Philly Fight Night – BURGIN-SPARROW LOCAL SHOWDOWN TOPS MARCH 10 BOXING CARD AT 2300 ARENA IN PHILLY

January 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Philadelphia, PA—It will be another old fashioned all-Philly rumble when lightweights Anthony Burgin and Avery Sparrow collide over eight rounds or less on Friday evening, March 10, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.  First fight is 7.30 p.m.

“It may not be Bennie Briscoe vs. Cyclone Hart or Joey Giardello vs. George Benton, but it’s a start and Philly vs. Philly is what put our city on the boxing map years and years ago,” said promoter J Russell Peltz.  “If more of the local guys square off against each other, it will make Philly better.  The International Boxing Hall of Fame is filled with guys who lost.  Fighters get better by fighting better fighters.  That’s something I learned years ago.”

Burgin, 24, a pro for more than four years, is 10-2, 2 K0s, and comes into this fight after having beaten another Philadelphian, Gerald Smith, in his last fight Oct. 14 in the same ring.  He also has beaten Philadelphians Frankie Trader, Ramon Ellis (twice) and Kenneth Brown.
In his only other fight in 2016, Burgin lost a four-round split decision to unbeaten DiVante Jones, of Augusta, GA, in a fight most of the crowd at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT, thought he won clearly.  Jones, now 9-0, has not boxed since.

“I am ecstatic to be headlining the fight card on March 10 and excited to be fighting Avery Sparrow,” Burgin said.  “When two Philly guys face each other, a spectacular show is guaranteed and this fight will be no exception.  I am going to make a statement.

“I’m only getting started and what you’re going to see from me in the future starts March 10.  I haven’t been as active as I would like to be but I have fought great fights and tough opponents and it has only made me better.  It’s only the beginning and 2017 is my year and nothing is going to stop me from grabbing what is already mine.”

Burgin is managed and trained by Raul “Chino” Rivas, whose excellent stable of fighters includes WBA junior lightweight champ Jason Sosa, junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer, undefeated lightweight Stevie Ortiz and promising lightweight newcomer Victor Padilla.

Sparrow, 23, has had a rough career marked by long periods of inactivity.  He will have been a pro for 32 months by fight time, but has only a 5-1 record (3 K0s) to show for it.

His only loss came late in 2015 in the same ring when he was disqualified after five rounds for low blows against lefty Jerome Rodriguez, of Allentown, PA.  Sparrow was getting the better of it during the fight, but too many punches strayed low and referee Hurley McCall waved it off after numerous warnings and point deductions.

Sparrow has not boxed since March 26 when he knocked out hometowner Brandon Ruffin in one round in Charlotte, NC.  Sparrow also has beaten Jesus Lule, a frequent rival of Philadelphia fighters.

“I’m down now, but after I win this fight, I should be on my way up,” Sparrow said.  “I am grateful for this fight and a wonderful opportunity to showcase my talent.  No one knows what this chance means to me.  It’s much appreciated and it’s a blessing.  This will help me get my career back on track.  I want good fights to happen.  It’s what Philly and boxing needs.  I understand completely.”

Eight additional fights complete the card.

ABOUT MARCH 10

The Burgin-Sparrow fight tops a nine-bout card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.  First fight is 7.30 pm.  Tickets are priced at $40, $50 and $75 and they are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and at www.peltzboxing.com or www.2300Arena.com.  The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions.  It will be streamed live by www.glf.com and televised on delay by Comcast Sports Net.

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Press credentials:  Brittany Rogers at 215-765-0922 or peltzboxing@comcast.net
Request deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017.

GH3 PROMOTIONS FIGHTERS LEROY DAVILA, KEENAN SMITH HIGHLIGHT NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD ON FRIDAY, JAN. 20 AT BALLYS ATLANTIC CITY HOTEL AND CASINO

January 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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GH3 PROMOTIONS FIGHTERS LEROY DAVILA, KEENAN SMITH HIGHLIGHT NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD ON FRIDAY, JAN. 20 AT BALLYS ATLANTIC CITY HOTEL AND CASINO

PLUS UNDEFEATED DARMANI ROCK AND LOCAL FAVORITES ANTHONY “JUICE”YOUNG, HAFIZ MONTGOMERY, JEFF LENTZ

Adam Lopez faces Danny Roman in Main Event Of ShoBox: The New Generation Quadrupleheader Live on SHOWTIME® 

