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Heavyweight Boxing Returns to the Catskills This Saturday (September 14)

Star Boxing is bringing heavyweight boxing back to the historical Catskills in Saturday nights “CATSKILLS CLASH II,” featuring heavyweight title contender, CARLOS TAKAM (36-5-1 28KO’s) as he takes on CRAIG LEWIS (14-3-1 7KO’s) in a 10-round bout.

Some of the greatest heavyweights of all time played a major role in the prominence of boxing in the Catskills. Names like, Mike Tyson, Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali have all left a clear impact in the majestic New York region’s affinity for boxing. Calling the Hudson Valley village home, Iron Mike Tyson’s famous rise to stardom began under the watchful eye of legend Cus D’Amato at the Cus D’Amato Boxing Club, in Catskill, New York

With a direct link to boxing, the Catskills played a major role in boxing as arguably the greatest training area for boxers dating back to the 20th century. It was not uncommon for multiple high-profile boxers to be training in hotels in the Catskills at the same time.Other greats from Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali to Larry Holmes, Joey Archer and Emile Griffith, to Roberto Duran and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, have all called Sullivan County and the Catskills their temporary homes while training for fights, and for most of the 20th century, very few places in the world could claim a greater link as a professional boxing training camp mecca.

Carlos Takam is well respected in the heavyweight division as someone who comes ready to fight and is not afraid to trade punches. Having fought some of the best heavyweights in the world, like Anthony Joshua, Dereck Chisora, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin, Takam has proven he will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. Making his US debut in the Catskills is fitting for the Cameroon born French heavyweight, where so many greats came before him. Opposing Takam, is Detroit’s Craig Lewis, a tough heavyweight with a granite chin and will.

With the Takam-Lewis heavyweight bout set to headline Saturday nights highly anticipated night of fights at Resorts World Catskills, great boxing action, and specifically thrilling heavyweight boxing, lives on in the Catskills.

INFO:
“CATSKILLS CLASH II” is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, on a thrilling night of fights from Resorts World Catskills, featuring elite heavyweight action in the main event as heavyweight title contender CARLOS TAKAM (France, 36-5-1 28KO’s) takes on heavy-handed heavyweight, CRAIG LEWIS (Detroit, MI 14-3-1 8KO’s). Also featured is New England, top undefeated prospects, “ACTION” ANTHONY LAUREANO (E. Hartford, CT 11-0 4KO’s), defending his ABO America’s Super Lightweight title against BRIAN “SWEET” JONES (Clarksville, TX 15-10 9KO’s), who is coming off a massive upset KO over undefeated prospect Julian Sosa. Co-featured is RICHIE “POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN” RIVERA (Hartford, CT 12-0 10KO’s) who returns to the Catskill’s against ISRAEL “BUMAYE” DUFFUS (19-5 16KO’s), in a fight between two hard punching bangers. On the undercard, undefeated welterweight, BOUBACAR SYLLA (Cincinnati, OH 10-0 7KO’s) will take on the tough Mount Vernon, NY, product, JERMAINE CORLEY (3-6 1KO). Finally hometown fan favorite, BRYANT COSTELLO, will be fighting in a 4-round bout.

WATCH LIVE ON FITE.TV:
FITE, the world leader in the digital distribution of combat sports will stream the event live on the www.FITE.TV website, FITE mobile apps for iOS, Android, and the FITE channels of Amazon Fire, Android, Apple TV, and Roku on a PPV basis. The FITE PPV will stream all “Catskills Clash II,” bouts and be available for just $14.99. Check availability in your area by going to the FITE.tv website.
Pre-Order the FITE.TV Stream HERE

TICKETS:
Tickets for Star Boxing’s “Catskills Clash II” are available now via ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at just $35. Purchase your tickets, HERE.

ABOUT RESORTS WORLD CATSKILLS
Located in the heart of New York’s Catskill region, Resorts World Catskills Casino Resortoffers guests unmatched experiences in excitement, entertainment, and luxury. The integrated casino resort includes an 18-story all-suite hotel, and a casino featuring 100,000 square feet of gaming action including 150 live Las-Vegas style table games, 1,600 state-of-the art slot machines, a poker room, private gaming salons and a 100 seat sportsbook lounge. The casino resort also offers more than 10 varied bar and restaurant experiences, which includes an Italian steakhouse created by celebrity chef Scott Conant, and year-round live entertainment at the 2,500-seat RW Epicenter, casino bars and lounges. The luxurious hotel located within Resorts World Catskills is comprised of 332 suites, the Crystal Life Spa, two indoor pools, and two fitness centers. The integrated casino resort also includes additional stay and play destinations on its campus, including The Alder, an adjacent 101-room lifestyle hotel featuring the first Topgolf Swing Suites in New York State, and Dos Gatos, a cantina-style Mexican eatery and the recently opened Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark, and will be expanded to include a Rees Jones redesigned golf course.

