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WBA Champion David Avanesyan Battles Former Two-Time World Champion Lamont Peterson in Welterweight Title Defense & Unbeaten Contender Marcus Browne Takes On Former Title Challenger Thomas Williams Jr. In Light Heavyweight Showdown
Live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Saturday, February 18 From the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (January 24, 2017)
-WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) will defend his title against former two-time world champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) in a 12-round matchup that serves as the co-main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Televised coverage on SHOWTIME begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten light heavyweight contender “Sir” Marcus Browne (18-0, 13 KOs) meeting hard-hitting former title challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round showdown. The event is headlined by former four-division world champion Adrien Broner taking on hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados.

“It is a great pleasure for me to be defending my world title in the U.S. against a very good opponent in Lamont Peterson,” said Avanesyan. “I am the champion and come February 18 I will remain champion. This fight gives me a great opportunity to let the U.S. know what I’m about and put me in a position to fight the top fighters in the division. This will be a difficult defense but I am ready to show everyone how good I am.”

“I’m extremely excited about getting back in the ring and fighting on SHOWTIME again,” said Peterson. “I’ve been working hard in the gym and I’m ready to give my fans the kind of show they deserve. I know this guy is coming in with a lot of confidence from that belt, but I believe I’m the better fighter and I’ll prove it on February 18.”

“I’m ready to go to work and fight,” said Browne. “It doesn’t matter if I am the underdog; so be it. Let me be the underdog. I just want to beat this guy up. This is who I wanted to fight. I am fired up about this one and I can’t wait until February 18.”

“On February 18, I’m not leaving anything up to the judges,” said Williams Jr. “I think Marcus has gotten some gifts in the past, so I’m not leaving this up to anyone but myself. I wanted to stay in the mix. I don’t need a tune-up. I’ve been fighting since I was five-years-old. I just need to get in there and fight. I think this is going to be a really good battle.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions and Mayweather Promotions in association with TGB Promotions and K1 Promotions, are priced at $250, $100, $75, $50 and $30, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Fighting out of Russia, Avanesyan defended his interim world title in his last outing when he defeated former three-division world champion Shane Mosley by unanimous decision last May. The 28-year-old is undefeated in his last 22 pro fights since dropping a six-round decision in his second pro fight. Avanesyan picked up his interim belt with a ninth-round stoppage of Charlie Navarro in November of 2015.

Discovered as a child by trainer Barry Hunter while homeless on the street with his brother Anthony, Peterson has one of the best rags to riches stories in the sport. A pro since 2004, he owns victories over Victor Manuel Cayo, Kendall Holt and Dierry Jean in addition to the world title winning performance against Amir Khan, which he successfully defended three times. The Washington, D.C. native defeated previously unbeaten Felix Diaz in his last outing in October 2015.

The 26-year-old Browne defeated previously unbeaten Radivoje Kalajdzic in April 2016 after a big 2015 that saw him defeated veteran contenders Gabriel Campillo, Aaron Pryor Jr., Francisco Sierra and Cornelius White. The 2012 U.S. Olympian fights out of Staten Island, New York after an exceptional amateur career that saw him win the 2012 U.S. amateur championship at light heavyweight.

The 29-year-old Williams returns to the ring after dropping an exciting contest to light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson in July. Williams earned his title shot after dominant second-round stoppages of Umberto Savigne and former title challenger Edwin Rodriguez. The Fort Washington, Maryland-native was introduced to boxing by his father, a former pro fighter and he will look to start his path back to world title contention with a win on February 18.




LOS ANGELES (Jan. 4, 2017)
- WBC Diamond, WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) and Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla (31-5, 15 KOs) are set to meet again in a rematch for Linares' titles at the Manchester Arena on March 25, live on Sky Sports and sponsored by Betfred.

Linares and Crolla last met in the same venue for the belts in September 2016 with the Venezuelan world champion coming out on top in an enthralling contest, ending the brilliant winning run of 'Million Dollar' who had previously claimed the titles with a stoppage win over Darleys Perez in November 2015.

"I am really excited to be going back to Manchester," said Linares. "I was treated very well by everyone and gained a lot of new British fans. Crolla is a tremendous fighter with a lot of heart so I know I must train twice as hard for another tough fight. I want to thank Eddie Hearn at Matchroom, my promoters at Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken. I promise another great performance and assure that the belts are returning home with me."

"I see Jorge as the best lightweight in the world, and I want to be the best lightweight in the world," said Crolla. "It is always up for discussion that label of course, he is seen as the man at the moment and I want to test myself against the very best, even though I have already been in with him. These are the fights that I want to be involved in."

"Jorge Linares is a world champion fighter with tremendous skill and strength, and the best fighter in the lightweight division today," said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya, Linares' promoter. "Linares and Crolla gave us an entertaining, all-action fight last September, and I, along with the fans, can't wait to see this world title rematch."

"I'm delighted Anthony will get a chance to win his WBA title back along with the WBC Diamond and Ring magazine belts," said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, promoter for Crolla. "The last fight was a Fight of the Year contender and Linares boxed out of his skin but one thing we know about Anthony is his ability to bounce back and he is so determined to win this fight. He has created some wonderful atmospheres at the Manchester Arena over the last few years and I believe March 25 will be the best yet."

Tickets for Linares vs. Crolla II go on general sale at midday on Tuesday, January 10 available at www.manchesterarena.com or by calling 0844 847 8000 in the UK.




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LOS ANGELES (January 6, 2017) - Opening the 2017 edition of the popular LA FIGHT CLUB series on Feb. 3, San Antonio, TX's Joshua "The Professor" Franco (8-0, 4 KOs) will take a critical step in his career in an eight-round super-flyweight main event battle against Ensenada, Mexico's Victor "Dragon" Pasillas (8-6-2, 5 KOs) live from the Belasco Theater downtown Los Angeles and on Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar.

Also representing San Antonio, LA FIGHT CLUB favorite Hector "El Finito" Tanajara, Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs) will fight as the co-main event on Estrella TV against Coahuila, Mexico's Baltazar Ramirez (3-2, 3 KOs) in a scheduled six-round lightweight bout. "El Finito" is coming off a unanimous decision victory after defeating Roy Garcia last September on the Canelo vs. Smith undercard at AT&T Stadium.

Opening up the televised portion, recently signed Golden Boy top prospect Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (7-0, 6 KOs) will look to continue his knock-out artistry when he steps into the ring for a scheduled six-round lightweight bout against a soon-to-be announced opponent. This will be "Kingry's" second time under the Golden Boy banner and with three consecutive knoc outs under his belt, Garcia will give LA fight fans a show to remember.

As part of the Ring TV live stream, Edgar "Kid Neza" Valerio (9-0, 5 KOs) will return to his home stage at the Belasco after a six-round knockout of Guadalupe "Lupillo" De Leon in December 2016. Valerio is scheduled for a six-round featherweight contest against a soon-to-be named opponent.

Knock-out star and super lightweight David "June Bug" Mijares (4-0, 3 KOs) will go toe-to-toe in a six-round fight with Thomas "Animal" Herrera (8-16-1, 5 KOs). Opening up the night, Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (5-6-3, 4 KOs) will face off against Angel "El Picosito" Rodriguez (5-6-3, 4 KOs) in a scheduled six-round super lightweight match.
Additionally, today Golden Boy Promotions announced upcoming shows for the 2017 series of LA FIGHT CLUB. Mark your calendars for LA FIGHT CLUB shows on March 10, April 14, June 2, and July 14.



Saturday, March 18, 2017 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

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NEW YORK CITY (December 20, 2016) “The Mecca of Boxing” and The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden will host Unified Middleweight World Champion, GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) as he defends his titles (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO) against WBA Middleweight Champion and Mandatory Challenger, Brooklyn’s DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary, combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle.
Presented by K2 Promotions, tickets for “MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS” priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, will go on sale Christmas Eve, This Saturday, December 24th at 12:00 p.m. ET and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com.
“I love fighting at Madison Square Garden, it feels like my second home”, said Golovkin. “Danny is a great fighter, one of the best middleweights and a big test for me. I look forward to another ‘Big Drama Show’ in New York City.”
Stated Jacobs, “I’m excited about facing Gennady and proving I’m the best middleweight in the world. On March 18th I’m bringing all the belts back to Brooklyn with me.”
“We’re very excited to promote this outstanding matchup of the two best middleweights in the world, Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “It doesn’t get any better than this, the World Middleweight Championship at The Mecca of Boxing, it’s truly going to be a memorable evening.”
“With Gennady’s previous fight at Madison Square Garden last October against David Lemieux selling out and Danny’s huge Brooklyn fan base, we anticipate tickets will move very quickly.”
"March 18th is a big night for the boxing world,” said Keith Connolly of Team Jacobs. “You have the two best middleweights in the world going head to head for the majority of the belts. What else could anyone ask for. This is a fight the boxing fans deserve.”

“We want to thank Al Haymon for all his tireless work over the last nine years helping put Danny into this position to have an opportunity to beat Gennady Golovkin, one of the best fighters in the world. Come March 18th Danny will come out on top and he will be taking all the belts back to Brooklyn, you can count on that"
Since his first fight in the United States and on HBO in September 2012, Golovkin has become one of the most talked about fighters in the world. In his last three fights, Golovkin has sold out Madison Square Garden, The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles and The O2 in London. The battle with Jacobs will be the fifth time Golovkin has fought at Madison Square Garden.
In his last fight, on September 10, 2016 in front of over 19,000 fans at The 02, Golovkin stopped Undefeated Welterweight World Champion Kell Brook in the fifth round, his 23rd consecutive knockout and his 17th straight middleweight world title defense.
Born and raised in the boxing hotbed of Brownsville, New York which has produced many legendary world champions including Mike Tyson and Riddock Bowe, the heavy handed Jacobs has scored numerous highlight reel knockouts over his nine years as a professional.
In the most impressive fight of his career on December 5, 2015, Jacobs spectacularly knocked out longtime rival and then undefeated former middleweight champion Peter Quillin in the first round in Brooklyn, New York.
Sandwiched around the Quillin stoppage are two impressive knockouts of former world champion Sergio Mora, the first coming on August 1, 2015 in the second round in Brooklyn, New York. Most recently, Jacobs knocked out Mora in the seventh round on September 9, 2016 in Reading, PA.
One of the biggest punchers in the sport of boxing, Jacobs has won his last 12 fights, all by stoppage.



LOS ANGELES (Dec. 14, 2016) 2012 Olympic Flyweight Bronze Medalist Marlen Esparza of Houston, Texas has signed a multiyear deal with top boxing promoter Golden Boy Promotions, company CEO and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya announced today.
Esparza, who was also won the amateur World Championship in 2012, is the first-ever female boxer to sign with Golden Boy.

"I recently told my fans that I was going pro, and I am happy to announce that it will be the world's best promotional company - Golden Boy Promotions," Esparza said. "I am excited to get back into the ring as soon as possible and start climbing the ladder towards winning a professional world title."

