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January 9, 2015
January 9, 2015

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New York, NY–January 8, 2015—NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today performers and some of the celebrities who will judge the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant, airing Sunday, January 25 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC. The Miss Universe contestants will be hosted in Doral, Florida and the pageant will air live from the FIU Arena. The pageant will also simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo.

The first group of judges to join the MISS UNIVERSE panel includes:

Manny Pacquiao, Fighter of the Decade, eight-division world champion and Filipino Congressman

Kristin Cavallari, TV host and shoe designer

William Levy, TV and film actor who was previously named People En Espanol’s Sexiest Man Alive

Lisa Vanderpump, Star of hit show “Vanderpump Rules” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

Louise Roe, Fashion journalist, author, host of “Plain Jane” on MTV International and the upcoming TLC fashion series, “Style By Jury”

Multi-talented, platinum-selling solo artist, Nick Jonas will take the MISS UNIVERSE stage during the evening gown competition. The versatile performer will sing a three-song medley from his self-titled album that includes the first smash single and radio hit, “Jealous,” in addition to “Chains” and “Teacher.”

Joining Jonas in the musical lineup and performing during the MISS UNIVERSE swimsuit competition is twenty-time Latin Billboard Award winner, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Prince Royce. Latin music’s most successful young breakout superstar Prince Royce is set to perform his new English-language single entitled “Stuck on a Feeling” as well as Spanish-language hit song “Darte un Beso.”  Royce is releasing his first English-language album on RCA Records this year. Jonas and Royce are the first of the musical acts to be announced for the three-hour telecast. Fans should stay tuned for more exciting performers.

Behind-the-scenes commentator Jeannie Mai returns once again to take viewers backstage to engage with contestants and talent throughout the telecast. Mai is best known as host of Style network’s two-time Emmy Award-nominated makeover series “How Do I Look?” and one of the five dynamic hosts of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show “The Real.” As previously announced, “TODAY’s” Natalie Morales and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts will host the pageant.

The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant will feature 88 contestants from across the globe. They will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013 will crown her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast. The MISS UNIVERSE beauty pageant is distributed to approximately 190 countries and territories.


The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture which uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best. MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.” The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® beauty pageants provide an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. During their reign, our winners are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change, all while developing their personal career goals. For more information, and to learn more about Miss Universe’s official cause to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS education and prevention around the world, please visit:

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January 8, 2015
January 8, 2015

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WBC HEAVYWEIGHT champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) has trained to hurt, not just knockout, undefeated, mandatory challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), January 17 in his first defense of the Vitali Klitschko-vacated title he captured last May with his sixth-round technical knocked of Chris Arreola (35-4).

The 12-round Stiverne-Wilder championship fight headlines “Return To Glory,” co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Don King Productions, airing live on Showtime Championship Boxing (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Much of the fight hype has surrounded the trash-talking Wilder, the 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist from Alabama, and his bid to become the first American to hold a portion of the world heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs more than eight years ago.

“No, it (Wilder’s trash talk) doesn’t bother me,” Stiverne said. “I’m focused on beating him. I’m not going to just knock him out, I’m going to hurt that kid.   His job, I guess, is to make himself big by talking; I feel like I’m fighting Muhammad Ali (Stiverne joked). He’s a great promoter, better than his or my promoter. There’s a lot of hype about him and that’s great for our fight because it’ll come down to everybody knowing who beat him after the fight.”

Wilder’s critics question the quality of his 32 opponents and the fact he hasn’t fought past four rounds. Stiverne, though, is happy to let his fists do the talking when he faces the 6′ 7″ Wilder in the ring.

“I don’t say anything about who he’s fought or him not going past four rounds,” Stiverne explained. “Those questions should be directed to him. I really don’t care. I’m going to chop him down and, if those things are factors, it’ll show in our fight. I’m just doing my job. I’ve been down and came back to knockout my opponent. I’ve also won 12 rounds fights. I know I still have power in later rounds.”

“Bermane and I have discussed this fight, of course, and he told me this guy is a clown and that Wilder thinks this is the WWE,” Stiverne’s manager Camille Estephan commented. “This fight is for real, no joke, and Bermane is ready. He really dislikes this guy and I believe him when he says he’s going to hurt Wilder.”

