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LAS VEGAS-BASED JEG BOXING RECEIVES BOXING PROMOTER LICENSE
12. January, 2013
Yvette
Behind The Velvet Rope

 
     
 

LAS VEGASJanuary 10, 2013 – JEG Boxing Inc., a division of Las Vegas-based Justice Entertainment Group (JEG), recently received approval from the Nevada Athletic Commission to be sanctioned as a boxing promoter in the state of Nevada. With years of boxing experience, JEG Boxing Inc. can now produce its own events, co-present bouts with other promoters and create the fight cards for venues, hotels and casino properties, for what will surely be amazing future matches……”

 
 

 
 
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE ON MAYWEATHER, COTTO, GOLOVKIN, ALVAREZ, LARA
By Lem Satterfield | June 16, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Demetrius Andrade called himself "the best in the world" after dropping England's Brian Rose in the first and third rounds of Saturday's seventh round stoppage in defense of his WBO junior middleweight title at Barclays Center.

Andrade (21-0, 14 knockouts), 26, and his promoter, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, declared him ready for the likes of RING number one-ranked pound-for-pound fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr., four-division titllist Miguel Cotto and WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin, if not junior middleweights Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara.

"We're ready to go," said DeGuardia of Andrade, who ended an 11-fight winning streak that included three wins by knockout for Rose. "As Demetrius has said, we're looking for the biggest and the best fights out there. 'Canelo,' Cotto, Mayweather, you name them. We're looking for the best fighters out there because we think that we've got the best fighter in the world."

Rose was in agreement.

"Andrade is better than I thought," said Rose. "He may be one of the best out there in the game right now."

But is he ready for someone like Mayweather? Andrade thinks he is.

"I believe that I can beat Floyd Mayweather," said Andrade, who stands 6-foot-1. "There's nobody out there who has a jab like me. There's nobody out there who is as fast as me and who is going to slip and slide and look as good against Floyd Mayweather."

In his past four fights, Mayweather has unanimously decisioned Cotto in defense of his WBA 154-pound title in May 2012, similarly defended his RING and WBC 147-pound championships by dominating Robert Guerrero in May 2013, won a majority decision over Alvarez last September for the RING and WBC junior middleweight championships and added Maidana's WBA welterweight title with a majority decision in May.

"Maidana, he put up a good fight but he was just a bull and Mayweather did what he had to do to beat him. I clearly believe that I can beat Floyd Mayweather," said Andrade. "As you see, he's been picking guys like the Mexican fighters who, you know, have the fan base behind them. That's great. They draw a lot of people, so that's generally what they're looking for. But I'm willing to get in there with Floyd Mayweather."

Skillful fighters such as fellow southpaws DeMarcus Corley and Zab Judah as well as right-hander Shane Mosley all landed quality blows that hurt Mayweather during their unanimous decision losses in May 2004, April 2006 and May 2010, respectively.

"Floyd Mayweather hasn't fought anybody that's young and slick and who has speed and can move like him and that has good footwork and that has a good I.Q. in the ring," said Andrade. "I've got the keys and the tools and the vision and everything that I need to get it done and I'm willing to put him up to that challenge."

It appears that Andrade will have to continue to do major campaigning to break into the Mayweather sweepstakes with considerations for a Sept. 13 return likely to include a rematch with Maidana, RING junior welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia or former titleholder Amir Khan. Garcia was last in action for a disputed majority decision over Mauricio Herrera in March.

"Now if Mayweather wants to pick Danny Garcia, who was in with a tough little boxer like Herrera, you're talking about a situation where Mayweather is way above Herrera, so that's going to just be the same thing," said Andrade. "If Mayweather wants to retire being the best like he's saying, I think before he goes out, that he needs to fight Demetrius Andrade."

Andrade even mentioned the potential for a rise in weight to face 32-year-old Golovkin, who will pursue his 17th consecutive stoppage win opposite former titleholder Daniel Geale on July 26 at Madison Square Garden.

"If the opportunity is right and everything. He's a good fighter. I know there is not a lot of good fighters out there for him right now but 154 is my division," said Andrade.

