Big Six Entertainment Announces 2014 Dates

PROVIDENCE (January 2, 2014) --  Big Six Entertainment has announced its 2014 event schedule, featuring six confirmed shows in Massachusetts, three apiece at Club Royale Boston and the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.

2014 Big Six Entertainment Schedule


        Date                                                 Start                                   Venue         

Saturday, March 15                         5 p.m.                         Club Royale Boston

Saturday, May 3                               6 p.m.                         Irish Cultural Centre

Saturday, June 21                           6 p.m.                         Irish Cultural Centre

Saturday, July 26                             5 p.m.                         Club Royale Boston

Saturday, September 13                6 p.m.                         Irish Cultural Centre

Saturday, November 22                  5 p.m.                         Club Royale Boston



"During the past two years of operations," Big Six Entertainment president Artie DePinho said, "Big Six Entertainment established itself as one of the leading boxing promotions companies in New England.  We brought competitive, entertaining clubs shows back to New England.  Young professional boxers have an opportunity to fight and develop, veterans are able to stay active without signing restrictive promotional contracts, and local boxing fans get to follow their favorite fighters on a regular basis.


"We're grateful for having two great homes in Massachusetts: Club Royale in Boston's popular downtown theater district and outdoors under a large tent, located halfway between two boxing hot-beds like Boston and Providence, at the Irish Cultural Centre. Our attendance increased show-by-show and we are confident that trend will continue in 2014.  Young and old alike seem to appreciate our early start times at both venues.  


"In our first event of the year (Mar. 15), we will be capitalizing on St. Patrick's Day weekend.  The main event will showcase a 10-round bout for an Irish junior middleweight title when Lee Murtagh squares off against Michael McLaughlin.  Big Six Entertainment would like to thank the Massachusetts Athletic Commission for its cooperation, professionalism and our licensing approval.  We are also in discussions to promote shows at other venues throughout New England to expand our fan-base for continued growth in 2014."

Khan Signs To Fight Mayweather; Now Waiting To See If Mayweather Takes The Bout? If Not Khan Willing To Face Pacquiao

Amir Khan told the UK’s Daily Mail that he has signed a contract to fight Floyd Mayweather and is waiting for Floyd. “I am the one who signed the contract, I’ve signed my part of the contract, they’ve not signed theirs,’ he said. ‘If he wants to fight Amir Khan then he should sign it…if he wants to face someone I’ve beaten (Maidana) then so be it.”

“I’d fight Manny,” he continued “Look, it’s business. We are friends and respect each other, but I would definitely consider the fight, and I am sure he would too.”

Provodnikov-Bradley Garners Fight Of The Year Honors

PHILADELPHIA (DECEMBER 30, 2013)--This past March 16th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov waged a memorable battle that saw Bradley barely hold on to his title by winning a razor- thin unanimous decision.
Provodnikov, knocked Bradley down with just seconds remaining in the bout and Bradley was rocked and badly hurt several more times in the bout that saw many ebbs and flows throughout the thrilling contest.
Even though the "Siberian Rocky" came up a bit short in the scorecards, he became a star that night  because of his terrific performance  
As 2013 draws to a close, many in the boxing community are giving the bout the accolades it deserves by naming it the "2013 Fight of the Year."
 Kevin Iole of;Robert MoralesChris Mannix of; & USA Today are just a few of the many outlets that has given the fight it's highest accolade.
There are still outlets such as and the prestigious Boxing Writers Association of America that will surely follow suit and add to the recognition of the great fight.
Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO's) would go on to capture the WBO jr. welterweight championship with a 10th - round stoppage over Mike Alvarado on October 19th, in Alvarado's hometown of Broomfield, Colorado.  
"This was a great fight and we are ecstatic that the world got to see what we already knew:  That Ruslan is a world championship fighter and his win over Mike Alvarado proved that," said Banner Promotions CEO Artie Pelullo.  
"I would like to thank all of the media that recognized this sensational fight.   Ruslan has become must see television.  He has many memorable nights in store for years to come."

American Fighting Organization Ring Card Girls Competition Finals Sat. In Boston

MEDFORD, Mass. (December 30, 2013) - The AFO MMA Ring Girls Competition Finals will be held this Saturday night (7 p.m. ET start) at The Greatest Bar (262 Friend Street) in Boston.


All of the original contest entrants will be introduced at the aforementioned event.  The 10 finalists will be announced and compete before a panel of five judges who will select the five official AFO MMA Ring Girls for 2014. 


New England's newest combat sports promoter, two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight boxing champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz, owns and operates the new American Fighting Organization (AFO).


"This event will launch the new AFO," said Ruiz, who is the remains the only world heavyweight boxing champion of Latino heritage.  "We are reintroducing the AFO and letting fans throughout New England that the new AFO is here and ready to go. We are in final negotiations with several potential venues for our MMA and boxing events.


"We wanted to get people from various sports and dance to be judges and we have a great group.  I'm honored that they've agree to take time from their busy schedules to judge our contest."   


Santi DeOleo, executive producer of JAM'M 94.5 FM "Ramiro's House" morning show, will be the Master of Ceremonies, while AFO ring announcer John Vena serves as the event host.


