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STAR BOXING INKS NEW TV DEAL

Joe DeGuardia, founder and President of Star Boxing, is pleased to announce that he has entered into a formal agreement with Azteca America to televise live boxing events from the US. The new series titled "Star Boxing presents Boxeo Azteca" will debut October 22, 2011, live from The Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. In addition to October 22nd, there will be four (4) more dates though December of this year. The fights will air live on Azteca America at 10:00pm EST, 9:00pm CST, and 7:00pm PST.

The Boxeo Azteca series will often present upcoming prospects, focusing on Hispanics. DeGuardia had this to say about the new formed relationship with Aztec America, "I am thrilled to be working with Azteca America. Azteca America is a growing network in the US and in Boxing and I am confident that Star Boxing, in its tradition, will provide exciting, competitive fights for the viewing audience.

"Sports, and particularly boxing, are one of our primary attractions at Azteca America," said Martin Breidsprecher, CEO of Azteca America. "We're excited to present live fights from Star Boxing."

Azteca America is currently available in over 40 million homes in the US (of which 9 million are Hispanic) with availability over the air and on most major cable and DBS outlets, including Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon Fios, DirecTV and DISH.

HASKINS AND LYON ARE MARKED MEN IN PRIZEFIGHTER

Super-Flyweight title holders Lee Haskins and Craig Lyon say they know that there is a target on their chests as they enter the Prizefighter Super-Flyweight tournament on Wednesday 12 October at Liverpool Olympia, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 and also in 3D.

Haskins owns the British strap while Lyon is the English champion and both men are hoping to avoid a defeat like the one British Super-Featherweight Gary Sykes suffered at the hands of Gary Buckland in the semi-finals back in November.

Buckland stunned Sykes with a knockout inside the first minute and three weeks ago he double the dose by taking Sykes’ title from him on points at the Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield. Bristol’s Haskins took the Commonwealth title from Don Broadhurst on points in December 2009 and the 27 year-old knows that Broadhurst will be gunning for revenge.

“Of course he is going to want to fight me and beat me, but I’m ready for that,” said Haskins, who won the WBA Inter-Continental Bantamweight title in his last outing in July over in Morocco. “It’s good exposure and that’s why I’m in it. If I can beat three people on one night it’s great – it’s better than just one, plus I’ve been struggling to get fights.

“I desperately want to fight for a world title next year. Once I win Prizefighter I want to have another fight before Christmas and then hopefully it can be done against one of the champions.”

St Helens fighter Lyon claimed his English title just over a year ago and in his only defence was declared a technical draw when he suffered a cut in the third round of his fight with Josh Wale in February.

“The lads here with only a handful of fights on their records are probably the real favourites to win it because they have are closer to their amateur days,” said Lyon. “Their fights as pros have probably only been four rounds ones so they will be fast starters whereas me, Lee Haskins and Don Broadhurst have been doing eight and ten-rounders for a while. We train all the time to go the distance and pace ourselves so it is going to be a bit odd. But I've been working hard on the three-threes format and I reckon I've cracked it.”

Joining Haskins, Lyon and Broadhurst are Liverpool’s Mike Robinson, Merseyside’s third representative unbeaten 23 year-old Ryan Farrag, unbeaten fighters Nathan Reeve from Northampton and Leeds’ Terry Broadbent, and YouTube sensation Usman Ahmed.

Tickets for the Super Flyweights show at Liverpool’s Olympia on Wednesday 12 October are on sale now from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 priced £30 unreserved, £50 ringside and £100 VIP.

Pedro Otas fights for WBF Cruiserweight World Title in South Africa

The Brazilian professional boxer Pedro “The Trojan” Otas will fight for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Cruiserweight Title (up to 90.7 Kg), on November 19. The event will take place at Monte Casino in Johannesburg, South Africa and will be promoted by Damian Michael from Showpony Promotions in partnership with World Boxing Federation.

His opponent will be Ilunga “Junior” Makabu, born in Democratic Republic of Congo and raised in South Africa. Makabu has a 9-1-0 record, with 9 knockdowns.

Otas is a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino and Brazilian Cruiserweight champion from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has an impressive 23-1-0 record and still undefeated in the Cruiserweight division with 10 wins and 8 Knockdowns.

