Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLC. Attorneys in Boxers’ Corners

NEW YORK (March 8, 2011) – Professional boxers need a real fighter in their corner such as attorneys Keith Sullivan and James Galleshaw, whose passions for the sweet science finds them leading a  crusade to aid active and past participants, as well as organizations and groups associated with the sport.

The New York based attorneys and childhood friends five years ago formed their practice – Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP – concentrating on personal injury, criminal defense and commercial litigation with locations in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. They have 24 years of legal experience between them.

Sullivan & Galleshaw LLP also seriously takes its commitment to pro bono and civic work, taking on less fortunate individuals and causes who otherwise would be left without legal representation and likely taken advantage of.

Johnny Eames Signs Egyptian Light Heavyweight Amro Ezzat

Over the years top British coach Johnny Eames has guided many of British boxing’s best known fighters to Championship glory. Such esteemed names as WBU Lightweight World Champion Graham Earl, WBU Super Featherweight World Champion Kevin Lear, WBU Light Heavyweight Champion Tony Oakey, British Super Bantamweight Champion Matthew Marsh are just a few of the many famous boxers benefit from the ‘Eames magic touch’.

By mid 2010 all those famous names based at Johnny’s East End fight factory, better know as the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, had retired and so started the search for the new TKO stars of the future.

Over the past few months Johnny has been gradually been rebuilding his squad, which currently numbers twenty six, by signing established pros, both British and European, as well as handpicking the best of the best amateur prospects that are ready to turn over.

Earlier this week Johnny added yet another to his burgeoning stable by signing Brent Cross based Egyptian Light Heavyweight Amro Ezzat, who as an amateur Amro fought in 125 bouts and represented Egypt in many international contests.

Dodson Has Olympic Score to Settle with Reid in Prizefighter

Former World Champion Adrian Dodson is ready to make his boxing comeback for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II – and could face his 1992 Olympic teammate Robin Reid in the March 23 showdown in Liverpool.

Dodson will fight in a four-rounder this coming weekend and should he get through his first fight since September 2003, then he will line-up at Liverpool’s Olympia in the 17th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one-night tournaments live on Sky Sports.

The Islington fighter represented Guyana in the 1988 Olympics and then made the Great Britain squad for 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Reid fought at Light-Middleweight in Spain and claimed the bronze medal, and as a result, Dodson had to drop to Welterweight in order to compete and crashed out of the event in the second round.

Robert Helenius to Face Sam Peter on April 2 in Germany

Unbeaten WBO Intercontinental Champion Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) will face the next huge test on his way up the heavyweight rankings when he collides with former world champion Sam Peter (34-4, 27 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany on April 2.

“This is a dream match-up of two nightmares,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said.

“Robert has taken the heavyweight world by storm and will continue his path to glory with a victory over an accomplished champion like Peter.”

Photo: Photo Wende

Former National Champ Returns March 17 After Escaping Death

On Thursday March 17th at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (Long Island), former four-time national champion, and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, Adam “Showtime” Willett (1-1) will return to the ring for the first time since his life was nearly taken when he takes on  Sharieff Hayes (0-2) in a four round heavyweight contest.  The show, entitled, “March Mayhem” is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and is headlined by Huntington’s popular undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KO’s).

It was a warm spring day April 7th 2010.  Bellport resident Adam Willett, who had turned pro boxer a year earlier after an illustrious amateur career which saw him become the number one ranked heavyweight in the U.S. for three consecutive years, was finishing up his day of work at the South Country High School in North Bellport Long Island.  As he was getting ready to leave, Willet, who in addition to boxing, was working full-time as a school security guard, noticed that there was some commotion going on at the Miracle Plaza Shopping Center, located right across the street from the South Country High School. Two of the High School’s students were being harassed by a few older men, so Willet immediately rushed to their aid.

Boxing 360 Inks Nick Casal to Promotional Contract

NEW YORK (Mar. 7, 2011) – Fast-rising boxing promotional company Boxing 360 has signed the new-and-improved Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, a light welterweight from Buffalo, to an exclusive promotional contract.

