Archive for August, 2012
Headlining 11th annual Fight To Educate
Thursday, Sept. 20 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH
MANCHESTER, N.H. – 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade will headline the 11th annual Fight To Educate on Thursday evening, September 20 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Fight To Educate, presented in part this year by Absolute Broadcasting WGAM, The Game, is a unique charity event that combines a love of sports with the vision of assisting children and seniors in need, who with fundraisers like this could be ‘down for the count.’ During the past 10 years, Fight To Educate has raised more than $500,000 in donations benefiting local New Hampshire non-profit organizations. (continue reading…)
ST. LOUIS, MO - Boxing is a risk-and-reward business. A successful gamble this past May ultimately positioned top prospect Willie “The Great” Nelson (18-1-1, 11 KOs) against undefeated John “Dah Rock” Jackson (13-0, 12 KOs) on September 15 for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight title.
Nelson vs. Jackson will be part of the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. HBO Pay-Per-View event, presented by Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment, live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. (continue reading…)
Tickets Go On Sale
This Saturday! September 1 at 10 A.M. PT
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (August 30, 2012) — With ticket sales to the Julio César Chávez, Jr. vs. Sergio Martínez World Middleweight Championship event at the Thomas & Mack Center projected to be a complete sellout, Wynn Las Vegas will present the exclusive live closed circuit telecast of the most anticipated fight of the year. Wynn Las Vegas will offer the closed circuit viewing in two venues — the Encore Theater , which offers a state-of-the-art sound system and plush seating, and the Wynn Lafite Ballroom, a spacious environment offering great views of the closed circuit action. (continue reading…)
New York, NY (8/30/12) – On Saturday, September 29, DiBella Entertainment presents the HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, live from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in Mashantucket, CT. Headlining the card will be Worcester, Massachusetts’ Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14KO’s) defending his USBA super middleweight championship against New Jersey knockout artist Jason “El Monstruo” Escalera (13-0-1, 12KO’s). In the televised co-feature, Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (16-0, 11KO’s) faces his toughest opponent to date when he squares off against former world champion Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27KO’s) for the vacant NABF super bantamweight title. Opening up the televised portion of the card will be former two-division undefeated world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18KO’s) taking on Isaac Chilemba (19-1-1, 9KO’s) in a key light heavyweight matchup. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions. HBO begins live coverage at 9:30PM ET/PT.
The tripleheader is being called “Road to Glory” and the name is quite fitting as each fight carries heavy implications. It is just the second time that the top-rated Rodriguez will see airtime on the network (first in the main event), and it is a first for Escalera, Del Valle, Chilemba, and Erdei. Together the five fighters have a combined record of 102-1-2, with the lone fighter on the card sporting more than one loss being the veteran and former three-time world champion Darchinyan.
Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment (DBE), has a knack for signing good young talent. DiBella guided the career of Andre Berto from his pro-debut to his first championship. He was also was the only promoter who was willing to take a shot at a then unknown Argentinean, Sergio Martinez. So when this past year’s ESPN Boxing’s Prospects to Watch List, compiled by esteemed writer Dan Rafael, came out, it was little surprise that several DBE-promoted fighters, including Rodriguez and Del Valle, topped the list. DiBella sees championship material and expects big things in the careers from each of the DBE fighters on the card, and for that reason he feels there could be not one, not two, but three separate breakout performances on September 29.
Below is a closer look at each matchup.
EDWIN RODRIGUEZ VS. JASON ESCALERA
The 27-year-old Dominican-native Rodriguez, lives in Worcester, MA, but has been training in Houston with renowned trainer Ronnie Shields for his past three fights. The 2005 United States Amateur Champion and 2006 National Golden Glove Champion has gradually climbed the super middleweight world rankings since turning pro in early 2008. Rodriguez is currently rated as the IBF #4, WBC #4 and WBA #8 super middleweight in the world. Rodriguez is coming off an impressive 10-round unanimous decision over fellow contender Donovan George that was shown live on HBO. Rodriguez hopes an impressive showing against Escalera will propel him into his first world title opportunity.
The Puerto Rican Escalera, also 27 years old, calls Union City, NJ, his home. With devastating power in both hands, Escalera has the ability to end a fight in the blink of an eye. Like Rodriguez, Escalera also turned pro in early 2008, after winning the New Jersey Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Championship in 2007. The only blemish thus far on Escalera’s record is an eight-round split decision draw against fellow prospect Nick Brinson back on May 18 of this year.
