Monday, September 24, 2007
One of boxing?s most exciting young warriors, Edison Miranda has captured the hearts of the fight world since his United States debut in 2005. Now, on Tuesday, October 30th, at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, ?Pantera? begins his long-awaited assault on the super middleweight division when he takes on Henry Porras.
?I?m rested, ready, and I can?t wait to get back into the ring on October 30th,? said Miranda, who will be in action for the first time since a hard-fought May defeat to Kelly Pavlik in his final bout at 160 pounds. ?I promise the fans that I will be better than ever when I fight Porras, and I will win by knockout.?
Miranda-Porras, a 10 round super middleweight bout, headlines a hard-hitting night of world-class boxing presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing and DiBella Entertainiment, in association with Arena Box Promotions and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Boris Grinberg, manager of WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov, couldn?t believe it when the news hit on Tuesday that WBA titlist Ruslan Chagaev was getting ready to go back into training, with his sights set on a title defense before the end of the year.
?This is disgraceful,? said Grinberg, whose fighter, Ibragimov, was scheduled to unify the heavyweight title with Chagaev on October 13th in Moscow before Chagaev pulled out of the fight with an unspecified ailment. ?We were led to believe that this so-called champion was suffering from some severe sickness that was going to keep him out of action indefinitely, and despite the fact that we put a lot of time, effort, and money into making this fight happen, we believed his excuse. But now that we heard that Chagaev is coming back so soon, it?s obvious that his ailment wasn?t ?an acute inflammation of the body,? but really just a complete
lack of heart, and that he has no intention of fighting the premier heavyweight in the sport, Sultan Ibragimov.?
Grinberg, along with Seminole Warriors Boxing, jumped quickly into action after Chagaev?s withdrawal, and legendary heavyweight Evander Holyfield and his promoter Main Events eagerly accepted the fight with Ibragimov, which will still be held at the Khodynka Arena in Moscow on October 13th, and that will be televised in the United States on DirecTV pay-per-view.
?Holyfield lives up to everything that has been said of him in the past, which is that he is a true warrior who will fight anyone at anytime and place, not like the other ?Champions??, said Grinberg. ?Sultan Ibragimov is the same way and it?s why this fight on October 13th will be a great one. As for Chagaev, he could learn a few lessons from Ibragimov and Holyfield about how a real fighter should act.?
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
HOLLYWOOD – The call came into the Seminole Warriors Boxing offices this week, and there was no mistaking who was on the other end of the line.
“I’m back,” said Edison “Pantera” Miranda, who has rebounded from his May loss to Kelly Pavlik and is back in the gym in San Juan, Puerto Rico, preparing for a late-October return at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood.
“I’ve been working out for hours every day and I feel great,” said Miranda, who after a successful run at middleweight will now compete in the 168-pound super middleweight division. “At 168 my punches are sharper and harder, my speed is still there, and I feel like I can jump in the ring right now.”
It’s a far cry from Miranda’s May loss to Pavlik, which saw him put his health at risk in order to make weight for the bout. The classy Miranda doesn’t want to put a damper on Pavlik’s win though.
“I have no excuses,” said Miranda. “Pavlik was the better man that night, but that fight is in the past. I don’t think about what happened yesterday, only about what’s happening today and tomorrow, and in 2008, I will be ready to fight for a title once again. Watch out world, “Pantera” is coming - bigger, badder, and harder than ever.”
Friday, July 27, 2007
HOLLYWOOD, FL – A native of the same Brooklyn neighborhood that produced former world champions Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, junior middleweight contender Sechew Powell has shown the talent and desire to one day join those championship ranks, and Seminole Warriors Boxing and Bad Dog Productions are proud to announce that “The Iron Horse” is the latest standout to join their team as he continues on his quest for greatness.
“I’m ready to take the next step in my career, and I’m confident that my new promotional team will get me there,” said Powell, who was signed to a multi-fight promotional deal. “The rest is up to me, and believe me, I’m ready to get back in the ring and show the world what “The Iron Horse” is all about.”
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Golden Boy Promotions’ President Oscar De La Hoya and CEO Richard Schaefer will be in attendance when Golden Boy co-promoted WBO World Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov and WBA Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev square off to unify their titles on October 13th in Moscow.
De La Hoya and Schaefer are extremely excited about the opportunity to witness what looks to be the beginning of a resurgence of the heavyweight division first hand, as both Heavyweight Champions seek to become the first Unified Heavyweight Champion of the 21st century. Ibragimov and Chagaev will battle to become the first heavyweight to unify the title since November of 1999, when Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield by unanimous decision. The fight also marks the first time in boxing history that two champions will be attempting to unify in the first defenses of their titles.
“This is going to be a big night for the entire sport of boxing and I am thrilled to travel to Moscow to be a part of it,” said ten-time World Champion and President of Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya. “For the first time in nearly a decade, we are finally getting closer to seeing who the true king of the heavyweight division is.”
