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Dibella Entertainment Signs

Super Lightweight Contender Petros Ananyan!

(September 29th) DiBella Entertainment has signed super lightweight contender Petros Ananyan (15-2-2, 7 KOs) to an exclusive promotional agreement.


Ananyan is coming off of an impressive victory against previously unbeaten knockout artist Subriel Matias on February 22, in Las Vegas, as part of the undercard to the Wilder-Fury heavyweight championship rematch. For over six exciting rounds, the two adversaries stood shoulder-to-shoulder trading furious combinations, until Ananyan hurt and staggered Matias into the ropes for a knockdown call in the seventh frame. Ananyan dominated the remainder of the contest to earn a unanimous decision. Going into the bout, Matias was rated #2 by the IBF, #3 by the WBC, and #10 by the WBO.


Born in Armenia and raised in Russia, Ananyan began boxing at the age of 11. Over the next 15 years, he compiled an amateur record of 220-60, while winning the Moscow Championships in 2007, securing a bronze cup at the Cup of Russia Tournament in 2008, and making it to the finals of the 2014 AIBA Open Championships in China.


During that time, Ananyan also served in the military and attended University. While completing a two-year stint in the Russian Army, Ananyan competed in and won the Championship of the Armed Forces Boxing Tournament in 2010. He then earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism in 2013. 


Ananyan, who captured the IBF International junior welterweight title in 2017, is currently training in Los Angeles, CA, but primarily lives in Russia with his wife and two children. His Russian trainer, Vely Melamed, has been in Ananyan's corner for most of his pro career.


"Lou DiBella is one of the best promoters in the world and I'm happy to team up with him," said Ananyan. "I know that, with DiBella Entertainment, I can achieve my dream of becoming a world champion. I am hungry, determined and eager to prove that I am one of the best super lightweights in the world."


"I'm thrilled to sign Petros Ananyan to DiBella Entertainment," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Petros' win against Matias showed me that he has the talent to compete with the top contenders of the super lightweight division. I will work hard to provide Petros with the opportunities to move toward a world title shot."


"I first met Lou DiBella in Moscow at a sanctioning body's annual convention in 2003 and we've been friends ever since," said Ananyan's manager, Edouard Goumachian. "I've worked with him on many of my fighters' careers and I am excited for Ananyan's future with DiBella Entertainment's guidance."


About DiBella Entertainment

DiBella Entertainment (DBE) was born from the unique insights that owner Lou DiBella honed as a television executive and matchmaker. DBE rejects the contractual exploitation of professional boxers and employs a business model that at once shifts the balance of power from promoters to boxers, and establishes a legacy of matchmaking excellence to elevate the sport of boxing.


DiBella graduated from Tufts University and Harvard Law School and was previously head of programming for HBO Sports. He created and orchestrated the highly successful series, “Boxing After Dark.” HBO experienced enormous success under his guidance with some of the most high-profile matches in boxing history. DiBella also owns the San Francisco Giants Baseball AA Eastern League affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels, formerly the Connecticut Defenders, which is one of the most successful teams in Minor League baseball.


DiBella Entertainment created a rebirth for boxing in New York City with its popular series “Broadway Boxing.” The two-hour program is the longest running and most successful independently produced boxing television series, which features up-and-coming fighters and promising contenders.


DiBella Entertainment represents athletes with honesty and integrity and seeks the best and fairest financial deals for its clients.

DiBella Entertainment Signs

Heavyweight Jerry “Slugger” Forrest!

(June 6th) DiBella Entertainment has signed heavyweight contender Jerry "Slugger" Forrest (26-3, 20 KOs), a 6-foot-1 southpaw from Newport News, VA, to an exclusive promotional agreement.


Forrest was born in Lafayette, LA, but moved to Virginia as a young child when his father enlisted in the Navy. His boxing aspirations began after a series of high school senior year brawls convinced Forrest that he had the aptitude to compete in the sweet science. Accumulating a 34-5 amateur record, Forrest won gold medals four times at the Virginia State Golden Gloves tournament, four times at the Washington D.C. Regionals tournament, twice at the California Tournament of Champions, and once at the North Carolina Golden Gloves. He also competed in the National Golden Gloves tournament twice and made it to the semi-finals of the 2012 Olympic Qualifiers.


His ring nickname, "Slugger", was given to him at birth by his grandmother.


"My mother's bloodstream got poisoned while pregnant with me and she had to have an emergency Caesarean section," said Forrest. "The doctors told my family that I probably wouldn't make it through the night. When my grandmother saw me in the incubator, she said, 'You have to be a fighter, you have to be a slugger. If you die, my daughter will want to die. That can't happen.' When she said that, I started to respond and it was the first time that I opened my eyes. From day one, 'Slugger' was my nickname."


Forrest turned pro in 2012, winning seven of his first nine bouts. Those two early career setbacks paved the way for a rededicated Forrest to win his next 18 fights. Following an impressive win against the 19-2 Joshua Tufte, Forrest challenged unbeaten prospect Jermaine Franklin on July 12, 2019, live on SHOWTIME's "ShoBox" series. After 10 rounds, Forrest felt that he had clearly outboxed his adversary, but would lose a controversial split decision. Many ringside observers believed Forrest deserved the victory, including all three of SHOWTIME's commentators. Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood both had Forrest winning seven rounds, while Raul Marquez had him the winner by eight rounds to two. Trained by Anthony Chase and managed by James Hogan, Forrest rebounded from that loss with a second-round knockout of Martez Williamson last September.


While starting his boxing journey, Forrest got married and now has three children. To make ends meet, he had a career as a nuclear electrician, working for Huntington Ingalls Industries on submarines and aircraft carriers for 10 years. Nearing the end of 2019, Forrest made the decision to move on and fully focus on boxing.


He is also heavily involved with charitable causes in his community, helping to steer inner city youth away from crime and street life. Forrest is active in such programs as Gladiator School Boxing, Together Lives Change (TLC) and the Future Actors and Media Makers (F.A.M.M.) Project, all of which provide kids with academic, athletic and vocational training.


"When I watched Jerry's fight against Franklin, not only did I think he deserved to win, I saw a fighter with a lot of talent and potential. I'm thrilled to add him to the DiBella Entertainment roster," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "With his size, style and strength, Forrest can be a big player in the heavyweight division."


"Lou called me the day after I lost to Franklin and, from then on, I knew we'd be working together," said Forrest. "This is an unbelievable moment for me and my family, not simply because I signed with a promoter, but because of who signed me. Lou was the only promoter that I wanted to be with because of his heart and the man that he is. I can't wait to make my family proud and make Lou proud. The better I look, the better he looks.


"There are a lot of good fighters in the heavyweight division right now, but I believe that I train harder than any of them. I'm an old school gym rat. Like Muhammad Ali said, 'Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' I love the craft of boxing and I have a calculated style, but I also have that killer instinct inside of me. I know that I can compete at the top level."


About DiBella Entertainment

DiBella Entertainment (DBE) was born from the unique insights that owner Lou DiBella honed as a television executive and matchmaker. DBE rejects the contractual exploitation of professional boxers and employs a business model that at once shifts the balance of power from promoters to boxers, and establishes a legacy of matchmaking excellence to elevate the sport of boxing.


DiBella graduated from Tufts University and Harvard Law School and was previously head of programming for HBO Sports. He created and orchestrated the highly successful series, “Boxing After Dark.” HBO experienced enormous success under his guidance with some of the most high-profile matches in boxing history. DiBella also owns the San Francisco Giants Baseball AA Eastern League affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels, formerly the Connecticut Defenders, which is one of the most successful teams in Minor League baseball.


DiBella Entertainment created a rebirth for boxing in New York City with its popular series “Broadway Boxing.” The two-hour program is the longest running and most successful independently produced boxing television series, which features up-and-coming fighters and promising contenders.


DiBella Entertainment represents athletes with honesty and integrity and seeks the best and fairest financial deals for its clients.

Dibella Entertainment Boxers and First Responders

Tiara Brown and Mikkel Lespierre

Receive WBC Heroes for Humanity Award!

(Tiara Brown and Mikkel LesPierre)

(May 16th) DiBella Entertainment boxers Tiara Brown and Mikkel LesPierre were recently honored, among others in the boxing world, by the WBC with their Heroes For Humanity Award, which recognizes "exceptional, steadfast courage and willpower to help others" in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brown, an unbeaten super featherweight prospect, is a full-time police officer from Washington, D.C., and LesPierre, a world ranked super lightweight contender from Brooklyn, NY, works at Mt. Sinai Hospital.


"I commend my friends at the WBC for establishing this honor and recognizing those in the boxing community doing what they can to help out during this pandemic," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Congratulations to Tiara and Mikkel, both of whom are on the frontlines fighting against the coronavirus. Tiara patrols an area of Washington, D.C., hit hard by COVID-19 and Mikkel assists doctors and nurses at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City with the influx of patients."


Brown (10-0, 6 KOs) was named the Police Officer of the Year by the Metropolitan Police Department of D.C. in 2019. She also gained recognition for both her talents in the ring and service to her community when the Steve Harvey talk show profiled her as a "Real Life Super Hero". Brown last fought on December 7, 2019, winning a unanimous decision against Simone Da Silva at the Dulles Sportsplex, in Sterling, VA.


