“Maravilla” to Hit Major Streaming Channels May 19th

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“MARAVILLA” DOCUMENTARY ON BOXING CHAMP SERGIO MARTINEZ TO PREMIERE on iTunes US, MAY 19, 2015

New York (May 14, 2015) – “MARAVILLA”, the documentary based on the struggle of middleweight champion Sergio Martinez to reclaim his crown in boxing, will premiere on iTunes US on May 19, 2015. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2014), won the “Best Editing Award” at Mar del Plata Film Festival (Argentina), was nominated for “Best Documentary” for the Academy Awards of Argentina (2014), and was selected for the Official Competition at Guadalajara (Mexico, 2014), Lima (Peru, 2014) and Málaga (Spain, 2015) Film Festivals. “MARAVILLA” will also be available on Google Play, YouTube, PlayStation Networks, Vudu, Amazon Video, Xbox and On Demand on major US cable providers on May 19, 2015.
 
“MARAVILLA” premiered on Netflix USA, Canada and UK on April 1st and it was given four stars (out of five) by more than 22,000 households in only 30 days. “MARAVILLA” has also been the #1 Most Popular Spanish-Language Documentary on IMDB.com for the last two weeks. The film is 50% in English and 50% in Spanish.
 

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Director Juan Cadaveira gains unprecedented access into the world of boxing, revealing actual negotiations, the politics of championship organizations and TV networks, and the vulnerable physical condition of an aging champion. The 80-minute character-driven documentary offers a true inside look at the industry and follows middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez through every step of his battle inside and outside the ring to reclaim the title he rightfully owns.

Along with thrilling footage of Sergio’s mastery inside the ring and the persistent efforts by his team to keep him at the top, the film goes beyond the guts and glory of a common boxing tale. “MARAVILLA” reveals an unforgettable man who uses ambition, adaptability, relentless determination and integrity to navigate through a business that is attempting to control his fate.
 

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The documentary captures the grueling physical and mental demands on Sergio. Viewers are invited into his dressing room, his physical therapy sessions, and into his inner circle. The road to his achievements is shown to be isolating at times and requires a vision far beyond what is considered possible for a man who didn’t pick up boxing gloves until he was over the age of 20.
 
“MARAVILLA” sheds light on Sergio’s childhood growing up in poverty in Buenos Aires, with personal stories from family members and archival footage and photos from his youth. Sergio reveals his inner self and his battles to successfully overcome disappointment, adversity and neglect.
 

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The film features interviews and testimonials by many international boxing personalities such as Mike Tyson, Don King, Oscar De La Hoya, Bob Arum, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Dan Rafael, and the late WBC president Jose Sulaiman. Those closest to Sergio figure prominently in the film, including his longtime promoter Lou DiBella, advisor Sampson Lewkowicz, trainers and his mother along with other family members.
 
First-time director Cadaveira shot the film over two years in four countries: Argentina, Spain, Mexico and the United States, and in many different cities, from Quilmes to Las Vegas, via New York, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, and Mexico DF.
 
“MARAVILLA” is written and directed by Juan Pablo Cadaveira, executive produced by Lou DiBella and Jamin O’Brien and produced by BK Blu Productions and Blue Production Company.
 

iTunes USA  https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/maravilla/id981770730

Sergio Martinez and Maravilla Promotions File Lawsuit vs AIBA

April 30th, 2015.

A promotions company based in Madrid, led by former WBC super welterweight and middleweight world Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, has filed a lawsuit against AIBA (International Boxing Association) and the Spanish Boxing Federation.

Historically, AIBA has ruled amateur boxing, but a few years ago it began to also focus on professional boxing. AIBA´s plan involves controlling professional boxing exclusively, with the ultimate goal of monopolizing the sport. AIBA is implementing a nefarious plan using constant threats to the federations, who are menaced with expulsion, as well as exclusion from the Olympic Games.

Among the actions more difficult to tolerate from AIBA are:

1. Forcing the National Federations to be only affiliated to AIBA, expressly forbidding any contact with the traditional professional boxing organizations as EBU-WBC-WBA-IBF-WBO.

2. Prohibiting member associations from any other professional organization other than AIBA.

3. Forcing national federations to issue professional licenses to competitors only if they are part of AIBA professional boxing.

