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MARCH 27, 2015 
 SHOWTIME ANNOUNCES FOUR-PART INSIDE MAYWEATHER VS. PACQUIAO SERIES

Press Release: 
Showtime Sports will offer viewers exclusive access to Floyd “Money” Mayweather and the most anticipated event of the year with “Inside 
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
,” an intimate four-part documentary series chronicling the life of the perennial pound-for-pound champion as he navigates his May 2nd collision course with Manny Pacquiao.  Episode 1 premieres on Saturday, April 18th immediately following the live 
Showtime boxing
 doubleheader featuring Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.; 
Episode 2 premieres Saturday, April 25th at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT; 
Episode 3 premieres Wednesday, April 29th at 10 p.m. ET/PT; and 
Epilogue premieres Saturday, May 9th.



 
MARCH 27, 2015 
 WBC ORDERS STEVENSON-KOVALEV PURSE BID FOR APRIL 17TH EVEN THOUGH STEVENSON HAS A FIGHT BEFORE THEN

Edited Press Release:  Adonis "Superman" Stevenson holds the lineal light heavyweight world championship and the WBC title. Because Stevenson avoided major fights in 2014, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev was able to unify the IBF, WBO and WBA championships. The boxing world is clamoring for the world's two best 175-pound boxers to face each other and the WBC recently took a positive step by ordering Stevenson to make a mandatory defense against Kovalev. This was unusual but welcome because the WBC usually discourages title unification. Now the WBC has taken a very strange turn, ordering a purse bid for Stevenson-Kovalev to take place on April 17th even though Stevenson has an April 4th fight against Sakio Bika. A purse bid would determine whether Stevenson's or Kovalev's promoter would stage this major event. It is unclear whether the WBC's latest ploy will facilitate or hinder the big fight, but already, Stevenson's promoter, who has backed out of a Stevenson-Kovalev fight in the past, has come out in favor of the WBC's ruling.


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MARCH 27, 2015 
 APRIL 11TH BROOKLYN UNDERCARD ANNOUNCED

Press Release: 
The off-television undercard for Saturday, April 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY  has been announced and it is a good one. 2008
 Olympic Gold Medalist for the Dominican Republic Felix Diaz (16-0) will battle Brooklyn-born Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (23-1) in a 10-round super lightweight contest. 
Also fighting at Barclays Center are a pair of undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympians, as "Sir" Marcus Browne (13-0) takes on the experienced Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-7) and Browne's Olympic teammate Errol Spence Jr. (15-0) makes his Brooklyn debut against Samuel Vargas (20-1). 
These undercard bouts will complement the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC primetime main event bouts featuring world 140-pound champion Danny "Swift" Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) facing IBF titlist Lamont Peterson (33-2-1) and the WBO middleweight title defense of "Irish" Andy Lee (34-2) against Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (31-0).


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MARCH 26, 2015 


COMPARING MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO TO HOLYFIELD-TYSON I
By Tommy Canez

When I heard the recent announcement that Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield will participate in a charity sparring session against former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, I thought about how Holyfield defied the odds in boxing time after time. Specifically, one of Holyfield's most memorable bouts was his epic 1996 upset of Mike Tyson (the first of two Holyfield-Tyson fights, both won by Holyfield).  Just as Holyfield once went up against and defeated boxing's ultimate villain, Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao is now gearing up to take on boxing's current ultimate villain, Floyd Mayweather on May 2nd. Thinking back on Holyfield's upset of Tyson, I cannot help but think how Pacquiao has vast similarities to Holyfield going into the biggest fight of his life.

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MARCH 26, 2015 


TULUM, MEXICO HOSTS FOX DEPORTES THIS WEEKEND

Press Release: 
Two hard-nosed Mexican warriors will battle it out in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Saturday, March 28th, as Javier "Implacable" Prieto faces Jorge "Pantera" Silva in a ten-round welterweight match-up to be televised live on Fox Deportes and Claro Sports. 
In the televised co-feature, Gilberto "Flaco" Gonzalez meets David "Nene" Rangel in a ten-round junior welterweight bout. Opening up the televised action, Roberto "Tito" Manzanarez will square off against Edgar "Lupillo" Ramirez i
n another ten-round junior welterweight bout.


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MARCH 26, 2015 
 CHINA SMITH HEADLINES IN SARASOTA, FL NEXT WEEK

April 3rd Florida show available via free, live stream

Press Release: 
Two Sarasota, Florida locals, heavyweight China Smith and super middleweight Aaron Jaco are set to co-headline on Friday April 3rd at the Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Florida. 
Smith (35-4), will be giving a rematch to his previous victim, Mike Sheppard (22-18-1) from Palestine, West Virginia. 
Jaco (17-3) will face Norfolk, Virginia´s Frankie Filippone (16-5-1). 
The entire event can be watched worldwide, live and for free, via web-stream on www.BillyCBoxing.com.


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MARCH 26, 2015 
 CHARLES MARTIN-DWAYNE MCRAE ADDED TO WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO UNDERCARD

Press Release: Heavyweight Dwayne “Big Ticket” McRae will have the opportunity to move up the rankings when he battles unbeaten  Charles Martin in a ten-round championship match Saturday, April 25th at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The bout takes place prior to the world heavyweight championship fight between unified champion Wladimir Klitshcko and Bryant Jennings.  Hailing from Laurel, MD, McRae has a 15-3 pro ledger with 8 KOs. Martin, from St. Louis, is 20-0-1 with 18 KOs.

