Star Power: Mayweather-Ortiz a Family Affair

LOS ANGELES (August 11)…The sport of boxing has a rich history of families achieving pugilistic success as a group, be it fathers and sons, brothers (and occasionally sisters), uncles and nephews, or all of the above. Bloodlines run deep and this theme plays out in “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz”, the September 17 mega-event which will be presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. The boxing extravaganza is loaded with these “fighting families,” as five of the eight headlining boxers have made fighting a family affair in one way or another.

The most prominent among them is the Mayweather ménage, with Floyd “Money” Mayweather front and center. Floyd’s uncle, Roger, is his trainer, but Roger was also an excellent boxer in his day, winning titles at 130 and 140 pounds in the ’80s, facing the legendary likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker and Kostya Tszyu. Floyd’s father, Floyd Sr., was also in “Little Floyd’s” corner for several years and was a solid welterweight contender in the ’70s and ’80s, notably facing Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978. Then there’s Floyd’s uncle Jeff, who was less accomplished than his two brothers but did face an up-and-coming Oscar de la Hoya in 1993 and has gone on to become a respected trainer himself.

The co-feature brings Erik Morales into focus. Like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Morales is a sure-shot for the Hall of Fame when he retires. Also like Mayweather, he comes from a family that has produced four professional fighters. “El Terrible’s” father, Jose, had a brief career as a flyweight in the ’70s and Erik has two brothers who entered the squared circle as professionals: Diego, who briefly held a super flyweight belt, and little brother Ivan, a currently undefeated bantamweight prospect.

Agbeko-Mares Media Workout Quotes & Photos

LAS VEGAS – In an eagerly awaited matchup this Saturday, Aug. 13, Joseph King Kong Agbeko will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title against unbeaten World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

The 12-round bout between between the New York-based Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Accra, Ghana and the unbeaten Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will take place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, along with a limited number of VIP suite seats priced at $150, are available at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone (800) 745-3000.

Doors open Saturday at 2 p.m. The first non-televised undercard fight begins at 2:15.

Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

Perez Gets Homecoming Bout vs. Jimenez on Sept. 2

LOS ANGELES – Ever since making Salinas, California his home in 2007, junior lightweight contender Eloy “Prince” Perez has waited for this moment. On Friday, September 2, his dream becomes a reality, as he will fight in his hometown for the first time when he takes on Puerto Rico’s Daniel Jimenez in the main event of “History in the Making” which will be broadcast live on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” from the Salinas Sports Complex in Salinas, Calif.

“I’m excited to finally fight in front of my adopted hometown fans in Salinas,” said Perez. “This is history in the making because this is the first time there will be world-class boxing in Salinas.  Golden Boy Promotions has made my team’s dream come true and I’m very thankful for that.  Daniel Jimenez has fought many top-rated boxers, but I will show everyone on September 2 why I am the better fighter and why I’m ready to fight for a world title shot.”

“History in the Making,” featuring Perez vs. Jimenez, a 10 round bout for the NABO junior lightweight championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Productions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T. Doors open at 6:00pm PT and the first fight begins at 7:00pm PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).

Andrade Looking to Make Statement Against Brewer

Next Friday, August 19th, the 2007 Amateur World Champion, and 2008 U.S. Olympian, Demetrius Andrade (13-0, 9KO’s) will step up in competition and look to make a huge statement, when he takes on dangerous veteran, and winner of Season 2 of “The Contender” Grady Brewer (28-12, 16KO’s) in the main event on this year’s finale of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The bout, which was put together on very short notice after the original main event fell through, is scheduled for ten rounds; the first of Andrade’s career; in the jr. middleweight division.

“Demetrius has been asking us for this type of fight,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing, co-promoter of Andrade with Banner Promotions. “A fight where he can show everyone what we already know, that he is a future world champion.   Not only is he taking this dangerous fight, but he is taking it on very short notice. An impressive showing on the 19th will propel Demetrius from an upcoming prospect to true contender and serious force to be reckoned with in the jr. middleweight division.”

Critics and naysayers are a very common in the sport of boxing. Every fight fan who has ever watched a live fight, automatically believes they are an expert of the sport. Way too often, as an up and coming prospect is making his way through the ranks, these so-called boxing experts will quickly become impatient and start criticizing the prospects talent and skills, his level of opposition, and his progression.

