As a franchise, the USA Knockouts will bring outstanding international boxing action to the country. The United States have struggled globally in the sport of boxing, coming off a disappointing performance at this summer’s London Games. USA Knockouts will assist in rebuilding the sport nationally and allow athletes to gain traction and success at an international level.
USA Knockouts will partner with Roy Englebrecht Promotions for their inaugural fight this season. Roy Englebrecht, a veteran in the boxing industry and promoter of the Fight Club OC series, which also calls The Hangar home, will serve as the squad’s operations consultant for the November event.
The Sports and Entertainment Company LLC is lead by boxing promotion and broadcast veteran Jon Franklin, the former Golden Gloves Marketing LLC President who has just returned from a stint as boxing broadcast chief at the London Olympic Games. “I am looking forward to seeing some of the same fighters we saw at the Olympics fight in America”, said Franklin, “November 15th will be a great evening of boxing”.
“I am pleased to assist in the launch of the World Series of Boxing’s USA Knockouts in Orange County, and am excited that they selected The Hangar at the OC Fair and Event Center as the team’s first venue. With the tremendous success of our Fight Club OC shows, our OC fight fans will also support the USA Knockouts,” Englebrecht said.
The 2012-13 USA Knockouts regular season will run from November to March with the first home match scheduled for November 15. The regular season will feature home and away match-ups with World Series of Boxing squads from the United Kingdom, Germany, Kazakhstan, Italy and Ukraine. World Series of Boxing franchises includes teams from Poland, Azerbaijan, Moscow, Argentina, Mexico and China and the Knockouts could face off with any of the international squads in playoff action in late spring.
World Series of Boxing competitors won seven medals at the 2012 Olympic Games, including two gold and the league will once again serve as a direct qualifier for the Olympic Games in 2016. Three members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing team, Rau’shee Warren, Joseph Diaz, Jr., and Terrell Gausha, competed in the World Series of Boxing prior to representing the United States in London.
The WSB uses a 10-point must scoring system for all of its bouts, which are contested in five weight divisions: 119 lbs, 134 lbs, 161 lbs, 185 lbs and 201+ lbs. Rankings are compiled both as a team and individually for playoff action, which will take place from March-May. World Series of Boxing is entering its third season of action as the first global boxing league. The first two seasons were broadcast in 29 countries to an audience of 58 million people worldwide. The USA Knockouts are scheduled to broadcast to more than 70 million households on regional sports networks in the United States.
2012 / 2013 COMPETITION SCHEDULE
WEEK DATE TIME HOME AWAY
1 Nov. 15 (Thursday) 7:30PM USA United Kingdom
2 Nov. 23 (Friday) 8:00PM Kazakhstan USA
3 Dec. 6 (Thursday) 8:00PM Germany USA
4 Dec. 14 (Friday) 8:00PM Ukraine USA
5 Jan. 11 (Friday) 8:00PM Italy USA
6 Jan. 18 (Friday) 8:00PM UK USA
7 Jan. 31 (Thursday) 7:30PM USA Kazakhstan
8 Feb. 7 (Thursday) 7:30PM USA Germany
9 Feb. 21 (Thursday) 7:30PM USA Ukraine
10 Feb. 28 (Thursday) 7:30PM USA Italy
*All times are in local time of Home Team / Post Season Matches to follow regular season