"But if the talks and everything go right, I could possibly build myself up to 160. I could outbox but I still believe that I have more experience to gain in the ring as a professional. But I'm willing to get in there with anybody to show that I'm the best when the time is right."

Of course, there is also Cotto, whose 10th-round stoppage of Sergio Martinez earned him THE RING and WBC middleweight championships.

"Cotto is one of the greats. He had a great performance against Martinez," said Andrade. "Just like I am, Martinez is a southpaw. Now if you want to see him in there with a great southpaw, then that's me, Demetrius Andrade."

If not any of the aforementioned or a unification bout within the division, Andrade appears willing to face others in the division, including the winner of a July 12 clash between Alvarez and Lara at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"Ultimately, I'm willing to unify. I want to get all of the belts. I want to be one of the greatest. I want to go after the belts. I don't really want to go after nobody that doesn't have a belt. But back in the day, the best fought the best and that's what I want to do in order to bring boxing back that way. I'm 26 years old; I'm young and I'm in no rush," said Andrade.

"These guys want to take their time and they don't know what they want to do. But if they want to get in there with somebody that's going to really give them a challenge, sooner or later, the cream is going to rise to the top and that's me. So 'Canelo,' Lara, they got the big names but I'm the best. I'm going to show the world and I'm going to just keep doing what I've been doing."

 

 
 
ANDRADE STOPS ROSE, KEEPS TITLE
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com | June 14, 2014
 

NEW YORK -- Junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade didn't want to just retain his belt against mandatory challenger Brian Rose.

Andrade also wanted to look impressive doing it in order to make his case that he deserves to face the bigger names in his division, including the likes of Canelo Alvarez and champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Although facing a heavy underdog, Andrade was explosive and impressive as he destroyed Rose in a one-sided seventh-round knockout on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the co-feature of the card headlined by junior welterweight titlist Ruslan Provodnikov's defense against Chris Algieri.

"I'm the best in the world," Andrade said. "I was taking my time and my power was affecting him. I took Round 5 off to see the openings, the sixth round I picked it up, and the seventh round he had to go."

Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs), a 26-year-old southpaw from Providence, Rhode Island, started fast, almost immediately dropping Rose, 29, of England, with a straight left hand in the first round. He could barely miss with the left as Rose rarely moved his head and displayed little defense.

In the third round, Andrade, who was making the first defense of the vacant 154-pound title he won by decision against Vanes Martirosyan in November, dropped Rose (25-2-1, 7 KOs) again, this time clobbering him with a right hook.

In between the knockdowns, Andrade strafed him with combinations to the head and body, opened a bloody cut on the bridge of his nose and landed almost at will.

It got even worse for Rose in the seventh round as Andrade -- who predicted a knockout -- battered him all over the ring, prompting his corner to throw in the towel just as referee Michael Griffin was intervening at 1 minute, 19 seconds.

"I earned my right to be here, but he was better than I thought he would be," Rose said. "He may be one of the best out there in the game. I just couldn't keep up with him and I couldn't keep him off of me."

Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian and 2007 world amateur champion, landed 149 of 452 punches (33 percent) while Rose, whose 11-fight winning streak ended, was limited to landing just 30 of 179 blows (17 percent).

 

 
 
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE SET TO CAGE BRIAN "THE LION" ROSE
By Bob Trieger | Published May 7, 2014
 

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight champion Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) is preparing for his first title defense, June 14 on HBO against No. 1 mandatory challenger Brian "The Lion" Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs), like it was just another fight.

The 26-year-old Andrade, fighting out of Providence, captured the vacant WBO 154-pound title last November on HBO, defeating previously unbeaten 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) by way of a 12-round decision.

Andrade vs. Rose is the 12-round co-feature on a card presented by the gifted Cape Verdean-American’s co-promoters, Banner Promotions and Star Boxing, along with Top Rank, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The headliner is a 12-round bout between WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs).

"I’m preparing for this fight the same way I always have with daily routines that got me here by being smarter and harder," Andrade said from his Atlanta training camp. "I know what to do and what it takes. I’m always in shape and everything else is in place. My motor is running. I’m getting in shape for greatness, staying active in between fights and keeping my weight down. I’m doing what I was born and taught to do. Everything is coming together so I can put on a show fight night."

