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FightBook MMA has your complete UFC 238 medical suspensions.

UFC 238 took place on Saturday, June 8 at United Center and aired live nationally on Pay-Per-View exclusively through ESPN+. For the official results, bonuses and Reebok Sponsorship Payout you can go HERE.

According to MMAjunkie.com, the records were released by a person with access to the database to them. This person was asked to remain anonymous due to the fact that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s Boxing division doesn’t release these records.

Cerrone is suspended indefinitely and needs a CT of his facial bones and MRI of the head for physician’s clearance. Cerrone did admit to making a mistake by blowing his nose, causing his eye swell shut. Jessica Eye will be suspended 120 days with 90 days of no contact and will need a clean CT scan and physician’s clearance.

Complete medical suspensions from UFC 238:

  1. Henry Cejudo: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact; needs physician’s clearance.
  2. Marlon Moraes: Suspended 90 days with 60 days no contact; needs physician’s clearance.
  3. Tony Ferguson: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact.
  4. Donald Cerrone: Suspended indefinitely; needs CT of facial bones and MRI of the head for physician’s clearance.
  5. Jessica Eye: Suspended 120 days with 90 days no contact; needs a clean CT scan and physician’s clearance.
  6. Petr Yan: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact.
  7. Jimmie Rivera: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact.
  8. Blagoy Ivanov: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact; needs X-ray of the lower right leg for physician’s clearance.
  9. Tai Tuivasa: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact.
  10. Tatiana Suarez: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact; needs MRI of the neck for physician’s clearance.
  11. Aljamain Sterling: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact; needs X-ray of the lower leg.
  12. Pedro Munhoz: Suspended 45 days with 30 days; needs X-ray of right foot, right and left forearm, ankles and lower leg.
  13. Karolina Kowalkiewicz: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  14. Ricardo Lamas: Suspended 90 days with 60 days no contact; needs a neurological exam and physician’s clearance for a broken jaw.
  15. Xiaonan Yan: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact; needs X-ray of right foot, finger, and clearance from an orthopedic physician.
  16. Grigory Popov: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact; needs physician’s clearance for facial laceration and neurological exam.
  17. Joanne Calderwood: Needs medical clearance for forehead laceration.
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MIAMI: FightBook MMA has your fight card for TS-1 Promotions Presents: Combate Americas.

TS-1 Promotions will bring the Combate Americas television series to Hidalgo, Texas for the first time in history with a star-studded lineup at State Farm Arena on Friday, June 21. FightBook MMA will be attending the event so stay tuned as we will have your recap and official results.

In the main event, Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (11-1) fighting out of Mission, Texas will be taking on Cooper Gibson (9-2) fighting out of California.

Palacios is ranked 23rd of 1329 active United States Pro Featherweights. He’s stepping into the cage with two straight wins. He competed on the Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 card and defeated Walel Watson via Punches & Head Kick in the very first round. He also starred on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018 and defeated Toby Misech via unanimous decision.

Gibson is ranked 198th of 1449 active United States Pro Lightweights. He’s also coming into this fight with two straight wins under his belt. He competed at CXF 14: Boiling Point and defeated Samuel Alvarez by unanimous decision. His other win was at Bellator 192 as he took on Andrew Lazo and won via Guillotine Choke in the very first round.

In the co-main event, we will see a 150-pound catchweight bout between Enrique “Baby Bull” Gonzalez (7-3) fighting out of Illinois will be taking on Alejandro “Pato” Martinez (4-3) fighting out of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Gonzalez is ranked 103rd of 1329 active United States Pro Featherweights. He’s stepping into the cage with a win from his last bout. He fought at Lux Fight League 3 and was able to defeat Luis Vallejo via Guillotine Choke in round 1. Martinez, on the other hand, competed at Combate 32: Mexico vs. Spain and lost against Erick Gonzalez via Ground & Pound in the very first round.

This event will stream live on television in Spanish in the U.S. on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and UDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) and in English in the U.S. and Canada on DAZN (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT). Tickets are priced from $12, tickets for the TS-1 Promotions live Combate Americas television event at State Farm Arena are on sale online at Ticketmaster.com.

