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Golden Boy Promotions signs Anselmo Moreno; Coleman-Paris on Friday; Meza-Clay in action on 8/13

LOS ANGELES, August 3 - With seven title defenses during his nearly three year reign as World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super World Champion, Panama's Anselmo Moreno is unquestionably one of boxing's premier fighters. Now, as "Chemito" looks to propel himself into the biggest fights possible at 118 pounds, he has signed an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions.

"Anselmo Moreno is one of the most underrated boxers out there today and we're going to make sure he gets the fights and the recognition he deserves in the coming years," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "To remain a champion as long as he has is an amazing feat these days. Now we're to get him into the mega-fights that will let him show his talent in front of fight fans around the world."

"I'm honored to be part of the Golden Boy Promotions team, with so many great fighters and champions," said Moreno. "I'm going to fight my heart out every time I'm in the ring and I'm going to give the fans the fights they want to see."

Rouss Laguna, Moreno's publicist added, "I'm very happy that 'Chemito' is part of the Golden Boy family and going to be promoted by one of the greatest in boxing, Oscar de la Hoya."

A native of Miguelito, Panama, 26-year-old Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KO's) is unbeaten since a split decision loss in his first year as a professional in 2002. Since then, he has defeated everyone in his path and in May of 2008, he won the WBA Bantamweight World Championship with a 12 round decision win over then-unbeaten Wladimir Sidorenko. Since then, the southpaw has defended his title seven times, including a rematch win over Sidorenko and a victory over Mahyar Monshipour in 2009. In his three most recent bouts, Moreno scored back-to-back wins over Nehomar Cermeno, and on June 16, he successfully defended his crown for the eighth time when he scored an eighth round knockout win over former World Champion Lorenzo Parra.

Facebook Grudge Match to be Settled at Chumash This Friday

"Vernon Paris is soft and lacks determination, heart and integrity: All the things necessary to become a champion. I have every one of them."

Tim "Pitbull" Coleman

The first consumer computers were built in 1976.

Facebook was invented in 2004.

The first Facebook Grudge Match in a boxing ring will take place this Friday, live at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, and broadcast nationally on ESPN Friday Night Fights (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com 9PM Eastern LIVE).

"To be honest, he's a jerk," says Baltimore's IBF #5-rated super lightweight contender Tim "Pitbull" Coleman (19-1-1, 5 KOs) of his next opponent, Detroit's Vernon "Iceman" Paris (24-0, 14 KOs). "He wrote some vulgar comments on my Facebook page, talking about what he's going to do to me, and I have a lot of kids who read my page."

The two will settle their Facebook-borne grudge match in the 10-round main event of this Friday's (August 5) "Clash at the Chumash" event in a battle that is also for the USBA Light Welterweight championship.

In the televised supporting bout, Glendale, California's undefeated Art Hovhannesyan (14-0-1, 8 KO's) will be looking to continue his winning ways against a very tough foe in former world title champion Cristobal Cruz (39-12-2, 23 KO's) in a 10-round lightweight bout.

"Most fighters don't come from great places and you have to inspire kids and lead by example," continued Coleman, "all his cursing and the crap he called me on my Facebook page, he doesn't set a good example at all."

Growing more agitated, the never-shy Coleman finally let loose.

"What kind of person are you to go on a public page and do that? I have 3000 people on my Facebook page. People kept saying what an asshole. (Former world champion) Kendall Holt wrote to me and said 'beat that guy. He's a jerk.' He's (Paris) a really arrogant kid and he feels like the world owes him something. It was to the point I wanted to go to the place where he was staying and my manager talked me out of it. I have to keep my eye on the prize. His manger is a jerk and he's a jerk. With everything in my body, I want to destroy him. Hurt his ass. I won't be content until I put some serious pain on him. I hate him. My mouth just got dry because I want to hit him so bad."

Settling down momentarily, Coleman managed a realistic evaluation of Paris's style.

