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MARCH 30, 2015 
 TRUTV AND TOP RANK TO PARTNER FOR 8 SHOWS IN 2015

Press Release: TruTV and Top Rank will partner to televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET.  The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring a vacant world title bout inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The first main event (May 1st) will showcase Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) from Japan, vs. Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Mexico competing for the vacant WBO lightweight title (recently vacated by Terrance Crawford) World Championship.  The undercard will include Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) from Quebec vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) from Russia – in a ten-round welterweight clash.

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MARCH 30, 2015 


DEREVYANCHENKO OUT, HARRISON IN ON ESPN2 MAIN EVENT

Press Release: The previously announced ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card has shaken up a bit. The card, to be held at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, was originally slated to be headlined by Sergey Derevyanchenko taking on Elvin Ayala.  [Editor's note: Ayala fought on Saturday, defeating Ronald Gavril, apparently without the knowledge or consent of the ESPN2 card's lead promoter, Lou DiBella].  With Ayala now unavailable, DiBella has moved Derevyanchenko over to the April 10th ShoBox card, and will fill the ESPN2 main event with red-hot junior middleweight Tony Harrison (20-0, 17 KOs) against Mexico's Pablo Munguia (20-6, 11KOs) in a ten rounder. The co-feature remains intact with 130-pounder Ryan Kielczweski (22-0, 6 KOs) facing Connecticut's own Danny Aquino (16-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round battle for New England bragging rights.

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MARCH 30, 2015 
 ROY JONES PLEASES HIS FANS WITH ANOTHER EASY WIN

Roy Jones TKO1 Paul Vasquez... The feel-good comeback tour that has 46 year-old legend Roy Jones, Jr. strolling down memory lane with wins over third-tier opponents contined over the weekend. This time, the tour rolled into Jones' hometown of Pensacola, Florida, where Jones knocked down and beat up Paul Vasquez for three minutes until the referee stopped the fight. Jones, fighting at cruiserweight, is now 61-8 with seven straigh easy wins. Vasquez is just 10-7-1, but as this fan-created video shows, the crowd enjoyed seeing Jones throw his flurries without no complaints about Vasquez's lack of skill. --Scott Shaffer

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MARCH 30, 2015 


DONAIRE RETURNS WITH EASY VICTORY

Nonito Donaire TKO2 William Prado... 
Former multi-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash" Donaire returned to the win column in his native Philippines over the weekend. Fighting for the first time since losing the world featherweight championship to Nicholas Walters in October, Donaire easily stopped Brazil's William Prado in two rounds. In the second round, 
Donaire battered the Brazilian with left hooks and uppercuts that had Prado reeling across the ring. When Donaire trapped him on the ropes and continued to land big shots, referee Bruce McTavish stepped in at 2:16 of round two 
For this fight, Donaire moved back down to 122 pounds By way of comparison, Prado made it into the third round with Scott Quigg, a world-class 122 pounder. 
With the win Donaire lifted his record to 34-3 with 22 Kos while Prado dropped to 22-5-1 with 15 KOs. 
source: wbc website


 
MARCH 30, 2015 
 YUNIESKY GONZALEZ IMPROVES TO 16-0

Yuniesky Gonzalez TKO3 Brad Austin ... Light heavyweight Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-0) demolished Brad Austin (10-17) with a third-round stoppage at The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Baton Rouge, LA on Saturday night. Gonzalez dropped Austin three times, once in each round, before the referee finally called an end to the bout. Austin has now lost 16 out of his lat 18 bouts. It was the first fight for Gonzalez under the Star Boxing banner. The former Cuban amateur now lives in the United States, where he is trained by Orlando Cuellar and managed by Michael Luzbeth. source: star boxing press release

 
MARCH 30, 2015 


JOE SMITH JR. TO HEADLINE IN LONG ISLAND, NY

Press Release: 
Star Boxing President has announced the 18th installment of the "Rockin Fights" series for Saturday, April 18th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. 
Headlining will be Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. (17-1 with 14 KOs) from nearby Mastic, NY battling Baltimore's Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (18-8-1 with 13 KOs) in a ten-roud light heavyweight 10 contest. 
Smith is coming off a first-round TKO over Maxell Taylor at the Paramount which took place on December 20th, 2014. 


