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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Viloria vs. Segura PPV Promo Spot

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Island Assault 3

Brian Viloria vs. Giovani Segura
WBO Flyweight Championship
Metro Manila, Philippines ● Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011
Live on Pay Per View - 8:00 PM/ET 11:00PM/PT
Integrated Sports Media Distributing 'Island Assault 3'
Viloria vs. Segura PPV Saturday night Live from Philippines

By: Bob Trieger, Full Court Press

HOBOKEN, NJ (December 6 2011) -- Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the Saturday night "Island Assault 3," featuring the World Boxing Organization ("WBO") Flyweight Championship between defending champion Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria and challenger Giovani "El Guerrero Azteca" Segura, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

"Island Assault 3," presented by Zanfer Promotions and Saved by the Bell Promotions, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 8:00 PM/ET - 11:00 PM/PT on satellite pay-per-view via DISH Network , for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. Availability via on-line PPV will be announced shortly.

"We're looking forward to bringing this action-packed card, headlined by two of the best lighter weight fighters in the world, Viloria and Segura, to US boxing fans," Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. "This exciting show continues the heated Filipino vs. Mexican boxing rivalry that is one of the most intense in the sport today."

Three-time and reigning world champion Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs), a dual citizen of the U.S. and Philippines, was a 2000 U.S. Olympian. Rated No. 3 by The Ring magazine, Viloria captured the IBF title in his last fight in July, winning a 12-round decision from Julio Cesar Miranda (35-5-1). Brian is a former International Boxing Federation ("IBF") and World Boxing Council ("WBC") light flyweight champion.

"I've sparred with Segura in the past and we beat the hell out of each other," Viloria said. "It was the kind of sparring where we could have charged the audience for an entrance fee and they wouldn't have complained. Segura is a very dangerous opponent for me but, if I beat him, I'll get to keep my title and grab his slot in Ring's pound-for-pound rankings."

Knockout specialist Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs), a two-time world light flyweight champion (World Boxing Association Super champion), knocked out previously undefeated WBO champion Ivan Calderon (34-0-1) in a unification fight in 2010 and again this past April in a rematch. The Ring lists Segura, the No. 1 WBO flyweight contender, at No. 9 in its pound-for-pound rankings.

The PPV co-feature pits Mexican warrior and former International Boxing Association ("IBA") champion, Martin "El Brochos" Honorio (31-16-1, 16 KOs) and IBF Pan-Pacific titlist Fahsai "Mountain Boy" Sakkreerin (36-2, 20 KOs), of Thailand, for the IBF Interim Super Featherweight Championship.

Fighting on the 'Island Assault 3" PPV undercard is undefeated Filipino favorite Al "Captain A" Sabaupan (17-0-1, 12 KOs) versus Roy "The Sniper" Muklis (23-3-2, 18 KOs) for the IBF Pan Pacific Lightweight Championship.

For more information about the "Island Assault 3" PPV event go to www.integratedsportsnet.com. Follow Integrated Sports Media on Twitter @IntegratedPPV.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Miguel COTTO vs Antonio MARGARITO II - Official Post Fight Press Conference

Cotto Exacts His Revenge Against Margarito

By: Michael Gerard Seiler

It took a little over three years, but Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO's) finally avenged his first professional loss by dominating Mexican nemesis Antonio Margarito (38-8, 27 KO's), retaining the WBA Super World Junior Middleweight title with a tenth-round stoppage in front of a sold-out, frenzied Madison Square Garden crowd.

Cotto, 31, started round one the same way he began their first encounter; moving his feet swiftly and striking Margarito with piercing, clean punches to the head. Cotto exhibited a lot of force behind his shots, leaving Margarito baffled as he stalked the Puerto Rican warrior. Margarito, 33, had a great deal of trouble coping with Cotto's skillful in and out mobility.

Cotto continued to use angles to keep Margarito off-balance in round two, and landed a crisp right cross to Margarito's head. Cotto was gliding just as quickly as in their first fight, although this time he seemed to have an added composure, alertness and focus to his game.

