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TORONTO (February 6, 2014) – It isn’t just a 6′ 9″, 250-pound frame that distinguishes Tyson Fury as potentially the biggest superstar in British sport.

After 21 consecutive pro wins, the trigger tongued traveller is on the cusp of challenging for the world heavyweight title and don’t expect the build-up to slip beneath the radar. Everybody, it seems, harbors an opinion on Fury’s fighting talent and kamikaze mindset – and not all of them are favorable – but Tyson continues to grow bolder with each passing victory.

After a frustrating 2013 in which he fought just once and was twice left stranded at the altar by David Haye, the 25-year-old foghorn has penned a three-fight promotional deal with Frank Warren which should culminate in a summer blockbuster with European champion and former victim Dereck Chisora.

Dormant for 10 months, Fury seeks to shed some rust in an international 10 rounder with American banger Joey Abell at The Copper Box Arena in London, UK on Saturday, February 15 and his disciples and detractors will be equally eager to see how he fares. Few are ambivalent when it comes to Tyson Fury.

Canadian fans may watch all the action on Fight Network, starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), while Americans can view on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of $24.95 via DIRECTV, iN Demand, DISH, Avail-TVN. Integrated Sports Media is distributing this major British boxing event in the United States on behalf of Fight Network. It may also be viewed in the United States on GFL.TV.

The big fella (Fury) certainly hadn’t lost his tongue when boxing writer Glynn Evans called to discuss recent developments last Sunday morning.

Last time out, in your IBF eliminator against Steve Cunningham, you were dropped early by a fighter almost three stone lighter than you yet roared back to win by the most spectacular of knockouts in round seven. Do you feel the Cunningham fight enhanced or harmed your image?

“I couldn’t care a damn. All I know is that it moved me forward. I’m not bothered how many times I get turned upside down as long as, at the end of the fight, it’s my hand that gets raised and I move closer to my goal.

“Everything about the Cunningham fight, from fighting at Madison Square Garden in New York, to the build-up, to the knockdown, to the brutal finish, was great experience for me which I’ll bank for later on.

“I had a fantastic response from the US media and fans. The Yanks love a fighter who can talk, who’s a showman and I can certainly do all that. They even seemed to love the singing though I doubt I’ll be making that a regular occurrence. I only know three songs. I’ve already exhausted my repertoire. I really enjoyed the excitement. It was certainly one of the best fights of my career.”

The Cunningham fight, an official eliminator for the IBF title, was supposed to pave the way for a final eliminator against Bulgarian beast Kubrat Pulev. However, your decision to pursue the mega-fight with David Haye instead cost you your IBF ranking and a guaranteed pathway to a contest with world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. That must be something you regret.

“No, not really. I was going to get paid £5 million to fight in a huge, packed arena on pay-per-view in my home country as opposed to collecting a measly one hundred grand to fight Pulev over in Germany.

“It was a no brainer. I’m a prizefighter and money is the prize that drives me. Rankings and titles don’t put food in my cupboards and I’ve a wife and two children to support. If you don’t risk, then you don’t achieve. Unfortunately, due to David Haye, the gamble didn’t pay off this time.”

Though you’ve been inactive from the ring since the fight with Cunningham last April, you’ve endured two world class camps for the brace of scheduled fights with Haye. Though those fights never materialized, in what ways did the preparation develop you as a fighter?

“I didn’t need to develop. I don’t put a high emphasis on boxing ability even though some say that I’ve got plenty. What you need to succeed as a world-class fighter is toughness, being game, having plenty of heart and balls. Technical ability don’t really come into it, in my opinion.

“All the others will lose ‘cos’ they’re s***. All I want to do is go in and have a fight, have a war; and may the best man win. I’ve fought good men yet I’m still undefeated in 21 fights. Clearly, that philosophy seems to work for me.”

There appears to have been a significant improvement in both your physical condition and your attitude since you began working with your Uncle Peter two years ago. What are his qualities?

“It’s about having respect and honor. My uncle is very straight forward and very strict which is exactly what you need when you’re preparing for fights at world level. He’s also on the job 24/7 and makes sure that we are too.”

At 25, you’ve finally developed the discipline to graft in camp but the Cunningham fight suggested you’ve still to acquire the maturity to stick with a game plan in the heat of battle. You’ve the size and technical skills to dominate pretty easily at that level yet seem to need the thrill of going to war. Surely that’s something you’ll need to address now that the stakes are being raised?

