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Robert Guerrero, David Emanuel Peralta, Alfredo Angulo,
Freddy Hernandez, Terrell Gausha & Steve Martinez
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Premier Boxing Champions on Spike This Saturday, August 27 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. - 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. Ct


ANAHEIM, CALIF. (August 25, 2016) - Former multiple division world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Argentine slugger David Emanuel "El Pirata" Peralta went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring Saturday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features a pair of exciting contests as exciting puncher Alfredo Angulo faces veteran Freddy Hernandez while unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha battles the Bronx's Steve Martinez.

The Premier Boxing Champions fighters were joined by Bellator MMA fighters participating in Friday night's Bellator fight that is part of back-to-back nights of combat sport action on Spike as at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Tickets for the August 27 event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $31, $58, $108 and $203, plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Honda Center Box Office.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

ROBERT GUERRERO

"I got a chance to size him up today. I saw how tall he is. Picking my spots - seeing where I have to go. After looking at him, I know he's coming to fight. I'm expecting a war.

"Like all Argentine fighters, I know he's got that hunger to prove he's worthy of this big opportunity and make the most of it.

"The weigh-in is tomorrow and I'm just ready to fight. I'm focused and the fans can expect to see me leave everything in the ring like always.

"I've seen some tape on him. He's one of those guys that is durable. A durable tall, lanky guy. His height is going to help him.

"I am expecting a tough fight for sure. This is like a world title shot for him. I don't know what he is going to bring to the table and that is exciting for me."

DAVID EMANUEL PERALTA

"This is the biggest fight of my career. It is very important. I have to go out there and put on a great show.

"I want to go down the same path as Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse. They were given great opportunities in their careers and took advantage of them. I am going to take advantage of this opportunity.

"This is an opportunity to learn. Every fight and fighter is different. I have watched Guerrero fight, but every fighter is different. I have a gameplan to beat him.

"I am well prepared. I came here to fight. I am prepared to go the distance. I am going to throw a lot of punches, move around and be ready to get the decision."

ALFREDO ANGULO

"I'm very excited to fight on Saturday night against Freddy Hernandez.

"With two Mexican warriors in the ring, the fans will be the true winners.

"I was off for a while but with my new trainer, Romulo Quirarte, I feel much stronger and will fight like 'El Perro' of old with the same passion.

"The fans have always been great to me and I can't wait to put on a performance for them.

"Right now I'm only focused on Freddy Hernandez then we will see who I can fight next.

FREDDY HERNANDEZ

"I'm anticipating a really great fight. I'm prepared, he's prepared. It's going to be a battle.

"Fans can expect someone that will step into the ring with attitude and bravery. I'm a guy that doesn't hold back and Angulo better be ready.

"What's my secret weapon? Chocolate cake.

"I'm just ready for this fight. I worked hard and any time two Mexicans get into the ring, it's fireworks."

TERRELL GAUSHA

"I had a different experience with the Olympics. I missed the trials. I was taking time off from boxing. I lost the passion for it a little bit and I took some time off, but I was able to fight for a spot on the team, and I wont every fight I was in leading into the Olympics.

"I am excited for this fight. I trained really hard. Sometimes you have to take chances. I am ready to be aggressive and I am ready to change up my style in order to counter him.

"I know this is going to be a tough fight. It is going to be my toughest fight to date. It is important for me to take a step up and show the world what I can do.

"I appreciate my fans for sticking with me. Without fans, there would be no boxing. I appreciate my fans and I want to go out there on Saturday night and give them a great show.

STEVE MARTINEZ

"Our fight is going to steal the show. I think its really competitive and exciting. We're hungry. We came here to execute the game plan and win. It is going to be explosive.

"We trained hard. This is a big opportunity. This is a change-up fight for me and my team. We are focused - its tunnel vision until Saturday. On Spike you're going to see that after our fight, he won't be undefeated anymore.

"This is definitely the biggest fight of my career. It is going to open up big doors for me.

"My parents are big boxing fans. I watched boxing all my life. The minute I walked into the boxing gym, I never looked back.

"I don't put any pressure on myself. We are going to execute the gameplan, win and represent the Bronx."


NUMBER ONE WBC RANKED SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT "RELENTLESS" ANTONIO OROZCO RE-SIGNS A MULTI-YEAR PROMOTIONAL CONTRACT WITH GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

LOS ANGELES (July 11, 2016) - Having taken the 140-pound division by storm, the WBC's number one-ranked super lightweight "Relentless" Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) will continue to pursue a world championship title as a Golden Boy Promotions fighter, retaining the Los Angeles-based company founded by Oscar De La Hoya as his promoter. Orozco's multi-year agreement comes ahead of his July 30 fight where he will headline the HBO Latino card against Abner "Jaeger" Lopez (25-5, 19 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

"Since I was a child I always dreamed to be part of Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions," said Antonio Orozco. "This is where I started my career and this is where I would like to finish. I am at my prime, and re-signing with Golden Boy represents the second chapter of my career of become a world champion."

"Antonio Orozco is one of the best fighters in our stable at Golden Boy Promotions, and with his natural talent, skill and strong work ethic, he is poised to become a world champion in this sport, without a doubt," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "I'm proud Antonio chose to stay with the Golden Boy family, and I'm excited to see him conquer the division and rise to the top of the sport."

"I look for great things for Antonio Orozco, we started with Golden Boy and this is where we want to finish," said Frank "Derecho" Espinoza, manager of Antonio Orozco. "We enjoy being part of the Golden Boy family and with their help we know we will get to the next level and fight for a world title."

Unbeaten as a professional, San Diego's Antonio Orozco has paid his dues on the way to the top, and now his only intention is to get the shot at a world championship that he's craved. Rated as number one by the WBC, and rated in the top 10 by all sanctioning bodies in the super lightweight division, Orozco is ready for the next chapter of his career as a world champion. Winner of the NABF junior super lightweight title in 2014, the 28-year-old has since defeated former world champions Humberto "La Zorrita" Soto and Steve "2Pound" Forbes, and hot prospect Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor. In his most recent bout on March 25, 2015, Orozco made another statement with a first round knockout of Miguel "Aguacerito" Acosta that thrilled the fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.


JAYSON VELEZ VS. RENE ALVARADO AS THE NEW MAIN EVENT ON ESTRELLA TV'S BOXEO ESTELAR ON JULY 15

RASHIDI ELLIS TO CO-HEADLINE AGAINST LUIS HERNANDEZ LIVE FROM FANTASTY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO

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LOS ANGELES (July 7, 2015) - The exciting 10-round super featherweight bout between Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez (23-2-1, 16 KOs) and Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (23-7, 16 KOs) has been upgraded to the main event on the Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar, broadcast on July 15. The originally scheduled fight between Alfonso Gomez vs. Pablo Cesar Cano has been cancelled due to Gomez sustaining an elbow injury earlier this week.

Live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the event will feature a new televised co-main event between undefeated prospect Rashidi "Speedy" Ellis (15-0, 11 KOs) of Boston and Luis "La Roca" Hernandez (12-1, 7 KOs) of Rio Pierdas, Puerto Rico in a eight-round super welterweight fight. Decorated amateur, Cesar Diaz of Palmdale, Calif. will make his professional debut and open up the Estrella TV broadcast in a scheduled four-round super bantamweight fight.

The event will feature former five-division boxing world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard hosting a meet and greet at the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center ahead of the televised bouts from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Part of the non-televised undercard and streaming on RingTVLive.com, Azat Hovanissyan (8-2, 7 KOs) of Glendale, Calif. will participate in a six-round super bantamweight fight against Sacramento's Mario Ayala (4-2-1, 1 KOs) and Indio, Calif.'s Marco Magdaleno (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Hugo Padilla (3-6, 2 KOs) of Aguascalientes, Mexico in a four-round lightweight bout. Opening the night Jhon Leon of Los Angeles will also make his professional debut in a four-round welterweight fight against Jose Huerta (0-0-1) of Villahermosa, Mexico.

Tickets for the event are on sale and are priced at $45, $35, and $25. They can be purchased at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Hailing from Juncos, Puerto Rico, 28-year-old Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez has been a fine representative of the Caribbean's fighting capital since turning professional in 2007. Former owner of the WBC Interim Silver, WBC FECARBOX and USNBC titles over the years, Velez has made his mark with victories over the likes of Salvador "Sal II" Sanchez, Dat "Dat Be Dat" Nguyen and Daniel "Huracan" Ramirez, as well as a draw in an IBF title bout against Evgeny "El Russo Mexicano" Gradovich. On Nov. 21, 2015 Velez opened up the pay-per-view telecast of Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez against Ronny Rios and suffered his first professional defeat via decision and took on Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr. in March 2016 and suffered another loss via decision. Now, looking for redemption, Velez will be hungry to get back in the winners column and title race when he takes on one of the toughest fighters coming out of Nicaragua in Rene Alvarado on July 15.

Managua, Nicaragua's Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado comes into the ring with much experience under his belt, owning several titles over the course of nearly eight years. "Gemelo" has earned the respect from his peers and boxing fans all over the world for his hard-nosed style and willingness to fight all. The 27 year old's biggest win was the complete stoppage at the ninth-round of current top featherweight contender Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos in 2014 which earned him the WBC Silver Featherweight Championship. Alvarado last faced Manuel "Tino" Avila in April 2016, losing via decision to the rising contender in Los Angeles. Ready for another shot at championship gold, Alvarado will leave it all in the ring taking on Jayson Velez on July 15.

Undefeated welterweight Rashidi "Speedy" Ellis may have the nickname "Speedy," but it's his punching power that has been leading him to victory as of late. Winner of four straight fights by knockout, the 23-year-old most recently dispatched Victor "Pambele" Gonzalez in four rounds to win the vacant WBA Fedecentro and interim WBC Latino Welterweight titles. On May 7, he made his Las Vegas debut on one of the biggest sporting events of 2016, when he faced Marco Antonio Lopez on the non-televised undercard of Canelo vs. Khan on May 7 at the new state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both fighters brought their "A" game, with Ellis hungry and on the prowl in the ring. Ellis dominated the fight, using good movement and effectively landing his combination blows. With a unanimous decision of 80-72 awarded by all three judges, Rashidi Ellis was able to maintain his undefeated status.

Making his return to the U.S. after four-years, Luis "La Roca" Hernandez will be looking to maintain his undefeated streak of 2016 when he takes on top prospect Rashidi Ellis on July 15. Hernandez, was last seen in the ring against Jose Miguel Torres defeating the fight veteran via unanimous decision and Jean Pablo Batista via technical knockout in the first round. A professional since 2010 and back in the fight game after a lone defeat against welterweight top contender Eddie "E-Boy" Gomez in 2012, Hernandez is ready to begin his climb to the top of the division.

Jayson Velez vs. Rene Alvarado is a 10-round super featherweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bell rings at 5:30 p.m. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios. The RingTVlive.com live stream will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.

MIKEY GARCIA RETURNS ON SATURDAY, JULY 30
FOR STACKED NIGHT OF BOXING ON SHOWTIME®
AND SHOWTIME EXTREME® FROM BARCLAYS CENTER PRESENTED BY PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Leo Santa Cruz Defends WBA Featherweight Championship vs. Carl Frampton
Two-Division Champ Mikey Garcia Returns Against Former Champion Elio Rojas
Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko Meet in IBF 154-Pound Eliminator

SHOWTIME BOXING ON SHOWTIME EXTREME® – 7 p.m. ET/PT
Brooklyn Welterweights Paulie Malignaggi and Gabriel Bracero Square Off
Ivan Redkach Faces Tevin Farmer in Lightweight Bout

Tickets On Sale Now

BROOKLYN (June 28, 2016)—Undefeated former two-division world champion Mikey Garcia will return to the ring after a two-and-a-half-year layoff on Saturday, July 30 on an exciting night of boxing on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME that is one of the strongest cards ever assembled at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Garcia, who won world titles at featherweight and super featherweight, will fight former world champion Elio Rojas in a 10-round bout in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature of the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton event presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, once-beaten 154-pound contenders Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko will meet in a 12-round IBF Junior Middleweight Eliminator. Harrison and Rabchenko will square off for the No. 2 mandatory challenger spot to IBF titlist Jermall Charlo, who successfully defended his crown on May 21, and undefeated contender Julian Williams, who earned the No. 1 mandatory position on March 5, both on SHOWTIME. Harrison vs. Rabchenko is the sixth matchup in 2016 between top 154-pound fighters, a lineup showcasing three world title fights and three title elimination matches in one of boxing’s deepest divisions.

The combined record of the six fighters on the SHOWTIME telecast is an impressive 162-4-1 with 113 knockouts.

An all-Brooklyn showdown between welterweight technicians Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi and Gabriel “Tito” Bracero highlights the undercard action on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME. The 10-round bout is a matchup between a former two-division world champion, Malignaggi, and a fellow Brooklyn native, Bracero, coming off the biggest win of his career when he knocked out Danny O’Connor last October.

A 10-round clash between once-beaten lightweight Ivan Redkach and streaking Tevin Farmer, a winner of 14 straight, will open the SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast live at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

The July 30 event at Barclays Center comes on the heels of last Saturday’s potential Fight of the Year thriller between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, a back-and-forth slugfest that generated the top grossing live gate and second-highest attended boxing event in venue history.

“This is the strongest card from top to bottom that I have promoted at Barclays Center,” said DiBella Entertainment President Lou DiBella. “Every single fight is significant and competitive, and this is a great follow up from the tremendous success that boxing had with Thurman-Porter this past weekend.”

“This will be our 19th boxing event, but from top to bottom it’s arguably our best card yet,” said Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CEO Brett Yormark. “We are excited to welcome undefeated Santa Cruz and Frampton to Brooklyn for the first time, a fight that could rival Barclays Center’s epic Thurman-Porter bout for Fight of the Year. It’s also a pleasure to welcome Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi back to Barclays Center for the fifth time and to host the return of Mikey Garcia after a two and a half year hiatus. July 30 is going to be another big night for BROOKLYN BOXING.”

“We are excited to be part of Mikey Garcia’s return to the ring. Before the layoff, he was a two-division world champion and considered one of the top boxers in the world. We know he is determined to reclaim his place among the elite,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “SHOWTIME has distinguished itself by delivering the most compelling matchups and the most important events in boxing all year long. There is no other network as committed to the sport, and the July 30 event, from top-to-bottom, is a prime example.”

MIKEY GARCIA vs. ELIO ROJAS
“I expect to pick up right where I left off,” Garcia told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray last Saturday on CBS. “I was a world champion, I was undefeated, and I still am. I didn’t leave because I was injured. I think I’ll come back even better. I’m hungrier now than I was before.

“I just have to get one fight in. This first fight with Elio (Rojas) will be somewhere between 135 and 140 pounds, but I want to fight at 135 and win a title there. I want to win a title there and keep going after champion after champion. Now that all that (uncertainty) is behind me I look forward to the next stage of my career. This next stage of my career will be what people remember me for.”