“Nick’s had some issues in the past but he’s fully focused now,” Boxing 360 CEO & Founder Mario Yagobi said. “He’s only 25 years old yet experienced with 26 pro fights under his belt. He has a great attitude. Nick isn’t looking for easy fight and he’ll fight anybody we put in front of him. We have high hopes for him and hope to get him in a fight in April. He will be training in Las Vegas.”

Morel-Castillo Rematch Set for April 1 in California

LOS ANGELES – Since 2004, the only man to beat former Flyweight World Champion Eric Morel is another former World Champion, Martin “El Gallito” Castillo.  On Friday, April 1, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, “Little Hands of Steel” gets his shot at revenge in a Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle that headlines TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.”

Also appearing will be undefeated local favorite Randy Caballero of Coachella.

This night of world-class professional boxing 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 7:00pm 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.

Balker Looks to Topple ‘The Emperor’ on March 18

London based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker is set to face recent Prizefighter – Light Heavyweights semifinalist Menay ‘The Emperor’ Edwards at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York Hall on Friday 18th March 2011.

Balker, who relocated to London late last year to be managed and co-trained by top UK coach Johnny Eames at his Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, shrugged aside the disappointment of the last minute cancellation of his planned fight with John Anthony on Saturday night by saying, “It’s disappointing when you are ready to fight. I was ready, I had peaked.

Now I have backed down the training a little and start training for the new fight on the 18th. I feel very good for it, as always I am happy to fight.

EPIX to Air Klitschko-Solis Live on March 19

NEW YORK (March 7, 2011) – EPIX, the premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service, brings heavyweight championship boxing back to the American airwaves when Vitali Klitschko defends the coveted WBC heavyweight crown against No. 1 ranked challenger Odlanier Solis,  Saturday, March 19, 2011 on the EPIX channel and on EpixHD.com LIVE at 6 p.m. ET, followed by a replay at 10 p.m. ET.

Klitschko vs. Solis will originate from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, which sold out in minutes after tickets went on sale in January. Klitschko, who sports a record of 41 wins and 2 losses, with 38 wins coming by way of knockout, will be making the eighth defense of his crown, and his seventh since 2008 when he ended a four-year hiatus from the ring. Along with his young sibling, Wladimir, the Klitschko brothers are world renowned as being the premiere forces in the heavyweight division.

Williams Confident Ahead of Vicena Clash on March 19

Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams is set for his second outing of the year when he faces Czech Republic hardman David Vicena at the Steve Goodwin Promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headline super show at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Leon will be looking to get back in winning ways, following his surprising stoppage loss against Richard Turba last month, in order to focus fully on his upcoming Southern Area title defense as well as his planned assault on the British title trail.

Casamayor-Leyva Added to PPV Card on March 11 in Las Vegas

A clash of heavyweight titans, matching 6-foot-7-inch Michael Grant of Atlanta against 6-foot-9-inch Tye Fields of Las Vegas, plus a battle between former world champion Joel Casamayor of Miami, Florida, and highly regarded Manuel Leyva of Mexico highlight a nationally and internationally televised pay-per-view card Friday, March 11, in the Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev..

Also on the card presented by Sterling Promotions in association with American Dream Presents and Heads Up Entertainment, in separate fights will be light heavyweight Ron Johnson and cruiserweight Aaron Williams, who’ll be fighting for the World Boxing Council/United States National Boxing Championship interim 200-pound title.

All four fights are scheduled for 10 rounds.

Fields Fully Prepared for Grant this Friday in Las Vegas

6′ 9″ heavyweight Tye “Big Sky” Fields (45-2, 41 KOs) says he’s in the shape of his life, as he prepares to face fellow giant and former #1 contender “Big” Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) at the Theatre For The Performing Arts in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, on Friday, March 11.

Fields says he’s learned a lot since suffering his first loss, a devastating first-round knockout to fringe contender Monte Barrett in June 2008. Working with trainer Ken Lakusta in his adopted home of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the 36 year old has rattled off four straight knockouts.

“I couldn’t have planned it this well,” explains Fields happily of the move to Canada he and the family made for wife Jennifer’s career in the casino industry. “Ken is a technician and he’s been teaching me how to box and the science of boxing. These are things I haven’t learned in the past.”

