News: Sergiy Dzinziruk; Mike Jones; Al Bernstein

NEW YORK (February 4, 2010) – Arthur Pelullo and Gary Shaw, presidents of Banner Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, respectively, announced the signing of undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight world champion SERGIY “Razor” DZINZIRUK to an exclusive promotional agreement. Boasting matinee idol looks, Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs), the division’s longest-reigning champion, is a native of Ukraine currently fighting out of Hamburg, Germany. He captured the WBO title in 2005, sending defending champion Daniel Santos to the canvas in the eighth round en route to a unanimous decision victory and the world championship belt..

Dzinziruk’s four-year title reign has included five successful defenses against a roster of top-rated contenders who had a combined record of 126-7-2 (98 KOs) – a winning percentage of over 93% and a victory by knockout ratio exceeding 77% -- when he fought them. His last defense was unanimous decision victory over Joel Julio.

He had an outstanding amateur career, as well. Sergiy represented Ukraine at 147 pounds in the 1996 Olympics at 147 pounds, and was the silver medalist at the 1997 World Champonships.

Pelullo said today, “I’m very excited and pleased to be working with Sergiy Dzinziruk – I think he’s the top junior middleweight in the world. Sergiy wants to come to America. He wants to fight the best opponents possible and unify the world titles. I’m also looking forward to working again with Gary. We’ve been friends for many years and have always worked well together in the past.”

Added Shaw, “No one is safe once they step into the ring with Sergiy. There’s a reason he’s called The Razor. He cuts his opponents up to ribbons. He is one of the brightest lights in boxing’s most exciting division. Artie and I have big plans for him which will include his U.S. debut this spring and setting up his base of operations in Los Angeles where will be taking screen tests. He’s going to become an international sensation.”


PHILADELPHIA, PA—Unbeaten Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, has settled into training camp 30 miles outside of Philadelphia in Langhorne, PA, for his Feb. 27 match at Bally's Atlantic City, NJ, with former world-title challenger Henry Bruseles, of Gurabo, Puerto Rico, for the North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title. Jones splits his workouts between the Newtown Athletic Club in Newtown, PA, and the Hard Rock Gym in Langhorne.

Jones, 27, is ranked No. 8 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 11 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 16 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). His 19-0 record includes 16 knockouts.

Bruseles, 29, is 28-3-1, 15 K0s. He has won his last seven fights, scoring wins over Ben Tackie, Wilfredo Negron, Mario Ramos and Robert Frankel. Bruseles has been stopped once, by Floyd Mayweather.

Two other major fights on the card feature: Kendall Holt, of Paterson, NJ, vs. Kaizer Mabuza, of Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 rounds, IBF junior welterweight eliminator; Saul Roman, of Tijuana, Mexico, vs. Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, 10 rounds, junior middleweights.

Four preliminary fights complete the show, which begins at 8pm.

The Jones-Bruseles fight and the Roman-Rosado fight will be televised live by Fox Sports Espanol and Fox Sports Net (
FSN) beginning at 10 pm as part of the Top Rank Live series.

Top Rank in association with Peltz Boxing is promoting the show.

Tickets are priced at $50 and $75. They are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. (215-765-0922) or online at

Al Bernstein Joins Celebration of Joe Gans

Friday, February 26, 2010 Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards will host a fundraiser for the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. Funds will go to a Joe Gans wax statue. Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Baltimore native Joe Gans, the first Afro-American boxing champion from 8pm- 11pm.

Tickets are $50 (general admission) and $100(VIP) which includes private time with celebrities such as Showtime boxing commentator Al Bernstein, NBC “Homicide:Life On The Street” TV star Clayton LeBouef, Joe Gans book author Colleen Aycock and 2-time former boxing champion William Joppy. Retired Baltimore Colts, Ravens, and Orioles players will be on hand along with MMA combatants. Tickets include catered food from Michael’s Eigth Avenue, cash bar, silent auction and live blues music from international blues musician Chaz DePaolo.

For ticket sales call Whitney Edmonds(410)727-1539 ext 3033

Article posted on 05.02.2010

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