“No! I do whatever I can to win the fight. Yes, I can box when I need to but I’m never going to stick to whatever game plan we may have set in camp if it means that I’m going to lose the fight on points by following that game plan. You’ve got to be able to adapt and every fight I enter with 25 game plans. If the technical stuff isn’t working for me, then I’ll just stick it on you and attempt to punch your brains out!

“Pure rucking seems to work for me. Unlike all the other bums in the division, I can take whatever punishment comes my way.Okay, I might go down, I might wobble, I might get cut but I’ve shown that I’ve got the heart, the balls, the will, the resilience, to recover and win the fight. Again, unlike the others, I don’t care about getting hit. It’s a prizefight and that’s my forte. Ultimately, I’m far to game and brave for any of them.”

Your activity on the social media sites has courted its share of controversy and strongly divided fan opinion about you. Retrospectively, do you regret any of the tweets? Is it important to you to be loved by the fans?

“No regrets whatsoever. I couldn’t give a s***. As long as fans buy tickets to see me fight or pay their pay-per-view fee, then job’s a good ‘un’ as far as I’m concerned. I’m just trying to get on in life. If I’m man enough to put the posts up, I have to be man enough to accept any flak that comes back my way. What I will say is that, whether fans love me or hate me, I always deliver them with value-for-money.

“An awful lot of people don’t want me to succeed. By and large, this country doesn’t like success. People perceive me as cocky and arrogant but I don’t give a f***. I don’t believe any man can beat me in a fight. Prove me otherwise. End of conversation.”

You’ve outrageous confidence in your fighting ability. What’s that founded on?

“Pure self-belief built on experience. From as soon as I began boxing as a teenager, I’ve been able to handle men who were double my age and had double my experience. At age 15, 16, I was sparring pro heavies and, mentioning no names, ‘owning’ British cruiserweight champions.”

In your late teens you accepted The Lord into your life. In what ways has your faith helped you as a fighter?

“It hasn’t assisted me as a fighter though I do give thanks for the fabulous life I enjoy as a boxer and I always pray that both myself and my opponent emerge from the fight safely. But it helps me as a person. I’m still far from perfect, I still continue to sin every day but always ask The Lord for His forgiveness.

“My belief has completely changed my outlook on life. Like every man, I need money to provide for my wife and kids but I’m no longer obsessed with material things. I’m thankful every day for those other things that come for free; particularly all my family. One thing that I do covet is the platform that my success in boxing will provide in helping me to spread The Lord’s gospel once I’m done. People tend to listen to the heavyweight champion of the world.

“However, I’m very open minded and believe it’s far more important that people lead good lives than follow Christianity. There’s many religions – Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity – and they can’t all be right. Can man be punished in the afterlife for his ignorance? I don’t believe so.”

David Price, your former amateur conqueror and long term verbal sparmate, unravelled in 2013, losing twice by stoppage to veteran US southpaw Tony Thompson. Where do you feel he went wrong?

“In my opinion, the blame lies with (Price’s ex-manager) Frank Maloney because he rushed David into the first fight before he was anywhere near ready for that kind of test. He was only in his 15th fight and all the recent opponents he’d been knocking out, like Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton, were long past it. Then he gets slung in against a seasoned world-class operator like Tony Thompson?

“It was like asking someone to try to cross the channel between England and France when they can’t even swim! David Price wasn’t up to the task at that stage, needed to go some hard rounds but certain factors wanted to cash a pay check.

“Don’t dare compare me to David Price. Tony Thompson’s almost as old as my dad! The way to beat him is simple. Wade straight into the old codger and within a few rounds, regardless of whether you’re landing, he’ll be blowing out of his ‘arse.’ It’s a bit of a no brainer. If people haven’t got enough between their ears to see that, they should pack it in.”

Do you still expect David to feature in your future?

“Hopefully, David can regroup and still provide me with a big money fight down the line. You can never have too many of those. I pray that all my potentially lucrative opponents continue to do well until I can set my fists onto them.

“Plenty of people are still stupid enough to think that David Price can beat me. I couldn’t give a s***. I hope every future opponent enters with reps as invincible ogres. The more faith people place in my opponents, the bigger the fights become, and the more money that ends up in my pocket.”

