New Boxing Series Starting on CBS Sports Network

CBS SPORTS NETWORK TO PREMIERE CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING SERIES

FINAL FORUM BOXING and THE GALLERY STUDIO GROUP, LLC, announced today that CBS Sports Network will televise its premiere “RINGSIDE RED CARPET” Boxing Series. Each two-hour live telecast will feature at least two fights.

The first event will be held on Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 PM, ET. Each title fight will be centered on a Main Event with multiple undercard bouts, and also feature live entertainment stage performances. In the first event, NABO Heavyweight Champion Charles Martin is scheduled to defend his title. The opening bout is scheduled to include rising star Mike Lee, in addition to other boxers to be announced at a later date.

“Ringside Red Carpet will feature high level boxing, along with the spectacle and big-event feel to each event,” said Twenty-Year Veteran Boxing Promoter Sal Musumeci. “We are thrilled to have CBS Sports Network showcase the action to a national television audience.”

“This event will not only bring exciting boxing to fans, but also top-of-the line entertainment and festivities,” said Mark Lipsky, a Hollywood Producer (Nutty Professor, Another 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop III, Boomerang, Coming to America and the Original Arsenio Hall Show, etc.).

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-deepwater2 :

Good for Sal.


-The Commish :

Good for Sal.
Sal has toiled in obscurity for years, always dreaming of promoting a major event or having promotional rights to a champion. For years he believed that Derric Rossy was going to be his Wladimir Klitschko. Then,a few years ago, when Rossy was 15-0, Sal put Rossy, a sturdy 6'3" 225-pounder, in with unbeaten Eddie Chambers on a card Musumeci promoted on Long Island. "Chambers is good," Sal told me before the fight, "but Rossy is too big for him. Derric's pressure and strength will break him down." Didn't happen. Chambers' hands and foot speed were too much for Rossy to deal with, and Chambers stopped Sal's Klitschko inm the seventh round. Since that night, since his 15-0 start, Rossy is 14-9, not exactly Klitschko numbers. It's been that way for years for Musumeci. He ran the Westbury Gym for awhile, still hoping to find his Klitschko, his Mayweather, his Kovalev. They never showed up. Yet, Musumeci never gave up, never stopped dreaming the dream. Now comes news of the fight cards coming up on the CBS Sports Network. Just as Radam and I have thrown around this site a lot, Musumeci has pursued his boxing life with "High Hopes." He was told by so many he'd never get that big promotion, that he was absolutely dreaming to even think of ever promoting a fight on a major network. For Sal Musumeci, his "High Hopes" are becoming a reality. -Randy G.


-deepwater2 :

What a small world. I told him at time keep Derrick away from fast Eddie and he didn't listen. Milton LeCroix called me ASAP and told me to get Sal to pull out with an injury because Eddie was in camp with Briggs and was sparring circles around Briggs and Derrick Jefferson, another big guy. Sal didn't listen. He thought size mattered. Sal and Al Gavin had a piece of Eric Harding when he fought Roy jones and I thought Sal would stay at the top.


-The Commish :

What a small world. I told him at time keep Derrick away from fast Eddie and he didn't listen. Milton LeCroix called me ASAP and told me to get Sal to pull out with an injury because Eddie was in camp with Briggs and was sparring circles around Briggs and Derrick Jefferson, another big guy. Sal didn't listen. He thought size mattered. Sal and Al Gavin had a piece of Eric Harding when he fought Roy jones and I thought Sal would stay at the top.
Typical of so many guys who work with fighters. They become myopic and see only what they want to see. Sal was convinced he had the future heavyweight king in Rossy. The same with talented Eric Harding. He was good--real good--but a total hothead (not Pothead, guys--Hothead!). I was training John Wesley Meekins at the time, who was--by far--the best fighter I have ever worked with. I was training him six days a week and he was running guys out of the gym. Harding was one of them. A few days before a fight, Harding was shadow boxing and merely breaking a sweat. I walked in with Meekins. Harding made the mistake of trash-talking Meekins, who was among the best trash-talkers I ever knew. Immediately, he went to work on Harding's head. Harding started screaming at him, ignoring the pleas of Gavin to calm down. Harding told Meekins to "Get into the ring." Meekins said "I'd love to. How about we spar bare knuckle? Either way, I'll kick your *$$." Harding freaked out. He started jumping up and down in the ring, banging on the ring ropes, insisting that Meekins "Get up here, you punk." As Meekins headed towards the ring, I was making like I was holding Meekins back, but, in reality, Meekins was play-acting. He was just messing with Harding's head. Meekins did a great job. Harding jumped out of the ring and stormed out of the gym. Meekins then headed into the empty ring, saying, "It was nice of Eric to let me use the ring!" Al Gavin merely shook his head and said of Harding, "He's got to learn to control his temper." Sal Musumeci later called me asking, "What the hell did your guy do to Eric Harding? My guy's head is all messed up, now." I am sure Meekins, who was 154--would have slapped Harding around that day had they sparred. That's how good he was. Only a few days earlier, I had Meekins spar 10 rounds with four different pros. He toyed with each one of them. Included was Tim Lane, who is Chris Algieri's trainer. To this day, if you ask Lane, he will tell you that Meekins was the best title-prospect he has ever seen. As for Meekins, his boxing career was soon after cut short, when it was discovered he had Hep C. It's a shame, because I had him ready for ANY of the world's 154-pounders. Your mention of Sal, Al Gavin and Harding triggered that memory. The old synapses still are firing! -Randy G.


-oubobcat :

As most of you know, I am all for more televised boxing. This is good news for the sport. And for us fight fans, December is the most loaded month of televised fights that I can recall in recent memory even with the last 10 or so days of the month being empty. Get your popcorn ready, its going to be a fun month.