ESPN2 Friday Night Fights
Main Event: Karl "Dynamite" Dargan vs. Tony "The Lightning" Luis
Co-Feature: Thomas Falowo vs. Russell Lamour
Foxwoods Resort Casino
January 30, 2015
HBO World Championship Boxing
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal
WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship
Location: Bell Centre - Montreal, Canada
March 14, 2015
Tomasz "Goral" Adamek
Former Heavyweight & Cruiserweight Champion
49-4, 29 KO'sdetails...
Steve "USS" Cunningham
HeavyweightUSBA Heavyweight Champion
Former 2x Cruiserweight World Champion
28-6, 13 KO'sdetails...Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov
HeavyweightIBF North American Heavyweight Champion
19-0-1, 12 KO'sdetails...Thabiso Mchunu
CruiserweightNABF Cruiserweight Champion
16-1, 11 KO'sdetails...Lionell "Lonnie B" Thompson
15-3, 9KO'sdetails...Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev
Current WBO, WBA & IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
26-0-1, 23 KO'sdetails....Nadjib "Irondjib" Mohammedi
36-3, 22KO'sdetails...Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin
17-0, 9KO'sdetails...Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba
23-2-2, 10 KO'sdetails...Sullivan Barrera
(14-0-0, 9 KO's)details...Curtis "Showtime" Stevens
27-5, 20 KO'sdetails...
38-4, 32 KO'sdetails...
Dmitry "The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko
18-0, 7 KO'sdetails...Karl "Dynamite" Dargan
17-0, 9 KO's
Junior NABF Lightweight Champion
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Dargan-Luis Showdown Jan. 30 at Foxwoods
Mashantucket, CT: Before Karl “Dynamite” Dargan and Tony “The Lightning” Luis square off for the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship, fans at Foxwoods Resort Casino will be treated to an action-packed card filled with local rivalries and local prospects. Currently this stacked undercard is packed with six young fighters from the New England area.
In the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights co-feature, Pawtucket, Rhode Island native Thomas “The Souljah” Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs) will take on undefeated middleweight sensation and Portland, Maine resident Russell “The Haitian Sensation” Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs) for eight rounds.
Thomas Falowo made his professional debut in 2010 with a second round stoppage over Odias Dumezil. He recorded knockout victories in his first four professional bouts all within four rounds. His career began with a perfect 6-0 before being handed his first defeat in a close split decision against a then-undefeated Samuel Clarkson. In his most recent bout, on Showtime, Falowo suffered defeat at the hands of former amateur standout Ronald Gavril and two of Falowo’s three career losses came at the hands of undefeated fighters.
Falowo’s opponent, the 32-year old Russell Lamour, recorded over 100 wins as an amateur boxer, and was also a member of the Los Angeles Matadors semi-professional World Series of Boxing franchise in Los Angeles, California. Russell was the #1 ranked Middleweight in the North American conference. He made his professional debut in 2012 with a first round TKO John Downey. In his most recent bout, Lamour defeated Ahsandi Gibbs by unanimous decision in his home state of Maine.
Also making an appearance at Foxwoods on Jan. 30 is undefeated New Haven resident Charles Foster (6-0, 3 KOs) who takes on Larry “Hitman” Pryor (9-9, 5 KOs) of Washington, DC. Since his professional debut in 2011, every one of Foster’s fights have been in his home state of Connecticut. In his last fight he made his Foxwoods’ debut with a stunning first round TKO over Robert Jackson on the undercard of the Mchunu-Wilson card on Sept. 20. Pryor’s 9-9 record can be deceiving. In fact, all nine of his career losses were to undefeated contenders, including Ismayl Sillakh and Sullivan Barrera
In an all New England showdown heavyweights Antonio Assermelly (0-2) of Westerly, Rhode Island will face Cassius Chaney of New London, CT in his professional debut. Since his professional debut in 2013 Assermelly has yet to find that elusive first victory however both of his losses have come at the hands of undefeated opponents. Chaney is originally from Baltimore but moved to Connecticut where he earned a Sport Management degree and played basketball as a student at the University of New Haven.