ABOUT STAR BOXING ®:
For a quarter century, Star Boxing keeps on swinging! Star Boxing has consistently delivered boxing events of the highest caliber and attracts loyal fans from all corners of the globe. From the Antonio Tarver – Roy Jones trilogy to the meteoric rise of Chris Algieri and Joe Smith Jr. through the Rockin’ Fights Paramount Series, Star Boxing continues to work with and develop world rated contenders and red-hot prospects into future world champions. Star Boxing is revered worldwide throughout the industry for its credibility, integrity, and exciting fights.

For more information on Star Boxing, visit official website: www.StarBoxing.com

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Richie ‘Popeye’ Rivera Gives Back On Mission Trip in Guatemala

Known for his heavy fists, charisma, and creative nickname, Hartford’s undefeated power puncher, RICHIE “POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN” RIVERA (12-0 10KO’s) is commonly found lacing up his gloves at the Hartford Boxing Center, preparing for his upcoming bout. If you were to meet Richie today, that would include preparing for his September 14, ABO America’s Title defense at Resorts World Catskills when he steps in for his toughest test to date, former WBC FECARBOX champion, ISRAEL DUFUS (19-5 6KO’s) at Star Boxing’s “Catskills Clash II” on the undercard of heavyweight title contender, CARLOS TAKAM’s (36-5-1 28KO’s) US debut.

However, during the first two weeks of August, you wouldn’t find Richie in the gym. Instead, Richie was 3,337 miles away in the “Land of the Eternal Spring,” Guatemala. Understanding the need for giving back, Richie attended a mission trip to Guatemala, in an effort to bring food, clothing and needed everyday life essentials to the Guatemalan people.

How did this trip affect the ABO champion, “I got a dose of reality,” Rivera said. “I believe we as Americans take a lot of things for granted,” Rivera continued, “and this trip was a great experience for me to appreciate the little things in life that we overlook on a daily basis.”

Returning to the US with a full heart, Rivera is even more determined to continue his rise in the boxing world, beggining with his September 14 title defense. With a win against Duffus, Rivera will find himself doing just that.

INFO:
“CATSKILLS CLASH II” is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, on a thrilling night of fights from Resorts World Catskills, featuring elite heavyweight action in the main event as heavyweight title contender CARLOS TAKAM (France, 36-5-1 28KO’s) takes on heavy-handed heavyweight, CRAIG LEWIS (Detroit, MI 14-3-1 8KO’s). Also featured is New England, top undefeated prospects, “ACTION” ANTHONY LAUREANO (E. Hartford, CT 11-0 4KO’s), defending his ABO America’s Super Lightweight title against BRIAN “SWEET” JONES (Clarksville, TX 15-10 9KO’s), who is coming off a massive upset KO over undefeated prospect Julian Sosa. Co-featured is RICHIE “POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN” RIVERA (Hartford, CT 12-0 10KO’s) who returns to the Catskill’s against ISRAEL “BUMAYE” DUFFUS (19-5 16KO’s), in a fight between two hard punching bangers. On the undercard, undefeated welterweight, BOUBACAR SYLLA (Cincinnati, OH 10-0 7KO’s) will take on the tough Mount Vernon, NY, product, JERMAIN CORLEY (3-6 1KO)

 

WATCH LIVE ON FITE.TV:
FITE, the world leader in the digital distribution of combat sports will stream the event live on the www.FITE.TV website, FITE mobile apps for iOS, Android, and the FITE channels of Amazon Fire, Android, Apple TV, and Roku on a PPV basis. The FITE PPV will stream all “Catskills Clash II,” bouts and be available for just $14.99. Check availability in your area by going to the FITE.tv website.

TICKETS:
Tickets for Star Boxing’s “Catskills Clash II” are available now via ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at just $35. Purchase your tickets, HERE.