"Vernon is a solid fighter. He has a good jab and good reflexes, but he lacks heart. I've seen him gas after three or four rounds because he throws too many punches. Even though he has more fights than me, he doesn't seem like a mature fighter. He has good beginner skills, but he doesn't have that Mayweather style down pat yet. I will come out the first couple rounds and find him with my jab. I won't be as successful in the first few rounds, but I'll keep tapping that body and the tree will fall. All I have to do is wear him down. He doesn't like pressure. I will bring my physicality to the ring and he won't be able to deal with it. He will have success in spots because he's faster, but they won't be devastating blows."

Despite seeing red, Coleman says he can clearly envision what will become of his online enemy turned real opponent.

"I got reports from all over that he's getting stopped in the gym by an amateur fighter. I'm hitting harder than ever. I'm going to be a freight train for this fight. I've seen a lot of his fights, and when he gets hit, he tries to walk forward and hit back and that will be his dire mistake with me. As soon as he gets off his angle and tries to walk forward, I will hit him in his chin and he'll go to sleep. All his shoulder rolling shit won't work anymore."

Clash at the Chumash is proudly promoted by Gary Shaw Productions.

On the outstanding undercard, Miami's undefeated featherweight prospect Luis Franco (9-0, 5 KOs) will take on tough veteran Adolfo Landeros (21-20-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round test; Guilderland, New York's undefeated Michael "Baby Face Assassin" Faragon (15-0, 6 KOs) will face Memphis, Tennessee's tough Ira Terry (24-5, 14 KOs) over six lightweight rounds; in an eight-round welterweight bout, New York City's undefeated Michael Anderson will face a good test in El Paso, Texas, veteran Bernardo Guereca (16-11-1 3 KOs); and San Ardo, California's Roman Morales (5-0, 4 KOs) will look to remain unbeaten in a four-round featherweight contest against Tabasco, Mexico's Rodrigo Arranda (8-14-2, 2 KOs).

On fight night, the first fight will begin at 5:30 pm Pacific time. Tickets are priced at $35, $45, $55, $70, and $85 are available online at Star Tickets. The Chumash Casino Resort is located at 3400 East Highway 246 in Santa Ynez. For more information, visit www.garyshawproductions.com. For more information about the Chumash, call (800) 248-6274 or visit www.chumashcasino.com.

ROY JONES JR. PRESENTS “WAR ON THE SHORE” FEATURING MEZA-CLAY

World-Class Professional Boxing Returns to Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Shore PITTSBURGH—Former World Super Featherweight Champion, Monty Meza-Clay returns to Rivers Casino for a night of
professional boxing by the river. “War on the Shore” presented by eight time world champion, Roy Jones Jr., will feature a full card of action-packed bouts with both local and national fighters on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. in Rivers Casino’s amphitheater. The evening’s main event features Pittsburgh’s own Monty Meza-Clay.

Meza-Clay (30-3-20 KOs) returns to Rivers’ amphitheatre ring after his blistering knockout over top contender Allen “The American Boy” Litzau at last year’s “Rumble on the River.” Most recently, Meza-Clay is coming off an eight-round victory over Colombia’s Oscar Cuero. Also included on the fight card for War on the Shore is Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor, “The Boilermaker” Billy Hutchinson, Jaque “Lights Out” Lutz, and more.

“Last year’s exciting lineup for Rumble on the River brought a sold-out crowd, and we look forward to fans coming out again for War on the Shore,” said Matt Stewart, Director of Marketing at Rivers Casino.

“With Meza-Clay and the other competitors on the card and given our outdoor venue, this is sure to be the boxing event to attend in Pittsburgh.” A Rankin native, Meza-Clay helped fuel excitement for the upcoming fight in the ‘Burgh by throwing out the first pitch at Friday’s Pirates vs. Cubs game. Rivers will hold a weigh-in party with all the boxers, hosted by Roy Jones Jr., on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Wheelhouse Bar and Grill. Tickets to War on the Shore can be purchased at www.ticketalternative.com. Ticket prices are: $100 for gold ringside seating, $60 for silver reserved seating and $35 for general admission. For VIP seating, please call 724-840-0249. All ages are welcome to attend the event; but guests must be 21 years or older to enter the casino.

Article posted on 04.08.2011



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