"I'm so honored to be recognized by the WBC and to be listed among all of these great athletes and people from the boxing world," said Brown. "I'm going to print out a few copies of the certificate, frame them, and give one to my mom in Florida. I've had other athletes reach out to congratulate me on social media. I'm just so thrilled and happy that I'm appreciated not only as an athlete but also as a first responder.


"I've been a Community Officer for the Washington, D.C., Police Department for the past five years. My job is to make sure people are safe and to let them know that they are not alone, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Things have been really tough; the violent crime rate has spiked in D.C. Cops are putting their lives even more at risk now, having to save people in distress that may not be wearing masks or the proper protective equipment. A big part of my job is interacting with the community and this virus has turned policing upside down. I'm not able to comfort people the way I'm used to. I can't come into people's homes and, when writing up reports, I have to do it from six feet away. I wear a mask for my entire shift, which starts at 6:00am, but it's important to stay safe."


LesPierre (22-1-1, 10 KOs) last fought on December 5, 2019, at Terminal 5, in Manhattan, NY. He earned a unanimous decision against Roody Pierre Paul to rebound from his tough points loss to Maurice Hooker for the WBO super lightweight world title last March. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, LesPierre moved to the US at age six and was raised in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. He is managed by Josie Taveras and trained by Don Saxby out of Gleason's Gym. When he's not training, LesPierre has worked full-time at Mt. Sinai Hospital for the past 12 years in various positions.


"It is an honor to be acknowledged by the WBC and a great award to receive," said LesPierre. "As a fighter, I want to play my part and be the best humanitarian I can be during this pandemic. I am happy that my actions outside of the ring were recognized by such a prestigious organization.


"My ENT (ear, nose and throat) department was considered high risk so I was deployed to the main area of the hospital, working primarily with nurses to help set up necessary equipment, provide medical supplies and prepare ICU units. Though the number of COVID-19 patients is decreasing, and it's good that people are taking precautions to stay safe, this crisis is far from over. When the pandemic began, seeing dead bodies rolled past me every day was so distressing and bizarre, but it's just important to stay composed and do your best in any given situation."



The World Boxing Council created the Heroes for Humanity Award, inspired by boxers who through their kindness, humility, bravery and resolute determination, are striving to overcome this terrible blow, get up from a grievous knockdown, and help communities regain their feet, equilibrium and their confidence, throughout the duration of this appalling crises. We will fight the twelve rounds to victory!


The WBC is very proud to present this certificate to Heroes of the World for exceptional, steadfast courage and willpower to help others.


Thank you for keeping the world safe!

Bahamian Heavyweight Prospect

Amron “The Sandman” Sands Dominates

Cristian Galvez In the Dominican Republic!

(February 22nd) Heavyweight prospect Amron "The Sandman" Sands improved to 11-0 (9 KOs) with a victory against Cristian Galvez last night at Club Deportivo Calero in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


The six-foot-six Sands, born in Nassau, Bahamas, now based in Orlando, FL, came out aggressively, dropping Galvez in the opening round with a left hook. However, he hurt his left thumb while blocking a punch later in the frame and had to switch tactics. Promoted by DiBella Entertainment and managed by Kevin Dever Sports Management, Sands pumped his jab to outbox Galvez and punished him to the body whenever his foe moved in too close. Going the eight-round distance for the first time, Sands won a unanimous decision. Galvez, of Maimon, Dominican Republic, is now 17-6 (15 KOs).


Before turning pro on August 5, 2017, Sands accumulated a 40-3 record as an amateur. After earning silver at the 2014 Independent Cup in the Dominican Republic, Sands moved to Florida and started training out of Orlando Boxing Academy with head coach Buck Mitchell. He also won first place at the 2015 Florida State PAL Boxing Championships and 2016 Sugar Bert Promotions Title Belt National Qualifier.

“Merciless” Mary McGee Defends IBF Jr. Welterweight Title During Busy Weekend for Dibella Entertainment Fighters!

(February 11th) On Saturday night, February 8, several DiBella Entertainment fighters posted big victories across the United States and internationally.


"Merciless" Mary McGee (27-3, 15 KOs) successfully defended her IBF junior welterweight title for the first time near her hometown of Gary, IN, with an eighth-round stoppage against Deanha "The Silencer" Hobbs (8-2, 5 KOs), of Queensland, Australia, at the Civic Center in Hammond, IN. One of McGee's biggest strengths is her punching accuracy and that was evident again versus Hobbs. McGee effectively countered Hobbs' offense each round with her own heavy shots. When in close, McGee would unload combinations to the head and body. Hobbs was hurt by McGee's left hook in the seventh and the champion was determined to go for the finish. In the eighth, an extended barrage aimed at a tired Hobbs against the ropes forced the referee to intervene for the TKO win. The victory, in front of a huge crowd of local supporters, was the seventh straight for McGee, who won the world title with a 10th-round stoppage of Ana Laura Esteche on December 5, 2019.


Christina "Medusa" Linardatou (13-2, 6 KOs), of Athens, Greece, regained the WBO super lightweight world title in Hammond, IN, with a 10-round unanimous decision against Prisca "die Kriegerin" Vicot (11-7, 2 KOs), of England. She pressed forward, landing the harder shots throughout and decked Vicot in round three with a right hand. Linardatou had previously lost the title to Katie Taylor in a hotly contested battle on November 2, 2019.


Also featured on the card in Hammond, IN, in a scheduled eight-rounder, the 22-year-old 2016 US Olympian Charles Conwell (12-0, 9 KOs), of Cleveland, OH, returned to the ring with a fifth-round knockout of Mexican southpaw Ramses "El Faraon" Agaton (22-12-3, 12 KOs), of Tlalnepantla. Conwell worked to close the gap against his taller foe then often pounded the body with combinations. After four completed rounds of getting outworked, Agaton retired on his stool, with the official time of the stoppage being 0:01 of round five. It was the first fight for Conwell following the tragic passing of Patrick Day after their fight on October 12, 2019.


In a scheduled six-rounder in Hammond, IN, top undefeated middleweight prospect, 23-year-old Isaiah Steen (14-0, 10 KOs), of Cleveland, OH, a training partner of Conwell's, earned a first-round stoppage against Kenneth Council (10-4-1, 8 KOs), of Knoxville, TX. Steen dropped his adversary with an overhand right then, shortly thereafter, Council complained about an injured right shoulder which prompted the referee to end the contest via TKO.


Also, on Saturday night in Daytona Beach, FL, 2016 Olympian Juan Carlos Carrillo (3-0, 2 KOs), of Barranquilla, Colombia, knocked out Ben Williams (1-3), of Benton Harbor, MI, in the second round a scheduled six-round light heavyweight clash. The 27-year-old Carrillo, who represented Colombia at the Rio Olympics, landed a left hook to the body that sent Williams to the deck resulting in the knockout at the 2:27 mark of the frame. As an amateur, Carrillo compiled an impressive 388-23 record, winning gold at the 2012 Colombian National Games, 2012 Pacific Cup Tournament, 2011 Colombian National Championships, 2010 Colombian Youth National Championships, and silver at the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games. The event, held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach, FL, was promoted by women's boxing legend and 2020 Hall-of-Fame Inductee Christy Martin.


In Vienna, Virginia, heavyweight contender Mike Balogun (16-0, 12 KOs), of Upper Marlboro, MD, scored a first-round stoppage of Adnan Buharalija, of Norcross, Georgia, in a scheduled eight-rounder. A right hook upstairs dropped Buharalija near the end of the opening frame and the fight was stopped at the 2:59 mark. It was the fourth knockout victory in his last five fights for the former college football standout who played with the Oklahoma Sooners. 


Fighting at home in Bilbao, Spain, top lightweight contender Jon Fernandez (21-1, 18 KOs) knocked out Colombian Aristides Perez (31-13-2, 17 KOs) in the first round of a scheduled eight-round bout. Fernandez pressured from the outset, focusing on Perez' midsection. Following a sustained attack against the ropes, an exhausted Perez took a knee. Once he arose, Fernandez unleashed a follow-up barrage to force a second and final knockdown to secure the TKO win. It was the fifth straight victory for the 24-year-old Fernandez, who is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and MaravillaBox Promotions.

Seven Division World Champion Amanda Serrano

Scores Third Round Knockout In Miami!

(February 1st) Seven-division world champion Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano (38-1-1, 28 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY, was victorious last night with a third-round stoppage of Simone Aparecida Da Silva at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, FL, in a scheduled eight-round non-title lightweight clash broadcast on DAZN.


Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Matchroom Boxing USA, the Puerto Rican native dominated the action, dropping Da Silva late in the second round then punishing her in the third with a barrage of shots to the head and body until the referee halted the contest 53 seconds into the frame.


Said the pleased Serrano, "I'm happy to have gotten the ring work after dedicating the last two months to strictly wrestling and jiujitsu for my canceled mixed martial arts fight. Thanks to my promoter, Lou DiBella, who I called and told that I needed to stay active and, as usual, he came through. My opponent was tough and game. She had just fought the very talented Tiara Brown last month so we knew she was not only in fighting shape but durable to go the distance with Brown.


"We wanted the work. When I fought Heather Hardy, after the first round, I took my foot off the gas. With this girl, I showed once I see you hurt, it's wrap time. True fight fans knew the difference. I'm happy with my trainer Jordan's decisions on what to do in the ring. There's always a method to his madness."


"Amanda Serrano's performance against Simone Da Silva was yet another reminder that she's the most dangerous lady in boxing," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "She'll prove that against Katie Taylor when they meet in what will be the Super Bowl of women's boxing."

