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Lucille Iacovelli Tribute Video

Posted on | April 4, 2015 | No Comments

WE THE PEOPLE: Freedom isn’t Free: The Lucille Iacovelli Sto from Rich Bergeron on Myspace.


Posted on | February 17, 2014 | No Comments


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewiston, Maine (February 17, 2014) – New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) today announced the addition of a professional lightweight bout to the fight promotion’s May 10 card scheduled to take place at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. The fight, which will be contested at a weight of 155-pounds, will feature “The Junkyard Dog” Ryan Cowette (2-2) in action against Tollison Lewis (0-1).

Cowette is the owner and head coach of MMA Athletix in Bath, Maine. After a stellar amateur career that saw him ranked amongst the region’s elite, Cowette got off to a slow start in his professional career, going 0-2. In recent months, however, Cowette has stormed back, earning decisive victories over Jesse Erickson (2-2) and Dave Claroni (0-2) in November 2013 and February 2014 respectively. Just days after his victory over Claroni, NEF MMA offered Cowette a multi-fight contract to remain with the fight promotion for an extended period.

“I’m excited to sign with NEF and confident they will do a great job promoting me as a Fighter, and MMA Athletix as a school,” said Cowette when reached for comment. “Also, I’m looking forward to Fighting Tollison in my first fight as a lightweight. He is a strong opponent. I feel I have the edge in this fight. I’m on a roll, strong in every area of the fight game, and will be pushing hard to fight as much as possible. My goal is the Lightweight Belt.”

Lewis, who trains out of Balanced Ground MMA in Windham, Maine, is coming off a loss at NEF XII earlier this month to Jesse Erickson. The bout was Lewis’ professional debut for NEF MMA, and it ended via submission with only seconds remaining in the first round. Although Lewis lost the fight, many in attendance were quick to notice a new maturity to Lewis’ game accompanied by a chiseled physique and superb striking. Several pundits have predicted Lewis to play a leading role in the professional lightweight division of NEF MMA. Undoubtedly, he will be looking to make his impact on the division with a victory on May 10.

“I’m very excited to fight again,” said Lewis. “I wish it were tomorrow. I have the utmost respect for Ryan. He owns and operates a gym and that makes him even more of a viable threat. However, I also know I will come into this fight with superior striking and conditioning, with a daily improvement of BJJ. Ryan likes to come in heavy for fights and I think this will negatively affect him. Come May, he better be ready because losing is not an option for me. I know he will be ready, so it should be a hell of a fight. Thanks to NEF and the Maine fans for supporting mixed martial arts. Hope to see you all in May.”

“NEF XIII” is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine with a bell time of 7:00 pm. Already announced, Maine State MMA Bantamweight Champion Paul Gorman (10-8) defends against undefeated Kin “Kong” Moy (5-0). In addition, “The” Ryan Sanders (6-4) will rematch Maine State MMA Welterweight Champion Gil de Freitas (15-5) nearly two years after de Freitas defeated Sanders for the inaugural title. Tickets for “NEF XIII” start at just $25 and are on sale now at or by calling The Colisee box office at 207.783.2009 x 525. For more information on the event and fight card updates, please visit the promotion’s website at In addition, you can watch NEF MMA videos at, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”

About New England Fights

New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (“NEF MMA”) is a Mixed Martial Arts promotions company. NEF MMA’s mission is to create the highest quality events for Maine’s fighters and fans alike. NEF MMA’s executive team has extensive experience in combat sports management, events production, media relations, marketing, legal and advertising.

Brooklyn Brawl to be televised Nationally on Universal Sports Network

Posted on | February 17, 2014 | No Comments


BROOKLYN, NY (FEBRUARY 17, 2014)–  Dmitry Salitas’s Star of David Promotions is pleased to announce that Universal Sports Network, an affiliate of NBC and the premier on air destination for Olympic and lifestyle related sports programming will broadcast the February 27th Star of David Promotion show from Millennium Theater in Brooklyn New York.

The show will air via tape delay.” I am grateful to Universal Sports Network for televising our upcoming show.  It’s a card stacked with talent from top to bottom, with competitive cross road fights.  Their is a lot of world class talent on our shows, now they will be able to get the exposure that they deserve.” said the shows promoter Dmitriy Salita.


In the main event, two-time New York City Golden Gloves champion and undefeated cruiserweight prospect Steve “Superman” Bujaj (10-0, 7 KO’s) will fight fellow prospect and two- New Jersey Golden Gloves champion Elvin Sanchez (6-2-1, 5 KO’s) for the New York state title.

Sanchez is coming of a career best win a 3rd TKO over previously undefeated 13-0 prospect Venroy July.  Bujaj is billed as the New York City top prospect by trainer of champions Billy Jilles and is looking to make statement with an impressive win and challenge for the world title later in the year.

The show will also feature National Golden Gloves and Three-time New York City New York Golden Gloves champion, Jr. middleweight prospect Steven Martinez (13-1, 10 KO’s)  fighting the tough upset minded Rahman Yusubov (9-13, 7 KO’s)of Dallas Texas.

