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News: Eddie Chambers; Luis Franco; Al Bernstein

Fresh off his scintillating victory over Alexander Dimitrenko, “Fast” Eddie Chambers will appear on the immensely popular “Daily News Live” sports program on Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia beginning at 5pm. Chambers, 35-1 with eighteen knockouts took care of Dimitrenko on July 4th to give American boxing fans a birthday present with the majority decision victory..

Chambers scored two knockdowns and dominated the bout which now has him ranked Number-one by the World Boxing Organization and will now face Wladimir Klitschko for the Heavyweight championship of the world.

Chambers appeared on the FRONT cover of the Philadelphia Daily News on July 6th and now will be in the studio with host Michael Barkann to discuss the Dimitrenko and Klitschko fight’s as he is near his mission of become world Heavyweight champion

For more information on America’s Number-one Heavyweight “Fast” Eddie Chambers click:
http://fasteddiechambers.com/


SEMINOLE WARRIORS BOXING AND BAD DOG PRODUCTIONS SIGNS CUBAN OLYMPIAN LUIS FRANCO

FORMER AMATEUR STAR TO MAKE PRO DEBUT ON JULY 31ST

HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 14 – One of the best amateur boxers to hail from Cuba in the past decade, 2004 Olympian Luis Franco has defected to the United States and has his sights set on a professional world championship. To help him get to the top, Franco has inked an exclusive co-promotional deal with Seminole Warriors Boxing and Bad Dog Productions, with his professional debut to take place at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida on Friday, July 31st.

“Cuba has a rich boxing history, from Kid Chocolate to Kid Gavilan and Joel Casamayor,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “We believe Luis Franco has the talent and potential to do big things in the coming years, and we’re proud to have him on our roster,” Richard Dobal of Bad Dog Productions adds; “As a Cuban-American, I follow the Cuban Olympic Boxing Team very closely. What jumps out and separates Luis Franco from the recent group that defected from Cuba is his boxing style, which is more suited to the professional game. Because of that, Luis Franco may be the best prospect to come out of Cuba in years.”

A stellar amateur with over 400 fights to his name, the 27-year old Franco won the world junior championship in 2000 and competed in the 2004 Olympics. In 2008, Franco earned another Olympic berth, but was removed from the team due to fears that he would defect. Franco did decide to leave his home country in 2009, choosing to better his family’s life by competing in the professional boxing ranks.

With a wife and child who both still live in Cuba, Franco – who will compete in the 126-pound featherweight division – is eager to do his family proud by eventually earning a world championship belt and adding his name to the roster of Cuban boxing greats.

An opponent for Franco’s professional debut on July 31st will be announced at a later date.

For more information regarding this and other events, log on to: www.warriorsboxing.com


Bernstein Signs With Platinum Sports Entertainment Group, Inc. News Wire

Washington, Platinum Sports Entertainment Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed Al Bernstein of Al Bernstein Boxing Channel and Show Championship Boxing as its latest addition to the international sports and entertainment agency. "Aside from personalities such Jamie Fox and Usher Raymond, Al Bernstein is probably the most talented and dynamic person that I know, and it brings me great pleasure that he has signed with us for representation," stated the President & Sports Agent, Allen L. Ellison.

About Al Bernstein

Al Bernstein is best known to a national audience as the voice of boxing, first for ESPN, and now for Showtime, but he has carved out a career of varied endeavors and achieved success in television, movies, and as a live stage performer. Al is considered by many as the most recognizable and respected boxing commentator. He now serves as the analyst for Showtime Championship Boxing. Since May of 2003, Al has worked at ringside on the Showtime Network. "Doing the boxing at Showtime has been a wonderful experience," Al said, "the matches are terrific and fun to call, and the production values that the Showtime production team puts into these telecasts, makes you feel proud of the overall effort. This a great endeavor for me."

In addition to the monthly matches on Showtime, Al has also appeared on the Best of 2003 and Best of 2004 anthology shows. These shows looked back on the great boxing moments on Showtime.