“Mikey Garcia is a great fighter,” Rojas said. “I want to thank him for this opportunity. We are both former WBC World Champions and I expect a great fight. However, all of the talk surrounding this fight has been about Mikey's comeback and his future plans. I am no tune-up. This is also about me coming back and fighting again. He may be looking past me, but I am fully focused on him and securing the victory. I will do whatever I have to do to win, so I can move on and regain my world championship.”

Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs), of Ventura, Calif., is 28-years-old and in the prime of his career. Once considered one of the top young boxers pound-for-pound in the world, he will make his first ring appearance since he retained the WBO 130-pound title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Burgos on Jan. 25, 2014. Garcia, the brother of renowned trainer Robert Garcia, has been victorious by knockout in 10 of his last 12 fights and holds impressive victories over Roman “Rocky” Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Orlando Salido and Bernabe Concepcion.

Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs), of San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, won the WBC featherweight world championship in 2009 with a 12-round unanimous decision over defending titleholder Takahiro Ao in Japan. The 33-year-old successfully defended the title against Guty Espadas Jr. in 2010, before losing the belt via unanimous decision to Jhonny Gonzalez in April 2012. Since the loss to Gonzalez, Rojas moved up to lightweight, where he defeated Robert Osiobe in August 2014.

TONY HARRISON vs. SERGEY RABCHENKO:
“I'm thrilled to return to the ring on this big stage for my first fight in Brooklyn, and I'm ready to put on a show,” said Harrison. “Fighting for a world title is my dream and I know that I have a challenge in front of me. I'm working hard in camp to get another knockout and to make my mark on the division.”

“This is the start of realizing my dream,” Rabchenko said. “America is the Mecca of boxing so it is a huge privilege for me to be asked to fight there. American fans like to see knockouts and I like to knock people out so I think they will like what they see. I think I can build a fan base there. I am hungrier than ever. I have not seen much of Harrison, but I am ready for anyone. People say he is a very good fighter with good power. I’m not worried. I have good power as well and I think I will have too much for him.”

At just 25-years-old, Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) has showed tremendous promise. He manufactured a 10-fight knockout streak from 2013 to 2015 and proved he could recover from a loss when he dominated Cecil McCalla for 10 rounds in October 2015 and stopped Fernando Guerrero in impressive fashion in March.

Fighting out of Belaraus, Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) is looking to put himself squarely into world title contention when he makes his U.S. debut on July 30. The 30-year-old is coming off stoppage victories over Walter Calvo in May 2015 and Miguel Aguilar in February.

SHOWTIME EXTREME:

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI vs. GABRIEL BRACERO:
“I feel truly blessed to have yet another opportunity to fight in Brooklyn,” Malignaggi said. “I have known Tito a long time and I know he always comes to fight. We will give the Brooklyn fans a great appetizer before the terrific main event later that night in Barclays Center.”

“I'm looking to make a statement by winning this fight,” said Bracero. “Paulie and I have been friends since the amateurs and I'm thankful to have this opportunity, but he's had his run. Now it's time for me to have mine. This fight is going to change my life.”

A former world champion at 140 and 147-pounds, the 35-year-old Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) will return to the ring to fight at Barclays Center for the fifth time. He has faced a slew of big names throughout his career and has been victorious over the likes of Zab Judah, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano. Born and raised in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, “The Magic Man” was victorious twice fighting in his birth country of Italy last year after unsuccessfully challenging unbeaten Danny Garcia in August.

Another Brooklyn-native, Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) comes off of a sensational one-punch knockout of rival Danny O’Connor in their rematch last October. The 35-year-old owns victories over Dmitry Salita and Pavel Miranda in addition to his first triumph over the previously unbeaten O’Connor in 2011.

IVAN REDKACH vs. TEVIN FARMER:
“I am extremely happy to be back in the ring on a big show in New York,” Redkach said. “There are so many Ukrainian fans in New York and I am thrilled to have their support and will put on a great show for them. I want to thank Leo Santa Cruz and his team for having me in their camp as we both prepare ourselves to put on tremendous performances come July 30.”

“I couldn't be more excited about this fight,” Farmer said. “This is my Barclays Center debut and it is going to be a spectacular performance. I have called out anyone and everyone in the 130- pound division to no avail, so now I'm moving up to 135 to take on Redkach, one of the most feared punchers in the division. Redkach is an aggressive guy and I know he is coming to fight, but there is no way I leave that ring without my hand being raised. This is a fight where I can and I will make a major statement. I'm willing to fight whoever they put in front of me to inch closer to a world title opportunity and July 30 is another step in that direction. I tip my hat off to Redkach for giving me this fight, but this is my time to shine.”

Born in Ukraine but fighting out of Los Angeles, Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) began boxing at the age of six and has put together an impressive career since turning pro in 2009. The 30-year-old owns victories over Tony Luis, Sergey Gulyakevich and Yakubu Amidu. Most recently, Redkach knocked out Erick Daniel Martinez in October 2015 and fought to a draw with Luis Cruz in April.

Representing the fighting city of Philadelphia, Farmer (24-1-1, 5 KOs) has won 14 bouts in a row since losing to unbeaten world champion Jose Pedraza in 2012. The 25-year-old has come on strong in recent years, upsetting previously unbeaten fighters such as Emmanuel Gonzalez, Angel Luna and Camilo Perez. Farmer dominated veteran Gamaliel Diaz in March and will make his Barclays Center debut on July 30.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Cyclone Promotions, start at $38 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.


KEITH THURMAN OUTPOINTS SHAWN PORTER IN FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE SATURDAY IN PRIMETIME ON CBS

Jarrett Hurd Knocks Out Oscar Molina In Opening Bout Of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, From Barclays Center In Brooklyn


BROOKLYN (June 26, 2016) – Prizefighting returned to CBS on Saturday with a Fight of the Year candidate as undefeated welterweight world champion Keith Thurman edged former world champion Shawn Porter in a close but unanimous decision scored 115-113 by all three ringside judges.

The 12,718 fans in attendance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the viewers across the U.S. watching the first primetime boxing event on CBS since Muhammed Ali-Leon Spinks in 1978 were treated to a slugfest between two of the brightest stars in boxing’s glamour division.

Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) combined to throw over 1200 punches in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS event, presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The marquee showdown was a story of accuracy vs. activity, as Thurman landed 50 percent of his power shots, compared to 38 percent for Porter, and 44 percent of his total punches compared to just 36 percent for the challenger. While Thurman landed at a higher percentage, Porter was the busier fighter, throwing over 100 more punches across 12 rounds.

“One Time” and “Showtime” delivered as advertised, with the powerful sharpshooter buckling Porter multiple times, while the swarming and smothering Porter barreled forward to bully Thurman into the ropes. And while there were no knockdowns, the back-and-forth blockbuster never lacked action and culminated in a standing ovation in the second-highest attended boxing event in Barclays Center history.

"I want to thank Shawn Porter for a tremendous fight. He's a great warrior,” said Thurman. “Defense is the key to victory. He smothers his punches a lot and makes it difficult for the judges to score. I was able to rock him with clear, effective blows and I believe that was the difference today.

“I would give him a rematch. It was great fight. He was a great opponent. Everyone was saying would he be my toughest opponent to date. I wasn’t able to drop him but I did buckle him a few times.”

The former world champion Porter, a perennial underdog but consummate gentleman, didn’t complain about being on the losing end of his second close decision in a title bout.

“We worked hard, Keith is a great champion,” Porter said. “My dad says to keep your head up. I think I won the fight, but I'm satisfied because the competitor came out tonight.

"We need that rematch. I know the fans want that rematch. If he gives me another chance, I'm going to work hard in the ring and leave with his title."

The opening bout of the CBS telecast featured a matchup of undefeated super welterweights as Jarrett Hurd graduated from prospect to legitimate contender in the stacked 154-pound class with a dominating 10th round TKO over Oscar Molina.

Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) got to work early, flooring Molina for the first time in his career in the opening round with a powerful counter right uppercut. The bigger and taller Hurd was the more active fighter from the outset, dismantling the previously unbeaten Mexican Olympian with a supremely effective inside game. Hurd threw nearly 750 punches over 10 rounds, compared to just 376 for Molina, connecting on 220 power shots at a nearly 40 percent clip.

Hurd put a stamp on his performance in the final round, closing the show by out landing Molina 33-7 in the final round. With Molina taking a brutal beating and seemingly defenseless in the final minute of the final round, Ricky Gonzalez stepped in to halt the contest at 2:02.

"This is definitely a big win for my career,” Hurd said. “He was taking a lot of shots, but he knew how to survive. It was a big uppercut that knocked him down in round one. People know from my last fight that I have a great right uppercut. He was hurt a couple of times. I don't think it was a bad stoppage. Molina is a very tough guy who just kept coming through.

"This fight here puts me up with the top contenders in the division. I felt like I could have gone three or four more rounds. I was getting stronger as the fight went on. We're going right back to the gym so we can get in there again."

Molina (13-1-1, 10 KOs) protested, but barring a stunning knockout he was just seconds away from suffering the first loss of his career via a unanimous decision.

"I felt like Hurd was throwing a lot of punches in the tenth round but they weren't really hurting me,” Molina said. “He was staying busy but he was never really hurting me.

“I went low and I had my head down and he caught me with that uppercut in the first round. He got me with a shot I wasn't expecting but it was definitely a flash knockdown. I wasn't hurt.

"I was supposed to use my footwork a lot more but I ended up smothering my shots. He had an awkward defense with a lot of bending down and I couldn't get into a rhythm.

"This was a big opportunity for me and I felt like I fought a good fight. I'm going to come back stronger. We're going to work on a lot of things and get back in there."

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, was promoted by DiBella Entertainment.

Earlier in the evening on SHOWTIME, undefeated heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua successfully defended his IBF Heavyweight World Championship for the first time with a seventh round knockout of previously unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale at The O2 in London. VIDEO: http://s.sho.com/28VGgsa

Below are quotes from Joshua after Saturday’s win on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL:

Many thought that Dominic Breazeale wouldn’t be able to stand up to your power and speed, but were you grateful for the opportunity to work a little bit more of your boxing skills?
“Well, it’s hard because you can see they’re hurt with every shot - well not every shot - but when you start catching them flush, they can feel the shots with these ten ounce gloves on. So, it’s just a matter of time, but in the process I didn’t want to be receiving any haymakers on the way back.

“It’s been tough I had two weeks off after my last fight, and got straight back in the gym so it was tough. I get a nice little break for once and then I can come back with recharged batteries."

We know Deontay Wilder was watching the fight. Have you got a message for him, the WBC Champion?
"Unbelievable inspirational person. He was patient, 30-odd fights [and] got his hands on the WBC [belt]. I’m following suit. I’m making my way into the U.S. with SHOWTIME backing me as well. So, he watched that.

"He can pick up whatever he wants to pick up from that, but it’s so different when you’re in the ring with each other. So one day we’ll get to experience what each other’s about."

Who do you want to fight next?
"Well I think it’s gonna have to be the likes of [Joseph] Parker. I was really looking at Fury… I hope he gets better soon. He hurt his ankle unfortunately, which has postponed it because I was hoping to get that some time in the winter if everything went well July 9th like it did tonight, but we’re gonna have to reschedule that and in the meantime, we can look at other opponents like Parker, if he’s vacant, or anyone else that the people want."

What do you think that you still need to work on?
“Rest. I need to rest. I’m tired, I’m working hard and as I said, now i can get


GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN AND ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ TOP ESPY’S
‘BEST FIGHTER’ CATEGORY

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.


BOXING ICON SUGAR RAY LEONARD TO HOST FAN MEET & GREET DURING JULY 15 FIGHT NIGHT AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
ACTION-PACKED CARD FEATURES PABLO CESAR CANO VS. KEANDRE GIBSON LIVE ON ESTRELLA TV
Tickets Still Available!


LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2016) - Former five-division boxing world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard will be on hand for an electric night of boxing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on July 15. Fans with tickets to the event will get a chance to meet the former undisputed welterweight champion and former Olympic gold medalist at the Special Events Center prior to the televised fights from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Leonard will join viewers in the Coachella Valley for what is sure to be an exciting card, as Mexican warrior Pablo Cesar "El Demoledor" Cano (29-5- 1, 21 KOs) will square off against top welterweight contender KeAndre "The Truth" Gibson (15-0-1, 7 KOs) in an explosive 10-round main event broadcast live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar. In the televised 10-round co-feature of the night, former world title challenger Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez (23-2- 1, 16 KOs) will battle former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (23-7, 16 KOs).
Tickets for the event are on sale and priced at $45, $35, and $25. They can be purchased at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Sugar Ray Leonard is a boxing gold medalist and legendary sports icon of the 20th century. He has a passion to help fund research and awareness for type 1 & 2 diabetes and obesity prevention. In 2009, Leonard and his wife Bernadette started the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and have been supporting the life-changing programs at the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Pablo Cesar Cano vs. KeAndre Gibson is a 10-round welterweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout beings at 5:15 p.m. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios. The RingTVlive.com live stream will begin at approximately 5:15 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.estrellatv.com, follow on twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @EstrellaTV, and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, http://www.facebook.com/EstrellaTVNetwork, visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing and @EstrellaTV; and follow the con


Unbeaten IBF World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua,
Undefeated, World-Ranked Challenger Dominic Breazeale
International Media Conference Call Highlights

“That’s what the Americans love. They like knockouts and I won’t let them down” – Anthony Joshua

“I can’t wait to get in the ring and shock the world” – Dominic Breazeale

Breazeale Challenges Joshua This Saturday, June 25,
On SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL Live on SHOWTIME®
From The O2 in London

NEW YORK (June 20, 2016) – Undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) of Upland, Calif., this Saturday, June 25 on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME® on at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT.

Just a few hours later in Primetime on CBS (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), Keith “One Time” Thurman will defend his WBA Welterweight World Title against former champ Shawn “Showtime” Porter in a welterweight blockbuster that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Both Joshua and Breazeale participated in an international media conference call on Monday. Also taking part were Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports; Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport and Brittany Goossen of TGB Promotions introducing Breazeale.

Below are highlights of what the principals had to say on the conference call. A full transcript will be available in the coming days.

ANTHONY JOSHUA
Thoughts on his preparation for the fight:
“I feel great condition wise, and mentally I’m in a good place. I’ve never felt so relaxed because I just know I’m capable of doing it. I’ve trained weeks and years and it’s just about getting it right on the night of the fight. My tactics and my mind have not let me down so far, so that’s why I don’t want to change anything.

“I’m not putting too much pressure on myself. I’m going to attack the fight the same way I have my last 16 and put on an explosive show. That’s what the Americans love. They like knockouts and I won’t let them down.

