Tickets for the August 21st ‘Brick City Boxing Series’ title fight between Tomasz Adamek, the IBF International Heavyweight and NABO Heavyweight Champion, (41-1, 27 KO’s) and Michael Grant, (46-3, 34 KO’s) go on sale this Thursday, July 1st.. Tickets are available at 11am. The fight tops a 7 bout card taking place at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ and is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with X-Cel Worldwide..
Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or www.Prucenter.com.
Tyson Conqueror Kevin McBride Returns on NESportsTV.com July 10th
NESportsTV.com is proud to present an online PPV broadcast featuring the return of former Irish heavyweight champion and 1992 Olympian Kevin McBride (34-6-1, 29 KO’s) taking on Philadelphia veteran Robert Hawkins (23-15, 7 KO’s) , undefeated Puerto Rican prospect Luis Del Valle (9-0, 7 KO’s) taking on Pasqual Rose (20-14, 11 KO’s) and the return of heavyweight upset specialist Nagy Aguilera (15-3, 10 KO’s) taking on tough Texan Roderick Willis (14-6, 8 KO’s). These fights will be available on NESportsTV.com live July 10th as part of an online PPV for $12.
McBride, a native of Clones, Ireland, shocked the sports world in 2005 with a stunning 6th round TKO of former undisputed heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. The 6’6’’ Irishman parlayed that massive victory into a promotional contract with Don King. However, consecutive losses to tough Mike Mollo and former title challenger Andrew Golota kept him out of the ring for nearly three years.
“I have Irish pride on my side.” McBride said recently, “I mean business this time. Nobody thought I could beat Tyson and I did. They didn’t believe in me then and they’re going to doubt me now. I beat Tyson under tremendous pressure and feel that I’m capable of beating anybody. I’ve been out of action 2 ½ years. I had injuries to my back, ankle and wrist, but I’m healed now and ready to go all out. I was supposed to get a world title shot after I beat Tyson, but I didn’t and that took away my hunger for boxing.”
Prior to the Tyson victory, McBride won the vacant Irish heavyweight title in 1997 and represented his homeland in the 1992 Olympics as a super heavyweight. From 2002 – 2006 he accumulated a nine fight winning streak and has been in the ring with former title challengers Axel Schulz and Davarryl Williamson.
His opponent, Robert Hawkins, is no pushover. He has victories over Dominick Guinn, Terry Smith and Robert Wiggins. He’s also fought Samuel Peter, Eddie Chambers, Jason Estrada, Kevin Johnson and Oleg Maskaev twice.
In what could be the fight of the night, Puerto Rican Luis Del Valle (9-0, 7 KO’s) will be featured as he takes on the Dominican born Pasqual Rose (20-14-3, 11 KO’s) in a featherweight match-up. Promoted by the influential Lou Dibella, Del Valle is a former national Golden Gloves champion looking to make a name for himself in the pro ranks.
“Luis Del Valle showed how great he can be as an amateur, and is unquestionably one of the top prospects of Puerto Rican descent in the world. I look forward to steering him towards a world title.” His promoter Dibella said upon signing him last July.
His opponent, Rose, is a 16 year veteran who has been in the ring with far better professional opposition including Zahir Raheem, Emmanuel Lucero and Monty Meza – Clay.
Dominican heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (15-3, 10 KO’s), like McBride, is no stranger to upsets himself. The last time he appeared on NESportsTV.com he stunningly knocked down former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev twice en route to a first round TKO. Aguilera was last in the ring in March losing a heavyweight title elimination bout to former titleholder Samuel Peter. He is promoted by former heavyweight contender and training partner Lou Savarese. Born in the Dominican Republic, he now splits time living in Houston and Newburgh, New York.
His opponent, Roderick Willis, one time held former undisputed heavyweight champion Michael Moorer to split decision. He hails from Richardson, Texas.
www.NESportsTV.com is a sports video on demand website launched in 2009. Since its inception, the site has already showcased some of the best boxing has to offer. This summer the site will broadcast the return of Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride on July 10th, the return of recent world title challenger Brian Minto on August 14th and much more.
Golden Glove Champ going pro
5 time amatuer boxing champion, William Shamar Whitt, has decided to make the leap into the professional ranks after he competes in the Ringside Championship tournament in Kansas City, Missouri for his 6th title.
William is already a seasoned fighter with experience from often sparring professional fighters such as former world champion Paulie Malignaggi, and undefeated pros Danny Jacobs, (former US Olympian) Sadam Ali, and Chazz Mcdowell. He is currently the chief sparring partner of Nicky Demarco, readying him for his fight fight July 16th at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on the Zab Judah undercard.
William is a southpaw that can also effectively box from the orthodox stance. He has power in both hands that compliments his world class speed. William is a boxer puncher that’s never in a dull fight, just ask the crowds of people he attracts everytime he fights including the more than 100 supporters that watched him win his NY Golden Gloves championship at Madison Square Garden. That night, William outboxed and floored his opponent that was 11 years his senior.
Every fighter has a story but none as inspiring as this young man that has gone from tragedy to triumph.
Click the link below for a sneak peak into the young fighters life outside of the ring as well as some of his amateur boxing highlights.
No Limits Promotions In Association with Joey Eye Boxing Promotions Present “The Beginning or The End?”
Wednesday, July 14, World Class Professional Boxing comes to The Arena at S 7th St and Ritner in South Philadelphia. Brand new professional boxing powerhouse No Limits Promotions will host an exciting night in their first in a series of events.
In their debut US show No Limits Promotions is bringing to Philadelphia some of hottest up and coming Boxers in the World. July 14 will see an historical homecoming of sorts, when Israeli boxer Ran Nakash takes to the ring in his 25th pro bout, in the nights professional boxing main event.
From the 1920’s through the 70’s, the area’s surrounding South 7th and Ritner was the heart of Philadelphia’s Jewish ghetto. As we dig ever so slightly into the story’s of South Philadelphia fighters many Jewish names come to light. Names of men who took the fight from the street to the ring of prizefighting. In Philadelphia names such as Lew Tendler, Benny Bass, Harry Blitman and Battling Levinsky were the stars of the day.
Ran Nakash is the modern Jewish warrior. Ran from Haifa Israel, boasts an impressive professional boxing record of 24-0 18ko. As a professional boxer 12 of Ran’s matches have been fought in the US, with 10 of those bouts being fought in Philadelphia. He is currently both Israeli heavyweight and cruiserweight champion. According to Boxrec Ran is ranked #17 in the world in the Cruiserweight division.
Ran will face former World Champion Lou Del Valle 36-6-2 22ko, This 10 round Cruiserweight bout will be Ran’s toughest fight to date on his road to a World Cruiserweight Title. Ran has only gone the 10 round distance once 11 months ago. That distance was against a much inferior fighter than Del Valle. On the other hand Del Valle has seen 10 and 12 rounds, 9 times in his career. Recently Del Valle went the distance to fight a draw with tough Light Heavyweight Joe Spina. Del Valle has boxed in 6 championship bouts including winning the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship in 1997. Del Valle has also gone the distance with two of boxing’s all time greats Virgil Hill and Roy Jones Jr. Del Valle can also boast to being the only man to knock down the great Roy Jones Jr.
The quiet and soft spoken Nakash upon learning of the South Philadelphia Jewish, boxing history, has taken a new level of pride and desire for this particular event. By 1950, there were few Jewish boxers, and their number has been minuscule ever since. Out side of a handful of recent Jewish fighters like Yuri Foreman, it is Ran Nakash leading the way for a small but growing group of Israeli fighters. This fight is a big step up, where we will see if this is The Beginning or The Beginning of the End for Ran Nakash.