Jose Pedraza: I’m ready to fight Rances Barthelemy and bring home the title‏

Jose Pedraza

After his dominating performance against Philippine contender Michael Farenas (39-5-4, 31 KOs), Puerto Rican star and IBO super-featherweight champion, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs), is elated that he’s become the mandatory challenger to face IBF champion Rances Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs).

“I’m very excited about my future and I’m very thankful to my promoters Gary Shaw, Lou DiBella and Javier Bustillo for getting me the fights I needed to become the mandatory challenger to fight for the IBF title.” said Pedraza. “I’ve been getting a lot of support from my people here in Puerto Rico and it feels great to be loved by them. I’ve already started training as I’m eager to get back in the ring. I’m ready to fight Rances Barthelemy and bring home the IBF title.”

Promoter Gary Shaw was amazed on how well Pedraza picked apart Farenas in their bout. He feels Pedraza soared from a fighter on the rise to one of the best fighters in the 130lbs division.

“Pedraza was absolutely outstanding in his fight with Farenas,” said Gary Shaw. “He looked fantastic. He has the rare ability to make adjustments in the ring against any style. He proved he can hang with the big boys. Farenas is a big puncher and Pedraza negated everything he brought to the table. Pedraza graduated from top prospect, to world title contender in one terrific performance. I believe he is the top 130 pounder in the world, and come early 2015 will prove it when he fights for the world title.”

Pedraza is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Universal Promotions.

Se Preparan McJoe Arroyo, Román “Rocky” Martínez y José “Chelo” González Para El el 20 de diciembre

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Los boricuas McJoe Arroyo, Román “Rocky” Martínez y José “Chelo” González mostraron esta tarde la preparación que llevan para sus respectivos combates en el programa Triple Corona, que como parte de la serie Noche de Campeones DIRECTV, se efectuará el 20 de diciembre en el International Ballroom de El San Juan Resort and Casino en Isla Verde, y será transmitido por DIRECTV a través de Pay Per View en una presentación de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP).

Los peleadores trabajaron por casi dos horas junto a sus entrenadores en el Gimnasio Félix Pagán Pintor de Guaynabo, que es administrado por el ex campeón mínimo y junior mosca de la Oranización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón.

El olímpico puertorriqueño de 2008 y medallista de bronce mundial en 2007, McJoe Arroyo (15-0, 8 KOs), quien se medirá al filipino Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-4-3, 14 KOs), en una eliminatoria mundial de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB), realizó su labor junto a su entrenador Anthony Otero sobre el cuadrilátero y mostró la condición que tiene a un mes de su encuentro.

“Estamos trabajando fuerte para esta importante pelea, ya que la oportunidad mundial debe venir después de esta pelea”, dijo Arroyo, quien está clasificado número dos por la FIB en las 115 libras, mientras que su rival es el noveno ranqueado de la FIB. Continue reading

George Groves and Denis Douglin come face-to-face at final press conference

Denis Douglin, George Groves Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig

Denis Douglin, George Groves
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig

George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Denis Douglin (17-3, 10 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time at today’s press conference ahead of their WBC Silver World Super Middleweight Championship fight on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

There is a lot on the line for the ‘Saint’, who risks both his WBC Silver title and WBC mandatory position, when he faces the ‘Mommas Boy’ in front of a sell out crowd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

‘It’s great to be back boxing in Liverpool,’’ said Groves. ‘’It’s been a successful place for me in the past. On Saturday, it’s going to be a great night of boxing and I’m really looking forward to it.

‘’It’s good to finally see Denis. He seems super charged and up for the fight. I’m expecting a tough fight but I’m fully prepared for it. We’ve had a fantastic camp. I’m ready to put into practice what we’ve been working on the past year. This is when we can really step it up a notch.’’ Continue reading

Jonathan Maicelo returns to the ring this Friday in New York‏


Tomorrow November 21, 2014 at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York,  lightweight contender, Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs) returns to the ring to face hard hitting veteran Hector Velasquez (56-23-3, 38 KOs). The 10-round bout promoted by New Legend Boxing Promotions will serve as the main event of the evening.

Rated WBA #7, WBO #11 and WBC #22, Maicelo looks to keep the momentum going after his hard fought victory against previously once beaten contender, Art Hovhannisyan (17-2-2, 9 KOs), a fight that took place on July 11, 2014.

