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April 18, 2014

NSAC PICKS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 


Photo Mary Ann Owen

 

by Butch Gottlieb

 

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) announced today that Robert Bennett has been appointed to the position of Executive Director. Bennett, who was one of three finalists, received a unanimous vote from the five-member Commission at a meeting this afternoon.
Bennett, a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent and U.S. Marine Corps captain, holds extensive experience in unarmed combat within Nevada and has served as a professional boxing judge for the NSAC for more than two years. He has judged approximately 68 professional fights and shadow judged an additional 46. Prior to accepting the position, Bennett served as Court Security Director for Clark County’s Eighth Judicial District where he was responsible for the management of the more than $10 million capital budget.
“As a Commission, we believe that Robert will continue to ensure and protect the integrity of unarmed combat in the State of Nevada,” said Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar. “He appreciates and respects the sanctity of professional fighting and will be an asset to the Commission.”
Bennett looks to further the agency’s mission of governing unarmed combat for the protection of the public and to ensure the health and safety of the contestants. In his role, he will report to the members of the Commission and be responsible for the execution of its budget, goals and objectives.

 

HOPKINS-SHUMENOV MAKE WEIGHT

 


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Bernard Hopkins 172.4 vs. Beibut Shumenov 174.4
(IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles)

Shawn Porter 146.8 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 146.2
(IBF welterweight title)

Peter Quillin 159.8 vs. Lukas Konecny 158.25
(WBO middleweight title)

Sadam Ali 146.25 vs. Michael Clark 144
(Vacant NABO Welterweight title)

Zachary Ochoa 139.5 vs. Hector Marengo 140.25
Marcus Browne 174 vs. Otis Griffin 176
D’Mitrius Ballard 168 vs. Quincy Miner 165
Dominic Wade 163 vs. Marcus Upshaw 157
David Grayton 148 vs. Howard Reece 149
Chris Alexander 135 vs. Jose Valderrama 139
Lamont Roach, Jr. 134 vs. Victor Galindo 143

GOLDEN BOY WINS PURSE BID

 

A Purse Bid for the WBO vacant featherweight world title between top contenders Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. was held today at noon at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The winning bid was from Golden Boy Promotions with $1,052,500 followed by Top Rank’s bid of $1,050,000. The difference was a mere $2500. June 21 in LA was mentioned as the possible date. The bid was presided over by WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, Ratings Chairman Luis Perez, Raul Jaimes GBP, Carl Morreti TR and Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing.

 

TYSON STIRS THEM UP

 

It turns out promoter Mike Tyson can stir the pot almost as much as heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. Almost. Tyson seemed right at home in his new role as promoter Thursday as he guided his Iron Mike Productions fighters through the final press conference and weigh-in for tomorrow’s ShoBox: The New Generation event. Tyson egged on his fighters, enticed trash talking and did his best to create some controversy during the presser before the official weigh-in. In other words, typical Tyson.

“Listen, I don’t want to hear you guys talk about respect for each other,” Tyson said. “I want to hear what you guys are going to do to each other tomorrow night. I want to hear that you’re going to knock him out. Don’t worry about making weight. Listen, we’re only talking about a few pounds here. I fought as a heavyweight and it didn’t matter. This is boxing. We’re here to see some people beat each other up tomorrow. Weight doesn’t matter; we’re here to watch you fight. I’m excited to have such a great card and exciting event for my return to SHOWTIME. We’re a very young organization but we’re moving pretty fast.”

Alexei Collado 131.6 vs. Rod Salka 132.6
Felix Diaz 139.6 vs. Emmanuel Lartey 142.7
Sammy Vasquez, Jr. 146.8 vs. Juan Rodriguez, Jr. 148
Ryan Martin 136 vs. Misael Chacon 135.6

 

April 17, 2014

AFN TO BROADCAST SHOBOX CARD

 

Nearly 1 million uniformed military personnel serving abroad will be able to watch and support U.S. Armed Forces veteran Sammy Vasquez, Jr., as part of a special agreement between SHOWTIME® and the American Forces Network

Vasquez, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, is featured in the opening bout of Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast, which airs live at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME from Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa. 