As Cotto carried on sticking and moving proficiently in round three, Margarito encountered a cut on the corner of his right eye, which was the very same eye Manny Pacquiao had severely damaged in the fight prior to facing Cotto. After that, Margarito immediately stepped up his aggression. From that point until the end of the round, Cotto and Margarito traded punches fearlessly at a furious pace.

Cotto comfortably found the target in round four, connecting with numerous right cross-left hook combinations. Margarito vehemently attacked Cotto's body, although Cotto was continually getting his punches off first. 

Margarito closed the fifth round strong, as he landed a firm right-hand shot to Cotto's head in the last thirty seconds. 

Margarito started to land some big punches in round six, but Cotto fired right back, displaying better conditioning than in their first fight. 

Cotto kept illustrating terrific lateral movement, while Margarito's right eye was completely swollen shut in the seventh round. 

By the eighth round, Cotto's punches revealed greater force behind them even though he was the smaller man.

During round nine, Cotto ripped off a series of left hooks, repeatedly striking Margarito in his impaired right eye. With ten seconds left in the round, Cotto snapped Margarito's head back with another devastating left hook.

After round nine concluded, ringside physician Dr. Anthony Curreri informed referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight because Margarito could not see out of his right eye anymore. 

Yet, the victory over Margarito is bittersweet. On one hand, Cotto conquered the man who handed him his first professional loss in front of a large pro-Puerto Rican crowd in New York City. But, Margarito supposedly had used plaster of paris in his hand wraps during his first fight with Cotto. In spite of the previous allegations, Cotto's career has gained significant momentum again, and it may be back to where it was in 2008.

Rios Takes Out Murray 

Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios (29-0-1, 22 KO's) stopped England's John Murray (31-2, 18 KO's) via TKO 11 in a fierce lightweight battle. Originally, Rios' WBA World Lightweight title was at stake, but he was stripped of his belt after failing to make the 135 lb. limit at the weigh-in Friday afternoon. The vacant title was only at stake for Murray.

Rios, 25, worked Murray's body without difficulty in the early rounds, as both fighters exchanged blow-for-blow in close quarters. Murray's punch output dipped slightly in round three, but he picked up his pace in round four, repeatedly striking Rios in the head. However, Rios began to wear Murray down in the fifth round with his high-energy level and relentless punching. By the end of round six, Murray had sustained massive swelling under both eyes, and suffered a bloody nose.

In round eight, Rios connected with a flush right-hand shot that snapped Murray's head back. By this point, Murray's punches had lost their steam, and Rios' shots were becoming much more damaging and troublesome for the Manchester fighter.

Rios continued to tire out Murray in the tenth round, simply outworking the 26-year-old with savage uppercuts to the body and head. Rios was intensely determined to end the fight, and he connected with even more uppercuts to the body and clean overhand rights in round eleven, prompting referee Earl Brown to halt the action at 2:06.

Rodriguez Batters Wolak

Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO's) easily outpointed and thoroughly assaulted Pawel Wolak (29-2-1, 19 KO's) in a junior middleweight rematch by scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 98-91.

Rodriguez, 31, couldn't miss with his vicious right uppercut, cutting through Wolak's meager defense at will. Wolak, 30, did not unleash as many punches compared to his first encounter with Rodriguez, and essentially was a stationary target absorbing a tremendous beating. Rodriguez used superior lateral movement and found his range early in the fight. After that, Rodriguez, who is known to be an agonizing puncher, comfortably dismantled Wolak with an unwavering work rate of excruciating punches.

Jones Remains Unbeaten

Philadelphia welterweight contender Mike Jones (26-0, 19 KO's) remained undefeated, capturing a one-sided, twelve-round unanimous decision versus tough veteran Sebastian Lujan (38-6-2, 24 KO's) of Argentina. Jones won by scores of 118-110 and 119-109 twice on the three ringside judges' scorecards.

Jones, 28, displayed decent punching power, and was extremely poised against the wide-punching Lujan, who applied steady pressure throughout the bout, but lacked the overall skills to pull out a win.

Lujan aggressively attacked Jones' body, although Jones countered efficiently with crisp left hooks to Lujan's head in the early rounds. Jones showed tremendous balance, pounding Lujan with a precise left hook-right cross combination in round two that sent the game Argentinean into the ropes momentarily dazed. 

