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Edwin Rodriguez - Donovan George Mar. 17, on HBO

WORCESTER, Mass. (February 2, 2012) -- The fuse has been lit for a super middleweight explosion March 17 on HBO between an undefeated Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and Donovan "Da Bomb" George, live from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The 10-round, non-title fight between International Boxing Federation ("IBF") No. 4-rated Donovan (22-1-1, 19 KOs) and No. 5-ranked Rodriguez has world title shot implications for the winner. The much-anticipated, action-packed fight between two of the top 168-pounders in the world will serve as chief support for the Sergio Martinez-Mathew Macklin main event on the DiBella Entertainment-promoted St. Patrick's Day show, THE REAL Middleweight Championship - Get Your Irish Up.

Dominican Republic-native Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs), a 26-year-old fighting out of Worcester (MA), is genuinely excited about making his HBO and MSG debuts. "This is a dream come true for me," Rodriguez said from his Houston training camp. "Fighting on HBO is the biggest stage in boxing, outside of a pay-per-view event, especially at Madison Square Garden. I'm extremely excited to be fighting for the first time on HBO. I will work as hard as I a can to win impressively on March 17th. Irish fans are going to love this fight because both fighters have the same entertaining style of fighting."

Rodriguez is coming off of a 10-round unanimous decision victory (100-90 X 3) last October at MGM Grand at Foxwoods against previously unbeaten Will Rosinsky. Edwin's other notable wins have been against Aaron Pryor, Jr., James McGirt and Marcus Upshaw.

"It doesn't get any bigger in boxing than fighting on HBO in Madison Square Garden," Rodriguez' manager Larry Army remarked. "Edwin and Donovan will stand apart from the other world super middleweight contenders. We're talking about two offensive powerhouses who will keep fans on the edge of their seats. The winner will be in a great position for a world title fight later this year. I don't think that there will be a real 'loser' in this fight. Both guys are the type that fans love to watch and TV networks enjoy showcasing. Rodriguez-George has all the makings of a Gatti-Ward fight; they're going to stand and exchange blows."

Also rated No. 5 by the World Boxing Council ("WBC") and No. 9 by the World Boxing Association ("WBA"), Rodriguez was a two-time U.S. national amateur champion in two weight classes, and is now the reigning United States National Boxing Council ("USNBC") champion.

The 27-year-old George was born and raised in Chicago. The popular knockout specialist captured the vacant United States Boxing Association ("USBA") title in his last fight, stopping Maxell Taylor in the eighth round last April in Chicago. George also holds impressive wins over Cornelius White and world title challenger Osumanu Adama.

"I don't know a lot about him but I saw him fight the first time I fought on Showtime (April 30, 2010 - Rodriguez WKO6 Kevin Engel, George WDEC8 Adama)," Edwin noted. "He's a good fighter.....but I'm better. He comes to fight and I do as well. I'm really looking forward to this fight. Not a lot of people get a second chance to fight on HBO, so I'm going to take full advantage of this huge opportunity."

Tickets are priced at $505, $355, $205, $125 and $65 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office or through Ticketmaster, at ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Call DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577, or visit www.dbe1.com and @loudibella on Twitter for more information.

Team Rodriguez is also offering a junket package on a first come, first serve basis, of $110.00, which includes round-trip bus transportation and a ticket to the fight. Busses are scheduled to leave at 9 AM/ET from Worcester City Hall and will return right after the conclusion of the Martinez-Macklin fight. To book contact Rodriguez' manager Larry Army at larmy@armyandarmy.com.

Go online to www.EdwinRodriguezBoxing.com for more information about Edwin or hos Mar. 17 fight vs. George.

Betfair to sponsor Prizefighter

Betting giant backs boxing’s biggest draw

Matchroom Sport are delighted to announce that Betfair are the new title sponsor of the Prizefighter series.

The betting exchange begin their relationship with Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament with the sold-out Light-Welterweights II show at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton on February 11, live on Sky Sports 1, HD1 and in 3D.

