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NBC SPORTS NETWORK PRESENTS “FIGHT NIGHT 36: ZAB JUDAH”
All-Access Show Premieres Wednesday, March 21
at 10:30 PM ET
Zab “Super” Judah vs. Vernon Paris on NBC Sports Network Fight Night, Saturday, March 24 at 10 PM ET
NEW YORK – March 14, 2012 – Zab “Super” Judah, former undisputed welterweight and junior welterweight champion, will be featured in Fight Night 36: Zab Judah, premiering Wednesday, March 21 at 10:30 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.
The NBC Sports Network extends its all-access 36 series to boxing for the first time with this 30-minute special that chronicles 36 hours in the life of the Brooklyn boxer as he prepares to face Vernon Paris in a box-off for the No. 1 contender position in the Junior Welterweight division. Judah’s match with Paris will air on the second edition of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night boxing series, Saturday, March 24 at 10 p.m. ET.
“Compelling, story-driven access is something we want to grow in the NBC Sports Network original space, said Ron Wechsler, Vice President, Original Programming and Development, NBC Sports Network. “Given the success we have seen with NHL 36, we are excited to extend the brand to boxing. With Zab Judah returning to his hometown of Brooklyn, we have an amazing hook for our first Fight Night 36 special.”
NHL 36 is a regular series that profiles NHL players and has received acclaim since it debuted on the NBC Sports Network last December.
“The NBC Sports Network’s decision to support its Fight Night professional boxing series by extending its 36 format into the sweet science is just the kind of support that our sport needs,” said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. “Every boxer I know is his own reality show. I am quite confident that we will win lots of new fans to the sport with this type of programming. I can’t wait to see the premiere.”
Following are reairs of Fight Night 36: Zab Judah: March 22 at 11:30 p.m., March 23 at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., March 24 at 6 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. as the lead-in to the Judah-Paris fight. All times are ET.
Saturday, June 16, 9-11 pm – Site TBA
Q&A with Tomasz Adamek,
“Everybody knows we have a great, loaded card on March 24th. The fight will be on NBC Sports Network. We have a great, little venue in the Aviator, I wish we could have had a bigger venue but the availability of arenas dictated that this was our location. It’s going to make for a great night I think everyone is going to be excited and thrilled to be there. We have so many good fights on the card. And we’re blessed to also have in addition to the main event which will feature Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris, and a co-feature with Sergei Liakhovich and Bryant Jennings; we are also able to provide this wonderful extra bout which normally would be a main event anywhere else, Tomasz Adamek who is going to be fighting Nagy Aguilera.”
How were your expectations for the Klitschko fight and the reality of the fight different?
Tomasz Adamek: “Boxing is my life, sometimes you win, sometimes lose. Last time I lose. I am 35 years old but I’m still hungry fighter. I want to come back and show everyone that I can win this fight (Aguilera) and couple next (fights) and get again future title fights. Vitali is a different fighter than Nagy Aguilera. Nagy is my size. But every fight you learn something. I am quick now and I think I will be on March 24, but in Poland I was very slow, I was not true Tomasz Adamek.”
Was there a conscious effort in training for this fight to get Tomasz up to 225-230, to build more muscle because you believe he needed to be bigger ?
Roger Bloodworth: “We didn’t make an effort. What we did when he was at my house was we trained in the morning and we trained in the evening. The evening practice was gloves, mitts.Tomasz was fighting so often leading up to the Klitschko fight that I don’t think that his body ever had the time to fill out. That was Tomasz’s problem. I think this time he’s going to be all right, cause he looks bigger to me and to me he looks quicker. His style has changed a bit. And I think it was a good thing for him, the rest let his body heal up, the weight came and came as muscle instead of fat. I’m happy with that.”
What does it mean for NBC Sports Network to have Tomasz Adamek on this and the June broadcast?