Undefeated Super Middleweight Ronald Ellis Takes On Christopher Brooker; Undefeated Super Lightweights Kenneth Sims Jr. & Emmanuel Robles Collide; Bantamweight Stephon Young Risks Undefeated Record against Elton Dharry

Tickets on Sale Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATLANTIC CITY (Jan.10, 2017) — GH3 Promotions undefeated up-and-comers LeRoy Davila and Keenan Smith will head an impressive list of prospects that will be featured in non-televised action on Friday night, Jan. 20 at Ballys Atlantic City Hotel & Casinothat will precede a tremendous quadrupleheader that will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation card on SHOWTIME®.

In the 12-round main event, undefeated WBA No. 3-ranked super bantamweight Adam Lopez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) will face the WBA’s No. 4-ranked Danny Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) in a title elimination bout.

In the co-feature, undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis (13-0-1, 1 NC, 10 KOs) will face off with Christopher Brooker (11-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round 168-pound matchup of ShoBox veterans. 

In another eight-round featured bout, former national amateur champion Kenneth Sims Jr. (10-0, 3 KOs) and Emmanuel Robles (15-1-1, 5 KOs) will clash in a matchup of promising, unbeaten super lightweights making their ShoBox debuts in their toughest assignments to date.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated bantamweight Stephon Young (15-0-3, 6 KOs) takes on Elton Dharry (21-5-1, 14 KO’s) in an eight-round bout.

Davila (4-0, 2 KO’s) of New Brunswick, New Jersey will take on fellow undefeatedAnthony Taylor (4-0, 1 KO) of Warren, Ohio in a six-round bantamweight bout.

Davila, a 2016 United States Olympic Alternate is beginning his second year as a professional and is coming off a 4-round unanimous decision over Damon Simon on Nov. 11 in Philadelphia.

Taylor, 25, has been a professional for two years, and is coming off a third-round stoppage over Jajuan Gills last July 23 in Youngstown, Ohio.

Smith, of Philadelphia, has a record of 9-0 with 3 knockouts, and will take on Marquis Hawthorne (4-5, 1 KO) of Waco, Texas in a welterweight bout scheduled for six-rounds.

The 26 year-old Smith is a seven-year professional. In recent bouts, he has stepped up the competition. He holds a second-round knockout over previously undefeated Lavell Hadley (2-0). In his last bout, Smith won an eight-round unanimous decision over Benjamin Whitaker (10-1-1) on Nov. 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, on ShoBox.

Hawthorne, 25, is a two-year pro and holds a win over previously undefeated Francisco Cruz (5-0). He will be looking to break a three-fight losing streak, with the latest being a four-round unanimous decision to undefeated Jeremy Nichols (6-0) on Sept. 30 in Las Vegas.

Also seeing action in a 6-round bout is local favorite Anthony “Juice” Young (14-2, 6 KO’s) of Atlantic City who will take on James Robinson (4-5-4, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a welterweight scrap.

Former amateur standout, Darmani Rock (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia will battle Solomon Maye (3-7-2, 3 KO’s) of New Haven, Connecticut in a six-round heavyweight bout.

In four-round bouts, Hafiz Montgomery (3-1, 2 KO’s) of Toms River, N.J. takes on Tracey Johnson (4-5-4) of Boston in a cruiserweight battle; Jeff Lentz (5-1, 1 KO) of Lanoka Harbor, N.J. will fight Jeff Souffrant (3-1, 1 KO) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in a welterweight bout.

Tickets for the show, which is promoted by GH3 Promotions, Kings Promotions in association with Thompson Boxing (the main event) and Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, are $125, $100 $75 & $50 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or calling 1-800-745-3000

Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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About ShoBox: The New GenerationSince its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. The ShoBox philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects determined to fight for a world title. Some of the growing list of the 67 fighters who have appeared on ShoBox and advanced to garner world titles includes: Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Omar Figueroa, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and more.

