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FEBRUARY 05, 2016 
 BILLEL DIB SIGNS MANAGEMENT DEAL

Press Release: Pro Box Management announced the signing of junior lightweight Billel Dib to a management contract. Dib of Sydney, Australia has a record of 18-1 with nine knockouts and is a former two-time Australian title holder at 130 pounds. Dib’s only pro loss came via split decision, which he later avenged with an eighth-round stoppage over Dylan Sendeckyi. Dib is the cousin of former IBF featherweight titleholder Billy Dib. "Being around, training with my cousin and seeing his success is a great motivation for me.  I look forward to becoming the second Dib in the family to become world champion," said Dib.  "I am very excited to have signed with ProBox and to be represented by Henry Rivalta and Gary Jonas… The Dibs are very family oriented and my father and I were impressed were impressed by the family culture," said Dib. "We signed Billel because he has all the characteristics that we look for.  He is a hard worker, well spoken, good looking action fighting young man, who is very marketable .  We definitely think he can be a significant world champion sometime soon," said Gary Jonas.

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FEBRUARY 05, 2016 


SERRANO-GERULA TO FIGHT FOR WBO TITLE

Press Release: On Wednesday, February 17th, DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series returns to B.B. King Blues Club and Grille in midtown Manhattan, New York City. Headlining will be Brooklyn's Amanda Serrano (26-1-1, 19 KOs) who on Canada's Olivia Gerula (17-15-2, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBO featherweight championship.  A longtime advocate of female boxing, Lou DiBella signed both Amanda and her sister Cindy at the end of 2015. Amanda was scheduled to fight on the undercard of the Deontay Wilder-Artur Szpilka heavyweight championship on January 16th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, only to see her opponent fall out just days before the card. DiBella quickly moved to reschedule the bout and now, on February 17th, Serrano will do battle against Gerula, in the first ever championship fight to take place at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. "I am thrilled to have signed the Serrano sisters," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Having Amanda's first bout under the DBE banner being for a world title will only help to bring mainstream attention to Amanda's rise in the boxing world. She is tremendously talented and it is time for boxing fans at large to take notice." Also seeing action on the card will be super middleweight Lennox Allen (20-0-1, 13 KOs) and a trio of undefeated boxers in separate rate six-round bouts: Olympian Jonathan Alonso (7-0), five-time NY Golden Gloves champion Shemuel Pagan (6-0) and Irish National champion Noel Murphy (4-0).  Additional bouts on the card, including opponents for Allen, Alonso and Murphy will be announced soon.

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FEBRUARY 05, 2016 
 THAI CONTENDER WHIPS NICARAGUAN IN 105 POUND SHOWDOWN

Knockout CP Freshmart W12 Carlos Buitrago … On Wednesday in Chonburi Thailand, 105-pound contender Knockout CP Freshmart a/k/a Thammanoon Niyomtrong defeated Carlos Buitrago (28-2-1, 16 KOs) of Nicaragua via unanimous decision. With the win, Freshmart improved to 12-0 with 6 KOs and retained the WBA interim title in the minimumweight division. According to the WBA website, the official scores were 117-111 (twice) and 119-109. Buitrago had a good first round, but quickly fell into a pattern of losing rounds to the Freshmart, a native of Thailand. This bout was a rematch of a 2014 encounter, which Freshmart also won by decision. The WBA recognizes Hekkie Budler of South Africa as the 105-pound champion. Source: wba website

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FEBRUARY 04, 2016 


PACQUIAO-BRADLEY III UNDERCARD ANNOUNCED

Next week in Los Angeles, a press conference will be held to announce the undercard for the pay-per-view broadcast of Timothy Bradley’s WBO welterweight title defense against Manny Pacquaio. The show, which takes place on April 9th in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena features the following three fights: Arthur Abraham defending the WBO 168-pound title against undefeated Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez; former IBF featherweight titlist Evgeny Gradovich (21-1-1) against Oscar Valdez (19-0); and 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramírez (16-0) in a junior welterweight bout against Manny Perez (25-11-1).

