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Ruslan ChagaevIntegrated Sports will distribute “The Champion Returns” show, featuring World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev against unbeaten challenger Carl Davis Drumond, February 7th on pay-per-view in the United States live from Rostock, Germany.

“The Champion Returns” card, presented by Universum Boxing-Promotion, will also feature on PPV the WBA light welterweight title fight between title holder Andreas Kotelnik and undefeated No. 1 contender Marcos Rene “El Chino” Maidana, as well as hot Russian prospect Denis Boytsov against a challenger to be determined for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship. The broadcast of the three 12-round title bouts is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 2 PM/ET – 11 AM/PT on cable pay-per-view via iN Demand and TVN for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. A same day replay will be shown at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/ET.

“We thrilled to bring such an exciting PPV card to the United States, featuring the only undefeated world heavyweight champion, Ruslan Chagaev, who if he wins will fight the ‘Russian Giant,’ Nicolai Valuev, in a rematch for the outright WBA championship,” Integrated Sports president Doug Jacobs said. “American fight fans are intrigued by Chagaev and he’s in tough against a very dangerous puncher in Drumond, even though he may not be a household name, yet. The co-feature is a classic match-up between a pure boxer, defending champ Kotelnik, and a feared knockout artist, Maidana. And Boytsov looks like he may be the next great Russian heavyweight. It’s going to be a helluva PPV card for fans to watch in America.”

Injuries have been the only thing to beat Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs), the 2000 Uzbekistan Olympian and The Ring’s No. 3 rated heavyweight, who captured the WBA crown on April 14, 2007 via a 12-round decision against Valuev (46-0). However, due to injuries, Ruslan has fought only once since then, winning a 12-round decision against Matt Skelton (21-1) a year ago. An Achilles tendon injury prevented Chagaev from defending his title last year against Valuev and the WBA has stipulated that WBA Interim champion Valuev and WBA champion (in recess) Chagaev must fight no later than June 26 for the outright WBA championship.

“My injury was a big mishap for me and very lucky for Valuev,” Ruslan said. “But now I’m fit again and I’m looking forward to the fight against Drumond. This is a good test. I will prove to Valuev and all of the ‘experts’ that I am the true champion. My dream remains to be world champion of all associations and to unify all the belts. For this dream, I will also propose a fight with the Klitschko brothers.”

Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs), promoted by Warriors Seminole Boxing, fights out of Costa Rica and presently is rated No. 10 by the WBA. His most notable win was in 2007, when he won a 10-round decision against former world champion Kelvin Davis. Drumond is the former IBF and WBO Latino champion, as well as the ex-WBC FECARBOX title holder.

Ukrainian-born Kotelnik, rated No. 3 by The Ring magazine, won the WBA light welterweight title last March with a 12th round TKO of previously unbeaten Gavin Rees (27-0). Kotelnik, now living in Hamburg (Germany), had previously fought Souleymane M’baye to a draw in their 2007 WBA light welterweight title fight.

WBA No. 1 contender Maidana (25-0, 24 KOs) is a little know yet punishing puncher who has stopped 24 of his 25 pro victims. The Argentinean, rated No. 9 by The Ring, is a former WBA Fedelatin light welterweight champion.

The undefeated 22-year-old Boytsov (23-0, 18 KOs), a native of Russia now living in Germany, is rated No. 11 by the WBA. He was a decorated amateur whose many titles included the 2004 Junior World Championships in the super heavyweight division.

For more information about the “The Champion Returns” PPV show, go on line to www.integratedsportsnet.com.

Edwards vs. Bloy Double Title Fight Hits Stoke

Thrilling ex-British super flyweight champion Chris Edwards returns to the ring Friday, January 23 when the pint-sized terror drops down a division to meet his chief domestic rival, Wayne Bloy, in a clash for the vacant British and Commonwealth flyweight belts.

Fans are expected to pack out the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, England for the return of local hero Edwards, who hasn’t fought in his hometown since stopping Dale Robinson in a shocker two years ago.

The fantastically conditioned Edwards will bring his trademark whirlwind-style of fighting to the contest and has vowed to not only keep his reputation of being the most exciting boxer in Britain but also add the British and Commonwealth flyweight titles to his already impressive trophy cabinet.

In the opposite corner will be Grimsby based hard man Bloy, who will try to parlay an advantage in youth, height and reach to knock off Edwards and offset the Stoke man’s edge in stamina, ring generalship and sheer toughness.

Promoter Frank Maloney has chosen this incendiary pairing to kick off the new year for good reason but has also stocked the undercard with a raft of sure-fire support contests that do justice to the all-action main event.

Highly-skilled English lightweight champion Scott Lawton and ruthless challenger Henry Castle will each place a five bout win streak in jeopardy in a classic boxer vs puncher battle that will determine who will go onto a British title challenge and who will start back at square one.

Big-hearted welterweight Mark Thompson is nearing a shot at the Commonwealth crown but first he’ll have to get past one of the top welters in Ghana, iron-chinned southpaw Phillip Kotey.

Welsh dynamo Gary Buckland will be looking to retain his Celtic lightweight belt but must sweep aside the continuing comeback of seasoned former Commonwealth super feather titlist Craig Docherty.

More information on additional undercard bouts will be released soon.

Frank Maloney Promotions presents “Stoking The Fire”, featuring Chris Edwards vs. Wayne Bloy for the vacant British and Commonwealth flyweight championships along with full undercard support on Friday, January 23, 2009 at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, England.

Tickets are priced at £70 and £35 and are available by logging onto www.frankmaloney.com or by calling the Box Office at 0871 226 1508.

Sky Sports will televise the action live on SS1 starting at 10PM.

ELVIN AYALA SIGNS WITH TKO BOXING PROMOTIONS

Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala has joined forces with Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions in an exclusive promotional agreement, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, its President.

The 27 year old Ayala, carrying a record of 18-3-1 (8KO’s), will return to the ring at the inaugural “FIGHT NIGHT AT THE PLAZA” on Friday January 23rd at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas , NV .

In Ayala’s last bout on March 29, 2008, he battled IBF Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham over twelve hard fought rounds before being stopped in the final stanza in Schleswig-Holstein , Germany.

“Elvin has all the tools to be a world champion and our goal is to get him another shot at the title this year. Prior to the fight with Abraham he had the draw with Sergio Mora who went on to beat Vernon Forrest so there’s no question in our mind that he can compete at a world class level.. We’re proud to add him to our team at TKO Boxing” said Koerner.

Ayala fought to a draw with Sergio Mora on October 16, 2007 in a bout broadcast on ESPN from the Home Depot Center in Carson , CA .

Details of Ayala’s upcoming bout on January 23rd will be announced shortly. He is managed by Alan Haddleman.

Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions stable also includes; super middleweight Joey Gilbert, middleweights Bastie “THE BEAST” Samir and James Countryman, junior middleweight Anthony Thompson, lightweights Rolando Reyes, Raul Tovar and Terrance Crawford, the sister team of Katy and Emily Klinefelter, featherweight Carney Bowman and super bantamweight Rafael Valenzuela.

Further information on TKO Boxing Promotions can be viewed at www.tkoboxingpromotions.com


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