Your 19-year-old cousin Hughie and 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua are both being mooted as potential future world heavyweight champions. How do you rate them?

“Hughie’s the real deal. He’s really dedicated and a great listener. Outside of boxing, he’s polite, doesn’t disrespect anybody and is a very nice person. As a fighter, he’s tall, a very good boxer with a good brain and he’s benefitting from great sparring. Like all of our family, he’s got that ‘never say die’ fighting spirit. That’s just a natural thing us Furys have. Now it’s a case of developing Hughie through the right fights; proper tests not ‘knock over’ jobs against lemons. He needs to face a few tall ones, a few squat ones, southpaws, orthodox, runners, punchers…the whole shebang.

“I saw Joshua in the Olympics and thought he lost every fight he had. Now he’s got a s*** trainer in Tony Sims so I don’t see how he’ll develop as a pro. After four or five rounds his tongue will be hanging out six foot! I really hope that Eddie Hearn doesn’t start getting ahead of himself and start trying to match him for titles or putting him anywhere near Dereck Chisora as he’s foolishly talking about ‘cos he’ll get sparked out. He’s another I want to see get fed easy fights, built up to 20-0. If he gets beat any time soon, there’s no mega payday for me down the line. He’d be easy lolly.”

Do you feel unjustly treated by the WBC who recently matched Bermane Stiverne against Chris Arreola for the title vacated by Vitali Klitschko? Arreola was comprehensively beaten by Stiverne just nine months ago and you’d won an official eliminator against Kevin Johnson in December 2012. Why not you and Stiverne?

“The world of professional boxing is crazy; riddled with mad politics. When I accepted an IBF eliminator after already defeating Kevin Johnson, I predictably slipped down in the WBC ratings. Now I’m being steered towards a WBO final eliminator against Dereck Chisora, I expect all the other sanctioning bodies to f*** me off. But I’ve got to take whatever opportunities provide the quickest route to a shot at a world champion.

“I think Stiverne will beat Arreola again when the vacant title’s on the line. He looks decent; strong and solid, tough, a good combination puncher. Arreola has not only come up short against Stiverne previously but also against Vitali (Klitschko) and Tomasz Adamek before that. How can he be more worthy of a shot than me?

“But one thing I have to make clear. I fight for money, not belts or glory. I’m a prizefighter and pound notes are the prize. Provided the money is right I’ll fight any of them.”

Hovering beneath Stiverne and Arreola in the WBC rankings is big hitting US hope Deontay Wider, the former Olympic bronze medalist who’s wiped out all 30 pro opponents inside four rounds. His CV also pales in comparison to yours. Is a showdown against Wilder a challenge you’d covet?

“In time but that’s not a money fight at the moment. HBO don’t want to know because there’d be no title on the line and there’s no Box Office (pay-per-view) interest here. Right now, there’s nothing on the line. But we’ve both got long unbeaten records, we can both bang and we both talk so potentially it’s a blockbuster. When it comes down to it, I’ll handle him exactly as I’d handle all the others.

“Boxing is a business, of course, but when I’m actually inside the ring, I’m never thinking about money or titles, I’m solely focused on proving myself the better man. It’s not about game plans, it’s about heart, toughness, desire, cajones. It’s all about one against one, manos y manos, and I know I’ll never come up short.

“Deontay, like all the others, is just a pretender. They’re all wolves in sheep’s clothing. In me they’ll meet a real wolf and I’ll shred them to pieces!”

You’ve made a three fight commitment to Frank Warren and BoxNation which will conclude with a monster rematch with European champion Dereck Chisora at a football stadium this summer. Why did you opt to pursue this course?

“Simple. For a while I’ve been ready and waiting for big fights. Frank Warren pulled his finger out and produced the goods, put money on the table. That’s what this is all about. I’ve already beaten Dereck Chisora but I’ll happily beat him again for another fat, juicy pay check.”

After nine months out, what do you expect to achieve from your return to the ring against American puncher Joey Abell on Saturday week. How important is it to you to outshine co-headliner Chisora?

“I’m just looking forward to getting back inside the ring, moving around and dusting off a few cobwebs. It’ll also be nice to gain a few quid again because I’ve been away a long time and I’ve mouths to feed.

