HK 38 Preview

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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HK38 will be an action-packed night with amateur and professional fighters from across North America. The full fight card is now available at

Let’s take a look at some of the talented array of amateur fighters prepared to take the cage at HK38. Each of these fighters are working their way through the amateur ranks in hopes of one day turning pro. From heavyweights battling in the cage to an amateur title fight, every match-up will keep you on the edge of your seat! 

Two of the most talented amateur fighters alive are scheduled to meet in this title fight at HK38! Fighting out of the Blue Corner will be Team Extreme mixed martial artist Dauda Keita. Keita has an impressive track record in the cage entering this fight with a 6-1 record. He won his last fight by decision. Nick Burnham from Crisis MMA is no stranger to the cage either, owning a 6-1 record. These fighters are at the top of the amateur ladder and a victory here could mean a shot at a professional contract.

Middleweight Mac Laursen looks to continue his winning ways after he earned a victory in his first amateur fight earlier this year by submission. Standing in his way will be Kamikaze Punishment fighter Sterling Michetti, who is anxious for his first amateur cage fight.

Idriss Animashaun from Dynamic MMA took his last fight the distance, but the scorecards were split in favor of his opponent. Therefore, Animashaun is ready to get down to business in anticipation of his first win as an amateur mixed martial artist. Damien DiMarco is looking to bounce back after a first round KO in his last fight and will be equally hungry for a victory in his second amateur contest.

Two featherweights are poised to make their MMA debuts in this matchup. Justin Basra is a featherweight mixed martial artist who trained with the Elite Training Centre. Clay Dixon trained with Kamikaze Punishment.

Elite Training Centre helped Troy Dunne prepare for his first MMA fight.  Canadian Lucus Greer has been independently training in preparation for this matchup. Both fighters are ready to display their fighting skills in the cage, this one may just come down to which athlete can control their nerves under pressure and put aside those first fight jitters before the other fighter. 


Belasco to finally get shot at undefeated Nelson this Saturday at Valley Forge Casino Resort

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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VALLEY FORGE, PA (September 30, 2014)–This Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, an intriguing Jr. Welterweight battle will be the co-feature of a championship night boxing promoted by King’s Promotions and Peltz Boxing.
Undefeated Naim Nelson (12-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on battle tested veteran Ryan Belasco (18-6-3-, 3 KO’s) of Wilmington, DE for the UBF All America’s Jr. Welterweight title.
This will be a shot for Belasco to get a coveted win to add to his victories over Victor Vasquez and Jesus Barbosa.
Belasco has been waiting for this opportunity against the undefeated Nelson for over a year as this fight was scheduled a couple of times but the fight was postponed due to injuries and family commitments.
“Everything is going good and I am hitting it hard.  I been in camp with Dougie Pettiford and Omar Douglas for 8 weeks.  A few fights came up but I am ready for this,” said Belasco.
This will be Belasco’s first fight in nearly a year since dropping a 10-round unanimous decision to Rod Salka last October 12.
“This fight has been brewing for a year.  We were going to fight but then Naim hurt his hand.  I took the Salka fight.  After that fight, we could have the fight again but my wife was pregnant.  I took time off to be with her so this fight has been on my radar for the last year or so.”
He knows that Nelson is deserving of his undefeated record.
“He is tough and very busy.  He has what it takes but we trained rally hard.  I have been thrown in with tough competition so I know this is a fight I can win.  As people can see by my record, I have had nothing handed to me.  People look at my record and they know I can fight.  It will be a great fight as he is busy and I don’t back down.”
Twice before has Belasco fought for regional titles but now he knows that this will be the fight that pushes him over the top.
“The UBF Title will be the icing on the cake.  I have a 6-month old daughter and that would be a nice first piece of jewelry to give her.”
Belasco finished by saying, “I never trash talk.  I guarantee this fight will be a firecracker.  A war at that.  I know to be a champion that you have to surround yourself with them and for this camp I did just that.”
In the 8-round Main event, Frank De Alba (13-1-2, 5 KO’s) of Reading, PA will look for his 12th straight win when he takes on Jesse Carradine (8-3-2, 4 KO’s) of Las Vegas, NV in a Super Featherweight bout.
Shawn Sutton (0-2-1) of Norristown, PA will fight Anthony Prescott (3-3-2, 1 KO) of Cherry Hill, NJ in a 4-round Jr. Middleweight bout.
Christian Molina (2-0, 1 KO) of Allentown, PA battles Josue Rivera (2-5, 2 KO’s) in a 4-round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Travis Thompson (5-11-3, 3 KO’s) of Pottstown, PA will box Benjamin Burgos (1-8-1) of Mount Pocono, PA in a 4-round Lightweight bout