“I’m excited to bring the military along for the ride with me,” Vasquez said.  “I’m coming to the ring in a Humvee with the guys that I deployed with, as well as my wife and daughter and my three sisters.  It’s great to have the rest of the military in my corner.” 

 

PASCAL SIGNS WITH GYM & INTERBOX

 

This afternoon at La Cage aux Sports Boucherville, Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox announced that they had reached an agreement with Jean Pascal Promotions to ensure the services of the NABF Champion and WBC Diamond Belt light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs), who recently defeated Lucian Bute.
The multi-fight agreement was signed last Saturday between President Yvon Michel of GYM, InterBox President Jean Bédard and CEO of Jean Pascal Promotions, Greg Leon.
The objective is to make two more fights in 2014 for Jean Pascal, the next scheduled for September. Discussions on the potential opponent are already underway  and those for a U.S. broadcast will follow. 

ONE ON ONE WITH SHANE MOSLEY JR.

12 Rounds with Shane Mosley Jr.
Interview By Chris Strait

Coming into the family business can put a lot of pressure on anyone, but when your father is one of greatest fighters of all time, expectations can be extremely high. Sugar Shane Mosley won multiple world titles in three weight classes, and is a first ballot hall of famer when he becomes eligible.
Bash Boxing’s Chris Strait sat down with Shane Mosley Jr. for 12 rounds of Q and A as Mosley prepares to make his professional boxing debut on Top Rank’s April 26th “Boxing at the Beach” show at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme.

Full Interview

"KNOCKOUT" BEING AIRED

By Karl Freitag
FightNews.com


Photo Mary Ann Owen

Last night I caught up on the first two episodes of NUVOtv’s boxing reality series “Knockout,” starring trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr., Ruben Guerrero and Yoel Judah.
A brief synopsis: In episode one, the cast of nine boxers were introduced. In episode two, the three trainers chose their respective teams, which consist of one fighter in each of the 140, 147 and 154 pound weight divisions.
Among the boxers, by far the best known is former world champion and famous PPV foil Ricardo Mayorga (29-8, 23 KOs). The others are Dennis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (15-3, 8 KOs), Marc Salser (15-1, 9 KOs), Said Quali (29-4, 23 KOs), Steve Upsher Chambers (24-3-1, 6 KOs), Jose Angel Rodriguez (17-3-1, 2 KOs), Martin Wright (11-1-2, 5 KOs), Juanito Garcia (19-3, 8 KOs) and Tim Coleman (19-4, 5 KOs).
The show will evolve into an elimination style tournament with the winners ultimately facing a top 20 contender. One of the storylines is a feud between Mayweather Sr. and Guerrero. Matchmaker Rick Glaser also plays a prominent role.
Knockout airs Wednesday nights at 10PM.

KLITSCHKO-LEAPAI TO AIR ON ESPN

Good news for U.S. fight fans. It was announced today that the ESPN network has reached an agreement to pick up the rights to televise the April 26 world heavyweight title defense of unified WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko against WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany.
Just two weeks later, ESPN will also televise the WBC heavyweight title fight between Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola from Los Angeles.

CHISORA SAYS HE WILL STOP FURY IN 1

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora turned up the heat on Tyson Fury by telling his fierce rival he’ll be knocked out inside a round at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on July 26. Londoner Chisora, the European Heavyweight Champion, defends his title against Fury with the vacant British title up for grabs and the fight is also a final eliminator for the WBO world heavyweight championship for the right to face reigning king Wladimir Klitschko.
The 29-year-old Chisora was at the talk SPORT studio yesterday on the popular Hawksbee and Jacobs show and said he’s looking to do a job on undefeated Fury, even though the Manchester fighter has already beaten Chisora in July 2011. “I’m not going to cry over spilt milk,” he said. “I’m looking to the future now. He’s going to get knocked out. He said he’s going to knock me out in round five but he’s going to get knocked out in the first round.”

