NEW YORK – Fresh off the heels of the high profile signings this week of undefeated light heavyweight prospect Radivoje Kalajdzic and pro-debuting 2012 Olympian Pavlo Ischenko, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has announced the addition of four new fighters to their ever-growing stable. Valentyn Holovko, Nick Givhan, Alex Guerrero and Yenifel Vicente have all finalized long-term agreements with the promotional outfit, and are looking to make their official DBE debuts in the near future.
Hailing from Ukraine, the undefeated lightweight prospect Holovko (21-0, 14KO’s) made his U.S. debut in June, scoring a fifth-round TD over Gerardo Robles. Holovko is the latest Ukrainian prospect to join the co-promotional tandem of DBE and Fight Promotions Inc., which also promotes undefeated prospects Sergey Derevyanchenko, Ievgen Khytrov, Ivan Golub, Ivan Baranchyk and the aforementioned Ischenko. Nicknamed “The Sabre”, Holovko is an exciting and aggressive come-forward fighter. With good speed and power in both hands, Holovko will be looking to make an immediate splash in the 135lb. division. (continue reading…)
MIAMI – Perennial middleweight/super middleweight gatekeeper Marcus Upshaw finally opened the gate to the next chapter of his career last Saturday, knocking out previously undefeated Turkish prospect Bugra Oener at Wynwood Stadium in Miami, to capture the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) interim Mediterranean super middleweight title. The 35-year-old Upshaw (18-4-4, 9 KOs) fought in his home state for the first time in 2 ½ years. He was on a seek-and-destroy mission against reigning WBC Youth super middleweight champion Oener (9-1, 3 KOs).
Upshaw admitted considering retirement after his previous fight, in which he dropped Las Vegas hometown favorite Lanell Bellows (12-1-1) three times yet lost an eight-round decision.
“I’ve been the gatekeeper for so long but I finally opened the gate,” Upshaw said. “This fight felt awesome, especially after my long, long journey. I was stressed out after my last fight. I beat myself up and felt there was no reason for me to continue my boxing career. I felt used and was ready to quit, but I was convinced to give it one more shot. I was ready to put my life on the line, going for it and not worrying about getting hit or hurt. (continue reading…)
NEW YORK – Over the past two years, DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions have been extremely active in bringing over and signing a number of the top amateur stars from Ukraine. Not looking to slow up their pace, the two promotional outfits announced this week the signing of 2012 Olympian Pavlo Ischenko. Ischenko joins fellow 2012 Olympic stable-mate Ievgen Khytrov, as well as the already world-rated, red-hot Sergey Derevyanchenko, Ivan Golub and Ivan Baranchyk. The 22-year-old Ischenko, now living and training in Brooklyn, is set to make his official pro debut in the coming months.
“I am thrilled to be joining my fellow countrymen and embarking on my pro career here in the U.S. I have seen the job they (DBE and Fight Promotions) have done with them, and for me, it was a no-brainer on who I would be signing with when I was ready to turn pro. I am excited to show the boxing world my talent and ability and know that this is the team that will bring me to a world championship,” said Ischenko. (continue reading…)
NEW YORK - With the light heavyweight division being one of the hottest in all of boxing, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has announced the addition of highly regarded prospect Radivoje Kalajdzic to their ever-growing stable. Promoter Lou DiBella has had his eye on the undefeated Kalajdzic, known as “Hot Rod”, for some time now, and is beyond thrilled to finally welcome him to the DBE team. With his record standing at a perfect 19-0, 12KO’s, the 24-year-old is looking to burst onto the scene of the loaded 175lb. division.
“We’re pleased to be working with ‘Hot Rod’ Kalajdzic,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “He’s more than just a great nickname, he’s one of the best light heavyweights in the world. At just 24 years old, his future is very bright and big fights are on the horizon.” (continue reading…)
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Tuesday, Aug. 18 6:00 p.m. ET – KOTV Boxing Classics – Reliving memorable boxing fights from the past two decades. 8:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game. (continue reading…)