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PETERSON-HOLT SET FOR FEB 22!

Posted in 2013, Boxing News with tags , , , , on January 7, 2013 by Champ

From Fightnews.com
ESPN announced that it will televise IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson’s mandatory defense against Kendall Holt on February 22 at the Washington, D.C. Armory. It will be Peterson’s first fight in 14 months after his career was put on hold following a positive drug test last January KO’d a rematch with Amir Khan. Peterson was stripped of his WBA, but allowed to keep the IBF belt.

Peterson KO’s Cayo!

Posted in 2011, Reports with tags , , , , , on July 29, 2011 by Champ

Havoc Positioned For Title Shot!

Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (29-1-1, 14 kO’s) won his IBF Jr. Welter Title Eliminator verses Victor Cayo (26-2, 18 KO’s) via KO12 (2:46) Friday night on ESPN2. The opening rounds were even but Peterson would run away with the goods, save for round nine, in route to a KO in the twelfth.

Shocker: Brewer TKO’s Guerrero

Posted in 2011, From Fightnews.com, Reports with tags , , on June 18, 2011 by Champ

From Fightnews.com – 40-year-old Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (29-12, 17 KOs) scored a stunning fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten and world rated Fernando Guerrero (21-1, 16 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout on Friday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin Texas. Brewer dropped Guerrero with a series of right hands in round four and finished him moments later with an uppercut. Referee Jon Schorle waved it off at 2:16.

Brewer, best known for winning the popular TV reality series “The Contender” in 2006, claimed the NABF title. Guerrero entered the ring rated WBC #6 at super welterweight and WBO #5/WBA #6/IBF #15 at middleweight.

Welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (14-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over former IBF junior lightweight champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-10, 11 KOs). After a fairly lackluster fight, a barrage of punches by Mayfield prompted referee Gregorio Alvarez to step in at 1:03 of the final round. It was the first time Forbes has been stopped.

Unbeaten welterweight and former amateur standout Javontae Starks (5-0, 4 KOs) won a four round split decision over Antonio Gamez (6-4-1, 1 KO). Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 Starks, 39-37 Gamez.

Fernando Fights on ESPN FNF from Univ. of Texas Austin!

Posted in 2011, Boxing News, Press Releases with tags , , , , on June 3, 2011 by Champ

Many championships have been won in Austin, TX, most of them by sports teams emblazoned with a Longhorn logo in burnt orange and white. This time a championship of a different sort will be on the line in Austin as world ranked Fernando Guerrero 21-0 (16 KO’s) will meet “Contender” Champion Grady Brewer 27-12 (15 KO’s) for the NABF Super Welterweight Championship on ESPN Friday Night Fights live from the Frank Erwin Center on June 17th.

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SHOWTIME INVADES THE MID-SOUTH!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2010 by Champ

“THE BEST OF THE BEST” LIVE ON SHOWTIME–TIX ON SALE JUNE 5!
4 Undefeated Fighters – 2 Olympians – 1 Night Of Boxing

SOUTHAVEN, MS – Prize Fight is proud to announce an unprecedented night of boxing coming to the Mid-South as they unveil “The Best Of The Best” on July 16, 2010 live from The DeSoto Civic Center and televised on Showtime. This 6 bout card will feature 4 of the most talented young fighters in the world today fighting in separate bouts and putting their titles on the line.

” The Best Of The Best” is headlined by NABO Middleweight Champion and #4 world ranked Fernando Guerrero 18-0 (15 KO) fighting in the twelve round main event against a fighter to be determined. The powerful southpaw Guerrero is considered by many boxing pundits to be one of the top young fighters in boxing and will look to use the veteran Smith as his ticket to stardom on a world wide stage. Guerrero is coming off an impressive 2nd round stoppage of Chicago’s Michael Walker this past April on Showtime in Maryland. Walker had not been stopped or knocked down in his previous 24 fights. This main event shapes up to be a show stopper for sure.

Also on the card is 2008 United States Olympic alternate “Showtime” Shawn Porter 15-0 (12 KO). Porter, the NABO Jr. Middleweight Champion, is also one of the brightest young stars in boxing today. Porter has appeared on network television 5 times already in his young career and has already shot up to #14 in the WBO world rankings. Porter is no secret to Mid-South fight fans as he has fought 9 times already between Memphis and Tunica. Shawn’s action packed all out style will be on display in the feature bout of the evening.

Also, 2008 United States Olympic Team Captain Gary Russell Jr. 9-0 (6 KO) will be featured on the television portion of “The Best Of The Best”. Mid-South boxing fans will remember Gary Russell Jr. from his dominating performance on the ESPN card this past April at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis as he made quick work of Carlos Diaz. Further, Russell also fought at the Fitz Casino in January of 2010 putting on a stellar performance against David Orosco Cano. Russell, a southpaw, is about as complete of a package as you will see in boxing today and will be fighting for his first title on this card. His hand speed is unmatched and he offers power in both hands.

