Ajose, Chebah Battle in WBC Eliminator on Sept. 30 ‘ShoBox’

NEW YORK (Sept. 20, 2011) – World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1-ranked super lightweight contender Olusegun Ajose will face No. 6-ranked Ali Chebah in a WBC super lightweight eliminator on Friday, Sept. 30, in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.

The 12-round bout, which will be the United States debut for each fighter, will determine the No. 1 mandatory contender for the WBC 140-pound title currently held by Erik Morales.

The 12th-ranked lightweight in the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Colombia’s exciting, hard-hitting Darley Perez (22-0, 17 KOs) will make his ShoBox debut against Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs), of Mexico, in a 10-round lightweight co-feature.

The event, the second of five ShoBox telecasts in eight weeks and first of two within a one-week span, is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment.

Internet Hit Usman Ahmed in Prizefighter

Internet sensation Usman Ahmed will get the chance to make a name for himself in the right way as he joins the line-up for Prizefighter Super Flyweights at Liverpool Olympia on Wednesday October 12, live on Sky Sports.

Ahmed hit the headlines when a video of his flamboyant ring walk and first round knockout defeat to Ashley Sexton became a viral hit on YouTube. One version of the video has now been viewed over five million times as Sexton delivers a punishing right to floor the confident Derby man in their English Flyweight title clash in Brentwood in January 2010.

The 29 year-old had previously fought for the Chris Edwards for the British and Commonwealth titles and promoter Eddie Hearn believes that a strong showing at Olympia could earn Ahmed a shot at redemption.

Rebel Perez Vents His Fury Over ‘Big Mouth’ Tyson

Irish based Cuban Mike “The Rebel” Perez says he wants to shut Tyson Fury’s “big mouth” following the English heavyweight’s win over American Nicolai Firtha in Belfast last weekend. Perez steam rolled his way to the International Prizefighter title earlier this year to stretch his perfect record to 16 straight wins and he’s confident he can do the same to the much hyped Fury on the Manchester man’s next scheduled outing on November 12th.

In the buildup to the Firtha fight Fury, the reigning British and Commonwealth Champ accused Perez of ducking a fight with him, a claim that has infuriated the Cork based southpaw. “Why would I not want that fight?,” said Perez. “It’s easy money and a chance to make a lot of people happy by knocking him out and shutting his big mouth. Fury is just like his fellow countryman David Haye, he talks the talk but he doesn’t deliver. Fury’s promoter asked about the fight a few weeks weeks ago when he still didn’t have an opponent. I said yes straight away and asked them to send through a contract but we never heard any more about it.

“He says he’s fighting again on November 12th so come on, put your money where your big mouth is and make a real offer this time. I watched the fight on Saturday night and it was a joke, it should never have been stopped. Fury was in more trouble in the third round than Firtha was when the fight was stopped in the fifth. Firtha was knocked out cold by Tye Fields, a guy I blew away in 32 seconds in the Prizefighter so I think that speaks for itself.”

Willie Casey Returns with ‘Bang Bang’, Eyes Kennedy or Quigg

CORK, Ireland– Former European and Prizefighter super bantamweight champion Willie “Big Bang” Casey returned to the ring last Saturday night in Belfast, stopped veteran Daniel Kodjo Sassou in the eighth round of their fight on the Tyson Fury-Nicolai Firtha card in famed King’s Hall.

Casey (12-1, 8 KOs), fighting out of Limerick, has now set his sights on World Boxing Association (“WBA”) Inter-Continental champion Scott Quigg (22-0, 15 KOs) or former United States Boxing Association (“USBA”) titlist Teon Kennedy (17-1-1, 17 KOs). Quigg, an Englishman, is rated No. 3 by the WBA and No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation (“IBF”),while Philadelphia- based Kennedy is ranked No. 8 by the IBF.

“Willie asked me to arrange fight with highly-touted Teon Kennedy or Scott Quigg,”Casey’s manager Gary Hyde said. “I am in the process of contacting their representatives this week and hopefully we can make a fight for Willie against one of these fighters. Willie fought a great fight last Saturday and he’s shown that there’s much more to Willle Casey than a ‘Big Bang.’ I am very happy with Willie’s performance. He works extremely hard and has the necessary desire to reach the top.”

Williams Stops Okoth, Fowler and Ockuko Impress

On Sunday afternoon Miranda Carter and Bruce Baker co-promoted their first event of the new season – Great Expectations – at York Hall in the heart of the East End of London.