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January 7, 2015
January 7, 2015

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Premier lightweights Stephen Ormond and Terry Flanagan say there will be no love lost when they clash at the historic Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday 14th February.

Irishman Stephen Ormond defends his WBO European title against Manchester’s Terry Flanagan with the fight also sanctioned as an Eliminator for the WBO World Title on St Valentines Day.

The all-action fight will headline a top quality card promoted by Frank Warren, in association with P.J Rowson, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin Ch. 546 and TalkTalk 525).

With so much on the line, neither man is contemplating a loss and both are fired up for a victory.

“I’m the champion and I’ll be leaving the champion,” said Ormond.

“Not only will I keep hold of my WBO European title, but I’ll be the one who will get the world title shot,”

“Flanagan’s a good strong kid, he’s undefeated, he’ll come into the ring ready for the fight and he’ll be no pushover, but ultimately I’ll have too much for him in every department,”

“I’ve fought the majority of my career outside of Ireland so there’s no pressure on me fighting him in England, a boxing ring is a boxing ring wherever it is, as long as I can fight in a ring I’ll win,”

“It’s a great fight for me and the fans and I can’t wait to get it on and the only thing his lips will be kissing that day is my fists.”

Flanagan said, “This fight won’t be for the faint hearted, I am going all out to take Ormond apart,”

“He says he’ll have too much for me in every department, but I believe that I’m the bigger, stronger, better and more skilful fighter and it will show on the night,”

“There will be pressure on me even though it’s not in my home city of Manchester, he’s coming over from Ireland so I’m going to make sure I’m the winner on home soil,”

“I’m undefeated and I’ll never shy away from a challenge, I love the challenge and someone like Ormond who comes in saying he’s going to beat me makes me train and fight harder,”

“There’ll be no love hearts in my eyes when I’m facing him, just targets set on his chin.”

The card will also feature undefeated Birmingham middleweight Tommy Langford; outstanding Chelmsley Wood lightweight Joe Costello; Corby cruiserweight prospect Simon Barclay; rising Swansea bantamweight Jay Harris; the return of Redditch’s hard-hitting middleweight Andrew Robinson; unbeaten Tipton light-heavyweight Ricky Summers and Bloxwich middleweight prospect Dan Breeze.

Tickets priced at £40, £70 and £100 are available from 0870 320 7000 or online at

BoxNation will televise live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525.  Subscribe at  Or watch online at and via iPhone, iPad or Android.

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January 7, 2015
January 7, 2015

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JOSH WARRINGTON will face Dennis Tubieron in an official eliminator for the WBC World Featherweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on April 11, live on Sky Sports.

Warrington is aiming to continue his meteoric rise over the last year inside his intimidating fortress and pick up the vacant WBC International crown in the process, but faces a tough task in the shape of ‘The Scorpion’ from the Philippines, who boxed for that title in December with his clash against Carlo Magali ending in a controversial draw.

The Leeds star has seen off Samir Mouniemne, Rendall Munroe, Martin Lindsay and Davide Dieli in a dazzling run of displays, and with a raucous hometown army behind him, the 24 year old will be aiming to crash into the rankings in style on April 11, with a trip to Berlin on the undercard of Paul Smith’s World title rematch against Arthur Abraham to come first for Warrington on February 21.

Welsh star Nathan Cleverly will return to action in the Light Heavyweight division as he targets German WBA champ Jurgen Braehmer while Martin J Ward will rematch Maxi Hughes in a British title eliminator following their exciting draw in London at the end of 2014. Leeds man and British Light Heavyweight  champ Bob Ajisafe features as part of a big line up to be announced over the coming weeks.

Tickets are on sale from 10am today (January 7) to Matchroom Fight Pass members from priced at £30, £40, £60 and £120 for VIP tickets.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am tomorrow (January 8) from the First Direct Arena on 0844 248 1585 and at VIP tickets priced at £120 are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing on 01277 359900 and at

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January 6, 2015
January 6, 2015

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KEVIN MITCHELL believes he will win a World title in style this year as he prepares to face Daniel Estrada in a final eliminator for the WBC Lightweight crown at The O2 in London on January 31, live on Sky Sports.