The five celebrity judges for Saturday night's AFO MMA Ring Girls Competition Finals will be Lyndon "LB" Byers, former Boston Bruins tough guy and WAAF sports jock; Reia Connor, former New England Patriots cheerleader and owner/dance instructor of Boston's only full service dance and promotional company, Phunk Phenomenom; former New England Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, currently a writer/analyst/broadcaster for the Boston Herald, NESN, WEEI, and Patriots This Week; former New England Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins, an NFL analyst for CSN New England and guest on 98.5 The Sports Hub; and fitness specialist Maria Diaz.


AFO will promote amateur and professional mixed martial arts and boxing events, as well as promote MMA fighters and boxers, starting in early 2014 with an amateur MMA tournament in various weight classes to determine the best in New England.


A specially designed AFO title belt to be awarded to each tournament winner will be displayed for the first time at the AFO Ring Girls Competition Finals. A trophy will also be awarded to the gym producing the most champions at the AFO MMA Tournament. Ruiz also set a goal for promoting his first boxing event, possibly a Pro-Am, or even a boxing-MMA hybrid, outdoors this coming summer.

Undefeated Lightweight Prospect Ivan Redkach Following American Dream

LOS ANGELES (December 29, 2013) - Undefeated Ukrainian lightweight prospect Ivan "The Terrible" Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs) will continue to follow his American dream on January 17, in Memphis as he makes his U.S. network debut in the 10-round main event against Canadian Tony "The Lightning" Luis (17-1-1, 7 KOs) on ShoBox: The New Generation.


Redkach, who lives in Los Angeles, gained invaluable experience working there with world champions Brian Viloria and the late Edwin Valero. Currently rated No. 13 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), the ferocious 27-year-old Redkach has knocked out 13 of his 15 professional opponents.  The lethal southpaw had a 260-40 amateur record and he was a 2008 Ukraine Olympic Team alternate.


"This opportunity is what I have worked so hard for since I was eight years old," Redkach said from his training camp in LA with head trainer Mario Morales.  "National exposure in the U.S. is why I uprooted my life and moved here.  So many world champions started out fighting on ShoBox and now it's my turn."


Luis was a standout Canadian amateur who was a seven-time Provincial and three-time National silver Mittens champion.  Styles make fights and the 25-year-old Luis is a consummate boxer, as opposed to the power-punching Redkach, to combine for a potential 2014 standout fight.


"Luis has an excellent amateur background," noted Redkach, who is promoted by DiBella Entertainment.  "He has great speed and is a pure boxer.  This fight will be a great test for me. Based on what I've seen of him on tape, I believe he'll dance around the ring with me being a predator; make no mistake, I will catch him!"


Redkach is carrying on a rich Ukrainian boxing history, starting with world heavyweight championWladimir Klitschko and continuing with contemporary Ukrainian world-class fighters such as cruiserweight Dmytro Kucher, middleweight Max Bursak, junior welterweight Viktor Postol, and featherweight Vasyl Lomachenko.


Redkach's manager, Elite Management president Larry Army, is high on his newest signee.  "There comes a time in every manager's career when he finds out what he really has in a fighter," Army added.  "I know Ivan is a tremendous fighter with awesome power. On January 17th, the boxing world will know what I already do - Ivan Redkach will be a world champion."

Photos: Mayweather Mocks Potential Opponents; Pacquiao, Maidana, And Khan

Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather, has been busy tweeting out to potential May 3rd opponents. The fighters Mayweather has taunted are Manny Pacquiao, Marcos Maidana, and Amir Khan. Khan has been the long rumored opponent, but Maidana has come in the mix with his huge upset victory over Adrien Broner. Pacquiao is a long shot as we know as long as he is with his promoter Bob Arum a mega-fight with Mayweather will probably never happen.

Here is what Mayweather tweeted out through his twitter page @floydmayweather:

Mayweather on Pacquiao: Juan Marquez ate Timothy Bradley’s leftovers…
… Now you’re telling me I got to eat Juan Marquez’s leftovers? Let me talk to the IRS about this…

Mayweather on Maidana:
Can I please order a one-piece with a biscuit? No sides.

Mayweather on Khan:

Just imagine what Amir "Con Artist" will get if his name gets picked in the Mayweather sweepstakes

Mike Tyson Joins List Of Legendary Fighters Who Became Promoters

Mike Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion of all time and in 1987 voted, "World's Most Popular Athlete." Now he joins a select list of legendary fighters who became boxing promoters.


Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey, the "Manasa Mauler," stopped boxing after this fight against Gene Tunney. He promoted a few bouts before entering show business as an actor.


Joe Louis

Joe Louis, the "Brown Bomber" is considered by many historians as the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. He retired briefly in 1948 and one of his first promotions was the Ezzard Charles - Jersey Joe Walcott fight for title Louis' vacated.


Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, known simply as, "The Greatest," is certainly one of the most famous people of all time. After his final bout in 1981against future champ Trevor Berbick he entered the promotional business under the banner "MAPS," Muhammad Ali Professional Sports.


Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson and business partner Garry Jonas formed Iron Mike Productions in 2013. Their motto: the best interest of the fighter comes first in any decision making. Mike will be in Minneapolis to see his IBF Champion Argenis Menedez defend his crown on ESPN Friday Night Fights January 3 at Target Center.


Some other prominent fighters who also became promoters include Roy Jones, Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, and Floyd Mayweather.


