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Provodnikov arrives in LA for training camp

POSTED ON Thursday, August 8, 2013  - POSTED IN News

Philadelphia PA – Ruslan Provodnikov has landed in Los Angeles to begin training camp for his much anticipated showdown with WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Mike Alvarado that will take place on Saturday, October 19th at First Bank Arena in Denver, Colorado.

The bout will be live on HBO’s Championship boxing and is promoted by Top Rank and Banner Promotions.

Provodnikov will be training at the Wild Card Gym under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. Provodnikov of Beryozovo, Russia has a record of 22-2 with fifteen knockouts and has become 2013’s breakout star. He won his first seventeen bouts with wins over Emanuel Augustus and former world champion Javier Juaragui. Since suffering his first pro defeat, Provodnikov went on terrific run of five straight wins over the likes of undefeated Ivan Popoca, former world champion DeMarcus Corley, David Torres and Jose Reynoso before his memorable March 16, 2013 clash with undefeated WBO Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.

Provodnikov will be fighting for a world title for a second consecutive fight. “Since the Bradley fight, everyone in boxing, from the fans to the networks have been waiting the return of Ruslan”, said Banner Promotions CEO Arthur Pelullo. “Then when rumors of a possible fight with Alvarado started to surface, our office has been flooded with calls to find out the details. Now I can safely say that this can’t miss fight is on and we know that Ruslan will shine once again on October 19th”.

Said Ruslan Provodnikov, “I am very happy that Alvarado finally agreed to the fight”. “I think this will be an unforgettable fight and I promise I will not disappoint my fans”. “We have been waiting for this for a long time”, said Provodnikov’s manager Vadim Kornilov.

“This is another opportunity for Ruslan. I think the fight will decide who is the real player in the Jr. Welterweight division and the true WBO champion”

Alvarado of Denver has a record of 34-1 with 23 knockouts and will be making the first defense of the title he won on March 30th in his thrilling twelve round unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios in a rematch of their back and forth slugfest in 2012.

Alvarado has wins over the likes of Carlos Molina, Michael Clark, Ray Narh and Breidis Prescott.

Andrade Stoked For Title Shot

POSTED ON Thursday, August 8, 2013  - POSTED IN News

By Dan Rafael of espn.com

Junior middleweight contender Demetrius Andrade is pumped up to be fighting for a world title. He gets to face Vanes Martirosyan for a vacant belt on Sept. 7 (HBO) on the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Brian Vera undercard at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“I am looking forward to this fight and have been waiting for this fight ever since I walked into the gym at age 7,” Andrade said. “I always wanted to be champion of the world, and on Sept. 7th, I will be crowned champion.”

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Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) was supposed to travel to Ukraine to challenge Zaurbek Baysangurov for his 154-pound belt on July 6, but Baysangurov suffered a back injury, withdrew from the bout and was eventually stripped as per the terms of the purse bid that had taken place a couple of months earlier.

That left Andrade, 25, of Providence, R.I., to face Martirosyan, the next leading available contender, for the vacant belt.

Andrade was a star amateur who won a gold medal in the 2007 world amateur championships and was also a 2008 U.S. Olympian. But in Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs), Andrade will be facing another fighter with a strong amateur background. Martirosyan, 27, of Glendale, Calif., was a 2004 U.S. Olympian.

“I wanted to win an Olympic gold medal, and since they took that from me, I am going to take this world title,” Andrade said. “I was a 2008 Olympian, and he made it in 2004. I will show him that if I was around in 2003 and 2004, he would not have made the team.”

Andrade to take on Martirsoyan on September 7

POSTED ON Tuesday, July 30, 2013  - POSTED IN News

PHILADELPHIA PA – On Saturday September 7th, former U.S. Olympian and undefeated Demetrius Andrade will vie for his first world championship, when he takes on fellow former U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan in a twelve round bout from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

The bout, which will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing, will be the co-feature to the Super Middleweight clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera.

Demetrius Andrade of Providence, Rhode Island was a former world amateur champion and has a perfect professional mark of 19-0 with thirteen knockouts and is currently the number two contender for the WBO belt.

Vanes Martiroysan of Glendale, California is 33-0-1 with 21 knockouts.

Burgos battles to Draw with Amidu

POSTED ON Sunday, July 28, 2013  - POSTED IN News

SACRAMENTO, CA – Former two time world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos and Yakubu Amidu battled to a hotly contested split draw that headlined ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort

The show was promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.

Amidu had a solid round three as he backed up Burgos with some right hands. Burgos landed a nice uppercut in round four but Amidu came back in round five with a hard over had right that had Burgos stumbling in the corner. In round six, Amidu landed a nice four punch combination that was capped off by a nice uppercut.

Burgos started to show some consistency in round seven and started to move his hands again in round eight. In round nine the two went toe to toe with Amidu landing hard shots on the ropes while Burgos was trying to land big left hooks. Burgos landed two solid right hands to punctuate round ten. Burgos had a big round eleven as he landed several smashing right hands that brought the crowd to their feet. The twelfth was more of the same as the two battled to the bell at the end of the twelfth round.

Vera Ready for Chavez Jr.

POSTED ON Thursday, July 18, 2013  - POSTED IN News

PHILADELPHIA PA – On Saturday September 7th at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Bryan Vera will step into the ring with former WBC Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in what will be the biggest test of Vera’s career.

