Gary Shaw Congratulates Daniel Geale on Title Defense

Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions wishes to congratulate IBF middleweight champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale (26-1, 15 KOs) for making his first successful title defense, a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over Miami via Nigeria’s Eromosele Albert (24-5-1, 12 KOs) on Wednesday night.

Fighting on his home turf at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Tasmania, Australia, Geale showed tremendous ring generalship by out-boxing and out-speeding his determined challenger. The judges’ scores were 116-112, 117-111 and 119-109.

In front of more than 5,000 electrified fans, the wildly popular Geale entered the ring to a song written about him in his honour. Geale won the belt from Germany’s Sebastian Sylvester last May.

Sylvester-Proksa Presser Notes from Germany

Former IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) and unbeaten Polish prospect Grzegorz Proksa (25-0, 18 KOs) faced the media today during a press conference at Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Gym. They will collide in Neubrandenburg on October 1 with the vacant European Middleweight Title on the line. “I know that my name might not yet be known around the globe,” Proksa said. “But this will change on October 1. Everybody will know my name after I have defeated Sylvester.” Added his manager Krzysztof Zbarski: “Nobody wanted to fight against Proksa anymore. He is a southpaw, unbeaten, he is fast and he has made all of professional fights on the road. We were very surprised when we heard that Sylvester was brave enough to get in the ring with him.”

Kalle Sauerland was unimpressed by Team Proksa´s remarks. “Even though Proksa has fought on the road and is unbeaten, he has never been up against a crowd like in Neubrandenburg. It will be a great fight and Sebastian will win.” The Hurricane is eager to return to wining ways after losing his title against Daniel Geale on May 7. “The European title will put me back in line for another shot at the world title,” he stated. “I have something to prove and I am ready to make a strong comeback. Proksa can expect a hell of a fight. He better be ready.”

Photo: Team Sauerland

‘Bazooka’ Linenfelser Sets Sights on Coyle

CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2011) – Despite squeezing in a four-round bout before curfew, against an opponent strictly in survivor mode, “Bazooka” Joe Linenfelser (10-1-1, 6 KOs) notched his 10th career win on the non-televised portion of the August 20 ESPN Friday Night Fights card in Indiana,. Now, the talented 23-year-old welterweight prospect is looking forward to a Chicago-style showdown in the not too distant future against Henry “Western Warrior” Coyle.

Faced with not fighting at all due to a midnight curfew, or dropping down from six to four rounds, Team Linenfelser chose the latter and “Bazooka” Joe went on to easily win a four-round decision against veteran Ruben “Modern Day Warrior” Galvan (27-18-4, 10 KOs). The much more experienced Galvan has fought world champions such as Zab Judah, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Paul Spadafora, as well as world title challenger Dmitriy Salita.

“I’m happy to get another win against a guy who has been in the ring with a lot of tough guys,” Linenfelser said. “At first, I was a little upset that it was only a four-rounder because you can hurt a guy but he can still survive four rounds. Galvan pressured me until I hit him with a few good rights, and then he just held on to survive. I wish he had boxed more, or moved around a little, and I would have knocked him out if we fought another round. He really stopped fighting after the second round. In the locker-room, he said he didn’t want a rematch because of my power punching.”

Angelo Dundee Turns 90

When Angelo Dundee was born on August 30th, 1921, in South Philadelphia, Warren G. Harding, a Republican, was the President of the United States. Now, as Angelo celebrates his 90th birthday on Tuesday, August 30th, Barack Obama, a Democrat and an African American is the President of the United States. Angelo Dundee has lived long enough to see a Black man do something heretofore thought absolutely impossible.

Then again, making the impossible possible, describes perfectly the first 90 years of Angelo Dundee’s incredible life and career. It almost goes without saying that Angelo Dundee is the most celebrated and successful trainer in boxing history. He was born Angelo Merena in South Philadelphia on August 30th, 1921. Along the way, Angelo has experienced a simply incredible, jaw-dropping level of success in the world of boxing that is unlikely ever to be repeated, and certainly, never surpassed.

