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Undefeated Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Defends Title Against Denis Shafikov on Friday, June 30 Main Event of PBC on Bounce from the Huntington Center in Toledo

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TOLEDO, OH (May 11, 2017) – Unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter (19-0, 14 KOs) will defend his title in his hometown when he takes on mandatory challenger Denis Shafikov (38-2-1, 20 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce live from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio on Friday, June 30.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will be headlined by the hometown star Easter, who last defended his title in the same venue and on Bounce by knocking down Luis Cruz three times on his way to a unanimous decision.
“I am always happy to fight at home, but I think the excitement in Toledo will be even bigger this time and I can’t wait,” said Easter. “I also have a baby on the way and the due date is June 5, so I will be able to fight knowing my son is here and I am extra pumped because of that. I know that I have a tough opponent, but I am not afraid of any fighter. This is what boxing is about. Shafikov is coming to take my belt, but I know that I will be victorious once again.”
“I’m looking forward to this fight on June 30,” said Shafikov. “I know that I have a very tough opponent in front of me. I have been waiting for this opportunity to get this belt and I plan on doing everything in my power to make it happen.”
“This is going to be Robert’s biggest challenge yet,” said Ravone Littlejohn, CEO of About Billions Promotions. “Shafikov is a tough fighter and this is exactly the type of fight Robert needs as he steps up to the next level of championship boxing. This fight is going to prepare him for his future and we’re excited to be back in Toledo for it.”
“This bout has Fight of the Year written all over it,” said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. “Both fighters gained their position by beating the same fighter, Richard Commey, by identical split decisions. That, plus the enthusiasm of Robert Easter’s hometown fans, will make June 30 a night to remember.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing, are priced at $225 $125, $100, $75, $55 and $35, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. 
An accomplished amateur who was a 2012 U.S. Olympic alternate, the 26-year-old Easter picked up five-straight victories dating back to the beginning of 2015 before earning his world title opportunity against Richard Commey in September 2016. Easter was successful in holding off the unbeaten Commey as he was able to earn a split-decision victory in a memorable fight. Now, Easter will step into the ring as the fighting pride of his hometown for the second time, looking to dispatch arguably his toughest opponent to date.
A 31-year-old brawler from Russia, Shafikov brings an exciting style to the ring as he prepares to capitalize on his third world title opportunity. A pro since 2003, Shafikov was unbeaten in his first 34 pro contests and has challenged Rances Barthelemy and Miguel Vazquez in his previous title fights that both went to decisions. Shafikov impressed in his two outings last year, first earning a stoppage victory over then unbeaten Jamel Herring in July before earning this title fight by beating Richard Commey in December.

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Check out videos and photos from today’s workout session with the Russell trio:

Gary Russell Jr

Gary Antonio Russell

Gary Antuanne Russell

Also check out what Ms. Russell (the matriarch) and undercard boxer Cobia Breedy.

All photos in slideshow credited to NaKeela Taylor/W.A.N.T. TV

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Interview with Gary Russell, Jr:


Interview with Cobia “Soldier” Breedy:


Interview with Ms. Russell:


Gary Russell Jr, Gary Antuanne Russell, and Gary Antonio Russell workout footage:


World-rated light heavyweight Travis “Seveer” Reeves, (13-2-2, 7 KOs) battles the dangerous Taneal Goyco tomorrow night at MGM National Harbor.


Reeves fights on the non-televised portion of Showtime’s SHOBOX series.  The televised portion air LIVE at 10:00pm tomorrow night.


Listen in to what Travis had to say in the video below.


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Photos:  NaKeela Taylor – W.A.N.T. TV

Chip Mitchell:  WBC World featherweight champion “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. recently held a boxing workout titled:  THE BLOOD LINE OF ROYALTY- OPEN WORKOUT in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

On hand were:

2015 WBC World Featherweight Champion & 2008 Olympian “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. 

2015 Pro Debut – Professional Bantamweight Boxer   Gary “Another”Antonio Russell

2015 Class Valedictorian & 2016 USA 141lb. Olympian – Gary Antuanne Russell

Assistant Coach  & Boxer – Gary Allan Russell,III

Head Coach & Father Gary Russell, Sr. 


Aha, my story title doesn’t sound so confusing now does it?

NaKeela Taylor of W.A.N.T. TV was on hand as the Russell bloodline displayed the hand speed and lightning-quick moves that make them, as the believe, the first family of boxing.

More videos and coverage to come as the Russell family prepares for a televised card in April, headlined by Gary Russell, Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) defending his title against Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs).  The fight was originally scheduled for March 11 at MGM National Harbor, but the bout was postponed due to a back injury suffered by Escandon.

