Joseph Parker battles Yakup Saglam this Saturday on 6/13
ESPN3 will present exclusive live coverage in the U.S. of the 10-round heavyweight bout between undefeated up-and-coming Joseph Parker (13-0, 11 KO’s) and Yakup Saglam (34-3, 31 KOs) Saturday, June 13, at 6:30 a.m. ET. The fight, from Parker’s home country of New Zealand, will also be available for replay on ESPN3 shortly after its conclusion.
Parker, who is highly regarded as one of the top prospects in the heavyweight division, scored a fourth-round knockout win over Jason Pettaway in his last fight. Saglam, of Turkey by way of Germany, enters Saturday’s fight with five consecutive wins including his last, a third-round TKO over Marcel Zeller.
International Boxing Hall Of Fame Inducts ESPN’s Nigel Collins
This weekend in Canastota N.Y., some of boxing’s best will be cemented in history when they are officially inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF). Among this year’s Hall-of-Fame induction class is ESPN.com boxing columnist and ESPN boxing contributor Nigel Collins. Collins joins ESPN Deportes boxing analysts Joe Cortez and Julio Cesar Chavez as well as former ESPN boxing commentator Al Bernstein as HOF inductees.
Collins, who joined ESPN in 2011, is one of the most respected boxing journalists and historians of all time. Prior to ESPN, he served as editor-in-chief of The Ring Magazine. In addition to his ESPN.com responsibilities, Collins contributed to ESPN’s long-standing Friday Night Fights series, providing social media content, insight and analysis. He will continue in the same role when Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN) debuts on Saturday, July 11 (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET).
ESPNFrontRow.com caught up with Collins to discuss being inducted into the HOF and more. Read Full Q&A.
ESPN’s Brian Campbell also caught up with Collins to discuss his Hall of Fame career.
Antoine Douglas takes on Istvan Szili to Headline ShoBox on Friday July, 17 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA (June 12, 2015)–On Friday night, July 17 undefeated Middleweight Antoine “Action” Dougas will headline a televised quadruple header when he takes on fellow undefeated Istvan Szili in a 10-round bout from the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and will be televised on Showtime’s acclaimed ShoBox: The New Generation (10 PM ET)
The show is promoted by GH3 Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, Main Events and King’s Promotions.
In the 10-round co-feature, it will be a battle of undefeated Middleweights as Derrick Webster will fight Arif Magomedov.
In an 8-round Super Bantamweight bout, Adam Lopez will take on fellow undefeated Eliecer Aquino.
Opening the television portion of the card will be Super Middleweight Jerry Odom (13-1, 12 KO’s) who will take on Samuel Clarkson in a bout scheduled for 8-rounds.
Douglas of Burke, Virginia has a record of 17-0-1 with 11 knockouts. He will be making his second consecutive appearance on ShoBox and fourth overall. He is coming off a 6th round stoppage over previously undefeated Thomas LaManna on March 13 in Westbury, New York. Previously he has victories over former world title challenger Luca Messi (37-9-1), Marquis Davis (8-0-2) & Colby Courter (4-0). He is currently ranked number-14 by the WBA. He also has a win over spoiler Don Mouton and a draw with highly regarded former world title challenger Michel Soro. Soro just scored a stirring knockout of Glen Tapia.
Szili (18-0-2, 8 KO’s) of Frenkendorf, Switzerland will be making his American debut. Szili has been a professional for six years and has fough some good opposition in Europe. In his last bout, Szili won the UBF Middleweight title with a 6th round stoppage over Mathias Zemski (13-1) on August 30 in Zurich, Switzerland. Szili also has wins over Jetmir Kuqi (6-0), Dzmitriy Lubachkin (18-2) and Aliaksandr Sushchyts (1-0-1).
Webster of Glassboro, New Jersey has a record of 19-0 with 10 knockouts. He will be making his national television debut. The southpaw is coming off a 5th round stoppage over William Johnson on May 29 in Memphis, Tennessee. Webster has a 22 second knockout over Obodai Sai (23-1).