Kathy Duva: They are very happy with the entire card and are working very hard to promote it. When we let them know that he was going to be available to fight that night (March 24), at that time they didn’t really have time for three fights, they agreed to extend the time for that window so that his (Adamek’s ) fight could be televised. We were very happy about that. They are also happy about being able to come to Newark in June and see him at Prudential Center which we anticipate will be full of people like it always is.”
What do you see in Nagy that will benefit Tomasz?
Roger Bloodworth: “Nagy’s got fast hands so Tomasz is going to have to be alert. Nagy can box when he wants to and he can punch a little when he wants to, and I think Nagy will bring both. I don’t think it’d be good for Tomasz to be put in the ring with somebody that’s just going to stand in one spot and let him get hit. Nagy won’t do that.”
Tomasz will you have your big, loyal fan base in Brooklyn and if not how will it affect you?
Tomasz Adamek: “I have a lot of friends and fans in the United States and I’m sure they’re coming to watch my fight.”
“I am happy I can come back to the ring. When I go into the ring I want to win fight. I don’t know how, only that I am healthy and ready to fight. I am training with Roger very hard. I train mini camps in his home and we are here 6 weeks in NJ. I’m ready to fight.”
Two Big Heavyweight Bouts Added to NBC Sports Network Fight Night’s Blockbuster Judah-Paris Show
The White Wolf, Sergei Liakhovich will take on Philadelphia’s hot Bryant Jennings in a 10-round co-feature, while heavyweight Tomasz Adamek makes his first ring appearance since facing Heavyweight King Vitali Klitschko on Saturday, March 24th when the NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” boxing series comes to Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports Complex. In the main event of the evening, Brooklyn’s Zab Judah takes on unbeaten Junior Welterweight Vernon Paris in a mandated fight for the #1 position in the IBF.
Jennings, 12-0, 5 KO’s, who made an enormous hit with the NBC Sports Network audience, last month, when he stepped into the main event on just five days’ notice on the inaugural “Fight Night” broadcast and captured the Pennsylvania Heavyweight Title in an exciting 12-round brawl with Maurice Byarm, will face one of the big men who he replaced that night. Liakhovich, 25-4, 16 KO’s, caught a tough break just a few days earlier when no suitable opponent could be found to replace top contender Eddie Chambers on short notice when he suffered two broken ribs in sparring and had to withdraw. Always ready to do battle in the ring, Liakhovich was anxious to get back on the fight calendar as soon as possible.
Liakhovich, “I am glad to be fighting on NBC Sports Network. I look forward to my fight with Jennings. I like fighting guys who appreciate a challenge like me. I am in great shape and can’t wait to get back in the ring.”
Russell Peltz of Peltz Boxing said that Jennings was eager to get back in the ring, “We feel we should strike while the iron is hot. Why go backwards after the win over Byarm?”
A former World Light Heavyweight, Cruiserweight and IBF International Heavyweight champion, Adamek, 44-2, 28 KO’s, is equally anxious to begin his climb back up to the top of the heavyweight rankings with his first ever appearance in Brooklyn. A suitable opponent is being sought and his name will be released shortly.
“This show is shaping up to be quite extraordinary,” promoter Kathy Duva said. “There will be excitement from start to finish and I’m sure that every boxing fan who can’t get a ticket won’t want to miss the broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.”
Gary Quinn, Sr. Director of Programming & Acquisitions NBC Sports Group added, “We are pleased with the high caliber of the March 24th card from top to bottom. We are building on the positive momentum we established with our January 21 show. Fans will be able to tune in for another fantastic night of boxing March 24th on NBC Sports Network Fight Night.”
Tickets to the blockbuster triple-header, priced at $200, $100 and $75 and may be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing, (215) 765-0922 , or online through www.peltzboxing.com. The non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7:30 p.m., the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Mar 24th.
The Aviator Sports and Events Center offers free parking. You can also take public transportation via the Q35 MTA bus from the Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College subway station.
