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Posted on 09/12/2008


Las Vegas, Nevada (September 12, 2008) “Slick” Nick Sampson & Macke Roberts of Sin City Sports & Entertainment LLC proudly announce the signing of an exclusive boxing advisor agreement with six time Iowa golden glove amateur boxing champion Lance “Lay Em Down” Williams.

As a amateur boxer Lance Williams compiled an impressive boxing record of 114-18 and won six Iowa golden gloves titles in the 125 lbs, 132 lbs & 141 lbs weight classes.

Lance “Lay Em Down” Williams is a talented fighter who is looking forward to starting the next phase of his boxing career as he developes into a successful pro boxer. Lance Williams will be relocating from Iowa to Las Vegas to start training for his pro debut in the next couple of months.

Nick Sampson & Macke Roberts of Sin City Sports & Entertainment LLC says “Lance Williams is a talented young fighter with an extensive amateur background. Lance when he fights is going to bring the boxing fans a new level of excitement and athleticism.”

Lance Williams says “It feels great to be signed with Sin City Sports & Entertainment LLC, I’ve never been more happy in my life!! I feel that Nick Sampson and Macke Roberts are two people who actually care about their fighters. Las Vegas is the pro boxing capital of the world I can’t wait to relocate to Las Vegas so I can get the best training possible.”

Nick Sampson & Macke Roberts of Sin City Sports & Entertainment says “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Lance Williams this kids has talent & charisma and we definitely plan to take advantage of television, commercial, film and media opportunities on behalf of Lance Williams. Keep an eye out for Lance Williams he going to impress alot of people in the boxing and entertainment world.

Lance Williams says “I bring a different level of excitement to the boxing fans, when I step in the ring I’m very quick and I pack a punch. I can’t wait to fight in front of the Las Vegas boxing fans.”

Integrated Sports Distributing Abraham-Marquez world title fight Broadcast live Oct. 4 from Germany

HOBOKEN, N.J. (September 11, 2008) – Integrated Sports will distribute the much anticipated October 4th showdown between unbeaten International Boxing Federation middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham and top contender Raul “El Diamente” Marquez, in the United States and Canada, live from Germany.

Abraham-Marquez is promoted by Wilfried Sauerland, presented by Sauerland Event and its Managing Director, Christian Meyer, in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing. The broadcast is being distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV, Viewer’s Choice Canada, and Bell ExpressVue, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. A replay will be shown that same night starting at 9 PM/ET.

Abraham (27-0, 22 KOs), rated No. 2 by The Ring and ESPN, is coming off of his first fight in the United States (Hollywood, FL), stopping Edison Miranda (30-2) in the second round of their June 21st title fight in explosive fashion. Abraham, however, remains somewhat of a curiosity factor in North America in terms of being a serious threat for Kelly Pavlik in a potential unification bout.

“King” Arthur captured the IBF middleweight title nearly three years ago by way of a fifth-round knockout of Kingsley Ikeke (23-1). Eight successful title defenses have followed against Miranda twice, Shannon Taylor, Kofi Jantuah, Sebastian Demers, Khoren Gevor, Wayne Elcock and Elvin Ayala.

The 37-year-old Marquez (41-3-1, 29 KOs), rated No. 2 by the IBF as well as No. 8 by The Ring and ESPN, earned his title shot against Abraham by defeating previously unbeaten No. 1 contender Giovanni Lorenzo (26-0) in their IBF title eliminator on the June 21st Abraham-Miranda card. Marquez, fighting out of Houston, was a 1992 U.S. Olympian who was the IBF junior middleweight title-holder in 1997.

Despite taking off 1 ½ years to work as a broadcaster for HBO’s boxing telecasts in Spanish, Raul is more experienced in the ring than Abraham – 269 to 161 in rounds fought – having been in against world champions Jermain Taylor, Shane Mosley, Fernando Vargas and Yori Boy Campas.

