Banner Promotions Signs Junior Welterweight Jamshidbek Najmitdinov to a Co-Promotional Deal

Philadelphia, Pa. – Banner Promotions is pleased to announce to the signing of top junior welterweight prospect Jamshidbek Najmitdinov (14-1, 11 KOs) to a co-promotional deal with Uprising Promotions.
Najmitdinov of of Yashkent, Uzbekistan is looking forward to getting started and moving up the ranks of the 140-pound division.
“I am very pleased to able to sign Jamshidbek, and to work with Ronson Frank and his company, Uprising Promotions.  Jamshidbek is a very talented fighter who is television friendly, and we feel has the capability to be a real player in the 140 pound division, I saw his fight with Postol, and he won that fight in my opinion.  He should have been credited with three knockdowns, but only got one.  He is undefeated an fighter in my mind. ” said Banner Promotions President Artie Pelullo.
“I am very happy to sign with Banner Promotions.  I am looking forward to fighting in America.  Fans will love my style, as i try to take after Roy Jones and Manny Pacquiao.   I was inspired by with my countryman Murodjon Akhmadliev who won the unified super bantamweight world championship.  I been getting good sparring with (IBF Number-one ranked welterweight) Kudratillo Abdukakhorov,” said Najmitdinov.
“We are very excited to work with Banner Promotions.  Artie Pelullo has been in the game a long time and has the ability to help get Jamshidbek to the highest level.  He is very talented fighter with one disputed loss to a world champion. we are excited for this partnership that will create a lot of opportunities to be seen nationally on all the major platforms out there,” said Ronson Frank, President of Uprising Promotions.
Najmitdinov on July 25, 2013 with a unanimous decision over Botir Nosirov.  Najmitdinov won his first nine bouts before facing former world champion Viktor Postol.
That bout, which took place on September 16, 2017 saw Jamshidbek drop Postol three times but was denied those two of  the knockdowns, due to Postol fighting in front of his home-country fans.  Jamshidbek pushed the action, and established himself as one of the top-140 pounders in the world.  Since that fight, Jamshidebek has won five in a row, which includes his last bout when he won the WBC CIS and Slovac titles with a 1st round stoppage over Giorgi Khutsishvili on October 6th in Uzbekistan. 
“Against Postol, it was a fight that I took on short notice.  I wasn’t in the best of shape.  I want to fight him again.  I hope that he beats Jose Ramirez, because I want to fight him for the world championship when I get the rematch.  I just want to tell my fans, that the best is yet to come from me, and I am looking forward to getting started in the United States,” said Najmitdinov.

Jaime Arboleda Earns Split-Decision Victory Against Jayson Velez In WBA Super Featherweight Title Eliminator

Jaime Arboleda Earns Split-Decision Victory Against Jayson Velez In WBA Super Featherweight Title Eliminator

Allentown, PA – In the telecast opener on Showtime Boxing, Jaime Arboleda survived a knockdown to win an excellent action fight by narrow split-decision over Jayson Veléz in a WBA Super Featherweight Title eliminator. The scores were 115-112 for Velez and 114-113 twice for Arboleda.

The 12-round, 130-pound offensive slugfest saw more than 1,800-plus punches thrown-including more than 500 landed-with Velez picking up the action in the championship rounds. In the 12th, Velez connected with just over a minute left to send Arboleda to the canvas for the lone knockdown of the bout.

The 25-year-old Arboleda (16-1, 13 KOs) from Curundu, Panama, was fighting in the U.S. for the third time in his career. He had never been past nine rounds until tonight and won his sixth consecutive bout.

Photo from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Holyfield wins with a Bang!!

Daytona Beach, Florida – Super Welterweight Evan ‘Yung Holy’ Holyfield (3-0, 3 KO’s) punches Travis Nero from Norman, Oklahoma ending his night dropping him three times ending the contest at a the official time 1:22 seconds of the opening stanza during their boxing match last night at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona on February 8, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Presented by Christy Martin Promotions.


Photo by Alex Menendez



Report: Damon Gonzalez/Latinbox Sports

Gary Russell, Jr Beats Nyambayar In Title Defense

Report: Damon Gonzalez

Photos: Showtime Boxing

Allentown, PA – Gary Russell Jr. retains the WBC featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Tugstsogt Nyambayar. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 118-110.