Undefeated Middleweight Antoine Douglas to take on Jose Medina in Somerset, New Jersey on October 24

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Somerset, NJ (September 30, 2014)--On Friday night, October 24, undefeated Middleweight Antoine “Action” Douglas will take on veteran Jose Medina in the main event of a great night of boxing at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey.
The scheduled 8-round bout will be the main event of a card promoted by GH3 Promotions.

Douglas of Burke, Virginia has a record of 14-0-1 been one of the most talked about Middleweight prospects in the United States. The 21-year old has quality wins over undefeated Colby Courter (4-0) and Marquis Davis (8-0-2). Douglas was impressive in scoring a sensational 2nd round stoppage over former world title challenger Luca Messi (37-9-1) on April 4 in Parsippany, New Jersey.

In his last bout, Douglas and former world title challenger Michel Soro (23-1) fought at highly contested draw in a bout that Douglas dominated over the first half of the bout.


That bout headlined the 200th episode of the highly acclaimed ShoBox: The New Generation series on July 25 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.


Medina of Tilton, New Hampshire has a deceiving record of 18-15-1 with 7 knockouts.


Douglas with be the 9th undefeated foe that Medina will have faced.


The 31 year-old Medina has quality wins over Jamie Vejar (1-0), Gary Bonefant (1-0), Isaac Rodriguez (17-1), Markus Williams (7-1), & Chris Fitzpatrick (14-0).  He also held former Jr. Middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (32-2) to a draw.


He is coming off a 6-round majority decision defeat to Gary O’Sullivan (16-1) on June 5th


In the eight round co-feature, Featherweight Jorge Diaz (18-3, 10 KO’s) will see action against Jose Haro.


Diaz of New Brunswick, NJ will be looking for his 2nd consecutive victory after taking a 6-round unanimous decision over Ramon Ellis on July 25 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.


Always in a crowd pleasing fight, Diaz has been known to take on all comers.


The 26 year-old has wins over Gino Escamilla (5-1-1), Yan Barthelemy (8-1), Alejandro Lopez (16-0), Jaesung Lee (10-2-1) & former world title challenger Emanuel Lucero (24-5-1).


Haro (8-1, 6 KO’s) of Salt Lake City, Utah won his first eight bouts.


The 27 year-old is coming off a 6-round unanimous decision defeat to undefeated prospect Toka Khan Clary (11-0) on June 14th in Atlantic City.
Also on the card in 6-round bouts:


Undefeated Super Middleweight John Magda (7-0, 6 KO’s) of Ruthorford, NJ will take on Mike Mitchell (3-4-2, 1 KO) of Paterson, NJ


In four round bouts:

Lightweight Bienvenido Diaz (1-0, 1 KO) of Prospect Park, NJ will battle Tim McNair (0-2) of Charlotte, NC.


Glenn Dezurn (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Baltimore, MD will fight an opponent to be named.


Anthony Cintron (2-0, 1 KO) of Hawley, PA will fight pro debuting Rennard Oliver of Baton, Rouge, LA.


Heavyweight Leon Johnson of Newark, NJ will make his pro debut against Ray Santiago (1-4) of Albany, NY.