Promoted by Main Events in association with Super Judah Promotions and Peltz Boxing.
Be sure to tune into NBCSN for all the action following the NCAA basketball tournament!
NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE (All Times ET)
Saturday, March 24, Aviator Sports and Events Center, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, June 16, 9-11 p.m. – Site TBA
Saturday, December 8, 9-11 p.m. – Site TBA
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NBC Sports Network
During a recent media event at Joe Hand Gym Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, fighters, promoters and network officials agreed that getting back to boxing basics in the City of Brotherly Love was just what the doctor ordered.
Gary Quinn, Senior Director, Program Planning and Aquisitions, NBC Sports Group, explained how Philadelphia ties in to the NBC Sports Network Fight Night game plan, “What we think puts us in a unique position to make this series succeed is now that we have the NBC Sports Group formulated, we’ve got 4 media platforms: we’ve got the NBC broadcast network; we’ve got the 24/7 NBC Sports Network; we have the 12 regional sports networks; and our digital platforms. It’s no coincidence that we are here in Philadelphia where we have one of the strongest RSN’s (Regional Sports Network) with CSN (Comcast SportsNet) Philly.”
Quinn added, “So you can say, ‘okay you’ve got the promotional platform, but you’ve got to have the product to make it work.’ We think we do. We’ve come up with a model that resembled what we did back in the day when The Fight Doctor (Ferdie Pacheco) said, ‘The key is putting crossroads fights on. You don’t have to worry about titles; you don’t have to worry about records. You want to match styles that will put on a good show.’ We feel Kathy (Duva) and Russell (Peltz) have done a great job on this card from top to bottom. That’s going to be the theme, to put on wars that have our viewers wanting more and more.”
Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events, explained the location for the debut show, “Philadelphia has a powerful boxing history and many avid boxing fans, we want to use that to make our show successful. Five of the eight bouts on this amazing card feature fighters that are from Philly. We want people in the audience that are from Philadelphia, so that everyone in the arena has a rooting interest, so we know they are going to make a lot of noise. This is why we chose Philly fighters like Gabriel Rosado and Ray Robinson to be on the undercard, they make terrific fights and have a big following. This will make for a great night in the arena and on TV.”
Ray Robinson, 12-2, 5 KO’s, will be in an 8 round welterweight fight against Doel Carasquillo, of Frederica, DE, 16-18-1, 14 KO’s. He assured the crowd that he was ready to put on a great show, “This is going to be an action-packed fight. Anybody that knows me knows I bring the fight. I’m a great boxer. I’ve trained hard enough for anything. I’ll make sure that it’s going to be a great fight on January 21st because it is on my birthday!”
Fellow Philadelphian, Gabriel Rosado, 18-5, 10 KO’s, faces Jesus Soto Karass of Los Mochis, 24-6-3, 16 KO’s, in what promises to be a 10 round junior welterweight war. Rosado ensured his fans that he was ready to give them a rousing show, “I am excited about this card. Soto Karass is a tough guy and I am excited to make a statement. I am going to show that I am a heavy hitter at 154. It’s going to be one helluva fight. Soto Karass is gonna bring it. I’m ready for everything. I have a big following and they’re all gonna come. I can’t wait.”
Kathy Duva spoke of choosing the main event for the NBCSN Fight Night debut show, “When the time comes to try to actually make the fights that everybody wants to see, you find out it’s a lot harder than you thought it might be. As we went through the list, we found consistently that in the heavyweight division there were a lot more people willing to fight each other than anywhere else. And I think that that’s a good thing.” She went on to say, “There’s a lot of talk about how the heavyweight division isn’t what it used to be. Well I’ll tell you, in recent years the only opportunity for heavyweights was to wait their turn to go to Germany and get beat up by one of the Klitschko’s. That does not make for becoming a better fighter, that does not cause anyone to learn or get better. What makes a great fighter is that they have to be in competitive fights, they have to learn as they go along.”
