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Cleverly vs. Kovalev official weights

At today’s official weigh-in on Cardiff’s busy Queen Street, outside the Capitol Shopping Centre, WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly came in at 12st 6lb (174lb) while the challenger Sergey Kovalev weighed 12st 5lb 8oz (173lbs).


Undefeated Cleverly makes the eighth and riskiest title defence against the dynamite-punching Russian tomorrow night at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, live and exclusive in the on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) and in America on HBO.

Cleverly said, “There is nothing left to say now and all the talking will be done in the ring tomorrow night. All the hard work is done, I’ve hit the weight spot and I’m ready to fight. I can’t wait for it, bring on Kovalev.”

In the chief support, British Super-Featherweight Champion Gary Buckland hit the scales at 9st 2lb 8oz (128lb) and challenger Stephen Smith came in at 9st 4lb (130lb).

Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight Champion Ovill McKenzie weighed 12st 6lb (174lb) with challenger Enzo Maccarinelli weighing 12st 6lb (174lb) in the big rematch.

Remaining tickets are available from the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Box Office on 02920 224 488 or Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or www.eventim.co.uk


Albert Bell a fortunate prospect with Iron Mike Productions

DEERFIELD, Fla. (August 16, 2013) – When amateur boxing star Albert “Prince” Bell signed a promotional contract with Acquinity Sports this past April, the 20-year-old from Toledo, Ohio, had no idea that, only four months later, he’d be promoted by Hall of Famer “Iron” Mike Tyson.

Acquinity Sports, under CEO Garry Jonas, recently partnered with Tyson to form Iron Mike Productions, which is presenting its first event on August 23, in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, “Tyson Is Back!”

“Tyson Is Back” features a World Championship doubleheader, airing on ESPN Friday Night Fights,live from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight champion Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez (21-2, 11 KOs) headlines in his first world title defense against IBF No. 13-rated Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs) in the 12-round main event.

In the 12-round co-feature, undefeated Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs), rated No. 2 by the WBA, takes on WBA No. 4 Jesus Cueller (22-1, 18 KOs) for the Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight championship.

Bell (1-0, 1 KO) will be showcased on “Tyson Is Back!” in a four-round bout against former World Boxing Organization (WBO bantamweight champion Mauricio “Cry Baby” Martinez (36-14-1, 24 KOs).

“We have high hopes for Albert Bell,” Tyson remarked. “He was an outstanding amateur boxer who has very good skills. We plan to help cultivate him into a world champion.”

A gold-medal winner as an amateur at the 2011 National PAL Championships and 2012 National Golden Gloves Tournament, Bell defeated several amateur boxers who, like Bell, are also solid pro prospects: Toka Kahn-Clary (6-0, 5 KOs), Kendo Castaneda (4-0, 1 KOs) and Pedro Duran (2-0, 2 KOs).

“Bell joined a talented group of young fighters and now he has the great Mike Tyson as his promoter,” Iron Mike Productions COO Henry Rivalta said. “It doesn’t get much better then that for a 20-year-old prospect. We’re developing our young warriors like Albert into sensational fighters. Garry (Jonas) and I are working tirelessly to build a stable of fighters who will be in major fights for years to come.”

Providing chief support are a pair of 10-round fights featuring Cuban knockout artist Alexei “The Mexican-Cuban” Collado (16-0, 15 KOs) against Mexican featherweight Hugo “Guerrero” Partida (19-4-2, 15 KOs), while welterweight Ed “The Lion” Paredes (33-3-1, 22 KOs) faces another tough Mexican fighter, Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (24-8-1, 16 KOs).

Collado, now fighting out of Miami, is rated No. 14 by the WBA and No. 15 by the IBF, and Paredes is one of only two welterweights in the world currently ranked among the top 15 in all four major sanctioning bodies: World Boxing Council (WBC) & WBA No. 3, World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 11, and IBF No. 13.

Also fighting on the undercard in a six-round bout is undefeated Virginian middleweight Antoine Douglas (8-0, 6 KOs), squares-off against Russell “Spiderman” Jordan (15-10, 10 KOs), of Rochester (NY).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Mendez, Marrero, Collado, Paredes and Bell were promoted by Acquinity Sports and are now fighting under the Iron Mike Productions banner.

Tickets priced at $150, $95, $55 and $45 are on sale and available to purchase at the Turning Stone box office, by calling (315) 361-7469, or visit www.Ticketmaster.com.

Doors open at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center at 6:00 p.m. ET, Friday, August 23. The first undercard bout starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. The live ESPN2 telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Iron Mike Productions, previously Acquinity Sports, is a boxing promotion company co-founded and led by Acquinity Interactive CEO Garry Jonas. It is a partnership with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson committed to changing traditional boxing promotion by advocating for its fighters’ successes inside the ring and out, throughout their professional careers and into retirement.

For additional information go online at www.IronMikeProductions.com or www.TurningStone.com.

Yamil Peralta: “I am ready to win all of my APB fights!

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 16, 2013 – The AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) “Boxer of the Week” social media campaign has brought this time its followers to Argentina, a country with a massive tradition in pro boxing. Heavyweight (91kg) Yamil Peralta has already marked his country’s boxing history as a young and powerful World Series of Boxing (WSB) Argentina Condors fighter, a London 2012 Olympian and 2010 South American Games and 2011 Pan American Games bronze medalist. He is now going to delight the pro boxing ranks within the revolutionary APB program.

The new APB boxer has answered the questions of our fan-generated interview through facebook (facebook.com/APB.Boxing) and Twitter (@APB_Boxing), disclosing some details of his preparation ahead of turning pro with APB, and the role of the WSB in this transition. The discussion also revealed some private facts about Peralta such as his dedication to his family. “In Argentina we don’t have a lot of money, so I am fighting for the sake of my family. I’m fighting to give them a better future, to give them opportunities and chances that I never had. They remain my main motivation and that is what inspires me to keep training so hard every day”, he confessed.

Peralta, whose records in the WSB are impressive (6-0), is very confident about his upcoming career as a pro within APB. “I’m really looking forward to competing in APB! I am pretty confident that I will manage to get the best possible results from this transition. Let me tell you even more – I really feel ready to win all of my pro fights!”

The full interview is available here http://bit.ly/16QmAgn

Next week, the APB “Boxer of the Week” social media campaign will be back to Asia to introduce to boxing fans a fighter from Uzbekistan. Get your questions ready and publish them as of Monday on APB facebook page https://www.facebook.com/APB.Boxing

APB’s “Boxer of the Week” campaign was launched on May 13th. It is designed to unveil the entire APB boxers’ roster athlete by athlete.

AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) is a pro-style boxing competition program under the governance of AIBA. Prior to the official start of the competition scheduled for 2014, AIBA will stage a number of APB exhibition bouts all around the globe. These bouts will consist of 8 rounds of 3 minutes and will feature some of the best fighters in the world. All the foreseen events will be considered as exhibitions and therefore will not affect the 2014 APB Ranking.


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