De La Hoya continued, “I would like to thank Sultan Ibragimov’s sponsor, Nafta Moskva, for their commitment to Sultan and for making this historic event possible.”
Making the trip with De La Hoya will be Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer who noted “Never before has a fighter attempted to unify belts in his first title defense, and in this case both fighters are trying to earn that honor,” noted Schaefer. “This is a monumental event that Oscar and I can’t wait to witness first hand.”
The Ibragimov-Chagaev World Heavyweight Championship Unification is presented by Nafta Moskva and is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Seminole Warriors Boxing, Golden Grain Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz in association with Universum Box-Promotion.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Former world cruiserweight champion Krzysztof ‘Diablo’ Wlodarczyk is a warrior, and as such, accepting losses doesn’t come easy to him.
The last man to beat him, current IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, is the same way, and after Wlodarczyk gave the American a chance to redeem himself in May, he hopes Cunningham will do the same by agreeing to a rubber match to truly determine who the superior fighter is.
“I think a third match is the only true way to prove who is better,” said Wlodarczyk, who lost a razor-thin majority decision to Cunningham in May after beating him by split decision last November to win the vacant IBF title. “I won the first fight, he won the second, they were both very close, and the fans enjoyed both fights. I know that if we fight again, we will not only settle our score once and for all, but we will give the fans a memorable and meaningful fight.”
Despite fighting in his opponent’s backyard in Ankara, Turkey, former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall moved a step closer to regaining the crown he once held on Saturday, as he battered and outpointed Sinan Samil Sam over 12 rounds to win the WBC international championship and earn a shot at the WBC crown currently held by Oleg Maskaev.
“Maskaev, Sam Peter, Vitali Klitschko, it don’t matter,” said McCall when discussing the fighters currently embroiled in their own battles for the WBC crown. “I already knocked out Maskaev once, I wouldn’t mind exposing Peter as all hype, and I could send Klitschko back into retirement. I just want my title shot and I’m gonna get my belt back. Mr. Sulaiman said the winner of my fight with Sam will get a title shot, and I know him to be a man of his word. I can’t wait!”
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
LOS ANGELES – Sultan Ibragimov is ready to put his unbeaten record up for grabs against the WBO Heavyweight Champion, Shannon Briggs, on Saturday, June 2nd at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ.
The high-impact 12-round showdown is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions in association with Caesar’s Atlantic City, Nafta Moskya, Golden Grain, CSI Sports, Global Advertising and Main Events. The fight will be shown on Pay-Per-View and begins at 9:00 pm ET/ 6:00 pm PT.
Ibragimov is one of the hottest talents in the heavyweight division, and experts as well as his Russian supporters believe he has the ability to beat the current champion in this long-awaited match up. The championship fight was originally scheduled for March 10, but was postponed after Briggs suffered from an pneumonia.
“We’re confident that Sultan Ibragimov is the next heavyweight champion of the world, and we’re eager to see him beat Shannon Briggs and put the championship belt around his waist,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya.
“He dominated Javier Mora with a quick 46-second knockout in the first round of his last fight, and we know he is ready for his fight against Briggs,” continued De La Hoya.
A 2000 Olympic Silver medalist for Russia, Sultan Ibragamov (20-0-1, 17 KO’s) turned pro in 2002 with a first round knockout of Tracy Williams - in fact, his first four fights ended in opening round victories. He won the WBO Asia-Pacific title in October of 2004 with a third-round knockout against Najee Shaheed. He defended that crown six times.
He has also defeated former world champion Al Cole and contenders Lance Whitaker and Zuri Lawrence.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
HOLLYWOOD, FL – Ask your average sports fan about “Mean” Joe Greene, and they’ll tell you all about the Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers. But ask a boxing fan who “Mean” Joe Greene is, and you’ll most likely hear about the unbeaten middleweight sensation who has taken the New York scene by storm and is now ready to take on the world.
To speed that process along, Seminole Warriors Boxing is pleased to announce the signing of Joe Greene to a promotional contract.
Joe Greene said “I am excited about signing with Seminole Warriors Boxing since it will allow me to start competing against the best middleweights in the world.”
“We’re thrilled to have Joe Greene on the Seminole Warriors Boxing team, and we believe he’s the future of this division,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “If you haven’t seen Joe fight yet, you’re in for a treat because he has all the tools to be a champion, including knockout power in either hand. Fight fans will definitely be seeing plenty of this young man in the coming months and years.”
Thursday, April 05, 2007
HOLLYWOOD, FL - Glen Johnson and Montell Griffin, two of this era’s premier light heavyweights, and former world champions who have never crossed paths despite both being in the ring with the likes of Roy Jones Jr., Antonio Tarver, and Julio Gonzalez, will finally meet in a 12 round bout on Wednesday, May 16th at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida to determine the number one challenger to IBF world 175-pound champion Clinton Woods.
ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights will telecast the bout, which is presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing, beginning at 9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT.