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Ayala vs. Stevens on January 19th; Mendez-Gonzalez; Azerbaijan

TOTOWA, NJ – Main Events announced today that middleweights Elvin Ayala and Curtis “Showtime” Stevens will meet in the 10-round co-feature bout on the next nationally televised edition Fight Night on NBC Sports Network, January 19, 2013. The anticipated meeting will precede the 10-round light heavyweight main event between Sergey Kovalev, 19-1, 17 KOs, and Gabriel Campillo, 21-4-1, 7 KOs.

Elvin Ayala, 26-5-1, 12 KOs, of New Haven, CT, is riding a six-bout winning streak (three by KO), and will be looking to add Stevens’ name to that list. In his last fight, Ayala looked strong stopping John Mackey at the Mohegan Sun in July.

“I feel good. Curtis Stevens is a big name. A lot of people know who he is. They say he’s a beast, and I like that,” said Ayala, “I feel good about being back on TV. I’m definitely coming to make a statement. I’m training hard for it.”
Elvin Ayala

Curtis Stevens, 22-3, 16 KOs, of Brownsville, Brooklyn, is coming off a quick stoppage of Romaro Johnson in his most recent appearance (TKO1) , and holds past wins over former champion Carl Daniels, undefeated Piotr Wilczewski, and road warrior Dhafir Smith.

Stevens said, “I’m from a place where I used to fight on the roof….the loser had to jump. It’s time for me to shine and that’s what I’m going to do come January 19th on NBC Sports Network Fight Night”
Curtis Stevens

Four inches taller, Ayala will enter the ring with an advantage in size, while Stevens, at 27, is the younger fighter by four years. The fight will be held at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, CT.


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Eight bouts are planned for the January 19 card to be held at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard Uncasville, CT. Sergey Kovalev, 19-0-1, 17 KOs, takes on Gabriel Campillo, 21-4-1, 8 KOs, in an international 10-round light heavyweight main event. The fight is promoted by Main Events and Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment Sports in association with Peltz Boxing, Sampson Boxing, and Dovolani Boxing.

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LOS ANGELES, December 13 – Following the biggest win of his young career over DonYil Livingston in September, Delano, California’s Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez hopes to keep his winning streak going on Saturday, December 15 when he meets Cuban veteran Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez for the vacant IBA Super Middleweight Championship in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” at the Salinas Storm Housein Salinas, California.

In the co-main event, scheduled for six rounds in the junior welterweight division, Watsonville’s Jonathan Garcia faces Mexican veteran Rodolfo Armenta.

Mendez vs. Gonzalez, a 10 round bout for the vacant IBA Super Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Productions in association with Paco Presents and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m. PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at12:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets priced at $25, $45, and $65 can be purchased by calling the Salinas Storm House (831-754-1452), 2 Steps Ahead (831-757-5658), Kathy Garcia (831-261-3214) or Sam Garcia (831-261-052) or online at

A veteran of nearly four years in the pro game, 23-year-old Paul Mendez (10-2-1, 4 KO’s) is starting to realize his potential at 168 pounds with 2012 being a big year for the Delano product. After beginning the year with a six round draw against previously unbeaten Dmitry Chudinov, Mendez reeled off three straight wins, the biggest being a seventh round knockout over highly-regarded DonYil Livingston on September 22. Now unbeaten in five straight, Mendez hopes to set the stage for an even bigger 2013 by closing out 2012 in style on December 15.

Hailing from San Diego by way of Havana, Cuba, 35-year-old southpaw Lester Gonzalez (12-7-4, 6 KO’s) is a seasoned competitor who will test Mendez as the prospect attempts to move to the next level. Having been in the ring with the likes of Matt Korobov, Omar Henry, Bastie Samir and Marco Antonio Periban, Gonzalez’ reputation is secure as a tough out and the type of fighter who can hang with anyone he faces when the bell rings.

