ADAMEK vs. GLAZKOV
Saturday, March 15th
LIVE on NBCSN
Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA
KOVALEV vs. AGNEW
Saturday, March 29th
LIVE on HBO
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
CUNNINGHAM vs. MANSOUR
Friday, April 4th
LIVE on NBCSN
Liacouras Center, Philly, PA
Tomasz "Goral" Adamek
Former Heavyweight & Cruiserweight Champion
49-2, 29 KO'sdetails...
Steve "USS" Cunningham
Former 2x Cruiserweight World Champion
25-6, 12 KO'sdetails...Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov
16-0-0, 10 KO'sdetails...Thabiso Mchunu
15-1, 10KO'sdetails...Lionell "Lonnie B" Thompson
14-2, 9KO'sdetails...Ilshat "The Sheriff" Khusnulgatin
11-1, 6KO'sdetails...Anatoliy "The Gladiator" Dudchenko
18-2, 12 KO'sdetails...Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev
Current WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion
22-0-1, 20 KO'sdetails....Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba
21-2-2, 9KO'sdetails...Sullivan Barrera
(10-0-0, 6KO's)details...Curtis "Showtime" Stevens
26-4, 19 KO'sdetails...Robert Acevedo
37-4, 31 KO'sdetails...
Karl "Dynamite" Dargan
14-0, 7 KO'sdetails...ATTENTION FIGHTERS:
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Mix of International Contenders and Local Prospects Highlights the Undercard on March 15th at Sands
Bethlehem, PA: The Tomasz Adamek-Vyacheslav Glazkov battle for the IBF North American Heavyweight title on March 15th at the Sands Casino Resorts Bethlehem, PA will have some competition for the most exciting fight of the event. The undercard is jam-packed with exciting match-ups that are sure to please the in-house audience at Sands.
The seven-fight card event will showcase Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (21-2-2, 9 KO's), of Johannesburg, South Africa, as he collides with Denis Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KO's), a Russian living in San Diego, CA, in the ten round co-feature that will air as part of the NBCSN Fight Night broadcast beginning at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. Chilemba (#2) and Grachev (#7) both are rated in the top ten of the hot light heavyweight division by the WBC.
Another ten round match features welterweights Ronald Cruz (20-2, 15 KO's), of Bethlehem, PA, against Kermit Cintron (34-5-2, 28 KO's), of Reading, PA in a showdown for bragging rights across Southeastern Pennsylvania. The 27-year-old Cruz is the most popular fighter in the area and has knocked out his last three opponents-Rodolfo Armenta, of Rio Rico, AZ; Alberto Morales, of Miami, FL; Hector Munoz, of Albuquerque, NM.
The 34-year-old Cintron turned pro in 2000 and won the vacant IBF world welterweight title in 2006 when he knocked out Mark Suarez, of Riverside, CA. After successful defenses against Walter Matthysse, of Santa Fe, Argentina, and Jesse Feliciano, of Las Vegas, NV, Cintron lost the title to Antonio Margarito, of Tijuana, Mexico, in 2008. In his last fight Aug. 2 in Miami, OK, Cintron earned a ten round decision over Jonathan Batista, of the Dominican Republic.
Lightweight prospect Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (14-0, 7 KO's), of Philadelphia, PA, takes on Chazz McDowell (6-4-1, 1 KO), of Yonkers, NY, in an eight-round contest. The 24-year-old Dargan is considered one of the best prospects in the country at 135 pounds. In his last fight on Nov. 16th in the co-feature spot on a special afternoon edition of Fight Night on NBC, he out-pointed lefty Michael Brooks, of Nassau, LI, over ten rounds. McDowell, also 24, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Frank Santos De Alba in front of the crowd at Sands on January 25th and is looking to get himself back on track. Including Dargan, the combined record of McDowell's last five opponents is 50-2-2.
More up-and-comers appear on the rest of the card: Jerome Rodriguez (6-0-2, 2 KOs), of Allentown, PA, vs. Brandon Williams (3-0), of Rochester, NY, six rounds, junior welterweights; Nathaniel Rivas (2-0), of Berlin, NJ, vs. Terrell James (1-1-1), of Philadelphia, four rounds, welterweights; Luis Acevedo (pro debut), of Bethlehem, PA vs. Josh Crespo (1-1-1, 1 K0), of Springfield, MA, four rounds, super bantamweights.