Beyond her incredible success as a boxer, Esparza has already crossed over into mainstream stardom. She has an endorsement deal with CoverGirl cosmetics and has appeared in Spanish-language television ads for Coca-Cola and McDonald's among others.

"Before she ever steps foot into the ring as a professional, Marlen Esparza has already established herself as a rising star," De La Hoya said. "At Golden Boy Promotions, we pride ourselves on developing fighters and transforming them into the best of the best. We look forward to doing the same with Marlen."


10 p.m. ET/PT From Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino

Undefeated Super Middleweight Ronald Ellis
Takes On Christopher Brooker; Undefeated Super Lightweights Kenneth Sims Jr.,
Wellington Romero Faceoff;
Stephon Young Risks Undefeated Record vs. Daniel Rosas

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NEW YORK (Dec. 19, 2016)
– Undefeated, WBA No. 3-ranked super bantamweight Adam Lopez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) will face the WBA’s No. 4-ranked Danny Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Jan. 20, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.

The first ShoBox telecast in 2017 features eight fighters with a combined record of 115 wins against just seven losses.

In the co-feature, undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis (13-0-1, 1 NC, 10 KOs) will face off with Christopher Brooker (11-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round 168-pound matchup of ShoBox veterans.

In another eight-round featured bout, former national amateur champion Kenneth Sims Jr. (10-0, 3 KOs) and Dominican Olympian Wellington Romero (11-0-1, 5 KOs) will clash in an eight-round matchup of up-and-coming, unbeaten super lightweights making their ShoBox debuts in their toughest assignments to date.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated bantamweight Stephon Young (15-0-3, 6 KOs) takes on Mexican veteran and two-time interim world title challenger Daniel Rosas (19-3-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight bout.

Tickets for the show, which is promoted by GH3 Promotions, Kings Promotions in association with Thompson Boxing (the main event) and Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, are $125, $100 $75 & $50 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or calling 1-800-745-3000

ADAM LOPEZ VS. DANNY ROMAN – 10 Rounds, Super Bantamweights

Lopez, of San Antonio, Texas, by way Phoenix, Ariz., is a prototypical Shobox prospect-turned-contender. He’s 3-0-1 on the series, having defeated three previous unbeaten boxers on the series: Mario Muniz (11-0) in a hard-fought 10-round decision on Feb. 19, 2016, outpointing Eliezer Acquino (17-0-1) across 10 rounds on July 17, 2015, and knocking out Pablo Cruz (11-0) in the second round on March 13, 2015. In his most recent ShoBox outing, Lopez boxed a 12-round draw with Roman Reynoso (18-1-1) on July 22, 2016.

“This will be my toughest fight. It is all about levels and progressing,’’ Lopez said of the matchup between the 26-year-old world-ranked contenders. “This may be my last ShoBox fight so I want to save the best for the last.

“Roman is very good fighter and I’m ready for a tough fight. He’s progressed a lot. He’s a good puncher, counter puncher and works the body. But I’m ready for whatever he brings. A win would be huge -- it puts me in contention to fight a world champion.’’

An excellent boxer-puncher and tactician that likes to counter, Lopez was a standout amateur before going pro in February 2012. He is coming off an eighth-round knockout over Carlos Valcarcel on Nov. 11, 2016, and is facing likely his toughest test to date in Lopez.

Roman has won 13 in a row dating to March 2014 – and none of the fights have been close. He went 4-0 in 2014, 6-0 in 2015 and 4-0 in 2016. The Los Angeles native, who is coming of an eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Marlon Olea (12-0) last Nov. 18, will make his ShoBox and East Coast debut in just his second outing outside of Southern California.

“I’ve been extremely active over the last few years and now all the hard work is starting to pay off,’’ said Roman, a pro since October 2009. “This is a tremendous opportunity and the type of fight I’ve been preparing for. Adam Lopez is a great fighter, and he’s highly ranked just like me. We are going to give the fans an exciting fight.

“I can box, I can brawl. I give the fans what they want. I think people are going to be impressed with how I fight. People want to see a fight and I know I’m going to bring it. Boxing fans are going to know who Danny Roman is on Jan. 20.’’


Ellis, of Lynn, Mass., and Brooker, of Philadelphia, are making their second ShoBox starts. Like Lopez, they fought Feb. 19, 2016, in Atlantic City. Ellis boxed an entertaining eight-round majority draw in a slugfest with hard-hitting Jerry Odom; Brooker took an eight-round majority decision over previously unbeaten John Magda (11-0) in a match that was originally announced a split draw but was later changed to a majority decision win for Brooker.

This will be Ellis’ second fight since the Odom fight. The 27-year-old Ellis, the older brother of welterweight prospect Rashidi Ellis, outpointed Oscar Riojas across eight rounds on Dec. 10.

Ellis feels he’s benefited from going the distance in consecutive contests. “It’s helped me that I’ve gone through it before,’’ said Ellis, whose 10 knockouts have come inside two rounds (eight in the first). “Now, I know what they’re looking for. This time I’ll finish super strong and put on a show. I need this to further my career and put me in main event fights.

“I’ve seen Brooker fight a few times. He’s a tough guy who comes forward and comes to fight, and that is perfect for me. Brooker will be there for me to hit, and it will give me a great opportunity to showcase my talents.’’

As an amateur, Ellis upset Terrell Gausha to win the 2010 National Golden Gloves. Gausha went on to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games and is now an undefeated professional middleweight.

Brooker, a physically strong, aggressive-minded boxer-puncher, is trying to regain his winning ways after a nine-fight winning streak ended when he lost by 10th-round TKO to highly regarded Ronald Gavril (16-1) last Oct. 8 in Las Vegas. The 25-year-old Brooker dropped Gavril in the fifth round but went down twice in the 10th before it was stopped at 2:04. Entering the 10th and final round, the fight was even on the judges’ scorecards.

“I’m ready and excited to get back in the ring,’’ said Brooker. “I can’t wait to fight another undefeated fighter on ShoBox. I’m still looking to get to the next level. I was at Ellis’ last fight, and I saw an average fighter compared to the guys I’ve fought. He’s solid, throws nice, short punches but runs out of gas.

“In my last fight I lost because I kept looking for the KO. I have a new trainer now (Gaunch Muhammad), and I’m getting back to the technical part of boxing. I’m jabbing more, and in my previous camps I wasn’t jabbing or boxing enough. I have the heart and condition but I have to get to my opponent with the jab.’’

The Philadelphia native was a top level amateur who has been active since turning professional in 2015.

KENNETH SIMS JR. VS. WELLINGTON ROMERO – 8 Rounds, Super Lightweights

Sims, of Chicago, is matched with unquestionably the most dangerous opponent of a career that began in March 2014. This will be the eight-round debut for the 23-year-old, who has gone six full rounds six times.

“This is the biggest fight of my career,’’ said Sims, who is coming off a six-round decision over Jonathan Dinong last Nov. 11. “I will be prepared for anything that I have to do. I’ve seen videos of Romero and I know he is a good fighter. I fought world champions in the amateurs so it’s not a big deal to fight him. I need to take care of business and get my win on national television. It’s as simple as that.”

Sims was a main sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather (when he was getting prepared for Andre Berto) and Manny Pacquiao (as he was getting ready for Mayweather). Sims, known for his boxing skills and ability to work the body, was a 2013 U.S. National Amateur Champion and a 2012 Olympic Trials semifinalist.

Romero had 268 amateur bouts and represented his native Dominican Republic in the 2012 Olympic Games, where he lost to eventual Gold Medalist Vasyl Lomachenko. Shortly thereafter he relocated to New York, where he turned pro in 2013. The 25-year-old is coming off a first-round knockout over Engleberto Valenzuela on Dec. 10.

A slick boxer who can punch and gives opponent issues because of his awkward style and movement, Romero has been brought along carefully against mostly modest opposition. The southpaw is coming off a first-round TKO over Luis Meroles last Dec. 5.

Romero understands that this could likely be his most daunting task to date. “I’m looking forward to introducing myself to the American public,’’ he said. “Sims is a good fighter but I will always like challenges, and this will be my biggest challenge as a pro.’’

STEPHON YOUNG VS. DANIEL ROSAS – 8 Rounds, Super Bantamweights

Young, of St. Louis, is making his second ShoBox start. In his debut, he boxed a 10-round draw with previously undefeated Nikolai Potapov (14-0) in April of 2016.

“To be able to be back on ShoBox feels good,” said Young, who registered a majority 10-round decision over previously once-beaten Juan Lopez Jr. in his last scrap on Sept. 30, 2016. “My first fight on ShoBox was not a fair decision. It was my first 10-rounder and I feel like I won the fight. This time I will be able to show more of what I have.

“Training has been great. I already have been in camp for two months. The fight against Potapov was my first with my new coach (Herman Caicedo), and this will be our third fight. We won the NABA title by beating Lopez and now we’re back.”

The 25-year-old Young, who is currently ranked No. 9 in the WBA, was an experienced amateur who compiled a record of 86-13 while representing the U.S. in a number of tournaments. In the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2011, he lost to the No. 1-rated amateur, Rau’shee Warren.

The 27-year-old Rosas, of Mexico City, is a nine-year veteran who is experienced against top opposition. In 2011, in just his 13th professional fight, Rosas fought to a 12-round split draw against Jose Cabrera in a bout for the Interim WBO Super Flyweight World Title. In 2014, he lost a close, unanimous decision to Alejandro Hernandez for the Interim WBO Bantamweight Title.

Rosas has rattled off three consecutive victories since fighting Hernandezt. In his last bout on April 29, he lost via TKO to current IBF Super Bantamweight Champ Jonathan Guzman in his U.S. debut.


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LOS ANGELES (Dec. 10, 2016)
– Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive, upset 12-round split decision over defending champion Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) to capture the WBA Featherweight World Championship and become a four-time boxing titlist Saturday in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader.

In the co-feature from Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles, Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) retained his IBF Junior Middleweight World title with an emphatic fifth-round knockout over previously unbeaten, top-ranked Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-1-1, 14 KOs). (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: http://s.sho.com/2hqXDr8)

Earlier in the day on SHOWTIME, unbeaten IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) knocked out Eric Molina (25-4, 19 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, in the third round in Manchester, England. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: http://s.sho.com/2hqHTo8)

Mares, of Huntington Beach, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Mexico, was victorious by the scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 112-115. Judge Kermit Bayless was the lone descender to score the hard-fought match for the Argentine. Mares scored the bout’s lone knockdown in the 11th round. Cuellar, of Buenos Aires, had an 11-fight winning streak end. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: http://s.sho.com/2hbJayp)

Mares, making his first start in 16 months and first with renowned trainer Robert Garcia, executed a technically sound game plan and was the more accurate puncher than Cuellar, who was under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Freddie Roach for the first time in his career.

“I feel so good, it’s been a long time. I’m champion, baby,’’ said Mares, 31, a former WBC featherweight and super bantamweight world champion and IBF bantamweight world champion, who became Garcia’s 10th world champion. “We had the perfect game plan.

“I never doubted myself. I felt it in my heart. When I fought Leo (Santa Cruz) I beat myself because I fought the wrong fight. I fought smart tonight. I thought it would be a unanimous decision, but at the end of the day I’m champion.’’