Russell, Jr. Lightning hand speed in the opening round, Nyambayar

not making any adjustments early on in the round.

Nyambayar looks confused in there, Russell,Jr. Controlling the pace of the fight tee-off on Nyambayar at the end of three.

Somebody in Allentown needs to tell Nyambayar he’s in a fight…. It has been all Russelll,Jr. As expected at the end of four rounds.

Nyambayar taking risk in round six trying to cut the ring on the quicker Russell,Jr. stepping out of Nyambayar range popping that jab in his face midway through the fight.

Nyambayar landing good shots to the body of Russell,Jr. in round eight fighting in spots, Russell,Jr. continues to punch with both hands and have his way with Nyambayar, SPEED KILLS…

Woah…Nyambayar campaigning a hard round nine and ten, giving Russell,Jr. a few problems as he response with great shots of his own as Nyambayar making it interesting late in the fight.

Too me Russell,Jr. Is fun to watch blasting Nyambayar with multiple shots in round eleven, Nyambayar just gave up too many rounds early in the fight.




New York, NY – DiBella Entertainment has a busy weekend ahead, headlined by “Merciless” Mary McGee defending her IBF Junior Welterweight world title for the first time tomorrow night, February 8, near her hometown of Gary, IN, at the Civic Center, in Hammond, IN.

McGee (26-3, 14 KOs) will battle Deanha “The Silencer” Hobbs (8-1, 5 KO), of Queensland, Australia, in the 10-round main event. She won the vacant world title on December 5, 2019, with a 10th-round stoppage of Ana Laura Esteche on Broadway Boxing in New York City. Hobbs is coming off of the first loss of her four-year professional career, a 10-round decision to then-WBO Super Lightweight world champion Christina Linardatou on June 7, 2019, in Athens, Greece.

Christina “Medusa” Linardatou (12-2, 6 KOs), of Athens, Greece, will compete in a scheduled 10-round bout against Prisca “die Kriegerin” Vicot (11-6, 2 KOs), of England. In a hotly contested world championship battle, Linardatou lost her title by decision to Katie Taylor on November 2, 2019, in Manchester, England. Vicot is riding a two-bout winning streak, most recently defeating Olena Medvedenko via unanimous decision, on July 6, 2019, in Vienna, Austria.

Also featured on the card in Hammond, IN, 2016 US Olympian Charles Conwell (11-0, 8 KOs), of Cleveland, OH, faces Ramses “El Faraon” Agaton (22-11-3, 12 KOs), of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, over eight rounds. The 22-year-old Conwell is returning to the ring for the first time since his victory against Patrick Day on October 12, 2019, in Chicago, IL. Tragically, Day passed away from injuries incurred during the bout four days later. A professional for 10 years, the 29-year-old Agaton is coming off of a fourth-round knockout of Victor Marquez on December 28, 2019, in Mexico.

In a scheduled six-rounder in Hammond, IN, undefeated middleweight prospect Isaiah Steen (13-0, 10 KOs), of Cleveland, OH, a training partner of Conwell’s, faces Kenneth “The Cannon” Council (10-3-1, 8 KOs), of Knoxville, TN. Fighting for the first time this year, the 23-year-old Steen hits the ring following an eight-round decision against Gorjan Slaveski on August 16, 2019, in Columbus, OH. Council looks to rebound from a hard-fought six-round split decision loss to undefeated Anthony Barnes on October 11, 2019, in Warren, MI.

Also, on Saturday night in Daytona Beach, FL, 2016 Olympian Juan Carlos Carrillo (2-0, 1 KO), of Barranquilla, Colombia, continues his ascent in the professional ranks, facing Ben Williams (1-2), of Benton Harbor, MI, in a scheduled six-round light heavyweight clash. The 27-year-old Carrillo, who represented Colombia at the Rio Olympics, compiled an impressive 388-23 amateur record, winning gold at the 2012 Colombian National Games, 2012 Pacific Cup Tournament, 2011 Colombian National Championships, 2010 Colombian Youth National Championships, and silver at the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games. He won his first two professional bouts in dominant fashion last year and looks toward a busy 2020. The event at the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach, FL, is promoted by women’s boxing legend and 2020 Hall-of-Fame Inductee Christy Martin.

