News: Darragh Foley, Armin Mrkanovic, Thomas vs. Bunting

MTK Global is delighted to confirm the signing of world-ranked super-lightweight Darragh Foley.
The Irishman (15-2-KO8) has become a big name in Australia on his way to earning ranking titles with the WBC, WBA and WBO and will now establish himself on the global scene with a world title shot in mind.
Foley said: “I’ve won every major title in the Oceania and Asia Pacific regions and now it’s time to spread my wings in search of a world title. I know MTK Global will provide me with the opportunities.
“I’d got as far as I could off my back. Now I’m ranked by the WBA and WBO it’s time to align myself with a powerhouse of the sport in MTK Global. Together, I’ll achieve my ultimate goal.
“I train under Tony Del Vecchio so it was just a natural fit. I see all the great things MTK Global is doing for its fighters and I want to be a part of it.
“I’ve got a lot of options when it comes to a route to a world title. Kiryl Relikh or the winner of Terry Flanagan v Maurice Hooker would be my first choices.
“I’m also prepared to do battle with the other super-lightweights at MTK Global. Jack Catterall and Ohara Davies are both excellent young fighters and I’d welcome the chance to get it on with those guys.”
MTK Global’s International Consultant Mike Altamura added: “I’ve known Darragh for a long time and it’s great to see him ranked so highly by multiple governing bodies.
“He’s clearly closing in on a world title fight so now it’s down to us to afford him more exposure globally and land him some opportunities in Europe.
“Darragh understands the business of boxing. He’s a great showman inside and outside of the ring. It’s fantastic to be working with him and a long-time associate of mine in his trainer, Tony Del Vecchio.”


Armin "The Bosnian Prince" Mrkanovic returned to the ring after an 11-month absence to win a win six-round unanimous decision over Nicholas Lavin in a cruiserweight bout that took place this past Friday night at Amazura Concert Hall in the Jamaica section of Mrkanovic's hometown of Queens, New York.

Mrkanovic controlled the action, and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all cards to up his record to 8-3.

The bout was the 1st ring appearance for Mrkanovic since his highly controversial defeat against Josh Himes that took place last June 24th in West Virginia. 

In that bout, Mrkanovic should have been awarded the bout as he outboxed Himes, and even asked for a review of the fight by the UBF, but his requests fell on deaf ears, and now Mrkanovic is demanding a rematch for the UBF title.

"1st of all, it was good to come back and get a win.  It its always special to perform in front of my hometown fans," said Mrkanovic, whose focus quickly turned to Himes and the UBF.

"I demand a rematch with Himes.  The UBF told me that they would make this happen, and to this point they have been silent.  Everyone who saw the fight knows that I got screwed, so it is only right that we do this rematch.  Himes knows what happened.  He has not even fought since our fight.  I am ready now, so hopefully the UBF and Himes do the right thing and make this happen." 

For the first time since 1984, New Jersey State Heavyweight and Middleweight Championships fights will takes place Friday, June 1st at the beautiful Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. The title fights are promoted by fast rising New Jersey based promotional company Rising Star Promotions lead by Welterweight Contender Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna in association with The New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.

“I’ve said time and time again that I want to be different from other promotional companies. From the entertainment aspect to the fights on our shows, I want to be great at everything I do in and outside of the ring, this is just another goal checked off my list”. - Thomas LaManna. LaManna continued “This will be great for the state of New Jersey. I hope with the reformation of The New Jersey State Title and Atlantic City back on the rise with boxing, we will see the type of fights like in the old days where fighters don’t mind fighting each other from the same state. Respect to the four fighters for taking the opportunity to be apart of history. I want to thank Commissioner Hazzard and the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board along with Mr. Henry Hascup and the entire New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame committee for believing in the vision.  

(Middleweights 8 rounds) - Chris “Sandman” Thomas (8-0-1 5ko) Brick, NJ takes on Daryl “Dreamking” Bunting (3-3-2 1ko) of Asbury Park, NJ.

(Heavyweights 8 rounds) - Quian Davis (4-0-2 2ko) Vineland, NJ battles Dan Pasciolla (9-3-3 0ko) of Brick, NJ.

“This is something that is long overdue But now it's here! This is a start of a NEW beginning, as it was years ago when the New Jersey State Titles really meant something”. - Henry Hascup, President of The New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.

The last NJ State Heavyweight Champion was Scott Frank of Oakland, New Jersey in 1981 when he defeated Eddie Mallard at The Sands in Atlantic City. Frank went on to face Larry Holmes in 1983 for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the world. Mike Tinley of Camden, New Jersey is the last NJ State Middleweight Champion dating back to 1984.

“Atlantic City will also see a resurgence of the New Jersey State Professional Boxing Championships with the first to be presented by Rising Star Promotions on June 1st at the Showboat Hotel.  State Championships are a great concept in boxing and are part of the old traditions in the sport. The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board has always encouraged their inclusions in events promoted here. Congratulations to Rising star Promotions for their initiative”. - Larry Hazzard, Sr. New Jersey State Athletic Commissioner.

June 1st is headlined with Jaron “Boots” Ennis (19-0 17ko) taking on crafty veteran “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (26-10-2 13ko).

Undercard will feature Rising Star Promotions own Donald “No Love” Smith of Philadelphia, Yurik “DBSBC” Mamedov, Darmani Rcok, Joel De La Paz, Vidal Rivera, Omar Kabary Salem and Angel Pizarro.

Tickets are available at $40 I $75 I $125

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