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FEBRUARY 04, 2016 
 USTINOV MISSES DEADLINE TO FIGHT ORTIZ

Last month, the WBA ordered heavyweight Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) to defend his WBA interim title against Russia's Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) on or before June 19, 2016. According to the WBA, Ustinov has not yet responded to attempts to ascertain his willingness to fight Ortiz.  Ustinov is a large (6'7", 280 pounds) but lumbering heavyweight whose only loss is to Kubrat Pulev in 2012. The WBA has extended the deadline to make Ortiz-Ustinov and Ustinov will likely turn up soon: after all, he fought three times in the second half of 2015. Ustinov’s last three fights were wins over Travis Walker, Maurice Harris and Konstantine Airich. Meanwhile, Ortiz is slated to face another Russian giant, Alexander Dimitrenko, on March 5th.

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FEBRUARY 04, 2016 
 DETROIT MAIN EVENT FINALLY ANNOUNCED

Press Release: The full card has been finally announced by promoter Dmitriy Salita for this Saturday’s show at Detroit’s famous Masonic Temple. In the main event, cruiserweight Junior "Hurricane" Wright (14-1-1, 11 KOs) of Chicago will face Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Chris "Nightmare" Stallworth (9-3, 3 KOs) in a six rounder. In a junior welterweight six rounder Eudy Bernardo (20-0, 14 KOs) of the Dominican Republic goes against Ben Odamattey (16-12-3, 9 KOs) of Ghana. Bernardo is now trained by Detroit's former champion Frank Tate. Also on the show, Kazakhstan lightweight Dimash Niyazov (8-0-3, 4 KOs) takes on Detroit's James Lester (10-9, 4 KOs). While Niyazov has the unbeaten record, Lester has been in with stronger opposition and always been competitive. Topping the undercard, Detroit's undefeated bantamweight James Gordon Smith (8-0, 5 KOs) will go against Saint Paul, Minnesota veteran Antwan Robertson (10-14-1, 6 KOs). In other action, Detroit's Ed Williams (10-1-1, 4 KOs) will face Angel Figueroa (4-2-1) of Lorain, Ohio, in a six-round welterweight bout. In four-round bouts, light heavyweight James Ballard (5-0, 2 KOs) of Detroit battles Nathan Bedwell (5-15, 4 KOs) of Tennessee; cruiserweight Emilio Salas (4-1-1, 2 KOs) of Puerto Rico faces Jackson, Michigan's Karinn Davis (2-5, 2 KOs); and Canadian 154-pounder Kane Heron (2-0, 1 KO) will face Michigan's Brian Otey (0-1). Rounding out the action will be the pro debut of Turkmenistan's former Asian Games Amateur Champion, Serdar Hudayberdiyev, who  faces Kevin Shacks (0-1). Tickets  are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

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FEBRUARY 03, 2016 
 MARES-MONTIEL BOOKED AS THURMAN-PORTER CO-FEATURE

Press Release: Abner Mares and Fernando Montiel, both of whom have held world titles in multiple weight classes will square off on Saturday, March 12th, live on CBS at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT.   The bout will serve as a strong co-feature to the WBA welterweight title fight between Keith Thurman and IBF former titlist Shawn Porter. Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) are two of the most accomplished and entertaining Mexican boxers in the sport today.  Mares compiled a staggering resume over the past five years while earning titles at 118, 122 and 126 pounds.  Montiel is one of the most skilled boxers of his generation having won championships at 112, 115 and 118 pounds over a 17-year career.

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FEBRUARY 03, 2016 


CHARLES MARTIN CALLS OUT ANTHONY JOSHUA FOR IBF TITLE DEFENSE
By Scott Shaffer

Many heavyweight titleholders seek out an easy first defense. Newly minted IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin seems to have a different strategy in mind. Martin took to Twitter to call out undefeated British heavyweight Anthony Joshua, who is almost universally regarded as the top prospect in the heavyweight division. Martin tweeted, “So my team tells me @anthonyfjoshua scared to fight me April 9. How much more time you need sweetheart? @EddieHearn.”  Joshua (15-0 with 15 KOs and a 2102 Olympic gold medalist) is promoted by Eddie Hearn.  Martin (23-0-1 with 21 KOs) is promoted by Warriors Boxing. Martin won the vacant IBF title on January 16th when  Vyacheslav GLazkov injured his knee in the third round

