News: Warren, Nguyen, John, Cunningham, Povetkin, Beltran, Diaz


WARREN LANDS FURTHER BLOW TO LIBEL CASE

On 16 July 2008, Frank Warren dealt a further blow in his ongoing libel case against Random House over allegations published in the book “Ricky Hatton: The Hitman, My Story”.

Three court of appeal judges dismissed the publisher’s attempts to amend its case over one of the three false allegations, which is that Mr Warren misled the boxer Vince Phillips about the sale of the television rights for his fight against Ricky Hatton.

Random House has already admitted that this allegation is false and defamatory and on 4 October 2007 apologised to Mr Warren in open court for including this allegation in its book.

It sought to re-instate this allegation into the case, which attempt has now been rejected by the high court on 5 December 2007 and again [today] by the court of appeal.

The case continues to trial which commences on 1 December 2008.

THREE HOT PROSPECTS MAKING PRO DEBUTS AT AUGUST 6 BROADWAY BOXING

*** “Hot Fights…Summer in the City” To Feature Will Rosinsky, Philip Jackson-Benson, and Ryan Kielczweski

At B.B. King Blues Club Wednesday Night August 6***

NEW YORK (July 16, 2008) – DiBella Entertainment presents “Hot Fights…Summer in the City”, a special edition of their hit series “Broadway Boxing” Wednesday night August 6 live at B.B. King Blues Club (237 West 42nd Street) in the heart of Times Square.

The card will feature a loaded undercard highlighted by three top prospects making their pro debuts. They should be no stranger to Northeast boxing fans. Queens light heavyweight Will Rosinsky, a U.S. National Champion and former 4-time New York Golden Gloves Champion will enter the ring at B.B. King’s for the first time as a professional. “I have had my eye on Will for several years and know he has the talents and mindset to be the real deal,” said DiBella Entertainment head Lou DiBella. “He is an accomplished amateur and someone that will move up the ladder in this sport very quickly.” The 23-year-old Queens College student is known to bring a certain flair to the ring and huge crowds decked out in “Got WILL Power” t-shirts to come cheer him on.

Brooklyn native Philip Jackson-Benson, a former 2-time New York Golden Gloves Champion in his own right, also will be making his pro debut in a 4-round middleweight bout on August 6. “Philip is a talent making his debut in a tradition-rich division,” said DiBella. “He is a great kid and a fellow Brooklynite. He has the right tools to become a major player in the fight game.”

Lowell, Massachusetts lightweight product Ryan Kielczweski rounds out the hot young talent to be featured in Times Square. “We have dubbed Ryan ‘The Polish Prince’,” said DiBella. “I know he’ll have his fans from Lowell as well as the large New York Polish community cheering him on at Broadway Boxing.”

“I am really proud that these top talents have decided to make their pro debut on a DBE card,” said DiBella. “This sport needs up and coming fighters especially out of the talent rich areas of New York City and New England. I know these three young men will show the crowd what they are all about at B.B. King’s.”

Tickets are priced at $160 (VIP seats and VIP tables), $100 (ringside seats and ringside tables), and $60 (standing room only). Due to the intimate size of the venue, only 550 seats are available. To purchase tickets, please call DiBella Entertainment offices at (212) 947-2577. Call quickly because over 250 tickets have already been sold!

DAT NGUYEN TO BE CO-PROMOTED BY DBE AND FEATURED AT BROADWAY BOXING

*** Vietnamese-born Featherweight on “Hot Fights…Summer in the City” At B.B. King Blues Club Wednesday Night August 6***

NEW YORK (July 15, 2008) – DiBella Entertainment presents “Hot Fights…Summer in the City”, a special edition of their hit series “Broadway Boxing” Wednesday night August 6 live at B.B. King Blues Club (237 West 42nd Street) in the heart of Times Square.

