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Thursday, December 29, 2011


Boxing-themed Digital Calendar Now Available to Adults via

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 ( 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


"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


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, 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, calling (800) 745-3000 or simply by CLICKING HERE.

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 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.

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