Andrade has a rich pedigree having been a 2008 U.S. Olympian, 2007 World Championships gold medal winner, and four-time national amateur champion. Before he can get into a mega-fight with the likes of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, possibly even Floyd Mayweather, Jr. before he retires, or a unification fight with Carlos Molina or Erislandy Lara, Andrade must first get past his mandatory challenger from the United Kingdom.

"We’d like to thank HBO for providing Demetrius with this opportunity to show the boxing world that he is ready to take over the 154 and 160-pound divisions," Andrade’s manager Ed Farris commented. "Sooner or later one of the big-name fighters is going to have to face Demetrius and then everybody in boxing will know Demetrius Andrade is for real. We’re honored that HBO has stepped up and given us this chance.

"I still don’t think most people realize what Demetrius did to Vanes Martirosyan. He virtually shut-down a fighter that hadn’t lost in 10 years with a 33-0-1 record. Martirosyan had beaten Erislandy Lara for five straight rounds before Lara started to figure him out. Martirosyan would beat the hell out of Timothy Bradley or Austin Trout, just like he did in the amateurs, yet Demetrius received very little credit for easily beating Martirosyan. Sooner or later the cream rises to the top and believe me Demetrius will rise. I’m confident that he will become one of the greatest fighters in the history of this sport."

Rose has defeated former world champions Vivian Harris and Joachim Alcine but the light hitting Brit hasn’t been in with a pure boxing technician like Andrade, an athletic southpaw with tremendous speed and quickness combined with his deceptive power.

"I’ve seen clips of Rose," Andrade concluded. "He’s a straight-up boxer. I won’t know too much more until I get in the ring with him. I do know I’m not going 12 rounds with this guy."

Follow Demetrius Andrade on Twitter @BooBooBoxing.

 

 
 
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE GETS TITLE SHOT

By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

 

Junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian and a former world amateur champion from Providence, R.I., is headed to Ukraine for his first world title shot this summer.

Andrade, the mandatory challenger, will face titleholder Zaurbek Baysangurov, of Russia, on July 6 at the Palace of Sports in Kiev, Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia, Andrade's co-promoter, told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

The fight had been on the books since Baysangurov's promoter, K2 Promotions Ukraine, won a purse bid last month, but now the date and location are set.

"We're ironing out a few minor details, but for all intents and purposes the fight is done and it should be a good fight," DeGuardia said.

In mid-April, K2 Promotions Ukraine won the purse bid for the fight with an offer of $501,200 to top the only other bid, which was $401,000 made by Andrade's co-promoters, DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions. By winning the bid, K2 Promotions Ukraine had the right to determine the date and location for the fight.

"Certainly we'd like it to be in the United States and for Demetrius to fight the biggest fight of his career here," DeGuardia said. "You'd rather do that than make a 12-hour trip to get there and have to adjust to the time zones. It's always much easier to do it within driving distance, but the reality is that boxing is a world sport. It's not baseball, where you play all your games in the United States. Boxing is a world sport and the champion is from that region and they won the purse bid.

"We did all we could to get it here, and it didn't work. But Demetrius recognizes that this is his job and he has to go there and be the fighter that he is and win the fight. That is what it comes down to. He's traveled overseas for the Olympics and as an amateur. Now this is the pros and he's ready."

DeGuardia said there is no American television outlet for the bout at this point, but that he and Pelullo are working on it and hope to have something.

"We're trying to get American television," he said. "We want American television and Demetrius wants his biggest fight to be seen in the United States after having so many of the fights that got him here being on (ESPN2's) 'Friday Night Fights.'"

Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs), 25, is coming off a 10-round shutout decision victory against former welterweight world title challenger Freddy Hernandez on Jan. 25.

Baysangurov (28-1, 20 KOs), 28, will be making his third title defense. He made his first two in 2012, winning both by unanimous decision in Ukraine. He outpointed Michael Soro in May and defeated Lukas Konecny in October.

