JERMALL CHARLO MAKES FIRST TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST WILKY CAMPFORT

SUPER WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION JERMALL CHARLO MAKES FIRST TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST WILKY CAMPFORT ON

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON NBC

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 FROM THE BOMB FACTORY IN

DALLAS, TEXAS

PLUS! DALLAS-NATIVE & RISING STAR ERROL SPENCE JR. FACES

MEXICO’S ALEJANDRO BARRERA IN THE CO-MAIN EVENT

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DALLAS (October 29, 2015) – Super welterweight world champion Jermall Charlo (22-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title in his home state against “Silky” Wilky Campfort (21-1, 12 KOs) as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC comes to The Bomb Factory in Dallas Saturday, November 28. Televised coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.

Also featured, Dallas-native and 2012 Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (18-0, 15 KOs) takes on Mexico’s Alejandro “El Elegido” Barrera (28-2, 18 KOs) in a 12-round contest.

“I haven’t stepped out of the gym since I won the title,” said Charlo. “You get the title, you defend it. That’s the motto. I know Campfort is hungry and at the top of his game, but I’ve been training just as hard, if not harder, to defend my title. It took everything I have to get here and it’s going to take everything I have to remain here.”

“I am ready to fight,” said Campfort. “I am not in this business to run. I’m not afraif of anybody. I’m coming to win a world title and achieve my dream. Charlo better not underestimate me, because I have only victory on my mind.”

“I’m excited for another opportunity to prove that I’m the real deal and I’m ready for any gut that’s put in front of me,” said Spence Jr. “This will be my first time fighting in my hometown and I’m ready to put on a show for Dallas. November 28, it’s going to be another man down.”

“This is a great opportunity to showcase my skills on a big stage,” said Barrera. “I am always in great shape and I plan on giving the fans a great fight. November 28 I will announce myself to the world with a great performance.”

The November 28 event features two rising stars in the sport, both from Texas as they showcase their skills on Thanksgiving weekend. The undefeated Charlo will be defending his world title for the first time while the undefeated Spence Jr. looks to make another impressive statement in his young career that has many calling him a future world champion.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija*Battah Promotions, are priced at $100, $85, $45 and $25, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Seating in suites and tables for groups is also available. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketfly.com, www.thebombfactory.com or by emailing m@leijabattahpromo.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling TicketFly at (877) 987-6487, Leija Battah Promotions at (210) 979-3302 or by visiting The Bomb Factory box office.

A newly crowned champion at 24-years-old, Charlo grabbed his title with a dominant third-round stoppage of Cornelius Bundrage in September. Residing in Houston, Charlo fights in his home state for the first time since a 2013 stoppage of Orlando Lora. Charlo built up his resume in 2014 with dominant victories over Hector Munoz, Norberto Gonzalez and Lenny Bottai before shutting out Michael Finney in March leading up to his world title fight.

Born in Haiti but fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Campfort has not lost since his second pro fight in 2009. The 30-year-old has fought professionally in the U.S., Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic and his native-Haiti. He’s won six fights since the beginning of 2014 including stoppages of Milton Nunez and Devon Moncrieffe. In his last contest he stopped Ronald Montes in the second round on September 18.

A member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team who boasted a highly decorated amateur career, the 25-year-old Spence Jr.will look to put on a show in front of his hometown Dallas crowd. Spence Jr. is widely regarded as one of the top rising prospects in the sport and was dominant in his PBC debut on April 11 as he defeated Samuel Vargas by fourth-round knockout and he followed that up by stopping Phil Lo Greco in the third round on June 20. Most recently, Spence Jr. recorded a flawless performance in his win over South African Chris van Heerden with an eighth-round stoppage on September 11.

Fighting out of Monterrey, Mexico, Barrera will be fighting in the U.S. for the second time in his career after picking up a victory over John Mackey in 2012. The 29-year-old won his first 20 bouts after turning pro in 2007 and enters this fight with three straight victories including triumphs over Juan Montiel and Jose De Jesus Macias in 2015.

