Orlando, FL (September 2, 2014) – Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios will have a tough task at hand when he comes off a two year layoff to battle heavy-handed Epifanio Mendoza September 20 at the Mela Room in Orlando, FL.

Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia and currently based in Miami, FL, Mendoza has 39 victories, 34 which came by way of knockout. In 2011, he scored a major upset when he knocked out highly regarded and undefeated Olympian Carlos Negron inside of three rounds. Prior to that, he scored first round knockouts over unbeatens Tukonbo Olajaide and Ruben Williams. A true ring warrior, Mendoza’s also battled world champions Chad Dawson, Jeff Lacy and Beibut Shumenov along with BJ Flores, Lateef Kayode, Rakim Chakhiev, Umberto Savigne, Amir Mansour, Sullivan Barrera, Yunier Dorticos and Jordan Shimmell.

“Epifanio Mendoza is a very dangerous opponent and some are questioning why I’m taking on such a risky guy when I’ve been out of the ring for two years,” said Palacios, an Orlando resident who is now training under the watchful eye of John Scully. “My goal is to win a cruiserweight championship next year and facing a tough challenge in my comeback fight should show everybody how serious I am about making it to the top.”

Palacios, 21-2 (13 KO’s), and Mendoza meet for the USBU cruiserweight belt in the eight round main event of World Wide Elite Entertainment’s “The Comeback”.

Promoted by World Wide Elite Entertainment, tickets to “The Comeback” are $25 for general admission, $45 to sit ringside and $500 for VIP tables of 6 with bottle service included. They’re on sale by calling 561-702-7068. All ticketholders over the age of 21 are invited to a special post-fight party hosted by DJ Erick at the Mela Room, located at 9677 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.

Fans can follow and interact with Francisco on Twitter @Wizardpalacios.

About World Wide Elite Entertainment:

Founded in 2014 by noted boxer Francisco Palacios and Alejandra Quintero, World Wide Elite Entertainment’s a full-service promotional firm with the goal is to right many of boxing’s wrongs. Their focal point will be guiding talented but misled fighters that weren’t provided fair opportunities in the past due to managerial or promotional issues. For more information, go to showentertainment.org or facebook.com/pages/World-Wide-Elite-Entertainment/530432297086225.


Baltimore, MD (August 27, 2014) – Jake “The Snake” Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions takes over the William Myers Pavilion for “Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle”, an evening of Olympic-style boxing Saturday, September 20 in Baltimore, MD.

For the second consecutive year, Baltimore Boxing Promotions is honoring the late Murray Smith, father of Jake. During the evening, Baltimore Boxing will present the “School of Hard Knocks” Award in Murray’s honor. The 2014 recipient will be to former world champion and Baltimore native Vincent Pettway.

Tickets from $25 and are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175. In addition to the $25 bleacher seats, $35 floor, $50 individual VIP, $350 reserved tables for 10, and VIP tables of 10 for $500 are currently on sale.

All VIP ticketholders can enjoy free hors d’oeurves by Midtown BBQ from 7-8:15.

In the main event of the evening, heralded prospect Jerome Featherstone Jr. challenges tough Francisco Bustos of Washington, DC for the East Coast title. The naturally gifted Featherstone Jr. became a Golden Gloves titlist in one of the nation’s toughest regions less than a year after first putting on a pair of gloves and plans to turn pro later this year. The two were scheduled to meet last year but the fight fell out at the last minute.

Popular Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazey of Baltimore challenges Keayen Coleman for the Maryland State Welterweight Championship in the semi-main event of the evening. Veazy captured a silver medal at the 2014 National Junior Golden Gloves, won various tournaments and has a large fan base that follows him closely.

Locals Donald Wallace and Meach Al Tashy will appear in separate undercard bouts, while Justin Knight meets Allen Burris for the Maryland State junior middleweight crown. More fights will be added shortly.

“I’m very pleased that Vincent Pettway is accepting the second annual Murray B Smith School of Hard Knocks award,” said Jake Smith, a former pro fighter turned Maryland and Washington DC Hall of Fame promoter. “We’ve got some of the best talent in the DMV area on this card and this is Jerome’s final match before going pro. Joey Veazy continues to bring a huge crowd with him and the undercard will be great as well. The turnout for our last few cards has been excellent and I believe the community will come out strong September 20.”

Doors for “Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle” open at 6:30 pm and the opening bell will sound at 8:15. All bouts are scheduled by USA Boxing. There will also be a special 50/50 raffle during the evening. All proceeds are going towards the Baltimore Boxing amateur program, a non-profit which rescued many local youths from the tough Charm City streets and helped develop them into boxers.

For more information, go to Baltimoreboxing.com.


Talent rich undercard to support Palacios Comeback!

Two Olympians and former title contender highlight big undercard!

For Immediate Release

Orlando, FL (August 25, 2014) – World Wide Elite Entertainment has put together a talent-rich undercard to support the return of top cruiserweight Francisco Palacios.

