Deontay Wilder – Siarhei Liakhovich to be televised by Showtime
INDIO, CALIF. (August 1, 2013) – Sugar Shane Mosley, a future Hall of Fame boxer who has forged a legacy as one of the sport’s most accomplished fighters of this era, will greet fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. prior to the August 9 ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader featuring one of the hottest heavyweights in the game, unbeaten knockout artist Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, which will be televised live on SHOWTIME®.
A local favorite who first made his name on the Southern California fight scene (including a 1996 fight at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino), Pomona’s Mosley got his big break when he faced IBF Lightweight World Champion Philip Holiday on August 2, 1997. Sugar Shane won the bout by unanimous decision showing off his dazzling speed and power that he later used to clean out the lightweight division. With lightweight conquered, Mosley moved up two divisions to the welterweight and eventually defeated WBC Welterweight World Champion Oscar De La Hoya. In subsequent years, Mosley would win a third divisional title at 154 pounds and continue to fight the best in the game, including Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito, Fernando Vargas and Miguel Cotto. In his most recent bout on May 18, Mosley defeated Mexican star Pablo Cesar Cano.
Mosley will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet and greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the fights.
The event, featuring 2008 Olympic Heavyweight Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder putting his perfect 28-0 record on the line against former Heavyweight World Champion Sergei Liakhovich in a 10-round main event, unbeaten lightweights Francisco Vargas of Mexico and Cincinnati’s Brandon Bennett meeting in a 10-round match-up and Houston’s undefeated Jermall Charlo risking his unblemished record against Miami veteran Antwone Smith in a 10-round junior middleweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions sponsored by Corona. . The ShoBox: The New Generation telecast airs live on SHOWTIME at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT with the first bell sounding at 5:15 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are available at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by
2013 Conn Boxing HOF inductees announced
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (July 29, 2013) – The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) has officially announced its Class of 2013. New members will be inducted at the 9TH annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday night, November 9 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.
The new CBHOF inductees are former world title challengers Luigi “Kid Dynamite” Campurato and Israel “Pito” Cardona, broadcaster Al Bernstein, promoter Joe DeGuardia, referee Johnny Callas and USA Boxing administrator Roland Roy.
“This year’s class has a diverse group of outstanding people,” CBHOF president and Class of 2011 inductee Glenn Feldman said. “These inductees represent boxing across the board, featuring world-class fighters, an international award-winning announcer, one of the top promoters in the industry, and a top official and administrator.”
Former European flyweight champion Camputaro (29-10-1, 9 KOs) may have been born in Italy but he fought out of his home in Hartford (CT). He fought professionally, largely in Europe, between 1984 and 1998. In 1993, he unsuccessfully challenged Jacob Matlala in South Africa for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight championship.
Hartford native Cardona (36-10, 28 KOs) was one of the world’s top lightweights during his 16-year professional career (1993-2009). A former International Boxing Organization (IBO), North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and United States Boxing Association (USBA) champion, Cardona’s most significant victories were over Ivan Robinson and Jeff Mayweather. “Pito” lost a decision to Paul Spadafora in their 1999 International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight title fight in West Virginia.
Back in 1980, Bernstein joined Bristol (CT)-based ESPN as a boxing analyst and was ESPN’s face and voice of boxing for more than 20 years. Bernstein, living in Las Vegas, is a centerpiece of Showtime Championship Boxing, and he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame last year. One of boxing’s most recognizable broadcasters in the world, Al is one of the few who can switch easily and effectively from color commentator to blow-by-blow announcer.
DeGuardia has promoted numerous shows in Connecticut over the years under the banner of his Bronx (NY)-based company, Star Boxing. He has promoted world champions Antonio Tarver and Lou Del Valle, as well as contemporary world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez, of Danbury (CT).
Hartford’s Callas has refereed nearly 150 pro fights, highlighted by 12 title fights from around the world. He was USA Boxing Connecticut Junior Olympic chairman for 15 years. An NCBC national college champion and three-time All-America boxer at Central Connecticut State University in the mid-eighties, Callas also founded Charter Oak Boxing Academy, where he is executive director and head coach.
Roy, originally from Glastonbury (CT) and now living in Westford, has been president of USA Boxing, Region 1 (CT, MA, RI, NH, NJ, VT, ME and Metro NY) for the past six years. For nearly 20 years, he was president of USA Boxing Connecticut, a position in which was succeeded this year by his wife, Phyllis. Roland serves as the organization’s secretary.
Tickets for the CBHOF 9th annual Gala Induction Dinner, reasonably priced at $90.00, are on sale now by calling Kim Baker at Mohegan Sun (1.860.862.7377) or Sherman Cain at the Manchester Journal Inquirer (1.800.237.3606 X321). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET, cocktails at 6 p.m. ET, followed by dinner.
Go online to www.ctboxinghof.com for additional information about the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, its 9th annual Gala Inductee Dinner, or past CBHOF inductees.
Jake “The Snake” Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions returns for “Hard Knock Life” August 31!
Baltimore, MD (August 1, 2013) – Jake “The Snake” Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions enters the William Meyers Pavilion in Baltimore for the first time when they present “Hard Knock Life” Saturday, August 31.
Bleacher tickets starting at $15 are available by calling 410-375-9175. In addition, floor seats are $35, individual VIP seats are available for $50, VIP mini tables of 4 at $200, reserved tables of 10 for $350 and first row VIP tables priced at $500 are currently on sale.
All VIP ticketholders can enjoy free hors d’oeurves and half price drinks from 7-8:15.
With approximately ten Olympic style bouts scheduled, “Hard Knock Life” is an action packed card featuring the best talent in the beltway region. “Hard Knock Life” also serves as an honorary card for Jake’s father Murray Smith Sr. On July 12, Murray passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer. To honor Murray, who supported his son’s career as a boxer, trainer and now promoter,Jake’s holding a 50/50 raffle along with a silent auction. All proceeds are going towards the Baltimore Boxing amateur program, a non-profit which rescued many local youths from the tough Charm City streets and helped develop them into boxers.
“August 31 is going to be a bittersweet evening for me,” stated Smith, a member of the DC and Maryland boxing hall of fames. “My father did so much not only to support the many aspects of boxing I’ve been involved in but with all of the community. He was a regular at the gym, came to all of the fights and backed a lot of non-boxing events. It’s going to be weird without him in the crowd but I’m happy to honor him exactly how he deserves.”
Highlighting the card will be separate bouts featuring multi-time National Champion Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazey 2013 Golden Gloves Champion Jerome Featherstone Jr. and heavyweight Sam Crossed.
Opponents for Featherstone Jr., Crossed and Veazy along with additional bouts will be announced shortly.
Doors for “Hard Knock Life” open at 6:15 pm and the opening bell is scheduled for 8:15. All bouts are scheduled by USA Boxing.
For more information, go to Baltimoreboxing.com