LUIS DEL VALLE VS. VIC DARCHINYAN
From 2004-2007, while Del Valle was tearing through the amateur ranks, picking up a number of regional and national championships (http://boxrec.com/media/index.php?title=Human:450099), Darchinyan, already a pro for four years, was the king of the flyweights.
Darchinyan won the first of his three world titles by stopping longtime IBF champion Irene Pacheco on December 16, 2004. Darchinyan defended that title six times, before being knocked out by Nonito Donaire in 2007. By 2008, Darchinyan had moved up in weight to claim the IBF super featherweight title. On November 1, 2008, Darchinyan became the undisputed champion, knocking out Cristian Mijares, to add the WBC and WBA belts to his collection.
Seven months before Darchinyan fought Mijares, the Puerto Rican Del Valle made his pro debut scoring a third-round KO over Ray Rivera in Atlantic City. After starting his career campaigning in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions, Del Valle has since begun the gradual drop down to super bantamweight. Del Valle is currently rated #4 in the WBA featherweight ratings, #10 in the WBO and #13 in the WBC super bantamweight ratings. A win over Darchinyan, for the vacant NABF title, will allow Del Valle to crack the top 10 of the super bantamweight rankings. On the other hand, Darchinyan knows that this could be his last chance at reclaiming another world championship and will undoubtedly be leaving it all on the line come fight night.
ZSOLT ERDEI VS. ISAAC CHILEMBA
From 2004-2009, Erdei ruled the light heavyweight division, defending his WBO title 11 times. In 2009, Erdei moved up in weight to challenge WBC Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe Fragomeni. Despite giving up 17 pounds, Erdei won a majority decision. Soon after that, Erdei retired. The retirement didn’t last long though, as Erdei returned a year later making his U.S. debut under new promoter DiBella Entertainment. Erdei was scheduled to challenge IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud last year, but was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury in training camp. Now Erdei is back, healthy and rested, and ready to make another run at light heavyweight supremacy. In his way stands the IBF #5, WBC #6, WBA #13, and WBO # 14 rated Chilemba.
The 25-year-old South African Chilemba’s lone loss came way back in 2007. The only other blemish on Chilemba’s record is a 12-round split decision draw to highly regarded, undefeated super middleweight contender Thomas Oosthuizen (also promoted by DBE). Chilemba is coming off his most impressive victory to date, a dominant 10-round decision victory over former world title challenger Edison Miranda. Chilemba currently holds six victories over previously undefeated fighters and is confident that September 29 will make lucky number seven.
“Road to Glory” is the highly anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, featuring some of the brightest young fighters in all of boxing looking to continue on their respective paths toward world championships. The card will take place on Saturday, September 29, at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions. All three bouts will be aired on HBO’s Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Foxwoods MGM Grand box office by calling (800) 200-2882. Tickets are priced at $45, $75, $100 and $200.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) announced yesterday that its ninth year of operation will commence in a few weeks. The popular GYM Boxing Series, “Fast & Furious,” as previously announced, returns this coming season with an improved Version 3.0 to the famed Bell Centre in Montreal.
Co-presented once again by Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron, in association with Evenko and the Bell Centre, four “Fast & Dangerous 3.0″ events are scheduled, two in the fall and two in 2013, on October 12, December 14, February 8 and May 3.
Former World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) remains the star of the GYM fighter stable. The goal this year is to position him to become world champion again. As soon as The Ring Magazine’s No. 2 ranked contender is fully recovered from a hand injury and he has resumed training, his date to return to the ring will be determined. “Fast & Dangerous 3.0″ is designed to allow International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 2 rated super middleweight Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (18-1, 15 KOs), WBC International and WBC No. 8 ranked welterweight Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7 KOs), undefeated North American Boxing Association (NABA) champion Kevin Bizier (17-0, 12 KOs), unbeaten North American Boxing Organization (NABO) light heavyweight titlist Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (9-0, 5 KOs) to strengthen their positions among the top contenders in their respective division until they get world title shots; re-launch middleweight knockout artist David Lemieux on the international scene, and provide invaluable experience for undefeated Colombian heavyweights, now living in Montreal, Didier “Big Daddy” Bence (5-0, 2 KOs) and 2008 Olympian Oscar Rivas (11-0, 6 KOs). Other boxers will have opportunities to be showcased in this series, thanks to GYM’s close collaboration with Hennessy Sports Canada, Eye of the Tiger Management and Boxing Club East.
