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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Eddie Chambers Hopes To Add To Philly Heavyweight History


Philadelphia, PA - When Eddie Chambers, of Philadelphia, PA, boxes Sergei Liakhovich, of Scottsdale, AZ, in the 10-round main event on Saturday evening, Jan. 21, at the Asylum Arena, he will take another step on the journey he hopes will lead him to the heavyweight championship of the world.

Chambers, 29, who moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh as a young pro in 2002, already has boxed for the IBF version of the crown. Although he was stopped in the 12th round by Wladimir Klitschko in 2010 in Germany, he now knows what he must do to get back there and win.

In the long history of Philadelphia boxing, few have challenged for boxing's richest prize. Despite its reputation as a great boxing town, only two men, Sonny Liston (below) and Joe Frazier, lived in Philadelphia when they won the world heavyweight title. Terrible Tim Witherspoon twice earned pieces (WBC, WBA) of the crown in the 1980s.



Liston lived here when he dispatched Floyd Patterson in one round in 1962 at Chicago's Comiskey Park to become Philadelphia's first world heavyweight champion.

Six years later, Frazier (below), originally from Beaufort, SC, knocked out Buster Mathis in Madison Square Garden to gain recognition as world champion. He won the undisputed belt in 1970 against Jimmy Ellis then cemented his heavyweight legacy by outpointing the comebacking Muhammad Ali over 15 rounds in 1971.


There have been other outstanding Philadelphia heavyweights, including Tommy Loughran, considered by many to be the greatest fighter ever from Philadelphia, Al Ettore, Leroy Haynes, Dan Bucceroni, Leotis Martin and Jimmy Young.

While Philadelphia world heavyweight champions are rare, the city has hosted two of the most important heavyweight championship fights of all-time on the same date and in the same ring, 26 years apart.

On Sept. 23, 1926, Jack Dempsey lost his crown to Gene Tunney via 10-round decision in a steady downpour in front of 120,757 fans at what was then known as Sesquicentennial Stadium in South Philadelphia. On the same date in 1952, in what many claim was the greatest heavyweight title fight ever, Rocky Marciano came from behind to knock out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round at the same venue, then known as Municipal Stadium.

It's a long, glorious history Chambers is following and the fight with Liakhovich is the next step.

A pro since 2000, Chambers is 36-2, 19 KO's. Liakhovich, 35, of Scottsdale, AZ, is 25-4, 16 KO's, and he held the WBO version of the title for seven months in 2004. The winner will have something to say in the world heavyweight picture in 2012.

'Irish' Micky Ward training 'The Wolf' Unbeaten light welterweight prospect Levan Ghvamichava


CORK, Ireland (January 5, 2012) - Irish boxing manager Gary Hyde announced today that he has come to an agreement with "Irish" Micky Ward to train his hot prospect, light welterweight sensation Levan "The Wolf" Ghvamichava.

Ghvamichava (6-0, 5 KOs), who is a native of Georgia living in Belfast, will relocate in February to Lowell, Massachusetts, where he will train under the guidance of three-time Fight of the Year participant, Ward, whose life was portrayed in the Academy Award winning movie, The Fighter.

"I am delighted we have Micky Ward on board," Hyde said. "He has a lot of valuable experience to share with Levan, whose style of fighting is very similar to Micky's. 'The Wolf' is a throwback fighter who loves nothing more than going into the trenches, just like his new coach, and fighting toe-to-toe. Micky has been approached by a lot of fighters who wanted the benefit of his coaching and experience, so I am very happy that Micky has chosen to work with us.

"Levan is a six-time Georgian Senior champion, European silver medalist, and one of the leading 140-pound division amateur fighters in the world the past few years. I have been in talks with some of the leading promoters in the United States who are very keen on signing Levan. When he makes his US debut, sometime fairly soon, he could be fighting on a major undercard."

In 2011, Ghvamichava won all six of his pro fights and he is already fighting in scheduled eight-round bouts. Levan is one of the highest ranking fighters in the world for a fighter with relatively so little pro fights. In his last fight this past October in Scotland, he knocked out former European and Italian champion Guiuseppe Lauri (51-8, 32 KOs) in the second round.

