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March 26, 2015

FEW WORDS SPOKEN


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by Butch Gottlieb

The final press conference was held today at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for Saturday's Showtime televised WBC Featherweight title fight between the Champion Jhonny Gonzalez and the Challenger Gary Russell Jr.
This was actually the shortest press conference on record as the 4 televised fighters took less then 3 minutes between them to thank whomever they wanted to and sit down.

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WBC ORDERS TITLE DEFENSE

STEVENSON VS KOVALEV ORDERED
AND SECURED FOR THE FANS

The WBC has initiated the free negotiations period for the mandatory title defense between WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev, with a purse offer date of April 17, 2015, in case there is no agreement between the parties.
The WBC is extremely proud to continue with the task of securing the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. During the historic 52nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas in December of last year, the WBC voted unanimously in favor of a proposal which would lead to the unification of the light heavyweight division. Since then, Stevenson defended the WBC title in December, and Kovalev defeated Jean Pascal to determine the mandatory challenger with a spectacular victory that was aso for the WBC Diamond belt.
Stevenson has a voluntary title defense scheduled for April 4 against former WBC super middleweight world champion Sakio Bika, and Kovalev has his mandatory commitment scheduled for the IBF.
These are very exiting times for boxing. The WBC is very happy to be part of them, and is committed to continue this path.

MICHELE CHONG

VANES MARTIROSYAN

Facing Jermell Charlo THIS Saturday at the Palms in Las Vegas!
by Michele Chong

 

Vanes Martirosyan will be fighting for victory this Saturday night in a crossroads battle versus Jermell Charlo at the The Pearl in the Palms Casino Resort. This Las Vegas matchup is part of the doubleheader airing live on Showtime.
In preparation for this March 28 war, Vanes and his team held a media workout at the Main Event Sports Club in Glendale, Calif. During Monday's workout, Vanes shared the ring with featherweight champ Jhonny Gonzalez who will be taking on Gary Russell Jr. on this same Showtime card.

 

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ACTION IN MEXICO THIS WEEKEND

 

 

Two hard-nosed Mexican warriors will battle it out at Domo Dos Aguas in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Saturday, March 28, as Buenavista, Mexico's Javier "Implacable" Prieto faces Tijuana, Baja California's Jorge "Pantera" Silva in a 10-round welterweight matchup to be televised live on FOX Deportes and Claro Sports.
In the televised co-feature, Mexico City's Gilberto "Flaco" Gonzalez meets Oaxaca, Mexico's David "Nene" Rangel in a 10-round super lightweight division bout. Opening up the televised action rising star Roberto "Tito" Manzanarez of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, will square off against Edgar "Lupillo" Ramirez of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico in a 10-round super lightweight contest.
Prieto vs. Silva is10-round welterweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Cancun Boxing de Pepe Gomez. The FOX Deportes broadcast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT and the Claro Sports broadcast airs at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT.
 

PACQUIAO SITS DOWN WITH TV CREW

 


Photo Chris Farina/Top Rank

 

Superstar Manny Pacquiao sits down with cable & satellite TV crews during training at the Wild Card Boxing Club to promote his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. , this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

 

ERIC DURAN

 

RECAP ON CONFERENCE CALL

 

Light Heavyweights Adonis Stevenson, Sakio Bika and Artur Beterbiev took part in a media conference call to discuss their upcoming bouts on CBS, on April 4th.
PBConCBS takes place in Quebec City, Canada at the Pepsi Coliseum. Stevenson defends his WBC Light Heavyweight title against Bika. 
 

Here's what they had to say

 

MOSS APPOINTED COORDINATOR

 

RETIRED WIBF WORLD CHAMPION Terri Moss  will be appointed April1st as the  WBF  (World Boxing Federation) women's championship coordinator in the United States.

