On October 5, New Haveners Nate Green (9-0, 2 KOs) and Josh Crespo (7-5-3, 3 KOs) will face-off in an eight-round rematch on the highly anticipated third installment of Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series. The local rivals initially faced off in 2011 at Mohegan Sun, with Green defeating Crespo in a four-round unanimous decision.
The first fight between Green, 28, and Crespo was Green's professional debut. Since then, the Brooklyn-born southpaw has amassed nine straight victories with two of those wins coming by way of knockout. In his most recent fight, he travelled to Ponce, Puerto Rico and came back from a second-round knockdown to upset Emanuel Rivera in hostile territory. Aside from his win in Puerto Rico and a short ride to Queens, all of the New Haven's local's fights took place in Connecticut, where he has been amassing quite a fan base. This will be Nate's fourth time fighting at Mohegan Sun.
Crespo, also 28, has fought his entire professional career in the Northeast, including five fights at Mohegan Sun. He made his Rising Stars debut on the inaugural event of the series in November of last year with a stellar first round KO over Jesus Gonzales from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
When asked about the fight Green stated, "The day he beat me is not on one of these calendars!! If you want to succeed, believe it!! Greatness at ground level."
Since their initial fight in 2011, Crespo has been eager to avenge his first career loss. Despite some losses on his record, Crespo has been a more active fighter than Green over the last few years. Crespo may also have a size advantage this time around: their first fight was at 119 lbs, but the rematch will take place at 123 lbs. Crespo added, "When the sun rises in Africa, whether it's a gazelle or a lion, they both know what they got to do to make it to another sunrise: either I out run the lion or eat the gazelle, but my objective is to win the next sunrise no matter what position or what opposition."
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, "Both of these guys are from New Haven and have been fighting in Connecticut, building up their fan bases for years. This local grudge match is the kind of fight their supporters want to see! We're often unable to make this kind of fight because the boxers are friends or work in the same gym. So it's refreshing to have two fighters from the same area agree to face each other. Everyone at Mohegan Sun on October 5 is definitely going to get their money's worth! It will be a great Thursday night for boxing fans in Connecticut."
About October 5: The Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series hosts its third installment with a rare Thursday Night edition at the Arena at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Main Event features a ten-round middleweight match-up between Rising Stars' staple Vaughn Alexander and former middleweight title contender Elvin Ayala. The series is presented by Mohegan Sun and Main Events and feature boxing prospects from New England and around the world. Tickets start at $40 and are available now through Ticketmaster and the Mohegan Sun box office.
On Saturday, September 9, undefeated lightweight Dimash Niyazov, Salita Promotions' own fighting NYC cop, will return to his birthplace of Kazakhstan to face Brazil's Eduardo Pereira dos Reis at the sold-out, 12000-seat Saryarka Velodrome in Astana.
Niyazov (11-0-3, 5 KOs), a resident of Staten Island, and Pereira dos Reis (22-4, 18 KOs) of Sao Paolo will meet in a six-rounder as part of the Astana EXPO 2017 event headlined by a 12-round battle for the WBO NABO Super Welterweight and WBA Inter-Continental Super Welterweight Championships between Kazakhstan's undefeated Kanat Islam (24-0, 19 KOs) and also undefeated Brandon Cook (18-0, 11 KOs) of Canada.
The fight will be the first-ever outside of the United States for the 28-year-old Kazakh-born Niyazov. And with 12,000 of his countrymen expecting big things from him, Niyazov says he's feeling the pressure.
Are you nervous, fighting outside the US and in front of so many people?
I feel a little nervous because it's my first time fighting here and I have to perform well. A lot of people, my fans, are coming just to see me, so I feel the pressure to do very well. in front of 12,000 people. They all know me. I got to look good.
Why did you take this fight so far from where you've now lived for many years?
I live in the USA, I work in the USA. I have my family in the USA, so all my moves I make in regard to boxing are going to take place in the US. This was just an opportunity that I saw that can improve my boxing career.
How did training camp go for this fight?
Training camp with my father went well. I am ready to perform and outbox the guy. I'm not looking for a knockout. I'm going to box the guy outclass him and the knockout will come by itself.
How did you get the nickname Lightning?
The fans gave me this name. It's because of my fast hands. Sometimes when they see a knockout or knockdown it happens so fast they can't tell what happened.
Due to the high-demand the "Qazaq Pride Championship Boxing" event will be broadcasted worldwide via Pay-Per-View for only $4.99. It is now available to purchase and is compatible in all mobile devices and smart TVs. To purchase the fight, go to FITE.TV, TvTibi.com or Flipps.com. The live stream will begin 10 AM Eastern Time / 7AM Pacific in the United States.
SAN DIEGO -On Saturday afternoon, October 7th, A pair of former world champions will collide as former lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla battles former three-division champion Ricky Burns in a scheduled 12-round lightweight clash at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, and will be broadcast LIVE & EXCLUSIVELY IN THE UNITED STATES on AWE- A Wealth of Entertainment.
The fight will also be available on www.klowdtv.com on the AWE Channel.