 

 
 
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE-ZAURBEK BAYSANGUROV IN TALKS
By Francisco Salzar

A possible showdown could be in the works between super welterweight world title holder Zaurbek Baysangurov and unbeaten contender Demetrius Andrade, promoter Art Pelullo told BoxingScene.com.

Art Pelullo, head of Banner Promotions, co-promotes Andrade along with Star Boxing Productions.

Pelullo further told Boxingscene.com that negotiations are underway with Baysangurov’s camp about a possible fight sometime in June.

Andrade, who is ranked number two by the WBO, is getting the opportunity to fight for a world title belt because he is the next fighter in line to face Baysangurov. The number one ranked contender, Vanes Martirosyan, was scheduled to fight on a Top Rank card in Macau on April 6th, but had to withdraw because of a thumb injury he suffered in training camp.

The Russian Baysangurov (28-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his world title belt with a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision over Lucas Konecny on October 6th in Kiev, Ukraine.

Although every promoter does what they could to ensure their fighter has every possible advantage in challenging for a world title belt, Pelullo has no problem having his guy fight abroad.

“We have no issues having him (Andrade) fighting in Ukraine,” said Pelullo, who is based out of Philadelphia. “Kiev is a lovely city. We’re happy to go over there and fight. I just believe that Demetrius wins the fight easily.”

Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs), from Providence, RI, won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Freddy Hernandez in Huntington, NY on January 25th. He is a former amateur champion and represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Francisco A. Salazar has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County Star newspaper. His twitter handle is Salazar_soccer and could be reached at santio89@yahoo.com

 

 
 

 
 

LAS VEGAS-BASED JEG BOXING RECEIVES BOXING PROMOTER LICENSE
12. January, 2013
Yvette
Behind The Velvet Rope

With years of boxing experience and partnerships, JEG Boxing finally steps into the ring

LAS VEGAS – January 10, 2013 – JEG Boxing Inc., a division of Las Vegas-based Justice Entertainment Group (JEG), recently received approval from the Nevada Athletic Commission to be sanctioned as a boxing promoter in the state of Nevada. With years of boxing experience, JEG Boxing Inc. can now produce its own events, co-present bouts with other promoters and create the fight cards for venues, hotels and casino properties, for what will surely be amazing future matches.

President & COO of JEG, Daren Libonati, is very familiar with the boxing landscape; having played an instrumental role from the venue side of many successful fights. His events included successful working relationships with boxing notables such as Bob Arum of Top Rank, Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, Don King of DKP and the Duva family at Main Events, as well as television networks Showtime, HBO and ESPN Friday Night Fights. During Libonati’s career as director of Thomas & Mack, he assisted in bringing more than 25 world championship fights to the venue. Eventually scouted to create a boxing mecca at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Libonati played a major role alongside Dennis Finfrock in developing what is now one of the most successful boxing venues in the country during his MGM tenure. It was a crucial time where the team set the blue print to create the best boxing partnerships and relationships within the sport at a new venue on The Strip.

“We’re excited to have extended our boxing brand, adding another spoke in our JEG wheel, and we look forward to bringing Las Vegas some exciting fights,” said Libonati. He continued, “As a full fledged entertainment company, we’re currently working on some huge events for the city, including a blowout weekend with an exciting boxing match alongside another major international soccer match just as we did with the Real Madrid vs. Santos Laguna last summer.”

In 2012, JEG Boxing Inc. partnered with Banner Promotions in promotional ownership of one of the most dynamic up-and-comers in boxing, junior middleweight, and former Olympian, Demetrius Andrade (18-0; 13 KO). Currently training for a career-defining match Jan. 25, 2013 against Freddy Hernandez, which will air live on Showtimes, Shobox series, Andrade is currently ranked #1 by IBF and #3 by WBO. A win would land Andrade as the top contender in each sanctioning body and place him in position to become a Junior Middleweight Champion in what is arguably the best division in boxing today.

The first fight from JEG Boxing Inc. is expected to take place in Las Vegas in 2013.