Bob Arum-Don King Conference Call Transcript

NEW YORK (March 4, 2011) — Legendary promoters Bob Arum and Don King took a stroll down memory lane and look toward the future on Thursday, recapping their 80-plus combined years as two of boxing’s biggest and most powerful promoters.

The national media conference call also gave Arum and King a chance to discuss the upcoming, highly anticipated world championship event between boxing superstars Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga on Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, produced and distributed LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

The event marks the first time in five years that the Hall of Fame promoters have joined forces for a promotion.

Rib Injury Forces Christy Martin Off March 12 Card

LAS VEGAS, NEV (March 3, 2011) – WBC female super welterweight champion CHRISTY MARTIN suffered a severe training injury and has been forced to withdraw from her rematch against Dakota Stone.  Martin-Stone II was scheduled to open the SHOWTIME PPV® broadcast of “Relentless” – headlined by the Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga WBA super welterweight championship – Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand.  A replacement bout will be announced on Friday. 

“Christy had a CT scan which revealed a fresh fracture of the fifth rib,” said  Dr. Robert Voy, Las Vegas.  

“In sparring about a week ago I got hit with a hard punch to the left side, in the ribs. It was a good punch and it got me real good,” said Martin. “For the next few days I tried wrapping that area but there was still pain when I tried to spar.”

Highlights from Sergio Martinez Media Conference Call

NEW YORK, NY (Mar. 3, 2011) – Yesterday’s  media conference call featured Middleweight Champion, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez  in advance of his “Diamond Elite” clash with WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion, Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk on March 12 from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, airing live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Also on the call were Martinez’ advisor Sampson Lewkowicz, and Lou DiBella, the promoter of the event.

Below are quotes from the call’s participants:

WBC Emeritus & The Ring Middleweight Champion, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez:

“It definitely wasn’t a lucky punch (vs. Paul Williams II). Anybody who has seen the tape – it’s not too long – see me throwing the same punch six times and landing five and then I knock him out. It was a premeditated punch, not lucky.”

“Like Lou said, he wants me to knock this boy out; however, people don’t know the quality of this champ to knock him out. I need to do the job and I’m ready to fight, if I knock him out or go the distance. But I will predict a knockout. I’m ready for either.”

Zab Judah Visits Barringer High School in Newark

In what has become a beloved pre-fight tradition for the Brooklyn native, Zab “Super” Judah took time to visit a school in Newark. He stopped in at Barringer High School to talk to the students. Zab thoroughly enjoyed his time with the kids. He spoke of growing up in Brooklyn and encouraged the students to follow their dreams.

“I’ve been there. You just need to know that you can change you life. You can make your dreams come true, you just have to work hard and  believe in yourself.”

Photos: Jayson Colon / FIGHTimages

Kirkland Returns on March 5 Hatton-Alvarez Undercard

LOS ANGELES, March 3 – The return of a knockout artist, the continuing journeys of top contenders and top undefeated prospects will all be featured on the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Matthew “Magic” Hatton undercard this Saturday, March 5, at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.  Some of boxing’s biggest stars will be ringside taking in the event including Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan, Paulie Malignaggi, Sergio Mora, Victor Ortiz, Austin Trout, Abner Mares, Peter Quillin, Carlos Molina, Luis Ramos Jr., Ronny Rios, Jamie Kavanagh and Charles Huerta.

Featured on the undercard are power-puncher James Kirkland stepping back into the ring for the first time in two years to face Ashandi Gibbs in an eight round middleweight matchup; undefeated heavyweight Seth Mitchell looking to continue his rise to the top of the division when he faces veteran Charles Davis in a ten round battle; highly-regarded middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs facing Minnesota’s Robert Kliewer in a ten round bout; and unbeaten rising stars Alfonso Blanco and Trevor McCumby taking to the ring to showcase their talents for Southern California fight fans.

Life is Good for Heavyweight ‘Big’ Michael Grant

“Everything is going really good,” admits heavyweight “Big” Michael Grant.

Coming off a career-resurrecting performance against top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek, Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) will take on fellow giant Tye “Big Sky” Fields (45-2, 41 KOs) at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, on Friday, March 11.

“I’m training at home,” he continues, “for the first time in my career, I didn’t go away to training camp. I love being here with my family and my kids. I’m here training and my wife is here working. Life is good.”