“It’s a brilliant idea of Frank Warren’s to put me and Dereck side-by-side on two consecutive bills to drum up interest in this potential WBO final eliminator in the summer. But I’ve no concern whatsoever in outshining Chisora. I’m simply interested in having a couple of warm-ups and a couple of pay checks to secure the fight with Chisora, a fight where victory will guarantee me moving on to bigger and better things.”

In the co-header, Dereck meets leading American Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, the former WBC world title challenger who you comprehensively schooled over 12 rounds in late 2012. How do you expect ‘Del Boy’ to fare?

“I expect it to be a very good fight but a fit Dereck Chisora should beat a Kevin Johnson who’s only had a few weeks-notice. But if Kevin had ten weeks-notice, ‘Del Boy’ would be in trouble ‘cos’ ‘Kingpin’s’ a helluva fighter; a master boxer with a pack of tricks. But, like when he fought me, Kevin’s not really had the time to get himself right.”

You and Del are on course to collide in a WBO final eliminator in the summer. Your first spat was extremely lively both in the build-up and after the bell sounded. What can we expect in a rematch?

“No two fights are ever the same. We’ll have to see what happens on the night. All heavyweights can punch which is what makes us so exciting, what attracts the fans to watch us. Dereck gave me a good fight last time – I respect him for that – and has definitely improved since. This time I’m hoping he turns up in shape, no excuses. Last time he only had three months to get himself ready?! How long does he need?

“People keep banging on about how he’s lost three stone (42 lbs.) since then but I doubt that will change anything. It was that added bulk that helped him to absorb my bombs and last the distance last time. Yes, I’ve shown I can be hurt, shown I can be dropped, but Dereck has shown he can be beat, shown he can be knocked spark out. That’s the form line. What better passage to a world title could I ask for than a final eliminator against a man that I’ve already beaten convincingly?

“After I destroy Chisora again, I’ll be the person to finally beat Wladimir (Klitschko) and go on to become a legend of the sport. There’s not one ounce of doubt in my mind that it’s going to happen.”

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

For additional information go online to www.fightnetwork.com or www.integratedsportsnet.com, or follow on Twitter @FightNet and @IntegratedPPV .

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Chicago, IL, Thursday, February 6, 2014–Boxing promoters Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing and Frank “Muggs” Mugnolo of Round 3 Productions announced that they have signed dynamic Chicago super middleweight Donovan “Don Da Bomb” George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) to a promotional contract. When George won his first Golden Gloves championship it was Hitz who presented him with the trophy.”I have known Donovan since he was a kid and I am so excited about signing him. He is a one of the most promising super middleweight prospects,” said Hitz. “His career has come full circle, I remember handing him his first Golden Gloves trophy and now he is a member of the Hitz team. Muggs and I have big plans for him.”George, who leads “Team Boom”, is expected to make his Hitz/Round 3 debut in early March. His “Team Boom” stablemate, super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (12-0, 9 KOs), is also on the Hitz roster.”Since I started boxing Bobby has been a huge part of my life, a mentor. I cannot wait to take the ring with Bobby and Muggs backing me. I am ready to dominate,” said George. “Hollywood and I are ready to rule the supper middleweight division, not just in Chicago, but nationwide.”Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions recently began working together at the end of 2013.”I am glad Bobby and I are coming together to sign a fighter of Donovan’s caliber,” said Mugnolo. “Stay tuned we have more exciting plans in the works.”

ABOUT HITZ BOXING

Since its debut in 1991, Hitz Boxing has been the Midwest’s leading boxing promoter. Led by Bobby Hitz, who boasted a 21-4 record with 18 KO’s as a boxer, Hitz Boxing is the longest running boxing promoter in the Chicago area dating back to the bi-monthly boxing series the “Ramada Rumble,” held at the former Rosemont Ramada Inn. The organization currently promotes the wildly popular “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN and is the subject of the actuality show “Hitz Boxing,” a web series which has amassed over 5 million internet views. Over the year’s the organization has produced matches that have included some of the top names in boxing such as James Toney, Antonio Tarver, Montell Griffin, Iran Barkley, Andrew Golota and “Fast Fres Oquendo.

For more information, please visit: www.hitzboxing.com.

