Gary Shaw Productions undefeated lightweight prospect, Jonathan Maicelo (18-0, 10 KOs) will step in the ring against Tyler Ziolkowski (14-17 8 KOs) this Saturday, January 26, at the Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. The bout is scheduled for 6-rounds in the lightweight division on a card being promoted by Prize Fight Boxing Promoters. Maicelo, fighting out of New Jersey by way of Peru, is undefeated as a professional and has passed every test with flying colors against his gauge type opponents.
Maicelo will face off against another barometer type fighter in Ziolkowski -- who has fought a laundry list of top prospects -- as he attempts to put together the kind of impressive performance that measures up to those student prospects that have come before him.
"I want to show my skill and it's not enough to win, I have to be exciting as well. I'm on a very precise blueprint and I've strategized my time thus far, it's all about doing the right things and staying on track means a win Saturday," Maicelo said.
Gary Shaw, Maicelo's promoter, feels his fighter is preparing for victory on Saturday.
"It is always exciting to have Maicelo on a card and getting to watch him grow as a fighter is an exciting process. He definitely demonstrates a fighter determined each time out and his hard work will payoff in the ring and in his future in the sport," Shaw said.
GROVES HEADS OUT TO LAS VEGAS
Super-middleweight star George Groves leaves behind a freezing Britain and heads to the heat of Las Vegas for a training camp and also to watch his stablemate Selcuk Aydin in action in the fight capital.
Groves is preparing for his Vacant European title challenge against tough Mohamed Ali Ndiaye on Saturday 16th March at Wembley Arena in Britain’s biggest boxing event of the year, featuring stars Ricky Burns, Nathan Cleverly, Dereck Chisora* and Liam Walsh, all live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
The Hammersmith southpaw will be ringside at the Hard Rock Cafe to see Aydin take on Mexican warrior Jesus Soto Karass on the undercard of the Interim WBC World Light-Welterweight Championship between Lucas Martin Matthysse and Mike Dallas Junior, a fight that can be seen live on BoxNation this Sunday morning from 2am.
Undefeated Groves has been training alongside Aydin at the Hayemaker Gym in South London as both are under Adam Booth. Turkish born Aydin is one of the best in Europe, winning European, WBC International and WBC Silver titles. In July last year he gave Floyd Mayweather’s next potential opponent Robert Guerrero a hard twelve round battle in their WBC Interim world title fight.
“I’m looking forward to getting out of Britain for a while and heading somewhere warm to train before my European title fight and with Selcuk fighting this Saturday it was the perfect time to go,” Said Groves.
“Selcuk has been training with us for a while now, he’s super-strong and bullish. It will be an exciting fight against Soto, but I can Selcuk winning this one. It’s a fan’s fight, they’re both action fighters, both have good records and they like throwing plenty of spiteful punches,”
“With just over seven weeks to go I’ll be getting in plenty of mountain runs and gym work to prepare for Ndiaye and then finish off my training back in London.”
And Groves will also be looking forward to seeing the American fans’ as it’s his first appearance there since beating Francisco Sierra in a thriller last July in California and also the legendary Glen Johnson in December in London.
He added, “I got a great reception from the fans after beating Sierra, a tough Mexican, in what was a great fight and then I beat a great and well known name like Johnson at the end of last year in what was my best performance to date so it will be good to see how my reputation has grown over there.”
*Dereck Chisora’s appearance on the show is strictly subject to him being successful with his license application to the British Boxing Board of Control
Tickets for Rule Britannia, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, £150 and £200 are available from Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or www.eventim.co.uk
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Dmitriy Salita: A fighter reborn
Every time a prizefighter competes in the ring, he embraces the opportunity to redefine his career and change how he is perceived by the entire boxing community.
On February 9th, in his adopted hometown of Brooklyn, New York, crafty fight veteran Dmitriy Salita (35-1-1, 18 KOs) will take his first step towards a much larger goal when he battles experienced boxer Hector Camacho Jr. at the Barclays Center as part of a special Showtime televised event.
While most fight critics and boxing scribes are dubbing this singular event as a “crossroads” match for the underrated technician, the Ukrainian born pugilist views this opening as the dawning of a new era in his fight career.
“Every fight that isn’t a championship opportunity is a crossroads match,” explains the 30 year old pugilist. “With every victory, a fighter moves one step closer to the ultimate goal of winning a world title. With every loss, a boxer slips further away from realizing his dream of becoming a champion.”
“I’m viewing my upcoming bout on February 9th as the most important of my fight career and a touchstone which will measure my status as a contender in the very talented Welterweight and Junior Middleweight divisions.”
“Although I’ve been a professional for several years, I’m realistically considering this contest as a new beginning to my fight career. I’m very excited and thankful for this opportunity.”
One of the many reasons for his abundant sense of optimism has been his training regimen at the world renowned Kronk Gym of Detroit, Michigan.
“From the first day of sparring at the Kronk Gym, I noticed that the style and spirit of the facility and its fighters were very special and unique. It’s very much like being in a real fight. The pride and intensity level there has taken my abilities to much greater heights. It has really made me view the sport in a much different way.”
“When you train at such a high level of intensity and you’re able to control those sessions in the gym, it really increases your confidence and makes you a much better fighter. It’s been a real honor to train with the great fighters at the Kronk Gym.”
Dmitriy will be heading into his February 9th contest under the tutelage and mentoring of one of the more underrated trainers in boxing, Javan “Sugar” Hill. The 30 year old fight veteran insists the astute nephew of legendary boxing icon Emanuel Steward is one of the best kept secrets of the sport.
“Most boxing insiders are aware of this, but many casual fight fans don’t realize how truly talented ‘Sugar’ Hill is as a trainer. He learned everything from the great Emanuel Steward and has embodied the heart and soul of the Kronk Gym.”
“I’ve been in boxing for a very long time and have had the privilege of working with a lot of great trainers, and to me, Sugar Hill is the best trainer in boxing. Within the next few years, Sugar will be recognized as one of the top trainers of the sport.”
With a renewed sense of vigor for the sweet science, Dmitriy Salita truly believes he is now entering the “prime” of his professional boxing career. The Ukrainian born pugilist intends to put forth his finest effort to date when he faces Hector Camacho Jr. in front of a few thousand of his closest friends at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“My fight with Camacho is going to be a very special event,” explains the talented boxer/puncher. “This is going to be the first ‘NYC battle of the boroughs’ at the Barclays Center. Camacho is going to have all of his supporters from the Bronx attending the fight, and I am truly blessed with the amount of encouragement that I receive from my friends in Brooklyn.”
“My opponent has been through a lot recently and my heart really goes out to him and his family for their recent loss. But this is the fight game and there has to be a victor on February 9th. Even though I have been a prizefighter for a very long time, I haven’t been a part of many big events like this. I have waited a long time for this opportunity and I fully intend to make the most of it.”
“On Saturday, February 9th, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, I will take the next big step towards winning a world championship.”
The Dmitriy Salita vs. Hector Camacho Jr., "Battle of the Boroughs" special attraction, will be one of eight incredible fights on the February 9th bout sheet at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The talent enriched fight card will be headlined by "Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah", a 12-round title bout for Garcia's Unified Junior Welterweight World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.
Tickets, priced at $206, $106, and $56, are on sale now and are available for purchase at WWW.DSALITA.COM , or by calling 646-481-5558.