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Curtis Stevens vs. James De La Rosa Added to Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound For Pound" HBO Pay-Per-View® Televised Undercard

Saturday, November 19 from the T-Mobile Arena
Presented Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®

Las Vegas, NV: The Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound for Pound" HBO Pay-Per-View telecast on November 19 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. will now include the 10-round middleweight showdown between Curtis "The Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) and James "The King" De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs).

Stevens fought earlier this year on the Canelo-Khan HBO Pay-Per-View telecast and scored a spectacular second-round upset knockout of then-undefeated Brazilian Patrick Teixeira. When asked about the upgrade to the televised card Curtis replied, "I know it is Kovalev-Ward but now it is Kovalev-Ward-Stevens. Time to show out!"

De La Rosa was in a similar situation when he defeated former title contender Alfredo Angulo on the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana. He said, "Déjà vu all over again. The same thing happened when I fought Angulo. I am happy to fight on the PPV telecast. I need this win so I'll leave it all in the ring come November 19."

Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva added, "After we announced Curtis would be fighting on the untelevised portion of the Kovalev-Ward PPV card, we heard from a lot of fans asking that the fight be moved to TV so they could see Curtis. What the fans want, the fans get!"

Stevens, 31, of Brownsville, Brooklyn returned to the ring this past May 7 and stopped previously undefeated Brazilian prospect Patrick Teixeira in the second round on the HBO Pay-Per-View® undercard of Canelo-Khan. The victory over Teixeira catapulted Stevens back into the ranking of all four sanctioning bodies, including Top 10 ratings in both the IBF and WBC. He is hoping to continue that momentum and secure another shot at the middleweight title.

De La Rosa, 28, is originally from Mexico but now resides in San Benito, Texas. His most recent win was a unanimous decision upset over former title contender Alfredo Angulo on the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana. De La Rosa has suffered two back-to-back losses since his win over Angulo but both have come at the hands of two previously undefeated prospects in Hugo Centeno Jr. and Jason Quigley. Commonly, fighters in his position would prefer a tune-up to get back on a winning track but, in this case, De La Rosa opted out of that easy route and decided to test himself against another former title contender in Stevens.

Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound For Pound", a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Titles, takes place Saturday, Nov. 19, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. "Pound for Pound" is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and is sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Rosneft and Corona Extra. Tickets are on sale now at AXS.com and the T-Mobile Arena Box Office.



MONTREAL (October 22, 2016)-In an all-out slugfest, hard-hitting Middleweight contender David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) delivered a solid victory in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal, earning a unanimous 10-round decision over, Argentinian fighter Christian Fabian Rios (21-8-3, 6 KOs)

"With this win, David Lemieux has once again demonstrated himself to be a dynamic and resilient fighter," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "This additional victory will open new doors for Lemieux, and we can't wait to see what the next chapter in his boxing career will bring."

In the opening bout at the Bell Center, rising Super Middleweight prospect D'mitrius Ballard (15-0, 11 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact, dominating Gergo Harvath (9-2-1, 5 KOs) throughout the early moments of the fight. In the second round, the Maryland-born Ballard knocked Harvath down three times before the referee waved off the fight.



Saturday, Nov. 26, Live on HBO®
The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Tickets Go On Sale
This Wednesday! Oct. 19 at 1 P.M. ET / 10 A.M. PT

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 17, 2016)
-- Tickets to the blockbuster fight between two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO and undefeated former world featherweight champion NICHOLAS "Axe Man" WALTERS will go on sale This Wednesday! Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT. Lomachenko and Walters will be battling for Lomachenko's World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title on Saturday, Nov. 26, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to the Lomachenko - Walters world championship event, priced at $200, $150, $100, $75, and $50 (general admission), will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com/. Room / ticket packages will also available.

The greatest amateur boxer of his era and arguably of all time, two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs), of Odessa, became a two-division world champion just as he did with his first professional world title, he won world title No. 2 in a record least amount of fights -- SEVEN! In his last fight, on June 11, he annihilated defending three-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez via a cringe-worthy knockout punch in the fifth round . Lomachenko captured his first world title -- the vacant WBO featherweight title -- on June 21, 2014, winning a scintillating majority decision over the previously unbeaten Gary Russell Jr. It was Lomachenko's third professional bout, tying him with Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin for fewest fights to win a world title. Muangsurin won a junior welterweight title in 1975, also in his third professional fight Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a lightweight, respectively.

Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs), from Montego Bay, Jamaica, has won 11 of his last 14 fights by stoppage. He captured the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title on December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round. He successfully defended the title three times during his three year reign -- all by knockout -- stopping Alberto Garza, former two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan and 2012 Fighter of the Year and four-division world champion Nonito Donaire in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, respectively

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Felix Jr. Halts Herrera in Three, Kavaliauskas Wins in Eight.

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October 14, 2016- Once-defeated Lightweight Jose Felix Jr. looked impressive on Friday night by stopping a tough-as-nails Alan Herrera in the third round of the Top Rank / Bash Promotions fight card at the Sportmen's Lodge in Studio City, California.

Felix, now 35-1-1 with 27KOs, was much too quick and shifty, for Herrera, who despite looking very prepared and charging forward, was meet with sharp combinations by Felix on both the counter and while pivoting.
Herrera, (34-9, 22KOs) was downed in the third round, a rapid-fire follow-up attack forcing referee Raul Caiz to step in for the save at 1:42 of the round.

With the win, Felix Jr., who's gone three for three this year is closing in fast on another world title shot, as he is rated #3 by the WBO and #5 in the IBF rankings.

Kavaliauskas Defeats Krael in Eight.

On the co-featured bout, Olympian KO artist, Welterweight Egis “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (15-0, 12 KOs) was extended the eight round distance by Cameron Krael (8-12-2, 1 KO)

Despite the unimpressive record, Krael showed plenty of skill and speed, as he went punch for punch with Kavaliauskas, who was rocked and cut in the late round's of a very tight fight.

Scores were 77-75 on all cards for Kavaliauskas.

In other results, Super Lightweight Maxim Dadashev, (4-0, 3KOs) defeated Eddie Diaz (2-6-2, 0KOs)
in six, via 60-54 (twice) and 60-53.

Tall and speedy Lightweight Ryan Garcia stopped Mario Aguirre in two.

Lightweight Alejandro Guerrero defeated Manuel Lopez via decision in four.

UNIMAS televised.



LOS ANGELES (September 30, 2016) - Veteran lightweight Petr "Zar" Petrov emerged victorious over Michael "The Artist" Perez in an elimination fight to earn a shot at WBA Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares. The main event capped an action-packed, sold out Golden Boy Promotions card at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on Friday night.

Broadcast live on Estrella TV and streaming live simultaneously on Ring TV, estrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios, Petrov (38-4-2, 18 KOs) used a relentless attack to knock Perez (24-2-2, 11 KOs) down in the second round, cut him over both eyes and eventually lead Perez' trainer Robert Garcia to stop the fight at the end of the sixth.