Mitchell meets the Mexican for the vacant Silver belt in the capital, and has his sights set on new WBC king Jorge Linares, who picked up the vacant World title in December with a KO win over Javier Prieto.

The London favourite is back in action for the first time since his brilliant 11th round stoppage win over Ghislain Maduma at Wembley Stadium in May, and the 30 year old believes he is on the path to landing the World title he desperately craves.

“The WBC route is one that I feel I can go down better than any of the others,” said Mitchell. “I know that I can beat Linares, I believe I would knock him out and take that title. Eddie Hearn puts the fighters in front of me and I take them out, that’s the deal.

“Estrada is a Mexican fighter so he’s going to be game and as tough as they come, he’s a good fighter. He’s quite upright, his hands are wide and he’s a good boxer that doesn’t get involved in a scrap unless he has to. He caused Omar Figueroa problems until he got chinned, and that will be in the back of his mind as it’s his first fight back. It’s a massive fight for us both, it’s a fight I simply have to win.”

A clash with Linares would be a second World title shot for Mitchell, who was stopped by Ricky Burns in Glasgow in September 2012 for the Scotsman’s WBO crown, and Mitchell sees some huge domestic World title clashes on the horizon as Anthony Crolla hopes to have his own shot at the WBA strap rescheduled later this year.

“If Anthony can get back to full health and get that World title shot at Richar Abril again and win the belt, a unification between us would be a massive fight,” said Mitchell. “That would sell out an arena in London or Manchester no problem. We have both got plenty of work to do to make it happen, but what an exciting prospect and it’d be a great spectacle.

Mitchell’s clash with Estrada is part of a huge night of title fights in London as Olympic hero Anthony Joshua MBE defends his WBC International Heavyweight title against Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson.

John Ryder defends his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title against experienced Australian Les Sherrington and there are two cracking domestic derbies as Tommy Martin meets Ricky Boylan for the vacant English Light Welterweight title and John Wayne Hibbert defends his WBC International Light Welterweight title against Tyler Goodjohn.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

Only £40 tickets are available for the show at and on 0844 856 0202.

Daniel Estrada’s former manager expects Kevin Mitchell to win


January 6, 2015
January 6, 2015

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SOME of the most common complaints in professional boxing involve bad judging, too many champions, mismatches in the ring, and drug abuse outside of it.

Mauricio Sulaiman, who presided over his first annual convention as president of the World Boxing Council last month, left Las Vegas with what he hopes are solutions for what ails the sport.

Sulaiman, 44, was elected last year to succeed his father, longtime WBC President Jose Sulaiman, who died in February.

The son wasted no time trying to implement some changes in a sport that has been slow to change.

Sulaiman, who had worked the conventions behind the scenes with his father for 40 years, preparing materials, being a gofer and “looking after every single detail and running around everywhere,” was running the show and laid out his organisation’s proposals:

A tournament of champions for each weight division, with the winner from among the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO champions being the only one who can rightfully be called a “world champion.” Sulaiman said all but the WBO are currently on board.

“It’s just a matter of time, we’re doing things to go in that direction,” Sulaiman told USA TODAY Sports this week. “We’re trying to bring everybody on board. Each organisation has their mandatories and their own situations they have to clear before going into such a tournament, but there are some divisions that are much easier to begin with.”

Rating of ring officials, something that is already being implemented. In light of a rash of bad decisions by ringside judges the last few years, including one in December in which the Timothy Bradley-Diego Chaves fight was scored a draw, after HBO’s Harold Lederman and much of the media at ringside scored Bradley as the clear winner.

Bradley, of course, was involved in perhaps this era’s most infamous judging decision when he was scored the winner over Manny Pacquiao in 2012 in a fight that seemed to be one-sided in Pacquiao’s favour.

Sulaiman said there are 167 countries affiliated, divided into 10 continental federations. Each federation submits the list of their officials with their classification. There is continuous training in seminars and conventions, and seminars available online. There is online scoring to monitor each judge’s and referee’s performance, and after each fight, a score is given for the performance of the official.

