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JACOBS,QUILLIN, ALGIERI & BROWNE SHARE THANKSGIVING MEMORIES, PLANS & MORE

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DANIEL JACOBS, PETER QUILLIN, CHRIS ALGIERI & MARCUS BROWNE SHARE THANKSGIVING MEMORIES, PLANS & MORE BEFORE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 SHOWDOWNSAT BARCLAYS CENTER LIVE ON SHOWTIME

BROOKLYN (November 24, 2015) – As their pivotal December 5 showdowns loom, Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs), Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs), Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) and “Sir” Marcus Browne (16-0, 12 KOs) took time out of training camp to share their Thanksgiving plans, memories and what it’s like to be training and fighting during the holiday season.

The December 5 event is live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center and is headlined by the all-Brooklyn middleweight title showdown between Jacobs and Quillin. In undercard action featured on SHO EXTREME, Long Island’s Algieri will take on Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) in a welterweight bout while Staten Island’s Browne faces Franciso Sierra (27-9-1, 24 KOs) in a light heavyweight match.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com ,www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. The Algieri vs. Bone fight is promoted in association with Star Boxing.

While all the fighters have to deal with balancing training camp and the Thanksgiving holiday, there are different challenges for Jacobs and Browne, who remained in New York to train, and Quillin and Algieri, who have set up training camps in Miami.

Here is what the fighters had to say about those challenges, fighting at home and more:

DANIEL JACOBS

You’re going to be just over a week out from your fight, so what are you actually going to be doing for Thanksgiving?

“I’m so focused. I’m only thinking about my fight next week. I will be training and that’s it. There will be no partaking in Thanksgiving from me.”

What are you going to be able to eat at the Thanksgiving table if you are doing a Thanksgiving dinner?

“My family doesn’t really cook the healthiest things on Thanksgiving, so everything is off limits. They cook lasagna, a lot of soul foods and that is NOT in my diet right now!”

Do holidays ever affect when you are going to fight? You have a job to do, but does being in camp during the holiday season sway your decision making in any way?

“My son’s birthday is the Thursday of fight week so that shows I will fight any day. This is my job and my livelihood. It’s a very important time in my career. I would fight on New Years at midnight if I had to.”

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions (when you aren’t training)?

“Family is a big thing for me. I was raised in a big family. Family is the best part of any tradition. We always spread love and make sure that everyone is close on those particular holidays.”

Is it extra special to be fighting in Brooklyn during the holiday season?

“I think it’s one of the things that for me, when I look at all of the things that I am sacrificing, it makes it all worth the while. Training and missing Thanksgiving and other holidays, birthdays it’s adding to the hunger and making the victory that much sweeter. It’s not about what I am missing, its what it adds to.”

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

“I am most thankful for my son. That I get the chance to see him smile everyday and get some of the things that I never had as a child. This fight is a lucrative fight for me. That will change his life forever. From that statement, I am very fortunate. Every day is Thanksgiving for me.”

PETER QUILLIN

You’re going to be just over a week out from your fight, so what are you actually going to be doing for Thanksgiving?

?“I am actually going to be down here in Miami visiting all of the family and friends I have here. I won’t be eating, but I will be visiting! My wife has family members that live here. My best friend lives here too and his family is my extended family.”

What are you going to be able to eat at the Thanksgiving table if you are doing a Thanksgiving dinner??

“I am actually going to a bunch of dinners, but I am able to eat vegetables and some lean turkey but that’s about? it. Everything in moderation.

Do holidays ever affect when you are going to fight? You have a job to do, but does being in camp during the holiday season sway your decision making in any way??

“I look at it like it’s a balance that you must have. If you don’t have that balance you’ll never get where you’re trying to go. This is an opportunity to be there for my wife and be a professional fighter. I stay focused because there’s no other way around it.”

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions (when you aren’t training)?

?“We try to get everyone together and get people together. It’s all about being with family and being grateful for the things we do have in life. It was kind of crazy growing up how I grew up. There were never good holidays for me growing up.? We grew up a lot less fortunate than families that I see now.”

“I am now able to provide for my family and I am thankful for what I have now. People forget when they get into the rhythm of these American holidays. My wife is Jewish and I am learning about new holidays. With Christmas, I want my son to know that it is not just about receiving gifts, but being a giver and the purpose of Christmas.”

Is it extra special to be fighting in Brooklyn during the holiday season?

?“Of course, it’s like the culture of being in Brooklyn. What more can I say than that I am blessed to be living in Brooklyn and I am happy about anything that comes with it. I’ve come a long way in life. It’s a reminder what I have transformed my life into and how fortunate I am.”

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

?“I am thankful for my life and being humble. I’ve come a long way and I am thankful that I am a humble person. I share these wonderful things with my wife and my son and I just feel so blessed.”

CHRIS ALGIERI

You’re going to be just over a week out from your fight, so what are you actually going to be doing for Thanksgiving?

“I will be going to my aunt and uncle’s house here in Florida. We have traditional Thanksgiving meal; turkey, sweet potatoes, a ton of vegetables. My weight is good, so there won’t be really anything I am missing out on. I won’t eat any pie, but I am not a big sweets guy anyways.

“Thursday is my off day as is, so I will head over there in the afternoon, have a nice meal, spend some time with my family, who I am very close with, and then head back home to rest and relax for the remainder of the day.”

Do holidays ever affect when you are going to fight? You have a job to do, but does being in camp during the holiday season sway your decision making in any way?

“No not at all. This is my job and it comes first, before anything else.”

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions (when you aren’t training)?

“I am the one who cooks the meal back at my home in New York. I am in charge of preparing and the cooking the turkey and my specialty dish, twice baked sweet potatoes. After dinner, before dessert, all of the men in the family go for a nice long walk.”

Is it extra special to be fighting in Brooklyn during the holiday season?

“Yes. There is an extra buzz in Brooklyn during the holiday season that is palpable.”

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

“I’m most thankful for my health and the health of my family. There is a lot of tragedy going on throughout the rest of the world right now and we sometimes take the little things for granted. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the recent victims of these tragedies, and I wish that they find some solace during these trying times.”

MARCUS BROWNE

You’re going to be just over a week out from your fight, so what are you actually going to be doing for Thanksgiving?

“I am definitely making weight and I’ll be spending the holiday with my kids. A lot of my family isn’t even here so it’s not a big holiday for us anyway.”

What are you going to be able to eat at the Thanksgiving table if you are doing a Thanksgiving dinner?

“Turkey is good. It’s not too bad for you. I would even eat some stuffing, but my diet right now consists of smoothies, grilled chicken salad and salmon.”

Do holidays ever affect when you are going to fight? You have a job to do, but does being in camp during the holiday season sway your decision making in any way?

“I’m happy that I am getting this fight out of the way before Christmas. I have a beard too now so you know I’m going to dress up like Santa this year. If I’m going to miss a holiday I’m glad it’s Thanksgiving and not Christmas.”

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions (when you aren’t training)?

“People would go to my mom’s house. My aunt, grandmother, sister, brother, nieces and nephews and it was great, but now they now live farther away. My nieces and nephews were my kids before my kids so it was great to be with them.”

Is it extra special to be fighting in Brooklyn during the holiday season?

“I’m not a Grinch. It’s the holiday spirit. I’m fighting at Barclays Center for the 10th time. I want to give my kids a Christmas present by knocking this guy out.”

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

“My kids, my health and to be able to fight another day.”

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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

George Foreman Youth Center / Check out more boxing news and videos at The Boxing Channel.

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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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