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News: DaWejko; Bey; Nicky DeMarco; WBO on Donaire

Heavyweight prospect Joey DaWejko (7-1-2, 3 KOs) makes a quick return to the ring as he will face another undefeated fighter in Didier Bence (6-0, 2 KOs).  The 6-round bout promoted by Yvon Michel's GYM Promotions in association with Boxing 360, will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 8.

DaWejko fought four hard rounds against Jarrell Miller (4-0-1, 4 KOs) in his last outing.  The bout ended in a draw with DaWejko winning the final two rounds.  Miller was deducted two points for excessive shoving.

With the Miller fight behind him, DeWejko now looks forward to facing Didier Bence on his home turf.  

 "Miller was a tough fight as I was up against another undefeated opponent, but I showed I can compete with the bigger heavyweights," said Dewjko.  "He was using his K-1 tactics to put me in awkward positions and it cost him a couple of points.   Maybe sometime in the future Miller and I can fight again if he chooses to stay in boxing."

"My whole focus is on Didier Bence and how I'm going to prepare for this fight.  Again, I'm facing another undefeated fighter in his own backyard and I'm confident I'll come out victorious.  I'm a throwback fighter who likes to take on the toughest challenges out there.  Every time I step in the ring I'm learning something new about myself and I'm gaining more confidence with each fight.  I'm looking forward to February 8th."

Mario Yagobi of Boxing 360 stated, "Joey has had two tough fights in a row against very formidable opponents.  Miller is a K-1 fighter and his constant shoving proved to be detrimental in his fight with Joey, but we can look into doing the rematch on a later date.  Right now Joey is going to take on Bence in Montreal with the hopes of improving his record.  DeWejko is showing that he has the heart and desire to compete with anyone in the heavyweight division."

This Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Nicotra's Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York, Greg Cohen Promotions will proudly present their second annual "Boxing at the Hilton" show, a night of world-class professional boxing, featuring in the six-round main event Staten Island's own lightweight prospect Nicky "Lil Nicky" DeMarco (4-2, 2 KOs) against Travis Thompson (4-8-1, 3 KOs) of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

33-year-old DeMarco, the owner of the popular DeMarco's Boxing Gym in Staten Island, is on a two-fight winning streak and even avenged one of his losses. His fight against the more experienced Thompson will be his first in a year.

In the night's six-round co-featured event will be former National Golden Gloves Champion Denis "Momma's Boy" Douglin (14-2, 8 KOs) of Morganville, New Jersey, in a tough eight-round junior middleweight crossroads matchup with New York, New York's Jose Angel "Silver Boy" Rodriguez (16-2-1, 2 KOs).

Douglin, coming off a disappointing nationally televised loss to Jermell Charlo in his last fight, has chosen a tough challenge to begin his comeback. Rodriguez has fared well and even beaten some good competition.

Also featured that night will be welterweight Shakur Jackson (pro debut) of Newark, New Jersey. Jackson was a heavily decorated amateur boxer and his transition to the professional ranks has been highly anticipated. Jackson's fight is a four-rounder and his opponent is Cornelius Whitlock (0-0-1) of Hanover, Maryland.

Staten Island's Susan Reno will make her pro debut against Brooklyn's Vanessa Greco (1-1-1) in a women's six-round flyweight contest; New Jersey veteran Dennis Sharpe (17-9-4, 4 KOs) will face Laurel, Maryland's Norman Allen (6-6, 3 KOs) in a  six-round super middleweight battle; and rounding out the action will be Mine Hill, New Jersey's  Anthony Gangemi (1-0, 1 KO) taking on Conway, Arkansas'  Willie Bryant  (1-5-1, 1 KO) in a four-round junior middleweight scrap.

Tickets for "Boxing at the Hilton" are available online at www.gcpboxing.com and www.NicotrasBallroom.com or by calling 888.612.4191. They are priced at General Admission $50, Ringside $100 and VIP Ringside $150.

Attention: Last year's event was a total sellout and another one is expected. It is strongly recommended to purchase your tickets in advance.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for VIP Ringside ticket holders and at 7:00 pm for the general public. Action starts at 7:30 pm. All bouts subject to change.

The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 1100 South Avenue in Staten Island.

Mickey Bey puts his 18-0 record on display this Saturday, February 2nd  in a FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes televised event from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  Bey, who recently signed with Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s promotional company, Mayweather Promotions, is excited to participate in his first part as a member of Mayweather Promotions’ “The Money Team”.

The event recently added even more explosive action to go along with its main event of Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez vs. Lanard Lane with the announcement of Robert Rodriguez as Mickey Bey’s opponent and Jose Ruiz as the opponent of 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. as well as the addition of 2008 Olympian Badou Jack and unbeaten prospects Chris Pearson, Lanell Bellows and Luis Arias to the event’s undercard.

A member of the 2004 United States Olympic team and a 2003 United States National Champion, Cleveland, Ohio’s Mickey Bey (18-0, 9 KO’s) has followed up his stellar amateur career with 18 professional wins in his seven-year career.  The 29-year-old, who defeated Hector Velasquez in his most recent bout in November of 2011, plans to begin making up for lost time when he steps through the ropes on February 2nd .

