Big Weekend For DiBella Entertainment Warriors

26.11.03 – From devastating knockout victories to dominating performances over the championship distance, members of the DiBella Entertainment team were in fine form over the weekend of November 21-23. “I traveled from coast to coast to watch my fighters in action last weekend, and it was worth the trip to not only see the Clottey Brothers win impressively Friday night, but to be on hand as Javier Jauregui won his first world title and Jose Navarro moved closer to his own title shot,” said DiBella Entertainment President Lou DiBella.

On Friday night, at the Crowne Plaza in New York City, junior welterweight contender Emmanuel Clottey (21-5, 14 KOs) pounded out a 12 round unanimous decision over the tough Jesus Santiago (8-6-1, 1 KO) to win the IBA Continental America title.Scores were 119-108 twice, and 118-109 for the native of Ghana.

Welterweight Joshua Clottey (24-1, 17 KOs), Emmanuel’s younger brother, was equally successful in his undercard bout, scoring a 6th round TKO over Jeffrey Hill (23-5, 18 KOs).

DiBella then hopped a plane to Los Angeles to arrive in time to watch two of his fighters battle it out at the world famous Grand Olympic Auditorium.

On the worldwide pay-per-view broadcast, 2000 US Olympian Jose Navarro (19-0, 7 KOs) earned a shot at the WBC Junior Bantamweight Title with an impressive 12 round unanimous decision win over highly ranked Reynaldo Hurtado (36-5-1, 27 KOs) in an elimination bout. Scores for Navarro were 120-108, 117-111, and 116-112.

Also on the “Fiesta De La Hoya” card was DiBella Entertainment and Goldenboy Promotion's Javier Jauregui (47-10-2, 34 KOs), who achieved his dream of a world title after 15 years in the pro game by scoring a stirring 11th round TKO over Levander Johnson (32-4-2, 25 KOs) in an IBF Lightweight Championship bout that was one of the best action fights of 2003.

The only setback suffered by the DBE team occurred on Saturday night at the Circus Maximus Showroom at Caesars Tahoe, where a valiant comeback by heavyweight Derek Bryant (17-2, 14 KOs) fell short against Jovo Pudar (21-1, 11 KOs), who stopped the “One Man Riot” in six rounds

Article posted on 26.11.2003

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