"It is an exciting challenge to work with the WBF, and take on the project of expanding the female championship s throughout the United States," Terri said. "I'm also happy I will be working with the WBF in association with the WIBF and GBU on their unified champions campaign. It is my goal to continue to bring women's boxing to the front lines, and carry on the amazing efforts  that began so long ago with Barbara Buttrick, who paved the way for us."
Terri also said the WBF has been very enthusiastic in taking steps to move women's boxing in the right direction.  "WBF president Howard Goldberg is extremely supportive, and motivated to bring the women's game to the forefront, and make our unified championships the most sought after title, and competitive and entertaining fights in the world of women's boxing."

WEIGHTS FROM MIAMI

Robert Alfonso 241 vs. Raymundo Lopez 252.6

Antonio Tarver Jr. 154.4 vs. Bruce Lutchmedial 156

Ahmed Elbiali 175.2 vs. Michael Stafford 173.4

Michael Seals 175.2 vs. Carlos Reyes 183.2           

Daquan Arnett 156.4  vs. Travis Hartman 153.2

Yasmany Consuegra 229.6 vs. Taurus Sykes 251.2

Wilky Campfort 152.8 vs. Devon Moncrieff 155

Kamil Laszczyk 128.6 vs. Jose Luis Araiza 129

Patryk Szymanski 165.6 vs. Yoryi Estrella 168.2

Rances Barthelemy 137.4 vs. Angino Pérez 137.6

Breidis Prescott 146.2 vs. Fredrick Lawson 146.2

 

Promoter: Warriors Boxing

Venue: Hialeah Park, Hialeah, Florida

Tickets: Tickets for ESPN's Thursday Night Fights, also billed as "Noche De Combates," are on sale now through Ticket Force (www.myticketforce.com), www.hialeahpark.com, and at the Hialeah Park Casino cage.
 

March 25, 2015

ALI  vs  Santana ADDED AS CO-MAIN

 

SADAM ALI Faces Francisco Santana as the Co-Main event on the WladImir  Klitschko vs. Bryant Jennings Card on April 25 from Madison Square Garden IN New York TELEVISED Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®

 

The undefeated Sadam "World Kid" Ali and fast -punching Francisco "Chia" Santana will face off at "The World's Most Famous Arena", Madison Square Garden on Sat. April 25 as the co-feature to "The Champion Returns", the World Heavyweight Championship between undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and top-rated challenger Bryant Jennings. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, the 10-round welterweight showdown between two of the sport's rising stars will give fans an exciting night of boxing as they open up the telecast before the highly anticipated heavyweight main event.

Advance tickets to "The Champion Returns" may be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office at www.TheGarden.com and through Ticketmaster, (www.Ticketmaster.com, phone 1-800-435-5000.)

 

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SHOWTIME NOMINATED FOR 9 EMMYS

 

SHOWTIME SPORTS® NOMINATED FOR A NETWORK BEST NINE 2015 SPORTS EMMY® AWARDS

On Tuesday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 36th Annual Sports Emmy Awards.
SHOWTIME Sports received a network best nine Sports Emmy Award nominations for the premium networks' sports programming in 2014, highlighted by nods for Outstanding Documentary Series and Outstanding Edited Sports Coverage, both for award-winning SHOWTIME series “ALL ACCESS”. 

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WEIGH IN OPEN TO PUBLIC

 

 

 * * FREE OPEN PUBLIC WEIGH-IN * *

 

WHEN:           Friday, March 27, at 4:00 p.m. PST  
 
WHERE:         Wasted Grain
                     7295 E. Stetson Dr.
                     Scottsdale, AZ 85251
                     Ph: 480-970-0500
 
WHAT:  All 22 fighters participating in Saturday’s highly-anticipated, live NBCSN televised  WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Comerica Theatre will weigh in on Friday. The weigh-in is open to the public, free of charge.
 

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FAN FAVORITE RETURNING TO ESPN2

 

 

Fan Favorite Ahmed Elbiali Returning This Thursday on ESPN Friday Night Fights

 

Egyptian light heavyweight slugger Ahmed Elbiali (9-0, 9 KOs) will return to familiar ground this Thursday, March 26: fighting in an ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised undercard bout, this time, a six-rounder against England's Mike Stafford (13-2, 3 KOs).