Of the 90 years Angelo has lived, this past year in particular has been perhaps the single toughest year of his entire life. That is because on December 28th, his beautiful wife of fifty-eight years, Helen, a former runway model and genuine Southern Belle, passed away in Palm Harbor, Florida, where they made their home. They had moved there just several years ago from Boca Raton in order to be closer to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A week or so before Helen Dundee died Angelo slipped and fell in his garage, fracturing his hip in several places. Angelo was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery as his beloved Helen was slipping away. The loss of his wife, whom he lovingly called his, “greatest fighter ever,” has been a devastating blow for the legendary trainer. However, through a superhuman effort, Angelo has managed to summon up the strength and emotional reserves of courage necessary to continue to live, flourish and contribute greatly to the lives of all those people who are both fortunate and privileged to know him and love him. Angelo knows that this is exactly what Helen would have desired him to do

Edwin Rodriguez a Serious Player in New Super Middleweight Division

WORCESTER, Mass. (August 30, 2011) – Unbeaten sensation Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, eyeing a world title fight in 2012, has successfully advanced from prospect to legitimate contender in the super middleweight division.

Granted, the 26-year-old Dominican Republic native (19-0, 14 KOs) may not be ready right now for the likes of Lucian Bute, Andre Ward and Carl Froch, but in another year Rodriguez figures he’ll be ready to challenge the top 168-pound guns and, by then, the overall landscape in that weight class could be completely altered. Rumors have some of the super middleweight elite preparing moves up to the light heavyweight division in the not too distant future.

“I need two good fights against top 10 opponents and then I’ll be ready for a world title fight,” Rodriguez said. “I fought on August 20th at 174, but only because my opponent couldn’t make a lower weight. I have no issues making 168. I was able to stay focused the entire fight against Traietti. I wish the fight had lasted longer so I could have thrown more combinations. I’m extremely happy with my performance and have more confidence in my jab. Our game plan was to establish my jab in the first two rounds and then drop my right on him. But I caught him with a good body punch and the fight ended. I need to continue working on putting combinations together and being aware of fighting more defensively. I was disciplined in the gym and listened to Ronnie (Shields). The first time he (Traietti) rushed me, the old me would have tried to take him out right away, but I kept to the game plan.”

Rodriguez’ promoter, Lou DiBella, feels he has something special in Edwin.

Martinez Out of Frampton Fight, New Opponent TBA

Matchroom Sport can confirm that European Super Bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez has withdrawn from his fight with Carl Frampton on September 10 at the Odyssey Arena through personal reasons.

Martinez’s father was taken ill during the young Spaniard’s training camp and has since had his leg amputated. The 25 year-old left his base to spend time with his father, and as a result has pulled out of the fight on the undercard of Paul McCloskey vs. Breidis Prescott, live on Sky Sports.

Frampton’s appearance on the bill will be his 11th pro outing and the man named as one of Sky Sports 11 to watch in 2011, with promoters Matchroom Sport working hard to secure a test for Barry McGuigan’s hot prospect.

Ferrante-Karpency for Pennsylvania State Title on Sept. 24

CHESTER, PA (August 30, 2011)—On Saturday night, September 24th a special and historic night of Combat Sports will take place outdoors on the racetrack at Harrah’s in Chester, Pa as Joey Eye Boxing Promotions and XF Events presents a night of boxing and Mixed Martial Arts

In the main event of the boxing portion, popular Tony Ferrante will take on tough Tommy Karpency in a grudge match for the Pennsylvania State Light heavyweight title.

Ferrante, 27 years old, has a record of 12-2 with seven knockouts, won his first nine bouts which included wins over Anthony Pietrantonio (6-1) and he won the WBF United States title with a eight round majority decision over Billy Bailey.

Ferrante lost that title when he dropped a ten round unanimous decision to Chuck Mussachio (15-1-2).