Surprisingly York Hall wasn’t packed to capacity, perhaps because of the late pullout by British Light Welter Champ Ashley Theophane, due to an injury, or even possibly that just days before there were two other big shows in the Capital – Prizefighter and the Mickey Helliet promoted event at the Elephant and Castle. However those that made the trip to hallowed home of British boxing on Sunday were treated to a cracking afternoon of action.

With Ashley out Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams versus Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth was elevated to sole headline status.

Right from the opening bell Williams went on the attack, closing down his prey before letting rip with a massive overhand right that shook Battersea’s Okoth to the core. Not willing to give Okoth a chance to recover Williams fired another exocet into the midriff. Okoth sensibly covered up as another salvo of punches rained down on him.

Q&A with IBF Cruiserweight Champ Steve Cunningham

IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs) will put his belt on the line against Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1, 13 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany on October 1. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 35-year-old American ahead of his third fight for Team Sauerland.

Q: How has the preparation been going?
USS: “Everything has been going great, I’m feeling good and looking forward to the fight. I’m always in the gym, even without a fight scheduled, and I always have the top cruiserweights on my radar.”

Q: Hernandez is a tough fighter. He is also a southpaw. Have you already fought other southpaws? Have you had a special preparation for this fight?
USS: “Yes, I have fought other southpaws in my career, and I used to spar with Chris Byrd as an amateur and pro. I have no problems with fighting southpaws.” –

Cotto-Margarito II Tickets On Sale Tomorrow at Noon

NEW YORK (September 19, 2011) — This time it’s personal. Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO will make the second defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title in the long-awaited rematch against professional rival and three-time welterweight world champion ANTONIO “The Tijuana Tornado” MARGARITO, of México, Saturday, December 3, at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Their first encounter, on July 26, 2008, was a battle of epic proportion and arguably the Fight of the Year. Cotto and Margarito boast a combined record of 74-9 (56 KOs) – a winning percentage of 89% and a victory by knockout ratio of 76% — not to mention seven world titles between them.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, tickets to Cotto-Margarito II, priced at $600, $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, including applicable service charges, will go on sale Tomorrow! Tuesday, September 20, at Noon ET. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Ticketmaster charges an additional fee.

“The first fight was a classic. I have a feeling that this fight will be much more intense, an outright war. This event will be a real treat for all fight fans,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank.

Controversial End to Mayweather-Ortiz

In an ugly and disappointing ending to a highly anticipated welterweight title fight, Floyd Mayweather knocked out Victor Ortiz in a seemingly illegal if not unsportsmanlike manner, which will no doubt be discussed ad infinitum on the internet until Floyd loses a prizefight, if he ever does. Unfortunately, referee Joe Cortez deserves almost as much credit for the KO of Ortiz as does Floyd Mayweather. The way in which this fight ended, will not earn Mayweather any new fans. Neither will his profanity laced tirade directed towards Larry Merchant during the post fight interview. To be sure, it is almost mathematically impossible to measure how little Floyd Mayweather cares about the opinions of fight fans as well as Hall of Fame inductee broadcasters such as the venerable Larry Merchant.

It was Joe Cortez’s inept handling of the fight that readily provided the bizarre opportunity for Mayweather to KO a defenseless Ortiz. Mind you, Ortiz was defenseless by his own choosing, committing an amateur mistake against an all-time great. Mayweather, needless to say, took full advantage of the opportunity created by Joe Cortez’s mishandling of the fighters, as was his right under the rules and regulations of the sport of boxing. Perhaps a better question to add here is why shouldn’t Mayweather have used the opportunity presented to him by Cortez’s glaring error? Ortiz must shoulder the responsibility for his own knockout. He is a veteran prizefighter. He knows that the first rule of boxing is, “to protect yourself at all times.” Ortiz ignored at his own peril the words “protect” and “all times’ from the above mentioned adage, which led directly to his immediate destruction. What should Mayweather have done? Write a letter to Ortiz asking for permission to punch him?