“Every fight can be my last fight. As much as I would like to tell you I’m confident and ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that’ I do understand I have to approach this as if it could be my last fight.

“I know he can hang around, he doesn’t go down easy. He’s a big guy, he can eat shots. The Dominic Breazeale I’m used to watching on YouTube and I’m reading about is the enhanced Dominic Breazeale – the Dominic Breazeale that is 50 percent better because I think he knows he wants to come prove himself on a global stage. And this is his chance come Saturday, so I need to prepare for the best of Breazeale.”

On going from being the hunter as a challenger to being the hunted as a champion:
“I’m not the cream of the crop in the gym. I’m around guys that are achieving things on the same level so I’m still hunting. I still have that mentality as if I’m a main killer in the jungle. I haven’t lost that hunger.

On potential to fight in the US in the future:
“I just keep on hearing the United States is where it’s happening. And if I come to the U.S., I’m going to shut it down.”

Thoughts on Breazeale’s performance against Amir Mansour:
“He’s a tough guy. He managed to go out there and break Mansour’s jaw and capture a win, which has led him into where he is now. Whichever angels were floating in the ring with him that day have led him to this point, so I’ve got to put an end to his dream.”

On winning a piece of the heavyweight championship in just his 16th pro fight:
“It didn’t mean much. I still have another couple titles I need to get my hands on. I’m still hunting. There’s still work to be done. So it only ticked one of the boxes on my to-do list.”

DOMINIC BREAZEALE
“I’m out here very excited. I can’t wait to get in the ring June 25 and shock the world, that’s for sure. I’ve been lucky enough to prepare for the biggest fight of my life and I’m really super excited about it.”

On why he thinks he was selected for this matchup:
“Honestly, the way I see it is that someone didn’t do their research. They didn’t look deep enough. They didn’t find out enough about me and maybe they’re looking at me as just another football player that transitioned into boxing. And I’m hoping they’re overlooking me. It definitely can be a situation where they’re just watching one fight, especially my last fight. But there’s been a lot of tough ones. If they’re looking at that one situation, I’m glad because that’s to my liking.”

On his feelings about fighting overseas:
“The way I’m thinking about it is, June 25, I gain 20,000 fans. I’m in a situation where I’m very confident going into this fight and I know for sure I’m going to put on a great show, come out victorious and go back to the U.S. with 20,000 UK fans.

“I definitely believe [Joshua] realizes; he understands that he’s got a big test in front of him. He’s got a big fighter in front of him. He’s got a guy that’s going to break him down, test his will and see if he is a true champion.

“I am coming into this fight very confident and I’ve got some things that I know are going to work for me, as well as some things that I plan on exploiting out of Joshua.

“I’m blessed to have been picked for this fight and am thankful for this opportunity. The way I look at it, and the way I look at every fight that I go into, is that as long as I do everything that I need to do in the gym as far as sparring, preparation and training, running my miles, sleeping right and eating right – I’ve crossed all of my T’s and dotted all of my I’s. I’ve got nothing to worry about. I’ve got nothing to second-guess. I’ve done everything I’m supposed to and I just can’t wait to shine.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

“Anthony quickly went from a diamond in the rough to really one of the foremost stars in the UK and Europe, and we are happy to be his partner as he establishes his presence in North America.

“We are particularly excited about this bout because we have, pardon the phraseology, two behemoths. There are two skilled boxers, really the epitome of what heavyweight boxing should be - big, strong athletes skilled in their sport, with amateur pedigree, meeting on the afternoon here in the US, evening in the UK to determine who is the best fighter.”

EDDIE HEARN, President, Matchroom Sport

“Over here, the feeling is that it’s going to be quite a routine defense, but Anthony hasn’t trained like that. He is not expecting that. He knows the background and roots of Dominic Breazeale. He knows his skill, and he knows how dangerous he can be and he knows how hungry he is as well. I think you’re going to get a different kind of fight than the Charles Martin fight. I think you’re going to get a guy that’s not afraid to let his hands go. He’s not going to wait and the sold out O2 Arena is going to be an electric place to be.”

“SHOWTIME is a deal we are very excited about. To link up with an American broadcaster for us was an obvious move, but it was a move we had to choose carefully. And I think we chose very, very well in SHOWTIME.”

BRITTANY GOOSSEN, TGB Promotions

“Over here in the U.S. we have gotten to see Dominic grow before our eyes. We know he is definitely capable of challenging for the world title. On Saturday we expect him to be victorious and bring that back to America.”

CBS SPORTS PRO BOXING PUTS CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE LINE THIS MAY AT PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO

TEMECULA, Calif. – (June 21, 2016) – Live boxing action returns to Pechanga Resort & Casino this August with an action-packed night on Friday, August 5 at 7:00p.m. CBS Sports broadcasts the event which features seven bouts and at least two fights broadcast live ono CBS Sports television. Tickets are $50, $65 and $85 for ringside seats and may be purchased by calling (877) 711-2946, visiting Pechanga.com or in person at the Pechanga Box Office.

The night’s main event features what’s expected to be a hard-hitting 10-round middleweight fight between Robert Brant (20-0-0, 13 KOs) of St. Paul, Minnesota and Paul Valenzuela, Jr. (10-3-0, 6 KOs) of Santa Rosalia, Baja, MX. Brant’s record and fighting style stands as a formidable hurdles for his competitors, though Valenzuela, Jr. could present the challenge to notch a loss on Brant’s scorecard.

The eight-round lightweight co-main event lightweight bout features Mason Menard (31-1-0, 23 KOs) from Rayne, Louisiana against Diego Eligio (12-1-0, 4 KOs) from Monterrey, MX. The two veteran fighters are training hard with their individual camps, getting ready to give boxing fans an exciting show.

Fight fans can watch the fights in excitement filled arena of the Pechanga Grand Ballroom. Seating nearly 2,000 people, the bouts are often attended by well-known boxing names and local celebrities and many times sell out.


ANTHONY CROLLA AND JORGE LINARES SET TO CLASH IN A WBA, WBC DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UNIFICATION BLOCKBUSTER ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

FROM THE MANCHESTER ARENA AND LIVE ON SKY SPORTS

MANCHESTER (June 14, 2016) - Current WBA Lightweight World Champion Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) will face WBC Lightweight World Champion Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) in a huge unification blockbuster for the WBA, WBC Diamond and The Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships at the Manchester Arena on September 24, 2016, live on Sky Sports.

Crolla will make the second defence of his crown in his hometown fortress following his brilliant knockout victory over Venezuelan danger man Ismael Barroso in May, having ripped the title from Darleys Perez with another body shot knockout in November.

The Manchester hero faces another huge test as he aims to unify the division, with Venezuelan Linares putting the WBC Diamond belt on the line for the third time. Linares became a three-division world champion when he won the title back in December 2014 with a fourth round knockout of Javier "El Implacable" Prieto and travelled to London in his first defence against Kevin "Mighty" Mitchell last May, climbing off the canvas to stop Mitchell in the tenth round of an epic contest that received acclaim as a 2015 Fight of the Year candidate. The 30-year-old made it three wins inside the distance in a row in October when he knocked out Ivan "Macanon" Cano in four rounds in Caracas, Venezuela.

"Million Dollar" Crolla can become the first Englishman to win The Ring Magazine Lightweight title and is relishing the task against another elite level opponent, and the 29 year old expects his fans to turn up the heat on the classy WBC king.

"I'm so excited to have the chance to unify the Lightweight division," said Crolla. "Jorge is a fantastic fighter and it's another mountain to climb, but these are the tests that I thrive on and I've beaten two great fighters in Perez and Barroso and I'm confident that I can beat Jorge too.

"I'm having to pinch myself after everything that's happened. I'm fighting the number one fighter in the division for the WBC, WBA and THE RING title; it doesn't get any better than this. I'm very proud and privileged to be able to bring this fight to Manchester.

"I've been a fan of Jorge Linares for years now and he's technically brilliant at times but like any other fighter, he has vulnerabilities. It's up to me to expose those vulnerabilities and I truly believe that I can and I will. Linares is a great champion but these are the fights you want to be in boxing for.

"He looked well against (Ivan) Cano last time out but he hasn't been very active, whereas I'm coming off a career-best performance over (Ismael) Barroso. I really believe I'm coming into this fight in the form of my career and as I've shown in the fights against (Darleys) Perez and Barroso, I'm capable of improving my game when I have to.

"The last two nights in the Arena have been unbelievable and I think that we'll take it to another level against Jorge. He's boxed all over the world and taken on some of the best - but fighting me in front of a packed Manchester crowd is not something you can prepare for."

"This is my first unification fight and a great personal challenge for me and my career," said Linares. "Last year was an unbelievable year; I had the opportunity to fight in England against Kevin Mitchell in front of a crowd of passionate fight fans in one of the greatest fights of my career. This unification fight for the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships is another personal accomplishment for me and a great opportunity for me to fight in England once more, to be in front of a strong fight fan base.

"Crolla is a very strong contender and I know with both our passions for the sport will deliver an exciting fight for all the fans in Manchester. I know that Crolla is coming off a victory against my fellow Venezuelan countryman, so I am coming in with a lot of determination, pride and hunger for a victory.

"This unification fight is a great event in my career and I want to thank my promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions for putting this fight together. I am ready for this fight and began training in Las Vegas and now am back Japan to complete my training camp at Akihiko Honda's Teiken Boxing Gym. I am ready to prove I am the best in the lightweight division."

"I think boxing has a huge amount to do with momentum and while Linares is clearly established as the number one Lightweight in the world, I think this is the time to beat him," said Crolla's promoter Eddie Hearn.

"When you look at the performances that Crolla has given in Manchester, I would have him as favorite to beat Linares. We had plenty of options but with the run Anthony is on, the only thing on his mind is to be the number one in the division and the linear champion."

"THE RING belt is so highly regarded within the trade and when there was a possibility of the belt being up for grabs, I can't tell you how excited Anthony Crolla and (trainer) Joe Gallagher were, it was the icing on the cake"

"Jorge Linares is a fighter with tremendous talent, who desires greatness and will pursue that by fighting the best in the division," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Linares gave us a Fight of the Year candidate against Kevin Mitchell last year, once again demonstrating his skill and heart in the ring. I know he will showcase this again in September and give us an exciting fight against Anthony Crolla."

"Linares was placed as champion in recess by the WBC due to a broken hand which prevented him from making his mandatory defense," said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. "The WBC has granted Linares to return to the ring to fight this blockbuster unification for the prestigious Diamond belt and the winner is committed to fight Dejan Zlaticanin. I am personally proud of this fight as it continues with our goal to facilitate the best matches to take place all over the world."

Tickets will go on sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members at midday on Monday June 27 and on general sale at midday on Tuesday June 28.

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

DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT STATEMENT REGARDING CUELLAR VS. MARES

New York, NY (6/17/16) –
Regrettably, due to a medical issue that renders former three-division world champion Abner Mares presently unable to fight in New York State, the Cuellar vs. Mares fight has been cancelled and will be replaced on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, telecast next Saturday, June 25. Abner’s condition is in no way life-threatening, nor was it revealed in a blood or urine test; there was no use of any drugs, including PEDs or other banned substances.

In honoring Abner’s right to medical confidentiality, no further information will be released on this situation unless he chooses.

An announcement will be forthcoming with respect to the replacement bout that will open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, broadcast.

VLADIMIR TIKHONOV MAKING PROGRESS UP THE RATINGS LADDER

RUSSIAN IS LUCKY NO. 13 IN WBA

Brooklyn, NY (June 15, 2016)-- Russian Vladimir Tikhonov, a super bantamweight contender, is the latest signee to the Dmitriy Salita promotional slate. And it looks like the timing is right for the Brooklyner Salita, with word out that this Russian hitter is making his way up the ratings ladder.

Tikhonov (14-0 with 8 KOs) has entered the WBA world rankings at No. 13.

He turned pro in 2008, has fought once outside Russia, and Salita is looking to get him some more passport stamps.

A left-hander, Tikhonov is methodical and busy. He is active with his feet and can sting with both hands. Opponents need to be wary of him slipping punches in from underneath. He is ultra calm in the ring, gets in, gets off and gets out.

"Vladimir is a talented boxer who has lots of experience and potential to compete with the best in the world," said the Brooklyn based promoter, who is putting together an Aug. 19 show in Rochester, NY to be headlined by Jarrell Miller. "Tikhonov is world ranked now and I will be looking to land a significant fight for him in the near future. He wants the toughest tests, like Guillermo Rigondeaux (the WBA super bantam champion; Moises Flores holds their interim title), Scott Quigg and Nonito Donaire. He is yet another Russian warrior, with fighting in his blood!"

Promoter Salita has climbed the mountain himself as a fighter, amassing a 35-2-1 mark as a professional within the welterweight class. He has kicked off successful fight series in NYC, and now Detroit, and word is spreading that his efforts as an effective promoter are informed by his having experienced what it's like to campaign in the ring. Salita is planning the aforementioned NY show, as well as a return to Detroit, for the third "Detroit Brawl."

"Salita Promotions is poised to have a very strong second half of 2016, and our athletes such as Tikhonov will keep on being featured on premium broadcast channels," Salita said. "Our stable is strong, and growing all the time!"


Undefeated Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz
Defends Against Undefeated Irish Star Carl Frampton on
Saturday, July 30 Live on SHOWTIME® in an Event Presented by Premier Boxing Champions From Barclays Center in Brooklyn

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
Telecast Begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Tickets on Sale Tomorrow, June 15 at 10 a.m.!

BROOKLYN (June 14, 2016) – Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and fellow unbeaten Irish star Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) will meet with a world title and two perfect records at stake on Saturday, July 30 in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Cyclone Promotions, start at $38 and go on sale tomorrow, June 15 at 10 a.m. Tickets 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.

Santa Cruz and Frampton collide in a battle of world champions who mix dizzying speed with incredible output that produces exciting fight after exciting fight. This fight will be the fifth featherweight world title fight presented by SHOWTIME in 2016. Frampton, a unified world champion at 122 pounds, a weight class Santa Cruz previously held a title at, will move up a notch in weight and challenge at 126 pounds.

"I've never been to New York before and I’m looking forward to this big opportunity to put on a show for new fans in a new city,” said Santa Cruz. “I always fight for the fans and I'm excited to be able to do that somewhere I haven't been before. Frampton is a good fighter. He has power and skills and he moves when he has to, but he has a weak chin. When he gets caught with a good punch, he goes down. He doesn't like pressure and I have that. I'm looking forward to putting on an exciting show at Barclays Center and I hope I leave with lots of new fans."

“I am in terrific shape, I feel fantastic in the gym and I am ready for the biggest fight of my career,” said Frampton. “On July 30 I will become a two weight world champion. I respect Leo Santa Cruz, he is a great fighter and person, but I am preparing meticulously to overcome any challenge he brings on July 30. I cannot wait to hear the crowd at Barclays Center. It is my first time boxing in New York, where some of the greatest fights have taken place. I know there will be a large number of fans traveling from the UK and Ireland but there is also a huge Irish-American audience and I am eager to show them all what I can do. Get your tickets now, it’s going to be a great fight!”