ABOUT RESORTS WORLD CATSKILLS
Located in the heart of New York’s Catskill region, Resorts World Catskills Casino Resortoffers guests unmatched experiences in excitement, entertainment, and luxury. The integrated casino resort includes an 18-story all-suite hotel, and a casino featuring 100,000 square feet of gaming action including 150 live Las-Vegas style table games, 1,600 state-of-the art slot machines, a poker room, private gaming salons and a 100 seat sportsbook lounge. The casino resort also offers more than 10 varied bar and restaurant experiences, which includes an Italian steakhouse created by celebrity chef Scott Conant, and year-round live entertainment at the 2,500-seat RW Epicenter, casino bars and lounges. The luxurious hotel located within Resorts World Catskills is comprised of 332 suites, the Crystal Life Spa, two indoor pools, and two fitness centers. The integrated casino resort also includes additional stay and play destinations on its campus, including The Alder, an adjacent 101-room lifestyle hotel featuring the first Topgolf Swing Suites in New York State, and Dos Gatos, a cantina-style Mexican eatery and the recently opened Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark, and will be expanded to include a Rees Jones redesigned golf course.

For info fans are encouraged to click here:
https://rwcatskills.com/

ABOUT STAR BOXING ®:
For a quarter century, Star Boxing keeps on swinging! Star Boxing has consistently delivered boxing events of the highest caliber and attracts loyal fans from all corners of the globe. From the Antonio Tarver – Roy Jones trilogy to the meteoric rise of Chris Algieri and Joe Smith Jr. through the Rockin’ Fights Paramount Series, Star Boxing continues to work with and develop world rated contenders and red-hot prospects into future world champions. Star Boxing is revered worldwide throughout the industry for its credibility, integrity, and exciting fights.

For more information on Star Boxing, visit official website: www.StarBoxing.com

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Chicago’s James Wade Named 2019 WNBA Coach of the Year

Chicago Sky head coach James Wade has been named the 2019 WNBA Coach of the Year, the WNBA announced today.  Wade becomes the first Chicago coach to earn the honor in the franchise’s 14-year history.

 

Wade received 27 votes from a national panel of 43 sportswriters and broadcasters.  Mike Thibault of the Washington Mystics received 12 votes, Dan Hughes of the Seattle Storm received 2 votes and Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Sparks and Curt Miller of the Connecticut Sun rounded out the votes with one each.

 

In Wade’s first season as a WNBA head coach, the Sky finished with a 20-14 record to earn the No. 5 seed in the 2019 WNBA Playoffs.  Chicago hosts the eighth-seeded Phoenix Mercury in a first-round, single-elimination game tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

 

Wade guided the Sky to a seven-win improvement from last season (13-21) and its third-best record ever.  Chicago’s other two seasons with at least 20 victories were in 2013 (24-10) and 2015 (21-13).

 

Under Wade, the Sky ranked second in the WNBA in points (84.6 ppg) and assists (21.6 apg) and third in field goal percentage (44.8).  Guards Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot were selected as 2019 WNBA All-Stars.  Vandersloot broke her own WNBA single-season records for assist average (9.1) and total assists (300).

 

Wade was hired by the Sky as head coach and general manager in November 2018 after spending two seasons as an assistant coach under head coach Cheryl Reeve with the Minnesota Lynx.  He was a part of the coaching staff that led Minnesota to the 2017 WNBA championship.  Before joining the Lynx, Wade served on current Seattle Storm head coach Dan Hughes’ coaching staff with the San Antonio Stars from 2012-16.

 

A Memphis, Tenn., native, Wade played college basketball at Middle Tennessee State, Chattanooga State and Kennesaw State.  He played professionally in Europe for nearly 13 years.

For more information on the WNBA fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.wnba.com/

 

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Seattle’s Natasha Howard Named 2019 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year

Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard has been named the 2019 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the WNBA announced today.  Howard has earned the honor for the first time and become the second winner for the Storm, joining Lauren Jackson (2007).

 

Howard received 33 votes from a national panel of 43 sportswriters and broadcasters.  Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks finished second with three votes.  Three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx and Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun tied for third with two votes each.  Seattle’s Alysha Clark, the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and the Atlanta Dream’s Elizabeth Williams tied for fourth with one vote each.

Howard and the sixth-seeded Storm host Fowles and the seventh-seeded Lynx in a first-round, single-elimination playoff game tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

 

In her sixth season, Howard led the WNBA with 74 total steals and finished second with a career-high 2.18 steals per game, just behind Storm teammate Jordin Canada (2.27 spg).  Howard ranked third in the WNBA in both total blocked shots (59) and blocks per game (1.74 bpg).  She also averaged a career-high 5.5 defensive rebounds per game, the 11th-highest total in the league.

