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Steve 'USS' Cunningham Opens New Gym.

Former IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve 'USS' Cunningham, who will be facing Matt 'Too Smooth' Godfrey early in 2010 for the title he held until December ‘08, has branched out by opening a gym - Sweat Studio 24 - in Glenolden, PA. .

Sweat Studio 24 has a fully equipped fitness studio featuring the latest hydraulic resistance weight machines, commercial grade treadmill, elliptical trainer, heavy bags and stationary bike as well as a fully loaded weights studio on the lower floor.

Steve has developed BoxBlast a boxing fitness class, which is lead by professional boxers. BoxBlast is a fun, upbeat circuit based on the same training routine used by Steve and other top flight professional boxers. The BoxBlast classes are on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm.

In addition, when not in training camp himself, Steve is available for personal One-2-One boxing workouts by arrangement.

Steve 'USS' Cunningham’s Sweat Studio 24 is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year and is located at 38 South MacDade Boulevard, Glenolden, PA. Tel: 484 494 5379


Pacquiao Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Mayweather

On December 30, 2009, pound-for-pound boxing champion Manny Pacquiao filed a lawsuit in Nevada federal court against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Floyd Mayweather, Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions, LLC, and Golden Boy Promotions executives Oscar de la Hoya, and Richard Schaefer for making false and defamatory statements accusing Pacquiao of taking performance-enhancing drugs. The complaint is attached.

The lawsuit claims the Mayweathers, de la Hoya, and Schaefer knew that Pacquiao has never taken performance-enhancing drugs, knew their statements were false, but made them anyway out of "ill-will, spite, malice, revenge, and envy."

Pacquiao has retained Daniel Petrocelli of the Los Angeles-based law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. About the filing of the complaint, Petrocelli stated: "Manny Pacquiao's achievements come from God-given talent and an indefatigable work ethic -- not steroids. He cannot and will not allow others to deliberately misrepresent his years of hard work and tarnish his reputation."

The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Las Vegas, Nevada, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages for defendants' wrongful conduct.



Press Release from Mayweather Promoter: December 22, 2009

The mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is now in jeopardy after Golden Boy Promotions, on behalf of Mayweather Promotions, learned today that Manny Pacquiao is refusing to comply with Olympic style drug testing as outlined and mandated by the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) and as requested by Mayweather's management to ensure fair play and sportsmanship by both fighters.

Early today Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, was contacted by Top Rank President Todd duBoef, who informed Schaefer that Pacquiao would not agree to have his blood taken within 30-days of the bout based on the fighter's superstition of testing so close to a fight.

Schaefer commented, "Todd told me that Pacquiao has difficulty with taking blood and doesn't want to do it so close to the fight. He, Pacquiao, would only agree to....more




Press Release: December 22, 2009


The two entities that pioneered the marriage between professional boxing and Las Vegas casinos are reuniting to present a special edition of “Latin Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 3.” The Las Vegas Hilton, then known as The International, presented the first professional boxing card ever held at a Las Vegas casino forty years ago on December 6, 1969, with a card headlined by former world champion Sonny Liston and featuring a 20-year-old George Foreman, one year removed from winning an Olympic gold medal, on the undercard. Nine years later, Top Rank promoted the first world championship fight to ever take place in a Las Vegas ..more



Miranda to fight for WBO Super Middleweight Belt,

Team Miranda Press Release: December 21, 2009

On January 9th Edison 'Pantera' Miranda will return to Germany for the first time since his controversial loss to Arthur Abraham back in 2006. It seems only fitting that he will have the opportunity to become a world champion in the same country that he left over three years ago feeling robbed. "I may have not taken the belt with me the last time I left Germany, but this time it will be wrapped around my waist when I return back home" says Miranda who has been training with world renowned trainer Joe Goossen since his loss to Andre Ward earlier this year.


"Joe has been fantastic to work with. I feel like a new fighter already. I am very excited to put on a great performance in front of the world." Miranda 33-4 (29KOs) has faced some of the best fighters in the sport.


His losses have come to three fighters who have a combined record of 87-1 with the sole loss coming from the hands of all time great Bernard Hopkins. "I have been to battle with some great champions and have fought them in their backyards. This is not new to me and if Robert Stieglitz wants me to fight him in his home town, then I will happily destroy him in front of his fans." This WBO Super Middleweight Championship battle will be broadcast live from Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany on ZDF.


For news, photos, videos and more visit or visit Edison 'Pantera' Miranda's official Facebook


Kwadjo Edges Ali to Win UBO Title

UBO Press Release - December 20, 2009

Samoan-based Ghanaian Joseph Kwadjo (12-1, 8 KOs) is the new Universal Boxing Organization Intercontinental super middleweight champion. On Saturday December 19, at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, Fiji, Kwadjo scored a unanimous decision victory over local favourite Zulfikar Joy Ali.

Scores were: 118-114 (Jeremaia Ledua), 118-111 (Laurie Glozier) and 115-113 (Steve Miles).

"I'm happy that I've managed to win this fight and now I want to bring the world title fight to Fiji," Kwadjo said after the fight to the Fiji Times, and threw out a challenge towards UBO world champion Kali Jacobus.

"This win is special for me. It's for the people of Fiji who have always been behind me."

Joy Ali, who fell to 29-9-6, 24 KOs, was not happy with his own performance, and is hoping for a rematch next year. While UBO Oceania commissioner Reginald Leca felt Ali spend too much time covering up, he did feel that this fight was one of the best he has refereed in the country.





Feature Story
By Jim Amato

Sam Peters Sam Peter is the former WBC heavyweight champion. He is hoping to regain a piece of the heavyweight title. He battered Gabe" Big G" Brown on the Pavlik - Espino undercard. He came in at 240 pounds. That was 23 pounds less then what he weighed when he lost to Eddie Chambers. Is Sam Peter back in the mix ?

Samuel Peter turned pro in 2001 and went undefeated until a decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2005. In 2006 Peter won a close decision over James Toney. In their 2007 rematch Peter handled Toney much easier and won a unanimous decision. Then came a life and death struggle at Madison Square Garden against Jameel McCline. "Big Time" had Sam down and nearly out early but faded down the stretch and Peter rallied to win the verdict and the interim WBC belt. In 2008 Peter halted ...more


Showtime Press Release: Photo by Tom Casino: December 18, 2009

Though a southpaw, Guerrero's strong right was one of the things that impressed expert analyst Steve Farhood -- and Nicklow's face -- the most.While weather on the East Coast wreaked havoc on travel and holiday plans, there were clear skies and the stars were out on ShoBox: The New Generation in Hinckley, Minn. Friday night when Fernando Guerrero, Shawn Porter and Lanard Lane all remained undefeated with impressive knockouts, each in less than four rounds.