Quick Shots – Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz

Below are the quick results from the Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz HBO PPV from MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and Saul Alvarez vs. Alfonso Gomez from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.:

-Floyd Mayweather Jr. def. Victor Ortiz via KO at 2:59, round 4; Mayweather claims WBC welterweight title
-Saul Alvarez def. Alfonso Gomez via TKO at 2:36, round 6; Alvarez retains WBC light middleweight title
-Erik Morales def. Pablo Cesar Cano via TKO at 3:00, round 10; Morales claims vacant WBC light welterweight title
-Jessie Vargas def. Josesito Lopez via split decision (95-94, 94-95, 96-93)
-Carson Jones def. Said Ouali via TKO at 3:00, round 7
-Adonis Stevenson def. Dion Savage via TKO at 1:57, round 1

Golden Boy Promotions Signs Devon Alexander to Promotional Deal

LOS ANGELES, September 17 – A gifted boxer whose talent and compelling story has captivated fans around the world, former Junior Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander “The Great” is on track to regain his title after his June win over Lucas Matthysse, and to help him get there, he has enlisted Golden Boy Promotions to co-promote him with his own company, The Great Promotions, on his way to boxing superstardom.

“I am extremely excited to join forces with Golden Boy Promotions, the premier promoter in our sport,” said Alexander. “Golden Boy has several fighters in their stable, in and around my weight division that would make great fights for me. I look forward to challenging the best in boxing in the coming years.”

“Devon Alexander’s resume and talent speak for themselves and he’s a perfect addition to our team both as a boxer and as a promoting partner,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “With everything he’s accomplished so far, it’s hard to believe that he’s only 24, but that’s good news for boxing fans because it’s clear that the best is yet to come for him.”

Results from Friday’s ‘Star Power Friday’ in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV – Kicking off the biggest weekend in boxing of 2011, Las Vegas fight fans were entertained by “STAR POWER FRIDAY,” an explosive five-fight card at Texas Station Casino presented by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T.

If you missed the live action or the broadcasts on TeleFutura “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” or Fox Sports Net, below is a summary of the results:

Seth Mitchell def. Hector Ferreyro
via Technical Knockout, 3

Felix Diaz def. Larry Smith
via Unanimous Decision, 8

Marco Huck to Defend WBO Title vs. Rogelio Rossi on Oct. 22

WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) will face the “biggest challenge” of his career on October 22 when he takes on Argentinian giant Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs) in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Two metres tall and unbeaten in his last 17 fights, Rossi is between Huck and a successful eighth defence of his title. “Rossi must be the world´s tallest cruiserweight,” Huck said. “I´ve never fought against an opponent as tall as him. I will have to make adjustments in training. It won´t be easy to hit his head, but I can promise my fans that he will go down, just like everybody else who has tried to take away my title.”

The clash will be Huck´s first fight in Ludwigsburg since beating Ola Afolabi in a hard-fought battle in December 2009, which was his first defence. “I will never forget the support of the fans in Ludwigsburg,” he said. “I had just become world champion and Afolabi gave me a hard fight. But with the help of the crowd, I wore him down. It will be no different this time out.”

FN Video: McGuinness vs. Gaudet Press Conference

Fight Network was on scene at the Logan McGuinness vs. Benoit Gaudet press conference discussing their Oct. 22 bout for McGuinness’s NABA lightweight title.

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FN Video: McGuinness vs. Gaudet Press Conference

Fight Network was on scene at the Logan McGuinness vs. Benoit Gaudet press conference discussing their Oct. 22 bout for the vacant NABA super featherweight title.

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Donaire-Narvaez Oct. 22 at Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK — World Bantamweight Champion and Top-Five pound for pound fighter NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE will make his New York debut in an exciting title defense against undefeated two-division world champion OMAR “El Huracán” NARVAEZ, Saturday, October 22, in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Boxing. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, the Donaire-Narvaez world title tilt will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)

Tickets to Donaire vs. Narvaez, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, including applicable service charges, are on sale and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

“The electricity in New York fights is unlike any city. New York has long been the Mecca of boxing and when you are able to bring in one of the pound-for-pound greats, like Nonito Donaire, it is great for the sport and great for his development and marketability,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.

Torres, Lamanna Win Belts in Newark

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY -On Wednesday night at the Robert Treat Hotel, Vincent Ponte’s Gulfstream Boxing along with Gabe LaConte put on a fantastic night of boxing that saw two titles won; A Controversial Heavyweight fight featuring two undefeated fighters and a New Jersey Fight of the year candidate.

The card can be seen on demand on www.gfl.tv for just $9.99

In the main event, Michael Torres of Jersey City, New Jersey captured the New Jersey won the New Jersey State Jr. Welterweight title with an eight round unanimous decision over Mark Alexander of London, England.

