Promoter Lou DiBella likes his middleweights. He helped guide Bernard Hopkins to the undisputed title in 2001. He did the same with Jermain Taylor, and he promoted Sergio Martinez throughout his title reign, which came to an end Saturday night at the hands of Miguel Cotto.
DiBella has also promoted 160-pound contenders such as Matthew Macklin and Andy Lee. And now he is stocking up at 160 again.
DiBella recently signed amateur middleweight standouts Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Ivan Golub of Ukraine and on Tuesday announced that he has signed two more middleweight prospects: Eduardo Alicea (6-0, 3 KOs) and Paul Littleton (8-0-1, 5 KOs).
“The middleweight division has always been one of boxing's elite weight classes, and it is once again today,” DiBella said. “We just recently added two of the best amateur boxers in the world to the DBE roster and we are now adding these two undefeated prospects to our growing stable. We truly feel that these talented fighters, in addition to fellow DBE middleweight prospect Lamar Russ, make up the best young group of middleweights in all of boxing. We are excited to be working with each and every one of them.”
Alicea, 23, who is trained by Robert Garcia, was 143-16 as an amateur and won at the 2007 national Junior Olympics. He’s been a pro since 2011 but had promotional and managerial issues. DiBella is co-promoting Alicea with Steve Smith's Rumble Time Promotions.
Alicea’s next fight will be June 27 at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri, on an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” undercard. Golub will make his pro debut on the same card.
Littleton is a former Chicago Golden Gloves champion. He and Derevyanchenko will have their first bout with DiBella this summer on one of his Broadway Boxing cards.