News: Hanks-Allen; Saunders-Blackwell; Theophane; WSB

ALBANY, NY - Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing has announced that"HANKS VS ALLEN; THE FUTURE IS NOW", a sensational night of world class professional boxing will take place on Friday, DECEMBER 14 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

"Our main event features two premier, undefeated heavyweights from the United States, Joe "The Future" Hanks and Fred "Showtime" Allen fighting for the NABA Heavyweight Title. The fight was originally set for Saturday, October 27 but will now take place on December 14 as Allen was involved in a recent motorcycle accident and suffered a few minor scrapes and bruises and needed to take a short time away from training" said DeGuardia.

"We are glad we will still bring the great boxing fans of Albany this terrific main event which will be complimented by an excellent undercard that we will announce shortly."

Tickets previously purchased for October 27th will be honored on the new December 14th date with no exchange needed.

Additional advance tickets priced at $75, $50, $35 and $25 for students with valid ID and $10 for children 12 and under, are on-sale through Ticketmaster, ( , 800-745-3000) or at the Times Union Center Box Office, ( ), and at all local Wal-Mart Music Centers. Tickets are also available by calling Star Boxing at 718-823-2000 or on .

Triumphantly returning to the Times Union Center, world ranked contender Hanks of Newark, New Jersey, sports a record of 20-0-0 (14KO's). In his first appearance at the debut Star Boxing event in Albany on FEBRUARY 4, the 29-year-old Hanks looked dominant in stopping Cuban contender Rafael Pedro in the second round. Hanks is currently ranked #14 by the World Boxing Organization.

Hanks followed up the knockout of Pedro by halting veteran Marcus Rhode in the first round on APRIL 27 in Miami, Oklahoma.

Fighting out of Texas City, Texas, the 25-year-old Allen has compiled a record of 14-0-1 with six knockouts as a professional. Most recently Allen won the USA Texas State Heavyweight Title on APRIL 28, defeating Angel Herrera in Galveston Texas.

The Times Union Center is location at 51 South Pearl Street in Albany, New York, 12207. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:00pm with the first bell at 8:00pm.


Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders says he’ll be looking to finish off Nick Blackwell in three rounds when they clash at the London’s Excel on Saturday 15th December.

The Hatfield star is hyped up for his title defence and challenge for the vacant British title on Frank Warren’s big end of year show, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Saunders, 23, is coming off the best performance of his career last month when he stopped unbeaten Australian Jarrod Fletcher in the second-round with a savage display of power-punching, and in January he blitzed Tony Hill inside a round to claim the Commonwealth title.

Despite recording ten of his 15 wins inside three rounds, the Beijing Olympian has shown that he’s not just a puncher and can do the full twelve rounds when he out-boxed former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce in June.

Trowbridge’s Blackwell only has one loss in twelve fights when he challenged Martin Murray for the British, Commonwealth and WBA Intercontinental titles last year.  Since then he’s stormed backed with four stoppage wins, winning the English and WBC Youth Silver title.

“This year has been the best of my career so far and I’m ending it with another devastating performance at the Excel,” said Saunders.

“Hill went in a round, Fletcher in two, so I’m going for Blackwell in three to win the British title and keep hold of my Commonwealth belt before looking at the European title for the treble next year.

“Blackwell is a good fighter and he stepped up to Martin Murray in only his ninth fight so he’s not afraid of facing a challenge.  I’m punching harder and I’m getting stronger and improving with every fight so I can’t see Blackwell lasting too long.”

Ricky Burns headlines the action packed show with the third defence of his WBO World Lightweight Championship, chief support on the undercard features George Groves defending his Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion against Glen Johnson, plus Bradley Skeete challenging Southern Area Welterweight Champion Chas Symonds.

Tickets, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, £150 and £200, are available from Eventim at or 0844 249 1000.

The show will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).  Join at


By Ashley Theophane

Golden Boy Promotions hosts one of the biggest events this year on Saturday at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York City.

Brooklyn is my home away from home as I have been staying there for training camps since 2005.

My old foe WBC world champion Danny Garcia is coming off a stunning knock out win of Britain's Amir Khan.

Danny fights the Mexican legend Erik Morales who he won the title off at the turn of the year.

Their first fight was a cracker and I expect another spectacular fight.

The winner can look forward to fights against Brandon Rios, Juan Manuel Marquez and Lucas Matthysse.

Ricky Hatton comes back on Saturday 24th November in Manchester so I'm sure he will have his eyes on his former victim WBA Welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi. Paul fights Pablo Cesar Cano in the chief support bout. I sparred Paul years ago in Brooklyn.

I enjoyed our sparring session at Gleason's gym.

Paul has been in some great fights against Cotto, Diaz, Hatton and Khan. He should get past Cano as Erik Morales disposed up him very routinely.

There has been talk of me fighting WBA number six Johan Perez who Cano beat for the interim WBA 140lb title in his last fight. I'm just waiting on Hatton promotions to finalize the deal with Golden Boy Promotions.

