50 CENT’S SMS BOXING PROMOTIONS FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
Bad news for 50 Cent’s boxing company, SMS Promotions, as TMZ Sports
reported today that the rapper has filed for bankruptcy, a symbolic legal
white flag normally in business to avoid things like taxes and debt since
you’re failing to turn a profit.
The promotion which was spawned in 2012 and launched with fighters
Yuriorkis Gamboa, James Kirkland, Andre Dirrell and Billy Dib. In one of
his first bouts that was televised on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, Billy Dib
lost his featherweight IBF title to Evageny Gradovich. This summarized 50
Cent’s foray into the boxing business, even when his fighter did well, say
James Kirkland defeating Glen Tapia, 50 Cent didn’t make Kirkland
available to the media, it was a series of small mistakes that seemed to
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, filed for Chapter 11 on
Monday, May 25th. According to the report it was an attorney of SMS
Promotions that made the decision to file for Chapter 11.
The documents state that SMS owes between $100,000-$500,000 in debts.
TOP RANK SIGNS GUY
Guy Robb, an action featherweight from Sacramento, has signed with Top
Robb has a record of 15-1-0, has won eight fights in a row, four by
knockout. He is trained by
Ray Woods, stepfather and original trainer of the late champion Diego
"Guy has an aggressive, entertaining style of boxing and is always in
exciting fights," said
Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler of Top Rank.
Manager Herb Stone said "Guy has wins over undefeated fighters. He
competes at a high
level. Fight fans are really going to like his in-ring intensity and will
Robb, 26, said "I train at Golden State Bloodhounds Gym in Sacramento.
It's Ray Woods' gym.
I used to try to knock everyone out. He is teaching me to more creative,
set up my opponents,
then go for the big punch when I am in the ring."
Robb was a 2008 Ringside National Amateur champion and in the same year
was a bronze
medalist at the U.S. National Championships at 125 pounds.
Top Rank will soon announce Robb's debut with the company, Trampler said.
WORKOUT OPEN TO
PUBLIC WITH MEET & GREET
FELIX "EL DIAMANTE" VERDEJO
BRONX PUBLIC WORKOUT AND FAN FEST
This Saturday! May 30 at
1 P.M. ET
The Bronx Cultural Arts Festival at 152nd Street
The boxing gem of Puerto
Rico, undefeated No. 3 world-rated lightweight contender FELIX "El
Diamante" VERDEJO, will be celebrating his upcoming HBO Boxing debut by
pressing the flesh and throwing some leather for his fans in New York. He
will make a two-hour special appearance at The Bronx Cultural Arts
Festival (152nd Street, between Jackson and Unions Avenues), This
Saturday! May 30, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. Verdejo will be taking the
stage to answer questions followed by a meet & greet session where fans
can get his autograph or pose for photos with him. He will end his day at
the Festival with an hour-long public workout. Verdejo will be available
"Last year the fans in New York made me feel like I was right at home with
all the support and affection I received from them at the Bronx Festival,"
said Verdejo. "I'm very happy to go back and share a good time with all my
boricuas in New York."
FELIX VERDEJO BRONX CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
· 1:00 P.M. Q & A with Fans from Main Stage
· 1:15 P.M. Meet & Greet (Autographs and Photos)
· 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. Public Workout
TONY LUIS TO SERVE AS
Lightweight Contender Tony Luis to Serve on Broadcast Commentary Team
on CBS Sports Network, this Friday,
May 29, in Memphis
Tony "Lightning" Luis says it'll be the realization of a childhood dream
when he serves as guest analyst on the broadcast team this Friday, May 29.
Luis will join Ron
Kruck, Steve Kim and Patrick Ortiz for the live call of "Championship
Boxing on CBS Sports Network," will air live on CBS Sports Network (10:00
PM, ET) from the WC Handy Pavilion on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee
Headlined by a 10-round cruiserweight battle
between Lateef "Power" Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) and "Slick" Nick Kisner
(14-1-1, 5 KOs).