Dibella Entertainment Signs Newly Crowned

IBF World Female Jr. Welterweight Champion

“Merciless” Mary McGee!

(December 20th) DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has signed newly crowned IBF World Female Junior Welterweight Champion "Merciless" Mary McGee (26-3, 14 KOs), of Gary, IN, to an exclusive promotional contract. McGee joins the strongest group of female boxing talent under any promotional banner.


The 33-year-old McGee won the vacant world title on Thursday, December 5, with a 10th-round knockout of Ana Laura Esteche in a featured bout on DBE's Broadway Boxing Annual Holiday Event at Terminal 5 in Manhattan and live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world's leading digital subscription service for combat sports. After dropping former unified world champion Esteche in round eight, McGee finished her off with a barrage of power punches 30 seconds into the 10th and final frame, becoming the first to stop her Argentinean foe.


McGee will make her first title defense on Saturday, February 8, 2020, against Deanha "Silencer" Hobbs at the Hammond Civic Center, in Hammond, IN. Hobbs (8-1, 5 KOs), of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, is a former WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight titlist and Australian Super Lightweight and Super Welterweight titlist. Her lone loss came to Christina Linardatou, challenging for the WBO Super Lightweight world championship.


"I am beyond excited to be promoted by Lou. He's a loving, caring and understanding man. In this day and age, that is extremely rare," said McGee. "I am grateful that all my hard work over the years has finally been recognized by a promoter of his magnitude and I'm excited to see what lies ahead."


Continued McGee manager Brian Cohen, "Lou DiBella is a visionary. He was promoting women's boxing before it was the cool thing to do. He understands the sport and, when you speak to him, he doesn't just know one or two female boxers, he knows them all. I couldn't ask for a better promoter to work with than Lou DiBella."


"Mary McGee is a talented boxer who has perseverance and realized her dream of winning a world title. She is also a dedicated single mom, fighting for a better life for her son. I look forward to working with her and manager Brian Cohen to keep Mary active and to secure lucrative matchups in the future," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Her first defense of her IBF title, on February 8, versus Australia's Deanha Hobbs, will begin what promises to be a big 2020 for Mary."


Included among the female fighters in the DBE stable are seven-division world champion and current WBO Featherweight World Champion Amanda Serrano, WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Alicia Napoleon-Espinosa, WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Hanna Gabriels, Interim WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Raquel Miller, former Featherweight World Champion Heather Hardy, former Junior Welterweight World Champion Christina Linardatou, world title challengers Abril Vidal and Shelly Vincent and featherweight contender Tiara Brown.

World Ranked Middleweight Alantez Fox

Earns Dominant Victory

On WBO Champions Tournament Event In Puerto Rico!

(October 31st) On Saturday, October 26, world-ranked middleweight contender Alantez "SlyAza" Fox, of Upper Marlboro, MD, improved to 26-1-1 (12 KOs) competing on the "WBO Champions Tournament" event held at Cancha Ruben Zayas Montanez, in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.


Earning his third straight victory since a decision loss to Demetrius Andrade in 2017 and subsequent shoulder surgery, Fox defeated Argentinean southpaw Bruno "El Zar" Romay, from Buenos Aires, via unanimous decision. Stalking Romay from the outset, jabbing and banging away at the midsection, the 6-foot-4 Fox doubled Romay over with a right hook to the body near the end of round one and dropped him with a combination. Fox then outboxed Romay for the remaining seven rounds en route to adding another win to his ledger on scores of 80-71, 79-71, and 79-72.


With the victory, the 27-year-old Fox, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and ranked #2 by the WBO, took another step toward securing a shot at the WBO middleweight championship.


Dominican super bantamweight contender Yenifel Vicente, a former WBO Latino titlist, also participated in the "WBO Champions Tournament" event against Mexican Victor Ruiz, returning to the ring following a decision defeat to Tramaine Williams on July 27, contesting for the WBO NABO 122-pound title. The heavy-handed Vicente, who had scored 10 consecutive knockouts prior to the Williams bout, knocked out Ruiz in the fourth round with a vicious body attack and is now 36-4-2 (28 KOs).

Richard Commey “More Than Ready” for Teofimo Lopez  Dec 14th LIVE on ESPN from Madison Square Garden!

(photo credit Mikey Williams/Top Rank)    

(September 27th) On December 14, Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Boxing, will once again play host to one of the most highly anticipated fights in boxing as IBF Lightweight World Champion Richard Commey (29-2, 26 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY, makes the second defense of his title against #1-ranked mandatory challenger Teofimo Lopez (14-0, 11 KOs), also of Brooklyn, NY. The 12-round clash will be broadcast live on ESPN.


A native of the boxing rich country of Ghana, the hard-punching Commey is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, trained by Andre Rozier and managed by Keith Connolly and Mickey Amoo-Bediako, of Streetwise Management. On February 2, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and won the world lightweight title in a brilliant second-round knockout of Isa Chaniev in Dallas, TX. Making his first defense on June 28, he dominated and stopped former world champion Ray Beltran in the eighth round in Temecula, California. Both fights were also telecast live on ESPN. 


Said Commey, "I'm really excited to be defending my belt at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. To be one of the featured bouts at such a prestigious venue is what dreams are made of. I have worked hard to be in this position and will be working harder to stay here. I want to thank my promoter Lou DiBella, my managers Michael Amoo-Bediako and Keith Connolly and my trainer Andre Rozier for making this happen for me."


"Since winning his world title and defending it in dominant fashion, Richard has shown that he is ready for anyone in the lightweight division," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Commey is the champion and Lopez is a far less experienced challenger. Richard is the A-side unless and until Teofimo is able to prove otherwise on December 14 at Madison Square Garden."


"Richard Commey can't wait until December 14 to show the entire boxing world that he's one of the most underrated champions in the sport," said co-manager Keith Connolly. "If he beats a guy like Teofimo Lopez, who is one of the most hyped young prospects in the sport and deservedly so, Richard will prove to be a bonafide A-level world champion."


"It's been a long journey, but Richard is now getting the rewards that his hard work and sacrifice deserve," said co-manager Mickey Amoo-Bediako. "Team Commey is looking forward to seeing Richard write another chapter in his remarkable story, which will lead him to his ultimate destiny and that's to be the undisputed lightweight champion of the world."


Stated trainer Rozier, "Being in training camp with Richard is like a trip to Disneyland. Fun, exciting and enjoyable, he'll be more than ready on December 14."


Fighting on July 19, in his last bout, the 22-year-old Lopez struggled to a 12-round unanimous decision against Masayoshi Nakatini setting up the world title showdown with Commey.

Dibella Entertainment Boxing Signs

WBO Women’s Lightweight World Champion Champion Christina "Black Mamba" Linardatou!

(August 29th) DiBella Entertainment has signed WBO Women's Super Lightweight World Champion Christina "Black Mamba" Linardatou (12-1, 6 KOs), of Athens, Greece.


The 31-year-old Linardatou, a native of the Dominican Republic, captured the vacant WBO 140-pound world title on March 24, with a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated, #1-ranked contender Kandi Wyatt in Athens. The fight was the first boxing world championship contest in the country's history. Following up on her world title victory, Linardatou successfully made her first defense on June 7 winning a 10-round unanimous decision against unbeaten challenger Deanha Hobbs at the Olympic Hall Galatsi in Athens.


"I'm honored to bring another world champion into the DiBella family," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "With her fan-friendly style and willingness to fight anywhere in the world, Christina will become a big star in women's boxing. Her manager Brian Cohen and I have very big plans and we are excited to see her career grow from here."


The Linardatou signing comes one day prior to DiBella Entertainment's next Broadway Boxing card, which will be live streamed on UFC Fight Pass tomorrow night from Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT. The event will feature three exciting women's bouts, including WBA Super Middleweight Champion Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon-Espinosa defending her world title for the second time against Schemelle Baldwin. Former world champion Kali Reis and hard-hitting bantamweight contender Helen Joseph will compete as well.


DiBella Entertainment will also be promoting the highly anticipated WBO Women's Featherweight World Championship fight between Heather "The Heat" Hardy and Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano on Friday, September 13, at Madison Square Garden, in New York City.


"Lou DiBella's passion and action speak loud and clear," said Linardatou. "For many years, Lou has been not only one of the very best promoters, but a true supporter and fighter for women's boxing, working with numerous top contenders and world champions. I'm very confident that he can provide me with big opportunities to take my career to the next level."


On July 28, 2018, Linardatou fought in the United States for the first time, winning a six-round decision versus previously undefeated Alycia Baumgardner in Louisville, KY.

Dibella Entertainment Signs Undefeated

Puerto Rican Welterweight Prospect Victor Padilla!

(July 31st) DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has signed top welterweight prospect Victor "El Turu" Padilla (4-0, 4 KOs), of Berlin, New Jersey, to an exclusive promotional agreement. He will make his DBE debut on Thursday night's Broadway Boxing: Night of the Contenders event, live streamed exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world's leading digital subscription service for combat sports, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.


"We're very excited to begin working with Victor. At just 20 years old, we look forward to his rise in boxing and to working again with his manager/trainer Chino Rivas," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "With a stellar background, devastating power, charisma and a great team behind him, Victor will become a big star in the sport. I can't wait to see him in action on Thursday night as part of our Broadway Boxing UFC Fight Pass stream."


