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“The Common Man” Joe Smith Jr. Battles Sullivan Barrera Saturday, July 15 From The Fabulous Forum and on HBO Boxing After Dark

by on May.18, 2017, under Press Releases

Smith_BarreraNEW YORK -”The Common Man”, Joe Smith Jr., (23-1, 19 KO’s), boxing’s best story of 2016, will make his first start of the new year, defending his WBC International Light Heavyweight Title against world ranked Sullivan Barrera, (19-1, 14 KO’s) on Friday, July 15 from the iconic, Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles and live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark (9:50 p.m. ET/PT).

Smith vs. Barrera is presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing® in association with Main Events.

The 27-year-old Smith of Long Island, New York said, “I’m thrilled to be back on HBO against another top light heavyweight, Sullivan Barrera, I’ve already started training and will be ‘more than ready’ on July 15. There’s a number of great fighters in our division and I’m looking forward to another victory on my way to a world title shot.” (continue reading…)

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Mike Lee Returns to Chicago Friday, June 23rd!

by on May.17, 2017, under Boxing News

World Ranked-Undefeated Light Heavyweight Headlines CBS Sports Network Televised Event at Rosemont’s ‘The Dome at the Ballpark’


Sensational Undercard Features Chicago Fan-Favorites

Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez and Donovan “DaBomb” George


Advance Tickets Now On Sale


CHICAGO, May 16, 2017 — Undefeated and World Ranked MIKE LEE, (19-0, 10 KO’s), will defend his IBF-USBA Light Heavyweight Title and seek his landmark 20th victory in his hometown of Chicago facing off against AARON “Quiet Storm” QUATTROCCHI, (10-1-1, 5 KO’s) in the 10-round main event on Friday, June 23rd at ‘The Dome at the Ballpark’ in Rosemont.

Advance tickets for the ROSEMONT RUMBLE, presented by Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions, priced at $200, $150, $100 and $40, can now be purchased through or by calling 630-400-6380. (continue reading…)

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Former NYSAC Chairperson Melvina Lathan Referee and retired boxer Randy Neumann

by on May.15, 2017, under Press Releases

Ring 8 Guest Speakers Tuesday, May 16

NEW YORK CITY (May 14, 2017) – Former New York State Athletic Commission Chairperson Melvina Lathan and referee/retired boxer Randy Neumann (31-7, 11 KOs) Ring 8′s guest speakers at its May meeting this coming Tuesday night, May 16 (7 p.m. ET start), at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive, Maspeth, NY 11378.

This Ring 8 monthly meeting is sponsored by DiBella Entertainment and Top Rank.

“Ring 8 is fortunate to have two fascinating speakers this month who will share their vast experience with us,” Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch said. “Melvina Lathan was a world class judge for years before heading the New York State Athletic commission. She is still involved in the sport in various capacities.  Randy Neumann was a heavyweight of note in the 1970′s who boxed a main event at Madison Square Garden against Jerry Quarry. Later he would become one of the best-known referees in boxing working major fights involving Mike Tyson and other champions.” (continue reading…)

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Undefeated hometown prospect Irvin Gonzalez to headline June 10

by on May.11, 2017, under Press Releases


Heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis to Fight for vacant UBF World title
“New England’s Future” series continues in Worcester, MA
WORCESTER, MA – Undefeated rising super featherweight prospect Irvin Gonzalez will headline the third installment of the “New England’s Future” series, Saturday night, June 10, as professional boxing returns for the first time in 11 years to the DCU Center (Exhibition Hall) in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“New England’s Future 3″ is presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), which is owned and operated by retired three-time, two division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera and his son, Anthonee (A.J.) Rivera.

Arguably the top New England prospect, the 21-year-old Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs) is continuing Worcester’s rich boxing tradition, which dates back nearly a century.  A 2015 N. E. Golden Gloves champion, Gonzalez has knocked out all six of his pro opponents, four in the opening round, the other two in the second. Gonzalez will fight Raul Lopez (10-2-1, 5 KOs), of Bronx (NY), in an eight-round match for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) East Regional super featherweight championship. (continue reading…)

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Danny Womber — a forgotten veteran: Simple burial for former Medina resident with interesting past

by on May.09, 2017, under Boxing News


Originally published in The Daily News, Serving Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties on April 30, 2017

The late Mr. Womber (photo courtesy of

The late Mr. Womber (photo courtesy of

Danny Womber’s grave is in a far-flung corner of Bath National Cemetery, where songbirds battle with the drone of cars and trucks rumbling down Interstate 86 below.

At the site of the former Medina resident’s grave, a long strip of turf has been flayed from the otherwise green hillside, exposing the loose soil beneath. An excavator is parked behind a trio of young evergreen trees nearby.

There isn’t yet a headstone, only a temporary metal marker bearing some basic information: his name, Womber, Daniel H., gravesite number, 435, and branch of service, US Army.

It takes two months for headstones to arrive at the cemetery once they’re ordered. But even once it’s arrived, it won’t offer much insight into who Womber actually was.

There will be nothing to indicate, for instance, that on May 2, 1953, Womber stepped into a boxing ring at the Onondaga County War Memorial in Syracuse and won a unanimous decision against Kid Gavilan, the welterweight champion of the world. (continue reading…)

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