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FEBRUARY 03, 2016 
 MAMMADOV CONTINUES UNLIKELY COMEBACK


Press Release: On Saturday February 6th in Baku, Azerbaijan, local favorite Fariz Mammadov, 18-2-1, will take on Badru Lusambya, 24-2-2), in a super middleweight bout. The show  will be promoted by Nezir Agayev and Yashar Milnits. A remarkable story, 35-year-old Southpaw Mammadov turned professional in 2001 as a lightweight, and went 11-1-1 in the next three years, winning a couple of minor titles in 2004 before disappearing from the scene for seven and a half years. In May of 2012, he returned as a welterweight, and put together three low-key victories before losing to Germany’s Matthias Pelk (who was 20-0 at the time) in December of 2013.  After scoring a routine victory in March 2014, Mammadov secured a rematch with Pelk in Germany the following June, and avenged the loss via fifth-round stoppage. Mammadov has since stayed busy with solid victories over Valentyn Kuts and Andrei Abramenka.  Now he faces a tough test in the hard-punching Badru “Mr. Crush” Lusambya, also a southpaw. The 33 year-old Lusambya entered the paid ranks in 2002, and captured the African Boxing Union 154-pound title in only his seventh outing in 2004. He made two successful defenses before relocating to the United Kingdom for a few years, but in 2009 he returned to the African continent and reclaimed the ABU crown. He is undefeated since 2010.

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FEBRUARY 03, 2016 
 RIVERA SAYS HE'S READY TO TEST GRAY

Press Release: Junior middleweight Cameron Sevilla Rivera thinks he's discovered the secret to beating Khiary Gray, and it has nothing to do with an unorthodox training routine or who's working his corner. It's his imperfect record, to be exact. Rivera has the one thing Gray doesn't -- a loss. At 6-2-1, Rivera’s actually lost twice as a pro while Gray, from Worcester, Mass., carries an 11-0 record into their eight-round main event to be held at Rhode Island’s Twin River Casino on February 19th. "I think it puts the pressure on him way more than it does me," Rivera said. "It's his neighborhood. All eyes are going to be on him."

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FEBRUARY 03, 2016 
 ALEX MARTIN READY FOR FIRST TV EXPOSURE

PRESS RELEASE: Unbeaten prospect Alex Martin (11-0, 5 KOs) steps up in the co-featured bout when he takes on Rossemberth Gomez (17-4-1, 13 KO's) of Minagua, Nicaragua in a welterweight bout scheduled for eight-rounds. The bout takes place on an exciting night of boxing that will be part of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, February 9 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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FEBRUARY 02, 2016 


DKP PAYS $1.2M IN COURT SETTLEMENT
By Scott Shaffer

According to papers just filed in federal court in New York, Don King Productions has paid $1,254,686.91 to Russian promoter World of Boxing as result of the cancellation of a boxing match between WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and Guillermo Jones. King was Guillermo Jones’ promoter and entered into a contract to provide World of Boxing with Jones’ services for a bout in Russia. However, Jones failed a pre-fight drug test and World of Boxing sued King for failing to provide Jones’ services. The United States court agreed with World of Boxing, and ordered Don King Productions to return all advanced payments as well as pay World of Boxing’s damages. Today’s court filing indicates that King complied with the court’s decision

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FEBRUARY 02, 2016 
 KHAN TO MOVE UP TO FACE ALVAREZ MAY 7

Press Release: World middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) will make his first title defense of 2016 against former 140-pound champion Amir "King" Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on May 7th. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. Golden Boy Promotions will exclusively promote the fight, with Khan returning to his former home at Golden Boy Promotions for the showdown. Information regarding, the venue, ticket availability and a press tour for the fight will be announced in the coming weeks.

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FEBRUARY 02, 2016 
 UNDEFEATED, RIVAS AND WASHINGTON SET TO SQAURE OFF

Press Release: Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs) and Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs) will meet in a ten-round showdown of unbeaten heavyweights on Saturday, February 27th in the opening bout of a Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.  In the main event, three-division champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz will make the first defense of his WBA featherweight title against former IBF champion Kiko Martinez. Televised coverage begins with a 122-pound WBC title rematch between Mexican power-punchers Julio Ceja and Hugo Ruiz.  “I’m thrilled to be fighting so close to home in front of all my friends and family,” said Washington. “Oscar Rivas is a hard puncher but he’s never faced anyone as big and strong as I am. I’m anxious to get in the ring and continue to prove myself on my way to a world title opportunity.”