U.S. Iraq War Veteran now undefeated prospect Shawn Cameron (6-0, 4 KO’s) will challenge Ibrahim Shabazz (2-2-1) in a 6 round bout.


Undefeated prospect Dimash Niyazov (4-0-2, 3 KO’s)of Brooklyn, NY will fight the tough former New York State lightweight champion Jonathan Cuba (7-5-3, 4 KO’s) in a 4 round Jr. Welterweight fight. Cuba is coming off a career best win when he stopeed  prospect Anthony Karperis.  Niyazov participated in New York city candidate fight of the year in his last Brooklyn Brawl outing against veteran Raphael Luna.

Angel Garcia (6-2, 2 KO’s) will fight Micah Branch (2-8-1) in a six round Super Featherweight bout.

Marcos Suarez(1-0-1) will fight Sam Moura (0-3) in a 4 round lightweight bout.

Akil Auguste (3-1, 3 KO’s) will battle Lavon Slade (0-1) in a 4 round Middleweight bout.

More bouts will be announced shortly.

Universal Sports Network is the premier media destination for year-round Olympic sports programming in the United States. Offering more than 1,200 hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports holds exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports, including cycling, swimming, track and field, marathon, triathlon, gymnastics, volleyball, skiing, figure skating and rugby. Universal Sports offers a multi-platform TV Everywhere (television, online, mobile) experience to fans of global sports.

Universal Sports Network is a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP. It was founded in 2006 as World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) with the goal of providing year-round multi-platform coverage of domestic and international Olympic sports events beyond the Games.


Posted on | February 17, 2014 | No Comments

PUERTO RICO (February 17, 2014) – Team Puerto Rico’s undefeated pride and joy, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (15-0, 10 KOs), will make his way back to the ring on March 22nd, at the auditorium Juan Pachin Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico.  The unbeaten star will battle Mexico’s, Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-1-1, 21 KOs), for the vacant International Boxing Organization super featherweight title.  The 12-round main event bout promoted by Gary Shaw ProductionsUniversal Promotions and DiBella Entertainment will air live only in the U.S and Puerto Rico on Direct TV at 9:00 P.M. EST.

Pedraza, Puerto Rico’s next big sensation, has fought tough competitive fights on HBO Latino,ShoboxESPN, and now Direct TV.  In 2014, Pedraza has plans to conquer all in his path, as he works his way toward a world title opportunity.   Ranked WBC #9WBA #10IBF #11, and WBO #15, Pedraza is well on his way to accomplishing his goal.

“I feel 2014 will be another great year for me,” said Pedraza. “Against Garza it will be Puerto Rico vs. Mexico, a rivalry I always look forward too.  With every fight I’m getting better and better.  Most of my fights have been against rough challengers who come to fight.  That’s why I feel I’ll be more prepared for the next level of competition.  I’m ready to challenge any of the top fighters in my division. First I need to take care of Garza.”

“I want to make Puerto Rico proud every time I step in the ring,” continued Pedraza. “I fight for my countrymen and I want them to know how much I appreciate their support.  I’m happy to carry the weight of my people on my back. I want to bring prominence back to Puerto Rico.”

“After fighting multiple times on global networks, Pedraza has quickly become a big star in Puerto Rico,” Gary Shaw said. “The objective is to keep him fighting on a regular basis as he marches up the rankings.  I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Pedraza, that he will make great progress in 2014. There are many big fights right around the corner.”

“Puerto Rico has embraced Pedraza and we all see he has future is bright, said Javier Bustillo. “We will continue to promote him on a global scale. He’s in a tough fight with Garza but I’m certain her will come out victorious.”

“Pedraza is going to have a huge 2014,” said Lou DiBella. “I’m very excited about his popularity in Puerto Rico because he was born to be a star. It all starts March 22 against a tough opponent in Garza.”

Pedraza is a member of “Team Puerto Rico“, which is a collaboration between Gary Shaw ProductionsDiBella Entertainment and Universal Promotions, made with the goal of gathering the best of Puerto Rico’s boxing talents.

Jimmy Lange Boxing Updates

Posted on | February 7, 2012 | 2 Comments

Saturday, Feb. 11

Patriot Center

Shah out, Teammate Jones in Against Yorgey

Citing illness due to the flu, Zain “Tiger” Shah has pulled out of his scheduled six-round fight against “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey.  He will be replaced by his LA Boxing teammate Lawrence Jones, who defeated Jose Felix in his last fight held at the Patriot Center on September 10, 2011.  A popular trainer at LA Boxing, Jones will be fighting for the fifth time in front of hometown supporters at the Patriot Center.

Savior Replaced with Scarecrow in Battle with The Rock

In another change to the card, the rematch between Juan “Savior” Rodriguez and Richie “The Rock” Andrews has fallen out.  However, undefeated Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack, Jr. (2-0) of Baltimore has stepped in to face unbeaten Stuarts Draft, VA fighter Andrews (3-0-3) in a four-round Maryland vs. Virginia bout.