The partnership includes branding rights across the ring, on the fighters, and ring card girls. Betfair customers will also benefit from expert analysis and in-depth fighter interviews on its editorial site and social media platforms ahead of the show. A Betfair analyst will be ringside in Wolverhampton to discuss the price movements as punters react to every blow.

Betfair’s involvement in the Prizefighter series begins with the most competitive line-up yet, with English Welterweight title-holder Adil Anwar, unbeaten stars Tyrone Nurse and Dale Miles, former British champion Barry Morrison and major title challengers Young Mutley, Dean Harrison, John Watson and Mark Lloyd all gunning for the £32,000 winner’s cheque.

Andy Lulham, Head of UK Brand Marketing at Betfair said: “We’re thrilled to enter into partnership with Prizefighter, a format which has breathed new life into boxing. The competition continues to grow in popularity and stature among our customer base.”

Matchroom Sport’s Managing Director Eddie Hearn said: “I'm delighted to welcome the world's leading betting exchange as title sponsorship of the innovative Prizefighter Series. The event has attracted a new audience for boxing and our growing list of international broadcasters confirms the huge growth of this concept. The event always attracts high volumes of activity within the betting markets and I’m sure punters will get great value with Betfair.”

Benchabla vs. Groguhe Chapter III, Astana vs. Milan and more quality action

Lausanne, Switzerland, 2 February 2012 - It is getting serious now with so much at stake and what a weekend of World Series of Boxing action we have in prospect as the big guns once again take centre stage. Some awesome bouts lined-up with teams fighting for final league positions and also the sub-plot with the race for the Individual Championships now truly on.

The mouth-watering Astana Arlans vs. Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder fight kick-starts a series of five power packed matches as the Venky's Mumbai Fighters host the Bangkok Elephants and Istanbul Bosphorus reserve a hot reception for the visiting Leipzig Leopards. Dynamo Moscow face the Los Angeles Matadors before Paris United make the trip to the Azeri capital to challenge the undefeated runaway Group B leaders, the awesome Baku Fires.

Follow all the action and get comprehensive coverage as it happens on the WSB website. Click HERE to get in-depth information of all matches and player line-ups as well as bios on our schedule page.

Compelling viewing for all avid boxing fans this weekend with heavy-hitters showcasing their skills in five high-octane battles to decide who really is the best of the best. Do not miss any of the action with all matches broadcast LIVE on www.worldseriesboxingtv.com.

Match of the week
It does not get any bigger than this, with the Astana Arlans seeking to reign supreme in Group A, as they host the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder at the Almaty Sports Palace on Friday. Not only will this be a titanic struggle between two of the biggest teams in the competition, but some of the stellar names of this exciting WSB will strut their stuff on the canvas as the race for Individual ranking positions hots up. Sparks will fly from the off, with Bantamweight Ukrainian southpaw, Vitaliy Volkov looking to make his experience count and give the Italian outfit the early advantage. Astana's Merey Akshalov, who has been exceptional so far this season, will then look to assert his authority against Miklos Varga in the Lightweight contest before all eyes turn to the eagerly anticipated match-up between knock-out king Kanat Slam and Middleweight Champion Sergiy Derevyanchenko. This monumental battle is sure to get the fans up on their feet from the first bell. The spectators will be treated to a festival of boxing all evening, as the action intensifies when fierce rivals Abdelhafid Benchabla and Ludovic Groguhé once again lock horns in the night's Light Heavyweight contest. This one will be on a knife edge.

Fight of the week
With so much quality throughout this weekend, it was hard to pick a single contest. However the explosiveness of the Heavyweights is always a big crowd pleaser so we are very excited about the prospect of seeing Istanbul Bosphorus' Belarusian southpaw Viktar Zuyev go toe-to-toe with the imposing Alexander Povernov of the Leipzig Leopards. Both are undefeated mean fighting machines, so fireworks should be in store for this one.

Rest of the action
Venky's Mumbai Fighters host the Bangkok Elephants in a crucial match for both teams. The Indian Franchise needs the win to stay within touching distance of quarter-final qualification from Group B, they, however, face a confident Bangkok team. Once again the T-Box Mobile Arena at the In-Orbit Mall in Mumbai will be the setting for this sure-to-be tightly contested match. With five foreign boxers representing the home team, the Fighters will be relying on Belarusian Light Heavyweight Leanid Charnabayeu and the imposing 22-year-old Heavyweight Uaine Fa to lead the charges and take the win in front of their fans.