Caleb Hernandez of Paterson, NJ will make his pro debut against Malik Jackson (1-3-4) of Newark, NJ


Tickets for this outstanding evening of boxing can be purchased for $125 for Stage seating, $100 for Front Row, $75 for Ringside and $50 for General Admission by calling 862-223-9487.


The Ukrainian Cultural Center is located 135 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey

Dead Serious 12 Preview

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Hard hitting MMA action returns as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presents “Dead Serious 12” on October 4 from the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey live on the GFL Combat Sports Network. Dead Serious Fighting Championship is planning to blow the roof off with a mega card and multiple title fights. Be there for every punch, kicks and submission.

Eric Jones (3-0) battles Anthony Genovese (4-2). Jones is an undefeated fighter who loves to grind his opponents down over the course of a full fight. Jones also has an underrated grappling game and can finishing the fight on the ground with a submission. Genovese has won 4 of his last 5 fights and looks to put the first L in the lost column of Jones. Genovese has twice the fights of Jones and will bring an experience advantage into the cage. Look for Genovese to try and land shots from the outside to set up his takedowns. Genovese has a strong clinch game and can land shots or get a takedown from the position. Don’t blink when these two lock horns in the cage.

The Dead Serious Featherweight Title is on the line when Champion Jack Cordero (5-4) takes on Nestor Negroni, Jr (4-1-1). Cordero is a well-rounded fighter with solid wrestling and grappling and high volume striking and looks to defend his title for the first time. Negroni is a wrestling specialist and has solid submissions, especially from the top. Negroni also has solid cardio to go full speed for a whole fight. These two athletes will go full throttle in their matchup as gold is on the line.

East Coast MMA is ready to deliver again! Be sure to catch all of the action, LIVE on October 4 as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presents “Dead Serious 12” exclusively at

HK 38 Preview

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Canada’s top MMA promotion returns as Hard Knocks Fighting presents “HK 38”, on October 3 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Canada. Hard Knocks Fighting is the fastest growing promotion in Canada with shows in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Regina, Estevan, Prince Albert, and expanding quickly to new cities. The action packed 11 bout pro/am card will feature many of the established and top up and coming superstars of the Great White North.

In the main event, for the HKFC Lightweight Championship, Ryan Dickson (9-2) takes on Dave Mazany (11-4-1). Dickson is a relentless wrestler and will also stand in the pocket and bang. His grappling is top notch and he has dispatched several of his opponents via submission. In fact, 8 of his 9 wins have come via tapout. Dickson is feared in the region for his ability to push the pace and make his opponent fight at a speed they are not accustomed to. Mazany goes for broke from the opening bell and his high risk-high reward fighting style is sure to be on display on June 13.   Mazany has KO power in both hands and fights out of one of the best gyms in the world, with Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Be ready for a shootout in this title fight.

In the co-main event, in the welterweight division, Ryan Machan (22-9) fights CJ Marsh (7-6). Machan is a veteran to the Canadian MMA scene having fought since 2006. Machan is on a 4-fight win streak and holds a title with another organization. Machan has only gone to a decision 3 times in his career and is an extremely fast starter ending the majority of his fights in the first and second rounds. Marsh fights with a high risk-high reward fighting style and you never know what he is going to do next which makes him a tough draw for anyone.

Other matchups include: Justin Schmit VS Adam SmithandCraig Shintani VS Mike O’Neill.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring Western Canada’s finest MMA athletes as Hark Knocks Fighting presents “HK 38” on October 3 in front of a packed house. Hard Knocks Fighting Championship always produces great fights and this event will be no different. Order this event now at

NAAFS Rock N Rumble 8 Preview

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The North American Allied Fight Series will return to Canton, Ohio this October 4th with yet another loaded professional fight card. This will be the promotions fifth event in the Hall of Fame city which also serves as NAAFS home base. “As most NAAFS fans know, I was born and raised in Canton which is regarded as a tough, gritty, blue collar city that loves its sports,” stated NAAFS CEO and Canton native Greg Kalikas. “We usually try to load up these cards when we come to Canton and deliver the most exciting event possible which I believe we will deliver once again. The Civic Center is one of the best arena’s we visit and it should be rocking come October 4th!”

