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Monday, October 31, 2011

No Cancun Vacation for Peter 'Kid Chocolate' Quillin

Fighting Scotsman Craig McEwan Saturday night on HBO

By: Bob Trieger, Full Court Press

LOS ANGELES (October 31, 2011) - Undefeated middleweight contender Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs) breaks his Los Angeles training camp Wednesday to depart for Cancun, not for a vacation but to fight live on HBO for the first time, Saturday night against Scottish southpaw Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs) in Cancun, Mexico.

Quillin-McEwan is the co-feature on a Golden Boy Promotions card headlined by Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland.

"I took off about a week after my last fight and have been training ever since, even after working with Team USA at the Olympic Team training camp in Colorado Springs, during the short time I was back in New York City," Quillin said. "It's been a great camp. My old buddy from Brooklyn, Sechew Powell, has been here with me in Los Angeles. We didn't spar but, almost equally important; we talked a lot of boxing. He told me nothing else matters, to just focus on the biggest fight of my life. He's been very supportive and it was fantastic having a friend like him around during camp. He kept me up in this atmosphere.

"My mother cooked for me and my manager, John Seip, came out to visit me. Freddie Roach had a lot of input into my training and game plan for this fight. He won't be in my corner, though, because he's with Manny Pacquiao getting ready for his fight a week after mine. I'll be in good hands once again with trainer Eric Brown. I'm only fighting one night without Freddie, just one night, but Freddie, Eric and Brad work as a team for the 'Chocolate Factory.' We trust and believe in each other in order to get the maximum out of each workout."

Quillin's average week during his six-week training camp included sparring at Roach's famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as strength-and-conditioning work Tuesday and Thursday with coach Brad Bose at Anatomi in Santa Monica, along with daily runs (no less than 4 miles), including one (5-8 miles) strictly dedicated to hill work.

The 28-year-old Quillin, presently rated No. 7 by the World Boxing Association, sparred with Vanes Mirtirosyan, Ronson Frank, Michael Medina and Malic Basille. "I only sparred with Vanes a little because he was getting ready for his fight this past weekend," Quillin remarked. "Ronson gave me some good rounds and Basille's a good lefty. I was doing 12 rounds with 3-4 different guys rotating in and out. In addition to sparring at Wild Card, I also did a lot of pads, heavy bag, and other work there on my technique and strategy for this fight. I've been working on a machine that's like a stair climber but you use your legs and arms. One hundred steps a minute is great for my wind. The Vortex is a torture machine Brad has for punch resistance, 100 punches in 30 seconds, and then 100 punches going side to side. Basically, it's 90 minutes of straight pain."

McEwan used to be trained by Roach at Wild Card Gym and that knowledge of his opponent is invaluable to "Kid Chocolate" and his team. "I know McEwan is going to put up a hard, tough fight," Quillin continued. "I'm mentally prepared to take it up another notch. I know I've put in a lot of hard work for this fight and an impressive win against McEwan on HBO will get me closer to my ultimate goal of fighting for a world title fight.

"Freddie knows Craig. They were together for a few years and we have a solid game plan based on what Freddie knows. We sparred a few times. McEwan knows about me and my work ethic, but we know a lot more about him. He's coming off of his only loss (stopped in 10th round by Andy Lee), so he's fighting me with something to prove. I've always been able to adjust during a fight. I am prepared and will adjust against McEwan, doing whatever it takes to win and do it impressively."

For more information about Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin go online to www.TheKidChocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @/Kid Chocolate.

World Boxing Champion John 'The Quietman' Ruiz Subject of Children's Book 'Hooks & Jabs'


By: Bob Trieger, Full Court Press

MEDFORD, Mass. (October 31, 2011) - Two-time World Boxing Association ("WBA") heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz is the subject of a bi-lingual, children's book, Hooks & Jabs, which was written by Jose-Gabriel Almeida and illustrated by Jan Michaelsy.

Ruiz, who is the first and only Hispanic Heavyweight Champion of the World, wanted to tell his story; detailing the overwhelming odds he conquered to become world champion, in order to inspire children, particularly Hispanics, at an early age.

Ruiz has lived by the credo, "Follow Your Dreams," fighting his way out of a housing project in Chelsea, Massachusetts to capture one of the most prestigious individual awards in sports.

"I wanted to give kids a sense that, if they believe in themselves, they can aim high and achieve their goals," Ruiz explained. "I wanted to send this message in a way that fascinated kids. I first pitched this idea to Gladys Rosa, a personal friend who has worked in public relations with some of the biggest names in boxing for many years. I met Jose 10 years ago at a press conference and we've remained friends ever since. He has written several children's books and is a sports fanatic.

