JEISON ROSARIO STOPS JULIAN WILLIAMS TO CAPTURE WBA & IBF SUPER WELTERWEIGHT TITLES IN FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT MAIN EVENT SATURDAY NIGHT FROM TEMPLE UNIVERSITY’S LIACOURAS CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA

Rising Star Chris Colbert Drops Former Champion Jezreel Corrales & Wins Unanimous Decision to Capture Interim WBA Super Featherweight Title

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Top Super Welterweight Prospect Joey Spencer Earns Unanimous Decision Over Erik Spring

Jorge Cota, Vito Mielnicki Jr. & Romuel Cruz Victorious in FOX PBC Fight Night Prelims on FS1 & FOX Deportes

Photo credits from Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

PHILADELPHIA – Jeison Rosario captured the WBA and IBF Super Welterweight World titles with a shocking fifth round stoppage of hometown favorite Julian “J-Rock” Williams Saturday night in the FOX PBC Fight Night main event and on FOX Deportes from Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

“As soon as I stepped into the ring, I knew he could not hurt me,” said Rosario. “I knew that my power was affecting him right away. This is a big victory for me and for the whole Dominican Republic.”

“Rosario was the better man tonight,” said Williams. “It was a great homecoming for my fans and I’m sorry I let them down. What went wrong tonight needs to and will be fixed. We’re going to an immediate rematch and we look forward to returning the favor.”

In his first world title fight, the Dominican Republic’s Rosario landed power punches from the outset and opened up a cut on with a punch over Williams’ right eye in the second round. Williams was landing power punches of his own, but was unable to stop Rosario from coming forward.

Watch round two highlights where Rosario opens the cut over Williams’ eye here.

“I’m so emotional in this moment right now,” said Rosario. “When I lost my last fight I said I will never lose again until I become champion of the world and that’s what happened tonight. I came prepared. I knew before the fight that I was going to win it.”

In round five Rosario landed the punches that would ultimately lead to the end of the fight, hitting him with hard straight right hands that immediately slowed Williams.

“I have to give a lot of credit to my team,” said Rosario. “I had a 16-week training camp and that prepared me for this. My life is changed forever and I can support my family in a whole new way. I realized that I was going to win, once I was offered the fight. I knew that if I made the sacrifice, that I would do what I did tonight. I knew it 16 weeks ago.”

Rosario sensed his moment and came forward with big punches, while Williams tried to hold and survive. Eventually the onslaught proved to be too much, and referee Benjy Esteves halted the bout 1:37 into the round. At the time of the stoppage, Rosario led 39-37 on two cards, with the third card scored 38-38.

“I wasn’t surprised he was so good,” said Williams. “I told everybody he’s a real fighter. I have to accept it. The cut blurred my vision a little bit but it wasn’t the reason why I lost. He was the better fighter tonight. We’ve got a rematch clause. I’ll see him again soon. I’ll be back.”

Watch Rosario finish Williams in Round 5 here.

The co-main event saw rising star Chris “Prime Time” Colbert (14-0, 5 KOs) drop former champion Jezreel Corrales (23-4, 9 KOs) on his way to a unanimous decision victory that earned him the Interim WBA Super Featherweight Title.

“He is a great fighter,” said Colbert. “People don’t realize that, because he had a bad decision against Ladarius Miller. But he’s a great fighter. He’s very awkward. He’s slick and fast. It was hard to catch him because he was running, but he came to fight. I take my hat off to him.”

The action began tactically, with Colbert trying to figure out the awkward style of the veteran former champion Corrales. Colbert switched from orthodox to southpaw and was able to control the early action despite a slow pace.

“I did my job in there,” said Corrales. “My strategy was to hit and not get hit. I felt like I made him struggle for a lot of the fight. The knockdown wasn’t from being hurt, it was my balance. Our feet got tangled and I lost my balance. I came in here to win. We both did our jobs, but the judges scored his pushing more than his punching.”