This particular event “Rock N Rumble” will be the leagues eighth annual installment and will feature musical guest Mike Owens performing live during intermission but make no mistake about it, it’s the loaded fight card fans will be in attendance to see this fall. The main event features a rescheduled super fight between former NAAFS champion Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens (11-7) and current champion Frank “The Tank” Caraballo (13-7) who will put his featherweight title on the line. With both fighters having already tasted NAAFS gold, a win on October 4th could propel one of these warriors right back into prominence on a global scale. Regardless of the outcome, this is one fight local fans have been waiting to witness for nearly seven years when both of these fighters were tearing up the NAAFS amateur circuit.

The nights co-main event will be for the prized NAAFS bantamweight crown when former featherweight contender Antonio Castillo Jr. (8-4), drops to 135 lbs to face current champion Bryan Goldsby (18-14). Goldsby has won four of his last five including capturing the NAAFS bantamweight title back in March of 2013 in Canton. Meanwhile Castillo has reeled off four straight wins and six out of seven with his lone loss coming during his title fight with current champ Caraballo. This is another fight with perhaps a bigger prize at the end of the rainbow besides the coveted NAAFS belt.

Rock N Rumble 8 will see the return of Cody “No Love” Garbrandt (4-0) to the NAAFS cage when he takes on the always dangerous Charles Stanford (5-2). Garbrandt has gotten off to a 4-0 start to his pro career under the tutelage of team Alpha Male head coach and former world Champion Urijah Faber who will be in Garbrandts corner in Canton. Many insiders speculate that Garbrandt could be one big win away from a shot with the UFC or another major organization. Stanford will look to steal Grabrandt’s thunder to make his own name on October 4th and has good reason to be optimistic. Stanford has won four of his last five fights with his only loss a decision to perhaps the country’s top bantamweight prospect at that time in Isaiah Chapman. Chapman has since gone on to sign with the World Series of Fighting while Stanford sees this as his chance to put his stamp on the bantamweight division and place his name among the sports elite prospects.

The pro card will also feature a heavyweight collision between NAAFS veterans in former HW champ Big John Hawk (9-5) and former #1 contender Bobby Brents (14-4). This could be a title fight in most situations and the winner may find himself in that position after this crucial NAAFS bout. Both fighters are known for their aggressive styles and great chins which make this a fight no true fight fan will want to miss.

West Virginia’s “Wild Wild” Wes Hanson (3-0), perhaps the Midwest’s top young featherweight prospect, returns to Ohio looking for his fourth straight win to kick off his professional career. Hanson will face Canada’s Matt DiMarcantonio (5-4) who makes his NAAFS debut and looks for career win number six as a pro.

Jeff Hughes (0-0) makes his professional debut against Devon Wilson while RJ Buck (1-0) looks to go 2-0 as a pro coming while posting an impressive 12-4 record as an amateur.

