News: Cauthen vs Alvarez; Brewer vs. Bundrage; Ghanan Olympian Samir makes his pro debut

Bronx, NY - Nov 06, 2008 On November 7th Terrance "Heat" Cauthen (33-4, 9KO) and Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (19-1, 11KO) will go to battle in a ten round welterweight contest at the Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The card will be promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and broadcast live on The Cauthen vs. Alvarez fight will be the co-feature bout of the evening, and will pit two New Jersey natives against one another in a true cross- roads battle of welterweight contenders..

In Cauthen's last fight, he out-pointed previously unbeaten Alexis Camacho (16-1, 15KO) in a hard fought battle back on July 16th, 2008, in a bout televised live on ESPN2. Cauthen who has spent most of his career fighting at Light middleweight, dropped down to welterweight for the Camacho fight, and seemed to be much more comfortable fighting at the 147 lb. limit. He displayed quick hands and good boxing ability repeatedly beating the hard charging Camacho to the punch throughout the night. It was a good victory for Cauthen as he was previously coming off a loss to Sechew Powell in an IBF Light Middleweight Title eliminator.

While Cauthen is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career, in Alvarez's last fight he was not so fortunate as he was defeated by now IBF welterweight Champion Joshua Clottey in an IBF welterweight title eliminator. It was the first time Alvarez was defeated as a professional. A win over Cauthen would surely propel Alvarez back into the position he was before his set back against Clottey.

No trash-talk between friends and Nov. 13 foes Brewer & Bundrage

Manfredo-Bika headline “Tough & Tested” in Providence, live on Versus

PROVIDENCE (November 6, 2008) – The Contender, Season Two winner, “Bad Boy” Grady Brewer, and third-place finisher, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage, developed a strong friendship when they were teammates on the 2006 television reality series. The bond remains but has been temporarily put aside because Brewer and Bundrage will battle November 13 in a 10-round IBO light middleweight eliminator on the “Tough & Tested” card at the newly renovated Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

The 12-round main event for the vacant IBO super middleweight title pits two-time world title challenger “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr., runner-up in Season One of The Contender, against Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika, winner of The Contender, Season Three.

“Tough & Tested,” promoted by the Tournament of Contenders in association with Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), will air nationally live on Versus television. The co-promoters have called for a ‘Pink Out’ (everybody wearing something colored pink) to show support for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from ticket and T-shirt sales will benefit the Gloria Gemma Foundation for research into early breast cancer detection.

Brewer (23-11, 13 KOs), fighting out of Lawton, Oklahoma, sports a misleading pro record because he took numerous short-notice fights in the backyards of his opponents prior to joining The Contender. Never-the-less, “Bad Boy” has registered impressive victories against former world champion Steve Forbes in The Contender II finale, as well as Anthony Thompson and Michael Stewart.

“We became good friends on The Contender and still are today,” Brewer spoke about his relationship with Brundage, “but we’re not talking until after this fight. I’ll wish him luck when I see him at the weigh-in and I’m sure that he’ll wish me good luck, too. But our friendship can’t interact with boxing until after this fight.

“I plan to use angles against him to stay away from his big right hand. That’s his favorite punch. I’m sure he knows we’ve watched a lot of types and he’s going to come out trying to prove that he’s more than a one-handed fighter. But I think he’ll resort to his big right hand after four or five rounds. We both were on The Contender and people are intrigued by this match-up because we didn’t fight each other on the show. We both have something to prove and fans are going to have a lot of fun watching us fight. This is a great opportunity for both of us and a big stepping-stone for the winner’s career. People don’t know who is going to win but he will go on to the next level and fight for the IBO title.”

Detroit native Bundrage (28-3, 16 KOs), rated No. 14 by the IBF, is coming off of a win by 10-round decision last March against former IBF title-holder Kassim Ouma. “K9” has also defeated Chris Smith and Michael Clark, among the more notables.

“This was a tough fight to take because we’re such good friends,” Bundrage commented. “We talked a little before The Contender, but then we became friends. Grady took it first (the fight against Bundrage), so I took it, too. He’s a proven veteran and good fighter. Grady’s a much better fighter than his record may indicate. I’m always the underdog; I’m motivated to prove that I’m one of the best fighters out there.

“This is definitely the biggest fight of my life, especially following my win against Ouma. This fight is business and afterwards we’ll still be good friends. I’ve prepared very hard for him. This is an IBO title eliminator and we’ll let the chips fall where they may. The winner is going to go on to even bigger things. Hey, I’m hungry and he already won $500,000 (the winner’s purse for The Contender II). Now it’s my time.”