Cuellar is known as a devastating puncher, but he was unable to land his power shots or cut off the ring against Mares, who seemingly pocketed rounds with accuracy and a solid left hook. Mares floored Cuellar with a straight right in the opening minute of the 11th, sending Cuellar to the canvas for the third time of his career. The onslaught continued, with a resurgent Mares teeing off on Cuellar until he raised his hands following the final bell.

“They said he was a power puncher, they said he was going to knock me out, but I proved that I have some power, too,’’ said Mares, who dropped a majority 12-round decision to Santa Cruz in his last fight on Aug. 29, 2015. “I want Leo, I want (Carl) Frampton, I want anyone. I’m a champion. I’m not afraid of anyone.”

Cuellar stated his case for a rematch afterward.

“I thought the fight was pretty even until he threw me down, and that’s when he took control,” said Cuellar, who was making his third title defense. “He definitely had the boxing skills going today. I would have preferred a rough fight, but Mares had his skills today. I want a rematch. I gave him the opportunity and now I think it’s fair that he gives it to me.”

In the co-main event, Charlo dropped Williams three times, once in the second and twice in the fifth. Williams, who had not lost a round in 10 consecutive fights, went down for the first time in his career from a strong counter left-hand midway through the second round.

Williams, who established his counter right early, performed well for the next two rounds in the first title fight between undefeated 154-pound champions since Floyd Mayweather dismantled Canelo Alvarez in 2013.

But Charlo decked him again with a brutal right uppercut midway through the fifth round that sent Williams collapsing face-forward onto the canvas. Williams got up, but he was clearly in trouble. Charlo floored him seconds layer with a left hook, forcing referee Wayne Hedgepath to instantly halt the contest at 2:06.

Charlo was ahead with scores of 38-37 on the three scorecards entering the fifth round in a highly skilled matchup between two fighters in their prime.

Afterward a fracas broke out in the ring between the fighters and their cornermen after Charlo wouldn’t acknowledge Williams’ congratulatory hand shake. Williams immediately stormed from the ring. The fans booed Charlo loudly throughout his post-fight interview with SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray.

“I did what I was supposed to do, I'm very happy with my performance, I listened to my trainer,’’ said Charlo, the identical twin brother of WBC 154-pound titlist Jermell Charlo. “I trained hard for this fight, I stayed in the gym the whole time.

“No matter what, people have to respect my accomplishments. He just wasn't on my level. I told everyone what I was going to do since the fight was announced. I knew I was going to win; he was badly hurt after the knockdown.

“I just want to tell Julian Williams, I’m sorry. Leading up to this fight Julian talked, and I held it in. I did what I had to do to become the champion of the world and I deserve my respect. He disrespected me all the way up to the fight. I made the fight happen; I gave the fans what they wanted to see. I stayed at 154 pounds, although I do want to move up to 160, just to fight someone the world said I couldn’t beat.

“I said I don’t want your congratulations; I want your apology. I don’t care what they say, I knocked him out. No matter what they say about me I’m going to continue to work hard. I did what my trainer told me to do, I stayed in there and bang the shot came home. I’m never disrespected this dude, never, until I knocked him out.

“Yes, I want to unify. I want to prove I'm the best junior middleweight in the world, none of them are on my level."

Williams offered no excuses. "I just got caught,’ he said. “I was fine after the second round and kept going. He just caught me. He wasn't too big. He just caught me.

“I didn't care about any of that [post-fight drama]. I just wanted to win.”

Charlo-Williams was the fourth 154-pound title fight on SHOWTIME in 2016.

In one off the fights streamed earlier Saturday on FACEBOOK LIVE, Sergey Lipinets (11-0, 9 KOs) knocked out Lenny Zappavigna (35-3, 25 KOs) to become the mandatory challenger for the IBF Junior Welterweight World Title.

After flooring Zappavigna midway through the fourth, Lipinets finished off the Australian with an overhand right in the eighth in a closely contested and bloody affair.

“Yes, this was my toughest fight, it's bloody and rugged but no problem for me,’’ Lipinets said. “This was an eliminator and now I want my next fight to be for the world championship. Julius Indogo has the IBF title and now I'm the mandatory.

“I'm very happy with my performance. We've worked on adjusting during fights and that worked very well for me tonight. I was hoping for the knockout but my trainer said to keep working and the stoppage will come.”

“I left it all in the ring,’’ Zappavigna said. “I fought my heart out and I came here to give it my best. Even though I'm disappointed with the loss, I am at peace with the result because I know I couldn't have done anything else.

“I wish Sergey all the best in his world title fight.

“I know my fans are behind me and I'm bringing pride back to Australia. I know I was in control of the fight, but my Australian 'white line fever' kicked in and I tried to take his head off.”

In the opening bout on Facebook Live, talented undefeated middleweight Erickson Lubin (17-0, 12 KOs) knocked out previously once-beaten Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-2, 15 KOs) at 2:09 of the second round.

“He was a little awkward in the first round,’’ Erickson said. “I set him up with my jab and I knew I hurt him in the second. That’s when I knew it was time for him to go.

"I think that fight definitely proves that I'm in the discussion as one of the top up and comers in the sport, but I don't feel any pressure. I'm back in the gym on Monday.

"I want to be undisputed champion. I want all of the belts. Give me the Charlos, Julian Williams, any of them.

"I'll take whoever is in front of me next, but those names and put them in bold letters and you know I'll be front and center for that Charlo-Williams fight."

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader and SHOWTIME INTERNATIONAL telecast will re-air on Monday, Dec. 12, 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME. The fights were promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions and sponsored by Corona.


Las Vegas, NV (November 25, 2016) Former World Boxing Council (‘WBC’) Heavyweight Champion BERMANE STIVERNE (25-2-1, 21 KO’s), will battle #1 ranked contender ALEXANDER POVETKIN, (30-1-0, 22 KO’s) on Saturday, December 17 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The winner of their highly anticipated clash will be the Mandatory Challenger to current WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder.

Currently ranked #2 by the WBC, Stiverne is deep in training at his home gym in Las Vegas, the Mayweather Boxing Club under the watchful eye of longtime trainer Don House.

“I feel great, this fight has been in the making for a while so I’ve been here training at home,” said the Haitian born Stiverne.

“I’ve got a great opportunity with this fight to get back what I had. Deontay Wilder has my belt, he beat me on my worst night. All I want is the chance to win the world title again and Mauricio and the WBC say I have to go through Alexander Povetkin and that’s what I’m going to do on December 17.”

Stiverne lost a 12-round unanimous decision and his heavyweight title to Wilder on January 17, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Continued Stiverne, “I’ve watched a few of Povetkin’s fight’s, he’s similar in size to Chris Arreola but also very skilled from his deep amateur background, solid puncher but not the tightest defense.”

On April 27, 2013, Stiverne won a unanimous decision over Arreola in Ontario, California to earn the WBC Silver Heavyweight Title.

With the retirement of long reigning champion Vitali Klitschko, the WBC ordered Stiverne to face Arreola once again for the WBC World Heavyweight Title which took place on May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. Fighting on Arreola’s home turf for the second time, Stiverne was victorious with a brutal sixth round knockout.

Most recently Stiverne won a 10-round unanimous decision over perennial contender Derric Rossy on November 14, 2015 in Las Vegas.

“I’m always training so the time off isn’t a concern of mine,” said Stiverne. “I’ve fought everywhere and a ring is a ring, no issue at all going to Russia. I’ll be well prepared for victory over Povetkin on December 17th and then it’s onto Wilder.”

POVETKIN vs. STIVERNE is presented by World of Boxing in association with Don King Productions.

Andre Ward Defeats Sergey Kovalev in Close Decision
Results from T-Mobile Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada:
In front of a packed house at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and live on HBO Pay-Per-View, Andre "S.O.G." Ward (31-0, 15 KOs)* won a close unanimous decision victory over Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) to steal the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles in a decision that most ringside media thought went the wrong way.

Both fighters were feeling each other out in the first two rounds. The Krusher continued his come-forward attack and knocked Andre down in the second. Ward managed to get up quickly and took several hard shots from Sergey before the bell rang to end the second round. The next several rounds included heavy shots from both fighters and some wrestling-style moments. The majority of the rounds were hard-fought and close. Many writers had the decision going to the other way but all three judges scored the bout 114-113 in favor of Ward.

After the fight, Andre Ward said, "I was not surprised when I heard the decision I don't know where you got that from. I know it was a close fight. The crowd you can hear they thought I won. I have been a champ before. I knew it was going to be a tough fight. It was the first time in my career I was dropped. He did everything I expected him to do. He started to show up as I expected. My coach did a great job. It's hard for me to call myself great. At the end of the day I am a two-weight division champion. Of course I would do a rematch. I am not going to negotiate a fight right now. I will go home and relax and see what's next."

Sergey Kovalev replied, "It's the wrong decision. I don't want to say my opinion. The witnesses are here; they saw it. It's my job. It was a fight of my life. I am disappointed in the judges' decision. He got maybe a few rounds; I agree with that. I kept control. I lost maybe three rounds the whole fight. Of course I want a rematch and I will kick his ass. I want to show good boxing. I am against here, it is the USA, and all the judges were from the USA. He is a boxer. It's a sport. Don't make it politics; it is a sport and I won the fight."

The second fight of the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast was a battle for the NABF Light Heavyweight Title between undefeated prospect Oleksandr "The Nail" Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs) and Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-5-2, 10 KOs). Gvozdyk and Chilemba traded some heavy shots for eight full rounds. After the eighth round Chilemba's trainer, Roy Jones, Jr. stopped the fight because Chilemba had suffered a broken right hand. Gvozdyk retained his title and remains undefeated.

After the fight Gvozdyk said, "I'm very excited and happy. What more can I say? This is the best feeling!"

Chilemba had little to say after the fight because he was in tremendous pain and could barely speak. However, he did manager to add, "I am devastated. If I hadn't hurt my right arm in the third round it would have been a completely different outcome. I was in an incredible amount of pain from the third round through the rest of the fight."

Fan favorite Curtis "Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) opened the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast against James "The King" de la Rosa (23-5, 13 KOs). Curtis knocked down de la Rosa in the first and immediately attacked again as soon as The King returned to his feet but the bell rang soon after to end the round. Stevens managed a cut over de la Rosa's left eye that began to impede his vision in the third. However, Stevens hurt his left hand in the fourth round and the momentum of the fight slowed as a result. Stevens continued to dominate the remainder of the fight despite the injury. A point was taken away from Stevens in the eighth for a low blow but in the end it did not matter as Stevens retained his WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Title with a unanimous decision victory. Two judges scored the contest 96-92 and one judge had the score 98-90.

After the fight Stevens gave an honest review of his performance when he said, "I give myself a C minus. Could have thrown my jab a little more. I am glad I got the W but I am a little disappointed in myself. The jab was good but I could have popped that shit a little more. Hurt my left hand in the fourth round. He's got a hard-ass head. But I am glad I got the win."

When asked about the fight de la Rosa simply said, "I don't have any comments. People saw what it was."