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Beibut Shumenov's Time To Shine Has Finally Arrived

LAS VEGAS (December 264, 2013) - Reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) Super and International Boxing Association (IBA) Light Heavyweight World Champion

Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO's) celebrates his fourth anniversary as world champion next  month but he really didn't arrive on the worldwide boxing scene until this past December 14th in his SHOWTIME debut.

Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime


The 30-year-old Shumenov set a light heavyweight record for capturing a world title in the fewest career fights, 10, when he won (Jan. 10, 2010) a 12-round decision over Gabriel Campillo in Las Vegas. Shumenov's fifth successful world title defense was an impressive performance over previously undefeated challenger Tomas "Tomi Kid" Kovacs (23-1, 14 KOs) on "Danger Zone," headlined by Marcus Maidana's upset of Adrian Broner, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. 


Shumenov, the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian who lives in Las Vegas, dropped Kovacs at the end of round one with a picture-perfect left hook to the European champion's chin.  The powerful Kazak briefly switched to southpaw in the second round, decking Kovacs with a left uppercut, and refereeRafael Ramos halted the fight at the 2:55 mark of the third round after a battered Kovacs was knocked down for the third time in the fight.


Although he hadn't fought in more than a year, Shumenov showed little ring rust, if any at all, as he patiently stalked Kovacs, who Shumenov expected to be aggressive from the opening bell.  "From watching some of his past fights," the 30-year-old Shumenov explained, "I expected him to come forward and fight inside. I was prepared to counter him, but he fought defensively and I had to set him up.  I feinted a lot more than in my past fights, moved better, and I eventually got him. 

"My goal has always been to unify and Golden Boy and Showtime are going to give me that opportunity. We tried to make a couple of unifications and different fights that for one reason or another fell through. We tried to made unification fights with [NathanCleverly and [Chad]Dawson when they held belts, but they weren't interested in fighting me.  I tried to unify with a scheduled fight against [then WBO champion JuergenBraehmer but he ran out of town three days before our fight."

Aligning himself with Golden Boy and Showtime has positioned Shumenov for a potential unification fight with International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins, who has the same promoter and fights for the same network as Shumenov. Hopkins attended Shumenov's fight in San Antonio and went on record saying he wants to fight Shumenov for both belts in late March or early April.


"Bernard Hopkins is a legendary fighter and it would be an honor to fight him," Shumenov added. "He said he wants to fight me, I want to fight him.  If I had my choice of unifying against any of the other world champions in the 175-pound division, I would pick Bernard Hopkins because he is a six-time world champion who is headed to the Hall of Fame.  Hopkins already proved that age isn't an issue and maybe he isn't human.  The other two world champions, [WBC, AdonisStevensonand [WBO, SergeyKovalev, only became world champions this year and they haven't beaten opponents at their peaks like Hopkins has so many times.  Stevenson beat Dawson after [Andre]Ward destroyed him and [TavorisCloud wasn't the same after Hopkins fought him.  Kovalev won his title from Cleverly, who I had been trying to fight for a few years because he had been built up and had never fought a top guy. 

"I want to prove that I am the best 175-pound champion in the world and the way to do that is to beat the other champions.  I think if fans really support having one world champion in our division, maybe all sides can get together to do a tournament with the winner of a fight between me and Hopkins going against the Stevenson-Kovalev winner.  It's been done before." 


Fans may friend Beibut Shumenov on his Facebook Fan Page

Pelullo Knows It Works To Have Your Face In The Place

It’s a credo understood by every politician. Mass mailings, automated telephone calls to registered voters and posters seemingly plastered on every building and utility pole aren’t always enough to win the day.