Ferrante will be looking to make it four in a row after disposing of William Prieto on August 12th at Harrah’s in Chester as part of ROUND 4.

Sanchez-Arroyo Named As Sept. 9 ShoBox Main Event

Team Puerto Rico’s Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs), is confident his extensive preparation will lead to victory when he faces fellow Puerto Rican Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs) on a Gary Shaw Productions night of boxing on September 9 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota.

The 10-round showdown between Sanchez and Arroyo will serve as the night’s main event and will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® (11 PM ET/PT). A world-class cruiserweight showdown between red-hot punching powerhouse Lateef Kayode and respectable long-time contender Felix Cora Jr., will lead off the telecast.

“This is a great opportunity to get a little closer to my goal to fight for a world title and I will take advantage of it,” said the 6′ 1″ Sanchez, who as an amateur won a bronze medal in the Junior Olympics in New Orleans.

Bute-Johnson Set for Nov. 5 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City

Quebec, Monday, August 29th 2011 – InterBox is proud to announce that the much anticipated bout between Lucian Bute (29-0-0 24 KO) and Glen “the Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KO) will take place at the Pepsi Coliseum on Saturday, November 5th 2011. This Event will mark Lucian’s third bout in Quebec City, and second IBF World title defense bout at the Pepsi Coliseum. This will be Lucian’s 9th consecutive IBF title defense Bout since conquering the prestigious title in 2007 in devastating fashion against Alejandro Berrio. Showtime Championship Boxing will broadcast the Main Event, and the entire card will be shown live throughout Canada and several other Countries throughout the World.

“We felt Québec’s desire to host this World title bout from the very beginning and we are very happy to have concluded an agreement with the City and to begin the promotion of what promises to be the biggest challenge of Lucian’s career. The support of City Officials including of course Québec City Mayor Régis Labeaume, and The Quebec Tourism Board with its President Mr. Alain April played an integral part in our decision to promote the Event here. Because of them, we are in a position to offer Quebec City fans another great night of boxing. InterBox blue-chip prospect Pier-Olivier Cote will be a major part of this boxing card and we are already working on other interesting match-ups for our undercard” states InterBox President Mr. Jean Bedard.

“The incredible success of the boxing matches presented in Québec’s capital since 2009 bodes very well for the Lucian Bute–Glen Johnson bout,” declared Mr Labeaume. “The eyes of boxing enthusiasts all over the world will be on Québec City this November, and I’m sure that local fans will turn out in droves for the event.”

FN Video: Golden Boy: O’Brien vs. Andrade Recap

Fight Network recaps Matt O’Brien vs. Librado Andrade for the vacant WBC continental Americas super middleweight title bout that took place on Aug. 27, 2011 in Mexico.

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Clash of Olympians Set for Sept. 23 ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’

INDIO, Calif. (August 29) – Fight fans in the Coachella Valley are going to get a special treat on Friday, September 23 when former United States Olympians Vicente Escobedo (2004 games) and Rocky Juarez (2000 games) square off in a true cross roads fight. Both are no strangers to high stakes competition, but when the bell rings at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, it may be the biggest fight in the careers of both men as they each look to start another run at a world championship with a win in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.”

The 10 round junior lightweight bout is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T. Doors open at 6:00pm PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:30pm PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).

Fans at home can also be part of the action by participating in Cinturón Tecate and voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character in the ring by sending a text message to 55333. Voting will be open through the end of the weekend.?

FN Video: Golden Boy: O’Brien vs. Andrade Recap

Fight Network recaps Matt O’Brien vs. Librado Andrade for the vacant WBC continental Americas super middleweight title bout that took place on Aug. 27, 2011 in Mexico.


Kurtiss Colvin’s Power Can Make You Flip Out

It was one of those moments in boxing that makes every highlight reel and blooper show in the country.

Undefeated (6-0, 5 KOs) middleweight Kurtiss (pronounced Kur-teese, not Curtis) Colvin was having a highly entertaining scrap with Long Beach, California’s Cleven Ishe at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, last July 22 when he knocked Ishe down with a looping right hand.