From 1980 to 2003, Al was known as the voice of boxing for ESPN. From 1980-1998 he was the analyst (and often host) of the Top Rank Boxing series on ESPN. This weekly series was a staple of ESPN programming, and helped propel the network to its current status. "We were inventing cable television back in the early 1980's, and it was a harrowing, but fun experience to do a weekly boxing series on a shoestring budget. Top Rank provided exciting matches of young fighters on their way up-and the show became a cult hit," Al said.

Throughout his 23 years at ESPN Al covered all the major fights for Sportscenter. In addition Al's duties for Sportcenter included covering Major League Baseball, NBA Basketball, and the NFL draft "While I was doing the Top Rank series in my first 18 years at ESPN, I only occasionally had the time to cover the other sports for Sportcenter, but for the last five years I was at ESPN, one of the nice things was I got to cover other sports more often," Al said.

And, one of Al's signature shows at ESPN was "Big Fights Boxing Hour" which still runs on ESPN Classic Network. Al wrote and hosted 26 episodes of this show, which chronicles all parts of boxing history by looking at major matches. "I'm proud of the work we did on those shows, it was just fascinating researching and doing them," Al said.

In 1992 and 1996 NBC reached out to Al to be its boxing analyst at the Olympic Games. His work at those two Olympic Games earned him high praise from Sports/TV critics around the country.

Al has been on the telecasts of over 50 major pay per view boxing matches, and he is the ONLY boxing announcer in the history of the sport to have at various times fulfilled the roles of host, blow by blow announcer, analyst, and or roving and in-ring interviewer. "I set out to be as versatile as possible when I started in television, and I feel comfortable with virtually any role on a boxing broadcast-I love that kind of variety in what I do."

There is also a variety in the forms of media that have utilized Al's talents. On radio he has done several syndicated shows, as well as "Al Bernstein's Sports Party" which aired 5 days a week on ESPN radio in Las Vegas. This was a lighthearted, but informative sports and entertainment show that featured big name guests in both sports and entertainment. "Radio is a wonderful medium in which to be eclectic, and that is what I love to be more than anything. I have a fairly wide range of interests, and I indulged most of them on this show-and the listeners seem to share my curiosity," Al said.

Al has now moved into the worldwide web with his Al Bernstein Boxing Channel (ABBC) at www.ibnsports.com. This channel includes great video with Al covering major boxing matches, doing features on the sport and interviewing boxing personalities. There are also exciting matches available for viewing.

Back in 1988 Al began to use his vocal ability as a singer to carve out a dual career as a live performer. He did a live musical show at Caesar's Palace on the weekend of the Marvin Hagler-Sugar Ray Leonard fight, that was very well received by both critics and overflow audiences.

Since then he has performed at many major Las Vegas casinos including the Mandalay Bay and Riviera. He has also performed at dozens of Riverboat and Indian casinos around the country. "Music is something I love, and when there is the time and opportunity to perform it, I consider it a real gift to me," he said.

Al has ventured into the world of feature films and television movies and series for a number of appearances. His movie credits include, "Rocky V", "Streets of Gold", and "Play It To The Bone." He has made two guest appearances on the HBO series "Arli$$," and appeared in a Showtime movie "Paradise" and HBO movie "Glory Days."

Al began his professional life as a journalist, and was a managing editor at Lerner Newspapers in Chicago from 1974 to 1979. During that time he won the Chicago Newspaper Guild's award for best news story-an investigation into illegal land deals by suburban officials. In 1980 Al wrote a book called "Boxing For Beginner," an instructional-historical book on boxing. It was published by Contemporary Publishing. Al also covered boxing for both Ring magazine and Boxing Illustrated in the late 1970's.

Away from his professional life Al is an avid horseman who has participated in several Ben Johnson Celebrity Rodeos. Al has competed in penning competitions with his two horses, Sunset Matt, and Paladin. Al has also served as Grand Marshall for a number of PRCA Rodeos. "I love riding, and one of the most enjoyable things I do is make appearance from time to time at western and rodeo events-I am ALWAYS available for that," Al said. Al also does a lot of trail riding throughout the Southwest, where he says the "solitude and a beauty of nature" offer an interesting counterpoint to an otherwise busy life.

Article posted on 14.07.2009



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