Finally, unbeaten New Haven resident David Wilson (4-0) and Michael Rodriguez (0-2) will square off for four rounds of middleweight action. Wilson also appeared on the Mchunu-Wilson undercard on Sept. 20 with a four-round unanimous decision victory over Anthony Everett.
Local promoter Al Valenti, who assisted in putting together the undercard, said, "Falowo-Lamour will be a great match of two highly talented boxers, both of whom have reached national recognition as amateurs, and now seek that same recognition at the professional level."
Main Events promoter Kathy Duva said, "Our matchmaker, Jolene Mizzone, and Al Valenti put together a great undercard for January 30th. It's all local guys in tough, exciting fights. I'd say that I expect to see a few upsets, but these all look like 50/50 fights to me!"
Karl "Dynamite" Dargan Returns to Foxwoods to Face Tony "The Lightning" Luis for the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship 1/30 on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights
Mashantucket, CT: Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs), the undefeated lightweight from Philadelphia, PA who wowed Foxwoods audiences with a brutal fifth round knockout of Angino Perez back in September, returns to the Fox Theatre to face Tony "The Lightning" Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights on Jan. 30. In the co-feature, middleweight Thomas Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island will square off against Russell Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs) of Portland, Maine for eight rounds. The doors will open at 5:00 PM ET and the FNF telecast will begin at 9:00 PM ET. Tickets ($40, $60 and $75) are already on sale through Foxwoods.com and the Foxwoods box office.
Although this will be the 29-year old Dargan's first appearance on Friday Night Fights he is no stranger to fighting on the national stage. His last appearance at Foxwoods was a special afternoon edition of Fight Night on NBC. With his knockout of Perez in September, he added the Junior NABF Lightweight Title to his collection, which already included the USBA Atlantic Coast Region Lightweight Title. The WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship is a vacant title so Dargan will be looking to add a third belt to his collection on Jan. 30.
The 26-year old Luis is from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. In his last appearance he defeated Wanzell Ellison in an eight-round unanimous decision. This will be the second ten-round fight of his career. In Luis' first ten-round fight earlier this year, he lost the vacant USBA Lightweight Title to Ivan Redkach. After making his professional debut in 2008, Luis won his first 15 fights before.
Thomas Falowo, a local fighter from Pawtucket, RI is 26 and will make the second appearance of his career at Foxwoods. Falowo knocked out Zack Thomas in the third round in his last appearance in front of the Foxwoods fans. In his last fight he was stopped in the seventh round against Ronald Gavril in Las Vegas, NV.
Falowo's undefeated opponent, Russell Lamour, is 32-years old and will make his Foxwoods debut on Jan. 30. He kept busy in 2014 with five fights (all victories). This will be the third eight-round fight in Lamour's career.
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, "We're very excited to be working with ESPN and with Foxwoods again. Dargan had a big 2014 and we expect 2015 to be even bigger. With this fight, he'll have another opportunity to pick up a regional title and move up in the lightweight rankings, but it won't be easy. Tony Luis will press the action so Dargan will have to fight. On a national platform like ESPN, a big win in an explosive fight can catapult the winner to stardom. Both of these fighters understand that, so I expect a great fight on January 30th."
Montreal Bell Centre to host Kovalev vs. Pascal
Tickets on sale as of December 20th
Boucherville, Wednesday December 17th 2014 – Main-Events and InterBox announced that the Montréal Bell Centre will host the March 14th 2015 boxing Gala that will feature the reigning unified WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) vs. former WBC, IBO and The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion, Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs). Tickets to this megafight, which will also be broadcast on HBO World Championship Boxing throughout the United States, go on sale Saturday, December 20th 2014 as of 10 AM. A press conference is scheduled to take place early next week.