Colbert continued to vary up his attack as the fight went on, while Corrales was able to have some success in the middle rounds landing straight lefts to counter his attacking opponent. In round 10 Colbert began to pull away, landing a clean left hook followed by a right hook to the top of the head that put Corrales on a knee.

“I had confidence coming into the fight,” said Colbert. “I knew I was going to dominate the fight and I told you all that before the fight happened. He was running and I was trying to catch him, so I told my corner, let’s have a dog fight. We got 12 rounds. I’m in shape. You see, I didn’t sit down one round. I’m in shape and I came to fight. I wasn’t going to leave without this title.

The 23-year-old from Brooklyn seemed to get stronger as the fight went on and finished the championship rounds impressively, staggering Corrales in the waning moments of the fight to punctuate the performance. Colbert was the victor on all three judges’ cards, by scores of 117-110 twice and 116-111.

“The strategy was to use my jab like I did and try to set up my punches,” said Colbert. “But he’s very awkward and has good distance. Slowly but surely I decided to stop boxing, close the distance and get on him. I knew he couldn’t out throw me, I’m from Brooklyn.”

Watch highlights of Colbert vs. Corrales here and here. Watch the 10th round knockdown here and 11th round action here.

In the FOX PBC Fight Night opener, top super welterweight prospect Joey Spencer (10-0, 7 KOs)remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision over Erik Spring (13-4-2, 1 KO) after six rounds of action.

Fighting from the southpaw stance, Spring looked to land big overhand lefts but was rarely able to catch up to the speedy 19-year-old Spencer. Spencer dominated the action with his speed and by landing big hooks throughout the action.

“I was in there with a cagey, long southpaw,” said Spencer. “To be honest, when a guy is fighting as cagey as he was, it’s really hard for a guy with my style to just pull something out of nothing. He was a real defensive guy.”

Spencer was especially effective sneaking a powerful left hook around Spring’s guard. Spring tried to press the action in the later rounds and force a firefight but Spencer remained patient and picked his spots. Late in round six, a left hook from Spencer sent Spring flying into the ropes, before he was saved from the follow up onslaught by the bell.

“At the end I really just pressed him, said I’m going to finish strong, and hit him with some good shots,” said Spencer. “If I had done that in the first or second round, I would have ended it early. I’m glad to get the six rounds in. Experience is everything. You’re only as good as your next fight. I’m happy to get in there and get some good experience and I did my thing and got the shutout.”

“I was waiting too much,” said Spring. “I thought he would come in and engage more and I was looking counter him but he stayed on the outside. I was more impressed by his speed then his power. He’s a talented fighter but I could have been more effective.”

After six rounds, all three judges saw the fight for Spencer, by the score of 60-54 three times. PBC’s 2019 Prospect of the Year, Spencer will look for another big year in 2020.

“I’m going to stay busy this year,” said Spencer. “I’m going to have a four-fight year. This is one of four. We’re looking to bring some excitement and have some fun.”

Watch Joey Spencer seal his 10th career win with a powerful combo just before the final bell here.

Prior to the main card, FOX PBC Fight Night Prelims on FS1 and FOX Deportes saw Mexico’s Jorge Cota (30-4, 27 KOs) earn a fifth-round stoppage over Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (28-3-1, 10 KOs) 1:22 into their super welterweight bout, when LaManna’s corner advised the ringside doctor to halt the action.

Watch highlights of Jorge Cota’s fifth round stoppage of Thomas LaManna here.

The action also included sensational 17-year-old prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. (4-0, 3 KOs) dominate Preston Wilson (6-4-1, 4 KOs) on his way to a unanimous decision by the score of 40-36 three times in their welterweight matchup.The Prelims opener saw undefeated Romuel Cruz (4-0-1, 2 KOs) score a first round stoppage of Julio Garcia (3-4, 2 KOs) 2:56 into their super bantamweight contest.

DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT’S ACCLAIMED BROADWAY BOXING SERIES DEBUTS IN TORONTO, CANADA, ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, LIVE ON UFC FIGHT PASS

DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT’S ACCLAIMED BROADWAY BOXING SERIES DEBUTS IN TORONTO, CANADA, 

ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, LIVE ON UFC FIGHT PASS

 

STEVE ROLLS HEADLINES IN HIS HOMETOWN VYING FOR THE 

USBA AND NABA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLES

 New York, NY – DiBella Entertainment will debut its acclaimed Broadway Boxing series north of the border on Tuesday, January 28 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Canada. The 113thedition of Broadway Boxing will be live streamed exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, beginning at 9:00pm ET/6:0pm PT. 

 

Presented in association with Lee Baxter Promotions, advance tickets for the Broadway Boxing event start at $50 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster HERE. The Danforth Music Hall is located at 147 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON MAK 1N2, Canada. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:30 p.m. with the first bell 8:00 p.m. For more information on the Danforth Music Hall please visit their website HERE. 

 

“I’m thrilled to work with Lee Baxter and debut the Broadway Boxing series abroad in Toronto,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Following a spirited challenge against Golovkin, Steve Rolls is determined to climb back into the world title picture at 168 pounds and will begin with an impressive victory on January 28, in front of his hometown fans and live on UFC FIGHT PASS. On the undercard, Hershey Normatov continues his rise in the junior middleweight division and light heavyweight contender ‘Hot Rod’ Kalajdzic returns to the ring following his world title challenge last year. Lee will also feature two of his exciting Canadian fighters in the unbeaten welterweight contender Custio Claytan and amateur star Amanda Galle.”

 

Headlining the night’s action, hometown favorite “Mr.” Steve Rolls (19-1, 10 KOs), of Toronto, will battle Shady Gamhour (12-0, 9 KOs), of Pensacola, FL, over 10 rounds for the vacant IBF-USBA and WBA-NABA super middleweight titles. Rolls is returning to battle following his competitive challenge against pound-for-pound great Gennadiy Golovkin on June 8, 2019, at Madison Square Garden, losing the first bout of his nine years as a professional. The 29-year-old Gamhour, a native of Brody, Sweden, trained by four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr., looks to kick off 2020 in style following two stoppage victories last year, which included a fourth-round knockout of Joshua Weems on October 18, 2019, in Columbus, OH. 

 

Co-featured in a scheduled 10-rounder, Custio Clayton (17-0, 11 KOs), of Montreal, Canada, will defend his WBA-NABA welterweight title against Diego “El Chacarero” Ramirez (21-3, 6 KOs), of Santa Fe, Argentina. The 25-year-old Clayton is coming off a stellar 2019, which included a sixth-round stoppage of former world champion DeMarcus Corley and a 10-round decision versus Johan Perez on June 29. Following a five-fight winning streak, the also 25-year-old, upset-minded Ramirez looks to rebound following a hard-fought 10-round decision loss to Maximiliano Veron on November 2, 2019, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This bout is promoted in association with Lee Baxter Promotions. 

 

Junior middleweight prospect Hurshidbek “Hershey” Normatov (9-0, 3 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY, clashes with Uriel “El Muneco” Hernandez (13-5, 7 KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. A native of Uzbekistan where he had a stellar amateur career, accumulating a 190-40 record, the 27-year-old southpaw Normatov hits the ring following an eight-round decision against Walter Wright on August 29, 2019, at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. Hernandez has twice previously ventured up to Canada, taking local undefeated prospects, Jessie Wilcox and Jordan Balmir, the distance in close matches. 

 

Opening the UFC FIGHT PASS broadcast, Amanda Gale (3-0), of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, faces off against Shelly Barnett (4-2-2), of Toronto, CA, in a scheduled eight-round junior featherweight bout. Gale, who was a three-time National champion as an amateur, won all three of her professional bouts in 2019 by four-round unanimous decision. Barnett, a former Canadian bantamweight champion, looks to stop the Gale train, coming off an eight-round split decision loss to Noemi Bosques on September 7, 2019, in Milwaukee, WI. This bout is promoted in association with Lee Baxter Promotions.