Last, but not least, on the television portion of the card will be the undefeated Lanard Lane 12-0 (7 KO) in a welterweight clash. Lane is no stranger either to the Mid-South as he fought a fan friendly fight against John Brown on the April ESPN event from the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis. Lane, a Houston, TX firefighter, brings with him a level of tenacity in the ring that will once again leave fans in attendance at a lost for words. Lane fights from bell to bell at a pace that would wilt normal men.

Tickets for “The Best Of The Best” go on sale Saturday, June 5th, at 10 AM and can be purchased at the DeSoto Civic Center Ticket Office, by calling ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com, and all ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for “The Best Of The Best” will be $30 for floor/ringside seats, $20 for lower bowl seats and $10 for upper bowls seats. Doors will open at 7 PM July 16th.

Contact: Nate Yoder (618) 979-6735

Thompson TKO’s Beck, By Michael Sheffield

Posted in Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Champ

A sweltering New Daisy Theater on Beale Street provided the backdrop for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights Friday night.

The broadcast included an NABO Lightweight title fight that exceeded expectations and a main event featuring two up and coming heavyweights looking to take their careers to another level in front of a national audience. The undercard featured two former Olympians looking to establish their own young careers. Neither would disappoint against two out-classed opponents.

Heavyweights Tony Thompson (33-2 21 KOs) Owen Beck (29-4 20 KOs) would plod through 4 rounds of a scheduled 10 rounder with Thompson gaining an early advantage he would never relinquish.
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Thompson TKO’s Beck – Lundy captures Belt!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by Champ

By: Michael Sheffield, Photos: JD Meredith / Memphisboxing.com

A sweltering New Daisy Theater on Beale Street provided the backdrop for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights Friday night.

The broadcast included an NABO Lightweight title fight that exceeded expectations and a main event featuring two up and coming heavyweights looking to take their careers to another level in front of a national audience. The undercard featured two former Olympians looking to establish their own young careers. Neither would disappoint against two out-classed opponents.

Heavyweights Tony Thompson (33-2 21 KOs) Owen Beck (29-4 20 KOs) would plod through 4 rounds of a scheduled 10 rounder with Thompson gaining an early advantage he would never relinquish.

Thompson ended the first round dropping Beck with a right-left combination before the end of the round. Thompson would end every round hurting Beck before isolating him on the ropes in the fourth round. To his credit, Beck, who ended the second and third rounds almost going to the wrong corner, wouldn’t go down. But his corner would throw in the towel before their fighter received any serious damage. Thompson would record a TKO at 2:30 of the fourth round.

Lightweights Tyrese Hendrix (18-0-1 17 KOs) and Henry Lundy (17-0 10 KOs) began a fireworks-loaded fight for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title, by knocking each other down with simultaneous hooks. Lundy, would get the better of Hendrix for the majority of the fight, knocking him down a second time in the first round and putting him on the verge of a knockout in the second round. Hendrix, whose speed and power had been previously displayed during bouts in Tunica, had those same attributes negated by the speed and strength of Lundy.

Lundy threw everything he had at Hendrix and may have been frustrated by the fact he couldn’t knock his opponent out. However, Lundy utterly dominated the fight. Hendrix, on the other hand showed that he was more than a power punching fighter, giving as good as he got and possibly stealing one or two later rounds. Lundy would take the fight and the vacant NABO title by unanimous decision, 90-98, 88-100, 88-99. Based on his performance during the fight, Hendrix will have a title in the near future if he keeps performing on the level he showed Friday night.

U.S Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (8-0 5 KOs) would have an impressive showing against journeyman Carlos Diaz (10-22 4 KOs), who he eliminated in 1:32 of the first round. Russell wouldn’t allow Diaz to land anything before disposing of him.

Bahamian Olympic team member Taureano Johnson (1-0 1 KO) would make even quicker work of Ryan Bianchini (0-1) in 43 seconds of the first round.

Jr. Welterweight and native Memphian Marlon Lewis would take a majority decision 39-37, 39-32, 38-38 over Arkansas native Chris Gray (1-0) in 4 round fight. Jr. Welterweight Lanard Lane (11-0 7 KOs) would take a decision over John Brown (24-17-2 11 KOs) 60-54, 60-54, 60-54 in a 6 round fight.

No Room to Hide!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , on April 9, 2010 by Champ

Thompson/Beck Heavyweight Clash held in 20′ Ring
ESPN2 FNF at the New Daisy Friday, April 16!
By JD Meredith Brief Description of New Daisy Theatre

Memphis, TN – Fight supporters and media gathered Thursday afternoon (4/8) at a press conference/luncheon for the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights – The Proving Grounds” from the historic New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street. The bout on Friday April 16, will mark the fourth consecutive year ESPN and Prize Fight Boxing have teamed up to bring a nationally broadcast boxing to Beale Street and Memphis.