"I'm looking forward to working with Levan and Gary," the popular Ward commented. "Levan looks like a talented fighter with a very, very bright future. We'll get him good sparring at my gym (Chelmsford, MA), as well as the West End Gym in Lowell, and also take him to some gyms in Boston. There are a lot of young fighters around here who will be good sparring partners for Levan. I can't wait to get started."

Hyde, president of Nowhere To Hyde, also manages a stable of other undefeated fighters such as WBA Interim Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo "The Jackal" Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs), undefeated British welterweight prospect Mark Heffron (5-0, 4 KOs) and light middleweight Dee "Wealthy" Walsh (1-0). Hyde plans to sign more fighters in 2012 and make Lowell his U.S. base.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

NBC, BOXING FANS WIN WITH ROSADO VS. SOTO-KARASS CO-FEATURE

By: Michael Gerard Seiler

On Saturday, January 21st, hardcore and casual boxing enthusiasts will be treated to a scintillating war at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when hometown favorite “King” Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KO’s) battles Tijuana Mexico’s Jesus Soto-Karass (24-6-3, 16 KO’s) in a ten-round junior middleweight showdown live on NBC at 9pm E/T. The bout is part of a brilliant card headlined by a ten-round heavyweight clash between “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO’s) and Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO’s), and is the first of four outstanding fight cards to be televised by the network this year.

Rosado is truly looking forward to showcasing his talent in the very first televised bout of the four upcoming shows that will air on NBC.

“This is what boxing needs right now,” boasted Rosado. “We both bring it. Chambers vs. Liakhovich is another great match-up. The fans really deserve these fights. It will make for great TV, and the fans will definitely tune in to watch it.”

Rosado, 25, has never been in a dull fight due to his crowd-pleasing style, and is riding a four-fight winning streak heading into his contest with Soto-Karass. He’s been victorious in 6 of his last 7 bouts. In that time span, the only blemish on Rosado’s record resulted from a close, ten-round majority decision loss at the hands of Derek Ennis in 2010.

Rosado keeps himself in tremendous shape between fights, as he already has proven by stepping into the ring three times in each of the last two years. Rosado’s technique is very exciting for fight fans because he uses adept lateral movement remarkably well, but always ends up in a blow-for-blow fracas with the opposition. Once Rosado gets hit, the Philadelphia fighter in him truly shines the brightest to the masses watching him. From there, his fights soar to the highest level, a peak where only few fighters that display a massive amount of heart can take a battle.

Rosado is ecstatic to fight again in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Billy Briscoe, Rosado’s head trainer, started him off in the gym 8 years ago. Rosado compiled a 14-3 amateur record over a two year period before turning professional. Briscoe believes this training camp has been one of Rosado’s strongest.

“I work on making Gabe’s weaker points his stronger points,” explained Briscoe. “He will utilize his jab better, use more head movement and have better snap to his punches in this fight.”

Briscoe added, “We’ve been training about five weeks now, and it will be eight weeks by fight time. We are always looking for progression. I like to train a fighter to a peak, not a plateau. I rest him every other day. We are right where we want to be at this time.”

In this training camp, Rosado has worked extensively on strength and cardio preparation with Jason Sargus, President and Chief Operating Officer of Brazen Boxing.

“He’s coming up to my weight class,” stated Rosado. “I have the size advantage, and I am going to use my power more in this fight. I could always box, but I am going to back this guy up!”

Rosado added, “He’s used to guys boxing him. I am not going to give him a comfort zone. I am going to overpower him, walk him down and back him up. I will take him out of his element.”

Soto-Karass, 29, is known to have a granite chin, and on no account has he been knocked out in a prize fight. From December of 2005 thru August of 2009, Soto-Karass never sustained a loss, compiling a record of (13-0-1, 6 KO’s). In spite of this, Soto-Karass has not won a bout in his last four ring appearances, going 0-3 with one no-contest. Soto-Karass desperately needs a win to further his career in the sport.

He by no means takes a backward step to his challengers, which was clearly exhibited in his two confrontations with Mike Jones. Soto-Karass’ biggest claim to fame in his professional career is losing a highly-contested, ten-round majority decision in his first scuffle against Jones in a welterweight bout on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito in late 2010. That was a match fans have not forgotten. Soto-Karass wore Jones down with relentless pressure, taking an enormous amount of punishment to dish out his own damaging shots in a back and forth melee.