 

Light heavyweight contender and former world title challenger “Hot Rod” Radivoje Kalajdzic (24-2, 17 KOs), of St. Petersburg, FL, returns to the ring following his world title challenge against IBF light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev on May 4, 2019, in Stockton, CA, in a bout telecast on ESPN. He will face Juan Carlos Raygosa(15-16-3, 6 KOs), of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in a scheduled eight-round bout at cruiserweight. 

 

Local Toronto favorite Nick Fantauzzi (9-0, 5 KOs) battles Aaron Crawley (6-3, 1KO), of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, in an eight-round light heavyweight clash. 

 

Junior welterweights will see action as undefeated prospect Will Madera (14-0-3, 7 KOs), of Albany, NY, battles heavy-handed veteran Edgar Ramirez (17-15-1, 14 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, in a scheduled six-rounder. 

 

Rounding out the card in a four-round cruiserweight clash, the popular Salar Gholami (3-0, 2 KOs), of Toronto hits the ring against Mateusz Kubiszyn (3-2, 2 KOs), of

Now in its 17thyear, Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House and Gagliardi Insurance.

Yomar “The Magic” Alamo Camp Notes

Yomar “The Magic” Alamo

Camp Notes

Alamo: “I am training in Puerto Rico we are still under the charge of Ivan Calderón with Efrain Roman and my father Armando Alamo plus Ángel Cotto in the physical! As Kendo is a clumsy fighter in the ring, he depends on exerting pressure, not fighting with an opponent that puts pressure on him and hits him hard! We can say that we will do everything in the ring but after that first campaign is what we have to execute we are ready for 20 rounds under pressure thanks to the sparring which Jeyson Vélez has helped me among others! We are ready”

@themagicalamo 🆚 @kendotremendo

Clash of Unbeaten Feb.28 on Boxeo Telemundo

Miami, Florida: All Star Boxing, Inc has announced the 2020 opening series headliner which features it’s traditional Puerto Rico vs Mexico rivalry but with added stakes, WBO #8th ranked NABO champion Yomar “The Magic” Alamo(17-0-1 12 KO’s) puts his undefeated record on the line against also unbeaten WBO #15 ranked Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda(17-0 8 KO’s) of San Antonio, Texas. The bout will be 10 rounds in the super lightweight division with the WBO/NABO title on the line. Alamo will be making his 3rd defense of the Title at Osceola Heritage Park Events Center on February 28th

@allstarboxinginc @royjonesjrboxing @tutozabalajr @keithveltre

#alamocastaneda

Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda Camp Notes

Castaneda: “Training camp is great! Here in San Antonio,Texas at boxers and brawlers as well as Texas strength systems. My thoughts about fighting for the WBO NABO Super Lightweight Title are tremendously positive. I’m at the peak of my career and ready to execute. My thoughts about Alamo is that he’s a well rounded boxer, but lacks the old school aggressiveness that I got. And that’s where I got him”.

@themagicalamo 🆚 @kendotremendo

Clash of Unbeaten Feb.28 on Boxeo Telemundo

Miami, Florida: All Star Boxing, Inc has announced the 2020 opening series headliner which features it’s traditional Puerto Rico vs Mexico rivalry but with added stakes, WBO #8th ranked NABO champion Yomar “The Magic” Alamo(17-0-1 12 KO’s) puts his undefeated record on the line against also unbeaten WBO #15 ranked Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda(17-0 8 KO’s) of San Antonio, Texas. The bout will be 10 rounds in the super lightweight division with the WBO/NABO title on the line. Alamo will be making his 3rd defense of the Title at Osceola Heritage Park Events Center on February 28th

@allstarboxinginc @royjonesjrboxing @tutozabalajr @keithveltre

#alamocastaneda

OLYMPIAN LUIS CABRERA INKS WITH TUTO ZABALA JR.

OLYMPIAN LUIS CABRERA INKS WITH TUTO ZABALA JR.

Miami, Florida: All Star Boxing, Inc has announced the signing of Rio 2016 Venezuelan Olympian Luis Angel Cabrera to a multi-year exclusive agreement. Cabrera, 24, has a decorated amateur background. In 2013, he captured the Gold medal in the Juvenile National Championship, 2014 Gold Medal Men’s National Championship, 2015 Pan American Games Bronze medal, 2016 Rio Olympian, 2017 World Qualifiers Bronze medal, 2018 South America Games Silver Medal and 2019 Pan American Games Bronze Medal.