Guerrero, of Salisbury, Md. – by way of the Dominican Republic – took down Jessie Nicklow (19-2-2, 7 KOs) of Baltimore in a four-round middleweight bout; Porter, of Akron, Ohio, bested Jamar Patterson (8-1, 8 KOs), of Utica, N.Y., in their jr. middleweight fight, also in four rounds; and in the night’s opening welterweight bout, Lane (10-0, 7 KOs) took down Said El Harrak (8-1, 3 KOs) of Henderson, Nev. – by way of England – in just two rounds.

In the main event, Guerrero and Nicklow were touted as cross-town rivals – the Baltimore fighters had fought each other five times as amateurs, Guerrero holding the edge, 3-2. Guerrero, however, quickly put any notion of a rivalry to rest. In the second round, the charismatic Dominican transplant landed multiple solid punches that had slowed down “The Beast” Nicklow and put him back on his heels.

“I knew I had him as soon as the third round, when he started moving for no reason,” Guerrero said. “He wasn’t giving me those quick movements, so I knew I had hurt him with a punch. That’s when I knew that I had to go for the attack.”

Attack he did. In the fourth round, Guerrero knocked Nicklow down, and as soon as he was back up, slugged away again. Punch drunk but staying with it until the referee called it at 2 minutes, 9 seconds, Nicklow proved true to his nickname.



Before last night's battle against Jean Marc Mormeck, Vinny Maddalone had promised to turn in an exciting and entertaining performance. After eight hard fought rounds not many people could argue against his statement.

Maddalone took the fight straight to the former two-time cruiserweight champion. The fight, which took place at the Halle Carpentier in Mormeck's native Paris, France, had the packed house in attendance on the edge of their seats for the majority of the contest.
In the end Mormeck was the winner on the judges score cards, winning by scores of 77- 75, 79-75, 79-73, but the warrior Maddalone, won over many of the fans. With the victory Mormeck improved to 34-4, 22KO while Maddalone drops to 32-6, 23KO.


Is Mayweather’s Playing Games?
By: Coach “K”- December 17, 2009

The Manny Pacquiao / Floyd “Money” Mayweather upcoming mega fight only in the preliminary stages of negotiations has already hits its full compliment of the usual Mayweather games.

Mayweather has begun his soon to be an arms length list of demands for him to enter the ring with Manny Pacquiao. Is it a psychological ploy or is “Money” again setting the table. Or in this case with Pacquiao’s ever growing support could it be a tiny crack in the Mayweather armor.

Just recent history shows how Mayweather will use his gigantic draw to influence all the tactical and minor aspects of his fight contracts. In his last outing he set the required weight limits forcing Marquez to move up almost two full weight classes then didn’t make the weight himself. Some see that as a minor issue as Marquez received $600,000 to take the fight. You must forget the fact that Marquez took the money, he is a fighter, he already trained in a full training camp one that Mayweather extended due to an alleged injury. There was ...more



Iceman Scully Ramps Up Training Duties

By Anthony Tibbs, December 17, 2009

Connecticut based trainer, and former IBF world light heavyweight title challenger, "Iceman" John Scully is as busy as ever these days. Coming off of his November 21 induction into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, the Iceman is not only in the gym training the likes of NABF Cruiserweight champion Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey, junior lightweight pro Joseph "Chip" Perez (1-0) and amateur light heavyweight Jarin Clay-Bey, son of former heavyweight contender and 1996 U.S. Olympian Lawrence Clay-Bey, but he has also seen his involvement with featherweight prospect Matt Sharpshooter Remillard (19-0) officially upgraded from cornerman and sometime advice giver to co-trainer.

Both Perez and Remillard are slated for undercard action at Cotton Eyed Joe's in Knoxville, Tennessee on December 19th

From his recent stint on ESPN News as a special in-studio analyst immediately after the Manny Pacquiao - Miguel Cotto fight to the upcoming release of his tome, The ..more


Just how good is Vitali Klitschko?

By Stuart Young - December 17, 2009: Photo by Tom Casino

Vitali Klitchko hammers Sam PetersDue to Lennox Lewis’ retirement whilst at the pinnacle of his sport, the heavyweight championship was left vacant for the first time since Rocky Marciano retired with his perfect ring record of 49-0 back in 1955.

Of the current crop of heavyweight contenders that were circling the division vying for supremacy at the time, it was deemed Vitali, due to his impressive showing against Lennox Lewis & his subsequent performance in winning a WBC title eliminator against Kirk Johnson (TKO 2) that the match-up between him & newly crowned WBC title holder, big South African Corrie Sanders, was widely regarded as the fight which would determine the ‘new’ heavyweight champion.

They met in a bout in April '04, after a 'slugfest' that lasted eight action-packed rounds it was Vitali who was to prevail, gaining revenge for little brother Wladimir, who had suffered defeat at the hands of the big South African puncher & sealing his own place as the fighter ...more


Charles Adamu’s Fights to Regain Title

This Friday, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, Ghana’s Charles ‘The Crusader’ Adamu is focusing on regaining the Commonwealth Super Middleweight title, that he lost to Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch back in 2004.

Adamu, who will face Liverpool’s Carl ‘Dynamite’ Dilks, is not leaving anything to chance. On a bitterly cold and wet Wednesday evening, when only the hardy, or determined, would choose to leave a comfortable, warm, hotel room, Instead of relaxing the Ghanaian trekked across London to, Rooney’s Boxing Gym in Southwark, so he could do some fine tuning of his undeniable skills.

After the training session Adamu, who beat Matthew Barney to become Commonwealth Champion in 2003, spoke briefly on the upcoming showdown with ‘Dynamite’ Dilks. “I’m ready, I’m going to be champion again, I know that. It’s a good omen being at York Hall, I won title there and will win again on Friday.

I know I won against Carl Froch, but you can’t change judges decision. That was then, now I will be Champion again”

Charles ‘The Crusader’ Adamu vs. Carl ‘Dynamite’ Dilks for the vacant Commonwealth Super Middleweight Title is the co-feature at the Matchroom Sports promoted EBU European Heavyweight Title fight, between Paolo Vidoz and Albert Sosnowski, at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Friday 18th December.




Press Release for Guerrero  Dec. 15, 2009

Top middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero will put his unbeaten record on the line against Jesse Nicklow in a 10-round middleweight bout in the main event of the final ShoBox: The New Generation telecast of the year on Friday, Dec. 18 LIVE on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

Two exciting co-features will showcase four undefeated prospects in their toughest challenges to date. Knockout artist Lanard Lane (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on Said El Harrack (8-0, 3 KOs ) in an eight-round welterweight bout. Hard-hitting Shawn Porter (11-0, 9 KOs) will face the dangerous Jamar Patterson (8-0, 4 KOs ) in an eight round jr. middleweight bout.

The fights, promoted by DiBella Entertainment, will originate from Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley , Minn.