One of the highlights of the card will certainly be Vietnamese-born featherweight Dat “Dat Be Dat” Nguyen (12-1, 6 KO’s) who has dazzled fans at shows throughout his 4-year career. “I am very excited to be co-promoting Dat with Richie Cappiello,” said DiBella Entertainment head Lou DiBella. “He brings a ton of charisma coupled with great skill into the ring and I am happy to showcase his talents. We hope the Vietnamese community of New York can come out and support Dat at B.B. King’s on August 6.”

“I am happy to be fighting on DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing in the heart of New York City,” said Nguyen. “To become a star in the fight game, you need to show everyone how great you are and I am prepared to show everyone in New York what Dat Nguyen is all about. I hope the Vietnamese community can come out and support me!”

Nguyen last fought on April 12 where he won an eight-round majority decision over Robert Daluz at The Roxy in Boston. Nguyen is trained by known teacher and former legendary fighter James “Buddy” McGirt in Vero Beach, Florida where Nguyen now lives.

Tickets for Broadway Boxing are priced at $160 (VIP seats and VIP tables), $100 (ringside seats and ringside tables), and $60 (standing room only). Due to the intimate size of the venue, only 550 seats are available. To purchase tickets, please call DiBella Entertainment offices at (212) 947-2577. Call quickly because over 200 tickets have already been sold!

For more info on Dat Nguyen, please visit www.datbedat.com

JOHN IN GREAT SHAPE

WBA World Featherweight Champion is in great condition two weeks out from his 10th consecutive title defense against former sparring partner Action Jackson Asiku.

Craig Christian trainer/manager of Chris John says Chris John has trained very hard for the fight, he has sparred over 150 rounds with Red Hot Prospect William Kickett and is very confident about the result. Jackson Asiku has a very big chip on his shoulder and a big mouth, look he was never holding back when sparring Chris, that’s just bullshit, that’s one of the reason we let him go. He is a very jealous man with a big mouth, not a good person really.

When

Chris John gives him a boxing lesson on the 27th, let’s interview him after that and see what other excuses he’s got. Talk is cheap and so is Asiku, Chris John will shut his mouth in the ring. I know this talk of Asiku has annoyed him a bit but he doesn’t let on much but I know Chris John, he will be at his best come the 27th of July. At his best he would be top 3 Pound for Pound in world far too good for the Ugandan Commonwealth Champion.

Cool Willie Kickett will be on the under card, having come off a great win over Gairy St. Clair. In only his 11 fight compared to St. Clair’s 49 fights 40 Wins, 7 losses and 2 draws and previously been beaten by only World Champions.

St. Clair was totally outclassed by the Aboriginal Champion from Western Australia.

The promotion is set for the 27th of July at the Dunia Fantasi Amusement Park, Ancol, in Jakarta, Indonesia and is sure to be a must see event.

IBF CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION STEVE “USS” CUNNINGHAM THANKS HIS FANS & GIVES AN UPDATE ON NEW VENTURES HIS 32ND BIRTHDAY

PHILADELPHA (July 15, 2008)—Today on July 15th, IBF cruiserweight champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham is celebrating his 32nd birthday by doing what he does everyday and that’s train hard to prepare for his next title defense.

“I want thank God in Jesus name for another year of health for me and my family” said Cunningham who sports a record of 21-1 with eleven knockouts.

“I feel like I am getting better each day and I am excited to get back in the ring.”

“I want to thank my fans, some who have called and emailed me already to wish me a happy birthday and I just want to let them know I been training harder then ever while waiting for my next fight. My promoter Don King has been working hard to make some things happen but fights have fallen through due the other sides pricing themselves out of the fight.”

The champion is also pleased to announce two new ventures as fans can now purchase official USS Cunningham apparel by clicking www.cafepress.com/usscunningham where fans can buy anything from shirts & hats to clothes for infants plus a lot more.