“Officiating will always be controversial, because there is no scoring (system),” Sulaiman said. “There is no way of putting in numbers, so whatever (a judge) sees, he scores.

“However, there are things that can be done to prevent (bad officiating). Ring officials should be appointed to a specific fight. In championship fights, we call for neutral nationalities, to have officials from neutral countries not belonging to either boxer. That’s a natural way of being as fair as possible.

Sulaiman says judges, like baseball players, can have slump

“Concentration is a key. If one has personal problems, he’s not going to be able to concentrate,” Sulaiman said. “It is just a matter of being in close contact with your officials and having the possibility of working with the local boxing commissions to appoint the best officials to a given fight.”

A mismatch prevention system. Sulaiman said they have designed such a system with Boxrec, one of the sport’s record-only web sites.

Fighters worldwide are assigned levels, which has two intentions, Sulaiman said. “To prevent mismatches, which are very risky for the health of fighters, and to give the fans action-packed, quality fights.

“This proposal is intended to help matchmakers, to look at fights that are being set, and to raise the quality of fights,” Sulaiman continued. “We’re going to use it for our WBC affiliated championships and we will not accept fights that do not fall into this system. For example, a fighter in level 8, and a good prospect on level 3 or 4, cannot fight. The only fights that will be approved are one level up or one level down.”

Beginning on January 1, 2015, the WBC will begin a program with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) to do year-round random drug-testing.

“This is new and very exciting,” Sulaiman said. “We’re going to be working very hard around the world to basically have an awareness and prevention program for young athletes. We have learned that using human growth hormone (HGH) shrinks your brain. That is a tremendous side effect for those people who take it. Later in their life they will suffer terrible consequences.”

Accordingly, the state of boxing today, Sulaiman said, is “wonderful, and at the same time, challenging.

“There’s so much confusion. There’s a war going on between some promoters, and TV networks. There are fights that should be made that the public wants to see. There are some certainties that will happen,” he said. “But quality-wise, I see great activity in several countries, I see great champions, future stars, a heavyweight division that is coming back to the interest, a middleweight division that is full of so many great matches that can be done.

“I think it should be a great year, but we have to keep very active and keep young people interested in boxing (through social media).”

January 5, 2015
January 5, 2015
John Ryder

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John Ryder will defend his WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title against Les Sherrington at The O2 on January 31, live on Sky Sports.

Ryder kicks off a big year with a first defence of the belt against the experienced Australian Sherrington, who brings an imposing 35-7 record to the capital against the popular Islington man.

‘Lock and Load’ has been in fine form since 2012 with eight wins in that period, three inside the distance and just one loss to former World champion Sam Soliman. The 32 year old is set to test Ryder’s lofty ambitions, and the 26 year old champion plans to shine at The O2 and lay down a marker to be the top dog in the exciting British Middleweight scene.

“Sherrington is a great fight for me to start the year with a bang,” said Ryder. “He has bags of experience and has a good record of KO wins so I will need to be at my best, but I have been working hard over Christmas and am in great shape, so I am looking forward to shining on January 31.”

Ryder’s clash with Sherrington is part of a star-studded line-up at The O2 as Olympic hero Anthony Joshua MBE takes on Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson. Joshua has a perfect ten KO wins from ten pro fights, and will put out a big statement if he can successfully defend his WBC International Heavyweight title against the American and make it 11 KOs against the man that has taken Vitali Klitschko, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora the distance.

Kevin Mitchell faces Daniel Estrada for the WBC Silver Lightweight title, a return to action for Mitchell since his thrilling stoppage win over Ghislain Maduma at Wembley Stadium on May 31, where the Canadian gave ‘Mighty’ Mitchell all he could handle before the 30 year old turned the tide and stopped the visitor in the 11th round.

There are two cracking domestic derbies as Tommy Martin meets Ricky Boylan for the vacant English Light Welterweight title and John Wayne Hibbert defends his WBC International Light Welterweight title against Tyler Goodjohn.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

Only £40 tickets are available for the show at and on 0844 856 0202.

John Ryder reveals long term big name targets