"During this fight, I followed what my trainer told me to do-which was watch him closely and break him down," Petrov said. "I did exactly that, and everyone was able to see the result."

"Obviously, I'm disappointed. I came in to this fight expecting something different, but it happens," said Michael Perez. "From here it's back to the drawing board and I'll definitely be returning to the ring again soon."

In the co-main event San Diego-based Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (3-0, 3 KOs) was looking to add to his impressive early run of victories against Durham, North Carolina's Vernon Alston (9-7-1, 7 KOs) in a six-round super featherweight event. Gamez set a familiar tone for the night, dominating his opponent from the opening moments. Gamez knocked Alston down in the early part of the first round with a sizzling combination before knocking Alston out - and out of the ring - towards the end of the round.

"During the fight, I was looking for some openings and once I found one, the knockout just happened," Gamez said. "It feels great to put on an exciting fights. I want what every boxer wants next-a world title shot."

Opening up the televised portion of the night on Estrella TV, Santa Ana, CA sensation Alexis Rocha (5-0, 4 KOs) quickly got to work in his six-round welterweight bout, firing numerous shots at Colbert "The Pitbull" Lozoya (7-14) to start the fight. Half way through the first round, Rocha unloaded a combination to the head and body that dropped and knocked out Lozoya.

"My plan is to always go in there and hurt my opponent," Rocha said. "I want to make sure they don't get confidence so they know I am the better fighter in the ring."

In the second of two fights featuring local fan favorites making their pro debuts, super bantamweight prospect and Indio native Luis Coria (1-0, 1 KO) took on Noe Munoz (2-4) in a scheduled four-round fight. The fighters took their measure of one another through the first round, but in the second, Coria began to assert himself and ended the bout with a thunderous left hook that left Munoz dazed for minutes after he was counted out.

Javier Padilla (1-0, 1 KO), another local Indio fighter projected to do some damage in the sport, dominated from the opening bell, landing savage body and head shots at will against Richard Morales (0-3). Padilla, a super bantamweight, knocked Morales down twice in the second round before the referee stepped in and stopped the action before the end of the round, giving Padilla a big victory in his first professional bout.

A fan favorite at the Belasco Theater's LA FIGHT CLUB, East LA native Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (7-0, 5 KOs) travelled 120 miles east to square off against Farkhad "Crazy Russian" Sharipov (4-9, 1 KO) in a super lightweight clash. In a back-and-forth matchup the featured rapid combinations and solid defense, Navarro emerged with a unanimous decision to keep his undefeated record intact.

In the opening fight of the night, rising super middleweight Bastie Samir (15-0-1, 14 KOs) took on Sijoula "Siju/Juice" Ade Shabazz (6-2, 5 KOs) in a six-round affair. Samir came out aggressively from the opening bell, knocking Shabazz down with a vicious combination near the end of round one. Shabazz easily beat the count as the bell rang signifying the end of the opening stanza. For the remainder of the fight, Shabazz took on the role of the boxer. Though Samir and Shabazz both managed to land some heavy leather throughout, the fight went the distance, with Samir winning a unanimous decision and keeping his undefeated record.

Michael Perez vs. Petr Petrov was a 12-round fight for the WBA Lightweight World Title Eliminator presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and sponsored by "Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD."


LOS ANGELES (September 19, 2016) - Today Canelo Alvarez visited specialist Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli, after injuring his right hand during his ninth round knockout victory over Liam "Beefy" Smith to win the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship on September 17, 2016.

After taking x-rays and conducting a CT scan, the doctor found an avulsion fracture of the right thumb. Canelo does not need surgery and the prognosis is excellent.

Canelo's hand will be immobilized for the next six weeks, and he will be unable to fight again in 2016.

This does nothing to Canelo's plans to move up and take on the best in the middleweight division next year.




ARLINGTON, TX (September 17, 2016) - On Mexican Independence Weekend, Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) was crowned the new WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion in front of a record breaking crowd of 51,240 roaring fans at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Canelo established himself as a ticket seller king breaking AT&T Stadium's previous record of 50,994 for a boxing event established by Manny Pacquioa vs. Joshua Clottey in 2010.

The show started off with a bang as pyrotechnic displays were incorporated into the fighters' ring walks in celebration of the festive Mexican holiday. At the start of the fight, both Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and Liam "Beefy" Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs) of Liverpool, England came out aggressively at each other in an exciting battle of power and wits. As the fight progressed, both fighters went back and forth exchanging combinations of face and body shots. In the beginning of the seventh round, Canelo dropped Smith with an overhand right to the head first time in the Brit's career. In the eighth round, Liam was knocked down again by a body shot and finally, at 2:28 in the ninth round, Canelo secured himself another world title as he landed straight power hit to Smith's liver, immobilizing the fighter.

"First of all, I want to say I told you I was going to give a great fight and get the championship and here it is," said Canelo Alvarez. "I started going after him, but in the second round I hurt my hand. I hurt my right hand and had to use the left more often. There was some disparity but that's what happened. I felt he was very strong in the beginning so I had to put the body work and felt he would dwindle, that's how I did my job. I give big punches with my body shots, and I enjoyed it very much. I fear no man. I am the best fighter in this sport. About a month ago, we offered "GGG" three times as much to make the fight and we're ready for him, but he doesn't want to accept. As I said, we are a team and I fear no one. I fight the best and I want to fight the best, I am the best at this sport and Viva Mexico!"

"Liam Smith was a resilient fighter, he was tough, has a lot of heart," continued Canelo Alvarez. "He thinks before he attacks, I could tell in the way he blocked in the way he approached me. The body shot, was what I focused on, making sure I worked his body down, and that is what secured the victory today."

"If I would have waited a little longer and gotten more experience I would have been able to fight a guy like [Canelo] better," said Liam Smith. "I am very disappointed. Canelo was too good today, I needed better timing, my timing was off tonight. I was smaller and had no time to make him even think twice. We caught him with body shots well, and he handled his own."

As the co-main event Philly's "King" Gabriel Rosado (23-10, 13 KOs) battled Willie "El Mongoose" Monroe, Jr. (21-2, 6 KOs), of Rochester, NY in a 12-round match for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Middleweight. Starting out, the fighters tested each other as they kept their distance by using jabs and counterpunches. As the rounds progressed, the fighter's aggression grew, with Rosado pushing Monroe after the bell for the ninth round. In the eleventh round, Rosado landed a body shot to Monroe while also suffering an accidental headbutt. In the end, the judges determined "El Mongoose" the champion of this fight by unanimous decision with scores of 112-116, 110-118, 111-117.

"I have no problem with Rosado, I have no personal problems with anyone, it's business," said Willie Monroe, Jr. "I just want to thank God for this twenty first victory. I want to thank HBO for the opportunity, hopefully I performed and they want to bring me back. I also want to thank Banner Promotions, my team and my grandfather who passed away in 2013. He raised me and this has been a dream in the making for 29 years and it's still going."