In what was a major step up fight, Wanzell Ellison gathered himself to salvage a hard fought draw against rugged and battle tested Carlos Vinan in a six round Jr. Lightweight fight. –

Lloyd-Taylor Becomes First Reserve to Win Prizefighter

Robert Lloyd-Taylor became the first ever reserve fighter to win Prizefighter after defeating Nick Quigley in the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights II final at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Lloyd-Taylor won the coin-toss with fellow reserve Nathan Weise after JJ Bird fainted in the dressing rooms and was picked out of the hat first by former British, European and Commonwealth Light-Middleweight champion Jamie Moore in the first ever live draw, and WBC Super-Middleweight champion Carl Froch matched him with former two-weight World Champion Takaloo. Lloyd-Taylor was undaunted by facing the ‘Margate Rock’ and kept the veteran at the end of his jab and reached the semi-finals through a split decision.

In the semis Lloyd-Taylor met the favourite Peter Vaughan but threw the form book out of the window with the only stoppage of the night, dropping the Banbury fighter after 90 seconds of the final round, before the contest was waved off in the dying embers.

Quigley had been involved in two wars to reach the final – taking a split decision in an all-Liverpool fourth quarter-final against Steve Harkin, before clinching a spot in the final in the fight of the night against Kris Agyei-Dua, where both men threw plenty of leather but Quigley took a unanimous decision.

Pirog-Martirosyan Set for Sept. 25 in Russia

Art Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and Kirill Pchelnikov and German Titov’s GT & KP Boxing Promotion will present a sensational world championship fight card on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the Palace of Sports “Olympus” in Krasnodar, Russia. The fights will be televised in Russia on Channel 2. Check local listings for times.

In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds – World Boxing Organization middleweight world champion Dmitry Pirog, 18-0 with 14 knockouts, of Gelendzhik, Russia, will make his second defense of the title against WBO No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger Gennady Martirosyan, 22-2 with 11 knockouts, of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Promoter Art Pelullo said, “Dmitry Pirog is one of the most talented and exciting middleweights in the world, and Gennady Martirosyan is a very worthy challenger for the world title. My partners, Kirill Phelnikov and German Titov, and I are very excited about promoting this terrific event and are looking forward to some very big opportunites for Dmitry in the future.”

Mitchell, Ferreyro Ready for Battle on ‘Star Power Friday’

LAS VEGAS – We are just days away from the welterweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz on Saturday night, which means we are getting even closer to “STAR POWER FRIDAY” at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. on Friday, September 16.

The evening of boxing features an unprecedented two network, bilingual broadcast on TeleFutura and Fox Sports Net making this event the perfect way for any fan to begin boxing’s biggest weekend of 2011.

In the 10 round main event, hard-hitting heavyweight contender Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (22-0-1, 16 KO’s) is back in action for the first time since his blistering first round knockout of Evans Quinn in May and the former standout Michigan State University linebacker will look to build on his impressive boxing resume when he takes on Texas veteran “Hurricane” Hector Ferreyro (21-10-2, 12 KO’s), a rugged battler who plans on taking Mitchell into deep, uncharted water this week.

Fight to Educate Seems Like Old Times for Danny O’Connor

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Popular light welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor returns to the ring Wednesday night (Sept. 21), fighting for the fourth consecutive year on the Fight To Educate (“FTE”) card, at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

This trip, however, the crafty southpaw from Framingham, Mass. has a completely new look. He’s now a father who trains in Houston, home of his new trainer, former two-time world title challenger and past Trainer of the Year, Ronnie Shields. More significantly, though, O’Connor (14-1, 3 KOs) no longer has the word “unbeaten” associated with his name having lost his last fight this past April to undefeated Gabriel Bracero on ShoBox.

“It’s always good fighting on the Fight To Educate card,” the 26-year-old O’Connor said. “This year I pushed to get back on the card (10th annual FTE), especially coming off my last fight. I made my pro debut here. After surgery I have no health issues. I’m accustomed to the event and the people know me by name. Plus, it’s a great cause. What better place for my comeback? All good things have happened to me there and I’m absolutely thrilled to be fighting on this great show again. I’m also fighting for a charity, the ‘Doug Bolanes Jr. Organization. I’m going to have a lot of people from that group attending the show.”

New and Improved O’Connor Ready for Smashing Return

Super lightweight prospect Danny O’Connor (14-1, 3 KOs) is putting the finishing touches on training for his return to the ring on Wednesday, September 21, on the Fight To Educate card at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Fighting for the fourth consecutive year in this high-profile charity boxing event, southpaw O’Connor will be debuting the new-and-improved skills he has picked up from working with new trainer, the legendary Ronnie Shields in Houston, Texas.