Three of the 4 major titles on the line
Kathy Duva, CEO of Main-Events, received the exception from the IBF that she and Sergey requested. Therefore, the IBF title will be on the line on March 14th when Kovalev faces Pascal. Mandatory IBF contender Najib Mohammedi is happy with the outcome because it will give him more time to work with his new trainer. Mohammedi will appear on the undercard of Kovalev-Pascal. Therefore, three of the four major world title belts will be on the line: The IBF and WBO World Light Heavyweight titles, as well as the WBA Super Light Heavyweight belt.
« After a tough 2014, we are extremely proud to bring to our fans one of the very best fights that can be made at Light Heavyweight. We all intend to start off the New Year with a bang, and Kovalev vs. Pascal will certainly deliver fireworks. Our fans deserve the very best fights, and those are the fights we will concentrate to make » states InterBox President Mr. Jean Bedard. Mr. Bedard continues by stating « The undercard is yet to be determined, but we are already at work with Main Events to match the best vs. the best. One thing is for sure, our athletes will have to be ready for some major challenges if they want to box on this card »
Kathy Duva said, « I received a very warm welcome in Montreal when I attended Pascal’s last fight at the Bell Centre. I’m excited to return with Sergey and to work with Jean Bedard and his staff at Interbox. I’m sure we will put together the best fight card of the year! »
Kovalev back in North America
The unified WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight champion is back from a small vacation in Russia and spending quality time with his wife and infant son, who was born right in the middle of his last training camp. After a short rest, Sergey is now ready to start training for his fight vs. Jean Pascal. Kovalev is anxious to defend his WBO title for the fifth time, as well as the IBF and WBA titles he wrestled from Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 K.-O.) in a wide unanimous decision win last November 8th.
Pascal’s sole objective: To become World Champ again
Following the unfortunate turn of events during his December 6th fight, Jean Pascal is hungrier than ever to attain his ultimate objective of becoming world champion again. Marc Ramsey, who accompanied David Lemieux to Brooklyn last December 6th for his bout vs. Gabriel Rosado will be back in Pascal’s corner for the March 14th bout. Roy Jones Jr. and Russ Anber will be assisting Pascal during camp and during the bout.
Exclusive pre-sale from December 18th –December 19th
For those fans who just can’t wait until December 20th to buy their tickets for the Kovalev vs. Pascal bout/Event, please note that there will be an exclusive pre-sale from December 18th at 10 AM until December 19th at 6 PM. Please communicate with InterBox at 450-645-1083, or contact Club de Boxe Champion at (514) 376-0980, or for those with a subscription, check the Evenko Info-letter.
Tickets on sale December 20th
Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Saturday, December 20th as of 10 AM. Those wishing to purchase tickets can do so via the Centre Bell ticket office, by visiting www.evenko.ca, or by dialing 1-855-310-2525.
ESPN2 Friday Night Fights Live Jan. 30 from Foxwoods
Tickets on Sale Now
Mashantucket, CT: Tickets on sale now for live boxing at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT on Jan. 30. ESPN2 will be telecasting the popular Friday Night Fights and the main event and co-feature will be announced shortly. Ticket prices are $40, $60 and $75 and will be available through ticketmaster.com and the Foxwoods box office. The doors will open at 5:00 PM ET and the FNF telecast will begin at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN2.
Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal on March 14th 2015
If Pascal wins on December 6
Boucherville, December 2nd, 2014 – Main Events and InterBox are proud to announce that an agreement has been reached to present a fight between the reigning unified WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) and former WBC and The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion, Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs). The fight is to take place in Montréal or Québec City on Saturday, March 14, 2015, but it is contingent on Pascal prevailing over Bolonti on December 6 and on the IBF granting Kovalev a special exception to postpone his mandatory title defense against Nadjib Mohammedi. This mega-bout will be televised live in the United States on HBO. Further details will be announced at a later date.
Pascal's fight at the Bell Centre December 6 was already a very important one for his career, but this possibility brings it to a whole new level. Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, will be watching the fight with Jean Bédard, as she has accepted the invitation extended by the InterBox president to join him ringside at the gala.
