Rosado and Stevens Battle to a Draw in The Pit. Layla McCarter Stops Diana Prazak in Final Round.

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LAS VEGAS – April 5, 2015 – In a close, hard-fought battle, Gabriel Rosado held on to his Middleweight Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) Championship belt, fighting to a seven-round draw against Curtis Stevens in BKB2’s main event at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Saturday night before a crowd of 3,000 boxing fans. The much-anticipated fight between Rosado and Stevens, two bitter rivals, was one of five carried live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET with four undercard bouts featured on DIRECTV’s Audience Network. 

The decision left a $30,000 knockout bonus on the table, though Stevens came close to putting Rosado away, dropping him with a short left hook near the end of the fifth round. Rosado rallied in the sixth and went on to go punch for punch with Stevens into the final round. One judge gave Stevens the fight scoring 69-63, but the remaining two judges each scored it 66-66, for a majority draw, allowing Rosado to keep the belt he won in the first BKB event last August when he TKO’d Bryan Vera in the sixth round.

Though all eyes were on the main event, two world-class female fighters were making BKB history as Las Vegas’ own Layla McCarter decisively won the first women’s BKB Lightweight Championship. In a master display of boxing technique, McCarter took out Australia’s Diana Prazak at 1:50 in the seventh and final round when referee Russell Mora stepped in to stop the fight. McCarter used BKB’s unique nowhere-to-run format in the 17-foot-wide pit to her advantage, pounding Prazak with relentless right hands and combinations that consistently found their mark.  

Also a first for BKB was the debut of a new in-glove technology. Developed exclusively for BKB, the “Hit Chip” technology, used in select bouts tonight, tracks the power and velocity in real time of a fighter’s punch in every round throughout the event.  Displayed on an on-screen graphic for viewers watching the fight on TV, several fighters at the BKB event registered more than 600 pounds of force and up to 26 mph.  

“What we’ve witnessed tonight is the coming of age of a new and exciting combat sport that has more than lived up to its promise of non-stop, toe-to-toe action,” said Alex Kaplan, co-commissioner and an executive producer for BKB. “The wildly enthusiastic reaction of fans in the arena tonight said everything about the enormous potential for BKB as these great fighters showed us how the pit forces the action. As both a popular sport and a format for young, up-and-coming fighters, who want to take on ‘The “Pit,’ we believe BKB is here to stay.”  

In post-fight interview, both fighters claimed victory. “I didn’t agree with decision,” said Rosado, who was rated an underdog for the fight. “I think I did enough to win the fight.”

Stevens was just as emphatic. “I think I won. Somebody didn’t get their math right.”  Though Stevens admitted he may have taken a round off, and that could have tilted the fight toward a draw.  Both fighters said they’d be happy to fight in an overtime round to avoid any chance of a draw.

Asked about his fifth round knockdown, Rosado said, “It was a flash shot, I got too relaxed and left my guard down. I felt like I made him miss, but he got in a good shot, I’ll give him that. I’m more of a stick-and-move type of guy and I felt like that’s what I did. It was a disciplined fight.”

Both fighters had praise for the pit format.  “I love the pit,” said Stevens. “It’s marvelous. You have to fight.”  Added Rosado, “It’s designed for a brawl, but at the same time, you can use it to your advantage and be aggressive. It’s going to be fast paced and it’s going to be action, but you can box smart,” adding that’s what he saw in the women’s match. “Layla boxed a beautiful fight.”   Though the main event fight was ruled a draw, BKB’s Hit Chip technology showed Stevens packed the more powerful punches on average at 402 pounds of force vs. Rosado’s 326.

Shane Mosley, Stevens’ trainer said in the post fight-press conference, “You’re going to see a totally different Curtis next time. He’s got his feet wet now in BKB and the things we worked on in camp, he knows now it works. I can’t wait until next time. When he steps in the ring again, especially if it’s Rosado, it’s going to be magical.”

Recap of Championship Bouts (Seven Rounds)

Middleweight Title – Gabriel Rosado – Philadelphia vs. Curtis Stevens – Brooklyn, NY:  Current Champ Gabriel Rosado fought Curtis Stevens to a draw over seven rounds in the BKB2 main event.

Lightweight Title – Layla McCarter – Las Vegas vs. Diana Prazak – Melbourne, Australia: McCarter defeats Prazak, putting on a boxing clinic, after the referee stopped the fight in the seventh round to save Prazak from further punishment.

Jr. Middleweight Title – David “The King” Estrada – Chicago, IL vs. Khurshid “The Maniac” Abdullaev – St. Petersburg, Russia: Abdullaev grabs the title in a unanimous decision from a determined Estrada in a hard fought bout that went all seven rounds.  Abdullaev’s Hit Chip measured one of the hardest punches of the night, registering 600 pounds of force at 12 mph.

Welterweight Title – Javier Garcia  – Oxnard, CA vs. Jonathan “El Charismatico” Chicas – San Francisco:  Chicas took the BKB Welterweight title belt away from Garcia with a solid left hook 16 seconds into the third round in a TKO victory, after knocking Garcia down twice in the second.

Cruiserweight Title – Anthony “Tony” Johnson – San Jose, CA vs. Joey “The Beast” Montoya – Colorado Springs, CO: Champ Anthony Johnson, clocking in on the Hit Chip at 621 pounds of force at 14 mph on one right hand cross, won a unanimous decision (68-65); over Montoya, retaining his belt. Montoya was rocked early by Johnson’s right hands, but came back strong in the last two rounds, however it was not enough.

