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Prince Ranch Boxing’s unbeaten super lightweight prospect, Keith “The Bounty” Hunter (10-0, 6 KOs), will seek his eleventh consecutive victory when he faces Cameron Krael (16-13-3, 4 KOs) on June 28 at the Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, in Las Vegas, NV. Hunter vs. Krael will be a scheduled 10-round bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
 
Hunter who is managed by Greg Hannley of Prince Ranch Boxing, is coming off his most notable win, an 8-round split decision triumph over Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (11-2-1, 5 KOs), who is also promoted by Mayweather Promotions, as is Krael. Krael has only one defeat in his last ten bouts, a controversial split decision loss to Erick Bone (22-6, 10 KOs), whom many people thought he won. 
 
“This fight with Krael is very dangerous, one I’m taking very seriously, but one I believe I can win,” said Hunter who is promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions. “I’m all about fighting the best opponents and Krael is risky for most. I’m going to once again show why I’m the best prospect in the super lightweight division. On June 29th I’m putting on a great show for my hometown fans.”
 
“Although this is a tough fight for any prospect coming up, we at Prince Ranch Boxing believe Keith Hunter is the next great fighter to come out of Las Vegas,” said manager Greg Hannley. “Hunter has become a better fighter since Kevin Henry has been guiding his corner. Krael is tough, but Hunter is superior.”

“I see a lot of improvement since I’ve been working with Keith Hunter,” stated Kevin Henry, who trains Hunter at the Prince Ranch Boxing gym in Las Vegas. “Keith has all the tools to beat anyone in the division. He spars with some of the best world champions in boxing, so I know what level he’s on. All the insiders know this is a tough fight, but Keith will come out victorious.”
 
“Keith Hunter is in his prime and now is the time to take on all fights, regardless of who it is,” said former two-time heavyweight world champion and Prince Ranch advisor, Hasim Rahman. “I know he has the talent to win this fight in dominating fashion.”
 
This Mayweather Promotions event titled “Sin City Showdown” will feature unbeaten 122-pound rising prospect Angelo “El Chinito” Leo (17-0, 8 KOs) vs. Filipino-born Mark “The Journey Man” John Yap (30-13, 15 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

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JOE DEGUARDIA’S STAR BOXING is pleased to announce the signing of undefeated light heavyweight/cruiserweight, Richie “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera, arguably the most popular and hardest puncher in New England.
 
The 28-year-old Rivera (11-0, 10 KOs), born and raised in Hartford, CT, is scheduled to fight on the CATSKILLS CLASH card on Friday, June 28, on FITE.TV ($9.99), live from Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, New York.
 
Rivera will face BRIAN “MVP” HOWARD (14-2, 11 KOs), fighting out of Loganville, Georgia, in an eight-round fight for the vacant American Boxing Organization (ABO) America’s Cruiserweight title.
 
“I’m excited and ready to go,” an ecstatic Rivera said between training sessions at the Hartford Boxing Center.  “I was very nervous about the whole thing (process). I don’t just sign a paper put in front of me.  I read everything closely and ask questions.  I really thought Joe worked with us and met our demands.  I’m very happy to move on to the next level.”
 
“I’ve worked with (Star Boxing’s former world champion) Joe Smith Jr. for the past two years. It started with the (Andrzej) Fonfara fight, then (Bernard) Hopkins, and I’m helping him now (as a sparring partner). He’s mentioned a few things, gave me some good advice to be cautious with all my decisions, and to listen before speaking.”
 
Rivera is partners in Hartford Boxing Promotions with his adviser/head trainer Tony Blanco and Michael Tran.
 
Blanco drew a different analogy in terms of co-promoting Rivera with Star Boxing, saying: “The plane was on the runway, Richie is the engine, and now we have the pilot (DeGuardia) to take us where we want to go.”
 
One of the key reasons for partnering with Star Boxing, according to Blanco, is DeGuardia’s success working with former world light heavyweight champions Antonio Tarver and Smith Jr..
 
“I like what Joe [DeGuardia] has done in the light heavyweight division, starting with Tarver, and more recently Smith Jr.,” Blanco commented.  “It’s good for Richie because that’s his division. This was kind of a no-brainer. Joe is reachable (in NYC), which is something I like to do business with him.  Some promoters sign fighters for no real reason and then they end up on the shelf, which is a fighter’s worst nightmare. I think Joe is one of the top 10 promoters in the world, but it seems like the top three are always bickering with each other.  I like the fact Joe works with all other promoters. He’s low key and I think a perfect fit for us.”
 
