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News: Sonny Fredrickson, Holyfield Event, Selina Barrios, More

Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing,  the promotional entity under his Real Deal Sports and Entertainment, presents ‘Real Deal Championship Boxing V’, an action packed evening of world class professional boxing on Friday, December 1 at The Strand Ballroom and Theater in Providence, RI and telecast live on CBS Sports Network, it was announced today.

Tickets starting at $45 are Now On Sale and can be purchased through www.TheRealDealBoxing.com and www.thestrandri.com

The Strand Ballroom and Theater is located at 79 Washington Street, Providence, RI, 02903. Doors will open on the evening of the event at 6:00 p.m. ET with the first bell at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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With recent acclaimed events in Louisville, New York City and Atlanta, Holyfield is excited to promote in Providence, Rhode Island.

“Providence, Rhode Island has always had great fighters and very supportive boxing fans and I’m very excited to showcase my stable of fighters in competitive bouts on December 1.”

Said Frank Manfredi Jr. of The Strand Ballroom and Theater, “We are looking forward to working with Evander Holyfield and The Real Deal Boxing in successfully bringing televised championship boxing back to Providence."

Featured at ‘Real Deal Championship Boxing V’ Featherweight Contender and Hometown Hero, TOKA KAHN CLARY, (23-1-0, 16 KO’s) will fight in the 10-round main event against an opponent to be announced.

Clary is coming off an outstanding second round stoppage over David Berna on October 19 in front of a packed house and nationally televised audience in Atlanta, Georgia as Holyfield celebrated his 55th birthday in his hometown.

This will be Clary’s first fight in Providence since his professional debut in June 2012. The 25-year-old will be making his fourth start of 2017 with prior victories this year against Angel Luna and Francisco Medel.

Also featured in his first fight in the United States is Undefeated Italian Cruiserweight Contender FABIO “Stone Crusher” TURCHI, (12-0-0, 9 KO’s), of Florence, Italy in an eight round clash.

Fighting on the undercard in separate bouts will be Bronx, NY welterweight PETER DOBSON, (9-0-0, 5 KO’s), heavy handed welterweight KHIRY “TNT” TODD, (5-0-0, 5 KO’s), of Lynn, MA junior lightweight IRVIN GONZALEZ, (7-0-0, 6 KO’s), of Worcester, MA, Cranston, RI’s junior welterweight NICK DELOMBA, (11-2-0, 2 KO’s), and much more.

Victory Sports & Entertainment's highly touted Junior Welterweight, Sonny "Pretty Boy" Fredrickson (17-0 11 Kos) will return to the ring tomorrow at the WBA Convention's boxing card taking place in Medellin, Colombia.

The WBA is hosting its 96th Annual Convention in Medellin, Colombia from October 30 through November 2nd. As it does at every convention, the WBA will be helping to stage a boxing card for all of the boxing luminaries in attendance. As the 9th ranked fighter in the WBA's Junior Welterweight rankings, the WBA chose Sonny for one of the highly coveted slots. "I am very proud to fight at the WBA's 96th Convention and feel honored that President Gilberto Mendoza personally chose me to fight on this show," states Fredrickson. "I hope to one day fight for the WBA World Championship and look forward to putting on a good show in front of all the convention attendees," Fredrickson continued.

Fredrickson will face undefeated Colombian native Placido Ramirez (10-0, 7 KOs). "I know Ramirez is tough and that he will be looking to represent his country at this fight, but I've trained hard. I had a great camp and I am ready for a great fight," says Fredrickson.

Rick Torres, President of Victory Sports, feels that this fight can provide a springboard to bigger and better things for Fredrickson. "The Junior Welterweight Division is an exciting weight class, and with Terrance Crawford moving up to Welterweight, there are going to be a lot of opportunities for young fighters like Sonny at 140." We expect Sonny to keep moving up the rankings and hope that he will be in a position to challenge for a world title in 2018. We are very grateful to Gilberto and the WBA for providing this opportunity for Sonny and are certain he will not disappoint" states Torres.

Mike Leanardi, COO of Victory sports, adds "I want to thank Gilberto Mendoza Jr. and the WBA for affording us the opportunity to fight at this year's convention in Medellin." He continues, "I have the utmost confidence in Sonny and look forward to him putting on a great performance Wednesday night."

With the recent addition of former world champion Jose Pedraza, Victory Sports continues to grow its roster and profile in the sport. Having Sonny Fredrickson on the WBA Convention card only helps to solidify their position as an emerging managerial force in boxing.

Founded by noted sports attorney Rick Torres and boxing trainer Mike Leanardi, Victory Sports & Entertainment is an athlete management company with offices in New York and Las Vegas.

Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions is back at Michael’s Eighth Avenue Friday, November 17 for “Who’s The Next Shining Star” however this evening is about far more than what will transpire in the ring during Olympic style boxing matches.

Smith was recently contacted about helping Crystal Beard, a Baltimore area native battling advanced stages of cancer. Beard was diagnosed in August 2016 with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, which is extremely aggressive. Unfortunately, the cancer spread throughout her body. Beard went through a total six chemo treatments and had a double mastectomy in February 2017. Smith, who makes it a priority to assist individuals and organizations through his fight cards, immediately agreed to help Beard.

