“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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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.“

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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

Charlotte’s Night of Champions – Roy Jones Jr.

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Courtesy of Brian Mazique & bleacherreport.com

Roy Jones Jr. (60-8, 43 KO) easily defeated journeyman cruiserweight Willie Williams (14-9-2) by second-round TKO on Friday night in Cabarrus, North Carolina. The 46-year-old future Hall of Famer clearly wasn’t tested by his 36-year-old foe.

The nasty left hook started the problems for Williams and the body-head combinations sent him home for the evening. The bout marked the first time Jones has fought in the United States since he won a unanimous decision over Max Alexander in 2011. Over much of the last four years, Jones has been building his cruiserweight resume against lesser-known boxers from all around the world.

Jones knows he can’t fight forever, but he is hoping to get a shot at another world title. In an interview with ESPN.com’s Brian Campbell, Jones said before the fight with Williams: “I’m looking at doing this and seeing how I feel. If I feel well, I will be going after Marco Huck. He agreed to fight me this year if everything goes well.”

Things definitely went well on Friday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Jones is ready for Huck.

The current champion has held his title for just under six years. He’s also only 30 years old. There’s no question he’d be a huge favorite over Jones if they were to meet in the ring.

Jones is likely inspired by the recent success of former rival Bernard Hopkins. The latter just relinquished the WBA and IBF light heavyweight titles at the age of 49. Jones doesn’t compete in a weight class that is as competitive as the 175-pound division. Still, capturing what would be a title in his fifth division would be an epic accomplishment for Jones.

Because Williams wasn’t able to extend Jones deep into the fight, it’s possible Jones could have one more tune-up before he challenges Huck. That would likely be against another fighter on the same level as Williams.

While his night was short, Williams did at least land what was likely his largest payday. Long after the swelling goes down on his face, Williams will probably look back on Friday’s bout proudly. He was stopped in the second round, but he shared the ring with a living legend.

Roy Jones Jr Presents Battle of the Belts Results

March 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of Boxing Press & saddoboxing.com

Last night, 50-year old WBC #16 heavyweight contender, “Bronco” Billy Wright (47-4, 38 KOs), annihilated Gilberto Matheus Domingos (22-3, 20 KOs), stopping the Brazilian with a devastating body blow at the 1:15 mark of round one.

The 10-round main event took place on the RJJ Boxing Promotions at the We Ko Pa Casino in Fort McDowell, Arizona.

With the victory, “Bronco” Billy retained his WBC Latin American and Fecarbox titles while extending his winning streak to 18, 14 of which came via knockout in consecutive bouts.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to defend my WBC belts here in the United States as it’s been a long time since I fought here,” said Wright. “Mauricio Sulaiman has been a man of his word, moving me up the rankings as I continue to win fights.

“Right now I’m at #16, looking to crack the top 15 with this victory. Against Domingos, I wanted to make a statement and end the fight early with a knockout. The plan was to go in and land as many powerful body shots as possible.

“It worked and I came out on top. I’m going to keep marching up the WBC rankings with the goal getting a big fight against any of top contenders. The problem is, none of these guys want to fight me. I’m ready to take on all comers ahead of me.”

With the brutal stoppage of Domingos, Wright recorded his 29th first round knockout. One of his goal is to break the heavyweight record for first round knockouts held by Shannon Briggs, which stands at 35.

Roy Jones Jr on why he wants to win a world title at the age of 46

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Steven Muehlhausen Contributor @SMuehlhausenMMA, March 6, 2015, Sporting News

When you are 46 years old, 99 percent of athletes are out of their prime and have moved on to the second phase of life. In the sport of boxing is where you get that one percent still competing at a high level. You had George Foreman at the age of 45 in Nov. 1994 defeating Michael Moorer for the WBA and IBF heavyweight championship of the world and became the oldest person to accomplish such a feat. Foreman continued to fight at a high level until he retired three years later at the age of 48 after a controversial decision loss to Shannon Briggs in a fight people had him winning. Then Bernard Hopkins at the age of 46 in May 2011 defeated Jean Pascal to win the WBC, IBO, and The Ring light heavyweight belts. Hopkins is 50 years old and last competed in November losing a lopsided decision to Sergey Kovalev to lose his belts. He hasn’t decided on whether he will fight again.

