Clock Is Ticking for the Return of Zab Judah Nov. 13th. Joseph Agbeko & Ava Knight Also Featured.

LAS VEGAS – On Friday, November 13, the D Las Vegas, in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions and Roy Englebrecht’s Promotions in association with David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions, will proudly present Super Showdown at the DLVEC, a night of world-class professional boxing at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and live on CBS Sports Network.
 
Headlining this stacked night of fights will be five-time world champion and former Undisputed World Welterweight Champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, in the 10-round main event. Former world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-5-1, 16 KOs) will take on Judah in this fight. Salgado won the WBA World Super Featherweight Title via first round knockout over current WBC World Champion Jorge Linares.
 
Also scheduled for appearances in separate televised supporting bouts will be former two-time world bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (30-5, 23 KOs) of the Bronx via Accra, Ghana; undefeated Las Vegas super lightweight Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs); and two-time female world champion Ava “Lady of Boxing” Knight (13-2-3, 5 KOs) of Chico, California.
 
Ticket for “Super Showdown at the DLVEC” are priced at $400 – VIP Table Seating (2 seats), $75 – VIP Ringside Seating, $50 – Ringside (Gold) Seating, $40 – Ringside (Silver), $25 – Assigned Seating and $20 – KO Zone and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and the DLVEC Box Office (800.745.3000).
 
37-year-old Zab Judah will be making his first appearance under the new GCP co-promotional banner. The southpaw Judah won the undisputed welterweight championship in February 2005 with a ninth-round stoppage of Cory Spinks.  Judah won his first title, the IBF Light Welterweight Championship in January 1999 with a fourth-round knockout over Wilfredo Negron.
 
35-year-old Joseph Agbeko held the IBF Bantamweight Championship from 2007 to 2009, making two successful defenses before losing and regaining it from Colombia’s Yonnhy Perez. Fighting as a professional since 1998, Agbeko has also held the Commonwealth (British Empire) Bantamweight, WBF Bantamweight, African Boxing Union Bantamweight and Ghanaian Bantamweight Championships.
 
A pro since 2010, the unbeaten Gutierrez is a fan favorite for his exciting style. He has already won the WBC United States (USNBC) lightweight title as a professional. The 26-year-old will be looking to continue his steady ascent up the ladder with an impressive victory.
 
27-year-old Ava Knight is a former IBF and WBC World female flyweight Champion. Knight made three successful defenses of her WBC belt. She also fought to a draw for the WBO World female bantamweight Championship in 2011 and has held the WBC International female flyweight and WBC Silver female flyweight Championships as well.
 
“I’m ready and happy to be back in the ring doing what I love to do,” said Zab Judah. “Don’t miss me November 13!”
 
Greg Cohen said, “It is my pleasure to be presenting such a high-quality boxing show in association with the D Las Vegas, a luxury casino hotel with no equal in the city. I wish to thank my partners, Roy Jones Jr of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions and Roy Englebrecht’s Fight Club OC as well for helping put this blockbuster of a show together. Zab Judah is a superstar in boxing and being part of his return in such a high-profile event is a true honor for me and my company.
 
Derek Stevens, CEO and Founder of the D and DLVEC, said “This is sure to be a great night and we are proud to be presenting this event in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at DLVEC. It’ll be a night full of exciting matchups and we are thrilled to welcome these esteemed fighters, as well as some local Las Vegas competitors, into our ring.”
 
On fight night, doors open at 7:30 p.m. PT and the action starts at 8 p.m. PT. *Televised broadcast start time: 9:30 p.m. PT. The D Las Vegas is locate at 301 Fremont St, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702.388.2400 or visit www.thed.com. The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is located at 200 S 3rd St in Las Vegas. For more information, visit online at dlvec.com.

Sue Fox: Speaks on Women In Boxing & More

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By: Brandon Stubbs
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TTF: Being in and around boxing for over 30 years, how have you seen the sport evolve?

