Boxing News: Duddy - Hill off; Roman Karmazin returns Dec 20; Gunn-Gross II

NEW YORK (November 11, 2008) – Cedric Kushner, President of Gotham Boxing, announced in New York today that he has been informed by Irish Ropes that they cannot deliver the services of John Duddy, the headliner on the November 21st New York City show. As such, the show has been cancelled..

Former IBF Jr. Middleweight Champion Roman "Made in Hell" Karmazin returns Dec. 20th

Former NABO Champion Kahren Harutyunyan’s Art of Boxing Promotions, in association with Bash Boxing, proudly announces the return of former IBF Jr. Middleweight Champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin in a 12 round middleweight bout. The seven bout card titled “Season’s Beatings” is scheduled for December 20th, in Hollywood Park Casino, in Inglewood, CA and will also feature several rising prospects. In the co-main event Freddie Roach trained undefeated “Irish Lightning” Dean Byrne returns after his spectacular 2nd round KO win over Geoffery Srpruiell during Warner Center War II. In another six rounder, popular Armenian Welterweight Vito “Casper” Gasparyan will attempt to shine even brighter, after demolishing hard punching Anthony Charnell inside one round during his last outing in September. In other exciting match-ups, East L.A.’s Anthony Mosquera will battle against always tough Johnny Suarez from Burbank and Fernando Vargas’s brother Roger Ramo (Vargas) will see action against former MMA fighter Joe Schilling. Other bouts will be announced soon. For ticket and other information please call Art of Boxing Promotions at 818-749-1571 or visit

Robbie Tovar Out; Shelby Gross Steps Up To Set Gunn vs Gross II!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Robbie Tovar was forced to withdraw from his WBC USNBC Cruiserweight title fight with Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn, which was scheduled to take place at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona on November 20th. This left Gunn without an opponent less than 10 days before the opening bell. Gunn was in a tough position as he is far too hungry and motivated to completely withdraw from the title fight all together. After difficulty finding a new suitable opponent on such short notice, Gunn had only one thing on his mind, redemption.

On March 31st 2006, Bobby Gunn and Shelby Gross fought to a highly controversial no contest where Fred Boges, a referee not qualified with the Association of Boxing Commissions, gave Gross a very long count after each of the two knockdowns he suffered in the first round. Boges also watched Gross literarily sit on top of and throw punches at Gunn after dropping him in the second round. This fight was so messy, that the WBC uses it as an example of how not to referee a fight.

“To tell you the truth it was probably the craziest thing I’ve ever been involved in”, said Gunn, the current IBC International Cruiserweight champion. “Even when I watched the replay, the situation reminded me of a WWE wrestling match. (WBC President) Mauricio Suliman said that the fight was the worst officiated bout he has ever seen”, said the heavy handed Canadian.

George Kokkalenios the co-promoter of the November 20th show contacted Team Gross about the rematch, which Gunn has wanted the last 2 ½ years. After prior negation problems, Gross accepted the challenge to make it official. Gunn couldn’t be more excited about the rematch and promises it will be worth watching.

“I am ecstatic about this opportunity”, said the former IBA world Cruiserweight champion. “Shelby is a warrior who comes to fight and has battled three world champions. I want to end the fight fair and square this time and I am confident of it happening because the Arizona Boxing Commission will make sure there is no shady business this time around. If you want to see a great, highly anticipated fight, I advise you to come to the Celebrity Theatre November 20th” said the former amateur standout.

Tickets can be ordered by going to Broadcast details will be announced shortly.

Article posted on 12.11.2008

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