During round four, Lujan exhibited swelling on the left side of his face. While Lujan lacked a sound defense, he continued to relentlessly charge at Jones. 

In round ten, Jones struck Lujan above his left eye with a firm right-hand shot. Lujan, 31, was also stunned by a swift left uppercut in the eleventh round, and was still pushing until the final bell.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Buxton Promotions & Hennessy Sports Sign Exciting Light Middleweight Prospect Brandon 'Bad Boy' Cook


By: Bob Trieger, Full Court Press

TORONTO (November 28, 2011) - Buxton Promotions and Hennessy Sports announced today that they are now co-promoting unbeaten Canadian light middleweight prospect Brandon "Bad Boy" Cook.

The 25-year-old Cook (4-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Ajax, Ontario, is a very popular prizefighter who made his pro debut last February, taking a four-round decision from Francis Lafreniere. Three wins have followed, including a devastating first-round knockout of Jason Bernava last Friday night in New Brunswick.

"Brandon's certainly not afraid to mix it up," 29-year-old Tyler Buxton (Buxton Promotions) noted. "He's a boxer-puncher with an aggressive style that's helped him become one of the biggest ticket sellers in Greater Toronto.

"I've promoted him since his pro debut. We signed with Hennessy Sports in order to get Brandon more exposure and bigger fights. We've done shows with Hennessy Sports and know they can help us build Brandon's fan-base, not only in Canada, but internationally as well."

The all-action Cook is an aggressive, come-straight-ahead fighter who International Boxing Hall of Fame nominee announcer Al Bernstein, who called Cook's last fight from ringside, referred to as a bigger version of WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios.

Other members of the Hennessy Sports Canada stable include NABA super featherweight champion and that organization's 2011 Fighter of the year, Logan Cotton McGuinness, WBC Silver welterweight titlist welterweight Victor Lupo and unbeaten prospects Tyler Asselstine, Samuel Vargas and Lionell "Lonnie B" Thompson.

Go on line at www.HennessySports.com for more information about Cook or any of Hennessy Sports' boxers.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Logan Cotton McGuinness Named 2011 NABA Fighter Of The Year


TORONTO (November 25, 2011) - Undefeated Canadian super featherweight Logan Cotton McGuinness has been named the North American Boxing Association ("NABA") 2011 Fighter of the Year.

"It's a great honor for me to be chosen by the NABA as its Fighter of the Year," McGuinness said. "I defended the NABA lightweight title twice since winning it in September (2010) and won the NABA super featherweight title as well. Hopefully, I'll defend that belt once or twice and then reach the ultimate goal of fighting for the world title."

McGuinness' accomplishment came in a year that also featured NABA champions such as cruiserweight Latiff Kayode, middleweight Andy Lee and welterweight Mike Jones.

"He was the NABA's most active boxer for this year," NABA president George Martinez explained McGuinness' selection. "He defended his lightweight title twice and then moved down one division and won that title with a good performance. Of all the champions we had this year, Logan was the most impressive."

The 24-year-old McGuinness (16-0-1, 7 KOs), presently rated No. 9 by the World Boxing Association ("WBA"), relinquished the NABA lightweight crown to fight former world title challenger Benoit Gaudet (24-3, 10 KOs) last month for the vacant NABA super featherweight championship . Logan overcame a deep cut over his left eye from an accidental head-butt in the second round to register a dramatic 11th round knockout.

"Gaudet came to fight me in front of all my fans," Logan added. "He was nothing but classy, before and after our fight. We have at least 6000 people at my fights (at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario). It was so loud there that all I could hear was my name being announced. I'm from a small town (Orangeville), which is only 40 minutes north of the venue. The town is very supportive of its athletes.

"I'm excited to see what happens in 2012. I may be fighting March 17, St. Patrick's Day, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and that would be a dream come true. I've only fought once in America (a six-round draw May 22, 2010 vs. 35-13 Walter Estrada at Mohegan Sun in Conn.) and it wasn't my best performance. I've been waiting to get back to America to fight so fight fans there, especially the Irish, get to see me at my best."