Another boxing legend is trying to follow in the footsteps of Foreman and Hopkins as Roy Jones Jr (59-8, 42 KO) returns to the ring on Friday as he battles Willie Williams (14-8-2, 4 KOs) in a 10-round cruiserweight bout from the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, North Carolina. You can watch the card on GFL.tv starting at 7:30 p.m. ET for $19.95.

Full Story – http://www.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2015-03-06/roy-jones-jr-world-title-geroge-foreman-bernard-hopkins-willie-williams

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Roy Jones Jr. Q&A: ‘I love the game’

March 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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By Brian Campbell | ESPN.com
Originally Published: March 5, 2015

Roy Jones Jr.-Willie Williams

Where: Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C.
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Online: GFL.tv

Don’t call it a comeback because Roy Jones Jr. has been here for years.

At 46 and riding a five-fight win streak dating back to 2011, Jones (59-8, 42 KOs) continues his quest for a fifth title in as many weight classes when he faces Willie Williams (14-8-2, 4 KOs) on Friday in a 10-round cruiserweight bout at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, North Carolina.

With a victory, Jones believes he could be in line for a shot at cruiserweight titlist Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs).

Jones, who won world titles from 160 pounds all the way to heavyweight when he outpointed John Ruiz in 2003, hasn’t faced top competition during his recent win streak. But he hasn’t lost since dropping three straight fights from 2009 to 2011, including two by devastating knockout.

The former pound-for-pound king recently spoke with ESPN.com about his future inside the ring:

ESPN: What’s at stake for you in this fight?

RJ: There’s a lot at stake for me. You know me, I always like to test myself to see if I’m still up to par and still have what it takes to win a title. If I feel like I didn’t have that, I wouldn’t waste my time fighting. I feel good and feel like I’ve got what it takes to be a champion again. So I’m looking at doing this and seeing how I feel. If I feel well, I will be going after Marco Huck. He agreed to fight me this year if everything goes well.

Full Story – http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/12427617/love-game

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Roy Jones Jr. Headlines Stacked Weekend of Live Combat Sports on Go Fight Live

March 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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ROY JONES JR. HEADLINES STACKED WEEKEND OF LIVE COMBAT SPORTS ON GO FIGHT LIVE

CFFC 47 AND NAAFS – CAGED VENGEANCE 16
TOP THE LINEUP OF MMA OFFERINGS AND 10 LIVE EVENTS

NEW YORK, NY (March 5, 2014) – GoFight Live (www.gfl.tv), the world’s premier online destination for live combat sports action, will distribute “Carolina Brawl,” a 10-bout professional boxing event headlined by a cruiserweight matchup between legendary world champion Roy Jones Jr. and Willie “For Real” Williams, live on its streaming video platform tomorrow, Friday, March 6.

Jones. Jr. (59-8, 42 KO’s), a four-division world champion and the only boxer in history to start his career at junior middleweight (154 pounds) and go on to win a heavyweight title, will look for his sixth straight victory in the ring against Williams (14-8-2, 4 KO’s), a pressure fighter looking for his second consecutive win.

During his storied career, Jones, with his incredible speed and reflexes, has served up some of boxing’s most memorable moments, defeating fellow superstars Bernard Hopkins, James Toney and Antonio Tarver, amongst others, along the way.

“We are excited to be in the Roy Jones Jr. business, and to be able to bring this walking icon to a live audience on the aggressively expanding GFL platform,” said GFL CEO David Klarman. “This is going to be an incredible weekend of live action on GFL, filled with an assortment of high-level professional combat in boxing, MMA and Muay Thai, and we look forward to delivering fans a great entertainment experience, as always.”