“We were delighted when we were able to make arrangements with Eddie Chamber’s promoter, Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor to bring him to this show. He hasn’t fought in Philadelphia in a very long time, so this is a bit of a homecoming for him. He is one of the top heavyweights in the world and he has agreed to fight another one of the top heavyweights in the world, Sergei Liakhovich. This is exactly the kind of match we were looking for. They both have a lot at stake, they are both going to come in and do their best, and they’re both going to try to win,” Duva concluded.
Philadelphia resident, Eddie Chambers, 36-2, 18 KO’s, was in very good spirits as he discussed his upcoming battle with Sergei Liakhovich, Scottsdale, AZ, 25-4, 16 KO’s, on NBC Sports Network, “I’d really like to thank NBC for stepping up to the plate and trying to bring boxing back to what it used to be. I hate to disappoint NBC because they want competitive fights and all, but in my opinion this is not going to be a competitive fight.” He confidently boasted, “I got a lot of respect for Sergei; he’s been a world champion; a really good fighter; but I think I’m a little more advanced than he is! I think I pose a lot of threats to him. I’ve watched some his tapes, and some of the things he’s done. It doesn’t hurt that I am probably in the best shape that I’ve ever been in. I think it’s not going to be easy, but I think what I bring to the table is going to be too much for him to handle.”
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NBC Sport Network Fight Night Series
The card for the opening night of the NBC Sport Network Fight Night series will prove to be just what the boxing fans ordered. Truly great fights that match styles – not records. Tune in for a great night of boxing on NBC Sports Network Fight Night!
Matchmaker, Russell Peltz, shares his insight into the undercard bouts:
10 Rounds – Heavyweights
Eddie Chambers vs. Sergei Liakhovich
Philadelphia, PA Scottsdale, Arizona
36-2, 18 KO’s 25-4, 16 KO’s
10 Rounds – Junior Middleweights
Jesus Soto Karass vs. Gabriel Rosado
Los Mochis, Mexico Philadelphia, PA
24-6-3, 16 KO’s 18-5, 10 KO’s
Jesus Soto-Karass has a solid chin and only knows one way to fight–straight ahead, throwing punches to the body and head.
Gabriel Rosado, a hometown boy, needs a win and will put it all on the line on January 21st. He’s bigger than Soto-Karass and he should use his size and strength in this match.
Both men have fought tough opposition. Karass has fought Mike Jones, Alfonso Gomez, Carson Jones, David Estrada, Vince Phillips, Michel Rosales, Yuri Foreman, and Freddy Hernandez. Rosado has fought Saul Roman, Kassim Ouma, Alfredo Angulo, Derek Ennis, Fernando Guerrero
8 Rounds – Welterweights
Joel Julio vs. Chris Fernandez
Miami, FL Salt Lake City, UT
37-4, 31 KO’s 19-14-1, 11 KO’s
27 year old Joel Julio, one of the best in the world at 147 to 154 pounds, compiled his record of 37-4, (31 KO’s)against some of the best. He has beaten current IBF junior middlweight champ Cornelius Bundrage as well as Ishe Smith, Anges Adjaho and Jamaal Davis. He fought for the WBO world junior middleweight title in 2008, losing a 12-round decision to Serhiy Kzinziruk in Germany. Julio currently is campaigning at welterweight.
Chris Fernandez, 35, of Salt Lake City, UT, has fought the best from coast to coast. His
record (12 KO’s) was built against top guys like Devon Alexander, Paul Malignaggi, Danny Garcia and Gabriel Bracero. He has fought 13 men who were undefeated at fight time and never is in a bad fight.