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MARCH 26, 2015 
 Q&A WITH AHMED ELBIALI

Press Release: 
Egyptian light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (9-0, 9 KOs) kicks off Thursday night's ESPN2 telecast in a six-rounder against England's Mike Stafford (13-2, 3 KOs).  
This will be the fourth ESPN appearance for Elbiali, and he's made the most of them, scoring knockouts in all four.  Here is what the former Egyptian champion
 had to say about this fight:


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MARCH 26, 2015 


ESPN2 WEIGH-IN REPORT

Here are the weights for tomorrow's Warriors Boxing show at Hialeah Park Casino in Miami:
 
Rances Barthelemy 137.4 vs. Angino Pérez 137.6
Breidis Prescott 146.2 vs. Fredrick Lawson 146.2
Robert Alfonso 241 vs. Raymundo Lopez 252.6
Antonio Tarver Jr. 154.4 vs. Bruce Lutchmedial 156
Ahmed Elbiali 175.2 vs. Michael Stafford 173.4
Michael Seals 175.2 vs. Carlos Reyes 183.2           
Daquan Arnett 156.4  vs. Travis Hartman 153.2
Yasmany Consuegra 229.6 vs. Taurus Sykes 251.2
Wilky Campfort 152.8 vs. Devon Moncrieff 155
Kamil Laszczyk 128.6 vs. Jose Luis Araiza 129
Patryk Szymanski 165.6 vs. Yoryi Estrella 168.2
ESPN2 will televise.


 
MARCH 26, 2015 
 VINNY PAZ OPENS DOORS FOR J.P. AUGUSTIN

Press Release: The phone call couldn’t have come at a better time for Jean Pierre Augustin, even if he wasn’t quite sure it was real. “I didn’t take it seriously at first,” said the Lawrence, Mass., cruiserweight boxer. “I thought it was a prank.” But this was no joke. This was the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance for the 27-year-old fighter to play a role in Bleed For This, the upcoming Chad Verdi-produced film based on the career of former champion Vinny Paz. Augustin (4-0, 2 KOs) landed the role of former world champ Gilbert Dele, whom Paz beat in 1991.

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MARCH 25, 2015 
 BROCK LESNAR CHOOSES WWE OVER MMA

Brock Lesnar, the former UFC heavweight champion, has chosen professional wrestling over mixed martial arts. Lesnar's contract with the WWE was about to expire, and he was being courted by the UFC to return to MMA, but Lesnar chose to remain in the scripted world of professional wrestling. While UFC athletes train for months and fight only a couple of times a year, pro wrestlers can have dozens of bouts as the action is scripted. Now 37 years old, Lesnar is the only person to have won championships in NCAA college wrestling (for University of Minnesota), MMA and pro wrestling. He won the UFC championship in 2009 but was sidelined by diverticulitis. An MMA superfight between Lesnar and Fedor Emilanenko never materialized. -Scott Shaffer

 
MARCH 25, 2015 
 MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO COMMENTARY: WHY THE $5M PENALTY IS A FALSE FLAG OPERATION
By Ben Dean

The boxing media was abuzz last week with stories written about a so-called $5 million dollar penalty in the event of a failed doping test by Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, who will fight each other on May 2nd in Las Vegas.  In boxing, every so often a non-story becomes a story and media outlets run with the non-story without doing any due diligence. This time, Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz came forward with a non-issue that the media promptly reported on and ate up like hot cakes even though Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, had already went on record to put the issue to rest.  


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MARCH 25, 2015 
 RHODE ISLAND UNDERCARD REVEALED

Press Release: Super bantamweight Shelly Vincent (13-0, 1 KO) of Providence, R.I., puts her perfect record on the line Friday, April 3rd, 2015 at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino against Christina Ruiz (7-7-3, 4 KOs) of San Antonio in the ten-round main event.  The card features seven bouts, including the six-round co-feature between Providence super middleweight Angel Camacho Jr. (13-0, 4 KOs) and Jersey City's Chris Chatman (12-4-1, 5 KOs), a fan-favorite at Twin River since his Rhode Island debut six yeas ago against former Olympian Demetrius Andrade.

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MARCH 25, 2015 
 REMINDER: FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS MOVES TO THURSDAY THIS WEEK ONLY

Press Release: 
This week will see a special Thursday night edition of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights coming from Hialeah Park in Florida. It will be headlined by a  ten rounder featuring welterweight Fredrick "General Okunka" Lawson (23-0, 20 KOs) taking on hard-punching Miami transplant Breidis Prescott (27-6, 20 KOs). 
In the ten-round lightweight co-feature, former IBF 130-pound titlist Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (21-0, 1 ND, 12 KOs) will take on Angino Perez (18-6, 16 KOs).  
Egyptian light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (9-0, 9 KOs) kicks off the telecast in a six-rounder against England's Mike Stafford (13-2, 3 KOs). 
Tickets are on sale now at www.myticketforce.com, www.hialeahpark.com, and at the Hialeah Park Casino cage.


 
MARCH 25, 2015 
 SADAM ALI-FRANCISCO SANTANA WILL BE MSG CO-FEATURE ON APR. 25TH

Press Release: 
Undefeated welterweight Sadam "World Kid" Ali and fast-punching Francisco "Chia" Santana will face off in New York City's Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 25th as the chief supporting bout for the world heavyweight championship defense of Wladimir Klitschko against Bryant Jennings. The ten-round Ali-Santana bout will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. 
Advance tickets to may be purchased  at www.TheGarden.com.



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