Fighting out of the same camp as IBF Super Featherweight World Champion Tevin Farmer, Padilla, a native of Vieques, Puerto Rico, will make his DBE debut in a battle against Benjamin Borteye, of Silver Spring, Maryland, in a scheduled four-round bout this Thursday night, August 1, at the Monroeville Convention Center, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


"My family and I are very thankful to Lou DiBella and the entire DiBella Entertainment team for believing in my talent and dedication toward becoming a world champion. I have never wanted something so badly," said Padilla. "I lost focus for a short period of time where I was not fighting because my family was not by my side and it made it difficult for me. With the help of my trainer Chino Rivas and the rest of my team, I have no more worries. I have the full support of my family and I have never been happier or more motivated. All those that doubted me will regret it and those who believed in me will never question that decision. I look forward to making DiBella Entertainment proud on August 1 and for many years to come."


Padilla turned professional in December 2016 after a stellar amateur career that included three National championships and a record of 90-7.

Dibella Entertainment Signs

Heavyweight Prospect Amron Sands!

(July 3rd) DiBella Entertainment has added six-foot-six Bahamian Amron "The Sandman" Sands (8-0, 7 KOs), of Orlando, FL, to its roster of heavyweight prospects. Sands is managed by Kevin Dever Sports Management.


In his last bout, on February 16, Sands fought in his first scheduled six-rounder but needed less than one round to stop Hector Hodge at St. Petersburg Coliseum in Florida.


"Amron is a big heavyweight with a lot of power," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "The heavyweight division is hot right now and Sands has the kind of style that will entertain the audience. I'm happy to be working again with my friend Kevin Dever and, together, we will make sure that Amron reaches his full potential."


"I signed with DiBella Entertainment because Lou is one of the most trustworthy promoters in boxing and he has great relationships in the business to get my name out there," said Sands. "I know that, with his guidance, I can become heavyweight champion of the world. I can box and I can bang and I'm what the heavyweight division needs. I'm very excited about my future and am ready to put in the work."


"I have always had a great working relationship with Lou DiBella. He genuinely cares about his fighters," said Kevin Dever. "DiBella Entertainment knows how to build a fighter to become a world champion and I know that Amron is in good hands."


Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Sands initially aspired to become a professional basketball player. His natural athleticism and talent were recognized at an early age and led him to receiving a scholarship to attend the sports-oriented high school Save Our Youth Leadership Academy in Tulsa, OK. However, during a senior year basketball game, Sands damaged the ACL and MCL in his right knee, which forced him to withdraw from the school and return home to the Bahamas.


Sands' boxing journey began when he reconnected with Ronn Rodgers, an old basketball coach from his youth who now owned a local boxing gym in Nassau, Bahamas. While Sands was training at Strikers School of Boxing to aid his recovery from the knee injury and get back in shape, Rodgers saw potential and urged him consider competing in boxing.


It wasn't until he survived what could have been a fatal motorcycle accident, which left third-degree burns all over the right side of his body, that Sands found the motivation to enter the world of pugilism.


"I was 19 years old, riding my motorcycle and going 110 mph, not wearing a helmet or vest, just shorts and a tank top," said Sands. "The bike skidded on some dirt when I was trying to get around a car and I lost control. The bike flipped over and I went flying, landing on the pavement maybe 100 feet away while the bike hit a tree. It's a miracle that I didn't break any bones; I guess I have a pretty good chin.


"Following an experience like that, where I could have died, I wanted to move my life in a positive direction and decided to heed coach Rodgers' advice to take up boxing."


After earning silver at the 2014 Independent Cup in the Dominican Republic, Sands moved with his family to Orlando, FL, and started training out of Orlando Boxing Academy with head coach Buck Mitchell. Accumulating an overall amateur record of 40-3, Sands also won first place at the 2015 Florida State PAL Boxing Championships and 2016 Sugar Bert Promotions Title Belt National Qualifier. His Olympic dreams were dashed when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruled that he did not yet have enough experience to compete in any qualifying tournaments. That decision prompted Sands to turn pro and he debuted on August 5, 2017, dropping Julio Mendoza twice to score a TKO victory in 86 seconds. With Mitchell in his corner, the heavy-handed Sands has thus far won all but one of his bouts by knockout.


Details on Sands' next contest will be announced shortly.

DiBella Entertainment Signs

Top Mexican Heavyweight Prospect Elvis Garcia!

(June 19th) When Andy Ruiz upset Anthony Joshua earlier this month, stunning the boxing world to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent, it was an inspirational victory for many, including Mexican heavyweight prospect Elvis Garcia (8-0, 6 KOs). Signed by DiBella Entertainment to an exclusive promotional agreement, Garcia is determined to make his mark on the heavyweight division.


"Elvis Garcia is a promising and hard-working heavyweight with great talent. He was born in Mexico, lives in the United States, and has fought in and for both countries, holding dual citizenship," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "The heavyweight division is thriving right now and I look forward to working with Elvis to bring him the best opportunities to fulfill his potential."


"I was speechless and emotional when I got the call from Lou DiBella saying that he wanted to sign me to a promotional contract," said Garcia. "Up to this point of my life, I've been on a long tough road, but now I am very excited for my future. I am proud and grateful to be promoted by DiBella Entertainment. I want to thank Lou for the opportunity and I trust that, with his guidance in and out of the ring, we will make a lot of noise in the heavyweight division."


Born in Nayarit, Mexico, Garcia moved with his family to Umatilla, OR, at age four. He had a strong athletic background growing up, excelling in soccer, wrestling, and jiu jitsu. Often competing in USA National Tournaments, Garcia won two gold medals as a Greco-Roman wrestler and three in jiu jitsu. Garcia also dabbled in mixed martial arts, winning three professional MMA matches by submission.


Encouraged by his jiu jitsu instructors, Garcia decided to take up boxing after graduating high school. However, the closest boxing gym to Umatilla was 260 miles away in Tacoma, WA, and Garcia was making eight-hour roundtrips five days a week to train. That dedication resulted in an impressive 85-10 amateur record, with 42 knockouts.


Garcia won the Washington State Golden Gloves tournament twice, as well as a silver and two bronze medals at the USA National Tournament, and was ranked #3 at super heavyweight in the United States amateur program. Following his last bronze medal performance, Garcia was awarded a berth on the Mexican National Boxing Team and moved to Tijuana to be closer to where the team trained. He then won the Mexican National Championships and the Mexican Golden Gloves Tournament twice.


While competing in Mexico, Garcia worked odd jobs to earn money. Rather than use his savings to pay rent, Garcia opted to live out of his car for an entire year, sending his earnings back home to help support his family.


Shortly after his pro debut in May 2017, Garcia was connected with managers who provided him with living expenses in Tijuana and a place to train in San Diego, CA, where he also worked nights as a security guard. Though, he was once again making long daily commutes between his home and gym. In late 2018, Garcia was set up with renowned trainer Joel Diaz in Indio, CA, where he relocated to focus on his boxing career full-time.


"Elvis is the hardest working heavyweight I have ever seen," said Diaz. "He trains like a featherweight. No fighter in my gym is hungrier or has a bigger heart."


The 29-year-old Garcia is coming off two wins thus far in 2019, going the six-round distance for the first time with a unanimous decision against Alejandro Garduno in February then stopping Ramon Olivas in two rounds in April.


Details on Garcia's debut for DiBella Entertainment will be announced shortly.

George Kambosos Jr. and Charles Conwell

Score Big Wins Over the Weekend!

(June 10th) Two of DiBella Entertainment's rising stars, world ranked lightweight "Ferocious" George Kambosos Jr. and 2016 U.S. Olympian junior middleweight Charles "Bad News" Conwell continued their ascent over the weekend with outstanding performances.


"George and Charles continued to prove they have all the attributes to fight for world titles in the future and I look forward to providing them the opportunities," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "We're very proud of both. They've worked very hard and now our job is put them in the best position to continue their climb in their respective divisions."


Fighting in Athens, Greece, on Friday night, June 7, the 25-year-old Greek Aussie Kambosos (17-0, 10 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, stopped Richard Pena (11-3-1, 9 KOs) in the sixth round in front of a loud, supportive crowd at the Olympic Hall Galatsi. Dropping Pena in the fourth and fifth rounds, Kambosos continued to control the action as the referee called a halt to the action in round six following a barrage of unanswered punches.


"I fought a very smart, patient and explosive fight against a very tough young fighter who had an opportunity of a lifetime. Pena is a good young fighter who made a great account of himself with his long and awkward frame.


"I am a proud Greek and a proud Australian. Fighting in Athens, Greece, was an amazing experience," said Kambosos, whose paternal grandfather originally came to Australia from Greece to begin a new life and raise a family.


Heading into the fight, Kambosos was world ranked #5 by the IBF and #9 by the WBO.


"This was another step toward a world title. My next fight will be in America. Jose Pedraza, I'm coming for you."


Fighting at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-Steve Rolls middleweight clash, the 21-year-old Conwell (10-0, 7 KOs), from Cleveland, OH, won a 10-round unanimous decision versus Brooklyn, NY's Courtney Pennington (12-4-3, 5 KOs), earning the vacant USBA Super Welterweight Title. Scorecards read 97-92 twice, and 96-93. Streamed live on DAZN, Conwell used his advantage in strength to score at will throughout his first 10-round contest.