“We’re delighted to show this fight in the U.S. and Canada and help reintroduce ‘King’ Arthur Abraham to fans here,” Integrated Sports president Doug Jacobs said. “It’s a pleasure working with promoters Wilfried Sauerland and Seminole Warriors Boxing. We’ll have world renowned announcers Al Bernstein and Nick Charles calling the bouts on our broadcast. If some boxing fans have plans that afternoon, they can watch a replay later than same night.”

The 10-round co-feature on the PPV show from Germany has former NABO champion Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (19-3-2, 7 KOs), of Sacramento, taking on Yugoslavian-born Enad Licina (14-1, 8 KOs), now living in Germany, for the vacant IBF Intercontinental cruiserweight belt. Additional undercard bouts to be part of the PPC card will soon be announced.

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Ikeke-Ramadan Co-Feature on “KnockOut Poverty” All-African Pro Boxing Show

Albert-Duran Headlines Tuesday night, Sept. 23 at Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City

NEW YORK CITY (September 11, 2008) – Former world title challenger Kingsley Ikeke faces Abdullah Ramadan in the September 23rd co-feature on the “KnockOut Poverty” pro boxing card, presented by Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Ikeke (24-3, 13 KOs) replaces Briamah Kamoka, who did not meet NYSAC requirements, against Sudan-native Ramadam (15-8, 9), former IBF Interim light heavyweight title challenger, in the co-feature bout awaiting final approval as a 12-rounder for the vacant IBF All-African light heavyweight championship.

Two-time Nigerian Olympian and former IBA Continental light middleweight title-holder Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (21-2, 10 KOs), fighting out of Miami, meets Ghana-native Ossie Duran (23-6-1, 9 KOs), former Commonwealth light middleweight and welterweight champion, in the 12-round main event for the vacant IBF Continental African light middleweight title.

“KnockOut Poverty” is a landmark event to help fight poverty in Africa. Grammy Award-winning, UN Goodwill Ambassador Youssou N’Dour and friends are among the many stars scheduled for the historic evening of entertainment, music and boxing. N’Dour and other musical legends are scheduled to perform between fights with proceeds from the event going to the All For Africa charitable organization.

Two-time world title challenger, light heavyweight Jaffa “The African Assassin” Ballagou (45-6, 39 KOs), from Togo, faces multiple World Muay Thai champion Manu Ntoh (17-14-1, 10 KOs), from Cameroon, in an eight-round bout. Rounding out the 4-fight card is a four-round bout between a pair of light welterweights making their pro debuts, Issouf Kinda, of Bukini Faso, and Carlos Fortoso.

For ticket and sponsorship information call 212.351.0111 or go online to

All For Africa

All For Africa (“A4A”) is a non-profit organization that serves as a platform for individuals, corporations and other organizations to actively get involved in, design and coordinate economically sustainable projects in Africa. All for Africa believes that the quickest route to realizing Africa’s true potential is through the effective collaboration between the “for profit” and the non-profit stakeholders in Africa’s future.


On September 6th, 2008 over 25000 people witnessed a unique sporting event in Russian history. For the first time ever a boxing ring was set up in the Red Square and two dozen boxers around the world showcased their skills. The climax of ‘The Ring Stars In The Red Square’ spectacular boxing event was a bout between Oleg Maskaev and Robert Hawkins.

The evening opened with boxers of the Russian Youth Olympic team. The young promising fighters already possess Champions’ titles of Russian amateur tournaments and European championship prizes. Vitaly Dunaitsev, though 16 years of age, already has three European championship titles. And on September 6th he and his teammates won still more victories. The winners of the amateur bouts were also Sergey Sobylinsky, Avak Uzlian, Igor Kharitonov, Vyacheslav Barsukov and Tigran Uzlian.

The program continued with the performance of best professional boxers from the post Soviet Union. Timur Ibragimov of Uzbekistan, Khabib Allakhverdiev and Muhamet Abdusalamov (both – Russia) all won their fights.

