Main Events Strengthens Stable with Signing of Two New England Locals: Middleweight Thomas Falowo and Heavyweight Prospect Cassius Chaney
Totowa, NJ: Main Events adds two new fighters to their already impressive stable with the signing of two New England prospects: middleweight Thomas “The Souljah” Falowo (13-3, 8 KOs) of Providence, Rhode Island and heavyweight Cassius Chaney (1-0, 1 KO) of New Haven, Connecticut.
Falowo, 26, is coming off an impressive win over his long-time amateur rival, Russell Lamour, on ESPN Friday Night Fights on January 30 at Foxwoods in Connecticut. The two met several times as amateurs with Lamour winning all but one match-up but, in their first fight as pros, Falowo took the victory in an exciting unanimous decision.
The Souljah made his professional debut in 2010 with a second round stoppage of Odias Dumezil after which he stopped his next three opponents and won his first six professional bouts. Prior to his win over Lamour, Falowo suffered defeat at the hands of former amateur standout Ronald Gavril on Showtime. Notably, two of Falowo’s three career losses have come at the hands of undefeated fighters.
Chaney, 27, made an impressive professional debut in his adopted home state of Connecticut on Friday, April 17 at Mohegan Sun with a second round stoppage of Perry Filkins of New Hampshire. Cassius is originally from Baltimore, Maryland but he moved to Connecticut where he earned a Sport Management degree and played basketball as a student at the University of New Haven. He has made Connecticut his home ever since.
Both fighters and their camps are very excited to work with Main Events. Falowo said, “I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great promotional company. I am ready to do great things. This is the beginning to a long and successful career and I am looking forward to working with Main Events.”
Michael Criscio, his manager, added, “I think that Thomas is a great fit for a great promoter like Main Events, Thomas has never been in this kind of a situation before. He will now have the opportunity to fight all over the world whereas, before he was stuck on the East Coast, with no chance of getting on TV.”
The sentiment from the Chaney camp was similar. He said, “I am very excited to work with Main Events. This is a great opportunity for me and I cannot wait for the things to come.”
Chaney is co-managed by Allen Hadelman and Jake Piekarski. Hadelman said, “Cassius is special. He has all the tools to become a world champ. He is dedicated, smart, athletic and is only going to get better.” Piekarski added, “We think Cassius is a very promising young fighter with a great work ethic and unlimited potential. We are very excited to have signed a promotional deal with a top tier organization like Main Events and look forward to working together for years to come!”
Both fighters are trained by Peter Manfredo. When asked about Falowo, Manfredo said, “Thomas has been totally dedicated to his craft from the first day he walked into the gym at age 14. He continues to strive for that championship status and signing with Main Events is the vehicle to take him there.” When asked about Chaney, he added, “Cassius Chaney is a skilled, athletic, determined heavyweight who in just two and a half years with me won the amateur national championship twice. He is a diamond in the rough. With Kathy Duva and the expertise of Main Events this boxer can make it to world championship status.”
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, “Thomas Falowo and Cassius Chaney are exciting additions to our roster. I look forward to seeing them in great fights in packed New England venues, while we work together to build them into the champions I know they can be.”
Main Events Inks Co-Promotional Contract with Latvian Cruiserweight Briedis
Totowa, NJ: Mairis Briedis (14-0, 11 KOs), the undefeated cruiserweight from Riga, Latvia, has just signed a co-promotional agreement with Main Events. Briedis is currently promoted overseas by J.C. Courreges’ Biggers Better Boxing, the co-promotion will cover all of Briedis’ US and Canadian fights.
The 30-year old Briedis is the current International Boxing Association Cruiserweight and WBC Baltic Cruiserweight Champions and undefeated in 14 professional fights. After making his professional debut back in 2009 he knocked out his next eight opponents in a row over the span of three years.
In his last fight he defeated Ismail Abdoul via a 12-round unanimous decision. This Friday he will take on Bjoern Blaschke in Dortelweil, Hessen, Germany. The undefeated Briedis said, “I’m very happy to be joining Main Events and I truly believe that this will be a turning point in my career. I appreciate that Ms. Kathy Duva and Main Events have believed in me and are ready to give me a platform to reach my highest goals of becoming the world champion. I’m looking forward to introducing myself to the American boxing world and show how tough Latvians can be in the boxing ring!”
Courreges added, “Mairis Briedis is an exceptional talent and we are thankful to Kathy Duva for giving us the opportunity to prove ourselves in the USA and hopefully becoming world champion in a very near future.”
Kathy Duva is excited to add another cruiserweight to her stable. She said, “Mairis Briedis is a very promising cruiserweight prospect. I'm looking forward to seeing him in the ring this weekend on Eurosport then bringing him to the United States.”
Kovalev Stops Pascal in First Unified Title Defense
Glazkov and Chilemba Also Take Home Victories
In the much-anticipated main event of the evening, Sergey
"Krusher" Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs)* and Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs)
pleased fans with an action-packed battle. Both fighters started by trading
some good shots, but Kovalev started to throw some nasty combinations in the
third round to take the wind out of the hostile crowd at the Centre Bell in
Montreal. Just before the end of the third round, Kovalev knocked Pascal
through the ropes but Pascal was saved by the bell. Sergey came out swinging in
the fourth to try to capitalize on the near KO, but Pascal managed to stay on
his feet and land a huge right to show Kovalev he was still in the fight. As
the bell rang to end the fourth round, both men were still trading big shots.
The fifth round began quietly, but Pascal started to throw
some intense combinations in the middle of the round. Kovalev continued to be
the aggressor, however, landing some big shots of his own. The crowd at Centre
Bell was deafening with cheers for Pascal and boos for Kovalev. Finally, in the
eighth round, Sergey came on with a brutal attack that resulted in his own slip.