"I'm very happy with my performance. Pennington was a tough fighter, but we got the victory," said Conwell. "Now it's back to the gym to continue learning and growing as a fighter. It was an honor to fight at Madison Square Garden for the first time. Thanks to my promoter Lou DiBella for bringing me here and I hope to return in the near future."

Dibella Entertainment Signs

Jr. Lightweight Prospect Joshafat Ortiz!

(May 29th) DiBella Entertainment has signed 23-year-old Puerto Rican junior lightweight prospect Joshafat "The Truth" Ortiz (6-0, 4 KOs), of Reading, PA, to an exclusive promotional agreement.


Born in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, Ortiz moved to the US at age four with his mother and was raised in Reading, PA. He was first introduced to boxing as a child when visiting family in Puerto Rico during the summer months, as his father, uncle and brother were all amateur fighters. By the time he was 14 years old, Ortiz was serious about entering the sport himself.


While compiling an amateur record of 42-7, Ortiz became a three-time Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Champion. Ortiz made his pro debut in May 2017 and is coming off three consecutive knockout victories. He is trained by Rashiem Jefferson out of TKO Fitness Gym, in Cherry Hill, NJ, alongside junior lightweight world champion Tevin Farmer.


"Joshafat Ortiz is a terrific prospect with championship potential," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "We have communicated since he was an amateur and he made me want to follow his career. He said that one day I would want to sign him. He was right. Jos has worked hard, improved with every fight, and has the tools and hard grinding mentality to succeed at the highest level in boxing. I'm happy we'll be chasing big things together."


"I'm very thankful for the opportunity given to me by Lou DiBella and DiBella Entertainment. It is an honor to sign with one of the more well-known promotional companies in boxing," said Ortiz. "I trust them to put me in a great position to accomplish my goals. I'm looking forward to this next chapter in my career and, without a doubt, will take full advantage of it. I look forward to bringing several world titles to Reading, PA, and becoming the next Puerto Rican superstar."


Ortiz is managed by Felipe Gomez, of El Matador Management.


"Ortiz is a special fighter with a lot of talent," said Gomez. "He is an exciting boxer to watch. I am confident that by working together with Lou DiBella, we can make Ortiz the next star from Puerto Rico. DiBella is a great promoter who has developed many champions. I know that he will do the same with Ortiz."


Details on Ortiz' next fight will be announced shortly.

Regis "Rougarou" Prograis Dominates and Stops Kiryl Relikh to Capture the WBA Super Lightweight Title and Advance to the Finals of the World Boxing Super Series!

(April 29, 2019) The Fighting Pride of New Orleans, Regis "Rougarou" Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs), promoted by DiBella Entertainment, defended his WBC Diamond Championship and captured the WBA Super Lightweight Championship on Saturday night with a sixth-round stoppage of Kiryl Relikh (23-3, 19 KOs), of Minsk, Belarus, in front of a passionate home-state crowd at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA. The victory moved the new champion into the finals of the World Boxing Super Series to face the winner of the other semi-final bout between IBF Super Lightweight World Champion Ivan Baranchyk and undefeated, world-ranked contender Josh Taylor set for Saturday, May 18, in Glasgow, Scotland.


"I'm not surprised at all, I'm a different animal," said a victorious Prograis. "Relikh already knew that from the start of the fight. I know that whoever is put in front of me is going to get the same treatment.


"It was the same thing as my last fight, I worked on my defense. People have been saying that I get hit too much, so guess what? I proved against Flanagan that I can go 12 rounds and I barely got hit. This fight, I barely got hit and I stopped him."


Said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, "What Regis did was make an emphatic statement to the boxing world. He showed his best offense and the best of his defense. It was an all-around brilliant performance.


"I want to see him enter every pound-for-pound list. Rances Barthelemy couldn't do a thing with Relikh and this fight looked like a mismatch. I've worked with some special fighters, including Sergio Martinez. Prograis is special. The firepower, angles, movement, and agility are all there. In the last fight, Regis didn't want to get hit and Flanagan didn't touch him, but this time, Regis opened up. He basically knew Relikh couldn't hurt him and wanted to show off his arsenal. It was a savage performance. There were moments of Pernell Whitaker defense. The only real punch that landed from Relikh was clearly after the bell."


Stated manager Peter Berg, of Churchill Management, "Regis may very well be the best pound-for-pound boxer currently in any weight class. Regis is going to get the IBF belt in the WBSS finals and then it will be a rough going for Mr. Hooker and Mr. Ramirez when Regis comes to collect their belts."


Prograis is currently listed among the top 10 boxers in Yahoo! Sports' Pound-for-Pound rankings. He is also Ring Magazine's #1 ranked super lightweight.


Opening the bout by dropping Relikh with a blistering left hand to the liver in the initial stanza, Prograis set the tone for the fight using his heavy hands, a punishing left jab and tight defense to control the action. Prograis then ripped open a cut on the bridge of Relikh's nose in round two. Relikh ended the second hitting Prograis with a left well after the bell. However, Prograis went back on the attack in the third round, continuing to punish the bloodied champion with blistering power shots to the head and body, displaying his full arsenal.


In the sixth round, with Relikh taking an overwhelming amount of punishment, the bout was stopped by referee Luis Pabon at the 1:36 mark, as the jubilant Prograis was declared the new WBA Super Lightweight World Champion to add to his WBC Diamond Super Lightweight Title.

DiBella Entertainment Signs Fast-Rising

Super Lightweight Star Sonny Fredrickson!

(April 25th) DiBella Entertainment has signed fast-rising super lightweight star Sonny Fredrickson (20-1, 13 KOs), of Toledo, OH, to an exclusive promotional agreement.


The 24-year-old Fredrickson will take his first bow under the DiBella Entertainment banner this Saturday, April 27, against undefeated Kazakh prospect Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-0-1, 12 KOs) over 10 rounds at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA. The fight will take place on the undercard of the highly anticipated World Boxing Super Series semi-finals between WBC Diamond Super Lightweight Champion Regis Prograis and WBA Super Lightweight Champion Kiryl Relikh. Fredrickson vs. Eyubov will be broadcast on DAZN (9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT).


"I'm very excited to start working with Sonny Fredrickson; he's bounced back nicely from his only loss with two tremendous victories," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Fighting Eyubov this Saturday night is another big test, but I signed Sonny because I believe these are the types of fights that he's ready to compete in and win. Afterward, he will be well-positioned for a run toward his ultimate goal: a world championship."


Said Fredrickson, "I'm very thankful to DiBella Entertainment for giving me this opportunity. I have trained really hard and I'm ready to put on a great show Saturday night."


Fredrickson is managed by Mike Leanardi and Rick Torres.


"I am very excited for the opportunity for Sonny. He's only 24 years old and the best is yet to come in his career," said Leanardi.


Continued Torres, "I go back a long way with Lou DiBella and the team at DiBella Entertainment. I'm looking forward to working with them and I know they can help get Sonny to the top."


Most recently, Fredrickson won a 10-round unanimous decision against Manuel Mendez on November 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C., capturing the USBA Super Lightweight Title. His only loss came against Shohjahon Ergashev on January 12, 2018, in a bout telecast on SHOWTIME.


In his last fight, Eyubov fought to an eight-round majority draw against Jose Luis Rodriguez (25-12) on February 15, in Mulvane, KS.


Prior to turning professional in 2014, Fredrickson was a very accomplished amateur, compiling a record of 120-8, with 60 knockouts. Competing in the 2013 National Golden Gloves, Fredrickson finished in the top eight of the world class field of amateur boxers. He was also a two-time Ohio State Junior Olympics Champion and a five-time Toledo Golden Gloves Champion.

Dibella Entertainment Signs World Ranked

Super Featherweight O’Shaquie Foster!

(April 18th) DiBella Entertainment has signed world ranked super featherweight contender O'Shaquie Foster (15-2, 9 KOs), of Houston, TX, to a long-term promotional agreement. Foster is managed by Keith Mills and trained by Bobby Benton in his hometown.


The 25-year-old Foster was victorious in all three of his starts in 2018, highlighted by a sensational performance against top undefeated prospect Jon Fernandez on September 21, in his fourth appearance on SHOWTIME's "ShoBox" series. Earning a 10-round unanimous decision garnered Foster the WBC Silver Super Featherweight Title. He is currently world ranked #10 by the WBC.


Before turning pro in 2012, Foster was an accomplished amateur, compiling a record of 94-12. He was a five-time Ringside National Champion, a two-time National Junior Golden Gloves Champion, a 2011 Houston Golden Gloves Champion, a 2010 PAL National Champion, and a participant in the 2012 Olympic Trials.


"I've been impressed with O'Shaquie for a few years, but his victory against Jon Fernandez showed that he has all the attributes of a title contender and a future world champion," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "He has a great trainer in Bobby Benton, who also works with Regis Prograis, and I look forward to working with O'Shaquie and his manager Keith Mills and providing them with the biggest opportunities toward a world title shot."


"I want to thank DiBella Entertainment for giving me this opportunity," said Foster. "Lou is one of the biggest promoters out there and will definitely put me on the path toward accomplishing my dreams of becoming a world champion.


"Sometimes, on the business side of boxing, promoters and fighters are aligned with different TV networks making it difficult to secure the biggest fights that the fans want to see. What I respect most about DiBella is that he's willing to make the best fights when available. He also keeps his fighters busy and that's big for me.


"I want to fight all the top guys and show the fans that I'm the best pure boxer out there. My goal is to unify and win world titles in multiple divisions."


