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September 14, 2017


Pres Release: After attracting more than 200,000 viewers in each of its last two shows, Facebook FightNight Live continues its September programming by aligning with one of the longest-running fight series anywhere. The broadcast platform now partners with DiBella Entertainment to deliver the next edition of the promotion's Broadway Boxing live from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

"I am thrilled to bring Broadway Boxing to such a wide-reaching social media platform as Facebook via FightNight Live," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "We are streaming the entire card for free and will have a terrific team of commentators calling the action, with Showtime's Corey Erdman, boxing/MMA star Heather Hardy, and Hartford, Connecticut's former world title challenger John Scully. Viewers will be treated to a great lineup featuring New England heavyweight champion Alexis Santos facing Ireland's Niall Kennedy in the main event, along with middleweight contender Ievgen Khytrov, popular female fighter Shelly Vincent, East Hartford's Mykquan Williams and other local talent on the undercard."

Headlining the night in a ten-round heavyweight battle of local rivals, Alexis Santos (18-1, 15 KOs), of Lawrence, Mass., clashes with Ireland's Niall Kennedy (8-0, 5 KOs), fighting out of Boston, Mass. 

Middleweight Ievgen "The Ukranian Lion" Khytrov (14-1, 12 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., battles Derrick "Superman" Findley (27-21-1, 18 KOs), of Gary, Ind., over eight rounds. 

New England fan favorite "Marvelous" Mykquan Williams (7-0, 4 KOs), of East Hartford, Conn., will return against Evincii Dixon (7-19-2) of Lancaster, Penn., over six rounds. 

In a special feature attraction women's eight-round junior lightweight battle, Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent (19-1, 1 KO) squares off against Angel "Nonstop" Gladney (9-12-1, 6 KOs).

"We've seen Facebook FightNight Live grow into a truly global platform over the first five months, and we're pleased that so many promoters have taken notice. Friday's card with DiBella Entertainment features quality bouts with international standouts and regional stars, and we're excited that a long-running, high-quality series like Broadway Boxing has found a new home on Facebook," said Mark Fratto, Principal and Director of Business Development, Linacre Media. 

Over the first five months of programming, the numbers on the FightNight Live series have shown an average of more than 113,000 fight fans tuning in per event. The Sept. 9 "Real Deal Promotions: Empire State" from Resorts World Casino (224,658), the August "Super Saturday" from Foxwoods (203,000), the July Roy Jones Jr. "Desert Showdown" from Phoenix (63,000), the May "Slugfest at the Sun" from Mohegan Sun (45,000) and the June "Rosemont Rumble" from Chicago (32,000) saw a total of more than 12,700 total hours of Facebook video consumed by 567,000-plus users across all devices.


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