Tickets are now on sale for the highly-anticipated Featherweight showdown between former two-weight World Champion Carl Frampton MBE and former four-weight World Champion Nonito Donaire.
Belfast hero Frampton (24-1, 14 KO’s) and Filipino icon Donaire (38-4, 24 KO’s) collide at Belfast's SSE Arena on Saturday 21st April, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
The blockbuster bout will be one of the biggest fights to take place in Belfast in recent years and a make-or-break fight for both men.
“It’s a brilliant fight - a four-weight World Champion against a two-weight World Champion,” said Frampton.
“Has a bigger ‘away’ fighter ever come to fight in Belfast before? I don’t think there’s been a bigger name than Nonito Donaire and he’s coming to fight a local guy in his hometown."
“But I think both of us are in the same situation – a slip-up here and one of us might never fight for a World Title again. There’s a lot on the line for both guys.”
Tickets for Frampton vs. Donaire are available to purchase from the SSE Arena Belfast Box Office, www.ssearenabelfast.com and 028 9073 9074.
Tickets range from £40 (Tier) to £400 (Inner Ring Hospitality):
£400 - Inner Ring Hospitality
£250 - Outer Ring Hospitality
£150 - Floor
£120 - Central Tier/Floor
£100 - Floor
£80 - Tier
£50 - Tier
£40 - Tier
El Matador Management is proud to announce the signing of super featherweight prospect Joshafat Ortiz to a management contract.
Gonzalez, 22 years old of Reading, Pennsylvania is currently 2-0 with one knockout. He began boxing at the age of 7 years old in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He compiled a record of 42-7 as an amateur, winning the 2014 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Championship, and making it to the semi-finals of the 2015 and 2016 Ringside Nationals. He was also a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Olympic Trials Qualifiers.
"I feel signing with Felipe Gomez is a great move for me and my team" said Ortiz "I'm sure that with his knowledge and experience in the game we will have a lot of success together. I'm excited to be able to showcase my talent here at home, in Pennsylvania. Even better, I will be fighting on Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing card. I am looking forward to putting on a show and opening some opportunities for myself."
"Ortiz is an exciting fighter with a lot of boxing skill" said Gomez. "I am excited to add him to my stable of fighters. One of the things I love about Ortiz is that he is a humble fighter and dedicated fighter. Together with his advisor Domingo Gonzalez, we are going to work hard in building him into a champion."
Joshafat Ortiz is scheduled to fight Friday, January 26th, 2018 at the Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Undefeated heavyweight KO artist Apti Davtaev will make his long-awaited American debut this Friday night on the untelevised undercard of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) defense of her WBC and IBF titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
A recent signing of Salita Promotions, Davtaev (13-0-1, 13 KOs), from Kurchaloi, Russia, will take on Philadelphia-based veteran Garrett "The Ultimate Warrior" Wilson (18-13-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round showcase.
Standing an imposing 6 '5" and already having won the WBC Slovenian title in just his tenth pro fight, Davtaev moved from his training base in Grozny to Detroit to work with well-respected Javan SugarHill Steward at the Kronk Gym.
"I loved training in Detroit with SugarHill Steward," said Davtaev. "I feel my skills are going to a new level and I look forward to showing them off on January 12. I know Wilson is experienced and has fought some very good fighters, but I am in great shape and ready to put on a show!"
Not looking to waste any time, the 28-year-old Davtaev says he'll be looking for "names" in the big man's division of boxing after this fight.
"My goals are to stay active and fight the better names in the division this year," he said. "I look forward to showing the boxing fans my skills and challenging the big names. The fans in New York can expect to see a new contender in the heavyweight division."
Steward, nephew of the great Emanuel Steward and quickly building a strong reputation of his own, says that Davtaev has what it takes.
"Apti is a strong, coordinated, big heavyweight who will be ready to compete very soon with the other contenders in the division. I am very impressed with his ability to learn and to transfer what he's learned into sparring. I am excited to see Apti in action January 12 for his American debut. I expect to see an exciting knockout!"
Presented by Salita Promotions, Shields vs. Nelson will serve as the headliner of a televised tripleheader on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT).
Also featured on the January 12 telecast, Uzbekistan power-puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs) will face fellow undefeated and top-10 ranked Sonny Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio. In the co-feature, Jesse Hernandez (10-1, 7 KOs) will take on Ernesto Garza (9-2, 5 KOs; 1-3 WSB) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Salita Promotions, are currently on sale for $75 for the first two rows of ringside, $65 for remaining ringside seats and all others priced at $49 and $37, plus any applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased in person or by calling the Turning Stone Resort Box Office at 800.771.7711 or online at Ticketmaster