Light welterweight Khabib Allakhverdiev went professional in 2007 after an impressive amateur career. During last year he had 6 fights and won all of them, 2 by KO. On September 6th he added another win to his record winning over his rival Roland Mills of Ghana by technical KO.

Heavyweight Muhamet Ablusalamov is the first fighter in amateur boxing who won all of his bouts by KO. On Sepbember 6th he debuted as professional. And what a debut it was – he knocked out his rival Epyphany Pipi just 1 minute and 20 seconds into the fight.

The show climaxed in a bout between Oleg Maskaev and Robert Hawkins. The Big Philly was seeking a revenge having once lost to Maskaev in 1995. But Oleg prevailed again in this heavyweight fight. For Maskaev it was not just a win but yet a sign of comeback to regain a championship title.

Ring stars were both in the ring and at the ring side. Watching the fights were world known Russian heavyweights Nickolay Valuev and Sultan Ibragimov. Honorable guests also included many Olympic champions, legends of Russian boxing.

Besides showcasing the best talent in national boxing ‘The Ring Stars In The Red Square’ event also announced the forthcoming AIBA World Cup which will take place in December in Moscow.

The show was broadcast live by NTV, a major Russian TV network, and online on the web-site.

‘The Ring Stars In The Red Square’ boxing event was promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab company. It started operation in 2006 by promoting the first WBC (the World Boxing Counsel) world heavyweight championship in Russian history between Oleg Maskaev of Russia and Peter Okhello of Uganda. The next boxing event promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab took place in June 2007 in Moscow with Alexander Povetkin vs. Larry Donald’s rating fight topping the card. On October 13th 2007 Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab promoted a show in the new Megasport arena in Moscow with the WBO world heavyweight championship between Sultan Ibragimov of Russia and Evander Holyfield of the U.S. as the main event.

By holding boxing shows of international appeal the Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab company builds a ground for the development of professional boxing in Russia and for today is the only promoter of world class boxing events in this country.

In September 2007 the company launched a full color glossy magazine ‘The Ring Stars’ dedicated to world boxing with periodicity 6 issues a year. The online presence of the magazine is the web-site which also conducted an online live broadcast of ‘The Ring Stars In The Red Square’ boxing event.

Boxing Legends Hearns, Duran & Dundee at 7th annual Fight To Educate: “The Maul In Manchester” Sept. 17 at Verizon Center

MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 11, 2008) – The stars will be out September 17 at “The Maul In Manchester” pro boxing show in the 7th annual Fight To Educate charity event at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Boxing Hall of Famers Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran and Angele Dundee, as well as future HOF inductee Tommy “Hitman” Hearns, will be on hand to meet and greet fans.

The 7th annual Fight To Educate, presented by Members First Credit Union, in association with Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, will benefit the New Hampshire Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army, the Bobby Stephen Fund for Education and SEE Science Center.

Unbeaten prospects Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns will be showcased in separate bouts in “The Maul In Manchester.”

Five-time world champion Duran (103-16, 70 KOs), inducted into the HOF in 2007, is arguably the greatest lightweight of all-time. The ferocious, relentless Panamanian defeated Sugar Ray Leonard, Pipino Cuervas, Iran Barkley and Ken Buchanan, among the more notables.

Probably best known as the great Muhammad Ali’s head trainer, Dundee also trained Leonard, Carmen Basilio, Jimmy Ellis and George Foreman for his fight against Michael Moorer.

Supporting his son, Ronald, six-time world champion Tommy Hearns (61-5-1, 48 KOs) won titles in six different weight classes and defeated the likes of Virgil Hill, Duran, Cuevas and Wilfredo Benetiz.

The 25-year-old middleweight Quillin (19-0, 14 KOs), fighting out of Brooklyn (NY), takes on St, Louis policeman Sam “The Punching Policeman” Hill (17-8-1, 10 KOs), in the 10-ound main event. Rated No. 4 by the NABO, Quillin hopes an impressive win will position him for a regional title shot in the not too distant future.

