Main Events Inks Co-Promotional Contract with Latvian Cruiserweight Mairis Briedis

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Mairis Briedis
 
Totowa, NJ:           Mairis Briedis (14-0, 11 KOs), the undefeated cruiserweight from Riga, Latvia, has just signed a co-promotional agreement with Main Events. Briedis is currently promoted overseas by J.C. Courreges’ Biggers Better Boxing, the co-promotion will cover all of Briedis’ US and Canadian fights.

 
The 30-year old Briedis is the current International Boxing Association Cruiserweight and WBC Baltic Cruiserweight Champions and undefeated in 14 professional fights. After making his professional debut back in 2009 he knocked out his next eight opponents in a row over the span of three years.

 
In his last fight he defeated Ismail Abdoul via a 12-round unanimous decision. This Friday he will take on Bjoern Blaschke in Dortelweil, Hessen, Germany. The undefeated Briedis said, “I’m very happy to be joining Main Events and I truly believe that this will be a turning point in my career. I appreciate that Ms. Kathy Duva and Main Events have believed in me and are ready to give me a platform to reach my highest goals of becoming the world champion. I’m looking forward to introducing myself to the American boxing world and show how tough Latvians can be in the boxing ring!”

 
Courreges added, “Mairis Briedis is an exceptional talent and we are thankful to Kathy Duva for giving us the opportunity to prove ourselves in the USA and hopefully becoming world champion in a very near future.”

 
Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger had this to say about the signing, “I’ve had the pleasure of refereeing Mairis Briedis. He’s a highly skilled and world class fighter. I’m happy that he’s coming to the USA!”

 
Kathy Duva is excited to add another cruiserweight to her stable.. She said, “Mairis Briedis is a very promising cruiserweight prospect..  I’m looking forward to seeing him in the ring this weekend on Eurosport then bringing him to the United States.”

Photos: Ovill McKenzie Sucessfully Defends British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Title vs Matty Askin

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Frank Warren presents Championship Boxing from the home of London boxing, The York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, headlined by Ovill McKenzie’s British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight title defence against Matty Askin,
 
Fight # 1
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
NICK WEBB WTKO1 (Time: 0.56) HRVOJE KISICEK
Pro-debutant Nick Webb got off to an explosive start in his career with quick fire 56-second stoppage of Croatian Hrvoje Kisicek with short explosive hooks and uppercuts.  Webb said afterwards, “It was my debut and I was looking to put on a good start for the people watching me.  I just let me hands go and I could see him going so I finished the job.  It was a great start, the first fight is out of the way and now I can settle down continue learning.”

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Fight # 2 
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Welterweight Contest
LOUIS ADOLPHE WPTS (Score: 40-35) DANNY LITTLE
Wimbledon’s Louis Adolphe takes his unbeaten record to 3-0 with a flashy performance, mixing hard shots to the body and head, over Driffield’s tough Danny Little.  A hard right hand dropped Little in the fourth round, with Adolphe looking to finish him off, but Little stuck to the end.  Adolphe said, “He was a tough opponent, when I was landing the body shots I was noticing his defence droppping and I wanted to finish him off but he hung in there. Anyway, I’m happy with the performance, roll on to the next one.”

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Fight # 3 
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Welterweight Contest
ROMEO ROMAEO WTKO5 (Time: 1:57) MICHAEL MOONEY
Flashy showing from Cardiff switch-hitter Romeo Romaeo who made an impressive debut at light-welterweight with a fifth round stoppage of hard Michael Mooney.  Romaeo exploded in the fifth with a dynamite right hook that stunned Mooney and he ploughed in throwing powerful, short, hooks and uppercuts that forced the referee to step and call a halt.  “I was taking my time and waiting for the opening and I caught up with him the fifth round with a perfect right hook that landed flush and I just steamed into him.  I feel so strong at light-welter and there is so much more to come from me.” Said Romaeo

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Fight # 4 
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Bantamweight Contest 
RYAN BURNETT WPTS6 (Score: 60-54) FAYCAL MESSAOUDENE
Belfast ace Ryan Burnett took his record to a perfect 8-0 with a punch perfect performance over Frenchma Faycal Messaoudene.  Burnett took out his last three opponents but was made to go the distance this time, but displayed his accurate jab and powerful shots mixed with some quick footwork and shifting angles.  He said afterwards, “I’ve been knocking people out recently, but it was good to get six rounds under my belt and try out new moves.”

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Fight # 5
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Middleweight Contest
GARY CORCORAN WPTS8 (Score 78-76) ADAM JONES
Wembley’s Gary Corcoran ground out a hard-fought points win over the resiliant Adam Jones on the score cards.  Corcoran plied the pressure on continually throwing punches and looking to force a stoppage but Jones stuck in there.