CONTACTS: GH3 Promotions, Marc Abrams: (856) 287 7611
Chris DeBlasio, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1633
Matt Donovan, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1663 
Flo Jocou, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-7319 
John Beyrooty/BZA/Showtime: (562) 233-7477
Thompson Boxing, Pierre Kacsinta (Danny Roman): (818) 720-8721
Credentials: Marc Abrams GH3 Promotions / King’s Promotions phillyboxing@gmail.com

 

ADAM LOPEZ vs. DANNY ROMAN ELEVATED TO 12-ROUND WBA SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR IN SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION MAIN EVENT

January 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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ADAM LOPEZ vs. DANNY ROMAN ELEVATED
TO 12-ROUND WBA SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR
IN SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION MAIN EVENT
FRIDAY, JAN. 20, LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

New Opponents Named For Kenneth Sims Jr. & Stephon Young
In ShoBox Quadrupleheader Live At 10 p.m. ET/PT 
From Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino

 

Tickets on Sale Now

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (Jan. 9, 2017) – The previously announced matchup between undefeated WBA ranked No 3-ranked super bantamweight Adam Lopez and the WBA’s No. 4-ranked Danny Roman has been elevated to a 12-round title eliminator for the WBA (regular) Super Bantamweight belt held by Nehomar Cermeno.

Lopez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) and Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) will square off in the most significant fight of their careers in the main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Jan. 20, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.

Lopez is a classic example of a ShoBox prospect-turned-contender. He’s 3-0-1 on the series, having defeated three previous unbeaten boxers. Roman has won 13 in a row dating to March 2014, and none of the fights have been close. 

“I am excited that this is an elimination bout and I am one step closer to fighting for a world championship,” said Lopez. “Very few fighters ever get a chance to fight for a title, and I’m not going to let it slip away. It’s a huge motivator, and the stakes are higher. I am fighting for a chance to fight a guy in Cermeno who is 37 and maybe past his prime. So if I win on January 20, I feel I will win against Cermeno. He is beatable, and that is the perfect opponent to become a world champion. After I beat Roman, Cermeno will pass the torch to me.”

Said Roman: “This is what we’ve been working toward since day one. A shot at a world title is every boxer’s dream. I can’t speak for Adam, but the stakes have never been higher for me. Beating Adam is the only thing on my mind.”

In a featured bout on the four-fight ShoBox telecast, undefeated, former national amateur champion Kenneth Sims Jr. (10-0, 3 KOs) will face a new opponent, once-beaten Emmanuel Robles (15-1-1, 5 KOs), in an eight-round super lightweight bout. 

In the televised opener, undefeated Stephon Young (15-0, 3 KOs) will take on new foe Elton Dharry (20-5-1, 13 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight bout.

The previously announced opponent for Sims, Wellington Romero, withdrew due to injury, while Young’s opponent, Daniel Rosas, withdrew due to personal reasons. 

In the previously announced co-feature, undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis(13-0-1, 1 NC, 10 KOs) will face off with Christopher Brooker (11-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round 168-pound matchup of ShoBox veterans. 

Tickets for the show, which is promoted by GH3 Promotions, Kings Promotions in association with Thompson Boxing (the main event) and Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, are $125, $100 $75 & $50 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or calling 1-800-745-3000.

Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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About ShoBox: The New Generation
Since its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. The ShoBox philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects determined to fight for a world title. Some of the growing list of the 67 fighters who have appeared on ShoBox and advanced to garner world titles includes: Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Omar Figueroa, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and more.

CONTACTS: GH3 Promotions, Marc Abrams: (856) 287 7611
Chris DeBlasio, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1633
Matt Donovan, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1663 
Flo Jocou, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-7319 
John Beyrooty/BZA/Showtime: (562) 233-7477
Thompson Boxing, Pierre Kacsinta (Danny Roman): (818) 720-8721
Credentials: Marc Abrams GH3 Promotions / King’s Promotions phillyboxing@gmail.com

PELTZ BOXING ANNOUNCES 2017 PLANS TO CONTINUE PHILLY FIGHT NIGHT SERIES

January 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Philadelphia, PA—The popular Philly Fight Night boxing series will move forward with its second season in 2017, promoter J Russell Peltz announced today.

“We have a minimum of four fight cards scheduled—one each quarter—with the first one set for Friday, March 10, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia., “Peltz said.  “Last year was a good one with four solid main events:  Jesse Hart vs. Dashon Johnson; Johnson vs. DeCarlo Perez; Tyrone Brunson vs. Ismael Garcia; Tevin Farmer vs. Dardan Zenunaj.

