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Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Muhammad Ali with the Release of an All-New Ali: Commemorative Edition, Starring Will Smith in an All-New Version of the Film from Director Michael Mann

by on Dec.21, 2016, under Boxing News


Debuts For The First Time on Blu-ray January 17

Bonus Materials Include the All-New Featurette “On Set with The Greatest”



CULVER CITY, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2016) – Based on the life of worldwide icon Muhammad Ali and depicting his groundbreaking victories in and outside the ring throughout the 1960s and 1970s,
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment honors the legacy of this legendary athlete with
ALI: COMMEMORATIVE EDITION, a never-before-seen version of the epic drama, revised and re-edited by its acclaimed director Michael Mann. The film debuts for the first time on Blu-ray on
January 17.

In this new and dramatic iteration, filmmaker Mann portrays Muhammad Ali as he was, the greatest boxer in the history of the sport, who told truth to power and was denied some of his prime years as a heavyweight because of his militancy and anti-war position, all of which was juxtaposed against Ali’s tumultuous romantic life.

Further, in an all new featurette, Mann brings deeper perspective into the charismatic Ali during the film’s production in the featurette “On Set with The Greatest,” which showcases the humor and grace of Muhammad Ali with Will Smith, Michael Mann, and other cast and boxing legends. Additional footage from Africa features Will Smith, Mann, Jamie Foxx, Jeffrey Wright, Jon Voight and others with the iconic Nelson Mandela.



Muhammad Ali thrilled the world as the wildly outrageous heavyweight champion. At the same time, he did battle with a political establishment aggressively opposed to his political positions while he was grappling with a tumultuous romantic life. Filmmaker Michael Mann evokes Ali in his fullest human dimension in this new cut. Experience the epic drama from Academy Award® nominees Will Smith (Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness) and director, writer, producer Michael Mann (The Insider, The Aviator) on Blu-ray for the first time.

Directed by Michael Mann from a story by Gregory Allen Howard and a screenplay by

Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson and Eric Roth & Michael Mann, ALI was produced by
Jon Peters, James Lassiter, Paul Ardaji, Michael Mann and A. Kitman Ho, with Howard Bingham and Graham King serving as Executive Producers.  ALI: COMMEMORATIVE EDITION has a run time of approximately 151 minutes and is unrated.


ALI: COMMEMORATIVE EDITION Blu-ray Bonus Features Include:

  • ALL-NEW never-before-seen special features include:
  • “On Set with The Greatest” featurette
  • Archival special features include:
  • “The Making of Ali” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer


ALI, which was released in 2001, garnered the attention of audiences and critics alike with two Academy Award® nominations including Best Actor for Will Smith and Best Supporting Actor for Jon Voight; as well as Golden Globe® nominations for their powerful performances.



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Touching Gloves with… Gerry Cooney

by on Dec.21, 2016, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley


Gerry Cooney appeared on the left on this Time Magazine cover.

Gerry Cooney appeared on the left on this Time Magazine cover.

Growing up in an Irish-Catholic household that always displayed their yen for the sweet science, I became accustomed to the compulsory picture of the Pope on one wall and a picture of ‘Irish’ Jerry Quarry on the other. Having said that, it was a foregone conclusion that I was going to be enamored when ‘Gentleman’ Gerry Cooney – clad in shamrock-laden trunks – arrived on the scene in the late ’70s. And let me tell ya, this son of Erin soon had the Hanley household making room on another wall. (continue reading…)

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It’s On: ‘Middleweight Madness’ — Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin vs. Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs

by on Dec.21, 2016, under Boxing News



Saturday, March 18, 2017



 Tickets On Sale This Saturday!!


Gennady Golovkin, seen here at left versus Kell Brook (photo by Lawrence Lustig)

Gennady Golovkin, seen here at left versus Kell Brook (photo by Lawrence Lustig)

NEW YORK CITY, December 20, 2016 — “The Mecca of Boxing” and The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden will host Unified Middleweight World Champion, GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) as he defends his titles (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO) against WBA Middleweight Champion and Mandatory Challenger, Brooklyn’s DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary, combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle. (continue reading…)

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Unbeaten Local Talent Rounds Out Undercard Action Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn

by on Dec.19, 2016, under Press Releases

Adam Kownacki - Photo By Mike Gladysz

Adam Kownacki – Photo By Mike Gladysz

Polish Heavyweight Adam Kownacki, Welterweight Prospect Julian Sosa and Ireland’s Noel Murphy All Featured in
Separate Bouts

BROOKLYN (December 15, 2016) — Top local talent from New York City will be on display on Saturday, January 14 as Polish heavyweight Adam Kownacki, Brooklyn-native Julian Sosa and Irish welterweight Noel Murphy all enter the ring in separate bouts at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“In addition to the tremendous action that will be televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and SHOWTIME EXTREME® on January 14, boxing fans in attendance at Barclays Center will be treated to an exciting undercard featuring up-and-coming local prospects,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Polish heavyweight Adam Kownacki, Irish welterweight Noel Murphy and Brooklynite Julian Sosa, who is of Mexican descent, will all put their undefeated records on the line. Mayweather Promotions will also deliver Kenny Robles, a decorated amateur from Staten Island, making his pro debut, as well as Puerto Rican former world title challenger Thomas Dulorme on the comeback.”

The January 14 event features a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader headlined by the super middleweight world championship unification showdown between Badou Jack and James DeGale.  Televised coverage on SHOWTIME® begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT with junior lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza taking on undefeated contender Gervonta Davis. (continue reading…)

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