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-deepwater2 :

This fight, excuse me, fixed fight; is disgusting. The pbc formula for the first defense= fight a guy who is ranked outside the top 50. Wilkey is ranked at #69 in the weight. That's higher than Rod Salka was ranked when he fought phoney baloney Danny Garcia. PBC IS GARBAGE


-deepwater2 :

I forgot to say that this "easy" pick might backfire on the PBC. Wilky is good. My trainer Milton trains him. He is a live underdog. Does he deserve the fight?No. Can he win?Yes. Is PBC trolling the rankings for easy fights? Hell yes.


-brownsugar :

I don't agree with Deeps comments, PBC has aired numerous high quality fights during the year Featuring no less than 10 of the highest ranking boxers in the sport. PBC has also featured some of the most sought after competition from the international community. Charlo has tried to schedule fights with Andrade, Canelo, and Lara, negotiations broke down for one reason or another, he is also a very good all around God fearing fighter that can't get top ranked fighter to share the ring with him..... Not his fault or his managements fault that he can't get more than a showcase fight at this time. I would like to see the PBC "league" vs the Top Rank "league", I'd give give PBC a slight edge as they are beginning to corner the market on top rated prospects. Personally I'm happy to watch good fights where ever they come from, search PBC on YouTube to watch over 40 compelling fights from this year alone and catch up on what you missed.


-deepwater2 :

I don't agree with Deeps comments, PBC has aired numerous high quality fights during the year Featuring no less than 10 of the highest ranking boxers in the sport. PBC has also featured some of the most sought after competition from the international community. Charlo has tried to schedule fights with Andrade, Canelo, and Lara, negotiations broke down for one reason or another, he is also a very good all around God fearing fighter that can't get top ranked fighter to share the ring with him..... Not his fault or his managements fault that he can't get more than a showcase fight at this time. I would like to see the PBC "league" vs the Top Rank "league", I'd give give PBC a slight edge as they are beginning to corner the market on top rated prospects. Personally I'm happy to watch good fights where ever they come from, search PBC on YouTube to watch over 40 compelling fights from this year alone and catch up on what you missed.
My problem with the PBC is = Who did the top 10 highest ranking boxers fight? more often than not, no one. Wilder just fought two bums in a row and will fight take a dive Scott next. Garcia fought Paulie who is not ranked in the top 20. Stevenson fought zombie Karpency. not top 15 Charlo is fighting a stiff tonight that is not even ranked and he only won 2 out of his last 10 fights or so. Edwin R is fighting a guy who is ranked at #42. Lara is fighting a guy ranked outside the top 20. Gary Russel Jr is fighting a guy who is ranked at #47 It goes on and on. Putting on 1 or 2 even matches with 10 fixed fights is not a good thing for boxing fans.


-brownsugar :

My problem with the PBC is = Who did the top 10 highest ranking boxers fight? more often than not, no one. Wilder just fought two bums in a row and will fight take a dive Scott next. Garcia fought Paulie who is not ranked in the top 20. Stevenson fought zombie Karpency. not top 15 Charlo is fighting a stiff tonight that is not even ranked and he only won 2 out of his last 10 fights or so. Edwin R is fighting a guy who is ranked at #42. Lara is fighting a guy ranked outside the top 20. Gary Russel Jr is fighting a guy who is ranked at #47 It goes on and on. Putting on 1 or 2 even matches with 10 fixed fights is not a good thing for boxing fans.
I appreciate your response Deep, you always have something relevent, knowlegeable and intelligent to say as it applies to the topic. YES, sometimes there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the way some PBC matches are made. You get Broner vs Porter one day then you get certain mid-level scraps or bonifide mismatches that defy explanation. I think when Schaefer returns next year the matchmaking will be more consistant. However PBC has put far more than 1 or 2 competitive matches out of ten tries. You can watch over 50 entertaining PBC matches on you tube from this year alone. For instance, the same finger of shame that you point at PBC could be poked at the entire heavyweight division, including the promoters and cable networks who do the same thing. Duhaupus beat a guy who challenged Povetkin for the title earlier this year (Charr) and is ranked 12th by the WBC. Duhaupus lacked the skill to beat Wilder, but he didnt display the mentality or character of a bum as he bulled forward valiantly in an effort to drown Wilder in deep waters. This doesn't fit the description of a bum. Also Ratings spiked for that fight and interest in the heavyweight division piqued as a result of that fight, .... how would these results be hurtfull to to boxing in any way? Plus Duhaupus will now be regarded as a solid contender/gatekeeper for his brave effort if he continues to fight. There has been no proof that Malik Scott took a dive against Wilder and the video shows a clean tooth rattling left hook hitting Scott solidly on the temple. But off of Scotts impressive knockdown in the course of a unanimous win over Tony the Tiger, ..... I would say a rematch would be justifiable off of Scott's win, although highly unlikely as the matchmakers know better than to market a rematch a fight where the challenger lost so easily. But it makes me wonder, ...Malik easily beat Lepai who challenged and lost to Klitscho, should Wlad also be classified as "bad for boxing"? For fighting Lepai? Would Lomanchenko be considered bad for boxing since he turned down a challenge from Walters (before he decided to move up) and has since chosen the no-hoper named Martinez, or is he allowed a showcase bout in between the time and efforts it takes to make compelling matchups? Povetkin has a fight in November against Wach, Wilder believes he needs to stay active so that he remains competitive, whats wrong with Wilder getting in another fight to stay sharp before his mandatory which cannot be made untill 2016 anyway? And why would this be bad for boxing? As always you make a good argument but the broad strokes of your complaints are far too generalized and biased for me. Believe what you want but I'm inclined to disagree.