About Justice Entertainment Group

With more than 200 years of combined experience, Justice Entertainment Group, Inc.(JEG) is a full service entertainment, sporting and event company that specializes in successfully producing, promoting and providing event content for arenas, stadiums, theaters, nightclubs, casinos, hotels and television and motion pictures. Additionally, JEG promotes and produces concerts, festivals, provides venue management, creates individual content for private or commercial partners and properties, and manages a roster of up-and-coming talent. In 2012, JEG Boxing Inc., a division of JEG, received its boxing promoting license, allowing JEG to develop fight cards and create boxing events in the state of Nevada. JEG Boxing Inc. also has a promotional ownership, alongside Banner Promotions, of up-and-coming junior middleweight Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade.

 

 
 

Justice Entertainment Group Creates Boxing Division By Partnering With Banner Promotions
March 12, 2012 by GFL
Filed under: Boxing News

Las Vegas, NV (March 12, 2012) – Justice Entertainment Group (JEG) announced today that they have formed a new professional boxing division of their company. The full service entertainment, sports and event group will team up with veteran boxing promoter Banner Promotions to officially kick off this new division of their company.

“This is a great day for Justice Entertainment as we form our new JEG Boxing brand,” said JEG President and COO Daren Libonati. “It’s exciting to be on the fighter and business side of the fence again. I have been personally fortunate to have experienced so many different facets of the sport from the fighter, promoter, venue and hotel sides. We’re excited to use our collective experience with Banner Promotions to start this venture.”

Banner Promotions and Libonati have had a long working relationship promoting fights together. In 2009 Banner licensed Libonati’s idea for the first “Night of Combat” at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas as the first combined MMA and Boxing event done in the same ring. ESPN televised the Friday Night Fights series while HD Net picked up the MMA series. The event was free to the public and drew over 9,000 fans. Libonati has hosted and promoted numerous boxing events at different venues in Las Vegas including Thomas and Mack Center and the MGM Grand Garden Arena. While working at the MGM, Libonati worked with Dennis Finfrock and his team to create the first boxing Pay Per View event promoted solely by MGM.

“We are excited to assist Banner Promotions with several boxing opportunities while also building our own JEG Boxing brand,” said JEG Executive Vice President Jason Finfrock, who is also the son of Dennis Finfrock. “It’s a great honor to put boots on the ground and pick up where my father left off while being a catalyst for this wonderful sport. In addition to working with Banner, our goal will be to find and create new ways to build the JEG Boxing brand, its fighters and the unique opportunities the sport can and should offer to its fans.”

JEG and Banner will begin their relationship by acting as co-promoters for Light Middleweight fighter Demetrius Andrade. Andrade, 16-0 as a professional with 11 wins coming by way of knockout, is a two-time United States Amateur Boxing and United States Golden Gloves Champion. He is also a former member of the United States Olympic Boxing team, having competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing. Andrade began his professional boxing career in 2008.

“Banner Promotions is very excited about working with JEG Boxing,” said Banner President Art Pelullo. “I have known Daren Libonati for several years and we have developed a long standing friendship. Daren has a keen eye for talent and he loves boxing and understands the business of boxing. I look forward to our future endeavors with promoting boxing events with JEG Boxing.”

“Justice Entertainment Group is extremely enthusiastic about venturing into the world of boxing,” added JEG CEO and Chairman Susan Joseph. “We are especially excited about having such an experienced partner as Banner Promotions to learn from and guide us throughout this journey. We anticipate a very long and fruitful relationship.”

“We think that Demetrius is a tremendous fighter and we are excited to be working with him in conjunction with Art Pelullo and Banner Promotions,” said Libonati. “We believe in boxing and understand its strength as a global sport. We look forward to carrying the torch of the great promoters who have paved the way for us and look forward to creating new opportunities for sponsors and fans alike. The sport of boxing has never been greater around the world than it is today.”

About Justice Entertainment Group

Justice Entertainment Group, Inc. (JEG) is a full service Entertainment, Sports and Event company that specializes in producing, promoting and providing Entertainment and Sporting Event content for Arenas, Stadiums, Theaters, Night Clubs, Television and Motion Pictures. In addition, JEG promotes and produces concerts festivals, sporting events, as well as creating individual content for private or commercial partners and properties. Our strategic alliances allow us to provide heavy media exposure, ultimate marketing, unique platforms and cutting edge technology and tools to give our clients and events the ultimate opportunity for success. More information can be found at www.justiceentertainmentgroup.com.

