On Saturday afternoon, May 5th, AWE is featuring former world champions Tony Bellew and David Haye in one of the most anticipated rematches of all time. The heavyweights will square off in an epic bout that will be carried live and exclusively by AWE, A Wealth of Entertainment, in the United States.
The network announced that it secured the US rights for the fight, which is the sequel to the unforgettable first bout, which took place on March 4, 2017. The rematch will take place at the same 02 Arena in London.
In the first bout, Bellew was able to survive an early onslaught by Haye to score two knockdowns en route to an 11th round stoppage. The first fight can rival any of the Rocky movies for drama and determination. Bellew suffered a broken hand in the early rounds with Haye barely able to stand due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Both fighters exhibited tremendous heart, leading to much excitement heading into this rematch.
The rematch was originally ticketed for last December 17th but had to be postponed after Haye tore a bicep.
"We're ecstatic to be bringing this epic rematch to AWE viewers," stated Charles Herring, president of AWE. "This fight has broad appeal because the first bout, which aired on AWE, was one of the most amazing fights in 2017. It had a true "Rocky" feel, with Haye challenged by his injury. Bellew has broad appeal in the United States due to his appearance in the movie Creed. Boxing fans love heavyweights for their explosive power and exciting matches, and the winner should be in a position for a shot at a world title bout."
Bellew, of Liverpool, has a record of 29-2-1 with 19 knockouts and is the former WBC Cruiserweight champion. The 35-year-old is an 11-year professional who has big wins over Edison Miranda, Isaac Chilemba, Valery Brudov, Julio Cesar Dos Santos, Marteusz Masternack, and former world champion Nathan Cleverly. Bellew won the WBC Cruiserweight title with a 3rd round stoppage over Ilunga Makabu. He defended the crown once with a 3rd round stoppage over BJ Flores before he moved up to heavyweight for the historic Haye bout.
Haye, of London, has a record of 28-3 with 26 knockouts. He is the former WBA, WBO, and WBC Cruiserweight champion, and the former WBA Heavyweight champion. The 37-year-old Haye is a 16-year proven professional who has wins over former world title challenger Alexander Gurov, and former world champions Arthur Williams and Giacobbe Fragomeni. Haye won the WBA and WBC Cruiserweight title with a 7th round stoppage over JeanMarc Mormeck. He added the WBO belt with a 2 round destruction of Enzo Maccarinelli. Haye won the WBA Heavyweight championship with a 12-round majority decision over Nikolay Valuev. Haye made defenses against John Ruiz and countryman Audley Harrison before being dethroned by Wladimir Klitscko.
The time of the event will be announced shortly.
The fight card will also be streamed live via KlowdTV on the AWE channel. Visit www.klowdtv.com for additional information.
On Saturday, April 14, Chicago's newest promoter, Andrew Sobko, CEO of Natex Boxing Promotions, will return to the Midwest Conference Center in Northlake, Illinois, for his next instalment of "The Chicago Rumble."
A night of action-packed professional boxing featuring local and international talent in competitive match-ups, the night's main event will pit Oxnard, California's (via Chernigov, Ukraine) undefeated dynamo, and 2016 Olympian, Dmytro Mytrofanov (2-0, 1 KO) taking on dangerous Mexican spoiler Vladimir "24K" Hernandez (10-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight showdown.
In the night's six-round light heavyweight co-main event, undefeated Rustam Tulaganov (1-0) of Oxnard, California (via Tashkent, Uzbekistan) will face capable Chicago-based slugger Martez McGregor (5-1, 4 KOs).
Tickets for "The Chicago Rumble" are priced at General Admission $50.00, Seating ROW 1 $150.00 and Seating ROW 2-3 $90.00. VIP Tables are available for $159 per seat, and Gold VIP Tables at $249.00 per seat. Both include private seating and bar access. They are available for purchase online at natexboxing.com or at the door on fight night.
In addition to his Olympic appearance two years ago, 28-year-old Mytrofanov, won Ukrainian national amateur titles in 2008 and 2012 and a bronze medal at the 2011 European Championships. He turned professional late last year and now trains at Oxnard's Boxing Laboratory (formerly Robert Garcia Boxing Academy) under former Robert Garcia protegee Marco Contreras.
Denver (via Mexico's) Hernandez is no easy challenge for any fighter, especially one with just two pro fights. In just the past year, Hernandez slapped highly rated prospect Danny Valdivia with his first two career losses (now 14-2) via deserved decisions.
"I'm very happy to be going back to Chicago to fight," said Mytrofanov. "I've been training very hard for this fight in Oxnard for the last weight weeks with world-class sparring partners. I'm in terrific shape and looking forward to a great win. I don't know much about my opponent, but I will make adjustments in the ring because I'm ready for anything anyone brings."
I'm very excited about this show," said promoter Andrew Sobko. I have been following boxing since my father was a Ukrainian boxing champion. I grew up in the boxing industry. I am honored to be able to bring this great event to the boxing-rich city of Chicago and its great fans. My matchmaker, Jerry Alfano, is doing a wonderful job of making sure every fight will be an action-packed war."
The terrific undercard will be announced shortly.
Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr., one of the best Mexican boxers of all time and a former six-time, three-division world champion, will be the special VIP guest for the March 22 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
The main event will feature 2017 consensus prospect of the year., Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (13-0, 12 KOs) of Victorville, Calif., who will put his Junior NABF Super Featherweight Title on the line and fight for the vacant NABA USA Super Featherweight Title against Mexican veteran Fernando Vargas (32-15-3, 24 KOs) in a ten-round affair. Garcia, who is also dubbed "The Flash," has ended 92% of his fights in jaw-dropping knockouts.
Doors to the Special Events Center will open at 4:15 p.m. PT and the first fight begins at 4:30 pm PT. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, and stream live on ESPN3 starting at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.