"We sent emails back and forth to each other about different scenarios until we came up with this version of Hooks & Jabs. I am Puerto Rican and have a large Hispanic following, which is I why I insisted that the book was published in a bilingual format. I wanted to reach kids from my culture. As a started researching publishing houses, I soon realized that it's an over saturated process with a lot of red tape. I didn't want to deal with publishing people who had different points of view about how my story had to be told, so I decided to self-publish my book, and I'm very glad I did. I'm very proud of this project because it's 100-percent real. This is my story, my book, and I own all rights."

Ruiz has retired from the ring but remains tied to boxing as an owner/chief instructor of recently opened Quietman Sports Gym, inside of Gold's Gym in Medford (4000 Mystic Valley Parkway), which is a suburb of Boston and only a few miles from where John grew-up in Chelsea.

Quietman Sports Gym is a full-contact gym, featuring a boxing ring as well as a cage for MMA, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai fighting. The gym also offers boxing and full-contact fighting classes, personal and semi-private instruction, self defense classes, and white collar boxing.

Future plans call for Quietman Sports Gym to become a sanctioned USA Boxing gym, where John plans to develop future Olympians. Ruiz also wants to become a boxing and MMA promoter - professional and amateur - and he has already started a boxing consulting agency, Quietman Sports, along with his longtime attorney and advisor, Boston Attorney Anthony M. Cardinale.

The 39-year-old Ruiz, who lives in Las Vegas and Chelsea, retired with a professional record of 44-9-1 (30 KOs), including 12 world title fights.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

MANSOUR CRYING WOLF? ISSUES CHALLENGE TO PRICE THEN BACKS DOWN


New York, NY (10/28/2011) - Earlier this week, heavyweight contender Amir Mansour (15-0, 11KO's), in search of an opponent for his upcoming bout on December 2nd in his home state of Delaware, reached out to DiBella Entertainment to see if their undefeated heavyweight, Kelvin Price (12-0, 6KO's), would be interested in facing the self-proclamined "feared" heavyweight. Price accepted the offer without any hesitation only to be informed the following day that Mansour was no longer interested in the fight.

"I mean no disrespect to Mansour, but I don't know what happened here," said Price. "This guy goes around saying how no one will fight him, everyone fears him, but as soon as I was contacted about the fight, I said, 'let's get it on,' and then the next day he says he doesn't want it anymore. That just makes no sense to me. I was willing to go into his backyard and put my undefeated record on the line. I'm a former basketball player that started boxing extremely late, and I can't get a fight from these so-called beasts in the boxing game. If you're not willing to compete or prove yourself then just shut up with the propaganda!"

Friday, October 28, 2011

MAYWEATHER VS. ORTIZ RECORDS SECOND HIGHEST NON-HEAVYWEIGHT PAY-PER-VIEW GROSS EARNINGS IN BOXING HISTORY

LAS VEGAS (October 28) - Floyd Mayweather puts more meaning to his ring name "Money" every time he fights. With early pay-per-view numbers counted and confirmed, the pugilist's recent STARPOWER fight against Victor Ortiz generated buys from 1.25 million homes with a value of $78,440,000 dollars in pay-per-view revenue. These numbers make the event the second highest grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view event of all time.

With another successful pay-per-view event under his belt, Mayweather continues his reign as the biggest and most lucrative attraction in the sport. He has now appeared in the three biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view events in the sport's history, including Mayweather vs. Oscar de la Hoya ($136,853,700), Mayweather vs. Ortiz ($78,440,000 million) and Mayweather vs. Sugar Shane Mosley ($78,330,000 million).

"My motto is 'hard work and dedication' and I have shown this throughout my entire career, which has allowed me to go out and perform each time I step in the ring," said Mayweather. "I give the fans everything I have with the best competition and exciting fights. I must be doing something right as they keep buying my fights and I appreciate their tremendous support. It feels good to be able to generate such a great interest in the sport."

"Every time Floyd steps into the ring, he reminds us that he is the greatest fighter in the sport today and certainly its biggest star." said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions. "The financial success of his fight with Victor Ortiz reinforces Floyd's position in the sport as iconic and he should be appreciated for bringing all of this attention and good fortune to the sport. His pay-per-view success is staggering and the history books will reflect this impact."

