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Oklahoma City, OK (November 18, 2015) – Undefeated middleweight Bo “Hands of War” Gibbs Jr. will face his toughest challenge to date when he faces Delray “The Rainmaker” Raines in a ten round bout Saturday, January 9 at the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, OK.

The card is promoted by HD Boxing and tickets will be available shortly on cpnboxoffice.com or by calling 405-273-1637.

A solid amateur who made it to the US Championships and National Golden Gloves, Gibbs Jr. has a perfect 14-0 record with seven wins by knockout. Having fought all of his bouts in Oklahoma, Gibbs Jr. brings a large crowd with him each time he enters the squared circle. So far, the 24-year-old Carney native has been dominant as a pro and he’s confident his string of success will continue against Raines.

“It’s a step up on the pro level but I had over 100 amateur fights and faced a lot of top guys. I know he’s fought a lot of good opponents but he’s never been in the ring with me. I plan to show him things he hasn’t seen before. I’m strong, young and I’m fast but most importantly I’m smart. I believe I can do it all in the ring. The fans will see what I’m about because I guarantee I’ll win on the 9th.”

A familiar face among locals, Delray Raines, 19-11-2 (14 KO’s), is undefeated in the Sooner State. Living and fighting out of Paris, AR, Raines made headlines by knocking out local contender Tracy Sneed and fighting to draws against former NABA kingpin George Tahdooahnippah and top rated Carson Jones. Never one to back down from a challenge, Raines has faced WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara, former titlist David Lemieux, Joe Greene, Tarvis Simms, Aaron Mitchell, Alfredo Angulo, Dominik Britsch and Ronald Hearns. Even with the aforementioned experience advantage, Raines believes Gibbs Jr. is a good fighter.

“I don’t knock anybody he’s faced and am not looking past him,” said Raines. “I don’t expect this to be an easy fight because he’s a big puncher and was a good amateur. I know his promoter has faith in him otherwise they wouldn’t be stepping him up. On another note, I’m originally from Oklahoma and I’d love to get more respect here for what I’ve done in the ring against the hometown fighters. On the 9th, I’m planning to continue my streak of success here by using my experience, reach and knowledge en route to victory.”

“This is a very interesting fight,” said Promoter Bobby Dobbs of HD Boxing. “Raines is a huge step up for Bo. He’s fought many of the world’s best and had three of his best performances here in Oklahoma. Bo is a very talented fighter and he’s won all of his fights handily. At the same time, he’s never face anybody with Delray’s experience. I give him a ton of credit for wanting to test himself. This is a tough fight for both guys and an evenly matched bout that fans will enjoy.”

In separate undercard bouts, female featherweight standout Nikki Burleson of Oklahoma City meets Tiffany Alexander, Shawnee’s very own Dennis Knifechief faces surging Californian Martin Morales and lightweight knockout artist Nico Venetis travels from Hamburg, Germany to face an opponent to be named.

Additional bouts will be announced shortly and for more information, go to hdboxing.net.

Body Punch

Comerio, Puerto Rico (November 15, 2015) – 122 pound contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle improved to 20-2 with 15 knockouts following a one-sided beatdown of 56-fight veteran Juan Jose Beltran yesterday evening at the Auditorio Municipal in Comierio, Puerto Rico.

Fighting in front of a passionate hometown crowd, Del Valle dominated from the get go, dropping his Mexican foe in the opening round then following up with an onslaught of punches. Del Valle continued to take the fight to Beltran in the second, ripping him with hard shots to the body and head. Beaten and battered, Beltran elected not to come out for the third round, sending the pro-Del Valle crowd into a frenzy.

“I went in there and did what I had to,” said Del Valle. “Beltran came into this fight over the original contract weight by a significant amount, so I had to make him pay the price because I work hard in camp. Even with the unexpected weight issue, I did what I was expected to.”

With Beltran out of his way, the Bayamon native has his sights set on the 122 pound division’s upper echelon.

“The reason I am in this sport is to be the best and fight the best. Since I’ve had a few setbacks, I know I’ve got to show the boxing world that I’m still here. For my next fight, I’d love to face anybody ranked in the top fifteen of the super bantamweight division. I have what it takes to beat these guys and get a title shot. I’ll do whatever it takes to get there!”

Fans can interact with Del Valle on Twitter @Orlanditoboxing.

Trey Lippe-Morrison Annihilates Bobby Thomas in 80 seconds!

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Miami, OK (November 14, 2015) – Rising heavyweight sensation Trey Lippe-Morrison of Tulsa, OK continued his march towards becoming a player in the heavyweight division by scoring a devastating 80 second knockout of Bobby Thomas at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.

