Foreman Wins on the Comeback Trail. Orlandito & Bracero Victorious

New York, NY (4/4/13) – Earlier tonight, DiBella Entertainment presented the latest edition of its Broadway Boxing series, before yet another sold-out crowd at NYC’s historic Roseland Ballroom.  Headlining thestacked nine-bout card was comebacking former junior middleweight world champion and Brooklyn’s own Yuri Forman. 
 
In his second comeback fight, since returning to the ring following a long layoff, Foreman squared off against Gundrick King (18-10, 11KO’s) in a six-round junior middleweight matchup. Foreman masterfully outboxed King over six rounds, en route to winning a unanimous decision. Scorecards read 60-54 across the board. King had no answer for the adept footwork and sly defense of Foreman, who continues his quest for another world title opportunity.
 
WBC #6-rated welterweight Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan Ion (31-2, 17KO’s) impressively earned a unanimous decision over the game Damian Frias (19-7-1, 10KO’s) in an eight-round welterweight showdown. Scorecards read 76-75, 78-73 twice. Southpaw Ion was aggressive and pounded the body throughout. Frias proved tough by taking a lot of punishment.

Puerto Rican contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle bounced back nicely after suffering the first pro defeat of his career to former world champion Vic Darchinyan on HBO last year, scoring a fifth-round stoppage over the extremely tough Andre Wilson.
 
It was a grueling battle, with Del Valle, now trained by Hall-of-Fame trainer Nacho Berstain, getting the better of the exchanges throughout. 
 
In the fifth round, Del Valle really picked up the pace and began landing heavy shots with both hands, forcing the referee to jump in and call the stoppage at 1:32 of the round.
 
With the win, Del Valle improves to 17-1, 12KO’s.
 
Brooklyn’s fan-favorite Gabriel “Tito” Bracero took another step into title contention with a dominant eight-round unanimous decision over Pavel Miranda.

Bracero continuously beat Miranda to the punch, landing flush combinations against the wild and heavy-swinging Miranda.  Miranda was able to land a few looping shots through, keeping Bracero on his toes, but ultimately was no match, as Bracero won by scores of 80-72, 79-73, 78-74.  Bracero, now 22-1, has been petitioning for a shot at one of the junior welterweight titles for sometime now and called out any of the top 140-pounders in the world following his performance.
 
UNDERCARD RESULTS
 
CLEAN SWEEP FOR DBE AND SMS PROSPECTS
 
The former #1-ranked US amateur Patrick Day was taken the distance for the first time in his young and promising career, scoring a four-round unanimous decision over Yosmani Abreu. 
 
Abreu proved to be a tough opponent, but ultimately the 20-year-old Day was too much, winning by scores of 39-37 across the board. With the victory, Day improved to a perfect 3-0, 2KO’s, while Abreu dropped to 3-7-1.
 
Heather “The Heat” Hardy stayed perfect, improving her record to 5-0 with a unanimous six-round decision over Mikayla Nebel.
 
In a rematch of her pro debut, Hardy showed much improvement, boxing beautifully and giving the tough-as-nails Nebel fits. In the end, Hardy was awarded the shut-out decision, winning by scores of 60-53, 60-54, 60-54.
 
Behind a raucous crowd, Bryant “Peewee” Cruz impressively stopped Antoine Knight at 2:15 of the third round of their scheduled four-round junior lightweight matchup.
 
The 2012 National Golden Gloves finalist Cruz was the aggressor throughout, landing nice combinations to both the body and head of Knight.  Knight hung tough, but Cruz’s relentless attack caused the referee to call a halt to the contest near the end of the third.  With the victory, Cruz improves to 3-0, 3KO’s, while Knight dropped to 2-3, 1KO.
 
 
Luis Olivares, promoted by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions, battered and bruised Puerto Rico’s Christopher Williams-Ortiz over four rounds, winning a brutal four-round unanimous decision.
 
Olivares, who improved to 2-0, 1KO, with the victory, hit Williams-Ortiz with everything he had, but somehow, the previously undefeated Williams-Ortiz was able to make it to the final bell.
 
In the card’s opening bout of the night, SMS promotions Donte Strayhorn made his successful pro debut, taking a four-round unanimous decision over Puerto Rico’s Michael Carrera (0-1). 
 
The Las Vegas native Strayhorn used his superior boxing ability to keep the hard-charging Carrera on the outside, picking his smaller opponent apart from range. In the end, scorecards read 40-36, 39-37, 39-37, all for Strayhorn.
 
The nine-bout card was promoted by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group, Newlio.com, and Everlast.  The next Broadway Boxing card is scheduled for May 15th at BB King Blues Club and Grill in NYC.

Broadway Boxing Returns Apr. 4 to FIGHT NOW TV

HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 25, 2013) – DiBella Entertainment’s popular “Broadway Boxing” series returns live on FIGHT NOW TV  – America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel – April 4, starting at 9 p.m. ET, from the historic Roseland Ballroom in midtown Manhattan.
 
Former World Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (29-2, 8 KOs) returns to action against Gundrick King (18-9, 11 KOs) in a six-round bout. Foreman won the WBA title in 2009, taking the belt from Daniel Santos, by way of a 12-round decision.
 
“We’re excited to be airing another ‘Broadway Boxing’ show live because DiBella Entertainment events always showcase entertaining boxers in compelling matches,” said FIGHT NOW TV Co-Founder & General Manager Mike Garrow. “Our viewers have given us positive feedback from all of the ‘Broadway Boxing’ shows that we aired last year.”
 
Also fighting on the broadcast in eight-round bouts are Puerto Rican featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (16-1, 11 KOs), Romanian welterweight Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan Ion (30-2, 17 KOs), and Brooklyn junior welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (21-1, 4 KOs).
 
