New York, NY - For the second time this week, Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment (DBE)) and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (SMS Promotions) have announced the signing of a high profile New York-based prospect to an exclusive co-promotional contract.
The two promoters, who just yesterday announced the signing of five-time NY Golden Gloves Champion Shemuel "The Chosen One" Pagan (2-0, 1KO), have now added one of the top US amateur prospects with the signing of Christopher "Golden" Galeano, of the Bronx. The #1-ranked 165lb. National Champion is set to make his much anticipated pro debut on the SMS Promotions/DBE-promoted "Big Apple Boxing" card on September 16, at Resorts World Casino in 50 DBE/SMS Cent's hometown of Jamaica, Queens.
"This is the beginning of a new force in the sport of boxing. With Mr. DiBella's expertise in this great sport and 50 Cent's knowledge of building an empire from the bottom, the sky is the limit. My team and I have great confidence in that by joining this promotional alliance I will, without a doubt, one day be a world champion," proclaimed Galeano.
"Chris Galeano is one of the best prospects in the United States and I am thrilled to be co-promoting him with 50 Cent's SMS Promotions. Chris is a skilled boxer, a puncher, a college student and a great person. He comes from a great family and has all the tools to become a world champion," said DiBella.
"Chris has endless potential. He's proven his skills in the ring. I look forward to giving him a platform to continue to compete at the highest level," said 50 Cent.
Galeano, a 20-year-old Puerto Rican American, first started boxing at the age of 12. After a successful stint in the juniors, having reached the 2008 Junior Olympic National Championships, Galeano picked up his first major title as a senior amateur, winning the Ringside World Championships in 2010. In 2011, he won his first New York Golden Gloves title. He reached the finals in 2012, losing to fellow DBE-promoted prospect Patrick Day, before winning the coveted title again in 2013. Galeano closed out his amateur career by winning the 2013 165-pound USA National Championship, which propelled him to his #1-ranking.
In addition to making his pro debut this year, Galeano will be entering his third year of college at City College of NY, where he is pursuing a degree in Business.
Tickets for the event on September 16are currently on sale and are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Tickets are available for purchase by calling Resorts World Casino NYC at (718) 215-2828 or by visiting: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=9244
SAN DIEGO, CA – WealthTV, one of the initial 24/7 all high definition cable networks which launched back in June 2004, announced today that it will rebrand to AWE effective October 1st.
Since its launch, WealthTV has provided viewers with a broad range of aspirational lifestyle and entertainment programming. The rebranding to AWE, an acronym for “A Wealth of Entertainment”, better reflects the broad appeal of the network’s programming lineup and viewership.
“Our rebranding to AWE refreshes the network and addresses misperceptions that the old network name was financial related or elitist”, stated network president, Charles Herring. “Our programming lineup, featuring exotic travel destinations, fast cars, and outrageous homes, is awe-inspiring and now the name properly captures those viewing emotions.”
According to network executives the rebranding efforts are a name change only, with no modifications to the existing programming theme. The rebranding campaign, which has been in the works for nearly a year, has been heavily researched, including test marketed on a current cable provider.
The network is currently available nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country and worldwide. The new website for AWE is www.AWEtv.com .
AWE is the premier lifestyle and entertainment network —the destination for exclusive and original programming, simultaneously transmitted in high definition and standard definition. AWE delivers informative shows to its viewers, providing invaluable insights on what every American dreams of – from travel secrets to fast cars, from outrageous homes to live boxing events, and much more. The network fills a television vacuum by delivering intellectually stimulating, thought-provoking entertainment and always-unbiased news from an insider’s perspective. For more information, please visit www.awetv.com
NEW YORK -- Boxing’s fastest rising superstar Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organization (IBO) Middleweight World Titles against world ranked contender Curtis Stevens on Saturday, Nov. 2 from The Theater at Madison Square Garden, “The Mecca of Boxing.” The fight will be televised Live on HBO®.
Presented by K2 Promotions in association with Main Events and Madison Square Garden, tickets for this highly anticipated showdown will go on sale Wednesday, September 4 at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com
“We’re very excited to announce the return of Gennady Golovkin to Madison Square Garden. We believe he’s the best middleweight in the world and look forward to him proving that in the ring again on November 2,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions.
“Curtis Stevens has had a number of impressive performances and has been very vocal in wanting to challenge the most feared middleweight. We commend him on taking this fight, a challenge many other highly regarded middleweights are unwilling to consider.”
"Curtis was watching at ringside the night that Golovkin fought Matthew Macklin. Immediately afterwards he called and asked us to make the fight," said Kathy Duva, President of Main Events. “We knew we had to get it done. The two biggest punchers in the middleweight division will come head to head - don't blink! November 2nd on HBO will be a great night for all boxing fans."
Said Golovkin, “I am happy to fight in front of the boxing fans in New York City again. Madison Square Garden is a very special place for me. I will put on my best performance and defend my titles once again in this great city. “
"November 2nd is my turn to shine and that night I am going to be GREAT. The WBA belt is coming home to Brooklyn,” commented Stevens about the clash.
“Fight fans everywhere need to circle November 2 on their calendars because Gennady Golovkin and Curtis Stevens are going to light it up that night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden,” said Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports. “We are delighted to present this exciting middleweight title showdown from New York City. The atmosphere will be electric that night.”
Golovkin has the highest knockout ratio of any active world champion (89%) with a record of 27-0-0 (24KO’s). He has burst on to the international boxing scene with four sensational knockouts over the last twelve months. His bout against Stevens will be the ninth defense of his WBA title.
Fighting out of his native Brooklyn, New York, the 28-year-old Stevens, 25-3-0 (18KO’s), is coming off his most impressive performance of his career with a stunning first round knockout of durable veteran, Saul Roman on AUGUST 3.
Stevens’ clash with Golovkin will also be his fourth start of the year.
A mainstay of New York City boxing, the heavy-hitting Stevens first shined as an amateur, amassing the third most knockouts in New York State history.