De Alba looks for 12th straight win this Saturday at Valley Forge Casino Resort

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VALLEY FORGE, PA (September 29, 2014)–This Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, rising Jr. Lightweight Frank De Alba will look to win his 12th straight and try to remain unbeaten in 14 in a row when he defends the UBF All America’s Super Featherweight title against Jesse Carridine (8-3-2, 4 KO’s) of Las Vegas.
The bout will headline a 6-bout card promoted by King’s Promotions and Peltz Boxing.
De Alba of Reading, PA has a record of 13-1-2 with 5 knockouts is coming off his title winning effort when he stopped Pablo Batres in 5 rounds in Reading, PA.
De Alba has been working very hard at the King’s Boxing Gym for the better part of two months.
“Everything is good.  I have been training 8 hard weeks and I am excited for Saturday to come,” said De Alba.
He knows he will be tested by Carradine, who has fought top competition.
Carrainde is a tall (listed at 5’10″) Super Featherweight.  He has fought great guys and his only losses are to current world champion Ecgeny Gradovich and top-undefeated prospects Omar Douglas and Karl Dargan.  I know I can not take him lightly.”
De Alba has been hitting harder in recent fights and he credits to some things in the gym that he has been working on.
“I am sitting on my punches more.  I know that I have power.  I do not go in there looking for a knockout but I am have been working on siting on my punches more.  So if it comes, it come.”
With this current streak, the 27 year-old, who was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico knows that the biggest fights are going to come sooner rather than later.
“Hopefully I can get this win and I know bigger names and opportunities will come.  This fight will put me one step closer.  I have been working very hard.  This is the hardest I have worked.  I am ready for 8 hard rounds and whatever my opponent brings.”, finished De Alba.
In the 8-round co-feature, undefeated Naim Nelson (12-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on Ryan Belasco (18-6-3, 3 KO’s) of Wilmington, DE in a battle for UBF All America’s Jr. Welterweight title.
Jon Bolden (6-9, 5 KO’s) will take on an opponent to be announced in a 6-round Heavyweight bout.
Shawn Sutton (0-2-1) of Norristown, PA will fight Anthony Prescott (3-3-2, 1 KO) of Cherry Hill, NJ in a 4-round Jr. Middleweight bout.
Christian Molina (2-0, 1 KO) of Allentown, PA battles Josue Rivera (2-5, 2 KO’s) in a 4-round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Travis Thompson (5-11-3, 3 KO’s) of Pottstown, PA will box Benjamin Burgos (1-8-1) of Mount Pocono, PA in a 4-round Lightweight bout

GFL Real Fights Presents Joe Hand Promotions: Tuesday Night Fights 2 Beginning September 29 on TCN & CSN



September 26, 2014

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as Joe Hand Promotions presents another show stopper with Tuesday Night Fights 2, a new boxing series featuring a full lineup of up and coming boxers from around the East Coast.

Presented by Joe Hand Promotions and D and D Management, Tuesday Night Fights showcases both amateur boxers and professional fighters representing various boxing gyms throughout the Philadelphia area. The card will feature four professional fights, plus seven scheduled amateur bouts.

Dante Wright of Philadelphia will make his long-awaited professional debut against New York’s Lionel Charles (0-3-0) in a four-round junior middleweight bout. Wright completed an impressive amateur career with 160 amateur wins. He also won the Philadelphia District Golden Gloves Tournament four times, the National PAL Tournament, and was named Outstanding Fighter in the Philadelphia Diamond Belt Tournament.

Two other fights rounding out the professional card include: junior lightweight Avery Sparrow (1-0-0) of Philadelphia vs. Hassan Wasswau of New York and junior welterweight Jerome Conquest (pro debut) vs. Sidney McCrow of New York in a pair of four-round bouts.

The night’s featured amateur bout will match National Golden Gloves champion Christian Carto (Rosati’s Gym, Philadelphia) against Eric Gordon (Kingessing Rec Center, Philadelphia) in a three-round, 110-pound contest.

Air times are listed below:

The Comcast Network (TCN) (all zones): Monday, September 29 at 7:00pm ET

TCN Replay (all zones): Friday, October 3 at 11:00pm ET

TCN Replay (all zones): Sunday, October 5 at 5:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Friday, October 3 at 8:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, October 5 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Tuesday Night Fights 2in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.

The Comcast Network

CSN Philadelphia

CSN Washington

CSN Baltimore

CSN New England

CSN Northwest

CSN Bay Area

Upcoming Events on Comcast

9/29: Joe Hand Promotions: Tuesday Night Fights 2 (boxing)

10/6: Celebrity Weekend Champions (boxing)

10/13: Boxing Broadway Boxing: Hyland v Echevarria

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‘Rumble on the River’ to be Broadcast Live on on Saturday, September 27, from OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City

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Ivaylo Gotzev of Epic Sports and Entertainment proudly announces that his blockbuster show entitled “Rumble on the River”, being held Saturday, September 27, 2014, at the OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City, will be streamed LIVE via Internet (devices like Roku, iPhone, iPad and computers) Pay-Per-View at 9:00 PM EDT

The price is just USD $19.99. Watch the First 20 minutes for FREE! Click HERE for more information.