MARTIN STOPS FLORES

By Rocky Morales and Miguel Maravilla
FightNews.com

“Prince” Charles Martin (16-0, 14 KOs) impressively dismantled and knocked out previously undefeated Alexander “The Great” Flores (14-1, 12 KOs) to win the vacant NABO heavyweight title on Wednesday night at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. Martin was in command from the beginning and dropped Flores hard at the end of the third round with a left cross. Martin then finished Flores off with a hard left cross to the body followed by a right hook that crumpled Flores to the canvas where he was counted out at 1:14 of the fourth round.
Former WBA/WBO middleweight titlist, Hassan N’Dam N’Jimkam (30-1, 18KO) used his superior hand speed and footwork to win a unanimous decision victory over three time world title challenger, Fulgencio Zuniga (26-9-1, 23KO). Zuniga proved to be a tough customer but the Colombian also showed every bit of his 36 years of age in dropping the fourth of his last five bouts. N’Dam N’Jimkam, meanwhile, wins his third fight in a row following losing his middleweight title to Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of N’Dam N’Jikam

TYSON HAVING FUN IN PITTSBURGH

 

FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION MIKE TYSON MAKING THE MOST OF HIS TIME IN PITTSBURGH IN ADVANCE OF

            FRIDAY'S SHOBOX TRIPLEHEADER

 

Tomorrow, Friday, April 18, LIVE on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT) From Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa. 

 

Legendary former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson took a break from his promotional duties for Friday's ShoBox The New Generation tripleheader to enjoy arcade games with two of his children at Latitude 40 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Tyson's Iron Mike Productions will make its promotional debut on SHOWTIME®, home of 16 of Tyson's last 18 fights, live at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa., located outside of the Steel City. 

Joining Tyson at Latitude 40 prior to a press conference and meet-and-greet with fans was his daughter, Milan, and his son, Morocco. 

 

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DE LA HOYA SAYS EVERYTHING FINE

Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya dismissed the notion of in-fighting between himself and company CEO Richard Schaefer during a conference call with media members on Wednesday, and also appeared to leave open the potential for working with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, with whom De La Hoya began his professional career.

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HISTORY AT THE CAPITAL

"HISTORY AT THE CAPITOL" BERNARD HOPKINS VS. BEIBUT SHUMENOV FIGHTER MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES

Several of the featured fighters for Saturday's "History at the Capitol" event at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. worked out for media members at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington, D.C. The SHOWTIME tripleheader headlined by future Hall of Famer Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins against Beibut Shumenov in an epic light heavyweight world championship unification.
Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, are on sale now and available online at http://www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. The DC Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. ET.

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WEIGH IN WILL BE STREAMED LIVE

SHOWTIME SPORTS® TO STREAM
BERNARD HOPKINS vs. BEIBUT SHUMENOV WEIGH-IN LIVE VIA SATELLITE, YOUTUBE & MORE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 18,
AT 1 P.M. ET / 10 A.M. PT

SHOWTIME Sports will offer a live stream of Friday’s official weigh-in for the light heavyweight world championship unification between future Hall of Famer and IBF champ Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and WBA Super champ Beibut Shumenov taking place this Saturday, April 19, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.
At 49-years-old, Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles, while Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights. The world championship tripleheader also features a showdown between IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter and former champ Paulie Malignaggi.  WBO Middleweight World Champ Peter Quillin will risk his belt against Lukas Konecny in the opening bout of the telecast.   
The weigh-in will be available at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT LIVE via satellite feed, YouTube, Ustream and www.SHO.com/Sports in High Definition.  The event will be hosted by Brian Custer

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