Devon Alexander against Randall Bailey looks like a fight you don't want to take your eyes off. Devon has great speed and skills but Randall has the one punch knock out power. He was losing against Mike Jones in his last fight but Jones took his eye off the ball and Bailey knocked him out. That's what he does best. I was due to fight Randall Bailey in 2010 in an IBF 147lb world title eliminator. I beat world number 3 to get the opportunity. In the end I fought Lenny Daws for the British title as Mick Hennessey made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

I beat Demarcus Corley after Devon Alexander beat him. I was at Madison Square Garden for that fight and I was impressed with Devon. I knew he would go onto win a world title. I thought he was a special talent after watching his performance.

Kell Brook will fight the winner of Alexander v Bailey. Kell has a good skill set but would he be able to take Bailey's power and would he be able to match Devon's skills and speed. I guess we will find out soon.

World title challenger Dmitriy Salita makes an appearance on the card. He is looking for another world title shot. He has Paulie in his sights. It would be a big fight for New York City with the Italians and the Jewish fans coming out to support their own. Dmitriy is undefeated since losing to Amir Khan. He has been preparing for this fight at the Kronk in Detroit. I have been training camp many times with him. Florida, Pennsylvania and New York are just a few of the places we have had our camps.

Former world champion Luis Collazo is another New Yorker on this amazing card. I've also sparred him. He has fought Andre Berto, Shane Mosley and Ricky Hatton. He has a tricky fight against hungry Steve Upsher Chambers. He will have to get past him to make another world title fight a reality.

Golden Boy have pulled out the stops for their first show at the Barclays Center.

I've sparred three of the fighters on this show, in Paul Malignaggi, Luis Collazo and Dmitriy Salita. I fought Danny Garcia and I was meant to have an IBF 147lbs world title eliminator with Randal Bailey. I also have a mutual opponent with Devon Alexander.

Amir Khan has fought Danny Garcia, Paul Malignaggi and Danny Garcia.

Ricky Hatton has fought Luis Collazo and Paul Malignaggi.

2013 will see some blockbuster shows at the Barclay's center and us Brits could be part of it.

Boxnation TV will be televising the show in Britain and Showtime will be televising in the States.

It looks like an action packed event and I'm looking forward to it.

Lausanne, Switzerland - With the close season throwing up some exciting news already, World Series of Boxing (WSB) has just learnt of several sensational transfers going to the reigning WSB Team Champions. Kept carefully under wraps, Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder have now announced that 2011 WSB World Champion, 2008 Olympian and Algeria flag bearer at the London 2012 Olympic Games Abdelhafid Benchabla will be added to their ranks. The team was further bolstered by the acquisition of the entertaining Filipino Charly Suarez, the accomplished Frenchman Michel Tavares as well as some other very interesting signings to complement the already impressive set-up.

Abdelhafid Benchabla and Michel Tavares 

Whilst other teams have been busy recruiting and adding quality to their squads, many thought that the WSB title holders had been quiet. Today's announcement however reinstates the glamorous Italian Franchise as early season favourites.

 Benchabla was delighted to join up with his new teammates, declaring, "I am happy to be here. I was the Individual Champion in Season I, however the big prize in WSB is the Team Trophy. With Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder I am in the best position to win it". One of the outstanding talents in the competition, the Algerian's statement made his intentions perfectly clear. His addition to the roster will surely give the Italian team that extra edge. The speedy Light Heavyweight orthodox was the star boxer for the Astana Arlans last season and has shown his class throughout the two seasons he has competed in WSB. He is definitely a pure breed boxer will plenty of panache, boasting an 11-2 record in the competition as well as having accumulated several international trophies in a distinguished Olympic boxing career.
The backbone of the team will be made up of Italians, with the confirmation of the London Olympians in the squad: Team Captain Clemente Russo, Vincenzo Picardi, Jahyn Vittorio Parrinello, Domenico Valentino and the big revelation in the British capital after his bronze medal, Vincenzo Mangiacapre, are all ready to lead the troops into battle.

Reinforcement continued with the acquisition of Middleweight sensation Michel Tavares from Paris United. The 23-year-old French southpaw with the devastating left hook was integral to his team's success in the first season and has an impressive 9-2 record. Fledgling Heavyweight talent Tony Yoka is also scheduled to take part, the Youth Olympic Games gold medallist will be linking up with Tavares and the rest of the Italian squad later this month.

The exotic touch this year comes from the Philippines in the shape of Charly Suarez, the 24-year-old was one of the surprise packages last season and has also joined the group. The speedy Filipino quickly became a fan favourite last season with his explosive style and he is sure to win many more admirers when he takes to the ring for his new team.
There was also confirmation that dynamic duo Imre Szello and Branimir Stankovic would once again be on the roster. Stankovic in particular impressed in the latter part of the previous campaign, setting the team up for a memorable night with his win during the WSB Team Final. 21-year-old southpaw Bojan Miskovic was picked up during the draft last month after making his mark with the Mexico Guerreros last season.

With WSB now allowing pro boxers with less than 15 bouts on their record to compete, Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder have enrolled the services of Daniele Lemon and the Italian 200cm tall Heavyweight Champion Matteo Modugno.

Most of the boxers have now begun training in order to get into top shape for the new season in which the Italian team has to defend its title. Drawn in the tough Group B, it will not be easy but with an ultra professional set-up and with the experience of two solid campaigns, expect the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder to be challenging for honours come the business end of the season.

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