Fans Invited to Friday’s Weigh-In at Brion’s Grille

Meet all 14 fighters as they step on the scales for the Official Weigh-In starting at Noon this Friday, Feb. 10 at Brion’s Grille ( in Fairfax.  Fans, not worrying about making weight, can enjoy the area’s best all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for only $8.95 per person.

Grand Revival Rocks the Official After Party

Live music debuts at a Jimmy Lange Boxing event when Northern Virginia rock band, Grand Revival, opens with a set at 6:15pm before returning later to perform at the Official After Party.  Influenced by bands such as Black Stone Cherry, Lynyrd Synyrd and Alice in Chains, the band will perform on the concourse.  All fans are invited to the After Party.   Visit their Facebook page for more band details:

Lucky 13 for Discombobulating Jones

Ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones, a DC Boxing Hall of Famer and popular figure in the Beltway community, returns to announce his 13th show at the Patriot Center.

Promo Video Captures Jimmy Lange Boxing Experience

Jimmy Lange Boxing events are action-packed with exciting, competitive bouts helping to make for a great night out.  Check out this promo video to get a taste:

TV and Radio Interviews Set for Fight Week

Tonight – Tuesday, Feb. 7

Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson live @ 9:00 pm – Newschannel 8’s SportsTalk with Alex Parker

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Jimmy Lange live @ 2:30pm – ESPN 980’s The John Thompson Show

Todd “White Lightning” Wilson live @ 9:00 pm – Newschannel 8’s SportsTalk with Glenn Harris

Jimmy Lange filming Fox 5 feature with sports reporter Lindsay Murphy (airdate Wednesday or Thursday, time TBD)

Thursday, Feb. 9

Jimmy Lange live @ 2:20pm – 106.7 The Fan’s The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner


Updated Card – February 7, 2012


4 Rds – Welterweight – Kevin Womack Jr vs. Richie Andrews

4 Rds – Heavyweight – Dennis Benson vs. Duane Mobley

6 Rds – Jr. Middleweight – Lawrence Jones vs. Harry Joe Yorgey

6 Rds – Jr. Welterweight – Todd Wilson vs. Fernando Basora

10 Rds – Middleweight for WIBA Women’s Championship – Vashon Living vs. Tori Nelson

Co-Main Event: 10 Rds – Welterweight for WBU Championship – Mike Stewart vs. Joe Wyatt

Main Event: 12 Rds – Jr. Middleweight for WBU & NABU Championship – Jimmy Lange vs. Ruben Galvan


Lewkowicz’ Panamanian Suspension Removed

Posted on | February 7, 2012 | No Comments

The Commission of Professional Boxing of Panama has officially lifted all sanctions against promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, effective December 31, 2011.


From the onset, Lewkowicz protested the one-year suspension levelled against him in April of last year, in which he was declared “Persona Non Grata” and prohibited from having any kind of relation or contact with this commission or any Panamanian boxers, as being political in nature and grossly unfair.


At the time, it was alleged that Lewkowicz had threatened the management of WBA Bantamweight Champion Anselmo Moreno, via email, that their contract with Moreno would be terminated by the Commission for going against the interests of their represented boxer if they didn’t persuade the fighter to sign a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions.


Lewkowicz responded by publishing the “offending” email, which didn’t seem to say what he was being accused of saying.


And now, after a careful review of the facts presented to them, the Commission has agreed Mr. Lewkowicz was indeed acting in the best interests of his fighter.


According to a letter from Commission President Albert E Guerra, Lewkowicz is now

“authorized to be involved in any boxing activity in the Republic of Panama as well as be involved with Panamanian boxers.”


The move will serve as good news for South American boxers, many of whom Lewkowicz has had the vision to discover and turn into stars, including world middleweight champion and pound-for-pound superstar Sergio Martinez.


“I commend the Panamanian commission for having the wisdom to take another look at the ‘evidence’ against me and rightfully conclude  I was only doing the best I could do for my fighter and never intended my words to be taken as threats. I look forward to doing business in the great country of Panama once again, as I have always been treated very well.”


Posted on | February 7, 2012 | No Comments

A question during the “Facebook Fan Questions” segment of HDNet’s “Inside MMA” asked Miesha Tate how she felt about recent Rousey Twitter posts.  Tate had some pointed comments about her upcoming challenger – and calling her “delusional” was just the start.  See what else Tate had to say last night:

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Posted on | February 7, 2012 | No Comments


February 7, 2012 – Hot Puerto Rican prospect, Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs), was scheduled to face Jose Reynoso (15-3-1, 2KOs) on ShoBox February 17, but will have to find another opponent due to a hip injury suffered by Reynoso while training in California.


Charlie Perez, manager of Reynoso, informed Gary Shaw that Jose was taken to the emergency room where his hip was popped back into place after the doctor told him that he had a hip contusion.  Reynoso left the hospital in crutches.


Gary Shaw went on to say, “It’s unfortunate that Reynoso will have to pull out of this fight.  I know it must have been a serious injury for him to do so.  My team is diligently looking for an opponent to step in.  Right now we have a few names that we’re looking at.  An announcement will be made shortly.”

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