In Vienna, Virginia, at Tysons Playground, heavyweight contender Mike Balogun (15-0, 11 KOs), of Upper Marlboro, MD, battles Bosnian Adnan Buharalija, of Norcross, Georgia, in a scheduled eight-rounder. A former college football standout for the Oklahoma Sooners who also played in the NFL, Balogun will be making his first start of 2020 after four victories last year, two by first-round knockout.

Rounding out the weekend for DiBella Entertainment, top lightweight contender Jon Fernandez (20-1, 17 KOs) fights at home on Saturday night in Bilbao, Spain, against Robin Zamora (15-7, 8 KOs), of Managua, Nicaragua, in a scheduled eight-rounder. Co-promoted by boxing legend Sergio Martinez’ Maravilla Promotions, the 24-year-old Fernandez has won four fights in a row since his only loss to O’Shaquie Foster in September 2018. The 21-year-old Zamora has won two of his last three starts by knockout.


WBC Featherweight Champion Russell Takes On Unbeaten Contender Nyambayar & Former Champions Guillermo Rigondeaux & Liborio Solis Battle for Vacant Bantamweight Title Live on SHOWTIME This Saturday, February 8
in Premier Boxing Champions Event in PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
ALLENTOWN, PA.  WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. and unbeaten mandatory challenger Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar went face-to-face at a final press conference Thursday before they headline action live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, February 8 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The press conference also featured former champions Guillermo Rigondeaux and Liborio Solis, who battle in the co-main event for the vacant WBA Lightweight Title, plus Jaime Arboleda and Jayson Velez, who compete in a 12-round WBA Super Featherweight Title eliminator to open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Kings Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased through (direct link HERE).  
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from the Renaissance Allentown Hotel:
“We had a great training camp. I have my younger brothers on the card with me and in camp, pushing me every day. We’re ready, focused and hungry.
“Tug will be the best he possibly can be because he knows he’s facing one of the best fighters in the world. He has everything to gain and nothing to lose. He’s going to leave it all on the line.
“I think Tug is a lot more technically sound than a lot of the guys who I have competed against. He’s another guy with everything to gain and nothing to lose, so I’m anticipating a tough fight. 
“If it were up to me, I’d be facing Leo Santa Cruz or Gervonta Davis, but this is what I have to face. I’m here to defend my title in style once again. 
“It’s amazing to watch my younger brothers and to have them on the same card. I’m excited to work their corners. There’s never been a set of three brothers to become world champions, and I think we’ll do that real soon. They’re both extremely talented and hungry. I expect them to be better than me by the time they’re at this point in their careers.
“I was the first fighter to turn pro on ShoBox, and I went on to win my title on SHOWTIME. The fact that we’re still doing it now speaks wonders. I work great with their team and I’m grateful to be in this position. 
“You should expect to see what you always see with me. Boxing at its best. A great deal of ring generalship. Good boxing IQ. Hand speed. Punching power. The total package as a fighter. As a matter of fact, I’m trying to figure out why I’m not on the pound for pound list given all of that. That’s an issue.
“I’m very excited for this fight. It’s going to be a good fight for the fans. Gary Russell Jr. is a great champion, but watch on Saturday night, when I become the new featherweight world champion. 
“I just have to be better than Gary Russell on Saturday night. The past experience won’t matter. If he thinks I’m too inexperienced for this fight, he is going to be in for a surprise Saturday. 
“I know that I’m the underdog, but that doesn’t affect me. I don’t care if I’m the favorite or the underdog. 
“I’m not worried about any ring rust. I’ve worked so hard in the ring during training camp to make sure I’m the best I’ve ever been. 
“Working with Ismael Salas has been very good for me and I think it’s taken me to another level in my career. All of skills, all of my power and speed, it will all be with me on Saturday. I just have to put it together for my best performance. 
“I’m very ready for this fight. I want to be the first WBC featherweight champion in history from Mongolia. I’m ready, you just need to watch on Saturday.”
“Bantamweight is my division. I have no issues making that weight. I want to thank my team for getting me prepared and getting me to this position. All that’s left is to fight Saturday night. 
“I want to also thank Ronnie Shields for how he has prepared me for this fight. It’s been a great training camp and I can’t wait to step into the ring and become champion again.
