RODRIGUEZ, GRACHEV TO SPLIT $1 MILLION THIS SATURDAY
Press Release: Promoter Lou DiBella is entering a busy three-week stretch for his company DiBella Entertainment (DBE), starting with Edwin Rodriguez (23-0, 15 KOs) and Denis Grachev (13-1-1, 8 KOs) squaring off in the Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super 4 Finale in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The tournament, which began on March 30th, and is promoted by Rodney Berman's Golden Gloves, carries a $1,000,000 subject to a 60/40 split going to the tournament champion. Rodriguez-Grachev is scheduled for ten rounds at a catchweight of 171˝ lbs. Rodriguez-Grachev will be broadcast live in the United States on beIN Sport USA at 3:00pm ET.
It will also be transmitted live on top channels in many international territories including SuperSport in Africa; Space in Latin America; Al Jazeera Sport in the Middle East; beIN Sport France; Russia 2; BoxNation in the United Kingdom; and more.
The following Friday, July 19th, DBE will promote that week's edition of ESPN's Friday Night Fights from the historic Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire. In the ten-round main event, junior welterweight contender Olusegun Ajose (31-1, 14 KOs) takes on longtime lightweight contender "Hammerin" Hank Lundy (22-3-1, 11 KOs). Lundy is looking to bounce back after suffering consecutive losses to Raymundo Beltran (MD10) and Victor Postal (UD12).
The following Wednesday, July 24th, DBE teams up with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's SMS Promotions to bring a Broadway Boxing card to NYC's famed Roseland Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan. Headlining the card will be former junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (30-2, 8 KOs) as he takes on Jamaal Davis (14-9-1, 6 KOs). After nearly a two-year hiatus from the ring, Foreman returned in January of this year under the DBE banner and has reeled off two consecutive victories. Foreman is looking to return to his championship form, but must first get past Davis in their scheduled eight-rounder. Additional bouts will be announced shortly.
"The middle of July is chock-full of action for DiBella Entertainment and its fighters," stated DiBella. "This Saturday, Edwin Rodriguez faces the toughest challenge of his life in the finale of the Million Dollar Super 4 when he squares off against the tough-as-nails and fellow world-rated contender Denis Grachev. The following week, Ajose can re-emphasize his status as one of the top 140-pounders in the world with a victory over Hank Lundy. Then just a few days later, on June 24, we are excited to bring yet another exciting local NYC Broadway Boxing card headlined by Yuri Foreman on his championship comeback trail. That show is promoted in association with our great partner 50 Cent and everyone at SMS Promotions. The event will feature some of the most promising young prospects from both of our rosters."