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Brooklyn, NY: Heavyweight Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) may be coming off a major upset victory over veteran Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs) but his next opponent Derric “El León” Rossy (29-8, 14 KOs) believes he is going to be Czar's biggest challenge to date. The two are slotted to face-off as the main event on the next installment of NBCSN Fight Night (a special triple header edition) live from Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, PA on August 9. This will also be Rossy's Fight Night debut.

The two heavyweights are both 6'3″ tall and Rossy wants to warn fans, “It is going to be a heck of a brawl!” Rossy, 34, has 37 professional fights on his resume while his younger opponent, Glazkov, 29, has less than half as many with 18. Rossy warned, “Everyone wants a knockout. It is going to be a great fight. You've got two hungry guys looking to go at it. My prediction is this is going to be an unbelievable fight.”

Derric Rossy

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Rossy is coming off an upset majority decision victory over Joe Hanks on May 16th in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. That fight was his first with trainer Grant Seligson. The two are training for this upcoming fight at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, NY. When asked about what it is like to train Rossy, Grant replied, “Training Derric is a pleasure. He listens to everything. He is very open-minded. We get along great. We are a great team.” El León declined to reveal his game plan for Czar but did have this prediction, “You are going to see a slugfest but you are also going to see some great boxing. It is going to have everything.”

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As part of his preparation for this fight Rossy and Seligson watched Czar's fight against Adamek on March 15th. As a result Rossy had this analysis of his young opponent, “We've seen some film on him. The kid is a really sound fighter. We need to be at our best. There is no slacking on this. There are no easy fights but this kid can really fight. We are excited to meet the challenge. With the Adamek fight he really showed that he wasn't just a prospect. He is very sound at what he does.” His manager, Sal Musumeci added, “Derric is a veteran. He has tremendous worldwide experience fighting many top and world-ranked fighters. Derric is a true warrior. I believe this fight will be Glazkov's real test not Adamek. He's in for the real test on August 9.”

Derric Rossy

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This will be Czar's third appearance at Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, PA. Rossy is from Medford, NY and believes Czar will have the home crowd advantage at Sands but he said, “I hope my fans can get out to see the fight. The more support the better for me but I am not a stranger to being in the enemy territory. It doesn't bother me.” Musumeci added, “When you get two heavyweights like this to step up and face each other, when most of the heavyweights out there are so selective and sit around and wait for an opportunity, this shows the heart of two world class heavyweights getting in the ring to put on a great show. The winner of this deserves a world title shot.”

Dereck Chisora to battle Tyson Fury in 2014's BIGGEST rematch on Saturday, July 26 live on AWE “In one of this year's most anticipated fights, undefeated Heavyweight GIANT 6'9” Tyson Fury (22-0-0) is set to battle top ten world ranked Dereck Chisora (20-4-0) for the WBO World Heavyweight title final eliminator. Don't miss one of this year's most explosive heavyweight fights, rated by BoxRec at five stars. LIVE AND EXCLUSIVELY ON AWE – A Wealth of Entertainment. Don't miss it.

San Diego, CA – July, 17, 2014 -On Saturday afternoon, July 26, Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO's) and Tyson Fury (22-0 16 KO's) will do battle in a twelve round Heavyweight fight that is being called the biggest rematch of 2014.

The fight, which will be staged at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England, will televised live and exclusively in the United States on AWE–A Wealth of Entertainment.

The two top-ten heavyweights met almost three years ago to the day (July 23, 2011) in a bout that saw Fury win a hotly contested unanimous decision. Fast forward three years and there is some serious bad blood as both Fury and Chisora have professed tremendous disdain for each other and each is vowing a knockout.

To add to the animosity, the European, British and WBO International Heavyweight titles will all be on the line. Maybe most importantly this bout is a final eliminator for the number-one spot in the WBO and gives the winner a crack at unified world Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

“We are ecstatic to bring this five-star fight to the fans of the United States”, said AWE CEO Robert Herring. “This fight has so many story lines that range from the great first fight to two guys that really dislike each other to the belts and of course a shot at Klitschko. There will be a winner in the ring but the big winners will be the fans of the United States who will get to witness this can't miss Heavyweight fight on AWE,”.

Chisora of London already has had a taste of a world title opportunity but he came up short when he put up a courageous effort against then-WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in 2012.

He established himself as a Heavyweight contender by winning his first thirteen bouts with wins over the like of Sam Sexton (7-0 & 13-1) plus Mike Tyson conqueror, Danny Williams (41-8). He won the British Heavyweight title with win over Williams and that put him in line to face fellow undefeated Fury.

After that great fight, Chisora took on a murderers' row of opponents that saw Chisora lose a controversial decision to undefeated Rober Helenius (16-0). Chisora won in the court of public opinion as his performance against Helenius facilitated a shot at Klitschko. Chisora was as competitive as any recent Klitschko opponent but he dropped a unanimous decision to the longtime Ukrainian champion. In his next bout he was stopped for the only time in his career by former two-division world champion David Haye.

Chisora has been undeterred as he has won five bouts in a row against top competition. He captured the WBO International title with a 6th round stoppage over Malik Scott (35-0-1). He won the European title with a 5th round stoppage of Edmund Gerber (23-1). Dereck won the WBA International title with a 3rd-round destruction of Ondrej Pala (32-3). In his last bout he scored a 12-round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Kevin Johnson (29-4-1) on February 15.

Fury of Manchester, England has become a lightning rod for controversy and in the process, his fights have become must-see television.

The 6'9″ behemoth has been groomed to become an heir apparent in the Heavyweight division and has scored big wins over Marcel Zeller (21-3), Scott Velshaw (10-1). He won the English title with a 10-round unanimous decision over John McDermott (25-5) and then stopped him 9 rounds in the rematch.

Fury continued on a path of destruction as beat undefeated foes and quality opposition such as Rich Power (12-0), Marcelo Nascimento (13-0), Chisora (14-0), Neven Pajic (16-0), Martin Rigan (14-2), Vinny Maddalone (35-7) & Johnson (28-2-1).

Fury showed his heart and determination when he was dropped hard in the 2nd round by two-time Cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (25-5). Fury was down on the scorecards but cameback to score a 7th round stoppage in Fury's American debut at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Fury was twice scheduled to fight Haye but the former two-division champ had to pull out both times with injuries.

That kept Fury on the sidelines for 10-months until he came back on February 15 and took out American Joey Abell (29-7) in four rounds.

More bouts will be announced shortly

Boxing fans can enjoy this great day of championship boxing and upcoming world-class boxing bouts live on AWE via Verizon FiOS TV channels 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 147 and 1147 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country and worldwide. Watch for additional live boxing announcements at www.awetv.com

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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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