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News: Robert Helenius battles Sherman Williams this Saturday; WSB; Holm-Prazak

VERO BEACH, FL (November 5, 2012) – Battle-tested road warrior Sherman “Tank” Williams has broken training camp and departed today for Finland, where he plans to land his “conch” punch to spoil undefeated Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius’ return to the ring this Saturday at their European throw-down in Helsinki.

“I’m going to take Finland by storm,” Williams proclaimed before his departure. “I’m going to do the same things I did to (Evander) Holyfield and (Chauncey) Welliver and make it three wins in a row.

“I really want to make a statement in this fight, especially against a 6′ 6″ undefeated guy fighting at home, to legitimize myself as a challenger for either of the Klitschko (Wladimir and Vitali) brothers or (Alexander) Povetkin. I think this will be a perfect forum to make that statement.”

World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 10-ranked Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), the reigning WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Asian Boxing Council Championships, has traveled across the United States and around the world to fight in places like Macau, China, Germany twice, and Montreal.

“It doesn’t matter where I fight,” Williams insisted. “I am a world warrior, a modern-day pirate who goes where the treasures can be found. There’s always an underlying fact that somebody from this part of the world ain’t going to get a decision in Europe, but I feel that this opportunity is worth going over there to fight. I’ll fight wherever…Helsinki, Berlin, anywhere. I consider myself an international guy and there’s no place on this planet I wouldn’t fight as long as I bring my ‘Conch’ (over-hand right) punch with me.”

Former European champion Helenius has been out of action since last December 3 with a shoulder injury suffered during his highly-controversial 12-round split decision win over Derek Chisora. Helenius, ranked No. 13 by the (WBO), has knocked out former world heavyweight champions Sergei Liakhovich (TKO9), Samuel Peter (KO9) and Lamon Brewster (TKO8).

“Helenius has a methodical style and he’s confident,” Williams noted. “I like that he comes straight forward. He’s 6′ 6″, I’m 5′ 11″, but I know that he’s not going to fight down to me. Our styles will make for a very exciting fight.”

WSB appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Lausanne, Switzerland, 05 November 2012 – With exactly ten days to go before the beginning of its third season, World Series of Boxing (WSB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Karim Bouzidi as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Mr. Bouzidi, 41, will be responsible for all WSB Operations as well as managing the staff at the Headquarters in Lausanne.

Mr. Bouzidi, who holds dual French and Algerian nationality, has over 15 years experience in business development as well as a long-life passion for boxing. Former General Manager of Paris United, WSB Team Champions in 2010/2011, he has also been involved in the management of the International Boxing Centre of Tunis and has worked for the African Boxing Confederation in identifying African athletes in Europe.

“I gladly welcome Mr. Bouzidi to World Series of Boxing”, stated Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, Chairman of the WSB Board. “It has been an absolute pleasure working with him over the past two years when he was leading the French Franchise with Brahim Asloum, and I am very happy that he will now put all his experience and expertise to the benefit of the competition. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Khodabakhsh for the invaluable work he has done since the inception of WSB. The product would not be the same if it had not been developed with him. I wish him the very best of luck for the future.”

“I am extremely honored to have been offered this exciting challenge and I am very thankful to Dr Wu for that”, said Mr. Bouzidi. “With new Franchises, dozens of London Olympians on board and pro boxers now allowed, I am convinced that this third season will be the most successful to date. We want to show the world that WSB is the place to be when it comes to top quality boxing. WSB is the perfect platform for Olympic boxers to test themselves in a pro format and also presents the ideal pathway to a full professional career with the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) program, which is now just a year away. I cannot wait for this exciting season to begin on 15 November.”

Prazak replaces Lamare vs. Holm on Dec. 7

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (November 5, 2012) — Fresquez Productions announced today that four-time world title-holder Myriam Lamare (20-3, 10 KOs), after attempting to renegotiate her signed contract and then citing a shoulder injury, has withdrawn from her scheduled December 7 world title fight against 12-time, three division world champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (31-2-3, 9 KOs).

Australian invader Diana Prazak (11-1, 7 KOs), ranked No. 1 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), has replaced Lamare as Holm’s opponent for their 10-round main event fight for the International Boxing Association (IBA) and World Boxing Federation (WBF) light welterweight titles at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque.

“Fire And Ice” is being presented by Fresquez Productions in association with Route 66 Casino Hotel

“Lamare sent us X-rays and medical records of her injured shoulder,” promoter Lenny Fresquez explained. “It’s frustrating because we’ve already spent a lot of money promoting Holm vs. Lamare II but we’re fortunate to have a great fighter like Diana Prazak step-up to fight the best pound-for-pound women’s fighter in the world, Holly Holm. Diana deserves a lot of credit for accepting that big challenge and I know she’s coming to pull off an upset of Holly.”

Now fighting out of Los Angeles, Prazak will be moving up in weight to fight Holm, a natural welterweight who is dropping back down to light welterweight for this fight only. In her last fight, Prazak defended the WIBA super featherweight title she won in 2011 with a win by unanimous decision over Fatuma Aarika (24-5-1). Prazak will be fighting outside of her native Australia for only the second time having won a six-round decision from Lucia Larcinese earlier this year in Staten Island, New York

The 31-year-old, newly married Holm (31-2-3, 9 KOs) has defeated a virtual Who’s Who list of champion woman 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).

Supporting fights showcasing local boxers will feature light welterweight Matthew “Champ” Baca (1-0, 1KO) vs. Derek Perez (pro-debut) in a four-round bout, female light welterweight Victoria “La Reina de la Guerra” Cisneros (6-13-2, 2 KOs) vs. TBA, bantamweight Raymond “Hollewood” Montez (5-2, 3 KOs) vs. Tony Valdez (6-6-3, 6 KOs) in a eight-round rematch, amateur standout Jason Sanchez makes his pro debut in a four-round fight vs. featherweight Gene Perez (1-0), plus Manny Rocca and Cris Leyva (1-0) battle in a four-round opening bout.

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