Roc Nation Sports Signs 6 New Boxers
Roc Nation Sports reported yesterday that they have added 6 more boxers to their esteemed roster: Javier Flores (Welterweight), Sonny Fredrickson (Lightweight), Tyler McCreary (Featherweight), Wellington Romero (Junior Welterweight), Miguel Sanchez (Junior Middleweight), and Rudy Puga Jr. (Middleweight), have all signed exclusive promotional agreements. These additions come just one day after announcing their split with CAA Sports. The 6 new boxers will join Andre Ward, Dustin Fleischer, and Dusty Hernandez-Harrison representing the boxing division of Roc Nation Sports.
Roc Nation Sports started a boxing division back in August 2014 and hired David Itskowitch who has 18 years of boxing experience to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of its boxing division. Itskowitch served as the COO of Golden Boy Promotions before joining Roc Nation Sports.
The agency recently parted ways Gary Shaw Productions. Shaw sold his company to Roc Nation Sports and worked for the agency for less than a month before both parties decided to split. “We gave it a try and unfortunately it did not work out for both parties,” Shaw told ESPN.com. “It is an amicable separation. Roc Nation was very professional at our meeting and they allowed me to keep all of my fighters and my company, and terminate any agreements we had together. They gave me back my company.”
Roc Nation Sports spokesman Ron Berkowitz told ESPN.com, “Both parties decided to go their own way and we wish Gary nothing but the best.” The biggest immediate byproduct that Roc Nation Sports boxing division took is that they will not be involved in heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings’ title challenge against world champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 25 (HBO) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jennings is currently a big underdog with the fight projected to last over 6.5 rounds.
With a total of 9 boxers in their boxing division, Roc Nation Sports is staying true to its word when its President and Chief of Branding and Strategy, Michael Yormark told ESPN.com “We’re energized, and we’re going to make a difference. This is a huge priority to us. This is a highly serious business to us.”