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News: Jennings-Tupou, Kennedy-Belmontes quotes; Mares vs. Moreno

PHILADLEPHIA – A press conference was held to officially announce the next installment of the NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” boxing series. On December 8, 2012, a Philly-centric fight card will take place at Temple University’s Pearson / McGonigle Hall on Broad Street in North Philly. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.

North Philly native and #5 heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 15-0, 7 KOs, takes on Bowie Tupou, 22-2, 16 KOs, of Tonga, in the 12-round main event with Jennings’ USBA heavyweight title on the line. The 10-round junior lightweight co-feature bout is an intriguing face off between North Philadelphian Teon Kennedy, 17-2-2, 7 KOs, who’s coming off a world title challenge, and the undefeated Texan Jerry Belmontes, 17-0, 5 KOs. Kennedy is moving up in weight for the fight.

From the lobby of the fight venue, Hall of Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, a Temple University Grad, conducted the press conference, and along with Jennings and Kennedy spoke about the upcoming blockbuster event promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, Goossen Tutor and BAM Boxing.’

J Russell Peltz: “This building opened in 1969 and I’ve been a (Temple Basketball) season ticket holder ever since. But I never thought I’d be promoting a fight here, certainly not on national television. “Fight Night” is probably the most successful boxing series going right now on television because the fights are actually competitive. You don’t know who’s going to win or lose.”

Teon Kennedy: “I’m glad to be fighting in Philly again. I haven’t fought here in two or three years. So I’m happy to be on this card right in my backyard. I live right around the corner.”

“This fight I have to win. I’m trying to showcase my skills. When I come to fight, I will be trying to knock him out. No crazy stuff, I’ll still be playing it smart, but I’m trying to knock him out in at least the sixth or seventh round. He’s a good fighter, but I know I’m better than him, and I will be coming to fight.”

Bryant Jennings: “This is an opportunity that I’ve been waiting for. Every fight I dream of, and the outcome is to have a win. I don’t care how it comes, knockout, unanimous decision, split decision. As long as I win.”

“Everybody knows me for my work ethic. I’m a heavyweight running ten miles, ten and a half miles, in less than an hour and a half. My work ethic speaks for itself. So you can tell that I want this.”

“I’m so happy to be fighting at McGonigle Hall. This is my backyard. The track is right out there. I’ve put in endless miles on that track. I’ve scuffed up my sneakers. I did a million pull-ups and dips on the bars out there. So this is definitely my backyard.”

“I don’t take my opponent lightly. I take everybody seriously. So I’m quite sure that you know I’m going to go out and I’m going to fight my hardest. I’m going to do what I got to do. I ain’t looking for no knockout, I’m just looking to win, make it look good, and I’m on to the next one, like Jay-Z said.”

“We have a month left, four weeks exactly, and I’m ready right now. I’m always ready ahead of time. I hope to see you on December the 8th.”


Pearson/McGonigle Halls, a 4,500-seat venue at Temple University located at 1800 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121. It has hosted both professional and amateur boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its “Fight Night” series on Dec. 8, it will be the first professional boxing event held at Pearson/McGonigle Halls in over 19 years.

Eight bouts are planned for the Philadelphia card. The fight is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, and Goossen-Tutor Promotions in association with BAM Boxing. For ticket information, contact Peltz Boxing at 215-765-0922, Tickets also are on sale at


(All times ET and subject to change)

Saturday, December 8 9 p.m. – 11p.m. NBC Sports Network

Saturday, December 22 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. NBC

Saturday, January 19 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. NBC Sports Network

Saturday, February 23 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. NBC Sports Network

Saturday, March 9 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. NBC Sports Network

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LOS ANGELES, November 9 – The hottest jockey in thoroughbred racing, Mike Smith, will be honored this Saturday night when he attends the super bantamweight world championship fight between World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight World Champion Abner Mares and World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

An inductee into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and two-time Eclipse Award winner, the 47-year-old Smith stands alone as the jockey with the most winning races in Breeders’ Cup history with 17. He scored two victories last Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita in the running of horse racing’s biggest two-day event to earn the record, also winning the Bill Shoemaker Award as the most outstanding jockey in the 29th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships. In 2002 the Roswell, New Mexico native who now resides in Southern California was given the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award that honors the rider whose career and personal conduct exemplifies the very best example of participants in the sport of thoroughbred racing.

“I am excited to be honored during this great night of boxing,” said Smith, who will sit ringside at STAPLES Center on Saturday night. “I am a big fan of the smaller guys so it will be exciting to see the super bantamweight and bantamweight fighters giving it their all. I can relate to their desires to be great at what they do.”

“It will be an honor to have Mike Smith ringside with us on Saturday night.” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya. “He is an unbelievable sportsman, a great champion of thoroughbred racing and does a tremendous amount for the Southern California community.”

Mares vs. Moreno, a 12-round battle for Mares’ WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship taking place on November 10 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. In the co-featured attractions, Los Angeles’ own Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz puts his IBF Bantamweight World Championship on the line against Victor “Nene” Zaleta and hard-hitting junior middleweight Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo of Los Angeles by way of Mexicali, Mexico makes his highly anticipated return against Raul Casarez in a 12-round bout. The SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and at the STAPLES Center Box Office.

Harrison Boxing to Host its Second Amateur Boxing Event December 1st in Richmond B.C.

November 9 2012 – Delta BC- Ladner resident Greg Harrison of Harrison Boxing ( ), a former boxer turned trainer, is hosting his second amateur boxing event Saturday December 1st in Richmond at the Richmond Sports Club.

Greg notes “Our show last year was a smashing success, in no small part to our young Ladner fighter, Josh van Rhyn. His city title bout was awarded ‘fight of the year’ and everyone that attended said it was one of the more exciting amateur matches they had seen. Due to an injury Josh will not be part of this event but we have an exciting line up for boxing fans. “

“For this event, I am pleased to announce we are putting a BC title on the line for our main event. We also will have two young female amateur boxers competing in the mix. “

Greg went on to say “We offering up a great prize draw for any donations to the food bank. Just bring your item with you and you will be entered.”

The Harrison boxing program is based on some very basic principles. It develops a high cardiovascular level of fitness to help perform techniques properly, but most importantly the program is based upon the theory “Have a strong mind, you will have a strong body.” Greg believes whether you think can or think you can’t – you’re right!

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