News: Jason Pires; Rudy Markussen; Billy Lyell

Many of New England’s top prospects will be in action May 7 on the “Spring Fever” card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. New Bedford (MA) welterweight Jason “School Boy” Pires (22-3-1, 9 KOs), the former USBA super bantamweight champion and active New Bedford police officer, is scheduled to headline in the 8-round main event..

Also slated to fight in 4-round bouts are Providence super middleweight Vladine Biosse (5-0, 4 KOs), former University of Rhode Island football player who is back after missing five months with a hand injury; “Irish” Micky Ward-trained Barnstable (MA) heavyweight prospect Jesse Barboza (3-0, 3 KOs), a 3-time New England Golden Gloves champion; Warwick (RI) super middleweight Keith Kozlin (5-0, 2 KOs); Hartford middleweight David Bauza (4-0, 3 KOs) vs. Ismael Garcia (1-0); New Haven light welterweight Edwin Soto (3-0, 2 KOs); Marshfield (MA) welterweight Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (1-1, 1 KO) vs. Natoya Ervin (1-4) and New Haven (CT) middleweight Ricky Dawson, whose brother Chad is recognized as one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world, making his CES and pro debut. All boxers are subject to change.

“We’re celebrating the spring season with an exciting show, featuring some of New England’s top, young boxers who are really ready to blossom,” CES president Jimmy Burchfield said. “Jason Pires tops the card and he’s positioning himself for a title fight in the not-too-distant future. Fans love Vladine Biosse, Jesse Barboza rates as a tremendous prospect, and we’re thrilled to have signed Ricky Dawson, whose brother Chad developed his talent as a member of Team CES. Bauza and Soto are promising prospects, as are Kozlin, and Lopes, who are all growing fan bases. CES is known for promoting fan-friendly cards with competitive fights and ‘Spring Fever’ continues our tradition. We’re also very happy to have these fights in our home base, beautiful Twin River.”

Ticket prices for “Spring Fever” are $35.00, $50.00, $75.00 and $100.00 and are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going online at or, at Twin River’s Players Club booth at Twin River, or any TicketMaster location.

Contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/ or the Twin River Event Center (877.82.RIVER/ for more information. Doors open at 6 PM/ET, first bout at 7 PM/ET.

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “Spring Fever.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by an adult and they must enter through the West entrance.)

Markussen headlines first TV 2 Fight Night

Herning (15.04.2010) - Rudy Markussen (33-2, 20 KOs) will make his long-awaited return to the ring on May 15 when MCH Herning will host the historic first-ever TV 2 Fight Night. The former European Super-Middleweight Champion will be in action for the first time since October 2006. He has passed all medicals and received a license from the Danish Professional Boxing Federation (DPBF). Markussen will take on Ilir Mustafa (27-10, 17 KOs). “I am thrilled to be back,” Markussen said. “I have worked hard to stay in perfect shape and I am ready to return to the ring. The TV 2 Fight Night Series promises to provide fantastic entertainment for sports fans all over Denmark and I am honoured to headline in the first show of this groundbreaking series.”

In January, Team Sauerland and TV 2 announced their innovative concept to lift Danish professional boxing to a new level. Further to Markussen, lightweight hopefuls Kim Poulsen (12-1, 3 KOs) and Kaspar Bruun (5-0, 2 KOs) as well as middleweight talent Patrick Nielsen (3-0, 2 KOs) will make regular appearances on the TV 2 shows.

Meanwhile, Nisse Sauerland will spearhead Team Sauerland´s expansion, assuming command of the Fight Night activities. Like his brother Kalle, he has inherited the love for boxing from his father, Hall-of-Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland. Over the last few years, Nisse has worked closely with General Manager Chris Meyer, Sports Director Hagen Doering as well as the entire Sauerland-Team, getting a feel for the boxing business. “We will combine Team Sauerland´spromotional know-how and TV 2´s marketing power to find the next Danish superstar,” Nisse Sauerland said. “We are thrilled to stage the historic first-ever TV 2 Fight Night in Herning. There is so much talent in Danish boxing and this great series will showcase it. Rudy Markussen is a hell of a fighter and we will pave his way back to the top, starting with a KO victory over Mustafa on May 15.”

Georg Soerensen, CEO of MCH Herning, is equally excited about the Fight Nightconcept – and Markussen´s return. “After hosting two Kessler fights, we now look forward to another great night of world-class boxing in Herning,” said Soerensen.

“Rudy Markussen is an exciting boxer and together with the boxing fans in Denmark we will support him as he starts his way back to the top.”

Frederik Lauesen, TV 2 Head of Sport, added: “The TV 2 Fight Nights will revolutionise Danish professional boxing. Together with Team Sauerland, we look forward to presenting the first of many exciting boxing shows. May 15th will mark the beginning of something great.”

The fight card for May 15 will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 19, at 10 am. They can be obtained at, by phone (70331333) and directly at MCH Herning Kongrescenter.

Billy Lyell Returns May 7th on PPV

$8 UDS (International Conversion Rates Apply)

Former world title challenger and John Duddy conqueror Billy Lyell (21-8, 4 KO’s) makes his return to the ring on PPV on Friday May 7th live from Morgantown, West Virginia. The fight will be available both live and on demand for $8 USD (international conversion rates apply) and can be preordered now by visiting the website.

Lyell, a frequent sparring partner of middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and junior middleweight contender Harry Joe Yorgey, gained notoriety in 2009 after winning a decision over the previously unbeaten Irish middleweight John Duddy in a stunning upset in Newark, New Jersey. Lyell followed that career best win with a 2nd round TKO over Ohio journeyman Chris Overbey and 8 round decision over Louisiana’s Chris Gray.

Those performances set Lyell up for a shot at IBF middleweight titleholder Sebastian Sylvester. Lyell took the title fight with Sylvester on less than two weeks notice and was TKO’d in the 10th round of a hard fought bout. Lyell took the fight after original challenger Pablo Navascues had to pull out due to testing positive for a banned substance.

Lyell has also been in the ring with current junior middleweight contender Vanes Matirosyan, James Kirkland and former world champion Yory Boy Campas. He is trained by Youngstown, Ohio’s Jack Loew and currently lives in Niles.

His opponent and supporting bouts for May 7th will be announced soon.

About is a sports video on demand website launched in June 2009. Since its inception, the site has already showcased some of the best boxing has to offer including: world title challenger Brian Minto, former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev and Irish middleweight John Duddy.

Article posted on 13.04.2010

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