"I thought I was going to be strong tonight, but I felt tight," said Gabriel Rosado. "It was a tough fight, I think I should have used my jab more. I mean, he was a decent fighter."

Fan favorite and former Olympian Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs)of South El Monte, Calif. put his NABF Featherweight Title on the line as he faced Blythe, Calif.'s Andrew "El Chango" Cancio (17-4-2, 13 KOs)in an entertaining scheduled 10-round scrap. In the first rounds, both fighters tested one another, as each exchanged blocks and blows in hopes of winning the fight. By round five, Diaz, Jr. continued to do work defending himself and landing devastating punches to Cancio. By 2:27 of the ninth round, Cancio's corner stopped the fight, giving Diaz, Jr. a technical knockout victory to retain his title.

"This is a great victory, it will open up so many doors for me moving forward," said Joseph Diaz, Jr. "I felt very comfortable today, I was the better puncher, I was faster and was able to cut the ring more efficiently. I knew that Cancio was going to be a strong guy, I knew he was going to be tough and try to push me around, so I had to be the better fighter tonight. I was able to display my defense and my power."

Mexicali's Diego De La Hoya (16-0, 9 KOs) came out in full force in his WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title defense against Luis "Orlandito" Orlando Del Valle (22-3, 16 KOs) of Baymon, Puerto Rico as the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast opener on Mexican Independence Day weekend. As a classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico boxing match rivalry, there wasn't a single dull moment in the De La Hoya vs. Del Valle matchup as both fighters were relentless in the ring. In round six, after deflecting punches, Del Valle stumbled back in the ring with De La Hoya continuing to go after him. In the end, De La Hoya's aggression made all the difference as the judges announced a unanimous decision victory for Diego De La Hoya.

"We knew this fight was going to be difficult we knew we were going up against an opponent who had a flood of experience," said Diego De La Hoya. "There were moments where the fight was complicated, but I was able to hurt him consistently with shots to the head. My most effective shot was the uppercut, and once I found that out, I consistently used it. I'm glad for the victory to bring this fight for all the Mexican fans tonight in front of such a venue has been a dream come true for me."

"I know how I performed in the ring. I trained hard, brought my skills to the ring, and left it all there," said Orlando Del Valle. "He was the better fighter, and that's that. There are no excuses on my part. I wish Diego the best."

The pride of Brooklyn, NY, Sadam "World Kid" Ali (23-1, 13 KOs) put his boxing talents on full display when he faced Mexican fighter Saul Corral (21-8, 12 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Sonora for a welterweight war. In round four, Ali effectively knocked down Saul Corral showing off his strong ability to throw effect combinations. By round eight, both fighters began to brawl in going the distance with the judges scoring the fight 99-98, 99-91, 99-90 in favor of Ali.

"The plan was to get the knock out, but that didn't happen with this victory," said Sadam Ali. "My opponent definitely had a Mexican style to him, and I was not expecting the reach he had with his arms. I knew I hurt him in the exchange of blows in the fourth round, and other times throughout the fight. This is still the win I needed and worked hard for, and I know the next fight I am in will demonstrate my will power."

Golden Boy Promotions fighter, Vergil Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) scored a crushing knockout over opponent Ernesto Hernandez (1-4, 1 KO) of El Paso, TX. From the moment Ortiz stepped on the mat, he asserted his dominance in the fight by quickly landing a double jab and straight right punch to successfully gain the first-round knockout.

"I feel motivated with this win. Never in my dreams did I expect to be on such a stage so early in my career," said Ortiz. "In the ring, I knew my opponent was hungry for redemption early because he kept trying to throw some overhand punches. But I kept tight and when I landed my double jab and straight right punch combination, I had a feeling that he wasn't going to get back up. I am glad I have such a solid start to my career, and I'm looking forward to more massive fights."

Representing San Antonio, TX, Hector "El Finito" Tanajara, Jr. (7-0, 5 KOs) fought Roy Garcia (3-20-1, 2 KOs) of Alice, TX in a lightweight fight going all four rounds. Tanajara showed his strength and skill in the ring with his ability to demonstrate great stamina and speed. As the fight went to the score cards, all three judges awarded "El Finito" the unanimous decision victory with a score of 40-36.

"It's an amazing feeling being able to fight in my home state - I could hear my family members cheering from the stands, and it's a blessing that they were able to come out to my first Texas performance," said Hector Tanajara, Jr. "I honestly thought I was going to be able to get the knock out, but my opponent wanted to brawl and he had a resistance in the ring that I didn't expect. In the end, I got my victory, and back to the gym we go to begin training for the next one."

Another Texas native, Joshua "El Profesor" Franco (7-0, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, schooled Brian Bazan of Mexico City (9-3, 6 KOs) in a scheduled six-round bantamweight bout. Starting from the first round, Bazan put the pressure on Franco with shots to Franco's head. By the second and third rounds, Franco began to come on strong with savage uppercuts. He used that punch to knock Bazan down twice in the third round and to floor Bazan a final time in the fourth round and secure the victory via knockout.

"I feel amazing getting the knock out in front of all my fans," said Joshua Franco. "This was only a taste of the things to come - my promoter wanted me to get into the ring with a fighter that would give me a tough time, and I think my performance tonight showed that I can take on any opponent. I knew the first time he fell that it would only take a couple of shots until I could get the victory via knockout."

Proud Brooklyn, New York native Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa (16-0, 7 KOs) defeated Daniel "Danny" Montoya (11-5, 8 KOs)by way of unanimous decision in an eight-round super lightweight fight. Known for his swiftness in the ring, Ochoa successfully fended off Montoya's flurries while also landing multiple body shots to his opponent. Both fighters fought resiliently until the very end, but ultimately "Zungry's" power punches and speed provided the difference.

"It felt good to go all eight-rounds." said Zachary Ochoa. "It's a good experience for me, to make sure that all my training is working. He was a tough guy, resilient, but I was in control the whole time. I knew my body shots were hurting him and I continued doing that to break him down. I knew going in it was going to be a tough fight, but we trained exactly for this, and we are ready to take on the next talented fighter."

Hailing from Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico and trained by famed trainers Jose "Chepo" Reynoso and Eddy Reynoso, Alexis Salazar (8-3, 3 KOs) earned a unanimous decision in the second bout of the evening over Dallas' Texas Larry Smith (10-29-1, 6 KOs). Salazar started aggressively, focusing on hard shots to the body, then following up to the head. Smith, however, demonstrated his experience, surviving Salazar's assault and utilizing crafty veteran techniques to make it to the end of the scheduled six-round super welterweight fight.

"I felt good throughout the fight. I feel it was my technique that won this fight for me," Alexis Salazar said. "My opponent was a tricky guy to fight and I thought it would be an easier night for me because of his loss streak on his record, but he made me work and I think it was a good experience."

Kicking off the mega card, in the first bout London, England's Anthony Yarde (8-0, 7 KOs) got straight down to business by taking out opponent Rayford Johnson (11-22, 5 KOs) of Longview, TX in the first round by way of technical knockout in this cruiserweight fight. Using a right hook, Yarde showed off his power and strength in the ring.

