WBC #2 Ranked Jr. Middleweight Charles Conwell
Joins Forces With Wise Owl Boxing For Management!
(May17th) World Boxing Council (WBC) #2-ranked junior middleweight Charles "Bad News" Conwell (18-0, 13 KOs) has joined forces with Mark Habibi and Wise Owl Boxing for management as he heads toward the biggest fights of his six-year professional career.
The 25-year-old Conwell, promoted by DiBella Entertainment, is coming off of a sensational performance on November 26, 2022. Fighting in Los Angeles, CA, the 2016 U.S. Olympian dominated hard-hitting Dominican Juan Carlos Abreu over 10 rounds in a bout broadcast internationally on Pay-Per-View.
“I’m very excited to partner with Mark Habibi and Wise Owl Boxing as I move into the most
important part of my career,” said the Cleveland, OH native. “I’m at the point now with my resume and my ranking that I need the full support of a remarkable manager like Mark as we ascend to the top.”
Said Los Angeles native Habibi, “Charles has all the attributes to become a world champion, he just needs the opportunity. I feel he can beat anyone in the junior middleweight division and he’s ready to prove it in the ring. I’m honored to be working with him and we look forward to announcing his next fight soon.”
Among the other undefeated contenders and notable names that Conwell has defeated include Juan Carlos Rubio, Wendy Toussaint, Madiyar Ashkeyev and Courtney Pennington.
At Wise Owl Boxing, our mission is to empower boxers to achieve their fullest potential both inside and outside of the ring. We believe that success in boxing requires not only physical training but also mental and emotional strength, as well as professional guidance.
As a result, we are committed to providing comprehensive support to our athletes, including access to top-notch training facilities, expert coaching, financial management, and career development opportunities.
Our ultimate goal is to help boxers become champions not only in the ring, but also in life.
Dibella Entertainment Signs Touted
Jr. Welterweight Prospect “Dynamite” David Lopez!
(May 9th) DiBella Entertainment has signed 19-year-old junior welterweight prodigy “Dynamite” David Lopez (3-0, 2 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract.
Coming from a family of fighters, Lopez, a southpaw who is of Black and Filipino heritage, is trained by his father and former pro boxer, Kris Lopez. In addition to his father, David’s older brother, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were all boxers. When David was just five years old, his father opened Lightning’s Boxing Club in 2009, in their hometown of Oakland, CA. Surrounded by the sport throughout his childhood, Lopez had his first amateur bout at age nine in 2013. Amassing an overall amateur record of 34-4, he won the Desert Showdown World Amateur Boxing Championships, Puerto Rican National Championships, and a bronze medal at the Junior Olympics, in 2015. Earning key victories against notable fighters such as Justin Viloria, Floyd Diaz, and Akeem Cheatem, all multi-National champions, Lopez was rated #1 at bantamweight by USA Boxing in 2015 and 2016.
While preparing for a fight in 2016, Andre Ward, then a light heavyweight contender, visited the Lopez gym and was challenged by a brash 12-year-old David to a sparring session. Reflecting on the experience, Ward complimented the young amateur telling reporter Brin-Jonathan Butler, “He [David Lopez] is the best fighter in the world under 13.”
During his teenage years, the athletic Lopez also excelled at other sports, such as basketball and varsity football.
Lopez turned pro at age 17 while still a student at Alameda High School in California. Following two first-round knockout wins, Lopez made his DiBella Entertainment debut on April 27, facing Nelson Morales at Sony Hall in Times Square, New York City. Seven years after their initial encounter, Andre Ward, by then a Lopez family friend, once again sparred with David to help him get ready for this fight. Opening up the Broadway Boxing event, which was live streamed globally on DAZN, Lopez earned a four-round unanimous decision victory.
“This is a great signing for DBE. I was impressed with what I saw from David at Sony Hall and I believe he has tremendous potential. The father-son dynamic is a longstanding tradition in boxing and I can see that Kris has taught David very well. A working model, David is a good-looking, polished prospect in and out of the ring. I look forward to guiding David’s career and helping him fulfill his promise,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
“Lou DiBella is a Hall-of-Fame promoter and I know I’m in good hands,” said Lopez. “I took care of business last month and can’t wait to get back in the ring to do it again. I have been training my whole life in this sport and the goal has always been to become a world champion. Having my father in my corner from day one has been a blessing. With DiBella Entertainment, our team is now complete and I know my future is bright.”
“I have observed Lou DiBella for years and said to myself, ‘That’s the guy I want to sign my son to,’ and it happened,” said David’s father and trainer, Kris Lopez. “Let the good times roll.”
“I have known Lou DiBella for many years. He’s a legendary promoter and I have all the confidence in him and DiBella Entertainment to get David Lopez the opportunities to become a future world champion,” said Lopez’s advisor Alonzo Benezra.
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.