Things are definitely looking up for the 6′ 7″ heavyweight who was widely regarded as all washed up when in 2003, he was stopped by then-promising Dominick Guinn in a listless performance on national television.

Erick Ochieng Ready to Soar Against Luke Robinson on Mar. 18

Stoke Newington’s sensational Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng is back in action on Friday the 18th March 2011 when he faces Castleford’s Luke Robinson at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

Ochieng, who will be fighting for the BBBofC Southern Area Light Middleweight title in May, could so easily have just rested on his laurels following last month’s dominating performance over British Masters Light Middleweight Champion Lee Noble. However Ochieng would rather keep busy and use competitive fights as part of his preparation for his first title challenge.

Following a training session, under the ever watchful eyes of his manager-coach Brian Lawrence at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, Ochieng spoke briefly about the upcoming fight, “Yeah, the Eagle’s out again on the 18th.

Bogere, Finney, Zewski Head Up Friday Undercard in Indio

LOS ANGELES, March 3 – Unbeaten lightweight phenom Sharif “The Lion” Bogere will make his first appearance of 2011 against Brooklyn veteran Shamir Reyes in an eight round featured undercard bout this Friday, March 4, at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.  Joining Bogere will be unbeaten prospects Mikael Zewski of Trois-Rivieres, Canada, Michael Finney of Las Vegas and Indio’s own Diego Madrigal.

This night of world-class professional boxing, which is headlined by a 10 round lightweight bout pitting highly rated contender and former U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo against veteran Walter Estrada and also features unbeaten Coachella, Calif. prospect Randy Caballero in a six round bout against Palm Springs’ Hugo Ramos, 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 7:00pm PT.  It will air live on the HBO Plus service in Latin America beginning at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT and in the United States, the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).

Baue-Amidu New Main Event for April 9 at Horseshoe Casino

The main event has changed for the Hitz Boxing Fight Night event on Saturday, April 9, at the Venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana.

Undefeated Ghanaian knockout artist Abdulai Amidu (19-0, 17 KOs) will now face Troy, Missouri, power puncher Brandon “The Business” Baue (12-5, 10 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Junior Middleweight Title.

Amidu has been attracting high-profile attention as a sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao, often giving it to the pound-for-pound king as good as he gets. The 28 year old will be looking to start another KO streak against Baue, as he was taken the distance by 50+ fight veteran Cristian Favela in his last fight.

Tres Generaciones Tequila Strikes Gold with Golden Boy

DEERFIELD, IL, March 3, 2011 -In what is sure to be a knockout success, Beam Global Spirits & Wine [Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO)] and Tres Generaciones® Tequila are pleased to announce a long-term partnership with celebrated boxer and entrepreneur Oscar de la Hoya. Throughthe partnership, De La Hoya will be a business partner and brand ambassador for the super-premium tequila to consumers, media and trade.  The partnership also includes sponsorship of boxing events promoted by De La Hoya’s promotional company, Golden Boy Promotions.

El Maachi In Action March 19, Then Wants Rhodes

International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine El Maachi is set to be back in action again this month, co-headlining the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ Super Show at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011.

El Maachi, whose ring moniker is the ‘The Showman’, has proven to be one of the most sensation all action young boxers to hit the scene since the legendary Prince Naseem Hamed exploded on the scene in the 1990s. Coincidentally his laid back, almost arrogant hands down style has often been favourably compared to the Boxing Prince.

Back in December El Maachi put on a masterful display that see him totally outbox WBC Latino Light Middleweight champion Jimmy Colas to retain his International Masters Light Middleweight crown.  El Maachi’s performance was exceptionally slick and was rightly described as one of the best performances of the year by any domestic fighter.

Undefeated Dominguez, Gomez to Clash Friday in New York

WOODHAVEN, NEW YORK (MARCH 2ND,  2011)—This Friday night undefeated prospects, Patricia Alcivar, Vinny Celentano & Rafael Vazquez to see action at the beautiful Cordon Bleu Catering Hall in Woodhaven, New York.  This card will feature some of the top prospects on the East Coast.

The card is promoted by New Legend Boxing Promotions.