“Our plans are to make 2017 even better, but if we cannot make the main events we want to make, then we will alter our strategy and present the best of the up-and-coming fighters in competitive matchups.  We are not in the business of building fighters’ records at the expense of the paying customers.  When you shell out anywhere from $40 to $75 for a ticket, you are entitled to watch competitive fights.  That remains our business model.”

The March 10 card will be announced shortly.

ABOUT MARCH 10

The March 10 card will consist of a minimum of eight fights with the first one beginning at 7.30 pm, one half hour later than last year.  The cards are promoted by Peltz Boxing, BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions.  Tickets priced at $40, $50 and $75 are on sale at Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and also online at 2300Arena.com.

ALLIANCE MMA ACQUIRES IT FIGHT SERIES

December 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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First Acquisition Since Listing on NASDAQ Delivers on Expansion Plans

 

NEW YORK, NY – December 12, 2016  Alliance MMA, Inc. (“Alliance MMA” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMMA), a mixed martial arts organization offering premier promotional opportunities for aspiring mixed martial arts fighters, announced today the acquisition of Ohio-based MMA promotion Iron Tiger Fight Series (IT Fight Series). This acquisition, the first since the Company completed its initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange, is the initial step in executing Company’s plan to expand its total number of MMA events to at least 125 per year.

 

“Our vision is to acquire leading regional MMA promotions across the country in order to build a national footprint including every major media market,” said Paul K. Danner, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance MMA. “The successful acquisition of IT Fight Series will help achieve that goal by rounding out our presence in the Midwest, and more importantly, provides conclusive validation that our acquisition strategy is performing as planned.  We further expect that our objective of developing and showcasing fighters through regional promotions across the country will result in securing major brand sponsorship revenue for our live MMA events, digital media and Alliance MMA fighters.”

 

In October, in conjunction with the successful completion of its IPO, the Company acquired five regional promotions including New Jersey-based Cage Fury Fighting Championship (CFFC), Washington-based Combat Games MMA (COGA), Illinois-based Hoosier Fight Club (HFC), Tennessee-based V3 Fights and Maryland-based Shogun Fights. Later the same month, it announced its plan to launch a regional promotion in Southern California. The Company plans to promote ultimately over 125 events a year, showcasing more than 1,000 fighters, through regional promotions operating under the Alliance MMA umbrella.

 

“We are truly excited to be part of a publicly-traded entity that plans to make such a significant impact on the MMA industry,” said Scott Sheeley, the founder of IT Fight Series.  “Joining the Alliance MMA team not only allows us to reduce overhead by centralizing common business functions, it creates the opportunity to spend more time focusing on promoting superior events, boosting ticket sales, and increasing our number of events each year through geographical expansion.”

 

IT Fight Series was founded by Mr. Sheeley in 1995, and currently hosts approximately ten MMA promotions per year in various cities throughout the Ohio region. This past Saturday, IT Fight Series promoted its 70th show in the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus to a sold-out crowd. Since launching its inaugural event, IT Fight Series has promoted more than a dozen fighters who went on to compete at the highest level of professional MMA competition with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Bellator and other premier promotions.  Mr. Sheeley is a former professional fighter with over 40 bouts and 25 years of experience in various styles of martial arts.  He has appeared in several major motion pictures, and has created and operated a number of successful business ventures outside of his MMA promotion.

 

About Alliance MMA, Inc.

 

Alliance MMA, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMMA) is a mixed martial arts promotion company offering premier promotional opportunities for aspiring mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters to showcase their talent and advance to the sport’s highest level of professional competition. Alliance MMA’s mission is to identify and develop the next generation of fighters and champions to eventually compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and other leading MMA promotions.

 

With some of the world’s leading MMA promotions under the Alliance MMA umbrella, the organization aims eventually to host in excess of 125 events per year, showcasing more than 1,000 fighters. Alliance MMA is also dedicated to generating live original sports media content, attracting an international fan base, and securing major brand sponsorship revenue for live MMA events, digital media and Alliance MMA fighters.