MAIN EVENT:

RICKY PALACIOS “El Gallero” vs. COOPER GIBSON

CO-MAIN EVENT:

ALEJANDRO MARTINEZ “El Pato” vs. ENRIQUE GONZÁLEZ “Baby Bull”

PRELIMINARY CARD:

CEE JAY HAMILTON “The Autobot” vs DAVID FUENTES “DJ”

JUAN GONZÁLEZ “The Demon” vs ELÍAS RODRÍGUEZ

PAULINA VARGAS vs DESIREE YANEZ “Dirty Dez”

RAYMOND BANDA “The Executioner” vs EDMILSON FREITAS “Amazonian Warrior”

EDUARDO BUSTILLOS vs JOSÉ FLORES “Luke”

CARLOS MARTÍNEZ vs ELÍAS URBINA

ROY SARABIA “The Red Rooster” vs ISAAC MATAMOROS

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Undefeated super welterweight Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora, standing at an amazing 6-foot-seven inches, says he continues to grow with every training camp – literally and figuratively.

On Friday, June 21, Fundora (12-0, 8 KOs) of Coachella, Calif., faces Hector Zepeda (17-0, 4 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico, in a 10-round super welterweight bout as the main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.

In the co-feature, Michel Rivera (15-0, 10 KOs) from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic takes on Mexico’s Rene Tellez Giron (13-0, 7 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout, and to open the telecast, undefeated lightweight prospect Yeis Solano (14-0, 10 KOs) will face a former Argentine Lightweight Champion Elias Damian Araujo (19-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

Tickets, starting at $10, are on sale now and available at www.WinnaVegas.com.

Already believed to be the tallest 154-lb fighter in boxing history, Fundora says he has some unbelievable news coming out of training camp for this fight.

“I think I grew another inch,” laughed the giant southpaw. “I get measured at every training camp and it looks like I might have gotten taller by an inch.”

Fundora, who has appeared on television before but never in a main event, says he’s thrilled to be getting this important opportunity.

“I’m excited. Not only is it my first main event, but it’s on SHOWTIME! I’m very honored they think I’m a big enough name for this. I will be coming to put on a great show for them. I don’t know much about Zepeda, other than that he’s righthanded and about six feet tall. It doesn’t matter. I had over 100 amateur fights. When I was younger, I’d go to five-day-long tournaments and all the fighters I faced would be different sizes and styles. I’m ready for anything.”

The 21-year-old spent the first half of his camp for this fight sparring in Big Bear, Calif. against much heavier fighters and then closed campt in Laguna Beach. His work with strength and conditioning coach JR Corrales, Fundora says, is paying off.

“I’m not only getting taller. I’m also getting stronger. I’m maturing, so age is kicking in. My jab will always be my best punch, but my power gets stronger in every fight. I was sparring with a lot of bigger guys and not getting pushed around by anyone. I’m already on weight too. My dad says he doesn’t want me to have to go through a fat camp and a training camp every fight. That’s like fighting two different battles at once, so I stay in shape at all times.”

Fundora’s father Freddy, who also serves as his trainer, says he’s happy with his son’s growth.

“Sebastian is looking sharp and he’s very focused. With every camp, he matures. He’s growing and that’s very important in the sport. From here on out, we’re just going to be sharpening the tools he already has. His strength and power and his boxing IQ. Zepeda looks like he’s going to try to box, but both these kids are from boxing families and that always makes for fireworks. You’re going to see two guys who have come to fight and put on a show in there Friday.”

It’s been a remarkable ride through pro boxing for the previously unheralded Fundora. Before becoming a TV favorite and “one to watch” prospect, Fundora first had to prove himself to promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, known for his eye for raw talent in boxing.

“Sebastian has grown as a fighter every time he fought,” said Lewkowicz. “Boxing is in his blood. Everyone in his family was a fighter. He’s going to be a world champion. I believe in him. He has worked very hard to become an overnight sensation in boxing.”

Friday’s event is promoted by Sampson Boxing in association with Paco Presents.