"We are very excited about signing with DiBella Entertainment, the best promoter for O'Shaquie. When we target ranked fighters signed to other promotions, we know there is a high possibility that those fights will happen," said Foster's manager Keith Mills.


"Toward the end of 2017, O'Shaquie moved to Houston to focus on boxing and escape certain elements. He is now under the tutelage of trainer Bobby Benton, who is an extremely talented head coach, mentor, and tactician. Bobby has been a major factor in Foster's success. We also have Aaron Navarro, who is recognized as one of the best cutmen in boxing, body attack strategist and a great head coach in his own right.


"I've always felt that when O'Shaquie is fully focused, he is unstoppable. His focus was very evident these past two years when he came in as the B-side on multiple fight cards and dominated. We had a great year in 2018 and now Foster has the platform to continue that momentum and push his boxing ability to the limit to become a world champion."

Following His Victory Against Culcay,

Sergiy Derevyanchenko Is Seeking the Biggest Fights

In the Middleweight Division!

(April 17th) World ranked middleweight contender Sergiy "The Technician" Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY, was victorious this past Saturday night, April 13, against former world title challenger Jack Culcay (25-4, 13 KOs), of Davie, FL, at the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, MN, taking home a 12-round unanimous decision. Scores for the bout, telecast nationally on FoxSports1, were 116-112 twice, and 115-113.


The victory earned Derevyanchenko, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., the status of mandatory challenger for the IBF Middleweight World Title currently held by Brooklyn rival Daniel Jacobs. On October 27, 2018, the former Ukrainian amateur standout lost a hard-fought controversial 12-round decision to Jacobs for the vacant title at Madison Square Garden.


With Jacobs headed to a middleweight unification showdown versus Canelo Alvarez on May 4, Derevyanchenko looks to make a quick return fighting any of the top middleweights.


"I felt very good against Culcay; he was a very tough opponent, but I prevailed by listening to my corner and staying focused," said Derevyanchenko. "I'm going to take just a short time off and return to the gym. My focus is staying active and fighting the best in the middleweight division. My fight versus Danny Jacobs proved I can compete with anyone. Now it is time to win a world championship."


"Sergiy defeated a very game Jack Culcay on Saturday and proved that he remains one of the best middleweights in the world," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "With the win, he is now the mandatory challenger for the IBF world title, and we will continue to seek out the biggest and best opportunities for Sergiy to compete against the elite of the middleweight division ASAP."

“Real Life Super Hero” Tiara Brown Named 2019 Washington D.C. Police Officer of the Year

Undefeated Female Boxing Star to be Honored March 19th!

(March 7th) Undefeated female boxing star and fulltime police officer Tiara Brown (7-0, 5 KOs) has been named the 2019 Officer of the Year by the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. Brown is a four-year veteran on the force under Chief of Police, Peter Newsham.


Brown was recently featured on the Steve Harvey talk show, which hailed her as a "real life super hero" for her work as a police officer and in community relations while finding success as a boxer. Artist Robert Ayala captured that sentiment in a comic book-style rendering.


"I moved to Washington, D.C. from Florida six years ago to work as a youth boxing counselor and became a police officer four years ago," said Brown. "I still work as a youth boxing counselor as well so between my training for fights, working on the force and as a counselor, I stay very busy."


"I'm thrilled to be honored with this award but, truthfully, I just do my job every day to the fullest of my abilities and will continue with that mindset. It's the same thing in boxing, work hard every day."


The department's Nineteenth Annual Metropolitan Police Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 19, at THEARC Theater in Washington, D.C.


Promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Brown is one of the most exciting fighters in female boxing.


As an amateur, Brown was a three-time gold medalist at the USA Boxing National Championships, a gold medalist at the 2012 Women's World Championships in China, and a participant in the 2015 Olympic Trials, before turning pro in September 2016. She has stopped her last three opponents and is coming off a victory against former world champion Dahiana Santana on December 8, 2018, at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD.


"I am so proud of Tiara," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "She is a terrific fighter and a future world champion. More importantly, Tiara is a true role model, not only keeping the streets of Washington, D.C. safe, but also working as a mentor to inner-city youth. She is very deserving of this award and it is an honor to promote her."


Details on her next bout will be announced shortly.

"Hot Rod" Radivoje Kalajdzic Calls Out

Marcus Browne for Rematch "I Whooped His Ass

and Everyone Knows It, and I'll Do It Again!"!

(February 5th) World Ranked Light Heavyweight contender "Hot Rod" Radivoje Kalajdzic (24-1, 17 KOs) has thrown down the gauntlet to Staten Island, NY native Marcus Browne (23-0, 16 KOs) for a rematch of their highly controversial clash in 2016.


"I saw Browne's fight against Badou Jack and it's the same amateurish style since he turned pro, holding at the first sign of trouble," said the 27-year-old Kalajdzic, who has called St. Petersburg, Florida, his home for 15 years. Browne won a 12-round unanimous decision against Jack on January 19, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, seizing the interim WBA Light Heavyweight Title and the WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Title.


Promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Kalajdzic lost a hotly contested split decision over eight rounds to Browne, the only blemish on an otherwise perfect eight-year career. The bout took place on April 16, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and was scored 76-74 both ways, and 76-75 Browne.


"I slipped in the first round and he hit me when I was down and the referee ruled it a knockdown. From then on, I won the second, fourth, the sixth where I legitimately dropped him, and the last two rounds. So even counting my knockdown in the first, I still should have won the fight as the one judge correctly scored it for me," said Kalajdzic.


"I've watched Browne's most recent fights and he's a front runner. As soon as the going gets tough, he starts holding. The referee finally took a point away for excessive holding in the Jack fight, which Browne should have been penalized for in our fight.


"I've wanted the rematch for three years. I'm sure Browne would be happy fighting some run-of-the-mill, faded contender and avoid me, but it's time to do it again. Anytime, anywhere, I'll fight him in his backyard. He can't beat me. He didn't the first time and he won't on the second try."


Five months after the Browne fight, Kalajdzic was featured on Showtime's "ShoBox" series and impressively knocked out the previously unbeaten Travis Peterkin in the fifth round. After beating Peterkin, "Hot Rod" took an extended period of time off to ensure the complete recovery of a lingering hand injury. In early 2018, he was given a clean bill of health and returned to the ring with two sensational first round knockouts versus Brad Austin and Alex Theran.


"After his long layoff, Hot Rod is back with a bang, having KO'd his last two opponents," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "No disrespect to Marcus Browne, who looked sensational against Jack, but everyone in Team Hot Rod Kalajdzic views his record as 25-0. The boxing world knows that Hot Rod beat Marcus Browne the first time and I know that the boxing world would love to see it again. In the meantime, Hot Rod's next fight will be announced shortly and he'll continue his march toward a light heavyweight title."

DBE Bolsters Female Roster

Signs Three-Time World Champion Hanna Gabriels!

(January 30th) DiBella Entertainment has signed women's WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Hanna "La Amazona Black" Gabriels (19-2-1, 11 KOs), of Alajuela, Costa Rica, to an exclusive promotional contract.


Gabriels successfully defended her WBA world title for the third time this past Saturday, January 26, with a dominant 10-round unanimous decision versus Sarah Dwyer in Managua, Nicaragua.


"When you have the opportunity to sign a fighter of this stature, of either gender, you take it," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Hanna Gabriels is a sensational talent and an incredible woman. She showed it against Claressa Shields, and with her exceptional resume, that she is among the best of the best in female boxing.


"Remarkably, Hanna reached the pinnacle of the sport without an amateur career. She is perfectly bilingual and extraordinarily marketable. We're thrilled to work with one of Costa Rica's biggest stars and one of the biggest stars in women's boxing."


"I feel so privileged and honored to sign with Lou DiBella. This will truly bring out the best in me at this point in my career," said Gabriels. "Lou has done a great job for many years supporting women's boxing and I want to be a part of his work and further my career.


"My career has been a little crazy, filled with great accomplishments along with some obstacles. I only had one amateur fight before turning professional in 2007. However, signing with DiBella Entertainment truly energizes me to work even harder knowing what opportunities they can present.


"I love fighting in Costa Rica and the fans there have been very supportive of my career. However, I'd like to fight more often in the United States. I will fight any body. I've always wanted to face Cecilia Braekhus. I'd like to unify the super welterweight division, and I would love a rematch against Claressa Shields."


"I first met Hanna three years ago when I wanted to work with her husband, former world champion Bryan Vasquez. He insisted that if I wanted to represent him, I had to take on his wife as well, and it's been a wonderful experience ever since," said Gabriels' manager Hector Fernandez. "I am thrilled that Lou DiBella has signed Hanna and I am grateful for all that he's done and continues to do for women's boxing. Female boxers deserve respect and I look forward to making history with DiBella Entertainment."


Gabriels has been married to two-time WBA super featherweight world champion Bryan Vasquez for the past seven years and together they have a four-year-old daughter.


Immensely popular in her native Costa Rica, the three-time, two-division world champion Gabriels made her United States debut on June 22, 2018, moving up in weight to face two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields in Detroit, MI, for the vacant IBF and WBA Middleweight World Titles. Dropping the two-time Olympic Gold Medalist hard to the canvas in the opening round, Gabriels would come up short in a highly competitive, hard-fought clash.


Gabriels first became a world champion in December 2009, capturing the WBO Welterweight World Title with a fourth-round knockout against Gabriela Zapata. Five months later, she moved up to claim the WBO Super Welterweight Title with a first-round knockout of Gardy Alvarez and made three defenses before suffering her first defeat to Oxandia Castillo in February 2013.