What made the moment a favorite on YouTube and a staple of every sport show’s highlights that week was Ishe’s reaction to the punch: he did a Popeye-style backward somersault from the force of the blow.

To his credit, Ishe got up, but a couple punches later, he was rescued by referee Lou Moret at 1:24.

Unbeaten Asselstine Returns Sept. 9 in Montreal

TORONTO (August 27, 2011) – Hot, unbeaten featherweight prospect Tyler Asselstinereturns to the ring September 9 in a six-round bout against an opponent to be determined at The Chapiteau CCSE Maisonneuve in Montreal.

After concluding a stellar amateur career (70-10), the 24-year-old Asselstine (6-0, 4 KOs) from Kingston, Ontario, turned pro only 10 months ago and he hasn’t slowed down. His rich amateur pedigree includes being a member of the 2009 Canadian National Team, representing his country in International matches, as well as capturing the 2010 Ringside World Championships.

“I started boxing at 18,” Tyler explained. “I was a kick-boxer before that. I started boxing because I wanted more competition and once I did I couldn’t stop.”

Hennessy Sports has kept Asselstine active, winning six fights in a relatively short period, and preparing for his fifth appearance in Montreal. In his last fight, Tyler won a unanimous six-round decision from Leonos Marie Francoise (8-4) this past June in Ontario.

Photo: Durell Wambolt / The Boxing Examiner

Notes from Havoc Boxing Press Conference

NEW YORK (August 26, 2011)—On Thursday afternoon at Club 1849 in New York City, Rob Diaz Havoc Boxing Promotions hosted the kick off Press Conference in advance of a special night of professional boxing that will take place on Saturday night September 10th at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.

In the main event, Hot Super Middleweight prospect Joel Castillo will put his perfect record on the line when he takes on an opponent to be named.

The co-feature will be a world title bout as Brooklyn’s Amanda Serrano will vie for the IBF Super Featherweight title against an opponent to be named.

Some of the best rising talent in the tri-state area will be on display which will include the American debut of Colombian Cruiserweight knockout artist Santander Silgado.

Photo: Claudia Bocanegra

Complete Undercard Set for Saturday’s Show at Tropicana

On Saturday, August 27th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, returns to the beautiful Tropicana Showroom in the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, to present an action packed seven bout card, featuring heavyweight fan favorite, Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24KO’s), Atlantic City’s own long-time welterweight contender, Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-4, 12KO’s) in separate bouts. Maddalone is set to take on Mike Sheppard in a ten round heavyweight showdown, while Alvarez will meet Chris Fernandez in an eight round welterweight match-up.

Just recently added to the card is Philadelphia’s heavyweight contender, Chazz Witherspoon (28-2, 20KO’s) as he is set to square off against Tyson Cobb (14-2, 8KO’s). Witherspoon, the 2004 National Golden Gloves Champion, is looking to put himself back into the title contention picture. His two losses as a pro came at the hands of top-rated contenders and world title challengers, Chris Arreola and Tony Thompson. Since the loss to Thompson, Witherspoon has picked up two straight stoppage victories, and will be looking to make it three straight in front of a large contingent of hometown fans who are expected to make the short trip over from Philadelphia. Witherspoon-Cobb is scheduled for eight rounds in the heavyweight division.

Atlas-Lewis-Greenberg Conference Call Transcript

NEW YORK – Live world championship boxing returns to EPIX when undefeated 2004 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist ALEXANDER POVETKIN (21-0, 15 KOs), of Russia, and former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion RUSLAN CHAGAEV (27-1-1, 17 KOs), a native of Ukraine who fights out of Berlin, Germany, square-off for the vacant WBA heavyweight title, This Saturday! August 27th. Presented by Sauerland Event, the live broadcast will emanate from Erfurt, Germany.