Recap of Additional Fights (Five Rounds)

Jesus Soto Karass – North Hollywood, CA vs. Ed “The Lion” Paredes – Miami (Jr. Middleweight):  Karass, making his BKB debut, took it to Paredes in hard-fought, action packed bout, winning by unanimous decision (49-46). Karass said he desperately needed to win this fight and he did, going the distance and lighting up the Hit Chip with punches that surpassed 600 pounds of force.

Herbert “Ace” Acevedo – Garden City, KS vs. William “the Hutch” Hutchinson – Pittsburgh, PA (Jr. Welterweight):  Acevedo cards another BKB win with a TKO unanimous decision in five rounds (50-45).

Gabe Duluc – Boston vs. Antonio “Aztec God of War” Canas – Chicago (Jr. Welterweight): Duluc goes the distance again in his second BKB bout, victorious over Canas in a unanimous decision (50-45).

Julian “The Professor” Pollard – Brockton, MA vs. Elijah “Rain Man” McCall – Chicago (Heavyweight): Pollard is 2-0 in BKB, winning a TKO victory at 1:07 seconds in the fourth round.  

BKB, a new and intense close-range form of boxing that debuted last August, brought back “The Pit,” a smaller, circular fighting space, rather than a traditional square boxing ring with no ropes designed to produce more knockouts and heightened boxing action.

Developed by a team of industry veterans and licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, BKB features shorter and fewer rounds.  BKB uses a unique format designed to deliver a higher intensity level, maximum action and amazing knockouts, all of which have been declining with conventional boxing. BKB rounds last two minutes compared to boxing’s three-minute and MMA’s five-minute rounds. Fighters, using eight- and 10-ounce boxing gloves (depending on weight class), go five rounds for non-championship bouts and seven rounds for championship bouts.
For more information on BKB or how to catch all the hard-hitting knockouts, please visit BKB.TV. To join the conversation and get updates use #BKB and follow BKB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About BKB:
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, BKB is a close-range form of boxing that encourages and rewards proactivity, aggression and technical precision. The sport, led by Co-Commissioners and Executive Producers Jon Gieselman, Alex Kaplan and Chris Long, is designed to provide a more action-oriented and intensive form of boxing. BKB places a heightened emphasis on close-range offensive and defensive boxing techniques, precision punching within its unique format. For more information on BKB format, rules, events and fighters, visit www.bkb.tv

Layla McCarter & Diana Prazak Enter “The Pit” April 4th in BKB’s First Women’s Lightweight Championship

McCarter vs. Prazak added to Nine-bout Card for BKB2
Saturday, April 4 at Mandalay Bay and On Pay-Per-View
 
     LAS VEGAS – March 12, 2015 – Big Knockout Boxing’s (BKB) first women’s Lightweight Championship will be up for grabs at BKB 2 on Saturday, April 4 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET, combat sport veterans Layla McCarter from Las Vegas and Melbourne Australia’s Diana Prazak will square off in “The Pit” to showcase the tenacity and aggressiveness of female fighters in this no-nonsense, action-packed format.
Known as Australia’s greatest female fighter, Prazak initially joined a boxing gym to turn her life around and get into shape, but quickly fell in love with the sport.  As a world-class fighter, Prazak is known for being technically sound while her opponent, local girl and wily veteran Layla McCarter, boasts over 50 fights in her professional career.  Technical, aggressive fighting will be on display when these two warriors enter “The Pit.”
 “The sport of BKB is about finding the most aggressive, offensive-minded fighters to go toe-to-toe in ‘The Pit’ and these world-class female boxers fit that mold perfectly,” said Bruce Binkow, executive director of BKB.  “We have no doubt that these two women will live up to BKB’s promise of putting the ‘fight’ back in boxing when they step into ‘The Pit’ at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in April.”
BKB is stacking the card to create the ultimate in-venue and at-home experience for fight fans and recently announced a new in-glove technology that will track each fighter’s real-time stats in terms of their punching power and velocity throughout the event. Fans will be able to see which fighter throws the hardest punch in every round, the type of punch, where it lands, how much hand mass has connected with the fighter’s body and other real-time stats. Viewers will also see how Prazak’s and McCarter’s punches measure up against that of the male fighters during the evening. 
            Developed exclusively for BKB, the technology will use a microchip in the wrist of the boxer’s glove that transmits the information to the TV screen as an easy-to-read, graphic display. It is solely for the entertainment of fans and will not be used in the arena or by the judges to score rounds.    
BKB, a new and intense close-range form of boxing that debuted last August, will bring back “The Pit,” a smaller, circular fighting space, rather than a traditional square boxing ring with no ropes designed to produce more knockouts and heightened boxing action. BKB 2 will be available on PPV from DIRECTV and DISH, as well as cable and telco providers through IN DEMAND and Vubiquity for $29.95.
            Developed by a team of industry veterans and licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, BKB features shorter and fewer rounds.  BKB uses a unique format designed to deliver a higher intensity level, maximum action and amazing knockouts, all of which have been declining with conventional boxing. BKB rounds last two minutes compared to boxing’s three-minute and MMA’s five-minute rounds. Fighters, using eight- and 10-ounce boxing gloves (depending on weight class), go five rounds for non-championship bouts and seven rounds for championship bouts.
Season two of BKB “Unfiltered,” will return this spring on DIRECTV’s Audience Network, channels 101 and 239.  “Unfiltered” provides viewers an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the sport of BKB and insight into the fighters training regiments with never-before-seen interviews before they battle in “The Pit.”

Sue Fox: Speaks on Women In Boxing & More

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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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