"Obviously I'm happy to get the win, but I was trying to carry him a bit. I wanted more time in the ring, I wanted to get some rounds in and take in more of this experience in this stadium. That is why I didn't follow up after I hit him with my left. But overall I got the win so I'm content with that."

HBO will repay the fight Saturday, September 24th at 10:05 p.m (ET/PT)

Canelo vs. Smith, a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship, was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Frank Warren and Canelo Promotions. Gabriel Rosado vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and Diego De La Hoya vs. Luis Orlando Del Valle was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Roc Nation Sports. The event was sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD," O'Reilly Auto Parts, "Hennessy. Never Stop. Never Settle," "Adriana's Insurance, El seguro que necesitas Al precio que quieres pagar," "AT&T, mobilizing your world," and Casa Mexico Tequila and took place on Saturday, September 17 at AT&T Stadium.




LOS ANGELES (September 22, 2016) - Fans in the United States will be able to view the highly anticipated unification battle between WBA Lightweight World Champion, Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) and WBC Lightweight World Champion, Jorge "El Nino de Oro" Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) live on AWE Network on Saturday, September 24 from the Manchester Arena. AWE is featured on over a hundred cable providers, including AT&T U-Verse, CH 147 and 1147 in HD and Verizon FiOS TV CH169 and 669 in HD. For more information and for additional listings, please visit www.awetv.com. Plus, as a special bonus for fight fans who don't yet receive the AWE channel, the 12-round championship bout will be available for free viewing at www.klowdtv.com.

The WBA, WBC Diamond and vacant Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champions will air starting at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT and will also feature a 12-round light heavyweight fight between Hosea Burton (17-0, 8 KOs) and Fernando Castaneda (24-10, 15 KOs) and the WBA International Middleweight Title match between John Ryder (23-2, 12 KOs) and Jack Arfield (20-2, 5 KOs).

Tickets are on sale now priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and available from the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com or by calling 0844 847 8000. VIPs tickets are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com, priced at £250.

Face value tickets for September 24 will also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/.

Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares is a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and the vacant Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships presented by Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Akihiko Honda's Teiken Boxing Gym.


London, England (September 10, 2016) Fighting in front of a sold-out crowd of over 19,000 at The O2 in London, England, Boxing Superstar and Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0, 33 KO’s) stopped Undefeated British Boxing Star and Welterweight World Champion “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-1, 25KO’s) in the fifth round of an action packed clash from the opening bell.

The stoppage was Golokvin’s 23rd straight knockout and his 17th consecutive world title defense.

Battering Brook in the first round, Golovkin started very strong against the valiant Brook. The second and third rounds saw excellent two-way action which had the partisan crowd on their feet for the native of Sheffield, England.

Fighting with a badly damaged right eye from Golovkin’s range finding jabs, Brook absorbed a wealth of punishment in the fourth round.

Starting fast in the fifth round, Golovkin battered Brook around the ring, displaying his full arsenal with power shots to the head and body. On very shaky legs, Brook’s head trainer Dominic Ingle jumped on the ring apron to throw in the towel and stop the carnage.

“I wanted a ‘Big Drama Show’, this was more like street fight, I knew I was stronger than him.” said Golokvin. “He couldn’t handle my power; I knew I was hurting him.”

“I want to fight Billy Jo Saunders next, he has the WBO belt and I want a unification fight to get all the middleweight titles.”

Stated a dejected Brook, “My trainer was looking out for me, he’s known me a very long time. I think the eye injury may be bad, but if I lose I want to lose by getting knocked out.”

“I’m not sure what I will do next, what weight I’ll fight at. I need a little time to make a decision.”

Golovkin vs. Brook was presented by Matchroom Boxing and K2 Promotions. The replay will air this evening on HBO World Championship Boxing (10pm ET/PT) immediately following the World Super Flyweight Championship between Consensus #1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter in the World, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KO’s) and Undefeated Champion Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27KO’s) from The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California.

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Golovkin is known as “The Most Exciting, Hardest-Hitting, Most Feared Fighter in the World.” From recently selling out arenas in New York City (Madison Square Garden), Los Angeles (The Fabulous Forum), Carson, California (StubHub Center) and now The O2 (London) to his sponsorships with the JORDAN Brand, Apple, Samsung, and Bijan, Tsesnabank, BI Group and EXPO 2017, Golovkin is one of the most marketable athletes in the world.

Golovkin’s record includes 23 straight knockouts in addition to 17 consecutive world title defenses. His 91.6% knockout ratio is the highest in boxing’s middleweight division history. Britain’s pound-for-pound number one fighter, Kell Brook, is out to shock the world when he steps up two weight divisions to take on the fearsome Gennady Golovkin.

The unbeaten Sheffield star achieved his childhood dream in August 2014 when he travelled to California to rip the IBF World Welterweight title from Ohio’s highly-rated and then-unbeaten Shawn Porter. He has since defended the title on three occasions, defeating Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier, all by stoppage.


LOS ANGELES (Sept. 7, 2016) - "I'm sad to hear of the passing today of legendary boxer Bobby 'Schoolboy' Chacon. Bobby was one of the best fighters to emerge on the scene in boxing the 1970s. Hailing from Southern California, Bobby was someone I looked up to as a young fighter growing up in East Los Angeles. Bobby had the natural talent, good looks, personality and power to be a memorable fighter in the ring that attracted crowds.

"Bobby fought during the glory days of boxing at the Olympic Auditorium, LA Sports Arena, and The Forum in Los Angeles. This was the Golden Era of boxing on the West Coast, and those were times I remember well, having gone with my father to watch fights at these venues just a short distance from our family home.

"Bobby fought the best of the best in those days, including Ruben 'El Púas' Olivares, Rafael 'Bazooka' Limon and more. I always admired him for this a professional fighter myself. Legendary West Coast boxing promoter Don Chargin helped develop Bobby into a world champion fighter though it was Bobby's will to win, courage and big heart that brought him the victory in difficult battles.

"After a long and storied career, Bobby was rightfully inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. I'm pleased to share that honor as a fellow Hall of Famer alongside him.

"Bobby's life was not one without struggle and tragedy, but I pray he has now found peace in eternal rest. He accomplished much for the sport of boxing and will be dearly missed."


Los Angeles, CA (June 28, 2016) Boxing Superstar and Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (35-0, 32 KOs) and Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World, WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0, 38 KOs) top the 2016 “Best Fighter” category for this year's prestigious ESPY AWARDS.

Fans can vote for Golovkin or Gonzalez HERE. Presented by ESPN, the 2016 ESPY’s will be telecast on July 13th, LIVE on ABC (8pm ET, 5pm PT) from the Microsoft Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.

For Golovkin it is the second year in a row that he has been nominated for this prestigious award.

“This is a great honor to be nominated for the second year in a row, “said Golovkin, holder of the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO Middleweight World Titles. “Thank you to all my fans.”