In the final bout before the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast began, heavyweights Darmani "Rock Solid" Rock (6-0, 4 KOs) and Brice Ritani-Coe (4-5-1, 3 KOs) fought in a four round bout. Rock walked away still undefeated with two judges scoring the contest 40-36 and one score care at 40-35 for a unanimous decision for the Philly native.

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (1-0) made her professional debut against her long-time amateur rival Franchon "The Heavy Hitting Diva" Crews (0-1) who also made her professional debut in a four-round action-packed super middleweight bout. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Shields.

Featherweight Tyler "Golden Child" McCreary (12-0, 6 KOs) went the distance against Vincent "Pooh Bear" Jennings (5-3-1, 4 KOs) and earned a majority decision with the judges scoring the bout 57-57, 59-55, 58-56.

The free view opened with junior welterweights Sonny "Pretty Boi" Fredrickson (15-0, 9 KOs) and Gabriel Duluc (11-2, 2 KOs) squaring off for the full eight scheduled rounds before Fredrickson was declared the winner by unanimous decision 78-74, 77-75, 78-74.

Bakhram Murtazaliev
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Bakhram Murtazaliev (7-0, 5 KOs) made quick work of Botirsher Obidov (6-1-1, 2 KOs) with three knockdowns in the second round before the referee stopped the fight at 2:52 of the second round.

Beckford and Nursultanov
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

In the first fight of the evening middleweight Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (1-0) made his professional and Main Events' debut with a six-round unanimous decision victory against Henry Beckford with all three judges scoring the contest 60-54.

Featherweight World Title Showdown Headlines
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Doubleheader Saturday, December 10 from Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES (October 27, 2016) - Featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares met face-to-face Thursday at a press conference at OUE Skyspace at US Bank Tower - the tallest building west of the Mississippi River - to discuss their world title showdown presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Saturday, December 10. The event will be live on SHOWTIME from USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader begins with super welterweight world champion Jermall Charlo defending his title against top contender Julian "J-Rock" Williams in a matchup of undefeated rising stars in their prime.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, go on sale tomorrow, October 28 at 3 p.m. PT and are priced at $35, $50, $75, $150 and $200. To purchase tickets go to www.galentix.com.

Here is what the participants had to say Thursday about the highly anticipated night of action:


"I've been wanting to fight Mares for about two years. It's finally going to happen. This is what I want. I'm going to make a statement.

"I'm very happy that this fight is finally here. I can't wait to get in the ring on December 10. I'm thankful for the opportunity. I know Mares is popular in Los Angeles, but I have a following as well and they will be there to support me.

"I'm training very hard and feeling physically strong. We never stopped training for this fight. Mares will come prepared for a war and I hope that's what the fight is like. It's going to prove who has the bigger heart.

"I've been training with Freddie Roach for about four months. It's been a great partnership and he will make me even better than I've been. We've been practicing really hard. Freddie is handing me the tools to go to work. You will see all my experience come together on fight night.

"Mares is a great fighter. He's been a champion for many years. He's never faced an opponent like me. This will be his hardest challenge.

"I'm sure Mares will give it his all, just like I will. I've been dreaming about this fight for years. This will be a great battle, but I am prepared to take my belt back to Argentina.

"This is the most important fight of my career. I'm planning on knocking him out. I know that big things are going to come my way after I beat Mares."


"This is going to be a smarter Abner Mares. I've been learning a lot with Robert Garcia. They gave us a year to train and learn together. He's a knowledgeable coach. He's not just a guy who works mitts. This is the real deal. He gets you better and I'm really happy with him.

"I want to thank Cuellar and his team for waiting for this fight to come to fruition. I really appreciate that as a person. It's finally here.

"I was actually commentating the Stiverne vs. Arreola fight at Galen Center and it was a great atmosphere. The environment there is incredible and I was just imagining being up in the ring as the main event.

"I want the winner of the Frampton vs. Santa Cruz rematch. I want to continue to fight the best. I want to be known as a guy who fights the best.

"Being on the big stage like this has made me what I am. Being on the bantamweight tournament on SHOWTIME really started to show people what my style is like. To be back for another world opportunity, it means everything to me. I'm hoping to give them another exciting fight.

"I never talk down about a fighter. We all deserve our respect. We all have the same desire to strive to be the best. Cuellar is a beast. He hits hard. The record speaks for itself and that's what has me so excited. This is the kind of fight I want to be in. It brings the best out of me.

"If I have to make it into a brawl, I will do that. I have the boxing abilities to be the smarter fighter and win by out boxing him. I learn from all of my fights, especially the losses. From the Santa Cruz fight I learned that I really need to listen to my corner. I let the crowd get to me and fought the wrong fight. I'm going to be ready for everything.

"This title coming home is going to be a nice Christmas present. It means the world to me. I'm going to add something to my trophy case.

"I'm a new man. I'm a grown man. I have two beautiful daughters. I like to learn something new every day. You will see a different Abner on December 10. This is going to end the year with the 'Fight of the Year.'"

ROBERT GARCIA, Mares' Trainer

"I'm thankful to Cuellar and his team for giving us this opportunity. He's a good person who trains very hard and gives 100 percent all the time.

"I've been working with Abner almost this whole year. The dates for the fight have changed but now we have had a lot of time to get to know each other. We've been working side-by-side and we've had a lot of time to learn about each other.

"I think everybody should come out to this fight or watch on SHOWTIME, because it's going to to be one of the best fights of the year. I guarantee it."


"Here we go again. It's been a long process and there have been a lot of people who have helped get us to this.

"I want to thank Mares and his whole team for taking this fight. This is going to be a war. There's no doubt about it. We love Robert, but we will have our back and forth leading up to this one. These are boxing war times, but he is a great person. But now we are with another one of the best trainers in the world, none other than Freddie Roach.

"Cuellar doesn't live in Los Angeles. He actually still lives in Argentina. But he has stayed in Los Angeles throughout this whole process. He's been away from his friends and family for almost nine months, but he has not complained once or asked to go home. That just shows the kind of professional that Jesus Cuellar is."

RICHARD SCHAEFER, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports

"I'm truly excited to be here with all of you. This night will feature two top-notch matchups and four guys who are at the pinnacle of their respective divisions. I'm really excited for this to be my first event back.

"This is a statement fight for Jesus Cuellar. It's the biggest fight of his career. But he has passed every test so far. He's a true warrior, as all Argentine fighters are. He's a big puncher with a sterling record. This is a tough challenge, but he has every intention of keeping that belt.

"Abner Mares is a true warrior and you will all have the opportunity on December 10 to go after a fourth world title against a strong champion in Jesus Cuellar, who has defended his title five times. But that is the kind of person Abner Mares is. He's going to test himself against the best there is.

"I'm happy to be back and hopefully I'll be able to add to this great sport of boxing. We're here in a first class venue today and this is the kind of venue deserving of boxing. Boxing is about entertainment, and if you were to pick four boxers to put on an entertaining card, these would be them.

"These are going to be tremendous fights. Styles makes fights. Mares has been waiting for this opportunity and Cuellar is going to fight to keep his title. This is one of the most talked about fights around. It's going to be all toe-to-toe action from the start to the finish.

"Two of the best matches in the sport are happening right here in Los Angeles on the same night. This is the best fighting the best and Los Angeles will be buzzing.

"It's very special to be able to do my first event back in Los Angeles. To have two exciting, toe-to-toe battles on this card is great. Then the cherry on top is the opportunity to work with a man like Abner Mares. I met him at the 2004 Olympics and I was always impressed with his style and his personality and how he carries himself. "


"We're thrilled to be here working on another great night of boxing. Together, with the matchmaking expertise of my father, Tom Brown, and Richard's promotional talent, this has the makings of an excellent collaboration.

"We're especially looking forward to working with the great staff at the Galen Center. We were here once before, for the heavyweight world title fight between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne. That was a sold out night and I have a feeling this one will be too.

"Los Angeles has the best fight fans in the world and I know that they will be there to support these great fighters."

CHRIS DEBLASIO, SVP Sports Communications at Showtime Networks

"SHOWTIME continues to deliver the strongest lineup of any network in boxing, bar none. We recently announced a slate of upcoming events that is further proof that no one is committing more resources to move the sport forward than than Showtime. And the next great run of evenly matched, world class fights begins on Saturday, December 10 in Los Angeles. This card features four fighters ranked in the top-10 of their division taking the right fight at the right time. These men are as respectable and dependable outside of the ring as they are ferocious and talented inside the ring.
"We're proud to be showcasing these two world title fights on the network. These fights exemplify what SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is all about.
"Mares and Cuellar might be the most evenly matched of the five featherweight championship fights we have presented on SHOWTIME this year. And we know that Jermall Charlo vs. Julian Williams, the latest in a series of fights at junior middleweight, will determine the future of the deep and talented division."





De Leon Halts Salinas in four

Photo: German Villasenor

By Francisco Villasenor

January 27, 2017- Undefeated Superfeatherweight contender Erick De Leon remained undefeated on Friday night after stopping Jose Salinas on the BASH BOXING/TOP RANK promoted fight card main event at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City California.

Headlining the show, the crafty De Leon worked the angles, shots from the outside, setting up a body shot to the ribs, from which Salinas was unable to recover, as the referee reached the ten count at 2:47 of the round.

With the win, De Leon moved his record to 15-0 with 9KOs, while Salinas saw his fall to 10-3-1 with 5KO.

In the co-featured bout, fan-favorite, Arnold Barboza Jr.defeated a very tough Johnny Rodriguez via a hard-won unanimous and closer than noted decision.

Scores were 79-73 (twice) and 78-74.


HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (January 27, 2017) – A lightweight feature bout pitting Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) against Patricky “Pitbull” (16-8) will serve as the co-main event of Bellator 172 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Feb. 18.

The contest joins a stacked main card that includes a pair of heavyweight competitors featuring Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) against Matt Mitrione (11-5) in the main event and Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) against Oli Thompson (17-9) in main card action. In addition, undefeated lightweights Adam Piccolotti (9-0) and Brent Primus (7-0) round out the Spike-televised main card. Additional contests will be announced shortly.

Bellator 172 will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App. Tickets for the event are on sale now at the SAP Center Box Office as well as Ticketmaster.com.

After earning victories in each of his first seven professional contests, the 38-year-old Thomson joined forces with the UFC and Strikeforce, stringing together an impressive resume that included notable wins over Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez. Now under the direction of Bellator MMA, “The Punk” has recorded back-to-back finishes in his first two bouts with the Scott Coker-led promotion. With 16 of his 22 career victories coming by way of knockout or submission, Thomson is always a threat to end his opponent’s night early. Hailing from San Jose, Calif., Thomson hopes to put on a show in front of his hometown faithful and move one step closer to finally meeting Bellator MMA Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler.

The 31-year-old “Pitbull” enters the cage for the 17th time under the Bellator MMA umbrella, second most in the promotion’s history behind only David Rickels. The Brazilian knockout artist continues to be at the forefront of Bellator MMA’s lightweight division and has tallied six wins over his past nine bouts, including a trio of knockouts over proven veterans Rickels, Derek Campos, and Ryan Couture. Hailing from Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil, Freire has notched 10 knockouts over his professional career, with five of the finishes coming in the opening round of action. “Pitbull” will once again look to play the role of spoiler when he tries to take down San Jose’s own Thomson on Feb. 18.