“Santa Cruz vs. Frampton is not only the best fight that can be made in the featherweight division, it truly is one of the most anticipated fights in all of boxing,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Boxing fans can expect nonstop action in this can’t-miss matchup of aggressive styles. There's no better way for Santa Cruz and Frampton to make their New York debuts than at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, against each other.”

“The competitive matchup of Santa Cruz vs. Frampton shines an international spotlight on BROOKLYN BOXING at Barclays Center,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “We’re especially excited to host two of the best featherweight boxers in the sport today as they fight in New York for the first time.”

The popular Mexican-American Santa Cruz fights out of Los Angeles and won the 126-pound title in a “Fight of the Year” candidate against former three-division champ Abner Mares last August at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. It was just the third fight in the featherweight division for Santa Cruz, who has won belts at 118 and 122 pounds while earning a reputation as one of boxing’s most active and exciting fighters. The 27-year-old also holds victories over Cristian Mijares and Eric Morel. He has competed in world title bouts in 11 of his last 13 fights since 2012. After stopping former world champion Kiko Martinez in the fifth round last Feb. 27, Santa Cruz makes his second world title defense in his East Coast debut.

After defeating rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification bout last Feb. 27, Frampton will attempt to capture a world title in a second weight class. Fighting out of Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Irish national amateur champion in 2005 and 2009 expects to bring some of his rabid fans stateside come July 30. The 29-year-old 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.


DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES SUMMER BOXING SERIES AT FOXWOODS
PREMIERE INSTALLMENT KICKS OFF JUNE 30TH
AND RETURNS ON JULY 21ST

New York, NY (6/6/16) – DiBella Entertainment has promoted some of the biggest and most exciting boxing events at Foxwoods® Resort Casino in the last decade and now, the N.Y. based promotional company is proud to announce that it has partnered with Foxwoods to stage a summer boxing series.
The series will kick off next month, on Thursday, June 30th, with a special edition New England Broadway Boxing, headlined by Connecticut’s own undefeated, world-rated super bantamweight contender Luis Rosa (22-0, 10KO’s). The series will follow up with its second installment on Thursday, July 21st. The summer series will close out with its final edition sometime in the second half of August.
“Foxwoods is one of the great venues for boxing on the East Coast and our (DBE) home away from home in the New England area. We are thrilled to have partnered with our great friends at the Northeast’s premier resort destination to be doing a summer series, featuring some of boxing’s best talent as well as some of the most promising young fighters out of the New England area,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
“We are proud to continue to offer the most compelling, nationally-televised boxing events featuring the best fighters in the world. For nearly twenty five years, Foxwoods has been considered the ‘Fight Capital of the Northeast,’ and this Summer Boxing Series will only build upon that fact,” stated Felix Rappaport, President & CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “In true Foxwoods fashion, boxing fans can expect nonstop action and excitement from the moment the bell rings.”
In addition to Rosa, DiBella Entertainment promotes some of the New England area’s most promising up-and-coming prospects and contenders, including top-rated, former world title challenger Edwin Rodriguez, Ryan Kielczweski, undefeated female Shelly Vincent, Danny Aquino, and recently signed amateur standouts Mykquan Williams and Anthony Marsella.
A complete list of the upcoming June 30th card will be announced shortly.
Tickets for the June 30th card are on sale now and are priced at $125, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and www.foxwoods.com or by visiting the Foxwoods’ Box Office. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.


VASYL LOMACHENKO SETS THE RECORD BOOK
STRAIGHT ON ITS EAR WITH KO VICTORY
AND SECOND WORLD TITLE IN AS MANY DIVISIONS


Lomachenko (
Left vs. Gary Russell) photo: German Villasenor

NEW YORK (June 13, 2016) -- He came, He saw, He annihilated. Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO is now a two-division world champion and just as he did with his first professional world title, he won world title No. 2 in a record least amount of fights -- SEVEN! Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) captured his first world title -- the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title -- in his third professional bout, winning a 12-round majority decision over unbeaten Gary Russell in 2014 to tie the record for fewest fights to win a world title. On Saturday, he broke the record for winning world titles in two different weight divisions in the least amount of fights by knocking out defending three-time WBO junior lightweight world champion ROMAN "Rocky" MARTINEZ (29--3-3, 17 KOs), of Puerto Rico, in the fifth round. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Puerto Rican Best Boxing, Diamante Promotions and Madison Square Garden, the fight took place at Madison Square Garden and was televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. HBO will replay the fight tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

"I need more fights to get better. I want more fights to make history," declared Lomachenko after he hoisted up his new world championship belt. "Line up all the top fighters and let's find out who is the best."


Undefeated Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder Defends His Title Against Two-Time World Title Challenger Chris Arreola in Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes Primetime Main Event
Saturday, July 16 From Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama
(8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (June 13, 2016) - Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his title in his home state when he battles two-time world title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama with televised coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 and go on sale tomorrow. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Wilder returns to the ring after he was set to travel to Russia and defend his title against Alexander Povetkin on May 21 before the challenger failed a drug test that caused a cancellation of the fight. Now, Wilder will showcase his exceptional skills in primetime on network television as he takes on Arreola. It will be Wilder's fourth defense and third in his home state of Alabama.

"I'm always excited about coming home and being in front of my people where I'm the most comfortable," said Wilder. "I've been traveling a lot, going over to Sheffield, England to train before I was supposed to fight Alexander Povetkin in Moscow. But because of his decision to use a banned substance, the fight didn't happen. I'm disappointed about that, but it's not going to stop me from being an active heavyweight world champion. It has also given me the opportunity to again defend my title before my hometown fans. It's always good to come home.

"This is the longest stretch that I've been out of the ring and I'm anxious to get back in and continue my quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world," continued Wilder. "This is another fight in that process. I respect Chris Arreola for getting into the ring with me, but we all know who the real champion is and I'm going to prove it. I've been training long and hard for a fight and now I'm going to take it out on Arreola on July 16."

"I'm thankful to Deontay for this opportunity, he has proven a great deal by winning the heavyweight title and by defending it three times," said Arreola. "I'm very excited to step into the ring with him, put on a great show, be victorious and make history by becoming the first Mexican heavyweight world champion."

"We are thrilled that Deontay will be back in the ring quickly, in primetime on FOX, and at home in Alabama. Chris Arreola knows that this is his last opportunity for heavyweight glory and will likely come out throwing bombs from the opening bell. I expect an explosive, fan friendly fight for as long as it lasts," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "In the wake of Povetkin's positive PED test and the cancellation of that fight, we are happy that Deontay's next heavyweight title defense will be contested on July 16th and on such a great platform."

"Chris knows what this fight means, and having been in the position to be the first Mexican heavyweight world champion before, he's not going to let that chance slip by him again, " said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions.

"We are excited to work with DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions to bring the third heavyweight boxing championship in a little over a year to the state of Alabama," said Gene Hallman, president and CEO of Bruno Event Team. "We expect tickets for this fight to sell quickly and we encourage Alabama boxing fans to show their support for Deontay."

"FOX and FOX Deportes are thrilled to be broadcasting the much anticipated heavyweight championship of the world between Deontay Wilder vs. Chris Arreola as part of our partnership with Premier Boxing Champions," said David Nathanson, FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. "It's been just over 20 years since FOX presented its last heavyweight headliner, Mike Tyson vs. Buster Mathis. We're sure this title fight will deliver another amazing PBC show on our networks."

The heavyweight champion from Tuscaloosa is itching to get back in the ring after defending his title with stoppages of Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas and most recently a one-punch knockout of Artur Szpilka in January. Before turning pro in November 2008, Wilder won the bronze medal at heavyweight for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games. He is the last American male boxer to medal in the Olympics. The 30-year-old won the belt with a dominant decision over Bermane Stiverne in January 2015. The six-month layoff will be the longest of Wilder's career. This fight will mark the eighth time Wilder fights in his home state of Alabama as a professional.

Always in exciting fights, the Los Angeles-born Arreola will look to entertain the primetime audience as he takes his third crack at a heavyweight world championship. With victories over Eric Molina, Seth Mitchell, Joey Abell and Jameel McCline plus championship losses to Vitali Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne, he will be one of the most battle-tested opponents of Wilder's career.

There will be two more hours of boxing on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10 p.m. ET, immediately following the Wilder vs. Arreola fight on FOX. Further details will be announced shortly.


FRANCISCO "EL BANDIDO" VARGAS RETAINS WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE WITH MAJORITY DRAW IN WAR AGAINST ORLANDO "SIRI" SALIDO

LIVE FROM STUBHUB CENTER IN CARSON AND TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO® BOXING AFTER DARK



Photo: German Villasenor

LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2016) -WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) retained his title against former three-time world champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (42-13-4, 30 KOs, 1 NC) after going the distance in a 12-round blood bath before a nearly sold-out, raucous crowd of 7,378 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and televised live on HBO® Boxing AfterDark.

Salido and Vargas exchanged heavy blows in the first round, with Salido getting the better of Vargas in a flurry of punches late in the round. Round four saw Vargas injured, with blood pouring from a cut on his eye obtained by a head butt. The war continued on and brought the crowd to their feet in round six, where Vargas held Salido against the ropes several times with a flurry of punches. The warriors didn't stop and kept the pressure on each other until round 12, which saw Vargas and Salido laying into one another relentlessly until the bell.

"I feel really good about this decision," said Vargas. "I knew coming in that I was going to be facing a very tough opponent; however I didn't expect for him to head butt me and give me so many cuts to the face. I used powerful jabs and countered with ruthlessness. Takashi Miura was a much more powerful puncher, but my respects to Salido. He is a very tough fighter and has a very strong chin. Overall, I'm happy I was able to face this skilled warrior."

"It was a complicated fight like I expected, a very difficult fight from beginning to end with a lot of action," said Salido. "It was a great spectacle for all the fans. They got what they wanted; they wanted to see blood and they saw blood. I would welcome another fight with him. I believe that I won by a slight margin, but I would welcome a rematch. I would also accept the fight from Takashi Miura or from Lomachenko. I'll fight anyone."

Before the man event began, attendees were encouraged to light up their cell phones across the audience and to chants from the crowd of "Ali." Ring announcer Michael Buffer told the assembled crowd the story of Ali and described his life as a boxer and activist, and his impact in the world beyond just sports. He followed with what has become standard for fallen boxers - ten bells rung to give the final count-out to the legend.

"We'll love you forever champ - rest in peace Muhammad Ali," said Buffer in closing the solemn occasion.

Notable guests at tonight's event included Oscar De La Hoya; Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor and model; Metta World Peace; singer Frankie J; rapper Baby Bash; dancer Olivia "Chachi" Gonzales; and YouTube stars Josh Leyva, Jorge Munoz, and Joshua Santos. Joining them were Golden Boy fighters Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera, Ronny Rios, Edgar "Kid Neza" Valerio, Jason "El Animal" Quigley, Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa, Andrew "El Chango" Cancio, Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez, Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr., Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete, Jesus Soto Karass, Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares, Carlos "The Solution" Morales, Roberto "Massa" Ortiz and Joshua "The Professor" Franco. Fighters Takashi Miura, Viktor "Ice Man" Postol, and Vasyl Lomachenko were also in attendance.

In the co-main event, Abraham "Chamaco" Lopez (21-0-1, 15 KOs) of La Puente, Calif. made his HBO debut and gave Julian "El Camaron" Ramirez (16-1, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles his first professional loss to claim the vacant NABA Featherweight Title. Throughout the early rounds, Ramirez and Lopez traded massive blows that left the crowd in gasps and cheers. Mid-way through the fourth round, Ramirez managed to catch Lopez with a few solid shots across the jaw. Lopez kept trying to chip away at the guard of Ramirez, but had difficulty landing clean punches through the early rounds of the fight. That changed, though, when in the sixth round Lopez opened up a deep gash across the right brow of Ramirez. In a bit of payback, Ramirez's continual blows caused swelling over Lopez's right eye by the end of the seventh round. By the final bell, both fighters left whatever strength they had on the mat. In a unanimous decision, the judges awarded the victory - and the NABA belt - to Lopez.

"It was a close fight, my respects for Julian he definitely is a hard puncher," said Lopez. "But I'm not hurt, I was able to counter the punches he came at me with. This victory opens doors for me; it moves me up to the next level in my career and gives me the opportunities to fight for a world title. I'm glad I listened to my corner, that's what ultimately helped get the victory tonight."

"This was a really tough fight," said Ramirez. "I knew he would be a tough opponent, and that's what I trained hard for. I know that he won some rounds, but I thought that I did very well out there. And I thought that I had a very good shot at winning this. I feel that the decision should have been much closer. But it is what it is, and that's boxing."

"King" Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia and Tijuana's Antonio "Tony" Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) faced off for a 10-round middleweight bout that turned into a narrow final decision. In the early rounds, Gutierrez focused on working Rosado's body with repeated left jabs and combos to his midsection. Rosado countered with a number of strong shots to Gutierrez's head over the top of his guard and uppercuts. Gutierrez caught Rosado late in the second round with a strong right cross that seemed to momentarily daze his opponent. In the fourth round, Gutierrez caught Rosado with a shot that toppled him to the mat before Rosado surged back with a number of strong punches. Over the next few rounds, both fighters periodically traded heavy blows in a game of back-and-forth for control of the fight. In scoring that indicated how close the fight was (95-94, 96-93, 95-94), Rosado emerged with the hard-earned unanimous decision.

"I was hoping this fight would go a little differently," said Rosado. "I wasn't expecting to get knocked down. I know that I was making some mistakes in my rounds, and he was coming at me really hard. I know that I have a lot of support out here. This was a learning experience for me - despite my flaws, I was able to get back up and take this victory."

"I had studied Rosado before this fight, and knew he was a fighter with great ability and punching power," said Gutierrez. "This has been the most difficult fight of my career thus far, but I feel that I was very impressive and dominated many of the rounds tonight. When I dropped him in the fourth round, I was surprised because I was just doing what my corner advised. And it worked. I don't agree with the decision. I feel I gave the better fight tonight, and the crowd agrees with me."

Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Buena Park, Calif. squared off against Jhon Gemino (12-7-1, 5 KOs) of Batangas, Philippines an eight-round lightweight bout. Going the distance, Gonzalez won via unanimous decision and scored 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 across the three judges. Gonzalez repeatedly walked Gemino into the ropes, where he then let loose with a flurry of combinations and visibly draining his opponent. Gemino fought back gamely, landing a few solid punches to Gonzalez's head and upper body during the fourth round - though Gonzalez came back the next round with several solid uppercuts through Gemino's guard. Through the final rounds, Gemino played defensive, making several strong upper body blows to Gonzalez - while Gonzalez continued to dominate the center of the ring and control the tempo of the fight.