The battle between the two highest world-rated heavyweight contenders will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. will stream the fight live as part of a free two-week trial offer. The live broadcast and the live stream on EPIX and, respectively, will begin with the main event at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.

Following the Povetkin-Chagaev WBA heavyweight championship, the broadcast and live stream will continue with undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) and WBA Intercontinental heavyweight champion ROBERT HELENIUS (15-0, 10 KOs), a native of Finland who fights out of Berlin, Germany, defending his regional titles against former WBO heavyweight champion SIARHEI LIAKHOVICH (25-3, 16 KOs), a native of Belarus, fights out of Phoenix, Ariz.

Povetkin Declares He’s Ready for Chagaev

Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) is ready for the biggest fight of his career. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner takes on Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title in Erfurt, Germany on Saturday night. In the co-featured main event, WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) will be out to complete his KO hat-trick of former heavyweight champions. After stopping Lamon Brewster and Samuel Peter, the Nordic Nightmare comes face-to-face with Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs). “This is going to be an unforgettable night of heavyweight boxing,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said at today´s press conference. “We have four potential heavyweight champions in the two main events. That´s about as good as it gets. Alexander Povetkin can finally crown his impressive career with a victory over Chagaev, who is an experienced and accomplished former champion. But Povetkin is younger, faster and stronger. I expect him to win, just as I expect our Scandinavian heavyweight sensation Robert Helenius to knock out the third ex-heavyweight champion in a row to continue his march to the top.”

Povetkin cannot wait to get down to business. “I am ready,” he said. “I have waited for this moment for a long time. I have a lot of respect for Chagaev. But we have developed a very good game plan.” Added coach Teddy Atlas: “Chagaev knows what it is like to be champion and he also knows what it´s like not to be champion anymore. He can do it all inside the ring but we are here with a good game plan and we are here to execute the game plan.”

Photos: Karina Hessland

Rising Stars in Action this Thursday at ‘Fight Night Club’

LOS ANGELES, August 24 – The summer boxing scene is coming to a close, but when “Fight Night Club” returns to L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia this Thursday, August 25, Golden Boy Promotions and AEG will be bringing the heat with five hard-hitting bouts that will keep Southern California fight fans cheering from start to finish.

In the six round lightweight main event, top Southern California prospects Hector Serrano (13-2, 5 KO’s) of Huntington Park and Juan Garcia (14-3, 5 KO’s) of Los Angeles collide in a pivotal meeting of local rising stars looking for Los Angeles-area bragging rights.

In the co-featured bout of the evening, also scheduled for six rounds in the lightweight division, proud East Los Angeles prospect Ramon Valadez (9-1, 5 KO’s) makes his eighth “Fight Night Club” appearance, this time facing the always-tough Nogales, Mexico battler Noe Lopez Jr. (8-9, 5 KO’s).

Making a special appearance at “Fight Night Club” will be newly crowned IBF Bantamweight World Champion Abner Mares, who will be on hand to take in the fights and celebrate his August 13 title capturing victory over Joseph Agbeko.

Ward-Froch NYC Press Conference Recap

EDMONTON (Aug. 24, 2011) – World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch continued the three-city international press tour yesterday in New York City to formally announce The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, set to air LIVE in Canada only on Super Channel courtesy of SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Ward and Froch, along with their respective promoters Dan Goossen and Eddie Hearn, Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports® and creator of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, Ken Condon from Caesars Atlantic City and Aaron Davis, Commissioner of the State Athletic Control Board, spoke with a crowded room of media from New York, New Jersey and national outlets at Highline Ballroom in Chelsea to discuss what is being called the most significant fight in the history of the Super Middleweight division.

After a two-year, grueling journey, Ward, America’s last Olympic Gold Medalist, will face British superstar Froch in The Final to determine the world’s best 168-pound fighter.

The winner of the high stakes matchup will claim both world championship belts, the vacant The Ring magazine championship and the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.

Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

Balker Gate Crashes Top 100 with Big Win Over Turba

Following his sensational defeat of World #45 ranked Richard Turba last Friday, London based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker has rocketed into the top one hundred in the World Cruiserweight rankings, moving up from his previous #220 spot to #86.

Mitchell, who one year ago relocated to London to be managed and co-trained by Johnny Eames at his famed TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, controlled the bout virtually from start to finish, saying that he did have to survive a second round visit to the canvas after Turba landed a sharp left uppercut followed by a left hook. After the knockdown Mitchell stayed calm and closed up shop until the end of the round.

Throughout rounds three to six Mitchell was barely troubled by Turba, even though the tough Blackpool based Slovakian was constantly letting rip with wild right hands, and controlled the proceedings with his superb jab and crisp clean combinations to pick up his fifth win, in six outings, by a 57-56 points margin.

‘Kid’ Rooney Returns Aug. 27 at Tropicana in Atlantic City

On Saturday, August 27th, Kevin “Kid” Rooney will make his Atlantic City debut when he meets New Jersey’s pro-debuting Carlos Perez at the Tropicana Showroom in the Tropicana Casino and Resort. Rooney-Perez is scheduled for four rounds in the jr. middleweight division, and will be one of the featured undercard bouts on Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing promoted show, featuring heavyweight fan-favorite Vinny Maddalone, and Atlantic City’s Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez in separate bouts.

“So far Kevin has been very exciting to watch,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing. “Not only are his performances inside the ring exciting, but it’s apparent he has learned a thing or two from me about promoting during his time here at Star Boxing,” said DeGuardia with a chuckle. “In all seriousness though he really has promoted himself well in the two fights, and had great turn outs come see him from the NYC and upstate New York areas.”

Rooney, the son of world renowned trainer, Kevin Rooney, and publicist for Star Boxing, made his pro-debut back in April on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

Photo: Dean Treml

Andrade, Ornelas Return Live this Saturday Night on Fight Network

LOS ANGELES, August 22 – After traveling the world and doing battle in Denmark, Canada and Germany, fighting brothers Librado Andrade and Enrique Ornelas have one stamp missing stamp in their fistic passports – their native Mexico. On Saturday, August 27, that will be rectified when they fight for the first time in their home country on a doubleheader to be aired on Televisa’s “Sabados De Corona” in Mexico and on AT&T U-verse in the United States live from the Centro De Espectaculos De La Feria Leon in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

In the 12 round main event, Andrade will face Canada’s Matt O’Brien for the vacant WBC Intercontinental Super Middleweight Title. The co-feature will pit Ornelas against Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico’s Alfredo Contreras in a 10 round light heavyweight contest. August 27 will mark the ninth time the brothers from Jesus del Monte, Guanajuato have competed on the same card, compiling an impressive 16-2 combined record in those fights.

The doubleheader headlines a scheduled 11 fight event presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with ESA and Leon Tijuana Boxing and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 5:00pm, the first fight begins at 6:00pm and the Televisa broadcast begins at 10:30pm CT.

The fights will also be available in Canada live on Fight Network, as well as the United States as AT&T* is exclusively delivering the series across three screens (TV, Online and Mobile) to AT&T U-verse members. The August 27 U-verse broadcasts will air live at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT on AT&T U-verse® TV, U-verse Online at and, for subscribers to the U-verse Live TV mobile application, on qualifying mobile phones.

KO Artist Escalera Looking to Put Another Foe to Sleep on Aug. 27

On Saturday, August 27th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the beautiful Tropicana Ballroom in the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City with co-featured headliners, Vinny Maddalone and Shamone Alvarez. Before those featured bouts take place, Star Boxing’s hard hitting undefeated super middleweight prospect, Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (11-0, 10KO’s) will look to produce some early fireworks on the undercard when he takes on fellow knockout artist Mickey Scarborough (6-3, 6KO’s) in a six round super middleweight showdown.