Cabrera had several notable wins during his illustrious amateur career.  Current top prospect Henry “Moncho” Lebron of Puerto Rico and most notable current IBF World Lightweight Champion Teofimo Lopez during the 2016 Olympic qualifiers finals in Argentina, Both fighters currently signed by Top Rank. 

DEONTAY WILDER VS. TYSON FURY II LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE

Unbeaten WBC Heavyweight Champion Wilder & Undefeated Lineal Heavyweight Champion Fury Preview Highly Anticipated Rematch Taking Place Saturday, February 22 in FOX Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Photo Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions
LOS ANGELES  Unbeaten WBC Heavyweight World ChampionDeontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and undefeated lineal champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury continued their war of words and previewed their much anticipated rematch at a Los Angeles press conference on Monday before they square off Saturday, February 22 in a historic, joint FOX Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. 
 
Wilder vs. Fury II will come 14 months after their thrilling first fight that saw Wilder retain the title via split draw, after Fury miraculously rose from a 12th round knockdown to finish the fight. It is one of the most memorable moments in recent heavyweight history, and on February 22 the two undefeated titans will take their war of words back into the ring to stake their claim as the best heavyweight in the world.
 
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com. The event is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions, Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. A Premier Boxing Champions presentation.
 
The charismatic stars put their magnetic personalities on display at the press conference, each laying claim to a rightful victory in their first contest, while also declaring their intent on finishing the rematch with an emphatic knockout victory. Here is what the press conference participants had to say Monday from The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live:
 
DEONTAY WILDER
 
“It’s great to be back for another big event. This is the biggest title fight of this era for sure and I can’t wait. I’m always in my element. I’m always in the zone. Right now I just can’t wait for February 22.
 
“My body feels like its walking into the sixth week of camp instead of the third week. It’s been amazing to have the quick turnaround after the Ortiz fight in November. I’m coming in shape. I put shape on top of shape and it’s allowed me to prepare even harder for Fury.
 
“We all know in rematches I’m always sharp because I’ve been in there before and I know what my opponent is capable of doing and what they plan on doing. I’m prepared more than ever for this fight.
 
“I knocked him out the first time we fought. I told him two years ago I was going to baptize him. Rising up is part of the baptism. But this a different story. This is unfinished business. Because he’s in WWE I’m going to make sure he gets knocked out of the ring, I might even come down with a flying elbow from the top rope. 
 
“Fury not wanting the rematch me immediately definitely made this fight bigger. We had two warmups. I had a lot more dangerous road than he had though. He played it safe, while I went to the mountain top and climbed it. I’m building for my legacy.
 
“If he beat me, then why all the new trainers? Every day it changes. Firing and hiring. He wants to talk about being out of shape the first time, but he was in great shape. He spent 100,000 pounds on all those camps. I still to this day have the same people with me and I don’t need to change it. 
 
“When you’re facing power there’s no way around it. You can’t prepare for that. You just have to hope that when it lands, it doesn’t do that much damage. He doesn’t even know how he got on the ground or how he got up in the first fight. He’s been dealing with feeling ever since the end of the first fight. 
 
“I’m going to do exactly what I said I would do. I’m going to knock him out. I’m the lion. I’m the king of the jungle. I’m going to rip his head off his body. Everyone sit tight and buckle up. It’s going to be a fun ride on the way to giving everyone the best fight you’ve seen in your lives. 
 
“This is a major fight for the public and everyone should be excited. It doesn’t’ get any better than this. Two giants and two champions, putting it all on the line for everyone’s entertainment. We’re leaving it all in the ring to see who is the king.
 
“There’s so many things that go through my head as I take my time to adjust and time my opponent’s movements. I’m building the data I need to set him up for that perfect punch. There’s a lot of things that come with skills. Not just the average fundamentals. There are a lot of different things and that’s what makes boxing what it is. My ring IQ is very high and that’s how I set them up. I know everything he wants to do. He gave me 100% of him already. 
 