On December 20, 2014, Gabriels regained the WBO 154lb. title with a second-round stoppage against Paty Ramirez. In her second WBO defense, Gabriels became a unified champion, adding the WBA belt to her collection, earning a third-round TKO of Katia Alvarino on June 18, 2016. Two successful defenses of her unified WBA/WBO crown followed in 2017, including gaining revenge against Castillo in their rematch that October via unanimous 10-round decision.


Details of Gabriels' first fight under the DiBella Entertainment banner will be announced in the near future.


About DiBella Entertainment

DiBella Entertainment (DBE) was born from the unique insights that owner Lou DiBella honed as a television executive and matchmaker. DBE rejects the contractual exploitation of professional boxers and employs a business model that at once shifts the balance of power from promoters to boxers, and establishes a legacy of matchmaking excellence to elevate the sport of boxing.


DiBella graduated from Tufts University and Harvard Law School and was previously head of programming for HBO Sports. He created and orchestrated the highly successful series, “Boxing After Dark.” HBO experienced enormous success under his guidance with some of the most high-profile matches in boxing history. DiBella also owns the San Francisco Giants Baseball AA Eastern League affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels, formerly the Connecticut Defenders, which is one of the most successful teams in Minor League baseball.


DiBella Entertainment created a rebirth for boxing in New York City with its popular series “Broadway Boxing.” The two-hour program is the longest running and most successful independently produced boxing television series, which features up-and-coming fighters and promising contenders.


DiBella Entertainment represents athletes with honesty and integrity and seeks the best and fairest financial deals for its clients.

Dibella Entertainment Signs

2016 Colombian Olympian Juan Carlos Carrillo!

(January 25th) DiBella Entertainment has announced the signing of 2016 Colombian Olympian Juan Carlos Carrillo to an exclusive promotional contract.


The 26-year-old Carrillo advanced to the second round at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He was among Colombia's most decorated amateurs, with over 400 bouts experience, and winning gold at the 2012 Colombian National Games, 2012 Pacific Cup Tournament, 2011 Colombian National Championships, 2010 Colombian Youth National Championships, and silver at the 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games. Carrillo comes from a boxing family and, at age nine, followed his father and older brother into the sport. His brother, Leonard Carrillo, is an active junior middleweight. Now living in Queens, NY, Carrillo is trained by Martin Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Gonzalez out of Brooklyn's Gleason's Gym and will compete in the light heavyweight division as a professional.


"The light heavyweight division just got a little more crowded," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Colombia's Juan Carlos Carrillo was a spectacular amateur with a record of 388-23 and will have the tools and maturity to progress through the pro ranks at a quick pace. I am happy to work with his manager Felipe Gomez and look forward to providing Carrillo with the opportunities necessary for him to achieve his dream of becoming a world champion."


"I've always dreamed fighting in the United States and I thank God for making my dream come true," said Carrillo. "I want to thank Lou DiBella for signing me and giving me this opportunity and my manager Felipe Gomez for helping to make this happen. I am very grateful and happy with the direction that my career will be heading now that I am with one of the best promoters in boxing and have a good manager by my side."


"I am extremely happy to be part of Carrillo's team," said Carrillo's manager Felipe Gomez. "He is a fighter that had a huge amateur background and will be bringing that experience into the pro ranks. I have big plans for him and I will work relentlessly with Lou DiBella to help Carrillo become a World Champion."


Details on Carrillo's professional debut will be announced shortly.

Dibella Entertainment Signs Two of Brooklyn’s Finest, Mikkel Lespierre and Jude Franklin!

(December 20th) Preparing for a busy 2019, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has added to its deep stable of world champions and top contenders, signing undefeated junior welterweight contender Mikkel "Slikk Mikk" LesPierre (20-0-1, 9 KOs) and unbeaten junior lightweight prospect Jude "King Zar" Franklin (9-0, 8 KOs). Both LesPierre and Franklin are Brooklynites who train out of Gleason's Gym.


"I'm very excited to add Mikkel LesPierre and Jude Franklin to the DiBella Entertainment roster," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Mikkel is very talented and has a tremendous work ethic, as he juggles boxing with his fulltime job at Mt. Sinai Hospital. He is world rated and belongs with the top of the junior welterweight division. We will continue to position him for a world title opportunity in 2019. Jude is a dynamic young boxer-puncher with a growing local following. He's both talented and fan-friendly. I look forward to working with both of these future stars as their careers progress."

A professional for six years, LesPierre picked up his career-best victory on February 7, with a 10-round unanimous decision versus then-undefeated Noel Murphy in New York City. The dominant performance earned LesPierre the WBC USNBC Junior Welterweight Title. Following that up on June 21, LesPierre stopped Italian veteran Gustavo David Vittori in the seventh round in Queens, NY. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, LesPierre moved to the US at age six and was raised in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. As an amateur, LesPierre was a New York City Metro and Empire State Games champion as well as a participant in the 2012 Olympic Trials before turning pro in June 2012. He is managed by Josie Taveras and trained by Don Saxby out of Gleason's Gym. When he's not training, LesPierre works fulltime as a data specialist at Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he's been employed for the past 10 years in various positions. In the ring, LesPierre is determined to secure a world title opportunity against the junior welterweight champions.


"I'm very excited to sign with Lou DiBella and DBE. DiBella Entertainment is well established and has produced many champions," said LesPierre. "I know that they can guide me toward the world title. I would love to fight Jose Ramirez or Maurice Hooker. I want anyone with a belt. In the meantime, I will keep winning until I get that opportunity."


"I've always wanted to work with Lou DiBella and I'm happy to sign Mikkel LesPierre with DiBella Entertainment," said LesPierre's manager Josie Taveras. "DBE is based in New York where Mikkel lives and they are heavily invested in the junior welterweight division with two of the 140-pound world champions, Regis Prograis and Ivan Baranchyk, in their stable. I look forward to building LesPierre's career with Lou as we match him against the division's elite contenders and champions."

The 23-year-old Franklin stayed busy in 2018 with three knockout victories on DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series against Floriano Pagliara and Angel Jimenez in the first half of the year then a sixth-round knockout versus Danny Flores on September 29. Franklin was born in the US but spent much of his youth in Trinidad and Tobago before moving back to the States permanently at age 13, settling in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NY. Shortly thereafter, Franklin's mother took him to Gleason's Gym where he was introduced to trainer Elmo Serrano. They've been working together ever since and Franklin accumulated an impressive 60-11 record as an amateur. Before turning pro in February 2016, Franklin won gold medals at the NY Metros Tournament, twice at the Bergen County Tournament, Battle of the Tri-State Tournament and at the Trinidad and Tobago National Championships, as well as a silver medal at the 2014 Junior Olympics.


"It's been a pleasure to work with Lou DiBella these last few fights so signing a long-term deal with DBE was a no-brainer," said Franklin. "I'm happy to have DiBella Entertainment as my promoter and I look forward to achieving great things together."


"Jude is like my son so watching him grow into the fighter he is makes me extremely proud," said trainer and manager Elmo Serrano. "Making this deal with DiBella Entertainment in the next step in his growth. Lou is one of the best promoters in the world and he's got a future world champion on his hands with Jude."


Details on upcoming bouts for both LesPierre and Franklin will be announced in the near future.

Top Welterweight Prospect Mykquan Williams

Re-Signs with Dibella Entertainment!

(December 17th) Top undefeated junior welterweight prospect Mykquan Williams (13-0, 7 KOs), of East Hartford, CT, has extended his exclusive promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment.


"We're thrilled to continue working with Mykquan, who has clearly demonstrated the potential to become a world champion over the last couple of years working with him," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Mykquan has a very fan-friendly style and a massive fan base in the New England area where he has drawn huge crowds at Foxwoods.


"We've got big plans for Mykquan going forward and I'm very excited to work with him and his team, manager Jackie Kallen and trainer Paul Cichon."


"Lou has been great to work with. He's put me on the right path to become a world champion, one step at a time," said the 20-year-old Williams. "I know he can guide me to where I want to go and I'm very excited about my future."


Said Kallen, "Lou and his team have done a wonderful job with Mykquan and I'm confident that they can bring him to a world title opportunity. We're delighted to re-sign with DiBella Entertainment. The future is very bright for Mykquan, with TV exposure, 10-round fights and world rankings ahead in 2019."


Since turning professional in April 2016, the all-action Williams has fought 11 times at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, drawing huge crowds to the iconic boxing venue, only 60 miles from his hometown.


Further details on Williams' next fight will be announced shortly. In his last start, Williams won a shutout eight-round decision against Martin Angel Martinez on November 21.

DiBella Entertainment Signs

Top Lightweight Contender Emmanuel Tagoe!

(November 12th) DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has signed top lightweight contender Emmanuel "The Gameboy" Tagoe (29-1, 14 KOs), from the boxing rich city of Accra, Ghana, to an exclusive promotional contract.


A pro since 2004, Tagoe has accumulated a collection of title belts, including the IBF Inter-Continental super featherweight title, WBO Africa and WBA International titles at super featherweight and lightweight, as well as the IBO lightweight strap. He is currently ranked #12 by the IBF at lightweight.