The fight is promoted by Top Rank, Banner Promotions and Zanfer Promotions and will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.

Bryan Vera (23-6, 14 KO’s) is currently ranked number-one by the WBO in the middleweight division. Vera is currently on a four fight win streak with victories over former world champions Sergiy Dziznriuk (37-2-1, 24 KO) and Sergio Mora (24-3-2, 7 KO).

This fight had been in the works since May and due to the fight being close to finalized a few times, Vera has been training for weeks in Houston, Texas.

“I will be fully prepared.  I have never had this much time to train and prepare”, said Vera.

“I feel like I already have a head start and I am going to make everyone proud.  I am going to win”

The fight will be contested at 168 pounds, which Vera has no problem with.

“I have actually fought three times at that weight and Chavez hasn’t.  I know the weight will not affect me and I will be strong at the weight”

Burgos – Amidu July 26

POSTED ON Tuesday, July 16, 2013  - POSTED IN News

PHILADELPHIA  PA – Tough Yakubu Amidu has stepped in for the injured Daulis Prescott to face two-time world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KO’s) in a twelve round bout that will headline a great night of boxing at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Sacramento, California. The bout will take place on July 26th and will be broadcast live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

The fight is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.

Amidu of Los Angeles via Ghana has an impressive mark of 20-4-1 with 18 knockouts and has faced solid opposition.

The twenty-eight year old is a former NABA Lightweight champion who has wins over John Revish (10-2-2); Joseph Laryea (11-2); Emeka Kodo (15-2) and Fatiou Fassinou (13-1).

Amidu won several championships in his native Ghana and is managed by world famous actor Vince Vaughn.

In his last bout, Amidu lost a split decision to undefeated Haskell Rhodes in a bout where many ringsiders believed that Amidu was a victim of a hometown decision.

In the ten round co-feature, Miguel Gonzalez (21-3, 15 KO’s) takes on Josenilson Dos Santos (26-1, 16 KO’s) in a Lightweight bout.

Gonzalez – Dos Santos Fight Added July 26

POSTED ON Tuesday, July 9, 2013  - POSTED IN News

PHILADELPHIA  PA – A action packed co-feature has been added to a great night of boxing scheduled for July 26th at the Thunder Valley Casino & Resort in Sacramento, California as part of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

In the exciting co-feature, it will be a ten round Lightweight bout for the WBO Latino Super Featherweight title as Miguel Gonzalez battles Josenilson Dos Santos.

The fights are promoted by Banner Promotions & Thompson Boxing.

Burgos – Prescott

POSTED ON Monday, July 1, 2013  - POSTED IN News

PHILADELPHIA, PA – It will be a battle of former world title challengers on July 26th as Juan Carlos Burgos will square off with Daulis Prescott in a twelve round bout for the WBO Intercontinental Jr. Lightweight title that will be held at the beautiful Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Sacramento, California.

The fight is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing and will be broadcasted live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

Shelestyuk Back Again

POSTED ON Friday, May 17, 2013  - POSTED IN News

PHILADELPHIA, PA, Tonight at The Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, undefeated Jr. Middleweight prospect Taras Shelestyuk will look to make it three for three when he takes on Mario Angeles in a scheduled four round bout. The show is promoted by Thompson Boxing.

Shelestyuk, who is promoted by Banner Promotions, is 2-0 with both wins coming by knockout. The Ukrainian, who captured the Bronze Medal in the 2012 Olympic Games, has been impressive in his first two outings.

“We have liked what we have seen so far in Taras”, said Arthur Pelullo, CEO of Banner Promotions. “We are keeping him active and we know he will continue to improve. We see a big future in Taras. I also want to thank our partners Ken Thompson and Alex Camponovo for having Taras on their show tonight”.

Said Shelestyuk’s manager Vadim Kornilov, “Taras has had great preparation for this fight. He will show the same results as his first two outings”.
Shelestyuk is coming off a fourth round stoppage over Brandon Adams on May 2nd in Corona, California.

Herrera, Kim Weights

POSTED ON Wednesday, May 1, 2013  - POSTED IN News

Tomorrow, May 2nd, Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions will present a special night of boxing that will emanate from Corona, California and be televised on ESPN “Friday Night Fights”. The special edition of boxing will feature Riverside’s Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (18-3, 7KOs) versus South Korea’s Ji-Hoon “The Volcano” Kim (24-8, 18KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout.

MAURICIO HERRERA – 140 LBS.

JI-HOOM KIM – 140 LBS.

LIGHT WELTERWEIGHTS


MIGUEL ACOSTA – 135 LBS.

MIGUEL GONZALEZ – 135 LBS.

SUPER LIGHTWEIGHTS


TARAS SHELESTYUK – 151 LBS.

BRANDON ADAMS – 151 LBS.

LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHTS


RICHARD CONTRERAS – 123 LBS.

JOSE INIGUEZ – 126 1/2 LBS.

FEATHERWEIGHTS

JOSHUA CONLEY – 155 LBS.

ERIC PRADO – 153 LBS.

LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHTS


FERNANDO FUENTES – 117 1/2 LBS.

CHRISTIAN LORENZO 117 1/2 LBS.

SUPER BANTAMWEIGHTS


HECTOR SERRANO – 144 LBS.

MICHAEL PERALTA – 143 LBS.

LIGHT WELTERWEIGHTS

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