Bluewave Boxing LLC announced today that rising bantamweight prospect Antonio Nieves of Cleveland, Ohio has signed an exclusive multiyear promotional agreement with promotional powerhouse Bluewave Boxing, LLC through its Director of Boxing, Luis DeCubas. Nieves, who’s currently undefeated in two professional bouts since just turning professional in November of last year, signed the agreement yesterday at his managers office located in Cleveland, Ohio. Nieves was among the nation’s elite amateur fighters compiling over 60 amateur bouts and making the 2012 Olympic Trials.
Cleveland is well known to have an outstanding pool of talent including current top prospects Mickey Bey (18-0-1), Mark Davis (16-0-0), Willie Nelson (18-1-1) and Shawn Porter (19-0-0) just to name a few. Boxing Hall of Famers includes the likes of Joey Maxim, Johnny Kilbane and Jimmy Bivins.
Nieves is extremely excited to be signed with Bluewave Boxing. “I’m really happy to have signed the agreement; Luis DeCubas has been in the sport more years than I’ve been born. He has the connections and resources to get me to the top of my division. I want to thank my parents and family for always supporting me, my manager, Tim VanNewhouse, my whole training team -- Joseph Delguyd, Francis Figueora and Cal Crowell. Also I’d like to say thanks to my fan base I know they will be proud of my decision,” said Nieves.
In his two professional outings, the 25-year old Antonio Nieves defeated DeWayne Wisdom (2-4-0, 1 KOs) and Jesus Gonzalez (0-2-0) via unanimous decisions. Nieves who has a pretty large fan base in Cleveland hopes that he can continue to fight in his hometown. His new promoter doesn’t seem that will be a problem. “I work closely with Antonio’s manager, where we just recently signed another Cleveland favorite undefeated jr. lightweight prospect Mark Davis (16-0-0) together with Leon Margules from Warriors Boxing. We plan to build Antonio into a star and keep Davis and him fighting on the same cards as much as we can. I’m sure we can give Nieves the platform he needs to get to the top,” stated DeCubas.
“I’m very pleased of the signing. The negotiations went smooth; all the legal work done by Mark E. Fisher of The Fisher Law Firm, P.L. and Joe Delguyd of Joseph A Delguyd Co., LPA was handled very professionally. I just recently signed Nieves as his manager and I’m confident Bluewave will give him the opportunities we need to become a World Champion. The promotional signing just makes my job so much more rewarding,” said Tim VanNewhouse.
Nieves is expected to return to the ring in August or September and Bluewave Boxing will announce a date for his opponent soon. You can follow Antonio Nieves on twitter @antiononieves10