On Saturday, October 4th, DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing will stage a thrilling SHOWTIME Boxing Special Edition headlined by reigning undefeated IBF champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (20-0-0-1NC, 12KO’s) defending his super featherweight title against former world title challenger and IBF #3-rated Fernando Saucedo (52-5-3, 8KO’s). The event will air live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 pm ET/PT from the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn. Appearing on the non-televised portion of the undercard will be popular Brooklynite and touted amateur Earl Newman making his highly anticipated pro debut.
After culminating his amateur career with a 55-7 record, the powerful 23-year-old Newman, from Flatbush, is eager to begin his journey in the paid ranks. “I’m excited to make my pro debut in a few weeks. I’m training hard and I’m looking forward to showcasing my skills and making a good impression for the fans at Foxwoods. As an amateur, I competed in the 201lb. weight class, and I’ll be debuting at cruiserweight, but I’m looking to eventually work my way down to light heavyweight,” said Newman. Now trained by Aureliano Sosa out of the Flatbush Cops and Kids boxing gym, the 6’3″ Newman began boxing in 2010, initially to simply lose weight.
His father took him to MMA and kickboxing gyms at first, but then it became apparent that Earl was better skilled at striking rather than wrestling, so he decided to strictly focus on boxing. “In 2013, I really made my mark as an amateur, winning the New York Golden Gloves, the National Golden Gloves in Utah, the National PAL tournament in Oxnard, CA, and the World Golden Gloves in Waldorf, MD. I participated in the World Series of Boxing in Germany and I also made it to the finals of the European Championships in 2013 and again this year. After winning the New York Golden Gloves for the second time this past April, I made the decision to turn pro,” Newman stated.
It was while winning the 2014 New York Golden Gloves tournament, held at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY, that Newman caught the eye of promoter Lou DiBella. “I covered Earl Newman as a commentator at this year’s New York Golden Gloves finals and was incredibly impressed. The fans in attendance at Foxwoods on October 4th will get to see the pro debut of a young man with star potential,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. Newman said, “I’m thrilled that DiBella Entertainment has given me the opportunity to make my pro debut on their card. Lou noticed me while commentating at the Golden Gloves finals. He introduced himself and said he was real impressed with the way I fought. I look forward to great things ahead. I’d like to stay active and steadily improve the level of my opposition. I truly believe that I will prove myself to be one of the top tier light heavyweights. I’ll do my part as a fighter and hope everything else falls into place.”
Additional undercard bouts will be announced shortly. Tickets, priced at $150, $90 and $45, are currently on sale and may be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods’ box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods’ box office. Tickets may also be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com. Doors open at 6:00pm, with the first bout scheduled for 6:30pm.