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News: DiBella Inks UFC Fight Pass Deal, MTK Dubai Bill on ESPN+

UFC FIGHT PASS announced a collaboration with DiBella Entertainment and their acclaimed Broadway Boxing series. On Wednesday, April 10, at 8:00 ET / 5:00 PM PT, UFC FIGHT PASS will exclusively live stream the Broadway Boxing event from Times Square's Sony Hall in New York City. Ukrainian welterweight contender Ivan "The Volk" Golub (15-1, 12 KOs) will headline the event defending his WBC USNBC title in a scheduled 10-round bout.
 
"April 10th's card at Sony Hall is representative of what has made Broadway Boxing the longest running and most highly regarded grassroots boxing series in America," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "It features top welterweight contender Ivan Golub, who should be undefeated, as he continues to fight his way toward a world title, dynamic world champion Alicia 'The Empress' Napoleon, in a nontitle fight, and the 'Big Uzbek', Bakhodir Jalolov, who we believe is the scariest young heavyweight in the world and a future world champion. Former amateur stars Hurshidbek 'Hershey' Normatov, Joe Williams, Brian Ceballo and Khalid Twaiti round out the card in competitive bouts. DiBella Entertainment is thrilled that this Broadway Boxing will be streamed on UFC Fight Pass, the premier streaming service for MMA and combat sports. UFC Fight Pass' commitment to offer first class boxing to its subscribers is great news for fight fans. We believe that this is the beginning of an exciting and creative collaboration."
 
Making the first defense of his WBC USNBC welterweight strap, Ivan Golub, of Brooklyn, NY, will take on Manuel Alejandro "El Chino" Reyes (11-4-1, 5 KOs), of Los Angeles, CA. Golub, who is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., captured the USNBC belt last August via outstanding 10-round shutout decision against Lanardo Tyner. He has two impressive victories by knockout on SHOWTIME's "ShoBox" series, and his lone loss came via controversial decision in Toledo, OH, against local fighter Jamontay Clark, in a bout most observers felt Golub deserved to win. Golub accumulated a 270-32 amateur record, while becoming a five-time Ukrainian National champion, and won bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and at the World Championships in 2009. He also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts.
 
In a battle of heavyweight giants, fast-rising prospect Bakhodir "The Big Uzbek" Jalolov (5-0, 5 KOs), of Sariosiyo, Uzbekistan, who stands at 6'7", will clash in a scheduled six-round tilt against the 6'10" Donnie Palmer (10-2-1, 9 KOs), of Dorchester, MA. Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., Jalolov was born in Sariosiyo, Uzbekistan, and is incredibly popular in his native country, with 173,000 social media followers on Instagram. He was a highly accomplished amateur compiling a record of 84-13. A four-time National champion from 2013 to 2016 and the #1 ranked amateur in the world before his pro debut, Jalolov represented his homeland at the 2016 Olympic Games and had the distinguished honor of being the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremonies. As an amateur, Jalolov won gold medals at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in 2017, World Cup Tournament, Liventsev Memorial Tournament, Great Silk Way Tournament, and Duisenkul Shopokov Memorial Tournament in 2015, and at the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament in 2014. During his amateur career, Jalolov also focused on his education, earning a Master's Degree in Sports Science.
 
The card will also feature the highly anticipated return of WBA super middleweight women's world champion Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon (10-1, 5 KOs), of Lindenhurst, NY, against Eva Bajic, of Senta, Serbia, in an eight-round nontitle bout. The charismatic Long Islander defeated Femke Hermans on March 3, 2018, to capture the WBA world title then made her first defense five months later. The Veteran Boxers Association named Napoleon as the 2018 "New York State Female Fighter of the Year" at their annual Holiday Awards Dinner. She is an outspoken advocate for gender equality and has been featured on national TV, including on FOX 5's "Good Morning America" and the Pickler & Ben talk show. Napoleon competed as an amateur for nine years, winning 11 National titles, including two New York Golden Gloves championships and a National Golden Gloves title.
 
Undefeated super welterweight prospect Hurshidbek "Hershey" Normatov (7-0, 3 KOs), a native of Uzbekistan now fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, will face veteran Calvin Metcalf (9-1-1, 2 KOs), of Kansas City, MO, in a six-round bout. A pro since June 2016, the 26-year-old southpaw has already beaten two previously undefeated prospects in Nicklaus Flaz and Alexis Gaytan. As an amateur, Normatov accumulated a 190-40 record and won the European Amateur National Championships in 2014.
 
Welterweight prospect Brian Ceballo (7-0, 3 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY, promoted by Tom Loeffler's 360 Promotions, will face Ricardo Garcia (14-5-1, 9 KOs), of Reading, PA, in a six-round bout. The 25-year-old Ceballo was a stellar amateur, compiling a 206-13 record while becoming a five-time New York Golden Gloves champion. He turned pro last March and is coming off of a six-round unanimous decision victory in January against Randy Fuentes, at the Avalon, in Hollywood, CA.
 
In the junior featherweight division, Brooklyn fan favorite Khalid "Pure Gold" Twaiti (4-0, 2 KOs) will fight in a four-round bout against Jeno Tonte, of Kecskemet, Hungary. Fighting for the first time in 2019 at Sony Hall, Twaiti returns to action following a four-round unanimous decision against Carlos Noe Ramirez last September in his home borough. Twaiti turned pro in February 2017 after compiling a 74-15 amateur record.
 
Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Joe "Mack" Williams (12-0, 8 KOs), of Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, makes his long-awaited return to the ring against Jose Mario Flores (8-1-2, 4 KOs), of Woodbridge, VA, in a scheduled six-rounder. In February 2017, Williams appeared on SHOWTIME's "ShoBox" series, handing 15-0-1 Lenin Castillo his first defeat via decision. Flores is coming off of a decision victory last November against 16-0 Armando Pina.

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Top Rank and MTK Global’s exclusive multi-year licensing agreement kicks off Friday, April 5 with a special card from Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
 
Five bouts are scheduled to stream live and exclusively beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ — the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment and ESPN. 
 
In the 12-round main event, Nigerian power puncher Aliu Bamidele “Lucky Boy” Lasisi (12-0, 8 KOs) will fight Ricardo Blandon (10-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC International super flyweight belt. The co-feature will see Irishman David Oliver Joyce (9-0, 7 KOs) battle Stephen Tiffney (10-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBO European featherweight strap.
 
Lasisi's last bout was a dominant unanimous decision over Mchanja Yohana in December. Blandon, who hails from Managua, Nicaragua, has won three straight bouts by knockout and will be making his first ring appearance outside of his home country.
 
Joyce, who represented Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl last October at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tiffney has won two straight since a decision loss to Lewis Paulin (10-0 at the time).
 
In other action:
 
Up-and-coming super middleweight Mateo Tapia (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Gaganpreet Sharma (8-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
 
Shakhobidin Zoirov, who captured a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics for his native Uzbekistan, will make his professional debut against Anthony Holt (5-4-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round featherweight contest.
 
Lightweight prospect Majid Al-Naqbi will make his professional debut versus Vladimir Lytkin (0-2) in a four-rounder.

How does the two time North Carolina promoter of the year and person who happens to have had the 2018 North Carolina boxing event of the year ensure she is in the running for 2019 awards?  Well, if you are Christy Martin, it's easy.  You put together a Fight Night at the Durham Armory in Durham, North Carolina call it the "Bull City Beatdown 3" then stack the card with local favorites who just happen to be some of the best and most exciting fighters in North Carolina.  "We might not have the best matchups from top to bottom, but wow, we have some fighters that bring it every time they get into the ring and they are very popular with local boxing fans," says a modest Christy Martin.

The "Bull City BeatDown 3," in separate bouts, will feature very popular Durham fighter Marko "Bull City Bully" Bailey 6-3 (4 KO's), The ultra exciting and popular middleweight Blake "KO King" Mansfield 7-2-1 (4 KO's), and North Carolina's top Heavyweight Jo-El "The Quietstorm" Caudle 8-2-2 (5 KO's).  Mansfield and Caudle train at the famed Inner City Youth Boxing Gym in Durham.  Also scheduled to appear on the card is the undefeated power puncher and ferocious prospect Kelvin King 5-0-1 (4 KO's).

The "Bull City BeatDown 3" does not stop with the stacked talent.  In a main event, which on paper is worthy to be not just North Carolina but national fight of the year, Jamaal "Da Shoota" Gregory 5-1 (2 KO's) proves he will fight any "real contender" when he battles undefeated and highly praised prospect Edvis "All Hands On Deck" Galloway 1-0 (1 KO).

Gregory, who is from Charlotte, North Carolina,  has an incredible amateur background and as a pro is undefeated fighting in North Carolina.  Gregory's only pro loss was to rising superstar Marcel Rivers in Rivers' hometown of Philadelphia.  Gregory sees similarities in his May 9 fight with Galloway and his fight with Rivers, but this time Gregory will prove he is the "baddest" man on the block.  "When I fought Rivers, I took the fight on one week notice.  He was the boogie man.  He KO'd everyone he faced.  He didn't KO me and we had a good war.  I proved a lot to myself and shut some mouths as well.  With Edvis, there is a lot of talk about how strong he is and how he is this and that.  Well, on May 9th, we will see, and I will be the winner," says an excited Gregory. 

Galloway, who has been in boxing since 2002 and had a very successful amateur career, made his pro debut in August of 2018.  After knocking out Xavier Graham in front of his idol Roy Jones Jr. and a throng of excited North Carolina boxing fans, the Wilmington native has earned the current title as the "Boogie Man" because he has found it hard to get anyone in the Jr Welterweight division to fight him.  "I applaud Jamaal Gregory for taking this fight.  We are in Cincinnati preparing like this is a title fight.  We will be prepared for anything and ready to win," says a relaxed Galloway.

Tickets to Christy Martin's Fight Night - "Bull City BeatDown 3" event are priced at $30 for Balcony, $50 Floor Seating, and $75 Ringside.  Tickets will be available online by going to www.bullcitybeatdown.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available by contacting your favorite fighter or by calling (704) 309-1777.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 04-05-2019

Glad that Lou is expanding boxing to UFC fight pass. I was happy when Roy Jones company did the same. I hope things in boxing go to the right direction with those moves. The MTK deal with ESPN+ was also…

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 04-04-2019

Good move by DiBella... he's securing a network for future tomato can events for Deontay Wilder over the next few years.

Comment by KTFOKING on 04-04-2019

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;19637270]What's UFC fight pass is that the UFC app? Unexpected move.[/QUOTE] What's unexpected? Dibella inking a deal with UFC fight pass or UFC fight pass in general? Because the latter has been around for a while and they have…

Comment by MasterPlan on 04-04-2019

Doesn't Roy Jones also have cards on UFC?

Comment by Chrismart on 04-04-2019

UFC fight pass seems surprising.

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