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Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder Returns to Defend His Title Against Polish Challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk

by on Dec.28, 2016, under Press Releases


Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes Saturday,
February 25 From Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama
Tickets On-Sale Tomorrow with
“New Year’s Package” Available Through January 2!

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will defend his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces once-beaten challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, February 25, from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will feature the only American heavyweight world champion headlining his third primetime show on network television, after Wilder most recently stopped Chris Arreola after eight-rounds of action on FOX in July. The champion suffered hand and bicep injuries during the fight, but returns on February 25 fully healthy. (continue reading…)

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GYM Signs French Olympian Christian M’Billi Assomo

by on Dec.28, 2016, under Press Releases

Photo Credit: JBAutissier/ Panoramic

Photo Credit: JBAutissier/ Panoramic

MONTRÉAL – Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) is proud to announce the promotional contract signing of 2016 French Olympian Christian M’Billi Assomo to an exclusive promotional contact.He will settle in Quebec and make his professional debut there in early 2017.

Known in the ring as ”Le Solide” (The Solid), Assomo will arrive in Montreal at the beginning of January, when he will start working with world-class trainer Marc Ramsay and his outstanding team. (continue reading…)

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New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2017

by on Dec.27, 2016, under Press Releases

Sunday, April 30 Induction Dinner
Dick Tiger, Jose Torres, Gaspar Ortega, Renaldo Snipes & Arthur Donovan head new class
NEW YORK (December 26, 2016) – The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, has announced its 15-member Class of 2017. The sixth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 30, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

“Once again, “said NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy, “we’re honoring New York’s finest in our sport. This is all about recognizing great fighters, as well as others involved in boxing, from the state of New York.  We’re expecting another knockout night.”

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include Manhattan welterweight Gaspar “El Indio” Ortega (131-39-6, 69 KOs), Yonkers’ world heavyweight title challenger Renaldo “Mr.” Snipes (39-8-1, 22 KOs), Yonkers middleweight Doug “Cobra’ Dewitt (33-8-5, 19 KOs), and “The Bronx Bomber,” world middleweight title challenger Alex Ramos (39-10-2, 24 KOs). (continue reading…)

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by on Dec.21, 2016, under Press Releases

Mohammad Rabii

CASABLANCA, Morocco  – Moroccan amateur boxing sensation Mohammed Rabii will make his long anticipated professional debut February 18, fighting at home in Casablanca, at the Complexe de Sportif Mohammed V Arena.

The 23-year-old Rabii represented Morocco at this year’s Olympic Games in Brazil, where he captured a bronze medal in the welterweight division, losing a disputed decision (0-3) in the semifinals to Uzebek boxer Shakhram Giyasov, who then lost (0-3) in the championship final to Daniyar Yeleussinov.  Rabii had defeated Yeleussinov, of Kazakhstan, in the gold-medal championship bout of the AIBA World Amateur Championships.  An average of 6 million Moroccans viewed each of Rabbi’s Olympic matches, providing testimony to his celebrity status back home. (continue reading…)

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Rivera Promotions Entertainment press conference alert for Wednesday, December 28, 2016 – 6 p.m. ET

by on Dec.21, 2016, under Press Releases


WHO:      Jose Antonio Rivera                                           
CEO, Rivera Promotions Entertainment
3-time, 2-division World Champion
Worcester, MA

Anthonee Jose Rivera
President, Rivera Promotions Entertainment
Worcester, MA

Irvin Gonzalez (4-0, 4 KOs), Worcester, MA
Reinaldo “Bazooka” Graceski (4-0, 2 KOs), Springfield, MA
Ranse Andino (pro debut), Worcester, MA
Chuck Shearns (2-1, 1 KO), Auburn, MA
Felix Martinez (pro debut), Worcester, MA
Richard Rivera (pro debut), Hartford, CT
Wilfredo Pagan (pro debut), Southbridge, MA
Luis “Pancho” Santiago (pro debut), Springfield, MA
Anthony Laureano (1-0, 0 KOs), East Haven, CT
Brandon Montella (5-0, 4 KOs), Quincy, MA

WHEN:      Wednesday, December 28, 2016 – 6 p.m. ET start

WHERE:    Whiskey On Water,97 Water St., Worcester, MA

WHY:       To formally announce the January 19, 2017 “New England’s Future” professional boxing event, presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment, at the Palladium in Worcester.

OTHER:       Tickets, priced at $65.00 (ringside), $45.00 (preferred seating) and $35.00 (general admission), are on sale and available to purchase at or the Palladium box office (general admission only), or by contacting Jose Rivera (,  AJ Rivera  ( of any of the fighters.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Why Me & Sherry’s House

Twitter: @RiveraPromoEnt @joseriverachamp

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