Hennessy Sports has moved McGuinness very well and now he's ready to go from promising prospect to legitimate contender. "This is a great honor for Logan and well deserved," promoter Adam Harris (Hennessy Sports) remarked. "Logan leaves it all in the ring, each and every time he fights, and we hope to land him a world title shot. Fans love watching him fight."

McGuinness should move up in the next WBA ratings from his present No. 9 position, the highest ranking for any North American super featherweight.

"Now that I'm considered a top 10 fighter for the first time," McGuinness concluded. "Next year at some point, I hope to be fighting a top 10 opponent and within 1 ½-to-2 years, I should be fighting for the world title."

Other members of the Hennessy Sports Canada stable include WBC Silver welterweight titlist welterweight Victor Lupo and unbeaten featherweight prospect Tyler Asselstine.

Go on line at www.HennessySports.com for more information about McGuinness or any of Hennessy Sports' boxers.

Shumenov Encouraged By Cleverly Unification Media Reports

LAS VEGAS (November 25, 2011) - World Boxing Association ("WBA") and International Boxing Association ("IBA") light heavyweight World champion Beibut Shumenov is encouraged by media reports and quotes from World Boxing Organization ("WBO") titlist Nathan Cleverly claiming he is agreeable to a unification fight in Las Vegas versus Shumenov.

Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, and former European champion Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs) would match, respectively, a lawyer against a mathematician.

One potential obstacle for any unification bout has been averted because Shumenov is once again promoted by KZ Event Productions, which he owns and operates with his brother, Chingis.

"Both of us are world champions; Cleverly in the WBO and me in the WBA," Shumenov said. "I tried to unify against a WBO champion before but it didn't work out. This fight should happen for boxing fans all over the world and we, as fighters, need to make sure that it does happen. I am sure Cleverly would prefer to fight at home in the UK, as I would love to fight in Kazakhstan, but this fight belongs in the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas. I'm ready and, if Cleverly is really willing and able, let's make it happen and get a deal done. My goal has always been to unify the light heavyweight world title."

Shumenov's trusted advisor, Hall of Fame promoter Don Chagrin, recently reached out to Cleverly's promoter, Frank Warren, after reading stories that the WBO champion was interested in a unification fight against Beibut. Chargin has since received two calls from Warren's matchmaker, Dean Powell. "They want the fight in Wales or London, Beibut would like to have it in Kazakhstan," Chagrin reported. "I asked if they'd be interested in Las Vegas and he said that was something that could possibly be arranged. I'm still waiting to hear back from them about fighting in Las Vegas."

Shumenov set a light heavyweight record for capturing a world title in the fewest career fights, 10, when (Jan. 29, 2010) he won a 12-round decision against Gabriel Campillo in Las Vegas. In three successful world title defenses, Shumenov won a unanimous 12-round decision versus No. 1 mandatory challenger and previously undefeated Viacheslav Uzelkov (UDEC12), followed by a six-round knockout of three-time world champion William Joppy (KO6), and then his victory last July by ninth-round TKO versus three-time world title challenger Danny Santiago.

In only 13 pro fights, Beibut has defeated four world champions (Campillo, Joppy, Byron Mitchell and Montell Griffin), as well as three world title challengers (Uzelkov, Santiago and Epifanio Mendoza

Cleverly captured the Interim WBO title a year ago, when he won a 12-round decision against Nadjib Mohammedi, after WBO champion Juergen Braehmer was stripped for pulling out of his title defense against Cleverly. Braehmer had done the same thing against Shumenov, only days before their scheduled unification fight last January in Kazakhstan. Cleverly was named the outright WBO champion and he has since successfully defended his title against Aleksy Kuziemski (TKO4) and Tony Bellow (DEC12) this past October.

For more information about Shumenov visit www.KZEventProductions.com.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Undefeated Featherweight Prospect Tyler Asselstine Steps Up In Class vs. Philippe Frenois Dec. 10 In Montreal


By: Bob Trieger, Full Court Press

TORONTO (November 22, 2011) - One of Ontario's best amateur boxers, undefeated featherweight prospect Tyler Asselstine, steps-up in class December 10 for his first scheduled eight-round bout against Frenchman Philippe Frenois at Bell Centre in Montreal.