SAN DIEGO (February 6, 2014)Gary Shaw Productions presents, ESPN “Friday Night Fights” March 7th at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California. The card is headlined by the rejuvenated Russian warrior and top Lightweight contender, Rustam Nugaev as he takes on Mexico’s Marvin Quintero in a 10-round lightweight tilt. The bout will go a long way in deciding the next potential title challenger at 135lbs.

Nugaev (26-6-1, 16KOs) is riding a five fight win streak — four of which stem from his 2013 campaign — and has revived his career after not competing in 2012. He is certainly knocking on the door of a title shot and a win against Quintero (25-4, 21KOs), who is coming off a loss at the hands of IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez, would propel him that much closer. Nugaev is currently ranked WBA # 3, WBC # 7 and IBF # 9.

Nugaev has been in the ring with some stiff competition and this stage should offer some familiarity. That advantage will make him dangerous. He defeated former undefeated Peruvian star, Jonathan Maicelo and Daniel Attah in 2013, both by knockout. His approach in the ring is somewhat unconventional, but he is always determined to make great fights and puts himself in a position to stop his opponents.

“Of course the goal is to reach the top of your division and I have never wanted anything more, but I don’t just want to win, I want to do it in a way that makes others take notice. Not to take anything away from winning a title because it is a huge accomplishment, but I want to win people’s respect while doing so. I want to destroy my competition and leave no doubt,” Nugaev said.

While the full card isn’t quite set, Gary Shaw is confident in the action provided thus far.

“You don’t have to appreciate boxing to enjoy the kind of excitement expected on March 7th, said Gary Shaw. “The main event involves two fighters that always come to fight. The style matchup will be pleasing to the fans. But the stakes are higher for both Rustam and Marvin, which makes me believe the degree of action could be raised as well.”

“Rustam Nugaev is on the fast track to the top of his division, he is fun to watch and I think we’ve matched him with the perfect opponent to display his full potential,” Shaw concluded.

Undercard to be announced shortly.

Tickets for the Gary Shaw Productions event, priced at $150, $100, $50 and $25, go on sale this Friday February 7 at 10:00 am PST and can be purchased at Pala Resort Casino Box office, at the Pala Privileges Center, or by calling 1-877-WIN-PALA. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.startickets.com or by calling 1-800-585-3737.

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Three Punch Combo: What’s in the Cards for Spence, Kell Brook, and Cotto?

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 THREE PUNCH COMBO: Errol Spence Jr. scored an impressive knockout victory against Kell Brook on Saturday to take Brook’s IBF welterweight title. Both fighters now face interesting possibilities as they move forward in their respective careers.

Spence, who entered the fight with a lot of questions, not only showcased his tremendous skills but proved he has a very good chin as well as the willingness to dig deep when needed. He is without a doubt a future superstar in this sport. With momentum strong right now, he would be wise to be as active as possible even if not landing one of the big names his next time out.

I sense that Spence’s advisor, Al Haymon, will in fact get him back in the ring this summer. One name I would speculate as an opponent is Adrian Granados. Coming off a debatable loss to Adrien Broner, Granados has earned another shot at a top fighter. Granados is not a big puncher, but will put forth a good effort. The translation here is that he is someone that can be sold to the public as an opponent for Spence while bigger names are lined up, and also someone against whom Spence can in all likelihood look impressive once again.

After a summer tilt, I would expect to see Spence back in action towards the end of the year in a more substantial fight. Keith Thurman will still be on the mend at this point, recovering from elbow surgery, so that fight is out until next year. But Haymon has plenty of other welterweights and one that I suspect he steers toward Spence will be Lamont Peterson. Peterson is a name and has a belt. He also has a stated desire to want one of the big names next along with the payday that it would command. With Thurman out, this would seem the likely immediate path for Spence as such a fight would draw plenty of attention and be easy to sell.

As for Brook, he is going to need an extensive rest before restarting his career. He suffered a beating as well as an eye injury in September against Gennady Golovkin and then suffered another beating as well as injuring his other eye against Spence. After a rest, expect to see a tune- up bout followed by a massive fight in the UK against Amir Khan. The Khan fight has always been big and one of the reasons it has not been made is that it could frankly be made anytime with it still being a very significant event. Considering where both fighters are presently in their respective careers, the timing seems right for it to happen sooner rather than later. They both get a big payday and the winner gets well positioned for another big payday in what is a loaded territory at welterweight and junior middleweight.