Complete Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione Main Card:
Heavyweight Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5)
Lightweight Co-Main Event: Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) vs. Patricky “Pitbull (16-8)
Heavyweight Feature Bout: Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) vs. Oli Thompson (17-9)
Lightweight Feature Bout: Adam Piccolotti (9-0) vs. Brent Primus (7-0)

Preliminary Bouts:
Welterweight Prelim Bout: James Terry (18-9) vs. David Douglas (9-6)
Lightweight Prelim Bout: Nikko Jackson (1-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (0-1)
Featherweight Prelim Bout: Juan Cardenas (1-0) vs. Luis Vargas (0-1)
Welterweight Prelim Bout: Danasabe Mohammed (5-1) vs. Carlos Rocha (9-4)
Flyweight Prelim Bout: Anthony Do (4-1) vs. Bobby Escalante (4-5)
Flyweight Prelim Bout: Matt Ramirez (1-2) vs. Jeremy Murphy (3-3)
Lightweight Prelim Bout: J.J. Okanovich (3-1) vs. Paradise Vaovasa (5-1)
Featherweight Prelim Bout: Justin Tenedora (Debut) vs. Roque Reyes (0-3)

About Bellator:
Bellator is a leading mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the combat sports television leader. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.



Nueva York, NY (Diciembre 19, 2016) – A Roc Nation Sports y Promociones Miguel Cotto les complace anunciar que cinco veces Campeón Mundial Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) regresara al cuadrilátero el Sábado, 25 de Febrero del 2017 para enfrentarse contra James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) en el Ford Center en The Star de Frisco, Texas. Los dos competidores fueren derrotados en sus ultimas peleas respectivas contra Canelo Alvarez y buscan redimirse en un combate de 12-asaltos en peso junior middleweight. El evento será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay-Per-View comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00P p.m. PT.

Cotto y Kirkland acompañaran a Roc Nation Sports y la organización de los Dallas Cowboys el Lunes 19 de Diciembre, 2016 a las 12:00 p.m. CT para una conferencia de prensa en el Ford Center at The Star para oficialmente anunciar a la pelea. Esta será el primer evento de este tipo que tomara lugar en la ultra moderna instalación deportiva bajo techo de 510,000 piez cuadrados compartido entre los Dallas Cowboys, la ciudad de Frisco, y las escuelas secundarias de Frisco ISD.

Entradas al precio de $304, $204, $154, $104, $79, $54 y $29 no incluyendo cargos de servicio aplicables e impuestos, estarán de venta el jueves, 22 de diciembre, 2016 a las 10:00 a.m. hora local and estarán disponible en todas locaciones de Ticketmaster, en línea por Ticketmaster.com, por teléfono en (800) 745-3000, y en la boletería de AT&T Stadium.

“Estoy emocionado para regresar al cuadrilátero y darle un gran espectáculo a mis fans. No puedo esperar a comenzar a mi entrenamiento en preparación para el 25 de febrero,” dice cinco-veces Campeón Mundial Miguel Cotto. “Boxeando en el en magnifico Ford Center, la nueva creación de Jerry Jones y los Dallas Cowboys, y encabezando el primer evento de boxeo en este lugar me llena de entusiasmo y energía.”

“Estoy muy emocionado para regresar al cuadrilátero contra una leyenda como Miguel Cotto. Entrenare como nunca antes e entrenado para mostrarle al mundo que el James Kirkland de antes ya volvió,” dice James Kirkland. “Sabemos que será una batalla emocionante mientras dure. 25 de febrero no podría llegar mas pronto.”

“Miguel Cotto regresa al cuadrilátero y esta listo para darles un gran espectáculo contra el talentoso James Kirkland,” dice Hector Soto, Vicepresidente de Promociones Miguel Cotto. “Es con mucha anticipación que esperamos al regreso de Miguel el 25 de Febrero en HBO Pay-Per-View.”

“De parte de Roc Nation Sports, estamos encantados por el regreso de Miguel Cotto al cuadrilátero y por traerle el primero evento publico al Ford Center at The Star,” dice Michael Yormark, Presidente de Roc Nation. “Esto sera, sin duda, un evento histórico con un batalla llena de acción y emoción para los fans en Frisco y Texas del Norte como igual para todos que estarán con nosotros por vía de HBO Pay-Per-View.”

“Estamos emocionados por este increíble enfrentamiento para nuestro primer evento de boxeo aquí en el Ford Center at The Star,” dice Jerry Jones, Dueño, Presidente, y Gerente General de los Dallas Cowboys. “Este local fue diseñado para ser versátil, y esperamos que una gran audiencia en Frisco, Texas disfrutara un tremendo combate entre Miguel Cotto y James Kirkland.”

“Durante su carrera brillante, Miguel Cotto nunca le ha dado la espalda a un desafío y en el 25 de febrero, el se enfrentara contra un peligroso especialista de knockouts en James Kirkland,” dice Tony Walker, Vicepresidente, HBO Pay-Per-View. “Los fans que estarán viendo en vivo en Frisco y los demás viendo por pay-per-view que no pestañen durante esta pelea que estará llena de acción.”

Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) ha sido WBC y Ring Magazine campeón mundial de peso mediano y es el primer boxeador de origen puertorriqueña quien fue campeón mundial en cuatro distintas categorías de peso. Previamente, ha tenido los títulos mundiales de WBO junior welterweight, WBA welterweight, WBO welterweight, y WBA super welterweight. En el año 2000, represento a Puerto Rico en los Juegos Olímpicos en Sídney, Australia. Cotto ha competido en 24 combates de títulos mundiales, con un record de 19-5 con 16 knockouts en esos combates. En Puerto Rico, Cotto es un tesoro nacional y sucesor de Félix “Tito” Trinidad como el boxeador más apreciado y respetado en la isla. Cotto es uno de los boxeadores activos quien genera las audiencias más grandes para eventos pay-per-view. En junio del 2014, Cotto hizo historia en su primera pelea middleweight cuando domino a Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, quien tenia titulos mundiales de middleweight en WBC y Ring Magazine. El entrenador de Miguel Cotto es Freddie Roach, un entrenador de salón de fama de boxeo con estatus de leyenda. Cotto se ha enfrentado contra los nombres mas grandes en el boxeo incluyendo a Floyd “Money” Mayweather y Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Cotto tiene su propia compañía de promociones de boxeo, Promociones Miguel Cotto, y también su propia fundación, La Fundacion El Angel de Miguel Cotto, una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a combatir la obesidad juvenil. En Marzo del 2015, Cotto y Roc Nation Sports anunciaron que llegaron a un acuerdo de co-promocion con Promociones Miguel Cotto para las peleas de Miguel Cotto. El 6 de Junio 2015, Cotto defendió sus titulos mundiales de middleweight de WBC y de Ring Magazine contra Daniel Geale, dos-veces campeón mundial, en el Barclays Center en Brooklyn, New York. Cotto registro un poderoso knockdown de Geale al comenzar del cuarto asalto y termino la pelea con un segundo knockdown de Geale en la misma ronda. El 21 de Noviembre del 2015, Cotto afirmó su estatus como uno de los boxeadores activos que atrae las mas grandes audiencias de pay-per-view en su mega-pelea contra Saul “Canelo” Alvarez de Mexico, antes de ser derrotado después de 12 asaltos por decisión unánime. Esta gran pelea fue declarada la mas grande en la historia de la rivalidad de boxeo entre Puerto Rico y Mexico. El 5-veces Campeón Mundial está ansioso por regresar al cuadrilátero contra James Kirkland el 25 de Febrero.

Un titan de Texas, representando a la ciudad de Austin, zurdo con 32 años, James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) tiene una reputación de tener poder explosivo en las manos. Sus puños han producido 28 victorias por knockout durante su carrera profesional de 14 años. Kirkland fue NABO y WBC Campeon de Americas Continental. Siguiendo la primera derrota en su carrera contra Nobuhiro Ishida en el 2011, Kirkland gano sus siguiente cinco peleas con cuatro victorias por knockout. Kirkland ha derrotado a Brian Vera, Alfredo “Perro” Angulo, Carlos “King” Molina. Tambien fue el primer boxeador a ganarle a Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia profesionalmente por via de knockout técnico en el sexto round. Su siguiente pelea fue una guerra de 12-asaltos en peso super welterweight contra Saul “Canelo” Alvarez el 9 de Mayo del 2015 en Minute Maid Park en Houston, Texas.

Cotto vs. Kirkland es una pelea junior middleweight de 12-rondas presentada por Roc Nation Sports & Promociones Miguel Cotto y el Ford Center at The Star, patrocinada por Corona Extra.

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J"Skill vs. Will"

Roy Jones, Jr. to take on Bobby Gunn on February 17th

Wilmington, DE (December 2, 2016) David Feldman Promotions will announce that former four-division champ and Boxing Legend Roy Jones, Jr. will square off against former world title challenger, and Bare-Knuckle Legend Bobby Gunn on Friday, February 17th 2017 for the Vacant WBF World Cruiserweight Championship.

The fight will be announced at the official press conference on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 2 PM at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801.

In attendance will be Roy Jones, Jr., Bobby Gunn, Promoter David Feldman, WBF Representative James Gibbs, undercard fighters Joe Tiberi, Henry Stewart, and more.

During his twenty-seven year professional career, Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) has secured world titles in four different weight categories - Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight - and is the only boxer in history to start his career as a Light Middleweight and then go on to win a Heavyweight Championship.

In winning the WBA Heavyweight title by beating John Ruiz by unanimous decision in March 2003, Jones Jr. made history by becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years.

Jones Jr. has victories over former world champions Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, Vinny Panzienza, James Toney, Mike McCallum, Virgil Hill, Felix Trinidad and John Ruiz.

Jones Jr. said of the bout, "I know Bobby Gunn is coming to bring it. He's a hard-nose, tough fighter that comes right at you, but I'm going to show him why I'm one of the best that ever did it and he doesn't belong in the ring with me."

On February 17, Jones Jr's opponent will be the former IBA Cruiserweight World Champion and the current Bare Knuckle Heavyweight Champion, Bobby "The Celtic Warrior" Gunn.

Gunn, internationally known for being a Bare-Knuckle legend, will put the gloves back on to battle ring legend Roy Jones, Jr.

Like Jones Jr, Gunn has a fearsome record in gloved boxing - 21 wins (18 KO) 6 losses, one draw, and one no-contest - and an even more impressive undefeated Bare Knuckle record of 72-0 with 72 KO).

Gunn has been in the ring with top fighters Enzo Maccarinelli, Glen Johnson, Tomasz Adamek, and James Toney, so he is no stranger to sharing the ring with boxing's elite. Gunn said of his upcoming clash with Jones Jr, "It's an honor to share the ring with a legend like Roy Jones. I've been chasing him for a few years now, and on February 17, I will catch him."