"My opponent was really tough and was able to take lots of punches which was challenging," said Gonzalez. "Every fight is a learning experience for me, and I am extremely happy I was able to get tonight's victory against this tough guy because this is what I came to accomplish."

Nick "La Calavera" Arce (8-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles battled Francisco "Panchito" Dominguez (8-10, 2 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in a six-round super featherweight bout, delivering victory by unanimous decision and winning all rounds for the three judges, 60-54. Arce controlled the fight from the start, chasing Dominguez around the ring and scoring a number of strong shots to his head.

"I'm very happy I got the victory," said Arce. "I trained for everything to go as planned, as it did. My opponent is a tough guy who can take lots of punches and I feel good about this fight. This is what I came out here to do."

Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (6-0, 5 KOs) of East Los Angeles fought a scheduled six-round super lightweight bout against Marc Torres (4-2, 1 KO) of McAllen, Texas, winning by knockout 1:21 into the second round after devastating Torres with body blows. Late into the first round, Navarro leveled Torres with a body blow that sent him to the mat, getting up just in time for the bell.

"I could tell in the first round that his body was open," said Navarro. "When I got him down in the first, I knew then, for me, that this fight was all about body shots. I could see he was wobbling in the second round. And that's when I was able to take him down with a body shot. Like I said at the weigh-in, anybody can talk - but we will see if they can back it up. I was able to back it up."

Alexis Rocha (3-0, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. won a four-round super welterweight bout against Anthony Woods (0-5) of Las Vegas by scoring 40-36 across the three judges for his first unanimous decision of his young career. While Woods was aggressive with his punching, he couldn't land many on the quicker Rocha who bobbed and weaved throughout the fight.

"I come out to win and I was expecting to knock my opponent out, but he was giving me a ton of trouble in the ring," said Rocha. "If I ever lose a fight, my opponent is going to have to knock me out to take me down. Every fight for me is a learning experience, and I know now what I'm going to have to do to improve - including working on my combinations and staying collected during the fight."

Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (2-0, 2 KOs) of San Diego won his fight in a four-round lightweight bout against Juan Bryand (1-4) of Laredo, Texas with a knockout 1:36 into the first round, falling after a series of strong body shots.

"It feels really great to be out here and to put on a show for my fans," said Gamez. "I went in ready, training very hard and ready to get the job done. This is my first fight at the StubHub Center and my second professional fight, and everyone can expect a lot more to come from me."

Opening up the card, Oscar Duarte (5-0, 2 KOs) of Parral, Mexico won a unanimous decision in his four-round lightweight bout against Luis "Lichito" Lizarraga Jr. (5-9-1, 2 KOs) of Merida, Mexico, with all three judges scoring the fight 40-35.

"So this is my second time fighting in a venue this size," said Duarte. "This motivates me to keep going and to give me momentum. I'm very happy with this victory, and I know it's because of me that my team's able to work hard and develop a tactic to attack."

Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido was a 12-round battle for the WBC Super Featherweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa Mexico Tequila and HANDS OF STONE: The True Story of Roberto Duran, in theaters this August. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast began live at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The RingTvLive.com live stream began at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.


 

 

 

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JARRELL “BIG BABY” MILLER PASSES TEST AS FRED KASSI QUITS AFTER THREE ON SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION FROM RHINOS STADIUM IN ROCHESTER, N.Y.
Mason Menard KOs Bahomir Mamadjonov, Antonio Nieves and Alejandro Santiago Fight To A Split Draw & Bakhtiyar Eyubov Wins By Split Decision Against Karim Mayfield
Catch The Replay On Monday, Aug. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Aug. 20, 2016) – Undefeated heavyweight prospect Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller won by third-round TKO over veteran Fred Kassi in the ShoBox: The New Generation main event, Friday, live on SHOWTIME from Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
Following a cagey first round that favored Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs), Brooklynite Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs), turned up the body work and pressure in rounds two and three. After landing 36-of-57 power shots in the third and racking up 30 connects to the body, Kassi retired on the stool between rounds, citing a hand injury. Miller landed an impressive 57 percent of his power shots for the fight and limited Kassi to 22 percent of his hooks, crosses and uppercuts.
Kassi said after the fight that his right hand was injured in the second and pushed through the pain for one more round before giving in.
The 6-foot-4, Miller viciously attacked the body and delivered some big rights and combinations. Kassi had some moments where he out-boxed his opponent, but Miller’s power and size—a possible 50+-pound advantage—was the deciding factor. With this victory, “Big Baby” ups his winning streak to 14 straight.
“I knew it would take some time to get going tonight. I was thinking maybe three or four rounds to warm up and get going. But in the second round, I got my wind and I knew I hurt him,” said Miller, who is ranked among the top 10 heavyweights in three of the four sanctioning bodies. “My legs came alive and I touched his body and his head. I knew I was going to get the stoppage.
“I think he could have continued, though. He just didn’t want to. That’s why I take my hat off to Deontay Wilder. I still want to break his jaw, but he finished his fight with a broken hand. That’s what champions do. Kassi didn’t want to continue.
“Let’s talk about all these heavyweights. Tyson Fury, he doesn’t want this work. He’s always complaining. He’s always sick or something. I don’t know what’s wrong with him. Wilder, every five minutes he breaks another finger. Look, it’s just a matter of time before these guys are going to have to put up or shut up. Anthony Joshua, that’s going to be a mega fight. I am just begging for him to call my name.”
Kassi said, “I must have hurt my hand in the first round because in the second, every time I hit him I felt a shock. I wanted to keep going but he’s a big guy and I couldn’t use my hand. When you fight a guy that is 50 pounds heavier than you are, you need all the weapons.”
“The size difference and the strength difference was so enormous,” said SHOWTIME Boxing’s veteran analyst Steve Farhood. “Once Miller started rolling, it was clear that Kassi had no answers. Kassi had been nimble and he slid off the ropes a few times in round one. That was gone in round 2. So, perhaps in some people’s eyes, this win is cheapened by the injury, but to me it was clear that Big Baby was on his way to doing what more advanced heavyweights like Dominic Breazeale and Chris Arreola couldn’t do, and that’s stop Fred Kassi.
“Bottom line, Jarrell Miller’s stock went up tonight. He faced his toughest test and he passed it.”
In the co-main event, promising Louisiana lightweight “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard scored a brutal knockout at 2:26 of the ninth-round over battled-tested Bahodir Mamadjonov, winning the WBO NABO Lightweight belt. VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: http://s.sho.com/2b6MNPF
Both Menard and Mamadjonov were facing their most dangerous foe to date. Mamadjonov (18-3, 11 KOs), showed great ring generalship successfully keeping Menard's output down for the first six rounds, but Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) dramatically turned the fight around with body shots that produced two knockdowns in the seventh. A slow eighth-round followed but the ninth brought another series of power shots leading to the third and final knockdown, prompting referee Steve Smoger to intervene and halt the contest.
At the time of the stoppage Menard, who out-landed Mamadjonov 10-0 in the bout's final 26 seconds, was ahead by two points on two scorecards and four points on the third.
“I feel great, but it was a B-level performance from me,” said Menard who is coming from a knockout-of-the-year candidate, “I could have done better. My opponent was an awkward fighter and we got him with two weeks’ notice.
“I knew if I kept putting the pressure, slowly he would fade and I would take him out in the later rounds and that’s exactly how it happened. He was hurting to the body. I knew after the first couple rounds he was breathing really heavy, so the game plan was to start touching him to the body. It was affecting him greatly.
“I’m definitely excited to get my second SHOWTIME knockout and I got some rounds under my belt. It’s been years since I went that many rounds, so it was good to know I can go that long and still finish strong.”
“I don’t really know what went wrong,” said Mamadjonov, who is known for his high boxing IQ. “It was short notice and I think I lost too much weight.
“I didn’t feel his punches, but he caught me with some good body shots. I was fighting evenly with him until the weight loss caught up to me and I got tired.
“I feel ok now. I’m good. I am disappointed but I’m fine. I’ll be back.”
NABO Bantamweight Champion Antonio Nieves, of Cleveland, Ohio and Tijuana’s Alejandro Santiago battled to a 10-round split draw (96-94 Nieves, 96-94 Santiago and 95-95) in the second fight of the ShoBox quadrupleheader.
Nieves, (16-0-2, 8 KOs), remains undefeated, but Santiago’s (11-2-2, 3 KOs) boxing ability clearly caught him off guard. The first five rounds featured brisk long-range boxing that was incredibly even. Santiago, a late-sub for Nikolay Potapov, appeared to pull away in rounds 6-10 as he out-landed Nieves 129-86 overall and 100-61 in power punches.
Winning the late rounds was not enough for Santiago, who was stepping up in weight and opposition. Judge Don Ackerman had Nieves ahead 96-94 while Eric Marlinski had it 96-94 for Santiago. Pasquale Procopio's 95-95 card proved pivotal. Given Santiago's second-half surge, the Mexican visitor was unlucky not to get the win.
“I thought it was close, but I think I pulled it out,” said Nieves. “I should have gotten the victory by maybe one or two points. But the judges see what they saw, you know?
“I do not feel I put on the impressive performance I was hoping to. I wasn’t at my best. He (Santiago) was a little awkward and my right hand was hurting a little bit, but I really don’t know why I wasn’t letting my hands go like I usually do.
“I learned I have to stick to my game plan and keep using my jab. I didn’t use it like I usually do. I need to just do what I do and not worry about what my opponent is doing.
“I don’t think nerves had anything to do with it, even though it was the biggest fight of my career. I was just letting him get off first. I should have followed my game plan, rather than react to what he was doing. I give myself a C for my performance tonight.”
Santiago, who came as a late replacement and was clearly the underdog, also felt he won the fight.
“It was close, but I think I won the fight. I was always sure I’d beat him and I did. I landed more punches,” said Santiago. “I thought Nieves would be stronger than he was in there.
“I usually fight at super flyweight. I was coming up in weight to do this. It was an opportunity to open more doors for me and I took it. And I think that’s what I did tonight.”
In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov of Brooklyn, N.Y., by way of Kazakhstan won a close 10-round split decision—that could have gone either way—against veteran Karim Mayfield of San Francisco, Calif. (95-94 twice for Eyubov and 95-94 for Mayfield).
Eyubov (11-0, 10 KOs), who had never been past the third round, was taken to uncharted waters by the more experienced Mayfield (19-4-1, 11 KOs). Mayfield extended Eyubov far longer than any other opponent and despite out-landing the adoptive Brooklynite in each of the final four rounds (110-80 overall and 87-66 power) Eyubov escaped with a split decision. It was a learning victory for Eyubov and a disheartening loss for Mayfield, who averaged 69 punches per round to Eyubov's 52.
“I felt it was close, but I did everything I wanted to do and I feel I won nearly every round,” said Eyubov. “I was surprised by Mayfield, especially how hard his head is. He is a real man.
“My lip is a little swollen but that’s because of headbutts. Mayfield fought dirty in there. But I’m happy with the decision. I learned that I can go 10 rounds if I have to. I could go 12. I was still strong at the end of the fight.
Mayfield, who was clearly disappointed with the result, felt he won the fight.
“It was a good fight and he’s a tough fighter for sure, but I landed the harder shots and kept active. He was a tough guy, don’t get me wrong, but I certainly won that fight,” said Mayfield. “I feel I performed well. There’s alwayromotions.s more work you can do, but for the most part I feel I did good. People thought for some odd reason the fight wouldn’t even go the distance, which is ludicrous. I won the fight though.
“It was part of my game plan to frustrate him and I feel I did that. I executed my plan well. Of course, there was more I could have done. I could have thrown more punches, but I did well.
“They made it seem like he punched like hell, but I guess all punches feel hard to me, so if you’re a hard puncher or a light puncher, it’s still a punch and I don’t want to get punched. I got hit but I was never stunned or anything like that.
“I would love a rematch.”
Eyubov responded, “I don’t know if I would fight him again. I will think about it.”
ShoBox: The New Generation will re-air on Monday, Aug. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME beginning Saturday, Aug. 20.
Barry Tompkins called the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Rich Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
The event was promoted by Salita Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions.


A STELLAR NIGHT OF KNOCK OUT FIGHTS AT A SOLD OUT LA FIGHT CLUB

VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY DAZZLES CROWD WITH AN IMPRESSIVE TAKE DOWN OF OSCAR RIOJAS


LOS ANGELES (Aug. 19, 2016)
- It was a night of knock outsat a sold out Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles as a series of jaw-dropping matches kept the crowd at the edge of their seats. The spectacle had special guests, including Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya, NABA Super Featherweight Champion Carlos "The Solution" Morales, Ronny Rios, Jason "El Animal" Quigley, Antonio "La Joya" Gutierrez, Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez, Oscar "Jaguar" Negreje, Roy
"Pitbull" Tapia, EmilioSanchez, Vergil Ortiz, Jr. and Niko "Baby Face" Valdes.

The main event, airinglive nationally on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar and live streamed by the Ring TV, featured Vyacheslav "Lion Heart-Chigonsky" Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) taking on Laredo, Texas fighter Oscar "El Monstruo" Riojas (10-6-1, 3 KOs) for a scheduled eight-round light heavyweight bout. In the first round, Shabranskyy was clearly feeling out his opponent, entering the ring calm and steady as he threw a couple of jabs, with Riojas responding. At the one minute and 43 second mark in the third round, Shabranskyy landed a straight right punch to the chin that made Riojas fall to the boxing mat. As Riojas got back up to continue the fight, "Chingonsky" released power punches that Riojas could not handle, making the referee stop the fight. Shabranskyy's ultimately retained his undefeated status with a technical knockout victory.

"In the first round, I wanted to feel him out, find out what he had as a fighter," said Shabranskyy. "By the second round I started to expose his weaknesses and knew that I could finish the fight early, and that was what my corner was telling me to do. I try to make sure I listen to my corner as they can see things that I can't. Luckily we were able to finish the fight early, and I am looking forward to the next fight."

"I feel really disappointed, this fight was not how I expected it to go," said Riojas. "The knockout caught me by surprise and there was nothing I could do. I feel really disappointed about how this ended but everyone can definitely expect me back in the ring soon again."

In the co-main feature also broadcast live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estellar, undefeated super featherweight prospect Ivan "Striker" Delgado (10-0-1, 3 KOs) took on Alejandro Ochoa (7-12-2, 1 KO) in an eight-round event. The first rounds featured equally matched fighters, both landing impressive power punches. The heated exchanges of packed punches featured the warriors' heated exchanges that wore down Ochoa. It was in the seventh round where the "Striker" saw his opportunity at the one minute and 46 second mark, where he landed three left hooks in a row that sent Ochoa straight to mat. The knock out gave yet another victory to the undefeated Delgado.