Errol Spence Jr. and Kell Brook gave us a great fight on Saturday. While their career paths will head in different directions, expect to see both involved in big events once again down the road.

 Miguel Cotto’s Future

 Miguel Cotto announced this week that he would be returning to the ring on August 26th to face Japanese brawler Yoshihiro Kamegai for the vacant WBO junior middleweight championship. Cotto, who split from his promoter Roc Nation last week, will work with Golden Boy Promotions for this fight which will be televised by HBO.

This is an interesting development in the career of Cotto. Reportedly HBO had not been interested in televising the proposed Kamegai fight unless it received assurances from Cotto that it would lead to a bigger fight to be televised by the network. Also, Golden Boy’s involvement in the promotion signals that they could be involved in Cotto’s future. Obviously, this would mean the opponent for a big fight for Cotto would come from under the Golden Boy banner.

The obvious choice for Cotto’s big fight opponent is David Lemieux. Lemieux has been chasing a fight with Canelo Alvarez. However, with Alvarez deciding to go after Gennady Golovkin, Lemieux gets left on the outside looking in. In need of a big fight for Lemieux, Golden Boy saw an opportunity with Cotto having been previously negotiating the Kamegai fight with Roc Nation. A fight between Cotto and Lemieux makes sense for both as Cotto wants a name who isn’t a slick boxer and Lemieux wants a big fight with the payday it commands as well as the opportunity to put a signature win on his resume to bolster his future ambitions.

But I also think Golden Boy has another potential plan for Cotto. Golden Boy’s main cash cow, Canelo Alvarez, is in a high risk, high reward fight with Golovkin in September. There is no rematch clause if Alvarez wins and, of course, a win by Alvarez cements him as a mega star in the sport. He will be eyeing a return in May 2018 during Cinco de Mayo weekend. With momentum behind him, Alvarez would be wise to seek a name opponent to further boost the event. A rematch with Cotto would not only do huge business but keep the momentum going. For Cotto, it would be a chance to avenge the loss from 2015 to Alvarez and give him one massive payday as his career nears a conclusion.

Miguel Cotto is determined to close his career out with something big and it appears likely he will get his wish.

Kudos to Golden Boy

 When Golden Boy announced its new series on ESPN this winter, I was cautiously optimistic in the fights they would produce. I must say that the matchmaking thus far on this series has been superb and is getting even better with some recently announced cards. These are the types of televised shows the sport needs to generate some badly needed positive buzz.

On June 17th, Pablo Cesar Cano takes on Fidel Maldonado in a junior welterweight contest. This fight is not only very evenly matched but can’t be anything except a slugfest given the styles of the two fighters. Cano is a high pressure fighter who is willing to exchange to get his own punches home. Maldonado has the ability to box, but often gets drawn willingly into wars. In 2015, he had a back and forth shootout with Amir Iman in a fight that got some talk in fight of the year chatter. As a matter of fact, round three was probably round of the year that year. Maldonado has a tendency to fire back when he gets hit and with Cano’s style Maldonado is going to get hit a lot. This one is guaranteed action and a perfect fight for television.

About two weeks later, Golden Boy returns with another ESPN card featuring a high stakes junior featherweight contest between Randy Caballero and Oscar Negrete. Caballero is an undefeated former bantamweight belt holder and is a very skilled boxer puncher. Negrete, also undefeated, has shown much improvement inside the ring in his last few contests. The styles of these two should mix well to provide an entertaining fight. It is also evenly matched, and with so much at stake we should see the best of both men inside the ring.

One point I harp on a lot is the importance of good matchmaking, especially in televised fights. Golden Boy is doing an excellent job so far with their new ESPN series providing high quality, well-matched fights. The boxing public is taking notice and Golden Boy deserves much praise in delivering excellent events for the fans.

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George Foreman Youth Center –  -Starting with the ring of the bell on October 22nd, local area boxers will be fighting for a spot to represent the Gulf Coast Region at the USA Boxing National Championships & in International Travel.

Weight categories will include: Pee Wee 8-9, Bantam 10-11, Intermediate 12-13, Juniors 14-15, Youth 15-16, & Elite 18-40 in both Open and Novice divisions. Winners will represent the Gulf area at the 2016 USA Boxing Elite, Youth and Junior National Championships to be held in Kansas City Missouri December 4-10, 2016. This tournament is a sanctioned event through USA Boxing the National Governing Body of Amateur Boxing and is a feeder to National and Olympic recognition.