Sadly, Beard passed away Saturday, October 28 at the age of 37. She leaves behind a 17 year old daughter, seven year old son and three month old grandchild. Beard did not have life insurance and the father of her children lives in Arizona. Her children and grandchild will be cared for by Beard’s sister and mother.

Medical bills are still coming in and Beard’s daughter, a senior in high school, is hoping to attend college. The family will now have to juggle Crystal’s medical bills and caring for three children in addition to their regular day to day responsibilities.

On fight night, there will be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and donate a block tickets to the family which can be resold. Smith is currently putting together a number of other plans to raise additional funds for Beard’s family.

“In all of my years as a promoter working with people and organizations, this is the most devastating,” said Smith, a fixture in Baltimore’s boxing scene for more than 30 years. “A woman that should’ve had many happy and healthy years ahead of her passed away at 37 leaving behind two children and a grandchild that face an extremely difficult situation. We will do all we can to raise as much money and awareness as possible while honoring her legacy on the 17th because nothing in life is guaranteed and every day you get to enjoy is a blessing.”

Donations can be made to Beard’s family at gofundme.com/in-memory-of-crystal-beard.

The card features eight fights, two of which are title bouts and Five-time National Champion Tyrell Boyd is scheduled to appear.

Tickets from $40 are available by going to Baltimoreboxing.com/events or calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 and the first fight is scheduled for 8:30.

After two pro fights, super-lightweight female sensation, Selina "Aztec Queen" Barrios (2-0, 1 KO), who hails from San Antonio, TX, has assembled a dynamic team to help guide her the pinnacle of women's boxing.
 
Dr. Charles Campbell and his son Colin Campbell from Corpus Christi, TX, will co-manage Selina Barrios.  Colin will handle the day to day operations, while Dr. Charles will help guide her career as a boxer, and personal pursuits in her professional life.
 
"My son Colin and I are very excited to be working with such a talented fighter like Selina Barrios." said Dr. Charles Campbell. "Selina has the one element in boxing that all fans want to see, and that's punching power.  In addition, Selina has the mindset you look for in a fighter.  The fact that she's willing to fight a standout amateur like Zarina Tsoloyeva, in only her third pro fight, says it all."
 
"Selina is the type of fighter that everyone in boxing should rally behind," Colin Campbell stated. "She's overcome a lot of adversity to get where she's at today, and the girl can fight.  She's certainly more exciting then most of the male boxers we see on TV today.  Selina was born to be on the big stage, and with her fighting style, she will become a fan favorite as soon as they see her fight."
 
Kerry Daigle, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who runs Keeppunching Entertainment, will stay on has Barrios' advisor / consultant, and aid in getting Selina in the biggest fights that women's boxing can provide.
 
"Several promoters are seeking to work with Keeppunching Entertainment and Selina Barrios because she might be the most TV friendly female fighter in 20 years, with the opportunity to sell out venues, even better then male counterparts." said Kerry Daigle.
 
Selina's step dad Martin Barrios, who has been in her corner since she was a top amateur, will serve as the chief trainer.  He played a significant role in helping Selina acquire an astonishing amateur record of (80-3), in addition to her sustaining an undefeated record as a pro.
 
"Selina is a tremendous fighter with the punching power to change a fight with one shot." Martin Barrios stated. "I'm not just saying that because she's my daughter, I've seen her destroy folks in the gym.  I'm super happy that I was able to get Mr. Dailge to believe in Selina.  I know with his connections and Selina's talent, we as a team, can do something special in women's boxing.
 
Rick Nunez, will oblige as the assistant trainer.  Nunez, from San Antonio, TX, has worked side by side with Martin, helping Selina become one of the most dangerous fighters in women's boxing.
 
"With women's boxing on the rise, Selina now has everything set in place to become a big star in the sport," Rick Nunez stated. "You need a solid team behind you to make it in boxing, and that's exactly what we have now moving forward."
 
Maurice "Termite" Watkins from Houston, TX, and Ben Flores, of Corpus Christi, TX, will share duties as camp coordinators to the trainers.  Watkins, who fought in the lightweight division as a professional in the 70's, 80's and 90's, had a spectacular record of (61-5-1, 42 KOs).
 
Selina's younger brother, undefeated super-lightweight contender, Mario Barrios (20-0, 12 KOs), has been in awe of his sister since she was as dominate amateur.
 
"Growing up, my sister was the best fighter in every tournament we entered." said Mario Barrios. "She literally wrecked everyone in her weight class.  It wasn't until I was a late teen that I was able to hang with her.  I love my sister and I know with the powerful team that she has behind her now, she can become a world champion."
 
Ann Wolfe, who was one of the most devastating punchers in women's boxing history, has been a big fan of Selina since her days as a dominate amateur.  Wolf has seen Selina destroy her competition while fighting in the amateurs.
 
"Selina Barrios is a beast," said former world champion Ann Wolf. "I haven't seen anything like her since my days as a professional boxer.  She definitely has the talent to become a multiple world champion."
 
"I'm looking forward toward a great career, that I hope will last many years," said Selina Barrios. "I have a great team behind me now, I know if I put in the hard work, everything will work out, and my dreams will come true."

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