Barry Tompkins will call the action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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LAS VEGAS: UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced the opening of UFC APEX®, the new, state-of-the-art, 130,000 square-foot production facility in Las Vegas. The building, which contains more than 50,000 square feet of production space and over 70,000 square feet of office space, will officially open its doors today, on Tuesday, June 18, by hosting its first event, the season three premiere of Dana White’s Contender Series.

“UFC APEX is going to be a massive game changer for combat sports and for UFC,” said UFC President Dana White. “This facility gives us the flexibility to try new things and push the envelope on producing and distributing combat sports all over the world. We are limited only by my imagination. When you think of where we started and where we are now, it’s pretty incredible, but we haven’t even scratched the surface of how big this will become.”

UFC APEX has built-in, advanced production capabilities with an arena space that can be configured to accommodate a variety of live events, including other sports competitions, concerts, stage shows, esports tournaments, and more.  The arena can also be converted into a sound stage for use as a rehearsal space for entertainment acts booked throughout Las Vegas.

A new IP-based control room will be installed in UFC APEX in 2020 that will allow UFC to produce live events remotely from any location in the world and broadcast them in 4K resolution.

“With UFC APEX, we’re future-proofing the way we produce and distribute our content,” said Craig Borsari, UFC Executive Vice President of Production. “The combination of the state-of-the-art technology, with this enormous highly configurable arena space, gives us the opportunity to host other live events beyond combat sports.  UFC APEX allows us to branch out into creating other forms of in-demand sports and entertainment content and distribute them anywhere in the world.”

In addition to the primary arena space, UFC APEX will also feature a smaller 50′ x 50′ sound stage that can accommodate a variety of smaller productions, including live pre- and post-event studio shows, and original programming that can be distributed on a variety of platforms, including UFC FIGHT PASS®.

UFC APEX sits adjacent to UFC’s Las Vegas headquarters in the building formerly occupied by Scientific Games.  UFC purchased the building in 2018 and began extensive, multi-million dollar renovations in October 2018.

The re-modeling of the building includes the following enhancements:

  • 18 miles of new wire
  • Two new support beams for the roof, weighing 12 tons each
  • Six miles of steel studs used to construct new walls
  • 1,482 gallons of fresh paint, including 300 gallons of black paint
  • 170 LED Panels on four displays
  • 395 new energy efficient LED-based lighting fixtures
  • 46 custom 12″ tall RGB LED bars, designed specifically for the louvers in the Octagon staging

UFC APEX contains 22 individual rooms, including:

  • 50′ x 50′ sound stage
  • VIP Suite
  • Media Lounge
  • Four Athlete Locker rooms
  • Engineering room
  • Production Office
  • 12 General purpose rooms
  • Multi-purpose room
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Johnny Smith of Northern Ireland faces Lee Ji Hoon of Korea for WKN InterContinental Welterweight title

The World Kickboxing Network makes its second visit to Northern Ireland this year with the next edition of PROKICK held at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast on June 23. The Saturday-Fight Special presented by Billy Murray is headlined by WKN Intercontinental championship – EUROPE vs. ASIA.

The contest features local favorite Johnny “Swift” Smith, representing Europe, up against Korean Lee Ji Hoon, representing Asia. The pair squares off in the scheduled for five rounds title bout in oriental kickboxing.

Undefeated Johnny Smith (7-0, 4 KO) is riding the 7-fight win streak, which including 4 victories by way of KO/TKO. His resume also includes the 17-4-2 amateur record. In his previous outing in February “Swift” Smith defeated Christos Venizelou of Cyprus by a unanimous decision.

Billy Murray, promoter of the PROKICK event, who is himself former kickboxing world champion in four different weight classes stated: “Johnny has been training non-stop for this match, actually, he hasn’t stopped training since starting way back in 2009 that’s when he had his first match. From then he has traveled as far as Japan to compete, won a world amateur title and is unbeaten as a professional. He is so ready for this title match! Winning this match will take him one step closer to his dream, ‘to be a professional world champion’. But let’s get this fight over first and win this crown then and only then we’ll look at the world title.”

Lee Ji Hoon (26-8, 7 KO) is a current welterweight champion of Korean promotion MAX Fighting Championship. Over the course of his career he defeated Choi Hoon, Na Seung, among others.