Manfredo (31-5, 16 KOs), the reigning NABF Interim champion, is the WBC No. 13 rated super middleweight. Fighting in front of his hometown fans, “The Pride of Providence” sports a perfect 16-0 (10 KOs) record in Rhode Island, including 3-0 (3 KOs) in the same Providence building as his Nov. 13th showdown against Bika. Manfredo’s five pro career losses have all come at the hands of world champions.

IBF Pan Pacific super middleweight title-holder Bika (26-3-2. 16 KOs), a 2000 Cameroon Olympian now fighting out of Australia, won The Contender III with a dramatic eighth round stoppage of Bridgeport, Connecticut native Jaidon Codrington in the finale a year ago in Boston. Bika, rated No. 4 by the IBF and No. 8 by The Ring magazine, hasn’t been stopped in 31 pro fights.

Codrington (18-2, 14 KOs), runner-up in Season Three of The Contender, also is fighting on the card in a super middleweight Special Attraction.

Some of New England’s most talented and popular fighters are scheduled to fight on the undercard including WBC World Youth and USNBC featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard (15-0, 8 KOs), super flyweight Isander “Peachy” Beauchamp (5-0, 2 KOs), Providence light welterweight Jesus Caro (2-0, 2 KOs), and Pawtucket light welterweight Diego Periera (1-0, 1 KO). All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $18.00, $23.00, $58.00, $79.00, $107.00 and $222.00, are on sale at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box Office (401.331.6700) or through CES Boxing at 401.724.2253/2254 or Tickets will also be on sale through, at all local Ticketmaster outlets by calling Ticketmaster direct at 401.331.2211 or 617.931.2000, as well as Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket (401.723.1359), 401

Gym in Cranston (401.261.9800), Balletto’s Gym in Providence (401.641.9994), Elite Mixed Martial Arts (401.728.1356), and Ultimate Fitness in Bristol (401.253.3539). Each paid ticket holder will receive a complimentary Dave & Buster’s $10.00 Power Card ($12 value) upon entry.

For more information call 401.724.2253/2254 or go online to, or Doors open at 5:30 PM/ET, first bout 6:30 PM/ET.


YORK, PA (November 6, 2008) Boxing fans in Central Pennsylvania will witness the unleashing of boxing’s hottest middleweight prospect this Saturday Night, November 8th as 2008 Ghanan Olympian, Bastie “THE BEAST” Samir makes his professional debut at the Valencia Ballroom.

Samir will be featured at “THE BATTLE AT YORK II”, a seven bout evening of world class professional boxing presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions. He will face Akron, Ohio’s Rodell Bolar in a scheduled four round bout.

The main event at “THE BATTLE AT YORK II” features local fan favorite Carney Bowman in an eight round featherweight bout against Puerto Rican banger Castulo Gonzalez. In the co-main event, 19 year old York native Stevie Weimer will battle Omaha’s Trenton Titsworth. Bowman and Weimer will both be looking to keep their undefeated records alive.

The Valencia Ballroom is located at 142 N. George St in the downtown area of York , PA. Tickets, with a five dollar discount prior to fight night, are on sale in advance at or by calling 800-595-4849. Doors will open on the night of the event at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm.

The 22 year old Samir, captain of the Ghanan team, compiled a record of 96-7 as an amateur competing in numerous international tournaments including the World Championships in Chicago in 2007. He lost a heavily disputed second round bout to Brazilian, Washington Silva in the second round of the Beijing Games last month by a score of 9-7.

Said award winning manager Cameron Dunkin, “This is truly a special event for fight fans. Bastie was a world class amateur and has been highly regarded for many years with boxing writers in awe of his power and pro style. I’ve managed numerous world champions and believe Bastie has all the tools to become the middleweight world champion."

In 2008, The Boxing Writers Association of America voted Dunkin the Manager of the Year. Included in his outstanding stable of fighters are current world champions Kelly Pavlik, Nonito Donaire and Steven Luevano.

Full Bout Sheet

Carney Bowman vs. Castulo Gonzalez, eight rounds, featherweights

Stevie Weimer vs. Trenton Titsworth, four rounds, welterweights

Bastie Samir vs. Rodell Bolar, four rounds, middleweights

Andres Taylor vs. Kelsey Arnold, four rounds, heavyweights

Raul Tovar vs. Damone Antoine, four rounds, welterweights

Terrance Crawford vs. Michael Williams, four rounds, junior welterweights

James Countryman vs. Anthony Cannon, four rounds, super middleweights

Formed earlier this year, the Las Vegas based TKO Boxing Promotions stable includes; super middleweight Joey Gilbert, junior middleweight Anthony Thompson, middleweight James Countryman, lightweights Rolando Reyes, Raul Tovar and Terrence Crawford, the sister team of Katy and Emily Klinefelter, super bantamweight Rafael Valenzuela and junior flyweight Austreberto Juarez.

Further information on TKO Boxing Promotions can be viewed at

Article posted on 06.11.2008

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