The second venture is “Champ Camp” where Cunningham is giving fans a hands-on opportunity to train and take boxing lessons from the champ himself

FERNANDO BELTRAN VS. TAKALANI NDLOVU

HEADLINES CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT CARD ON AUGUST 22,

HARRY JOE YORGEY VS. JASON LeHOULLIER IN CO-FEATURE

AT SOMMET CENTER IN NASHVILLE, TENN.;

TELEVISED LIVE ON ESPN’S “FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS”

Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Rodney Berman/Golden Gloves will present a sensational world championship fight card on Friday, August 22, 2008, at the Sommet Center, located at 501 Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. The main event and co-featured bout will be televised live on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.”

In the 12 round main event for the vacant IBO featherweight world title, Fernando Beltran Jr., 30-3-1 with 18 knockouts, of Culiacan, Mexico, will fight Takalani Ndlovu, 28-4 with 18 knockouts, of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Beltran, now 26 years old, is a veteran contender and two-time world title challenger. In April, 2005, he challenged WBO jr. featherweight world champion Joan Guzman. Fernando finished the fight very strongly – he won the eighth and ninth rounds on two judges’ scorecards then swept the eleventh and twelfth on all three, but lost a competitive 12 round decision. He challenged IBF jr. featherweight world champion Steve Molitor in his last fight in April, 2008, and gave another strong effort, but lost by decision in that fight, as well. Fernando also has a win to his credit against former WBC bantamweight world champion Victor Rabanales in a nontitle fight.

30 year-old Ndlovu is a former IBO super bantamweight world champion with three successful title defenses, as well as a former South African featherweight champion. He is 7-1 in his last eight fights, with five wins by knockout. The only loss in that streak was by decision in an IBF featherweight world title challenge against Steve Molitor.

In the co-featured bout featuring two super undefeated prospects, Harry Joe Yorgey, 20-0-1 with 9 knockouts, of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, will face Jason LeHoullier, 21-0-1 with 8 knockouts, of Portland, Maine. The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds for the vacant IBF North American Junior Middleweight title.

More exciting bouts featuring the best in local boxing talent will complete the card. All bouts subject to change without notice.

Doors open at: 6:00 P.M. (All times Central time)

First bout: 7:00 P.M.

Tickets prices: starting at $27.50

Tickets available Friday, July 18 at 10 AM at Sommet Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 615-255-9600, and online at sommetcenter.com

***Povetkin: “A victory over Sykes is all that matters to me now”***

Alexander Povetkin (15-0, 11 KOs) claimed he is taking one step at a time ahead of this weekend´s fight against Taurus Sykes. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner faces “The Bull” in his home city of Chekhov, Russia on Saturday night. If Povetkin defeats his American opponent, he will be in for a showdown with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Povetkin became the IBF´s mandatory challenger in January after defeating Chris Byrd and Eddie Chambers in a four-way elimination tournament. However, right now his full focus is on Saturday´s meeting with Sykes. “There is a lot at stake for me,” Povetkin said at today´s press conference at the ITAR-TASS offices in Moscow. “I need to win to get the Klitschko fight. And I will allow nobody to take that away from me. A victory over Sykes is all that matters to me now.”

Povetkin revealed how much he is looking forward to the appearance in front of his home fans in Chekhov. “The whole preparation here has been a lot of fun. It is great to fight in front of my local fans in the Olympic Sports Palace. Fighting here is like a dream coming true for me.”

The White Lion stated he will not take Sykes lightly. “I watched the tape of Sykes´ fight against Hasim Rahman,” he said. “He is a tough
opponent and very uncomfortable to box.” Sykes (25-4, 7 KOs) is eager to make something happen himself. “I am happy to be here,” he stated. “But I am not just filling the void ahead of the Klitschko fight. I came here to win. And I am very confident I will do just that.”