Co-promoter and Hall of Fame matchmaker J Russell Peltz feels this is a very diverse undercard; he said "There is something for everyone on this undercard. The winner of Chilemba-Grachev will join the pool of potential world-title challengers at 175 pounds. Cintron can resurrect his career by beating Cruz and Cruz, by winning, can move back into the world rankings at 147 pounds. Dargan, one of the best youngsters at 135, cannot afford to stumble against McDowell, who has never been stopped and shown the ability to hang in there with the best at 130 and 135 pounds.
Main Events' Matchmaker and VP of Operations Jolene Mizzone likes the competitive balance on this March 15th card; she said, "It is refreshing as a matchmaker to have a card with so many evenly matched pick 'em fights where anyone on the card has a chance to win."
Main Events Wins Purse Bid for IBF Light Heavyweight Eliminator
#2 Dmitry Sukhotsky vs. #4 Anatoliy Dudchenko
Springfield, NJ: Totowa, NJ-based promoter Main Events won the purse bid for the IBF-mandated eliminator for the #1 position in the IBF's light heavyweight ratings between #2-ranked Dmitry "The Hunter" Sukhotsky (21-2-0, 16 KOs) and #4-ranked Anatoliy "The Gladiator" Dudchenko (19-2-0, 13 KOs). The purse bid was held this morning at the IBF offices in Springfield, NJ. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger for Bernard Hopkins' IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
Main Events plans to add the elimination bout to the Friday, April 4th edition of NBCSN Fight Night featuring the USBA Heavyweight Championship battle between Steve Cunningham and Amir Mansour at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Dudchenko, 35, is originally from Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and now resides in Los Angeles, CA. He is currently the IBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion. This will be his first fight in the Northeast and his first since signing with Main Events. "The Gladiator" has won sixteen straight bouts in a row (seven by knockout) dating all the way back to May 16, 2008 with his first round TKO of Chris Eppley in Evansville, Indiana.
Sukhotsky, 32, of Barnaul, Russia will make his east coast debut on April 4th. He has only fought once in the United States, on July 14, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV where he lost to Cornelius White via unanimous decision. However, "The Hunter" has won his last three fights in a row - all by knockout - dating back to December 8, 2012 with his first round TKO over Volodymyr Borovskyy in Podolsk, Russia.
Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, said, "Sukhotsky versus Dudchenko is going to be a war that deserves this kind of exposure in the United States. The winner will be in line to challenge Bernard Hopkins for the IBF Light Heavyweight Championship, so it's great that fight fans will get to see this eliminator."
Tickets on Sale for
Cunningham - Mansour
Philadelphia, PA: Tickets are on sale now for the Friday, April 4th heavyweight showdown between Philadelphia's own Steve "USS" Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) and Amir "Hardcore" Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs) for Mansour's USBA Heavyweight Title at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The fight is the main event on NBCSN Fight Night beginning at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.comcastTix.com or at the Liacouras Center Box Office 800-298-4200, Monday through Friday 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
The ticket prices available for the event are: $113, $86, $58, and $41.
Another Signing for Main Events
Roster Expanded to Include Puerto Rican Super Middleweight Roberto Acevedo
Totowa, NJ: Main Events has added a Super Middleweight to their already impressive roster with the signing of Puerto Rican sensation Roberto Acevedo (8-1-0, 5 KOs). Acevedo is coming off a huge upset win over Russian Ilshat "The Sheriff" Khusnulgatin (11-1-0, 6 KOs) at Resorts International Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ on January 24th.
Acevedo sees this opportunity with Main Events as an important step to achieving his goals. He said, "My goal is to become a world champion and make my country proud of my accomplishments. I know that Main Events is the right company to take me there, I am really excited and looking forward to this next step in my career." Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva said, "We have great faith in Roberto's ability to continue to overcome every obstacle that is put in front of him-all the way to the world title!"
Roberto had an impressive amateur career (50-1-0, 20 KOs). His only amateur loss was the result of a fight halted due to a bloody nose that could not be stopped. Roberto started boxing in his early teens after his uncle encouraged him to fight in the ring instead of on the streets of his hometown, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He won several amateur regional and national titles in Puerto Rico during his six-year amateur career.
Most of those accomplishments came after doctors told Acevedo - on two separate occasions - that he would never fight again. The first occurred shortly after he began boxing when he was shot three times at the local barber shop, the victim of a drive-by shooting. His clavicle was crushed. Roberto ignored the doctors' orders; a year and a half later, he won the Puerto Rican national championship for a second time.
Then, in 2008, he was hit by a drunk driver and hospitalized for over a month. Again the doctors told him his boxing days were over. Despite the grim prognosis, Acevedo defied the odds and returned to the ring. He set aside his Olympic dreams in 2010 when he decided to turn pro instead.