Junior middleweight sensation Hearns (19-0, 15 KOs), rated No. 11 by the WBC and No. 13 by the WBA, faces Columbian veteran Alexander Pacheco Quiroz (12-6-1, 12 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature.

2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Danny O’Connor, who hails from Framingham, Massachusetts, provides chief support on the undercard against Joe Guerrido (0-2) in a four-round light welterweight bout. O’Connor captured gold medals at this year’s U.S. Future Stars, in which, he was selected Outstanding Boxer of the tournament, and National Golden Gloves Championships.

Also on the card in four-round bouts, Bronx (NY) super middleweight Hajro Sujak (1-0) meets Chris Morton (1-2) and Bronx welterweight Osvaldo Rivera (1-0-1, 1 KO) fights an opponent to be determined.

Tickets are priced at $10 (seniors, veterans and students only), $25 and $50 and available to purchase at the Verizon Wireless Arena Box Office, any TicketMaster location, on line at, or call 603.868.7300 to charge. Call 603.669.4100) about VIP tables (8 seats) starting at $1000 (includes a gourmet dinner, unique auction items and access to autograph signings by Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran). For more information go to First bout will be at 8 PM/ET.

Tait, Barrett Added To “Stars Of The Future” In London

Gavin Tait and Ryan Barrett join big punching heavyweight Scott Belshaw as veterans anchoring a show designed to help bring four promising professional debutantes to the public eye on Frank Maloney’s “Stars of the Future” bill this Saturday night at London’s historic York Hall.

Light welterweight Tait can always be counted on to deliver gutsy, hard-nosed performances and the Kent battler’s contest on Saturday against rock-solid Coventry journeyman Baz Carey is sure to produce a thrilling test of wills.

Barrett will be looking to get back on the winning track following a failed British title bid at featherweight against John Simpson but the local southpaw must overcome the challenge posed by iron-chinned light welter Michael Frontin, who has lost his last two contests by a grand total of three points to ex-English lightweight champ Scott Lawton and undefeated hot prospect Nicki Smedley.

In the headlining bout, Belshaw meets seasoned Czech opponent Pavol Polakovic while heavyweight Tom Dallas, lightweight Liam Shinkwin, welterweight Vinnie Woolford and light middle Tomasz Grublys all make their pro debuts.

Frank Maloney Promotions presents “Stars of the Future” on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at York Hall in London, England. Tickets are priced at £50 and £30 and are available by logging onto or by calling the Box Office at 0871 226 1508.

Gavin Tait photo ©Jane Warburton/MMG and free for use only with credit given to same.

Frank Maloney Promotions returns to York Hall on Friday, October 17, 2008 for “Dapa Napa” a massive show featuring Ian Napa challenging European bantamweight champion Carmelo Ballone, British super flyweight champion Andy Bell defending against Lee Haskins and Tony Oakey facing Courtney Fry for the vacant English light heavyweight title.


PHILADELPHIA (SEPTEMBER 12th, 2008)—On Friday night, October 3rd one of the best Heavyweights in the world will be coming back to the Legendary Blue Horizon as Blue Horizon Boxing Inc in association with Score America and Goossen-Tutor present: The Return of “Fast” Eddie Chambers.

Chambers, 31-1 with seventeen knockouts is currently ranked number-eight by the IBF, will grace The Legendary Blue Horizon ring for the first time in almost two and one-half years. Chambers amassed a perfect record of17-0 with nine knockouts at The Legendary Blue Horizon.

Since last fighting at The Legendary Blue Horizon, Chambers has built up a world-wide following by scoring victories over Derrick Rossy (15-0), Dominick Guinn (28-4-1) and Calvin Brock (31-1).

Chambers was one win a way from fighting for the Heavyweight championship of the world when he dropped a close decision to Alexander Povetkin.