JULY 16TH AMERICAN SHOWDOWN FINAL PRESSER
DIAZ-RODRIGUEZ: THE TIME IS NOW
***PRESS RELEASE***
Bronx, NY – Jul 14, 2008 Both Oscar Diaz and Delvin Rodriguez addressed the media today in their final press conference before their much anticipated showdown for the USBA welterweight championship that will take place this Wednesday at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, TX. The fight, which will be shown on ESPN2’s “Wednesday Night Fights,” has had boxing fans and insiders buzzing since the fight was first announced. Even ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas, by his own admission, is excited about this matchup. “This should be a good one. That’s good for me. And more importantly, it’s good for the fans,” stated Atlas

Star Boxing CEO and promoter of Wednesday’s card Joe DeGuardia was the first to address the media. “Here we are, finally. We have been trying to put this fight together for almost three years and finally the time has come. You take a look at these guys sitting here (Oscar and Delvin) and you see these nice looking kids, who talk polite and always seem to have a smile on their face and you wonder, are these guys really going to fight each other? Trust me when both of these guys get in the ring everything changes. Even in the ring both of these guys are very skill-full talented boxers and can be extremely successful fighting in that style. But when the cards are down, both of these guys want to fight. That’s why this is going to be such an exciting fight and that’s why there has been so much anticipation leading up to this fight. On Wednesday you are going to see two young talented fighters giving it there all to come out victorious. Both of these guys are putting it all on the line. This is an extremely tough fight for both guys, but both of them wanted this fight so badly. Delvin has traveled all the way to Oscar’s backyard to try to get back his USBA belt back. On the other hand Oscar is fighting his self-proclaimed toughest fight in his career with the pressure of having to impress his hometown fans. You are not going to want to miss this fight, trust me,” said DeGuardia.

Terrance Cauthen (32-4 9KO) who is fighting Texan knockout artist Alexis Camacho (16-0 15KO) in the co- feature was the first fighter to address the media. “First off I want to thank Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing for putting this fight together. This is a very exciting fight on a very exciting card,” said Cauthen. Cauthen who was stopped in a barnburner in his last fight with Sechew Powell, has dropped down in weight from jr. middleweight to welterweight and feels he is ready to take the division by storm. “This is another opportunity for me to show the world who Terrance Cauthen is. Everyone in this sport has had their ups and downs at one point. That’s what boxing and life is about, fighting back when you are faced with adversity. I can’t wait for this fight and can’t wait to show everyone that I am back and more dangerous than ever,” proclaimed a confident Cauthen.

Lou Duva, boxing legend, and Oscar Diaz’s manager was next to the podium. “I am happy to be here in Texas. I go back a long ways with this state,” began Duva. Why me and everyone else are so excited about this fight is because it’s a fight that matches two young, talented, tough, exciting, up and coming fighters against one another. Boxing needs more of this. This is a fight that the fans want to see and Oscar and Delvin have stepped up and are going to give them that. Both fighters are evenly matched and I just can not wait to see this fight,” stated Duva.

Delvin Rodriguez was the first fighter from the main event to give his take on the fight. “As I have said before I am extremely excited about his fight. This is due or die for both of us, our time is now. I have trained very hard for this fight and know that I am ready to go. This is a major opportunity for both of us. The winner propels himself into the upper echelon of the division, the loser has to start over. I have been waiting for an opportunity like this my entire life and I do not plan on letting it slip by,” stated Rodriguez. Regarding Diaz pressure style, Rodriguez said, “I know he likes to put a lot of pressure on his opponents and I know he throws a lot of punches. If he plans to pressure me though he better be prepared to eat a lot of punches coming in.”

“I want to thank Star Boxing and San Antonio for putting this fight together,” started the hometown favorite Oscar Diaz. “This is a great fight for me, Delvin and most importantly the fans. I am very motivated for this fight and I would say this was probably my best training camps ever. As Delvin said, the winner of this fight puts himself into that A-class in the welterweight division. Our backs are against the wall, and I honestly believe that the winner of this fight is going to be determined by who wants it more. I am ready for a war, 12 rounds or less, it doesn’t matter I am ready. This is a perfect fight at the perfect time. We both have been asking and waiting for an opportunity like this, and here it is. I feel faster, stronger, and sharper then I ever have before and I can’t express enough how exciting this fight is going to be. I hope everyone can make it to the Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday and if you can’t tune in on ESPN2 because I promise you, you don’t want to miss this fight,” said Diaz in closing.