Lee Ji Hoon, WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title challenger stated: “The WKN title match is coming soon, I am ready and will do my best. I will come back to Korea with the championship belt.”

The rest of the card features a series of amateur bouts with local and international competitors.

PROKICK: Back at the Clayton – main event:

WKN Intercontinental Welterweight Championship / 5x3mn
Johnny “Swift” Smith (Europe – Northern Ireland) vs. Lee Ji Hoon (Asia – Korea)

Johnny “Swift” Smith in action | Pic: PROKICK

Johnny Smith gets instruction from Billy Murray | Pic: PROKICK

PROKICK TEAM ready for Saturday Fight-Special

WKN Championship belt

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The Cage Warriors 107 card has begun to take shape, with a number of big names just announced for September 28th at Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre.

In what is already a massive year for Liverpool sport, Cage Warriors are returning to the fighting city with big plans!

Exciting heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall – training partner to UFC Welterweight Darren Till and former sparring partner to British boxing superstar Tyson Fury – will return to the cage for the first time since his memorable last appearance, when a blocked leg kick forced his opponent Sofiane Boukichou to the canvas with a broken leg.

Now, the North-West star is hell bent on putting on a performance which will solidify his status as one of the top heavyweight names to watch in Europe.

Liverpool names Tim Barnett, Elliott Jenkins, Anthony O’Connor and Adam Ventre will also look to bring home wins for the city’s fans on September 28th. Coming into CW107 with two wins already this year, Barnett is back on fine form and surging toward the top of the lightweight division with the title in his sights.

Ventre will look to get back in the win column in an incredibly exciting match up that Cage Warriors President Graham Boylan is promising to be a crowd pleaser.

“We know one thing is for certain every time we return to Liverpool – that the crowd will get behind their own and raise the roof off the arena,” says Boylan. “These are some of the most passionate fans in all of Europe and they make our Liverpool events a night to remember every single time.

“We’ve got fights in the pipeline for CW107 that we guarantee will have the city talking.”

Manchester’s Sam Spencer and Pietro Menga will also walk out on September 28th – with Spencer looking to continue his successful start to the year and Menga on make an exciting Cage Warriors debut in the flyweight division.

Other names to be announced are flyweight Liam Gittins, who impressed with a big TKO win in his last Liverpool appearance, and exciting UK welterweight Adam Proctor. With 10 wins against just 1 loss since his pro debut in 2014, ‘The Love Doctor’ is the very definition of a fast-rising prospect and has been turning heads at an increasing rate with wins over Sam Boult, Nathan Jones and Angelo Rubino.

CW107 tickets are on sale now with a 20% discount for early birds, and can be purchased HERE.

Confirmed names:

Tom Aspinall

Tim Barnett

Adam Proctor

Pietro Menga

Anthony O’Connor

Adam Ventre

Eliott Jenkins

Sam Spencer

Liam Gittins

Many more TBA.

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Bangkok, Thailand: ONE Championship (ONE) recently held a Media Open Workout, Tuesday, 18 June at Petchyindee Gym featuring ONE Championship superstar Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy of Thailand. Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy was also in attendance at the Media Open Workout as a special guest.

Petchmorakot is scheduled to face kickboxing legend Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan of Italy in a ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Quarter-final contest at ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY, set for 12 July at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ticket information for ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY is available at www.onefc.com.

Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy, ONE Athlete, stated: “I am both a warrior and a man of honor. For me, fighting is my life and my passion. To be able to step into the ring with the world’s best, and to test myself and my skills, that is all I can ask for. Giorgio Petrosyan is a legend, and it is an honor to be facing him in battle. Our first fight was the toughest in my career. I learned many things about myself in this fight and I vow to come back a better fighter. I am going into this bout with my heart and body ready for war. I am thankful for all the support Thai fans have given me. They give me strength and power. I will do my best to bring glory to my country.”

“This time, I will come better prepared with more knowledge of the kickboxing ruleset. Giorgio has had more experience in kickboxing bouts, and he’s very well known. Having fought him firsthand, I know exactly how great his skills are. This is not going to be an easy fight. I expect it to be another hard battle. But with the power of the Thai people behind me, I will claim victory in this bout. I want to thank ONE Championship for the opportunity to compete in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix.”