In addition to the professional boxing card headlined by the Jones, Jr.-Williams affair, the GFL online platform will offer 9 live combat sports events over the course of the weekend, including CFFC 47, and NAAFS – Caged Vengeance 16, both of which take place on Saturday, March 7.

CFFC 47, which takes place at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa., features 7 MMA bouts and will be headlined by a welterweight (170 pounds) title fight between undefeated, reigning champion Jonavin “The Spyder” Webb (7-0, 1 NC) and submission expert Elijah Harshbarger (7-4).

NAAFS – Caged Vengeance 16 takes place at the Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio, and features 9 professional MMA bouts, including a welterweight main event between “Non-Stop Action Packed” Dominique Steele (11-5) and Nick “The Savage” Duell (11-4). In the co-main attraction, unbeaten heavyweight Curt Lemmon (4-0) will square off with “Big” John Hawk (10-5).

A pair of Muay Thai fight cards from American Muay Thai League and Bounded Fist Muay Thai Championship, respectively, are also part of Saturday’s programming lineup.

In other live, professional boxing action, “Friday Night Fights,” presented by Joe Hand Promotions, Peltz Boxing and BAM Boxing from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pa. tomorrow, will feature 8 bouts, including an 8-round junior lightweight (130 pounds) matchup between Jason Sosa (13-1-3, 9 KO’s) and Berman Aguilar (12-1-1, 4 KO’s).

Two GFL events – Barry Michaels Sports – “Friday Night Boxing” and Carnage in the Cage IV, a 12-bout MMA card – will stream live from Australia tomorrow and Saturday, respectively.

To view the complete menu of upcoming GFL events, click here.

About GFL:
GFL (www.gfl.tv) is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience. With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more. Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content. In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

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Learning to box in prison opens Demond Brock’s heart, mind

February 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Learning to box in prison opens Demond Brock’s heart, mind Chris Scarnati
Special to The Advocate Aug. 20, 2014
by Rick Colucci — Demond Brock Demond Brock has already spent countless hours in the gym preparing for his junior welterweight clash against Gary Bergeron, which is the featured co-main event of Saturday’s World Fighting Championship 26 at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino. But whenever the New Orleans-based boxer isn’t sparring, skipping rope or drumming away on a speed bag with machine-gun velocity, he’ll bury his face in a book — any book. “I caught Demond reading something on executive memos the other day,” laughed Brock’s co-manager Keith Veltre. “If he’s not training, he’ll read anything. He likes to stay fully occupied. Demond doesn’t want to waste a minute.” Not after he’s lost so many. Brock walked out of the Dixon Correctional Facility on June 1, 2011, a free man after serving 14 years, six months and 23 days behind bars for armed robbery and attempted murder. However, thanks to the prison’s boxing program, he also left a changed man. The new Brock was calmer, cerebral and pensive. His life had direction and purpose. He was tormented by his troubled past and wanted to make amends. He wanted to make the most of each moment and every opportunity. “It was amazing because after I joined (the boxing team), I became a whole new person,” Brock said. “I had never won anything before, so when I started to get good, I gained confidence in myself.” Brock (7-2, 3 KOs) will take this confidence into his bout against Bergeron (12-7, 3 KOs). The game plan calls for quick jabs and punishing body shots — his signature mode of attack. “Bergeron is a tough opponent, but everyone knows I’m an action-packed fighter,” he said. “Fans can expect to see fireworks.”

