News: Vegas in Panama; Narh-Robinson; Redkach Update
Sampson Boxing chief Sampson Lewkowicz says he and his promotional partner, Carlos Gonzalez of Best Boxing, are happy and proud of the building excitement in Panama for their blockbuster return to the beautiful Megapolis Convention Center in the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday, August 10, entitled "LAS VEGAS IN PANAMA II".
The entire country has boxing fever in advance of their three-world-championship headlined by the return of superb Panamanian WBA Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno (33-2-1, 12 KOs) making the eleventh defense of his 118-lb belt against Colombian southpaw William Urina (24-2, 20 KOs) in a 12-round duel.
Remaining seats for "LAS VEGAS IN PANAMA II" are priced at $100, $200 and $300 USD ringside and are available at all Ticket Plus outlets as well as the Hard Rock Hotel.
Also scheduled are budding superstar Oscar Escandon's (22-0, 15 KOs) fight for the interim WBA World super bantamweight championship against Venezuelan former world champion Nehomar Cermeno (21-5-1, 13 KOs), as well as Venezuela's WBA female featherweight Champion Ogleidis Suarez in the first defense of her title, a rematch against Colombia's Liliana "La Tigresa" Palmera (21-10-3, 15 KOs).
"This event will be like the Superbowl of Panama," said Sampson Lewkowicz. "The people of Panama will be glued to the TV to watch their national heroes in action in tough fights, while those lucky enough to get a ticket will see what boxing in Las Vegas is like without leaving their homeland. We are opening up more seats to accommodate the tremendous interest in this great show. I congratulate the people of Panama for their wonderful passion for world-championship boxing."
27-year-old Anselmo Moreno is a southpaw who stands 5 feet 6 inches. He is from El Martillo, Panama, but currently lives in San Miguelito. Moreno won the WBA Bantamweight title from the Ukraine's Wladimir Sidorenko in 2008, becoming Panama's 25th world champion, and has made 10 successful defenses. This will be Moreno's first fight since his November 10, 2012, decision loss (while moving up in weight) against fellow star Abner Mares for the WBC Super Bantamweight Champion. This marked the second professional loss in Moreno's career, ending a 10 year unbeaten streak.
27-year-old Urina is a southpaw from Barranquilla, Colombia. This will be his second world-title challenge. He lost a close, but unanimous decision to formidable WBO super flyweight Champion Omar Narvaez in 2011.
28-year-old Colombian Oscar Escandon had over 200 amateur bouts and proudly represented his homeland in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Beijing. As a professional, he has already won the WBC Latino Bantamweight Championship. Escandon enjoys tremendous popularity in his hometown, the Department of Tolima's capital city of Ibague, in the central region of the Colombian Andes.
33-year-old Nehomar Cermeno was born in Barcelona, Venezuela, but now resides in Panama City. He is the former Interim WBA World Bantamweight Champion and even held it for two defenses before dropping razor-thin split decisions to Anselmo Moreno in back-to-back All Panama showdowns in 2010
25-year-old Ogleidis Suarez is from Caracas, Venezuela. She won her title by beating then-undefeated Katy Wilson Castillo in 2011. She has already made two successful defenses of her belt, including a TKO 7 over next opponent Palmera in 2012. In addition to being a world champion boxer, the remarkable Suarez is also a professional glamor model, actress, sports commentator, television presenter and professional dancer.
31-year-old Liliana Palmera hails from Monteria, Colombia. A professional boxer since 1999, Palmera has already challenged for a world titles five separate times at various weights and always come up short.
Undercard match-ups will be announced shortly.
The event will also be televised live by Panama TV Max Channel 9 and Argentina's TyC Sports
WORCESTER, Mass. - In a relatively short period of time, Massachusetts-based attorney Larry Army went from questioning whether he was out of boxing, into a potential up-and-coming power broker among the leading managers in the industry.
The newest manager on the block is parlaying the tremendous success he had with his first and now former boxing client, undefeated world-rated super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez.
Army also successfully convinced Peter Manfredo, Jr. to come out of retirement after losing to Sakio Biko and reinvented him as a middleweight. Army guided Manfredo to eight quality wins, ultimately leading to Manfredo's world title shot against Julio Chavez, Jr.
When his management relationship with Rodriguez ended after this past July's championship final of the Monaco Million Dollar Super 4 Tournament, Army really thought he might be all done with boxing. "To be able to put Edwin Rodriguez into a position to become a millionaire and the thought that the Monaco fight would be my last in the sport was tough," Army admitted.
However, before he left Monaco, the 42-year-old Army had already laid the foundation to continue his managerial work, and today his Elite Management is formally announcing the signing of unbeaten Ukrainian lightweight prospect Ivan "Junito" Redkach (14-0, 12 KOs) to an exclusive, long-term managerial contract.
Because Army was the architect of an incredibly well-designed campaign for Rodriguez, other high-profile, world-class boxers have recently contacted him about representing them.
"When I had the opportunity to speak to Ivan and see what type of athlete he is," Army explained, "I knew there was the potential to do even bigger and better things. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with him. He has everything real boxing fans want to see in a fighter; an entertaining style featuring pure knockout power. There's no doubt in my mind that he's on his way to becoming world champion."