“This is a star studded card from top to bottom.” – Brian Young

Prize Fight’s Brian Young has brought four ESPN fights to Memphis in as many years.

Memphis sport talk radio host Dave Woloshin opened the press conference saying, “How fitting is it that we have boxing here. I can remember back twenty-five years ago there were fights on Beale every Tuesday night and we now reenact that great time.”

Owner of the New Daisy Theatre, Mike Glenn, has some interesting history with the ESPN network. Years ago Glenn managed a cruiser fighter from Memphis by the name of Mike Greer. Greer fought as a cruiser weight in a tournament on ESPN in the network’s formative years.

Mike Glenn appears filled with excitement about his venue playing host making statements such as, “To have ESPN come to Memphis all these years that Brian and Russ have brought it to Handy Park and for it to end up here – this is like a Rocky movie.” In another statement he said, “This is an exciting moment for me and this is an exciting moment for Beale Street. And let me tell you something, this main event is going to be the fight of the year.”

” My entire adult life is built here on Beale Street and some of my younger days I ran around out here in the street but don’t let my mother find out about that,” said Glenn.

Brain Young of Prize Fight Boxing’s, co-promoter of this ESPN2 FNF event, greeted the media and thanked supporters (Kevin Kane, John Elkington, Patrick Ashcroft and Mike Glenn to name a few). With heartfelt appreciation he conveyed his love and thanks for his home town, Memphis, TN. Young was also quick to bring to the media’s attention a powerful fact stating, “This card is the fourth year we have brought back an ESPN fight to Beale Street.”

“ESPN told me the other day, when we booked this fight with them, that they love coming back to Memphis. And thats why they do at least once–maybe twice a year.” Young continued, “Memphis and Los Angeles are ranked as the top two cities in the United States for boxing according to ESPN. Its two of their favorite cities to do boxing in. So I think we will continue to bring ESPN back, here to the Memphis market, every year.”

The colossal main event features two top ten contenders, Tony Thompson 33-2 (21 KO’s) and Owen Beck 29-4 (20 KO’s). The southpaw Thompson, making his first appearance of 2010, is fresh off a ninth round TKO of Chazz Witherspoon and three fights removed from his only loss in nearly a decade, an eleventh round stoppage at the hands of IBF/WBO/IBO Heavy Champ Wladimir Klitschko. The Tiger stands at 6′ 5″ and most recently fought at 250lbs.

Thompson’s opponent, Nashville, TN’s, Owen “What the Heck Beck” most recently contended for a heavy title in 2006 against “The Russian Giant” Nikolay Valuev (L, TKO3). After that defeat Beck reeled off four wins before losing by TKO in the final round (TKO10) of a bout verses Manuel Charr who is now 14-0 (7 KO’s). Beck stands at 6′ 3 1/2″ and last fought at 250.5 lbs.

“Both have fought for the world title and lost hard fought battles.”– Brian Young

“These two giant men, 6’5, 245-250 lbs each are fighting right here–ten feet in front of where I am standing–in a 20′ x 20′ ring. There is no room for a man that size to hide. These two men will go at it from the opening bell. There is no love lost. There’s a little bit of history there between the two. They will throw down and I’m not sure the fight goes 4 or 5 rounds. I think the over under will be less than five rounds. That fight will be a war and will alone be worth the price of admission.

Two undefeated top lightweights in the world today Hanky Lundy 17-0 verses Tyrese Hendrix 18-0, of the Prize Fight Boxing stable, could be a “Fight of the Year” candidate. “I think that strongly of the fight. Both kids have already been going at it on the internet about the out come of the fight,” said Young. Hendrix (18-0-1, 7 KO’s) and Lundy (17-0-1, 10 KO’s) will battle for the NABO Lightweight Title.

The bout sheet includes two Olympians, Gary Russell, Jr. (8-0, 5 KO’s ), captain of the 2008 USA Olympic Team as he faces Carlos Diaz in a six round feather bout and Taureano Johnson (1-0, 1 KO) who represented the Bahamas faces Ryan Bianchini in a four round middle bout.

In other action Lanard Lane (11-0, 7 KO’s) of Houston is set to face veteran John Brown (24-17-2, 11 KO’s) in an scheduled eight round jr. welter match up.

The swing bout of the evening will showcase two mid-south fighters in a grudge match for turf when Memphis’ Marlon Lewis (1-1, 1 KO) climbs in the ring with Batesville, AR’s, Chris Gray (1-0). Lewis says he is taking Memphis back to Arkansas with him while Lewis says that he is ready for the win, “You hear?!”