A lot of times, you just have to have your face in the place. It’s that personal touch -- looking people in the eye, pressing the flesh, kissing babies, impressing people with your sincerity and vision of the future – that often makes the difference on election day.
Philadelphia-based boxing promoter Art Pelullo isn’t a holder of public office, but he understands the value of one-on-one interaction. A lot of one-on-one interaction. It’s an approach that has enabled him to carve out a foothold in a savagely competitive business dominated by megapromoters with large staffs and deep rosters of fighters.
Pelullo’s Banner Promotions doesn’t have as large a support staff or as deep a roster as, say, Golden Boy, Top Rank and other promotional entities that control a disproportionate percentage of big-time boxing. But Pelullo understands the necessity of winning certain local precincts, even if those precincts are in Brazil, England and Russia.
“My mother always said that it’s better to be lucky than smart,” said Pelullo, who has known his share of both favorable sides of professional destiny. “I know I’ve had my share of good fortune.”
Consider the three names with whom Pelullo is most often associated: Acelino “Popo” Freitas, Ricky Hatton and the current lead pony in his relatively compact stable, emerging superstar Ruslan Provodnikov, the “Siberian Rocky.” Hatton was already a major player in the fight game, widely sought by virtually promoter in the world, when he signed a three-bout deal with Pelullo in 2006. In its own way it was as big a surprise as prized free agent Robinson Cano opting to leave the New York Yankees for the Seattle Mariners, or maybe the Toledo Mud Hens.
But Freitas and Provodnikov were different. Pelullo hitting it big with them was the equivalent of a neighborhood guy stopping by at his local convenience store, buying a couple of Powerball tickets and then having the winning ping-pong balls pop up. And it couldn’t have happened if Pelullo, a longshot himself, hadn’t decided to purchase those tickets despite the logistical difficulties of those inconvenient convenience stores being located thousands of miles from his Philly office.
Take his successful recruitment of Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs), the recently crowned WBO junior welterweight champion (by virtue of his Oct. 19 stoppage of Mike Alvarado) who is emerging as one of the hottest growth properties in the sport. Pelullo found out about him quite by chance on something of a fishing trip to Russia that was intended only to catch somebody with talent, not necessarily a fighter from a frozen outpost in western Siberia that virtually no one in the United States even knew existed.
Better lucky than smart? Yeah, maybe. But there are another couple of old sayings that contain at least a grain of truth. One is that luck is the residue of design. The other is that those who work hard enough create their own luck. Let Pelullo explain:
“Five or six years ago – it probably was closer to six – I went to Moscow,” Pelullo recalled. “At the time, Ricky Hatton was still fighting for me and Popo Freitas’ career was winding down. I just took a flyer. I was looking for new guys, new talent, and I knew some Russian promoters I had done some minor business with. I was already selling Freitas and Hatton fights to (Russian television’s) Channel 1 and Channel 2, so it was a dual-purpose trip, to meet with Russian promoters and TV people that were buying my ongoing events.
“I had just gotten off a 15-hour flight and I wanted to go to my room to change, but they were in the lobby at, like, 11 in the morning, Moscow time, drinking vodka. So I never even went to my room. I introduced myself to a couple of fellows named Rinat (Yusupov) and German (Titov) who were Russian promoters. We started talking and I told them I wanted to get some Russian fighters and bring them to the United States and develop them on ESPN. I told them I thought we could open a new market.
“There weren’t a lot of Russian fighters appearing in the U.S. at the time. They liked the idea, but I have to say they were a little skeptical of me, that I would actually do what I was saying. They probably thought I would try to steal their fighters. But one thing led to another and I started bringing some of their fighters over, a couple at a time.”
One of those imported questions marks was Provodnikov, a distinctive face in the crowd only because of the genealogical features inherited from his mother, who is of Mansi heritage, which is the Siberian equivalent of a Native American. No way did Pelullo expect that he was about to strike the mother lode again, as he had first done with Freitas.
“I have to say, I really didn’t know who Ruslan was then,” Pelullo admitted. “He was just one of the guys in the group. But he fought his first fight for me, a four-rounder on a Freitas undercard at Foxwoods, and from that point on we started using him more and more.
“Russell (Peltz) was my matchmaker at the time and he said, `Artie, you got something here.’ I said, `I think you’re right.’
“From there I found Maxim Vlasov, who’s No. 4 in the world (in the WBC ratings at super middleweight, as well as No. 5 in the IBF), and Dmitry Pirog, who won a middleweight title (WBO) for me by knocking out Danny Jacobs on HBO Pay-Per-View. I did the same thing when I wanted Popo and Ricky Hatton. You have to go where they are because you’re handling these guys’ careers and their lives are in your hands. They want to know what you think, and they want to look into your eyes when you’re telling them that. It’s all about if they feel they can trust you, and if you feel you can trust them.”
Freitas, the former WBO/WBA lightweight and WBO super featherweight champion who retired in 2012 with a 39-2 record (including 33 knockout victories) while winning 13 of 15 world title bouts, is Exhibit A in the Pelullo personal-touch playbook. Like Provodnikov, he was a miracle waiting to happen, provided someone with enough insight was on the scene to glimpse all that untapped potential.
“We were doing the Boxeo tournament,” Pelullo explained. “Freitas was not the guy we were building the tournament around. J.C. Candelo was. But Freitas came out of nowhere to become what he became.”
The relationship between Pelullo and Freitas was close – so close, in fact, that Pelullo almost came to be regarded as a trusted member of Freitas’ family, and one that didn’t hesitate to tell his guy the sort of hard truth that so many fighters are unwilling or unable to hear. Even though Freitas was still vastly popular in Brazil, and had a not-insignificant following in the U.S., Pelullo advised him to hang up his gloves for the betterment of his health and well-being when the pendulum began to swing the other way.
It was that concern for Freitas – not to mention Pelullo’s in-presence persistence – that convinced Hatton, or more specifically his mother, to throw in with him when the “Hitman” from Manchester, England, was the big-ticket item on every promoter’s radar in early 2006, less than two years after he had shocked the world by stopping the great Kostya Tszyu, who didn’t leave his corner after the 11thround.
“Nobody expected me to sign Ricky Hatton,” Pelullo said. “He was the biggest thing in boxing at the time. Everybody wanted him. I definitely was not the frontrunner. It was (Oscar) De La Hoya, it was Lou DiBella, it was Gary Shaw. It was everybody but me. Don King was even in play. I was way down the totem pole.
“I went to England. I called Ray Hatton (Ricky’s father and manager) and said, `I’m coming over, and I’m going to stay there until I sign Ricky.’ And that’s exactly what happened. I stayed in Manchester, I ate fish and chips for seven days until I signed Ricky to a multimillion-dollar, multifight deal.
“It’s pretty simple, really. The reason I got him and not one of my competitors is because nobody else got on a plane. Everybody else talked to him by phone. Nobody else but me got on a plane, went there, lived there, talked to his father.
“We’re in the people business. The Hattons wanted someone to look them in the eye and make them believe that he was going to do what was best for them, in every sense of the word. It’s isn’t always about the money.”
It didn’t hurt, of course, that Hatton and his family were aware of Pelullo’s strong ties to Freitas, but sometimes the deciding factor isn’t about promises of what the promoter can do for a fighter in the ring as much as what he feels he should do for a fighter out of it.
“Ray knew what I had done with Popo,” Pelullo said. “But when he said something about maybe Ricky fighting him, I wouldn’t have any of it. I said, `Look, Ricky would hurt Popo, and I don’t want for that to happen. I care too much about him to allow that to happen.’
“Ricky’s mother, Carol, overheard what I said. `We’re going to sign with him,’ she said, looking at me. Ray said, `Why?’ And she said, `Forget the deal. Just remember what he said about (Freitas) when someone tries to get him to throw our son under the bus.’”
Hatton fulfilled his three-bout contract with Pelullo, to their mutual benefit, but he didn’t re-up when Pelullo cautioned the Brit to hold off on accepting a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., for which Hatton was paid $10 million and was on the wrong end of a 10th-round TKO.
“The Hattons made a lot of money, I made a lot of money,” Pelullo acknowledged. “But I didn’t think Mayweather was the right fight for Ricky at that time. Ray obviously thought otherwise. I told (the Hattons) when I was in Manchester that the grass isn’t always greener somewhere else. Sometimes it’s just grass.”
Provodnikov, stashed away in Beryozova, Siberia, wasn’t so far removed from the outside world that he wasn’t aware of the kind of marks Freitas and Hatton had made in boxing, and he was intrigued about the man who had helped hand them the pencils with which they made all or part of those marks.
“Ruslan knew I had brought Popo up from four-rounders to four world titles,” Pelullo said. “He knew about Hatton, obviously. Plus, he liked me. At first he was a little leery. Look, a lot of the Russian people I have met need time to warm up to you if they don’t know you. We’re Westerners. Ruslan comes from a small town in Siberia. In the beginning, he was understandably a little apprehensive.
“I didn’t even sign him to a contract until he’d had three or four (pro) fights. I said, `Take your time. See if you like me. But, really, we’re going to get along just fine.’ I never pushed him.”
There is a steep cost to any promoter for fostering all that good-will. Banner Promotions hasn’t exactly cornered the market on the Eastern European fighters who are quite the rage these days, but, in addition to Provodnikov, Pelullo has signed Pirog, Vlasov, Alisher Rahimov, Fedor Papzaov, Zvengy Chuprakov and Sherzod Husnov.
“You know how much it costs to fly three guys from Ruslan’s hometown here (the U.S.) for a four-rounder?” Pelullo said of Provodnikov’s traveling support team. “It’s $5,000 an airline ticket. Then you’re paying him, you’re paying the opponent. It was costing me a ton of money early in his career, with no assurance I’d make it back. But I believed in this kid.”
Unlike Hatton, whom Pelullo had cautioned against taking a fight with Mayweather, Artie is quite willing to put his ascending fighter as quickly as possible into a big-bucks clash with Manny Pacquiao. Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, is owed co-promotional rights to Provodnikov’s next fight, provided that fight can be made by the April 15 deadline, and Pelullo is confident he and Arum can make nice much more so than Arum can with his arch-rival, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, which is why a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight probably is doomed never to happen.
“I’ve known Arum for 26 years and we get along very well, even when we sometimes disagree,” Pelullo said. “We usually find a way to make things work. It’s possible to disagree with someone and still get along. It starts with being able to talk to one another.
“You don’t always get what you want, and neither does Arum, but you meet somewhere in the middle. What good does it do to get crazy and always be at odds with one another? If you’re always insisting on all-or-nothing, you’re never going to find that middle ground.