Light Heavyweight Champ Shumenov Ready for Top Contenders

LAS VEGAS (August 10, 2011) – Unification remains the goal for World Boxing Association (“WBA”) and International Boxing Association (“IBA”) light heavyweight king, Beibut Shumenov. If, however, none of the other 175-pound world champions – Bernard Hopkins, Tavoris Cloud and Nathan Cleverly – are willing or available to put their title belts on the line against Shumenov, the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian is interested in taking on former world titlists and leading contenders Jean Pascal and Zsolt Erdei.

Moments after Shumenov stopped three-time world title challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiagoin the ninth round, unloading 23 unanswered punches before the fight was halted, Beibut was being interviewed on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” live from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

Standing in the ring next to Shumenov during post-fight interviews was Pascal, who said he wanted to take Shumenov’s title belts back to Canada. Beibut quickly accepted the challenge with a qualifier, directly saying to Pascal, “You’re from Canada, I’m from Kazakhstan; so, let’s do it where all champions dream of fighting…Las Vegas.”

Pacquiao Cracks Top 10 with ‘Sometimes When We Touch’

LOS ANGELES (August 10, 2011) – He came, he sang, he recorded.  Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound fighter inside the ring is becoming a hit machine outside the ring. His remake of the Dan Hill-penned hit, Sometimes When We Touch, which was released on April 28, cracked the Top-10 this week, landing at No. 7 on the Secondary Adult Contemporary Chart as measured by the Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report (FMQB.)  As it has throughout its run, Sometimes When We Touch remains a Top-Five most-added song on radio station playlists this week.

“Manny leaping from No. 11 to No. 7 on the Adult Contemporary secondary charts reminds us once more that there’s nothing this man/boxer/congressman/singer is not capable of,” said Dan Hill. “I’m so proud to call him my friend and a major life inspiration.”

“What a man!” exclaimed Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  “A champion in the boxing ring, in politics, now as a singer — what next for amazing Manny?”

Billy Joe Saunders to Captain TKO Boxers Football Team

Former Olympian and rising Middleweight star Billy Joe Saunders has been named captain/co-manager of the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym’s football squad for this Sunday’s Boxers and Celebrity Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, at the Concord Rangers FC in Canvey Island, Essex.

Billy Joe, who will be captaining the team for the second year in a row, has proved to be nothing less than sensational since turning professional in 2009, having stopped six of his nine opponents.

His scintillating performance, that secured a second round stoppage victory over Kevin Hammond, on the undercard of the Groves-DeGale Super fight back in May, was the fight of the night and rightly earned the twenty one year old from Hatfield many new fans as well as his first title tilt this coming September.

Hyland Looking to Punish ‘Popeye’ Trotta Live on TG4

Unbeaten Dublin Featherweight Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland wants to kick off TG4’s boxing coverage with a bang this Friday night (August 12th) when he takes on Italy’s former European title challenger, Fabrizio “Popeye” Trotta in the first ever professional boxing contest to be screened live on the Irish language channel (from 9:30pm).

Hyland will be joined by compatriot Henry Coyle in an Ireland V Italy double with the Mayo man taking on Elio Cotena for the the WBF Light Middleweight title in the main event at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar and he’s hoping for an Irish double.

“Hopefully both myself and Henry can do the business over the Italian’s and it’s great that it will be live on terrestrial TV,” said Hyland. “It’s nice to be involved in the first ever live bout on TG4 and hopefully I can put on a performance that people will remember as well. If I’m honest my Irish isn’t what it should be but hopefully I can do my talking, ‘as gaeilge’ in the ring and give the commentary team on TG4 plenty to talk about afterwards.”

Diaz-Zepeda Undercard Announced for Aug. 12

LOS ANGELES – A host of exciting young boxers will be in the ring at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, August 12 hoping to impress some of the sport’s most knowledgeable fans on the Antonio Diaz vs. Ernesto Zepeda undercard in Indio, Calif.

