Totowa, New Jersey (October 4, 2012) – Gary Shaw Productions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Universal Promotions, Prize Fight, Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing, and Zanfer Promotions showcase an exciting triple-header boxing event on October 27, 2012, set to take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The three bouts will be televised live on HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
“The Oneida Indian Nation is pleased to have HBO Boxing After Dark return to Turning Stone Resort Casino.” said Oneida Nation Spokesperson Dan Smith. “Our first-ever HBO boxing event in September drew rave reviews, and we expect this month’s card to highlight Turning Stone even further as a top venue in Central New York and across the country for elite-level sports and entertainment.”
The 10-round main-event features World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1, World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 3 and World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 13 ranked undefeated Puerto Rican sensation, Thomas Dulorme (16-0, 12 KOs), who will have his stiffest test to date, when he takes on the WBC No.11 ranked hard-hitting Argentine, Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27KO’s).
Dulorme, has had a stellar start to his career with wins over the heavy-handed Venezuelan, Charlie Navarro (22-5, 17 KOs), and his most recognized victory comes against former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (39-19-1, 23 KOs).
“I am very grateful to Gary Shaw for giving me the opportunity to be fighting on HBO for the first time,” Dulorme said, a fighter represented promotionally by Gary Shaw Productions, Universal Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. “This is what every fighter dreams and I am extremely excited to showcase my skills on an international platform.”
“Abregu is a good fighter and I know this is a tough fight, so I am preparing thoroughly to be in the best possible shape for fight night. My trainer Bonilla and I have been working hard in the gym and we want to dedicate this victory to the people of Puerto Rico. I will fight hard to not disappoint my fellow Puerto Ricans and the entire Latin community.”
“Thomas Dulorme is one the most exciting and promising young fighters in all of boxing and on October 27th he will prove it against Abregu live on HBO.” said Lou DiBella.
“We’re happy and excited for this opportunity.” said Universal promoter Javier Bustillo who promotes Dulorme with Shaw and DiBella. “Dulorme will show the world what he is made of and we are confident that Dulorme will beat Abreu and become a world champ soon.”
Abregu, is no stranger to the big stage as he lost a hard fought unanimous decision to current WBO Welterweight champion, Timothy Bradley Jr. (29-0, 12 KOs), who in his last fight defeated Manny Pacquiao. The Abregu vs. Bradley fight was televised live on HBO. Since the loss, Abregu is on a four-fight winning streak, all of which he won by KO.”
“Dulorme has never been in the ring with a hard puncher like me,” said Abregu. “I will break him down with power shots, something he’s never experience before. A win against Dulorme will put me back on track to fight for a world title. Nothing is going to stop me from coming out victorious.”
The co-feature will showcase San Francisco’s undefeated WBO/NABO Jr. Welterweight champion, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs), as he will defend his NABO title vs. Southern California’s, Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs), in a bout scheduled for 10-rounds. Both fighters look to take advantage of their HBO debuts.
Earlier this year in the month of May, Mayfield ranked No. 6 in both the WBO and WBA, scored a devastating knockout against former undefeated prospect, Raymond Serrano (18-1, 8 KOs). Looking to capitalize on his most impressive win, Mayfield is ready to show the world why he belongs with the elite fighters in his loaded division.
“My golden opportunity has finally arrived and I’m not going to let it pass me bye.” Mayfield said, “I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity to fight on HBO and I earned everything the hard way, by winning in the ring. Come fight night, Herrera better be ready for a war, because I’m coming out guns blazing.”
Eager to get back in the win column, Herrera ranked No. 8 in the IBF, is looking to rebound from a loss to undefeated contender Mike Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs), is .
“Mayfield is a good fighter, but I believe I have better boxing skills then he does,” stated Herrera. “I’ve faced the better competition and my experience will guide me to victory. I’ll be ready for anything Mayfield brings to the ring.”
Opening the HBO telecast will be a 12-round IBF LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD title bout between champion, Miguel Vazquez (31-3, 13 KOs) and No. 1 contender, Marvin Quintero (25-3, 21 KOs). Both fighters hail from Mexico and look to bring an exciting bout to an already action packed card.
Vasquez is riding a 10-fight winning streak and has only tasted defeat against undefeated world champions, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 31 KOs) and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs), both of which were above the lightweight division where he is the current IBF Champion. Feeling unbeatable at lightweight, Vasquez is determined to come out victorious when he steps in the ring with Quintero.