“He believes in his heart that he’ll knock me out. I always teach people to speak it, believe it and receive it. The magic of it all is in the belief. Though he’s saying those things, I don’t feel in his energy that he believes that. I feel like he’s nervous because of what happened the first time. 
 
“I just learned from the first fight that I need to be calmer. I’m going to be a lot more patient in this fight, just like in the second Luis Ortiz fight. The object of boxing is to win, not just to win rounds. And I win in devastating fashion.”
 
TYSON FURY
 
“The consensus is either he knocks me out, or I win on points. Usually when people have that opinion, it goes the opposite way around. Expect him to box and me to be looking for the knockout. 
 
“He thinks I’m going to come out herky-jerky with my famous style, but I want him to meet me in the center of the ring and have a slugfest, best man wins. I didn’t have the gas to finish him in the last fight, but this time I can turn that screwdriver until he’s gone. Let’s make it a Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns type of fight. I’ll meet you Inthe middle of the ring on February 22. Just watch out for the right hand, because you’re going to sleep in two rounds. 
 
“We finally have the rematch and I can’t remember a bigger heavyweight fight in a long time. Maybe Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson was the last big one like this and that was another U.S. vs. U.K. showdown. 
 
“Deontay Wilder hasn’t been returning my calls or messages since I beat him last time. He’s trying to keep his distance. He didn’t want to be around me so I can get in his head. But I don’t think you can really get in anyone’s head. At the end of the end of the day, it’s just talk. It doesn’t really matter what we say. It matters what happens on February 22.
 
“What’s going to happen in this fight is that I’m going to get what I rightfully won last time. I’m going to get the green belt and keep my lineal title. And if he wants to rematch me after, I’ll beat him again. I’ve already beat him once, and I know I can beat him three times in a row. 
 
“I’m going to win, that’s what I do. Deontay Wilder can make all the excuses he wants to make. Everyone on his team can tell him he won that fight, but as a fighting man, you know when you win and lose a fight. I’m going to go out there give him a boxing lesson and knock him out.
 
“You’re never a finished article, you can always improve. I like to keep freshening things up every now and again. I don’t make excuses. I won fair and square and we get to do it again. I’m ready for a fight today. 
 
“I’m the best of my era and I took that title from Wladimir Klitschko. Nobody disputed he was the best and I took that from him, until someone beats me, that’s my title.
 
“He’s going to try to and the right hand. If I’m stupid enough to get hit with it, I deserve to lose. I hit the floor twice in the first fight, but it’s all about how you respond, I’m a fighting man. If he can’t finish me, I’m going to eat him up.
 
“I’m looking for a knockout. That’s why I hired Sugarhill. He gets you to sit down on that big right hand. That’s what I’m looking for. There’s the game plan. If I wasn’t looking for a knockout, I would have sharpened up what I did in the last fight. I’m not coming for that. I’m looking for my 21st knockout. 
 
“When I get him in there again, I’m going to make him feel the fury. I’ve never been as sure of anything in my whole life. As sure as I was this morning putting this suit on. 100 percent he can’t win He’s got a puncher’s chance like anyone else. I’m much sharper and more fit now. I’m ready to rumble right now. I hope he train hard and goes to bed sleeping thinking about me.”
 
TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
 
On February 22, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, it’s going to be bombs away. We have two superstars here. The best two heavyweights in the world. Both fighters are going to show a lot of passion at this press conference and all the way leading up to this fight because there is so much at stake.
 
“These are the best in boxing. There is nothing like a big heavyweight championship fight. We have the undefeated hardest punching, the most feared heavyweight in the world and I believe one of the all-time great heavyweights in Deontay Wilder. 
 
“There is a reason Fury and his team didn’t want the immediate rematch right after the first fight. He’s taken a couple of tune-up fights instead because he felt that power on December 1. That’s not going to change this time, he can just ask Luis Ortiz.
 