GH3 Promotions Signs Undefeated Wanzell Ellison

NUTLEY, NJ (DECEMBER 26, 2013)--Vito Mielnicki's GH3 Promotions is proud to announce the signing of undefeated Super Featherweight Wanzell Ellison to an exclusive promotional contract.

Ellison, 24 years old of Newark, New Jersey had 90 amateur fights and he appeared in the National Golden Gloves tournament on two occasions. 

He turned professional on July 31st, 2009 with a 2nd round stoppage over Alex Cooper in Saratoga, New York. 

Ellison has a record of 9-0-1 with 5 knockouts.

"I am every excited that GH3 Promotions will get me moving," said Ellison.  "Now I have a promoter that believes in me.  I know I will be fighting more than once or twice a year."

With GH3 Promotions behind him, Ellison believes that he can be a player in the 130 pound division.

"I envision I will be a new star on the rise.  A prospect at 130.  I am looking forward to popping up on the scene and surprise a lot of people and after that, people will remember who I am."

Ellison will be make his GH3 Promotions debut on January 31st in West Orange, New Jersey on the undercard of an ESPN's Friday Night Fights event.

"I am excited at the New Year.  It is a great way to start out.  I know I have the potential and I am excited to take over the Super Featherweight division."

D&D Management Has Strong 2013; Looks For Huge 2014

Doc Nowicki and David Price of D and D Management Team LLC located in Philadelphia Pa celebrate another year of success in the sport of boxing by winning their 2nd consecutive Philadelphia Managers of the Year Award.    


In 2013 the stable of fighters currently under the banner of D and D Management Team went an astounding 29 wins, 1 no contest, 1 draw with only 2 losses (both of which occurred in world championship bouts).    