Rosado acquired a great deal of knowledge and understanding of Soto-Karass’ tendencies by watching his fights with Jones, and he plans to exploit the Mexican’s flaws.

“The key is to work Soto-Karass’ body,” acknowledged Rosado. “He has a good chin, so I am going to break him down in the body more than Jones did.”

The strategies of both fighters guarantee an elevated encounter in the City of Brotherly Love on January 21st. If there was ever a fight deemed a “crossroads fight” in boxing, Rosado vs. Soto-Karass is certainly it. Neither man can afford another loss on their record. Rosado is currently ranked #10 by the IBF, and could land another gigantic fight if he is victorious. However, if Rosado loses, he may find it near impossible to crack the top-ten rankings again of a major sanctioning body. For Soto-Karass, a setback would be devastating, most likely leaving the Mexican warrior as a future opponent for up and coming prospects down the road. Yet, if Soto-Karass comes out on top, he could launch his status to where it was just after his first brawl with Mike Jones.

There’s no better recipe for an exhilarating fight than two guys in complete desperation for victory, especially when the face-off will occur in an extremely loud venue in Philadelphia. NBC and all boxing fans won the moment this fight was signed, but only one fighter can triumph on January 21st.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

CHICAS TECATE CELEBRATE CARÁCTER AND THE NEW YEAR WITH THE LAUNCH OF 2012 CALENDAR

Boxing-themed Digital Calendar Now Available to Adults via Facebook.com/TecateUSA


NEW YORK (December 29, 2011) – Tecate, cerveza con carácter, announces the launch of a digital 2012 calendar featuring the official Chicas Tecate as they recreate scenes from a boxing training camp at the renowned Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y. Adults 21 and older who “Like” Tecate’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/TecateUSA) will be able to access and share the calendar, as well as never-before-seen videos and photos of the Chicas Tecate: Monica Barco, Paulina Borrero, Denisse Gonzalez and Christina Salazar.

The January “page” of the Facebook application is now available to fans 21 and older, while the rest of it will become accessible at the beginning of every month in 2012. Each page will be populated with upcoming pugilistic events, viewing parties across the U.S., and much more to help fans feel like they’re part of the action.

“It’s been an incredible experience to celebrate the carácter of boxing and of our consumers in 2011, and we’re excited to kick off the New Year with an initiative that they will be able to enjoy year-round,” said Felix Palau, vice president of marketing for Tecate. “Each photo included in the calendar aims to exemplify the tenacity and determination that it takes to succeed in and out of the ring, while showcasing the beauty of the our brand ambassadors, the Chicas Tecate.”

This summer, adults on Tecate’s Facebook page selected Monica Barco, Paulina Borrero, Denisse Gonzalez and Christina Salazar from amongst 50 candidates to represent the brand for a year. As part of their role as brand ambassadors, they partook in the calendar photo shoot this fall at the famed Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y., where they had the opportunity to learn some insider’s tips from Super Flyweight Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells, who trains at the gym.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

NBC Sports Network Fight Night


(Main Events Press Release)

Yesterday, Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports and VERSUS (which will become NBC Sports Network on January 2); Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events and series promoter for the NBC Sport Network Fight Night series; and Russell Peltz, Peltz Boxing Promotions and Fight Night series matchmaker, spoke with a group of media about the NBC Sports Network and the NBCSN Fight Night series.

The opening show is slated for January 21, 2012 at Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. The main event will feature Philadelphia heavyweight contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers as he takes on former World Heavyweight Champion Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich. The co-feature is also a match that will resonate with Philly fans as "King" Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia meets up with Jesus Soto-Karass of Tijuana, Mexico.

Here's some of the discussion:

Jon Miller: "We are excited to be getting our team involved with boxing again. We had a long, rich, storied history with NBC Sports. We would do as many as 20-30 fights per year on NBC. We think that there's an opportunity here with the right matchmaking (Peltz) and the right positioning to possibly introduce boxing back to 'free, over the air, and in this case cable' television. Our feeling was that boxing had been under-exposed on linear television and we thought it was a good time to jump back into the ring."


Jon Miller

Pres of Programming

NBC Sports/VERSUS

"There's still as many fights domestically as there was 20 years ago. We have over a dozen US world champions, but the sport clearly has become less US-centric and we thought this was an opportunity for us to see if we could make this work again."