Comprising the all-star “Rumble on the River” broadcast team for the show will be former world champion, Oklahoma resident and USA Tuesday Night Fights commentator Sean O’Grady, well-known boxing-media man and host of “In This Corner” James “Smitty” Smith and top-level ring announcer Thomas Treiber.

“Rumble on the River” will be headlined by appearances by three former world champions.

In separate eight-round co-main event matches will be colorful and always entertaining former WBA/WBC Welterweight and former WBC Light Middleweight Champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs) taking on 33-fight veteran and ex-US Marine Allen “Funky Cole” Medina of Denver, Colorado; hard-hitting former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter (34-5, 27 KOs) facing former ECHL hockey enforcer turned heavyweight KO artist Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (12-3, 12 KOs) from Oklahoma City, and former IBF Light Middleweight champion “Yory Boy” Campas (102-17-3, 79 KO’s) gunning for the 103rd victory of his amazing career against 33-fight veteran Julio Cesar Lanzas of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

On the undercard, former winner of “The Contender” and well-known Okalahoma-based junior middleweight spoiler Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (31-19, 16 KOs) of Lawton, Oklahoma, will take on fellow proven veteran “Prince” Said Ouali (29-4, 21 KOs) of Las Vegas via Belgium/Morocco in an eight-round showdown.

Also scheduled for “Rumble on the River” action are:

Hometown rising star Juan Alejandro “Alex” Saucedo (14-0, 10 KOs) from Oklahoma City in an eight-round middleweight battle vs. Columbus, Ohio’s Miguel Alvarez (8-12-1, 7 KOs). Promoted by Top Rank and currently the hottest prospect to come out of OKC, undefeated Saucedo has served as a sparring partner for the great Manny Pacquiao.

Formerly #3 world-ranked contender Carson Jones (35-10-3, 25 KOs) will face rugged Liberal, Kansas, via Mexico’s Joel Vargas, a 20-fight veteran, in a welterweight six-rounder. Jones is a former USBA Welterweight, NABA Light Middleweight, WBC Continental Americas Light Middleweight and NABA USA Light Middleweight Champion.

In other action, Monterrey, Mexico’s Rolando Garza (4-0, 2 KOs) will take on Midwest City, Oklahoma’s Joe Strong (3-2, 1 KO) in a four-round junior middleweight battle; Oklahoma City’s Martin Morales (2-1, 1 KO) will face 34-fight veteran Jeremiah Torres of Belen, New Mexico, in an eight-round welterweight bout; and to start the action, Douro, Ontario, Canada’s undefeated Cody Crowley (2-0, 2 KOs) will take an early-career step up in class, as he faces 35-fight veteran Larry Smith of Dallas in a six-round junior middleweight bout.

One of Oklahoma’s most beloved sons, Sean O’Grady’s family settled in Oklahoma City when he was 11 years old.

In addition to being a world champion, O’Grady is also a college graduate, boxing analyst, television personality, actor and former teen idol across the United States Midwest. O’Grady won the World Boxing Association Lightweight Championship via unanimous decision over Hilmer Kenty on April 12, 1981. He retired with a record of 81 wins and 5 losses as a professional boxer, with 70 wins by knockout.

James E. Smith (“Smitty”) is best known for his interviews with famous international boxing stars and as host of “In This Corner”, America’s only syndicated, half-hour long boxing interview show. On May 23, 1997, Smith gave the play-by-play commentary of the first ever live internet boxing broadcast. He was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, Class of 2010.