“I feel 100% and I believe that bantamweight has always been my best weight. I did well at 122 pounds, so i stayed there. My plan now is to dominate this division.
“Me and Ronnie Shields have great chemistry and worked well together. Ronnie is a great trainer and I’m looking forward to a long run that we’re going to have together. 
“I’m going to be phenomenal in the ring. I’m going to unify 118 pounds just like I did at 122 pounds. I’m excited to get started.
“My strategy will depend on the fight that Solis brings. I’m a veteran in this sport, dating back to the amateurs, so I’m used to seeing so many different styles. I’m to fight the way that gives me the best chance to win.”
“Thank you very much to my team who has backed me and supported me leading up to this fight. I’m very grateful for this opportunity. My opponent has been a great champion and I’m very excited to be here to fight him.
“This is obviously going to be a great fight. I’m a warrior who always comes to fight. He can pick his strategy however he wants. But I just want to get in there and put my skills on display.
I was already a champion in one division and I had a fight taken on the scorecards at bantamweight, or else i would already be a two-division champion. 
“Saturday is going to be different than my last fights. Both me and Guillermo give our heart and soul and we’re going to fight until the best man wins. I’m not leaving that ring without a championship. 
“I’m going to come with everything on Saturday. I come to fight and I come to win. I’m sure Guillermo is the same. The difference will be my determination to win this fight. 
“I don’t think anyone’s weight or which division we fought at in the past will be an advantage. I’m sure he could have always fought at 118. The person with the advantage is who wants it more.”
“I want to thank all the great champions up on this stage and everyone on my team who made this fight happen. This opportunity has been a long time coming and I’ve been preparing hard to make the most out of it. 
“On Saturday, I’m very confident that this is going to be a great fight and end in a knockout. I’m prepared and I know that I’m going to win.
“This is a great chance to get one step closer to my dream of becoming a world champion. I know what I have to do and I’ve prepared every day to make sure that I fight my best on Saturday night. 
“We have a lot of respect for each other and we’re looking forward to Saturday night. Don’t miss this card because it’s going to be action packed from start to finish.”
“I’m happy to be here again and back in a big fight. My last time fighting on SHOWTIME was in 2012 and I’m very thankful for this opportunity to compete on this stage once again.
“I’m blessed to be able to do what I do every day. I’ve fought professionally since 2007. This is the dream that every boxer has. When I win on Saturday, I’ll be the mandatory for the belt and that’s the opportunity that I want. 
“I’ve been training hard for this fight and I’m ready. I’ve won three fights in a row heading into a great fight between two hungry fighters. We want to add each other to our record and I believe that this fight is ending in knockout.
“Don’t miss this fight because this is going to be great. There’s going to be a lot of action. Every time I step into the ring, win or lose, I will leave everything in there. I fight with my heart and I fight for Puerto Rico.”
Russell vs. Nyambayar will see WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. defend his 126-pound crown against unbeaten mandatory challenger Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, February 8 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will see former world champions Guillermo Rigondeaux and Liborio Solís battle for the vacant WBA Bantamweight World Title in the co-main event, plus Jaime Arboleda meeting Jayson Vélez in a 12-round WBA Super Featherweight Title eliminator bout opening the telecast. 

Olympians added to Boxeo Telemundo 2020 Miami Premiere

Miami, Florida: All Star Boxing, Inc just announced that 2x Olympic Gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba will make he Miami debut on Feb 21st on Boxeo Telemundo. Ramirez had a set back in his pro debut but has bounced back since and is looking forward to showcasing his talent in front of a strong Cuban American fan base in Miami.

Ramirez is scheduled for 6 rounds against Rafael Morales of Laredo Texas.

Also Rio Olympian and 2019 Pan Am Games Bronze medalist Luis Cabrera of Venezuela will be making his pro debut after he opted to by pass Tokyo 2020 and ink a long term deal with All Star Boxing,Inc. Cabrera is scheduled to debut at 6 rounds with an opponent to be determined.

Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr President of All Star Boxing, Inc stated

“We are excited to have 2 Olympians fighting on Boxeo Telemundo on the same night, one is from Cuba and the other from Venezuela, two very strong communities here in Miami”.

Tickets are on sale now through eventbrite, click below.

Bomba Gonzalez vs Baby Juarez will be the main event on Telemundo at 11:35pm check your local listing