Philadelphia’s Bryant “By By” Jennings (15-0, 7 KO’s) will defend his USBA heavyweight title on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night broadcast, when he meets Bowie Tupou of Nukualofa, Tonga (22-2, 16 KO’s) on December 8. The 12 round fight will take place at Temple University McGonigle Hall in Philadelphia. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.
Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO said, “This is a great stylistic match up. Tupou is a big puncher who prefers to brawl. Jennings is a boxer but loves to mix it up. It’s the kind of fight that will likely end up in a slugging match where the best chin wins.”
Jennings, currently ranked #5 by the IBF, is coming off a stunning KO 35 seconds into the first round of his fight against Chris Koval on September 8th’s Adamek – Walker undercard at Pru Center in Newark, NJ. Jennings previously pounded iron-chinned Steve Collins, of Houston, TX, for 10 rounds to win the vacant USBA heavyweight title on June 16 at the Pru Center on the NBC Sports Network. His meteoric rise in the heavyweight ranks has gained the attention of boxing fans and media worldwide.
Jennings is pleased to have the opportunity to fight Tupou in Philly, “Having this fight in my hometown is great for me right now. I’ve been representing my city for a while, fighting tough fights and bringing home wins. I believe this fight will be a good one for the fans. Bowie is aware that I have something to prove so I’m expecting him to come to fight and I am ready.”
Tupou fights straight-ahead looking to stop his opponent with every big bomb he throws. In his last win on the undercard of the Super Six Finals in Atlantic City, Tupou dropped Donnell Holmes in the seventh round with a right hand and went on to win a unanimous decision over Holmes who was 33-1 at the time. He is trained by Jeff Mayweather and currently resides in Las Vegas.
Tupou knows he’s putting it all on the line,”It’s a good opportunity to get back into the mix again. It’s a must win fight for me and I can’t afford to lose. That’s what I’m focused on, winning no matter what.”
McGonigle Hall, a 4,500 seat venue at Temple University, has hosted boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its “Fight Night” series on December 8th, it will be the first professional boxing event held at McGonigle Hall in over 19 years.
Eight bouts are planned for the Philadelphia card. The fight is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, and Goossen-Tutor Promotions in association with BAM Boxing. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, October 24th. Contact Peltz Boxing for further ticket info, 215-765-0922, www.peltzboxing.com
2012-2013 NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE
(All times ET and subject to change)
Saturday, December 8
9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
NBC Sports Network
Saturday, December 22
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 19
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
NBC Sports Network
Saturday, March 9
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
NBC Sports Network
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IABA UPDATE (KATIE TAYLOR TO REMAIN AMATEUR)
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
Katie Taylor has announced that she has turned down offers from the professional ranks and will remain boxing in the amateur code.
The current Olympic, World, European and EU lightweight champion made the announcement on Today FM today.
“The thing with professional boxing is you have to have the right promoter and the right fights. It is a cut-throat business. You have to make sure you have the right people around you to get the right fights and you’re not guaranteed to get the best fights, said the soon to be three-time AIBA World Female Boxer of the year.
“With amateur boxing, you’re just entered into a competition. And to be the best you’ve got to beat the best. You’re not waiting around to get these fights organised.
“As an amateur you might be fighting five or six times in a week and you have to make the weight all week. It’s gruelling on the body. So to win an amateur world title is a lot harder than to win a professional world title.
“For me there is nothing better than boxing for my country and bringing home medals for my country.”
Taylor will now be aiming for her 6th,5th and 2nd – all in-a-row – titles at the 2013 European Championships, the 2014 AIBA World Women’s Championship in Canada and 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Tommy Murphy, President of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, said that they were delighted with today’s announcement.
“We are very happy that Katie has made this decision, very much so. Katie’s record speaks for itself, he said.
She has been an unprecedented success and I believe that if she goes to the Rio Olympics in 2016 she will win another gold medal.
“Katie is a fantastic ambassador for the sport inside and outside the ring and more and more young females are becoming involved in boxing because of her tremendous influence.
“Hopefully, if Katie qualifies for the Rio Olympics there will be other female boxers on the Irish team with her in 2016.”
GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS AND FANTASY SPRINGS ANNOUNCE RAY “BOOM BOOM” MANCINI AS VIP AT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 SHOBOX EVENT
The former world champion boxer with the distinctive nickname, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, will greet fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. prior to the November 9 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation featuring five 2012 American Olympic boxers making their professional debuts along with unbeaten featherweight contender and 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. facing Vyacheslav Gusev in the evening’s main event.
Following a stellar amateur career, Mancini made the jump to the professional game in 1978. His whirlwind punching style caught the attention of network executives at several American television networks, and he became a regular on their sports programming. During this time, Mancini defeated some excellent opponents, including former United States Champion Norman Goins.
He held the World Boxing Association lightweight championship title from 1982 to 1984 and when Mancini retired officially in 1992, he left the game with an impressive record of 29–5 with 23 knockouts. His legacy also included his inspirational story of a young champion who had won the title as much for his family as for himself. The essence of this story was captured in a made-for-television movie based on Mancini’s life.
Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet and greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
“Night Of The Olympians” is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT on fight night. The ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will air live on SHOWTIME beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.