Iron Mike Productions

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Iron Mike Productions (formerly Acquinity Sports) is a boxing promotion company, based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States. Acquinity Sports was founded in 2012 by Garry Jonas, CEO of Acquinity Interactive.[1] Jonas partnered with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 2013, and changed the name of the company to Iron Mike Productions. They represent a diverse roster of boxers., including two-time Iraq War Veteran and undefeated Sammy Vazquez, Jr., Ukrainian amateur world champion, Ivgen Khytrov, super bantamweight champion JC Payano, and top U.S. amateur prospect, Erickson Lubin.

Key people[edit]

Garry Jonas, CEO
Azim Spicer, COO
Mike Tyson, President

Fighters[edit]

Name Division Nationality
Argenis Mendez Super Featherweight  Dominican Republic IBF Super-Featherweight Championship of the World
Claudio Marrero Featherweight  Dominican Republic Current WBA-NABA & FEDELATIN Champion, #2 WBA, #8 IBF
Juan Carlos Payano Bantamweight  Dominican Republic Current WBA FEDELATIN Champion, WBA #6
Isiah Thomas Light Heavyweight  USA Current WBA-NABA Light Heavyweight Champion, #10 WBA
Domonique Dolton Light Middleweight  USA Current WBA-NABA Champion, #12 WBA
Yudel Jhonson Light Middleweight  Cuba 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist
Felix Diaz Welterweight  Dominican Republic 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexei Collado Super Bantamweight  Cuba Undefeated
Farid Aghayev Middleweight  Azerbaijan Undefeated
Lenin Castillo Light Heavyweight  Dominican Republic 2008 Olympian
Moises Flores Super Bantamweight Mexico Mexico Undefeated
Ed Paredes Welterweight  USA Current WBC Latino & WBA-NABA Champion, #3 WBA, #3 WBC, #14 IBF, #11 WBO
Humberto Savigne Light Heavyweight  Cuba Current WBC #7
Albert Bell Super Featherweight  USA Pro Debut
Joan Guzman Light Welterweight  Dominican Republic 2X World Champion, Current #5 WBA
Erickson Lubin Welterweight  USA Pro Debut
Dennis Galarza Super Featherweight  USA Pro Debut

Two-time world champion Guzman, nicknamed "Baby Tyson" signed on with Acquinity in January 2012. At the time he had been struggling with weight issues, but Jonas expressed confidence in Guzman's ability and dedication, noting that Guzman had increased his practice, improved his diet and "grown up. In his first fight for Acquinity, which aired on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, Guzman faced Jesus Pabon and scored a KO, his first in 10 fights. Recently he lost in a controversial split decision to Khabib Allakhverdiev for the WBA World Title 11-30-2012. Guzman broke his leg in the 8th round and was unable to continue.

Notable events[edit]

Acquinity Sport's debut event was held on January 7, 2012 at Hollywood’s Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, and was featured as the season opener of Telefutura's Solo Boxeo series.[2] Its second major event, branded "D-Day, Dominican Domination" aired on ESPN 2's Friday Night Fights on March 2, 2012, and featured headliner Joan "Baby Tyson" Guzman, who had recently signed on with Acquinity Sports. On November 30, 2012, Acquinity and bsavings.com presented a combination boxing-music event. Dubbed "Beatdown 2012," it featured a championship fight between Guzman and Khabib Allakhverdiev, followed by musical performances by Fabolous, Flo Rida, Waka Flocka, DMX, Travis Porter and Fat Joe.[3]

Name change[edit]

In 2013 Acquinity CEO Garry Jonas and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson partnered and formed Iron Mike Productions. This marked the hall-of-famer's return to boxing since his last appearance in the ring in 2005. The new promotion company's debut will take place on August 23, 2013 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Garry Jonas – CEO of Acquinity Sports /". Iron Mike Productions. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Ed Paredes Looks To Put on a Show at Turning Stone - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  3. ^ Anthony Hernandez (2012-11-29). "Beatdown 2012 at BB&T Center November 30 - - Music - Miami". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 

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