"This will be a terrific bout with both Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns looking to make a statement and get back into title contention. These two champions are both itching to get their belts back so when they meet on October 7th, it will be a fight at the highest level and quality and we at AWE are ecstatic to be bringing this fight to the fans in the United States," said Charles Herring, President of AWE-- A Wealth of Entertainment.
Crolla, 30 years-old of Manchester, England has a record of 31-6-3 with 13 knockouts. He won the WBA Lightweight title when he thrilled his hometown fans by scoring a one-punch body shot knockout over Darleys Perez. Crolla defended the title with a hard-fought come from behind stoppage over Ismael Barroso. Crolla dropped the belt when he was on the short end of a unanimous decision to Jorge Linares. In his last bout, Crolla lost his 2nd straight unanimous decision to Linares in a rematch that took place on March 25th in Manchester.
Burns of Coatbridge, Scotland has a record of 41-6-1 with 14 knockouts. On September 4, 2010, Burns won the WBO Junior Lightweight World championship with a 12-round unanimous decision over Roman Martinez. Burns made three successful defenses of his title, before moving up to lightweight and capturing the WBO Interim Lightweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Michael Katsidis. Burns was elevated to full champion and went on to score wins over former world champion Paulus Moses, Kevin Mitchell and undefeated challenger Jose Gonzalez, as a well as a draw with top contender Ray Beltran before losing his crown to the classy Terence Crawford. Burns became a three-division champion as he won the WBA Super Lightweight World Championship on May 28, 2016 with a unanimous decision over Michele Di Rocco. He defended the title once with a 12-round unanimous decision over Kiryl Relikh before dropping the title in his last bout to undefeated Julius Indongo on April 15th in Glasgow, Scotland.
"All I want to do is be involved in big fights and Ricky Burns is a three weight World Champion, I've got a lot of respect for him," said Crolla. "He's a great fighter and only lost to the very best.
"I'm looking forward to going to battle and putting on a display for the fans.
"It's at a good time for both of us. A win puts us back in the mix for titles, I'm not going to say the loser has nowhere to go, but it's going to be a tough road back. We're both coming off losing our World Titles and the incentive is to win the fight and get back in the frame.
"I could have a tune up fight on the undercard of somewhere and an easier opponent to get me back into things and then a big fight after but I'm not interested in that.
"It's nearly happened before a good few times, a few years ago at Super-Featherweight and again at Lightweight. It's been talked about for years now. It looked like it wasn't going to happen but it's good now we're finally going to meet."
"I'm really happy the fight is in Manchester," said Crolla. "It's going to be one of the first shows since that horrible night with the bombings so it means an awful lot to go back. A lot of people have been asking me to come back to the Arena for my next fight. But if there's a rematch, I'll happily go to Glasgow.
"The 24 rounds with Linares puts me in good stead. They weren't fights where I took a serious beating with huge shots bouncing my head back. Other than the knockdown, I wasn't on wobbly legs. I enjoyed the experience. I made improvements in the build-up which I didn't get to show on the night which is a credit to Jorge.
"I've got nothing against Ricky, he's a good guy. But once that bell goes we'll both be willing to dig deep. I've wanted this for a long time, I can't wait."
"It's going to be a great fight," said Burns. "There was a lot of talk in recent weeks, the response we got was unbelievable. People want to see it and now the deal is done I'm looking forward to it.
"It doesn't bother me where I fight, there will be a good crowd coming down from Scotland. It's a fight the fans have been getting up for and I'm sure they will turn up in their numbers.
"When I held World titles at Super-Featherweight and Lightweight, Crolla's name was always mentioned but it never happened. He's a great guy and a great fighter, I don't think you'll get much trash talk in the build-up. The best man will win on the night.
"I moved up to Super-Lightweight because the World title came up and the chance to make history was there. I've been making 140lbs too easily and I've had enough notice for this fight and although those last pounds will always be tricky I'm happy to be back down at 135lbs.
"I'm always saying to Tony I think I've got two or three more years left. At this stage of my career I don't see the point in getting an easy win. I'd rather go in with a big name. If I win, I'm going to progress and hopefully get another title shot. That's the way I'm looking at it.
"Everyone keeps asking me how long I have left. The first time I take too many punches or turn up to training and don't enjoy it - that's it. I won't put myself through it. Especially with training down in Essex for 12 weeks, but at the minute I'm really looking forward to it.
"I said to Eddie Hearn that I was 100 per cent up for it, but we've been waiting for a couple of weeks from their side so I don't know what's been going on.
"Crolla just fell short with Linares, although he lost twice he didn't take a beating. You've got to hold your hands up - Linares is very good.
"It's a make or break fight for the both of us. Even before I fought Di Rocco I always said I just want to take it one fight at a time. I've been the same the whole way through my career but fingers crossed a win here can lead to bigger things.
"It's going to be hard, tough fight. The two of us will come out and go for it - the fans are the real winners."
"What a fight between two great warriors'" said promoter Eddie Hearn. "Both Anthony and Ricky are in similar places in the careers and they know that this absolute must win. Knowing these two like I do this is going to be a fight until the finishing bell with neither taking a backward step. It's an all-British super fight between two great World champions and fans in the Manchester Arena and watching on Sky Sports can expect a wonderful event."