While Sergey was getting up, Pascal looked noticeably rattled at the ropes. The
two traded a couple more shots before referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight and
declared Kovalev the winner by TKO in the eighth round.
After the fight, Kovalev insisted he will be ready for
anything next. He said, "Thank you so much. How it started I didn't like.
After fourth round I gained control. He was mine after that. He got me a couple
good punches. It is boxing. [On a potential fight with Stevenson] I am ready
for anything. [On the possibility of a rematch] I am ready for any fights. If
my promoter says I fight Jean Pascal again, I will fight him."
Pascal felt the stoppage was premature, but said this after
the fight, "Honestly, it was a good fight. It was an action fight for the
fans. I tip my hat to Kovalev. He is a champion. I don't know why the referee
stopped the fight. It was a great fight. I was in the fight from the first
round. We should do it again. I should have a rematch. I am a crowd-pleaser. At
Centre Bell I am always going to give the fans a great fight. I will be
In the fight for the #1 position in the IBF and USBA
Heavyweight Championship stablemates Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov
(20-0-1, 12 KOs) and Steve "USS" Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) came out
of the box trading big punches. Cunningham appeared to have a slight edge in
the first few rounds, but Glazkov, who is always a slow starter, began to show
signs of life in the fifth round. The unofficial scorecards from the television
and the media were all over the map on this fight, but the judges officially
scored the fight 116-112, 115-113 and 116-112 all in favor of Czar Glazkov for
a unanimous decision victory. The Ukrainian remains undefeated and will
anxiously await to face the winner of Klitschko-Jennings next month.
The PunchStat had Glazkov landing a greater percentage of
his shots but a smaller total number of shots (Glazkov 144/441 - 33%;
Cunningham 180/649 - 28%). Their jabs
landed were almost identical (Glazkov 60/215 - 28%; Cunningham 57/309 - 18%),
but Cunningham had the edge with the power punches landed. Their power punch
percentages were near even (Glazkov 84/226 - 37%; Cunningham 123-340 - 36%).
The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast began with Main
Events stablemates slugging it out for the vacant NABF Light Heavyweight Title,
Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KOs) of Malawi and Vasily
"The Professor" Lepikhin (17-1, 9 KOs) of Russia. Both fighters
looked good early on. In the second round, Chilemba got in some hard shots on
the Russian but Lepikhin did not seem fazed. However, Chilemba continued to
dominate Lepikhin for the remainder of the fight. Lepikhin managed to go the
distance but Chilemba secured a decisive unanimous decision with two judges
scoring the bout 99-91 and the third scoring it 100-90. This was the first
career loss for Lepikhin and the first fight of the evening to go the
The final PunchStat report has Chilemba landing more than
double the number of total punches than Lepikhin, despite their connection
percentages being similar (Chilemba 192/683 - 28%; Lepikhin 75/289 - 26%).
Also, Chilemba landed nearly half of his power punches (100 of 237 - 42%)
whereas Lepikhin landed 27% (36 of 131).
Chilemba had this to say after the fight, "He did
exactly what we expected. We were totally prepared for what he brought. I was
patient and I capitalized on it. I think he ran out of ideas and I wasn't going
to fall for any of his games. I am very pleased with my performance tonight and
I am grateful to now hold the NABF Light Heavyweight Championship
In the final bout before the live HBO telecast, David
Theroux (6-0, 4 KOs) of Sorel, QC, CAN stopped Lukasz Janik (12-10-1, 6 KOs) of
Katowice, Poland in the third round. Janik fell victim to the three knockdown
rule and the referee declared Theroux the winner by TKO at 2:31 in the third
Local favorite Dierry Jean (28-1, 20 KOs) of Montreal,
Quebec, Canada and Carlos Manuel Reyes (24-4-1, 16 KOs) of Mao, Dominican
Republic were scheduled for ten rounds of light heavyweight action. However,
Jean knocked down Reyes in the third. He was then knocked down again a few
seconds later and the referee stopped the fight.
Nadjib "Iron Jib" Mohammedi (38-3, 23 KOs) of
Aix-en-Provence, France, the #1 contender in the IBF light heavyweight
rankings, took on Lee Junior Campbell (8-2, 4 KOs) of Laurenburg, NC. Mohammedi
dominated Campbell for every round until the referee stopped the fight in the
sixth. As the IBF mandatory contender,
he is scheduled to face Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev in his next
According to PunchStat, Nadjib landed more total punches
than Campbell threw (Mohammedi 243/672 - 36%; Campbell 40/196 - 20%). The same
was also true for jabs (Mohammedi 91/321 - 28%; Campbell 11/74 - 15%) and power
punches (Mohammedi 152/351 - 43%; Campbell 29/122 - 24%).
After the fight, Mohammedi said, "I am very happy
because this was a great place for a fight. This was my first fight with my new
trainer, Abel Sanchez. Tonight I take my time. Campbell was tired and I worked
to wear him down. This was a good win tonight. I was smart tonight. Everybody
got to see me. Now Canada knows Nadjib Mohammedi."
Light welterweight Yves Ulysse Junior (6-0, 4 KOs) of
Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Miguel Antoine (17-2-1, 9 KOs) of Wildey, Barbados
were scheduled for eight rounds but Junior knocked down Antoine three times in
the fourth round. He continued his attack in the sixth round and knocked down
Antoine at 2:43 and the referee stopped the fight.
In the first bout of the evening welterweights Dmitry
"The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko (19-0, 8 KOs) of Gelendzhik, Russia and
Felipe De La Paz (14-4-2, 5 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico faced-off. Mikhaylenko
knocked down De La Paz just before the bell ended the first round. "The
Mechanic" continued his fierce attack on De La Paz until De La Paz quit on
the stool before the start of the sixth round.
*Please note all records have been updated to reflect last