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BERMANE STIVERNE INTERVIEW

ON ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

“May 10, I will be crowned the heavyweight champion of the world.”

Bermane Stiverne

Las Vegas (April 10, 2014) Top rated heavyweight contender BERMANE “B. Ware” STIVERNE will make an appearance tomorrow night, Friday, APRIL 11th, leaving his training camp at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada to discuss his upcoming WBC World Heavyweight Championship fight on this weeks' edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra (10:30 p.m., ESPN Deportes) from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

ESPN boxing reporter Bernardo Osuna will interview Stiverne on ESPN2 and Noche de Combates studio hosts Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo González will interview Stiverne on ESPN Deportes.

Stiverne, 23-1-1 (20 KO's) of La Plaine, Haiti will meet CHRIS “The Nightmare” ARREOLA,” 36-3-0 (31 KO's) of Riverside, California for the vacant World Boxing Council ('WBC') Heavyweight Championship in “FIGHT FOR PEACE HEAVYWEIGHT HISTORY” on Saturday, May 10th at the USCGalen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California which will be telecast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Stiverne and Arreola are currently ranked #1 and #2 in the world respectively by the WBC.

Alluding to Arreola comments from their first bout in April 2013, won by Stiverne, the Florida resident stated, “It's not about being in shape as Arreola claims he wasn't the first time. I've got the skills and I'm always in shape.”

Further about the bout once again being in Southern California, Stiverne continued, “I've fought all over the world, the ring will be the same and when the bell rings it's just the two of us and the outcome will be the same as well.”

“FIGHT FOR PEACE HEAVYWEIGHT HISTORY” presented by Don King Promotions and Goossen Tutor Promotionis a fitting international tribute to the battle for the vacant World Boxing Council Heavyweight Championship of the World previously held by longtime champion Vitali Klitschko who stepped away from boxing officially in December 2013 to focus on the 2014 Ukrainian Presidential Election.

Tickets priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 (plus fees) for the Heavyweight World Championship night of boxing are available through theUSC Ticket Office located in the Student Union, 213-740-4672 (GOSC),or www.galentix.com or www.ticketmaster.com

Doors will open on the day of the event at 3:00 p.m. PT with the first

bell at 3:30 p.m. PT.

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April 10, 2014

WBC Mandatory 30-Day Weigh-In

The WBC mandatory 30-day weigh-in for all WBC championship fights has been a tremendous success over the years to monitor fighters and assist them to lose weight in a professional and safe way.

Since the institution of this rule, which resulted from the studies of ring physicians from all over the world during the First World Medical Congress of Boxing in Aruba 1997, only two fighters have failed to make the official weight in WBC championship fights.

WBC Rule 4.14 Safety Weigh-Ins.

The final and official weigh-in of the boxers shall occur no less than 24

hours but not more than 30 hours prior to a WBC bout due to the possible adverse results of

dehydration and subsequent rehydration of boxers to make the required weight limit for a

bout. Further, in order to encourage safe weight loss in advance of a WBC bout, additional

official safety weigh-ins are to be held 30 and 7 days prior to the official 30-24-hour weighin

for non-heavyweight boxers.

The boxers’ weight should be as follows:

(a) 30-day weigh-in: 4 weeks prior to the bout, the boxers’ weight should not exceed

10% of the weight limit for the bout; and

(b) 7-day weigh-in: 7 days prior to the bout, the boxers’ weight should not exceed 5% of

the weight limit for the bout.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. at his 30-day weigh-in prior to his May 3rd fight.

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (April 10, 2014) – Future Hall of Famer and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins worked out in front of a throng of reporters Thursday at DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia as he winds down preparation for his Saturday, April 19, World Championship Unification against Beibut Shumenov.

Hopkins, the IBF titleholder, and Shumenov, the WBA Super Champion, will square off in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING world championship tripleheader at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C., live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), immediately following the premiere of Episode 1 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana.

At 49-years-old, “The Alien” Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles, while Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights.

Tonight on SHOWTIME EXTREME (10 p.m. ET/PT), SHOWTIME Sports® will re-air Hopkins' unanimous decision over Karo Murat (last Oct. 26 from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City) followed by Shumenov's knockout of Tamas Kovacs (last Dec. 14 from the Alamodome in San Antonio).