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FEBRUARY 02, 2016 
 OOSTHUIZEN PULLS OUT OF TITLE CHALLENGE

Press Release: Juergen Braehmer is in search of a new opponent for his scheduled WBA light heavyweight title defense following the withdrawal of South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen from the planned March 12th show in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Oosthuizen [who has a documented history of pulling out of bouts] is not fit to compete according to Rodney Berman, his promoter. Berman is understandably disappointed with the recent turn of events.  “This is the final nail in the coffin – Tommy’s finished as a fighter,’’ said Berman. “I can’t see him having another fight. The stark reality is he’s… beyond any help. Many people are angry and disappointed. I am duty-bound to inform the World Boxing Association of this situation, I can’t sweep this under the carpet. There are far more deserving boxers who should be rated.”
 
Promoter Kalle Sauerland is currently looking for a suitable replacement, with Braehmer still scheduled for March 12th at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg. “We are working hard to find an adequate opponent to replace Oosthuizen,’’ said Sauerland. “There are a number of options on the table, and we’re confident we will be able to deliver a deserving opponent and a high-quality fight on March 12th in Neubrandenburg.”

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FEBRUARY 02, 2016 
 AWE NETWORK TO AIR CHAGAEV-BROWNE

Press Rekease: On Saturday afternoon, March 5th, Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne (23-0-0) will challenge Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1) for his Chagaev’s second-tier WBA heavyweight title (world champion Tyson Fury has the WBA super championship). Chagaev-Browne bout will be broadcast live in the United States on Awe Network, it was announced today. The Australian Browne is a former bouncer and MMA fighter known for his knockout power.

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FEBRUARY 02, 2016 


RESULTS FROM MEXICO

Ramon Alvarez TKO9 James Winchester … In Baja California, Mexico over the weekend, junior middleweight Ramon "Inocente" Alvarez wore down and and stopped James "Shotgun" Winchester in the ninth round. The well-conditioned Alvarez (23-4-2) used a body attack to soften up his opponent with a constant and sinking attackWinchester (17-12) fought back in spurts but was deducted a point for a rabbit punch in the sixth and another for a low blow in the seventh. Winchester was made no protest after the fight was stopped in round nine.

Catherine Phiri TKO7 Yazmin Rivas … On the same show, Zambia's Catherine Phiri became the new WBC female bantamweight champion after a clash of heads prematurely ended her fight with Yazmin "Rusita" Rivas. After four rounds, Phiri (11-1) was ahead on two of the three cards. Frequent fierce exchanges saw both women land scoring blows to the head, but Phiri’s frequency was marginally higher. However, Phiri was the one who was swollen around the eyes. Realizing she was behind, Rivas endeavored to defend her title with a sense of urgency. It wasn't enough. The clash of heads right at the end of the sixth, left Rivas (34-9) temporarily unsteady with a rapidly and badly swelling right eye. Phiri was deducted a point, but took Rivas’ title by majority technical decision. Scores were 59-55 and 58-56 for Phiri and 55-55. Source for both results: WBC

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FEBRUARY 02, 2016 
 SALIA OFFERS ASSITANCE TO FLINT RESIDENTS

Press Release: As the Flint, Michigan water crisis continues, the promoter and boxers of the upcoming professional boxing series "Detroit Brawl" have joined the fight by donating 7,200 bottles of water to be handed out at Flint’s Art Van Furniture today at 2 pm (Tuesday, February 2, 2016). "Many boxers come from humble beginnings and understand the struggle. As the Detroit Brawl gains attention, it is very important to use this platform to show how important it is to give back," says event promoter Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions. Taking a break from their intensive training for Saturday's matches and recognizing the daily need for bottled water in homes, neighborhoods, warming centers and soup kitchens throughout the city of Flint, Michigan-based boxers Ed Williams (10-1-1, 4 KOs), James Gordon Smith (8-0, 5 KOs), and James Ballard (5-0, 2 KOs), as well as trainers Javan "Sugar" Hill (Kronk Gym) and Theotrice Chambers will be distributing 300 cases of water. Art Van Furniture is located at 4095 E. Court Street in Burton. Tickets for "Detroit Brawl" are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office.

