WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 16, 2013) - World-class championship boxing returns to the nation's capital on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, when hometown hero IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson defends his 140-pound crown against Montreal's unbeaten Dierry Jean as part of a live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) event at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. In the co-main event, Middleweight Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo risks his undefeated record against Two-Time World Title Challenger Gabriel "King" Rosado.
Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $150 and $250, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. ET and available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations, or calling (800) 745-3000. The DC Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET.
"This is the perfect way for me to kick off 2014, with a great fight against a tough opponent in my hometown," said Peterson. "Fights like these bring out the best in me and I'm going to give my fans a performance to remember on Jan. 25."
"Peterson has been in the ring with many good fighters, but he hasn't been in the ring with me," said Jean. "I've worked hard for this for a long time. I have already started training camp and I'm in great shape. I just want to bring that belt home to Quebec, where it belongs."
"I've waited for a big fight like this against a top-level opponent and now I've got it," said Charlo. "Rosado is a rugged, tough fighter and with a win over him, I'll be making a statement to the boxing world that I'm ready for even bigger and better things."
"I wanted another world title shot after my fight with Peter Quillin, but with that rematch not happening right now, I want to stay busy and keep sharp until my time comes," said Rosado. "Charlo's got talent, but he's not ready to face someone with as much experience as I have. I am ready to go after my recent fight with Quillin."
"2013 was a great year for boxing on SHOWTIME, and this doubleheader shows that we're ready to deliver even more exciting fights in 2014," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Lamont Peterson is a fan favorite in Washington, D.C., and I give him credit for risking his belt against a tough, unbeaten fighter in Dierry Jean. As for the co-main event, Gabriel Rosado always comes to fight and he's going to put Jermell Charlo to the test on Jan. 25."
"Coming off a record-breaking 2013, we are taking significant momentum into the new year," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "Boxing's passionate fan base has called for the world's top fighters to take on the biggest challenges. Lamont Peterson returns to the ring and immediately takes a difficult main event match up against a hungry power puncher in Dierry Jean. And Jermell Charlo is a rising star taking a sizable step up against the battle-tested Gabriel Rosado. January 25 will be a night you don't want to miss."
IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KO's) will begin 2014 determined to defeat Dierry Jean and then continue on to battle his peers at the top of the 140-pound weight class. With his two most recent victories coming over Amir Khan and Kendall Holt, the 29-year-old has proven that he is one of the elite in the sport today, and in his first fight since a May 2013 loss to Lucas Matthysse, Peterson is hungry for a return to the win column and respectability.
A native of Haiti who moved with his family to Montreal, Quebec, Canada as a child, Dierry Jean (25-0, 17 KO's) has proudly represented his adopted home country, winning a national amateur championship before turning pro in 2006. Since then, his professional record has been perfect, and after winning the NABF title in 2012 with a win over Lanardo Tyner in May 2013, Jean defeated Cleotis Pendarvis in the IBF title eliminator to become Peterson's mandatory challenger.
At just 23-years-old, former amateur star Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo (22-0, 11 KO's) has made plenty of waves in the junior middleweight division over the last few years, dazzling with his mix of speed and power as he mowed down opponent after opponent. In 2013, he triumphed three times, defeating Harry Joe Yorgey (KO 8), Demetrius Hopkins (W 12), and Jose Angel Rodriguez (TKO 10).
A Philadelphia fighter in the truest sense, "King" Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KO's) is always willing to dig deep and battle it out in the trenches in search of victory. A veteran of nearly eight years in the pro game, the 27-year-old Rosado impressed with his gutsy efforts in recent middleweight title fights against Gennady Golovkin and Peter Quillin. On Jan. 25, he returns to 154 pounds, eager to prove that he's worthy of another world title opportunity.
Peterson vs. Jean, a 12-round fight for Peterson's IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and supported by Golden Boy Promotions' sponsors Corona and AT&T. The live SHOWTIME telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). In the co-featured bout, Jermell Charlo defends his USBA Junior Middleweight Championship in a 12-round fight against Gabriel Rosado. Preliminary bouts will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Tickets are officially on sale for the January 24th explosive double header to take place in the Superstar Theatre at Resorts International Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The main event is a 10-round middleweight contest between hard-hitting contender Curtis Stevens, 25-4, 18 KOs, and the iron-jawed Patrick Majewski, 21-2, 13 KOs.