Roberto made his professional debut on July 1, 2011 against Felix Rodriguez. Acevedo knocked Rodriguez down in the fourth round on his way to a unanimous decision win. Since then Roberto has suffered only one career loss: a six round unanimous decision defeat to Paul Littleton at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL on March 22, 2013.
Jose Acevedo, Roberto's older brother and manager, said, "I am very pleased to have Roberto sign with Main Events, they have a long, strong and outstanding tradition in developing and promoting their fighters and we look forward to a long and successful relationship building the next Puerto Rican to a World Champion."
Main Events Inks Deal with Light Heavyweight Sullivan Barrera
Totowa, NJ - Main Events adds to their impressive stable of light heavyweights (which includes current WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, Anatoliy "The Gladiator" Dudchenko, Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba, Lionell "Lonnie B" Thompson and Ilshat "The Sheriff" Khusnulgatin) with the signing of undefeated Sullivan Barrera (10-0-0, 6 KOs).
Sullivan said, "I am very happy and very excited. I thank Main Events for the opportunity to let people know who Sullivan Barrera is." He added, "I feel I am the best in the light heavyweight division, the problem I've faced is that I wasn't given the opportunity to compete. Now that Main Events will give me the opportunity I will be able to show my talent."
Barrera made his pro debut August 21, 2009 with a first round TKO over Anthony Adorno in Miami, FL after a stunning amateur career where his record was 282-27. He beat Chad Dawson in November of 2000 via points, 21-11 at the World Amateur Tournament and Beibut Shumenov, in April of 2002 via KO in the first round at the Girado Cordova International Tournament. Additionally, Sullivan has four world amateur championships: Venezuela, Central America, Germany and Cuba.
When he knocks his opponent out, it is generally early on in the fight. Of his six pro knockouts, three have come in the first round and three have come in the second round. Sullivan's six non-knockout wins have all come via unanimous decision.
Barrera is managed by Luis Molina and advised by Egis Klimas who coincidentally manages fellow Main Events' light heavyweights Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Ilshat "The Sheriff" Khusnulgatin.
Molina said, "I think that this is a great opportunity for Sullivan. I know Main Events does right by their boxers. Sullivan is definitely going to have the best platform to make it big in boxing."
He is trained by Milton Lacroix who said, "Sullivan was always a fighter but even as a veteran he continues to want to learn more, he wants to continue progressing towards his ultimate goal which is to be the best light heavyweight and champion of the world"
His advisor, Egis Klimas, said, "The light heavyweight division is getting to be one of the most interesting in boxing today with Champions like Bernard Hopkins, Beibut Shumenov, Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev. When we started with Sergey in 2009 division was almost dead." He added, "We have a lot of young talents coming up into the division, young and aggressive fighters. Adding Sullivan Barrera to my list of fighters is great, he was not recognized for some time, just like Sergey Kovalev until we signed him with Main Events."
Finally, Klimas said, "Sullivan had a very good amateur background, beating Chad Dawson and Beibut Shumenov, it is my pleasure to advise Sullivan and I believe Main Events will do a very good job, as they always do with their fighters. I am looking forward to bringing Sullivan Barrera into the ring soon."
Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva said, "We are very excited to have Barrera on board with us here at Main Events. He has it in him to be an electrifying performer and the sky is the limit."
Barrera also said, "I am aware that Main Events has signed many good boxers but I am the best and now I will be able to show the world."
The undefeated Barrera was born in Cuba and now resides in Miami, FL.
Heavyweights Collide in the Fighting City of Philadelphia "USS" Cunningham to Take on "Hardcore" Mansour at Liacouras Center on NBCSN Fight Night April 4, 2014
Philadelphia, PA: Former two-time world champion Steve "USS" Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) is no stranger to NBCSN Fight Night. The 37 year old heavyweight has appeared in two of the series' marquee afternoon editions of Fight Night on the NBC broadcast network. On Friday, April 4th Cunningham will return to Fight Night in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA to challenge undefeated heavy-hitter Amir "Hardcore" Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs), making his second appearance on the series, for Mansour's USBA Heavyweight Title in a ten round battle at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University. The fight is the main event on NBCSN Fight Night beginning at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT.