In the all-California co-main event, which will be televised on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” Blythe knockout artist Andrew Cancio will look to keep his finishing streak going against San Fernando’s Lowell Brownfield. Also in action will unbeatens Humberto Zatarain and Rocco Espinoza in a four round featherweight bout as well as Coachella’s own Angel Osuna and Jose Antonio Vargas in separate fights.

On August 12, the main event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will see the 17th appearance for longtime contender Antonio “Tono” Diaz as he returns to his favorite venue for the first time in nearly a decade to battle fellow veteran Ernesto Zepeda.

Diaz vs. Zepeda 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).

Fights Set for Aug. 19 Banner Promotions Card in Hammond

Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, Bobby Hitz/Hitz Boxing, Joe DeGuardia/Star Boxing, and Prizefight Promotions will present a sensational fight card on Friday, August 19, 2011, at the Horseshoe Casino, located at 777 Casino Center Drive in Hammond, Indiana. The main event, co-featured bout, and other selected fights will be televised live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes – ESPN’s Spanish-language network – and ESPN3.com, the network’s broadband platform service. It is the final fight card of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” 2011 season.

In the main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior middleweight division, former two-time world amateur champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade, 13-0 with 9 knockouts, of Providence, Rhode Island, will step up in class against his most accomplished and dangerous opponent yet as a pro – veteran Grady Brewer, 28-12 with 16 knockouts, of Lawton, Oklahoma.

Promoter Art Pelullo said, “Demetrius has practically grown up as a pro on ESPN. We think he’s the top young prospect in boxing and a future world champion, and it’s fitting that his first big test as a pro and in his first 10 rounder be on ESPN Friday Night Fights finally for 2011. Grady Brewer is a very dangerous fighter who has real ability as a puncher and the tenacity that is needed to win big fights. He proved that in his last fight when he knocked out undefeated prospect Fernando Guerrero.”

Q&A with Hitz Boxing Promoter Bobby Hitz

Colorful Chicago boxing promoter Bobby Hitz, former heavyweight boxer and founder of Hitz Boxing, has much to smile about these days.

Hitz and close friend Artie Pellulo of Banner Promotions have teamed up to present an action-packed televised 10-round lightweight bout between Chicago’s former WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) and Philadelphia’s Henry “Hank” Lundy (20-1-1 10 KOs) on Friday, August 19, in the luxurious “Venue” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, that will also be televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Also featured that night will be Chicago’s former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (49-8-1, 30 KOs) who will be looking for his landmark fiftieth professional victory and future light middleweight world champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (13-0, 9 KOs), who will be returning to Chicago for the first time since winning the 2007 amateur world championships at the UIC Pavilion.

Brook Returns to Face Jackiewicz in Sheffield

Kell Brook will defend his WBA Inter-Continental title against Rafal Jackiewicz in a World Title eliminator on Saturday 8 October, at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, live on Sky Sports.

The unbeaten Welterweight star claimed the belt against Lovemore N’dou in his last outing in the Steel City in June. Brook took his professional winning streak to 24 fights against N’dou and will move a step closer to his dream World Title shot with a win over the 34 year-old Pole.

Former undefeated European Champion Jackiewicz, who is rated fifth with the IBF and number 10 with the WBO, has lost just one of his last 24 fights and has never been stopped in his 48-fight career. Jackiewicz successfully defended his European strap twice, including a victory over Jan Zaveck, who he then challenged for the IBF title, losing a majority decision.

Eade, Coveney Ready for Irish Title Rumble at The Royal

Henry Coyle’s bid to lift the WBF Light Middleweight title against Italy’s Elio Cotena headlines a night of championship boxing at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Friday but he won’t be the only Mayo man looking to wrap a belt around his waist on the night.

Westport’s Finbarr “The Rock” Eade is hoping that he will be crowned Irish Super Featherweight Champion when he takes on London based southpaw Mickey Coveney for the vacant title. It’s a massive step up for Eade in just his seventh professional fight as he takes on the seasoned Coveney but the unbeaten Mayo man is determined to make the most of the opportunity.

“I was out of the sport for 12 years from my last fight as an amateur to my first fight as a pro in 2009,” explained Eade. “People told me I was mad to come back and have a go at the pro ranks but it’s been so far so good and I want to go as far as I can with it. People have been saying to me, isn’t it great you’re getting to fight for the Irish title but it’s about winning the Irish title for me, not just fighting for it. I don’t want to sound cocky but I want to go further if possible and I’m very confident about this fight.”

