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Roc Nation Sets First Boxing Card

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Roc Nation sets first boxing card

By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com


Jay Z's Roc Nation Announces 'Throne Boxing' Card

Dan Rafael discusses the significance of Roc Nation's announcement of a January card to be held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Music superstar Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports, which announced its entrance into boxing promotion in August, is set to put on its first card.

The company announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement for three cards to be televised on Fox Sports 1, with the first card of the series -- given the name "throne boxing" by Jay Z -- set for Jan. 9 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"All of us at Roc Nation Sports are thrilled to announce our first boxing event along with our first series and television deal," said David Itskowitch, the chief operating officer of Roc Nation Sports' boxing division. ""An evening of exciting fights, great music and fantastic entertainment will be a fitting way to kick off 'throne boxing,' a series that will stand alone on the boxing landscape."


The card will be headlined by welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KOs), of Washington, D.C., squaring off with Long Island's Tommy Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KOs), of Plainview, New York, in a scheduled 10-round bout. The rest of the card has not been announced...

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psylancer's Photo psylancer 12 Dec 2014

Very interesting that Roc Nation is in talks to buy Gary Shaw Productions, retaining Shaw's services in the proposed deal.
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johnnyblaze's Photo johnnyblaze 12 Dec 2014

 psylancer, on 12 December 2014 - 06:56 AM, said:

Very interesting that Roc Nation is in talks to buy Gary Shaw Productions, retaining Shaw's services in the proposed deal.
It's pretty much a done deal.

Zab's rumbling on twitter about Roc, so it looks like he may be in, too.
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HeSoNice's Photo HeSoNice 12 Dec 2014

I heard Zab will be brought on to wipe the blood off the canvas in between rounds na'm sayin
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Sudsysul's Photo Sudsysul 12 Dec 2014

Here comes more deep pockets.  Maybe Hayman was right all along.  Boxing's the only sport where more money makes for crappier fights.
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johnnyblaze's Photo johnnyblaze 12 Dec 2014

 Sudsysul, on 12 December 2014 - 02:04 PM, said:

Here comes more deep pockets.  Maybe Hayman was right all along.  Boxing's the only sport where more money makes for crappier fights.
What was Al right about?
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Sudsysul's Photo Sudsysul 12 Dec 2014

As more money comes into the fight game, promotional competition seems to water down fighting competition. The logic for the fighter then is to protect his record and reap the cash.  I have no beef with Hayman - making fighters money without them taking a pounding is his job, and it gets arguably easier with the addition of another promotion company.
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johnnyblaze's Photo johnnyblaze 15 Dec 2014

 Sudsysul, on 12 December 2014 - 04:03 PM, said:

As more money comes into the fight game, promotional competition seems to water down fighting competition. The logic for the fighter then is to protect his record and reap the cash.  I have no beef with Hayman - making fighters money without them taking a pounding is his job, and it gets arguably easier with the addition of another promotion company.
I don't remember reading that interview with Al.  You have a link?
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