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*New York, NY/Miami, OK (4/21/17) – *Tonight at Buffalo Run Casino, in
Miami, OK, US Olympian Charles Conwell makes his much-anticipated pro
debut, as part of an event promoted by Holden Productions and DiBella
Entertainment. Although the contracted weight limit was 157 pounds, Conwell
weighed in at a trim and ready 154 pounds, hungry to prove that he is
serious about becoming a force in the junior middleweight division.

Conwell, of Cleveland, OH, comes from a boxing family, as he and all eight
of his siblings were enrolled in the sport at a young age by their father
Charles Sr. A highly accomplished amateur who represented the United States
in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Conwell amassed an impressive record of 132-14
and was also an 11-time National champion. Co-promoted by DiBella
Entertainment and Holden Productions, and managed by David McWater’s
Split-T Management, the 19-year-old Conwell is anxious to test his
fan-friendly style in the pro ranks.

“I’m really looking forward to making my pro debut. I’ve been training at
Soul City Boxing Club in Toledo, OH, working on my speed and power, and
getting sparring from all different styles. I know I’ll have to be ready to
adjust to anything as I progress,” said Conwell, now a member of Holden
Productions’ Four State Franchise. “I’m very grateful for the team I have
behind me. With my promoters DiBella Entertainment and Holden Productions
and my manager David McWater, I know that my career is in good hands and
that I will become a world champion with them guiding me along the way. A
lot of great fighters have come out of Cleveland and I am determined to
continue that legacy.”

“Tonight is the start of a very bright career for Olympian Charles
Conwell,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “He has the
charisma and talent to become a true star in the sport. By weighing in at
154 pounds when the contracted limit was 157 shows me just how dedicated he
is to achieving his dream. He had great success as a middleweight amateur;
he will be even stronger and more dominant at 154.”

Headlining tonight’s event, promoted by Holden Productions and DiBella
Entertainment, is Australian Billel “Baby Face” Dib (21-1, 10 KOs) facing
Cleveland’s Yuandale Evans (18-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant
WBA-NABA junior lightweight title. Both Dib and Evans weighed in at 130
pounds. Conwell’s half-brother Isaiah Steen (6-0, 5 KOs), who weighed in at
164 pounds, also fights on the card.

* In May of 2000, Lou DiBella launched DiBella Entertainment (DBE), a
full-service sports and entertainment company, which has become one of the
most successful promotional entities in boxing. Serving as matchmaker,
television distributor, marketing advisor, and promoter, DiBella has
developed an exciting stable of championship caliber, world-class fighters.
DBE clearly established itself as an industry leader with the successful
launch of its monthly-televised “Broadway Boxing” series in April 2004.
Prior to becoming a promoter, DiBella held an 11-year tenure as the Senior
Vice President of HBO Sports. He is also a well-known fixture in the film
industry, having worked as an Executive Producer for the film “Love Ranch”,
as an Associate Producer on “The Fighter”, and making his acting debut in
“Rocky Balboa”. The President and Managing General Partner for the Richmond
Flying Squirrels baseball team, DiBella proudly wears his 2010, 2012 and
2014 World Series rings, as his team is the class AA affiliate to the San
Francisco Giants. In 2014, DiBella was inducted into the New York State
Boxing Hall of Fame. *
Tony Holden, a former television producer, started in boxing in 1990 when
he formed Holden Productions. Holden has promoted numerous world champions
and stars, some of whom started their careers under his wing. They’ve
fought on all of the major television outlets, both domestically and
internationally. Currently, Holden Productions’ “Four State Franchise” is a
major draw at the Buffalo Run Casino and their cards are always sold out.
Current and former fighters include boxing greats Tommy Morrison, Johnny
Tapia and Prince Naseem Hamed, Joe Mesi, Olympian Zahir Raheem as well as
Trey Lippe-Morrison, and Ivan Baranchyk, among others.