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OFFICIAL WEIGHTS FROM THOMPSON BOXING PROMOTIONS NOV 4 "NEW BLOOD"; Lynes-Purdy on 11/9

November 4, 2011
EFRAIN ESQUIVIAS - 122 LBS.
FERNANDO BELTRAN, JR. - 121.5 LBS.

MIGUEL DIAZ - 113.5 LBS.
FELIPE CASTANEDA - 114 LBS.

SINDY AMADOR - 108 LBS.
BLANCA RAYMUNDO - 109 LBS.

SERGIO NUNEZ - 133.5 LBS.
ROBERT ORTIZ - 132.5 LBS.

BRANDON ADAMS - 161.5 LBS.
RAYMUNDO INDA - 160 LBS.

JOSHUA CONLEY - 150 LBS.
EDUARDO HERNANDEZ - 150 LBS.

Photo credit: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions

Fernando Beltran, Jr. and Efrain Esquivias

Miguel Diaz and Felipe Castaneda

Sindy Amador and Blance Raymundo

Robert Ortiz and Sergio Nunez

Tickets for "New Blood" are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.

Bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:45 pm. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The hotel phone number is 909-937-0900.

Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder present team to the world

Lausanne, Switzerland, 4 November 2011 - With just over a week to go before the World Series of Boxing (WSB) second season gets under way, the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder present their team of superstars to the world.

After the successes in the individual finals of Clemente Russo in the Heavyweights and Sergiy Derevyanchenko in the Middleweights, the team has worked extremely hard to fine tune and strengthen a squad that last year already proved extremely competitive. The aim for the upcoming season is to dethrone Paris United and take the coveted team trophy.

The team has significantly added to its already strong technical staff. Joining the technical director Francesco Damiani, the first coach Sergiy Korchinskiy are new Assistant Coach Gianfranco Rosi as well as the experienced Valerio Nati.

Building for the 2011-2012 team began with the confirmation of eight boxers, including four Italians, Vittorio Parrinello, Vincenzo Picardi, Clemente Russo and Domenico Valentino, provided with the support of the Italian Boxing Federation, having already all qualified for the London 2012 Olympics. Plus the reigning Middleweight individual champion Sergiy Derevyanchenko, and three other foreign boxers from the first season Vitaliy Volvov, Nikolajs Grisunins and Benjey Zimmerman.

The roster was then completed with eleven new recruits, the young Raphael Munno, Italian youth champion in 2008, and ten foreign boxers. The Milano Thunder confirmed with these new additions that it has become a real Intercontinental Championship team, providing a showcase for the talents of the boxing world. Twelve countries are represented within the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder squad which includes South Americans, an Argentine and two Brazilians as well as a representation of boxers coming from Eastern Europe and Africa.

Their Bantamweight fighter is an established champion, Veaceslav Gojan from Moldova, bronze medallist at the last Olympics. The Lightweights will be led by Miklos Varga of Hungary, and the young and talented Argentine Juan Carrasco Herrera.

The three new entries are Brazilian Pedro Alvaro Santos de Lima, gold medallist at the 2010 Military Games, Irishman William Mc Loughlin, and the promising Italian Raffaele Munno.

Having determined that the weak point was the Light Heavyweight category, adding to Nikolajs Grisunins, they have recruited Rafael Lima, five times Brazilian champion, Imre Szello, European bronze medallist, and most significantly Ludovic Groguhé, the revelation of the first season who led Paris United to victory. The transfer of the Frenchman is a real coup and marks a huge step forward in the Milano Thunder's quest for WSB glory.

Clemente Russo and Benjey Zimmerman will be joined in the Heavyweights by Poland's Michal Olas and Ngoula Tangoum Romarick from Cameroon. The new format to this season's competition will make for a more exciting and spectacular boxing showpiece.

The Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder season begins 11 November in Mumbai, who make their debut in the World Series of Boxing. The first home match will then be the week after, Friday 18 November, against the Los Angeles Matadors at the Mediolanum Forum, south of Milan.

All the Dolce & Gabbana Milan Thunder home ties will be transmitted live by Sportitalia. For all non-Italian viewers, follow every minute of the action on the WSB official YouTube channel.

Colin Lynes vs. Lee Purdy on 11/9

Lee ‘Lights Out’ Purdy says he is not looking past Colin Lynes to a rematch with Denton Vassell – as he wants to secure the Lonsdale belt for keeps on Wednesday night (November 9).

The Colchester man won the British Welterweight title in April, wrestling it from Craig Watson with a fifth round stoppage at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Purdy repeated the feat in a July rematch in Oldham in emphatic fashion, and victory live on Sky Sports against Hornchurch’s Lynes at Bethnal Green’s York Hall would mean the 24 year-old kept the famous Lonsdale Belt.

“It's a dream to win the belt outright and to think that I've gone from a Southern Area title loss to winning the Lonsdale Belt is really just a testament to how much work Tony has done with me since I've joined with him,” said Purdy. “Since moving there I've been sparring with the likes of Lenny Daws, Darren Barker and John O'Donnell and I've been learning something every single day since coming into the gym. I've got lots more to learn though but I know I'm in the perfect place to do it. I'll treat this fight like it's the first fight with Craig Watson and that's the way it will always be.”

Purdy knows that Lynes will provide a stern test, with the 33 year-old having 44 fights to Purdy’s 19 and over 170 more professional rounds under his belt than the champion. But with gym pal Darren Barker recently taking on pound-for-pound Middleweight king Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City, Purdy believes he’s in the best place to prepare for the Lynes examination.

“He's been around the block a few times so I know what to expect,” said Purdy. “He likes to work behind the jab and try to outbox me so that's what we're working on. He's had 40-odd fights so he knows his way around the ring but I think my youth and strength will see me through.

“It has been buzzing in here with Darren and the rest of the boys and we're just one big family, no one fighter gets all the attention so whether it's Darren's World title fight or my British title fight, the whole gym just gets on with it and mucks in.”

The victories over Watson looked to have bought Purdy closer to something he has been wanting for a while – a rematch with Denton Vassell. Purdy faced Vassell for the vacant Commonwealth title in Wigan in April 2010, losing to the Manchester man on points. Vassell defends that title for the second time on Saturday night, and Purdy believes he is avoiding giving him a rematch.

“I was hoping to fight Denton again around now but he doesn't want the fight – I believe his team don't think that he can beat me now and they've swerved me and gone down a different route,” said Purdy. “He's had a couple of fights since we met and he hasn't done much in them, didn't really impress at all and I've come off two great wins over Craig.

“I only really had two weeks to prepare for Vassell – don't get me wrong, I was in good shape as I was getting ready for another fight but it's still late notice to prepare to face someone at his level but if we meet again it will be for our titles and we'd have proper preparation time for it. Every fighter wants the chance to avenge their defeats and I'm no different.”

Tickets for the ‘Battle of Essex’ between Purdy and Lynes plus the full championship undercard led by Ashley Sexton’s English title defence against Luke Wilton are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 priced at £35 unreserved, £60 ringside and £100 VIP.

Article posted on 04.11.2011



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