Czar Glazkov Returns to Sands for 8/9 Fight Night Triple-Header
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Bethlehem, PA: The August 9th edition of NBCSN Fight Night will feature three bouts with three undefeated fighters and a high chance of a knockout in each bout. Undefeated heavyweight contender Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) returns to the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, August 9th where he will face-off against veteran Derric "El León" Rossy (29-8-0, 14 KOs) for ten rounds. The Glazkov-Rossy fight will be the main event of the special NBCSN Fight Night triple-header. In the middle bout, Robert "The Butcher" Berridge (24-1-1, 20 KOs) takes on Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin (15-0, 8 KOs). Undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker will open the live telecast versus an opponent TBA. Tickets for the event are available now on www.Ticketmaster.com and ticket prices are $50 and $75. Doors open at 5:00 PM and the Fight Night telecast begins live at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.
Czar Glazkov stunned audiences in his last fight at Sands on March 15th when he upset former two division world champion and heavyweight contender Tomasz "Goral" Adamek to secure the #2 position in the IBF and the IBF North American Heavyweight Title. Czar has an impressive 65% (11 of 17) knockout-to-win ratio.
The undefeated Glazkov, 29, immigrated to Ft. Lauderdale, FL earlier this year from Lugansk, Ukraine. This will be Glazkov's first fight training with renowned boxing trainer John David Jackson. Jackson also trains fellow Main Events' stable mate and WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev. According to his manager, Egis Klimas, "Czar moved to Florida a month ago with his wife and daughter, so now he is 100% concentrated on boxing. Many changes came into his life since he moved here. He started working with his new trainer John David Jackson so it will be interesting to see the new Czar on August 9th." Glazkov added, "I look forward to stepping back in the ring on August 9th. I am in United States preparing for this fight with my new trainer, John David Jackson. Preparation in Florida is going well and John and I have a good understanding. He is adding some new stuff and I like it. I can't wait to try new things in the ring."
Rossy, 34, is a seasoned veteran with 37 professional fights on his resume. He hails from Medford, NY and is coming off a ten-round majority decision victory over heavyweight prospect Joe Hanks in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on May 16, 2014. Prior to their fight, Hanks had only one career loss. Both Rossy and Glazkov are 6'3" tall. Rossy said, "Tune in boxing fans because you will see some great heavyweight action on August 9th. I would like to thank Kathy Duva of Main Events and Sal Musumeci of Final Forum for this great opportunity." His promoter Sal Musumeci added, "As Derric has proved in the past he a true warrior and is stepping up to face one of the best fighters in the heavyweight division."
The second bout of the Fight Night triple-header features New Zealand native and southpaw Robert "The Butcher" Berridge (24-1-1, 20 KOs) in a twelve-round light heavyweight match-up against Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin (15-0, 8 KOs). Berridge, 29, is currently on a nine-fight winning streak (all KOs) dating all the way back to Oct. 5, 2012 (second round KO of Joel Casey in Victoria, Australia).
The undefeated Vasily Lepikhin, 29, hails from Gelendzhik, Russia and will make his U.S. debut on Aug. 9th. Since making his professional debut in 2005, Vasily has fought exclusively in his home country, Russia. The undefeated Lepikhin is also on a knockout streak. He has knocked out his last three opponents all in the first round (Apr. 18, 2013 - TKO Romans Sevcenko; Jun. 13, 2013 - KO Mikhail Demin and Nov. 30, 2013 - KO Alexey Varakin).
Starting off the Fight Night telecast will be another heavyweight battle featuring New Zealand native Joseph Parker (9-0, 8 KOs) in an eight round fight. Parker, 22, who will make his east coast debut on Aug. 9th, has a stunning 89% (8 of 9) knockout-to-win ratio. He has nine professional fights since his professional debut just two short years ago. This is only his second fight on U.S. soil in his professional career. The first was on May 16, 2013 in Irvine, CA when he defeated Brice Ritani-Coe via unanimous decision in six rounds. Most recently, he defeated Brian Minto via a seventh round stoppage in Manukau City, New Zealand on July 5, 2014 for the PABA Heavyweight and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles. Parker's opponent is still to be determined.
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, "This card features a bunch of powerful big men, so I expect to see some fireworks at the Sands on August 9th! I'm happy to bring Czar Glazkov back after his impressive performance against Tomasz Adamek in March and to introduce some new faces to the Fight Night fans."
Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba will Encounter "Black Ice" in Atlantic City on August 2
Atlantic City, NJ: Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs), the 27 year old light heavyweight sensation from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa will return to Atlantic City to face Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs) as the non-televised co-feature of the August 2nd fight between fellow Main Events' stable mate Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake "Il Capo" Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs).
Chilemba is coming off a gritty ten-round unanimous decision victory over Denis Grachev on March 15, 2013 at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. This was his second straight victory. Previously Isaac defeated Michael Gbenga in eight rounds at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY on November 16, 2013. When asked about this upcoming fight with Cummings, "Golden Boy" replied, "I want to thank Main Events for this opportunity. I also want to thank my team and all my fans. Come August 2 I will be fully charged and ready to claim victory. I take all my opponents seriously as each one takes me a step closer to realizing my dream of the world title, so Cory Cummings should not for one minute think that I am coming unprepared!"
