Philly Fight Night – Friday, 3/10/2017 – LIVE on GFL

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Friday, 3/10/2017  Philly Fight Night returns with Proving Ground, featuring Philly’s best prospects! LIVE on GFL! CLICK HERE FOR EVENT INFORMATION

 

Fight Card:

Mitch “Smashin’ Frog” Aguiar defeats Alexander Banks via Sub in Main Event at Spartyka Fight League 26 on GFL.Tv, 4:33 R2

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Spartyka Fight League 26 RESULTS – CLICK TO WATCH THE FIGHTS

Mitch “Smashin’ Frog” Aguiar defeated Alexander Banks via Sub, 4:33 R2

Ryan “Danger” Nugent defeated Kedrick “Hurricane” Harris via KO/TKO, 0:17 R3

Thomas Blair defeated Kyle Graham via Sub, 1:30 R2

Ryan Parker defeated Tyus Thomas via KO/TKO, 1:54 R1

Damon Minor defeated Garrett Williams via KO/TKO, 4:09 R1

Imani Smith defeated Kristopher Curtis via Unanimous Decision

Elise Reed vs. Tara “The Tiny Terror” Graff via Unanimous Decision

Benjamin Allen defeated Jacob Ashley via Unanimous Decision

Marshall Shermer defeated Monte Ellsworth via Sub, 2:23 R2

Juvaunne Gordon defeated Logan Oliver via KO/TKO, 0:52 R1

Shane Washburn defeated Sean Miller via Unanimous Dec

Jesse Cichorz defeated Michael Jones via Sub, 2:00 R1

Pierre Ba defeated Christopher Link via Sub, 2:55 R1

David McGraw defeated Dallas Major, Jr. via Sub, 1:18 R1

Patterson defeated Ryland Anderson via KO/TKO, 0:51 R2

Martinez Fighting for Worldwide Recognition May 29 on “Undefeated Champions” – Live on GFL

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WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 143 KOs) makes his second title-defense May 29th in the 12-round co-feature against WBO No. 10 rated Gonzalo “El Destructor” Mungia (17-6-3, 13 KOs) on the “Undefeated Champions” pay per view event, airing live in the United States from Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

“Undefeated Champions,” presented by PR Best Boxing in association with Al Star Boxing, features three world title bouts. It is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and DISH Network, for a suggested retail price of only $34.95.

The 12-round main event features the first title defense of Boricua star, WBO Junior Featherweight Champion Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez, Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KOs), against No. 1 contender Zsolt “Mr. Lefthook” Bedak (14-0-1, 12 KOs).

Martinez, rated No. 3 by The Ring, captured the WBO championship this past March 14, stopping Nicky Cook in the fourth round of their title fight in England. The popular Puerto Rican fighter successfully defended his crown last September, stopping Feider Viloria in the ninth round.

Martinez is excited about fighting on pay per view. “This fight is very important to me because it opens the way for me to fans in the United States,” he said. “They’ll learn more about me and my boxing career. It will also help me later when I go for a unification fight. If everything goes good in this fight, I may fight mandatory challenger Ricky Burns, possible here in Puerto Rico, in August. But what I’d really like to do is unify the title against any of the other champions (WBC Vitalki Tajbert or WBA Takashi Uchiyama).”

Reigning WBO Latino super featherweight title-holder Mungia, fighting out of Nicaragua, has won his last four fights, three by knockout.

“Mungia is a good fighter who comes to fight,” Martinez noted. “I love to fight, too, so if he really comes to fight, it’s going to be a something to remember. I’m going to use my distance and put my shots where we want. We trained hard, studied him and are ready for all Mungia’s style. I’m going to make my fight; relax and be ready for him. I studied him with my trainer, Raul Torres, and I’m going to knock Mungia out. This bout isn’t going the distance.”