 

The Storm gave up only 92.3 points per 100 possessions with Howard on the court compared with 104.0 points per 100 possessions with her off the court – a difference of 11.7 points.  Overall, Seattle ranked fourth in the WNBA in defensive rating, allowing 96.4 points per 100 possessions.

 

A first-time All-Star this season, Howard averaged career highs of 18.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 34 games.  Last season, Howard was named the WNBA Most Improved Player and selected to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team as she helped the Storm win the WNBA title.

Before joining Seattle in 2018, Howard played two seasons each with the Lynx and the Indiana Fever.  She was part of Minnesota’s championship-winning team in 2017.

In honor of being named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, Howard will receive $5,000 and a specially designed trophy from Tiffany & Co.

For more information on the WNBA fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.wnba.com/

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WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Natasha Howard Highlights 2019 WNBA All-Defensive Team

WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Natasha Howard of the Seattle Storm leads the 2019 WNBA All-Defensive First Team, the WNBA announced today.

 

Howard received the maximum 11 votes from the WNBA’s head coaches, earning All-Defensive First Team honors for the second straight season.

 

Along with Howard (55 points), the WNBA All-Defensive First Team features Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones (42), Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (36), Sun guard Jasmine Thomas (36) and Storm guard Jordin Canada (34).

 

The WNBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (34 points), Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins (27), Storm forward Alysha Clark (26), Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) and Mystics guard Natasha Cloud (25).

 

The WNBA’s 12 head coaches selected the All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position and were not permitted to vote for players from their own teams.  Players earned five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team vote.  If a player received votes at multiple positions, she was slotted at the position where she received the most votes.

 

2019 WNBA All-Defensive First Team

 

Natasha Howard, Storm: The two-time All-Defensive First Team selection ranked second in the WNBA in steals (2.18 spg) and third in blocked shots (1.74 bpg).

 

Jonquel Jones, Sun: The 2018 Sixth Woman of the Year tied for the WNBA lead in blocked shots (2.0 bpg) with Griner en route to her first All-Defensive Team nod.  Jones also finished fourth in defensive rebounds with 6.4 per game.

 

Nneka Ogwumike, Sparks: Ogwumike ranked third in the WNBA in defensive rebounding (6.5 drpg) and fifth in steals (1.88 spg).  She was voted to an All-Defensive Team for the fifth straight season and to the First Team for the fourth time (2015-17).

 

Jasmine Thomas, Sun: This marks the third consecutive All-Defensive First Team honor for Thomas, a top on-ball defender who tied for eighth in steals (1.41 spg).  She also made the Second Team in 2016.

 

Jordin Canada, Storm: The league leader in steals (2.27 spg) was selected to her first All-Defensive Team in only her second WNBA season.

 

2019 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team

 

Brittney Griner, Mercury: This is the sixth consecutive All-Defensive Team selection for Griner, who was the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015.  Griner tied for the WNBA lead in blocks (2.0 bpg) after leading the category outright in each of her previous six seasons.

 

Ariel Atkins, Mystics: Atkins has earned All-Defensive Second Team honors in both of her WNBA seasons.  She finished sixth in the WNBA in steals with 1.45 per game this season.

 

Alysha Clark, Storm: Clark makes her All-Defensive Team debut in her eighth WNBA season after helping the Storm allow a league-low 75.1 points per game.

 

Alyssa Thomas, Sun: Thomas finished third in the WNBA in steals (1.94 spg) en route to her second All-Defensive Team selection (2017).  She also tied for 11th in total defensive rebounds (181).

 

Natasha Cloud, Mystics: Selected to her first All-Defensive Team in her fifth WNBA season, Cloud contributed 1.03 steals and 2.3 defensive rebounds per game for league-leading Washington.

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Breeanna Locquiao changing the way people view Hawaiian boxers as she heads to the World Championships

Hawaii is certainly better known for its juicy pineapples, incredible surf, and breathtaking views than producing boxers. Elite Women’s USA Boxing Team light flyweight Breeanna Locquiao may be changing the way people perceive Hawaiian boxers in the near future.

She is a three-time National Golden Gloves champion (2017-2019), as well as a gold medalist at the 2018 Elite National Championships and Eastern Elite Qualifier. Next month, she will be competing in the Elite Women’s World Championships, Oct. 3-13, in Ulan Ude, Russia.

