UNDEFEATED MIDDLEWEIGHT GIOVANNI LORENZO RETURNS TO RING ON BALDOMIR-GATTI UNDERCARD ON JULY 22
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Undefeated middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo returns to the ring in a 10 round bout against Canadian Bryon Mackie in a 10 round middleweight bout on the Carlos Baldomir-Arturo Gatti July 22 undercard, it was announced today by MAIN EVENTS CEO Kathy Duva. Lorenzo, who is ranked in the top-15 by the WBC and the IBF at jr. middleweight, will be boxing for the first time since dismantling Archak Ter-Meliksetian in seven rounds on March 10, 2006 (TKO 7).
Lorenzo (20-0, 12 KO’s) has stopped seven of his last eight opponents. The 25-year-old Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native captured the Dominican Republic middleweight championship on April 2, 2005, when he destroyed Rafael de la Cruz in two rounds (TKO 2).
"I want change the face of boxing in my native Dominican Republic and around the world, so there is only one fight that I am interested in and that is a title shot against Jermain Taylor,” said Lorenzo. “Like Taylor I am young, hungry, and undefeated. I am a 2000 Olympian and my style speaks for itself. I’ve said it before and I'll say it again. Give the young guys a chance and let’s get it on."
Main Events VP Carl Moretti has had preliminary discussions with Lou Dibella (Taylor’s promoter) about the possibility of Lorenzo fighting the undisputed middleweight champion.
Mackie (27-12, 10 KO’s) has won five of his last six bouts. The 32-year-old Orangeville, ON, Canada native defeated all five opponents by knockout. One of those whom he defeated was veteran Ian Mackillop (TKO 9). His sole loss during this string was to highly-respected rising prospect John Duddy on Nov 4, 2005 (TKOby 4). In his last bout on April 13, 2006, Mackie knocked out Terrence Jones (TKO 5).
For More info: MAIN EVENTS (973) 893-9100
OLN PARTNERS WITH TOP RANK TO ADD BOXING TO NETWORK'S WEEKLY SPORTS SCHEDULE
Deal Includes Both Live and Classic Fights Beginning July 27
STAMFORD, CT – OLN, home to the NHL, the Tour de France and the Professional Bull Riders, announced a partnership with leading boxing promoters Top Rank to bring professional boxing to the network’s sports lineup. Fight Night will consist of a series of live fights promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank group, as well as classic fights from their vast library, and will air Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET beginning July 27.
“As OLN transitions to Versus, we continue to seek out sports that fortify the competitive core of the brand,” said Gavin Harvey, President of OLN. “Boxing is the ultimate statement of man vs. man and is an exciting addition to our expanding portfolio of competitive genres.”
The newly added Fight Night will showcase 12 live events per year – roughly one per month. Wally Matthews, a veteran boxing writer who has covered the sport for two decades, and Bob Papa, who has called boxing for ESPN and currently for NBC, will host Fight Night on OLN. Michael Buffer, the tuxedoed announcer who coined the catchphrase “Let’s get ready to rumble!” will serve as the ring announcer for the live fights. Details of the first live event, scheduled for July 27, will be released shortly.
On nights when OLN and Top Rank are not presenting a live event, the network will take advantage of Top Rank’s extensive library of classic fights to present Fight Night: Top Rank's Legends of the Ring, hosted by Michael Buffer. From Muhammad Ali to Joe Frazier and Sugar Ray Leonard to Thomas Hearns, these classic fight packages will not only include the action inside the ring, but tell the back-story of each match as it happened. When feasible, classic fights will be enhanced to include interviews with the contenders, pre-fight press conferences, weigh-ins, and behind-the-scenes banter between contenders.
"Partnering with Top Rank allows OLN to get in the boxing game in a big way,” said Marc Fein, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for OLN. “They have a reputation for organizing great fights and they consistently deliver a solid audience. This new partnership gives us the opportunity to grow the sport while also attracting a broader audience to our channel.”
“Top Rank is delighted to be associated in this venture with OLN. We anticipate that OLN will become a major force in boxing and that boxing will help the network thrive,” said Bob Arum, CEO, Top Rank. “Twenty-six years ago Top Rank launched a boxing series on ESPN that lasted for 15 years and helped build the network into a major force in sports broadcasting. We are convinced we will do the same for OLN.”
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FIREWORKS WILL FLY AND EXPLODE FOR “INDEPENDENCE”
MERRILLVILLE, IN.- Jimmy “The Fighting Schoolteacher” Holmes will put his IN.B.A. State Middleweight Title on the line as Octavius James/One In A Million Inc. returns to the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN for “Independence,” the next action-packed card, on July 14, 2006.
