News: Carmona-Martinez, Claressa Shields, Sparrow-Laviolette

Kissimmee, Florida: The popular series Boxeo Telemundo Ford will conclude their summer season this Friday, July 28 at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida the new home of All Star Boxing in the city.

In the main event a classic battle between Mexico and Puerto Rico when two time world title challenger David "El Severo" Carmona takes on undefeated prospect Jose "Chiquiro" Martinez in a bout schedule for 10 rounds with the vacant NABO Superflyweight title at stake. Carmona, 26, comes from Mexico City, Mexico is currently ranked #11 WBA, #15 WBO and WBC, his last fight he lost a hard fought decision to former world champion Carlos Cuadras and has a record of 20-4-5-8 KO's. Martinez, 24, hails from Las Marias, Puerto Rico ranked #12 WBO and holds an undefeated record of 19-0-1-12 KO's.

Also in action fast rising undefeated local prospect Jean Carlos "Chapito" Rivera (11-0-6 KO's) of Kissimmee, Florida who takes on Juan Carlos Benavidez (7-9-1-4 KO's) of Mexico in a fight schedule for 6 rounds in the featherweight division. Felix Verdejo's teammate undefeated Henry "Moncho" Lebron (2-0-2 KO's) of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico will also see action when he faces Daruma Almenares (0-1) of Welt Palm Beach, Florida in a 4 round bout in the lightweight division. There will be a total of 7 bouts scheduled.

Doors open at 7:00 PM, first fight 8:00 PM, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, Florida. Telemundo will televised the main event at 11:35 PM ET, 10:35 PM CT. The show is presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc, Carmona-Martinez bout in association with Promociones Miguel Cotto. The Rivera-Benavides and Lebron-Alamenares bouts in association with Top Rank. Tickets are already on sale at

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DETROIT - On Friday, August 4, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields will make another significant stop on her historic journey through the sport of boxing.
In the 10-round main event of Salita Promotions' "BATTLE OF THE BEST" event at MGM Grand Detroit and televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation (10;30 p.m. ET/PT) Shields (3-0, 1 KO) will challenge for her first world title in just her fourth fight against reigning WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Nikki Adler (16-0, 9 KOs) of Germany.
Already considered a national treasure and award-winning female role model, Shields' boldly quick world-title quest will catapult her to superstar status and into boxing history once again. By comparison to other female boxing stars from past and present, Shields is way ahead of the curve for a typical rise through the ranks:
 Laila Ali: Won IBA Super Middleweight title in her 12th pro fight
Christy Martin: Won WBC Jr Welterweight title in her 21st pro fight
Lucia Rijker: Won WIBF Super Lightweight title in her 9th pro fight
Regina Halmich: Won IBF Flyweight title in her 10th pro fight
Ann Wolfe: Won IFBA Jr Middleweight title in her 10th pro fight
Cecelia Braekhus: Won WBC Welterweight title in her 11th pro fight
Christina Hammer: Won WBO Middleweight title in her 8th pro fight
Holly Holm: Won IBA Super Lightweight title in her 11th pro fight
The historical significance of this fight is not lost on the 22-year-old Flint, Michigan native.
"It's a great honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Lucia Rijker, Christy Martin, Laila Ali and Ann Wolfe, among others," said Shields. "I want to lift boxing to new heights and help open doors for women in boxing. Beating Nikki Adler is a must for me to achieve my goals."
Shields' co-manager, Mark Taffet, says this rocket ship to the top is all part of the plan set out for Shields. "We want every one of Claressa's fights to occupy a special place along her historic journey. August 4 against Nikki Adler, and the opportunity to win a world title in just her fourth pro fight, is an important 'first' in what will be a career of game-changing firsts for Claressa Shields."
In the night's televised co-main, junior welterweight KO artist Bakhtiyar "Bakha Bullet" Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) will face undefeated prospect Sonny "Pretty Boi" Fredrickson (17-0, 11 KOs) over 10-rounds and to open the telecast, world-ranked super bantamweight Vladimir Tikhonov (16-0, 9 KOs) of Russia will face Texas slugger Jesse Angel Hernandez (8-1, 6 KOs) over eight rounds.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and are priced at $350, $250, $125 and $60. They are available at

Philadelphia, PA—Junior lightweight Avery Sparrow, who insists on “meaningful fights” to boost his resume, finds himself in with another toughie when he boxes former four-time Canadian national amateur champion Joey Laviolette in the scheduled eight-round main event Friday evening, Sept. 8, at the 2300 Arena.

The Sparrow-Laviolette contest tops a nine-bout card which begins at 7.30 pm.    

The 23-year-old Sparrow (right) is having a good year.  In his last fight June 27 at the Sands Casino Bethlehem (PA), Sparrow scored two knockdowns and was knocked down twice himself while earning a unanimous six-round decision over previously unbeaten (6-0) southpaw Isaelin Florian, of the Dominican Republic. Earlier in 2017 at the 2300 Arena, Sparrow scored the fight’s lone knockdown while scoring an eight-round split decision over crosstown rival Anthony Burgin.

A pro since 2014, Sparrow is 7-1, 3 K0s, having lost only by disqualification (repeated low blows) to Jerome Rodriguez, of Allentown, PA, late in 2015 at the 2300 Arena.

Laviolette, 29, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is 6-0, 4 K0s, as a pro after a prolific amateur career in which he won 85 out of 111 bouts and was a member of the Canadian National Team from 2009 to 2011.

“It’s a big opportunity to showcase my skills against a good fighter,” Laviolette said.  “This will be my first professional fight outside of Canada, but going to somebody else’s hometown to fight never bothered me as an amateur and I don’t think it’ll bother me as a professional.”

“I feel I’m right where I need to be at 6-0 and this is a perfect point in my career to have a true test against Sparrow.”

A pro since 2012, Laviolette (below left) has boxed twice this year against a pair of Mexican featherweights.  He out-pointed Juan Manuel Benitez over four rounds and stopped Emmanuel Villamar in six.  Both fights were in New Brunswick, Canada.

“I really don’t care how many amateur titles he (Laviolette) won,” Sparrow said.  “For all I care, he could have gone to the Olympics and won a Gold Medal.  But this in Philadelphia and I’m a Philadelphia fighter.”

The six-round junior middleweight semifinal features the return of Philly-Killer Roque Zapata, of Culpeper, VA.  In two previous trips to the 2300 Arena, Zapata (4-1-3) has beaten local standouts Isaiah Wise and Fred Jenkins, Jr.  This time he goes against Elijah Vines, of the Germantown section of the city, who is 4-0, 4 K0s.

Fighting unbeaten opponents in their hometowns is nothing new for the 21-year-old Zapata, who upset previously undefeated local hero Justin Steave (6-0) on June 24 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Vines represents the fifth undefeated fighter Zapata has faced, all on the road.  The 22-year-old Vines stopped Harry Tyrone Paige, of Batesville, AK, in his last fight June 10 in Atlantic City, NJ.  The fight with Zapata will be Vines’ first local appearance, having boxed twice in Atlantic City and twice in Bristol, PA.

Seven additional fights complete the Sept. 8 card.  Among those featured will be Wise, welterweight Marcel Rivers and junior welterweight Victor Padilla.

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