Alfred "Doc" Nowicki said "I have been managing fighters for the past 20 years and I have never been so excited about the level of skill and will possessed by our young fighters. All of our prospects are under 25 years of age and we have been carefully grooming them for the past 2 years. I can guarantee that in 2014 the world will take notice of our D-Boys".  

January 10th; 4-0, 1ko Jr. Welterweight amateur sensation Damon "Baby Dame" Allenleads the way in Philadelphia, Pa at the Iron Workers Union Hall on Delaware Ave.

January 24th; 4-0-1, Heavyweight Mark "Too Sharp" Rideout and 11-2, hard punching Middleweight Decarlo "3mendo" Perez at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey .

January 25th; 11-0, 10kos Super Middleweight Jesse "Hard Work" Hart who was nominated for KO of the year continues at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

January 31st; 10-0, 1ko Lightweight Naim "The Dream" Nelson resumes action at Harrah's Casino Philadelphia.  

February 14th; 17-1, 12kos Jr. Welterweight contender Emanuel "Tranzforma" Taylor who is currently ranked #4 in the world by the IBF will take center stage on ESPN'S Friday Night Fights in Huntington New York.

Dave Price stated "We had a busy 2013 posting an excellent record in the ring and working even harder outside of the ring. We are in the final stages of completing a documentary on Philadelphia Gold medalist Tyrell Biggs as well as 2 reality shows on our professional and sponsored amateur fighters. It's been hard but I'm really proud of our team's accomplishments in 2013 but I look forward to even greater challenges in the coming year. We are also looking for 2 possibly 3 more super talented fighters that might be added to the D and D stable in 2014".

Mikey Garcia-Juan Burgos Tickets On Sale

Tickets go on sale TODAY at Noon ET for the January 25 clash between undefeated WBO jr lightweight champion Mikey Garcia and #1 contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-feature is a clash between undefeated heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings and Artur Szpilka. Tickets are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25 at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at and

Antonio Orozco vs. Miguel Angel Huerta Announced For Jan. 24, 2014 At Fantasy Springs

INDIO, CALIF. (Dec. 20) - FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes' Golden Boy Live! series returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 24 to kick-off 2014 with a hard-hitting main event featuring San Diego's undefeated Antonio "Relentless" Orozco as he puts his undefeated record on the line against fellow power-puncher Miguel Angel "El Anestesista" Huerta of Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico in a 10-round junior welterweight fight.  Also featured on the night of boxing will be a 10-round IBF Super Welterweight Final Elimination bout between former World Champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage and Miami's Joey "Twinkle Fingers" Hernandez.


Rapidly becoming one of the most intimidating fighters in the junior welterweight division, Antonio "Relentless" Orozco (18-0, 14 KO's) stopped his last six opponents by way of knockout, including veterans Ivan Hernandez and Jose Reynoso and fellow prospect Danny Escobar.  On Jan. 24, the 26-year-old from San Diego returns for his third appearance at Fantasy Springs when he faces a rugged veteran in Huerta.


Hard-hitting southpaw  "El Anestesista" (27-11-1, 18 KO's) has tested several top-notch fighters over the years, with big wins over Daniel Alicea, Efren Hinojosa and Darling Jimenez proving that when the bell rings, the Mexico City product is always ready for battle.  The always-tough Huerta is looking forward to upsetting Orozco.


Eager to prove his boxing life begins at 40, Detroit's former World Champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage (32-5, 19 KO's) is eager to defeat Joey Hernandez on Jan. 24 and put himself back in line for a shot at becoming a world champion again.  The former IBF 154-pound world champion from 2010, when he knocked out Cory Spinks, to 2013 when he lost a controversial majority decision to Ishe Smith, Bundrage plans on letting his heavy hands go and adding another knockout to his record.


Miami southpaw Joey "Twinkle Fingers" Hernandez (23-1-1, 13 KO's) has long been one of South Florida's best-kept secrets.  The winner of eight straight bouts, five by knockout, and owner of the USBO and the WBC USNBC titles at 154 pounds, Hernandez is on the brink of a shot at a world title.  The 29-year-old is back in action after a victory over James Winchester in November of last year and ready to take on Bundrage of Jan. 24.


Orozco vs. Huerta is a 10-round junior welterweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and O'Reilly Auto Parts.  The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.


Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are on sale now at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at

"The Rematch": Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Abner Mares" Announced For Feb. 15, 2014 At Staples Center

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 19, 2013) - Golden Boy Promotions will present a rematch of one of 2013's biggest upsets when Jhonny Gonzalez defends his WBC Featherweight World Championship against former Three -Time & Three-Division World Champion Abner Mares, on Saturday, Feb.15 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).


In their first bout on Aug. 24, 2013, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., hard-hitting Gonzalez shocked the world with a first round knockout of Mares taking his title and his unbeaten record from him. On Feb. 15, Mares gets his shot at redemption.


"Abner Mares gave me my shot and now I'm giving him his," said Gonzalez. "I respect what he's done in the ring and the heart he shows every time he fights, but I worked too hard for this to give it up now. I will keep my title on February 15."


"I'd like to thank Jhonny Gonzalez for this opportunity. It will be an honor to fight him a second time," said Mares. "August 24 was his night and I take nothing away from him, but February 15 will be my night and I'm going to get my title back."