Dubbed as “The Comeback”, Palacios is fighting in the 8 round main event while also serving as a co-promoter of the Saturday, September 20 card.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $45 to sit ringside and $500 for VIP tables of 6 with bottle service included. They’re on sale by calling 561-702-7068. All ticketholders over the age of 21 are invited to a special post-fight party hosted by DJ Erick at the Mela Room, located at 9677 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.

Contender Mike Marrone of Vero Beach, FL enters the squared circle for the first time since 2011 when he battles fellow Floridian Sam “Slam Bam” Tillman of Bradenton in a six round heavyweight contest. Marrone, 20-4 (15 KO’s), fought Guillermo Jones for the WBA cruiserweight belt in 2011, but was stopped in the sixth round by his supremely talented foe. In Tillman’s last bout, he upset Moises Droz via third round knockout and is confident he’ll score another big victory on the 20th.

2008 Olympian Carlos Negron looks for his third straight knockout victory against an opponent to be announced in a six round heavyweight scrap. The heralded Negron’s got an excellent 15-1 professional ledger with 11 wins by knockout and has his sights set on becoming the next world champion from the boxing-rich commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

With only one fighter under his belt, 2008 Cuban Olympian and undefeated middleweight Idel Torriente steps up to a six round bout when he faces durable veteran Joel Vargas of Kansas. The Miami-based Torriente, 1-0 (1 KO), has amateur wins against current world champion Nicholas Walters, unbeaten knockout artist Javier Fortuna and contender Abner Cotto amongst others. The iron-chinned Vargas forced Michael Finney, Emmanuel De Jesus, Enver Halili, Mark Salser and Dillon Cook to go the distance.

Local favorites James “Buddy” McGirt Jr, Christian Camacho, Jelame Garcia, Joshua Pagan and Lorenzo Ramos will also appear in separate four or six round matches.

“I’m very pleased with the undercard,” Palacios said. “Fans will not only get to see my comeback, but the return of Olympians, title contenders and undefeated prospects. The community has shown great interest in the card and we want to provide them with their money’s worth.”

Fans can follow and interact with Francisco on Twitter @Wizardpalacios.

About World Wide Elite Entertainment:

Founded in 2014 by noted boxer Francisco Palacios and Alejandra Quintero, World Wide Elite Entertainment’s a full-service promotional firm with the goal is to right many of boxing’s wrongs. Their focal point will be guiding talented but misled fighters that weren’t provided fair opportunities in the past due to managerial or promotional issues. For more information, go to showentertainment.org or facebook.com/pages/World-Wide-Elite-Entertainment/530432297086225.

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Francisco Palacios Teams up with Scully!

Posted: 22nd August 2014 by knockout in Press Releases


Orlando, FL (August 21, 2014) – Cruiserweight contender Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios is now training under the tutelage of John Scully.

Palacios, 21-2 (13 KO’s), returns to the squared circle after a 2 year layoff to face James Johnson for the USBU cruiserweight title in the 8 round main event of a card Saturday, September 20 at the Mela Room in his hometown of Orlando, FL.

Dubbed as the “Iceman”, Scully was 38-11 as a prizefighter, and is known as one of the most knowledgeable voices boxing. Since retiring from swapping punches in 2001 Scully’s trained world champions Chad Dawson and Jose Rivera, as well as contenders Mike Oliver, Matt Godfrey and Ray Oliveira amongst many others.

Palacios said of his new trainer, “I think John is going to get me to the next level and I’ve wanted to make it to the top since I was an amateur. I believe he’s the kind of trainer that can help in every aspect. I have a lot of faith in him and have only heard great things. I’m excited to have him as my head trainer.”

Scully is also upbeat about working with another top tier talent.

“I’ve known Francisco (since he was an amateur). I’m looking forward to working with him. We’d crossed paths numerous times and he’s been working out at the gym I train guys out of. He’s a hard worker and I think this will be a good fit. We had a nice talk comparing philosophies and he seems on board. He has a name and a good amateur background. I am going to do my best for him and if he still has the desire to make it to the top I believe we’ll get there.”

Promoted by World Wide Elite Entertainment, tickets are $25 for general admission, $45 to sit ringside and $500 for VIP tables of 6 with bottle service included. They’re on sale by calling 561-702-7068. All ticketholders over the age of 21 are invited to a special post-fight party hosted by DJ Erick at the Mela Room, located at 9677 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.

Details about undercard bouts, including multiple Olympians, contenders and locals, will be announced in the coming days.

This special fight card takes place at the elegant Mela Room, located at 9677 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando 25 dollar general admission, $45 ringside and $500 VIP tables of 6 with bottle service included are on sale by calling 561-702-7068. All ticketholders over the age of 21 are invited to a special post-fight party at the Mela Room hosted by DJ Erick.

Fans can follow and interact with Francisco on Twitter @Wizardpalacios.

About World Wide Elite Entertainment:

Founded in 2014 by noted boxer Francisco Palacios and Alejandra Quintero, World Wide Elite Entertainment’s a full-service promotional firm with the goal is to right many of boxing’s wrongs. Their focal point will be guiding talented but misled fighters that weren’t provided fair opportunities in the past due to managerial or promotional issues. For more information, go to showentertainment.org or facebook.com/pages/World-Wide-Elite-Entertainment/530432297086225.