STAR BOXING is excited to announce the signing and Star Boxing debut of 24-year-old, Georgian native, GIROGI "GOGA" GELASHVILI (Kutaisi, Georgia, 5-1 3KO'S). Gelashvili began boxing at the age of 14 and had an impressive amateur career of 120 amateur fights, with 110 victories. He is an only child, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Gelashvili came to New York in pursuit of taking the next step in his professional career.
On March 9, at Turning Stone Resort & Casino on the undercard of the DIMTRY BIVOL vs JOE SMITH JR. WBA World Light Heavyweight Title Fight, Gelashvili will be facing heralded prospect, 18-year-old OTHA JONES III (Pro-Debut). Jones, a native of Toledo, had a remarkable amateur pedigree of 283-13, having won many amateur titles while representing Team USA, including gold at the United States National Championships (2x) and the World Championship Qualifier.
Gelashvili is ready for the challenge in facing Jones under the bright lights DAZN. "My opponent is good but not better than me. I am faster and stronger than he is. He grew up like a baby with everyone taking care of him" Gelashvili continued, "I grew up lonely in the street, fending for myself and I began this career lonely, so you see I have always been a fighter. Fighting to survive and now fighting to win. I thank God for giving me this opportunity to fight in the United States. I thank Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and DAZN for giving me the opportunity to showcase my fighting spirit. Finally, I thank my team at Guzman Boxing Academy and Universal Boxing Management. Now it's my time!"
MOISES ROMAN, advisor to Gelashvili, had this to say about the upcoming bout, "Before this fight came about, I signed Giorgi Gelashvili to an advisory contract and started negotiating with Joe DeGuardia, for a chance to have him compete on Star Boxing promoted cards, [but] when this fight was offered by Joe, we jumped right on it. It's a large venue, and a big platform to showcase Giorgi's talents" said Roman. "We are well aware of Otha's talents and many national titles at the amateur level in the US. Just like Otha, Giorgi has also competed in, and won, many national titles back in his home land and has competed in over 100 amateur fights. With that, I want to thank Joe DeGuardia for signing him to an exclusive promotional contract and also Matchroom for the opportunity to compete on DAZN."
Star Boxing head, JOE DEGUARDIA, had this to say about both the signing of Giorgi Gelashvili, and his great opportunity on March 9, "We think highly of Giorgi and he has been impressive in the gym. Most importantly, I respect that he was up for this challenge against one of the top prospects that is turning pro. Both Giorgi and Otha ought to be commended for fighting each other and I expect a very good fight."
Undefeated super bantamweight prospect, Eros Correa (6-0, 6 KOs), who is managed by Cali Boxing Management, makes his Bay Area, California, debut March 23, 2019, at the San Mateo Event Center in the 2,000 seat Fiesta Hall. Correa will battle former kick-boxer Zakaria Miri (0-1), who hails from Brussels, Belgium. The 4-round co-main event bout is being promoted by Ambition Empire Promotions. Headlining the 6-bout card will be San Francisco's top prospect, Willie "The Thrill" Shaw Jr. (9-0, 6 KOs) vs. Jose Marrufo (11-8-2, 1 KO) in an 8-round super lightweight contest.
"I've waited a long time to get a fight in the Bay Area and now its finally here," said Eros Correa, who resides in San Jose, CA. "I've been very busy this year having fought twice already, so I'm in great shape and I'll be at my best when I step in the ring on the 23rd. I can't wait to give my hometown fans a great night of boxing."
Correa, who has knocked out every opponent he's faced since turning professional in 2017, will look to continue his knockout streak when he faces Miri.
"As always, I'll be looking to end the fight early," continued Correa. "Miri is someone who has a lot of experience being that he comes from a kick boxing background, so I know it's going to be a tough fight. I'm prepared to go the distance if I have to, but I'll be gunning for the KO."
"Eros is very popular here in the Bay Area and we are expecting a lot of his fans to be in attendance," said Andrew Bocanegra, of Cali Boxing Management. "His crowd-pleasing style will be on display and everyone watching will see why we are so excited about his future."
"Eros is ready to go," said Jessie Sanchez, of Cali Boxing Management. "He's been fighting every month since December and the fans in attendance will see what all the hype is about."
The undercard will feature Richmond's Jasper McCargo (3-1, 2 KOs) vs. Merced's Nathan Sharp (3-0, 3 KOs) in a 4-round light-heavyweight bout. Cruiserweight's Andres Salas (3-0, 3 KOs) from Stockton and Vallejo's Fernando Caro (3-1) will square off in a 4-round heavyweight bout. San Jose's Ali Ahmed (1-1) vs. Matt Garvers (0-3) will serve as a 4-round lightweight bout. Iris Contreras (2-0) vs. Rebecca Light (1-2) will open the card in a super flyweight female bout.
MTK Global is delighted to announce a deal with Boxing Booth to act as advisors to Adam Booth’s elite stable of fighters.
The agreement sees the talented threesome of Ryan Burnett, Josh Kelly and Harlem Eubank ink advisory deals with MTK Global. All three train alongside established MTK Global stars Michael Conlan and Lucien Reid in Booth’s Surrey gym.
Multiple world champion coach Booth has long been regarded as one of the top minds in the game and he is confident teaming up with MTK Global will help bring more major honours to his gym.
Booth said: “Having got to know MTK Global over the last year through working with Michael Conlan, it’s a genuine pleasure to have such a company helping me with my business and stable of talented fighters.
“Business always evolves and, after working solo for 20 years, having MTK Global as an advisor will be an essential asset to continue adapting in the ever-changing landscape of the boxing world.”