"This fight says a lot about both Jhonny Gonzalez and Abner Mares," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Jhonny wants to leave no doubt about his first win and Abner wanted to get another shot at him immediately. These are two great warriors and I can't wait to see them fight again."


"After the most unexpected upset of 2013, Jhonny Gonzalez and Abner Mares will meet again in one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the first quarter," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  "Any time you put two Mexican warriors like Abner and Jhonny in the ring together, you can expect an action-packed fight.  This is the type of fight that our SHOWTIME viewers have come to expect, and February 15 will undoubtedly deliver."


"We are very excited to host such an incredible fight here on February 15th with our partners at Golden Boy Promotions," Lee Zeidman, STAPLES Center, Sr. Vice President and General Manager. "Southern California boxing fans will definitely not want to miss this rematch of Jhonny Gonzalez and Abner Mares, it is sure to be a memorable night at STAPLES Center."


One of the best Mexican fighters of this era, Mexico City's Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO's) has held world championships at 118 and 126 pounds, defeating the likes of Hall of Famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson and former World Champions Fernando "Cochulito" Montiel, Irene Pacheco, and Hozumi Hasegawa, along the way. Winner of 15 of his last 16 bouts, with the only loss a technical decision defeat to Daniel Ponce De Leon in September of 2012, the 32-year-old Gonzalez has resurrected his career in style with his first round title-winning knockout of Mares, and he's looking forward to doing it again.


A member of the 2004 Mexican Olympian team, 28-year-old Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico's Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO's) earned a spot on boxing's pound for pound list in 2013 when he stopped Daniel Ponce De Leon in nine rounds to win his third divisional world title, the WBC featherweight crown. A previous owner of championships at bantamweight and super bantamweight, the Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. resident now has the opportunity to make history once again by regaining his crown on February 15.

Gonzalez vs. Mares II, a 12-round fight for Gonzalez' WBC Featherweight World Championship, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The bout will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. PT and will be available for purchase online at, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) or at the STAPLES Center Box Office (Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm). VIP Suites are available by calling (213-763-7755).  For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call (877-234-8425)

Weights From Broomall, PA

Tim Witherspoon Jr. 149 - Josue Rivera 148
Allen Burris 150 - Anthony Abbruzzese 150
Evencii Dixon 149 - Sukharb Shadiev 149 1/2 
Mike Moore 197 - Brian Donahue 186
Lonnie Jackson 135 - Christian Steele 136

Promoter: Marty Feldman
Venue: Marple Sports Arena
1st Bell: 7:30 pm est 

 Tickets at the door only $25

Khytrov Impressive In Pro Debut-Stops Nava In 1 To Highlight Memorable Night Of Boxing At Packed Webster Hall

NEW YORK (DECEMBER 19, 2013)-- In his much anticipated pro debut former amateur world championIevgen Khytrov took at Christian Nava in round one of a scheduled six round Super Middleweight bout at SOLD OUT
Webster Hall in New York City.
The show was promoted by Dmitry Salita's Star of David Promotions in association with  Fight Promotions Inc. and was sponsored by the Fight Factory Gym in Brooklyn.  

Khytrov came out and landed some hard shots but that did not deter Nava as he even came back to land a few of his own shots.  Finally towards the end of the first round, Khytrov showed his class and started hurting Nava with both hands.  Finally at the end of the round, Khytrov leveled Nava with a powerful left hook that sent him on the canvas.  Nava courageously got to his feet but stumbled back and referee Gary Rosado stopped the bout at 2:57 of round one.

Khytrov, who competed in the 2012 Olympics for his native Ukraine is now 1-0.  Nava, 166 lbs of Salt Lake City, Utah is now 2-5-1.

In what will possibly go down as the New York Fight of the Year, Dimash Niyazov andRapahel Luna waged a six round war that ended in a majority draw.

Early on it looked like Niyazov would have an easy time of it as he boxed his way to an early lead by using his height and reach.  In round three, Luna was able to start getting inside and made the battle a fire fight with for the the latter half of the bout thrilled the sold out audience at Webster Hall to the point they gave the two warriors standing ovations after each round.

When the scores were announced, they read 58-56 for Luna while two cards were even at 57-57.  Both fighters indicated they were up for a rematch with Luna insisting an eight round bout.  Promoter Dmitry Salita was on board and will try to make it happen in the first quarter of 2014.

Niyazov, 137 lbs of Staten Island via Kazakhstan is now 4-0-2.  Luna, 139 lbs of Albany, NY is now 4-6-3.

Heavyweight Jarrell Miller remained perfect as he stopped Sylvester Barron at 2:20 of round two of their scheduled six round bout.

Miller, 262 lbs of Brooklyn is now 7-0-1 with all wins coming by knockout.  Barron, 235 lbs of Anacortes, WA is now 8-3.

Akil Frederick opened the show and needed just 33 seconds to dispose of Jermaine King in a scheduled six round Middleweight bout.

Frederick of Brooklyn is 3-1 with 3 knockouts.  King of Guyana is now 1-8-1.

Michal Chudecki of Poland scored a six round unanimous decision over Joshua Nieves in a rematch of Lightweights.

Chudecki, 135 1/2 lbs of Poland won by scores of 60-52 on all cards and is now 8-0-1.  Nieves, 136 1/2 lbs of Brooklyn is now 2-3.

