GREG COHEN SIGNS ARASH USMANEE
Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions announced the signing of Afghani-Canadian super featherweight Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs) to a promotional contract. The 31-year-old Usmanee was a five-time Canadian champion as an amateur. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Usmanee and his family moved to Alberta, Canada, when he was three years old. He now resides in Montreal. Usmanee's only career defeat was a controversial decision loss to Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy on January 4, 2013. Fighting in Barthelemy's adopted home of Miami, Florida, Usmanee appeared to take the fight over at the midway point and grew more dominant as the rounds wore on. However, the judges saw it another way. Paul Keefe will continue on as Usmanee's manager and ex-champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad as trainer.