 

MMA is the world’s fastest growing sport with worldwide fans of approximately 300 million according to sports marketing research firm Repucom.  MMA is a full contact sport that allows a wide range of fighting techniques, including striking and grappling from various martial arts and disciplines including Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate and Muay Thai. Professional MMA fights are legal and regulated by state athletic commissions in all 50 states. 

 

Alliance MMA, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 for the purpose of acquiring businesses that engage in the promotion of mixed martial arts (MMA) events. In 2016, the company completed an initial public offering which culminated in a listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Alliance MMA is the only mixed martial arts promotion company that is publicly traded.

 

For more information visit, www.alliancemma.com

 

 
Or contact:

 

James Platek
Director, Investor Relations
Alliance MMA, Inc.
590 Madison Avenue
New York NY 10022
(212) 739-7825, x707

 

Kristie Galvani
Rubenstein Public Relations
kgalvani@rubensteinpr.com
212-805-3005
 

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements relate to anticipated future events, future results of operations or future financial performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “intends,” “expects,” “plans,” “goals,” “projects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Actual results may differ materially from historical results or those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors including, but not limited to, those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our registration statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 333-213166) declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 2, 2016. Alliance MMA encourages you to review other factors that may affect its future results in Alliance MMA’s registration statement and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

“Skill vs. Will” – Roy Jones, Jr. – Bobby Gunn Press Conference – Quotes, pictures and Video

December 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Fight to take place on February 17th at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware.

 

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Wilmington, DE (December 7, 2016) Below are quotes and the video from Tuesday’s press conference announcing the legendary Roy Jones, Jr. taking on Bobby Gunn for the WBF Cruiserweight title.

That bout will take place on February 17th at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware.

Roy Jones, Jr.
“I am happy to be in the ring.”

“Delaware is starving for some activity.”

“I always do things that people don’t expect me to do.”

“I promised Bobby a long time ago that I would give him the opportunity, and I am a man of my word.”

“Come February 17th, I am going to shock the world again.”

Bobby Gunn
“I am a Pitbull dog, and I am coming on February 17th.”

“Roy motivates me.  To fight an all-time great is a huge thing for me and I believe that he is top-five all-time.”

“After February 17th, Roy will never forget me for the rest of his life.”

Roy Jones, Jr. vs Bobby Gunn, promoted by David Feldman Promotions for the WBF World Cruiserweight Championship, on Friday, February 17, 2017 and will be aired live on PPV.

Tickets will range from $75 – $300 and can be purchased by calling (484) 935-3378.

For More information  Contact:

Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

“Skill vs. Will” – Roy Jones, Jr. to take on Bobby Gunn on February 17th – Press Conference on December 6th at the Chase Center in Wilmington

December 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wilmington, DE (December 2, 2016) David Feldman Promotions will announce that former four-division champ and Boxing Legend Roy Jones, Jr. will square off against former world title challenger, and Bare-Knuckle Legend Bobby Gunn on Friday, February 17th 2017 for the Vacant WBF World Cruiserweight Championship.

The fight will be announced at the official press conference on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 2 PM at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801.

In attendance will be Roy Jones, Jr., Bobby Gunn, Promoter David Feldman, WBF Representative James Gibbs, undercard fighters Joe Tiberi, Henry Stewart, and more.

During his twenty-six year professional career, Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) has secured world titles in four different weight categories – Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight – and is the only boxer in history to start his career as a Light Middleweight and then go on to win a Heavyweight Championship.

In winning the WBA Heavyweight title by beating John Ruiz by unanimous decision in March 2003, Jones Jr. made history by becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years.

Jones Jr. has victories over former world champions Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, Vinny Panzienza, James Toney, Mike McCallum, Virgil Hill, Felix Trinidad and John Ruiz.

Jones Jr. said of the bout, “I know Bobby Gunn is coming to bring it. He’s a hard-nose, tough fighter that comes right at you, but I’m going to show him why I’m one of the best that ever did it and he doesn’t belong in the ring with me.“

John Gichigi/Getty Images

On February 17, Jones Jr’s opponent will be the former IBA Cruiserweight World Champion and the current Bare Knuckle Heavyweight Champion, Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn.

Gunn, internationally known for being a Bare-Knuckle legend, will put the gloves back on to battle ring legend Roy Jones, Jr.