The third world title fight on this exciting card matches females Hanna Gabriel (9-0-1, 5 KOs) and Gardy Pena (9-1-2, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBO super welterweight crown in a 10-round bout. Fighting on the undercard are the Arroyo twins, bantamweight McJoe (1-0, 1 KO) and McWilliams (1-0, 1 KO), the former Puerto Rican Olympians. All fights and fighters are subject to change

Mayol v Nino & Vazquez v Sonsona World title fights featured on GFL This Saturday Night

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Styles make fights and Saturday night’s WBC light flyweight title bout between Filipino power puncher Rodel “Batang Mandaue” Mayol and stylish Mexican boxer Omar “Giant Killer” Nino shapes-up as a potential classic from Guadalajara, Mexico on “The Double Assault” pay-per-view extravaganza.

The 12-round main event matches Mayol (26-4-1, 20 KOs), rated No. 2 by The Ring, defending his crown against the WBC No. 1 contender, former WBC light flyweight titlist Nino (28-3-1, 20 KOs). Also airing on the entertaining Guadalajara card, presented by Boxeo De Gala, is a 10-round WBC Youth lightweight championship bout between defending champ Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada (21-1, 17 KOs) and veteran Angel Alirio “El Morocho” Rivero (21-7-1, 14 KOs).

“The Double Assault” pay-per-view action commences at 9 PM/ET live from Reben Rodriquez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, with hometown hero Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez, Jr., who plans to make Puerto Rican history when he fights the 19-year-old Philippine sensation, “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona, for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO junior featherweight title. PR Best Boxing Promotions, in association with All Star Boxing and Sampson Boxing LLC., is presenting the Puerto Rican segment of “The Double Assault” pay-per-view.

The unique, split site broadcast  is being distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN, DISH Network, Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV for a suggested retail price of only $34.95.

Mayol, now fighting out of Los Angeles, captured the WBC light flyweight crown in his last fight (November 21) with a win by second-round technical knockout of Edgar Sosa (37-5) in Mexico. Mayol, who has stopped 20 of 26 victims, had come off of back-to-back fights against WBO light flyweight titlist Ivan Calderon that ended in technical decisions, due to cuts from accidental head butts suffered by the Puerto Rican, for a Calderon win and draw.

Nino hopes to live-up to his “Giant Killer” nickname by out-boxing and taking Mayol into the later rounds. Nino earned his title shot by winning an 8-round technical decision, when he suffered a cut to his head caused buy an accidental head butt, against Juanito Rubillar (46-11-7) in their June WBC title eliminator in Mexico. Nino, who upset Brian Viloria in 2006 to capture the WBC title, will also be fighting in his hometown of Guadalajara, where he is undefeated in nearly 20 career fights.

WBO No. 2 rated Vazquez, Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs), the WBO Latino super bantamweight champion, would become the first Puerto Rican son of a world champion (Wilfredo Vazquez, Sr.) to capture a world title by defeating  former WBO super flyweight titlist Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs), ranked No. 3 by the WBO.

Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Carlos Negron (7-0, 6 KOs), 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, provides chief support in a 6-round bout against Rudy Ashworth. Also fighting on the card in their pro debuts are the Arroyo twins and also 2008 Puerto Rican Olympians, flyweight McWilliams and bantamweight McJoe.

Wilfredo “WV2” Vasquez, Jr. v “Marvelous” Martin Sonsona and Hugo Hernan “Pigu” Garay v “Hard Hittin’” Chris Henry – LIVE ON GFL on Feb. 27th

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The action starts at 9 PM/ET live from Reben Rodriquez Coliseum in Baymon, Puerto Rico. Hometown hero Wilfredo “WV2” Vasquez, Jr. battles former WBO Super Flyweight champion “Marvelous” Martin Sonsona for the vacant WBO junior featherweight belt. Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Carlos Negron (7-0, 6 KOs), 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, supports in a 6-round bout against an opponent to be determined.

The spotlight will then shift to El Poloforim Benito Juarez in Cancun, Mexico, where former WBA light heavyweight champion Hugo Hernan “Pigu” Garay takes on highly world rated “Hard Hittin’” Chris Henry for the WBA Interim light heavyweight title. Former WBA & WBC super flyweight title-holder Cristian Mijares drops back down to his natural weight class versus TBA.