World Boxing Foundation's North American Vice President James Gibbs said of the upcoming championship bout, "Roy Jones, Jr is a living legend and we are honored to have him fighting for our Cruiserweight Title against a warrior like Bobby Gunn. We are looking forward to this bout."

The undercard for this championship match will feature popular Delawarean Joe Tiberi (13-2, 6KO), Canada's Henry Stewart (1-0, 1KO), as well as more to be announced.

Roy Jones, Jr. vs Bobby Gunn, for the WBF World Cruiserweight Championship, on Friday, February 17, 2017 and will be aired live on PPV.

Tickets will range from $75 - $300 and can be purchased by calling (484) 935-3378.



LOS ANGELES (Dec. 17, 2016) - Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) retained his WBC International Light Heavyweight Title with a technical knockout victory after sending Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (55-8-2, 32 KOs) through the ropes in the eighth round. Hopkins was unable to get back into the ring after sustaining an injury to his ankle, and the fight was stopped at 53 seconds into round eight.

"It feels great, it's the best feeling in the world to accomplish something I set out for and wanted to do," said Joe Smith, Jr. "I had seen him every time I threw the right hand, he was throwing the left. I had seen him fall, and I kept hitting him until I saw him go out, and I landed that left hook until he went out. I knew he had time to go out, but I hit him with four or five clean shots and they were good shots on the button. I knew he was a true champion, and if he didn't get injured he'd be back here. I came here to do my job, and this is my coming out party too. I had to finish him, it was either my career was going to end and his was going to end, but I needed mine to continue. I'm going to get back in the gym and train hard for my next opponent. I'm up for anything. I have lots of respect for Bernard. He is a true champion. Lots of people love Bernard and still will because he's a true champion."

"I was throwing the right hand and a combination and then using the rope as an offensive as I'm known for, and making a mess," said Bernard Hopkins. "He got frustrated, and I might have gotten glazed with a left hook and next thing I know he was throwing me out of the ring. I injured myself and hit my head first and hurt my ankle. I knew of the twenty seconds, but couldn't stand up on my feet because my ankle was injured, I said I could walk but I couldn't box. I had a choice to make, but I guess the referee made it for me. I know if I hadn't made a mess and gotten knocked out of the ring, I would've come back like I'm known for and would've had my chin. The reason I said I'm upset they are giving Smith the TKO is because the momentum threw the ropes, I didn't dive through the ropes. This is my last fight, I promised it would be and you come to that point in life where it is final and I'm happy with my retirement. I know the fans will know I went out as a solider, fighting the toughest, baddest opponents. I'm not saying I agree, I'm not in denial-Joe was a tough, heavy hitting fighter."

Entertainers and fighters came out to the "Fabulous" Forum to support Hopkins in his "Final 1" career fight including Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya, Dave Chapelle, Vitali Klitchsko, George Lopez, Wilmer Valderrama, Bruno Gunn, Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, Larry Merchant, Danny Trejo, Rasheed Wallace, and Golden Boy Promotions fighters Lucas "La Maquina" Matthyssee, WBC Diamond, WBA & Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Jorge Linares, WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas, NABA Featherweight Champion Abraham "El Chamaco" Lopez, Emilio Sanchez, Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa, Genaro "El Conde" Gamez, Ivan "Striker" Delgado, Edgar Valerio, and Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro.

For the evening's co-main event, Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs) was put to the test with veteran Horacio "Violento" Garcia (30-2-1, 21 KOs). After going the distance in 10 rounds, Diaz, Jr. was handed a victory by the judges with a win by unanimous decision to retain his NABF Featherweight title.

"I knew I was facing a tough, experienced opponent, so my plan was to go in there and get him using my jabs, angles and everything I worked on in my training camp," said Joseph Diaz, Jr. "I came in and got what I wanted and I'm very happy with the outcome."

"It was a power versus speed fight," said Horacio Garcia. "For every power punch I would throw, he would throw two. I agree with the judge's decision, and we'll hit the gym to make the adjustments."

The evening's televised opening bout live on HBO World Championship Boxing, Oleksandr Usyk (11-0, 9 KOs) went toe to toe with Thabiso Mchunu (17-3, 11 KOs), with Usyk dominating the fight and pushing his opponent to go the distance. Ultimately, Usyk wore Mchunu down and ended the bout by technical knockout in the ninth round at the 1:53 mark to retain his WBO Cruiserweight title.

"I'm very happy with my performance, he was awkward but I'm glad I was able to win by knockout," said Oleksander Usyk. "Once I was able to find my range and throw combinations my power was too much for him."

"He got the better of me, and he used it against me," said Thabiso Mchunu. "All I can say now is that we have to go back to square one."

Brazil's hottest export, Yamaguchi Falcao (12-0, 5 KOs) faced German Perez (10-3-3, 3 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round super middleweight bout that only made it into the first 27 seconds of the first round. It only took mere seconds for Falcao to send Perez to the ropes, causing him to fall and injure his leg, maintaining Falcao's undefeated status.

"I wasn't expecting getting the knock out so early," said Yamaguchi Falcao. "I kept my distance and just looked for the perfect opportunity to land an overhead punch, and when I did - I felt that I hurt him and unleashed on him. I can't wait to start 2017 rejuvenated and at a top notch level."

Getting down to business, Jason "El Animal" Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a technical knockout over Jorge Melendez (28-8-1) at the 2:24 minute mark in the first of their 10-scheduled round middleweight bout.

"Me and Manny Robles were ready to go all ten rounds if necessary," said Jason Quigley. "He wanted the knock out more than I did - he was coming forward and risking heavy punches to his own detriment. We are 110 percent ready for anything that is coming in the future."

Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (7-0, 6 KOs) entered the ring hungry throwing a series of vicious punches to opponent Durango, Mexico's Antonio Martinez (6-8, 5 KOs) cutting up his face. By the second round, the referee ended the fight at the two-minute mark, awarding the victory to Garcia.

"I was a little nervous since this was my first timer as a Golden Boy Fighter," said Ryan Garcia. "I set him up perfectly for me to utilize my straight jab, and found a way to maneuver his awkward style. I'm going to look back at the tape and just keep on improving and taking off my Golden Boy career."

Carlos "The Solution" Morales (15-1-3, 6 KOs) remains NABA Super Featherweight champion after defeating tough opponent Charles Huerta (18-5, 10 KOs) of Paramount, CA via split decision, with scores of 95-94, 96-93 and 93-96. The fight proved to be a difficult one as Morales endured cuts to the face in round 7, and was knocked down in round 8-however, he remained resilient with counterpunches and blocks to Huerta to ensure the victory.

"I'm glad I get to take the belt back home," said Carlos Morales. "He was on his game, and it was a tough fight. I was caught completely off guard by his left hook, and I think that slowed me down, and the cut on my nose was a result of four hard rounds of boxing."

Fan favorite from Buena Park, Calif., Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (16-0, 14 KOs) went straight to work and hurt his opponent Jonathan Perez (36-16, 28 KOs) of Miami, FL with a right uppercut in the first round. By the second round, he had knocked out Perez in the third round at the 26 second mark with a dominant liver shot.

The pride of Los Angeles, Ivan "Striker" Delgado (11-0-1, 4 KOs) took down Tijuana, Mexico's Roberto Rivera (6-4, 5 KOs) with a devastating body shot in the sixth round of their lightweight bout at the 1:18 mark.

Glendora, CA's Joet Gonzalez (15-0, 7 KOs) remained undefeated after taking down Jairo Hernandez (15-11, 8 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico via fourth round knockout at the 2:40 second mark in this scheduled 6/8-round featherweight fight.

"I'm glad we got the stoppage in the fourth round," said Joet Gonzalez. "I was expecting him to come forward more, and I think he was a bit cautious of my power blows. Overall I'm satisfied with my performance tonight."


LAS VEGAS (Dec. 17, 2016) – In the aftermath of Saturday’s news that the WBC Interim heavyweight title fight in Russia between former heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and top-ranked Alexander Povetkin had been cancelled because Povetkin tested positive for drugs again, Hall of Fame promoter Don “Only In America” King offered a simple solution:

Declare his fighter, Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas, the interim champion.

“I’ve had a long-standing respect with the WBC, beginning with Jose Sulaiman and now with his son, Mauricio, who has done an incredible job filling his father’s shoes as WBC president and just got re-elected for four more years. I stand with them and with the WBC for trying to do things the right way and with their organization’s safety procedures in regard to the boxers and the sport.

“It’s sad but this guy, Povetkin, has become a total embarrassment. He’s now tested positive in two WBC heavyweight title fights in a row. I’m all for winning and losing fights in the ring, but it’s time for justice to prevail. I don’t know what’s going on over there with so many Russian athletes in so many sports testing positive for drugs, but it has to stop. They cannot be allowed to continue to do things the way they are.

“The WBC should declare Stiverne world champion, make him the mandatory for (WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay) Wilder, and let’s move on with it. There are a lot of great heavyweight fights that can be made with willing boxers who don’t break the rules every fight.

“I’m very disappointed for Bermane, who’s now gone through two training camps with nothing to show for it. Why put up all that money for travel and expenses and then have no fight. He was ready to beat Povetkin and regain a part of the WBC title.

“And then – worse yet -- for them to try and put it on Bermane for not fighting is just ludicrous. They’re taking the victim and trying to set him up as the criminal in this.’’

Stiverne pulled out after the WBC withdrew its sanction because Poverkin tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman revealed the positive test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on Saturday morning. Then, the WBC withdrew its recognition of the fight.

“There’s no reason to fight if the WBC won’t sanction the bout,” said Stiverne, who could have gone through with the bout but without the sanction opted not to. “I’m very disappointed in the actions of Povetkin. I’ve been training for months to be victorious.

“To wake up the day of the fight, have breakfast, take a nap and then find out he tested positive is the worst possible situation.”

This is the second time in seven months Povetkin (30-1-0, 22 KOs) has tested positive for a banned substance. He tested positive for Meldonium ahead of a scheduled May bout with Wilder, cancelling that fight.

If it had transpired, the winner of the fight for the WBC interim heavyweight title would have become the mandatory challenger to Wilder. Stiverne lost the WBC title to Wilder on a 12-round decision on Jan. 15, 2015. He’s the only fighter to go the distance with Wilder.



INDIO, CALIF. (Dec. 16, 2016)
- Cuban stand out Sullivan Barrera (18-1, 13 KOs) pulled an upset over Vyacheslav "Lionheart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (17-1, 14 KOs) in a slugfest for the WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight title at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. before a nearly sold-out crowd and televised on HBO Latino. The fight lasted until the seventh round, where Shabranskyy's team waved the white towel at the 2:05 mark.

"Of course we would never expect this," said Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. "We will decide next steps after we get over this."

"With this win, I proved all the people who bad mouthed me wrong," said Sullivan Barrera. "This win is for all the boxing fans outs there. I want to specifically thank my trainer, Derik Santos. He sat me down, we watched the tapes, and he said to me, 'Sullivan, this is what you have to do to get the win.' This proves that my career in boxing is alive. I want a rematch with Andre Ward."