This hard-hitting night of action is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions is sponsored by Corona.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m. PT.  The FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes bi-lingual simulcast will air live at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT.  FUEL TV will rebroadcast the fight on March 31 at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT.

Reserved seating tickets are priced at $80 or $60 and general admission tickets are available for $30.  Tickets are available online atwww.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 / www.ticketmaster.com .

After a hiatus from the ring to start 2012, undefeated East Los Angeles top prospect Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (14-0, 11 KO’s) has wasted no time getting reacquainted with fight fans, as he’s scored back-to-back knockout victories over veteran competitors Manuel Leyva (TKO3) and Pavel Miranda (KO1) to close out the year.  Looking better than ever with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, the 20-year-old Gomez hopes to keep his knockout streak going in 2013 starting February 2 against Lane.

A native of Philadelphia who now makes his home in Houston, Texas, Lanard Lane (13-2, 8 KO’s) recently returned from a nearly two-year layoff while he spent time concentrating on his other profession as a firefighter to score an eighth round stoppage over Milton Ramos in March before losing a razor-thin majority decision to blue chip prospect Joseph Elegele in June.  On February 2, he vows to not leave it in the judges’ hands when he tackles the unbeaten Gomez.

Fighting out of Greeley, Colorado, 22-year-old Robert Rodriguez (7-2, 3 KO’s) is a 2008 United States amateur champion now fighting his way up the ladder in the pros.  A solid competitor who can box or bang, Rodriguez returns to fight in Las Vegas for the first time since 2010.

2012 United States Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (1-0) got his professional career off to a great start on December 15 with a four round shutout victory over Vicente Alfaro in front of his hometown fans in Los Angeles.  On February 2, the 20-year-old from South El Monte, California, who is the newest member of the Golden Boy Promotions team, returns to action to make his Las Vegas debut.

A rugged competitor from the fighting island of Puerto Rico, Jose Ruiz (2-2) entered the pro game in 2012 and stayed busy with four bouts.  Looking to earn his third victory on February 2, he is expected to push U.S. Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. hard from bell to bell.

A member of the 2008 Gambian Olympic team, Badou Jack (11-0, 8 KO’s) now makes his home in Las Vegas.  After turning professional in 2009, Jack began fighting in the United States in 2011, impressing fans from Atlantic City to New York to Las Vegas.  Making his second appearance at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on February 2, the 29-year-old light heavyweight hopes to keep his unbeaten record intact in an eight-round bout, his first since his May 2012 win over then 17-0 Alexander Brand.

Trotwood, Ohio’s Chris Pearson (7-0, 6 KO’s) began making his mark in 2012, winning all six of his professional bouts while proving that he had the skill and will to become a force to be reckoned with.  In 2013, the 22-year-old former amateur standout expects even bigger and better things, starting with his Las Vegas debut on February 2 in an eight-round junior middleweight fight.

Now making his home in Las Vegas, Kansas City native Lanell Bellows (3-0, 3 KO’s) has become the latest member of the Mayweather Promotions roster to attract the attention of boxing insiders and fight fans.  The winner of all three of his bouts by knockout since turning professional in 2012, Bellows will have the Vegas crowd in his corner during his four-round super middleweight battle on February 2.

Luis Arias (1-0), another Mayweather Promotions fighter out of Las Vegas, takes to the ring in a six-round super middleweight match-up.  A native of Milwaukee, Arias is a decorated former amateur champion who won his pro debut via a four round decision over Josh Thorpe last November.

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel congratulated today Nonito Donaire, the WBO superbantamweight champion for his Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) award.

Valcarcel also shows proud to the BWAA Fight of the Year Award for the bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao on December 8, 2012, that crowned Marquez as the WBO Champion of the Decade with his victory.

“We (the WBO) want to congratulate Nonito Donaire for this achievement, being elected as the Boxer of the Year. We are proud of Donaire because he is a great champion, one of the best now, and a good person. It’s an honor to have Donaire as our champion”, Valcarcel said. “I want to congratulate too Robert Garcia for his Trainer of the Year Award. Robert is a good friend of mine, but also is one of the best trainers in the sport. He has a good group of fighter and a good future with them”.

          Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) fought four times in 2012, starting on February with a win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., when he got the WBO superbantamweight title. In July, Donaire beat Jeffrey Mathebula in his first title defense. Then, Donaire knocked out Thoshiaki Nishioka and Jorge “Travieso” Arce in October and December, respectively, for a great 2012 year.

          Meanwhile, Valcarcel talked about the Figh of the Year Award winner, the fourth bout between Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) and Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) that ended in a 6th round KO win for Marquez, but in a exciting fight. The bout had Pacquiao down in the third round, Marquez down in the fifth rounds and then an overhand right from Marquez sent Pacquiao to the canvas definitely in round six.

          “We knew this was a great fight and don’t let us down. Pacquiao and Marquez are two legends and in this fight they showed their talent to the world in an exciting fight”, Valcarcel said. “We are very proud of Marquez and Pacquiao, great WBO champions”.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chocolate on 01-29-2013

This Dawejko kid needs to start training properly and living the life, his last few fights it looks like he has done no training whatsoever and eating sweets/cakes ,battered fish and chips and crisps for dinner ever day. A 5'10…

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