Tagoe comes from a boxing family. His maternal uncle, Nana Yaw Konadu, is a former two-division and three-time world champion, having held the WBC super flyweight title and the WBA bantamweight title twice. Tagoe's other uncle, the late Emmanuel Teiko Tagoe, was a renowned trainer in Ghana, having worked with Joshua and Emmanuel Clottey, Osumanu Akaba and Ossie Duran.


Despite his boxing background, Tagoe initially had no interest to enter the squared circle himself. However, he was adept with his fists, known locally as a skilled street fighter. His pro debut on June 19, 2004, came about as a fluke. Tagoe attended a boxing event with his uncle Teiko and an opponent for one of the fighters on the card, Lante Addy, didn't show up. Though he had never trained before nor even laced on a pair of boxing gloves, a confident Tagoe offered to sub in for the missing fighter. He held his own until exhaustion set in and was stopped in the fifth round.


Tagoe was hooked, began to hone his craft and has won 29 fights in a row. The hard-hitting, popular African kicked off 2018 with a 10-round knockout of Fernando Saucedo on January 27 at the legendary Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra. At the same venue, Tagoe boxed beautifully to win a 12-round unanimous decision against former world champion Paulus Moses on October 20. He also has a win against former world champion Mzonke Fana in 2016.


With one exception, Tagoe has fought exclusively in his native country. He did secure a Stateside victory in August 2013, stopping Gerald Robles in nine rounds in Cabazon, CA, and is now determined to make a name for himself in the US.


"I've followed Emmanuel closely for a couple years and he's gotten better with every fight," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "I look forward to working with him toward his pursuit of a world title in the talented lightweight division. DBE is anxious to get started and will be announcing his return to the United States shortly. Accra, Ghana has produced a wealth of great world champions and we believe Emmanuel can be the next one."


Included among the long list of world champions from Accra, Ghana, are Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey, Joseph Agbeko and David Kotei. Tagoe is trained by Adama Addy, who guided Agbeko to a world title.


Said the 29-year-old Tagoe, "The grass is greener where you water it. Wherever life plants you, you bloom there with grace. I am in charge of how l feel and today l am choosing happiness because DiBella Entertainment is my everything and they will take me to the promised land which is the world title."


"Little by little, day by day, what is meant for you will find its way," said Tagoe's manager Abraham Neequaye. "A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life. Be so happy that when others look at you they become happy too. DiBella Entertainment, we are very happy to be in your stable."


Peter Kahn, who helped train Tagoe's uncle Konadu while the fighter was stationed in Florida in the mid-nineties, has taken on the role as Tagoe's advisor.


"I'm very excited to have Emmanuel Tagoe team up with DiBella Entertainment," stated Kahn. "DiBella Entertainment is a perfect fit to guide Tagoe toward a world title and with the current landscape of the lightweight division, their stable and their ability to work well with other promoters, Tagoe is going to get his opportunity to fight for a world title. Ghana continues to produce elite level fighters and Tagoe is right in line with the best."

DiBella Entertainment's Top Contenders,

Eric Walker and Ievgen Khytrov Scored Big Wins

  On “The Contender: Season Five Finale” Undercard In LA!

(November 12th) This past Friday night, November 9, two of DiBella Entertainment's top contenders, Eric "Baby Faced Assassin" Walker and Ievgen "The Ukrainian Lion" Khytrov scored victories with dominant performances on "The Contender: Season Five" Finale undercard at the Forum in Inglewood, CA.


In the televised co-feature on EPIX, Walker, of Plaquemine, LA, improved to 18-2 with eight knockouts, defeating Michael Moore (16-2, 7 KOs) over eight shutout rounds by scores of 80-73 and 80-72 twice. Walker previously defeated John Jackson and John Thompson during "The Contender" tournament before losing a majority decision to eventual champion Brandon Adams in the semi-finals.

Also on the undercard, fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, Khytrov (18-2, 15 KOs) stopped Malcolm McAllister (9-3, 8 KOs) in the fourth round. Khytrov dropped McAllister with a sensational combination before earning the referee's stoppage at the 1:44 mark from a barrage of power punches. Khytrov had also defeated Morgan Fitch as part of "The Contender" series this season.

Dibella Entertainment Signs Middleweight Contender

Steve Rolls to Multi Year Extenson!

(October 10th) Undefeated middleweight contender Steve "Mister" Rolls (18-0, 10 KOs), of Toronto, Canada, has signed a multi-year extension to his promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment (DBE), it was announced today.


Rolls is currently rated in the top-15 by the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council. Since originally singing with DBE in 2015, Rolls has been featured twice on ShoBox defeating previously unbeaten Steed Woodall in 2015 and current WBC-USNBC super middleweight champion Demond Nicholson in 2017.


Said Rolls, "I'm happy to renew my agreement with DiBella Entertainment, so we can continue working together to put me in position for what I've always wanted: a shot at the middleweight championship of the world."


Added Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, "Steve is a gentleman outside the ring, but a terror inside. He has accepted and passed every challenge put in front of him, including two nationally televised appearances against tough competition. With this extension in place, we have a mandate from Steve and his manager, Todd Christie, to begin an aggressive push toward a world title and all middleweight contenders should be on notice that 'Mister' Rolls is coming."


Most recently, Rolls won an eight-round decision over Damian Ezequiel Bonelli on April 18, in his hometown of Toronto.


Rolls plans to return to the ring before the end of the year and details for his next bout will be announced soon.

Middleweight Contender Alantez Fox Earns Impressive Victory In Return to the Ring This Past Saturday!

(September 24, 2018) DiBella Entertainment's middleweight contender Alantez "SlyAza" Fox, and prospects Tiara "The Dark Menace" Brown and Jose "Cheito" Roman all posted big wins on Saturday night, September 22, in hometown clashes.


At Bowie State University, in Bowie, MD, middleweight contender Alantez Fox (24-1-1, 11 KOs) was victorious returning to the ring following surgery for a torn rotator cuff suffered in his last fight. Battling former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (29-11-1, 13 KOs), the tall southpaw Fox displayed his full arsenal of world-class skills en route to a shutout eight-round decision (80-72 on all cards) in front of the hometown crowd. Fox was bouncing back from his first loss, a 12-round clash against former world champion Demetrius Andrade on October 21, 2017, telecast on HBO's "Boxing After Dark" from Verona, NY. It was during the first round against Andrade that Fox suffered the injury to his left shoulder and he gutted it out for the remainder of the 10-round contest, including scoring a knockdown in the seventh frame. The 26-year-old Fox is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing and managed by Mike Borao. 


Also featured in Bowie, MD, on Saturday night, popular, undefeated female prospect Tiara Brown (6-0, 4 KOs) stayed perfect with a fourth-round stoppage of Jasmine Clarkson in their scheduled six-rounder for the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, D.C.) Officer. Although there were no knockdowns, the ringside physician called a halt to the action at the end of the fourth stanza as Brown was punishing Clarkson with a barrage.


A graduate of Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, Florida, Brown will be inducted into the school's High School Athletic Hall of Fame this Friday, September 28, at a ceremony to be held during halftime of the school's varsity football game.


Fighting in Juncos, Puerto Rico, the 24-year-old Jose Roman (7-0, 3 KOs) stayed undefeated with another dominant performance, winning a unanimous decision against fellow Boricua, Alexander Charneco. Thrilling the island crowd, the 6'3" Roman, managed by Ricardo Figueroa, earned the victory by scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55. The victory was Roman's third this year. 

Dibella Entertainments Oleksandr Teslenko, Demond Nicholson and Ivan Golub In Action This Saturday Night!

(August 15th) DiBella Entertainment will showcase three of their top contenders in televised or streamed action this Saturday, August 18, including undefeated heavyweight Oleksandr Teslenko, super middleweight Demond Nicholson and welterweight Ivan Golub.


A native of Chernivtsi, Ukraine, now fighting out of Toronto, Canada, the 26-year-old Teslenko (13-0, 11 KOs) will face Los Angeles, CA-based veteran Avery Gibson (9-6-4, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round clash from Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The bout will be streamed live on ESPN+ as part of an eight-bout card beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.


The heavy-handed Teslenko will be making his third start of 2018, scoring two previous second-round knockouts against Terrance Marbra and Keenan Hickmon earlier this year. Gibson will be looking to stay in the win column following a stoppage of Enrique Gastelum in the second stanza on November 18, 2017, in Lancaster, CA.


Additionally, on Saturday night in Hanover, MD, Nicholson and Golub will be featured in separate 10-round WBC USNBC title bouts from Maryland Live Casino. Both bouts will be telecast live on CBS Sports Net beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.


Also originally from Ukraine and now fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, the 29-year-old Golub, (14-1, 12 KOs) faces battled-tested veteran Lanardo Tyner (34-12-2, 21 KOs), of Houston, TX. Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. and managed by David McWater's Split-T Management, Golub is returning to the ring following a third-round knockout of Fidel Monterrosa Munoz on January 20, in front of his legion of local fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tyner has won both of his fights this year; a fifth-round stoppage of Gundrick King and an eight-round decision versus Andre Byrd.


In the main event on the CBS Sports Net telecast, the 25-year-old Nicholson (18-3-1, 17 KOs), of Laurel, MD, clashes with Brazil's Isaac Rodrigues (25-2, 20 KOs). Nicholson will look to return to the win column following a hard-fought loss to top-rated contender Jesse Hart on April 28, in Philadelphia. Unbeaten in his last eight fights, Rodrigues heads back to the ring following a fourth-round stoppage of Frankie Fillippone on June 8, in Verona, NY.

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