-stormcentre :

Golovkin and K2 seem to be the only ones that can (effectively/regularly) hand pick opponents, (reliably) fool the public it's a genuine competition, and (always) get away with it. 3G V Lemieux was a mismatch of the proportions that Garcia V Salka and Mayweather V Berto was said to be; but no-one complained. PBC struggle to make consistently good match-ups for various reasons, including the fact that not many other organisations will do business with them unless they have to; mandatories. TR struggle to make consistently good match-ups for various reasons, including the fact that their business model is to keep champions (fighting) in house (fighters) at all costs and/or before looking outside. (GBP; lets not go there). PBC looks after fighter's interests. TR not as much. Both PBC and TR will put on good shows, but only if it happens to be a by-product of their business models and mandatory profit margins. Boxing is a business first, entertainment second, and a sport third; if not fourth, fifth, or sixth. :) :) :)


-stormcentre :

Golovkin and K2 seem to be the only ones that can (effectively/regularly) hand pick opponents, (reliably) fool the public it's a genuine competition, and (always) get away with it. 3G V Lemieux was a mismatch of the proportions that Garcia V Salka and Mayweather V Berto was said to be; but no-one complained. PBC struggle to make consistently good match-ups for various reasons, including the fact that not many other organisations will not do business with them unless they have to; mandatories. So, once they have exhausted their first line of options, things (match-up wise) can go south very fast from there. TR struggle to make consistently good match-ups for various reasons, including the fact that their business model is to keep champions (fighting) in house (fighters) at all costs and/or before looking outside. TR often have and/or previously have had more options than PBC, but despite that still put on stinkers. (GBP; lets not go there). No promotional company puts fans and entertainment before profit. No network puts fans and entertainment before profit. These rules will never change; so we better get used to it. PBC looks after fighter's interests. TR not as much. PBC/Haymon has just kicked TR's azz in court and (provided TR are as unsuccessful in any appeal as they were with the original trial) this means a change may be coming into how boxing operates and is served up. TR's business model and marketing/promotional direction is mostly wed to and/or reliant upon sanctions, and that in itself can be concerning; as shown by the many fantastic/acceptable negative comments on display here in this forum over the past few years about how sanctions (and their favourite promoters) operate. PBC's business model and marketing/promotional direction is not entirely wed to and/or reliant upon sanctions, and that in itself can be a good thing provided the PBC business model reaches full maturity and bears fruit; before it is either shot down or sufficiently distracted by the continual delivery of frivolous and vexatious writs - such as that Arum recently lost. Both PBC and TR will put on good shows, but only if it happens to be a by-product of their business models and mandatory profit margins. This is because all businesses exist to create a profit. Boxing is a business first, entertainment second, and a sport third; if not fourth, fifth, or sixth. Oh . . aside from complaining about PBC & TR - as it has all been said before - Charlo is quite a skilled fighter in my opinion. I would like to see him in with Korobov; perhaps as Matties next decent comeback fight; if the weights match up. :) :) :)


