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News: Eric Hunter, Conlan vs. Nikitin, Dina Thorslund, More

Salita Promotions proudly announces the signing of Philadelphia featherweight contender Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter to a promotional contract.

Hunter (21-4, 11 KOs) is a highly skilled technician with 13 years experience as a top contender. Blessed with amazing hand speed, Hunter can fight effectively from both the orthodox and southpaw stances.

The 32-year-old was last seen dropping a controversial unanimous decision to then IBF Featherweight Champion Lee Selby in April of 2016, a fight he bitterly protested and considered leaving the sport over.

“Everybody knows that politics and not having the right people around me got the best of me,” said Hunter. “I should be champion today. That’s one of the reasons I took off. That took a lot out of me. You’d think I’d have got another shot right after that. That didn’t happen. I feel like I’ve been cheated, but things seem like they are in place now.”

With time to rejuvenate and regain his desire, Hunter has also teamed up with manager Vincent Scolpino, and says he’s ready for one more assault on the 126-lb division. He’ll start with his first fight under the Salita Promotions banner on Friday, July 12 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington against Mexican veteran German Meraz (62-56-2, 39 KOs).

The pair will meet on the untelevised undercard of “Battle at the Boat 122,” broadcast live on ShoBox: The New Generation and headlined by two top undefeated heavyweight prospects putting their unblemished records on the line in separate bouts. American heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin returns against the streaking Jerry Forrest in the 10-round headliner and undefeated Swedish heavyweight and top-10 ranked contender Otto Wallin battles former world title challenger BJ Flores in a 10-round clash.

“I’m in shape,” he continued, (against Meraz) “I’ll be trying to knock the rust off and hopefully fight for a world title later in the year. Salita seems to be able to get things done for his fighters, so that’s what I hope happens for me. I’ve been off for a while, but I don’t think I’ve lost anything. I never took any beatings in my career. I’m still hard to hit. I don’t smoke or drink. I don’t have any outside problems. I know I’ll be ready July 12.”

“Eric Hunter is on a mission to win a world!” said Dmitriy Salita. “He is going to bring an aura of excitement with Philly flare to the talent packed featherweight division.”

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MTK Global is delighted to announce a UK broadcast and promotional deal with Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions and BT Sport for Michael Conlan vs. Vladimir Nikitin at Belfast’s Féile an Phobail on August 3.
 
The agreement will bring the colossal #MTKFightNight to UK screens on BT Sport and be promoted by Frank Warren and the team at Queensberry Promotions who also promoted Conlan’s previous homecoming fight against Adeilson dos Santos to a packed audience in the SSE Arena last July.
 
Conlan (11-0, 6 KOs) collides with his former Olympic rival Nikitin (3-0) looking to avenge a famously controversial decision at the 2016 Rio Games and is delighted to his shot at redemption has another huge platform to a global audience with Top Rank and ESPN+ ensuring the action reaches American audiences hooked on #TheConlanRevolution.
 
Conlan said: "I'm delighted to be working with Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotions and BT Sport again. They broadcasted my Belfast homecoming night and that was a special night. This promises to be even better.
 
"I'm determined to exact revenge on Nikitin and set a record straight on August 3 and I want as many people as possible watching me do just that.
 
"To those lucky enough to have tickets to be there in person and to all those who will be tuning in from around the world; I can promise you a night to remember."
 
The former world amateur champion’s older brother, MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan, said: “This is great news for the event, for Mick and for everyone involved.
 
“Given this is going to be one of the biggest - and certainly loudest - boxing events Irish boxing has seen for many years, having a giant UK broadcaster on board as well as a giant US broadcaster was always inevitable.
 
“We’ve always had a great relationship with Frank and his team and are delighted to agree this deal with them together with BT Sport and we look forward to working with them on creating a truly momentous occasion.”
 
Warren added: “Conlan vs Nikitin have unfinished business in the ring and it is fantastic to be bringing this show to BT Sport. Belfast is a massive boxing city; they really get behind their local fighters and August 3rd is going to be another big night of boxing for them to look forward to.”

Thomas Madsen believes Dina Thorslund (13-0, 6 KOs) is primed to deliver a knockout performance when she defends her WBO World Super Bantamweight title against April Adams (11-1-1, 4 KOs) on June 22 at the Forum Horsens.
 
Denmark’s only World Champion puts her WBO strap on the line against Adams, the current Australian and WBO Asia Pacific Champion, who has worked her way into a mandatory position to force a shot at Thorslund’s crown.
 
Ahead of her second World title defence, Madsen reveals Thorslund has had the perfect training camp, and insists she is ready to defend her belt and prove why she is the number one fighter in the super bantamweight division.
 
“The training has gone well, the sparring has gone well and Dina’s weight has never been better,” said Madsen. “We’ve trained hard for a tough opponent who is going to come forward all night, but Dina is ready to give Adams a beating!
 
“Dina has told me that she is looking for a knockout, and I support that. I think she will systematically break Adams down until the hammer falls and she lands the knockout blow. She’s ready to show why she’s the best in the world!”
 
Thorslund-Adams tops a stacked card at the Forum Horsens, which also features Kem Ljungquist, Kai Robin Havnaa, Frederik Hede Jensen, Landry Kore, Haris Dzindo, Amer Rasinlic, Michael Nielsen and Joanna Ekedahl.

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