The power-punching Guerrero (16-0, 13 KOs), of Salisbury , Md. , by way of the....more

Jürgen Brähmer vs Sebastian Zbik

Two fighters from Mecklenburg return to their boxing roots. The “Universum Champions Night“ comes to the Sport and Kongresshalle in Schwerin on December 19 with a world title twin bill featuring the two hometown world champions.

In the center of attention is the fight of the newly crowned WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer (34-2, 28 KOs), who will defend his belt for the first time which he claimed in August against stable mate Aleksy Kuziemski. Brähmer's opponent in his first title defence is the unbeaten Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky (14-0, 9 KOs).Sebastian Zbik, who won the WBC Interim middleweight world title in July, Zbik will take on unbeaten Emanuele Della Rosa (22-0, 7 KOs) from Rome, Italy.

For both champions it is a fight in their hometown and therefore a very special challenge. Jürgen Brähmer moved from Stralsund to Schwerin at the age of 15 and was trained from then on by Michael Timm. The Neubrandenburg born Sebastian Zbik has also trained as a junior at the Landesleistungszentrum Schwerin. In 2001 Zbik made the Abitur at the Sportgymnasium Schwerin. Nowe noth fighters will return to their boxing roots.


Tucker Retains Title in Westminster !

Westminster, MD – In front of 2,500 boisterous fans at the Shipley Arena, Mark “TNT” Tucker retained his USBO Light Heavyweight championship Friday night with a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over wily veteran George “El Gallo” Armenta of Silver Spring, MD.

With a group of US Marines leading his loudly cheered ring walk, Tucker controlled the opening two frames by ripping Armenta with hard jab-straight left hand combinations. The hard charging Armenta had some success in the middle rounds with short right hands, but with the guidance of special assistant trainer Buddy McGirt, Tucker shook off a few rough moments to box effectively.

Armenta continued applying pressure in the late rounds with hopes of a one punch knockout, but the gutsy Tucker used an arsenal of heavy body punches along with straight left hands to the head while battling through a reoccurring in-fight hand injury to secure the victory.

Judge Gary Camponeschi scored the contest 98-92, while John Gradowski and Don Risher both had it 96-94 for Tucker, who also prevailed on scorecards of ringside media outlets.

“It was a great fight, he kept coming and was very tough”, said Tucker, who hails from nearby Eldersburg. “I got hit with a few punches I shouldn’t have, so I had to make adjustments to take charge and pull out the fight.”

Tucker improves to 13-0 with 7 KO’s, while the game Armenta falls to 13-5 (11 KO’s). Tucker’s next bout is tentatively scheduled for March 27 in Newark , NJ .

On the undercard, Jamar “The Truth” Freeman earned a unanimous decision victory over Omar Sims, while Garrett Wilson and Vincent Batteast pulled out close points victories over Adam Willet and Allen Perkins.

The four fight card was promoted by TNT Promotions 21, who worked hand in hand with Marine Toys for Tots to generate hundreds of donations from fans in attendance for needy children.

Since their inaugural card in February 2009, TNT Promotions 21 helped spring boxing to life in Northern Maryland . They have hosted six shows at the Shipley Arena, bringing in a large each time. TNT 21 also has the exclusive promotional rights to USBO Light Heavyweight champion Mark Tucker.





When heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (32-5, 23KO) takes on former two-time cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck (33-4, 22KO) this Thursday, one thing is for sure, the fans in attendance will be treated to one very exciting fight. The bout, scheduled for eight rounds, will take place at the Halle Carpentier Arena in Mormeck's native Paris, France.

VINNY MADDALONE: "I can't wait to get into the ring and go to war with Mormeck," stated Maddalone. "Mormeck comes right at you and likes to bang, which is exactly the type of fight I dream about being in. There isn't going to be any dancing around or pop shotting from the outside, this is going to be one of those old school fashion wars that boxing fans love to see. We are both going to be right in each other's faces from the start of the fight, saying, 'here I am, let me see what you got'. I'm really looking forward to putting on a fun and exciting show for all those in attendance come fight night."

While the French native Mormeck will be the favorite going into the fight it is worthy noting that while Maddalone has been relatively active, fighting four times in 2008, and once already in 2009, this will be Mormeck's first fight since 2007 when he was stopped by now WBA heavyweight champion, David Haye. Also this will be Mormeck's first trip into the heavyweight division. The 5'11 Mormeck started his career at light heavyweight and has never weighed more than 202 lbs. in any of his fights, while the 6'2 Maddalone has been at heavyweight his entire career, and will hold a substantial size advantage over Mormeck.

"We are optimistic about Vinny's chances going into this fight," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing and long-time promoter of Maddalone. "Vinny is a natural heavyweight, with real heavyweight power, it will be interesting to see how Mormeck reacts if Vinny catches him. Regardless of the outcome, you know anytime you have a fight involving Vinny that you are in for a special treat. He is one of boxing's ultimate blood and guts warriors, and we expect nothing less from him come December 17th."



The Perfect Storm Tavoris Cloud

Press Release: December 14, 2009

Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tarvoris Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) has become the Rodney Dangerfield of boxing – he can’t get any respect, especially from “Bad” Chad Dawson, allegedly the top dog in the 175-pound division.

“Chad Dawson won’t be able to run 12 rounds against me,” Cloud said. “My pressure will be unbelievable and I hit hard with both hands. He’ll have to stand and fight and that will be his ultimate demise. We’re totally different. If I went around saying I could beat the No. 1 contender, like Chad did when I was the No. 1, I’d fight him to prove it.

“I’m baffled, I guess, more than frustrated. All my life watching boxing, I thought the champion had to fight the next available, most deserving challenger, or unify the title. I was the No. 1 contender and he was the champ, but that’s when all the politics of boxing came in – extensions and exceptions – and his promoter lobbied to duck this hungry fighter. I understand the promoter building a fighter and arranging puff fights for more money. At some point, though, a real fighter has to fight the best. You can’t be great just fighting ...more






On Saturday night January 30th, Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack will take a big step towards realizing his dream in becoming world champion as he battles former World Light Heavyweight champion Glen Johnson in an IBF Light Heavyweight eliminator at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The bout will be part of the big Shane Mosley – Andre Berto Welterweight unification card.

Mack of Philadelphia has a record of 28-2-2 with seventeen knockouts and is undefeated at Light Heavyweight as he has amassed a record of 5-0 with three knockouts since moving to the 175 lb division on a full time basis.

Mack catapulted into the Light Heavyweight scene when he took a ten round unanimous decision from Daniel Judah (22-2-3) on June 4th, 2008 to capture the NABA Light Heavyweight title.

He defended that title three months later when he stopped Omar Pittman (15-4-1) in six rounds in Philadelphia.

On February 6, 2009, Mack added the NABF Title when he defeated highly regarded and former world title Challenger Chris Henry via twelve round split decision in Salisbury, Maryland.

In Mack’s last bout he took out another former world title challenger DeAndrey Abron (15-4) in four rounds on May 30th in Hollywood, Florida.



