Smith and Galarza Set For Bounce TV

Former World Champion Ishe Smith vs. Hard-Hitting Contender Frank Galarza live from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on The Next Round on Bounce TV Friday, Sept. 16. Doors to The Chelsea will open at 3 p.m. PDT with televised coverage on Bounce TV beginning at 9 p.m. EDT/PDT. Promoted by Mayweather Promotions, tickets for the general public are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $29, and are available online at: or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000


PBC on ESPN: Stevenson vs. Williams Recap

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By Seamus McNally

Light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28–1, 23 KOs) successfully defended his divisional crown for the seventh time with a brutal fourth-round knockout of Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (20–2, 14 KOs) Friday night in Quebec City, Canada on Spike TV.

The fight was expected to be a slugfest for as long as it lasted and it lived up to the expectations. The pair of hard-hitting southpaws slung heavy leather at each other from the onset, both being rocked multiple times in the fight.

Stevenson, a Haitian-born Canadian who resides in Quebec, walked Williams early in the opening round, landing a thudding jab and looking to set up his devastating left hand. Stevenson was able to connect with his left in the final 30 seconds of the round and Williams hit the deck.

Williams, a Fort Washington, Maryland native, managed to recover well in between rounds and had some success landing thunderous shots of his own in the second round. After absorbing a few more powerful left hands from Stevenson, Williams was able to rock Stevenson with multiple right hooks towards the end of the round that swung it in his favor. Williams, showing confidence after hurting the champion, showboated when the bell rang to end the second round.

Stevenson turned the tide back in his favor in the third round. He got on the inside of the taller Williams and did some serious damages with left uppercuts and body shots. Williams’ face showed signs of the punishment he was absorbing. He started bleeding from a cut and a mouse formed under the left eye of Williams during the round due to Stevenson’s thudding blows.

Stevenson hurt Williams with an accidental low blow in the opening seconds of the fourth round. Once the action resumed, the combatants resumed trading haymakers. Stevenson continued having success going to the body and landed an uppercut that stunned Williams in the final minute of the round. Williams backed up the towards the ropes and Stevenson ended the fight seconds later it with a thunderous left cross to the jaw of Williams, who dropped face-first to the canvas. Williams was unable to beat the count and referee Michael Griffin waved the fight off at the 2:54 mark.

Stevenson, coming off a ten-month layoff, has made a mockery of the light heavyweight championship dethroning previous champion Chad Dawson with a devastating first round knockout in June 2013. He has faced a list of uninspiring and undeserving challengers all while blatantly avoiding fighting universally recognized top-ranked contender Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30–0–1, 26 KOs).

Flores vs. Kielczweski Set For Aug. 12 on ESPN

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Undefeated rising contender Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) takes on exciting once-beaten featherweight contender Ryan Kielczweski (25-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, August 12 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a welterweight showdown between unbeaten contender Bryant Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) and Cuban Olympian Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) in 10-rounds of action.

“Fighting on ESPN is incredible because you know that fans from all around the world will be tuning in,” said Flores. “My opponent is a very skilled fighter, so I’ll be at my best when we step in the ring on August 12. Expect me to go to war and bring a lot of action to those who will be watching.”

“It’s always exciting to be fighting on ESPN, especially in the main event,” said Kielczweski. “Training is going well and I’ve been traveling around to get great sparring. I don’t know much about Flores other than that he’s undefeated for a reason. If I perform on August 12 hopefully something big will come next that leads me towards a title. It’s going to be an exciting night and an electric fight.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $60 for ringside, $35 and $25, and are on sale now (may be subject to additional fees). Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling 877-833-SHOW or by visiting the Turning Stone Box Office.

An undefeated fighter from Michoacan, Mexico, but fighting out of Houston, Flores has not lost since turning pro in 2009 at just 17-years-old. The 23-year-old had a big 2015 beginning in May with a victory over German Meraz and followed up by wins against Juan Ruiz, Carlos Padilla and Alfred Tetteh. He started 2016 with a headlining win over Mario Briones at The Dancehall in January and dominated Ruben Tamayo over 10 rounds in May. Now he will face the toughest test of his career in his east coast debut.

A runner-up in the 2008 National Golden Glove tournament, the 26-year-old Kielczweski looks to work his fourth-straight victory on August 12. Born and raised in Quincy, MA., he bounced back from his first defeat to deliver a first round knockout over Anthony Napunyi in May 2015 and followed that up with a victory over veteran contender Rafael Vazquez in October of last year. Most recently, he dominated Mario Macias in an April bout.

Fresh off of a second round stoppage over previously unbeaten David Grayton in PBC on ESPN action in June, the 27-year-old Perrella looks to take down another quality opponent when he enters the ring on August 12. Fighting out of Fort Meyers, Florida, the welterweight, who has trained with world champion Keith Thurman, enters this fight on an 11-bout streak of stopping his opponents inside of the distance.

A sensational Cuban amateur, Ugas picked up a Bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics and also owns Gold medals from the 2005 World Amateur Championships and 2007 Pan American Games. Now fighting out of Miami, the 29-year-old owns victories over Cosme Rivera, Kenny Abril and Adan Hernandez