November 16, 2017


For Immediate Release:

Fan-friendly fight series approaching one million views after six months and eight shows.


Brooklyn, NY – This Friday night, Facebook FIGHTNIGHT LIVE will collaborate with Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions once again to showcase top-notch talent during a special one-hour attraction live from America’s Heartland. Fans from across the globe can catch all the action beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT (local time) from WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa, on any device wherever Facebook is available, as the series continues to build with a ninth show on the six-month-old platform.

Undefeated Max “Baby Face Assassin” Ornelas headlines this exciting fight card. Ornelas (9-0) is considered by many to be a blue-chip prospect in the sport of boxing at the 118lbs (bantamweight) division. Ornelas is also enrolled full time at The University of Las Vegas (UNLV) and was last seen back in July when he defeated the previously unbeaten Leopoldo Matinez (6-1) from Laredo Texas by way of a 5th round TKO in Arizona. Ornelas is taking a huge leap in competition as he takes on the WBA #14 contender and reigning WBA Pan-African Champion Nick Otieno (31-11) from Kenya, Africa in a 10-round main event.

Just to show the vast discrepancy in experience, Otieno has more bouts (42) fought in his professional career than Ornelas has rounds fought (34); not to mention the quarter of a century age gap (19 and 44). Otieno, who in his last fight, defeated Haji Juma (17-9) in Kenya for the vacant WBA Pan-African Championship. He will be making his USA debut when he takes on Ornelas on Friday November 17 at the WinnaVegas Casino Resort. Otieno has won 10 out of his last 12 and has never been stopped or even knocked down. Nick will pose the biggest and most difficult test in the young career of Ornelas. On the other hand, a victory over Otieno will be a huge accomplishment for Max and solidify his place among the Bantamweight ranks.

“It’s an exciting time for the boxing community now that Roy Jones Jr. Promotions can help showcase the undercard tomorrow night,” stated Keith Veltre, CEO and Co-Founder, Roy Jones Jr. Promotions.

Keith Veltre, CEO and Co-Founder, Roy Jones Jr. Promotions

Keith Veltre, CEO and Co-Founder, Roy Jones Jr. Promotions

“We know that the young talent can’t always have their family and friends in the stands for support, so we are proud to be able to help them showcase their talent for all the world to see on Facebook FIGHTNIGHT LIVE.”

“Roy Jones Jr. and I are honored to be a part of the Winnavegas Casino Resort team.” stated Keith Veltre, CEO and Co-Founder of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. “My team has been welcomed with open arms from the staff and we could not be more excited to showcase our talent in Iowa. It is always exciting to give the fight fans, not only a stellar fight card, but as well to bring them the one and only Roy Jones Jr. himself.”

Boxing Legend and future first ballot Hall of Famer, Roy Jones Jr will be in attendance to watch all the festivities.

The one-hour show on Friday will feature some of RJJ Promotions’ up-and-coming attractions, along with some outstanding Midwest and West Coast brawlers. Fighters expected to be delivered exclusively via the Facebook platform include Arizona’s Abel Ramos (18-2, 13 KOs), Chicago’s Nathaniel Gilmore (19-1, 16 KOs), and California’s undefeated Hector Lopez Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs). They’ll take on a trio of Mexican-born battlers in Cesar Soriano (Mexico City), Esau Herrera (Mexico City) and Israel Rojas (Sonora) who have combined for 62 victories, collectively.

“The FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series continues to grow, from New York to Connecticut to Chicago to Phoenix to New England, and now a great opportunity in the Midwest, with much more to be announced. We’re pleased to be able to work with national promoters like Roy Jones Jr. and Keith Veltre to provide this service to fight fans everywhere,” said Mark Fratto, Principal of Linacre Media.

Mark Fratto, Principal of Linacre Media.

Mark Fratto, Principal of Linacre Media

“And the numbers, which have been phenomenal, don’t lie. We look forward to reaching our millionth fan before the New Year in only eight months, and we’re so grateful for everyone’s support.”

Over the first six months of programming, the numbers on the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series have showed promise and potential for the new platform with an average of almost 106,000 fight fans tuning in per event. The Sept. 9 “Real Deal Promotions: Empire State” from Resorts World Casino (225,000), the August CES “Super Saturday” from Foxwoods (203,000), the Sept. CES “Twin River Twinbill” from Lincoln, R.I. (157,000), the Sept. Star Boxing “Showdown at the Paramount” from Long Island (92,255), the July Roy Jones Jr. “Desert Showdown” from Phoenix (63,000), the May “Slugfest at the Sun” from Mohegan Sun (45,000), the June “Rosemont Rumble” from Chicago (32,000) and the Sept. DiBella “Friday Night Foxwoods Fights” (32,000) saw a total of more than 15,000 total hours of Facebook video consumed by 847,500-plus users across all devices.