On January 29th at The Grand Sierra Resort in Reno Nevada, Brooklyn, NY's Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (21-2 15 KOs) will square off against and Yerington, NV's fan favorite Jesse Brinkley (34-5 22KOs) in an official IBF eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight division. The fight, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Let's Get It On Promotions, will be aired live on ESPN2's always popular "Friday Night Fight Series". A press conference is being held today in Reno to announce the upcoming bout.
"Styles make fights, and in this fight you have two heavy handed punchers who are going to come right at one another looking to end the show in spectacular fashion. These are the types of fights that true boxing fans dream of watching. With the Super Six Tournament in full-swing, the super middleweight division is one of the most exciting in the sport right now, and we are expecting to add to that excitement with a tremendous fight and tremendous turn out come January 29th."


Tucker Excited to take out “Loudmouth” Armenta

Press Release: December 9, 2009 - Listen to Armenta Talk about the fight

TNT Tucker vs Armenta fight posterWith Christmas just around the corner, most Americans look forward to settling down and relaxing. Vacation days and temporary care free living typically go hand in hand with everyone’s favorite time of the year. While time off and prepping for Christmas is yet to cross his mind, USBO Light Heavyweight champion Mark “TNT” Tucker is promising an early present for opponent George Armenta: a ten round beatdown.

While many are preparing to wind down for the holidays, Tucker runs ten miles every morning in his native Eldersburg, MD and trains twice daily to ensure that he is fully prepared for his first title defense Friday night at the Shipley Arena.

“I have put in a ton of time for this fight”, said Tucker. “Everything is going great right now. I am completely focused and doing all kinds heavy training so come Friday, my plan can be executed.”

Though questions of potential effects from recent inactivity arise, Armenta is far from a push over. The Silver Springs, MD resident is considered a live dog that has a good chance at pulling off the upset. Armenta, 13-4 (11 KO’s), defeated title contender Irving Garcia and 2000 Olympian Dante Craig, while dropping hard fought decisions to WBA Junior Middleweight champion Yuri Foreman and world rated Sechew Powell. Armenta has never been stopped as a professional and is known for creating match up difficulties.



Press Release December 9, 2009: Picture by Tom Casino/Showtime

l-r darchinian, rojas, bradley and peterson TIMOTHY BRADLEY: “I know they are prepared, but I’m just letting everybody know that I’m willing to die Saturday; I’m willing to die for that title. I’ve got to have it. I know I’ll have it. I know I’m going to hell and back to get it because Lamont Peterson is a great fighter. It’s my time and I’m willing to die Saturday night for that title.

LAMONT PETERSON: I’m just so amped for the fight. Don’t miss the fight. Like everybody says, it should be a really good fight. It will be a really, really good fight, so don’t miss it.

VIC DARCHINYAN: “Team Rojas can believe what they want to believe. They say they are going to take me out and take my belt? How does he figure that he is going to beat me when I have beaten all of his opponents that he has fought?

“He acts brave, but when he sees me here he begins to shake.

“I am a fully loaded gun and I am going to shoot him down with my boxing skills in the ring.”

TOMAS ROJAS: “I'm ready and geared up for Saturday's fight. It's a two-for-one on Saturday because I will take two belts from Vic Darchinyan on Saturday night. He's (Vic) a good fighter, but I am ready for him.

"I’m ready to take the belt. I’m going to throw a lot of punches. I'll throw more punches and harder ones.

Darchinyan has faced a lot of great fighters, but he has never seen or fought someone like me.


Huck Defends WBO Cruiserweight Title

Press Release: Picture from Team Sauerland

Marco “Captain” Huck (27-1, 20 KOs) celebrated a successful first defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title when he clinched a unanimous points victory over Ola Afolabi (14-2, 6 KOs). The 25-year-old German used his explosiveness and punching power to keep his opponent at bay. He was ahead 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 on the judges´ scorecards. “I am happy about my performance,” Huck said. “It was a tough fight against a very awkward opponent who moved a lot and was difficult to hit. I am delighted to have defended my title and now look forward to a great and relaxing Christmas time.”

Huck was the aggressor from the first bell on as he constantly attacked Afolabi with his trademark assaults. He landed strong combinations in almost every round. The fifth round was Afolabi´s best, with an uppercut briefly wobbling the champion following a clash of heads. “I should have knocked him out,” Afolabi said. “But Huck is a great warrior and a great fighter. It was a very close fight and I thought I won, but there are a few things I could have done better.”

Huck´s coach Ulli Wegner liked what he saw. “Marco did very well. His style does not match well with Afolabi´s so we had to work hard in practice to implement a proper game plan. Marco fought a great fight and he did not allow himself to be provoked by Afolabi´s antics. I am pleased with his performance.” And manager Wilfried Sauerland added: “It was a great year for Marco. He is just 25 years old and already world champion despite making only very few amateur fights. Marco has matured as a fighter and as a person and he once again showed that in the ring against a tough opponent.”



Povetkin Destroys Nolan

Press Release: Picture from Team Sauerland

In the co-featured main event Russian heavyweight star Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) celebrated a successful first fight under star coach Teddy Atlas, knocking out Leo Nolan (27-2, 10 KOs) in the third round. Povetkin dominated the entire fight and dusted his opponent in the third after a flurry of punches. A strong left hook then sent Nolan down again for the referee to count him out. “I am very pleased with Alexander´s performance,” Atlas lauded. “He did what he had to do and knocked out and opponent that has never been knocked out before. Alexander is very talented and we will keep working hard to make him world champion soon. He will be ready when he gets the chance to fight for the title.”

Povetkin said it was good to be back in the ring after an eight-month break. “It felt good to box again,” he stated. “I have learned a lot of things from Teddy Atlas and it has been great to work with him. This was a good test for me. I will keep working hard in practice and wait for Wladimir Klitschko to fight me.”

Kalle Sauerland believes that Povetkin is “more than ready” for the showdown with the IBF/WBO champion. “This was another great win for Alexander,” he said. “He looked very impressive. The training with Teddy Atlas has paid off. We will fight Klitschko at any time, but it looks as if he prefers to make his WBO mandatory defence sagainst Eddie Chambers first. That´s the same Eddie Chambers Alexander has already beaten in the final of the IBF elimination tournament almost two years ago. We are ready for Klitschko. Every day Teddy works with Alexander will only make him stronger.”

Heavyweight hopeful Kubrat Pulev celebrated his fourth win in as many fights, comfortably outpointing Zack Page, Francesco Pianeta cruised to an uncontested victory over Evgeny Orlov and IBF Youth Middleweight Champion Dominik Britsch pleased the crowd with a fifth-round TKO victory over Cleber Argente Alves.