“Another reason for us is Joe’s new deal with NESN (home of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins), which is a New England regional network but available to watch nationally.  It’s huge for Richie to be on television.  You just put the cameras on Richie, give him a microphone, and he does the rest.  And Richie can really fight, too.  I think he has the most star power in New England.”
 
“The plan for Richie in 2019 is for him to continue developing, fighting a lot, and getting exposure.  He’s self-motivated, always working hard in the gym, and hungry. We’re on the right path.”
 
Star Boxing has another undefeated Hartford prospect in its stable, junior welterweight “Action” Anthony Laureano (10-0, 3 KOs), who is also scheduled to fight on the June 28th card.
 
“We’re excited to sign Richie and work with Hartford Boxing Promotions to guide him to the top,’ CEO of Star Boxing, DeGuardia added.  “Richie has so much potential.  He’s extremely strong, dedicated, hard-working, and charismatic.  We learned a lot about Richie during his training and sparring sessions with Joe Smith Jr.. Star Boxing has committed itself to further developing New England boxers and Richie has everything we look for, and more, to build him into a star.”

World-Ranked junior middleweight contender Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna will be back in action on Saturday, July 20th at The brand new Carousel Room inside the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City.

LaManna will headline a massive 10-bout card that is promoted by Rising Star Promotions.

LaManna of Milville, New Jersey (27-2-1, 9 KOs) is ranked number-11 by the WBA and number-12 by the WBO, will be making his 1st start in 2019.

The 27 year-old LaManna, who was the former New Jersey State and WBC Fecarbox Welterweight champion, is unbeaten in his last seven outings to which he as gone 6-0-1.

LaManna has wins over Kendal Mena (20-3), Matthew Strode (25-6) and in his last bout, LaManna won an eight-round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Mike Arnaoutis on November 16th, 2018 at The Showboat.

This will be the 21st fight in Atlantic City for LaManna, with this fighting being the 3rd at The Showboat.

LaManna’s opponent in the 10-round bout will be announced shortly.

Seeing action in the six-round co-feature will be perennial contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon.

Witherspoon of Paulsboro, New Jersey has a record of 38-3 with 29 knockouts.

The 15-year veteran has a seven year winning streak that has seen him go 8-0 in that time frame.  Witherspoon has victories over Yul Witherspoon (1-0), Michael Alexander (11-0), Talmidge Griffis (24-6-3), Jonathan Haggler (18-1), Adam Richards (21-1), Ty Cobb (14-2), Nick Guivas (11-2-2), Michael Marrone (21-5) and his last bout when he stopped former world title challenger Santander Silgado on March 23rd at The Showboat.

Witherspoon’s opponent will be named shortly.

Former WBC and WBA World Champion Anita Christensen is backing Dina Thorslund (13-0, 6 KOs) to defend her WBO World Super Bantamweight title against April Adams (11-1-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday at the Forum Horsens, and believes her fellow Dane can become a future multi-weight World Champion.

“There’s no limit to what Dina can achieve, she has huge potential,” says Christensen, who until 2018 was Denmark’s only female World Champion.

An hounour Christensen now shares with Thorslund, with whom she had the opportunity to spar and train alongside before hanging up her gloves in 2012.

“I remember from sparring that that Dina hits incredibly hard with both hands. There’s a lot of weight in her punches and she possesses a lot of power.

“I think Dina has the potential to become a World Champion in multiple weight classes. She has the ability to box anywhere in the world. She has the skills and also the confidence to go really far.”

Thorslund must first overcome her mandatory challenger, the current WBO and Asia Pacific Champion, April ‘Armageddon’ Adams from Brisbane, Australia. A task Christensen believes Thorslund is more than capable of achieving. 

“Adams is the type of fighter that likes to come forward and fight on the inside, and that is where Dina is really strong,” she says.

“Dina will be challenged when she encounters a technical boxer, who is fighting at a distance, and this is not the case with Adams. If Adams does not change her normal tactics, where she wants to turn a fight into a a brawl, then she is in big trouble. My prediction is that Dina will knock Adams out.”

Thorslund headlines the Forum Horsens, the same venue Cristensen defended her WBA World Bantamweight title against Bettina Gabriela Garino in 2007.

“Horsens is a cool boxing town,” recalls Christensen. “The atmosphere was fantastic when I fought there and I’m sure it will be the same on Saturday night so Dina has something to really look forward to.”

Thorslund-Adams tops a stacked card at the Forum Horsens, which also features Kem Ljungquist, Kai Robin Havnaa, Frederik Hede Jensen, Landry Kore, Haris Dzindo, Amer Rasinlic, Michael Nielsen and Joanna Ekedahl.




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