Mansour, a southpaw from nearby Wilmington, DE, has been banging away on the fringes of the Top Ten in recent years. He captured the vacant USBA title last summer, scoring a unanimous 12-round decision over Maurice Harris, of East Orange, NJ, at the Dover Downs Casino in Dover, DE. In his last fight on the December 14th edition of Fight Night, Mansour knocked out Kelvin Price, of Pensacola, FL, in seven rounds at Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ. "I'm looking forward to this fight more than any other fight in the past," said Mansour, who recently signed a managerial contract with pay-per-view mogul Joe Hand. "I'm gonna train for Steve as if my life depends on the win. I greatly respect Steve, but on April 4th I'm gonna speak to the boxing world, using my hands. I will not be denied."
Hardcore did not compete professionally for over nine years while he served time in Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution in Minersville, PA for drug possession. Coincidentally, the Liacouras Center is only about one hour away from the prison where he spent the majority of his thirties. He will be looking to prove that he is not too late to the heavyweight party and that he can compete at the highest level. At 6'1" and with an expected 20 pound weight advantage, Mansour will not be intimidated by Cunningham's 6'3" stature. But with a lighter weight comes quickness and boxing fans are wondering how Mansour will be able to handle Cunningham's speed and agility.
Cunningham is coming off an important victory on December 14th against Manuel Quezada in an eight round unanimous decision at Resorts International Casino and Hotel. The win snapped a two fight losing streak that began with his controversial points loss to Tomasz Adamek on NBC on December 22, 2012 and continued with a seventh round TKO loss to Tyson Fury on NBC on April 20, 2013. USS plans to keep his momentum going against the powerful Mansour. A focused Cunningham said, "I'm not going to talk this to death. I'm very focused and taking this seriously." He added, "This time I'm fighting in my backyard and I want to give my fans a spectacular performance. It's time to fight."
Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva said, "I'm really looking forward to this fight. It has everything we want on this series -heavyweights in an evenly matched crossroads bout at a great venue in a location that really adds something to the match. You can't ask for more!"
Co-promoter, J Russell Peltz said, "This is not an appearance fight. Instead, this is one of the most intriguing heavyweight fights in recent years. I'm talking about Adamek-Arreola and a slew of heavyweight fights on NBC such as Jennings-Liakhovich, Adamek-Cunningham and the upcoming Adamek-Glazkov match. This one fits right in. Cunningham has to win this fight to remain viable in the heavyweight division. Mansour needs to win to prove to people that despite beating the second tier of heavyweights en route to his 20-0 record he is capable of taking the next step."
Chilemba Will Take on Grachev on March 15th in Co-Feature at Sands in Bethlehem, PA on NBCSN Fight Night
Bethlehem, PA: Light Heavyweights Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (21-2-2, 9 KOs) and Denis "The Pirate/Drago's Son" Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KOs) will face off on March 15th in the ten round Co-Feature on NBCSN Fight Night at the Sands Casino and Hotel in Bethlehem, PA. The main event features the heavyweight battle between Tomasz "Goral" Adamek and Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov. It's a fitting co-feature for the card billed as "The Crossroads."
Chilemba, of Johannesburg, South Africa, is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Ghana native, Michael Gbenga, at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York on November 16th. It was the first step on his road back to the top of the light heavyweight division after two ill-fated bouts with England's Tony Bellew. Their first contest on March 30, 2013 ended in a controversial draw; many thought the "Golden Boy" should have won. In their second bout two months later, Chilemba lost a unanimous decision. Since then, he has changed promoters and has been working hard in the gym with his trainer, former world welterweight champion and Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year for 2002, Buddy McGirt. When asked about Grachev, Chilemba said, "I know he is a tough Russian fighter, he has been in the ring against some of the best fighters and defeated some of them. I'm looking forward to the challenge." He added, “I am going for the victory. This is my time, I'll destroy anyone who dares to stand in my way."
"The Pirate," who is originally from Chaykovsky, Russia, made his name by scoring a huge upset two years ago against Ismayl Sillakh, who came into their fight a lauded prospect and huge favorite. Grachev stopped Sillakh in the eighth round. After his big win, Grachev suffered defeat by unanimous decision to Lucian Bute in Montreal. He redeemed himself in the "Monaco Million Dollar Super Four" tournament by handing Zsolt Erdei his first defeat. In the final round of the tournament, he fell to Edwin Rodriguez in a disappointing first round TKO on July 13, 2013. When asked about Chilemba, Grachev said, "Chilemba is a good boxer, but I can hit hard." He added, "I want a clean fight."
Main Events President and CEO, Kathy Duva, said, "This whole card is shaping up to be a night of true crossroads fights. Part of what we set out to do with the Fight Night series was deliver these kinds of compelling matches where both fighters have to put everything on the line. We see that in this fantastic co-feature with Isaac Chilemba facing Denis Grachev, where both fighters are in a make-or-break position, and in the main event (Adamek vs. Glazkov) where we have an experienced veteran taking on a young prospect."
