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Campillo-Kovalev on 1/19; New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame; Prazak vs. Holm

TOTOWA, NJ – November 14, 2012 – NBC Sports Network’s popular “Fight Night” TV boxing series starts 2013 off with a bang on January 19th when 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 nationally televised fight will be held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. The NBC Sports Network telecast will begin at 9PM ET.

Kovalev, the 175-pound punching machine from Chelyabinsk, Russia, aptly nicknamed “Krusher”, always brings the power when he steps into the ring. Only three of his opponents have gone the distance during his three year career. His last start was a typical Kovalev affair, a three round blowout of Lionell Thompson in Bethlehem, PA. He will look to make similar short work of Campillo in January.
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev.

Campillo is Spanish southpaw from Madrid who once reigned as the WBA 175-pound world champion. In his last fight, he boxed circles around undefeated IBF champ Tavoris Cloud, but lost a highly controversial split decision. Campillo, known as the “Handsome Man” is a beautiful boxer looking to get back to another world title bout. Kovalev is standing in his way.
Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo

This caliber of competition has become the benchmark for the NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” series. “Fight Night” matchmaker, J Russell Peltz said, “This is a classic boxer-puncher fight between world-class fighters. On paper it doesn’t get any better than this, in person it could be even better.”

Tickets go on sale to the public Saturday, November 17 at 10AM ET. They are priced at $125 and $40 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000. Ticketmaster Link to January 19 NBCSN Fight Night at Mohegan Sun. For ADA accessible sales, call Mohegan Sun Box Office 1-800-862-8499.


Tickets are priced at $125 and $40 can be purchased through Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000. Ticketmaster Link to January 19 NBCSN Fight Night at Mohegan Sun. For ADA accessible sales, call Mohegan Sun Box Office 1-800-862-8499.

Seven bouts are planned for the January 19 card to be held at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard Uncasville, CT. The fight is promoted by Main Events and Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment Sports in association with Sampson Boxing.

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New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Inducts the Craftsman Behind Boxing’s Championship Belts

November 15, 2012, Union City, NJ — Ardash Sahaghian, the man responsible for designing boxing’s championship belts, was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame on the evening of 8 November 2012. In a beautiful banquet and ceremony held at The Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey, Sahaghian was recognized for creating the emblematic belts of the boxing industry.

Edward S. Majian, President of Sartonk Designs, the company founded to preserve Sahaghian’s legacy, introduced his grandfather. Indicating that his grandfather values a person’s character above anything else, Majian spoke not only about Ardash Sahaghian’s accomplishments in boxing, but also “the person — his character.” He described Sahaghian’s long journey from Romania to New Jersey, with striking examples of his humanity and compassion: “He is a man who responded to apartheid in South Africa by driving his workers home each night, so they wouldn’t sleep in the factory away from their families. He is a man who nurses birds back to health, who feeds stray alley cats daily because, as he once said to me, we need to leave the earth a better place.”

Majian highlighted Sahaghian’s commitment to his family and to his craft. “For as much as Ardash Sahaghian has melted, filed, and polished metal into iconic symbols, the metal has also shaped his character. Working with his hands has taught him the virtue of patience… For Ardash, work is problem-solving, creation, meditation and dedication.”

Majian thanked New Jersey fans and supporters for “lifting [Sahaghian] up, and documenting the Armenian man from Romania, who came to America and crafted ‘those belts’ — those belts that are now iconically worn all over the world.”

To thunderous applause, Sahaghian approached the podium where a translation of his remarks were read. He thanked the NJ boxing community, particularly “long-time friend,” Henry Hascup, President of the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame Committee, for his friendship and support. He expressed his heartfelt appreciation to family, friends, and clients. Sahaghian was especially grateful to and proud of his grandson for “keeping my work alive and taking this company to places that I couldn’t have even imagined.”

The Sahaghian family and Sartonk Designs thank the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame Committee for recognizing Ardash Sahaghian’s unique contributions to boxing. As Hascup remarked aptly, “Ardash is a part of boxing history!”

Prazak working with Rijker for Dec. 7 world title fight vs. Holm

LBUQUERQUE, N.M. (November 15, 2012) – WIBA super featherweight champion Diana Prazak (11-1, 7 KOs) is being trained by former great Lucia Rijker and neither are concerned about Prazak moving-up in weight to challenge 12-time, three division world champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (31-2-3, 9 KOs), headlining the Fresquez Productions-presented “Fire And Ice” show, in a 10-round main event for the International Boxing Association (IBA) and World Boxing Federation (WBF) light welterweight titles at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque.

Prazak, a native of Australia, is now fighting out of Los Angeles. She recently replaced Myriam Lamare (20-3, 10 KOs) as Holm’s new opponent on Dec. 7. In her last fight, Prazak defended her WIBA super featherweight title that she won in 2011 with a victory by unanimous decision over Fatuma Aarika (24-5-1).

“I’m a determined fighter,” said Prazak, who has relocated to Los Angeles. “I have fought at 130-135-pounds; however, I walk around at 145. I will feel much stronger at 140 because I don’t have to starve myself. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to work with some great champions, not to mention the rounds I get in with my trainer, Lucia Rijker. If I can get punched by the most dangerous women in the world, I most definitely do not have any concerns about being hit by girls in other weight classes. I’ve been training with RijkerStriker for almost eight months and I’ve learned a lot being in America and about what it takes to be a pro fighter.”

The 31-year-old, newly married Holm (31-2-3, 9 KOs) has defeated the world’s best boxers, from the 140 through 154-pound weight classes, including Lamare, Ann Sophie Mathis, Christy Martin, Mary Jo Sanders, Mia St. John, Jane Couch, Duda Yankovich and Chevelle Hallback (twice).

“Holly is a great champion who always steps into the fight in top shape and with a great fight plan,” a respectful Prazak commented. “She is fast on her feet and can run like crazy; this and the high altitude in New Mexico burn out a lot of her opponents. I’ll be training in LA and New Mexico for this fight. After Holly came back from a brutal beating from Mathis, by fighting an intelligent and courageous fight, Holly has all my respect and she earned the right to be called, pound-for-pound, the best today.

“I think it’s great that she has such great hometown support. Three-thousand people (regularly attending her fights in Albuquerque) are great. My dream is for myself and for other women fighters to fight for crowds of 30,000. This is just the beginning. It is a great honor to fight a champion like Holly. I’m just looking forward to get the opportunity to fight the best fighters in the world. I have no doubt that we are going to put on a great show for all of the fans to see. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the victory, is my mantra.”

Supporting fights showcasing local boxers will feature light welterweight Matthew “Champ” Baca (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Derek Perez (pro debut) in a four-round bout, female light welterweight Victoria “La Reina de la Guerra” Cisneros (8-13-2, 3 KOs) vs. Kita Watkins (7-9, 1 KO) in a six-round match, bantamweight Raymond “Hollewood” Montez (5-2, 3 KOs) vs. Tony Valdez (6-6-3, 6 KOs) in a much-anticipated eight-round rematch, amateur standout Jason Sanchez makes his pro debut in a four-round fight vs. featherweight Gene Perez (1-0).

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