Brock treated spectators to an explosive performance in March when he stunned previously unbeaten Cody Richard (14-1) via unanimous decision, a victory that validated Roy Jones Jr.’s decision to co-manage his career. At 33, Brock’s window of opportunity continues to close. Time is precious. That’s why a win over Bergeron is especially imperative. It could push him closer to a top 15 ranking and increase the likelihood of a network TV fight in the near future. “Demond is the kind of guy you can put against anyone, and he’ll still make something happen,” Jones said. “The sky is definitely the limit.” Nonetheless, Brock’s serendipitous discovery of the sweet science in lockup helped him realize a calling even larger than winning world titles. “I want to help people who grew up like me and prove that my transition with boxing was a success,” Brock said. “With all of the things that happened in my past, I can’t believe that I would be here today.” Innocence lost Brock grew up the youngest of three siblings in a single-family apartment in the St. Thomas Development, a former housing project adjacent to the Garden District. His mother, Sharon Lawrance, worked long hours as a housekeeper at the Hotel Monteleone. With no parental guidance in the home, Brock eventually gravitated to the streets. He was drawn to young men who sold drugs in his neighborhood and quickly became enamored with the money and excitement. “My mother worked her fingers to the bone but couldn’t provide the lifestyle that I wanted for myself,” he said. “I hung out with older guys who were drinking 40s and smoking weed. As a child, I watched those things and wanted to be a part of it.” The thrill of street life was tempered with occasional spells of misery. On March 22, 1994, Brock witnessed the death of his best friend while playing an arcade game inside a corner store. “I heard ‘POP-POP-POP’ and quickly ran to the back of the building,” Brock explained. “I eventually came outside and saw him lying on the ground, covered in blood. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happened a day before my 13th birthday, and it was my first real encounter with someone close to me getting murdered.” The memory was seared into his mind, but it didn’t change him. At 15, Brock was arrested and sent to Phelps Correctional Center on Dec. 6, 1996, after robbing a person at gunpoint. “Initially, I wasn’t remorseful,” he said. “I didn’t know the impact that my actions had on other people’s lives. The judge asked how I felt about the crime I had committed during my sentencing, and I was at a loss for words. I couldn’t articulate how I felt.” The first few years in lock-up were particularly grueling. Brock was undersized and intimidated, a vulnerable child amongst hardened men. He had pride, but day-to-day survival was taking its toll. He found himself getting into fights, and one escalated beyond fists three years into his sentence when Brock stabbed another inmate, puncturing his lung. He was rebooked with more time and transferred to Allen Correctional Center. Anger management Following a brief stretch at Allen, Brock was moved to Dixon, where he’d serve the remainder of his incarceration. That stay was made easier after he was introduced to a boxing competition. The concept was simple: Two prisoners strap on gloves and smack each other around in a ring until one goes down. The victor earns a hat bearing the insignia “Ironman.” Brock signed up, not realizing he was about to win something far greater. “I beat my (opponent) to the canvas and the whole prison went crazy,” he said. “After I won, the warden said ‘Son, you need to join the boxing team.’ If

prisoners had anger problems, he’d put them in the boxing gym so they could train their frustration off. I agreed to do it.” From that point forward, boxing became Brock’s life. He fell under the trance of hard work and discipline. He liked the feeling of dedication and commitment. It led him to give up gambling and smoking. It made him feel less compelled to fight other inmates. It unlocked an inner peace. “Boxers were the perfect models for the prisoners to emulate,” Brock said. “Boxing opened up my mind and my heart.” And piqued additional interests. Brock took classes and completed his GED. He earned a degree in culinary arts and learned a trade in brick masonry. He took college correspondence classes in kinesiology and became a certified public speaker through Toast Masters. He also started to pray. “I felt remorse for things I had done in my past and began to feel compassion for people,” Brock said. “I reached a point where I found myself getting antsy to be released because I wanted to show the world how much boxing, not prison, had changed my life.” Carpe diem Most boxers begin their amateur careers in their teens, but Brock had spent almost half of his life in a state-issued jumpsuit. When he was finally paroled a couple of months after his 30th birthday, he knew he had a lot of ground to cover. Brock commenced training at Friday Night Fights Gym (formerly located on Freret Street) and fought on the club’s Friday Night Fights amateur cards. “For any guy looking to make it big, Friday Night Fights is a great springboard,” Brock said. “It gives you that atmosphere, that pride. It gives you everything you’d need to take your career to the next level.” Brock was exposed to that level only a year after leaving Dixon when he dropped a