Tickets are on sale now starting at just $25, doors open at 7 p.m. and the action launches at 8 p.m. with the first bout. Tickets are available at the Star Plaza Box Office 219-769-6600 or through any Ticket Master location 312-559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com
Holmes (13-0-1, 7 KOs) will headline a card filled with local favorites, including CO-Main event fighter Ruben “The Modern Day Warrior” Galvan (25-9-2, 9 KOs), a fighter with deep talent and extensive ring experience, including several internationally televised bouts.
“Independence” promises the same kind of bell-to-bell action that has become One In A Million's trademark, said Jack “Kid” Callahan. “Our fans look to us because they demand tough guys like Jimmy and Ruben, and ‘Independence’ is going to give them more of what they've always asked for,” Callahan said.
“Independence” will also feature crowd favorites “Marvelous” Shay Mobley (14-6-1, 6 KOs), a Chicago Middleweight, and Gary's own Jermaine “Too Sweet” White (13-1, 6 KOs), fresh from a Light Welterweight bout televised on Showtime, and “Superman” Derrick Findley (4-1, 3 KOs), an up-and-coming Middleweight.
Another area fighting superstar, Johnny “Kid One In A Million” Novak (17-1, 6 KOs), returns to the ring after his first 10-round bout last month at Resorts Casino East Chicago.
For more information on the “Independence” spectacular or group sales, call 866-438-7372.
FERNANDO VARGAS CLOTHING COMPANY IN PROMOTIONAL DEAL WITH UNIVISION RADIO TO PROMOTE JULY 15 MOSLEY-VARGAS REMATCH
“Nawshis Clothing” just one component of the boxer’s growing entrepreneurial empire
OXNARD, Calif. – “Nawshis Clothing” and “Ice Link Watches” have joined forces with Univision radio in a national multi-market promotion to publicize the July 15 rematch between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas. The huge four-week promotion will reach over 21 million homes and will run adjacent to World Cup soccer reports and updates. Southwest Airlines will provide airfare and MGM Grand will provide hotel accommodations for the winner, while “Nawshis Clothing” and “Ice Link Watches” provide prize packages.
“Nawshis Clothing” manufactures button shirts
. “In the last two years, I envisioned my own line where some of my most favorite pieces of clothing could be enjoyed by everyone who wants to look SICK,” said Vargas. “Nawshis is about urban lifestyle at its finest. Whether you are out night clubbing, looking for some fine ladies or with your girl on a dinner date, Nawshis has style and class”.
But clothing isn’t the only industry that Vargas has entered:
He owns and has real estate holdings in southern California and is now a real estate developer in Palm Desert.
He is a master telecommunications agent and represents all cellular carriers as well as the dish network in Southern California.
He is now developing FPS and will be soon offering flash videos of the ferocious one training and fighting.
He will be hosting a TV talk show now in development on Telemundo (Mun II).
Mosley and Vargas will meet again on Saturday, July 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mosley vs. Vargas II will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Tickets, which are priced at $800, $600, $400, $200, and $100, will go on sale Friday, April 28th, at noon. Tickets will be available at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office and also will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Tower Records/WOW!, Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Robinsons-May stores and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at http://www.mgmgrand.com/_
“Alpha Dog”, the Nick Cassevetes film in which Vargas makes his cinematic debut, is expected to hit theaters in the fourth quarter of 2006. The film stars Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone, and Bruce Willis.
For more info: MAIN EVENTS (973) 893-9100, Donald Tremblay
New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Inductions Announced
On Wednesday evening, November 1, 2006, a 7:00 P.M. the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold it’s Thirty-Seventh Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the Beautiful Venetian (formerly called the Cameo), 546 River Drive, Garfield, N.J. starting at 7:00 P.M.
Tickets are priced at ONLY $75.00 per person.
13 of Boxing’s finest will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and they are as follows: Dr. Mark Belafsky, Jeff Chandler, Doug DeWitt, Bob Fernandez, Eugene Grant ,James “Hard Rock” Green, Tony Riccio, Renaldo Snipes, and Frank “The Shark” Toledo.
Posthumus inductions: Pat Comiskey, Jimmy DeForest, Al Gavin, and Johnny Howard.
For the 21st time, the Hall of Fame will be honoring our Amateur & Professional Boxer of the year as well as the Amateur Official and Coach of the year, plus our “2006 Woman of the Year” Stefani “Belloise” Pedone.