“We’re excited to provide live coverage of world championship matches like Vasquez-Sonsona and Garay-Henry to boxing fans in North America,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “It’s rare to bring the best of Philippine, Puerto Rican, Mexican and American boxing to fans on one live card. Integrated Sports Media is committed to bringing world-class boxing to North American fans and this great show kicks-off our PPV season.”

“Asalto Doble” is presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions in Puerto Rico, in association with All Star Boxing and Sampson Boxing LLC, and KO Entertainment in Cancun, Mexico. The unique, double-barrelled broadcast  is being distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN, DISH Network, Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV for a suggested retail price of only $34.95.

There’s no love lost between Vasquez (17-0-1, 14 KOs), the proud son of former world champion Wilfredo Vasquez (56-9-2, 41 KOs – WBA bantamweight champ 1987-88, WNA super bantamweight champ 1992-95), and the fighter being billed in the Philippines as the next Manny Pacquaio, 19-year-old Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs).

Vasquez, rated No. 2 by the WBO, and WBO No. 3 ranked Sonsona are fighting for the WBO junior featherweight crown relinquished by Juan Manuel Lopez. Vasquez is the reigning WBO Latino junior featherweight, while Sonsona lost his WBO super flyweight belt on the scales in his last fight – Nov. 21 in a 12-round draw versus Aejandro Hernandez – when he failed to make the contracted weight of 115 pounds.

Garay (32-4, 17 KOs), rated No. 2 by the WBA,  defeated Yuri Barashian by decision for the WBA light heavyweight title in 2008, successfully defended against present WBO Interim champion Juergen Braehmer by decision, and the popular Argentinean lost his belt by decision last June to Gabriel Campillo.

WBA No. 6-ranked Henry, fighting out of Houston, is coming off of an explosive win by sixth-round technical knockout of Shaun George last July on ESPN.  Henry has been the NABF, NABA, IBA Inter-Continental and USNBC light heavyweight champion during the past four years.

Mexican boxer Mijares, rated No. 5 by the WBA and No. 14 by the IBF, was one of the world’s top pounder-for-pounders after winning a decision against Alexander Munoz in their 2008 WBC/WBA super flyweight unification match. He unsuccessfully moved up to fight as a bantamweight and has dropped back to super flyweight.

Integrated Sports Media: North America’s leading distributor of International Pay-Per-View and Closed Circuit sports events has presented World Championship and world-class boxing matches featuring Ricky Hatton, Christian Mijares, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones, Jr., Ivan Calderon, Rocky Martinez, Nicolai Valuev, Amir Kahn, Marco Antonio Barrera, Arthur Abraham, David Haye, John Ruiz, and Ruslan Chagaev. In addition, Integrated Sports Media distributed numerous International soccer matches showcasing teams like Club America of Mexico and the National Teams of Argentina, Honduras, El Salvador and the USA, as well as World Championship and world-class mixed martial arts shows featuring Fedor Emelianenko, Tim Sylvia, Bobby Lashley, Bob Sapp, Jeff Monson, and Roy Nelson. For more information on upcoming Integrated Sports events visit www.integratedsportsnet.com

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CONTACTS:

Doug Jacobs, Integrated Sports Media, 201.610.1500, doug@integratedsportsnet.com

Bob Trieger, Full Court Press, 978.664.4482, bobtfcp@hotmail.com

Jennifer Marin, PR Best Boxing, 787.502.3636, jmarin@ppvcpr.com

Ivan Rivera, PR Best Boxing, 787.645.1132, irivera@prbestboxing.net

Tuto Zabala, All Star Boxing, 786.271.4855, tutozab@aol.com

Integrated Sports Media distributing two live World Championship fights on Feb. 27 PPV show – Available on GFL

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HOBOKEN, N.J. (Jan. 25, 2010) — Integrated Sports Media, North America’s leading distributor of International Pay-Per-View and Closed Circuit sports events, delivers the best of two live championship shows, featuring a pair of world title fights, Saturday night, Feb. 27 from Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The action starts at 9 PM/ET live from Reben Rodriquez Coliseum in Baymon, Puerto Rico. Hometown hero Wilfredo “WV2” Vasquez, Jr. battles former WBO Super Flyweight champion “Marvelous” Martin Sonsona for the vacant WBO junior featherweight belt. Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Carlos Negron (7-0, 6 KOs), 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, supports in a 6-round bout against an opponent to be determined.