Thomas Treiber is an internationally known ring announcer for professional boxing, mixed martial arts, K-1, and professional wrestling.Throughout his 20-year career he has worked in Japan, England, Kazakhstan, Uruguay, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Northern Ireland, Canada, and the United States.His credits include work on Showtime, HBO, ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports, Spike TV, Comcast Sports Net, USA Network, Sky Sports (UK), ITV (UK), Channel 5 (UK), Telefutura, and Pay-Per-View.

All bouts subject to change.

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Epic Sports and Entertainment Inc. Founder, Ivaylo Gotzev, has spent the last 22 years working with some of the sport’s biggest names, including all-time-great multiple world champion James Toney, former WBC Lightweight Champion Stevie Johnston, former IBF Cruiserweight Vassiliy Jirov, former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter, former WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs and current middleweight king Gennady Golovkin.

Gotzev’s vision for Epic Sports and Entertainment is to build a stable of domestic and international fighters in both boxing and MMA and develop major worldwide broadcasting and exposure to Epic events.

BattleGrounds O.N.E. Preview

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TULSA, OK (Sept. 16, 2014) – Submission ace Jesse “JT Money” Taylor (27-10) and red-hot finisher Joe Ray (11-3) have entered the highly-anticipated BattleGrounds MMA one-night, eight-man, welterweight (170 pounds) tournament that will award its winner a grand prize of $50,000, live on pay-per-view from BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday, October 3.

Taylor and Ray will replace Dennis Hallman and Chris Honeycutt, respectively.

“We are thrilled to bring two more highly accomplished competitors like Jesse and Joe into the tournament fold, and are excited by the increased number of potential outcomes that their addition creates for this incredible, one-night event,” said BattleGrounds MMA President and Olympic wrestling gold medalist, Kenny Monday.

A veteran of a number of the world’s current and former top-tier fight promotions, including the UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM and World Series of Fighting, the 6-foot-1, 31-year-old Taylor honed his foundation in wrestling, becoming a two-time Junior College All-American and, later, a standout competitor for NCAA Division I Cal State Fullerton.

Between August 2012 and December 2013, Taylor ran to seven consecutive victories, defeating standouts Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove and Elvis Mutapcic along the way. Taylor also boasts finishes of superstars Denis Kang and Murilo Bustamante.

One of the hottest prospects in MMA, the 5-foot-11, 29-year-old Ray has earned all of his victories to date by (T)KO (7) and submission (4), and enters the BattleGrounds MMA cage on a six-fight winning streak that began nearly three years ago with a first round (1:48) TKO (punches) of Levi LaLonde. In his last start, Ray pulled off an impressive submission of Muay Thai champion Ole Laursen with a guillotine choke in the third round of battle.

Ray relocated from Sarasota, Fla. to Miami in 2007 and began his training in martial arts shortly after the move. In a relatively short time, he has built a powerful foundation in the striking art of Muay Thai, splitting his training camps between American Top Team in South Florida and Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. In addition to his stellar MMA record, Ray owns a 6-1 record in professional Muay Thai and kickboxing competition.

Taylor and Ray join a tournament field comprised of elite competition in submission wizard Cody “AK Kid” McKenzie (15-4) of Spokane, Wash.; two-time, one-night tournament winner Brock Larson (37-8) of Brainerd, Minn.; hard-hitting brawler Luigi “The Italian Tank” Fioravanti (24-11) of St. Louis, Mo.; Urijah Faber protege David “Bulletproof” Mitchell (14-4) of Lower Lake, Calif.; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Roan “Jucao” Carneiro (16-9) of Atlanta, Ga.; and Trey “That Just Happened?” Houston (11-2) of Bixby, Okla.

BattleGrounds MMA ‘O.N.E.’ will be distributed at a price point of $19.95 in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing, beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view carriers iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH and Avail-TVN in the United States and Bell TV and SHAW PPV in Canada. A pre-show will begin at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and recently retired UFC superstar Chael Sonnen will call the action live from cageside. Additional bouts for the telecast as well as a preliminary bout card will also be announced soon.

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