News: Minto wants shot at Valuev; Kevin Johnson; TKO Boxing Promotions

WBA #15,WBO #11 heavyweight Brian 'The Beast' Minto (32-2 21kos) of Pennsylvania wants a title shot against Valuev, and his manager, Pat Nelson, has taken issue with the comments made by Valuev's manager, Boris Dimitrov. Nelson states, "Dimitrov has said that 'We do not have other viable options' for the WBA heavyweight title in Zurich on December 20th. That's nonsense! There's a list of 15 ranked contenders by the WBA to choose from, and one, Minto, is not only a free agent but is also well known in Germany and the U.S.."

Unranked by the WBA, Holyfield, and now 46 years old, has not won a fight in nearly a year and a half. In fact, he's 4-4 over the last 6 years, whereas Minto is 32-2 over the same stretch. "In my opinion, ever since these giant Russians watched Rocky IV, their biggest fear is being knocked out by a left hook from an undersized white heavyweight from Pennsylvania." " What if Holyfield falls out? Who's next? Larry Holmes? Opportunities should be offered to boxers of the present generation, while they are in their primes. Networks, sanctioning bodies and promoters should take responsibility to ensure equal and fair opportunity. Mr. Dimitrov, there is a viable challenger, and his name is Brian Minto."


ATLANTIC C ITY, NJ (November 7, 2008)—WBA number-five ranked heavyweight in the world, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson will look to climb further up the Heavyweight ladder when he takes on the tough Matthew Greer as the main event of a big seven bout card that will originate from Bally’s Hotel & Casino is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and will be seen exclusively on beginning at 7:30 pm eastern/4:30 Pacific time.

Johnson, of Atlanta, Georgia, has a record of 20-0-1 with seven knockouts, scored his most impressive win when he took out former WBA Heavyweight champ Bruce Seldon in the same ring on

Greer of St. Louis is looking to upset the apple cart as he is on a five fight knockout streak and hopes to improve on his record which currently stands at 12-3 with eleven wins coming early.

The co-feature is an evenly matched crossroads welterweight local turf war between Atlantic City’s Shamone Alvarez and former Olympic bronze medalist, Terrence Cauthen of nearby Trenton, New Jersey.

Alvarez is 19-1 with eleven knockouts, itching to get back in the win column after suffering his first pro loss to eventual IBF Welterweight champion Joshua Clottey last December in Las Vegas

Cauthen resurrected career this past July when he scored an emphatic unanimous decision over then undefeated (16-0) Alexis Camacho in San Antonio, Texas. Cauthen has a very impressive record of 33-4 with nine knockouts.

With a lot at stake, expect both combatants to leave everything in the ring.

Despite his recent loss to Johnson, Seldon will be in the ring tonight to once again hoping to thrill his hometown fans when the former WBA heavyweight champion takes on upset-minded Brad Gregory of Wichita, Kansas.

This is a must win fight for Seldon who boasts a respective record of 38-7 with thirty-four knockouts, considering a victory could very well lead to a significant match against former champion Lamon Brewster later in the month.

Another featured participant is New York’s KO artist, Curtis “Showtime” Stevens looking to check the chin of Ray Smith of Arkansas.

Also on the card is one of the most exciting prospects in the world, the nineteen year-old prodigy, Ramond “Tito” Serrano.

“This will be a terrific night of boxing” said vice-president, David Klarman.

“To have the number-five heavyweight, a true do or die welterweight, former heavyweight champion of the world and some of the biggest prospects in the game on world card is unprecedented and it shows the type of shows that is interested in bringing to the boxing fans all over the world.”


YORK, PA (November 7, 2008) Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions announced a fundraising partnership today in York , PA with the Easter Seals’ Central Pennsylvania office as part of “THE BATTLE AT YORK ” professional boxing series.

A press conference was held Friday afternoon at the Valencia Ballroom with a kickoff donation of $2,500 made to the Easter Seals by TKO BOXING Promotions. On hand were local boxers Carney Bowman and Stevie Weimer along with members of the Easter Seals Central, PA. office and the TKO BOXING team.

Saturday night TKO BOXING Promotions presents “THE BATTLE AT YORK II” at York's Valencia Ballroom featuring Bowman and Weimer in separate bouts.

“We’re very proud to work with the York , Pennsylvania ’s Easter Seals Office. Our plan is to bring world class professional boxing to the York area four times next year and we will be working continually with the Easter Seals office to raise funds for their great work" said Chet Koerner of TKO BOXING Promotions.

Said Matt Ernst, Director of the Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania, “This is a most generous donation from TKO BOXING Promotions and we look forward to working with Chet and his team in the future to help those in need in the Central Pennsylvania area.”

For more information on the Easter Seals in Central Pennsylvania please visit their website at

Further information on TKO BOXING Promotions can be accessed through their website at

The Valencia Ballroom is located at 142 N. George St in the downtown area of York , PA. Doors will open on Saturday night at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm.

Formed earlier this year, the Las Vegas based TKO Boxing Promotions stable also 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.

Article posted on 08.11.2008

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