The spotlight will then shift to El Poloforim Benito Juarez in Cancun, Mexico, where former WBA light heavyweight champion Hugo Hernan “Pigu” Garay takes on highly world rated “Hard Hittin’” Chris Henry for the WBA Interim light heavyweight title. Former WBA & WBC super flyweight title-holder Cristian Mijares drops back down to his natural weight class versus TBA.

“We’re excited to provide live coverage of world championship matches like Vasquez-Sonsona and Garay-Henry to boxing fans in North America,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “It’s rare to bring the best of Philippine, Puerto Rican, Mexican and American boxing to fans on one live card. Integrated Sports Media is committed to bringing world-class boxing to North American fans and this great show kicks-off our PPV season.”

“Asalto Doble” is presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions in Puerto Rico, in association with All Star Boxing and Sampson Boxing LLC, and KO Entertainment in Cancun, Mexico. The unique, double-barrelled broadcast  is being distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN, DISH Network, Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV for a suggested retail price of only $34.95.

There’s no love lost between Vasquez (17-0-1, 14 KOs), the proud son of former world champion Wilfredo Vasquez (56-9-2, 41 KOs – WBA bantamweight champ 1987-88, WNA super bantamweight champ 1992-95), and the fighter being billed in the Philippines as the next Manny Pacquaio, 19-year-old Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs).

Vasquez, rated No. 2 by the WBO, and WBO No. 3 ranked Sonsona are fighting for the WBO junior featherweight crown relinquished by Juan Manuel Lopez. Vasquez is the reigning WBO Latino junior featherweight, while Sonsona lost his WBO super flyweight belt on the scales in his last fight – Nov. 21 in a 12-round draw versus Aejandro Hernandez – when he failed to make the contracted weight of 115 pounds.

Garay (32-4, 17 KOs), rated No. 2 by the WBA,  defeated Yuri Barashian by decision for the WBA light heavyweight title in 2008, successfully defended against present WBO Interim champion Juergen Braehmer by decision, and the popular Argentinean lost his belt by decision last June to Gabriel Campillo.

WBA No. 6-ranked Henry, fighting out of Houston, is coming off of an explosive win by sixth-round technical knockout of Shaun George last July on ESPN.  Henry has been the NABF, NABA, IBA Inter-Continental and USNBC light heavyweight champion during the past four years.

Mexican boxer Mijares, rated No. 5 by the WBA and No. 14 by the IBF, was one of the world’s top pound-for-pound boxers after winning a decision against Alexander Munoz in their 2008 WBC/WBA super flyweight unification match. He unsuccessfully moved up to fight as a bantamweight and has dropped back to super flyweight.

Integrated Sports Media: North America’s leading distributor of International Pay-Per-View and Closed Circuit sports events has presented World Championship and world-class boxing matches featuring Ricky Hatton, Christian Mijares, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones, Jr., Ivan Calderon, Rocky Martinez, Nicolai Valuev, Amir Kahn, Marco Antonio Barrera, Arthur Abraham, David Haye, John Ruiz, and Ruslan Chagaev. In addition, Integrated Sports Media distributed numerous International soccer matches showcasing teams like Club America of Mexico and the National Teams of Argentina, Honduras, El Salvador and the USA, as well as World Championship and world-class mixed martial arts shows featuring Fedor Emelianenko, Tim Sylvia, Bobby Lashley, Bob Sapp, Jeff Monson, and Roy Nelson. For more information on upcoming Integrated Sports events visit www.integratedsportsnet.com.