“Hawaii’s boxers are slowly coming up on the rise,” the 28-year-old Locquiao believes. “It’s a lot more tough for us to get on the map but learning to box here is no different than Colorado. I have an experienced coach (Carlos Tangaro) who is a former pro and he can relate to being an amateur and pro boxer. We make do with the teammates we have to get in great work to prepare for tournaments, because getting fights in Hawaii, especially for girls and women, are tough to find. I have needed to fly to the mainland in order for me to get matches and fights in advance to be where I’m at today.

“Training in Colorado has put me in a different environment where I can improve things that I can’t back home. Sparring with the best in the nation brings out the best in me. The altitude (in Colorado Springs) has also helped me get into shape and I’ve learned different techniques to enhance my style of boxing. There are definitely no distractions there and I solely focus on nothing but training.”

Despite the many obstacles she’s overcome as a Hawaii-based boxer, she is also at a distinct disadvantage heading into these Championships, taking on far more experienced boxers such as record-holding six-time World Championships gold medalist and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, “Magnificent” Mary Kom, of India.

“I definitely feel excited to represent Hawaii and my country,” Locquiao spoke about her upcoming experience in Russia. “I’m a little nervous since this will be part of many first for me to come. This will be my first international experience and first time traveling with USA Boxing. I want to show I can be one of the best in the world. I’ve heard of Mary Kom, and the other top contenders in my weight class are from Russia, Ukraine and Korea.

“I want to gain more experience since I started boxing late. I only have 16 fights and the women I fight will have had many more fights than me. I want to make Team USA again this upcoming year and gain more international experience so I can make my decision about my long-term goal of turning pro.”

Not too shabby for a Hawaiian who first started boxing as a fitness exercise to lose excess weight she had gained after undergoing three ACL surgeries.

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Former world boxing champ Ishe Smith to make VBK:1 bare knuckle debut Sept. 21 on PPV vs. MMA fighter Estevan Payan

Ken Shamrock, the World’s Most Dangerous Man and founder of Valor Bare Knuckle Inc. (VBK™), today announced the complete line-up of fights for VBK: 1, the promotion’s first-ever Pay-Per-View event taking place from 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota.

Valor Bare Knuckle’s inaugural event, VBK: 1 will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH, VUBIQUITY in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw Communications, Rogers and SaskTel in Canada, and the FITE.TV digital platform for a suggested retail price of $29.95. Taxes and fees may apply.

Tickets for VBK: 1 can be purchased online at Ticketforce.com or by calling 4Bears Casino & Lodge at 800-294-5454 (ask for Players Club)
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Also, as part of the live Pay-Per-View, former world champion boxer Ishe Smith (0-0), fighting out of Las Vegas, will make his bare-knuckle debut in a 160 lb. bout vs. Estevan Payan (1-0) and JC Llamas will square off against Mike Richman (1-0) in a 170 lb. match.

“I fell in love with bare knuckle in the early UFC days and have always wanted to bring it back,” said Shamrock. “Now, with Valor, we are giving athletes today the opportunity to experience the sport of bare knuckle – a pure competition between two fighters using God given talent – nothing more and nothing less. It all starts Saturday, September 21 live on Pay-Per-View with VBK: 1.”

In an unprecedented move, Shamrock turned to combat sports fans worldwide to select the initial matchups for the four-person, one-night heavyweight tournament (206 – 265 lbs.). Through an online Forbes.com poll, fans chose Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (0-0) vs. “Mighty Mo” Siliga (0-0) and Jack May vs. Mark Godbeer as the starting brackets; James McSweeney (0-0) and Brian Heden (0-0) are tournament alternates.

Four Dakotans will kick off VBK: 1 in the first two fights of the night. In a starting non-televised heavyweight preliminary, Chris Jensen (0-0), hailing from Waterford, North Dakota takes on John Carmona (0-0) from Fargo, North Dakota. Dane Sayers (0-0) also from Fargo, fights Brookings South Dakotan Joshua Dyer (0-0) in a 185 lb. preliminary bout.

Shamrock, Valor Bare Knuckle owner and founder, is a UFC® Hall of Famer and a four-time heavyweight world champion fighter and a WWE® Superstar and international wrestling legend. He is the UFC Superfight heavyweight champion, King of Pancrase champion, NWA/TNA champion, and the WWE IC champion.

The sport of bare knuckle fighting is regulated in Florida, Mississippi and Wyoming and is under consideration with several more states across America.

About 4 Bears Casino & Lodge
4 Bears Casino, just west of New Town, ND, is North Dakota’s winning destination for gaming, live entertainment, dining, lodging, and conventions. Located on beautiful Lake Sakakawea, 4 Bears offers marina and lake access. Visit us at www.4BearsCasino.com.

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