Fighting in front of a sold out crowd and with legendary trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, Lippe-Morrison was a man on a mission from the opening bell. With his fans cheering him on in hope of another knockout, Lippe-Morrison connected with a hard right hook to Thomas’ head just over a minute into the opening stanza, sending Thomas to the canvas. The referee started to count before realizing Thomas was in no position to continue, waiving the bout off at 1:20.

“I love working with Freddie Roach because he’s getting me polished,” Lippe-Morrison said after the dominant performance. “I didn’t have an amateur career so he’s really helping me with the learning curve.”

Lippe-Morrison, who is now 10-0 with all of his wins by knockout, is pleased with his performance but insists he isn’t hunting for knockouts.

“Believe it or not, I’m not gunning for quick knockouts but they’re coming and I’m happy to please the fans. I’m continuing to improve as a boxer under Freddie’s watch and will consult with my team about the next step.”

Tony Holden, promoter of Lippe-Morrison, believes his fighter is on the path to stardom.

“Trey looked like a future champion and he fought with incredible confidence. He’s only boxed 12 rounds as a professional and just knocked out a fighter that went five rounds with a two division world champion in Beibut Shumenov. We’ve been trying to get Trey rounds by stepping up the competition but he continues to knock guys out in devastating fashion.”

In undercard action, fellow unbeaten heavyweight Kenzie Witt of Bartlesville, OK, scored an impressive second round knockout of Jordan Brown. Witt, who improved to 6-0-1 with 5 knockouts follow the victory, is Lippe-Morrison’s brother and the son of late heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison.

Del Valle wins

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Bayamon, PR (November 10, 2015) – Popular Puerto Rican contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle will face upset minded Juan Jose Beltran in an eight round contest Saturday, November 14 at the Auditorio Municipal de Comerio in Comerio, Puerto Rico.

Tickets from $12 are available at TCPR.com or by calling 787-792-5000. The card is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions. The Del Valle-Beltran bout will air via tape delay Friday, November 20 on Unimas.

A pro for close to two decades, Beltran hails from the boxing crazed nation of Mexico. The 56 fight veteran battled numerous world champions and top contenders including Leo Santa Cruz, Jorge Arce, Eric Morel, Hugo Cazares, Claudio Marrero, Rico Ramos, Jesus Rojas and Jonathan Oquendo among others. In his most recent bout, Beltran outpointed Arturo Delgado over eight rounds. He also owns a win over two time title challenge Akihiko Nago and is out for revenge against Del Valle, who stopped him in four rounds back in 2013.

“Beltran has a lot of experience and has fought some of the best fighters in the world,” said Del Valle, who sports an excellent 19-2 record with 14 victories by knockout. “I give him credit for stepping up because a lot of guys didn’t want to take this fight. I need to dominate but it’s always dangerous fighting a guy with nothing to lose. Mexico vs Puerto Rico is boxing’s biggest rivalry and I know he wants to knock me out in front of my people to avenge his prior defeat. I’m not about to let that happen because I know there are bigger opportunities on the horizon, so my goal is to score another knockout and target all of the top super bantamweights!”

Fans can interact with Del Valle on Twitter @OrlanditoBoxing.

Contact: Matt Yanofsky (Team Del Valle Publicist) – 551-206-0578 or @kopublicity

Baltimore Boxing Club Logo

Baltimore, MD (November 5, 2015) – Baltimore Boxing Club and founder Jake Smith have been featured in Under Armour’s new commercial for the Muhammad Ali Collection.

Based out of Baltimore, Under Armour is a global giant for sports clothing and accessories, making a name for themselves in the boxing world during the last few years.

Recently, Under Armour filmed fighters training at the Baltimore Boxing Gym while Smith gave instructions, followed by an intense sparring session. The commercial also features highlights from Ali’s career followed by boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez discussing what made Ali successful before showing one of Canelo’s training sessions.

“Under Armour has been a great supporter of local boxing and my gym in particular,” said Smith. “They’ve done filming here before and sponsored the recent Regional Qualifiers for the Olympic Trials here in Baltimore. Even with all of that, never in a million years did I think that the Baltimore Boxing Club would appear in a commercial featuring the great Muhammad Ali and Saul Alvarez. We appreciate the exposure and hope it creates more recognition for our fighters and the gym.”

Baltimore Boxing’s next card takes place Wednesday, November 25 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

The commercial can be seen by going to Youtube.com/watch?v=DHv7tSM2mwQ.

For more information on Baltimore Boxing or to buy tickets to their next card, visit Baltimoreboxing.com.