Promoters DiBella, Golden Boy add talent to their rosters

Light heavyweight Joseph Williams hopes to take his career to another level after signing with promoter Lou DiBella. Courtesy DiBella Entertainment

Promoters Golden Boy and Lou DiBella have added talent to their stables in recent days.

DiBella announced that he has signed unbeaten light heavyweight Joseph Williams (10-0, 7 KOs), 28, of Queens, New York.

"My team and I believe that I have the ability to become the best light heavyweight in all of boxing,” Williams said. “I know that Lou will provide me the platform and the opportunities to accomplish that."

As an amateur in 2012, Williams won the National Golden Gloves, competed in the Olympic box-offs and was a U.S. Olympic alternate. He also was a three-time New York Golden Gloves champion in addition to competed in the 2011 World Amateur Championships.

DiBella watched as Williams outpointed Chris Harris over six rounds on Aug. 21 on the Errol Spence-Leonard Bundu undercard and then signed him to a promotional agreement.

"Having seen Williams fight a few times, I am very impressed," DiBella said. "He is a big, strong kid and has tremendous power in both hands. He is managed by my good friend David McWater and we feel that Joseph has the potential to do big things in his career."

Said McWater: "We couldn't be happier or more excited to work with Lou. It is only fitting that I sign the best light heavyweight out of New York with the premier promoter, not only in New York, but on the entire East Coast."

DiBella has several light heavyweights in his promotional stable, including Edwin Rodriguez, former world title challenger Cedric Agnew, Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic and Travis Peterkin.

Golden Boy announced the signing of Puerto Rican featherweight Jesus Rojas (24-1-2, 17 KOs), 29, who won his first fight of the deal on Saturday in Puerto Rico, and 23-year-old Mexican junior welterweight Marvin Cabrera, who will have his first fight of the promotional agreement on Oct. 7 on Golden Boy’s “LA Fight Club” card. Cabrera is managed by former two-division world titleholder Daniel Ponce De Leon, whom Golden Boy promoted for much of his career.

"Jesus Rojas and Marvin Cabrera are a pair of young men we've been watching, and now that they are in a place to transition, we are honored to be able to work with them and help bring them to the top of the sport," Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya said. “Rojas and Cabrera have all the tools to become world champions, and in addition, they both have a rare star quality that will excite all Puerto Rican and Mexican fans in the United States and around the world."