This night of boxing will feature four other WBF titles, including the big clash between the former WBF heavyweight World Champion Francois “White Buffalo” Botha (48-5-3) against Michael “Big” Grant (47-4-0).

Tickets for the event may be purchased at www.Computicket.com or calling (0861)915-8000.

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NEW ENGLAND FAB FOUR FEATURED ON OCTOBER 21ST CARD AT FOXWOODS

Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY - (10/5/2011) - Some of New England's brightest and best boxing prospects will be showcased Friday, Oct. 21, in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), when DiBella Entertainment returns to the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.

The same market that has produced "Irish" Micky Ward, "Bad" Chad Dawson, Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza, John "The Quietman" Ruiz and so many more world-class boxers during the past 20 years, will also feature a multi-talented quartet comprised of highly-touted super middleweight Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez, fan-friendly Ryan "Polish Prince" Kielczewski, exciting Danny O'Connor, and gifted Luis "KO King" Rosa, on the "Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right" card. The N.E. Fab Four has an impressive combined record of 53-1.

"Edwin, Ryan K., Danny and Luis represent the new generation of New England boxers," promoter Lou DiBella said. "They all bring into the ring what real fans want - boxing skills, guts, and entertaining styles. Each of these young fighters has a growing fan-base and we're hoping they'll all band together October 21st to cause another New England revolution."

Tickets are priced at $125, $85 and $50, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.foxwoods.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by calling (800) 200-2882. Doors open at 7PM, with the first bout scheduled for 8PM. Showtime will begin live coverage at 11PM ET.

Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs), fighting out of nearby Worcester, Mass., has already graduated from prospect to legitimate world title contender. The 26-year-old is now rated in all four major sanctioning bodies (IBF #5, WBC #6, WBA #8 and WBO # 12) and has gained invaluable experience in the past year as a sparring partner for Carl Froch, Daniel Geale, Jean Pascal and Chad Dawson.

"La Bomba" headlines "Octoberfist" against another undefeated fighter and friend, New York City banger Will "Power" Rosinky (14-0, 8 KOs). Also being broadcast live on Showtime is the 10-round co-feature, matching rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (17-0, 3KOs) and always tough Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KOs) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.

Rodriguez and Rosinsky a history dating back to the amateur ranks, where they were, respectively, the 2005 USA Nationals middleweight and light heavyweight champions. Edwin was also the 2006 National Golden Gloves Champion, while Rosinsky captured the New York Golden Gloves Championship four times. They were also members of the 2006 USA Boxing team that traveled to China.

Recognized as one of the most feared body punchers in boxing, four of Rodriguez last five fights ending in knockouts were the results of single punches to the liver and rib areas. Rosinsky has fought a number of times on DBE's popular Broadway Boxing series but, unlike Rodriguez who will be fighting on Showtime for the third time, second in the main event, the Oct. 21, bout will mark the first appearance for Rosinsky in the national spotlight.

Another undefeated fighter from Massachusetts, unheralded Quincy junior lightweight Ryan "Polish Prince" Kielczewski (11-0, 2 KOs), who stamped himself as an action-packed fighter to watch, belting James Lester around the ring from the opening bell for eight full rounds en route to a lop-sided win by decision in his last fight.

O'Connor (15-1, 4 KOs), a left-handed light welterweight from Framingham, Mass., was a 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate. He and Rodriguez have traveled similar routes, first boxing at the Worcester Boys & Girls Club, and now as training camp roommates in Houston with former world title challenger and "Trainer of the Year", Ronnie Shields, now serving as chief second for both of them. O'Connor, who designs and makes his exotic Irish-flavored boxing trunks, bounced back from his only loss, ironically, to Bracero, with an impressive first-round knockout victory last month.

Unbeaten New Haven super bantamweight Rosa (8-0, 5 KOs) was another decorated NE amateur boxer. He is mature beyond his years, largely due to his amateur experience, as well as having his father, Luis, as his coach. Rosa is the complete package in the ring, offensively and defensively, but he also has heavy hands.

The complete undercard will be announced shortly.

Tickets for "Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right" are priced at $125, $85 and $50, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.foxwoods.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and by calling (800) 200-2882. Doors open at 7PM, with the first bout scheduled for 8PM. Showtime will begin live coverage at 11PM ET.


Article posted on 06.10.2011



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