Philly’s Finest Fighters in Action Friday Night at Harrah’s

CHESTER, PA—This Friday night a fantastic night of action is set to take place at Harrahs in Chester, PA.

The card dubbed ROUND 4 will be promoted by Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman.

In the main event, popular lightweight Victor Vasquez will take on Angel Rios in a eight round bout.

The co-feature will pit Tony Ferrante of Philadelphia battling William Prieto in a six round Light Heavyweight affair.

Anderson Makes Quick Work of Journeyman Guereca

On the undercard of Friday’s “Clash at the Chumash” event at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, welterweight prospect “Slick” Michael Anderson moved his record to 11-0-1, 9 KOs by making quick work of journeyman Bernardo Guereca via KO 1 (2:19).

From East Orange, New Jersey, 30-year-old Anderson is a natural to the sport. Despite having just 13 unpaid fights, he was New Jersey State amateur champion before turning professional in late 2007.

With blazing-fast hands and feet and a penchant for digging to the body, Anderson’s style is reminiscent of his fistic idol, “Sugar” Shane Mosley.

Edgar Santana Signs with Fisticuffs Promotions

BRONX, NEW YORK (August 8, 2011)—Fisticuffs promotions announced the signing of Jr. Welterweight contender Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana to a promotional contract.

Santana of Bronx, New York has a record of 25-3 with sixteen knockouts and has won four straight which is over a four year span.

Santana, thirty-two years old, turned pro in 1999 and went on to win twenty-one of his first twenty three bouts which included big victories over Francisco Campos (20-5-1); Meacher Major (12-2-1); Dairo Esales (30-6); Mike Gonzalez (10-2-1) and a career best victory over Josesito Lopez (22-2) in a bout that headlined a SHO BOX card on April 11, 2008.

Santana took a three year hiatus due to legal problems and with those out of the way, Santana is right back on the track to capturing a world title.

Shields New Chief Second for Edwin Rodriguez

WORCESTER, Mass. (August 8, 2011) – Undefeated Edwin”La Bomba” Rodriguez, arguably the premier super middleweight prospect in the world, has switched head trainers and now two-time world title challenger Ronnie Shields is his chief second.
Rodriguez, a 26-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, returns on August 20 to fight at home in Worcester (MA) for the third time in as many years, headlining a special edition of Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment, at historic Mechanics Hall against intra-state rival and Iraq War veteran Chris Traietti (10-2, 6 KOs).

Rodriguez’manager, Larry Army, explained the head trainer change: “After Edwin’s third pro fight we switched trainers and went with Peter Manfredo, Sr., but after the McGirt and Pryor fights, Edwin and I talked about things that hadn’t been fixed– balance, wide punching and fighting out of control. So, we decided to make a change and sent Edwin to Houston to start working with Ronnie Shields. We knew that Edwin was more of a boxer as an amateur, but he had become a puncher as a young pro, and we felt he was losing his boxing skills.

TG4 to Broadcast Henry Coyle’s WBF Title Fight

TG4 will provide live coverage of the WBF Light Middleweight Title fight between Henry Coyle and Italy’s Elio Cotena on a big night of boxing at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Friday next 12th August. The live boxing coverage, in association with Brian Peters Promotions, will begin on TG4 at 9:30pm with action from the Patrick Hyland v Fabrizio Trotta Featherweight contest at 9:40pm.

This will be followed by the big world title fight between “Western Warrior” Coyle, the Chicago based Geesala native who will be taking on Elio Cotena. The fights will also be broadcast live worldwide on www.tg4.tv so that Coyle’s many fans around the world (and in the UK and US especially) can view the action as it happens.

Former Fighter, Longtime Judge Bobby Grasso Dead at 65

PHILADELPHIA—Joey Eye Boxing Promotions is sad to report that passing of longtime boxing judge and former professional Welterweight Bobby Grasso who passed away on Saturday night at the age of sixty-five after a bout with cancer.

Grasso was a boxer from 1969-1973 and compiled a record of 3-3 and later became a respected boxing judge for more than two decades.

