New Boxing Series on CBS Sports

By Robert Ecksel on April 7, 2015
New Boxing Series on CBS Sports
"This superb card will get the CBS Sports Network series off to a tremendous start.”

“This is going to be a great year for televised boxing. It’s an honor to be working with such a prestigious television partner…”

Boxing, the most extraterrestrial sport, is going terrestrial.

Haymon Boxing isn’t the only company making a move on network TV. Greg Cohen Promotions (GCP) recently announced a multi-fight deal with CBS Sports to telecast live professional boxing, no less than 12 shows in the next 12 months, starting with “Championship Boxing” on April 17 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota.

In the 10-round main event, “Hurricane” Dennis Hogan (20-0-1, 7 KOs), hailing from Kildare, Ireland, gets it on with Philadelphia’s hard-punching Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson (22-4-1, 21 KOs) for the WBA Oceana championship. Hogan, 30, was a four-time national amateur champion with over 150 fights. He now lives and trains in Queensland, Australia. Brunson, also 30 years old, holds the record for consecutive first round knockouts with 19, a record formerly held by former world champion Edwin Valero.

In the 10-round co-main event, lightweight Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs), from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, will make the first defense of his WBC Continental Americas Championship against veteran Ira Terry (26-13, 16 KOs), aka Mr. Showtime, from Memphis, Tennessee. Luis, 27, is currently ranked #11 in by the WBA and #14 by the IBF.

In the eight-round televised opener, undefeated middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant (14-0, 8 KOs), from St. Paul, Minnesota, faces Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (22-10-2, 19 KOs), from Miami, Florida, via Barranquilla, Colombia.

“I am extremely proud to be unveiling this series with CBS Sports Network,” says Cohen. “This is a huge next step in the evolution of my company. This is going to be a great year for televised boxing and it’s an honor to be working with such a prestigious television partner to make it happen.”

Greg Cohen isn’t a household name, but that’s something he intends to change.

The founder and CEO of Greg Cohen Promotions was introduced to boxing in the late 1980s through his cousin, Marc Roberts of Triple Threat Enterprises, who signed heavyweight gold medalist “Merciless” Ray Mercer, junior welterweight Charles “The Natural” Murray, and light heavyweight Al “Ice” Cole out of the 1988 Olympics.

“I was a huge boxing fan growing up,” Cohen says, “and the opportunity to work in the sport for my cousin was like a dream come true. I was only 19 years old.”

More dreams were to come true.

“I brought in a sparring partner by the name of Jesse ‘Boogieman’ Ferguson. He and I started talking and he hadn’t fought in a while and he said to me, ‘If you can get me a fight, you can be my manager.’

“I got Jesse a fight with Oliver McCall in August of 1991. We lost a controversial decision, but it was my entrance into the boxing world as a manager. I ended up getting Ferguson a fight against Ray Mercer on the undercard of Riddick Bowe vs. Michael Dokes and he pulled off the upset. Then we got the shot at Riddick Bowe for the undisputed championship.”

Opportunity came knocking again in the late 1990s. Cohen made a deal with Cedric Kushner to buy into Cedric Kushner Productions, and he found himself, not unhappily, on the promotion end.

“We did shows in venues all over the world,” recalls Cohen, “South Africa, Europe, the United States. We had a deal with various Caesars’ properties around the country. We did tons of shows in NYC, major casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. We had Shane Mosley for many years, Hasim Rahman when he knocked out Lennox Lewis to win the title. We had Shannon Briggs when he beat George Foreman and went on to fight Lennox Lewis, and when he knocked out Sergei Liakhovich to win the title again. We had Chris Byrd when he won the title. The list goes on and on.”

“This superb card will get the CBS Sports Network series off to a tremendous start,” Cohen added, “and I’m happy we were able to put it together. Dennis Hogan is a future star in boxing and what better way to introduce him to the United States and the world than to have him face a deadly puncher such as Tyrone Brunson? Tony Luis will be defending his championship and we’ve got Minnesota’s boxing prodigy, Rob Brant in the opener. I want to thank all the tremendous team at the Grand Casino Hinckley for their tremendous support and we look forward to a groundbreaking world-class event.”

The live broadcast of “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network” will begin at 10:00 PM, ET. On fight night, the doors will open at 6 pm and the action starts at 7 pm. The Grand Casino Hinckley is located at 777 Lady Luck Drive in Hinckley, Minnesota. Tickets for “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network” start at $35 and can be purchased at the Grand Casino Hinckley Box Office from 8 am to 10 pm (1-800-GRAND21) or at all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.grandcasinomn.com.

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  1. nicolas 08:02pm, 04/09/2015

    I think we should ask Mr Cohen why is Buson getting any kind of title shot, being that he has lost four of his last five fights, and has been ko’d three of those times, the last by first round knockout. While Hogan is the WBA Oceana champ, please, this fight is for the WBA NABA USA Super welterweight title. Is Hogan moving from Australia to the USA. I will be working that Saturday, and have to say I really don’t have plans to tape or watch this show.

  2. Pete The Sneak 04:39am, 04/08/2015

    Wow, a boxing article that didn’t mention the PAC/MAY words….That in itself should tell you that Boxing has a life way beyond those two. Best of luck to Mr. Cohen in his boxing endeavors. This could very well be the start of something very special in our sport. Peace.

  3. Laurena 07:06pm, 04/07/2015

    I am really thrilled by this news. My grandpa is looking down and smiling… he sure loved his Friday Night Fights!

  4. Eric 07:00pm, 04/07/2015

    This could bring boxing back. Love those network fights of the 70’s & 80’s. Matt Franklin vs Marvin Johnson II, Foreman vs. Lyle, Holmes vs. Norton, and others were broadcast on good ole network television. And CBS Sports Spectacular had the coolest theme song on television. ELO’s “Fire On High,” gets my blood going even more than, “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:28pm, 04/07/2015

    I like his style….I like the way he’s gone about things and I wish him much success…..just needs to be a little careful about lining up guys like “Mr. Nocaut” who appears at this point to be an accident waiting to happen.

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