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FEBRUARY 01, 2016 


PHILIPPINE UPDATE

Lightweight Jonel Gadapan (11-8-2) defeated countryman Nelson Tinampay (9-2-1) with a dominant performance on Sunday January 31st in Iligan City, Philippines. While Tinampay entered the fight with the better record, it was Gadapan who took charge from the start and showed that statistics are just numbers, and that he had come to win. With well-placed combinations to body and head, he repeatedly punished his foe from the first bell.  After five rounds, the corner of Tinampay felt that enough was enough, and informed referee Andres Manatad Jr. that their cut and bruised boxer would not come out for the next stanza, making it a retirement victory for Gadapan. At the time of the stoppage, two judges had the 28 year-old Gadapan ahead by scores of 49-45, while the third saw it slightly closer at 49-46. The fight was promoted by RCJ Promotions. Source: wbf press release

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FEBRUARY 01, 2016 
 UNDERCARD RESULTS FROM FLORIDA

Joseph Elegele TKO6 Alex De Jesus … Also on Sunday’s card in Immokalee, Florida, Joseph Elegele (15-2), a 31-year-old former sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather Jr., dominated an all-southpaws bout and earned a sixth-round stoppage of Alex De Jesus (21-2). Fighting for the first time in nearly 16 months, Elegele floored De Jesus once each in the third and final rounds, earning his first stoppage victory since April 2011.

Dennis Galarza W8 Jason Galarza … In a lightweight bout on the same show, Dennis Galarza (12-1), the 23-year-old son of Lubin’s trainer, Jason Galarza, hammered out an eight-round unanimous decision over Ghana’s Samuel Amoako (21-7). Source for  both results: premier boxing champions

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FEBRUARY 01, 2016 
 UNDEFEATEDS BATTLE FOR THE BRITISH LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

Press Release: Hosea Burton (14-0) will face Miles Shinkwin (12-0) for the vacant British light heavyweight title at the sold-out Manchester Arena on February 27th, live on Sky Sports Box Office. The title has been largely inactive since Tony Bellew vacated in 2012 to compete at the world level. “I have always wanted to land the British title and finally I have my chance,” said Burton. “The division is as good as ever at world level but domestically it is poor because the British title hasn’t been fought for. Hopefully by making the belt active again the division can be as exciting as it should be. Shinkwin is a good test but I’m very confident I will get him out of there in style on February 27th.

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FEBRUARY 01, 2016 
 LUBIN EXTENDED TO FINAL BELL FOR FIRST TIME

Junior middleweight Erickson Lubin failed to record his fifth straight knockout Sunday night in Immokalee, Florida. It was just about the only negative thing you can say about the 20-year-old’s performance. Instead, Lubin (14-0) displayed his double-fisted power and a resolute chin for ten rounds against Mexico’s Jose De Jesus Macias (18-5-2). Lubin won a wide unanimous decision at Seminole Casino Hotel. Lubin scored a fifth-round knockdown, and two judges scored it 100-89, while the third had it 99-90.

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FEBRUARY 01, 2016 
 KHIARY GRAY TO MOVE UP TO TEN ROUNDERS

Press Release: Worcester, Massachusetts junior middleweight Khiary Gray faces Cameron Sevilla Rivera over a scheduled ten rounds on Friday, Feb. 19th, 2016 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln Rhode Island. Gray is 11-0 with 9 KOs while Rivera is 6-2-1 with 5 KOs.  Since making his pro debut in 2014, Gray has focused on tempering his aggressiveness and relying on his patience and ability to counterpunch, which he hopes to display in his second title bout later this month.

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FEBRUARY 01, 2016 
 DYAH DAVIS POSTS QUICK WIN

Dyah Davis TKO2 Edgar Perez ... In an off-television bout in Imolakee, Florida,  Dyah Davis (23-4-1, 11 KOs) shook off a long layoff by stopping Edgar Perez (6-18, 3 KOs) at 2:59 of round two of their scheduled six-round light heavyweight bout. Davis had not fought since August 2014. Perez has now lost eight in a row. Davis, who was fighting just one month after the passing of his father, former Olympic Gold Medal winner Howard Davis Jr., scored two knockdowns with body punches and the fight was halted at the end of the second frame. Source: King's Promotions press release

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