News: Nader-Santos II; Ricky Hatton; Burnett; Dulorme
New York, NY - Next Thursday, February 21, DiBella Entertainment's (DBE) Broadway Boxing series returns to the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, with an action-packed nine-bout card headlined by the return of highly regarded WBA #10 junior welterweight Thomas Dulorme (16-1, 12KO's) taking on Eddie Brooks (9-3, 3KO's) in an eight-round matchup, held at a catch weight of 143lbs.
Also featured on the card in separate eight-round bouts will be red-hot lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach (13-0, 11KO's) and WBA #11-rated welterweight Charlie Ota (21-1-1, 15KO's). Ota will square off against Abel Perry (18-6, 9KO's), while Redkach is set to take on hard-hitting Sergio Rivera (27-10-2, 17KO's).
Fighting in separate bouts will be DBE's next generation of promising future prospects, NY Golden Gloves champions "The Notorious" Travis Peterkin (6-0, 3KO's), Patrick "All" Day (1-0, 1KO) and Louis Cruz (1-0, 1KO). Peterkin is set to challenge Thomas Turner (3-2, 2KO's) in a six-round light heavyweight matchup, Day will meet Dominique Foster (1-1-1) in a four-round junior middleweight matchup and Cruz will see action in a four-round junior welterweight matchup against Demond Brock (3-1, 2KO's).
Making his much-anticipated pro debut on the card will be 19-year-old 2012 Ecuadorian Olympian and 2011 Pan-American Heavyweight Champion Ytalo Perea as he squares off against Excell Holmes (2-1-1, 1KO) in a four-round heavyweight special attraction.
Making his second straight appearance on a DBE-promoted card will be Brooklyn's Neuky Santelises (3-0, 2KO's) as he looks to up his record to a perfect 4-0 when he takes on Denis Madriz (0-0-1) in a four-round junior lightweight contest. Santelises last saw action on the DBE-promoted card at BB King Blues Club in January, where he scored a devastating one-punch highlight-reel knockout over Juan Javier Guerrero.
Rounding out the card is Brooklyn's fan-favorite Keisher McLeod-Wells (5-2, 1KO) facing Canadian National Amateur Champion Jacqueline Hart (1-0) in a six-round female flyweight showdown.
The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group, Newlio.com, and Everlast. The event will be broadcast live on broadband through GFL.TV. SNY will broadcast the event tape-delayed. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45 and may also be purchased at the door the night of the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
The Multiversum Schwechat, Austria will once again host a Team Sauerland fight night on April 13. The Main event of the evening will be the highly anticipated rematch for the EU Middleweight Championship between Roberto Santos (18-6-3, 10 KOs) and Marcos Nader (16-0-1, 2 KOs).
Santos, who won the vacant EU Belt in Bamberg, Germany against Dominik Britsch, already fought the 22-year-old challenger Nader back in November 2012. After twelve exciting rounds, the bout went to the scorecards which resulted in a draw - a decision which didn't sit well with Nader.
"It was very close," says the prodigy of coach Otto Ramin. "I did review the tapes a couple of times. I definitely believe that I won the fight." Therefore the Austrian is more than excited to be awarded another crack at the title. "The stakes have been raised this time round. He knows what I bring to the table - I know what he brings to the table. Hence it won't be any easier than during our first fight."
Of course the middleweight is very keen on fighting in front of his home crowd again. "The support I received during my first bout against Santos was immense. The whole crowd was right behind me. I am convinced that they will be even noisier on April 13. Hence I cannot wait to get back to the arena and enter the ring."
RYAN BURNETT READY TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE BANTAMWEIGHT SCENE
HOT Belfast prospect Ryan Burnett has been granted a licence from the British Boxing Board of Control and is ready to make a splash in the bantamweight division.
As an amateur, the 20-year-old won 94 or 98 contests, picking up seven All-Ireland titles, six Antrim titles, four Ulster titles and a gold medal at the Youth Olympics.
He was all set to enter the paid ranks in a blaze of glory in early 2012, but questions over his medical meant almost 12 months of inactivity.
Thankfully, after consultation with specialists, he's now been given the green light to get his career started and he's keen to make up for lost time.
"It's been a nearly a year and it's been a frustrating wait but thankfully it's sorted now," Ryan said.
"I never let things get to me, though. I keep in the gym, keep working on things and kept learning.
"I feel I've got a bit of time to make up now and I'm want to rock on. I can't wait to get in there now and I definitely want to go back to my home town, Belfast, and have a few fights at some point as well."
Ricky Hatton, who on top of his duties as Ryan's promoter also trains the Northern Irish man, believes his charge will soon be hot on the heels of the UK's best fighters at 8st 6lbs.
"I am extremely excited about this young man entering the professional ranks," The Hitman said.
"I've been working with him for a while now and ever since he walked into the gym I thought this kid is a special talent.
"I believe he will go all the way and follow in the footsteps of so many of Ireland's finest that have gone before him.
"That's providing he has all the attributes needed, like self-belief, dedication, chin and the ability to keep his feet on the ground once all the praise and pats on his back come his way."
RICKY HATTON TO SHOW HIS FANCY FOOTWORK ON LET'S DANCE FOR COMIC RELIEF
RICKY HATTON might be best known for using his firsts, but this Saturday night he'll be showing off his dancing feet as he takes part in 'Let's Dance for Comic Relief', live on BBC One at 6.50pm.
The Hitman will join comedians Tim Vine and Olivia Lee plus two other star acts in the first series of heats, with the general public voting for who they want to see go on to grand final on March 9.
Ricky, 34, will also need to impress a panel of star judges, including Frank Skinner and Jo Brand if he's to progress.
“In the ring I think my footwork was very underrated. I used to feint then slip to the left, slip to the right in order to find my body shots," Ricky said.
"Let’s see if I can’t bring those moves from the ring to the dance floor!”
Money raised from the show will go towards this year's Comic Relief, which holds its fun-filled Red Nose Day on Friday March 15.
Since its launch in 1985, Comic Relief has raised more than £600 million for good causes both here in the UK and in Africa.
Hatton's appearance marks the first time a boxer has taken part as a solo dancer. Carl Froch, Johnny Nelson, Tony Jeffries and Duke McKenzie performed as a group called 'The Champion Boxers' in 2010.