In the co-main event, promising WBO #10 lightweight Josh King of Australia
will make his US television debut against Batesville, Arkansas' Rogelio
Casarez (9-3, 4 KOs). Also featured in televised action that night will be
women's superstar Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano
MEXICAN-AMERICAN ALAN SANCHEZ AND CANADIAN WELTERWEIGHT TITLIST STEVE
CLAGGETT BATTLE FOR THE VACANT IBA AMERICAS WELTERWEIGHT TITLE ON JUNE 26
LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 and FOX DEPORTES
TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
Shining a light on
homegrown talent, Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1
and FOX Deportes will bring a thrilling night of boxing featuring
top local prospects set to hit the Salinas Storm House on June 26. In the
main event, Fairfield standout Alan Sanchez (15-3-1, 8 KOs) will
battle Canadian welterweight titlist Steve Claggett (21-3-1, 14
KOs) for the vacant IBA Americas Welterweight title in a 10-round bout.
On a holiday when Americans take a moment to remember those
who gave their lives serving in the country's armed forces, Bellator MMA
officials are honored to announce a new partnership with the American
With the new deal in place, the American Forces Network will now broadcast
Bellator MMA events on its global networks to American servicemen and
women, as well as U.S. Navy ships at sea.
“We at Bellator are always looking for ways to give back to our troops,”
said Bellator MMA President Scott Coker. “We’re all extremely grateful for
all that they do abroad to keep us safe, and we hope that they will enjoy
some Bellator fights during any downtime they may have.”
Multiple Bellator athletes including Bobby Lashley and Mike Richman have
served in the American Military.
“I’m personally thrilled for this new partnership,” said Bobby Lashley,
who fights James Thompson on June 19. “AFN is providing a platform for me
to be fighting for my brothers and sisters who are away from home,
fighting for us.”
The new partnership commences with June's dual Bellator MMA events.
On June 19, Bellator MMA visits St. Louis' Scottrade Center for "Bellator
MMA: Unfinished Business," featuring one of the most anticipated fights in
the history of the sport with Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock. Also, several
current Bellator fighters as well as some of the sport’s biggest legends
will pay a visit to Scott Air Force Base on Wednesday, June 17.
On June 26, the promotion touches down at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane,
Kan., with "Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov," which sees French striking
specialist Cheick Kongo and Russian knockout artist and former Bellator
MMA Heavyweight World Champion Alexander "Drago" Volkov stand toe-to-toe
in the Bellator MMA cage.
Complete details of the new Bellator MMA-American Forces Network
partnership will be available shortly.
May 25, 2015
THANK YOU TO OUR
Boxing superstar Amir “King” Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) is coming back to New
York, where he made his American debut in 2012, to take on former world
champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) on Friday, May 29, at Barclays Center
as the headliner in an exciting co-feature Premier Boxing Champions (PBC)
card on Spike TV.
Amir Khan not looking past Chris Algieri despite Floyd Mayweather talk
Amir Khan is fully focused on Chris Algieri despite continuing speculation
he will be Floyd Mayweather's next opponent.
The two-time world champion is preparing for his second fight at
welterweight against Algieri in the American's home city, New York on
With Mayweather having disposed of Manny Pacquiao and seemingly set for
one last bout, Khan has been mentioned as a possible final opponent for
the American superstar - but the Bolton man insists that looking past his
next opponent is a mistake he has made before and will not be repeating.
CHAVEZ JR.RETURNS IN
JULY WITH A NEW TRAINER
Photo Mary Ann Owen
Rumor has it that Robert Garcia
will be Junior's next trainer.
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs)
will be looking to bounce back from his recent defeat at the hands of
light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara when he faces little known middleweight
Marco Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) on July 18th at a site in Texas still to be
Since Chavez Jr. is a PBC fighter it is possible that this fight will be
televised on one of the PBC fight channels (NBC, CBS, Spike)
Chavez Jr. has a long ways to go for him to rebuild after his loss to
Fonfara, and it’s not likely that he’s going to be able to do it. If his
goal is to just try and put together fights that have nothing to do with
going after a world title, then I think he’ll do a good job of making that
happen. But if he wants to try and win a world title at 168 or 175, I
don’t think that’s a realistic goal given his limited talent.