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev Defends His Light Heavyweight Title Against Undefeated Cedric Agnew
Saturday, March 29th from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City
Televised Live on HBO Boxing After Dark®
Tickets on Sale Now
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ: Dating back to December 2011, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) has demolished all seven opponents that he has faced by knockout in an average of less than four rounds per bout. On Saturday, March 29 he'll be looking to continue the streak and score his 22nd KO when he returns to the ring for his 2014 debut to defend his WBO World Light Heavyweight Title against undefeated challenger Cedric Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) live from the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.Kovalev vs. Agnew will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Darkbeginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Presented by Main Events in association with Caesars Atlantic City, tickets for the light heavyweight world title showdown are on sale now through TicketMaster online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or via phone (800) 736-1420. Fans can also contact Main Events for tickets at (973) 200-7050. Ticket prices are $26, $51, $77 and $152. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. ET. Undercard bouts will be announced shortly.
"I am excited to be back on HBO and for my first fight at Boardwalk Hall," said Kovalev. "I promise to put on an exciting show!"
A confident Agnew said, "I think as of now he has not seen a person of my skill level." He added, "At the end of the day you have to fight world champions to be a world champion and be considered the best. He's a world champion. I am looking to be considered one of the best."
Main Events' President and CEO Kathy Duva said, "We're thrilled that we're able to bring Sergey to Atlantic City where we have been so successful in the past. You can't miss a second of a Kovalev fight. There's so much tension in the ring. You're almost guaranteed to see an incredible knock out!"
"In 2013, the Sergey Kovalev secret was unveiled," said Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports. "Last year, Kovalev had breakout performances in two televised fights on HBO. Kovalev has demonstrated the knockout artistry and ring activity that earn fans' respect. In his March 29 return, Kovalev will face undefeated Cedric Agnew in his HBO debut. The Chicago-native Agnew knows what an upset of Kovalev's momentum could mean to his career. Mark your calendars."
"Caesars Atlantic City's commitment to sponsoring some of the top sporting events on the East Coast is no more evident than with this March 29th HBO bout set for historic Boardwalk Hall," said Kevin Ortzman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Caesars, Bally's, and Showboat Atlantic City. "As a boxing fan, I'm particularly intrigued to watch Kovalev, live in the ring, and see if his winning streak continues."
Kovalev, originally of Chelyabinsk, Russia now residing in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is notorious for knocking his opponents out early. Of his twenty-one career knockouts, six occurred in the first round, nine occurred in the second round and four occurred in the third round so look for Kovalev to be aggressive early and take out his opponent. Kovalev's knockouts-to-win ratio is an astounding 91%. His meteoric rise through the light heavyweight ranks began just one year ago with his third round TKO defeat over former world champion Gabriel Campillo on January 19, 2013 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. "Krusher" followed that win with his destruction of Cornelius White in another third round TKO win on June 14, 2013 to become the mandatory contender for the IBF title. Kovalev immediately proceeded to challenge for the WBO World Light Heavyweight Championship against Nathan Cleverly in Cleverly's backyard of Cardiff, Wales on August 17, 2013. He made a splash in his HBO debut by winning the title by fourth round TKO. He continued his title reign on HBO when he knocked out slick boxer Ismayl Sillakh in the second round in Quebec City, Quebec on November 30, 2013.
Cedric Agnew, of Chicago, IL, is also undefeated in 26 professional bouts with 13 of those coming by knockout. Agnew has gone the distance in his last four starts so look for him to take the dangerous Kovalev into deep waters. Agnew holds the USBA Light Heavyweight Title which he earned on April 12, 2013 in his twelve round unanimous decision over light heavyweight gatekeeper Yusaf Mack. With all of his fights taking place in Texas and the Midwest, this will be Agnew's first fight on the east coast and his HBO debut. Promoter Kathy Duva said, "I'm thrilled that Cedric Agnew stepped up to fight Sergey. For an undefeated young fighter to take a fight that it seems no one else wants, that really says a lot about him. I'm sure he'll be prepared come fight night and Kovalev will have a tough challenge in front of him."
Historic Boardwalk Hall has been home to many boxing superstars, including the late Arturo Gatti whom Main Events promoted throughout his entire career. The last nine fights of Gatti's illustrious time in the ring all took place at Boardwalk Hall, including the infamous Gatti-Ward II and III fights and Gatti's knockout wins over Jesse James Leija and Leonard Dorin.
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