Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz wishes to congratulate Cesar Mercedes of Dominican Republic-based Manguita Promotions, for managing his first world champion and also sends thanks to Doug Loughrey, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at ESPN, now that featherweight Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (21-0, 15 KOs) is the interim WBA Featherweight Champion.
Fighting on the Pacquiao/Marquez IV undercard, Fortuna defeated New York, via Ireland’s Patrick Hyland by scores of 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113 to win the world title belt.
“I know what a thrill it is to be the manager of a world champion and I want to say that it couldn’t have happened to a better person,” said Lewkowicz. “Cesar and I have always believed in Javier and now the world sees how right we were. He will go on now to have a wonderful career and he is just the first of many Dominican boxers who will someday win a title under Cesar Mercedes and Sampson Boxing.”
Meanwhile, Lewkowicz also sends his sincere thanks to Doug Loughrey, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at ESPN, for his and his network’s role in the development of Fortuna into a world champion.
“Doug Loughrey and ESPN have been instrumental in making Javier a well-known boxer. Without his willingness to repeatedly showcase Javier, he would not have risen to the level he is now at. We are forever grateful for this to Doug Loughrey and everyone at ESPN.”
Lewkowicz says there are many potentially lucrative fights to be made for Fortuna, but for now it is time to celebrate. “Cesar Mercedes and I will sit down and map a course for Javier, but right now we are celebrating his landmark victory.”
Special ‘Broadway Boxing’ Live on FIGHT NOW TV
Dec. 19 featuring Will Rosinsky, Ivan Redkach & Gabriel Bracero
NEW YORK (December 10, 2012) – A special edition of DiBella Entertainment’s popular “Broadway Boxing” series will air live on FIGHT NOW TV- America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel – December 19, starting at 9 p.m. ET, from the historic Roseland Ballroom in midtown Manhattan. A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The 10-round main event features light heavyweight Will “Power” Rosinsky (16-2, 9 KOs), fighting out of Queens (NY), against former USBA champion Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (24-10-2, 10 KOs).
Also fighting on the broadcast in a pair of eight-round bouts are red-hot Los Angeles-based lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach (12-0, 11 KOs) versus New York State champion Edward “Tyson” Valdez (11-8-2, 8 KOs), while Brooklyn junior welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (20-1, 3 KOs) takes on veteran Johnnie “The Lumberjack” Edwards (15-5-1, 8 KOs).
“Our viewers love watching ‘Broadway Boxing’ shows because it always features entertaining boxers in highly-competitive fights,” said FIGHT NOW TV Co-Founder & General Manager Mike Garrow. “Airing a show like this during the holiday season, live from Broadway, especially where it is supporting a great cause for Hurricane Sandy victims, seems like a great way to close out our very successful 2012 FIGHT NOW TV boxing season.
A four-time New York Golden Gloves winner, as well as a 2005 U.S. National amateur champion, Rosinksy is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at FDNY’s station in East New York, Brooklyn. He will be out to rebound from back-to-back losses in nationally televised fights to world title contender Edwin Rodriguez and former world champion Kelly Pavlik.
Griffin is best known as the winner of Oscar de la Hoya’s “The Next Great Champ” reality television show. The Sacramento native has defeated world champion Byron Mitchell and he went the distance with Jeff Lacy, Cedric Agnew, Shawn Hawk and Yusaf Mack.
As a professional prizefighter, Ukrainain-born Redkach has put 11 of his 12 victims to sleep, including the last three in the opening round. The lone fighter Redkach failed to stop lost due to disqualification for excessive holding. His opponent, Valdez, is battle-tested having fought top prospects such as Luis Joel Gonzalez, Chris Algieri, Carney Bowman, Antonio Espinosa and Matt Remillard.
Popular Puerto Rican fighter Bracero, a former North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champion, is back on track with two straight victories since he suffered his lone pro loss this past January to former world champion DeMarcus Corley. Edwards, who holds two wins over two-time world champion Freddie Norwood, has been stopped only once in 21 fights, to rising star Yuriokis Gamboa.
Some of the other fights on the Dec. 19th “Broadway Boxing” card, or highlights, may also be televised on FIGHT NOW TV, pending time availability.
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About FIGHT NOW TV: With offices in New Jersey, Las Vegas, Austin and Toronto, FIGHT NOW TV is a cross-platform media company that creates and distributes content through its television, video on demand, and online outlets.
Founded by Channel Zero, Inc. and media entrepreneur Mike Garrow, FIGHT NOW TV is the only 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week combat sports channel in the nation. The network’s mandate is to bring the best battles, fiercest fights and stunning knockouts to America. FIGHT NOW TV caters to fight fans of every genre, giving them a front row seat to compelling coverage of MMA, boxing, wrestling/grappling, Muay Thai, kickboxing and other combat sports. FIGHT NOW TV is the place for the best analysis, live and current events, documentaries and news coverage of the biggest PPV events and match-ups from around the globe.
FIGHT NOW TV has also enlisted one of the fight game’s biggest names to join its camp, 5-time UFC champion and MMA legend Randy Couture, who serves as both spokesperson and analyst for the channel.
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