News: Brandon Rios; Yuri Foreman; Hank Lundy; Al Bernstein

Lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will step back into the ring on September 11 in a 12-round WBA lightweight title eliminator against Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) of Washington, DC in the co-feature bout of HBO Boxing After Dark at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV. “This is the biggest and most important fight of my career so far. I’ve been training very, very hard and I plan on taking full advantage of this opportunity,” said Rios..


BROOKLYN, NY (August 29, 2010) – Labor Day came early for Leyla and Yuri Foreman today with the birth of their first child. The Foreman’s baby boy, who has not been named yet, arrived 4 a.m. ET at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn and weighed-in at six pounds, 12 ounces. Even better, he arrived on Leyla’s birthday.

“I am a new Dad, which is such an amazing experience,” Foreman told Top Rank public relations director Lee Samuels. “There is nothing like this. I am in awe.”

Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs), a former World Boxing Association super welterweight champion and the first Israeli world champion boxer, lost his title to Miguel Cotto last June when he suffered a severe knee injury during the fight and was unable to continue. After having successful reconstructive surgery, Foreman spent the summer rehabilitating his knee and is hoping to begin light running in approximately two weeks.

“I have been at the gym doing upper body work, but soon I will begin running to see where I am at,” said Foreman. “Meanwhile, I will give a lot of attention to my wife and our new baby,” Yuri said.


PHILADELPHIA (August 31, 2010)—Fresh off his dominant unanimous decision victory over Omri Lowther on just four days notice, highly regarded Lightweight “Hammerin” Hank Lundy wants the world to know that despite an appearance of promoter Jimmy Burchfield at the fight, that Lundy is a promotional free agent.

Last Wednesday in Federal Court in Philadelphia, Lundy was granted his contractual release. Lundy then was able to secure the fight in Montreal with the help of Brian Cohen, who is the son of Lundy’s manager, Ivan Cohen.

“Burchfield knows that what we have is a standing release from him. “, said Ivan Cohen

“In fact it was my son Brian who made the fight in Montreal and Burchfield somehow wound up with the money Brian should have received for making that fight. This is just another indication of how this man works and what we have been saying for the past month is the real truth.”

“What Hank did the other night show’s what kind of fighter he is. He took a fight on four days’ notice. We jumped on a plane to Montreal and won every round against a quality fighter. With everything that has been going around him, starting with the loss to Molina and now this contract situation, he showed true professionalism and we feel that the loss to Molina is just a blip on the radar and we will be back knocking on the door of a world title real soon.”


Jensen Strauss Boxing Limitee now has exclusive representation rights in Canada for legendary boxing broadcaster Al Bernstein. Michael Schmidt, on behalf of Jensen Strauss, made the announcement today, and added, “Al’s name and associated branding is astounding, and we look forward to representing him and collaborating with him on projects.”

Bernstein, the voice of boxing for the Showtime Networks, is celebrating his 30th year as a boxing broadcaster and sports personality. He was one of the key on-air personalities in launching ESPN and spent 24 years as the main voice of boxing at that network. He also announced the boxing for NBC at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. For the last six years he has been an analyst and play by play announcer at Showtime on the Showtime Championship Boxing and ShoBox series boxing broadcasts and several Mixed Martial Arts events as well. While doing many major events on television in the United States and internationally, Al has also become a sought after speaker, performer and spokesperson, under the banner of “Al Bernstein Live.

“Jensen Strauss is anxious to bring all of Al’s entertaining live programs, his power as a spokesperson, and his now legendary broadcasting skills to Canada,” Schmidt said. He added, “Al and I had time to meet recently at the International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend and we realized that we share the same vision about the sport of boxing and the business of sports. At the I.B.H.O.F weekend it was amazing for me to see the crowds Al drew and how he effortlessly reached out and engaged those people. We want to give his many Canadian fans a chance to have that experience.”

Al Bernstein said this of his agreement with Jensen Strauss: “Over the years I have had a chance to work with some very talented companies and individuals in the boxing and broadcast worlds and now that list includes Mike Schmidt and Jensen Strauss. I am really excited to be working with them and I am also delighted to have an opportunity to be a part of the sporting landscape in Canada and work with talented individuals there. I look forward to some great experiences in the months and years to come.”