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MARCH 29, 2015 
 RUSSELL STOPS GONZALEZ TO CLAIM FEATHERWEIGHT BELT

Gary Russell, Jr. TKO4 Jhonny Gonzalez... After losing his first championship bid in 2014, Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs), a former United States amateur standout, knocked out WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs), of Mexico City, in the fourth round at Las Vegas' Palms Casino Resort.   Russell, who stood and exchanged with Gonzalez, utilized his overall speed to dominate. He dropped the veteran three times, once in the third and twice in the fourth before referee Tony Weeks waved off the fight 37 seconds into the round. source: showtime press release

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MARCH 29, 2015 
 CHARLO EDGES MARTIROSYAN

Jermell Charlo W10 Vanes Martirosyan... Also on the Showtime broadcast from Las Vegas, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) of Houston, won a close but unanimous ten-round decision over Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1, 21 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., in a clash of junior middleweight contenders. There were no knockdowns in a bout scored for Charlo 97-93 and 96-94 (twice). source: showtime press release


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MARCH 29, 2015 


KELL BROOK RETURNS FROM STABBING WITH BIG WIN

Time to start beating the drums for Khan-Brook

Kell Brook TKO4 Jo Jo Dan... IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) overwhelmed Jo Jo Dan (34-3, 18 KOs) in Las Vegas on Satirday to retain his title.  Brook dropped the Romanian-based Canadian four times before the one-sided bout was halted after the fourth round at Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Brook, of Sheffield, was making the first defense of the welterweight title he took from previously undefeated Shawn Porter last August. Brook was also fighting for the first time since suffering a serious injury when he was stabbed in the thigh during a holiday on the island of Tenerife last September. source: showtime press release



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MARCH 29, 2015 
 WBA EXECUTIVE ALBERTO SARMIENTO PASSES AWAY

Long time World Boxing Association executive Alberto Sarmiento has passed away.  Mr. Sarmiento, originally from Venezuela and born in 1942, dedicated much of his life to boxing. He joined the WBA in the early 1970's. At the time of his death, he was serving as the WBA's treasurer and supervisor. Boxingtalk sends its condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of Alberto Sarmiento. source: wbc website


 
MARCH 29, 2015 
 RESULTS FROM NEW YORK: CINDY SERRANO HELD TO HOMETOWN DRAW

Antonio Nieves W8 Saul Tejada... On Saturday night at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York City, Cleveland, Ohio’s super bantamweight Antonio “Carita” Nieves improved to 11-0 by winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Saul Tejada (5-4-2) of  Spain. Tejada was appearing in his first fight Stateside. 

Fatuma Zarika W6 Cindy Serrano... Puerto Rican Brooklynite Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano took on Fatuma Zarika, a formwe women's bantamweight titlist in a six-round lightweight contest. After six rounds, each fighter earned scorecards of 58-56, while a third tally of 57-57 resulted in this bout being ruled a draw, bringing Serrano’s record to 22-5-3 and Zarika’s to 24-9-2. source for all results: new legend boxing


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MARCH 29, 2015 


MOTHMORA WINS IN FRANCE

Michel Mothmora TKO6 Baker Barakat... Frenchman Michel Mothmora (27-23) recorded a sixth-round stoppage of Germany’s Baker Barakat (41-18-4) in a middleweight contest held in Loiret, France on Friday. Barakat came out looking for a knockout from the first bell, and Mothmora had to be active to prevent the visitor from taking control of the fight. In the first few rounds, it was anybody’s guess who would come out on top. Adding to the drama, both suffered a cut over one eye in round four after an accidental head-clash. But in the sixth round, Mothmora clearly looked the strongest of the two and overwhelmed Barakat with a flurry of punches that sagged him on the ropes and prompted referee Christophe Hembert to correctly wave the fight off at 2:25 of the round. source: wbf


 
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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