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," said Newman. "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."
"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," Newman stated. "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."
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," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "The fans in attendance at Foxwoods on October 4th will get to see the pro debut of a young man with star potential."