Dynamo Moscow have been solid this year and have been quietly going about their business in Group A and will surely have too much firepower when the Los Angeles Matadors come to town. In their ranks will be 2011 AIBA World Championships bronze medallist Anvar Yusunov, the excellent 21-year-old Adlan Abdurashidov and most importantly the solid Middleweight Aleksandr Ivanov who was so impressive in his victory against Kanat Slam. We have been looking forward to seeing the classy 26-year-old orthodox Ivanov once again demonstrating his repertoire of stinging shots.

The Baku Fires can ensure top spot in Group B if they can defeat the visiting Paris United on Saturday. Once again the Azeri outfit have four undefeated boxers stepping through the ropes with a combined 20 fights experience, of which top ranked Bantamweight Gairbek Germakhanov, top ranked Lightweight Madadi Nagzibekov, Light Heavyweight No.2 Ramazan Magomedau and fresh form dishing out a TKO to his last opponent, the impressive Heavyweight Abdulkadir Abdullayev. The beacons of hope for Paris United will be fleet-footed southpaw Michel Tavares taking on the Middleweight challenge with Croatian duo Hrvoje Sep and Filip Hrgovic putting up the resistance in the Light Heavy and Heavyweight fights respectively. This should be a cracker.

Two teams that have a lot to prove following some unconvincing performances this year are Istanbul Bosphorus and Leipzig Leopards who will come face-to-face at the Bagcilar Olimpik Spor Kompleksi. The Turkish Franchise will be counting on the power of Jaba Khositashvili and, above all, crowd pleaser and local hero Bahram Muzaffer. Bantamweight stalwart Huseyin Dundar was impressive in his last bout, so will look to ensure a win for the home team. The Leopards will be banking on the prowess of Rashid Kassem, triple National Champion Patrick Wojcicki and the hard-hitting 21-year-old German Enrico Kölling who has a point to prove. Kölling will have the opportunity of exacting revenge on Muzaffer who defeated him earlier this season. The atmosphere is sure to be electric for this clash.

Boxer to watch
Look out for 24-year-old Cameroonian Romarcik Ngoula Tangoum of the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder as he faces Astana Arlans' Ruslan Myrsatayev in the Heavyweight division. We have been informed that this orthodox fighter is absolutely awesome and is driven by an innate hunger and desire to become the best in the world. He has been training hard all winter to be at his peak for his debut.

What was said...
"I feel great; I am ready to take my revenge on Groguhé. Last time I lost because I had no grip on my shoes, not because he is a better fighter. I know his tactics and I have the weapons to overawe him. I am here to win", declared Abdelhafid Benchabla.

"I do not feel any great pressure for this match; I know what I have to do to win. Of course, Benchabla is a great opponent and he has defeated me before, but I would not talk of a rivalry. We know each other well and have a great deal of mutual respect. I am focused and know the importance of the result for team so it will be a good show", stressed Ludovic Groguhé.

"My objective is also the WSB Individual Championships; I just missed out last season so am working even harder this time around. The coach is right behind me on this one so I hope I can get there come May", added Paris United's Michel Tavares as a win could secure him a place at the Individual Finals.

Uaine Fa said, after making himself an instant Mumbai Fighters fan's favourite, "I surprised myself in my debut to be honest. This time around, I am much better prepared and will put on a show for the supporters."

The Mexico City Guerreros vs. Beijing Dragons tie has been postponed due to problems with the issuing of visas for the visiting team. A new date for the match will be announced shortly.

(*) Please note that it is WSB's goal to provide the live streaming and delayed footages in as many countries around the globe as possible. However, due to a variety of reasons which include government internet and TV rights restrictions, there will be instances where blocks on viewers will be applied in specific territories. Stay tuned to worldseriesboxingtv.com for more information regarding the availability of these live and delayed videos.

Article posted on 03.02.2012



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