"The negotiation with Main Events went quickly and smoothly, so I know we'll be able to organize a high calibre fight and a great night of boxing. After a pretty mediocre 2014 so far, we're preparing to offer Québec boxing fans one of the best fights we could make in the entire division," said Jean Bédard.
Kathy Duva said, “Sergey has made it very clear since the moment we signed him that he only wants to fight the best fighters. I promised after his demolition of Bernard Hopkins that the next one would be for the money. I'm thrilled to work with Interbox to bring boxing fans the Krusher versus Jean Pascal, which delivers on both fronts! The truth is that these fights are easy to make when both fighters want to be in the big fights and the promoters and managers are willing to be reasonable and work together."
Kovalev brings it all back home
After a grueling year that included being at a United States training camp when his wife gave birth to their first child, the WBO/IBF/WBA Super Light Heavyweight World Champion is currently in Russia enjoying some well-earned downtime. On November 8, Kovalev cruised to a shutout decision against Bernard Hopkins, adding the IBF World Light Heavyweight and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight belts to his own WBO Light Heavyweight Championship.
Pascal wants it more than ever
This InterBox agreement with Main Events has already visibly given the Laval native an extra shot of motivation – as if he needed it – as he moves into the last rounds of preparation for the upcoming bout with Roberto Bolonti. Pascal is certainly looking to a bright future. As former WBC and IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion, Jean Pascal plans to demonstrate his superiority in the division against a well prepared Bolonti up as he works his way to the summit of his sport. Note that he'll be supported by Roy Jones and Russ Anber in his corner on December 6, after a mutual decision to have coach Marc Ramsay join David Lemieux in Brooklyn.
Main Events and German Titov Promotions Join Forces Again to
Promote Another Hot Russian Prospect:
Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin
Totowa, NJ: Main Events has added yet another hot light heavyweight prospect, Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin (17-0, 9 KOs), to their already impressive light heavyweight stable which includes: current WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, undefeated Cuban sensation Sullivan Barrera, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba, IBF mandatory contender Nadjib “Ironjib” Mohammedi, and Lionel “Lonnie B” Thompson.
The 29-year old phenom from Gelendzhik, Russia, is the current WBO Oriental and PABA Light Heavyweight Champion. Lepikhin earned both titles on Aug. 9 when he stopped Robert “The Butcher” Berridge, of New Zealand, in the fifth round during his US television debut. This past Saturday, Vasily defeated Brazilian Jackson “Demolidor” Junior via a ten-round unanimous decision.
Vasily is managed by Egis Klimas and trained by his father, Andrey Lepikhin, who also trains fellow Klimas/Main Events’ stable mate Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko. Lepikhin and Mikhaylenko trained together for their last two fights, both of which took place at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. Additionally, Vasily sparred with current unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev while “The Krusher” prepared for his title defense against Blake Caparello in August of this year. German Titov Promotions is co-promoting Lepikhin as well as Mikhaylenko.
“The Professor” earned his nickname because he attended university in his native Russia for five years where he earned two separate higher education degrees, one in management, the other in sports training. He attended university during the day while continuing to train as a boxer at night. Vasily explained he kept this grueling schedule for mental discipline and agility, “I did this for self-development. In boxing, thinking, your mind is most important. You have to think. I had a schedule. In the morning I went to school. At lunch I had a nap. In the evening I went to the gym for boxing. Usually I woke up at 8:00 in the morning and I went to sleep at 11:00 at night.”
When asked about the co-promotion with Main Events, Lepikhin said, “I am grateful to Main Events for this opportunity. My goal is to become a good fighter. I am fighting for myself to develop my abilities, to develop my techniques to become a good fighter is my first and main goal.”
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “Egis asked us to take a look at Lepikhin, so we put him on our card in August. Of course when Egis asks me to look at a fighter, I do it. Once again, he found an excellent light heavyweight prospect, who I believe will shortly be on the list of the world’s elite light heavyweights. We’re also developing a great relationship with our co-promoter, German Titov.”