"We're excited about working with a promoter (Main Events) who is looking to create crossroads fights that'll be competitive. We didn't want to go in a situation where the outcome might have been pre-ordained because the promoter didn't want to put in a challenging opponent. We needed to be sure that we found reputable matchmakers and promoters to bring us quality content. Our past experience in dealing with Main Events and Peltz Boxing led us back to them. We premiere with 2 great fights on Saturday, January 21st live from Philadelphia and we're looking forward to it."

Russell Peltz: "We have certainly gone out of way to contact all the promoters in the business. We offer their fighters exposure on the new network. There is still a whole squad of fighters out there that don't get exposed, that do want to fight on television and are willing to take a risk. The main thing I found over the years is if you want to make a good match you make it. If you don't want to make a good match you just get your fighter an easy win and you move on from there. To me that's the only difference between a good matchmaker and a bad matchmaker. There are more undefeated boxers parading around now than ever in the history of boxing. I don't want to give a fighter a streak of wins at the expense of competitive boxing."

Kathy Duva: "This isn't going to be done where all the money in the budget goes to paying for the main event and then the undercard fights are a bunch of appearance fights. As a matter of fact, Russell has put together a co-feature on this show between Soto-Karass and Gabriel Rosado that would be a main event on any other cable show - a terrific pick-em fight that will be nothing but action."

"Once the first show was announced we started getting a lot more calls from promoters, so I don't think we are going to have any problem filling up these shows with really great fights. We're matching fighters not records."

Jon Miller: "Our new model is one that we are excited about. The model that has not worked is a network handing all of its fights over to a single promoter. We have repeatedly seen promoters use this just to build their own fighters. This system was great for those promoters but all too often lead to "appearance fights" that abused the system; created mismatches; and served neither the fans, nor the growth of boxing."

"In this NBC model, you have Russell Peltz who is overseeing quality control and Main Events who helps promote and stage the bouts. While both have fighters in our first show, both of those fights are involving very competitive fights in almost "pick 'em" bouts. Lots of other promoters were offered opportunities but they didn't want to take risks with their fighters and that's one of the reasons we didn't want to go down that road. So this is open to all promoters who have fighters who want to come into the ring and have Russell put together a quality match up."

Kathy Duva: "The fighter's purses for this first show are going to exceed the rights fee, so it's not like we are holding back. I think that's one of the reasons NBC chose us. I don't have 30 or 60 fighters that I have to give wins to. We are more than happy to put anybody's fighters on the card. Our goal here is to make great fights so that NBC is going to want us to do more of them, not just for one year. And also to prove to fighters that if you fight in a really competitive fight and lose your career is not over, as opposed to being protected and put in the ring against guys that you learn nothing from."

Jon Miller: "I think the boxing fan has been under-served on cable and network television because so many fights have gone the Pay per View route. It's incumbent upon us to showcase fighters in competitive fights and help to build a model that shows how great boxing is and what it can be. The best way that I would equate that is for example, when you look at the sport of golf, if Tiger (Woods) and Phil (Mickelson) only played on PPV, you'd have no way of knowing who Ricky Fowler and Rory McElroy and Bubba Watson and guys like that are. I think the same is true here. We need to showcase these other fighters and help build them up so that they become more household names and more recognizable, and if they eventually migrate to a bigger payday then that's great."

Russell Peltz: Boxing's not dead. "Angelo Dundee said a few years ago that they've buried boxing so many times they've run out of shovels. Well, December the 10th they just had close to 10,000 in Washington DC of all places. The week before even though it hasn't been printed yet, I believe that the crowd in Madison Square Garden with 21,000 for the Cotto fight was actually the largest crowd to witness a boxing match in the history of Madison Square Garden. And three weeks before that you had Pacquio drawing 15 or 16,000 people in Las Vegas. So I think that when you make the right fights at any level, whether it's at the elite level or the upper or middle class, if you make fights that people want to see they'll come out. I'm just not sure that enough promoters have made the kind of fights that people want to see in recent years."

Jon Miller: "We are encouraged by what we think the audience will be. We have our second show scheduled for March 24 and we've got a couple other dates penciled as well later in the year, and quite honestly if it's successful there's nothing that says we can't do more than 4 shows this year."