WBC World Featherweight Champion and owner of a set of the fastest hands in boxing, “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. will make his second title defense against top featherweight Contender Oscar Escandon. Russell’s brothers, undefeated bantamweight Contender, Gary “Another” Antonio Russell and 2016 US Olympic light welterweight quarterfinalist, Gary Antuanne Russell making his pro debut, will all kick off boxing on March 11th at the new MGM National Harbor.

More coverage plus videos to come!

On the April fight card:

“MR.” GARY RUSSELL, JR., (27-1-15KOs)

WBC World Featherweight Champion


Undefeated Bantamweight Contender


2015 Class Valedictorian & 2016 US Olympian,

Gary Russell Jr. vs. Oscar Escandon Featherweight Title Match Postponed After Escandon Suffers Injury in Training



The Card Will Be Rescheduled for A Future Date


LAS VEGAS (February 28, 2017) – The featherweight championship match between Gary Russell Jr. and Oscar Escandon, scheduled for Saturday, March 11 at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland, has been postponed after Escandon was injured in training, according to Escandon’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz.


“Oscar suffered an injury to his back in training and he’ll be ready to go in April,” Lewkowicz said. “He’s very sorry for the delay in the fight, but these things happen in boxing. He’s really looking forward to facing Gary Russell, Jr., but he wants to be completely healthy when they do meet.”


Escandon, a 32-year-old Colombian with a record of 25-2 with 17 KOs, is the mandatory challenger for Russell’s featherweight championship. Jermell Charlo defending his 154-pound title against Charles Hatley will be the co-feature on the rescheduled card. Continue reading




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Fans, Adrien “The Problem” Broner is back!  The former four-division champion Broner, (32-2, 24 KOs) will take on the extremely dangerous Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs) in a homecoming fight at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The bout will be fought at junior welterweight (super lightweight) and televised on Showtime February 18 at 9:00pm eastern time.

“The Problem” was last seen in our nation’s capital, disposing of Ashley Theophane in a workmanlike knockout in the ninth round.

Broner has won titles at 139, 135, 140, and  147.  He’s won two in a row since a disappointing decision loss against Shawn Porter back in 2015.  He  defeated Khabib Allakhverdiev for the vacant WBA World super lightweight title prior to Theophane.

“I’m back at home and excited to get back in the ring,” said Broner. “I’m ready to fight. The boxing game isn’t the same without me. Granados is a solid guy who beat someone that no one thought he would beat. I know him well and I know there’s no doubt he’ll be ready to fight.”

Granados is on a five-fight win streak since suffering a split decision loss to Brad Solomon after dealing with a majority draw against Felix Diaz.  Mixed in his wins was a big upset over prospect Amir Imam via TKO8. 

“I’m fully prepared to go to war with Adrien Broner on February 18 in Cincinnati,” said Granados. “I’m very thankful to Tom Brown of TGB promotions and my manager Andy Zak for helping me get this big opportunity on SHOWTIME. I’m training hard and I will come out victorious on fight night.”

This is the kind of matchup I like for both fighters at this point.  Granados is looking to take the next step and get into the title picture.  A win here will do it for him.   Broner is seeking to be 100 percent focused on boxing now that his legal issues are past him.  This should be a good one!

Also of note on Wednesday, February 1, a Punching for Peace” anti-violence dialogue and forum for safer neighborhoods will take place.   See below:

What:   Punching for Peace Youth and Young Adult Anti-Violence Open Dialogue & Forum

When:  Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Who:     Come One, Come All… Hosted by Alexis Rogers, with special guest Lantana

Where:  DOHN High School,  608 E. McMillan Ave.




Check out highlights from Thursday night’s press conference held at Mano Swartz Furs in Lutherville, Maryland.

In the main event, and for the vacant IBO light heavyweight strap, Travis “Seveer” Reeves, (12-2-2, 6 KOs) battles Aaron Quattrocchi (10-0-1, 5 KOs).


Also returning to the ring are Jeffery “Gladiator” McCalla and Kwame “Rambo Time” Ritter with a recent KO victory under his belt. Stephon “The Surgeon” Morris, will continue his impressive career squaring off in the ring against DC native Gregory Clark in the “Battle of the Beltway” card deeming BBR6 another history maker. Mushin Cason, younger brother of BBR Host and former Lineal, WBC, IBO, and IBF heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, will also step into the ring. Among the crowd will be WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr., other special invited guests to include Public Figures, Professional Athletes, Dignitaries, and a host of dedicated fans.


The Weigh-In will be held on Friday November 11 at Game Sports Bar and Grill, 1400 Warner Street, Baltimore, MD also at 6PM. Fighters will tip the scale before they face off at the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance.