Fight Expo Draws MMA’s Biggest Superstars for Charity Event

March 16, 2009 by · 4 Comments
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DEL MAR, Calif. (March 16, 2009) – “The Fight Expo,” the World’s Largest MMA, Extreme Sports and Grappling Supershow, is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday,
March 21 and 22 at The Del Mar Fairgrounds, located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., in Del Mar, California. Attendees should bring their cameras and autograph books
because “The Fight Expo” will be packed with many favorite Mixed Martial Arts Superstars and Hollywood’s elite.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, MMA Superstars and movie stars supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, special invitees and “The Fight Expo’s” charity fundraising efforts
include American Gladiator star Gina “Conviction” Carano, recognized as the No. 1 ranked female MMA fighter in the world; Bob“The Beast” Sapp, Pride and K-1 MMA fighting veteran; The Ultimate Fighter, Season 1 Champion and
top UFC lightweight contender, Diego“Nightmare” Sanchez; UFC veteran Brandon “The Truth” Vera; MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
legend Rickson Gracie; The Ultimate Fighter, Season 2 winner Joe “Daddy” Stevenson;UFC ring announcer and Make-A-Wish charity host, Bruce Buffer; UFC and EliteXC veteran David “Tank” Abbott; UFC and Pride veteran Renato
“Babalu” Sobral; Greg Jackson (conducting a 100-percent Charity MMA Seminar on Sunday, Mar. 22 from 9-11 AM), Grapplers Quest and ADCC
World champion, and world-famous coach of UFC champions Rashad Evans and Georges St. Pierre; The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 finalist Dean Lister; Vinicius “Pezao”
Magalhaes (competing in Grapplers Quest Pro Divisions both days); UFC heavyweight contender and ADCC World Champion Fabricio
Werdum (competing in Grapplers Quest No-Gi Pro on Saturday, Mar. 21); UFC and Pride veteran Kimo Leopoldo, and many
more MMA superstars.

“The Fight Expo” sponsor, Rogue Pictures’ due to be released Fighting Movie, brings international
movie star and supermodel, Channing Tatum (star of “G.I. Joe”), as well as co-star and EliteXC middleweight
champion, Cung Le, and E! Entertainment will be on hand to cover Channing’s experience at “The Fight
Expo.”

Grapplers
Quest — The World’s Largest Grappling Competition, featuring 300 amateur Submission Grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu divisions and $25,000 in prizes
sponsored by Bud Light, Black Belt TV and Silverstar expects more than 1,000 competitors over the weekend. Competitors can pre-register online and save up to
$30 and get a free t-shirt at: http://www.grapplers.com/store/midscreen.cfm or at-the-door.

“The Fight Expo” 2009 Grappling and Jiu Jitsu Hall of Fame awards presentation is Saturday, Mar. 21 at 7:30 PM in the Wyland Building at The Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Its inaugural Class of 2009 includes Brandon “The Truth” Vera, Greg Jackson, Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, Saulo Ribeiro, Rafael Lovato, Jr., and Gazzy Parman. Come and celebrate with the grappling world’s elite.

On Saturday, Mar. 21, Grapplers Quest is hosting a 16-Man Submission Grappling Tournament with $2,500 in cash prizes to determine The World’s Best Grappler
including Fabricio Werdum, Romulo Barral, Vinicius Magalhaes, Bill Cooper, Bruno Bastos, Jeff Glover, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreau, Leo Santos, Lucas Leite and many more.

On Sunday, Mar. 22, also starting at 1:30 PM, Gameness presents the $2,500 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Challenge featuring World Champion Rafael Lovato,
Jr., Roberto “Tussa” Comargo, Bill “The Grill” Cooper, Carlos “Sapao” Ban, Rodrigo Cavaca, Jeff “Pipelayer” Glover, Adriano Camolese, Nivaldo De Oliveira Lima and many
more.

