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Golden Boy Live! On Broadway on August 19th
There is a new boxing fight night series on the horizon. Golden Boy Promotions were in New York City to announce that they have partnered-up with Fox Sports 1 to host 24 shows in the next 12 months. The Golden Boy Live! Series will commence on Monday nights beginning on August 19, at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The main event will feature Brooklyn’s Danny Jacobs (25-1, 22 KOs) against Giovanni Lorenzo (32-5, 24 KOs).
“All this for me?” Jacobs said. “This is amazing. I am truly blessed. God has been with me since day one. I’m fortunate to be here and to have my own main event.”
Other bouts will include Eddie Gomez of the Bronx against Philadelphia’s Steve Upsher Chambers in an eight-round welterweight contest. 2012 Olympian Marcus Browne, a fixture in the New York City Golden Gloves circuit, will also be on the show. Claude Staten Jr., a bantamweight prospect from Brooklyn, will also appear on the card.
The purpose of the event is to produce and promote boxing’s youngest, newest, and freshest faces according to IBF light-heavyweight champion and Golden Boy Promotions partner Bernard Hopkins.
“The show will feature guys that aren’t ready for a ShoBox, or a Boxing After Dark, or any of the top main event programs,” Hopkins told a group of reporters at Planet Hollywood. “It is a showcase to feature some of the young guys coming up. It gives the public a glimpse as to who to keep their eye on. People will say, ‘hey, I remember watching him fight on TV before. Look out for this guy. Watch this fighter.’”
Danny Jacobs was a once highly-touted undefeated middleweight prospect. Jacobs was featured on a number of HBO programming outlets including Boxing After Dark and HBO Pay-Per-View at a very tender stage of his career. Many criticized whether Jacobs was truly ready for his fights to be featured on such a tremendous stage so early. Jacobs’ progress was halted following a surprisingly dominant performance by a Dimitry Pirog, who stopped Jacobs in five rounds to claim the WBO middleweight title.
Shortly thereafter, Jacobs, who lost his grandmother leading up to the Pirog defeat, was paralyzed from the waist down after being diagnosed with having cancerous tumors by his spinal chord.
“Two years ago, I was battling a war. I was paralyzed in a hospital battling cancer, so for me to comeback and have my own main event in Times Square, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Jacobs has returned from his illness in 2012 and has posted three stoppage victories. He will have his hands full with Lorenzo, a former world title challenger. Lorenzo is a three-time world middleweight title challenger and he is a very durable fighter. Jacobs, who lacks in experience, has the better footwork and hand speed. He’s the younger and fresher fighter. With aspirations of Jacobs winning a world title again, Golden Boy wouldn’t put him in the ring with someone that will beat him again. At least not now!
“Giovanni Lorenzo is a tremendous fighter, a very good fighter,” Jacobs added. “I know he’s going to bring it come fight night. He’s going to be a tough test.”
Tickets for this event are priced at $125, 60, and $35
(Main Events Press Release) Guinn ready to seize sudden opportunity against Adamek
Ten years ago, Arkansas heavyweight Dominick Guinn sprung onto the boxing scene by blasting the highly regarded Michael Grant with his potent left hook, stopping him in round seven after four knockdowns. The sensational victory was part of the 24-bout winning streak that started Guinn’s career and made him a suddenly hot prospect among the big men.
At the time, heavyweight was a crowded division full of hungry fighters, and Guinn never quite made it to the top of his class. But he never stopped believing in his talents. He had good size, solid boxing skills and that crushing power that earned him the nickname “The Southern Disaster”. Guinn kept fighting, and remained in the gym, waiting for his chance to breakthrough once again.
So when Guinn received the surprise call to fight Tomasz Adamek, 48-2, 29 KOs, on the next edition of NBC Sports Network’s live boxing series, Fight Night, it felt like destiny to the self-described gym rat.
Originally Adamek was scheduled to face Tony Grano on August 3rd. However a back injury forced Grano to pull out of the bout, opening the door for Guinn to stage another return to significant heavyweight action. The Houston-based heavyweight will again try to take the division by storm with another surprise win.
The 10-rounder between Guinn and Adamek is one third of the big “Three to See” triple header at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. The broadcast begins at 10:30 PM ET, and also includes middleweight Curtis Stevens (24-3, 17 KOs) against Saul Roman (37-9, 31 KOs), and cruiserweight Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) versus Thabiso Mchunu (12-1, 9 KOs*), in separate 10-rounders.
Although Adamek is still in hot pursuit of another shot at the heavyweight title, Guinn, 34-9-1, 23 KOs, believes he’s recently seen a few cracks in his popular opponent’s armor, and is convinced that the time is ripe for his left hook to again make him a player among heavyweights.
In addition to this, Guinn has never been stopped in his 13-year boxing career, and he figures his granite chin could be the antidote to Adamek’s heavy hands. If Guinn can pull the upset, his career will get the sudden jolt he’s been waiting for.
Hungry to again make his mark and finally reach his potential in the ring, the always-ready Dominick Guinn may prove to be a dangerous substitute against Adamek.
*Guinn and Mchunu records per Fight Fax
“THREE TO SEE” FIGHT INFO:
August 3rd “Three To See” card at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT. In the main event Curtis Stevens and Saul Roman will clash for 10-rounds in a middleweight war. Also co-featured will be a 10-round cruiserweight battle between Eddie Chambers and Thabiso Mchunu. Heavyweight, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek will take on Dominick Guinn for 10-rounds. Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov will be featured on the undercard in an 8 round heavyweight fight.
NBC Sports Network Fight Night will telecast the August 3rd show beginning 10:30PM EDT.
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Tickets are priced at $125 and $40 (price includes facility fees) and can be purchased by calling Mohegan Sun Box office 860-862-8499 or through Ticketmaster. For ADA accessible sales, call Mohegan Sun Box