In his last action this past June in Ireland, Frenois (14-4-1) went the full 12-rounds, albeit in a losing effort, against undefeated Patrick Hyland for the World Boxing Federation featherweight title. The French boxer has never been stopped.

Asselstine's amateur pedigree includes being a member of the 2009 Canadian National Team, representing his country in numerous International matches, as well as being the 2010 Ringside World Championships gold medalist. Since completing a standout amateur career (70-10), the 25-year-old Asselstine (7-0, 5 KOs) from Kingston, Ontario has taken to the professional ranks by storm. The gifted southpaw, who started boxing at 18 after being a kick-boxer, has been a pro prizefighter for only 13 months but he has already had seven fights.

In some ways, Tyler is a smaller, younger version of his boxing idol, IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, sort of a "Bute-light." Asselstine's promoter, Hennessy Sports, believes Tyler has what it takes to be the next great Canadian boxer.

"He's only 25 and we think, to say the least, Tyler has a very, very bright boxing future," his promoter Adam Harris (Hennessy Sports) said. "He has been totally dominant in his first seven pro fights. We're keeping him as busy as possible because all he really lacks at this stage of his young professional career is ring experience."

Asselstine-Frenois is on a GYM Promotions card headed by Adonis Stevenson vs. Aaron Pryor, Jr. for the NABA/NABO super middleweight titles and a WBC International middleweight championship bout between David Lemieux and Joachine Alcine.

Other members of Hennessy Sports' growing stables of champions, contenders and prospects include undefeated Commonwealth and British heavyweight champion, WBC # 11 Tyson Fury; WBC #15 light heavyweight contender Danny "The Big Mac" McIntosh, former Commonwealth welterweight champion John O'Donnell, former British light welterweight title-holder "Lightning" Lenny Daws, former WBC light welterweight king Junior "The Hitter" Witter, WBC International Silver welterweight champ Victor Lupo; unbeaten prospects such as NABA super featherweight champion and WBA #9 Logan Cotton McGuinness, light heavyweight Lionell "Lonnie B" Thompson, super bantamweight Kid Galahad, newly-signed middleweight sensation Chris Eubank, Jr., and welterweight Samuel Vargas.

Go on line at www.HennessySports.com for more information about Asselstine, upcoming Hennessy Sports events or any of his stable-mates.

Monday, November 21, 2011

NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS FIGHT NIGHT BOXING SERIES

Quarterly Boxing Matches Saturday Nights on NBC Sports Network

Series Debuts Saturday, January 21, 2012 from Philadelphia

Main Events To Coordinate Multi-Promoter Strategy with Hall-of-Fame Matchmaker J Russell Peltz

NEW YORK November 22, 2011 - NBC Sports Group announced today the formation of NBC Sports Network Fight Night, a boxing series featuring premier boxing talent. Fight Night will debut on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 on the NBC Sports Network (which will be renamed from VERSUS on Jan. 2, 2012), from Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, Pa. The Fight Night cards are being scheduled in cities that are served by a Comcast Sports Group regional network, and the regional networks will help promote the events and have the ability to re-air fights.

NBC Sports Group will work with Main Events and Hall-of-Fame matchmaker J Russell Peltz on a multi-promoter strategy for NBC Sports Network Fight Night designed to produce the best quality fights. It is a strategy in which any promoter can participate to get their boxers involved in these programs.

"This is a unique approach to have multiple promoters competing to put fights on NBC Sports Network," said Jon Miller, President, programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. "That, coupled with the legendary matchmaker J Russell Peltz serving as our quality control expert, ensures that boxing fans will enjoy exciting and competitive matches."

"We are reaching out to all promoters to get involved in the series, and our priority is simply to make exciting fights. We don't care who brings the fighters," said Kathy Duva, president, Main Events. "We expect that multiple promoters will be involved in each of the Fight Night programs. All fighters who are willing to further their careers by engaging in compelling, interesting, meaningful matches are welcome."

"Fights in this series will be solid, competitive and exciting," said Peltz. "Borrowing the philosophy of the late Madison Square Garden matchmaker Teddy Brenner, my bouts will be made on the following criteria: Do the fighters' styles mesh to make an exciting fight? Does this fight lead to something? And would I buy a ticket to it? These should be good fights for boxing fans."

NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE (All Times ET)

Saturday, January 21, 9-11 p.m. - Philadelphia

Saturday, March 24, 10 p.m.-Midnight - Site TBA

Saturday, June 16, 9-11 p.m. - Site TBA

Saturday, December 8, 9-11 p.m. - Site TBA

ESPN'S 2012 FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS SEASON OPENS JANUARY 6TH IN KEY WEST

By: Kevin Rooney, Jr., Dibella Entertainment

New York, NY (11/21/2011) - On Friday, January 6th, DiBella Entertainment will kick off the 2012 season of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" with what promises to be an action-packed night of boxing, outdoors at Mallory Square, in beautiful Key West, Florida. Headlining the card will be WBC and WBA #9 rated Super Middleweight, Dyah Davis (20-2-1, 9KO's), taking on hard-hitting Alfonso Lopez (22-1, 17KO's), in a 10-round match-up. Opening up the show will be a can't-miss junior middleweight showdown between DiBella Entertainment's highly regarded up-and-coming prospects, Steve Martinez (11-0, 9KO's) and Jonathan Cepeda (11-0, 10KO's). Martinez-Cepeda is scheduled for eight rounds.

"January 6th begins ESPN's 2012 season with a bang," said Lou DiBella, CEO and President of DiBella Entertainment. "You have two huge punchers in the Martinez-Cepeda match-up, and someone's '0' must go. This is a terrific opener almost guaranteed to be explosive. In the main event, Dyah Davis looks to continue his climb toward a world title shot against emerging contender Alfonso Lopez. This is a helluva way to kick off the new year."

"We are pleased to be starting off the 2012 Friday Night Fights season from Key West Florida with Dibella Entertainment. Coming off a spectacular 2011 we expect the main event of Davis VS. Lopez to deliver action and excitement for our boxing fans," said ESPN Director fo Programming, Doug Loughrey.

The Florida-native Davis, son of former Olympic gold medal winner and world title challenger, Howard Davis, is two fights removed from his most impressive victory to date, a 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Marcus Johnson (20-0, 15KO's, at the time). Davis followed up that win with another unanimous decision victory over the always dangerous Darnell Boone in October. Davis is hoping an impressive showing on the nationally televised ESPN network will move him one step closer toward challenging for a piece of the super middleweight crown. First though, he must get passed Lopez, whose only defeat as a pro came in a disputable majority decision loss to former middleweight kingpin Kelly Pavlik.

Puerto Rican Steven Martinez, who hails from the Bronx, and is co-managed by NY Giants Running Back, Brandon Jacobs, is one of the most promising prospects to come out of New York in years. A three-time New York Golden Gloves Champion, and 2008 National Golden Gloves Champion, the 21-year-old Martinez has everything you look for in an up-and-coming prospect; size, speed, and knockout power in either hand. Martinez recently spent time serving as one of the lead sparring partners in helping prepare reigning Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez defend his title against Darren Barker this past October. Martinez was one of the featured bouts on the undercard that night, stopping the always tough Jay Krupp in the fifth round of their scheduled six-round junior middleweight contest.

Like Martinez, Cepeda is another can't-miss prospect, and a former Golden Gloves Champion. Cepeda, who is of Dominican descent, and originally hails from New Jersey, now lives and trains in Florida, under renowned trainer John David Jackson.

The bout on January 6th will be the first scheduled eight-round bout for both Martinez and Cepeda, as well as the first time either will be featured on national television.

The entire show is promoted by DiBella Entertainment. The show will air live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes at 9PM ET. A complete list of the undercard will be announced shortly. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lupo-Decarie Battle For Vacant WBC International Welterweight Title Dec. 17 In Quebec City



By: Bob Trieger, Full Court Press

TORONTO (November 16, 2011) - Canadian welterweight Victor Lupo finally gets his well deserved title shot December 17 against former world title challenger Antonin Decarie for the vacant World Boxing Council ("WBC") International Welterweight Championship at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.


Victor Lupo is shown pounding former world champion Junior Witter in their fight this past February.