Ken Shamrock takes on Bobby Lashley in heavyweight showdown

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Jones-Sheika headlines pro boxing/MMA PPV March 21in Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. (March 5, 2009) – Living legend Ken “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Shamrock battles Bobby Lashley in the main event of the mixed-martial-arts portion of the March 21st pro boxing/MMA hybrid pay-per-view event at the Pensacola Civic Center.

Eight-time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (52-5, 38 KOs) headlines the show, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Hirsch Borao Boxing and the Pensacola Civic Center, against 4-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (27-8, 18 KOs).

Shamrock-Lashley, featuring an intriguing match-up between an MMA icon (Shamrock) and the hottest new combat fighter (Lashley), replaces the originally announced MMA main event featuring Seth “The Silverback” Petruzelli and Doug “Rhino” Marshall because Petruzelli pulled-out due to an injury suffered during training.

“I’ve done a lot of firsts,” Shamrock commented. “I was the first heavyweight champ of MMA and first foreign champ in Japan. This is the first time two champions (Jones and Shamrock) in their individual sports, at this level, will be fighting on the same card – boxing and MMA. I think it’s the way of the future and it’s happening now. Lashley got things going in wrestling and then the WWE. Now he’s in MMA. He’s very good. I think he’s 270-pounds of muscle – quick, explosive and strong. The area he lacks, gound skills, he makes up for with his strength and ability to move on the ground. He can really move on his feet. This isn’t a fat guy laying on his back.”

The unique pro boxing/MMA show is being distributed by Square Ring Promotions, Inc. at 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT in North America on cable and satellite via iNDemand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice, Shaw Cable, Star Choice and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

“I am excited to be part of this card alongside Roy Jones, Jr. and Square Ring Promotions,” Lashley said. “I am looking forward to fighting an experienced opponent like Ken Shamrock and showing the fans that Bobby Lashley is a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division. I am going to come out from the opening bell and show Ken Shamrock and the rest of the world that Bobby Lashley is not someone you want to mess with.”

Lion’s Den founder Shamrock (27-13-2, 2 KOs, 23 Submissions), fighting out of San Diego, was the original UFC Superfight and King of the Pancrase MMA champion. Ken dominated the UFC and Pancrase for years, defeating a Who’s Who of MMA stars including Bas Rutten (twice), Masakatsu Funaki (twice), Dan Severn and Kimo Leopoldo (twice), as well as fighting Royce Gracie to a draw.

In 1997, Shamrock joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was a star there for three years, returning to MMA with Pride Fighting Championships until 2002, when he returned to the UFC. An outstanding athlete who was drafted by the San Diego Chargers, Ken won his last bout by first-round submission (arm bar) this past February 13 against Ross Clifton.

Lashley (1-0, 1 KO) is a true physical specimen, standing 6-3 and weighing 265 pounds, which helped him become a 3-time NCAA champion (1996-98) and 4-time All-America wrestler at Missouri Valley College. After graduating from college, Bobby joined the U.S. Army and was a 2-time Armed Forces Champion and 2002 Military Games Championship silver medalist.

Two years ago, Lashley became a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar, highlighted at Wrestlemania 23 as a representative of Donald Trump in a bet against WWE president Vince McMahon. Lashley won the match and helped Trump shave McMahon’s head in the ring. Bobby made his MMA debut last December 13, stopping Joshua Franklin only 0.41 into the opening round.

The MMA co-feature pits two world-class grapplers, former IFL heavyweight champion Roy “Big Country” Nelson (13-6, 6 KOs, 4 Submissions) against former UFC title challenger Jeff “The Snowman” Monson (27-8, 2 KOs’ 15 Submissions).

Tickets, priced at $128.00, $103.00, $78.00, $53.00 & $28.00 are on sale and available at all Ticketmaster locations, the Pensacola Civic Center Box Office and ticketmaster.com

Babe Wood to be posthumously inducted into CES Ring of Honor

March 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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“Mayflower Madness,” Friday night at Memorial Hall in Plymouth,
MA

 

PROVIDENCE (March 3, 2009) – The late Charles “Babe” Wood will be posthumously inducted into
the CES Ring of Honor during a special ceremony Friday night (March 6) at
“Mayflower Madness,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and
Sports, Inc., in historic Plymouth Memorial
Hall.