Main Events Inks Promotional Deal with Mandatory
IBF Light Heavyweight Contender
Nadjib “Irondjib” Mohammedi
Totowa, NJ: Main Events continues to add to an already impressive light heavyweight stable with the signing of Nadjib Mohammedi, the 29-year old from Gardanne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France who earned the #1 position in the IBF earlier this year with his seventh round knockout of Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko in his US debut. Mohammedi was announced as the mandatory challenger for IBF belt in July, but then-IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins instead elected to fight a title unification bout against Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, which took place last weekend. Kovalev defeated Hopkins in a wide decision to become the IBF, WBO and WBA Unified Light Heavyweight Champion.
While waiting for his chance at the IBF belt, Mohammedi knocked out Demetrius Walker at 2:16 in the first round on Saturday as part of the Hopkins-Kovalev undercard. With Kovalev’s unanimous decision defeat of Hopkins, Kovalev inherited Mohammedi as his mandatory challenger for the IBF belt.
“Signing with Main Events was one of my dreams come true,” explained Mohammedi. “I finally have the opportunity to show the world that Nadjib Mohammedi is the best light heavyweight in boxing today. I was unknown before, but now with Kathy and her staff's work everyone will know my name.” He added, “It is an honor to now be part of an organization that has the top fighters in my division and now everyone will now know the name Nadjib ‘Irondjib’ Mohammedi. The only trajectory is the victory!”
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “When Sergey Kovalev won the WBO Light Heavyweight Title from Nathan Cleverly in August of 2013, we began investing heavily in the light heavyweight division. Nadjib is a very welcome addition to our roster and there are big things for him right around the corner in 2015.”
Krusher Settles into Two New Roles:
Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion and New Father
Los Angeles, CA: Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) returned home late Monday evening to his family after he added the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship belts to his collection, which already included the WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship belt, when he held his newborn son, Aleksandr Kovalev, for the first time.
Because the Baby Krusher was born on October 20 in Los Angeles after Sergey had already left California for training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on October 12, this was the first time father and son got to meet face-to-face. Sergey was able to Skype with his wife, Natalia, and the baby just after she gave birth but Krusher could not take time away from training camp with John David Jackson to fly back to Los Angeles. Doctors had told the Kovalevs that the baby was due on October 18 so they were hoping Natalia would give birth before Sergey left Big Bear Lake to go to Florida; unfortunately, the baby arrived two days late.
When he was finally able to hold his son in his arms he said, “I was waiting for this moment for such a long time. The first night I met my son was sleepless but I didn’t think about that because I am just finally enjoying time with my family. My newborn son is healthy and that is most important thing to me. I am with my family now for the very first time.”
These last several weeks have been action-packed for the 31-year old champ from Chelyabinsk, Russia. In addition to his three title unification and the birth of his first child, he was also named the WBO Fighter of the Year. Sergey explained, “I didn’t know at the beginning of the year that I would get three belts by the end of the year. I would have been happy with the two and I am so happy I got three belts.”
After his win on Saturday night Kovalev said, “I was too excited to sleep.” He left the press conference a little after 2:00 AM ET to call his wife and son as the newly crowned unified champ. He spent all day Sunday wandering alone on the boardwalk just basking in his win.
Monday morning, however, before catching a late flight back home to his family, he travelled to Connecticut to visit his dear friend Magomed Abdusalamov. Mago suffered grave neurological injuries following his fight with Mike Perez earlier this year. After his last title defense against Blake Caparello in August, Sergey auctioned off memorabilia from the fight on eBay and donated the proceeds to help the Abdusalamov family with his medical bills.
His manager, Egis Klimas, travelled back with Sergey to Los Angeles and said, “Now Sergey is the happiest person on earth. Finally he met his son, finally he has three belts but he is not done yet. He is looking forward for more sons and more belts.”
Sergey’s wife, Natalia, has been patiently waiting for her husband to return home to her and her son. “I was waiting for my husband to come home whether with victory or no victory but of course knowing him he brought his newborn son a victory,” explained Natalia. “Now we work together to raise our son and we are very, very happy.”