New for 2012-2013
New ticket prices and venue configuration, plus fights for worthy causes.
The venue configuration this year will encourage a more welcoming atmosphere, while the central placement of the ring will allow visual access on the Jumbotron screens, either standing or ringside, for all seats. VIP seating sections “Ringside” are available with the tables added last season.
Season tickets starting at $144
As in the past, the public has the option to purchase season tickets for four events at the Bell Centre, while enjoying a discount on the regular ticket price. This year ticket prices have been cut by more than 50-percent: $40.50, $70.50 and $110.50 in the stands. The discount also allows fans to now purchase a season ticket for the modest sum of $144 for all four events in the red section, an average of $36 per ticket.
Fighting for charities
GYM will present battles for charitable causes, matching two people uninitiated to the sport of boxing in fights of three, two-minute rounds, under the supervision of Boxing Quebec. A $ 2,000 purse will be awarded to the organization chosen by the winner. The purpose of the exercise, in addition to serving a good cause, is to provide an opportunity the two participating people could never imagine, climbing into the ring prepared to live and feel the same emotions as “real” boxers. The first fight will be between Pullman, 3412avenue Park vs. Filet 219 rue Mont-Royal O. Gabriel Jauvin, sommelier at Pullman, will clash with Denis Lessard, the butler of the Filet, in the light cruiserweight division. The two boxers have chosen to make their purse donation, respectively, to the foundation of Père Sablon or foundation Ali and Princes Street.
First Major Event on Oct. 12: Stevenson vs. George
GYM will launch the new season series Oct. 12 at the Bell Centre, headlined by the IBF super middleweight title eliminator between Quebec favorite Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (18-1-0, 15 KOs) and American invader Donovan “Da Bomb” George (23-2-1, 20 KOs). The winner between these two powerful hitters will automatically become the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Carl Froch.
“We are particularly pleased to resume our activities with this improved series of Fast & Furious, making it even more accessible to fans in a great atmosphere, as well as providing great opportunities for young GYM prospects who have bright futures,” GYM president Yvon Michel said. “We are also proud of the importance this season’s first main event, matching Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Don “Da Bomb” George in a fight that will set the tone for an especially crucial year for our boxers.”
The “Fast & Dangerous 3.0″ series will be accessible to Canadian boxing fans in the comfort of their homes on television through Canal Indigo, Bell TV, and Shaw TV, as well WealthTV in the United States.
GYM thanks its key partners including Pierre Bibeau of Loto Quebec, Robert Dépatie of Videotron, Pierre Dion of TVA Sports, Jacques Aubé of Evenko, Charles Benoit and Martin Spalding from Astral Radio, Coors Light, Marc Roberge, Martin Trudel and Guy St-Pierre of Tonikgroupimage, Marcel Savard of BLlitho, Houston restaurants, Adidas and Rival. Almost all have been with GYM since the inception of the “Fast & Furies” series. Their involvement is critical and greatly appreciated.
Tickets are now on sale for the innovative and popular concept GYM Boxing Series, “Fast and Furious 3.0,” at the Bell Centre, on evenko.ca, GYM at (514) 383.0666 or club boxing champion (514) 376-0980 for the following prices:
One Event Season
$40.50 $144 ($36 per ticket)
$70.50 $246 ($61.50 per ticket)
$110.50 $382 ($95.50 per a ticket)
Ringside $160.50 $552 ($138 per ticket)
Tables (8) $226.08 $774.96 ($193.74 per ticket)
About Groupe Yvon Michel Inc:
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) was founded in 2004. The organization’s mission is the development of high-level boxers, supported by coaching and management for competition. To achieve its objectives, GYM actively recruits talent and organizes events. Since its inception eight years ago, GYM has produced 105 events, including historical ticket sales and PPV viewership for Pascal vs. Hopkins I and II. GYM has produced more than 300 hours of television with Canal Indigo, Bell TV, Shaw TV, TVA Sports, VOX, TVA, CBC, RDS and V, in Canada, as well as HBO, Showtime and ESPN in the United States. A total of 6 different GYM’s boxers participated in 16 world championship fights in the world. Under the tutelage of GYM Joachim Alcine captured the WBA super welterweight title in 2007 and Jean Pascal 2009 the WBC Light heavyweight crown in 2009.