"I kept going really hard throughout all the rounds, and I knew I would eventually get the knockout because I hurt him early on by knocking him down," said Delgado. "I never got frustrated because I knew I had to keep my cool and land my punches so I didn't get sloppy-that's how I was able to successfully capture the knockout."

Opening up the televised portion of the night, Alexis Rocha (4-0, 3 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. faced Israel "Isra" Villela (4-3, 1 KO) in a four-round welterweight bout. Rocha entered the ring taking clear control of the fight, releasing his flurry of punches onto Villela. Rocha landed massive combination of blows to the body, with a left hook to the face that sent Villela straight to the mat. Villela valiantly rose up again, only to be given another heavy dose of combination punches to the face, leading the referee to stop the fight, and giving Rocha the technical knock out victory to maintain his undefeated record.

"I always prepare for every fight with the same intensity and this fight was not the exception," said Rocha. "I thought he was going to rush me in the first round so I made sure to stay focused and aggressive. Once I had him down I knew I had to apply smart pressure to win this fight. I am glad I was able to finish it early and secure another victory."

In a scheduled six-round lightweight fight, Oscar Duarte (6-0-1, 3 KOs) of Parral, Mexico faced Omar Garcia (5-4, 1 KO) of Monterrey, Mexico. It only took 58 seconds into the first round for Duarte to dominate Garcia, knocking him down to the canvas via a devastating left hook, winning the fight via knockout.

"I feel so blessed to have another victory under my belt," said Duarte. "My game plan was to enter the ring calmly, and relaxed. I knew I could get the knock out when I felt like I hurt him with my body punch. I am going to keep up the discipline that I have, and turn that into more results like this."

Kicking off the RingTVLive.com, live stream portion of the night, David Mijares (3-0, 2 KO) of Santa Monica, California took on Jorrell Sparenberg (0-2) from Houston, Texas in a scheduled four-round super lightweight bout. Mijares dominated the first round, cornering Sparenburg various times throughout the round landing various combinations to the body. It was during the second round that Mijares took advantage of Sparenberg's inability to keep his hands up, landing various blows to the head and prompting the referee to wave off the fight on the 1:36 mark. Mijares was awarded his third victory and second technical knockout to add to his record.

"It feels so great to have a dramatic victory in front of my hometown crowd," said Mijares. "I feel like I put on a great show for all the fans supporting me tonight. There are still some things I need to work on, particularly taking my time and exercising my patience in the ring, but I am just very excited about my victory tonight. I am ready for the next fight."

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Oscar Riojas was presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa Mexico Tequila and Carmelita Chorizo. Doors opened at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout began at 5:30 p.m. The Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar broadcast aired live on Friday, Aug. 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and streamed live simultaneously on estrellaTV.com and on YouTube via LBI Media's Fenomeno Studios: youtube.com/FenomenoStudios. The Ring TV live stream began at 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB starting at only $20 with Flex Passes for multiple fight packages, Group Tickets and Knockout Experience upgrade are available for purchase now at www.goldenboypromotions.com, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, by calling 213-233-2957 or by emailing LAFightClub@goldenboypromotions.com. Mark your calendars and purchase tickets in advance before they sell out for the remaining summer dates taking place September 2 and October 7.


Danny Roman Makes Weight; Defends NABA 122-pound Title Friday Night

ORANGE, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2016) - NABA Champion Danny Roman (19-2-1, 7 KOs) weighed in at 122 lbs., while challenger Enrique Quevedo (16-7-1, 10 KOs) measured 121.4 lbs. at Thursday's "New Blood" weigh in.

"I'm expecting a tough and rugged fight," said Roman, who is defending his title for the fourth time. "Quevedo is going to bring it, and so am I."

Roman vs. Quevedo is the 10-round main event that originates Friday night from the Omega Products Events Center in Corona, Calif.

In the co-feature, heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (13-0, 13 KOs) meets Mario Heredia (14-4, 12 KOs) in a fight scheduled for 8-rounds. Mitchell weighed in at 244.8 lbs., and Heredia tipped the scales at 274.2 lbs.

WEIGHTS

Danny Roman, 122 vs. Enrique Quevedo, 121.4 (10-rounds)
LaRon Mitchell, 244.8 vs. Mario Heredia, 274.2 (8-rounds)
Robert Arriaza, 147.8 vs. Benjamin Whitaker, 146.4 (8-rounds)
Scott Alexander, 231.8 vs. Sergio Ramirez, 199 (6-rounds)
Michael Norato, 130.8 vs. Eder Amaro, 131.8 (4-rounds)
Rudy Garcia, 116.5 vs. Jorge Perez, 117.4 (4-rounds)

Tickets for "New Blood" are available for purchase on the day of the event starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Omega Products Events Center will call booth.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Omega Products Events Center is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881 and can be reached at 951-737-7447.

"New Blood" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

For more information, please visit ThompsonBoxing.com. To follow the conversation on social media, please use #NewBlood and #ThompsonBoxing.


CANELO ALVAREZ CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
AND MP3 RECORDING FROM AUGUST 24, 2015


OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
Thank you very much. Thank you to all the media. [SPEAKING IN SPANISH]. We are here for the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith conference call.

First of all, we want to thank you and welcome the two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez who has a record of 47-1, and won with 33 knockouts.

On September 17th over Mexican Independence weekend, Canelo Alvarez will make his long-anticipated return to Texas to fight Liam Smith who has a record of 23-0 with 13 knockouts, and that will be for the WBO Junior Middleweight Junior championship title at the famed AT&T Stadium, home of America's team, the Dallas Cowboys.

Texas has been a natural choice for us, and for all Texas fans who love Canelo Alvarez, and the fan base are some of the most loyal for every fight. The fans have shown up in huge crowds wearing red and green, cheering Canelo and chanting his name.

Texas is Canelo's home away from home, and Canelo versus Smith will be a homecoming celebration for Canelo. We have witnessed some of Canelo's most epic fights in Texas, from his match with Austin Trout at the Alamo Dome where he filled up 45,000 seats, and obviously when he fought James Kirkland, which was named Knockout Of The Year, at the Minute Maid Park in front of 31,000 screaming fans.

So Cowboys Stadium is a stadium created for larger-than-life fighters, just like Canelo. And the two other fights that have been fought there were headlined by legendary Manny Pacquiao.

We're excited to announce that ticket sales are going extremely, extremely well. It's outpacing Manny Pacquiao's last two fights, which we're extremely excited about knowing that we will have a full house at the Cowboys Stadium. Tickets are still available, priced from $750 all the way down to $40.

I would like to thank our sponsors, Tecate Cerveza Born Bold and Casa Mexico Tequila. Thank you for your continued support.

And obviously if you can't be with us live in Dallas, this fight will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View, which is our exclusive and proud partner for this event.

We're extremely proud and excited to have Canelo Alvarez headline Mexican Independence Day weekend, and this is only the beginning for Canelo Alvarez headlining special weekends for many years to come. So it's a perfect fit that we stage this fight in Texas to be shown across the globe.

At this time, I would like to introduce to you one of the team members who makes everything happen, who gets Canelo in shape, who has the strategy, who has been doing a wonderful job with his premier. I would like to introduce to you a man they call "Chepo," and that is Jose "Chepo" Reynoso. Chepo?

JOSE "CHEPO" REYNOSO, Manager and Trainer to Canelo Alvarez (Via Translator):

We're very excited. We're very relaxed right now, but we're very excited in anticipating with a lot of enthusiasm September 17 so that all the fans can celebrate and say "viva Mexico," "viva Canelo."

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you. And next I would like to introduce to you the man who trains him, the man who gets on the mitts with him, strategizes. If you look at Canelo's last fights, he's been growing, he's been improving. He's only getting better. And Canelo is a fighter who wants to be the very best, and he will stop at nothing to get to that goal of his.

So next up I would like to introduce to you the trainer, Eddy Reynoso. Eddy?

EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer to Canelo Alvarez (Via Translator):

Good afternoon, everybody, and what can I say? We're three weeks out from the fight. We're very happy. Canelo's been working very, very hard. He's looking great, and we can't wait for September 17th.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Without further ado, I'd like to now introduce to you the former two-time world champion. Since the age of 15, when he turned pro, he's accumulated a record that is bar none, like no other in boxing today.

At the tender age of 26, he's already fought the very best fighters out there there is to fight, and the best is yet to come. Fighters like "Sugar" Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather, fighters like Alfredo Angulo, Miguel Cotto, fighters like Erislandy Lara, fighters like Austin Trout.

I believe there is no fighter today at the age of 26 who has fought so many ex-world champions and current world champions.

So he hails out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, with a record of 47-1 and 33 knockouts. It's my pleasure to you to introduce Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

CANELO ALVAREZ, Former Two-Division World Champion (Via Translator):

Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you, all, for being on the call. Thank you for the support for this fight, for supporting me. This is going to be a great event, and you don't want to miss it. Thank you all for participating on this call.

Q. Canelo, I just wanted to ask you how much have you studied Liam Smith? And from your perspective, why is this the right fight for you at this time?

CANELO ALVAREZ: Yes, I have looked at him, and the style more than anything is what we like. He's a good fighter, he's a champion. He's very strong. He's got a Mexican style, you know, a guy that stands there and likes to exchange punches, so that's one of the things that attracted us to the fight.

And, you know, part of the reason for choosing him is he's a world champion. I want to win another world title in my weight class, 154. Then after that we'll see what's available.

Q. When you look at him, he does seem like he's very aggressive. Do you think that aggression will exist knowing that he's fighting you?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): No, I don't think he's going to change his style. I think he's going to do what he does best -- be aggressive, throw combination, keep coming forward. That's what he does best. But, obviously, for me, I'm always ready for any style. I prepare myself for any style and I'll be ready for anything.

Q. It's been a long time since a Mexican fighter has been the A side of the equation promoting a promotion on Mexican Independence. How do you feel, and was that your goal? And now that you've reached your goal, are you happy?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): His answer was yes, I'm very excited. Very excited. I'm happy. It's an honor for me to represent my country. This is what I wanted. These are the dates that are important for our country, for Mexicans, and I'm here and I'm going to take every advantage of it.

Q. First of all, did you see the Olympics, and what do you think about the critics? There are a lot of critics in Mexico that criticized a lot of the athletes for their performances. Do you think it's something that's right or do you think it's changed?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): Yes, it's unfortunate, but that happens a lot in Mexico. They criticize the athletes. The athletes are the ones that pretty much put Mexico on the map internationally, and it's a shame that some things they get criticized so harshly. It's something that should change, and I think if we were all supporting each other, we'd be in a better place.

Q. Canelo, I wonder what your thoughts are about fighting in Texas again.

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I feel very happy. For me, I've always been treated very, very well, a warm reception each time I fight in Texas. For me, the most important thing is to give them a good fight and that's what I want to do. I want to give them a good fight. They've always treated me well in Texas, and I love being in Texas.

Q. Have you seen AT&T Stadium yet? What are your impressions of it?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): It's very impressive, very, very impressive how big it is. And the big screen, and it's very, very beautiful. It's impressive and it motivates me. It motivates me just imagining how it's going to be on September 17th. It's something that gets me really excited, and I can't wait. I can't wait to get out there and fight.

Q. Eric, you were just talking about the fans. Basically they're tough on their own people over there in Mexico. So that's kind of what I've always thought. Can you ask him when the decision was made for him to not fight Golovkin until September of next year, can you ask if he was concerned about how his fans might react, and has he received any negative feedback for not fighting Golovkin sooner?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): Yeah, you know, there's always going to be critics. They're always there, and it's something that's part of it. It's part of the business. Obviously there's good critics sometimes and there's bad critics. But the most important thing is it doesn't faze me. It doesn't faze me. That's fine, I'm used to it now, and I've got to do what's best for my career.

Q. Oscar, I think most people will figure that the decision to wait until next year for Golovkin was probably yours. How tough was it to make that decision knowing that -- because we all know how people are, whether it's fair or it's not, with social media today, right away you're going to have people saying, oh, he's ducking Golovkin, blah, blah, blah. How tough was it to make the decision to wait another year?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, it's basically the team's decision, you know? I mean, Canelo knows his body. His trainers know his body, and the bottom line is Canelo is a 154-pound fighter. The fact that he fought at 155, people expect him to go up and fight at middleweight, and that's not the case. He's a 54-pounder, and he's going to go up to 160 when his body feels ready.

People will always talk and will always want the very best when you are on top of the world, and that's what Canelo is right now. He's on top. He is the star fighter in boxing, and people want him to fight the very best. And he has always fought the very best. And fighting a Golovkin is going to be no exception. He's going to fight him, but when he's ready to move up to 160.

Q. This is Liam Smith's first fight abroad. Does it give you an advantage that you're used to fighting in front of the big crowds in America?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I really don't think about that. It's something that really doesn't cross my mind. I'm preparing for the best possible Liam Smith there is. I don't think about the crowd. I don't think about people cheering. I just go up there, and my focus is to get the job done.

Q. Do you think that for Liam Smith it benefits him to stand toe to toe and fight you toe to toe, knowing that you're a very big puncher yourself, very powerful? Do you think it's something that will be an advantage, or do you think he should maybe change his game plan?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): No, that's his style. That's what he's going to do. He's a guy that's very strong as well. He's a strong puncher and throws combination and he's aggressive. So I'm preparing for the best possible Liam Smith there is. I'm going to go with my game plan. He can go with his game plan, and may the better man win.

Q. What do you think about the story about the bronze medalist out of Mexico? He won the bronze medal in boxing. He told a story about having to raise money for himself to go to Brazil and there wasn't really too much support from the government.

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): It's very sad, it's very sad, but it's common in Mexico. The support for boxing itself is not very good, and boxing has given Mexico many world champions. It's got a great history, but it's sad. It's unfortunate. It happened to me when I was an amateur. That's part of the reason I became a pro because the support wasn't really there. So it's very, very sad and hopefully it can change.

Q. There's always a tendency to criticize your opponents. It doesn't matter who you fight. They're always criticizing, whether the guy's too big, he's too small, he's not at your level. They're always criticizing him. Do you get tired of that?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): No, look, it's always going to be there. I'm used to it. All I can do is worry about winning the fight and studying my opponent so there are no surprises, and that's what I worry about.

Q. Obviously you're fighting this fight with Liam Smith, if you win the fight, are you planning on defending the title or will you start making your move to 160 and start preparing for Golovkin?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I can't keep fighting this fight thinking about Golovkin. I'm preparing for Liam Smith. That's what's important to me. My train of thought is not to see what's down the line. I've got to get ready for the fight. This is a real fight. I'm not the one that has to prepare for Golovkin. He better prepare for me.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Yes, that's correct. This is a tough fight with Liam Smith. It's not a walk-over fight. It's a tough fight. And first things first, we've got to get past him and then we'll deal with future fights. But as of right now, everything is geared to fighting against Liam Smith and being successful.