Fox: My first exposure in the sport was in the late 1970’s, when I boxed as a pro . At that time, the sport appeared to be new and many “History First’s” were taking place with the female boxers. But after researching the sport extensively, it was apparent that women’s boxing had taken place throughout the years much earlier than the 1970’s. After I stopped boxing I did not pay a bit of attention to the sport until 1996, when while re-entering the training in boxing, I heard about Christy Martin and her fight with Gogarty on a Tyson card.

Fast forward—-since covering the sport from 1998 until now, I have seen the sport evolve into more amateurs, and professionals in the sport. When I first started covering the sport in 1998, I saw females with little experience and skills turning pro, without even fighting in the amateurs. The sport has evolved into females paying their dues and getting that much needed amateur experience before entering the pro circuit. I have also seen better and more significant opportunities for the amateurs in the sport that includes the Olympics.

TTF: What does/will it take for women’s boxing to gain the same traction in mainstream media that women’s MMA has?

Fox: I can’t speak for MMA, I do not cover it, and would not consider myself knowledgable about MMA to make a comment in that regards—But with that said, what it will take for women’s boxing, is that the female boxers will need the necessary opportunities to succeed.

There is absolutely no reason why the professional female boxers of today should not be getting some substantial television spots, besides the left overs of “Swing Bouts”.

These boxers will not be able to get into the mainstream if they cannot obtain bigger purses, featured on more fight cards, better media coverage, and most importantly— television.

TTF: With Holly Holm leaving boxing (and having early success), is there a fear that a lot more of women’s top talent in boxing will move to MMA in search of larger checks and more exposure?

Fox: I do not think there is much of a “fear” of top talent in our sport going from boxing to MMA. The way that I see the top female boxers treated in this sport—the public does not even know many of these fighters outside the sport.

The unfortunate thing about “top” women boxers in the sport is that these fine athletics in some cases cannot even get a fight. The purses are so low for them that it is tough to get an opponent to fight them—-and/or they get “ducked” out of the sport by the fact that no one will step in the ring with them.

TTF: In the match up between Celina Salazar and Ana Julaton, what are the key matchup factors that you see in this bout and who do you think will win?

Fox: In this bout with Ana Julaton facing Celina Salazar, it should be by all purposes a fairly even match. Although with the bout being scheduled for 10 rounds, Julaton will have the veteran advantage as she has fought 10 full rounds in eight of her pro fights.

Salazar on the other hand has never fought 10 rounds, and has only fought up to six rounders. One barometer to take in regards to Salazar, is she has less fight experience as a pro, but in her last fight with top female boxer Melinda Cooper she fought to a six-round majority decision. Not an easy task with the likes of Cooper.

TTF: With Celina having less then 10 pro fights is she stepping up too much in competition in fighting Ana?

Fox: It is a gamble on the part of the any boxer to fight another with significantly less experience than their opponent. Salazar is stepping up from four to six round fights, to a 10 round fight. Salazar has fought 27 rounds as a pro vs. Julaton fighting 118 rounds as a pro.

TTF: How important is Julaton/Salazar being a co-feature on a Golden Boy Boxing card and that it be a competitive fight which will be seen on American television?

Fox: It is nice to see a female bout featured on television. But not one female bout on a televised card will significantly impact the sport. I would say that seeing female bouts consistently televised would be very important to the sport and would help in moving the sport into the mainstream.

TTF: Who are some of the up-and-coming talent that boxing fans need to get familiar with?

Fox: This is a difficult question, because there are so many top female boxers on the rise. For me to leave one out would be hurtful to not mention them. So I would like to say that if you read about what is going on in the sport now, boxing fans will see a large influx of many rising stars in the sport.

TTF: Dream match ups (men or women) you would want to see happen in the next year and why?

Fox: Some of the dream matchups I would like to see would be: Cecilia Braekhus vs. Layla McCarter; Ava Knight vs. Susi Kentikian; Esmeralda Moreno vs. Jessica Chavez; Yesica Bopp vs. Chavez (rematch), not in Mexico; Mariana Juarez vs. Zulina Munoz; Jelena Mrdjenovich vs. Marcela Acuna; Diana Prazak vs. Amanda Serrano…and more.

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