Photo Credit :  Durell Wambolt / The Boxing Examiner

Lupo (19-1-2, 9 KOs), who lives in Toronto, become the mandatory challenger last February by defeating former world champion Junior Witter (37-3-2) by a 10-round decision for the vacant WBC International Silver title. The reigning WBC International champion, Phil "The Italian Sensation" Lo Greco, was recently stripped of his title belt for refusing to fight Lupo.

"I worked very hard to become the mandatory challenger," WBC #19-rated Lupo said, "but I couldn't force Lo Greco to fight me. I'm excited to be getting my chance against Decarie, a good fighter who will be fighting at home. I didn't care if I had to fight him on the moon. I've waited a long time for this opportunity and plan on taking full advantage. He struggled to beat Irving Garcia (majority decision) last year, so he's going to be in serious trouble when he gets in the ring with me. I'm going to turn up the heat, pressuring him from the opening bell, break him down and then finish the show. I will not be denied. "

Lupo is a former Canadian welterweight and WBC Fedecentro middleweight champion. The fan-friendly fighter's only career loss as a pro was four years ago to Paul Clevette by way of a controversial eight round majority decision. The rugged Romanian has been on a mission to capture the WBC International title for the past few years.

WBC #26-rated Decarie, fighting out of Quebec, lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Souleymane M'baye 1-½ years ago for the interim World Boxing Association ("WBA") welterweight crown. He is a past Canadian light welterweight and NABO welterweight champion.

"Lupo earned this title shot," noted his promoter Adam Harris (Hennessy Sports). "Nothing has ever been given to Victor. He did everything he could to get a title shot against Lo Greco, but that's history and now he's focused on defeating Decarie and bringing the title belt home to Toronto. Boxing fans love to watch an aggressive, pressuring fighter like Victor because they always get their money's worth. This will be the next step for Lupo on his way to a world title fight, hopefully, sometime late next year. It was great working with Yvon Michel (GYM Promotions) to make this fantastic All-Canadian bout."

Go on line at www.HennessySports.com for more information about Victor Lupo or any of its boxers.

HBO Boxing: Cotto vs. Margarito: Face-Off With Max Kellerman

Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson: Khan Media Day - Wild Card Gym

Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira Morphing Into A More Complete Fighter

 PHOTO CREDIT : TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME

By: Bob Trieger, Full Court Press

MIAMI (Nov. 16, 2011) - The maturation process for undefeated 21-year-old middleweight Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira (15-0, 12 KOs)spiked last Friday night after his impressive eighth-round win against veteran Xavier "The X-Man" Tolliver (23-7, 15 KOs) in the middleweight prospect's first fight on American television. Oliveira won by disqualification on a World Championship edition of Shobox: The Next Generation, LIVE on SHOWTIME® from Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas.

Oliveira weathered Tolliver's first-round onslaught, showing tremendous poise for such a young boxer, controlling the remainder of the bout until referee Richard Chapa, who had deducted a point in the fifth from Tolliver for repeated head-butts, disqualified Tolliver for landing a punch after a break. Oliveira led all on the three judges' cards after seven rounds by identical scores of 69-63.

"This was the hardest fight I've ever been in," the well-spoken Oliveira said after the fight. "My conditioning was superior thanks to Orlando (Cuellar, head trainer) and Steve (Arintok, conditioning coach). I'll be even better the next time.

"Everything happens for a reason. My dedication to training and the help I get from my team are responsible for my improvement. I never had anybody to guide me until Orlando and Steve at Thump Fight Gym (in Miami). All I need to do is work hard and listen to my coaches. I really wanted the knockout and would have had it if the referee hadn't disqualified my opponent. I was ready to drop him and got robbed of a knockout."

WBC No. 15-rated Oliveira, the reigning World Boxing Council ("WBC") South American middleweight champion, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil but moved two weeks later with his family to Miami.

"Michael is improving fight by fight," Oliveira's father/promoter Carlos noted. "We knew he had heart and guts, but I was really impressed by the patience he showed when Tolliver came out swinging in the opening round. Michael didn't panic, listened to his corner, and executed. We will keep Michael fighting often so he can continue improving. We're looking at a fight in January and a big one in New York City in March."

