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BROADWAY BOXING IS BACK!!!!

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

NEW YORK (June 30, 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.

“I am excited to bring Broadway Boxing to a legendary venue in B.B. King’s,” said DBE head Lou DiBella. “It will be a scorching card of boxing on a hot summer night in Times Square. This card will include top contenders and the pro debuts of some of New York’s shining young stars. It will be a can’t miss event.”

Tickets are priced at $160 (VIP seats and VIP tables), $100 (ringside seats and ringside tables), and $60 (standing room only). Fight card information will be available next week. Due to the intimate size of the venue, only 550 seats are available. DBE is conducting a special pre-sale before the card is announced. To purchase tickets through this pre-sale, please call DiBella Entertainment offices at (212) 947-2577. Call quickly because over 100 tickets have already been sold!

For more information on “Broadway Boxing” please log onto www.dbe1.com.

JOHN v ASIKU – 26th JULY, INDONESIA

WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris John will fight Jackson Asiku on the 26th of July in Jakarta, Indonesia which will be John’s 10th World Title defense.

Should John be successful Craig Christian, (Trainer/Manager of John) and World Wide representative Sampson Lewkowicz are committed to honor the WBA Champion mandatory defense against Hiroyuki Enoki during the first week of October in Japan.

“Chris John has always complied with his mandatory obligations something that is very rare with other champions and to proove that he has fought Derrick “Smoke” Gainer, Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, Jose “Cheo” Rojas and Roinet “Mus” Caballero all in successful mandatory title defenses.” – Sampson Lewkowicz

***Team Sauerland seek quick title fight for Valuev following Chagaev´s latest withdrawal***

Following Universum boxer Ruslan Chagaev’s latest withdrawal from the heavyweight championship, Team Sauerland are now seeking a title fight for Nikolai Valuev, the mandatory challenger, against a different opponent in the near future. Such a request has already been lodged with the World Boxing Association (WBA) by Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer. “First of all we would personally like to wish Ruslan Chagaev all the best and a quick recovery,” said Meyer in Berlin today. “Since the extent of the injury rules Chagaev out of boxing for at least six months, we assume the WBA will order a world title fight for Valuev against another opponent.”

According to a press release from Chagaev’s Universum promoters yesterday, Chagaev had torn his Achilles tendon and been forced to pull out of his mandatory defence scheduled for July 5. It was the second time he had withdrawn in a short space of time. The first fight in May was cancelled due to a viral infection for Chagaev. “We are obviously disappointed,” added the Sauerland managing director. “Valuev has now been waiting over 14 months for his revenge and has had to go through a complete preparation twice.”

Chagaev clinched the WBA title on a narrow points decision against the Russian Giant in April 2007. According to the rules, a mandatory defence must take place within a year. With this latest withdrawal, Chagaev has now overrun this period by more than two months. “If we were to await Chagav´s recovery, two years would pass before his first mandatory title defence. For us, that is clearly an unacceptably long period of time,” added Meyer. “Furthermore there have been press reports claiming Chagaev has further health problems so we cannot really predict when he will actually fight again. Therefore, we have put in a request to the WBA for Nikolai to be able to fight for the vacant world title in the very near future.”

Bild newspaper reported in May that Uzbek Chagaev, according to his ex-manager Taymas Niyazov, was suffering from a retinal detachment in his left eye which had led to a short-sightedness of seven diopters. Universum had denied these claims. “Independent of Chagaev’s eye sight, we certainly want an officially appointed doctor of the WBA to check his latest injury,” said Chris Meyer. “We expect our request will be accepted and Nikolai will soon be able to fight for the title.”

James Morrow To Challenge Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn July 12th!

Indiana based veteran James Morrow 11-10 (5 KO’s) will be stepping in to challenge former IBA cruiserweight kingpin Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn on July 12th at the Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gunn, 18-3 (15 KO’s), will be headlining the heavily hyped card which features a contest between controversial ex baseball MVP Jose Canseco and former Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl football player Vai Sikahema, as they are set to battle in exhibition. Gunn is excited for the fight, but is upset that higher regarded opponents turned down the opportunity to challenge him.

“A former light heavyweight champion and a recent world title challenger were offered to fight me on July 12th at 175 lbs, but both turned down the opportunity”, explains Gunn. “These things happen in boxing and I understand this, so I will make the most of my opponent. This is not to discredit James Morrow, as I take no opponent lightly and expect our contest to be a good, hard fought ten round battle. I just would have preferred to face one of the world rated opponents”, said the heavy handed Canadian.

A press conference is scheduled for 8 PM on July 3rd at Chickie’s and Pete’s which is located at 1256 Packer Ave Philadelphia, Pa. Tickets can be ordered by calling 1-800-667-8499 or 215-762-0922.

MONTE BARRETT ANNIHILATES TYE FIELDS; WANTS DAVID HAYE NEXT

*** Heavyweight Terrorizes Fields with Vicious First Round TKO; Barrett Calling out top British Heavyweight David Haye***

NEW YORK (June 30, 2008) – Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett (34-6, 20 KO’s) was supposed to be just a step up fight for gigantic six-foot-eight heavyweight Tye “Big Sky” Fields (41-2, 37 KO’s) on Fields’ way to heavyweight success. The 37-year old Barrett had other ideas Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Fields’ hometown.

Barrett was coming into this fight confident; knowing he trained hard and knowing he had a great opportunity to knock off a giant heavyweight. Barrett did just that. The Bronx native walked into the ring, was introduced, and heard the bell ring to start round one. Fifty seven seconds later, Barrett was standing over Fields, victorious by savage first round knockout.

Barrett threw vicious combinations and according to Compubox, he landed all of the six power punches he threw. “I was a desperate fighter and desperate fighters do desperate things,” said Barrett. “This win will serve notice that Monte Barrett still has some gas left in his tank and will do anything to get to that top level of the division.”

“I want David Haye next. I just sleighed one giant in Tye Fields and now I’m ready to go across the pond and beat that big Brit. I know I am better than him and will knock him flat on his back. Haye is a David Telesco look-alike and we’re ready to Roy Jones him.”

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