“I believe I’m the best lightweight champion in the world,” said Vasquez, “My only losses have come against the best fighters in the world in higher weight classes. I’m unstoppable at lightweight and Quintero will realize who the real champion is when we face each other on October 27th.”
Quintero is undefeated in his last five bouts, winning all of them by knockout. Being that this is his first world title opportunity, he wants to prove he’s an elite fighter and a win against Vasquez will do that.
“As a fighter you always dream of becoming a world champion and my time has come to show the world that I’m for real,” says Quintero. “Vasquez is a great champion, but come fight night, I’m going to take his title and end his reign as IBF Champion.”
Quintero is trained by Romulo Quirarte, who also trains Antonio Demarco, the current WBC Lightweight Champion.
“I want to thank HBO, the Turning Stone Resort Casino, and all the promoters who’ve united to make this event a reality,” stated lead promoter Gary Shaw. “The card is stacked from top to bottom as the undercard will showcase some of the best young prospects in boxing. We will announce those fights soon. Everyone should tune into HBO on October 27th, because this is going to be an explosive night of boxing.”
Tickets for the October 27, HBO Boxing After Dark event range from $25 to $75 and are on sale at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Box Office. Call (315) 361-7469 or visit www.Ticketmaster.com. Doors open up at 6:30 p.m. and the undercard begins at 7:30 p.m EST with the HBO live national broadcast starting at 10:15 p.m. EST.
FRANKLIN LAWRENCE TO BATTLE DOMINICK GUINN ON OCTOBER 27TH
COMMERCE, CA (October 4, 2012)—On Saturday night October 27th, boxing comes to the beautiful Commerce Hotel Casino in Commerce, California for a night of world class professional boxing.
The show is presented by Top Marquee Promotions and Commerce Hotel & Casino and will be broadcast live all over the United States by WealthTV.
In the main event, Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence will face the experienced Dominick Guinn in a bout scheduled for ten rounds.
Lawrence, 18-2-2 with thirteen knokouts of Indianapolis, Indiana is the hottest Heavyweight in the country as he has won six straight bouts via knockout and hasn’t lost in over three years.
In this run of stoppages, Lawrence has defeated contenders Lance Whitaker (35-6-1), former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada (16-3); Jason Gavern to win the WBC Caribbean championship and in his last bout he scored a seventh round stoppage over Homero Fonseca on September 8th as part of the Andre Ward – Chad Dawson undercard in Oakland.
Guinn of Houston, Texas via Hot Springs, Arkansas has a record of 34-9-1 with twenty-three knockouts has faced just about every notable Heavyweight in the past decade.
Guinn won his first twenty-four bouts and with wins over former world title challenger Michael Grant & Duncan Dokawari (22-1), Guinn was universally recognized as the top American Heavyweight. Guinn suffered his first defeat to former world title challenger Monte Barrett and has also faced former world champions James Toney & Sergei Liakhovich as well as former world title challengers Eddie Chambers and Tony Thompson.
Guinn has victories over former world title challengers Phil Jackson and Audley Harrison and has also beaten contenders Jean Francois-Bergeron (27-1) and Jonnie White (21-0). Guinn Is coming off a first round knockout over Stacy Frazier on June 8th.
There will be a pre-sale for tickets at Casino Services Desk located on the main floor.
Seeing action in the ten round co-feature will be undefeated Jr. Welterweight Samuel Kotey Neequaye of the boxing rich area of Accra, Ghana.
Kotey has a record of 18-0 with fourteen knockouts and made a splash in his American debut when he scored a decisive ten round unanimous decision over Federico Flores Jr. on September 22nd in Verona, New York.
Also seeing action in a six round bout will be former amateur standout Jr. Lightweight, Omar Douglas (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Wilmington, Delaware and the ladies of SoCal Bantamweight’s Cassie Trost (1-1) and Selene Roman squaring off in a four round Bantamweight bout.
“We are proud to present a heavyweight fight of this caliber with our partners at Top Marquee Promotions, says John Griffo Business Development Director of Commerce Casino, our ballroom is a great venue there is not a bad seat in the house. With a Heavyweight Championship for Lawrence or Guinn card plus a group and Neequay on the of talented local fighters this event will rock LA.”, said Gloria Hammelef of the Commerce Casino
Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com, www.commercecasino.com and range from $45-$200