Escalera, who hails from Union City, NJ, is an exciting prospect, with concussive power in either hand. After winning the 2007 NJ Golden Gloves, Escalera turned pro on February 9th, 2008 and scored the first of his so far ten career knockouts, dropping his opponent three times before the referee called a halt to the contest in the very first round. Escalera would have three more fights in 2008, winning all three by knockout.

In 2009 and 2010 Escalera picked up six more victories, five by knockout. Escalera was undefeated and starting to make some noise along the east coast, but he wasn’t being kept as active as he wanted. One problem was that it was becoming harder and harder for Escalera to secure opponents. Luckily late in 2010, Escalera’s power and exciting style caught the eye of promoter Joe DeGuardia. DeGuardia officially signed Escalera earlier this spring, and the super middleweight prospect rewarded his new promoter with a devastating 2nd round TKO in his Star Boxing debut on May 5th. Now Escalera looks to turn in an equally as impressive performance when he meets Scarborough on August 27th at the Tropicana. The fight on the 27th will be Escalera’s third at the Tropicana and fourth in Atlantic City as a pro.

Povetkin-Chagaev & Helenius-Liakhovich Workout Quotes & Pics

Four potential heavyweight champions participated in today´s public work-out in Erfurt ahead of Saturday´s big Sauerland Event card in Germany. Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) and Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) clash for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title, while WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) looks to complete his KO hat-trick of former champions when he takes on Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs).

The Nordic Nightmare, who has already destroyed Lamon Brewster and Sam Peter, is confident of success. Helenius was the first of the four heavyweights to show his skills during an open session at the Thüringen-Park shopping mall. “It was in Erfurt where I clinched the first major title of my career when I stopped Gregory Tony last year to become the EU champion,” he said. “I will never forget the fantastic support of the fans. I hope Saturday night will be as successful.” Liakhovich has other plans. “I have been training for this fight very, very long and I am very optimistic. I can only suggest the fans to tune in to this fight, the outcome might be very surprising.”

Zab Judah Files Protests, Requests Rematch with Amir Khan

Zab “Super” Judah has filed a protest with the Nevada Athletic Commission and has also sent letters to both the WBA and the IBF requesting that those organizations order a rematch with Amir Khan.

According to the protest letter, Judah’s requests are predicated upon the inappropriate actions of the referee, who was clearly not in a position to see the low blow administered by Khan which ended the fight, as well as the referee’s reluctance to sanction Khan for repetitious hitting behind the head and holding Judah down throughout the bout.

A copy of the letter that was sent to the WBA, as well as the IBF and the Nevada Athletic Commission outlining the details of Khan’s infractions, is attached, along with a link to the video tape illustrating the repeated fouls, is attached.

Presser on August 30 to Reveal Details of Arturo Gatti’s Death

Internationally renowned private investigators Paul Ciolino of Chicago and Joseph Moura of Boston have been hired by Gatti’s manager Pat Lynch to investigate Gatti’s death.

The three-time world champion Gatti was found dead in his rented vacation apartment in Brazil on July 11, 2009 at the age of 37. Brazilian police arrested Gatti’s wife Amanda Rodrigues, only to release her three weeks later. The Brazilian authorities have ruled Gatti’s death a suicide.

A number of medical and scientific expert witnesses from across the country will also make brief presentations which will conclusively lay to rest the mystery surrounding Gatti’s cause of death

Stacked Undercard Set for Aug. 26 ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago boxing fans are anxiously counting down the days to the return of “SÓLO BOXEO TECATE”: WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 18 on Friday, August 26 at the UIC Pavilion and with good reason, as Golden Boy Promotions and 8 Count Productions are bringing a sensational undercard to Chicago.

The main event pits undefeated former amateur standouts, Frankie Gomez, (10-0, 8 KO’s) of East Los Angeles and Chicago’s Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados, (6-0-1, 4 KO’s) in an eight round junior welterweight battle.

In the televised co-main event, lightweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (13-0-1, 9 KO’s) will put his undefeated record on the line against the battle-tested Marcos Herrera (6-6-1, 2KO’s)) of Arvada, Colorado.