 

 
 

Daren Libonati / Justice Entertainment Group

Las Vegas, NV -After ten years of being the executive director of the Thomas & Mack Center, Sam Boyd Stadium and Cox Pavilion, Daren Libonati has signed a contract to become the president and Chief Operating Officer of Justice Entertainment Group (JEG). Libonati will be joining long time entertainment veteran Susan Joseph, Chairmen of JEG.

“I’m so excited at the opportunities that exist throughout the world as it relates to entertainment and business,” said Libonati. “I have had so many wonderful mentors within the entertainment and live event industry over the past 25 years. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my ideas, and wrapping my arms around a handful of clients, who represent some of the unique sporting and entertainment companies today.”

Libonati became executive director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ three facilities in 2001. Over the years, he has maintained and built strong and profitable relationships with hotels, promoters and industry leaders. These partnerships resulted in events and sponsorships that increased revenue and shined a light on the facilities and Las Vegas. Events such as, The NBA All-Star game, PRIDE fighting Championships, Professional Bull Riders World Finals, Monster Jam , and USA Sevens Rugby , all contributed to the success of the facilities. The Thomas & Mack Center continually ranked in the top twenty of top-grossing NBA/NHL venues. Annually, the three facilities brought in over $275 million dollars in non-gaming revenue to Las Vegas.

In order to preserve the successful relationships between Libonati, his clients, and the facilities, Jim Livengood, athletic director of University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and Libonati are discussing opportunities.

“UNLV and the facilities have been an important part of my life,” said Libonati. “I started my career at the Thomas & Mack Center over 25 years ago working in the parking lot. It would be wonderful to continue working with the facilities and open new doors with JEG.”

Susan Joseph is an entertainment leader with over 35 years experience in the music and artist management industry. She began her career working for ISA, and shortly after was asked to assist the manager of Seals and Crofts. Joseph went on to represent herself managing multiples artists throughout her career ,including: Tower of Power, Eddie Kendricks, Olivia Hussey, Bobby Caldwel, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Neal Carter, Diane Warren, and Betrice Rosen. She opened up a music publishing company, Hidden Words Music, and has sold over 500 million records. Joseph continues to manage and book artists around the world.

“It is an understatement to say that we feel extremely privileged to have Daren Libonati join our organization. I can honestly say that he will be a tremendous asset to Justice Entertainment Group and their business model,” said Joseph. “His experience, his knowledge, his integrity and his work ethic is something that we have not encountered very often in our industry. We welcome him and look forward to a wonderful journey together. I can only say that Daren Libonati does ‘not need practice’ ”

Joseph and Libonati are confident that their combined 60 years of business and industry experience will lead to a wonderful and successful business relationship.

 

 
 

LAS VEGAS-BASED JEG BOXING RECEIVES BOXING PROMOTER LICENSE
Written by mpolitz on January 13, 2013 – 12:44 pm -

JEG Boxing Inc., a division of Las Vegas-based Justice Entertainment Group (JEG), recently received approval from the Nevada Athletic Commission to be sanctioned as a boxing promoter in the state of Nevada. With years of boxing experience, JEG Boxing Inc. can now produce its own events, co-present bouts with other promoters and create the fight cards for venues, hotels and casino properties, for what will surely be amazing future matches.

President & COO of JEG, Daren Libonati, is very familiar with the boxing landscape; having played an instrumental role from the venue side of many successful fights. His events included successful working relationships with boxing notables such as Bob Arum of Top Rank, Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, Don King of DKP and the Duva family at Main Events, as well as television networks Showtime, HBO and ESPN Friday Night Fights. During Libonati’s career as director of Thomas & Mack, he assisted in bringing more than 25 world championship fights to the venue. Eventually scouted to create a boxing mecca at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Libonati played a major role alongside Dennis Finfrock in developing what is now one of the most successful boxing venues in the country during his MGM tenure. It was a crucial time where the team set the blue print to create the best boxing partnerships and relationships within the sport at a new venue on The Strip.