 

“Mayflower Madness” is the first in a 4-fight arrangement, “The
Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Fight Series,” scheduled in 2009 at Plymouth
Memorial Hall and promoted by CES.

 

Promoter Jimmy Burchfield, president of CES, established the CES
Ring of Honor in 2005 to honor inductees for their special accomplishments and
contributions to New England boxing. Charter members include 5-time world
champion Vinny “The Pazmanian
Devil” Paz, former WBA and WBC
welterweight title-holder Marlon “Magic
Man” Starling
, and 3-time The Ring Fighter of the Year (2001-2003)
participant “Irish” Micky Ward.
Other CES Ring of Honor members include the late, great Rocky Marciano, former
3-time world champion “El Gallo” Jose
Antonio Rivera
, world light heavyweight contender “Iceman” John Scully, famed Connecticut trainer
Johnny Dukes, 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrious “Boo Boo” Andrade, Gary “Tiger” Balletto, and 4-time national amateur
champion Bobby
Harris
.

 

“We
lost Babe last year and everyone dearly misses him, especially in this area
where he lived,” Burchfield said. “He trained world champions Rocky Marciano,
Sonny Liston and Paul Pender, among the most notable fighters he coached and
advised for so many years.  ‘Babe’
embodies everything that I envisioned for inductees when we started the CES Ring
of Honor and we’re delighted to honor ‘Babe’ and his
family.”

 

New
Bedford police officer Jason “School
Boy” Pires, former USBA champion and
1996 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate, headlines in an 8-round welterweight bout
against former
IBF
Intercontinental champion Louie
Leija
. Pires (21-3, 9 KOs), returning from a 5 ½ year lay-off to complete
his education at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and become a
police officer, won a 6-round decision against Frank Houghtaling last November.
Leija (21-9-1, 15 KOs), fighting out of San Antonio, has fought some of the
world’s top fighters such as Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Ben Tackie, and Jesus
Chavez. Leija’s cousin is former WBC super bantamweight champion “The Texas
Tornado” Jessie James Leija.

 

Former New Bedford fighter Paul “The Truth” Delgado (19-8-1, 4 KOs), now based in
Atlanta, returns home to Massachusetts for a 6-round welterweight bout versus Troy Smith (6-9-3, 0 KOs), of Brockton.
Delgado has faced the iron during his 10-year pro career, including Paulie
Malignaggi (twice), Dmitry Salita and Demetrius
Hopkins.

 

On
the undercard in 4-round bouts is Marshfield (MA) light heavyweight Manuel Antonio Lopes (4-0-1, 1 KO) vs.
Eric Clinton; light heavyweight Mical
Weisberg
(1-0, 1 KO), of Stoughton (MA), Bridgewater State College graduate
from Stoughton (MA), vs. Pete Guthy;
unbeaten Russian middleweight Andrey
Nevsky
(5-0, 3 KOs), of Worcester (MA), vs. William Deets; Providence junior
middleweight Kali Reiss (1-0, 1 KO)
against pro-debuting Alexsandra Magdziak
Lopes
, who is married to Manuel
Lopes’ father, Wayne.

 

Also
fighting on the undercard unbeaten Lynn (MA) junior bantamweight Isander “Peachy” Beauchamp (5-0-1, 2 KOs) versus TBA.
All fights and fighters are subject to
change.

 

Tickets for
“Mayflower Madness” are priced at $35.00 (Bronze), $45.00 (Silver), $55.00
(Gold), and $75.00 (Jimmy’s Platinum Club). VIP tables of eight are also
available. To purchase call CES (401.724.2253/2254) or go on line at
www.cesboxing.com.

Edwin Rodriguez signs with DiBella Entertainment

February 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Edwin Rodriguez signs with DiBella Entertainment

Headlining “Homecoming” March 19 at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

WORCESTER, Mass. (February, 19, 2009) – At large group of supporters attended today’s press conference in Worcester (MA) for unbeaten middleweight prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez’ formal signing of an exclusive promotional contract with DiBella Entertainment.