"Our goal is to build an NBC Sports boxing brand where consumers know our fights are always going to be competitive and that they can expect exciting 'crossroads' fights where the fights are very evenly matched to the point where it's tough to predict a winner in advance."

Promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing Promotions and Goossen Tutor, the non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $45 and $65 can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing, (215) 765-0922.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ward Shines In Super Six Final


By: Michael Gerard Seiler

Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO's) retained his WBA Super World super middleweight title and captured the WBC super middleweight title, outpointing England's Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO's) via twelve-round unanimous decision at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey to win Showtime's "Super Six" Tournament. Official scores were 115-113 twice and 118-110. 

Both fighters tried to establish range with their steady left jabs in the early going. Ward, 27, landed the cleanest punch of round one, a counter-left hook off a clinch in the opening minute. Froch, 34, appeared very stiff as Ward used the center of the ring to control the round.

After successive body punches from Froch, Ward opened up with plenty of accurate left hooks from his arsenal, continually striking Froch in the face.

It was vividly clear by round four that Ward was much looser and fluid with his shots. Froch repeatedly struck Ward with some hard body punches, although Ward's quicker left jab enabled him to get his combinations off first.

By round five, Ward really started to comfortably find the target, and was dictating the pace in round six with his superior hand speed and efficient use of angles. During round six, Ward sent Froch into the ropes with a sweeping left hook, momentarily stunning "The Cobra".

After Froch connected with a well-timed, straight right-hand shot, Ward promptly responded by throwing a barrage of punches in the middle of round seven.

Froch stepped up the pace in the ninth round, scoring with a multitude of lunging rights. At this point in the fight, it seemed to be Froch's most active and best round.

Froch's finest chances occurred in rounds ten through twelve when he unloaded an abundance of punches, essentially going for the knockout. But, it came too late in the fight, as Ward was unmoved and calmly stuck to his game plan, meticulously placing his punches and outboxing the granite-chinned warrior from the United Kingdom.

Ward had built up a strong lead, and Froch understood he was down on the scorecards heading into the championship rounds. While aggressively attacking Ward's body with both fists and landing occasional right hands to Ward's head, Froch's defense was poor in close quarters, enabling the younger Ward to connect with short, swift shots. And from the outside, Froch was simply too slow to compete with the proficient hand and foot speed of the 2004 Olympic gold medalist. Ward was never reckless, and although Froch at times connected with several solid punches, he could never really penetrate Ward's stellar defense. When Froch did land, Ward patiently stood his ground and countered with lightning-quick punches, keeping the fight in his grasp on the outside.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT KICKS OFF 8TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF BROADWAY BOXING SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 AT ROSELAND BALLROOM

By: Kevin Rooney, Jr., Dibella Entertainment

New York, NY - (12/14/2011) - On Saturday, January 21, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will kick off the 2012 season of the popular "Broadway Boxing" series at the famed Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Headlining the 10-bout card, which is loaded with a bevy of local New York talent, will be Brooklyn's undefeated NABF light welterweight champion, Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (18-0, 3KO's).

Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65, and $45, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet, visiting Ticketmaster.com, calling (800) 745-3000 or simply by CLICKING HERE.

"This is going to be our eighth consecutive year with the series and we expect it to be one of the best and most memorable years yet, commencing with what is sure to be an action-packed night of boxing on January 21st," said Lou DiBella, President and CEO of DiBella Entertainment.

In addition to Bracero headlining, several of DBE's most promising up-and-coming prospects are set to see action on the card, including recent cruiserweight world title challenger Ran Nakash (25-1, 18KO's) making his DBE debut, fast-rising WBA #5-rated featherweight contender Luis Del Valle (14-0, 11KO's), super bantamweight Luis Rosa (9-0, 5KO's), junior middleweight Delen Parsley (6-0, 2KO's) and four-time Golden Gloves Champion Sonya Lamonakis (6-0, 1KO).

Also scheduled to appear on the card are two of the New York area's most popular, fan-friendly Irish prospects: light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (11-0, 8KO's) and heavyweight Thomas Hardwick (3-0, 2KO's).

A complete list of the undercard will be announced shortly.

Doors open at 6:00PM with the first bout scheduled for 6:30PM. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65, and $45, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet, visiting Ticketmaster.com, calling (800) 745-3000 or simply by CLICKING HERE.

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