Monthly Archives: February 2013

SOLID UNDERCARD ANNOUNCED FOR DIB-GRADOVICH March 1 ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS at MGM Grand at Foxwoods.

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Co-promoters DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions have announced a solid undercard supporting this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights event, featuring International Boxing Federation (IBF) Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs) defending his title against undefeated Russian challenger Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), airing live (9 p.m. ET start) from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

The 12-round main event pits Australia-native Dib, promoted by 50 Cent, against Gradovich. In the 10-round ESPN Friday Night Fights co-feature, North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight champion Willie “The Great” Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) makes his first title defense against Michael “El Magnifico” Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs). The Nelson-Medina fight is being promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions. The event is sponsored by SMS Audio.

Undefeated prospect Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczweski (15-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Quincy (MA), takes on Houston’s Gil “La Metrealleta” Garcia (5-3-1, 1 KO) in an eight-round junior lightweight bout.

Another unbeaten New Englander, New Haven super bantamweight Luis “KO King” Rosa Jr. (12-0, 6 KOs), is matched against New York City-veteran Jhovany Collado (4-5-2, 1 KO) in an eight-rounder.

World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 11-rated welterweight Charlie Ota (21-1, 15 KOs), fighting out of Japan by way of Harlem, has been added to the card in a six-round bout against hard-hitting Brandon “The Business” Baue (12-9, 10 KOs). Ota joined the US Navy in 2000 and was stationed in Japan. Reigning OPBF and Japanese champion Ota was slated to fight this past Thursday in New York City but the fight fell through. Baue, who lives in Troy, Missouri, lost a six-round decision in his last action to former world champion Yuri Foreman.

The fastest rising New England female boxer, New London’s (Conn.) undefeated junior featherweight Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent (7-0), who is trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. in Rhode Island, faces Mikayla Nebel (0-3) in a six-round fight.

Also fighting on the undercard in four-round bouts are former Southern Connecticut State College football player, New Haven junior middleweight Jimmy Williams (1-0, 1 KO), against Raynard Younger (0-1), from Georgia, and Arizona junior welterweight Luis Olivares makes his professional debut versus Houston’s Rafael Munoz (1-1), while Cincinnati lightweight Donte Strayhorn meets Cranston’s (RI) Joe Pingitore in a battle of pro-debut fighters.

The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and 50 cent’s SMS Promotions and sponsored by SMS Audio. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40, may be purchased online at foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods’ box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods’ box office.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET.

SASSO VS. VÁZQUEZ II” del próximo sábado 23 de febrero en Cataño

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FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER INKS RECORD-BREAKING DEAL WITH SHOWTIME®/CBS

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 19, 2013). Undefeated eight-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather, boxing’s pound-for-pound king and the highest paid athlete in the world (Forbes, 2012), has entered into a groundbreaking pay-per-view deal with Showtime Networks Inc. and its parent company, CBS Corporation. Under the new deal, SHOWTIME PPV® will collaborate with CBS Corporation to comprehensively promote Mayweather’s events on the CBS Television Network and via the corporation’s expansive media platforms.

The deal-a unique revenue-sharing arrangement between SHOWTIME PPV and Mayweather-will enable him to fight up to six times over a period of 30 months, with the first mega-event taking place on May 4, 2013, when Mayweather will fight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. More details of this upcoming event will be announced shortly.

Mayweather’s new deal is by far the biggest in the sport of boxing (specific financial details are contractually confidential). Mayweather is the PPV king and averages over 1 million PPV buys per event, which is the highest PPV buy average of any boxer in history. At this record-setting PPV performance level, if all six fights contemplated by this deal occur, it will be the richest individual athlete deal in all of sports.

ADRIEN BRONER VS. GAVIN REES FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

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ADRIEN BRONER VS. GAVIN REES FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Adrien Broner, WBC Lightweight World Champion

“What can I say? I’m 23 [years old]. I’m young and I’m getting it.

“I don’t underestimate him [Rees]. If we stood face-to-face, I probably couldn’t see him, but I respect him as a fighter.

“I respect every fighter because only a boxer knows what we go through once we get into that ring.

“Training camp was great. We don’t watch tape. I’ve never seen him [Rees] fight before.

“They took away my Twinkies during this camp. [Referring to Hostess going out of business.]

“He [Rees] is a former champion at light welterweight. He’s coming down in weight so he is used to getting hit by strong fighters.

“I am not about to miss the boulder on this man’s shoulders. He is going to be there all night or until I put him to sleep.

“We are going to be eating ice cream in no time.

“This is going to be a fun year for me. I’m not looking past this fight, but I’m ready to fight whoever. We’re going to take care of business Saturday night.

“To this day, right now, I could literally leave boxing and be like, ‘I did more than anybody in my family ever did.’ I could provide for my kids and my family, but I’m not going to settle for that. I’m trying to be the best boxer to ever lace up a pair of gloves. That’s my goal.

“I have my own legacy. Everybody has their own legacy. Who knows? Maybe I go all the way up to 154 and win a championship. I know I could do it.

“Put your glasses on because I am going to shine [Saturday night]. Hook, right, goodnight.”

Gavin Rees, Former World Champion

“I’m going to knock this [expletive] out Saturday night and I can’t wait.

“His attitude stinks man. He shows fighters no respect, but he hasn’t even earned the right to do that. What has he done? I’ve been in the States for five weeks now and American boxing fans don’t like him. They tell me they hope I beat him and shut him up. I think he acts like a fool for no reason and no one really likes that.

“Who has he fought? I’ve seen his fights and half of those guys just stood in front of him letting him dictate the pace of the fight. I’m not going to let him do that. This is the first fight that I have trained away from home because I’m going to show him I’m no walk in the park.

“I’ve never been stopped. I can take him out in the first round, but I am ready to go into deep water if I have to. Ether way, I have trained hard and will be ready to dictate the pace of the fight and not let him get away with a lot of what other fighters have let him do.

“I have to watch for his right uppercut which he throws from down low, but he’s not the best on his feet either. Work rate is going to be important.”

David Itskowitch, COO of Golden Boy Promotions

“Adrien Broner’s last fight in Atlantic City was a great success. We raised close to $50,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief.

“Adrien [Broner] is known for rapping himself into the ring and getting his hair brushed before his interviews, but he is also one of the hardest working fighters you will ever see. There are no days off for Adrien Broner.”

Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Boxing

“This is a huge opportunity for Gavin. Adrien is a great champion.

“Gavin accepted this fight in one and a half nano seconds before even seeing the purse.

UNDEFEATED WELTERWEIGHT KEITH THURMAN TO FACE FORMER WORLD CHAMPION JAN ZAVECK ON MARCH 9 AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® BOUT SCHEDULED AS CO-MAIN EVENT TO BERNARD HOPKINS VS. TAVORIS CLOUD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT.

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