Green (9-1, 7 KOs) in the super welterweight opener.

MIKE TYSON RETURNS: UNDISPUTED TRUTH COMES TO VEGAS!

Tyson Undisputed Truth

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          

 

MIKE TYSON UNDISPUTED TRUTH – LIVE ON STAGE

RETURNS FOR ROUND TWO AT MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO

 

Critically-acclaimed one-man show returns for limited run Thursday, March 3

at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club inside MGM Grand

 

Tickets on sale Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.

 

LAS VEGAS – February 10, 2016 – SPI Entertainment announces the critically-acclaimed show Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live On Stage, starring the legendary Mike Tyson, is returning for round two at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip. Following a knockout premiere in 2012, which included a string of sold-out shows at MGM Grand, a record-breaking run on Broadway, a worldwide tour and hit HBO special, Tyson’s captivating one-man show will return for a limited run at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club inside MGM Grand, with riveting new, never-heard-before stories from the champ’s tumultuous life and career. Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live On Stage steps back into the ring beginning Thursday, March 3 at 10 p.m.

 

Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live On Stage is a no holds barred, one-man show featuring the world’s most illustrious heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. The sports icon thrills audiences with real life untold stories, peeling back layers of tragedy and public turmoil while unfolding his tale of triumph and survival. In an up-close-and-personal setting featuring images and videos, Tyson delivers captivating vignettes from his life, experiences as a professional athlete and controversies in between. It’s truly raw and electric theater, in its purest form. Live on stage.

 

“After performing UNDISPUTED TRUTH on stages throughout the world, I am excited to bring this show back to my hometown of Las Vegas,” says Mike Tyson. “I can’t wait to bring my story full circle this March and begin my residency at the MGM Grand.”

 

Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage was crafted to give the public a compelling, honest, humorous, one-of-a-kind, pure live autobiography of one of today’s most complex and well-known figures. Co-created and co-produced by Adam Steck, CEO of SPI Entertainment, and Kiki Tyson, Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage was the first show in the extensive history of Las Vegas entertainment to be created and produced in Las Vegas and result in a subsequent Broadway run.

 

“I’m honored to be partnered with Mike and his team again on this evolved version of this truly special show,” said Adam Steck, Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live On Stage co-creator & co-producer and Founder & CEO of SPI Entertainment. “Vegas audiences will experience a powerful production, which will have them laughing, thinking, emotionally moved and cheering for their champ.”

 

Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage will be performed Thursday through Sunday from Thursday, March 3 through Sunday, June 26, with select dark dates. All shows begin at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $54.95 plus tax and service fees and can be purchased at any MGM Grand box office, by phone at (702) 531-3826 or (866) 740-7711 and online at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com. Special VIP Knock Out Packages are available for $249.95 plus tax and service fees and include a VIP ticket, a souvenir photo with Tyson, which would be taken during the post-show meet and greet, and a one-of-a-kind souvenir VIP lanyard. For more information and a current schedule, visit www.mgmgrand.com. Tickets on sale Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.

“His show was raw, uncivil, and deliciously decadent.” HUFFINGTON POST

 

“A riveting stage presence with compelling stories to tell.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

spins this haphazard structure in a good way, as an accurate mirror of Tyson’s life: “entertaining, fascinating and messy.” NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

ABOUT MIKE TYSON

Inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011, Mike Tyson was the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world. He is the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. Throughout his boxing career, he became known for his ferocious, powerful and intimidating fighting style, coupled with his infamous and notorious behavior both inside and outside the ring. Following the Las Vegas premiere and subsequent Broadway run, national tour and HBO special of his hit one-man show UNDISPUTED TRUTH in 2012, Tyson released his memoir “Undisputed Truth,” which immediately became a New York Times best seller. www.MikeTysonLive.com

 

ABOUT SPI ENTERTAINMENT

SPI Entertainment, Inc. is a leading Production Company and Talent Agency with six successful resident award-winning shows in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, and numerous shows touring internationally. With a successful track record of building entertainment brands and partnering with world-class entertainers, SPI has become the preeminent Theatrical Producer & Talent Agency in Las Vegas and beyond. Current Productions include Human Nature JukeboxBoyz II MenMike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTHRockTellz & CockTailsThunder From Down UnderDivas Starring Frank Marino, and The Australian Bee Gees ShowSPIentertainment.com.

 

MGM GRAND

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  The hotel features the astonishing KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; master illusionist David Copperfield; and world-class entertainment at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. MGM Grand offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five-Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon. The resort recently remodeled all of the rooms and suites in its main tower and launched the industry’s first-ever STAY WELL Collection. MGM Grand is home to many of today’s hottest DJs including Tiësto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki who share residencies between Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub and WET REPUBLIC, The Strip’s hottest day life destination. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking Five Green Key conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon and an inviting six-acre pool complex. Upscale accommodations include SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand, an exclusive boutique luxury hotel within the hotel and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information and reservations, visit mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Historical Perspective from Main Events’ AttorneyPatrick English, Esq. Regarding Mandatory Fights & Czar Glazkov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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