He will face Mexico’s Jaime Del Cid (7-5, 3 KOs) in a six-round in the co-featured bout. It will be O’Connor’s first ring appearance since a disappointing setback on ShoBox The New Generation against Gabriel Bracero on April 8.

Yuriorkis Gamboa Shows Flashes of Greatness

Yuriorkis Gamboa proved once again that he is the best featherweight in the world once again this past Saturday night in Atlantic City, thoroughly dominating former champ Daniel Ponce De Leon. Gamboa, the Guantanamo Cyclone scored a technical decision victory over de Leon in 8 rounds when the fight was stopped due to an accidental clash of heads between the two fighters.

De Leon emerged from the accidental butt squinting furiously, causing referee Alan Huggins to stop the fight momentarily so as to allow the ringside doctor to take a look at the damage the butt had caused on de Leon’s face. de Leon suffered a deep cut over his right eye, which was spurting blood. De Leon, a true warrior, showed his stripes by pleading with the doctor to allow him to continue. The cut was deep and in a bad place. The doctor felt he had no choice but to stop the fight.

The cut did not look to adversely affect De Leon. The doctor looked panicked and hesitated for a moment, trying to leave the decision of whether or not continue in the hands of referee Alan Huggins. The doctor asked Huggins several times what to do. Referee Alan Huggins told the doctor that such a decision was a medical call, thus it was up to the doctor. Ponce De Leon at least deserved an opportunity to try and continue. He has an excellent and experienced corner and it would have pleased the fans if de Leon’s corner had at least been given a proper chance to stop the cut over their fighter’s eye.

Yuriorkis Gamboa showed flashes of greatness throughout the fight but seemed very tentative for most of the fight, giving De Leon a lot of respect. In his previous fight against Juan Solis, Gamboa appeared to have been operating on all cylinders, putting all of his vast skills on displaying, astonishing the crowd while destroying Solis. Against De Leon, Gamboa only fought in spurts. Gamboa often seems to be fighting himself as much as he is fighting his opponent.

Ontario vs. Quebec: Cross-Province Boxing Rivalry

TORONTO (September 15, 2011) – With all due respect to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadians, the long, rich arch-rivalry in sports between Ontario and Quebec is, perhaps more prevalent today in boxing than even hockey.

The aforementioned rivalry heats up October 22 at The Hersey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, when unbeaten World Boxing Association (“WBA”) No. 11-rated Logan Cotton McGuinness, of Ontario, takes on and former world title challenger Benoit Gaudet, of Quebec, in the 10-round main event on a card presented by Hennessy Sports in association with Interbox and United Promotions.

The adversarial provincial competition continues November 5 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec as two-time world champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (33-2, 12 KOs), of Ontario, faces Sebastian Gauthier (21-2, 13 KOs), of Quebec, in the co-feature on the Lucian Bute-Glen Johnson card, presented by Interbox.

Showtime Adds Stieglitz-Kessler to Nov. 5 Bute-Johnson Telecast

NEW YORK (Sept. 14, 2011) – SHOWTIME® will televise yet another important super middleweight world championship bout when former world titlist Mikkel Kessler of Denmark returns to the ring to challenge World Boxing Organization (WBO) kingpin Robert Stieglitz of Germany on Saturday, Nov. 5, from renowned PARKEN Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. The WBO championship fight will be shown on same-day delay and precede the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title fight between unbeaten defending champion Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson live on SHOWTIME from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

The Nov. 5 doubleheader will take place just seven days after world champions Andre Ward (World Boxing Association) and Carl Froch (World Boxing Council) collide in The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, Oct. 29 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

The addition of Stieglitz vs. Kessler to the Nov. 5 telecast completes a lineup that puts all four super middleweight world titles up for grabs, along with The RING magazine belt and the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup, in back-to-back Saturdays on SHOWTIME.

Carl Froch to Perform Live Prizefighter Light Middleweights Draw

WBC Super-Middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch will perform the first ever live fight-night draw at tomorrow’s sold-out Prizefighter Light-Middleweights II at Bethnal Green’s York Hall, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1.

The Nottingham star will lead the eight contenders to the ring with none of the fighters knowing who they will face in the quarter-finals. In another first for Prizefighter, Ryan ‘Crash Bang’ Taylor takes on Dan Carr in the first “Prizefighter Prospect” before the action gets underway.