The George Foreman Youth and Community Center was founded 32 years ago in 1984 by Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-time heavy weight champion George Foreman. The GFYCC is dedicated to providing a safe and secure location for youth to participate in sports and after school activities.

“This year for the first time in Houston boxing history, we are developing an elite international youth boxing team,” said George Foreman, IV. “The team will be selected for the sole purpose of training and traveling to other countries to gain experience on an international platform and promote cultural diplomacy! Utilizing grant and donor funding this team will be representing the George Foreman Youth and Community Center and will be announced Saturday October 22, at the Gulf Region’s Boxing Championship. The team will be reviewed by my father, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-Time Heavyweight Champion, George Foreman Sr. The first international trip for this new Houston team is scheduled for Jan. 2017.”

Doors open for the Gulf Gloves Championships on Saturday October 22nd at 11:00 am with announcements and the presentation of the colors by the United States Army Houston Recruiting Command Baytown Beaumont Company at 12:45 pm. The national anthem will be performed by the internationally acclaimed Houston Brass Quintet! Boxing will begin at 1:00 pm. Championship finals will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday October 23rd.

Media open workouts for Houston amateur standout boxers will be held Wednesday October 19th at the George Foreman Youth and Community Center at 2202 Lone Oak Road Houston, Texas 77093 at 4:00 pm.

Confirmed attendees for interviews will be:

George Edward Foreman IV: Son of 2 Time Heavy Weight Champion, President of Foreman Public Relations

Marlen Esparza: 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist, 2014 Amateur World Champion, 2006 & 2016 Amateur World Championships Bronze Medalist, Nine-Time USA Boxing National Champion.

Rocky Juarez: 2000 Olympic Games Silver Medalist, 1999 Amateur World Champion, WBC Silver Featherweight World Champion.

Raul Marquez: 1988 Amateur World Championships Bronze Medalist, 1992 Olympic Games Quarter-finalist, IBF Light Middleweight World Champion.

Frank Tate: 1984 Olympic Games Gold Medalist, IBF Middleweight World Champion, NABF Light Heavyweight Champion.

Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz: WBA Lightweight World Champion, WBO Lightweight World Champion, WBA Super-Lightweight World Champion, IBF Lightweight World Champion.

“Sweet” Reggie Johnson: WBA Middleweight World Champion, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion.

In addition to many Houston area professional boxers and Gulf Boxing Association alumni. Event is sanctioned by USA Boxing – Gulf LBC: 16-25-14268

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Michelle Corrales-Lewis Named New CEO of NV Boxing Hall of Fame

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LAS VEGAS, NV (October 5, 2016) – The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) a non-profit charitable organization which donates to boxing-related causes, is happy to announce Michelle Corrales-Lewis as its new CEO/President. Respected boxing announcer, Rich Marotta, who founded the NVBHOF in 2012, steps down after devoting years of his life to get the organization off the ground.

With a number of boxing greats already inducted, which include world champion fighters, judges, coaches and promoters, the NVBHOF has rapidly established itself as prestigious group not only here in Las Vegas, but around the world. The NVBHOF has multiple fundraising events throughout the year, helping local boxing organizations fulfill their goals to keep boxing alive within the community.

“I took this organization as far as I could and I’m very comfortable where it is at today,” said Rich Marotta. “Michelle is on the scene in Las Vegas, has a myriad of contacts, both in business and with the boxing community, especially the fighters, and is more than ready to completely run the company. She is incredibly capable and has been an indefatigable agent for growth of the NVBHOF the past three years, taking on additional responsibilities each and every year. It brings me great pleasure to announce her as the new CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.”

After serving as the NVBHOF Chief Operating Officer for many years, Michelle Corrales-Lewis, is thrilled at her new position within the organization.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the new CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Michelle Corrales-Lewis, widow of former multiple world champion and 2013 NVBHOF inductee, Diego Corrales. “Rich Marotta did a fantastic job building the organization from ground up. His immense work ethic is a great example of how I plan to continue the vision he set forth. My goal is to find a home for the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, one where fans from all around the world can visit on regular basis. The boxing community is filled with wonderful people that we will honor as inductees each year. I’m truly grateful for the wonderful opportunity that has been presented to me by my dear friend Rich Marotta.”

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