News: Figueroa-Augustus on Calzaghe Jones PPV; Billy C Boxing Radio

LAS VEGAS (October 31, 2008) – NABF light welterweight champion Frankie “El Gato” Figueroa, recently signed to a promotional contract by Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions, will now take on the unofficial gatekeeper of the light welterweight division, veteran Emanuel “Drunken Master” Augustus, in the opening bout on the November 8th Jones-Calzaghe HBO PPV card at Madison Square Garden in New York City..

Figueroa (19-2, 13 KOs) had been in Las Vegas training to fight his original opponent, former WBA light welterweight champion Gavin “The Rock” Rees, who pulled out of the fight with a broken nose.

Nicknamed “El Gato” – The Cat – because he was the only one quick enough to catch a cat that was a mascot at his original gym in the Bronx, Frankie is now matched against the unorthodox Augustus, who participated in ESPN’s Fight of the Decade against Micky Ward, in a 8/10-round non-title fight.

“I’m very happy to be fighting Emanuel Augustus,” Figueroa said. “We were having a tough time finding a good opponent. He stepped up and I’m not afraid to fight anybody. He’s an entertaining fighter and together we’ll give fans what they really want to see. The change of opponent doesn’t mean anything to me. I’ll be fully focused on Augustus, execute my plan, and come out victorious.”

The 30-year-old Figueroa, a Puerto Rican-American born in Spanish Harlem, not too long ago was counseling rebellious teens in New York City. He was a 2-time New York City high school wrestler, 14-0 as a senior, who didn’t start boxing until eight years ago after taking advice from a friend. A U.S. Army veteran rated No. 4 by the WBC, No. 5 by the IBF and No. 15 by the WBA, Figueroa’s coming off of a by 12-round decision against Luis Rodriquez (22-1) last May, extending Frankie’s win streak to 11 that dates back to March of 2005.

Augustus’ misleading 38-29-6 (20 KOs) record includes many fights against a virtual Who’s Who of the light welterweight division. He has been stopped only three times in 73 pro fights, the last time in 2000 against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. During his 14-year pro career, Augustus has upset “Sucra” Ray Oliveira and Alex Trujillo, fought a draw with the late Leavender Johnson, and been in against, among the more notables in addition to Mayweather and Ward, the likes of Herman Ngoudjo, David Diaz, Antonio Diaz, John John Molina, Ivan Robinson, Diosbelys Hurtado and Leonard Dorin.

For more information about Frankie Figueroa visit his web site at, where you can enter a sweepstakes to win what he’s wearing in the ring Nov. 8 as well as a cash prize by simply filling out the mailing list form on the home page.

Billy C Continues To Grow Boxing Radio Presence; Adds New Show & A Brand New Studio

The “Talkin Boxing With Billy C” and “The Billy C Morning Show” Radio Programs continue to grow their World Wide listener base on Terrestrial radio, the Internet and all podcasting networks by adding another show, “Billy C’s Two-Minute Boxing Report” which will begin being aired on Terrestrial Radio Stations Coast To Coast and will be available to ALL Internet Sites World Wide Beginning Monday November 3, 2008.

All three shows are now Broadcast Live from the brand new, state of the art Billy C Studios located in Lake George, New York. The Billy C Studios are now capable of producing other boxing orientated audio and video boxing programs and look to bring on other talent in the upcoming weeks.

“Billy C’s Two-Minute Boxing Report” will be available to all AM, FM & Satellite radio stations and networks beginning November 3, 2008. There is Daily and Weekly versions and both come in either Audio or Video Formats. It gives all Radio & TV Stations and all types of Internet Sites the option of including boxing news with their Sports News. For Information on obtaining this report contact

The “Talkin Boxing With Billy C” Radio program is broadcast live on Wednesday’s from 6:00 – 8:00 pm EST on GoFightLive.TV, and Justin.TV.

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The audio stream for BOTH SHOWS is available on the best boxing websites including,, and

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Scheduled to appear on this week’s “Talkin Boxing With Billy C” Radio Program is Super Middleweight Contender Peter Manfredo Jr., Author of “Sam Langford, Boxing’s Best Un-crowned Champion”, Clay Moyle and Boxing Photographer Emily Harney.

“Talkin Boxing With Billy C” Explores the World of Pro Boxing with all the latest news, opinions, inside scoops and top notch guests presented in an entertaining way. Daily & Weekly Segments include “Blast From The Past”, Weekly & Daily “Trivia Questions”, “This Day In Boxing History”, “Head To Head”, “Billy C’s Two Minute Boxing Round-Up”, “The NFL, NBA, MLB & NHL Scoreboards”, Weekly “Crystal Ball Diamond Sports Pick” and much more all added with lots of laughs.

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Article posted on 30.10.2008

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