Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kell Brook vs Jo Jo Dan coming up!

SHEFFIELD, England (March 27,  2015) – Defending IBF Welterweight World Champion and  hometown favorite Kell Brook and No. 1 challenger Jo Jo Dan made weight Friday. 

Tomorrow/Saturday, SHOWTIME Sports® will present the Sky Sports telecast of Brook vs. Dan live on SHOWTIME (6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT) from the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Sky Sports’ Jim Watt and Nick Halling will call the action from ringside.

Brook, of Sheffield, weighed 145½ pounds for his first title defense; Dan, a Romanian who now lives in Montreal, Canada, tipped the scales at 146¼ pounds.

Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) will defend the IBF 147-pound crown he took from previously undefeated Shawn Porter last August on SHOWTIME.  Two weeks later, Brook was hospitalized with career-threatening injuries after getting stabbed in the thigh during a holiday in Spain.

Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) has won five in a row and eight of his last nine.  He is the first Romanian- based Canadian to compete in a world title fight in England since Lucian Bute lost his IBF super middleweight crown to Carl Froch in five rounds in 2012.

Later Saturday evening on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), WBC Featherweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs), of Mexico City, will defend his 126-pound belt against quick-fisted southpaw Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md.  In the co-feature, from The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort  in Las Vegas, undefeated world-ranked Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (25-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, faces the more experienced once-beaten Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., in a 10-round bout for the WBO Intercontinental super welterweight championship.

(Selected press conference quotes):

KELL BROOK, IBF Welterweight Champion
“Every day has been a challenge, but we have done it.  It's amazing for me to defend the world title in Sheffield.  I will be there knowing that I was meant to do this and I belong at the elite level.

“I've come a long way, fighting on undercards and in leisure centres to packing out this arena as a world champion.  It took me a long time to get that belt and there is no way on earth that Jo Jo Dan is taking it off me, not a prayer.  I am going in there to excite; you'll see flash and power.  I've kept the fans waiting too long to fight again and I owe them a big performance.  If Jo Jo does what he says he's going to do and bring the fight to me, the fans are in for a treat because you know how I fight.

“He looks like a man that has come to win.  He's the mandatory challenger like I was against [Shawn] Porter and I took the title off him.  It's every fighter's dream to challenge for a world title and to take it, so I know that he's put in 100 percent in the gym and he will leave it all in the ring tomorrow night.

“I would never overlook Jo Jo.  It's happened too many times in boxing that fighters are thinking about another fight and they lose the one in front of them.  I am focused on him and making sure I take care of business.  He'll bring his best and I will bring my best, and I'll show everyone why I am special.  I am looking to knock him out.”

JO JO DAN, IBF No. 1 Contender and Mandatory Challenger
“I feel great and I am in the best shape of my life.  I cannot wait for tomorrow. 

“I know what Kell's strengths and weaknesses are and I'll show that in the ring. He was impressive against Porter but I am ready to adjust to whatever he can bring and I am ready for 12 hard rounds.

“I am concentrating on Kell Brook. I will get booed, he will get cheered -- I don't care about that, I'm so confident of winning that title.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

PBC adds ESPN to Their Roster of Networks

ESPN Reaches Multi-Year Agreement to Televise 
Premier Boxing Champions Series

PBC on ESPN to Air 12 Two-hour Live Shows Annually on ESPN and ABC 
March 18, 2015 - ESPN will televise Premier Boxing Champions, a series created for television by Haymon Boxing, featuring top-level fights between many of boxing's biggest names. The multi-year agreement was announced today. The first of 12 two-hour annual live Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN) telecasts is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
ESPN telecasts will air live in primetime. ABC broadcasts will air on Saturday afternoon, with further details to be announced at a later date. ESPN Deportes, ESPN's Spanish-language network, will also televise all PBC on ESPN fights as part of its Noche de Combates series.
Live coverage will also be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider. The agreement also includes worldwide rights via ESPN International.
Card details of the first PBC on ESPN telecast and subsequent shows will be announced at a later date. ESPN's long-standing Friday Night Fights will celebrate its last show Friday, May 22 with the finals of the Boxcino 2015 tournament.