Tomasz Adamek Takes on Jason Estrada in IBF Heavyweight International Championship Fight

Press Release/ Read Adamek KO's Golota in the 5th Round

Tomaz Adamek hitting the mittsTomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek (37-1, 27 KO), the lineal and Ring Magazine cruiserweight champion, after knocking down powerful, four- time world heavyweight championship contender, Andrew Golota twice in Poland, continues his quest to further his heavyweight career. On February 6th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Adamek will take on Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) of Providence, Rhode Island, in a 12 round IBF Heavyweight International Championship fight. The fight is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with Classic Entertainment and Sports Inc.

In his typical, confident manner Adamek said, “I signed to fight Jason Estrada on February 6 in my home away from home – Prudential Center in Newark .“ Jason Estrada is a completely different fighter than Andrew Golota – obviously younger, much faster, he can throw 60 punches a round. Against Estrada you have to be on your guard all the time, in every round. I did see his fight against world-class fighter Alexander Povetkin, Jason was busy, he wanted to fight – exactly what I like to do in the ring. This style of fight practically guarantees that on February 6 all my fans will have an action-packed, no holds barred confrontation. The difference between me and Povetkin will be very evident – I will do everything required to do what nobody has done to Jason before – knock him down. He’s never fought anybody as quick and accurate – I will not be intimidated by the number of punches he throws in every round – I welcome it.”

Estrada, who represented the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in the super heavyweight division and won the gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, has no reservations about coming to Adamek’s home turf to fight. "I think this is a great opportunity and I want to thank everybody involved in helping to make this fight. I guarantee it's going to be a spectacular show February 6th. I want to thank Adamek, too. He's a great fighter but he's probably going to regret making this fight because I'm bigger, stronger, faster and quicker. We're going into this fight expecting to win."



Press Release: December. 4, 2009 / Pictures by Tom Casino of Showtime

“Kid” Carson Jones of Oklahoma City , Okla. , landed blow after blow against Brunson in his SHOWTIME debut at the Chumash Casino Anchondo, left, of La Puente , Calif. , improved 30-2 with the split decision. Scores were 77-75, 77-75 Anchondo, 79-73 HerreraIn two contrasting fights, “Kid” Carson Jones dealt Tyrone “The One” Brunson the first loss of his career in the main event while former WBO junior lightweight world champion Mike Anchondo won an eight-round split decision over previously undefeated Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in the co-feature on an exciting night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® Friday before a capacity crowd at the Chumash Casino Resort.

Referee Dr. James Jenkin stepped in between a barrage of punches by Jones (24-7-1, 15 KOs) against a defenseless Brunson (21-1-1, 20 KOs ) at 2:39 in the third round, exposing the heralded Philadelphian for the first time in his young career and giving Jones the TKO.

“I’m a good fighter,” said the Oklahoma City , Okla. , resident Jones. “Everybody thinks that just because I have seven losses that I’m just coming in as an opponent. But that’s not me. I have seven losses because I had bad management but now that I have a great manager and promoter who are able to take care of me.

“I thought they stopped the fight too late,” he continued. “Man, I was throwing punches forever. I threw 100 punches and they still didn’t stop it. They should have stopped it earlier.”

Jones started the third round looking like he knew exactly what he had to do. He circled around and proceeded to land a right hand followed by a left hook that dropped Brunson to the canvas midway through the third round for the first time in his career. Up by the count of four, Brunson got back to his feet but was never able to counter Jones’ aggressive, attacking style. Brunson refused to speak with the media after the fight. He holds the world record for most consecutive first-round knockouts at 19.

SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood liked what he saw in Jones. “Carson Jones did the right thing in that he saw a weakness in Brunson and that weakness was how low he brought back the left jab,” he said. “He took advantage of the low left hand and from that point on it was Brunson not doing what he had to do as a fighter. He was exposed. He didn’t respond well. He didn’t do one of the two things you have to do in that situation: You hold or you punch back. And he did neither.”

Farhood said the night’s first televised fight was in direct contrast to the main event pitting two fighters who may not be the most talented guys, but are pure fighters. And he admitted on air that he felt the wrong guy won the eight-round super lightweight match.

“I scored the fight and I thought Herrera won by two points,” said Farhood, who said fellow analyst Antonio Tarver agreed with him. The way the three judges saw it was 77-75, 77-75 Anchondo, 79-73 Herrera.

“He’s a tough fighter,” said Anchondo (30-2, 19 KOs) of La Puente , Calif. “He came to fight. I believe I did enough in the first half to win the fight. I thought I did enough to not get a split decision but it is what it is.”

Said Herrera of Riverside, Calif., who falls to 13-1 (6 KOs ): “I’m shocked. I thought I won the fight. I thought the first two or three rounds were close but I won the rest. He had those two shots in the last round and that was it. I thought I had it in the bag. I thought I was home free. I’m just in complete shock. Rematch? Why should I give him a rematch? I clearly won the fight. The fans saw it and everyone at home saw it. What can you do?”



                                                                                                                                     BRADLEY VS PETERSON CONFERENCE CALL HIGHLIGHTS

Press Release/ December 4, 2004

Bradley vs Peterson Fight PosterBradley, (24-0-1 NC, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., and Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs), of Washington, D.C., participated in a national media conference call to discuss their upcoming world title mega-matchup on Saturday, Dec. 12 live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

In an excellent battle of unbeatens, Bradley will defend his WBO 140-pound title against interim champ Peterson at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The telecast will open with WBC/WBA Super Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs), of Sydney , Australia , defending his belts against WBC interim titlist Tomas Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) of Mexico .

Bradley, who is coming off a No Contest against former unified lightweight world champion Nate Campbell on Aug. 1 on SHOWTIME, is on a hot streak in the stacked 140-pound division. Bradley originally won the fight via highly controversial third-round TKO, but the decision was later changed to a NC by the California State Athletic Commission due to an accidental head butt that opened a cut over Campbell ’s left eye.

Peterson, who is one of the hottest prospects in boxing, is coming off a seventh-round TKO over previously unbeaten Willy Blain on April 25, 2009 for the interim WBO junior welterweight title. Now he has his first shot at a world title against a man that no one in the division has been able to beat.

The 12-rounders are promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, in association with Top Rank and Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa.

Do you feel like you’re getting the respect you deserve?

BRADLEY: “I don’t know, everybody has their opinions. It doesn’t really bother me. Dec. 12, just come out and watch the fight. You’re going to see a big difference. Boxing is about style, styles make fights. He could give me problems, but we’re going to see. He’s a much taller opponent with a lot longer reach, but that’s not going to keep me off of you. I’m coming in there to get him, and we’ll see how long he lasts.”

You keep taking tough fights. Why?

BRADLEY: “I just want to fight the best fighters in the world. That’s pretty much it. I’ve told my promoters that I want to fight the best fighters in the world. Will I ever get a chance to fight Manny Pacquiao fight, probably not? Those guys are mega-fighters. I just want to fight the best. Anybody that’s in my weight class who’s considered the best, that’s who I want to fight. I’ve had it in my heart for a long time that I wanted to fight these guys (Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather), but I’ve let that go. I’ll just fight whoever they give me.”