Said Gonzalez, “This is a true blessing from God and I’m honored to be nominated with ‘GGG’ and the other great fighters.”

“Having Gennady and Roman nominated for “Best Fighter” by the ESPY’s shows their status as the two of the best fighters in boxing and is a great testament from their worldwide fan base,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions.

Sharing the same stage three times since May 2015, Golovkin and Gonzalez have provided boxing fans with the highest levels of excitement while selling out “The Mecca of Boxing”, Madison Square Garden and The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.

On May 16, 2015 at The Fabulous Forum, Golovkin retained his titles with a sixth round knockout of top contender Willie Monroe. Co-featured on the card and opening the HBO telecast, Gonzalez scored a second round stoppage over former world champion Edgar Sosa.

Selling out Madison Square Garden on October 17, 2015, the pair thrilled the 20,548 in attendance as Golovkin, making his fourth appearance at the famed arena masterfully displayed his skills in an eighth round knockout of David Lemieux, earning the IBF Middleweight Title in the process.

Fighting for the first time in New York City, Gonzalez impressively overwhelmed former world champion Brian Viloria with a ninth round stoppage.

Two months ago on April 23, 2016, the pair returned to Los Angeles, selling out The Fabulous Forum with 16,353 present to watch Golovkin’s second round destruction of undefeated mandatory world title challenger Dominic Wade while Gonzalez dominated top rated Puerto Rican challenger McWilliams Arroyo towards a 12-round decision.

Golovkin has knocked out his last 22 opponents while defending his world titles sixteen consecutive times. His knockout ratio of 91.4% is the highest in the middleweight division history.

A three-division world champion, Gonzalez has made four defenses of the WBC Flyweight World Title won in September 2014. Among those listing him as the sport’s #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter are Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today, Ring Magazine and Bleacher Report.






SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- (October 26, 2016) – Bellator MMA is proud to announce the signing of Ralek Gracie (3-0) to an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year contract.

Ralek is the third son of Rorion, the nephew of Royce, Rickson, and Royler Gracie and received his black belt from Grand Master Helio Gracie. The Gracie Family is famous for putting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the map around the globe.

At only 22, Ralek made his MMA debut in Japan, where he defeated his opponent, Kastuyori Shibata with a devastating armbar. Nearly a year later, Ralek returned to Japan for his second MMA fight and again was victorious, this time defeating Gahdzhiev Alavutdin with an armbar from the mount. These two bouts led to a highly anticipated matchup with Kazushi Sakuraba, where again the Los Angeles native left “The Land of the Rising Sun” with the victory. That was the last time Ralek would fight under MMA rules, until now.

“I was bred for hand-to-hand combat over generations and I simply can't ignore that during my physical prime. My destiny is calling me and my opponent is irrelevant, it's go time,” Gracie said. “It's crazy to see where fighting has come since my childhood of seeing everything unfold from behind the scenes. Bellator is really stepping up the opportunities fighters have to compete more often and in different countries and I'm excited to join that movement and test my style in this modern MMA era.”

It has yet to be determined which weight class the 31-year-old will participate in, but expect to see him lace up the gloves for Bellator MMA in early 2017.


SHOWTIME® Continues To Deliver Boxing’s Biggest and Best Fights
Bouts Presented In Association With Premier Boxing Champions Include Garcia vs. Thurman, Frampton vs. Santa Cruz II and Cuellar vs. Mares

NEW YORK (Oct. 25, 2016) – SHOWTIME Sports will present seven marquee boxing matches pitting top-10 rated champions in the prime of their careers against fellow top-10 rated challengers over four consecutive months beginning in December. The schedule, which is the second robust boxing programming announcement from SHOWTIME in 2016, was announced today by Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. The lineup includes two long-awaited championship matchups, Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares and Jermall Charlo vs. Julian Williams; the can’t-miss featherweight rematch between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz, and a welterweight unification blockbuster between undefeated champions Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. All four of these anticipated bouts will be presented in association with Premier Boxing Champions.
SHOWTIME Sports produced the strongest lineup of world-class boxing events of any network this year, delivering 18 world title fights devoid of mismatches and “tune-up” fights. The best fought the best, and the results were spectacular: two “Fight of the Year” contenders, Thurman-Shawn Porter and Santa Cruz-Frampton; a “Knockout of the Year” frontrunner by one of boxing’s biggest punchers, Deontay Wilder; and the arrival of one of boxing’s most marketable new stars in Anthony Joshua. SHOWTIME also featured the trio of junior middleweight champions, the Charlo twins, Jermall and Jermell, and Erislandy Lara, all in title fights on one card; highlighted the world’s best featherweights in Santa Cruz, Frampton, Gary Russell Jr. and Lee Selby; and set the table for the title unification fight between super middleweight champions Badou Jack and James DeGale.
Boxing’s brightest stars will again take center stage on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® as the network prepares to present the following seven matchups, including six world title fights, over a 12-week span. All bouts will air live on SHOWTIME with the exception of Garcia vs. Thurman, which will either air live in Primetime on CBS or live on SHOWTIME.
Seven of the 14 fighters are undefeated, while the champions and challengers in the six world title fights boast a combined 313 wins versus just six losses.
December 10: Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs)*
Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) vs. Julian Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs)*
January 14: Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) vs. James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs)**
January 28: Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) vs. Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs)* Dejan Zlaticanin (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs)*
February 11: Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) vs. Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KOs)
March 4: Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) vs. Keith Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs)**
*World title bout
**World title unification bout
“This is a slate of high-level, evenly-matched, 50/50 fights – the best fighting the best – which has become the calling card of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING,” said Espinoza. “Every fight we are announcing today features a top 10-ranked champion taking on a top 10-ranked challenger; in many cases, it’s top-five vs. top-five.
“This is our second major boxing lineup announcement this year, further proof that no other network is delivering high-quality competitive fights – without relying on PPV – as consistently as SHOWTIME. No other network is as committed to driving the sport forward. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is giving subscribers the best that boxing has to offer.”
Presented in association with Premier Boxing Champions
In a highly anticipated featherweight blockbuster, hard-hitting Jesus Cuellar will make the second defense of his WBA 126-pound title against Abner Mares, a three-division champ who has compiled a staggering resume while collecting belts at 118, 122 and 126 pounds. Cuellar vs. Mares is the latest in a lineup of action-oriented 126-pound showdowns assembled with the goal of unifying one of the sport’s most talent-laden divisions. It will be the fifth featherweight world championship of 2016 on SHOWTIME.
On Dec. 10, there also will be a long-awaited world championship contest between two undefeated 154-pound fighters. Jermall Charlo will make the third defense of his IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship against No. 1 mandatory challenger Julian Williams in a matchup of 26-year-old fighters at the top of their game. Charlo vs. Williams becomes the sixth title or world title eliminator in the 154-pound weight class in 2016 on SHOWTIME, a roster featuring eight of the top-10 fighters in the division.
Super middleweight world champions Badou Jack and James DeGale are set to unify the 168-pound class. Both champions retained their titles on a doubleheader last April 30 on SHOWTIME. Jack kept his WBC belt in a controversial draw with longtime titlist Lucian Bute that many thought Jack clearly won. Earlier that evening, DeGale successfully defended his IBF crown with a unanimous decision over mandated challenger Rogelio Medina. Jack landed 61 percent of his power punches, while DeGale connected on an astonishing 66 percent of his power shots. Now, Jack and DeGale will face off in a long-awaited unification to determine the No. 1 fighter in the super middleweight division.
Presented in association with Premier Boxing Champions
The most anticipated rematch in boxing will take place when Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz square off in an immediate rematch of a leading 2016 Fight of the Year candidate. In their first encounter July 30 on SHOWTIME, former super bantamweight champ Frampton moved up in weight to challenge fellow unbeaten Santa Cruz, edging the three-division titlist in a firefight. The must-see rematch will be the sixth featherweight world championship on SHOWTIME in less than 12 months.
The co-feature pits undefeated lightweights Dejan Zlaticanin against resurgent fan favorite Mikey Garcia. Zlaticanin is making the first defense of his WBC 135-pound crown against the former two-division titlist in Garcia. The champion is the No. 1 fighter at 135 pounds, while Garcia is aiming to become a three-division world champion in just his second fight back from a two-and-a-half year layoff.
Four-division world champion Adrien Broner will face the streaking Adrian Granados in a matchup of top-10 ranked 140-pound fighters. The flashy Broner, who has captured titles at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds, has scored two consecutive knockouts in the super lightweight division. The hard-charging, all-action Granados, who pulled a stunning upset of then-undefeated WBC No. 1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam in a dominating performance last November on SHOWTIME, thrives in the underdog role and has a deceiving record – his four defeats, all via split or majority decision, have come against opponents with a cumulative record of 52-1.
Presented in association with Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated welterweight world champions Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia have been on a collision course for more than a year. Thurman has held a version of the WBA Welterweight World Championship since 2013 but announced his arrival in March 2015 with an emphatic win over Robert Guerrero. Thurman has since defended the title twice, including most recently against former world champion Shawn Porter in a potential Fight of the Year thriller in June on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS. Garcia, after conquering the 140-pound division, captured the WBC Welterweight World Championship with an impressive performance against Guerrero in January. Should Garcia defeat Samuel Vargas on Nov. 12 in a non-title fight, he and Thurman are set to meet in a marquee unification blockbuster between undefeated champions at the pinnacle of their careers. Garcia vs. Thurman will air live in Primetime on CBS or live on SHOWTIME.