Cuellar, who is best known as Glen Johnson's trainer, has worked with Oliveira for only two fights, but Michael's dramatic improvement is evident to anybody who has watched the once-chunky fighter for any period of time. Orlando gave his pupil a 10-grade for his performance against Tolliver.

"We took a gamble fighting Tolliver," Cuellar remarked. "A lot of people said we were making a mistake, stepping up so much, but we knew how impressive Michael had looked in training camp. We wanted a tough opponent for Michael in his first nationally televised test. Michael used three speeds very effectively - lulling, fast and faster. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 the highest, I give him a 10 because he listened, improved his defense and stayed focused. I told him to go after and put pressure on Tolliver. He's a good listener. He jabbed, feinted and moved his head as I instructed.

"Michael fought a very, very good fight. He may not have much experience having had only two amateur fighters, but he has my experience, as long as he listens and he's been doing that. He listened and did everything we worked on. I couldn't be more pleased. Michael's an aggressive fighter but, defensively, he's improved a lot and like we prepared, everything came off his good jab."

Go to www.MichaelOliveira.com for more information about this exciting, young fighter.

Monday, November 14, 2011

MACKLIN WANTS MARTINEZ, SETS STAGE FOR MASSIVE 2012 NYC SHOWDOWN


By: Kevin Rooney, Jr., Dibella Entertainment

New York, NY (11/14/2011) - You don't see or hear of many top fighters calling out the name of Middleweight Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez. Martinez, the WBC Diamond belt Middleweight Champion, and 2010 "Fighter of the Year" is currently riding a four-fight win streak (W12 Kelly Pavlik, KO2 Paul Williams, TKO8 Serhiy Dzinziruk, TKO11 Darren Barker) that has seen him climb the pound-for-pound list, falling behind only Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, both of whom have so far expressed no serious interest in facing Martinez.

That being said it might come as a surprise to hear a fighter actually eager to enter the ring against Martinez, but that's exactly the case with Ireland's Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin. Macklin (28-3, 19KO's), the former European Champion, and WBA #4 rated middleweight in the world, is coming off a very impressive and entertaining showing on EPIX against "Super" WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm, in which Sturm was awarded a highly controversial split decision in his home country of Germany, on June 25.

Looking to further his career and secure another major fight in the middleweight division, Macklin signed with Lou DiBella's DiBella Entertainment, also the promoter of Martinez. After signing with Dibella, Macklin traveled stateside, setting himself up in New York City with a plan to stay through the remainder of 2011 and promote his name to the large Irish communities within the New York City area.

"I'm enjoying life in New York. I felt it was important to move here so that I can build a fan base if I am going to fight here on a regular basis. I'm determined to give the city and the huge Irish community here a fighter to be proud of," said Macklin.

Macklin realizes that Martinez is vying for a shot at the only two fighters ahead of him on the pound-for-pound list, but he feels that if those fights can't be made, a bout against him, in New York City, on St. Patrick's Day, is next biggest event out there.

"I've proved throughout my career that the bigger the challenge and the bigger the stage the better I perform, and there's no bigger stage than fighting a guy considered to be among the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the world, in the Mecca of Boxing. Being in a massive world title fight at Madison Square Garden is the stuff every boxer dreams of and it's close to becoming a reality for me now. The fact that it will be on St. Patrick's Day is just the icing on the cake."

While Macklin is by no means underestimating Martinez, he is extremely confident in his chances against the champ, especially after being on hand to witness Martinez' last fight in person.

"I have a lot of respect for Martinez. What he's done after taking up boxing so late is remarkable, but he's really a natural light middleweight and I'm a big, strong middleweight. I believe that my size, strength and power will be too much for him. I think Darren Barker did better than people expected but I also think that Sergio underperformed that night. Maybe subconsciously he thought he was in for an easy night against Barker and wasn't at his best because of that. On that performance, he was lucky he wasn't in the ring with me because I would have knocked him out. He'll have to up his game tenfold if he wants to hear the final bell against me, but I would expect him to and I wouldn't want it any other way. I want to beat Sergio Martinez at his very best, with no excuses."

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