Q. Oscar, if you could clarify what the building is scaled for, what AT&T Stadium is scaled for? Is it going to be full capacity? Is it scaled back a little bit? Do you know the exact number?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: I don't know the exact number. I do know that the building can be scaled for as many as over 80,000 people. So, like I said, ticket sales are going incredibly well. We're outpacing the last two Manny Pacquiao fights that were held at AT&T Stadium. So Jerry Jones is extremely happy. The fans are happy. We're happy. And I'm sure that Canelo and Liam Smith are going to be really happy when they see the turnout at the arena.

Q. Oscar, if you do a number better than the Pacquiao fights, which would be a very big number, how encouraging would that be for you to go back maybe immediately to Cowboys Stadium for the next fight?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, I mean, look, it would be very impressive. But at this point nothing surprises me with Canelo. Like I said, he's only getting better. He has a tremendous fan base, and ticket sales show it. He has millions and millions of fans around the world, and ticket sales are proving that.

So I believe that it's not if he outsells the Pacquiao fights at the AT&T arena. I think the question is going to be when he outsells the Pacquiao ticket sales at the arena. I strongly believe that at the age of 26 years old, Canelo is a bigger star and a better fighter compared to any fighter out there today.

Q. Oscar, would you say if Canelo sells out AT&T, would that be kind of a passing of the torch basically from you to him as the certified Mexican star?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, the passing of the torch has already taken place. With Mayweather being retired and Pacquiao being retired, Canelo is the face of boxing now. He's proven it with ticket sales. He's proven it with Pay-Per-Views, and he's going to prove it once again by outselling Manny Pacquiao at the AT&T arena.

So I believe this is just the beginning for Canelo, and he has a long future ahead for himself. We can't wait to be part of it.

Q. What is it about Texas that does good business for y'all? Because I've been going to fights since the Trout one before he even fought Mayweather, and he sold that out. So I'm looking for the 85,000. What is that connection? Can you talk about the connection that Canelo has with the Texas people?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, Texas loves Canelo. Texas loves boxing. I mean, just like any other part of the world, people love Canelo and they want to see Canelo because he brings excitement to the sport. He brings exciting fights.

And this fight here with Liam Smith is going to be a toe-to-toe, "right in the center of the ring" type of action fight. That's why people love Canelo. He works hard, he's a serious fighter, and he brings a lot of action to the table.

Q. Canelo, do you feel super comfortable when you fight in Texas? Because it seems like your best performances, couple of your best performances I've been here, with the Trout fight and the Kirkland fight, and it seems you don't mind getting into the toe-to-toe war and giving us what we want, a spectacular knockout. Is that your mindset heading into this fight with Smith September 17th?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I feel happy. I feel very happy and comfortable fighting there. Yes, I've had some very good performances. September 17th is not going to be an exception. I'm looking for another great performance. I just feel very happy with the reception I get in Texas. It feels very good being there.

Q. Oscar, I know that there have been some recent Pay-Per-Views that have struggled, talking about Crawford-Postol, and even going back to Mayweather-Berto, didn't really do that well. What do you expect for this show in terms of Pay-Per-View numbers? Do you think it will exceed Canelo's fight against Amir Khan, which did about I think like 600,000 Pay-Per-Views?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, we can't really tell how many.

ERIC GOMEZ, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions: Well, first of all, that number's wrong, Mitchy. It wasn't that much for the Kahn fight. But go ahead, Oscar.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: We really can't say how many Pay-Per-Views he's going to sell, but we're expecting a big number as always. We strongly feel that Canelo's star power is only growing. And as we get closer to the fights, we'll have a better indication.

But we always gauge our numbers by how many tickets we're selling in the arena. And as you know, we're outpacing Manny Pacquiao in ticket sales at the AT&T Arena. So we expect a really strong number come September 17.

Q. Liam Smith, a lot of people stateside don't know him or haven't heard of him, so he doesn't really have a big name, though we know he's a champion and undefeated. Are you preparing differently for this fight knowing that you're fighting a guy like that?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): Look, whether people consider if he has a name or not, he's still a very good fighter. He's a champion and he's undefeated for the right reasons. So I'm preparing like I always do, 100%. I'm getting ready for this fight. I'll be prepared for everything. I just don't want any surprises, but this is going to be a tough fight.

Q. What are the plans right now, if there are any, involving Billy Joe Saunders?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, there are no plans right now. The only plan that we have is to stage an exciting event September 17th. Like I said before, if everything goes well, then September 18th we'll start getting to work once again to see what's next for Canelo.

Q. I understand that the focus is always on the fight right in front of you. But Gomez had said that the hope was still to go forward with Billy Joe Saunders for a future fight. So, again, I ask you, is that still the plan after this fight, to go forward with Billy Joe Saunders as the next fight?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: There is a possibility, but right now the focus 100% is on Liam Smith.

Q. Okay. What in your mind is the difference between Canelo, who you said is a 154-pounder right now, and being physically ready to fight Billy Joe Saunders next, and not Gennady Golovkin?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, like I said, our focus and Canelo's focus is fighting at 154, and after this fight his team and ourselves will sit down and discuss future opponents.

Q. Oscar, we talked a little bit about the Pay-Per-View, and Golden Boy always has this standard for great undercards with their shows. With a lot of the struggles with Luis Ortiz and Billy Joe Saunders, do you guys feel this undercard will give the fans more than they can expect with fights like Gabriel Rosado and Willie Monroe being put together? Do you feel this undercard will be able to hold up to the standard of regular Golden Boy undercards?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Absolutely. We at Golden Boy pride ourselves in giving the fans the most exciting and the best fights possible, and that's exactly what we've put together. See, the fight fans in Dallas, Texas, or across the globe want to see action, and that's what Canelo brings to the table. Canelo brings action, excitement, and our undercards are obviously no exception. Our undercards are always full of excitement and great fights.

Q. Canelo, fighting in Texas has been a lot of great Mexican fighters, Oscar himself, Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Manuel Marquez. You yourself are the next great Mexican fighter up. Is there any added pressure for you, not just fighting in Texas, but living up to the Mexican tradition and performing well and delivering a great fight in Texas?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I don't feel any pressure whatsoever. The only pressure I have for any of my fights is just to prepare 100%. That's it. That's been my mindset, to be ready and prepare 100%. That's where I get my confidence. But none of that stuff really pressures me. I want to do my best and give a great performance.

As far as being the next great from Mexico, no, I don't really think about that. It's no pressure whatsoever, as long as I'm doing my job.

THE MODERATOR: We are ready for closing comments.

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I just want to thank everybody for participating on this call. Thank you for the support as always, and I'll see you guys September 17th. We'll see each other really soon.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you very much. We will see you all the week of September 17th, and we're looking forward to an exciting event. Like I said, tickets are still available. They are going fast, and, again, outpacing the Manny Pacquiao fights. And Jerry Jones is excited, I'm excited, and we can't wait. Thank you.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

Canelo vs. Smith, a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Frank Warren and Canelo Promotions. Gabriel Rosado vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and Diego De La Hoya vs. Luis Orlando Del Valle is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Roc Nation Sports. The event is sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD," O'Reilly's Auto Parts, Adriana's Insurance and Casa Mexico Tequila and will take place on Saturday, September 17 at AT&T Stadium, doors open at 2:30 p.m. CT. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets are priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, $85, $50 and $40, not including applicable service charges with a total ticket limit of 8 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Additionally, walk up purchases are available at the AT&T Stadium Box Office (Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. CT to 5:00 p.m. CT).


Full card set for LGM Promotions back with "Night of the Rising Stars" THIS Saturday, August 27 at the BCB Pavilion in Bayonne, New Jersey

Alex Perez takes on Juan Rodriguez for the IBU World Welterweight title

Plus undefeated Tyrell Wright, Darren Goodall, Magdiel Cotto, Caleb Hernandez, Leon Johnson, John Bauza and Luis Perozo to see action on the undercard

Bayonne, New Jersey (August 25, 2016)-A full nine-bout card is set for LGM Promotions exciting show this Saturday night at the BCB Pavillion in Bayonne, New Jersey

In the main event, it will be a battle of New Jersey based welterweights as Alex Perez (18-2, 10 KOs) will take on Juan "The Beast" Rodriguez (12-4, 5 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds and will be contested for the IBU World Welterweight title.

This will be Newark native Perez' return to the ring after an eighteen-month layoff.

Perez, 34 years-old turned professional in 2004 and won his first 16 bouts. He has solid wins over Edy Chavez (1-0), Josh Sosa (10-1) and Francisco Figueroa (20-3). On March 14, 2009 Perez captured the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation Welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Laureano Laracuente at the Coliseo Luis Aymat in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico.

Perez was last seen in the ring, losing to Brandon Adams in the acclaimed Boxcino tournament on February 13, 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The 29 year-old Rodriguez, hailing from Union City, New Jersey turned professional in 2009 and won his first 11 bouts.

All four of Rodriguez' defeats have come to undefeated fighters.

In his last bout, he was stopped by Ivan Golub on January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In six-round bouts:

Tyrell Wright (8-0-1, 6 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ will rematch Nicholas Thompson (5-1, 5 KOs) of Burlington, NC in a heavyweight bout.

In four-round bouts:

Darren Goodall (3-0, 2 KO's) of New Milford, NJ battles Jhaquis Davis (0-3) of Missouri City, Texas in a middleweight fight

Magdiel Cotto (4-0, 4 KO's) of Comerio, Puerto Rico fights pro debuting Jermaine Corley of Concord, NC in a middleweight affair.

Egomir Plevako (2-2, 1 KO) of Kharkik, Ukraine will take on Kenny Cruz (0-1-1) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a heavyweight fight.

Caleb Hernandez (2-0, 1 KO) of Paterson, New Jersey battles Lamont White (0-2) of Washington, DC in a welterweight bout.

Leon Johnson (1-0, 1 KO) of Newark, New Jersey will fight Alando Pugh (1-8-1) in a heavyweight tussle.

John Bauza (2-0, 2 KO's) of North Bergen, New Jersey will square off with Jose Carmona (1-5, 1 KO) of Puerto Rico in a lightweight affair.

Luis Perozo (2-0, 1 KO) will fight Alexander Foster (0-1) of Alexandria, VA in a lightweight bout.


Special guests in attendance will be for two-time cruiserweight world champion Steve " USS" Cunningham, Chuck Wepner, Bryant "By By" Jennings, current WBA Super Featherweight world champion Jason Sosa and other boxing personalities

Tickets prices are $125 for VIP Table; $65 for Ringside; $55 for General ringside and $40 for General Admission and can be purchased by visiting: www.lgmpromo.eventbrite.com

Doors open at 6 PM ET, with the first being starting at 6:30 PM.

The BCB Pavillion is located at 301 Chosin Few Way in Bayonne, New Jersy


DID STRIPPING ALI OF THE TITLE SAVE THE HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION ?

When the powers that be took away Muhammad Ali’s title for refusing to enter the Armed Services it robbed Ali of three years of his boxing prime. Regardless of anyone’s feelings on Ali’s decision, everyone knew he was the BEST heavyweight in the world in 1967. The hastily put together eight man elimination tournament set up to decide Ali’s successor was not going to change that.

The elimination tourney was scoffed at then and even today it is still scrutinized. What if the Vietnam War would not have wanted or needed Ali ? What if Ali who had already “cleaned up” the division had remained active ? Remember Ali defeated Patterson, Chuvalo, Terrell and Mildenberger before he was forced to abdicate. He then won two out of three against Frazier and two over Quarry. He beat Patterson and Chuvalo again. He also whipped Bonevena and Ellis after a three year hiatus. Let’s say Ali remained active through 1970.

He might have met Frazier as early as 1969. Joe would have been facing a lean, active and sharp Ali not the slower and somewhat rusty version he met in their 1971 epic. Also remember Joe would have had two years less experience then what he carried in 1971.

In 1969, Frazier was not yet the polished fighting machine he was to become. In my opinion the Frazier of March 8, 1971, would have given any heavyweight in history a life and death struggle including a prime Ali. The Frazier of 1969 was not yet ready for Ali.

Muhammad would not have too much trouble beating the rest of the contenders. From 1964 to 1967, Ali made seven successful defenses. If he stayed on that pace from 1967 to 1970 he would accumulate seven more. So Ali successfully defends against Quarry and Bonevena maybe Spencer too. Now there is an interesting parallel as Sonny Liston has once again emerged as a contender with a victory over Henry Clark. While planning for a possible Ali-Liston III, Muhammad eliminates Frazier and then defeats the light heavyweight king Bob Foster. Meanwhile Leotis Martin upsets Liston and Ali has to fight the only other boxer to knock out Sonny.

Ali then defeats unbeaten but over rated Mac Foster to rack up his fourteenth defense. Ken Norton’s KO loss to Jose Luis Garcia would have taken him out of the title picture and Foreman was nowhere near ready yet.

Gregorio Peralta showed us that. Outside of a possible jaunt to England to take on a young Joe Bugner or set up Ali-Henry Cooper III, there’s not many new worlds for Ali to conquer.

Maybe an easy payday in Spain against Jose Urtain. Bored, Ali eventually retires without ever a reason to come back since he whipped everybody. We the fans would never get to see “The Fight” of 1971 or his 1973 “Jaw Breaker” loss to Kenny Norton. We would miss the “Rumble In The Jungle” of 1974 and the “Thrilla In Manilla” of 1975. Ali-Wepner would have never happened, so Sly Stallone would have never been inspired to write “Rocky.”
As unfair as it was to Ali to have three and a half years stolen from his career, it might have saved the heavyweight division.
Jim Amato


JOHN MOLINA OUTPOINTS RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV; DEMETRIUS ANDRADE DELIVERS STATEMENT KO VICTORY AND DEJAN ZLATICANIN WINS 135-POUND TITLE SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME®

Photo: German Villasenor

VERONA, N.Y. (June 11, 2016) - John Molina outpunched Ruslan Provodnikov in an all-action fight by revealing a new weapon in his arsenal, a sharp and steady jab. Molina captured a surprising unanimous decision in a 12-round junior welterweight bout that featured fierce exchanges throughout Saturday on SHOWTIME from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Demetrius Andrade delivered a statement, knockout victory over Willie Nelson, staking his claim as one of the world's best in the stacked 154-pound division. In the opening bout, Dejan Zlaticanin knocked out Franklin Mamani to earn the vacant 135-pound world title and make history as the first native of Montenegro to win a world championship.

Molina and Provodnikov promised a war, and they delivered. But what surprised many was the volume of punches and effective jabbing from Molina (29-6, 23 KOs), a veteran more known for engaging in brawls than his boxing prowess. Molina threw nearly 1,110 total punches, including 643 jabs compared to just 265 for Provodnikov, who failed to close the range on his naturally bigger opponent.