The special Thursday night edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights, presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes' Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, will be headlined by a 10-rounder featuring undefeated welterweight Fredrick "General Okunka" Lawson (23-0, 20 KOs) taking on hard-punching Miami transplant Breidis Prescott (27-6, 20 KOs).

In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, undefeated former IBF Super Featherweight Champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (21-0, 1 ND, 12 KOs) will take on Angino Perez (18-6, 16 KOs).

 

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March 24, 2015

MARCH 28 FIGHTERS SPEAK OUT

 

 

by Eric Duran

 

Gary Russell Jr, Jermell Charlo and Vanes Martirosyan joined a conference call to discuss their upcoming matches on Showtime.
Russel Jr will face Johnny Gonzalez live on Showtime at the Palms Casino and Resort for the WBC Featherweight title.  Goossen Boxing and Dibella Entertainment are co-promoting the event. 
Jermell Charlo faces off Vanes Martirosyan in Jr Middleweight bout.
Chris DeBlasio of Showtime: "on behalf of Stephan Espinoza, were excited to get back into action.  On Saturday, were introducing a new platform, we're carrying a international fight between Kell Brook against Jo Jo Dan at 6:15 ET. It's a two part platform, were excited about it."

 

Read what they had to say

 

KIMBO VS SHAMROCK

 

 

Their names transcend the sport of MMA.
Kimbo-Shamrock.
 

Two of the most recognizable fighters in combat sports - Kimbo Slice and "The World's Most Dangerous Man," Ken Shamrock - will now battle in the Bellator cage on Friday, June 19. "Bellator: Unfinished Business" will air Live and Free on Spike TV from inside St. Louis' Scottrade Center.
On October 4, 2008, a freak accident robbed the MMA world of one of the most anticipated fights in the history of the sport. On Friday, June 19, Bellator MMA will right that wrong. Street fighting legend and YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice and "The World's Most Dangerous Man," Ken Shamrock, have agreed to renew their rivalry and will now meet in the main event of "Bellator: Unfinished Business,"

 

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LION FIGHT 22 SET FOR MAY 22

 

 

BUD LIGHT® PRESENTS LION FIGHT 22
 
KEM SITSONGPEENONG vs.
‘SMOKIN’ JO NATTAWUT
FOR THE WORLD SUPER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
 
CO-MAIN EVENT: TIFFANY VAN SOEST vs. BERNISE ALLDIS
 
LIVE FROM SUNSET STATION –
FRIDAY, MAY 22
 
Tickets On Sale Tuesday, March 24 at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com
 
LION FIGHT 22 Main Card Airs Live on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

 

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URUGUAY TO HOST AMATEUR TOURNEY

 

 

Sampson Boxing, WBC, CUBAP to hold Important South American Boxing Tournament

 

The WBC Amateur Boxing Committee, CUBAP and Sampson Boxing are proud to announce MERCOSUR "Rumbo a Mexico", an elite boxing tournament featuring competitors from the South American "Mercosur" bloc of countries, Argentina, Brazil, as well as the host country, Uruguay.

The opening event of the Tournament will take place Friday, April 10, at Estadio 8 de Junio in Paysandu, Uruguay, and will continue from there with monthly shows from different locations in Uruguay.

Although this competition will be held with the hopes of discovering new South American boxing talent, because it is being held under the auspices of the WBC Amateur Committee and by CUBAP, safety and fighter wellbeing will be top priorities.

MERCOSUR "Rumbo a Mexico" will be broadcast live via VTV and Notifight.
"This is the first time in history that an elite tournament under the umbrella of the WBC is being held in my home country of Uruguay," said Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. "I want to deliver to my homeland the first Uruguayan world champion and this is a great start. I want to personally thank WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman for all his help in putting this together."

 

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TV Fights

 

ESPN2 - March 26
9PM ET/6PM PT
Breidis Prescott vs. Fredrick Lawson

Telemundo - March 27 11:35PM ET/PT
Daniel Lozano vs. TBA

Showtime - March 28 6:15PM ET/PT
Kell Brook vs. Jo Jo Dan
IBF welterweight title

Showtime - March 28 10PM ET/7PM PT
Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Gary Russell Jr.
WBC featherweight title

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