The New Daisy is tight, dark, smokey and its fans are boisterous – that’s for a non-televised fight!

Tickets are $15, first come first served basis.

This is classic boxing at its best! Do not miss this opportunity to be a part of this fantastic nationally televised event at the New Daisy Theatre!

ESPN Fights Tonight at New Daisy!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by Champ

By Nate Yoder

MEMPHIS, TN – ESPN Friday Night Fights returns to historic Beale Street tonight!

Heavyweights headline the night in a clash of former World Title challengers in the 10 round Main Event as Washington D.C.’s Tony Thompson 33-2 (21 KO’s) goes toe-to-toe with Nashville, TN’s Owen Beck 29-4 (20 KO’s).

The co-feature of the night is a rare match up of young undefeated prospects. Tyrese Hendrix 18-0-1 (7 KO’s) and Henry Lundy 17-0-1 (10 KO’s) will put it all on the line as they meet for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title.

The six bout card will be rounded off by four extremely well matched bouts. Houston, TX’s Lanard Lane 11-0 (7 KO’s) meets grizzled veteran John Brown 24-17-2 (11 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ in an 8 round Jr. Welterweight bout. Also, 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. 8-0 (5 KO’s) of Capitol Heights, MD puts his undefeated record on the line against the always tough Carlos Diaz of Dorado, Puerto Rico in a 6 round Featherweight match up. Further, Taureano Johnson 1-0 (1 KO), a member of the 2008 Bahamian Olympic Team, will do battle with Ryan Bianchini in a 4 round Middleweight clash. In addition, on the card is Memphis, TN’s Marlon Lewis 1-1 (1 KO) boxing Chris Gray 1-0 (1 KO) of Batesville, AR in a 4 round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Doors open at 6:00 PM for this tremendous night of live boxing and the first bout will start at 7:00 PM. The ESPN television broadcast will begin at 8:00 PM. All tickets are priced unbelievably low at $15 and seating is first come first serve.

To purchase tickets call The New Daisy Theatre at (901) 486-2385.

ESPN Friday Night Fights at the New Daisy!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by Champ

By Nate Yoder

MEMPHIS, TN – ESPN Friday Night Fights will return to historic Beale Street for the 4th year in a row as Prize Fight will promote a power packed six bout card from The New Daisy Theatre. Heavyweights headline the night in a clash of former World Title challengers in the 10 round Main Event as Washington D.C.’s Tony Thompson 33-2 (21 KO’s) goes toe-to-toe with Nashville, TN’s Owen Beck 29-4 (20 KO’s). The 6’5″ southpaw Thompson is coming off an impressive 9th round stoppage of Chazz Witherspoon and looks to get himself back in line for another shot at the World Title. Thompson recently fought for a World Title as he lost on an 11th round TKO to Wladimir Klitschko in July of 2008. Conversely, Owen Beck is 4-1(2 KO’s) since his World Title loss to Nikolay Valuev and knows a win over Thompson will surely get him close to another World Title shot.

The co-feature of the night is a rare match up of young undefeated prospects. Tyrese Hendrix 18-0-1 (7 KO’s) and Henry Lundy 17-0-1 (10 KO’s) will put it all on the line as they meet for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title. The Atlanta native and southpaw Hendrix is no stranger to the Memphis boxing fans as he has fought his last three bouts at The Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS. Lundy, from the historic fight town of Philadelphia, is coming off of a tough 10 round split decision win this past January. The winner of this fight will catapult themselves as a boxer to be reckoned with in the lightweight division as well as receiving a top fifteen world ranking.

The six bout card will be rounded off by four extremely well matched bouts. Houston, TX’s Lanard Lane 11-0 (7 KO’s) meets grizzled veteran John Brown 24-17-2 (11 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ in an 8 round Jr. Welterweight bout. Also, 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. 8-0 (5 KO’s) of Capitol Heights, MD puts his undefeated record on the line against the always tough Carlos Diaz of Dorado, Puerto Rico in a 6 round Featherweight match up. Further, Taureano Johnson 1-0 (1 KO), a member of the 2008 Bahamian Olympic Team, will do battle with Ryan Bianchini in a 4 round Middleweight clash. In addition, on the card is Memphis, TN’s Marlon Lewis 1-1 (1 KO) boxing Chris Gray 1-0 (1 KO) of Batesville, AR in a 4 round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Doors open at 6:00 PM for this tremendous night of live boxing and the first bout will start at 7:00 PM. The ESPN television broadcast will begin at 8:00 PM. All tickets are priced unbelievably low at $15 and seating is first come first serve.

For more information on April 16th’s ESPN Friday Night Fights or to set up boxer interviews please call Nate Yoder at (618) 979-6735. To purchase tickets call The New Daisy Theatre at (901) 486-2385.

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