4. Forcing national federations to present to them the results of their elections, their federal structure and their statutes, with the main goal of getting ratification.

5. Obliging boxers to sign a commercial contract with a company owned by AIBA, Marketing Arm, to manage the boxers’ careers, eliminating of the market Promoters and Managers.

6. Prohibiting the issuance of professional licenses to coaches, referees … etc, if they are not part of AIBA professional boxing.

7. Threatening National Federations of being expelled from AIBA in case all the impositions are not fulfilled, which obviously, would have the consequence of not sending boxers to the Olympics.

8. The Spanish Boxing Federation has become the tool for spreading this behavior and actions imposed by AIBA. After suffering clearly these kind of injustice which interferes with national sovereignty through these awful practices, plus the growing fear of AIBA’s power and by clearly having suffered damage, we are forced to take the case to justice, letting it. decide the legality of the regulation that seeks to impose a private association .

With this action against AIBA and the Spanish Boxing Federation, Maravillabox Promotions, wants to denounce publicly and seek legal protection, not only for our commercial interests, but also for the rest of countries, federations, developers, managers, coaches and boxers. This is a global conflict that threatens to destroy our sport as we know it and as we want it.

Myself, Sergio Martinez owe everything I am to boxing, not to AIBA. We all are boxing and AIBA wants us to be part of their monopolism practices. That needs to be judged by the law, as the creation of monopolies only leads to the destruction of industries.

The filing of this demand to the court, is something I owe to all of boxing and, including all parties involved (promoters, managers, boxers, coaches, federations, committees, television … etc). Thanks to boxing, today I have the opportunity and freedom to exercise my right of justice. I have nothing to fear from AIBA, and no one should fear them. We need to face them and tell them that their practices violate the ambitions of all boxers who dream of becoming a world Champion. That is our dream- becoming world Champions…not winning AIBA tournaments.

We are aware that there are countries in which the imposition of AIBA may cause laughter, but in places where the industry is not developed yet it can lead to the disappearance of boxing, as we know it. That’s to what we oppose and we will fight against it until the last bell ringing …. We are looking forward to all members of the boxing family joining us into this actions.

We want to publicly thank the support we are receiving from the world organizations, WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and EBU who have expressed their position and irrevocable commitment to this lawsuit.

Especially I want to remember and honor to my dear President, Don Jose Sulaiman, whose fear of years has become reality and in fact, he was right once again, warning us of the danger it was coming. But we are sure we will have a clear victory.

For any questions or in case you need further information please get in touch through contacto@maravillabox.com

Sincerely, Maravillabox Promotions Sergio Gabriel Martinez Miguel Angel de Pablos

Julius ‘The Chef’ Jackson Cooks Jonathan Nelson in Nine Rounds

Saturday night (December 20) in Shelton, Washington, undefeated super middleweight Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-0, 15 KOs) made his national television debut a memorable one by roasting Little Rock’s Jonathan Nelson in nine rounds.
 
Despite his WBA #9 and IBF #5 ratings, 27-year-old Julius was previously regarded as the brother of better-known junior middleweight contender John Jackson and son of all-time middleweight great Julian Jackson. With the impressive Showtime-televised beating of Nelson, however, Jackson has announced his own arrival on the world scene.
 
The fight was almost over as soon as it began. A long, powerful Jackson right hand had Nelson (20-1, 10 KOs) on the floor within the first thirty seconds. To his credit, Nelson recovered, but sustained a prolonged beating for most of the fight. Another hard right had Nelson back on the deck in the eighth round and referee Jack Reiss had seen enough and waved it off at the 28-second mark of the ninth.
 
“Julius was very impressive,” said Jackson’s co-promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz (along with 340 Boxing). “His opponent was a good fighter, but Julius was too strong for him. He couldn’t take his punches.”
 
If Jackson, of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, was nervous about debuting on Showtime while simultaneously having his first fight on the US mainland, it didn’t show. Perhaps the time he’s spent recently, working with a couple world champions, had something to do with it.
 
“I learned so much working with Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez and Gennady Golovkin as a sparring partner that I want to thank them and their camps,” said Jackson. “With teachers like them, there is no doubt I will become a super middleweight world champion.”