Friends, family, members of the Worcester Police Gang Unit, local politicians, media, business leaders and boxing dignitaries, as well as fellow boxers – Jose Antonio Rivera, Peter Manfredo, Jr., Bobby Harris, Danny O’Connor and Andre Nevsky – filled the room at historic Mechanics Hall.

“It’s great to be here in this great venue,” promoter Lou DiBella said. “Mechanics Hall has a great history. I’m happy to sign and promote a great young fighter like Edwin, who could be a real star. In today’s economy, I wouldn’t be signing fighters if I didn’t feel it’s a good investment. Not only does he have world-class ability, I believe in him as a person and admire him in and out of the ring. This is one of my most significant signings. Edwin’s every bit, or better, than the most recent Olympic class, and I believe he’s a future world champion.”

The Dominican Republic born Rodriguez (9-0, 5 KOs), fighting out of Worcester, was an outstanding amateur boxer who had an 84-9 record, including gold medal performances in the 2005 USA Boxing National Championships and 2006 U.S. Golden Gloves Championships.

“There are many dangers in this sport,” Rodriguez explained why he signed with DiBella Entertainment. “A lot of promoters and managers want to make as much money as possible and leave their fighters with nothing. Lou DiBella’s motivation is to do his best for me, in and out of the ring. He has a stable of world-class fighters and I’m proud to be part of it. He stepped up to the plate and, as Italians say, made an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

An announcement was made about Rodriguez’ next fight with him headlining, “Homecoming,” promoted by Manfredo’s Gym in association with DiBella Entertainment, as part of its Broadway Boxing television series, Thursday night, March 19 at Mechanics Hall.

Tickets, priced at $50.00 (balcony), $75.00 (first row balcony), $60.00 (floor), $100.00 (floor), and $150.00 (ringside – first 2 rows inside security barriers), go on sale tomorrow at the Mechanics Hall box office, www.mechanicshall.org, Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket (RI), and the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Doors open at 6:30 PM/ET, first bout at 7:00 PM/ET.

Press Conference Quotes

Lou DiBella: “It’s great to see a world champion (Jose Rivera) and so many dignitaries and community leaders here today. Mr. Rivera was one of the most terrific fighters of the last decade and a good role model. Broadway Boxing is the name of my series. We put on world-class club shows and give fans a great opportunity to see the best talent. This will be a great show. Like Jose, I admire Edwin for what he does in and out of the ring. He had to put his career on hold (turning pro instead of trying to make the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team) to take care of his babies. I’m looking forward to a great night of boxing at this great venue.”

Edwin Rodriguez: “I’d like to thank the Boys & Girls Club for giving me a place to channel my energies. And special thanks to my amateur coach, Carlos Garcia, who is not only my coach but a friend. He told me when I started to keep my hands high, in and out of the ring. I’m proud to wear the colors of Worcester Police Gang Unit on my trunks in my next fight. Peter has put me through blue collar workouts in training and I thank him. My manager and friend, Larry Army, has done a great job for me. I want to thank by family – mom and dad and my five brothers. Six brothers and we had a lot of fights growing up. I also want to thank my fiancé’s family for their love and support. All my friends here today, I thank you, and to my fiancée, Stephanie (Rapa) and our twins, Edwin, Jr. and Serena Lynn, I love you.”

Larry Army (Edwin’s manager): ‘We’re proud to have Edwin’s next fight in Worcester, March 19 right here at Mechanics Hall. Edwin’s going to headline this Broadway Boxing show. We have a special fighter here. If we sellout this show Lou has promised to do more shows in Worcester. As good a boxer as he is, Edwin’s an even better person.”

Peter Manfredo, Sr. (Edwin’s head trainer): “My job is simply to prepare him. People at the next show will see how he’s progressing. Lou works with world champions and the bottom line is Edwin will progress into a world champion.”

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