Hailing from Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand’s northern Isan region, Petchmorakot has already defeated some of the biggest names in Muay Thai, claiming multiple Muay Thai Championships in the process. Petchmorakot has claimed Lumpinee Stadium World Championships in two divisions, as well as a WMC Muay Thai title, in a career spanning almost 200 professional bouts. Incredibly, he is still only at the beginning of his career, and now he hopes to attain international glory on the global stage of ONE Championship.

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Bellator 215: Fight Highlights - YouTube

LOS ANGELES – Bellator will hold the first-ever MMA event at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. on Saturday, August 24 when Matt Mitrione (13-6, 1 NC) squares off against Sergei Kharitonov (28-6, 2 NC) in a heavyweight headliner.

Tickets for Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 go on sale to the general public Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. ET, with a special pre-sale scheduled for Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets will be available in-person at the Click It or Ticket Box Office at Webster Bank Arena, as well as online at Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com.

The event will be broadcast live on Paramount Network and DAZN at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.comDAZN and globally on the Bellator Mobile App. Additional bouts will be announced in coming weeks.

Just six months after the pair of heavyweight sluggers first met, the rematch will take place just 75 miles south of Uncasville’s Mohegan Sun at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The card will be overseen by the Connecticut Boxing Commission.

“Mohegan Sun, who has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Bellator, is pleased to present for the first time in Bridgeport, a world-class event of this caliber, and we look forward to hosting A-list entertainers in the coming months as well,” said Thomas Cantone, Sr. Corporate Vice President, Sports & Entertainment for Mohegan Sun.

Hailing from Indianapolis, Matt Mitrione will once again lace up the gloves in a main event against Kharitonov after an inadvertent shot put an abrupt end to their first matchup at Bellator 215 this past February. The former Purdue University and New York Giant football standout is fresh off a strong run in Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix, where the knockout artist advanced all the way to the semifinal round after defeating Roy Nelson. With victories in four of his last five contests, including a highlight-reel first round knockout of Fedor Emelianenko, Mitrione will now focus on writing the second chapter of his story with Kharitonov.

Riding a seven-fight unbeaten streak, including four first-round finishes and three knockouts, Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov returns to the U.S. after an unfortunate end to the pair’s first meeting. Now, the Moscow-native will seek to add another name to his list of victories amassed in well-known promotions around the globe, such as Pride and Strikeforce, and against equally dominant fighters, including Roy Nelson, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Alistair Overeem.

You can re-watch Mitrione and Kharitonov’s first meeting in the video above.

Updated Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 Fight Card:

Heavyweight Main Event: Matt Mitrione (13-6, 1 NC) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (28-6, 2 NC)

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LAS VEGAS: Top Rank and MTK Global are proud to announce a collaboration between the companies designed to bring world-class boxing and the sport’s most dynamic fighters to territories around the globe.

The collaboration will further the global reach of MTK Global and Top Rank, as the companies develop blue-chip talent, stage events featuring championship fighters and top prospects, and market the sport worldwide.

As just the first example of this initiative, MTK Global is organizing a special event July 6 in Kazakhstan’s capital city, Nur-Sultan, including the first WBC world title bout to be contested on Kazakh soil. This boxing extravaganza — part of the nation’s celebration of Capital City Day — will stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+ and feature WBC bantamweight world champion Nordine Oubaali (15-0, 11 KOs) defending his title against Arthur Villanueva (32-3-1, 18 KOs).

Then, on Aug. 3, Michael “Mick” Conlan makes his triumphant homecoming against former Olympic nemesis Vladimir Nikitin in front of 10,000 fans at Belfast’s Falls Park. Conlan-Nikitin, one of the keystone events of the city’s annual Feile an Phobail summer festival, will also stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+.

“The true future of boxing is global. It is a sport understood by people around the world,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “We are pleased to be working with MTK Global in our mutual effort to globalize the sport on a major basis.”