I was lucky enough to promote the first fight and I believe we have something special in this rematch. I look forward to a fantastic fight on February 22 and we’ll see everyone there.”
 
TODD DUBOEF, President of Top Rank
 
“We talk about boxing having a renaissance, but it’s really about the heavyweight division. That’s what is going to create that renaissance more than anything right now. 
 
“Tyson is so true, so gritty and he backs it up with everything he does. When you combine it with Deontay Wilder, you have two great personalities. This is really the beginning of the next super heavyweight run for the sport of boxing.”
 
SUGARHILL STEWARD, Fury’s Trainer
 
“This fight here is one of those fights that you don’t want to miss. The first one was one not to miss as well and I’m sure you all watched the replay. You have two great champions here going at each other. Both fighters left the ring still undefeated last time and still wanting to settle the store. On February 22, the score will be settled.
 
“The heavyweight division is still the biggest and most powerful division in boxing. It always will be. Everyone wants to see the fighters throwing the big blows. Wilder is one of the hardest hitters in history and Tyson is one of the best boxers. I’m happy to be training. with Tyson Fury. It’s been about 10 years since we trained together. He trained with me and Emanuel Steward and I’m here to complete what Emmanuel started.”
 
 
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Smith, Jr. Gets The Victory Over Hart.

Report by: Damon Gonzalez

Photo credits: Kenny Ludwig

Atlantic City, N.J. – Philadelphia’s Jesse Hart wanted revenge. Joe Smith Jr. didn’t let that happen.

Smith, who knocked out Hart’s mentor and fellow Philly pugilist Bernard Hopkins in 2016, was dominant but had to settle for a split decision in the Top Rank on ESPN main event in front of 3,415 fans at Etess Arena at Hard Rock Live. While it appeared to be a clear decision for Smith, one judge scored the bout 95-94 for Hart, while Smith prevailed on the other cards by scores of 98-91 and 97-92.

Steven “SO Cold” Nelson (16-0, 12 KOs) from Omaha, Nebraska scores a eighth round TKO at 1:44 seconds over tough Cem Kilic (14-1, 9 KOs) from Los Angeles, CA.

lightweight Joseph Adorno (14-0-1, 12 KOs) and Hector Garcia (14-7-4, 8 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 77-75 Adorno, 77-75 Garcia, 76-76. Adorno was a 34:1 favorite.

Undefeated heavyweight Sonny Conto (6-0, 5 KOs) from Philadelphia, PA. made easy work by finishing off Curtis Head (5-4, 3 KOs) from Inkster, Michigan at the 2:08 second mark of the opening round by KO victory for Conto.

Super middleweight Chris “The Sandman” Thomas (14-1-1, 9 KOs) from Beachwood, N.J. waisted no time hitting Samir Barbosa (37-17-3, 26 KOs) from Rio Grande, Brazil with hard shots keeping the pressure on him as the referee seen enough calling a stop to the contest at the official time of .47 seconds of round one Thomas winning by TKO victory.

Super bantamweight Jeremy Adorno (4-0, 1 KO) from Allentown, PA. scored a 4 round unanimous decision over Fernando Ibarra (2-3, 0 KOs) from Cincinnati, OH. Adorno floored Ibarra in round 2 clearly dominated the fight leading up to the Judges official scores 45-35 3x for Adorno.

Welterweight Shinard Bunch (6-1, 5 KOs) from Trenton, New Jersey scored a sixth round TKO over Dennis Okoth (4-3-1, 2 KOs) from Siaya, Kenya.

Welterweight rising star Xander Zayas (3-0, 2 KO) scores a 4 round unanimous decision over Corey Champion (1-2, 1 KO). Scores were 40-36, 40-36, 40-35. First time going the full distance for Zayas.

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Light Heavyweight Jesse Hart (26-2, 21 KO’s) from Philadelphia, PA. will collide against Joe Smith (24-3, 20 KO’s) from Long Island, NY. on Saturday January 11, 2020 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ. Live on ESPN Presented by Top Rank, Inc. & Peltz Boxing.

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