"STARPOWER showed again why they call him "MONEY" Mayweather," said Richard Schaefer, CEO Golden Boy Promotions. "When it comes to pay-per-view, Floyd is clearly in a league of his own. Not only does he now hold the record for the top three grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view events, but he also holds the record for the single biggest pay-per-view event of all time. I am excited to continue to break records with Floyd and his Money Team, because records are made to be broken!"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

TICKETS FOR DECEMBER 10 "CAPITAL SHOWDOWN: KHAN VS. PETERSON" GO ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28


Washington, DC (October 26) - Tickets for "Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson" go on sale Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Big-time boxing's return to our nation's capital has created a buzz amongst sports fans ready to see the Unified Super Lightweight Champion Amir "King" Khan defend his titles against the No. 1-rated IBF Contender Lamont Peterson on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Plus, Brandywine, Maryland's undefeated top heavyweight contender and former Michigan State University standout linebacker Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell and Lamont's brother and top lightweight contender Anthony Peterson will be featured in separate fights.

Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25, go on sale Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or by purchasing them online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available for purchase by calling 0800 555 666.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

AUSTIN TROUT TO DEFEND WBA SUPER WELTERWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST FRANK LOPORTO ON SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION

(PRESS RELEASE)

Tripleheader Begins LIVE at 11:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 11, on SHOWTIME®

From Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas

NEW YORK (Oct. 25, 2011) - Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout will defend against Frank LoPorto on Friday, Nov. 11, in the main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11:05 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas.

The 12-round championship bout will be the second title defense for Trout (23-0, 13 KOs), of Las Cruces, N.M., and the U.S. debut for LoPorto (15-4, 7 KOs), of Victoria, Australia.

In the ShoBox co-featured fights, undefeated prospect Jonathan Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KOs), of Puerto Rico, will face Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KOs), of Philadelphia, in a 10-round junior middleweight bout and Michael Oliveira (15-0, 12 KOs), of Miami, Fla., will face an opponent to be announced in an eight-round middleweight bout.

The tripleheader will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions.

The 26-year-old Trout won the vacant 154-pound title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Rigoberto Alvarez, the older brother of World Boxing Council (WBC) light middleweight champ, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, on Feb. 5, 2011, in Mexico.

A slick southpaw, the 2004 U.S. National Amateur Welterweight Champion, again traveled to Mexico for his first defense, registering another dominant unanimous decision, over David Lopez.

LoPorto has fought all of his fights in Australia and New Zealand. The 33-year-old has rattled off three consecutive victories since his last loss against former world title challenger Daniel Dawson on Oct. 9, 2010.

The fast-rising, 22-year-old Gonzalez was a member of the 2008 Puerto Rican Olympic team. Eleven of the well-rounded Gonzalez knockouts have come within three rounds and he has only gone past the sixth twice in his career. Gonzalez, who is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Richard Gutierrez on June 11 on ShoBox, is the No. 9-ranked contender in the WBA.

The 25-year-old Rosado has won four consecutive bouts since he lost to Derek Ennis in July 2010. Rosado, who has fought top prospects Fernando Guerrero and Alfredo Angulo, is far more experienced than Gonzalez and has gone 12 rounds twice in his career.

The hard-hitting Oliveira was born in Brazil but fights out of Miami and trains with Glen "The Road Warrior" Johnson at Thump Fight Gym. The 21-year-old has knocked out five of his last six opponents and is now the No. 15th-ranked middleweight by the WBC.

Curt Menefee will call the action alongside ringside analyst Steve Farhood and boxing expert Antonio Tarver. The executive producer is Gordon Hall, with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thomas Dulorme Shines In Panama

PANAMA CITY, Panama (Oct. 23, 2011) - Undefeated Puerto Rican boxer Thomas Dulorme improved his record to (13-0, 10 KO's) with a dominating, nine-round unanimous decision last night against world title contender Charlie Jose Navarro (20-5, 15 KO's), at Roberto Duran Arena in Panama. The judges scored the bout 89-81, 89-81 and 90-80, all in favor of Dulorme.

Dulorme was in control of the fight from start to finish. He showed his guts and courage against an opponent who did not yield to the attack. Dulorme won the fight by relying on his speed and combinations versus the Venezuelan.

"I feel really well and thrilled with the achievement," Duloreme said. "Navarro is a great fighter and I feel like I beat the world champion because I saw his fight with Senchenko (reigning WBA champion) and that was close. This experience will help me improve a lot and achieve my goals in boxing," said Dulorme, who is promoted by Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment.

Thomas set the pace from the opening bell, using his jab and keeping a distance, which proved to be of great help as he landed various flurries of combinations in the first two rounds. In the third, Dulorme's offensive began to flow as he attacked Navarro's body, displaying his superior boxing skills from a distance.

From the fourth round on, Dulorme completely dominated Navarro, who had serious problems working against the speed of the Puerto Rican. Thomas demonstrated knowledge beyond his actual experience in professional boxing. His jab and speed were factors in their comprehensive victory.

With his victory against Navarro, Dulorme kept his unbeaten record intact, successfully defending his NABA welterweight title.

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