Saturday, April 21, 2007
Kendall Holt (left) lands a left hand en route to winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Mike Arnaoutis. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime.
ATLANTIC CITY – Showtime’s popular fistic series “ShoBox: The New Generation” delivers boxing, pure and simple. Friday, in the “ShoBox” main event on Showtime, World Boxing Organization (WBO) No-1 ranked junior welterweight contender Kendall Holt out boxed WBO No. 2 Mike Arnaoutis, pure and simple—at Bally’s Atlantic City. Holt won a unanimous 12-round decision. Two judges scored the WBO title elimination bout 118-109. The other had it 117-110.
In the co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight Mike Marrone registered a majority eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Malachy Farrell. Marrone won by the scores of 78 -74-twice and 78-78.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Mike Arnaoutis and Kendall Holt get close after their weigh-in Thursday. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
In arguably the most significant bout in the history of “ShoBox: The New Generation,” Kendall Holt and Mike Arnaoutis will square off in a WBO 140-pound title elimination bout Friday, April 20 on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In a battle of undefeated heavyweights in the co-feature, Mike Marrone faces Mulachy Farrell.
NOTE: WEIGHTS – Holt weighed 139 1/4 pounds and Arnaoutis tipped the scale at 140 at Thursday’s weigh-in. Marrone weighed 217 ½, Farrell 244 1/2.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
We are just days away from arguably the most important match-up in the six- year history of the popular Showtime boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation”. On Friday, April 20th, at Bally’s Atlantic City, WBO #1 rated Kendall “Rated R” Holt (21-1, 12KO’s) from Patterson, NJ is set to clash with the WBO #2 rated “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (17-1-2, 9KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ, in a 12- round WBO Jr. Welterweight Eliminator for the #1 mandatory spot.
Arnaoutis, who trains about 15 minutes away from Bally’s A.C., has shifted his training hours to late afternoon to prepare for his evening performance.
“We’ve had a great training camp. We’ve had good sparring partners to emulate Holt’s style and I’ve made the adjustments necessary to win” stated a confident Mike Arnaoutis.
“Kendall Holt is an awkward fighter, but just look at their records. If you make the comparison you’ll see that Arnaoutis is the better fighter” said Mike Michaels, an advisor for “Mighty” Mike and Cestus Management. “In only his 12th pro-fight Arnaoutis fought a monster in Juan Urango, the former IBF Jr. Welterweight Champion. Urango was supposed to be indestructible-Arnaoutis made him look like a club fighter. No disrespect to Holt, but he isn’t in the same league as Arnaoutis”
Sunday, March 25, 2007
After losing his first title match via highly controversial split decision, Cestus Management’s 140-pound contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis is back in training. The Greek powerhouse, who is out to prove that his only loss is a fluke, is slated to face Kendall Holt in a WBO Junior Welterweight title eliminator which will be broadcast live on Showtime. The fight scheduled for April 20, 2007, and is going to take place at the Bally’s Hotel and Casino, in Atlantic City.
Arnaoutis, whose record stands at 17-1-2 with 9-kos said, “I was so disappointed in myself as I let Cestus Management, Star Boxing, family, friends, and the entire country of Greece down in my last fight (against Ricardo Torres),” Mike (Michael), Gina (Iacovou) and all of Cestus Management have been very supportive. I returned home to Athens, Greece for a few weeks and now I am back in American a very hungry fighter. I’m ready to take that next step and I will win the title very soon.”
Cestus Management’s chief advisor Mike Michael stated, “It has not been easy to know that our fighter was robbed of his title but we have been forced to accept it and that is in the past. We are now all focused on the immediate future and I can promise you that Mike Arnaoutis will make good on his potential and we will become world champions soon.”
Michael added, “We as his management company and his promoter (Star Boxing) have done our job as he is right back in the title hunt fighting (Kendall) Holt in a WBO Junior Welterweight title eliminator. Mighty Mike has learned for his mistakes and is ready to live up to his full potential.”
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Two fighters who have made a name for themselves on the popular Showtime boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation,” return to the network for the most significant fight of their respective careers. In arguably the finest, most meaningful match-up in the six-year history of “ShoBox,” World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 1 contender Kendall Holt will take on No. 2 contender Mike Arnaoutis in a WBO 140-pound elimination bout Friday, April 20, 2007.
The winner of the sizzling showdown of New Jersey natives and “ShoBox” regulars will become the mandatory challenger for WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Ricardo Torres and have an opportunity to join a growing list of “ShoBox” fighters who have gone on to become world champions, including Ricky Hatton, Robert Guerrero, Juan Diaz, Jeff Lacy and Joan Guzman.
The “ShoBox” telecast will air live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Star Boxing and Duva Boxing will co-promote the fights at Bally’s Atlantic City.