Grasso judged some of the biggest bouts on the East Coast, mainly in Philadelphia and New Jersey.

He was a captain in the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Department.

Meet Showtime Bantamweight Finalists: Agbeko-Mares

As the countdown begins for The Bantamweight Tournament Final, meet the two boxers who fought their way to the top of the class: Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares. Saturday August 13th at 10pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

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Rodriguez to Wolak: “We Have Business to Finish”

On July 15th, Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak engaged in a ten round war on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” that has many boxing insiders calling it the leading candidate for the fight of the year. In an excellent battle of will, determination, and pure guts, Rodriguez and Wolak went toe-to-toe for their entire ten round jr. middleweight showdown before a sold-out crowd on Star Boxing’s show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Wolak started the better of the two, but Rodriguez, who was coming off a year lay-off, picked up the pace in the middle rounds, and landed the much cleaner and harder punches down the stretch of the fight which in turn caused grotesque swelling of Wolak’s right eye. In the end, judge Tom Schreck scored the fight 97-93 for Rodriguez, but was overruled by judges Julie Lederman and Steve Weisfield, who both scored the fight 95-95, resulting in a majority draw.

The war was an instant classic, so much so that ESPN re-aired the fight the following week, the firstever non-regularly scheduled reair for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Fans around the world have been clamoring and wondering when the rematch will take place and while Rodriguez, the warrior he is, expected and wanted the fight to take place immediately, Wolak has been singing a different tune.

Usmanee to Take On Balogh in Montreal Tonight on GFL

MONTREAL/NEW YORK (August 5, 2011)—World ranked and undefeated Jr. Lightweight returns to action when he takes on Laszlo Balogh TONIGHT & LIVE on www.gfl.tv from Montreal.

The bout can be purchased all around the world for just $9.99 by clicking:
http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Gala_de_boxe_PROAM/1134

The card begins at 6:30 pm eastern time

Usmanee has a record of 14-0 with seven knockouts and is already ranked number-nine in the world by the WBA.

Usmanee of Montreal has some quality victories over the likes of Anthony Flores (9-1-1); Pedro Navarette (25-9-3) and Alejandro Berrera (21-6).

He won the NABA Super Featherweight crown with the decision win over Navarette.

Quotes from Mares, Ramos Jr., Rodela, Molina Media Workouts

LOS ANGELES – Undefeated rising star and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver 118-pound titleholder Abner Mares participated in a Los Angeles media workout on Thursday, just nine days before he will take on International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, August 13, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Undefeated lightweight rising star Luis Ramos Jr., (19-0, 8 KO’s), of Santa Ana, Calif., and “Dangerous” David Rodela (15-4-4, 6 KO’s), of Oxnard, Calif., also participated in Thursday’s workout in preparation for their 10-round lightweight bout on the Aug. 13 non-televised undercard. Undefeated and heralded prospect Carlos Molina (14-0, 7 KO’s) of Norwalk, Calif., participated in the workout and will face an opponent to be named in an eight round junior welterweight bout.

The world championship event is promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Corona.

Mayweather-Ortiz Undercard Press Tour Quotes & Photos

ERIK MORALES, Five-Time and Three Division World Champion

“When we were first talking about this fight, we were talking about an opponent who wasn’t easy, but not as difficult as Lucas Matthysse.

“I have seen a lot of comments on Facebook…people saying I am crazy, and I want to confirm that I am crazy. I am crazy about what I do.

JESSIE VARGAS, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender

“I am definitely excited and will take full advantage of this opportunity. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be on the same card as Floyd Mayweather and Erik Morales.

“I feel that I am ready for this big stage. I had two quick knockouts in my last two fights, but the preparation was there. I was ready for 10 rounds.

Pound-for-Pound Boxing Queen Holly Holm Wants to Dominate

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Boxing’s Pound-for-Pound Queen, Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm, has thoroughly exhausted the list of leading North American challengers, so her promoter, Lenny Fresquez (Fresquez Productions) looked across the Atlantic Ocean to challenge Europe’s premier boxer, French superstar Anne Sophie Mathis. Holm-Mathis will headline the “World Dominance” card on December 2 at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque.