Fight fans should get to the venue early to see Londoner Taylor make his pro debut. The 23 year-old fights out of Tony Sims’ gym alongside ‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker and Lee ‘Lights Out’ Purdy, and is aiming to turn his amateur talents into professional victories, having won numerous titles and fought in New York’s prestigious Golden Gloves – the doors at York Hall open at 6.30pm.

Tomorrow’s Prizefighter line-up is led by former two-weight World champion Takaloo who returns to primetime boxing after three years out of the ring.

Tickets On Sale for Donaire-Narvaez on Oct. 22

NEW YORK (September 14, 2011) — World Bantamweight Champion and Top-Five pound for pound fighter NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE will make his New York debut in an exciting title defense against undefeated two-division world champion OMAR “El Huracán” NARVAEZ, Saturday, October 22, in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Boxing. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, the Donaire-Narvaez world title tilt will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)

Tickets to Donaire vs. Narvaez, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, including applicable service charges, go on sale Tomorrow! Thursday, September 15, at Noon ET, and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

“The electricity in New York fights is unlike any city. New York has long been the Mecca of boxing and when you are able to bring in one of the pound-for-pound greats, like Nonito Donaire, it is great for the sport and great for his development and marketability,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.

Amanda Serrano Wins Boxing 360’s First Title

NEW YORK (September 13, 2011) – Boxing 360 has its first world champion, new International Boxing Federation (“IBF”) junior lightweight Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, who stopped WIBF Inter-Continental lightweight titlist Kimberly Connor in last Saturday night’s scheduled 10-round title fight in Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports Complex.

The undefeated 23-year-old Serrano (12-0-1, 8 KOs), a native of Puerto Rico who fights out of Brooklyn, took control early against her game Arkansas opponent, Connor (9-2-2, 4 KOs).

“It’s amazing,” Serrano spoke about winning her first world title at home in Brooklyn. “It was the best crowd ever and I had a lot of mixed-up emotions to deal with. I had so many family and friends there who’ve watched me grow in this sport. Winning a world title means the world to me. Kimberly was tough but I train for every fight like I’m fighting Mike Tyson. What’s next? I’m a fighter who just fights and trains. I’m ready to fight anybody between 122 and 130 who my team puts in front of me.”

British Champ Haskins Leads Strong Super Flyweight Prizefighter

British Super Flyweight Champion Lee Haskins tops the bill in a star-studded Prizefighter Super Flyweights at Liverpool Olympia on Wednesday 12 October, live on Sky Sports.

Former English and Commonwealth champ Haskins will be severely tested on the night with St. Helens’ unbeaten English Bantamweight champion Craig Lyon and hotly fancied unbeaten English flyweight champion Ashley Sexton both in action.

Liverpool’s Mike Robinson will be hoping the draw pairs him with Londoner Sexton on home turf, having lost a tight decision to Sexton in April and then drawing with him on the undercard of David Haye’s fight with Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg.

Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame 2011 Award Winners Announced

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (September 13, 2011) – Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame “CBHOF” officials today announced its annual award winners for Professional and Amateur Fighters of the Year, respectively, Delvin Rodriguez and Tremaine Williams, as well as Official of the Year, Don Trella, and Achievement Award, Peter Timothy.

The award presentations, as well as induction ceremonies, will be held at the seventh annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner will be held Saturday night, October 29 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The 2011 CBHOF inductees are five-time world champion Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Paz; 1996 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Captain, Lawrence Clay-Bey; world boxing judge Glenn S. Feldman; world light heavyweight title challenger Eric“Magic 2000” Harding; amateur boxing standout Kelvin Anderson; boxer, referee and coach Billy Taylor; and highly-respected ringside physician, Dr. Michael Schwartz.

Williams Fired Up for Okoth Showdown this Sunday

Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams gets his first outing of the new season, against Battersea’s fighting fireman Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth, at the Miranda Carter and Bruce Baker co-promoted ‘Great Expectations’ event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, this coming Sunday.

Williams is seems particularly pleased that Okoth is his opponent on Sunday, as not only has ‘The Ox’ fought all the main players in the division, but Williams also wanted a tough test to prepare for the upcoming English title clash with Tony ‘The Conqueror’ Conquest , which is scheduled for late October.

Following a highly explosive final sparring session, against fellow Johnny Eames managed and co-trained Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker, at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town, Williams spoke briefly on his preparations and his opponent Nick Okoth. “Just got back from Marbella, been out there training and that, so am good to go and preparations have been perfect.