unanimous decision to Maurice Hooker in his pro debut. He went on to amass a 5-2 record over the next 15 months before teaming up with Veltre and Jones. Brock’s handlers are toying with the idea of dropping him to lightweight (135 pounds) to bolster his chances of winning a world championship. But Brock sees an even bigger picture, one that extends far beyond the ring. He wants to share his story of redemption at churches, prisons and schools. He particularly wants to reach out to kids. “I want to give back to the community that I took so much away from,” Brock said. “I would like to give back by sharing my time and my experiences with the world by speaking and working hands-on with offenders and troubled teenagers.” The seconds on the clock continue to tick away and Brock still has so much that he’d like to accomplish. The next chapters of his life remain unwritten, but Jones likes how Brock is filling the pages. “Brock has learned from his past,” Jones said. “He’s a great guy with a hell of a work ethic, and he appreciates his freedom. He’s serious about seizing this opportunity.”

Ex Olympian and former Australian champion Solomon Egberime will fight Gerardo “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. as part of the Battle of the Belts

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February 17, 2015

For Immediate Release

Boxing News

Ex Olympian and former Australian champion Solomon Egberime will fight Gerardo “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. as part of the Battle of the Belts

“Bronco” Wright will defend Heavyweight titles vs. Brazilian Gilberto Matheus Domingos; Milorac Zizic vs. Louis Rose for the NABF Middleweight crown

Solomon Sgberine, an ex Olympian from Nigeria and former Australian Super Lightweight and Welterweight Champion, will be fighting Gerardo “Pipino” Cuevas Jr, in the under card of the “Battle of the Belts” scheduled for March 13th, 2015 at the We Ko Pa Resort in Fort McDowell, Scottsdale, Arizona.

The event is presented by RJJ Boxing, which is owned by Keith Veltre and Roy Jones Jr., which was newly licensed by the Arizona Boxing Commission.

The bout Egberime vs Cuevas Jr. is scheduled for 8 rounds in the Welterweight division.

In the Main event: Billy “Bronco” Wright (46-4) will face Gilberto Matheus Domingos (22-2) from Brazil. Wright will defend his WBC Latin America and Fecarbox Belts.

In the Co-Main Event , scheduled for 8 rounds, Milorad Zizic (11-0) from Montenegro, will face Louis Rose (11-2). This will be for the vacant NABF Middleweight Title.

Solomon, 36, was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and represented Nigeria in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sidney, Australia. He turned pro and started his career in South Australia, and has fought there all his career, with the exception of his last outing when he traveled to West Virginia to fight Paul Spadafora in a fight that could have lead to a World Title shot.

In his outing against Spadafora, he lost a 10 round decision but decided to again campaign in the United States in another effort to get a title shot. During his residency in Australia, Egberime has become an icon in the Super Lightweight and Welter weight divisions.

In addition to his long and successful boxing career, he has been involved in several boxing programs for at-risk youth in Australia and is currently one of the most popular boxers in Australia.

With a record of 22-4 (11 KO’s) he will be facing the son of one of Mexico’s most beloved icons, former Welterweight Champion, Jose “Pipino” Cuevas.

As many of the son’s of former Mexican World Champions, Cuevas has faced tough times in the ring.

Hailing from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, but now living in Mexico City, Cuevas first tried his hand as a mixed martial arts fighter, but then turned to boxing at age 25.

He currently has a 17-12 (15KO’s) and two consecutive loses on his record. This may be a career- defining fight for Cuevas, who will be looking for his first win out of Mexican soil.

Like his father, Cuevas (17-12) depends mostly on his power. All but two of Junior’s 29 fights have been decided inside the distance.

Like his father, his chin is suspect as all of his 12 losses have come by way of stoppage.

In his favor, he has demonstrated his will to fight anyone anywhere. He has again taken a fight against a figher that surely will be going into the ring as a strong favorite.

