Hayemaker Boxing invites press and members of the public to attend an open forum on Monday, September 1st at the Holiday Inn in Rotherham. Kicking off at 12 pm, this unique event allows the press and public alike to quiz key members of the Hayemaker Boxing team ahead of the promotional entity’s inaugural show on September 20 in Sheffield..
Eager to form a close bond with fight fans, Hayemaker feel this forum presents an ideal opportunity and platform for fans and aficionados to have their thoughts heard during an intriguing time for British and, indeed, Hayemaker Boxing.
Scheduled to appear at the conference are Hayemaker Boxing supremos Adam Booth and Dave Coldwell as well as Hayemaker boxers David Haye, Ryan Rhodes, Josh ‘The Outlaw’ Wale and Curtis Woodhouse.
On September 20 at Sheffield’s Hillsborough Leisure Centre, hometown hero Rhodes will meet Scotland’s Jamie Coyle in the first defence of his prestigious British light-middleweight title. Chief support to Rhodes’ title defence is an intriguing British featherweight title eliminator between Derry Mathews and Belfast’s Martin Lindsay.
Also appearing on the card will be the one-two Yorkshire combo of Wale and Woodhouse as well as ex-British champion Tony Dodson, unbeaten John Watson and pro newcomers Michael Maguire and Leon Williams.
ALEX VALDEZ OPENS UP CAMP TO PREPARE FOR HOZUMI HASEGAWA
TRAINING IN LOS MOCHIS, MEXICO WITH FERNANDO MONTIEL
FOR WORLD TITLE BOUT
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 28, 2008) World ranked bantamweight Alex Valdez has opened training camp in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico in preparation for his world title fight with World Boxing Council champion Hozumi Hasegawa set for Thursday, October 16th in Tokyo, Japan.
A native of Ciudad Obregon , Sonora , Mexico , the 24 year old Valdez , 24-2-1 (15KO’s), is training with WBO Super Flyweight Champion Fernando Montiel and his father, trainer Manuel Montiel Sr.
Said Valdez , “This is the perfect environment for me. Fernando and I get along great and his father is very easy to work with. I’ll be here in Los Mochis until just before I leave for Tokyo and by then I should be in terrific shape for my world title fight with Hasegawa.”
Concurred Frank Espinoza, President of the Espinoza Boxing Club and manager of Valdez , “Alex truly understands the importance of this fight. A win here and it could only lead to bigger fights down the way. Obviously fighting in Tokyo , it will be a strong hometown crowd for Hasegawa but Valdez is mentally tough and the location of the fight shouldn’t affect him.”
Valdez, currently world ranked #2 by the World Boxing Council, is coming off a ten round unanimous decision over Anyetei Laryea on June 20th. Spanning seventeen bouts, he is undefeated in the last four years.
The 27 year old Hasegawa, 24-2 (8KO’s) is coming off a second round knockout of Cristian Faccio on June 12th in Tokyo . Along with the World Boxing Council title, he is currently ranked the #1 bantamweight in the world by ESPN and Ring Magazine. The Japan based Hasegawa has made six championship defenses since winning the title from Veeraphol Sahaprom in April 2005
The Hasegawa/Valdez fight will take place at the Yoyogi First Gym in Tokyo and is promoted by Akihiko Honda and Teiken Promotions.
The ESPINOZA BOXING CLUB was started in 1991 by Los Angeles area businessman Frank Espinoza. Espinoza has earned numerous accolades for his management skills from many boxing newspaper and internet writers. In the September 2008 issue of Ring Magazine, Espinoza is praised for his outstanding handling of the career of junior featherweight world champion and “Pound for Pound” superstar Israel “EL MAGNIFICO” Vazquez.
Espinoza also has managed retired former world champion Martin “EL GALLITO” Castillo and currently manages former world champion Julio “LA SOMBRA” Zarate along with world ranked Alex Valdez and Miguel “EL ANESTESISTA” Huerta in addition to undefeated prospects Manuel “SUAVECITO” Roman, Jesus “POLLO” Hernandez, Luis Ramos, Carlos Molina and Abraham Lopez.
For more information on The Espinoza Boxing Club, please visit their newly remodeled website at www.espinozaboxingclub.com
iBN Sports Announces Official Launch of the Al Bernstein Boxing Channel
Showtime’s “voice of boxing” brings luster to new channel
Foothill Ranch, Calif. – August 14, 2008 – iBN Sports, a premiere Internet-based broadcast sports television network has officially launched the Al Bernstein Boxing Channel (ABBC) over its iBN Sports network. The boxing channel is the collaboration between Al Bernstein and iBN Sports to create original programming exclusive to the world of boxing. Hosted by popular boxing analyst and commentator Al Bernstein, the channel covers boxing in greater depth, reporting from all the major fights, up close and personal interviews with the key figures in the sport, as well as highlights and boxing action throughout the boxing world. Fans of boxing can tune into iBN Sports and watch the ABBC over the Internet at http://www.ibnsports.com for both Live and ON-Demand coverage.
“The iBN Sports team is truly excited by this partnership with Al,” said John Mudge, Co-Founder of iBN Sports. “While working closely with Al on this project for the past couple months, his passion and desire to elevate the sport and to bring it to the fans in a new and exciting way is evident. Al’s vision for this channel and the power of internet TV that iBN Sports and our Team can bring to the partnership will certainly make a major impact on boxing and the boxing fan. It is a pleasure to work with such a wonderful professional who has such knowledge and insight about the sport, is so well respected in the industry, and shares our drive and desire to provide more to the sports fans. We look forward to working closely with Al to build the Al Bernstein Boxing Channel in to the premier source for boxing on the internet,” said Mudge.
“I am very pleased with the way the channel has been launched, and equally pleased with the programming content we already have posted,” said Bernstein. “Our fight coverage gives fans a chance to see video coverage of fights that are not being covered on television as they should be. Along with that, we offer interviews with major boxing personalities and others in the world of sports and entertainment, as well as commentaries and features. Very shortly we will be adding excellent boxing action as well. Our goal is to provide boxing fans with the first comprehensive boxing channel, and that is exactly what we are doing. I am very fortunate because I get to participate on great boxing television shows at the Showtime Networks, and now I get to contribute to the sport of boxing and its fans with this channel. This will be a fun journey for all of us who love the sport of boxing,” concluded Bernstein.