Like Jones Jr, Gunn has a fearsome record in gloved boxing – 21 wins (18 KO) 6 losses, one draw, and one no-contest – and an even more impressive undefeated Bare Knuckle record of 72-0 with 72 KO).

Gunn has been in the ring with top fighters Enzo Maccarinelli, Glen Johnson, Tomasz Adamek, and James Toney, so he is no stranger to sharing the ring with boxing’s elite. Gunn said of his upcoming clash with Jones Jr, “It’s an honor to share the ring with a legend like Roy Jones. I’ve been chasing him for a few years now, and on February 17, I will catch him.”

World Boxing Foundation’s North American Vice President James Gibbs said of the upcoming championship bout, “Roy Jones, Jr is a living legend and we are honored to have him fighting for our Cruiserweight Title against a warrior like Bobby Gunn. We are looking forward to this bout.”

The undercard for this championship match will feature popular Delawarean Joe Tiberi (13-2, 6KO), Canada’s Henry Stewart (1-0, 1KO), as well as more to be announced.

Roy Jones, Jr. vs Bobby Gunn, for the WBF World Cruiserweight Championship, on Friday, February 17, 2017 and will be aired live on PPV.

Tickets will range from $75 – $300 and can be purchased by calling (484) 935-3378.

For More information  Contact:

Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

JESSE HART: INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE WITH COMMUNITY OUTREACH VISITS

February 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Philadelphia, PA—Holidays come and go and often we forget to do something special for our loved ones.
Not Jesse Hart!
The undefeated super middleweight boxer made a point to honor both of his late grandmothers on Valentine’s Day. Hart, who boxes on March 18 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, spent his holiday with residents of a local nursing home. Then he visited with area youth later in the week.
St. Ignatius Nursing Home and Rehab Center is located on Haverford Road in West Philadelphia. Part of their mission statement reads: “We serve our communities by providing quality care and integrating our essential core values of Dignity of All Persons, Excellence, Community, Stewardship and Concern for the Poor.”
Residents appeared happy and at home at St. Ignatius on Feb. 14. With a beautiful solarium that overlooks the courtyard, residents enjoyed a perfect view of the gorgeous landscaping. They told stories of watching the rain and snow and of wonderful barbecues held when the weather was better.
Hart brought dozens of roses for the residents and spoke with many of them.
Getting the opportunity to meet a 104-year-old female resident was a highlight of the day. When learning that Hart was a professional boxer, she quickly asked if he was ready to get beaten up (by her). This spunky elderly lady was just one of many that left an impact on Hart, who was caught singing some Barry White tunes and dancing with another resident.
One resident (pictured far right) gave Hart a flower and told him it was a lucky flower-her version of a forget-me-not. You could see in her eyes that getting the chance to talk to Hart for just a few minutes brightened her day.
The experience was impactful. Often we see community outreach with children or animals, yet not often with the elderly. Hart, who has a huge heart himself, made sure that this holiday was special for people we tend to forget.
The St. Ignatius staff welcomed Hart and asked him to return after his championship fight March 18 against Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA. The residents are looking forward to having him return.
Continuing with his community outreach, Hart visited the Glen Mills Schools, located in Delaware County, to speak with students about staying on the right path.
Coming from North Philadelphia, Hart knows what it is like on the streets. Although he has made the right choices in life to get him where he is today, many of those he grew up with have not been as fortunate.
“I think you just need to find your talent and really push it,” Hart said. “There’s no chosen ones man. Maximize your talent.”
At the end of Hart’s motivational speech to the students he stayed around to sign autographs, talk one-on-one, and take photos. You could see the smiles and wide-eyed youth listening to his every word.
After such a great week within the community, Hart is looking forward to continuing the outreach throughout and beyond this camp.

ABOUT MARCH 18

The Jesse Hart-Dashon Johnson Hart of the City fight headlines a seven-bout card at the 2300 Arena, located at 2300 South Swanson Street in South Philadelphia (between Ritner& Porter, Front and 2d Streets). The March 18 fight is being sponsored by Parx Casino. Doors open at 6 pm; first fight at 7pm. Tickets are $40, $50 and $75 and can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and Wanamaker’s Tickets (215-568-2400). Tickets also can be purchased online at www.wanatix.com and at www.peltzboxing.com. The March 18 card is promoted by Top Rank, Peltz Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions and BAM Boxing.