“We’re excited to have extended our boxing brand, adding another spoke in our JEG wheel, and we look forward to bringing Las Vegas some exciting fights,” said Libonati. He continued, “As a full fledged entertainment company, we’re currently working on some huge events for the city, including a blowout weekend with an exciting boxing match alongside another major international soccer match just as we did with the Real Madrid vs. Santos Laguna last summer.”

In 2012, JEG Boxing Inc. partnered with Banner Promotions in promotional ownership of one of the most dynamic up-and-comers in boxing, junior middleweight, and former Olympian, Demetrius Andrade (18-0; 13 KO). Currently training for a career-defining match Jan. 25, 2013 against Freddy Hernandez, which will air live on Showtimes, Shobox series, Andrade is currently ranked #1 by IBF and #3 by WBO. A win would land Andrade as the top contender in each sanctioning body and place him in position to become a Junior Middleweight Champion in what is arguably the best division in boxing today.

The first fight from JEG Boxing Inc. is expected to take place in Las Vegas in 2013.

About Justice Entertainment Group

With more than 200 years of combined experience, Justice Entertainment Group, Inc.(JEG) is a full service entertainment, sporting and event company that specializes in successfully producing, promoting and providing event content for arenas, stadiums, theaters, nightclubs, casinos, hotels and television and motion pictures. Additionally, JEG promotes and produces concerts, festivals, provides venue management, creates individual content for private or commercial partners and properties, and manages a roster of up-and-coming talent. In 2012, JEG Boxing Inc., a division of JEG, received its boxing promoting license, allowing JEG to develop fight cards and create boxing events in the state of Nevada. JEG Boxing Inc. also has a promotional ownership, alongside Banner Promotions, of up-and-coming junior middleweight Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade.

 

 
 

Demetrius Andrade vs. Freddy Hernandez to headline SHO BOX on Jan 25
Published December 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and JEG Boxing present an evening of world-class professional boxing on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, January 25, 2013 at The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y.(SHOWTIME, 10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Headlining the event will be a sensational 10-round junior middleweight showdown between world ranked and undefeated Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (18-0-0, 13KOs) of Providence, R.I. and former world title challenger Freddy “EL Riel” Hernandez (30-3-0, 20 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Title.

Ranked #3 by the IBF, #3 by the WBO and #7 by the WBC, the 24-year-old southpaw Andrade is an amateur sensation with extensive international experience. He was considered the cream of the 2008 United States Olympic Team advancing to the quarterfinal round. He also won the Gold Medal in the 2007 World Championships, the first American do so since 1999.

Andrade’s 2012 campaign demonstrated his brutal knock out power with devastating early knockout wins over Angel Hernandez (KO in Round 2),Rudy Cisneros (KO in Round 1), , and Alexis Hloros (TKO in Round 2)..

However, Hernandez is certainly the biggest challenge of Andrade’s career. The hard-hitting Hernandez has faced numerous former world champions and contenders over his 11-year career and holds recent wins over Luis Collazo, Mike Anchondo and DeMarcus Corley.

On October 15, 2011, Hernandez dominated former world champion Collazo towards a ten round unanimous decision win. Most recently he challenged top contender Erislandy Lara on June 30, coming up short in a hotly contested 10-round bout in Indio, CA.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Demetrius to show the terrific fans at The Paramount and the ShoBox audience that he is deserving of his recognition as one of the best junior middleweights in the world. However, Hernandez is a tough, rugged fighter with a great deal of experience and is a true spoiler in the division,” said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing.

Stated Artie Pellulo of Banner Promotions, “We are very proud of Demetrius. This fight with Hernandez, which is a WBO Regional title fight is the next step towards a world championship.”

Tickets priced at $50, $100 and $150, will go on sale 10:00 am Friday through Ticketmaster, (www.Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000) or through The Paramount Box Office, (631) 673-7300 in addition to the Star Boxing Office, (718) 823-2000 or on their website, www.StarBoxing.com. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7PM with the first bell at 8PM.

The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, New York, 11743. For directions and more information, please visit their website at www.paramountny.com