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Fight # 6
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Featherweight Contest
MITCHELL SMITH WKO3 (Time: 0:36) ANTONIO HORVATIC
Harrow Weald ace Mitchell Smith delivered the KO of his career with a stunning sixth round knockout of Croatian Antonion Horvatic.  Smith, who had been training in Monaco in the build up looked fit, strong, and in command as he took his time and sized up Horvatic for the first couple of rounds. Then in the third he landed flush with a devastating four punch combination leaving Horvatic flat on his back and the referee waving it off without a count.  Mitchell said, “I just enjoyed myself in there and took my time and when the time was right I took him out.  I’ve got KO power in both hands, I’ve got the skills, I’m going to the very top in this game.”

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Fight # 7
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Middleweight Contest
LLOYD ELLETT WPTS8 (Score: 78-75) RAIMONDS SNIEDZE
Roared on by a huge fanbase, undefeated Lloyd Ellett took his record to 17-0 with a tough points win over the tough Latvian Raimonds Sniedze.  The powerfully build Ellett from Brighton is knocking on the door for a British title shot shortly in the talent-packed domestic divison currently ruled by Liam Smith.

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Fight # 8
THE SOUTHERN AREA LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds
MILES SHINKWIN WKO6 (Time: 2:48) RICHARD HORTON
In a thrilling, all-action, fight, Miles Shinkwin retained his Southern Area Light-Heavyweight title with one brutal left hand body shot in the sixth round that Horton could not get up from.  “That was a beautiful body shot that I hit him with. After a fast start I did go to sleep for a bit and Jason Rowland told me to step it up and that’s what I did and took him out. I know I’m on course for the British title and I’ll be ready after a couple more fights.” Said Shinkwin.

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Fight # 9
THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
OVILL McKENZIE WPTS12 MATTY ASKIN (Majority decision: 113-114 (Askin), 116-119 (McKenzie), 115-111 (McKenzie)
Ovill McKenzie retained his British and Commonwealth belts in a gruelling battle with younger rival Matty Askin by majority decision.  Both men had points deducted, Ovill in round five for hitting behind the head, and Askin in round seven and eight for holding.  Despite a lot of holding in the fight, both men unloaded big shots on each other, but in a dramatic tenth round it looked like Ovill was about to stop Askin after hurting him with a big right hand, but couldn’t land the finishing blow.  Askin fought back and lasted the final two rounds to hear the bell.  McKenzie said, “It was a very tough fight and Askin really pushed me to the end.  I want the world title fight next to complete my career, WBO Champion Marco Huck is the man that I want.”

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Fight # 10
THE VACANT SOUTHERN AREA SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds
TOM BAKER WPTS10 (Score: 97-94) KEVIN GREENWOOD
Undefeated Chingford talent Tom Baker was crowned the new Southern Area Super-Middleweight Champion with a career best performance over rival Kevin Greenwood.  In an exciting battle, Baker showed his supreme fitness with a high work-out to outpoint Greenwood over ten rounds on the judges scorecards. “This is the first of many titles, I want to defend this a few times and then go for my dream shot at the British title.  I showed what I can do over ten rounds, I’ll get fitter and stronger and twelve rounds will be a breeze.  I aim to rule the domestic scene over the next couple of years.” Said Baker.

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Fight # 11
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Heavyweight Contest
KIRK GARVEY WPTS4 (Score: 39-37) KRZYZSTOF GOLEC
Top prospect Kirk Garvey maintained his undefeated record with a points win over Krzyzstof Golec.

BJ Flores Has Team Assembled and Sights Set on Shaking Up the Cruiserweight Division.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LAS VEGAS (May 15, 2014)–This past Saturday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Cruiserweight contender BJ Flores scored a spectacular 1st round KO in a bout that was scheduled for six rounds. Collins hit the ground after a picture perfect right hand of Flores connected in the very first round.

Flores of Las Vegas upped his record to 29-1-1 with 19 knockouts and looked sharp despite coming off a 17-month layoff.

“I have the power, speed and talent and its finally time to put it all together. I have had some business opportunities over the last two years that have kept me away from the ring but now I have the team in place and boxing has my full attention. I am ready to fulfill my potential. I have the perfect team in place to make sure I get those oppurtunities in the immediate future”.

“I want to thank my team. The next year is the most important of my boxing career. All I want to do is get right back in the gym and prepare for my next fight. I have never had the luxury, since very early in my career of fighting and immediately having another fight scheduled in the upcoming weeks. My new team is taking care of all the outside the ring details and that allows me to focus only on training. I have nothing more to say. I will do all my talking in the ring”, said Flores.

Flores, who has been drawing rave reviews as a ringside commentator on the NBC Sports Fight Night series, is ready to start making big noise in the Cruiserweight division.

Advisor Louie Decubas jr. says “BJ is an explosive fighter and he proved that again on Saturday night. BJ has shown very good power and speed and people are going to be very surprised when he continues to score KO’S as he moves up in opposition. With his amateur background and Great chin we feel he matches up with ANYONE in the division. We have some very big plans for him in the next few months. “