In the main event, undefeated Super Bantamweight Juan Dominguez will take on Gabriel Gomez in a battle of undefeated fighters scheduled for six rounds.

Orangeville’s Logan McGuinness Returns Home April 16

TORONTO, ON – (March 2, 2011)  On April 16th, the Sons Of Orangeville come home, headlined by NABA Lightweight champion Logan Cotton McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KO’s) and his highly anticipated Orangeville debut against tough-as-nails Mexican Uriel Barrera (19-5, 10 KO’s) at the Tony Rose Arena.

Sons of Orangeville is presented by United Boxing Promotions, in association with Hennessy Sports.

McGuinness, who impressively defended his NABA Lightweight title against Dominican knockout artist Hector Julio Avila with a 4th round KO on February 19th, is considered one of the hottest boxing prospects in the world, and is eager to show his stuff in front of his hometown fans.

Quotes from Final Judah-Mabuza Press Conference

From Brick City Bar and Grill, Newark, NJ – March 2, 2011

Kathy Duva: “Since Zab came back to Main Events in July, he has done everything we have asked, gone above and beyond. He is taking all the steps he needs to take to regain that Jr welterweight title that he first won so many years ago, coincidentally against a South African. Before he can succeed he has to deal with this gentleman, Kaizer Mabuza, who has the same idea. Kaizer Mabuza has come here all the way from South Africa. I am sure he has worked his entire life to get to the same place. They both have the same goal.

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“Some of you may have seen Kaizer Mabuza when he first came to NJ and scored an upset against Kendall Holt. We know what he can do; we know what Zab can do.  There are so many fights that people talk about lately and the results are a foregone conclusion. This is not the case here. We have a very explosive combination of styles that is going to make for an amazing event. We are not just going through the motions here, this is about do or die for both of them.”

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Kaizer Mabuza: “I’m glad to be back in America. It’s an honor to me to fight a person like Zab Judah. I think he had his time; he’s a former world champion. I think this is my time, because I’m still hungry for success. And I promise him, when I take the ring I change, I become a new man. I’m hungry for success so you have to expect that it will be like fireworks!”

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Cuban Heavyweight Perez Ready to Impress U.K. Fight Fans

Irish based Cuban heavyweight Mike “The Rebel” Perez will be out to impress UK fight fans this Friday when he takes on two time European title challenger, Ismail Abdoul over 8 rounds at the Doncaster Dome. Perez has racked up a dozen straight wins since turning professional in 2008 with ten of those coming by KO and an incredible 8 of those coming in the first round.

However the Cuban puncher is anticipating a longer night on Friday against Abdoul, a Belgian who previously went 12 rounds with David Haye for the European title and has only suffered a single stoppage defeat in his 59 fight pro career.

“My opponent has a reputation for being very durable and I hope that’s the case because I’m happy to go the rounds and prove to people that I can box as well as knock people out,” said the 25-year-old Perez. “Sometimes an early knockout can actually be frustrating because you want to show people your boxing skills and all the improvements you are making in the gym and hopefully I can do that on Friday.”

Reid Blasts Cobwebs Away Ahead of Prizefighter

Robin Reid came through his first fight in over three years on Saturday night to continue his preparation for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II at Liverpool’s Olympia on Wednesday 23 March.

The 40 year-old claimed a points decision against Jamie Ambler at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, with the ‘Grim Reaper’ tasting action for the first time since losing a British title fight against Carl Froch in November 2007.

Reid was heavily linked with a spot in the line-up of the last event – the Light-Heavyweights II in February – and after conversations with Matchroom Sport’s managing director Eddie Hearn, he decided that he wanted to get back into action when the 17th edition of the eight-man, one-night tournaments is staged at the Liverpool Olympia.

Quotes from Sergiy Dzinziruk Media Conference Call

NEW YORK, NY – Today’s media conference call featured WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion, Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziurk  in advance of his “Diamond Elite” clash with Middleweight Champion, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on March 12 from the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods, airing live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Also on the call were Dzinizruk’s co-trainer, Buddy McGirt; his advisor, Harry Kazandjian; Josh Roy from Banner Promotions, his co-promoter; and Lou DiBella, the promoter of the event.