New Jersey Hall of Fame Inductee Donna Duva-Brooks, daughter of International Boxing Hall of Famer Lou Duva, returns to the fight scene as Lead Event Coordinator for fast rising New Jersey based promotion company Rising Star Promotions run by Welterweight Contender Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna (25-2-1 9ko).
Beginning in the late 1980’s, Donna has been involved in all areas of boxing, from the club level to televised and world championship boxing promotions when Main Events started with Donna's late brother Dan Duva. During Duva-Brooks time at Main Events, the world class level company promoted such notable champions as Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Arturo Gatti, Vinny Pazienza and Mark Breland to name a few.
“For several reasons I decided to leave boxing a while ago, but I did miss it and this offer from Rising Star seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it another try. I really haven’t done anything boxing for quite a few years but the time is right now for me to get off my butt and do something. From what I’ve seen so far, Thomas seems experienced beyond his years” Duva-Brooks said in regards to her return to the sweet science.
LaManna (#13 in WBO) is looking to step aside from the physical labor of being a promoter and focus on resuming his boxing career."Having Donna on the team really puts the icing on the cake for me and Rising Star. I truly feel that with her experience and knowledge in boxing, I can truly be 100% focused on my dream of becoming a World Champion. When promoters, managers and fighters call me, my favorite line will be "Call Donna" - LaManna said with a laugh. "I already have a awesome team with Cesar Gonzalez as my Operations Manager along with my parents who can't do enough for me".
Rising Star returns to Atlantic City with Round 2 of their new series "Boardwalk Boxing" Friday, June 1st at The Showboat Hotel. Highly regarded Welterweight prospect Jaron "Boots" Ennis (19-0 17ko) of Philadelphia will headline in the Main Event.
"I’m really pleased to be working with Thomas and Rising Star Promotions on the June 1st show. It’s going to be fun working with him and maybe show him some of the finer points of boxing that I’ve picked up throughout the years“ Duva-Brooks said in regards to Rising Stars June 1st card.
Opponent for Ennis and card information will be announced shortly. Tickets, priced $125 for Ringside, $75 for Reserved and $40 for General Admission are on sale now. For ticket purchase information and other inquiries visit RSPBoxing.com
BT Sport today announced it has extended its partnership with Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions Ltd, continuing as the broadcaster of Frank Warren’s world class stable of fighters which include Billy Joe Saunders and Carl Frampton. BT Sport will also exclusively broadcast Tyson Fury’s heavyweight comeback fight in June.
The summer is set to be hot on BT Sport with a fantastic line up of Fight Nights coming up, including the IBF Featherweight World Title showdown between bitter rivals Lee Selby and Josh Warrington on Saturday, 19 May at the home of Leeds United; former unified Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury’s long-awaited comeback fight at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, 9 June; Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO middleweight title defence against domestic rival Martin Murray at the O2 on Saturday, 23 June; and Irish amateur hero Michael Conlan’s highly-anticipated Belfast homecoming fight on Saturday, 30 June, all of which will be available for BT Sport subscribers at no extra cost.
The partnership will see former two-weight World Champion Carl Frampton’s future fights on BT Sport in addition to former WBO Super-Welterweight World Champion Liam Smith and former WBO Lightweight World Champion Terry Flanagan, along with up-and-coming stars such as Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois and Light-Heavyweight knockout artist Anthony Yarde.
BT Sport also confirmed that later this year it will be launching its own Pay-Per-View events on BT Sport Box Office, which will be available on the BT TV, Sky and Virgin Media platforms.
Andy Haworth, managing director of strategy and content, BT Consumer, said: “It is a golden era for British Boxing and never has the Warren stable of fighters looked more exciting, with a great line up of established names and up-and-coming young fighters. BT Sport subscribers can look forward to a fantastic summer of boxing.”
Frank Warren said: “I’m delighted that BT Sport has extended its partnership with myself and Queensberry Promotions. The first year of our partnership has seen us deliver some outstanding fights and we look forward to some even bigger nights in 2018 and beyond, whilst continuing to do what we do best: developing the next crop of star boxers.”
Nathan Heaney is looking to take fight fans on a rollercoaster ride to the British middleweight championship.
The King’s Hall crowd saw Heaney outpoint Emmanuel Moussinga last month in the fight of the night – and the 29 year old gets the chance to thrill a huge audience when he has his third professional fight this month.
Heaney has secured a spot on the undercard of the massive Sam Sexton v Hughie Fury British Heavyweight Title showdown at the Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, in Bolton on Saturday, May 12 in a four-round contest, screened live and exclusive on Channel 5.
“I don’t have boring fights and that’s important,” said the Newcastle-under-Lyme fighter.
“You need to give value for money. I love boxing, but would I keep forking out to watch a fighter who kept having boring fights? Unless he’s a close friend, no, probably not,”
“My coaches have always told me that I get involved in fights too much, but people do enjoy watching it,”
“They usually remember my fights.”
As an amateur, Heaney built a crowd-pleasing reputation by standing toe-to-toe with quality fighters from light-welterweight all the way up to light-heavyweight.
The 95-bout record includes an impressive win over former WBO World Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan.
Heaney said: “I beat a few lads in the amateurs who have gone on to be good professionals and using that as a barometer, I can win the British title. I genuinely believe I can achieve that.”
Heaney has been boxing for a long time. His father, Joseph, had around 50 amateur bouts and Heaney said: “Ever since I could stand I’ve been going to the gym,”
“Dad just wanted to keep me off the streets, he didn’t really want me to fight, but I enjoyed it right from the start and was always going to end up boxing,”
“Boxing became my obsession,”
“I remember Frankie Gavin winning the world amateur championship in 2007 and that really drove me on.”
Heaney had spells at several amateur clubs – including the famous Rotunda ABC in Liverpool.
At the time, he was studying for a foundation degree in Law, but said: “I didn’t enjoy it all, I hated it. I studied there for two years, but decided to come back home and do something I enjoy.”
Heaney works as a sports lecturer at Newcastle College, trains with Steve Woodvine at his busy gym in Newcastle - and keeps away from the Bet365 Stadium !
“I’m a Stoke fan,” said Heaney, “and I’ve gone with the missus a few times,"
“But every time we go, we get smashed. I’ve decided it’s for the best if we don’t go that often !”
Tickets for the fight in Bolton are available from 07508 255407 and you can follow Heaney’s career on instagram at heaneyboxing.
Heaney features on an action packed card headlined by Sexton v Fury for the British Heavyweight Championship; exciting Leeds talent Reece Cartwright defends his IBF Youth World Middleweight Championship (TBC); Galway’s ‘Connemara Kid’ Peter McDonagh competes in a 10-round international super-featherweight contest and female boxing sensation Savannah Marshall, double Olympian and 2012 World Amateur Champion, makes her UK debut in an 8-round middleweight contest, and unbeaten super-featherweight prospect Yusuf Safa.
Completing the card, Morecombe super-lightweight Reece MacMillan, Southport super-lightweight John Dring, Stoke-on-Trent trio super-middleweight Luke Caci, middleweight Nathan Heaney and Shabaz Masoud, Chorley middleweight Mark Jeffers and Manchester super-bantamweight George Brennan.