Good looking Cruiserweight Steve Bujaj stopped a gritty Mike Bissett in round five of their six round bout due to cuts around Bissett's left eye.

Bujaj systematically broke down Bissett and finally the fight was halted due to the bleeding.

Bujaj is now 10-0, 7 KO's.  Bissett is now 5-4.

Glenford Nickey scored a four round unanimous decision over Rigoberto Miranda in a Super Featherweight bout.

Scores were 39-37 on all cards for Nickey who is now 3-1.  Miranda is 0-1-2.

Peter Reyes remained perfect with a four round unanimous decision over Ruben Ortiz in a Middleweight bout.

Scores 40-35 twice and 39-36 for Reyes of Brooklyn who is now 4-0.  Ortiz of Providence is now 0-3.

Wesley Ferrer spoiled the pro debut of Richard Bonds by scoring a 1st round stoppage in the Lightweight bout.

Ferrer is now 2-0 with 2 knockouts.


Mendez Not Leaving Barthelemy World Title Fight In Judge's Hands

DEERFIELD, Fla. (December 19, 2013) - International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Lightweight World Champion Argenis "La Tormenta" Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) has vowed not to leave the outcome of his January 3 title defense against No. 1 mandatory challenger Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs), airing live on the 2014ESPN Friday Night Fights season opener, in the hands of the judges.


Mendez, fighting out of Brooklyn (NY), will make his second world title defense against Barthelemy at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 2004 Dominican Republic Olympian learned an invaluable lesson in his first world title defense, fighting a controversial 12-round draw with Arash Usmanee last August, in which most observers felt Mendez clearly won, on the first event ever presented by his promoter, Iron Mike Productions (IMP).


"I definitely learned that, when you're in the ring," Mendez explained, "you have to give it your all.  Sometimes, what you and our corner think isn't what is going through the judges' minds.  Honestly, I don't know what fight the judges saw.  There was no way that bout was a draw.  Unfortunately that fight wasn't the first time this has happened to me. I've been robbed twice before, once in Denver (vs. Jaime Sandoval), and the other time in Mexico (vs. Juan Carlos Salgado).  I knocked both guys down during our fights.  Now, I'm more determined to get in there and be more aggressive to make sure there is no doubt that I am the winner.  I'm definitely not going to leave it to the judges.  I know for sure that I'm going home with my title."


The irony of the Jan. 3rd fight is that Mendez' head trainer for the first time is two-time world champion John David Jackson, who used to be Barthelemy's head trainer.  Also, Barthelemy also was a controversial winner in an IBF eliminator for the No. 2 spot over Usmanee, in which the large majority felt Usmanee was robbed. Unbeaten Cuban-born Barthelemy then knocked out Fahsai Sakreerin (39-3-1) on June 21 in an official IBF title eliminator to earn his first world title shot versus Mendez.


"John David Jackson has been great," Mendez remarked.  "He's definitely been teaching me how to be more aggressive, throwing more punches and improving my power.  He's great strategizing and together we have worked out a great plan for this upcoming fight. Along with Jackson, I also have former two-time world champion (IMP stable-mate and fellow countryman) Joan Guzman in my corner.  I doesn't get any better than that!  I have two world champions in my corner helping me prepare for his fight.  In addition, Jackson trained Barthelemy in for his previous two fights.  We already have the blueprint, my job is to go out there January 3rd and execute.


"I really think Usmanee won his fight with Barthelemy and that's why I gave him the opportunity in August to fight me for the world title.  I honestly thought that he was the better fighter."


Mendez finds himself in the rare position of being the headliner on an ESPN Friday Night Fights show to conclude one season and then come right back to kick-off its next year of programming.


"I plan on expanding my fan-base by headlining both the finale and premier of the ESPN boxing season," Mendez concluded.  "Everyone is getting a chance to see what I bring to the tale and why I am world champion.  I would like to thank the entire ESPN family for giving me the chance to prove myself to the boxing world.  The support ESPN has given me is incredible.  I play on repaying them by having an exciting title match that will have all boxing fans on edge.  Hopefully, my upcoming bout will bring bigger and better opportunities for me."


The first 2014 installment of ESPN Friday Night Fights on Jan. 3 is being presented by Iron Mike Productions, Seconds Out Promotions and Warriors Boxing.  Tickets are priced at $35, $65, $100, $150 and $250 and are available at Target Center's Box Office, online at or by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX (888.929.7849).  Doors open at 6 p.m. ET, first bell 7 p.m. ET, and the ESPN broadcast starts at 9 p. m. ET.

ABOUT IRON MIKE PRODUCTIONS (IMP): Previously known as Acquinity Sports, Iron Mike Productions is a full-service boxing promotion company co-founded and led by CEO Garry Jonas. In partnership with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson, IMP is 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 or follow Iron Mike Productions on Twitter @IronMikeProd and Mendez @Argenis_Mendez. 

Formal Investigation Into Cheating Allegations For Broner/Maidana Fight


The Texas Boxing Commission is now analyzing video of the fight which some say shows Maidana taking what looks like a pill during the WBA welterweight championship fight last Saturday. The rules are so strict …even water needs to be tested prior to a fight before the boxer can consume it. Pills and any other substance for that matter are off limits. Broner — who was previously undefeated — says the loss hasn’t shattered his ego … he’s confident the investigation will prove Maidana cheated. We’re told the boxing commission will reveal the results of the investigation in 1-2 days.