8 Rounds – Welterweights
Doel Carrasquillo vs. Ray Robinson
Frederica, DE Philadelphia, PA
16-18-1, 14 KO’s 12-2, 5 KO’s
The New Ray Robinson is a talented lefty who will celebrate his 26th on fight night. His record includes close decision losses at 8 and 10 rounds, respectively, to two of the best prospects at welterweight, Brad Solomon and Shawn Porter, both undefeated. After switching promoters in 2011, Robinson ended a 14-month layoff Sept. 30 when he KO’d Manuel Guzman, of Lancaster, PA, in seven rounds in Philadelphia. He is managed by Roger Levitt and trained by Howard Mosley.
Doel Carrasquillo, 38, is capable of beating any welterweight on any given night, despite his deceiving record. In his last fight Oct. 22 in Atlantic City, he shocked lefty Shamone Alavarez by stopping him in five rounds. Earlier in 2011, Carrasquillo knocked out then-unbeaten prospect Denis Douglin in Salisbury, MD. He also KO’d tough Jorge Melendez in 2010 in Puerto Rico.
6 Rounds – Light Heavyweights
Damar Singleton vs. Sullivan Barrera
Toledo, OH Miami, FL
7-0, 3 KO’s 8-0, 6 KO’s
Someone’s 0 must go in this match. Both guys are putting their unblemished records on the line. Sullivan Barrera is in the top 15 in the WBC and WBA after only 8 fights. The light heavyweight Cuban has stopped 6 of his last 8 opponents. He is promoted by Ahmet Oner.
He is managed by Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Damar Singleton has had over 90 amateur fights, competed in the USA men’s national tournament, national Silver Gloves tournament, semi-finals of the national PAL tournament, and won his division in the Jr. Olympics 2 years in a row.
6 Rounds – Welterweights
Jose Peralta Alejo vs. TBA
Jersey City, NJ
6-1, 4 KO’s
Jose Peralta Alejo, 21, is originally from the Dominican Republic but now lives in Jersey City, NJ. He is managed by Pat Lynch, former manager of Arturo Gatti. Coming to the USA with a 3-1 record in 2010, he was tossed in as an opponent for the highly touted Christian Martinez on Oct. 30, 2010 at Ballys, and shocked everyone by earning a six-round decision. He followed in 2011 with two more wins and was recently signed to a promotional contract by Main Events.
4 Rounds – Junior Welterweights
David Gonzalez vs. Korey Pritchett
Philadelphia, PA Camden, NJ
Pro Debut 1-1
Korey Pritchett, 24, of Camden, NJ, is 1-1 since turning pro Sept. 30 when he beat Korey Sloane, in his hometown of Philadelphia, by decision. In his next fight Oct. 28 at Ballys, he fought the much-bigger Kevin Womack, Jr., of Baltimore, and lst a four-round decision. He is managed by Doc Nowicki and trained by Martin Diaz.
David Gonzalez, 21, of Philadelphia, was set to box Korey Pritchett last Sept. 30 in Philly, but a training injury forced him to back out. This is his pro debut and he is managed by Moz Gonzalez and Eddie Woods.
4 Rounds – Junior Welterweights
Naim Nelson vs. Pedro Andres
Phildelphia, PA Bridgeton, NJ
3-0 Pro Debut
Naim Nelson, 21, of Philly, has won all three of his pro fights by decision, each going four rounds. He turned pro last June at Harrahs Chester (PA), and also fought twice at Ballys Atlantic City. He is managed by Doc Nowicki and trained by Rory Bussey.
He is managed by Doc Nowicki and trained by Rory Bussey.
Pedro Andres, 26, is originally from Mexico but now lives in Bridgeton, NJ. This is his pro debut.
Promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing Promotions and Goossen Tutor, the non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7 p.m. Televised fights will begin at 9 p.m.Tickets are priced at $45 and $65 can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing, (215) 765-0922 or online at www.peltzboxing.com
NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE (All Times ET)
Saturday, January 21, 9-11 p.m. – Philadelphia
Saturday, March 24, 10 p.m.-Midnight – Site TBA
Saturday, June 16, 9-11 p.m. – Site TBA
Saturday, December 8, 9-11 p.m. – Site TBA