"We knew we had to outwork Provodnikov," said the 33-year-old Covina, Calif., native. "It was a fight that we needed. Ruslan Provodnikov is a very notable name. He's a tough, tough guy. He kept moving forward.

"People don't realize I had my amateur career in the pros, and now it's my time to step out and shine. I have a new trainer. Shadeed (Suluki) showed me how to throw punches and use my power."

Molina vs. Provodnikov was scored 116-112, 117-111, 115-113.

"I think it (the scorecard) was self-explanatory. A fighter knows when they won a fight. I won that fight and it was going to be hard to take it away from me."

The judges agreed on nine of the 12 rounds, a relatively high percentage according to SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood.

"Today the decision was the right one," Provnikov said. "Molina won the fight - he was better tonight. Everything was scored the way it should have been.

"We expected that he was going to box, he was going to move. We expected him to do that. It wasn't my night. Maybe I don't have the same hungriness as before. I'm not going to make excuses, but it was hard for me to find my groove tonight.

"I don't think it's that (the layoff). There are no excuses. I lost the fight tonight. I couldn't find the hungriness. I have to sit down and think of why that happened.

"I'm sorry if I disappointed."

Undefeated former world champion Demetrius Andrade put on a masterful performance against top-10 ranked Willie Nelson, flooring the former world title challenger four times including once in the opening round and emphatically in the final round to close the show (TKO 12, 1:38).

With the win, Nelson, who landed a staggering 57 percent of his power punches in just his second fight in two years, moved one step closer to earning another shot at a title fight. Andrade, who never lost his belt in the ring, is now the second mandatory challenger for the WBC Super Welterweight World Title, currently held by Jermell Charlo.

"I'm coming to get those belts," said the 28-year-old Andrade. "People can't run no more. The best have to fight the best. I'm coming for them.

"I came back, I'm stronger. Me and my team worked hard. We figured out what we need to do to take it to the next level. I'm ready for the Charlo brothers. I want them."

Andrade was on his way to pitching a shutout, delivering a statement performance after months of frustration from "boxing politics." The former WBO 154-pound champion targeted the head and the body of Nelson, relying on a steady diet of combos to floor the 6-foot-3 Nelson in the first, 11th and twice in the 12th.

"I'm young enough and my reaction time is still going," Andrade said. "Willie Nelson is a true champion. He pushed me to the limit where I had to figure out what punches to throw. But I put the pieces of the puzzle together and got the knockout, baby.

Nelson, of Cleveland, dropped to 25-3-1 with 15 KOs.

"He was tough," Nelson said. "I was forcing my shots too much. I felt like I was getting back into the fight, but he was crafty and mobile.

"I am ready for whatever is next and, despite what happened tonight, I am here to stay. My career won't end like this."

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME telecast, Zlaticanin blasted late-replacement Mamani with a third round TKO (:54) to win the vacant WBC Lightweight World Championship.

The 32-year-old Zlaticanin (18-0, 10 KOs) became the first native of the Southeastern European country of Montenegro to capture a world championship.

"I'm very proud. I made Montenegro proud," Zlaticanin said. "I want to thank my fans that came to support me. I think I made my country proud. I think they will be delighted. I don't think they know what this means, but in a few days they will know."

The southpaw Zlaticanin pounced with a powerful straight left that had Mamani in trouble just seconds into the fight. The Bolivian, who was also aiming to become the first native of his homeland to win a title, survived the round but he was in trouble again in the third. Zlaticanin staggered with an overhand left and followed with a series of unanswered blows that forced referee Charlie Fitch to halt the contest with Mamani (21-3-1, 12 KOs) defenseless against the ropes.

"I knew that I would knock him out. He stood too close to me.

After the fight, Zlaticanin called out Jorge Linares, the WBC Lightweight "Champion in Recess", who pulled out of a tentatively scheduled match with Zlaticanin due to an injury.

"I want Linares next. He can't run from me anymore.

In undercard action on SHO EXTREME, Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) won a unanimous decision (96-92, 95-93, 99-89) over John Thompson (17-2, 6 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight matchup of former world title challengers. Monroe scored two knockdowns, one in the second and another with a straight right jab in the fifth.

In the opening bout on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME, Russian heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (29-3, 24 KOs) scored four knockdowns en route to a sixth round TKO (1:33) of Mario Heredia (11-2, 9 KOs, 1-2 in WSB).

Saturday's event from Turning Stone Resort Casino was promoted by Banner Promotions and DiBella Entertainment.

Saturday's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader replays Monday, June 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME. The SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME telecast replays Tuesday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHO EXTREME.


Joseph Elegele Scores Hard Fought Unanimous Decision Victory Over Phil Lo Greco In Main Event Of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round On Bounce From The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL

Dauren Yeleussinov and Devaun Lee Fight To Split Decision Draw

Craig Baker Stops Steve Lovett In Final Seconds Of Eighth Round

LAKELAND, FL. (June 13, 2016) - Exciting super welterweight Joseph Elegele (16-2 11 KOs) showed his strength and power Sunday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV as he went toe-to-toe with Phil Lo Greco (27-3, 15 KOs) for 10 hard-fought rounds from The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL. Both combatants left it all in the ring, exchanging punches throughout the bout with close rounds that left the audience wanting more.

Elegele of nearby Winter Haven, FL started the bout coming forward, slightly stunning Toronto's Lo Greco with several flurries of punches that set the tone for a hard fought back and forth battle. The action picked up in round two as Lo Greco came in on the attack early in the round, pinning Elegele against the ropes and continuing to pepper him with punches to the body and the head.

Despite being taken aback by the attack, Elegele came roaring back in the final seconds of round two and out of the corner to kick off round three. Lo Greco remained in the pocket, not afraid to continue to throw wide left hooks as the fighters traded punches back and forth.

As the fight continued, Lo Greco backed Elegele up against the ropes, smothering him with punches despite Elegele's four-inch height advantage. But round six was completely controlled by Elegele as he threw a combination of bruising punches that very well could have sent Lo Greco to the canvas. However Lo Greco remained in the pocket. In the 10th and final round, Lo Greco came out strong, outworking Elegele, but with less than 20 seconds to go in the bout, Elegele stunned Lo Greco with a barrage of punches up against the ropes. Judges scored the bout 97-95 and 96-94 twice, all for Elegele, the winner by unanimous decision.

The second televised bout saw two former amateur standouts Dauren Yeleussinov (5-0-1, 4 KOs) of Kazakhstan, who now fights out of Brooklyn, and Devaun Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs) of Queens, NY in an eight-round middleweight bout that ended in a split draw. Yeleussinov wasted no time in the first round as he kicked off the fight by throwing multiple left hands, one to the body and two to the head of Lee.

Lee escaped the round unscathed and despite spending the majority of the second round against the ropes, he was able to let his hands go and catch Yeleussinov with multiple shots. The 30-year-old Yeleussinov went on the attack in the sixth round, pinning Lee against the ropes, once again with a barrage of punches. Judges scored the bout at 79-73 for Yeleussinov, 78-74 for Lee and 76-76, ending the bout in a split draw.

In the opening televised bout, Australian prospect Steve Lovett (15-1, 12 KOs) battled Craig Baker (17-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown that ended with an explosive knockout. Baker of Baytown, TX was sent to the canvas in round four following a big left hook thrown by Lovett, but Baker was the more active fighter throughout the fight as he was up on all three of the judge's scorecards going into the eighth and final round. With only three seconds to go in the bout, Baker sent Lovett to the canvas with a hard right hand that ended the bout.

Here is what the participants had to say about their respective performances Sunday night:

JOSEPH ELEGELE
"I wasn't surprised because he's a tough fighter, he's a Canadian and Canadian fighters are tough. He came to fight. It was a good fight.

"It's hard for anyone to find an answer for a straight left, but I was surprised he kept walking through it.

"I hope this win puts me on the next level. I'm ready for the top fighters. I know there are some things I can work on, but I am ready for the top fighters.

"I'm not sure what's up with my left hand. It hurt me when I was throwing it, but I'm a warrior. I've been through too much in life to let a little left hand hurt me. It could be falling off and I'm still going to throw it."

PHIL LO GRECO
"It was his hometown. The score could have gone either way. I hurt him in the second round. He was out and the ref could have stopped the fight. That is no excuse. I will fight anyone, anywhere.

"I felt I was pushing the fight. I am disappointed in the decision.

"It's up to the fans if they want to see me again. People see that I will fight anywhere and anyplace. I enjoyed tonight."

DEVAUN LEE
"I don't agree with the draw, I think I won the fight. I would have been comfortable with a split decision. He worked, but I landed clean shots and I landed heavier punches. I feel like I won the fight. He has power, but he wasn't powerful enough to stop me.

"Next, I'm ready for whatever they put in front of me. I would do it again."

CRAIG BAKER
"Lovett is a strong guy and he's a hell of a competitor. He came to work and he tested me, so it is what it is, man.

"This is awesome, man. This is what I sweat and kill myself in the gym for. This win means the world to me.

"He never hurt me tonight. We stayed patient I do what we do. This is the biggest win of my career, but I won't rest until I get a title.

"I'll fight whoever next. I'll be back in the gym soon and getting ready for whoever the put in front of me next.

"Fighting on a Premier Boxing Champions card is amazing. I'm grateful to get the opportunity and I hope to be back on PBC fighting again."

The fight card was promoted by King's Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra: La Cerveza Mas Fina.


STATEMENT FROM OSCAR DE LA HOYA ON THE PASSING OF MUHAMMAD ALI

LOS ANGELES (June 3, 2016) – Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya has issued the following statement with regard to the passing of “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali:

“It is with great sadness today that we mourn the loss of the Greatest of All Time – Muhammad Ali. I send my deepest condolences to his family, and pray for strength and peace for them during this difficult time.

“Muhammad Ali is a legend and one of the world’s most celebrated athletes, the fighter who ushered in the golden era of boxing and put the sport on the map. He paved the way for professional fighters, including myself, elevating boxing to become a sport watched in millions of households around the world.

“Ali’s talent was undeniable – he was an Olympic Gold Medalist, three-time lineal world heavyweight champion, and the only one to accomplish that to this day, and reached the pinnacle of our sport as the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1964.

“Beyond his incredible talent, he also made boxing interesting. Ali was fearless in the ring, and took on the toughest, most challenging opponents. Ali exemplified courage—he never took the easy route, something to be admired in and outside of the ring.

“As he grew older, he didn’t let his physical condition become an excuse to stop working; he continued to work hard, focusing on giving back to the community. Today, as we reflect on his life, let us remember a man who pursued greatness in everything he did and be inspired to hold ourselves to that same standard. Rest in peace, my friend.”


RIOS HALTS ESQUIVIAS IN TWO

Photo: German Villasenor

By Francisco Villasenor

LOS ANGELES (June 3, 2016) Once defeated, Santa Ana's own Ronny Rios came out with the intent of making a statement on Friday night's / Golden Boy Promotions main event at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A., and that he did, as the usually more technical Rios, came out like a bat-out-of hell, going hard after the ususally very tough and durable Efrain Esquivias from the opening bell, with Estrella TV / RINGONLINE-Televising.


Hard body shots and sweeping head shots never let Esquivias into the fight, with a series of pressuring shots sending Esquivias down late into the first round.
Rios did not let up in the second round, as Esquivias tried, but could not contain the savage and hard charges coming at him from his tormentor.

Trapped against the ropes, unable to fire back left the referee Raul Caiz Jr. to step in and call it a night with 37 seconds left into the scheduled ten round Featherweight bout.

Rios, now (25-1, 10 KOs), the WBC Silver Featherweight champion said after the fight- "I knew Esquivias from my amateur days, and I remember him being a tough fighter," said Rios after the bout. "I know that I trained harder, and prepared for this fight as if I would have prepared for a champion fight. This is just another step in the ladder to get my shot at a world title."

OCHOA PUTS GONZALEZ TO SLEEP IN SEVEN

In the co-featured bout, Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa (15-0, 7 KOs) survived some rocky moments in his bout against Puerto Rico's Luis Joel Gonzalez (11-4-1, 6 KOs) early in their scheduled eight-round super lightweight fight.
The stronger -looking Gonzalez came back with a very good shot in the first round after a fast start by Ochoa in the first, which seemed to make Ochoa a bit hesitant. Things took a turn for the worse as Gonzalez nearly sent Ochoa down in the third frame.
The fight seemed to lose steam as it went into the seventh round, before Ochoa exploded with a monster shot to the chin, which left Gonzalez out cold on the canvas.
Time of the immediate stoppage by the referee was :41 seconds into the round.

"In this fight, I proved that I could make it all eight rounds, while maintaining all my power," said Ochoa. "The endurance in my legs kept me steady throughout the fight. I saw the opportunity, and in the moment that I threw my right overhand punch, I knew he wasn't going to get back up. This victory is just another win to get me closer to my dreams." 


In other results, Seniesa Estrada got up from a knockdown in the third round against a very tough Cristina Fuentes en route to winning via 59-54 and one judge 58-54 all for Estrada


KEITH THURMAN TO DEFEND WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
AGAINST SHAWN PORTER ON SATURDAY, JUNE 25
AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN

FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION JESUS CUELLAR BATTLES
FORMER THREE-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION ABNER MARES IN CO-MAIN EVENT

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS
Presented By Premier Boxing Champions Live At 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Tickets On Sale Thursday, April 21 at 10 a.m.!

BROOKLYN (April 16, 2016) – An action-packed primetime doubleheader of world title fights, headlined by the explosive, eagerly-awaited clash between welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and former champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter, will come to Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 25.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) broadcast will begin with a co-main event featherweight battle between current champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $25, not including applicable fees, and are on sale Thursday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets 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.

Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs), of Clearwater, Fla., and Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs), of Las Vegas by way of Akron, Ohio, are both coming off superb 2015 campaigns that solidified the fresh faces among the elite of arguably boxing’s most exciting division. With perennial pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather now retired, the 27-year-old Thurman and the 28-year-old Porter are hungry to stake their claim as the future of boxing.

Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina, will make the second defense of his WBA 126-pound title against Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs), a popular brawler from Southern California who has compiled a staggering resume over the past five years while earning titles at 118, 122 and 126 pounds. Cuellar vs. Mares joins a stacked lineup of featherweight bouts that showcases many of the world’s best 126-pounders aiming to unifying one of boxing’s deepest divisions.

"Keith Thurman against Shawn Porter is one of the best matchups that can be made in the welterweight division right now," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Fans in attendance at Barclays Center and those watching on CBS will witness a passing of the torch as the hard-punching world titleholder Thurman and the highly skilled former champion Porter vie to prove who will be the next heir to the throne in the post-Mayweather era of the 147-pound division. The explosive co-main event between Jesus Cuellar and Abner Mares will give fans a fight to remember."

“Barclays Center has featured many memorable welterweight fights and the long-awaited Thurman vs. Porter matchup promises to become the best one yet,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment.


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