“My fight with Ann Sophie is going to be very tough,” Holly remarked. “She’s a tall fighter who uses her range. A fight like this definitely helps women’s boxing. I don’t want to be a paper champ and boxing fans don’t want to see one. On December 2nd they’ll see the top two rated women boxers in the world. My pride will be on the line because I’ve always believed you need to beat the best in order to be the best. I’ve never wanted easy fights. Winning a challenge like this makes it an even sweeter victory.”

Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) will be gunning to regain her IBA Welterweight title and WBAN Championship Belt in the 10-round main event against Mathis (23-1, 20 KOs), the WBO European Welterweight Champion. “World Dominance,” presented by Fresquez Productions, is a modern day match-up of contrasting female prizefighters, showcasing a consummate boxer (southpaw Holm) versus a knockout specialist (Mathis).

Bantamweight Tourney Final Undercard Features Title Bouts

LAS VEGAS (Aug. 4, 2011) – Boxing promoters Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions will include a World Boxing Council United States heavyweight national championship, a World Boxing Association FEDECARIBE regional junior lightweight championship and a handful of boxing’s top undefeated rising stars on the non-televised undercard of the SHOWTIME® Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All that pits International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko against undefeated WBC silver bantamweight champion Abner Mares on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

In a twelve round bout, WBC No. 12-ranked heavyweight contender Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (17-1, 13 KO’s), from Lyford, Texas, will take on Warren “The Hit Man” Browning (14-1-1, 9 KO’s), from London, Ky., for the WBC U.S. heavyweight national championship. The WBA FEDECARIBE super lightweight title will be on the line when undefeated Cuban-born Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (10-0, 7 KO’s), from Miami, Fl. squares off against Jesse Carradine (7-1-1, 3 KO’s), from Cincinnati, Ohio in a nine round fight.

Former interim World Boxing Organization Bantamweight Champion and former World Boxing Association Flyweight Champion Eric Morel (44-2, 22 KO’s), born in Puerto Rico but now fighting out of Madison, Wis., will be featured in a bantamweight attraction scheduled for 10 rounds against Daniel Quevedo (13-11-2, 8 KO’s) from Los Angeles, Calif.

‘Kid Chocolate’ Preparing for Sweet Fight

LOS ANGELES (August 4, 2011) – Unbeaten middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin wants to make-up for lost time, yet, the multi-talented fighter has to remain patient and play the boxing game.

Quillin virtually lost all of 2009 due to a series of injuries — hand surgery, hairline eye fracture, and then an emergencyappendectomy — that kept him out of the ring for 1 ½ years.

International Boxing Federation No. 5-rated Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs), fighting out of Los Angeles, basically used late replacement Jason”The Hammer” LeHoullier (21-6-1, 8 KOs) as a human punching bag in their July 23 fight that ended in a fifth-round technical knockout. Quillin’s original opponent, Tarvis Simms, withdrew less than a week prior to their fight due to a broken rib.

“Hey,”Quillin said, “at least I got in a fight and I was able to showcase my talents in Las Vegas, after having eight agonizing weeks of training. Golden Boy delivered. LeHoullier may not have been the opponent I would have liked, but Icame out of that fight in good shape, and I’m ready to return as soon as possible.

Thomas: Prizefighter is My Vegas World Title Fight

Jeff Thomas has vowed to “do it for the fans” when he enters Prizefighter Light Middleweights II on Thursday 15 September live on Sky Sports.

Thomas has landed the final spot in the 20th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournaments, with the Blackpool fighter whipping up a campaign on Twitter and on the boxing forums to get into the mix for the £32,000 winner’s cheque.

The Blackpool fighter has won nine of his 17 fights and returned from a near-five year absence from the ring with a draw in March. The 29 year-old says that he is fighting to repay those who helped him get into the line-up.

“I’ve always posted on the forums; it’s something that a lot of fighters and promoters shy away from,” said Thomas. “I love talking about boxing and I’m a bit of a boxing nerd really. I’ve always had a laugh about myself and wouldn’t get offended with what people say about me so I think that’s why people want to see me in there and I’m doing it for them too. Or maybe they hate me and want to see me get a hiding on TV I don’t know!”