LIVE Broadway Boxing TONIGHT on GFL.TV

January 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Long Island, NY (January 27, 2016) – TONIGHT from the famed BB King’s in the heart of Times Square, DiBella Entertainment presents Broadway Boxing.

The 7 bout card will air LIVE at 7 PM ET on www.GFL.TV for just $14.99 by clicking: HERE

In the main event, undefeated Louis Cruz (11-0, 5 KO’s) takes on Michael Chudecki (10-1-1, 3 KO’s) of Poland in a Jr. Welterweight bout scheduled for 8-rounds.

With each fight, Cruz has been upping the competition and he continue that trend with his fight with Chudecki.

Chudecki will be looking to get back in the column following his first defeat in his last bout against Michal Syrowatka.

Scheduled to appear will be undefeated Featherweight Luis Rosa Jr. (21-0, 10 KO’s) of New Haven, Connecticut battling veteran German Meraz (48-36-1, 29 KO’s).

Rosa is one of the fastest rising fighter’s in Jr. Featherweight and Featherweight divisions.

He has won some high profile, national televised bouts over Jorge Diaz (17-2) and Luis Del Valle (18-1) and with a win tonight, his name will be in the middle of conversations for a big fight later this year.

He has to get past the 85-fight veteran out of Agua, Mexico, who has a win over former world champion Cruz Carbajal and has won three straight fights.

In an 8-round Jr. Welterweight bout, undefeated Ukranian Vaentyn Golovko (21-0, 14 KO’s) will take on former world title challenger Jerry Belmontes (20-8, 6 KO’s) of Corpus Christi, Texas.

In a 6-round Featherweight bout, Popular New England female, Shelly Vincent (15-0, 1 KO) makes her New York debut against Renata Domsodi (12-7, 5 KO’s) of Budapest, Hungary.

Undefeated Middleweight, Ian Green (8-0, 6 KO’s) of Paterson, NJ will fight Devaun Lee (5-2, 3 KO’s) of Jamaica, New York in a 6-round bout.

Undefeated Cruiserweight Lenin Castillo (12-0-1, 7 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic squares off with Marcelo Tavares (8-0, 8 KO’s) of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a 8-round battle of undefeated Cruiserweights.

Derrick Murray (11-0-1, 5 KO’s) of St. Louis will fight Darryl Hayes (5-5, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas in a 6-round Featherweight clash.

Watch Angel Ocasio – Reynaldo Blanco explosive Press Conference exchange

January 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Ocasio Blanco (640x480)

Long Island, NY (January 21, 2016) – On Thursday, night at Chickie’s & Petes in South Philadephia, Angel Ocasio (8-0-2, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia & Reynaldo Blanco (9-2, 4 KO’s) of Puerto Rico got into a heated exchange at the final press conference

They will meet This Friday night from the Pennsylvania Sheet Metal Union Workers Hall in Philadelphia, in a 8-round bout for the WBA NABA USA Lightweight championship.

The bout will headline a 7-bout card that can be streamed LIVE on GFL.TV at 7:00 PM ET for $14.99. The stream is available around the world by clicking HERE

Below is the explosive exchange at Thursday’s Press Conference

Ocasio – Blanco Press Conference
Ocasio – Blanco Press Conference

In the 8-round co-feature, former world title challenger, Jonathan Maicelo (22-2, 12 KO’s) of North Bergen, NJ takes on Samuel Amoako (21-5, 15 KO’s) of Accra, Ghana in a lightweight battle.

In 4-round bouts:

Saud Clark (5-1-1, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia takes on Julian Valerio (2-3, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, NY in a Jr, Middleweight bout.

David Murray (2-1, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will fight Heriberto Salaman (0-2) of Puerto Rico in a Light Heavyweight fight.

Luis Del Valle of Philadelphia will make his pro debut against Albert Manukyan (0-3) of New Jersey in a Lightweight bout.

In a battle of pro debuting Jr. Middleweights, Idemar Cordero of Philadelphia will fight Luis Ramos of Puerto Rico in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Opening up the show will be undefeated Super Middleweight Godson Noel (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Newark, NJ taking on Victor Kpadenou (10-9, 5 KO’s) of Maryland.

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