In the April 19 co-main event, IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter will defend his title against former two-time and two-division word champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi. In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME telecast, undefeated WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will put his title on the line against former interim WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Lukas Konecny.

Joining Hopkins at Thursday's workout was undefeated junior welterweight prospect Zachary Ochoa, who will square off against Hector Marengo in the second of three bouts that will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Here's what the participants had to say after Thursday's workouts:

BERNARD HOPKINS, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

“If you don't respect your job, it's going to disrespect you and kill you.

“To be 49-years-old, approaching 50 and knocking on the door of being a senior citizen. It's a profound statement of my dedication.

“It's sweeter now to be here with everybody. Everything I do is history. If you had one more chance to see something that you loved before you never see it again…here I am. You'll have a chance to see history. You can tell your grandkids about what you saw today at Danny Garcia's gym.

“Taking the test without studying is like taking a fight without being in the gym. The gym is studying. The test is April 19. You can put the cart in front of the horse if you're a fool and I think people would agree I'm no fool.

“I'm a guy that loves the craft and respects the craft. You can love something, but it doesn't mean you respect it. Love is the emotional part; respect is the dedication and hard work. That attitude and that demeanor is always going to be there. That's just who I am.

“I'm still having fun. That's the thing that a lot of us miss. I'm having more fun now than when I was in the middle or beginning of my career. There were a lot more things I had to go through in my life, but I'm having more fun now than I had in the last 16 years. Since about 40-years-old, we're talking nine years later. It's a big deal. I don't want to downplay it.

“Name another athlete in this country that is doing it at this age and winning, not just competing, but fighting the top fighters in the world. This guy is no run-of-the-mill guy, he's a threat. I'm not fighting a cream puff; this isn't a bum of the month club. I'm fighting real dudes. These guys are hardcore, hungry and top contenders.

“The sweet science that has been missing in this sport. We hate violence, but we love it. People don't look at the sweet science like I do in this ring. The game is to hit and not get hit.

“You can overthink or over study for a test. There's a time and a place for everything. You have to look at some tape, but I can't sit there every day watching and watching. Your mind starts playing tricks on you. You start seeing things you aren't really seeing. I want some element of surprise, so I can check it right there.

“I'm not going to be surprised by his style. There's nothing he can do that I haven't seen. Can he say the same thing?

“I'm fresher now, living the same lifestyle. Taking care of my body the same way I did them. I'm in better shape now and with wisdom.

“I don't get caught up in anybody else's business where it becomes negative to me. I have tunnel vision. Everything is looking towards my fight. I don't get sidetracked.

“Shumenov wants to make a name, like everyone else. What better place to make a name than against me?

“I'm from the old school but I'm stuck in the new era.”

ZACHARY OCHOA, Undefeated Junior Welterweight Prospect

“This is my second day training at Danny Garcia's gym. I came because Danny gave me an open invitation so I was here Monday and he invited me back.

“Every time I fight on a Hopkins undercard its history. That's what he is.

“I've never been to D.C. in my life and this is my first time in Philly. I'm a Brooklyn kid. I'm not nervous, just excited.”

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Andy Lee in Action in Denmark on Saturday Night

Andy Lee, Irish middleweight contender (31W – 22 KOs, 2L) will be in action this Saturday evening against Frenchman Frank Haroche Horta (34 W – 13 KOs, 12 L, 5 D), in a Sauerland Promotion event at the Blue Water Dokken Sports Venue, Esbjerk, Denmark.

Lee was due to fight Gennady Golovkin on April 26, 2014 at the MSG Theater, New York on HBO Boxing, for the WBA world middleweight title, but the fight was called off due to the death of Gennady’s father Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin on February 18 and the boxer’s decision to understandably take some time out of boxing to take care for his family.

Lee presently ranked WBC #8, WBA #11 and WBO #12 in the world ranking plans to stay busy and ring sharp as he pursues his ambition to fight for a world title later this year.

Horta is a durable opponent and has only been stopped twice in 51 outings over his 8 year professional career.

Lee commented following a training session in London ‘I'm really looking forward to fighting on Saturday night; I expect a tough fight and for me to put in a good performance. I have trained hard for this fight and I am ready to win.’

The Irishman has also been pencilled in to fight in Cardiff, Wales on a Matchroom Boxing card on May 17.

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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 in Houston Hosts Amateur Event

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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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