What does it mean to you to have Lamont to fight for a world title?

BARRY HUNTER (Lamont’s Trainer): “The day Lamont stepped into the gym we’ve been gearing up for this day to fight for a world title. When you look at two young people like Anthony and Lamont that went from what they went from at such an early age, to actually come from that a win a world title would be just huge. It would send a message clear across the map that if you don’t like where you are and where you are is a bad place you can do something about it. You don’t have to always stay there.”

You’re taking on a tough champion for your title shot. Does that concern you?

PETERSON: “It’s OK with me. I wouldn’t have it any other way. A lot of guys fight someone they know they can beat. But, with me it’s about fighting the best. If a fight comes up, you take it. It’s also a good thing for me because I don’t have to go through the other guys. I’m fighting the No. 1 at 140 pounds. If I can jump over the other guys then that will be good for me.”




Press Release: December 4, 2009 / Read Ibragimov vs Briggs

Former heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs Defeats Chris McgeeLast night at the Manhattan Center, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented its premiere installment of "Hustler Boxing" with a five bout card. The show, which was televised live on the Versus Network, attracted some of New York's famous actors and sport figures, including Bert Young (Paulie from Rocky), Chuck Zito, as well as running backs for the New York Giants, Brandon Jacobs, and Danny Ware amongst many others.

In the first televised bout of the night, former WBO heavyweight champion, Brooklyn's own Shannon Briggs (49-5-1, 43KO), returned to the ring for the first time in two years in impressive fashion, knocking out Marcus McGee (22-18, 11KO) with a crippling right hook to the body at 2:01 of the very first round. McGee was down for several minutes following the knockout, with spectators at ringside being quoted as saying they could hear McGee's rips crack from the blow.

Briggs will now look to stay busy as he hopes to get another shot at a heavyweight World Championship.





Press Release: December 3, 2009

Promoter GARY SHAW formally offered to promote the rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr. – on the undercard of undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON’S next fight. Shaw faxed the offer letter (see attached pdf of original letter) to Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions, Hopkins’ promoter, earlier today. HBO is holding an April 2010 date for Dawson’s next world championship fight.

After congratulating Schaefer on Hopkins’ 12-round light heavyweight decision victory over fringe middleweight contender Enrique Ornleas, Shaw wrote the following:

“Inasmuch as Bernard stated during his post-fight press conference that he wanted to pursue the rematch against Roy Jones, Jr. rather than fight Chad Dawson, I wanted to offer a slot on Chad’s next undercard for that fight. HBO is holding an April date for Chad. I would be willing to pay Bernard and Roy $200,000.00 each, the same purse Bernard fought for in his fight against Ornleas, though I cannot guarantee the fight will be televised since HBO would be making that decision, presumably based on its evaluation of Bernard’s and Roy’s last performance.

“If Bernard decides to take on Danny Green instead, please wish him luck for me and know that I’m hopeful he will not break Roy’s record of 122 seconds.”



Press Release by Chad Dawson - December 2, 2009


Like the proverbial cat on the verge of using up its nine lives, Bernard Hopkins is running out of excuses -- excuses for not fighting undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON.

“He’s on the run like the one-armed man in “The Fugitive.” Eventually the law catches up with him,” said Dawson. “Well I’m the sheriff of the light heavyweight division and I’m putting a stop to Hopkins’ con. First, he said he’d fight the winner of my fight with Glen Johnson. I won and Hopkins hid. Second, he said he’d fight the winner of my rematch with Johnson. I won and this time Hopkins chose to fight some guy named Enrique Ornelas, who has lost to almost every decent middleweight he’s ever fought. And on top of that, the fight isn't worthy of being broadcast on HBO, Showtime or even ESPN 2! Desperate people do desperate things. Hopkins knows that if he fights me he’s looking at a loss of Calzaghe proportions.

“Bernard, it’s time for you to pack it in and get out of my division. If you’re not willing to fight the best light heavyweight, move along and quit wasting everyone’s time. Your deep well of excuses, along with your credibility has dried up. You weighed 175 pounds for tonight’s fight, Roy Jones was knocked out in 122 seconds today and HBO has a March date available. No more excuses. Get onboard with HBO’s original plan for us to fight each other, or, as you told this morning, go run "a marathon to super-greatness” away from me."



Statement From Winky Wright On Cancellation Of Back to Business

Winky Wright vs Brewer fight posterAmid conflicting reports regarding reasons for the cancellation of the Winky Wright vs. Grady Brewer Pay-Per-View show scheduled for December 11, Winky Wright has issued the following statement.

"I am really disappointed the show can't happen as I was training very hard and really wanted to get back in the ring. I was so looking forward to fighting in Puerto Rico in front of all the Puerto Rican people who are boxing fanatics and really know and appreciate the sport.

"I still am a bit shocked the show was cancelled by the promoter in Puerto Rico, but I want to make it perfectly clear it was not because I asked for millions of dollars to fight. We had done everything possible to make this show come together and I knew the financial considerations I needed to make in order for it to happen. Unfortunately now this is not the case, and I will look to find another alternative so I can fight as soon as possible. I hope that we can work something out so that I will be fighting in the early part of 2010, as I am anxious to use all the hard work and training I have already put in for this show. I just hope everyone has a great holiday season, and look for me to fight again soon after the New Year."





Klitchko vs Johnson Fight PosterIt has been announced that HBO's World Championship Boxing will televise the upcoming bout between Star Boxing's undefeated heavyweight contender, Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) and Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World on December 12th. In addition to Johnson vs. Klitschko, which will take place at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland, HBO will also be airing Victor Ortiz vs. Antonio Diaz and the rematch between Juan Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on HBO's Boxing After Dark. The special duel site, triple header, will kick off at 10:15 PM with Oritz vs. Diaz, followed by Diaz vs. Malignaggi II. Immediately following Diaz vs. Malignaggi, HBO will air the WBC Title fight from Switzerland, tape delayed.

"I couldn't be more happy or excited that HBO has decided to air my upcoming fight against Vitali Klitschko," stated Johnson. "Now all of my fans here in the U.S. will have the opportunity to witness me becoming Heavyweight Champion. I want to thank HBO for this opportunity, and remind everyone to tune in On December 12th, to witness the Kingpin become THE NEW WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World."

The Kevin Johnson vs. Vitali Klitschko fight for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and K2 Promotions.


“The Brawl In Brick City ” Final Press Conference Quotes

From Eddie Edmonds, Edmonds Promotions: “I am excited to bring boxing back to Newark and we’re going to have a great show. We have a number of talented young fighters from the area on the card. Make sure to have everyone come out on December 4. I promise you will get your moneys worth.”