"ESPN has a long history of carrying world-class boxing events and the new Premier Boxing Champions series continues our commitment to the sport with premier-level primetime fights previously only available on premium cable networks," said John Skipper, ESPN president.
PBC on ESPN telecasts will be produced by ESPN. Blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore and analyst Teddy Atlas , both recipients of the prestigious Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism presented by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), will call the fights ringside on ESPN and ABC. Additional on-air commentators will be announced at a later date.

ESPN3, ESPN's live
multi-screen sports network, will present non-televised undercard bouts and PBC on ESPN weigh-ins live leading up to the fights. Stories about the fighters and the fights will also be featured on and on SportsCenter.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pound for Pound Rankings March 2015

3-15-2015 Pound for Pound Update

Pound For Pound

1. Floyd Mayweather

2. Andre Ward

3. Manny Pacquiao

4. Wladimir Klitschko

Gennady Golovkin 
Sergey Kovalev
Juan Manuel Marquez
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
9.  Erislandy Lara

10. Carl Froch

11. Guillermo Rigondeaux

12. Keith Thurman

13. Danny Garcia

14. Amir Khan

15. Terence Crawford

16. Nicholas Walters

17. Roman Gonzalez

18. Deontay Wilder

19. Kell Brook

20. Lucas Matthysse

Saturday, March 14, 2015

GGG Announces May 16 Fight

Middleweight Champ Gennady Golovkin will take on Wille Monroe Jr. on May 16 at the Forum in Los Angeles. CA and on HBO.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Kovalev vs Pascal fight for WBC Diamond Belt Saturday


Choose the Belt Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao will win

March 10th, 2015.
This time it is you who decide ! Get into the page and choose the belt that the winner of the MEGAFIGHT will conquer: Floyd Mayweather Vs. Manny Pacquiao this May 2nd.
Two belts specifically designed for this historic event. And you the fans, which is your favorite? Do you prefer the emerald plaque or the onyx plaque? Choose, decide and vote, you only have this week.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Charity Golf Tournament for WBC Cares March 30

Ultimate Payment Solutions
Golf Tournament dedicated to the World Boxing Council Cares Foundation March 30th '15
February, 2015
My name is Ruben Castillo and on March 30, 2015 Ultimate Payment Solutions and myself will be hosting a charity Pro-Am golf tournament at the Red Hill Country Club, dedicated to the WBC Cares Foundation.

Here is how!
The Format
The format is a six man team, with the Pro playing out his own ball. Your 5 man team will play a scramble, but can use your pros shot at any time.

This great tournament will bring a great deal of fun with some great former Hall Of Fame Boxers, whom will be invited such as Julio Cesar Chavez, Danny "Lil" Red Lopez, Bobby Chacon, Carlos Palomino, Armando Muniz, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Sugar Ray Leonard, Juan La Porte, Jessi James Leja, Efren Herrera, Laffit Pincay and more! All fighters and Celebrities invited will appear upon there availability.

Tee Time will be at 11:00am shot gun start, 4-5 pm cocktail hour. Awards dinner will begin at 5:00pm, with raffle, auction and silent auction.

We will have the first 28 golf pros and GMs at this tournament Complementary. And they need to bring their 5 man team. But please remember we will have a cut-off at 28 teams.  Amateurs entry to the tournament is $400. You can contact me at (626) 498-3151 or
The Fun part
Prizes, food and beverages
There will be a New Car for hole in one, Long Drive contest, Closest to the pin prizes, and putting contest. All players will have free beverages on the golf course, beer wine and tequila. Lunch will also be provided for all players and of course a great Dinner following golf. Great Tee Prizes will be provided to all players in the event. Prize moneys for Pro's and GM's are:
     1st   $5000
     2nd. $3500
     3rd.  $2500
     4th.  $1000
     5th-10th $ 500
All proceeds will go to the World Boxing Council Cares Foundation. This great Foundation helps all retired boxers who are having with health care issues, living arrangements, such as Assistant Living Programs and Homeless Boxers.

Ruben Castillo
Ultimate Payment Solutions

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