News: Abel Perry unhappy with Antonio Margarito's retirement; Pierson-Mitchell on Wednesday; Byarm-Abdusalamov on 7/6

Big Bear Lake, CA (June 11, 2012) – When junior middleweight Abel “Truth Serum” Perry received word that he’d be facing Antonio Margarito May 26, the Colorado City native was confident that a victory over the former three-time welterweight champion would lead to the kind of opportunity he’s dreamed of since day one.

With many ups and downs during his 6 ˝ year pro career, Perry, 18-5 (9 KO’s), won five straight bouts and believed that May 26 would be his sixth. This was until Margarito injured his Achilles 12 days before fight night and the bout was postponed until July.

“Everything was rescheduled for July 7 to my knowledge and I actually saw on the internet that the fight was going to take place on the 21st,” said Perry. “To be honest, I assumed he wasn’t training because he looked heavy in recent photos.”

He also viewed the delay as something that would only benefit him leading up to the fight of his life.

“I was actually grateful for the postponement because many of my fights came on short notice or without a proper training camp. For the Margarito bout, my manager Bobby Dobbs sent me to a training camp in Big Bear Lake, CA where I was working with Carson Jones and Gennady Golovkin. I was sparring world class guys and the extra time would only give me a bigger advantage. This was the perfect situation.”

To his unpleasant surprise, Margarito announced his retirement on June 8, canceling the fight altogether while leaving Perry without the career-changing opportunity.

“It left a sour taste in my mouth. I felt wronged because they changed the date multiple times and I committed so much time preparing for this fight, while I could’ve been looking for another fight. Everybody was writing me off and they expected Margarito to run right through me. If he’s retiring because he doesn’t have what it takes to fight top guys any longer and I’m supposedly a “safe opponent,” why not face me in a farewell fight?”

“This was a major letdown and Margarito handled this like anything but a professional,” stated Dobbs. “My fighter was in camp getting ready to pull off the upset, only for Margarito to cancel the bout after agreeing to reschedule it. I understand that he’s taken a ton of punishment during his career and didn’t want to fight again, but since this is the case, why even sign to face Abel?”

While Dobbs explores other suitable options, Perry will remain at Big Bear as a sparring partner for Jones and Golovkin.

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NEWARK (June 11, 2012)—First it was Gary Jones, then it was David Adotey Alottey and now it will surely be once-beaten Aaron “Homicide” Mitchell that will take on Richard Pierson this Wednesday night at the Robert Treat Hotel.

The show is promoted by Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.

Mitchell, along with his twin brother Eric, are two of the toughest guys to come out of the boxing rich town of Philadelphia.

Mitchell has an impressive record of 27-1-1 with twenty one knockouts HAS NOT LOST IN NINETEEN YEARS and that defeat was to future world champion Keith Mullings.

Mitchell will be making his first start in four years when he took a twelve round unanimous decision from Delray Raines in 2008. Mitchell has wins over Anthony Joseph (5-1); Darryl Ruffin (3-0); Ron Johnson (8-0); Napoleon Pitt (10-2); Fidel Hernandez (14-1); Maurice Adams (15-2-1) and Miguel Julio (32-3-1).

Besides Pierson-Mitchell: the rest of the card is as follows:

Lavarn Baby Bowe Harvell (10-0, 5, KO’s) takes on Brian Donahue (2-2-1) in a six round Light Heavyweight bout.

In a six round Jr. Middleweight bout, Tommy Rainone (17-4,4 KO s) of New York takes on a Fitgerald Johnson.

John Lennox (10-1, 5 KO’s) takes on Rodricka Ray (3-5-1, 1 KO) of Jackson, TN in a six round Heavyweight bout.

Aaron Kinch (3-0-1, 1 KO) of Newark, NJ battles Khuzaymah Al Nubu (0-2) of Fostoria, OH in a Heavyweight bout scheduled for four rounds.

Anthony Young (4-0, 2 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ battles Christian Steele (2-3, 1 KO) of Staunton, VA in a four round Welterweight bout

The fight can be seen all over the world on

The matchmaker is Renee Aiken.

Tickets for this outstanding night of boxing are $1500 for Tables; $100 (Front Row); $75 VIP
and $50 for General Admission and can be purchased at:

Boardwalk Saloon
206 Bloomfield Ave
Newark, NJ

Elite Heat Gym
130 Mt. Pleasant Ave
Newark, NJ

Final Round Boxing
156 Algonquin PKWY
Whippany, NJ

Greg Cohen Promotions
(212) 851-6425

Maurice Byarm Training Update!

Washington, DC (June 11, 2012) – American heavyweight hopeful Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm hates being reminded that his next bout, a Friday Night Fights showdown against cement-fisted Russian Magomed Abdusalamov, takes place July 6.

This isn’t because he’s worried about challenging the undefeated Russian southpaw, it’s due to the fact that he still has to wait more than three weeks until the opening bell.

“Anticipation kills me,” said Byarm, a likable second-generation pugilist. “To be honest, I wish the fight was even sooner!”

To prepare for his highly touted foe, Byarm runs five miles each day and trains at two DC-area gyms with heavyweight contenders Tony Thompson and Malik Scott. Additionally, Byarm, 13-1-1 (9 KO’s), is confident that he’ll perform better than he did in his last bout, a close decision loss to Bryant Jennings.

Article posted on 11.06.2012

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