"Ivan regularly trains and spars in California with some of the top fighters from 135 pounds to 147 like (Miguel) Vasquez, (Michael) Katsidis, and (Daniel) Ponce De Leon. Standing 5' 10", he can fight effectively in any division from lightweight to welterweight. Unlike some other fighters, Ivan trains like a machine; he has dedicated his life to boxing and the pursuit to become the best boxer in the world. As a sample of his daily routine, Ivan runs 10 miles every morning, goes to the gym to work 12 rounds on the pads, and then finishes things off with a rigorous swim."
Redkach, a southpaw now living in Los Angeles, is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and trained by Mario Morales, who has worked with world champions Brian Viloria and the late Edwin Valero. Rated No. 15 in the world by the World Boxing Council (WBC), the 27-year-old Redkach has knocked out 12 of his 14 professional opponents. The dangerous southpaw had a 260-40 amateur record and he was a 2008 Ukraine Olympic Team alternate.'
"I saw what Mr. Army did with Edwin Rodriguez and wanted him managing my career," Redkach said. "He made Rodriguez a millionaire, built him to 24-0, and now he's on the verge of a world title shot. I'm excited. One man's loss is another man's gain, I guess. I'm confident that Mr. Army will get me a shot at my dream of winning a world championship."
"Ivan is the first of many significant signings Elite Management plans to make during the next six months," Army concluded. "Elite Management guides the careers of blue-chip fighters to put them in position to be wealthy champions. We just don't take a fighter's money, we earn it."
PHILADELPHIA —THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, August 2nd, It will be an historic night of championship boxing as www.pandafeed.tv is pleased to announce the first ever event on the new website as a full night of action will be headlined by the USBA Welterweight championship bout between Ray Robinson and Ray Narh.
The event will originate from the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.
“We are ecstatic to be able to launch the new company with two important title fights”, said Pandafeed.tv co-founder and director of boxing Marc Abrams
“We are looking to bring the best boxing, MMA, Concerts and entertainment to this venture. We also will be taking the concept of online streaming to the next level as we plan on working with any promoters in not only maximizing the on-line viewership but we also will help with the live gate as well. We have an extensive media list that reaches all over the world and plan to use an aggressive multimedia format to help promote these great events”
“To have our first event to have two titles with the four fighters have a combined record of 103-10 is the types of events we want to bring to fans”, finished Abrams.
In the ten round co-feature, veteran Dorin Spivey will defend his NABA Lightweight title against undefeated Samuel Kotey Neequaye.
Robinson of Philadelphia has a record of 15-2 with six knockouts.
The former amateur standout won his first eleven fights which included a win over undefeated Darnell Jiles (8-0-1).
After losing to undefeated and future world ranked contenders Brad Soloman and Shawn Porter, Robinson has won four in a row and captured two titles.
He won the Pennsylvania Welterweight title with a two round waxing of former U.S. Olympian Terrance Cauthen. In his last bout that took place on February 8th, Robinson scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alberto Morales and Robinson picked up the Interim NABA Welterweight title.
The hard punching Narh of Brooklyn, NY via Accra, Ghana has a record of 26-2 with 21 knockouts.
Narj won his first ten bouts before running into then undefeated prospect Almazbek Raiymkulov.
That loss then lit the fire under Narh as proceeded to win fifteen straight with some quality wins over undefeated Ramazan Paliani. Narh stopped Paliani in eight to win the Pennsylvania Lightweight championship.
In his next bout, Narh stopped two-time world title-challenger Luis Bolono in two rounds. He won the USNBC Jr. Welterweight with a 2nd round stoppage over Angel Hernandez. Narh also has a win over former world champion Freddie Norwood.
After being stopped to future world champion Mike Alvarado, Narh picked up a significant win in his last bout when he scored a ten unanimous decision over heralded Ronald Cruz on June 14th in Cruz’ hometown of Bethlehem, PA.
Spivey of Portsmouth, VA has a record of 42-6 with 30 knockouts.
The forty-year old turned pro in 1993 and has had a terrific career.
He began his career 26-1 before being stopped by Juan Lazcano for the NABF Lightweight title.
Spivey has quality wins over the likes of Billy Irwin (34-4) & Michael Stewart (28-0-2). Spivey won the NABA Lightweight title with a 4th round stoppage over Meacher Major. He made one defense of the title.
He re-captured the title with a 7th round stoppage over Victor Vasquez. In his last bout, Spivey defended the title with a ten round majority decision over Rod Salka on October 12th.
Neequaye, like Narh is originally from Accra, Ghana and is perfect in 20 fights with fifteen wins coming early.
After winning his first 17 fights in Ghana, the 30 year-old Neequaye came to the United States and has won three in a row with his last bout being an eight round split decision over Guillermo Sanchez on June 7th.
Also appearing on the undercard will be undefeated prospect Omar Douglas (8-0, 6 KO’s); Interim NABA Light Heavyweight champion Frankie Filippone (14-2-1, 2 KO’s) and Lightweight Joey Tiberi (9-1, 5 KO’s)
Tickets for the Live event cost $25, $35, $45, $65, and $95 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com and at the Bob Carpenter Center by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at www.champsmanagement.com
The show is promoted by Champs Management and they can be contacted at http://www.champsmanagement.com