Sal Alessi, Pound 4 Pound Promotions: “Pound 4 Pound is thrilled to work with Edmonds Promotions.” “This is something we have wanted to do for a long time and this is going to be an exciting card so make sure to come out.”

Jeremy Bryan (Unbeaten Junior Welterweight): “I can’t say anything about my opponent since he isn’t here but I’d like to thank Mr. Edmonds for making this possible and come December 4, I’ll be ready for my first 8 rounder. I am excited to put on a great show.”

Denis Douglin (Unbeaten Prospect /2008 National Golden Gloves Champion: “This is my first fight at 154 so its going to be a new experience but I am hungry and will be ready to go come next Friday.”

Jose Rosario (Trainer/Manager of Unbeaten Alex “ Brick City Bullet” Perez: “Alex is in camp with Sergio Martinez right now (helping him prepare for his December HBO 5 fight with Paul Williams) so he will be in outstanding shape. We are looking forward to fighting in out hometown once again.”



Truax Wins WBF Title in St. Paul !

Press Release: Seconds Out Promotions

Caleb “Golden” Truax St. Paul, MN- In front of a standing room only crowd at the St. Paul Armory Caleb “Golden” Truax of Osseo, MN claimed the WBF Intercontinental Super Middleweight title by cruising to a unanimous decision win over fellow prospect Kerry Hope.

Truax was able to find his rhythm and timing through the early portion of the fight until cuts opened on both fighters after a clash of heads in the third round. Through proficient work of both cutmen, Truax and Hope were able continue with few problems. Truax‘s counter punching ability gave Hope nightmares throughout the ten round affair and a few hard uppercuts drew loud cheers from the pro-Truax crowd.

England’s Hope took a number of hard shots but continued to press forward, although unable to match Truax’s connection percentage. Truax finished the fight strong behind chants of his last name from the St. Paul Armory and a mutual respect between the two combatants was visibly evident.

Scores across the board were 97-93 in Truax’s favor. In addition to picking up the vacant WBF Intercontinental Super Middleweight title, Truax improves to 14-0 (9 KO’s) while Hope falls to 12-3(1 KO).



Team Ruiz responds to King’s false press releases

Press Release: LAS VEGAS (Nov. 23, 2009) –

Team Ruiz has responded to false allegations made in two press releases by promoter Don King, who erroneously stated that, “John Ruiz is my fighter,” as well as falsely claiming the World Boxing Association (WBA) had sanctioned an “Interim” title fight between one of King’s fighters, Kali Meehan, and former champion Ruslan Chagaev.

Ruiz’ contract with Don King Productions (DKP) expired last month, prior to his Nov. 7 fight against Adnan Serin, legally allowing Ruiz to become a promotional free agent.

Team Ruiz believes King’s actions are out of desperation because he has lost his influence with all of the major boxing organizations and broadcast outlets as well as many of his fighters leaving or trying to leave him. Plus, Team Ruiz contends that King is seeking retribution against Team Ruiz for its successful blocking of King’s bid at the recent WBA convention in Colombia to create an “Interim” title fight involving one of his fighters. King also failed to have Chagaev, promoted by a different company, dropped in the WBA ratings behind three other King-promoted heavyweights.

Team Ruiz also asserts that King misled and lied to WBA directors at the convention by falsely claiming Haye would not fight Ruiz and was set to relinquish the WBA belt to fight one of the Klitschko brothers.

“It’s shame that Don King’s influence in the boxing industry has diminished so much that he has stooped to this level,” Ruiz’ manager/legal advisor Atty. Tony Cardinale said. “The fact is John Ruiz’ contract expired, by its own terms, Oct. 9, 2009. Apparently, Don has lost his ability to read or count as well. Any claim that he has made about DKP still having John under contract is simply a case of King attempting to confuse the public and negatively affect John’s opportunities to engage a new promoter. All of his recent actions, including distribution of a knowingly false press release regarding a so-called WBA sanctioned ‘Interim’ title fight between Meehan and Chagaev, are an effort by Don King to damage the Haye-Ruiz fight, which he has nothing to do with.”


WBA Orders Interim Heavyweight Championship:

Kali Meehan and Ruslan Chagaev to Meet for Title

The World Boxing Association held meetings at their recent annual convention in Medellin, Colombia, where they ordered an interim heavyweight championship between WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Kali Meehan and former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev.

Meehan earned the WBA No. 1 position in October 2007 by scoring a sixth-round technical knockout over DaVarryl Williamson at Madison Square Garden, and he has been patiently waiting to fight for the WBA heavyweight championship ever since.

“I am grateful Don King has maintained his faith in me, and I will become the WBA interim heavyweight champion,” Meehan said. “I look forward to meeting and defeating Ruslan Chagaev and then facing the winner of David Haye versus John Ruiz.”

The WBA confirmed that the winner of Meehan-Chagaev will face the winner of the match between newly crowned WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and WBA heavyweight mandatory challenger John Ruiz.

Meehan’s promoter, Don King, said he’s relieved Meehan will finally get the match he was promised.

“Kali has been very loyal and committed to the WBA and their problems while waiting over two years to appear in the world championship match he earned,” King said. “He understood their problems and has been patient, going along with them to keep the WBA in good standing.”

“The WBA is committed to Kali Meehan fighting for their interim heavyweight championship and for the winner of this match to become mandatory challenger for their most prestigious crown, the WBA heavyweight championship.

“Kali will have Australia and New Zealand behind him when he steps into the ring.”




Press Release: November 24, 2009


Winky Wright vs Brewer fight posterWith the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday Winky Wright and Grady "Bad Boy" Brewer took time out of their busy training camps to send each other Thanksgiving messages as they prepare to meet in the ring.

They face off in a middleweight bout on December 11 in "Back to Business," brought to you by San Juan City Knockout in conjunction with Winky Wright Promotions and Knockout Entertainment Inc. and sponsored by Cavi Designs. The event will be heldat the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and live on Pay-Per-View and at

Wright, a future Hall of Famer with wins over Shane Mosley and Felix Trinidad, and who is set to return to the ring after a loss to Paul Williams in April, had a unique holiday message for Brewer.

"Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are all thankful for," said Wright. "Be thankful the fight isn't this weekend Grady, because I'm in great shape and could make stuffing out of you come fight night. You are going to need these extra weeks of training to try and stop me. I'm ready to make a statement in this fight, and to show the world I'm back."

Grady Brewer, the season two "The Contender" winner, who is currently on an eight fight winning streak, had a message of his own for Wright.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to step into the ring with one of the best in the sport," said Brewer, who intends on delivering a cornucopia of punishment. "But, Winky, come fight night, I'm going to make you look like you ate too much Thanksgiving dinner, including the stuffing and candied yams. You are the one that needs the extra weeks, as I intend to continue my winning ways on December 11."

Tickets are available now at, and at the Coliseo De Puerto Rico Box Office, and will be distributed on traditional Pay-Per-View distribution channels and at for $29.95 (check your local cable operators).