Known for having great boxing skills, Maicelo feels confident in his ability to outbox Velasquez, who is notorious for having heavy hands.

“After I suffered my first loss a few fights back, I realized I needed to dedicate more on my conditioning,” said Maicelo. “With a new workout regimen implemented into my training, I feel I can go twelve rounds with ease. I’m learning how to relax more in the ring which will help me be an all around better fighter. Velasquez is a big puncher so I will have to be on my toes and do my best to outbox him. I know I’m the better fighter and I’m ready to prove it this Friday.”

“Maicelo is making a nice comeback and I can see the improvement in his stamina,” said Gary Shaw. “He was in tough with Hovhannisyan and came out on top. So I know he can continue marching up the lightweight rankings. He’s still top fifteen in two of the sanctioning organizations. He’s right there ready to challenge any of the top contenders in the division.”

Bryant Jennings: Stiverne or Wilder…I don’t care who it is, I’ll be ready to fight either one of them‏

Photo By Paul Hernandez

Photo By Paul Hernandez

Undefeated heavyweight contender, Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) is waiting patiently as he is next in line to face the winner of Bermane Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) vs. Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs).

Stiverne, who is the current WBC champion, will battle Wilder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on January 17, 2015. Jennings, who’s next in line, passed on a HBO date in November as he wanted to wait for the opportunity to fight for the prestigious WBC championship.

“I could have fought this month but my mind is set on fighting for the WBC world title,” said Jennings, “I worked my way to the top of the WBC rankings and now it’s time for me to make my mark in history. Stiverne or Wilder…I don’t care who it is, I’ll be ready to fight either one of them. My promoters, Gary Shaw, Antonio Leonard and I, are all on the same page. We want that WBC title!”

In his last two fights, both eliminations bouts, Jennings defeated former undefeated contenders, Mike Perez (20-1-1, 12 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (17-1, 12 KOs) to position himself as the mandatory challenger to fight for the WBC crown. While Stiverne and Wilder are getting ready for battle, Jennings is training everyday with dreams of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. Continue reading

Jarrell Miller signs promotional deal


Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions (GCP) proudly announces the signing of a co-promotional agreement (with Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David Promotions) of multi combat-sport star and heavyweight boxing KO artist Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (10-0-1, 9 KOs).

26-year-old Miller, who stands 6 ft. 4 in and weighs in at 260 lbs., is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He is of Caribbean and Latin American heritage and trains at Gleason’s and GYMU Gyms with trainers Harry Keitt and Kelly Richardson.

After a short amateur career, Miller turned to the pro boxing ranks. He has worked as chief sparring partner for both Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. In pro kickboxing, which Miller started at the tender age of 18, he was 21-2, (9 KOs), including an upset victory over American Kick Boxing Star Pat Berry. His only two losses were controversial ones to Kickboxing legend Mirko Cro-Cop, one of them in the quarter finals of the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix. Continue reading

Thomas Dulorme will defend NABF crown against Hank Lundy


Puerto Rican, Thomas Dulorme, will defend his super lightweight North American Boxing Federation ( NABF) crown endorsed by the WBC on December 6th in Brooklyn, New York.

It’ll be one the most important fights of his career and it’s against the American Hank Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs), in Philadelphia, in a duel that will broadcasted by HBO at the Barclays Center.

“The NABF title is very important to reach to the world. I am ready to be a world champion.” Dulorme commented.
His trainer, Robert Garcia, is working with him in Oxnard, California, and commented: “We are on a mission. That mission is to make Dulorme a champion. He has the necessary tools and the desire to become one of the greatest. We are very happy with his performance in the gym” Lundy has some remarkable victories, He defeated Cuban Richard Abril by split decision and he also knocked out the former Champion David Diaz in six rounds.”

Dulorme has remarkable triumphs against Olusegun Ajose (31-2, 14 KOs), from Nigeria, and Angelo Santana (14-2, 11 KOs), from Cuba, both by unanimous decision.

In his last fight, the first under the lead of trainer, Robert García, Thomas Dulorme become NABF champion after defeating previously unbeaten Karim Mayfield by unanimous decision on March 29th.