Leatherwood vs. Centeno Jr. on March 8th in Indio, California

NEW YORK (Feb. 28, 2013) – One of the most dynamic prospects in the junior middleweight division, KeAndrae “Lightning” Leatherwood (12-1-1, 8 KO’s), will headline the March 8 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Leatherwood will be opposed by undefeated prospect Hugo Centeno Jr. (17-0, 8 KO’s), of Oxnard, Calif., in a 10-round junior middleweight bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Boxing 360. Leatherwood, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was a standout amateur who fought in more than 120 bouts, including competing in the National Junior Olympics and International Junior Olympics.

Centeno Jr. vs. Leatherwood, a 10-round junior middleweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT on fight night with the first bell sounding at 5:15 p.m. PT. The ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will air live on SHOWTIME beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are on sale at Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Leatherwood possesses some of the fastest hands in the division, hence his nickname, “Lightning.” This bout will be a step-up in competition for Leatherwood, but his team knows his work ethic and world-class endurance will allow him to succeed. Leatherwood has been preparing for this next level of competition, readying his body and skills for the task at hand.

Fighting in the main event on the well-respected ShoBox series, Leatherwood knows this is the perfect opportunity to showcase his skills and propel himself to the next stage of his career. “I’m so excited to be on SHOWTIME,” he said. “The exposure will be great for my career. My promoter Mario Yagobi has really come through and given me a golden opportunity. Now it’s up to me to make a believer out of all the new eyes that will get the chance to see me perform.”

Leatherwood is also excited about putting a win over a prospect like Centeno on his resume; a win that could vault Leatherwood up the ratings and further his chances at a title shot down the road.

“There are going to be some pretty upset people after I win, but my team and I will continue with the strategy we have laid out,” he said. “This is an important fight for my career, but it’s just the first step and I know I have to fulfill my end of things, which I will do on March 8.”

Boxing 360’s Yagobi believes this will be a coming out party for KeAndrae and he feels that a win under the bright lights of ShoBox will earn him the luxuries afforded to the cream of crop.

“KeAndrae is going to put on a show, but it isn’t just about getting the win for him,” Yagobi said. “He wants to gain some new fans and put SHOWTIME in a position where they have to bring him back. The kid is exciting to watch. I have no doubt he will take care of business on March 8 and then we can continue with the business of building him properly.”

KeAndrae Leatherwood is promoted by Boxing 360. For more information on Leatherwood please visit www.boxing360.com.

Argie Bargey – Malignaggi-Chaves Negotiations Fail, Scuppering Abu Dhabi Flagship Event

Showtime Sports Events (SSE) today announced that all negotiations for WBA Welterweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi to defend his crown against interim Champion, Argentina’s Diego Chaves, at their inaugural event at Zayed Sports City, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on May 18th have been terminated.

The Showtime team first entered negotiations with Malignaggi on the 23rd January, with the intention that Brooklyn, USA based Malignaggi facing WBF Welterweight King, Tijuana, Mexico’s Humberto Soto, however the following day the WBA ordered Malignaggi to face mandatory challenger Chaves.

After some nifty negotiations by Malignaggi’s lawyer, Steven Bash, the SSE team agreed to a switch of opponent and immediately made a substantial offer to Diego Chaves’ management.

However, whilst Malignaggi was firmly on board in January, it was not until the 14th February, some three days after the deadline set by SSE for acceptance of the offer, that the Argentinian’s promoter, Osvaldo Rivero, actually began negotiations.

With the clock ticking, SSE’s matchmaker, Olaf Schroeder, and lawyer, Tony Wyatt, set to work in an attempt to secure Chaves’ signature.

With no further correspondence being received from Mr. Rivero by February 21st, just a few short days before both the WBA and proposed PPV provider’s deadline of February 24th, Showtime Sports Events Managing Director, Gianluca Di Caro intervened, by personally writing to Mr. Rivero.

Neither Mr. Rivero or the Argentinian’s camp responded, leaving no viable option but for SSE to terminate all discussions, regarding Chaves, and focus on other options available.

With the news breaking earlier today, that the WBA have now called for purse bids on March 11th for Malignaggi-Chaves, these options seem rather limited.

Even so, Showtime Sports Events promoter, Johnny Eames, remains relatively sanguine about the whole affair, saying,

“As much as we tried to get the Malignaggi-Chaves fight on, it seems this is now a non-starter.

It’s a month since we had Paulie Malignaggi agree to the fight, but for some reason Chaves’ people have decided they don’t want the fight on our show, even though the offer we made is much higher than Chaves has had for his previous fights.

It’s so disappointing, Chaves is the #1 contender to challenge for Paulie Malignaggi’s WBA title.

The WBA were happy for us to put it on, Golden Boy were happy for us to put it on, but it seems someone, probably not Chaves but someone in his camp, was holding out for more money because it’s in Abu Dhabi.
Either that or they had no intention of signing and were holding out for the WBA to order purse bids, so they can have the fight on home turf.

Either way, so it goes, they didn’t sign by yesterday and now we’re going to have to look elsewhere, hopefully though with Paulie Malignaggi still top of the bill, possibly against WBF World Champion Humberto Soto.

If it doesn’t work out that way, so be it and we’ll put Paulie on another of our shows later in the year, because he has been so easy to deal with and we don’t want him losing out on the big purse we offered him.”

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