"ALL IN: Pacquiao-Vargas," The Innovative Video Series
That Brings The Fan Closer to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas Pay-Per-View Event, Debuts Today! Monday, October 24

LAS VEGAS, NEV (October 24, 2016) --Top Rank (@trboxing) will debut its new and innovative video series, "ALL IN: Pacquiao-Vargas," Today! Monday. October 24. "ALL IN: Pacquiao-Vargas" is designed to bring the fan closer to the action and the event, taking you … ALL IN. Daily episodes will be released exclusively on Facebook (facebook.com/trboxing) and Twitter (twitter.com/trboxing). "ALL IN: Pacquiao-Vargas" will follow boxing's only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and his opponent World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS on the road to their world championship collision on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.. As the intensity heats up so will the series. Viewers will be given an inside look into each fighter's daily preparations, where they will see and hear the trainers, fighters, media and fans interact. In the days before the big rumble, a special edition of the series, "ALL IN: Pacquiao-Vargas: Fight Week," will debut Tuesday, November 1 and will also be available exclusively on social media. Fans can expect to hear interviews with the fighters and their trainers and get a behind the scenes look into fight week events including media workouts, the final press conference, the official weigh-in, and more.

"All In is a series that not only gives the fans a good look behind the scenes of a major world championship fight, it's done on a daily basis so that it's fresh, current, informative and entertaining," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. "By making these episodes available via various social platforms we are confident that we will reach a wide audience beyond the core boxing fans. We are very proud and excited to present this series."


Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Vargas and its three co-main event world title fights will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank's digital distribution via www.TopRank.tv and mobile devices.

Remaining tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event are priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees. Tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets. To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).



Ticket Information to be Announced Shortly!

1- Los Angeles-based undefeated Vyacheslav "Lionheart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) will look to continue his impressive run up the light heavyweight ladder, but standing in his way will be his toughest competition to date in the form of Cuban standout Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs), as the two warriors go head-to-head in a 10-round bout for Shabranskyy's WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight title on HBO Latino® Boxing on Friday, December 16 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

Shabranskyy is coming off of victories inside the distance in his last seven of eight fights and last appeared on HBO Latino at the end of last year when he earned a hard-fought majority decision against rugged contender Yunieski Gonzalez.

"My goal is to win a world championship in the light heavyweight division, and Barrera is just another stepping stone on that path," Shabranskyy said. "I am excited to make my second appearance on HBO Latino, and look forward to fans seeing me get ready to take on any upcoming challenges in the ring."

Barrera is a standout boxer/puncher out of Cuba, now living in Miami. He has amassed a stellar record and reputation during his years in the sport with his only blemish a hard-fought battle against top five pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward. Barrera's main challenge has been finding opponents willing to step into the ring against him.

"I'm looking forward to December 16. My respect to Shabranskyy for agreeing to fight me," said Barrera. "This will be a great fight for the fans!"

"Anyone who has heard me talk about Slava over the last few years knows that I'm extremely bullish on him winning a world championship in his next few fights," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions."He can do anything in the ring - he's got power in both hands, he moves incredibly well for a tall fighter and he has an incredible capacity to learn from his mistakes. With a win against Barrera, Slava will position himself for some very big things in 2017.

"Sullivan gave Andre Ward the toughest fight Ward has had in years," said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events. "A performance like that against one of the best fighters in the world is impressive! With the experience he gained and a new trainer to guide him, I think Sullivan has everything he needs to become a world champion. That journey starts with beating Slava Shabranskyy on December 16!"

In the televised co-main event of the night, Bronx-born IBF North American welterweight titlist Eddie "E-Boy" Gomez (19-1, 11 KOs) will put his title on the line in a 10-round fight against undefeated Rashidi "Speedy" Ellis (16-0, 11 KOs) of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Gomez is coming off of three straight victories including a May win in this last appearances over Jon Karl Sosa that earned Gomez the IBF North American welterweight title.

Ellis has never tasted defeat in this three-year career and has held the WBA Fedecentro welterweight title and the interim WBC Latino Welterweight championship. He has fought at the junior middleweight and middleweight limits during his last two fights, but returns to welterweight for his showdown with Gomez.

Rounding out the HBO Latino card, WBC Silver featherweight titlist and Santa Ana-born Ronny Rios (26-1, 11 KOs) will seek to grow his three-fight winning streak - including a solid victory against the then-undefeated Jason Velez to earn the belt -- against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Sullivan Barrera is a 10-round super lightweight 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 Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT and the first fight begins at 5:10 p.m. PT. The HBO Latino® Boxing telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT). Ticket information to be announced shortly.