The 10-round co-feature bout is another exciting matchup. South African cruiserweight, Thabiso Mchunu, 14-1, 10 KOs, takes on Philadelphia crowd-pleaser Garrett Wilson, 13-7-1, 7 KOs, in what figures to be an interesting clash of styles.
Six additional fights are planned to be added to the card which is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Showpony Promotions.
Tickets are priced $75 and $50. They can be purchased at the Resorts International Hotel and Casino Box Office, 800-736-1420 and at TicketMaster.
Resorts Casino Hotel - Superstar Theatre 1133 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401 1-800-772-9000
NEW YORK CITY (December 16, 2013) - Ever since he signed an exclusive promotional contract earlier this year with 50 Cent's SMS Promotions, 21-year-old "Magic Man" Luis Olivares (6-0, 4 KOs) has been riding a wave towards boxing stardom. The undefeated junior welterweight from Arizona is scheduled to fight for the seventh time this year this Friday night, in his first scheduled six-round bout, on the "Big Apple Boxing" card at Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens, New York.
The 10-round main event on the SMS Promotions-promoted show is a 10-round battle of unbeaten junior lightweight prospects, Joel Diaz, Jr. (13-0, 11 KOs) and Wanzell Ellison (9-0-1, 5 KOs). Undefeated Amir "Young Master" Imam (11-0, 10 KOs) and Mexican veteran Sergio "Sirenito" Perez (28-15, 9 KOs) square-off in the 10-round co-feature for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) junior welterweight title.
Olivares puts his perfect professional record on the line against Tony "Sugar Boy" Walker (5-3-1, 3 KOs). "I have no complaints," Olivares spoke about fighting so often. "I like staying busy. SMS has been very good keeping me active. Every fight I learn something new and keep progressing. I've improved my timing and I'm more relaxed having transitioned from the amateurs to the pro style. Instead of scoring, scoring, scoring (in the amateurs), I've learned how to place my shots and now, overall, I'm smarter.
"Fighting in a six-round bout for the first time means a lot to me because it shows that my team trusts me and in my ability to step-up and fight six rounds. I have taken my training even more serious. Going from four to six rounds doesn't seem like much, but it is in the ring. I've gone from three rounds as an amateur to four and now six rounds as a pro. I'm happy with my progress."
Olivares was a standout U.S. amateur boxer with a final 120-15 record, highlighted by his bronze-medal placing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Trials, in which he lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual 141-pound U.S. Olympian, Jamel Herring, who is now a 5-0 junior welterweight as a professional.
"Signing with 50 Cent has already helped me a lot," Olivares added. "Anytime I'm asked questions, his name comes up as my promoter. He is so well known and that's helped build my name. I'm excited and looking forward to the future.
"I don't know a lot about my opponent but I've heard that he was a good amateur. I don't take anybody lightly. I will have to fight smart; not cautious but more alert because my team told me Walker can fight."
Also fighting in the undercard in six-round matches are undefeated Puerto Rican junior middleweight Emmanuel "Pirata" De Jesus (8-0, 5 KOs) vs. Antonio Fernandez-Chaves (4-13-2), super bantamweight Thomas "KO" Snow (16-1, 10 KOs) vs. Nate Green (4-0, 1 KO), and welterweight Donte Strayhorn (3-1) vs. Sam Moura (0-2).
Scheduled to fight in four-round matches are lightweight Ryan "Blue-Chip" Martin (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Eric Jamar Goodall (1-2), and pro-debuting bantamweight Mafato Kamogawa vs. native Michelle Cook (0-0-1).
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Live performers include Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Troy Ave, Tony Yayo, Nyemiah Supreme, Pop Dallas and Nyemah Supreme. Ms. Irene Renee will sing the National Anthem.
Tickets, priced at $350.00, $125.00, $85.00 and $35.00, are available to purchase by calling Resorts World Casino NYC at (718) 215-2828, or visiting www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=9244. The $350.00 ticket holders will also receive a pair of autographed SMS Street by 50 Cent on ear headphones.
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