Additional information about the event and photos from the press conference are available at




Press Release: November 24, 2009

pavlik vs espino fight posterWorld Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK returns home, to Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center, on Saturday, December 19, to defend his titles against top-rated contender MIGUEL ESPINO. Promoted by Top Rank, the Pavlik-Espino world title tilt will headline an all-action two-country world championship doubleheader, produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The suggested retail price is $39.95.

Combined, these two sluggers boast an incredible record of 55-3-1 (40 KOs), a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 72%!

Tickets, priced at $208, $158, $108 and $58, including $8 processing fee, go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, November 25, at 9 a.m. ET, online at They can also be purchased at the Beeghly Center box office, beginning Monday, November 30.

The pay-per-view broadcast will open from the Arena Itson in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico with WBC super featherweight champion HUMBERTO SOTO (49-7-2, 32 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico taking on two-time world champion JESUS CHAVEZ (44-6, 30 KOs), of Austin, Tex., in a 10-round lightweight bout, followed by a rumble between WBA interim bantamweight champion NEOMAR CERMEÑO (18-0, 10 KOs), of Anzoategui, Venezuela, defending his title against ALEJANDRO VALDEZ (22-3-2, 16 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. The pay-per-view action will shift to Youngstown where undefeated Top-10 super welterweight contender VANES MARTIROSYAN (25-0, 16 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., will challenge NABF super welterweight champion WILLIE LEE (17-5, 10 KOs), of New Orleans, in a 12-round bout, followed by the main event, Pavlik vs. Espino.



Press Release: NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2009) 

North American Boxing FederationTalented, promising lightweight prospect John Molina Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) of Covina, Calif., will make his main event debut when he puts his unblemished record on the line against veteran Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (26-4-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-rounder for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight championship in a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, this Saturday, Nov. 28 live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

In the co-feature, undefeated Los Angeles native Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (13-0, 8 KOs) will meet Los Angeles resident and World Boxing Council (WBC) USNBC super bantamweight belt-holder Alejandro “El Alacran” Perez (14-1-1, 9 KOs ) in an eight-round junior bantamweight bout.

The doubleheader two days after Thanksgiving will feature four boxers capable of beating the stuffing out of each other. They have combined for 45 knockouts. The event is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and will emanate from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula , Calif.

Molina, who was born and raised in Monterey Park, Calif., is excited about headlining his first nationally televised fight card, and if all goes right for him, the 5-foot-10 1/2 inch 26-year-old doesn’t expect it to last long. Of Molina’s 14 knockouts, six have come in the first round and five in the second.

The lanky Molina’s last five bouts have ended by knockout, including his last outing on Sept. 26 at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center when Molina ended his night 34 seconds after it began, flattening former United States Boxing Association (USBA) 135-pound titlist Efren Hinojosa with a right hand to the ribs, followed by a left-hand uppercut to the chin.

“I can’t wait for Nov. 28. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas,” said Molina, who is trained by Joe Goossen and turned pro on March 31, 2006. “I know I always say it’s my ‘launching pad,’ but this is really it. This is my coming-out party.

“Everybody knows that I’ve arrived in this weight division and I’m a force to be reckoned with. I’m staying at lightweight. I felt a lot stronger in my last fight, the way I obliterated Hinojosa. I’m a dominating figure in there. I’m going to be stronger than anyone in there. Right now, I feel like I’m on top of my game and it’ll only get better and better from here. I’m more afraid of losing my edge than being lazy.”

A fighter seemingly equipped to derail Molina off the fast track to stardom is the vastly more experienced Honorio, a 5-foot-9 1/2-inch, 29-year-old former USBA champion and world title challenger who has won two straight and is 7-1-1 in his last nine.

Honorio, whose only loss since April 2005 came to ShoBox alum and then-IBF featherweight champion and current IBF 130-pound kingpin, Robert “The Ghost’’ Guerrero, is a 10-year pro who exemplifies the warrior-like spirit fans associate with Mexican fighters.

Honorio’s most noteworthy triumphs include a 12-round decision over Rogers Mtagwa in November 2006, a 10-round decision over current World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Steven Luevano in November 2005 and a first-round knockout over current IBF 135-pound titleholder Cristobal Cruz in August 2002.

Honorio’s experience against so many quality fighters makes him a more battle-hardened opponent than anything Molina has seen.


Zsolt Erdei and the Cruiserweight Division

By Michael Amakor / November 21, 2009 / Watch Highlights

Zsolt ErdeiZsolt Erdei (31- 0, 17kos) seized the WBC Cruiserweight belt from defending champion Giacobbe Frogmenni (26-2 -1, 10kos) in a 12 round competitive contest in front of a boisterous crowd at the in Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein in Germany

Although Zsolt got the decision I believe Frogemeni deserved the nod as the defending champion and he certainly proved his point by pressuring Erdei from the middle rounds to the bell, and the judges acknowledged his efforts, but scored it 115-113, 114-114 and 115-113 razor thinly against the 40 years Italian.

I have never been a fan of the unbeaten Hungarian Zsolt Erdie, mostly because he restricted most of his fights to his adopted country of Germany and also because I never got to see any of his fights before today if not for the internet , but nevertheless he really impressed me in this fight because despite weighing in at a very light 178.8 lbs, he still withstood all the 195.88lbs Frogemeni had to offer and went toe to toe in this fast ...more




By Jim Amato - November 21, 2009.

Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik was forced to make a decision. Fight or lose his title...Despite his well documented medical problems he was forced to confront this situation. In boxing's bullshit politics it became a do or die call for Team Pavlik. Despite all the problems Kelly has endured they have made the decision to fight.
The opponent will be the formidable Miguel Espino. The fight will take place December 19th at the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University. It will likely be a sell out crowd of Pavlik supporters. In my humble opinion Espino was a good choice by Team Pavlik. Why ?

In total honesty Espino's record does not merit a title shot. Although it is a glossy 20-2-1, he has lost to the two best fighters he has met. He dropped a decision to Daniel Edouard and he lost to Peter Manfredo Jr. in the "Contender" TV series. He has defeated some decent boxers like Jonathan Reid, Dorian Beaupierre and Arturo Ortega. Hardly enough though to merit a shot at the brass ring.

At this point in time though I feel Espino is a good foe for Kelly. It is a fighter Kelly should beat to break off the ring rust. Back in the days of just the WBA and WBC, champions fought many non title fights just to stay sharp. Turn back the hands of time and Pavlik - Espino would have been regarded as a non - title affair in my day.

Hopefully this confrontation will be competitve and fan friendly. If Kelly wins in front of a roaring hometown crowd, I would like to see him back in action in February 2010. Maybe against a higher profile fighter like John Duddy or Manfredo Jr. Again these are boxers Kelly should beat. If so, let's hope to see Kelly Pavlik - Paul Williams in the Spring of 2010.