“MTK Global is proud and honored to be associated with Bob Arum and Top Rank in a relationship such as this,” said MTK Global President Bob Yalen. “Top Rank has been the leading promoter worldwide for over 50 years and has been instrumental in developing and promoting some of the greatest fighters in the world over that time period. The ability of Top Rank to promote not just a fight, but its fighters, is second to none. Combining that knowledge and experience with the depth of MTK Global’s roster of world-class talent and up-and-coming prospects is a sure way to broaden the horizons of both companies. We are looking forward to working closely with Top Rank to bring world-class boxing, and to develop world-class talent, in areas where boxing is just beginning to make an impression or where it is ripe for a resurgence.”

Top Rank recently bolstered its roster with the signing of multiple MTK Global-managed fighters to promotional contracts, including lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, former unified bantamweight world champion Ryan Burnett and former two-division world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton.

In March, Top Rank and MTK Global announced an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement to bring roughly 30 MTK Global events annually to fans in the United States on ESPN platforms, including ESPN+.

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On Saturday, June 22, at CSU’s Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Douglasville, Georgia-based contender Brad “King” Solomon (28-1, 9 KOs) will step up on short notice to face the United Kingdom’s Navid “Nav” Mansouri (19-2-2, 6 KOs) in a 12-round battle for the WBC United States (USNBC) Super Welterweight Championship.

An arm injury to undefeated Canadian Cody Crowley has opened the door for Solomon, whose fight with Mansouri will serve as the main event of Bigger Than Life Entertainment and Mo Entertainment’s (in partnership with six-time World Champion Miguel Cotto’s Miguel Cotto Promotions) “Making A Champion” event and be televised live on CBS Sports (11 pm ET/8 pm PT) along with super flyweight Dewayne “Mr. Stop Running” Beamon (16-1-1, 11 KOs) of Goldsboro, North Carolina, facing Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina’s Lucas Emanuel Fernandez (12-2-1, 9 KOs) in the 10-round co-featured bout.

Remaining tickets for “Making A Champion” are priced at $65, $80 and $100 and are on sale now at wolsteincenter.com or Wolstein Center Box Office on CSU campus.

“I feel good,” said Solomon. “I was already training for something else, but this came along first and an opportunity like this is what I’ve been waiting for. I’m ready to show my talent and show I’m still here. After I do what I do to this guy, that will put me back in the eyes of everyone.”

Solomon, who says he’s had some bad luck with missed opportunities and contract disputes, doesn’t know much about his last-minute opponent, but isn’t worried.

“I’ll find out what he’s got when I get in there. I can adjust to anything, so I’m not too worried about it. I just want to use this win to springboard me into bigger opportunities. I was number one in the world and getting ready for a title shot, but it didn’t work out. I want to get back out there and get my title shot I deserve. It feels like my luck is changing now.

30-year-old Mansouri from Rotherham, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, is a former BBofC English Super Welterweight Champion and is currently living in Los Angeles and training at the legendary Wild Card Gym.

Mansouri says the move has given him a wealth of new experience.

“Training is going really well. I’ve moved down to Los Angeles for this camp. I’ve even left my family to do this camp. It’s hard, but you have to sacrifice for this game. I’m training with (former Peter Quillen and Paulie Malignaggi trainer) Eric Brown at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. I like working with him. I’ve got a strength and conditioning coach I’m working with as well, Taylor Ramsdell. The gym has a great atmosphere to it. I’m being exposed to a lot of different styles.

With a goal of becoming a known commodity in the US, Mansouri is hoping this fight provides the launching pad.

“This is a great thing to come to America to train and fight. I always wanted to fight here and this one is on two networks, so it’s a way to put myself out there in the American market. A lot of people will be watching this fight and I’m ready to show what I’m capable of doing.”

The exciting five-fight undercard, featuring Cleveland’s Montana Love (11-0-1, 5 KOs) taking on Kenya’s Michael Odhiambo (15-11, 12 KOs) in a six-round welterweight bout and Cleveland’s comebacking former contender Miguel Angel Gonzalez (24-4, 16 KOs) going against Mexico City’s Mario Perez (20-7-5, 12 KOs) in a lightweight six-rounder will be streamed live on www.fite.tv (7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT).

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