9-0 as a professional with seven knockouts thus far in a career that began in 2010, 21-year-old Jonathan Garcia has quickly become a must see prospect for California fight fans. His most recent win over Pedro Arcos in August was a shining example as he rose from two knockdowns in the first round to drop Arcos three times and win the fight in the first round. Expect more excitement Saturday night when he clashes with Los Mochis, Mexico’s Rodolfo “Bam Bam” Armenta (12-8-1, 9 KO’s), a 28-year-old banger who is coming off of a November 10 win over Wilbert Ortiz.

Two World Champions line-up for Azerbaijan against Mexico

Lausanne, Switzerland, 13 December 2012 – Having only suffered one defeat at home over the past three seasons, Azerbijan Baku Fires go into their home match against Mexico Guerreros in Group A as overwhelming favourites at the Olympic Sports Center ‘Serhedchi’ this Saturday 15 December (19:00 local time). With 2007 AIBA World Champion Albert Selimov and 2011 AIBA World Champion Magomedrasul Mezhidov both set to grace the canvas, it will be a tough undertaking for the visitors to come away with any points from this encounter.

Magomedrasul Mezhidov of Azerbaijan Baku Fires

22-year-old Russian Magomed Kurbanov will get the action underway when he seeks to protect his unbeaten record against Mexican debutant Cristian Jesus Torres Becerra at Bantamweight (50-54kg). The orthodox Kurbanov represented Azerbaijan last season, notching up three wins in as many fights. Torres Becerra will have to box out of his skin if he plans to beat the odds here.

At Lightweight (57-61kg), Azerbaijan’s stylish Russian Selimov will be tasked with dealing with the threat of Mexican teenager Fernando Alvarez Diaz. Selimov is one the world’s most decorated boxers and looked made for the pro style of WSB in his previous appearance in the competition. Orthodox fighter Alvarez Diaz impressed in week two with a sensational display against Poland’s Jacek Adam Wylezol. The calibre of Selimov is undeniable so he should have the edge in this one.

Azerbaijan’s uncompromising Belarusian southpaw Mahamed Nurudzinau will then battle exciting Irish talent Conrad Cummings in the night’s Middleweight (68-73kg) contest. The 21-year-old Irishman has all the attributes to really make his mark in this competition and it will be very interesting to see how he fares against such an experienced opponent.

Cummings was eager to test himself in WSB, stating, “I am really looking forward to my first fight, I am now more ready than ever! I feel the pro style will really suit me, everyone is always saying that I box like a pro so now is the time to showcase it. I wanted to turn pro a while back, as I have always been really keen on it! Now I have the opportunity to box as a pro and keep my Olympic status, and I am still only 21. I am privileged to be a part of the Mexico Guerreros and I will fight with pride wearing their colours on Saturday”.

On his opponent, he continued, “I have watched a bit of him, he is ten years older than I am so he will certainly have the experience. He looks strong and a solid puncher. I have prepared extremely well and feel I am more than capable of beating him. I cannot wait for Showtime!”

Gadzhimurad Nasrudinov will then be making his WSB bow for Azerbaijan versus Mexico’s 20-year-old orthodox fighter Isaac Munoz Gutierrez. The away boxer has a huge height and reach advantage in this one and after magnificently dispatching of Poland’s Michal Gerlecki in week two, he will be high on confidence. It will be an intriguing Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) match-up, with Azerbaijan’s Nasrudinov keen to make an impression on home soil.

All eyes with then turn to Azeri Heavyweight (91+kg) superstar Mezhidov when he faces 22-year-old Mexican Alex Rivera in the last bout of the evening. The host’s heavy-hitting orthodox fighter was one of the big stars of WSB season one and after claiming a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer, he will be eager to remind his supporters of his talent after a year away from the team. Rivera has yet to win in the competition so Medzhidov will be relishing this contest.

The reigning World Champion told us, “I want to put on a show for the spectators in Baku. I feel great and want to show the world that I am in the best shape of my life”.

With such stellar names in their line-up, it is difficult to see beyond Azerbaijan for the win, however Mexico are always tough customers and with their knowledge and understanding of this league, they could spring a surprise.

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