In the evening's co-main event also televised on HBO Latino, Rashidi "Speedy" Ellis (17-0, 12 KOs) maintained his undefeated status and was crowned the new IBF North American Welterweight Champion after stopping Eddie "E-Boy" Gomez (19-2, 11 KOs) in the first round at 1:19.

"I am at a loss of words," said Eddie Gomez. "I just don't know how this happened."

"It's been a long time since I was able to get a knock out in the first round," said Rashidi Ellis. "I told my team I was going to win, and I entered the ring with confidence. When I landed that first jab, I felt an urgency. I could see it in his eyes that he knew I was going to win. Now with this belt, I feel like I can take anyone."

Opening up the HBO Latino telecast, Ronny Rios (27-1, 12 KOs) faced East LA's Roy Tapia (12-2-2, 6 KOs) in a 10 round featherweight bout. Tapia entered the ring hungry; however, the relaxed Rios was able to obtain the stoppage, with the referee calling the fight before the start of the seventh round.

"It was a body shot in the first round that really affected me," said Roy Tapia. "After the fight, Ronny came up to me and told me to keep my head up and to keep fighting. I'm going to listen to him."

"I was just in there having fun," said Ronny Rios. "I'm more aware of my surroundings. I could hear my coach, and I could relax my arms so much more. I was in the same position Roy is in now at one point in my career, and all I can say is that you learn so much more with a loss than you ever could with a win."

Representing his hometown of Indio, Javier Padilla (2-0, 2 KO) stopped Tijuana, Mexico's Jose Mora (0-2) in the second round of his scheduled four-round super bantamweight fight. Padilla sent Mora to the mat in the first round with a powerful left hook at the end of the first round, finishing him off at 44 seconds into the second round with a straight right hand.

"I wanted to take my time in the ring," said Javier Padilla. "I didn't think he would get back up in the first round when he first hit the mat, but into the first couple of seconds of the second round, I was ready to finish what I came to do in my territory."

One of Golden Boy's hottest prospects, Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) faced Nestor Garcia (0-2) in a scheduled four-round super lightweight bout that only made it to the first three minutes of the first round.

"I'm so happy with this knock out, because I feel that it was well deserved," Vergil Ortiz said after the fight. "He was quick to try to block my punches, so I knew I had to stop him early. As soon as I saw the open opportunity, I launched my straight right hand punch, and that did the trick."

Younger brother to the HBO Latino television opener Ronny Rios, the equally talented Alexis Rocha (6-0, 4 KOs) faced the tough Abraham Calderon (1-4) in a four round super welterweight battle that went the distance. Rocha was able to gain the unanimous decision with all the judges scoring the bout 40-34.

"He was a tough fighter, and even though his record wasn't spotless, he was never stopped before," said Alexis Rocha. "I was expecting a rough road, and I am happy with the two times I made him hit the floor. I'm a tough welterweight, and I'm only 19 so I have a lot to learn."

Chattanooga, Tennessee's Ryan Martin (18-0, 11 KOs) defeated Sacramento's Yardley Suarez (19-6, 10 KOs) in round four of the scheduled eight-round lightweight bout. Suarez was able to keep up with Martin up until midway of the fourth round, when he hit the mat after Martin's flurry of punches. Suarez was able to get back up, only to be overtaken again by Martin's punches causing the referee to stop the fight, awarding the TKO to Martin.

"The moment I saw him go down, I knew that it was my time to go hard on him," said Ryan Martin of his win. "It's always an exciting moment to remain undefeated, and I'm looking forward to more things to come."

Also in attendance at tonight's fight was WBC Super Featherweight Champion Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) as the VIP guest for the stacked card. His appearance came just six weeks before he defends his title against Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs) in a 12-round surefire high-action fight on January 28, from the same venue live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Sullivan Barrera was a 10-round bout for the WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight championship, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Main Events and sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD," and Casa Mexico Tequila.


Anthony Joshua extended his perfect record to 18-0 with 18 knockouts in a dominating defense of his IBF Heavyweight World Championship over American challenger Eric Molina Saturday on SHOWTIME from Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: http://s.sho.com/2hqHTo8.

Joshua floored Molina with a huge left in the third, leaving the Texas native crumpled in the corner. Molina looked dazed and barely beat the count, but he was again in trouble and defenseless seconds later, forcing the referee to halt the contest at 2:02.

After the fight, Matchroom Sport managing direction Eddie Hearn announced that Joshua will make the third defense of his title on April 29 against long-reining heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko at London’s Wembley Stadium.

“Disaster avoided tonight,” Joshua said. “He started off teeing off with some haymakers early on. There are not too many tactics he can do. It’s hard for him to come in and fight when you aren’t giving him any options. Someone who is boxing with you can give you options, but someone who is boxing on his back feet cannot.”

“This is the start of my story and there will be many more things to come when I step into this ring. I’m not one to talk and I’m not one to mess around, but if I did start talking I think people would find out what I’m all about. I’ve stayed consistent and I’ve stayed patient and I’m still undefeated.”

“We are moving into a huge arena (Wembley). He’s a very respectful man outside of the ring, and he’s very competitive in the ring. This is the step up people have wanted. Klitschko wants his belts back and may the best man win.”

Said Klitschko: “He is the best man in the heavyweight division and his record speaks for itself. This is the fight that the fans want and that is why this fight will happen.”

“Do you want to see a big fight? Do you want to see a fight where two Olympic champs are involved? Do you want to see the fight between A.J. and W.K.? You got it.”

Badou Jack & James DeGale Meet in Super Middleweight World Championship Unification Showdown Saturday, January 14 From Barclays Center in Brooklyn Live on SHOWTIME

Junior Lightweight World Champion Jose Pedraza
Battles Undefeated Rising Star Gervonta Davis in

BROOKLYN (November 17, 2016) – WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) and IBF Super Middleweight World Champion James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) will look to stake their claim as the best 168-pound fighter in the world when they meet in a title unification clash on Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME as boxing returns to New York for the first time in five months.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGâ telecast will also feature undefeated junior lightweight world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (22-0, 12 KOs) defending his title against up-and-coming Mayweather Promotions’ undefeated contender Gervonta “The One” Davis (16-0, 15 KOs).

“I’m expecting a very tough fight from James DeGale,” said Jack. “But I’m very confident that I’m going to win the fight and become the unified champion. This is an incredible stage to be at Barclays Center and on SHOWTIME and I’m going to take full advantage of it. I’m ready to make my mark as the best in the division.”

“I am so happy that this fight has finally been made,” said DeGale. “This is the best fighting the best. This is what boxing is all about. Badou Jack is a very good fighter and he’s underrated. I am going to have to be 100 percent on my game to beat him, but I am confident I will deliver on January 14. I have already fulfilled my dream of becoming a world champion and now it is time to unify.”

“Davis is a great young fighter with an impressive record,” said Pedraza. “He is a complete fighter and I am very happy to fight a challenger of his caliber. However, I do feel that Davis has been protected so I plan to really show off in this fight and perform at my best. Defeating Davis will be a great start to 2017, a year I would love to unify my division. I am thrilled to be back on SHOWTIME and look forward to putting on a great show for all those in attendance at Barclays Center.”

“I'm excited for the opportunity to fight a respected undefeated world champion like Jose Pedraza,” said Davis. “I'm also ready to show the boxing world what I'm capable of doing. Boxing is searching for its next star and I believe that I'm the one. On January 14, I plan to show what over 200 amateur wins and 12 years of training with coach Calvin Ford looks like. Baltimore, we're here. Brooklyn, I'm ready to shine for you. Jose Pedraza, get ready. I'm coming to kick your a**.”

“Mayweather Promotions is pleased to have the opportunity to bring this huge event to Brooklyn and Barclays Center,” said Floyd Mayweather, President of Mayweather Promotions. “Badou Jack versus James DeGale is one of the best match-ups in the sport. It’s the best fighting the best. I believe that Badou Jack has what it takes to be a unified world champion. I’m also excited to see Gervonta Davis fight for his first world title. He has the skills to be a fighter who carries the sport. He has a tough, undefeated world champion in front of him and I am looking forward to seeing him perform on January 14. These are two evenly-matched fights that will bring a lot of explosive action to the ring on fight night, you don’t want to miss it.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available starting Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Both Jack and DeGale retained their titles on SHOWTIME in April. Jack kept his belt via a controversial split draw against Lucian Bute, a match in which many thought Jack had prevailed, while DeGale defeated mandatory challenger Rogelio Medina. Both fighters were sharp; each landed over 60 percent of his respective power punches to set up this showdown for the top spot in the super middleweight division.

"We’re looking forward to bringing our first boxing event to Barclays Center in Brooklyn on January 14, when Badou Jack will face James DeGale in a world title unification bout live on SHOWTIME," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Badou has a tremendous work ethic and ability to stay focused and this has helped him get to where he is now in his career. He's prepared to keep putting the hard work in to stay on top. Every time he was counted out, it just made him work harder. He’s proof that if you stay focused and dedicated to your craft, you can reach your dreams. I’m also eager to see Mayweather Promotions’ own Gervonta Davis in his first world title fight. We believe there is a bright future ahead for that young man and this could be the first step on his way to a truly special career.”

“Boxing will return to New York in 2017 with a tremendous card at Barclays Center on January 14 featuring two high caliber championship contests,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “With Badou Jack and James DeGale facing off, you have champion versus champion, the best fighting the best in what promises to be an action-packed battle in a super middleweight unification. Puerto Rico’s only world champion, undefeated Jose Pedraza, will defend his junior lightweight title against a hungry, heavy-handed challenger in Gervonta Davis.”

“Jack vs. DeGale is a terrific start to 2017,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “I want to thank Floyd Mayweather for making this fight happen and to Lou DiBella for his continued support of BROOKLYN BOXING. In our fifth year at Barclays Center, we are committed to boxing more than ever before.”

“In 2016, SHOWTIME delivered more high-quality, competitive fights than any other network and 2017 will be no different. We’re thrilled to kick off the year with a true ‘50/50’ unification fight between two world champions in the prime of their career,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “Badou Jack vs. James DeGale is boxing at its best – a matchup between the No. 1 - and No. 2-ranked boxers in the division – the right fight happening at the right time. And the Jose Pedraza-Gervonta Davis co-feature, which features two of boxing’s rising stars, could have been a main event on its own. There is no better way to begin the year, as well as our tremendous run of four separate SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presentations over a seven-week span.”

Jack, who fights out of Las Vegas by way of Stockholm, Sweden, captured the WBC 168-pound crown with a 12-round majority decision over previously unbeaten defending champion Anthony Dirrell last April 24. A former amateur standout who represented Gambia in the 2008 Olympics, Jack retained his belt against former world title challenger George Groves last Sept. 12 on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s final fight. Jack was an underdog against both Dirrell and Groves before retaining his title. The 6-foot-1, 33-year-old won four in a row leading up to his controversial draw against Bute in April.

