JAY-Z THROWS HIS (YANKEES) HAT INTO BOXING
Los Angeles, CA- As many of you may know, rapper and very successful entrepreneur Shawn Carter, also known as “Jay-Z“, has recently become a boxing promoter. Roc Nation Sports, a company that manages prominent athletes like the NBA’s Kevin Durant and the NFL’s Dez Bryant, has begun promoting boxing cards. Their first card took place on January 9 of this year at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The Fox Sports 1 broadcast of Throne Boxing was not a success in terms of ratings, and appears to have done somewhere below 660,000 viewers. Still, Roc Nation is a powerful force in the world of entertainment, and has the potential to shake up the world of pugilism.
ROC NATION ON A SIGNING SPREE
A merger with Gary Shaw Productions in January has increased the Roc roster dramatically. Top lightweight (135) Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KO), junior welterweight (140) contender Thomas Dulorme (22-1, 14 KO), and rising middleweight (160) Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KO) are now members of Roc Nation, along with several other fighters. Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-0, 10 KO), another new addition to Roc Nation, will challenge the long-reigning Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KO) for the recognized heavyweight (200+) championship of the world at the Madison Square Garden on April 25. The crown jewel of the Roc Nation stable, however, is lineal super middleweight (168) champion Andre “Son Of God” Ward (27-0, 14 KO). Ward is ranked in the top 5 pound-for-pound by virtually every publication you can get your hands on, and is considered one of the best fighters of this generation. Ward fought for years to get out of his promotional contact with Goossen Promotions, and sacrificed a few quality years of his prime in the process. Under Roc Nation, fans will hopefully get a chance to see one of the best in the ring more frequently than they have the last few years.