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Evgeny Gradovich

The Welsh Mayweather Has Arrived & Eyeing Big Fights

It was a name bestowed him by Boxing News magazine in honour of his silky skills and defensive genius – and last night Lee Selby lived up to the name and more by comprehensively bashing up Evgeny Gradovich – the IBF fighter of the year – and ripping away his 126lb world title in London.

Sadly it was an accidental clash of heads in the 7th that ultimately led to the fight being halted a round later and the scorecards were called for after the ringside doctor ruled Gradovich would be unable to continue. Continue reading

Brook stops Gavin; Joshua beats Johnson; Selby wins; Linares defeats Mitchell

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) did what he had to do in destroying his opponent Frankie Gavin (22-2, 13 KOs) in six rounds on Saturday night in retaining his IBF 147lb title at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Brook landed a nice right hand that hurt Gavin. Brook then unloaded his artillery on Gavin until he slumped into the ropes.

Referee Steve Gray stopped the bout at that point without a count. The fight, if you want to call it that, was stopped at 2:51 of the 6th. Gavin was too hurt to continue. The referee would have done him a huge favor if he’d stopped the bout a couple of rounds earlier because this was never a fight to begin with. Continue reading

The IBF’s Fighter Of The Year Has Arrived – Gradovich v Selby

Undefeated Russian IBF 126lb champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9ko) has landed in the UK ahead of his 5th title defence Saturday night – against slick Welshman Lee Selby (20-1, 8ko) – training at Mickey Helliet’s Limehouse Marina gym ahead of open workouts today.

Gradovich, who held on to his belt by way of a draw last time out in November on the Crawford-Beltran under card, has had the title since upsetting Australian Billy Dib back in March 2013 – and while not having boxed as yet in 2015, the IBF have just announced him their “Fighter Of The Year” – a fantastic psychological boost for him, yet the Russian will certainly be up against it in facing Selby, who – thanks to his technical proficiency and silky skills, is known as the “Welsh Mayweather.” Continue reading

Fists of Gold II Notebook

MACAU, CHINA (July 26, 2013) – Good Morning Mr. and Mrs. Boxing Fan and all the ships at sea, let’s go to press…

ZOUMANITY. World championship boxing returns to The Venetian Macao’s® CotaiArena™ This Saturday! July 27. HBO 2 will be televising the return of flyweight Zou Shiming (1-0), China’s two-time Olympic gold medalist, making his six-round debut, to the U.S., beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT. Calling the action from ringside will be broadcasting icons Tim Ryan and Larry Merchant and two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman. Trained by Hall of Famer World-Famous Freddie Roach, Shiming will be facing Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2 KOs), of México. The HBO 2-televised card will also feature two world championship fights – WBO/WBA flyweight champion JUAN ESTRADA 22-2, 17 KOs), makes his first defense of the title he won by dethroning Brian Viloria, against undefeated No. 1 contender MILAN MELINDO (28-0, 11 KOs), of the Philippines, and undefeated IBF featherweight champion EVEGNY GRADOVICH (16-0, 8 KOs), of Russia, defends his title against No. 1 contender MAURCIO MUÑOZ (26-3, 12 KOs), of Argentina… Continue reading

Gradovich upsets Dib for IBF belt Nelson destroys Medina results from Foxwoods

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (March 1, 2013) — In a early “Fight of the Year” candidate, Evgeny “The Mexican-Russian” Gradovich (16-0, 8 KOs) upset defending champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (36-2, 21 KOs) by 12-round split decision for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title, in tonight’s main event in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

The event was promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by SMS Audio.

In a grueling battle of attrition, Gradovich took the fight to Dib, who won the DBE first four rounds. Gradovich, however, won the last two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards.

“I feel good,” Gradovich commented. “I expected a very tough fight. Billy wasn’t going to give up his championship easily. My game plan was to use my aggression – pressure, pressure, pressure! For right now, I just want to rest and then I’ll be able to face the champions, contenders or top fighters in my division.” Continue reading

Video: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Visits ESPN to Promote ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

Multiplatinum recording artist and boxing promoter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson stopped by ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters yesterday to discuss ESPN’s Friday Night Fights tonight, which will feature IBF Featherweight titlist Billy Dib, promoted by 50 Cents SMS Promotions.

Tonight’s show will be televised live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN.

Tonight 50 Cent will be at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., where he will perform Dib’s walk out song.

50 Cent caught up with ESPN Front Row to talk about his love for boxing, his favorite ESPN show and commentators, tonight’s Friday Night Fights performance and more. Continue reading

Weights: Billy Dib 125 lbs. vs. Evgeny Gradovich 125 lbs.

582MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (February 28, 2013) – Earlier tonight IBF Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-1NC, 21KO’s) and undefeated Russian Challenger Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8KO’s) both made weight for their championship bout tomorrow night at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods. Both Dib and Gradovich looked to be in tremendous shape, with each fighter tipping the scales at 125 lbs.

The event tomorrow is promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by SMS Audio. The championship bout will be televised live tomorrow night on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Below are the complete weights for the entire card.

IBF Featherweight Championship (12)

Billy Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs), Champion, Sydney, Australia 125 LBS.

Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), Challenger, Igrim, Russia 125 LBS. Continue reading

Photos: Dib & Gradovich promise fireworks plus 50 Cent to perform live ESPN Friday Night Fights

569NEW YORK, NY (February 27, 2013) – Co-promoters Lou DiBella, of DiBella Entertainment, and 50 Cent, of SMS Promotions, hosted the final press conference today at the Strand Hotel in New York City for this week’s (Mar. 1) ESPN Friday Night Fights at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

In the 12-round main event, SMS Promotions’ IBF Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21KO’s) puts his world title on the line against Russia’s undefeated IBF #11 rated Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8KO’s). In the televised co-feature, former amateur standout and now top-ten rated junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (19-1-1, 11KO’s) squares off against Michael Medina (26-3-2, 19KO’s) in a 10-round showdown for Nelson’s NABF super welterweight title. The Nelson-Medina bout is promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions. The event is sponsored by SMS Audio. Both bouts will air on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.

***50 Cent will be performing live on fight night*** Continue reading

Billy Dib vs Evgeny Gradovich on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

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The March 1 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature an IBF Title fight between Featherweight titlist Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1, 1 NC, 21 KOs; The Ring Magazine’s No. 4, ESPN.com No.8 ranked Featherweight) and undefeated challenger Evgeny “The Mexican Russian” Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs) in the 12-round main event. Friday’s show from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, and will be available online through WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. The card will also air live on ESPN Deportes+, the new digital extension of ESPN Deportes, and will air tape delayed on ESPN Deportes Saturday morning at 3 a.m. The card is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and SMS Promotions, owned by multiplatinum recording artist and entrepreneur 50 Cent. Continue reading

Solid Undercard Announced for Dib vs Gradovich

!cid_image003_jpg@01CE1402NEW YORK (February 26, 2013) – Co-promoters DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions have announced a solid undercard supporting this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights event, featuring International Boxing Federation (IBF) Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs) defending his title against undefeated Russian challenger Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), airing live (9 p.m. ET start) from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

The 12-round main event pits Australia-native Dib, promoted by 50 Cent, against Gradovich. In the 10-round ESPN Friday Night Fights co-feature, North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight champion Willie “The Great” Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) makes his first title defense against Michael “El Magnifico” Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs). The Nelson-Medina fight is being promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions. The event is sponsored by SMS Audio. Continue reading