DeGale won the vacant IBF belt in his U.S. debut last May by dropping Andre Dirrell twice on his way to a unanimous decision. The 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist from London then successfully defended it last November in a thrilling shootout with the hometown favorite and former titlist Bute. The 30-year-old, who’s only blemish came in a majority decision in his 11th bout against the then-unbeaten Groves, will make his fourth consecutive start outside his native England as he looks to become a global power and a unified champion at 168 pounds.

The switch-hitting Puerto Rican Olympian Pedraza backed up his “The Sniper” moniker against Andrey Klimov, picking apart the Russian with superior speed and accuracy on his way to a world title win last June. Pedraza earned a shot at the title in his previous bout with a career-best victory over former world title challenger Michael Farenas. The 27-year-old then went on to defend his title successfully against Edner Cherry last October and most recently against Stephen Smith in April. This fight marks the fourth consecutive time that Pedraza has fought on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

A highly regarded prospect that won the 2012 National Gloves championship, the 22-year-old Davis recorded five victories inside of the distance in 2015. The Baltimore native, who Floyd Mayweather has called “the next big star in boxing,” kept his momentum going into 2016 as he recorded a sixth-round stoppage of Guillermo Avila in April and a first round knockout of Mario Macias in June. Davis enters his first world title showdown with seven straight victories by stoppage.

Featherweight World Championship Rematch Between
Carl Frampton & Leo Santa Cruz Headlines
Premier Boxing Champions Event Saturday, January 28
From MGM Grand Garden Arena
in Las Vegas Live on SHOWTIME

PLUS! Lightweight World Champion Dejan Zlaticanin Battles Undefeated Former Two-Division Superstar Mikey Garcia

LAS VEGAS (November 23, 2016) - Undefeated featherweight world champion Carl "The Jackal" Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and former three-division world champion Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) will meet again in a world title rematch that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday, Jan. 28 live on SHOWTIME from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader will also feature lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) making his first title defense against fan favorite and former two-division titlist Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs).

Frampton and Santa Cruz are set to clash in a rematch of their July "Fight of the Year" candidate that saw tremendous back-and-forth action throughout the 12-round fight that ended in a majority decision for the Irish fighter. Frampton drew significant Irish support in Brooklyn and will now bring his legion of fans to Las Vegas for the first time in an arena where Santa Cruz has fought six times. Just a few hours from Santa Cruz's home of Los Angeles, the electric atmosphere is sure to be buoyed by two men who combined to land 402 power shots out of the 497 punches landed in their first fight.

To kick off the promotion, Frampton and Santa Cruz will be holding open-to-the-public press conferences in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 1 with more details to be announced shortly.

"The rematch is the fight we wanted," said Frampton. "I enjoyed our first fight in New York. The atmosphere was fantastic and the fight lived up to the hype. On January 28th I will be better and I will win more convincingly. I know the way Leo fights, he throws a lot of punches and he is brave, but his style suits me. It has always been a dream of mine to headline in Las Vegas and I cannot wait to get out there and put on a great performance for the American boxing fans and the travelling support from Ireland and the UK."

"From the moment our last fight ended, when the decision came and I lost the fight, I knew my only goal was to get my belt back," said Santa Cruz. "When I sat in the locker room afterward, I felt more motivated than ever to get back in the gym. All I've thought about since the fight was this rematch. There won't be any distractions in this camp. I'll be heading into the fight with a better game plan. I'm putting in 100 percent in training and I'm excited to get in the ring on January 28 to get my belt back."

"This is the most important fight of my career," said Zlaticanin. "I expect a tough and ruthless fight. I know how good Mikey Garcia is, but I also know how good I am. The fight is not going to reach the final bell; one of us will be knocked out, and I believe it will be Mikey. Garcia has never fought a good and strong fighter like me before. He will feel my power on January 28."

"I'm very happy and excited for my upcoming fight," said Garcia. "This is a chance to claim a third world title in my third division. Zlaticanin is tough, strong and dangerous but I feel confident in my abilities. I'm planning on giving the fans in Las Vegas a great show. 2017 will be a great year for me and it all starts January 28!"

"Frampton-Santa Cruz II is truly the best that boxing has to offer, an immediate rematch of a leading Fight of the Year candidate between the two top-rated fighters in the division," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "And Zlaticanin vs. Garcia is a '50/50' fight between two undefeated champions and a main event in its own right. The Jan. 28 telecast is the cornerstone of four upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING presentations that feature the best matchups in boxing's deepest divisions. Events like this one are proof that SHOWTIME delivers the strongest boxing line up of any network in the sport today."

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports in association with Cyclone Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $504, $404, $304, $204, $104 and $54, and go on sale Tuesday, November 29 at 9 a.m. PT. Tickets are available at www.AXS.com.

"I am looking forward to a terrific event in Las Vegas," said Barry McGuigan of Cyclone Promotions, a former world champion and Hall of Famer. "The first fight between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz was sensational and I truly believe that the rematch will be even better. I'm convinced that Carl will win the rematch more convincingly and beating someone like Leo Santa Cruz a second time will define Carl as true great of Irish boxing. I know everyone at Cyclone Promotions is proud to deliver a great night of boxing at MGM Grand where there will be a full action packed card of championship fights."

"It's a thrill to promote another fantastic night of boxing featuring two evenly matched world championship showdowns," said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. "These are the kinds of cards that Ringstar is all about. Frampton and Santa Cruz put on a memorable performance in July and battled from the opening bell. It was Frampton who took home the belt last time, but I expect that Leo will train to be 100 percent and do everything in his power to get his title back. I believe this could be an even better fight than the first one. We also have Mikey Garcia, who shook off the ring rust in July and will challenge the most dangerous lightweight champion in the world, Dejan Zlaticanin, in the co-main event. This is a fight that looks destined to end by knockout. The perfect stage for this great night of action is the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and I anticipate a huge crowd on hand to support these outstanding fighters."

"The first fight between Frampton and Santa Cruz was action packed from start to finish and I guarantee the rematch will be the same," said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "Along with the Zlaticanin-Garcia bout, as they battle for a world title, you have another can't miss night of boxing from the MGM Grand live on SHOWTIME."

Frampton's all-action style has made him a firm favorite with boxing fans all around the world. The record breaking Northern Irishman is currently one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet and on January 28 will, for the first time, take his legion of fans to the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas. The 29-year-old defeated Santa Cruz after conquering rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification bout in February. Fighting out of Belfast, the Irish national amateur champion (in 2005 and 2009) became a world champion in 2014 when he defeated Kiko Martinez to earn a super bantamweight title. He made his U.S. debut in July 2015 when he defeated Alejandro "Cobrita" Gonzalez Jr. in Texas before unifying the title against Quigg.

The popular Mexican-American Santa Cruz fights out of Los Angeles and won a 126-pound title in a "Fight of the Year" grudge match against former three-division champ Abner Mares in August 2015 at STAPLES Center. He followed that up by stopping former world champion Kiko Martinez before taking the Frampton challenge. Prior to that, Santa Cruz won belts at 118 and 122 pounds while earning a reputation as one of boxing's most active and exciting fighters. The 28-year-old also holds victories over Cristian Mijares and Eric Morel and has competed in world title bouts in 12 of his last 14 fights since 2012.

The first world champion ever from Montenegro, Zlaticanin will be putting his belt on the line for the first time since earning a third-round stoppage of Franklin Mamani in June to pick up the vacant title. The 32-year-old put himself in position to fight for the title in his U.S. debut by dominating then unbeaten Ivan Redkach on his way to a third-round TKO. A hard-hitting southpaw, Zlaticanin also has victories over Ricky Burns and Petr Petrov.

A popular fighter on both coasts, Oxnard, California's Garcia returned from a two and half year layoff in July to dominate former champion Elio Rojas on his way to a fifth-round stoppage in Brooklyn as the co-main event of the first Santa Cruz vs. Frampton fight. The 28-year-old is ready to resume his promising career that already saw him pick up world titles at 126 and 130 pounds. Trained by his brother Robert, he owns impressive victories over Roman Martinez, Orlando Salido, Juan Manuel Lopez and Bernabe Concepcion.



SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (November 28, 2016) – A lightweight bout pitting Kansas’ most popular MMA fighter David Rickels (17-4, 2 NC) against Aaron Derrow (14-8) and a middleweight bout featuring undefeated phenom Chris Harris (7-0) versus Jordan Young (5-0) are the first two fights announced for “Bellator 171” which will take place inside Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas, on January 27.

“Bellator 171,” which airs live on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, is expected to have a main event announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the event starting at just $24, go on sale Saturday, Dec. 3 with an exclusive two-day Bellator Nation pre-sale beginning November 30, and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or KansasStarEventCenter.com. The event takes place one week after the extremely anticipated “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” in Inglewood, Calif.

“The King of Kansas” will once again compete on the Spike-televised main card of Bellator MMA’s return to Kansas Star Arena. A 17-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, Rickels will return to action for the first time since competing against Melvin Guillard this past summer. “The Caveman” has strung together an impressive career, totaling 11 wins over his seven years with the promotion, including four of his five career knockouts. A native of Derby, Kansas, Rickles recently delivered a brutal first round knockout in his co-main clash with Bobby Cooper at “Bellator 150: Kongo vs. Spartan.” The 27-year-old Rickels now prepares for Aaron Derrow, who enters the bout undefeated since joining Bellator MMA in 2014.

A native of Blue Springs, Missouri, Derrow has made an immediate impact on the promotion, collecting victories in each of his first two fights under the Bellator MMA umbrella. Following his hot start, “Daddy Long Legs” will now be tasked with one of the lightweight divisions most proven veterans in David Rickels. Of his 14 career wins, Derrow has finished his opponent in 12 of them, including 10 of the submission variety. The 29-year-old Derrow has scored two knockouts, each of which came in the first twenty seconds of action. Derrow will have his hands full with Rickels and the raucous hometown crowd that follows him when the two enter the cage on January 27.

With an unblemished mark of 7-0, Harris enters the cage riding an impressive string of success to begin his professional career. Fighting out of Wichita, Kansas, Harris will have the luxury of competing in front of his home crowd as he prepares to make his third appearance under the Bellator MMA banner. Harris has a knack for finishing his opponents early and often, recording six wins by way of knockout or submission, including four in the first round. The 26-year-old knockout artist will look to build off of a commendable 2016 campaign that saw him emerge victorious in each of his three contests, including a pair of wins with the Scott Coker-led promotion.

Also boasting an undefeated record through five career bouts, the 22-year-old Young will make his promotional debut against the equally impressive Harris. Of his five career wins, four have come by way of submission, with each of the four finishes occurring in the opening round of action. Prior to making his professional debut in 2014, the submission specialist had similar success on the amateur circuit, where he collected four submission victories over a five-fight span. Fighting out of Urbandale, Iowa, the 6’4’’ Young will also hold a significant height advantage over the 5’11’’ Harris as he prepares to challenge one of the most aggressive opponents of his career.

Updated “Bellator 171” Main Card:
Lightweight Feature Bout: Dave Rickels (17-4, 2 NC) vs. Aaron Derrow (14-8)
Middleweight Feature Bout: Chris Harris (7-0) vs. Jordan Young (5-0)

About Bellator MMA:
Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader. Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:
Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike's Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike's press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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