According to Isaac's trainer, former welterweight and light welterweight world champion Buddy McGirt, "Isaac is going to be ready for Cummings. We are going to be in great shape and prepare for anything that Cummings may throw at us. A good performance will move Isaac to the next level and he will accept nothing less." Jodi Solomon, Chilemba's manager, added, "Isaac's winning on August 2 will be a testament to his work ethic, determination to succeed and the incredible training he receives from Buddy McGirt, who is one of the best trainers in the game."
Isaac will face no small challenge in Cory "Black Ice' Cummings. Despite coming off of two straight defeats, Cummings has a dangerous knockout-to-win ratio of 76% (13 of 17). In his last fight, he faced Azea Augustama who was 16-1 heading into their match-up on June 7, 2013 in Miami, FL. Azea won a very close decision with all three judges scoring the bout 76-75. Many boxing fans believed Cummings won the bout, especially after he knocked Azea down in the first round.
When asked about his upcoming fight on August 2nd with Chilemba, Cory took a line from Mike Tyson and said only, "Everyone has a plan until they get hit." His manager, Ron Rose, added, "Tell Isaac Chilemba to beware because there's an ice storm that is going to hit Atlantic City on Aug 2nd, a 'Black Ice' storm, and there is nowhere for him to hide."
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, "This fight will not be televised in the United States, so we have a really nice light heavyweight double header exclusively for the fans in attendance at Revel on August 2nd. Issac Chilemba is a piece of our plan for the division and I'm excited to see what he can do against a big puncher like Cummings."
Night of Knockouts at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs: Nadjib Mohammedi Earns #1 Slot in the IBF and Karl "Dynamite" Dargan Retains his USBA Atlantic Coast Region Lightweight Title
Wilkes-Barre, PA: In the main event of the evening Nadjib Mohammedi (36-3, 21 KOs*) stopped Anatoliy "The Gladiator" Dudchenko (18-3, 12 KOs) in the seventh round to claim the number one position in the IBF and the chance to challenge Bernard Hopkins for the IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship.
In the early rounds between Dudchenko and Mohammedi, the French boxer came out swinging against his Ukrainian opponent. Mohammedi was chasing down the larger Dudchenko and landing some clean shots. Anatoliy was getting caught in the corners and Mohammedi was taking advantage of the opportunity to have the big man against the ropes. Nadjib was relentless in his attack on Anatoliy.
"The Gladiator" suffered a cut on the top of his nose and Mohammedi came out of the gates swinging in the seventh to put the final touches on the fight. The referee called the fight only 37 seconds into the seventh round. Anatoliy said afterwards, "I felt really spent after the first round. I had no energy; I was really weak. I tried too hard to kill him. Maybe I peaked too early. I kept missing some really hard shots. I think I just gave the other guy confidence."
Dudchenko landed only 14% (28 of 200) of his punches whereas Mohammedi connected substantially more of his throws, 38% (137 of 357). The average punches per round for Dudchenko were 3 for 13 but Mohammedi's average punches per round were 13 of 30.
After the fight Nadjib declared, "My name is Nadjib Mohammedi and I am the best. I was good tonight. I am the best. Nobody expected me to be the great fighter tonight but I was the better man. I am ready for Bernard Hopkins and we are going to take that fight too. We are coming back."
Undefeated lightweight Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (16-0, 8 KOs) retained his USBA Atlantic Coast Region Title by knocking out fellow Philadelphian Anthony "Flawless" Flores (11-5-1, 6 KOs) in the fifth round.
Dargan came out in the first connecting well with the jab. Flores was coming forward but was unable to connect against the elusive Dargan. "Dynamite" was showing a lot of hand speed and landing a lot of clean shots. Karl was just too quick for Flores. "Flawless" was throwing a lot of punches but was unable to connect. Dargan managed to cut Flores under his left eye in the second. Karl came out with a vengence in the fifth round sending Flores to the canvas. "Flawless" managed to get back on his feet but only for a couple of seconds before the referee called the fight a TKO.
Flores landed 17% of his punches (51 of 308) while Dargan landed 39% (80 of 205). The biggest disparity between the two fighters was their jab. Dargan landed 30% (26 of 87) of his jabs while Flores only managed to connect with 6% (10 of 172) of his jabs against the elusive and faster Dargan.
After the TKO Dargan told the crowd, "I can handle pressure well. After my last fight the media and the fans were saying I should have knocked him out. Tonight I showed I can do it. He didn't surprise me. I came out of camp prepared to fight any style. He didn't hurt me at all. I am a shark in the water and I saw blood. I want to fight anyone who stands in the way of my next title."
Local favorite, Erik Spring, of Reading, PA defeated Jamil "The Brick City Brawler" Gadsden in four rounds of junior middleweight action via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout (40-36) in favor of Spring.