The Philadelphia native got back in the win column on June 20th when he viciously stopped Raphael Butler in six rounds in The Cayman Islands.

Chambers opponent will be announced shortly and the fight will be the main event of a great night of boxing that will be streamed live on the internet on

A rare event in Philadelphia, just for a different prize – experience.

The James Shuler Memorial Gym In West Philadelphia is a real working gym
where those just starting out train alongside current champions of all
weights and classes. The ring always seems to have some action going on,
but the fighters and trainers just keep on working, honing their skills.
Sometimes a fighter or trainer may take a minute or two off to catch a
glimpse at the two combatants sparring, but that‘s about all.

Not so earlier this week. Everyone, but everyone stopped what they were
doing and watched as two fighters well known as gym regulars squared up to
each other. It could so easily have been because climbing on to the ring
apron to give instruction from one corner was the legendary trainer Nazim
Richardson and the other Marshall Kauffman, but no. it’s not unusual to
see them instructing their many famous charges.

It was something far rarer. None other than the current IBF cruiserweight
champion of the world, Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham had climbed in to the ring,
for a public sparring session.

On the spur of the moment the ever likable champion had decided to give
his good friend, Julio Cesar Matthews (4-0), a serious workout to assist
with Matthew’s preparation for his upcoming fight against the more
experienced Chris Stallworth (9-1) from Pittsburgh, this coming Saturday
at the ‘Night Of The Rising Stars’ event in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Matthew’s, and those lucky enough to be in the gym at the time, were
treated to a master class in the art of pugilism tutured by the grand
master himself.

At the end of the session all those in attendance applauded the pair and
normal service resumed as everyone went straight back to their training.

Julio Cesar Matthews vs Chris Stalworth will be at the King’s Promotions
‘Night Of The Rising Stars’ event at the Riveredge Hotel and Restaurant
Complex. Route 183 North, Reading PA on Saturday September 13th and Steve
Cunningham will be there to cheer his friend on.

This event will be headlined by an eight round heavyweight bout featuring
Travis ‘GW Hope” Kauffman (12-0, 9 KOs) against Josh “Griz” Gutcher (18-9)
of Iowa.

The evening’s eight round co-feature will pit Reading’s Keenan Collins
(12-4-1) against Joshua Onyango (14-15-1) of New Jersey.

In addittion to Julio Cesar Matthews vs Chris Stalworth the undercard
features featherweight Lucian Gonzalez (6-4-1) who will face an opponent
yet to be determined in a six rounder and welterweight debutee Jose
Martinez will take on Esteban Rodriquez (2-1). Also making his pro debut
will be Philadelphia heavyweight Joey Dawejko, who has won five national
tournaments as an amateur.

Doors open at 6:45pm; fights start at 7:30pm. The Riveredge is located on
Route 183 North, just south of the Reading Airport. Tickets are priced at
$60.00 ringside and $30.00 general admission. A very limited number of VIP
tickets are available at $100.00. Tickets are available at The Riveredge
(610-376-6711), Kauffman’s Interiors (610-375-4915), or at the door.

Josh hopes to have a Wale of a time against CallaghanResults from tonight’s American Metal & Iron Fight Night at the Tank event – HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA – September 11, 2008

Ty BARNETT (15-0-1, 11 KO’s) def. Jose CRUZ (12-4-2, 8 KO’s)…TKO Rd.6

Rico RAMOS (6-0, 4 KO’s) def. Alvaro MURO (6-9, 5 KO’s)…TKO Rd. 3

Gabriel GIL (4-1, 2 KO’s) def. Jason PETERSON (2-1, 1 KO)….TKO Rd. 4

Eric GARCIA (2-0-1, 1 KO) def. Marco ARAUZ (3-6-2, 1 KO)…TKO Rd. 3

Alberto SOTO (1-1) def. Juan TOPOZ (0-1)….Unanimous Decision

Attendance: 2,793

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