(June 25, 2009) The anticipated match-up between light heavyweight contenders Shaun George and Chris Henry is on for July 10, 2009! The fight will take place at The Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The ten-round bout, which will be televised on ESPN 2, was added on to an action packed card as the co-feature to Matt Godfrey v. Shawn Hawk..
George (18-2-2, 9 KO’s) is considered a top contender for the light heavyweight title. He captured the attention of the boxing world when he destroyed two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd last year. George’s most recent win came last February when he knocked out former world title challenger Jaffa Ballogou in the first round in stunning fashion.
“This is a great fight for Shaun on his path to a future title shot,” said his promoter Lou DiBella.
Henry (23-2, 18 KO’s) is no stranger to fighting top notch competition like George. He has been in the ring with the likes of Adrian Daiconu and Yusef Mack. The styles of both George and Henry should make for an exciting and fan-friendly match up.
“I feel like every fight is life or death for me,” said George. “This fight will be no different. I am on a mission to prove I am the best.”
DiBella Inks Antwone Smith
New York (June 24, 2009)- DiBella Entertainment has announced exciting welterweight Antwone “The Truth” Smith (16-1-1, 8 KO’s) as the newest addition to their stable of world class boxers.
Promoter Lou DiBella expressed his excitement at the signing of Smith. “I became more and more impressed as I watched Antwone win four consecutive nationally televised ESPN fights as the underdog,” said DiBella. “He is a special talent and will be a significant player in the welterweight division.”
At barely twenty two years old, the battle tested Smith has beaten experienced athletes such as Richard Gutierrez, Norberto Gonzalez and Juan Camilo Novoa. Boxing since he was a young teen, Smith compiled an impressive amateur record and won several tournaments including the Florida Golden Gloves.
Despite his youth, Smith is already a polished fighter. He is a calculating and entertaining boxer/puncher who lives and trains in Miami, Florida with Jorge Rubio and is managed by Donnie Herron. His only loss was a highly controversial six round unanimous decision to Ed Paredes, a loss he intends to reverse in the future.
“I think Lou DiBella is a brilliant promoter and person in general,” said Herron. “Antwone is very intelligent and smart fighter. So together they should be a great team.”
Smith, who is newly engaged and the father of two kids, is happy to have a promoter backing him. “It hasn’t been easy so it feels good to have someone in my corner, helping me out,” said Smith. “Who better than Lou DiBella?”
Rumble At The Hilton Rye Town
On July 16th Star Boxing’s former light heavyweight title challenger, David Telesco (29-6-1, 24KO) will once again step inside the squared circle under the Star Boxing banner, when he takes on New Jersey’s own William Gil in an eight round light heavyweight affair. Telesco v. Gil will be the main event bout of the evening. The card is being held at the beautiful Hilton Rye Town hotel, located in the New York City suburb of Rye, NY, and is ten minutes east of White Plains, NY in Westchester County. Situated on 45 beautifully landscaped acres of lush woodlands, the Hilton Rye Town hotel is Westchester County, New York’s premier hotel, combining the relaxed setting of a resort with the flexibility of a full-service business hotel.
For the fan favorite Telesco, who lives in nearby Portchester, NY, it will be somewhat of a homecoming, as it will be the first time Telesco has fought in the Westchester County area since 2001. Telesco, who has been in- active since 2005, is excited to be returning to the ring especially in front of his hometown fans.
“David’s had some great moments in his boxing career. He has always been a dangerous puncher and was a top light heavyweight some years ago,” stated Joe DeGuardia CEO of Star Boxing. “David has been itching for a comeback and has always wanted to be back in front of his fans, so the Hilton Rye Town makes perfect sense. The Hilton Rye Town is a beautiful hotel where fans can experience a great night of Boxing in the Ballroom. We are looking to put some of the top prospects in the New York City area, as well as some of our top prospects on the Star Boxing roster on the card. We expect a great night of fights come July 16th.”
The official undercard will be announced shortly. Tickets can be purchased through the Star Boxing office by calling (718) 823-2000 or by visiting the Star Boxing website (www.starboxing.com) Tickets are priced at Gold Ringside – $100, Silver Ringside – $60 and reserved seating for $40. The Hilton Rye Town hotel is located at 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, New York, 10573.