The weigh will take place tomorrow at the Radisson Hotel (downtown market square. 502 W. Durango San Antonio, TX 78207) at 2:00 PM with the fighters on the scale at 3:00.Tickets are still on sale for this fight which includes some of the areas top local talent and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets including the Alamodome box office or by going online to TicketMaster.com or charge by phone at (210) 224- 9600. Reserved tickets can be purchased for $65, $35, or $20.

Everything is set for the “Rise to Glory”

Fight card this Friday July 18 in Maywood, CA

Five young promises risk unbeaten records; weigh-in and Press Conference to be held on Thursday at the Maywood Activity Center

Everything is set ready for the “Rise to Glory” fight card in which several of the best promises of boxing in Southern California and international boxing risk their unbeaten records, this Friday July 18 at the Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California.

The card will be promoted by Crossroads Promotions, headed by Eddie Gonzalez.

In the event that starts at 7:30 pm, five talented fighters come in unbeaten in their young pro careers, led by the German of Russian origin, Adaev Ramzan, who arrives with a 6-0-1 mark, with 6 knockouts. Adaev is listed as the fifth best fighter in Germany in his weight class.

For Adaev, this will be his first fight outside Germany and his opponent will be Roberto “Sugar” Ventura, from Villahermosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, who has 11 fights as a professional. Ventura fights out of Las Vegas and has already fought for World Boxing Council’s Youth World Title.

After a perfect 5-0 start, Ventura has fallen in his last six fights, including a disqualification. But even knowing the quality of opponent, the Mexican fighter is confident his experience will be enough to win the fight. “I’ve seen Adaev fight, an he seems like a heavy handed puncher, but I think I have better technique and more experience, more rounds and fighting against experienced boxers and a victory would surely strai ghten out my career.”

The fight is scheduled for 8 rounds in the super welter weight division.

In the co main event, undefeated Lester “Cubanito” Gonzalez 6-0, 5KO’s, owner of a great track record as an amateur in the Cuban team is making his debut in the Los Angeles area in a light heavyweight 6 round bout. He will go against the Canadian based in Las Vegas, Jason Douglas. Douglas was not impressed with the opponent, since he also arrives undefeated ( 5-0) and an amateur track record that lists him as British Commonwealth Champion in 2002 and a Bronze Medal winner in the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo in 2003. In total, he had a record of 77 victories as=2 0an amateur in 88 fights, 26 of them by knockout.

In his last start, Douglas (5-0) came to Southern California, to beat then unbeaten Jesus Berrelleza.

The local talent will be headed by former USA Boxing team members, Charles Huerta and Efrain Esquivias.

Charles Huerta, the pride of Paramount had over one hundred amateur fights and was considered the number two U.S amateur fighter in his weight class. He now holds a mark of 5-0 and will face Oscar Marin, from Las Vegas, Nevada in a featherweight 6 round match.

Charles Huerta fights20his second bout in less than a month after beating Manuel Sarabia on June 27, in a rematch held at Casino Morongo.

In the other bout, Esquivias, the National Champion Gold Gloves in 2006 and a native of Carson, Calif., will face Frank Gutierrez, of San Bernardino in the super bantam division.

Esquivias makes his return to Maywood after a 1-round knockout of Rogelio Valenzuela in February, in a fight also held at the Maywood Activity Center.

The card will be complemented with the fight between Richard Ellis and Luis Martinez. Ellis makes his return to Maywood, after loosing a close decision on his debut last February, while becoming a crowd favorite.

The boxers traveling from outside the Los Angeles area will be making their arrival on Wednesday in preparation for weigh-in the Press Conference scheduled for Thursday, July 17 at 6:00 pm at the event venue.

Tickets for the evening will be available on Friday at the box office. Prices are $ 35, $ 45 and $ 65. Doors open at 6: 00 pm and there will be live rock music with provided by Mistaken Future.

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