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NEWS ON: Mike Perez, Sullivan Barrera, Devon Alexander

BY The Sweet Science ON June 16, 2014
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BRYANT JENNINGS TRAINS IN VEGAS BEFORE PEREZ FIGHT

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 16, 2014) - Gary Shaw Productions and Antonio Leonard Promotionsheavyweight contender, Bryant "By-By" Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs), has set up training camp in Las Vegas for two weeks before his upcoming WBC title elimination bout against Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs).

Jennings, who hails from Philadelphia, PA, left home for two weeks to avoid the distractions that go along with training near family and friends. In the biggest fight on his career, he chose Las Vegas, to train in high elevation for a couple of weeks, before returning home to finish out camp.

"I wanted to come out to Las Vegas for a couple of weeks and train in high elevation," said Jennings. "I've been running up at Mt. Charleston in high elevation, training alongside Erislandy Lara. Leaving Philly for a couple of weeks is only going to help me focus on getting fully prepared for Perez. I'll head back home to finish out camp after this week."

"Jennings is taking this fight very seriously," said promoter Gary Shaw. "I know he doesn't want to leave any stone unturned. That is why he went out to Vegas to train with the best guys in the business. I know he'll be in great shape for this fight. He's a dedicated and amazing athlete."

Bryant "By By" Jennings and Mike "The Rebel" Perez will take place on Saturday, July 26 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden as the co-feature to Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale. The fight will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

GOLOVKIN VS. GEALE is presented by K2 Promotions, GGG Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Grange Old School Boxing.

Advance tickets priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 can be purchased starting at 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, June 5 at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com

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Hot Light Heavyweight Prospect Sullivan Barrera Headlines Stacked Undercard on 6/21 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Wilkes-Barre, PA: Before NBCSN Fight Night viewers at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs are treated to the IBF Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator between Anatoliy "The Gladiator" Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 20 KOs) and the "Fight for Philadelphia Bragging Rights" between Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (15-0, 7 KOs) and Anthony Flores (11-4-1, 6 KOs), the live audience will be treated to a stacked undercard filled with exciting fights and hot prospects. The doors at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will open at 5:00 PM for this unbelievable event.

Barrera-Pryor

Barrera vs. Pryor
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Hot Cuban light heavyweight prospect Sullivan Barrera (11-0, 6 KOs), who dazzled audiences at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA with his six-round unanimous decision victory over Larry Pryor on April 4, will face off against Lee "The Silverback" Campbell aka Alpha Male (7-0, 3 KOs) of Larinburg, NC in an eight-round light heavyweight battle. Campbell is also coming off a victory at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA on April 4. He defeated Roberto Acevedo in an eight-round majority decision. Campbell is replacing Jeff Lacy, who was originally scheduled to take on Barrera but had to pull out due to managerial complications.

About the change of opponents the undefeated Barrera said, "I just want to fight. I am grateful that Campbell stepped in so I can keep this opportunity to fight on June 21. I am ready for whoever steps in the ring against me." Campbell, also undefeated, replied, "I thank God for the opportunity to fight Barrera. Secondly, I want to thank Main Events for their support. I pray that all fighters exit the ring without serious injury. I am confident in my coach and team that we will give the fans a great show. I look forward to future opportunities."

Acevedo-Campbell

Acevedo vs. Campbell

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Another undefeated prospect, Khalib Whitmore (5-0, 4 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA is scheduled for four rounds of light heavyweight action but his opponent is still to be determined. Whitmore is coming off a second round KO over Antonio Liles on January 25, 2014 at the Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA.

Local favorite, Erik Spring (1-0), of Reading, PA and Jamil Gadsden (0-4) of Newark, NJ will meet up for four rounds of junior middleweight action. Spring made his professional debut on April 24, 2014 with a four-round majority decision victory over Lionel Charles at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. Gadsden is looking for his first professional victory since making his professional debut in 2012.

In an all-Jersey showdown two junior middleweights will make their professional debuts. Hakeem Bryant of Middletown, NJ and Al Johnson of Vineland, NJ are scheduled to face each other for four rounds.

Smith-Romero

Smith vs. Romero

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Finally, Wellington Romero (3-0, 1 KO), the undefeated light welterweight from Newburgh, NY who defeated then-undefeated Gerald Smith on March 29 at the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall on the undercard of the Kovalev-Agnew fight will return to take on Mack Babb (0-2) of Brooklyn, NY for four rounds.

Jolene Mizzone, Main Events' matchmaker, wanted to showcase Barrera on this undercard and to include a lot of local talent, "Barrera is an up-and-coming prospect that is eager to stay busy to show he belongs in the competitive light heavyweight division. The rest of the card is packed with local boxers looking to showcase their talent in front of their hometown fans."

Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva said, "There are six undefeated fighters on this card (two facing each other) and two pro debuts (also facing each other). Everyone is matched well. This should be incredibly exciting for the fans in attendance at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs."

About June 21:

June 21 features Anatoliy "The Gladiator" Dudchenko and Nadjib Mohammedi in a twelve-round light heavyweight bout for the #1 position in the IBF live on NBCSN Fight Night from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The co-feature includes a ten-round fight between Philly natives Karl "Dynamite" Dargan and Anthony Flores for the USBA Atlantic Coast Region Title. The Fight Night telecast will begin at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Doors will open at 5:00 PM. The card is presented by Main Events and Peltz Boxing, in association with Greg Cohen Promotions. The undercard is subject to change. Ticket are available at ticketmaster.com or at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs box office.

DEVON ALEXANDER THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH

FOR HOMETOWN ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Former two-division world champion Devon Alexander "The Great" took a break from training camp for this Saturday's showdown with Jesus Soto Karass to throw out the first pitch for his hometown St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Father's Day. Alexander was joined by his children, Cesily and Devon Alexander Jr.

The 27-year-old Alexander (25-2, 14 KOs) returns against the hard-hitting Soto Karass (28-9-3, 18 KOs) in the opening bout of Saturday's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Devon-Cardinals

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The Commish says:

Bryant Jennings v Mike Perez is, on or off paper, the finest heavyweight matchup of the year. Jennings has so much going for him. He has quick hands, a world-class jab, command of every punch, a solid chin and tremendous stamina. The only negative I can say about him is Gary Shaw. But we'll save that for another time!

Mike Perez, is, sadly enough, the same Mike Perez who had that unfortunate give and take match last Fall at MSG against hard-hitting Magomed Abdusalamov. It was a match which nearly killed Mago, and now has him in a vegetative state in a rehab facility in Westchester.

In his next fight, laqst January,Perez looked tentative and almost listless as he fought to a 10-round draw against Carlos Takam. He obviously had Abdusalamov on his mind.

Will the same hold true against Jennings? If it does, Jennings will beat him from pillar to post. In order to beat Jennings, Perez must use his southpaw jab and he must use it often,. He must apply heavy pressure to Jennings, forcing him into the same kind of firefight he drew Abdusalamov into last year.

Does Perez have that in him any longer?

We will find out the answer on July 26.

-Randy G.

brownsugar says:

This card has my full attention. Specifically the Heavyweights, Jennings and Perez. As previously mentioned by the Commish Perez is the fighter who walked though a metric ton of hard shots against Mago in a tragic encounter which almost resulted in a loss of life .... Perez returned only to deliver an extremely lackluster performance against a journeyman named Takam in his next fight...

We thought he would take the opportunity to stake his claim as one of the premiere heavyweights in the division, a possible long range successor to the Eternal Warrior Wlad Klitschko.

Instead the doubts Perez created after that fight gave the impression that he either needed to retire, or hire a sports psychologist. It's easy to try to read between the lines... and fill in the blanks when there are so many convenient reasons for why Perez wasn't mentally into the fight. But I'll hold off on all speculation until I see him against Jennings.

you could call Bryant Jennings the "Chris Algieri" of the heavy weight division. until recently he was a full time UPS worker who trained and fought either before or after (or both) his fulltime commitment at UPS.
With Hardly any Amateur experience worth mentioning the earnstwhile Jennings became a favorite attraction in the Tri-State area.

Jennings (much like Algieri) is probably one of the most physically gifted boxers in the business. He is capable of darting in and out at a pace that would probably leave most heavyweights exhausted after just a few rounds. Jennings physical ability fills the gaps in his sparse Amateur background. ....Similar to Algieri, ...... Jennings used his fantastic physicality to navigate his way to being a top contender of the most dangerous division in boxing.

Can a former amateur standout who competed at the highest level in the Church of Cuban Boxing, defeat an over-achieving, aerobically fit UPS truck driver?

in Boxing the answer is never as simple as it seems. In the MMA there are guys with no wrestling or martial arts experience putting former Collegiate champions and lifetime Martial artists to shame because they taught themselves the pure fundamentals of what works and how to execute against anyone on a consistent basis. Jennings is one of those guys. The chin is not great as Jennings has been dropped and hurt, but his resilience and recuperative powers override the probability of him being easily KO'd.

At least until he meets the likes of someone who hits like Deontay Wilder, (a boxer who has had several salty exchanges with Jennings over the past 12 months) I'll be watching this fight with keen interest. There are many variables that make choosing a winner more difficult than usual in my opinion.

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