Mark Fratto, Principal of Linacre Media

Mark Fratto, Principal of Linacre Media

In addition to the raw viewership numbers, the fully-interactive, fan-friendly productions have seen more than 126,000 collective live post engagements (15,800-plus per show), including almost 90,000 “likes” or “loves,” almost 15,000 comments and 4,400-plus shares. FIGHTNIGHT LIVE broadcasts are viewed by 76 percent men, 24 percent women. The top demographic is comprised of males ages 25-34, which encompasses approximately 29.6 percent of the audience, on average.

The Sept. 9 “Real Deal Promotions: Empire State” set a new bar with 224,658 views and the Sept. 15-16 DiBella-CES doubleheader carried the series to three-quarters-of-a-million views in just over four months. The Aug. 26 Foxwoods “Super Saturday” show stands out individually with 3,336 live hours of content viewed, while the Sept. 15 DiBella card saw more than 40,000 viewer interactions including almost 39,000 “likes” or “loves.”

On Friday night, Nov. 17, live from WinnaVegas, fans can expect a high-impact, multi-camera streaming experience complete with graphics, animations, replays, interviews and an announce team anchored by Sean Wheelock, Jim Grieshaber and Patrick Ortiz. To provide spectators with a fully-interactive ringside experience, commentators will ask and respond to questions from the Facebook audience throughout the broadcast.

Tickets, priced at $60.00 ringside, $40.00 VIP Reserved ringside, $25.00 and $10.00 general admission, are on sale at Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.



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About Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions:

Co-founded in 2013 by 10-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. and Keith Veltre, Roy Jones, Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions is on its way to reinventing boxing. RJJ has already made a huge impact in the boxing community in a few short years. Creating exhilarating content for CBS Sports, Showtime, ESPN and beIN Sports in some of the finest venues across the country, RJJ has proven to that we are conquering the sweet science of the sport.

Based in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, NV, Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions is climbing to the top at a fast pace, adding young talent to its growing stable such as Super Featherweight Bryan Vasquez, Super Bantamweight Joseph Agbeko, Super Flyweight Aston Francis Palicite, Lightweight Ismail Muwendo & Demond Brock, Super Lightweight Emmanuel Robles, Super Welterweight John Vera & Daniel Rosario Cruz, Super Featherweight Randy Moreno, Bantamweight Max Ornelas, Welterweight Flavio Rodriquez, Cruiserweight Adrain Taylor and Middleweight Shady Gamhour.

About beIN Sports:

Launched in 2012, beIN SPORTS is the fastest growing global sports network in the U.S. and is offered on the 10 largest cable/satellite TV providers in the U.S., as well as other systems across the country. beIN SPORTS offers viewers premium sports content and entertainment across multiple platforms including TV channels beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español and live streaming on beIN SPORTS CONNECT. A cornerstone of beIN SPORTS is its unrivaled live soccer coverage, which includes live matches from La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, NASL, and CONMEBOL/CONCACAF/CAF World Cup Qualifiers, as well as news and in-depth analysis of all the top leagues from around the world. In addition to soccer, beIN SPORTS serves as a haven for fans of motorsports, tennis, rugby, boxing, mixed martial arts (MMA) and volleyball, among others. With the recent addition of Conference USA coverage, beIN SPORTS will also broadcast College Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball,Soccer, Baseball, Softball, and Volleyball. Thru beIN SPORTS CONNECT, authenticated subscribers can also enjoy all the exciting action from the two networks and stream live overflow matches offered in HD on your computer, tablet or smart phone.


Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions: Lisa Veltre, (702) 522-1636,

beIN Sports: Juan Ocha, (305) 777-1900,

About Linacre Media:

Linacre Media

Linacre Media

Created and produced by Linacre Media out of New York City, the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series features professional announcers, multiple camera angles, television graphics, replays and behind-the-scenes access and interviews. The streamed shows are available globally wherever Facebook is available. The initiative not only enables fans from around the world to tune in, but also gives up-and-coming fighters a global platform to showcase their abilities, gives promoters an accessible “broadcast” solution and gives sponsors the ability to reach a mass audience via branded content.

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