The 6th installment of the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance (VI) is set to take place at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena, located at 3100 Boston Street in Baltimore, MD Saturday November 12, 2016 from 5PM – 11:30PM EST. General Admission seating options are available. VIP tickets are SOLD OUT. Tickets are available online, or by phone at 443-377-2505 or 717-447-9239. For more information about the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance, visit


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Media Alert: Boxing Fans invited to the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance media day

The Baltimore Boxing Renaissance will host a huge media day workout this Saturday at the Mondawmin Mall. In preparation for the upcoming exciting professional boxing event media day is being held as a prelude to the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance card that will be held on Saturday May 14 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Fans are invited to attend the workout.

Who: Shawstlye Productions, Shabazz Brothers Boxing and DTLR

What: Media day event promoting the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance

Why: Allow the public the opportunity to come in and meet the fighters, get autographs, and take pictures with the fighters, as well as bring awareness for upcoming event.

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Where: Mondawmin Mall, 2800 Liberty Road, Baltimore MD
After standing room only and completely sold out shows, the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance returns for another event that is sure to be epic. On Saturday May 14, 2016, returning to the ring is Baltimore native Tyrieshia Douglas. Douglas is currently the IBA Bantamweight Champion and holds the UBF Flyweight and UBF Bantamweight titles. The BBR5 card also includes Stephon “The Surgeon” Morris, Joshua “Dynamite” Davis, Traves Reeves, Devin “Bite” Butcher and welcomes Glen Duzurn who will be making his professional boxing debut. Shawstyle Productions and Shabazz Brothers Boxing will also honor our men and women in uniform, giving a well-deserved salute to service members and veterans.

The Maryland State Fairgrounds are located at 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD. Doors open at 4:30PM and the event will start at 5:3o PM. All seating for the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance V is reserved with VIP seating options available. For ticket information, visit, or call 443-377-2505. For media inquiries and interview opportunities contact Nika Watkins by email at

The Baltimore Boxing Renaissance IV: Weigh-In and Fight Night





WHAT: Zab Judah will Host the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance IV Weigh-In Friday December 11, 2015.  Fighters will tip the scale at the weigh-in one day before they clash in one of the most anticipated fights creating boxing history. Taking place at Game Sports Bar (near the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino), 1400 Warner Street Baltimore, MD 21230 from 5 PM – 9 PM EST, boxing fans have the chance of seeing boxers of the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance IV card weigh-in. Admission to the Weigh-In is FREE.

WHERE: Game Sports Bar (near the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino), 1400 Warner Street Baltimore, MD 21230

WHEN: Friday December 11 from 5-9 PM Admission is FREE no RSVP required.


The Baltimore Boxing Renaissance IV the Main Event:

WHAT:  Zab Judah will Host the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance on Saturday December 12 at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena. Newcomer boxer Cody Crowley has also been added as a contender to the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance IV card. Crowley, a native of Peterborough, Ontario has become known in the boxing world for being Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s sparring partner. Crowley has a record of 5-0 with 3 by knockout.

Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman will return to the boxing ring at the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance IV (BBRIV). Rahman, a former Lineal, WBC, IBO, and IBF heavy weight champion will once again lace up his gloves for a one night only exhibition fight. Hasim Rahman’s son Sharif Rahman will be making his professional boxing debut at BBRIV.  Mushin Cason, younger brother of Hasom Rahman, will also be stepping into the ring.

Also returning to the ring is Baltimore native Tyrieshia Douglas, with a record of 9-1 with 4 knockouts. Jennifer Salinas returns to the ring with a 17-3 record with 4 knockouts.  The BBRIV card also includes Travis Reeves 10-2 with 4 knockouts, Joshua Davis 9-1 with 4 knockouts, Baltimore native Jeffrey McCalla who has started his professional career with 3 knockout wins, Devin Butcher 4-0 and Kwame Ritter 2-0.

Shawstyle Productions and Shabazz Brotherz Boxing are bringing the 4th installment of the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance to the Coppermine Du Burns Arena, located at 3100 Boston Street in Baltimore, MD Saturday December 12, from 7PM – 11:30PM EST.  BBRIV will feature special guest performances by Scolla Dinero, from the multi-platinum group Dru Hill and Stir; Ashley T. More of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta will also be hosting the Main Event and music will be provided by DJ Jav.

WHERE:  Coppermine Du Burns Arena, 3100 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD

WHEN: Saturday December 12 Media Check-In/Set-up is from 5:30PM- 6:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30PM and the Main Event is from 7PM – 11:30PM. Please come on time. Once doors are open it will be difficult to seat you.

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