The complete card -pending Commission’s approval-, now includes:

Main Event 10rds

Billy Wright (46-4) vs Gilberto Domingues (22-2). Billy Wright will defend WBC Latin America & Fecarbox Belts.

Co-Main Event 8rds

Milorad Zizic (11-0) vs Louis Rose (11-2). This will be for the vacant NABF Middleweight Title.

8rds

Solomon Egberime (22-4) vs Gerardo “Pipino’ Cuevas (17-12).

6rds

Demond Brock (8-3) vs Wilberth Lopez (5-4),

4rds

Jeff Tabrizi (debut) vs Carlos Castillo (debut)

4rds

Emmanuel Nieves (2-0) vs Percy Peterson (1-6)

First bell is slated for 7:00 pm For additional information please visit http://royjonesjrboxing.com/. For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please check our Facebook page,Roy Jones Jr. Boxing. To follow the conversation on social media,please use hash tags #RoyJonesJr. #BattleoftheBelts

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Louis Rose from Homeless to Pro Boxer

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Courtesy of greekreporter.com

Louis Rose tells us his story from homeless to a professional boxer and how he ended up adopted by his Greek coach, Panayotis (Peter) Carabatsos. Today, he is fighting Paul Mendez. Watch it on Fox Sports 1 at 7pm PST.

When Louis was a young boy wondering around the tough neighborhoods of Los Angeles there were two things he could not imagine: that he will be a professional fighter and that he would be “part of the Greek community,” as he puts it during our interview.

While Golden Dawn in Greece highly discriminates against people of color, most Greeks try to include people in their culture and pass it on to them. Panayiotis Carabatsos who is now Louis’ coach and a father figure for him is one of these Greeks who share their heritage and help others, without looking at their ethnicity or race.

“They [Golden Dawn] do not represent me and my Greek heritage. When they killed Pavlos Fyssas, the Greek rapper, I explained to Louis the situation in Greece,” sais Panayiotis.

Louis never had his parents as part of his life. He grew up mostly with his aunt, and moved from one relatives house to another, as well as sleep in his car, when he was homeless.

“My life before I met Peter and Hanah, was horrible.” says Louis who suddenly saw his life changing.

“Me and my wife, we do not have kids, and we were thinking to adopt a small baby, instead we adopted a big black baby,” says Panayiotis.. and they both crack up laughing.

It is hard to understand the relationship of these two individuals that are united by passion for boxing, while living at the same house as a family! Maybe the best explanation is what they said – that “they fell in love at first sight!” Panayiotis came to Los Angeles more than a decade ago and now owns Ulysses Voyage, one of the most popular Greek restaurants in Los Angeles, however, he never forgot his love for boxing. A former amateur fighter, after he established his business he started scouting to manage talent.

This is when he met Louis. The two met at a boxing club in Southern California when Panayiotis went to see an athlete and possibly sign him to his 300 Boxing Club. Instead of the guy he was suppose to sign, he loved the work of the guy he was sparring with that day, Louis Rose. Louis was living in a living room and sleeping on a sofa, small enough for cats to lay on. Soon enough after Panayiotis had bought him a bed he invited him to stay in his house and be part of his family.

“From my past life the hardest thing was when I was abused, from my new life the hardest thing is staying away from the sweets…” says Louis who has to abide by Panayiotis rules which include a strict diet. Today Louis lives with Panayiotis and his Korean wife, Hannah.

“Since I am 24 hours a day around a Greek, I feel I am part of the Greek community,” says the fighter who has already picked up Greek words after living for three years in a Greek household. “I love the food and one day I would love to go to Greece and showcase my skills.” Louis’ career as a professional boxer looks more than promising. He is a rising California middleweight prospect who has upset two unbeaten fighters and surprised the crowd.

Rose suddenly defeated Gino McClellan, Delen Parsley and Akil Auguste in succession, fighters with a combined record of 21-0. He is signed to Panayiotis’ 300 Boxing Club. “I am number 299 of the Spartans! The name represents me a little and i know it represents Panayiotis’ 100%,” said Louis.

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