OAKLAND, CA (October 3, 2016)
- Two-Time World Champion Andre "S.O.G." Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) officially kicks off training camp in Hayward, CA with trainer Virgil Hunter ahead of his November 19 showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas against WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs). Ward's training camp, which will serve as a base for Ward over the next several weeks as he continues his quest to dominate the light heavyweight division, is sponsored by a resounding collection of American-based companies including Jordan Brand, Shoe Palace, JetLux, and ProSupps.

Below is what Team Ward had to say about the start of training camp:

ANDRE WARD, Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter:

"I've been in pre-camp mode for weeks now following my last fight, and have been mentally preparing for the work ahead of me. It's an exciting feeling to be in full camp mode, where I can dedicate 100% of my mind, body and soul to the battle I am about to face. This is a fight that we have been working up to since last spring. The game plan hasn't changed. I am here and I am ready."

VIRGIL HUNTER, Andre Ward's Trainer:

"No one beats Andre Ward when it comes to training camp. We're going into camp with the mentality of another day, another fight, another win. His strive for perfection, work ethic and consistency is what makes him a champion."

JAMES PRINCE, Andre Ward's Manager:

"With everything set for the biggest fight of the year on November 19, we are excited to open training camp. What is done here for the next few weeks will play a major part in the final outcome. We thank God for the opportunity and look forward to giving the boxing community and all of our fans, the fight that they have been anticipating."

Tickets for the most anticipated fight of the year are on sale now and start at $55 on axs.com and at the T-Mobile Arena box office.

Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound For Pound", a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight title at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and is sponsored by the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Rosneft and Corona Extra. 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.

Willie Monroe, Jr.: "I know Canelo would fight me."

Philadelphia, PA (October 5, 2016)- -After his emphatic unanimous decision victory over Gabriel Rosado on September, 17th, it was widely understood in the boxing industry that middleweight contender Willie Monroe, Jr. would get an opportunity to face Canelo Alvarez in a bout this winter or next spring.

Now it seems, Canelo's team, led by trainer Eddie Reynoso, have seemed to do a 180 degree turn, and they don't want their prized fighter anywhere near the former world title challenger.

"I don't think it's Canelo himself, but it is his team. I know Canelo would fight me," said Monroe. "I think it is trainers who fear that they can't prepare Canelo for my style."

Monroe points to pre-fight talk that came from Canelo's side that the winner of the fight between Monroe & Rosado would be the front-runner to receive the fight with Alvarez.

"If he is a true man, they should stick to their word. The plan was for the winner of that fight to be able to fight Canelo. They thought Rosado would win, and he would just be a guy that would get pounded by Canelo."

"If the shoe was on the other foot, and it was me who did not want to fight an aggressive fighter, I would look like a punk."

"They keep putting me on the "B" side, and I just keep on winning. Remember Rosado was the guy who kept saying he was going to knock me out and talking a lot, calling me scared and a bum; I am not that type of guy. I don't have nine gold chains around my neck or gold teeth in."

Watch the fight with Rosado. I stood in the middle of the ring with my feet planted in. I was waiting for Rosado to come in, and after I hit him a few times, he looked scared and it was me pressing him."

"All I want is the opportunity. Canelo got to where he is by fighting big names, so I feel I deserve this opportunity."

Isaac Chilemba Returns to the Ring
to Face Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound for Pound" Undercard

Saturday, November 19 from the T-Mobile Arena
Presented Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®

Las Vegas, Nevada: Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) will return to the United States on Saturday, Nov. 19 to face dangerous light heavyweight prospect and NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr "The Nail" Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) in a ten round bout as part of the Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound for Pound" pay-per-view telecast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The bout will be presented by Main Events in association with Top Rank. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Chilemba, 29, a native of Blantyre, Malawi fighting out of Johannesburg, South Africa, is coming off a hard-fought loss against WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev. Isaac holds the impressive distinction as only the second fighter in Kovalev's career to go the full 12 rounds. The only is future Hall-of-Famer Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins. In doing so, Chilemba managed to raise more than a few eyebrows among boxing fans and media.

In this redemption fight, Chilemba will have a tough challenge against Oleksandr Gvozdyk, 29, of Kharkov, Ukraine. Despite having only 11 professional bouts, Gvozdyk is a top-ten ranked light heavyweight in the WBC, WBO and IBF. Since making his professional debut in 2014, Oleksandr has defeated the first 11 opponents he has faced, stopping nine of them for an impressive 82% knockout-to-win ratio. In his last bout Gvozdyk secured his fifth straight stoppage and made his first successful defense of his NABF Light Heavyweight Title against Tommy Karpency in Las Vegas in July.

When asked about this match-up Chilemba responded, "Firstly, I thank Main Events for standing by me and for this opportunity. I thank my manager, Jodi Solomon, for always standing by my side and believing in me. I thank HBO, my fans, and all boxing followers around the globe. Oleksandr Gvozdyk, with a good amateur back ground, who is a highly as a rated and undefeated as a pro. I'm going to work with my idol, the person I look up to most, Roy Jones Jr. This is a huge opportunity for me to train with him, learn from him, and have him in my corner. Not only is he the greatest, but he cares and has love for the game. I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring, and completing what I should have done in my fight against Kovalev, but 10 times better than ever!"

This fight will be the first time Isaac will be working with his new trainer and legendary fighter, Roy Jones, Jr. who said, "Isaac is a very exciting fighter with a lot of upside. I am very excited to be training him and be part of his team now. I look forward to seeing much bigger and better things from him in the future. He is fighting a very good opponent so we look forward to this challenge. I can't wait to start to work with him."

Chilemba's manager, Jodi Solomon, added, "I am very grateful and happy that Main Events gave Isaac the opportunity to be on this card. I have no doubt he will come into the ring with as much determination and heart as he did against Kovalev and prove that he has what it takes. Also having Roy Jones Jr. in his corner I believe will only bring out an even better Isaac."

Gvozdyk said, "I am really happy to have this opportunity to fight on such a big card like Kovalev-Ward. Thanks to Top Rank, Main Events and to my manager Egis Klimas to make my goals come true! Chilemba is a tough opponent and I am expecting a tough fight. It's a good test for me and I will pass it!"

Oleksandr's trainer, Robert Garcia, added, "Oleksandr Gvozdyk is an Olympic medalist with a lot of amateur experience, great skills and tremendous power. Chilemba is a very good fighter who lost a decision to Kovalev. I think Chilemba will bring the best out of Gvozdyk. Gvozdyk is very dedicated and came to the USA to become a world champion and this fight gets him closer to that dream."