Undefeated light welterweight sensation Wellington "Arias" Romero (4-0, 2 KOs) of Newburgh, NY kept his perfect record alive knocking out Mack "Truck" Babb (0-3) of Brooklyn, NY in the second round and securing New York State bragging rights.
Cuban native Sullivan "El Mas Talentoso (The Most Talented)" Barrera (12-0, 7 KOs) kept his undefeated record in tact as he took down the previously undefeated Lee "The Silverback" Campbell (7-1, 3 KOs) of Laurenburg, NC with a sixth round TKO. This is Sullivan's second victory since signing with Main Events earlier this year. He said, "I feel good. I am very happy. We broke his zero. My team has worked hard. We are ready for any competition out there; if it is Chilemba I am ready."
In the first fight of the evening two "Jersey Boys" made their pro debut in four rounds of junior middleweight action. Hakim "Braveheart" Bryant (1-0) of Middletown, NJ came away with a unanimous decision victory (39-37, 40-36 and 40-36) over Al "TNT" Johnson (0-1) of Vineland, NJ.
*All records have been updated to reflect tonight's results.
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Kovalev vs. Caparello 8/2 at Revel Casino Hotel
Atlantic City, NJ: Tickets are on sale at now for The Russian Wrecking Ball, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev's (24-0-1, 22 KOs), return to Atlantic City, NJ to face undefeated Australian challenger, Blake "Il Capo" Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) for his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at Revel Casino Hotel on Aug. 2. Visit ticketmaster.com (key word: Main Events) or 800-745-3000 for tickets. Tickets prices are: $55, $80, $160 and a special number of limited VIP tickets for $250 which include waitress service.
Krusher Returns to Atlantic City August 2 to Defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title
Atlantic City, NJ: Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs), the undefeated Russian Wrecking Ball, returns to HBO Boxing After Dark and Atlantic City on August 2nd to defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated Blake "Il Capo" Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) at Revel Casino Hotel.
Kovalev, 31, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia and now residing in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will defend his WBO title for the third time since taking it by force from Nathan Cleverly in a four round TKO victory in Cleverly's hometown of Cardiff, Wales on August 17, 2013. Renowned for his ability to knockout anyone who dares to step in the ring with him, Krusher has an astonishing 91% knockout-to-win ratio. This will be his fourth fight on HBO and his second in Atlantic City.
"I am happy to be back in the ring on August 2nd and thanks to HBO for offering us the date. Looking forward to face an unbeaten fighter, I know he will be coming to fight and to take my title away, but it belongs to me and I won't let that happen," said Kovalev. "I already started my preparation for this bout and will be ready in good condition when time comes to step into ring."
"It is great to be back on HBO. It is the best place to showcase Sergey's talents," said John David Jackson, Sergey's trainer. He added, "It is difficult to find an opponent to step in the ring with Sergey. Hopefully this Australian kid can step up to the plate. We are here to put on a show for the public. We know he is going to be a tough opponent but Sergey is up to the challenge."
Egis Klimas, Kovalev's manager added, "We can't wait to see Sergey in the ring again and hope for his victory with his third defense. He is building a fan base in Atlantic City and an audience on HBO. According to ratings on HBO from his last fight, many people want to see him in the ring. I am happy that he is becoming more popular with every bout - not only in Russia, but also here in US."
Australia's Caparello, 27, will be the third undefeated opponent who has put their "0" on the line against Kovalev since last August. While Caparello is not known as a knockout artist, he has far more experience in later rounds than the champion. "Il Capo" has gone the distance in 14 out of 20 fights and has been passed the eighth round nine times in his career. Because Kovalev knocked out almost all of his opponents, he has never fought past the eighth. Caparello said, "I would like to thank my promoter DiBella Entertainment, the WBO, Main Events and HBO for giving me this opportunity. I'm ready for this fight, you ain't seen nothing yet. I won't disappoint."
Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva said, "We would love for Sergey to fight all of the marquee names that have been avoiding him but they're obviously afraid. So kudos to Caparello for stepping up! Sergey really is a fighter first. He just wants to be in the ring all the time, testing himself against the best. We are very grateful for the support we've gotten from HBO for Kovalev and our plan for him is to continue to fight the best opponent who's willing to get in the ring."
Lou DiBella, of DiBella Entertainment, Caparello's promoter added, "Kovalev is one of boxing's hardest punchers, but Blake Caparello is one of the best pure boxers in the 175 lb. division. This is a classic matchup between boxer and puncher and Blake has the skills to give Kovalev fits."
Main Events' matchmaker, Jolene Mizzone, can attest that finding opponents to face Krusher is never easy. She said, "The great thing about matching Sergey is he will fight ANYONE, anytime, anywhere. Caparello is a southpaw boxer who has the ability to outsmart a straight forward-type of puncher like Sergey. Caparello is undefeated and hungry which makes him a dangerous opponent. If Caparello can take Sergey's power, then he could last longer than people might think."