-stormcentre :

Golovkin and K2 seem to be the only ones that can (effectively/regularly) hand pick opponents, (reliably) fool the public it's a genuine competition, and (always) get away with it. 3G V Lemieux was a mismatch of the proportions that Garcia V Salka and Mayweather V Berto was said to be; but no-one complained. PBC struggle to make consistently good match-ups for various reasons, including the fact that not many other organisations will do business with them unless they have to; mandatories. So, once they have exhausted their first line of options, things (match-up wise) can go south very fast from there. TR struggle to make consistently good match-ups for various reasons, including the fact that their business model is to keep champions (fighting) in house (fighters) at all costs and/or before looking outside. TR often have and/or previously have had more options than PBC, but despite that still put on stinkers. (GBP; lets not go there). No promotional company puts fans and entertainment before profit. No network puts fans and entertainment before profit. These rules will never change; so we better get used to it. PBC looks after fighter's interests. TR not as much. PBC/Haymon has just kicked TR's azz in court and (provided TR are as unsuccessful in any appeal as they were with the original trial) this means a change may be coming into how boxing operates and is served up. TR's business model and marketing/promotional direction is mostly wed to and/or reliant upon sanctions, and that in itself can be concerning; as shown by the many fantastic/acceptable negative comments on display here in this forum over the past few years about how sanctions (and their favourite promoters) operate. PBC's business model and marketing/promotional direction is not entirely wed to and/or reliant upon sanctions, and that in itself can be a good thing provided the PBC business model reaches full maturity and bears fruit; before it is either shot down or sufficiently distracted by the continual delivery of frivolous and vexatious writs - such as that Arum recently lost. Both PBC and TR will put on good shows, but only if it happens to be a by-product of their business models and mandatory profit margins. This is because all businesses exist to create a profit. Boxing is a business first, entertainment second, and a sport third; if not fourth, fifth, or sixth. Oh . . aside from complaining about PBC & TR - as it has all been said before - Charlo is quite a skilled fighter in my opinion. I would like to see him in with Korobov; perhaps as Matties next decent comeback fight; if the weights match up. :) :) :)


-deepwater2 :

I hope PBC steps it up but be honest,too many duds. Charlo just fought a no hoper on Saturday. I want top guys fighting other top guys or at least top 10 contenders. If no top 10 boxer is available than top 20 is understandable. PBC is matching their top guys against boxers ranked outside the top 50, which is way to common with them instead of only once and a while. Top Rank has some mismatches but for the most part they put on solid fights and build prospects the right way. Golden boy matches it's fighters tough and has many fights of the year on its resume.


-stormcentre :

Yep, there has been some PBC duds that's for sure. Thing is though - and unless all that everyone complained about with respect to PPV costs before the PBC business model came to town is absolute rubbish - at least when there's duds on PBC - for the most part and with the exception of Floyd's fights which always draw mixed responses - your wallet doesn't always cringe. Thing with PBC is though, it's harder for them - even if the other promoters and some sanctions were not as reluctant to do business with them - to come into a traditional market place with new ideas and successfully get their business/model up and running in a sustainable manner. Top Rank know that and that's why - what would be considered even by them to be completely baseless/worthless - writs to them seem to have value. Under similar circumstances, pressures, and market forces, with traditional promoters, usually the first thing/person to get shafted is the fighter; as proven in boxing's history. However with PBC - despite all the pressure, trying/different circumstances, and the fact they are starting something new in extremely hostile waters - the fighter's welfare is flourishing; perhaps for the first time in boxing history, and if not, then certainly like never before on this scale. With Top Rank when the fights suck, more often than not (and usually more frequently than with PBC) your wallet cringes. With respect to the comment; ""Golden boy matches it's fighters tough and has many fights of the year on its resume"". Well, they do sometimes, but they certainly didn't with Salka V Garcia, and a few others. Additionally, matching fighters too tough (as was the case with Lemieux and Salka) isn't really managing them either, and it doesn't do much for their long term career. Although I concede the Golovkin V Lemieux mismatch gave David a payday and some publicity - just as much as it provided Oscar with an insight as to how much risk both he and Canelo are possibly taking on in the future. :) :)