Gvozdyk is managed by Egis Klimas who also manages Sergey Kovalev. Klimas said, "I want to thank our promoter and Chilemba's promoter, Main Events, for giving us this great opportunity. A special thanks to Isaac for taking this fight right after his severe fight against 'The Krusher.' Isaac look good in his last fight and we hope he can bring the same kind of performance or even better to the ring on November 19. We are very excited as bouts like this one will make this great show better and better. See you in Las Vegas on November 19 or on HBO Pay-Per-View."

According to Main Events' CEO, Kathy Duva, "Isaac was a warrior against Sergey Kovalev. That was a tough battle for both fighters. Many fighters would have preferred a tune-up fight after facing Sergey Kovalev for 12 rounds but Isaac has the heart of a champion. He wasted no time getting back in the ring and demanded the toughest opposition we could find for him. This should be a great match-up on November 19 in Las Vegas."

"This is a huge opportunity and a step up fight for Oleksandr especially fighting on this card. We believe he's ready but there's only one way to find out and we'll all have the answer on November 19," said Carl Moretti, VP, Top Rank.

Kovalev vs. Ward will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. "Pound for Pound" is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Tickets to Pacquiao vs. Vargas
Go On Sale NOW!

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 7, 2016) - Pacquiao Nation Assemble!

Boxing superhero and reigning Fighter of the Decade, Senator MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO, arrived in the U.S. Wednesday, September 7 at LAX.

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), boxing's only eight-division world champion and a former two-term congressman, was elected to a Philippine Senate seat in May, garnering over 16 million votes. He is in the U.S. for only a short time to attend a Los Angeles news conference announcing his title challenge of World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao will return to Manila over the weekend in order to attend Monday's Senate session. The majority of Pacquiao's training camp will take place in Manila, while the Senate is in session.

Pacquiao vs. Vargas will take place Saturday, November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Vargas and its co-main event fights will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank's digital distribution via www.TopRank.tv and mobile devices.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Wynn Las Vegas, tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event go on sale today! Thursday, September 8, at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT. Priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets. To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).


Series Premiere on September 16th on UDN and UniMás to Feature Two Classic Fights From the Top Rank Vault

LAS VEGAS, NV (September 6, 2016) – Top Rank®, and Univision Deportes (UDN), the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) that includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language cable sports network, announce the highly awaited series premiere of “Solo Boxeo” in its new time slot, on Friday, September 16th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT with a simulcast on UDN and UniMás Network. The series opener will include classic matches from the Top Rank Vault featuring beloved Mexican fighters in honor of Mexico’s Independence Day.

Boxing fans can continue to expect even more of the exciting action-packed fights they have been enjoying since the series’ inception in 2000. World-rated contenders and outstanding prospects will continue to be featured in outstanding matchups.

“Our programming is always evolving and starting on September 16, we will continue with that tradition," said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank. "With the move of “Solo Boxeo” to a new day of the week on UniMás, we will expand the reach and visibility of our content. We will reach an even broader audience and “Solo Boxeo” will be primed to continue its historic run as the top Spanish language boxing series.”

“We are pleased to bring our audience this new series of 'Solo Boxeo' with even more of the fights they love,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President of Univision Deportes. “Univision Deportes will transform Friday nights on UniMás into the go-to blockbuster night for boxing fanaticos.”

“Solo Boxeo” will make its series premiere with a special Mexican Independence Day program featuring two classic world championship fights from the Top Rank vaults, starring four legendary Mexican champions -- the rematch between Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez and the battle between future Hall of Famers Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.

Live boxing will return to “Solo Boxeo” on Friday, September 23. The live simulcast, from Kissimmee, Fla., will feature undefeated super lightweight contender Julian "Hammer Hands" Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, against Brazilian buzz saw Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated featherweight contender Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz (17-0, 11 KOs), from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico against Raul Hirales (22-5-1, 11 KOs) of La Paz, Mexico.

Top Rank's “Solo Boxeo” series has been a staple for Hispanic boxing fans for 16 years, televising 800 events and over 1,600 fights in cities throughout North America. “Solo Boxeo” has featured fights from the biggest names of the past, including Julio César Chávez Sr., Juan Manuel Márquez and Miguel Cotto, as well as future superstars, including Óscar Valdez, Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz, José Carlos Ramirez, Jessie Magdaleno and Andy Ruiz.




LAS VEGAS, NV (September 2, 2016) - Tickets for the most anticipated fight of the year go on sale to the public on Friday, Sept. 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. From 2:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 1 through 1:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 2, select fans can purchase tickets in advance using the exclusive presale code "KRUSHER" after following this link:

Kovalev vs. Ward will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. "Pound for Pound" is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Kovalev and Ward are currently ranked the No. 2 and No. 4 pound-for-pound boxers in the world, respectively, by The Ring Magazine, making their hotly anticipated fight only the third bout in the history of The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound list to pit two undefeated Top 5-ranked pound-for-pound fighters against each other. Oddsmakers and pundits have this fight evenly matched at 50-50 and it is poised to be a sure-fire 2016 Fight of the Year candidate. History will be made on Nov. 19th!

*According to The Ring Magazine

World Ranked Bantamweight Carlos Carlson Fights for NABF Title

ORANGE, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2016) - Top bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson (21-1, 12 KOs) and veteran Alex Rangel (17-5-2, 11 KOs) will fight for the vacant NABF Title on Friday, Sept 23, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Carlson vs. Rangel comprises the 10-round "Locked n' Loaded" main event.

Carlson, an elite bantamweight with world ranking credentials (WBC no. 11), is determined to add another title to his impressive resume.

"Fighting for titles is what this sport is about," said Carlson, who has previously held the WBC Latino championship. "I'm coming into this bout well prepared. Rangel is going to get a tough fight."

In the 8-round co-feature, undefeated junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (19-0, 10 KOs) meets Brian Jones (13-6, 7 KOs). Both fighters represent different parts of Southern California, with Santillan hailing from San Diego and Jones calling Los Angeles home.

"I guess you can say bragging rights are on the line," said Santillan, a southpaw. "I don't really think about it. I'm just focused on delivering an excellent performance."

"From top to bottom, it's a talent rich card," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "Carlson is making noise in the bantamweight division, and Santillan is looking better with each fight."

On the undercard, featherweight prospect Erick Ituarte (14-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. faces Alberto Mora (5-4, 1 KO) of Cabo San Lucas, Mex. (8-rounds).

The hard-hitting lightweight Manuel Mendez (11-1, 7 KOs) of Indio, Calif. battles Erick Martinez (12-5-1, 6 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. in a bout set for 8-rounds.

Featherweight Ruben Villa (1-0, 1 KO) of Salinas, Calif., who turned professional in July after a stellar career in the U.S. amateurs, fights Jose Mora (0-0, 1 NC) of Tijuana, Mex. (4-rounds). Villa is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.

Opening the "Locked n' Loaded" event are bantamweights Danny Andujo (1-0, 1 KO) and Cesar Guzman (pro debut). Both fighters are from Temecula, Calif. The fight is scheduled for 4-rounds.

Tickets for "Locked n' Loaded" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at (909) 937-0900.

"Locked n' Loaded" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

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