Pirog defeats Martirosyan

World Boxing Organization middleweight world champion Dmitry Pirog, 19-0 with 15 knockouts, of Gelendzhik, Russia, gave an impressive performance and scored an 11th round TKO against WBO No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger Gennady Martirosyan, 22-3 with 11 knockouts, of St. Petersburg, Russia. The fight headlined at the Palace of Sports “Olympus” in Krasnodar, Russia, on September 25, and was televised in Russia on Channel 2.

It was Dmitry’s second successful defense of the title, and the first world title fight ever between two Russians.

Martirosyan gave a determined effort, but Dmitry dominated the entire fight and steadily wore him down. Dmitry finished the fight strongly – Martirosyan was battered and bloody when Dmitry buckled his knees in the 10th round, and Martirosyan’s corner stopped the fight after the round.

Dmitry will be at ringside for the Sergio Martinez-Darren Barker fight on October 1 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. In addition to scouting Martinez as a future opponent, he will be available to the media for interviews and photos.

Promoter Art Pelullo said, “The best fight and the biggest fight in the middleweight division right now is Dmitry fighting Sergio Martinez. Dmitry has wanted the fight, and I’ve been trying to make the fight for a year now. Martinez’ advisor said that Dmitry didn’t have a ‘big enough name’ to fight Martinez, but that’s just an excuse to avoid him.

“Martinez was unknown when he came to the U.S., and he got a shot at the world title after a draw and a loss. Dmitry’s already got the WBO world title, is undefeated, and has some sensational wins to his credit, including his one-punch knockout against Danny Jacobs on HBO. It’s time for Martinez to fight Dmitry, as they are the two best middleweights in the world.”


Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY – (9/26/2011) – DiBella Entertainment returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino with ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader on Friday, October 21. To be broadcast live on Showtime, the fight will be co-headlined by a sizzling super middleweight showdowns between Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO’s) and Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO’s) and rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KO’s) takes on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO’s) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.

Tickets are priced at $125, $85 and $50 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.foxwoods.com or www.ticketmaster.com and by calling (800) 200-2882. Doors open at 7PM, with the first bout scheduled for 8PM. Showtime will begin live coverage at 11PM ET.

“We’re very excited to host this ShoBox doubleheader featuring Edwin Rodriguez and Will Rosinsky, two undefeated, world-class fighters,” said Scott Butera, President & CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “This fight is a unique addition to our October entertainment line-up, and we always welcome the opportunity to showcase Foxwoods in front of a national audience.”

Rodriguez and Rosinsky were both decorated amateurs winning 2005 middleweight and light heavyweight US Amateur Champions respectively. Rodriguez was also the 2006 National Golden Gloves Champion, while Rosinsky won the New York Golden Gloves Championship four times.

“This is going to be an all-around tremendous card on October 21st,” said Lou DiBella, founder and President of DiBella Entertainment (DBE), the promoter of Rodriguez. “The main event will feature Edwin, one of hottest up-and-coming stars in all of boxing, facing his toughestDBE opponent to date in Will. Both of these guys were stellar amateurs and now are undefeated up-and-coming prospects set to go toe-to-toe in what is going to be a can’t-miss fight.”

Rodriguez, who is already rated in all four major sanctioning bodies in the super middleweight division (IBF #5, WBC #6, WBA #8, WBO #12), burst onto the professional scene in early 2008, scoring a first-round TKO over Samuel Ortiz Gomez. The Worcester, MA native has lost only a handful of rounds and earned 19 victories, picking up the WBC USNBC title in the process. In his first fight after shoulder surgery in August 2010, Rodriguez looked sensational, stopping Chris Traietti in the second round.

“I am thrilled to be fighting on Showtime again as the main event. I am looking forward to showcasing my skills and letting the world know that I have arrived and am ready to take on the best fighters in the world,” said Rodriguez.

Rosinsky turned pro in August 2008 with a first-round knockout over Valetine Fortanelly on another DBE-promoted show. Rosinsky has fought a number of times on DBE’s popular Broadway Boxing series, but the bout on October 21st will be his first in the national spotlight.DBE

“At this point in my career, I felt that accepting this fight was the perfect decision,” said Rosinsky. “I feel that I will really be able to showcase my skills as a professional fighter, and what better than to do it on Showtime. Edwin is a talented boxer and an up-and-coming super middleweight prospect like myself. A lot of people, especially fans of the sport, will be eager to see us go toe-to-toe. I have no doubt that this fight will be a great one to see. I’m thankful to Lou for giving me this opportunity and I know that this will be a huge stepping stone in my career.

This is not the first nationally televised, world-class fight to take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Earlier this year, Foxwoods hosted the World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight title fight between then undefeated champion Andre Berto and challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, which was broadcast live on HBO. Hailed by many industry experts as fight of the year, 24 year-old underdog Ortiz won the welterweight by unanimous decision.

“Edwin Rodriguez is inarguably the best super middleweight prospect in America,” said SHOWTIME boxing analyst Steve Farhood. “He’s at a sensitive point; he’s on the verge of becoming a legitimate contender. His next couple of fights are crucial, and he needs not just to win, but to look like a future world titlist.”

The undercard will feature some of the New England area’s most promising and exciting fighters including Quincy, MA’s undefeated super featherweight Ryan Kielczewski (11-0), and Framingham, MA’s light welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor (15-1). The complete undercard will be announced shortly.

Tickets are priced at $125, $85 and $50 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.foxwoods.com or www.ticketmaster.com and by calling (800) 200-2882. Doors open at 7PM, with the first bout scheduled for 8PM. Showtime will begin live coverage at 11PM ET.

Julian Williams Returns To Philadelphia For Sept. 30 Fight

Philadelphia, PA—Undefeated junior middleweight Julian J-Rock Williams, of Philadelphia, PA, will test himself against seasoned Eberto Medina,of Newark, NJ, in the six-round semifinal contest on Friday, Sept. 30, at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia. First fight is 7.30 p.m.

Headlining the eight-bout card is an eight-round welterweight contest between Ray Robinson, of Philadelphia, PA, and Manuel Guzman, of Lancaster, PA.

This will mark Williams’ second fight in his hometown and is ready to impress his fans. He made his pro debut in Philadelphia in May of 2010 when he stopped Antonio Chaves Fernandez, of Brockton, MA, in the first round of the scheduled four-round bout.
Williams has boxed in five different states but he is looking forward to fighting at home again. He is confident with testing himself at any level.

A pro less than two years, Williams is 7-0-1, 4 K0s, and already he has boxed four times in 2011. He has faced every type of opponent from 72-fight journeyman Marteze Logan, of Covington, TN, to up-and-coming prospect Francisco Santana, of Santa Barbara, CA.

Medina (5-6-1, 1K0) recently fought a six-round draw with Williams’ gym-mate (Shuler’s gym) Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, PA, on July 15 at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Medina also faced junior middleweight prospect Glen Tapia, of Passaic, NJ, earlier this year. He also lost by decision to The New Ray Robinson, in 2008 in the same ring. Williams will be Medina’s seventh fight against an undefeated prospect.

Other six-round matches feature undefeated junior middleweights DeCarlo Perez (5-0, 1K0), of Atlantic City, NJ, against Grayson Blake (3-0, 1K0), of State College, PA, as well as light-heavyweights Charles Hayward (7-2, 3K0s), of Philadelphia, PA, and George Armenta (13-7, 11K0s), of Silver Spring, MD.

Four four-round bouts complete the card.

Tickets priced at $40 and $50 are on sale Bam Boxing Promotions (215-280-6709) and online at www.bamonboxing.com.

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