Magomedov of Chekhov, Russia has a record of 15-0 with 9 knockouts. He is coming off an impressive 1st round stoppage over the upset specialist Darnell Boone on May 22 in Las Vegas. Magomedov won the Russian Middleweight title with a 1st round stoppage over Marat Khuzeev. He added the UBO Intercontinental Middleweight title with a 2nd round stoppage over Thomas Mashali (9-1-1). He continued to win titles as he won the WBA Fedlatin Middleweight Title with a 3rd round stoppage over previously undefeated A;ex Theran (16-0). In his next bout, he won the WBA Intercontinental Middleweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Patrick Mendy. On October 24, 2014, Magomedov added the WBO Youth Middleweight and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight crowns with a 10-round unanimous decision over Michael Zerafa (15-0). Magomedov is currently ranked number-10 by the WBC and number-6 by the WBO.
Lopez of San Antonio, Texas has a record of 12-0 with 6 knockouts and is making his 2nd ShoBox appearance. In his first appearance, he scored an explosive 1st round stoppage over previously undefeated Pablo Cruz on March 13 in Westbury, New York. Since then, the 24 year-old Lopez has racked up two wins with the latest being a 6-round unanimous decision over Miguel Tamayo on May 22 in Corona, California.
Aquino of Higuey, Dominican Republic has a record of 17-0-1 with 11 knockouts. The 8 year veteran has racked up some titles in his undefeated resume. He won the Dominican Reoublic Super Flyweight championship in just 6th fight. He captured the WBA Fedecaribe Super Flyweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Juan Guzman (18-3). He later won the WBC FECARBOX Super Flyweight title with a 3rd round stoppage over former world title challenger Omar Soto. Aquino is coming off a 3rd round stoppage over previously undefeated Rayci Rosa (5-0) on September 27, 2014 in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Odom of Bowie, Maryland has a record of 13-1 with 12 knockouts. The 22 year-old is making his 2nd consecutive ShoBox appearance and 3rd overall. In his last bout, he avenged his only blemish when he stopped Andrew Hernandez in one round. That fight took place on March 13 in Westbury, New York. The bout was a rematch of their controversial fight that took place on January 9 when Odom was disqualified. In Odom’s previous ShoBox appearance, he scored an exciting 7th round stoppage over Villier Quinonez (8-0) on July 25, 2014 in Verona, New York.
Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas has a record of 14-3 with 8 knockouts. He has won four in a row. In his last outing, Clarkson scored a 6th round stoppage over Jay Williams on April 3 in Irving, Texas. Clarkson scored the biggest win of his career on February 20 when he won an 8-round split decision over former world title challenger Cedric Agnew (27-1). The 24 year-old Clarkson has quality wins over Izaac Cardona (9-1). Chad Trahan (7-0), Kenneth McNeil (3-0) and Thomas Falowo (6-0).
“This is a stacked show and when you look at the combined record it is 125-4-4 with 75 knockouts. I want to thank Showtime and especially Gordon Hall for recognizing the talent in our company. I also would like to thank the Sands for hosting this event. We have made tremendous strides in the last year. We at GH3 Promotions will continue to our upward trajectory as we will be working with the bigger companies in the business like Main Events and Greg Cohen Promotions. Working hand and hand with them can only help one another in the future. I am looking to showcase all of my top prospects on this card in putting them in competitive bouts,” said GH3 Promotions Vito Mielnicki.
“I want to thank Dennis Porter and Ronald Sims who have everything in place in camp with our stable in Virginia. They keep our guys hungry and working hard. With GH3 Promotions and Kay Koroma, we are very happy with the way we are moving our fighters strategically. We are looking for bigger and better things.”
A loaded undercard will feature some of the best prospects on the East Coast.
Lavarn Harvell (14-1, 7 KO’s) of Atlantic City will take part in a 6-round Light Heavyweight bout.
In 4-round bouts:
Rickey Nuno (1-0) of Bethlehem, PA will take on Tim Kunkel of Pennsylvania in a Jr. Middleweight bout.
Seeing action against opponents to be named will be Super Middleweight Christopher Brooker (3-0, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia; Lightweight Samuel Teah (5-1, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia and Super Bantamweight Manny Folly (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia.
Ticket Information will be announced shortly.