WBO #2-ranked Russian bantamweight Nikolai Potapov is in Detroit, finalizing preparations for his long-awaited showdown with WBO #1-ranked Omar Narvaez of Argentina.
The pair will meet for a 12-round showdown this Saturday, October 14, at Estadio Obras Sanitarias in Buenos Aires and live on Argentina TyC Sports.
27-year-old Potapov (17-0, 8 KOs) hails from Podolsk, Russia, but travels to Detroit before fights, to work with well-respected trainer and nephew of Emanuel Steward, Javan SugarHill.
"I had an intense training camp in Detroit with Sugar Hill Stewart," said Potapov. "This is our second camp together and I feel like I am getting better everyday."
Defeating the former WBO World Flyweight and Super Flyweight Champion Narvaez (46-2-2, 24 KOs) will not be easy for Potapov. The tough southpaw won his first world championship 15 years ago and remains one of the world's best. "I look forward to making a statement in the Narvaez fight and taking a step closer to a world title," continued Potapov.
"Nikolai is one of the best bantamweights in the world," said his promoter, Dmitriy Salita. "A win over a top fighter a former world champion like Narvaez will put the division on notice. Nikolai is coming to make a name for himself on October 14."
STAR BOXING brings championship boxing to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, November 25 as WBC International Cruiserweight Champion and WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight Champion CONSTANTIN BEJENARU, (12-0, 3KO'S), of Brooklyn, NY defends his titles against #1 ranked mandatory contender THABISO "The Rock" MCHUNU, (18-3, 13KO'S) of Cato Ridge, South Africa, in the ten round main event.
Bejenaru is coming off two victories seen on the popular Showtime series ShoBox: The New Generation, over fellow contenders Stivens Bujaj and Alexey Zubov.
A native of the Eastern European country, Moldova, Bejenaru is a quick handed aggressive fighter who has shown rapid improvement with each fight. He captured the vacant WBC International Cruiserweight and vacant WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight titles with his dominant victory against Bujaj in his last fight on November 4, 2016.
Mchunu is no stranger to big fights having challenged Oleksandr Usyk for the WBO World Cruiserweight Title on December 17 of last year. Mchunu fell short in a valiant attempt getting stopped in the ninth round. Mchunu holds a victory over highly regarded Eddie Chambers which also took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in 2013. Mchunu will be coming all the way from his home in South Africa for this coveted title opportunity.
Defending champion Bejenaru had this to say about his upcoming fight, "The Bejenaru Team is facing a world class boxer who fought for a world title. This fight is a great opportunity for me to move up in the world rankings and a step closer to the world title. I'm in great shape and ready to put on a great performance".
Challenger Mchunu had these comments "I'm very grateful for this opportunity. It's more than that it's a dream. There's plenty of action in the division now. Winning is not negotiable if I'm to reawaken my ambition of winning a world title. I look forward to putting on a great show".
Promoter Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing, had these comments "This is a top-notch fight between two top cruiserweights looking to place themselves in the world championship picture. With the cruiserweight tournament presently taking place the winner of this fight will be in an excellent position to challenge for the world title. I'm looking for an outstanding fight between these two young men."
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Further details on an outstanding undercard will be announced shortly.
PHILADELPHIA - Rising Philadelphia lightweight Damon Allen Jr., 13-0-1, 5 KOs, will be honored as "The One to Watch" for the Philly fight scene, at the 10th Annual Briscoe Awards, on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Since his debut in 2013, Allen has been steadily rising in the lightweight division, and now finds himself on the brink of a major breakthrough. With Golden Boy as his promoter, and an impressive skillset in the ring, Allen is well-positioned to soon step into the spotlight.
For these reasons, Philly Boxing History, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and documenting the Philadelphia fight scene, named Allen the "One to Watch" and will present him with a Briscoe Medal at their annual event this weekend.
"It's an honor and makes me feel like my hard work is not going unnoticed," Allen said of his Briscoe Award. "I truly believe I'm the 'one to watch', and the next big talent coming from the City of Brotherly Love."
Rite Hook Promotions has run a successful string of professional boxing shows in the Biloxi area, most recently July 29 at the Climb Event Center in nearby Gulfport. Rite Hook CEO William Hunter opened doors for local fighters and multiple boxers signed under the Rite Hook Promotions banner through his fight cards along with various relationships he has with promoters across the US.
• Rite Hook Promotions’ Javonn “Pinkie” Barnes agreed to fight welterweight contender Karim Mayfield October 21 in his hometown of San Francisco, CA. The undefeated Barnes, who is from Atlanta, was in training camp preparing for the opportunity and Mayfield stirred the pot by trash talking on Barnes’ social media pages. To the surprise of Barnes and Hunter, a contact never came and Mayfield is instead fighting Miguel Dumas of Mexico.
Hunter believes that the 5’11 Barnes’ size was a concern for Mayfield. The last foe Mayfield, 5'7, faced 5’11 or taller was back in 2008. Although the Mayfield fight is off the table, Barnes will continue to receive world class sparring when he joins Regis Prograis’ training camp to help him prepare for his upcoming bout against Viktor Postol. Hunter is negotiating to get Barnes on the undercard.
• Mike “Concrete" Bissett came up short in his August 25 challenge for the NABF heavyweight championship against hard-hitting Laron Mitchell. Bissett, a natural cruiserweight who has a reputation for taking on all comers, entered the fight with an injury and a 30-plus pound weight disadvantage. A throwback fighter, Bissett looks to get back on track in the near future.
• Hunter is partnering with a group headed by Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Pete Fernandez to start a promotional firm called Fight Night Promotions. The company is hosting their first show Friday, November 10 at the Bryan Glaser Family JCC in Tampa, FL. Like Hunter’s vision with Rite Hook, Fight Night Promotions will help build and promote local talent. Fighters currently scheduled to appear on the 10th include female sensation Jazmine Artiga, who Hunter believes is a superstar in the making, and Ivan Franco. More information on the card will be announced shortly.