New York, NY (9/5/14) – On Saturday, October 4th, DiBella
Entertainment and Warriors
Boxing will stage a thrilling SHOWTIME Boxing Special Edition with
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 main event is promoted in association with Sampson
Boxing. This card will air live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 pm ET/PT from the Fox
Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn.

In the co-feature, two highly ranked junior middleweights will collide
in an exciting
10-round matchup when Willie Nelson (23-1-1, 13 KO’s) faces Vanes
Martirosyan (34-1-1,
21 KO’s). This contest is promoted in association with Rumble Time
Promotions and
Goossen Tutor Promotions.

After defecting from his native Cuba, former amateur star Barthelemy
made his pro debut in 2009 and immediately began turning heads with
his electric
performances. Nicknamed “Kid Blast”, the highly gifted boxer with
devastating knockout
power in both hands quickly moved up the ranks of the 130lb. division. In June
2013, Barthelemy moved himself to the #1 spot in the IBF world ratings when he
scored a second-round knockout over contender Fahsai Sakkreerin with a single
body shot in their official IBF title eliminator.

Next up for Barthelemy was IBF champion Argenis Mendez this past
January. Barthelemy
took the fight right to Mendez and had him in trouble almost immediately in the
first round. In the second, Barthelemy landed a barrage of punches
to drop Mendez
with just under 15 seconds to go in the round. Mendez was able to
beat the count,
but, as the bell was sounding to end the frame, Barthelemy landed a
vicious combination
that knocked Mendez out cold. Initially, referee Pete Podgorski ruled
the victor by way of knockout. However, following review of the bout
weeks later,
the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry determined that
Barthelemy’s final
blows came after the bell had rung and changed the result of the fight to a ‘No
Contest.’ The IBF ordered an immediate rematch and the two met sixth
months later,
with Barthelemy winning by unanimous 12-round decision, officially
taking the IBF
belt from Mendez. Now, the 28-year-old Barthelemy is ready to make
the first defense
of his title when he takes on the tough Argentinean Saucedo.

Saucedo is no stranger to championship opportunities, having fought
for the Super
WBA world featherweight championship against long reigning champion Chris John
back in 2010. The bout against John was the last time that Saucedo
tasted defeat,
with the dogged Argentinean moving up in weight and reeling off 14 consecutive
victories. The move up in weight also seemed to have brought more
power to Saucedo’s
punches, as seven of his eight career knockouts have come during his
current winning
streak. Last year, Saucedo claimed the vacant WBC Silver super
featherweight championship
with a 12-round unanimous decision over Sergio Medina. Now, he is
looking to rip
Barthelemy’s IBF strap from around his waist when the two meet on October 4th.

“We are so excited that Showtime Boxing will be televising Rances Barthelemy’s
first defense,” said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing & Promotions,
LLC. “We believe that Rances will be a star for many years to come
and is showing
his mettle by fighting #3-ranked Fernando Saucedo in his first defense, who is
on quite a roll himself. Working with a great resort like Foxwoods and with my
friend Lou DiBella on this stellar show is a pleasure for us.”

A native of Cleveland, OH, Willie Nelson, rated #5 by the WBC, is one
of the most
talented and dangerous 154-pounders in the world. Since his lone loss
to once-beaten
Vincent Arroyo via majority decision on ShoBox in 2011, Nelson has
switched trainers,
moved up in weight and has never looked better, winning seven
straight bouts. Following
a 10-round unanimous decision over the 12-0 Yudel Johnson on
Showtime, Nelson has
scored sensational victories against the 13-0 John Jackson and 32-2
Luciano Cuello
via unanimous decision as well as a brutal first-round TKO of Michael
Medina. After
annihilating Darryl Cunningham inside one round on the Cotto-Martinez undercard
this past June, Nelson last fought and defeated the gritty Mexican 17-2-2 Luis
Grajeda on August 8. Showing tremendous heart, Nelson overcame a
couple moments
of adversity, getting tagged by Grajeda’s heavy hands, to outbox him
the rest of
the way en route to winning a 10-round unanimous decision. Nelson is
on the doorstep
to challenging for his first world title and is hungrier than ever to
get his shot,
but Vanes Martirosyan is standing in his way.

Martirosyan, an eight-time National champion, finished his amateur career with
a stellar 120-10 record prior to turning pro in 2005. Amassing
several minor title
belts, Martirosyan soon built a reputation as a dangerous 154lb. contender and
potential future champion. Between 2009-’11, Martirosyan picked up
WBA International and WBC Silver junior middleweight titles,
including an impressive
10-round unanimous decision victory over the 22-0 Joe Greene held at
Yankee Stadium.
In November 2012, Martirosyan challenged Cuban prodigy Erislandy
Lara, breaking
him down with pressure and a powerful right hand. However, following
a fight-ending
severe cut over Martirosyan’s left eye resulting from an unintentional clash of
heads, the bout was halted and ruled a draw on the scorecards. One year later,
Martirosyan received a shot at the vacant WBO title against the 19-0 Demetrius
Andrade, but he would ultimately suffer his first defeat via close,
split decision.
In his last bout, on March 21, 2014, Martirosyan scored a 10-round
unanimous decision
win over a tough Mario Lozano. Currently ranked #4 by the WBO, #8 by
the IBF and
#9 by the WBC, Martirosyan is zeroing in on another title
opportunity, but he must
first get by the resolute Nelson.

“I am excited to be co-promoting this event with Leon Margules and
Warriors Boxing,”
said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Willie Nelson
versus Vanes
Martirosyan is a great matchup between two of the better fighters in
the stacked
154lb. division. It is a tremendous opportunity for the winner to
catapult himself
to a world title shot in his next fight.”

“As Foxwoods strives to maintain our market leadership position in
casino sports,
boxing remains an important part of our overall entertainment
platform. Lou DiBella
is one of the best boxing promoters in the world and never fails to
deliver a world-class
event,” said Scott Butera, President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Additional undercard bouts will be announced shortly.

Tickets, priced at $150, $90 and $45, are currently on sale and can be purchased
online at, 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 . Doors open at 6:00pm, with
the first bout scheduled for 6:30pm.

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