The 26-year-old Del Valle is going out to rebound from his first loss as a pro, suffered last year to multiple world champion Vic Darchinyan, on HBO. Del Valle, who is now being trained by Hall-of-Famer Nacho Beristain, faces Andre Wilson (13-5, 11 KOs).
 
Ion, rated No. 6 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), now lives and trains in Montreal. The rugged veteran takes on upset-minded Cuban-born Damian “Devo” Farias (19-6-1, 10 KOs), fighting out of Miami, who defeated 21-1-1 Henry Crawford in 2011. Ion has never been stopped and his only two career losses were both to Selcuk Aydin in WBC Silver title fights.
 
Bracero, a former North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champion, is back on track with three consecutive victories since he suffered his only loss as a professional to former world champion DeMarcus Corley in 2011. Bracero faces battle-tested Mexican-invader Pavel Miranda (19-9-1, 10 KOs).
 
Some of the other fights on the April 4 “Broadway Boxing” card, or highlights, may also be televised on FIGHT NOW TV, pending time availability.

Lucas Matthysse vs Mike Dallas Jr. Quotes

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 24, 2013) – President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya and the fighters participating in Saturday’s first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and SHOWTIME EXTREME telecasts of 2013 participated in a final press conference Thursday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. 
 
One of the most-feared punchers in boxing, WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse will defend his title against dangerous Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. in the main event live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). 
 
Knockout artist Matthysse (32-2, 30 KO’s), of Trelew, Aregentina, boasts a knockout percentage of almost 90 percent and is looking to make a statement in the 140-pound division against the determined Dallas Jr. (19-2-1, 8 KOs), of Bakersfield, Calif.
 
In the all-action co-feature, world-rated contender Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KO’s) and Mexican warrior Jesus Soto Karass (26-8-3, 17 KO’s) collide in an important bout between respected and feared junior middleweights.  Jermell Charlo (19-0, 9 KO’s), of Houston, Texas, risks his unblemished record when he faces Harry Joe Yorgey (25-1-1, 12 KO’s), of Bridgeport, Pa., in a 10-round super welterweight special attraction that will open the SHOWTIME telecast. 
 
The SHOWTIME EXTREME headliner will pit unbeaten 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas (13-0, 10 KO’s) against Memphis veteran Ira Terry (26-10, 16 KO’s) in a 10-round junior lightweight bout.  Philadelphia super welterweight Julian Williams (10-0-1, 5 KO’s) takes on Newport News, Virginia’s Jeremiah Wiggins (10-1-1, 5 KO’s) in an eight-round bout that will open the SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  
 
Tickets priced at $150, $100, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, along with a limited number of VIP suite seats priced at $125, are on sale at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
 
The SHOWTIME tripleheader is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T with Matthysse vs. Dallas being presented in association with Arano Box Promotions and Goossen Tutor Promotions, Aydin vs. Soto Karass being presented in association with Arena-Box Promotion and Charlo vs. Yorgey being presented in association with Banner Promotions.
 
Below is what the executives and six of the fighters had to say on Thursday:
 
Oscar De La Hoya, President Golden Boy Promotions:
 
“We have one of, if not the strongest punchers in the 140 pound division in Lucas Matthysse, who is facing Mike Dallas Jr.  This is a fight that can take Dallas Jr. over the top and this is the type of fight that the fans will definitely enjoy because of the styles.  Styles make fights.  One thing for this year, 2013, is that I made sure that our matchmakers and everyone involved know that we need and we want exciting, exciting fights.  This event Saturday night will be very exciting.
 
“The co-main event features Selcuk Aydin.  Anyone who saw him fight Robert Guerrero knows he put on an incredible performance.  He is very talented.  Soto Karrass, what can I say about him?  He is a fighter who just keeps on coming, a fighter who’s well prepared and in your face.  It’s going to be a tremendous fight.”
 
 
Lucas Matthysse:
 
“I’m a man of few words.  I’m in great shape and I am ready to fight.  What else can I say?  Bring it on.  This is a very important fight for me not only to win, but to look good.”
 
 
Mario Arano, Matthysse’s Co-Promoter:
 
“You will see the best Lucas Matthysse on Saturday.  We want to make sure Team Dallas knows we are not overlooking any fighter.  Saturday night will be a tough fight.  Lucas is focused and he trained hard.”
 
 
Mike Dallas Jr.:
 
“It’s big moments like this when you have to step up.  I’m ready to go.  Everybody dreams to be a world champion.  It’s every boxer’s goal.  I have the desire and ambition.  The only thing on my mind is getting a win.  I respect this fighter.  He is strong and tough, but I am ready to prove and show to everybody what I can do.”
 
 
Selcuk Aydin:
 
“I am ready.  We had a good training camp.  I want to put on a good fight on fight night.”
 
 
Ahmet Oner, Aydin’s Co-Promoter:
 
“I am excited to have Aydin back on SHOWTIME.  We are going to win this fight and move onto a bigger fight.”
 
 
Jesus Soto Karass:
 
“I am very prepared.  I know the task at hand and that is why I trained for two months in Montebello, Calif.  I won’t let this opportunity slip away.  I know what I am up against.  He’s a tough fighter, but that’s why I prepared 100 percent to make sure that I’m ready for anything.”
 
 
Jermell Charlo:
 
“At eight years old my brother and I got in the ring.  Come Saturday night, I’m going to show everyone that I’m supposed to be in the ring and deserve a title.  I’m going to show every fighter in this division what’s next.  I’m the next generation.  Look out for me.”
 
 
Harry Joe Yorgey:
 
“This is going to be a great show for boxing and a great show for the fans.”